12/17/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 6:30 am Celebrate the holidays with family safely
  • 6:13 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 2:13 am Basketball League Provides Second Chance for Young Men
  • 8:34 pm Social Security benefits to increase in 2019
  • 8:21 pm This Day in History for December 16
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SMITHFIELD, Va. — Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new distribution center in Tar Heel, North Carolina, which will create approximately 250 new jobs in the state. Smithfield invested more than $100 million into the over 500,000-square foot facility, about the size of eight football fields, and its blast cell […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 824, An Act to Implement the Constitutional Amendment Requiring Photographic Identification to Vote. Governor Cooper shared the following veto message: “Requiring photo IDs for in-person voting is a solution in search of a problem. Instead, the real election problem is votes harvested illegally through absentee ballots, which this […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in Federal Court, United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced Tony Chevallier, 40, from Clinton, North Carolina, to 360 months in prison, to be followed by 10 years of Federal Supervised Release. Chevallier was part of a regional drug trafficking organization […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bill into law: Senate Bill 827: Extend Agricultural Disaster Program Deadline “Hurricane Florence was a crippling blow to North Carolina’s farmers, costing them billions in crops, livestock and income,” Gov. Cooper said. “This legislation will give hardworking farmers more time to apply for relief that can help […]

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BURGAW: The deadline for North Carolinians who suffered damage during Hurricane Florence to apply for federal help has now been extended to December 19, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Gov. Cooper requested the extension to give North Carolinians more time to take the critical step of applying for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency […]

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RALEIGH: Moog Inc., a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision control components and systems, will expand its plant in Murphy and create 20 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company plans to invest $1.8 million in Cherokee County. “Large manufacturers like Moog have many choices when selecting a business location,” said Governor Cooper. “I’m pleased […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Greenville has returned an indictment charging Aaron Wayne Pickrell, a former registered nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina, with five counts of obtaining possession […]

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RALEIGH: As North Carolina recovers from the season’s first big winter storm, Governor Cooper is thanking responders and reminding residents to be prepared for more winter weather. “Winter is just beginning, and this will not be the last round of winter weather we see this season,” said Governor Cooper. “Families should make sure they are ready […]

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RALEIGH: Time is almost up for survivors of Hurricane Florence to register for federal disaster assistance. The current deadline to apply for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. More than $1 billion in state and federal […]

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2018 – CTI Foods LLC, an Owingsville, Ky. establishment, is recalling approximately 29,028 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat (RTE) pork and poultry sausage links products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The frozen, ready-to-eat sausage links […]

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 Golden LEAF Scholarship information and applications for the 2019-20 school year are now available at CFNC.org/goldenleaf. A total of 215 awards will be offered to first-time recipients from qualifying counties for the 2019-20 academic year. Applications are due March 1, 2019. The awards are valued at up to $12,000 ($3,000 per year for up to […]

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With 557 North Carolina teachers earning their national certification this month, North Carolina continues to lead the nation with the most teachers holding the credential from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Nearly 22,000 teachers in North Carolina have attained the respected national certification, which is based on a rigorous performance-based assessment that typically […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Cooper today requested federal disaster assistance for 21 North Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Michael in a letter to President Donald Trump. “Tropical Storm Michael inflicted major damage to North Carolina at a time when it was already devastated by Hurricane Florence,” said Governor Cooper. “Many people are suffering from the effects of Hurricane Michael […]

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RALEIGH – Most driver license offices west of I-95 will open on a two-hour delay today as freezing temperatures continue across North Carolina. Offices in Aberdeen, Fayetteville, Hamlet, Laurinburg, Raeford and east of I-95 are open on a regular schedule. Mobile office visits to Fairmont, Hayesville, Plymouth and Scotland Neck are cancelled. Many NCDMV services, including […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy has restored power to 618,000 customers so far in North Carolina and South Carolina, with 91,000 customers remaining to be restored as of 5:30 p.m. today.  Estimated restoration times for the remaining customers have been posted to the company’s website. “We deeply appreciate the patience our customers have shown, and […]

