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Middle School Softball, Clarkton School of Discovery 14, Elizabethtown 8

ELIZABETHTOWN – A 6-run, fifth-inning rally broke a 6-6 tie and vaulted Clarkton School of Discovery to a 14-8 Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball victory Thursday.   The victory avenges an earlier 14-13 loss that the Lady Blue Devils suffered in their first meeting with the Lady Cougars and leaves the two teams tied for first place in the Bladen Five with identical 4-1 records.   Clarkton jumped in front 2-0 in the first inning as Khadijah Jones and Alyssa Futrell smacked singles to left-centerfield, and Lauren Bowen knocked them both in with a single to right-centerfield.   Abbie Cross ripped a one-out double to leftfield in the Lady …..

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Happy Mother’s Day to Doll Priest

Dear Mom, Thanks for being my best friend and for always being the most caring, loving, and genuine person I know. You are such a positive ray of sunshine and I couldn’t imagine life without you as my mom! God definitely blessed me with the best!     Happy Mothers Day! I love you, Elizabeth Share:

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Success at the Spring Fest in Bladenboro

The threat of rain clouds loomed on Saturday, but held out to offer the Spring Fest in Bladenboro a very pleasant day. The event was held at the Farmer’s Market with the Master Gardeners’ kicking off the celebration with their annual plant sale starting at 8:00 am. Fresh strawberries from Jack Pait were sold. Hand made clothes, bows, jewelry, ornaments, soaps, lotions and a lot more were offered by local crafting folks. Bar-b-que chicken plates cooked up hot by members of Boost the ‘Boro were sold starting at noon. Around 2 pm they reported already selling about 300 plates. A local band, The Loose Floorboards, kept everyone tapping their toes …..

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Dublin scouts raise money for new roof, summer camp

It’s been a bit more than two years since the project began to refurbish the Dublin Scout Hut and a little more than a year ago that the log cabin at the end of Fifth Street was officially reopened for use. These days, Troop 622 and its leaders, Alex Hursey and Tony Parnell, are working to maintain the facility that was built in the mid-1950s. Saturday, scout members served barbecue and chicken plates to help raise money to put a new roof on the hut and to offset the cost of summer camp at Camp Bowers. The roof has begun to leak in spots following heavy rains, Hursey said. Parnell …..

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Tomato Sandwich Day Hits the Spot at Lu Mil Vineyard

They say for a business to be successful, there needs to be diversity. The Taylor family, owners of Lu Mil Vineyard among other businesses, are experts at diversifying. Ron Taylor came up with another great idea, Tomato Sandwich Day on the Doc’s Deck at Lu Mil Vineyard this Saturday. Denise T. Bridgers, Ron’s partner at Lu Mil Vineyard said Ron came to her earlier this week and suggested they have a Tomato Sandwich Day. “We researched it and there were Tomato Days, but no Tomato Sandwich Day and it took off from there. It has been one of the best small events we have had here.” Denise said. A large …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 1

1704 – Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper advertisement. 1778 – American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. 1822 – John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston. 1862 – Major General Benjamin Butler’s Union forces occupy New Orleans in US Civil War. 1873 – 1st US postal card issued. 1883 – Amsterdam World’s Fair opens. 1886 – US general strike for 8-hour working day begins. 1889 – Bayer introduces aspirin in powder form (Germany). 1926 – Satchel Paige makes pitching debut in Negro Southern League. 1931 – Empire State Building opens in New York City. 1939 – Batman comics hit street. 1943 – Food rationing begins in …..

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Baseball

Middle School Baseball, Elizabethtown 19, Tar Heel 0

 TAR HEEL – Brady Hollingsworth pitched a one-hitter, and Elizabethtown pounded out 15 hits in a 2-inning, 19-0 victory over Tar Heel Tuesday.   Kendall Johnson slammed a second-inning double for the only Panther hit. Hollingsworth struck out 2 and retired 6 of the 7 batters that he faced.   Elizabethtown scored 16 of their 19 runs in the first inning. Hollingsworth, Jordan Robinson and Ethan Johnson cracked 2 hits each in the first inning and scored 2 runs each.   Cody Butler doubled and scored in the first, and Fred Wooten, Jay McKoy, Allen Owens, Zach Meares and Drew Sholar smacked one hit each in the first.   Zachary …..

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Middle School Baseball, Elizabethtown 8, Clarkton School of Discovery 0

 ELIZABETHTOWN – Elizabethtown’s Zach Meares pitched 6.2 innings of no-hit baseball Thursday, before settling for a one-hit 8-0 shutout victory over Clarkton School of Discovery in Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball action.   Xavier McKoy spoiled the no-hit bid with a 2-out single in the seventh inning. Meares struck out the next batter to end the game. For the game Meares struck out 5, walked 3 and hit 2 batters.   The Cougars made a couple of stellar defensive plays behind Meares. Secondbaseman Drew Sholar started a second to firstbaseman double play with a tag and a flip to firstbaseman Rasean McKoy in the fourth inning.   In the …..

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West Bladen High School Principal

Wesley Floyd has resigned as West Bladen High School principal according to a Board of Ed spokesperson. Floyd’s resignation is effective June 30, 2016. An ad on the School Jobs (The North Carolina Public Schools Application System) website list the position available on July 1, 2016.  Closing date for applications is listed as May 16, 2016. Floyd came to West Bladen in 2014 from the Robeson County school system with 12 years of leadership experience in public schools, having served as a principal at both the elementary and middle school level. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

I received an invitation recently to attend a ribbon cutting in Brunswick County for a new ECU dental learning center.  The invitation came from Donna Gooden Payne, ECU General Counsel.  Payne, is a Bladen native and was a Morehead Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill. What an experience?  I am ‘borrowing’ a line from WECT….”The ECU School of Dental Medicine community learning centers are facilities that combine clinical education and patient care.  It’s open to serve area residents and provide students with hands on training.” Staffing is by fourth year dental students under the direction of ECU dental faculty members, and many of them students are natives of the region. A 7,700 square …..

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East Bladen High School

Baseball: Wallace-Rose Hill 10, East Bladen 3

TEACHEY – Wallace-Rose Hill handed East Bladen their second Four County Conference loss 10-3 Thursday night. The Eagles dropped to 10-2 in the Four County Conference and 14-5 overall, but remained in first place in the league. East Bladen scored single runs in the first and third innings to go up 2-0, but the Bulldogs rallied with a run in the third and 5 more in the fourth to take a 6-2 lead. The Eagles pulled to within 6-3 in the top of the fifth, but three Bulldog runs in the fifth stretched their lead to 9-3. Senior Cole Farrior batted 2-3 with a double, 3 runs batted in and …..

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Girls Soccer: Clinton 9, West Bladen 0

DUBLIN – Clinton remained unbeaten in Four County Conference play with a 9-0 girls soccer victory over West Bladen. The Lady Dark Horses racked up 6 first-half goals and added 3 more after halftime. Senior Alaina Capps scored 2 goals and seven different players scored one goal each. Junior Katey Yang dished out 4 assists and scored one. Freshman Ashlyn Williams was credited with 3 assists and also scored one goal. West Bladen is now 1-20 overall and winless in league play. Share:

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Junior varsity baseball: Clinton 9, West Bladen 1

Clinton erupted for six runs in the second inning and went on to defeat West Bladen 9-1 on Friday afternoon in a Four County Conference game. The Dark Horses collected six of their 12 hits in the second and batted around in opening a 7-1 advantage. West Bladen only had one runner reach as far as third base the rest of the game. The Knights lone run came in the first when Shawn Oxendine walked, stole second, and scored on Johnathan Robinson’s double to deep right field. That tied the game at 1-all. Ian Sykes pitched for West Bladen and gave up a dozen hits, six earned runs, struck out …..

