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JV Baseball, West Bladen 3, East Bladen 0

Freshman Scott Bowen pitched a 4-hitter and struck out 10 batters to lead the West Bladen jayvees to a 3-0 Four County Conference baseball victory at East Bladen Tuesday. Bowen won a pitchers’ duel with freshman Xavier Wooten of East Bladen who struck out 11 batters. The Knights grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third inning as Bowen cracked a double and later scored the first run of the game. Brandon Carson scored the other West run in the inning. Caleb Sholar smashed a double in the sixth inning and scored when freshman Jonathan Robinson walloped a triple. Hunter Pait and Ray Jones also connected for hits for West Bladen. …..

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Middle School Softball, Clarkton School of Discovery 18, Bladenboro 3

Clarkton School of Discovery pounded out 20 hits Tuesday afternoon that paved the way to an 18-3 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory over visiting Bladenboro. Winning pitcher Anna Kate White batted a perfect 4-4 and scored twice. Teammate Adrian Howell turned in a perfect 3-3 game at the plate. Izzy Smith also connected for 3 hits in her 4 at-bats. Lorna Mendell hammered a triple and a single for the winners, and Carleigh DeVane and Esther Jimenez-Ward were both 2-2 at the plate. Jimenez-Ward circled the bases when her liner skipped past the centerfielder. Johanna Parker finished 2-3 at the plate and scored 3 runs. Abby Cross also batted …..

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It is Prom Season! 

West Bladen High School’s prom will be April 3rd. East Bladen High School’s prom will be April 17th. Harrells Christian Academy’s prom will be May 1st. This prom invitation photo at one of our area school’s games. We want all our area students to have a fun and safe prom. We have some safety tips for the prom goers. Plan ahead—make sure you have a safe plan for prom. Discuss your plans with your friends, remind each other about responsible decision-making. Remember to charge your cell phone and have it with you. Before you leave home, have directions to where you are going on prom. Know where you are and …..

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Men’s Golf 5th After Opening Day Of Campbell Oil Sunoco Classic

  • 03/31/2015
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Related: Men’s Golf 5th After Opening Day Of Campbell Oil/Sunoco Classic WALLACE – Sophomore J.C. McFadyen fired off a 1-under-par 71 in the final round to capture individual medalist honors and lead the UNC Pembroke men’s golf team to a share of sixth place at the UNCP-hosted Campbell Oil/Sunoco Classic on Tuesday afternoon at the par-72, 6,795-yard River Landing Country Club. McFadyen (+1), who secured his first career tournament title, became the first Brave in 10 years to take home individual medalist honors at a UNCP-hosted tournament. Riley Davis (+7) and Trent Cloninger (+9) each grabbed top 20 finishes, while Matt Elliott (+16) and Jake Britt (+19) finished in ties …..

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Bladen County's Premier Local News

Medicaid Behavioral Health Program Gets High Marks from Consumers and Providers

(March 31, 2015) Recently released survey data shows that the publically managed Medicaid system for behavioral healthcare is providing positive real-life outcomes for consumers and meeting the needs of its provider network.   Just two years ago, the state’s public Local Management Entities-Managed Care Organizations (LME-MCOs) completed the transition from a fee-for-service model to a managed care model for behavioral health.  Under the direction of the General Assembly, the LME-MCOs took on the financial risk for managing Medicaid funds.    “In general, consumer satisfaction numbers remained positive as our LME-MCOs fully implemented public managed care,” said Mary Hooper, executive director of NC Council of Community Programs.  “We are pleased to …..

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Jones Lake State Park – April 2015 Nature Programs

April 4, 2015 from 10:00am – 2:00pm Jones Lake Easter Egg Hunt Jones Lake State Park will have an Easter egg hunt Saturday, April 4 beginning at 10 a.m. Pre-registration is required by Friday, March 27. Call (910) 588-4550 or stop by the park’s visitor center located off N.C. 242 to register. The event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by Friends of the Bay Lakes. The egg hunt will start at 10 a.m., so participants are encouraged to arrive early to check in. There also will be raffle drawings, games, hikes, and other special events lasting until 2 p.m. This Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Friends of the …..

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We Are Paying Them What?

Bladen County Elections Director Once again this year we will be comparing Bladen County public official’s salaries with those of our neighboring counties. A reminder that when you look at these figures remember that counties have different tax bases thus some officials have more duties to perform that others. We will be listing the position, the salaries, the population of the counties and any other compensation that goes with that position. This week we look at County Elections Director’s salaries.  Bladen County—$43.969.  Population 35,000 Brunswick County—$59,000. Population 115,301 Columbus County—$46,649. Population 58,068 Duplin County— Vacant. Population 60,329 Sampson County—$43,356. Population 63,649       Share:

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Elizabethtown Police Officer Ronald J. Bailey resign from the force.   The Bladenboro High School Future Farmers of America held their annual Parent and Member Banquet.   Rick’s Chevrolet of Elizabethtown was selling a 1980 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for $6,495.00.   The Bladen Journal announced a new subscription rate. It was $5.20 a year and $3.12 a year for senior citizens.   Pfc. Chris Moore of Clarkton received a Certificate of Achievement in Germany. Share:

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Looking At National Stocks With A Footprint In Bladen County

Many national firms have a footprint in Bladen County. Here is a look at how their stocks did during the past 52 weeks:   Stock                High                        Low                    Present BB&T              $40.92                     $32.50                 $38.81 Danaher          $86.10                      $70.12                $85.22 DuPont            $80.65                     $63.70                 $67.08 Duke                $89.97                     $68.81                 $76.18 First Citizens  $276.97                   $208.14               $259.14 Int. Paper        $57.90                     $44.24                 $55.00 McDonalds      $100.78                   $87.62                 $97.84 WalMart          $90.97                     $72.81                 $82.61 Wells Fargo     $56.29                     $46.44                  $54.45 Yum Brands    $83.58                     $65.81                  $79.37   The present prices were taken on March 31 at 10 a.m. Share:

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International Paper making changes that will reduce staff  

By: Robert G. Hester International Paper co. plans to spend $135 million to convert their Riegelwood plant to raise its production of fluff pulp used in consumer goods such as diapers, feminine hygiene and adult-incontinence products.   According to the company, International paper has agreed to sell the Carolina brand, used for printed materials such as greeting cards and brochures, to MeadWestvaco Corp.  Terms of the deal, expected to close at the end of April, were not disclosed.   International Paper said fluff and softwood pulp production capacity will increase by 400,000 tons, with flexibility to shift between the two products. International estimates the conversion will allow the production of …..

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County Board of Commissioners and Staff

Bladen Commissioners attend Reval webinar

Bladen County Commissioners continue to prepare themselves for the upcoming task of serving as a Board of Equalization and Review as the most recent revaluation process nears the end.   Monday, all nine commissioners participated in a statewide webinar hosted by the UNC School of Government.  a School of Government staff person hosted the meeting, and was assisted by representatives from the Department of Revenue and three experienced county tax officials from across the state.    Commissioners were told that $8.1 billion is collected annually in property tax dollars across the state.  That represents about 50% of local government budgets statewide, by far the largest source of local revenues.  Property …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

  • 03/31/2015
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Thought about spreading some chemicals in our yard today, needed an excuse to not do it….Weather service has provided….Windy this p.m….15 to 25 mph with gusts up to 30 mph….now plan B…put it off for another day…   Woke up to a beautiful purple (?) commode in our front yard yesterday, complete with a colorful arrangement of flowers…A fundraiser for Bladen County Relay for Life….Others had or will have the same experience….For a contribution to the fundraiser it has been removed….Pretty neat idea to raise $’s.   I enjoy old pics that help us remember our history…Hope to use more over the next few weeks…depends on those with the pics… …..

