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Stone tapped for district judge seat

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LAURINBURG — An attorney who has practiced law across the state of North Carolina for 19 years was appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory last week to the District Court seat left vacant by the retirement of Judge John Horne, Jr.McCrory officially announced the appointment of Michael A. Stone, who owns a private legal practice, on Monday. Horne retired on July 1 after serving for seven years on the 16A District Court bench.Stone received the call from the governor’s office last Wednesday, near the close of business.“I’m just taking in the news,” he said the following day as he and his assistant Sylvia Panky worked to organize case files. “It’s going to take a lot of work.”

 

School board should be praised for discussion of system’s needs

To the editor:Our community needs to thank our school board for the time and effort spent in meeting to address our public educational needs. Such clear-eyed, common sense as they show is a much-needed antidote to the heated political churning going on in Raleigh under the guise of “helping our children.”

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Where are the charges against owners of sweepstakes cafes?

To the editor:Looking at the paper, I see that Scotland County again has the highest unemployment rate in the state, at 12.7 percent.

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Ol’ Charley done found religion

Last week we left Ol’ Charley Perkins as mad as a setting hen ‘cause he thought someone had poisoned his bear. Charley won’t never much of a religious man anyway, no-sir-re. Why he never would go to Sunday school, church or revival meeting. In fact, if’en you didn’t watch him, he’d cheat you blind. He’d go to weigh out a customer a mess of fish, looking them straight in the eye, and I be dog gone if’en Charley wouldn’t have his thumb on th...

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Scotland offers plenty of things to do

“There’s nothing to do in Scotland County!”Have you ever heard this? I have and every time I hear it, I really want to scream. There are at least two to three times a month when I either have to decide which event I attend or I go somewhere and leave early, so that I can make it to the next event. Yet, there are people who think there is nothing to do in Scotland County. I just don’t understand it!

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City doesn’t bite on costly mosquito spraying

LAURINBURG — The city council was itching to continue a mosquito-prevention program, but new statewide requirements and a hefty price increase implemented a few years ago meant that Scotland County citizens had to do without the extra shield of protection from the blood-sucking annoyances of the summer season.“We can spray a limited amount,” said City Manger Charles Nichols. “We can spray shrubs and bushes for specific city events but we’re limited to ...

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City OKs equipment expenditure

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council gave final approval to the purchase of nearly $800,000 in new equipment during its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday.That equipment was already approved by council in the city’s 2014-2015 budget, but staff returned final bids on Tuesday for a $239,222 front loader truck for the sanitation department, a $201,958.79 truck mounted high pressure sewer cleaner for the sewer collection department, a $129,819.20 trailer mounted vacuum ...

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Faster, easier website unveiled today

The Laurinburg Exchange is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making www.laurinburgexchange.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:— Easier to read headlines with one-click accessi...

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800 customers affected by two power outages

LAURINBURG — Downed tree branches and heavy rain damaged equipment on two electrical poles on Monday, according to the city of Laurinburg’s Electrical Services director, causing two separate outages that affected a total of more than 800 people.Robert Smith said a tree limb that had come to rest on the primary power line on King Street had knocked into a lightning arrestor and water seeped inside, eventually causing a circuit to shut down at 11:36 a.m. A three-man crew ...

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A new look, thanks to our readers

The Laurinburg Exchange is today launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout and more effective for our advertisers.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Laurinburg Exchange is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available. This week, we are also unveiling a redesigned website.B...

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County native’s collection gets national display

TITUSVILLE, Fla. — A Laurel Hill native and former NASA project manager will be honored next week for his commitment to educating children about humanity’s forays into space exploration.Joseph Williams’ collection of space memorabilia has taken the better part of a 78-year lifetime to amass, beginning in 1955 when he enlisted in the Air Force after one year of study at what was then Pembroke State University.“I scored very high on their aptitude t...

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Crime report for July 22

ArrestsLAURINBURG — Tierra Blackwell, 19, of 900 Charlotte St. Apt. 11B, and James Tyner, 29, of 15441 Rhonda St., were each placed in the Scotland County jail under a $1,500 bond after they were found to be smoking marijuana in the presence of a toddler and newborn, according to a police report.Officers responded to Charlotte Street apartment complex after receiving calls that Tyner, who had been banned from the property, was seen entering Blackwe...

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Police charge 50 during two checkpoints

LAURINBURG — Laurinburg police charged 50 people with various offenses during two checkpoints early Sunday morning, according to Police Chief Darwin Williams.“This time of year we have a lot of people coming through and not all of them are law-abiding,” he said Monday.The checkpoints, conducted at Highland Road and U.S. 401 from 12:30-2 a.m. and at U.S. 74 near the Stewartsville Road overpass from 2:30-5 a.m., were staffed by a total of 19 0fficers R...

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Don’t let back-to-school tasks sneak up on you

Parents, if this is your first time at the back-to-school rodeo, let me share a few lessons my wife and I have learned the hard way. Chances are you’ll be spending the next few weeks filling out piles of pre-enrollment paperwork, lining up carpools and, of course, taking the dreaded shopping excursions for clothes and school supplies.If you’re a first-timer or simply need a back-to-school refresher course, here are a few suggestions that can help you save time, money an...

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Where did all of NC’s new voters come from?

“Voters born elsewhere make up nearly half of N.C. electorate.”So begins the latest DataNet report from the UNC Program on Public Life, directed by former journalist Ferrel Guillory.So what? What difference does it make to us that almost half of North Carolina voters were born somewhere else?To begin to show the importance of such a large number of non-North Carolina natives participating in the state’s election process, DataNet gives us a sh...

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Festival shows Lumber the love

ORRUM — There were plenty of familiar faces and just as many new ones attending the fifth annual Lumber River Day festival on Saturday, but more importantly, according to the superintendent of the Lumber River State Park, were the number of smiles.“Folks love coming out by the river and taking a free canoe ride, and I think we try to make it real kid friendly. We get them out and moving around, and getting involved in nature,” Neil Lee said. “Kids love this ...

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RCC accepting tuition payments

HAMLET — Richmond Community College is now accepting tuition payments for the Fall 2014 semester.“The state just set the tuition rate for the 2014-15 academic year,” said Brent Barbee, RCC’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “Before the rate was set, we were not able to accept tuition payments for the upcoming semester.”The tuition rate for 2014-15 for all for-credit classes in the North Carolina Community College S...

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O’Neal student has family tale published

SOUTHERN PINES — Rising O’Neal seventh grade student, Bray Woodard, attended the awards and book signing ceremony for the Grannie Annie Writing Contest on June 1 in St. Louis, Mo. Her story is published in volume 9 of The Grannie Annie book, which is a collection of stories about family histories.The Grannie Annie received 449 stories this year, more than ever before. Students in grades 4 through 8 and homeschooled and international students age 9 through 14 are invited...

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