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Remembering North Carolina's Rev. Billy Graham

1918 - 2018

May he rest in peace and his legacy endure.

William Franklin Graham Jr. KBE (November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018) was an American Christian Protestant evangelist and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became well known internationally after 1949. He has been called one of the most influential preachers of the 20th century.[2][3] He held large indoor and outdoor rallies with sermons which were broadcast on radio and television, some still being re-broadcast into the 21st century.[4] In his six decades of television, Graham was principally known for hosting the annual Billy Graham Crusades, which he began in 1947, until he concluded in 2005, at the time of his retirement. He also hosted the popular radio show Hour of Decision from 1950 to 1954. He repudiated segregation and, in addition to his religious aims, helped shape the worldview of a huge number of people coming from different backgrounds leading them to find a relationship between the Bible and contemporary secular viewpoints. Graham preached to live audiences of nearly 215 million people in more than 185 countries and territories through various meetings, including BMS World Mission and Global Mission. He also reached hundreds of millions more through television, video, film, and webcasts.[5]

Graham was a spiritual adviser to American presidents and provided spiritual counsel for every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama.[6] He was particularly close to Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson (one of Graham's closest friends)[7] and Richard Nixon.[8] He insisted on racial integration for his revivals and crusades in 1953 and invited Martin Luther King Jr. to preach jointly at a revival in New York City in 1957. Graham bailed King out of jail in the 1960s when King was arrested in demonstrations. He was also lifelong friends with another televangelist, the founding pastor of the Crystal Cathedral, Robert H. Schuller, whom Graham talked into doing his own television ministry.[9]

Graham operated a variety of media and publishing outlets.[10] According to his staff, more than 3.2 million people have responded to the invitation at Billy Graham Crusades to "accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior". As of 2008, Graham's estimated lifetime audience, including radio and television broadcasts, topped 2.2 billion. Because of his crusades, Graham preached the gospel to more people in person than anyone in the history of Christianity.[10]

Graham was repeatedly on Gallup's list of most admired men and women. He appeared on the list 60 times since 1955, more than any other individual in the world.

  The Anson County Writers' Club fosters the art of writing in Anson County through support, awareness and recognition of all writers -- from the beginner to the published author.
     This is accomplished through regular meetings, workshops, lectures and readings; through our annual contests in prose and poetry culminating in a public awards ceremony; and through our grant program.
     The Anson County Writers' Club meets the fourth Sunday of each month (except July and December) at 3:00 p.m. 

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Rumba on the Lumber – Pasta Party & Dance

March 2, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

$5 - $10

This year’s Rumba on the Lumber Festival begins at Adelio’s Downtown Restaurant on Friday night, March 2nd, with a unique event, The Allen Orthopedic Pasta Party and Dance.  This evening promises to be fun for all, especially since the pasta will be made by Master Chef Adelio Cruz, and the music features the tunes of one of Lumberton’s favorite bands, Goldrush!

The Pasta Party runs from 5:00 until 7:30 pm, and you can eat in or carry out the delicious pasta, bread & salad.  During the Pasta Party, Betty Fisher will add the musical atmosphere of Italy to the party with her dynamic accordion music.  Betty has been heard throughout the area not only as a soloist, but also as a member of the Second Time Around band.

At 7:30 Goldrush! will crank up the tunes for you to dance the night away!  They’ll play until 11:00.

So bring your appetite and your dancing shoes, and enjoy a night of great pasta, fun, music and dancing.  

Tickets for the event are $10.00 for adults with children under 12 getting a $5.00 discount.  They may be purchased online, from members of the Robeson Road Runners, or at the door.  Adelio’s Restaurant is located at 111 W. Third Street in Lumberton, NC.

The Allen Orthopedic Pasta Party and Dance is an official event of the 2018 Rumba on the Lumber Festival, produced by the Robeson Road Runners.  For more information, go to, call 910/738-8179, or email

Rumba on the Lumber – Southeastern Health 5k, 10k, & Family Fun Mile Races

March 3, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am

The Southeastern Health 5K & 10K, Races and The Family Fun Mile Walk/Run are very flat, fast, and fun.  The courses begin behind the County Courthouse on Chestnut Street and snake through downtown Lumberton, NC, neighborhoods.

Registration is online at

Onsite registration ($30) and Packet pick-up for 5K & 10K begins at  7:45 am and runs until 8:45 am in the tent at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut in downtown Lumberton.  The Southeastern Health 5K & 10K begin promptly at 9:00 am.

Onsite registration for the Family Fun Mile (FREE) begins at 9:00 am and runs until 10:55 am in the tent at the corner of 3rd and Chestnut Streets in downtown Lumberton.  The Southeastern Health Family Fun Mile Walk/Run begins at 11:00 am.

These Races and Runs are all official events of the 2018 Rumba on the Lumber Festival, produced by the Robeson Road Runners

Admission Fee(s):  $30 for Races/FREE for Family Fun Mile

Event Contact Person Name:  Jef Lambdin- Coordinator, Rumba on the Lumber  910/738-8179,

Rumba on the Lumber – Bud Light North of the Border Chili Cook-Off

March 3, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Event Location(s):  Downtown Lumberton- parking lot at corner of W. Third St. and Water St.

