Jaymie Baxley

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: jbaxley@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-416-5771


About Jaymie Baxley

Covering Pembroke, Rowland,features, business, religion and events

Latest Stories by Jaymie Baxley

LUMBERTON — Shoppers across Robeson County will barely have enough time to digest their turkey before today's Black Friday sales begin.
As was the case last year, the word “Friday” is a bit of misnomer, as several major department stores are scheduled to start their Black Friday promotions tonight.
At Biggs Park Mall in Lumberto

Retailer await shopper onslaught

LUMBERTON — Shoppers across Robeson County will barely have enough time to digest their turkey before today's Black Friday sales begin. As was the case last year, the word “Friday” is a bit of misnomer, as several major department stores are scheduled to start their Black Friday promotions tonight. At Biggs Park Mall in Lumberto

LUMBER BRIDGE — Volunteers at Mountaire Farms on Saturday morning bundled up to protect themselves from the 18-degree cold in the parking lot of the Lumber Bridge processing plant and then packed more than 3,500 cardboard boxes with food for needy families.
The packages, which contained enough food to feed 14,000 people, were collected by 97

Mountaire puts chicken on menu

LUMBER BRIDGE — Volunteers at Mountaire Farms on Saturday morning bundled up to protect themselves from the 18-degree cold in the parking lot of the Lumber Bridge processing plant and then packed more than 3,500 cardboard boxes with food for needy families. The packages, which contained enough food to feed 14,000 people, were collected by 97

Arts show cruises into Rowland on Saturday

ROWLAND — On Saturday, the Robeson County Arts Council will hold the third installment of its monthly Arts Cruising series in Rowland. The event, which runs from 1 to 6 p.m., will include a classic car show, tours of the Historical Rowland Depot, open microphone sessions and an array of Christmas-themed gifts and crafts available for purchas

Phantom Ball seeking donations

LUMBERTON — You're not invited to the Robeson County Community Foundation's fifth annual Phantom Ball. But don't feel bad — no one is. And the lack of an invitation certainly isn't stopping you from donating to the effort. Robeson County residents and supporters are asked to make donations to the Robeson County Unrestricted Endowment

BLADENBORO — Leaders of the North Carolina NAACP have hired a pathologist to perform an independent medical exam of Lennon Lacy, a Bladenboro 17-year-old who was found hanged in August. The organization also is asking for a federal investigation into his death.
Investigators have said they have found no signs of foul play in Lacy's death, wi

NAACP wants feds to probe teenager's death

BLADENBORO — Leaders of the North Carolina NAACP have hired a pathologist to perform an independent medical exam of Lennon Lacy, a Bladenboro 17-year-old who was found hanged in August. The organization also is asking for a federal investigation into his death. Investigators have said they have found no signs of foul play in Lacy's death, wi

UMBERTON — Lumberton, as is the local holiday tradition, will kick off the cavalcade of Christmas parades across Robeson County with its big event on Saturday.
The Lumberton Christmas Parade will spread holiday cheer from downtown Lumberton to Biggs Park Mall beginning at 10 a.m. Johna Edmonds, a Lumberton native and former Miss North Caroli

Lumberton parade first in line

UMBERTON — Lumberton, as is the local holiday tradition, will kick off the cavalcade of Christmas parades across Robeson County with its big event on Saturday. The Lumberton Christmas Parade will spread holiday cheer from downtown Lumberton to Biggs Park Mall beginning at 10 a.m. Johna Edmonds, a Lumberton native and former Miss North Caroli

FAYETTEVILLE — Film buffs across Robeson County no longer have to travel to Raleigh to see a movie in immersive IMAX.
On Thursday, the Patriot 14 theater in Fayetteville opened its doors. Located at 4761 Lake Valley Drive, the Patriot 14 includes an IMAX auditorium, which features a “cutting-edge projection system” and delivers &

Patriot 14 brings IMAX to Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE — Film buffs across Robeson County no longer have to travel to Raleigh to see a movie in immersive IMAX. On Thursday, the Patriot 14 theater in Fayetteville opened its doors. Located at 4761 Lake Valley Drive, the Patriot 14 includes an IMAX auditorium, which features a “cutting-edge projection system” and delivers &

FAIRMONT — From 1985 to 1989, the Fairmont and Western Locomotive operated out of the converted railroad depot that now houses the Border Belt Farmers Museum and Welcome Center.
The train returned to its former home last week, albeit slightly smaller than locals may remember.
Greenville couple David and Sylvia Bjorkman designed, built and i

Train back on tracks

FAIRMONT — From 1985 to 1989, the Fairmont and Western Locomotive operated out of the converted railroad depot that now houses the Border Belt Farmers Museum and Welcome Center. The train returned to its former home last week, albeit slightly smaller than locals may remember. Greenville couple David and Sylvia Bjorkman designed, built and i

DSS taking Stocking applications Thursday

LUMBERTON — Families who would like their children to benefit this year from the Empty Stocking Fund during Christmas have one shot on Thursday to register at the Department of Socials Services. The department will be accepting applications at its building on N.C. 711 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year's fund will provide a $50 voucher to e

Forecast is for cold, slight break, cold again

LUMBERTON — The local forecast is brutally cold tonight, then a short warming trend, and then cold again in the middle of next week. “Tonight is going to be a forerunner for a stronger cold snap,” said Rick Kreitner, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. “Temperatures are going to be pretty brutally cold.”

