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Stone tapped for district judge seat

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LAURINBURG — An attorney practicing in Scotland and Hoke county who last week was appointed as a District Court judge was once reprimanded by the North Carolina State Bar, according to disciplinary records on the bar’s website.Michael Stone, of Michael A. Stone PA, who also has an office on North Main Street in Laurinburg, was appointed last week by Gov. Pat McCrory to replace Judge John Horne Jr., who retired on July 1 after serving for seven years on the 16A District Court bench. McCrory’s office did not formally announce the appointment until Monday.


Faster, easier website unveiled today

The Laurinburg Exchange is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:— Easier to read headlines with one-click accessi...

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800 customers affected by two power outages

LAURINBURG — Downed tree branches and heavy rain damaged equipment on two electrical poles on Monday, according to the city of Laurinburg’s Electrical Services director, causing two separate outages that affected a total of more than 800 people.Robert Smith said a tree limb that had come to rest on the primary power line on King Street had knocked into a lightning arrestor and water seeped inside, eventually causing a circuit to shut down at 11:36 a.m. A three-man crew ...

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A new look, thanks to our readers

The Laurinburg Exchange is today launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout and more effective for our advertisers.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Laurinburg Exchange is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available. This week, we are also unveiling a redesigned website.B...

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County native’s collection gets national display

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — A Laurel Hill native and former NASA project manager will be honored next week for his commitment to educating children about humanity’s forays into space exploration.Joseph Williams’ collection of space memorabilia has taken the better part of a 78-year lifetime to amass, beginning in 1955 when he enlisted in the Air Force after one year of study at what was then Pembroke State University.“I scored very high on their aptitude t...

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Crime report for July 22

ArrestsLAURINBURG — Tierra Blackwell, 19, of 900 Charlotte St. Apt. 11B, and James Tyner, 29, of 15441 Rhonda St., were each placed in the Scotland County jail under a $1,500 bond after they were found to be smoking marijuana in the presence of a toddler and newborn, according to a police report.Officers responded to Charlotte Street apartment complex after receiving calls that Tyner, who had been banned from the property, was seen entering Blackwe...

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Police charge 50 during two checkpoints

LAURINBURG — Laurinburg police charged 50 people with various offenses during two checkpoints early Sunday morning, according to Police Chief Darwin Williams.“This time of year we have a lot of people coming through and not all of them are law-abiding,” he said Monday.The checkpoints, conducted at Highland Road and U.S. 401 from 12:30-2 a.m. and at U.S. 74 near the Stewartsville Road overpass from 2:30-5 a.m., were staffed by a total of 19 0fficers R...

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Don’t let back-to-school tasks sneak up on you

Parents, if this is your first time at the back-to-school rodeo, let me share a few lessons my wife and I have learned the hard way. Chances are you’ll be spending the next few weeks filling out piles of pre-enrollment paperwork, lining up carpools and, of course, taking the dreaded shopping excursions for clothes and school supplies.If you’re a first-timer or simply need a back-to-school refresher course, here are a few suggestions that can help you save time, money an...

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Where did all of NC’s new voters come from?

“Voters born elsewhere make up nearly half of N.C. electorate.”So begins the latest DataNet report from the UNC Program on Public Life, directed by former journalist Ferrel Guillory.So what? What difference does it make to us that almost half of North Carolina voters were born somewhere else?To begin to show the importance of such a large number of non-North Carolina natives participating in the state’s election process, DataNet gives us a sh...

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Festival shows Lumber the love

ORRUM — There were plenty of familiar faces and just as many new ones attending the fifth annual Lumber River Day festival on Saturday, but more importantly, according to the superintendent of the Lumber River State Park, were the number of smiles.“Folks love coming out by the river and taking a free canoe ride, and I think we try to make it real kid friendly. We get them out and moving around, and getting involved in nature,” Neil Lee said. “Kids love this ...

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RCC accepting tuition payments

HAMLET — Richmond Community College is now accepting tuition payments for the Fall 2014 semester.“The state just set the tuition rate for the 2014-15 academic year,” said Brent Barbee, RCC’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “Before the rate was set, we were not able to accept tuition payments for the upcoming semester.”The tuition rate for 2014-15 for all for-credit classes in the North Carolina Community College S...

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O’Neal student has family tale published

SOUTHERN PINES — Rising O’Neal seventh grade student, Bray Woodard, attended the awards and book signing ceremony for the Grannie Annie Writing Contest on June 1 in St. Louis, Mo. Her story is published in volume 9 of The Grannie Annie book, which is a collection of stories about family histories.The Grannie Annie received 449 stories this year, more than ever before. Students in grades 4 through 8 and homeschooled and international students age 9 through 14 are invited...

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UNCP takes production of ‘The Little Prince’ on the road

PEMBROKE — In the play “The Little Prince,” an 8-year-old boy recounts his travels across the universe and back, which while impressive did not make the cast’s four-hour drive to Roanoke Island any less daunting.Students of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke had a rare opportunity to mount a touring production of the children’s play, “The Little Prince” when they take their show on the road to Roanoke Island’s Festival Park ...

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Faith Church gears up for golf tourney

LAURINBURG — Area golfers are invited to bring their best game to Scotch Meadows Country Club on Aug. 13, for Faith Presbyterian’s 13th annual Ministry & Mission Golf Tournament.A 1 p.m. shotgun start in a Captain’s Choice format will begin the day.Registration will begin at noon. Ten percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit Project In As Much, which provides food on the weekends for Scotland County’s school-aged children. The rest will...

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Ode to Eastern North Carolina

Just to the east of the rolling Piedmont and west of the great Atlantic Ocean is a side of heaven known as eastern North Carolina. Few people even know our greatest secret!

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Scotland County school system offers summer reading challenge

LAURINBURG — Students can enter to win a free Kindle Fire by reading 20 minutes a day now through Aug. 24.Forms will be sent home with kindergarten through 8th grade students at the beginning of the school year for parents to sign, verifying that their student has read. Participating students’ names will be entered in the drawing.Visit for tips to encourage your student to read this summer as well as book lists by grade level.

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Crime report for July 19

ArrestLAURINBURG — Arthur Smith, 71, of 19461 Blakely Road, was served a warrant on Thursday and charged with misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats, according to a sheriff’s report. He signed a written promise to appear in court.Break-insLAURINBURG — Eddie Pegues, of Kennedy Street, reported Thursday that someone broke into his home, damaged the door and stole assorted jewelry, a saf...

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Students reflect on experiences at Autism Enrichment Program

LAURINBURG — Students participating in the annual Autism Summer Enhancement Program commemorated their last day recently by reflecting on lessons learned and memories made during the two-week camp.Students aged 5 to 8 read to their teachers, families and friends in the cafeteria of North Laurinburg Elementary inspirational quotes reminding them to “shoot for greatness,” “give it your best shot” and “be a team player.” Also on the program wa...

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