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Jaymie Baxley

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: jbaxley@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-416-5771


About Jaymie Baxley

Covering Pembroke, Rowland,features, business, religion and events

Latest Stories by Jaymie Baxley

MAXTON — Zeus whimpered as the flames moved closer.
It was Feb. 13 and the Rottweiler was watching as the fire that would devour owner Oris Bullard's childhood home spread through the kennels where he and his six siblings were trapped. Pretty Girl, Mugsy, Heidi, Princess, Bailey and Tabella had all been burned alive, and Zeus was next in lin

Zeus on mend after killer fire

MAXTON — Zeus whimpered as the flames moved closer. It was Feb. 13 and the Rottweiler was watching as the fire that would devour owner Oris Bullard's childhood home spread through the kennels where he and his six siblings were trapped. Pretty Girl, Mugsy, Heidi, Princess, Bailey and Tabella had all been burned alive, and Zeus was next in lin

PEMBROKE — Canadian fiddle players Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy first crossed paths as teenagers. They reconnected after their careers in Celtic music took off, got married and had six children.
But the couple only recently found time to share a studio.
“We always dreamed about making music together,” Leahy said. “B

Celtic couple to play GPAC Tuesday

PEMBROKE — Canadian fiddle players Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy first crossed paths as teenagers. They reconnected after their careers in Celtic music took off, got married and had six children. But the couple only recently found time to share a studio. “We always dreamed about making music together,” Leahy said. “B

Maxton wins grant to replace water line

MAXTON — A representative from McGill and Associates said during the Maxton Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday that the town has been approved for a $2 million Community Block Development Grant. “It's always good to be in Maxton, but it's especially good to be able to report good news,” said Mike Apke, director of the enginee

ST. PAULS — A safe haven for sightless felines was recently awarded $50,000 from a Kentucky bourbon company.
On March 10, it was announced that Alana Miller, founder of Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary Inc. in St. Pauls, was the top vote-getter in Eagle Rare Bourbon's 2015 Rare Life competition.
The annual prize is presented to people who 

Blind Cat Sanctuary wins bourbon company contest

ST. PAULS — A safe haven for sightless felines was recently awarded $50,000 from a Kentucky bourbon company. On March 10, it was announced that Alana Miller, founder of Blind Cat Rescue and Sanctuary Inc. in St. Pauls, was the top vote-getter in Eagle Rare Bourbon's 2015 Rare Life competition. The annual prize is presented to people who 

The fortune of real estate scion Robert Durst can be traced back to his grandfather Joseph Durst. A poor Jewish immigrant, Joseph cobbled an empire out of a handful of cut-rate New York properties and founded the Durst Organization in 1915. His son, Seymour Durst, took control of the organization after Joseph died in 1974.
Seymour retired in 1992

Creep gets cornered in “The Jinx”

The fortune of real estate scion Robert Durst can be traced back to his grandfather Joseph Durst. A poor Jewish immigrant, Joseph cobbled an empire out of a handful of cut-rate New York properties and founded the Durst Organization in 1915. His son, Seymour Durst, took control of the organization after Joseph died in 1974. Seymour retired in 1992

Of all God's creatures, I most fear the bear — which is partly why I decided to eat one recently.
Bears are peerless killing machines built to doggedly pursue and maul lesser animals.
Much of their design strikes me as superfluous. Why is an animal that can sustain itself on a diet of salmon and berries capable of climbing mountains, swimmi

My burden to bear

Of all God's creatures, I most fear the bear — which is partly why I decided to eat one recently. Bears are peerless killing machines built to doggedly pursue and maul lesser animals. Much of their design strikes me as superfluous. Why is an animal that can sustain itself on a diet of salmon and berries capable of climbing mountains, swimmi

LUMBERTON — This week a group of budding actors from across the Public Schools of Robeson County will tackle Louisa May Alcott's timeless coming-of-age story, “Little Women.”
A stage production of “Little Women” will be presented at Lumberton Senior High School at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p