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WILMINGTON, NC – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wilmington District is pleased to announce that a periodic nourishment contract was awarded on Nov. 30, 2018, at a cost of approximately $17.4-million to Weeks Marine, Incorporated. This contract for this coastal storm risk management project includes funding from multiple sources including federal, New Hanover […]

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Public information session about GenX scheduled for Dec. 11 RALEIGH – The state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services will host a seventh community information session Tuesday, Dec. 11, about the state’s ongoing activities related to the GenX investigation that originated at the Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility.   Topics will include updates on […]

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RALEIGH – Officials with the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice have named Maxine Evans-Armwood of Rocky Mount as Director of Juvenile Court Services. Evans-Armwood most recently served as central area administrator of Court Services. In her new role, Evans-Armwood is responsible for maintaining a high level of operational standards across the 30 juvenile court […]

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Australian Plastics Manufacturer Selects Gaston County for First U.S. Plant RALEIGH: Era Polymers Corporation, an Australian manufacturer specializing in polyurethane chemistry, will open its first industrial facility in the United States, creating 20 new jobs in Gaston County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company plans to invest $9.2 million in Stanley. “Advanced manufacturers from around […]

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Contractors for Columbus, Bladen and Robeson counties will start next week WHITEVILLE – Contractors for the N.C. Department of Transportation will be collecting storm debris created by Hurricane Florence in Bladen, Columbus and Robeson counties this month. People should have the material set out along the shoulder of the roadway by Monday, Nov. 26. Beginning that […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that United States District Court Judge James C. Dever III sentenced RODNEY TROY WILLIAMS, 50, of Bolivia, North Carolina, to 204 months in prison, followed by 60 months of supervised release. WILLIAMS was charged in a two-count […]

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  The Lumberton Police Department, the FBI, and a number of our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners are actively following investigative leads to find Hania Aguilar according to Lumberton Police Department.   Foot and drone searches continued on Saturday.  Photos of FBI and SBI agents on the ground in Robeson County were published to […]

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Contributed by James Alverson, Assistant Commissioner – Media Relations, Special Events & Publications RALEIGH, NC – In the school’s first State Championship appearance in Men’s Soccer, the Clinton Dark Horses looked smooth and calm, despite falling behind in the second half against the defending 2A State Champions from Newton-Conover. Clinton had the better of the possession in […]

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  Monday, November 12 marked one week since Lumberton teenager, Hania Noelia Aguilar, 13, was abducted from her yard. The FBI has released additional photos of the missing Lumberton teenager and surveillance videos of a man they would like to speak with regarding the abduction. The FBI announced they are offering a $15,000 reward for information […]

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$25 Million in Funds Will Help Repair Damaged Schools RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today directed $25 million from the North Carolina Education Lottery Fund to speed repairs to K-12 public schools damaged by Hurricane Florence. “Students need to get back to learning and educators need to get back to teaching, but many school districts can’t afford […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina Army National Guard Sgt. James Allen Slape, 23, of Morehead City, was killed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan on October 4, 2018, as a result of wounds sustained from an improvised explosive device. According to the Department of Defense, the incident is under investigation. Slape was promoted to the rank of sergeant posthumously. Sgt. […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced 63 appointments to various state boards and commissions for North Carolina. “I’m grateful that these skilled North Carolinians will share their expertise with our state by serving on these key boards and commissions,” said Gov. Cooper. Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina State Board of Education:   […]

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All but one road to reopen by Thanksgiving FAYETTEVILLE – Hurricane Florence hit hard all five counties that make up the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Highway Division 6, which had a total of 248 road closures. The effects of the storm were widespread across the division’s territory of Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett and Robeson counties. A […]

