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Family of abused infant urges others to speak up

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LAURINBURG — In his first days of life, Charlie Oetzel was like any other normal, healthy baby. He ate, slept and cried. He needed constant care and attention.During that short time, Audrey Blades grew to know her young son well. When she noticed that Charlie seemed to have suddenly developed a lazy eye and that he was uninterested in eating, the child was rushed to a doctor — and then, for a brain scan.“The doctor came in and told me had been shaken,” Blades said.Now, at 4 months old, Charlie requires a ventilator. He is blind and his brain has trouble regulating his body’s temperature. It is unclear how normal a life Charlie will lead.


NC adds 19K jobs in March

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina showed the country’s second-largest increase in employment in March, when 19,400 jobs were added and the jobless rate fell to 6.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.North Carolina trailed only Florida as employers in 34 states increased nonfarm payrolls last month, continuing the country’s long, slow recovery from a deep recession that started in 2007.The state’s March jobless rate was below the ...

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Cross carried through town to commemorate Good Friday

LAURINBURG — Drivers waved, honked their horns and shouted words of encouragement to a crowd of about 36 who, on Good Friday, were being led by a man dragging a cross through Laurinburg.Kevin Hunt, director of the children’s church at Northview Harvest Ministries, was the first to shoulder a 75-pound cross for 1.4 miles from the Laurinburg Pentecostal Holiness Church to the Scotland County Courthouse during the annual Crosswalk.“Today we’re commem...

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Tourism season approaching for 8th district

This week and next, the House is in recess so it is great to be back home in North Carolina. This past weekend I was incredibly lucky and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Grand Marshall and Honorary Starter for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway. What an incredible event and such a fun day. As I said to the crowd on Sunday, I’m proud to be your Congressman which means I go up to Washington every week and tell them to keep their ha...

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Who opposes school choice — and why?

Liberal activists may fume, and left-wing editorialists may grind their teeth, but legislative leaders are going to defend their 2013 opportunity scholarship bill against lawsuits by the teacher union and other special interests.Senate leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Thom Tillis, House Speaker Pro Tem Skip Stam (the main architect of the program), and other leaders won’t be defending school choice because they oppose public education. They won’t be defending school ch...

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UNCP’s annual Ladies Garden Party is April 25

PEMBROKE — UNC Pembroke’s First Lady Sarah Carter will host the annual Ladies Garden Party at the Chancellor’s Residence on April 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The event, which includes a luncheon, will be staged in the backyard of the residence and hosted by Sarah Carter, wife of Chancellor Kyle R. Carter. Summer dresses and hats are always in style at this event.Tickets are $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight. Proceeds from the event support the Ellen Hubbar...

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Scotland High inducts first members of technical honor society

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Schools Career and Technical Education Department held its first National Technical Honor Society induction ceremony on April 3 in the auditorium at Scotland High School.Twenty-two juniors and seniors met the requirements for membership. Students recognized as members are those who have excelled in both their technical area courses and their required academic classes. In order to be nominated, students must have a 3.0 unweighted overall grade ...

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Young entrepreneurs awarded funding to launch startups

LAURINBURG — On March 25 at 6 p.m. student entrepreneurs took to the stage to present their business plans before a panel of local leaders of industry and a public audience.

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