Mary Katherine Murphy

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E-Mail Address: mmurphy@civitasmedia.com
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Latest Stories by Mary Katherine Murphy

LAURINBURG — Though members of the audience were only half the required voting age, state Rep. Garland Pierce told two classes of North Laurinburg Elementary School students on Friday that their ideas matter, and that it's never too early to become informed.
Between Friday and Monday, Pierce will speak with students at one elementary school

Students receive legislative lesson

LAURINBURG — Though members of the audience were only half the required voting age, state Rep. Garland Pierce told two classes of North Laurinburg Elementary School students on Friday that their ideas matter, and that it's never too early to become informed. Between Friday and Monday, Pierce will speak with students at one elementary school

LAURINBURG — The leaders of four educational institutions reflected on their recent successes and respective roles in the community on Friday during a “state of education” summit held by the Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce.
St. Andrews University President Paul Baldasare touted the institution's record in equi

Leaders reflect on state of schools

LAURINBURG — The leaders of four educational institutions reflected on their recent successes and respective roles in the community on Friday during a “state of education” summit held by the Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce. St. Andrews University President Paul Baldasare touted the institution's record in equi

Southeastern retains funding for Head Start

LAURINBURG — Less than a month after losing state funding for its weatherization program, Southeastern Community and Family Services has received confirmation that it will continue to receive U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funding for its Head Start program. The $11 million in federal money constitutes 78 percent of Southeaster

LAURINBURG — For the cancer survivors to be celebrated during an opening lap at next week's Relay for Life event at Scotland High School's Pate Stadium, the disease can be characterized as a defeated adversary.
But for others, the initial diagnosis comes as a death sentence.
On Thursday, the family of Maxton resident Lucy Patterson set up s

Diagnosis hits home

LAURINBURG — For the cancer survivors to be celebrated during an opening lap at next week's Relay for Life event at Scotland High School's Pate Stadium, the disease can be characterized as a defeated adversary. But for others, the initial diagnosis comes as a death sentence. On Thursday, the family of Maxton resident Lucy Patterson set up s

Clinic to offer tours, flu shots

LAURINBURG — An upcoming pair of open house events at the Scotland Community Health Clinic will also serve as an opportunity for locals to receive flu shots free of charge. On Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, the clinic will take part in an effort by more than 80 clinics, sponsored by the N.C. Association of Free Clinics, to illustrate the continued nee

Head Start contract renewed

LAURINBURG — Less than a month after losing state funding for its weatherization program, Southeastern Community and Family Services received confirmation this week of continued U.S. Department of Health and Human Services funding for its Head Start program. The $11 million in federal DHHS monies constitutes 78 percent of Southeastern's annu

City delays hearing on zoning change

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council delayed a public hearing to rezone 44 acres on X-Way Road from residential to industrial, scheduled for its regular meeting on Tuesday, to allow time for conference with the consulting firm currently in the process of revising the city's unified development ordinance. The motion to remove the public h

Funding plan proposed

LAURINBURG — A group of Scotland County commissioners presented a proposal on Tuesday for long-term local funding of the Scotland County Schools to a committee of commissioners and school board members tasked with revising the current school funding legislation. In a June mediation session, the two boards agreed on funding levels through 201

LAURINBURG — Standing at the head of a group of addicts in various stages of recovery last week and recalling her years drifting in and out of rehab centers and nursing homes from South Carolina to New York, the Arletha Moore of 15, 20, or 30 years ago would not have recognized herself.
“I couldn't talk, I didn't know how to say a dece

Addicts share stories of recovery

LAURINBURG — Standing at the head of a group of addicts in various stages of recovery last week and recalling her years drifting in and out of rehab centers and nursing homes from South Carolina to New York, the Arletha Moore of 15, 20, or 30 years ago would not have recognized herself. “I couldn't talk, I didn't know how to say a dece

