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Abbi Overfelt

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E-Mail Address: aoverfelt@civitasmedia.com
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LAURINBURG — Among graveside American flags waving in a warm breeze at Hillside Memorial Park, county residents and visitors gathered Monday afternoon to remember men and women who have died in service to the US military.
As the sun beat down on the cemetery grass, some took shelter under funeral tents while others stood beneath umbrellas or

'Price of freedom is very expensive'

LAURINBURG — Among graveside American flags waving in a warm breeze at Hillside Memorial Park, county residents and visitors gathered Monday afternoon to remember men and women who have died in service to the US military. As the sun beat down on the cemetery grass, some took shelter under funeral tents while others stood beneath umbrellas or

LAURINBURG — Toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children all put their pedals to the pavement on Friday morning in support of two local children badly injured in a car accident in April.
It was the first Trike-A-Thon fundraiser held at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church which raised money to directly benefit a specific family. In the more th

Pedals to the pavement

LAURINBURG — Toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children all put their pedals to the pavement on Friday morning in support of two local children badly injured in a car accident in April. It was the first Trike-A-Thon fundraiser held at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church which raised money to directly benefit a specific family. In the more th

LAURINBURG — Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Laurinburg Alumnae Chapter, celebrated May Week on May 17 with a luncheon held at the A.B. Gibson Center in Laurinburg. During the annual event, academic scholarships were awarded to graduating high school seniors from the Chapter's service area.
Recipients were Lyric McPhaul of Red Springs High

Sorority alumnae present scholarships

LAURINBURG — Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Laurinburg Alumnae Chapter, celebrated May Week on May 17 with a luncheon held at the A.B. Gibson Center in Laurinburg. During the annual event, academic scholarships were awarded to graduating high school seniors from the Chapter's service area. Recipients were Lyric McPhaul of Red Springs High

LAURINBURG — Scotland Health System's Dulin Center was filled to near capacity on Thursday night with people who may not have otherwise encountered one another, if it were not for their shared desire to serve others.
Hospice of Scotland County's volunteer appreciation banquet was held to celebrate them all, volunteers who help brighten a pat

Hospice offers special thanks to volunteers

LAURINBURG — Scotland Health System's Dulin Center was filled to near capacity on Thursday night with people who may not have otherwise encountered one another, if it were not for their shared desire to serve others. Hospice of Scotland County's volunteer appreciation banquet was held to celebrate them all, volunteers who help brighten a pat

LAURINBURG — More than 100 county seniors celebrated the culmination of Scotland County's Senior Games on Thursday night, the majority of them reveling in their chance to represent the county at the state finals.
The applause and laughter were plentiful at the Highlands as award winners were announced by organizer Kisha Williams, who also pr

Seniors celebrate end of games

LAURINBURG — More than 100 county seniors celebrated the culmination of Scotland County's Senior Games on Thursday night, the majority of them reveling in their chance to represent the county at the state finals. The applause and laughter were plentiful at the Highlands as award winners were announced by organizer Kisha Williams, who also pr

LAURINBURG — Using monies seized during a 2013 raid of an illegal video gambling operation, the Scotland County Sheriff's Office has purchased two used patrol cars and more than enough body cameras needed to equip each deputy.
The Dodge Chargers, at a total of $30,000, and the cameras, 35 at a price of about $250 each, nearly consumed the $4

Sheriff's deputies equipped with body cameras

LAURINBURG — Using monies seized during a 2013 raid of an illegal video gambling operation, the Scotland County Sheriff's Office has purchased two used patrol cars and more than enough body cameras needed to equip each deputy. The Dodge Chargers, at a total of $30,000, and the cameras, 35 at a price of about $250 each, nearly consumed the $4

Health board approves fees, tweaks ordinance

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Health on Tuesday approved fees for services administered through its newly established child health program as well as tougher penalties for those who violate the county's animal control ordinances. Charges for the clinic as approved at the board's regular meeting range from $5 to $185. Those figure

LAUREL HILL — From face painting to playgrounds, collard sandwiches to camel rides, there was something for everyone at the 13th annual LaurelFest — and for Scotland County's first responders, a little something more.
During opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Laurel Hill Community Center, county law enforcement, firefight

LaurelFest celebrates community

LAUREL HILL — From face painting to playgrounds, collard sandwiches to camel rides, there was something for everyone at the 13th annual LaurelFest — and for Scotland County's first responders, a little something more. During opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Laurel Hill Community Center, county law enforcement, firefight

LAURINBURG — Scotland High School's JROTC cadets and proud teachers, parents and administrators gathered at the Clinton Inn on Friday night to celebrate student success and bid farewell to a longtime program instructor.
The night's featured guest, Maj. (Ret.) Richard Corley, gave one of the last talks he will administer to the cadets, this b

