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UNC Strategic Initiative plan lacks campus input

A forum was held in the Dial building on Nov. 7 from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. to discuss what UNCP wants from the larger Universities of North Carolina Advisory Committee put together as part of the Strategic Planning Initiative... Full Story

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Mayo and Lawson new king and queen

Stephanie Lawson and Gaven Mayo were crowned the 2012-2013 Homecoming King and Queen during the football game on Oct. 27. Four men and four women were chosen to be on the Homecoming court by a committee.... Full Story

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Fun for all seasons at Powers Farms

Ghosts, spider webs, nature trails, a fish pond, games, ice cream, fruits, vegetables and a corn maze are some of the features and decorations available at Powers Farms this fall... Full Story

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Soldier's funeral site of protest

The streets were lined in Raeford on Oct. 13 as 1,500 people came to support the family of deceased Army Sgt. Donna Johnson... Full Story

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Hit country band Gloriana takes stage

American Country Award nominee, Gloriana, performed at Givens Performing Arts Center (GPAC) on Oct. 13. According to GPAC representatives, 814 tickets were sold to people who sang and danced to Gloriana's music.... Full Story

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Robeson County holds annual fair

The Robeson Regional Agricultural Fair ran from Sept. 28 to Oct. 6. It was an event filled with amusement rides, food, fun, awards and shows. Around 62,000 people attended the fair and about $75,000 was raised. According to the fair's president, Allen Faircloth, this money will be used to improve the fairgrounds... Full Story

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Robeson County celebrates 225 years

Robeson County celebrated its 225th anniversary on Sept. 13 with a party at the county's DSS Complex. There was free food, goodie bags, blow-up rides, a musical performance by Dark Water Rising and much more... Full Story

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Swampdog Press imprints on students

When was the last time your T-shirt's design was hand selected and printed right in front of you? Had you stopped by the University Center on Sept. 11, you would have had the choice and opportunity... Full Story

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Peace takes center stage at concert

Robeson County community members gathered at Pembroke Town Park on Sept. 6 for the first night of the concert series "Peace in the Park" organized by Dark Water Rising lead singer Charly Lowry... Full Story

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State Park introduces wildlife to students

The Lumber River State Park, located about 45 minutes from UNCP in Orrum, N.C., is a popular attraction for many people in the Lumberton area... Full Story

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Indian leaders discuss history, society

Several community leaders, researchers and guest speakers shared stories and traditions and debated problems facing the Native American community at the eighth annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference at UNCP on April 12 and 13... Full Story

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Powwow celebrates 125th anniversary

Faculty, staff, students and community members gathered on April 19 at the 125th Anniversary Celebration Powwow, in the English E. Jones P.E. building... Full Story

Dr. Chavis emphasizes helping students

About 150 people enjoyed dinner, bid in a silent auction and listened to renowned educator Dr. Ben Chavis speak about the importance of helping students succeed at the Friends of the Library's annual benefit April 13... Full Story

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Rep. McIntyre opposes proposed I-95 tolls

U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre signed on as co-sponsor of a bill recently introduced which asks Congress to block plans made by North Carolina's Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to charge tolls on Interstate 95... Full Story

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South of the Border offers enjoyment

Students looking for a fun time or fireworks can find it 17 miles down I-95 and 33 minutes away from UNCP... Full Story

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Museum remembers Sherman's March

The Robeson County History Museum and the Rifle Guards Camp No. 216 of SCV hosted "Sherman's Raid on Lumberton" on March 17, commemorating the 147th anniversary of Sherman's march through Robeson County... Full Story

Chili cook-off helps community's youth

The Budweiser Chili Cook-Off attracted chili lovers in downtown Lumberton on March 17. To participate in this competition, competitors had to make their chili on-site with only brown meat pre-made... Full Story

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Information Station serves students

The Information Station in the Chavis University Center provides a variety of services to the campus... Full Story

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Power surge puts campus in darkness

The campus power failure that inconvenienced thousands of students, faculty, staff and administrators on March 1 including stranding a person in an elevator for 40 minutes was repaired and normal campus life resumed on March 2... Full Story

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'The Odd Couple' attracts crowds

The University Theatre drew crowds each night for its production of "The Odd Couple: Female Version" Feb. 22 through Feb. 25 in the Givens Performing Arts Center.... Full Story

Lumbee's childhood stories published

Preston Chavis has been writing all his life, but has not been published until recently. Since he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's two years ago, his daughter, Michelle Dudley, has collected many of the stories of his childhood to make Memoirs of a Lumbee Boy... Full Story

Town restaurants prepare for annual event

Robeson County Church and Community Center will hold "A Taste of Robeson" at the Bill Sapp Recreation Center at the corner of Elizabeth Street and Cedar Street in Lumberton on March 12 and 13.... Full Story

