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Laurinburg native, African Queen

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LAURINBURG — Growing up, Nuekie Aku Opata always wished for a surname like Smith, or Jackson, and a common first name to go with it — not one that would tie the tongue of every substitute teacher and make her stand out simply for her signature.Those who could readily pronounce Nuekie being few and far between, the Laurinburg native, whose first name meant “Princess” in her grandfather's native land and designated her as being a royal descendent, has gone by her simpler middle name “Aku” for most of her life.But these days, Opata's coworkers in The University of North Carolina at Pembroke's School of Education simply address her as “your highness.”


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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Wagram resident named Miss North Carolina Jr. High School

SOUTHERN PINES — Calli Brielle McIntyre, of Wagram, was crowned Miss North Carolina Jr. High School America 2015 on Aug. 9 at Pinecrest High School. Calli will represent North Carolina at the national Miss High School America Pageant, to be held in Disney World on July 2015 in Orlando, Fla.There, she has the opportunity to win a $10,000 scholarship as well as a free global educational travel experience sponsored by the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

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Banks becomes commander

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A Laurinburg native became commander of a U.S. Air Force squadron in a ceremony last month at Joint Base San Antonio.Maj. Aaron Banks, a 1996 graduate of Scotland High School, was placed at the head of Detachment 2, 561st Network Operations Squadron, in a change of command ceremony on July 11. He is the son of Carolyn Banks of Laurinburg, a technology teacher in the Scotland County Schools.Banks will lead more than 500 telecommunications person...

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Roadside diner a trip back in time

Many of us are well familiar with the drive up U.S. 501 to either Chapel Hill or Durham. It is a lovely drive until the urban traffic descends upon you near Chapel Hill.Before that there is Pittsboro, and it is worth a stop.It is a trip back in time, nostalgia, a different era when life was simple and service was paramount, and in a way it got started when George Pilkington left Manchester, England in 1880.You see, Mr. Pilkington became a druggist in Pittsboro...

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Grill offers fare both familiar and exotic

EAST LAURINBURG — Harry’s Grill may look like just another roadside sandwich shop to the passerby, but exotic surprises for the hungry diner await within.Owner Harry Patel opened in early summer in a newly renovated space that had been occupied for about 35 years by Rachel’s Grill, which closed early this year. Harry’s is the only restaurant in East Laurinburg and one of only a few businesses.“I saw a need in the community and a business opp...

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Summer learning program comes to close

EAST LAURINBURG — About 75 students, aged 6 to 14, have completed Partners in Ministry’s six-week “Summer Food and Fun Camp.”During a recent closing ceremony, students presented projects on robots, vocabulary skill building, and math. Students built small scale bridges, constructed a lava lamp using only a water bottle, oil, water, and an Alka-Seltzer tablet, and performed several musical and drama skits. Each student was gifted with a new book.Th...

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