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Community churches join in prayer for county’s future

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LAURINBURG — Every Wednesday around noon at the downtown square — between a defunct gasoline station and Bob’s Jewel Shop — pedestrians and drivers pass by the shouts and praises of more than a dozen community church members of different denominations who have banded together to pray for the county.At the park square, located at the intersection of South Main and West Church streets on Wednesday, 17 pastors and members of various Scotland County and Maxton churches joined hands Wednesday to pray and honor the Prayer on the Square’s second anniversary.


Bobcats need to solve LeBron for first playoff win

CHARLOTTE (AP) — The Charlotte Bobcats will have to find a way to stop LeBron James if they hope to win their first playoff game in franchise history.That’s something they’ve yet to figure out.Miami is 15-0 against the Bobcats since James signed with the Heat as a free agent in 2010. Charlotte, the No. 7 seed in the Eastern Conference, will play the second-seeded Heat in a best-of-seven series that begins Sunday in Miami.James is averaging a ...

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Duke’s Parker declares for NBA draft

DURHAM — Jabari Parker is hoping to become Duke’s latest one-and-done star to become the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.The 6-foot-8 All-American forward said Thursday he’ll enter the NBA draft after being the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history. He was also the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding, and the first freshman in three decades to be selected team MVP.Now he has the chance to do what Kyrie Irving did in 2011: fol...

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Pope poses for ‘selfies’ after Palm Sunday homily

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St. Peter’s Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice. Later, he continued to stray from the script by hopping off his popemobile to pose for “selfies” with young people and also sipping tea passed to him from the crowd.In his homily, Francis called on people, himself included, to look into their own hearts to see how they are l...

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May 1 is deadline for election letters

The Laurinburg Exchange welcomes letters or guest columns regarding the May 6 primary, but no letters about that election will be published after May 1. The deadline to submit letters to the editor concerning the primary is April 29, but to best ensure publication, letters should be submitted as soon as possible.

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Case could affect Laurel Hill woman’s killer

LAURINBURG — The outcome of the case currently before the N.C. Supreme Court, of whether or not commuting the death row sentences of four convicted murderers to life in prison under the Racial Justice Act was an error, may affect an appeal made by Timmy Grooms, who in 1994 killed a 22-year-old Laurel Hill woman.Enacted in 2009 and repealed last year, the Racial Justice Act allowed death row inmates to appeal their sentences by proving that their trial was influenced by racism...

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An empty tomb is not an empty promise

“The Mystery of Al Capone’s Vault” aired almost three decades ago this week, and at the time, it was the most watched syndicated television show in the history of the medium. The charismatic host of the show that evening kept viewers on the edge of their seats as he spoke of a recently discovered secret room at Chicago’s Lexington Hotel.

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Churches join forces with Easter services

Two neighboring congregations out in the county, Snead’s Grove United Methodist and Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian, will hold a joint Easter Sunrise Service in a long-standing cooperative effort by the two churches.This year for the first time they have invited the congregation at Laurel Hill United Methodist to attend as guests, because the two Methodist churches share a pastor, the Rev. Lamar Smith.The service at 6:30 a.m. will be held lakeside at Monroe Camp and R...

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