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Power restored after brief outage

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LAURINBURG — Power crews have restored electricity to Laurinburg homes following storms that brought heavy downpours to Scotland County.Robert Smith, director of the city of Laurinburg’s electric services, was out working with crews on King Street late Monday morning. He estimated that 800 customers were affected.Power at the Laurinburg Exchange was restored at about 11:45 a.m. following a 10-minute outage.A spokesperson for Duke Energy, which supplies power to many county residents, said no outages had been reported during the storm.


Festival shows Lumber the love

ORRUM — There were plenty of familiar faces and just as many new ones attending the fifth annual Lumber River Day festival on Saturday, but more importantly, according to the superintendent of the Lumber River State Park, were the number of smiles.“Folks love coming out by the river and taking a free canoe ride, and I think we try to make it real kid friendly. We get them out and moving around, and getting involved in nature,” Neil Lee said. “Kids love this ...

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RCC accepting tuition payments

HAMLET — Richmond Community College is now accepting tuition payments for the Fall 2014 semester.“The state just set the tuition rate for the 2014-15 academic year,” said Brent Barbee, RCC’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “Before the rate was set, we were not able to accept tuition payments for the upcoming semester.”The tuition rate for 2014-15 for all for-credit classes in the North Carolina Community College S...

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O’Neal student has family tale published

SOUTHERN PINES — Rising O’Neal seventh grade student, Bray Woodard, attended the awards and book signing ceremony for the Grannie Annie Writing Contest on June 1 in St. Louis, Mo. Her story is published in volume 9 of The Grannie Annie book, which is a collection of stories about family histories.The Grannie Annie received 449 stories this year, more than ever before. Students in grades 4 through 8 and homeschooled and international students age 9 through 14 are invited...

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UNCP takes production of ‘The Little Prince’ on the road

PEMBROKE — In the play “The Little Prince,” an 8-year-old boy recounts his travels across the universe and back, which while impressive did not make the cast’s four-hour drive to Roanoke Island any less daunting.Students of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke had a rare opportunity to mount a touring production of the children’s play, “The Little Prince” when they take their show on the road to Roanoke Island’s Festival Park ...

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Faith Church gears up for golf tourney

LAURINBURG — Area golfers are invited to bring their best game to Scotch Meadows Country Club on Aug. 13, for Faith Presbyterian’s 13th annual Ministry & Mission Golf Tournament.A 1 p.m. shotgun start in a Captain’s Choice format will begin the day.Registration will begin at noon. Ten percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit Project In As Much, which provides food on the weekends for Scotland County’s school-aged children. The rest will...

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Ode to Eastern North Carolina

Just to the east of the rolling Piedmont and west of the great Atlantic Ocean is a side of heaven known as eastern North Carolina. Few people even know our greatest secret!

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Scotland County school system offers summer reading challenge

LAURINBURG — Students can enter to win a free Kindle Fire by reading 20 minutes a day now through Aug. 24.Forms will be sent home with kindergarten through 8th grade students at the beginning of the school year for parents to sign, verifying that their student has read. Participating students’ names will be entered in the drawing.Visit for tips to encourage your student to read this summer as well as book lists by grade level.

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Crime report for July 19

ArrestLAURINBURG — Arthur Smith, 71, of 19461 Blakely Road, was served a warrant on Thursday and charged with misdemeanor assault by pointing a gun and communicating threats, according to a sheriff’s report. He signed a written promise to appear in court.Break-insLAURINBURG — Eddie Pegues, of Kennedy Street, reported Thursday that someone broke into his home, damaged the door and stole assorted jewelry, a saf...

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Students reflect on experiences at Autism Enrichment Program

LAURINBURG — Students participating in the annual Autism Summer Enhancement Program commemorated their last day recently by reflecting on lessons learned and memories made during the two-week camp.Students aged 5 to 8 read to their teachers, families and friends in the cafeteria of North Laurinburg Elementary inspirational quotes reminding them to “shoot for greatness,” “give it your best shot” and “be a team player.” Also on the program wa...

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NC unemployment rate remains flat at 6.4 percent

RALEIGH — North Carolina’s unemployment rate remained flat for June, as the number of people with full-time jobs slipped slightly from the prior month.The state Commerce Department reported Friday that North Carolina’s unemployment rate was 6.4 percent in June, which was the same rate reported for May. That was above the national average, which the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported at 6.1 percent.Scotland County’s unemployment rate in May, ...

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No blessing for those who hurry

“Pole’, pole’ child … haraka, haraka, akuna baraka.” Slow down child. There is no blessing for those who hurry.The voices of the elders in Matondoni, Kenya ring out to me 25 years later. Slow down child. How often I have forgotten that lesson over the years. But today their voices are loud and clear in my head. Slow down.

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The U.S. border must be secured

As many of you know, we currently have a crisis along our southern border. While the White House continues to claim that border security is at its strongest in history, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have illegally made their way into the United States this year. The administration’s slow reaction to this problem and failure of leadership has led to this humanitarian crisis. To add insult to injury, as tens of thousands of minors stream across the border, the president refuse...

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Former Scotland sheriff’s lieutenant sets bench press record

BELMONT — Laurinburg resident Robert Britt was never afraid to take on a challenge as a shift lieutenant with the Scotland Sheriff’s Office and member of the SWAT team, and he wasn’t going to let age or injury keep him from continuing that trend.While surfing the Internet, Britt stumbled across the law enforcement bench press state record in the 198-pound division — and felt his competitive juices flowing again.Nevermind that Britt is 51 and was f...

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Wooden-bat softball league meeting set for Tuesday

LAURINBURG — Scotland County Parks & Recreation will host a meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m for adults interested in joining a wooden bat softball league. The meeting will take place at the James Morgan Complex Press Box, which is located at 1206 Turnpike Road. For information call 910-277-2585.

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Bicyclist dies after being struck by car

LAURINBURG — A Laurinburg man died Friday morning from injuries he suffered when he was struck by a car while riding his bicycle Thursday night, according to the Laurinburg Police Department.Christopher Michael Benbow, 38, of 1422 West Blvd. Apt. D, was pronounced dead at UNC Hospitals early this morning, according to Police Chief Darwin Williams.According to Williams, Benbow was heading north on Turnpike Road, between West Boulevard and Blues Farm Road, at about 1...

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Tribe gets hung up on protocal

PEMBROKE — A proposed ordinance setting up guidelines for taking and acting on requests for housing assistance was sent back to the Lumbee Tribal Council’s Housing Committee for review Thursday after council members decided they could not vote on it because it had not been brought before the full 21-member council as a Housing Committee recommendation.A second proposed ordinance that Councilwoman Anita Hammonds Blanks said for the first time requires the tribal administ...

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School board decries state’s decision to repeal Common Core

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Education censured the state’s decision to repeal the Common Core curriculum and assessment standards during a Thursday evening retreat.The implementation of Common Core two years ago and concurrent renormalization of end-of-year assessment exams cut the percentage of Scotland County students demonstrating proficiency nearly in half. But board members say that converting to yet another new curriculum in 2015 will do students no ...

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