Miss UNCP pageant will be decided Thursday
PEMBROKE — Givens Performing Arts Center is getting pretty in preparation for the arrival of its yearly pageant to crown Miss UNCP.
Seven women will compete for the crown this year at the scholarship pageant on Thursday at 7 p.m. They will also say good-bye to Miss UNCP 2008, Jamee Hunt.
The pageant is a scholarship competition which will award the winner $1,000 scholarship and a $1,000 wardrobe allowance for the next competition she will face...
Keep workouts regular even in the cold
Tips for Cold Weather Workouts
This year, I spent the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in Orlando with the youth group from our church. When we left Florida at noon on Monday, it was a balmy 72 degrees. By the time we reached Lumberton the temperature was 40 degrees colder with snow on the horizon. I had scheduled a tee time at Pinecrest on Tuesday but even with pink day glow golf balls I was not going because it was too cold!
Orchestrating good music PEMBROKE — What does it take to start an internationally renowned orchestra from scratch? Ask Derek Gleeson, the conductor of the Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra.
“It’s pretty exhausting,” he said in an interview last week. “Now we are seeing the fruits of our labor. We just did our seventh concert out of 49, all with packed houses and standing ovations.”
The Dublin Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in the 1800s but disbanded with the start of ...
Getting by with help from friends
Friends Helping Friends
A few years ago, I was the president of the North Carolina Public Library Directors’ Association. I guess I was selected because I was there longer than most of the other directors.
During that year, the library directors organized another “Library Day at the Legislature.” (As an aside, the next one is scheduled for Feb. 25.)
On Library Day we are asked to visit our legislators and remind them of the value of public l...
What's happening for 1/25 Sunday
Reenactment: Experience the sights and sounds of an authentic Civil War camp. On Sunday, reenactors will be recreating the day-to-day activities of Confederate camp life with campfire cooking, small arms drill and musket firing demonstrations. Hourly guided tours will be held from 1:15 to 4 p.m. For information, contact Chris Woodson at (910) 486-1330, extension 210. www.museumofthecapefear.ncdcr.gov.
Ice Skating: Florence Sout...
Eastwood is terrific in 'Gran Torino'
What a great week. I had three glorious inches of snow in my yard, the kids were out of school, the presidential inauguration finally occurred, and, gratefully, not even one of my checks bounced. Just when I thought the week couldn’t get any better, I saw “Gran Torino.” Wow. This week is one for the books.
Seventy-eight year old Clint Eastwood is Walt Kowalski, a Korean War veteran embossed and emblazoned with bitterness and bi...
The President is fit for office Well yesterday we witnessed the pinnacle of our democratic society, the peaceful transfer of power to a new president. And although I am confident that the opinions of both our incoming and outgoing presidents are probably as diverse as our community itself, one thing I’m sure we agree on, is that the office of the President of the United Sates should be looked upon as a role model, especially to our youth.
We may not have voted for one partic...
What's Happening 1/21
Christian women: The Robeson County Christian Women will meet Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Adelio’s Restaurant. The program wil cover regifting and the power of forgiveness. All women are invited and the cost is $12.50. Reservations should be made by Jan. 15. For information, call Joan at (910) 738-7081.
Quiz: It's time once again to fall into the ranks – armed with your most potent trivia — and prepare to do bat...
Features Column 1/21 Good afternoon, Robeson County.
After a couple of months settling in, I’ve decided to start the official features section column.
I’ll use this space to focus on local events. But I also want to keep you informed about things that happen outside the community that interest you. I want to leave the column open to explore just about anything.
Allow me to introduce myself. I grew up right down the road in Charlotte. I can hear everyone muttering...
Annual Bold-faced Liars' Showdown set for Saturday LAURINBURG — Robeson County was once a giant lake with good fishing and a diverse ecosystem. But all that came to an end when a plumber installed a drain at the head of what would be the Lumber River, the river gave life to Lumberton and the area grew up around this new town.
That was a lie. It was simply preparation for the Boldfaced Liars’ Showdown in Laurinburg, where you’ll need to keep your wits about you or you’ll come away thinking you...
Local briefs for Jan. 20 LUMBERTON — Lumbee Tribal Chairman Jimmy Goins, Councilman James T. Smith and members of the tribal staff will be at the Saddletree Community Building on Mount Olive Church Road at 7 p.m. tonight to discuss tribal programs and upcoming events.
All members of the Lumbee Tribe are encouraged to attend. There will be drawings for door prizes. For information, call Doug Locklear at the Lumbee tribal office at (910) 522-5190.
LUMBERTON — The Robes...
Do the right thing, yourself Work Together
Many years ago, during a parish meeting, one of our pastors told us we could improve our surroundings by taking care of problems ourselves when we see them. Don’t wait for someone else. If we see some paper on the ground, pick it up. If we see a burned out light bulb, change it. We should carry that philosophy along with us as citizens of our county.
I was reminded of his comments while watching a story about three priests in Ir...
Who has impacted your life the most? As each of us grows older, and hopefully wiser, our list of things we wish for changes drastically. Where once we may have wished for fame, fortune and a really cool car, we eventually modify that list to something like health, to be surrounded by family and to leave a positive legacy.
As Mitch Albom showed us a couple of years ago in his novel and movie titled “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” it’s often difficult to know exactly whom yo...
A Walk Down Memory Lane LUMBERTON — Do you remember when? That’s the question Helen Williams and Alice Briley asked themselves and members of the black community in Lumberton as they researched their book, “A Walk Down Memory Lane: 1790-1999.”
Their book lists and explains some the people and places that make Lumberton what it is today. After years of interviews and scouring the Robesonian archives, Williams and Briley self-published about a 200 page book about the f...
What's Happening 1/18 Sunday
North Carolina’s Extraordinary Coast lecture series begins on Sunday in Southern Pines. Stanley Riggs will be speaking about the impact of climate change on North Carolina’s coast. The lecture series will be at the Weymouth Center, 555 East Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines. For information, call (910) 692-6261.
Shag lessons: The Lumberton Recreation Department will sponsor shag classes on Jan. 19 and 26. The classes will be loca...