Abbi Overfelt

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SAU Dressage team places at weekend show

LAURINBURG — The St. Andrews University Dressage team competed this past weekend at the IDA Dressage Show. The show was hosted by St. Andrews last Saturday and held at the Equestrian Center. Bridget Newman broke a string of fourth places at first level to place second in First Level Test 2 with a score of 68.784 percent. Claire Pollard pla

LAURINBURG — Six county jailers, including a sheriff's captain who has been employed for more than 16 years, were terminated by Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones on Tuesday, according to county personnel records.
Also fired from her position as a sheriff's deputy was a woman who was reinstated to her position on Aug. 21, nearly a year after

Jones fires 7 employees

LAURINBURG — Six county jailers, including a sheriff's captain who has been employed for more than 16 years, were terminated by Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones on Tuesday, according to county personnel records. Also fired from her position as a sheriff's deputy was a woman who was reinstated to her position on Aug. 21, nearly a year after

LAURINBURG — Hours after incumbent Sheriff Shep Jones submitted to the North Carolina Board of Elections allegations that successful challenger Ralph Kersey and his supporters paid black residents in exchange for votes, Kersey was introduced at the November meeting of the Scotland County Republican Party with a joke.
“Mr. Kersey, I'm a

Kersey, McInnis decry allegations, celebrate GOP wins

LAURINBURG — Hours after incumbent Sheriff Shep Jones submitted to the North Carolina Board of Elections allegations that successful challenger Ralph Kersey and his supporters paid black residents in exchange for votes, Kersey was introduced at the November meeting of the Scotland County Republican Party with a joke. “Mr. Kersey, I'm a

LAURINBURG — A Bennettsville man has been charged with attempting to murder his Laurinburg girlfriend, according to Laurinburg police.
Dushawn Fuller, 33, of Atkins St., was placed in the Scotland County jail without bond on Friday on charges of attempted murder, second-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill infl

Man charged with attempted murder

LAURINBURG — A Bennettsville man has been charged with attempting to murder his Laurinburg girlfriend, according to Laurinburg police. Dushawn Fuller, 33, of Atkins St., was placed in the Scotland County jail without bond on Friday on charges of attempted murder, second-degree kidnapping, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill infl

LAURINBURG — Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones on Friday appealed to the local Board of Elections its decision to dismiss his protest of the Nov. 4 sheriff's race.
The appeal included 14 statements from witnesses to alleged vote-buying by the supporters of Jones' successful challenger, Ralph Kersey. Jones lost his bid for re-election by 235

Jones submits appeal

LAURINBURG — Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones on Friday appealed to the local Board of Elections its decision to dismiss his protest of the Nov. 4 sheriff's race. The appeal included 14 statements from witnesses to alleged vote-buying by the supporters of Jones' successful challenger, Ralph Kersey. Jones lost his bid for re-election by 235

It is the busiest time of the year for the airlines and the most traveled time of the year by automobile. Family members all across America rush to reconnect, reunite, and feast on what may well be their best and largest meal of the year.
It is Thanksgiving, or that oft-forgotten time many set aside to give thanks to God for bountiful blessings.

Amid consumerism, Thanksgiving remains holiday about family, faith

It is the busiest time of the year for the airlines and the most traveled time of the year by automobile. Family members all across America rush to reconnect, reunite, and feast on what may well be their best and largest meal of the year. It is Thanksgiving, or that oft-forgotten time many set aside to give thanks to God for bountiful blessings.

NC Medicaid forecasting small surplus this year

RALEIGH (AP) — North Carolina's Medicaid office predicted Tuesday it would have a small surplus for this fiscal year despite a spike in prescription drug spending and continued enrollment growth for the health insurance program that serves more than one in six state residents. The forecast is another sign the beleaguered program is in a bett

LAURINBURG — A divided elections board on Tuesday night voted to dismiss an elections protest filed Monday by incumbent Sheriff Shep Jones, saying he could not present enough evidence to prove alleged misconduct by successful opponent Ralph Kersey — or that the alleged misconduct cost him the Nov. 4 election for Scotland County Sheriff.

Election protest dismissed

LAURINBURG — A divided elections board on Tuesday night voted to dismiss an elections protest filed Monday by incumbent Sheriff Shep Jones, saying he could not present enough evidence to prove alleged misconduct by successful opponent Ralph Kersey — or that the alleged misconduct cost him the Nov. 4 election for Scotland County Sheriff.

Leaders discuss health programs for local entities

LAURINBURG — In the course of a two-hour meeting at Scotland Health's Dulin Center on Monday, 18 community members agreed that both obesity and cardiovascular disease could be targeted with the implementation of a weight-management program, facilitated by the county in partnership with local employers and religious organizations. The second

LAURINBURG — In an election protest filed on Monday, incumbent Shep Jones claims that challenger Ralph Kersey won the Nov. 4 bid for county sheriff by buying votes — and asks that the results of that election be overturned and a new one be held.
In the protest, filed at 9:40 a.m., Jones writes, “registered voters were approached

Jones' protest accuses vote buying, intimidation

LAURINBURG — In an election protest filed on Monday, incumbent Shep Jones claims that challenger Ralph Kersey won the Nov. 4 bid for county sheriff by buying votes — and asks that the results of that election be overturned and a new one be held. In the protest, filed at 9:40 a.m., Jones writes, “registered voters were approached

LAURINBURG — Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones has filed a protest with the Scotland County Board of Elections, according to county elections director Dell Parker.
Jones submitted the election protest concerning outcome of the sheriff race this morning, Parker said. The margin between the incumbent and his successful challenger, Ralph Kerse