Teens tackle 'Little Women' at Lumberton High

LUMBERTON — This week a group of budding actors from across the Public Schools of Robeson County will tackle Louisa May Alcott's timeless coming-of-age story, “Little Women.” A stage production of “Little Women” will be presented at Lumberton Senior High School at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and at 2 p

St. Pauls residents speak up against plant

ST. PAULS — The Town Hall for St. Pauls was packed on Thursday with residents, many of whom were not happy with the news that Sanderson Farms would locate a plant near the town. But town officials defended their decision to offer the plant incentives, saying it will help the local economy. “I really wish you all would forget about this

LUMBERTON — There's a unique challenge in telling Jackie Robinson's story to children.
The first black player to play major league baseball, Robinson endured widespread hostility to become a legend of the game during the late-1940s and into the mid-1950s. His success would prove to be a watershed for the Civil Rights movement.
But as many p

Robinson comes to Robeson

LUMBERTON — There's a unique challenge in telling Jackie Robinson's story to children. The first black player to play major league baseball, Robinson endured widespread hostility to become a legend of the game during the late-1940s and into the mid-1950s. His success would prove to be a watershed for the Civil Rights movement. But as many p

Of all God's creatures, I most fear the bear — which is partly why I decided to eat one recently.
Bears are peerless killing machines built to doggedly pursue and maul lesser animals.
Much of their design strikes me as superfluous. Why is an animal that can sustain itself on a diet of salmon and berries capable of climbing mountains, swimmi

My burden to bear

Of all God's creatures, I most fear the bear — which is partly why I decided to eat one recently. Bears are peerless killing machines built to doggedly pursue and maul lesser animals. Much of their design strikes me as superfluous. Why is an animal that can sustain itself on a diet of salmon and berries capable of climbing mountains, swimmi

ROWLAND — A group of miniature martial artists kicked off Rowland's Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday when seven students from Thunder Zone Karate performed a demonstration.
The children, ages 9 to 12, were led by instructor James Jones, of Dillon, South Carolina.
In July, the commissioners gave Jones the go-ahead to locate a martia

Youth group kicks off meeting in Rowland

ROWLAND — A group of miniature martial artists kicked off Rowland's Board of Commissioners meeting on Tuesday when seven students from Thunder Zone Karate performed a demonstration. The children, ages 9 to 12, were led by instructor James Jones, of Dillon, South Carolina. In July, the commissioners gave Jones the go-ahead to locate a martia

LUMBERTON — The latest installment of an ongoing effort to put a leash on the county's free-roaming pet population is off to a promising start.
Five area animal hospitals are offering discounted spay and neuter services for dogs and cats as part of the Robeson County Veterinary Medical Association's 10th semiannual SNIP event, which began Ma

Surgeries up as SNIP continues

LUMBERTON — The latest installment of an ongoing effort to put a leash on the county's free-roaming pet population is off to a promising start. Five area animal hospitals are offering discounted spay and neuter services for dogs and cats as part of the Robeson County Veterinary Medical Association's 10th semiannual SNIP event, which began Ma

DOT scrambling to repair potholes

LUMBERTON — The recent spate of wintry weather has caused potholes to pop up on roads across Robeson County, and the state Department of Transportation says its working to patch them up. “Just in the last week, we've had 12 potholes reported and patched, and my maintenance crew says more are pouring in,” said Ginny Inman, the dep

FAIRMONT — After not participating in the program for several years, Fairmont Middle School won first place in the sixth-to-eighth grade division of the Public Schools of Robeson County's Battle of the Books competition on Thursday.
“I knew they were a strong and impressive group of kids, but because it was my first time coaching, I di

Fairmont Middle takes Battle of Books

FAIRMONT — After not participating in the program for several years, Fairmont Middle School won first place in the sixth-to-eighth grade division of the Public Schools of Robeson County's Battle of the Books competition on Thursday. “I knew they were a strong and impressive group of kids, but because it was my first time coaching, I di

