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Funding plan proposed

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LAURINBURG — A group of Scotland County commissioners presented a proposal on Tuesday for long-term local funding of the Scotland County Schools to a committee of commissioners and school board members tasked with revising the current school funding legislation.In a June mediation session, the two boards agreed on funding levels through 2015-2016 of $10.6 million for the current year and $10.8 million for next year. But, due to the county’s limited economic resources, commissioners say that funding growth cannot be sustained year after year.


A big snake and a cruel trick

Last week, I told you a little about old grist mills and how most are of a by-gone era. This week, I’m going to tell you a true story about the creepy crawling things that still hang around these old mill sites.

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Course on county education set for Friday

LAURINBURG — Following the success of last year’s inaugural State of Education breakfast, the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a repeat performance on Friday.Organized by the chamber’s governmental affairs committee, the event serves up a collection of presentations by the region’s education leaders alongside a catered breakfast.“It was a no-brainer for them to do it again this year,” said Chamber President...

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RCC to offer truck driver training

HAMLET — Richmond Community College has entered a partnership with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute to offer truck driver training this fall.An orientation is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sept. 24 on RCC’s main campus in Hamlet. Registration for the class will be by appointment on Oct. 6, followed by classes beginning Oct. 8.The Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecasted an 11 percent employment growth for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers ...

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St. Andrews volleyball goes 1-3

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The St. Andrews University volleyball team finished 1-3 in a tournament held over the weekend at Converse College.The Lady Knights brought a three-game winning streak into the tournament, but that ended Friday when they faced Southern Wesleyan University, who beat them in three sets, 25-22, 25-19, 25-8. SAU was competitive in the first two sets, but SWU ran away with the match in the third set to seal the victory. The Warriors outscored the Lady Knights 41...

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Hospice honors past, current directors

LAURINBURG – Hospice of Scotland County honored its past and present medical directors Tuesday with the dedication of a portrait wall at its Lauchwood Drive headquarters.Six photographs of the agency’s three current and three past medical directors were unveiled in the lobby by Stewart Thomas, chairman of the hospice board of trustees, and board member Noran Sanford.Honored in the special portrait tribute were the Dr. David A. Williams, Dr. Bradley H. Bethel,...

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City delays hearing on zoning change

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council delayed a public hearing to rezone 44 acres on X-Way Road from residential to industrial, scheduled for its regular meeting on Tuesday, to allow time for conference with the consulting firm currently in the process of revising the city’s unified development ordinance.The motion to remove the public hearing — as well as the scheduling of another public hearing for a similar rezoning request near Scotland High School — ...

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Health department ups fees

LAURINBURG –Fees for some vaccinations and water testing will be increased, the Scotland County Board of Health decided at its monthly meeting.The administrative fee for vaccinations will rise to $25, plus the cost of injection, a $2 increase, said Tim Martin, the fiscal management supervisor for the health department.In addition to the increased administrative fee, persons getting a private flu vaccination will pay $15, up from $12, Martin said.Martin s...

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Crime report for Sept. 17

Missing personLAURINBURG — Wesley Dean Oxendine, 42, was reported missing Tuesday by Teresa Barber, who told police Oxendine had left his Duncan Street home on foot following an argument the two had Friday night and has not returned. Barber reported that Oxendine has family in Pembroke who have also not seen him.Oxendine is American Indian, 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 180 pounds. He has a tattoo of the grim reaper on his chest. He was las...

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Latest bridge club results

LAURINBURG — The Bridge-at-the-Village club met Monday under the direction of Brian Potter.The team of Jim Lockamy and S. B. Partner came in first place. In second place was the team of Joanna Martin and Jim Beales; third place, Millie Yongue and Lil Owens; fourth place, Bonnie Purcell and Charito Grady; fifth place, Flo Johnston and Jean Powell.Second in C was the team of Ruth and Ben Drymon.

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Volunteers the best part of the Chamber

When people ask me what I like most about my job, I always have a quick answer — it is the volunteers. It always has been my favorite thing about working for a Chamber of Commerce. Of course, when I was at the High Point Chamber of Commerce, I thought I had the best volunteers in the world. After 11 years of working with those volunteers, I really had a boo-hoo session when I left. It was because I was leaving the best volunteers in the world.

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Scotland wins five-set thriller

LAURINBURG — The Scotland volleyball team didn’t make it easy on themselves Tuesday night, but found a way to win in the face of adversity — and without their head coach patrolling the sidelines. The Scots defeated the Lumberton Pirates 24-26, 25-23, 18-25, 25-23, 17-15 in a five-set battle Tuesday night that was nip and tuck throughout.Scotland coach Molly Hayes was not able to attend the game Tuesday, so assistant Jessica Chavis served in her stead. The two team...

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Smoking can lead to SIDS

Do you know that secondhand smoke can increase the chances of your infant becoming a victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, known as (SIDS)? Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is crib death, or an unexpected death of an infant, and continues to be a tragic puzzle of life. September marks “Baby Safety Awareness Month” and why this article is so important.

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Addicts share stories of recovery

LAURINBURG — Standing at the head of a group of addicts in various stages of recovery last week and recalling her years drifting in and out of rehab centers and nursing homes from South Carolina to New York, the Arletha Moore of 15, 20, or 30 years ago would not have recognized herself.“I couldn’t talk, I didn’t know how to say a decent sentence or talk to a decent human being,” Moore said. “That’s what addiction will do to you.”...

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Fun on tap at Cypress Bend

WAGRAM – Rain drizzled, but the wine poured; the band sizzled and the dancers roared, as a steady stream of visitors ignored the humidity to engage in frivolity at Saturday’s 10th Annual Fall Harvest Festival at Cypress Bend Vineyards.“Stomping grapes was a ton of fun,’’ said Beth Dixon of Annapolis, Md., crowned queen grape stomper in an all-afternoon competition. The Black Water Rhythm and Blues Band, she said, “was awesome.’&#...

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Annual shindig promises to be fancy occasion

LAURINBURG — Scotland Memorial Foundation’s annual black-tie fundraiser is a bit ritzier this year.For the first time, the winning $10 ticket will provide the lucky owner with a choice from among three prizes: a 2013 Fiat Pop automobile, a new John Deere Gator or $10,000 in cash.The drawing, which does not require the ticket holder to be present, will be a small, but integral part of the 21st Annual Putting on the Ritz banquet, organized by the Sco...

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1 injured during weekend gunfire

LAURINBURG — A man was wounded and two houses struck during shootings over the weekend that Laurinburg Police Chief Darwin Williams called a result of “escalating gang activity” throughout the city.The department’s gang unit will soon begin to “validate” known gang members, Williams said, so officers “can move forward as far as prosecuting them.”Sixteen gunshots were fired between two groups on Biggs Street on Saturday nigh...

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Bullet penetrates East Laurinburg home

EAST LAURINBURG — Shots rang out on Fifth Street in East Laurinburg on Friday, according to a Scotland County sheriff’s report, entering a home and hitting a couch inside but no residents.The shooting was reported at 11:43 p.m. by Iris McInnis, who told sheriff’s Sgt. Ronnie Ivey that a couch, pillow and blanket inside the home were damaged as well as two walls of the home that the bullet passed through.According to Ivey’s report, a “copper ...

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