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581 Degree’s Conferred at UNC Pembroke Commencement

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke held its 2016 Spring Commencement Ceremony on May 7 at 9 a.m. The ceremony took place on the Quad South Lawn of university’s campus. There were 581 undergraduate degrees conferred during the ceremony.  The local newspaper, The Robesonian reported that there were over 5,000 people in attendance. The speaker for the commencement was 1976 UNCP graduate, Dr. Sallie McRorie. Dr. McRorie’s message to the students was to keep moving and never give up.

Fourteen of the graduates will be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S Army and U.S. Air force. This news sent the audience in to an uproar of applause.

During the ceremony, a memorial degree was given to the parents of Doris Paul,21, a former student at UNCP. Paul was killed in a car accident in April of 2015. Her parents were at the ceremony, along with her brother, Charles Paul, who accepted her degree in her honor. Emotions were stirring and the audience began to applaud Doris’s brother as he walked across stage. Doris was a biology major.

Following the ceremony, several celebration stations were set up around the campus to accommodate students and their loved ones. With over 5000 people in attendance, the 2016 UNC Pembroke Commencement Ceremony was one to remember.

Carolina Market: Back by Popular Demand

Carolina Farmers Market, located in Fayetteville, North Carolina, has been serving the community for over six years in the location it’s in today. Over the years, the customer numbers have increased significantly. Several thefts occurred during the Christmas season, which causes issues with the management, but with the help of the county, the market is back up and running with better security.

“People get desperate during the Christmas season so they feel the need to steal Christmas tree’s. It’s sad but it happens all the time. I feel bad the the market went through that because that’s money lost, customer, Debra Branam said.

Although the market faced a few losses, it didn’t stop them from coming back.  Their customers depend on them for their gardening needs. Even when the rain comes, many customers come out to get their favorite plants and flowers for the Spring.

“I only get my flowers from here. The people are friendly and help me to find what I need to find. That’s why I write to the county representatives to make sure they come back every year, loyal customer, Terry Cobb said.

Spring is the season of flowers, which make them a popular demand. Carolina Farmers Market provides the tools needed for gardener’s, nurseries, and anyone with a green thumb.

Carolina Farmers Market is located in an area of high traffic. The only disadvantage of this fact is that customers are often blocked from the entrance of the market. Customer’s are raising concerns about the location of the market.

“There are accidents on this road almost every other day. I come to the market every other day to see what’s new. One time I waited for about 45 minutes to get into the parking lot. I think relocation is a good idea”, Renee McRae said.




Carolina Panthers and their Fans prepare for Super Bowl 50

North Carolinians are still rejoicing over the victory of the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, January 24. The intense football game ended with a score of 49- 15. A sweet victory for the Carolina Panthers. As the the team prepares for the super bowl, the fans are racing to the store to buy t-shirts, sweatshirts, hats, key chains, and much more.

“I just need to make sure I get my gear before it’s all gone”, Panthers fan, Christina Pennie said.

On February 7, 2016, the Carolina Panthers will play the Denver Broncos in San Francisco, otherwise known as Super Bowl City. Fans of both teams are proud and ready for the historic weekend. The last time the Panthers played was in 2004 against the New England Patriots. Since then, the team has changed and they are ready to take on the Bronco’s.

Sport’s Specialist, David Cobb, has been following the Panthers since he was young boy. He believes that the Super Bowl will end with a victory for the team.

“It’s obvious that the panthers are hungry. Cam Newton is taking ownership and being a leader for the Panthers. He puts his team first and it shows”, Cobb said.

Cam Newton is the Panthers Quarter Back.  After last season something changed in Newton. He came back this season with a vengeance. He wasn’t accepting any losses. As a result, the Panthers win-loss numbers are 15-1.

“When the Panthers loss to the Atlanta Falcons, their starting running back, Jonathon Stewart was out of game due to a foot injury. When a key player is missing, the team can sometimes suffer. That’s all irrelevant now, because they made it to the biggest game of the year. Props to Coach Rivera for excellent coaching,” Cobb said.

According to the Carolina Panthers team page on, Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera received a boisterous and supportive Super Bowl send-off from fans and neighbors as he left his Charlotte, North Carolina, home this morning.

“The team was continuously doubted but look at them now, they are on their way to the Super Bowl”, Panthers fan John Pennie Said.

The public NFL website,, gives fans a glimpse of what is to come in the week ahead.

According to the site, opening night is on Monday, February 1 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Throughout the whole week, fans will witness the NFL experience. Kick off is on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.


PetSmart Hosts Pet Adoption Tent Event

Fayetteville—On Saturday Nov. 14, 2015, eight dogs became members of a new family. Tilted Acres Rescue and Adoptions (T.A.R.A), Inc. hosted pet adoption tent in the parking of Pet’s Mart on Ramsey Street. The event began at 10 a.m. and ended at 4 p.m. Another event was held on Sunday, Nov. 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

With the weather not too hot and not too cold, many people attended the event, petting the animals, and some adopting them.

“I love the pet adoption events. The only thing is, it’s sad because there are those that get adopted and then those that are left behind at the end of the day. That is the hardest part about going to pet adoptions”, local woman Dorothy Crosby said. If I could take them all, I would, she said.

Tilted Acres Rescue and Adoptions is a non-profit an no-kill organization whose main goal is finding loving homes for homeless animals.

“Any event that helps us get pets into loving homes is a great success”, T.A.R.A Vice President, Becky Sasala said.

T.A.R.A is partnered with PetSmart and they plan to continue hosting the pet adoption events in the future.

“Every four months we sponsor these tent events. Different adoption agencies come together so that we can raise awareness of homeless pets and try to help people find their new best friend”, Sasala said.

The adoption fee of $100 (for any animal) includes spay or neuter, microchip, rabies vaccination, all other age appropriate vaccinations, and 30 days of free pet health insurance.