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Ammon community gaining solar project

The Ammon community is gaining a green energy project in the form of a 129 acre solar farm project on Old Fayetteville Road. Bladen Solar LLC has already received the necessary permits for the project, according to Bladen County Planner Greg Elkins. According to reports, in June 2015, The North Carolina Utilities Commission granted a certificate of public convenience to Bladen Solar that allows the company to construct a 50 megawatt facility on the east and west sides of Braxton Edge Road and east and west of the intersection with Old Fayetteville Road and east of Walter West Road near Fayetteville.  An amendment to the project was granted in August …..

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Bladen vehicle stolen, and located

A big thank you to law enforcement went out after a vehicle was stolen in Bladen County. According to Eric Davis of Bladenboro, his vehicle was stolen on Wednesday, March 29th in Bladen County. Davis said he contacted law enforcement immediately. The vehicle was recovered without damages a hour and half later thanks to team work between law enforcement divisions. “I want to say thank you to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department and the Highway Patrol in Bladen and Columbus Counties for their work in recovering my vehicle,” Davis said. Share:

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For Better Living: Add Some Variety to Your Vegetables

By: Sandra R. Cain Eat your vegetables – good advice when we were kids, and it’s also good advice for adults. Only 23 percent of Americans currently eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Increasing physical activity and eating more fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk for certain cancers, stroke, diabetes and heart disease. It’s an easy way to improve health, especially with the abundance of locally produced fruits and vegetables available during the summer months. In addition, today’s vast transportation system ensures a year-round supply of fresh produce. If you’re limiting your choice in vegetables mostly to lettuce, carrots and potatoes, it’s time …..

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A different kind of March Madness

By Jefferson Weaver I was heading home, having made an uncustomary Sunday afternoon trip to the office, when I saw the young man in his side yard. I think it was the yellow line that first caught my eye, bending back on itself in a S curve as he whipped the fly rod forward and back, expertly stripping line with a smooth hand I wish I could master. I slowed a little, worried more that he might practice-cast into my car and break his line than I was about hurting the car. I needn’t have worried. The young angler threw the rod like a professional far beyond his years. I …..

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Tillis: Remove Barriers to Expedite Path to Alzheimer’s Cure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Special Committee on Aging, attended a hearing on the state of Alzheimer’s disease and questioned witness Maria Shriver on ways to better support caregivers and the need to find a cure for Alzheimer’s. Watch Senator Tillis at the hearing. “We have to think about other ways for funding and ways to be more productive with the funding we are producing,” said Senator Tillis. “I think combatting Alzheimer’s represents an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to come together and look at some of the hurdles; whether its research, the regulatory environment, or authorization for new therapies and find ways …..

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Weddington senior appointed to West Point

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is happy to announce that Caroline Horne, a senior at Weddington High School, has received a prestigious appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Ms. Horne founded and serves as president of the Weddington Mentors Club, which organizes high school students to serve as mentors at the Monroe Boys and Girls Club.  She also launched “Hope for the Holidays” to provide Christmas gifts for children at the Boys and Girls Club. “At a Memorial Day presentation several years ago, I interacted with an older gentleman, a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars.  While watching another veteran perform Taps from his …..

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Abbey Walters Pitches 1-Hitter; Strikes Out 11

FAYETTEVILLE – West Bladen grad Abbey Walters fired a one-hitter and struck out a career-high 11 batters Wednesday to lead UNC-Pembroke to an 8-0 victory in the opening game of a non-conference softball double-header. Walters blasted a 2-run home run in the nightcap as the Lady Braves completed the double-header sweep with a 6-0 win. In the opener, Walters raised her record to 10-8 allowing only the one hit and no walks, while hitting 3 batters. It was her fourth shutout of the season and lowered her Earned Run Average to 1.96. At the plate the senior righthander singled in the first inning, stole second, advanced on a passed ball …..

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Tillis Joins Bipartisan Group To Address Marine Debris

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined Senators Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Gary Peters (D-MI) to introduce the bipartisan Save our Seas (SOS) Act to help address the marine debris epidemic affecting America’s ocean shorelines and inland waterways, as well as other coasts across the globe. Intact marine debris from foreign countries travel great distances and pose problems for nations who are not responsible for the mismanagement of the source country’s solid waste. The Save our Seas (SOS) Act works to address three critical areas: ·Allows the NOAA Administrator to declare severe …..

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The Browns of Wallace to perform at Liberty Worship Center

The Browns of Wallace N.C. Will be singing at Liberty Worship Center in Clarkton on Sunday, April 2nd, 2017, at the 11 a.m. service. Everyone is welcome so please make plans to come out and worship with this wonderful family. The church is located at 89 North Grove Street Clarkton, N.C. For more information please call 910-840-4325 Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Hopefully the NC HB2 issue will soon be a memory. Governor and Legislature have hopefully agreed to agree. House and Senate expected to repeal the controversial law today and the Governor has promised to sign immediately. We are just hours away from the next round of March Madness to determine the best college team of 2016-2017. South Carolina vs Gonzaga at 6:09 PM Saturday, the second game pits Oregon against UNC at 8:49 PM, both games being played in Phoenix, Arizona. The Saturday winners play Monday evening for the championship. Speaking of sports, musical chairs for football coach at West Bladen continues. Todd Pait is departing the scene after one …..

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Lexi Dawson Belts 4 Hits in St Andrews Double-Header

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RALEIGH -East Bladen grad Lexi Dawson batted 4-4 for St. Andrews Tuesday in a double-header at Meredith College. Meredith swept the double-header by scores of 2-1 and 8-0. Dawson swatted a single down the leftfield line in the first inning of Tuesday’s opener and rapped a single through the middle to lead off the fourth inning. In her final at-bat Dawson drew a walk to finish 2-2 for the game. In the nightcap Dawson hammered a double to right-centerfield in the second inning then raked a single to right field in the fourth inning. Dawson slammed 2 doubles, knocked in 2 runs and scored a run in a 7-5 victory …..

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Boys Tennis: East Bladen 6, West Bladen 3

East Bladen defeated West Bladen 6-3 on Wednesday in a Four County Conference boys’ high school tennis match. Singles Joseluis Osorio (WB) defeated Michael McDuffie (EB) 6-4 7-5 Tate Sykes (WB) defeated Alex Gomez (EB) 6-3 7-5  Robert Meggs (EB) defeated Edgardo Lara (WB) 6-1, 6-0 Gabe Barnes (EB) defeated Jacob Hester (WB) 6-1, 6-0 Jacob Barber (EB) defeated Victor Avellano (WB) 6-3, 6-3 Jay McGill (EB) defeated Fernando Carranza (EB) 6-1, 6-1 Doubles Osorio/Sykes (WB) defeated McDuffie/Barnes (EB) Won Tiebreak 7-3 Gomez/Meggs (EB) defeated Lara/Hester (WB) 8-1 Collins Pridgen/Grey Cabellero (EB) defeated Avellano/Carranza (WB) 9-7 Share:

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This Day in History for March 30

1822 – Congress combined East & West Florida into Florida Territory. 1858 – Pencil with attach eraser patented (Hyman L Lipman of Philadelphia) 1867 – US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre – Seward’s Folly) 1889 – John T Reid opens 1st US golf course (Yonkers, NY) 1910 – Mississippi Legislature founded The University of Southern Mississippi. 1940 – 2nd NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Indiana U beats Kansas 60-42. 1945 – World War II: a defecting German pilot delivers a Messerschmitt Me 262A-1 to Americans. 1946 – “St Louis Woman” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 113 performances 1953 – Albert Einstein announces revised unified …..

