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School board names superintendent

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LAURINBURG — In a specially-called meeting on Monday, the Scotland County Board of Education named the man who will take the reins of the county schools beginning June 1.Ronald Hargrave, a Lexington native, comes to the Scotland County superintendent’s seat from the position of deputy superintendent of operations for the Iredell-Statesville Schools, which he has held since 2009.“I just want to give a shout-out to this board that worked together so well in confidentiality, and I want to say that it was a unanimous decision,” said school board chairman Charles Brown.


Heat looking to improve in Game 2 vs. Bobcats

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James grabbed a basketball off a rack as he left the practice court Tuesday, then turned and took a 40-footer without so much as jumping.Swish.Seems like James and the Heat aren’t worried about much right now. Their opponents in this Eastern Conference first-round series can’t feel the same.Charlotte star Al Jefferson’s availability for Game 2 is clearly in some doubt, yet another indicator of how difficult it may be...

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Newton wants to take more ownership of offense

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Quarterback Cam Newton plans to take more ownership of the Carolina Panthers’ offense without his top four receivers from last season.Steve Smith, the franchise’s all-time leading receiver, was released and free agents Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn Jr. and Domenik Hixon signed with other teams, putting more pressure on Newton to take more of a leadership role entering his fourth season.“I’m excited to take this challenge to be th...

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USGA official talks about Open prep

LAURINBURG — The Scotch Meadows Country Club hosted a special speaker during Tuesday night’s sponsor dinner.Senior Director of the US Open Championships Reg Jones was in attendance to speak to the sponsors of the 28th Annual Richard L. Byrne Memorial Golf Tournament, which began Tuesday afternoon. The tournament is held to raise money for Hospice of Scotland County, and is a two-day event.Jones, who works for USGA out of Pinehurst, was in town to talk about t...

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Bobcats’ Jefferson says he’ll play in Game 2 vs. Heat

CHARLOTTE (AP) — Bobcats center Al Jefferson said that while his left foot remains extremely sore, he plans to play in Game 2 of the best-of-seven playoff series Wednesday night against Miami Heat.“I’m suiting up,” Jefferson said Monday. “It’s going to take more than that to make me sit out. We have worked too hard to get to this point.”Jefferson injured his foot in the first quarter of Sunday’s 99-88 loss to the two-time d...

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Life with three cats named Streak

The childhood pet that I remember most was a black and gray tabby cat named Streaks. We had other family pets of course, but Streaks was all mine. I had been promised the pick of the litter by our neighbors. I selected the most energetic of the crew and named him Streaks because of the distinctive markings on his coat as well as the way he would bound through the house like a streak of lightning. We became inseparable. Most nights, he slept at the foot of my bed, and if he wanted to go outsid...

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Constant changes undermine health law’s efficacy

By the looks of it, the individual mandate is almost devoid of life. This tax once was viewed as the centerpiece of the federal health law. Without this critical element of government coercion — imposing a tax on people who refused to purchase acceptable insurance coverage — Obamacare could not work to its full capacity.Now that the initial enrollment period to #GetCovered officially has ended (more or less), those who go uninsured for more than three consecutive months...

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North Carolina a place filled with literature

“Variety Vacationland” — Do you remember that slogan from our state’s past?I suggest a new one: “Variety Literatureland.”In the next few weeks I plan to provide support for my suggestion in the form of books and their authors who will be appearing on North Carolina Bookwatch.First is Krista Bremer, associate publisher of The Sun, a successful national magazine, headquartered in Chapel Hill. Bremer’s essays have been pu...

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Crime report for April 22

ArrestsLAURINBURG — Floyd Evans, 57, of 520 Williams St., was arrested Sunday at the Kangaroo Express, on Main Street, for trespassing, according to a police report. He was held under a $500 secured bond.LAURINBURG — William Owens, 22, of 3721 Allison Road Apt. 307 in Fayetteville, was served a warrant Sunday for larceny at Walmart, according to a police report. He was held under a $2,500 secured bond.

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Applicants for vacant seat field questions

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Education interviewed three candidates for appointment to Darwin Williams’ vacant board seat during its regular meeting on Monday.Hair salon owner Raymond Hyatt, former Laurinburg police chief Robert Malloy, and retired school counselor Dannie McInnis were each permitted to present a brief personal statement before responding to six questions from the sitting board members.

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American Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon

BOSTON (AP) — “The Star-Spangled Banner” played over Boylston Street in honor of an American winner of the Boston Marathon.One year after a bombing there killed three people and left more than 260 injured, Meb Keflezighi added Boston to a resume that includes the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics.Running just two weeks before his 39th birthday, he had the names of the 2013 bombing victims on his bib....

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NC adds 19K jobs in March

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina showed the country’s second-largest increase in employment in March, when 19,400 jobs were added and the jobless rate fell to 6.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.North Carolina trailed only Florida as employers in 34 states increased nonfarm payrolls last month, continuing the country’s long, slow recovery from a deep recession that started in 2007.The state’s March jobless rate was below the ...

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Family of abused infant urges others to speak up

LAURINBURG — In his first days of life, Charlie Oetzel was like any other normal, healthy baby. He ate, slept and cried. He needed constant care and attention.During that short time, Audrey Blades grew to know her young son well. When she noticed that Charlie seemed to have suddenly developed a lazy eye and that he was uninterested in eating, the child was rushed to a doctor — and then, for a brain scan.“The doctor came in and told me had been shaken,&#...

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Cross carried through town to commemorate Good Friday

LAURINBURG — Drivers waved, honked their horns and shouted words of encouragement to a crowd of about 36 who, on Good Friday, were being led by a man dragging a cross through Laurinburg.Kevin Hunt, director of the children’s church at Northview Harvest Ministries, was the first to shoulder a 75-pound cross for 1.4 miles from the Laurinburg Pentecostal Holiness Church to the Scotland County Courthouse during the annual Crosswalk.“Today we’re commem...

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Tourism season approaching for 8th district

This week and next, the House is in recess so it is great to be back home in North Carolina. This past weekend I was incredibly lucky and honored to have the opportunity to serve as the Grand Marshall and Honorary Starter for the NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at the zMAX Dragway at Charlotte Motor Speedway. What an incredible event and such a fun day. As I said to the crowd on Sunday, I’m proud to be your Congressman which means I go up to Washington every week and tell them to keep their ha...

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Who opposes school choice — and why?

Liberal activists may fume, and left-wing editorialists may grind their teeth, but legislative leaders are going to defend their 2013 opportunity scholarship bill against lawsuits by the teacher union and other special interests.Senate leader Phil Berger, House Speaker Thom Tillis, House Speaker Pro Tem Skip Stam (the main architect of the program), and other leaders won’t be defending school choice because they oppose public education. They won’t be defending school ch...

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UNCP’s annual Ladies Garden Party is April 25

PEMBROKE — UNC Pembroke’s First Lady Sarah Carter will host the annual Ladies Garden Party at the Chancellor’s Residence on April 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The event, which includes a luncheon, will be staged in the backyard of the residence and hosted by Sarah Carter, wife of Chancellor Kyle R. Carter. Summer dresses and hats are always in style at this event.Tickets are $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight. Proceeds from the event support the Ellen Hubbar...

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Scotland High inducts first members of technical honor society

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Schools Career and Technical Education Department held its first National Technical Honor Society induction ceremony on April 3 in the auditorium at Scotland High School.Twenty-two juniors and seniors met the requirements for membership. Students recognized as members are those who have excelled in both their technical area courses and their required academic classes. In order to be nominated, students must have a 3.0 unweighted overall grade ...

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