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Released Time School Ministries Marathon and 5K Cape Fear River Run

Released Time School Ministries will be hosting a half Marathon and 5K Cape Fear River Run on June 6th, 2015.  Bruce Cannon, Bladen Baptist Association Director of Mission and member of the Released Time School Ministries Broad member said, “Our goal is for every school student around the State to hear the Good News of Salvation and to teach them those character traits they so desperately need: integrity, honesty, respect and so forth.” To accomplish this goal funds are needed to start programs all across the state.  To raise these funds Released Time School Ministries is sponsoring a half Marathon and 5K Cape Fear River Run.   If you are …..

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Farmer’s Market to house Cape Fear BBQ Processing Facility

Cape Fear Farmer’s Market will be the location for Cape Fear Chicken & Barbecue’s new processing center starting, tomorrow, Friday, May 1st. Elizabethtown Town Manager, Eddie Madden said, “They will basically be a processing facility and then send out their products to their stores from this location. They may sale large quantities out of the location for catering in the future, but you won’t buy a sandwich out of the farmer’s market location.” Inman’s Deli & Meat Market opened in the same location back in 2011, but closed their business in March of this year. Now, Cape Fear BBQ will take advantage of the kitchen facility and put their recipes to …..

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Cape Fear River Run Half-Marathon & 5K In Elizabethtown June 6th

The Cape Fear River Run Half-Marathon and 5K, a Benefit Run for School Ministries, Inc. sponsored by Woodmen of the World, will be held in Elizabethtown on Saturday, June 6th. The Half-Marathon will start at 6:45 a.m. at the Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown and will conclude there as well. The 5K will begin at the same location at 7:30 a.m. The course runs a mixture of flat to moderate hills near the Cape Fear River. There will also be a 2-Person Relay Team competition for the Half-Marathon as well. Entry fee for the 5K is $35 plus a $3 processing fee. Entry fee for the Half-Marathon is $60 plus the …..

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Carolina Crossroads director now giving back after battling drug addiction

  • 04/30/2015
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David Chestnutt admits he drank too much, smoked marijuana, snorted cocaine and used heroin. He once took $150 from his daughter’s sock drawer that was being saved for a trip to Carowinds in order to support his habit. A trip to Bethel Colony of Mercy in 2005 — his fourth stay at a different drug and alcohol rehabilitation center — turned his life around. He’s spent the past 10 years helping other men do the same. He’s now looking to help more men beginning this summer as executive director of Carolina Crossroads, the new center being opened at the former Eckerd youth facility in Bladen County. Several Bladen County churches …..

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BCC Student Government Association Visits NC State Offices

DUBLIN – Members of the Bladen Community College Student Government Association traveled to Raleigh on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, touring government buildings and interacting with government officials.    BCC students left to right: Aaron Cox, Destiny Slacks, Katiesha Hayes, Tara Godfrey, Amber Johnson, Lee Hendrix, James Johnson, Tyler Cron, Kennedy Johnson, Noel Rogers, La-Faith Council, Jessica Lewis Crystal Dowd, SGA Advisor, stated that students visited both the House and Senate sessions of the General Assembly, and had the opportunity to meet and talk with members of the House of Representatives and Senators. “The students learned a lot about how state government operates including how the legislative agenda is determined,” remarked Dowd. The …..

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Yia Yia’s Gifts Receives Façade Grant along with Fisher’s Mens Shop

Yia Yia’s Gifts on Broad Street was presented with the Town of Elizabethtown Facade Grant today. Facade Grants are matching funds for business owners to replace awning signs and make exterior improvements.  Mayor Sylvia Campbell presented Christina Boussias, Yia Yia’s Gifts Owner, with the grant.   Pictured are store owner, Christina Boussias, Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell, Town of Elizabethtown Board Members, Dickie Glenn, and Ricky Leinwands, Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber Board Members, Brittany Woodell and Charlotte Smith. Fisher’s Mens Shop & The Ladies Shop received the grant as well for their exterior improvements in 2014. The grant has assisted many business owners in Elizabethtown with improvements. Toddlers and Teens, US Cellular, …..

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The death of a newspaper, 1978

  • 04/30/2015
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The times were changing, but the newspaper wasn’t, and in the end, that caused its death. I suppose ‘death” is too strong a word for some folks when you refer to a business, but our newspaper – well, where my parents worked, and where I spent much of my childhood –ours was like a living, breathing being. Telephone calls and letters and photographs and typewritten stories came in the front, were processed through a dark, smoky, dusty building, and turned into newspapers, which then in turn went out the back into people’s hands. It was a noisy, wonderful place for a child. There were machines, big, clanking, iron machines of …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Today is April 30…my how time passes by….. Yesterday’s (Wednesday) meeting between the Board of Education and Bladen County Board of Education was interesting to say the least….Two boards who have a responsibility that they take seriously…One depending the other to provide a major source of funding…Commissioners looking at their situation…reval, a new jail and generally a lack of funds knowing they want do all they can to provide funding for the school system…   The new jail was not their first priority, but one they have failed to deal with for years and were told they must do…   Thought it was a good idea to meet in a neutral location….the …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 30

1492—Columbus is given royal commission to equip his fleet. 1789—George Washington inaugurated as first president of the United States of America.   1798—US Department of the Navy forms.   1803—US doubles in size through Louisiana Purchase ($15 million)   1857—San Jose State University forms.   1861—President Lincoln ordered Federal Troops to evacuate Indian Territory (US Civil War)   1864—New York becomes 1st state to charge a hunting license fee.   1885—Boston Pops Orchestra forms.   1900—Casey Jones dies in a train wreck in Vaughn, Mississippi, while trying to make up time on the Cannonball Express.   1904—Ice cream cone makes its debut.   1921—American Professional Football Association reorganizes in Akron. …..

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Rahu Purdie Named NCPreps.com All-State Basketball

West Bladen’s Rahu Purdie has been selected to the NCPreps.com Class 2-A All-State Basketball Team. Purdie has already been honored as the Four County Conference Player of the Year and as a North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association District 4 First Team selection. The senior guard was also named to the All-Cape Fear Region Basketball First Team by the Fayetteville Observer and has been an All-Conference selection for three consecutive years. Purdie led the Knights to the Four County Conference Championship and to the Class 2-A Sectional Finals with an 18.5 scoring average. “I don’t know of a better guard in our area than Rahu,” said West Bladen Coach Travis Pait. …..

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Lacey Suggs Named NCPreps.com All-State Basketball

East Bladen’s Lacey Suggs was named this week to the NCPreps.com Class 2-A All-State Basketball Team. Suggs has already been honored as the Four County Conference Player of the Year and as a North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association District 4 First Team selection. The 5-10 junior was earlier chosen to the Wilmington Star-News All-Area Girls Basketball First Team and to the All-Cape Fear Region Basketball First Team by the Fayetteville Observer. Suggs fired in over 22 points per game to lead 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. Suggs also contributed 6 rebounds, 6.5 steals …..

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North Carolina’s March Employment Figures Released

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from February’s revised rate.  The national rate remained unchanged at 5.5 percent. North Carolina’s March 2015 unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage point lower than a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 26,012 over the month to 4,455,283, and increased 118,628 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 5,926 over the month to 253,510, and declined 44,460 over the year.  Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, decreased 2,600 to 4,219,600 in March. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was Profes- …..

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Board of Ed and Board of Commissioners discuss budget request

By: Robert G. Hester   Bladen County Commissioners listened Wednesday afternoon to pleas from the Bladen County Board of Education for more money for the 2015-2016 FY budget for local schools.   Dr. Robert Taylor said the Board of Education would need an additional $846,903 over the current budget to maintain the same level of services as the current year. The current budget includes $6.4 million from the county, approximately $175,000 in fines and forfeitures and nearly $500,000 transferred from capital outlay to current operating expenses.   Dr. Taylor explained that the State of North Carolina mandates drivers education, yet cut all the funding for the program.  He made a passionate plea for $167,000 for lap top …..

