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‘If you slow down, you go down’

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LAURINBURG — Thought to be Scotland County’s oldest resident, Sallie Mae Hasty Graham died on Monday having never abandoned the industrious ethic and straightlaced mien she cultivated over 109 years of life.“If she got a bill on the first of the month, that bill would be paid on the second if not the first,” said Precious Byrd, one of Graham’s 11 surviving grandchildren. “When she got older, she would tell you come over and give me a ride to go pay this bill, and if you didn’t come over right then she would threaten to walk — and she would.”


Bailey taps Ferguson asstarting quarterback

LAURINBURG — A quarterback with a name other than “Ratliffe” stitched across his back will line up under center for Scotland tonight at South View. Head coach Richard Bailey has named junior Dashaun Ferguson the new quarterback for the Fighting Scots.Although Bailey did not make the announcement official, Ferguson was given all of the first-team reps in Thursday’s practice. Ferguson, who led the junior varsity team to an 8-2 record last season, was considere...

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Holland anxious to take the field once more

LAURINBURG — Enough cheeseburgers and chicken sandwiches to feed a small army. Playing the Madden NFL video game. Riding four-wheelers. Even looking over SAT notes. As Dakota Holland put it, it was setting up to be a perfect day to hang out with teammates, including childhood friend Jaylend Ratliffe.“It just seems like when that day happened it didn’t seem like anything bad was going to happen,” Holland said. “We were having the best time — I cou...

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Coal ash bill heads to Gov. Pat McCrory

ROCKINGHAM — A bill addressing the coal ash controversy following a spill into the Dan River earlier this year is on its way to the governor’s desk.Lawmakers passed the Coal Ash Management Act late Wednesday before the General Assembly adjourned for the rest of the year.The bipartisan legislation sets up a commission to oversee the management of coal combustion residuals, creates four priority sites across the state that have to be dealt with before any other...

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Weatherization program out for bid

LUMBERTON — Just six months after a scathing state audit uncovered the misappropriation of more than $4.8 million in federal funds, Southeastern Community Family Services Inc. — previously Four-County Community Services Inc. — is hoping to again win a contract for a weatherization program that was among those cited as mismanaged.In the meantime, an internal auditor is being sought by the state to monitor the program on an ongoing basis.

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Football returns, but don’t forget about other sports

Scotland football is back.As most of the country celebrates the return of America’s most popular sport by watching NFL preseason games and arguing if Johnny Manziel or Brian Hoyer should be the Browns’ starting QB, high school football fanatics get a taste of the real thing a week or two before the college and the pro games start their regular seasons.

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May your intuitive response be one of love

Five hundred years ago there was a group of Christians living in Europe known as the Anabaptists. These are not to be confused with today’s Baptists, though the groups do share points of common history. The name Anabaptist was not so much a description as it was a condemnation.The Anabaptists were “anti-baptizers,” scorning infant baptism and a heap of other cherished church doctrines. Because of this, and their refusal to join their faith to the ruling civil powe...

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God will see the best in you

He saw the best in me.Now if there was ever a true statement for me personally today, this is it. I don’t know what it means to Marvin Sapp, but this to me is a personal testimony and I’m sure that there is somebody who feels the same way that I feel. I feel good saying that this morning — I feel real good because I see in this my life story.When we look at ourselves, the mess that we were in, and the way other folk saw us, we would never think that we ...

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Another sign that the church is changing

You like barbershop?Me, too.In church?Why not!Somebody has said Presbyterians are “God’s frozen chosen.” I don’t think so, but they are Christians who probably won’t jump out into the church aisle and do the boogaloo, even if they feel the Holy Spirit giving them a nudge.They have a reputation. Their churches are often located on old, tree-lined avenues or on upscale streets with dignified businesses promotin...

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NC doesn’t need gimmicks to attract jobs

Gov. Pat McCrory and some Republican lawmakers in the General Assembly say they need more “tools” for economic development in North Carolina — by which they mean targeted tax breaks and corporate subsidies. They often point to South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, and other states in our neighborhood that, they say, are more aggressive in using economic incentives to recruit or retain businesses.I disagree with incentive advocates on policy grounds. Govern...

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Budget allocates millions for seniors

As our schools are set to begin the new school year, students are both nervous and excited. Parents are encouraging their children and helping them get ready, backpacks are filled with school supplies and teachers are getting classrooms and lesson plans prepared. Administrators are finalizing many details and last but not least support personnel are getting school facilities clean and in order. Everyone is full of anticipation as we welcome another school year.-

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St. Andrews men’s soccer gearing up for anticipated season

LAURINBURG — St. Andrews soccer coach Stevan Hernandez is going into his 16th year with the program, and assistant Aaron Wood is set to begin his third year at the school. So when both say they have higher expectations for the men’s team heading into this season than they have for any other squad in recent memory, it’s sure to grab people’s attention.“We’re not going to say we’re going to outright win the conference, but I believe we can do...

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Maxton sets payment deadline

MAXTON — The Board of Commissioners this week voted to establish Aug. 31 as the deadline for a man to pay $7,500 for a storage building on McCaskill Avenue in Maxton.Willie Hunt made the winning bid for the building in May. If he does not pay the full amount by Aug. 31, the commissioners will either begin accepting new bids or take the building off the market.The sale is part of an effort for the cash-strapped town to raise money.“We’ve been ...

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Pipes ring in St. Andrews’ orientation

LAURINBURG — The skirling of bagpipes drifted from the pine woods and across the campus of St. Andrews University on a hot summer’s breeze Wednesday as the first influx of new students arrived for orientation weekend.Foreign students and others enrolled in the university’s equestrian curriculum spent the afternoon finding their way around, meeting faculty and getting signed up for various programs, said Erin Baldus, an assistant director of admissions.A...

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DSS director heads back to Rockingham

LAURINBURG – Social Services Director Robbie Hall will leave his job in Scotland County this week to return home to Richmond County’s social services agency as its new director.Hall’s last day at work in Scotland County will be today. He starts Monday in Rockingham.“It’s an opportunity for me, both personally and professionally, and for my family,” he said. “We’re going back home, and it is a chance for more professional gr...

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Scotland Health meeting financial challenges

In simple terms, what does an overall community and an individual patient expect from its hospital system? Doesn’t a community expect that its hospital system provide the best and most appropriate care that it can afford? Doesn’t a patient expect to be able to be treated when needed, to be made well when able in a safe environment and lastly, to be treated kindly? So, how is Scotland Health Care System, your community’s system, doing against these expectations?Our...

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Partners in Ministry to offer after school program

LAURINBURG — The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction has awarded Partners in Ministry with a grant to create an after-school and Saturday program for at-risk children focused on reinforcing science, technology, engineering and math.The program, which will receive a 21st Century Grant of $400,000 in its first year, will serve 160 Scotland County students in grades third through sixth beginning on Oct. 6 and continuing through the following summer. A bus will transp...

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Spreading the Scotland County story

Last week, I was in Cincinnati for a conference for the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives. I had an amazing time, met people from across the world, and learned an overwhelming amount of information. There were speakers who are famous authors, television personalities, and even a comedian-turned-host for a Food Network Show call “Eat Street,” James Cunningham. It was four days spent hearing intelligent people share their knowledge with all of us who were there to be a s...

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