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The ji !'r O histry of
the Roba rch and
Communi tning to
build a ho he Area
The Jut .wuac program is a
non-profit Christian ministry promoting
home ownership for the working
family with low incomes. This is
not a give away program. It is a
program that helps families purchase
a home who cannot qualify for a
conventional loan This program
buildsahouscof approximately 12(H)
square feel and usualU 3 bedroom. 1
bath. The house is soid to the qualifying
family at no inters, and no
I profit, making the payments alTordI
abjc for families who could never
! own their home otherwise
This program is made possible by
donations from individual churches,
.clubs and organizations, businesses,
cost cuts in materials and labor, v olunteer
labor, worktcams. and dona- j
tions of building lots The family |
selected to buy the house is asked to
work on the house They arc also
encouraged to work on the future
Jubilee Homes.
Volunteers arc needed in the Pembroke
arc to help construct this the
ninth Jubilee home to be build in
Robeson County. It you arc willing to
help i n any way. please call the Robe- ]
son County Church and Community
Center and tell them you arc interested
in workingon the Jubilee House
la be built in Pembroke. The phone
number is 738-5204.
SOS to Host
Fall Festival
" The SupporfOur Students afterschool
program at Pembroke Middle
School will host a "Fall Festival" on
Saturday. November 8 from 8 am
until 3 pm. This event will be held at
PMS. located on the corner of Deep
Branch and Normal Roads in Pembroke.
Activities will include rummage
and arts & crafts sales, games,
food, entertainment, raffles, and
j much more. The public is invited to
attend. For more information, please
] call 521 -<M)71.
Pageant to be
held at SU Pauls
CGS Productions presents the
11)97 Miss Christmas Spirit Beauty
Pageant December 6. 1997 at the St.
Pauls Middle School Auditorium in
St. Pauls, NC. Admission is $5 00.
Pageant time starts at 4 pm for ages,
6 months through 6 years and 7 pm
for 7 years and older. Proceeds to
benefit the Falcon Children's Hoontc.
Concert Planned at
Flora Macdonald
The Red Springs Arts Council
will sponsor a concert/dance featuring
the Gregg Gclb Swing Band on
Saturday. November 1st, from 8-11
p.m.. at the Flora Macdonald Acad.
cmy. Enjoy the concert or dance the '
hight away on a large wooden dance,
floor. Can t dance? Don't let that stop
you! Professional swing dance instruction
at no charge will be provided
during the first hour. Tickets
arc $5 and will be available at the
door. For information call 843-3931
or 843-2427.
Dedication Service
planned for
Friendship Baptist
for new sanctuary
Friendship Missionary Baptist
Church will hold dedication services
for their new sanctuary on Sunday,
November 2, beginning at 10 a.m.
The pastor, Rev. Coolige M. Cummings,
and the congregation, extend
a cordial invitation to the public to
Miss Christmas Spirit
Beauty Pageant to he held
CGS Productions is now accepting
applications for the 1997
Miss Christmas Spirit Beauty Pageant
to be held December 6.1997 at
the St. Pauls Middle School Auditorium
in St. Pauls. Ages 6 months
' and up for females and 6 months
through 6 years for males arc eligible
to compete. Awards includes
cash, tiaras, crowni, sashes, trophies,
and gift bags. Deadline for
application is Novcmljcf 1. 1997
Proceeds to benefit the Falcon
.Children's Home. For applications
-oall (910) 865-5794
Michael Holmes,Saddletree ,
becomes first Lumbee Navy Admiral
History was made for Robeson
County when Captain Michael L.
Holmes was selected for Rear Admiral
in the United States Navy. Acting
for President Clinton, the Secretary
of Defense in a Pentagon news release
officially announced the promotion
of Captain Holmes in midAugust.
In a formal Change of Com
mand ceremony scheduled to take
place on November 21,1997 at Pearl
Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii, Captain
Holmes will assume command for the
Patrol Wings, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Pearl
Harbor will also be the official residence
of Captain Holmes, his wife,
Viola, and their sons, Jared and Justin.
The couple's oldest son, Michael
Jason, is a student at the Naval Academy
Preparatory School in Newport,
Rhode Island.
A native of the Saddletree community
near Lumberton, Captain
Holmes is the first Lumbee Indian to
attain flag status in the U.S. Military.
Flag rank carries the title of admiral
in he Navy and Coast Guard and
general in all other military branches.