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Bladen County Education Foundation 6th Annual Jail-a-thon

Go to jail, go directly to jail. Bladen County Education Foundation 6th Annual Jail-a-thon fundraiser was bringing in a stream of donations from some of Bladen County’s finest. Attorney David Wall, a local lawyer in Elizabethtown, acted as the “Judge” handing out orders for arrest today for “law-breakers” to post “bond”. Valerie Newton with the Board of Education assisted Wall as the “Clerk of Courts”, making sure officers knew who to “arrest”. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Department, Elizabethtown and White Lake Police Departments helped collect the “perpetrators” and their donations. Ray Britt owner of Ray’s Furniture and Jewelry was brought in by Lt. Dwayne Cheshire. Britt came in with his …..

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North Carolina’s March Employment Figures Released

  • 04/29/2015
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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 5.4 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from February’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 5.5 percent. North Carolina’s March 2015 unemployment rate was 1.0 percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 26,012 over the month to 4,455,283, and increased 118,628 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 5,926 over the month to 253,510, and declined 44,460 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, decreased 2,600 to 4,219,600 in March. The major industry with the largest over-the-month increase was Profes- …..

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Abby Norris, East Bladen Eagle, Spirit of Excellence Recipient

East Bladen High School and the Bladen County community were beaming with pride Wednesday for senior, Abby Norris, who was awarded the Spirt of Excellence Award by the U.S. Army and Pro Football Hall of Fame. Abby is one of only 20 finalists nationwide for the Pro Football Hall of Fame/U.S. Army of Excellence Award. Norris was nominated by Coach Patty Evers and other teachers, due to her many accomplishments during her time at East Bladen High School. Sgt. David Irby, with the U.S. Army , said, “Anyone can celebrate being the best athletic leader, but with the US Army and the Pro NFL Hall of Fame together, we want …..

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JV Baseball Pender 10, East Bladen 6

Pender defeated East Bladen 10-6 Tuesday in Four County Conference junior varsity baseball action at East. The Eagles scored a run in the first inning as Devan Stocks cracked a single and scored when Xavier Wooten belted a single. East Bladen scored five runs in the third inning. Pitcher Quinton Bedsole walked and came around to score when Stocks walloped a triple. Catcher B. J. Robinson knocked in Stocks with a single. Thirdbaseman Tanner Meares slammed a double to drive in Robinson, and freshman Ty Watkins hammered a triple to drive in Meares. Shortstop Daniel Elkins smacked a single to drive in Watkins. Elkins batted a perfect 3-3 with a …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

A couple of reminders related to meetings today ….The Annual Education Foundation Jail-A-Thon is set for today…A fun event and a fund-raiser for our schools….All because of the work of volunteers… One other important event…Bladen County Commissioners and the Bladen County Board of Education meet this afternoon to discuss budgets for the coming fiscal year.     Sad situation in Baltimore….Hope the unrest ends soon…Today the Chicago White Sox and Orioles baseball teams play in an empty stadium….May be a first….   May….just around the corner…..and the White Lake Water Festival officially opens the lake season…well, sort of….   Did you read our article about the search for a horse, believed to …..

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Baseball

Baseball, East Bladen 10, Pender 6

Junior Alex Coates pitched a complete-game, and senior Matthew Massengill’s 3 hits led a 13-hit East Bladen attack that carried the Eagles to a 10-6 Four County Conference victory Tuesday night over visiting Pender. The Eagles jumped in front with a first-inning run. Senior Colby Hester swatted a single, but was retired on sophomore Kyle Tatum’s fielder’s choice. Tatum stole second and raced home on Massengill’s single. Senior Cameron Guertin hammered a double to key a 3-run Patriot third inning that produced a 3-1 lead. East Bladen responded with 5 runs in bottom of the third to go up 6-3. Freshman Sincere Smith started the Eagle rally with a single, …..

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Baseball

Varsity Baseball: Heidi Trask 5, West Bladen 3

ROCKY POINT – Jordan Flora pitched a three-hitter as Heidi Trask rallied for a 5-3 win Tuesday night against error-prone West Bladen in a Four County 1A/2A Conference baseball game. Flora struck out six, walked three and allowed three unearned runs in the fifth inning as the Titans won only their second conference game. Trask is 3-12 overall and 2-7 in Four County games. West Bladen, which made seven errors and ran its way out of a potential big inning in the third, dropped to 8-6 overall and 5-4 in the conference. The Knights are scheduled to host Wallace-Rose Hill on Wednesday and Pender on Friday. Freshman Scott Bowen went …..

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Baseball

JV Baseball: West Bladen 9, Heidi Trask 7

ROCKY POINT – Trey Storms pitched a six-hitter and struck out 11 Tuesday afternoon as the West Bladen junior varsity baseball team hung on for a 9-7 win against Heidi Trask in a Four County 1A/2A Conference game. Only two of the runs Storms allowed were earned. Donald McCullum led a nine-hit West Bladen offensive attack, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored, a RBI and four stolen bases. Ray Jones and Caleb Sholar each were 2-for-3, with Jones driving home two runs. Brandon Carson and Hunter Pait each had a hit and a run batted in. West Bladen is 7-5 overall and 3-4 in league play. The Knights are scheduled …..

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Softball

Softball, East Bladen 15, Pender 5

East Bladen pounded out 19 hits en route to a 15-5 Four County Conference softball victory over visiting Pender Tuesday night. Senior catcher Lexi Dawson and junior shortstop Abby Ward both batted 4-5 to lead the Lady Eagle hitters. Dawson blasted a double and a triple, drove in 2 runs and stole a base. Ward slammed a pair of doubles, knocked in 2 runs and stole 2 bases. Junior center-fielder Lacey Suggs hammered a triple and a single and stole 4 bases for East. Senior Anna Brewer smashed a pair of doubles for the winners. Sophomore Emily Scott belted a pair of singles, drove in a run and stole a …..

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Softball

Softball, Heide Trask 3, West Bladen 1

Junior Haley Smith blooped a 2-run single over third base Tuesday night to snap a 1-1 tie and lift Heide Trask to a 3-1 Four County Conference victory over visiting West Bladen. The victory kept the Lady Titans unbeaten in league play at 10-0, while the Lady Knights dropped to 6-3 in the conference and 9-6 overall. A walk, an error and a pair of sacrifice bunts set up Smith’s 2-out, 2-strike heroics. Heide Trask had taken a 1-0 lead in the third inning as junior Kyra Holmes singled and came around to score. West Bladen tied the game in the top of the fourth as senior Amber Bills belted …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 29

1813—1st US Rubber patent granted to Jacob F. Hummel. 1852—100,000 federal troops prepare to march into Corinth, Miss.   1892—Charlie Reilly is baseball’s 1st pinch hitter.   1901—27th Kentucky Derby; Jimmy Winkfield on His Eminence wins in 2:07:75.   1905— 2 inches of rain in 10 minutes in Taylor, Texas.   1934—Pittsburgh is last major league city to play a home game on a Sunday.   1945—US liberates 31,601 in Nazi concentration camp in Dachau, Germany.   1957—1st military nuclear power plant dedicated, Fort Belvoir, Va.   1961—ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” debuts.   1967—Aretha Franklin releases “Respect”   1968—“Hair” opens at Biltmore Theater NYC for 1750 performances.   1974—US President …..

