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Communicating Effectively For Your Benefit

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Good communication is about more than just promptly taking a customer’s phone call or directing them to a helpful website. It includes providing useful information in a clear and easy-to-understand way, in writing, on the web, and over the phone. June is National Effective Communications Month, but at Social Security, we’re at the forefront of clear, concise communications all the time. Our efforts to better serve and clearly communicate with the American public are paying off, and people like you are reaping the benefits. We’re proud of our consistently high ratings in customer satisfaction and usability. In the most …..

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How do I become eligible for Medicare due to disability?

The services of SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Program of the North Carolina Department of Insurance, are not only for people aged 65 and older. SHIIP also provides free counseling about Medicare to people on Medicare due to a disability. Before you can receive Medicare due to a disability, you must apply, be approved and have received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) for a period of time. In most situations before an individual can receive SSDI, a date of onset must be established. In addition, a five-month waiting period must be served before a person is entitled to Social Security disability cash payments. Once you have been entitled to disability …..

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SHIIP Announces Statewide Award Winners

                    Brunswick County: Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin presents the SHIIP Statewide County of the Year Award to SHIIP Coordinators René Tarquinio and Jennifer Sherman, who accepted the award on behalf of Brunswick County.                       Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin presents the SHIIP Mickey Hanula Volunteer of the Year Award to Larry Bradbury of Wake County.                       Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and SHIIP Director Van Braxton present Carla Obiol with the Jim Long Outstanding SHIIP Service Award.   RALEIGH— Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin …..

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From Our Inbox about Gibson Cancer Center Fire

Dear Editor:   So many times, we think of all the bad things happening around us. It clouds our ability to see wonderful things are happening, even during tragedies. On Saturday morning, June 27, 2015, I witnessed a group of dedicated people working together to save as much of Gibson Cancer Center as possible. Many thanks to the Lumberton Fire Department and those volunteer departments that served as back up support. Our loss would have been much greater had this group of individuals not been responsive, collaborative and professional. I heard one person comment on how the “team was so organized, everyone knew his role and carried it out well.” …..

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We Are Paying Them What?

Bladen County Systems Administrator 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 Systems Administrator. Bladen County—$41,291. Population 35,000 Brunswick County—$53,164. Population 115,301 Columbus County—$38,766. Population 58,068 Duplin County— $36,437. Population 60,329 Sampson County—N/A. Population 63,649 Share this article using the shortlink: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=18004 Share:

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Bladen We Care sponsors successful fund-raisers

Bladen We Care’s 26th annual fund-raisers were very successful according to President, Mac Campbell, Jr. Campbell reported recently that the Annual Gala and Golf tournament will provide the funds for grants to, Bladen County residents, who are experiencing difficult times due to medical expenses. Bladen We Care also assists other organizations that provide assistance to area residents, including Bladen Crisis Center and Bladen Baptist Association. Bladen We Care grants are, for the most part, provided for short term relief for local residents with special, mostly, one time needs. Bladen County residents are primarily referred by Medical Professionals, Human Services, and the Bladen County school system. The requests are reviewed by …..

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County of Bladen, Charles Ray Peterson, Chairman Bladen County Board of Commissioners

The July 4th holiday is upon us!! The County of Bladen would like to remind citizens and visitors that fireworks are strictly regulated and dangerous – so stay safe and obey the law! Please use caution when using legal fireworks. Most fireworks are illegal to use, sell, and possess in North Carolina. There are a few exceptions provided in NC General Statute 14-414. Examples of legal fireworks are toy cap pistols, snake/glow worms, smoke devices, trick noisemakers, party poppers, string poppers, snap pops, and sparklers. Any firework that explodes or leaves the ground is ILLEGAL. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Bladen County Fire Marshal’s Office, and local Police Departments will …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Ever feel like the world is caving in? So much turmoil in the world….Isis killing innocent people…..policy makers that are doing much my simple brain cannot comprehend….tornadoes… sharks ….Our political leaders, or wanna be political leaders making statements they think the average voter wants to hear so they can be elected or re-elected…. There are still many good folks using their time on earth to better it…Just need to step back and “clear my head.” One more….Why would anyone go on TV and share their ‘dark side’ with the world…perfect example…Just about any day with Dr. Phil…. Remember the family of the young Bladenboro girl who has disappeared from home, in your …..

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District 9 Minors Tournament, Elizabethtown 7, West Robeson American 4

A five-run, fourth-inning rally overcame a 2-0 West Robeson American lead and propelled Elizabethtown to a 7-4 victory Monday night that put the winners into the championship game of the Dixie Youth Baseball District 9 Minors Tournament at Red Springs. Elizabethtown is the only remaining unbeaten team in the double-elimination tournament and will play once-beaten West Robeson National in Tuesday’s 7 p.m. championship game. West Robeson American led 2-0 entering the home half of the fourth, but Jake Futrell beat out an infield hit, and Coleman Tatum walked. Evan Pait’s fielder’s choice left runners at first and second. Garrison Tatum reached on an error that loaded the bases. Tyrone Mathis’ …..

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Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball, West Bladen 10, North Brunswick 0

Jarrett Williams and Trey Storms combined on a 3-hit shutout Monday night as West Bladen blanked visiting North Brunswick 10-0 in the opening round of the Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball post-season tournament. Coach Kim Cain’s Knights improve to 11-5 and will travel to South Columbus Tuesday for a 7 p.m. semi-final game. East Columbus will play North Myrtle Beach, SC in the other semi-final. Williams pitched 5 innings to pick up Monday’s win, allowing 2 hits and 6 walks, while striking out three. Storms gave up a hit, a walk and hit a batter in his scoreless inning of work. Chandler Lennon ripped a second-inning double and raced home when Weston …..

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This Day in History – June 30

1834—Congress creates Indian Territory (now Oklahoma) 1859—Charles Blondin is 1st to cross Niagara Falls on a tightrope. 1896—W.S. Hardaway patents electric stove. 1898—Winton Motor Carriage Company publishes the first known automobile ad in Scientific American using the headline “dispense of a horse” 1906—John Hope becomes 1st black president of Morehouse College. 1914—Mahatma Gandhi’s 1st arrest after campaigning for Indian rights in South Africa. 1929—33rd US Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 294 at Winged Foot CC, NY. 1933—Card’s Dizzy Dean strikes out 17 Cubs to win 8-2. 1936—40 hour work week law approved for US federal employees. 1940—US Fish & Wildlife Service forms. 1948—Transistor as a substitute for valves announced …..

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iPhone iPad Tips

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By: Gordon Kinlaw (910)862-6292 iOS 8.4 Update I plan to wait a while to update to iOS 8.4. 8.4 provides a fix to a serious hack problem where usernames and passwords can be stolen. Unfortunately it creates a bug in the Gmail that I use. There will likely be another quick update so I’ll wait. If you don’t use Gmail, go ahead and do the update. As a reminder, the main purpose of 8.4 is to provide for the new Apple music. As always, back up your iPhone to your computer before you update. You must press the “backup” button. Sync’ing is not backing up. If your iPhone has a …..

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Important Recall for Dodge and Chrysler vehicles

FCA US LLC, formerly the Chrysler Group LLC has sent out an important safety recall. FCA said, “The driver airbag inflator housing in the vehicle may rupture, due to excessive internal pressure, during normal airbag deployment events. This condition is more likely to occur if your vehicle has been exposed to high levels of absolute humidity for extended periods of time. An inflator rupture, during airbag deployment events, could result in metal fragments striking and potentially seriously injuring the vehicle occupants.” According to FCA US LLC the following vehicles are at risk for the malfunction and are under the recall: 2004 through 2009 model year Dodge RAM 1500/2500/3500 Pickups, 2004 …..