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Gov. Cooper urges FEMA registration, launches new Back@Home temporary housing program RALEIGH: Communities, families, farmers and businesses across eastern and southern North Carolina continue to dig out from deadly Hurricane Florence, which has now officially claimed 39 lives in the state. The latest fatalities, both related to storm clean-up, include: A 47-year-old man found dead outside […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced JASON STEWART HOLLINGSWORTH, 41, of Fayetteville, NC to 65 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. HOLLINGSWORTH was named in an Indictment filed on December 12, 2017 charging him […]

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80 employees scramble Sunday night to reopen I-95 FAYETTEVILLE – At 6:40 p.m. on Sunday, Debroah Leonard’s phone lit up with an urgent text message: “Division 6 is mobilizing to open I-95.” Leonard is the safety engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division 4 based in Wilson. She quickly assembled about 30 division employees from  Nash and Johnston counties […]

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RALEIGH: As early as Friday, residents in 27 counties impacted by Hurricane Florence can apply for help buying food through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “D-SNAP”, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services received federal authority to implement the program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This help […]

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State Evacuation Ordered for Vulnerable Coastal Areas Read Executive Order Here With powerful and dangerous Hurricane Florence zeroing in on North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper today issued a mandatory state evacuation order for vulnerable coastal areas. The state order is in addition to local evacuation orders already in place in most coastal communities. The storm is expected […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Carolina’s entire Congressional delegation, led by Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, sent a letter to President Trump requesting that the administration approve Governor Roy Cooper’s Emergency Declaration in advance of Hurricane Florence’s landfall.    “Hurricane Florence poses an imminent and dangerous threat to North Carolina, and its approach necessitates the […]

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WILMINGTON, N.C. – Nineteen foreign nationals were charged with unlawfully voting in the 2016 elections Friday, and a U.S. citizen was charged with aiding and abetting an alien to falsely claim U.S. citizenship to register to vote. The indictments follow an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) as part […]

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RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured inNCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast. National Transportation Awards A national transportation organization has recognized two NCDOT projects for spurring economic activity while improving safety and mobility. The Department was one of six southeastern departments […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is accepting applications from communities for the2019 Bicycle and Pedestrian Planning Grant Initiative. The program provides funding for municipalities across the state to develop comprehensive bicycle or pedestrian plans. Smaller communities with populations of less than 10,000 can also apply to develop combined bicycle and pedestrian plans. Further, communities […]

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Senate Passes NDAA with Multiple Tillis Provisions, Heads to Presidents Desk Includes $240 Million for Military Construction in NC, Provisions to End Domestic Violence and Child Abuse   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded the Senate passage of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The bipartisan legislation […]

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By Charlotte Smith State officials announced Friday, August 9th the online giant, Amazon will open a 200 million dollar distribution center in Garner, North Carolina. The site was formerly ConAgra plant and will be repurposed to house the popular online retail store. The distribution center is scheduled to be opened in 2019 according to Amazon […]

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TD#3 will continue to meander off the NC coast. Mainly marine impacts are expected from this system – including strong north to south longshore currents along the east facing beaches, plus an elevated risk for strong rip currents through the remainder of the weekend and early next week. Read the full report by clicking here. […]

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Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon announced that NCDOT and CSX reached an agreement to build a new intermodal facility near Rocky Mount. The terminal will provide industry a logistical solution to help get products to customers and spur growth in the region. Known as the Carolina Connector, the terminal will be built on the CSX mainline […]

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Litter in Bladenboro

Nearly 489,000 pounds, or close to 245 tons, of trash were picked up by volunteers and NCDOT crews during the Spring Litter Sweep in April. That’s equivalent to 40 average-sized elephants. Wake County volunteers and crews picked up the most litter, cleaning up nearly 90,000 pounds of trash from roadways. For more information about NCDOT […]

