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

Latest Stories by Bob Shiles

WASHINGTON — Lumberton native Mike McIntyre was recently named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the two least partisan members in the House of Representatives. The other House member named was Rep. John Barrow of Georgia.
McIntyre and Barrow are both Democrats.
This is the 15th time that the magazine has published its biennial list of th

McIntyre cited as least partisan in U.S. House

WASHINGTON — Lumberton native Mike McIntyre was recently named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the two least partisan members in the House of Representatives. The other House member named was Rep. John Barrow of Georgia. McIntyre and Barrow are both Democrats. This is the 15th time that the magazine has published its biennial list of th

LUMBERTON — A new roof on the Robeson County jail should be in place within three to four months.
The Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved an $861,000 contract with Allied Roofing Co. Inc. for roof construction. Adding in engineering fees, construction management and contingencies, the total project will cost about $982,0

County OKs bid for jail work

LUMBERTON — A new roof on the Robeson County jail should be in place within three to four months. The Robeson County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved an $861,000 contract with Allied Roofing Co. Inc. for roof construction. Adding in engineering fees, construction management and contingencies, the total project will cost about $982,0

Coal ash topic of meeting on Thursday

LUMBERTON — A meeting to promote public awareness of potential environmental and health problems resulting from coal ash remaining on the site of the former Weatherspoon generating plant in Lumberton will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in Robeson County Public Library's Osterneck Auditorium. “Since the plant is now closed, coal ash is just

County to award bid for jail roof

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners is expected to consider bids for a roof replacement project at the Robeson County Detention Center on Monday. Anderson Engineering & Associates, the Lumberton engineering firm overseeing the roof project bidding process, is recommending that Allied Roofing Company Inc. be awarded the

LUMBERTON — Robeson County's attorney has decided that a grievance filed against Commissioner Raymond Cummings by an employee of the county Department of Social Services is not strong enough to pursue.
In the grievance, filed Sept. 3 regarding an incident on July 30 between the employee and Cummings, chairman of the Department of Social Serv

County nixes complaint against Cummings

LUMBERTON — Robeson County's attorney has decided that a grievance filed against Commissioner Raymond Cummings by an employee of the county Department of Social Services is not strong enough to pursue. In the grievance, filed Sept. 3 regarding an incident on July 30 between the employee and Cummings, chairman of the Department of Social Serv

Sheriff's official says work caused absence from forum

To the Editor, After reading an article by Mr. Bob Shiles titled “Candidates Make Pitch” in Thursday's The Robesonian, I feel it necessary to answer why I was not present at the candidates forum. Mr. Shiles wrote that “when it came time for Graham to speak, however, he was nowhere to be found.” I take my responsibilites as

PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution urging that the official logo for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke continue to include Old Main, the oldest brick building on the campus and a symbol of the university's founding mission to educate American Indians.
According to Bobby Oxendine, the c

Tribe pushes Old Main for UNCP logo

PEMBROKE — The Lumbee Tribal Council on Thursday unanimously passed a resolution urging that the official logo for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke continue to include Old Main, the oldest brick building on the campus and a symbol of the university's founding mission to educate American Indians. According to Bobby Oxendine, the c

LUMBERTON — Robeson County Sheriff Ken Sealey passed on a chance Wednesday to tout his accomplishments during a candidates forum, but his Republican challenger told Lumberton business and civic leaders why a change in leadership is needed.
“I got into this race because I am concerned about the legacy that we are passing down to our chi

Candidates make pitch

LUMBERTON — Robeson County Sheriff Ken Sealey passed on a chance Wednesday to tout his accomplishments during a candidates forum, but his Republican challenger told Lumberton business and civic leaders why a change in leadership is needed. “I got into this race because I am concerned about the legacy that we are passing down to our chi

Misdirected mail confuses elections official

LUMBERTON — Robeson County election officials are asking for help from the community in their efforts to determine why absentee ballots are being delivered to eligible voters who have not requested them. “This is a concern to us,” said Steve Stone, chairman of the Robeson County Board of Elections. “We are trying to determi

LUMBERTON — U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, whose congressional district includes most of Robeson County, pledged Tuesday that he will do everything he can to ensure that federal resources are made available to support local foster care, adoption, and family services and treatment programs that are working to protect children from abuse or neglect.

Hudson highlights family during visit

LUMBERTON — U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson, whose congressional district includes most of Robeson County, pledged Tuesday that he will do everything he can to ensure that federal resources are made available to support local foster care, adoption, and family services and treatment programs that are working to protect children from abuse or neglect.

