Fun on tap at Cypress Bend

WAGRAM – Rain drizzled, but the wine poured; the band sizzled and the dancers roared, as a steady stream of visitors ignored the humidity to engage in frivolity at Saturday’s 10th Annual Fall Harvest Festival at Cypress Bend Vineyards.“Stomping grapes was a ton of fun,’’ said Beth Dixon of Annapolis, Md., crowned queen grape stomper in an all-afternoon competition. The Black Water Rhythm and Blues Band, she said, “was awesome.’&#...

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Laurinburg’s beloved railroad porter and community icon

Growing up in America – especially in the rural areas – during the first half of the 20th century was difficult for nearly everyone, especially if you were African American. The late Johnny Covington of Laurinburg was proof that being such did not mean you weren’t loved and appreciated by your community for as fate would have it, Johnny became a community icon.Johnny was born Sept. 1, 1905 in South Carolina and was a son of Johnny and Ada Smith Covington, and move...

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Want to donate blood? There’s an app for that

RALEIGH — The American Red Cross is launching a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App today that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand.The Blood Donor App allows users to schedule blood donations, track their total donations, earn rewards and invite friends to join them on a lifesaving team. The new app is free and available for download now in app stores.

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Youth leadership groups to hold joint meeting

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Network will on Tuesday have a joint meeting with the Young Leaders Advisory Council, a group started by state Sen. Gene McLaurin earlier this year to receive input from young community members.The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at the Downtown Club, 221 S. Main St.Speakers will include McLaurin as well as Michelle Frazier, of Manning Fulton law firm, named in 2009 as o...

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Latest bridge club results

LAURINBURG — The Bridge-at-the-Village Club met Monday under the direction of Brian Potter.In first place was the team of Tim Rumph and Mac Doubles. The team of Norma Jones and Millie Yongue and Connie and Doug Harris tied for second and third place. Joanne Martin and Jim Beales were in fourth place, and Flo Johnston and Jean Powell were second in C.

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Event to crown top stomper

WAGRAM — The bottling line was in high gear Tuesday at Cypress Bend Vineyards as the staff made preparations for Saturday’s tenth annual Fall Harvest Festival, free and open to the public from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.One of the most popular events will run all day in front of the vineyard’s chalet-like welcome center, a grape-stomping competition that culminates in the crowning of a king and a queen, who will lead less regal stompers in a triumphant process...

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Civil War letters show divided attitudes

LAURINBURG – A quest to find out more about North Carolina Poet Laureate John Charles McNeill led Scotland County native Mary Wayne Watson further back into Sandhills history than she anticipated, she said this weeek during a talk to the Rotary Club of Laurinburg.Her research for primary source material on McNeill, who was Watson’s great uncle, led the retired Nash Community College professor to a friend’s attic in Moore County, where a trove of Civil War-era lett...

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