News briefs, Sept. 30

First Posted: 9/30/2009

LUMBERTON The Sigma Iota Omega Chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will host a community forum Thursday to educate people, especially blacks, about the importance of the 2010 Census.
It will be at the W. H. Knuckles Elementary School cafeteria from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
The panelists will be introduced by John A. Campbell, executive director, N.C. Human Relations Commission, and include state Rep. Garland Pierce; county Commissioner Jerry Stephens; City Councilmen John Cantey Jr. and Robert Jones; and a U.S. Census Bureau representative.
Other forum participants include Robeson County Black Caucus President Jimmy Gilchrist; Gloriesrenea Stackhouse, president of the local NAACP chapter; Lumberton Ministerial Alliance President Bishop John Walker, Connection Committee Chairman Frances M. Cummings; and Basileus Brenda N. Poinsette.

LUMBERTON Robeson County Big Sweep organizers are looking for volunteers to help clean up the Lumber River on Saturday. The cleanup will be from from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m..
Groups or individuals that want to help clean the river by boat or on bridges and landings should call Park Ranger Neill Lee at (910) 628-4564.
Big Sweep is part of a statewide initiative to clean up waterways and shorelines.

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