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Vigil brings to light sex abuse statistics

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LAURINBURG — On the campus of St. Andrews University on Tuesday, some 20 students and faculty members joined with the staff of the county’s Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center for a grim education — on the pervasiveness of sexual assault on college campuses and elsewhere, and the effects it has on the people behind the numbers.“Sex assault is something people do not like to talk about,” said Beth Taylor, executive director of the center. “Sadly, the statistics are currently that one in six women have experienced, at some point in their life, sexual assault of some kind and one in 33 men.“I don’t think the male statistic is quite correct, I just think men don’t report as women do.”

 

Strata Solar pushes back X-Way request

LAURINBURG — In light of a request for a condtional use permit for a solar array on X-Way Road being postponed until the May meeting of the city of Laurinburg’s planning board, the board at its Tuesday meeting was tasked with coming to that meeting prepared with their choice of three proposed ordinances that would govern any solar farms seeking a permit.

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With eyes on state mandate, board passes two budgets

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Health at its Tuesday meeting approved two budgets for the upcoming fiscal year — one catered to the county health department’s actual needs, and the other to a bill passed by the general assembly that mandates the county’s level of funding be returned to its 2010-2011 level.

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Council sets limit on spending for 911 center

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council is expected to vote next week on an amended memorandum of understanding capping the city’s contribution to the county emergency call center at $250,000 annually.After more than an hour of discussion during its agenda meeting on Tuesday night, council also concluded that it will gradually withdraw support to the center, leaving it funded completely by the county within 10 years.The memorandum drafted by the county sourc...

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Crime report for April 16

ArrestsLAURINBURG — James Tyson, 42, of 22300 Airbase Road, was arrested Monday for an outstanding warrant of assault on a female after officers tried to stop his vehicle on Carter Road, according to a police report. Tyson attempted to elude the authorities but hit a tree off the side of the road. He was also charged with possession of stolen goods, careless and reckless driving, resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer, driving while license revoked and...

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Lady Knights lacrosse season comes to end with first round loss

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The fifth seeded St. Andrews University women’s lacrosse team saw their season come to an end on Friday evening as they fell 20-13 to No. 4 seed Emmanuel College, of Georgia, in the first round of the NWLL South Region Championships.Senior midfielder Catherine Lovallo and senior attacker Jackie Jones each led with four goals in the loss while Jones also had three assists to lead the team with seven points on the day. Jones finishes the season with 16 as...

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Citizen group wants Malloy to fill board’s vacated seat

To the editor:Many residents packed our recent Scotland County Board of Education meeting on March 10, with standing room only. Two concerned citizens were chosen to speak and the board appeared to be listening, but moved forward with the superintendent process without appointing a representative to fill the vacated seat of Duke Williams. We would have been greater pleased if the appointment would have been made sooner to allow our voices to be heard in the selection of our new sup...

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School board candidate answers forum questions

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend our community forum last week due to a prior commitment to the students I teach at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Thanks to my high school friend and colleague, Aku Opata, who took notes for me during the event, I am able to respond to the questions asked of candidates to the Scotland County Board of Education, which have been paraphrased below.“Do you agree that it is time to find a new solution to funding our schools?R...

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Laurinburg After Five moves to Fridays

I am excited to share with you again for this year what we have planned for our Murphy Brown Laurinburg After Five (LAF) events. It will be a fun year with great bands, lots of children’s activities, and best of all (at least in my opinion) a wonderful opportunity to spend time with some of the greatest people around — yes, all of you who live in Scotland County. I love watching you all come out with your lawn chairs and seeing the smiles on your faces really is one of the things ...

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Board continues election day prep

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Elections continued planning for the May 6 election during a meeting on Tuesday.Board members Hal Culberson and William Bullard approved 10 absentee ballots submitted by mail, checking for the required signatures on the ballot envelope.“Of course we do not open them, we just look at the outside,” Culberson said. “They have already been checked to be sure that they are registered voters, and we require two ...

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The problem isn’t ‘stepping on toes’

Gov. Pat McCrory seems to think that every time people in Raleigh have questions about one of his proposals, it is because he is courageously “stepping on toes” of people in entrenched institutions who refuse to consider doing things differently.McCrory used the line in a recent speech in Charlotte — where he seems to be spending an inordinate amount of time in recent weeks — talking about the lukewarm reception for his proposal to turn over the state’...

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For teachers, a slide of job satisfaction

In the classroom, nothing beats a good teacher. Abundant research affirms teacher quality as the most significant in-school predictor of student achievement. Teachers know they have the power to leave a profound imprint on the minds of students; for many, this core belief shapes their choice of teaching as an occupation.Yet scores of teachers are withdrawing emotionally from their work. A pair of recent surveys paints a portrait of alarmingly low levels of engagement and satisfacti...

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‘Thanks’ an incomplete expression of gratitude

“Thanks for your service.”Maybe we have done a better job of showing appreciation to the members of the armed forces who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan than we did for those who served in Vietnam. Some opponents of that war made many Vietnam veterans feel that coming home was like leaving one war only to be thrown into another.But today’s “Thank you for your service,” is not substantially better, as far as some at Afghanistan-Iraq veterans a...

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Task force recommends teacher pay increase

LAURINBURG — A set of recommendations forwarded Monday to the General Assembly by the 18-member Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force included, in the short term, increasing salaries for inexperienced teachers. The report, expected to come into play during the legislative short session set to convene on May 14, identified teacher raises across the board as a long-term goal.Comprising legislators, teachers, school board members and school administrators, the task ...

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Fort Hood victim recalls the day he almost died

RED SPRINGS — When Army Specialist Ivan Lopez opened fire at Fort Hood earlier this month, killing three soldiers and injuring 16 others, it was news around the world.For Flora Macdonald Academy volunteer Alonzo Lunsford, the April 2 shooting was more than a headline — it was tragic reminder of what he endured during the first massacre at the same Army base more than four years ago.“I couldn’t believe it happened again,” said the 47-year-old...

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Storytellers spin colorful yarns at eighth annual county festival

LAURINBURG — Showcasing stories from the perfectly true to the completely implausible, the eighth annual Storytelling Festival of Carolina this weekend treated thousands to two days packed with entertainment.The festival showcased four storytellers on the grounds of the John Blue House: Donald Davis, Carmen Deedy, Antonio Rocha, and Kim Weitkamp, all nationally-known raconteurs who have performed at the national festival in Tennessee.“I love Carmen Deedy and ...

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Pet of the Week for April 15

Spanky is a 1-year-old “pocket” pointer mix with a dash of spaniel, and weighs about 25 pounds. He is quiet with good manners. He is leash trained and likes to give kisses and cuddle. Spanky has been treated for heartworms and will be available after April 18. We are accepting applications.The adoption fee for dogs is $100, which includes introductory immunizations, spay/neuter, and microchip. Apply online at scotlandhumane.org or at 1401 West Blvd. in Laurinburg.

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Crime report for April 15

Arrests LAURINBURG — Christopher Crump, 21, of 224 Benjamin Road in Maxton, was arrested Sunday for carrying a concealed weapon, according to a police report. He was held under a $1,500 secured bond.LAURINBURG — Dontay McLaurin, 23, of 201 Gill St., was arrested Sunday for simple assault, according to a police report. He signed a written promise to appear in court.LAURINBURG — Tara Hough, 30, and Katie McIntyre, 17, both of 1...

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