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City man jailed following fight

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LAURINBURG — A 36-year-old Laurinburg man has been jailed under a $30,000 bond following a Thursday night altercation that left a Bennettsville man in critical condition, according to Laurinburg police.Charles Shawn McPherson, of 417 Hood St., was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with one count of felonious assault inflicting serious bodily injury, Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms said. McPherson punched 40-year-old Calvin Zimmerman in the head, Sessoms said, knocking him down.“We think (Zimmerman’s) head struck the pavement,” Sessoms said.


McPhatter recognized for work with nutrition program

LAURINBURG — Hazel McPhatter, Scotland County program assistant for the NC Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, was presented with the program’s award at the EFNEP’s State Conference June 23.The Circle of Excellence award recognizes program assistants and associates for meeting the needs of limited resource audiences through innovative teaching methods to produce program results and make a community-wide impact.McPhatter has been employed with...

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Churches asked to hold ‘Relay Sunday’

LAURINBURG — The American Cancer Society is asking that all churches in the Scotland County area participate in Relay Sunday on Aug. 3.For information on how to become involved in Scotland County Area Relay For Life on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, call Stewart or Carol Thomas at 910-276-5247.

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The Scotland County American Red Cross hosted a training session for facilitators of its Pillowcase Project on Wednesday. The project, which evolved during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, is a preparedness education program in which children decorate pillowcases in which to store belongings in the event of a crisis.for the Pictured from left, Dr. Tangula Diggs, Debra Taylor, Aisha Carter, Denise Mathews (Facilitator), Dewey Brower, Carolyn Stern (Facilitator), Doreen Blanchette...

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Newest arrivals at Scotland Memorial

DavisBeth Locklear of Laurel Hill announces the birth of her daughter Queena Chanel Davis on July 7, 2014, at Scotland Memorial Hospital. Grandparents are Jeff and Carolyn Locklear of Laurel Hill.JonesCorabeth Amanda and Harlen Jones of Red Springs announce the birth of their son Josiah Jones on July 9, 2014, at Scotland Memorial Hospital. Grandparents are Vardell and Jennifer Chavis of Pembroke.Chavis...

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Pilot Club members lauded at convention

LAURINBURG — The 2014 Pilot International Annual Convention and Leadership Conference was held in Chicago on July 2 through July 6. The theme for the convention was “Celebrating the Gift of Pilot.”Scottish Pilot Club President Joyce Jewell, Past President Ida McGill, Vice President Barbara Mack and Project’s Chairperson Terry Gallman received updates from Pilot International as well as new initiatives that the organization is pursuing. The Scottish Pilot Clu...

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A quick cure for a local drunkard

Laurinburg’s early history was one of a railroad town. Laurinburgh High School (yes, that’s “Laurin” for the McLaurin family, and “burgh” for Edinburgh, Scotland) existed in a yet unofficially named community beside the railroad that ran from Wilmington to Rutherfordton. At the onset of the War Between the States, the rail yards in Wilmington were moved more than 100 miles inland to the community that would later be known as “Laurinburg.”

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Don’t wait to talk about end-of-life care

At Hospice of Scotland County, we see this situation all too often: a family is at the bedside of a loved one who is seriously ill and nearing the end of life. Each member of the family has a different idea of what should be done and what the patient would have wanted.Far too many people wait until they are in the midst of a health care crisis before thinking about what options are available or what care they or their loved ones would have wanted. Our staff of hospice professionals...

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Young joins Scotland Memorial hospitalist team

LAURINBURG – Dr. Sarah Young, a board certified internal medicine physician, has joined Scotland Health Care System’s hospitalist team.Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Young attended the State University of New York at Fredonia, a small college south of Buffalo. There she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minored in applied music.Her path to medicine began when she was in her teens.

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Partnership offers children’s book club for caregivers

LAURINBURG — Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families recently held the first Motheread/Fatheread meeting for 2014.This program offers parents the opportunity to meet with other parents while learning literacy skills and parenting ideas. Motheread/Fatheread groups read a children’s book with the intention of looking at it from an adult perspective. This is done to further the theme or moral for their children. The participants learn ways to make the story f...

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Kitchen collaborations can lead to healthier home meal options

For some people, kitchens are sacred rooms in which to cook solo, and frenetically do things their way. More often than not, people cook alone, even when they are preparing meals for their family or houseguests. It is understandable to cringe with other people use your knives, pots, and pans out of fear that your shiny stainless steel cookware may get scuffed or mishandled. However, cooking together with friends or family has many benefits that might just outweigh the vanity of our kitchen pi...

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Teen Court officials recognized

Volunteers in Scots for Youth’s Teen Court were recognized recently at an event held at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church. Teenagers aged 14-18 participate in the program by acting as as court officials in a system of justice for local high school and middle school students which keeps first-time offenders out of the court system. Offenders who are willing to admit guilt are held accountable for their actions. They plead guilty and are sentenced by their peers for their misdemeanor offense...

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Stress inspires a call to the wilderness

In my life, the internal call to the wilderness — to the trees — is my reminder that life has gotten too hectic, too stressful and it’s time to slow down and sooth my soul.For as long as I can remember time in the woods has been essential to my being. Raised by parents who had us out in the wilderness for much of our childhood, I find it only natural to find my grounding outside the confines of the walls in life.

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Both camps collaborate on job skills bill

As your Representative, it’s a priority of mine to build relationships across the aisle and find pragmatic solutions to the problems facing our nation. Now — more than ever – our families, our students, our workers and our veterans need real solutions. You deserve solutions to help create jobs, build a healthy economy, provide more opportunity and ensure access to quality health care. I’ve had a busy week in Congress, and we have made good progress to pass bipartisan s...

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Duke Energy could be close to deal

RALEIGH — Duke Energy could announce as soon as next week whether a deal has been reached to help reduce high electric bills for customers in Laurinburg, Lumberton and 30 other eastern North Carolina municipalities.Those close to the negotiations said Duke Energy may be close to finalizing its deal with the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency to potentially purchase ownership interests in power plants.Still Duke officials declined on Friday to discuss ...

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Store gives Main Street a taste of Latin America

LAURINBURG — The Hispanic grocery store “Mi Fiesta” has been giving a taste of Latin America to the Scotland County community since 2006.The colorful shelves of the Main Street store are ​crowded with tropical fruits, exotic grains, cookies and other pastries. Sports attire lines the walls, as do religious ornaments, flags, even cell phone cards. Hanging from the ceiling are the piñatas that lend to the store’s playful name.Store owner ...

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Scotland soccer begins 2nd year under Gallagher

LAURINBURG — After a season of transition under first-year head coach Danny Gallagher, Scotland High’s boy’s soccer team is eager to get back on the pitch.Gallagher followed in the footsteps of longtime Scotland coach Colin McDavid, who is now Hoke County’s head soccer coach. Currently a teacher at Springhill Middle School in Laurinburg, Gallagher was previously a middle school and travel team soccer coach in the Chapel Hill area. His first year at Scotland ...

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From the diamond to the court

LAURINBURG — Michael Way was a successful softball coach at Scotland High for four years. So, forgive the people who did a double-take when they saw him patrolling the sidelines of the girl’s tennis team last fall.Way was brought on as tennis coach late last summer, and his inaugural year at the position came with its fair share of challenges. Not only was it his first year coaching tennis, a sport he himself had never played, but the team he inherited was also largely ...

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