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Ratliffe starts to undergo tests

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CHARLOTTE — Scotland High quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe is in serious condition following an ATV accident Tuesday afternoon, sources said Wednesday, but has been taken off a ventilator and is talking and responsive.Ratliffe, who reportedly suffered brain injuries when the ATV on which he was riding flipped, was airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte on Tuesday night. Sources close to the family said Ratliffe was still in a lot of pain Wednesday, as doctors stepped down his medication to better assess any damage to his brain.An MRI scan performed on Ratliffe Wednesday morning did not show any obvious spinal damage. According to a source, doctors hoped to remove Ratliffe’s neck brace and have him sitting up in bed soon.


50 kids participate in G.R.E.A.T. camp

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Sheriff’s Office during the week of July 14-July 18 held its Gang Resistance Education and Training camp, a program intended as an immunization against delinquency, youth violence and gang membership.The camp, better known as G.R.E.A.T. Camp, hosted 50 kids aged 9-14 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and was run by employees of the sheriff’s office who had dedicated their time off to the cause.Along with anti-gang training, camp-goe...

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LRDC continues improvement efforts

The rising temperatures of summer have seen Chamber of Commerce ribbon-cutting ceremonies heating up downtown, with two in the past few weeks. We are delighted to welcome Main Street Shoe Repair and Scotland Bling to the Laurinburg Downtown Revitalization Corporation (LDRC) district. They both represent the kind of small, specialty businesses that are best suited for a downtown location: an owner operator who knows their customers and community, offering goods and services with a personal tou...

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Progress, despite objections

It seems fitting somehow that the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals announced the decision that marks another major step toward marriage equality in North Carolina this week, just a few days after the General Assembly voted to allow charter schools in the state to discriminate against gay students.It’s a perfect microcosm of what’s happening these days in North Carolina and how out of touch our leaders are with the attitudes of people in the state and across the country...

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Crime report for July 31

LAURINBURG — A Laurinburg business is stepping up its surveillance following multiple break-ins on Tuesday.Will Morgan, of Southern Mini Storage, said Wednesday that the business has installed more motion sensors after 22 of its storage units were broken into. Laurinburg Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms said the item’s monetary value has yet to be totaled.Storage units across Scotland County are frequently targeted by thieves.Break-ins...

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Two jailed after Walmart theft attempt

LAURINBURG — A Lumberton man and Bladenboro woman were jailed on Tuesday following an attempt to leave Walmart with more than $1,000 of stolen fishing gear in tow, according to Lauirnburg police.William French Lewis, of 1639 Lamb Road in Lumberton and Angela Eason, of 302 Fifth St. in Bladenboro, were stopped in the store’s parking lot after attempting to flee in Eason’s SUV at about 6:30 a.m., Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms said. The two had 13 fishing reel...

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Kids’ comedian brings cast of storytellers

LAURINBURG — As the pages of nearly any library book can provide a child access to another world, on Wednesday Scotland Memorial Library played host to a cast of — almost — real-life characters worthy of any story.Ty-Rone Travis of Richmond, Va., known as “The Kids’ Comedian,” captured the imaginations of hundreds of children in two shows, infusing a lineup of puppets with personalities that kept the audience in stitches.

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County’s legislators skeptic of pay raises included in budget

RALEIGH — Though both houses of the state General Assembly are expected to vote on a final state budget by the end of the week, the full budget compromise outlined on Tuesday by legislative leaders had not been released to all representatives on Wednesday afternoon.Scotland County’s leaders viewed the details released earlier this week with some skepticism.The budget, which totals $21.3 billion, increases teacher pay by an average of 7 percent and maintains f...

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UPDATE: Ratliffe still critical, but improving

LAURINBURG — Scotland High quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe remains in critical condition following an ATV accident Tuesday afternoon, sources said Wednesday, but has been taken off a ventilator and is talking and responsive.Sources close to the family say Ratliffe, who reportedly suffered brain injuries when the four-wheeler on which he was riding flipped, had a CT scan this morning at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. He was airlifted to the hospital Tuesday night....

