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Thoughts While Shaving
 
Easter Monday 2014....Facebook features beautiful people dressed in their Easter finest....
 
A reminder....Bladen County Commissioners rescheduled their meeting from tonight (Monday) to Tuesday evening...
 
A look ahead...
Thursday, April 24...Bladen We Care Golf Tournament at Wallace
Thursday, April 24...Early voting begins at 4 locations

Bladen County Weather
National Weather Service
 
Today.....Sunny, with a high near 74.  North wind 7 to 11 mph.
 
Tonight...Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.  Light and variable wind.
 
Tuesday...A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 p.m.  Partly sunny, with a high near 82.  Light southwest wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning.  Chance of precipitation is 30%.  New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

The Daisy Award

Jenna Hill, MSN, RN
Specialty Care Unit
Vidant Medical Center
Greenville, North Carolina

  

We were driving along one night at about 11 pm after a co-workers birthday party. There were 3 of us. Felicia driving, Angela was in the front seat and Jenna in the back seat. Felicia noticed that there was a fire on the side of the road, a little ways off the road on the right. After looking closer we noticed that it was a barn. We pulled over and Jenna called 911. The operator stated that "someone else driving by had already called it in and they had dispatched a fire truck." We pulled into the driveway of the barn and when looking even closer we noticed that there was a house to the right of the barn.

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on April 21

  

Highest Temperature

91 degrees

1970

 

Lowest Temperature

30 degrees

1983

 

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation

1.29 inches

1918

 

Yesterday's High Temperature was 62 degrees.

Weather Facts for Bladen County, NC
 
All Time High Temperature:
105 degrees...August 11, 2007
 
All Time Low Temperature:
-3 degrees...December 25, 1989
 
Maximum Rainfall:
20 inches.....June 15, 1998

P J Wetzel: hiker, writer, earth scientist

Gang Awareness Seminar Planned for Tar Heel
 
The Gang Awareness Seminar Workshops continue to move around throughout the county.  The next stop will be at the Tar Heel Fire Department, 269 Tar Heel Ferry Road, Tar Heel.
 
"What is the Value of a child?"
 
Bladen County Schools, Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers and Eastpointe are the sponsors.

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Bladen County Headlines...35 Years Ago
  
Advancement, Inc. made a grant to the town of Bladenboro in the amount of $5,000 to assist in the water-sewer situation.
 
An exercise trail to be installed at the county park between Elizabethtown and Clarkton was in the planning stage.
 
It was announced that rates for telephone service in Bladen County were to be decreased.

Bladen Lakes Primary's Field Day - Click HERE for photos

  

Bladen Lakes Primary School students recently enjoyed a favorite annual tradition:  Field Day!  Faculty members Mr. William McMillan and Mrs. Liz Lytch led warm-ups and songs at an opening ceremony. Students then competed in short and long races, sack races, and egg races.  After lunch, the students jumped rope and flew kites.  Other students competed in a yo-yo contest.  Winners were able to yo-yo the longest and showed off yo-yo tricks.  The school wishes to thank all of the teachers, staff members, and parents who made this event possible for the students.

Soft-Corn Tortillas

For Better Living

Sandra Cain
    
In Mexico and  Central America, a tortilla is a type of thin, unleavened flat bread, made from finely ground maize. The corn tortilla, with many variants, has been a staple food in North American and Mesoamerican cultures since pre-Columbian times. Tortillas have been gaining in popularity in the United States over the past few years.
 
Tortillas vary in size from about 2 ½ inches to over 12 inches, depending on the region of the country and the dish for which it is intended.  They serve as the base for burritos, tacos, quesadillas, tostadas and a multitude of other dishes.

NC flu deaths reach 100
 
Someone in North Carolina has died from a flu-related death every week since late November, according to the the NC Department of Health and Human Services.  Two more died last week and the total for this season now stands at 100.
 
The majority of the deaths, in fact over two-thirds of the deaths this year were persons between the ages of 25 and 54.  Young and middle age adults are more vulnerable to the H1N1 strain that has been the dominate form this season.
 