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Baseball: West Bladen 8, Clinton 5

Troy Edge and Trent West had triples late in the game and Chandler Lennon pitched into the seventh inning as seven West Bladen seniors closed out their home careers Friday night with an 8-5 win against the Clinton Dark Horses in a Four County Conference game. Edge’s two-run triple in the fifth snapped a 4-all tie. West crushed a run-producing triple and scored off an error in the sixth to give the Knights a pair of insurance runs. Lennon pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up three earned runs on four hits, struck out six and walked six. Jeremy Hunt recorded the final two on ground outs in relief of …..

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Softball: West Bladen 18, Clinton 0

DUBLIN – West Bladen’s Lady Knights rolled to an 18-0 Four County Conference softball victory over Clinton Friday night to post their ninth consecutive win. The game was stopped after 2.5 innings by the mercy rule. West Bladen’s victory coupled with Midway’s 6-1 loss to Heide Trask clinched the Four County Conference’s No. 1 Class 2A play-off seed for the Lady Knights. Junior Logan Autry smacked a hit to right-centerfield and hustled it into a double. After freshman Carley Dawson drew a walk, pitcher Alanna Ludlum sliced a single down the rightfield line to load the bases. Junior Laikyn Pait drilled a triple to the left-centerfield gap that cleared the …..

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Upcoming Events

Events happening this weekend

Saturday, April 30:  Yard sale at Bladen Builders Supply in Elizabethtown. Save up to 50% off! Saturday, April 30: Yard Sale – There will be a Yard Sale Fundraiser for Operation Christmas Child at Fellowship Bible Church located at 2503 Waddell Street in Elizabethtown on Saturday, April 30th starting at 8:00 am. There will be a wide variety of items for sale, including a key board. All funds raised will go to support the church’s Community Giant Shoe box Packing Party scheduled in September of this year. Saturday, April 30: All you can eat pancake breakfast this Saturday morning 4/30/16 from 7:00am-10:00am at White Oak Fire Department. We are located …..

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Elizabethtown Council to meet Monday night

By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Town Council will meet on Monday night and receive the Seven Seals Award from Dr. Darrell Page. The award recognizes employers for their support of the Guard and Reserves. “The Seven Seals Award is in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the ESGR mission, to include the efforts of the more than 4,700 volunteers who carry out ESGR’s mission across the Nation on a daily basis,” according to the ESGR website. The Council will also get their first glimpse of the proposed 2016-17 budget. A public hearing is scheduled for a code of ordinances amendment: Chapter 91: …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 30

1789 – George Washington is inaugurated as the 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). 1859 – Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” is first published in literary periodical “All the Year Round” (weekly installments until Nov. 26) 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. 1916 – …..

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Bladen County Sports

Middle School Baseball, Bladenboro 14, Tar Heel 0

  TAR HEEL – Nolan Bryant pitched a 2-hit shutout and struck out 8 to lead Bladenboro to a 14-0 Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball victory Thursday over Tar Heel.   Logan West led off the game with a single and circled the bases on wild pitches. Bryant walked, and Colby White knocked him in with a single. White scored on a passed ball for a 3-0 Bulldog lead.   The Bulldogs exploded for 9 runs in the second. Austin Smith and West reached base on errors. Smith dashed home on a wild pitch, and Jake Butler reached base on an error. White and Noah Deaver drew walks with …..

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Bladen County Sports

Middle School Baseball, Elizabethtown 10, Bladenboro 5

  ELIZABETHTOWN – Elizabethtown claimed sole possession of first place in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball standings Wednesday with a 10-5 victory over Bladenboro.   The Cougars took charge early as Jordan Robinson slammed a double to leftfield, stole third and scored on an infield out. Pitcher Cody Butler drew a walk, stole a base and scored the second run of the inning.   Ethan Johnson reached base on an error, and Jay McKoy walked to begin the Elizabethtown second. Rasean McKoy’s infield out brought home Johnson. Drew Sholar’s sacrifice bunt scored Jay McKoy.   Robinson walked, stole second and third base and scored when Zach Meares lined …..

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Dublin Scout Troop to hold Barbecue Plate Sale Saturday

By: Erin Smith The Dublin Boy Scout Troop will hold a barbecue plate sale on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Dublin Scout Hut located on 4th Street in Dublin. Plates will cost $7 each and will consist of barbecue, potatoes, green beans, bread, and tea. Proceeds from the plate sale will be used to help put a new roof on the Dublin Scout Hut. Share:

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Bladen Commissioners to meet Monday night

By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Bladen County Courthouse. The board will issue proclamations for Nurses Week and also Older Americans Awareness Month. The board will hear a budget request from Bladen Community College President William Findt and consider a appointments to the Carvers Creek Fire District Committee. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin is expected to give a calendar update and review options regarding residency requirement. A closed session is scheduled for matters of client attorney privilege and personnel. Share:

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Springtime Pet Safety Tips

By: ASPCA Spring Cleaning Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition in many households, but be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets’ way! Almost all cleaning products, even all natural ones, contain chemicals that may be harmful to pets. The key to using them safely is to read and follow label directions for proper use and storage. Please visit our Poisonous Household Products page for more information. Home Improvement 101 Products such as paints, mineral spirits and solvents can be toxic to your pets and cause severe irritation or chemical burns. Carefully read all labels to see if the product is safe to use around your …..

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McCrory Administration Honors North Carolina Student Leaders at Youth Legislative Assembly

Governor Pat McCrory’s Youth Advocacy & Involvement Office recognized more than a dozen student leaders for their outstanding service during the 46th annual Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA), which was held April 1-3 in Raleigh. “We are focused on supporting North Carolina’s next generation of future leaders,” said Governor McCrory. “Our state’s high school students are the best in the country, particularly when it comes to civic leadership and public service. I am proud of each and every one of these student leaders.” The Outstanding Service Award, which recognizes students who have dedicated a minimum of three years of service on the leadership teams of the Youth Legislative Assembly and the …..

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Middle School Softball: Bladenboro 26, Tar Heel 4

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong TAR HEEL –Catcher Kasee Singletary walloped 3 home runs and drove in 8 runs to lead Bladenboro to 26-4 Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball victory over Tar Heel Thursday. Natalie Ludlum led off the game with a walk, and Katilyn Willoughby smacked a single. Erica Storms smashed a double that plated Willoughby, before Singletary ripped her first home run past the rightfielder. Jordan Benson slammed a double, and Willoughby hammered a 2-run triple. Storms knocked in Willoughby with another double. Benson belted a run-scoring single, and an error brought in the final 2 runs of the inning. Emily Pait walked, pitcher Shelby Pharr was hit …..

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Legislative committee mulls body camera law

By: Erin Smith The General Assembly will soon be getting a look at a bill that could place severe restrictions on who can have access to police body camera and dashboard camera footage. The legislation proposed by Reps. Faircloth and McNeill clearly states that body-camera footage is not public record. This runs in stark contrast to NC General Statute 132-1 which defines among other things, sound and film recordings or other tapes created during the transaction of business as public record. The proposed bill instead grants the head of the law enforcement agency the right to determine who gets to view the footage and what portions of the footage, if …..