LUMBERTON — Marion Rice, a former Robeson County commissioner and school board member, is being remembered as a man with a zest for life and a strong love for horses — an affection that led to an accident and his death.
“He was a real cowboy,” said Betty Ann Horne Rice, his wife of 40 years. “He developed a love for h

Ex-commissioner dies following accident

LUMBERTON — Marion Rice, a former Robeson County commissioner and school board member, is being remembered as a man with a zest for life and a strong love for horses — an affection that led to an accident and his death. “He was a real cowboy,” said Betty Ann Horne Rice, his wife of 40 years. “He developed a love for h

LUMBERTON — Hoping to fix the problems of cooling and heating experienced in several campus buildings this year, Robeson Community College officials are looking at entering into “performance contracting” as a way of saving energy and reducing costs.
Energy Performance Contracting is a financing technique that uses cost savings fr

RCC ponders cooling, heating options

LUMBERTON — Hoping to fix the problems of cooling and heating experienced in several campus buildings this year, Robeson Community College officials are looking at entering into “performance contracting” as a way of saving energy and reducing costs. Energy Performance Contracting is a financing technique that uses cost savings fr

PEMBROKE — The recent withdraw of Paul Locklear Jr. as a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Lumbee Tribal Council has some tribal members asking whether his decision was influenced by Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks.
Locklear worked for several years in the tribe's Housing Department, which is headed by Bosco Locklear. His withdrawal from

Questions arise after candidate quits tribal race

PEMBROKE — The recent withdraw of Paul Locklear Jr. as a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Lumbee Tribal Council has some tribal members asking whether his decision was influenced by Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks. Locklear worked for several years in the tribe's Housing Department, which is headed by Bosco Locklear. His withdrawal from

Sheriff's forum set for Oct. 28

PEMBROKE — Women AdvaNCe will hold a candidates forum for those running for Robeson County sheriff at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 at The University of North Carolina Regional Center at COMtech. Incumbent Ken Sealey is running on the Democratic ticket, and Randy Hammonds if the Republican nominee. The public is invited to meet the candidates and di

LUMBERTON — The annual average SAT scores for seniors at St. Pauls High School are below the state average, but improvements are being seen, according to Linda Emmanuel, the district's assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.
“We are doing better, but we still have a long way to go,” Linda Emmanuel said Wednesday.

St. Pauls SAT scores below state's

LUMBERTON — The annual average SAT scores for seniors at St. Pauls High School are below the state average, but improvements are being seen, according to Linda Emmanuel, the district's assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “We are doing better, but we still have a long way to go,” Linda Emmanuel said Wednesday.

LUMBERTON — The annual average SAT scores for seniors at Red Springs High School are below the state average, but improvements are being seen, according to Linda Emmanuel, the district's assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction.
“We are doing better, but we still have a long way to go,” Linda Emmanuel said Wednesday

Red Springs SAT scores below state

LUMBERTON — The annual average SAT scores for seniors at Red Springs High School are below the state average, but improvements are being seen, according to Linda Emmanuel, the district's assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction. “We are doing better, but we still have a long way to go,” Linda Emmanuel said Wednesday

Maxton rejects farming out dispatch work

MAXTON — The Maxton Board of Commissioners this week decided against turning over police dispatching services to Robeson County, and voted unanimously to look for other ways of saving money that could be used to hire a full-time town manager. The county currently dispatches fire and rescue services for Maxton, but dispatching for police serv

LUMBERTON — The director of the Robeson County Housing Authority has resigned amid allegations of wrongdoing at the authority, including that he used federal money for his own benefit.
Ron Oxendine's letter of resignation was received by the county on Friday, according to Patrick Pait, Robeson County's attorney, and was effective immediately

Robeson Housing director resigns amid probe into wrongdoing

LUMBERTON — The director of the Robeson County Housing Authority has resigned amid allegations of wrongdoing at the authority, including that he used federal money for his own benefit. Ron Oxendine's letter of resignation was received by the county on Friday, according to Patrick Pait, Robeson County's attorney, and was effective immediately

Supreme Court upholds ban on same-day vote

LUMBERTON — Anyone wanting to vote in the Nov. 4 General Election must register by Friday as there will be no same-day registration and voting during the early voting period that runs from Oct. 23 through Nov. 1. On Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court in a 7 to 2 vote blocked the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that had set aside parts

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners agreed with a recommendation from the Personnel Committee that the county pay for four positions in the Sheriff's Office that have been previously funded by a North Carolina Highway Safety grant.The money is needed to make the four positions permanent, according to Roger Oxendine, chairman

County OKs funds to add 2 detectives

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners agreed with a recommendation from the Personnel Committee that the county pay for four positions in the Sheriff's Office that have been previously funded by a North Carolina Highway Safety grant.The money is needed to make the four positions permanent, according to Roger Oxendine, chairman





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