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Bladenboro Police Department Issue Amber Alert

The Bladenboro Police Department has issued an Amber Alert for  15 year old Iyana Shabre Ross, black female. She is 5 feet 3 inches tall, 130 pounds. She was last seen wearing blue jean shorts and a purple tank top. She is considered to be an “in danger” juvenile. She was last seen on foot, location unknown. Chief Hunt from the Bladenboro Police Department wants to encourage all community members to join together to help find this missing girl before another tragedy happens. Hunt said, “We need to unite and find this young Bladenboro citizen.” If you have any information contact the Communication Center at 910-862-8141 or 910-862-8142 or contact Chief …..

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Southeastern Carolina Crossroads Officially Opens

A huge asset to Southeastern North Carolina, the former, Camp E-Tik-Etu, is now Southeastern Carolina Crossroads. The non-profit group held their Open House yesterday, Sunday, June 28th at their location on Susie Sandhill Road. The vision of a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Bladen County started to form about 10 years ago according to Bruce Cannon, Director of Missions for the Bladen Baptist Association. Now, that vision is a reality because some determined community members did not give up. Cannon spoke Sunday at the open house about the various turns and twists they have seen over the numerous years trying to bring this desperately needed mission project to Bladen …..

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Desmond Bryant returns to East Bladen July 11

Desmond Bryant, an East Bladen graduate, and veteran NFL defensive lineman will conduct a free Football Camp at East Bladen on Saturday, July 11. Registration for youngsters ages 6 to 18 will begin at 8 a.m. with the camp to follow. For additional information contact East Bladen Eagle football coach Robby Priest at 645-2500. For Bryant, it is his annual visit to the school for the free camp. He is a Harvard grad, a former 2009 free agent who signed with and played for the Oakland Raiders 4 years, before signing a $30+ million contract with the Cleveland Browns. The 29 year old lineman will be paid $7M for the …..

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District 9 Minors Tournament, Elizabethtown 20, West Robeson National 3

Elizabethtown pounded out 13 hits and piled up 20 runs en route to a 20-3 victory over West Robeson National Sunday night in the District 9 Minors Tournament at Red Springs. With the victory Elizabethtown is the only unbeaten team remaining in the tournament and will play once-beaten West Robeson American Monday night at 8 p.m. in the semi-finals. Elijah Bullard and Jackson Wright combined on a 4-inning, one-hitter for Elizabethtown. Bullard pitched the first three innings and struck out seven to pick up the win, while allowing one hit, one walk and one run. Wright struck out two in his one inning of work. The winners scored 9 runs …..

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District 9 Minors Tournament, Elizabethtown 9, Lumberton National 5

Tyrone Mathis slugged a 3-run home run to highlight a 5-run fifth inning that propelled Elizabethtown to a 9-5 victory over Lumberton National in the District 9 Minors Tournament at Red Springs. Lumberton National grabbed an early 1-0 lead and had another rally ended by Elizabethtown shortstop Evan Pait who made a leaping over-the-shoulder catch in short left-centerfield then fired a strike to first-baseman Walker Ward to double a National runner off first and end the third inning. Elizabethtown broke through with four runs in the fourth inning, but the Nationals rallied with 2 runs in the top of the fifth. Pait came on in relief to pitch out of …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Oh what a beautiful morning…… Did you see an interview with David Sweat’s mother?  Sweat is the prisoner who was recaptured Sunday in New York.. He was in prison for murder.  His mother described his unruly behavior at the age of 9 years old…and how it continued into adulthood. Cancer patients that depend on Gibson Cancer Center in Lumberton for treatment apparently will be taken care of, as of this morning, following a weekend fire that caused extensive damage.  May want to call ahead….From our reports, much work was done following the fire, to assure patients would receive their treatments beginning this morning…. Must be an emotional time for the …..

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This Day in History – June 29

1776—Virginia state constitution adopted & Patrick Henry made governor. 1863—George Armstrong Custer, aged 23, appointed Union Brigadier General. 1891—US National Forest Service organized. 1899—Brazo River in Texas floods 12 miles wide causing $10 million damage. 1906—US Congress pass the Hepburn Act, permitting the regulation of rates charged by railroads, pipelines, and terminals engaged in interstate commerce. 1916—Boeing aircraft flies for 1st time. 1927—1st flight from West Coast arrives in Hawaii. 1929—1st high-speed jet wind tunnel completed Langley Field, California. 1934—69th British Golf Open: Henry Cotton shoots a 283 at Royal St. George’s Golf Club. 1941—DiMaggio extends hitting streak to 42 breaking Sisler’s record. 1949—US troops withdraw from Korea after WW II. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Hopefully the oppressive heat has moved on, at least for a couple of days…Highs in the upper 80s today and Monday and lows tonight in the 60s. The rain came and hopefully it was a crop-savor…We will see….Rainfall amounts vary greatly in the area…At the Hester household, (less than 3 miles southeast of Elizabethtown, as the crow flies) we had about 2 3/4 inches over the past 48 hours.  Could use more. Southeastern Carolina Crossroads Open House is set for this afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m.  Remarks by Rev. Bruce Cannon, David Chesnutt (Camp Director) and Rep. William Brisson.  All are welcome and the location is 1086 Susie Sandhill Road, Elizabethtown.  Some have …..

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This Day in History – June 28

1770—Quakers open a school for blacks in Philadelphia. 1820—Tomato is proven non-poisonous. 1846—Saxophone is patented by Antoine Joseph Sax. 1892—Labor Day established as a holiday for federal employees. 1902—US buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million. 1935—FDR orders a federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky. 1939—Pan AM opens southern route transatlantic air service (Dixie Clipper) 1942—Dumont TV network begins (WABD NY) 1950—North Korean forces capture Seoul, South Korea in opening phase of the Korean War. 1951—“Amos ‘n Andy” premieres on CBS TV. 1965—1st US ground combat forces in Vietnam authorized by President Lyndon B. Johnson. 1971—US Supreme Court (8-0) overturns draft evasion …..

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Update on New Minuteman Food Mart & Arby’s in Elizabethtown

  Have you been wondering when we will get that new Arby’s that has been in the news? BladenOnline spoke with Jennifer Leggett, Director of Marketing & Food Services for Minuteman Food Mart and we have an update for you. According to Jennifer, DeVane Builders of Elizabethtown will be doing the construction and their goal is to have the building process completed before year’s end. Not only will there be an Arby’s restaurant, but Minuteman Food Mart will be adding two additional gasoline pumps, and Non Ethanol gasoline. Jennifer said, “We hope to provide 20-30 new jobs.  Arby’s will have management positions available, and anyone with foods service management experience is welcome …..

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Fire at SeHealth’s Gibson Cancer Center this morning

At approximately 7:15 am this morning, officials with Southeastern Health were notified of a fire at the organization’s affiliate, Gibson Cancer Center (GCC), which is located at 1200 Pine Run Drive in Lumberton. No one was in the facility at the time and no one was injured. According to Lumberton Fire Department Chief Paul Ivey, the cause of the fire is undetermined at this time. It is believed that damage from the fire is contained to GCC’s radiation oncology wing, which was an addition to the facility which opened in July 2014. The entire facility has experienced smoke and water damage and will close indefinitely. Patients who are currently receiving …..

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Don’t forget to attend Southeastern Carolina Crossroads Official Opening

The official opening of Southeastern Carolina Crossroads will be celebrated this Sunday, June 28th, from 2 pm until 4 pm with an Open House to show off all the Lord has given to help those with addiction problems. The entire campus will be open and guests will be able to tour the facility. Bruce Cannon, Director of Missions with the Baptist Association said, “A brief ceremony will be held just after 2 pm with Rep. William Brisson, who was instrumental in us getting the facility, speaking along with David Chestnutt, Executive Director and myself. Light refreshments will be served to those who attend.” Carolina Crossroads provides, “Help and Hope Over …..

