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Optimist leaders pass torch

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LAURINBURG — Members of the Optimist Club of Laurinburg celebrated 53 years of youth athletics and tapped their upcoming year’s leaders on Tuesday night at the club’s annual installation banquet at the Hampton Inn.The club’s 2013-2014 president, Scott Cole, passed the gavel to incoming president Jeff Maidment, who noted the value of the club’s contribution to Scotland County and commended its members for their efforts.


SAU men’s soccer wins fourth straight

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The St. Andrews University men’s soccer continued their winning streak Tuesday, notching a fourth consecutive win after defeating Columbia International 2-0.Midfielder Edson Quinarelli struck first for the Knights, scoring an unassisted goal in the 28th minute. Six minutes later, forward Zimiso Stewart extended the SAU lead, scoring off an assist from defender Victor Moriera.

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Scotland-Goldsboro to play today

LAURINBURG — For the second time in two months, a Scotland football game will kickoff on a Thursday.Weather forecasts are predicting severe weather in Goldsboro Friday, so both schools decided to move the game up a day to Thursday. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. The other schools in the Southeastern Conference will play on Friday as originally planned, but several other games in the Carolinas have been rescheduled as well.Scotland enters the game with a 4-1 record...

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Chamber awards top litter collectors

LAURINBURG — Following a week-long sweep of litter from local streets, the Laurinburg /Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday awarded those who in that time picked up the most junk from sidewalks and greenery.In first place was Girl Scout Troop No. 703-1723, whose eleven members collected 2,233 pounds of roadside rubbish. Kelly McCallum, who accepted the troop’s certificate and $200 “King of the Mountain” prize, said it was just the beginning ...

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Two in custody for city shooting

LAURINBURG — Two men allegedly involved in a shooting in the city limits last month were taken into custody Monday after one was arrested and the other turned himself in, according to Laurinburg police.Kiossy Canady, 19, of Lane Street in Maxton, was arrested Monday and placed in the Scotland County jail under a combined $70,000 bond for charges stemming from a Sept. 7 shooting in the city limits and from the marijuana he was carrying when he was arrested, according to police...

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UNCP invests in regional growth

Over the past two months, thousands of students began or returned to their collegiate studies at one of the 16 campuses of the UNC system, which includes The University of North Carolina at Pembroke. What has likely motivated these thousands of students to enroll in the university system is a shared belief that education, particularly higher education, will enhance economic status, health, and quality of life. North Carolina Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker clearly shares this belief as sh...

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A wild horse and a lying cowboy

Last week I talked about wheeling and dealing with small animals. This week we’re moving on up to horses. You see, buying and selling horses has been going on just about ever since man rode or worked the first horses. Why, it seems like people get the fever to get in or out of the horse business real quick although everybody ought to experience owning a horse sometime in their life.

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Website offers help for job-seekers

Searching for a job is never an easy task; however, in the state of North Carolina, our Department of Workforce Solutions has tried making this daunting task as easy as possible for both the job seeker and the employer. Have you checked out their website? If not, I would encourage you to check out

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Patriots stay perfect, edge Scots

LAURINBURG — A day after what coach Molly Hayes called an “ugly win” over Seventy-First, Scotland volleyball appeared to respond to their coach’s criticism with their most impressive sets of the season against SEC leader Pinecrest.The Scots controlled the first two games and won both with relative ease, 25-20, 25-20.

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SAU volleyball drops two matches

MONTREAT, N.C. — The St. Andrews University volleyball team fell short in five-set battle with conference rival Montreat College on Friday evening.Montreat took the first set 25-20 before SAU responded to win the next two sets, 25-19, 25-18. St. Andrews held a 23-22 advantage in the fourth set, but failed to close out the win, as Montreat won the last three points to force a fifth set. The Cavaliers handled the Lady Knights 15-10 in the last set to seal the victory....

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Competitive dancer ‘in tune’ with heritage

LAURINBURG — Derek Noble of Raleigh was born and raised in Ceres, a tiny village in Fife, Scotland, where the oldest continuous Highland games began in 1314, only nine years after Scots hero William Wallace was executed in London.On Saturday, across a vast ocean and many centuries, on the grounds of Scotland County’s historic John Blue house, a progeny of that time and place, Noble’s 13-year-old daughter, Waverly, will help uphold ancient traditions held so dear b...

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Agency gives ‘a hand up’

EAST LAURINBURG — Situated in a building cast aside by the local school system as too expensive to maintain and surrounded by the dilapidated remains of the Waverly Mills complex, Partners in Ministry has worked for seven years to give a boost to those living in poverty.Melba McCallum founded the organization in 2007 after retiring from a 30-year career as an administrator at the Richmond and Bladen community colleges. As a United Methodist Church deaconess, she felt called t...

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Kuumba drums up festive fun

LAURINBURG — The succulent smell of barbecued ribs seasoned with old-time blues and gospel music, then leavened by a drumming African backbeat, mixed on a gentle breeze Saturday beneath the sun-dappled canopy of oak and pecan trees in Market Park to make the 24th annual Kuumba Festival a feast for the senses.Hundreds of colorfully-clad people of all ages, many wearing dashikis and other traditional attire from various parts of Africa, streamed into the park to part...

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Politicians vs statesmen

These days we seem to have an ample harvest of politicians but our crop of statesmen seems to be drought stricken.Aren’t they the same you might ask? Consider these facts before you make that decision.A statesman is a person who, even if they do belong to a political party, can sometimes put their party obligations aside and do what is in the best interest of the voters they represent.

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Relay totals could top 2013

LAURINBURG — With the help of thousands from near and far who gathered at Scotland High School this weekend in the honor of friends and loved ones, Scotland County’s 2014 Relay for Life event is on track to slightly surpass its 2013 earnings.According to co-organizer Stewart Thomas, the 40 teams to participate this year have raised $251,479, on par with last year’s total, and monies wil continue to trickle in over the next few months. For the past several years, t...

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Autopsy to determine cause of woman’s death

LAURINBURG — A 43-year-old Laurinburg woman was found dead in her vehicle on Saturday less than three miles from her home, according to authorities.According to Scotland County Sheriff’s Office investigator Jon Edwards, there were no apparent signs of foul play in the death of Rhonda McKenzie. McKenzie, of Bostic Road, was found in her vehicle around noon on Saturday on Price Street.No further details are being released. Her body will be sent for an autopsy. ...

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A more interesting senate race, in fiction

While you are watching U.S. Senate campaign television ads, occasionally interrupted by brief segments of programming, do you ever wonder what goes on inside the candidates’ campaign organizations?For instance, what if you could take on the role as the top aide to an incumbent North Carolina U.S. senator running for reelection against a top state official who has a full war chest of campaign funds? Interesting? Challenging?

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Scotch Meadows to host tournaments

LAURINBURG — Scotch Meadows Country Club is set to host the Pete Hasty Memorial Golf Tournament on Wednesday, and all proceeds will benefit the Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts of America.The entry fee is $65 per player, and the cost includes the green fee, a golf cart, and lunch. Registration begins at noon, and entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.Shotgun start at 1 p.m., and a pig pickin’ is provided following play. There will be hole-in...

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