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By Steven Pfaff – NOAA Federal Newly developed Tropical Depression #3, about 265 miles east-southeast of Cape Fear NC, continues to become better organized. The tropical depression is expected to drift toward the NC coast this weekend, and will likely meander just offshore through the first half of next week. The depression could become a Tropical […]

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$20.8 Million to Help Survivors into More Resilient Homes Raleigh – More than 190 additional homeowners flooded by Hurricane Matthew will soon get $20.8 million in federal and state funds to buyout, elevate or reconstruct homes damaged by the storm, NC Emergency Management announced today. “Residents in Wayne County and Windsor have been eagerly awaiting […]

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What: Food Lion is hosting multiple job fairs and is seeking applicants for approximately 300 full- and part-time associate positions in the greater Raleigh, N.C., area. The grocer is hiring for various positions including cashiers, produce managers, produce associates, meat managers, meat cutters, deli managers, deli associates, grocery managers, front end/sales associates, stockers, frozen food […]

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State health officials are warning the public about the dangers of synthetic cannabinoids after a second case of severe bleeding following synthetic cannabinoid use was identified in North Carolina last week. This latest case, like the first one reported a little over two weeks ago, involves a resident of Durham County.   “This second case of […]

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RALEIGH – A recent delivery of three new, light-weight robots for the state’s Bomb Squad arrived just in time for the Fourth of July, often a busy time for the State Bureau of Investigation’s bomb technicians. With 64 calls since January, the members of the Bomb Squad welcome the new robots that weigh about 70 pounds, […]

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By Roxana Ross Southeastern Health celebrated its first medical residency graduates Friday, June 22. The ceremony, which was held at the Southeastern Agricultural Center, recognized the 26 graduating residents who completed their residencies at SeHealth in either emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, or a traditional rotating internship. “We are extremely excited and proud, yet […]

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RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured inNCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast. Additional NC By Train Trip NC By Train, the state’s passenger rail line that runs between Raleigh and Charlotte, operates daily and has seven additional stops in between. Now […]

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Consolidated operations will make Richmond County safer Rockingham, N.C. – Eric Boyette, secretary of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology and chair of the state’s NC 911 Board, helped Richmond County open its new 911 center Wednesday. “I’m proud that the 911 Board played a part in making this community safer, and I look forward to […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that in federal court today, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced JAMES TRUMAN WIGGINS, JR.¸68, of LaGrange, North Carolina to 25 months of imprisonment to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.  In addition the court ordered WIGGINS to pay restitution in the amount […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, ANTONIO KEVIN MCKOY, 31, of Garland, NC, TONY CHEVALLIER, 31, of Turkey, NC, and JABARR RYEHEINE RUDOLPH, 38, of Clinton, NC were convicted in Federal Court following a seven day jury trial before Chief United States […]

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By Erin Smith The Memorial Day weekend was marred for one family after a Columbus County man was found floating in a pound near Orrum on Monday, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office. The man was identified as Roy Dale Ammons, 54, of Arthur Collier Road. According to officials, Ammons’ vehicle was spotted parked near […]

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NEW BERN – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, Kiet Vo, 50, of Fayetteville, was sentenced by United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan to 18 months imprisonment for one count of Conspiracy to Conduct an Illegal Gambling Business. In January 2015, with the […]

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Update: Hilo, Hawaii, Wednesday, May 30, 2018 From lava damage in Hawaii to flooding in the western part of North Carolina emergency management personnel members are preparing and planning. Bradley Kinlaw, Director of Bladen County Emergency Management Services discusses the lava from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano covering a geothermal power station, evacuations and the flooding in […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy Carolinas (DEC) announced today that through a competitive bidding process, it will sell five small hydroelectric plants in the Western Carolinas region to Northbrook Energy. The transaction will save customers money over time, while ensuring a continued source of clean energy. The facilities, which have a combined 18.7-megawatt generation capacity, are Bryson, […]

