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City puts hold on military option

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LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council passed on Tuesday the first of two votes required to rescind an ordinance passed last year allowing military training facilities by conditional use permit on property zoned industrial.The motion to rescind that ordinance was made by council member J.D. Willis after a public hearing in which no one offered comment, with a second from council member Curtis Leak. Though council agreed that the matter should be revisited in an overhaul of the city’s unified development ordinance expected to be completed this year, the motion passed by a vote of 3-2, with Willis, Leak, and Dee Hammond for and Drew Williamson and Mary Jo Adams against.


Panthers have 3 nationally-televised games in 2014

CHARLOTTE (AP) — The defending NFC South champion Carolina Panthers will play three nationally-televised games and face six playoff teams from last season, the NFL announced Wednesday.Two of Carolina’s three nationally-televised games will be at home — a NBC Sunday night game against Pittsburgh on Sept. 21 and a Thursday night game against the division rival New Orleans on Oct. 30 on NFL Network.Carolina will also travel to face Philadelphia on ESPNR...

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Team of high school players wins Hospice tourney

LAURINBURG — Slowly but surely the huge display of team scores from the Hospice Memorial Golf Tournament started to fill up on Wednesday, while a group of players watched excitedly from the side.Chip Wells, manager of Scotch Meadows Country Club, patrolled the board that had the names of the 152 golfers in the men’s tournament. Each time a group finished, his assistants would tally up the results and hand it to him. Then, with a black marker, Wells would write the team&...

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Heat looking to improve in Game 2 vs. Bobcats

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James grabbed a basketball off a rack as he left the practice court Tuesday, then turned and took a 40-footer without so much as jumping.Swish.Seems like James and the Heat aren’t worried about much right now. Their opponents in this Eastern Conference first-round series can’t feel the same.Charlotte star Al Jefferson’s availability for Game 2 is clearly in some doubt, yet another indicator of how difficult it may be...

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Newton wants to take more ownership of offense

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Quarterback Cam Newton plans to take more ownership of the Carolina Panthers’ offense without his top four receivers from last season.Steve Smith, the franchise’s all-time leading receiver, was released and free agents Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr. and Domenik Hixon signed with other teams, putting more pressure on Newton to take more of a leadership role entering his fourth season.“I’m excited to take this challenge to be th...

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A whopper of a fishing tale

Ya’ll know I like to fish, so several years ago a good friend and I took my 12-foot boat over to Pee Dee River to go fishing.I told him, “let’s go up to Smith Lake,” which is a lake that feeds off of the river. To get to the lake with a boat, you have to go through a small passageway of water that leads into the lake. That day, there just happened to be a large tree log that had fallen right across the passageway. We figured the water was just low enough and...

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A teaching moment not to be missed

In case you missed it, there’s a rather important public policy battle taking place right now in North Carolina and around the country. It involves a little item commonly referred to as “the future of public education.”Sadly, this characterization is not meant to be funny or facetious, but as a hard truth.

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Candidates should not seek donations from the wealthy

To the editor:This letter is about a candidate for re-election to the county commission. A number of letters were mailed out to some people in the county. I didn’t get one, maybe because I am a registered Republican or an ultraconservative. According to the letter, this person is a good person. He or she is a member of various boards. It doesn’t say he or she is liked by those who work with or the working class who might work for him or her.With the letter is...

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Former SHS band director will be remembered fondly

To the editor:For some that don’t know, on April 1, Charles L. Allen Jr., former band director at Scotland High School, transitioned from this Earth. He was a vital part of getting the marching band aka “Pride of Scotland County” into prestigious events such as the 1991 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1994 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade and many Superior Ratings at band competitions.He also directed the Symphonic Band to many prestigious eve...

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Crime report for April 23

ArrestsLAURINBURG — Matthew Monroe, 22, of 15781 Monroe Road, was arrested Tuesday for an outstanding warrant of assault on a female, according to a police report. He was held under a $500 secured bond.LAURINBURG — Raleak Graham, 21, of 5581 Henderson St. in Gibson, was arrested on Monday for larceny at Walmart, according to a police report. He was held under a $7,000 secured bond.LAURINBURG — Tyrone Moore, 34, of 437 McNair ...

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Musicians, artists to pack downtown Friday

LAURINBURG — In her time working with the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast, and even before, local artist Deb Guess has heard countless people say they can’t remember the last time they visited Laurinburg’s downtown.On Friday, Guess, along with the Laurinburg Downtown Revitalization Commission, hopes to give them a reason.

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Laurel Hill man leads police on 4-county chase

LAURINBURG — A 21-year-old Laurel Hill man led authorities on a 80-to-95-mph car chase through Richmond, Scotland, Robeson and Columbus counties late Monday night before being caught and placed in the Columbus County jail, according to the Laurinburg Police Department.Isaac Jerome Terry, of 9580 Third St., will face charges from Scotland County of misdemeanor fleeing and eluding arrest with a motor vehicle, speeding, failure to stop for blue lights and siren and reckless driv...

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USGA official talks about Open prep

LAURINBURG — The Scotch Meadows Country Club hosted a special speaker during Tuesday night’s sponsor dinner.Senior Director of the US Open Championships Reg Jones was in attendance to speak to the sponsors of the 28th Annual Richard L. Byrne Memorial Golf Tournament, which began Tuesday afternoon. The tournament is held to raise money for Hospice of Scotland County, and is a two-day event.Jones, who works for USGA out of Pinehurst, was in town to talk about t...

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Bobcats’ Jefferson says he’ll play in Game 2 vs. Heat

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Bobcats center Al Jefferson said that while his left foot remains extremely sore, he plans to play in Game 2 of the best-of-seven playoff series Wednesday night against Miami Heat.“I’m suiting up,” Jefferson said Monday. “It’s going to take more than that to make me sit out. We have worked too hard to get to this point.”Jefferson injured his foot in the first quarter of Sunday’s 99-88 loss to the two-time d...

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Life with three cats named Streak

The childhood pet that I remember most was a black and gray tabby cat named Streaks. We had other family pets of course, but Streaks was all mine. I had been promised the pick of the litter by our neighbors. I selected the most energetic of the crew and named him Streaks because of the distinctive markings on his coat as well as the way he would bound through the house like a streak of lightning. We became inseparable. Most nights, he slept at the foot of my bed, and if he wanted to go outsid...

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Constant changes undermine health law’s efficacy

By the looks of it, the individual mandate is almost devoid of life. This tax once was viewed as the centerpiece of the federal health law. Without this critical element of government coercion — imposing a tax on people who refused to purchase acceptable insurance coverage — Obamacare could not work to its full capacity.Now that the initial enrollment period to #GetCovered officially has ended (more or less), those who go uninsured for more than three consecutive months...

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North Carolina a place filled with literature

“Variety Vacationland” — Do you remember that slogan from our state’s past?I suggest a new one: “Variety Literatureland.”In the next few weeks I plan to provide support for my suggestion in the form of books and their authors who will be appearing on North Carolina Bookwatch.First is Krista Bremer, associate publisher of The Sun, a successful national magazine, headquartered in Chapel Hill. Bremer’s essays have been pu...

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Crime report for April 22

ArrestsLAURINBURG — Floyd Evans, 57, of 520 Williams St., was arrested Sunday at the Kangaroo Express, on Main Street, for trespassing, according to a police report. He was held under a $500 secured bond.LAURINBURG — William Owens, 22, of 3721 Allison Road Apt. 307 in Fayetteville, was served a warrant Sunday for larceny at Walmart, according to a police report. He was held under a $2,500 secured bond.

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