Michael graduated from Magnolia
High School in 1968 and enrolled at
Pembroke State University. With a
major in mathematics, he completed
his student teaching requirements in
the math department at Prospect H igh
School and graduated from PSU in
1972. He received his Naval Officer
commission in December, 1973. One
year later Michael earned his "Wings
of Gold' as a Navy pilot.
As ayoung man in high school and
college, Michael's decision to choose
a military path may have been predictable.
Both his father and a close
uncle, Mr. Carl E. Bell (deceased)
proudly served in the Army during
World War II; his brother-in-law,
Gervais Oxendine, completed a successful
tour as a weapons officer
aboard the aircraft carrier, USS
Forrestal during the height ofthe Vietnam
War; and Rep. Ron Sutton and a
retired Navy Commander has been a
close family friend for many years.
After earning his wings, Michael's
first operational assignment was in
Patrol Squadron 24 (VP-24), Jacksonville,
Florida. There he qualified
as aircraft commander flying the P3C
Orion turbo-prep aircraft used in
anti-submarine warfare. While in VPr
24, Michael was recognized as the
"best'junior officer and ranked number
one against his peers. He continued
to hone his knowledge and skills
in the P-3C by becomingtffflnstructor
pilot in Patrol Squadron 30. Today,
this Squadron is the largest in the
Next, Captain Holmes was selected
for the Personnel exchange Program
and assigned as a Foreign Exchange
Pilot with the 415th Squadron at
Greenwood Nova Scotia, Canada.
During this tour, he was promoted to
Lieutenant Commander. After three
tours in operation squadrons, Michael
was assigned to the aircraft carrier,
USS America during which time he
established an outstanding record as
the Ship's Communications Officer.
"After leaving the USS America,
he returned to flyingand served as the
department Head in patrol Squadron
10 in Brunswick? Maine. In 1988
Captain Holmes was promoted to
Senior Pilot " *aluator for all east
coast P-3 Squadrons. His next promotion
to Commander of Squadron
VP-24 continued to refine his military-leadership
skills, and while serving
as the senior officer of VP-24, the
Squadron received many commendations
on each deployment to the
Mediterranean Sea.
Upon leaving Maine, Captain
Holmes' next assignment took him
and his family to Washington where
he served as the Director of the Office
of Promotions, Appointments, and
Enlisted Advancements in the Bureau
of Naval Personnel. He later
served as the Congressional Liaison
Officer for the Secretary of the Navy
working out of the Pentagon. T oward
the end of his Washington tour,
Michael was promoted to Captain
and returned for a third tour to Squadron
VP-30 as its commanding officer.
With over 1200 personnel and 29
aircraft, the Squadron reached two
significant milestones under the com
mand of captain Holmes: I) clocking
in 323,514 flying hours and 2) establishing
a 33-year record of accidentfree
Captain Holmes' military awards
include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious
Service Medal (3 awards), Navy
Commendation Medal (2 awards),
Meritorious Unit Commendations (2
awards), the Battle "E" Award, Overseas
Deployment Award, Sea Service
Deployment Award, the National
Defense Service Medal (2 awards),
and the Expert Rifle Award, In 1966,
the UNC-Pembroke Alumni Association
named him Outstanding Alum*
nus, an honor he considers one of his
most treasured. During his Navy career,
Captain Holmes has accumulated
over 5700 pilot hours in various
model aircraft.
Even though Michael's father, Mr.,
Normie Holmes, passed away one
month shy of the promotion announcement,
Michael stated, "I am glad that
my father 1 i ved long enough for me to
tell him that my name had made the
Admiral Selection List." Michael went
on to describe the pride he heard in
his dad's voice as he shared the good
news in a phone conversation last
Michael'smother, Mrs. Aileen Bell
Homes, is a life-long resident of the
Saddletree community; a retired business
owner; community leader; and
former member of the Robeson
County School Board. Captain
Holmes' siblings include: Mrs..
Gervais Oxendine (Olivia) of Southern
Pines; Mrs. Mike Ransom
(Darlene) of Fayetteville; and Edward
Holmes, also a careerNavyman,
Orange Park, Florida. Mrs. Holmes
and daughter, Olivia, will fly to Pearl
Harbor to attend the Admiral's Change
of Command Ceremony and other
related Navy festivities..