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen 11, Clinton 1

East Bladen’s Lady Eagles moved into first place in the Four County Conference Monday with an 11-1 softball victory over visiting Clinton. With the victory Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles improve to 4-0 in the league, a half game ahead of Heide Trask. East Bladen is now 8-1 overall and will host West Bladen today (Tuesday) at 6 p.m. Clinton pushed across a first inning run, but the Lady Eagles answered with 4 runs in the bottom of the first, then added 2 more runs in the third inning and 3 in the fourth to go up 9-1. East Bladen ended the game on the mercy rule with 2 runs …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Middle School Softball, Clarkton School of Discovery 20, Tar Heel 3

Clarkton School of Discovery racked up 12 first-inning runs and went on to defeat visiting Tar Heel 20-3 Monday in non-conference softball action. Izzy Smith batted a perfect 2-2 to lead the Lady Blue Devil hitters and scored 3 runs. Teammate Adrian Howell walked 4 times and scored 4 runs. Anna Kate White drew 3 walks and scored 3 runs. White pitched all 4 innings for Clarkton and struck out three. White also started a triple play by catching a pop-up, tagging a runner between third base and home, then firing to second base to double off another runner and complete the triple play. Conner Brisson went the distance in …..

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Tuesday’s Sports Schedule Tuesday, March 31

Baseball 6:30 West Bladen at East Bladen (Following JV Game) 4 p.m. West Bladen JV at East Bladen Softball 6 p.m. West Bladen at East Bladen Women’s Soccer 6 p.m. West Bladen at East Bladen Middle School Baseball & Softball 4 p.m. Bladenboro at Clarkton School of Discovery 4 p.m. Elizabethtown at Tar Heel Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball At Wateree Park 6 p.m. Bladenboro Reds vs. Dublin Bobcats (Coach-Pitch) 7:30 Bladenboro Dodgers vs. Clarkton (Minors) Share:

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Middle School Baseball Clarkton School of Discovery 10, Tar Heel 1

Shy Pone and Spencer Scott combined to pitch a no-hitter and strike out 14 batters as the Blue Devils defeated Tar Heel 10-1 in a non-conference baseball game at Clarkton Monday. Tar Heel took a 1-0 lead as Noah Bryan led off the game with a walk and scored three batters later. Clarkton tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the first.  Dan Tatum started the inning with a walk and stole second base. Pierce Melvin knocked in Tatum with a single. The Blue Devils took a 3-1 lead in the bottom on the second.  After one out, Robbie Cooley, Marshall Tatum and Jake Evans drew walks to load …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History, March 31

1850—US population hits, 23,191,876 (Black population: 3,638,808 (15.7%)   1861—Confederacy takes over mint at New Orleans (US Civil War)   1965—Battle of Boydton, Va (White Oaks Roads, Dinwiddie C H)   1880—1st town completely illuminated by electric lighting (Wabash, IN)   1903—Richard Pearse flies monoplane several hundred yards (NZ)   1909—Baseball rules players who jump contracts are suspended for 5 years.   1918—1st daylight savings time in US goes into effect.   1932—Ford publicly unveils its V-8 engine.   1933—1st newspaper published on pine pulp paper, “Soperton News” (Ga)   1943—Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” premieres in NYC   1948—Congress passes Marshall Aid Act to rehabilitate war-torn Europe.   1954—US Air …..

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Commissioners to decide on Home Health Care

Bladen County Human Services Director Cris Harrelson was a bearer of bad news Monday.  With commissioners beginning the budget process and serving as the Board of Equalization and Review, the last thing they need is bad news.   Harrelson laid out the prospects for either additional local funding for the Home Health Care program or getting out of the business.   He told commissioners that the program had been a successful program over the years, in fact they had been able to make money and save some for a hard times.  About two or three years ago, the agency began to dip into the fund balance from previous years to …..

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USDA

USDA Extends ARC and PLC Deadlines Farmers Have Until April 7 to Update Yields, Reallocate Base Acres, and Make Final Selections

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today provided farm owners and producers one additional week, until April 7, 2015, to choose between Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC), the safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill. The final day to update yield history or reallocate base acres also will be April 7, 2015. “This is an important decision for producers because these programs help farmers and ranchers protect their operations from unexpected changes in the marketplace,” said Vilsack. “Nearly 98 percent of owners have already updated yield and base acres, and 90 percent of producers have enrolled in ARC or PLC.  These numbers …..

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The Fine Line Between Décor and Clutter-What Every Real Estate Agent Wants the Seller to Know!

By: Raymond (Joe) Tatum, Jr. Broker, Realtor, EPro, B-Pro, PEIA– Tatum Realty and Property Management Services Selling Tips! A home full of “stuff” can sometimes be its own enemy. When selling your home, here’s the list that we, as agents, should share, even if it hurts. After all, the goal is SOLD! 1) Clear off vanities and counter spaces to a bare minimum. Your “stuff” feels less like their home. You want them to imagine themselves living in your space. Clutter also makes a place look smaller. Even a small space can look larger when a minimalist approach is taken. Clear extra furnishings that break the flow of traffic or make …..

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Baseball

Four County Baseball Standings

Boys, Conference All Games     W      L      W      L Midway                                          3       1       5        1 Wallace-Rose Hill                       3        1      5        2 West Bladen                                 2       1       4        1 Clinton                                          2        1       3       2 Pender                                          2        1       2        3 East Bladen                                  1       2       3        5 Union                                            0       3       0       4 Heide Trask                                 0       3       0       5 Wednesday’s Result West …..

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Make Your Work-out a Green Experience

By: Healthworks Fitness & Wellness Try to “green” your gym experience and work-out as much as you can. Here are some tips to help you save energy and make your exercise time greener: Limit your showers to five minutes. Use only one towel. Limit hand washing to 25 seconds. Air dry hands if possible, or use only one paper towel. Make use of reusable water bottles whenever possible. Set the treadmill to a higher incline so it uses less energy. Try Healthworks Green Smoothie. A tasty smoothie full of antioxidants, vitamins C, and potassium. Healthworks Fitness and Wellness wants to help you save too. Pay no application fee through March …..

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Baseball

Four County Baseball Standings

Boys, Conference All Games      W      L      W      L Midway                                           3       1        5       1 Wallace-Rose Hill                        3        1        5      2 West Bladen                                  2        1       4       1 Clinton                                           2        1       3       2 Pender                                           2        1        2       3 East Bladen                                  1        2        3       5 Union                                            0       3        0       4 Heide Trask                                 0       3        0       5 Wednesday’s Result West Bladen 17, Heide Trask 6 Midway 6, Wallace-Rose Hill 3 Tuesday’s Results Pender 1, East Bladen 0 Clinton 5, Midway 2 Wallace-Rose Hill 11, Union 1   Share:

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Bladen County Sports

Four County Girls Softball Standings

Girls, Conference All Games     W     L     W      L East Bladen                                   3      0      7       1 Heide Trask                                  3      0      4       1 Wallace-Rose Hill                       3       1      5       2 West Bladen                                 2      1      4       2 Pender                                           1      2      1       4 Midway                                         1      3      2      3 Union                                            0      3      0      4 Clinton                                          0      3      0      6 Wednesday’s Result East Bladen 10, West Columbus 0 East Bladen 10, …..

