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Tuesday, 26 November 2013 16:10

 

 

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.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 16:57
Each year St. Pauls' Public Library, known officially as the Annie H. McEachern Public Library, is charged with raising just over one third of its operating expenses. (The Town of St. Pauls and the Robeson County Commissioners contribute the other two-thirds.)
This year, $15,000 must be raised by the library and its Board of Directors.
Fundraising is necessary because, while the library is a component of the Robeson County Public Library system, it is termed a private library because it maintains its own Board of Directors and does its own hiring/firing and sets its own hours of operation.
The library fundraises in a number of ways. First, through late fees, through the sale of donated and culled books, through FAX/copier/printing services and through memorials and donations. Second, it seeks to raise money through business underwriting and through community card programs at Piggly Wiggly and Food Lion. 
These strategies still leave the library far below its annual goal, so old-fashioned fundraising is necessary. The library has a number of ways that it reaches out to the community each year. The just completed spaghetti plate sale was a 300 ticket sell-out and generated more than $2100. Thanks to everyone who supported it.
The second salvo of fundraising will occur during the North Carolina Folk Arts Festival on Saturday, May 10. The library will be out along Armfield Street with its booth containing donated books for sale, maybe a raffle and its big Cake Auction.
The Cake Auction takes only a few minutes, but it raises several hundred dollars each year and in a fun and exciting way.
And what would the auction be without cakes? So the library's Board is asking local bakers to donate a cake or two to be auctioned. If you would like to donate a homemade baked item, please call the library at 865-4002 and sign up.
The auction will take place at 11 am during the Festival, so be prepared to purchase a cake, one that will make a great Mother's Day gift or surprise! 
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 08:45

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.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014 19:35
Want something new in your garden? Want to meet new garden loving friends? The second annual Plant Swap returns to downtown St. Pauls on Saturday, May 24 from 10 am until 2 pm. It will be held at the Farmers Market on E. Broad (near Floyd’s Barbershop). It is free and everyone is welcome!
Let’s share! Please bring a healthy, bagged or potted, plant to exchange for something that maybe you don’t have in your garden. Bring seeds, daylilies, Asiatic lilies, Bradford pear trees, a redbud, perennials, bulbs, flats, or a shrub no taller than four feet. Get something back! You can donate your unused pots, too.
This is also a great time to find out about, and maybe get involved with, the Community Garden that will be coming to St. Pauls soon! And don’t worry about bringing the children. There will be seed planting activities for them. And it is all free!
Tuesday, 15 April 2014 04:37

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.

