Local news briefs for Feb. 17th.

First Posted: 1/15/2009

PEMBROKE — Melton McLaurin, professor emeritus of history at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, will speak Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Mary Livermore Library on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
McLaurin’s talk will center around his book and television documentary “The Marines of Montford Point: America’s First Black Marines.” A reception and book signing will follow.
The free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library of UNC Pembroke. For information, call 521-6216.

LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Humane Society Friends for Life is sponsoring a bingo event on Feb. Saturday to raise money for its efforts to help stray cats and dogs. It will be from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Pine Street Senior Center.
There will be a 50-50 raffle, door prizes and a bake sale. Anyone who would like more information or would like to donate baked goods or prizes can call the shelter at 738-8282, Shelly Carey at 618-0696, or Frances at 736-0123.

LUMBERTON — Free income tax help is available for Robeson County residents until April 12.
The free service is offered by the Tax Aide Program of the AARP. Volunteers, trained in cooperation with the IRS, can assist taxpayers with middle and lower incomes, with special attention given to individuals 60 years old and older.
They can help prepare both federal and North Carolina returns, and e-file the returns at no cost to the taxpayer. AARP membership is not required for this service.
Taxes will be prepared at the Robeson County Public Library, 101 N. Chestnut St., Lumberton. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the second and fourth Saturdays of each month.

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