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UNCP celebrates the ‘Spirit of Pembroke’ at homecoming

PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, its students, alumni and friends will celebrate “The Spirit of Pembroke” at Homecoming 2014 on Oct. 20-25.There are a multitude of events during the week, including the annual Homecoming Parade on Friday at 4 p.m. through downtown Pembroke. Last year, there were more than 80 entries in the parade.On Saturday, October 25, tailgating begins at 12:30 p.m. before game time at 4 p.m. vs. Newberry Colle...

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LETTER: Candidates disappoint in Common Core question

To the editor:I attended the candidate forum held at Scotland High School the evening of Oct 16. I attended because I want to make an informed vote when I step into the ballot box on Election Day. I was very interested in hearing from the school board candidates specifically.Initially I was impressed by all of the school board candidates. They all seem to want to do what is right for students of Scotland County...

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Man faces felony charges following chase

LAURINBURG — A South Carolina man has been jailed under a $25,000 bond after leading authorities on a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph and ended in a crash on U.S. 401, according to Laurinburg police.Laurinburg Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms said David Lee Roller, 40, of Marlboro Road in Bennettsville, South Carolina, fled from the Laurinburg Walmart at about 4 p.m. Thursday after stealing a pressure washer, leading police down Scotland Crossing Drive and onto U.S. ...

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Police still seeking teen’s shooter

LAURINBURG — Police continue to seek a 16 year old believed responsible for a shooting on a city street corner last weekend that sent a 19-year-old woman to the hospital.Police have obtained warrants on Quavedrias Gibson, 16, for one count each of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, conspiracy, possession of a firearm by a minor and discharging a firearm in the city limits. He also faces two counts of assault with a deadly weapon. His l...

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School board members face off at forum

LAURINBURG — Going solely by the points voiced during a candidates’ forum on Thursday in the Scotland High School auditorium, seven of the candidates for seats on the Scotland County Board of Education prove difficult to distinguish from one another.Of the four candidates vying for two at-large seats, J. Gentile Everett, Summer Stanley, and incumbent Jamie Sutherland lined up to share their stances on issues in education. Incumbent Jimmy Bennett, running for a third at-...

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Scotland places second

RAEFORD — The Scotland boy’s cross country team continued their recent string of strong performances, finishing second at the the Southeastern Conference Cross Country Championship meet on Tuesday at Carolina Horse Park in Raeford.Logan Ward was the Scots’ top runner, finishing third with a time of 17:39.4 and John Holloway was right behind him in fourth in 17:58.73. Scotland finished with 49 points as a team to place behind perennial cross country powerhouse Pine...

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Card game features careful calculations

LAURINBURG – A Scotia Village card club played host Thursday to Scotland County’s observance of the American Contract Bridge League’s 28th annual Instant Matchpoint Game.The annual tournament matches each player’s skill level against that of advanced players in a well-documented game played several decades ago, said tournament director Brian Potter.Using digital keypads on each table that fed the data from each play by each player, and ...

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Teen pregnancy rate drops

LAURINBURG — Scotland County’s rate of teen pregnancy fell in 2013 to its lowest level in the last decade, according to statistics released earlier this month by the N.C. State Center for Health Statistics.The county’s 2012 rate ranked it the second highest statewide, but Scotland came in at 15th last year with 31 fewer pregnancies reported among girls aged 15 to 19.In 2013, 68 pregnancies were reported in that age group for a rate of 52.8 per 1,000. Th...

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Scots-Patriots headline SEC action

Southeastern Conference football power rankings will continue every Friday until the end of season. As always, if you don’t like where I ranked your team, we can have a fruitful discussion about it through a friendly phone call, email, or social media — but leave the pitchforks at home, please.Without further adieu, here are my rankings following Week 8.1. Richmond (7-0, 1-0)After playing the toughest non-conference schedule of any SEC team, the Ra...

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SAU soccer ties Reinhardt

WALESKA, GA. — The St. Andrews University men’s soccer team came away with a hard-earned 1-1 tie against one of the top teams in the nation, No. 18 Reinhardt University, on Wednesday.Reinhardt scored first in the 34th minute when Mark Withers crossed into the box and put a header through the net to give the Eagles the early lead.It would remain 1-0 until the 61st minute when defender Hector Rivas scored the equalizer off an assist from midfielder Jon Ander to...

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Methodists claim a rich heritage

I took special notice this week of an email from a church in Durham, my home for 30 years before moving to Laurinburg last year. It was simply an announcement about plans for the coming year at one of the city’s United Methodist churches.This is one of those churches you can’t miss when you go downtown, much like First United Methodist in Laurinburg.Duke Memorial is one of the Bull City’s oldest congregations, located on busy West Chapel Hill Street acr...

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Faith moves God to action

As we look into Bible history, we will see that The Bible is full of people of faith that received the promise of God without seeing that promise right then — people who had to contend with devil and remember that he is a liar. In fact, Jesus himself said that Satan is the father of lies (St. John 8:44b); and it is his job to cause us to doubt what God has said. He’s been doing that ever since the beginning of time.

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The high cost of getting elected

One of the most disturbing aspects of the heated battle between Sen. Kay Hagan and state House Speaker Thom Tillis for the U.S. Senate seat in North Carolina has nothing to do with the positions or statements of either candidate or the sniping by their campaigns staffs or the outrageous social media banter that passes for political discourse these days.What is most astonishing is the degree to which political pundits and interested observers seem to shrug their shoulders at the obs...

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McLaurin, McInnis square off at forum; Blue talks minimum wage

This is a report on the debate between Gene McLaurin and Tom McInnis and statements made by Antonio Blue. Reports on the debates between school board and sheriff’s candidates will be uploaded to and will appear in Saturday’s edition.LAURINBURG — While the JV football team was battling in Pate Stadium, a different contest was going on inside the auditorium at Scotland High School Thursday night.Sen. Gene McLaurin sat a...

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Two hospitalized following chase with authorities

LAURINBURG — Two men were hospitalized after the van in which they were riding Thursday afternoon lost control and crashed during a high-speed chase with Laurinburg police, Scotland County sheriff's deputies and the North Carolina Highway Patrol.The identity of the two men was not immediately available. Both were seen walking after the van collided with a brick enclosure near the entrance of an unmarked white church on U.S. 401 and came to r...

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Vigil to be held for missing persons

LAURINBURG — For the eleventh year, volunteers from the North Carolina-based CUE Center for Missing Persons will travel across the U.S. to raise awareness of missing children and adults.The team will be in Laurinburg on Friday, one of 22 planned stops along the “Road to Remember Tour.” CUE will be distributing promotional items and press kits throughout the path of the tour concerning missing people, unidentified persons and unsolved homicide cases that have gone ...

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Hudson wants travel ban from West Africa

CONCORD – U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson is asking the Department of Homeland Security to put a freeze on travel from West Africa to the United States as a precaution against the spread of Ebola.“I have great confidence in our health care professionals in North Carolina and all around the country, but recent events demonstrate the enormous challenge they face in dealing with a potential Ebola outbreak,”Hudson, a Republican who represents District 8, said in a statement....

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