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NEWS FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 9

Bladenboro Board discusses monument move, police department pay

The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday night and held a public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant NC Catalyst Grant close out. No one spoke at the hearing.

Later in the meeting the board approved a related matter by approving for LKC Engineering to move forward with closing the CDBG NC Catalyst grant.  READ MORE  

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Bladenboro Board discusses paving streets

The Bladenboro Town Council met Monday night and addressed the matter of paving East Railroad Street and Harmony Homes Drive.

Councilwoman Sarah Jane Benson said that she would rather see Pecan Street paved rather than Harmony Homes Drive.

“It (Pecan Street) is in bad shape,” said Benson.  READ MORE   

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BLADEN COUNTY HEADLINES…35 YEARS AGO

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoA helicopter was forced down by snow in the Live Oak community.

Sonny Jones and Eddie Nye of the Bladen Journal Sports staff won first place state-wide awards in the reporting and photography division of the N.C. Newspaper Association.

The Third Annual Rev. James C. Bellamy, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast was held.  READ MORE  

 

Bladen County Smart Start Presents: Making a Smooth Transition from Preschool to Kindergarten

A FREE workshop for parents and child care providers

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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on February 9

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature         74 degrees        1965

Lowest Temperature          13 degrees        1977

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation                        0.92 inches       1944

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 57 degrees.  

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This Day in History – February 9

This Day In History1861 – Tennessee votes against secession (US Civil War)

1861 – Confederate Provisional Congress declares all laws under the US Constitution were consistent with constitution of Confederate states (US Civil War)

1870 – US Army establishes US Weather Service.

1871 – Federal fish protection office authorized by Congress.

1895 – Volleyball invented by WG Morgan in Massachusetts.

1909 – 1st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics (opium)

1909 – 1st forestry school is incorporated at Kent, Ohio.  READ MORE  

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NEWS FOR MONDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Woods fire burns four acres near Council

What was initially reported as a vehicle fire scorched about four acres of the property before being brought under control Monday afternoon near Council. The fire ocurred at 535 Sara Peterson Road, Council. READ MORE

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Social Security celebrates Black History month

By Brenda Brown
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville

BrendaBrownThroughout the month of February, we celebrate Black History Month. Created in 1926, this event coincides with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and Frederick Douglass on February 14. African American communities have celebrated these birthdays together since the late 19th century.

Honoring our shared history and reflecting on the past is one way we unify as a nation. We remember that we are all Americans — we believe in freedom and democracy for all. Another shared belief is that we all deserve a comfortable retirement, free of economic hardship. READ MORE

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Sheriff’s Office hosts Church Security and Training meeting

Bladen County Sheriff's DepartmentThe Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a Church Security and Training meeting tonight (Monday, Feb. 8) at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church fellowship hall that is open to the public and is targeted for pastors and church officials in the county.

“We have invited all interested churches to attend. The meeting will be to explain a new program the Sheriff’s office will be offering to any church interested concerning security and safety,” said Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton. READ MORE

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BCC Trustees to hold retreat, meeting

The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Friday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. for a board retreat, followed by a board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Both events take place in the Student Resource Center (building 7) on the main campus of the college. For more information, contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502.

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By: Gordon Kinlaw

iphoneI can’t say this enough – back your phone up!!! Either on iCloud or on your PC on iTunes.

Someone in my house placed their iPhone near the kitchen sink and you know the rest. I spent a 30 minutes on the phone with Apple and a couple of hours in the Chapel Hill Apple Store plus travel time. Never mind I dropped $320 bucks for a replacement iPhone. READ MORE

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5K Bunny Fun Run & Golf Tournament to support Bladen County Relay for Life

Otis EvansRelay for Life has a 5K Bunny Fun Run and a Golf Tournament scheduled soon by Otis Evans. The 5K will be held March 26th in Bladenboro and the Golf Tournament will be held April 8th. All proceeds, excluding expenses will benefit the American Cancer Society.

The events’ organizer, Evans is a cancer survivor of less than one year. He has also been a caregiver. His first wife, Charlotte “Bit” Evans, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1996 and passed away in 2009. READ MORE

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Bladen County Students do well at Senior Beta Convention

East Bladen and West Bladen High School students attended the 78th annual Senior Beta Club Convention held this past weekend in Greensboro.

