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Fort Hood victim recalls the day he almost died

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RED SPRINGS — When Army Specialist Ivan Lopez opened fire at Fort Hood earlier this month, killing three soldiers and injuring 16 others, it was news around the world.For Flora Macdonald Academy volunteer Alonzo Lunsford, the April 2 shooting was more than a headline — it was tragic reminder of what he endured during the first massacre at the same Army base more than four years ago.“I couldn’t believe it happened again,” said the 47-year-old retired staff sergeant, who was shot seven times during the 2009 Ft. Hood attack that killed 13 people and injured 32 people. The incident left him blind in one eye.


The problem isn’t ‘stepping on toes’

Gov. Pat McCrory seems to think that every time people in Raleigh have questions about one of his proposals, it is because he is courageously “stepping on toes” of people in entrenched institutions who refuse to consider doing things differently.McCrory used the line in a recent speech in Charlotte — where he seems to be spending an inordinate amount of time in recent weeks — talking about the lukewarm reception for his proposal to turn over the state’...

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For teachers, a slide of job satisfaction

In the classroom, nothing beats a good teacher. Abundant research affirms teacher quality as the most significant in-school predictor of student achievement. Teachers know they have the power to leave a profound imprint on the minds of students; for many, this core belief shapes their choice of teaching as an occupation.Yet scores of teachers are withdrawing emotionally from their work. A pair of recent surveys paints a portrait of alarmingly low levels of engagement and satisfacti...

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‘Thanks’ an incomplete expression of gratitude

“Thanks for your service.”Maybe we have done a better job of showing appreciation to the members of the armed forces who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan than we did for those who served in Vietnam. Some opponents of that war made many Vietnam veterans feel that coming home was like leaving one war only to be thrown into another.But today’s “Thank you for your service,” is not substantially better, as far as some at Afghanistan-Iraq veterans a...

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Task force recommends teacher pay increase

LAURINBURG — A set of recommendations forwarded Monday to the General Assembly by the 18-member Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force included, in the short term, increasing salaries for inexperienced teachers. The report, expected to come into play during the legislative short session set to convene on May 14, identified teacher raises across the board as a long-term goal.Comprising legislators, teachers, school board members and school administrators, the task ...

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Storytellers spin colorful yarns at eighth annual county festival

LAURINBURG — Showcasing stories from the perfectly true to the completely implausible, the eighth annual Storytelling Festival of Carolina this weekend treated thousands to two days packed with entertainment.The festival showcased four storytellers on the grounds of the John Blue House: Donald Davis, Carmen Deedy, Antonio Rocha, and Kim Weitkamp, all nationally-known raconteurs who have performed at the national festival in Tennessee.“I love Carmen Deedy and ...

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Pet of the Week for April 15

Spanky is a 1-year-old “pocket” pointer mix with a dash of spaniel, and weighs about 25 pounds. He is quiet with good manners. He is leash trained and likes to give kisses and cuddle. Spanky has been treated for heartworms and will be available after April 18. We are accepting applications.The adoption fee for dogs is $100, which includes introductory immunizations, spay/neuter, and microchip. Apply online at or at 1401 West Blvd. in Laurinburg.

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Crime report for April 15

Arrests LAURINBURG — Christopher Crump, 21, of 224 Benjamin Road in Maxton, was arrested Sunday for carrying a concealed weapon, according to a police report. He was held under a $1,500 secured bond.LAURINBURG — Dontay McLaurin, 23, of 201 Gill St., was arrested Sunday for simple assault, according to a police report. He signed a written promise to appear in court.LAURINBURG — Tara Hough, 30, and Katie McIntyre, 17, both of 1...

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Godmother of child burned in hot water arrested Friday

LAURINBURG — The godmother of a 22-month-old girl who suffered third-degree burns to her feet last weekend was arrested Friday, according to the Laurinburg Police Department.Cliff Sessoms, assistant police chief, said that 47-year-old Linda McQueen, of 1419 Hickory St., was served a warrant at her home around noon for “child neglect resulting in serious bodily injury.” She is being held in the Scotland County jail under a $50,000 secured bond.During the...