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New Businesses in Bladenboro

New services and businesses are what helps a community grow. There are three businesses now open in Bladenboro on Martin Luther King Jr.  Drive / Hwy 211. The businesses offer an array of different products and services, but all three should be popular for consumer needs and wants. Coffee & Cream at 114 MLK Dr. is open Wednesday through Saturday 2 pm until 9 pm offering ice cream, coffee and more. Mount Of Olives is a new Christian book store located on the same road at 112. They have books, t-shirts, and basically anything you may need from a Christian book store. They are open Monday through Saturday 9:30 am until 5:30 pm except …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

We received rain last night…much needed rain.  At the Curtis Brown Airport in Elizabethtown, rainfall totaled about 1.33 inches.  2 or 3 miles west of the airport, abut 1.25 inches.  The rainfall was spread over about a three hour time period from about 11:30 p.m. to around 2 a.m.  We needed every drop and more…..and more is in the forecast.  Looking ahead, the forecast calls for a 70 to 80 percent chance of rain from 2 p.m. today to just after midnight.  Winds are expected to be in the range of 6 to 11 MPH with gusts up to 17 MPH.  Today’s high temp expected to be about 89 degrees. No doubt rainfall amounts …..

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District 9 Minors Tournament, Elizabethtown 9, West Robeson American 3

Evan Pait pitched four strong innings of relief as Elizabethtown opened the District 9 Minors Tournament in Red Springs with a 9-3 victory over West Robeson American. Tyrone Mathis started and pitched the first two innings for Elizabethtown, and Pait took over on the hill in the third inning and finished up. Pait and Coleman Tatum led the winners at the plate with 2 hits each and both of them scored 2 runs each. Teammates Garrison Tatum and Walker Ward connected for one hit each. Garrison Tatum scored 3 runs for Elizabethtown, and Jake Futrell and Jackson Wright scored one run each for the winners. Coach Clarence “Smiley” Butler’s Elizabethtown  …..

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This Day in History – June 27

1778—Liberty Bell came home to Philadelphia after the British departure. 1847—New York & Boston linked by telegraph wires. 1867—Bank of California opens doors. 1893—Great stock crash on NY stock exchange. 1917—1st baseball player (Hank Gowdy) to enter WW I military service. 1929—1st color TV demo (NYC) 1934—Federal Savings & Loan Association created. 1939—Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 2-2, in 23 innings. 1950—North Koreans troops reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict. 1955—1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted (Illinois) 1959—“West Side Story” closes at Winter Garden Theater in NYC after 734 performances. 1962—Ross Perot begins Electronic Data Systems. 1964—Jan & …..

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Meet Clara Johnson

Clara is a native of Bladen County and a Registered Nurse who works in the OBCM-Obstetrics Case Management program at Bladen County Health Department. OBCM is a program for Medicaid-Eligible pregnant women who are identified through a Pregnancy Risk Screening done by their Medical provider. OBCM helps ensure that at risk maternity clients are receiving essential services, following up with medical appointments, and receiving needed support to help achieve a safe and healthy delivery. Clients include pregnant women who have a history of problem pregnancies or socio-economic factors which could affect pregnancy outcomes. For more information or if you would like to comment, Call: Bladen County Health Department at 910-862-6900. …..

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Car consumed by fire, but all are safe

By: Charlotte Smith Two women and two children escaped a 2004 Buick LeSabre before it caught fire. Pam Davis, from Carvers Creek, was the first one on the scene. According to Pam the car was smoking when she pulled up and the four people were standing on the side of the road. She said, “As a matter a fact I missed my turn and saw the people out by the road.”Pam allowed the two ladies and two children that were in the car to sit in her Jeep as they watched the car become engulfed in flames. By the time the fire fighters arrived the car was completely consumed in …..

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NCDOT Update

By: Ken Clark NC 87 at Hammonds Creek Right now and continuing through the next two week period, the only (planned) road closure in the county is on NC 87 at the Hammonds Creek Bridge. Thursday, a separate truck detour was implemented in order to try to get the trucks off of the narrow lanes of Airport Road. Based upon the number of trucks I have seen in Clarkton, it would appear the most are detouring. Work will begin on Monday, June 29th, in the Town of Bladenboro on the north bound lane only for North Main Street (NC Highway 410/131) between NC Highway 211 Business and NC Highway 211 Bypass. …..

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Filing for Municipal Elections begins July 6

The 2015 filing season for municipal elections begins on Monday, July 6 and closes on Friday, July 17. The date for local elections is Tuesday, November 3, 2015. The following offices and current office holders: Elizabethtown, Mayor: Sylvia Campbell Council Members: Ricky Leinwand John Darrell Page, Jr. (unexpired term) Dickie Glenn Bladenboro Town Commissioner: Everett Butler Terry W. Nance Sarah Jane Benson Patricia P. Callihan (unexpired term) Clarkton Mayor Arthur E. Whedbee Town Commissioner Lawrence McDougald Dublin Mayor Horace Wyatt Town Commissioner David Hursey III David Kirby Town of East Arcadia Mayor William Perry Blanks Town Commissioner Carlee Carter Rhonda B. Hall Horace Munn Pamela Graham (unexpired term) Town of …..

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Hospice raffle meets first raffle goal

Lower Cape Fear Hospice recently met a goal to sell 750 tickets for its Last Chance for White Pants Gala raffle. That was the minimum number that had to be sold for the raffle of a 2015 A5 Audi Cabriolet convertible to take place. “Based on the support we received from the community and since it’s a fabulous prize, we were pretty certain we would be able to sell the required number of tickets to ensure the raffle took place,” Lindsey Champion, LFCH development manager, said. “However, it is great knowing we met our first goal. We can’t possibly thank Audi Cape Fear enough for donating such an awesome prize.” …..

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Choose MyPlate…at Picnics, For Better Living

By: Sandra R. Cain MyPlate is the USDA guide to healthy meals. You can use it to help plan your meals quickly. MyPlate is perfect for helping plan picnics. Many picnic plates are already divided into sections! Plan Picnics can be easy to plan. They are popular with people of all ages, especially during the warm weather months. Choose a limited number of foods (no more than four or five items) that can all be served at the same time. Make the meal fun with a simple theme like red, white and blue foods for the Fourth of July. Try an all kabob meal on small skewers. Plan picnics for …..

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Rotary hears about the Benefits on Jones Lake State Park

By: Elizabethtown Rotary Club Elizabethtown – Just in time for summer time fun, folks are reminded about the benefits and amenities at Jones Lake State Park. This past Wednesday, Shane Freeman, Park Superintendent of Jones Lake State Park gave a presentation about all the numerous uses for Jones Lake to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club. Freeman started with a brief overview of the State Park. He said, “Jones Lake State Park consists of 2,208 acres with 1,669 of land acres and 224 acres of Jones Lake, and 315 acres of Salter’s Lake.” According to Freeman, there are eight permanent staff members, one superintendent, three Park Rangers, three Maintenance Staff members and …..

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How’s the weather, Farmer John?

By: Cheryl Thurston People are the only ones talking about the weather, but we are not the only ones suffering through it. The bitter chill of winter has passed into the heat of summer, and what a heated summer we are having. These abnormally high temperatures that are causing so much human discomfort are affecting farm animals all over Bladen County, as well, so BladenOnline conducted a survey of local farmers to build a consensus concerning the effect of the weather on the animals and crops in our food chain. If it’s animal or vegetable, we eat it. Over the past few months BladenOnline has brought you articles relating to …..

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$5000 Rattlesnake Rumble at Dublin Motor Speedway

The Ultimate Super Late Model Series travels to Dublin Motor Speedway, on Saturday June 27, 2015 for the Rattlesnake Rumble, paying $5,000 to the winner. The speedway is known for its fast speeds along with some of the best racing around. Dublin Motor Speedway is a 4/10 mile semi banked dirt oval located in Dublin, North Carolina just off Highway 87 at 1364 Rice Pond Road, Elizabethtown. Richard Bailey, Track Manager, said of Saturday night’s coming race, “The thing that makes the Ultimate Super Late Model Series so special is that these are First Class cars, they are so much faster, and this race features a total purse of more …..