Last flu season, 59 people died from flu-related illnesses.  Last year, the last death was recorded in May.

Visiting artists bring dance culture to CSD students - Click HERE for photos
by Marsha Burney
  
All week, the sixth graders at Clarkton School of Discovery have been tapping their feet, snapping their fingers, and humming the tune to Spanish songs.  Thursday afternoon, the group put on a spectacular performance for the entire student body, and if you didn’t know any better, you’d think that CSD’s media center was situated smack dab in the middle of Spain.
  
The students learned “Flamenco,” a type of dance that originated in Spain during the reign of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabel.

2014 UNCP Honor Band

  

The 36th Annual UNC Pembroke Honor Band was held on Saturday, April 12th at Givens Performing Arts Center.   10 Bladen County band students were nominated by their directors and were accepted into this all-star group.  The band this year was under the direction of Dr. Travis Cross, who directs the Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band at UCLA.

Cakes for Cody!
Congratulations to Week 16 winners Barbara Bedsole of a Decorated Easter Cake by BJ Clark and Charmonia Buie of a Banana Nut Cake by Olga Bauer

 


Barbara Bedsole

Charmonia Buie 

   

Week 17 drawing for a Pound Cake donated by Yvonne Norris
 
Tickets may be purchased at the Bladen County Finance Department for $1.00 each. Cakes can be picked up after drawing at 11am on Friday.
 
Cody is the son of Tina and Chris Clark.  Cody has to returned to Duke for testing and procedures associated with chemo.

Governor McCrory Calls for In-State Tuition for Veterans Attending NC Community Colleges
April 17, 2014 • Military and Veterans Affairs

  

Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the budget he will present to the General Assembly will call for in-state tuition for veterans attending North Carolina’s 58 community colleges.

"More than 60,000 service men and women are expected to separate from the armed services in North Carolina during next five years as the war in Afghanistan winds down,” Governor McCrory said.

Elizabethtown Middle School
Honor Roll
3rd Quarter
 
5th Grade
A Honor Roll

Anette Munoz-Ventura, Lavada Jackson, Kaleb Anders, Weston Hodge, Ethan Johnson, Madison Kellum, Aiyana Lowry, Kristen Pate, Ayden Piland, Kayleigh Raynor, Janeth Salgado, Drew Sholar, Hannah Wheeless

Investigation continues into shooting death

   The investigation into the shooting death of a Bladenboro woman early Monday morning is awaiting forensic evidence before deciding if any charges will be filed, Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt said Thursday.

   Evidence has been sent to the State Bureau of Investigation crime lab in Raleigh for examination, Hunt said. He did not know how long it would take the lab to process the evidence.

   Patricia Lyn Cooper, 38, was killed in the shooting that happened about 2:30 a.m. Monday outside an apartment complex on Ash Street during a domestic dispute with her ex-boyfriend, Johnny Yarbrough, Hunt said. Yarbrough told investigators that Cooper showed up at his home Monday and the two began to argue.

Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: March 24 through March 30

   The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, March 24 through Sunday, March 30. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Monday, March 24
    Kenneth Lee Mote, 47: Uttering forged endorsement (felony)

Brown Adventure Trail - Click HERE For Photos

Visitor Praises 'Brown Adventure Trail'
 
A visitor recently wrote to BladenOnline, "I love the new 'Brown Adventure Trail.'  What a beautiful resource for your community to stay healthy and step up your daily exercise routine.  If you have not had the opportunity to run or bike the course, you need to experience the adventure!"
 
"We are visiting my parents Darrell and Kathy Page and what a healthy activity for our family!  Thank you for a great morning through the trails and being close to nature!  We currently live in Greenville, SC and the quality of your trail ranks with the Upstate Adventure Run/Bike Courses.  What a great idea and who knew there were so many hills in the flat lands!"
 
Signed...Mary Kathryn Harris

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Education First for a Better Bladen: Part 5
Valerie Newton
 
Elizabethtown, NC -  You can often find them in a parking lot, along a sidewalk, in the bottom of your purse, under the couch cushions. Pennies can be found everywhere. Tossed aside with little value. But to a school system, they are valuable. And particularly when you put pennies together to make dollars.
 
