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Lumberton Visitors Bureau Announces Hiring of New Executive Director


The Lumberton Visitors Bureau is pleased to announce the appointment of veteran tourism industry professional, Angela Sumner, as Executive Director. Sumner, who served as tourism director for the Lumberton Visitors Bureau in the days when the bureau was part of the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce, has been hired to replace Mickey Gregory who retired December 2015.


“I’m very excited about being involved in promoting Lumberton and the surrounding area,” said Sumner, who officially began her new job on April 4. “My goal is to continue to grow the markets we have now. I want to remind people that that there is plenty to see and do in Lumberton and Robeson County and that it’s a good place to stop over and spend their money.”


Sumner was tourism director for the Lumberton Visitors Bureau from 1993 to 1997. Sumner, since 2012, worked for Robeson Community College. She was an academic career coach in the Better Occupational Outcome with Simulated Training program. She previously worked as a success manager with the N.C. Advanced Manufacturing Alliance. Prior to that, she was the Director of Child Care Directions in Robeson County for 14 years.


Arnold West, chairman of the Lumberton Tourism Development Authority, said that he expects Sumner to be a real asset to the bureau and its efforts to promote Lumberton, Robeson County and the surrounding area.


“Our board is very excited to have her come on board,” West said. “We have great plans and are sure she will walk in our vision and ensure our vision for Lumberton and surrounding communities is carried out.”


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NC Spotlight:

George Hamilton IV

Hamilton was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on July 19, 1937. While a 19-year-old student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Hamilton recorded "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" for a Chapel Hill record label, Colonial Records. The song, written by John D. Loudermilk, climbed to No. 6 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart. By 1960, "A Rose and a Baby Ruth" had attained gold record status for ABC-Paramount (which had acquired the song from Colonial).[1] The self-penned B-side of the record, "If You Don't Know", revealed Hamilton's ambitions to be a rockabilly-country singer. In late 1959, Hamilton moved his family to Nashville, Tennessee to further his work as a country musician.[2] On February 8, 1960, Hamilton officially became a member of the Grand Ole Opry.[3][4] Later that same year, he began recording for RCA Records, having been signed by Chet Atkins. In the UK he was less successful, with his biggest hit being "I Know Where I'm Going" in 1958. In 1984 he appeared with Billy Graham on his UK tour 'Mission England' and made other appearances as a solo performer in venues around the UK at this time.

Hamilton's breakthrough hit was the 1961 song "Before this Day Ends". His biggest hit came two years later with "Abilene", another song penned by Loudermilk and Bob Gibson. The song spent four weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's country singles chart and reached the Top 20 of the Hot 100. The success of "Abilene" was followed with the song "Fort Worth, Dallas or Houston" (a Top 5 hit in late 1964).

By the mid-1960s, Hamilton's music began showing a decidedly folk influence. This was especially evident with 1966's "Steel Rail Blues" and "Early Morning Rain" (both by Gordon Lightfoot), and 1967's "Urge for Going" by Joni Mitchell. Another 1967 hit was "Break My Mind" (by John D. Loudermilk). One more Hamilton song of this genre was a moderate hit in 1969—the Ray Griff-penned "Canadian Pacific". His last Top 5 single came in 1970, with "She's a Little Bit Country".

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Department of Veterans Affairs: Requirements and Acquisition Processes for Medical Products & Services
United States Senator Richard Burr, United States Senator Thom Tillis, the North Carolina Military Business Center, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, the North Carolina Military Foundation and the University of North Carolina are pleased to host the Medical, Biomedical & Biodefense: Support to the Warfighter Symposium on June 7 in Raleigh and June 8 in Durham, North Carolina.   

Day 1:  June 7, 2016
Medical: Support to the Warfighter

North Carolina State University
McKimmon Conference & Training Center
1101 Gorman Street
Raleigh, North Carolina 27606

Day 2:  June 8, 2016
Biomedical & Biodefense: Support to the Warfighter
North Carolina Biotechnology Center
Hamner Conference Center
15 TW Alexander Drive
Durham, North Carolina 27709

  • Department of Veterans Affairs and North Carolina VA Facilities: Requirements and Acquisition Processes for Medical Products & Services.

