Laurinburg Exchange- RSS OPINION Feed Wed, 1 Apr 2015 08:41:50 EST 1800 A fiercely loyal childhood dog When I was 6 years old, I got a little blue girl's bicycle for Christmas. I was in the first grade and when my parents thought I could ride it well enough, they let me start riding it to school. The school was only three or four blocks away from... Wed, 1 Apr 2015 06:26:15 EST Locals go above and beyond for nonprofits Scotland County! What an amazing county! Tue, 31 Mar 2015 12:01:12 EST Where have all the heroes gone? “Were you a part of the Army that made the Indians leave their homes?”David, my 5-year-old grandson, had been learning about American Indians in his preschool. Tue, 31 Mar 2015 05:41:14 EST GOP budget would balance Washington March Madness is quickly coming to an end, and at this point, your basketball bracket might be either busted or barely hanging on. Whether we're NC State, UNC or Duke fans, we can all agree that North Carolina's teams have had a good run... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:11:15 EST For NC, growth without prosperity Here are a few facts that Governor Pat McCrory and legislative leaders never mention when they boast of the alleged “Carolina Comeback” and that right-wing pundits always leave out when marveling at what they describe as... Sat, 28 Mar 2015 08:11:13 EST Who do we support, and why? We hear constantly of the two main groups that comprise the Muslim populous — Shiite and Sunni — however, there are a number of splinter groups such as Druze, Sufi, and others. Basically they have the same core with fringe variances. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:11:27 EST Make conscious decisions about your diet As a registered dietitian, March is the month where I root for my alma-mater in the ACC basketball tournament, wait for Spring-like weather, and above all, celebrate the events of national nutrition awareness. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:11:25 EST Services abound to mark Easter The Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church, 302 E. Church St., will present “God So Loved the World” on Palm Sunday at the 11 a.m. worship service. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:11:23 EST Relinquish control to God Sometimes we have to take our hands off of a situation and give God time to work. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:11:22 EST The first steps to starting a small business We are already approaching the end of the month of March and are halfway through tax season. In previous articles, we focused on various tax topics and some of their benefits. Some of the tax topics discussed involved self-employed and small... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:11:11 EST Squirrels are hardy creatures, given a little love After reading the “Squirrel Whisperer Gains New Patient” article in the March 29 issue of the Laurinburg Exchange, I say, hooray for Laurinburg native Jim Williamson and his rescue of Rocky, the non-flying squirrel. I loved the last words... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 09:11:12 EST Three drunks and a river snake Last Friday, spring officially came around. Spring is a wonderful season of the year unless you have allergies. Why, folks are taking to the water, planting gardens, tending flowers and it's just a good time to get out of the house. One reason I... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:21:19 EST Chamber’s sweep encourages cleaner streets As I drive down some of our streets, I think back to my school days and I can't remember the class that taught me to throw trash out the window. As a matter of fact, I'm quite sure that my mama would have been judge and jury had I done... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:36:11 EST A quest for NC home cookin’ Come on and go to Norlina with me!Before you ask where Norlina is, and why should you want to go there, let me explain. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:41:11 EST Scotland has strong showing at NC Senate It has been a very busy week here in Raleigh with bills being written, filed, and passed. On top of that, we had NC Agriculture Awareness Day, NC League of Municipalities Day, and NC Electric Cooperatives Day. Sat, 21 Mar 2015 08:36:12 EST EPA threatens property rights All across the country last week, we joined together to celebrate National Agriculture Day and recognize the tremendous impact America's agriculture community has on our daily lives. From the fields to our kitchen tables, to the clothes we wear... Sat, 21 Mar 2015 08:36:11 EST Retirement plans and tax options Last week the Legal Corner discussed employment tax regulations for employers and how to distinguish between an employee and an independent contractor. This week we will discuss the different types of retirement plans available to individuals through... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:46:14 EST Progress calls for comprehensive plan Back in the late 1890s my grandfather, John McDougald, was a noted gun restorer. He had a small shop located beside the railroad in downtown Laurinburg. “Papa” was known to have been able to fix anything, and he kept many guns and rifles... Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:46:14 EST NC sees upward trend in job growth According to a recent High Point University poll, North Carolinians feel better about the direction of the economy than they have in many years. According to just-released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, North Carolinians seem to have a... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:36:18 EST Partisanship robs state of teaching fellows If you are looking for an example of how the pettiness and bitter partisanship of the folks currently running North Carolina have hurt the state, it's hard to find a more illustrative one than the decision to end the North Carolina Teaching... Wed, 18 Mar 2015 23:36:17 EST