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Laurinburg native, African Queen

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LAURINBURG — Growing up, Nuekie Aku Opata always wished for a surname like Smith, or Jackson, and a common first name to go with it — not one that would tie the tongue of every substitute teacher and make her stand out simply for her signature.Those who could readily pronounce Nuekie being few and far between, the Laurinburg native, whose first name meant “Princess” in her grandfather's native land and designated her as being a royal descendent, has gone by her simpler middle name “Aku” for most of her life.But these days, Opata's coworkers in The University of North Carolina at Pembroke's School of Education simply address her as “your highness.”


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LAURINBURG – Tuesday was a pearl of a late-summer’s day, clear but not too hot, a pleasant northeast breeze blowing gently as Bill Campbell steered his motorized wheelchair the one mile from his home to the city’s Senior Nutrition Center, a regular weekday trip for Campbell for the past 25 years.Except in inclement weather, when his wife drives him, the 85-year-old amputee uses his own set of wheels to get to Scotland County’s Meals on Wheels program, which ...

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LAUREL HILL — Mr. Ernest White of Harmony announces the engagement of his daughter Tara Beth to Corporal Philip Taylor Snead, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Randall Snead.The bride received a bachelor’s degree in physiology and chemistry from East Carolina University and also a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is employed with Duke University Medical Center in Durham in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit.The groom r...

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Hucks, Brown to wed

GIBSON — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pressely McKay of Gibson announce the engagement of their daughter Kristen Elizabeth Brown to Jackie Ronnie Hucks, III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jackie Ronnie Hucks, Jr. of Laurinburg.The bride is currently attending Richmond Community College to obtain her diploma in Licensed Practical Nursing. She is employed by Scotia Village in Laurinburg.The groom received his associate’s degree in mechanical engineering from Richmond Community Co...

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The (not so) great basketball game

Carolina Military Academy was a college preparatory school in Maxton that occupied the campus of the then-closed Presbyterian Junior College. CMA opened in 1962 and closed in 1972. The creative writer of this tale is a 1964 CMA graduate who returned after college to English and history and coach basketball. Each May the CMA Alumni Association meets for a reunion at the Sands Resort of Myrtle Beach. — Frank LeaIt started innocently enough during a recent CMA reunion. On Sa...

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Songs merry and sad

Throughout life we meet many people that through some simple display of concern, reaching out, and caring; they become forever sacred and revered in our memories. That would accurately describe Jack and Jewls. Both were exceptionally good people, but in other ways they could not have been more different.Saturday, we received a telephone call from one of Jack’s friends. Jack had died at home.Arriving at his home to find the Scotland County EMT and some friends waiti...

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Wagram resident named Miss North Carolina Jr. High School

SOUTHERN PINES — Calli Brielle McIntyre, of Wagram, was crowned Miss North Carolina Jr. High School America 2015 on Aug. 9 at Pinecrest High School. Calli will represent North Carolina at the national Miss High School America Pageant, to be held in Disney World on July 2015 in Orlando, Fla.There, she has the opportunity to win a $10,000 scholarship as well as a free global educational travel experience sponsored by the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

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Banks becomes commander

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A Laurinburg native became commander of a U.S. Air Force squadron in a ceremony last month at Joint Base San Antonio.Maj. Aaron Banks, a 1996 graduate of Scotland High School, was placed at the head of Detachment 2, 561st Network Operations Squadron, in a change of command ceremony on July 11. He is the son of Carolyn Banks of Laurinburg, a technology teacher in the Scotland County Schools.Banks will lead more than 500 telecommunications person...

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