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Pubfehed Each Thursday Sine* January 18,1873
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Locklear Appointed to Clerk of
Superior Court
The Honorable Judge Joe Freeman
Bntt has appointed Jo Ann Locklear
to fulfill the unexpired term of Dixie
Bamngtoo, the present Clerk, who
has announced her retirement effective
July 1,1994. Mrs. Locklear has served
as Deputy Clerk and Assistant Clerk
of Court for over twenty seven years.
She was the successful candidate in
the May primary, and is the first Native
American to win a county wide
election in Robeson County. She will
not face opposition in the General
Election. She is married to Mr. Gtover
Locklear and resides in Saddletree
Community. Their children are Lisa,
Bobhi and Kevin. The attend Mt. Olive
Baptist Church. She is the daughter of
the late Mr. Jim K. Smith and Thelma
Smith of Pembroke.
Mrs. Locklear and her assistant
and Deputy Clerks will be sworn in by
the Honorable Judge Dexter Brooks
in a special session of Superior Court
on Friday, July 1st in Courtroom #1.
The public is invited to attend. A
reception will be held following the
ceremony in Courtroom # 2 and the
public is also invited to attend.
Evangelist Billy Locklear
Preaching Worldwide
Beginning June 27. 1994i_
I Evangelist Billy Locklear will be
I preaching to a worldwide audience by
k*>ay of satellite cm a Galaxy 4, C
Band, 99 degrees West, Transponder
9 H frequency 3880 on Channel 9.
"Brother Billy", as he is
affectionately referred to by many,
has been diligently working for years
in order to fulfill the call of God on his
life. His hell and brimstone type of
preaching puts fear into the hearts of
believers and unbelievers. His
philosophy of "Take back what the
devil has taken from you", inspires
those who ate under the sound of his
Brother Billy, a Lumbee Indian, is
Co-founder of WOCN Channel 7. an
all gospel television station. It is
able that it is the first American
n television station on record
Billy has the full support ofCo-fbunder
and Mother, Sister Tessie Locklear.
WOCN Channel 7 came on the air
beaming out its powerful message for
the first time on February 7,1992. In
order to raise money to help pay the
cost ofsuch an expensive undertaking,
they began showing crafts on the air,
and asking for donations. This was
accomplished by call ins by telephone
This all began in the Spring of 1993.
Thus began a unique way of getting
people involved in helping with the
cause of spreading the gospel. In years
past, Billy Lochia* had mostly carried
the responsibility of raising money
for the TV station alone. Now
donations are given in exchange for
items such as household items.
clothing, and a wide range of things
that can become treasures to someone.
The items are donated to Channel 7 by
individuals, and businesses. Everyone
can help If your funds are limited,
perhaps there's an item around your
house that you have no use for, but is
worth something, and would brine in
a donation from some one else. The
concept is a donation for a donation.
At the same time, people are coming
together for 3 common cause, that is,
spreading the gospel. Not only Indian,
but non-Indians as well, are involved
in supporting Channel 7.
Denominational barriers are
crumbling also.
WOCN Channel 7 is on the air
daily, from early morning until
midnight, with preaching and singing.
Some programs are broadcast live.
There is an ongoing process of
upgrading WOCN.
Construction is now underway on
a recreation center, which will be run
with a Christian atmosphere.
Participation will be by membership.
The first phase ofit will be operational
in about six months
The new outreach by satellite,
which will be broadcast for the first
time on June 27 an Channel 9, will be
aired on Monday nights from 9 to
10:00 It is a vision of Brother Billy
that his ministry by satellite will be
expanded to include Sunday afternoon
For more information write to:
Evangelist Billy Locklear Rt. 10, Box
190, Lumberton, NC 28358, or call
(910) 521-2924, or (910) 521-3101.
i EMC Endorses Lumbee
The upcoming vote on the tribal
constitution by Lumbee Indians
Lumbee Rivw Electric Membership
Corporation (LREMC) climbing
aboaad the band wagon Tuesday night
at its monthly meeting in Red Springs
Rev. Earney Hammonds.
Chairman of the Coastitntional
Assemblv^of Lumbee Indians
rirsrinsllun scheduled Insm 27. 2S.
29. 30 ?d My 2 at vmtous sssss ta
Robeson, sad aifromiag coastbes.
Greensboro, Charlotte sod Baltimore.
Also appearing before the bond
were Rev Hubbard Lowery and Dr.
Adolph Dial. Co-Cbatraaa of the
people for the Luntbee Coaabtubon
A leanest for a donation was not
successful because of "policy",
according to Lncy Cummings,
chairman of the board of directors of
LREMC. although bored members
infavorably took up a coilectioo for
the election out of meir pockets after
the meeting
Shelia Godwin, 1994 Strike
at the Wind Artist
Sheita Jacob* Godwin
by Barbarm Braveboy-Locklear
Shonl y after Shelia Jacobs Godwin
mamed her husband, Harvey, the
Lumbee Indian cosple often wandered
into the bay behind the old Godwin
Family home place located on Moss
Neck Road two miles north of
every word
AAC, earlier this year when she was
awarded a commission to create a
painting for the " Strike at the Wind!"
annual fundraising art dinner Mrs.
