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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.


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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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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