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Curriculum director headed to Asheville

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LAURINBURG — Asheville City Schools announced on Tuesday that Pamela Baldwin, Scotland County Schools’ assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, has been selected as its next superintendent.Baldwin was chosen from more than 100 applicants for that position and selected over two other finalists: Allegheny County Schools superintendent Jeff Cox and Iredell-Statesville Schools deputy superintendent of operations Ronald Hargrave, who on Monday was named Scotland County Schools’ new superintendent.The candidates for Asheville City Schools were interviewed in a series of public forums during the selection process.


Panthers have 3 nationally-televised games in 2014

CHARLOTTE (AP) — The defending NFC South champion Carolina Panthers will play three nationally-televised games and face six playoff teams from last season, the NFL announced Wednesday.Two of Carolina’s three nationally-televised games will be at home — a NBC Sunday night game against Pittsburgh on Sept. 21 and a Thursday night game against the division rival New Orleans on Oct. 30 on NFL Network.Carolina will also travel to face Philadelphia on ESPNR...

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Where is North Carolina’s economic growth?

Economists love numbers — some might call it an occupational hazard. Numbers are our window into the workings of the economy. Without numbers, we’d have a difficult time understanding how the economy is changing, both in positive and negative ways.But all economic numbers aren’t created equally. For example, many of the economic statistics released monthly — such as the job numbers — are based on statistical samples. This means they are not 100 percent...

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Expansion, retention key to economic development

In order to be as successful as possible in fulfilling the mission of the Scotland County Economic Development Corporation, it is essential to work in all areas of economic development. One major aspect of a diversified economic development program is business retention and expansion. Business retention and expansion is really a laser beam focus on industries already located in the county where we work to assist the companies in any way possible so they can remain profitable and stay in Scotl...

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Candidate forum planned as early voting begins

LAURINBURG — With early voting beginning at the Scotland County Board of Elections at 8 a.m. today, the Scotland County Civic League will provide a public refresher course with a candidate forum tonight.The forum will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Bright Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.“The idea was to give the undecided and people who are still on the fence a chance to talk to the candidates one more time before we go into the May primary,” said civic leagu...

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Revelers share fun, raise funds for Hospice of Scotland County

LAURINBURG — Whether they left with a diamond ring, a golfing trophy, or just the memory of a good day on the links, the purpose of the day was not lost on revelers at Wednesday’s 28th annual Richard L. Byrne Memorial Golf Tournament for Hospice of Scotland County.The tournament added $140,393 to a total of more than $3 million raised over the years to provide services for hospice patients in financial need. A raffle for a 14 karat gold ring, donated by Bob’s Jewe...

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Team of high school players wins Hospice tourney

LAURINBURG — Slowly but surely the huge display of team scores from the Hospice Memorial Golf Tournament started to fill up on Wednesday, while a group of players watched excitedly from the side.Chip Wells, manager of Scotch Meadows Country Club, patrolled the board that had the names of the 152 golfers in the men’s tournament. Each time a group finished, his assistants would tally up the results and hand it to him. Then, with a black marker, Wells would write the team&...

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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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A whopper of a fishing tale

Ya’ll know I like to fish, so several years ago a good friend and I took my 12-foot boat over to Pee Dee River to go fishing.I told him, “let’s go up to Smith Lake,” which is a lake that feeds off of the river. To get to the lake with a boat, you have to go through a small passageway of water that leads into the lake. That day, there just happened to be a large tree log that had fallen right across the passageway. We figured the water was just low enough and...

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A teaching moment not to be missed

In case you missed it, there’s a rather important public policy battle taking place right now in North Carolina and around the country. It involves a little item commonly referred to as “the future of public education.”Sadly, this characterization is not meant to be funny or facetious, but as a hard truth.

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Candidates should not seek donations from the wealthy

To the editor:This letter is about a candidate for re-election to the county commission. A number of letters were mailed out to some people in the county. I didn’t get one, maybe because I am a registered Republican or an ultraconservative. According to the letter, this person is a good person. He or she is a member of various boards. It doesn’t say he or she is liked by those who work with or the working class who might work for him or her.With the letter is...

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Former SHS band director will be remembered fondly

To the editor:For some that don’t know, on April 1, Charles L. Allen Jr., former band director at Scotland High School, transitioned from this Earth. He was a vital part of getting the marching band aka “Pride of Scotland County” into prestigious events such as the 1991 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1994 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade and many Superior Ratings at band competitions.He also directed the Symphonic Band to many prestigious eve...

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Crime report for April 23

ArrestsLAURINBURG — Matthew Monroe, 22, of 15781 Monroe Road, was arrested Tuesday for an outstanding warrant of assault on a female, according to a police report. He was held under a $500 secured bond.LAURINBURG — Raleak Graham, 21, of 5581 Henderson St. in Gibson, was arrested on Monday for larceny at Walmart, according to a police report. He was held under a $7,000 secured bond.LAURINBURG — Tyrone Moore, 34, of 437 McNair ...

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Musicians, artists to pack downtown Friday

LAURINBURG — In her time working with the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast, and even before, local artist Deb Guess has heard countless people say they can’t remember the last time they visited Laurinburg’s downtown.On Friday, Guess, along with the Laurinburg Downtown Revitalization Commission, hopes to give them a reason.

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Laurel Hill man leads police on 4-county chase

LAURINBURG — A 21-year-old Laurel Hill man led authorities on a 80-to-95-mph car chase through Richmond, Scotland, Robeson and Columbus counties late Monday night before being caught and placed in the Columbus County jail, according to the Laurinburg Police Department.Isaac Jerome Terry, of 9580 Third St., will face charges from Scotland County of misdemeanor fleeing and eluding arrest with a motor vehicle, speeding, failure to stop for blue lights and siren and reckless driv...

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City puts hold on military option

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council passed on Tuesday the first of two votes required to rescind an ordinance passed last year allowing military training facilities by conditional use permit on property zoned industrial.The motion to rescind that ordinance was made by council member J.D. Willis after a public hearing in which no one offered comment, with a second from council member Curtis Leak. Though council agreed that the matter should be revisited in an overhaul of ...

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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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