Wrestling cut from St. Pauls athletics ST. PAULS — After a five-year run, the St. Pauls High School wrestling program is being cut from the school’s athletic calendar.
Hoyt McCormick, school principal, says his hands were tied by economic factors and it was a decision he “hated to make.” With a recent re-alignment that left St. Pauls the lone school in the Three Rivers Conference to offer the sport, he said the money doesn’t exist to pay for travel to schools outside the confere...
St. Pauls police participate in ‘Safetypup’ program ST. PAULS — The St. Pauls Police Department has teamed up with the National Child Safety Council for the fifth year to distribute educational materials to the students at St. Pauls Elementary School in an effort to steer them away from drugs and crime.
The program uses a character named “Safetypup,” and games, photos, puzzles, riddles and rhymes, to teach children about the purpose of police; the danger of gangs; and safety tips on topics f...
Police Blotter for March 21 Malcolm Tyner Munn, 50, 536 Chapel Street, St. Pauls, March 18. Driving with license revoked; no headlights’ fictitious tags.
Andres Felipe Azeate, 31, 770 Charring Grass Lane, Fayetteville, March 18. Speeding.
Katerra Qunwanica Munn, 37, Community Road, St. Pauls, March 18. Speeding, 45 mph in a 35-mph school zone; driving with license revoked.
Sarah Denise Hendrix, 24, Acorn Drive, St. Pauls, March 17. Stoplight violation.
DOT seeks input on proposed St. Pauls toll RALEIGH — Residents of St. Pauls can let the North Carolina Department of Transportation know how they feel about a toll that has been proposed between Interstate 95 mile markers 28 and 31.
The department is offering an on-line survey until Saturday to get input from state residents about possible funding options to pay for improvements to the interstate.
Last year the idea of tolls on I-95 was floated as a way to pay the state’s share of...
Library $6,ooo away from annual goal ST. PAULS — The Annie Hubbard McEachern Public Library’s fundraising totals have reached about $9,000 — but the library still needs to raise $6,000 to meet its yearly $15,000 operating expenses.
Five anonymous donors have contributed, and some funds have been pulled from the donation box, and donations for books and magazines.
Other donations are as follows: David and Ginny Walton in memory of Rob Cash; Larry B.
Johnson in memory of Woo...
Your View for March 21 What was the last book that you read?
“The Guide to Understanding the Black Man. I read it because I was interested in understanding people a bit more.”
— Dietra Maynard
“I have kids so I read a lot of kids books. Like 15 or 20 of them a week. Mostly, it’s Dr. Suess.”
— Michael Hodge
“I read the Bible. Currently, I’ve been reading the Book of Ruth.”
— Mary McNeill
“The last book I read was the Diary of Anne Frank. I probably rea...
Upcoming contests, events and fundraisers Library to hold poetry contest
ST. PAULS — The St. Pauls public library , as part of a county-wide library contest, is holding a limerick-writing contest throughout March.
Entries will be voted on by library staff. The winning entry will be displayed at the library, and its author will receive a prize.
A limerick is a 5-line poem, usually humorous or silly. Lines one, two and five rhyme with each other, and lines three and four rhyme...
STEP team defines vision statement, discusses strategies for town growth ST. PAULS — The St. Pauls Small Towns Economic Prosperity Program committee at its March meeting defined a vision statement for the town, along with strategies to accomplish that vision.
After some discussion the team decided on the vision statement “St. Pauls is the little town with a big heart, with a diverse population that promotes families, education, community, economic opportunity and pursuit of dreams for all our residents.”
Night out brings food, fun to downtown ST. PAULS — Parking spaces in downtown St. Pauls on Saturday were filled with four-wheeled automobiles — but no one would dare to call them simply “cars.”
“That’s his baby, next to me,” said Suzanne Robertson, of boyfriend Michael Mercer’s 1971 GTO, or “The Judge.” Mercer, of Fayetteville, took seven-and-a-half years to restore the car, and finished it three weeks before Saturday’s Night Out in St. Pauls.
“All these old cars had a charact...
Police Blotter for March 14 Gerald Boyd Cadel, 51, Maude Rozier Road, St. Pauls, March 11. Displaying rear white lights; expired registration; inspection violation.
Donald Eugene Rumppe, 22, Britt Road, St. Pauls, March 11. Stop sign violation.
Baudy Xavier Perez, 29, East Stack Street, St. Pauls, March 10. No license.
Tommy Grey Owens, 62, West Armfield Street, St. Pauls, March 10. Assault and battery.
