Scott Witten

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E-Mail Address: switten@civitasmedia.com
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Latest Stories by Scott Witten

Town: No drug grant this year

ST. PAULS —Town officials said this week that they will have to hold off on applying for a drug interdiction grant from the Governor's Crime Commission. The St. Pauls Board of Commissioners voted last week to authorize Police Chief Tommy Hagens to apply for the $15,000 grant. Town Administrator J.R. Steigerwald said town officials have sinc

St. Pauls church ministry pushes health, wellness

ST. PAULS — To get her fellow parishioners at Faith Tabernacle Christian Center in St. Pauls healthier, Samantha Powell said the church began the Taste of Tabernacle. “We had a booth set up just like they do at Sam's Club,” said Powell, who serves as the church's wellness coordinator. “We offered healthier food choices for

ST. PAULS — Jimmy Robinson is proud of his business complex in East St. Pauls.
Robinson is so proud that when a town police car began what he describes as an unwanted stake out across from the Chapel Street store, he had to speak out.
Robinson, who made a formal complaint before the St. Pauls Board of Commissioners last week, said the polic

Merchant critical of police near business

ST. PAULS — Jimmy Robinson is proud of his business complex in East St. Pauls. Robinson is so proud that when a town police car began what he describes as an unwanted stake out across from the Chapel Street store, he had to speak out. Robinson, who made a formal complaint before the St. Pauls Board of Commissioners last week, said the polic

RED SPRINGS — During his three decades on the town board and his even longer tenure as a civic leader, the late Wilson Terry was able to leave his imprimatur of good works on Red Springs.
On Saturday, town officials hope to leave a more physical reminder. The town will dedicate new park near the Westgate subdivision for Terry.
A dedication

Town to dedicate new park to Wilson Terry

RED SPRINGS — During his three decades on the town board and his even longer tenure as a civic leader, the late Wilson Terry was able to leave his imprimatur of good works on Red Springs. On Saturday, town officials hope to leave a more physical reminder. The town will dedicate new park near the Westgate subdivision for Terry. A dedication

How can you tell that North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is running for governor?
One sign is his feigned insistence that all the talk of a gubernatorial race is premature.
Cooper talked to the Notebook about his plans for 2016 during a stop in Robeson County last week. Cooper was first elected attorney general in 2000 and elected to a fo

Cooper looks poised for governor race

How can you tell that North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper is running for governor? One sign is his feigned insistence that all the talk of a gubernatorial race is premature. Cooper talked to the Notebook about his plans for 2016 during a stop in Robeson County last week. Cooper was first elected attorney general in 2000 and elected to a fo

Merchant complaints about police presence

ST. PAULS —A St. Pauls merchant told town officials Thursday night that increased surveillance by police near his Chapel Street business is doing “more harm than good.” Jimmy Robinson, who owns and operates Sandhills Community Cafe, said a St. Pauls police car sits near his convenience store for hours at a time. “It deters

ST. PAULS — The town of St. Pauls will play host next month to other towns in the region that are also taking part in the North Carolina Small Towns Economic Prosperity Program.
The STEP Peer-to-Peer Session is planned for Dec. 12.
The meeting is designed to help STEP leadership teams share accomplishments, ongoing work and challenges, acco

St. Pauls to host regional STEP meeting

ST. PAULS — The town of St. Pauls will play host next month to other towns in the region that are also taking part in the North Carolina Small Towns Economic Prosperity Program. The STEP Peer-to-Peer Session is planned for Dec. 12. The meeting is designed to help STEP leadership teams share accomplishments, ongoing work and challenges, acco

Robeson premieres new pageant

LUMBERTON — Robeson County could produce the next Miss North Carolina. Young women from Laurinburg, Elizabethtown or Raeford could be in the running for the crown as well. That is because the Miss North Carolina Organization has granted permission to create the Miss Greater Southeastern Scholarship Pageant, a new preliminary event to Miss N

RED SPRINGS — Whether it's Christmas decorations, a gift idea or a tasty treat, holiday shoppers are bound to find what they are looking for at the Christmas Bazaar sponsored by the Red Springs Garden Club.
The annual event will be held Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Community Building on Cross Street.
The event will feature Chri

Garden Club to hold annual holiday bazaar

RED SPRINGS — Whether it's Christmas decorations, a gift idea or a tasty treat, holiday shoppers are bound to find what they are looking for at the Christmas Bazaar sponsored by the Red Springs Garden Club. The annual event will be held Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Community Building on Cross Street. The event will feature Chri

LUMBERTON — Bladen County could produce the next Miss North Carolina.Young women from Lumberton, Laurinburg or Raeford could be in the running for the crown as well.That is because the Miss North Carolina Organization has granted permission to create the Miss Greater Southeastern Scholarship Pageant, a new preliminary event to Miss North Caro

Next Miss N.C. could come from Bladen area

LUMBERTON — Bladen County could produce the next Miss North Carolina.Young women from Lumberton, Laurinburg or Raeford could be in the running for the crown as well.That is because the Miss North Carolina Organization has granted permission to create the Miss Greater Southeastern Scholarship Pageant, a new preliminary event to Miss North Caro