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Golf

Weekly Southeastern Fellowship Senior’s Golf Association Results

The April 28 Southeastern Fellowship Senior’s Golf Association Tournament was held at Cypress Lakes Golf Course near Fayetteville. Three teams tied for first place with a score of 57. Those teams were: Wilbur Simmons, Mickey Brisson, Cliff Burchette, Larry Mitchell: Ron Tart, Danny Wiggins, Rudy Taylor, Livingston Lewis: Rob Conway, Bill Small, Ray Crabtree, Tom Howell. The next tournament to be held on May 5 will be at Land O’ Lakes near Whiteville. Any senior interested in playing is ask to call Linwood Hedgepeth at 910-734-7161. Share:

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Governor Jim Hunt was making a visit to Elizabethtown.   The Elizabethtown Jaycees announced that the Miss Bladen Pageant would be held in July.   Taylor Manufacturing of Elizabethtown announced that they were opening a plant in Ambrose, Georgia.   The Town of Elizabethtown Board OK’s condemnation of land located near the Tory Hole Park.   Huglon McDaniel of Dublin and Rusty Worrell of Clarkton were given their Eagle Scout designation. Share:

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Bladen County

We Are Paying Them What?

Bladen County School Superintendent 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 School Superintendent  salaries.   Bladen County—$131,559.  Population 35,000 Brunswick County—$162,360. Population 115,301 Columbus County—$123,864. Population 58,068 Duplin County— $134,085. Population 60,329 Sampson County—$134,780. Population 63,649 Share:

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Elizabethtown Commits to Army Community Covenant

Together Lieutenant General Joe Anderson, Commanding General, of the XVIII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, and Mayor Sylvia Campbell committed to building a strong community by signing the Army Community Covenant today at Elizabethtown Town Hall. Mayor Campbell welcomed Lieutenant General Anderson and his team members by saying, “I want to officially welcome you to Elizabethtown and tell you what an honor it is to have you here and to give us the opportunity to partner with you. We have a very patriotic community.” General Anderson responded, “Our soldiers are coming out here, active and retirees, and taking advantage of the recreation you have here.” General Anderson visited Bladen County …..

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Volunteers seek horse in Tar Heel area

  • 04/28/2015
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A rescue group is attempting to locate a horse in the Tar Heel. area that appears to have been mistreated. The Leilani Mae Rescue Group has been in the area over the past 3 or 4 days and have seen the horse but unable to catch up with it. Mackenzie Ake, who works in the Fayetteville area advised BladenOnline that the horse appears to have a logchain embedded in the neck and that volunteers are searching the area now. Someone in the area spotted the horse and contacted the Leilani Mae Rescue Group at their Linden, NC location. Ake said the organization is a 501 (3)(c) non-profit organization with several …..

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Bladen County Career and STEM Fair

Bladen County students and residents from across the area attended the Bladen County Career and STEM Fair at Bladen Community College today. The fair showcases career and employment opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Edward Dent, Dean of Business and Engineering, said, “The students were engaged at this event and it really piqued the interest of students at the many technologies we offer here at the college.” Anne Garrett, one of the event organizers with NC Works said, “The fair was a true collaboration, with the Board of Education, Bladen Community College, the Chamber of Commerce, and NC Works all working together.” She continued by saying, “Students need …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Check our upcoming events, news and sports pages for events taking place to day….and tomorrow… Abbey Norris will be honored Wednesday at the East Bladen Gym..begins at 9:45 a.m.…See John Clark’s article on sports page….A special young lady….   Today, an Army Community Covenant Signing Ceremony….1:30 at E-town City Hall…   Ever heard of Rocky Marciano?…former heavyweight boxing champ retired undefeated….I remember listening to the boxing match on an AM radio….lots of snap, crackle and pop…but fun…Oh, that was a cereal ad….but describes our AM radio.   I see families from other countries who have come to America for a better life….I know, sometimes we speak disrespectfully about how they arrived….but can’t …..

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Michael Inman Pitches Methodist to Monday Win

Tar Heel native Michael Inman pitched six scoreless innings to pick up his sixth win of the season Monday as Methodist University defeated LaGrange College 4-1. Inman struck out 4 and allowed only 3 hits and a walk as the Monarchs concluded their regular season with a 24-6 USA South Conference record and a 32-8 overall mark. Methodist had clinched the USA South Conference championship and a NCAA Regional berth with a double-header sweep of LaGrangeSunday on Senior Day. Inman was one of eight Monarch seniors honored in pre-game ceremonies. During their four years at Methodist, this senior class has posted a 100-67 record and won the USA South Tournament …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History, April 28

By: Robert G. Hester   1635—Virginia Gov. John Harvey accused of treason & removed from office.   1788–Maryland becomes 7th state to ratify constitution.   1847—George V. Vashon becomes 1st black to enter NY State Bar.   1855—1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston.   1919—1st jump with Army Air Corp (rip-cord type) parachute (Les Irvin)   1930—1st night organized baseball game played in Independence, Kansas.   1931—Program for woman athletes approved for 1932 Olympics track & field.   1934—FDR signs Home Owners Loan Act.   1937—1st commercial flight across Pacific, Pan Am.   1945—US 5th army reaches Swiss border.   1952—WWII Pacific peace treaty takes effect.   1963—17th …..

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Healthworks Fitness and Wellness Gives Back in Bladen County

Elizabethtown- Food Round Up for the North Carolina Baptist Children’s Home has been underway all month. Food Round Up is an annual event where food is collected for the children’s home. Healthworks Fitness & Wellness has a special campaign through the end of April to help with mission of Bladen Baptist and Food Round Up. Part of Healthworks’ “Spring into Action” campaign allows community members to donate 10 cans of food until the end of April and the membership application fee is waived for new members. Tiffany McGill, Healthworks General Manager, dropped off the first round of donated cans to the Bladen Baptist Association Monday morning. McGill said, “Healthworks is very proud and …..

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Bladen County Native, Kenneth Brown, Signs his published book at Division on Aging

By: Hailey Smith Kenneth Brown, a Bladen County resident, had his book, “Me, Myself and Multiple Sclerosis”,  published at the end of last year. Brown was inspired to write this book when he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple Sclerosis, better known as (MS) is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged.  The Division on Aging opened their doors to Kenneth, and his fans on Tuesday. Brown signed books, and spoke with his readers. “I am blessed and never would’ve imagined I would be signing books for other people,” Brown said. The book signing ended at 6 pm …..

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Harrells Goes Hollywood

by Meredith Horne Harrells Christian Academy’s Video Arts class experienced the field trip of lifetime recently when they visited the set location of CBS’s TV Show “Under the Dome” in Burgaw, NC. The field trip, arranged by HCA’s Karen Burton, gave students a full look inside the workings of a popular TV show, filmed right here in North Carolina.  Students were given an extensive tour of the set as well as allowed to meet several members of the crew and discuss their job titles, responsibilities, and history in the business. “As an educator, I can’t think of a better experience for our students,” said Meredith Horne, Video Arts teacher at …..

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Bladen County Career and STEM Fair is April 28

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College students and residents from across the area are invited to see career and employment opportunities at the 2015 Bladen County Career and STEM Fair at Bladen Community College on Tuesday, April 28, from 10 AM until 1 PM. The Fair includes opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Participants represented at the Fair include Applied Plastic Services, AssistedCare, Inc., Bladen Community College, Continuing Education, Electrical Systems Technology, Industrial Systems Technology, Machining, Thermoplastic Welding, Three Dimensional Printing, Virtual Welding, Bladen Healthcare LLC, NC Farm Bureau Mutual Ins. Company, Lowe’s Home Improvement, NCWorks Career Center and BCC WIA, Southeastern Health (Hospital), Telamon Corporation, Two Hawk Employment …..

