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Taking it to the streets

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LAURINBURG — For more than two years, meetings of the Scotland County prayer group which has gathered at corner of Church and Main streets have been religious in both tone and regularity.The group has sent up pleas for an end to Scotland County’s social ills — crime, unemployment, addiction — and on Saturday they took those prayers on the road in a one-mile walk from their usual meeting place to Scotland High School.“There’s crime going on, and a whole lot of other things that are not good for our county and we’re tired of just talking about it,” said George Ellis, pastor of Union Grove Baptist Church.


Police investigate double stabbing

LAURINBURG — Police are investigating a Monday night incident at a Laurinburg home during which two people reportedly stabbed each other.According to Laurinburg Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms, Woodrow Breeden, 68, of McBryde Avenue, and Jeanine Williams, 53, of Rockingham Road in Laurel Hill, were each stabbed once — Breeden in the upper torso and Williams in the lower torso. The incident was reported at 7:20 p.m. from Breeden’s home.Sessoms said ...

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City native returns home to sign mystery novel

LAURINBURG — City native and fledgling mystery novelist Nellie Dixon will bring her first novel back home next week with a book reading and autograph session at the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast.Dixon will sign copies of “Midnight Mayhem: A Lana Madison Mystery” from noon to 2 p.m. on Oct. 4. Light refreshments will be served.“It is a delight to host this event at home because it is where I formed my first love of reading, penned m...

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Scotland residents report phishing scams

LAURINBURG — Scotland County residents have received calls from individuals who claim to be agents from the Internal Revenue Service, threatening them with arrest or repossession of a house or car if they fail to pay back taxes.The federal agency says these calls are fraudulent, and warns against anyone giving out personal information over the phone or in an email.“The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail,R...

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Kilpatrick named business director

LAURINBURG — Veteran newspaper executive Kent Kilpatrick has been named a regional business development director for Civitas Media effective Sept. 15. The announcement was made by Michael Bush, president and CEO of the Davidson, N.C.-based company.Kilpatrick will be based out of The Robesonian in Lumberton and will oversee all revenue operations for the company’s southern North Carolina and South Carolina markets. He succeeds Rick Bacon, who held the position until his ...

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One in custody after shooting near school

LAURINBURG — A 21-year-old Laurinburg man was arrested Friday after firing shots with a stolen gun near Washington Park Elementary school shortly after the last bell rang, forcing the two staff members who remained to place the campus on lockdown.According to Laurinburg Police Chief Darwin Williams, Ervin Proctor Johnson III, of 1201 Rose Court, was one of three men who were involved in an altercation on Caledonia Road, just across from Washington Park Elementary School. All ...

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Annual Kuumba fest to celebrate African heritage, culture, art

LAURINBURG – A colorful, tasty and rhythmic array of family fun is expected this weekend for the 24th annual Kuumba Festival, beginning Friday night with a beauty pageant, then climaxing Saturday with a day-long festival to showcase and celebrate contributions to everyday life by African-Americans.Friday’s 7 p.m. pageant at the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast, located at 131 South Main St., will end with the crowning ...

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Who will be named most charming?

LAURINBURG — Will your child be voted Scotland County’s Most Charming Child?For a chance to find out, participate in Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families’ fourth annual Most Charming Child campaign!Through Oct. 3, the partnership will accept registration forms from parents who wish to have their child or children participate. To be eligible, children can not be older than 5 years old at the conclusion of the contest on Nov. 21, and must...

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How Scotland connected NC to the modern world

Did North Carolinians have a stake in the outcome of last week’s referendum in Scotland?Maybe not the same kind of stake the residents of Scotland had, but our ties to that land are so close, so important, and so contemporary that perhaps we should have been entitled to vote on the question of its independence from the United Kingdom.New evidence of our enduring ties to Scotland comes in a few days with UNC Press’s release of “Wayfaring Strangers: The M...

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Bill helps to curb aviation fees

I ran for Congress so I could fight for the people of North Carolina’s eighth district. Like so many of you, I felt like Washington was not listening to us and our government was at a standstill, paralyzed by partisanship and politics. Since my first days as your representative, I have worked hard to find common sense solutions to our nation’s problems by working with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle. I have strived to define myself not only by my actions as someone who ge...

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Lumberton holds off Scotland, wins 2-1

LAURINBURG — As Pinecrest and Richmond continue to distance themselves from the rest of the pack in the Southeastern Conference standings, Lumberton coach Kenneth Simmons and Scotland coach Danny Gallagher knew Monday’s battle between the Scots and Pirates would go a long way in determining who would claim the all-important third seed in the state championship.Lumberton took one step closer to claiming that spot, defeating Scotland 2-1 in a back-and-fourth affair that f...

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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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