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LAURINBURG — Derek Cole, general manager of One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning based in Laurinburg, was recently honored with the Patriot Award by the National Guard.
This award is given to individual supervisors who assist employees serving in the National Guard or Reserve. Employers are recognized for providing benefits like flexible

Local business owner honored with National Guard award

LAURINBURG — Derek Cole, general manager of One Hour Heating & Air Conditioning based in Laurinburg, was recently honored with the Patriot Award by the National Guard. This award is given to individual supervisors who assist employees serving in the National Guard or Reserve. Employers are recognized for providing benefits like flexible

Georgia bureau takes probe to Scotland County

LAURINBURG — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has expanded its investigation into the murder of two men, whose badly decomposed bodies were found in a well on a private property last weekend, to Scotland County. Fingerprints helped to confirm the identity of one of the bodies found in Jeff Davis County, Georgia, as that of Lonnie Patterso

Cody Moody became the Laurinburg Police Department's newest patrolman on Thursday. Moody is a 2009 graduate of Purnell Swett High School and a 2013 graduate of Robeson Community College where he received his Basic Law Enforcement Training. Moody was joined by his mother and father Michael and Susan, and grandfather and grandmother Bobby and Linda d

Moody sworn in as Laurinburg officer

Cody Moody became the Laurinburg Police Department's newest patrolman on Thursday. Moody is a 2009 graduate of Purnell Swett High School and a 2013 graduate of Robeson Community College where he received his Basic Law Enforcement Training. Moody was joined by his mother and father Michael and Susan, and grandfather and grandmother Bobby and Linda d

LAURINBURG — The Scottish Pilot Club of Laurinburg presented BrainMinders to kindergarteners at Scotland County elementary schools this month.
BrainMinders is Pilot International's signature program to teach children about brain safety. BrainMinder Buddies Wise Old Owl, Gerald Giraffe, Penny Panda, Martin Monkey and Fiona Fox tell the childr

Scottish Pilots perform brain program

LAURINBURG — The Scottish Pilot Club of Laurinburg presented BrainMinders to kindergarteners at Scotland County elementary schools this month. BrainMinders is Pilot International's signature program to teach children about brain safety. BrainMinder Buddies Wise Old Owl, Gerald Giraffe, Penny Panda, Martin Monkey and Fiona Fox tell the childr

LAURINBURG — Information received by local authorities has led Georgia investigators to two badly decomposed bodies, one believed to be that of a Scotland County man reported missing last year.
According to Scotland County Sheriff's Capt. Mitch Johnson, the bodies were found after authorities received information from a man who turned himsel

Body could be that of county man

LAURINBURG — Information received by local authorities has led Georgia investigators to two badly decomposed bodies, one believed to be that of a Scotland County man reported missing last year. According to Scotland County Sheriff's Capt. Mitch Johnson, the bodies were found after authorities received information from a man who turned himsel

LAURINBURG — A Friday afternoon celebration held to commemorate 20 years of success for Habitat for Humanity's ReStore netted an additional $2,900 towards the cost of building and rehabilitating homes in Scotland County.
That total is $1,500 more than the store's average daily sales, said manager C.F. McDowell. Sales were boosted by a 20-per

ReStore celebration nets funds for Habitat

LAURINBURG — A Friday afternoon celebration held to commemorate 20 years of success for Habitat for Humanity's ReStore netted an additional $2,900 towards the cost of building and rehabilitating homes in Scotland County. That total is $1,500 more than the store's average daily sales, said manager C.F. McDowell. Sales were boosted by a 20-per

LAURINBURG — Putting a pen to paper on Friday afternoon, Laurinburg Mayor Tommy Parker signaled the start of Women's History Week, which will begin Monday.
But before he began, he praised the Rev. Essie Davis for her unsung efforts to organize events that bring the community together. One such event next week will be on Friday at noon at the

Proclamation signals start of Women's History Week

LAURINBURG — Putting a pen to paper on Friday afternoon, Laurinburg Mayor Tommy Parker signaled the start of Women's History Week, which will begin Monday. But before he began, he praised the Rev. Essie Davis for her unsung efforts to organize events that bring the community together. One such event next week will be on Friday at noon at the

Bill repeals religious exemption from vaccinations in NC

RALEIGH (AP) — Some North Carolina senators worried about the resurgence of certain communicable diseases want to eliminate an exemption from North Carolina's childhood-vaccination requirements that is given to parents who oppose them on religious grounds. The lawmakers filed a bill Thursday that also would rework the current list of vaccina

NC Senate Republican economic plan would lower tax rate

RALEIGH (AP) — Senate Republicans offered their own economic development plan Wednesday that would further reduce North Carolina corporate income-tax rates and cap the use of the state's principal incentives tool in the Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham areas. The package unveiled by Senate leader Phil Berger contrasts with the proposal sought by

LAURINBURG — Police are seeking a 26-year-old Laurinburg man they say is responsible for stealing a television from an occupied home early this morning.
Marqueas Hasty, of 413 Alpha St., is charged with first-degree burglary and larceny, according to Assistant Laurinburg Police Chief Cliff Sessoms.
“This guy has a history of break-ins

Police seeking burglary suspect

LAURINBURG — Police are seeking a 26-year-old Laurinburg man they say is responsible for stealing a television from an occupied home early this morning. Marqueas Hasty, of 413 Alpha St., is charged with first-degree burglary and larceny, according to Assistant Laurinburg Police Chief Cliff Sessoms. “This guy has a history of break-ins

LAURINBURG — Employees of local plants, farms and rehabilitation centers stepped into attire decidedly less traditional on Saturday night to raise money for the Red Cross.
From a group of four women who work at Campbell's Soup, Brenda Locklear, Meredith Hale, Donna Chavis, Annette Bower — as Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and P