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USDA

USDA Offers New Loans for Portable Farm Storage and Handling Equipment

COLUMBUS, Ohio – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program today during a local and regional food roundtable in Columbus, Ohio. The loans, which now include a smaller microloan option with lower down payments, are designed to help producers, including new, small and mid-sized producers, grow their businesses and markets. “As more communities reconnect with agriculture, consumer demand is increasing for food produced locally or regionally,” said Dolcini. “Portable handling and storage equipment …..

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New fire engine undergoes final inspection

By: Erin Smith Members of the Elizabethtown Fire Department traveled to Pennsylvania this week to take part in the final inspection for the newly constructed Engine 55.  The new apparatus is undergoing construction at KME Fire Apparatus in Nesquehoning, PA. “We were excited to see the finished product and it has definitely met our expectations,” said Chief Nick West on Friday morning. West added that the truck will now travel from Pennsylvania to Sumpter, SC where it will go through a final preparation process. The final preparations will include an additional pump test, small equipment installation, detailing and servicing, said West. The new engine was designed to have rescue capabilities …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Selecting, Storing, and Serving Strawberries

By Sandra Cain It’s that time of year again.  Strawberries are here and they are plentiful!  Strawberries are low in calories and high in nutrients. One cup of strawberries contains 55 calories. Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C.  A one cup serving provides more than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin C. They also contain vitamin A, iron, fiber, and folic acid. Folic acid is especially important for childbearing women. Selection: Choose fully ripened, bright red berries. Strawberries do not ripen after they have been picked. Berries should be plump and have a natural shine and bright green, fresh-looking caps.  The caps should be fully attached.  Use …..

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Legislation filed to name Cape Fear River Bridge in Tar Heel

By: Erin Smith A bill filed in the NC General Assembly to name the newly constructed Cape Fear River Bridge at Tar Heel in honor of former Ferry Skipper David B. Melvin is making its way through the legislature. Tar Heel Mayor Roy Dew said, “I think its a good thing. I can remember the ferry from when I was kid.” The Bladen County Board of Commissioners adopted a resolution requesting the naming of the bridge at a meeting on March 17, 2014. According to the resolution, Melvin was a ferry skipper in September 1954 when he was operating a ferry at night and fell into the Cape Fear River …..

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A Brighter Future for All Americans

Today, more than 45 million Americans live in poverty. That’s about 1 in every 7 Americans. Unfortunately, our current welfare system traps many of these individuals in an inescapable poverty loop that disincentivizes those in poverty from seeking a better and independent life. The framework of our current welfare system is based on President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” His stated mission was to “not only to relieve the symptom of poverty, but to cure it and, above all, to prevent it.” While this was an admirable goal, and should remain the goal of our safety net programs, our current framework focuses far too much on the symptoms of poverty, …..

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Ipad/Iphone TIps: WiFi Assisted Calling Revisit, Using AirDrop

By: Gordon Kinlaw WiFi Calling I am showing the WiFi calling tip below again. If you have tried to use it, you may have heard some error messages on your phone. Be sure you include the area code with your phone number. Where has this been?? Don’t they know how bad cell signals are inside an office building in rural NC? After thousands of cellular repeaters have been installed, iOS 9.3 brought us WiFi-assisted calling. Prior to this we could only make Facetime Audio calls to another iPhone user over the WiFi network. This means that you MAY be able to make and get calls in your office or warehouse. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for April 29

A new planting season is underway.  The recent warm weather is helping the newly planted crops ‘spring forth.’  Let’s hope this growing season is good.  Last year, some crops were never harvested due to excessive rainfall and a year or two earlier, a drought caused the crop to be less than 100%.  Farming is a gamble. Never see a farmer or worker following a mule or horse or both, pulling a two horse turn plow.  Most farmers no longer own a mule or horse,  and turn plows are now on display at an antique shop or in an old barn where few ever visit. And speaking of days gone by, …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Baseball: East Bladen 10, Wallace-Rose Hill 4

TEACHEY – Dan Tatum’s bases-loaded triple highlighted a 9-run, fourth inning that carried East Bladen’s Eagles to a 10-4 Four County Conference jayvee baseball victory over Wallace-Rose Hill Thursday. The Bulldogs carried a 2-0 lead into the fourth, but sophmores Devan Stocks and Tanner Meares cracked one-out singles. Freshman Spencer Scott slammed a double to drive in Stocks. Eric Chancy knocked in Meares and Scott with a single, and Holden Clark belted a single. One out later freshman Shy Pone walked to load the bases, before Tatum walloped the bases loaded triple. After freshman Pierce Melvin was hit by a pitch, Stocks smacked his second single of the inning to …..

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East Bladen High School

Softball: Wallace-Rose Hill 12, East Bladen 2

TEACHEY – Junior Sara Darling slugged a 2-run home run and batted 4-4 to lead Wallace-Rose Hill to a 12-2 Four County Conference softball victory over East Bladen Thursday night. Darling doubled and scored in the first inning then blasted the 2-run homer to highlight a 4-run Lady Bulldog second. Freshman Haven Williams clobbered a 3-run homer during a 6-run Wallace third-inning. Williams and teammate Amber Dixon both batted 2-3 for the Lady Bulldogs, and sophmore Ellen Casteen slammed 2 doubles and finished 2-4 at the plate. The Lady Eagles scored both of their runs in the fourth inning. Junior Emily Scott led off the inning with a single but …..

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East Bladen High School

Girls Soccer: East Bladen 6, Wallace-Rose Hill 1

TEACHEY – Senior Lacey Suggs lit up the scoreboard with 4 goals Thursday night to lead East Bladen’s Lady Eagles to a 6-1 Four County Conference girls soccer victory over Wallace-Rose Hill. Suggs opened the scoring in the sixth minute by drilling a shot past the Wallace goalie from the top of the 18-yardline. A Wallace foul set Suggs up again ten minutes later and the 5-10 senior blasted the shot into the net from 30 yards out. The Lady Bulldogs converted a penalty kick into their only goal in the 27th minute and trimmed the margin to 2-1. Ten minutes later Suggs was fouled in the box and fired …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 29

1813 – 1st US Rubber patent granted to Jacob F Hummel. 1845 – Macon B Allen & Robert Morris Jr, 1st African Americans to open law practice in US. 1852 – 1st edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus published. 1861 – Maryland’s House of Delegates votes against seceding from Union (US Civil War) 1894 – The 500-strong Commonwealth of Christ (Coxey’s Army) arrives in Washington, D.C. to protest against unemployment; Coxey arrested for trespassing at Capitol. 1926 – France & US reach accord on repayment of WW I. 1934 – Pittsburgh is last major city to play a home game on a Sunday. 1940 – 1st radio broadcast of “Young Dr. …..

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INCREASED COSTS FOR RETIREMENT, FINANCIAL PLANNING? CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER AND U.S. HOUSE SAY ‘NO’

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger and the U.S. House of Representatives today voted to block President Obama’s controversial “fiduciary” rule, which bipartisan experts had warned would lead to higher costs and less access for retirement and financial planning services. “Who thinks bureaucrats at the Department of Labor are a good source for retirement planning advice?” asked Congressman Pittenger (NC-09).  “Congress already designated the independent Securities and Exchange Commission to regulate financial planners.  That’s an agency actually involved in finance.  The Department of Labor is responsible for workplace safety.  President Obama’s attempt to regulate financial planners through the Department of Labor just makes no sense, which is why Congress today just …..