Wednesday, 09 April 2014 18:28
The downtown event is still growing and still attracting new cruisers, new vendors and new people coming out to enjoy it all. The classic car cruise-in has become one of the very best and largest in the Carolinas, and organizers continue to receive calls from classic car owners in both states and from those who love looking at the vehicles and learning all about them. The car show guys and gals really enjoy the attention their hobby (or obsession) warrants and always delight in talking about their car or truck or motorcycle. The cruise-in has quickly become the backbone of the Night Out series, and the varied personalities of the car and truck owners have made them almost as much of a draw as their vehicles.
Motorcycle riders are cruising into St. Pauls in ever growing numbers and they, added to the cars and trucks, continue to make St. Pauls and its downtown a real and ever-changing draw for hobbyists and aficionados.
The Downtown Night Out series, sponsored by the St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce, is helping get the word out about St. Pauls, described as a real-life Mayberry (complete with a two-chair Floyd’s Barbershop!) and as a small town with big aspirations for its future. The Night Out has put and is putting St. Pauls on the map not only as a destination once a month but as a place to live and work. And it is working! The town is currently experiencing a burst of growth, including getting a Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market, an AutoZone and Johnson Brothers Utility and Paving Company. St. Pauls has also added a local ice cream shop and bakery to its downtown lineup of eateries, which are all open and booming during the Night Out events.  
The Downtown Night Out hours are from 4 pm until 8 pm, although some people come earlier and many choose to linger later. The Night Out is held on the second Saturday of the month, March through October, with special dates added as called for.
Each and every one is slightly different, with rotating deejays and special attractions. Each is filled with safe, family-friendly fun that draws people far and wide to St. Pauls’ bustling and vibrant downtown.
For more information, please the St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce at 910-865-3890 or Chamber President Sue Garrett.
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 13:30
Library spaghetti plate sale
If you like spaghetti but can’t spell it, don’t worry. The library can help!
St. Pauls’ Annie H. McEachern Public Library will hold its annual spaghetti plate sale fundraiser on Friday, April 17 from 11 am until 2 pm at St. Pauls Presbyterian Church. Plates contain spaghetti with meat sauce, homemade by Sara Hayes and her Kitchen Krew, salad, a roll and a slice of cake, and all for $6. If you eat in at the Fellowship Hall, you get a free glass of tea. Plates can be made to carry out, and library board members and volunteers will deliver for orders of six or seven or more. Please call the library at 910-865-4002 to order your spaghetti now, as only 300 plates will be prepared and the library always sell them all!
Friday, 04 April 2014 15:01
March Madness has spilled over into April, and it's not the NCAA basketball tournament we're talking here. Spring is the Madness! There are about a gazillion trees blooming here this month, tulip trees, crabapples, dogwoods, plums, several Japanese cherry varieties, wild cherry, Bradford pears, eastern redbud, and many azaleas and other shrubs and are all contributing their incense, beauty, and heavy pollen. But they are worth it! St. Pauls is beautiful!
It is the beauty in nature that inspires, no urges, us to follow suit and get out there and dig and plant. Garden plots of all sizes are being readied, but remember, no burning is allowed in the city limits. Neither are livestock or fowl, so you will have to use a mower instead of goats or cows and fertilizers other than guano from chickens or guinea fowl.
The traditional planting day hereabouts is Good Friday, which is a holiday for many people, and people everywhere are out scouting for the plants they will use this year. The sidewalks in front of DD McColl's Hardware and St. Pauls Farmers Exchange and the front of Maxway are loaded with all types of plants, vegetables, flowers, trees, shrubs and roses galore.
But it is the vegetable plants that are causing people, would-be farmers eager to hang onto their heritage or to begin one, to get out and get as busy as the bees. Buzzing everywhere. And speaking of buzzing, a local beekeeper rescued a large swarm of wild bees from an area business yesterday, and the bees are now happy on his farm.
The veggies people are buying include many types of hot, sweet and mild peppers, herbs, salad greens, onion sets, and they're also buying plenty of annual flowers, including marigolds, petunias, snapdragons and johnny-jump-ups.
Some of our very best gardeners are gone now, but their legacies live on. Cousin Donny, for instance, has a small but very productive garden plot behind his house, which is just one block off our main street. His garden amazes and feeds many each year, including family, friends, neighbors and strangers. His pepper plants are legendary because he uses them to make the world's best chow-chow, that Southern relish that can transform even the most mundane meal into pure excitement. (St. Pauls could host a Chow-Chow and BBQ Festival each Fall, if we can get it together.)
Peppers are good.
But tomatoes are absolutely NECESSARY!
Yep, the annual Tomato War among gardeners is starting right now! Who will grow the most, the biggest, the reddest, the best, and especially the earliest? While the competition is fierce, it is always friendly, and some contestants enjoy visiting, like bunny rabbits, other gardens just to check out the competition. Other gardeners guard their tomato vines like treasure, zealously, and only send out emails and tweets as to their progress. Grazing is not allowed--until the fruit comes in-- and then gardeners of all types begin to share. Out of necessity! Out of survival! Bags of tomatoes appear on porches overnight. Tomatoes come to work. Boxes of tomatoes are set aside for canning. Tomatoes seem likely to take over the world!
But, there is a remedy to the danger. Tomato sandwiches! Southerners usually eat the first tomato right in the garden, with or without a salt shaker. But it is the tomato sandwich, made with Dukes' mayo or Miracle Whip according to taste and on white bread, that we all look forward to each year. Nothing is simpler or better!
And it all begins now, right now, with plant selection and careful planting and tending. Our Spring planted gardens will serve us throughout the Summer and on into the Fall depending upon rain, heat, insects and bunny rabbits. Four legged and two legged!
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 19:45

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.

Friday, 31 January 2014 11:26
St. Pauls is very business friendly, and always welcomes new and expanding business ventures. The Town Office staffers and the Town Administrator try to work with anyone interested in beginning or expanding an economic opportunity here.
If you are considering opening a new business inside St. Pauls town limits, or in its Extra-Territorial Jurisdiction Zone (one mile from the limits), please pick up the phone and call 910-865-5164 or drop by Town Hall at 210 W. Blue Street. This simple act will get you on the right track and could possibly save you some big bucks. Why? Because the business that you have in mind may or may not be permitted in a certain zoned area. Before you invest time and money, take the time to check out what you need to do before getting started.
Here are some simple guidelines to getting your business off to a smart and successful start:
Make sure your business complies with zoning restrictions. St. Pauls has several zones for economic activity, including Central Business District, Hospitality District, Highway Business District, Neighborhood Business District. Each zone has certain distinctions and each allows (or permits) certain types of businesses while not allowing others. The Zoning Ordinance is also on the website.
If your business is to be located in a zone that permits your type of business, then you will need to stop by Town Hall to request a fire inspection. A completed fire inspection will cost you $75.
A privilege license ranges in price according to the type of business being established.
A water/sewer deposit will cost $100 if you rent or lease the property, or $75 if you own the property where your business will be located. St. Pauls does not collect commercial solid waste, so you will need to contact a commercial refuse collector. Town Hall has a list of those companies servicing local businesses.
If your business is not permitted in a certain zone, then you will need to apply for a conditional use permit. There is a $150 fee to set a Public Hearing, at which the Planning Board and the Town Board will be present. The Planning Board members will hear your request for a conditional use permit, then vote and then pass along their recommendation to the Town Board of Commissioners. The Town Board has the final vote on whether to allow a business to locate in a zone that does not automatically permit it.
If a Conditional Use permit is granted, then the other fees will be assessed before you can open the doors to your business.
Again, a simple phone call or visit can save you time and money and set you on the right path to opening a business in St. Pauls.

Public Notice - Holiday Hours

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

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Public Notice - Job Listings

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

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 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.

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: 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. 

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Community Appreciation

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.

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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