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Vigil brings to light sex abuse statistics

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LAURINBURG — On the campus of St. Andrews University on Tuesday, some 20 students and faculty members joined with the staff of the county’s Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center for a grim education — on the pervasiveness of sexual assault on college campuses and elsewhere, and the effects it has on the people behind the numbers.“Sex assault is something people do not like to talk about,” said Beth Taylor, executive director of the center. “Sadly, the statistics are currently that one in six women have experienced, at some point in their life, sexual assault of some kind and one in 33 men.“I don’t think the male statistic is quite correct, I just think men don’t report as women do.”

 

Solar firm pushes back X-Way request

LAURINBURG — In light of a request for a condtional use permit for a solar array on X-Way Road being postponed until the May meeting of the city of Laurinburg’s planning board, the board at its Tuesday meeting was tasked with coming to that meeting prepared with their choice of three proposed ordinances that would govern any solar farms seeking a permit.

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With eyes on state mandate, board passes two budgets

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Health at its Tuesday meeting approved two budgets for the upcoming fiscal year — one catered to the county health department’s actual needs, and the other to a bill passed by the general assembly that mandates the county’s level of funding be returned to its 2010-2011 level.

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Council sets limit on spending for 911 center

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council is expected to vote next week on an amended memorandum of understanding capping the city’s contribution to the county emergency call center at $250,000 annually.After more than an hour of discussion during its agenda meeting on Tuesday night, council also concluded that it will gradually withdraw support to the center, leaving it funded completely by the county within 10 years.The memorandum drafted by the county sourc...

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Crime report for April 16

ArrestsLAURINBURG — James Tyson, 42, of 22300 Airbase Road, was arrested Monday for an outstanding warrant of assault on a female after officers tried to stop his vehicle on Carter Road, according to a police report. Tyson attempted to elude the authorities but hit a tree off the side of the road. He was also charged with possession of stolen goods, careless and reckless driving, resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer, driving while license revoked and...

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Board continues election day prep

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Elections continued planning for the May 6 election during a meeting on Tuesday.Board members Hal Culberson and William Bullard approved 10 absentee ballots submitted by mail, checking for the required signatures on the ballot envelope.“Of course we do not open them, we just look at the outside,” Culberson said. “They have already been checked to be sure that they are registered voters, and we require two ...

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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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Fort Hood victim recalls the day he almost died

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...

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