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Coach takes Ice Bucket Challenge

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RED SPRINGS — There’s no escaping the ALS Association’s Ice Bucket Challenge — that seemingly ubiquitous social media campaign during which people film themselves getting doused with ice-cold water to raise awareness for Lou Gehrig’s disease, and then throw down the gauntlet for others to do the same.An estimated 1.2 million people have participated in the challenge since it started gaining momentum on Facebook, YouTube and other websites in June. A quick Google search yields a host of widely shared videos of famous athletes, actors, pop stars and politicians being drenched, including former President George W. Bush, who called out his “friend,” another former president, Bill Clinton.

 

DNA offered in 1983 Red Springs murder

LUMBERTON — New DNA evidence may give two men jailed as teenagers for the 1983 rape and murder of an 11-year-old Red Springs girl a shot at a new trial and freedom.District Attorney Johnson Britt said a motion will be filed today on behalf of 50-year-old Henry Lee McCollum, who is on death row, and 46-year-old Leon Brown, who is serving a life sentence, showing that their DNA does not match DNA found where Sabrina Buie’s nude body was discovered and that exculpatory evi...

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State board says no to Red Springs voting site

RALEIGH — The State Board of Elections on Thursday upheld the plan of the Robeson County Board of Elections to open two satellite early voting sites for the November General Election whiole nixing a site for Red Springs.They also upheld the local board’s decision not to open a voting site on a Sunday.“The majority of the state board accepted our plan,” said Steve Stone, chairman of the Robeson County Board of Elections. “They understood the ...

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$20,000 award to preserve American Indian customs

RED SPRINGS — The Hawkeye Indian Cultural Center recently received a $20,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colo.The nonprofit, which is based in Hoke County, will use the grant to fund its Sacred Traditions Project, which seeks to preserve American Indian customs and foster a bond between tribal elders and youths.A facility dedicated to teaching traditional lifestyles of Eastern Woodland American Indians will be built as part of th...

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Shop offers free back-to-school haircuts

LUMBERTON — Mastaphalis Cuts and Styles in downtown Lumberton will offer free haircuts to students across Robeson County on Sunday as part of its 12th annual Back to School Haircut Bash.Shown Richardson, who runs the hair salon, believes that taking a little off the top can go a long way for needy children.“When a student gets a haircut, they feel more refreshed and confident,” he said. “It gives them an extra boost to start them on the right trac...

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Fashion show to benefit St. Pauls Public Library

ST. PAULS — A lot has changed in 20 years — hairstyles, technology and presidents.But what seems to have remained constant is designer Alexander Julian’s willingness to help Robeson County.Julian, who is known around the world for his clothing and furniture lines, will put on a benefit in October to assist the Annie H. McEachern Library in St. Pauls and the six other library branches in the county.Julian put together a similar show in 1994 th...

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Natives return to start Red Springs legal firm

RED SPRINGS — The Peterkin Law Firm opened in Red Springs last week and it was a homecoming of sorts for the practice’s three attorneys.Timothy Peterkin, whose name is on the shingle, said he and his fellow attorneys — Jennifer Clay and James Allen — had all been practicing law in the Raleigh-Durham area, but decided to return to the area.“We all have roots here,” Peterkin said. “But we also have a wealth of experience and have p...

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Red Springs to roll in arts cruising

RED SPRINGS —Red Springs officials say they are “ready to roll” as part of a monthly motorcade across Robeson County to promote the arts.The Robeson Council Arts Council has invited the town to join its monthly motorcade “cruise” promoting the arts and cultures of Robeson County.The series, called Arts Cruising, is expected to hold a series of arts celebrations in Red Springs, Pembroke, Rowland, Maxton, Fairmont and St. Pauls.It w...

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Talent show added to next Night Out

ST. PAULS — The gleaming antique and muscle cars on display at St. Pauls’ monthly car show will get some competition next month from local singers and dancers.September’s Night Out Cruise-in will include a talent show.The event, called St. Paul’s Got Talent, will be held on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. Night Out starts at 5 p.m.The show and St. Pauls’ Night Out event are sponsored by the St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce.“It ha...

