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800 customers affected by two power outages

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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 replaced the damaged equipment and restored power within about 20 minutes, he said.“The system operated like it was supposed to,” he said. “There was a fault on the line and it shut itself down so no damage would be done.”

 

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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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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Festival shows Lumber the love

ORRUM — There were plenty of familiar faces and just as many new ones attending the fifth annual Lumber River Day festival on Saturday, but more importantly, according to the superintendent of the Lumber River State Park, were the number of smiles.“Folks love coming out by the river and taking a free canoe ride, and I think we try to make it real kid friendly. We get them out and moving around, and getting involved in nature,” Neil Lee said. “Kids love this ...

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RCC accepting tuition payments

HAMLET — Richmond Community College is now accepting tuition payments for the Fall 2014 semester.“The state just set the tuition rate for the 2014-15 academic year,” said Brent Barbee, RCC’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “Before the rate was set, we were not able to accept tuition payments for the upcoming semester.”The tuition rate for 2014-15 for all for-credit classes in the North Carolina Community College S...

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O’Neal student has family tale published

SOUTHERN PINES — Rising O’Neal seventh grade student, Bray Woodard, attended the awards and book signing ceremony for the Grannie Annie Writing Contest on June 1 in St. Louis, Mo. Her story is published in volume 9 of The Grannie Annie book, which is a collection of stories about family histories.The Grannie Annie received 449 stories this year, more than ever before. Students in grades 4 through 8 and homeschooled and international students age 9 through 14 are invited...

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UNCP takes production of ‘The Little Prince’ on the road

PEMBROKE — In the play “The Little Prince,” an 8-year-old boy recounts his travels across the universe and back, which while impressive did not make the cast’s four-hour drive to Roanoke Island any less daunting.Students of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke had a rare opportunity to mount a touring production of the children’s play, “The Little Prince” when they take their show on the road to Roanoke Island’s Festival Park ...

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Most crops on target despite dry spells; some stunted

LAURINBURG — Fields upon fields of Scotland County...

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