Mary Katherine Murphy

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LAURINBURG — After uncovering surveillance video from the remains of the Super Dollar variety store downtown, authorities have pinpointed a child as the cause of the Nov. 2 fire that destroyed the building.
Although the State Bureau of Investigation conducted an inquiry into the fire the day after it happened, the detective could not then en

Police: Child set fire that gutted downtown store

LAURINBURG — After uncovering surveillance video from the remains of the Super Dollar variety store downtown, authorities have pinpointed a child as the cause of the Nov. 2 fire that destroyed the building. Although the State Bureau of Investigation conducted an inquiry into the fire the day after it happened, the detective could not then en

Events ring in holiday season

LAURINBURG — With storefronts glowing and bedecked with ornaments and Christmas greenery, Scotland County has entered the full holiday swing. This is a sampling of upcoming Christmas events, representing local traditions both old and new, presented in the same order in which they appear on the calendar. Optimist Club tree sale This morning

LAURINBURG — By the end of this year, the Laurinburg Downtown Revitalization Corporation is slated to have pressure-washed and painted its way to the completion of the second phase in its downtown improvement project.
The first part of the project, conducted last year at a cost of about $100,000, focused on freshening up South Main Street st

Work to spruce up downtown begins its second phase

LAURINBURG — By the end of this year, the Laurinburg Downtown Revitalization Corporation is slated to have pressure-washed and painted its way to the completion of the second phase in its downtown improvement project. The first part of the project, conducted last year at a cost of about $100,000, focused on freshening up South Main Street st

LAURINBURG — Some 500 people gathered on Thursday to reflect on the lives and deaths of their loved ones as well as on the service provided to Scotland and surrounding counties by Hospice of Scotland County.
Valerie Singletary, an elder at Friendship Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Raeford, provided the message during Hospice's annual cand

'You have a loss, but all is not lost'

LAURINBURG — Some 500 people gathered on Thursday to reflect on the lives and deaths of their loved ones as well as on the service provided to Scotland and surrounding counties by Hospice of Scotland County. Valerie Singletary, an elder at Friendship Grove Free Will Baptist Church in Raeford, provided the message during Hospice's annual cand

Downtown festival rings in Christmas shopping season

LAURINBURG — In equal parts street fair, retail blowout, and festival, Sunday's Christmas on Main is shaping up to be the largest in recent memory. More than 50 vendors are expected to set up shop downtown, supplementing the offerings at regular Laurinburg merchants such as Harley's Tuxedo, Hi-Lites, ShirtTales, and the Gospel Music and Chri

City weighs increase of electric rates

LAURINBURG — Following an audit report on Tuesday, the Laurinburg City Council tabled discussion of a raise in electric rates pending further research by city staff. Carl Head, of the Gustaf C. Lundin accounting firm, presented the city's 2013-2014 audit report, which returned no inconsistencies. However, he recommended that the city review

LAURINBURG — Navigating the world of diaper changes, report cards, and team practices long after their children leave home, those who find that the task of parenting spans more than one generation are far from alone.
“It's not a rare situation,” said Kim McRae, an adult services supervisor with the Scotland County Department of S

Bringing up the third generation

LAURINBURG — Navigating the world of diaper changes, report cards, and team practices long after their children leave home, those who find that the task of parenting spans more than one generation are far from alone. “It's not a rare situation,” said Kim McRae, an adult services supervisor with the Scotland County Department of S

LAURINBURG — Students at Sycamore Lane saw Native American culture through a vibrant lens on Thursday during a dancing demonstration by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina.
Dressed in traditional regalia, dancers displayed samples of dances ranging from the simple — such as the women's traditional dance — and complex, like the wom

Dancers display Lumbee tradition

LAURINBURG — Students at Sycamore Lane saw Native American culture through a vibrant lens on Thursday during a dancing demonstration by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Dressed in traditional regalia, dancers displayed samples of dances ranging from the simple — such as the women's traditional dance — and complex, like the wom

Hargrave invites church involvement

LAURINBURG — By way of an official introduction to Scotland County's faith community, Superintendent Ron Hargrave invited church representatives on Thursday to join forces with the school system. More than 25 leaders of churches and religious ministries met at the A.B. Gibson Center for a presentation entitled “Communities of Faith in