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Braves report for football season

PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolin at Pembroke football coach Shane Richardson welcomed more than 115 football players to campus on Tuesday morning as the Braves reported for preseason drills to officially kick off the 2014 football season.More than 40 freshmen and newcomers arrived on campus to check into their dorms on Monday, with the remainder of the squad reporting to the Bob Caton Fieldhouse shortly late Tuesday morning. Following a late afternoon team meeting, ...

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Devils making it happen

RED SPRINGS — There are plenty of reasons to doubt the Red Springs football team and Ron Cook knows that.By the time the Red Devils hit the field for their first game, the team’s new coach will have held his position for less than two months, during which he had to teach the team a brand new offense, all without the benefit of an experienced quarterback.That doesn’t mean he buys into the doubt.“Our motto this season is ‘Make it ha...

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The Red Springs Police Department crime reportsTammie Dial Jacobs reported a North Carolina registration plate was stolen from her vehicle on Fourth Avenue. The plate is valued at $28.Discount Tobacco and Market on East Fourth Street reported a break-in to the business. The report did not list any stolen items, but said an exterior power box was damaged. The damage was estimated at $300.Burford Tree Company on Cross Street reported a break-in ...

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Crime fighting gets Night Out Saturday

RED SPRINGS — Red Springs’ National Night Out event will take place on Saturday.Organizers postponed National Night Out from earlier this month after rain threatened to wash out the crime-fighting event.“We are expecting the weather to be clear this time around and hope that residents come out and take part and have a good time,” said Duron Burney, coordinator for the eighth annual National Night Out in Red Springs.It will be held from ...

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The real crime

There has been a lot of speculation and conjecture about what really happened in the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.We won’t add to the voices trying to affix blame to either the young man or the police. That is better left to the judicial system.But it doesn’t take a jury to point out the lack of trust between law enforcement and residents of the St. Louis suburb. There is a palatable us-against-them mentality on both sides....

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Pet of the Week

MerlotMerlotis a 2-year-old year Shepherd mix. He is a friendly guy that loves to play and have fun. He has the cutest ear that just doesn’t seem to want to stay down. Neutering is mandatory with adoption and is free to Robeson County residents. To see Merlot or the other animals, visit the Robeson County Animal Shelter at 255 Landfill Road in St. Pauls or visit the Robeson County Animal Shelter Facebook page, petfinder.com, or adopt-a-pet.com. Shelter hours ...

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N.C. 71 work continues

WAKULLA —A portion of N.C. 71 between Maxton and Red Springs is expected to be closed for one more week.The state Department of Transportation closed that stretch of N.C. 71 to widen a concrete culvert near Gum Swamp, about 1.5 miles from the Wakulla community.Chuck Miller, the district engineer for Robeson County, said the concrete culvert under the road is too narrow.“It needs to be widened,” Miller said. “The culvert is used to help ...

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STEP to help hone job-seeking skills

RED SPRINGS — Members of the Red Springs Small Towns Economic Prosperity Program, also known as STEP, plan to begin classes in October to help residents ace job interviews.The interview technique classes are expected to begin Oct. 1 at the Red Springs Community Building. They will focus on proper dress; completing job applications; responding to interview questions; and positive body language.About 20 STEP members met Monday night to discuss the classes. Mayor John...

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McNeill: Voter ID rule impacting Red Springs

RED SPRINGS —Red Springs residents are likely to make up a large number of the 6,000 or so county residents needing IDs to vote in the 2016 General Election, according to Mayor John McNeill.According to the state Board of Elections, 6,067 Robeson County residents are without state- issued IDs. Of that number, 1,634 are white, 1,932 are American Indian and 2,120 are black. Statewide, 307,655 people lack an acceptable ID.McNeill said he did not know how many people l...

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