Panel presenters will identify requirements of VA medical centers and clinics in North Carolina for medical products and services, including research and development, supplies, equipment, devices, pharmaceuticals, training, IT and staff augmentation.  They will also outline the processes they use to acquire these products and services, including use of prime vendors, GSA schedules, Governmentwide Acquisition Contracts (GWACs) and commercial contracts. Businesses with the capability to support VA medical centers and clinics, prime vendors or other contractors with products or services should participate in this session.


Dr. Robert Kadlec  
Deputy Staff Director, U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and former Director of the Blue Ribbon Study on Biodefense 

Dallas Hack, USA (Ret), M.D., M.P.H. 
Brain Health Consultant, One Mind and Former Director of the
Combat Research Program and the Chair, Joint Program Committee 6 (Combat Casualty Care), U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Fort Detrick, Maryland  

Dr. Kenneth A. Bertram  
Principal Assistant for Acquisition  
U.S. Army Medical Research 
and Materiel Command  
Fort Detrick, Maryland

DAY 1 MEDICAL.  Day one, Medical Support to the Warfighter, will connect businesses and academic researchers with military and other federal agencies that purchase or require medical supplies, equipment, devices, pharmaceuticals, information technology and services, or fund medical-related research and development.  Representatives from the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services, their prime vendors and major contractors - from national commands and from bases/facilities in North Carolina - will highlight current technology gaps and needs, future requirements and procurement processes to supply military and federal medical facilities and agencies.  All medical-related businesses - large or small, prime contractors, suppliers or subs, manufacturers, researchers or service providers - will benefit from briefings on military requirements procurement processes and supplier qualifications, one-on-one meetings with buyers and users, and from exhibiting or viewing demonstrations of the latest medical technologies designed to support America's warfighters.
DAY 2 BIOMEDICAL/BIODEFENSE.  Day two, Biomedical and Biodefense Support to the Warfighter, will focus on navigating biomedical and biodefense innovation in order to provide effective solutions to our warfighters and our nation. The morning will focus on the current state of our nation's biodefense capabilities and involve the primary federal agencies that support and fund important biodefense innovations. It will also include a panel that will highlight North Carolina's role in biodefense preparation. The afternoon will showcase North Carolina's strengths in two important areas that affect soldiers, veterans and the civilian population. The first session will look at the challenges of diagnosing and treating traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder. The second session will highlight the challenges faced with Emerging Infectious Diseases and connect real world experiences learned from the Ebola outbreak to potential future epidemics. Day two is aimed at establishing dialogue between industry, academia and government in order to form partnerships to address the future biomedical and biodefense technology needs of the military and our nation.
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 We will be having Shaggin’ Under the Pines on Friday, May 20th from 7-9 p.m.  The Holiday Band will perform and we hope that everyone will join in on the fun.  Bring a friend, a lawn chair, and your dancing shoes!



In this week's newsletter, we continue our series featuring several excellent and entertaining documentaries that feature NC culture and folk arts.  These films are available to view online, for free, and recognize our unique culture and heritage.

Links to these films are scattered throughout the newsletter.  Be sure to scroll down to view them all.  This will be an ongoing series, with many titles to come in future newsletters.

Ott Blair: Sledmaker

Demonstration of and commentary on the mountain craft of building wooden farm sleds by Ott Blair, a native of Heaton, North Carolina.  Discussion includes first selling sled and his attitudes toward economic self-sufficiency.

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Join us for the 20th annual N.C. Peach Festival proudly held every year on the 3rd Saturday in July, downtown Candor, NC. The parade begins at 10:00 a.m. with a wonderful showing of local floats, firetrucks, and other fun parade entrants. Afterwards, stroll down to Fitzgerald Park where the rest of the festivities are located. Bring your lawn chairs, sit back, relax, and enjoy the best live entertainment around. There are always lots of fresh, sweet, local peaches, arts & crafts, and of course, the best homemade peach ice cream in the Great State of North Carolina!

