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TO THE TOWN OF ST. PAULS, NORTH CAROLINA, "THE LITTLE TOWN WITH THE BIG HEART!"

Located in southeastern North Carolina, St. Pauls is perfectly situated to access many major carrier routes across North America. St. Pauls is located at the intersections of Interstate I-95, US Highway 301, NC 20, and near NC 87. It is 50 miles south of I-40 and 68 miles north of I-20.

Major cities close to St. Pauls include Fayetteville, NC just 15 miles to the north, home to Fort Bragg, the 82nd Airborne and the Special Forces Command, Lumberton, NC just 11 miles to the south, Raleigh, NC 90 minutes away, Charlotte, NC just 3 hours away, Florence, SC just an hour away, and the coastal cities of Wilmington, NC and Myrtle Beach, SC just 90 minutes away.

Nearby attractions include sites along the Historic Lumber River, the golf headquarters of the southeast at Pinehurst, NC, the Airborne & Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, NC, beaches less than 90 minutes away including Myrtle Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington, NC, and of course the beautiful Appalachian Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway about 4 hours drive away.

 

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!

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, stymieing 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, AZ 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.

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.

Fall means many things, and one of them is Election Day on the first Tuesday of November. This year Election Day falls on Tuesday, November 4.
St. Pauls, which has had two polling places for its two precincts in the past, now has one polling place for everyone, the District Courtroom at Town Hall on W. Blue Street. Residents in the North St. Pauls and South St. Pauls precincts now share the Courtroom during all elections.
Voters in St. Pauls are urged to avail themselves of this most democratic and important right between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
During this general election, we will be deciding some local races, some state races and some national contests.
Robeson County voters will elect a Sheriff, a Clerk of Superior Court and some will choose a District representative. The county DA is running unopposed.
North Carolina voters will fill US Congress and US Senate offices, and these races have been competitive and close throughout the run up to Election Day. Tar Heels will also elect a NC Supreme Court Chief Justice and associate justices, as well as judges to fill the Court of Appeals.
There is also a Constitutional Amendment concerning a person's decision to waive the right of trial by jury.
To see sample ballots, or for more information about Election Day, please visit the Robeson County website by typing in Robeson County on your computer and choose your options from there.  
You can call the Robeson County Board of Elections at 671-3080 or visit the office on Elizabethtown Road in downtown Lumberton.
The sounds of drums and cheers for the local teams will reverberate down Broad Street on Friday, October 17 as St. Pauls High School celebrates its annual Homecoming with a parade. The parade will come after many events during the week at the school for students, and will usher in the community’s participation in Homecoming celebrations.
The parade will kick off from the school on N. Old Stage Road at 4 p.m. and proceed to Broad Street and eastward from there before circling back to the school. Once at the school, Bulldogs of all ages can enjoy the annual Fish Fry being sponsored by the FFA Chapter and the school’s athletic department, from 4 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.
The Bulldogs will host the South Robeson Mustangs in the Homecoming game, which will kick off at 7:30 p.m.  During halftime ceremonies, SPHS will crown its Homecoming King and Queen.
So, come on, folks, wear some Royal Blue and come on out to support the Bulldogs and St. Pauls High School Friday afternoon at the parade and fish fry and then at the football game that evening.
Go Bulldogs!
As the weather finally and mercifully cools, and as the leaves take on the brilliant shades and hues of rich color, Autumn is reflected and welcomed along St. Pauls Broad Street by bright mums peering from the large planters lining the busy thoroughfare.
The chrysanthemums were planted ahead of the St. Pauls High School Homecoming Parade, which will roll down Broad on Friday, October 17 at 4 p.m., and ahead of the two Downtown Night Out events. The first of these free, season ending street parties is set for Saturday, October 11 and will feature a classic car cruise-in, vendors and music and food. The second Night Out is The Big One, a Halloween celebration that will take place on Saturday evening, November 1. Everyone is invited to suit up and come on down for this annual event that draws several thousand kids of all ages to St. Pauls’ wide and welcoming Broad Street.
The mums, which were purchased from the SPHS FFA Chapter, help beautify and season-ify the town’s main east-west thoroughfare. They are joined in the Autumn celebration by the colourful banners that adorn the street from utility poles lining Broad from Fifth Street to Burlington Drive. The combined effect creates interest, liveliness and vitality in our downtown, which remains the heartbeat of this community.
The flowers were purchased by the Town and planted by St. Pauls’ closest thing to a superhero, Joann Madore, aka “The Plant Lady,” who lovingly placed them in the large pots lining Broad Street. Once she has them planted, the nearby storeowners are responsible for watering them and keeping the pots attractive. Seasonal flowers are also planted in the urns at the Jane Hall Hylton Pavilion, which is not only a place of respite but also the hub of the Downtown Night Out activities.
The flowers and banners and interest in our Broad Street have made us take a pause, caused us to look around and realize what a treasure we have in St. Pauls, out well-loved and much-used central business district—our heart.

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.

The Town of St. Pauls has recently initiated a new fee schedule, effective July 1, 2014.
 
The rent of the Dr. R. E. Hooks Community Center (Community House) was increased from $100 to $200 per day for non-residents of the corporate limits of St. Pauls.  The rental of the facility remains unchanged for town residents. Rental of the Civic Center (Scout Hut) also remains unchanged at $75 per day.
Yard sale permits have increased from $10 to $15. Residents are allowed to have six yard sales per year per address. Yard sales must be held in the yard of a residence. They are not permitted at businesses or on empty lots.
Sign permits now cost $50 for those signs under 25 square feet; $50 for attached signs and $25 for directory signs. There is no change for the cost of a sign over 40 square feet ($175).
The cost to connect to the water and sewer system for renters of homes or businesses is now $125. The rate for owners is unchanged at $75.
The charge to reconnect water service once it has been disconnected for non-payment or returned check is now $35.
Water taps inside the corporate limits for 3/4 inch pipe is now $550. Water taps one inch or larger are installed at cost.
Sewer taps inside the corporate limits are $650. Taps over four inches or more are installed at cost.
Water charges are as follows: first 2000 gallons-$12; 2001-5000 gallons-$2.75 per 1000; over 5001 gallons-$3.00 per 1000.
Sewer charges are as follows: first 2000 gallons-$20; 2001-5000 gallons-$1.95 per 1000; over 5001 gallons-$2.20 per 1000.
The tax rate is now .65 per $100 valuation. 
All other charges, including returned checks, zoning permit fees, garbage collection,special fire tax, fire inspection, mobile home inspection etc. remain unchanged.
For more information about these fees, please call Town Hall at 910-865-5164.

4th of July 2014 Fireworks!

Report An Issue

You may now Report an Issue using our online system.  This is for general, non-emergency problems or issues only.  You can report your issues HERE

Public Notice - Recycling Change

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.

Public Events

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. 

Halloween Extra!

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.

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Important Contact Info

Address:  210 W. Blue Street

PO Box 364

Saint Pauls, NC 28384

 

Phone Numbers:

Administrative Offices 910.865.5164

Police 910.865.5155

Fire 910.865.4603

Emergencies 911

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