East Bladen student Adonis Johnson won first place in the History competition. The Club also placed third in their campaign skit. Emily Scott campaigned for President.

West Bladen student Sean Davis advanced to the finals in the Special Talent competition. Amber Long campaigned for Vice-President. READ MORE  

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Bladen Community College to celebrate Black History month Thursday

BCC Black History ProgramDUBLIN – On Thursday, Feb. 11, Bladen Community College will welcome guest speaker, Pastor Cliff E. Freeman Jr. to a celebratory assembly for Black History Month. The program commences at 11 a.m. in the college auditorium.

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Pastor Freeman holds a Master of Divinity Degree from North Carolina Theological Seminary, where he is also a faculty member. His undergraduate work was completed at Heritage Bible College in Dunn. READ MORE

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Emergency Medical Science at BCC is a Life-Saver

DUBLIN – Imagine this scene. You are driving on the highway 87 bypass when you hear screeching tires, the blast of a car horn, and the crushing of metal against metal. Your car is jolted on the passenger side by another car spinning out of control. Suddenly, you are being pushed off the road, your right front tire spraying gravel and grass against your window as you are hurled toward an embankment.

Every time the Bladen County 911 Central Office dispatches an emergency vehicle to the scene of an accident, highly trained rescue personnel bolt into action to save your life. READ MORE

 

New Voter ID PSA released

New Voter ID PSARALEIGH, N.C – The State Board of Elections today released a new public service announcement designed to educate voters on the 2016 voter Id requirements.

The “Be Recognized” ads will air on local television and radio through the 2016 Election cycle, the goal is to make sure every voice is heard at the voting booth. This election voters will be asked to show a photo ID at the polls. If for some reason a voter can’t get an ID, they will still be able to vote. READ MORE

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New building at Taylor Manufacturing is taking shape

DVine Foods New BuildingA new building that is under construction at Taylor Manufacturing is beginning to take shape. Ron Taylor said that the next step for the building is to install sprinkler system.

He added that the recent rains have had some impact on the construction schedule. READ MORE

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Registration is open for third annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club 8K Run, Walk

IMG_6116The third annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club 8K Trail Run and Walk to benefit the USO of NC is set for Saturday, April 16, at 8:30 a.m. at the Brown’s Creek Nature Park and Bike Trail and is sponsored by Ford of Clinton and Healthworks Fitness and Wellness. READ MORE

Bladen County Schools have a delay Monday, February 8

With overnight road temperatures expected to be below freezing, creating hazardous driving conditions, all Bladen County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay on Monday, February 8, 2016 for students and staff.  

Cape Fear Heating & Cooling receives award

IMG_1291This past Friday, Daine Smith, owner of Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, LLC located in Clarkton received the Rheem Outstanding Sales Achievement award from Gemaire.

“It was really nice. Gemaire has always been really good to me, and for them to recognize me in this way really means a lot,” Daine said.  READ MORE

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Volunteers gathered Sunday to continue plans for county Youth Rally

By: Erin Smith

Bladen County Youth RallyAn afternoon punctuated with rain, sleet and the occasional snowflake couldn’t dampen spirits in the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church PAC building Sunday afternoon as volunteers gathered to begin making final plans for the first annual Youth Rally for Bladen County. The rally is planned for Sunday, March 6, at 5 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School Gym. The theme for the rally is “My Story.”

Cheryl West opened the meeting by telling volunteers the biggest hurdle to making the Youth Rally successful will be the transportation and logistics. West told the group that Chuck and Kelly Heustess have agreed to create a map of the county for use in planning the routes the church vans and buses would need to travel to provide transportation.  READ MORE  

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Woodmen of the World Awards

Woodmen of the WorldTar Heel Woodman of the World troop 1044 held their annual awards supper in January. Four awards were given out. Following are the award winners.

Andy Wilson received the Caring for Others Award.
Lucille Brown received the Fraternal Spirit Award.
Sandra Newton received the Environmental Award.
Charlie Priest received the Community Award.  READ MORE

This beautiful rainbow appeared late Sunday afternoon over NC 41 East in Bladen County.

The rainbow seemed to create a tunnel effect over the roadway.