LUMBERTON — Let's get ready to Rumba.
The 15th annual Rumba on the Lumber festival is expected to draw thousands of people to downtown Lumberton this weekend who will mix fitness and fun. It kicks off tonight and concludes on Saturday.
“It's our hometown festival,” said Jef Lambdin, president of the Robeson Road Runners, which o

Fitness, fun step forward

LUMBERTON — Let's get ready to Rumba. The 15th annual Rumba on the Lumber festival is expected to draw thousands of people to downtown Lumberton this weekend who will mix fitness and fun. It kicks off tonight and concludes on Saturday. “It's our hometown festival,” said Jef Lambdin, president of the Robeson Road Runners, which o

LUMBERTON — According to Sandra and Stan Posner, the key to a successful road trip is taking time out to explore the scenery along the way.
“If you make it an adventure every day so that you have something to look forward to, the trip becomes less arduous,” Sandra said.
They should know. For the past 15 years, the Posners have r

On the road again

LUMBERTON — According to Sandra and Stan Posner, the key to a successful road trip is taking time out to explore the scenery along the way. “If you make it an adventure every day so that you have something to look forward to, the trip becomes less arduous,” Sandra said. They should know. For the past 15 years, the Posners have r

There's a certain social media phenomenon that I'd like to a-dress.
Credit, or blame, for that pun should go to The Robesonian's sports editor, Scott Schlaufman, who gave it to me at his own peril.
You see, Scott is part of a growing population of people who are sick of reading about the ubiquitous image of a blue and black — or is it white

Let's lay the dress to rest

There's a certain social media phenomenon that I'd like to a-dress. Credit, or blame, for that pun should go to The Robesonian's sports editor, Scott Schlaufman, who gave it to me at his own peril. You see, Scott is part of a growing population of people who are sick of reading about the ubiquitous image of a blue and black — or is it white

LUMBERTON — Local animal lovers have crowned Elsa the most adorable critter in Robeson County.
The Lumberton housecat clawed her way to first place in The Robesonian's Cutest Pets Contest, garnering 739 votes in the competition's online image gallery.
Since cats aren't very good with money, the $100 grand prize will be entrusted to Elsa's o

Elsa crowned the cutest

LUMBERTON — Local animal lovers have crowned Elsa the most adorable critter in Robeson County. The Lumberton housecat clawed her way to first place in The Robesonian's Cutest Pets Contest, garnering 739 votes in the competition's online image gallery. Since cats aren't very good with money, the $100 grand prize will be entrusted to Elsa's o

PEMBROKE — The Pembroke Town Council is holding a raffle to benefit the family of Mayor Milton Hunt, who has spent the past several months recovering from open-heart surgery.
Hunt has been confined to the Intensive Care Unit at Duke University Medical Center since September. All of the money raised from the sale of raffle tickets will be don

Pembroke holds raffle to help mayor's family

PEMBROKE — The Pembroke Town Council is holding a raffle to benefit the family of Mayor Milton Hunt, who has spent the past several months recovering from open-heart surgery. Hunt has been confined to the Intensive Care Unit at Duke University Medical Center since September. All of the money raised from the sale of raffle tickets will be don

LUMBERTON — The North Carolina Department of Transportation says that a newly configured interchange at Exit 22 that has been a headache for motorists for two-and-a-half years will be essentially finished in early April, leaving just some landscaping work to be done.
That's when the department plans to introduce a new traffic pattern that wa

DOT: Exit work near end of road

LUMBERTON — The North Carolina Department of Transportation says that a newly configured interchange at Exit 22 that has been a headache for motorists for two-and-a-half years will be essentially finished in early April, leaving just some landscaping work to be done. That's when the department plans to introduce a new traffic pattern that wa





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