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Sheriff's deputy honored for life-saving CPR

District Attorney Andrew Murray announces the plea agreement that resulted in a life in prison sentence for Phillip Michael Stroupe II for the murder of Tommy Bryson in July 2017.

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Phillip Michael Stroupe II was sentenced to life in prison today after he pleaded guilty to the July 2017 murder of Thomas A. "Tommy" Bryson, avoiding a trial that could have resulted in the death penalty had he been convicted.   Read Story »

Tags: murder cases | Phillip Michael Stroupe II | Thomas Andrew Bryson | murder

Layla Hildenbrand, shown taking one of the tests in the Braille Challenge, finished third in the national competition.

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Layla, 11, is among top Braille readers in the U.S.

MILLS RIVER — Layla is a typical 11-year-old, if a precocious one. She likes to read, play piano and in her free time hang out with friends at the neighborhood pool.   Read Story »

Tags: Rugby Middle School | Glenn C. Marlow Elementary School | reading | Layla Hilldenbrand | visually impaired

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