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Survivors band together

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LAURINBURG — Among the family of cancer survivor Betty Young, marching during Relay for Life on Friday under a “Betty’s Bunch” banner, no one has been left untouched by the disease.The family, including Young’s sons Chris and Jay Young, has for several years banded together over a hot grill, preparing chicken, hot dogs, and their specialty sausage hoagies topped with onions and peppers to sell to hungry walkers throughout the 24-hour event. They have raised at least $3,000 each year, $5,000 in 2013.Cindy Warwick is Young’s niece and a survivor of stage III colorectal cancer. She credits her life-saving treatment to advances in cancer research, made possible in part by monies raised during Relay events.

 

Kuumba drums up festive fun

LAURINBURG — The succulent smell of barbecued ribs seasoned with old-time blues and gospel music, then leavened by a drumming African backbeat, mixed on a gentle breeze Saturday beneath the sun-dappled canopy of oak and pecan trees in Market Park to make the 24th annual Kuumba Festival a feast for the senses.Hundreds of colorfully-clad people of all ages, many wearing dashikis and other traditional attire from various parts of Africa, streamed into the park to part...

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Politicians vs statesmen

These days we seem to have an ample harvest of politicians but our crop of statesmen seems to be drought stricken.Aren’t they the same you might ask? Consider these facts before you make that decision.A statesman is a person who, even if they do belong to a political party, can sometimes put their party obligations aside and do what is in the best interest of the voters they represent.

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Relay totals could top 2013

LAURINBURG — With the help of thousands from near and far who gathered at Scotland High School this weekend in the honor of friends and loved ones, Scotland County’s 2014 Relay for Life event is on track to slightly surpass its 2013 earnings.According to co-organizer Stewart Thomas, the 40 teams to participate this year have raised $251,479, on par with last year’s total, and monies wil continue to trickle in over the next few months. For the past several years, t...

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Autopsy to determine cause of woman’s death

LAURINBURG — A 43-year-old Laurinburg woman was found dead in her vehicle on Saturday less than three miles from her home, according to authorities.According to Scotland County Sheriff’s Office investigator Jon Edwards, there were no apparent signs of foul play in the death of Rhonda McKenzie. McKenzie, of Bostic Road, was found in her vehicle around noon on Saturday on Price Street.No further details are being released. Her body will be sent for an autopsy. ...

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A more interesting senate race, in fiction

While you are watching U.S. Senate campaign television ads, occasionally interrupted by brief segments of programming, do you ever wonder what goes on inside the candidates’ campaign organizations?For instance, what if you could take on the role as the top aide to an incumbent North Carolina U.S. senator running for reelection against a top state official who has a full war chest of campaign funds? Interesting? Challenging?

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Scotch Meadows to host tournaments

LAURINBURG — Scotch Meadows Country Club is set to host the Pete Hasty Memorial Golf Tournament on Wednesday, and all proceeds will benefit the Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts of America.The entry fee is $65 per player, and the cost includes the green fee, a golf cart, and lunch. Registration begins at noon, and entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis.Shotgun start at 1 p.m., and a pig pickin’ is provided following play. There will be hole-in...

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SAU scorches Columbia

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Chelsea Seng scored four goals, leading the St. Andrews University women’s soccer team to a 6-3 win over conference rival Columbia College on Saturday afternoon.Seng got things started with a goal in the 10th minute off an assist from Alejandra Bittelman, and Rebecca Harper followed that up 10 minutes later with a score of her own off an assist from Rebekah Webster. Harper then assisted Nicole Bass on a goal in the 21st minute to give the Lady Knights a...

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Scots fight off Falcons

LAURINBURG — It wasn’t the prettiest performance from Scotland, but coach Molly Hayes said she’ll take the win after the team’s struggles the past couple of weeks.After defeating Purnell Swett last week, Scotland won its second consecutive game Monday, knocking off Seventy-First 25-18, 25-16, 25-19 in straight sets.Before winning the last two games, the Scots lost three straight during the middle of September, all in straight sets. This led Hayes ...

