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Fort Hood victim recalls the day he almost died

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RED SPRINGS — When Army Specialist Ivan Lopez opened fire at Fort Hood earlier this month, killing three soldiers and injuring 16 others, it was news around the world.For Flora Macdonald Academy volunteer Alonzo Lunsford, the April 2 shooting was more than a headline — it was tragic reminder of what he endured during the first massacre at the same Army base more than four years ago.“I couldn’t believe it happened again,” said the 47-year-old retired staff sergeant, who was shot seven times during the 2009 Ft. Hood attack that killed 13 people and injured 32 people. The incident left him blind in one eye.


Pet of the Week for April 15

Spanky is a 1-year-old “pocket” pointer mix with a dash of spaniel, and weighs about 25 pounds. He is quiet with good manners. He is leash trained and likes to give kisses and cuddle. Spanky has been treated for heartworms and will be available after April 18. We are accepting applications.The adoption fee for dogs is $100, which includes introductory immunizations, spay/neuter, and microchip. Apply online at or at 1401 West Blvd. in Laurinburg.

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Children, parents gather for annual pajama party

LAURINBURG — children and their families gathered in their best pajamas at Scotland County Memorial Library on Thursday night for an evening of storytelling.The event was sponsored by the Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families to help promote literacy. Stories of “Tag Along Fred,” “Itsy Bitsy Frog” and “Wish for a Fish” kept children and parents completely engrossed.

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NAACP seeks nominations for “Mother of the Year”

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Branch of the NAACP is requesting nominations for its “Mother of the Year Coronation Program,” to be held on April 26 at Jones Missionary Baptist Church.The program, which begins at 4 p.m., will also feature an “All Women Community Choir.”Any woman who works to better the community can be nominated for the award by an individual or an organization. The nominee who is able to raise the most money for the NAACP...

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Latest bridge club results

LAURINBURG — The Bridge-at-the-Village club met Monday under the direction of Brian Potter.The pair of Norma Jones and Lil Owens came in first place with a score of 37.5 points of a possible 48, marking a 78-percent performance and the best score ever recorded at the club.Joanne Martin and Tim Rumph scored a close second with 35.5 points or 73 percent, among the club’s higher scores.Jacque and Mac Doubles came in third place and Tillie Hagan and Ma...

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‘American Idiot’ to show at UNCP on April 15

PEMBROKE — The words “punk rock” don’t usually find their way into discussions about musical theatre, but did in 2010 when the hit musical “American Idiot” made its Broadway debut.On April 15, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will be host to the raucous production.The 8 p.m. show, which will be performing for one night only at the Givens Performing Arts Center, is a stage adaptation of popular California punk rock band Gree...

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Jabberwock pageant to be held this Friday

LAURINBURG — Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc, Laurinburg Alumnae Chapter, will on Friday present its 15th Jabberwock Pageant. The bi-annual event awards scholarships to contestants who compete in attire as well as a talent showcase which includes singing, dancing and oratory.Contestants are Scotland High School sophomore Jahnita Melvin; Scotland High School senior Kierra Lee; Robeson County Early College junior Erica Hamilton Patterson; Scotland High School junior Maya Addai; ...

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Police cars get new look

The Laurinburg Police Department’s patrol cars are being given a new look. Chief Darwin Williams, pictured here with some of the department’s vehicles, said a patrol car is painted once every two weeks, and though the public have voiced their mixed reviews on the change, he is pleased with the new look.Money to paint the cars was allocated by the city council this year when the department was found to be operating with a surplus because of lapsed salaries.

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