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Last Supper

Leonardo Di Vinci’s Living Last Supper In Bladen Churches Thursday & Friday Nights

Hands On Africa and Standing Stones Church of Chicago will present a dramatization of Leonardo Di Vinci’s Living Last Supper in two Bladen churches on Thursday and Friday nights. Admission is free. On Thursday night, April 2 at 7 p.m., the drama will be performed at Galeed Baptist Church in Bladenboro. On Friday night, April 3 at 7 p.m., the drama will be presented at Elizabethtown Baptist Church. The Bladen Baptist Association is coordinating the presentation of the drama which will be performed by 20 people from Chicago who will arrive in Bladen County late Wednesday night. Di Vinci’s painting is of the most dramatic moment of the “Last Supper” …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Go Duke….great basketball over the weekend….March Madness ends in April…Duke vs Michigan State on Saturday, April 4 and Kentucky plays Wisconsin.   Kentucky, Wisconsin and Duke were all #1 seeds.  Michigan State was a #7 seed….   Hope the berry crops are OK in Bladen.  Near noontime Sunday, many blueberry farmers were still spraying water on the berry crop and under a sunny blue sky the berry bushes were sparklin’….It was cold….   Easter time is here….For Christians, a most memorable time of the year….   Bladen Commissioners meet at 2 p.m. today…Board members will, among other things,  view an Equalization and Review Board webinar.   So, how about a cold weekend in …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History -March 30

1822—Congress combined East & West Florida into Florida Territory. 1842—Ether used as an anaesthetic for 1st time by Dr. Crawford Long (Ga.) 1858—Pencil with attached eraser patented (Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia) 1867—US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents per acre – Seward’s Folly) 1870—15th amendment to the US constitution is adopted, guarantees right to vote regardless of race. 1870—Texas becomes last confederate state readmitted to Union. 1870—Florida territorial government established. 1910—Mississippi Legislature founded The University of Southern Mississippi. 1940—2nd NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Indiana U beats Kansas 60-42. 1953—Albert Einstein announces revised unified field theory. 1965—Vietnam War: A car bomb explodes in front of the U.S. Embassy …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Difficult to believe..but true…A year ago today our low temp was 26 degrees….I remembered as I was strolling around at the White Oak Ruritan Club’s Old Fashion Planters Day near Ammon yesterday….They work so hard and postponing is virtually impossible because of all the folks who bring items to show….Next week, they will likely be some other location..  It is a good project, would be nice if they could “catch” a break with the weather… I know there are numerous special services at churches countywide, but a couple of extra special….A musical at Center Roads Baptist at 11 this morning and another special service at 7 this evening at Purdie …..

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Baseball

SCC Softball Wins 3 of 4

Bladenboro native Abbey Walters pitched a 9-inning, 4-hitter as Southeastern Community College walked off with a 2-1 softball victory over visiting Louisburg College Wednesday in the second game of a double-header. Walters, a sophomore, struck out six and walked none as she raised her pitching record to 5-2. The West Bladen grad batted 2-4 and scored a run on Haley Tolley’s double. Shortstop Bobbie McDaniel slugged a home run for the other Lady Ram run. Louisburg won Wednesday’s first game 3-0. West Bladen grad Robin Coleman pitched the first 5 innings for SCC and allowed only 2 runs on 8 hits, while striking out 2 and walking none. Walters slammed …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 29

1795—Beethoven (24) debuts as pianist in Vienna. 1806—Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road,  becoming the first United States federal highway.   1848—Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam.   1852—Ohio makes it illegal for children under 18 and women to work more than 10 hours a day.   1867—Congress first approves building of Lincoln Memorial.   1886—Chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise for Coca-Coke.   1912—Capt. Robert Scott, storm-bound in a tent near South Pole, makes last entry in his diary “the end cannot be far”   1919—Stanley Cup not awarded due to flu epidemic.   1932—Jack …..

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Local Students Attend Four County EMC’s Youth Leadership Camp

Thirteen high school juniors demonstrated teamwork and leadership skills at Four County EMC’s eighth annual Youth Leadership Weekend held March 20-21 at the Cape Fear Scout Reservation in White Oak, Bladen County. The weekend camp gave students the opportunity to learn and understand some of the most important qualities of a leader and introduce the students to the cooperative business model.             Students demonstrated the seven COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) goals during the weekend. Many of the activities on and off the COPE Course involved a group effort, where others tested individual skills and agility. The purpose of the weekend was to provide high school students an opportunity to learn …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

March 28….the birthdate of our youngest…Happy Birthday John Charles Hester….We celebrate Sunday… As I looked back a year ago, we had a low of 26 degrees…and if my memory is correct….cloudy, some rain……   It was the date of the White Oak Ruritan Clubs Annual Old Fashion Planters Day at 9252 Old Fayetteville Road,  near Ammon and the show went on…Hard to believe a year has passed, but it has and today the show goes on….the weather forecast calls for cloudy skies through mid morning, then gradual clearing with a high near 52.  Hope to see you there…   The weather by the hour…By 11 a.m. should be sunny with temps …..

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West Bladen Top Seed In Robeson County Softball Slugfest

Three-time defending champion West Bladen has been named the top seed in the 2015 Robeson County Slugfest Softball Tournament that begins Saturday, April 4th at South Robeson High School. Coach Pam Stephens’ Lady Knights rallied from a 9-1 deficit to edge Purnell Swett 10-9 in the 2012 Slugfest title game at Lumberton. In 2013 West Bladen outscored Swett 9-6 in the championship game that was played on the Lady Rams home field. Last year the Lady Knights hammered Fairmont 14-4 in the title game at Red Springs. West Bladen (4-2 this season) will play No. 8 seed St. Pauls (1-6) at 4 p.m. Saturday. The Lady Knights defeated St. Pauls …..

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West Bladen Seeded Fifth in Robeson County Baseball Slugfest

West Bladen’s Knights have been seeded fifth in the Robeson County Baseball Slugfest that begins Saturday, April 4th at South Robeson. Coach Kim Cain’s Knights will play at 1 p.m. Saturday against No. 4 seed Red Springs (5-2). A victory over Red Springs would send the Knights into the semi-finals against the winner of the game between No. 1 seed Purnell Swett (8-1) and No. 8 seed St. Pauls (0-8). On the other side of the Slugfest bracket are No. 2 seed Lumberton (5-3), No. 7 Hoke County (3-7), No. 3  FaIrmont (5-2) and No. 6 South Robeson (3-2). In last year’s championship game, Purnell Swett defeated Fairmont 5-1. The …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living – Eggs and Food Safety

By: Sandra R. Cain Eggs and Food Safety During the Easter holiday weekend, many families with young children and grandchildren will be boiling and dyeing eggs.  If you plan to eat the eggs later, be sure to think about safety. A food safety concern with eggs is Salmonella bacteria. Eggs are perishable and must be handled with care. You can not tell if an egg contains salmonella bacteria by looking at it. Salmonella has been found inside clean, unbroken eggs. Do not eat undercooked eggs or food dishes containing raw eggs. Thorough cooking kills Salmonella bacteria. The risk of getting sick from this is small; yet, the infection from eating …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 28

1796—Bethel African Methodist Church of Philadelphia is 1st Us-African church. 1834—Senate censured President Jackson for taking federal deposits from Bank of US.   1845—Mexico drops diplomatic relations with US.   1866—1st ambulance goes into service.   1881—“Greatest Show on Earth” was formed by PT Barnum & James A. Bailey.   1885—US Salvation Army officially organized.   1922—1st microfilm device introduced.   1942—4th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Stanford beats Dartmouth 53-38.   1948—2nd Tony Awards: Mister Roberts win.   1954—Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open.   1963—AFL’s NY Titans become the NY Jets.   1972—Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game.   1982—12th Easter Seal Telethon raises $19,500,000. …..

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North Carolina’s February Unemployment Rate Unchanged From January

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate was 5.3 percent, remaining unchanged from January’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 5.5 percent. North Carolina’s February 2015 unemployment rate was 1.2 percentage points lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 30,562 over the month to 4,429,049, and increased 94,203 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 174 over the month to 248,014, and declined 53,370 over the year.  Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 16,800 to 4,221,500 in February. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was Education …..

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HCA Science Olympiad Sweeps Regionals

On March 21, 2015, members of Harrells Christian Academy’s Science Olympiad teams brought home some precious metals. Competing in numerous competitions, the Crusaders came away with numerous wins following the regional competition at Lenoir Community College in Kinston, NC.  Twenty-three high school students and six middle school students competed in various areas of competition.  HCA competes yearly in Divisions B and C (Middle and High School). HCA students placed first in six separate competitions. Those who placed first overall in their competitions will go on to the state competition on April 25, at North Carolina State University. Faculty member Dee Cannady is the sponsor for the group and she works …..