Brief description of the event:

Teams are judged in over twelve prize categories including Best Tasting, Strangest Ingredient, Spiciest, Best Booth, Best Costumes and more.  At 11:00 am the gates of Chilitown open and festival goers can sample any or all of the chili’s as well as beverages offered by RA Jeffrey’s Distributing Company.  Entry fee to sample the chili is only $5.00, and is payable at the gate.

All proceeds benefit the Lumberton Football Association.  As well as tasty chili and delicious beverages, Chili Festivarians will be serenaded with music from the ’80’s by North Carolina’s own Cassette Rewind Band.  This is an official event of the 2018 Rumba on the Lumber Festival, produced by the Robeson Road Runners.

Admission Fee(s):  $5 (Free for Race Registrants)

Event Contact Person Name:  James Granger

Event Contact Person Phone Number:  910/827-5542,

Rumba on the Lumber – Ride Robeson Cycling Events

March 4, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Event Location(s):  Lumberton Northeast Park

Brief description of the event:

Here are the three events-

12:00 Noon- The Metric Century by Yamaha of Lumberton-  A 62-mile tour of beautiful Robeson County with rest stops every 10 to 15 miles.  This is a flat and very low-traffic ride, great for serious cyclists and recreational riders alike.  (Registration $30*)

1:30 PM- The Cruzbike 20-Mile Bicycle Adventure- A 20-mile flat, easy ride with a rest stop at the halfway point.  (Registration $30*)

3:30 PM- The Family Fun Bicycle Rodeo sponsored by the Bicycle Shop of Fayetteville- (FREE!)  Young riders will be able to have their bicycles and helmets adjusted and then take on safety challenges designed to improve their cycling confidence and acumen.  Perfect for all youth up to 14 years of age.

Registration for all cycling events is online at

SAG for all events is provided by The Bicycle Shop of Fayetteville.

Admission Fee(s):  $30 for Rides/FREE for Bicycle Rodeo

Event Contact Person Name:  Jef Lambdin- Coordinator, Rumba on the Lumber




Built beginning in 1736 to serve first parish in N.C., est. by the 1701 Vestry Act. Succeeded two earlier buildings.

  St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Edenton serves the oldest parish in North Carolina. The church has its beginnings in the Vestry Act of 1701, legislation intended as a catalyst for religious growth in the natal colony. The law divided North Carolina into five districts or parishes, and granted a vestry, or council of twelve members, the authority to tax landowners in order to build churches and assist the under-privileged. In December of 1701, the local vestry met at the house of Thomas Gilliam, near what would later be the town of Edenton. The council decided to construct a small wooden church on land donated by Edward Smithwick, presently Hayes Plantation.

      The first church was rudimentary at best. After the incorporation of Edenton, construction began on a permanent replacement in 1736, on a tract of land more conveniently located within the city. Plagued by delays due to insufficient funding, the building was left open to the elements until the roof was completed in 1748; the final phase of intermittent construction ended in 1774.

      In 1806, after the building had undergone years of disrepair following the Revolutionary War, English architect William Nichols led renovation efforts that included a spire and revitalized interior. In 1881, black congregants split from St. Paul’s to form St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church, also in Edenton. After a fire during renovation almost destroyed St. Paul’s in 1949, a steel roof was added and the structure was rebuilt using measured drawings from the Historic American Building Survey, the findings of an architectural survey team led by Charles E. Patterson in 1933, as a guide.

      St. Paul’s is easily recognizable, built in the Georgian style common during the colonial period. The exterior is similar to other period churches in Virginia and England, a rectangular frame of Flemish-bond brick. Arched windows surround the structure, with plain doors providing entry. The church cemetery contains graves dating to the early eighteenth century, although some have been moved from other cemeteries endangered by receding coastlines or unstable earth near the sounds. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Edenton is a reminder of the beginnings of the Anglican Church in colonial North Carolina. 

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Raven Rock State Park

The Cape Fear River is the frequent hiking destination for visitors entering Raven Rock State Park, whether it’s Lanier Falls, the Fish Traps rapids or the massive Raven Rock, an ageless landmark for river travelers. Along the way, hikers will experience steep terrain, mountain laurel and rhododendron thickets and tumbling creeks. The park offers primitive backcountry camping areas for families, groups and paddlers; all supplies must be carried in, but the solitude is worth the effort. A separate equestrian area on the river’s north bank offers extensive trails and a large parking area. Frequent interpretive programs complement museum-quality exhibits in the visitor center exploring the Cape Fear region’s cultural and natural history.

Raven Rock State Park

3009 Raven Rock Road
LillingtonNC 27546



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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Hands Together is a nonprofit organization devoted to educating, inspiring and encouraging people to understand the importance of responding to the needs of the poor and disadvantaged. Our Mission, as we strive to build a more compassionate and human world, proceeds from the spiritual belief that we are all members of one, equal, interconnected family under a loving God.