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Community churches join in prayer for county’s future

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LAURINBURG — Every Wednesday around noon at the downtown square — between a defunct gasoline station and Bob’s Jewel Shop — pedestrians and drivers pass by the shouts and praises of more than a dozen community church members of different denominations who have banded together to pray for the county.At the park square, located at the intersection of South Main and West Church streets on Wednesday, 17 pastors and members of various Scotland County and Maxton churches joined hands Wednesday to pray and honor the Prayer on the Square’s second anniversary.

 

Bobcats need to solve LeBron for first playoff win

CHARLOTTE (AP) — The Charlotte Bobcats will have to find a way to stop LeBron James if they hope to win their first playoff game in franchise history.That’s something they’ve yet to figure out.Miami is 15-0 against the Bobcats since James signed with the Heat as a free agent in 2010. Charlotte, the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference, will play the second-seeded Heat in a best-of-seven series that begins Sunday in Miami.James is averaging a ...

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Duke’s Parker declares for NBA draft

DURHAM — Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke’s latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he’ll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding, and the first freshman in three decades to be selected team MVP.Now he has the chance to do what Kyrie Irving did in 2011: fol...

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Pope poses for ‘selfies’ after Palm Sunday homily

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter’s Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by hopping off his popemobile to pose for “selfies” with young people and also sipping tea passed to him from the crowd.In his homily, Francis called on people, himself included, to look into their own hearts to see how they are l...

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May 1 is deadline for election letters

The Laurinburg Exchange welcomes letters or guest columns regarding the May 6 primary, but no letters about that election will be published after May 1. The deadline to submit letters to the editor concerning the primary is April 29, but to best ensure publication, letters should be submitted as soon as possible.

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Case could affect Laurel Hill woman’s killer

LAURINBURG — The outcome of the case currently before the N.C. Supreme Court, of whether or not commuting the death row sentences of four convicted murderers to life in prison under the Racial Justice Act was an error, may affect an appeal made by Timmy Grooms, who in 1994 killed a 22-year-old Laurel Hill woman.Enacted in 2009 and repealed last year, the Racial Justice Act allowed death row inmates to appeal their sentences by proving that their trial was influenced by racism...

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An empty tomb is not an empty promise

“The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault” aired almost three decades ago this week, and at the time, it was the most watched syndicated television show in the history of the medium. The charismatic host of the show that evening kept viewers on the edge of their seats as he spoke of a recently discovered secret room at Chicago’s Lexington Hotel.

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Churches join forces with Easter services

Two neighboring congregations out in the county, Snead’s Grove United Methodist and Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian, will hold a joint Easter Sunrise Service in a long-standing cooperative effort by the two churches.This year for the first time they have invited the congregation at Laurel Hill United Methodist to attend as guests, because the two Methodist churches share a pastor, the Rev. Lamar Smith.The service at 6:30 a.m. will be held lakeside at Monroe Camp and R...

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God’s good news from the grave

This coming Sunday we will celebrate “Resurrection Sunday,” traditionally known as Easter. The greatest bombshell that ever hit the face of the earth is what took place this coming Sunday morning when Jesus Christ rose bodily from the grave.It was “Joy to the World” on Christmas and “Good News” to the world on “Resurrection Sunday.” Good news is something that gives you hope; it gives you energy; in a case where you have been knocked ...

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Scotland County’s tourism revenue explained

A few weeks ago, I presented some data and research that probably surprised some people: The insight that travel & tourism in Scotland County generated a total economic impact of $38.78 million in 2013, accounts for 350 jobs in our community, and generating state and local tax revenue for Scotland County to the amount of $2.74 million. This tax revenue represents a $75.35 tax savings to each and every county resident.In response to that article, a number of folks have inquired as t...

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University production puts community talents on display

To the editor:Where else in Scotland County could one be transported back to 1947 Hollywood, indulging in a “Flaming Gay Paris” coconut drink complete with festive umbrella? This was a bit of the noir comedy and history meshed together in the SAU-ENCORE! Theater performances of Bill Robens’ “Kill Me, Deadly” enthusiastically enjoyed by 250 or more people on April 10-April 12 in St. Andrews University’s Morris Morgan Theater.

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SBI seizes Gryphon timesheets, payment records

LAURINBURG — The State Bureau of Investigation seized employment records from Gryphon Group Security Solutions earlier this month to determine the accuracy of Sheriff Shep Jones’ report to the county finance office regarding funds received from deputies working off-duty for the military training company.C.G. Cardwell, the assistant special agent in charge of the SBI financial crimes unit, obtained a search warrant signed by Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephe...

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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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Vigil brings to light sex abuse statistics

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. “Sa...

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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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Lady Knights lacrosse season comes to end with first round loss

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The fifth seeded St. Andrews University women’s lacrosse team saw their season come to an end on Friday evening as they fell 20-13 to No. 4 seed Emmanuel College, of Georgia, in the first round of the NWLL South Region Championships.Senior midfielder Catherine Lovallo and senior attacker Jackie Jones each led with four goals in the loss while Jones also had three assists to lead the team with seven points on the day. Jones finishes the season with 16 as...

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