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HCA Student Ambassadors Board Begins Again

Tradition is returning to Harrells Christian Academy, and students are leading the way.  HCA’s Student Ambassadors Board is back and prepared to make all visitors and newcomers feel like a part of the family. The goal of HCA’s Student Ambassadors Board is to promote hospitality to those at HCA and in the community.  Ambassadors have a list of duties, including hosting new students, performing school tours to potential families, and lending a helping hand at school events. The new board members performed their first official duties on Friday, March 22, 2015 as they welcomed, registered, and toured potential families during HCA’s first day of Kindergarten testing for the 2015-2016 year. …..

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You Decide: Are there easy answers to key economic questions?

  • 03/27/2015
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By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension When I give presentations about the economy around the state, I always leave time for questions and answers. Of course, the questions vary based on the group, the location and the most recent economic news. However, although I’ve not kept specific records, I have noticed several economic questions that appear to be repeated quite frequently in my meetings. In fact, there are four in particular that I am often asked. This tells me that, among all the existing economic issues, these may be he top ones on many people’s minds. So here are the four questions, along with a summary of my …..

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USDA

USDA Implements 2014 Farm Bill Provision to Limit Payments to Non-Farmers Department Proposes Changes to “Actively Engaged” Rule

WASHINGTON, March 24, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a proposed rule to limit farm payments to non-farmers, consistent with requirements Congress mandated in the 2014 Farm Bill. The proposed rule limits farm payments to individuals who may be designated as farm managers but are not actively engaged in farm management. In the Farm Bill, Congress gave USDA the authority to address this loophole for joint ventures and general partnerships, while exempting family farm operations from being impacted by the new rule USDA ultimately implements. “We want to make sure that farm program payments are going to the farmers and farm families that they are intended …..

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Four Bladen Players on All-Four County Boys Basketball Team

Four County Conference Player of the Year Rahu Purdie leads a group of three West Bladen players named to the All-Four County Conference Boys Basketball Team. East Bladen senior Farrell Murchison was also named to the squad. Named along with Purdie from Four County Champion West Bladen were his back-court mates senior Malcolm Vaught and junior Stefan McDonald. “I don’t know of anyone that has a group of 3 guards as good as ours,” stated Knight Coach Travis Pait. “They are well deserving of the All-Conference honors.” “Malcolm and Stefan could have played point guard at any other school in our conference,” said Coach Pait. “And our conference is really …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Weather could be a big story over the next 72 hours….temps dropping throughout the day to the mid 40’s this afternoon…90% chance of rain and windy…gusts up to 20 mph.   Saturday and Sunday high temps around 54 degrees……Monday’s weather should return to more normal conditions with mostly sunny skies and highs near 66… Blueberry and strawberry folks must be concerned….   Elizabethtown Police Chief Robert (Bobby) Kinlaw announced Thursday that he would be retiring in August.  He will have 34 years of service to the town….and Chief the past 15 years…He obviously has done a good job….He is still a young man…Bet he is not content to go home and …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 27

1794—The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates. 1841—1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC.   1863—American Confederate President Jefferson Davis calls for this to be a day of fasting & prayer.   1879—Longest championship fight (136 rounds)   1884—1st long distance telephone call, Boston-New York.   1933—Farm Credit Administration (US) authorized.   1945—7th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats NYU 49-44.   1945—Ella Fitzgerald & Delta Rhythm Boys record “It’s Only a Paper Moon”   1950—Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner’s solo concert (Cleveland,OH)   1958—CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records.   1964—Great Train Robbers sentenced to a total of 307 years behind …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 27

1794—The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates. 1841—1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC.   1863—American Confederate President Jefferson Davis calls for this to be a day of fasting & prayer.   1879—Longest championship fight (136 rounds)   1884—1st long distance telephone call, Boston-New York.   1933—Farm Credit Administration (US) authorized.   1945—7th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats NYU 49-44.   1945—Ella Fitzgerald & Delta Rhythm Boys record “It’s Only a Paper Moon”   1950—Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner’s solo concert (Cleveland,OH)   1958—CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records.   1964—Great Train Robbers sentenced to a total of 307 years behind …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 27

1794—The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates. 1841—1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC.   1863—American Confederate President Jefferson Davis calls for this to be a day of fasting & prayer.   1879—Longest championship fight (136 rounds)   1884—1st long distance telephone call, Boston-New York.   1933—Farm Credit Administration (US) authorized.   1945—7th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Oklahoma State beats NYU 49-44.   1945—Ella Fitzgerald & Delta Rhythm Boys record “It’s Only a Paper Moon”   1950—Jazz pianist, Erroll Garner’s solo concert (Cleveland,OH)   1958—CBS Labs announce new stereophonic records.   1964—Great Train Robbers sentenced to a total of 307 years behind …..

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Free oral, head and neck cancer screenings scheduled in Lumberton on April 23

  • 03/26/2015
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Free oral, head and neck cancer screenings scheduled in Lumberton on April 23 Donnie Walsh, former President of the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks and an oral cancer survivor, is urging Americans to get screened for cancer during the 18th annual Oral, Head & Neck Cancer Awareness Week® (OHANCAW®), being held nationwide April 12-18. Gibson Cancer Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health, is partnering with Gane and Karshner Family Dentistry and more than 200 sites throughout the country to offer free oral, head and neck cancer screenings during OHANCAW, which is sponsored by the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance (HNCA). Free cancer screenings will be held at Gane and …..

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Walgreens Cuts Ribbon on New Facility

The new local Walgreens in Elizabethtown, held their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Thursday March, 26 2015. Carmen Greene, Store Manager, and her team greeted the crowd at the ribbon cutting and grand opening of Walgreens Thursday afternoon. Elizabethtown Mayor, Sylvia Campbell, and Chamber of Commerce President, Trey Duncan, offered their support to the new store.. “Walgreen’s is a very convenient shop, I’ve been a couple of times, stayed longer than I should have and spent more than I should have, but then that’s what you want. That’s what we work so hard for”, said Mayor Campbell. “If any of the town commissioners can help you in any way, please …..

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David Rouser

Rouzer Votes for Permanent Repeal of Sustainable Growth Rate

House Passes Permanent Repeal of Sustainable Growth Rate Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer released the following statement today after the House passed H.R. 2, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. “The permanent repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) ends 17 years of short-term patches that cost the taxpayers $170 billion during that period of time.  Additionally, the uncertainty brought about by these short-term patches coupled with the structure of Medicare’s reimbursement formula has forced many doctors to quit taking Medicare patients.       “I voted for this bi-partisan package because it will result in greater access to quality care for senior citizens on Medicare, provide much needed …..

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Four County EMC Linemen’s Quick Response, Saves Member’s Home

Four County EMC linemen, Jay Willoughby, Randy Anderson, Gregg Mobley and Brett Noble, just happened to be at the right place, at the right time on the afternoon of March 17. These men came to the aid of Mrs. Barbara Matthews at 178 Corinth Church Road in Rose Hill by putting out a grass fire that had spread under her house. The quick response from these Four County EMC linemen saved a member’s home from a brush fire The fire had gotten out of control while the family was burning straw and grass, spreading under and actually catching Mrs. Matthews’ home on fire. The Four County EMC linemen happened to …..

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Eating pizza is a win

Valerie Newton Elizabethtown, NC – While many of us consider pizza to be a yummy treat, two high school students recently found out that eating pizza is a win! In partnership with the Child Nutrition Department, HOPCO Foodservice Marketing held a drawing at each high school during lunch, giving away a digital camera. For each piece of pizza the student had on their plate that particular day they received a ticket entering them in the giveaway. At the end of the school day a ticket was pulled and the winner announced.  Edgar Ventura was the lucky recipient at East Bladen High School and Enrique Bazaldua was the lucky recipient at …..

