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Robeson County officer involved shooting leads to suspects on the run

Helicopter on the hunt for armed suspects

There have been reports by officials of three suspects shooting at law enforcement in Robeson County. As of 5:15 pm on Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018 two of the suspects are on the run in the Columbus County area, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. One of the three suspects has been apprehended. READ MORE

Federal Jury Convicts Cumberland County Men of Drug and Money Laundering Offenses
ELIZABETH CITY – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that on Saturday, January 20, 2018, LEMONT JERRONE WEBB,  a Godwin, NC resident, and HARRY MYLES, SR., a Dunn, NC resident, were convicted following a four-day jury trial before United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle. READ MORE

“Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten” Documentary and Panel Discussion at Carolina Civic Center Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater, in partnership with the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA), will screen the CashWorks HD Productions documentary “Pardons of Innocence: The Wilmington Ten,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, February 22, followed by a panel discussion about the film. READ MORE

Duke Energy proposes $62 million solar rebate program in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy today proposed a $62 million solar rebate program designed to help its North Carolina customers with the upfront cost of installing solar panels on their property.

This is the first of three customer programs Duke Energy is proposing as part of the implementation of 2017’s Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina law – also known as House Bill 589. READ MORE

Balsam Range at Carolina Civic Center

Returning 7 p.m. Saturday February 10 from their sold-out 2015 performance, Balsam Range brings a warm, contemporary bluegrass sound to the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton.  Hailing from Henderson County in western North Carolina, Balsam Range’s ascent to the top of the Bluegrass world has left a well-marked trail of success since the band’s inception in 2007. READ MORE 


SBI Has Job Openings for Special Agent I Positions
RALEIGH — The State Bureau of Investigation is accepting job applications until Friday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. for approximately 12 special agent I positions to work in various locations statewide.
“We are looking for men and women who are physically fit, of strong moral and ethical character and who would enjoy working in an investigative law enforcement role,” said Bob Schurmeier, director of the SBI. “I encourage those who qualify to consider being a part of this agency that protects and serves the citizens of North Carolina in many ways.”  READ MORE 

N.C. Pesticide Board announces case settlements

RALEIGH – The N.C. Pesticide Board recently approved the following settlement agreements for individuals in Columbus, Johnston, Jones, New Hanover and Rowan counties, and Trenton, Ga. Settlements included instances of pesticide drift and selling restricted-use pesticides to individuals without a valid pesticide license.   READ MORE

Protecting Houses of Worship Training Held in Cary

RALEIGH – Tuesday, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina joined law enforcement and local area houses of worship in presenting training to security personnel from diverse faith communities on protecting religious institutions and houses of worship from violence.  This one-day Protecting Houses of Worship Seminar was held at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, North Carolina and was attended by nearly 450 people representing local churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques. READ MORE

Judge Issues Consent Judgment in Bolton Nuisance Case

WHITEVILLE – Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser has entered a consent judgment against a nuisance property located at 316 Lizzie’s Drive, Bolton.  The defendant and property owner in this lawsuit is John H. Freeman.

This judgment is the final step in a civil nuisance abatement action brought by Columbus County District Attorney Jon David, on behalf of the State of North Carolina. Chapter 19 of the N.C. General Statutes defines a public nuisance, and allows for a civil remedy to abate such nuisance activities. READ MORE

Duke Energy asking customers to conserve energy usage through Monday morning

Help us reduce energy use. Duke Energy is asking customers to reduce electricity use during the cold snap.

Right now, demand on the electrical grid is unusually high due to lingering frigid temperatures. While we’re doing all that we can to generate and deliver electricity, we need your help to lessen overall energy demand and reduce the potential for isolated power outages. READ MORE

Columbus County Sheriff’s Office makes arrests in multiple property crimes


Columbus County, NC –The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Unit arrested five individuals for charges related to multiple residential breaking and entering cases that occurred in November and December of 2017.  The arrests were the result of a complex investigation. READ MORE

From the News and Observer: North Carolina had 5th fastest growing population in 2016-17

What price is freedom?

