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Bob Shiles

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: bshiles@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-416-5165


About Bob Shiles

Covering county government, state government and Maxton

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RALEIGH — The state Senate acted swiftly to pass on final reading Thursday a bill that could lead to lower electric bills in Lumberton and Red Springs and boost economic development throughout Eastern North Carolina.
“This is huge,” said John McNeill, Red Springs mayor and member of the board of directors of the North Carolina Ea

Senate passes bill that could cut utility rates

RALEIGH — The state Senate acted swiftly to pass on final reading Thursday a bill that could lead to lower electric bills in Lumberton and Red Springs and boost economic development throughout Eastern North Carolina. “This is huge,” said John McNeill, Red Springs mayor and member of the board of directors of the North Carolina Ea

LUMBERTON — Legislation that would change the way the state distributes sales tax could increase Robeson County's annual grab, but reduce the amount of sales tax going to the county's municipalities.
County and state officials are studying the bill filed in the Senate last week that is being viewed as legislation that will not pit Democrats

Sales-tax plan would benefit Robeson

LUMBERTON — Legislation that would change the way the state distributes sales tax could increase Robeson County's annual grab, but reduce the amount of sales tax going to the county's municipalities. County and state officials are studying the bill filed in the Senate last week that is being viewed as legislation that will not pit Democrats

RALEIGH — The state Senate is expected to pass on final reading today a bill that could lead to lower electric bills in Lumberton and Red Springs as early as this fall, as well as boost economic development throughout Eastern North Carolina.
The bill authorizes Duke Energy Progress to purchase the generating capacity managed by Electricities

Power deal near approval in Senate

RALEIGH — The state Senate is expected to pass on final reading today a bill that could lead to lower electric bills in Lumberton and Red Springs as early as this fall, as well as boost economic development throughout Eastern North Carolina. The bill authorizes Duke Energy Progress to purchase the generating capacity managed by Electricities

LUMBERTON — When he woke up Thursday morning, James McGirt said he had a feeling he was going to win the car being raffled off later in the day as a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Lumberton/Robeson County.
“I went to my friend, the manager of Farm Bureau (Matt Adams), and told him I was going to take my tags, put them on the

Car raffle fuels children's club

LUMBERTON — When he woke up Thursday morning, James McGirt said he had a feeling he was going to win the car being raffled off later in the day as a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club of Lumberton/Robeson County. “I went to my friend, the manager of Farm Bureau (Matt Adams), and told him I was going to take my tags, put them on the

LUMBERTON — Robeson County Commissioner Berlester Campbell is living up to his campaign promise to donate his $700 monthly travel stipend to the community.
The commissioner, whose District 2 includes Fairmont, Maxton and Rowland, this month has written nine checks totaling $1,450 to support student scholarships, school trips, a choir concert

Campbell making good on promise to donate stipend

LUMBERTON — Robeson County Commissioner Berlester Campbell is living up to his campaign promise to donate his $700 monthly travel stipend to the community. The commissioner, whose District 2 includes Fairmont, Maxton and Rowland, this month has written nine checks totaling $1,450 to support student scholarships, school trips, a choir concert

SADDLETREE — As part of its first birthday, the United Saddletree Community Center on Wednesday cooked up a meal for local residents who had celebrated 55 of them or more.
“Our goal is to give back to our elders,” said Eric Locklear, the nonprofit's president. “This is a chance for our elders to come out and have some good

Center cooks up meal for elders

SADDLETREE — As part of its first birthday, the United Saddletree Community Center on Wednesday cooked up a meal for local residents who had celebrated 55 of them or more. “Our goal is to give back to our elders,” said Eric Locklear, the nonprofit's president. “This is a chance for our elders to come out and have some good

RALEIGH — State Sen. Jane Smith is taking a wait-and-see attitude toward legislation that aims to take sales tax money away from urban areas and send it to rural areas.
Smith, a Democrat from Lumberton, said the proposed changes in how state sales tax is distributed among the state's 100 counties and cities would “obviously” be g

Tax plan would benefit Robeson

RALEIGH — State Sen. Jane Smith is taking a wait-and-see attitude toward legislation that aims to take sales tax money away from urban areas and send it to rural areas. Smith, a Democrat from Lumberton, said the proposed changes in how state sales tax is distributed among the state's 100 counties and cities would “obviously” be g

NC 41 site could be pick for hatchery

LUMBERTON — Sanderson Farms has identified a site on N.C. 41 just outside of the Lumberton city limits that could become the home of one of the poultry company's hatcheries. Bob “Pic” Billingsley, director of development and engineering for Sanderson Farms, says that the hatchery building would be 65,000 square feet of pre-cast c

LUMBERTON — Lumberton businessman Dick Taylor lost his bid Thursday to be re-elected to a second four-year term as a state House of Representatives appointee to the University of North Carolina's Board of Governors.
Taylor and two other incumbents — Raiford Trask and Hari Nath — lost their seats as the House chose five new faces

Taylor to exit UNC board

LUMBERTON — Lumberton businessman Dick Taylor lost his bid Thursday to be re-elected to a second four-year term as a state House of Representatives appointee to the University of North Carolina's Board of Governors. Taylor and two other incumbents — Raiford Trask and Hari Nath — lost their seats as the House chose five new faces

LUMBERTON — Sanderson Farms has identified a site on N.C. 41 just outside of the Lumberton city limits that could become the home of one of the poultry company's hatcheries.
Bob “Pic” Billingsley, director of development and engineering for Sanderson Farms, says that the hatchery building would be 65,000 square feet of pre-cast c

