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Lady Knights lacrosse season comes to end with first round loss

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The fifth seeded St. Andrews University women’s lacrosse team saw their season come to an end on Friday evening as they fell 20-13 to No. 4 seed Emmanuel College, of Georgia, in the first round of the NWLL South Region Championships.Senior midfielder Catherine Lovallo and senior attacker Jackie Jones each led with four goals in the loss while Jones also had three assists to lead the team with seven points on the day. Jones finishes the season with 16 as...

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Citizen group wants Malloy to fill board’s vacated seat

To the editor:Many residents packed our recent Scotland County Board of Education meeting on March 10, with standing room only. Two concerned citizens were chosen to speak and the board appeared to be listening, but moved forward with the superintendent process without appointing a representative to fill the vacated seat of Duke Williams. We would have been greater pleased if the appointment would have been made sooner to allow our voices to be heard in the selection of our new sup...

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School board candidate answers forum questions

Unfortunately, I was unable to attend our community forum last week due to a prior commitment to the students I teach at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Thanks to my high school friend and colleague, Aku Opata, who took notes for me during the event, I am able to respond to the questions asked of candidates to the Scotland County Board of Education, which have been paraphrased below.“Do you agree that it is time to find a new solution to funding our schools?R...

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Laurinburg After Five moves to Fridays

I am excited to share with you again for this year what we have planned for our Murphy Brown Laurinburg After Five (LAF) events. It will be a fun year with great bands, lots of children’s activities, and best of all (at least in my opinion) a wonderful opportunity to spend time with some of the greatest people around — yes, all of you who live in Scotland County. I love watching you all come out with your lawn chairs and seeing the smiles on your faces really is one of the things ...

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Board continues election day prep

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Elections continued planning for the May 6 election during a meeting on Tuesday.Board members Hal Culberson and William Bullard approved 10 absentee ballots submitted by mail, checking for the required signatures on the ballot envelope.“Of course we do not open them, we just look at the outside,” Culberson said. “They have already been checked to be sure that they are registered voters, and we require two ...

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The problem isn’t ‘stepping on toes’

Gov. Pat McCrory seems to think that every time people in Raleigh have questions about one of his proposals, it is because he is courageously “stepping on toes” of people in entrenched institutions who refuse to consider doing things differently.McCrory used the line in a recent speech in Charlotte — where he seems to be spending an inordinate amount of time in recent weeks — talking about the lukewarm reception for his proposal to turn over the state’...

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For teachers, a slide of job satisfaction

In the classroom, nothing beats a good teacher. Abundant research affirms teacher quality as the most significant in-school predictor of student achievement. Teachers know they have the power to leave a profound imprint on the minds of students; for many, this core belief shapes their choice of teaching as an occupation.Yet scores of teachers are withdrawing emotionally from their work. A pair of recent surveys paints a portrait of alarmingly low levels of engagement and satisfacti...

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‘Thanks’ an incomplete expression of gratitude

“Thanks for your service.”Maybe we have done a better job of showing appreciation to the members of the armed forces who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan than we did for those who served in Vietnam. Some opponents of that war made many Vietnam veterans feel that coming home was like leaving one war only to be thrown into another.But today’s “Thank you for your service,” is not substantially better, as far as some at Afghanistan-Iraq veterans a...

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Task force recommends teacher pay increase

LAURINBURG — A set of recommendations forwarded Monday to the General Assembly by the 18-member Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force included, in the short term, increasing salaries for inexperienced teachers. The report, expected to come into play during the legislative short session set to convene on May 14, identified teacher raises across the board as a long-term goal.Comprising legislators, teachers, school board members and school administrators, the task ...

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Fort Hood victim recalls the day he almost died

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...

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Storytellers spin colorful yarns at eighth annual county festival

LAURINBURG — Showcasing stories from the perfectly true to the completely implausible, the eighth annual Storytelling Festival of Carolina this weekend treated thousands to two days packed with entertainment.The festival showcased four storytellers on the grounds of the John Blue House: Donald Davis, Carmen Deedy, Antonio Rocha, and Kim Weitkamp, all nationally-known raconteurs who have performed at the national festival in Tennessee.“I love Carmen Deedy and ...

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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 scotlandhumane.org or at 1401 West Blvd. in Laurinburg.

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Crime report for April 15

Arrests LAURINBURG — Christopher Crump, 21, of 224 Benjamin Road in Maxton, was arrested Sunday for carrying a concealed weapon, according to a police report. He was held under a $1,500 secured bond.LAURINBURG — Dontay McLaurin, 23, of 201 Gill St., was arrested Sunday for simple assault, according to a police report. He signed a written promise to appear in court.LAURINBURG — Tara Hough, 30, and Katie McIntyre, 17, both of 1...

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Godmother of child burned in hot water arrested Friday

LAURINBURG — The godmother of a 22-month-old girl who suffered third-degree burns to her feet last weekend was arrested Friday, according to the Laurinburg Police Department.Cliff Sessoms, assistant police chief, said that 47-year-old Linda McQueen, of 1419 Hickory St., was served a warrant at her home around noon for “child neglect resulting in serious bodily injury.” She is being held in the Scotland County jail under a $50,000 secured bond.During the...

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Former county resident awarded $25K scholarship

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Former Scotland County resident and former Wagram Elementary School, Shaw Middle School and Scotland High School student Kabreel McEachin-Campbell will be awarded a scholarship from the United Negro College Fund and Target and recognized as a Rising Star.Kabreel will receive a $25,000 award on Sunday at 10 p.m. on BET. Kabreel is one of only five students in the nation to receive this award.Kabreel is the son of Christopher Campbell of Rockingh...

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Gibson to apply for water system grant

GIBSON — The Gibson town commission held the first of two public hearings on Thursday concerning an application for a grant to improve the town’s water system.Randy Freeman, an engineer with The Wooten Company, detailed the project and grant to the commissioners during the board’s regular monthly meeting.“It’s just going to be a small project rehabbing the Church Street pump station and updating the equipment in it,” Freeman said....

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City native applies for vacant seat

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Education will have three applicants to interview on April 21 to fill the seat vacated earlier this year by Darwin Williams.During the application period, which ended on Thursday, Raymond Hyatt, Robert Malloy, and Dannie S. McInnis submitted letters of interest in serving out Williams’ term, which will end in 2016.McInnis, who applied earlier this week, is a Laurinburg native and retired Scotland County Schools employ...

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