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The First Sunburnt Boy

It has been more than a few years ago when the location of my fifth grade was a second floor classroom above the kitchen at Central School. It is impossible to forget the exact location as the scents from the rising yeast rolls and various foods cooking filtered into the classroom all day.Miss Christine Gibson was my teacher that year, and there were two new subjects introduced to our class: history and poetry. I was “game” for history, but poetry was in another world o...

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Greene retires from Air Force

LAURINBURG — Scotland County native Carlton Andre Greene, Jr. retired this week after 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force.Greene is a 1994 graduate of Scotland High School and enlisted in the Air Force directly after graduation. During his service, Greene was stationed in, Saudia Arabia, Japan, Korea, and Italy. His final station was at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina, and he retires as a technican sergeant.Among his decorations are the A...

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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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LAUREL HILL — Mr. Ernest White of Harmony announces the engagement of his daughter Tara Beth to Corporal Philip Taylor Snead, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Randall Snead.The bride received a bachelor’s degree in physiology and chemistry from East Carolina University and also a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Southeastern Louisiana University. She is employed with Duke University Medical Center in Durham in the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit.The groom r...

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Hucks, Brown to wed

GIBSON — Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Pressely McKay of Gibson announce the engagement of their daughter Kristen Elizabeth Brown to Jackie Ronnie Hucks, III, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jackie Ronnie Hucks, Jr. of Laurinburg.The bride is currently attending Richmond Community College to obtain her diploma in Licensed Practical Nursing. She is employed by Scotia Village in Laurinburg.The groom received his associate’s degree in mechanical engineering from Richmond Community Co...

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The (not so) great basketball game

Carolina Military Academy was a college preparatory school in Maxton that occupied the campus of the then-closed Presbyterian Junior College. CMA opened in 1962 and closed in 1972. The creative writer of this tale is a 1964 CMA graduate who returned after college to English and history and coach basketball. Each May the CMA Alumni Association meets for a reunion at the Sands Resort of Myrtle Beach. — Frank LeaIt started innocently enough during a recent CMA reunion. On Sa...

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Songs merry and sad

Throughout life we meet many people that through some simple display of concern, reaching out, and caring; they become forever sacred and revered in our memories. That would accurately describe Jack and Jewls. Both were exceptionally good people, but in other ways they could not have been more different.Saturday, we received a telephone call from one of Jack’s friends. Jack had died at home.Arriving at his home to find the Scotland County EMT and some friends waiti...

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