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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

County staff: Sheriff's funds are 'sufficient'

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Sheriff's Office has sufficient funds to remain solvent for the remainder of the 2015 budget year, according to a report from county staff. The Scotland County Board of Commissioners met on Monday to discuss the sheriff's budget, its impending appointment of a new Register of Deeds, and its economic incentive

School board promises transparency in redistricting plans

LAURINBURG — In a three-hour retreat on Sunday, the Scotland County Board of Education and its staff promised transparency as the school system considers redistricting and the closure of county middle and elementary schools. “It's important in a small community like ours, where people care about their school system and care about their

LAURINBURG — At 84th out of 934 graded institutions, Scotland Early College High School ranked in the top 10 percent of high schools in Niche Rankings' 2015 Best Public High Schools in North Carolina rating.
Formerly known as College Prowler, Niche is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based ranking and review site that provides information about K-

Early college earns high marks

LAURINBURG — At 84th out of 934 graded institutions, Scotland Early College High School ranked in the top 10 percent of high schools in Niche Rankings' 2015 Best Public High Schools in North Carolina rating. Formerly known as College Prowler, Niche is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based ranking and review site that provides information about K-

LAURINBURG — On Thursday night, outgoing Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce board chairman Nick Sojka informed the 300 organization members and supporters present at its annual meeting and awards banquet that, based on the evidence, the future for the area's business community holds promise.
“By every quantifiable meas

'Moving forward together'

LAURINBURG — On Thursday night, outgoing Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce board chairman Nick Sojka informed the 300 organization members and supporters present at its annual meeting and awards banquet that, based on the evidence, the future for the area's business community holds promise. “By every quantifiable meas

TDA to help recruit new industries

LAURINBURG — A year into the “Target Laurinburg” effort to bring together local economic stakeholders in a unified mission, Scotland County's Tourism Development Authority will direct its marketing skills to attract industry as well as pleasure-seekers to the county. “At the end of the day, people need to want to be in the

Address gets criticism

LAURINBURG — The image of a prosperous United States economy, as delivered by President Obama during his State of the Union address on Tuesday, may appear foreign to many Scotland County residents, but local representatives disagree on how much that should cloud judgment of the president's achievements after six years in office. The presiden

City approves slight hike in electric rates

LAURINBURG — Laurinburg's electric customers will notice a slight increase in their electric bills beginning in March after the city council approved a 3.5 percent rate increase on Tuesday to prevent its electric fund from hemorrhaging further funds in the remainder of the current fiscal year. For the last few years, the city's electric fund

Committee remains divided on school funding reductions

LAURINBURG — The two sides of a liaison committee composed of county commissioners and school board members remained divided on Tuesday over a quarter of a percent difference in proposed school funding reductions between 2016 and 2020. That committee is composed of three representatives from each board, and has been tasked with creating a fu

LAURINBURG — As recent events nationwide have called into question whether justice truly exists for minorities in America, those gathering in St. Andrews University's Avinger Auditorium on Monday evening were asked to consider the present and future through the lens of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s philosophy.
“Just within the past 12 mont

Judge says legal system lacks fairness

LAURINBURG — As recent events nationwide have called into question whether justice truly exists for minorities in America, those gathering in St. Andrews University's Avinger Auditorium on Monday evening were asked to consider the present and future through the lens of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s philosophy. “Just within the past 12 mont

LAURINBURG — Saturday marked a day of tales well spun at the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast, as 18 amateur raconteurs from throughout the Carolinas vied for top teller honors at the Bold Faced Liars Showdown.
Some 125 people filled the audience during the afternoon competition, with half that number returning during the evenin

Tall tales, myths captivate small SACS audience

LAURINBURG — Saturday marked a day of tales well spun at the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast, as 18 amateur raconteurs from throughout the Carolinas vied for top teller honors at the Bold Faced Liars Showdown. Some 125 people filled the audience during the afternoon competition, with half that number returning during the evenin

LAURINBURG — At 84th out of 934 graded institutions, Scotland Early College High School ranked in the top 10 percent of high schools in Niche Rankings' 2015 Best Public High Schools in North Carolina rating.
Formerly known as College Prowler, Niche is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based ranking and review site that provides information about K-

Early college earns high marks

LAURINBURG — At 84th out of 934 graded institutions, Scotland Early College High School ranked in the top 10 percent of high schools in Niche Rankings' 2015 Best Public High Schools in North Carolina rating. Formerly known as College Prowler, Niche is a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based ranking and review site that provides information about K-