Jones files elections protest

LAURINBURG — Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones has filed a protest with the Scotland County Board of Elections, according to county elections director Dell Parker. Jones submitted the election protest concerning outcome of the sheriff race this morning, Parker said. The margin between the incumbent and his successful challenger, Ralph Kerse

Election outcome stands following the local canvass

LAURINBURG — An official election canvass on Friday morning did not change the outcome of any Scotland County race, and the vote margin in the most heated contest narrowed by only three. That margin between Sheriff Shep Jones and successful challenger Ralph Kersey is now 235 votes, with Kersey taking 5,336 votes to Jones' 5,101. Six votes we

LAURINBURG — An investigator from the North Carolina Board of Elections had a busy day in Laurinburg on Thursday, interviewing local residents who allege that they witnessed Ralph Kersey buying votes during his successful campaign for Scotland County Sheriff.
Scotland County Elections Director Dell Parker said the investigator arrived at 10

Kersey faces fraud claims

LAURINBURG — An investigator from the North Carolina Board of Elections had a busy day in Laurinburg on Thursday, interviewing local residents who allege that they witnessed Ralph Kersey buying votes during his successful campaign for Scotland County Sheriff. Scotland County Elections Director Dell Parker said the investigator arrived at 10

LAURINBURG — The North Carolina Board of Elections is investigating four written complaints that accuse Ralph Kersey of buying votes during his campaign for Scotland County Sheriff, according to county elections director Dell Parker.
Kersey won by a narrow margin in the highly contested race, ousting Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones by 238

Kersey accused of buying votes

LAURINBURG — The North Carolina Board of Elections is investigating four written complaints that accuse Ralph Kersey of buying votes during his campaign for Scotland County Sheriff, according to county elections director Dell Parker. Kersey won by a narrow margin in the highly contested race, ousting Scotland County Sheriff Shep Jones by 238

LAURINBURG — John C. Edens, 15 at the time, remembers being home in Laurinburg with a brother, waiting for their parents to return from a Sunday afternoon visit.
“We were listening to a battery powered radio and next thing we knew, we heard the Japs had `bummed' Pearl Harbor. I couldn't wait for my parents to get home. I was ready righ

Edens and crew spared invasion, survive typhoons

LAURINBURG — John C. Edens, 15 at the time, remembers being home in Laurinburg with a brother, waiting for their parents to return from a Sunday afternoon visit. “We were listening to a battery powered radio and next thing we knew, we heard the Japs had `bummed' Pearl Harbor. I couldn't wait for my parents to get home. I was ready righ

PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks has hired a former tribal administrator who was fired after the Tribal Council learned that she was being paid more than the salary approved for the position.
Rose Marie Lowry-Townsend is now employed as the tribe's new director of Youth Services. In that position her responsibilities will includ

Townsend back working for Lumbee Tribe

PEMBROKE — Lumbee Tribal Chairman Paul Brooks has hired a former tribal administrator who was fired after the Tribal Council learned that she was being paid more than the salary approved for the position. Rose Marie Lowry-Townsend is now employed as the tribe's new director of Youth Services. In that position her responsibilities will includ

EAST LAURINBURG — With scrambled eggs, creamy grits and crisp bacon, Partners in Ministry on Veterans Day catered to dozens of men and women, many who have continued to serve others long after the end of their military careers.
“Many volunteer with our housing ministry, our food ministry or with our food pantry,” said Dr. Melba M

Ministry dishes out appreciation

EAST LAURINBURG — With scrambled eggs, creamy grits and crisp bacon, Partners in Ministry on Veterans Day catered to dozens of men and women, many who have continued to serve others long after the end of their military careers. “Many volunteer with our housing ministry, our food ministry or with our food pantry,” said Dr. Melba M

MAXTON — While those living outside of Southeastern North Carolina may wonder at the concept of placing a slew of steamed or boiled greens in between two pieces of deep-fried cornbread, in Maxton and the surrounding areas, the practice is not just expected but necessitated by local tastes and tradition.
Just ask one of the several people in

Collard fest fries up tradition

MAXTON — While those living outside of Southeastern North Carolina may wonder at the concept of placing a slew of steamed or boiled greens in between two pieces of deep-fried cornbread, in Maxton and the surrounding areas, the practice is not just expected but necessitated by local tastes and tradition. Just ask one of the several people in

LAURINBURG — Middle-schoolers struggling under the weight of backpacks laden with textbooks, flashcards, handbooks and calculators will be heartened to know that the long-televised digital revolution could make all of the above redundant by the time they reach Scotland High.
That is if a two-year pilot program now underway at Scotland Early

Early college gets technical

LAURINBURG — Middle-schoolers struggling under the weight of backpacks laden with textbooks, flashcards, handbooks and calculators will be heartened to know that the long-televised digital revolution could make all of the above redundant by the time they reach Scotland High. That is if a two-year pilot program now underway at Scotland Early

LAURINBURG — Scotland County's most heated race in the General Election ended Tuesday night with a new sheriff claiming a win by a 238-vote margin.
Ralph Kersey celebrated his victory at a raucous party at Jerry's Deli & Grill, where hundreds of supporters had gathered around a whiteboard scribbled with numbers from each of the county's

Kersey elected sheriff

LAURINBURG — Scotland County's most heated race in the General Election ended Tuesday night with a new sheriff claiming a win by a 238-vote margin. Ralph Kersey celebrated his victory at a raucous party at Jerry's Deli & Grill, where hundreds of supporters had gathered around a whiteboard scribbled with numbers from each of the county's





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