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Scott Witten

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E-Mail Address: switten@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-865-4179, 910-843-4631

Latest Stories by Scott Witten

Towns pause on Monday to honor nation's war dead

ST. PAULS — All gave some, but Memorial Day is about those who gave all. The holiday, anchored on the final Monday in May, is rooted in Decoration Day, which was established shortly after the Civil War as a way to commemorate the 620,000 Union and Confederate soldiers who lost their lives in battle. Decoration Day expanded to include casual

ST. PAULS — The windows of Joe Sugar's of St. Pauls are known for exhibiting the latest in upscale men's apparel.
On Tuesday, the summer line was replaced by a runaway trailer that crashed into one of the shop's large front windows.
Police have cited 68-year-old Edgar Malcolm Edge, of Lumber Bridge, with the accident that occurred at about

Trailer crashes into clothing store

ST. PAULS — The windows of Joe Sugar's of St. Pauls are known for exhibiting the latest in upscale men's apparel. On Tuesday, the summer line was replaced by a runaway trailer that crashed into one of the shop's large front windows. Police have cited 68-year-old Edgar Malcolm Edge, of Lumber Bridge, with the accident that occurred at about

ST. PAULS — Nearly 100 people packed the R.E. Hooks Community Building last week to hear journalist Scott Mason talk about the stories he has collected while traveling to across North Carolina.
Mason, the guest speaker at the 58th annual St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce Banquet, said his “favorite story is his next story.”
Mason re

Garrett honored with McCormick Award

ST. PAULS — Nearly 100 people packed the R.E. Hooks Community Building last week to hear journalist Scott Mason talk about the stories he has collected while traveling to across North Carolina. Mason, the guest speaker at the 58th annual St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce Banquet, said his “favorite story is his next story.” Mason re

ST. PAULS — The windows of Joe Sugar's of St. Pauls are typically known for exhibiting the latest in upscale men's apparel.
On Tuesday, the summer line was replaced by a runaway trailer that crashed into one of the shop's large front windows.
Police have cited 68-year-old Edgar Malcolm Edge of Lumber Bridge for the accident that occurred at

Trailer crashes into Joe Sugar's window

ST. PAULS — The windows of Joe Sugar's of St. Pauls are typically known for exhibiting the latest in upscale men's apparel. On Tuesday, the summer line was replaced by a runaway trailer that crashed into one of the shop's large front windows. Police have cited 68-year-old Edgar Malcolm Edge of Lumber Bridge for the accident that occurred at

Town wins sewer grant

RED SPRINGS — Red Springs officials have learned the town will receive a $2.25 million Community Development Block Grant to make repairs to Red Springs' sewer system. “This is wonderful news,” Mayor John McNeill said. “We expect that grant to help us in a number of ways, but the big thing it should do is assist us dealing w

RED SPRINGS — Carolyn Jones has always had a knack for helping children.
Even before she became a Head Start teacher, she was chaperoning children on church trips or organizing games for her children's friends in her own back yard.
Jones was recognized recently for her work as an educator and mentor when she was named the 2015 Teacher of th

Red Springs Head Start teacher wins state honor

RED SPRINGS — Carolyn Jones has always had a knack for helping children. Even before she became a Head Start teacher, she was chaperoning children on church trips or organizing games for her children's friends in her own back yard. Jones was recognized recently for her work as an educator and mentor when she was named the 2015 Teacher of th

ST. PAULS — Dymone Coe of Lumberton was crowned Miss Jabberwock 2015 on Saturday.
Coe is senior at Lumberton High School and the daughter of Derick and Sharon Coe.
She was among six contestants competing for the title.
The other students were Tyron Alford, a junior at Lumberton High School; Kayla MDougald-Davis, a junior at Lumberton High

St. Pauls hosts Jabberwock

ST. PAULS — Dymone Coe of Lumberton was crowned Miss Jabberwock 2015 on Saturday. Coe is senior at Lumberton High School and the daughter of Derick and Sharon Coe. She was among six contestants competing for the title. The other students were Tyron Alford, a junior at Lumberton High School; Kayla MDougald-Davis, a junior at Lumberton High

No contempt against officers

GOLDSBORO — Red Springs' police chief and a police captain will not be held in criminal contempt of court for failing to turn over a box of evidence related to the 1983 killing of 11-year-old Sabrina Buie, according to the town mayor. Town officials were in Wayne County court last week to explain why Chief Ronnie Patterson and Capt. Kevin Lo

St. Pauls to seek grants for sewer work

ST. PAULS — The St. Pauls Board of Commissioners voted Thursday night to seek the first of three grants for sewer improvements that will benefit Sanderson Farms. J.R. Steigerwald, town administrator, said the town plans to seek $820,000 from the Golden LEAF Foundation for improvements to two pump stations and the replacement of major sewer o

Town awarded $2.25 million for sewer rehabilitation work

RED SPRINGS —Town officials are “ecstatic” to have received a $2.25 million Community Development Block Grant to rehabilitate Red Springs' sanitary sewer system. Officials, who learned of the award on Friday, say they hope the proposed improvements will reduce the amount of mercury in the town's wastewater. “This is wonder

