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Abbi Overfelt

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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

LAURINBURG — With cheers, hoots and hollers that belied their ever-growing distaste for all things loud, nearly 100 Scotland County retirees welcomed the start of the county's senior games during opening ceremonies on Monday morning.
“North Carolina Senior Games is the largest in the country, and, we think, the best,” said Betty

Let the games begin

LAURINBURG — With cheers, hoots and hollers that belied their ever-growing distaste for all things loud, nearly 100 Scotland County retirees welcomed the start of the county's senior games during opening ceremonies on Monday morning. “North Carolina Senior Games is the largest in the country, and, we think, the best,” said Betty

LAURINBURG — Achievement by youth, elders and everyone in between was lauded on Saturday as dozens came together for the sixth annual NAACP Youth Council Image Awards banquet at the Clinton Inn.
Those celebrated, said featured speaker Lester Smith III, 24, a former member of the council himself, should know that they “are as great, and

Youth Council lauds leaders

LAURINBURG — Achievement by youth, elders and everyone in between was lauded on Saturday as dozens came together for the sixth annual NAACP Youth Council Image Awards banquet at the Clinton Inn. Those celebrated, said featured speaker Lester Smith III, 24, a former member of the council himself, should know that they “are as great, and

LAURINBURG — Undeterred by unseasonably cold and rainy weather on Saturday morning, runners and walkers laced up sneakers for a good cause, pounding the pavement of Scotland Memorial Hospital and St. Andrews University during the 11th annual FUNd Run for Life presented by the Scotland Memorial Foundation.
“It was a terrific event ̵

Runners undeterred by rain

LAURINBURG — Undeterred by unseasonably cold and rainy weather on Saturday morning, runners and walkers laced up sneakers for a good cause, pounding the pavement of Scotland Memorial Hospital and St. Andrews University during the 11th annual FUNd Run for Life presented by the Scotland Memorial Foundation. “It was a terrific event ̵

LAURINBURG — “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”
The Special Olympics Oath, spoken into a microphone by a North Laurinburg student, set the tone for the county's annual games held Tuesday at Scotland High School's Pate Stadium.
“You will watch some of the best kids you've ever seen…,

Special Olympians give 100 percent

LAURINBURG — “Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” The Special Olympics Oath, spoken into a microphone by a North Laurinburg student, set the tone for the county's annual games held Tuesday at Scotland High School's Pate Stadium. “You will watch some of the best kids you've ever seen…,

LAURINBURG — A Scotland County man who last month gave authorities information that led to the bodies of Lonnie Patterson and Randy Hobbs has been charged in connection with their deaths.
Robert Johnson, 35, of Hargrave Street in Laurel Hill, was charged on April 2 with two counts of concealing a death and two counts of being part of a death

Scotland man charged in connection with 2 murders

LAURINBURG — A Scotland County man who last month gave authorities information that led to the bodies of Lonnie Patterson and Randy Hobbs has been charged in connection with their deaths. Robert Johnson, 35, of Hargrave Street in Laurel Hill, was charged on April 2 with two counts of concealing a death and two counts of being part of a death

LAURINBURG — Though passers-by will certainly miss receiving a hearty greeting from the “mayor” of McGirts Bridge Road, Joyce Pressley imagines that her father, Luke Harrington, is in his version of paradise, complete with live serenades by the Dixie Hummingbirds and access to peppermints and Durango chewing tobacco aplenty.
The

'Mayor of McGirts Bridge' dies at 100

LAURINBURG — Though passers-by will certainly miss receiving a hearty greeting from the “mayor” of McGirts Bridge Road, Joyce Pressley imagines that her father, Luke Harrington, is in his version of paradise, complete with live serenades by the Dixie Hummingbirds and access to peppermints and Durango chewing tobacco aplenty. The

Police cameras could address deeper problem

It baffles us how a police officer could shoot someone in the back. Not only how they could be so callous as to pull a trigger when a suspect is clearly not an immediate threat, but also how they thought they could get away with it. We are saddened and outraged by the latest incident in Charleston, South Carolina. We are heartened that it was swif

Board seeking assistant elections director

LAURINBURG — Following the resignation of Lindsey Adams, the Scotland County Board of Elections is again seeking an assistant elections director. The board announced the vacancy during its monthly meeting on Tuesday, saying Adams resigned on April 1 “for personal reasons.” A longtime Laurinburg resident, Adams was hired last June

PEMBROKE — Hayes Pond will not be sold by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina — at least anytime soon.
At a meeting Tuesday of the Lumbee Nation Tribal Programs Committee, its five members voted unanimously to keep the property, which is located in Scotland and Robeson counties, until a full study can be conducted. The committee's recom

No sale on Hayes Pond

PEMBROKE — Hayes Pond will not be sold by the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina — at least anytime soon. At a meeting Tuesday of the Lumbee Nation Tribal Programs Committee, its five members voted unanimously to keep the property, which is located in Scotland and Robeson counties, until a full study can be conducted. The committee's recom

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