St. Pauls was presented its 28th consecutive Tree City, USA award recognition at an Arbor Day ceremony held March 21 at St. Pauls Elementary School. Every fourth grade student was presented a loblolly pine seedling donated by the NC Forestry Service to take home to plant. Members of the St. Pauls High School FFA Chapter also participated in the day, giving those fourth grade foresters a program on tree care, planting and importance. Mayor Buddy Westbrook and members of the St. Pauls Tree Commission accepted the Tree City, USA flag from Forestry Service representative Adlia Strickland.
As the big day nears, the excitement grows and the flurry of activity snowballs.
May is just around the corner and the 14th annual North Carolina Folk Arts Festival is, too. St. Pauls is getting ready.
The festival banner has been hung across Broad Street by the Public Works Department and is now swaying in the warm, gentle breezes. The phone is steadily ringing at the Chamber of Commerce office (910-865-3890) and at McNeill-Mackie Funeral Home (910-865-4105), where Festival President Duncan Mackie can be found most times, when he is not out and about promoting the Festival.
Colorful tee shirts are on display and for sale at Town Hall, First Bank, Lumbee Guaranty Bank and many other convenient locations. Festival goers will have a choice of colors this year: bright pink, Wolfpack red, and neon yellow/green. Prices range from $10 each (s,m,l,xl) to $12 (2xl,3xl) for the largest sizes. People in stores and offices around town are proudly wearing their tee shirts each Friday, which are known as Festival Fridays. This is good advertisement, as are the bright and beautiful Festival ribbons being offered by Special Moments Florist, with a portion of proceeds going to the Festival. These ribbons will be popping up on many mailboxes and doors as the big day nears.
Hopeful vendors are still trying to secure a booth space from Shirley McMillan, and would-be entertainers are still trying to get a line-up spot from Ghee Johnson who delivers the news that all time slots are already filled.
West Armfield Street is being cleaned and readied for the thousands of people who will come out, stroll through, shop, hug and kiss, eat and be entertained on Saturday, May 10 from 9 am until 4 pm.
The Festival has become a big reunion for many people, who schedule their get-togethers around the date (the day before Mother’s Day), or for those who trust fate to be just a bit serendipitous and make for many pleasant surprise reunions. It is also a big day for local non-profits to make a little cash for their projects. The Public Library will be holding its annual Cake Raffle during the event and selling raffle tickets, for example. It’s also a big day for kids of all ages to enjoy the beautiful weather, the colorful surroundings and the safe, family friendly environment--not to mention a funnel cake or blooming onion.
The annual North Carolina Folk Arts Festival is St. Pauls’ eagerly anticipated big day to shine, and it does just that on the second Saturday of May each year. To make sure it is gleaming and ready, volunteers are as busy as the bees, and St. Pauls will be ready when the 10th rolls around.
It takes many volunteers working many hours to bring this outstanding event to our downtown and the people of St. Pauls and the entire region are the happy beneficiaries.
The Town of St. Pauls has two handsome and convenient public buildings for rent, and people are taking the opportunities to do so.
The Dr. R. E. Hooks Community Center is available for rent throughout the week for $100 per day. There is also a refundable security deposit of $200, due when the key is picked up. If after inspection by a member of the SPPD, the building is cleaned and tidy, the deposit is returned to the renter.
The Hooks Community Center, known for many years as the Community House, seats approximately 100 people comfortably, and tables and chairs are included, as is a working kitchen. It is handsomely decorated with donated art depicting North Carolina scenes or by North Carolina artists, including some from the St. Pauls area.
The Scout Hut, known officially as The Civic Center, is smaller, seating approximately 40 people, and again, tables, chairs and a working kitchen are included in the rental agreement. The rent is $75 plus a refundable $200 security deposit. The Scout Hut is available for rent only on Sundays, because the local Scouts have use of the building the other days. Alcohol is forbidden at both buildings.
For more information about renting these two beloved public buildings, please call Town Hall at 910-865-5164.
Robeson Community College holds FREE Adult Basic Education/Adult High School/GED classes at St. Pauls Middle School. FREE classes, books and materials! For more information, please call RCC at (910) 272-3607 or 272-3680 or 272-3608. You can also register at SPMS Monday, Tuesday or Thursday prior to classes which begin at 6 p.m.