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BCC Offers Class on Ebay Business Strategies

The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College will offer a no-cost seminar called “How to Start or Expand Your Ebay Business” on Thursday, April 30, from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. The class is taught at the Bladen Community College Small Business Center in Building 2, Room 202, on the main campus in Dublin. In this seminar, certified Ebay instructor Phyllis Sneed will present an overview of how to become an Ebay entrepreneur or expand your current Ebay business. Topics will include site requirements, restrictions, security, and more. The Small Business Center is also hosting a “Start Your Business” series of seminars at Oakdale Homes Community Center located at …..

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Softball

SCC Softball Sweeps Pair at Wake Tech

West Bladen grads Abbey Walters and Robin Coleman pitched complete-game victories Wednesday as Southeastern Community College swept a softball double-header at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh by scores of 7-3 and 10-2. Walters fired a 5-hitter, struck out 9, walked none and allowed only one unearned run in Game 1. At the plate the Bladenboro native slugged a home run, knocked in 3 runs, stole a base, scored twice and batted a perfect 4-4. Catcher Kaitlyn Sykes, another West Bladen grad, belted a single and scored a run for the Lady Rams. Right-fielder Coleman also cracked a single and scored a run. Coleman pitched a 5-hitter, walked one, struck …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Difficult to think that we are approaching the end of April…1/3 of the year 2015 is nearly over…No time to fret, good days ahead… So sad to see pics coming out of Nepal…..An earthquake has devastated areas of the country…Can’t imagine…   Kenneth Brown, a Bladen County native, has written a book, ‘Me, Myself & Multiple Sclerosis.’  Brown will be at the Bladen County Senior Center today (Monday) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. for a book signing. The book will be available for $10.61, that includes tax.   Tomorrow (Tuesday), a Workforce Opportunities Career Fair will be held at Bladen Community College from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.  Approximately 50 …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 27

1805—US Marines attack shores of Tripoli. 1838—Fire destroys half of Charleston, SC.   1865—Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) is chartered.   1865—Steamboat “SS Sultana” explodes in the Mississippi River, killing up to 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history.  Most were paroled Union POWS on their way home.   1877—President Hayes removes Federal troops from LA, Reconstruction ends.   1903—Long Island’s Jamaica Race Track opens.   1911—Following the resignation and death of William P. Frye, a compromise is reached to rotate the office of President pro tempore (for the time being) of the United States Senate.   1931—100 degrees, Pahala, Hawaii (state record)   …..

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Harmony Hall Plantation Village holds 225th anniversary reunion

The cannons boomed. Blacksmith Lennie Moore pounded steel. Dublin Scout Troop 622 sold plates of barbecue and chicken. The Scott Free Band of Lumberton played. And folks stepped back in time Saturday at Harmony Hall Plantation Village during the 225th anniversary reunion. Although rain may have cut down on attendance, it didn’t keep those on hand from enjoying the day at the historic Bladen County site founded in the 1760s by Col. James Richardson and where British Lord General Cornwallis is said to have commandeered during the Revolutionary War. “Every time I’ve come here, it’s been overcast, and it gives it sort of a mystique,” said 37-year-old Daniel Pates of …..

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Movie Night at Elizabethtown Fire Dept

 The Elizabethtown Fire Department held movie night Saturday to raise funds for Bladen County Relay for Life. There was a matinee at 4 pm showing “Planes: Fire and Rescue”. Popcorn, candy and drinks were enjoyed along with the movies. The night ended with the last movie, “Big Hero 6” playing at 7pm.   Share:

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Vintage cars part of Harmony Hall’s reunion

Horseless carriages weren’t around when Col. James Richardson lived at Harmony Hall Plantation Village in the 1760s nor when British Lord General Cornwallis is said to have commandeered the site in Bladen County during the Revolutionary War. That didn’t prevent several members of the Southeastern (U.S.) Antique Car Club to bring their vintage cars to the historic site Saturday afternoon to participate and enjoy the activities during the 255th anniversary reunion. Vintage cars, including a 1925 Model T Ford Fordor sedan owned by Riley Reiner of Wake Forest, rumbled down the dirt road leading to the main house shortly after noon. “This was the most expensive Ford in 1925,” Reiner …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

What a busy week and what a very busy day Saturday…despite the uncooperative weather…Bladen volunteers were busy… Normally, the last week in the month is a little less hectic…We shall see…   As a youngster, a busy week meant an extra event at Zion Hill Baptist Church….and I remember as a youngster the times we met, roasted marshmallows, actually burned marshmallows…Fun…and for many, haven’t seen in 60 or 70 years…Still remember most…some deceased, some moved away…There is always a better chance of keeping up with males than females….Last name changes for the girls and no way of knowing where they are and how they are doing…   I loved those …..

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Abbey Norris – Pro Football Hall of Fame – US Army Award Ceremony Wednesday

East Bladen’s Abbey Norris will be honored for her selection as a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame US Army Award of Excellence Wednesday, April 29 at 9:45 a.m. in the school’s main gym. Abbey was selected as one of 20 finalists from the nation’s top scholars, athletes, and community involved students. A representative of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, along with Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure, and the entire East Bladen student body will celebrate Abbey’s accomplishments on this day. Norris was selected as the 2014 Four County Conference Volleyball Player of the Year. She was also named the 2014 East Bladen Basketball Team Defensive Player …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 26

1912—1st home run hit at Fenway Park (Hugh Bradley,Red Sox) 1931—Lou Gehrig hits a home run but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him AL home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season.   1941—Potatoes rationed in Holland.   1956—First modern container ship, the Ideal X, leaves Port Newark, New Jersey, for Houston, Texas.   1959—Cuba invades Panama.   1961—Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961.   1966—Red Auerbach retires as Boston Celtic’s coach.   1968—US underground nuclear test, “Boxcar,” 1 megaton device.   1970…”Company” opens at Alvin theater NYC for 690 performances.   1976—Pan Am begins non-stop flights NYC-Tokyo.   1978—NASA launches …..

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Carolina Crossroads drug, alcohol rehabilitation center plans July 1 opening

Saturday morning, volunteers raked and chopped, scrubbed and vacuumed. They were removing four years of dirt, grime and overgrowth from the former Eckerd youth facility. Their hope is their labor will give men a clean start on life. In two months, the former Camp E-Tik-Etu, which was the place where troubled youngsters once were given a chance to turn around their lives, will house up to 24 men who are seeking help for drug or alcohol addiction. “We need it here,” said Rev. Bruce Cannon of Bladen Baptist Association. Several Bladen County churches and denominations have come together to open and oversee the rehabilitation facility. Carolina Crossroads, as it will …..

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Elizabethtown Police Dept’s Kids Appreciation Day and Bladen County DSS Child Abuse Awareness Walk

By: Robert G. Hester   The Elizabethtown Appreciation Day for youngsters was held Saturday, despite a few sprinkles of rain.    This year’s event was held in cooperation with the DSS Child Abuse Awareness Walk.    Food, games, give-a-ways, an opportunity to spend time with a policeman, a fireman were just a few of the fun things to do.  All were well received. The rain may have held attendance down a little, but for those who attended…it was  another fun day. 2015 Child Abuse Awareness Walk Share:

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Master Gardeners display their plants

By: Robert G. Hester Cape Fear Farmers Market was the place to be Saturday morning, if you were looking for plants for spring.  Bladen County Extension Master Gardener volunteers were out in force and, despite low hanging clouds and an occasional sprinkle, there was a steady flow of traffic.   The same organization will be at the Bladenboro Farmers Market next Saturday morning with more plants and it to will be open to everyone. Share:

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B&E suspect remains in Bladen County jail

James Calvin King, 29 of Log Cabin Road, Teachey, NC remains in Bladen County jail and his bond was raised Friday from $500,000 to $1.5 million by Judge Fred Gore. King was arrested after he attempted to break into a storage building on NC 53 near the NC 11 intersection.  The arrest followed a massive search by numerous law enforcement units near Haw Bluff Baptist Church, east of Kelly.   King is a prime suspect in numerous breaking and entering cases in the Kelly and White Oak areas over the past couple of weeks.   Current charges include breaking and entering and one felony probation violation.   Sheriff James McVicker noted …..

