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Diagnosis hits home

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LAURINBURG — For the cancer survivors to be celebrated during an opening lap at next week’s Relay for Life event at Scotland High School’s Pate Stadium, the disease can be characterized as a defeated adversary.But for others, the initial diagnosis comes as a death sentence.On Thursday, the family of Maxton resident Lucy Patterson set up shop on Main Street in the parking lot of AutoZone, soap and scrub brushes at the ready, washing cars to raise money for a circumstance that would have seemed inconceivable a few short weeks ago.


Fighting Scots tame Wildcats in 49-21 win

LAURINBURG — After a heart-wrenching defeat in their last game, the Fighting Scots came into Friday’s contest with a chip on their shoulder.After racking up 35 first-half points en route to a 49-21 win, Scotland heads into their bye week relieved knowing they exercised some of those demons. Scotland quarterback Dashaun Ferguson had his best game this season, throwing two touchdowns and running for two more as the Scots built up a 35-7 advantage by the second quarter....

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Woodworker retires as winemaker

WAGRAM — Jim McClanathan believes in karma.“I absolutely do not believe in coincidences,’’ the chief winemaker at Cypress Bend Vineyards said Thursday, looking back on his life and his latest career incarnation. He will retire from professional wine making at the end of September, after a total of seven years at the award-winning Wagram vineyard.“Opportunities come along in life for everyone at one point or another,’’ said McClan...

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City prayer walk, youth rally set for Saturday

LAURINBURG — Hoisting signs and banners and carrying flags, hundreds are expected to gather in downtown Laurinburg Saturday before marching from where Church and Main streets meet to Scotland High School, singing and praying the whole way.What the Rev. Michael Edds, senior pastor at East Laurinburg Pentecostal Holiness Church, has coined the “Scotland County Prayer Walk” will begin at 4:30 p.m. Members of at least a dozen churches are on board with the event, he s...

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McCrory could grant pardons to two men freed from prison

RALEIGH — Two men recently freed from prison after 30 years have applied for pardons of innocence from Gov. Pat McCrory.Henry McCollum, 50, and his 46-year-old half-brother Leon Brown, had been incarcerated for the 1983 rape and murder of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie in Red Springs. They had their convictions overturned by a judge on Sept. 2 and were released from prison after DNA evidence suggested another man committed the crime.

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Being gay still a fireable offense

North Carolina Congressman Robert Pittenger made headlines recently for suggesting that firing people from their jobs solely because they are gay is one of the “freedoms we enjoy” as Americans.Pittenger’s startlingly offensive remarks came as supporters of a federal employment non-discrimination act that would protect gay workers on the job are trying to force a vote on the proposal in the U.S. House.

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School funds increased under Tillis

Just before Labor Day, the publicly available polls of likely voters had incumbent U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan roughly tied with Republican challenger Thom Tillis. Since Labor Day, the polling average has shifted about three points in Hagan’s direction.How come? The main cause, it seems, is that Hagan and her allies have vastly outspent Tillis and his allies on TV ads since Labor Day — and the claims in those ads, on education funding, have both pulled some swing voters into Ha...

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Richmond tops newest SEC Power Rankings

Southeastern Conference football power rankings will continue every Friday until the end of season. Rankings took a hiatus last week as rain pushed many games back a day. We have a new N0. 1 team atop the rankings, and only two SEC schools remain undefeated heading into tonight’s action. If you don’t like where I ranked your team, we can have a fruitful discussion about it through a friendly phone call, email, or social media — but leave the pitchforks at home, please....

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SAU women roll to 4th straight win

MURFREESBORO — The St. Andrews University women’s soccer team added to their increasing win total Wednesday, defeating Chowan University 4-1 en route to their fourth straight victory of the season.All four of the Lady Knights’ wins have come on the road as they continue an extended trip away from home.Forward Nicole Bass got things started for the Knights as she scored in the 7th minute unassisted off a breakaway. Chowan would score the equalizer in the...

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Scotland soccer stomps Seventy-First

LAURINBURG — After losing their first two games this week, Scotland coach Danny Gallagher felt the team had to step up on Thursday against the Seventy-First Falcons.Within a ten-minute span during the first half, as the Scots scored three goals to run away with a 4-1 victory, his questions about his team were answered.Scotland suffered a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Pinecrest, and then lost to Hoke 2-1 on Wednesday in a draining loss that Gallagher said took a lot of...

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Strickland files for Lumbee Tribal Council

PEMBROKE — Four candidates filed for the Lumbee Tribal Council last Friday, the final day of the three-week filing period.The candidate to file for District 12, which encompasses Scotland County, Maxton and Alfordsville, is Shelley Strickland. The District 12 seat is currently held by Walter Lowery, who is seeking re-election.“My constituents have shown a lot of support and requested that I run again for the council,” said Strickland, who served on the ...

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Ex-prosecutor: McCrory would be ‘fool’ to pardon 2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The former prosecutor who originally tried two men recently freed by DNA evidence after 30 years in prison says Gov. Pat McCrory would be a “damn fool” to consider pardoning them.“He needs to get some investigators … down here, quietly, investigating and talking to people,” former Robeson County District Attorney Joe Freeman Britt told The Associated Press. “But I don’t think he’s clever enough to do that.&#...

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UNCP earns high marks for diversity

PEMBROKE — An online publication recently named The University of North Carolina at Pembroke the most diverse graduate school in the South.The university claimed the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the most diverse student populations at colleges that offer master’s degrees. The list was part of the publication’s 30th annual survey of more than 1,800 colleges and universities across the nation.Overall, UNCP ranked 42nd among Souther...

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Clinic to offer tours, flu shots

LAURINBURG — An upcoming pair of open house events at the Scotland Community Health Clinic will also serve as an opportunity for locals to receive flu shots free of charge.On Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, the clinic will take part in an effort by more than 80 clinics, sponsored by the N.C. Association of Free Clinics, to illustrate the continued need for free clinics and the services they provide throughout the state. The Scotland Community Health Clinic is a nonprofit organization th...

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Head Start contract renewed

LAURINBURG — Less than a month after losing state funding for its weatherization program, Southeastern Community and Family Services received confirmation this week of continued U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funding for its Head Start program.The $11 million in federal DHHS monies constitutes 78 percent of Southeastern’s annual revenue, funding 16 Head Start programs for the 2014-2015 year.Southeastern’s Head Start programs provide employ...

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SAU women’s soccer wins third straight

MOUNT VERNON, Ga. — The St. Andrews University women’s soccer team cruised to their third straight win on Saturday as they easily defeated Brewton-Parker College 5-0 to improve to 3-1 on the season.Jessica Martinez set up midfielder Olivia Thoroughman for the first goal of the game early in the first half. Martinez would receive a red card for a defensive foul a few minutes later, but the Knights continued to push the pace despite being down a player the rest of the gam...

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Strickland, Tyndall to wed

Danny and Judy Strickland of Marston announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Strickland, to Michael Tyndall.The groom-elect is the son of Ken and Jan Tyndall of Raeford.The wedding is planned for Saturday at East Laurinburg Baptist Church.

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Clean water should not be taken for granted

The coal ash problem in North Carolina was here long before the Dan River spill in February. This is a decades-old problem — one that should not take decades to correct. Senate Bill 729, the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 passed, making North Carolina the first state to adopt a comprehensive plan to clean up its coal ash dumps. I voted for the bill. It is a good first step. However, it goes neither far enough, nor fast enough. The Yadkin-Pee River is the lifeline for this region, provi...

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