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NEWS FOR SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 7 

The Pencilman creates Cam Newton, 2015 NFL MVP art

Cam Newton by Clarence The Pencilman PointerFans take advantage of my EXTREMELY AFFORDABLE limited edition lithograph prints of the 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton…only $50 each, simply click on the link below:

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Bladen Online By the Numbers: January 31-February 6, 2016

Week In ReviewSteady as she goes. That’s the best description for Bladen Online’s week. No record-setting days, but weekly numbers that were among the best in history. Bladen Online had 123,302 page views for the week of Jan. 31-Feb. 6, according to Google Analytics, which was 10th most in our eight-year history, and 24,684 visits, which was seventh-most for a week.

Obviously, we couldn’t do it without you and thank you for your continued support. We believe that people rely on Bladen Online to tell the story of Bladen County. READ MORE  

Briefing for the coastal storm

By: Steven Pfaff, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service
US-NationalWeatherServiceThe is the latest briefing for the coastal storm. The primary impacts continue to be strong wind gusts, heavy rain/flooding, and dangerous maritime conditions. The risk for snowfall has decreased.
A Storm Warning is now in effect for the adjacent Coastal Waters and a Hurricane Force Wind Warning is in effect for the adjacent Offshore Waters.  READ MORE

NEWS FOR SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 6

Threat Assessment for Southeastern North Carolina from the National Weather Service

US-NationalWeatherServiceHere is the latest impact briefing for Sunday’s coastal storm. Good confidence with maritime, wind, and flood impacts; however, snow impact confidence remains low. In the least, the latest probabilities for accumulating >1″ snowfall have increased to 40-50% across a large portion of northeast SC and southeast NC. If these trends continue the a Winter Weather Advisory may be required.  READ MORE

Bladen Community College to host Paint Class

Paint classWhether you are celebrating a special occasion, ladies night out, date night or you just like painting you will have a great time. The cost is $35 per person. All supplies and step-by-step instruction will be provided.

There is a Paint class scheduled for Saturday, February 13th at Kinlaw’s Beer and Wine from 2:30 pm until 6:00 pm.  READ MORE 

Bladen County Students at Senior Beta Club Convention

Photos by Cheryl West

Bladen County has students in Greensboro again this weekend. The Senior Beta Club Convention is being held and East Bladen High School and West Bladen High School are doing well in the competitions.  READ MORE 

Bladen County Board of Commissioners to meet February 8th

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Update Winter Weather Storm Report

By: Steven PfaffWarning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service

US-NationalWeatherServiceThe updated briefing is attached. A high confidence regarding strong wind gusts continues, especially along the coast. Moderate confidence in flooding across already saturated areas with the most rainfall expected along the coast. Low confidence on accumulating snow, with highest potential across inland areas. High confidence remains in dangerous maritime conditions across the adjacent coastal and offshore waters. READ MORE

Bladenboro Town Meeting will be held February 8th

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Place of Worship Security and Safety Training Program planned

Bladen County Sheriff's DepartmentThe Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is inviting area clergy to attend a security and safety training program overview Monday, Feb. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Elizabethtown Baptist Church.

As a result of attacks at community gatherings and in places of worship in the United States and abroad, the N.C. Sheriff’s Association developed training materials that will help places of worship create security plans. READ MORE  

Fundraiser to benefit Ayven Lennon planned for Saturday

A fundraiser has been planned for Ayven Lennon called “Weighing In for Ayven Lennon Third Annual Benefit Coon Hunt” will take place on Saturday, Feb. 6, at 5 p.m. at 1879 Sweet Home Church Road, Elizabethtown.

The start time is 5 p.m. and all dogs need to be signed in by 7 p.m. There is an entry fee of $20 per dog which will be given to the family of Ayven Lennon. READ MORE

NEWS FOR FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 5

Elizabethtown Middle School Junior Beta Convention participants
IMG_1272Elizabethtown Middle School had 26 students attend the North Carolina Junior Beta Convention in Greensboro on Feb. 1-2.

The students participated in Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Spelling, Poetry, Speech, Tower of Power,  Living Literature, Banner, Tshirt, Special Talent-the Cougar Band, and Wreath. READ MORE

Bladenboro Middle School Honor Roll: Second Quarter

Here is the second quarter honor for Bladenboro Middle School. READ MORE

Beta Club members to compete this weekend

Beta Club2The Beta Club members at East Bladen and West Bladen High Schools are in Greensboro this weekend to compete at the state the 78th annual Senior Beta Club convention held at the Sheraton Four Season Hotel.

