Native histories Anne-Claire Siegert Features Editor
PEMBROKE — Beneath the layers of paint on Jessica Clark’s creations, stories unfold. Colors billow onto the canvas like a loosened spool of ribbon and weave a commentary on her culture, her people and her identity.
“Margaret Cummings Bullard, Lumbee,” is a painting of Clark’s grandmother sleeping in her favorite recliner. Shadows rumple her apron, and lines are etched onto her American Indian hands usin...
Reunions for July 1 The Hunt Family will hold a reunion on July 8 at 1 p.m. at West Saddletree Baptist Church on Rennert Road.
For information, call Cecil Hunt at 910-843-3706.
The descendants of Jakie and Sally Locklear will hold their annual family reunion on July 14 at 12:30 p.m. in the fellowship Hall at New Prospect Methodist Church. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring a covered dish. The Jakie family is host.
For questions, contact Flora S...
What’s Happening for July 1 TODAY
Celebration: Fairmont will hold a “Fantastic Fourth Celebration” today from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Fairmont Community Park. The beach band, Too Much Sylvia, will play and fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.
Admission is free.
Wrestling tournament: The Lumbee Games will be holding a wrestling tournament on Sunday at the Jones Athletic Complex at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Registration is from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and t...
Feature briefs for July 1 ORRUM — Lumber River State Park will host a Lumber River Day on July 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2819 Princess Ann Road.
There will be canoe rides and races, booths and exhibits, a fishing contest for children and a wet T-shirt race, as well as food and ice cream. Attendants are welcome to bring a picnic lunch.
For information, call Neill Lee at 910-628-4564 or Everett Davis at 910-618-6626.
WILMINGTON —The Battleship North Carolina, U....
St. Pauls Public Library has a unique personality Every library has a unique personality that develops as a result of the community that it serves. The Annie Hubbard McEachern Public Library in St. Pauls is a terrific example. The library is located at 211 W. Broad St. and is open Mondays through Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday afternoons from noon to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
When you visit, you will probably be greeted by library manager, Mary Jane Butle...
Announcements for July 1 ENGAGEMENT
The late Tony Locklear and Betty Hunt of Pembroke are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Nakema Locklear of Shannon, to Michael Hammonds of Red Springs, the son of Mitchell and Cora Faye Hammonds of Baltimore, Md.
Locklear is the granddaughter of Fermon and Martha Locklear of Red Springs.
Hammonds is the grandson of George and Myrtle Thompson of Baltimore, Md.
The wedding ceremony wi...
Mary Allice Monroe to attend Book ‘Em LUMBERTON — New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe will be the headliner for the Book ‘Em North Carolina event to take place at the Carolina Civic Center next year.
Monroe is a resident of coastal South Carolina and an environmental fiction writer who has written more than a dozen novels with themes and parallels to nature. She has also written several non-fiction and children’s books that portray her love of the natural world....
Winds of change LUMBERTON — Richard Sceiford looks out from his second story window at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton and laments the empty streets. It’s after 5 p.m. and the streetlights signal no one. Apart from a muffled hum of music exuding from the theater’s sound system, downtown Lumberton is one tumble weed short of a ghost town.
“The greatest challenge,” says Kendrix Singletary, the center’s first artist in reside...
Small water sources can attract mosquitos Rain and warmer weather are closely followed by increases in mosquito activity. Most people think of swamps and ponds as the source of the mosquitoes in their yards. However, in most residential areas, the prime mosquito breeding sites are most likely small and inconspicuous water sources. So before planning a chemical assault on your yard, start with the simpler and more long-term approach of eliminating “collectibles.”
We don’t mean souve...
Feature briefs for June 27 WILMINGTON —The Battleship North Carolina, U.S. Cellular and the city of Wilmington will host the 16th annual Battleship Blast Fireworks show on July Fourth at 5 p.m. on Water Street.
The fireworks show will begin at 9:05 p.m. from the Battleship North Carolina. Entertainment will provided by L Shaped Lot in Riverfront Park.
LUMBERTON — Everything Under The Sky, a store featuring the work of local artists, will host its grand opening on S...
Holiday Band to perform at Alive After 5 Thursday LUMBERTON — The Alive After 5 concert series continues Thursday with a performance by the Holiday Band, which will perform a mix of musical styles.
The free event, which will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m., has been moved from the corner of Third and Chestnut streets to the parking lot on the corner of Third and Water streets in order to coincide with the opening of Candy Sue’s Downtown.
The restaurant will offer an outdoor grilled bar me...
Library offers free summer reading programs It is not too late to join in the fun of the free Summer Reading Programs. Children and teens may still register for the “Dream Big – Read!” or “Own the Night” programs at all library locations.
This week’s program for children is a pajamarama. Children may come to the library dressed in their favorite pajamas and enjoy stories about tooth fairies and bedtime. Children will also sing songs and create a tooth fairy craft.
The program will ...
What’s Happening for June 24 TODAY
Fundraiser: There will be a prayer ride, dinner and auction for Melissa Locklear today.
For information, call 910-308-3126.
Basketball camp: Basketball camp for boys grades fourth through 12th will be Monday through Friday at 8 a.m. at Fairmont Middle School. The cost is $20.
Canoe trip: Lumber River State Park will host a Guided Canoe Trip down the Lumber River on Tuesday starting at the Boardman Boa...
Funding requested Members of the Robeson County Partnership for Children, Inc. the Robeson County Health Department and Precious Angels Day Care, Inc., met with Rep. Garland Pierce, far right, and Rep. Charles Graham, left, of the Robeson County Legislative Delegation to ask for more funding for programs for children. The effort is part of Smart Start’s statewide ‘Tuesdays for Tots’ initiative to restore $18.8 million to Smart Start, whose funding was reduced ...
A look back — 1905 The Merchant’s Hotel, owned by N.A. Jones, was opened in 1893 on the corner of Elm and Third streets. The hotel was purchased in 1903 by Angus Wilton McLean and S.A. Edmund. They remodeled the property, opening it as The Waverly Hotel. The Waverly was torn down in 1913 to build the Bank of Lumberton, which was later known as Southern National Bank. This photo was taken circa 1905. Photo courtesy of the Robeson County History Museum.