St. Pauls is seeing an increase in business activity
St. Pauls is currently experiencing a sudden and welcome economic uptick, with several new businesses choosing to locate here.
The depressed national and state economies of the past few years trickled down and affected municipalities of all sizes and especially small towns like St. Pauls, stymying growth and development for several years. But that is changing and changing rapidly, resulting in St. Pauls seeing new economic activity all across the community.
St. Pauls will welcome an approximately 42,000 sq. ft. Neighborhood Market, a Walmart grocery and pharmacy, very soon. The store, located near McDonald’s just off W. Broad Street, is set to open in mid-December. The office that was set up to take applications in a downtown storefront has closed and the business office is now in the Market. The new entrance into the store, between McDonald’s and the Days Inn Motel, is nearing completion, thus alleviating some traffic congestion necessitated by the building project.
A Fayetteville-based pediatrician’s office is currently renovating and adapting the former Tar Heel Diabetic Supply building on E. Broad Street. This new professional practice will fill a big void in care for young patients and is expected to serve a large geographical area.
For those who love pizza to go, there will be two new options in St. Pauls soon. Pizza Hut is readying to occupy one of the four bays that will comprise a new business center on S. Fifth Street, beside the brand new Auto Zone. The Auto Zone has transformed the area, replacing a former carwash on its site. The new development, being called Fifth Street Shoppes, will further rejuvenate the S. Fifth Street corridor, one of the major entrances into town.
And further down Fifth Street, in the Cedar Plaza shopping center anchored by the Piggly Wiggly Grocery Store, Domino’s Pizza has begun converting one of the vacant spaces into a take-out pizza restaurant. Tailgating just got easier in St. Pauls with not one but two new eateries.
Along Broad Street, in the Central Business District, a new specialty shop, A Z Accessories will open in the building that formerly housed Petal Pushers. This shop was for a time open just west of the new location and returns to St. Pauls by popular demand.
All of these developments bode well for the future of St. Pauls, and in part because they could mean more development to come. Stay tuned and watch as St. Pauls continues to grow and prosper.
The Town of St. Pauls cordially invites everyone to attend and participate in the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday, November 28th.
This family fun and old timey tradition begins just before dusk, but there will be music and light refreshments available before the Mayor and Chamber of Commerce president begin the countdown to light the tree. Simultaneously, the downtown Christmas decorations will be switched on, illuminating the December darkness through New Year’s Day.
This really is a sweet event, where people sing along with the carols being performed by the SPHS Glee Club and others, sip hot chocolate, munch cookies and where kids get to greet Santa Claus, sit on his lap and get their photo taken by adoring and proud parents.
A good time will be had by all!
Even on a sometimes cold and blustery Winter’s day, a parade can warm you up—inside and out.
A Christmas Parade can transport a spectator into a magical world of imagination, color, sounds and memories, and that is exactly what the annual St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade seeks to do.
The 58th annual Christmas Parade will liven Broad Street, warm the hearts and fire the imaginations of those lining it on Saturday, December 6 beginning at 3 p.m.
The theme of this year’s eagerly awaited parade is “A Carolina Christmas.”
The parade not only thrills youngsters of all ages from St. Pauls, it is a draw for visitors to our downtown and allows St. Pauls to shine before, during and after the parade.
The parade lines up at St. Pauls High School on Old Stage Road, starts rolling at 2:55, turns onto W. Broad Street at precisely 3 p. m. and heads east to Burlington Drive before winding its way back to the school.
There is an entry fee to help offset the costs of the parade. To enter a float, the fee is $50. To enter a king or queen, the fee is $25. A classic, muscle or antique car or vehicle can be entered for $10, and there is a $5 entry fee for horses. Area businesses can rent a professional float for $400 or share a float with another business for $200.
The parade entry deadline is Friday, November 28th. Applications can be picked up at the Foxridge Apartments office, at City Insurance, or at Lumbee Bank. You can also call the Chamber of Commerce at 910-865-3890 for entry information or to rent a float.
