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Stone tapped for district judge seat

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LAURINBURG — An attorney who has practiced law across the state of North Carolina for 19 years was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory last week to the District Court seat left vacant by the retirement of Judge John Horne, Jr.McCrory officially announced the appointment of Michael A. Stone, who owns a private legal practice, on Monday. Horne retired on July 1 after serving for seven years on the 16A District Court bench.Stone received the call from the governor’s office last Wednesday, near the close of business.“I’m just taking in the news,” he said the following day as he and his assistant Sylvia Panky worked to organize case files. “It’s going to take a lot of work.”


MMA welterweight fighter excited for match near Laurinburg home

LAURINBURG — Growing up, mixed martial arts fighter Blaine Thomas bounced from place to place, constantly moving because his father worked in the military. Despite living in countless locations and houses, he has always called Laurinburg home.Thomas is a member of the Lumbee Tribe, and is one of the few Americans Indians competing in the MMA. His grandparents, William and Elizabeth Locklear, live in Wagram, and his mom graduated from Scotland High School. Thomas currently liv...

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School board should be praised for discussion of system’s needs

To the editor:Our community needs to thank our school board for the time and effort spent in meeting to address our public educational needs. Such clear-eyed, common sense as they show is a much-needed antidote to the heated political churning going on in Raleigh under the guise of “helping our children.”

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Newton seeks chemistry with receivers as Panthers report to camp

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Cam Newton will have plenty to do when the NFC South champion Panthers report to training camp.In between spending time in the training room rehabbing from offseason ankle surgery, Newton hopes to develop some on-field chemistry with a completely revamped group of wide receivers.Toss in the fact coach Ron Rivera is counting on Newton to take on a bigger leadership role following the departures of longtime offensive captains Steve Smith and Jordan G...

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Scotland sending two players to East-West All-Star game

LAURINBURG — After helping their team advance to the state championship game as seniors, Scotland High’s Garrett Best and Tasheen Tyson find themselves together on the same team once more before they embark on their college careers.Today marks the 66th annual East-West All-Star game held at Grimsley High School in Greensboro. Best and Tyson, along with Scotland head coach Richard Bailey, will represent Scotland High School for the East team. This game, run by the North ...

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Where are the charges against owners of sweepstakes cafes?

To the editor:Looking at the paper, I see that Scotland County again has the highest unemployment rate in the state, at 12.7 percent.

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Ol’ Charley done found religion

Last week we left Ol’ Charley Perkins as mad as a setting hen ‘cause he thought someone had poisoned his bear. Charley won’t never much of a religious man anyway, no-sir-re. Why he never would go to Sunday school, church or revival meeting. In fact, if’en you didn’t watch him, he’d cheat you blind. He’d go to weigh out a customer a mess of fish, looking them straight in the eye, and I be dog gone if’en Charley wouldn’t have his thumb on th...

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Scotland offers plenty of things to do

“There’s nothing to do in Scotland County!”Have you ever heard this? I have and every time I hear it, I really want to scream. There are at least two to three times a month when I either have to decide which event I attend or I go somewhere and leave early, so that I can make it to the next event. Yet, there are people who think there is nothing to do in Scotland County. I just don’t understand it!

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City doesn’t bite on costly mosquito spraying

LAURINBURG — The city council was itching to continue a mosquito-prevention program, but new statewide requirements and a hefty price increase implemented a few years ago meant that Scotland County citizens had to do without the extra shield of protection from the blood-sucking annoyances of the summer season.“We can spray a limited amount,” said City Manger Charles Nichols. “We can spray shrubs and bushes for specific city events but we’re limited to ...

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City OKs equipment expenditure

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council gave final approval to the purchase of nearly $800,000 in new equipment during its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.That equipment was already approved by council in the city’s 2014-2015 budget, but staff returned final bids on Tuesday for a $239,222 front loader truck for the sanitation department, a $201,958.79 truck mounted high pressure sewer cleaner for the sewer collection department, a $129,819.20 trailer mounted vacuum ...

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Faster, easier website unveiled today

The Laurinburg Exchange is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:— Easier to read headlines with one-click accessi...

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800 customers affected by two power outages

LAURINBURG — Downed tree branches and heavy rain damaged equipment on two electrical poles on Monday, according to the city of Laurinburg’s Electrical Services director, causing two separate outages that affected a total of more than 800 people.Robert Smith said a tree limb that had come to rest on the primary power line on King Street had knocked into a lightning arrestor and water seeped inside, eventually causing a circuit to shut down at 11:36 a.m. A three-man crew ...

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A new look, thanks to our readers

The Laurinburg Exchange is today launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout and more effective for our advertisers.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Laurinburg Exchange is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available. This week, we are also unveiling a redesigned website.B...

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County native’s collection gets national display

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — A Laurel Hill native and former NASA project manager will be honored next week for his commitment to educating children about humanity’s forays into space exploration.Joseph Williams’ collection of space memorabilia has taken the better part of a 78-year lifetime to amass, beginning in 1955 when he enlisted in the Air Force after one year of study at what was then Pembroke State University.“I scored very high on their aptitude t...

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Crime report for July 22

ArrestsLAURINBURG — Tierra Blackwell, 19, of 900 Charlotte St. Apt. 11B, and James Tyner, 29, of 15441 Rhonda St., were each placed in the Scotland County jail under a $1,500 bond after they were found to be smoking marijuana in the presence of a toddler and newborn, according to a police report.Officers responded to Charlotte Street apartment complex after receiving calls that Tyner, who had been banned from the property, was seen entering Blackwe...

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Police charge 50 during two checkpoints

LAURINBURG — Laurinburg police charged 50 people with various offenses during two checkpoints early Sunday morning, according to Police Chief Darwin Williams.“This time of year we have a lot of people coming through and not all of them are law-abiding,” he said Monday.The checkpoints, conducted at Highland Road and U.S. 401 from 12:30-2 a.m. and at U.S. 74 near the Stewartsville Road overpass from 2:30-5 a.m., were staffed by a total of 19 0fficers R...

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Don’t let back-to-school tasks sneak up on you

Parents, if this is your first time at the back-to-school rodeo, let me share a few lessons my wife and I have learned the hard way. Chances are you’ll be spending the next few weeks filling out piles of pre-enrollment paperwork, lining up carpools and, of course, taking the dreaded shopping excursions for clothes and school supplies.If you’re a first-timer or simply need a back-to-school refresher course, here are a few suggestions that can help you save time, money an...

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Where did all of NC’s new voters come from?

“Voters born elsewhere make up nearly half of N.C. electorate.”So begins the latest DataNet report from the UNC Program on Public Life, directed by former journalist Ferrel Guillory.So what? What difference does it make to us that almost half of North Carolina voters were born somewhere else?To begin to show the importance of such a large number of non-North Carolina natives participating in the state’s election process, DataNet gives us a sh...

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