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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 — The family of Isaiah Loman have a simple Christmas wish — and you can help make it come true, with a dollar or two and a few minutes.
They want people to help brighten the ailing 12-year-old's holiday with a card.
On May 19, 2009, Isaiah, then 8 years old, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, a cancer that originate

Family has Christmas wish for ailing child

LUMBERTON — The family of Isaiah Loman have a simple Christmas wish — and you can help make it come true, with a dollar or two and a few minutes. They want people to help brighten the ailing 12-year-old's holiday with a card. On May 19, 2009, Isaiah, then 8 years old, was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia, a cancer that originate

LUMBERTON — Mark Kinlaw is leaving one RCC to oversee another.
After 26 years working at Robeson Community College, the Lumberton native is leaving as vice president of Instruction Support and Services to serve as president of Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, which is in Rockingham County, bordering Virginia.
“I had no idea

RCC says farewell to Kinlaw

LUMBERTON — Mark Kinlaw is leaving one RCC to oversee another. After 26 years working at Robeson Community College, the Lumberton native is leaving as vice president of Instruction Support and Services to serve as president of Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, which is in Rockingham County, bordering Virginia. “I had no idea

LUMBERTON — A faith-based film about high school football will begin shooting in Lumberton in March.
Directed by Chuck Williams and produced by California-based Avondale Pictures, “Shake Off the World” is scheduled for release in the middle of 2015.
A successful Kickstarter campaign for the film was launched in October, raising

New film about faith and football shoots in Lumberton

LUMBERTON — A faith-based film about high school football will begin shooting in Lumberton in March. Directed by Chuck Williams and produced by California-based Avondale Pictures, “Shake Off the World” is scheduled for release in the middle of 2015. A successful Kickstarter campaign for the film was launched in October, raising

Rowland to celebrate 125th birthday Saturday

ROWLAND — The town of Rowland will celebrate its 125th anniversary from 5 to 10 p.m. on Saturday at the Vonta Leach Multipurpose Building. The event, which is being sponsored by the Rowland Chamber of Commerce, will begin with a social during which guests will have the opportunity to get their pictures taken with Santa Claus. Following the

Maxton, Red Springs hold parades Saturday

MAXTON — The cavalcade of holiday parades across Robeson County will draw to a close on Saturday with a pair of events in Maxton and Red Springs. The parade in Maxton kicks off at 10 a.m. at Townsend Middle School, and will coincide with the town's first weekend-long Holiday Experience event. A motorcade of antique cars will tour the county

Comic book show returns to Biggs Park Mall

LUMBERTON — Comic book collectors from across Southeastern North Carolina will gather at Biggs Park Mall this weekend in hopes of uncovering rare funny books. The fourth annual Comic Book, Sports Card & Toy Show will be held during regular mall hours on Saturday and Sunday. “We are very excited to announce that this is the biggest

LUMBERTON — On Saturday, Arby's held a grand re-opening event for its restaurant on Fayetteville Road in Lumberton, which was closed several weeks ago for undisclosed reasons.
The restaurant, which was opened as a franchise location in June 4, 2004, was acquired by Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. shortly after it closed during June of this year

Arby's reopens in Lumberton

LUMBERTON — On Saturday, Arby's held a grand re-opening event for its restaurant on Fayetteville Road in Lumberton, which was closed several weeks ago for undisclosed reasons. The restaurant, which was opened as a franchise location in June 4, 2004, was acquired by Arby's Restaurant Group Inc. shortly after it closed during June of this year

LUMBERTON — Two new Walmart Neighborhood Market stores in Robeson County opened last week following brief ribbon-cutting ceremonies attended by company officials and town leaders.
The stores, which are located in Lumberton and St. Pauls, join five other Walmart locations across Robeson County, including a Walmart Neighborhood Market on West

Walmart opens new stores in Lumberton, St. Pauls

LUMBERTON — Two new Walmart Neighborhood Market stores in Robeson County opened last week following brief ribbon-cutting ceremonies attended by company officials and town leaders. The stores, which are located in Lumberton and St. Pauls, join five other Walmart locations across Robeson County, including a Walmart Neighborhood Market on West

It was a good day for children who are depending on The Empty Stocking Fund for their Christmas, with three large contributions coming in.
They are a $750 gift from the Robeson-Lumberton Kiwanis Club and a total of $1,500 in two gifts in honor of Pam, John and Bunky Rancke. All six of today's gifts are for $50 or more meaning each will be matched