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Sandra Cain

Healthy Choices

For Better Living  By:Sandra R. Cain Are you confused by the terms dealing with choices in foods that are nutritious and healthy? If so, you’re not alone. It seems that almost daily we are hit with new terms and research that totally disagrees with what you heard previously. There are some basic guidelines for making healthy food choices which include the following: Reach and stay at a reasonable weight, watching the calories you take in relation to those you burn off. Be careful of serving sizes, and preparation methods you choose in foods you fix at home and foods you choose when eating out. Be careful not to add unnecessary …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

It’s Saturday….and it is a busy day for many……lots of activities in the area…Hopefully, any bad weather will be delayed til all of today’s events are completed….. Cape Fear Chicken & BBQ has reportedly leased the space at the Cape Fear Farmers Market vacated recently by Inman’s Deli & Meat Market.  Cape Fear will use the space as a facility to support their other locations in the region.   Looking ahead, Bladen County native Kenneth Brown will be at the Senior Center Monday for a book signing of his new book: Me, Myself & Multiple Sclerosis.  The cost of the book is $10.61 tax included and the hours are from 11 …..

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Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association to sponsor golf tournament

The 1st Annual Golf Tournament sponsored by the Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association will be played Saturday, May 9th at Vineyard Golf at White Lake.   The cost is $50 per player.  Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with a shotgun start to begin at 8:30 a.m.  Food will be provided and door prizes will be awarded.   Businesses and individuals may sponsor a hole for $100 and the sponsors name will be posted at the golf course. Lumberton Ford Lincoln is offering a new Ford Fiesta Hatch for the first hole-in-one on the 165 yard, 16th hole.   For more information, contact Atlas McVicker at 910-876-0917. Share:

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HCA baseball team defeats Coastal Christian High School

A six-run explosion in the third inning lifted HCA to a 10-2 win in seven innings over Coastal Christian High School at HCA on Friday.HCA scored in the third on An error, a two-run single by Michael Smith, a walk by Chance Bryant, and a two-run single by Ben Prestage. Smith racked up four RBIs on three hits for HCA. Coastal Christian High School couldn’t get anything going as long as Bryant was on the rubber. Bryant held Coastal Christian High School hitless over two innings, allowed no earned runs, walked one and struck out four. Nathan Casteen recorded the win for HCA. He allowed one run over three innings. He struck out two, …..

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Baseball

Baseball, Clinton 6, East Bladen 5

Chandler Whitfield blooped a single over a drawn-in East Bladen infield that drove in Byran Tyndall with the game-winning run as Clinton scored 4 runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge the visiting Eagles 6-5 Friday night in Four County Conference baseball action. The Eagles carried a 5-2 lead into the home seventh, but Wade Sumner started the rally with a single, but an error on Bailey Spell’s potential double play grounder kept the inning going. Kris Royal’s single loaded the bases, and Tyndall was hit by a pitch to force in Sumner. Senior Grant Naylor walked to force home Spell. Tyler Johnson was then hit by …..

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East Bladen High School

Softball, East Bladen 12, Clinton 1

Junior Lacey Suggs fired a 3-hitter and struck out 10 to lead East Bladen to a 12-1 Four County Conference victory at Clinton Friday night. Suggs only issued 2 walks. Catcher Lexi Dawson blasted a double, a triple and a single, stole 2 bases and drove in a run to lead the Lady Eagle hitters. Suggs smashed a double and 2 singles, stole 2 bases and drove in a run. Junior Miller Heustess knocked in 2 runs with a pair of singles and stole a base. Senior Anna Brewer belted 2 singles, swiped 2 bases and drove in a run. Sophomore Emily Scott walloped a triple, and junior Abby Ward, …..

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Bladen County Sports

Middle School Baseball, Clarkton School of Discovery 17, Tar Heel 0

Shy Pone pitched a no hitter to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to 17-0 Bladen Five Middle School victory over host Tar Heel Thursday afternoon. Pone struck out 7, walked 2 and hit a batter. Clarkton exploded for 13 runs in the top of the first inning.  Dan Tatum walked and Greyson Heustess reached on an error. Pierce Melvin drove in Tatum with a single. Holden Clark’s fielder’s choice plated Heustess. Gabe Barber cracked a single to drive in Melvin. Pone was hit by a pitch, and Eric Chancy walked to force in Clark with the fourth run. Jake Evans knocked in Barber and Pone with a single. Tatum belted …..

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Bladen County Sports

Middle School Baseball, Clarkton School of Discovery 18, Bladenboro 2

Cody Butler and Holden Clark pitched a two hitter to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to an 18-2 Bladen Five Middle School victory over host Bladenboro Wednesday afternoon. In the first inning, both teams had two runners reach base but were not able to score Clarkton took the lead with five runs in the top of the second. Cody Butler singled, stole second and raced home on Shy Pone’s single. Spencer Scott belted another single. Jake Evans drove in Pone with a single. Dan Tatum cracked a single that plated Scott. Greyson Heustess followed with a single, before Pierce Melvin hammered a double to deep left that scored Evans and …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 25

1719—Daniel Defoes publishes “Robinson Crusoe” 1850—Paul Julius Reuter, use 40 pigeons to carry stock market prices.   1861—The Union Army arrives to reinforce Washington, DC (US Civil War)   1901—New York becomes 1st state requiring automobile license plates ($1 fee)   1914—US President Woodrow Wilson is persuaded by Argentina, Brazil, and Chile to accept mediation in the conflict with Mexico.   1928—Buddy, a German Shepherd< becomes 1st guide dog for a US citizen Morris Frink.   1933—US & Canada drop Gold Standard.   1947—Lou Thesz beats Whipper Watson in St. Louis, to become wrestling champ.   1954—Bell labs announces 1st solar battery (NYC)   1962—US Ranger spacecraft crash lands on …..

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Science is Fun at East Arcadia School

The day was filled with Science facts and fun at East Arcadia School. The Science students held their second annual Science Festival at the Berline P. Graham Multipurpose Building with assistance from the community. The event showcased hands on science experiments from diffraction action to a breathing machine to stimulate the hearts and minds of the students in the Science world.  The middle school students assisted in teaching the elementary school students all about science and the fun you can find in it. When we asked seventh grade student, Ashanti Munn-Groins, what her favorite part of the day was she said, “It was describing the model of the lungs.” Ashanti …..

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Judge Vinston Rozier to Deliver Commencement Address at BCC

  • 04/24/2015
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Dublin – Bladen Community College will welcome Judge Vinston Rozier as the commencement speaker for the 2015 High School Completion Graduation on May 19, at 5:30 PM. The commencement service recognizes students who have earned an Adult High School Diploma or the High School Equivalent Diploma. Judge Rozier graduated as Valedictorian from Tar Heel Middle – Senior High School in 1994. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a Joseph Pogue full academic scholarship. While a student, Judge Rozier served as Speaker Pro Tempore of the Student Congress and Vice President of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity. In his free time, Judge Rozier sang in a gospel …..

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Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy Graduates Ten

  • 04/24/2015
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In a commencement service on Monday, April 20, 2015, The Bladen Community College Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) Academy graduated ten candidates who have successfully completed the state mandated North Carolina Comprehensive Examination. Commencement speaker David Donaldson, Chief of Police for the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, is a graduate of both the BLET program and the Criminal Justice Associate Degree program at Bladen Community College. He advised graduates “to never forget that families, communities, and coworkers need professional and effective law enforcement officers.” Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) is designed to give students essential skills required for entry-level employment as law enforcement officers with state, county, and municipal …..