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Bladen among counties involved in $11 million insurance scam settlement

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced Wednesday the conviction of two retired insurance agents, Milton Hooks, 72, of Rocky Mount and James Mangum, 69, of Tarboro on six counts each of obtaining property by false pretense. The case was the result of an extensive seven-year investigation in 14 counties, including Bladen, conducted by the NC Department of Insurance’s Criminal Investigation Division. Hooks and Mangum targeted senior citizens in a regional scam that involved the reallocation of money people had in savings and insurance policies. “Preying on our senior citizens is wrong,” said Causey. “I am pleased NCDOI criminal investigators were able to recover nearly $11 million in this important …..

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Charlotte man sentenced after high speed chase in August

A Charlotte man who led authorities on a high speed chase in August plead guilty Wednesday in Bladen County Superior Court to assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and fleeing to elude arrest. Gebreal Moss, 23, was sentenced to between 36 and 56 months in state custody, according to the Bladen County District Attorney’s office. Members of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabethtown Police Department had set up a license check station at the foot of the Cape Fear River Bridge near the entrance to Tory Hole Park after midnight on Aug. 7, according to a report. As Moss’ 2006 Honda Civic approached the station, it …..

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Horne sentenced for theft, stolen item had tracking device attached

An Elizabethtown man was sentenced up to 32 months in prison Wednesday in Bladen County Superior Court after pleading guilty to taking items that were found using a tracking device attached to one of the items. Adam Horne, 32, was sentenced to between 19 and 32 months in state custody on felony charges of breaking and entering and obtaining property by false pretense, according to the Bladen County District Attorney’s office. The case stemmed from a break-in reported Nov. 28, 2015, at a building along Greene Industrial Park Road. A motorcycle, leaf blower and generator had been stolen, according to a court summary. The owner of the building told Bladen …..

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Mac Campbell shares Bladen We Care details with Elizabethtown Rotary Club

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Mac Campbell, of Bladen We Care, spoke to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday during their luncheon meeting at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. He said Bladen We Care is celebrating its 28th year of helping people in Bladen County through grants they make to those in need. Two very important upcoming dates for Bladen We Care are the Golf Tournament schedule for April 27, at Vineyard Golf at White Lake and the Bladen We Care Gala scheduled for May 5 at Lu Mil Vineyard. Rotarian Linda Burney purchased the first ticket for the gala. “We are all volunteer. There is no paid personnel,” said Campbell. He said all of the …..

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The NC Education & Innovation Tour Coming to Robeson County Schools

Mark Johnson, the NC Superintendent of Public Instruction, will visit West Lumberton Elementary School at 9:40 a.m., and the relocated site of Lumberton Junior High School following Hurricane Matthew at 11:10 a.m., on Thursday as part of his NC Education & Innovation Tour. Earlier this year, Johnson pledged to conduct a listening tour to hear directly from educators, parents and community leaders across North Carolina. “Robeson County was significantly affected by Hurricane Matthew earlier this school year,” said Johnson. “I will see how the school community has rebounded and hear their concerns to determine how we can best continue to assist during the recovery.” Johnson also will attend the Master’s …..

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Road Closing

An update of road openings/closings in Bladen County

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has released an updated listing of road openings/closings for Bladen County. An update of road openings / closings is as follows: OPENINGS: None EXISTING CLOSINGS: Berry Lewis Road Berry Lewis Road remains closed in order to replace a large crossline pipe damaged during the hurricane.  The location of the closure is 1.2 miles west of Forest Drive.  The contractor is ahead of schedule so the road should open by the end of this week. Owen Hill Road Owen Hill Road remains closed due to the construction of a double line of cast in place reinforced concrete box culvert.  Construction is well underway, but it …..

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SBI Hosts National Detector Dog Trials in Raleigh April 2-5

RALEIGH – The State Bureau of Investigation is hosting this year’s United States Police Canine Association’s National Detector Dog Trials in Raleigh April 2-5. Police dogs such as Labrador retrievers, German shepherds, Belgium malinois and even a springer spaniel are among the breeds that will be tested on their ability to sniff and detect narcotics, explosives, accelerants or cadavers. SBI’s criminal specialist and K-9 Unit coordinator, Ken Mathias, is spearheading the event which attracts detector dogs from local, state and national law enforcement agencies as well as the armed forces and correction departments. “USPCA is the gold standard of police dog certification,” said Mathias. “They have some of the most …..

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JV Softball: West Bladen 6, Midway 4

DUNN – West Bladen scored 2 fifth-inning runs to snap a 4-4 tie and claim a 6-4 Four County Conference jayvee softball victory over Midway Tuesday. Winning pitcher Brittany Landreth smacked a one-out single to start the Lady Knight fifth inning and advanced on an infield out. Indiyah Williams knocked in Landreth with a single to centerfield. Ivanay Louis followed with a single to centerfield, and Jordan Benson reached base on an error as Williams scored. Freshman Kasee Singletary batted 2-3 and scored 2 runs to lead the West Bladen hitters. Landreth also turned in a 2-3 game at the plate, scored a run and drove in a run. Williams …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Baseball: East Bladen 11, Union 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophomore Pierce Melvin pitched a one-hitter and struck out 6 to lead the East Bladen jayvees to an 11-1 Four County Conference jayvee baseball victory Tuesday over Union. Freshman Gabe Barber led off the Eagle first inning with a single and stole second base. Freshman Jordan Robinson followed with another single. Sophomore Spencer Scott belted a single that scored Barber, and Melvin knocked in Robinson and Scott with a single. Josh McKoy drove in Melvin with the fifth consecutive East Bladen hit of the inning. Davis Alsup’s fielder’s choice scored McKoy with the fifth Eagle run of the inning. In the Eagle second inning, Barber cracked a one-out …..

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Change in location for Bladen County Black Bear Management Meeting

RALEIGH, N.C. — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Black Bear Management Forum scheduled for Bladen Community College on Monday, April 3rd has been moved from the Auditorium on Campus to an alternate meeting room in Building 7 also located on the Bladen Community College Campus. The meetings will serve as an open forum to receive public comment regarding options that would change the current coastal bear hunting seasons to align with the new biological bear management units that were presented at last year’s forums (See report). The meeting begins at 7 p.m. The locations and dates are: Monday, April 3 at Bladen Community College (Library, Building 7), located at 7418 …..