Dr. KutH Woods Key Note News From Pembroke
Speaker at Women rs Conference VFW Post #2843
Dr. Ruth Dial Woods of Pembroke
opened the conference of the
Women's Fund of North Carolina on
Wednesday, October 20, at the Koury
Convention Center in Greensboro.
Following a video welcome and overview
by Tipper Gore, Dr. Woods was
the keynote speaker for the Conference
theme, "Shortchanging Girls,
Shortchanging North Carolina, a
variation of published studies and
research by the American Association
of University Women.
Dr. Woods represented
Fayetteville State University as Director
of PROJECT REAP (Recruitment
of Educators for Advancement
in the Profession), a partnership
project with the Z. Smith Reynolds
foundation. Following Dr. Woods'
presentation, four panelists including
Gig Anders, Feature Editor of the
Raleigh News and Observe; Linda
Harrill, President of Communities in
Schools of North Carolina in Raleigh;
Barbara Johnson, Vice President
of Finance and Administration
for Mars Hill College in Mars Hill
W* ^
and Cosette Serabjit-Singh, Director
of Strategic Science & Technology,
Division of Bioanalysis & Drug Metabolism
for Glaxo Wellcome, Research
Triangle Park, responded and
fielded questions from the audience.
" The Conference convened by the
Women's Fund of North Carolina
component fund of the North Carolina
Community Foundation, Inc. and
co-sponsored with the Mary Norris
Preyer Fund, North Carolina Equity,
the A.J. Fletcher Foundation, Glaxo
Wellcome, the North Carolina Department
of Health and Human Services
and Spring,. Other collaborators
included G-Wis Foundation,
Meredith College, the North Carolina
Department of Public Instruction
and the North Carolina High School
Athletic Association.
Other conference speakers included
Jane Brody, nationally syndicated
columnist for the New York
Times, Secretary Betty Ray McCain
of the North Carolina Department of
Cultural Resources; Dr. Carolyn
Dunn, Associate Professor, North
Carolina State University and panelists
Gwendolyn Chun of the N.C.
Department of Human Resources,
Division of Youth Services; John
Icardi, executive Director of G-Wis
Foundation of Cary, NC and Dee
Dolby, Best Friends Project Coordinator
for Charlotte-Mecklenburg
Schools; Patricia Hunt of Mary
Baldwin College and Panelists Louise
Coggins of Raleigh, Rev. Paula
Dempsey of Mars Hill College; Rev.
Cheryl Moore of Charlotte and
Rosalind Heiko of Raleigh; Dr.
Linnea Smith of Chapel Hill; Nora
Lynn Finch of North Carolina State
University, Carolyn Shannonhouse
of the North Carolina High School
Athletic Association and Danyel
Parker, 1993 National Collegiate Athletic
Association Woman of the Year;
Dr. Pouru Bhiwandi, M.D. of Rex
Hospital, Raleigh, and panelists Linda
Rigsbee ofthe Adolescent Pregnancy
Prevention Coalition of North Carolina,
Inc., Yvette McLaurin of Girls
ofWilmington, Inc. andTeny Beasley
of Teen Health Connection of Charlotte;
and Judy Mann, syndicated
Washington Post correspondent and
VFW Post #2843 held its monthly 1
meeting Monday evening at the Post 1
Headquarters. Shortly after 7:00 p.m.
the food was blessed by Post Chap- '
lain Archie Oxendine. A very tasty j
barbecue meal was served with french '
fries, cole slaw, baked beans, loaf
bread, rolls and hush puppies. The
dessert consisted of pecan pie, potato J
pie, iced cake, tea and coffee.
The Joint Meeting was called to I
order by Post Commander Harold 1
Hunt following the meal. Sergeant at 1
Arms Mr. Freddie Chavis was asked (
to undrape the Post Charter in honor (
of the passing of Post Member Dr. I
Gerald Maynor. Roll call was by Post I
Quartermaster Mr. Ardell Jacobs of <
the deceased brother. Prayer was offered
by Chaplain Archie Oxendine !
for the same. The draping of the Post J
Charter followed after a minute of
silence. I
The post welcomed member Rep. 1
Ron Sutton back. He gave a short 1
report of State Legislative activities.
Mr. Bobby Dean Locklear who is
director of Hospice of Pemberton
gave a lengthy report on Hospice and
who is entitled to receive different
services. You can call 910-521-5550
for more information.
