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Projects abound for United Way’s Day of Caring

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LAURINBURG — From walking dogs to sprucing up flora in the city’s business district, the United Way of Scotland County will offer an array of volunteer opportunities during its annual Day of Caring event next week.For the second year, the United Way will assign volunteers to Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce’s “Beautification Day” projects as well as to the list of tasks compiled by the nonprofit organizations it supports. According to United Way executive director Debbie Grant, about 50 volunteers have signed up to join the effort so far, with that number expected to reach at least 75. Last year, more than 100 volunteers participated.


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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A boat made for the Pee Dee

For some reason or other I’ve always loved being around water. Why when I retired I held a State Water and Wastewater License.My first recollection of liking water was when I was 5 years old. Every evening I would follow my Grandma down in the cow pasture to head the cows up to the barn for milking. I’d carry a short cane pole and a worm or two and fish in the spring while Ma was getting in the cows. She’d always come by the spring and say, “Boy, you caught ...

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Today’s youth are tomorrow’s workforce

Happy “Back to School” week! Since I do not have children, this week is just another work week for me, but I know for so many of you, this is the week to go back to the hustle and bustle of getting the kids out of bed in time for everyone to get ready, eat breakfast and get out of the house and to school on time, while you try to make sure you get to your job on time as well. It takes a while to get back into the groove and make sure the timing works and no one is tardy for their ...

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Hamlet hospital concerns prompt Medicare review

HAMLET — Medicare and Medicaid recipients might not be able to get treatment at Sandhills Regional Medical Center after Sept. 5.The private, for-profit hospital is in “immediate jeopardy” status with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Health care facilities placed in this category are in danger of losing their certification for Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement unless a plan of correction is filed ...

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Free clinic’s future in limbo

LAURINBURG — Having provided primary health care to uninsured patients since 2007, the mission of the Scotland Community Health Clinic is now in jeopardy for the want of a licensed health care provider.After nearly four years of planning and fundraising led by Doris Douglas, its initial board chair, the clinic opened next to the Scotland County Health Department on West Boulevard, becoming the first and only place to receive free medical care in Scotland County. With the help...

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Cross Country looks toward AAC championship

LAURINBURG — After recording their highest finish in the conference under coach Bill Cason last season, the St. Andrews men’s and women’s cross country teams are gearing up for another run to take home the Appalachian Athletic Conference championship.Both the men’s and the women’s team finished in sixth place last year in the 11-team conference, and Cason said several key returners could help propel the program into the upper-echelon of AAC.

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Police arrest felons for theft, gun charges

LAURINBURG — A 21-year-old Laurinburg man was arrested Sunday after police connected him to the theft of a shotgun and a television set, according to police.Demontray Damore Graham, 21, of 352 Roosevelt St., is charged with felonious possession of a firearm by a felon, felonious breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and possession of stolen goods. He was placed in the Scotland County jail under a total bond of $53,000.Police believe Graham took...

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Identity thieves target kids, adults

I’m sorry to report that child identity fraud is alive and well in 2014. If anything, the problem may be worsening as identity thieves devise new methods to steal — and use — children’s personal information. Most commonly, they’ll harvest kids’ dormant Social Security numbers and use them to illegally obtain jobs or open fraudulent bank and credit accounts, mortgages or car loans.Many victims don’t realize there’s a problem until they...

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What are the gains, gaps in our economy?

Twice a year, I pull out my cloudy crystal ball and attempt to make some predictions about the direction and pace of the North Carolina economy. I just finished my latest effort, and, as usual, the results are a combination of pluses and minuses.Any economic forecast must begin with the national economy for the simple reason that, regardless of where you live in the country, roughly two-thirds of what happens to commerce is determined by the ups and downs of the national economy. H...

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A non-lawyer on the Supreme Court?

President Obama plans to appoint National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg to the United States Supreme Court.Not really, of course.Totenberg may know more than most lawyers about the Supreme Court from her experience as an award-winning legal affairs correspondent for NPR.But she is not a lawyer, and you have to be a lawyer to be on the court.Don’t you?No. The Constitution sets forth no such requirement. Article Two provides sim...

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