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Family of abused infant urges others to speak up

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LAURINBURG — In his first days of life, Charlie Oetzel was like any other normal, healthy baby. He ate, slept and cried. He needed constant care and attention.During that short time, Audrey Blades grew to know her young son well. When she noticed that Charlie seemed to have suddenly developed a lazy eye and that he was uninterested in eating, the child was rushed to a doctor — and then, for a brain scan.“The doctor came in and told me had been shaken,” Blades said.Now, at 4 months old, Charlie requires a ventilator. He is blind and his brain has trouble regulating his body’s temperature. It is unclear how normal a life Charlie will lead.

 

NC adds 19K jobs in March

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina showed the country’s second-largest increase in employment in March, when 19,400 jobs were added and the jobless rate fell to 6.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday.North Carolina trailed only Florida as employers in 34 states increased nonfarm payrolls last month, continuing the country’s long, slow recovery from a deep recession that started in 2007.The state’s March jobless rate was below the ...

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Cross carried through town to commemorate Good Friday

LAURINBURG — Drivers waved, honked their horns and shouted words of encouragement to a crowd of about 36 who, on Good Friday, were being led by a man dragging a cross through Laurinburg.Kevin Hunt, director of the children’s church at Northview Harvest Ministries, was the first to shoulder a 75-pound cross for 1.4 miles from the Laurinburg Pentecostal Holiness Church to the Scotland County Courthouse during the annual Crosswalk.“Today we’re commem...

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UNCP’s annual Ladies Garden Party is April 25

PEMBROKE — UNC Pembroke’s First Lady Sarah Carter will host the annual Ladies Garden Party at the Chancellor’s Residence on April 25 from noon to 1:30 p.m. The event, which includes a luncheon, will be staged in the backyard of the residence and hosted by Sarah Carter, wife of Chancellor Kyle R. Carter. Summer dresses and hats are always in style at this event.Tickets are $50 per person or $350 for a table of eight. Proceeds from the event support the Ellen Hubbar...

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Scotland High inducts first members of technical honor society

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Schools Career and Technical Education Department held its first National Technical Honor Society induction ceremony on April 3 in the auditorium at Scotland High School.Twenty-two juniors and seniors met the requirements for membership. Students recognized as members are those who have excelled in both their technical area courses and their required academic classes. In order to be nominated, students must have a 3.0 unweighted overall grade ...

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Young entrepreneurs awarded funding to launch startups

LAURINBURG — On March 25 at 6 p.m. student entrepreneurs took to the stage to present their business plans before a panel of local leaders of industry and a public audience.

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New SAT: What will those questions look like?

WASHINGTON (AP) — Calculate the foreign exchange rate a vacationing American would pay in India. Estimate from a random sample the number of 18- to 34-year olds who voted for a candidate. These are sample questions from the newly redesigned SAT, which aims for more real-world applications and analysis from students.The College Board released the sample test questions on Wednesday, offering clues to how the revised college entrance exam, taken last year by 1.7 million students...

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Gore named to honors list

CHAPEL HILL — Anthony J. Gore, Jr. has been named to the Hayden B. Renwick Super Seniors Honors list at the University of North Carolina, an accomplishment which requires maintaining a GPA of 3.0 or higher.Anthony is a transfer student from the Lloyd International Honors College at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he also maintained a 3.0 or higher GPA throughout his time there. He is the son of Anthony and Barbara Leggett Gore of Charlotte, the grandson o...

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