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McLaurin votes for curriculum compromise

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ROCKINGHAM — Scotland County’s state senator says he did his homework to help students and parents make sense of theirs.Sen. Gene McLaurin crossed party lines to support a Common Core compromise bill that would let North Carolina modify the national school standards without having to start from scratch. The N.C. Senate passed the bill by a 33-12 vote on Thursday, and McLaurin was the only Democrat backing the measure.“I don’t look at these issues as Democrat vs. Republican,” McLaurin said. “We need standards, and I am very much in favor of standards, but I have heard from enough teachers that I think we need to take a look at these standards and make sure the ones that need to be adjusted are adjusted.”


From Laurinburg to the MLB

LAURINBURG – From the moment Laurinburg native Montrell Marshall took the field as child, Scotland County Parks and Recreation athletics superintendent Al Blades knew he was going to be a standout. Little did he know that the same boy he watched dominate youth baseball for six years would end up being drafted by a Major League Baseball team.Marshall was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 12th Round (365th overall) of this year’s MLB First-Year Draft, held in June. B...

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College student picks up gig as banjo picker, fruit peddler

LAURINBURG — Perched in the shade on the tailgate of a pickup truck filled with watermelons and plucking a banjo, Colton Williford personifies summer.The Western Carolina University student and Sneads Grove native sets out each morning with more than 60 watermelons — grown in the Old Hundred area by a family friend — and sets up shop in parking lots around Laurinburg.He can be found this weekend outside of Jerry’s Deli, in the Scotland Crossing sh...

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Scotland residents earn UNCP degrees

PEMBROKE — Several Scotland County residents were among the Spring 2014 graduates of the University of North Carolina Pembroke, who received their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a recent ceremony.Their names and degrees are listed below.Bachelor’s of arts: Joshua Ryan Lane, American Indian Studies; Patricia Howell McCain, English; Jamacia Arice McCrimmon, criminal justice; Shaunte Joanne Scarboro, criminal justice and Samone Kontrella Terry, c...

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RCC enrollment deadline nears

Richmond Community College held a second registration session Monday to sign students up for classes for fall semester.Registration includes an orientation session, meeting with an adviser to schedule classes, applying for financial aid and buying books. RCC will hold a late registration session on Aug. 12-15. Classes for fall semester begin Aug. 18.For information call 910-410-1730 or go to

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RCC welcomes opportunities to explore trade programs

HAMLET — Richmond Community College is hosting a series of information sessions this summer about its skilled trade programs, which train students as welders, electricians, heating, air and refrigeration technicians and other technicians prevalent in manufacturing and construction.For the session schedule, contact the college at 910-410-1700.According to the human resource consulting firm Manpower Group, skilled trades workers have been the hardest segment of the w...

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Students step into Civil War roles

LAURINBURG — St. Andrews University’s Department of Liberal and Creative Arts during the 2013-2014 school year participated in the project Reacting to the Past, in which students had the chance to participate in part of a civil war class taught by the associate professor of American History, Dr. David Herr.Reacting to the Past is a series of elaborate games — all set in the past — where students are assigned roles from classic historical texts. Sessions are ...

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RCC moving forward with fitness trail project

HAMLET — Richmond Community College students, faculty and staff looking to incorporate some exercise into their daily routine on campus will soon have access to the Mary Ellen Kindley Fitness Trail.The future walking trail with fitness stations has been named in honor of the wife of longtime Rockingham mayor, G.R. Kindley, who has served as president of the RCC Foundation Board of Directors and co-chair of the steering committee for the Forte Building expansion.The...

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