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Southeast Fire/Rescue College & Law Enforcement Expo

February 6 - 9, 2020 @ 8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Robeson Community College campus,5160 Fayetteville Rd.
Lumberton, NC 28360+ Google Map


The 46th annual Southeast Fire/Rescue College & Law Enforcement Expo will be held at Robeson Community College on February 6-9, 2020.  Emergency services personnel from across NC will be in attendance as well as various vendors selling their wares.  Sixty-four classes are being offered including many NC Office of State Fire Marshall certification courses.  On average, attendance from students, instructors, staff and vendors exceeds 750. Admission Fee(s):  $30 REGISTRATION FEE EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL,                                   $100 NON-EMERGENCY SERVICES PERSONNEL Event Website for More Info: – look for Southeast Fire/Rescue College link Contact info:  Robert Ivey, 910-272-3329

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The Drifters

February 7, 2020 @ 7:00 pm

Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater,315 North Chestnut Street
Lumberton, NC 28358 United States+ Google Map

From their inception in the early 1950's,  THE DRIFTERS are now known for Rock & Roll hits like Up on the Roof, Under the Boardwalk, Spanish Harlem, and Stand By Me, to name of few.  They are once again touring the U.S.  Enjoy an evening of their greatest hits. Tickets may be purchased at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater's website listed below or at the theater box office.  Call for box office hours.


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.




Educator, minister, & orator for Patriot cause

Minister, educator, patriot David Caldwell (1725-1824) was one of North Carolina’s towering figures during the Revolutionary and Federal periods. Throughout a life spanning almost a century, Caldwell dedicated himself to his religion and his country, He took an active role in organizing Presbyterian congregations and leading his community through two wars against Britain.

     Born on March 22, 1724 to Andrew and Martha Caldwell, David Caldwell and his three younger brothers spent their childhood on the family farm in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. After practicing carpentry until he was twenty-five, David was so compelled to enter seminary that he agreed to waive his right to the family inheritance if his brothers would assist with tuition for the College of New Jersey at Princeton. After graduating in 1761, he remained at Princeton long enough to receive a Presbyterian commission two years later. After becoming an ordained minister, Caldwell was tasked with organizing congregations in North Carolina. In 1766 he married Rachel Craighead, daughter of prominent minister Alexander Craighead and assumed leadership of Alamance and Buffalo congregations near modern Greensboro two years later.

     In addition to religious duties, Caldwell operated a classical academy with up to sixty pupils annually. He also became a self-taught physician. His fees were inadequate to provide for his family of nine, even when supplemented with his ministerial stipend. Therefore, he turned to agriculture, where he characteristically found success.

     Caldwell was crucial to North Carolina’s war efforts in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. An excellent orator, he advanced the Patriot cause from the pulpit. So influential was Caldwell that, according to biographer Eli Carruthers, both of his congregations volunteered to the last able man. During the War of 1812, recruiters asked a frail Caldwell to boost patriotism among his flock. Caldwell delivered a stirring invocation, forcing recruiters to choose from droves of volunteers.

     After a lifetime of dedicated service to country and community, Caldwell died on August 25, 1824, less than a year from his centennial. He is buried at Buffalo Church in Greensboro.