Change is coming Well here we are, it’s Christmas again and I have to stop and catch my breath. I am a very resilient person, but this year has been so packed with change and adventure that I feel like I’m zooming along at 90 mph when I need to be calm and reflective.
I have been working at the library for exactly three months. The Pembroke Branch construction project is coming along nicely and it won’t be too long before we move the books and furniture bac...
Fun float St. Pauls FFA chapter recently participated in the 55th annual St. Pauls Christmas parade on a float with the theme “Peace on Earth with the Smurfs.” The chapter also rode on a float sponsored by First Bank/FCX, and had a float for the Alumni and Friends. Shown on the Smurf float are Jasmine Locklear, Haley Musselwhite, Sierra McMillan, Keri Kinlaw, Larry Jones, Jackson Smith, Triston Chagolla and Courtney Yanosik.
Artists’ welcome Amanda Munger
ROWLAND — The North Carolina Welcome Center doesn’t stop at red and green with its Christmas decorations.
The center, located at mile marker 5 on Interstate 95 near Rowland, has three trees set up this year that highlight North Carolina’s people and places. This year’s featured tree focuses on local artists, and has about 50 pieces of art from eight artists in Robeson County dangling from its branches.
McGirts to perform Sunday Staff report
PEMBROKE — Seven siblings will hit the stage Sunday for a Christmas celebration in song.
Albertina, John, Julia, Gregory, Keith, Cynthia and Lee, who together are the McGirts, will return to their Robeson County roots for Christmas with the McGirts at 6 p.m. Sunday at Mariani’s Restaurant in Pembroke.
Tickets are $20 for the dinner and concert. To purchase tickets, visit the Gospel Music and Christian Book Store in Laurinbu...
Eating healthy is possible on a budget We all know how important it is to eat healthy, but you may ask “How can I eat healthy and still feed my family on a limited budget?” Here are some tips that will help you do both.
Preparing and eating more meals at home is one of the best ways to save money on your food bill. Don’t be fooled by dollar menu or all-you-can-eat deals. They may sound good, but cooking simple foods at home is better for your wallet and waistline. When you cook ...
Features briefs for Dec. 14 Flotilla will be
LUMBERTON — Lumberton’s Christmas Flotilla will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday on the Fifth Street bridge over the Lumber River.
For information, call 910-827-1000.
LUMBERTON —Local children are invited to write letters to Santa until Friday.
Send the letters to 1100 N. Cedar St., Lumberton, N.C. 28358. Santa will respond to all letters he receives.
For information, call Ja...
Tree time Amanda Munger
LUMBERTON — That tree in your living room may just have been decorated this month, but it is probably older than the children who will be unwrapping presents on Christmas Day.
It takes about 10 years for a 6- to 7-foot-tall tree to grow from a seedling before it is cut and finds itself standing over stacks of wrapped gifts. While that is the average size of a Christmas tree, some people have been shortening...
$281 gift Contributed photo
The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. Lumberton Alumnae Chapter recently presented a check for $281 to Lumberton Radiological Associates to be added to the Mammogram Fund. The fund helps provide free mammograms for women in Robeson County who cannot afford them. Shown are Frankie Denise Powell, left, Carolyn Floyd-Robinson, Mike DeCinti of LRA and Marilyn Merritt.
A look back — 1952 Photo courtesy of Elton Lee Taylor
The 1952 senior class of Fairmont Indian High School is shown, including Deloise Chavis, left, front; Margie Hunt; Lucille Locklear; Elton Lee Hunt; Attia Maynor; Sadie Ray Oxendine; Francis Hunt; Buddy Hunt, left, back; Sanford Hunt; Elisha Hunt; Nellie Gray Lee; Hollond Clark; Elsie Mae Hunt; Earl Hammonds; Zeb Oxendine; and Lankford Sanderson.
Book banning has its cost Hi all, I’m sure you have been waiting on the edge of your seats anticipating when my next article might appear in this fine publication. Well here it is and I want to talk about something that makes a bunch of people squirm in their seats: book banning.
Now I know I have probably talked about this in some manner in past articles, but would like to elaborate on the subject. What got me revved up about this was a recent article I read in Sch...
Features briefs for Dec. 11 Center now
SADDLETREE — The Saddletree Community Center is booking dates for class reunions, birthdays, Christmas and New Year’s functions, parties and baby showers.
For information, call Hilton Scott at 910-737-6555 or 910-733-2581 or Ronald Hammonds at 910-734-2991.
Flotilla will be
LUMBERTON — Lumberton’s Christmas Flotilla will be held on Thursday on the Lumber River by Fifth Street.
It begins at 6:30 ...
Job talks Contributed photo
Eula C. McNeill, the mayor pro tem of Red Springs, left, recently met with Lisa Jackson, the administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency to talk about potential job losses and higher energy prices that could be caused by new regulations on coal-fueled power plants. She is shown with Sen. Kay Hagan and Katrina Ross, the vice mayor of Mint Hill, N.C.
St. Pauls Elementary releases honor roll ST. PAULS — St. Pauls Elementary has recognized its outstanding students for the first nine weeks of school.
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Maria Deleon Ramos
Behind the wheel RED SPRINGS — Michael Smith recently found out that being a back-seat contestant during game shows is much easier than the real thing.
“It goes so super fast,” Smith said. “Sometimes I watch it at home and I think, ‘Oh, you idiot, why didn’t you do this or that,’ but you realize when you are up there, ‘Oh, that’s why.”
Smith, a former Red Springs resident who now lives in Los Angeles, was recently a contestant on “Wheel of Fortune.” He wa...
Renowned pianist to perform LUMBERTON — Barbara McKenzie is returning home this holiday season, and plans to give her father the gift of music.
McKenzie, a world-renowned pianist originally from Lumberton, will perform a free concert at Wesley Pines Retirement Community at 2 p.m. on Sunday. It is open to the public.
Her father, M.G. McKenzie, is a resident and will join 30 other residents watching his daughter perform.
McKenzie is a classical pianist who has perfo...