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Value of Laurinburg-Maxton airport immeasurable

It is understood that airport runways lead to any place in the world, oftentimes in just one flight. They are a “connection to the world,” allowing businesses to grow and are a valuable asset to help attract businesses to our community. Beyond being “business-friendly” the Laurinburg-Maxton Airport provides considerable economic impact to our community.

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Obamacare doomed? Don’t bet on it

The world was supposed to end in 2012, according to various misinterpretations of Mayan culture. Then, when time kept ticking along into 2013 the doomsday preachers had to recalculate. Recently, there was news that a group called the Sword of God Brotherhood has changed humanity’s end date to Jan. 1, 2017.History tells us two things about these Cassandras who give us specifics about the Apocalypse: one, they are always wrong, and, two, being wrong will not dissuade them from ...

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Help chamber collect school tools at After 5

Paper, pencils, pens, composition notebooks, 3-ring binders, markers, crayons, calculators, erasers, folders, glue sticks, and more! The list seems never-ending when you get the required supplies your child needs to begin a new school year. I hope, if you are reading this, you are able to provide the materials your child needs each year without it causing a burden on your household.

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How Pup learned to fish for largemouth bass

When my Dad was growing up there was a family in his neighborhood where all the kids had nicknames that they went by. Most of the folks living around them never knew what their real names were. This particular family had three boys. The oldest one went by the name of Sheep, the middle one was called Pumphandle and the youngest was named Turkey. Dad said he could always understand where Turkey got his name because he had a long neck, a skinny looking head, eyes that seemed to pop out of his he...

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238 years later, America has a lot to live up to

Politicians of all stripes are sending out their Fourth of July messages this week as they do every year, reminding us of the Declaration of Independence and the struggles, courage, and aspirations of the nation’s founders as they broke away from England and created a new country.And there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. Independence Day is the perfect time to reflect on the wisdom of the people who created the American democracy and the government of the United St...

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Becoming the neighborhood watcher

God help me, I’ve become Mrs. Gilman!Mrs. Gilman was our next door neighbor on Magnolia Terrace who spent hours sitting on her porch yelling at all the kids in the neighborhood.“Does your mother know where you’ve been?”“Does your mother know you’re playing in mud puddles in your Sunday clothes?”“Does your mother know you’re climbing that tree?”UGH!! I still hear her voice echoing...

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Cuts to NC’s mosquito program continue

It might be time to stock up on bug spray.North Carolina is poised to do away with what remains of its state-run mosquito control program, if proposals to eliminate $185,992 in funding are adopted in the final budget.The likely elimination of the vector control program in the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services hasn’t gotten much — or really, any — attention as lawmakers contend with major policy shifts in the $21.1 billion budget like kicking ...

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NC should serve up a new plate

As often happens at the North Carolina General Assembly, the new fiscal year has begun with the House and Senate not yet finished with a budget-adjustment bill. Medicaid funding, teacher compensation, and a few other issues continue to divide the two chambers.Call me odd — it’ll hardly be the first time — but one issue I hope doesn’t get left on the table is a provision in the House budget that would allow me to take the “First in Flight” license...

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Marketing Laurinburg to beach travelers

As the Fourth of July approaches and summer starts to heat up, so does summer travel. In the Carolinas that often means trips to the beach. But the Carolina beaches are popular with more than just those who live here. Travelers from all over the east migrate across our state in search of a restful and relaxing time in our sand and surf.

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Claim a tax credit for daycare expenses

For harried parents, the definition of true panic is realizing in April that you forgot to enroll your kids for summer day camp and now all the slots are filled. As the school year ends, you’re feverishly trying to find adequate daycare because neither of you can take time off work to watch the kids.I know of one such couple; with any luck you’re more organized than they were. In fact, bonus points if you thought ahead and signed up during last fall’s open enrollm...

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Food and a free show at the state fair

In our last two stories our little group of FFA members have had half a day of fun-filled adventures at the state fair in Raleigh. We had eaten some mighty good food even though it did cost us an arm and a leg. Now, what were we going to do ‘till 4 p.m. when we would start our journey home?With very little money between all of us, some of the older boys said that we could go down by the lake, where a Lumberjack show would be starting at 1 p.m. The show was free but we were to...

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Consider vacationing with the Chamber

It is that time of year when everyone seems to be taking vacations and spending time with their families. I love this time of year and just like most of you, I usually take a week to spend quality time with David, my husband. We use our week to celebrate our anniversary. Yes, I chose to be a June bride. At age 23, I didn’t think about the fact that my week is one of the busiest weeks of the summer, because it is the prime time for hotels to increase their prices anywhere I go. There are...

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A great generation and a great book title

“It turned out to be a hell of a book title.”Tom Brokaw, former NBC News anchor and productive author, was talking, with his usual modesty, about “The Greatest Generation.”It is the title of his 1998 best-selling book and the identification of the Americans who, after serving in World War II, came home to lead our country through an era of progress and prosperity.Last week, 16 years after the book’s publication, Brokaw talked abou...

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Five years later, how are we doing?

We’re now about halfway through 2014. Soon it will be hot and humid, and memories of the cold winter will fade. My wife and I will spend a lot of time keeping our gardens alive and productive and the air-conditioning bill low.This summer will also mark an economic anniversary. It will be five years since the bottom of the economic recession. In the summer of 2009, the collective production of the economy hit the low point of the economic downturn. Since then, this measure has...

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Government doesn’t create jobs

If you’re like me, you’re fed up with the bad news, scandals and cover-ups continually coming out of Washington. From the Internal Revenue Service using the “dog-ate-my-homework” excuse to duck responsibility, to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs failing to provide adequate care for our heroes, our government agencies continue to disappoint hardworking individuals and families. It was reported this week that the U.S. economy declined at a sharper pace in the firs...

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Will McCrory stand up for Common Core?

Gov. Pat McCrory has previously upheld North Carolina’s decision to adopt the Common Core State Standards.Speaking to a group of business-minded folks at a state chamber of commerce meeting last summer, McCrory praised Common Core.“It’s not the standards that are bad; it’s the execution which must be improved here in North Carolina.”But as the legislature hovers close to joining a handful of other states that have repealed the aca...

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Obamacare sets up small-business SHOP

Employers with fewer than 50 full-time workers do not suffer Obamacare’s employer mandate tax if they do not offer health insurance coverage. However, if a firm chooses to offer coverage, it must comply with the law’s standards.Small employers that typically have offered their workers some type of health care benefit in the past could be frustrated by this policy change, since the coverage package mandated by the law could reduce their firms’ bottom lines. Employe...

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