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Update about Door-to-Door Scammers

On March 17th we wrote an article about a Kirby van going to homes in our community, looking in homes, and knocking on doors after 9 pm. We have reached out to the Kirby of Wilmington business owner due to the fact the number on the van visiting homes after 9 pm was to the Kirby of Wilmington business. We have also written the NC District Attorney and our local elected officials. We have not yet received an official response back from the Kirby of Wilmington owner, nor have we received any information back from the District Attorney. Our local elected officials are researching information to see if our local ordinances …..

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Town Of Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown Commissioners hold Budget Retreat

Elizabethtown City Council held their annual Budget Retreat Thursday as they begin preparation for the upcoming FY 2015-16 budget.  The retreat was held at Vineyard Golf Course at White Lake in the Clubhouse. The process began with a round table discussion that included representatives of other agencies in the county.  Included was Greg Martin, Bladen County manager; Dr. Bill Findt, President of Bladen Community College; Chuck Heustess, Bladen County EDC; Ms. Tanya Head and Ms. Valerie Newton representing Bladen County Schools and Mac Campbell, Jr. representing Bladen Agri-Industrial, in addition to the Town Board, Mayor Sylvia Campbell and Eddie Madden, Town Manager. The various agencies spoke about things that thought were …..

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Consulate General of Mexico and N.C. DHHS Reach Agreement for Protection of Minors

  • 03/26/2015
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Raleigh, N.C. – On March 25, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Social Services (DSS) and the Consulate General of Mexico in Raleigh signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) that protects Mexican minors in the event they have been separated from their parents or guardians. “We could not be more pleased to work with the Mexican Consulate,” said Wayne Black, Director, N.C. DSS. “This agreement will ensure the best possible protection for Mexican minors in North Carolina.” While the Mexican Government has signed MoAs in 27 states, the agreement with DSS comes with a more comprehensive scope, establishing mutual cooperation between the Consulate General and …..

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NC DOT

Public Meeting to Discuss Proposed Safety Improvements to Cedar Creek Road

RALEIGH —The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold an informal public meeting regarding proposed safety improvements on Cedar Creek Road (N.C. 53), west of I-95 to east of I-95 in Fayetteville. This update will make the route safer and more effective in handling the traffic in the area. The project would include construction of a median with directional crossovers for U-turns, mid-block pedestrian crosswalks with refuge islands and flashing beacons and sidewalk. Crews will also resurface the project area. The meeting will take place from 5 until 7 p.m. on April 2, at the J. W. Seabrook Elementary School at 4619 N.C. HWY 210 S, Fayetteville. NCDOT representatives will be available during the open-house style …..

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Snow is a possibility Friday night, Saturday

Yes, it’s late March. And, yes, there’s a chance of light snow and freezing temperatures this weekend. This is truly March Madness. Bladen County’s weather forecast looks more like a rollercoaster ride with the high temperature Thursday expected to be near 80 degrees while the overnight low Saturday may dip as low as 29, according to the National Weather Service. There may be a few snowflakes mixed in, although no accumulation is expected. The best chance of snow, according to current forecast models, will be from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m. Saturday, although there may be some snowflakes Friday night. It’s only a slight chance and, if it occurs, will …..

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NWS seeks volunteer weather watchers

  • 03/26/2015
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The National Weather Service is seeking volunteers to set up home weather stations. The Citizen Science Program provides daily data to the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow network (CoCoRaHS). Volunteers are needed across the state to provide as much data as possible. The information is shared with media outlets as well as government agencies that track meteorological information. The effort is part of a growing national network of home-based and amateur rain spotters to help provide more localized data to help with emergency response and planning. The project came about, according the NWS, after the Fort Collins, Col., thunderstorm that dropped a foot of rain in some areas, and …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Not a lot of new info….Just a re-hash and encouragement for anyone with any info to come forward….FBI investigation is ongoing, according to the speakers…   Elizabethtown Commissioners are holding a workshop today…BladenOnline will be there.  Actually, not unusual for local governments to hold workshops as budget time approaches….Bladen County Commissioners are meeting more often…Their items include revaluation, budget and jail  issues….   The rain is coming down outside (5:20 a.m. Thursday)   Yesterday was a newsy day….Our goal is to provide the latest news to our readers…Last week, our numbers were out of sight….This could be another with lots of interest….We provide news you can use…and we do it …..

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East Bladen High School

Softball East Bladen, Sweeps West Columbus

East Bladen’s Lady Eagles rolled to victories in both games of a non-conference softball double-header over visiting West ColumbusWednesday night by scores of 10-0 and 10-2. Lacey Suggs pitched a one-hit shutout and struck out 8 batters to pick up the win in the opener.  The junior lefthander only issued 2 walks in the game. Abby Ward knocked in 4 runs with a perfect 3-3 performance at the plate. The junior shortstop smashed a double and stole a base. Senior Anna Brewer cracked 2 hits in 2 at-bats, and senior catcher Lexi Dawson batted 2-3 with a run batted in and a stolen base. Suggs belted 2 hits and stole …..

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Baseball, West Bladen 17, Heide Trask 6

West Bladen jumped out to a 9-0 lead and cruised to a 17-6 Four County Conference baseball victory over visiting Heide Trask Wednesdaynight. The Knights sent 12 batters to the plate and banged out 9 hits in a 7-run first inning. Juniors Seth Britt and Jeremy Hunt started the rally with singles, and after 2 were out, seniors Michael Pastore and Colby McLean and juniors Troy Edge and Chandler Lennon delivered 4 consecutive singles. Sophmore Weston Pidgeon slammed a double, and Britt and Hunt connected for their second hits of the inning. Sophmore Trent West walked to begin the second inning and McLean reached on an error. After Lennon walked, …..

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Softball, Heide Trask 6, West Bladen 4, 8 Innings

Heide Trask pushed across a pair of unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning to claim a 6-4 victory at West Bladen Wednesday night in a battle of Four County Conference unbeatens. A one-out error and a 2-out hit produced the tie-breaking run in the eighth, and another error plated an insurance run. The Lady Titans remained tied for the top spot with a 3-0 league record, while West Bladen drops to 2-1 in the league and 4-2 overall. The Lady Knights threatened to end the game in the bottom of the seventh. Senior Nicole Wyatt and sophmore Laikyn Pait started the inning with walks, and a wild …..

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Softball, Heide Trask 6, West Bladen 4, 8 Innings

Heide Trask pushed across a pair of unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning to claim a 6-4 victory at West Bladen Wednesday night in a battle of Four County Conference unbeatens. A one-out error and a 2-out hit produced the tie-breaking run in the eighth, and another error plated an insurance run. The Lady Titans remained tied for the top spot with a 3-0 league record, while West Bladen drops to 2-1 in the league and 4-2 overall. The Lady Knights threatened to end the game in the bottom of the seventh. Senior Nicole Wyatt and sophmore Laikyn Pait started the inning with walks, and a wild …..

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Softball, Heide Trask 6, West Bladen 4, 8 Innings

Heide Trask pushed across a pair of unearned runs in the top of the eighth inning to claim a 6-4 victory at West Bladen Wednesday night in a battle of Four County Conference unbeatens. A one-out error and a 2-out hit produced the tie-breaking run in the eighth, and another error plated an insurance run. The Lady Titans remained tied for the top spot with a 3-0 league record, while West Bladen drops to 2-1 in the league and 4-2 overall. The Lady Knights threatened to end the game in the bottom of the seventh. Senior Nicole Wyatt and sophmore Laikyn Pait started the inning with walks, and a wild …..

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This Day In History

This Day In History, March 26

By: Robert G. Hester   1804—Territory of Orleans organizes in Louisiana Purchase.   1830—The Book of Mormon is published in Palmyre, New York.   1845—Joseph Francis, NYC, patents a corrugated sheet-iron lifeboat.   1872—Thomas J. Martin patents fire extinguisher.   1886—1st cremation in England.   1910—William H. Lewis appointed asst attorney general of US.   1930—Congress appropriates $50,000 for Inter-American highway.   1937—Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas, erect statute of Popeye.   1945—US 7th Army crosses Rhine at Worms.   1945—Iwo Jima occupied, after 18,000 Japanese & 6,000 Americans killed.   1953—Dr. Jonas Salk announces vaccine to prevent polio.   1955—“Ballad of Davy Crockett” becomes the #1 record in …..