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Wright Wins County Spelling Bee

By: Valerie Newton Elizabethtown, NC – After what seemed like the spelling of more than 100 words and over 11 rounds Janae Wright, a student at Elizabethtown Middle School came out on top April 23 as the winner of the 2015 Sampson-Bladen Oil/Bladen County Schools county level spelling bee, correctly spelling the word “reciprocating”.  Her win earned her $100. Whether by coincidence or irony, Janae battled back and forth for the 1st place win over her teammate from Elizabethtown Middle School Jason Graham.  “It was like watching a tennis match,” said Superintendent Robert Taylor. “The two went volley for volley on words for what seemed like an eternity.” The second place finisher was Jason Graham …..

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Volunteers are Essential for SHIIP’s Operation

  • 04/24/2015
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Did you know that North Carolina has more than 1.5 million Medicare beneficiaries? And all those beneficiaries are served by more than 900 volunteers and coordinators from SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program. That equates to over 1,600 beneficiaries for every SHIIP volunteer. Housed within the North Carolina Department of Insurance, SHIIP was established in 1986 to help educate Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers about Medicare, Medicare supplements, long-term care insurance, Medicare Advantage, Medicare Part D prescription drug plans and other health insurance options for people with Medicare. In addition to the program’s professionally-operated call center, SHIIP has a volunteer base of 115 county coordinators and 973 volunteers who …..

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Rep. Rouzer Introduces Bill to Repeal EPA Rule Concerning Wood Heaters

  • 04/24/2015
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Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Rouzer (NC-7) introduced the Stop EPA Overregulation of Rural Americans, which would repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent rule for new residential wood heaters. In early March, the EPA published a final rule establishing federal standards for residential wood heaters. Small manufacturers are concerned that these standards would make heaters too cost prohibitive to produce. Rural residents are worried because the costs of additional regulations are always passed down to the consumer, and many rural residents rely on wood-burning heaters to keep their energy costs low. “This is a classic example of EPA nonsense,” said Congressman Rouzer. “The federal government has no business telling …..

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Bladen County School Board Budget Concerns

  • 04/24/2015
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The Bladen County School Board faces a daunting task with budget concerns. Many citizens have voiced concerns about some scenarios the board offered to manage the budget. The option suggested about changes to Clarkton School of Discovery have brought objections from some community members. Valerie Newton with the Bladen County Board of Education addressed the concerns by saying, “All options are open. One of the purposes of the Board Budget Retreat was to just talk about scenarios. To begin thinking about moving in a direction of consolidating schools is not a decision that is going to be made in one meeting. You have to start somewhere. We have to make …..

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You Decide: Why have some states recovered faster? By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension

  • 04/24/2015
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The economic world doesn’t treat everyone and everything equally. We clearly see this in the on-going debates about income inequality, CEO pay, the minimum wage and taxes. Another way we see this is in economic geography. For example, in North Carolina, for several decades we have watched urban counties adding jobs and incomes at a much higher rate than rural counties. Another area of economic inequality that has been observed is in the speed of recovery from the Great Recession. The economy has been improving during the last five years, but it hasn’t been improving at the same pace for all states. States like North Dakota and Texas have been …..

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Baseball West Bladen 10, Wallace-Rose Hill 4

  • 04/24/2015
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West Bladen’s Knights exploded for 7 runs in the top of the seventh inning and rallied past Wallace-Rose Hill 10-4 Thursday night in Four County Conference baseball action. Sophmore Trent West and senior Michael Pastore both reached base on passed third strikes and Seth Britt walked to load the bases. Troy Edge launched a sacrifice fly to deep leftfield to scored West with the tying run. Pitcher Chandler Lennon clobbered a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield to score Pastore with the go-ahead run. Sophmore Weston Pidgeon knocked in Britt with a single that padded the lead to 6-4. Junior Jeremy Hunt reached base on an error, and senior Trevor Lesane …..

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Softball West Bladen 14, Wallace-Rose Hill 10, 9 Innings

  • 04/24/2015
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West Bladen’s Lady Knights rallied for 5 runs in the seventh inning to force extra innings, then scored 4 runs in the ninth to post a 14-10 Four County Conference victory at Wallace-Rose Hill Thursday night. Wallace-Rose Hill carried a 9-5 lead into the top of the seventh, but walks to sophmores Alanna Ludlum, Kassidy Anderson and Jenna Dove loaded the bases. Sophmore Logan Autry cracked a 2-run single that plated Ludlum and Anderson and sliced the margin to 9-7. Sophmore Sophia Singletary beat out a bunt single, and senior Morgan Sweeney knocked in Autry with a double. Senior Amber Bills smacked a 2-run single that scored Singletary and Sweeney …..

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Middle School Softball Clarkton School of Discovery 20, Tar Heel 4

  • 04/24/2015
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Clarkton School of Discovery pounded out 13 hits en route to a 20-4 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory at Tar Heel Thursday. Anna-Kate White pitched a one-hitter, slammed a double and batted a perfect 3-3 for the Lady Blue Devils. Her courtesy runner, Johanna Parker, scored 4 times. White struck out 5 and walked three. Shortstop Erica McKoy blasted an inside-the-park home run and a triple, walked twice and scored 4 runs. Adrian Howell cracked 3 hits in 3 at-bats and scored a run. Secondbaseman T. T. Gaddy walloped an inside-the-park home run, a single and scored twice. Abby Cross belted 2 hits in 2 at-bats and scored twice. …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Highlights of Clarkton School of Discovery

By: Charlotte Smith Clarkton School of Discovery is one of many great schools in Bladen County. Many have contacted us about the benefits of the school and we would like to share some of their thoughts and information. Ting Lin a current student at the school said, “Clarkton School of Discovery not only offers a great opportunity to get a quality education, it also has great sentimental value to all of its current and former students. The entire CSD staff adds a positive environment to our everyday lives. Our middle school experience is changed for the better at Clarkton. The ability to participate in the unique programs and activities they …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Thursday was a busy, interesting, fun, day…. Bladen We Care’s golf tournament was as good as it gets…Great turnout…over 50 teams….good food in the early AM and at noontime and the best golf course ever to play on…More cars than I have ever seen at the golf course…Parking lot was full and cars parked along the roadside to near Teal drive….   In fact, so much traffic the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department and NC Highway patrol gave a little extra attention to the site to hopefully avoid problems…It worked, thanks to all.   Bill Augustine provided a great golf course and Bobby Davis ran a great tournament and several local …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Highlights of Clarkton School of Discovery

By: Charlotte Smith Clarkton School of Discover is one of many great schools in Bladen County. Many have contacted us about the benefits of the school and we would like to share some of their thoughts and information. Ting Lin a current student at the school said, “Clarkton School of Discovery not only offers a great opportunity to get a quality education, it also has great sentimental value to all of its current and former students. The entire CSD staff adds a positive environment to our everyday lives. Our middle school experience is changed for the better at Clarkton. The ability to participate in the unique programs and activities they …..

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County School Board Budget Concerns

The Bladen County School Board faces a daunting task with budget concerns. Many citizens have voiced concerns about some scenarios the board offered to manage the budget. The option suggested about changes to Clarkton School of Discovery have brought objections from some community members. Valerie Newton with the Bladen County Board of Education addressed the concerns by saying, “All options are open. One of the purposes of the Board Budget Retreat was to just talk about scenarios. To begin thinking about moving in a direction of consolidating schools is not a decision that is going to be made in one meeting. You have to start somewhere. We have to make …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History, April 24

By: Robert G. Hester 1877—Last federal occupying troops withdraw from south (New Orleans)   1888—Eastman Kodak forms   1897—1st reporter, William Price (Washington Star), assigned to White House.   1908—Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Murdock become 1st to travel across US by car, they leave LA in a Packard & arrive in NYC in 32 days-5 hours-25 minutes.   1913—Skyscraper, the Woolworth Building in New York City is opened.   1917—US Congress passes the Liberty Loan Act, authorizing the Treasury to issue a public subscription for 2 billion in bonds for the war.   1923—General harbor strike begins in NYC.   1945—Delegates of 46 countries gather in San Francisco (to discuss …..

