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Fort Hood victim recalls the day he almost died

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RED SPRINGS — When Army Specialist Ivan Lopez opened fire at Fort Hood earlier this month, killing three soldiers and injuring 16 others, it was news around the world.For Flora Macdonald Academy volunteer Alonzo Lunsford, the April 2 shooting was more than a headline — it was tragic reminder of what he endured during the first massacre at the same Army base more than four years ago.“I couldn’t believe it happened again,” said the 47-year-old retired staff sergeant, who was shot seven times during the 2009 Ft. Hood attack that killed 13 people and injured 32 people. The incident left him blind in one eye.

 

The problem isn’t ‘stepping on toes’

Gov. Pat McCrory seems to think that every time people in Raleigh have questions about one of his proposals, it is because he is courageously “stepping on toes” of people in entrenched institutions who refuse to consider doing things differently.McCrory used the line in a recent speech in Charlotte — where he seems to be spending an inordinate amount of time in recent weeks — talking about the lukewarm reception for his proposal to turn over the state’...

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For teachers, a slide of job satisfaction

In the classroom, nothing beats a good teacher. Abundant research affirms teacher quality as the most significant in-school predictor of student achievement. Teachers know they have the power to leave a profound imprint on the minds of students; for many, this core belief shapes their choice of teaching as an occupation.Yet scores of teachers are withdrawing emotionally from their work. A pair of recent surveys paints a portrait of alarmingly low levels of engagement and satisfacti...

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‘Thanks’ an incomplete expression of gratitude

“Thanks for your service.”Maybe we have done a better job of showing appreciation to the members of the armed forces who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan than we did for those who served in Vietnam. Some opponents of that war made many Vietnam veterans feel that coming home was like leaving one war only to be thrown into another.But today’s “Thank you for your service,” is not substantially better, as far as some at Afghanistan-Iraq veterans a...

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Task force recommends teacher pay increase

LAURINBURG — A set of recommendations forwarded Monday to the General Assembly by the 18-member Educator Effectiveness and Compensation Task Force included, in the short term, increasing salaries for inexperienced teachers. The report, expected to come into play during the legislative short session set to convene on May 14, identified teacher raises across the board as a long-term goal.Comprising legislators, teachers, school board members and school administrators, the task ...

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Storytellers spin colorful yarns at eighth annual county festival

LAURINBURG — Showcasing stories from the perfectly true to the completely implausible, the eighth annual Storytelling Festival of Carolina this weekend treated thousands to two days packed with entertainment.The festival showcased four storytellers on the grounds of the John Blue House: Donald Davis, Carmen Deedy, Antonio Rocha, and Kim Weitkamp, all nationally-known raconteurs who have performed at the national festival in Tennessee.“I love Carmen Deedy and ...

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Pet of the Week for April 15

Spanky is a 1-year-old “pocket” pointer mix with a dash of spaniel, and weighs about 25 pounds. He is quiet with good manners. He is leash trained and likes to give kisses and cuddle. Spanky has been treated for heartworms and will be available after April 18. We are accepting applications.The adoption fee for dogs is $100, which includes introductory immunizations, spay/neuter, and microchip. Apply online at scotlandhumane.org or at 1401 West Blvd. in Laurinburg.

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Crime report for April 15

Arrests LAURINBURG — Christopher Crump, 21, of 224 Benjamin Road in Maxton, was arrested Sunday for carrying a concealed weapon, according to a police report. He was held under a $1,500 secured bond.LAURINBURG — Dontay McLaurin, 23, of 201 Gill St., was arrested Sunday for simple assault, according to a police report. He signed a written promise to appear in court.LAURINBURG — Tara Hough, 30, and Katie McIntyre, 17, both of 1...

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