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School floor talks continue

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LAURINBURG — Members of both the Scotland County Board of Commissioners and the Scotland County Board of Education agreed on Tuesday that any new guidelines for local funding to the county schools should insulate both boards from precipitous fluctuations in the funding level.The liaison committee — school board members Jamie Sutherland, Darrel Gibson, and Pat Gates and county commissioners Whit Gibson, Carol McCall, and Bob Davis — was formed as a result of mediation between the two boards to settle the level of local current expense funding to the schools for the 2014-2015 school year.


St. Andrews men’s soccer gearing up for anticipated season

LAURINBURG — St. Andrews soccer coach Stevan Hernandez is going into his 16th year with the program, and assistant Aaron Wood is set to begin his third year at the school. So when both say they have higher expectations for the men’s team heading into this season than they have for any other squad in recent memory, it’s sure to grab people’s attention.“We’re not going to say we’re going to outright win the conference, but I believe we can do...

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Maxton sets payment deadline

MAXTON — The Board of Commissioners this week voted to establish Aug. 31 as the deadline for a man to pay $7,500 for a storage building on McCaskill Avenue in Maxton.Willie Hunt made the winning bid for the building in May. If he does not pay the full amount by Aug. 31, the commissioners will either begin accepting new bids or take the building off the market.The sale is part of an effort for the cash-strapped town to raise money.“We’ve been ...

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Pipes ring in St. Andrews’ orientation

LAURINBURG — The skirling of bagpipes drifted from the pine woods and across the campus of St. Andrews University on a hot summer’s breeze Wednesday as the first influx of new students arrived for orientation weekend.Foreign students and others enrolled in the university’s equestrian curriculum spent the afternoon finding their way around, meeting faculty and getting signed up for various programs, said Erin Baldus, an assistant director of admissions.A...

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DSS director heads back to Rockingham

LAURINBURG – Social Services Director Robbie Hall will leave his job in Scotland County this week to return home to Richmond County’s social services agency as its new director.Hall’s last day at work in Scotland County will be today. He starts Monday in Rockingham.“It’s an opportunity for me, both personally and professionally, and for my family,” he said. “We’re going back home, and it is a chance for more professional gr...

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Scotland Health meeting financial challenges

In simple terms, what does an overall community and an individual patient expect from its hospital system? Doesn’t a community expect that its hospital system provide the best and most appropriate care that it can afford? Doesn’t a patient expect to be able to be treated when needed, to be made well when able in a safe environment and lastly, to be treated kindly? So, how is Scotland Health Care System, your community’s system, doing against these expectations?Our...

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Partners in Ministry to offer after school program

LAURINBURG — The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has awarded Partners in Ministry with a grant to create an after-school and Saturday program for at-risk children focused on reinforcing science, technology, engineering and math.The program, which will receive a 21st Century Grant of $400,000 in its first year, will serve 160 Scotland County students in grades third through sixth beginning on Oct. 6 and continuing through the following summer. A bus will transp...

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Spreading the Scotland County story

Last week, I was in Cincinnati for a conference for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. I had an amazing time, met people from across the world, and learned an overwhelming amount of information. There were speakers who are famous authors, television personalities, and even a comedian-turned-host for a Food Network Show call “Eat Street,” James Cunningham. It was four days spent hearing intelligent people share their knowledge with all of us who were there to be a s...

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Manufacturing jobs have changed

After months of hushed planning and work behind closed doors, Gov. Pat McCrory on Monday announced the arrival of a Quebec company to Scotland County, along with a $62 million investment and nearly 200 jobs that will bring a collective payroll of $3.2 million.It’s news that we like to report. But McCrory and state Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker’s assessment that rural North Carolina’s financial future lies in manufacturing still remains to be proven.M...

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Bubba’s ill-fated trip to the beach

Several years ago my friend Bubba and I decided we would take our wives on a weekend trip to the beach. Now if you have been keeping up with my column, you know that going anywhere with Bubba is an adventure. Bubba was working second shift at a local mill and we decided to pull out for the beach when he got off from work on a Friday night. Bubba wanted us to drive his car, so it was midnight before we got loaded up and headed for the beach.

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Council settles on funding agreement for 911 call center

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council on Tuesday amended an agreement with the county designating its commitment to funding for the the county’s emergency call center, slated to come into service by the end of the year.The council and Scotland County Board of Commissioners have for several months exchanged revised copies of the agreement without settling on a dollar amount and a length of time that the city will contribute to the center’s personnel costs. The c...

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Students prepare to return to class

LAURINBURG — Packed with cars and people in the middle of Tuesday afternoon, a boisterous atmosphere ruled Scotland High School as students and parents streamed in and out in droves for the annual back-to-school open house, getting a jump on the start of classes Monday.All that was during just the first hour of the open house, which began at 2 p.m.“We came out to see where the kids have to go when the bell rings next week,” said David Huckabee as he lef...

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Health board approves budget amendments

LAURINBURG — An abbreviated supper meeting of the Scotland County Board of Health was held Tuesday so members could complete a training session for departmental accreditation requiring renewal by the state.Board Chairman Bob Davis moved quickly over the agenda as other members finished a catered supper of sliced barbecue and roasted chicken.

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RCC students return to class

HAMLET — New and returning students began classes Monday at Richmond Community College’s main campus in Hamlet and at the Honeycutt Center in Laurinburg.According to Dr. Dale McInnis, RCC president, enrollment numbers should be on par with last year.“We had a great first day,” said McInnis. “The RCC faculty and staff worked very hard over the summer to make sure our first day went as smoothly as it could for our students.“Ou...

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McCrory announces 68 jobs for Wagram plant

WAGRAM — With the recent purchase of the former WestPoint Home plant on Airbase Road by Cascades Tissue Group, 68 new jobs will be brought to the facility by the end of 2015, Gov. Pat McCrory announced during a Monday morning visit to the site.Cascades, a manufacturer of recycled paper goods, will open at least one of the six production lines planned for the Wagram plant by the end of this year, and will ultimately employ close to 130 people there. Of those, 60 will be transf...

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Remembering baseballs’ No. 42

“He is number 42,” I said.On a baseball outing with my daughter’s family the other night, I was trying to find the name of a player on the Durham Bulls baseball team while the Bulls were playing a doubleheader against the Buffalo Bison.The player list in the game program did not show a number 42. Then I noticed another player wearing number 42, and then another. Every player was wearing number 42.Why?I should have remembered “...

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Jaylend Ratliffe progressing well in rehab

LAURINBURG — Scotland football star Jaylend Ratliffe continues to undergo rehabilitation and is making good progress as of Monday evening, according to a source.Ratliffe is currently in the pediatric wing of Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after doctors moved him out of the intensive care unit late last week. He will continue to undergo physical therapy as he recovers from an ATV accident that left him with a fractured skull almost three weeks ago.Ratliffe ha...

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Materials used to manufacture steroids seized

LAURINBURG — Following a three-month investigation that involved law enforcement agencies from across the United States, authorities this weekend seized some major tools of an advanced underground steroid operation headquartered in Scotland County.“This is a multi-state investigation and the majority of it led back to Scotland County,” said sheriff’s Lt. Jon Edwards.

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