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Lumberton Robesonian (Newspaper) - December 19, 1999, Lumberton, North Carolina S 11 \ i a a l l i my r 19, 1999 inside funeral held for slain Girlfriend Page 3a volume 130 no. 280 a newspaper holdings inc. All rights reserved $1.00 blast leaves president injured Page 6a Bullard leads play in shrine bowl Page in charitable Agency fights to reach goal Knight Chamberlain staff writer Lumberton a United Way of Robeson county kicked off its 1999-2000 Campaign with a Rock n Roll extravaganza last september that organizers hoped would spark a flurry of giving to help them reach their goal of $671,000. Three months later the Campaign has reached Only 75 percent of its goal. Fund raising efforts have been crippled by the one two punch of numerous Plant closings and the lingering effects of Hurricane Floyd. Plant closings and layoffs have chipped away at the organization s traditional foundation of support United Way president Phil Marion said. Quot Robeson county has lost More than 5,000 jobs in the past five years and almost every Industry that has closed was a United Way supporter Quot Marion said. Quot we be been very fortunate to be Able to get very close to our goals in recent years but this year we Are seriously United Way pledges to Date total $510,000, and another $100,000 is anticipated once Quot plants in the major Industry division Complete their employee campaigns. That leaves $61,000 to be raised if the United Way is to either partly or completely fund 18 county agencies that work in the areas of youth development Basic needs and emergency services family support and health care mental health and rehabilitation. That being the Case United please see fights Page 9a mixed drink sales backers make referendum push Scott Witten Siff writer Lumberton a with less than a month remaining until a i to wide referendum on mixed drink sales supporters of the measure have stepped up their Campaign to persuade voters to lift the ban on the Sale of the alcoholic beverages. Citizens tor Progress has taken out newspaper advertisements gone door to door with leaflets and conducted Telephone sur vets All in an Effort to get Lumberton residents to vote in favor of mixed drink sales during the Ian 11 referendum. Quot we re doing what we have to do to try to get the word out about this very important Issue Quot said it on Metzger chairman of citizens for Progress the group formed last month by the Lumberton chamber of Commerce. Metzger said the group decided to increase its efforts after research showed the outcome could go either Way. Quot this race is very very close it is a dead heat Quot Metzger said. Quot if we re going to be successful we re going to first have to Clear up the misconception that this is a done Deal. It is not Quot secondly we need to make Metzger sure the Community knows How vitally important mixed drink sales Are for Lumberton and Robeson county in the group s newspaper Campaign residents Are Askea to vote for the Quot big four Quot a jobs Quality of life opportunities and control. The group plans to erect four billboards with a similar message on Martin Luther King or. Drive Roberts Avenue West fifth Street and second Street. Quot the biggest economic Poten please see sales Page 10a Brewer cops say simple precautions can keep the holidays Bright staff photo by Knight Chamberlain Sandra Oliver executive director of United Way of Robeson county stands in front of the Board that shows the Campaign is still.25 percent Short of its goal. Keresia Wirt staff whiter Lumberton a if you re going Home for the holidays or to an out of town party Law enforcement officials have some Holiday advice to help keep \ on and your Home Safe. Whether you will be gone for a week or a few hours this is the season to keep the doors locked a fort the a aids Tiff potential burglars a Iid maj Robert Ivey of the Robeson county a sheriff s i apartment. Quot leave some lights on and preferably a radio playing Quot Ives said. Quot you want to give the appearance that someone is Home so the burglar moves to it a to the next house/7 c Hev k that All Coors Are locked and that the Loi is w Ork properly. All windows should be shut tight and lucked. Sliding Glass doors should be stabilized with a piece of pipe or Wood so they cannot be opened. For extended Holiday vacations ask a neighbor for help Ivey said. They can keep an Eye on the House pick up newspapers or packages and Park one of their vehicles in your driveway. It s also important to turn on answering machines so the phone does not continuously ring which is a Good Giveaway that no one is Home. People with Home Security systems should Tell a neighbor or relative where they can be reached in Case something happens Ai gtd officers need to Contact them. Quot you can t 100 percent Stop a criminal but the More you do the better the Chance that hell move on to the next place Quot Ivey said. The sheriff s department will Send deputies around to Check on houses for people who will be out of town Ivey said. Call the sheriff s department at 671-3199 to receive this service. The North Carolina Highway patrol is beefing up its patrols in anticipation of Holiday travellers and Holiday partners. Quot the number one thing the biggest thing we please see