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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

Larger schools concern parents

LAURINBURG — In the second in a series of public meetings regarding potential Scotland County Schools redistricting, members of the Scotland County Board of Education assured a group of 60 parents and educators at Covington Street Elementary School on Tuesday that larger schools would not be a detriment to education. Both proposals on the ta

Celebrities to fete Red Cross crowd

LAURINBURG — Tickets are still available for next Saturday's evening of games, dancing, and the most stunning array of celebrities likely to be spotted in Scotland County for another year. The 19th annual American Red Cross of Scotland and Robeson Counties Celebrity Dinner and Game Night will begin at 5:30 p.m. on March 14 at St. Andrews Uni

By Mary Katherine Murphy
mmurphy@civitasmedia.com
LAURINBURG — Speaking to the Scotland County Democratic Women on Tuesday from his perspective as a member of North Carolina's Council of State, Wayne Goodwin foresaw a shift in the state's political tides.
Goodwin, a Hamlet native, was elected to the post of N.C. Insurance Commissioner in 2

Goodwin: Dems must refocus to regain power

By Mary Katherine Murphy mmurphy@civitasmedia.com LAURINBURG — Speaking to the Scotland County Democratic Women on Tuesday from his perspective as a member of North Carolina's Council of State, Wayne Goodwin foresaw a shift in the state's political tides. Goodwin, a Hamlet native, was elected to the post of N.C. Insurance Commissioner in 2

LAURINBURG — Honesty. Kindness. Responsibility. Helping others. Setting a good example. All valuable traits, but difficult for most 5-year-old children to keep in mind.
For the kindergarten students at South Scotland Elementary School, it all boils down to one question: What would a leader do?
The school implemented the Leader In Me instruc

South Scotland students show off leadership skills

LAURINBURG — Honesty. Kindness. Responsibility. Helping others. Setting a good example. All valuable traits, but difficult for most 5-year-old children to keep in mind. For the kindergarten students at South Scotland Elementary School, it all boils down to one question: What would a leader do? The school implemented the Leader In Me instruc

Board hears details of 'green' schools

LAURINBURG — The Scotland County Board of Education inquired into the details of operating energy efficient “net-zero” schools on Monday in an informational session. Proposals made by school staff so far this year include the construction of two such schools as elementary schools: one on the I. Ellis Johnson campus to replace the

WAGRAM — “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?”
State Sen. Tom McInnis opened his remarks to a group of 60 local Republicans on Saturday with an allusion to Patrick Henry's seminal “give me liberty or give me death” address to the Second Virginia Convention of 1775

GOP touts past success, looks ahead

WAGRAM — “Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?” State Sen. Tom McInnis opened his remarks to a group of 60 local Republicans on Saturday with an allusion to Patrick Henry's seminal “give me liberty or give me death” address to the Second Virginia Convention of 1775

LAURINBURG — With a total of 310 tickets sold, Friday's inaugural United Way of Scotland County womanless pageant fundraiser went off as a success.
Held at the Highlands, the event brought the venue its second-largest crowd in 14 years. The event was sponsored by Haney's Tire, Nic's Pic Kwik, and Service Thread.
The 15 contestants competed

'Ginger Gigi' wins womenless pageant

LAURINBURG — With a total of 310 tickets sold, Friday's inaugural United Way of Scotland County womanless pageant fundraiser went off as a success. Held at the Highlands, the event brought the venue its second-largest crowd in 14 years. The event was sponsored by Haney's Tire, Nic's Pic Kwik, and Service Thread. The 15 contestants competed

County weighs budget options

LAURINBURG — In a Friday retreat, the Scotland County Board of Commissioners highlighted priorities and established a framework for budget discussions in the coming months. In his presentation to the commissioners, County Manager Kevin Patterson said that county's capital needs in the 2015-2016 year include a new ambulance, a $400,000 replac

LAURINBURG — The men of the inaugural United Way of Scotland County Womanless Pageant took getting dressed for a cause literally on Friday night.
A crowd of 250 people packed the Highlands to watch 15 community stalwarts in a friendly competition in working the catwalk. In the evening wear portion of the pageant, in which the “ladies&#

Dude looks like a lady

LAURINBURG — The men of the inaugural United Way of Scotland County Womanless Pageant took getting dressed for a cause literally on Friday night. A crowd of 250 people packed the Highlands to watch 15 community stalwarts in a friendly competition in working the catwalk. In the evening wear portion of the pageant, in which the “ladies&#

LAURINBURG — For the parents, teachers, and students at I. Ellis Johnson Elementary School, a proposal by the Scotland County Board of Education that it be merged with North Laurinburg Elementary has caused alarm about the quality of education such a school might provide.
More than 50 of them gathered on Thursday night in the first of a seri

School redistricting concerns voiced at info session

LAURINBURG — For the parents, teachers, and students at I. Ellis Johnson Elementary School, a proposal by the Scotland County Board of Education that it be merged with North Laurinburg Elementary has caused alarm about the quality of education such a school might provide. More than 50 of them gathered on Thursday night in the first of a seri