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NAACP Attorney calls for more help from locals in FBI investigation

A large crowd attended, what was billed as a Community Mass Meeting, at the First Baptist Church in Bladenboro Wednesday evening related to the death of a young black man..   An NAACP attorney provided little new information about the case other than the investigation was ongoing, but there was still work to be done.  He called on anyone with any information to come forward and share it.   Lennon Lacy, a 17 year old West Bladen football player, was found hanging from a wooden swing in the middle of a mobile home park in the western portion of Bladenboro in mid August, 2014.   An investigation turn up no evidence of …..

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Small Business Center at Bladen Community College

Small Business Center Seminars to Highlight Business Opportunities

The Small Business Center at Bladen Community College is offering the following NO-COST seminars on the Main Campus in Building 2, Room 207 starting this Thursday:   – How to Start/Expand Your Lawn Care Business                Thursday 03/26/15 6:30 – 9:00pm at Main Campus in Building 2, Room 207   –  How to Start/Expand Your Café/Coffee/Sandwich Shop/Bakery             Thursday 04/02/15 6:30 – 9:00pm at Main Campus in Building 2, Room 207   – How to Start/Expand Your Non-Profit Business               Thursday 04/09/15 6:30 – 9:00pm at Main Campus in Building 2, Room 207   –  How to Start/Expand Your Cleaning/Pressure Wash/Maid Service Business      Thursday 04/16/15 6:30 – 9:00pm at Main Campus in Building …..

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John Rendleman, Reporter Gave an Informative Pop Quiz to the Local Rotary Club

  • 03/25/2015
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By: Charlotte Smith John Rendleman was invited to give a presentation to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club this week by local store owner and Rotarian, Ricky Leinwand. John put a different spin on giving a presentation to the group. He gave a pop quiz with WWAY t-shirts to the top 5 highest scores. John’s questions were not easy, but very interesting. Everyone in the club learned something new before leaving the lunch meeting. One question John asked was, “In all my years with WWAY, what was my favorite high school basketball rivalry to cover?”  After many wrong guesses, the correct answer was Tar Heel verses Bladenboro. Coach Cross, was head coach …..

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Sheriff McVicker Announces Group Round Up of Men for Break In

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today that his office had arrested a group of young men who were committing break ins of residences and outbuildings in the county. These break ins had happened in the last couple of months. McVicker said the young men worked with each other and separately to commit these crimes. Arrested this week were the following individuals. Justin Blake Pittman, 23 of 100 Easy Street Elizabethtown. Pittman was charged with two counts each of Felonious Breaking and Entering, Felonious Larceny, Felonious Possession of Stolen Goods and Safecracking. He is currently in Bladen County Jail under a $111,000.00 secured bond. Teddy Randal Deaver Jr., 31, of 166 …..

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Sheriff McVicker Announces Group Round Up of Men for Break Ins

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today that his office had arrested a group of young men who were committing break ins of residences and outbuildings in the county. These break ins had happened in the last couple of months. McVicker said the young men worked with each other and separately to commit these crimes. Arrested this week were the following individuals. Justin Blake Pittman, 23 of 100 Easy Street Elizabethtown. Pittman was charged with two counts each of Felonious Breaking and Entering, Felonious Larceny, Felonious Possession of Stolen Goods and Safecracking. He is currently in Bladen County Jail under a $111,000.00 secured bond.     Teddy Randal Deaver Jr., 31, …..

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Young Men Arrested For Committing Breaks ins

  • 03/25/2015
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25 March 2015 Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today that his office had arrested a group of young men who were committing break ins of residences and outbuildings in the county. These break ins had happened in the last couple of months. McVicker said the young men worked with each other and separately to commit these crimes. Arrested this week were the following individuals. Justin Blake Pittman, 23 of 100 Easy Street Elizabethtown. Pittman was charged with two counts each of Felonious Breaking and Entering, Felonious Larceny, Felonious Possession of Stolen Goods and Safecracking. He is currently in Bladen County Jail under a $111,000.00 secured bond. Teddy Randal Deaver Jr., …..

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Elizabethtown Man charged with Break-ins at Tar Heel and White Oak

Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest of 48 year old Michael Kemp of 1691 Lyon Landing Road, Elizabethtown.  He is charged with three counts of felonious breaking and entering, felonious larceny and felonious possession of stolen goods.   Sheriff McVicker said Kemp is charged with two counts of breaking into the Murphy Brown LLC facility in Tar Heel and one at their White Oak location.  The break-ins occurred in February.   Kemp is charged with stealing semi-tractor trailer tires.  Sheriff McVicker said deputies had recovered 8 tires valued at over $1,600.  The investigation is continuing by Bladen County deputies and they continue to search for additional property. Share:

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White Lake man charged with sex crimes against a child

27 year old James Daniel Christian has been arrested by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child, one count of first-degree sex offense with a child, and one count of sex offense in a parental role.  The arrest was made after a joint investigation with the White Lake Police Department.   Sheriff Jim McVicker said, “this is another example of our two agencies working together to achieve a common goal. Police Chief Bruce Smith and I are both proud of the way our investigators handled this case and worked so closely with each other.   Christian was booked into the Bladen …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Middle School Baseball Clarkton School of Discovery Wins Two

Clarkton School of Discovery swept a non-conference baseball double-header at Bladenboro Tuesday by scores of 16-3 and 6-2. Pierce Melvin struck out 5 batters in the first 2 innings to pick up the win in the first game for the Blue Devils. Holden Clark pitched the final 2 innings and struck out one. Dan Tatum hammered a double and batted 3-4 to lead the Clarkton hitters. Teammate Shy Pone walloped a triple and was 2-2 at the plate. Eric Chancy slammed a triple for the winners, and Melvin and Greyson Heustess smacked 2 hits each. Jake Evans, Spencer Scott, and Gabe Barber connected for one hit each for CSD. Aldo …..

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Bladen County

Bladen County ranked 88th in North Carolina in County Health Rankings

Bladen County is becoming healthier, although there’s remains much room for improvement, according to the County Health Rankings published by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Bladen County ranked 88th among North Carolina’s 100 counties in the 2015 rankings released Wednesday. That’s a rise of three places from 2014 and a jump of 10 places from 2013 when Bladen County was ranked 98th. “Bladen’s rise in the County Health Rankins show us that the efforts of our community partners are making a difference in the health of our county,” Bladen County Health and Human Services director Cris Harrelson said. “Community-sponsored events such as …..

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Rep. Rouzer Chairs First Subcommittee Hearing

  • 03/25/2015
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Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. David Rouzer (R-NC), Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee’s Livestock and Foreign Agriculture Subcommittee, held a public hearing to examine the implications of potential retaliatory measures against the United States in response to its country-of-origin labeling (COOL) requirements for beef and pork. In 2002, Congress initially adopted a country-of-origin labeling requirement for meat products despite serious concerns that it would not comply with trade commitments. Subsequently, the law was amended ion 2008 and immediately challenged in the World Trade Organization (WTO) by Canada and Mexico, the main livestock exporters to the U.S. The WTO has since ruled three times in their favor, and members and …..

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Walgreens Ribbon Cutting, Thursday, March 26th

Walgreens will host a grand opening and ribbon cutting on Thursday, March 26th from 4 pm to 6 pm at the corner of ‘healthy and happy” located at 402 S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown. Walgreens after construction completed. During the construction of Walgreens. Handee-Hugo Standing before Walgreens Construction.    Share on Social Media using short code: https://bladenonline.com/?p=8512 Share:

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NATIONAL MEDAL OF HONOR DAY – March 25

In 1990, the United States Congress designated March 25th, of each year, as National Medal of Honor Day,  a day that is dedicated to all Medal of Honor recipients.   It was on March 25, 1863 when the first Medals of Honor were presented.  Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton presented Medals of Honor (Army) to six members of  “Andrews Raiders” for their volunteering and participation during an American Civil War raid in April of 1862.   Created in 1861, the Medal of Honor is the United States of America’s highest military honor.  It is awarded only to US military personnel, by the President of the United States in the name …..

