An investigation by NC Policy Watch found the state’s disaster recovery office changed its own rules and awarded Rescue Construction Solutions with contracts worth $80 million.Read more Continue reading NC awarded troubled company millions as Hurricane Matthew survivors remained displaced
Robeson, Scotland, Bladen and Columbus County continue to rank among the least-healthy states in North Carolina. Read more Continue reading The fight for better health (and health care) in rural North Carolina
By Les High Publisher There’s a line from the Apple TV series Ted Lasso in which Ted is told: “The truth will set you free, but first, it will really piss you off.” The truth, however, is hard to come by today. That’s one of the reasons why we founded the Border Belt Independent in May, and why we need your continued support. Newsrooms like …Read more Continue reading Subscribe to our free newsletter and never miss a story
Some are calling for the removal of the Confederate monument in front of the courthouse in Robeson County, one of the most counties in NC.Read more Continue reading What should become of a Confederate monument in diverse Robeson County?
Active Energy faced local opposition and lawsuits over concerns that the company’s technology was polluting the Lumber River. Read more Continue reading Active Energy’s departure from Robeson County is met with relief from local leaders
The Lumbee Native American tribe’s quest for full federal recognition was left out of the Senate’s new spending bill. Read more Continue reading Full federal recognition for Lumbees left out of Senate spending bill. What’s next?
Bladen County has a new strategic plan meant to guide the rural county in southeastern North Carolina for the next decade.Read more Continue reading Bladen County, shrinking but hopeful, creates a plan for its future
Scottie Deese, a former Robeson County sheriff’s deputy, says a state law that prevents him from running for sheriff is too harsh.Read more Continue reading He was convicted of a crime at 18. Now he says he should get to run for sheriff in NC
North Carolina counties will get millions of dollars from the $26 billion opioid settlement. In the Border Belt, how could it be spent? Read more Continue reading NC’s Border Belt counties will get millions from opioid fund. How should they spend it?
EMS agencies in rural North Carolina say they are struggling to recruit paramedics, EMTs and volunteers. Low pay and high stress, particularly during the COVID pandemic, are likely factors. Read more Continue reading Low pay, high stress: EMS agencies in rural NC struggle to recruit workers and volunteers