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Toys for Tots now open in new location

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The Anson County Toys for Tots campaign held an open house in its new location Oct. 14. The location, on U.S. 74 next to Captain D’s, gives the organization a spacious environment to sort toys for needy children this holiday season.“We had over 2,000 applicants last year and we’ll probably double that this year,” said Bernice Bennett, a member of the Toys for Tots board of directors.However, she said that by this time last year, Toys for Tots had twice as many donations as it does now, pointed out secretary Jennifer Tarlton.


Pee Dee Electric director achieves credentials

WADESBORO — Winnie Bennett, a member of Pee Dee Electric’s Board of Directors, has received the Board Leadership certificate from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. Bennett was recognized at NRECA’s Regional meeting earlier this month for her commitment to education and attainment of the board leadership certificate in front of more than 800 electric cooperative officials from Delaware, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York...

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Lanesboro inmate charged with attempted murder

Thomas Michael Accardi, an inmate at Lanesboro Correctional Institution, has been charged with the attempted murder of a prison administrator.Accardi, 27, allegedly assaulted administrator David Mitchell last Friday at about 5 p.m., according to Pamela Walker, communications director of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety. Mitchell has since returned to work.The State Bureau of Investigation has charged Accardi with one county of attempted first degree murder ...

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Prosecutors will not seek death penalty in Griffin murder case

Anson County prosecutors have decided not to seek the death penalty for Eddie Helms of Marshville, accused of killing John T. Griffin III of Peachland in 1988. Helms is also accused of murdering Charles Ronald Goodwin in Marshville in 2012.Helms was arrested without incident on Aug. 12 by Union County Sheriff’s Deputies, and charged with both murders. He was indicted on first degree murder charges on Sept. 2.Both victims were shot in the back. Griffin was killed wh...

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Taxpayers footing the bill for losing battle

North Carolina’s top legislative leaders are fighting a losing battle, and taxpayers are still footing the bill.House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger hired a high-powered conservative lawyer last week in an ill-fated effort to stall the inevitable spread of same-sex marriage to the Tar Heel State.Chief U.S. District Court Judge William Osteen Jr. denied the motion California attorney John C. Eastman filed on the General Assembly leaders’ beh...

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Repealing Obamacare remains a priority

I don’t think I need to tell you that we face a lot of challenges as a nation right now. At home, wages remain stagnant while the cost of living continues to rise, leaving our families struggling to make ends meet. Abroad, we see a world descending into chaos and violence as a direct result of the Administration’s failed naive policies. We need to come together as a country, put American priorities first and find solutions to these problems.

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County manager resigns — again

After announcing his resignation in June 2013, Anson County Manager Lawrence Gatewood was later convinced by the Board of Commissioners to stay on. However, more than a year later, Gatewood announced last week he has made the decision to resign again.“After careful consideration and much deliberation, I have informed the Board of County Commissioners that I will not seek renewal of my employment contract when it expires Dec. 31, 2014,” Gatewood said in a statement relea...

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Bearcats suffer tough loss to Weddington

The Bearcats suffered a crushing 42-13 defeat in an away game against Weddington last Friday.The loss gives Anson an overall season of 1-6, according to high school sports website team will play a 3A Southern Carolina game at Piedmont Monday night at 6:30 p.m., after Friday night’s game was postponed. They will play at home against Cuthbertson next Friday at 7:30 p.m.

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Lady Bearcats advance in conference tourney

The Lady Bearcats lost their games on Senior Night, but won a home conference tournament game on Monday evening.Last Thursday, both the JV and varsity teams lost their Senior Night games. Varsity lost their three sets 17-25, 16-25, and 21-25, respectively. JV lost their matches 15-25 and 20-25. This game was their last regular season match.Coach Patty Livingston said that she thought poor communication was one of the biggest factors in the loss. “I think we for som...

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Taste of the Pee Dee draws a crowd to uptown Wadesboro

The first-ever Taste of the Pee Dee Festival, held in uptown Wadesboro on Saturday, brought in a crowd for a day of food, fun and outdoor activities.Although the Main Event performance was cut short Saturday night due to rain, which also canceled the planned fireworks show, the day overall was a success.Festivities began at 8 a.m. with the “Escape the Zombies 5K Walk/Run/Obstacle Course,” during which runners tried to outrun “zombies” through a co...

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First same-sex couple married in Anson County

On Monday afternoon, history was made in Anson County as the first same-sex couple was married in Magistrate Weaver Thomas's office.Kristie Cowick and Felicia-Ann Verra, both of Wadesboro, have been together for six years and eagerly awaited the repeal of the anti-gay marriage amendment. The amendment was passed in 2012, and defined marriage in the state of North Carolina as between one man and one woman. Same-sex couples across North Carolina waited in Register of Deeds offices on...

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New 911 Center takes its first calls

Anson County’s new 911 Operations Center took its first official call around 3 p.m. on Sept. 30. This was the culmination of almost four years of planning, selecting, building and then putting together a complex system of computers, software, hardware, vendors, miles of cables, and then pulling it all together to make it work.Anson County Sheriff Tommy Allen, who oversees the 911 Operations, said that the past few months have been hectic, the past few weeks demanding and ofte...

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Pee Dee Electric announces community solar project

Pee Dee Electric has announced plans to install a half-acre community solar farm adjacent to their corporate headquarters in Wadesboro.The announcement was made last week after the Wadesboro Town Council approved rezoning for the project.The solar farm will have 360 individual panels, which will produce approximately 150,000 kWhs of electricity annually, and will be available for Pee Dee members to purchase.“The plans are to allow consumers to purchase one or two p...

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Paxton named N.C. Jail Administrator of the Year

On Sept. 24, Anson County Jail Administrator Capt. Freddie Paxton was recognized and awarded the Jail Administrator of the Year for 2014 by the North Carolina Jail Administrators’ Association.The presentation was made at their annual training conference in Greensboro. The Jail Administrators’ Association is made up of the 100-plus county jail administrators and senior jail staff across North Carolina. The association recognizes one of their own each year who has been no...

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Thankful youngster highlights school board meeting

A Wadesboro Elementary School student spoke during the public comment portion of the Anson County Board of Education's meeting Thursday night, and left barely a dry eye in the house as a result.Joshua Tyson signed up to speak, along with Steve DeBerry and Dannie Montgomery, who both spoke about the county commissioners' proposed 1/4-cent tax increase for education. Joshua, on the other hand, wanted to thank the school board for all they have done for him.

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Concussion Q&A with three Anson High football players

Curtis Napier, 11th gradeQ: How did it happen?A: I got hit on Aug. 29 but I kept on playing. I had headaches that night and Saturday morning, but continued to play until we played Purnell Swett [on Sept. 19], when I got hit again. That rattled me. I was cut blocking and his knee hit me in the head as I was trying to cut him. I had headaches that weekend and through Tuesday.Q: How did you know ...

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Preparations under way for new sheriff

On Aug. 4, I began meeting on a regular basis with new Sheriff-elect Landric Reid, to help orientate him into his new job he will begin on Dec. 1. A transition plan has been put together by myself and my staff to help give Sheriff Reid both an overall view and detailed outlines as to what he will be walking into.Changing sheriffs is much more complicated than the old sheriff leaving and the new sheriff walking in. The transition plan that we’ve established includes a list of ...

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I’m here to serve you

It is truly an honor to serve you in the U.S. House of Representatives. You all sent me to Washington to be principled conservative who is willing to work across the aisle and fight for you and your priorities. I’ve worked hard not only to hopefully exceed your expectation, but also to make myself as accessible as possible, represent you the best that I can, and help make life easier for you and your families.

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