Godwin returned to the peaceful bay
It was coming of spring time and
Mother Nature was announcing the
imminent rebirth of plant life. There
the 39-year-old Lumbee woman
walked along less-traveled paths and
marveled at the beauty of her
surroundings. The trek helped her to
solidify an ideaofa composition she'd
Mint onto a three-by-four piece of
Belgium linen selected for the project
She was ever-mindful of a time limit
imposed by commissioners
"I do my best work when I'm
rushed," she laughs
From a makeshift studio in the
kitchenofthe mobile home she shares
with her husband and two sons. Cody.
16. andQuinn. 9. the established artist
began to put a story ofhistoncal figures
on canvas
"The dinette set was moved into
the livingroom It remained in eyes
view as I worked on the painting It
stood as a reminder that I had two
growing sons who needed dailv
meals," she comments "The stove
was almost in arm's reach, somy sons
didn't starve during the eight weeks I
worked on the painting."
The work on tne painting, coupled
with other commitments such as her
teaching career; obligations to family
life'and the current construction of a
new home stretched the energies of
the artist.
"1 worked on the painting every
single day. except for one. I couidn t
get into it on that single day. There
were many-a-day 1 worked on the
painting until 4:30 a.m. 'Would grab
a couple hours of sleep, get up and
prepare for another day of teaching
students in art classes
"And during the tunes when 1
struggled to create a particular area on
the canvas, I'd engage in prayer with
God for guidance Then suddenly,
creativity flowed from my hand I
could not have finished the painting
Without His Divine Guidance "
Godwin says she initiated her an
talent at a young age She credits her
second-grade teacher. Ms. Leah
Locktear. as influencing her to draw,
degree VA? SuSmT*Sh? is
employed by the Public Schools of
Robeson County where she serves as
an an teacher at South Robeson High
School. Godwin has worked with
Pembroke State University's Upward
Bound Program every summer for the
past decade
Godwin's artwork has been seen in
exhibits throughout the state of North
Carolina Two of her works are
permanently boused in the Museum
of An at Duke University. In 1986.
two of her works were published in
North Carolina'* 400 Years: Signs
Along the Way Four other local
turn bee artists' works were also
published in the book edited by Ronald
H Bayes
Godwin thinksofherselfasaiealist.
Inspired by her American Indian
heritage, she enjoy depicting old and
historical landmarks on paper or
canvas '' I often-timesnhotoffranh old
homes and wooden tobacco barns that
may not stand much longer." she
says. "I want people to remember
what things looked like and where
they were once located and their
association with the community, not
just for others, but for my own children
and future generations." she explains
The terms of her professional
agreement with Robeeoo Historical
Drama Association, the producer of
"Strike at the Wind!' prohibits
Godwin from revealing the actual
contents of the commissioned piece
of artwork which will be auctioned al|
the upcoming ait dinner scheduled for
7 o'clock on Tuesday nighL, June 28 at
the Holiday Inn tn Lumberton. The oil
painting will be mveiled ina ceremony
following a reception scheduled in |
honor of Godwin, this year's featured
artist From 6:30- 7 p.m. guests may
meet Godwin and view a dozen other
pieces of art she hps created for the
occasion These pieces, in various
media, will be available for sale on
Thursday night
While she is unable to reveal the
actual contents of the commissioned
piece. Godwin ays, it is definitely
the most colorft I of the pieces created
for "Strike ai the Wind!" stace
commissions bt gan nine yean ago."
She continues "The niece UwW?
Godwin says. are
She says while she has physically
given up the three-by-four foot
painting to the hands of the SATW
committee, the .irtist in her holds onto
it. "1 fell m love with the piece.
Working on it emotionally consumed
me. It became a psychic labor of sorts
It was mine for a brief whiht as it sat
hidden, cover id by a handmade
coverlet, a Goth /in family heirloom."
The ninth annual "Strike At the
Wind!" art dino* auction is acfaedufed
for Tuesday night, June 28 at the
Holiday inn. Lrmbertoo The event
begins at 7 o'ck ckpreceding ah artist
reception from 6:i0- 7:00 Ticket*.
$30 00 per person, may be secured by
calling SATW l?x office: (910) 521
3112 "Strike at the Wind!" will be
staged Thursday-Saturday nights
beginning July 2. and runs through
September 3 at the Adolph L. Dial
Amphitheater located at the North
Carolina Indian Cultural site outside
Pembroke. NC
This year big ins the nineteenth
annual staging of the outdoor drama
which depicts the times and life of
Henry Berry Lowry during the poet
Civil War era.
Ashton Leigh Godwin
Little Miss
to be Held j
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Ajhtoo Leigh Godwin "Little
Mix Lumbee 9 v it the daughter of J
Nation with the best of her abilities
Ashtoo hat traveled through out the
county and ttatet carrying the voice
of our people. Her reign at Little Miss
will toon be over, we the family would
like to take the opportunity to with all
the contettantt "Good Luck" and
remember to enfoy the pageant, make
thit not only a learning procett but a
fun time for the girit to remember
Little Mitt Lumbee will
reliquiniih her title on June 29th (994
at the Little Mitt Lumbee Pageant
Givent Performing Aria Center at
Pembroke State University.
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