On the May 6 primary election ballot, voters will see a referendum for Bladen County Sales and Use Tax. At the request of the County Commissioners and supported by the Board of Education, the ¼ of a penny sales and use tax referendum has been added to the ballot to support school repairs and renovations in Bladen County. 

Now Re-Opened
 
Lena's House
Store hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (11:30-6:00) Saturday (10:00-5:00)
Closed on Sundays and Mondays Phone number: (910) 874-6800
Address: 119 W Broad Street Elizabethtown NC 28337
New Business in Bladenboro
 
All Things Gifts, Clothing, & More had their Ribbon Cutting Ceremony this past Saturday, April 12th and it was a huge success.  They had over 90 people come out on Saturday.  
 
This new shop has a large selection of gifts, formal attire, casual wear and so much more.  You may visit them at 113 West Railroad Street, Bladenboro, or visit their Facebook page.

Election Update
 
Early voting begins Thursday, April 24th at four (4) locations in Bladen County. 
 
1) Bladenboro 
2) Dublin 
3) East Arcadia
4) Bladen County Library, Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown Primary School  - Third 9 Weeks Honor Roll Lists
 
 4th Grade
Superintendent’s List
Raymond Autry, Kassie Bagwell, Denitsa Dimova, Natalea Fowler, Weslyn Hall, Aubree Jacobs, Kelis Johnson, Tyler Lewis, Merritt Martin, Justin McAllister, Alexus Mitchell, Azariah Rhodie, Silence Smith, Natalie Spears, Latham Waters, Lauryn Williams
 
 “A” Honor Roll
Kaylee Bagwell, Tahjanae Bell, Zyasia Crumb, Heather Hardin, Amber Knighten, Jabaylin Looby,  Marvin McKiver, Zaniya McKiver , Kameron Melvin,  Amariah Murchison, Ahmad Powell,

Bladen County Sheriff's Department Crime Report: April 7 to April 13

   The following arrests were filed by the Bladen County Sheriff's Department from Monday, April 7 through Sunday, April 13. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed.

Tuesday, April 8
    Demond Shaw, 41: Probation violation out of county (misdemeanor)
    Maurice James Williams, 17: Simple possession of Schedule VI controlled substance (misdemeanor)
    Nathan Richard Strickland, 18: Possession of stolen goods (misdemeanor)

EASTER HOLIDAY WEEKEND TRAVELERS WILL FIND NC PRICES SLIGHTLY LESS THAN LAST YEAR
  
                              CHARLOTTE (APRIL 16, 2014) - While gasoline prices have climbed 36 cents a gallon since Christmas, they are still 5.6 cents a gallon less on average in North Carolina than they were last Easter.
                              Typically a family stay-at-home holiday, Easter gas prices always serve as precursor to higher prices due to the May 1 national deadline for refineries to start producing less-polluting summer-blend
fuel. This transition pressures prices upward because supply becomes crimped. 

Author/storyteller visits Tar Heel Middle

  

Donna Washington, author and storyteller extraordinaire spoke to the Tar Heel Middle School student body Tuesday, April 15th as part of the Collaborative & Innovation grant Tar Heel and Bladen County Public Library received from the North Carolina State Library.  The grant's purspose is to strengthen ties between student, school & public library as well as offer books that support the curriculum and reading programs. 
 
Ms. Washington is a terrific, energetic storyteller and has published 7 books.  Her stories, sound effects, and characters will long be remembered by Tar Heel students. She took them around the world and through time as she told stories from Africa, Ireland, the Appalachians and tossed in some classic Chaucer. 

Board of Education Meets
Bethany Stephens
   
The Board of Education met this past Monday for their monthly session.  During the meeting, the board recognized several students and organizations for various accomplishments.  The board first recognized Bladenboro Middle School’s Junior Beta Club for earning several medals at the NC Jr. Beta Club Convention in February.  Cierra Byrd won first place in both Speech and Sculpture.  Dalton Pait won first in the T-Shirt category, and Brandon Walden won first place in the Black and White Photography category.  Angelica Caraballo also won third place in the Watercolor category.

