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Aberdeen, NC Resident and Survivor to attend Bataan Memorial Death March in White Sands, New Mexico


The Bataan Memorial Death March on March 22, 2015 in White Sands, New Mexico honors a special group of World War II heroes, including North Carolina resident John Leroy Mims. These brave soldiers were responsible for the defense of the islands of Luzon, Corregidor and the harbor defense forts of the Philippines.

Since its inception, the memorial march has grown from about 100 to some 6,500 marchers from across the United States and several foreign countries. While still primarily a military event, many civilians choose to take the challenge.

Marchers come to this memorial event for many reasons - personal challenge, the spirit of competition or to foster esprit de corps in their unit. Some march in honor of a family member or a particular veteran who was in the Bataan Death March or was taken a prisoner of war by the Japanese in the Philippines.

In 1941 MSG John Leroy Mims was sent to the Philippines.  The Japanese began their advance into the Philippines simultaneously with the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, and continued their assault into early 1942.


On April 9, 1942, tens of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers were surrendered to Japanese forces. The Americans were Army, Army Air Corps, Navy and Marines. The march, known as “The Bataan Death March” began through the jungles of the Philippines with 76,000 soldiers. Mims was just one of the Prisoners of War. Under a scorching sun and with little food or water, thousands of troops succumbed to heat prostration or were murdered by the Japanese when they fell out of ranks. Mr. Mims observed a Japanese sergeant accidently drop a bottle of Coca Cola. “I picked it up and handed it back. The NCO then smashed the bottle into my lower jaw, shattering my bottom row of teeth because I didn’t bow.” “I tried to escape and was free for 7 days when they recaptured me and broke both my legs with the blade of a Bulldozer.” “They took my left hand and soaked it in Lye for stealing an onion.”


After he survived the initial march, Mims endured torture in Japanese POW camps for more than three years before Japan surrendered in August 1945. Beatings and abuse at the hands of Japanese prison guards resulted in Mims suffering a broken neck, back injuries, and the need for artificial reconstruction of his left arm after the war.   Mims’ experiences at Bataan and the prison camps didn’t deter him from returning to Japan after the war. He went back in 1952 and worked at the Tokyo Quartermaster’s Depot for two years. Mims retired from the Army with 27 years of service as a master sergeant at Fort Bragg, N.C., in 1963.  For more information contact Mary Kim Koppenhofer at 910.528.1695.


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Welcome to Anson County!

Come discover the splendor of rural North Carolina. Get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and relax a little. Cruise the countryside and enjoy the beauty of nature. Drop a line in a fishin’ hole and relax with a summer breeze coming off the water. Hop on a bicycle and cycle some of the most scenic cycling trails in North Carolina; they will take your breath away. Bring a camera with a long lens and go on a wildlife photo safari in a wildlife refuge with an abundance of butterflies, birds, deer, wild turkeys and other species native to North Carolina.

Few master the game of golf, the rest of us have fun trying. So if you would like to get out and pound that little white ball while in Anson County, try your skill at the par-72 Twin Valley Country Club public course. This course was designed by two legendary course designers. The front- nine were designed by Donald Ross while the back-nine were designed by Gary Player. Come play a round or two and compare the two different design philosophies.

For the lover of nature and natural habitat, no trip to Anson County would be complete without an exploration of the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge. There is in excess of 8,000 acres of natural habitat for nearly all things wild in North Carolina. The refuge supports an abundance of nesting neotropical migratory birds, bobwhite quail, wild turkey and white-tail deer.

Get back to the way food was supposed to taste by visiting one or two of our roadside produce stands that dot the highways. You’ll know it is fresh because you got it right from the grower. Or gorge yourself on fresh homemade peach ice cream at Pee Dee Orchards or Peaches ‘n Cream which bracket Wadesboro on the east and west along Highway 74.