N.C. State Junior Vice Commander
Mr. Art Shull handed out.
pre registration brochure from the
Department of Veterans Affairs. He
gave a talk about what he and other
officers are doing to help the American
Veteran. You should take all necessary
papers to the VA Hospital in
Fayetteville so they can be put on
record. This will save youa lot oftime
when you have to go there for a visit
to see a doctor. You will get a periodic
call from the VA checking to see
if you have had any change in your
health condition. This report should
coincide with a report hopefully appearing
in the Carolina Indian Voice
concerning mistreatment of patients.
The hot line number to call is I -800VFWI899.
The Joint Meeting closed with
prayer by the Auxiliary Chaplain.
At 8:30 p.m. the closed meeting
was called to order. Officers position
and names were called. A report of
^ last meeting was read by Post Adjutant
Mr. James B. Locklear. Two
member transfers were accepted by
the Post.
Quartermaster report was given
by Quartermaster Ardell Jacobs.
Prayer for the children's national
home was by Post Chaplain Archie
Hospital Chaplain George Locklear
reported the next gospel singing
at the VA Hospital will be Nov. 2nd
at 3 p.m.
The Voice of Democracy report
was given by Chaplain Archie Oxendine.
The reading of essays will beheld
the second Sunday in December.
The Veterans Day Parade is on
schedule as reported by Mr. Gregory
Cummings to Mr. Bobby D. Locklear.
There will be more in the newspaper
about it. The Post Fish Fry and
:hicken plate sale will begin at 11:30
a.m. at the Post Headquarters located
an Union Chapel Road. Plates are S5
:ach (eat in or take out). Please do hot
aark on the road. Parking inside the
jate only. Some one will be on hand
directing traffic.
A special meeting for the food
service workers will be held on November
3rd at 6 p.m. called by Mr.
L.A. Maynor. Please come and help
alan for the plate sale. A short post
meeting will be held Nov. 10th at 7
a.m. (No meal served).
The Lumbees now have their first
U.S. Navy Admiral (Hurrah). Michael
Holmes is in the process of receiving
his two stars and will be commanding
Fit. Airwings Pacific in Hawaii.
L.A Maynor reported on four
county, then the meeting adjourned.
Ervln Jacobs
Post Surgeon
The Kingston
Trio's 40th
Anniversary Tour
The 40th Anniversary Tour of
The Kingston Trio will be presented
on Monday, November 3 at
8:00 p m. at the Givcns Performing
Arts Center on the campus of
The University of North Carolina
at Pembroke. Tickets are $ 16, $ 14
and $6 for children and students.
For rcscrvationsor information call
the GPAC Bon Office at (910) 521 6361
or I -800-367-0778.
nep. sutton named by Governor
Hunt to advise on Juvenile Crime
Representative Ronnie Sutton,
State House of Representatives, Robeson
County, of Pembroke, was named
to the Juvenile Code Advisory Group
by Governor Jim Hunt. Gov. Hunt
has appointed 72 North Carolinians
with strong backgrounds in juvenile
crime issues to assist the work of his
newly-formed Commission on Juvenile
Crime and Justice.
"These people are on the front
lines every day dealing with the'
struggles facing our youth, our court
systems and our crime prevention
efforts," Hunt said. "I am looking to
them to help us find solutions."
The appointees have expertise in a
variety of related fields, including
juvenile court, crime prevention, state
f[ovcrnment, child and advocacy and
aw enforcement. They will be broken
down into four advisory groups
with each tackling a specific issue
that Hunt has asked the Juvenile Crime
and Justice Commission to focus on
juvenile code, sentencing, prevention
and agency structure.
Hunt charged his new Commission
in September with developing a
comprehensive plan to fight juvenile
crime in North Carolina. The Commission
has already convened meetings
and public hearings in Charlotte.
Fayetteville and Raleigh.
Hunt and Commission members
will spent the next few months traveling
the state talking with counselors,
law enforcement, parents, professionv
'"\' '' .V
als, juvenile offenders-anyone who
has a stake in this issue. The.72 advisory
group members will do the same,
and report their findings to the Commission
after the first of the year,
which will then make a final recommendation
to the Governor.
Hunt has made fighting juvenile
crime a top priority of his crimefighting
During his 19% campaign, Hunt
proposed tougher punishment for juvenile
offenders, reforming the juvenile
justice system and stepping up
prevention efforts with more community-based
initiatives like Support Our
Students (SOS), the Governor's after
school initiative for at-risk youngsters.

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