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Ratliffe critical following ATV wreck

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LAURINBURG — Scotland High quarterback Jaylend Ratliffe was airlifted to a Charlotte hospital following a Tuesday afternoon ATV accident, according to sources close to the incident, where he remained in critical condition late Tuesday night.A teammate who was riding with Ratliffe, Dakota Holland, was taken to Scotland Memorial Hospital with scrapes and bruises, sources said. A spokesperson for Scotland Memorial Hospital said Holland had been discharged later that day.


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“I don’t read the Washington Post. That is not where I get my ideas.”Many years ago when there were still lots of conservatives voting in Democratic primaries, a congressional candidate pandered to conservatives by trashing a liberal newspaper. But he lost ground with other voters who thought he should keep up with congressional issues covered in that newspaper even if he disagreed with its views.More recently, a widely respected conservative political ...

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GOP candidates assure leadership, common sense

LAURINBURG — Ralph Kersey, Sheriff Shep Jones’ Republican challenger in the November general election, offered a scathing critique of Jones’ leadership of the Scotland County Sheriff’s Office during Monday’s meeting of the Scotland County Republican Party.Kersey, a retired N.C. Highway Patrol officer and former Marine, noted the State Bureau of Investigation inquiry into some $50,000 collected and spent by Jones’ office — without county app...

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Duke, energy agency reach deal

RALEIGH — North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency and Duke Energy Progress announced Monday morning that they have approved an agreement for Duke to purchase the power agency’s generating assets.The $1.2 billion transaction is expected to eventually lower wholesale electric rates for customers in Laurinburg, Red Springs, Lumberton and 29 other municipalities in eastern North Carolina.The current debt owed by North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency...

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McColl main jailed following 130-mph chase

LAURINBURG — A McColl man is being held in the Scotland County jail after stealing items from Walmart and leading Laurinburg police on a chase that reached 130 miles per hour and crossed the South Carolina state line.Jon Paul Pearce, 42, of 409 N. Main St., is charged with careless and reckless driving; driving 130 mph in a 70-mph zone; driving 115 mph in a 45-mph work zone and felonious fleeing to elude arrest. He was also served with three warrants for larceny, according to...

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Family seeks answers

LAURINBURG — Family and friends of Thomas Eric Watts are still waiting for closure following the 22-year-old’s death on July 3 after an altercation in the Hasty area.Their cries of “justice for Eric” were heard by those driving in the vicinity of the Scotland County Courthouse on Saturday as a crowd of some 50 rallied to bring attention to the lingering questions surrounding that night’s events — including a more than 10-minute delay in emergency...

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Deercroft Golf Club to host Military Day

WAGRAM — Deercroft Golf Club will host a Military Appreciation Day event on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.Military guests and their friends or family pay $50 per person. This fee includes the green/cart fee, lunch after the tournament ends, and a chance to win prizes. Teams will be split up into four-person groups, and the tournament will be slighted, giving players the chance to play with others who are at the same skill level.There will also be an optional two-man ...

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Several key dates loom for Fighting Scots

LAURINBURG — The Fighting Scots summer football schedule is approaching its home stretch — and for those anticipating the return of the three-time 4A southeastern champions to the field, it couldn’t come fast enough.After the NCHSAA dead period ended last Thursday, Scotland set up shop at St. Andrews for a team camp on Friday and Saturday. Varsity players attended, as well as invited others looking to secure a roster position. Scotland High has several other key u...

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How can NC communities revive?

My wife and I recently spent a long weekend in New York City celebrating our wedding anniversary. It’s amazing how time flies: This is No. 34, thank you!New York City — or simply “the City” to native New Yorkers — conjures up both negative and positive feelings. We’ve visited the City many times (my wife was born in New York, although not in the City). It is crowded, busy, noisy and confusing. People can be pushy, partly because if you don’...

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McPhatter recognized for work with nutrition program

LAURINBURG — Hazel McPhatter, Scotland County program assistant for the NC Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, was presented with the program’s award at the EFNEP’s State Conference June 23.The Circle of Excellence award recognizes program assistants and associates for meeting the needs of limited resource audiences through innovative teaching methods to produce program results and make a community-wide impact.McPhatter has been employed with...

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Churches asked to hold ‘Relay Sunday’

LAURINBURG — The American Cancer Society is asking that all churches in the Scotland County area participate in Relay Sunday on Aug. 3.For information on how to become involved in Scotland County Area Relay For Life on Sept. 26 and Sept. 27, call Stewart or Carol Thomas at 910-276-5247.

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City man jailed following fight

LAURINBURG — A 36-year-old Laurinburg man has been jailed under a $30,000 bond following a Thursday night altercation that left a Bennettsville man in critical condition, according to Laurinburg police.Charles Shawn McPherson, of 417 Hood St., was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with one count of felonious assault inflicting serious bodily injury, Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms said. McPherson punched 40-year-old Calvin Zimmerman in the head, Sessoms said, knockin...

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The Scotland County American Red Cross hosted a training session for facilitators of its Pillowcase Project on Wednesday. The project, which evolved during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, is a preparedness education program in which children decorate pillowcases in which to store belongings in the event of a crisis.for the Pictured from left, Dr. Tangula Diggs, Debra Taylor, Aisha Carter, Denise Mathews (Facilitator), Dewey Brower, Carolyn Stern (Facilitator), Doreen Blanchette...

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Newest arrivals at Scotland Memorial

DavisBeth Locklear of Laurel Hill announces the birth of her daughter Queena Chanel Davis on July 7, 2014, at Scotland Memorial Hospital. Grandparents are Jeff and Carolyn Locklear of Laurel Hill.JonesCorabeth Amanda and Harlen Jones of Red Springs announce the birth of their son Josiah Jones on July 9, 2014, at Scotland Memorial Hospital. Grandparents are Vardell and Jennifer Chavis of Pembroke.Chavis...

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Pilot Club members lauded at convention

LAURINBURG — The 2014 Pilot International Annual Convention and Leadership Conference was held in Chicago on July 2 through July 6. The theme for the convention was “Celebrating the Gift of Pilot.”Scottish Pilot Club President Joyce Jewell, Past President Ida McGill, Vice President Barbara Mack and Project’s Chairperson Terry Gallman received updates from Pilot International as well as new initiatives that the organization is pursuing. The Scottish Pilot Clu...

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A quick cure for a local drunkard

Laurinburg’s early history was one of a railroad town. Laurinburgh High School (yes, that’s “Laurin” for the McLaurin family, and “burgh” for Edinburgh, Scotland) existed in a yet unofficially named community beside the railroad that ran from Wilmington to Rutherfordton. At the onset of the War Between the States, the rail yards in Wilmington were moved more than 100 miles inland to the community that would later be known as “Laurinburg.”

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Don’t wait to talk about end-of-life care

At Hospice of Scotland County, we see this situation all too often: a family is at the bedside of a loved one who is seriously ill and nearing the end of life. Each member of the family has a different idea of what should be done and what the patient would have wanted.Far too many people wait until they are in the midst of a health care crisis before thinking about what options are available or what care they or their loved ones would have wanted. Our staff of hospice professionals...

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Young joins Scotland Memorial hospitalist team

LAURINBURG – Dr. Sarah Young, a board certified internal medicine physician, has joined Scotland Health Care System’s hospitalist team.Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Young attended the State University of New York at Fredonia, a small college south of Buffalo. There she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and minored in applied music.Her path to medicine began when she was in her teens.

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