Meet the Candidates: Steve Lesane, Bladen Sheriff

   Steve Lesane spent many years and served in many roles before leaving the Bladen County Sheriff's Office in 2010. Now, the Bladen County native wants to return to the department, this time as sheriff.

   Lesane is challenging incumbent Prentis Bentson in the May 6 Democratic primary. The winner will face Republican Jim McVicker in November's general election.

DHHS encourages safety measures to prevent spread of Hepatitis A
Monday, April 14, 2014

Raleigh, N.C. - As the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services assists Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties in their response to a case of Hepatitis A in a food handler, it is important to remind people to always take precautions when preparing food, whether at home or at a restaurant.
The simple act of thoroughly washing your hands before and during the preparation of meals can prevent the spread of Hepatitis A and other food-borne diseases. Hands should be washed thoroughly with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds.

Governor McCrory Announces Appointments
 
Governor Pat McCrory announced several appointments Tuesday.  Among them was the reappointment of Dr. Robert L. Rich to the North Carolina Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control.
 
Dr. Rich is primary care physician in Bladen County.

ICYMI: Gov. unveils new partnership during Sanford stop

  

Community college system president calls it "most significant step" for workforce development in 20 years

  

April 15, 2014 • Education, • Jobs and the Economy

 

Gov. unveils new partnership during Sanford stop Will Doran The Sanford Herald April 14, 2014 After being laid off from his job in Siler City in 2011, Alberto Sosa-Diaz found temporary work with Caterpillar. He then started night classes at Central Carolina Community College and eventually learned enough welding skills to land a full-time job.

Cakes for Cody!

  

Week 16 drawing for a Banana Nut Cake donated by Olga Bauer and a Decorated Easter Cake donated by BJ Clark
 
Update provided by Cody’s Grandmother, Brenda Clark:

 

                Cody was the star of the show on Saturday as he was asked to throw the first pitch at the opening ceremony for our Dixie Youth Baseball season.  As you can see, he has a mean little right arm.  He was so proud and while he couldn’t stand on his own, his dad was there to support him..

Teenager makes cakes to help Relay for Life
by Marsha Burney
  
At just 14 years old, Bethany Strickland is already working to make a difference in this world. The Clarkton School of Discovery eighth grader has been working for the last few weeks baking cakes. The money she makes off her cakes is her donation to her school’s Relay for Life team.
  
So far, she’s donated $600 to her school’s Relay team, and she took the initiative to do it all on her own!

Woman killed identified; ex-boyfriend 'person of interest'

   The woman who was fatally shot early Monday morning in Bladenboro has been identified and her ex-boyfriend is considered a "person of interest" by Bladenboro police, Chief Chris Hunt said Tuesday afternoon.

   Patricia Lyn Cooper, 38, was killed in the shooting that happened about 2:30 a.m. Monday outside an apartment complex on Ash Street during a domestic dispute with her ex-boyfriend, Johnny Yarbrough, Hunt said. Cooper was shot in the back.

National Government Month
 
Since 1991, (National Association of Counties) NACo has encouraged counties across the country to actively promote county government programs and services. National County Government Month (NCGM) is celebrated each April by the nation's counties to raise public awareness and understanding about the roles and responsibilities of county government. This year's theme is:  Ready and Resilient Counties: Prepare. Respond. Thrive.

 

The Lake Church to hold first service Easter Sunday

   Dublin First Baptist Church has had the vision to expand its reach for about 10 years. Easter Sunday, Rev. Cameron McGill will see the church's vision become a reality.

   The Lake Church will hold its first service at 8:32 a.m. at the Venue at Regal Resort at White Lake. "The reason for starting the service at 8:32 is because of John 8:32, which says, 'Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free,'" McGill said. "We wanted folks to understand that it was going to be a Bible-believing, Bible-preaching church."

