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Optimist leaders pass torch

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LAURINBURG — Members of the Optimist Club of Laurinburg celebrated 53 years of youth athletics and tapped their upcoming year’s leaders on Tuesday night at the club’s annual installation banquet at the Hampton Inn.The club’s 2013-2014 president, Scott Cole, passed the gavel to incoming president Jeff Maidment, who noted the value of the club’s contribution to Scotland County and commended its members for their efforts.

 

A wild horse and a lying cowboy

Last week I talked about wheeling and dealing with small animals. This week we’re moving on up to horses. You see, buying and selling horses has been going on just about ever since man rode or worked the first horses. Why, it seems like people get the fever to get in or out of the horse business real quick although everybody ought to experience owning a horse sometime in their life.

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Website offers help for job-seekers

Searching for a job is never an easy task; however, in the state of North Carolina, our Department of Workforce Solutions has tried making this daunting task as easy as possible for both the job seeker and the employer. Have you checked out their website? If not, I would encourage you to check out www.ncworks.net.

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Patriots stay perfect, edge Scots

LAURINBURG — A day after what coach Molly Hayes called an “ugly win” over Seventy-First, Scotland volleyball appeared to respond to their coach’s criticism with their most impressive sets of the season against SEC leader Pinecrest.The Scots controlled the first two games and won both with relative ease, 25-20, 25-20.

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SAU volleyball drops two matches

MONTREAT, N.C. — The St. Andrews University volleyball team fell short in five-set battle with conference rival Montreat College on Friday evening.Montreat took the first set 25-20 before SAU responded to win the next two sets, 25-19, 25-18. St. Andrews held a 23-22 advantage in the fourth set, but failed to close out the win, as Montreat won the last three points to force a fifth set. The Cavaliers handled the Lady Knights 15-10 in the last set to seal the victory....

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Competitive dancer ‘in tune’ with heritage

LAURINBURG — Derek Noble of Raleigh was born and raised in Ceres, a tiny village in Fife, Scotland, where the oldest continuous Highland games began in 1314, only nine years after Scots hero William Wallace was executed in London.On Saturday, across a vast ocean and many centuries, on the grounds of Scotland County’s historic John Blue house, a progeny of that time and place, Noble’s 13-year-old daughter, Waverly, will help uphold ancient traditions held so dear b...

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Agency gives ‘a hand up’

EAST LAURINBURG — Situated in a building cast aside by the local school system as too expensive to maintain and surrounded by the dilapidated remains of the Waverly Mills complex, Partners in Ministry has worked for seven years to give a boost to those living in poverty.Melba McCallum founded the organization in 2007 after retiring from a 30-year career as an administrator at the Richmond and Bladen community colleges. As a United Methodist Church deaconess, she felt called t...

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Kuumba drums up festive fun

LAURINBURG — The succulent smell of barbecued ribs seasoned with old-time blues and gospel music, then leavened by a drumming African backbeat, mixed on a gentle breeze Saturday beneath the sun-dappled canopy of oak and pecan trees in Market Park to make the 24th annual Kuumba Festival a feast for the senses.Hundreds of colorfully-clad people of all ages, many wearing dashikis and other traditional attire from various parts of Africa, streamed into the park to part...

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Politicians vs statesmen

These days we seem to have an ample harvest of politicians but our crop of statesmen seems to be drought stricken.Aren’t they the same you might ask? Consider these facts before you make that decision.A statesman is a person who, even if they do belong to a political party, can sometimes put their party obligations aside and do what is in the best interest of the voters they represent.

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Relay totals could top 2013

LAURINBURG — With the help of thousands from near and far who gathered at Scotland High School this weekend in the honor of friends and loved ones, Scotland County’s 2014 Relay for Life event is on track to slightly surpass its 2013 earnings.According to co-organizer Stewart Thomas, the 40 teams to participate this year have raised $251,479, on par with last year’s total, and monies wil continue to trickle in over the next few months. For the past several years, t...

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Autopsy to determine cause of woman’s death

LAURINBURG — A 43-year-old Laurinburg woman was found dead in her vehicle on Saturday less than three miles from her home, according to authorities.According to Scotland County Sheriff’s Office investigator Jon Edwards, there were no apparent signs of foul play in the death of Rhonda McKenzie. McKenzie, of Bostic Road, was found in her vehicle around noon on Saturday on Price Street.No further details are being released. Her body will be sent for an autopsy. ...

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A more interesting senate race, in fiction

While you are watching U.S. Senate campaign television ads, occasionally interrupted by brief segments of programming, do you ever wonder what goes on inside the candidates’ campaign organizations?For instance, what if you could take on the role as the top aide to an incumbent North Carolina U.S. senator running for reelection against a top state official who has a full war chest of campaign funds? Interesting? Challenging?

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Scotch Meadows to host tournaments

LAURINBURG — Scotch Meadows Country Club is set to host the Pete Hasty Memorial Golf Tournament on Wednesday, and all proceeds will benefit the Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts of America.The entry fee is $65 per player, and the cost includes the green fee, a golf cart, and lunch. Registration begins at noon, and entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.Shotgun start at 1 p.m., and a pig pickin’ is provided following play. There will be hole-in...

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SAU scorches Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Chelsea Seng scored four goals, leading the St. Andrews University women’s soccer team to a 6-3 win over conference rival Columbia College on Saturday afternoon.Seng got things started with a goal in the 10th minute off an assist from Alejandra Bittelman, and Rebecca Harper followed that up 10 minutes later with a score of her own off an assist from Rebekah Webster. Harper then assisted Nicole Bass on a goal in the 21st minute to give the Lady Knights a...

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Scots fight off Falcons

LAURINBURG — It wasn’t the prettiest performance from Scotland, but coach Molly Hayes said she’ll take the win after the team’s struggles the past couple of weeks.After defeating Purnell Swett last week, Scotland won its second consecutive game Monday, knocking off Seventy-First 25-18, 25-16, 25-19 in straight sets.Before winning the last two games, the Scots lost three straight during the middle of September, all in straight sets. This led Hayes ...

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Crime report for Sept. 30

ArrestsLAURINBURG — A 22-year-old Laurinburg man was arrested Saturday after he was re-captured by Laurinburg police, from whom he fled after being placed in handcuffs, according to Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms.Sessoms said Daquan Dominique McKoy, of 203 Gill St., was found hiding under a bed in a home on Hood Drive after police received reports of a man “waving a firearm in the air” at about 11 p.m., Sessoms said. The homeowner...

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12 charged, 1 jailed during checkpoints

LAURINBURG — Twelve people were charged during weekend checkpoints set up by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, according to Capt. Scott Jacobs, and one woman was arrested after she tried to flee from deputies on N.C. 79.Bianca Shenell Coleman, 28, of Tarpon Bay Road in Myrtle Beach, was arrested Saturday night and charged with felonious fleeing to elude arrest, according to a sheriff’s report. She was placed in the Scotland County jail under a $7,500 secured b...

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Raeford man killed in wreck near Laurinburg

LAURINBURG — A 44-year-old Raeford man was killed early Saturday when the car he was driving overturned and struck a tree near Laurinburg, according to 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon of the state highway patrol.Sandy Lafabian Sturdivant, of 249 United Road, was traveling west on N.C. 144, 3 miles north of Laurinburg, when the passenger vehicle crossed the center line, ran off the road to the left, overturned and struck a tree, Gordon said.The highway patrol was dispatched to...

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