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McLaurin votes for curriculum compromise

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ROCKINGHAM — Scotland County’s state senator says he did his homework to help students and parents make sense of theirs.Sen. Gene McLaurin crossed party lines to support a Common Core compromise bill that would let North Carolina modify the national school standards without having to start from scratch. The N.C. Senate passed the bill by a 33-12 vote on Thursday, and McLaurin was the only Democrat backing the measure.“I don’t look at these issues as Democrat vs. Republican,” McLaurin said. “We need standards, and I am very much in favor of standards, but I have heard from enough teachers that I think we need to take a look at these standards and make sure the ones that need to be adjusted are adjusted.”

 

From Laurinburg to the MLB

LAURINBURG – From the moment Laurinburg native Montrell Marshall took the field as child, Scotland County Parks and Recreation athletics superintendent Al Blades knew he was going to be a standout. Little did he know that the same boy he watched dominate youth baseball for six years would end up being drafted by a Major League Baseball team.Marshall was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 12th Round (365th overall) of this year’s MLB First-Year Draft, held in June. B...

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College student picks up gig as banjo picker, fruit peddler

LAURINBURG — Perched in the shade on the tailgate of a pickup truck filled with watermelons and plucking a banjo, Colton Williford personifies summer.The Western Carolina University student and Sneads Grove native sets out each morning with more than 60 watermelons — grown in the Old Hundred area by a family friend — and sets up shop in parking lots around Laurinburg.He can be found this weekend outside of Jerry’s Deli, in the Scotland Crossing sh...

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Scotland residents earn UNCP degrees

PEMBROKE — Several Scotland County residents were among the Spring 2014 graduates of the University of North Carolina Pembroke, who received their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a recent ceremony.Their names and degrees are listed below.Bachelor’s of arts: Joshua Ryan Lane, American Indian Studies; Patricia Howell McCain, English; Jamacia Arice McCrimmon, criminal justice; Shaunte Joanne Scarboro, criminal justice and Samone Kontrella Terry, c...

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RCC enrollment deadline nears

Richmond Community College held a second registration session Monday to sign students up for classes for fall semester.Registration includes an orientation session, meeting with an adviser to schedule classes, applying for financial aid and buying books. RCC will hold a late registration session on Aug. 12-15. Classes for fall semester begin Aug. 18.For information call 910-410-1730 or go to richmondcc.edu.

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RCC welcomes opportunities to explore trade programs

HAMLET — Richmond Community College is hosting a series of information sessions this summer about its skilled trade programs, which train students as welders, electricians, heating, air and refrigeration technicians and other technicians prevalent in manufacturing and construction.For the session schedule, contact the college at 910-410-1700.According to the human resource consulting firm Manpower Group, skilled trades workers have been the hardest segment of the w...

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Students step into Civil War roles

LAURINBURG — St. Andrews University’s Department of Liberal and Creative Arts during the 2013-2014 school year participated in the project Reacting to the Past, in which students had the chance to participate in part of a civil war class taught by the associate professor of American History, Dr. David Herr.Reacting to the Past is a series of elaborate games — all set in the past — where students are assigned roles from classic historical texts. Sessions are ...

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RCC moving forward with fitness trail project

HAMLET — Richmond Community College students, faculty and staff looking to incorporate some exercise into their daily routine on campus will soon have access to the Mary Ellen Kindley Fitness Trail.The future walking trail with fitness stations has been named in honor of the wife of longtime Rockingham mayor, G.R. Kindley, who has served as president of the RCC Foundation Board of Directors and co-chair of the steering committee for the Forte Building expansion.The...

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Summer camp gives students a taste of colleges, careers

LAURINBURG — The Career Technical Education (CTE) and Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) partnered up June 23-26 to provide a free summer camp for over 50 rising seventh, eighth and ninth grade students.Students got a taste of the agriculture and culinary arts programs at Scotland High School by learning how to harvest potatoes and use them in making a stir-fry dish. They were also able to experience other CTE clusters such as Business,...

