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Thursday, 11 October 2018 05:03

Scotland County Highland Games

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LAURINBURG - Last week-end Scotland County hosted their largest tourism event of the year. It was the tenth anniversary of the Scotland County Highland Games.

The event started at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5th with a whiskey tasting and "in-gathering" at the Storytelling Arts Center in downtown Laurinburg. As the evening went by, the event moved to St. Andrews University with a clan reception and a piping concert.

Saturday’s events were held on the grounds of the beautiful N.C. Rural Heritage Center (John Blue Complex) just out of Laurinburg. These events included all types of Scottish athletic games (heavy weight throw; Scottish hammer throw; turning of the caber; sheaf toss; and weight over bar). Other competitions included piping, drumming, Highland dance, and harping. Sheep dog demonstrations were held twice during the day and entertainment from the many stages around the center made for a wonderful day.

Sunday’s event, Kirkin’ of the Tartans Worship Service, was held at the Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church located on McFarland Road. This church was founded in 1797 by some of the many Highland Scots that had migrated up the Cape Fear River and even into the Pee Dee River valley.

No large event can happen without good leadership and volunteers. After the Flora MacDonald Highland Games discontinued after thirty years in near-by Red Springs, Mr. Bill Caudill of Scotland County was asked to take a leadership role in bringing the games to Scotland County.  With lots of help from vice-chair Beacham McDougald, the Scottish American Community, Scotland County Tourism Development Authority, and with many sponsors and volunteers, the Scotland County Highland Games became a reality.

One of the highlights of the Scottish Games is the opening ceremony. This year there was a surprise element in the procedure: Ms. Carol McCall and others presented Mr. Bill Caudill with a plaque from the state of N.C. This award was the prestigious “Order of the Long Leaf Pine” for his service in the local community. Mr. Caudill said, “It is my greatest hope on this 10th Anniversary that we have started something that will continue to celebrate the Scottish cultural heritage of this region for many years to come.”



ROCKINGHAM— Downtown’s semiannual sidewalk soirée is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, despite the threat of wind and rain from Hurricane Michael.

The streets will be lined with balloons marking the areas for Affair on the Square and a variety of vendors peddling their wares including bath and body products, cosmetics, jewelry, and edibles, according to Sharon Nichols of the Rockingham Downtown Corporation Events Committee.

“We have some new vendors this fall with boating and fishing gear as well as artisan dip mixes,” she said.

Hamlet - The Hamlet Police Department recently made arrests as direct results of vigilance and astute detection.

ROCKINGHAM – The following press releases were disseminated by the Richmond County Health Department and Richmond County Emergency Services, respectively. 

RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this past week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department's weekly newscast.

ROCKINGHAM — Some might think mixing alcohol and politics is a bad idea, but one local group is doing just that.

Richmond Young Professionals is hosting its second Pints and Politics event Tuesday, where constituents can have a brew or two and ask questions of candidates for office.

RYP member David Stogner said the addition of beer is a way to bring out some young adults who might not otherwise get involved.

“We thought it would lighten the mood a little bit,” he said. “We didn’t want it to be stale … just a light atmosphere, so people felt that they could have a one-on-one conversation with somebody running for office.”

ROCKINGHAM — North Carolina, still reeling in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, is in for another round of tropical weather.

Hurricane Michael is expected to strong winds and more rain as it moves north through the Southeast later this week.

The storm, which was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane early Monday afternoon, was just off the western coast of Cuba at 2 p.m. and is expected to make landfall on the Florida panhandle on Wednesday.

Raleigh, NC - Thread Capital, a nonprofit subsidiary of the NC Rural Center, announced that it has closed its first four Hurricane Florence Rapid Recovery Loans. 

The Rapid Recovery program is designed to support the state's small businesses and family farms as they recover from the storm.

This bridge loan program helps small businesses close the gap between when the disaster strikes and when federal loans, insurance payouts, and other disaster relief funds are approved. 

LAUREL HILL – This article is presented in honor of the linemen who braved staggering conditions while laboring long and hard to restore electrical power in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

ROCKINGHAM — Richmond County residents could soon start seeing relief from mosquitoes which have swarmed the southeastern part of the state since Hurricane Florence swept through earlier this month causing massive flooding.

The Health Department will be contracting with a pest control service next week to ground spray for the insects next week, according to a press release issued Friday afternoon.

Testing recently performed by the health department indicated that up to 50 mosquitoes could land on a person within a minute.

Richmond County was allotted $55,112 out of $4 million Gov. Roy Cooper released for mosquito abatement in the 28 counties declared disaster areas, Health and Human Services Director Dr. Tommy Jarrell told commissioners on Tuesday. 

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