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School worker facing felony theft charges

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LAURINBURG — A Fairmont High School employee, accused by Laurinburg police last month with stealing and using an ex-girlfriend’s debit card, now faces several felonies related to break-ins in Robeson and Scotland counties, according to Scotland County sheriff’s Capt. Jon Edwards.Robert Goins, 29, of 9841 S. Turnpike Road, was arrested Wednesday and is being held in the Scotland County jail under a $45,000 bond for five counts each of felonious breaking and entering and felonious larceny after breaking and entering in Scotland County, Edwards said.


Laurinburg man in stable condition following wreck

LAURINBURG — A Laurinburg man injured in a single-car accident on Wednesday afternoon is in stable condition at a Charlotte hospital, according to a medical spokesperson.Franklin James West, 51, of Wall St., was transferred to Carolinas Medical Center from Scotland Memorial Hospital Wednesday night, according to a Scotland Health spokesperson. A spokesperson for the Charlotte hospital said West was expected to recover.The accident happened at 6:44 p.m. near the int...

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Value of Laurinburg-Maxton airport immeasurable

It is understood that airport runways lead to any place in the world, oftentimes in just one flight. They are a “connection to the world,” allowing businesses to grow and are a valuable asset to help attract businesses to our community. Beyond being “business-friendly” the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport provides considerable economic impact to our community.

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Obamacare doomed? Don’t bet on it

The world was supposed to end in 2012, according to various misinterpretations of Mayan culture. Then, when time kept ticking along into 2013 the doomsday preachers had to recalculate. Recently, there was news that a group called the Sword of God Brotherhood has changed humanity’s end date to Jan. 1, 2017.History tells us two things about these Cassandras who give us specifics about the Apocalypse: one, they are always wrong, and, two, being wrong will not dissuade them from ...

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Will McCrory stand up for right to know?

Midway through his sophomore year in North Carolina’s executive mansion, Gov. Pat McCrory may be turning over a new leaf.The GOP governor rebuffed Republican legislative leaders last week, vowing to veto a charter school bill that would make school employees’ names and salaries secret. In an encouraging stand for open government, McCrory said information about workers paid with public money must remain open to the state’s taxpayers.

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Actors bring fairytale fun to summer program

LAURINBURG — Actors with the Bright Star Theatre Group swung by the Scotland County Memorial Library Wednesday, where more than 600 children waved their imaginary wands and uttered the “magic words” to help Cinderella change into her gown before heading off to the prince’s ball.“Bippity-boppity-boo,” the children shouted in delight before Cinderella emerged behind a backdrop to reveal her sparkly gown.The theatre group traveled from As...

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Laurinburg native hopes to dazzle at Scotland Bling’s grand opening

LAURINBURG — Just as the name implies, Belinda English hopes that Laurinburg’s newest store — Scotland Bling — will dazzle locals with its offerings of jewelry and southern attire.English, a proud Laurinburg native who now lives in Gibson, has turned a building which served during her childhood years as a bakery into a boutique featuring jewelry, apparel and accessories.The glitzy store features displays for dresses, T-shirts, sandals, jewelry, wa...

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Longtime plant in hands of realty company

LAURINBURG — Changing hands late last year for the first time since 2003, the former Abbott Laboratories plant on U.S. 401 is once again in partial use, with the current owner still marketing the plant building itself.From 2003 to 2011, the plant was home to QualPak, which produced hand sanitizers under the Purell brand. It remained under the ownership of GoJo for another two years before Statesville-area Legacy Properties acquired it in December.

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Source: Hornets to sign Hayward to offer sheet

CHARLOTTE (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets are going all out to sign restricted free agent Gordon Hayward.The Hornets have agreed on a maximum offer sheet with Hayward that would pay the small forward $63 million over the next four years, a person close to with the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.The Utah Jazz would have three days to match the deal once Hayward officially signs.The person commented to the AP on condition of anonymity becaus...

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Counterfeit goods seized from two Laurinburg stores

LAURINBURG — Laurinburg police and state agents during searches of five local stores on Tuesday seized counterfeit bags and clothing that had name-brand prices totaling $30,000, according to police Chief Darwin Williams.Williams said property “commonly known as knock-off items” were collected from Wampler’s Jewelry and Handbags, at 1777 S. Main St., and Athletic Warehouse, in the Holly Square shopping center at 1672 S. Main St.The Laurinburg store...

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Former county resident wins ‘Cutthroat Kitchen’

BURBANK, Calif. — Former Scotland County resident and restaurant owner Gerry Fong recently whipped up a key lime pie on an episode of the Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” which landed him $8,000 and some sweet bragging rights.Fong, whose family once owned “Fong’s Chinese Restaurant” in Laurinburg, set off from home a few years ago after graduating from Scotland High School to continue his education and explore his career options. Fong wor...

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Commissioners finalize budget

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Commissioners amended its budget on Monday to reflect its funding agreement with the Scotland County Board of Education, reached in mediation last month.For local current expense, the board approved a $275,000 increase to a total of $10,614,325. For capital, the board approved a $110,230 increase to $300,000.Another result of that mediation session was a pledge by both boards to form a joint committee to explore the current...

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County’s emergency response time delayed

LAURINBURG — A shortage of available sheriff’s deputies delayed county emergency crews’ response to the Thursday night altercation preceding the death of a Laurinburg man, authorities said Tuesday.According to Scotland County’s Sheriff Shep Jones and EMS Director Roylin Hammond, crews arrived at the intersection of Crestline and Ray Locklear roads 21 minutes after a call reporting an assault in progress was placed to the sheriff’s office at 11:16 p.m. ...

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Help chamber collect school tools at After 5

Paper, pencils, pens, composition notebooks, 3-ring binders, markers, crayons, calculators, erasers, folders, glue sticks, and more! The list seems never-ending when you get the required supplies your child needs to begin a new school year. I hope, if you are reading this, you are able to provide the materials your child needs each year without it causing a burden on your household.

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How Pup learned to fish for largemouth bass

When my Dad was growing up there was a family in his neighborhood where all the kids had nicknames that they went by. Most of the folks living around them never knew what their real names were. This particular family had three boys. The oldest one went by the name of Sheep, the middle one was called Pumphandle and the youngest was named Turkey. Dad said he could always understand where Turkey got his name because he had a long neck, a skinny looking head, eyes that seemed to pop out of his he...

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Sweepstakes’ fate hinges on court case

Nine days after police searched his business, seized his property and warned him against an attempt to operate his Internet cafe within the county limits, Carolina Cyber Center owner Robert Outlaw has yet to be charged with a crime.For a task force so sure that the type of business Outlaw was conducting was illegal, we wonder what the delay could be. And we’re also curious — not only to see what charges will be brought, but if they will stick in court.

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Latest bridge club results

LAURINBURG — The Bridge-at-the-Village Club met Monday under the direction of Mac Doubles.The team of Betty Hasty and Lil Owens took first place. Gail and Jim Lockamy took second, Joanne Martin and Jim Beales took third; Ruth and Ben Drymon took fourth and Patsy Smith and Tim Rumph, fifth. First in C were Connie and Doug Harris.

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Police seeking missing 13-year-old

LAURINBURG — Police are looking for a 13-year-old Laurinburg girl who was last seen leaving her mother’s home early Sunday morning.Tiarra Yvonne Monley was reported missing at 9:26 a.m. Monday by her mother, Laura Monley, of the 500 block of Tuskegee Drive, who told police she hadn’t seen her daughter in nearly 24 hours, according to police Capt. Terry Chavis.Monley reported that Tiarra, who was visiting from Fayetteville, walked out of the home at 8:45...

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