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District dishes out inspiration

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LAURINBURG — In a Friday morning convocation ceremony, hundreds of Scotland County Schools teachers, administrators, and staff packed the Scotland High School auditorium for a session of collective encouragement for the tasks that lie ahead in the new school year.Following breakfast, teachers each received a card sporting a seed and a pithy statement of inspiration as they filed into the auditorium. Superintendent Ron Hargrave began the ceremony by recognizing staff from the system’s 14 schools to a crescendo of cheers as he called each school’s name.


Foolish choice on Medicaid expansion

When you consider all the bad choices made by the General Assembly and Governor Pat McCrory in the last two years — and there have been too many to mention — the one that may make the least sense was the decision not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and therefore provide health coverage for more than 400,000 low income adults who are currently uninsured.That point was reinforced dramatically recently by a national report that quantified how much federal ...

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World ignored signs of ISIS power

Winston Churchill once said, “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” Over the past several months, the world has watched with great concern the events unfolding around the Middle East and Eastern Europe. The escalating tensions stemming from these events threaten to destabilize the world at large and serve as a chilling reminder that evil does indeed exist.

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From fire hose to stethoscope

LAURINBURG — Before Lumberton Fire Chief Mike Cox retired from the Fire Department in 2010, he explored options for his next career. With the medical field in mind, he realized that he already had the minimum requirements needed to start physician assistant training.Upon acceptance at the New York Institute of Technology Mike packed his bags and headed to New York.“That first semester was very difficult for me,” Mike says. “Learning to study again...

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The (not so) great basketball game

Carolina Military Academy was a college preparatory school in Maxton that occupied the campus of the then-closed Presbyterian Junior College. CMA opened in 1962 and closed in 1972. The creative writer of this tale is a 1964 CMA graduate who returned after college to English and history and coach basketball. Each May the CMA Alumni Association meets for a reunion at the Sands Resort of Myrtle Beach. — Frank LeaIt started innocently enough during a recent CMA reunion. On Sa...

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Songs merry and sad

Throughout life we meet many people that through some simple display of concern, reaching out, and caring; they become forever sacred and revered in our memories. That would accurately describe Jack and Jewls. Both were exceptionally good people, but in other ways they could not have been more different.Saturday, we received a telephone call from one of Jack’s friends. Jack had died at home.Arriving at his home to find the Scotland County EMT and some friends waiti...

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Hargrave, McInnis celebrate CTE agreement

HAMLET — As students are returning to school this fall, Richmond Community College and Scotland County Schools celebrated an expanded partnership between the two institutions that paves the way for more students to take advantage of free college classes while still in high school.Superintendent Dr. Ronald Hargrave and RCC President Dr. Dale McInnis ceremoniously signed a new agreement that allows RCC to offer a multitude of classes on the Scotland High campus through the Care...

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Wagram resident named Miss North Carolina Jr. High School

SOUTHERN PINES — Calli Brielle McIntyre, of Wagram, was crowned Miss North Carolina Jr. High School America 2015 on Aug. 9 at Pinecrest High School. Calli will represent North Carolina at the national Miss High School America Pageant, to be held in Disney World on July 2015 in Orlando, Fla.There, she has the opportunity to win a $10,000 scholarship as well as a free global educational travel experience sponsored by the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

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Cold challenge moves to Main Street

LAURINBURG — The “Ice Bucket Challenge,” after making the rounds of social media for weeks, arrived on Main Street on Friday when Laurinburg police and restaurant workers doused each other with pails of freezing aqua pura, all to raise awareness of a debilitating brain disease.The challenge is similar to the “Cold Water Challenge” that circulated at the beginning of the summer, but focuses on raising money for and spreading knowledge about Amyotrophic ...

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Legislators lament ‘unsustainable’ state budget

LAURINBURG – The $21 billion state budget recently passed by the General Assembly “is unsustainable and fiscally irresponsible,’’ state Rep. Ken Goodman told about 50 people attending Friday’s legislative breakfast sponsored by the Laurinburg/Hoke County Chamber of Commerce.Held in the Fellowship Hall of the Laurinburg Presbyterian Church, the breakfast also included talks by state Rep. Garland Pierce and state Sen. Gene McLaurin. The three men represe...

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Convocation marks official start of academic year at SAU

LAURINBURG — St. Andrews University welcomed new and transfer students from 30 countries and 25 states during the annual Opening Convocation held Aug. 21.The ceremony began with a procession of students from the DeTamble Library Terrace to the PE Center behind the St. Andrews University pipe band. The trek will repeat in reverse for the Commencement Ceremony, a symbolic bookend to the educational career highlighted by Campus President Paul Baldasare in his welcomed to the ass...

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School prep should include immunizations

Back-to-School season is here. It’s time for parents to gather supplies and back packs. It’s also the perfect time to make sure your kids are up to date on their vaccines.“Getting children all of the vaccines recommended by CDC’s immunization schedule is one of the most important things parents can do to protect their children’s health — and that of classmates and the community,” said Alisa Freeman, RN, BSN, Family Planning and Immunization...

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Source: Richard Bailey selected as new AD at Scotland

LAURINBURG — Scotland football coach Richard Bailey is the new athletic director for Scotland High, The Laurinburg Exchange has learned.A spokesperson for Scotland County Schools said Friday a selection for the position had been made, but that it has not been approved by the Scotland County Board of Education.Scotland’s former athletic director, Tommy Britt, passed away in May at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after suffering bleeding in the brain. The...

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Jaylend Ratliffe off feeding tube

LAURINBURG — Scotland star Jaylend Ratliffe passed his swallow test Friday, and is no longer on a feeding tube, according to a source.Ratliffe is currently in the pediatric wing of Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte after doctors moved him out of the intensive care unit late last week. He will continue to undergo physical therapy as he recovers from an ATV accident that left him with a fractured skull almost three weeks ago.Scotland coach Richard Bailey said thi...

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Scotland dismantles South View 52-0

LAURINBURG — After a long, tumultuous summer, the Fighting Scots unleashed their emotions on the South View Tigers, dismantling the team 52-0 during Friday night’s season opener in Hope Mills.

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Bailey taps Ferguson asstarting quarterback

LAURINBURG — A quarterback with a name other than “Ratliffe” stitched across his back will line up under center for Scotland tonight at South View. Head coach Richard Bailey has named junior Dashaun Ferguson the new quarterback for the Fighting Scots.Although Bailey did not make the announcement official, Ferguson was given all of the first-team reps in Thursday’s practice. Ferguson, who led the junior varsity team to an 8-2 record last season, was considere...

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Holland anxious to take the field once more

LAURINBURG — Enough cheeseburgers and chicken sandwiches to feed a small army. Playing the Madden NFL video game. Riding four-wheelers. Even looking over SAT notes. As Dakota Holland put it, it was setting up to be a perfect day to hang out with teammates, including childhood friend Jaylend Ratliffe.“It just seems like when that day happened it didn’t seem like anything bad was going to happen,” Holland said. “We were having the best time — I cou...

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‘If you slow down, you go down’

LAURINBURG — Thought to be Scotland County’s oldest resident, Sallie Mae Hasty Graham died on Monday having never abandoned the industrious ethic and straightlaced mien she cultivated over 109 years of life.“If she got a bill on the first of the month, that bill would be paid on the second if not the first,” said Precious Byrd, one of Graham’s 11 surviving grandchildren. “When she got older, she would tell you come over and give me a ride to go p...

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