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Soccer

Women’s Soccer, East Bladen 2, Pender 1

Junior Alexa Hernandez scored both East Bladen goals Tuesday night as the Lady Eagles posted a 2-1 Four County Conference women’s soccer victory at Pender. The Lady Eagles capitalized on a loose ball in Pender’s half of the field to take a 1-0 lead only 3 minutes into the game.  Sophomore Cassie Hill sent a pass to Hernandez who fired the ball past the keeper for the early goal. East Bladen maintained the 1-0 lead until Pender tied the game 12 minutes into the second half. The Lady Patriots turned a loose ball into a goal. With 20 minutes left to play, Hernandez beat Pender’s right-back and went 1-on-1 with …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Tuesday was a roll-a-coaster type day….discovered someone apparently struck my vehicle on the rear corner..I am doing well..cool, calm and collected..no reason to be otherwise…who cares?  Not the individual who re-arranged the back of the auto. Anyone know a good body shop in the nearby area?   Then after a visit to my CPA, learned I would be OK this year…All the taxes I sent earlier to cover my debt to Uncle Sam was more than I owed…so a little will be returned…   Tickets are still available for the two Bladen We Care fundraisers….the Gala and the Golf Tournament…Call 910-874-4001 for details for either…or contact anyone on the Board of Directors…or …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 25  

1668—1st horse race in America takes place.   1813—1st US flag flown in battle on the Pacific, frigate Essex.   1856—A.E.Burnside patents Burnside carbine.   1863—1st Army Medal of Honor awarded.   1905—Confederate battle flags captured during the American Civil War are returned to South.   1910—Chalmers Auto Co offers a new car to each leagues’ batting champ.   1916—Women are allowed to attend a boxing match.   1937—It is revealed Quaker Oats pays Babe Ruth $25,000 per year for ads.   1939—Billboard Magazine introduces Hillbilly (Country) music chart.   1943—Jimmy Durante & Garry Moore premieres on radio.   1947—9th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Holy Cross beats Oklahoma 58-47.   …..

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East Bladen High School

Baseball, Pender 1, East Bladen 0

Senior Cameron Guertin pitched a one-hitter Tuesday night to lead Pender to a 1-0 Four County Conference victory over visiting East Bladen. Eagle senior Matthew Massengill spoiled Guertin’s no-hit bid by raking a single through the short-third hole in the sixth inning. East Bladen advanced runners to second and third base in the inning after two were out, but Guertin worked out of the jam. Junior Alex Coates pitched a 3-hit complete game and struck out four for East Bladen, but the Patriots bunched two of the hits in the same inning to score the run. Eagle Coach Russell Priest was proud of his team’s defensive effort. “Our defense was …..

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East Bladen High School

Softball East Bladen 15 Pender 3

East Bladen pounded out 16 hits and rolled to a 15-3 Four County Conference softball victory at Pender Tuesday night. Freshman Kaley Smith and sophmore Emily Scott both batted 3-5 to lead the East Bladen hit parade. Smith drove in 2 runs and stole a base, and Scott had one run batted in. Senior Lexi Dawson knocked in 3 runs with a 2-3 performance at the plate. Senior Abbey Norris also drove in 3 runs with a pair of hits. Lead-off batter Lacey Suggs batted 2-3, drove in a run and racked up 4 stolen bases. Junior Miller Heustess smacked 2 hits in 4 at-bats, drove in 2 runs and …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Middle School Softball Clarkton School of Discovery Sweeps Double-Header

Clarkton School of Discovery swept both games of a non-conference softball double-header at Bladenboro Tuesday by scores of 19-4 and 18-3. Johanna Parker slammed a double and a single and scored twice for the Lady Blue Devils. Teammate Adrian Howell batted 2-3 and catcher Erica McKoy belted 2 hits in 4 at-bats. Carliegh DeVane and Abby Cross added one hit each to the winners attack. Winning pitcher Anna Kate White scored 3 runs for CSD. White allowed 2 hits, 2 walks and hit a batter, while striking out two. Catcher Kasee Singletary batted 2-2 to lead the Lady Bulldog hitters. Bladenboro pitcher Kayla Dowless only issued 2 walks in the …..

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NAACP to hold meeting Wednesday about Lennon Lacy investigation

https://flic.kr/s/aHsk9xsm7b   The North Carolina branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has scheduled a community meeting Wednesday, March 25 in Bladenboro to talk about the investigation into the hanging death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacy last August. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church at 521 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, according to a release from the organization. The public is invited. Lacy’s family also is expected to attend the meeting. Lacy, who was a student at West Bladen High School, was found Aug. 29 hanging from a swing set located near his home. The N.C. Medical Examiner’s office ruled in November …..

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AMERICAN DIABETES ASSOCIATION ALERT DAY – Fourth Tuesday in March

  • 03/24/2015
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National American Diabetes Association Alert Day is observed annually on the fourth Tuesday of every March.  This day is a one-day “wake-up call” to inform the American public about the seriousness of diabetes and encourages all to take the diabetes risk test and learn about your family’s history of diabetes. For more information : http://www.diabetes.org/in-my-community/programs/alert-day/   http://ndep.nih.gov/partners-community-organization/diabetes-alert-day/index.aspx Share:

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Bladen man on Most Wanted List of deceased Vietnam Veterans

A Bladen County man is one of about 100 U.S. service members who were killed during the Vietnam War and no photo is available to go along side more than 58,000 others on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, DC.   Volunteers with the fund’s Faces Never Forgotten project are attempting to find photographs of every soldier memorialized on the wall.   The lone Bladen County soldier with no photo is David Smith, II of Elizabethtown (1947-1968).   Nearly 2,000 North Carolinians died in the Vietnam War,about 70 remain faceless according to Janna Hoehm, a former Fayetteville resident now living in Hawaii and serves as a team leader for Faces Never Forgotten. …..

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We Are Paying Them What?

Bladen County Economic Development Director  Once again this year we will be comparing Bladen County public official’s salaries with those of our neighboring counties. A reminder that when you look at these figures remember that counties have different tax bases thus some officials have more duties to perform that others. We will be listing the position, the salaries, the population of the counties and any other compensation that goes with that position. This week we look at County Economic Director’s salaries.  Bladen County—$54,895.  Population 35,000 Brunswick County—$105,889. Population 115,301 Columbus County—$81,090. Population 58,068 Duplin County— $54,661. Population 60,329 Sampson County—$78,072. Population 63,649       Share:

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Bladen County Farm Service Agency: Foreign Persons Must Report U.S. Agricultural Land Holdings

(Elizabethtown) – The Executive Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) in Bladen County, Chris Tatum, reminds foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the United States that they are required to report their holdings and any transactions to the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.   “Any foreign person who acquires, transfers or holds any interest, other than a security interest, including leaseholds of 10 years or more, in agricultural land in the United States is required by law to report the transaction no later than 90 days after the date of the transaction,” said Tatum.   Foreign investors must file Agricultural Foreign Investment …..

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Five Bladen Girls on All-Four County Basketball Team

Led by Four County Conference Player of the Year Lacey Suggs, East Bladen’s Lady Eagles placed three players on the Four County Conference All-Star Team. West Bladen’s Lady Knights had two All-Four County selections. Joining Suggs on the all-star squad are senior center Imani Turner-Dobson and junior guard Abby Ward from East Bladen and senior forward Delasia Richardson and senior guard Miriam Mendoza from West Bladen. Suggs, a junior, averaged over 22 points per game as she led the Lady Eagles to a 26-1 record and the Sectional Finals where they were eliminated by eventual Class 2-A State Runner-up Kinston. The 5-10 junior also contributed 6 rebounds, 6.5 steals and …..

