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Chamber of Commerce recognizes Sen. Walters

LUMBERTON — State Sen. Michael Walters, whose District 13 includes Robeson and Columbus counties, had no idea when he walked into the Pinecrest Country Club on Wednesday for a candidates forum sponsored by the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce and Kiwanis and Rotary clubs that he would walk out the recipient of a newly established chamber award.Walters, who announced in January that he is not seeking re-election, was called to the podium by Bo Biggs, chairman of the local ch...

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Pollen turns car washes green

LUMBERTON — When springtime pollen coats cars in yellow, Richard Miller sees green.Pollen season ranks among the most profitable times of the year for Miller, who owns four self-service car washes in Lumberton with his wife, Stephanie. The couple’s car wash operation includes Bubbles, Squeaky Clean, Thomas’ Car Wash and Super Suds.“When pollen falls, it’s kind of like our Christmas. It helps our sales a great bit and the longer it lasts, the...

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Seminar looks for best business fit

ST. PAULS — Business expert Mike Collins knows all about “hot” new business trends.But Collins said the best business ideas are the ones tailored to an individual’s skills and talents.Collins, the president of The Perfect Workday Company, a Raleigh information company, recently led a free three-hour workshop at the R.E. Hooks Community Building on the best small business to open.“I can’t really tell any one of you what to do...

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Decluttering your ‘stuff’ can destress your life

Stuff. Most of us have it.In the interest of full disclosure, I will admit that I have more than my share — tools, toys, collections, files, papers, tech gadgets, appliances and more. What do we do with it all? We keep it, try to organize it, store it, or sometimes just let it pile up. Regardless, taking care of the stuff or even ignoring it requires money, time and energy.All of this stuff often adds stress to our lives. Organizing and cleaning will make a big dif...

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Farmers Market rides high hopes into new year

RED SPRINGS — Agriculture is always at the mercy of the weather.The Red Springs Farmers Market is no different. The market, which first opened in June 2013, was marred for much of its initial summer and fall run by bad weather.Town officials are hoping the market’s second year has a better forecast — economically and weather wise.“The Farmers Market was not very successful last year, but that is because it rained almost every time,̶...

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St. Pauls asphalt plant begins hiring process

ST. PAULS — Johnson Brothers Utility and Paving Company is now accepting applications for work at its still under-construction facility in St. Pauls, according to Veronica Johnson, the company’s administrative managerThe asphalt manufacturing and paving company hopes to fill about 25 positions through the North Carolina Employment Security Commission and the Workforce Development program at Robeson Community College.Johnson said that the company had hoped to ...

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St. Pauls business serving sweet confections

ST. PAULS — At Tammy Cain’s new business, you can have your cake and your ice cream and eat them too.Cain and her husband, Michael, have opened Cain’s Ice Cream and Bakery Shop at 108 W. Broad St. The shop has been open since March 8.Cain, a Lumberton native, described her place as an old-fashioned ice cream parlor where you can also enjoy a slice of cake. The shop also features freshly made cupcakes, sundaes, banana splits, malts, slushies, shakes and ...

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Entrepreneur shares tips for businesses

ST. PAULS — Before starting a company, entrepreneurs often ask, “What’s the best business to start today?”Mike Collins, author, entrepreneur, will be in St. Pauls on Wednesday to help provide an answer.Collins, the president of The Perfect Workday Company, a Raleigh information company, will lead a free workshop on the best small business to open now. The event will be held at the R.E. Hooks Community Building from 6 to 9 p.m.Usually, C...

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RCC uses $4M grant to train people for manufacturing work

LUMBERTON — Robeson Community College has been given more time to spend a multi-million dollar grant designed to help displaced workers return to the labor force.In October 2011, the U.S. Department of Labor awarded an $18.8 million grant to be shared among a consortium of 10 community colleges in North Carolina as part of the Advanced Manufacturing Alliance program. RCC was selected as the consortium’s lead institution and was allotted the largest slice of the grant mo...

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