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Southeastern Carolina Crossroads to conduct Second annual Golf Tourney

Southeastern Carolina Crossroads is gearing up for their second annual Golf Tournament to be held at Land O’Lakes Golf Course in Whiteville on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Tee off is 1 p.m. The funds raised by the tournament will be used to further the work of the Southeastern Carolina Crossroads. The tournament is Captain’s Choice with four person teams. Cost to enter is $240 per team. Lunch will be provided. Door prizes will also be available. Sponsorships are also available.  Sponsors will be recognized in all advertising and publications. Sponsorship levels are Silver, Gold and Platinum. *Silver sponsorships are $100 and the individual/business will have their logo or name on …..

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Tour where Bladen County tax dollars are going

By: Charlotte Smith It is always nice to see a project come together. The staff members from the Bladen County Clerk of Courts and Work Force Development offices toured the new Bladen County Detention and Law Enforcement Center last week. Captain Jeff Singletary gave the tour. The tour started in the front of the new center. “In the entry way there will be a wall of honor, honoring all the officers who have fallen in the line of duty,” Singletary said. A new way of doing things was explained as soon as the group stepped in the new building. Employees will no longer take property or money for the inmates …..

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USDA

USDA Announces Loan Rates for Wheat, Feed Grains, Oilseeds, Rice and Pulse Crops

WASHINGTON, March 29, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation today announced the 2017 marketing assistance loan rates by county for wheat, corn, grain sorghum, barley, oats, soybeans and each “other oilseed” (canola, crambe, flaxseed, mustard seed, rapeseed, safflower, sesame seed and sunflower seed), loan rates by region for pulses (dry peas, lentils, small chickpeas and large chickpeas), and loan rates by state for rough rice. The rates are posted on the Farm Service Agency (FSA) website at www.fsa.usda.gov/programs-and-services/price-support/commodity-loan-rates/index. Marketing assistance loans provide interim financing to producers so that commodities can be stored after harvest when market prices are typically low, to be sold later when …..

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Craft breweries praise introduction of legislation that will support job creation, economic growth

Raleigh, NC – North Carolina craft breweries are praising the introduction of legislation that would modernize North Carolina craft brewing laws by eliminating unnecessary, burdensome regulations. Introduced by Chairman of the House Alcohol Beverage Control Committee Chuck McGrady (R-Henderson) today, the ABC Omnibus Legislation (HB 500) would help create jobs, spur local investment in North Carolina’s urban and rural communities, and raise the cap on the amount of beer a craft brewery may distribute itself before contracting with a wholesaler. The legislation is cosponsored by Representatives Bill Brawley (R-Mecklenburg), Jon Hardister (R-Guilford) and Pricey Harrison (D-Guilford). “The goal of this legislation is to remove unnecessary barriers that prevent the growth and …..

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Myers Park senior receives Naval Academy appointment

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce that Elizabeth White, a senior at Myers Park High School, has received a prestigious appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Ms. White was the 2015-2016 co-MVP of the Myers Park track team, traveled to El Salvador in 2015 to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, and currently serves as an assistant coach for Let Me Run, an organization which teaches life skills to boys through running. “I have always had the goal to do something powerful and meaningful with my life.  But, without a means in mind to achieve this, that is about as vague as it gets.  …..

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Apply for FEMA’s Youth Preparedness Council Today

Time is running out! Applications for the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s Youth Preparedness Council (YPC) close on March 31 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Teens from across the nation have the opportunity to make a difference in their communities by joining the YPC. Young people on the council work to better their emergency preparedness skills to help ensure readiness and recovery in their own neighborhoods and beyond. All students in grades 8-11, who have engaged in community service or are interested in being an ambassador for emergency preparedness, are encouraged to apply. Are you an adult working with youth or emergency management? Share the application with those you believe might be interested …..

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West Bladen FFA Chapter Participates in State Poultry Event

The West Bladen FFA Chapter participated in the North Carolina FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event on Thursday, March 16, 2017, at the NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC.  Team members include Noah Bryan, Joseluis Hernandez, Callie Lewis and Sean Nunnery. During this event students evaluated production, processing, and merchandising phases of the poultry industry, as well as, identify various industry components.  They are also tested on the application of sound management practices.  Perdue Farms Inc., with in-kind support from the Prestage Department of Poultry Science at North Carolina State University, sponsors the State Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event. Share:

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East Bladen High School

Girls Soccer: East Bladen 9, Union 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles raced to a 7-0 halftime lead en route to a 9-0 mercy-rule girls soccer victory over Union Tuesday night in Four County Conference action. Seven different Lady Eagles scored in the game. Junior Hannah Devane opened up the scoring with a goal off of an assist from sophomore Ashley Hardin. Hardin dished out 5 assists in the game. Devane would score again and finished the game with 2 goals and an assist. Senior Justyna Gargala fired in 2 goals and had one assist. Senior Lexi Mendell, freshman Patience Ward, sophomore Sarah Johnson, sophomore Ashton Magby and sophomore Victoria Pridgen all scored one goal each …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Mission accomplished, I think, and headed home from DC. Yesterday was a good day. Visited the office of several congressman, did not get to speak to any, but did speak to some staffers. One I always look forward to is Bryan Martin in Rep. Walter Jones office. Actually, he knew I needed help moving from one office to another and he guided me thru the underground system to my next stop, and I appreciate it. Bryan is the former planning director for the Town of Elizabethtown. Met a former co-worker with the NC Association of County Commissioners. Butch Gunnels is now Ex. Director of the NC Soft Drink Bottlers Association, …..

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Baseball: East Bladen 11, Union 1

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Sincere Smith pitched a 2-hitter and struck out 7 batters Tuesday night to lead East Bladen to an 11-1 Four County Conference mercy-rule baseball victory over Union. The victory moves Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles into a first-place tie in the Four County standings with West Bladen and Midway – all 3 teams have 5-1 league records. East Bladen has a 6-3 overall record. Union scored a first-inning run when Dawson Thornton beat out an infield hit, stole second base and eventually scored on a wild pitch. In the bottom of the first, senior Kyle Tatum and junior Xavier Wooten drew 2-out walks, and …..

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Baseball: Midway 5, West Bladen 4

DUNN – Midway rallied for 5 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat West Bladen 5-4 Tuesday night in Four County Conference baseball action. West Bladen took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the sixth, but a pair of opposite field singles, 2 walks, a hit batsman and an error resulted in the 5 Raider runs. “They didn’t hit the ball hard all night,” said Knight Coach Kim Cain. “We just had one bad inning.” The Knights took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Senior Jarrett Williams beat out an infield hit, and senior Trent West belted a single. Junior Scott Bowen crushed a 3-run …..

