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Mary Katherine Murphy

Position: Reporter
E-Mail Address: mmurphy@civitasmedia.com
Phone Number: 910-506-3169


About Mary Katherine Murphy

Mary Kate covers the Laurinburg City Council, Scotland County Commissioners and the Scotland County Board of Education.

Latest Stories by Mary Katherine Murphy

RALEIGH — Scotland County's state senator introduced two education-related bills this week, one to maintain a 15-point scale for grading school performance and another to increase the teaching loads of UNC system professors.
Tom McInnis (R-Richmond), is one of the the primary sponsors of Senate Bill 450, which was filed on Wednesday. The bil

McInnis bids for 15-point scale

RALEIGH — Scotland County's state senator introduced two education-related bills this week, one to maintain a 15-point scale for grading school performance and another to increase the teaching loads of UNC system professors. Tom McInnis (R-Richmond), is one of the the primary sponsors of Senate Bill 450, which was filed on Wednesday. The bil

LAURINBURG — The remarkable talents of underestimated individuals may seem a strange topic for a celebration of women's history, associated as that subject is with pioneering characters from Susan B. Anthony to Betty Friedan.
But many other women earned the respect they were due much more quietly, as innovators in science, medicine, and the

Event marks women's history month

LAURINBURG — The remarkable talents of underestimated individuals may seem a strange topic for a celebration of women's history, associated as that subject is with pioneering characters from Susan B. Anthony to Betty Friedan. But many other women earned the respect they were due much more quietly, as innovators in science, medicine, and the

LAURINBURG — Though Laurinburg native Brandi Jones Bullock never planned to follow in her family's footsteps to become an educator, it was a 10-year teaching career that finally spurred her to attend law school.
Bullock attended the University of North Carolina after graduating from Scotland High School in 1996. She managed a retail store wh

Passion for youth inspires law career

LAURINBURG — Though Laurinburg native Brandi Jones Bullock never planned to follow in her family's footsteps to become an educator, it was a 10-year teaching career that finally spurred her to attend law school. Bullock attended the University of North Carolina after graduating from Scotland High School in 1996. She managed a retail store wh

RALEIGH — Sponsors of a bill to redirect sales tax money from urban areas to counties like Scotland view the measure as a step toward rectifying inequities in North Carolina counties' resources.
The “Sales Tax Fairness Act,” introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (R-Onslow) and filed on Monday, proposes to restructure t

Bill would redirect sales tax to NC's rural counties

RALEIGH — Sponsors of a bill to redirect sales tax money from urban areas to counties like Scotland view the measure as a step toward rectifying inequities in North Carolina counties' resources. The “Sales Tax Fairness Act,” introduced by Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown (R-Onslow) and filed on Monday, proposes to restructure t

LAURINBURG — Though the value of 15 diamond rings may seem a grand sum, for Bob's Jewel Shop owner Gertrude McCabe that number doesn't begin to approach the value of the service provided for her late husband Bob by Hospice of Scotland County.
For the 15th year, McCabe and Bob's Jewel Shop have donated a unique piece to Hospice for raffle on

Hospice gifted shiny raffle prize

LAURINBURG — Though the value of 15 diamond rings may seem a grand sum, for Bob's Jewel Shop owner Gertrude McCabe that number doesn't begin to approach the value of the service provided for her late husband Bob by Hospice of Scotland County. For the 15th year, McCabe and Bob's Jewel Shop have donated a unique piece to Hospice for raffle on

LAURINBURG — Though all hands were on deck behind the counter at Laurinburg's Jersey Mike's franchise on Wednesday, employees still worked at double time slicing, chopping, and stacking to satisfy the appetites of the largest lunch crowd the store could hold.
Of course, it was no mere coincidence that had hundreds of Scotland County resident

Sub sales benefit Cancer Center

LAURINBURG — Though all hands were on deck behind the counter at Laurinburg's Jersey Mike's franchise on Wednesday, employees still worked at double time slicing, chopping, and stacking to satisfy the appetites of the largest lunch crowd the store could hold. Of course, it was no mere coincidence that had hundreds of Scotland County resident

LAURINBURG — A quartet of aspiring business owners — without a high school diploma among them — took their first major steps on Tuesday night toward turning several months of listening, learning, and tedious planning into fully formed and funded businesses.
The fourth class of the Young Entrepreneurs' Academy sponsored by the Lau

Students pass investors' tests

LAURINBURG — A quartet of aspiring business owners — without a high school diploma among them — took their first major steps on Tuesday night toward turning several months of listening, learning, and tedious planning into fully formed and funded businesses. The fourth class of the Young Entrepreneurs' Academy sponsored by the Lau

Easter events set for next weekend

LAURINBURG — A group of events next weekend promise to make the wait for the Easter Bunny a little more bearable for local children. For the second year, Durham resident and Laurinburg native Terry Hope will hold an Easter egg hunt in Washington Park. The free event will begin at noon on April 4, and in addition to the egg hunt will include