English as a Second Language classes are offered FREE on Saturday mornings at St. Pauls Presbyterian Church. FREE classes, books, materials. For more information, please call (910) 272-3607 or 272 2680 or 272-3608. You can register prior to classes beginning on Saturdays at 9 am by arriving at the church on N. Old Stage Road.
Upcoming Economic Opportunity Seminars offered in March at RCC
Robeson Community College announces economic opportunity seminars for March. Seminars will be held on the RCC campus in Lumberton. Pre-registration is required. For more information about these or other opportunities, please call 910-642-7141 ext. 397 or ext. 419.
Buying/Selling a Small Business
Thursday, March 6. 6-9 pm. Building T-120. Southeastern Community College Instructor G. Bleakley
How to Start a Non-Profit Business
Thursday, March 13. 6-9 pm. Building T-122. Southeastern Community College Instructor S. Gore
50 Home Based Businesses for Start Up Entrepreneurs
Thursday, March 24. 6-9 pm. Building T-122. Southeastern Community College Instructor D. Spry
How to Start a Commercial Cleaning or Maid Service Business
Thursday, March 27 6-9 pm. Building T-120. Southeastern Community College Instructor S. Carver
An Introduction to QuickBooks Pro for Your Business
Monday, March 31. 6-8 pm. Building T-122. Southeastern Community College Instructor S. Brisson
Town Office to be closed Friday, April 18th
The Town Office will be closed in observance of Good Friday, April 18th. The Town Office and all departments will be fully operational on Easter Monday, April 21st
Town of St. Pauls seeks laborer. Temporary, 40 hours per week at 9.36 per hour. Required to be 18, high school grad or GED, preferred to have CDL and 2 years experience. Needs to have good working knowledge of standard practices, materials, tools and equipment used in Public Works and Utilities. Ability to perform heavy manual work over long periods of time and in varying weather conditions. Job open until filled.
Town of St. Pauls
210 W. Blue Street
PO Box 364
St. Pauls, NC 28384
Plastics recycling schedules change
Those bright blue cans used for recycling plastics should be filled and rolled to the curb on the third Wednesday of every second month after a schedule change was approved by the Town Board.
Previously, plastics were recycled on the third Wednesday of every month, but due to lack of participation and the expense of transporting loads of plastics to be recycling to South Carolina, the pick-up was cut back to every other month.
Please note this change with a handy reminder posted on your refrigerator or wherever you calendar your schedules.
The next pick up of plastics to be recycled is set for Wednesday, May 21st. Subsequent pickups will be July 16, September 17, and November 19. Please remember to put your blue recycling can on the curb the night prior to the pick up date, to make sure your can is emptied by the Public Works Department.
RRC adult education classes in St. Pauls!
Robeson Community College now has classrooms here in St. Pauls at the auditorium building on the Middle School campus. RCC is holding Adult Education classes each Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6 to 9 pm.
For more info, please call RCC at (910) 272-3607, 272-3680 or 272-3608.
English as a Second Language classes are now being held free of charge by Robeson Community College at St. Pauls Presbyterian Church each Saturday from 9 am until noon. Free family child care is also provided during these classes. For more information, please call RCC at 910-272-3607, 910-272-3680 or 910- 272-3608.
The NCDMV mobile driver’s license van comes to town on Thursday of the second full week in the month. Upcoming schedule: Thursday, May 15th. Thursday, June 12th. Thursday, July 17th. Hours are 9 am until 3 pm.
SRMC presents exercises each Tuesday and Thursday at the Dr. R. E. Hooks Community Center. The schedule: Line Dancing, every Tuesday from 9 to 10 am and again that evening from 6 to 7 pm. Zumba classes are held each Thursday from 6 to 7 pm. Chair aerobics are held Thursday mornings from 9 to 10 am. For more information, please contact SRMC or just show up to register.
Obed Jimenez, center, presents a plaque of appreciation to the Town of St. Pauls on behalf of his church, The Seventh Day Adventist Church, located on E. Clark Street. Accepting for the Town are Kay Davis, Town Clerk and J. R. Steigerwald, Town Administrator. The congregation praised and thanked the Town for its continued and dedicated service to the community.