Elderly man’s death

deemed suspicious

LUMBERTON — City police are calling the death of an elderly man who was found dead on Saturday afternoon “suspicious.”

Police Capt. Terry Parker said police responding to a call at about 2 p.m. found the body of Rufus Revels, 85, inside his home at 3155 Bakersfield Drive, Lumberton. He was there alone.

According to a statement from Parker, “evidence at the scene” led police to call the death suspicious and an investigation is underway.

Anyone with information can call Detectives Evan Whitley or Charles Keenum at 910-671-3845. Callers can remain anonymous.


Lumbee Homecoming

wraps up with big day

PEMBROKE — An hour into the Lumbee Homecoming Parade on Saturday morning, at least a third of the entries had not moved an inch, and it would be two more hours before the giant armada deployed from UNC-Pembroke to Third Street to Pembroke Elementary School.

This was the highlight of the much anticipated 50th annual Lumbee Homecoming, and it featured record attendance in every category — as well as nearly 400 entries. An overcast, unusually cool 80-degree day lifted attendance and spirits higher.

Estimates put attendance at more than 20,000.


Explosions lead

to evacuations

CLINTON — Multiple explosions at a local propane plant sent two people to the UNC-Chapel Hill Jaycee Burn Center and lead local emergency personnel to evacuate homes in the area.

Reports of the explosions at the Rapid Xchange propane business at 6280 Hobbton Hwy., Clinton, came in Friday afternoon as black smoke could be seen billowing in the air from miles away.

Following the report of what was deemed a fire emergency by county officials, assistant county manager Susan Holder confirmed two injuries, employees of Rapid Xchange, who were both airlifted to the Burn Center in Chapel Hill with non-life threatening injuries.


Doctor, girlfriend

arrested for ‘pill mill’

TABOR CITY – A local doctor and his office manager were arrested recently by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit and charged with operating a “pill mill.”

Dr. Jong Whan Kim along with office manager and girlfriend, Tammy Lynn Thompson, were arrested on June 29 after a seven-month investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are possible.

From staff and wire reports.