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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 community minded and hard-working FFA students at St. Pauls High School are now selling their famous and much anticipated Fall chrysanthemums and other plants. The beautiful mums, still in the bud for maximum longevity and beauty, come in a variety of colors, including daisy-like orange/yellow, purple, white, yellow and burgundy. Other plants include two types of ornamental cabbages (kale). Mums are only $5 per pot. Pansies will be arriving within the next two weeks. The colorful, ornamental cabbages are $3 per pot. All proceeds benefit the SPHS FFA Chapter and its students and their year-round commitment to this community. For more information, please call the SPHS Agriculture Department at 865-2978 during school hours.

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!

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.
The Town of St. Pauls’ new fiscal year began on July 1st, and it brings with it some changes that will affect residents and property owners.
The St. Pauls Board of Commissioners approved a tax rate increase and two increases in service fees in June, when it adopted the fiscal year 2014-2015 budget, and those increases are now in effect.
Tax rate
The tax rate for property inside the St. Pauls corporate limits was increased from 60 cents to 65 cents per $100 valuation beginning this tax year. St. Pauls has not had a property tax increase in several years prior to this one and the adjustment is necessary to balance the budget.
Residents and property owners received their tax bills from the Robeson County Tax Department this month, and those taxes are now due. Property owners have until early January to pay in full before any interest is added monthly.
Property owners can make installments on their county tax bills, as well as on their St. Pauls tax bills.
St. Pauls property owners should receive their tax notices in early September.
The Town of St. Pauls bases its valuations on information provided by Robeson County, and prepares tax notices once that information is received.
If you have any questions about valuations, please call the Robeson County Tax Department at 671-3060.
Water and Sewer increases
Residents have already noticed the increases in their monthly water and sewer charges. The cost of each service was upped $1, and these increases were reflected in monthly bills beginning in July.
Again, these small increases were necessary to offset the increasing and considerable costs of providing water and in treating wastewater 24 hours per day, seven days per week 365 days per year.
The Town of St. Pauls strives to be a good steward of taxpayers’ money, while also striving to provide the best services possible.  
If you questions or concerns, please call Town Hall at 910-865-5164. 
If the pre-show buzz about the St. Pauls Volunteer Fire Department's annual Fourth of July Fireworks Display didn't draw delighted viewers, then the boom of the rockets certainly did.
Several thousand spectators walked, rode bikes, opened the tailgates of pickup trucks and parked everywhere along feeder streets that led to the grassy lot for prime viewing of the pyrotechnics that have quickly become a must see for locals and many others across the region.
Many people rank the St. Pauls fireworks display as the best in the area, and they certainly came out in droves to enjoy it this year.
The hurricane of the day before was gone, the humidity level was not too high so the rockets soared skyward and thrilled people of all ages for almost an hour.
Small children clapped, covered their ears and pointed as the fireworks lit the sky just after dusk. Older people simply oohed and aahed as the colorful explosions rocked the quiet town in a raucous celebration of the nation's 238th birthday. Everyone seemed to have a favorite color or burst of color, at least temporarily until the next one ascended and exploded its payload. And it was all in good, old-fashioned fun as families, friends, neighbors and those passing stopped to help America celebrate in a very traditional, All-American way. 
The spectacle is made possible by the St. Pauls Volunteer Fire Department, which accepts donations from businesses, churches and individuals and pools those donations into one great event. This celebration rolls many smaller celebrations into one big one, thereby making a more spectacular display and helping reduce the risk of fireworks injury and related fire elsewhere in the community.
The annual fireworks display was a noisy, exciting, colorful and fun way in which to conclude a day filled with pride and patriotism.   
Photos can be found here and on our Facebook page, courtesy of Kay Davis.
Bloomin’ Broad Street, Batman!
The “Caped Crusader” probably won’t be spotted on St. Pauls’ main east-west thoroughfare anytime soon, but the street itself would welcome him with bright and beautiful flowers were he to make an appearance here.
The flowers are courtesy of St. Pauls’ closest thing to a superhero, Joann Madore, aka “The Plant Lady,” who plants them in the large pots lining Broad Street. Once she has done her magic, the nearby storeowners are responsible for watering them and keeping the pots attractive. The local 4-H Club also pitches in with labor and love.
Sonya Johnson takes pride in making sure the flowers around the Jane Hall Hylton Pavilion on Broad are watered and tended.
One such participating business is Phenix Chinese Restaurant, which has adopted the pot near its front door with gusto. Izzie Garcia and his staff love to tend the bright flowers and they have challenged others along Broad to follow suit.
Some are already doing their part to make Broad Street and St. Pauls’ Central Business District attractive and welcoming. S & L Fashions employees delight in maintaining several colorful pots outside their location, and Brisson Drugs employees makes sure their pot is tended.
Will others heed the challenge and take a few minutes each week to keep St. Pauls Central Business District, its heart and soul, alive and blooming? Let’s hope so because our future depends upon help and support from every ordinary Joe and Jane, because, unfortunately, there are no real Caped Crusaders.
Great Spring weather led to a great crowd at the 14th annual North Carolina Folk Arts Festival in downtown St. Pauls on May 10.
Festival President Duncan Mackie estimates that at least 5,000 people filled Armfield Street, although that number is hard to calculate because people kept coming all day. The street was thick with people shopping, eating, reuniting, greeting and sharing in the friendly warmth that the festival brings to this community and beyond. 
There were about 65 vendors, hawking everything from fresh made Mexican food to handmade arts and crafts, lining Armfield Street until 4 p.m. and people enjoyed the sights, colors and variety of offerings. Many took home a special Mother's Day gift. Everyone enjoyed the feast of foods. Kids loved the bouncers and other attractions, and the day passed safely and without incident.
Of special interest were the local potters showing and selling their handmade pottery inside the Dr. R. E. Hooks Community Center, and demonstrating how it is made on pottery wheels and fired in kilns.
Visitors also were impressed by the beautiful wood turnings of David Lee, of Fayetteville, who was honored as Artist of The Festival. His unique wood creations were literally traffic stoppers!
It seems that many communities across our state have festivals,  but the one held here is somewhat unique in that it seeks to preserve folkways while embracing the differences in the ever changing ethnic complexity of even a small town. The Festival includes Hispanics, African-Americans, whites and Native-Americans.
"This is a terrific family fun event with local, homegrown entertainment, great food and great folk art" Mr. Mackie said. "It is a terrific way to spend a Saturday and the place to purchase a very special, handmade Mother's Day gift.  Beyond that, it is a day to recognize and celebrate our cultural differences and share them," he said. "St. Pauls really is a very diverse and rich community, and all populations take part in our Festival and make friends by doing so."
Mr. Mackie also offered thanks to those who made this big day in May possible, namely the sponsoring Chamber of Commerce, the Town of St. Pauls and its police department, fire departments and its emergency medical response service. A special thanks goes to the Town's Public Works Department some of whose members had the task of working during the day and staying to assist in the cleanup afterwards.
Mr. Mackie also thanked all the volunteers who worked together long and hard to bring the event and to work it throughout the day. This always includes the high school-aged cadets from the NC Challenge Academy who assist in traffic control and in many other helpful ways.
It takes a village to throw a party of this size and quality--and some great Spring weather always helps!