Sanderson a long shot for Scotland

LAURINBURG — Though Scotland County's board of commissioners voted earlier this month to open the county's doors to a Sanderson Farms chicken processing plant, the project remains a long shot. Sanderson recently averted the focus of its search from Cumberland County due to resistance from Fayetteville officials, and is exploring other potent

City's fiber network underutilized

LAURINBURG — First installed nearly 20 years ago as a way to better monitor well sites and pump stations, the city of Laurinburg's fiber optic network may prove to be a choice card in the city's hand as it approaches economic development. In the late 1990s, the city replaced copper telecommunication cables, which were running supervisory con

LAURINBURG — For longtime members of Scotland County's Board of Public Health, the appointment of the health department's latest interim director on Tuesday may have brought a sense of déjà vu.
Wayne Raynor, who served as interim health director from 2011 to 2013 before the hiring of current health director David Jenkins, will step

Raynor named interim head of health dept.

LAURINBURG — For longtime members of Scotland County's Board of Public Health, the appointment of the health department's latest interim director on Tuesday may have brought a sense of déjà vu. Wayne Raynor, who served as interim health director from 2011 to 2013 before the hiring of current health director David Jenkins, will step

Economic director candidates screened

LAURINBURG — After nearly four months' vacancy, the Scotland County Economic Development Corporation director's position may be filled within a week. The top two of nine applicants for the job were screened on Monday night by representatives from the Scotland County Board of Commissioners, Laurinburg City Council, Scotland County Schools, La

LAURINBURG — Scotland County awoke this morning to a fresh dusting of cool, fluffy powder and continuing snowfall, which according to the National Weather Service was coming to an end just before noon.
“It looks like you're kind of seeing the tail end of it now and it should move out early this afternoon,” said Kathleen Carroll,

Snowfall over, but more could come Wednesday

LAURINBURG — Scotland County awoke this morning to a fresh dusting of cool, fluffy powder and continuing snowfall, which according to the National Weather Service was coming to an end just before noon. “It looks like you're kind of seeing the tail end of it now and it should move out early this afternoon,” said Kathleen Carroll,

Snow showers possible Tuesday

LAURINBURG — As much of the south finds itself swathed in rain this week and Scotland County's temperatures once again inch below freezing, the county may be in line for Tuesday morning snow showers. “It's not a super high confidence forecast right now for Scotland County,” meteorologist Kathleen Carroll said from the National We

LAURINBURG — The Scotland Memorial Foundation recognized more than 150 of its most generous donors last week during its 13th annual Highland Society Dinner.
The event was held on Thursday at the W.R. Dulin Conference Center in the Community Health and Rehabilitation Center. Entertainment was provided by a four-man student jazz quartet from t

Memorial Foundation recognizes donors

LAURINBURG — The Scotland Memorial Foundation recognized more than 150 of its most generous donors last week during its 13th annual Highland Society Dinner. The event was held on Thursday at the W.R. Dulin Conference Center in the Community Health and Rehabilitation Center. Entertainment was provided by a four-man student jazz quartet from t

LAURINBURG — Less than three weeks after she was found wandering the roads in Laurel Hill, a canine named Cupid made her way out of North Carolina on Friday — in first class.
Through Pilots N Paws, a volunteer organization that coordinates animals in need of rescue with no-cost flights, the heartworm positive hound mix and her six pupp

Hound, six puppies catch first-class flight

LAURINBURG — Less than three weeks after she was found wandering the roads in Laurel Hill, a canine named Cupid made her way out of North Carolina on Friday — in first class. Through Pilots N Paws, a volunteer organization that coordinates animals in need of rescue with no-cost flights, the heartworm positive hound mix and her six pupp

LAURINBURG — Closed in 2001, the Wagram Correctional Center now serves as little more than an unsightly blip on the radar for those speeding through Scotland County on U.S. 401.
But in 2010, clinical social worker Noran Sanford saw potential gleaming in both the crumbling 1920s-era cell block and in a group of troubled teenagers under his co

Options weighed for decrepit Wagram prison

LAURINBURG — Closed in 2001, the Wagram Correctional Center now serves as little more than an unsightly blip on the radar for those speeding through Scotland County on U.S. 401. But in 2010, clinical social worker Noran Sanford saw potential gleaming in both the crumbling 1920s-era cell block and in a group of troubled teenagers under his co

LAURINBURG — To ask Scotland County residents at random about the state of their community might elicit a few negative responses.
That viewpoint, inspired in part by a history of sobering crime and public health statistics, as well as national media classifying the county as the poorest in the state, wasn't shared by managers of Laurinburg a

Leaders: progress an ongoing effort

LAURINBURG — To ask Scotland County residents at random about the state of their community might elicit a few negative responses. That viewpoint, inspired in part by a history of sobering crime and public health statistics, as well as national media classifying the county as the poorest in the state, wasn't shared by managers of Laurinburg a





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