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Does your vote count in North Carolina?

By: Cheryl Thurston Members of the United States House of Representatives, the North Carolina Senate and the North Carolina House of Representatives are elected by district. The North Carolina General Assembly is required to redraw these districts following each census, because of changes in the population and the need to maintain equal representation. The most recent census was carried out in 2010, so districts were redrawn in 2011. Since this latest redrawing of the districts, the courts have been steadily viewing and reviewing the lines that were drawn, and the lawsuits that have come about because of the gerrymandering of districts. One case in particular, was appealed to the US …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

For many, they never knew a time when there was no air conditioning, however, for many senior citizens and actually some of the younger folk….they remember…an unpleasant memory… Rain is needed….Last night there was golf ball size hail in Person County…(Roxboro area) along the Virginia line…and serious lightning in Orange and Durham counties….We will receive rain…sometime… Thoughts on the Supreme  Court ruling related to the Affordable Care Act? Hope you remembered the White Lake feature on UNC-TV last night.  Robert Kinlaw, a UNC student from White Lake was the producer…Very well done…..Michael Futch had a nice article on Kinlaw in a recent edition of the Fayetteville Observer. Three Duke players were …..

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This Day in History – June 26

1721—Dr. Zabdiel Boylston gives 1st smallpox inoculations in America. 1870—1st section of Atlantic City (NJ) Boardwalk opens. 1896—1st movie theater in US opens, charging 10 cents for admission. 1900—Dr. Walter Reed begins research that beats Yellow Fever. 1916—Cleveland Indians experiment with #s on their jerseys (one game) 1919—NY Daily News begins publishing. 1924—Ziegfeld Follies opens on Broadway. 1936—1st flight of Fw61 helicopter. 1946—Fred Allen’s last radio show, his guest is Jack Benny. 1958—Vanguard SLV-2 launched for Earth orbit (failed) 1964—Beatles release “A Hard Day’s Night” album. 1975—US Supreme Court rules unanimously in “O’Conner v. Donaldson” that non-dangerous people can’t be confined to psychiatric facilities  without adequate treatment if able to …..

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Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball West Bladen Sweeps Loris, SC

West Bladen swept both ends of a Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball double-header from Loris, SC Thursday night by scores of 6-2 and 13-4. Seth Britt slammed a double to start the Knight first inning. Britt advanced on an infield out and raced home on Scott Bowen’s sacrifice fly. Chandler Lennon blasted a double, and Ray Jones knocked in Trey Storms, Lennon’s courtesy runner, with a single. The Knights stretched their lead to 5-0 with 3 runs in the second. Caleb Sholar hammered a triple to left-centerfield, and after Ian Sykes walked, Britt’s fielder’s choice plated Sholar. An error on the play allowed Britt to reach base, and Sykes dashed home on …..

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Elizabethtown Express 11U World Series Champs

The triple digit heat didn’t keep the Elizabethtown Express 11U from playing the game they love this past Saturday, Sunday and Monday, June 20th through June 22nd in Rocky Mount, NC. After playing seven games in the exhausting weather the guys brought home the trophies by winning the 11U Summer World Series 2015. Pictured top row: Billy Piland, Kendal Kelly (head coach), Bruce Smith Middle row: Malcolm Bolden, Ayden Piland, Kory Smith, KJ Brown, Makhi Cromartie, Raymond Autry Bottom row: Chase Starkloff, Hinson Haynes, Tyler Hill, Ethan Hilbourn Share on social media using short code: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=17627 Share:

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Thundering Herd Results From Vineyard Golf At White Lake

Six teams participated in the June 25 Thundering Herd weekly golf tournament at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. There was a tie with two teams shooting 7-under par. A scorecard playoff was held and first place went to the team of Alex Keith, Jim Hancock, Ricky Wright and Ellen Gause. Taking second place was Lee Todd, David Faircloth, Rian Collins and Lennon Fisher. The Thundering Herd is held every Thursday at 6 p.m. The cost to participate is $18 for members and $20 for guests. If you would like to play in this Captain’s Choice event please call Pam or Johnny at the pro shop (247-6132) no later than 5:45 …..

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McDuffie Pest Control offers 5 tips to stop the spread of mosquito-borne illnesses

By: McDuffie Pest Control Elizabethtown, NC – With the arrival of summer comes the resurgence of one of America’s most annoying and most dangerous pests—the mosquito. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), there were 2,205 U.S. cases of West Nile virus in 2014, 97 of which were fatal. In honor of National Mosquito Control Awareness Week, taking place this June 21 – 27, 2015, McDuffie Pest Control and the National Pest Management Association urges Americans to be vigilant against threats posed by mosquitoes. “Summer has officially arrived, and Bladen County is seeing high levels of mosquito activity, and West Nile virus is already showing up in some tested …..

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Sunset Slush now offered in Bladen County

These dog days of summer make for the perfect time to have a cup full of Sunset Slush Classic Italian Ice. Now, thanks to two Clarkton School of Discovery teachers finding a summer business Bladen County residents don’t have to drive to the beach to enjoy Sunset Slush Ice. This is the second week in business for partners, Jennifer Marlowe and Allison Kirby, who now have an Independent Ownership in the Sunset Slush business. Their cart full of refreshing slush is set up seven days a week at Camp Clear Water at White Lake. “We decided to do it and we needed some people we could trust to help us,” …..

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District 2 Coach-Pitch Tournament, Whiteville 12, Bladen County 3

Whiteville rallied for 7 runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and went on to defeat Bladen County 12-3 Wednesday night in the championship game of the District 2 Coach-Pitch Tournament at Tabor City. Bladen County had carried a 3-1 lead into the fourth inning. “We played really well and had the lead until the bottom of the fourth,” said Bladen Coach Joseph Russ. “Whiteville hit some balls deep to the outfield in that inning.” Jonah Bryan cracked a lead-off single in the Bladen first inning, but was forced out on Aiden Russ’ fielder’s choice. Conner Monroe blasted a double that scored Russ, and Monroe scored later in the …..

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This Day in History – June 25

1672—1st recorded monthly Quaker meeting in US held, Sandwich, Mass. 1798—US passes Allen Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens. 1835—1st building constructed at Yerba Buena (Now San Francisco) 1867—1st barbed wire patented by Lucien B. Smith of Ohio. 1868—US President Andrew Johnson passes a law that government workers would work 8 hour day. 1910—Mann Act passed (no women across state lines for immoral purposes) 1926—61st British Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 291 at Royal Lytham. 1929—President Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam). 1938—“A Tisket A Tasket” by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb hits #1,” 1941—FDR issues Executive Order 8802 forbidding discrimination. 1948—Harry Truman signs Displaced Persons …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Our high reached 97 degrees yesterday and that tied a 2010 record.  No Heat Advisory today…for the first time in 10 days to 2 weeks, maybe longer….Our high temp is expected to be 91 degrees today, 98 Friday, 91 Saturday and 86 degrees on Sunday and Monday.  We have a 40 to 60 percent chance of rain today through Sunday…..and we really could use some rain. We all tend to live in our own little world….For the past couple of weeks, I have ‘anchored down’ at home, and remembered the days when that was not an option.  Some prefer hot weather, some cooler weather…..I like spring and fall…. Bladen commissioners meet at 1 p.m. …..

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District 9 Coach-Pitch Tournament

Fairmont 12, Elizabethtown 4 Fairmont exploded for 7 runs in the top of the sixth inning to claim a 12-4 victory over Elizabethtown in the semi-finals of the District 9 Coach-Pitch Tournament at Fairmont Monday night. Elizabethtown had scored 3 runs in the fourth inning and one more in the fifth to trim a 5-0 Fairmont lead to 5-4. Elizabethtown had the bases-loaded in the fourth and fifth innings when double plays ended both innings. Tyler Lewis belted 3 hits to lead the Elizabethtown hitters. Teammates Connor Smith, Nolan Tatum and Colton Daly connected for 2 hits each. Ryan Dove, Zach Sholar, Gabe Cashwell and Tony Todd added one hit …..

