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Addicts share stories of recovery

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LAURINBURG — Standing at the head of a group of addicts in various stages of recovery last week and recalling her years drifting in and out of rehab centers and nursing homes from South Carolina to New York, the Arletha Moore of 15, 20, or 30 years ago would not have recognized herself.“I couldn’t talk, I didn’t know how to say a decent sentence or talk to a decent human being,” Moore said. “That’s what addiction will do to you.”After a decades-long struggle with alcoholism and addiction, Moore celebrates her 10 years of sobriety and now volunteers as a mentor to current clients of Generations Health Services’ intensive outpatient program.

 

Smoking can lead to SIDS

Do you know that secondhand smoke can increase the chances of your infant becoming a victim of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, known as (SIDS)? Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is crib death, or an unexpected death of an infant, and continues to be a tragic puzzle of life. September marks “Baby Safety Awareness Month” and why this article is so important.

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Fun on tap at Cypress Bend

WAGRAM – Rain drizzled, but the wine poured; the band sizzled and the dancers roared, as a steady stream of visitors ignored the humidity to engage in frivolity at Saturday’s 10th Annual Fall Harvest Festival at Cypress Bend Vineyards.“Stomping grapes was a ton of fun,’’ said Beth Dixon of Annapolis, Md., crowned queen grape stomper in an all-afternoon competition. The Black Water Rhythm and Blues Band, she said, “was awesome.’&#...

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Annual shindig promises to be fancy occasion

LAURINBURG — Scotland Memorial Foundation’s annual black-tie fundraiser is a bit ritzier this year.For the first time, the winning $10 ticket will provide the lucky owner with a choice from among three prizes: a 2013 Fiat Pop automobile, a new John Deere Gator or $10,000 in cash.The drawing, which does not require the ticket holder to be present, will be a small, but integral part of the 21st Annual Putting on the Ritz banquet, organized by the Sco...

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1 injured during weekend gunfire

LAURINBURG — A man was wounded and two houses struck during shootings over the weekend that Laurinburg Police Chief Darwin Williams called a result of “escalating gang activity” throughout the city.The department’s gang unit will soon begin to “validate” known gang members, Williams said, so officers “can move forward as far as prosecuting them.”Sixteen gunshots were fired between two groups on Biggs Street on Saturday nigh...

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Bullet penetrates East Laurinburg home

EAST LAURINBURG — Shots rang out on Fifth Street in East Laurinburg on Friday, according to a Scotland County sheriff’s report, entering a home and hitting a couch inside but no residents.The shooting was reported at 11:43 p.m. by Iris McInnis, who told sheriff’s Sgt. Ronnie Ivey that a couch, pillow and blanket inside the home were damaged as well as two walls of the home that the bullet passed through.According to Ivey’s report, a “copper ...

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Authorities believe Dollar General robberies may be connected

LAUREL HILL — The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and police in Laurinburg and Aberdeen are working to see if armed robberies of Dollar General stores in their respective areas are connected, sheriff’s Capt. Jon Edwards said Monday.The latest of the three robberies was 10:30 a.m. Sunday, in which a man armed with a gun, who wore all black and had concealed his face with a bandanna, demanded money from employees of the Laurel Hill store, at 18720 Ida Mill Road, ac...

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Crime report for Sept. 16

ArrestsLAURINBURG — Veda Oxendine, 17, of Old Johns Road, was arrested Friday and charged with disorderly conduct for fighting at Scotland High School, according to a police report. She received a $1,000 bond. A 15-year-old girl also involved in the fight received a juvenile petition.House fireLAUREL HILL — James Kelly, of Rockingham Road, reported Sunday that a fire had caused $10,000 damage to hi...

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Apply lessons learned in old wars

At the end of a two-day conference about World War I at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I asked a leading military historian what approach he would recommend to the United States to deal with the challenge of ISIS.I will tell you about his response in a minute.The World War I conference was one of a series of planned events to commemorate the 100th anniversary of that Great War and to learn what lessons might help us deal with present day challenges.