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Softball: West Bladen 12, Midway 2

DUNN- West Bladen remained tied for first place in the Four County Conference softball race Tuesday night with a 12-2 mercy-rule victory over Midway. Coach Joey Autry’s Lady Knights improved their record to 5-0 in the league and 9-1 overall. Wallace-Rose Hill defeated Pender 10-2 Tuesday night and is also 5-0 in conference play. After two scoreless innings, the Lady Knights broke the deadlock in the third inning. Senior Jenna Dove drew a walk, and freshman Kyla Reed hammered a double that drove in Dove. Senior Kassidy Anderson reached base on a fielder’s choice. Senior Logan Autry laced a single that scored Reed, and senior Laikyn Pait drew a walk. …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 29

1806 – Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway. 1848 – Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam. 1852 – Ohio makes it illegal for children under 18 & women to work more than 10 hours a day. 1867 – Congress first approves building of Lincoln Memorial. 1912 – Capt. Robert Scott, storm-bound in a tent near South Pole, makes his last entry in his diary “the end cannot be far” 1932 – Jack Benny debuts on radio, on Ed Sullivan’s New York interview program. 1943 – Meat (784 gram/week, 2 …..

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Softball: East Bladen 15, Union 6

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN –Freshman Izzy Smith and senior Emily Scott belted 2 hits each during a 9-run, sixth-inning explosion that propelled East Bladen to a 15-6 Four County Conference softball victory over Union Tuesday night. The two teams were tied 6-6 entering the bottom of the sixth inning. Scott ripped a one-out single through the middle, and Izzy Smith hammered a triple to left-centerfield that scored Scott with the go-ahead run. Freshman Adrienne Howell reached base on an error, and sophomore Anna Kate White knocked in Izzy Smith with a single. Sophomore Olivia Hollingsworth swatted a single to right field that loaded the bases. Sophmore Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson drew …..

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Students at Clarkton and Tar Heel continue to bring home hardware

Elizabethtown, NC – Teams from across North Carolina annually take part in a rigorous academic competition, which hosts 23 events in the fields of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology known as Science Olympiad. Clarkton School of Discovery’s JV and Varsity Science Olympiad teams competed in the regional Science Olympiad competition held at UNC-W on March 4th. This was CSD’s second year competing with Coach Jordan Raynor. In all, the Clarkton teams brought home 11 event medals. The varsity team placed in the top ten in 9 events, and the JV team placed in the top ten in 19 out of 23 events among teams …..

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Rep. Rouzer introduces bill to designate Wilmington as ‘American World War II City’

Washington, D.C. –  Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) re-introduced a bill to designate and recognize the city of Wilmington as the first nationally recognized “American World War II City.”  H.R. 1721 establishes a process to allow the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to designate at least one city in the United States each year with this illustrious title.  These cities will be designated due to their significant contributions to the war effort and their work preserving the history of WWII. This is a major step in encouraging the preservation of our national heritage so that structures, artifacts, museums and veterans are properly and safely persevered.  If passed by Congress and signed into …..

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Hiker suffers minor injury at Jones Lake State Park

A female hiker suffered a minor knee injury on Tuesday afternoon while hiking at Jones Lake State Park, according to Ranger Lane Garner. He said the hiker was unable to walk out on her own, so the Rangers took a backboard onto the trail and carried her out of the woods. Garner said the hiker was transported by Bladen County EMS to Cape Fear Valley Bladen Healthcare for treatment of minor injuries. Share:

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Vineyard Golf

Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association Tourney Held At Vineyard Golf

The rains came early Tuesday morning but cleared up at 10 a.m. to allow 79 golfers to participate in the Tuesday, March 28, Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association Tourney held at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. A new record was set at Vineyard Golf with the largest amount of golfers ever, 79, in a regular season tournament. The winning team, with a score of 52, was John Barkley, Jimmy Hedgepeth, Charles Bridger and Barry Kelly. The next tournament is scheduled for Land O’ Lakes Golf Course near Whiteville. Share:

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Governor Cooper Holds Discussion on Fighting the Opioid Crisis

Governor Roy Cooper today met with leading professionals from law enforcement, substance abuse treatment and health care about the best ways to fight the opioid crisis in North Carolina. “The opioid crisis has devastated communities and families across our state, and we must work together to help our neighbors struggling with substance use disorders,” Gov. Cooper said. “Innovative partnerships among law enforcement, treatment centers, and recovery programs are focused on putting an end to addiction.” Cooper and Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen co-hosted a discussion with physicians, first responders, public health experts, community treatment and recovery program leaders, law enforcement and families impacted by opioid abuse …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Baseball: East Bladen 7, Clinton 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophomore Spencer Scott pitched a 2-hitter Monday night to lead East Bladen to a 7-1 victory over Clinton Monday night in Four County Conference jayvee baseball action. The Eagles took control early scoring 5 first-inning runs after 2 were out. Sophomore Dan Tatum cracked a single and stole second and third bases, while Scott drew a walk. Tatum darted home on a passed ball. Sophomore Pierce Melvin slammed a double that scored Scott. Josh McKoy laced a single that plated Melvin. Sophomore Eric Chancy was hit by a pitch. After Josh McKoy and Chancy both stole a base, an error on Xavier McKoy’s grounder scored both runners. The …..

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Pittenger receives prestigious “Spirit of Enterprise” Award

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has been honored with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce “Spirit of Enterprise” Award in recognition of his support for policies which promote a healthy economy and job growth. Congressman Pittenger received this year’s award for his support of legislation to help small businesses access the capital needed to grow and create jobs, reforms to make federal jobs training programs relevant to 21st century needs, and policies to help American manufacturers compete in the global economy. “Hardworking Americans deserve good paying jobs.  Small business owners who risk everything to create jobs and economic growth deserve our support,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “For too long, out-of-touch Washington …..

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Greater McKoy’s Chapel annual Car Show set for April 29

Greater McKoy’s Chapel, Inc. (282 Center Rd. Elizabethtown, NC) will conduct their annual Car Show on Saturday, April 29. Registration is from 8 a.m. to noon and judging will begin at 1 p.m. with awards being presented beginning at 2 p.m. If you would like to enter your vehicle in the show there is a $25 fee or to be a vendor there is a $15 fee (no food vendors allowed). Please contact Danny LeSane at 910-876-3582 if you have any questions or would like to participate. Share:

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Bladenboro Rotary Club hears about Party Rock Fire from Jackie and Wanda Coleman

Jackie and Wanda Coleman presented the Monday, March 27, Bladenboro Rotary program, a continuation of the February 27, 2017, program. Jackie Coleman, Chief of the Bladenboro Volunteer Fire Department, shared pictures and a video of the Party Rock Fire which occurred in November 2016 in the North Carolina mountains. Through the efforts of over a thousand brave firefighters from 24 states, the fire was contained in 4 weeks. Thank you to the Bladen County firefighters that assisted in this effort. Share:

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Elizabethtown man pleads guilty in Superior Court to drug-related charges

Antonio Lamel Murchison of Elizabethtown pled guilty in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday, March 27, to several drug-related charges. He received a sentence of 36 months of supervised probation. Murchison pled guilty to conspiring to sell cocaine, possession and attempted sell and delivery of marijuana, and attempted trafficking in MDA/MDMA. He was arrested on July 3, 2015, by the Elizabethtown Police Department following a traffic stop. Murchison was driving when his vehicle was stopped in late June 2015. Also arrested were Saquon Reginald Covington who was arrested during the stop on June 30, 2015;Trent Martin, who was arrested on July 18, 2015; and Channing Kelly who as arrested in …..

