Wreck involves

two school buses

RED SPRINGS — A Lumberton man is fighting for his life after his pickup truck crossed the center line of Mt. Zion Church Road on Tuesday and collided head-on with a Robeson County school bus, which was then rear-ended by another school bus, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.

A female student was taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. One of the bus drivers also was taken to an undisclosed hospital for observation. The student’s and driver’s names were not released.

Samuel Ray Hunt, 20, was airlifted to McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, S.C., and was in critical condition in the intensive care unit.


SCC student

earns a first

CLINTON — Joseph Beatty recently became the first Sampson Community College student to obtain a Platinum National Career Readiness Certificate.

Platinum level signifies that a recipient scored significantly well in all of the core areas to include applied math, workplace documents and graphic literacy. Platinum means the student has the necessary foundational skills for 99 percent of the jobs in these areas.


Joyrider causes

cemetery damages

WHITEVILLE — A joyrider caused more than $10,000 in damage on Monday at a cemetery on Madison Street.

According to the Whiteville Police Department, they were notified by employees of Peacock’s Funeral Home shortly after noon to report numerous headstones and markers damaged, with tire tracks that led from Quality Drive through the cemetery.

The report stated about 10 headstones and a large portion of the grass had been damaged.


Governor touts

better school pay

FAYETTEVILLE — Gov. Roy Cooper came to Fayetteville on Tuesday as part of his series of public appearances to push for better teacher pay and school funding.

The governor stopped at Massey Hill Classical High School and also spoke about improving school safety.

Cooper also toured the Cumberland ReBuild NC Application Center in Fayetteville, where homeowners and businesses can apply for Hurricane Matthew relief money.

Cooper, a Democrat, is battling a veto-proof majority of Republicans in the General Assembly. In 2017, the GPO-led state legislature voted to raise teacher pay in the upcoming fiscal year an average of 6.2 percent.

From staff and wire reports.