LUMBERTON — Thousands of local residents have gotten in line to do their part in trying

LUMBERTON — Thousands of local residents have gotten in line to do their part in trying to improve the health of Robeson County, which always ranks low in North Carolina in terms of overall health measures, including obesity. Planet Fitness, one of the country’s fastest-growing chains of fitness centers, opened Thursday at 2770 Roberts Ave., and company officials say it already has 3,000 members. The address is that of the former 95,000-square-foot Kmart retail store that closed in the spring of 2016, idling a key piece of real estate in Lumberton, at Roberts Avenue and Interstate 95. Two more tenants will be opening in the building soon, Big Lots and Ollie’s Bargain Outlet, according to Robert Britt, vice president of K.M. Biggs Inc., which owns the building. According to information provided by Planet Fitness, monthly memberships begin for as little as $10. The center, which will occupy 24,000 square feet of the building, has more than 200 pieces of brand new cardio and strength pieces, and features two separate areas of equipment that company officials say many gyms don’t offer. The center will offer a “a 30-minute workout space that consists of stations where members can ta...

Heartbroken daughter remembers mother of 6 killed by wrong-way driver in I-70 crash | FOX 4 Kansas City WDAF-TV

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. – Less than 24 hours after her mother was killed in a wrong-way, head-on crash, the victim’s daughter described their final moments together. She worked at Waffle House, but most of her regulars didn’t know her as Heather Blackman. Instead, she was known by both her work name tag and her license plate: “Hummingbird.” She and Heather were headed to Target at about 9:30 p.m. Monday. The pair was heading east on Interstate 70 near Adams Dairy Parkway in Blue Springs. “We were driving, and then I looked down at my phone,” Chloe said. “Then I saw headlights, and then, that’s it.” In that instant, police say an alleged drunk driver going the wrong way on I-70 killed the 44-year-old mom. “The on-ramp kind of comes up at you, so you can’t really see anything until the last little bit,” Heather’s brother Dana Graf said. “That’s the exit they were going to take.” They’ll be asking prosecutors to seek involuntary manslaughter charges, but she hasn’t been formally charged at this time. As of Tuesday night, Smith was still in the hospital with serious injuries. “We hope that by sharing our story and talking a little bit about it, that it can h...