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Never too old for God’s lessons

This country’s 130,000 public and private schools are now firing on all cylinders, spending $600 billion on the rudiments of reading, writing, and arithmetic; employing some 4 million teachers, and educating more than 60 million children. Of course many who have completed their secondary education will now proceed to college, technical school, or university.My counsel is to go back to school every autumn as long as the administration will allow it — not to avoid the emp...

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Spartans shock Scotland in final seconds

LAURINBURG — Pate Stadium has seen some spectacular performances by a player wearing No. 2 the last few seasons. This time, it was another No. 2 who stole the show.Led by the spectacular play of senior quarterback Kendall Hinton, Southern Durham defeated Scotland 34-28 Thursday night in a game that lived up to the hype. Southern last lost a game almost a year to the date when Scotland defeated them 53-31 in Durham. Since then, the Spartans have reeled off 16 straight wins, in...

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McCollum, Brown to seek pardons

RALEIGH — Henry McCollum and Leon Brown are planning to ask for pardons after they were freed from North Carolina prisons following the discovery of evidence that they didn’t kill a young girl 30 years ago.Vernetta Alston, an attorney for McCollum, says lawyers representing him and Brown, his half brother, are preparing petitions for a pardon of innocence and plan to file within the next couple of weeks. McCollum was freed from death row after three decades, while Brown...

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Lowery files for the District 12 Tribal Council seat

PEMBROKE — An incumbent filed Tuesday to keep his seat on the 21-member Lumbee Tribal Council.Walter Lowery filed for the District 12 seat that represents Scotland County, Maxton and Alfordsville.Those wishing to be on the ballot for the Nov. 18 election have until Friday to file.

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Contraception switch a con job

It’s one of the great political wonders of 21st-century America: Nearly 50 years after the United States Supreme Court struck down the quasi-medieval laws of states that then barred even married couples from obtaining contraceptives, some conservative activists have still not given up. Despite longstanding and overwhelming public agreement that contraceptives should be easy for all women to obtain (and all men for that matter), the hardcore right wing continues to do everything within i...

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St. Andrews continues trend of diversity

As the new school year gets underway, the St. Andrews University campus and the barns at the Equestrian Center are alive again with faculty, staff, students (and horses!). While this year’s entering class is slightly smaller than last year’s record-breaking group of new students, total residential enrollment on the campus in Laurinburg will be higher than last fall and enrollment in the adult program at Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst will be higher as well. And now in it...

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SAU volleyball wins second straight game

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University volleyball team rolled to their second straight win on Tuesday after beating NAIA opponent Morris College in straight sets 25-7, 25-14, 25-6.The Lady Knights were led by freshman Angelica Arroyo’s 16 kills and Tessa Smith’s eight kills, three aces, and seven digs. Sophomore Era Kryeziu recorded six kills of her own while freshman Lindsey Wagner had three kills and three aces.St. Andrews improves to 2-4 on the seas...

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Scotland scores win over Purnell Swett

LAURINBURG — The Scotland boy’s soccer team has had an unusual start to the season. Two games were cancelled due to weather. They won three straight to begin the year, and then lost two in a row.On Wednesday, the team got back to their winning ways as the beat Purnell Swett 6-2 in the conference opener for both teams.Scotland improved to 4-2 on the year and 1-0 in the SEC with the win and the loss dropped Purnell Swett to 4-3 and 0-1 in the conference.

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Solar questions persist for city

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council will hold a public hearing during its regular meeting next week on a request to rezone a 44-acre tract on X-Way Road near the John Blue House from residential to industrial.The property, owned by J.P. Locklear, is a potential site for installation of a solar array by Innovative Solar Systems of Asheville, but a solar array will only be permitted if council approves the zoning request and a subsequent conditional use permit.

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Scotland-Southern Durham football game to kickoff today

LAURINBURG —Thursday night football makes its way to Scotland County. The Scotland-Southern Durham football game will be played under the lights tonight at 7 p.m. at Pate Stadium.Weather forecasts are predicting severe weather this Friday and Saturday for much of the state, so many schools in the region have rescheduled their games to be played today. Among the schools that rescheduled include Richmond Senior, as they host Jack Britt tonight at 7:30.The junior vars...

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Police arrest local man in shooting of Red Springs woman

LAURINBURG — A Laurinburg teenager is being held in the Scotland County jail without bond for shooting a Red Springs woman during what police say was a gun deal gone bad.Calvin Stewart, 18, of 306 Wagram St., is charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury with intent to kill, according to Laurinburg Police Capt. Terry Chavis, in the shooting of 19-year-old Tamara Lynn McGirt, a resident of the Westgate Terrace Apartments in Red Springs.Stewa...

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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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Old Grist Mills and big snakes

I’m sure most of us have heard our elders talking about taking corn or wheat to a Grist Mill and having it ground into corn mill, flour or scratch feed for the chickens. This was a common practice during the 1800s and even through the first half of the 20th century.

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Education leaders to school community

Located within 30 miles of where I sit at the Chamber of Commerce office, are the Scotland County Schools, Richmond Community College, St. Andrews University, and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. These institutions are helping our citizens better themselves each day, whether it is the 5-year-old who is attending school for the first time, the 50-year-old who has decided to go back to school to get a degree, or those in various other stages of life.

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Scotland has made great strides to break down racial barriers

We attended a wake at the funeral home Friday night, but we listened to the Scots/Bulldogs game as much as possible on the radio. Then, we watched Channel 13’s coverage of the game, including the touching report of Jaylend Ratliffe’s return to Pate Stadium. We enjoyed your coverage of the same in your Saturday edition.On Monday, Channel 13 presented the same coverage again at 11 p.m. At one point, the camera panned the grandstand showing racially diverse Scotland fans c...

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