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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

Business' bid fails when board deadlocks 2-2

PEMBROKE — What happens when a town council casts a split vote without a mayor to break the tie? Pembroke residents found out Monday, when a proposal from Greenfuels Energy LLC to build a facility that would generate biomass fuel for Lumberton Power died on the vine. The process would have partly involved poultry waste, which stirred concer

LUMBERTON — A steady drumbeat reverberated through the Southeastern Agricultural Events Center on Saturday, and the American Indian dancers in the arena grew more animated with each strike.
Many of them had traveled from reservations across the country to compete in the Dance of the Spring Moon powwow. The 10th installment of the annual even

Tribe puts its best foot forward

LUMBERTON — A steady drumbeat reverberated through the Southeastern Agricultural Events Center on Saturday, and the American Indian dancers in the arena grew more animated with each strike. Many of them had traveled from reservations across the country to compete in the Dance of the Spring Moon powwow. The 10th installment of the annual even

LUMBERTON — Jim Quick and Coastline will lead this year's pack of Alive After 5 performers with a free concert in downtown Lumberton on Thursday.
Specializing in Southern rock and surf music, Quick and his band have played each year of the outdoor concert series since Alive After 5 launched in 2004. He's since been named Entertainer of the Y

Alive After 5 returns on Thursday

LUMBERTON — Jim Quick and Coastline will lead this year's pack of Alive After 5 performers with a free concert in downtown Lumberton on Thursday. Specializing in Southern rock and surf music, Quick and his band have played each year of the outdoor concert series since Alive After 5 launched in 2004. He's since been named Entertainer of the Y

ROWLAND — Fun-seekers hoping to take advantage of the mostly sunny, 70-degree weather will have a couple of options Saturday when outdoor festivals will be held in Rowland and Fairmont.
The streets of downtown Rowland will be bursting with activity during the town's annual Springfest event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The festival

Festivals, powwow mark weekend

ROWLAND — Fun-seekers hoping to take advantage of the mostly sunny, 70-degree weather will have a couple of options Saturday when outdoor festivals will be held in Rowland and Fairmont. The streets of downtown Rowland will be bursting with activity during the town's annual Springfest event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The festival

LUMBERTON — American Indians from across the country will travel to Lumberton this weekend to ring in the arrival of spring with the Lumbee Tribe.
The 10th annual Dance of the Spring Moon will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Southeastern Agricultural Events Center on U.S. 74. The decade-old powwow is one of the tribe's largest and

Tribe's 3-day celebration arrives Friday

LUMBERTON — American Indians from across the country will travel to Lumberton this weekend to ring in the arrival of spring with the Lumbee Tribe. The 10th annual Dance of the Spring Moon will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Southeastern Agricultural Events Center on U.S. 74. The decade-old powwow is one of the tribe's largest and

LUMBERTON — Once a summer oasis for teenagers across Lumberton, Woodside Pool might be in danger of drowning.
Grechen Baumann can think of several reasons the private swimming pool, which thrived during the 1970s and 1980s, is struggling.
There's the dwindling membership, which has dropped from 250 to 77 swimmers in the past few years. Ther

Residents rally to save Woodside Pool

LUMBERTON — Once a summer oasis for teenagers across Lumberton, Woodside Pool might be in danger of drowning. Grechen Baumann can think of several reasons the private swimming pool, which thrived during the 1970s and 1980s, is struggling. There's the dwindling membership, which has dropped from 250 to 77 swimmers in the past few years. Ther

Superheroes to assemble in Lumberton

LUMBERTON — Billed as the largest convention of its kind in Southeastern North Carolina, the biannual Comic Book, Toy and Collectibles Show will return to Biggs Park Mall this weekend. The fifth edition of the show will be held during regular mall hours Saturday and May 10. As always, a variety of vendors will be on hand and free appraisals

Second half of Fairmont event set now for May 16

FAIRMONT — After being postponed because of rain, the second portion of the two-day Heritage Days festival in Fairmont has been rescheduled for May 16. The agriculture-themed event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m outside the Borderbelt Farmers Museum and Welcome Center on Main Street. “We realize that this rescheduling may imp

Last week, my boss received a call from a reader suggesting we revive a defunct feature called “Look Back,” which consisted of vintage photographs of Robeson County.
I've been told we nixed the segment after receiving a flood of old family portraits that — while certainly meaningful to the people who turned them in — were u

We want your old photos for a new feature

Last week, my boss received a call from a reader suggesting we revive a defunct feature called “Look Back,” which consisted of vintage photographs of Robeson County. I've been told we nixed the segment after receiving a flood of old family portraits that — while certainly meaningful to the people who turned them in — were u

ST. PAULS — Stephanie McLean asked a group of students sitting inside the St. Pauls Elementary School gymnasium Friday to name the most important computer.
A few faculty members chuckled after a child shouted “Windows” and another said “HP.” The answer that McLean, director of Regional Community Development for the Go

Goodwill gives school tools to 987 students

ST. PAULS — Stephanie McLean asked a group of students sitting inside the St. Pauls Elementary School gymnasium Friday to name the most important computer. A few faculty members chuckled after a child shouted “Windows” and another said “HP.” The answer that McLean, director of Regional Community Development for the Go

LUMBERTON — The Lumbee Tribe's annual Dance of the Spring Moon powwow returns Friday for its 10th year.
American Indians from across the country will travel to Robeson County to celebrate the arrival of the season during one of the tribe's largest events. The annual powwow draws about 400 dancers and thousands of spectators, as well as drumm

Powwow poised to wow

LUMBERTON — The Lumbee Tribe's annual Dance of the Spring Moon powwow returns Friday for its 10th year. American Indians from across the country will travel to Robeson County to celebrate the arrival of the season during one of the tribe's largest events. The annual powwow draws about 400 dancers and thousands of spectators, as well as drumm

