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Singles learn ‘cooking for one’

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LAURINBURG — A group of single adults spiced up their kitchen repertoire in a “Cooking for One” seminar on Thursday offered by Hospice of Scotland County and Scotland County Cooperative Extension.Cooperative Extension family and consumer sciences agent Sharon English led the class of 17, many living alone after the loss of their spouses, toward overcoming the impulse to subsist entirely on takeout.“It’s for convenience that we do it a lot of the time — it’s easier, it’s just me,” English said. “But cooking at home is healthier because you’re able to control what goes in it, you’re able to control the quantity that you want, and also it can save you money.”


‘I call her my fairy godmother’

LAURINBURG – Drawn by what she calls “a divine connection’’ that began as a poor child’s quest for a winter coat, a U.S. State Department officer is returning to her hometown this weekend to celebrate the life of a small, well-dressed woman who “doesn’t want attention.”But the object of Shirley Dudley Miles unabashed affection, Mary Belle Asher Hafer, is certain to get attention. Admirers are coming from as far away as Florida and Was...

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Relay campaign begins Thursday with banquet

LAURINBURG – Scotland County’s heralded Relay for Life campaign kicks off next Thursday with a 6 p.m. banquet at the Laurinburg Presbyterian Church to celebrate those who have beaten the dreaded disease, remember loved ones who have died of cancer and provide a means of fighting back.The banquet is just the first in a series of community events all month that culminate in a 24-hour team relay on Sept. 26-27.Scotland County’s campaign last year raised al...

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Southeastern 4A Power Rankings

With the opening week of the high school football season in the books, it’s time to unveil the Southeastern Conference Power Rankings. Luckily, this isn’t college football where rankings determine if you make the playoffs, and you aren’t eliminated from contention by losing one or two games. If you don’t like where I ranked your team, we can have a fruitful discussion about it through a friendly phone call, email, or social media — but leave the pitchforks at hom...

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Bailey returns to the Boneyard

LAURINBURG — They say the third time’s a charm, but Scotland coach Richard Bailey would beg to differ with that statement when it comes to playing against his former school.The Fighting Scots travel to Fayetteville tonight to take on the Jack Britt Buccaneers in a game that may as well be coined the “Bailey Bowl.” Bailey was Jack Britt’s first football coach when the school opened in 2000, and he said he still cherishes many of the memories made during...

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Rigging NC’s judicial laws

The N.C. General Assembly during its 2014 session – a session so rife with disputes among the majority Republicans that it smoldered on and on – has left many sour tastes in many mouths.There was, of course, the updated and unpalatable state budget, short of revenue because of rash tax-cutting. In order to give public school teachers a long-overdue raise, education programs across the board had to be cannibalized. For that matter, veteran teachers whose “raises...

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N.C. candidates at starting line

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan has been running hard for reelection for more than a year. Republican nominee Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, has been campaigning against Hagan for nearly as long. Republicans, Democrats, and independent-expenditure groups have already begun their battle over control of the state legislature.So far, there isn’t much evidence that any of these actions and expenditures have made much of an impression on the intende...

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God sees the best in you where others see worst

Let’s take a trip down memory lane, and in looking we have to be honest; honest enough to admit that a lot of us at some point were headed down a dead end road, a one-way street.If you were like some people, everybody saw the worst, but nobody encouraged the best. People are always finding and magnifying the bad. When we do wrong, people will always remember the wrong — and when we make some wrong choices in life people will hold them over our heads for ever! You all kn...

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Maxton church the twin of Old Laurel Hill

Venturing a bit farther from home last week than I usually do when going on what I call “a fact-finding mission,” I discovered a church in Robeson County that has a twin sister right here in Scotland County.Since moving to Scotia Village, exactly a year ago this month, I have been busy getting to know my new home. I have driven a lot of miles on these jaunts that are a regular part of my week, to the point that I now can talk with some clarity about where things are loc...

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Christianity about belief, not belligerency

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” These are the words of Simon Peter, one of Jesus’ first disciples, written to some of the first and earliest Christians. And like most words put down on paper, these instructions have not always honored the intent of the author.

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Southeastern loses weatherization bid

LUMBERTON — A $1.7-million contract for federal weatherization assistance funds has been awarded to Cumberland Community Action Program following a bidding process initiated after the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources chose not to renew a contract held for eight years with Lumberton-based Southeastern Community & Family Services Inc.The agency was one of two others to bid on the contract, the other being the Lumber River Council of Governments, according to...

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McLaurin and McInnis rack up endorsements

ROCKINGHAM — Candidates for Richmond County’s state Senate seat are lining up endorsements from policy powerhouses and political heavyweights ahead of the Nov. 4 general election.Democratic Sen. Gene McLaurin said Tuesday he’s earned the support of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce and the N.C. League of Conservation Voters. His Republican opponent, Richmond County Board of Education member McInnis, has gathered GOP support from Capitol Hill.“...

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Program serves up warm fellowship

LAURINBURG – Tuesday was a pearl of a late-summer’s day, clear but not too hot, a pleasant northeast breeze blowing gently as Bill Campbell steered his motorized wheelchair the one mile from his home to the city’s Senior Nutrition Center, a regular weekday trip for Campbell for the past 25 years.Except in inclement weather, when his wife drives him, the 85-year-old amputee uses his own set of wheels to get to Scotland County’s Meals on Wheels program, which ...

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SBI report goes to Attorney General

RALEIGH — The State Bureau of Investigation has completed its inquiry into the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office and turned its findings over to the North Carolina Attorney General, a spokesperson for that office has confirmed.“… Attorneys with our Special Prosecutions Division received the criminal investigative file in this case late yesterday and will be reviewing it,” Noelle Talley, of the North Carolina Department of Justice, said in an email early...

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Motion says Roscoe Artis killed Buie

LUMBERTON — A motion to dismiss convictions against two men imprisoned for the 1983 rape and murder of a Red Springs girl points the finger at another man who is also incarcerated for a rape and murder in the same town.The motion, filed at the Robeson County courthouse on Tuesday, asks that convictions against 50-year-old Henry Lee McCollum and 46-year-old Leon Brown be dismissed and that they be released from prison immediately. Put forth by the Center for Death Penalty Liti...

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Vouchers not about helping poor kids

After Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood understandably ruled last week that the sketchy, unaccountable private school voucher scheme created by the 2013 General Assembly was unconstitutional, voucher supporters responded almost in unison with a single talking point, that somehow the judge had “trapped underprivileged children in failing schools.”The claim may be offensive and disingenuous but it’s not new. It’s been a common refrain among school privatizat...

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County sees success on jobs front

A little over a week ago, Scotland County was able to announce another new industry which will bring new jobs and investment. Cascades announced a new investment of $62 million with over 67 new jobs and the transfer of another 60 jobs from its Richmond County location. The company has purchased the entire WestPoint Home property and plans to revitalize and renovate the buildings to meet their needs. This is truly wonderful news for the citizens of Scotland County as Cascades will have much hi...

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Jaylend Ratliffe ‘sky high’ about being off feeding tube

LAURINBURG — Scotland star Jaylend Ratliffe continues to make good progress as he heals from an ATV accident that left him with a fractured skull last month. He passed a swallow test last Friday and is no longer on a feeding tube, according to a source.Scotland coach Richard Bailey said this was another important step in Ratliffe’s recovery process, adding that he was able to drink fluids and small amounts of soft food, like jello.Ratl...

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