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On Friday May 4th, 2018, WBHS FFA members joined hundreds of fellow FFA members at Fayetteville Technical Community College for the South Central FFA Regional Rally. West Bladen High School FFA had over 20 FFA members competing in and helping with various Career Development Events (CDEs). WBHS FFA members competed in Agriculture Mechanics, Creed Speaking, […]

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Get your tickets now to watch local talent perform on the Carolina Civic Center stage in “Into the Woods”. The dates of the performances are June 8th at 7:00 p.m., June 9th at 7:00 p.m., June 10th at 3:00 p.m. and June 15th at 7:00 p.m., June 16th at 7:00 p.m. For all online ticket purchases: carolinaciviccenter.com or you may call the office at […]

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WASHINGTON – A federal grand jury sitting in Raleigh, North Carolina returned an indictment today charging a Raleigh man with seven counts of willful failure to pay over employment taxes, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. According to the indictment, Sainte Deon Robinson failed to pay […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health will once again hold its Nurses Candlelight Walk in observance of National Nurses Week. The annual walk will be held Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. on the front lawn of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, off Owen Drive. The event will be held inside the hospital front lobby in case of […]

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By Erin Smith A bright, sunny sky greeted visitors to the Kelly Spring Festival on Saturday morning. The morning began with a parade which included political candidates, beauty queens, motorcycles, fire trucks and beautifully decorated floats. The highlight of the day was a performance by the North Tower Band of Raleigh. The North Tower Band sang such […]

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Recently, as part of the North Carolina Science Festival, NCDOT partnered with SAS, an analytics software company, to host the data on the fly event at the Division of Aviation’s hangar. This hands-on opportunity provided 20 high school students experience in building airplane monitoring systems using modern technology, including single-board computers, iPads and special antennas. […]

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By Judith Kunst Director of Communications Harrells Christian Academy Winston-Salem – To cap off their time as Lower Schoolers at Harrells Christian Academy, the 5th grade travelled as a class to Winston-Salem for a two-day exploration of Wake Forest University and Old Salem Museums & Gardens on April 10-11. Mrs. Jessica Sawvel, 4th and 5th […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has been awarded an “A” for hospital safety by The Leapfrog Group. The grade was announced in a biannual survey of more than 2,300 hospitals nationwide by the Washington D.C.-based patient safety organization. The group’s rating system is considered the gold standard for patient safety. It is the first […]

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ROSE HILL- Duplin Winery is jumping on the “Rosé All Day” train with its newest product addition, Sweet Rosé. Duplin Winery specializes in Muscadine wines, so naturally this sparkling wine is made with a secret blend of delicious Muscadine grapes. Duplin Winery’s last product debut was the release of Pelican Red in 2017. Since then, […]

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Those taking a ferry this summer at the Outer Banks will do so under the black flag of North Carolina’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard. In partnership with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the flag will fly on ferries serving the Hatteras-Ocracoke, Cedar Island-Ocracoke, and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry routes. The Pamlico River route […]

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 RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, remaining unchanged from February’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent. North Carolina’s March 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 3,495 over the month to 4,755,447 and […]

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PEMBROKE – State and local officials celebrated on Friday, April 20, the start of a much-anticipated project that will improve the safety and traffic flow of a University of North Carolina Pembroke gateway in Robeson County. James Trogdon, secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation, joined UNC Pembroke Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings and Pembroke Mayor Charles […]

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By Erin Smith In a recent meeting of the Eastpointe MCO Board of Directors, CEO Sarah Stroud updated the board regarding the Opioid Crisis in North Carolina and strategies being taken to combat the situation.  Eastpointe MCO serves a ten county area following the disengagement of Nash County in 2017 and Columbus County in March […]

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By Erin Smith A teenager is wanted in Brunswick County for attempted murder, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. The teen is being sought on two charges of attempted murder following a shooting that occurred in Bolivia on Thursday.  According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s’ Office, Jadakiss Jeheim Watkins, 16, of Delco, is wanted in […]

