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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

Latest Stories by Bob Shiles

LUMBERTON — With the opening of the long session of the state General Assembly a month away, Robeson County's five legislators say they are ready to meet the challenging issues of education, economic development and the budget.
The session convenes on Jan. 14, with the swearing in of both House and Senate members. Work officially begins on J

Challenges await local legislators

LUMBERTON — With the opening of the long session of the state General Assembly a month away, Robeson County's five legislators say they are ready to meet the challenging issues of education, economic development and the budget. The session convenes on Jan. 14, with the swearing in of both House and Senate members. Work officially begins on J

LUMBERTON — For Veronica Hatton, the opportunity to enjoy a free Christmas lunch with others at the Village Station restaurant in Lumberton was the perfect solution for her Christmas Day situation.
“My grandfather is in the hospital so we are not getting to see many members of our family,” the Pembroke resident said as she and he

Food, fellowship on holiday menu

LUMBERTON — For Veronica Hatton, the opportunity to enjoy a free Christmas lunch with others at the Village Station restaurant in Lumberton was the perfect solution for her Christmas Day situation. “My grandfather is in the hospital so we are not getting to see many members of our family,” the Pembroke resident said as she and he

LUMBERTON — Robeson County's percentage of voters for the General Election in November was the second poorest in the state, according to Politics North Carolina, a political reference source that refers to itself as “your source for political news.”
According to county rankings recently published on Politics North Carolina's webs

Robeson second worst in turnout for Nov. election

LUMBERTON — Robeson County's percentage of voters for the General Election in November was the second poorest in the state, according to Politics North Carolina, a political reference source that refers to itself as “your source for political news.” According to county rankings recently published on Politics North Carolina's webs

RED SPRINGS — The Southern Environmental Law Center, acting on behalf of the Winyah Rivers Foundation, has put the state and town of Red Springs on notice that if steps are not beefed up within the next 60 days to address issues surrounding sewage discharge into the Lumber River Basin a lawsuit will be filed.
“Water quality is importan

Red Springs threatened over sewer discharge

RED SPRINGS — The Southern Environmental Law Center, acting on behalf of the Winyah Rivers Foundation, has put the state and town of Red Springs on notice that if steps are not beefed up within the next 60 days to address issues surrounding sewage discharge into the Lumber River Basin a lawsuit will be filed. “Water quality is importan

LUMBERTON — Longtime Robeson County attorney Horace Stacy on Dec. 12 accepted recognition from the North Carolina Bar Association and retiring U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre the same way he goes about performing service to his community — quietly and with dignity.
Stacy, 85, was presented the North Carolina Bar Association's prestigious John

Stacy recognized by N.C. Bar

LUMBERTON — Longtime Robeson County attorney Horace Stacy on Dec. 12 accepted recognition from the North Carolina Bar Association and retiring U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre the same way he goes about performing service to his community — quietly and with dignity. Stacy, 85, was presented the North Carolina Bar Association's prestigious John

Coming soon? It isn't a return to asset program

The attorney who is leading the effort to return drug asset money to the cash-strapped Robeson County Sheriff's Office has a different tune on where that effort stands now than he did 10 days before the Nov. 4 election. At that time, Ronnie Mitchell was optimistic that day was coming soon, but now he is much less sure that a resolution is near. Bu

LUMBERTON — Seniors in Robeson County are being offered a free Christmas dinner thanks to the Robeson County Church and Community Center, the county's Department of Social Services, elected state and local officials, and businesses from throughout the area.
This is the sixth consecutive year that people 65 and older are able to participate i

Seniors welcome to free dinner for Christmas meal

LUMBERTON — Seniors in Robeson County are being offered a free Christmas dinner thanks to the Robeson County Church and Community Center, the county's Department of Social Services, elected state and local officials, and businesses from throughout the area. This is the sixth consecutive year that people 65 and older are able to participate i

Commissioners won't hold meeting Monday

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Board of Commissioners will not be holding a meeting on Monday. The commissioners usually meet twice a month, on the first and third Mondays. In December, however, the board always holds just one regular meeting on the first Monday of the month. The next regular meeting will be at 6 p.m. on Jan. 5 in the commi

State: Monitoring key on coal ash

RALEIGH — A state regulator told lawmakers Wednesday that groundwater monitoring beneath Duke Energy's toxic coal ash sites and testing of hundreds of nearby wells are key to safeguarding the public's health and determining which ash pits must be cleaned up quickly. Division of Water Resources Director Tom Reeder joined other state regulator

RCC officials to meet with local lawmakers

LUMBERTON — The Robeson Community College board of trustees and RCC President Pamela Hilbert will meet from 8 to 9 a.m. Monday with members of Robeson County's state legislative delegation. According to Hilbert, issues to be discussed will be the agenda of state community colleges for the upcoming session of the state General Assembly —

LUMBERTON — The attorney representing the Robeson County Sheriff's Office in its efforts to get reinstated into the U.S. Department of Justice's Asset Forfeiture Program is no longer optimistic that day is coming soon — and is offering a new theory on the reason for the continued exclusion.
“I'm not sure how long it is going to t

