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 several Saturday mornings, 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 has since installed her colourful and exuberant downtown masterpiece, made possible by the Town, fellow SPHS students, the library board of directors and fellow art students under the supervision of art instructor Joy McGugan The cheerful, finished, mural proclaims that reading can take you anyplace!
Spring will spring in St. Pauls, and with it will come an abundance of new growth. Some of that growth will be welcomed, but other greenery will not be. Weeds will come with the daffodils, and weeds are one of the things that Town Ordinances seek to address.
The Town of St. Pauls gently tries to encourage those residents who do not take time or pride in their yards to at least meet the minimum standards, and has ordinances in place to address such things as unkempt yards and overgrown lots, litter and household debris, and furniture (such as sofas), designed for indoor use only, on porches. These ordinances are available elsewhere on this website.
St. Pauls also retains a Code Enforcement Officer, whose job it is to make sure that everyone does his or her best to make their property as neat and as attractive as possible.
Tina Odom, St. Pauls' Code Enforcement Officer, acts upon information about unkempt yards and other violations, mainly from neighbors, but also from police officers, businesses, Public Works Department employees, Town Commissioners and many other people.
Once the Code Enforcement Officer receives information, or complaint or inquiry, about a yard that is overgrown or not being tended, the Officer visits the property and ascertains whether it is in compliance or not. If it is, then no action needs be taken.
If a yard or property is deemed to be out of compliance with Town standards, then a courtesy letter is sent and the owner is given ample opportunity to clean it up and bring it up to standards. If that is not done, then a $50 fine can be levied. If that fine is not paid, then the Town will clean the property and place a lien on it, a lien that could eventually lead to foreclosure of the property.
The easiest course of action on the part of a resident is to simply keep the grass cut, keep the weeds down and make sure the property is clean.
That course of action also insures that St. Pauls will look its best, and be safest, as flowers and veggies grace our Southern Summer.afest, when the flowers of Spring serve as a colorful gateway to Summer.
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 recently welcomed an approximately 42,000 sq. ft. Neighborhood Market, a Walmart grocery and pharmacy. The store, located near McDonald’s just off W. Broad Street, opened in mid-December. , and is now welcoming customers from all across the region and travellers off I-95. The entrance into the store is between McDonald’s (which recently received a total make-over) and the Days Inn Motel.
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, KidzCare Pediatrics, 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 its take-out and delivery pizzeria in 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 Shops, 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 converted one of the vacant spaces into a take-out pizza restaurant featuring a small seating area and delivery, and is eyeing an upcoming opening date. 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 opened 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.
The state certified Industrial Park on NC Highway 20 West is getting some close scrutiny from potential occupants.
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 Plant Swap takes place on Broad Street, from 9 am until 1 pm, and is open to anyone who enjoys growing plants of all types, be they vegetable, flowering, utilitarian, decorative, large, small, shrub or tree, indoor or exotic.
Plants are offered for free by other like-minded gardening enthusiasts. But there is a catch. Since this is called a plant swap, you might figure that you should, if possible, bring a plant to share with others. It can be an indoor or outdoor plant, and should be placed in a pot that you do not want to be returned or some other type of container.
The plant swap was the idea of Joann Madore, who is known as the Plant lady. She loves to garden and does this not only at her home but also along Broad Street in the large pots lining it. She is ably assisted in the Plant Swap by Marvin Rea. Both of these gardeners are actively involved in the Community Garden that is coming soon to a plot just north of St. Pauls High School.
The Plant Swap is fun, educational and very informal, and children are welcome! It can also add to your collection of plant material, or help you get started just in time for Spring. The ideas that more seasoned gardeners provide are also offered for free!
March brings promise, and in St. Pauls it also brings the return of strong winds, daffodils and the very popular Downtown Night Out Cruise-In.
The Downtown Night Out series opens for its fifth year on March 14, and car lovers and car owners are ready to fill Broad Street with colorful, powerful, expensive and classic cars and trucks. After all, they’ve waited since October to create excitement, fun and fellowship up and down our main street.
The St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce sponsors the Night Out events, which are held monthly on the second Saturday, and the group cordially invites car owners and enthusiasts to roar into town from 4 until 8 p.m. and get the party started. The Chamber also invites arts and crafters, fundraisers and musicians to come on out and join the fun.