'Celebrities' raise money for Red Cross

LAURINBURG — Employees of local plants, farms and rehabilitation centers stepped into attire decidedly less traditional on Saturday night to raise money for the Red Cross. From a group of four women who work at Campbell's Soup, Brenda Locklear, Meredith Hale, Donna Chavis, Annette Bower — as Ace Frehley, Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and P

LAURINBURG — In a brief swearing-in ceremony on Friday, the Scotland County Sheriff's Office added two new deputies to its patrol division.
Following a training period, David Shankle, pastor of West Rockingham Church of God, will become the School Resource Officer at Shaw Academy. Jessica Sadovnikov, who began her law enforcement career in 2

Two deputies join sheriff's office

LAURINBURG — In a brief swearing-in ceremony on Friday, the Scotland County Sheriff's Office added two new deputies to its patrol division. Following a training period, David Shankle, pastor of West Rockingham Church of God, will become the School Resource Officer at Shaw Academy. Jessica Sadovnikov, who began her law enforcement career in 2

LAURINBURG — In a casual Friday morning question-and-answer session at the county's Emergency Operations Center, state Sen. Tom McInnis provided locals with a legislative update while exuding frustration about “clutter” in Raleigh and Washington that he feels impedes the progress of rural North Carolina and emphasizing the importa

McInnis fields questions from local leaders

LAURINBURG — In a casual Friday morning question-and-answer session at the county's Emergency Operations Center, state Sen. Tom McInnis provided locals with a legislative update while exuding frustration about “clutter” in Raleigh and Washington that he feels impedes the progress of rural North Carolina and emphasizing the importa

LAURINBURG — Through their anonymous giving to the Scotland Family Counseling Center, the fundraising group that calls themselves the Silent Samaritans are far from what the name would suggest.
So said the Rev. George Ellis, a member of the center's board of directors, speaking to about 60 of the nonprofit's supporters at their annual lunche

Samaritans embrace 'silent' giving at annual lunch

LAURINBURG — Through their anonymous giving to the Scotland Family Counseling Center, the fundraising group that calls themselves the Silent Samaritans are far from what the name would suggest. So said the Rev. George Ellis, a member of the center's board of directors, speaking to about 60 of the nonprofit's supporters at their annual lunche

LAURINBURG — A group of local residents and ministers will gather today at the Commonwealth Street bridge to pray for the community following a Sunday afternoon shooting that killed a 14-year-old and seriously injured another.
A 5 p.m. vigil is being organized for DeAngelo McQueen, a Shaw Academy student who was shot to death; and Adaiyeus J

Vigil planned for Laurinburg teen

LAURINBURG — A group of local residents and ministers will gather today at the Commonwealth Street bridge to pray for the community following a Sunday afternoon shooting that killed a 14-year-old and seriously injured another. A 5 p.m. vigil is being organized for DeAngelo McQueen, a Shaw Academy student who was shot to death; and Adaiyeus J

LAURINBURG — A 35-year-old man is being sought for what has been deemed by Laurinburg Police Chief Darwin Williams as the “senseless” killing of a 14-year-old boy and serious injury of another.
William Maurice Harrington, of 609 McGirts Bridge Road, is wanted for murder in the shooting death of DeAngelo McQueen, a Laurinburg midd

35-year-old sought for teen's murder

LAURINBURG — A 35-year-old man is being sought for what has been deemed by Laurinburg Police Chief Darwin Williams as the “senseless” killing of a 14-year-old boy and serious injury of another. William Maurice Harrington, of 609 McGirts Bridge Road, is wanted for murder in the shooting death of DeAngelo McQueen, a Laurinburg midd

LAURINBURG — A 35-year-old man wanted for the Sunday murder of a Laurinburg teenager has turned himself in.
William Maurice Harrington, of 609 McGirt's Bridge Road, surrendered himself at the Scotland County Magistrate's Office just after noon on Monday, according to Laurinburg Police Chief Darwin Williams. He is being held in the Scotland C

Man charged with murder in custody

LAURINBURG — A 35-year-old man wanted for the Sunday murder of a Laurinburg teenager has turned himself in. William Maurice Harrington, of 609 McGirt's Bridge Road, surrendered himself at the Scotland County Magistrate's Office just after noon on Monday, according to Laurinburg Police Chief Darwin Williams. He is being held in the Scotland C

Crime report for March 7

Arrests LAURINBURG — Two Scotland High School students face charges after fighting in the school's plaza on Thursday, according to police. Keion Williams, 17, of Sugar Road, was charged with disorderly conduct and simple affray, according to Assistant Police Chief Cliff Sessoms. He was placed in the Scotland County jail under a $2,500 bond.

NC lawmakers look at bill to keep lottery winners anonymous

CLEMMONS (AP) — North Carolina law compels winners of significant lottery prizes to reveal their identities, but a proposal in the legislature would keep that information confidential unless the winner says otherwise. While the N.C. Education Lottery opposes the measure, some players think it's not such a bad idea. The bill was filed by Rep

Lois Baldwin, left, recently celebrated 10 years of service with Kordsa Global Inc. in Laurel Hill. Baldwin is a weaver in the converting department. She was presented with a letter of appreciation and anniversary award gift by her supervisor, Lenore McNeill.
Pattie Walters recently celebrated 10 years of service with Kordsa Global Inc. Walters is

Lois Baldwin, left, recently celebrated 10 years of service with Kordsa Global Inc. in Laurel Hill. Baldwin is a weaver in the converting department. She was presented with a letter of appreciation and anniversary award gift by her supervisor, Lenore McNeill. Pattie Walters recently celebrated 10 years of service with Kordsa Global Inc. Walters is





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