Jonathan Andrew Felix, 25, Burke Lane, Fayetteville, March ...
Pro player visits St. Pauls Elementary ST. PAULS — Seeing is believing — at least that’s what Vonta Leach hopes.
Before he began speaking to a crowd of fourth- and fifth-grade students at St. Pauls Elementary School on Thursday, the Baltimore Ravens fullback said he wanted them to know that growing up in a small town doesn’t mean that they can’t be destined for big things.
“I’m from a small town, and now I’m in the big leagues, and even went on to win a Super Bowl,” he said. “...
Burger King to reopen March 12 ST. PAULS — Renovations to the dining room and exterior facade of the town’s Burger King, on West Broad Street, are expected to be complete by March 12, a spokesperson for RDT Construction Group, of Orlando, said today.
The restaurant will remain closed until then.
Burger King CEO John Chidsey recently told the Associated Press that the restaurant chain had plans to create a “contemporary, edgy and futuristic feel.”
The company said the...
Police blotter for March 7 Benjamin Harris Wallace, 21, McLean Street, St. Pauls, March 5. Stop sign violation.
Patrick Council, 46. Daniel McLeod Road, Red Springs, March 4. Expired registration; fictitious tags; driving with license revoked.
William Joseph Jackson, 43, Casper Road, Dunn, March 4. Stop sign violation.
Thomas Michael Eiring, 47, Furnace Drive, Glenn, M.D., March 4. U-turn violation.
Joseph Michael Knowlton, N.C. 20 East, St. Pauls, March 4. Spe...
Parkton Scouts hold Pinewood Derby PARKTON — Parkton Cub Scout pack No. 329 held its second annual Pinewood Derby Race on recently at the Parkton Puritan Club.
Eleven scouts registered their race car for weight and inspection in accordance with official Boys Scouts Pinewood Derby Rules, Prior to the event.
“Lots of family members, friends and neighbors came to watch and root for their favorite scout,” said Faleti Puaatuua, a pack leader. “Prior to the race, the scouts anno...
Turille exiting St. Pauls for beach job Abbi Overfelt Editor ST. PAULS — After spending more than five years at the helm of St. Pauls code enforcement, municipal services and budget development, Town Administrator Stuart Turille says he and the town have “reached a plateau” — and that leaving his position will help the town “achieve a higher level of development.”
The 50-year-old will be taking the reins as town manager at Topsail Beach. His last day behind the desk of his...
History museum to feature Smithsonian exhibit LUMBERTON — The Robeson County History Museum will be featuring a traveling Smithsonian exhibit called Journey Stories for the next six weeks.
The exhibit 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.
Robeson County is the last stop for the exhibit, which has been featured ...
Leaders praised for economic efforts Abbi Overfelt
PEMBROKE — Town Commissioner Jerry Weindel says when it comes to attracting an industry that will provide jobs, St. Pauls is just “waiting for that big break.”
“How long has it been, 14 or 15 years since we lost the mills?” he said after the annual Robeson County Committee of 100 meeting, at COMtech in Pembroke on Feb. 21. “We have Interstate 95, we have the infrastructure. We have accessibility, transportation, ple...
Police blotter for Feb. 28 Juvenile, St. Pauls Middle School, Feb. 21. Simple assault.
Eladio Garcia Dominguez, 40, South Lake Drive, Lexington, Feb. 25. Speeding; no license; child restraint violation.
Luis Flores Campechano, 36, Laurinburg Road, Raeford, Feb. 24. No license.
Nicholas J. Mendez, 32, East Armfield Street, St. Pauls, Feb. 24. Driving with license revoked.
Roger Smith, 36, Townsend Road, St. Pauls, Feb. 24. Driving with license revoked; fictitiou...
Pancake breakfast to be held Saturday Staff report
ST. PAULS — St. Pauls Shriners will be serving up all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage at the Shrine Club’s annual breakfast on Saturday.
The breakfast will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the R.E. Hooks Communnity Building. A $6 ticket also includes milk or coffee.
“I ask the St. Pauls community to come out and support this event,” said Duncan Mackie, president of the St. Pauls Shrine Club. “Bring the family, come on o...
King named top farmer Adelina Shee
LUMBERTON — A seventh-generation farmer from St. Pauls won the title of Robeson County’s Farmer of the Year during the Robeson County Crop Promotion Association’s 50th annual awards and recognition banquet this week.
Hinton McColl King Jr. grew up and went to school in St. Pauls, where he helps to operate a family farm, and resides with his wife, Melissa, and twin daughters, Addison and Emma.
“I’m just thank...