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101 South Elm Street

P.O. Box 2503

Lumberton, N.C.   28359

The Robeson County History Museum Board of Directors
Cordially invites everyone
To a public reception showcasing
Our Civil War/Civil Rights Exhibit

On Sunday, March 22, 2015
From 2:00 PM-4:00 PM
Exhibit included from UNCP and art work by Melvin Morris

Annual Milo Holt Western Film Festival

Siler city, NC

Milo Holt was a man who had a love for the western movies. He kept the B western movies alive for over 40 years. He was my uncle.  He brought cowboy look a likes to Siler City every year and held a film festival with many people coming to the free event. He passed away in 2011 in a rest home. I then along with Ray Smith and some other friends of Uncle Milos' vowed to keep his name and his western films alive with a festival in his honor . We hold this festival in May as this was the month of his birthday.   This year the festival is Saturday,  May 16 in downtown Siler City from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Following is the list of guest and activities of that day.
Back in town will be Tom Mix Rangers & Stagecoach, Lash LaRue, John Wayne, Padadin, Sunset Carson, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Lone Ranger, Tonto, Marshall Hyco Kid and many others who are look a likes . Chief Steve Silverheels will be with us. He is the son of Jay Silverheels who played Tonto on the Lone Ranger TV Series. Also we will have an Indian Spiritual Dancer, Indian Tepee, O.K. Corral, Shoot-Outs, Music and acts on the outdoor stage all day,  western movies shown free all day.
New for 2015 are the following: Cowboy Fast Draw, Cindy Smith, the singing cowgirl & Fuzzy Q. Jones, DaRock's  Gem Mine & Sluice Machine, Help A Brother Out Motorcycle Club, Tim Marsh, Bullwhip & Rope Artist, with Crazy Kate and the 13th.  N.C. Artillary Lathem Camp - Civil War Period with their firing Cannon. We need vendors of all types - including food.
For further information you may contact the following- Ray Smith at 919-810-5769 and Linda Lehman 919-200-5161 or 919-742-4034. And lastly sponsors are needed.
                    Thank you, Linda Holt Lehman



The Borderbelt Horseman’s Association will host a fun ride and cookout on Saturday, March 28 at the Pavilion.  Riders are invited to bring their horses for a day of riding and fun in a comfortable indoor setting.  This is a great opportunity to socialize with other riders and enjoy the cookout. The price to attend is $10.00 per person.  The event will start at 10:00 am.


For more information about the ride and cookout contact Cecil Jackson at 910 740-0262


The Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center is located at 1027 US Highway 74 East in Lumberton.  More information about the facility can be found at


WHERE: Southeastern North Carolina Agricultural Events Center, Lumberton, NC 

1027 US Highway 74 East, Lumberton, NC     Facility Phone: 910 618-5699.

WHEN: Saturday, March 28, beginning at 10:00 am

COST: $10


April 3 - 4
Kitty Hawk Kites Fly Into Spring and Easter Eggstravaganza

Jockey's Ridge State Park
Nag's Head, NC


NC Spotlight:
George Shuffler

George Shuffler grew up in Burke County where he taught himself to play guitar on a mail-order guitar, and he played as a professional musician for most of his life, including twenty years with the Stanley Brothers. He toured and recorded extensively with bluegrass bands and his own family gospel band. In his later years, he often played with acclaimed banjo player and singer Laura Boosinger.

His musical experience was long and varied. As a young teenager, he played with a local band that recorded in Lenoir for broadcast on WHKY radio in Hickory. When he was eighteen, he began playing with the Melody Mountain Boys, a band that included his brother John Shuffler, Curly Williams, and Lester Woody, who also played with the Stanley Brothers. The band played a style of pre-bluegrass mountain music before Earl Scruggs and Don Reno introduced the three-finger banjo picking we now associate with bluegrass. From there he went to the band Mustard and Gravy. Charlie Slade, who was one half of the Mustard and Gravy act, split and formed his own band, and George went with him. They played at local venues and radio stations and at the Jamboree in Spruce Pine. George also played with Jim and Jesse McReynolds, and later he joined a band with Hope Jenkins and played in Asheville for a couple years.

When George returned home to Burke County, he got a call from Carter Stanley asking him to join the Stanley Brothers. He played with the Stanley Brothers for twenty years playing both bass and guitar. "For an extended period during the 1960s George Shuffler was such a vital part of the Clinch Mountain Boys that the act might well have been called a trio rather than a duo," writes John Write in Traveling the High Way Home: Ralph Stanley and the World of Traditional Bluegrass Music.

Watch George Shuffler play his signature cross-picking style on Youtube:

Tuscola High School Choral Department 33rd Annual Country Western Show
Friday March 20th at 7:00pm, Saturday, March 21st at 7:00pm and Sunday, March 22nd at 3:00 pm at Tuscola High School Auditorium.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by calling THS 828-456-2408 or at the door



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.



Fabio's Restaurant in Downtown Newland... celebrating more than 7 years in business!

Cuisine that is always "exciting and new" from the former executive chef of the Love Boat!

Wonderful Wine Tastings at Fabio's!

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106 Pineola St Newland, NC.


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