Longtime friends to dance on stage LUMBERTON — Two longtime friends will be taking the dance floor in the upcoming United Way event Dancing with the Robeson County Stars.
Rick Gregory and Tina Bullard’s families have been friends for many years — and their friendship is growing as they spend time together preparing for the competition.
The pair have been practicing once a week since November.
“It’s all freestyle,” Bullard said. “I absolutely love to dance but mostly what...
B.G. French Awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine and Key to the City. LUMBERTON — Nancy French had “to do a lot of sneaking and a little bit of lying” to keep a secret from her husband, B.G., but says “it was worth it.”
B.G. French, a longtime Lumberton businessman and owner of Lumber River Real Estate, was surprised on Feb. 15 when he received a key to the city and the state’s highest civilian award, the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, all while enjoying food at one of his favorite restaurants, Candy Sue’s in d...
History museum to feature Smithsonian exhibit today LUMBERTON — The Robeson County History Museum will be featuring a traveling Smithsonian exhibit called Journey Stories for the next six weeks.
The exhibit, which will open today with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m., will focus on how our ancestors came to America, with a specific look at how the advancements in transportation affected people. It is part of the North Carolina Humanities Council’s Museum on Main Street program.
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A couple of junkers ST. PAULS — Tino and Carole Ferro’s St. Pauls home is a work of art.
A mix of components old and new; man-made and natural; newly-painted and long-rusted; found and recycled, form the wooden-plank-covered home and its matching workshop that come into view after a short drive down a dirt road. The structure is a habitable version of the couple’s creations — a style to which if Tino had to put a name, he would call “impressionist, except in t...
Travelin McCourys to visit Civic Center LUMBERTON — The bluegrass band The Travelin’ McCourys will perform on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton.
The Tavelin’ McCourys is the latest incarnation of The Del McCoury Band.
The Travelin’ McCourys is made up of Ronnie and Rob McCoury, Jason Carter and Alan Bartam. Ronnie and Rob are the sons of the Bluegrass legend Del McCoury. Ronnie McCoury plays the mandolin, Rob McCoury plays the banjo, C...
Date Change for UNCP Concert PEMBROKE — The performances of Jim Quick and Coastline, Robert Lee Smith and The Original Tams and the Embers at at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke have been rescheduled.
The concert will now be on April 26 at 8 p.m. at the Givens Performing Arts Center. It had been scheduled for March 16.
Award-winning Robert Lee Smith & The Original Tams has recorded 10 albums and still play to sellout crowds around the world. Jim Quick has...
Airman Graduate Basic Training LUMBERTON — Air Force Airman Merrill T. Locklear graduated has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
He completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the...
Bike Run PEMBROKE — A benefit bike run is being held April 7 to benefit the victim of a motorcycle accident.
Myra Oxendine-Bell was injured late last year when a bike fell on both of her legs. That led to surgery, including a rod being placed in one leg. She and her husband Scott are under financial stress.
The 70-mile bike run will begin at 1 p.m. at the C&P Mart in Pembroke and end at Lacy Cummings’ home at 75 Gene’s Road in Pembroke. The cost i...
If walls could talk
LUMBERTON — At the end of Caldwell Street sits a yellow and white Victorian home, painted over from the pale ochre and brown that first colored its exterior 108 years ago. Until recently, its walls have known the name of only one family — the same that gives the street its name.
Caldwell Street is just a short stretch of pavement covering only a couple of blocks, but at its end, sits the beginning of a story.
Neill A. Thompson III cal...
Anne-Claire Siegert Features editorThe Robesonian
Practice makes perfect for dancing stars LUMBERTON — Practice makes perfect for Kelli Blue and Gary Patrick, who didn’t join the Dancing With the Robeson County Stars United Way event just to strut their stuff.
“I’m doing it because I think it’s a worthy cause,” Blue said.
Blue had to step out of her comfort zone to step into some dancing shoes.
“It’s a chance to … do something different,” she said. “It’s been fun and its been a nice little workout.”
Blue, a Pembroke native ...
Library is stacked with upcoming events Celebrate Black History Month with lively stories and rhythmical dancing. Children of all ages are invited to attend the “Dancing Stories” program presented by April C. Turner on Friday at 10 a.m. in the Osterneck Auditorium. The program is free and informational fliers are available at the library or may be downloaded from the library’s website. The “Dancing Stories” program will replace the regular Lumberton story time programs for Friday. ...
What’s happening LUMBERTON — Purple Door Productions will hold Decadent Dessert Theatre at its theater at 209 N. Elm St. on Feb. 14 at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 15 and Feb. 16 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 17 at 2:30 p.m.
Dessert and specialty drinks will be served in a candlelit cabaret space featuring song and dance. Tickets on Valentine’s Day are $15 per person and $25 per couple. Weekend tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students.
For information or reservations, call...
Reunion announcements for Jan. 27, 2013 Pembroke High School class of 1966 will meet for dinner on Feb. 16 at Sheff’s Restaurant at 6 p.m.
All classmates are invited to attend. The cost is the price of the meal.
For information or to reserve a spot by Feb. 15, call Sue at 910-521-0468.
The Magnolia High School class of 1963 is planning at 50-year reunion at the Holiday Inn in Lumberton on June 8.
To attend, call Pete Bell at 910-785-1050, Delano Cummings at 910-536-3652...
Living in the past LUMBERTON — Yellowing pages of century-old copies of The Robesonian tell of a flourishing cultural and political landscape.
“As goes Robeson County,” says a 1912 issue, “so goes the state.”
But Blake Tyner already knew that.
The St. Pauls native knows much of the history that has sunken into the swamps and flowed into the Lumber River to raise up Robeson’s farmland. His voice, like the distant train horn passing through town, calls atte...
Anne-Claire Siegert Features editorThe Robesonian
It takes a community to organize an event Over the past year, I’ve had the honor of writing about a diverse group of authors who will be participating in Book ‘Em North Carolina on Feb. 23 at Robeson Community College. Last year’s event brought in more than 2,000 attendees and raised $9,000 for Robeson County literacy campaigns. More than half of the attendees came from outside the county.
The success of Book ‘Em North Carolina depends upon community support. Civic groups, business...