Report finds less turnover

LAURINBURG — With 23 fewer teachers leaving the Scotland County Schools than in the prior year, the county's teacher turnover rate for the 2013-2014 school year fell nearly five percentage points, according to a report released this month by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction. The school system's overall turnover rate fell to 18.9 per

School floor talks continue

LAURINBURG — Members of the Scotland County Board of Commissioners and Board of Education found a point of contention on Wednesday in the future of the state “school floor” law governing county funding to the school system each year. During mediation this summer, the boards agreed to current expense and capital funding amounts fo

City considers options for new fire truck

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council, during a work session on Tuesday, discussed a potential joint fire truck purchase with Scotland County for the 2015-2016 budget year. Next year, the county is scheduled to provide the city with $300,000 for the purchase of a fire truck, which though owned by the county will be at the disposal of the

Board tackles driver deficiency

LAURINBURG — Due to a shortage of available bus drivers, the Scotland County Board of Education gave school staff the green light on Monday to draft a policy requiring teaching assistants to obtain a bus driving license. According to Cory Satterfield, the school system's assistant superintendent for human resources, the school system uses be

School board allocates capital surplus

LAURINBURG — Though presented with a $343,000 capital surplus by school staff on Monday, the Scotland County Board of Education held off on allocating those funds to construction of new classrooms at Washington Park Elementary School. According to Scotland County Schools finance officer Jay Toland, the estimated total cost of that project, u

City eyes development role

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council discussed expanding its direct role in economic development during a special meeting on Thursday. Currently, Mayor Tommy Parker and council member Curtis Leak serve on the Scotland County Economic Development Corporation board along with three county commissioners to comprise the five-member voting bo

Fire investigation inconclusive; store to be demolished

LAURINBURG — The cause of the Sunday fire that destroyed the Super Dollar store on Cronly Street will remain a mystery due to the level of damage the building sustained, according to Laurinburg Fire Chief Randy Gibson. The fire began before 3 p.m. on Sunday, and though two employees and several customers were inside when it was discovered, t

LAURINBURG — Though the job title may sound intimidating, volunteers with the state's guardian ad litem program have one clear task: to provide a voice for children in state custody.
“I say we're the guys with the white hats, because we're in there fighting for the kids to make sure they get into the right situation: maybe going back w

Speaking up for the voiceless

LAURINBURG — Though the job title may sound intimidating, volunteers with the state's guardian ad litem program have one clear task: to provide a voice for children in state custody. “I say we're the guys with the white hats, because we're in there fighting for the kids to make sure they get into the right situation: maybe going back w

Chamber to hold all-you-can-eat seafood feast

LAURINBURG — Whether for socializing, for fresh seafood, or simply for the entertainment value in observing the eating habits of those who could make a religion of consuming oysters, more than 400 people are expected to pack one of the covered riding arenas at the St. Andrews University Equestrian Center on Saturday. The seventh annual Chamb

LAURINBURG — Tuesday's general election returned three sitting members to the Scotland County Board of Education, along with newcomer Summer Stanley.
Stanley, an associate professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and former Scotland County Schools social worker, netted 4,170 votes for a seat representing the at-large distric

New face joins school board

LAURINBURG — Tuesday's general election returned three sitting members to the Scotland County Board of Education, along with newcomer Summer Stanley. Stanley, an associate professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and former Scotland County Schools social worker, netted 4,170 votes for a seat representing the at-large distric

LAURINBURG — Scotland County voters turned out in droves on Tuesday with 46.5 percent of the registered electorate casting ballots, according to county elections returns.
During Tuesday's 13 hours of voting, 4,898 voters flocked to the polls, slightly lower than the number to vote during the early voting period.
Dell Parker, director of the

Turnout exceeds expectations

LAURINBURG — Scotland County voters turned out in droves on Tuesday with 46.5 percent of the registered electorate casting ballots, according to county elections returns. During Tuesday's 13 hours of voting, 4,898 voters flocked to the polls, slightly lower than the number to vote during the early voting period. Dell Parker, director of the





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