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

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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.


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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A poem about fracking

Dear Editor:Hello, my name is Frank Robinson and I am a native of Anson County. I was born here in Wadesboro in 1971. I graduated Anson Senior High School back in 1990. The reason why I am submitting this letter to you is to express my concerns of the fracking legislation signed into law by Gov. Pat McCrory.This law will allow preliminary shale gas exploration in certain areas in this state. There is a swath of land covering parts of Anson, Richmond, Lee and Moore counti...

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Rep. Brody reports on ‘busy’ short session

One word to describe the Legislative Short Session would be “busy.” A typical day at the legislature during the short session would be meetings starting from 7:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., with session sometime in between.Rep. Brody is a member of seven committees and two caucuses. He also has a perfect attendance record.1. Appropriations Subcommittee on General Government (Vice Chair)2. Agriculture3. Appropriations4. Commerce & J...

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New hospital set to open July 14

On July 14, Anson Community Hospital will discharge its last patients, and the new Carolinas Healthcare System Anson will begin a new era of health care in Anson County.The healthcare model for the new hospital is a first of its kind, not only in the state, but in the country, said Gary Henderson, assistant vice president for Carolinas Healthcare System Anson.In addition to reducing the likelihood that Ansonians will use the Emergency Department as a primary care physici...

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Strong turnout for early voting in second primary

Even with a holiday weekend, early voting for the second sheriff’s candidates primary has had a strong start.By the end of the day on Monday, 1,145 people had cast their vote since early voting began on Thursday. The candidates are Democrats Landric Reid and Mike Smith.Early voting will continue throughout this week. The polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday.Election Day will be on...

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Wadesboro council nixes alcohol sales during fall festival, honors employees

On Monday, the Wadesboro Town Council denied a request from the Taste of the Pee Dee Festival committee to allow festival-goers to drink alcohol on Wade Street during the festival.The committee requested that the town allow adults ages 21 and over to obtain a wristband from a booth identifying them as eligible to purchase alcohol. Attendees wearing the wristband would have been allowed to purchase alcohol from Oliver’s Restaurant and drink it in special containers anywhere fr...

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Second body found in McLendon Funeral Home has been ID’ed

Wadesboro police identified the second body found in the former F&M McLendon Funeral Home as Henry Thomas Garris on Wednesday.Garris, 63, was from Wadesboro. He died on Nov. 23, 2011, but his body was found by the Wadesboro Police Department on June 4, along with the body of Marshall Ray Allen. After funeral home owner Mary McLendon-Brown was ordered by a judge to reveal the location of Allen’s body, she led officers to both bodies inside the closed funeral home. Until Wednes...

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Anson Cowgirls win regional softball tournament

The Anson Cowgirls defeated Rockingham to win the Dixie Darlings Region IV All-Star Tournament held June 17-23 in Troy. This accomplishment advances them to the Dixie Darlings State Tournament, held July 4-9 in Eden. These dedicated players and coaches have worked extremely hard all during the regular and tournament seasons. Let’s cheer them on to victory — go Cowgirls!

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Fireworks, outdoor activities canceled for tonight’s Summer Jam

Due to poor weather conditions, Uptown Wadesboro, Inc. has canceled the fireworks and outdoor activities planned for tonight’s Summer Jam.The Tim Clark Band will still play, though they will be moved to the Ansonia Theatre. The music will begin at 6 p.m. and end at 10 p.m. This will be a free concert.

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Book written by 10-year-old will come to life at Ansonia

This fall, the Ansonia Theatre will present “Runaway Turkeyette,” a play based on a book written by Dr. Amy Horne and her daughter, 10-year-old McKenzie Horne.In the story, Turkey asks to be considered for the Thanksgiving “presidential pardon.” When she is denied, she flies the coop to go on adventures and finds herself in New York City, where she even has a chance to dance with the Lockettes and is later dubbed Turkeyette. Beautiful colorful illustrations ...

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The federal government stifles industrial economic growth

If you’re like me, you’re fed up with the bad news, scandals and cover-ups continually coming out of Washington. From the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) using the “dog-ate-my-homework” excuse to duck responsibility, to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) failing to provide adequate care for our heroes, our government agencies continue to disappoint hardworking individuals and families. It was reported this week that the U.S. economy declined at a sharper pace ...

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Kids with BB guns need supervision

Dear Editor;I write in reference to the article in the June 25 edition of The Anson Record, “Bill would let more kids use BB guns.”The use of air rifles, BB guns and pellet guns should be restricted or at least supervised. It would be an accident waiting to happen to hand this type of gun to a five-year-old child unsupervised. I recall my ownership of a Daisy Air Gun— it reduced the sparrow (bird) population (70 years ago).

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