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Campbell present check to Bladen Baptist

Mac Campbell, Jr., President of Bladen We Care recently presented a check to Rev. Bruce Cannon, Director of Missions with the Baptist Association and David Chestnutt, Executive Director of Southeastern Carolina Crossroads to support their efforts in Bladen County. Pictured Left to Right: Rev. Bruce Cannon, David Chestnutt, Mac Campbell, Jr. Share on social media using short code: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=17546 Share:

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District 9 Coach-Pitch Supplemental Tournament, West Robeson 29, Elizabethtown 9

West Robeson scored 15 runs in the top of the last inning to defeat Elizabethtown in the championship game of the District 9 Coach-Pitch Supplemental Tournament in Fairmont. Both teams finished the tournament with one loss each. Elizabethtown had defeated West Robeson 14-10 in the round robin phase of the tournament. In Tuesday’s game Elizabethtown scored 3 runs in the second inning. Peyton Tatum hammered a double, and Jake Gooden knocked in Tatum with a single. Easton Bostic drove in Gooden with a single, and Brodie Bryant cracked a single that scored Bostic. Laila Smith led off the Elizabethtown third inning with a single and raced home when Lucas Johnson …..

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The Little Kid Next Door

By: Jefferson Weaver Some friends of mine had a special treasure to show off the other day. Their new baby, tiny as he is, was a huge source of concern and prayer in our community for months. Right now he is a typical newborn, without much personality that can be seen by anyone outside the family, but with an incredible appetite and the potential to be…anything. He could be a great humanitarian. An heroic soldier. A leader who brings warring neighbors or even nations together. An honorable, hardworking father like his own. His parents and grandparents are proud of the dark-haired little feller, and with good reason. There is nothing …..

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District 9 Coach-Pitch Supplemental Tournament Elizabethtown 14, West Robeson 10

Elizabethtown outlasted West Robeson 14-10 Sunday night to finish the round-robin portion of the District 9 Coach-Pitch Supplemental Tournament with a perfect 2-0 record and advance to Tuesday’s Championship Game. Allister Russ started Elizabethtown’s 5-run first inning with a single, and Torrean Cogdell ripped a one-out double. Jake Gooden knocked in Russ and Cogdell with a double. Mason Smith slugged a double to drive in Gooden, and Peyton Tatum laced a single that scored Smith. Collin King cracked a single, and Easton Bostic’s grounder brought home Tatum. Smith and Tatum ignited a 4-run Elizabethtown fourth inning with singles. King’s fielder’s choice forced out Smith, but Bostic belted a single to …..

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Show your support and tune in to White Lake Remembering the Nation’s Safest Beach by Robert Kinlaw

A Bladen County resident’s documentary about White Lake will debut on UNC-TV tomorrow, Thursday, June 25th at 10:15 pm and now we have to opportunity to show our support. The film is ‘White Lake – Remembering the Nation’s Safest Beach’, by Robert Kinlaw, who is Bladen County born and raised and a current student at UNC Chapel Hill. “This has been a challenging process, but I am so excited that the documentary has been received so well,” Kinlaw said. “My community has been so supportive.” Kinlaw filmed in high-definition and produced the historic movie when he was only 18 years old. The documentary travels through decades of history with local …..

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FIND SECURITY WITH A SOLID RETIREMENT PLAN

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Achieving financial independence is key to enjoying a satisfying retirement. Social Security has many tools to help you plan for your future. Prepare for a secure, comfortable retirement by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Once there, open a secure my Social Security account and assess your financial needs. You’ll get immediate access to your personal Social Security Statement, your earnings record, and an estimate of your retirement benefits at age 62, at your full retirement age, and at age 70. You can also ensure your earnings are correct, since your future benefits are based on your earnings record. Choosing when to retire …..

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Elizabethtown Receives District 9 Sportsmanship Trophy

The Elizabethtown All-Stars were awarded the District 9 Coach-Pitch Tournament Sportsmanship Trophy Tuesday night as the District 9 Tournament concluded in Fairmont. Elizabethtown reached the tournament semi-finals, before being eliminated by Fairmont Monday night. Members of Coach Rusty Hill’s Elizabethtown All-Stars are: Tyler Lewis, Connor Smith, Chase Butler, Zach Sholar, Colton Daly, Gabe Cashwell, Nolan Tatum, Ryan Dove, Davion Lewis, Marcus Williams, Tony Todd, and Iveonna “Nene” Ward. Assistant Coaches are Justin Lewis, David Smith and David Wall, Jr. Share this article using the shortlink: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=17477 Share:

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District 2 Coach-Pitch Tournament, Bladen County 10, Columbus County 9

Bladen County survived a last-inning Columbus County rally to claim a 10-9 victory Tuesday night in the District 2 Coach-Pitch Tournament at Tabor City that secured a berth in the North Carolina State Coach-Pitch Tournament for the winners. Coach Joseph Russ’ Bladen County squad advances to the District 2 Championship Game Wednesday at 7 p.m. against unbeaten Whiteville, but Whiteville Dixie Youth Baseball does not allow their Coach-Pitch teams to play in the State tourney, so Bladen County will receive the district’s state berth. Bladen County took a 10-5 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning, but Columbus rallied for 4 runs. Jonah Bryan caught a fly ball in …..

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District 9 Coach-Pitch Supplemental Tournament, Elizabethtown 15, Fairmont 10

Elizabethtown pounded out 22 hits and outslugged Fairmont 15-10 in their opening game of the District 9 Coach-Pitch Tournament at Fairmont. Allister Russ led off the Elizabethtown first inning with a single, but was forced at second on Lucas Johnson’s fielder’s choice. Torrean Cogdell blasted a triple that scored Johnson. Jake Gooden drove in Cogdell with a single, and Mason Smith followed with a single. Peyton Tatum slammed a double that scored Gooden, and Collin King’s grounder brought home Smith. Easton Bostic belted a single that plated Tatum with the fifth run of the inning. Elizabethtown tacked on six more runs in the third. Johnson, Gooden and Smith started the …..

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Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball, West Columbus 5, East Bladen 4

West Columbus edged East Bladen 5-4 Tuesday night in Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball action. The Eagles plated a run in the first inning as Sincere Smith led off with a single, advanced on a Devan Stocks sacrifice and raced home when Kyle Tatum cracked a single. East Bladen added two runs in the third inning. Josh McKoy was hit by a pitch and Smith smashed a double that sent McKoy to third base. Stocks knocked in both runners with a single. The final Eagle run came in the sixth inning. Kyle Tatum connected for a one-out single, stole second and third bases, then darted home when Xavier Wooten delivered a run-scoring …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Hump day has arrived…..Temps still in the upper 90s are expected through Saturday and dropping into the upper 80s through the end of the month….We need rain….40% possibility for the next 3 days…mostly in the p.m. Did you see the highly publicized documentary, “An Obvious Suspect” last evening?…WRAL/WILM produced the 30 minute report related to the murder of two Bladen County ladies and the charges and release of Joseph Sledge after 37 years in prison.  Nothing really new….with a few exceptions…DA Jon David said law enforcement officials had produced a DNA profile of the suspect.  And Sledge indicated he had plans to sue those who put him away for most …..

