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County loses 1 woman, 5 employees

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LAURINBURG — Looking at the job descriptions, it might sound like a mass exodus from the Scotland County Health Department. The clerk to the county health board has left, as well as the department’s lead personnel officer. Ditto the HIPPA officer, the deputy registrar of vital statistics and the director’s executive assistant.When Lynda Bostic McMillan retired Friday after 29 years, she relinquished all those responsibilities, “and others as assigned,’’ she joked, looking back on a career in which she started at the health department’s reception desk.


The First Sunburnt Boy

It has been more than a few years ago when the location of my fifth grade was a second floor classroom above the kitchen at Central School. It is impossible to forget the exact location as the scents from the rising yeast rolls and various foods cooking filtered into the classroom all day.Miss Christine Gibson was my teacher that year, and there were two new subjects introduced to our class: history and poetry. I was “game” for history, but poetry was in another world o...

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Scotland escapes with 20-14 win over Jack Britt

LAURINBURG — After cruising to an one-sided win last week at South View, Friday night's affair at the Boneyard was anything but easy for Scotland as they held on to defeat Jack Britt 20-14 in Fayetteville Friday night.As good as the Fighting Scots looked last week, the team was bound to come back down to earth. But they almost crash-landed in the fourth quarter after a string of mishaps nearly cost the team the victory. Despite what coach Ri...

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Capps joins full-time SAU faculty in Religious Studies

LAURINBURG — When Tanner Capps arrived on the St. Andrews University campus in the fall of 2013, it was as a part-time professor in Religious Studies as he completed his doctoral work through Duke University.“St. Andrews was looking for a one-year hire in Religious Studies,” said Capps. “I had a goal to work at a small Liberal Arts College and saw this as a fantastic opportunity.”After phone conversations with Campus President Paul Baldasare...

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UNCP: New logo will include Old Main

PEMBROKE — A spokesman for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke says any worries by Lumbee Tribal Council members that a logo being designed for university will not depict Old Main are unwarranted.Scott Bigelow said Wednesday that although the final design for the school’s first logo has not been created, it has been decided by school officials, including the university’s board of trustees, that Old Main will be featured. The school’s seal already de...

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Former SAU baseball stars playing professional ball

LAURINBURG — Each arrived at St. Andrews under different circumstances. They played separate positions on the diamond and graduated a year apart. Now Joe McCarty and Matt McCue find themselves amongst the professional ranks, both playing the sport they love.McCarty and McCue are St. Andrews’ most recent graduates to play baseball at the professional level. McCarty, who graduated from St. Andrews this year, played this summer for the White Sands Pupfish of the independen...

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Berger’s Common Core appointees lacking

Senate leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) is the first to publicly announce his appointments to a legislative commission that will review and make recommendations for modifying the Common Core State Standards. Berger’s appointments include a retired math professor recommended by the John Locke Foundation and a Winston-Salem/Forsyth school board member who has a “self-guided education in curriculum standards.”House Speaker Thom Tillis, Gov. Pat McCrory, State Board ...

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Tour highlights local economies

Wow. I cannot believe how fast time flies. As we head into Labor Day, I hate to see summer end, but I’m exciting to think about back to school, football season gearing up and a little break from the heat.I just wrapped up a great week traveling the district and meeting with folks to hear their concerns and discuss ways to help revitalize our local communities. Weeks like this are the favorite parts of my job because I enjoy spending time in our communities hearing directly fr...

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Buie hearing set for Tuesday

LUMBERTON — Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt is prepared to turn over to a judge the fate of two men who have been in prison for 30 years in connection with the rape and murder of an 11-year old, saying new DNA evidence is favorable to their case.Britt today filed his response to motions for relief brought by attorneys representing 50-year-old Henry McCollum and his half-brother, 46-year-old Leon Brown. McCollum is currently on death row for the rape and murder ...

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Police seek clues in shooting

LAURINBURG — Authorities are searching for leads in the case of a Robeson County woman admitted to the Scotland Memorial Hospital emergency room on Thursday with apparent gunshot wounds.Around 6 p.m., Tamara Lynn McGirt, 19, was dropped off at the emergency room entrance by two men driving a tan Mercury Marquis. McGirt is a resident of Westgate Terrace Apartments in Red Springs.According to Laurinburg Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms, the circumstances and loca...

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Stephenson earns chamber certification

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives has designated Tonia Stephenson, president of the Laurinburg/Scotland Area Chamber of Commerce, a Certified Chamber Executive. The certification is the only national designation for chamber professionals.“The CCE program assesses and tests the applicant’s knowledge of core chamber management areas—management, planning and development, membership and communication, and operations,” said...

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Greene retires from Air Force

LAURINBURG — Scotland County native Carlton Andre Greene, Jr. retired this week after 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force.Greene is a 1994 graduate of Scotland High School and enlisted in the Air Force directly after graduation. During his service, Greene was stationed in, Saudia Arabia, Japan, Korea, and Italy. His final station was at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina, and he retires as a technican sergeant.Among his decorations are the A...

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UNCP’s summer camps return

PEMBROKE — More than 200 children ages 5-18, enjoyed sports, theatre, SAT prep, health careers and leadership experiences at UNCP summer camps this summer.As the dust settled in August, university administrators evaluated the summer, said Darek Hunt, executive director of the Regional Center. “Our camps allowed us to respond to the communities’ request for an athletic program, a program to help improve college SAT scores, a youth leadership program and a medical c...

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RCC to offer personal training course

LAURINBURG — Richmond Community College will offer a course to prepare students to become certified as personal trainers from 6 to 10 p.m. on Wednesdays this fall.“The class will cover all the fundamentals you’ll need to pass the personal trainer certification exam,” said instructor Derrick Bullard. “We’ll discuss various aspects of different exercises, as well as go over meeting with clients and working with them to help them achieve their fitne...

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Faculty members credited as authors of lab manual

LAURINBURG — Two professors of the St. Andrews University Biology department have contributed to a laboratory manual, Principles of Biology I, traditionally used for freshmen biology courses.The text, published by Hayden McNeil, began at the University of Louisiana Monroe in the 1990s as part of a National Science Foundation grant. Dr. Thomas Sasek and Dr. John Knesel wrote the manual with a goal of reviving and promoting the freshmen laboratory experience.Sasek an...

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Faith calendar for Aug. 29

Submission guidelines: Submissions must be delivered to the Laurinburg Exchange office or emailed to Abbi Overfelt, at, by Wednesday at noon for inclusion in Friday’s edition. Events occurring outside of Scotland County (with the exception of Maxton) will not be included. Please use full names and include time and date information and a phone number.————————————...

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Singles learn ‘cooking for one’

LAURINBURG — A group of single adults spiced up their kitchen repertoire in a “Cooking for One” seminar on Thursday offered by Hospice of Scotland County and Scotland County Cooperative Extension.Cooperative Extension family and consumer sciences agent Sharon English led the class of 17, many living alone after the loss of their spouses, toward overcoming the impulse to subsist entirely on takeout.“It’s for convenience that we do it a lot of...

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‘I call her my fairy godmother’

LAURINBURG – Drawn by what she calls “a divine connection’’ that began as a poor child’s quest for a winter coat, a U.S. State Department officer is returning to her hometown this weekend to celebrate the life of a small, well-dressed woman who “doesn’t want attention.”But the object of Shirley Dudley Miles unabashed affection, Mary Belle Asher Hafer, is certain to get attention. Admirers are coming from as far away as Florida and Was...

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