To enter a car or truck—or any other type of vehicle—please contact Dempsey Smith at 910-977-6560, Cecil Inman at 910-308-4128 or Paul Terry at 910-865-5164.
There is no entry fee!
Dempsey says that the Night Out has continued to grow and having well over 100 vehicles parked along Broad Street is now the norm. “People really look forward to bringing their cars and trucks out to display, and people really enjoy looking at them and learning about them,” he said. “This cruise-in has become a regular date on many people’s calendars and the event has helped St. Pauls and its downtown by drawing classic cars and those who appreciate them in a friendly, family oriented street party.”
Musicians always add to the excitement And they are always welcome to come downtown and perform, whether singing, playing instruments or dancing.
The Chamber provides a DJ at each event, and when bands or soloists want to perform, a space and a time is made to accommodate them. Many people enjoy line or group dancing as well as free-style dancing during the event, so always wear your dancing shoes!
Vendors are welcome, and they are able to set up along the sidewalks to pitch such things as local honey, handmade jewelry, food, and arts and crafts. Local fundraising groups use the Night Out to get the word out and pick up some cash for their projects and causes.
All in all, the St. Pauls Downtown Night Out is a family friendly, monthly event that sometimes draws several thousand people to our “main drag” and its restaurants and businesses from March until October. You will want to come on out, join the fun and celebrate the return of March and Spring. Bring the family and invite your friends!
Going to court doesn’t necessarily mean going to Lumberton
Hardly anyone likes to go to court, but at least going to court here in St. Pauls is convenient.
There are several options to resolve a legal problem for area residents. These include District Court, Magistrate’s Court and the ability to pay off a local citation at the Magistrate’s office inside the Police Department.
District Court is held in the District Courtroom, located in the Municipal Building on W. Blue Street, on the second and fourth Thursday, usually beginning at about 9:30.
Additional court dates can be docketed according to the senior judge’s schedule.
You can learn more about District Court, which is scheduled by the Robeson County Clerk of Courts office, by calling the Clerk at 910-671-3000, the District Attorney’s office at 910-272-5910, or by going on-line at nccourts.org and identifying Robeson.
Magistrates’ Court is smaller and less formal, and is held inside the Magistrate’s office at the SPPD. Magistrate Shirley McMillan hears civil cases, including small claims. Magistrate’s Court is held on the second and fourth Thursdays beginning at 8:30 a.m. If you would like to pay off a citation issued by a SPPD officer, you must do so at least three days prior to your court date.
Going to court might not be the easiest thing on your schedule, but it is made easier by locations right here in St. Pauls.
NOTICE OF SALE
Vacant lot off Woodside Avenue
(Robeson County Parcel Ref No. 380702013)
Lying and being in St. Pauls Township, Robeson County, North Carolina, and being a portion of the lots described in that certain Deed dated 12 August, 1977 from Alex McGeachy, Jr. (Single) to Singleton McGeachy and wife, Vernetta T. McGeachy, as Second Tract and Third Tract, which said deed is duly recorded in Book 415, Page 183, Robeson County Registry. Beginning at a new iron stake located North 43 degrees 38 minutes West 58.02 feet, North 8 degrees East 125.00 fee from a fire hydrant in the South East
intersection of Keith Street and Chapel Street, and runs thence South 82 degrees East 100.00 feet to a new iron stake; thence North 8 degrees East 125.00 feet to an iron stake; thence 125.00 feet to the beginning, containing 12,500 Sq. Ft. See deed of property recorded in Book 1187 at Page 342, Robeson County Registry. The above described tract is subject to all right-of-ways and easements of record. The sale will be made subject to all outstanding city and county taxes and all local improvement assessments against the above-described property not included in the judgment in the above entitled cause. The Commissioner makes no representation or warranty relating to the title or any physical, environmental, health, or safety conditions existing in, on, at, or relating to the property being offered for sale and any and all responsibilities or liabilities arising out of or in any way relating to any such conditions expressly are disclaimed.Any person making the high bid at the sale of the real property described above shall deposit with the Commissioners ten (10%) percent, in cash, of the successful bid made.
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.