Public comments

are being sought

FAYETTEVILLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation is inviting people to review updated design plans for constructing the section of the Fayetteville Outer Loop between Interstate 95 in Robeson County and just south of Camden Road in Cumberland County.

An informal open house will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Camp Rockfish, 226 Camp Rockfish Road, which is in Hoke County north of Parkton. There, NCDOT representatives will show updated design maps for the project, answer questions and take comments on constructing this part of the future Interstate 295.

Construction is scheduled to start by the end of this year and finish by the summer of 2021.

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Robeson County

OKs new budget

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners approved on Monday a $154,483,092 fiscal year 2018-19 budget that does not include extra money for the public schools, but approved starting talks that could lead to an issuance of $250 million in bonds to fund construction needs.

The budget maintains the tax rate at 77 cents for every $100 of property value. It does increase the fee for use of any of the 20 compact stations in the county from $30 to $40.

The new budget is an increase from the $149 million for the current fiscal year.

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Lakewood club

now in Costa Rica

SALEMBURG — Lakewood High School’s Travel Club is continuing success with students having fun in Costa Rica. The adventure for students started Monday.

During the trip to Costa Rica, the trip will include several activities through Explorica, which provide educational travel tours to students. Some of it includes zip-lining in the rain forest, a visit to the Caribbean Conservation to see sea turtles, horseback riding and whitewater rafting.

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Restaurant is

gutted by fire

TABOR CITY — Dale’s Seafood, an iconic eatery in Tabor City, was totally destroyed by fire last week and investigators remain unsure what sparked the blaze.

The fire was discovered at about 3:30 a.m. on June 15 with flames already breaking through the roof. The scene was not secured until about 10 a.m., but the fire restarted at about noon the same day.

Owner Rusty Tyson said the business will be rebuilt.

From staff and wire reports.

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