Scotia residents show off skills

LAURINBURG — For Scotia Village resident Bobbie McClure, the relay and one-mile walk on the retirement home’s back lawn could be summed up in three words — well, maybe five.“Tiring. Breathtaking. Exhausting,” she said, taking pauses between each word to exhale. “And absolutely exhilarating.”“I’m trying to stay healthy, and young,” McClure said with a grin. “I like to stay feeling young.”

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Chamber awards top litter collectors

LAURINBURG — Following a week-long sweep of litter from local streets, the Laurinburg /Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday awarded those who in that time picked up the most junk from sidewalks and greenery.In first place was Girl Scout Troop No. 703-1723, whose eleven members collected 2,233 pounds of roadside rubbish. Kelly McCallum, who accepted the troop’s certificate and $200 “King of the Mountain” prize, said it was just the beginning ...

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A beginner’s guide to the Highland Games

It has been almost two centuries since a tradition known as the Scotch Fair began in eastern Richmond County, North Carolina, or more specifically just to the west of Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church in what is now Scotland County.Stories abound about the old Scotch Fair, but it is hard to tell just what is fact and what is legend. They had some resemblance to highland games with a taste of the lawless American wilderness thrown in.Shortly after the War Between the St...

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A.D. Gallery showcases new exhibit

PEMBROKE, — FABRICation, an exhibit of textile art, went on display at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke’s A.D. Gallery on Sept. 22 and will run through Oct. 31. The opening reception and gallery talk by artist Virginia Derryberry will be held Monday from 3–4:30 p.m.FABRICation celebrates the work of seven artists who incorporate a textile sensibility through elements of fabric and fabrication. Inspired by a rich array of historical textiles, these comp...

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Comedian brings offbeat standup to GPAC

PEMBROKE — Michael Ian Black, known for his work in alternative comedy television programs and movies, will bring his standup comedy to The Givens Performing Arts Center on Oct.24 at 9 p.m.Black began his career with “The State,” a sketch comedy troupe that had a successful run on MTV. He co-created, wrote and starred in the Comedy Central television series “Viva Variety,” and “Michael and Michael Have Issues.”

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Talk to focus on return of heirloom rice

PEMBROKE — Glenn Roberts will speak at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke on Oct. 14 about growing heritage rice in the Southeast.Roberts is the founder of Anson Mills, the Charleston, South Carolina producer of artisan heirloom grains, legumes and oil seeds that are sold to Southern chefs and home cooks. He provides free seedsmanship to the growing community of rice farmers along the South Atlantic.He will speak at 5 p.m. in Room 3257 of Oxendine Science...

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SAU program travels to state Olympics

RALEIGH — The St. Andrews University Ride Like A Knight recently participated in the state’s Special Olympics Equestrian Tournament.Rider Josh Dazey and Red Ted represented the program in showmanship, western riding and western equitation.“Special Olympics gave myself and my student the opportunity to be in competition,” said student coach Brooke Ellington.Instructors Hallie Myers, Claire Pollard, Sarah Lishen, Willow Goodman and Stacy ...

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Strickland, Tyndall to wed

Danny and Judy Strickland of Marston announce the...

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