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Community churches join in prayer for county’s future

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LAURINBURG — Every Wednesday around noon at the downtown square — between a defunct gasoline station and Bob’s Jewel Shop — pedestrians and drivers pass by the shouts and praises of more than a dozen community church members of different denominations who have banded together to pray for the county.At the park square, located at the intersection of South Main and West Church streets on Wednesday, 17 pastors and members of various Scotland County and Maxton churches joined hands Wednesday to pray and honor the Prayer on the Square’s second anniversary.

 

Scotland County’s tourism revenue explained

A few weeks ago, I presented some data and research that probably surprised some people: The insight that travel & tourism in Scotland County generated a total economic impact of $38.78 million in 2013, accounts for 350 jobs in our community, and generating state and local tax revenue for Scotland County to the amount of $2.74 million. This tax revenue represents a $75.35 tax savings to each and every county resident.In response to that article, a number of folks have inquired as t...

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University production puts community talents on display

To the editor:Where else in Scotland County could one be transported back to 1947 Hollywood, indulging in a “Flaming Gay Paris” coconut drink complete with festive umbrella? This was a bit of the noir comedy and history meshed together in the SAU-ENCORE! Theater performances of Bill Robens’ “Kill Me, Deadly” enthusiastically enjoyed by 250 or more people on April 10-April 12 in St. Andrews University’s Morris Morgan Theater.

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SBI seizes Gryphon timesheets, payment records

LAURINBURG — The State Bureau of Investigation seized employment records from Gryphon Group Security Solutions earlier this month to determine the accuracy of Sheriff Shep Jones’ report to the county finance office regarding funds received from deputies working off-duty for the military training company.C.G. Cardwell, the assistant special agent in charge of the SBI financial crimes unit, obtained a search warrant signed by Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephe...

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Solar firm 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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Vigil brings to light sex abuse statistics

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. “Sa...

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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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