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Head Start contract renewed

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LAURINBURG — Less than a month after losing state funding for its weatherization program, Southeastern Community and Family Services received confirmation this week of continued U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funding for its Head Start program.The $11 million in federal DHHS monies constitutes 78 percent of Southeastern’s annual revenue, funding 16 Head Start programs for the 2014-2015 year.Southeastern’s Head Start programs provide employment for 188 people to serve some 1,000 children annually in the agency’s seven-county service area: Scotland, Hoke, Robeson, Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, and Pender. The agency may renew its Head Start funding each year over the next five years.


Scotland soccer stomps Seventy-First

LAURINBURG — After losing their first two games this week, Scotland coach Danny Gallagher felt the team had to step up on Thursday against the Seventy-First Falcons.Within a ten-minute span during the first half, as the Scots scored three goals to run away with a 4-1 victory, his questions about his team were answered.Scotland suffered a 7-0 defeat at the hands of Pinecrest, and then lost to Hoke 2-1 on Wednesday in a draining loss that Gallagher said took a lot of...

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Strickland files for Lumbee Tribal Council

PEMBROKE — Four candidates filed for the Lumbee Tribal Council last Friday, the final day of the three-week filing period.The candidate to file for District 12, which encompasses Scotland County, Maxton and Alfordsville, is Shelley Strickland. The District 12 seat is currently held by Walter Lowery, who is seeking re-election.“My constituents have shown a lot of support and requested that I run again for the council,” said Strickland, who served on the ...

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Ex-prosecutor: McCrory would be ‘fool’ to pardon 2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The former prosecutor who originally tried two men recently freed by DNA evidence after 30 years in prison says Gov. Pat McCrory would be a “damn fool” to consider pardoning them.“He needs to get some investigators … down here, quietly, investigating and talking to people,” former Robeson County District Attorney Joe Freeman Britt told The Associated Press. “But I don’t think he’s clever enough to do that.&#...

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UNCP earns high marks for diversity

PEMBROKE — An online publication recently named The University of North Carolina at Pembroke the most diverse graduate school in the South.The university claimed the top spot in U.S. News & World Report’s list of the most diverse student populations at colleges that offer master’s degrees. The list was part of the publication’s 30th annual survey of more than 1,800 colleges and universities across the nation.Overall, UNCP ranked 42nd among Souther...

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Clinic to offer tours, flu shots

LAURINBURG — An upcoming pair of open house events at the Scotland Community Health Clinic will also serve as an opportunity for locals to receive flu shots free of charge.On Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, the clinic will take part in an effort by more than 80 clinics, sponsored by the N.C. Association of Free Clinics, to illustrate the continued need for free clinics and the services they provide throughout the state. The Scotland Community Health Clinic is a nonprofit organization th...

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SAU women’s soccer wins third straight

MOUNT VERNON, Ga. — The St. Andrews University women’s soccer team cruised to their third straight win on Saturday as they easily defeated Brewton-Parker College 5-0 to improve to 3-1 on the season.Jessica Martinez set up midfielder Olivia Thoroughman for the first goal of the game early in the first half. Martinez would receive a red card for a defensive foul a few minutes later, but the Knights continued to push the pace despite being down a player the rest of the gam...

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Strickland, Tyndall to wed

Danny and Judy Strickland of Marston announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Strickland, to Michael Tyndall.The groom-elect is the son of Ken and Jan Tyndall of Raeford.The wedding is planned for Saturday at East Laurinburg Baptist Church.

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Clean water should not be taken for granted

The coal ash problem in North Carolina was here long before the Dan River spill in February. This is a decades-old problem — one that should not take decades to correct. Senate Bill 729, the Coal Ash Management Act of 2014 passed, making North Carolina the first state to adopt a comprehensive plan to clean up its coal ash dumps. I voted for the bill. It is a good first step. However, it goes neither far enough, nor fast enough. The Yadkin-Pee River is the lifeline for this region, provi...

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A letter to Scotland County visitors

As I mentioned in this column a few weeks ago, few people work 51 weeks of the year in anticipation of coming to Scotland County for a week’s vacation. However, we do get a number of people that come in for events, or stay a few extra hours or day when passing through. In that case, they often reach out to find out “what is going on” in the area. Therefore, I thought I would share a general letter I sent to someone recently.Thank you for your inquiry to Scotland C...

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A big snake and a cruel trick

Last week, I told you a little about old grist mills and how most are of a by-gone era. This week, I’m going to tell you a true story about the creepy crawling things that still hang around these old mill sites.

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Course on county education set for Friday

LAURINBURG — Following the success of last year’s inaugural State of Education breakfast, the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a repeat performance on Friday.Organized by the chamber’s governmental affairs committee, the event serves up a collection of presentations by the region’s education leaders alongside a catered breakfast.“It was a no-brainer for them to do it again this year,” said Chamber President...

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RCC to offer truck driver training

HAMLET — Richmond Community College has entered a partnership with Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute to offer truck driver training this fall.An orientation is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Sept. 24 on RCC’s main campus in Hamlet. Registration for the class will be by appointment on Oct. 6, followed by classes beginning Oct. 8.The Bureau of Labor Statistics has forecasted an 11 percent employment growth for heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers ...

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St. Andrews volleyball goes 1-3

SPARTANBURG, S.C. — The St. Andrews University volleyball team finished 1-3 in a tournament held over the weekend at Converse College.The Lady Knights brought a three-game winning streak into the tournament, but that ended Friday when they faced Southern Wesleyan University, who beat them in three sets, 25-22, 25-19, 25-8. SAU was competitive in the first two sets, but SWU ran away with the match in the third set to seal the victory. The Warriors outscored the Lady Knights 41...

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Funding plan proposed

LAURINBURG — A group of Scotland County commissioners presented a proposal on Tuesday for long-term local funding of the Scotland County Schools to a committee of commissioners and school board members tasked with revising the current school funding legislation.In a June mediation session, the two boards agreed on funding levels through 2015-2016 of $10.6 million for the current year and $10.8 million for next year. But, due to the county’s limited economic resources, c...

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Hospice honors past, current directors

LAURINBURG – Hospice of Scotland County honored its past and present medical directors Tuesday with the dedication of a portrait wall at its Lauchwood Drive headquarters.Six photographs of the agency’s three current and three past medical directors were unveiled in the lobby by Stewart Thomas, chairman of the hospice board of trustees, and board member Noran Sanford.Honored in the special portrait tribute were the Dr. David A. Williams, Dr. Bradley H. Bethel,...

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City delays hearing on zoning change

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council delayed a public hearing to rezone 44 acres on X-Way Road from residential to industrial, scheduled for its regular meeting on Tuesday, to allow time for conference with the consulting firm currently in the process of revising the city’s unified development ordinance.The motion to remove the public hearing — as well as the scheduling of another public hearing for a similar rezoning request near Scotland High School — ...

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Health department ups fees

LAURINBURG –Fees for some vaccinations and water testing will be increased, the Scotland County Board of Health decided at its monthly meeting.The administrative fee for vaccinations will rise to $25, plus the cost of injection, a $2 increase, said Tim Martin, the fiscal management supervisor for the health department.In addition to the increased administrative fee, persons getting a private flu vaccination will pay $15, up from $12, Martin said.Martin s...

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