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Diagnosis hits home

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LAURINBURG — For the cancer survivors to be celebrated during an opening lap at next week’s Relay for Life event at Scotland High School’s Pate Stadium, the disease can be characterized as a defeated adversary.But for others, the initial diagnosis comes as a death sentence.On Thursday, the family of Maxton resident Lucy Patterson set up shop on Main Street in the parking lot of AutoZone, soap and scrub brushes at the ready, washing cars to raise money for a circumstance that would have seemed inconceivable a few short weeks ago.


Free GED practice tests offered

HAMLET — Those who have not obtained a high school diploma will be offered a free opportunity, starting Monday and ending Oct. 3, to see if they possess the knowledge to obtain a GED.The GED Testing Service is giving all students the chance to “See for Free” by offering the GED Ready™ practice test for free at adult education centers. That includes Richmond Community College’s James Building in Hamlet and RCC’s Scotland Center in Laurinburg.

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Acrobats, musical to hit GPAC stage

PEMBROKE — The Givens Performing Arts Center presents the National Acrobats of the Peoples Republic of China on Oct.13 at 7:30 p.m. Known for their colorful costumes and breathtaking acrobatics, the company returns with a production of new stunts.The National Acrobats of The People’s Republic of China was the first performing arts troupe established by the government of the People’s Republic of China in 1951. The troupe has toured in 400 cities in 70 countries in ...

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Harris joins cardiology team

LAURINBURG — Dr. William L. Harris, an interventional cardiologist, board certified in cardiovascular diseases, and a member of FirstHealth Cardiology Services, now offers office hours in Laurinburg and Pembroke.Harris, a Pembroke native, joined FirstHealth Cardiology Services following the completion of a Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, in June 2014. In addition to providing office hours, he performs diagno...

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They called him Cotton

It was not just Scotland High School and Scotland County that turned out Friday night, Sept. 5, to welcome injured Jaylend Ratliff back home, but by the appearance of the numerous television cameras and news journalists, the central part of North and South Carolina were present as well, physically and spiritually.Jaylend, the quarterback of Scotland High School’s 4-A North Carolina Championship runner-up for 2013, was poised to finish the task in 2014. Instead, an accident th...

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SAU wrestling adds 14 recruits

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University wrestling program welcomes 14 new recruits this summer in preparation for the coming season.The 2014-15 team returns former All-American and National Qualifier Denzel Vaughan along with four other starters from last year. The first home match of the year will take place outside on Nov. 13 at 1:00 p.m. vs. Belmont Abbey, in the “War on 74” Series.The newcomers hail from four different states including California, G...

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Jackson crematory operator certification

LAURINBURG — Fronie E. Jackson, a Funeral Service Licensee with McDougald Funeral Home and Crematorium, recently earned her Certified Crematory Operator designation from the National Funeral Directors Association.The association’s Certified Crematory Operator Program is a voluntary certification program that helps funeral directors better serve the needs of families that desire cremation, providing participants with instruction in best practices for safe, proper and eth...

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Spivey appointed to RCC board

HAMLET — Willa Spivey begins a second term serving on Richmond Community College’s Board of Trustees this month after being reappointed by the Richmond County School Board.Spivey is a vice president with Fidelity Bank and branch manager for the Rockingham and Ellerbe offices. Spivey went into banking right after high school at age 18 and has worked in the financial world ever since.

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Building a path back to power

North Carolina progressives have earned a good deal of deserved praise at the national level over the last year or so for their spirited resistance to the conservative political takeover that has afflicted our state. Let’s hope that resistance continues.That said; there’s clearly a need for more than just saying “no” to the right. But how? Is there a way to get ahead of the current stampede to the right and start winning back some of what we have lost, as we...

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Low wages beat no wages

Labor unions and “moral” activists once again have convinced a few of the poorest and least educated workers in the Triangle to walk off their jobs and demand publicly that they all be priced out of work and their jobs be taken by machines.True, that isn’t what they think would happen if the federal minimum wage rose to $15 an hour. Practically, however, if they got what they wanted, that’s what would happen.Working for the lowest allowable wage i...

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Leaders reflect on state of schools

LAURINBURG — The leaders of four educational institutions reflected on their recent successes and respective roles in the community on Friday during a “state of education” summit held by the Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce.St. Andrews University President Paul Baldasare touted the institution’s record in equipping its students for employment and further education, with more than 90 percent of them in full-time jobs or graduate programs wi...

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Tribe to end vet services, HUD orders

PEMBROKE — Services that have been offered for years to Lumbee veterans through the Lumbee Tribal Government can no longer be funded by federal money provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.Members of the Tribal Council were informed early this week by Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks that the services could no longer be funded by dollars from the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act. According to federal regulations, that money is...

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Bank takes control of Rockingham track

ROCKINGHAM — A bank has taken control of the Rockingham Speedway as foreclosure proceedings against the owners work their way through the court system.Superior Court Judge David Lee issued a temporary restraining order on Sept. 8 that turned the track over to Salisbury-based Farmers and Merchants Bank and its managing agent, the Finley Group. Co-owners Andy Hillenburg of Concord and Bill R. Silas of Stuart, Florida, are accused of defaulting on a $4.2 million loan....

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Students receive legislative lesson

LAURINBURG — Though members of the audience were only half the required voting age, state Rep. Garland Pierce told two classes of North Laurinburg Elementary School students on Friday that their ideas matter, and that it’s never too early to become informed.Between Friday and Monday, Pierce will speak with students at one elementary school in Scotland, Robeson, Hoke, and Richmond counties as part of the America’s Legislators Back to School Program. The program is ...

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Students turn mentors at SAU

LAURINBURG — Every Wednesday night from 7-9 p.m. on the St. Andrews University campus, students gather for study tips and mentoring in their science classes from members of Tri Beta and Psi Chi.Seniors Brittany Gunn and Christina Agosto will provide student leadership in the program for the 2014-2015 school year.“Over the past three years, I have seen students who need extra help in upper level courses,” said Gunn. “While there are tutors availabl...

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Fighting Scots tame Wildcats in 49-21 win

LAURINBURG — After a heart-wrenching defeat in their last game, the Fighting Scots came into Friday’s contest with a chip on their shoulder.After racking up 35 first-half points en route to a 49-21 win, Scotland heads into their bye week relieved knowing they exercised some of those demons. Scotland quarterback Dashaun Ferguson had his best game this season, throwing two touchdowns and running for two more as the Scots built up a 35-7 advantage by the second quarter....

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Woodworker retires as winemaker

WAGRAM — Jim McClanathan believes in karma.“I absolutely do not believe in coincidences,’’ the chief winemaker at Cypress Bend Vineyards said Thursday, looking back on his life and his latest career incarnation. He will retire from professional wine making at the end of September, after a total of seven years at the award-winning Wagram vineyard.“Opportunities come along in life for everyone at one point or another,’’ said McClan...

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City prayer walk, youth rally set for Saturday

LAURINBURG — Hoisting signs and banners and carrying flags, hundreds are expected to gather in downtown Laurinburg Saturday before marching from where Church and Main streets meet to Scotland High School, singing and praying the whole way.What the Rev. Michael Edds, senior pastor at East Laurinburg Pentecostal Holiness Church, has coined the “Scotland County Prayer Walk” will begin at 4:30 p.m. Members of at least a dozen churches are on board with the event, he s...

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