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Pierce named to wildlife reform panel

RALEIGH— State Rep. Garland Pierce has been appointed to serve on a new committee tasked with reforming the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.Pierce announced the appointment from House Speaker Thom Tillis on Wednesday. The Baptist minister from Wagram will join the 10-member House Select Committee on Regulatory Authority and Operations of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, which will study the wildlife commission’s fee schedule, staffing structure and e...

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Little-known cuts by McCrory

Most of the heated debate this fall about the decisions made by the folks in charge of the General Assembly for the last few years has focused on a handful of big issues, funding cuts to public schools, new restrictions on abortion services, lower benefits for unemployed workers, the refusal to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, the rush to allow fracking for natural gas in North Carolina, and tax cuts that primarily benefited the wealthy and large corporations.Those we...

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Bridge league game set for Oct. 16

LAURINBURG — This year’s Instant Matchpoint Game, sanctioned nation-wide by the American Contract Bridge League, is set for Oct. 16. In Laurinburg, the game is being hosted by Bridge-at-the-Village in the Morris Morgan Entertainment Center of Scotia Village at 2 p.m. Fifteen tables have been approved for Laurinburg, and reservations will be honored on a first-come, first-served basis.An Instant Matchpoint Game is a game in which players are given their matchpoint score ...

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Crime report for Sept. 25

ArrestsWAGRAM — Colby Chavis, 27, of 21200 Jane Shaw Road was arrested on Sunday under a warrant for one count of assault on a female, according to a sheriff’s report. Chavis was held without bond.LAURINBURG — Deasia Patterson, 17, of 901 Port St. was arrested on Tuesday for one count of breaking and entering and one count of simple assault, according to police. Patterson was placed under a $1,000 bond.LAURINBURG — Dian...

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Tourism has high impact in Scotland

Each fiscal year, the North Carolina Department of Commerce monitors and reports tourism expenditures for every county in the state. The department takes into account travelers that come into the county and, by researching average expenditures in stores and restaurants as well as overnight hotel stays incurred by these folks, are able to identify dollars that are brought in and spent in Laurinburg and Scotland County. The 2013-2014 Economic Impact Report has been released by Secretary of Comm...

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Cycle of violence

This is the first in a two-part series about domestic violence in Scotland County — editor.LAURINBURG — Gloria Poole, Bonnie Sewell and Vicki McPherson face domestic violence every work day, as does Phyllis Taylor and Scotland sheriff’s Lt. Rick Best. These people are not victims themselves, but they see the stares of blank terror, the angry tears, the bruises and black eyes, the terrified children.

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Talk on minority entrepreneurship set for Wednesday

PEMBROKE — Kathaleena Edward Monds, a professor of business information systems at Albany State University’s College of Business in Albany, Ga., will speak at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the University Center Annex. The theme of her presentation is “Minority Empowerment and Free Enterprise.”Monds, who serves as co-director of Albany State’s Center for Economic Education for Small and Minority Entrepreneursh...

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Wheeling, dealing and sometimes winning

I’ve made a lot of trades and deals in my life time. No, not paper stocks and bonds but livestock, dogs, tractors, guns and such. Anything I thought I could possibly make a dollar or two on I would get. Buy cheap, sell high or get something better by trading up was my way of thinking. Why I learned the trading business from some of the best old time traders there were around these parts. It gets in your blood don’t you know. It’s like gambling, you can’t get enough of ...

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Chamber website gets facelift

Have you checked out our website lately? If not, I encourage you to do so. Jennifer McRae has been working with Philippe Laurent to put together a new look for our web presence and it looks great! This is a project we began working on over a year ago and we were able to go live with the new look in July. Jennifer works on our page most days to keep information up to date, ensuring our online directory is complete and comprehensive, and adding to the community calendar. We want to make sure we...

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SAU Pipe Band finishes No. 2 in tiebreaker

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The St. Andrews University Pipe Band finished second in a tiebreaker at the Charleston Scottish Games over the weekend.“The band got first and second in piping, second in ensemble and first in drumming,” said Pipe Major Bill Caudill. “This tied us with the Atlanta Pipe Band, but the Ensemble placing breaks the tie.”The Grandfather Mountain Highlanders finished third.This first competition of the fall season for ...

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Early college students showcase skills

LAURINBURG — Absent of a sports team to rally behind, students at Scotland Early College High School took the chance Tuesday to display a little pep of their own — and break a few rules in the process.College-level courses were forgone for a pizza party, a shouting competition, and a talent show. And though the assembly in St. Andrews University’s Avinger Auditorium was presided over by Scotland County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ron Hargrave, something was even se...

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Virus puts at risk those who suffer respiratory ills

LAURINBURG — Health officials are promoting preventative measures against Enterovirus D68, a cold-like infection that has infected a reported six people in North Carolina.Since mid-August, more than 200 cases of EV-D68, almost exclusively among children, have been identified in 30 states. As of Sept. 19, North Carolina was not among them, but on Monday the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that six cases have been reported in the state, all in children ag...

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‘I wanted to be there’

LAURINBURG — Faced with a diagnosis of Stage IV breast cancer in November 2012, Elizabeth Taylor did not have to wonder what it might be like for her children to grow up with only one parent.Taylor lost both parents to the disease, her father to lung cancer when she was just four, with her mother’s death from breast cancer coming before her 20th birthday. Her immediate thought when diagnosed was for the impact on her three young children: Luke, Hannah, and Thomas....

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SAU cross country competes

CARY — The St. Andrews University men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to North Carolina State University on Friday for the Wolfpack Challenge, where they competed in the open division against Div. II and III teams and the club team from the host school.The club men’s team from NC State won the open division with 20 points, while St. Andrews finished fifth out of the eight schools that competed, scoring 122 points. The Knights were led by senior Ty...

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SAU Western Team wins two shows

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University Western Team earned two wins at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Western Shows over the weekend.The team won the competitions hosted at the St. Andrews Equestrian Center on Saturday and Sunday. North Carolina State University was the reserve champion both days.“You know I am always in awe of my teams each year,” said coach Carla Wennberg. “It seems my great leaders of the upper classmen really teac...

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SAU’s Hartman wins tournament

NIOTA, Tenn. — St. Andrews women’s golfer Paige Hartman dominated the rest of the field at the Tennessee Wesleyan Fall Invitational on Tuesday, winning by 13 strokes en route to a first-place finish.She shot a 71 in round one, good enough for one under par, and followed that up by shooting a 76 in round two for a total of 147. Despite her efforts, St. Andrews did not win the overall championship as the team finished in second place with a score 671, ten shots behind Ten...

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Police investigate double stabbing

LAURINBURG — Police are investigating a Monday night incident at a Laurinburg home during which two people reportedly stabbed each other.According to Laurinburg Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms, Woodrow Breeden, 68, of McBryde Avenue, and Jeanine Williams, 53, of Rockingham Road in Laurel Hill, were each stabbed once — Breeden in the upper torso and Williams in the lower torso. The incident was reported at 7:20 p.m. from Breeden’s home.Sessoms said ...

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