Bright Page 9aa Trees Best Friend puts her feet Back on the ground Stafford Calif. Apr after living in an ancient Redwood for two years environmental activist Julia Quot Butterfly Quot Hill came Back to Earth saturday her legs wobbly after her sojourn in the towering tree she called after working out the kinks she hiked the two Miles from the tree to a news conference on Bare feet. Though Hill said she was sad at leaving her Treetop aerie Quot it was so cold and wet this morning i had to laugh because i was so thankful that i Don t have to sit through another the 25-year-old woman who has lived in the tree since dec. 10, 1997 to protest logging reached an agreement Friday with Pacific lumber co. And promised to climb Down from her 18-Story-High Perch which is on company property. Hill came Down saturday morning from the Mist shrouded treetops to practice walking a skill she has t used much during her time aloft. She had other new experiences to Deal with As Well. Quot i Haven t sat in one of these in two years Quot an emotional Hill said As she settled into a chair behind a Small table covered with a purple cloth a 4-foot Redwood sapling in a pot on one Corner and pastel roses among the dozen or so microphones. She said she spent a lot of time wondering Quot How am i going to take this experience with me and remain entered in love no matter she alternately cried and laughed covering her face with her hands at times. Quot there is no Way to be in the presence of these ancient beings and not be affected Quot she said. Quot there s something More than a profit and that s life one of her closest neighbors was Lonnie Vones who lives below the Ridge on which Luna is rooted Quot she s my hero Quot said Vones who fears the land above his Home would have collapsed if it had been logged. Quot she at least delayed a major disaster. If a big mudslide started there it would wipe out my representatives of Pacific lumber did not attend the news conference. But in a statement faxed from its offices in nearby Scotia the company said it agreed to the Deal with Hill Quot in an Effort to end a Community controversy and concentrate. Efforts upon implementing a viable harvesting program Quot under the terms of the headwaters agreement. Quot Pacific lumber believes that the controversy surrounding Timber companies and environmentalists on the North coast must Stop Quot the statement continued Quot and that it is imperative that common ground be forged Between the two in the agreement filed Friday at the Humboldt county recorder s office Hill and her supporters pledged to pay $50,000 to Pacific lumber to make up for lost logging Revenue. The company agreed to spare Hill s Redwood and a 2.9-acre Buffer zone around it. Quot Luna shall remain undisturbed on please see Friend Page 10a donations ensure $5f0000 match there s a lot of news to report about the empty stocking fund All of it Good. First forget the $14,621.85 total that is shown today add $5,000 to it for the real total of $19,621.85. That amount was promised in a Challenge match from an Anonymous Benefactor if we could raise it in the final week. With our help it happened. The amount will be added when the Check is received this week. We still have about $5,400 to raise before tuesday s 5 . Deadline if we Are to surpass last year s total. The largest of the 10 contributions today is the result of a great Effort by the lumber River Council of governments which hosted a Bowling tournament to Benefit the fund. Five teams that included represent k ted i Hutu the rockets were the winners of a Bowling tournament that was sponsored by the lumber River Council of governments to raise Money for the empty stocking fund. The tournament raised $1,243 for the fund. Tured. There Are too Many participants to list but a thanks to All of them. Tives of the Council 16-b juvenile services and the Robeson county department of social services participated. The tournament raised $1,348, with $1,243 going to our empty stocking fund and $105 going to a similar Effort in Bladen county. The winners of the event the rockets Are Pic also today we report a $265 donation from the first shift of Culp printing of Lumberton. The donation is the result of a Challenge from Culp a third please see match Page 10a inmates escape seized jail st. Martinville la. Apr All 54 remaining prisoners were emptied saturday from a South Louisiana jail where five cuban inmates and another from the Bahamas held seven captives in a cramped office with no bathroom. Authorities Cut a Hole through an Interior Wall so the 54 men would t have to pass the Warden s office where the hostage takers would have seen them leave the st. Martin Parish jail sheriff Charles Fuselier said. Quot we did t want any activity taking place that would cause concern and heighten anxiety there Quot Fuselier said. We made a after their departure the 54 inmates were bused to other jails. Warden Todd Louvierre and female guard Jolie Sonnier were in Good condition saturday morning even though they had been shackled to chairs since monday night said Charles Mathews agent in charge of the Fri s new please see inmates Page 9a a jail inmate is led from the st. Martin Parish jail in st. Martinville la., saturday. O a Al i

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