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Lari rooks announces bid for reeleci
Pembroke Town Council
Councilman Larry T. Brooks
has announced his candidacy for
rc-clcclion for a sixth term oh the
Pembroke Town Council in the
upcoming municipal election.
Brooks is employed with the Public
Schools of Robeson County as
Principal of West Lumbcrton Elementary
Prior to accepting his position
with the Public Schools of Robeson
County in 1984, he worked in
Special Programs at Pembroke
State University for nine years and
taught math in the public schools
for four years. He is also a veteran
of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam
Long active in civic affairs.
Brooks is a past president of the
Pembroke Jaycccs and went on to
represent Pembroke on the North
Carolina Jaycccs Executive Committee.
His business related activities
include: owncrand ope ratOrofLela
Anne's Learning Center, a child
cafc'facility in Pembroke: member
of the Lumbcc Guaranty Bank
Board of Directors and chairman
of the Executive Committee.
He presently serves as Mayor
Pro Tern on the Council and has
held this position for fourteen years.
In making his announcement.
Brooks made the following statement:
"Serving the past twenty
years as your Town Councilman
has been a very rewarding experience
for me We've made great
strides in economic development:
water and sewer expansion; housing
rehabilitation; curbing, paving
of streets, and drainage, recreation; improvements;
and our town continues to
operate on a sound fiscal budget."
"1 am concerned about our town
and its residents. We arc mov ing
in a very positive direction, and 1
would like to sec us continue to
move that way Our children deserve
no less than the best wc can
offer.*' ...
"Ifl am re-elected asyo'hr public
servant. 1 am committed to continue
to work for the best interests
of our town. our citizens, and our
children. I will continue to use a
pcoplc-oricntcd. common sense'
approach to problem solving
Thinking people' and vvlwil is best
for the people' before solutions
can be sought for their problems."
"I sincerely solicit your continued
support in my bid for re-election
on Tuesday. November 4 "
Season tickets
available for
Civic Center
The Carolina Civic Center announces
the 1997-98 Family Series
season ticket is now on sale.
Save up to 40%on fourgrcat shows,
including two local and two professional
productions for family
audiences. The highlight of the
o, scries is the Kennedy Center Imagination
Celebration touring production
of Judy Blumc's "Talc of a
Fourth Grade Nothing." This equity
company will be in town for
one performance only. The
Tarradiddle Players. North
Carolina's finest cnildrcn's theatre
company. pcrforms'The Velveteen
Rabbit." Missoula
children's Theatre and a local cast
will treat audiences to the classic
"Pinnochio," and a local cast kicks
off the season with "Huck Finn's
Story ." For more information, call
A f \
Lumbee Guaranty Bank
Announces Opening of New
Branch and Corporate Office
Pembroke, N.C. - Lumbee
Guaranty Bank will open its new
branch and Corporate office facility
on Monday. September 8.
The Bank will hold an Open
House for the Public on Sunday,
September 14 from 2 to 5 pm.
Mr. Larry R. Chavis, president
of the bank stated, "we look
forward withenthusiasmtoshowing
our new state of the art banking
facility to the public on Sunday
The bank is also ncanng the
completion of a $3 million Stbck
Offering, proceeds will be used
for future bank and branch expansions.
Mr. ChaVvs stated,
We are very pleased witUahe
success of the offeringand greatly
appreciate all those who invested
in the Bank". The bank has already
sold approximately 95%
of the shares available. The offering
is scheduled to close September
30. or when all the shares
are sold.
With over $85 million in Assets
and eight branch locations.
Lumbec Guaranty Bank is dedicated
to serving the people of
Robeson. Cumberland, and surrounding
A -v
Tommy Swett Retires trom
UNC Pembroke After 26 Years
PEMBROKE?After 26 years,
' Tommy Swett says this "a good
time" to retire from The University
of North Carolina Pembroke.
He is leaving UNCP's Upward
Bound and Student Support Services
programs with a record of
impeccable management and a
lengthy history ofaccomplishment.
Swett is the only director in the
history of those combined programs.
Days before he made the decision
to retire, the University received
notice that one of his two
federal programs won funding for
an additional four-years. Since
1991. these two programs have
brought in S3.2 million in grants to
He will ease into retirement
knowing his affairs arc in good
"We have developed a program
of very careful documentation,
consequently we have continued to
be funded." Swett said from an
office full plaques and other memorabilia
packed away in cardboard
boxes. "I am proud to be associated
with programs where tax dollars
arc well managed for the benefit
of young people." Swett said.
Swett is especially proud of
Upward Bound, which has been at
UNCP since 1973. Upward Bound
is a six-week summer enrichment
program for first generation college-bound
high school students.
'iwouldsay 1.600youngpcople
have been through Upward Bound
at the University," Swett said. "It
doesn't sound like a lot, but if you
take that number and multiply it by
all the families it touched^ it has
impacted an awful lot of people
We've broadened a lot of horizons."
