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Family of abused infant urges others to speak up

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LAURINBURG — In his first days of life, Charlie Oetzel was like any other normal, healthy baby. He ate, slept and cried. He needed constant care and attention.During that short time, Audrey Blades grew to know her young son well. When she noticed that Charlie seemed to have suddenly developed a lazy eye and that he was uninterested in eating, the child was rushed to a doctor — and then, for a brain scan.“The doctor came in and told me had been shaken,” Blades said.Now, at 4 months old, Charlie requires a ventilator. He is blind and his brain has trouble regulating his body’s temperature. It is unclear how normal a life Charlie will lead.


NC adds 19K jobs in March

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina showed the country’s second-largest increase in employment in March, when 19,400 jobs were added and the jobless rate fell to 6.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.North Carolina trailed only Florida as employers in 34 states increased nonfarm payrolls last month, continuing the country’s long, slow recovery from a deep recession that started in 2007.The state’s March jobless rate was below the ...

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Cross carried through town to commemorate Good Friday

LAURINBURG — Drivers waved, honked their horns and shouted words of encouragement to a crowd of about 36 who, on Good Friday, were being led by a man dragging a cross through Laurinburg.Kevin Hunt, director of the children’s church at Northview Harvest Ministries, was the first to shoulder a 75-pound cross for 1.4 miles from the Laurinburg Pentecostal Holiness Church to the Scotland County Courthouse during the annual Crosswalk.“Today we’re commem...

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Tourism season approaching for 8th district

This week and next, the House is in recess so it is great to be back home in North Carolina. This past weekend I was incredibly lucky and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Grand Marshall and Honorary Starter for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway. What an incredible event and such a fun day. As I said to the crowd on Sunday, I’m proud to be your Congressman which means I go up to Washington every week and tell them to keep their ha...

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Who opposes school choice — and why?

Liberal activists may fume, and left-wing editorialists may grind their teeth, but legislative leaders are going to defend their 2013 opportunity scholarship bill against lawsuits by the teacher union and other special interests.Senate leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Thom Tillis, House Speaker Pro Tem Skip Stam (the main architect of the program), and other leaders won’t be defending school choice because they oppose public education. They won’t be defending school ch...

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UNCP’s annual Ladies Garden Party is April 25

PEMBROKE — UNC Pembroke’s First Lady Sarah Carter will host the annual Ladies Garden Party at the Chancellor’s Residence on April 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The event, which includes a luncheon, will be staged in the backyard of the residence and hosted by Sarah Carter, wife of Chancellor Kyle R. Carter. Summer dresses and hats are always in style at this event.Tickets are $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight. Proceeds from the event support the Ellen Hubbar...

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Scotland High inducts first members of technical honor society

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Schools Career and Technical Education Department held its first National Technical Honor Society induction ceremony on April 3 in the auditorium at Scotland High School.Twenty-two juniors and seniors met the requirements for membership. Students recognized as members are those who have excelled in both their technical area courses and their required academic classes. In order to be nominated, students must have a 3.0 unweighted overall grade ...

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Young entrepreneurs awarded funding to launch startups

LAURINBURG — On March 25 at 6 p.m. student entrepreneurs took to the stage to present their business plans before a panel of local leaders of industry and a public audience.

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New SAT: What will those questions look like?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students.The College Board released the sample test questions on Wednesday, offering clues to how the revised college entrance exam, taken last year by 1.7 million students...

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Gore named to honors list

CHAPEL HILL — Anthony J. Gore, Jr. has been named to the Hayden B. Renwick Super Seniors Honors list at the University of North Carolina, an accomplishment which requires maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher.Anthony is a transfer student from the Lloyd International Honors College at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he also maintained a 3.0 or higher GPA throughout his time there. He is the son of Anthony and Barbara Leggett Gore of Charlotte, the grandson o...

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Dr. Santisteban elected president-elect of Academy of Sciences

PEMBROKE – Biology professor Maria Santisteban has been named president-elect of the North Carolina Academy of Sciences. In its 112th year, the premier professional organization for scientists in North Carolina promotespublic understanding of science, science education, scientific research and a meaningful role for science in public policy.Santisteban’s election proves that hard work and dedication do pay. With colleague Dr. Lisa Kelly and a dedicated group of The Unive...

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SAU Pipe Band wins at Loch Norman Games

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University Pipe Band recently won the Grade III Pipe Band contest at the Loch Norman Scottish Games.“We earned straight firsts from all the judges,” said Pipe Major Bill Caudill. “We also received three above grade level marks from the two piping judges and the drumming judge. We’ve had one before but never three. The band truly put on a good so and I am very proud of their accomplishments this year.”The ex...

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Scotia resident aims to increase Parkinson’s awareness

LAURINBURG — When Doris Milligan’s husband began showing signs of depression, she thought it was due to a recent lifestyle change — the couple, very active throughout their lives in Laurinburg, had just moved to Pinehurst.But after several visits to neurologists, Doris finally found out what was ailing her husband — Parkinson’s Disease.“They all said it’s progressive, here, take this medicine,” she said. “… By t...

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FirstHealth’s Cancer Survivors Day set for May 29

PINEHURST – FirstHealth’s 27th annual National Cancer Survivors Day will be held on May 29, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the FirstHealth Conference Center at Moore Regional Hospital in Pinehurst. Cancer survivors, their relatives and friends and the health care professionals who provide cancer care are invited to celebrate together.“We hope that through this event we can not only celebrate with survivors but also raise cancer awareness in the community and provide hope ...

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Class of 1999 reunites in Wilmington

WILMINGTON — The class of 1999 recently held its 15-year class reunion in Wilmington. Following the 10 year reunion, held in Laurinburg, the class voted for a destination reunion in Wilmington for its 15th year. It was headquartered at the Wilmington Hilton Riverfront from April 4 to April 6.

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First young leader’s meeting a success

A few weeks ago I decided to contact young leaders from my five-county senate district and invite them to come together. Many of them are taking on leadership roles within their communities in business, in government, in education, within the legal field and in various non-profit agencies. Frankly, I hoped maybe a dozen would show up for our organizational meeting. I thought they might benefit from meeting one another and I knew from my experience that problems in our rural communities can be...

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LAURINBURG — Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Polston are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter Heather Dawn Polston to Andrew Garrett Davis Jr., son of Andy and Phyllis Davis.Ms. Polston graduated from Meredith College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and a Master of Arts degree in health communications from East Carolina University. She works as a lead recruiter at IBM in Research Triangle Park located in Durham.Mr. Davis received a Bachelor of ...

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Scottish Pilot Club holds annual fundraiser

LAURINBURG — The Scottish Pilot Club of Laurinburg held its annual Bridge Fashion Show Luncheon on April 10 at Scotia Village. One hundred women enjoyed lunch, cards and fashions from Hi-Lites in downtown Laurinburg. Cash prizes were given to high, second high and low Bridge scores. Door prizes were also given to guests.Proceeds from the spring event support brain health through the St. Andrew’s Equestrian Therapy Program, BrainMinders presentations to kindergartners, I...

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