LAURINBURG — Opening next week, Laurinburg's newest downtown business aims to help its clients be the most well-groomed around.
City native Kelsie Boles will host a grand opening at her Red Willow Hair Studio, near the intersection of South Main and Railroad streets in the former Everington's Drug Store, on Monday evening and open for busine

City native opens salon

LAURINBURG — Opening next week, Laurinburg's newest downtown business aims to help its clients be the most well-groomed around. City native Kelsie Boles will host a grand opening at her Red Willow Hair Studio, near the intersection of South Main and Railroad streets in the former Everington's Drug Store, on Monday evening and open for busine

Agencies talk grant opportunities

LAURINBURG — A new grant initiative developed by the Golden LEAF Foundation will give Scotland County agencies the opportunity to apply for up to $1.5 million in funding for next year. As part of the Community-Based Grants Initiative, the foundation has made $12 million available to city and county governments and nonprofit organizations in

LAURINBURG — A group of local elected officials and business owners recently returned from the N.C. Business and Economic Development Summit in Washington, D.C., a trip to further Scotland County's cause with federal representatives and officials.
The 10-member Scotland County delegation, led by the Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of

Local leaders work to further county cause

LAURINBURG — A group of local elected officials and business owners recently returned from the N.C. Business and Economic Development Summit in Washington, D.C., a trip to further Scotland County's cause with federal representatives and officials. The 10-member Scotland County delegation, led by the Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of

Solar questions persist for city

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council will hold a public hearing during its regular meeting next week on a request to rezone a 44-acre tract on X-Way Road near the John Blue House from residential to industrial. The property, owned by J.P. Locklear, is a potential site for installation of a solar array by Innovative Solar Systems of Ashev

Board mulls proposal to redesign rec

LAURINBURG — Scotland County Parks and Recreation will seek public input next month on the department's next 10-year master plan, with a view to more efficient service in line with the community's present needs. The Parks and Recreation advisory board met on Tuesday to discuss the plan, funded by a state Community Transformation Grant to add

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-

SACS to draw from Poe's eerie tales at Big Read activities

LAURINBURG — The spooky series of events and activities comprising this year's Big Read, sponsored by the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast and the Scotland County Memorial Library, is scheduled to begin later this month. But several weeks remain for bibliophiles to pick up a free copy of “The Great Tales and Poems of Edgar

School board OKs tech upgrade

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Education approved a nearly $200,000 upgrade to student technology in all schools during its regular meeting on Monday. According to Rick DeLaunay, director of administrative technology for Scotland County Schools, the computers used by students average about eight years of age, and several different

LAURINBURG — When the Scotland County Historic Properties Commission reopens the Museum of Scotland County, its members hope the museum will take its place as one of the county's most prominent tourist attractions.
Currently open only by appointment, the X-Way Road museum is undergoing renovations to create space for an 1,800-square-foot Nat

Museum undergoes renovations

LAURINBURG — When the Scotland County Historic Properties Commission reopens the Museum of Scotland County, its members hope the museum will take its place as one of the county's most prominent tourist attractions. Currently open only by appointment, the X-Way Road museum is undergoing renovations to create space for an 1,800-square-foot Nat

Scotland's test scores improve

LAURINBURG —Test scores released by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction on Thursday showed a marked increase in the number of Scotland County students performing at grade level in the 2013-2014 school year, though the proportion of those students remains less than half at most grade levels. The state also released the school system's f

LAURINBURG — Linda Smith's breast cancer diagnosis in April of this year came as a challenge to her understanding of herself as an individual and redefined relationships with those closest to her.
She was described by Relay for Life co-chair Stewart Thomas as “a woman you will rarely see without a smile on her face,” as he introd

Relay banquet highlights local survivor stories

LAURINBURG — Linda Smith's breast cancer diagnosis in April of this year came as a challenge to her understanding of herself as an individual and redefined relationships with those closest to her. She was described by Relay for Life co-chair Stewart Thomas as “a woman you will rarely see without a smile on her face,” as he introd




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