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Bladen County Students begin 2015 Governor’s School Session

Three Bladen County students are attending and exploring cutting-edge ideas and concepts in academics and the arts as the 2015 Session of the North Carolina Governor’s School is underway. Bladen County students Nikki M. Locklear, Claire P. Parrish and Maria M. Lopez Gonzalez are attending the five-and-a-half week summer residential program along with 647 other rising seniors and some exceptional juniors at two campuses—Governor’s School East (Meredith College, Raleigh) and Governor’s School West (Salem College, Winston Salem). State Superintendent June Atkinson, who will be speaking with students and touring the grounds at the Governor’s School East campus on Wednesday at 2 p.m., congratulated the students on their selection  “The innovative Governor’s School …..

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This Day in History – June 24

1795—US & Great Britain sign Jay Treaty, 1st US extradition treaty. 1817—1st coffee planted in Hawaii on Kona coast. 1861—Tennessee becomes 11th (& last) state to secede from Union. 1882—National League expels umpire Richard Higham for dishonesty. 1884—Decision to hold modern Olympics every 4 years. 1916—Mary Pickford becomes the first female film star to get a million dollar contract. 1924—59th British Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 301 at Hoylake. 1938—500 ton meteorite lands near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 1939—Pan Am’s 1st US to England flight. 1947—Flying saucers sighted over Mount Rainier by pilot Ken Arnold. 1956—“Steve Allen Show” returns on NBC-TV. 1961—“Happiest Girl in the World” closes at Martin Beck NYC …..

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HEAT ADVISORY

Heat Advisory remains in effect from 10 a.m. this morning to 8 p.m. this evening.. Locations…..Bladen and other counties in Southeastern North Carolina and Northeastern South Carolina.. Heat Index Values…Up to 109 due to hot temperatures and high humidity. Timing….Late morning through this evening.. Impacts…Increasing risk of heat-related illnesses for those not taking the proper precautions…especially when spending an extended period of time outdoors. A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected.  The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible.  To reduce the risk of heat illnesses during outdoor work the Occupational Safety and Health Administration …..

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USDA Opens Enrollment Period for Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Safety-Net Programs

WASHINGTON, June 15, 2015 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that eligible producers may now formally enroll in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for 2014 and 2015. The enrollment period begins June 17, 2015, and will end Sept. 30, 2015. “The extensive outreach campaign conducted by USDA since the 2014 Farm Bill was enacted, along with extending deadlines, is central to achieving an expected high level of participation,” said Vilsack. “We worked with universities to simplify these complex programs by providing online tools so producers could explore how program election options would affect their operation in different market conditions; …..

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We Are Paying Them What?

Bladen County Information Technology 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 Information Technology Directors. Bladen County—$49,205. Population 35,000 Brunswick County—$94,446. Population 115,301 Columbus County—$78,152. Population 58,068 Duplin County— $67,964. Population 60,329 Sampson County—$69,864. Population 63,649 Share:

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Bladen County Deputy Involved Collision

Sheriff James A. McVicker released the following information concerning a vehicle accident involving an on duty Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Deputy responding to a call and a civilian vehicle. McVicker said the collision occurred at approximately 10:22 pm Monday night at the intersection of NC Hwy 211 Bypass and NC Hwy 410 just outside the city limits of Bladenboro. McVicker said Deputy Robert Duggan was dispatched to an emergency call and was responding when his vehicle collided with another vehicle in the intersection. Deputy Duggan’s vehicle struck the other vehicle in the side. Deputy Duggan was transported to Bladen County Hospital where he was treated for injuries sustained in the …..

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Bladenboro passes budget with .64 tax rate

The Bladenboro Town Council gathered to discuss changes to the town’s taxes. The main topic of discussion was about changing the current tax rate in Bladenboro. The end decision was to increase the tax rate from .59 to .64. Mayor Rufus Duckworth explained the situation Bladenboro currently faces, “It’s public record, the boat plant out there, we lost $966,000 and some change in tax revenue. That is an eight million dollar piece of property.” He continued, “The Family Dollar Store dropped almost $24,000, our bank dropped a $148,000 in value, the cotton mill, $104,000, and our beloved Hardees dropped $215,000 and some change. With seven pieces of property that is …..

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God Comforts

  • 06/23/2015
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Then the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” He answered, “I have been very zealous for the Lord, the God of hosts; for the Israelite have forsaken your covenant, thrown down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. I alone am left, and they are seeking my life, to take it away.” He said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” Now there was a great wind, so strong that it was splitting mountains and breaking rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the …..

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HEAT ADVISORY in effect for Bladen and surrounding counties

Heat Advisory remains in effect from 11 a.m. this morning to 8 p.m. this evening… Locations…Southeastern North Carolina and Northeastern South Carolina. * Heat index values…Up to 109 due to temperatures in the mid to upper 90s…and dewpoints in the mid 70s. * Timing….Late this morning through this evening. * Impacts…Increasing risk of heat-related illnesses for those not taking the proper precautions…especially when spending an extended period of time outdoors. A Heat Advisory means that a period of hot temperatures is expected.  The combination of hot temperatures and high humidity will create a situation in which heat illness during outdoor work the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest …..

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NC Cooperative Extension Lunch & Learn

Sandra Cain of the NC Cooperative Extension office held a Lunch & Learn session at the Elizabethtown Farmer’s Market at noon on Monday, June 22, to deliver some important messages about how dairy products impact our health. The focus of this first mid-day demonstration was the Importance of Dairy Products in the Daily Diet, because June is Dairy Month. Did you know that in every 8 ounce glass of whole milk, there are 7.37 grams of fat? Think you are OK with 2% milk? You still get half the fat in 2% milk. Tried 1% milk? It still has a quarter of the fat of whole milk. “The best way …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

A new budget was approved last night (6-3) by the Bladen County Board of Commissioners. The new tax rate is 82 cents or an increase of over 13 percent.  The vast majority of the increase will be used to pay the debt service for a new detention center and sheriff’s office. Other increases are for updates for the EMS service and additional cost for operation of jail.   Hopefully, Bladen County will be able to generate some new revenues by leasing jail space for a while….However, based on the history of incarceration  in the area…..taking bets on how long before the majority of the cells will be full with some of our finest….druggies, …..

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This Day in History – June 23

1683—William Penn signs friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania; only treaty “not sworn to nor broken” 1776—Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress. 1784—1st US balloon flight (13 year old Edward Warren) 1868—Christopher Latham Sholes patents “Type-writer” 1908—The USA suspends diplomatic relationships with Venezuela after the refusal of Cipriano Castro’s government to compensate Americans for injuries suffered in the uprising of 1899. 1915—Zeb Turner, country-rock performer (Chew Tobacco Rag) 1926—The College Board administers the first SAT exam in USA. 1938—Marineland opens in Florida-1st aquarium. 1939—US Congress establishes US Coast Guard Reserve (renamed US Coast Guard Auxiliary 1941) as uniformed volunteer units supporting the Coast Guard. …..

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Bladen Commissioners approve budget, Tax Rate .82

By: Robert G. Hester Bladen County Commissioners met in special session Monday evening and approved the budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 and set a tax rate of 82 cents to cover the total cost.  The current rate is 74 cents and has remained the same for several years. At the Monday meeting,  the board approved a contract with JOSS Transportation to provide transportation for all Medicaid related travel.  The bid was for $1.90 per mile.  J0SS is one of two providers in the current year.  Questions were asked by Commissioners Arthur Bullock and Michael Cogdell related to the timing of the final agreement, one question related to Joss Transportation reportedly reducing the insurance coverage on their current contract.  Commissioners were told the …..

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Khepri Company LLC

  • 06/22/2015
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We offer a variety of services: Metal Roofing Shingle Roofing Decks Windows Doors And We Have: Financing Available Contact us today! Khepri Company LLC 104 N. Gillespie Street Elizabethtown, NC 28337 910-862-4006 khepricompany@gmail.com Share on social media using short code: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=17327 Share:

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License Checking Station Leads to Recovery of Stolen Weapons

 Sheriff James A. McVicker said a joint license checking station by his deputies and troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol in the early hours of Sunday morning resulted in the arrest of three individuals, the recovery of three stolen weapons and seizure of over $6,000.00 in cash. Sheriff McVicker said his deputies set up a license checking station on Twisted Hickory road near Spivey Currie Drive near the Bladen and Columbus county lines at approximately 2:30 Sunday morning. McVicker said when one vehicle saw the check point the driver turned around and fled. Deputies pursued the vehicle a short distance and the driver abandoned the vehicle and fled …..

