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Projects abound for United Way’s Day of Caring

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LAURINBURG — From walking dogs to sprucing up flora in the city’s business district, the United Way of Scotland County will offer an array of volunteer opportunities during its annual Day of Caring event next week.For the second year, the United Way will assign volunteers to Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Beautification Day” projects as well as to the list of tasks compiled by the nonprofit organizations it supports. According to United Way executive director Debbie Grant, about 50 volunteers have signed up to join the effort so far, with that number expected to reach at least 75. Last year, more than 100 volunteers participated.


SBI report goes to Attorney General

RALEIGH — The State Bureau of Investigation has completed its inquiry into the Scotland County Sheriff's Office and turned its findings over to the North Carolina Attorney General, a spokesperson for that office has confirmed. “… Attorneys with our Special Prosecutions Division received the criminal investigative file in this case late yesterday and will be reviewing it,” Noelle Talley, ...

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Jaylend Ratliffe ‘sky high’ about being off feeding tube

LAURINBURG — Scotland star Jaylend Ratliffe continues to make good progress as he heals from an ATV accident that left him with a fractured skull last month. He passed a swallow test last Friday and is no longer on a feeding tube, according to a source.Scotland coach Richard Bailey said this was another important step in Ratliffe’s recovery process, adding that he was able to drink fluids and small amounts of soft food, like jello.Ratl...

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A boat made for the Pee Dee

For some reason or other I’ve always loved being around water. Why when I retired I held a State Water and Wastewater License.My first recollection of liking water was when I was 5 years old. Every evening I would follow my Grandma down in the cow pasture to head the cows up to the barn for milking. I’d carry a short cane pole and a worm or two and fish in the spring while Ma was getting in the cows. She’d always come by the spring and say, “Boy, you caught ...

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Today’s youth are tomorrow’s workforce

Happy “Back to School” week! Since I do not have children, this week is just another work week for me, but I know for so many of you, this is the week to go back to the hustle and bustle of getting the kids out of bed in time for everyone to get ready, eat breakfast and get out of the house and to school on time, while you try to make sure you get to your job on time as well. It takes a while to get back into the groove and make sure the timing works and no one is tardy for their ...

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Hamlet hospital concerns prompt Medicare review

HAMLET — Medicare and Medicaid recipients might not be able to get treatment at Sandhills Regional Medical Center after Sept. 5.The private, for-profit hospital is in “immediate jeopardy” status with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Health care facilities placed in this category are in danger of losing their certification for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement unless a plan of correction is filed ...

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Free clinic’s future in limbo

LAURINBURG — Having provided primary health care to uninsured patients since 2007, the mission of the Scotland Community Health Clinic is now in jeopardy for the want of a licensed health care provider.After nearly four years of planning and fundraising led by Doris Douglas, its initial board chair, the clinic opened next to the Scotland County Health Department on West Boulevard, becoming the first and only place to receive free medical care in Scotland County. With the help...

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Cross Country looks toward AAC championship

LAURINBURG — After recording their highest finish in the conference under coach Bill Cason last season, the St. Andrews men’s and women’s cross country teams are gearing up for another run to take home the Appalachian Athletic Conference championship.Both the men’s and the women’s team finished in sixth place last year in the 11-team conference, and Cason said several key returners could help propel the program into the upper-echelon of AAC.

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Police arrest felons for theft, gun charges

LAURINBURG — A 21-year-old Laurinburg man was arrested Sunday after police connected him to the theft of a shotgun and a television set, according to police.Demontray Damore Graham, 21, of 352 Roosevelt St., is charged with felonious possession of a firearm by a felon, felonious breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. He was placed in the Scotland County jail under a total bond of $53,000.Police believe Graham took...

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Identity thieves target kids, adults

I’m sorry to report that child identity fraud is alive and well in 2014. If anything, the problem may be worsening as identity thieves devise new methods to steal — and use — children’s personal information. Most commonly, they’ll harvest kids’ dormant Social Security numbers and use them to illegally obtain jobs or open fraudulent bank and credit accounts, mortgages or car loans.Many victims don’t realize there’s a problem until they...

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What are the gains, gaps in our economy?

Twice a year, I pull out my cloudy crystal ball and attempt to make some predictions about the direction and pace of the North Carolina economy. I just finished my latest effort, and, as usual, the results are a combination of pluses and minuses.Any economic forecast must begin with the national economy for the simple reason that, regardless of where you live in the country, roughly two-thirds of what happens to commerce is determined by the ups and downs of the national economy. H...

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A non-lawyer on the Supreme Court?

President Obama plans to appoint National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg to the United States Supreme Court.Not really, of course.Totenberg may know more than most lawyers about the Supreme Court from her experience as an award-winning legal affairs correspondent for NPR.But she is not a lawyer, and you have to be a lawyer to be on the court.Don’t you?No. The Constitution sets forth no such requirement. Article Two provides sim...

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Former Robeson football players killed

DILLON, S.C. — Three Robeson County residents, including two former high school football players, were killed in a single-vehicle accident on Saturday morning in South Carolina.Derrick Baker, an 18-year-old who played at Fairmont High last season, and Andrew Hill, an 18-year-old who led South Robeson High to the third round of the state playoffs during the 2013 season, were killed in the crash. Twenty-three-year-old Wesley Chavis, of Fairmont, also died in the accident on Hig...

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Council talks plans for defunct station

LAURINBURG – What will become of one of downtown’s prime locations — the former Branch’s Car Care property and Exxon station at the corner of Main and Church streets — remains in limbo after a Monday retreat by the Laurinburg City Council.City Manager Charles Nichols said preliminary estimates indicate it will cost just over $100,000 to clear the site for any future use; $50,000 to demolish and remove concrete and brick debris, and about $51,000 to rem...

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Hudson touts Tillis’ accomplishments at GOP meeting

LAURINBURG — Running for a second congressional term in November, U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson spoke with little concern for his own elected office as he addressed the Scotland County Republican Party on Monday night.In his two years in the House of Representatives, Hudson has introduced two bills that have been passed by the House, including the Transportation Security Acquisition Reform Act, which Hudson says would require the TSA to implement a technology acquisition plan and ...

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Hagan rallies for support

LAURINBURG — During a Saturday visit to rally support in Scotland County, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan contrasted her work to boost employment in North Carolina and her support of education in the state to the record of her opponent in the November general election.Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat, is running for reelection to the U.S. Senate against Speaker of the N.C. House of Representatives Thom Tillis, a Republican who has represented Mecklenburg County in the state General Assembly ...

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Supplies, advice abound

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County NAACP doled out a helping of practical advice to go along with the bags of school supplies it distributed to several hundred children during its 14th annual Back to School, Stay in School event on Saturday.The event was co-sponsored by AT&T, Food Lion, and Southeastern Family and Community Services and held for the first time at Scotland High School to accommodate the throngs of children and parents that typically attend the back-to-school bas...

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LAUREL HILL — Mr. Ernest White of Harmony announces the engagement of his daughter Tara Beth to Corporal Philip Taylor Snead, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Randall Snead.The bride received a bachelor’s degree in physiology and chemistry from East Carolina University and also a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is employed with Duke University Medical Center in Durham in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit.The groom r...

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