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Abbi Overfelt

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E-Mail Address: aoverfelt@civitasmedia.com
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Latest Stories by Abbi Overfelt

LAURINBURG — Toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children all put their pedals to the pavement on Friday morning in support of two local children badly injured in a car accident in April.
It was the first Trike-A-Thon fundraiser held at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church which raised money to directly benefit a specific family. In the more th

Pedals to the pavement

LAURINBURG — Toddlers, preschoolers and school-aged children all put their pedals to the pavement on Friday morning in support of two local children badly injured in a car accident in April. It was the first Trike-A-Thon fundraiser held at Laurinburg Presbyterian Church which raised money to directly benefit a specific family. In the more th

LAURINBURG — Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Laurinburg Alumnae Chapter, celebrated May Week on May 17 with a luncheon held at the A.B. Gibson Center in Laurinburg. During the annual event, academic scholarships were awarded to graduating high school seniors from the Chapter's service area.
Recipients were Lyric McPhaul of Red Springs High

Sorority alumnae present scholarships

LAURINBURG — Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Laurinburg Alumnae Chapter, celebrated May Week on May 17 with a luncheon held at the A.B. Gibson Center in Laurinburg. During the annual event, academic scholarships were awarded to graduating high school seniors from the Chapter's service area. Recipients were Lyric McPhaul of Red Springs High

LAURINBURG — Scotland Health System's Dulin Center was filled to near capacity on Thursday night with people who may not have otherwise encountered one another, if it were not for their shared desire to serve others.
Hospice of Scotland County's volunteer appreciation banquet was held to celebrate them all, volunteers who help brighten a pat

Hospice offers special thanks to volunteers

LAURINBURG — Scotland Health System's Dulin Center was filled to near capacity on Thursday night with people who may not have otherwise encountered one another, if it were not for their shared desire to serve others. Hospice of Scotland County's volunteer appreciation banquet was held to celebrate them all, volunteers who help brighten a pat

LAURINBURG — More than 100 county seniors celebrated the culmination of Scotland County's Senior Games on Thursday night, the majority of them reveling in their chance to represent the county at the state finals.
The applause and laughter were plentiful at the Highlands as award winners were announced by organizer Kisha Williams, who also pr

Seniors celebrate end of games

LAURINBURG — More than 100 county seniors celebrated the culmination of Scotland County's Senior Games on Thursday night, the majority of them reveling in their chance to represent the county at the state finals. The applause and laughter were plentiful at the Highlands as award winners were announced by organizer Kisha Williams, who also pr

LAURINBURG — Using monies seized during a 2013 raid of an illegal video gambling operation, the Scotland County Sheriff's Office has purchased two used patrol cars and more than enough body cameras needed to equip each deputy.
The Dodge Chargers, at a total of $30,000, and the cameras, 35 at a price of about $250 each, nearly consumed the $4

Sheriff's deputies equipped with body cameras

LAURINBURG — Using monies seized during a 2013 raid of an illegal video gambling operation, the Scotland County Sheriff's Office has purchased two used patrol cars and more than enough body cameras needed to equip each deputy. The Dodge Chargers, at a total of $30,000, and the cameras, 35 at a price of about $250 each, nearly consumed the $4

Health board approves fees, tweaks ordinance

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Health on Tuesday approved fees for services administered through its newly established child health program as well as tougher penalties for those who violate the county's animal control ordinances. Charges for the clinic as approved at the board's regular meeting range from $5 to $185. Those figure

LAUREL HILL — From face painting to playgrounds, collard sandwiches to camel rides, there was something for everyone at the 13th annual LaurelFest — and for Scotland County's first responders, a little something more.
During opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Laurel Hill Community Center, county law enforcement, firefight

LaurelFest celebrates community

LAUREL HILL — From face painting to playgrounds, collard sandwiches to camel rides, there was something for everyone at the 13th annual LaurelFest — and for Scotland County's first responders, a little something more. During opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Laurel Hill Community Center, county law enforcement, firefight

LAURINBURG — Scotland High School's JROTC cadets and proud teachers, parents and administrators gathered at the Clinton Inn on Friday night to celebrate student success and bid farewell to a longtime program instructor.
The night's featured guest, Maj. (Ret.) Richard Corley, gave one of the last talks he will administer to the cadets, this b

Scotland High cadets honored

LAURINBURG — Scotland High School's JROTC cadets and proud teachers, parents and administrators gathered at the Clinton Inn on Friday night to celebrate student success and bid farewell to a longtime program instructor. The night's featured guest, Maj. (Ret.) Richard Corley, gave one of the last talks he will administer to the cadets, this b

LAURINBURG — A Georgia grand jury has indicted two men on 10 charges, including murder and armed robbery, in the deaths of two Scotland County men whose bodies were found at the bottom of a well in March.
Robert Henry Johnson, 35, of Hargrave Street in Laurel Hill, and Kelly Rashad Williams, of Hazlehurst, Georgia, were both indicted Thursda

Murder charges filed in deaths of county men

LAURINBURG — A Georgia grand jury has indicted two men on 10 charges, including murder and armed robbery, in the deaths of two Scotland County men whose bodies were found at the bottom of a well in March. Robert Henry Johnson, 35, of Hargrave Street in Laurel Hill, and Kelly Rashad Williams, of Hazlehurst, Georgia, were both indicted Thursda

LAURINBURG — A healthy chorus of “Amen” echoed near the courthouse on Thursday as pastors and community members commemorated the National Day of Prayer by lifting up impassioned pleas for the nation, the state and their own community.
Celebrated locally for nearly two decades, the national theme of this year's event was “Lo

Crowd gathers to pray

LAURINBURG — A healthy chorus of “Amen” echoed near the courthouse on Thursday as pastors and community members commemorated the National Day of Prayer by lifting up impassioned pleas for the nation, the state and their own community. Celebrated locally for nearly two decades, the national theme of this year's event was “Lo

LAURINBURG — A Scotland County Sheriff's major, who campaigned heavily for Sheriff Ralph Kersey during last year's election, has been dismissed.
Jason Butler, who left his job as a Laurinburg police lieutenant to support Kersey in his bid for sheriff, left his job on Tuesday, Kersey said. He declined to say why, citing state statutes which g

Sheriff's major, campaign supporter dismissed

LAURINBURG — A Scotland County Sheriff's major, who campaigned heavily for Sheriff Ralph Kersey during last year's election, has been dismissed. Jason Butler, who left his job as a Laurinburg police lieutenant to support Kersey in his bid for sheriff, left his job on Tuesday, Kersey said. He declined to say why, citing state statutes which g

Commissioners postpone vote on waste fees

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Commissioners on Monday postponed a decision on an annual waste disposal fee that would eventually cover the costs of closing the county landfill, with some members of the board saying the pay schedule as proposed needed simplifying. The board has previously toyed with the idea of a solid waste fee,

Extension celebrates achievements

LAURINBURG — From its involvement in youth and nutrition to family counseling and farming, the Scotland County Cooperative Extension's influence was extolled Monday evening at the agency's annual “Report to the People.” In the course of a year, according to the report, the extension touched the lives of 9,600 residents through pr





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