Meet the Candidates: Prentis Bentson, Bladen Sheriff

   Prentis Bentson came to Bladen County in 1987 to work for the Sheriff's Office under Sheriff Earl Storms. Twenty-seven years later, the native of Hyde County is nearing the end of his first term as Bladen County Sheriff.

   "I've done 27 years of continuous law enforcement with the Sheriff's Office in Bladen County, starting in the Civil Division and moving up to Sheriff," Bentson said. "It's certainly an honor and privilege to have served as sheriff of Bladen County since 2010."

Bladenboro board approves additional Community Building construction funds

   The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners on Monday approved an additional $13,000 for construction of the town's new community building. The money will be used to build a deck and railing on the back to meet code requirements.

   Bladenboro received a $500,000 N.C. Catalyst Community Development Block Grant in September 2012 to demolish the nearly 70 year old community building and construct a new one on the same site.

Governor McCrory Launches Major Workforce Development Initiative

   

“NCWorks to focus on one goal – connecting North Carolina jobs with North Carolina people.” – Gov. McCrory
Sanford, NC - Governor Pat McCrory and Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker joined state officials today in announcing "NCWorks," a major initiative that will promote one consistent, cohesive strategy for workforce development across North Carolina.

“While I am continually pleased to see more and more people finding jobs in North Carolina, it is important to remain focused on getting people back to work,” said Governor McCrory. “As we continue to rebuild, I am committed to making our state stronger and more resilient.

Bladen Students Attend YLA
Valerie Newton
 
Elizabethtown, NC - Thirteen high school students from Bladen County recently participated in the N.C. Youth Legislative Assembly conference in Raleigh. Over 200 students from 36 counties were in attendance during the three-day legislative session. 
 
North Carolina Congressman Justin Burr was the keynote speaker. Wake County District Court Judge Vince Rozier, son of Bladen County School Board member Vinston Rozier, presided over the assembly.

Elizabethtown Primary School Battle of the Books

  

 Elizabethtown Primary's Battle of the Books team; Kassie Bagwell, Latham Waters, Lauryn Williams, Natalie Spears, Merritt Martin, Natalea Fowler, Kameron Melvin, Raymond Autry, Weslyn Hall, Denitsa Dimova, Justin McAllister, along with coaches, Beverly Brady and Shantell Faircloth, participated in Bladen County Schools' first annual Battle of the Books competition on Friday, April 11th. The students had to read seven books and answer questions regarding the books in a timed competition. The team came in 2nd place in the county competition.

Ben Dowless Building
109 West King Street
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Meet the Candidates: Vince Rozier, Bladen Board of Education At-Large

   Vince Rozier believes that being able to reach out and communicate with a child is among the best ways to help give them an opportunity for a better future. That's what he's tried to do as a minister, former Boy Scout leader and a member of the Bladen County Board of Education.

   "We go out here now in the communities near the church and talk to children and young people as much as possible," Rozier said. "We want to help children who don't have a means of communication. If you can communicate with a child in a way, then you might be able to help them go forward."

Pleasant Hill Holiness Church
Elizabethtown, NC
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Bladenboro Rotary Club Announces Plans for Annual Tournament
 
The 16th Annual Bladenboro Rotary Golf Tournament will be held Friday, May 9th at Land O Lakes Golf Course near Whiteville.  Golfers will be treated to lunch before they play and a meal afterwards.  The field is limited to the first 30 teams.  Call 674-1995 to enter.
 
Since 1988, over $47,000 has been raised to help fund scholarships for Bladenboro and West Bladen High School school seniors.  The Bladenboro Rotary Club established the J.W. and Martha Black Scholarship in 1967 to provide funds for college expenses for deserving seniors.  The is tournament is the club's major fundraiser, and the commitment to West Bladen high school in memory of two outstanding educators.

Fishing pier constructed on Cape Fear River at Lock & Dam 2 in Bladen

   The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission recently completed construction of a universally accessible fishing pier that runs along the Cape Fear River at Lock and Dam 2 in Bladen County.