Solar farm inches forward in Red Springs

RED SPRINGS — ZV Solar on Tuesday moved closer to locating a solar farm in Red Springs. The Red Springs Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to pass a resolution directing staff to investigate the company's voluntary annexation petition. Once the board is presented with a Certificate of Sufficiency indicating that the annexation petitio

Red Springs sues school over unpaid utility bill

RED SPRINGS — Red Springs is suing Flora McDonald Inc., the nonprofit that operated Flora McDonald Academy, for not paying an electrical bill that exceeds $27,000,. Red Springs Town Attorney Neil Yarborough filed the lawsuit on Oct. 24 at the Robeson County Courthouse. It seeks $27,372.03 for the unpaid utility bill. The Red Springs Board of

RED SPRINGS — Billed as the largest bike ride in Southeastern North Carolina, the Red Springs Toy Run will return on Saturday for a three-county cruise intended to put smiles on the faces of children.
The event, which kicks off at 9 a.m., was established 15 years ago as a way to collect Christmas presents for needy children across Robeson Co

Bikers take a spin for needy kids

RED SPRINGS — Billed as the largest bike ride in Southeastern North Carolina, the Red Springs Toy Run will return on Saturday for a three-county cruise intended to put smiles on the faces of children. The event, which kicks off at 9 a.m., was established 15 years ago as a way to collect Christmas presents for needy children across Robeson Co

Solar farm inches forward in Red Springs

RED SPRINGS — ZV Solar on Tuesday moved closer to locating a solar farm in Red Springs. The Red Springs Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to pass a resolution directing staff to investigate the company's voluntary annexation petition. Once the board is presented with a Certificate of Sufficiency indicating that the annexation petitio

Flash mob event moved to Nov. 28

ST. PAULS — Jenny Rivers had been nervous about taking part in last Saturday's planned flash mob performance. But the gospel song that the group was going to sing — “Every Praise” — was one of her favorites and after months of practicing, Rivers was ready to dance up a storm. Then the threat of an actual storm put th

Chamber to name new board

RED SPRINGS — Andy Weaver will step down as president of the Red Springs Chamber of Commerce on Thursday. It is a job that the Red Springs businessman said he will miss, yet is also glad to give up. “I've loved serving as president, but after two years it is time to let someone else do it,” Weaver said. “Term limits are a

ST. PAULS — Ghost stories and tall tales are really not Tommy Budd's thing.
Budd considers himself to be “pretty much a straight arrow.” Yet the man who grew up at Odum's Millpond behind Oak Ridge Cemetery, said he has one scary experience that he cannot forget or fully explain.
It is a story that Budd and his family have been t

The ghost at Oak Ridge

ST. PAULS — Ghost stories and tall tales are really not Tommy Budd's thing. Budd considers himself to be “pretty much a straight arrow.” Yet the man who grew up at Odum's Millpond behind Oak Ridge Cemetery, said he has one scary experience that he cannot forget or fully explain. It is a story that Budd and his family have been t

LAURINBURG — Southeastern Community & Family Services was honored recently for its service to the community.
State Rep. Garland Pierce presented a plaque to Executive Director Ericka J. Whitaker and her staff during a dinner Saturday celebrating Pierce's decade in the General Assembly. More than 300 people attended the event at the St. J

Pierce honors Southeastern for service

LAURINBURG — Southeastern Community & Family Services was honored recently for its service to the community. State Rep. Garland Pierce presented a plaque to Executive Director Ericka J. Whitaker and her staff during a dinner Saturday celebrating Pierce's decade in the General Assembly. More than 300 people attended the event at the St. J

ST. PAULS — Ghost stories and tall tales are really not Tommy Budd's thing.
Budd considers himself to be “pretty much a straight arrow.” Yet the man who grew up at Odum's Millpond behind Oak Ridge Cemetery, said he has one scary experience that he cannot forget or fully explain.
It is a story that Budd and his family have been t

The ghost of Oakridge

ST. PAULS — Ghost stories and tall tales are really not Tommy Budd's thing. Budd considers himself to be “pretty much a straight arrow.” Yet the man who grew up at Odum's Millpond behind Oak Ridge Cemetery, said he has one scary experience that he cannot forget or fully explain. It is a story that Budd and his family have been t

ST. PAULS — The St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce will wrap up this year's Night Out Cruise-in with a Halloween extravaganza.
Saturday's event will include a flash mob performance, a costume contest, hayrides, a haunted house and candy giveaway.
“We hope people will come out in big numbers because there will be a lot to do and a lot to se

Night Out wraps up year with Halloween blowout

ST. PAULS — The St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce will wrap up this year's Night Out Cruise-in with a Halloween extravaganza. Saturday's event will include a flash mob performance, a costume contest, hayrides, a haunted house and candy giveaway. “We hope people will come out in big numbers because there will be a lot to do and a lot to se





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