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Voting law revision wastes money, time

This is what happens when politics and ideology overrule common sense. In their zeal to “reform” the voting system in North Carolina, Republican lawmakers pushed through a change that has created confusion, more work and wasted money.That change was to end preregistration of teens so once they reached voting age, they would automatically be registered to vote. And they could do so at state driver’s license offices which would make it a one-stop convenience for new...

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Mediation session a positive step for Scotland County

To the editor:The recent meeting of county commissioners and county school board members with retired superior court judge and mediator James Llewellyn proved to be refreshing and educational for me. Judge Llewellyn immediately seemed to put all at ease with his legal background and his work as a mediator. It seemed he attempted to clear the air of the tension between these two elected boards, but at the same time to inject the seriousness of the work of both board. From the outset...

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Ask not what your county can do for you

Upset with high Scotland County property taxes? We all would like to pay less for county services. We demand our county government provide the maximum efficiency in our public services, and at the minimum amount of tax money. But are Mr. and Mrs. Scotland County doing their part to help attain these goals? It was best said by a great Democrat, President John F. Kennedy, who challenged all American citizens to “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your countr...

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Hospital offers patients online access to medical records

LAURINBURG — With the launch of Scotland Memorial’s secure Internet patient portal, both inpatients and outpatients can now view their medical record online, at no additional cost.“Medical information is now available in a timely, convenient manner,” said Matt Pracht, vice president of finance. “Before the portal, patients had to return to the hospital to request their medical records, which some patients found difficult to do. Now they can view their ...

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The bridge to the past

In the far southeastern corner of North Carolina sits the seafood capital, Calabash. Sixty years ago it was a sleepy dock for shrimp boats coming in the evenings to unload their daily haul. Restaurants began spring up along the docks offering truly fresh seafood, and although accessible only by sandy roads paved in oyster shells, Calabash became regionally if not nationally renowned as the seafood lovers haven. Not just shrimp but fish, oysters, and crabs were also served and accompanied by h...

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Crowds unwind at Laurinburg After Five

Locals enjoyed an evening of music, food and fun Friday at the Murphy-Brown Laurinburg After Five event held by the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce. The event took place on the grounds of the James L. Morgan Recreation Complex.From left, cousins, Beth Christiansen and Cathy Riggan, both of Laurinburg, set out their lawn chairs Friday to enjoy an evening of music, food and fun at the Murphy-Brown Laurinburg After Five event held by the Laurinburg/Scotland County ...

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Teen actress awarded $10,000 scholarship

NEW YORK CITY — The coveted Jimmy Award for “Best Performance by an Actress” was awarded to 15-year-old Jai’Len Josey, a student of Tri-Cities High School in Atlanta, Ga.Josey is the granddaughter of Ina Mae Hines-Josey, of Atlanta but formerly of Laurinburg and the grand-niece of Christine Hines, Theola Hines-Oates and John Hines, all of Laurinburg.

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Facing a deadly kitchen snake

Writers Note: Many storytellers have an element of truth in their tales. But to engage the reader, they embellish their tales as their creativity and imagination allow. The following is a factual story — for better or worse — that happened recently and is recollected without embellishment. Late in the afternoon, I was alone and leaving a farm I own outside of Gibson. There is a single-wide mobile home across the road I take from the farm. As I approached the ho...

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Newest arrivals at Scotland Memorial

The following children were born recently at Scotland Memorial Hospital:RobinsonLaraven Robinson of Laurinburg announces the birth of her twin sons Ayden A’mir Emmeueal Robinson and Jayden Zy’mir Elijah Robinson on Jun 17, 2014 at Scotland Memorial Hospital. Grandparents are Adrain McDanials and Timothy Robinson.LewisJaimee Locklear and Patrick Lewis of Laurel Hill announce the birth of their son Peyton ...

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