By Erin Smith

As folks entered the Brunswick County Courthouse this week they were greeted with a reminder that freedom does not come for free. READ MORE

N.C. 410 Bridge to be Replaced in Columbus County

Bridge to close on Jan. 22

NC DOTCHADBOURN – Contract crews will close N.C. 410 over Beaverdam Swamp on Monday, Jan. 22, to begin replacing the 70-year-old bridge, which is about four miles south of Chadbourn. The closure will require a detour that includes Rough and Ready Road and U.S. 701. READ MORE

Politics : Representative Robert Pittenger statement on redistricting 

January 10, 2018


Robert Pittenger

Today, Representative Robert Pittenger issued the following statement regarding the recent redistricting ruling:

“A three judge panel with a majority of liberal appointees is seeking to usurp the NC General Assembly’s constitutional authority by improperly ordering the redrawing of North Carolina’s Congressional lines. READ MORE

Politics : Statement on Redistricting Ruling


We have received many questions from reporters, supporters, and concerned citizens about the impact of yesterday’s ruling by a three judge panel of the Obama-ridden United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit that found North Carolina’s current Congressional districts to be unconstitutional. While we disagree with this ruling and believe it to be another example of judicial activism run amok, based on what we are hearing from judicial and redistricting experts, as well as our legislative leaders, we feel confident that the Supreme Court will stay the ruling and our election will proceed as scheduled with no changes to the 9th Congressional District. READ MORE


Wilmington, N.C. (January 9, 2018) – The University of North Carolina Wilmington has been ranked #7 on the U.S. News & World Report list of Best Online Bachelor’s Programs, the university announced.  READ MORE 


Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund and Seymour Johnson AFB partnership provides conservation easement to landowners
RALEIGH – Landowners signed the first two conservation easement agreements under a joint partnership between the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund and the United States Air Force.  READ MORE 

Sharonview Federal Credit Union Continues Growth in Eastern North Carolina with Addition of Financial Advisor Alex Jones

WILMINGTON N.C. – December 13, 2017– Sharonview Federal Credit Union, one of the nation’s top 200 credit unions, announces the addition of Alex Jones to its financial advisors team. With 17 years of industry experience, Jones brings extensive knowledge to the team while enhancing Sharonview’s financial services in eastern North Carolina. READ MORE 


Politics: Analysis of N.C. Judicial Redistricting Proposal Finds Racial and Partisan Biases

DURHAM, N.C. – A white paper released today by the Southern Coalition for Social Justice documents some of the racial and partisan biases infecting the most recent judicial redistricting plan presented by a state legislative committee.  Draft judicial districts unveiled in the December meeting of the Senate Select Committee on Judicial Reform and Redistricting covered many of the same geographic areas as legislative districts found to be unconstitutional racial gerrymanders in some places and are likely to lead to an enormously disproportionate number of Republican judges being elected throughout the state. READ MORE

St. Pauls man sentenced on firearms charges

NEW BERN – William Charlie Collins was sentenced to 95 months in custody followed by three years of supervised probation Tuesday on two counts of felon in possession of a firearm.

The 32-year-old St. Pauls man had pled guilty to the charges in September and was sentenced in the Eastern District of North Carolina federal court by U.S. District Judge Louise W. Flanagan. READ MORE

Apache Attack Helicopter Battalion Stays in North Carolina Army National Guard

RALEIGH, N.C. – The U.S. Army and National Guard Bureau (NGB) announced its basing decision for the four Apache (AH-64) helicopter battalions remaining in the Army National Guard. North Carolina National Guard’s 1-130th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion (ARB), based in Morrisville, is one of the four selected to remain.

The Army had originally proposed moving all eight of the Apache attack helicopters battalions from the National Guard to the active force as part of its  Aviation Restructuring Initiative. READ MORE [divider]

Duke Energy Carolinas customers set new all-time peak record for energy use
CHARLOTTE, N.C., — Duke Energy Carolinas customers set a new all-time peak record for energy usage on Friday, Jan. 5. Duke Energy Carolinas serves 2.5 million households and businesses in central and western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina.

The unofficial peak record is now 21,623 megawatt-hours in the hour ending at 8 a.m.  READ MORE 

SRMC at maximum capacity; asking patients to seek alternatives

Southeastern Medial CenterOfficials with Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) are urging the public to visit their family physician or use local clinics for all health conditions not requiring emergency care as currently all staffed beds at SRMC are occupied and patients seeking admission are facing delays. READ MORE

State Highway Patrol Launches Intern Program

RALEIGH – In an effort to increase positive relationships among youth across North Carolina, the State Highway Patrol is announcing a new high school internship program that will begin in January.

The 40-hour program is designed to provide students with real-life perspectives on a career in law enforcement while improving the efficiency of the organization.  Participants will perform several non-enforcement related duties while adhering to the same professional standards expected of uniform personnel. READ MORE

Three Cumberland County Bridges to be Replaced

FAYETTEVILLE – A contractor soon will begin replacing three bridges that serve as loops to Interstate 95 in Cumberland County.