Grown-ups and kids alike, can enjoy an abundance of vendors and activities including: Bounce Houses, Petting Zoo, Camel Rides, Gyro Ride, Mechanical Bull, Gaming Trailer, Bungee Trampoline, Pony Rides, Helicopter Rides, Rock Wall, Putt-Putt, and so much more!!!

This year, the N.C. Peach Festival will feature an awesome line-up of live entertainment including: Jim Quick & Coastline, The Sand Band, Rockin' Acoustix, and the McKenzie Brothers. We look forward to seeing you on SATURDAY, JULY 16TH, 2016 FROM 10:00AM - 5:00PM!

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A Singing Stream: A Black Family Chronicle

This is the first of two one-hour documentaries that follow the story of a gifted African American family from the rural South. The sequel which follows the grandchildren into the 21th Century, will be released in 2016.

Watch a trailer for the new film.

With interviews and stories, and scenes from daily life, reunions, gospel concerts, and church services, the film traces the history of the Landis family of Granville County, North Carolina, over the lifetime of its oldest surviving member, 86-year-old Mrs. Bertha M. Landis. Particularly featured are performances by her sons’ gospel quartet The Golden Echoes of such songs as "Troubles of the World," "Going up to Meet Him," and "The Old Rugged Cross," and family and church performances of "Mighty Close to Heaven," Come and Let's Go to that Land," and "There's Union up in Heaven."

Director Tom Davenport has managed to capture the Landises -- at a family reunion, performing gospel concerts, going about the business of their daily lives -- without intruding or making them self-conscious. That allows him to reflect not only on the strength of this particular family, but to use it as a micocosm reflecting the slow process of social and cultural change in this region... [The Landis's singing] always joyful, rich and nourishing, and it's not hard to see how positive values have flowed through four generations and, one suspects, more to come."
--- Richard Harrington, The Washington Post

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SeHealth Foundation golf event raises over $16,000 for health care scholarship loans

The 88 golfers who played in Southeastern Health Foundation’s annual golf tournament will make it possible for local students to train for careers in health care.  Twenty-two teams competed in the 26th annual Swing for Good Health golf tournament held May 5 at Pinecrest Country Club.  The tournament was chaired by Ron Roach.

The event raised over $16,000 for the SeHealth Foundation, according to Foundation Executive Director Sissy Grantham.  Proceeds from the tournament will help fund academic scholarships for students who have chosen to study medicine, nursing or allied health and who plan to return to this community to practice.

The tournament resulted in a three-way tie score of 59, therefore a scorecard playoff was held for hole #18 which resulted in first place winners Greg Bryant, Chris Locklear, Josh Locklear and O’Ryan Lowry.  They each received a $150 cash prize.

Second place winners were Donnie Beck, Justin Branch, Carlton Dial and Larry McNeill.  They each received $100.

Andy Andrews, Dr. Tom Fisher, Aaron Maynor and Dr. Andy Simays won third place. Each team member received a $50 cash prize.

Buddy McLean claimed the prize for closest to the pin on hole #2, and on #12 Jay Humphrey.  Joe Parslow took honors for the most accurate drive on hole #8 and Andy Andrews took the honors on hole #17; The awards for the longest drive on hole #3 went to Mike Chuchacz and hole #18 to Noelle Fields.

The tournament provided players with one opportunity at a hole-in-one prize on hole #10 sponsored by Lumberton Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, and GMC although it was not claimed.

The following were platinum sponsors for the tournament: Canteen Vending,   Contempora Fabrics, Dixon Hughes Goodman, First Call Parts, Forms & Supply Office, INTECH, KSQ Design, Lumbee River Electric Membership Corporation, Lumberton Cellulose Georgia- Pacific, LLC, Lumberton Radiology Consultants, PLLC, Southeastern Lifestyle Fitness Center, Two Hawk, UNIFI, Inc. and Youngblood Staffing.

