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Fund increase proposed

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LAURINBURG — In a meeting centered around the school system’s future capital needs, on Tuesday the school board and county commissioners’ school funding liaison committee discussed a funding proposal from its school board half.Per a mediated agreement between both boards, the county will contribute $10.8 million toward the school system’s operating costs in 2015-2016 and $300,000 toward its capital costs.


Gigging for the elusive blue-fin sucker

Now to set ya’ll straight this here story is not about certain people who seem to fall for anything, no-sir-re. This story is my recollection of one of my experiences while gigging blue-fin suckers in local creeks.A little knowledge of the blue-fin sucker species should be told here so some of you can better appreciate this here story.

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Nov. 8 a night for oyster lovers

Oysters, oysters, oysters: Calling all oyster lovers, and shrimp and chicken wing lovers too! It is time for our annual Chamber on the Half Shell Oyster Roast. This is a fun event for spending time with the great folks of Scotland County, playing some cornhole, and most importantly, enjoying great food at the beautiful St. Andrews Equestrian Center. November 8 will be a great night! The event will be held from 6-9 p.m.

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‘I’ve made some friends for life’

LAURINBURG — The best and the brightest high school students of Oban, Scotland, shared lunch Tuesday with most of their 12 counterparts from Scotland High School as the Laurinburg Rotary Club hosted the Highlanders to celebrate the 22nd Annual Laurinburg-Oban Exchange program.Since its inception in 1993, the Laurinburg-Oban Exchange has enriched the lives of about 500 students from Oban and Scotland County as an outgrowth of the Oban-Laurinburg Sister City project,...

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Council to hear public input on solar ordinance

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council on Tuesday night set public hearings on proposed changes to the city’s ordinance in relation to solar farms, while authorizing amendments to a long-term lease of city property by a solar farm developer.First discussed at the council’s September work session, the site located near U.S. 74 between Dixie Guano Road and Hall Street, an industrial-zoned parcel to be leased by Birdseye Renewable Energy, will be amended to include...

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McNeill thriving at East Carolina

GREENVILLE — Three days before East Carolina University’s football team would defeat Southern Methodist University, head coach Ruffin McNeill sat in the team’s meeting room adjacent to Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium, speaking to a reporter.As players cleared out of the nearby hallways following practice, McNeill briefly called two of them into the room.“Ask them who their daddy is,” McNeill said.With that prompt, both players simultaneousl...

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Wingate swim team sinks St. Andrews

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University swim team was defeated by Wingate University on Saturday in the Knights’ first home meet of the season.SAU sophomore Georgi Krastev won 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke for the Knights. He won the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 51.69 seconds, defeating four other swimmers and the 200-yard backstroke in 1:55.4 to topple five other swimmers.Krastev also led the 200-yard medley relay team to a runner-up finish with a t...

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Crime report for Oct. 22

ArrestsLAURINBURG — Clifton Dale Thomas, of McNair Avenue, was charged with assault on a female and held in the Scotland County jail without bond, according to police. Neighbors called 911 when they heard a struggle, Laurinburg Police Capt. Terry Chavis said, and police arrived to find evidence that a woman in the home had been assaulted.Break-insLAURINBURG — A Wilkesboro resident reported Monday that someone broke...

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Boards hear from expert

LAURINBURG — Regardless of the outcome of the Board of Education and Board of Commissioners’ joint committee convened to explore options for future school funding in Scotland County, that issue is not likely to become a simple one.So members of both boards, along with Superintendent Ron Hargrave and County Manager Kevin Patterson, were informed on Monday in a discussion with Kara Millonzi, a UNC School of Government attorney and associate professor.“You...

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‘He should have never had to deal with anything like this’

LAURINBURG — Still searching for answers in the August death of her 17-year-old son, Claudia Lacy of Bladenboro told members of the Scotland County NAACP on Saturday to consider his case not as an isolated incident but a warning.“The youth are our future,” Lacy said in her address to the crowd of 150 that gathered at Bright Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church for the NAACP’s 39th Annual Freedom Fund Banquet.“His cousins, his brother … t...

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Missionary weighs trip to republic ravaged by Ebola

LAURINBURG — The Rev. Roy McCook has a lot to pray about as he plans his 15th journey to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in November. Concerns about visas, bug spray, anti-malarial drugs and otherwise vital vaccinations seem almost trivial in light of history’s worst outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.The still-unchecked outbreak in Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea has a mortality rate of about 50 percent, the World Health Organization reports. It is wel...

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CDC drops the ball on Ebola

In the last few weeks, the tragic Ebola epidemic in West Africa has hit home as we’ve witnessed the first death and transmissions in America. Additionally, news that the second health care worker to contract the disease was able to board a commercial airplane while being monitored for signs of infection is deeply troubling. I know that everyone is concerned and I want to assure you that I share your concerns.It is important to know, though, that there is absolutely no reason ...

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60s radical returns to NC

Howard Fuller was back in North Carolina last week promoting his new book, “No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform.”Fuller is a professor of education and director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University.Some North Carolinians remember Fuller as a community organizer in the 1960s and 1970s. He led poor people to demand fair treatment, to work together to improve their lives, an...

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Rockingham Speedway foreclosure averted

ROCKINGHAM — In five months, the Rockingham Speedway will be under new ownership.Andy Hillenburg of Concord and Bill R. Silas of Stuart, Florida, have agreed to sell or auction off the speedway in order to avoid foreclosure for default on a $4.2 million loan used to buy the property, according to court filings.Superior Court Judge David Lee signed a consent order between the speedway’s owners and Salisbury-based Farmers & Merchants Bank, which holds the loan ...

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Scots best Bucks in defensive battle

LAURINBURG — One and done.That was the threat hanging over both Scotland and Hoke as they took the pitch Monday night for the first round of the SEC tournament. In order to qualify for the NCHSAA state tournament, a school must finish in the top three of their conference, or win the conference tournament. The Scots finished fourth in the final regular season standings and Hoke came in fifth — one defeat would end the losing team’s year.Scotland’s ...

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Tigers take down Scots in first round

LAURINBURG — Scotland volleyball coach Molly Hayes said before the season, if her girls play hard and compete the right way, they would rack up a lot of points.They did both of those things Saturday, but it was not enough to defeat Ragsdale in the first round of the North Carolina 4-A volleyball tournament — the Tigers defeated the Scots 25-19, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20.Scotland jumped out to a good start in the first set, taking a 3-0 lead. But Hayes was forced to...

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Tellers hold audience transfixed

LAURINBURG — Leaning lovingly against each other on a bench beneath the shade of an old hardwood, listening with eyes closed to the loquacious levity spilling from a nearby packed party tent, the retired Chapel Hill couple typified the autumn tranquility permeating Saturday’s 2014 Storytelling Festival of Carolina.“We’re not sleeping, we’re mesmerized,’’ Bill Holton said of he and his wife, Bitty. “We can listen better with our eyes c...

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Vigil sheds light on the lost

LAURINBURG — They came from Scotland, Hoke, Robeson and Cumberland counties — some in jeans, some in heels and others in uniform. In wheelchairs and strollers, some old and some young, the strangers who came together Friday night at the Scotland County courthouse found one thing in common.All they have left, is hope.And all they can hope for is a miracle — that after months or years of silence, someone somewhere will come forward with some piece of info...

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