   The wooden pier includes an 8-foot-by-90-foot fishing platform that runs parallel to the river and a 7-foot-by-93-foot walkway that provides access to the fishing platform. A 7-foot-by-7-foot concrete abutment connects the pier to an existing ADA-compliant concrete sidewalk that also provides access to the existing concrete boat ramp. 

Governor Mike Huckabee to Campaign for White
 
The Woody White for Congress campaign announced recently the former GOP presidential candidate and Governor Mike Huckabee will come to the district on April 25th for a press availability and two events promoting White's candidacy.
 
The events are scheduled as $25 per person rally in Brunswick Forest and then a private reception later in Wilmington.

Harmony Hall reunion planned April 26; cookbooks on sale

   Harmony Hall Plantation Village has scheduled its annual reunion for Saturday, April 26, and has updated and reprinted its cookbook.

   "While Harmony Hall was in the (middle) of restoration 15 years ago it was not unusual to have over 2,000 people (for the reunion) on the first Saturday in May," Field Marshal Bobby Lewis said. "Now we have to schedule around other activities. We hope to have 500 this year and grow a crowd from that."

Education First for a Better Bladen: Part 4
Valerie Newton
 
Elizabethtown, NC – Bladen County School’s future depends on the sustained progress of its public school system. That’s why, as part of the May 6 Sales and Use Tax Referendum, Superintendent Robert Taylor forged a Promises Made, Promises Kept pledge with the community. The pledge demonstrates clearly that the school system is committed to ensuring that revenue generated from the ¼ percent sales tax, if approved by the voters, are used with fidelity.

ETMS Needs Proctors

  

It's that time of year again...Testing is in the air!  Elizabethtown Middle School is in need of proctors for the End of Grade Tests that will be administered June 2 -10, 2014.  Proctors are required for each test session and will assist the Test Administrators (teachers).  Proctors must be at least 18 years old. Please contact Geraldine Bradshaw gbradshaw@bladen.k12.nc.us or call the school at 862-4071

BCC Small Business Center presents “Getting Ready for Summer” seminar series
Jack McDuffie
 
The Bladen Community College Small Business Center is presenting a series of no-cost seminars entitled “Getting Ready for Summer” during the month of April.  The seminars will be held at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown on Thursdays 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  The seminars are as follows:

East Bladen Booster Club Plan for Reverse Raffle
 
The Annual East Bladen Reverse Raffle is planned for Saturday, May 10.  Tickets to be sold are available at Leinwands and Eagle Club members need to pick them up.
 
A Booster Club meeting is planned for the Easter Break. Tickets need to be sold and money turned in before the raffle date.
 
The dinner begins at 6 p.m. on May 10.

Click HERE for the 2014 Bladen County Primary Notice and list of Candidates

Bladen County Rabies Clinics - Click Here for schedule
 
Bladen County Rabies Clinics for dogs and cats is underway.
 
North Carolina law requires shots for dogs and cats over four months of age. Shots are $6 each.  Check the schedule for the site and date nearest you.

Churches in Bladen County - Click HERE To VIew Church Listings
 
How many churches are there in Bladen County? How many adherents (supporters or followers)? and what denominations are represented in the county?
 
According to a website, The Association of Religious Data Archives that was completed in 2010 there are 120 congregations listed in Bladen County.  That number is skewed somewhat because reports are incomplete from congregations and adherents from the larger African-American denominations.

Upcoming events

       

 April 21 - 24...April is Public Health Month Walk....You are invited to join your friends for a walk Monday thru Thursday, April 21-24 from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Leinwand Park in Elizabethtown.  For more info, call Bladen County Health Department at 862-6900 extension 5.  Everyday you walk you can register for a daily $25 gift card drawing... 

  

April 24...There will be a meeting of the White Lake Water Festival committee, Thursday, April 24th at White Lake Town Hall.  The meeting begins at 6 p.m.  Everyone is invited to attend and volunteers are needed.

     

April 24, 2014...One-Stop Early Voting Period begins.    

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