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Crisis center in ‘desperate’ fiscal situation

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LAURINBURG — Though it will keep its doors open without interruption despite a delay in state funding, the Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center of Scotland County has temporarily suspended acceptance of new clients.The center is funded largely by state grants, which in prior years have released funds to the center in August. But due to the North Carolina legislature’s late passage of the state budget, the center has received neither reimbursements for prior expenses nor upfront funding.

 

Brown: ‘The whole thing was all a lie’

LUMBERTON — For Geraldine Brown, it comes as no surprise that after 30 years in prison, her brothers may soon walk free.“I knew all the time that they hadn’t done nothing to nobody,” she said by telephone from New Jersey, where she now lives. “The story is a lie. The whole thing is a lie.”

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Obama calls for higher wages

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy’s “revving” performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.“America deserves a raise,” he told a union crowd in Milwaukee, vowing to keep a hard sell on Congress in much the way he once courted his wife. “I just wore her down,” ...

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Will your kids inherit your debt?

Many people finally get around to writing a will in order to safeguard their assets for their heirs. But what if you’ve got the opposite problem: Your nest egg was decimated by the recession, bad investments or simply living longer than expected and now you’ve got a mountain of bills you can’t pay off.Will your kids inherit your debts after you die?The short answer is, not in most cases. But there are situations where someone could be legally responsibl...

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Charlotte book like a letter home

It was like the pleasure of a long letter from home.At least it was for this exile from Charlotte and Mecklenburg County.I picked up the new book, “27 Views of Charlotte: The Queen City in Prose & Poetry,” to see if any of my friends were among the almost 30 contributors.

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The First Sunburnt Boy

It has been more than a few years ago when the location of my fifth grade was a second floor classroom above the kitchen at Central School. It is impossible to forget the exact location as the scents from the rising yeast rolls and various foods cooking filtered into the classroom all day.Miss Christine Gibson was my teacher that year, and there were two new subjects introduced to our class: history and poetry. I was “game” for history, but poetry was in another world o...

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County loses 1 woman, 5 employees

LAURINBURG — Looking at the job descriptions, it might sound like a mass exodus from the Scotland County Health Department. The clerk to the county health board has left, as well as the department’s lead personnel officer. Ditto the HIPPA officer, the deputy registrar of vital statistics and the director’s executive assistant.When Lynda Bostic McMillan retired Friday after 29 years, she relinquished all those responsibilities, “and others as assigned,’...

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Scotland escapes with 20-14 win over Jack Britt

LAURINBURG — After cruising to an one-sided win last week at South View, Friday night's affair at the Boneyard was anything but easy for Scotland as they held on to defeat Jack Britt 20-14 in Fayetteville Friday night.As good as the Fighting Scots looked last week, the team was bound to come back down to earth. But they almost crash-landed in the fourth quarter after a string of mishaps nearly cost the team the victory. Despite what coach Ri...

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Capps joins full-time SAU faculty in Religious Studies

LAURINBURG — When Tanner Capps arrived on the St. Andrews University campus in the fall of 2013, it was as a part-time professor in Religious Studies as he completed his doctoral work through Duke University.“St. Andrews was looking for a one-year hire in Religious Studies,” said Capps. “I had a goal to work at a small Liberal Arts College and saw this as a fantastic opportunity.”After phone conversations with Campus President Paul Baldasare...

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UNCP: New logo will include Old Main

PEMBROKE — A spokesman for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke says any worries by Lumbee Tribal Council members that a logo being designed for university will not depict Old Main are unwarranted.Scott Bigelow said Wednesday that although the final design for the school’s first logo has not been created, it has been decided by school officials, including the university’s board of trustees, that Old Main will be featured. The school’s seal already de...

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Former SAU baseball stars playing professional ball

LAURINBURG — Each arrived at St. Andrews under different circumstances. They played separate positions on the diamond and graduated a year apart. Now Joe McCarty and Matt McCue find themselves amongst the professional ranks, both playing the sport they love.McCarty and McCue are St. Andrews’ most recent graduates to play baseball at the professional level. McCarty, who graduated from St. Andrews this year, played this summer for the White Sands Pupfish of the independen...

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Berger’s Common Core appointees lacking

Senate leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) is the first to publicly announce his appointments to a legislative commission that will review and make recommendations for modifying the Common Core State Standards. Berger’s appointments include a retired math professor recommended by the John Locke Foundation and a Winston-Salem/Forsyth school board member who has a “self-guided education in curriculum standards.”House Speaker Thom Tillis, Gov. Pat McCrory, State Board ...

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Tour highlights local economies

Wow. I cannot believe how fast time flies. As we head into Labor Day, I hate to see summer end, but I’m exciting to think about back to school, football season gearing up and a little break from the heat.I just wrapped up a great week traveling the district and meeting with folks to hear their concerns and discuss ways to help revitalize our local communities. Weeks like this are the favorite parts of my job because I enjoy spending time in our communities hearing directly fr...

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Buie hearing set for Tuesday

LUMBERTON — Robeson County District Attorney Johnson Britt is prepared to turn over to a judge the fate of two men who have been in prison for 30 years in connection with the rape and murder of an 11-year old, saying new DNA evidence is favorable to their case.Britt today filed his response to motions for relief brought by attorneys representing 50-year-old Henry McCollum and his half-brother, 46-year-old Leon Brown. McCollum is currently on death row for the rape and murder ...

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Police seek clues in shooting

LAURINBURG — Authorities are searching for leads in the case of a Robeson County woman admitted to the Scotland Memorial Hospital emergency room on Thursday with apparent gunshot wounds.Around 6 p.m., Tamara Lynn McGirt, 19, was dropped off at the emergency room entrance by two men driving a tan Mercury Marquis. McGirt is a resident of Westgate Terrace Apartments in Red Springs.According to Laurinburg Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms, the circumstances and loca...

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Stephenson earns chamber certification

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives has designated Tonia Stephenson, president of the Laurinburg/Scotland Area Chamber of Commerce, a Certified Chamber Executive. The certification is the only national designation for chamber professionals.“The CCE program assesses and tests the applicant’s knowledge of core chamber management areas—management, planning and development, membership and communication, and operations,” said...

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Greene retires from Air Force

LAURINBURG — Scotland County native Carlton Andre Greene, Jr. retired this week after 20 years of service in the U.S. Air Force.Greene is a 1994 graduate of Scotland High School and enlisted in the Air Force directly after graduation. During his service, Greene was stationed in, Saudia Arabia, Japan, Korea, and Italy. His final station was at McEntire Joint National Guard Base in South Carolina, and he retires as a technican sergeant.Among his decorations are the A...

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UNCP’s summer camps return

PEMBROKE — More than 200 children ages 5-18, enjoyed sports, theatre, SAT prep, health careers and leadership experiences at UNCP summer camps this summer.As the dust settled in August, university administrators evaluated the summer, said Darek Hunt, executive director of the Regional Center. “Our camps allowed us to respond to the communities’ request for an athletic program, a program to help improve college SAT scores, a youth leadership program and a medical c...

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