The staff of Bladen County EMS are exhausted after 18 months of dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Read more Continue reading Surge in COVID cases is taking toll on Bladen EMS workers
At least 14 people have been shot in Robeson County, NC, since Aug. 1, including a 9-year-old girl. Recent shootings mark a violent end to summer. Read more Continue reading Shooting of 9-year-old girl is latest in string of gun violence in Robeson County
Dr. Robin Gary Cummings, chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, recently sat down with the Border Belt Independent to talk about what’s happening on campus and beyond.Read more Continue reading UNC Pembroke wants to ‘grow our own’ business and health care workers, chancellor says
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
By Sarah Nagem email@example.com 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?
By Sarah Nagem firstname.lastname@example.org 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
The Thompson-High family, owners of The News Reporter since 1938, are the winners of the 2021 Tom and Pat Gish Award for courage, tenacity and integrity in rural journalism. The award is presented by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues at the University of Kentucky. A news release from the University of Kentucky announcing the award notes that The News Reporter and The …Read more Continue reading Border Belt publisher’s family to receive prestigious Gish Award