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Bladen County Sports

East Bladen Tennis Sweeps Wallace-Rose Hill

East Bladen swept Wallace-Rose Hill 9-0 and 9-0 in a Four County Conference men’s tennis double-header at Wallace Monday. After the Eagles clinched the victory in the second match, the Bulldogs elected not to finish the remainder of the second games. Coach Terry Smith’s Eagles improved to 2-1 in the league. East Bladen 9, Wallace-Rose Hill 0 Singles: Jacob Hatchell (EB) defeated Y. Cano (WRH) 8-0 Jackson Hunt (EB) defeated D. Rodriguez (WRH) 8-0 Robert Meggs (EB) defeated M. Graganeus (WRH) 8-1 Adonis Johnson (EB) defeated Merritt (WRH) 8-0 Logan Baxley (EB) defeated E. Simmons (WRH) 8-0 Alex Gomes (EB) defeated Maldonado (WRH) 8-0 Doubles: Hatchell/Baxley (EB) defeated Cano/Maldanado (WRH) …..

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Bladen County Sports

East Bladen Tennis Sweeps Wallace-Rose Hill

East Bladen swept Wallace-Rose Hill 9-0 and 9-0 in a Four County Conference men’s tennis double-header at Wallace Monday. After the Eagles clinched the victory in the second match, the Bulldogs elected not to finish the remainder of the second games. Coach Terry Smith’s Eagles improved to 2-1 in the league. East Bladen 9, Wallace-Rose Hill 0 Singles: Jacob Hatchell (EB) defeated Y. Cano (WRH) 8-0 Jackson Hunt (EB) defeated D. Rodriguez (WRH) 8-0 Robert Meggs (EB) defeated M. Graganeus (WRH) 8-1 Adonis Johnson (EB) defeated Merritt (WRH) 8-0 Logan Baxley (EB) defeated E. Simmons (WRH) 8-0 Alex Gomes (EB) defeated Maldonado (WRH) 8-0 Doubles: Hatchell/Baxley (EB) defeated Cano/Maldanado (WRH) …..

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Bladen County Sports

East Bladen Tennis Sweeps Wallace-Rose Hill

East Bladen swept Wallace-Rose Hill 9-0 and 9-0 in a Four County Conference men’s tennis double-header at Wallace Monday. After the Eagles clinched the victory in the second match, the Bulldogs elected not to finish the remainder of the second games. Coach Terry Smith’s Eagles improved to 2-1 in the league. East Bladen 9, Wallace-Rose Hill 0 Singles: Jacob Hatchell (EB) defeated Y. Cano (WRH) 8-0 Jackson Hunt (EB) defeated D. Rodriguez (WRH) 8-0 Robert Meggs (EB) defeated M. Graganeus (WRH) 8-1 Adonis Johnson (EB) defeated Merritt (WRH) 8-0 Logan Baxley (EB) defeated E. Simmons (WRH) 8-0 Alex Gomes (EB) defeated Maldonado (WRH) 8-0 Doubles: Hatchell/Baxley (EB) defeated Cano/Maldanado (WRH) …..

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Craven County Senator proposed changes in Sales Tax Distribution

Sen. Majority Leader Harry Brown, a Jacksonville Republican, is proposing a change in sales tax distribution that could be beneficial to smaller rural counties.  Brown represents Craven and Jones counties, a mid size county and a small county.   Under the proposal, the shift would be phased in over a three year period, moving from a system weighted toward sending tax revenue back to where the sales are made to a system where the money is distributed on the basis of population.   Monday, lawmakers were provided a chart that shows the effect of the change by comparing last year’s distribution to what should happen when the change is fully …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

This Tuesday (today) could be one nice day weather-wise… Former Commissioner Bobby Roberts was laid to rest Monday…4 ministers, good service, good attendance and great comments….   Bobby and I served together on the Board of Commissioners for several years…One of those folks that you go from seeing on a regular basis to very seldom…No problem, our situation is constantly changing and we loose touch…   Had a nice email from Janice Ryckeley yesterday regarding comments on yesterday’s thoughts….Those type visits are “uplifting.” and I thank her….Left me on a “high”..   As I thought about the Ryckeley comments and the Roberts funeral….. I thought about folks along the way that …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 24

1629—1st game law passed in American colonies, by Virginia. 1664—Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island.   1765—Britain enacts Quartering Act, required colonist to provide temporary housing to British soldiers.   1832—Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio.   1855—Manhattan Kansas founded as New Boston Kansas.   1868—Metropolitan Life Insurance Co forms.   1898—1st automobile sold.   1913—Palace Theater opens at 1564 Broadway NYC.   1920—1st US coast guard air station established (Morehead City, NC)   1930—1st religious services telecast in US (W2XBS NYC)   1935—Major Bowes’ Original Amateur Hour goes national on NBC Radio Network.   1941—Glenn Miller begins work on his 1st movie …..

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Kelly Volunteer Fire Department Spring Fest and 5K Event

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Come join us at this year’s Annual Kelly Spring Fest on Saturday, April 25th at the Kelly Ball Park located on Highway 53 in Kelly NC.  This year’s event will be hosted by Kelly Volunteer Fire Department.  Our day will begin with the Kelly Volunteer Fire Department Spring Fest Run.   This event will include a 5K, 1 Mile Walk/Run, and a Kids Mad Dash.  The race will begin and finish at the Kelly Ballpark. This is the perfect race for the entire family. Go to its-go-time.com to register online.  Register by April 11th to guarantee your t-shirt and race discount.  There will also be on-site registration beginning at 7:30am the …..

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Harrells Christian Academy Headmaster’s List and Honor Roll for Third Grading Period

Headmaster’s List (All A’s) Twelfth Grade: Laken Clifton, Spencer Cooke, MaryKate Murray, Max Prestage. Eleventh Grade: Catherine Armstrong, Rachel Band, Madison Owens, Marissa Parks, McKenzie Parks, Mikaela Stroud. Tenth Grade: Don Banks, Emily Benton, Anna Burgess, Tyler Evans, Madison Guthrie, Ashlynn Hardison, Connor Holland, Will Huff, Payton Johnson, Amos Lanier, Joseph Lee, Marianne Moore, Thomas Newkirk, Blake Phillips, Billy Prestage, Luke Quinn, Holden Quinn, Brooke Raynor, Madison Tart. Ninth Grade: Abbigail Clark, Rance Creech, Kyra Gensel, Mackenzie Harrell, Kaleb Jessup, Caroline Jones, Brenna King, Brayden Sutton, Lucas Thornton, Miranda Wells. Eighth Grade: Paige Hardison, Seth Harrell Seventh Grade: Jackson Hall, Rachel Horrell Sixth Grade: Diego Fleury, Hill Lanier, Rhylee Pope, …..

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Council man charged with statutory sex offense

John Wayne Parks was arrested Sunday and charged with statutory sex offense of a 13-, 14- or 15-year-old and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker said Monday. Parks, who is 56 years old and lives on Railroad Street in Council, was released Monday after posting bail on a $102,500 bond. He is expected to have his first court appearance later this week in Bladen County District Court. McVicker said the investigation in the case began in late December. Share:

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USDA Finalizes Procedures for Sorghum Referendum

Agricultural Marketing Service Contact: Sam Jones-Ellard (202) 660-2268 Samuel.jones@ams.usda.gov WASHINGTON, Feb. 19, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is announcing procedures for the upcoming referendum regarding the continuation of the Sorghum Checkoff Program and is announcing the dates it will conduct the referendum. The Sorghum Promotion, Research, and Information Order requires that a referendum be conducted no later than seven years after the start of assessments, which began on July 1, 2008. For the program to continue, a majority of those voting must favor the continuation of the order. USDA will conduct the referendum beginning on March 23, 2015, through April 21, 2015, at county USDA Farm Service …..

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