The N.C. Department of Transportation recently awarded a nearly $4.9 million contract to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson to replace the bridges, starting in March. The projects will require road closures and detours. READ MORE 

Robeson County Bridge to be Replaced

LUMBERTON – A new bridge is on the way in Robeson County.

The N.C. Department of Transportation recently awarded a $564,029 contract to The Tara Group of Lumberton Inc. to replace the North Broadridge Road bridge over Tenmile Branch, a creek south of Lumberton.  READ MORE 

Southeastern Hospice volunteer training set
Southeastern Hospice will host a training course for new volunteers interested in assisting hospice patients and their families in homes or at Southeastern Hospice House. Prospective volunteers are required to attend all sessions, which will be held Tuesdays and Thursdays, February 6 – 27, from 9:30 am to noon at Southeastern Hospice House, located at 1100 Pine Run Drive in Lumberton. READ MORE

Hallsboro Middle student continues recovering from injuries

  A Hallsboro Middle School student who was involved in a serious motor vehicle crash on November 17th, 2017 is still recovering from her injuries. She is preparing to return home after completing therapy in Charlotte on January 25th and her family needs to construct a ramp, along with paying for medical and other expenses incurred during her hospital stay. READ MORE

Columbus County deputies search for missing man

Richard Allen Bruce

Columbus County deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing man.

Richard Allen Bruce was last seen at 1874 Farmer’s Union Road, Clarkton, on December 31, 2017, around 8 p.m. READ MORE

SRMC limits visitors as flu hits the region
Southeastern Medial CenterSoutheastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) has implemented visitation restrictions due to the increasing trend in flu cases throughout the region.

The visitation restrictions allow for two visitors per patient ages 18 and older except in the emergency department, where only one visitor will be allowed per patient. READ MORE 

Duke Energy declares quarterly dividend payment to shareholders

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy today declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.890 per share payable on March 16, 2018, to shareholders of record at the close of business Feb. 16, 2018. READ MORE 

Weather briefing for the weekend
Arctic high pressure will continue to build down into the Carolinas this weekend with near record cold and dangerously low wind chills. Temperatures will be in the teens to single digits early Saturday and Sunday morning as wind chills fall near zero Sunday morning. READ MORE

This Week at NCDOT: Winter Weather FAQ

NC DOTNorth Carolina experienced its first big winter storm of the season this week. During these events, we receive a lot of questions about how the NCDOT prepares for and responds to winter storms. We thought this would be an opportunity to answer some of those questions. READ MORE [divider]

Perdue Announces Farm Service Agency State Committee Appointees

SPRINGFIELD, ILLINOIS, January 4, 2018 – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a slate of Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Committee Appointees. State committees are selected by the Secretary, serve at the pleasure of the Secretary, and are responsible for carrying out FSA’s farm programs within delegated authorities.

“The State Committees will help to ensure USDA is providing our farmers, ranchers, foresters, and agricultural producers with the best customer service,” Secretary Perdue said.  READ MORE

Firstfloor Energy Positive Begins Groundbreaking on New Energy Positive Leased PK-12 School in North Carolina


Groundbreaking for new school in Jones County cancelled due to weather


The groundbreaking event for a new Jones County school scheduled for today (January 8) in Trenton, NC has been cancelled due to weather.  Officials are working on scheduling a new date for the event.

RALEIGH, N.C., Jan. 5, 2017 — Students in Jones County, North Carolina are one step closer to attending school in a brand new facility. Firstfloor Energy Positive, the design-builder providing turnkey property development services for educational institutions, announces its groundbreaking date for the all-new energy positive, leased public PK-12 school in Trenton, (Jones County) North Carolina. North Carolina State School Superintendent Mark Johnson and Senator Harry Brown will be in attendance for the groundbreaking.  READ MORE

Arrest Made in Drug and Firearm Charges in and Around Harnett County

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announces the arrest yesterday of one defendant pursuant to a federal indictment for drug and firearms charges. READ MORE

Pender County offices closed

Per Pender County Fire Marshal Tommy Batson, all Pender County government offices will be closed on Friday, January 5th.

