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Virus puts at risk those who suffer respiratory ills

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LAURINBURG — Health officials are promoting preventative measures against Enterovirus D68, a cold-like infection that has infected a reported six people in North Carolina.Since mid-August, more than 200 cases of EV-D68, almost exclusively among children, have been identified in 30 states. As of Sept. 19, North Carolina was not among them, but on Monday the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed that six cases have been reported in the state, all in children aged 10 and under.


Talk on minority entrepreneurship set for Wednesday

PEMBROKE — Kathaleena Edward Monds, a professor of business information systems at Albany State University’s College of Business in Albany, Ga., will speak at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the University Center Annex. The theme of her presentation is “Minority Empowerment and Free Enterprise.”Monds, who serves as co-director of Albany State’s Center for Economic Education for Small and Minority Entrepreneursh...

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Wheeling, dealing and sometimes winning

I’ve made a lot of trades and deals in my life time. No, not paper stocks and bonds but livestock, dogs, tractors, guns and such. Anything I thought I could possibly make a dollar or two on I would get. Buy cheap, sell high or get something better by trading up was my way of thinking. Why I learned the trading business from some of the best old time traders there were around these parts. It gets in your blood don’t you know. It’s like gambling, you can’t get enough of ...

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Chamber website gets facelift

Have you checked out our website lately? If not, I encourage you to do so. Jennifer McRae has been working with Philippe Laurent to put together a new look for our web presence and it looks great! This is a project we began working on over a year ago and we were able to go live with the new look in July. Jennifer works on our page most days to keep information up to date, ensuring our online directory is complete and comprehensive, and adding to the community calendar. We want to make sure we...

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SAU Pipe Band finishes No. 2 in tiebreaker

CHARLESTON, S.C. — The St. Andrews University Pipe Band finished second in a tiebreaker at the Charleston Scottish Games over the weekend.“The band got first and second in piping, second in ensemble and first in drumming,” said Pipe Major Bill Caudill. “This tied us with the Atlanta Pipe Band, but the Ensemble placing breaks the tie.”The Grandfather Mountain Highlanders finished third.This first competition of the fall season for ...

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Early college students showcase skills

LAURINBURG — Absent of a sports team to rally behind, students at Scotland Early College High School took the chance Tuesday to display a little pep of their own — and break a few rules in the process.College-level courses were forgone for a pizza party, a shouting competition, and a talent show. And though the assembly in St. Andrews University’s Avinger Auditorium was presided over by Scotland County Schools Superintendent Dr. Ron Hargrave, something was even se...

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‘I wanted to be there’

LAURINBURG — Faced with a diagnosis of Stage IV breast cancer in November 2012, Elizabeth Taylor did not have to wonder what it might be like for her children to grow up with only one parent.Taylor lost both parents to the disease, her father to lung cancer when she was just four, with her mother’s death from breast cancer coming before her 20th birthday. Her immediate thought when diagnosed was for the impact on her three young children: Luke, Hannah, and Thomas....

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SAU cross country competes

CARY — The St. Andrews University men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to North Carolina State University on Friday for the Wolfpack Challenge, where they competed in the open division against Div. II and III teams and the club team from the host school.The club men’s team from NC State won the open division with 20 points, while St. Andrews finished fifth out of the eight schools that competed, scoring 122 points. The Knights were led by senior Ty...

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SAU Western Team wins two shows

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University Western Team earned two wins at the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association Western Shows over the weekend.The team won the competitions hosted at the St. Andrews Equestrian Center on Saturday and Sunday. North Carolina State University was the reserve champion both days.“You know I am always in awe of my teams each year,” said coach Carla Wennberg. “It seems my great leaders of the upper classmen really teac...

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SAU’s Hartman wins tournament

NIOTA, Tenn. — St. Andrews women’s golfer Paige Hartman dominated the rest of the field at the Tennessee Wesleyan Fall Invitational on Tuesday, winning by 13 strokes en route to a first-place finish.She shot a 71 in round one, good enough for one under par, and followed that up by shooting a 76 in round two for a total of 147. Despite her efforts, St. Andrews did not win the overall championship as the team finished in second place with a score 671, ten shots behind Ten...

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Police investigate double stabbing

LAURINBURG — Police are investigating a Monday night incident at a Laurinburg home during which two people reportedly stabbed each other.According to Laurinburg Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms, Woodrow Breeden, 68, of McBryde Avenue, and Jeanine Williams, 53, of Rockingham Road in Laurel Hill, were each stabbed once — Breeden in the upper torso and Williams in the lower torso. The incident was reported at 7:20 p.m. from Breeden’s home.Sessoms said ...

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City native returns home to sign mystery novel

LAURINBURG — City native and fledgling mystery novelist Nellie Dixon will bring her first novel back home next week with a book reading and autograph session at the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast.Dixon will sign copies of “Midnight Mayhem: A Lana Madison Mystery” from noon to 2 p.m. on Oct. 4. Light refreshments will be served.“It is a delight to host this event at home because it is where I formed my first love of reading, penned m...

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Scotland residents report phishing scams

LAURINBURG — Scotland County residents have received calls from individuals who claim to be agents from the Internal Revenue Service, threatening them with arrest or repossession of a house or car if they fail to pay back taxes.The federal agency says these calls are fraudulent, and warns against anyone giving out personal information over the phone or in an email.“The IRS will always send taxpayers a written notification of any tax due via the U.S. mail,R...

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Taking it to the streets

LAURINBURG — For more than two years, meetings of the Scotland County prayer group which has gathered at corner of Church and Main streets have been religious in both tone and regularity.The group has sent up pleas for an end to Scotland County’s social ills — crime, unemployment, addiction — and on Saturday they took those prayers on the road in a one-mile walk from their usual meeting place to Scotland High School.“There’s crime goin...

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Kilpatrick named business director

LAURINBURG — Veteran newspaper executive Kent Kilpatrick has been named a regional business development director for Civitas Media effective Sept. 15. The announcement was made by Michael Bush, president and CEO of the Davidson, N.C.-based company.Kilpatrick will be based out of The Robesonian in Lumberton and will oversee all revenue operations for the company’s southern North Carolina and South Carolina markets. He succeeds Rick Bacon, who held the position until his ...

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One in custody after shooting near school

LAURINBURG — A 21-year-old Laurinburg man was arrested Friday after firing shots with a stolen gun near Washington Park Elementary school shortly after the last bell rang, forcing the two staff members who remained to place the campus on lockdown.According to Laurinburg Police Chief Darwin Williams, Ervin Proctor Johnson III, of 1201 Rose Court, was one of three men who were involved in an altercation on Caledonia Road, just across from Washington Park Elementary School. All ...

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Annual Kuumba fest to celebrate African heritage, culture, art

LAURINBURG – A colorful, tasty and rhythmic array of family fun is expected this weekend for the 24th annual Kuumba Festival, beginning Friday night with a beauty pageant, then climaxing Saturday with a day-long festival to showcase and celebrate contributions to everyday life by African-Americans.Friday’s 7 p.m. pageant at the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast, located at 131 South Main St., will end with the crowning ...

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Who will be named most charming?

LAURINBURG — Will your child be voted Scotland County’s Most Charming Child?For a chance to find out, participate in Scotland County Partnership for Children and Families’ fourth annual Most Charming Child campaign!Through Oct. 3, the partnership will accept registration forms from parents who wish to have their child or children participate. To be eligible, children can not be older than 5 years old at the conclusion of the contest on Nov. 21, and must...

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