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Anson woman charged with child abuse

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A Wadesboro woman has been arrested and charged with child abuse after her two children were found walking along a road south of Wadesboro.Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen reported on Monday that deputies were called to a rural area near Wadesboro on July 15. At around 1:15 p.m., Pee Dee Electric employees found two small children walking naked off Gulledge Road, approximately seven miles south of Wadesboro. The children — a boy, 2, and a girl, 3 — were walking down the road and asked the men for food, Sheriff Allen said. The Pee Dee Electric personnel immediately used shirts to cover the children and called 911.


Rockingham man sought for Anson County shooting

LILESVILLE — An altercation between two Rockingham men on the Anson County side of the Pee Dee River left one of them with a bullet wound.Anson County sheriff’s deputies say Michael Kevin Allen, 35, of Oak Avenue, assaulted and shot William David Scott, 54, of Robinson Street, at a boat landing around 7:30 p.m. Thursday night.In the incident report, Deputy Evan Carville said he was responding to a call about a fig...

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N.C.’s unemployment remains unchanged in June

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 6.4 percent, unchanged from May’s revised rate of 6.4 percent, the N.C. Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division announced Friday. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 6.1 percent.North Carolina’s June 2014 unemployment rate was 1.9 percentage points lower than a year ago. The number of people employed decreased 8,577 over the month to 4,389,167, and i...

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SBI investigating embezzlement accusations against Morven fire chief

Morven Fire Chief Mark Holloway is under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation, the Attorney General's office confirmed on Friday.“I can confirm that SBI agents are investigating allegations of embezzlement of funds from the Morven Fire Department by Chief Mark Holloway,” said the Attorney General's public information officer, Noelle Talley. “The investigation was opened in May at the request of the local District Attorney.”Neither th...

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Sandra Harmon Clive Fund makes spaying, neutering pets easier for low-income families

Since the Sandra Harmon Clive Fund was started two years ago, almost 150 animals in Anson County have been spayed or neutered free of charge. The fund was started when Sandra Harmon Clive passed away, and asked that her estate go to help animals in Anson County. “She was a big animal lover,” said Gloria Overcash, administrator of the fund. “I was her neighbor as a child...

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Stanback Ferry Ice Plant Road to be closed July 21-Aug. 8

Both directions of Stanback Ferry Ice Plant Road in Wadesboro will be closed starting at 8 a.m. on July 21, the N.C. Department of Transportation announced last week.The road will be closed about half a mile from U.S. 74 for a pipe replacement.It will continue to be closed until 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 8. Detours will be clearly marked by the DOT.

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We need real solutions for America’s job crisis

While June’s jobs report showed some promising signs for our economy, there are still far too many Americans who can’t find work. We’ve all heard the phrase, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” This rings true today, but some bureaucrats in Washington don’t see it this way. Currently, 4.6 million jobs are unfilled, yet millions of Americans are unemployed. Our federal job-training system was c...

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Books: Showing us as it once was, is, or could be

Why do we read books?For entertainment, of course, first and foremost. But the best books also challenge us emotionally and intellectually to see the world in a different way, as it really is, or as it once was, as it could be, or, perhaps, as it will become.Here are some summer reading ideas of North Carolina books that could open your eyes to seeing our world differently and entertaining you at the same time.First of all, “Crossroads of the Natural Wor...

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A hidden gem right here in Wadesboro

The people of Anson County have a wonderful gem sitting right here in the middle of town! It is the Ansonia Theatre. We have attended many of the productions that have been produced there since it opened, but Saturday night may have been one of the best. The production was a show by Broadway musical star David Burnham and his very talented piano accompanist. I was pinching myself as I listened to this extraordinarily talented young man. I was sitting in Wadesboro, N.C., listening to music tha...

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Landric Reid wins second primary for Anson County Sheriff

Landric Reid has tentatively won the second primary for Anson County Sheriff, according to results reported by the North Carolina Board of Elections at 9 p.m. Tuesday night.Reid won 66.86 percent of the vote, a total of 2,651, to Mike Smith’s 33.14 percent, or 1,314 votes.Reid preliminarily won the first primary in May, but Smith asked for a second primary. In May, Reid won 39.60 percent of the vote, a total of 1,650, with Smith close behind at 1,400 votes, or 33.6...

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Sheriff’s race to be decided tomorrow

The early voting numbers are in for the second primary for the office of Anson County sheriff.During the early voting period for the second primary between candidates Landric Reid and Mike Smith, a total of 2,183 registered voters cast a ballot. That’s compared to 1,826 in May, Board of Elections director Steve Adams reported.Election Day for the second primary is tomorrow. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.Both candidates are Democrats, so w...

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Sen. McLaurin honors local veteran advocate Mary O’Neal on Senate floor

July 10 was a big day in the Senate as Senator Gene McLaurin honored the lifetime service of local veteran advocate Mary O’Neal.O’Neal was accompanied in the Senate gallery by members of her family and Lacy Shepherd, who served as N.C. AMVETS Commander in 2011.

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Hampton B. Allen Library gets makeover

The Hampton B. Allen Library in Wadesboro received a makeover last week.In early May, library staff and the Friends of the Library decided they wanted to add a mural to the front of the library. After holding meetings to decide what type of painting they wanted, Anson County director of parks and recreation and building maintenance Jeff Waisner introduced them to Laurinburg artist Stuart Carmichael, who worked with the group on the design.Once the building was painted, C...

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Two celebrate milestone birthdays

Two ladies celebrated milestone birthdays at Anson Health and Rehabilitation (formerly Lillie Bennett Nursing Center) on Thursday.Lydia Bennett turned 100 this month. Although her real birth date is July 1, the midwife recorded the wrong date, marking July 10 as her birthday, so Lydia celebrates it then. Since the midwife was late, she was born on the front porch of her parents’ house near the Polkton area.She is the wife of the late John Bennett and a former beaut...

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Anson County unemployment up to 7.9 percent

Anson County’s unemployment rate for May 2014 was up just shy of 1 percentage point from April’s revised rate of 7 percent to 7.9 percent.The 7.9-percent rate is still well below the May 2013 unemployment rate of 9.7 percent, according to figures released by the N.C. Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division earlier this month.Anson County was not the only county in North Carolina to see an increase in unemployment. Unemployment rate...

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County commissioners donate sheriff's vehicle to Morven PD

The Anson County Board of Commissioners voted at their regular monthly meeting Monday night, July 7, to donate “one of the best” sheriff's office vehicles to the town of Morven for its police department.During the meeting, Morven Mayor Houston Pratt asked for one of the old Sheriff's Office patrol cars for the town of Morven. He told the board that Morven was a “poor town” and needed a better patrol vehicle.

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America’s freedoms are evident so far this July

Last weekend was a special weekend for families, friends and communities to join together and celebrate America. Whether you spent the weekend enjoying a family barbecue, attending a community parade, or viewing a fireworks show, I hope you took a moment to remember the heroic actions that have made our Fourth of July celebrations possible. We are fortunate that our nation is home to so many patriots who dedicate their lives to defending our freedom, securing our homeland and protecting our d...

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Sen. McLaurin provides legislative update for July

All too often we read about the inability of our elected leaders to reach compromise and work together. Since being elected to serve as your state senator in Raleigh, I have reached across the aisle to do what I believe is best for our five-county district and for our state. In fact, as a member of the Rural and Agricultural Caucus in the General Assembly, I recently had an opportunity to work with my friend, Senator Brent Jackson, a Sampson County Republican, and others on a bill that seeks ...

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