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J VOLUME 4 NUMDER 41 PEMBROKE. N.C. Thursday, October 14, 1976
Harbert Moore objects...“We have a problem, students
are not passing the SAT and there is a reason.”
The Robeson County Board of
Education met Tuesday, Oct. 12, in
regular session.
Appearing before the board was Mr.
Jimmy McVicker who presented grie
vances concerning the removal of his
child from Deep Branch School to Piney
Grove School. Mr. McVicker questioned
why he and several other families had
been ‘‘singled out” to move their
children from Deep Branch to Piney
Grove. He wondered why all families
residing in a certain school district were
not made to send their children to the
school in that district. He was also
concerned that, according to him,
certain families were singled out and a
teacher was not asked to abide by the
same rules. He questioned why after six
years the board suddenly noticed that
his children lived in the Piney Grove
School District and had attended Deep
Branch, bul this year the attendance
men came and told him that they must
go to Piney Grove. After some
discussion, the board said that they
would take steps to see that each school
tried anew to enforce the attendance of
children within their respective school
Much of the meeting was used to
rehash a request by Mr. Harbert Moore
at the September meeting. He asked for
a list of students who had taken the
Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) accord
ing to school and race. Mr. Moore again
stated his concern that so many
the wrong people....No way in the world
1 honestly believe, if the information
was made public in a racial breakdown
of SAT scores, that it would be
understood by the people. I think it
would be playing with dynamite.”
but if the committee can show us just
cause why the public doesn’t need to
know, we’ll consider it.”
To which Moore replied, “Sometimes
it takes dynamite to clear things. The
people need to know. Some of us'll have pumpkins to stink,
to get hurt...but let’s look at the end
results. People are being literally left
out, PSU last year said that they would
not accept over 60 students who do not
pass the SAT. Next year they will accept
less. The general public needs to know,
if it blows us apart, it’ll just have to
blow us.We owe it to the people...”
Mr. Coble concluded his speech by
saying “It takes God 100 years to make
an oak tree...takes him just one season
to make a pumpkin Ail I’m asking is
that we make oak trees and not just
Mrs. Aileen Holmes reinforced Moo
re’s comments by saying. “We owe it to
the general public as to why our kids are
failing the SAT. Common sense tells me
that when 2 or 3 students pass out of
40-50 students, something is wrong.”
During the heat of the discussion Mr.
1. J. Williams said, “I want to make it
known that I take no part in SAT scores
being made public and embarrassing
the child, no matter where he comes
At which point Mr. Moore responded,
“Who do you think has been embar
rassed all along?”
And Mrs. Holmes followed up with,
“We’re so far behind now we’re
Dr. Thompson was asked why he felt
it would cause problems if the public
were made aware of SAT scores by race
and by school. Said he, “my guidance
counselor said that culturaly environ
ment adversely affects SAT
would be difficult for individuals to
understand that cultural environment
affects the score. Print for people who
cannot understand them, then you have
Said Moore, “the question is what
can we do to help the boys and girls.
This business is public business. We
owe it to the public to let them know.”
And the board moved on to routine
matters. There was a report on the
CETA program: progress report on
planning for Pembroke Elementary
School: report on the occupational
education center; new report cards were
shown to the board for approval. This
'Miss Ruby'
remembered os one
who loves children &
During the few months at Prospect
she recalled making a trip to Raleigh to
buy a projector to be used in her
classroom. Carlee Lowry was principal
at Prospect at the time.
After leaving Prospect School, Miss
Ruby went to Boone, NC and began
work on her Master’s Degree. In 1954
she received her Master’s Degree in
Library Science, after which she return
ed to Pembroke High School as the
librarian. She remained in that capacity
until illness forced her retirement in
When asked why she became a
librarian, she replied, simply. “I love
books.” For those of us who cherish
memories of Pembroke High School,
this statement reinforced what we
already knew. She not only loved books,
but she instilled the importance of
books into all students who came into
contact with her. She believes that if a
child can read and comprehend what he
reads, he has the key to success. This
beliel and her love for books, coupled
with her sincere concern and dedication
( and pi
1 and
th ings
Mrs. Ruby C. Dial
For the thousands of students who
year report cards will be^^sent home Passed through the hallowed halls enabled her to place books in every
every nine weeks instead of every six Pembroke Senior High School until home. She was solely responsible for
minority students were unable to pass receiving lEA funds. Had we not been
weeks. There i
also ;
the SAT. Said he, “We have a problem.