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Health Department holds open house

By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Health Department and Safe Kids held an Open House on Thursday evening. Children were thrilled to meet the newest member of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit Jax. The children were mesmerized by the Belgian Malinois as he showed off his skills finding narcotics and finding lost objects. His handler, Deputy Clark, told those gathered that Jax is about 18 months old. Also on hand were Mickey and Minnie Mouse. They greeted children in front of the health department and posed for pictures. The Elizabethtown Fire Department, Bladen County EMS, the Bladen County Public Library’s bookmobile, Bladen County Sheriff’s vehicles were all on …..

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Middle School Softball: Elizabethtown 16, Bladenboro 2

ELIZABETHTOWN – Kayleigh Raynor pitched a 2-hitter and struck out 9 batters to lead Elizabethtown to a 16-2 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory Wednesday over Bladenboro. Raynor hit 4 batters and walked two. At the plate she slugged a 2-run homer and a double, drove in 4 runs and scored three. Teammate Cheylee Mathis walloped a double, drove in a run and scored three. Shanell McMillian and Alyssa Suggs scored 2 runs each for the Lady Cougars. Abigail Madden, Abbie Collins, Trinity Stephens, Chasity Carter, Tinyauh Rhoda and Katlynn Tatum scored one run each. Taylor West allowed only 3 hits and struck out two for Bladenboro. West belted a …..

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County Commissioners begin budget process

By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Commissioners got down to business on Monday night as they held their first budget work session. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin presented the commissioners with their first look at the preliminary budget figures and the news was mixed. “The numbers are very preliminary,” said Martin. He told the board there are several positives regarding the budget. “We are very fortunate that we are not in dire type of financial condition,” said Martin. Another positive he told the board is the state’s plan for the sales tax expansion. Martin said the sales tax expansion will mean some additional revenue for the county. Martin said that …..

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Bladen County Special Olympics is held

By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Special Olympics were held on Thursday at the Elizabethtown Middle School football field. Members of Bladen County law enforcement, Elizabethtown Fire Department, Elizabethtown Police Department, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Bladen County EMS, Bladen County Schools, Bladen County Schools staff, volunteers from the community and members of the community all gathered to cheer on the athletes. Members of Bladen County law enforcement carried the Special Olympics torch down South Poplar Street in Elizabethtown, escorted by the Elizabethtown Police Department, to the Elizabethtown Middle School football field for the Opening Ceremony. The officers carried the torch around the track and lit the Special Olympics Caldron to …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Middle School Softball, Clarkton School of Discovery 30, Tar Heel 0

 TAR HEEL – Clarkton School of Discovery defeated Tar Heel 30-0 Wednesday in Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball action.   Lauren Bowen pitched a 3-inning 2-hitter to pick up the victory for Clarkton. Bowen struck out 6, walked 3 and hit a batter.   Bowen slugged a 2-run home run and a double and finished 5-5 at the plate with 3 runs batted in and 3 runs scored. Teammate Katie Evans batted 3-3 with 3 runs scored.   Adrienne Howell turned in a 3-3 day at the plate for CSD with 2 rbi’s and 2 runs scored. Lila McDuffie batted 3-3 and scored 3 runs. Catcher Alayna Weeks slammed …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER AND 22 MEMBERS OF CONGRESS DEMAND ANSWERS AFTER OBAMA ADMINISTRATION FAILS TO ENFORCE IRAN SANCTIONS LAW ON CHINESE COMPANY

 WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) recently became aware that the Commerce Department suspended trade sanctions on ZTE Corporation related to the sale of embargoed equipment to an Iranian government-controlled entity which could be used to oppress human rights.  Today, Congressman Pittenger led a group of 23 Members of Congress demanding answers from the Obama Administration and urging officials to re-impose penalties.   In 2012, ZTE reportedly violated U.S. export controls by selling embargoed equipment which would enable the Iranian government to monitor and control all electronic communication within its borders.  These allegations appear to be confirmed by Commerce Department documents.  ZTE Corporation maintains close ties with the Chinese government, …..

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Bladen County Schools

Over 400 N.C. Students to Compete for Awards and Scholarships at State Natural Resources Competition

 Middle and high school students will test their knowledge and skills in natural resources conservation.  Event to be held in Cedarock Park near Burlington, N.C., April 29-30, 2016.  The North Carolina Envirothon is one of the largest competitions of its type in the United States.  State winning team advances to the National Envirothon competition in Ontario, Canada, July 24-29, 2016. RALEIGH, N.C. (April 22, 2016) — Hundreds of North Carolina’s brightest middle and high school students will be competing at the 2016 North Carolina Envirothon at Cedarock Park near Burlington, April 29-30, 2016. The two-day event is designed to test the knowledge and skills of students …..

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Duke Energy accelerates renewable energy growth goal by 33 Percent

 Company plans to own or purchase 8,000 megawatts of capacity by 2020 More company data and goals spelled out in new Sustainability Report CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Continuing its dramatic growth in renewable energy, Duke Energy has raised its 2020 renewable energy goal by 33 percent. The company expects to own or purchase 8,000 megawatts of wind, solar and biomass capacity by 2020 – a 33 percent jump from the old goal of 6,000 megawatts established in 2013. “Duke Energy is accelerating the pace of our renewable energy program allowing us to increase our goal for wind, solar and biomass on our system,” said Cari Boyce, vice president, Policy, Sustainability and …..

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ROUZER RECEIVES AWARD FOR CONSERVATIVE EXCELLENCE BY AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE UNION

Wilmington, NC – This week Congressman David Rouzer received the Award for Conservative Excellence by the American Conservative Union (ACU) for his leadership and conservative voting record for the first session of the 114th Congress.  This is the ACU’s top award for Members of Congress who vote most consistently with the ideals articulated in the U.S. Constitution: limited and transparent government, individual rights, personal responsibility, and a healthy culture.  Adhering to this approach every year since 1971, the ACU ratings are the most consistent measure of Congress.   “Our Founding Fathers established our Republic on the principles embodied by our Constitution to help ensure that our God-given and inalienable rights …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for April 28

The weekend ahead will be busy… White Oak Fire Department is sponsoring a pancake breakfast Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m.  Donations accepted. Boost the ‘Boro Spring Fest begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bladenboro Farmers Market.  Master Growers will be selling plants. A Child Abuse Awareness Walk begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at San Jose Restaurant and proceeds down Broad Street. If you were in the downtown Elizabethtown area yesterday morning, you probably saw about 90 Elizabethtown Primary School 1st graders walking hand ‘n hand to various public agencies.  I was told the youngsters visited a court session, the police department, the fire department and met the sheriff, …..

