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‘He should have never had to deal with anything like this’

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LAURINBURG — Still searching for answers in the August death of her 17-year-old son, Claudia Lacy of Bladenboro told members of the Scotland County NAACP on Saturday to consider his case not as an isolated incident but a warning.“The youth are our future,” Lacy said in her address to the crowd of 150 that gathered at Bright Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church for the NAACP’s 39th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet.“His cousins, his brother … their future is in jeopardy, their lives are in jeopardy.”

 

Boards hear from expert

LAURINBURG — Regardless of the outcome of the Board of Education and Board of Commissioners’ joint committee convened to explore options for future school funding in Scotland County, that issue is not likely to become a simple one.So members of both boards, along with Superintendent Ron Hargrave and County Manager Kevin Patterson, were informed on Monday in a discussion with Kara Millonzi, a UNC School of Government attorney and associate professor.“You...

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Missionary weighs trip to republic ravaged by Ebola

LAURINBURG — The Rev. Roy McCook has a lot to pray about as he plans his 15th journey to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in November. Concerns about visas, bug spray, anti-malarial drugs and otherwise vital vaccinations seem almost trivial in light of history’s worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.The still-unchecked outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea has a mortality rate of about 50 percent, the World Health Organization reports. It is wel...

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CDC drops the ball on Ebola

In the last few weeks, the tragic Ebola epidemic in West Africa has hit home as we’ve witnessed the first death and transmissions in America. Additionally, news that the second health care worker to contract the disease was able to board a commercial airplane while being monitored for signs of infection is deeply troubling. I know that everyone is concerned and I want to assure you that I share your concerns.It is important to know, though, that there is absolutely no reason ...

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60s radical returns to NC

Howard Fuller was back in North Carolina last week promoting his new book, “No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform.”Fuller is a professor of education and director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University.Some North Carolinians remember Fuller as a community organizer in the 1960s and 1970s. He led poor people to demand fair treatment, to work together to improve their lives, an...

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Rockingham Speedway foreclosure averted

ROCKINGHAM — In five months, the Rockingham Speedway will be under new ownership.Andy Hillenburg of Concord and Bill R. Silas of Stuart, Florida, have agreed to sell or auction off the speedway in order to avoid foreclosure for default on a $4.2 million loan used to buy the property, according to court filings.Superior Court Judge David Lee signed a consent order between the speedway’s owners and Salisbury-based Farmers & Merchants Bank, which holds the loan ...

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Scots best Bucks in defensive battle

LAURINBURG — One and done.That was the threat hanging over both Scotland and Hoke as they took the pitch Monday night for the first round of the SEC tournament. In order to qualify for the NCHSAA state tournament, a school must finish in the top three of their conference, or win the conference tournament. The Scots finished fourth in the final regular season standings and Hoke came in fifth — one defeat would end the losing team’s year.Scotland’s ...

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Tigers take down Scots in first round

LAURINBURG — Scotland volleyball coach Molly Hayes said before the season, if her girls play hard and compete the right way, they would rack up a lot of points.They did both of those things Saturday, but it was not enough to defeat Ragsdale in the first round of the North Carolina 4-A volleyball tournament — the Tigers defeated the Scots 25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20.Scotland jumped out to a good start in the first set, taking a 3-0 lead. But Hayes was forced to...

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Tellers hold audience transfixed

LAURINBURG — Leaning lovingly against each other on a bench beneath the shade of an old hardwood, listening with eyes closed to the loquacious levity spilling from a nearby packed party tent, the retired Chapel Hill couple typified the autumn tranquility permeating Saturday’s 2014 Storytelling Festival of Carolina.“We’re not sleeping, we’re mesmerized,’’ Bill Holton said of he and his wife, Bitty. “We can listen better with our eyes c...

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Vigil sheds light on the lost

LAURINBURG — They came from Scotland, Hoke, Robeson and Cumberland counties — some in jeans, some in heels and others in uniform. In wheelchairs and strollers, some old and some young, the strangers who came together Friday night at the Scotland County courthouse found one thing in common.All they have left, is hope.And all they can hope for is a miracle — that after months or years of silence, someone somewhere will come forward with some piece of info...

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Life’s rewards well worth the hike

A number of years ago, I attended a retreat in the mountains of North Carolina. Autumn had arrived, and I looked forward to a change of scenery. I don’t remember much about the speeches or sessions, but the highlight of the trip was a hike up a mountain trail. The hike was an option during free time one afternoon, and since I was younger and in much better shape then, I felt confident. At the meeting point, I noticed that only a small group had gathered. After the guide gave a warning a...

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Autumn a great time to be in Scotland County

We’ve now just past the halfway point in October. So far we have played host to the Kuumba Festival, the Scotland County Highland Games, and the John Blue Cotton Festival. Additionally, the exchange group students and teachers from our Sister City of Oban, Scotland are in town experiencing the best of North Carolina, from the brilliant autumn colors of the High Country to the warm water and sandy beaches of Ocean Isle. This weekend we’re playing host to the Storytelling Festival o...

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Family of Lennon Lacy to speak at county NAACP event

LAURINBURG — The mood of tonight’s 39th annual Freedom Fund Banquet is expected to be a bit more somber with a last-minute addition to the program — the parents of a Bladenboro teenager who are challenging the decision of local authorities in their son’s death.The family of Lennon Lacy, a 17-year-old found in August hanging from a swing set behind a trailer park in his hometown, say an autopsy which determined Lacy died from asphyxia and suggested suicide ig...

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Tellers preview diverse narratives

LAURINBURG — A preview of this weekend’s Storytelling Festival of Carolina delivered to a small but receptive crowd on Friday revealed that the event will encompass far more than just a few yarns.Adopting poetic meter as easily as the inflections of everyday speech, Mitch “Gran’daddy Junebug” Capel delivered several of the poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar — whom he described as the “baddest poet to ever walk the planet.”With t...

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Four recognized for public service

LUMBERTON — Four Scotland County residents were recognized for their devotion to public service Thursday night by the Lumber River Council of Governments. The annual awards supper, held at the Southeastern NC Agricultural Events Center, also celebrated COG’s founding in the five-county region 42 years ago.Presided over by James Leach, chairman of the Lumber River COG, the awards included nods to Scotland County Manager Kevin Patterson, county board clerk Ann Kurtzman, t...

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College wrestling coaches convene

RALEIGH — St. Andrews wrestling coach Joe Baranik wanted to give wrestling a platform to signify the start of the season — so he did something about it.The wrestling minds of North Carolina convened in Raleigh Tuesday morning at the first annual Wrestling Coaches Breakfast. Baranik spear-headed the event, hosted this year at the State Farmer’s Market Restaurant, with the goal to bring the 10 collegiate wrestling programs in North Carolina together.Altho...

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Jones and Kersey trade barbs at candidate forum

LAURINBURG — Though they didn’t make a dent in the dozens of questions proposed by the audience, the heated exchange between Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones and challenger Ralph Kersey at the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce candidate forum on Thursday night had mediator John Horne struggling to keep the event from evolving into a full-on debate.The sheriff, seeking his third term in office, and his challenger, a veteran who served for 26 years on ...

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SAU volleyball wins to get to .500

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University volleyball team got back on track after a tw0-game skid to defeat Johnson & Wales University Thursday night at home, 25-13, 25-14, 25-14.Freshman outside hitter Angelica Arroyo spearheaded the win with 12 kills and four digs. She now has 214 kills this season. Sophomore hitter Tessa Smith was second on the team with eight kills while also tallying three digs and an ace. Middle blocker Aurore Floury and Lindsey Wagner each had five kills...

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