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The $50,000 race horse

Last week, a stranger had just pulled up in front of Ol ’Charley’s store pulling a horse trailer. The stranger got out and marched right in through the front door of the store. He was a short, bow-legged fellow with a leather jacket that had enough rhinestones on it to choke a horse. He had on a wide-brim 10-gallon hat and fancy cowboy boots on with a set of silver spurs attached.

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The benefits of being ‘too happy’

Recently, I had one of my board members tell me that he was not too sure about me when I first moved to town, because he thought I was always too happy. At first I took offense at the comment. Of course, in general, I am a happy person, but for some reason, I took that comment as an insult. In general, I do not take offense very easily. If I did, then I am definitely in the wrong business, but I guess I was having a moment of weakness that day. Driving away from his office, I was thinking abo...

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Crime report for July 30

ArrestsLAURINBURG — Quonte Farmer, 28, of 20225 Lee Lane was arrested on Monday and charged with felonious possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, felonious maintaining a drug vehicle, and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police. He was also issued a citation for failure to stop at a stop sign. Farmer was placed under a $32,000 secured bond.LAURINBURG — Moses Campbell, 57, of 1407 Hickory St. was charge...

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Thomas, revered city educator, dies in Virginia at age 82

LAURINBURG — A Scotland County educator of 25 years, Willie Clyde Thomas leaves behind a legacy as a pillar of the community and a “builder of men.”Thomas died on Friday at the age of 84 in Charlottesville, Va., where he moved several years ago after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.A native of Badin, Thomas took his first teaching position in 1957 at I. Ellis Johnson School, a black high school in the then-segregated Laurinburg school sy...

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Parks & Rec all-star softball team finishes second in state tourney

The Scotland County Parks and Recreation 13-15-year-old all-star softball team earned a second place finish this past weekend in the SWAC state tournament held in Williamston. They lost to Onslow County in the championship series. Members of the team are Kwadeja Quick, Ashton Ramos, Brooklyn Paige Mahar, Kaleigh Mahar, Alisabeth Ramos, Cassey Leviner, Jasmine Locklear, Bethany York, McKenzie ...

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Read others’ work and decide for yourself

“I don’t read the Washington Post. That is not where I get my ideas.”Many years ago when there were still lots of conservatives voting in Democratic primaries, a congressional candidate pandered to conservatives by trashing a liberal newspaper. But he lost ground with other voters who thought he should keep up with congressional issues covered in that newspaper even if he disagreed with its views.More recently, a widely respected conservative political ...

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GOP candidates assure leadership, common sense

LAURINBURG — Ralph Kersey, Sheriff Shep Jones’ Republican challenger in the November general election, offered a scathing critique of Jones’ leadership of the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office during Monday’s meeting of the Scotland County Republican Party.Kersey, a retired N.C. Highway Patrol officer and former Marine, noted the State Bureau of Investigation inquiry into some $50,000 collected and spent by Jones’ office — without county app...

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Duke, energy agency reach deal

RALEIGH — North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency and Duke Energy Progress announced Monday morning that they have approved an agreement for Duke to purchase the power agency’s generating assets.The $1.2 billion transaction is expected to eventually lower wholesale electric rates for customers in Laurinburg, Red Springs, Lumberton and 29 other municipalities in eastern North Carolina.The current debt owed by North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency...

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McColl man jailed following 130-mph chase

LAURINBURG — A McColl man is being held in the Scotland County jail after stealing items from Walmart and leading Laurinburg police on a chase that reached 130 miles per hour and crossed the South Carolina state line.Jon Paul Pearce, 42, of 409 N. Main St., is charged with careless and reckless driving; driving 130 mph in a 70-mph zone; driving 115 mph in a 45-mph work zone and felonious fleeing to elude arrest. He was also served with three...

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