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Former county resident awarded $25K scholarship

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Former Scotland County resident and former Wagram Elementary School, Shaw Middle School and Scotland High School student Kabreel McEachin-Campbell will be awarded a scholarship from the United Negro College Fund and Target and recognized as a Rising Star.Kabreel will receive a $25,000 award on Sunday at 10 p.m. on BET. Kabreel is one of only five students in the nation to receive this award.Kabreel is the son of Christopher Campbell of Rockingh...

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Gibson to apply for water system grant

GIBSON — The Gibson town commission held the first of two public hearings on Thursday concerning an application for a grant to improve the town’s water system.Randy Freeman, an engineer with The Wooten Company, detailed the project and grant to the commissioners during the board’s regular monthly meeting.“It’s just going to be a small project rehabbing the Church Street pump station and updating the equipment in it,” Freeman said....

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City native applies for vacant seat

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Education will have three applicants to interview on April 21 to fill the seat vacated earlier this year by Darwin Williams.During the application period, which ended on Thursday, Raymond Hyatt, Robert Malloy, and Dannie S. McInnis submitted letters of interest in serving out Williams’ term, which will end in 2016.McInnis, who applied earlier this week, is a Laurinburg native and retired Scotland County Schools employ...

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Overpass planned for busy intersection

LAURINBURG — The N.C. Department of Transportation has begun the process to construct, by 2017, an overpass at what has been identified as Scotland County’s most dangerous intersection.The most recent report released by the department tallied a total of 39 crashes at the intersection of U.S. 501 and Old Wire Road. There have been two so far this year, including a collision on Wednesday.In January, five members of a Ft. Bragg honor guard were injured when thei...

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Huesa inducted into Honor Society

SOUTHERN PINES — Julia Huesa of Laurinburg, was among 14 students inducted into the National Honor Society at the O’Neal School on April 8.During the ceremony, current members presented each of the four characteristics of membership: scholarship, leadership, service and character. Students must demonstrate excellence in these areas, in addition to maintaining a certain grade point average to be considered for the National Honor Society.The standard GPA for in...

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Vice president named for workforce division

HAMLET — Robbie Taylor of Hamlet will be leading Richmond Community College’s Workforce and Economic Development (WED) division upon the retirement of Steve Smith next month.Taylor has served as director in the WED division for about three years. He will officially take over duties as WED vice president May 19.Having worked in both law enforcement and education, Taylor has a long history in public service. He worked for Richmond County Sheriff’s Departm...

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Fifth annual ‘Ride Like A Knight’ horse show Saturday

LAURINBURG — St. Andrews University will hold the fifth annual Ride Like A Knight Horse Show today, beginning at 10:30 a.m. at the Equestrian Center.Free and open to the public, the show is a part of the Therapeutic Horsemanship program at the University focused on using a horse to improve a rider’s physical and emotional health. Riders in the program range from age 5 to 60. St. Andrews University students participate in the program as volunteers as part of the curricul...

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Scots Make SAT Wall of Fame

LAURINBURG — Fifty-three Scotland High School students were recognized Thursday during a ceremony in the Media Center for completing their SAT, the College Board admissions test, with a score of 1,500 or higher.The SAT is a three-part test with each section worth a maximum of 800 points. The sections include critical reading, mathematics and writing, which includes grammar. Students also must write a two-page essay that includes examples from the areas of science, the humanit...

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Brigadier General Jamerson will speak at UNCP commencements

PEMBROKE — Chancellor Kyle Carter has announced that United States Air Force Brigadier General Allen J. Jamerson will be UNC Pembroke’s commencement speaker for two ceremonies that will be held on May 9-10.A distinguished UNCP graduate, Brig. Gen. Jamerson is director of Security Forces and deputy chief of staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support at Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from then...

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