Amber Long of West Bladen High School will campaign for the seat of Vice-President and Emily Scott of East Bladen High School will campaign for the office of President. READ MORE

Nathalie Gore is promoted to Clinical Ladder, Level II

GoreCape Fear Valley Health-Bladen County Hospital announced Nathalie Gore, RN, BSN,CLII has been promoted to Clinical Ladder, Level II.

The Clinical Ladder program recognizes and retains nurses who provide direct clinical care and who are involved in promoting nursing practice in the  Cape Fear Valley Health System READ MORE   

All eyes on Sunday forecast

National Weather ServiceWhile many folks are preparing for Super Bowl Sunday, forecasters are keeping a wary eye on Sunday’s weather. The National Weather Service is watching a strengthening storm system off the coast that could potentially bring a chance of accumulating snow for some areas on Sunday.

Meterologist Steven Pfaff said, “The probability for accumulating one inch or more of snowfall has increased across the area.” READ MORE

Boost the ‘Boro to meet Tuesday

The next Boost the ‘Boro meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:30 p.m. at the farmer’s market in Bladenboro.  This is an important meeting for all members. READ MORE

Police department pay on Bladenboro board’s agenda

Pay for members of the Bladenboro Police Department is back on the agenda for February’s regularly scheduled meeting of the Bladenboro Board of Commissioners. The meeting is set for Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. at Town Hall on Ivey Street. It’s open to the public. READ MORE

National Wear Red Day celebrated in Bladen County

According to the American Heart Association, Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. But we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac events prevented with education and lifestyle changes.  READ MORE

Witnesses testify to seeing trio on night of murder

travionsmithOn the fourth day of the murder trial for Travoin Devonte Smith, witnesses testified to seeing Smith along with his co-defendants Sarah Redden and Ronald Anthony Jr. together on the afternoon of the murder. The trio are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Melissa Huggins-Jones.

Amy Radley, who worked as the manager of Ben Jerry’s in the North Hills mall in 2013, testified that she saw Smith and Redden as they completed employment applications at the store.

Radley testified that Smith and Redden were arguing over the back of the application which asks questions about past criminal offenses. READ MORE

Wreck reduces US 701 to one lane at Britt Road intersection near Clarkton

A wreck at the intersection of Britt Road and US 701 South, reduced the busy highway to just one lane for a time on Friday morning.

The collision occurred when a white Chrysler 200 traveling on Britt Road pulled into the path of a dark colored Honda Passport traveling southbound on US 701, according to NC Highway Patrol Trooper Freeman. READ MORE

Bladen County Superior Court plea agreements for February

scales of justice Three people who were charged as part of an undercover narcotics investigation dubbed Operation Summertime Shakedown have agreed to plea deals in Bladen County Superior Court and received suspended sentences and supervised probation.

The three-month operation that resulted in 14 arrests and ended in early July 2015 targeted the sale and delivery of prescription pills, cocaine and marijuana mostly in the Bladenboro area. READ MORE

Clarkton School of Discovery students perform Alice in Wonderland

Photos contributed by Johnny Anderson

For Better Living: What to do When Lactose is a Problem

By: Sandra Cain

Sandra Cain Milk provides a variety of essential nutrients that your body needs to maintain good health. These nutrients include calcium, vitamin D, vitamin A, and potassium. Milk also contains high quality protein that helps meet your body’s needs.

The natural sugar in dairy foods – lactose – may be difficult for some people to digest completely. These people may have unpleasant gastrointestinal symptoms after drinking milk. This is known as lactose intolerance. Guidelines released by the National Institutes of Health panel on Lactose Intolerance stressed the nutritional importance of dairy foods, especially for bone health, and outlined ways to still enjoy three daily servings. READ MORE

Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala planned, sponsorships still available

Red Affair Gala for Cape Fear Valley The Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala will take place on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 7 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin. The event, “A Red Affair,” is a black-tie optional event, said spokeswoman Ashley Dowless.

“That means that guys can wear a suit and tie instead of a tuxedo,” said Dowless. She added that ladies can wear either an evening gown or a cocktail dress. She added there will be a red carpet photo booth available this year for folks who want that added bit of glamour to their evening.

