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Mary Katherine Murphy

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Caucus to introduce police camera legislation

LAURINBURG — Equipping law enforcement officers with body cameras may be on the table next year for both the Laurinburg City Council and the N.C. General Assembly. Earlier this month, the Legislative Black Caucus, chaired by state Rep. Garland Pierce (D-Wagram), met to discuss the national outcry resulting from fatal altercations between pol

LAURINBURG — Far from the streetlights of a city or subdivision, the Johns Station home of Ruth Herndon stands out as a beacon for the two months between Thanksgiving and mid-January.
“When my children were little I just started putting up trees,” she said. “I just kept getting one thing and then another — we had one

Couple brightens Johns Station

LAURINBURG — Far from the streetlights of a city or subdivision, the Johns Station home of Ruth Herndon stands out as a beacon for the two months between Thanksgiving and mid-January. “When my children were little I just started putting up trees,” she said. “I just kept getting one thing and then another — we had one

Rockingham will host Sandhills Farm School

ROCKINGHAM — N.C. Cooperative Extension will offer an introductory course in farming to residents of Scotland, Richmond, and neighboring counties beginning in February. The Sandhills Farm School, which will meet at the Richmond County Cooperative Extension center, will be one of five N.C. Farm Schools held around the state. The seven-month p

LAURINBURG — With life-sized dolls, volcano kits, coloring sets, and toy trucks and helicopters piled high, the National Guard Armory gave a passing imitation of the North Pole on Saturday during the Scotland County NAACP's annual Christmas Wonderland.
“The goal of this event is to support Scotland County as a whole,” said Herman

NAACP event delivers early Christmas

LAURINBURG — With life-sized dolls, volcano kits, coloring sets, and toy trucks and helicopters piled high, the National Guard Armory gave a passing imitation of the North Pole on Saturday during the Scotland County NAACP's annual Christmas Wonderland. “The goal of this event is to support Scotland County as a whole,” said Herman

LAURINBURG — An 18-year-old Laurel Hill woman was killed in a one-car crash on Sunday afternoon five miles south of Wagram, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Coty Haywood was travelling south on Airbase Road around 5 p.m. when she ran off the road to the right and lost control of her vehicle, according to 1st Sgt. J.D. Wilson. Haywood's

18-year-old killed in wreck

LAURINBURG — An 18-year-old Laurel Hill woman was killed in a one-car crash on Sunday afternoon five miles south of Wagram, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol. Coty Haywood was travelling south on Airbase Road around 5 p.m. when she ran off the road to the right and lost control of her vehicle, according to 1st Sgt. J.D. Wilson. Haywood's

Variety finalizes bids for store's demolition

LAURINBURG — More than six weeks after the fire that destroyed the Cronly Street Super Dollar store, the chain's parent company is finalizing plans to remove the remaining rubble. Surveillance footage unearthed from the debris revealed that the Nov. 2 fire was started by a 12-year-old playing with a lighter inside the store. The ensuing blaz

Morgan Center to move patients, prepare for closure

LAURINBURG — Established in 1973, the Edwin Morgan Center's final year as a skilled nursing facility is coming to a close as its staff prepares to move the center's residents to Scottish Pines Rehabilitation and Nursing Center next month. Last year, Scotland Health Care System ceded management of the Morgan Center to Century Care, citing the

County's judicial district to add Richmond and Anson

LAURINBURG — With the appointment of Scotland County's new chief district court judge also comes a change in the composition of its judicial district, but the full effect of those changes remain undetermined. Effective Jan. 1, Judge Scott Brewer of Rockingham will take the lead of North Carolina's judicial district 16A. The district currentl

City council sets public hearings

LAURINBURG — In a Tuesday meeting notable primarily for its brevity, the Laurinburg City Council set two public hearings — one for an electric rate increase and one for a solar array permit — for its January agenda. The proposed 3.5 percent increase in electric rates would net the city's electric fund, which has been running in t

LAURINBURG — The frustration was evident in Carver Middle School seventh-grader Dylan McGirt's expression as he misspelled “rucksack” and a second opportunity to win Tuesday's Scotland County Schools district-wide spelling bee slipped through his fingers — or, more accurately, his lips.
Though he had bested his sole remaini

Students battle it out at bee

LAURINBURG — The frustration was evident in Carver Middle School seventh-grader Dylan McGirt's expression as he misspelled “rucksack” and a second opportunity to win Tuesday's Scotland County Schools district-wide spelling bee slipped through his fingers — or, more accurately, his lips. Though he had bested his sole remaini