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Sweet Expressions quickly growing

Sweet Expressions, owned and operated by part-time UNCP student Blaire Locklear, has moved and expanded to include a full lunch time menu in Pembroke... Full Story

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New bank set to open in March

Lumbee Guaranty Bank plans to open a new branch currently under construction in March, said Larry Chavis, bank president and CEO... Full Story

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Rape Crisis Center works with UNCP

Over two decades ago, Dr. Richard Vela planted seeds of kindness in Robeson County that are now being reaped by the University... Full Story

Pembroke losing Town Managers

Pembroke town officials say goodbye to their positions after years of service and guidance to their community. After more than 30 years, Town Manager McDuffie Cummings will be retiring from his position at the end of December.

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Vertical: A different kind of church service

The Cinema Four Theatres in Lumberton is just like any other theatre, showing movies all through the week; however, on Sunday morning the theatre transforms into a church known as Vertical.

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History, current events merge on Fall Break trip

UNCP international students received a firsthand lesson in American civics and history when the Office of International Programs took them to Washington, D.C., over fall break.

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Former UNCP Chancellor Dr. Allen C. Meadors and his wife, Barbara, ride on the back of a car as part of the 2006 Homecoming parade.

Arkansas police launch investigation of UCA

Information regarding the events that led to the resignation of former University of Central Arkansas. President Allen C. Meadors continues to come to light, with the latest news that the Arkansas State Police has an ongoing investigation into the situation.

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Master Sgt. Anton Jenkins is a 22-year Army veteran and instructor of military science at UNCP.

Master Sgt. Jenkins goes beyond call of duty

Master Sgt. Anton Jenkins knows a thing or two about being a good leader. The eldest son, and fourth child in his family, he has a love for people which enables him to interact exceptionally well.

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Shogun offers discount for UNCP students

Shogun Hibachi Buffet and Grill located in Lumberton off of exit 22 from I- 95 offers a 10 percent discount on food to all UNCP students, faculty, staff and employees with a UNCP ID.

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People eat lunch during Pembroke Day last fall. For the first time, Pemboke Day will not offer free lunch at this year's event on Sept. 21.

Pembroke Day set for Sept. 21 on Quad

Students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community are preparing for the annual Pembroke Day Sept 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Quad between Livermore Library and Old Main.

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The new home for the Lumbee Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Services is in the COMtech Center just outside of Pembroke.

Lumbee rehab services relocate to COMtech Park

The Lumbee Tribe relocated its Lumbee Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Services to COMtech in August, giving the program a new facility.

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Scott's sandwich shop stays open through tough times

Peggy Scott decided it was time for a change nine years ago. After 30 years of working in the Gerber children's wear plant, Scott was one of the 450 employees that lost their jobs when the plant closed down.

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Construction and improvements include adding 2,800 square feet of new facility as well as giving the existing portions of the library facelifts on the interior and exterior.

Pembroke town library getting renovations

Pembroke Public Library, the second most used library in the Robeson County system, closed on Aug. 8 for much needed renovations.

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Students wait in line to place their orders at the new Starbucks on campus. Starbucks has become the new place to go for students and faculty alike.

Starbucks opens, creating student buzz

Students have lined up for the opening of the new Starbucks that replaced Taco Bell inside the D.F Lowry building this fall.

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UNCP students Nikki Wever (third from right) and Allyson Betot (second from right) dance on stage with Britney Spears on Aug. 24. Wever won a contest that allowed the pair to dance with the entertainer.

Students dance on stage with Britney Spears

For many, Britney Spears has been a dominant public figure for their entire lives. For two lucky UNCP students the degree of separation between themselves and Spears got quite a bit smaller on Aug. 24.

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Dessert company bringing business, jobs

Robeson County, the town of Pembroke and the surrounding communities received good news when Steven Roberts Original Desserts and Ticklebelly Desserts announced it will be opening a bakery in Pembroke in the summer of 2011. 

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Conference in Second Life attracts 1,642 educators

The 2011 UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference was named a major success as 1,642 educators were in attendance across three days of presentations and workshops, according to conference director Dr. Anthony Curtis. Dr. Curtis is a Professor in the mass communication department.

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Storm system rips through Southeast

A storm system bringing tornadoes, hail and flash floods ripped through six states beginning in Oklahoma on April 14 before reaching North Carolina April 16. It finally hit Virginia before heading out into the Atlantic Ocean April 16.

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Cable provider releases iPad app

Recent advertisements for Time Warner Cable's new iPad app have been airing. 

The idea is for TWC subscribers to be able to stream live television via this application anywhere they please. 

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Nintendo introduces glasses-free 3D

The 1995 release of the Virtual Boy was an embarrassment of riches for Nintendo. 