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Bladen We Care Byron Gooden Memorial Golf Tournament Held At Vineyard Golf At White Lake

The 26th Annual Bladen We Care Byron Gooden Memorial Golf Tournament was held Thursday, April 23 at Vineyard Golf At White Lake located between Elizabethtown and White Lake. Fifty-seven teams (228 players) from all areas of the southeastern United States converged on this beautiful day to participate in two tournaments (one in the a.m. and one in the p.m.). All money raised by Bladen We Care goes to needy healthcare recipients in Bladen County. An a.m. tournament started at 8:30 with 25 teams. The p.m. tournament kicked off about 2 p.m. with 32 teams. There were three flights in each tournament. The winners in the a.m. affair were: First Flight, …..

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

B&E suspect apprehended in eastern Bladen County

By: Robert G. Hester   Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker reported 28 year old James Calvin King was apprehended about three quarters of a mile from Haw Bluff Baptist Church.  He was taken into custody around 7:30 Thursday evening after an afternoon and evening search in a heavily wooded area, including swamp land.   Sheriff McVicker reported the suspect was barefoot and wearing a t-short and underwear when he was arrested without incident.   The search began shortly after 12:30 p.m. Thursday when he reportedly attempted to break into a house on NC 53 east of Kelly.  The occupant of the home apparently surprised King and shot out the tires on the …..

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Bladen County Celebrates National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention Month is a time to acknowledge the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect, and to promote the social and emotional well-being of children and families. During the month of April and throughout the year, communities are encouraged to share child abuse and neglect prevention awareness strategies and activities and promote prevention across the country. The Elizabethtown Police Department and Bladen County Department of Social Services wish to invite the public to attend their collaborative annual event to promote child safety. Kid Appreciation and Child Abuse Awareness on Saturday April, 25, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. The event …..

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Bladen County Schools April Spotlights & Recognitions

by Joy Warren Twenty‐three of Tar Heel Middle Schools Beta Club members attended the North Carolina Junior Beta Convention. Kelsey Lewis, an 8th grader at Tar Heel won 3rd place in the Watercolors event. During the convention, all members participated in various academic and artistic competitions. The following members for their participation in the state convention: Justus Belle, Conner Brisson, Candice Burden, Gabriel Cruz, Zachary Everitte, Taylor Corey, Victory Crawford, Gerardo Cristobal, Samaria Grant, Jenifer Gaytan Morales, Jose Luis Osorio, Jacob Hester, Edgardo Lara, Cheyenne Lewis, Kelsey Lewis, Jacob Lopez, Sandra Maldonado Ortiz, Dajuan McDowell, Danae McMillan, Diana Panameno, Alexis Ray, Ivany Rosales, and Mohagany Rozier. The club is sponsored …..

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Elementary Battle of the Books Competition set to take place on April 28, 2015

Charles William Eliot, an American academic who was selected as Harvard’s president in 1869, helped to transform the provisional college into the preeminent research university it is today. An avid reader and educator, one of Charles William Eliot’s most popular quotes was “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” Using this quote as a backdrop, the 2015 Bladen County Schools Elementary School Battle of the Books Competition will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in the media center of Clarkton School of Discovery. Team registration and pictures start at 8:30 am and …..

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Bladen We Care pays tribute to Dr. Phillips

Mac Campbell, Jr., Chairman of Bladen We Care, paid tribute to the life and memory of Dr. Bruce Phillips, a charter member of the organization on Thursday during the 26th annual golf tournament at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. Campbell ask Ms. Nancy Philips to join him as he announced that, after consultation with local hospital officials, Bladen We Care would purchase 4 geriatric chairs to be placed in the waiting room with proper signage that the chairs were in memory of Dr. Phillips. Dr. Phillips recently died after a lengthy illness. Ms. Phillips then presented a contribution to Bladen We Care. She said he loved Bladen We Care and …..

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USDA

USDA Reminds Farmers to Certify Conservation Compliance by June 1 Deadline Producers May Need to Take Action to Remain Eligible for Crop Insurance Premium Support

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 16, 2015 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds farmers that the 2014 Farm Bill requires producers to file a Highly Erodible Land Conservation and Wetland Conservation Certification form (AD-1026) with their local USDA service center by June 1, 2015, in order to become or remain eligible for crop insurance premium support. Most farmers already have a certification form on file since it’s required for participation in most USDA programs such as marketing assistance loans, farm storage facility loans and disaster assistance. However farmers, such as specialty crop growers who receive federal crop insurance premium support, but may not participate in other USDA programs, also must …..

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NC DOT

NCDOT Improvement for Bladen County Intersection

The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a contract to upgrade the intersection at N.C. 87 and U.S. 701 in Elizabethtown to increase safety for motorists in Bladen County. The contract is to upgrade the intersection from an intersection with a traffic light to an interchange. The intersection is located in close proximity to the State Employees Credit Union. There are around 14,000 motorists per day going through the intersection at U.S. 701 and N.C. 87. State representatives noticed the traffic volume along with other factors proved the need for safety improvements at this intersection. Work on the intersection has been moving right along. Since the construction began a couple citizens …..

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David Rouser

Rep. Rouzer Introduces Bill to Repeal EPA Rule Concerning Wood Heaters

Washington, D.C. – Today Congressman Rouzer (NC-7) introduced the Stop EPA Over-regulation of Rural Americans, which would repeal the Environmental Protection Agency’s most recent rule for new residential wood heaters. In early March, the EPA published a final rule establishing federal standards for residential wood heaters. Small manufacturers are concerned that these standards would make heaters too cost prohibitive to produce. Rural residents are worried because the costs of additional regulations are always passed down to the consumer, and many rural residents rely on wood-burning heaters to keep their energy costs low. “This is a classic example of EPA nonsense,” said Congressman Rouzer. “The federal government has no business telling …..

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NATIONAL TAKE OUR DAUGHTERS AND SONS TO WORK DAY

  • 04/23/2015
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National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day is recognized on the fourth Thursday of April each year. This annual event is an educational program in the United States and Canada where parents take their children to work with them for one day. It is the successor of Take Our Daughters to Work Day which, in 2003, was expanded to include boys. Most companies allowed both girls and boys to participate since the beginning, renaming the day “Take Our Children to Work Day.” (http://www.daughtersandsonstowork.org/wmspage.cfm?parm1=936) CELEBRATE Did you take your daughter or son to work today? Share your story on Social Media using #TakeOurChildrenToWorkDay. HISTORY Our research found that National …..

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Bladen We Care Tees Off

The 26th Annual Byron Gooden, Bladen We Care Golf Tournament is underway. 25 foursomes teed off Thursday morning at Vineyard Golf of White Lake.  Another 32 teams will tee it up Thursday afternoon. The golf tournament is one of two fundraisers for Bladen We Care.  The first for 2015 was the Gala on Friday evening, April 17 and was a huge success. 57 golf teams are the second largest field in the 26 year history of the tournament. Proceeds from both events are used to assist Bladen County residents who are “falling through the cracks in our medical care system.” Bladen We Care has no paid staff.  Volunteers provide medical grants to those in need 52 …..