The Annie H. McEachern Public Library’s Board of Directors and its staff have been working the community lately, and with good results.

From 7:30 am at the Folk Festival on Armfield Street until 7:35 on Broad Street at the Downtown Night Out on May 10, we were out and about. Turns out we had a blast helping the library on its way to raising $15,000 this fiscal year, but we were truly tired at quitting time after back-to-back fundraising efforts. Many volunteers made it easier and a whole lot of fun, so thanks to everyone for pitching in and working together.

The day was something of a success. We raised a total of $835 at both venues. This includes the $625 raised during the cake raffle where auctioneer Donnie Blackburn did a great job of keeping things moving and moving in the right direction! Thank you Donnie, and thanks to the dozen or so bakers who donated cakes. (Marie Rozier’s incredible 20-layer chocolate cake was top bid getter.) This auction always does well because people here know who can bake, and they don't mind supporting the library and taking home a delicious prize!

Thanks also to the businesses that contributed gifts to the raffle we offered at both locations. These include Lumberton Ford, Petersen Toyota, SP Farmers Exchange, Office Depot, and D. D. McColl's. Please thank these merchants when you visit! After all they supported your public library, so please support them.

Thanks also to Jackie Sugar for her generous annual support. She got our next fundraiser, a letter campaign to businesses and patrons, off to a great start even before we started. Thank you Jackie, because your continued generosity bumped our total up quite a bit!

