ROWLAND — The town’s image may receive a pro bono boost from Robeson Community College instructor James Brown, who offered his marketing services at the Board of Commissioner’s meeting on Tuesday.
Brown, who recently received a master’s degree in Marketing, announced he would volunteer his services in attempt to generate more business for the town.
“We’re sitting her on I-95, just north of South of the Border, and we should market our town,” Blake Proctor, town clerk and finance officer, said on Wednesday. “We have an average of 7,600 cars a day going through Main Street, and we have almost 4,000 cars going south from Main Street to South of the Border. We have 3,000 a day coming down from 301 North, and 600 a day coming from N.C. 130.
“We have a lot of activity … we just need to let people know we’re here,” he said.
Proctor said Brown’s offer came after a decision by the county Board of Commissioners to move the Adult General Education program that has been hosted in the Masonic Lodge on Martin Luther King Jr. Street for the past three years to Pembroke. Brown has been the instructor for the program since it began.
“It will make it more difficult for people to receive GEDs,” Proctor said. “The reason they opened it here was because some people couldn’t get to the programs at Fairmont, or at Pembroke or Maxton.”
Also at the meeting, the board decided to present police Officer Scott Chavis, who last month helped to rescue two women and three children stuck in a rip current at North Myrtle Beach, S.C., with a certificate of commendation.
“What he did was heroic, and he deserves recognition,” Proctor said.
Also at the meeting, the board:
— Heard from resident Juliet Lucas, who praised the Public Works Department’s work at impounding dogs. During the weekend, the town impounded four dogs and seven puppies.
— Heard from resident Margaret Smith, who said police officers often make inappropriate comments about her age.
— Filed a motion to contact the city tax collector to begin foreclosure proceeds on a 708 E. Main St. property.