Abbi Overfelt

Position: Content Manager
E-Mail Address: aoverfelt@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-506-3023

Latest Stories by Abbi Overfelt

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The former prosecutor who originally tried two men recently freed by DNA evidence after 30 years in prison says Gov. Pat McCrory would be a “damn fool” to consider pardoning them.
“He needs to get some investigators … down here, quietly, investigating and talking to people,” former Robeson C

Ex-prosecutor: McCrory would be 'fool' to pardon 2

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The former prosecutor who originally tried two men recently freed by DNA evidence after 30 years in prison says Gov. Pat McCrory would be a “damn fool” to consider pardoning them. “He needs to get some investigators … down here, quietly, investigating and talking to people,” former Robeson C

Danny and Judy Strickland of Marston announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Strickland, to Michael Tyndall.
The groom-elect is the son of Ken and Jan Tyndall of Raeford.
The wedding is planned for Saturday at East Laurinburg Baptist Church.

Strickland, Tyndall to wed

Danny and Judy Strickland of Marston announce the engagement of their daughter, Danielle Strickland, to Michael Tyndall. The groom-elect is the son of Ken and Jan Tyndall of Raeford. The wedding is planned for Saturday at East Laurinburg Baptist Church.

Crime report for Sept. 16

Arrests LAURINBURG — Veda Oxendine, 17, of Old Johns Road, was arrested Friday and charged with disorderly conduct for fighting at Scotland High School, according to a police report. She received a $1,000 bond. A 15-year-old girl also involved in the fight received a juvenile petition. House fire LAUREL HILL — James Kelly, of Rocking

Red Springs Lt. Tommy Wright arrested on drug charges

RALEIGH (AP) — The State Bureau of Investigation says a Red Springs police lieutenant is accused of fraudulently obtaining narcotic painkillers in four counties. A statement on the agency's website says 48-year-old George “Tommy” Thomas Wright Jr. was arrested in Lumberton after an investigation. According to the SBI, Wright wen

Open Mic at Writers' Forum Thursday

LAURINBURG — The Writers' Forum at St. Andrews University will hold the first Open Mic of the semester Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Ronald H. Bayes Writers' Forum Lounge in Orange Residence Hall. The event is free and open to the public. Individuals interested in sharing their poetry, prose or music are invited to sign up the night of the read

Arrests
LAURINBURG — Derick Lee Campbell, of 115 A. Railroad St., was arrested for a probation violation and placed in the Scotland County jail under a $5,000 bond, according to police.
Break-ins
LAURINBURG — Rochelle McBride, of Alpha Street, reported Wednesday that someone took two TV sets and a pair of shoes from her home, valued

Crime report Sept. 12

Arrests LAURINBURG — Derick Lee Campbell, of 115 A. Railroad St., was arrested for a probation violation and placed in the Scotland County jail under a $5,000 bond, according to police. Break-ins LAURINBURG — Rochelle McBride, of Alpha Street, reported Wednesday that someone took two TV sets and a pair of shoes from her home, valued

Latest bridge club results

LAURINBURG — The Bridge-at-the-Village Club met Monday under the direction of Brian Potter. In first place was the team of Tim Rumph and Mac Doubles. The team of Norma Jones and Millie Yongue and Connie and Doug Harris tied for second and third place. Joanne Martin and Jim Beales were in fourth place, and Flo Johnston and Jean Powell were se

Laurinburg Exchange has new numbers

LAURINBURG — Please listen carefully, as our menu options have changed.Each department at The Laurinburg Exchange has a new telephone number. The newspaper's main number is still 910-276-2311.To submit a news tip or get in touch with a reporter, call editor Abbi Overfelt at 910-506-3023. Sports editor Logan Martinez can be reached at 910-506-

LAURINBURG — Two St. Andrews University wrestlers have been charged with the rape of a fellow student during a party on campus last weekend.
Jemson Villard, 21, and Janicento Williamson, 20, were arrested Thursday, according to Laurinburg Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms. They are each being held in the Scotland County jail under a $30,0

Police arrest 2 St. Andrews wrestlers for rape

LAURINBURG — Two St. Andrews University wrestlers have been charged with the rape of a fellow student during a party on campus last weekend. Jemson Villard, 21, and Janicento Williamson, 20, were arrested Thursday, according to Laurinburg Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms. They are each being held in the Scotland County jail under a $30,0

County Dems claim new digs

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Democratic Party has claimed its permanent headquarters. Party chairman Doug Yongue told about 30 people gathered Friday for a meeting of the county's Democratic Women that efforts to spruce up 120 S. Main St. were underway. “You'd think with all the vacant buildings in Laurinburg, you could get a plac

Faith calendar for Sept. 5

Submission guidelines: Submissions must be delivered to the Laurinburg Exchange office, emailed to Abbi Overfelt, at aoverfelt@civitasmedia.com, or faxed to 910-249-2500 by Wednesday at noon for inclusion in Friday's edition. Events occurring outside of Scotland County (with the exception of Maxton) will not be included. Please use full names and i