Southeastern Health announces Friday inclement weather schedule

Southeastern Medial CenterSoutheastern Health of Lumberton has issued an updated inclement weather schedule for Friday, January 5th. READ MORE

Wesley Pines Retirement Community Health & Wellness Fair   

The Wesley Pines Retirement Community in Lumberton will conduct a Health and Wellness Fair on Thursday, January 25th. READ MORE

DEQ Secretary Regan says offshore drilling poses too many risks for N.C. economy, environment

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Secretary Michael S. Regan released the following statement on the Interior Department’s plans, announced today, to open North Carolina and other East Coast states to offshore oil and gas exploration. READ MORE

Most DMV Offices in Snow-Covered Areas of State Closed

RALEIGH – More than 70 driver license offices in eastern North Carolina and some in central areas of the state are closed today due to inclement weather, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles announced. READ MORE


Snider named staff attorney for the State Board of Education

The North Carolina State Board of Education has hired Eric Snider as staff attorney to the board. SBE Chairman Bill Cobey made the announcement at the board’s monthly meeting after the board voted unanimously to offer the position to Snider.

“Eric has a distinguished legal career and will be a great addition to our legal team,” Cobey said.  READ MORE


Moores Creek National Battlefield To Close Due to Winter Storm

Currie, NC– In anticipation of the projected winter storm event, Moores Creek National Battlefield will be closing at 12:00 pm on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. The park will reassess conditionsThursday morning before making a determination about park operations for January 4 READ MORE

Money saving tips during cold weather

MoneyDuke Energy offers cold weather energy and money-saving tips
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The new year brought in a blast of cold weather, and Duke Energy is offering some tips for managing your energy costs.  READ MORE
Tips from NC Gov to stay safe during winter storm

State officials are preparing for North Carolina’s first winter storm of 2018 and people in areas that could see snow are encouraged to do the same, Governor Roy Cooper said Tuesday.

A winter storm watch begins Wednesday for many eastern North Carolina counties and snowfall is expected across the coastal plain on Wednesday afternoon and night.  READ MORE


Winter Storm Warning through 6 AM Thu

By: Mark Bacon, Meteorologist National Weather Service Wilmington, NC

Hazardous Weather Outlook for: Robeson-Bladen-Columbus-Inland Pender-Inland New Hanover-Inland Brunswick-Dillon-Florence-Marion


Manufacturer taps eastern N.C. over Pittsburgh for expansion, jobs  READ MORE

Winter Storm Watch upgraded to Winter Storm Warning

Created by: Mark Bacon, Meteorologist National Weather Service Wilmington, NC

The Winter Storm Watch has been upgraded to Winter Storm Warning according to Mark Bacon, Meteorologist National Weather Service.

Precipitation will likely overspread the area from south to north beginning late Wednesday morning through Wednesday night.  READ MORE

Schools announce closings

Brunswick County Schools and New Hanover County Schools have announced they will be closed on Wednesday due to the anticipated inclement weather conditions.

SBI investigating Duplin County church fire

By Erin Smith

The State Bureau of Investigation is investigating after an early morning fire destroyed a Duplin County church. The fire at Rose Hill United Methodist Church was reported by a neighbor at 8 a.m. Monday. READ MORE

CresCom Bank Introduces David Couey as

Commercial Loan Officer and Vice President

 CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 2, 2017 – CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, is pleased to welcome David Couey to the CresCom Bank team as the new commercial loan officer and vice president in the Charleston area. READ MORE 

Inmate Disciplinary Policy Upgraded to Make Prisons Safer

RALEIGH – As part of the Department of Public Safety’s continuing efforts to make prisons safer, revisions have been made to the Offender Disciplinary Procedures. These changes, which take effect Jan. 3, 2018, strengthen the policy and will hold inmates more accountable for rules violations, as well as upgrade certain charges to a higher level.

“We have continually heard from employees that changes needed to be made to the offender disciplinary policy,” Secretary Erik A. Hooks said.  READ MORE

Gov. Cooper Takes Action to Keep Home Heating Fuels Available Amid Freezing Temperatures

Gov. Cooper signs Executive Order to keep fuel flowing to NC, protect consumers from price gouging

In anticipation of a forecast of cold weather, Gov. Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order to help maintain supply of home heating fuels like propane across North Carolina.

“Freezing temperatures could cause rising prices and transportation challenges for propane and other fuels that keep homes warm,” Gov. Cooper said. READ MORE 

Fees for DMV Hearings to begin in January
State-mandated charges now required

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will start collecting the state-mandated fees for administrative hearings beginning Jan. 1.