Students are not passing the SAT and
there is a reason. ”
Appearing were Dr. Vernon Ray
Thompson, principal of Pembroke Sen-
or High School and Mr.-W.D. Coble,
principal of Rowland High School, who
began by explaining what the SAT was
originally. Shortly, after speaking, it
was apparent that they were definitely
not in favor of releasing the results of
those scores to the public.
Much discussion followed, led mostly
be Harbert Moore, board member from
the Prospect area. In response to one
question concerning the benefit of
releasing the scores to the public, Mr.
Coble replied, It would be “very
dangerous information in the hands of
behind, we would not be receiving a
half of a million dollars in Indian
Education Act monies.”
By and by, Rev. Bob Mangum
suggested that the board appoint a
committee of three persons from the
board and three persons from the high
schools, etc. to meet and discuss the
matter. He made into the form of a
motion that the committee be appointed
to make further study and report to the
board. The motion carried unanimously.
After this motion and more discussion
Mr. Moore moved that his former
motion stand and that the committee
meet before the next board meeting. He
moved that the score be presented to
the board at the next board meeting.
Said he, “this is not part of my motion,
‘110 In The Shade’
to be...“A
Really fine show”
PEMBROKE-“This is going to be a
really fine show,’’ promises stage
director Don Dalton in speaking of “110
In The Shade,” a musical which will be
presented by the Pembroke State
University Music and Communicative
Arts department at 8 p.m. Oct. 21-23 in
the PSU Performing Arts Center.
Dalton says the cast brings a young
freshness to the show that makes it
entirely believable and appropriate. He
adds that the previous experience
gained by the cast as members of the
PSU ‘‘Singers and Swingers” makes
the young actors and actresses very
adaptable to stage direction.
The musical, which was written by
Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, is
adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning
play, “The Rainmaker,” by Richard
Nash. The story takes place in a small
drought-stricken town in the Southwest
and tells of a fast-talking con-man
or rainmaker--who appears with a
promise of rain. The rainmaker changes
the lives of several of the town’s citizens
and learns a great deal about himself in
the process.
Musical director for the show is
William Fritz, PSU assistant professor
of music. The musical will include a
30-voice choir. “The Pembroke Jazz
Ensemble popularly known as the
“Swingers,” will be supplemented by a
full string section and make use of the
Performing Arts Center’s broadway-
sized orchestra pit.
Technical director and set director is
Dick Smith, who is constructing an
elaborate three-dimensional set.
Playing the lead of Stanbuck, the
rainmaker, is Ricky Lomax of China
Grove, a music and physical education
major at PSU who is a graduate of South
Rowan High School. While there, he
sang for vocal groups directed by Mrs.
Francis Cowan. At PSU he is a member
of the university choir and “Singers and
The female lead of Lizzie Curry, an old
maid who Starbiick convinces !« reallv
i ,
beautiful, is Belinda Oxendine, a ’76
graduate of PSU with a Biology major.
A native of Pembroke, Miss Oxendine
plans to study Medical Technology. She
has been a featured performer in past
years with the PSU “Singers and
Sheriff File is played by Mike
Williams, a freshman music student
majoring in percussion. He is from
Spivey’s Corner where he graduated
from Midway High School. Williams;
has been active in band and church
Lizzie’s father, H.C. Curry, is portray
ed by Scott Baker, a ’73 graduate of
PSU in Spanish who hails from
Florence, S.C., where he was active in
drama. He has played several lead roles
in PSU productions, including “Pyg
malion,” “The Me Nobody Knows” and
“Of Mice and Men.”
Other cast members include:
Tommy Johnson, a senior Music
Education major from Spring Lake who
plays Jim Curry. Johnson has been
active in choir, band and “Singers and
Swingers.” His major area of study is
Susan Bullard, a sophomore Music
major from Autryville who plays
Snookie Updegraff. A voice major, she
has been active in choir in both high
school and college.