Scotland High cadets honored

LAURINBURG — Scotland High School's JROTC cadets and proud teachers, parents and administrators gathered at the Clinton Inn on Friday night to celebrate student success and bid farewell to a longtime program instructor. The night's featured guest, Maj. (Ret.) Richard Corley, gave one of the last talks he will administer to the cadets, this b

LAURINBURG — A Georgia grand jury has indicted two men on 10 charges, including murder and armed robbery, in the deaths of two Scotland County men whose bodies were found at the bottom of a well in March.
Robert Henry Johnson, 35, of Hargrave Street in Laurel Hill, and Kelly Rashad Williams, of Hazlehurst, Georgia, were both indicted Thursda

Murder charges filed in deaths of county men

LAURINBURG — A Georgia grand jury has indicted two men on 10 charges, including murder and armed robbery, in the deaths of two Scotland County men whose bodies were found at the bottom of a well in March. Robert Henry Johnson, 35, of Hargrave Street in Laurel Hill, and Kelly Rashad Williams, of Hazlehurst, Georgia, were both indicted Thursda

LAURINBURG — A healthy chorus of “Amen” echoed near the courthouse on Thursday as pastors and community members commemorated the National Day of Prayer by lifting up impassioned pleas for the nation, the state and their own community.
Celebrated locally for nearly two decades, the national theme of this year's event was “Lo

Crowd gathers to pray

LAURINBURG — A healthy chorus of “Amen” echoed near the courthouse on Thursday as pastors and community members commemorated the National Day of Prayer by lifting up impassioned pleas for the nation, the state and their own community. Celebrated locally for nearly two decades, the national theme of this year's event was “Lo

LAURINBURG — A Scotland County Sheriff's major, who campaigned heavily for Sheriff Ralph Kersey during last year's election, has been dismissed.
Jason Butler, who left his job as a Laurinburg police lieutenant to support Kersey in his bid for sheriff, left his job on Tuesday, Kersey said. He declined to say why, citing state statutes which g

Sheriff's major, campaign supporter dismissed

LAURINBURG — A Scotland County Sheriff's major, who campaigned heavily for Sheriff Ralph Kersey during last year's election, has been dismissed. Jason Butler, who left his job as a Laurinburg police lieutenant to support Kersey in his bid for sheriff, left his job on Tuesday, Kersey said. He declined to say why, citing state statutes which g

Commissioners postpone vote on waste fees

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Commissioners on Monday postponed a decision on an annual waste disposal fee that would eventually cover the costs of closing the county landfill, with some members of the board saying the pay schedule as proposed needed simplifying. The board has previously toyed with the idea of a solid waste fee,

Extension celebrates achievements

LAURINBURG — From its involvement in youth and nutrition to family counseling and farming, the Scotland County Cooperative Extension's influence was extolled Monday evening at the agency's annual “Report to the People.” In the course of a year, according to the report, the extension touched the lives of 9,600 residents through pr

LAURINBURG — Pictured are North Laurinburg Elementary School's Shining Star and Honor Roll students for the third nine weeks, recognized during an Awards Day Program held last month.

North Laurinburg honors top students

LAURINBURG — Pictured are North Laurinburg Elementary School's Shining Star and Honor Roll students for the third nine weeks, recognized during an Awards Day Program held last month.

Chamber taking nominations for Highlander Awards

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg/Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce's GREEN Team is accepting nominations for the 2015 Highlander Awards, which recognize homes and business properties with great curb appeal that promote local pride. “It is important to highlight places we'd like all of Scotland County to look like,” said Rodney

20 arrested while protesting GOP's policies

RALEIGH (AP) — Twenty people are facing trespass and other charges after two demonstrations disrupted the North Carolina Senate and House to protest Republican policy priorities. The Senate paused deliberations for about 20 minutes Wednesday as singing, chanting members of the “Moral Monday” movement wearing clerical collars and

NC DOT eliminating 81 positions to comply with budget law

RALEIGH (AP) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation is eliminating 81 positions to comply with last year's state budget law that required it outsource more work to the private sector. DOT said Tuesday that 70 filled and 11 recently vacated positions will be eliminated effective June 1. Most of the positions will be in the agency's

Bill expanding gun rights wins NC House committee support

RALEIGH (AP) — More people could carry concealed handguns and they could carry them more places under a bill that won support Tuesday from a North Carolina House committee. The legislation also would reduce the penalty for taking pistols into businesses that want to keep them out, allow silencers on some hunting rifles and punish a doctor wh

NC lawmakers may change how schools are given A-to F-grades

RALEIGH (AP) — Legislators on Tuesday increased the push to change education laws with proposals giving learning growth more credit when rating public schools on an A-through-F scale and adding conservative values to a required American history course. The state House approved a change that would shift how future A-to-F scores for public sch





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