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Elizabethtown man enters a guilty plea to attempted murder charge

An Elizabethtown man has pled guilty to attempted murder in the shooting of his brother. Tony Elmore Lewis, 55, was sentenced to 125 months to 162 months active. The shooting took place in August 2013 at 92 Curtis Lewis Road, near Dublin. When Bladen County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the scene, they found Terry DeVane Lewis laying on the ground with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. According to the report, Lewis’ brother, Tony Elmore Lewis was inside the home with several weapons and refused to surrender to authorities. The Robeson County Sheriff’s Office tactical team negotiated with Tony Lewis for several hours before he eventually surrendered. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Never felt such a division in DC as now. Some are for the new administration, some opposed on any topic you choose. I listen. The meeting I am attending has representatives from all across the USA and 99.9% of what we hear from the podium is Telco business. But can’t help but hear comments in the break area. A divided nation. One speaker yesterday was Ajit Pai, new Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Sharp young man who grew up in rural Kansas. Today, visits to Capitol Hill, Congressmen and Senators. My list includes Rep. Rouzer, Rep. Pittenger and Rep. Jones. Some will be busy with official business. If …..

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This Day in History for March 28

1797 – Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents a washing machine. 1834 – Senate censure President Jackson for taking fed deposits from Bank of US. 1866 – 1st ambulance goes into service. 1881 – “Greatest Show On Earth” was formed by PT Barnum & James A Bailey. 1885 – US Salvation Army officially organized. 1924 – WGN-AM in Chicago, IL. begins radio transmissions. 1935 – Robert Goddard uses gyroscopes to control a rocket. 1944 – 6th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Utah defeats Dartmouth, 42-40. 1954 – Louise Suggs wins LPGA Betsy Rawls Golf Open. 1972 – Wilt Chamberlain plays his last pro basketball game. 1977 – 39th NCAA Men’s Basketball …..

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Kayla Thompson, UNCW Golfer, Ties For 34th Place In LSU Classic

UNCW golfer and Clarkton native Kayla Thompson came in 34th place in this past weekend’s LSU Tiger Classic played in Baton Rouge, La. Kayla, a junior at UNCW, shot rounds of 74-78-74=226 to lead the Lady Seahawks to a tie for 9th place. The winning team were the Lady Blue Devils from Duke University. The final tournament of the season will be the Clemson Invitational to be played March 31, April 1-2 in Clemson, S.C. The CAA tournament will be held in Williamsburg, Virginia on April 14-15-16. Share:

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Girls Soccer: Clinton 9, East Bladen 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Freshman Taylor Spell fired in 3 goals to lead Clinton to a 9-0 Four County Conference girls soccer victory over East Bladen Monday night. Senior Katey Yang and Reagan Barefoot added 2 goals each for the Lady Dark Horses who led 7-0 at halftime. Spell, Barefoot and freshman Olivia Williford dished out 2 assists each. Clinton remained atop the Four County standings with a 5-0 league record and 9-1-1 overall. East Bladen’s Lady Eagles are now 3-2 in league play and 7-2 overall. The Lady Eagles will host Union Tuesday at 6 p.m. Share:

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Baseball: East Bladen 10, Clinton 2

ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Ty Watkins pitched a 4-hitter Monday night as East Bladen’s Eagles rode a 5-run fourth-inning to a 10-2 victory over Clinton in Four County Conference baseball action. Watkins struck out three, walked 2, hit a batter and allowed only one earned run. Junior Sincere Smith cracked a one-out single in the East Bladen first inning and circled the bases on a pair of passed balls. Senior Kyle Tatum laced a single, stole second base, took third on a passed ball and scooted home when Watkins delivered a single. Sophmore Shy Pone walloped a triple in the second inning and darted home when Smith belted a single for …..

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Softball: East Bladen 11, Clinton 10

ELIZABETHTOWN – Freshman Johanna Parker blasted a walk-off triple that drove in the winning run and lifted East Bladen to an 11-10 Four County Conference softball victory over Clinton Monday night. The Lady Dark Horses took a 10-9 lead with an unearned run in the sixth inning. East Bladen rallied in the home seventh. Sophmore Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson reached base on an error and stole second base. Freshman Abby Cross walked. Junior Faith Johnson reached base as Moore-Peterson scored the tying run but Cross was retired. After pitcher Kaley Smith walked, Parker slammed her triple that scored pinch-runner Adrienne Howell with the winning run. The Lady Eagles pounded out 13 hits …..

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Todd Pait Resigns as West Bladen Football Coach

Todd Pait has resigned as head football coach at West Bladen after one season at the helm of Knights. The resignation will be effective with the end of the current school year. Coach Pait cited family issues as the reason for his resignation and will be returning to Tennessee with his family. He has accepted the job as defensive co-ordinator for Northeast High School in Clarksville, TN for next season. In his letter Pait praised the West Bladen administration and shared his deep feelings for the school. ————————————————— Coach Todd Pait Letter of Resignation In March of last year, I was selected to be the eighth football coach in West …..

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1st Annual Archery Event and 3D Tournament in Bladen County

The first annual Bladen County Aim For A Cure event to benefit the ALS Association for continued research, awareness, and assistance for those living with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) is planned for May 6th. Activities to include a 3D Archery Tournament (Featuring True Kill scoring) for Adult, Young Adult, and Youth Classes. A youth / first time shooter zone, various raffles and other games available. Event T-shirts, food and concessions available onsite for purchase as well! Location address: 3062 Cabbage Road Bladenboro, NC 28320 Find out more: https://www.facebook.com/events/185598801945805/ Share:

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How to Get Additional Funding to Mitigate Damage to Your Home or Business

DURHAM N.C. — If local building officials notified you that your home is substantially damaged, you may be able to receive funds to make your structure safer and stronger. If you are rebuilding or repairing a substantially damaged home or business, your communitymay require you to elevate or make other changes. Substantial damage applies when the cost ofrestoring a structure equals or exceeds 50 percent of its pre-damage market value. However, some communities have regulations that are more restrictive. Check with your local building officials or community flood-plain administrator for more information. If the substantial damage is solely from flooding, your National Flood Insurance Program(NFIP) policy may provide up to …..