 Gold sponsors were: Alamac American Knits, Allen Orthopedics, PA, Biggs Park Mall, Kenny Biggs, Cape Fear Construction Co., Inc., Concordance Healthcare, Credit Bureau Systems, S. Preston Douglas & Associates, LLP, Henry Schein Medical, Proforma Promographix, Rempac Foam, LLC, Skinner, Lamm & Highsmith, PA, Smith’s Refrigeration, Inc., Southeastern Lifestyle Rehabilitation, UNCP Athletics, Valic Financial Advisors,  and Wedge Capital Management, LLP.

 The following were silver sponsors for the tournament: Aon, BB&T, Bob’s Jewel Shop, Century 21, The Real Estate Center, Connell & Associates, Fair Bluff Ford, Lumbee Guaranty Bank, McKenzie Supply Co., Members Credit Union, Laura Nance, Oliver Oil Company/Sundo, Ramsaur & McLean, PA, Red Drum Operations, LLC, Select Bank, SPC Mechanical and Sterilelink. 

 The following donors provided products and gifts for the tournament: Arnolds Restaurant, Biggs Park Mall of Lumberton, Canteen Vending, Coca Cola Bottling Consolidating Co., Contempora Fabrics, El Zarape Mexican Restaurant, Farm Bureau, Jason Britt, First Bank, Forms and Supply Office, Frank’s Ice Company, Grainger, INTECH, Kayser-Roth of Lumberton, Lumberton Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick & GMC, Majestic Athletic, McKenzie Supply, Proforma Promographix, Rempac Foam, Shackelford Sign Art, Southeastern Health, Southeastern Health Day Spa, Standard Textile, TBL Laboratories, Village Station Restaurant, and Coble D. Wilson, Jr.

To learn more about the SeHealth Foundation, call (910) 671-5583 or logon



Caption: Winners of the 26th Annual SeHealth Foundation Swing for Good Health golf tournament, which raised over $16,000 for health care academic scholarships, were, from left, Greg Bryant, O’Ryan Lowry, Josh Locklear and Chris Locklear.


History Museum Named Burke County Attraction of the Year

            MORGANTON, N.C. – Burke County’s first-ever attraction of the year award has been bestowed upon The History Museum of Burke County. The museum was selected by the Burke County Tourism Development Authority based on the quality visitor experience it provides.

            “The museum is an excellent example of a cultural and historical attraction that enhances the tourism experience in Burke County,” says Ed Phillips, county tourism director. “The staff takes pride in producing interesting exhibits that not only tell our county’s history across the previous two centuries, but that of American life in general during that time.”

            The nonprofit museum’s main focus is the time period from the early 1800s to the 1960s. It has 10,000 square feet of display space, and many exhibits allow visitors to interact with the artifacts and experience the settings where events took place.

            “We do as much as we can to make it come alive,” says Phyllis Wogan, museum curator.

            For example, the exhibit on the local legend of Frankie Silver — who was hanged for murder in 1833 when she was found guilty of killing her husband — is set in a cabin reminiscent of the one where the crime took place.

            The Civil War exhibit created to commemorate the war’s 150th anniversary, which is still on display, has been popular with patrons. The artifacts, loaned by local residents, tell a divisive story of a county split between Union and Confederate supporters. The current exhibit “Burke County Courthouse to the White House” illustrates the county’s role in presidential elections.

            Although the museum has a local focus, much of its content is reflective of what was happening in many Southern small towns at the time. The staff is currently working on an exhibit to tell the story of how the local public school system was desegregated. In addition to artifacts, text and photos, the project involves an oral history component with interviews from people who were involved in the 1960s process.

            “That story would not be told if we weren’t doing it,” Wogan says. “We’re thinking outside of the box in a lot of ways.”

            Museum tours are led by docents and take about an hour and a half. The museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Admission is free. Museum memberships are available for children, individuals and families. The staff also operates the RR Depot Museum in downtown Morganton.

            To learn more about The History Museum of Burke County, visit or call (828) 437-1777.


Some of North Carolina’s greatest treasures can be found off the beaten path. You never know what you might find... an old-time general store, local artisan, or simply a picturesque view that takes your breath away. You’ll be swept away by the untouched natural landscape found on the backroads of this rural county.

In Anson County, you can discover all that and more. Come. Visit. Surround yourself with the beauty of North Carolina’s best kept secret.



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