Lawyer: Justice wants asset oversight

LUMBERTON — The attorney representing the Robeson County Sheriff's Office in its efforts to get reinstated into the U.S. Department of Justice's Asset Forfeiture Program is no longer optimistic that day is coming soon — and is offering a new theory on the reason for the continued exclusion. “I'm not sure how long it is going to t

Wellington steps down as RCC trustee

LUMBERTON — The Robeson Community College board of trustees on Monday accepted the resignation of a longtime trustee, voted another trustee off the board, and approved the appointment of an interim vice president of Instruction and Support Services. The board unanimously accepted the resignation of Tommy Wellington, who served as a governor'

LUMBERTON — A guard at the Lumberton Correctional Institution on Legend Road the past six years is looking forward to beginning her new career as a case manager at the state's Confinement in Response to Violation Center in Lumberton.
“Although the job is somewhat similar, we are called case managers here, and not prison guards. Here we

Ribbon cut on prison center

LUMBERTON — A guard at the Lumberton Correctional Institution on Legend Road the past six years is looking forward to beginning her new career as a case manager at the state's Confinement in Response to Violation Center in Lumberton. “Although the job is somewhat similar, we are called case managers here, and not prison guards. Here we

LUMBERTON — State Sen. Michael Walters says that he would like to see more major projects that directly benefit Robeson County and other rural areas of the state included in the proposed 10-year State Transportation Improvement Program that was presented to the State Transportation Board on Thursday.
“In reality, this program is dealin

DOT plans has a few perks for Robeson

LUMBERTON — State Sen. Michael Walters says that he would like to see more major projects that directly benefit Robeson County and other rural areas of the state included in the proposed 10-year State Transportation Improvement Program that was presented to the State Transportation Board on Thursday. “In reality, this program is dealin

LUMBERTON — Part-time employees for Robeson County are working fewer hours and finding less cash in their pockets as the county stays in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.
According to Jason King, Robeson County's assistant manager, since the end of last year the county has been “managing” the hou

ACA costing part-timers money

LUMBERTON — Part-time employees for Robeson County are working fewer hours and finding less cash in their pockets as the county stays in compliance with the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. According to Jason King, Robeson County's assistant manager, since the end of last year the county has been “managing” the hou

LUMBERTON — Anthony Smith, plant manager of Contempora Fabrics in Lumberton, says he was “shocked and elated” to learn that he had been selected Robeson County's Industrialist of the Year for 2014-15.
Smith was recognized for his accomplishments last week at Robeson County's Annual Appreciation Dinner held at the Holiday Inn on W

Smith named Industrialist of the Year

LUMBERTON — Anthony Smith, plant manager of Contempora Fabrics in Lumberton, says he was “shocked and elated” to learn that he had been selected Robeson County's Industrialist of the Year for 2014-15. Smith was recognized for his accomplishments last week at Robeson County's Annual Appreciation Dinner held at the Holiday Inn on W

LUMBERTON — To Steve Edge, director of Robeson County's Solid Waste Department, a recent recycling award from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is just another indication that Robeson County's recycling efforts are moving ahead.
“In the past, Robeson County was always at the bottom of the list of counties when it

County collects award for recycling program

LUMBERTON — To Steve Edge, director of Robeson County's Solid Waste Department, a recent recycling award from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is just another indication that Robeson County's recycling efforts are moving ahead. “In the past, Robeson County was always at the bottom of the list of counties when it

ECU dental clinic to provide service at reduced cost

LUMBERTON — A third-year student at East Carolina's School of Dental Medicine says the opening of a community service learning center in her hometown will fill a gaping cavity in Robeson and surrounding counties. “After I graduate, I plan to return to Robeson County to practice,” Kasey Oxendine said. “There is a need for mo

LUMBERTON — During Monday night's meeting of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners, newly elected District 2 Commissioner Berlester Campbell and Noah Woods, the board's longtime chairman from District 4, were sworn in for four year terms. Earlier in the day, incumbent Commissioners Lance Herndon, District 8, and David Edge, District 6, we

County Commissioners sworn in

LUMBERTON — During Monday night's meeting of the Robeson County Board of Commissioners, newly elected District 2 Commissioner Berlester Campbell and Noah Woods, the board's longtime chairman from District 4, were sworn in for four year terms. Earlier in the day, incumbent Commissioners Lance Herndon, District 8, and David Edge, District 6, we

LUMBERTON — A third-year student at East Carolina's School of Dental Medicine says the opening of a community service learning center in her hometown will fill a gaping cavity in Robeson and surrounding counties.
“After I graduate, I plan to return to Robeson County to practice,” Kasey Oxendine said. “There is a need for mo

ECU's dental clinic unveiled

LUMBERTON — A third-year student at East Carolina's School of Dental Medicine says the opening of a community service learning center in her hometown will fill a gaping cavity in Robeson and surrounding counties. “After I graduate, I plan to return to Robeson County to practice,” Kasey Oxendine said. “There is a need for mo





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