LUMBERTON — Outgoing U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre has left his hometown with a parting gift.
A 1,560-square-foot expansion was recently completed at the Robeson County African American Culture Center in downtown Lumberton — a project that was funded through $150,000 secured by McIntyre through a U.S. Housing and Urban Development program.

HUD funds pay for addition at cultural center

LUMBERTON — Outgoing U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre has left his hometown with a parting gift. A 1,560-square-foot expansion was recently completed at the Robeson County African American Culture Center in downtown Lumberton — a project that was funded through $150,000 secured by McIntyre through a U.S. Housing and Urban Development program.

LUMBERTON — Take a look at the portrait to the left. It's pretty impressive, right? If you aren't blown away yet, consider this: It was drawn by a 12-year-old girl.Using a stock photo for reference, Halli Benton tinkered with the piece for about 10 weeks as part of an assignment for her eighth-grade Visual Arts class at Lumberton Junior High

Artist drawing attention

LUMBERTON — Take a look at the portrait to the left. It's pretty impressive, right? If you aren't blown away yet, consider this: It was drawn by a 12-year-old girl.Using a stock photo for reference, Halli Benton tinkered with the piece for about 10 weeks as part of an assignment for her eighth-grade Visual Arts class at Lumberton Junior High

LUMBERTON — Local Kiwanians are preparing to feed thousands of people on Friday and Saturday during their 52nd annual Pancake Festival, which is as much a good time as a hearty meal.
“It's one of the biggest social events in Lumberton,” said Ralph Ussery, a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Robeson-Lumberton. “Some peo

Kiwanians have pancakes on menu

LUMBERTON — Local Kiwanians are preparing to feed thousands of people on Friday and Saturday during their 52nd annual Pancake Festival, which is as much a good time as a hearty meal. “It's one of the biggest social events in Lumberton,” said Ralph Ussery, a longtime member of the Kiwanis Club of Robeson-Lumberton. “Some peo

LUMBERTON — Dave Bullock built his first model ship 40 years ago as a gift to his son, but he didn't begin taking the hobby seriously until about 2007, shortly after he retired.
“I wanted to have something small to do around my shop,” he said. “I was burned out on building big things and I wanted to have something on a smal

Lifeboats for Warriors

LUMBERTON — Dave Bullock built his first model ship 40 years ago as a gift to his son, but he didn't begin taking the hobby seriously until about 2007, shortly after he retired. “I wanted to have something small to do around my shop,” he said. “I was burned out on building big things and I wanted to have something on a smal

After returning home from World War II, Neal Walters didn't tell many people beyond family that he had served.
Decades later in front of a crowd of about 50 people, Walters finally got some recognition.
“Pa never got no recognition. We heard that he was the oldest one down here and that he would receive a flag. He needed some kind of recogn

County thanks vets

After returning home from World War II, Neal Walters didn't tell many people beyond family that he had served. Decades later in front of a crowd of about 50 people, Walters finally got some recognition. “Pa never got no recognition. We heard that he was the oldest one down here and that he would receive a flag. He needed some kind of recogn

Rowland considers switch to LED lights

ROWLAND — The Rowland Board of Commissioners on Tuesday discussed replacing 230 outdoor lights across town with energy-efficient LED bulbs. The cost of the project would be $12,000, or slightly more than $50 per bulb — but the new lights could save the town as much as $4,700 annually. “We've got a couple of areas that are pretty

LUMBERTON — Volunteers at Lumberton Rescue and Emergency Medical Services stuffed thousands of Styrofoam containers — and stomachs — with food Friday in an effort to raise money to purchase a new rescue vehicle.
The nonprofit's 26th annual BBQ Plate Sale kicked off at 11 a.m at its headquarters on North Roberts Avenue. Cmdr. Robe

Rescue squad turns BBQ into $15,000 for new vehicle

LUMBERTON — Volunteers at Lumberton Rescue and Emergency Medical Services stuffed thousands of Styrofoam containers — and stomachs — with food Friday in an effort to raise money to purchase a new rescue vehicle. The nonprofit's 26th annual BBQ Plate Sale kicked off at 11 a.m at its headquarters on North Roberts Avenue. Cmdr. Robe

LUMBERTON — Less than 24 hours after winning his bid for re-election, Robeson County Commissioner David Edge was driving from polling site to polling site collecting his campaign signs.
“I just wanted to get them out of the way. I don't like putting things off,” he said. “I haven't got them all yet, but we got 90 percent of

Candidates on clock to collect signs

LUMBERTON — Less than 24 hours after winning his bid for re-election, Robeson County Commissioner David Edge was driving from polling site to polling site collecting his campaign signs. “I just wanted to get them out of the way. I don't like putting things off,” he said. “I haven't got them all yet, but we got 90 percent of

Several events in Robeson Tuesday to honor veterans

LUMBERTON — Nearly a century ago, in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson announced that Nov. 11 would serve as the first federally recognized commemoration of Armistice Day. In 1945, thanks in large part to the advocacy efforts of veteran Raymond Weeks, the holiday evolved to recognize all individuals who have served, in whatever capacity, in the

PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will ring in the holiday season with an upcoming concert at its Givens Performing Arts Center.
On Nov. 21, the center will present “American Big Band: Home for the Holidays.” The show will feature a cast of eight singers performing a medley of Christmas classics made popular

Christmas comes early to UNCP

PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will ring in the holiday season with an upcoming concert at its Givens Performing Arts Center. On Nov. 21, the center will present “American Big Band: Home for the Holidays.” The show will feature a cast of eight singers performing a medley of Christmas classics made popular





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