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Crime report for Sept. 30

ArrestsLAURINBURG — A 22-year-old Laurinburg man was arrested Saturday after he was re-captured by Laurinburg police, from whom he fled after being placed in handcuffs, according to Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms.Sessoms said Daquan Dominique McKoy, of 203 Gill St., was found hiding under a bed in a home on Hood Drive after police received reports of a man “waving a firearm in the air” at about 11 p.m., Sessoms said. The homeowner...

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12 charged, 1 jailed during checkpoints

LAURINBURG — Twelve people were charged during weekend checkpoints set up by the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office, according to Capt. Scott Jacobs, and one woman was arrested after she tried to flee from deputies on N.C. 79.Bianca Shenell Coleman, 28, of Tarpon Bay Road in Myrtle Beach, was arrested Saturday night and charged with felonious fleeing to elude arrest, according to a sheriff’s report. She was placed in the Scotland County jail under a $7,500 secured b...

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Raeford man killed in wreck near Laurinburg

LAURINBURG — A 44-year-old Raeford man was killed early Saturday when the car he was driving overturned and struck a tree near Laurinburg, according to 1st Sgt. Jeff Gordon of the state highway patrol.Sandy Lafabian Sturdivant, of 249 United Road, was traveling west on N.C. 144, 3 miles north of Laurinburg, when the passenger vehicle crossed the center line, ran off the road to the left, overturned and struck a tree, Gordon said.The highway patrol was dispatched to...

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Networking seminar set for Wednesday

HAMLET — Most business owners and prospective business owners know networking is essential to the success of any business. And yet, many fail to invest the time and energy to do it for a variety of reasons.It may be because the owners are introverted, stressed out, or just do not know how to effectively network, according to Emily Ballance, professional speaker and entrepreneur with more than 25 years experience as owner and marketer of two businesses. Ballance will address t...

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Editor, poet, musician featured at SAU Writers’ Forum

LAURINBURG — Former editor of Pembroke Magazine Shelby Stephenson will share some of his work Thursday at the St. Andrews University Writers’ Forum.Free and open to the public, the Forum begins at 8 p.m. in the Ronald H. Bayes Writers’ Forum Lounge in Orange Hall.A North Carolina native, Stephenson will be inducted in the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Oct. 12 in Southern Pines. He received the 2001 North Carolina Award in Literat...

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Agency pilots internship program

LUMBERTON — Southeastern Community & Family Services, Inc. has launched a new internship program for college students. The agency piloted the program this past summer with two college students who were assigned to shadow under seasoned professionals. The interns worked in the administrative and information technology areas, receiving hands-on working experience while learning how to function in a nonprofit agency environment. Both interns received financial compensation and college cred...

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Saints and Jets lead Parks & Rec

LAURINBURG — A few games are in the books as the teams at Legion Park compete for youth championships. Here are the standings for the teams in both divisions. Nine- and 10-year-olds make up the Minor League Football standings, and 11- and 12-year-olds compete in the Midget League.Midget League StandingsSaints 4-0Cowboys 3-1Rams 2-2Falcons 1-3Chargers 0-4Minor League Football Standings...

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Young talent on display at Kuumba pageant

LAURINBURG — Set to the stylings of a saxophone, spoken-word monologues, a cappella singing — and Tina Turner — the annual Miss Kuumba pageant, held for the first time at the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast, showcased the wide range of talent of its five young contestants.

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Organizers gear up for Highland Games

LAURINBURG – Organizers of the 2014 Scotland County Highland Games are heid doon arse up, or “ready to get on with it,’’ as the Gaelic saying is translated, with thousands of clan members, vendors, competitors and spectators gathering next weekend for the annual celebration of Scot and Celtic culture and tradition.“For the past five years, this has been the only Scotland County event to fill the local hotels and motels for the weekend,’&...

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