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Hudson, Blue to square off for eighth district

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LAURINBURG — After his first term representing North Carolina’s eighth congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, Richard Hudson has made the transition from congressional staffer to legislator in his own right.Before defeating incumbent Democrat Larry Kissell in 2012, Hudson worked as chief of staff for three members of Congress and served as district director for U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes. North Carolina’s eighth congressional district includes part of Robeson County and stretches westward to encompass Scotland, Richmond, Anson, Stanly, Montgomery, and portions of Mecklenburg, Union, Davidson, and Randolph counties.


Pro player makes hometown visit

LAURINBURG — “Education was the most important thing. After school, my mom made sure I did my homework first before I did anything.”Those were some of the first words professional baseball player Montrell Marshall said to the wide-eyed children that filled the North Laurinburg Elementary cafeteria on a chilly Thursday morning.Just over a decade ago, Marshall walked the same hallways and ate in the same cafeteria that hosted him this week as a special gu...

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Ten candidates seeking office in local races

LAURINBURG — On the local ballot for the November general election, for which early voting begins today at the Scotland County Board of Elections, voters will have the most choice in candidates in the Scotland County Board of Education and Scotland County Sheriff races.For the Board of Education at large district, four candidates are running for two seats: incumbent Gold Leaf seed manager Jimmy Bennett, minister J. Gentile Everett, UNC-Pembroke faculty member Summer Stanley, ...

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Scotland teachers recognized

​LAURINBURG — Two Scotland County teachers have recently been recognized by regional associations.Rob Guzman, principal at Wagram Elementary School, was named the Region 4 President-Elect on the N.C. Principals & Assistant Principals’ Association board of directors.Elisabeth Harrell, sixth-grade math teacher at Sycamore Lane Middle School, has been selected as one of only two finalists for regional Teacher of the Year.The regional selection c...

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Is Scotland Health ready for future of healthcare?

What will the hospital system of the future look like and is Scotland Health Care System ready for it? The health care reform that we constantly hear about is actually health care payment reform. So whether you are hearing about the federal government’s ObamaCare roll-out, North Carolina’s Medicaid Expansion discussions or changes to employers’ benefit plans such as bundled payments or high deductible health plans — all these issues are about how health care is paid fo...

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RCC awards Citizen of the Year

HAMLET — The annual update of Richmond Community College and the RCC Foundation were presented Monday during a banquet honoring the Foundation’s Citizen of the Year, John Garner.Owner and operator of Convenience Corner in Hamlet, Garner has been an active member of the RCC Foundation for 20 years, serving in every capacity on the board of directors, including president. He recently served on a steering committee for the Forte Building expansion project and is currently ...

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Open Mic set for tonight

LAURINBURG — The Writers’ Forum at St. Andrews University will hold an Open Mic tonight 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 readers to have an opportunity...

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Students take river excursion

LAURINBURG — Hailing from the seaside town of Oban, the 12 Scottish participants in this year’s sister cities exchange are no strangers to navigating icy waters.But their visit to North Carolina had the high school students learning to flow with a different kind of current on Wednesday as they donned well-worn red life jackets, paired up, and formed a canoe flotilla winding their way down the Lumber River.“I’ve been in the sea, but not in that kin...

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Wainstein report unveiled

CHAPEL HILL (AP) — More than 3,100 students — nearly half of them athletes — enrolled in classes they didn’t have to show up for and received artificially inflated grades in what an investigator called a “shadow curriculum” that lasted nearly two decades at the University of North Carolina.The report released Wednesday by former high-ranking U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Wainstein found more far-reaching academic fraud than previous in...

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Eagles and Saints win Cotton Bowl

LAURINBURG — The 48th annual Cotton Bowl festivities took place Wednesday night, and both games saw dramatic victories.The Eagles, led by coach Randy Strickland, defeated the heavily favored Jets, coached by Contonio Wilson, 14-12 in the Minor League Championship game. The Eagles trailed heading into the fourth quarter, but scored the go-ahead touchdown on their final offensive possession of the game.The Midget League Championship game featured the Saints and Cowbo...

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SAU wins “Dig Pink” match

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University volleyball team rolled to a four set win over Bluefield College at home Tuesday on “Dig Pink” night to support Breast Cancer Awareness.The Lady Knights’ win upped their season total to 13, tying last year’s mark. It also put the Knights over .500 at 13-12 this season and 5-4 in the Appalachian Athletic Conference.An error-filled first set from Bluefield, along with 12 kills and only two errors from St....

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No charges to be filed in sheriff’s office probe

LAURINBURG — A spokesperson for the N.C. Department of Justice on Wednesday announced that no criminal charges will be filed based on the State Bureau of Investigation inquiry into the $53,000 collected from Scotland County sheriff’s deputies performing off-duty security work from 2011 to 2013.Beginning in August 2011, Scotland County sheriff’s deputies worked off-duty to provide site security at Gryphon Group Security Solutions, and remitted a portion of their ho...

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Kiwanis Club offers fluffy, buttery fundraiser

LAURINBURG — You can help support young Scotland County students in need this weekend by showing up at the National Guard Armory on South Main Street and eating your fill of pancakes and sausage, courtesy of the Laurinburg Kiwanis Club.Serving from 5-8 p.m. on Friday and 7-10 a.m. on Saturday, the Kiwanis Club is selling “pancake feast’’ tickets for $6 each, good for either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning, said Wilson McCall, club president.&...

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October festivals touted as boost to local economy

LAURINBURG — The final numbers are not yet in, but autumn brought another successful festival season to Scotland County, said Cory Hughes, executive director of the Scotland County Tourism and Development Authority.Hughes estimates that at least 14,000 people attended the county’s four festival events: the Kuumba Festival of Sept. 27, which celebrates African-American culture and traditions; the Scotland County Highland Games, which celebrates Scottish heritage; the Joh...

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Gigging for the elusive blue-fin sucker

Now to set ya’ll straight this here story is not about certain people who seem to fall for anything, no-sir-re. This story is my recollection of one of my experiences while gigging blue-fin suckers in local creeks.A little knowledge of the blue-fin sucker species should be told here so some of you can better appreciate this here story.

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Nov. 8 a night for oyster lovers

Oysters, oysters, oysters: Calling all oyster lovers, and shrimp and chicken wing lovers too! It is time for our annual Chamber on the Half Shell Oyster Roast. This is a fun event for spending time with the great folks of Scotland County, playing some cornhole, and most importantly, enjoying great food at the beautiful St. Andrews Equestrian Center. November 8 will be a great night! The event will be held from 6-9 p.m.

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‘I’ve made some friends for life’

LAURINBURG — The best and the brightest high school students of Oban, Scotland, shared lunch Tuesday with most of their 12 counterparts from Scotland High School as the Laurinburg Rotary Club hosted the Highlanders to celebrate the 22nd Annual Laurinburg-Oban Exchange program.Since its inception in 1993, the Laurinburg-Oban Exchange has enriched the lives of about 500 students from Oban and Scotland County as an outgrowth of the Oban-Laurinburg Sister City project,...

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Fund increase proposed

LAURINBURG — In a meeting centered around the school system’s future capital needs, on Tuesday the school board and county commissioners’ school funding liaison committee discussed a funding proposal from its school board half.Per a mediated agreement between both boards, the county will contribute $10.8 million toward the school system’s operating costs in 2015-2016 and $300,000 toward its capital costs.

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