NC 41 site could be pick for hatchery

LUMBERTON — Sanderson Farms has identified a site on N.C. 41 just outside of the Lumberton city limits that could become the home of one of the poultry company's hatcheries. Bob “Pic” Billingsley, director of development and engineering for Sanderson Farms, says that the hatchery building would be 65,000 square feet of pre-cast c

LUMBERTON — A two-day retreat for commissioners in Wilmington earlier this month cost county taxpayers about $4,250.
That total was for meals and 17 rooms for two nights at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside on March 5 and March 6, said Tammy Freeman, the board's clerk. That total does not include the cost of transportation for the county commi

Coounty's retreat price-tag comes in at about $4,250

LUMBERTON — A two-day retreat for commissioners in Wilmington earlier this month cost county taxpayers about $4,250. That total was for meals and 17 rooms for two nights at the Hilton Wilmington Riverside on March 5 and March 6, said Tammy Freeman, the board's clerk. That total does not include the cost of transportation for the county commi

Cummings to hold forum Tuesday night

RED SPRINGS — County Commissioner Raymond Cummings, who represents District 5, will hold a public forum at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Burnt Swamp/Philadelphus Volunteer Fire Department. The department is located at 54 Fire Department Road in Red Springs. Topics to be discussed during the forum include the four-way stop at the intersection of N

RALEIGH — A state representative of a district that includes part of Robeson County is the primary sponsor of a bipartisan bill filed Tuesday in both the House and Senate that could lead to lower electric bills in Lumberton and Red Springs as early as this fall.
The bills, which are identical, are centered around last summer's announcement t

Towns could get cheaper electricity

RALEIGH — A state representative of a district that includes part of Robeson County is the primary sponsor of a bipartisan bill filed Tuesday in both the House and Senate that could lead to lower electric bills in Lumberton and Red Springs as early as this fall. The bills, which are identical, are centered around last summer's announcement t

LUMBERTON — Prospect Elementary School is pretty stingy when it comes to the Battle of the Books.
For the fourth straight year, the school took took first place in the elementary division of the Public Schools of Robeson County's Battle of the Books competition. The event, which included 14 teams of fourth- and fifth-graders, was held Monday

Prospect School books another title

LUMBERTON — Prospect Elementary School is pretty stingy when it comes to the Battle of the Books. For the fourth straight year, the school took took first place in the elementary division of the Public Schools of Robeson County's Battle of the Books competition. The event, which included 14 teams of fourth- and fifth-graders, was held Monday

LUMBERTON — Some Robeson Community College employees could see their hours and pay cut during the fiscal year that begins in July.
While emphasizing that it is too early in the state budget cycle to determine how community colleges will fare in the next budget, RCC President Pamela Hilbert says the college is preparing for the worst.
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RCC warns of possibility of cuts

LUMBERTON — Some Robeson Community College employees could see their hours and pay cut during the fiscal year that begins in July. While emphasizing that it is too early in the state budget cycle to determine how community colleges will fare in the next budget, RCC President Pamela Hilbert says the college is preparing for the worst. “

PEMBROKE — County Commissioner Raymond Cummings isn't convinced that the best answer to traffic problems at the busy intersection of N.C. 72 and Union Chapel Road is to make the intersection a four-way stop.
“Just sounds to me like this is the idea of another Raleigh engineer,” Cummings said during Monday's meeting of the Robeson

Intersection to become 4-way stop

PEMBROKE — County Commissioner Raymond Cummings isn't convinced that the best answer to traffic problems at the busy intersection of N.C. 72 and Union Chapel Road is to make the intersection a four-way stop. “Just sounds to me like this is the idea of another Raleigh engineer,” Cummings said during Monday's meeting of the Robeson

4 permits for solar farms OK'd

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved four conditional-use permits that allow for the establishment of solar farms, but delayed action on a fifth permit request. Each of the conditional-use permits was granted after a public hearing. At the request of Commissioner Jerry Stephens, a fifth permit request that

Commissioners have 5 requests for solar farms

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners will consider Monday five conditional-use permit requests that would allow for the establishment of solar farms. Public hearings will first be held on the requests, which if approved would allow solar farms to be established in Backswamp, Raft Swamp, Sterlings and Smyrna. Solar farms are

ST. PAULS — As poultry giant Sanderson Farms gets its chicken-processing plant up and running at its new home in the St. Pauls Industrial Park, there will be a noticeable upswing in the economy of St. Pauls and surrounding communities, an N.C. State University economist said Friday.
“Spending is usually the trend when there is a new pa

Sanderson called 'a game-changer'

ST. PAULS — As poultry giant Sanderson Farms gets its chicken-processing plant up and running at its new home in the St. Pauls Industrial Park, there will be a noticeable upswing in the economy of St. Pauls and surrounding communities, an N.C. State University economist said Friday. “Spending is usually the trend when there is a new pa

LUMBERTON — Local, county and state officials are all saying that a $115 million chicken processing plant could be the cure for Robeson County's economic woes.
“Jobs, jobs and jobs. That's what we need in Robeson County,” Noah Woods, chairman of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners, said. “… Anytime we have the o

'Jobs, jobs and jobs'

LUMBERTON — Local, county and state officials are all saying that a $115 million chicken processing plant could be the cure for Robeson County's economic woes. “Jobs, jobs and jobs. That's what we need in Robeson County,” Noah Woods, chairman of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners, said. “… Anytime we have the o





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