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The 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year will be announced Friday, April 20, during a luncheon at The Umstead Hotel, 100 Woodland Pond Drive, Cary. The actual announcement is expected to take place around 1:45 p.m. The winner succeeds the 2017 Teacher of the Year, Lisa Godwin, a kindergarten teacher at Dixon Elementary School […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy’s $62 million solar rebate program – which will help North Carolina customers with the upfront cost of installing solar panels on their property – was approved this month by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). The program is part of 2017’s Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina law – also known as House Bill 589 – which includes […]

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Schools across North Carolina this month are celebrating National School Library Month to highlight the critical importance of school library media centers and their specialists to enrich student learning.The State Board of Education at its April meeting endorsed a proclamation recognizing the key role of school media centers play in supporting all students with a […]

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Raleigh: North Carolina is on track to send the first homeowner reimbursement checks to Hurricane Matthew survivors beginning next month, state emergency management officials said today. Emergency Management officials will brief legislators this afternoon on program spending and other updates related to Hurricane Matthew recovery. The funds are part of the ReBuild NC program, made possible […]

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A Rise Against Hunger event is planned for Saturday, May 12, beginning at 9 a.m. at Kyle’s Farm in Harrells, NC. Rise Against Hunger International is a non-profit hunger relief organization which packs and distributes nutritious food which is distributed worldwide to areas impacted by natural disasters and emergencies, providing nourishment to those who have basic individual needs, and empowering communities […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announces the arrest of Akram Abdel-Aziz, 50, on drug related charges. Abdel-Aziz is charged in a criminal complaint with the possession with intent to distribute a quantity of 5F-ADB, a synthetic cannabinoid listed as a Schedule I controlled substance.  Known locally […]

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RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol opened its annual “Operation Drive to Live” initiative with a press event today in Nash County.  The week long initiative is designed to bring attention to the loss of life suffered from teen driving fatalities across our state. The event was held at Northern Nash High School in Rocky Mount […]

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By Erin Smith The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Leland woman on Tuesday for embezzling medication from her employer. According to The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office social media, Michelle Margaret Whitney, 36, of Leland was arrested and charged with three counts of embezzlement of a controlled substance by an employee and two counts of trafficking in […]

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By Erin Smith A Brunswick County couple who were convicted of severely abusing their child in 1997 are now facing first degree murder charges stemming from that incident.  David Tripp Jr. and Robyn Noffsinger are both charged with first degree murder in the death of their son, David Reinhardt which was subsequently changed to David […]

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The Caliente Cowboys and Cowgirl, a student culinary team from Clyde A. Erwin High School in Buncombe County, cooked their way to first place in the first-ever North Carolina Jr. Chef Competition, held Monday at Guilford Technical Community College. With their Hot Asheville Chicken with Farmers Market Salad, team members Jacob Boyd, Lane Worley and Haley Marlowe won […]

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By Erin Smith The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that a missing Brunswick County man has been located and is safe. Richard Michael Lemaster II, 32, was reported missing on Friday after being seen leaving a residence on Dogwood Street in Winnabow.  There was no word on where Lemaster was found.  Share:

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RALEIGH– As you clear out closets in your house for spring cleaning, why not also put on an orange safety vest and gloves to participate in the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway Spring Litter Sweep? This year’s campaign runs April 14-28. Volunteers from local businesses, schools, non-profits and community groups work alongside NCDOT to help keep North Carolina’s roadways […]

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Cerro Gordo, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of opiates in the communities of Cerro Gordo and Chadbourn in Columbus County. The defendant resides in Cerro Gordo but has ties with narcotics dealers in Chadbourn.  This investigation originated from numerous citizen complaints. During the investigation, the […]

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By Erin Smith Five inmates at the Tabor Correctional Institute in Columbus County could be facing charges after another inmate was attacked on Wednesday morning. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, prison officials are meeting with the District Attorney’s Office about filing charges.  The assault happened at about 7 a.m. sending the victim to the hospital […]