LAURINBURG — Animal control is currently investigating a local horse rescue from which several horses and two dogs were removed in poor physical condition earlier this month.
Hannah Nixt, owner of Leaning Pine Stables and Rescue on Hasty Road, says that the four horses she surrendered to animal control on Dec. 5 were perfectly healthy before

Rescue surrenders horses

LAURINBURG — Animal control is currently investigating a local horse rescue from which several horses and two dogs were removed in poor physical condition earlier this month. Hannah Nixt, owner of Leaning Pine Stables and Rescue on Hasty Road, says that the four horses she surrendered to animal control on Dec. 5 were perfectly healthy before

LAURINBURG — Two Scotland County Detention Center inmates facing first-degree murder charges were awarded bond on Wednesday, according to court records.
Both Brian Mishue, 25, and Ashley Walters, 23 were issued bond in District Court by Judge Regina Joe. Mishue received a $1 million secured bond and Walters' is $750,000.
Mishue stands accus

2 charged with murder get bond

LAURINBURG — Two Scotland County Detention Center inmates facing first-degree murder charges were awarded bond on Wednesday, according to court records. Both Brian Mishue, 25, and Ashley Walters, 23 were issued bond in District Court by Judge Regina Joe. Mishue received a $1 million secured bond and Walters' is $750,000. Mishue stands accus

LAURINBURG — With a move to a larger office on Lauchwood Drive, Robeson Health Care Corporation's Scotland Community Health Center plans to offer low-cost care to a larger number of local residents.
In addition to the Scotland office, RHCC has six other community health centers in Robeson, Columbus, and Montgomery counties, which operate as

More space to provide low-cost care

LAURINBURG — With a move to a larger office on Lauchwood Drive, Robeson Health Care Corporation's Scotland Community Health Center plans to offer low-cost care to a larger number of local residents. In addition to the Scotland office, RHCC has six other community health centers in Robeson, Columbus, and Montgomery counties, which operate as

Lawsuit alleges sexual harassment

LAURINBURG — The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the former Four-County Community Services and two of its employees on Wednesday for sexual harassment and discriminatory practices in administration of the agency's Section 8 housing voucher program. The suit claims that John Wesley, who determines how Section 8 benefits wer

Four County Community Services hit with federal lawsuit

LAURINBURG — The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the former Four-County Community Services and two of its employees on Wednesday for alleged sexual harassment and discriminatory practices in administration of the agency's Section 8 housing voucher program. The suit claims that John Wesley, who determines how Section 8 bene

LAURINBURG — Having added two more agencies to its roster and raised its fundraising sights to support them, the United Way of Scotland County is $35,000 away from the total goal for its 2014 campaign, which ends Dec. 31.
The organization hopes to raise $244,000 in this campaign to provide some level of funding to 20 county nonprofits, inclu

United Way adds 2 agencies, seeks $35K by Dec. 31

LAURINBURG — Having added two more agencies to its roster and raised its fundraising sights to support them, the United Way of Scotland County is $35,000 away from the total goal for its 2014 campaign, which ends Dec. 31. The organization hopes to raise $244,000 in this campaign to provide some level of funding to 20 county nonprofits, inclu

LAURINBURG — High rates of violent crime, illiteracy, and teen pregnancy among them, the thorny problems facing Scotland County are many, and the solutions seem few and far between.
But the joint crime and drug committee formed three years ago between the county and the city of Laurinburg is forming a focus group to devise ways to better uti

Groups unite to find solutions for social ills

LAURINBURG — High rates of violent crime, illiteracy, and teen pregnancy among them, the thorny problems facing Scotland County are many, and the solutions seem few and far between. But the joint crime and drug committee formed three years ago between the county and the city of Laurinburg is forming a focus group to devise ways to better uti

Audit finds errors in Town of Gibson's financial reporting

GIBSON — The Gibson Town Commission reviewed its financial audit for fiscal year 2014 during its regular meeting on Thursday. The audit noted several deficiencies in the town's internal controls, some of which, according to Rockingham accountant Kenneth Anderson, are due to the small size of the town and its staff. “I wouldn't read mu

Justice Dept. files sexual harassment lawsuit against Four-County

LAURINBURG — The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the former Four-County Community Services and two of its employees on Wednesday for alleged sexual harassment and discriminatory practices in administration of the agency's Section 8 housing voucher program. The suit claims that John Wesley, who determines how Section 8 bene

Talks continue on local school funding formula

LAURINBURG — Members of the Scotland County Board of Commissioners and Scotland County Board of Education clarified their goals on Tuesday in the process of reaching a multi-year agreement for county funding to the schools. That committee is composed of three representatives from each board, and has been tasked with creating a funding outlin





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