Joann Anderson, president and CEO of UNC Health Southeastern in Robeson County, has emerged as a Facebook-posting, say-it-how-it-is advocate for COVID vaccines and a fighter against misinformation, conspiracy theories and political divides.Read more Continue reading Rural North Carolina hospital leader emerges as outspoken critic of COVID ‘noise’
Pastor Jerome Bullard of the Bridge of Life Church in Leland, N.C., conducted the funerals of his father, brother and son, all of whom died from COVID within a span of 18 days in late July and August. Read more Continue reading Pastor keeps faith despite losing father, brother and son who died from COVID in 18 days
UNC Health Southeastern has set up a mobile morgue to handle the increasing number of patients dying from COVID-19, the medical center’s top leader said Saturday. Read more Continue reading Hospital gets mobile morgue as COVID deaths surge in southeastern North Carolina
The death toll from COVID-19 in southeastern North Carolina is higher than it has been in months as hospitals fill up with people sick from the delta variant. Read more Continue reading COVID-19 death toll is spiking in southeastern North Carolina. Here’s the data
A new wave of COVID-19 patients is straining rural hospitals in southeastern North Carolina. Read more Continue reading New COVID surge takes a toll on southeastern North Carolina. Here are the numbers
By Sarah Nagem email@example.com When Matthew Oxendine used drugs or had too much to drink, he would sometimes call 911 or the local sheriff’s office and say he was going to kill himself. He began making the calls years ago, long before he spent about a week in a psychiatric unit in 2016, said his brother, Greg Oxendine. Doctors diagnosed him with depression. So when …Read more Continue reading Family calls for change after deputies shoot NC man struggling with mental illness, drugs
By Sarah Nagem firstname.lastname@example.org Rita Watson had chosen not to get the COVID-19 vaccine. She was worried about what was in the shots and whether they were safe. But when her 41-year-old daughter contracted the virus and became severely ill, Watson reconsidered. She and her four sons went to the Robeson County Health Department on Thursday to be vaccinated. “I decided, seeing my daughter in …Read more Continue reading COVID vaccinations are climbing, slowly, in rural North Carolina. But skepticism remains
By Sarah Nagem email@example.com Marqueise Coleman was gunned down in the small southeastern North Carolina town where he was well-known as a good student, a standout on the football field and a young man with a bright future. Now, Coleman’s family is pleading with the community to share information about the shooting that left the 19-year-old dead in the early-morning hours of July 29. “I …Read more Continue reading ‘Can’t we all just get along?’ NC family pleads for answers in football player’s death
By Rebecca Woltz Young Dakoda Cribb was struggling in elementary school, earning C’s and D’s on his report cards. Then, in the third grade, he joined a program through Partners in Ministry in Scotland County that aims to help children improve their reading and math scores. Three years later, Dakoda is getting A’s and B’s, and he says he understands the importance of learning. “When …Read more Continue reading New community center will serve Scotland County families in need
Laura Dial left Robeson County decades ago in search of new job opportunities. But Dial, 72, travels nearly 250 miles each year to attend Lumbee Homecoming, a celebration of family, food and Native American traditions that draws thousands of people to southeastern North Carolina. “This is always home,” said Dial, who now lives in Anderson, S.C. Some say this year’s event, which wrapped up Saturday …Read more Continue reading At Lumbee Homecoming, a celebration of culture and a look at a community in need
Rufus Duckworth, the mayor of Bladenboro in southeastern North Carolina, said he was shocked when he learned about a COVID-19 cluster in his town. But, he said, “A lot of people are weary of the vaccination.” Bladen County, home to about 33,000 people, including 1,600 in Bladenboro, is the only North Carolina county currently designated by state health officials as having “critical spread” of COVID-19. …Read more Continue reading One county’s struggle to control COVID-19 highlights challenges in rural North Carolina
At 4 a.m. each weekday morning, attorney Bryan Wilson grabs a cup of coffee and looks over dozens of files of neglected and abused children from southeastern North Carolina. It’s his job to make sure they’re safe during the months — and sometimes years — that their cases trudge through the court system. Hours later at the Bladen County Courthouse, Wilson ticks through a series …Read more Continue reading ‘Our children need more voices.’ Southeastern NC seeks volunteers to help kids in court
Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories that provides an overview of the economies of Bladen, Columbus, Robeson, and Scotland counties in southeastern North Carolina. The 954 square miles of vast farmland and forests have shaped Columbus County’s economy for generations. “We can grow anything,” said Columbus County Economic Development Director Gary Lanier. “Because of our farming heritage, we also have …Read more Continue reading Workforce is key to capitalizing on agribusiness and population growth in Columbus
By Sarah Nagem firstname.lastname@example.org Taylor Locklear has a message for her fellow members of the Lumbee Native American tribe: Consider getting vaccinated against COVID-19. Locklear, the reigning Miss Lumbee and a paramedic for Robeson County EMS, made her plea as part of the tribe’s video campaign called “This Shot Is Your Shield.” “Our children are our future generation, and it’s important that we protect them,” …Read more Continue reading Native Americans have lowest COVID vaccination rate in Robeson County, despite efforts
Much of southeastern North Carolina saw a drop in population over the last decade. What does that mean, and how can the area bounce back? Read more Continue reading Broadband, entrepreneurs, faith: What would it take for rural NC to regain population?
Residents of the north side of Laurinburg, a predominantly Black neighborhood, are pushing Scotland County to turn an old school into a community resource center.Read more Continue reading Black residents in a small NC town say their community is neglected. What happens now?