LAURINBURG — Just in time for summer, hand-scooped ice cream cones, sundaes, and milkshakes have made a return to the heart of town.
The Saturday grand opening of Scoop-N-Dip, according to owner Shalonda Taylor, drew several hundred people to a cozy storefront in the building that once housed Subs-N-Cream, Laurinburg's former standby for a s

Something sweet for Main Street

LAURINBURG — Just in time for summer, hand-scooped ice cream cones, sundaes, and milkshakes have made a return to the heart of town. The Saturday grand opening of Scoop-N-Dip, according to owner Shalonda Taylor, drew several hundred people to a cozy storefront in the building that once housed Subs-N-Cream, Laurinburg's former standby for a s

Firefighters lobby for new engine

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Fire Commission lobbied the Laurinburg City Council and the Scotland County Commissioners on Thursday to figure a new fire engine into its discussions of the upcoming fiscal year. Officials met at the South Fire Station to discuss the fire commission's long-term plan to replace its equipment on a revolving sc

LAURINBURG — After 40 months of incarceration in the Scotland County Detention Center, James Rupard came face-to-face with an assembly of his victims for the first time on Thursday as he pleaded guilty to 17 felonies.
Before Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard Brown, the 53-year-old Rupard issued a 15-minute statement to the dozen p

Rupard pleads guilty to 17 felonies

LAURINBURG — After 40 months of incarceration in the Scotland County Detention Center, James Rupard came face-to-face with an assembly of his victims for the first time on Thursday as he pleaded guilty to 17 felonies. Before Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard Brown, the 53-year-old Rupard issued a 15-minute statement to the dozen p

Joint committee decides school funding terms

LAURINBURG — A committee of school board members and county commissioners agreed on Tuesday to the terms of a funding agreement for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 years. After some debate as to whether or not capital funding should be considered at so early a point, all six committee members agreed to include $300,000 of capital funding from th

City to tackle collections

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council identified on Tuesday several areas for discussion during its upcoming budget deliberations, including collection of delinquent property taxes and utility fees. Councilmember J.D. Willis also initiated that conversation during the council's work session last week, and said on Tuesday that the city is

WAGRAM — Still recuperating from months of neglect suffered at a Laurinburg farm, the chestnut filly known to a worldwide following as “Hope the Wonderhorse” is officially on the road to recovery.
Hope, who will turn three this year, was surrendered in an emaciated state last December by Leaning Pine Stables and Rescue on Hasty R

Rescued horse 'out of the woods'

WAGRAM — Still recuperating from months of neglect suffered at a Laurinburg farm, the chestnut filly known to a worldwide following as “Hope the Wonderhorse” is officially on the road to recovery. Hope, who will turn three this year, was surrendered in an emaciated state last December by Leaning Pine Stables and Rescue on Hasty R

Laurel Hill quizzes board on redistricting

LAURINBURG — Only a handful of parents and educators attended Monday's public input session at Laurel Hill Elementary School, but they provided no shortage of questions about the school board's proposal to close Pate-Gardner Elementary and send its students to Laurel Hill. That proposal is the only in a network of possibilities currently und

LAURINBURG — Though a small group in a heavily Democratic county, the Scotland County Republican Party — with about 30 members gathered at its annual convention on Monday — celebrated ground gained throughout the state over the last year.
A.J. Daoud, chairman of the N.C. GOP's six district, noted that, in addition to a Republican

GOP celebrates gains at convention

LAURINBURG — Though a small group in a heavily Democratic county, the Scotland County Republican Party — with about 30 members gathered at its annual convention on Monday — celebrated ground gained throughout the state over the last year. A.J. Daoud, chairman of the N.C. GOP's six district, noted that, in addition to a Republican

County asks legislators for autonomy

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Commissioners issued the county's three-member legislative delegation with a Hippocratic oath on Friday morning in a brief meeting to outline the board's legislative priorities. “The number one legislative goal that we ask is, and this will probably continue, is do no harm,” said County M

LAURINBURG — Donning safety glasses and armed with drills, students in Jada Taylor's horticulture and agriscience applications classes at Scotland High School geared up on Thursday for a period of intense … farming.
With the guidance of experts from N.C. A&T State University, students drilled a series of holes in narrow, four-foot

Mushroom project helps students cultivate STEM skills

LAURINBURG — Donning safety glasses and armed with drills, students in Jada Taylor's horticulture and agriscience applications classes at Scotland High School geared up on Thursday for a period of intense … farming. With the guidance of experts from N.C. A&T State University, students drilled a series of holes in narrow, four-foot

Gibson objects to appearance of scrapyard

GIBSON — The Oil Mill Road scrapyard that the Gibson town commissioners allowed into town in 2012 now has them concerned that its management may not be fulfilling its promises. During the commissioners' Thursday meeting, commissioner Pete Wilkins raised an objection to the scrapyard's appearance and the tattered black tarp on chainlink fence

Parents berate school board over proposed closure of Pate-Gardner

GIBSON — Passions flared with red-hot intensity on Thursday as members of the Scotland County Board of Education met with more than 80 parents to discuss the possible closure of Pate-Gardner Elementary School. Pate-Gardner is one of several schools under consideration for closure in a dramatic redistricting plan which school staff report wou





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