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Abbi Overfelt

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa

Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and othe

RALEIGH (AP) — An award-winning writer with strong ties to Robeson County has been named North Carolina's next poet laureate.
Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday the appointment of Shelby Stephenson, a retired English professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke who served as editor of Pembroke Magazine from 1979 until 2010.
The

Next poet laureate has UNCP link

RALEIGH (AP) — An award-winning writer with strong ties to Robeson County has been named North Carolina's next poet laureate. Gov. Pat McCrory announced Monday the appointment of Shelby Stephenson, a retired English professor at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke who served as editor of Pembroke Magazine from 1979 until 2010. The

LAURINBURG — In an emotional speech delivered to a packed courtroom on Monday, Ralph Kersey recalled his “humbling journey” to become Scotland County's newest sheriff.
“My road has been long and winding,” he said after taking the oath of office over a Bible held by his wife Angie. “Over the last year it has incl

Kersey takes oath of office

LAURINBURG — In an emotional speech delivered to a packed courtroom on Monday, Ralph Kersey recalled his “humbling journey” to become Scotland County's newest sheriff. “My road has been long and winding,” he said after taking the oath of office over a Bible held by his wife Angie. “Over the last year it has incl

Newest arrivals at Scotland Memorial

Hicks Felicia Ramsey Hicks and Quinon Hicks Sr. of Bennettsville announce the birth of their daughter Ramsey Mi'Kayla Hicks on Dec. 10, 2014, at Scotland Memorial Hospital. Grandparents are Ruth Woodham and Betty Graham and Sherry McKennon and Luther Curry, all of Bennettsville. Boone Elizabeth Ivy Herring and Stephen Boone of Laurinburg announc

Sony's decision sets dangerous precedent for US

No matter your opinion on Sony's decision to pull its Christmas Day release of The Interview, we all should be able to agree that it sets a dangerous precedent for others who would explore destructive ways of voicing their dissent. Citing lack of support from major theater chains, many of which had pulled the movie from its lineup amid consumer fe

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University Community Music School held “A Christmas Recital” on Sunday afternoon in Hagan Choral Room of Vardell Hall.
The students of Alice Wilkins and Marjorie Hinson shared their talents on piano, violin, ukulele, guitar and voice.
Piano players were Phillip Berry, Vy Pham, Toni Farmer, Lena Berry

Community Music School holds Christmas recital

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University Community Music School held “A Christmas Recital” on Sunday afternoon in Hagan Choral Room of Vardell Hall. The students of Alice Wilkins and Marjorie Hinson shared their talents on piano, violin, ukulele, guitar and voice. Piano players were Phillip Berry, Vy Pham, Toni Farmer, Lena Berry

LAURINBURG — A Lumberton bail bondsman and former lawman with the Robeson County Sheriff's Office says he was verbally harassed by two Scotland County sheriff's deputies while attempting to arrest someone who had missed court.
J.W. Jacobs, of C 4 U Bail Bonding, located at 429 Sanchez Drive, says Deputies David Blalock and James Reginald McP

Bondsman: Scotland deputies abusive

LAURINBURG — A Lumberton bail bondsman and former lawman with the Robeson County Sheriff's Office says he was verbally harassed by two Scotland County sheriff's deputies while attempting to arrest someone who had missed court. J.W. Jacobs, of C 4 U Bail Bonding, located at 429 Sanchez Drive, says Deputies David Blalock and James Reginald McP

LAURINBURG — Authorities are searching for clues in the disappearance of two Scotland County men whose blood-stained car was found last Wednesday on the side of a Georgia highway.
According to sheriff's Investigator Jeff Cooke, who is leading the investigation in Scotland County, Lonnie Patterson, 45, of Laurinburg, and Randy Hobbs, 55, of L

Authorities seek 2 county men; car found in Georgia

LAURINBURG — Authorities are searching for clues in the disappearance of two Scotland County men whose blood-stained car was found last Wednesday on the side of a Georgia highway. According to sheriff's Investigator Jeff Cooke, who is leading the investigation in Scotland County, Lonnie Patterson, 45, of Laurinburg, and Randy Hobbs, 55, of L

LAURINBURG — A Lumberton bail bondsman and former member of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office says he was verbally harassed by two Scotland County sheriff's deputies while attempting to arrest someone who had missed court.
JW Jacobs, of C 4 U Bail Bonding, located at 429 Sanchez Drive, says deputies David Blalock and James Reginald McPhatt

Bondsman says he was threatened by sheriff's deputies

LAURINBURG — A Lumberton bail bondsman and former member of the Robeson County Sheriff's Office says he was verbally harassed by two Scotland County sheriff's deputies while attempting to arrest someone who had missed court. JW Jacobs, of C 4 U Bail Bonding, located at 429 Sanchez Drive, says deputies David Blalock and James Reginald McPhatt

FBI to review hanging death of black teenager

BLADENBORO (AP) — The FBI is looking into the death of a black Bladenboro teen after his family questioned the official ruling the young man found hanging from a swing set at a trailer park had committed suicide, a prosecutor confirmed Friday. A 911 caller found 17-year-old Lennon Lacy hanging on Aug. 29, his feet 2 inches off the ground. La

LAURINBURG — Shouts, laughter, and slightly off-key Christmas carols were heard wafting down Gill Street on Friday morning as nearly 40 exuberant volunteers, many of them employees of Campbell's Soup, unloaded the company's annual donation to Church Community Services.
The Maxton plant made a special delivery at about 8 a.m., unloading a tra