This legislation affects 19 administrative hearing types that review the revocation or suspension of vehicle license plates and licenses for drivers, inspection stations, automotive dealers and mechanics. There are no fees for medical hearings. READ MORE 

Temps drop in Garland

Brrrrr it’s cold

By Erin Smith

The fountain in downtown Garland resembles an ice sculpture as it glistens in the early morning sun on Saturday.  READ MORE

Food Lion Recalls Food Lion Brand Buttermilk Homestyle Biscuits

SALISBURY, N.C.- Food Lion is voluntarily recalling all code dates of its Food Lion brand Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits in an abundance of caution after being notified by its manufacturer today the product may contain listeria monocytogenes. READ MORE

Fayetteville PD seeking whereabouts of missing teens

The Fayetteville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating two teens who are missing. Both teens were last seen prior to Christmas.  READ MORE

Sampson County woman loses life in house fire

A house fire claimed the life of a Sampson County woman overnight Thursday. The fire ocurred at 641 Brown’s Church Road near Clinton. READ MORE

Kimberly Grande Named Executive Director of the Inmate Grievance and Resolution Board

NC Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks today announced Kimberly D. Grande as the new executive director of the Inmate Grievance Resolution Board.  Grande, a seasoned jurist who has practiced law for more than a decade, will assume the position on January 8. READ MORE

Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament: South Brunswick 65, Whiteville 51

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

The Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament is being conducted this week. On the first day, South Brunswick took on Whiteville, handing the Wolfpack an Opening Day defeat. For more tournament action go’s Sports page.

Tabor City store reports armed robbery

A Tabor City store reported being the victim of an armed robbery on Tuesday night. READ MORE

Goodbye, George Bailey: Decline of Rural Lending Crimps Small-Town Business

140 new jobs in Cumberland County

DHL Supply Chain, a leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, plans to bring 140 jobs to Cumberland County in partnership with Campbell Soup Company, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Together, the companies plan to invest more than $40 million in this project.
“DHL Supply Chain and Campbell chose Cumberland County for its skilled workforce, proximity to major transportation hubs, and favorable business climate,” Gov. Cooper said. “I’m proud to welcome them to North Carolina.” READ MORE 

Gov. Cooper Announces Judicial Appointments in Three Districts

Gov. Roy Cooper announced three new judicial appointments in districts across North Carolina.
“These North Carolinians bring decades of courtroom experience and dedication to public service to their new appointments,” Gov. Cooper said. “Their legal expertise and commitment to justice make them strong additions to our courts.” READ MORE

Holiday Travel and Wilmington Bypass Opening

NC DOTRALEIGH –  With Christmas coming and millions of travelers going to visit loved ones, the N.C. Department of Transportation is suspending most road construction projects on major routes to help make your trip smoother. READ MORE

Fishburne Military School Invited to March in VA Gubernatorial Inauguration

Waynesboro, VA —  Virginia’s oldest and smallest military school for boys has officially been selected to march in the  Virginia Gubernatorial Inaugural Parade in Richmond, VA. READ MORE

Safe Travel on Wish List for State Highway Patrol

RALEIGH – As the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday season approaches, the State Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to keep safety in mind while traveling to their various destinations.  As the number of vehicles increase on the state’s roadways, so does the potential for vehicle collisions. READ MORE

Felony Warrant Enforcement Operation Nets 22 Defendants Wanted for Gun, Drug and Other Charges

FAYETTEVILLE – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon Jr., announces that “Operation Wintry Mix” resulted in the arrest of 16 defendants for outstanding federal charges in a coordinated warrant enforcement operation.  In addition, three subjects related to this operation were found to be in the custody of the North Carolina Department of Corrections and a local jail in Virginia.  READ MORE

12th annual Eastern North Carolina Gang Conference planned

Registration is now open for the 12th annual North Carolina Gang Conference “Opioid Addiction Epidemic National Crisis: 2018 Perspective.” The conference will be conducted at the the N.C. Justice Academy in Salemburg on Friday, January 19, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. READ MORE

Secretary Erik Hooks Announces Interim Chief Deputy Secretary of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice

Judge Reuben Young will serve in an interim capacity as the Chief Deputy Secretary of the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice (ACJJ), Secretary Erik A. Hooks announced today. Judge Young will fill the position within the Department of Public Safety formerly held by David Guice. READ MORE

UPDATED: NCDOT Suspends Most Lane Closures to Ease Holiday Travel

NC DOTRALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most construction work on major routes across the state to reduce delays during the busy holiday travel season, but drivers should watch out for continued lane closures that could cause backups around a few highway projects. READ MORE

N.C. 211 Bridge South of Red Springs to be Replaced

NC DOTRED SPRINGS – A bridge replacement project will require N.C. 211 to close on Tuesday, Jan. 2, over the CSX railroad south of Red Springs. READ MORE