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SHP Completes 22nd Student Trooper Program

41 teens opted to spend a week at the State Highway Patrol’s summer camp learned to push their mental and physical boundaries The 22nd Student Trooper Program started Sunday, June 14 and ended Friday, June 19 with a graduation program. Each day, the summer camp started at 5 a.m. with physical training and ended at 10 p.m. with lights out. Included in the group was Zack Bridgers, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russ Bridgers of Elizabethtown. During the week, students had a similar regimen as SHP cadets, just a shortened version. Past graduates are now working for sheriff’s departments, the State Bureau of Investigation, the military or some other branch …..

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BCC Director Graduates from REDI

Raleigh – Todd Lyden of the Small Business Center at Bladen Community College, graduated in June from the Rural Economic Development Institute, an intensive, three-month training program designed for those who help lead rural communities. Rural Center President Patrick Woodie presented graduation certificates during a ceremony at the N.C. State Legislative Building. Conducted by the N.C. Rural Center in Raleigh, REDI provides techniques to improve participants’ leadership skills while imparting proven strategies to help put those new skills into action. This year’s class included elected officials, business owners and educators. More than 1,000 rural leaders have graduated from REDI since the program began in 1989. Share this article using the …..

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Tar, Pitch, Turpentine and Rosin at Harmony Hall Plantation

WHITE OAK — A portion of the grounds at Harmony Hall Plantation Village will be transformed into an early 18th century setting on Saturday and Sunday when Brian Avery creates an area to demonstrate the production of tar, pitch, turpentine and rosin. The event, which will begin at about 9 a.m. both days, will be free and open to the public. “This will really be something interesting to see,” said Bobby Lewis, field marshal at Harmony Hall. “I think people will enjoy seeing this.” Avery, considered a “Road Scholar” by the North Carolina Humanitarian Council, won’t only be demonstrating the old-timey process, he also plans to tell the story of …..

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June 27th National HIV Testing Day

Saturday, June 27, 2015 is National HIV Testing Day, an awareness campaign. National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) founded National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) in 1995 in response to the HIV epidemic’s steady growth,  in the middle-income neighborhoods where people thought, “it doesn’t happen here”. All Americans need to know they should Take the Test, Take Control, at least once a year. And we should also know that people with HIV, who are in treatment with Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) drugs, are significantly less at risk for passing their virus on the others than people with HIV, who are not in treatment. Test-and-treat is not the whole answer …..

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Admiring the Legacy Oren Taylor Left Bladen County

By: Charlotte Smith Father’s Day weekend was the perfect time to remember not only one of the best fathers, but someone who continues to have a profound impact on Bladen County, his name, Oren Taylor. Dublin Motor Speedway held the “Oren Taylor Memorial Race” this weekend bringing in a huge crowd and as I enjoyed the night’s events, I realized just how great this man was, not only to work with, not only as a father, family member, inventor, and business man, but as a community member giving back so much and teaching others to do the same. When I first came to Bladen County over 16 years ago, I …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Another hot day is in store for area residents and another Heat Advisory is in effect from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Our high today is expected to be 98 degrees, 99 tomorrow and Wednesday, 98 Thursday and 95 on Friday…..Use caution when outside… A WRAL Documentary “An Obvious Suspect” will air Tuesday at 7 p.m.  on the Raleigh station, at the same time on WILM-TV in Wilmington and WRAZ-TV Durham on Sunday, July 5 at 5 p.m.  Could be an eye-opening report related to the death of two Bladen County ladies nearly 40 years ago.  Joseph Sledge spent 37 years in prison before being released after new evidence was …..

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District 2 Coach-Pitch Tournament, Nakina 7, Bladen County 6

Nakina edged Bladen County 7-6 Sunday in the District 2 Coach-Pitch (Class AA) Supplemental Tournament at Tabor City. “The kids played well,” said Bladen County Coach James Shipman. “Brianna Wuergler and Isaiah Lee were the leading scorers for us with Hunter Simmons following.” The loss eliminated Bladen County from the tournament. Bladen County had suffered a loss to Columbus County in Saturday’s first-round game. “Everybody on the team hit the ball,” said Coach Shipman. “We just had too many errors.” Share:

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Dublin Motor Speedway results for Saturday, June 20

Russell Erwin won the pole and dominated the race. winning the 8th annual Oren Taylor Memorial Late Model event Saturday night at Dublin Motor Speedway. It was the second consecutive year that Erwin won the race named in memory of the late Oren Taylor, who opened the track in the late 1970s. Erwin won $3,000 for the race victory and pocketed an extra $200 for winning the pole and leading at the halfway mark of the race. In the Open Wheel Modified division, John Marshall won for the second straight week, picking up the $1,500 top prize. Other winners were Jerry Johnson in Super Street, Dustin Watkins in Pure Stock …..

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This Day in History—-June 22

1847—Doughnut created. 1868—Arkansas re-joins the US. 1870—1st Boardwalk in American invented. 1874—Game of lawn tennis introduced. 1915—BMY, then Brooklyn Rapid Transit, begins subway service. 1932—National League approves players wearing numbers. 1934—John Dillinger is informally named America’s first Public Enemy Number One. 1944—US President Franklin Roosevelt signs “GI Bill of Rights” (Servicemen’s Readjustment Act) 1946—Bill Veeck purchases Cleveland Indians. 1955—US air patrol plane shot down above Bering sea. 1959—“Along Came Jones” by Coasters peaks at #9. 1961—Beatles record Ain’t She Sweet, Cry for a Shadow, When the Saints Go Marching In, Why, Nobody’s Child & My Bonnie, in Hamburg. 1966—“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” opens. 1970—President Nixon signs 26th amendment (voting …..

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Kick Ball, Pony Rides, and Turkey Legs

Sword of the Lord Ministries has set a goal for Unity of Community, and they’ve been joined by several other groups of community builders from local churches and interested organizations. Saturday, June 20, started off with a Kick Ball Tournament at Leinwand Ball Park between the Klean Kut Riders Motorcycle Ministry, (President Corey Faison, whose motto is: Our Family is a Circle of Strength; Founded on Faith; Joined in Love; Kept by God.) and the Riding With the Angels Motorcycle Club, (from Big Show Auto Finish in Elizabethtown). The heat was on in more ways than one, showing that a “friendly rivalry” between competing clubs can be fellowship in the …..

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District 2 Coach-Pitch (Class AA) Tournament Bladen County 11, South Columbus 2

Neveah Singletary and Emmanuel Drew walloped triples that keyed a seven-run fifth-inning and sparked Bladen County to an 11-2 victory over South Columbus in District 2 Coach-Pitch Tournament action at Tabor City Saturday. With Bladen County already leading 4-2, Joshua Strickland and Aidan Russ cracked singles to begin the Bladen County fifth inning. Singletary hammered a triple that scored Strickland and Russ. Cade Allen knocked in Singletary with a single. Conner Monroe and Malikah Moore followed with singles that loaded bases, before Drew crushed an opposite-field triple to right that cleared the bases, scoring Allen, Monroe and Moore. Russ and Allen smacked singles in the Bladen first inning and both …..