Tickets for the event cost $50 each and can be purchased by calling 910-862-1206. The proceeds raised by the event go to the foundation’s efforts in supporting the patients of Bladen County Hospital. READ MORE

Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

By: Cheryl Thurston

Health Grades Ah, February, a great month to go out to eat, several times. We have Groundhog’s Day, Chinese New Year, Mardi Gras, Ash Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, President’s Day, and Black History Month. You can probably find a reason to eat out in that list. But, where will you go? BladenOnline is proud to bring you the Sanitation Health grades for the Bladen County eating establishments that were inspected in January. READ MORE

Redden takes stand in day three of Raleigh murder trial

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One of the trio accused in the murder of former Bladen County resident Melissa Huggins-Jones took to the witness stand on Thursday. Sarah Redden described her role in the evening’s crime spree as well as events leading up to murder.

Redden, now 21, was testifying against Travion Devonte Smith, who along with Redden and Ronald Anthony Jr., are charged with first-degree murder in Huggins-Jones’ death. Anthony Jr. has accepted a plea bargain from the state and received a sentence of life in prison without parole for his role in the murder. Redden testified that she does not have any type of agreement with the state regarding her testimony. READ MORE

NEWS FOR THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4

NC State Board of Elections announces special judicial filing period

Women charged in Dublin shooting have bonds reduced

The two women charged in the November shooting death of a Tar Heel man near Dublin had their bonds reduced Thursday morning in Bladen County Superior Court.

D’Nazya Sade Downing, who was being held on a $1 million bond, and Shanika Nicole Mitchell, who was being held on a $1.75 million bond, had their bonds reduced to $500,000 by Judge D. Jack Hooks. READ MORE

Bay Tree Lakes roadway experiences collapse, no injuries

Residents of Bay Tree Lakes subdivision who travel Horsepen Road got a rude surprise when a culvert that passes under the roadway collapsed. Bay Tree Lakes Property Owners Association President Charles Atkinson estimated that repairs to the roadway could take as much as two to three months. READ MORE

Flood warning issued for Bladen County

National Weather ServiceTHE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON NC HAS ISSUED A

* FLOOD WARNING FOR THE CAPE FEAR AT WILLIAM O HUSKE LOCK AND DAM 3.

* FROM FRIDAY MORNING TO MONDAY MORNING. READ MORE

Harmony Hall gets new roof

Photo courtesy of Seth Lewis.

Photo courtesy of Seth Lewis.

Harmony Hall has a newly installed roof thanks to the efforts of Roofing by Tony of Bladenboro. The cost of the repairs to the roof was about $10,500, according to Harmony Hall Plantation Village Inc. President Seth Lewis.

The old roof was well worn and beginning to need repairs, according to Lewis.

“It is a great relief to know the roof work has been completed,” he said. READ MORE

City Sandwich Shop now open for business

IMG_0934The iconic City Sandwich Shop located at 122 South Poplar Street, Elizabethtown, opened for business on Monday morning to the delight of many Bladen residents. The restaurant’s hours are Monday through Saturday from 5 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The restaurant was once owned by former Elizabethtown Police Chief Charles Taylor. The new, modern City Sandwich Shop, while located in the same building, features an updated interior and menu that is sure to delight the most discerning palate. READ MORE

Marquail Burney ruled not competent to stand trial

A judge Wednesday agreed with the findings of a mental health evaluation and ruled that Marquail Allen Burney is not competent to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge in the death of his father’s fiancee. The ruling by Superior Court Judge D. Jack Hooks came during a hearing in Bladen County Superior Court.

Burney, 21, was charged in October with killing Crystal Dionne Cruz at the home on N.C. 41 West they shared with David Burney, who is Marquail Burney’s father.  READ MORE 

Testimony in second day of Raleigh murder trial centers on stolen laptop

travionsmithThe second day of testimony in the Raleigh murder trial of Travion Devonte Smith got underway on Wednesday with Judge Ridgeway hearing a motion regarding references to the plea deal received by Ronald Anthony Jr. After hearing arguments from both sides, the judge allowed the motion to restrict references to Anthony’s plea deal to stand.

Smith is one of three individuals accused in the murder of former Bladen County resident Melissa Huggins-Jones. READ MORE

 

Mother County Genealogical Society announces meeting

The Mother County Genealogical Society meets on the second Saturday of even numbered months from noon to 2 p.m. in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building at 818 South Main Street in Bladenboro, NC.  The next meeting is on February 13.  Our scheduled speaker, Kelly Baldwin, will present the history of Abbottsburg. READ MORE

 

 

 

 

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