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Bladen County Sports

Three West Bladen Tennis Players Advance to Regionals

West Bladen singles player Victor Jacome and the Knight doubles team of Matthew Bobby and Manuel Arvizu advanced to the Class 2A regionals on May 6th. Jacome, West Bladen’s No. 1 singles player, finished in second-place in Wednesday’s Four County Conference singles tournament. The team of Bobby and Arvizu took third place in Wednesday’s conference doubles tournament. Share:

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Softball: West Bladen 9, Wallace-Rose Hill 1

DUBLIN – West Bladen’s Lady Knights pounded out 13 hits and ran their winning streak to 8 games in a row Wednesday night with a 9-1 Four County Conference softball victory over Wallace-Rose Hill. “It was a total team effort,” said Lady Knight Coach Joey Autry. “Up and down the line-up, everybody’s chipping in. We keep rolling along. It is a lot of fun right now.” Junior Sophia Singletary pitched a 7-hitter, struck out 5 and walked only one batter as she raised her season record to 9-7. “Sophia pitched ahead in the count, and we made some plays on defense behind her,” continued Coach Autry. “Alanna (Ludlum) was just …..

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Middle School Softball: Clarkton School of Discovery 18, Bladenboro 2

CLARKTON – Clarkton School of Discovery exploded for 16 first-inning runs en route to an 18-2 Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball victory over Bladenboro Tuesday. Jordan Kinlaw pitched a 3-inning one-hitter and struck out five to pick up the victory for the Lady Blue Devils. Kinlaw hit 3 batters and walked one. Johanna Parker was hit by a pitch to start the Clarkton first. Khadijah Jones blasted a 2-run homer to left-centerfield. Alyssa Futrell hammered a triple to centerfield and after QuaDasia Monroe walked, Lauren Bowen walloped a 2-run triple to left-centerfield. Abbie Cross and Alayna Weeks drew walks and raced home when Izzy Smith smashed a double to …..

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Junior varsity baseball: West Bladen 6, Wallace-Rose Hill 5

Trey Storms pitched into the fifth inning and Dalton Pait had a two-run single that drove home the deciding runs Wednesday afternoon as the West Bladen junior varsity team edged Wallace-Rose Hill 6-5 in a baseball game that was called after 4 1/2 innings due to the time limit. Storms allowed five hits and five runs — two earned — struck out six, walked three and hit a batter in 4 2/3 innings. Ian Sykes struck out the final two batters with the bases loaded to preserve the win as West Bladen improved its record to 12-8. Justin Nickle and Shawn Oxendine also had base hits for the Knights, who …..

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Baseball: Wallace-Rose Hill 9, West Bladen 2

Jacob Teachey pitched a four-hitter and struck out eight in leading Wallace-Rose Hill past West Bladen 9-2 on Wednesday night in a Four County Conference baseball game. Teachey needed only 96 pitches to toss the complete game and improve the Bulldogs’ record to 10-10 overall and 7-4 in the league. Wallace-Rose Hill is one of four Class 1-A teams in the split conference along with Union, Heide Trask and Pender. West Bladen fell to 6-13 overall and 5-6 in league games. The Knights have the fourth-best conference record among the four Class 2-A teams, which includes East Bladen, Clinton and Midway. There are three games left in the season. The …..

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The death of a newspaper, 1978

By: Jefferson Weaver You always had to beat the train. If a paperboy was careful, he could dash out the front door of the office, and run 50 feet to get across the railroad tracks. You’d balance on a broken railroad tie across the ditch or leap the ditch entirely, and climb the slight rise to run across the lot called the “Pond behind the Post Office,” where people joked they had caught the big fish they proudly brought by the paper to be photographed. The trains came through several times a day, as well as during the night, usually a freight. Once there was a real, live circus train. …..

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11th annual Hogs and Rags

By: Jacqueline Madden The 11th annual Hogs and Rags motorcycle ride took place on Saturday, April 23. Members of the Cumberland County and Bladen County Sheriff’s departments escorted the  motorcycle ride beginning at the Special Ops Museum in Fayetteville, NC, then  to Rocking-A-Ranch in White Oak, NC and continued on to Myrtle Beach, SC. A member of the Altman family said  “this was the biggest turnout yet with over 215 bikes and over 400 people in attendance.” Participants in the event lined up their bikes and classic cars as they enjoyed a freshly prepared breakfast, great music, a live raffle, free t-shirts and other door prizes.  All of the proceeds …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 28

1635 – Virginia Gov. John Harvey accused of treason & removed from office. 1788 – Maryland becomes 7th state to ratify US constitution. 1855 – 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston. 1901 – Cleveland’s Bock Baker gives up a record 23 singles as White Sox beat Blues (Cleveland Blues) 13-1. 1919 – 1st jump with Army Air Corp (zip-cord type) parachute (Les Irvin) 1932 – 1st broadcast of “One Man’s Family” on NBC-radio. 1934 – FDR signs Home Owners Loan Act. 1937 – 1st animated cartoon electric sign displayed (NYC) 1940 – Glenn Miller records “Pennsylvania 6-5000. 1942 – Nightly “dim-out” begins along US East Coast. 1957 – …..

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Rylee Chadwick USA Elite Select Futures All-American Fastpitch Softball

Rylee Chadwick, daughter of Matthew and Karrye Chadwick, of Bladenboro, made the 10 year old  USA Elite Select Futures All-American Fastpitch Softball team. She was picked as a Direct Selection player, which earned her a roster position on the team. Chadwick will be traveling to the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida during the 1st week in August to compete in the Futures All American Games. Rylee is a student at Bladenboro Middle School. Share:

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Middle School Baseball: Bladenboro 4, Clarkton School of Discovery 1

CLARKTON – Colby White and Logan West combined to pitch a 4-hitter that carried Bladenboro to a 4-1 Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery Tuesday. White pitched 5 scoreless innings and allowed 2 hits and 5 walks while striking out three to pick up the victory. West picked up the save with 2 innings of relief and gave up a run on 2 hits and 2 walks while striking out three. Double plays kept both teams scoreless in the first 2 innings. Bladenboro loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the first, but Blue Devil secondbaseman Garrett Melvin snared a liner …..

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Bill filed to reinstate North Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday

By: Erin Smith A bill has been filed in the North Carolina Senate seeking to reinstate North Carolina’s Sales and Use Tax Holiday. The annual Sales Tax Holiday was repealed by the General Assembly in 2014. The proposed bill seeks to reinstate North Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday for school-related supplies in its entirety. The bill was proposed by Senators Joyce Waddell, Valerie Foushee, and Paul Lowe Jr, Terry Van Duyn, Jane W. Smith and Angela R. Bryant. The Sales Tax Holiday, when in effect, applied to such items as: ** Clothing with a sales price of one hundred dollars ($100.00) or less per item. ** School supplies with a sales …..

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BCC Small Business Center announces free workshops

The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering many great no-cost seminars to celebrate Small Business Month in May. Financials 101 is scheduled for Monday May 2nd from 2 until 3 p.m. This workshop will guide you through the fundamentals of budgeting, depreciation, financial statement set up, capitalizing expenditures, payables/receivables, profit/loss and more. The class meets on the BCC main campus in building 2, room 202. On Wednesday May 4th at the same time and location, Intro to Fundraising Planning will provide you with the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan. At the Bladenboro Community Building, Mike Collins will present The Best Business to Start Now …..

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Miller Heustess Graduates High School with College Associate Degree in Hand

DUBLIN – In June, Ashli Miller Heustess, daughter of Kelli and Chuck Heustess, will become the first student in Bladen County to graduate with both a high school diploma and an Associate Degree from Bladen Community College. This coupling will allow Heustess to begin college in August as a junior. Heustess, a high performing student at East Bladen High School, plans to attend Campbell University in the fall as a pre-pharmacy student. She has balanced an active lifestyle, played three sports, participated in clubs and activities, and maintained an impressively high grade point average. “Miller has always displayed conscientious efforts to take advantage of every opportunity to get ahead academically,” …..

