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ROCKINGHAM — Even as the NCAA's academic requirements for prospective student-athletes is set to increase, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association is prepared to keep its standards the same.
While the NCHSAA is setting a minimum for its student-athletes to achieve, it does allow local school boards to toughen those requirements.

Parents play vital role in academic success

ROCKINGHAM — Even as the NCAA's academic requirements for prospective student-athletes is set to increase, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association is prepared to keep its standards the same. While the NCHSAA is setting a minimum for its student-athletes to achieve, it does allow local school boards to toughen those requirements.

When pilfering pine needles can carry a higher penalty than driving away in a stolen car, it's not hard to see that some of North Carolina's criminal laws are out of whack.
Larceny of pine straw is a Class H felony. As for stealing a car — well, we don't have a state statute specific to motor vehicle theft. It's covered by the larceny law, a

OUR VIEW Our loony laws

When pilfering pine needles can carry a higher penalty than driving away in a stolen car, it's not hard to see that some of North Carolina's criminal laws are out of whack. Larceny of pine straw is a Class H felony. As for stealing a car — well, we don't have a state statute specific to motor vehicle theft. It's covered by the larceny law, a

LAURINBURG — In recent years, shoppers throughout the state have looked to the first weekend in August as a chance to score school supplies, clothing and other items while minimizing the blow to their bank account.
But the state's annual tax-free weekend was canceled, effective this year, by the state General Assembly as part of its 2013 tax

Tax holiday repeal could send shoppers to S.C.

LAURINBURG — In recent years, shoppers throughout the state have looked to the first weekend in August as a chance to score school supplies, clothing and other items while minimizing the blow to their bank account. But the state's annual tax-free weekend was canceled, effective this year, by the state General Assembly as part of its 2013 tax

A 20-year-old Raleigh man is facing five sexual felonies involving two underage girls after an investigation into the incident led officers to him.
Brandon Avila, of 2555 Melvid Court was charged Thursday afternoon with two counts of first degree sex offense with a child and three counts taking indecent liberties with a child.
Contacted Friday, S

Sex offense charges leveled

A 20-year-old Raleigh man is facing five sexual felonies involving two underage girls after an investigation into the incident led officers to him. Brandon Avila, of 2555 Melvid Court was charged Thursday afternoon with two counts of first degree sex offense with a child and three counts taking indecent liberties with a child. Contacted Friday, S

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Sampson County Assistant Clerk of Court Tammy Cashwell administers the Sampson Community College Oath of Office to newly-appointed and reappointed trustees, SGA president Tracy Kirkland, Chris Fann; Nash Johnson, and Pat Jones, as SCC President Dr. Paul Hutchins looks on during a Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month.

Taking the oath

Dan Grubb/SCC Sampson County Assistant Clerk of Court Tammy Cashwell administers the Sampson Community College Oath of Office to newly-appointed and reappointed trustees, SGA president Tracy Kirkland, Chris Fann; Nash Johnson, and Pat Jones, as SCC President Dr. Paul Hutchins looks on during a Board of Trustees meeting earlier this month.

One Garland man is in custody and another still on the loose after a home invasion in the southern Sampson County town early this morning.
Josh Montoya, 19, of 633 West 2nd Ave., is currently being processed by Sampson County Sheriff's investigators, and charges are pending.
Officers are still searching for a second man, identified as Dustin Carr

1 in custody; 1 on loose after home invasion

One Garland man is in custody and another still on the loose after a home invasion in the southern Sampson County town early this morning. Josh Montoya, 19, of 633 West 2nd Ave., is currently being processed by Sampson County Sheriff's investigators, and charges are pending. Officers are still searching for a second man, identified as Dustin Carr

Black bear roaming Roseboro

A black bear was seen roaming the streets of Roseboro Friday morning, and residents took action hoping to get the bear picked up by Wildlife agents. “At 11:30 a.m. this morning I looked outside after a neighbor called me saying she had seen a black bear,” said Anna Caldwell in an interview Friday. Tonya Ivey called Caldwell and told he




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