Breast-cancer event planned for Beacham Park in Maxton

First Posted: 9/18/2013

MAXTON — The Maxton Board of Commissioners on Tuesday cleared the path for a breast cancer awareness walk and also named a local resident to the Housing Authority Board.

Joyce McRae, executive director of the Maxton Chamber of Commerce, presented a preliminary plan for the walk, which will be held on Oct. 12 in Beacham Park as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is October. The walk will begin at 3 p.m. with a possible keynote speaker.

“We’ve had interest with … several health care agencies,” she said. “Laurinburg is interested and Pembroke is interested. We’re still getting calls from people … saying ‘we’re interested in this.’”

McRae said the chamber will partner with Campbell Soup and the Maxton Police Department to hold the walk. She said the fund-raising goal is $5,000, with all proceeds going to help Maxton residents struggling with cancer. Vendors will set up booths in the park at 11 a.m. to distribute information on dealing with breast cancer.

McRae said the walk is important because many Maxton residents live with the disease.

“You would not believe the number of people affected by this condition,” she said.

In other business, the commissioners unanimously appointed Lillye McNeill Dumas-Wells to the Housing Authority Board.

Commissioner Victor Womack said discussion of the board’s plans to turn the Townsend Middle School gym into a recreation center is on hold as the town seeks grant money to support the project.

“It’s on standby, but we’re working on it,” Womack said.

The board approved a non-binding three-year contract with the Public Schools of Robeson County for use of the gym in August.

In other business, the board on Tuesday:

— Discussed the possibility of creating committees to study issues affecting the town, including economic development and public safety. Mayor Sallie McLean said the committees would be run by local residents.

“We’ve got to work together,” she said. “We work at the pleasure of the citizens.”

— Heard a report from Police Chief Tammy Deese, who said Maxton police issued 100 citations during the Booze It and Lose It campaign, which ran from Aug. 16 to Sept. 2.