Campbell boosts Christmas Cheer

LAURINBURG — Shouts, laughter, and slightly off-key Christmas carols were heard wafting down Gill Street on Friday morning as nearly 40 exuberant volunteers, many of them employees of Campbell's Soup, unloaded the company's annual donation to Church Community Services. The Maxton plant made a special delivery at about 8 a.m., unloading a tra

LAURINBURG — Though not officially Scotland County's new sheriff, Ralph Kersey has named his administration's three top-ranking officials — two of whom have previously faced outgoing Sheriff Shep Jones in Democratic primaries.
Fellow retired highway patrolman Mike Webb, a native of Lumberton who ran against Jones in 2006 and 2010, will

Kersey names top officials

LAURINBURG — Though not officially Scotland County's new sheriff, Ralph Kersey has named his administration's three top-ranking officials — two of whom have previously faced outgoing Sheriff Shep Jones in Democratic primaries. Fellow retired highway patrolman Mike Webb, a native of Lumberton who ran against Jones in 2006 and 2010, will

LAURINBURG — Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones on Wednesday said that he would not appeal the North Carolina Board of Elections' decision to deny his request for a new election.
“I have decided not to appeal, and now Ralph Kersey can get his administration in office and move forward,” he said.
The state board on Tuesday upheld

Jones says he won't appeal

LAURINBURG — Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones on Wednesday said that he would not appeal the North Carolina Board of Elections' decision to deny his request for a new election. “I have decided not to appeal, and now Ralph Kersey can get his administration in office and move forward,” he said. The state board on Tuesday upheld

RALEIGH — After a nearly two hours of hearing testimony and reviewing evidence, the North Carolina Board of Elections in a 4-1 vote on Monday upheld the Scotland County Board of Elections' decision to dismiss Sheriff Shep Jones' protest of the Nov. 4 election, but agreed that the allegations of vote-buying by Ralph Kersey and his supporters w

State board dismisses protest

RALEIGH — After a nearly two hours of hearing testimony and reviewing evidence, the North Carolina Board of Elections in a 4-1 vote on Monday upheld the Scotland County Board of Elections' decision to dismiss Sheriff Shep Jones' protest of the Nov. 4 election, but agreed that the allegations of vote-buying by Ralph Kersey and his supporters w

LAUREL HILL — The town's annual tree lighting ceremony, rained out on Saturday, was almost thwarted again on Monday when bitterly cold wind ripped across the asphalt near Pate's store and an equally frigid rain began to fall.
But those gathered to hear a young chorus sing — and count down the seconds until a small Christmas tree was ab

Locals light up Laurel Hill

LAUREL HILL — The town's annual tree lighting ceremony, rained out on Saturday, was almost thwarted again on Monday when bitterly cold wind ripped across the asphalt near Pate's store and an equally frigid rain began to fall. But those gathered to hear a young chorus sing — and count down the seconds until a small Christmas tree was ab

LAURINBURG — Though sporadic drizzle fell on beauty queens and cloggers and drove most spectators beneath downtown awnings, heavy rain forecasted for Saturday held back just long enough for the Laurinburg Christmas Parade to clear Main Street.
“It's been a great day,” said Tonia Stephenson, president of the Laurinburg/Scotland Co

Rain holds off for Christmas parade

LAURINBURG — Though sporadic drizzle fell on beauty queens and cloggers and drove most spectators beneath downtown awnings, heavy rain forecasted for Saturday held back just long enough for the Laurinburg Christmas Parade to clear Main Street. “It's been a great day,” said Tonia Stephenson, president of the Laurinburg/Scotland Co

LAURINBURG — Jaylend Ratliffe was born to compete.
From the time he registered at Scotland Parks and Recreation as a spry, young, multi-sport athlete to his eventual rise to stardom at Scotland High, Ratliffe embraced the thrill of the game. Quickly becoming a member of recreational baseball, basketball and football teams, on which he would

Ratliffe's road to recovery

LAURINBURG — Jaylend Ratliffe was born to compete. From the time he registered at Scotland Parks and Recreation as a spry, young, multi-sport athlete to his eventual rise to stardom at Scotland High, Ratliffe embraced the thrill of the game. Quickly becoming a member of recreational baseball, basketball and football teams, on which he would

HAMLET — The University of North Carolina system has developed, published and maintained plans that identify community college courses that will transfer from two-year institutions to four-year colleges for the seamless acquisition of a four-year degree.
“This new agreement goes a long way in taking the guesswork out of choosing classe

Agreement makes for easier transfer of credit

HAMLET — The University of North Carolina system has developed, published and maintained plans that identify community college courses that will transfer from two-year institutions to four-year colleges for the seamless acquisition of a four-year degree. “This new agreement goes a long way in taking the guesswork out of choosing classe

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Board of Elections will on Tuesday hear Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones' appeal of the local board's decision to dismiss his protest of the Nov. 4 election, in which he was defeated by challenger Ralph Kersey.
Jones and Kersey have said they both plan to attend the hearing, set for 2 p.m. at the North Carolina

State board hearing set for Tuesday

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Board of Elections will on Tuesday hear Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones' appeal of the local board's decision to dismiss his protest of the Nov. 4 election, in which he was defeated by challenger Ralph Kersey. Jones and Kersey have said they both plan to attend the hearing, set for 2 p.m. at the North Carolina

23-year-old shot, beaten and robbed at city intersection

LAURINBURG — A 23-year-old Laurinburg man was shot in the right leg after being robbed of $20 a city street corner early Tuesday morning, according to police. Martin Christian was treated for his injury at Scotland Memorial Hospital and has since been released. According to Laurinburg Police Chief Darwin Williams, Christian was walking on R





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