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City native opens salon

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LAURINBURG — Opening next week, Laurinburg’s newest downtown business aims to help its clients be the most well-groomed around.City native Kelsie Boles will host a grand opening at her Red Willow Hair Studio, near the intersection of South Main and Railroad streets in the former Everington’s Drug Store, on Monday evening and open for business on Tuesday.A Scotland High School graduate, Boles worked as a professional stylist for nearly three years at Studio Elite Hair Gallery in Aberdeen. In opening Red Willow, she’s bringing her hair and makeup skills home, cutting her commute, and branching out into the world of entrepreneurship.

 

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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Southern’s Hinton comes through in clutch

LAURINBURG — A year ago today was the last time the Southern Durham Spartans were defeated.The opponent? A Jaylend Ratliffe-led Scotland team that would go on to play in the 4A state championship game. As it turned out, Southern would compete for a state title of their own. Quarterback Kendall Hinton led the Spartans on a last-minute drive to secure a 3AA state championship in a thrilling 38-31 win over Crest.

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Six Shaw Academy students charged in altercation

LAURINBURG — Following a classroom altercation on Thursday, six Shaw Academy students were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.The verbal argument occurred early in the school day and never escalated to physical contact, according to Scotland County Schools public information officer Meredith Bounds. But the six students involved were removed from campus and taken into custody.“There were no blows; it was just a disturbance and nobody put their hands...

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Wet weather to continue next week

LAURINBURG — Always a fine handle for grabbing a good conversation, the weather will give folks in Scotland County and the southeast plenty to talk about over the coming days.Do not put those umbrellas away yet.Forecasts calling for drier, cooler weather next week were revised overnight Thursday into Friday morning. Wet weather will continue today and predictions for daily highs remain in the 80s, but now are sprinkled with calls for ongoing scattered rain showers ...

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Crime report for Sept. 13

ArrestsLAURINBURG — Aubrey Wayne McRae, 20, of 707 Nichols St. was arrested on Thursday after a group of armed men was reported near 827 South Main St., according to police. McRae was located hiding behind an air conditioning unit at 727 South Pine St., and two handguns were located within the unit. McRae was charged with resist, delay and obstruct, carrying a concealed weapon, and possession of a firearm by a minor. He was placed under a $1,500 bond.

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Red Springs Lt. Tommy Wright arrested on drug charges

RALEIGH (AP) — The State Bureau of Investigation says a Red Springs police lieutenant is accused of fraudulently obtaining narcotic painkillers in four counties.A statement on the agency’s website says 48-year-old George “Tommy” Thomas Wright Jr. was arrested in Lumberton after an investigation.According to the SBI, Wright went to doctors in Cumberland, Robeson, Hoke and Scotland counties complaining of pain in his back, neck or tooth so he could ...

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Gibson has blank agenda, hears public comment

GIBSON – The pace of life is slow in Gibson and the residents seem to like it that way. But don’t be late for the monthly meeting of the Gibson Town Commission. They “git ‘er done’’ in about 10 minutes.With no new business and no old business on the agenda, Mayor Ronnie Hudson wondered aloud to the town’s attorney, Tim Snead, “Do we have to have these meetings when there’s nothing on the agenda?’’Yes, the ...

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Agencies talk grant opportunities

LAURINBURG — A new grant initiative developed by the Golden LEAF Foundation will give Scotland County agencies the opportunity to apply for up to $1.5 million in funding for next year.As part of the Community-Based Grants Initiative, the foundation has made $12 million available to city and county governments and nonprofit organizations in the 10-county Sandhills prosperity zone, according to County Manager Kevin Patterson. Grants will be awarded to projects that will enhance...

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Local leaders work to further county cause

LAURINBURG — A group of local elected officials and business owners recently returned from the N.C. Business and Economic Development Summit in Washington, D.C., a trip to further Scotland County’s cause with federal representatives and officials.The 10-member Scotland County delegation, led by the Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce, joined groups from throughout the state on Monday and Tuesday for addresses from U.S. Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr...

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City commemorates 9/11

LAURINBURG — As the second plane hit the World Trade Center, the Rev. Michael Edds, then a school principal in Cleveland, Ohio, watched in horror, knowing the country was headed for war.Thirteen years later, he told a group of about 30 gathered around the nation’s flag, risen to half-staff outside the city of Laurinburg’s municipal building on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, that not much has changed.“The terror has not di...

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