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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.

 

Scotland County’s tourism revenue explained

A few weeks ago, I presented some data and research that probably surprised some people: The insight that travel & tourism in Scotland County generated a total economic impact of $38.78 million in 2013, accounts for 350 jobs in our community, and generating state and local tax revenue for Scotland County to the amount of $2.74 million. This tax revenue represents a $75.35 tax savings to each and every county resident.In response to that article, a number of folks have inquired as t...

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University production puts community talents on display

To the editor:Where else in Scotland County could one be transported back to 1947 Hollywood, indulging in a “Flaming Gay Paris” coconut drink complete with festive umbrella? This was a bit of the noir comedy and history meshed together in the SAU-ENCORE! Theater performances of Bill Robens’ “Kill Me, Deadly” enthusiastically enjoyed by 250 or more people on April 10-April 12 in St. Andrews University’s Morris Morgan Theater.

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SBI seizes Gryphon timesheets, payment records

LAURINBURG — The State Bureau of Investigation seized employment records from Gryphon Group Security Solutions earlier this month to determine the accuracy of Sheriff Shep Jones’ report to the county finance office regarding funds received from deputies working off-duty for the military training company.C.G. Cardwell, the assistant special agent in charge of the SBI financial crimes unit, obtained a search warrant signed by Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephe...

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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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Vigil brings to light sex abuse statistics

LAURINBURG — On the campus of St. Andrews University on Tuesday, some 20 students and faculty members joined with the staff of the county’s Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Center for a grim education — on the pervasiveness of sexual assault on college campuses and elsewhere, and the effects it has on the people behind the numbers.“Sex assault is something people do not like to talk about,” said Beth Taylor, executive director of the center. “Sa...

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Council sets limit on spending for 911 center

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council is expected to vote next week on an amended memorandum of understanding capping the city’s contribution to the county emergency call center at $250,000 annually.After more than an hour of discussion during its agenda meeting on Tuesday night, council also concluded that it will gradually withdraw support to the center, leaving it funded completely by the county within 10 years.The memorandum drafted by the county sourc...

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