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Display raises local awareness to dangers of leaving kids in hot cars

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LAURINBURG — Before entering the air-conditioning of Laurinburg’s Walmart on Thursday, shoppers paused to double-check a digital thermometer which measured the temperature of a vehicle’s interior at 137 degrees.The temperature had reached that in 30 minutes.Laurinburg police Cpl. Josh Byrd, who coordinated the “Hot Car” event held by Safe Kids North Carolina and sponsored by the city’s fire and police departments, also had on hand a more practical display.Graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows were placed in the dashboard of the display car and in 15 minutes the filling melted. Shoppers grabbed the s’mores as they walked by, but many had to let them cool down before taking a bite.

 

Students enjoy summer of interactive learning

LAURINBURG — Nineteen sticky-faced fourth graders on Thursday enjoyed an afternoon of ice cream and outdoor fun at Covington Street Elementary School after participating in the Read to Achieve summer reading camp.Nearly 60 rising fourth graders throughout the district will be going back to school with sharper reading skills this year after spending six weeks participating in the camp — although some may need a few days to recuperate from any brain freeze incurred by cop...

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Church happenings for July 25 - Aug. 2

Submission guidelines: All church news submissions must be typed or hand written in block letters and delivered to The Laurinburg Exchange office by Wednesday at noon for inclusion in Friday’s edition. E-mail submissions are also accepted (rmcauley@civitasmedia.com). Please refrain from using cursive or any non-standard fonts or colors and include “church news” in the subject line of e-mail submissions.Events occurring outside of Scotland County (...

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Report a reminder of misplaced priorities

While folks inside the beltline in Raleigh were parsing every rumor about the budget dance between House and Senate leaders, a new national report provided a stark reminder of just how out of touch the negotiators in the corner rooms of the Legislative Building are with many of the people they represent.The 2014 Kids County Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation released this week ranks North Carolina 34th in the overall well-being of its children and 38th in their economic w...

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Welfare should not be hidden in tax code

When liberals debate tax policy, it can be hard to keep track of their current positions. They keep changing.Right now, for example, Democratic politicians and left-wing activists are castigating Republicans in the General Assembly for proposing a reduction or elimination of North Carolina’s tax credit for film and television production. They say that the tax break, with a state fiscal impact of $61 million a year, is critical to luring and retaining businesses that employ th...

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God knows all your struggles

It makes a difference when you are going through something, in any capacity, to know that somebody understands what you are going through, somebody that can feel what you feel.People sometimes can see you in a state of mind and they can sympathize with you but can’t do a thing to help you. It makes a difference to have somebody who really knows what you feel, what you think and can offer a consoling word to you. We all wish that we had somebody that really understood us ̵...

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Trinity plans anniversary party

The 50th Anniversary Quilt is all finished and hanging in a prominent place in the vestibule at Trinity Presbyterian Church.A work of art created by seven women in the congregation, the quilt includes 20 squares designed and sewn by each individual to document the life of this congregation over the past half century.Frances Frye doesn’t lay claim to anything other than being a member of the quilting team, but it was she who went through the minutes of the Session, ...

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William Carter claims ninth win at Amateur

LAURINBURG — Several tournaments took place over the last week at Scotch Meadows Country Club.The Scotland County Amateur was played July 19-20. Saturday’s round was played at Deercroft Golf Club and Sunday’s round was held at Scotch Meadows. William Carter, an eight-time winner of the event, was the champion once again this year as he finished with a score of 143. Tanner Horne, who will be a senior at Scotland High this fall, was the runner up, posting a score of...

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Agency ranked No. 8 in nation

LAURINBURG — Jerry and Allison Norton, owners of Associate Staffing L.L.C., started the business with the hope that if they could commit to meet each and every challenge, they’d reap what they’d sown — six years later, their company ranked as one of the top 10 fastest-growing staffing and talent engagement firms in the country.

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Tax holiday repeal could have shoppers headed across SC line

LAURINBURG — In recent years, shoppers in Scotland County and throughout the state have looked to the first weekend in August as a chance to score school supplies, clothing, and other items while minimizing the blow to their bank account.But the state’s annual tax-free weekend was cancelled, effective this year, by the state General Assembly as part of its 2013 tax overhaul. That move has some county residents exploring other shopping options in the month before school ...

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Bill forces counties into false choice

Plans to finance both public education and transit at the local level would be stopped in their tracks under the version of legislation (House Bill 1224) that has emerged from the state Senate Finance Committee. The bill not only places a hard cap on the local sales tax rate at 2.5 percent but also only allows counties to levy a sales tax increase for either education or transit — not both. This bill joins a slate of other bills that would restrict local control.

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Speech-stifling ordinance grants notable exemption

On June 26, in McCullen v. Coakley, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously struck down a Massachusetts law requiring pro-life activists to stay outside a 35-foot “buffer zone” around abortion clinics. Although the outcome of this landmark First Amendment ruling was unanimous, the justices were deeply divided in their legal reasoning.

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Good fire protection stems from great partnerships

When government increases taxes there is a general push back from citizens. This year the Board of Commissioners voted to increase the fire tax from 2 cents to 5 cents, and the action was greeted with more support than outrage. Unlike most county funded services, fire protection is easy for people to understand. The need is simple — when your property is on fire, the fire departments responds and put it out.Why did the commissioners increase this tax? Why was there no outrage...

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Optimist 10U team continues regional tourney run

MATTHEWS — Thanks to recent success and a bit of luck, the Optimist 10U baseball team was invited to participate in the Cal Ripken Southeast Regional this week.The team finished second in last week’s Cal Ripken Eastern North Carolina State Tournament after losing to West Raleigh in the championship series. It marked the fourth straight year the 10U team finished as the runner-up.The Southeast Regional in Matthews features 12 teams from seven different states....

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Local agencies join military training exercise

LAUREL HILL — Those gathered on a playground or front porch near the Laurel Hill Community Center on Wednesday morning were privy to an odd sight — the arrival of two unmarked vans carrying a mix of uniformed soldiers and a somewhat motley crew of bearded, tattooed men in gym shorts, jeans and T-shirts.Those who had gotten wind of the group’s arrival and stuck around under the center’s outdoor shelter or on the tailgate of a pick-up witnessed the scene get s...

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Kids get birds-eye-view of feathered fowl

LAURINBURG — More than 700 children were blown away Wednesday at the Scotland Memorial Library after learning where their ears would be if they were owls — nearly directly behind their eyes.Mark Christenson, senior bird trainer and keeper at the Carolina Raptor Center, quieted his audience before putting on a leather glove and carefully lifting different types of birds, one at a time, from their cages set on the stage.

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Planning board further refines city ordinance

LAURINBURG — The city’s planning board reviewed on Wednesday the first set of drafted articles designed to overhaul and modernize the city’s unified development ordinance.The ordinance revision, conducted by Holland Consulting Planners of Wilmington, expands the list of acceptable land uses from some 140 to 200 including wind farms, satellite dishes, solar arrays, microbreweries, and child care facilities. Dale Holland, who presented the ordinance revisions made s...

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Committee to draft new school funding rule

LAURINBURG — Between August and March, a committee of county commissioners and school board members plans to redesign the county’s method for determining school funding and thereby eliminate the contention engendered on a nearly annual basis by the current school funding formula.The committee, composed of county commissioners Bob Davis, Whit Gibson, and Carol McCall and school board members Pat Gates, Darrel Gibson, and Jamie Sutherland, was formed as a provision of the...

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