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ECA Elementary Science Olympiad Team Returns as Winners

Elizabethtown Christian Academy students have had an incredible year, winning in every  state or regional competition they have entered. On Saturday, the last ECA team to enter a competition was the elementary Science Olympiad team. Students left early that morning with one goal in mind: Have fun and learn. The team was led by kindergarten teacher, Linda Fassnacht who had never coached a team before this year. That did not deter her from digging in with students who were eager to experiment and try new things. For several months the students have been working hard in order to compete. “The children have been so enthusiastic and engaged,” stated Mrs. Fassnacht. …..

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Saturday fire victim loses all belongings

The victim of Saturday’s house fire on NC 242 near Oak Grove Church Road has lost all of his belongings, according to his daughter, Windy Butler. The home belonged to Butler’s father, Charles Adams, and he has no homeowner’s insurance. He is currently staying with Butler at her home in Dublin. Butler said her father is in need of clothing –shirts in size XL and pants in a size 44/30 as well as other items. She said any donations will be gladly accepted and are much appreciated by the family. Donations can be left at Butler’s home located at 7252 Albert Street in Dublin across from Dublin First Baptist Church. …..

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NC DOT issues road closings/openings update

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has updated the following road closings/openings in Bladen County. OPENINGS: Braddy Plantation Road will open this afternoon. CLOSINGS: Berry Lewis Road Berry Lewis Road will close today (Monday, March 27) in order to replace a large crossline pipe damaged during the hurricane. The location of the closure is 1.2 miles west of Forest Drive. The road will remain closed through the middle of next week. Davis Road Davis Road will close today (Monday, March 27) in order to replace a large crossline pipe damaged during the hurricane. The location of the closure is 0.16 miles east of Joyner Road. The road will be closed …..

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Benefit scheduled for Baby JT for Saturday

A benefit has been scheduled for Saturday, April 1, at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building from noon until 7 p.m. for baby JT Higgs. Parents Kelsey Cox and Jacobe Higgs received the news in March baby JT’s leukemia has returned and appears to be very aggressive. Currently, Kelsey is unable to work as she is spending time with JT at the hospital and Jacobe is trying to work and travel between their home and the hospital. All funds raised at this event will go to baby JT and his family. The Bladenboro Benefit Committee has planned the fundraiser to assist the family with expenses. There will be plenty for people to see …..

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Paul Brown Leadership Academy

Elise and Lydia Ussery and the PRB Leadership Academy Color Guard at NC Airport Conference in Pinehurst

Elise and Lydia Ussery of Dublin sang the national anthem and the Color Guard of Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy presented the colors this morning during the North Carolina Airport Conference held in Pinehurst.  The conference is taking place at the Pinehurst Resort and Spa.  The theme for this year’s conference is “The Economic Impact of Aviation.” Discussions during the conference will include Aviation in the North Carolina Economy, Community Engagement and Economic Development, the latest information from the NC Division of Aviation and Telling Your Story to name a few of the topics to be covered.   Share:

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School of Discovery competes at Science Olympiad with Varsity and JV teams placing in the top ten

  Clarkton School of Discovery’s JV and Varsity Science Olympiad teams competed in the regional Science Olympiad competition held at UNC-W on March 4th. This was CSD’s second year competing with Coach Jordan Raynor. The varsity team placed in in the top ten in 9 events, and the JV team placed in the top ten in 19 events among teams from 26 other area schools. Teams from across North Carolina annually take part in the rigorous academic competition, which hosts 23 events in the fields of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, mechanical engineering and technology. “This is my second year coaching the CSD Science Olympiad team and I’m …..

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Bladenboro man loses home to fire

A Bladenboro man lost his home on NC 242 near Oak Grove Church Road to a fire on Saturday night, according to officials. Deputy Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark said the home appears to be a total loss and the home’s owner, Charles Adams, is currently staying with family members. Jackie Coleman, with the Bladenboro Fire Department, said the home sustained damage to the kitchen and living room areas and there is smoke damage throughout the house. Share:

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Congressman Pittenger on Fox News: Take a Lesson from Ronald Reagan

WASHINGTON – On Saturday, Congressman Robert Pittenger joined Fox News to discuss health care reform and urge fellow conservatives to remember the lessons of Ronald Reagan. “We need to take a lesson from Ronald Reagan, our great conservative president.  Ronald Reagan’s governance was based on the 80 percent rule.  If he could get 80 percent of any bill, he would declare victory and know he had achieved his objective.  We can’t go into any consideration of legislation and anticipate we should get 100 percent of what we want. “You have to be considerate of those who live in districts that are far different in demographics, they have more seniors, they …..

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Congressman Pittenger: Hopefully cooler heads will prevail

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this statement after House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled the American Health Care Act from consideration: “Speaker Ryan has been magnanimous throughout this very difficult process, and he made the right decision in pulling the bill.  We do not have adequate votes to pass.  If the vote had failed, we could not bring it up again under the special Senate rules requiring only a majority vote, instead of 60 votes. “Hopefully, cooler heads will prevail for those who insisted the legislation contain 100 percent of their views.  Our great conservative icon, Ronald Reagan, understood government by consensus, often commenting that he would gladly accept …..

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Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association holds Concealed Carry Class

The Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association presented a Handgun Concealed Carry class on Saturday at the Bladen County Training Center at White Lake . There were 28 class attendees. “The Association supported the class by volunteering with local enforcement and support personnel. The Association also wants those intending to carry weapons to do so safely,” said Sgt. Gary Turlington. The advancement of firearms handling safety lessens the propensity for the mishandling and possible injury caused by accidents with weapons, explained Sgt. Turlington. “The Association fully supports the education and safety of our citizens,” said Sgt. Turlington. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

I am in Washington, DC for a couple of days, a different world. Have been coming this time of year since 1975, first as a Bladen County commissioners, then as a staffer with the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners and for the past 20+ years as a member of the Star Telco board of directors. Some things remain the same and others change with each national election and this year is one of those years. As a telco director, much of our governance is dictated by FCC rules and as expected, there is a new chairman of the FCC. Today we will listen and listen and listen, to members …..

