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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.


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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Two injured in Friday wreck listed in stable condition

LAURINBURG — Two Robeson County men injured when a dump truck collided with an interstate overpass on Friday remain hospitalized, but in stable condition, according to hospital spokespersons.The truck’s driver, James Galloway, 60, of 138 Lincoln Park Drive in Maxton, and Kenneth McInnis, 51, of Rowland, were each airlifted from Scotland Memorial Hospital following the Friday afternoon accident that caused an estimated $45,000 damage to the Turnpike Road overpass on U.S....

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Is the economy recession prone?

Most of us focus on decisions affecting our daily lives — earning an income, spending, investing, and looking ahead to our retirement. If we have some time left over, we try to have fun! Businesses face similar choices about production, advertising, workers, and pricing. Even public institutions like schools, parks and transit systems have to make a wide range of management selections.Economists call these types of choices microeconomic decisions because they deal with indivi...

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Banks becomes commander

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A Laurinburg native became commander of a U.S. Air Force squadron in a ceremony last month at Joint Base San Antonio.Maj. Aaron Banks, a 1996 graduate of Scotland High School, was placed at the head of Detachment 2, 561st Network Operations Squadron, in a change of command ceremony on July 11. He is the son of Carolyn Banks of Laurinburg, a technology teacher in the Scotland County Schools.Banks will lead more than 500 telecommunications person...

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Jaylend Ratliffe moves out of ICU

LAURINBURG — Scotland football star Jaylend Ratliffe is out of the intensive care unit, according to a source. After beginning rehab earlier in the week, Carolinas Medical Center doctors felt comfortable enough to move him in the pediatric wing of the hospital.Scotland coach Richard Bailey, who made the trip to Charlotte earlier Friday before his team arrived for a scrimmage game against Mallard Creek, said Ratliffe is doing well, but stressed it is going to be a slow, but st...

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Band’s pipes get Irish treatment

LAURINBURG — The Scotland High School marching band will grace the Pate Stadium field with a bit of Irish luck during halftime shows this fall’s football season.The band began rehearsing the music and march routine for its new show this week, combining the two outdoors for the first time on Friday. The band will complement their routine, which incorporates traditional Irish dancing in the style of Riverdance, with Celtic music.

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Dump truck crash clogs major highway

LAURINBURG — A Friday afternoon accident on U.S. 74 hospitalized two people, covered a stretch of the eastbound lane in poultry waste and caused a traffic back-up that lasted several hours and stretched for miles.A dump truck carrying waste from a poultry farm that struck the Turnpike Road overpass and caught fire at 2:30 p.m. was cleared from the highway just before nightfall. The driver, James Galloway, 60, of 138 Lincoln Park Drive in Maxton, lost control of the vehicle fo...

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Business summit set for September

North Carolina’s businesses are a vital component of our national economy and must be afforded every opportunity to prosper, grow and create jobs. It’s a state priority, as well as one of my own, to support industries and small businesses that drive our economy and create jobs in our local communities. Now more than ever our businesses and workers need real solutions to help create jobs, build a healthy economy, and provide more opportunity. Unfortunately, our small businesses and...

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Raises for all not the best policy

Critics of the Republican-led General Assembly allege that the teacher-pay raise included in this year’s state budget could have been implemented in a much simpler fashion: by giving across-the-board hikes to all rather than giving large raises to early-career teachers and relatively small raises to some experienced ones.The critics are correct. Across-the-board raises would have been simpler. But that doesn’t mean they would have been the best policy. You see, North Ca...

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Ferguson police got surplus military equipment

WASHINGTON (AP) — Images of police outfitted in paramilitary gear clashing with protesters in suburban St. Louis are giving new impetus to efforts to rein in a Pentagon program that provides free machine guns and other surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies.Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., says he plans to introduce legislation when Congress returns in September to curb what he describes as an increasing militarization of police agencies across the country. Pol...

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