To date, the library's board of directors has put together two fundraisers, a spaghetti plate sale at the Presbyterian Church and the day at the Folk Fest and Night Out. Those two have helped us raise just over $3000, and that is wonderful, but we still have a good ways to go.

With the terrific support from St. Pauls and beyond, we will get there. Everyone can help us get to that goal. If you shop at Piggly Wiggly, ask to get a community card that returns a small portion of every purchase to a charity or non-profit of your choice, including the library. This does not increase your bill, the folks there are simply generous and civic minded. You can also ask your SPHS Class reunion to make a donation. You can always make a straightforward donation in honor of or in loving memory of someone special. These memorials and honor gifts have been a good source of income for the library in the past, and are great ways to thank, show love for or remember someone. You can also ask that donations be made to the library in lieu of flowers in the event of bereavement. You can also ask your church or group to make a donation.

All donations are tax deductible.

So there are many ways to support the library as we endeavor to raise $15,000 this year. We've made a very good and solid start, thanks to all of you. If you have questions or would like to make a donation, please call the library at 910-865-4002. Remember, no gift is too small or too large! And they all help keep the busy library’s door open and the great service continuing.

The hot weather, tempered somewhat by afternoon showers and thunderstorms, has brought flowers and abundant vegetables to St. Pauls yards and gardens. But along with those desirable plants, the Summer weather has also brought some very undesirable plants--weeds--and has caused the grass to thrive.
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.
Memorial Day was observed in St. Pauls with a solemn and proper ceremony at the War Memorial on Broad Street on Monday, May 26. The commemoration of those service men and women who have perished around the world in defense of freedom began at 9:30 am with words of welcome by the event organizer Karl Whitby, Commander of VFW Post 12025. Approximately 150 people attended.
Memorial Day ceremonies are sponsored annually by St. Pauls VFW Post 12025 and American Legion Post 5. Participating in the ceremony this year were members of St. Pauls’ National Guard Unit, the 171st Engineer Company, VFW Ladies Auxiliary's President, Edna Muse Owens, veteran Rob Gable, Mayor Buddy Westbrook, Rev. Pat Hash and veteran John McCauley. The Chamber of Commerce provided refreshments afterwards.
The program, after an invocation by veteran Rev. Hash, consisted of moving remarks by 171st Engineer Company's SSGT Derek Adams, who spoke of hometown support and remembrance of PFC Marion Adams of the local National Guard unit who was killed in Iraq, wreath laying ceremonies by the National Guard and the Town of St. Pauls, and the playing of Taps by Mac Malloy.
The annual observance is free and open to the public and all residents are invited to attend and remember and honor our war dead during our next year's ceremony. St. Pauls remembers and appreciates those who have died in defense of freedom.
The second annual Plant Swap returned to downtown St. Pauls on Saturday, May 24 from 10 am until 2 PM. It was held in the lot near the Farmers Market on E. Broad (near Floyd’s Barbershop), and gardeners and wannabe gardeners brought in plants and swapped them for plants brought in by others. There were fruit trees, plenty of flowers, shrubs and hanging plants available free of charge, and dozens of people took advantage of the nice weather to drop by to check out the offerings and meet and greet organizers Joanne Madore and Marvin Rea and others. It was free and everyone shared in that old adage "Anything that's free and plenty of it!"
Those who attended the happy event also learned about the Community Garden, which will be coming soon to the St. Pauls High School campus, as part of the NC STEP (Small Town Economic Prosperity) program. The Community Garden will offer space for growing vegetables as well as offering fruit from specially planted trees and other edibles. 
St. Pauls' Farmers Market is open year round on Saturdays to any local producer of foodstuffs, or handmade items such as arts and crafts.
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.

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 for town residents and $200 per day for those living outside of the town limits. 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.

We have also added WIFI.

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.

4th of July 2014 Fireworks!

Applications Now Being Accepted!

Walmart's Neighborhood Market is nearing completion on W. Broad Street in St. Pauls and applications are now being accepted to staff the new grocery/pharmacy.
To apply in person, please stop by 115 S. Second Street in St. Pauls during the hours of 8 am until 5 pm. The office does not close for lunch. You may also apply on-line.

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, June 18, Wednesday, August 20, Wednesday, October 15 and 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. 

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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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