Quick acting PEMBROKE — Eleven-year-old Mary Stephenson and her 9-year-old brother David might be out of school, but they’ll be doing plenty of reading this week.
They are among more than 60 children preparing to perform “The Jungle Book” at 6:30 p.m. on Friday after just five days of rehearsals.
“I just read it and try to express myself while I am,” Mary said about learning her lines to be a drummer in the show. “I read it and figure out how to say i...
Local band takes home two awards PEMBROKE — The Pembroke-based band Driven recently won Best Rock Band and Video of the Year at the Carolina Music Awards.
The band, which was formed in 2001, includes lead vocalist Mark McKinney; bass guitarist Joe Locklear; guitarist Jesse Jones; and drummer Rodrick Locklear.
The band’s second album, “Redeemer,” was released on Jan. 1, and the band released its first music video for the single “The Wait” in April. The band has shared the...
Kill the weeds, not the lawn “But at least the weeds are green!” I shouted as we pulled into our driveway one Sunday. I could not believe my eyes. Our beautifully green, lush carpet of centipede grass had horrid, sickly yellow patches all through it.
“It must be some disease!” my husband said. “I only sprayed the weeds.”
My husband had decided to go on a little herbicide application spree during the previous week. This would have been fine had he contained it to the ...
Behind the music HOUSTON — Mary Carol Warwick knows the answer to the age-old question: Which came first, the music or the words?
Warwick, a Lumberton native, is a composer for the Houston Grand Opera, and her operas have been performed throughout the United States in places like North Dakota, Texas and Washington, and in Canada.
“If I don’t have the words, I don’t know who’s on stage and what emotion they are feeling,” Warwick said. “Then I know what kin...
A look back — 1952 Shown are members of the 1952 J.H. Hayswood Bears football team, including James Lewis McCall, front row, left; David Shaw; Ralph Pittman; John Thomas McCormick; Clint Gavin; Kenneth Loyns; Charlie Brown; James Brantley; Ernest Leach; Sammy McEachan; Robert Shaw, back row, left; John Dockery; Doug Thompson; Horace Simpson; E.J. Thompson; Pearly Kemp; Gilbert Drake; Charles Leach; and Coach Reagan.
Auditions scheduled for musical show LUMBERTON — Auditions for “5 Guys Singing” will be held on Aug. 10 and Aug. 13 at the Carolina Civic Center.
The musical performance will feature male performers in a variety of musical genres, including Broadway, Motown, country and gospel. Auditions will be at 6 p.m. on Aug. 10 and 4 p.m. on Aug. 13.
The director, Kendrix Singletary, is also seeking a male or female host with a large personality and natural comedic timing. The show wi...
Series books: A great read for all Some of my favorite types of books to read are series books. These can be books in which the story carries over from book to book or they can star the same characters in different stories. These types of books start for the youngest of ages in picture books to the oldest, young adults, in the Children’s/Teen Section of the library. I will start with the youngest and work my way up.
For young readers or non-readers (ages 4 to 8) I would be r...
Features briefs for July 31 Artist Project
LUMBERTON — The application deadline for the North Carolina Arts Council Regional Artist Project is 5 p.m. on Oct. 3.
A free grant-writing workshop will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Carolina Civic Center. Attendance is not required to submit an application, but is recommended for first-time applicants. The grants provide support to projects that will have a significant impact on the advancement ...
Robeson County is full of opportunities to buy local I have noticed lately that more than ever, we are bombarded with negative news about the budget and the state of our economy. County, state, and nationwide, people are hurting as our economy stands still. I have always been a positive person, but the continuous negative news has even gotten me down lately.
This job takes me out into the county where I meet lots of people, see lots of things, and have lots of time alone in my car to and from...
Features briefs LUMBERTON — The End of Summer Concert in the Park will be held on Thursday at the VFW/Crystal Road entrance of Luther Britt Park.
The show, which will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., will feature The Imitations. Admission is free.
For information, call (910) 671-3876.
Big Daddy Drive to perform Aug. 13 LUMBERTON — Lumberton-based band Big Daddy Drive will debut its album “Long Road” with a concert on Aug. 13 in Fayetteville.
The concert will be held at 9 p.m. at the Doghouse Bar & Grill, and all attendees will receive a free CD. The cost is $5 at the gate.
“The release date of the CD online is officially Aug. 16, a few days after the concert,” said guitarist Josh Bryant. “However, we are excited to put it in people’s hands on Aug. 13.” ...
Two wheeling LUMBERTON — In the same position as he would watch a football game, and at the same speed you would drive through a parking lot, Will Parker recently set a world record — on a bicycle.
The 17-year-old Lumberton resident completed a 100-mile course to set the first recumbent bicycle record for that distance. As he was still 16, the record is for males under the age of 17.
Will is the son of Maria Parker, who has set records on the recum...
Civil War photos to be exhibited LUMBERTON — Images from a defining war will soon travel to Lumberton for a month-long exhibition at the Robeson County Public Library.
The Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory: Civil War Sesquicentennial Photography Exhibit, which will depict North Carolina’s role in the Civil War, will be at the library from Aug. 1 to Aug. 29.
“The Civil War was the first war widely covered with photography,” said Jeffrey Crow, the deputy secretary of the North Ca...
A look back — 1900 Flora McKay, left, the wife of Gilbert B. Sellers, and Mary Louisa Burns, the wife of Alexander Jefferson Cottingham, stand in front of the Cottingham house on the corner of McCaskill Avenue and Cottingham Street in 1900.
Photo courtesy of the Robeson County History MuseumThe Robesonian
Positive interaction makes a world of difference I have learned a great deal in my working career as both an environmental engineer and a children’s and teen’s librarian. Of those things — the most important — is how to positively interact with people.
Not only is it way more pleasant than getting in a shouting match or ugly argument, it generally solves problems quicker and in the right way. It’s all about respecting others’ points of view, listening to what they have to say and giving t...