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Bladen Community College Welding Students Succeed at Competition

BCC students attending the 50th annual SkillsUSA North Carolina State Leadership and Skills Conference in Greensboro, joined with almost 1,800 high school and postsecondary students from across the state to compete in over 106 different skills and leadership categories.  SkillsUSA is the largest showcase of career and technical education in the state.   Pictured from left to right are Colby Ashe – 5th place in high school welding, Clayton Dowless – West Bladen welding instructor, Andrew Ferguson – high school welding representing West Bladen High School, Ethan White – high school welding representing West Bladen High School, Darrian Hicks – 1st place Job Skills Demonstration A, Russell Packer – 3rd …..

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BCC Board Chair Greets NCCCS President

Dennis Troy, chairman of the Bladen Community College Board of Trustees, attended the spring meeting of the North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees last week in Raleigh, where he was reelected to the executive committee of the state trustees association. Troy serves on the national board of trustees for community colleges. He is pictured with Dr. James C. Williamson, the recently hired president of the NC Community College System. The system is the governing agency for North Carolina’s 58 community colleges. For more information about Bladen Community College, call 910-879-5500. Share:

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Middle School Softball: Elizabethtown 18, Tar Heel 0

TAR HEEL -Kayleigh Raynor pitched a 3-inning perfect game and struck out 7 of 9 batters to lead Elizabethtown to an 18-0 Bladen Five Middle  School Conference softball victory over Tar Heel. The game was stopped by the mercy rule. The Lady Cougars sent 16 batters to the plate in the first inning and scored 13 runs. Shanell McMillian was hit by pitches twice in the inning and scored both times. Cheylee Mathis cracked a single to rightfield and scored twice in the inning. Raynor was hit by a pitch and also scored 2 runs in the inning. Alyssa Suggs walked and scored a run. Carlie West walked twice and …..

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North Carolina’s March County and Area Employment Figures Released , Bladen at 7.1 Percent

RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in March.  Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 13.3 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.2 percent.  All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.6 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.4 percent.  The March not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 5.4 percent.     When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 84 counties, increased in 10, and remained unchanged in six.  Twelve metro areas experienced rate decreases …..

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NC State Researchers learning about regenerating organs

One researcher at NC State University is hoping to use her knowledge gained while a Ph.D. student at NC State University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department to help future burn victims. Researchers in the department are using a 3D printer to manufacture human organs. The ultimate goal for the researchers is to be able to grow cells by placing them into a mold of the organ needed, creating the new organ, and implanting it into the patient. Katie Basinger is using pig skin in her experiments as she studies how to make the skin expand in a short period of time.  She told WNCN that being able to expand one’s …..

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Local Scouts earn Eagle badges, Silver Beaver award

By: Erin Smith As the Boy Scouts of America mark their 100th anniversary, four Bladen County Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. They are Jackson Burney, John Dean Alsup, Andrew Shepherd, and Jackson Ussery. They celebrated their accomplishments recently at the Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Banquet held in Wilmington. In total, 112 Scouts from the Cape Fear Council region received the Eagle Scout rank during 2015. The Cape Fear Council of Boy Scouts includes the counties of New Hanover, Brunswick, Columbus, Bladen Robeson, Scotland, Hoke, and Pender, according to Phillip Little. Those counties are divided into four districts that make up the Cape …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for April 27

It appears to be Trump vs Clinton for the next president of the USA, following yesterday’s primary elections. Invite your friends to visit Bladen now.  Over night accommodations now available at several locations, including Cape Fear Winery, The Elizabethtown Inn, Green’s Pond Cabins, Lu Mil Vineyard, and at White Lake, all open and accepting reservations.  Most, maybe all, have websites. Bladen County’s overnight accommodations, a great line up of restaurants and sites to visit, are making our area more attractive to tourist. Pet peeve.  While recently traveling on I-95, NCDOT workers or contractors working on the interstate post signs saying “left lane closed ahead.”  Cooperating drivers move to right lane, while others ‘zoom by’ as …..

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East Bladen High School

Baseball: Heide Trask 9, East Bladen 3

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Senior Kenny Smith pitched a complete-game 9-hitter and struck out 6 to lead Heide Trask to a 9-3 upset win at East Bladen Tuesday night in Four County Conference baseball action. It was the first loss of the season for Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles who drop to 10-1 in league play and 14-4 overall. East Bladen still holds a 2-game lead over second-place Clinton in the Four County standings. Senior Michael Stroman slammed a first-inning triple and scored on an infield out to put Trask up 1-0. The Titans then added 4 more runs in the second to take a 5-0 lead. Sophmore Robbie Patterson cracked …..

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Softball: West Bladen 9, Pender 7

BURGAW – Junior Laikyn Pait walloped a 2-run home run to ignite a 5-run West Bladen sixth inning that propelled the Lady Knights to a key 9-7 Four County Conference softball victory over Pender Tuesday night. Pender ace Gracie Vincent took a 6-4 lead into the West Bladen sixth, but junior Alanna Ludlum cracked a one-out single, and Pait crushed a 2-run, game-tying home run over the leftfield fence. Junior Sophia Singletary drew a walk, and junior Jenna Dove reached base on an error. After junior Kathryn Schultz walked, freshman Conner Brisson knocked in Patience Parker, the courtesy runner for Singletary, with a single. Junior Kassidy Anderson reached base on …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 27

  • 04/27/2016
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1805 – US Marines attack shores of Tripoli. 1813 – Americans under Gen. Pike capture Toronto; Pike is killed. 1860 – Thomas Jackson is assigned to command Harpers Ferry. 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 POW’s on their way home. 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. 1937 – 1st US social …..

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Baseball: West Bladen 10, Pender 2

BURGAW – Trent West struck out 14 and eight West Bladen players had at least one hit as the Knights routed Pender 10-2 on Tuesday in a Four County Conference baseball game. West, a junior who has been limited to only 18 innings pitched this season because of shoulder problems, was in command from the start. He didn’t allow a hit until an infield single with one out in the fifth inning and pitched into the seventh inning. The right-hander finished with a two hitter over 6 1/3 innings, walked four, threw 113 pitches and allowed one earned run. West struck out the side in the fourth and fifth innings. …..

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 5, Heide Trask 0

Senior Lacey Suggs fired in 4 goals to lead East Bladen’s Lady Eagles to a 5-0 Four County Conference girls soccer victory over visiting Heide Trask Tuesday night. Suggs opened the scoring with a goal in the fourteenth minute. Nine minutes later freshman Ashley Hardin converted an assist from junior Cassie Hill into the second East goal. Three minutes later Suggs struck again with her second goal of the game that pushed the East lead to 3-0. In the 33rd minute, Suggs recorded her ‘Hat Trick’ with a third goal that extended the Lady Eagle halftime lead to 4-0. East Bladen tacked on one more goal in the second half …..