LAURINBURG — After 10 years as Scotland County's Register of Deeds, on Friday Debra Holcomb announced her retirement effective March 1.
“It has been an honor and a privilege to have served these past three terms as Register of Deeds,” Holcomb said.
Holcomb's service to Scotland County spans more than 21 years, including 10 as a

Holcomb to retire

LAURINBURG — After 10 years as Scotland County's Register of Deeds, on Friday Debra Holcomb announced her retirement effective March 1. “It has been an honor and a privilege to have served these past three terms as Register of Deeds,” Holcomb said. Holcomb's service to Scotland County spans more than 21 years, including 10 as a

WAGRAM — Rescued in skeletal condition six weeks ago from a Laurinburg farm, a two-year-old filly dubbed “Hope the Wonderhorse” is shocking her caretakers daily with her tenacity and will to live.
“When she first stepped off the trailer at my house, I thought she was going to die right there,” said Katie Schafer, Hope

'She didn't want to give up'

WAGRAM — Rescued in skeletal condition six weeks ago from a Laurinburg farm, a two-year-old filly dubbed “Hope the Wonderhorse” is shocking her caretakers daily with her tenacity and will to live. “When she first stepped off the trailer at my house, I thought she was going to die right there,” said Katie Schafer, Hope

LAURINBURG — Released last week by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, an online cost comparison tool that allows consumers to shop for procedures from medical centers throughout the state leads to few concrete conclusions regarding hospital value — and Scotland Health's CEO says the numbers are potentially misleading.
The tool,

Cost comparison tool offers little clarity

LAURINBURG — Released last week by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, an online cost comparison tool that allows consumers to shop for procedures from medical centers throughout the state leads to few concrete conclusions regarding hospital value — and Scotland Health's CEO says the numbers are potentially misleading. The tool,

Board mulls appointment

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Education discussed the impending appointment of an additional board member during its regular meeting on Monday. The subject came up at the prompting of Superintendent Ron Hargrave. A board seat representing the Stewartsville township was vacated in November when its holder, Raymont Hyatt, was elect

Chamber to laud civic-minded at annual meeting

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce will reflect on a year of achievement and set its sights on higher goals during its annual meeting next week at The Highlands. That meeting, the 76th in the Chamber's history, will begin at 6 p.m. on Jan. 22 with the theme “Moving Forward Together.” Chamber Pre

Tall tales ample at annual Liars' competition

LAURINBURG — Storytellers both amateur and professional will stretch the truth to its breaking point during the eighth annual Bold-Faced Liars' Showdown at the Storytelling and Arts Center of the Southeast. The event will be held at the center from 2-5 p.m. on Jan. 17, and storytellers are welcome to submit applications to compete regardless

LAURINBURG — Preceding Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be several opportunities to reflect on King's life and work in the form of unity events and the NAACP's traditional Main Street parade.
The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance will hold a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. on Jan. 17 at Galilee United Methodist Church. Dr. B.L. Lattaker Jr. of

Parade, services planned for MLK day observance

LAURINBURG — Preceding Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be several opportunities to reflect on King's life and work in the form of unity events and the NAACP's traditional Main Street parade. The Scotland County Ministerial Alliance will hold a prayer breakfast at 9 a.m. on Jan. 17 at Galilee United Methodist Church. Dr. B.L. Lattaker Jr. of

LAURINBURG — On a frigid Friday evening, 70 people huddled in front of Legion Park ensconced in blankets and holding cups of coffee and hot chocolate to their faces, anticipating a quick remedy for their frozen fingers.
Christmas trees collected by the city of Laurinburg this week, the evening's sacrificial offering, were piled 10 feet high

Blaze offers toasty fun

LAURINBURG — On a frigid Friday evening, 70 people huddled in front of Legion Park ensconced in blankets and holding cups of coffee and hot chocolate to their faces, anticipating a quick remedy for their frozen fingers. Christmas trees collected by the city of Laurinburg this week, the evening's sacrificial offering, were piled 10 feet high

Wagram residents voice complaints about neighbors

WAGRAM — The Wagram Board of Commissioners received an earful on Thursday night from a trio of town residents fully prepared to issue the town a set of resolutions for the new year. Vicki Nelson, Crystal Blue, and Jeremy Bowen each filed off a list of grievances including trash strewn along Main Street, festering leaf piles, and town residen





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