Schools whiff on state

funds for construction

LUMBERTON — When the Public Schools of Robeson County was not on the list of school districts to win one of the state construction grants for low-wealth counties, questions arose.

It was a $15 million opportunity that appeared custom-made for Robeson County, a poor county. Despite a great need for school construction here, the public schools did not apply for the first or second round of funding.

A three-to-one match is required for the funding. The matching funds would have to come from or through the Robeson County Board of Commissioners. The school system asked for an increase of $18 million in funding this year, but did not get an extra dime.

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Thousands say goodbye

to slain N.C. trooper

TABOR CITY — Thousands of people — friends, family, colleagues and regular folks — gathered Sunday for the funeral of a Highway Patrol trooper who was fatally shot during a traffic stop this past week.

Services for Trooper Kevin Conner, an 11-year veteran of the patrol, took place at South Columbus High School in Tabor City. An outdoor ceremony was held on the school campus in lieu of a public graveside memorial. A private service for family and close friends took place after the funeral.

Conner was killed Wednesday following a routine traffic stop on U.S. 710 South.

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FFA set to honor

Purnell Swett grad

ST. PAULS — Taleek Harlee, a member of the Purnell Swett Future Farmers of America chapter, will be awarded the American FFA Degree at the 91st National FFA Convention and Expo held Wednesday through Saturday in Indianapolis.

Harlee served as president of his FFA chapter during the 2016 -2017 school year. He is as a sophomore at North Carolina State University at Raleigh.

The American FFA Degree is bestowed upon a select group of students in recognition of their years of academic and professional excellence.

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Two are charged in

string of local thefts

ROCKINGHAM — The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has arrested two people in connection with a string of larcenies including the thefts of multiple four-wheelers and guns.

Zachery Earl Cribb, 20, of Laurel Hill and Drayson Dewayne Deese, 34, of McColl, South Carolina, were arrested — Cribb is in the Richmond County Jail in lieu of a $150,000 secured bond; Deese is in the Richmond County Jail in lieu of a $60,000 secured bond.

From AP and staff reports.

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