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Softball: Heide Trask 10, East Bladen 2

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Four County Conference leader Heide Trask rallied from an early 2-1 deficit and defeated East Bladen 10-2 at East Tuesday night. The Lady Titans rallied for 4 runs in the third with the help of 4 East Bladen errors to go up 5-2 then tacked on a run in the fourth and 2 in the fifth, before senior catcher Taylor Rivenburgh slugged a 2-run home run in the seventh. The Lady Eagles scored twice in the second inning to edge in front 2-1. Freshman Anna Kate White was hit by a pitch, and freshman Olivia Hollingsworth reached base on an error. Sophmore Majesti Corbett knocked in …..

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JV Baseball: East Bladen 17, Heide Trask 0

Freshman Pierce Melvin pitched a 2-hit shutout as East Bladen’s jayvees pounded visiting Heide Trask 17-0 Tuesday.  The game was stopped by the mercy rule after 3.5 innings. Melvin struck out 8 and walked four in his four innings of work to pick up the victory. Freshman Shy Pone led off the Eagle first with a single and came around to scored on a passed ball. Freshman Dan Tatum drew a walk and scored on Melvin’s fielder’s choice. Sophmore Devan Stocks was hit by a pitch, and sophmore Tanner Meares walked. Freshman Spencer Scott knocked in Stocks with a single, and Eric Chancy’s fielder’s choice plated Meares. After Rhett Burney …..

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JV Baseball: West Bladen 18, Pender 6

BURGAW – West Bladen pounded out 17 hits, and Caleb Sholar struck out 11 Patriot batters to lead the Knights to an 18-6 Four County Conference jayvee baseball victory Tuesday. Sholar pitched a complete game 8-hitter and walked four. The tall junior also batted 4-5 with a double, 3 runs batted in and 3 runs scored. Justin Nickle finished with a perfect 4-4 day at the plate for the Knights that included a triple, 2 doubles, 2 runs scored and 3 rbi’s. Sophmore Trey Storms batted 3-4 with a double, 4 runs scored and 2 rbi’s. Brandon Strange finished 2-4 at the plate with a double, 3 rbi’s and a …..

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Softball

JV Softball: Pender 7, West Bladen 6

BURGAW – Pender edged West Bladen 7-6 Tuesday in a Four County Conference jayvee softball game that was stopped after 4 innings due to a time limit. Katie Ezzell batted a perfect 2-2 to lead the West Bladen hitters. Indyah Williams finished with a perfect 2-3 day at the plate. Freshman Erica McKoy walloped a 2-run home run, and sophmores Patience Parker and Elizabeth Allbright connected for one hit each. Pitcher Brittany Landreth batted 1-2 for the Lady Knights. The Lady Patriots capitalized on 2 hits, 11 walks and 2 errors to score their 7 runs. Landreth struck out two Pender batters. The Lady Knights are now 5-4 on the …..

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Soccer

Girls Soccer: Pender 6, West Bladen 1

BURGAW – Pender defeated West Bladen 6-1 Tuesday night in Four County Conference girls soccer action. The Lady Patriots improved to 3-8 in league play and 5-11-1 overall. West Bladen is winless in conference play and 1-19 overall. West Bladen will host Wallace-Rose Hill Wednesday at 6 p.m. Share:

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Four County EMC Officials Honored

Two Board of Directors from Four County Electric Membership Corporation (Four County EMC) have been recognized for their years of service to the electric cooperative.  S. Franklin Williams, President and Bertice L. Lanier, Vice President were honored for 30 years of service. The commendable service awards were presented at the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives’ (NCAEC) annual meeting on April 13.  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 approximately 1 million homes, farms and businesses in North Carolina. The co-ops are not-for-profit organizations that are member owned and overseen by …..

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Healthy Bladen Collaborative learns about Naloxone

By: Erin Smith The Healthy Bladen Collaborative meet on Tuesday morning at the Bladen County Health Department and learned about the use of Naloxone (Narcan) kits. “I have some really good news. Your Sheriff is talking with the NC Harm Coalition about these,” said Richard Berg of Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear. The Bladenboro Police Department has already implemented the use of Naloxone kits. He told the group that Naloxone, known as Narcan, has been in use for about 40 years. It is used to reverse the effects of an opioid-related overdose. Berg said that Naloxone is nonaddictive and there are no effects if opiates have not been …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S VETERANS SPECIALIST RECEIVES AWARD FROM MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger’s Military and Veterans Specialist, Bob Becker, has received the Special Recognition Award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart in recognition of his tireless efforts to assist local veterans. “Providing excellent constituent service is a top priority. When I was first elected to serve, I made it a priority to hire the best constituent service experts available, including Bob Becker, who has helped tens of thousands of veterans cut through red tape,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09). “We are proud of Bob and pleased to see his hard work recognized.”Local veterans who live in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District are welcome to contact Congressman Pittenger’s …..

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Fire Suppression Crews Identifying Hot Spots

  • 04/26/2016
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The Whipping Creek Road Fire remains at 15,449 acres in size and containment has increased to 62 percent. A perimeter flight on Monday, using infrared camera technology, revealed minimal heat on the fire. The locations identified were hit with helicopter water drops supported by firefighters directly attacking the hot spots. A follow up infrared flight is planned for today. Fire crews continue to monitor weather and fuel conditions for their daily planning of suppression tactics. Minimal fire growth is expected today even though increased fire weather conditions prevail. Fire weather conditions include rising temperatures, decreased humidity, and increased winds. The incident now has 146 firefighters and fire managers assigned to …..

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Federal court upholds North Carolina Voter ID law

By: Erin Smith A federal court has upheld North Carolina’s Voter ID Law. U. S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled on Monday that the controversial Voter ID law is constitutional and allowed it to stand. The law requires all voters who go to the polls to show an acceptable form of photo identification. Acceptable forms of identification include a North Carolina drivers license/permit, NC identification card, passport, military identification card, Veterans identification card, and certain tribal enrollment cards. To learn more about the new NC Voter ID law, click here. In addition, Judge Schroeder also ruled that changes that prohibit out-of-precinct voting can move forward and will take effect …..

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Harrells Christian Academy FFA Chapter presented with North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission Grant

The Harrells Christian Academy FFA Chapter was recently awarded a grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. On April 21, the chapter hosted a check presentation in conjunction with the HCA Spring Fling. Jason Davis, the North Carolina State FFA Coordinator, presented the check to the HCA FFA chapter on behalf of the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. The grant monies, which totaled $4,993.50, were used to help offset the costs of the equipment inside of the new 35-foot by 72-foot greenhouse facility through the purchase of tables, water hoses, planting materials, and supplies for a mum growing area. As a part of a partnership between the …..

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Things Are Happening At Vineyard Golf At White Lake

A lot of activities are happening this spring at Vineyard Golf. Some low scores reported recently…Brian Beaver 73, Mac Porter 72, Ricky Marvin 69, Evan Johnson 73, Ann Hancock 76, Steve Hancock 75.   There are some tournaments coming up. The Bay Tree Lakes Fire Department is Saturday, May 7, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Call Bob Lathan at 910-588-4073 for information. The Southeastern Seniors will be playing on Tuesday, May 17. The Bladen County Law Enforcement Tournament will be held Saturday, June 4, with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Anyone interested in playing is ask to call Atlas McVickers at 910-876-0917. Don’t forget the Thundering Herd …..

