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McInnis says attacks by Dems are ‘sobering’

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LAURINBURG — Challenging freshman state Sen. Gene McLaurin in the November general election, Tom McInnis has based his campaign for state office on his experience in the small business arena and hopes, if elected, to promote a hospitable environment for entrepreneurship in District 25.McInnis, an Ellerbe Republican, is senior vice president and COO of Iron Horse Auction Company, and has been in the auction business for more than 40 years. He also serves on the Richmond County Board of Education, to which he was first elected in 2006.


Michigan cartoonist creates design for Highland Games

LAURINBURG — Iain and Eilidh (pronounced as “E-an” and “Eye-lee”), cartoon characters created by cartoonist and publisher Jon St. John of West Bloomfield Township, Michigan, will make their debut this year at the Scotland County Highland Games.Iain’s likeness, playing the bagpipes, will be featured in the souvenir lapel pins for 2014, and Iain and Eilidh will be featured dancing on the souvenir T-shirts, inside a design including the slogan ̶...

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Phys Ed takes forefront

LAURINBURG — At a time when physical education programs have suffered cuts nationwide, the staff of Covington Street Elementary School say a little extra exercise makes all the difference in the classroom.The ‘Running Red Birds’ program, initiated early this spring, gives participating students, staff, and even a few parents, a jump start to their day with a 7:30 a.m. trek around the school’s playground. Since the programs inception, tardies and absences ...

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Scotia residents show off skills

LAURINBURG — For Scotia Village resident Bobbie McClure, the relay and one-mile walk on the retirement home’s back lawn could be summed up in three words — well, maybe five.“Tiring. Breathtaking. Exhausting,” she said, taking pauses between each word to exhale. “And absolutely exhilarating.”“I’m trying to stay healthy, and young,” McClure said with a grin. “I like to stay feeling young.”

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SAU swimming set to start

LAURINBURG — It’s time for the St. Andrews swimmers to jump back into the pool, as the team is scheduled to kickoff the start to its second season at Greensboro on Friday to compete in the All-NC Invitational.It is the first official meet of the year for SAU as they look to continue building the program that is still in early development under the leadership of coach Brooks Teal.Teal served as an assistant at Clemson for one season before his arrival at St. A...

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Clear skies bring crowds for Pembroke Day

PEMBROKE — The sun finally won at the 25th annual Pembroke Day celebration as students, faculty and local residents came together to enjoy food, live music, arts and crafts on Wednesday — a week after the event was delayed because of thunderstorms.“The weather is perfect and everyone seems to be having a great time,” said Scott Bigelow, communications specialist at UNCP who served as the master of ceremonies.“I’ve been doing this for c...

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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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Optimist leaders pass torch

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.

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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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