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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.


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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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may affect an appeal made by Timmy Grooms, who in 1994 killed a 22-year-old Laurel Hill woman.Enacted in 2009 and repealed last year, the Racial Justice Act allowed death row inmates to appeal their sentences by proving that their trial was influenced by racism...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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God’s good news from the grave

This coming Sunday we will celebrate “Resurrection Sunday,” traditionally known as Easter. The greatest bombshell that ever hit the face of the earth is what took place this coming Sunday morning when Jesus Christ rose bodily from the grave.It was “Joy to the World” on Christmas and “Good News” to the world on “Resurrection Sunday.” Good news is something that gives you hope; it gives you energy; in a case where you have been knocked ...

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Solar firm pushes back X-Way request

LAURINBURG — In light of a request for a condtional use permit for a solar array on X-Way Road being postponed until the May meeting of the city of Laurinburg’s planning board, the board at its Tuesday meeting was tasked with coming to that meeting prepared with their choice of three proposed ordinances that would govern any solar farms seeking a permit.

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With eyes on state mandate, board passes two budgets

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Health at its Tuesday meeting approved two budgets for the upcoming fiscal year — one catered to the county health department’s actual needs, and the other to a bill passed by the general assembly that mandates the county’s level of funding be returned to its 2010-2011 level.

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