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UPDATE: Ratliffe still critical, but improving

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LAURINBURG — Scotland High quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe remains in critical condition following an ATV accident Tuesday afternoon, sources said Wednesday, but has been taken off a ventilator and is talking and responsive.Sources close to the family say Ratliffe, who reportedly suffered brain injuries when the four-wheeler on which he was riding flipped, had a CT scan this morning at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He was airlifted to the hospital Tuesday night.According to source information, Ratliffe and teammate Dakota Holland were riding together though the woods at about 4:30 p.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle, causing it to overturn. Both were conscious and alert on the scene, sources said.


The $50,000 race horse

Last week, a stranger had just pulled up in front of Ol ’Charley’s store pulling a horse trailer. The stranger got out and marched right in through the front door of the store. He was a short, bow-legged fellow with a leather jacket that had enough rhinestones on it to choke a horse. He had on a wide-brim 10-gallon hat and fancy cowboy boots on with a set of silver spurs attached.

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The benefits of being ‘too happy’

Recently, I had one of my board members tell me that he was not too sure about me when I first moved to town, because he thought I was always too happy. At first I took offense at the comment. Of course, in general, I am a happy person, but for some reason, I took that comment as an insult. In general, I do not take offense very easily. If I did, then I am definitely in the wrong business, but I guess I was having a moment of weakness that day. Driving away from his office, I was thinking abo...

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Crime report for July 30

ArrestsLAURINBURG — Quonte Farmer, 28, of 20225 Lee Lane was arrested on Monday and charged with felonious possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felonious maintaining a drug vehicle, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police. He was also issued a citation for failure to stop at a stop sign. Farmer was placed under a $32,000 secured bond.LAURINBURG — Moses Campbell, 57, of 1407 Hickory St. was charge...

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Thomas, revered city educator, dies in Virginia at age 82

LAURINBURG — A Scotland County educator of 25 years, Willie Clyde Thomas leaves behind a legacy as a pillar of the community and a “builder of men.”Thomas died on Friday at the age of 84 in Charlottesville, Va., where he moved several years ago after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.A native of Badin, Thomas took his first teaching position in 1957 at I. Ellis Johnson School, a black high school in the then-segregated Laurinburg school sy...

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Parks & Rec all-star softball team finishes second in state tourney

The Scotland County Parks and Recreation 13-15-year-old all-star softball team earned a second place finish this past weekend in the SWAC state tournament held in Williamston. They lost to Onslow County in the championship series. Members of the team are Kwadeja Quick, Ashton Ramos, Brooklyn Paige Mahar, Kaleigh Mahar, Alisabeth Ramos, Cassey Leviner, Jasmine Locklear, Bethany York, McKenzie ...

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Read others’ work and decide for yourself

“I don’t read the Washington Post. That is not where I get my ideas.”Many years ago when there were still lots of conservatives voting in Democratic primaries, a congressional candidate pandered to conservatives by trashing a liberal newspaper. But he lost ground with other voters who thought he should keep up with congressional issues covered in that newspaper even if he disagreed with its views.More recently, a widely respected conservative political ...

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GOP candidates assure leadership, common sense

LAURINBURG — Ralph Kersey, Sheriff Shep Jones’ Republican challenger in the November general election, offered a scathing critique of Jones’ leadership of the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office during Monday’s meeting of the Scotland County Republican Party.Kersey, a retired N.C. Highway Patrol officer and former Marine, noted the State Bureau of Investigation inquiry into some $50,000 collected and spent by Jones’ office — without county app...

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Duke, energy agency reach deal

RALEIGH — North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency and Duke Energy Progress announced Monday morning that they have approved an agreement for Duke to purchase the power agency’s generating assets.The $1.2 billion transaction is expected to eventually lower wholesale electric rates for customers in Laurinburg, Red Springs, Lumberton and 29 other municipalities in eastern North Carolina.The current debt owed by North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency...

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McColl main jailed following 130-mph chase

LAURINBURG — A McColl man is being held in the Scotland County jail after stealing items from Walmart and leading Laurinburg police on a chase that reached 130 miles per hour and crossed the South Carolina state line.Jon Paul Pearce, 42, of 409 N. Main St., is charged with careless and reckless driving; driving 130 mph in a 70-mph zone; driving 115 mph in a 45-mph work zone and felonious fleeing to elude arrest. He was also served with three warrants for larceny, according to...

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Family seeks answers

LAURINBURG — Family and friends of Thomas Eric Watts are still waiting for closure following the 22-year-old’s death on July 3 after an altercation in the Hasty area.Their cries of “justice for Eric” were heard by those driving in the vicinity of the Scotland County Courthouse on Saturday as a crowd of some 50 rallied to bring attention to the lingering questions surrounding that night’s events — including a more than 10-minute delay in emergency...

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Deercroft Golf Club to host Military Day

WAGRAM — Deercroft Golf Club will host a Military Appreciation Day event on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.Military guests and their friends or family pay $50 per person. This fee includes the green/cart fee, lunch after the tournament ends, and a chance to win prizes. Teams will be split up into four-person groups, and the tournament will be slighted, giving players the chance to play with others who are at the same skill level.There will also be an optional two-man ...

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Several key dates loom for Fighting Scots

LAURINBURG — The Fighting Scots summer football schedule is approaching its home stretch — and for those anticipating the return of the three-time 4A southeastern champions to the field, it couldn’t come fast enough.After the NCHSAA dead period ended last Thursday, Scotland set up shop at St. Andrews for a team camp on Friday and Saturday. Varsity players attended, as well as invited others looking to secure a roster position. Scotland High has several other key u...

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How can NC communities revive?

My wife and I recently spent a long weekend in New York City celebrating our wedding anniversary. It’s amazing how time flies: This is No. 34, thank you!New York City — or simply “the City” to native New Yorkers — conjures up both negative and positive feelings. We’ve visited the City many times (my wife was born in New York, although not in the City). It is crowded, busy, noisy and confusing. People can be pushy, partly because if you don’...

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McPhatter recognized for work with nutrition program

LAURINBURG — Hazel McPhatter, Scotland County program assistant for the NC Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, was presented with the program’s award at the EFNEP’s State Conference June 23.The Circle of Excellence award recognizes program assistants and associates for meeting the needs of limited resource audiences through innovative teaching methods to produce program results and make a community-wide impact.McPhatter has been employed with...

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Churches asked to hold ‘Relay Sunday’

LAURINBURG — The American Cancer Society is asking that all churches in the Scotland County area participate in Relay Sunday on Aug. 3.For information on how to become involved in Scotland County Area Relay For Life on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, call Stewart or Carol Thomas at 910-276-5247.

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City man jailed following fight

LAURINBURG — A 36-year-old Laurinburg man has been jailed under a $30,000 bond following a Thursday night altercation that left a Bennettsville man in critical condition, according to Laurinburg police.Charles Shawn McPherson, of 417 Hood St., was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with one count of felonious assault inflicting serious bodily injury, Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms said. McPherson punched 40-year-old Calvin Zimmerman in the head, Sessoms said, knockin...

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The Scotland County American Red Cross hosted a training session for facilitators of its Pillowcase Project on Wednesday. The project, which evolved during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, is a preparedness education program in which children decorate pillowcases in which to store belongings in the event of a crisis.for the Pictured from left, Dr. Tangula Diggs, Debra Taylor, Aisha Carter, Denise Mathews (Facilitator), Dewey Brower, Carolyn Stern (Facilitator), Doreen Blanchette...

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