Randy Hudson, a freshman Religion
new grading 1972, there is one member of the faculty many students carrying books into
who is always included in their homes where no books had been before,
cherished memories- Mrs. Ruby C. She had an amazing ability to recall, it
Drenna Jean Oxendine declined to Dial. This memory is especially dear to seemed to me, every book in the library,
serve on the Pembroke Advisory those who were more talented or “less You just, told her what you were
Council as she will be going away to fortunate financially. For those, Miss interested in and she would direct you
school. Rev. Bob Mangum reported that Ruby ’ had a special love. It was to to the correct shelf without a second
Brenda Brooks would be happy to serve, those who needed hermost that she was thought.
Also she, according to Mangum, u’ost .-atod. Sheh«d affection and
"would like a list of the present under,standing for ai/students, however She is well-fcnown as a hard-working
members and officers, along with her heart went out especially to those sincere person who tried to help kids,
notification to serve. who had a desire to accomplish and She would go into her pocketbook to
lacked the available resources. help students financially. Many stu-
The board authorized a clean up sale are indebted to her unselfishness,
of some surplus materials. And accep- Serving Pembroke High School as She has bought numerous diplomas,
ted nominations for Rowland Southside librarian for many years, Mrs. Ruby C. high school rings, and many other
Advisory Council and Rowland High D'^1 became an “institution” of sorts, things high school students fee! are so
Advisory Council. She was always willing to lend an ear, necessary to their education.
as well as a helping hand. She touched
Attorney I. Murchison Biggs inform- tbe lives of countless students because One example of her generosity is
ed the board that they were under suit she cared. She provided for many Gene Locklear. Miss Ruby smiled softly
by AppoloBuilders for final payment for tbemotivation necessary to continue recalling Gene as a high school youth,
the cafeteria built at Parkton School, that upward climb toward higher She told of a day when he told her he
education. Showing her concern rather wanted a glove to play bail. She bought
than merely stating it, she has even him the first glove he ever owned,
paid tuition fees for students to attend Gene, although now in the major
Pembroke State College. leagues, has not forgotten the unselfish
act of the lady librarian who took a
r\ c r V. c T 1- She was the librarian, but more special interest in him and his special
r. Eng is t. Jones, chancellor of jj^p^j^antly, she was a friend. She acted talents. At the Gene Locklear Banquet
* e niverstty, invites the guidance counselor voluntarily dur- earlier in the year Gene expressed his
public to an Open House' of the as librarian when appreciation to her.
there were no official counselors. She
offered individual direction and counse
ling. advise, encouragement, and many
times monetary contributions.
‘Open House’
renovated and refurbished CHANCEL
The stately structure has undergone
extensive remodeling and has been
completely refurbished.
Being chosen by the students as
advisor because of her total dedication,
“Miss Ruby” offered understanding
and iove. She had, according to many
students, a way of putting herself in the
K,=.;n ■ A U r, j again . ^ students-understanding
betng occupied by Dr. and Mrs. Jones. helping them to
solve them with'inspiration, encoura-
After occupying temporary quarters
for a number of months, the renovated
‘Chancellor’s House’
Dr. and Mrs. Jones cordially invites
everyone to come out Sunday afternoon
and meet them in their new quarters.
Cameil is a good oP boy...
O.K, I will admit it! OT Reasonable
likes Carnell Locklear. That probably
clouds my usual logical thinkin’. I just
like the fella. He's a good of boy.
Anyboy that can sing “In Tha’ Pines”
and tap dance at the same time cain’t be
all bad. And oT Carnell ain’t above his
raisings neither.
01' Reasonable believes too that
gement and love.
She is the daughter of the late John
Carter of Pembroke and Mrs. Rose
Sampson Carter, now 91 years of age,
who resides in Green Manor Rest Home
in Parkton. She received her early
schooling at Pembroke “Graded”
School, Pembroke High School, and
Pembroke Indian Normal School where
she graduated in 1934.
She began her teaching career at
Pembroke “Graded” School in 1934-35
where she taught the fourth grade.
She married Mr. A. G. Dial in 1933.
And after her first year of teaching, she
and her “new husband” travelled to
Sampson County where she taught for
one year at New Bethel School.
During the next school year she did
not teach as she was expecting and gave
birth to her first child. In 1938 the Dials
returned to their native Robeson County
Philosophy major from Dunii who plays children where she began teaching at New Bethel
....... .... . ^ and nnt i-hnnop info a nnlitii'inn c„u._i . .,
Noah Curry. He has been active in
church music groups for the last six
All tickets to the musical evening
performance are $2. A special matinee
for children is scheduled at 1 p.m. Oct.
