You like it hot?

Here it comes

On the heels of day after day of rain, or at least the threat of rain, the Bladen County region will soon see the influx of hot weather during the week when the summer season officially arrives.

According to AccuWeather and The Weather Channel, the region will get baked with temperatures in the mid- and upper-90s starting Monday and lasting at least through Friday — all with some degree of cloud cover a slight chance of rain.

Summer officially arrives on Thursday.


School board votes

to close school

LUMBERTON — The doors were closed forever on West Lumberton Elementary School after a unanimous vote Tuesday night of the Board of Education of the Public Schools of Robson County, and students will be reassigned to W.H. Knuckles Elementary School in South Lumberton for the 2018-19 school year.

In a public hearing, a small but passionate group of parents of West Lumberton Elementary School children begged the Board of Education to keep their school together, to no avail.

The school was flooded by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 and declared a total loss by the FEMA.


Schools need to fill

3 principal posts

WHITEVILLE — Whiteville City Schools are faced with filling three key positions before classes start in the fall.

High School Principal Jes Sealey will move to the Central Office as the director of operations, while Central Middle School Principal Christopher Kelly and Edgewood Elementary Principal Jared Worthington are each taking principal posts in Union County.

Sealey has served as principal of Whiteville High School for the past seven years; Kelly served the past two years as principal at Central Middle School; and Worthington served the past four years as principal of Edgewood Elementary School.


Project turns into

summer food pantry

GRAY’S CREEK — Bear Pantry, a fully stocked pantry to serve children in need of food during the summer months, was officially opened recently at Gray’s Creek High.

The idea came from student Makaylia Ray as part of her National Honor Society project — and she hopes Bear Pantry will continue on long after she graduates.

Along with her project advisor Melissa Bishop and school social worker Vanessa Wade, Ray cut the ribbon on Bear pantry on June 5.

From staff and wire reports.