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Basics of college savings plans

For many people, their biggest expenses in life are funding retirement, buying a home and paying for their children’s college education — or a portion of it, anyway. Setting aside money for these and other financial goals is difficult, especially when you’re trying to save for them all simultaneously and from a young age.One of the more popular college savings vehicles is the 529 College Savings Plan. Every state and Washington, D.C. offers at least one 529 plan o...

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2 ways to improve NC’s economy

A strong state Earned Income Tax Credit and a robust minimum wage are twin pillars that together form the foundation of a stronger economy — even for those with low-income jobs. Unfortunately, North Carolina state leaders recently demolished one of those pillars and are letting the other one slowly disintegrate.In North Carolina’s current economy, where the vast majority of job growth is occurring in industries that pay wages below what it takes to make ends meet, the c...

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U.S. must fight to eradicate ISIS

This week marked a very solemn date for our nation and a stark reminder that evil exists around the world. On Sept. 11, 2001, the United States of America fell victim to the most horrific terrorist attack in our history — an attack spurred by cowardice and hatred for our way of life. Thirteen years later, we remember the innocent lives lost and the sacrifices that were made; we remember the overwhelming feelings of hopelessness and despair; and we remember the heroism and courage of our...

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Laurinburg’s beloved railroad porter and community icon

Growing up in America – especially in the rural areas – during the first half of the 20th century was difficult for nearly everyone, especially if you were African American. The late Johnny Covington of Laurinburg was proof that being such did not mean you weren’t loved and appreciated by your community for as fate would have it, Johnny became a community icon.Johnny was born Sept. 1, 1905 in South Carolina and was a son of Johnny and Ada Smith Covington, and move...

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RCC to offer seminar on websites

LAURINBURG — Marketing expert Martin Brossman will conduct a free workshop on building a website from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the Honeycutt Center in Laurinburg.The seminar, which is being offered by the Small Business Center of Richmond Community College, will explain the basics of securing a domain name, choosing a graphics theme and step-by-step guidance for building a site.

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SAU psych department adds Gianico

LAURINBURG — St. Andrews University’s Department of Natural and Life Sciences added Dr. Jennifer Gianico as an Assistant Professor of Psychology this fall.“I was seeking employment at a small liberal arts school that focused on teaching undergraduates,” Gianico said. “St. Andrews reminded me of the type of undergraduate education I received. I wanted to share my experience with learning with current students.”Gianico earned a bachelor&...

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McNair Lecture at SAU to feature Vatican Observatory astronomer

LAURINBURG —Father Paul Mueller, religious superior of the Jesuit community at the Vatican Observatory, will present the 2014 John Calvin McNair Lecture on Science and Theology on Oct. 21 in the Carol Grotnes Belk Main Lounge of the William Henry Belk Center.Mueller will present “Here’s Looking at You: Science and Religion in Mutual Regard,” focusing on the Vatican Observatory’s history, institutional setting and current work.The free event ...

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Open Mic at Writers’ Forum Thursday

LAURINBURG — The Writers’ Forum at St. Andrews University will hold the first Open Mic of the semester Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Ronald H. Bayes Writers’ Forum Lounge in Orange Residence Hall.The event is free and open to the public.Individuals interested in sharing their poetry, prose or music are invited to sign up the night of the reading with student host Ryan Perez. Presentations are limited to between five and seven minutes to allow for all reader...

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UNCP sees hike in enrollment, retention

PEMBROKE — Freshman enrollment and total enrollment at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke showed gains in the fall semester.The freshmen class enrollment is 1,074, a gain of 24 students compared to last year, according to the official census. It is the third largest freshman class in UNCP history.Despite graduating more than 1,300 students last year, total enrollment grew to 6,269, an increase of 47 over fall 2013.Transfer enrollment was “...

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