20 with tickets for school-age children
being 50 cents. Adults attending the
matinee will pay the regular $2 price.
Tickets may be obtained from any Phi
Mu Alpha Sinfonia member or from the
box office. Telephone number for
reservations and further information is
521-4214. Ext. 230. or 521-2951.
and not change into a politician if’en we
the people elected'em to office.
1. Reasonable Locklear, therefore,
being of sound mind (most of the time)
do hereby endorse my buddy. Carnell
Locklear, for the Robeson County Board
of Education.
01' Reasonable calls upon all his
friends to cast your vote for Carnell
Locklear, a man of the people. I always
wuz comfortable with a fella who has
cropped tobacco and picked cotton as
Carnell has. He’s a good oI’ bov.
School near Ashpole. After three years
she taught at Fairmont Indian School,
located in the city limits of Fairmont.
In 1941 she came to Pembroke High
School where she taught 8th grade and
began her career as librarian. At the
lime the school did not have a librarian
and she became librarian in additicn lo
her regular teaching duties. After
several years at Pembroke, she taught
half a year at Prospect School where
she again taught fourth grade. She was
out the first part of the year due to the
birth of another child.
In addition to the glove. Miss Ruby
also bought art supplies for Gene as she
encouraged him to paint. On the mantle
of her home is still displayed a painting
by Gene Locklear painted during his
high school days.
Needless to say, Gene Locklear was
neither the first nor the last of Miss
Ruby’s actions “above and beyond the
call of duty.” Said she when asked
about her innumerable ■ financial con
tributions to any student in need. “-1 just
couldn’t help it. If 1 had something and
a child needed it, he got it. She spoke
fondly of all the students she encoun
tered during her career as librarian and
teacher. Said she, “The most important
thing about teaching is love. If a child is
not loved, he can’t learn. 1 loved them
Indeed she amplifies love for all
children. She has a special concern for
the children who don’t have the
material necessities, but have a desire
to succeed. For these she offers moral
support, inspiration, encouragement,
love, understanding, and when neces
sary. monetary assistance, exhibiting
that she is a person who lives for others-
the epitome of: “Not what I can get, but
what I can gi.’C others.”
For those students who have attended
Pembroke High School since Miss
Ruby’s retirement. 1 feel a kind of
sadness knowing her like will not pass
our way again.
Mr. and Mrs. Dial have two surviving
children, Ruth Dial Woods, who follows
in her mother’s footsteps serving as
media specialist at Fairgrove School;
and Alan Dial who owns and operates
Lumbee Drive Inn in Pembroke. The
Dials lost two children during infancy.
Mr. and Mrs. Dial live on West Third
Street in Pembroke where Miss Ruby is
Qiinfined due to her illness. She lives
qiiiotiv now. but she has left a void at
Pembroke High School which will
never be filled.
According to a reliable source, the
Pembroke Chamber of Commerce and
Agriculture, Inc. will meet tonight
(Thursday) at the Pembroke Town Hall.
The meeting is reportedly scheduled for
7:30 p.m.
As reported to us, the meeting is for
the board of directors only. Supposedly,
a topic of discussion will be a proposed
membership drive whereby all business
men, professional people, etc. will be
actively encouraged to join the chamber
of commerce.
Hopefully, more substantive details
will be available in the next issue of The
Carolina Indian Voice.
Pembroke town officials announced
today that effective October 18 (Mon
day), the town will begin actively
enforcing the leash law recently enacted
into law.
A $5.00 fee will be charged for picking
up a stray dog and a $3.00 fee per day
will be charged until the county dog
warden picks up the animal.
A dog will not be considered “off
leash” if the animal is on the owner’s
The Fairgrove Bears fell victim to the
Tar Heel Panthers Friday night 45-6.
Mark Brisson ran for one touch down
and threw for three more as Tar Heel
overwhelmed Fairgrove in every phrase
of the game.
Fairgrove now falls to 0-4 in conferen
ce play (the Cape Fear Conference) and
will battle the Magnolia Trojans next
Friday night.
A “Great Gats-B” (Government As
sistance to Small Business) Conference
will be held at the Atlanta Marriott
Motor Hotel on October 28-29.
