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Mary Katherine Murphy

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Latest Stories by Mary Katherine Murphy

County's judicial district to add Richmond and Anson

LAURINBURG — With the appointment of Scotland County's new chief district court judge also comes a change in the composition of its judicial district, but the full effect of those changes remain undetermined. Effective Jan. 1, Judge Scott Brewer of Rockingham will take the lead of North Carolina's judicial district 16A. The district currentl

City council sets public hearings

LAURINBURG — In a Tuesday meeting notable primarily for its brevity, the Laurinburg City Council set two public hearings — one for an electric rate increase and one for a solar array permit — for its January agenda. The proposed 3.5 percent increase in electric rates would net the city's electric fund, which has been running in t

LAURINBURG — The frustration was evident in Carver Middle School seventh-grader Dylan McGirt's expression as he misspelled “rucksack” and a second opportunity to win Tuesday's Scotland County Schools district-wide spelling bee slipped through his fingers — or, more accurately, his lips.
Though he had bested his sole remaini

Students battle it out at bee

LAURINBURG — The frustration was evident in Carver Middle School seventh-grader Dylan McGirt's expression as he misspelled “rucksack” and a second opportunity to win Tuesday's Scotland County Schools district-wide spelling bee slipped through his fingers — or, more accurately, his lips. Though he had bested his sole remaini

LAURINBURG — Animal control is currently investigating a local horse rescue from which several horses and two dogs were removed in poor physical condition earlier this month.
Hannah Nixt, owner of Leaning Pine Stables and Rescue on Hasty Road, says that the four horses she surrendered to animal control on Dec. 5 were perfectly healthy before

Rescue surrenders horses

LAURINBURG — Animal control is currently investigating a local horse rescue from which several horses and two dogs were removed in poor physical condition earlier this month. Hannah Nixt, owner of Leaning Pine Stables and Rescue on Hasty Road, says that the four horses she surrendered to animal control on Dec. 5 were perfectly healthy before

LAURINBURG — Two Scotland County Detention Center inmates facing first-degree murder charges were awarded bond on Wednesday, according to court records.
Both Brian Mishue, 25, and Ashley Walters, 23 were issued bond in District Court by Judge Regina Joe. Mishue received a $1 million secured bond and Walters' is $750,000.
Mishue stands accus

2 charged with murder get bond

LAURINBURG — Two Scotland County Detention Center inmates facing first-degree murder charges were awarded bond on Wednesday, according to court records. Both Brian Mishue, 25, and Ashley Walters, 23 were issued bond in District Court by Judge Regina Joe. Mishue received a $1 million secured bond and Walters' is $750,000. Mishue stands accus

LAURINBURG — With a move to a larger office on Lauchwood Drive, Robeson Health Care Corporation's Scotland Community Health Center plans to offer low-cost care to a larger number of local residents.
In addition to the Scotland office, RHCC has six other community health centers in Robeson, Columbus, and Montgomery counties, which operate as

More space to provide low-cost care

LAURINBURG — With a move to a larger office on Lauchwood Drive, Robeson Health Care Corporation's Scotland Community Health Center plans to offer low-cost care to a larger number of local residents. In addition to the Scotland office, RHCC has six other community health centers in Robeson, Columbus, and Montgomery counties, which operate as

Lawsuit alleges sexual harassment

LAURINBURG — The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the former Four-County Community Services and two of its employees on Wednesday for sexual harassment and discriminatory practices in administration of the agency's Section 8 housing voucher program. The suit claims that John Wesley, who determines how Section 8 benefits wer

Four County Community Services hit with federal lawsuit

LAURINBURG — The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the former Four-County Community Services and two of its employees on Wednesday for alleged sexual harassment and discriminatory practices in administration of the agency's Section 8 housing voucher program. The suit claims that John Wesley, who determines how Section 8 bene

LAURINBURG — Having added two more agencies to its roster and raised its fundraising sights to support them, the United Way of Scotland County is $35,000 away from the total goal for its 2014 campaign, which ends Dec. 31.
The organization hopes to raise $244,000 in this campaign to provide some level of funding to 20 county nonprofits, inclu

United Way adds 2 agencies, seeks $35K by Dec. 31

LAURINBURG — Having added two more agencies to its roster and raised its fundraising sights to support them, the United Way of Scotland County is $35,000 away from the total goal for its 2014 campaign, which ends Dec. 31. The organization hopes to raise $244,000 in this campaign to provide some level of funding to 20 county nonprofits, inclu

