McLean honored with

a historical marker

LUMBERTON — The late Hector MacLean was recalled at a gathering of family and friends Tuesday as “a child of Lumberton,” “the essence of a Southern gentleman” and “a mighty oak.”

MacLean, who was one of Lumberton’s most outstanding leaders of the second half of the 20th century, was honored at the unveiling of a historical marker in Downtown Lumberton.

The marker was revealed by his great grandsons, William Kluttz and Rudduck and Hector Clinard, after a ceremony honoring the banker, politician and family man.

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Clinton native tabbed

for state leadership

GREENSBORO — Clinton native Darius McLaurin, now a resident of Raleigh, has been elected to the leadership of the State Employees Association of North Carolina.

Delegates elected McLaurin at the 34th Annual SEANC Convention on Sept. 7 in Greensboro. McLaurin will serve a one-year term as first vice-president of the Association.

He is a 1988 graduate of Clinton High School and holds a bachelor’s degree from Johnson C. Smith University.

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School officials are

against a merger

WHITEVILLE — City Board of Education Superintendent Kenny Garland and board member Greg Merritt both expressed strong opposition to a merger of county and city school systems.

The county school board voted Monday morning to ask for a merger of the 18-campus county system and the five-campus city system. The county commission has taken no action yet.

Merritt said that the county’s solution should be to consolidate schools within its own system rather than merge with the city.

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Murder defendant

a no-show at trial

LUMBERTON — A 22-year-old Lumberton man has been declared a fugitive after he failed to show up for his trial that was scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

Walter Morrell McKoy Jr. is charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, discharging a firearm in the city limits and possession of marijuana in the case.

McKoy, who had been out on $150,000 bond, appeared in court on Monday and was denied a motion that his court-appointed attorney be dismissed. The case was then scheduled for Tuesday, and when he failed to show, Superior Court Judge J. Gregory Bell issued an order for his arrest that would put him under a $1.1 million bond when he is captured.

— From staff and wire reports.

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