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Unusual Use of Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used for a number of purposes. For example, cleaning, brushing teeth, and cooking. Christina Pennie, a resident of Fayetteville, North Carolina uses baking soda to cure the common cold or sinus infection.

“My granddaughter was sick one day and I just had to think fast. I researched a few home remedies, and thats when I went in my kitchen and combined some things and it knocked the cold right out of her,” Christina said.

The vapor rub disks that Christina makes are made of cornstarch, vicks vapor rub, water, and baking soda.  The recipe is as follows;

1 Cup of baking soda

1/2 Cup of cornstarch

1/3-1/2 Cup of water

2-3 Teaspoons of vicks vapor rub

To make the vapor disks, melt vicks vapor rub in heated water. Then add the baking soda and cornstarch. Mix this together. Next, line a muffin tin with paper cups and fill the cups halfway with the mixture. Let them sit overnight to dry. Remove the disks thw next and store them in an airtight container until use.

Poverty proves Prominent Issue in Robeson County

The focus of this website is all things life. This includes family, news, entertainment, health, and much more. There is an issue that is present in a county in North Carolina. This is issue cannot go unseen or unheard for much longer. It is a community in need of help. A major state magazine is reporting in its latest edition that Robeson County has more people living under the poverty level than any other county in North Carolina with a population of greater than 65,000.

Robeson County, with its 15 small cities, is home to the city that has been recorded as the poorest city in the United States. That city is Lumberton, North Carolina. The last updated median income report stated that the median income for Lumberton in 2013 was 28,293, with a population of 135,517.  Out of 3,143 counties in the United States, Robeson County ranks 80th. The news in Robeson County is even worse. According to a recently released report from the N.C. Justice Center’s Budget and Tax Center, a full 33 percent of Robeson County residents —250 percent higher than the national average — live in poverty, and almost half of those 43,000 people have to worry about where they will get their next meal. 

With poverty comes many things; hunger, homelessness, jobless, food insecurity, and more.  Due to the prominent issue of poverty and hunger in Robeson County, there are many different services that are provided to help those who are in need.

The continuous increase of poverty in Robeson County is due to the economic and social impact of job loss. Many years ago, Robeson County had plenty of jobs to offer. There were factories that needed workers and bakeries that needed bakers, but eventually the factories were shut down. The decline in manufacturing  left a lot of people without jobs.

The poverty came about due to a ripple effect of unfortunate events. First, the job loss. Second, the loss of household income. Third, loss of business tax. The cycle goes on and on. The lives of many people of the Lumbee tribe were effected. Robeson County is their home.

The goal has been to figure out what can be done to fix the issue of poverty in this county. Students at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke conducted a research project that could help come solutions to the issue. The university is located in Robeson County. Their solutions are as follows; Need for funding programs, such as a food pantry and community garden. Community involvement is a major need.

Hunger does not just exist in local Robeson County community members, as quiet as it is kept, there are students, faculty, and staff right on the campus of UNC Pembroke who are hungry or food insecure. In 2013, through a non-random sampling, 200 students across the campus were given an adaption of a U.S Department of Agriculture measure of food security. The survey results proved that 11.5 freshman, 20percent sophomores, 34 percent juniors, 31.5 percent seniors, and 1.5 percent graduate students were food insecure. This information was provided by Christie Poteet, the CARE Resource Center director at UNCP.


Take a look at the powerpoint I put together:

Hunger, Poverty & Food Insecurity in Rob. Co.


Young Man lives with Down Syndrome

For Marks comfort, this video was conducted in a place where he felt most comfortable, home.

Mark Farmer Jr. was born on February 8, 1987 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He is 29 years old. When Mark was born, doctors discovered that he had the genetic disorder known as Down Syndrome. This disorder occurs when a person has an extra copy of chromosome 21. Although he was born with a disorder that affects his mental capacity, Mark does not let it stop him. His mother, Adrienne Wilson says that he competes in the special Olympics and has won several medals.

“The disorder does not set him back at all. He is very active and high functioning”, Adrienne said.

Can Journalism be Silent?

“Journalism can never be silent: That is its greatest virtue and its greatest fault. It must speak, and speak immediately, while the echoes of wonder, the claims of triumph and the signs of horror are still in the air.” – Henry Anatole Grunwald

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