LAURINBURG — High rates of violent crime, illiteracy, and teen pregnancy among them, the thorny problems facing Scotland County are many, and the solutions seem few and far between.
But the joint crime and drug committee formed three years ago between the county and the city of Laurinburg is forming a focus group to devise ways to better uti

Groups unite to find solutions for social ills

LAURINBURG — High rates of violent crime, illiteracy, and teen pregnancy among them, the thorny problems facing Scotland County are many, and the solutions seem few and far between. But the joint crime and drug committee formed three years ago between the county and the city of Laurinburg is forming a focus group to devise ways to better uti

Audit finds errors in Town of Gibson's financial reporting

GIBSON — The Gibson Town Commission reviewed its financial audit for fiscal year 2014 during its regular meeting on Thursday. The audit noted several deficiencies in the town's internal controls, some of which, according to Rockingham accountant Kenneth Anderson, are due to the small size of the town and its staff. “I wouldn't read mu

Justice Dept. files sexual harassment lawsuit against Four-County

LAURINBURG — The U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the former Four-County Community Services and two of its employees on Wednesday for alleged sexual harassment and discriminatory practices in administration of the agency's Section 8 housing voucher program. The suit claims that John Wesley, who determines how Section 8 bene

Talks continue on local school funding formula

LAURINBURG — Members of the Scotland County Board of Commissioners and Scotland County Board of Education clarified their goals on Tuesday in the process of reaching a multi-year agreement for county funding to the schools. That committee is composed of three representatives from each board, and has been tasked with creating a funding outlin

City to raise electric rates by 3.5 percent

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg City Council in a work session on Tuesday discussed raising electric rates early next year to begin to compensate for the deficit in the city's electric operating fund. Based on the city's most recent audit, the electric fund is projected to lose about $500,000 in the 2015 year, having lost $500,000 in 2014 and $1

Study says schools operating far below current capacity

LAURINBURG — Scotland County's elementary and middle schools are several hundred students under capacity, according to a report presented to the school board on Monday. The Scotland County Board of Education requested last month that the county endorse its application for a state loan to expand Washington Park Elementary School by about 10 c

Christmas parade boasts lineup of over 150 entries

LAURINBURG — With more than 150 entries, Saturday's Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade promises to be one of the largest in recent years. After lining up on Railroad Street, the parade will start down Main Street at 2 p.m., led by a Laurinburg fire truck and the Scotland High School color guard, JROTC, and m

LAURINBURG — In the four years since its opening, 215 on Main has swiftly taken its place among the most popular of Laurinburg's small number of upscale dining establishments.
This month, 215 owner John “LilJohn” Cartrette will add one more to that group, moving much of the restaurant's menu — including the legendary shrimp

215 on Main to expand

LAURINBURG — In the four years since its opening, 215 on Main has swiftly taken its place among the most popular of Laurinburg's small number of upscale dining establishments. This month, 215 owner John “LilJohn” Cartrette will add one more to that group, moving much of the restaurant's menu — including the legendary shrimp

LAURINBURG — Down one very large and heavy impediment with the removal of the lot's underground fuel storage tank on Wednesday, city crews are on target to complete transformation of the former Branch's Car Care location at the corner of Church and Main streets by Christmas.
The service station itself has been fully demolished over the last

Crane removes fuel tank

LAURINBURG — Down one very large and heavy impediment with the removal of the lot's underground fuel storage tank on Wednesday, city crews are on target to complete transformation of the former Branch's Car Care location at the corner of Church and Main streets by Christmas. The service station itself has been fully demolished over the last

LAURINBURG — Eyeing the abundance of tasteful and unique Christmas decorations in a selection of local homes, those participating in Tuesday's Laurinburg Junior Service League home tour struggled to find words to describe the splendor they saw.
“No matter what room you go in, the colors blend,” Cynthia Womble said in rapt admirat

Home tour provides holiday inspiration

LAURINBURG — Eyeing the abundance of tasteful and unique Christmas decorations in a selection of local homes, those participating in Tuesday's Laurinburg Junior Service League home tour struggled to find words to describe the splendor they saw. “No matter what room you go in, the colors blend,” Cynthia Womble said in rapt admirat

Study ranks Scotland No. 6 in NC for per-pupil spending

LAURINBURG — A report released last week by the Civitas Institute calculated the total amount spent per high school graduate in the Scotland County Schools as the sixth-highest in the state — and according to the school board's chairman, those funds are “well spent.” The report calculated the cost of a high school diploma i





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