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Abbey Walters Cracks 3 Hits in UNC-P Marathon Game

ST AUGUSTINE (FL) – Bladenboro native Abbey Walters batted 3-5 in the marathon second game of a Peach Belt Conference double-header Sunday that her UNC-Pembroke Lady Braves lost 3-2 in 12-innings against Flagler. Walters beat out a bunt single in the third inning, smacked a single to centerfield in the seventh inning, and singled off the pitcher in the ninth inning. Flagler edged the Lady Braves 1-0 in Sunday’s opening game. Walters pitched 6 strong innings, allowing only a first-inning run on 8 hits while striking out two. UNC-Pembroke travels to Fayetteville State Wednesday for a 3 p.m. non-conference double-header. Share:

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Bladen Five Conference Middle School Baseball/Softball Schedule

March 28 Scrimmages 4 p.m. Bladenboro at Elizabethtown 4 p.m. Tar Heel at Clarkton School of Discovery March 30 Scrimmages 4 p.m. Tar Heel at Bladenboro 4 p.m. Elizabethtown at Clarkton School of Discovery April 4 Scrimmages 4 p.m. Elizabethtown at Tar Heel 4 p.m. Clarkton School of Discovery at Bladenboro April 6 4 p.m. Elizabethtown at Bladenboro 4 p.m. Clarkton School of Discovery at Tar Heel April 11 4 p.m. Bladenboro at Tar Heel 4 p.m. Clarkton School of Discovery at Elizabethtown April 13 4 p.m. Tar Heel at Elizabethtown 4 p.m. Bladenboro at Clarkton School of Discovery April 27 4 p.m. Bladenboro at Elizabethtown 4 p.m. Tar Heel …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 27

1794 – The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates. 1841 – 1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC. 1855 – Abraham Gesner patents kerosene. 1863 – American Confederate President Jefferson Davis calls for this to be a day of fasting & prayer. 1912 – 1st Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Washington, DC. 1928 – KGB-AM in San Diego, CA begins radio transmissions. 1931 – John McGraw says night baseball will not catch on. 1933 – Farm Credit Administration (US) authorized. 1939 – 1st NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: University of Oregon beats Ohio State 46-33. 1943 – Blue Ribbon Town (with Groucho …..

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YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS MAKE OUR NATION STRONGER

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC At first, seeing taxes taken out of your paycheck can be a little disappointing. However, you can take pride in knowing you are making an important impact each week when you contribute to Social Security. Understanding how important your contribution is takes some of the sting away because your taxes are helping millions of Americans — and protecting you and your family for life — as well as wounded warriors, the chronically ill, and disabled. By law, employers must withhold Social Security taxes from a worker’s paycheck. While usually referred to as “Social Security taxes” on an employee’s pay …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

The White Lake Town Commissioners called an emergency meeting to discuss hiring a new zoning officer for the town. A Volunteer Fire Department was being organized in Lisbon. Robert (Robbie) Clark of Clarkton and Sherman Gilliard of Elizabethtown were promoted to Eagle Scouts. Wanda Campbell of Elizabethtown was elected to the North Carolina Internship Council. Share:

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Baptist elect a new director

Bladen Baptist Association has been in search of a new Director of Missions. This past week the new director was elected. Rev. David Foster and his wife Beth were at the local Baptist Association’s office for a meet and greet on Monday evening. On Tuesday the election for the position was held and Rev. Foster was named the new Director of Missions for Bladen County. Below is a letter Rev. Foster sent out to his flock. Dear Bladen family, Wow! How GREAT is our God!!!!! I want to thank you for the wonderful hospitality you extended to Beth and me on Monday and Tuesday. We were blessed by your presence …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

NCAA’s March Madness continues for men and ladies basketball teams. Check TV schedules for time and channel. UNC vs Kentucky in men’s play today. Winner advances to final 4. NASCAR, baseball, golf and more on TV and such a beautiful day outside to stay inside. Decisions, decisions…. Our middle and high schools have a full range of spring sports activities underway. Check our Sports Page for updates, courtesy of John Clark, Bladen’s Best Sports Reporter. Still need rain, had a couple of farmers tell me they are prepared to begin planting over the next few days. Bladen County jail is nearing completion. Sheriff’s department will also be housed in new …..

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This Day in History for March 26

1790 – US Congress passes Naturalization Act, requires 2-year residency. 1845 – Patent awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precursor of bandaid. 1872 – Thomas J Martin patents fire extinguisher. 1910 – US forbid immigration to criminals, anarchists, paupers & the sick. 1930 – Congress appropriates $50,000 for Inter-American highway. 1937 – Joe DiMaggio takes Ty Cobb’s advice & replace his 40 with 36 oz bat. 1937 – Spinach growers of Crystal City, Texas, erect statue of Popeye. 1945 – Kamikaze attack on US battle fleet near Kerama Retto. 1949 – 11th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: Kentucky beats Oklahoma State 46-36. 1951 – United States Air Force flag officially adopted by …..

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Clint Allen Belts 3 Hits in Coker Win

HARTSVILLE, SC – West Bladen grad Clint Allen smacked 3 hits Saturday as his Coker Cobras defeated Wingate 8-1 in the first game of a South Atlantic Conference double-header. Allen singled to lead off the Coker third inning, advanced on a bunt and raced home on Thomas Lopez’ single to pad the Cobra lead to 2-0. The senior leftfielder ripped a single through the middle to drive in a run in the Cobras’ 3-run sixth inning. Allen laced a single to left-centerfield in the eighth inning. The Bladenboro native finished 3-4 at the plate with a run batted in and a run scored. The Cobras are now 8-7 in league …..

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West Bladen Boys Second in Pender Track Meet

BURGAW – West Bladen’s Knights finished second in the boys track meet at Pender Thursday. Pender’s boys won the meet with 144 points, while the Knights followed with 92 points Hobbton placed third in the meet with 74 points, while Clinton was fourth with 56 points. The only event winners for Coach Taurius Baker’s Knights were junior Justin Best in the 300 Meter Hurdles, and the 4×200 Meter Relay team. Pender also won the girls meet with 179 points followed by Hobbton with 79 points. West Bladen placed third with 54 points followed by Clinton with 19 points. No one from West Bladen won a girls event. A listing of …..

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Bladenboro Farmers Market now open

Spring is in the air and the opportunity to enjoy beautiful weekends are upon us. Bladenboro Farmers Market is now open as well. Farmers and a bakery set up shop in the parking lot. The baker plans to stay open every Friday and Saturday at the location through the end of Summer. Share:

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West Bladen Boys Win First Track Meet

ROSE HILL – West Bladen’s Knights won a track meet for the first time in school history Tuesday at Union. The Knights edged East Bladen and Wallace-Rose Hill 73 points to 71.5. Midway finished fourth with 71 points and Union was fifth with 26 points. Event winners for Coach Taurius Baker’s Knights included senior Ty’kee Jeffries in the 100 Meter Dash, junior Corey McLaughlin in the 800 Meter Run and sophmore Bryan Padilla in the 1600 Meter Run. East Bladen was only 1.5 points back in a tie for second-place. Eagle event winners included senior Atlas Goss in both the Shot Put and the Discus, senior Eian Hines in the …..

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Planters Day weekend is here

The weekend forecast is looking bright, warm and sunny for the Planters Day weekend. The festivities kicked off at the Graham Farm located on Old Fayetteville Road in the Ammon community. Gates open at 9 a.m. and the event continues Saturday. On Friday vendors were setting up their wares while live entertainment took place on the stage. Classic cars and antique tools and tractor were on display. A museum is now open that allows visitors to view all manner of tools that were used on the farm. Jessie Bullard, the owner of a horseless carriage, said he comes to Planters Day each year. “I just like to see this type …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Should be a great week ahead, weatherwise. Hopefully, freezing temps are over ’til late fall. Highs over the next few days expected to range from low 70s to low 80s with hopefully a shower on Tuesday. Much noise coming out of Washington yesterday, related to the end of Obamacare and a new healthcare system in place. Did not happen, conservative Republicans balked and Dem’s were happy. According to some, the next big item on the national agenda is an effort to overhaul the tax system. At the state level, the HB2 issue lingers. UNC basketball team defeated Butler last night and advances to the final 8 in NCAA March Madness …..