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UNC-CH Spring 2015

Bladen County Degree Recipients Virginia Riel—White Lake, NC Bachelor of Arts Sociology Brittany Hollis—Elizabethtown, NC Bachelor of Arts Biology Brittnie Owens—Garland, NC Bachelor of Arts Psychology Haley Wachter—Elizabethtown, NC Bachelor of Arts Biology Dean’s List Allison Cottle—-Sophomore, Elizabethtown, NC David Lewis—-Junior, Elizabethtown, NC Melissa Macon—Sophomore, Riegelwood, NC Gregory Majeski—Sophomore, Council, NC Brittnie Owens—Senior, Garland, NC Virginia Riel—Senior, White Lake, NC John Thomas—Sophomore, Elizabethtown, NC Morgan Hester—Junior, Smithfield, NC Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Have been away for a few days and between technology I was not comfy with and my lack of knowledge, I discovered some of what I thought I sent was not sent… Happy Fathers Day….Hope you have an opportunity to spend some time with your father today….realize many are deceased..but we have them in our memories… Wikepedia (the online encyclopedia says, Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society.  Many countries celebrate on the third Sundayin June, though it is also celebrated widely on other days by many other countries…..Knew you would want to know that. One of the first celebrations of Father’s …..

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This Day in History—June 20

1782—Congress approves Great Seal of US & eagle as it’s symbol. 1819—320 ton Savannah becomes 1st steamship to cross any ocean (Atlantic) 1840—Samuel Morse patents his telegraph. 1863—1st bank chartered in US (National Bank of Davenport Iowa) 1963—West Virginia admitted as 35th US state. 1864—Battle of Kinston, NC & Battle of Abingdon, Va. 1874—1st US Lifesaving Medal awarded (Lucian Clemons) 1895—1st female PhD (science) earned (Caroline Willard Baldwin) from an American University. 1901—Charlotte Manye is 1st native African to graduate from a US college. 1910—“Krazy Kat” comic strip by George Herriman debuts in NY Journal. 1930—65th British Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 291 at Hoylake. 1944—Congress charters Central Intelligence Agency. …..

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Some of the Best Dads Around

From our dad, Daine, to Grandad Alan, Grandad Coley, Grandad Smith, Paw-Paw Don, Paw-Paw Foland, Poppy and Uncle Bob we have truly been blessed with some great men in our lives who know how to be great dads! Thank you all for all that you do. We love you bunches! A.J. and Paul Alan Smith Share on social media using short code: https://www.bladenonline.com/?p=17116 Share:

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Sandra Cain

Watch Those Portion Sizes – For Better Living

By: Sandra R. Cain The American Heart Association, or AHA, dietary guidelines not only stress healthy eating, but also the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Balancing the calories you eat against those you burn translates into watching your portion sizes and including physical activity for weight control. Making lifestyle changes means exactly that, a change in your way of life. Not only cutting back for a few weeks while you “diet” but making small changes a few at a time. These changes are likely to be maintained over the long haul. Portion size is a small change, but it’s a lifestyle choice that can make a big difference. We’re challenged …..

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This Day in History—June 20

By: Robert G. Hester 1782—Congress approves Great Seal of US & eagle as it’s symbol. 1819—320 ton Savannah becomes 1st steamship to cross any ocean (Atlantic) 1840—Samuel Morse patents his telegraph. 1863—1st bank chartered in US (National Bank of Davenport Iowa) 1963—West Virginia admitted as 35th US state. 1864—Battle of Kinston, NC & Battle of Abingdon, Va. 1874—1st US Lifesaving Medal awarded (Lucian Clemons) 1895—1st female PhD (science) earned (Caroline Willard Baldwin) from an American University. 1901—Charlotte Manye is 1st native African to graduate from a US college. 1910—“Krazy Kat” comic strip by George Herriman debuts in NY Journal. 1930—65th British Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 291 at Hoylake. 1944—Congress …..

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First Bank Open House Success

The thunderstorm didn’t keep the supporters away from the Open House / Business After Hours Reception at First Bank on Thursday, June 18th. Michael Davis, Bank Branch Manager invited the community to see all the new changes his branch has made and to network after hours with live entertainment and refreshments. New paint, beautiful office furniture, and a huge conference room for meetings are just a few of the new additions the bank has made to offer their customers professional banking services with a step above what some banks offer. According to First Bank, Michael and his staff work to provide the right combination of banking solutions to help save …..

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District 9 Coach-Pitch (Class AA) Tournament Elizabethtown 23, Lumberton American 13

The Elizabethtown All-Stars rolled to a 17-3 lead and eventual 23-13 victory over Lumberton American Friday night in the opening round of the District 9 Coach-Pitch (Class AA) Tournament at Fairmont. Nolan Tatum slammed a double to highlight a 4-run first inning for Elizabethtown. Lumberton answered with 3 runs in the home half of the first. Tyler Lewis and Davion Lewis walloped doubles to key a 7-run second inning that propelled the winners to an 11-3 lead. Connor Smith blasted a double as Elizabethtown stretched the lead to 17-3 with 6 runs in the third inning. Lumberton American sliced the margin to 17-9 with 6 runs in the home third. …..

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Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball West Bladen 2, Whiteville 1

West Bladen rallied for single runs in the fifth and sixth innings to post a 2-1 victory over visiting Whiteville Friday night in Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball action. Whiteville took a 1-0 lead in the fifth, but Knight outfielder Donald McCullum threw out a Wolfpack runner at the plate to end the inning and lee the score at 1-0. The Knights tied the game in the home fifth as Chandler Lennon hammered a triple to deep left-centerfield, then raced home on Seth Britt’s infield roller. Shortstop Weston Pidgeon belted a single to begin the West Bladen sixth. Catcher Brandon Carson sacrificed him to second, and after Trey Storms was hit by …..

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Successful Mission in Bladen County

The heat and the storms did not hinder the 2nd Annual Bladen Mission Project 2015 from being a huge success. The youth mission project started on Sunday, June 14th and came to a close yesterday, Thursday, June 18th.   There were seven churches involved in the mission project, wherein 50 youth and 25 adult leaders participated in different projects to show God’s love to our community according to one of the event organizers, Dr. Chris Denny from Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church. The churches around Bladen County that participated in the mission were First Baptist of Bladenboro, Clarkton Baptist, Clarkton Presbyterian, Elizabethtown Baptist, Elizabethtown Presbyterian, Vertical Church, and Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist …..

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Southeastern Carolina Crossroads Official Opening

The official opening of Southeastern Carolina Crossroads will be celebrated with an Open House to show off all the Lord has given to help those with addiction problems. The Open House will be held on Sunday afternoon, June 28th, from 2 pm until 4 pm. The entire campus will be open and guests will be able to tour the facility. Bruce Cannon, Director of Missions with the Baptist Association said, “A brief ceremony will be held just after 2 pm with Rep. William Brisson, who was instrumental in us getting the facility, speaking along with David Chestnutt, Executive Director and myself. Light refreshments will be served to those who attend.” …..

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Citizens warn motorist about detour in Bladen County

Citizens are posting warnings about potential dangers on the new detour on Airport and Coley Roads. The N.C. Department of Transportation closed a portion of N.C. 87 in Bladen County to begin work on a 51-year-old bridge over Hammonds Creek this past Monday, June 15. The project includes bridge rehabilitation including bridge deck overlay, joint replacement and painting the girders. However, there are concerns about the safety of the detour according to some of our readers. Karen Campbell said, “Folks taking the Hwy. 87 detour down Airport Road outside of Elizabethtown need to be very cautious.” She went on to explain why saying, “The entire road is about the width …..

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Physical Ability Test for All Elizabethtown Fire Fighters

By: Hailey Smith June has been a hot month so far, but that’s not stopping the Elizabethtown Fire Department from testing their strength and ability. The department is making it a requirement that all the members on their team take a Physical Ability Test. According to Lieutenant Hollis Freeman with the local fire department, the test consists of a variety of strength and ability activities. Some of the requirements are raising the ladder, pulling the 150′ x 1″ 3/4 hand line fully charged, climbing a 75′ ladder, dragging a 150 pound dummy 50 feet, carrying equipment 50 feet, striking a 16 pound sledge hammer 20 times, 30 seconds of push …..

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