LUMBERTON — When Patricia Terrell decided to set her latest novel 50 miles west of Belfast, Ireland, the author unwittingly pinpointed a hidden branch of her family tree.
The final draft of “A Thin Slice of Heaven” was being edited by the time Terrell learned in November that her ancestors, Laird and Lady Neely, owned a village n

Author finds fact after fiction

LUMBERTON — When Patricia Terrell decided to set her latest novel 50 miles west of Belfast, Ireland, the author unwittingly pinpointed a hidden branch of her family tree. The final draft of “A Thin Slice of Heaven” was being edited by the time Terrell learned in November that her ancestors, Laird and Lady Neely, owned a village n

PEMBROKE — Parmalee, the band behind the 2013 hit “Carolina,” will play at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke's Givens Performing Arts Center on Saturday.
The country group gained national attention following a string of hit singles including “Carolina,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard country chart, an

Parmalee to play GPAC Saturday

PEMBROKE — Parmalee, the band behind the 2013 hit “Carolina,” will play at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke's Givens Performing Arts Center on Saturday. The country group gained national attention following a string of hit singles including “Carolina,” which reached No. 2 on the Billboard country chart, an

ST. PAULS — As part of an ongoing effort to spruce up the town, St. Pauls residents will soon be able to sit on art.
The committee for the St. Pauls Small Town Economic Prosperity — or STEP — initiative has commissioned Tino and Carole Ferro, of Frog Pond Art Studio, to build a set of six outdoor benches.
The couple make folk ar

Town turns to artists for outdoor seating

ST. PAULS — As part of an ongoing effort to spruce up the town, St. Pauls residents will soon be able to sit on art. The committee for the St. Pauls Small Town Economic Prosperity — or STEP — initiative has commissioned Tino and Carole Ferro, of Frog Pond Art Studio, to build a set of six outdoor benches. The couple make folk ar

PEMBROKE — A Pembroke native has been named the new manager of the town.
Tyler Wellington Thomas, a 28-year-old who previously managed the Lumberton branch of the Robeson County License Plate Agency, began his new job on Monday.
Before joining the licensing agency, Thomas was director of Business Development and Diversity at MetCon, a const

Thomas tabbed new Pembroke manager

PEMBROKE — A Pembroke native has been named the new manager of the town. Tyler Wellington Thomas, a 28-year-old who previously managed the Lumberton branch of the Robeson County License Plate Agency, began his new job on Monday. Before joining the licensing agency, Thomas was director of Business Development and Diversity at MetCon, a const

Update: Heritage Days activities scheduled for Saturday have been postponed because of rain. Friday's events will be held as planned. A makeup date for Saturday's event has not been announced.
FAIRMONT — Once a thriving tobacco town, Fairmont is deeply rooted in agriculture. The town's farm-filled history will be celebrated during the Herita

Fairmont returns to its roots during two-day festival

Update: Heritage Days activities scheduled for Saturday have been postponed because of rain. Friday's events will be held as planned. A makeup date for Saturday's event has not been announced. FAIRMONT — Once a thriving tobacco town, Fairmont is deeply rooted in agriculture. The town's farm-filled history will be celebrated during the Herita

LUMBERTON — The superintendent for the Public Schools of Robeson County cheered as he watched athletes with intellectual and physical disabilities sprint across the Alton G. Brooks Stadium at Lumberton High School on Friday.
Despite Johnny Hunt's big smile, this year's installment of the Robeson County Special Olympics Spring Games marked a

Games provide special moments

LUMBERTON — The superintendent for the Public Schools of Robeson County cheered as he watched athletes with intellectual and physical disabilities sprint across the Alton G. Brooks Stadium at Lumberton High School on Friday. Despite Johnny Hunt's big smile, this year's installment of the Robeson County Special Olympics Spring Games marked a

Hillary Clinton dominated headlines on April 12, when the former FLOTUS and secretary of state launched her second bid for presidency — fulfilling what many Americans considered a foregone conclusion.
Less than 24 hours later, Clinton became a media magnet for something more dubious — or delicious, depending on where you stand on the v

Can a burrito bowl humanize Hillary?

Hillary Clinton dominated headlines on April 12, when the former FLOTUS and secretary of state launched her second bid for presidency — fulfilling what many Americans considered a foregone conclusion. Less than 24 hours later, Clinton became a media magnet for something more dubious — or delicious, depending on where you stand on the v

PEMBROKE — F. Scott Fitzgerald's timeless tale of decadence during the Roaring Twenties will leap from the page to the stage on Saturday.
The Montana Repertory Theater will perform a live version of “The Great Gatsby” at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke's Givens Performing Arts Center.
“Montana Repertory Theatr

GPAC gets 'Gatsby'

PEMBROKE — F. Scott Fitzgerald's timeless tale of decadence during the Roaring Twenties will leap from the page to the stage on Saturday. The Montana Repertory Theater will perform a live version of “The Great Gatsby” at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke's Givens Performing Arts Center. “Montana Repertory Theatr

BEAUFORT, S.C. — Dusty Connor added flourishes of acrylic paint to digital photography as part of a recently opened art exhibit at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort.
The Lumberton native partnered with photographer Eric Smith to create the 18 pieces that make up “Pixels to Pigment: A Provocative Perspective From the Camera t

Painting over pictures

BEAUFORT, S.C. — Dusty Connor added flourishes of acrylic paint to digital photography as part of a recently opened art exhibit at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort. The Lumberton native partnered with photographer Eric Smith to create the 18 pieces that make up “Pixels to Pigment: A Provocative Perspective From the Camera t





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