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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.”


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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Donation boots funds for youth program

LAURINBURG — Fundraising for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program, run by the Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce, received a boost recently with a contribution of $1,500 from AT&T.Scotland County Commissioner Chairman Guy McCook joined John Lyon, AT&T’s regional director of External Affairs, in presenting the contribution to Tonia Stephenson, chamber president, and Renee Jones, the YEA! program manager.

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Scotland’s Larry Johnson tapped for aspiring superintendent program

LAURINBURG — Scotland County Schools Assistant Superintendent of Auxiliary Services Larry Johnson will participate in the Aspiring Superintendent Fellows Program, an initiative to increase North Carolina’s pool of qualified school district leaders.The two-year program aims to increase the number of well-prepared potential superintendents through experiential learning and executive coaching. The program includes both a year-long series of seminars addressing topics such ...

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A squirrel who thought he was human and feared no dog

Last year seven squirrels, about two weeks old, fell for an unknown reason from their mother’s nest. A person found them together on the ground and left them at a local veterinarian clinic. People who work for a veterinarian clinic love animals — all animals.My daughter Katie, an employee, took two squirrels to raise, another employee took two, and one took three. The baby squirrels required feeding of a special milk in a small bottle every few hours. Remarkedly, they a...

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