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Baseball: West Bladen 15, Clinton 8

DUBLIN – Junior Scott Bowen pitched 3.1 innings of scoreless relief and belted 3 hits as West Bladen rallied for a 15-8 Four County Conference baseball victory over Clinton Friday night. Bowen took the mound with 2-out and 2 runners in scoring position in the Dark Horses fourth inning and struck out the first batter he faced to end the inning with Clinton ahead 8-4. Bowen struck out 4 more batters, walked one and allowed only 2 hits over the final 3 innings. “Scott came through for us,” said Knight Coach Kim Cain. “He threw the ball really well.” Freshman Logan West reached second base on an error in the …..

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Softball: West Bladen 10, Clinton 0

DUBLIN – Senior Logan Autry and sophmore Carley Dawson cracked 2 hits each to lead West Bladen to a 10-0 Four County Conference softball victory over Clinton Friday night. Senior Sophia Singletary scattered 4 hits over 5 shutout innings to raise her pitching record to 7-1. “Sophia did a solid job on the mound and controlled the game for us,” said Lady Knight Coach Joey Autry. West Bladen took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Sophmore Conner Brisson drew a lead-off walk and raced to third base when Autry laced a single to left-centerfield. Senior Alanna Ludlum’s sacrifice fly to leftfield plated Brisson. Singletary reached second base on a …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 25

31 – 1st Easter, according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguus. 1668 – 1st horse race in America takes place. 1776 – Continental Congress authorized a medal for George Washington. 1813 – 1st US flag flown in battle on the Pacific, frigate Essex. 1863 – 1st US Army Medal of Honor awarded. 1865 – SS General Lyon at Cape Hatteras catches fire & sinks, killing 400. 1910 – Chalmers Auto Co offers a new car to each leagues’ batting champ. 1916 – Women are allowed to attend a boxing match. 1934 – 1st Masters Golf Tournament: Horton Smith wins, shooting a 284. 1941 – Carolina Paprika Mills in Dillon, SC, incorporated. 1954 …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER ON NPR: ‘IF WE CAN’T GET THERE, IT’S UNFORTUNATE FOR THE AMERICAN PEOPLE’

WASHINGTON – During a Friday afternoon interview with NPR’s Here and Now, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) was asked about the potential impact if House Republicans don’t come together to support the American Health Care Act.   “Does it feel like if Republicans cannot pass this bill that that’s going to be a major blow to the agenda?” asked NPR’s Jeremy Hobson.   “I think it’s a blow to the American people,” replied Congressman Pittenger.  “The carriers of health care, they’re pulling out.  Aetna said it’s on a death spiral.  Humana said they’ll be out by 2018.  Many others have already pulled out.  Actuarially, it never did have the capacity to …..

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Softball Wallace-Rose Hill 14, East Bladen 1

TEACHEY – Wallace-Rose Hill defeated East Bladen 14-1 Thursday night in Four County Conference softball action. Senior pitcher Haley Rivenbark slugged a home run that highlighted a 4-run first-inning for the Lady Bulldogs who added 4 more runs in the third and 2 in the third. Senior catcher Sara Darling ended the game with a sixth-inning home run. The East Bladen run came in the third inning when sophmore Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson singled, and junior Faith Johnson slammed a double. Senior Emily Scott cracked a single, but two runners were left on base. Johnson’s double led the East Bladen hitters. Moore-Peterson singled and scored the run. Scott, pitcher Kaley Smith and …..

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Girls Soccer East Bladen 5, Wallace-Rose Hill 1

TEACHEY – Sophmore Ashley Hardin and senior Justyna Gargala combined for 3 goals and 4 assists to spark East Bladen to a 5-1 Four County Conference girls soccer victory over Wallace-Rose Hill Thursday night. Hardin dished out 3 assists and scored one goal, while Gargala fired in 2 goals and delivered one assist. Junior Hannah Devane was credited with 2 assists, and freshman Patience Ward added one goal and one assist. In the tenth minute, Ward put the Lady Eagles on the board with a goal that sailed over the keeper and into the corner at the far post. “Patience beat the left back, got into open space and hit …..

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Farm Fresh Friday at local farmers market

  • 03/24/2017
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Blues skies and warm weather is making for a successful day at the local Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. All organic plants such as squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, and watermelons are being sold today and information about the Cape Fear Regional Bicycle Plan is being distributed at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. Next Friday the organic plants will be on sale at the farmer’s market again if you miss out on today’s sale. Learn more about then regional bicycle plan by visiting: CapeFearBicyclePlan.Weebly.com   Share:

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Poultry Truck crashes on River Road in White Oak

A poultry truck overturned in a curve on River Road near White Oak in Friday afternoon resulting in the temporary closure of the road. The road was shut down between Burney Road and Tar Heel Ferry Road. According to North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Sellers, the driver David Cox of Faison, was driving south on River Road when he entered the curve and the trucked overturned into a ditch. The truck is owned by Nash Johnson and Sons Farms Inc. of Rose Hill. Company representatives are on the scene assisting officials with the clean up of the crash. Trooper Sellers said Cox was transported to Bladen County Hospital with minor …..

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NC State Bureau of Investigation holds training session at Bladen County Emergency Services Training Center

  • 03/24/2017
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The Bladen County Emergency Services Training Center, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, and the Bladen County Law Enforcement Officer’s Association hosted a training event today (Friday, March 24) for the regional members of the NC State Bureau of Investigation. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker supports the training and participation of all allied agencies in the region. “The ongoing working relationships among multiple agencies enhances the protection and service to the citizens of our county and the region. Additionally, bringing in personnel from outside of our county bolsters our economy and supports local businesses,” said Sgt. Gary Turlington who is with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Specialized Training Unit. Turlington said …..

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Celebration in honor of Tommy Hall to be held on Saturday at Lu Mil

There will be a celebration held in honor of Tommy Hall on Saturday, March 25, from 11 a.m. until midnight at LuMil Vineyard’s General Store located at 438 Suggs Taylor Road, Elizabethtown. There will be a corn hole tournament, good food, live music, cake sales, auction, raffles, and great fun. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the day. There will be barbecue plates available. Cost is a donation and plates will be available beginning at 11 a.m. The Corn Hole Tournament will begin at 1:30 p.m. Please contact Ricky Ward at 910-872-3963 to enter. Live Music will be provided by The Loose Floorboards AND The Oak Run Band. …..

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