Jean Keating coming to Osterneck Thursday I am so excited to have Jean Keating coming to our author’s speaking engagement at the Osterneck on Thursday at 7 p.m. She will be bringing her traveling companion, Puff the Papillon, a very cute little dog who stars in many of her books.
Part of her talk will be a Cause for Paws, which talks about her dog books for the animal lovers out there. Some of her books about dogs include: “Beguiling Bundle: Death Takes Best of Breed” (winner of th...
Talented duo Hollie Young Oxendine and her husband Lee Oxendine perform “Don’t You Want to Stay” at the Robeson’s Most Talented competition recently. The couple won the talent show, which raised money for the Lumbee Ambassadors.
Hot Lesson: Firefighters brave real flames in training exercises Story and photos by Lucy Newman
When the door opens and thick black smoke bellows out, no one knows what lies hidden.
Training sessions, like a recent drill at the Robeson Community College Emergency Services Training Center, located just off N.C. 72, help prepare and protect firefighters and their crew from dangers waiting inside a burning building.
“Training is one of the core components in the fire service,” said Paul Ivey, the inte...
Broadway show coming to GPAC PEMBROKE — The eight-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical “Spring Awakening” will play at the Givens Performing Arts Center at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke at 8 p.m. on Monday.
Based on the 1891 Frank Wedekind play, the landmark musical is a combination of sexuality, morality and rock and roll set against the backdrop of a repressive late 19th century Germany.
Tickets are $40, $35 and $15. For children or students, tic...
A look back — 1931 The first grade class at Fairmont School in 1931 is shown. They are Sarah Small, left, front; Letha Curry; Hazel Lovill; Mary Nancy; Agnes Fisher McRainey; Hilda Atkinson; Lucille Jenkins; Ima Jean McCormick; Annie Lee Britt; Carson Prevatt, left, second row; Chivian Currin; Alice Townsend; Allen Gibson; Wilber Willoughby; Myrtle Britt; Ernest Klander, left, back row; F.L.; Byron Fields; Barns Lovill; Walter Sellers; and Jennings Walters.
Photo courtesy of the Robeson County History MuseumThe Robesonian
Childhood hobby is profitable passion LUMBERTON — Choosing an outfit in the morning is the easy part for Marcie and Kelly Springs. Accessories are a little tougher, since they have more than 500 pieces to choose from.
Their mother, Sally Pennington, makes necklaces, earrings and bracelets, and gives her daughters free reign over the collection.
“I never buy jewelry anymore — I just wear hers,” said Marcie, a 21-year-old student at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C...
Giving presence: Hospice volunteers comfort patients, families LUMBERTON — Eighty-five-year-old Raymond Spivey has felt the sting of death more than once.
“I’ve had four siblings die in the past three and a half years and that was more than half of my family,” he said. “I know I was left here for some reason and that’s why I’m here.”
Spivey was among 20 people who signed up for Southeastern Hospice House’s volunteer training, which began last week. The classes, held on eight consecutive Thursday evenings,...
Dogs offer helping paw to hospice patients LUMBERTON — Sometimes comfort can be taken from a simple, cheerful tail wag.
Polly and Olive, who are certified therapy dogs, visit hospice patients regularly with their owner Catherine Gaines.
“That dog walks in that room and those people’s faces light up,” Gaines said. “… I think part of it is this is one creature that is coming in your room that is not sad. Your family knows they are losing you, so as much as they try to put on a brave face...
Simplistic creations; Fairmont woman shares passion through flower designs FAIRMONT — Penny Pittman doesn’t get mad easily, but there is one thing that ruffles her feathers.
“I have seven grandchildren,” she said. “One year, two of them went into my yard and I had scads of Nandinas and they pulled every berry off of all my Nandinas and my granddaughter said, ‘I’ve never seen you so mad in my life,’ and I said, ‘You probably haven’t.’”
Pittman uses much of the greenery in her back yard in her flower designs, which she...
Angels take stage PEMBROKE — This Christmas a group of students from the Public Schools of Robeson County has a gift for its audiences.
Studio One will be presenting “The Littlest Angel” — a musical based on the children’s book by Charles Tazewell — at Givens Performing Arts Center Thursday through Sunday.
“I think it’s a great chance to relax from the stress of shopping and just enjoy an event with your family,” said Jeanne Koonce, the director of the show. “T...
Area students to perform Thursday PEMBROKE — Students from the Communities in Schools Academy of Robeson County are bringing their studies to life without even saying a word.
Sixth, seventh and eighth-grade students at the academy will be performing “Three Heroic Americans: Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and Paul Revere” at local elementary schools Wednesday and Thursday.
The show tells the stories of the well-known Americans in a narrative mime format.
“The stories will be read a...
Man's dark past brightens children's future LUMBERTON — Leon Burden’s career as a gang member began at the tender age of 12.
It ended at 22, when he was incarcerated for selling drugs. After serving 15 years in federal prison, he wants to keep other children from making the same mistakes.
“When I came back, God gave me a vision to stop the things I used to do ... ,” he said. “I’m trying to get the kids off the streets so they can see there’s a better way of living instead of killing eac...
‘Cruising the Coastal Plains’ comes to Carolina Civic Center LUMBERTON — Talents of Robeson County will fill the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater on Saturday for the premiere of a live music and variety show called “Cruisin’ the Coastal Plains.”
The show, called the “Robeson Edition,” will begin at 7 p.m. and feature four local bands, as well as an interview with Mary Locklear, the Lumbee medicine keeper.
“It will be showcasing what are considered the treasures of the region,” said Richard Sceif...
Club News: Retired employees chapter holds meeting LUMBERTON — The local chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees met recently.
Paul Sams, president of the North Carolina unit of the Retired Federal Employees Association, talked to the group about how taxation varies from state to state for retired employees. In some states, the amount may vary based on the date of retirement.
He said the National Active and Retired Federal Employees contributes more to Alzheimer’s research...