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Gasoline prices trending downward across state

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CHARLOTTE — Motorists in North Carolina are paying the lowest price at the pump in over a month and in July began paying less per gallon than a year ago. The downward trend is expected to continue, according to AAA Carolinas.Gasoline prices in North Carolina average $3.44, compared to $3.56 a month ago. South Carolina’s average $3.24 per gallon is the lowest in the nation.“Falling gas prices keep dollars in motorists’ wallets,” said David E. Parsons, president and CEO of AAA Carolinas. “As we rely less on overseas oil and at the same time consume less at home with more fuel-efficient cars, we have a perfect storm for declining prices at the pump.”


Anson’s unemployment on the decline again

Anson County’s unemployment rate for June 2014 is down half a percentage point from the previous month, to 7.4 percent, according to a report released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division Wednesday morning.The 7.4 percent unemployment rate means that of Anson’s estimated workforce of 10,483, a total of 773 people received unemployment benefits for the month of June. In addition to declining from the May unemployment rate of 7...

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Sen. McLaurin shares news on bills, agriculture

I was pleased to present and explain Senate Bill 201 in the N.C. Senate last week. This local bill will allow Stanly Community College to save money, by enabling the Stanly County Commissioners to construct classroom buildings on the community college campus — as opposed to leasing buildings off campus at a potentially higher cost. I was glad to work with Representative Justin Burr, who introduced the bill. The bill passed the Senate 49-0 and is headed to the governor for his signature....

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Congress, president must work together to improve jobs crisis

As your Representative, it’s a priority of mine to build relationships across the aisle and find pragmatic solutions to the problems facing our nation. Now — more than ever — our families, our students, our workers and our veterans need real solutions. You deserve solutions to help create jobs, build a healthy economy, provide more opportunity and ensure access to quality health care. I’ve had a busy week in Congress, and we have made good progress to pass bipartisan s...

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Senate, House budget agreement provides largest teacher pay raise in N.C. history

RALEIGH — House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) and Senate Leader Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) held a joint press conference Tuesday to announce details of the $21.25 billion budget agreement reached between Senate and House conferees this past weekend. The budget will provide public school educators an average 7-percent raise — averaging $3,500 per teacher. The $282 million investment will be largest teacher pay raise in state history — moving North Carolina from 46th to ...

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Beloved coach, educator honored at special ceremony

Although former high school coach and educator Arthur W. Newkirk Jr. passed away nearly 50 years ago, his legacy is still alive and well in Anson County.On Monday morning, a large framed poster featuring photos and written memories of the legendary coach was dedicated in memory of Newkirk at the Hampton B. Allen Library in Wadesboro. The ceremony was the brainchild of Oscar Harward of Locust.“Coach Newkirk was more than a student’s teacher,” Harward sai...

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Man arrested after flipping off deputy at crime scene

A motorist was arrested after flipping off a deputy and speeding off on Monday morning.Deputies slowed traffic as they prepared to remove a body from a homicide scene. As they did, William Dunlap, 19, of Wadesboro flipped off Deputy Vance Bennett before speeding off, according to an arrest warrant filed by Bennett.Dunlap was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. He was then released on a $1,000 unsecured bond. With an unsecured bond, his bond will become active i...

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UPDATE: Murder victim identified

Anson County deputies are searching for two possible suspects in a fatal shooting on Monday.The victim was 21-year-old Dameon Yimaine Thomas. At about 12:52 a.m., two intruders entered a residence and shot the Thomas multiple times, according to deputies. By the time law enforcement arrived on the scene at about 1 a.m., the suspects were gone.A female believed to be Thomas' girlfriend was with Thomas when he was shot. She told deputies that she believes the shooters to b...

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Sheriff's Office investigating overnight homicide in Wadesboro

Anson County deputies are searching for two possible suspects in a fatal shooting on Monday.The victim was 21-year-old Dameon Yimaine Thomas. At about 12:52 a.m., two intruders entered a residence and shot the Thomas multiple times, according to deputies. By the time law enforcement arrived on the scene at about 1 a.m., the suspects were gone.A female believed to be Thomas' girlfriend was with Thomas when he was shot. She told deputies that she believes the shooters to be two black males...

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N.C. Pre-K available for this school year

WADESBORO — Anson County Partnership for Children is accepting applications for N.C. Pre-K, a kindergarten readiness initiative that is proven to help 4-year-olds gain basic skills needed for success in elementary school. Children who are 4 years of age before Aug. 31, 2014 are eligible to apply for the program, which is free to qualifying families.“Availability in this program is limited,” said Elaine Scarborough, Anson County Partnership for Children executive d...

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Discover Anson Bike Ride has a new date and location

The Ninth Annual Discover Anson Bike Ride will be held on Oct. 11, in Wadesboro, which is a new date, with new location and routes. The ride includes the choice of a 26-, 43- and 62-mile route that will take you across the southern half of Anson County that has many Piedmont features of North Carolina’s mountain foothills.Main points of interest along the routes include the “James Bennett” house where Stephen Spielberg filmed “The Color Purple,” the ol...

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A new look, thanks to you

The Anson Record is today launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers.It’s true that we live in a digital age, and more people than ever are turning to digital platforms to get the news and information they want. The Anson Record is committed to being at the forefront of every delivery platform available. In fact, this week we are also unveiling a redesigned website...

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Reid wins second primary for sheriff

Landric Reid has won the second primary for Anson County Sheriff, according to results reported by the North Carolina Board of Elections at 9 p.m. on the night of the second primary, July 15.Reid won 66.86 percent of the vote, a total of 2,651, to Mike Smith’s 33.14 percent, or 1,314 votes.

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Magazine conjures up memories of eating my way across four states

It’s odd, I guess, that Garden & Gun magazine would grace my reading table. I don’t have a garden — only three tomato vines that provide appetizers for local deer — and I’m not into guns. Actually, the magazine is about Southern lifestyle at its best, and I like that.The one for August/September is the annual Southern food issue, and subscribers are inclined to forget about the usual fare for now and, instead, enjoy generous helpings from exce...

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So many new voters, where did they come from?

“Voters born elsewhere make up nearly half of N.C. electorate.”So begins the latest DataNet report from the UNC Program on Public Life, directed by former journalist Ferrel Guillory.So what? What difference does it make to us that almost half of North Carolina voters were born somewhere else?To begin to show the importance of such a large number of non-North Carolina natives participating in the state’s election process, DataNet gives us a sh...

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U.S. needs to do more to secure its borders

As many of you know, we currently have a crisis along our southern border. While the White House continues to claim that border security is at its strongest in history, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have illegally made their way into the United States this year. The administration’s slow reaction to this problem and failure of leadership has led to this humanitarian crisis. To add insult to injury, as tens of thousands of minors stream across the border, the president refuse...

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Deputies arrest shooting suspect near Lilesville

Deputies arrested Michael Kevin Allen on Tuesday for suspicion of shooting a man at the Pee Dee River last week.Michael Allen was found shortly before 1 p.m. on Tuesday in a rural area of the county. He was in a residence on Usrey Road near Lilesville and was arrested without incident, according to Sheriff Tommy Allen.Michael Allen, 35, is suspected of assaulting and shooting William David Scott, 54, on Thursday. After receiving a call reporting a fight at the boat landi...

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Anson woman charged with child abuse

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...

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