Public hearing on proposed budget planned Thursday

RED SPRINGS —There will be a public hearing on the proposed 2015-16 budget on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Town Hall. Town Manager James Bennett presented his proposed $11.3 million budget to the town board during workshops in April and earlier this month. The commissioners are expected to adopt the plan at their June 2 meeting. The proposed budge

ST. PAULS — Jeff Walters knows how important the St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce is to his hometown, and he wants to make sure everyone else knows.
Walters, a St. Pauls native who has served as Lumbee Guaranty Bank branch manager in St. Pauls for two years, was sworn in as the new chamber president on Friday. He said it is one of his missions

Walters sworn in as St. Pauls Chamber President on Friday

ST. PAULS — Jeff Walters knows how important the St. Pauls Chamber of Commerce is to his hometown, and he wants to make sure everyone else knows. Walters, a St. Pauls native who has served as Lumbee Guaranty Bank branch manager in St. Pauls for two years, was sworn in as the new chamber president on Friday. He said it is one of his missions

RED SPRINGS — When Timothy Peterkin decided to open a law firm in his native Red Springs, he said one of the biggest roadblocks was finding office space.
Peterkin wants to remove that obstacle for other new businesses. He has started what he said is a business incubator inside the same building that houses his law practice.
“One half

Business incubator heats up

RED SPRINGS — When Timothy Peterkin decided to open a law firm in his native Red Springs, he said one of the biggest roadblocks was finding office space. Peterkin wants to remove that obstacle for other new businesses. He has started what he said is a business incubator inside the same building that houses his law practice. “One half

Folk Festival returns to St. Pauls

ST. PAULS — Nancy Winburn can't wait to show off her handiwork at the N.C. Folk Arts Festival on Saturday. Winburn, who makes fabric checkbook covers, cellphone cases and small purses, said she has not exhibited her creations at the festival in more than six years. She used to sell the items, including her colorful cornhole bags, in her cons

RED SPRINGS — When Timothy Peterkin decided to open a law firm in his native Red Springs, he said one of the biggest roadblocks was finding office space.
Peterkin wants to remove that obstacle for other new businesses. He has started what he said is a business incubator inside the same building that houses his law practice.
“One half

Incubator to help Red Springs grow

RED SPRINGS — When Timothy Peterkin decided to open a law firm in his native Red Springs, he said one of the biggest roadblocks was finding office space. Peterkin wants to remove that obstacle for other new businesses. He has started what he said is a business incubator inside the same building that houses his law practice. “One half

RED SPRINGS — Students at Red Springs High School got a chance to sharpen their job-getting skills at a mock interview last week.
Organized by the career and technical education staff at the school, about 48 students took part in the exercise.
“We want our students to know the importance of punctuality, eye contact and how to answer q

Mock interviews help students get job ready

RED SPRINGS — Students at Red Springs High School got a chance to sharpen their job-getting skills at a mock interview last week. Organized by the career and technical education staff at the school, about 48 students took part in the exercise. “We want our students to know the importance of punctuality, eye contact and how to answer q

St. Pauls wants fall food festival

ST. PAULS — One of the best loved things about the South is its food — whether it is the crispy, golden crust of fried chicken, a big slice of cornbread or heaping scoop of banana pudding. Organizers of a new fall festival in St. Pauls want to showcase those kinds of foods and their local producers. The Southern Food Fall Festival is

Sewage discharge worries groups

RED SPRINGS — Town officials say that mercury levels in its wastewater have dropped significantly over the past two months, but the change may not be enough for an environmental group that has threatened to sue. Mayor John McNeill said the town has adopted several measures to reduce the levels of mercury and the state's Department of Environ

ST. PAULS — KidzCare Pediatrics, a medical practice with offices across the state, has opened its latest clinic in St. Pauls.
Dr. Ashok Jain, the physician who oversees the practice, said there was a need for a pediatric clinic in St. Pauls. Jain operates 11 other pediatric clinics, in Fayetteville, Charlotte, Franklin, Hope Mills, Lillingto

Pediatric clinic opens in St. Pauls

ST. PAULS — KidzCare Pediatrics, a medical practice with offices across the state, has opened its latest clinic in St. Pauls. Dr. Ashok Jain, the physician who oversees the practice, said there was a need for a pediatric clinic in St. Pauls. Jain operates 11 other pediatric clinics, in Fayetteville, Charlotte, Franklin, Hope Mills, Lillingto

RED SPRINGS — A man who has spent years helping others got an outpouring of support himself as the community came together last week to help raise money for his liver transplant.
A fundraiser on Friday for Larry Osborne, the coordinator at N.C. Baptist Men Mission Camp, raised more than $9,000 by selling plates stacked with rib-eye steaks, p

Community helps raise funds for mission leader's transplant

RED SPRINGS — A man who has spent years helping others got an outpouring of support himself as the community came together last week to help raise money for his liver transplant. A fundraiser on Friday for Larry Osborne, the coordinator at N.C. Baptist Men Mission Camp, raised more than $9,000 by selling plates stacked with rib-eye steaks, p





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