Stirling McKelvie had an idea for her required Senior Project at St. Pauls High School. But it included replacing an existing, faded mural on the public library’s rear wall with a mural of her own design. The Town government owns the library building, so the red tape began, but, undaunted, she set to work to wade through it. The first obstacle to overcome was to get permission from the Town for the art project, then the second was securing the materials needed for it. Then she had to prime the wall, a pretty big project in and of itself. So the SPHS JROTC cadets, led by Moises De Dios Perez, stepped up and pitched in to help Stirling get the wall prepared for her artistic touch. On a recent Saturday morning, art students partnered with the JROTC cadets to get the art project underway. Not only did the cadets prime the wall for Stirling, they also pressure washed the library fence. Stirling will install her downtown masterpiece soon, made possible by the Town, the JROTC, the library board of directors and fellow art students under the supervision of art instructor Joy McGugan.
Get ready to blow the Halloween candy budget! Get ready to make an appointment at your dentist's office! Save that costume after Halloween night! Halloween will be observed twice in St. Pauls this year.
The official observance of Halloween, for those up to age 12 who will visit participating homes across the community, and for those who will stand by the front door with that big bowl of candy and those other sweet treats, will take place on Friday, October 31 from 6 pm until 8 pm. Trick-or-treaters are urged to follow common sense rules and to observe safety practices to insure a happy evening of scarecrows and scary clowns. For instance, visit only those houses with lights on and where there is activity. Wear costumes that will not result in trips or falls and do not wear masks that can cover the eyes and cause mishaps.
Then, on Saturday, November 1, the entire community will get another chance to celebrate the spooky season at the Downtown Night Out Halloween party. This is the biggest Night Out of the year and is eagerly anticipated by kids of all ages.
Churches can offer trunk-or-treat activities. Owners of those classic cars lining Broad Street will be handing out candy. And any resident who wishes to join in the fun can bring their oversized bowl of treats and come downtown to see all the little ghosties, goblins and other fantastical creatures. Adults as well as kids are encouraged to come out in costume for this big, family friendly celebration. Bring gobs of candy because the trick-or-treaters will come out en masse for this spooktacular event!
St. Pauls is special and so is Halloween here!
With Christmas practically around the corner, the end of the year is coming quickly.
This means many things, and one of these is the approaching deadline for paying town taxes without penalty.
You can pay your city taxes through January 5, 2015 without the addition of late fees or interest being added. The interest fees are .75% of the total amount due, and they are added monthly.
So if you pay before then, you will save yourself some money and help the Town acquire some of its projected and budgeted income.
Please remember that you can pay your tax bill in installments if that suits your budget.
Taxes can be paid at Town Hall, 210 W. Blue Street or mailed to Post Office Box 364, St. Pauls, NC 28384. If you have questions or concerns about your tax bill, please contact Town Hall at 910-865-5164.
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 recycled 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 dates for pickup of plastics to be recycled are as follows: Wednesday, December 17. The first pickup in 2015 will be on the third Wednesday in February and continue every other month after that. Please remember to put your blue can (hopefully, full of plastic) 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: August 14, September 11, October 16, November 13, and December 11. 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.
Community’s praise flash mob to highlight Downtown celebration
Call it trick-or-treat or trunk-or-treat, Halloween always comes to St. Pauls in a big way, and this year the special celebration of Fall brings with it an even bigger reason to be downtown on Saturday, November 1st.
A flash mob, consisting of members of area churches, will perform a spirited praise song, accompanied by appropriate choreography, on Broad Street at 5:30 p.m., just ahead of the candy giveaway, which begins at 6 and runs through 8 p.m.
The Halloween version of the Downtown Night Out is always the biggest one of the year, which it closes out with a bang. But this one is not to be missed. A great deal of work and rehearsal has gone into this praise performance, so please be on Broad Street for it and then stick around for some spirted fun.