Swett said he considered retirement
several years ago when he
reached 30 years as a slate employee
He believed he was getting
stale, but the Upward Bound students
changed nis mind.
"Each year they rcinvigoratc
, me." he said" With their enthusiasm
and the opportunity to watch
them grow, you just can't help
getting personally involved."
Just as he has taken great satisfaction
in the success of his young
students, the low key Swett said
watching and assisting his fellow
employees succeed was a great
source of satisfaction.
"(have always had good people
to work with," he said. "I gave
them the responsibility and the
freedom they needed to succeed on
the job. I encouraged them to develop
their leadership abilities
through participation in professional
organizations and community
Swett served as president of the
state and regional Councilsof Educational
Opportunity Programs and
on the national board.
I've enjoyed my work and I've
worked with good people," he said.
"It has been a family atmosphere
Swett has also enjoyed working
for all three UNCP chancellors Dr.
English B. Jones, Dr. Paul R.
Givens and Dr. Joseph B. Oxendine
It was Dr. Jones who hired
the young school teacher in 1971
as his administrativeassistant with
a variety of duticsincludingalumni
affairs at a university with barely
1,000 students.
"I was real close to Dr. Jones."
Swett said. "I enjoyed working for
him and James B. Chavic who was
my mentor. (Chavis is UNCP's
vice chancellor for student affai rs.)
1 have always enjoyed the full support
of my supervisors, and I'm
grateful to them."
After Upward Bound came to
the University. Swctt'scarccr plans
1 was very impressed W illi the
work that Upward Bound was doing."
he said. "Dr. Jones wanted
me to stay on as his aide, but he w as
kind enough to let nic follow nw
Although his instincts arc telling
him its time to retire, don't
look for Tommy Swell to disappear.
There arc a few projects yet to
"Right now . I'm very involved
with the Children's Bible Mission."
he said We're planning a
fund-raising golf tournament on
Oct. 24. and we're working on
plans for a summer camp here in
Robeson County."
As he has done throughout his
career, Swett will continue helping
young people and spend more
time with church and family. In his
quiet and effective way. Tommy
Swett has touched many lives.
Huck Finn's Story Coming to
Carolina Civic Center
The Carolina Civic Center announces
performances for "Huck
Finn's Story" 7:30 pm on September
18-19, 2:00 and 7:30 pm on
September 20 and 2:00 and 4:00
pm on September 21, at the Civic
Center, 315 North Chestnut, in
downtown Lumbcrton. Huck
Finn's story-thc escape from his
drunken father, his befriending a
runwa) slave-is an adventure talc
of excitement and suspense, dc
Iighllull) sprinkled with homespun
humor The play reveals Huck. a
clever, lovable boy. who is balTlcd
by Ihc greed, hypocrisy, and absurdity
of socicly Adapted from the
Mark Twain classic. "Huck Finn's
Story" is sure to delight and instruct.
Limited seating available Tickets
arc $5.00. To make reservations
call 910-7*8.4319
OxendinePresents Piano
Concert at Green Pine Church
Miss Rembret Lynn Oxendine is the daughter of Rev. and Mrs.
Andrew C. Oxendine. She performed a piano concert Sunday afternoon
on Aug. 24 at Green Pine Free will Baptist Church.
Rembert pleased her audience by playing works by world famous
composers such as Beethoven, Mozart, Bach and Tschiakowsky.
She is now attending UNCat Pembroke on a musical scholarship.
She plans to major in music.
Piano Instructor Albert R. Bullock Jr.
VFW Sunday
Pembroke VFW Post 2843
members will attend services on
Sunday, September 14 at Berea
Baptist Church. They will attend
the 11 a.m. worship service. Following
the service, the members
will gather for lunch at the University
Cafeteria. Members planning
to attend should call Quartermaster
Ardcll Jacobs at 521-2313 or
Mrs. Lois Chavis at 521-2188 in
order for reservations to be made
for lunch. The lunch will cost $6
per person. Members arc urged to
attend the Annual VFW Sunday at
Bcrca Baptist Church in Pembroke
and to enjoy a fellowship meal at
the Cafeteria at the University of
North Carolina at Pembroke.
May nor Family
reunion planned
The Steve and Magnolia Maynor
family reunion will be held
Saturday, September 13, 1997 in
the Pembroke Elementary School
Cafeteria at 3.00 p.m. Reservations
should be made by calling
5214660. 521-4271, or 738-3309.
