Gov. Cooper announces reward in case

Crime Reward

Back in 2015, a shooting and attempted carjacking resulted in the permanent disabling  of a Robeson County woman.  Now the state is offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to an arrest and conviction in the case. Robie Hunt, 49, was shot in her car at Biggs Park Mall on the night of Dec. 2, 2015.

If you have any information on the crime, contact Lumberton Police Department at 910-671-3845.


Talented student walks away with a crown and a scholarship

Last year’s winner DeAndrea Crockwell crowns Taley Strickland as 2018’s Miss UNCP.

Seven students competed for the title of Miss UNCP in the annual pageant at Givens Performing Arts Center. Miss North Carolina made an appearance as special entertainment for the event. The winner receives a $2,000 scholarship, free campus housing and a meal plan for one year, to represent the school. Senior Taley Strickland walked away from the title. Strickland is from Pembroke and majoring in Mass Communication. Her platform is “RISE”–Retention Increasing Through Service and Engagement.

Coffee shop to open in library

Jazzman’s Cafe and Bakery will leave the campus bookstore, but will reopen in the Mary Livermore Library. The idea to get rid of Jazzman’s came from university staff and the dining team at Sodexo. Administrators say Jazzman’s hasn’t performed  well in the back corner of the bookstore. A contest to name the new business in the library attracted more than 150 submissions from students. The new name hasn’t been announced yet, but Executive Chef Glen Reynolds says customers should expect the same freshly baked pastries and smoothies–as well as a variety of new items.

Military and civilian rescues continued during the week

Courtesy of North Carolina National Guard

Flooding in North Carolina kept the National Guard busy as they performed water rescues throughout the state. Lumberton is one of the cities inundated with high water after Hurricane Matthew. Of the known deaths blamed on Matthew nationwide, at least 17 were reported in North Carolina. The flooding continued in some riverside towns where boat and helicopter crews have rescued thousands. Major rivers in the state were expected to be above flood stage for most of the week after the hurricane.

Shelters being consolidated as utilities restored

Courtesy of CNN Newsource

According to the Robesonian Newspaper, there are 290 people remaining in emergency shelters in the county. There were seven shelters serving the county originally, some were schools, who at least had running water if not electricity, such as South Robeson High School . Those have now been consolidated to two facilities. Various distribution sites have been set up around Robeson County for clothing and other supply donations.

Campus flooding and power outage takes its toll on students

Campus Flooding
Sidewalks and roadways are nearly completely covered in water outside Lumbee Hall.

The campus of UNCP lost power in the afternoon of October 8th, after Hurricane Matthew hit the region. The next morning students woke to flooded roads and parking lots; still without electricity. Several campus facilities were unapproachable, and many thoroughfares on and off campus were nearly impassable on foot, and certainly not by most vehicles. Students were encouraged to leave campus as best they could. Although no gas stations could operate, those who were temporarily stuck tried to huddle around the two solar chargers on campus. With the electricity out, cooking and refrigeration was a problem. As a solution, Sodexo served sandwiches or hamburgers, to feed as many students as they could, regardless of their meal plan status. Students were in pretty good spirits on the first day, before the long-term effects were apparent..

NC sues over Northern emissions complaint

North Carolina has been inappropriately blamed for contributing to air quality problems in the Northeastern part of the U.S. That’s the position of the state’s environmental agency, which has filed a complaint against federal officials. Northeastern states filed a petition in December of 2013 to try to force some other states to control their emissions. The EPA has yet to take action on the petition. A lawyer from North Carolina’s Department of Environment and Natural Resources says that’s a violation of the Clean Air Act. The agency is suing the EPA and says the Northeastern states failed to demonstrate that North Carolina’s power plants had any impact in the Northeast.


Pollution emitting smokestacks. 

Robeson County school dropout rate declines

The public school dropout rate in North Carolina is beginning to increase overall, but in Robeson County much improvement has been made. Based on data from last school-year, the number of Robeson County dropouts declined about 22 percent. This is a rate of 2.22 percent of students. Still, American Indian Males are the most at-risk for quitting school. Statewide the rate has gone from 2,28 percent, to 2.39 percent. This is the largest dropout rate seen in public schools since the 2006 school year. Most dropouts occur in the tenth grade.

Graphic by Jonathan Royce

NC attorney general announces ban on two charities

All 50 states have joined the Federal Trade Commission in announcing a permanent injunction against two phony cancer charities. The order will effectively shut down Cancer Fund of America and Cancer Support Services, INC. Their leader, James Reynolds Sr., is banned from fundraising and non-profit work. The sham charities claimed to help cancer patients and used misleading phone calls, but spent the vast majority of money on themselves and friends or professional fundraisers. The organizations must now pay more than $75 million, to be donated to real cancer charities. North Carolinians were defrauded to the tune of about $1 million.



Cancer Fund of America will be shut down after the y claimed to help victims but spent most of the money on themselves. 

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