Kiwanians make $750 gift to fund

It was a good day for children who are depending on The Empty Stocking Fund for their Christmas, with three large contributions coming in. They are a $750 gift from the Robeson-Lumberton Kiwanis Club and a total of $1,500 in two gifts in honor of Pam, John and Bunky Rancke. All six of today's gifts are for $50 or more meaning each will be matched

Rowland moves to energy-efficient lights

ROWLAND — The Rowland Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the replacement of 230 outdoor lights across town with energy-efficient LED bulbs. The bulbs, which will be purchased from Duke Progress Energy, will not have to be paid for until the next fiscal year. The cost of the project will be about $12,000, or slightly more than $50 per

Robeson remains Tier 1 county

LUMBERTON — For the seventh year in a row, the North Carolina Department of Commerce has labeled Robeson County among the state's most economically distressed counties — a classification that could lead to grant opportunities. The department recently released its county tier designations for 2015. The designations, which are mandated b

ST. PAULS — Artist Stirling McKelvie hopes her latest piece will encourage people to take better care of their community.
The 18-year-old spent several Saturdays — and multiple gallons of paint — working on a mural adorning the back of the Annie H McEachern Library in St. Pauls. The mural depicts a whimsical scene replete with he

Mural, mural on the wall

ST. PAULS — Artist Stirling McKelvie hopes her latest piece will encourage people to take better care of their community. The 18-year-old spent several Saturdays — and multiple gallons of paint — working on a mural adorning the back of the Annie H McEachern Library in St. Pauls. The mural depicts a whimsical scene replete with he

Ex-prison to house probation violators

LUMBERTON — The Department of Public Safety will hold an event Tuesday to mark the opening of its new Confinement in Response to Violation center in Lumberton. Housed inside the former Robeson Correctional Center, which was shuttered as a cost-cutting measure last year, the $3.7 million facility will contain probation violators for up to 90

RCC to hold talent showcase for scholarships

LUMBERTON — Robeson County residents will sing, dance and act to raise money for scholarships during the Robeson Community College Foundation's Christmas Talent Showcase on Thursday. The event, which is being organized by foundation member and former Miss North Carolina Rebekah Revels Lowry, will feature performances by pageant winners, perc

Commerce again labels Robeson as Tier 1 county

LUMBERTON — For the seventh year in a row, the North Carolina Department of Commerce has labeled Robeson County among the state's most economically distressed counties — a classification that could lead to grant opportunities. The department recently released its county tier designations for 2015. The designations, which are mandated b

GREENVILLE — After nearly 25 years of guiding collegiate athletes on the gridiron, Lumberton native Ruffin McNiell wants to give children some pointers about the game of life.
The head football coach at East Carolina University recently released his first children's book, “A Little Pirate's ABCs.” With a title that references ECU

Ruffin's rules

GREENVILLE — After nearly 25 years of guiding collegiate athletes on the gridiron, Lumberton native Ruffin McNiell wants to give children some pointers about the game of life. The head football coach at East Carolina University recently released his first children's book, “A Little Pirate's ABCs.” With a title that references ECU

Christmas spirit heads to Pembroke

PEMBROKE — It will be Pembroke's turn to spread holiday cheer on Thursday when the town holds its annual Twilight Christmas Parade. The grand marshal of this year's parade will be James “Buddy” Bell, who has helped orchestrate the event alongside Greg Cummings for the past 26 years. “It has been an honor working with him t

Rowland next up in parade line

ROWLAND — The cavalcade of holiday parades across Robeson County will continue Saturday when Rowland holds its annual parade and Christmas Festival. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Rowland Middle School and will feature performances from cheer team The Carolina Glitterettes, gospel group Faith Journey and singer Evita Sanderson. The event wi

LUMBERTON — A crowd of more than 600 anxious shoppers flooded the J.C. Penney after the Biggs Park Mall department store opened its doors at 5 p.m. on Thursday, looking to get at the head of the line in the search for Christmas bargains.
Store manager Scott Klingbiel remained friendly during the frenzy, giving his associates pats on the back

The rush in on

LUMBERTON — A crowd of more than 600 anxious shoppers flooded the J.C. Penney after the Biggs Park Mall department store opened its doors at 5 p.m. on Thursday, looking to get at the head of the line in the search for Christmas bargains. Store manager Scott Klingbiel remained friendly during the frenzy, giving his associates pats on the back

Empty Stocking begins on Thursday

LUMBERTON — More than 900 families are relying on the generosity of Robeson County residents, businesses and nonprofits to make sure their children have gifts waiting under the tree on Christmas morning. The Department of Social Services recently handled 935 applications from families to provide needy children with Christmas presents through





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