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Ritz adds mystery with a themed masquerade ball

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LAURINBURG — While not an extension of Halloween, Scotland Memorial Foundation will add a level of mystique to its 21st annual Putting on the Ritz fundraiser on Nov. 1.The black-tie event will for the first time be held as a masquerade ball. Masks will be available that night, or those attending can spice up their most elegant apparel with one of their own.Some seating is still available, but according to Kirsten Dean, Scotland Memorial Foundation executive director, ticket sales have outstripped last year’s so far and should continue in that fashion in the week preceding the Ritz.


Scots shut down Bucks

LAURINBURG — With the regular season winding down, most teams have formed the identity of their football team.Scotland bucked that trend by digging into their bag of tricks from the opening kickoff against Hoke — in the end, they didn’t need them in the 43-9 win, but it set the tone early.When the Scots returned the opening kickoff, returner Ty McLaurin faked as if he was going to toss the ball across the field to Robert McKoy, but he kept it and ended ...

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Hoke biggest mover in latest edition of Power Rankings

Southeastern Conference football power rankings will continue every Friday until the end of season. As always, if you don’t like where I ranked your team, we can have a fruitful discussion about it through a friendly phone call, email, or social media — but leave the pitchforks at home, please.Without further adieu, here are my rankings following Week 9.1. Richmond (8-0, 2-0)For the third consecutive season, the Richmond Raiders scored over 50 poin...

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Maxton briefed on options for rail crossings

MAXTON — A representative for the state Department of Transportation told Maxton officials on Tuesday night about options to improve the safety of three intersections where roadways cross CSX train tracks.Brian Gackstetter told the Maxton Board of Commissioners that federal money can be obtained to pay for up to 90 percent of the cost of signals and crossing gates at the intersections. The intersections and the costs for upgrading are North First Street, $275,000; North Third...

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Tribal officials: Certification to mean new jobs

PEMBROKE — A U.S. Small Business Administration certification granted last week to a company owned by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina has the potential to lead to countless new jobs being injected into Robeson County’s and nearby economies, tribal officials said Tuesday.In announcing that tribal-owned Lumbee Tribal Enterprises LLC was granted 8(a) Business Development Program certification on Oct. 14, Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks said that money generated through comp...

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Men face 40 felony charges

SOUTHERN PINES — Two Laurel Hill men are each facing 40 felony charges in the thefts of utility trailers in Moore County following a multi-agency investigation, according to the Southern Pines Police Department.Herbert Junior Bullard, 36, of Lauder Street and William Junior Knight, 37, of Cliff Gibson Road, each face 20 counts each of felonious larceny and possession of stolen goods, and 20 counts of misdemeanor larceny.Bullard was placed in the Moore County Detent...

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More than 1,000 cast ballot

LAURINBURG — More than 1,000 Scotland County voters turned out for the first day of early voting, with elections officials working until 9 p.m. to tally ballots.The official total was 1,154.“We were geared up and we were ready,” said elections director Dell Parker. “Hopefully the big turnout will continue throughout early voting.”The number is a drastic increase for the amount of votes cast in this year’s Democratic Primary ...

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Harvest Day a long-standing tradition

An annual tradition since 1934, Harvest Day, or “in-gathering,” at St. John United Methodist Church is on tap Thursday. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.Jane Hinson and Kathy Murphy, lifetime members of the congregation, are coordinating the event that involves most members of the congregation.“The night before, they gather to make chicken salad and set up the tables,” said Anne Tindall. “Can’t tell you about the mayonnaise we use in th...

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Faith wins acceptance from God

Now when we look in the 11th chapter of the book of Hebrews we are looking into what we call the “faith” chapter of The Bible; and as we read this chapter of The Bible it will increase our faith, as we will see many people who had to walk by faith in order to obtain the promise of God. Many of them went through a whole lot worse than what we have gone through.

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Program to create online charter schools

Thousands of North Carolina schoolchildren may be taking their classes through home computers next year, after state lawmakers created a pilot program that will add two online-based schools to the state’s growing portfolio of charter schools.The four-year pilot program outlined in this year’s state budget requires the State Board of Education to approve two statewide virtual charter schools by next year.It could send millions in public education dollars from ...

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NC shows great progress over decades

In 1925, advertising executive and future Congressman Bruce Barton wrote the book that made his national reputation, The Man Nobody Knows. In it, he imagined what Jesus Christ would be like if he resided in the modern world. Barton drew lessons from his thought experiment about business, self-improvement, and charity.“When you are through changing,” Barton once observed, “you are through.” By this standard, North Carolina is far from through. We’re jus...

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Early voting begins today; local officials say they are prepared

LAURINBURG — Though North Carolina’s election laws have this year been caught in a political tug-of-war this year, local officials don’t foresee any issues arising as early voting gets underway.The final precinct worker training “went real well,’’ said Dell Parker, director of the Scotland County Board of Elections. “Everyone showed up and we have a full roster’’ of paid elections volunteers for the county’s 10 precincts, ...

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Pro player makes hometown visit

LAURINBURG — “Education was the most important thing. After school, my mom made sure I did my homework first before I did anything.”Those were some of the first words professional baseball player Montrell Marshall said to the wide-eyed children that filled the North Laurinburg Elementary cafeteria on a chilly Thursday morning.Just over a decade ago, Marshall walked the same hallways and ate in the same cafeteria that hosted him this week as a special gu...

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Hudson, Blue to square off for eighth district

LAURINBURG — After his first term representing North Carolina’s eighth congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, Richard Hudson has made the transition from congressional staffer to legislator in his own right.Before defeating incumbent Democrat Larry Kissell in 2012, Hudson worked as chief of staff for three members of Congress and served as district director for U.S. Rep. Robin Hayes. North Carolina’s eighth congressional district includes par...

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Ten candidates seeking office in local races

LAURINBURG — On the local ballot for the November general election, for which early voting begins today at the Scotland County Board of Elections, voters will have the most choice in candidates in the Scotland County Board of Education and Scotland County Sheriff races.For the Board of Education at large district, four candidates are running for two seats: incumbent Gold Leaf seed manager Jimmy Bennett, minister J. Gentile Everett, UNC-Pembroke faculty member Summer Stanley, ...

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Scotland teachers recognized

​LAURINBURG — Two Scotland County teachers have recently been recognized by regional associations.Rob Guzman, principal at Wagram Elementary School, was named the Region 4 President-Elect on the N.C. Principals & Assistant Principals’ Association board of directors.Elisabeth Harrell, sixth-grade math teacher at Sycamore Lane Middle School, has been selected as one of only two finalists for regional Teacher of the Year.The regional selection c...

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Is Scotland Health ready for future of healthcare?

What will the hospital system of the future look like and is Scotland Health Care System ready for it? The health care reform that we constantly hear about is actually health care payment reform. So whether you are hearing about the federal government’s ObamaCare roll-out, North Carolina’s Medicaid Expansion discussions or changes to employers’ benefit plans such as bundled payments or high deductible health plans — all these issues are about how health care is paid fo...

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RCC awards Citizen of the Year

HAMLET — The annual update of Richmond Community College and the RCC Foundation were presented Monday during a banquet honoring the Foundation’s Citizen of the Year, John Garner.Owner and operator of Convenience Corner in Hamlet, Garner has been an active member of the RCC Foundation for 20 years, serving in every capacity on the board of directors, including president. He recently served on a steering committee for the Forte Building expansion project and is currently ...

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