For those who don't remember, the Virtual Boy promised true 3D graphics, but underwhelmed fans and critics alike with its monochromatic visuals. 

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Spring Unity Pow Wow shows local traditions

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Carrie Jacobs prepares a meal at the C&P Mini Mart on Union Chapel Road.

Restaurant uses farm fresh ingredients

The C&P mini mart on Union Chapel Road is known for their 100 percent real whole foods. Everything that C&P serves is farm fresh. 

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SIFE helps Mighty J's become 'green'

Pembroke's Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) organization helped Mighty J's become more environmentally minded with the help of the Sam's Club Environmental Sustainability Challenge 2010-2011. 

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Mike Brown (center) and Corinne Leatherman (right) in full masquerade costumes, greet Lisa Rust as they arrive in the GPAC lobby to mingle, while enjoying refreshments. The silent auction provided guests a chance to place their bids on several travel packages and gift certificates.

GPAC celebrates 35 years of entertainment

The Givens Performing Arts Center celebrated 35 years of providing quality entertainment and educational programs to the UNCP community by sponsoring their annual GPAC fundraiser. 

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The Summer Palace in Beijing dates back to the Qing Dynasty. The palace includes temples, lakes and beautiful gardens.

China offers a vast learning experience for students

Studying abroad in China provides students with a great opportunity to see the world from a new and different perspective and to experience how students from other countries and different cultures live. 

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Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park in Wilmington, N.C offers quality entertainment for all ages.

Wilmington arcade is a gamer's dreamland

The American arcade is dying. For many gamers, this isn't a surprise at all, but it is an unfortunate fate for the once popular gamer getaway. The past few years have not been kind to the arcade gaming scene, especially during these last few weeks. 

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Apple releases second generation iPad

The farther we go into the year 2011, the more people are proclaiming that this is the year of the tablet. Apple is back to remind consumers that the iPad is where this trend started and that the iPad 2 is where it's going. 

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Customers still frequent the Blockbuster located on Fayetteville Road in Lumberton.

Customers keep local Blockbuster in business

Americans live in an era where the economy is forcing businesses to downsize and where technology is changing the business model of a lot of companies. Despite these intimidating factors, the Blockbuster, located in Lumberton, has remained a profitable business. 

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A few Fort Bragg soliders huddle together to further prepare for the training exercise during Operation Restoring Tranquility.

Students get field training at Fort Bragg

Four UNCP Mass Communication students practiced field reporting and interviewing when they embedded with the 82nd Airborne on a training operation at Fort Bragg over Valentine's weekend. 

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Music students advance to regionals

Five students in the Department of Music advanced to the regional competition after scoring high in the N.C. National Association of Teachers of Singing competition on Feb. 18 at the North Carolina School of the Arts. 

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A side-by-side comparison of the home screens of the iOS and Android OS on the iPhone 3GS and the Motorola Droid.

Top 3 OS's compete for 2011 mobile market

It was just last week that I became frustrated that my iPhone's 3G connection was showing some lag as I was on a phone call while simultaneously purchasing tickets on my Fandango app and downloading a retail size Grand Theft Auto tile.

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Students and members of the community go to Mighty J's to support their team for Super Bowl XLV. The local sports bar provided a festive atmosphere for people to watch the game.

Pembroke's first Super Bowl with sports bar

UNCP students and community members were finally able to enjoy watching a Super Bowl in a local sports bar and grill on Feb. 6.

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Music and Game Festival draws crowd

Ever since 2002, gamers the world over have flocked to Virginia for a gaming festival that is run by fans, for fans, that is simply known as MAGfest.

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Blackwater Grille and Fine Dining offers weekly events plus food, drink

A popular local eatery is under new ownership, and the owner offers a wide variety of entertainment and food choices for her customers.

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Rev. Mazie Butler Ferguson speaks to a crowd of faculty and students honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 13 in the UC Annex.

Candlelight vigil honors Martin Luther King Jr.

A candlelight vigil, inspirational words from civil rights advocate the Rev. Mazie Butler Ferguson, music and readings from Dr. King by members of the UNCP family marked the seventh annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., remembrance program on Jan. 13.

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Dr. Terrence J. Roberts speaks to a large audience of community members, faculty and students in the UC Annex Jan. 19. Dr. Roberts was a member of the Little Rock Nine, a group of students who volunteered to integrate
an all-white school in Little Rock, Ark., in 1957.

Little Rock Nine member describes experience

Dr. Terrence J. Roberts, one of the Little Rock Nine, described his experiences of being one of the first students who volunteered in 1957 to integrate an allwhite school in Little Rock, Ark. He spoke to a crowd of 150 students, faculty and community member, Jan. 19 in the UC Annex.

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