The Carolinas have more than a few places of singular beauty. But they have only one soul.
Scotland County, the soul of the Carolinas, is a place where the still-living spirit speaks of all the cultures that have moved across the face of the land from the time before the white man right down to the present day. It's a place where these cultures tr

With fall comes festival lineup

The Carolinas have more than a few places of singular beauty. But they have only one soul. Scotland County, the soul of the Carolinas, is a place where the still-living spirit speaks of all the cultures that have moved across the face of the land from the time before the white man right down to the present day. It's a place where these cultures tr

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's “revving” performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections.
“America deserves a raise,” he told a union crowd

Obama calls for higher wages

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Barack Obama renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage Monday in a buoyant accounting of the economy's “revving” performance, delivered on behalf of Democrats opening their fall campaigns for the midterm congressional elections. “America deserves a raise,” he told a union crowd

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” These are the words of Simon Peter, one of Jesus' first disciples, written to some of the first and earliest Christians. And like most words put down on paper, these instructions have not always honored the intent of the author

Christianity about belief, not belligerency

“Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” These are the words of Simon Peter, one of Jesus' first disciples, written to some of the first and earliest Christians. And like most words put down on paper, these instructions have not always honored the intent of the author

LUMBERTON — A motion to dismiss convictions against two men imprisoned for the 1983 rape and murder of a Red Springs girl points the finger at another man who is also incarcerated for a rape and murder in the same town.
The motion, filed at the Robeson County courthouse on Tuesday, asks that convictions against 50-year-old Henry Lee McCollum

Motion says Roscoe Artis killed Buie

LUMBERTON — A motion to dismiss convictions against two men imprisoned for the 1983 rape and murder of a Red Springs girl points the finger at another man who is also incarcerated for a rape and murder in the same town. The motion, filed at the Robeson County courthouse on Tuesday, asks that convictions against 50-year-old Henry Lee McCollum

Arrests LAURINBURG — Bobby Hatcher was arrested Monday and charged with aggravated assault for allegedly hitting Timothy Breedin on the face with a glass bottle on Aug. 1, according to police. He was given a $5,000 unsecured bond. Break-ins LAURINBURG — Damein Steele, of Southwood Drive, reported Monday that someone removed a .40-cal

LAURINBURG — A 21-year-old Laurinburg man was arrested Sunday after police connected him to the theft of a shotgun and a television set, according to police.
Demontray Damore Graham, 21, of 352 Roosevelt St., is charged with felonious possession of a firearm by a felon, felonious breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and

Police arrest felons for theft, gun charges

LAURINBURG — A 21-year-old Laurinburg man was arrested Sunday after police connected him to the theft of a shotgun and a television set, according to police. Demontray Damore Graham, 21, of 352 Roosevelt St., is charged with felonious possession of a firearm by a felon, felonious breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering and

LAURINBURG — The “Ice Bucket Challenge,” after making the rounds of social media for weeks, arrived on Main Street on Friday when Laurinburg police and restaurant workers doused each other with pails of freezing aqua pura, all to raise awareness of a debilitating brain disease.
The challenge is similar to the “Cold Water Ch

Cold challenge moves to Main Street

LAURINBURG — The “Ice Bucket Challenge,” after making the rounds of social media for weeks, arrived on Main Street on Friday when Laurinburg police and restaurant workers doused each other with pails of freezing aqua pura, all to raise awareness of a debilitating brain disease. The challenge is similar to the “Cold Water Ch

LAURINBURG — St. Andrews University welcomed new and transfer students from 30 countries and 25 states during the annual Opening Convocation held Aug. 21.
The ceremony began with a procession of students from the DeTamble Library Terrace to the PE Center behind the St. Andrews University pipe band. The trek will repeat in reverse for the Com

Convocation marks official start of academic year at SAU

LAURINBURG — St. Andrews University welcomed new and transfer students from 30 countries and 25 states during the annual Opening Convocation held Aug. 21. The ceremony began with a procession of students from the DeTamble Library Terrace to the PE Center behind the St. Andrews University pipe band. The trek will repeat in reverse for the Com

LAURINBURG — Before Lumberton Fire Chief Mike Cox retired from the Fire Department in 2010, he explored options for his next career. With the medical field in mind, he realized that he already had the minimum requirements needed to start physician assistant training.
Upon acceptance at the New York Institute of Technology Mike packed his bag

From fire hose to stethoscope

LAURINBURG — Before Lumberton Fire Chief Mike Cox retired from the Fire Department in 2010, he explored options for his next career. With the medical field in mind, he realized that he already had the minimum requirements needed to start physician assistant training. Upon acceptance at the New York Institute of Technology Mike packed his bag




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