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. 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.
Get in on the fun and excitement of bringing the NC Folk Arts Festival to downtown St. Pauls on May 10 by volunteering to serve on the Festival’s committee. All volunteers are welcome! The first meeting is set for Thursday, February 6 at 5:30 pm at the Foxridge Apartments office at 120 S. McGoogan Street. Bring a friend!
February is many things: the shortest month, full Winter and often bitterly cold, the gateway to Spring, and a period of transition for many Southerners.
Although still Winter, daffodils and crocus are stirring the ground, and people are out stirring again, too. Many take this time before mosquitoes and heat to return to outside activities, such as yard clean up. People begin to rake away Winter, and the leaves accumulated have to be disposed of by residents. The Town’s Public Works Department can help. If you rake leaves, please rake them to the curb, but not into the street, for pick up by PW Department employees. If you pick up limbs, please place them in separate piles on the curb and they, too, will be picked up and disposed of for you.
Public Works Department employees pick up regular household waste on Mondays (west side) and Tuesdays (east side) of each week. They pick up yard debris Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, depending upon their work schedule—emergencies take precedence.
Remember, there is no need to place leaves in bags, and also remember that it is illegal to burn anything inside the town limits.
People also start to clear out garages and some people move after the Winter. If you have typical household waste, please use your trash container. If you have large items, such as old furniture or used appliances like ovens, washers, or other “white goods”, please place these curbside and they will be picked up at no charge. If you would like to dispose of your used white goods yourself, the Robeson County Landfill is located about three miles east of town. The phone number there is 865-3348 for fees and schedules.
If you have hazardous waste, such as paint cans, insecticide or pesticide containers, place them beside your trashcan and PWD employees will collect them. Paint inside paint cans has to be completely dry. You can also take these hazardous wastes to the Landfill.
If these outdoor activities aren’t enough exercise to help you shake off Winter, remember that the District Recreation Park has baseball/softball fields, a soccer field, and plenty of room in which to walk and run. The high school also has a walking/running track and four tennis courts that are community assets and free to the public when not being used by the school and its classes and teams.
February is the time to look ahead to Spring and get our yards, garages, and selves into good shape.
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
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, January 16th. Thursday, February 13th. Thursday, March 13th. 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.