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By Erin Smith A woman who was reported missing in Sampson County was found deceased on Saturday.  According to the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office, Eileen Marie Carter, 41, of Garland was reported missing last week by her family. According to reports, Carter’s body was located in woods near the Ingold community. No further details are being […]

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By Erin Smith The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a missing 28 year old woman.  According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Deidre Dannielle Watson is 5 feet 7 inches tall and weighs approximately 125 pounds with blue eyes.  Officials say Watson was last seen at 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 29th, at a […]

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State law enforcement officials have apprehended a juvenile who on March 17 failed to return to secure custody at the Lenoir Youth Development Center, following a home visit. The State Highway Patrol took the juvenile identified as Iwanniza L. back into custody in Pitt County Saturday, March 24, at approximately 2:40 a.m. Iwanniza L. has […]

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Harrells, NC –  Third grade teacher at Harrells Christian Academy Mrs. Lisa Turlington looks forward every year to seeing which significant figures from American history her students will choose to study for the annual Wax Museum project. “It could be anyone from John Adams to Johnny Unitas to John Deere,” she says. “The choice depends […]

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Whiteville, NC – On February 15th, just before 1:00 p.m., Columbus County Sheriff’s Office responded to a wooded area off of Hallsboro Road North in Whiteville.  A logging crew working in the area located skeletal remains approximately a mile from the highway.  Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Unit responded to the area and secured […]

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RALEIGH – The 2018 Got to Be NC Festival is right around the corner and organizers are looking for the best of North Carolina to participate. Farm-equipment hobbyists, musicians and food vendors can apply at gottobencfestival.com. The Got to Be NC Festival will be held at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, May 18-20. The […]

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Lexington, N.C. – The North Carolina 911 Board today honored a team of 911 dispatchers who helped law enforcement officers in Davidson County arrest three men accused of robbing a jewelry store in Thomasville and then shooting a driver who was following them. Jason Beck, Holly Dunn, Loretta Hayes, Maurice Hodges, Lauren Hurd, Courtney Owens, […]

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today approved Congressman Robert Pittenger’s request to continue Lumberton’s eligibility for certain U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) grant and loan programs.    The City of Lumberton has previously benefited from USDA economic development programs.  However, a small increase in Lumberton’s population meant the city no longer qualified, despite […]

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Whiteville, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of prescription pills in the Whiteville community of Columbus County.  This investigation originated from citizen complaints. On March 07, 2018, the defendant in this case was at the Columbus County Courthouse for a Superior Court hearing on an unrelated […]

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BEULAVILLE, NC –Eastpointe is troubled by DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen’s approval of Columbus County’s request to disengage and realign with Trillium Health Resources. Eastpointe notified both DHHS and Columbus County that the process mandated by the General Assembly designed to govern the disengagement and protect members and their families was not followed. Unfortunately, Secretary Cohen […]

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In a video message to teachers this morning, North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson issued a challenge intended to raise completion levels for the Teacher Working Conditions Survey. If educators reach a 95 percent rate of completion, Johnson said he will participate in next year’s Krispy Kreme Challenge, a footrace that involves running 2.5 miles, eating […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office assisted the North Carolina Probation and Parole at the residence of a probationer on Monday night resulting in the seizure of drugs and weapons according to Sheriff James A. McVicker.   “Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Agents, K-9 Unit and Uniform Patrol assisted North Carolina Probation and Parole officers with a search […]

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RALEIGH – Nine municipalities and one county from across the state will receive assistance with bicycle and pedestrian planning, thanks to grants awarded this month by the N.C. Department of Transportation. Recipients were selected from a pool of 23 applications by an awards committee comprised of representatives from regional planning organizations and councils of government, […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced WILLIAM MARTIN LAWSON, 42, of Lumberton to 120 months of imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release. On August 22, 2017, […]

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