The conference will consist of seminars
designed to assist small businesses in
such areas as selling to the govern
ment, financial assistance, marketing
plans, exporting opportunities, busi
ness and industrial loans, bid pre
paration, counseling and economic
Individual counseling booths will be
set up to give “on-the-spot” advise and
Registration is $20 before the con
ference or $25 at the door. The
registration includes all seminars, ex
hibits. handout materials and two
Early registration is encouraged. For
further information contact;
“The Great Gats-B”
1401 Peachtree St. N.E., Room 300
Atlanta, Ga. 30309
A new 4-H club was organized on
Saturday, September 25, 1976 in the
Smithtown area near Maxton, N.C.
There were approximately twenty new
4-H'ers present at the first meeting.
Miss Melber Lowery and Miss Brenda
Locklear will provide the leadership for
the new club.
An educational program dealing with
4-H and its many activities was con
ducted by Eddie Locklear, one of the
4-H Agents of Robeson County. Mr.
Locklear explained the 4-H program
with the aid of slides. The new members
were given an opportunity to ask
questions and take part in the program.
After the meeting was adjourned, the
4-H'ers enjoyed a game of softball.
Revival begins at Pleasant Grove
United Methodist Church Sunday.
O'.'inbcr 17 through Friday. October 22
at 7:30 p.m. Rev. Bob Mangum will be
guest speaker each night. Special music
will be provided nightly. The pastor,
Rev. Dufrene Cummings extends a
cordial invitation to the public to attend
these services.
RALEIGH-Chalmers Biggs has been
named to chair the Jimmy carter for
President Campaign in Robeson Coun
Joel McCleary, Director of the Carter
for President effort in North Carolina,
announced in Raleigh Wednesday that
Biggs would assume the leadership role
in Robeson County.
In a joint statement issued in Raleigh,
McCleary and Biggs noted that the
Carter/Mondale Campaign would be
part of an overall democratic effort.
“Our campaign theme is Democratic
Unity in ’76,” according to the
statement. “We intend to apply that
theme in Robeson County.”
“We want to elect democrats from the
Courthouse to the White House,”
according to the two. “We need to do so
if we are to restore responsible and
responsive government to Raleigh and
to Washington.”
McCleary noted, “We could not be
more pleased that our campaign will
have the help and support of Biggs and
Rev. E.B. Turner, Robeson County
Democratic Chairman.”
The statement also noted that Biggs
would be working closely with Joel
Allen, Seventh District Coordinator for
the Carter/Mondale campaign in North
A Bruce Jones. Executive Director of
the Commission of Indian Affairs along
with Frank Emory of the Department of
Urban Affairs, North Carolina State
University, presented Governor James
E. Holshouser, Jr. a copy of the book
“Paths Toward Freedom” at a press
conference on August 10, 1976. “Paths
Toward Freedom” is an introduction to
aspects of the contributions and cul
tures of Native Americans and Blacks of
North Carolina. The publishing of the
book was made possible through a grant
from the N.C. Bicentennial Commis
sion and will be made available to all
school and public libraries in North
The research, writing, and coordi
nation of the Native American section is
the result of the diligent efforts of Dr.
Waltz Maynor and Louise Maynor. both
of North Carolina Central University
andMrs. Wynonia Jacobs with the State
Economic Opportunity Office. For addi
tional information contact Ms. Wyonia
Jacobs at 829-2633.
Other contributors to the book were
Lumbee Indian Historian. Lew Barton,
and State Man Power Specialist, Harold
Deese. Haliwa Indian, Arnold Richard
son. also contributed to the publication.
The Waccamaw-Siouan Indian Tribe
of Bolton, N.C. will celebrate their
annual powwow beginning at 6:00 p.m.
October 15 through the evening of
October 17th. The powwow will be held
on the tribal grounds on state road 1740,
four miles from Bolton. N.C. off
highway 211. For additional information
phone; 452-9997.
of the
Pembroke Senior High School’s War
rior of the Week is .Chuck Canady.
Canady is a senior and has started at the
defensive cornerback position for the
last two years. He played a very good
defensive game in Friday night’s loss to
West Columbus, possibly the best
performance of the season. Chuck made
numerous tackles, both unassisted and

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