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Macon Hammond receives scholarship

Macon Hammond, a senior exercise science major, was selected to receive the 2016 Lawrence A. Golding Student Health & Fitness Scholarship. Presented by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the scholarship recognizes and honors undergraduate students who have made significant contributions to their communities in health, fitness or education. “This is a very prestigious award,” said Provost Michael Brown. “Macon is highly motivated, academically proficient, and able to balance a full range of academic, athletic and co-curricular activities. The college faculty members are proud of his accomplishments.” Macon will receive $1,000, registration to the ACSM Health & Fitness Summit & Exposition, $1,000 credit for the ACSM store, and a …..

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Local Author to Hold Book Signing

Elizabethtown resident, Faye M. Hardin, has scheduled a book signing for her recently published book, A Good Man. The book signing will be held on Sunday afternoon, May 15, in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Methodist Church in Elizabethtown, between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m.  Books, previously reserved by individuals, as well as some additional books will be available, for purchase, at this book signing.  The books that will be available are in hardback form, and are priced at $26.99 by the publisher.  Anyone wishing is reserve a book, in advance, can do so by calling Mrs. Hardin at 910-862-3076. This book, A Good Man, is based on …..

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Reach Higher Initiative begins at BCC

Bladen Community College director of students Anthony Thomas, president William Findt, counselor and SGA advisor Crystal Dowd, and vice president for student services Barry Priest wear college t-shirts to participate in the National College Signing Day and the ReachHigher Initiative developed by First Lady Michelle Obama.  The campaign supports the Obama administration’s North Star Goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. For more information about enrollment in the Bladen Community College curriculum and continuing education programs, call 910 879-5500. Share:

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Frances Weller to be keynote speaker at BCC graduation

WECT-TV 6 anchor and Wilmington native, Frances Weller will provide the keynote address to attendees of the 2016 Bladen Community College curriculum graduation, at 7:30 p.m. on May 17. Weller graduated in 1981 with a major in speech communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her television career in 1982 with WECT-TV in Wilmington. She worked as a general assignment reporter for three years before becoming co-anchor of the television station’s 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. news programs.  Weller now also anchors the WECT News at 5 p.m.  Through the years, Weller has received recognition for her community advocacy. She is a sponsor for Pink Packs, …..

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Planning for Career Day for Bladen County Students

Last Friday, Brian Campbell President of Campbell Oil Company held a lunch meeting regarding a Bladen County Schools Career Day program with local business and community leaders. Campbell told those gathered for the lunch meeting that he had been thinking about ways the business community can become involved and help the school system. Campbell said, “We want to try to help the students figure out their purpose.” After giving it some thought Campbell has decided a Career Day would be a good idea and has set his plan into action. The superintendent and some school staff were in attendance at the meeting and they expressed their excitement about the idea. …..

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Boost Boro Holds Spring Fest

If the weather forecast holds, it should be an outstanding weather day with very low humidity, temperature between  58-82 and only a slight 10% chance of rain for the Annual Spring Fest, April 30th at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market.  The Master Growers will be set up in front of the building selling plants (both vegetable and landscape) between approximately 8:30 until 12 noon. The front “retail section” of the Farmers market will be open and staffed starting at 8:30 and will remain open throughout the day on Saturday for retail customers. The Grill Masters will be busy preparing the food during the morning so it will be available to serve …..

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East Bladen High announces Marshals

The Marshals who are selected to serve at graduation are in the top 15 students of Junior class. The Marshals are determined at end of first semester of Junior year. All Marshals have a required dress code to follow at all events. Academic Requirements for Marshals No course failures or credit losses due to attendance Conduct Requirement Must have no out-of-school (OSS) while at EBHS Must have no office referrals resulting in in-school suspension (ISS) or ALP while at EBHS No felony or misdemeanor criminal convictions. Based on requirements outlined above, the following students have been selected as this year’s Marshals: Emily Scott:  Head Marshal Hannah Allison Lenora Alanzo Gabe …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for April 26

East Bladen Eagle baseball team added another conference victory last night, downing Clinton 8-5.  The Eagles, loaded with underclassmen, are now 10-0 in Four County play and 14-3 overall.  West Bladen, hopeful of a good season, has had numerous injuries and other mishaps and are strugglin’.  They are 4-5 in conference play and 5-12 overall.   Each of the Bladen teams have about 5 games remaining. West Bladen softball and East Bladen’s soccer teams are also enjoying much success in the win-loss column. All of the spring teams worth the price of admission, and deserve support. Thought of another comment by U.S. Rep. Walter Jones made on a recent visit …..

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Baseball: East Bladen 8, Clinton 5

Sophmore shortstop Sincere Smith started double plays in each of the last 2 innings as East Bladen held on for a key 8-5 Four County Conference victory over Clinton at East Monday night. The victory stretches the first-place Eagles lead over Clinton to 2.5 games with only 4 games remaining. Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles are now 10-0 in the league and 14-3 overall. East Bladen led 8-4 after 5 innings, but Trey Warren greeted Eagle relief pitcher Xavier Wooten with an opposite-field double to start the sixth. After Charles Jordan was safe on a fielder’s choice, Bailey Spell knocked in Warren with a single to center field. With the tying …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 26

1697 – 1st English colony in America lands at Cape Henry, Virginia. 1865 – Battle of Durham Station, NC (Greensboro) 1865 – Confederate Gen. J.E. Johnston surrenders Army of Tennessee, at Durham, NC. 1931 – Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him American League home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season. 1941 – A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs) 1952 – Patty Berg scores 64, best competitive round of golf by a woman. 1954 – Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins. 1961 – Roger Maris hits 1st of 61 homers in 1961. …..

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NC House Dems file bill to repeal House Bill 2

By Erin Smith House Democrats filed a bill on Monday to repeal North Carolina’s infamous House Bill 2. The legislation calls for the bill to be repealed in its entirety. Political pundits say there is little support for the repeal among Republican lawmakers. The bill, known as House Bill 946, calls for a complete repeal of House Bill 2 and also seeks funding for the Human Relations Commission in the amount of $545,407 in “recurring funds for fiscal year 2016-17.” The bill also calls for the repeal of House Bill2 to take effect immediately while the funding for the Human Relations Committee would begin on July 1, 2016. The bill’s primary …..

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Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Announces Education Contest Winners

Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District proudly announces winners at the State Level in the 2016 Poster contest for Bladen County Academy, Primary, Elementary, and Middle school students.  This year’s theme is “We All Live in a Watershed.”   These students won the District and Area 7 level competitions before advancing to State-level competition. The District is happy to have had so many students participate in our contests this year, and thanks all of the local teachers who made time in their busy schedules to fit in these competitions. The Soil and Water Conservation District believes that teaching children the importance of conserving our natural resources at an early age …..

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Paving begins in Elizabethtown

By: Erin Smith The streets around Elizabethtown are about to get a little smoother. Following work on the town’s sewer lines, travel through town is slowly beginning to return to normal as the final phase of a planned sewer rehabilitation project winds down. Town Manager Eddie Madden said that all of the sewer line work has been completed and paving of all the affected streets got underway on Monday. Share:

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US 701 reopens after crash

By Erin Smith Traffic is moving once more following a crash involving a transfer truck and an SUV on US Hwy. 701 in vicinity of the Carolina Blueberry Association near White Lake saw one person air lifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Monday morning.  The highway was closed for a brief period of time in both directions to allow rescue crews to free the victim and to allow New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s AirLink helicopter to land. Traffic was temporarily rerouted onto NC 210 and NC 41 as crews cleared the roadway and US 701 was re-opened to traffic after about an hour. According to North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper …..

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