Scotland County, NC


Scotland County primary election results released

SCOTLAND COUNTY, N.C. (WPDE) — The North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE) has released results from votes cast in primary races Tuesday in Scotland County. The NCSBE said 15% of 20, 508 registered voters cast ballots in the election for a total of 3,175 votes. The NCSBE released...

Vaccine and testing site to close

The American Legion Post 50 vaccine and testing site will be closing at the end of this month. The last day for testing or vaccines will be Friday, May 27 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (as they will be off on the 31st for Memorial Day). People who need...

Primary election yields a few surprises

LAURINBURG —Local political newcomer wins big in primary race. Barbara Rogers is a native of Laurinburg and wanted to make a difference in her hometown. She ran for city council at large against incumbent James Garby and won. Outside of the Board of Elections office, she said that she...

Dr. Tonya Locklear: a writer’s life is never done

A writer’s life is never done; there’s always more stories to pen and share. Only one year after graduation, I’ve continued joyously sharing my passion as a poet and facilitator as I travel at night and on the weekends conducting writing workshops and submitting work for publication. I’ve had the pleasure to present six Creative Writing workshops in our community, participate in author discussions as well as become a council member with the Scotland County Arts Council. I was honored to receive this call to collaborate with the Arts Center and Indigenous communities in order to present events that will increase a native presence in the area. The first “Storytelling Sunday” event happened on April 9, 2022, at the Scotland County Storytelling Center in Laurinburg, which showcased local youth writers and celebrated National Poetry Month. In October 2022, the Storytelling Center is planning to host another storytelling event to celebrate Indigenous People’s Day and will introduce Indigenous author Brittany Hunt, who will discuss her children’s book “Whoz Ya People?” and attendees can enjoy some fry bread after the event.

UNCP faculty earn commendations in 2022 Communicator Awards

UNC Pembroke professors Dr. Jamie Litty and Nathan Phillippi have been recognized for an episode of their video series "Finding Culture: A Cultural Geography of Scotland County” in the annual Communicator Awards competition of the Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts. As co-producers, the pair earned the Award of...

Funding for nonprofits available

LAURINBURG — Scotland County native Daryl Dockery wants everyone to win. Especially nonprofit organizations in his hometown. Dockery is hosting the fourth annual Cruisin For Kids Charity Car raffle and this isn’t just about selling tickets to raise funds. It’s about giving another tool to nonprofit groups to raise money without having to spend any.

Friday fruit delivery

LAURINBURG — Church and Community Services will team up with Southeastern Community Action Partnership (SCAP) to deliver 200 fruit and vegetable boxes to seniors over the age of 55 this Friday from 9 a.m.- until. The boxes will contain fresh produce grown regionally and culled and packaged by Sandhills Aglnnovations.

Faith, Family and Laurinburg first

LAURINBURG — Retired Laurinburg Police chief Darwin “Duke” Williams has always been a leader. Just ask his seventh-grade teacher Jane Summerville. At Williams’s retirement dinner Thursday night, Summerville was one of many people who told stories about the kind of person Williams is. He was one...

State of the county forum

LAURINBURG — The Laurinburg Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2022 State of The Community panel discussion Friday morning at Bright Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. State and local representatives spoke to community stakeholders about economic development in Laurinburg and Scotland County. State Rep. Garland Pierce said North...

Champion Home Builders to create 182 jobs in Scotland County

Champion Home Builders, a provider of manufactured and modular homes, will expand its North Carolina operations to create 182 jobs in Scotland County, Governor Roy Cooper announced May 10. The company will invest $18.7 million into the acquisition and planned future development of a manufacturing campus in Laurinburg. “Manufacturers continue...

Laurel wilt disease detected in Scotland County trees for the first time

SCOTLAND COUNTY, N.C. (WPDE) — The N.C. Forest Service confirmed that laurel wilt, a devastating disease of redbay and other plants in the laurel family, has been identified in the right of way along U.S. Highway 74 in Scotland County. Sassafras, redbay, swampbay, pondberry, pondspice and spicebush are in...

Scotland Hospice golf tournament blows past fundraising goal

LAURINBURG — After returning from a pandemic-induced hiatus in 2020, and a five-month postponement in 2021, the 36th edition of the Scotland Regional Hospice golf tournament nearly set a new fundraising record. On May 3 and 4, hundreds of supporters gathered at Scotch Meadows Country Club for the two-day...