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Ellis informs the Rotary Club about tax revaluations

By: Charlotte Smith Chris Ellis, Bladen County Tax Administrator, gave an informative presentation to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday. He began by a review, “Where we are now is in the revaluation process is, we have been out to the field, we have revalued all the properties through the sales approach, sent out the first wave of the revaluations in February. We have gotten appeals in from those notices and, we have just now sent out the second notices.”  We have Revaluations in Bladen County every 8 years. The last revaluation in Bladen County was done in 2007. Assessment Solutions is the company that was hired in 2007 to …..

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Bladen Community College

Bladen Community College presents “An Evening with Kathryn and Charlie”

Mezzo-soprano Kathryn Findlen and pianist Charlie Magnone will return again this year to Bladen County and will present a program of vocal and piano works from the American Songbook. Their upcoming concert will include selections from Cole Porter to Stephen Sondheim in addition to piano classics by Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms. Enthusiasts for American repertoire and collaboration with the contemporary composers behind the unique works they perform, Findlen and Magnone’s “emotionally powerful performance” (Austin American Statesmen) of Donnacha Dennehy’s, That The Night Come, was nominated for Best Symphonic Performance and awarded Best Vocal performance by the Austin Critic’s Table Awards. Performance will be held in the sanctuary of the Elizabethtown …..

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Trees into Cartons/Cartons into Trees

Elizabethtown Christian Academy would like to thank  Mr. Paul Evans with Graphic Packaging International, Inc. for the “Trees into Cartons/Cartons into Trees” program students recently enjoyed. Thanks also to Mr. Tim Clifton and Big Blue Store for donating the supplies for the tree-planting.  Share:

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Middle School Softball, Clarkton School of Discovery 20, Bladenboro 3

Clarkton School of Discovery pounded out 14 hits en route to a 20-3 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory at Bladenboro Wednesday. Shortstop Erica McKoy hammered a triple and a double, scored 4 runs and batted 4-4 to lead the Lady Blue Devil hitters. Pitcher Anna Kate White finished 3-3 at the plate and her courtesy runner, Johanna Parker, scored 3 runs. Carleigh DeVane belted 3 hits in 4 at-bats and scored a run for Clarkton. Teammates Adrian Howell, Esther Jimenez-Ward, T. T. Gaddy, and Cybil Campbell connected for one hit each. Howell and Jimenez-Ward scored 2 runs each, and Gaddy, Campbell and Abby Cross scored one run each. White …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Nice to be home from DC… A look back… The group I was with in the nation’s capitol earlier this week…visited with Congressman Rouzer and staffers from Congressman Elmers and Jones office…. Good to see former E-town Planner Bryan Martin.  He is working with Congressman Jones in DC.  He led our group through underground tunnels from the office where he works to Congressman Rouzer.  He is learning fast and seems to be settling in…. Speaking of Rouzer, Star Telephone representatives and those from Atlantic TMC of Brunswick County met with him at the same time, same issue.  He appears to be easing into his new job…As a former aide to Sen. …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 23

1597—William Shakespeare’s The Merry Wives of Windsor is first performed, with Queen Elizabeth 1 of England in attendance. 1635—Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded.   1798—President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House,NY.   1838—English steamship “Great Western” crossing Atlantic docks in NYC.   1861—Arkansas troops seize Ft.Smith.   1900—First known occurrence of word “hillbillie”  (NY Journal)   1919—Major league baseball open a reduced 140-game season.   1921—Charles Paddock runs world record 100m (10.4 secs)   1939—Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st home run.   1940—NY Yankees dedicate a plaque to Jacob Rupert.   1949—courtesy mail boxes for motorists started in San Francisco.   1954—Hammerin’ Hank Aaron hits 1st of …..

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National Paper Clover Campaign Continues Support of Bladen County 4-H Youth

National Paper Clover Campaign (Elizabethtown, NC) – April 21, 2015 – National 4-H Council has announced the launch of the spring 2015 4-H Paper Clover Campaign in partnership with Tractor Supply Company (TSC). This event marks the sixth year of collaboration between the organizations on the national in-store fundraiser, benefiting state and local 4‑H programming in each of the communities where a TSC or Del’s Farm and Feed Supply store is located.  The spring 2015 4-H Paper Clover Campaign will take place April 22 – May 3, 2015. Shoppers at the Elizabethtown Tractor Supply store will have the opportunity to support 4-H in Bladen by choosing to purchase paper clovers …..

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Workforce Opportunities Bladen County Career Fair

Maximize your companies’ recruitment efforts. Take part in the Workforce Opportunities Career Fair at Bladen Community College on Tuesday, April 28th. The event is free with tables provided. Below you will see an example of the registration form for your business.   Share:

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In a way, I pity Britt McHenry.

Now, I admit – I didn’t know her from Adam’s housecat til the other day, when her vulgar, elitist jibes at a cashier for a towing company hit the Internet.  She is – or by this time, maybe was a reporter for ESPN. I don’t watch ESPN, or any sports network. Nothing against throw-and-catch games, but if I am not in danger of being eaten in the name of a sport, or injured by something of another species, it’s not really a sport that interests me. The rare exceptions are youth league and high school baseball, when the kids still have fun, and the World Series, as a matter of …..

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FOUR COUNTY EMC OFFICIALS HONORED

Burgaw, N.C., April 22, 2015 – Two officials from Four County Electric Membership Corporation (Four County EMC) have been recognized for their years of service to the electric cooperative. S. Eugene Jordan was honored for 15 years of service, and Mitchell Keel, CEO of Four County EMC was honored for 20 years of service.   The commendable service awards were presented at the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives’ (NCAEC) annual meeting on April 15.  NCAEC is the trade association for the 26 electric cooperatives in North Carolina, including Four County EMC. The cooperatives provide reliable, safe and affordable electricity to more than 950,000 homes, farms and businesses in North Carolina. …..

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Construction ramps up at three Duke Energy solar sites in N.C.

Early construction at Duke Energy’s 65-megawatt Warsaw Solar Facility in Duplin County, N.C. (Photos courtesy of Duke Energy) CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Additional workers are arriving and construction activities are ramping up at three Duke Energy solar facilities – part of the company’s $500 million commitment to solar energy in North Carolina. The previously announced facilities in Bladen, Duplin and Wilson counties are expected to be in service by the end of the year. “It’s exciting for the town of Warsaw to be involved in a project this size that involves a rapidly growing technology like solar,” Shawn Condon, Warsaw town manager, said. “Once completed, the facility will strengthen the town’s …..

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HCA coast to baseball win

  • 04/22/2015
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HCA jumped out to an early lead on Coastal Christian High School and captured an 11-1 victory on Tuesday at Coastal Christian High School. With 11 runs in the first three innings, HCA left no doubt about the eventual outcome. An RBI double by Michael Smith, a two-run single by Nathan Casteen, a groundout by Davis Jones, an error, and a two-run double by Spencer Cooke during the first inning and an RBI single by Chance Bryant in the second inning fueled HCA’s offense early.HCA scored seven runs in the first inning to build an early lead. Smith had an impressive outing against Coastal Christian High School’s lineup. Coastal Christian High School managed just one hit off …..

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FOUR COUNTY EMC EARNS SAFETY ACCREDITATION

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Burgaw, N.C., April 22, 2015 – Four County Electric Membership Corporation,  has received national recognition for its compliance with a comprehensive safety program called the Rural Electric Safety Accreditation Program (RESAP).             RESAP is one of the few programs in the country that provides electric cooperatives a management tool for continuous safety and loss control assessment. The certificate, fifteenth to be awarded to the cooperative, was recently presented to Mitchell Keel, CEO of Four County EMC, at the annual meeting of the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives (NCAEC) in Raleigh.              Four County EMC is a member-owned electric cooperative serving more than 32,000 members in Bladen, Columbus, Duplin, Onslow, …..

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