Relatives arc encouraged to attend
Pembroke Class
of1968 to reunite
The last graduating class or
Pembroke High School, the Class
of 1968, will hold their 30lh year
reunion with a 7-day Alaskan
cruise-Northbound on Carnival's
spectacular "Jubilee.' Departure is
June 10, 1998 For more information.
call Robert Earl Chavis at
World War II Vet Receives
Medals 52 Years After War
Recently with the help of the
HokeCounty ServiceOffice, World
War II combat veteran Mahoney
Locklcar of Red Springs received
medals he was awarded in 1945
but which he never received
Locklcar received the Good Conduct
Medal, the American Defense
ServiceMedal, the American Campaign
Medal, the European-African-Middle
Eastern Campaign
Medal with Silver Star device and
Arrowhead device, the Army of
Occupation Medal and the French
Croix Dc Guerre Mr. Locklcar
also was awarded five Bronze Star
Medals, but as iscustom. these are
being awarded as a Silver Star
Medal which he will receive after
it has been engraved.
State Scholarships for Children
of Certain Veterans
ThcNorth Carolina Division of
Veterans Affairs wishes to remind
high school seniors and other interested
parlicsofthcongoing State
Scholarship Program for children
of certain disabled, deceased or
POW/MIA veterans The scholarships
can cither be used at statcow
ncd institutions of higher learning,
community colleges and technical
schools, or privatcly-ow ncd.
nonprofit colleges and universities.
Several classes of scholarships
arc available. Class I & V arc for
children of certain veterans who
died or arc 100% disabled as a
result of service in WW I. WW II.
Korea. Vietnam. Persian Gulf, or
children of peacetime veterans
whose death or 100% disability
was incurred as a result of armed or
direct conflict, while engaged in
extra-hazardous service, or children
of Prisoners of War or Missing
in Action veterans. The vctFairgrove
of 1956-59 to hold
Reunion Dec. 27
Reunion to be held for the
Fairgrovc Classes of 1956-1959
Tnc reunion w ill be held on Saturday.
December 27, 1997, from 5:00
p m - until It will be held at the
Players Concert Club on 3459 Lackey
Street Outlet Plaza in Lumbcrton.
NC (located olTI-95 Exit 20. turn left
onto the service road). The dress is
casual to semi-formal. The cost is
$20.00 per person and $40.00 per
couple, reservations arc rcquircdand
no refunds will be given
Registration deadline is December
13. 1097.
Make check of money order payable
Lena II. Oxen dine
205 Sunny dale Drive
Wilmington, NC 2HII2
I or more information call (910)
739-OIMl or (910) 521-4222
cran must have been a legal resident
of North Carolina at time of
entry into service, or with certain
exceptions, the child must have
been born in North Carolina and
resided there continuously.
Class 11 children are those whose
parent was a war veteran and has
or had at time of death a 20 % or
more service-connected disability
or statutory award for arrested tuberculosis.
Certain children of
peacetime veterans may qualify
based on their parent's disability.
Class III children are children
of war veterans who are or were
receiving at time of death
nonservice-conncctcd disability
pension benefits and children of
honorably discharged veterans who
do not qualify under other categories,
provided the child is less than
23 years of age at time of application.
Scholarships, with one exception,
provide fiee tuition, certain
fees, and a room and board allow ance
in State-owned institutions
and $4,500 per academic year in
private institutions. The exception
is that awards under the 100%
scrvicc-conncclcd eligibility provide
tuition and certain fees in
Stat-owncd schools and $1.500 per
academic year in private institutions.
Interested persons arc urged to
contact the County Veterans Service
Officer or the North Carolina
Division of Veterans AfTairs in
Fayettcvillc at 486-1151 where
District Service Officer will provide
assistance and information
VA Addresses Scrvicc-Conncctcd
Smoking-Rclated Illness
According to Mr. C. J. Matus/ak.
Adjudication Officer for the Department
of Veterans Affai^ni
Winston-Salem, those veterans
wishing to seek disability compensation
for service-connected smoking-related
illness should be prepared
to submit the following documentation
with their claim. The
veteran or representative will need
the claimant's history of the use of
tobacco products, medical evidence
of a current disability, a medical
opinion linking the claimant's current
disability to use tobacco products,
post-service treatment records
and any service medical records in
the claimant's possession
HDWV Offers Computers For
100% Disabled Combat Veterans
Help Disabled War Veterans, a
non-profit, tax-exempt corporation
is seeking 100% combat disabled
veterans, particularly quadriplegic
veterans, to be considered to
receive a limited number of free
voice-activated personal computers.
For more information, contact
Roger Chapin. President HDWV,
at 2065 Kurtz Street, Department
D. San Diego. CA 92110 or by
calling (619) 291 -3798. The organization
routinely gives craft kits
and videos to disabled war veterans
and is funded by donations
Friends of Helping Disabled War
Veterans include Donna Douglas.
Linda. Evans. James Garner.
Lionel Hampton. Kenny Rogers.
Bobby Unscr and other For more
information, write to the same address
Congressional Toll Free Number
Veterans and others who wish
to speak to their members of congress
now have a toll free number
at their disposal. Call 1-800-5226721
and ask to speak to the senator
or representative of your choice
Veterans Service Officer Thomas Squier congratulates Mahoney
I.ocklear on receipt of tehmedals he earned 52 years ago in World War

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