Sampson County man facing child rape charges

Raymond Davis

A Sampson County man is facing charges of child rape, according to law enforcement officials. READ MORE

NOAA’s GOES-16, now at GOES-East, ready to improve forecasts even more

December 18, 2017Now in its new GOES-East position, the advanced GOES-16 satellite has officially joined NOAA’s operational observation network, providing forecasters with sharper, more defined images of severe storms, hurricanes, wildfires and other weather hazards in near real-time 24/7. READ MORE

NCDOT Suspends Most Lane Closures to Ease Holiday Travel

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most construction work on major routes across the state to reduce delays during the busy holiday travel season, but drivers should watch out for continued lane closures that could cause backups around a few highway projects.

Travel lanes will stay open from 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22, through 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, around most construction projects on interstate, U.S. and N.C. highways ­­– with these exceptions:  READ MORE

Gaston County Educator Wins National Milken Award

Meghan LeFevers

Meghan LeFevers knew a few weeks ago that N.C. Superintendent Mark Johnson would be visiting Bessemer City High School, where she’s an assistant principal. She thought today’s visit to Gaston County was just part of the education leader’s statewide listening tour to learn from local educators. READ MORE

Auditions to be held for My Time To Shine Talent competition

Auditions are scheduled for the My Time to Shine talent competition. Auditions will be held February 9, 10 and 11 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton for two upcoming events at the theater.  READ MORE


Jacksonville, Florida-based industrial and office developer Chesterfield has plans to construct a 300,000-square-foot industrial facility at the Port of Wilmington, officials with the company said Monday.

The main 23-acre site, located less than a mile from the port’s south gate, is expected to be developed in late 2018, said Chance Raehn, vice president of development at Chesterfield.

“Our hope and expectations are that we have a build-to-suit project and the facility be operational by the end of 2018,” Raehn said. “This is a speculative project with a build-to-suit tenant in mind.”  READ MORE


“Temporary is temporary:” DHHS Leaders Promise to Fix Cardinal, Then Get Out



Let birds be birds

One of the goals of the sanctuary is to let these birds be birds, which means being able to fly. I love seeing this at the sanctuary. Birds are flocking animals made to fly. 98% of the birds at the Sanctuary have never seen another bird…sad. Taking this away from them is so unfortunate. Some of the birds we care for are unable to fly as they have never developed the wing strength. Before you get a parrot as a pet, remember they are not supposed to be pets, they are supposed to be free, not trained circus monkeys. If you love something, let it stay free.  READ MORE

Sports: RBA Viking Cheerleaders bring home awards from national competition

LELAND – The Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) Viking Cheerleaders once again returned victorious from Walt Disney World in Orlando, where they earned three National Championship titles at the 2017 Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championships. READ MORE

Sampson County church destroyed by fire

By Erin Smith

A Sampson County church was destroyed in a fire overnight Wednesday. The Evening Light Holiness Church in Garland was gutted in the fire with only the brick walls remaining. READ MORE

Salemburg Food Bank benefits from donation


Woodrow Smith with Steve Hulen Commader

On Thursday evening, Dec 7th, the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mingo Militia Camp 1717 held their annual Christmas Party. Members enjoyed a steak supper with all the trimmings followed with banana pudding chocolate pound cake and coconut cake baked by Mrs. Pat Hulen. READ MORE

Online News & Advertising expands

The Online News & Advertising, LLC (dba: staff are excited as we have launched In our efforts to keep you up to date with all of the latest news that matters to you we are expanding our coverage to include Southeastern North Carolina and Northeastern South Carolina. 

“We are really excited to launch Southeastern Times was a local newspaper years ago and such an important part of Bladen County’s history and the community. We wanted to bring it back, but make it broader,” said General Manager Erin Smith. READ MORE


SBI Develops New Hand-held Fingerprint Technology

Keep Predatory Loans Out of North Carolina

CresCom Bank Promotes Patty Vernon to Branch Manager and Banking Officer

DPS to Establish Five New Reentry Councils to Help Former Inmates, Prevent Repeat Offenders

Sex, lies and politics

Romanian Man Sentenced for Role in International Fraud Scheme Involving Online Marketplace Websites

Conyers exits as movement against harassment gains momentum

Governor’s Crime Commission Looks at Ways to Improve Prison Security

Former Connecticut Resident Pleads Guilty to Illegally Transporting Protected Wildlife

Eight New State Capitol Police Officers Sworn In

New Law Helps Enhance Prison Safety