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USDA Announces No Actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

WASHINGTON, DC– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation announced today that it does not expect to purchase and sell sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program in the second quarter of 2017. The Commodity Credit Corporation is required by law to announce quarterly estimates of the amount of sugar available for purchase and sale under the Feedstock Flexibility Program based on crop and consumption forecasts. Federal law allows sugar processors to obtain loans from USDA with maturities of up to nine months when the sugarcane or sugar beet harvest begins. Upon loan maturity, the sugar processor may repay the loan in full or forfeit the collateral (sugar) to …..

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East Bladen High School

Baseball: Midway 3, East Bladen 2

DUNN – Midway pushed across an unearned run in the fourth inning to snap a 2-2 tie and edge East Bladen 3-2 Thursday night in a battle of Four County Conference leaders. Sophomore Greg Nobles walked and senior Wesley Johnson smacked a single before an error plated Nobles with the go-ahead run. The Raiders had grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second inning as Carson Calcutt and Nobles drew walks and Johnson slammed a 2-run double. The Eagles tied the game in the top of the third. Sophmore Greyson Heustess walloped a double, and junior Deondre Newkirk laid down a sacrifice bunt. Sophomore Shy Pone knocked in Heustess with a …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Baseball: East Bladen 5, Midway 1

DUNN – Josh McKoy and Spencer Scott combined to pitch a 3-hitter Thursday night and led East Bladen’s jayvees to a 5-1 Four County Conference baseball victory over Midway. McKoy pitched 4.1 innings to pick up the win, struck out 6 batters and allowed an unearned run on 3 hits, 4 walks and 2 hit batters. Scott relieved in the fifth inning and pitched a scoreless, hitless 1.2 innings striking out one. Back-to-back-to-back 2-out singles by Scott, Pierce Melvin and McKoy produced an Eagle run in the first inning. Scott scored, and McKoy drove in the run. Davis Alsup drew a lead-off walk in the East second inning, and freshman …..

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Softball: West Bladen 10, West Columbus 0

DUBLIN – Junior Madison Collins pitched a one-hit shutout as West Bladen blanked West Columbus 10-0 Thursday night in non-conference softball action. Collins allowed only a lead-off single by Lindsey Strickland in the fifth inning, struck out one and walked none as she raised her record to 2-0. The game was scoreless until Lady Knight senior Laikyn Pait belted a one-out single in the fourth, and sophomore Carley Dawson was hit by a pitch. Sophomore Conner Brisson followed with a single that scored Pait. The Lady Knights ended the game on the mercy rule with 9 runs in the fifth inning. Senior Kassidy Anderson led off with a single, and …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 1

1778 – New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock creates the “$” symbol. 1826 – Samuel Morey is issued the first US patent for an internal-combustion engine, which he calls a “Gas or Vapour Engine” 1853 – Cincinnati becomes 1st US city to employ fulltime professional firefighters. 1889 – 1st dishwashing machine marketed (Chicago) 1899 – NC Mutual opens doors for business. 1927 – 1st automatic record changer introduced by His Master’s Voice. 1934 – Clyde Barrow kills two young highway patrolmen, H.D. Murphy and Edward Bryant Wheeler, a the intersection of 114 near Grapevine, Texas. Bonnie Parker’s role in the murders helps turn public perception against the gang for good. 1941 …..

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Sunset over Elizabethtown

  After a stormy start to the day, the evening proved to be quite tranquil. This sunset was captured over Elizabethtown this evening. The forecast for the weekend calls for warm and sunny skies this weekends. Share:

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Boost the ‘Boro planning for another successful year

Boost the ‘Boro, Inc is preparing for another successful year. March brought new board members, new officers and new businesses to help the Bladenboro non-profit group. After the meeting in March, re-elected President of Boost the ‘Boro, Don White, announced the officers and board members who were elected to serve for the upcoming year. Pat Hasbrouck remained as Treasurer.  Rodney Hester is the newly elected Vice-President, and Joyce Walters remained as Secretary. Charles Ray Peterson, Tom Lancaster, and Claudette Guy were elected as board members, according to White. One of the items the group agreed to continue to work on improving Bladenboro. White said, “We are continuing the wall project, …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Clarkton School of Discovery to hold spaghetti fund raiser for Jr Beta Club

Clarkton School of Discovery is having a spaghetti dinner and silent auction On Friday, March 31, to benefit the Jr Beta Club. There will be many items of interest for everyone. Some of the items up for bid are a night at the beach, a wreath and jewelry and much more. You can learn more by visiting the Clarkton School of Discovery Facebook page. The proceeds from this event will be used to help send the Jr Beta Club to Disney for the national Junior Beta Club competition. Let’s get these champs to Disney! Share:

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BCC gets approval letter for Bladen Early College

Bladen Community College received an approval letter on February 20th for the Bladen Early College. College officials are now waiting to learn how much funding will come from the North Carolina General Assembly for the proposed school. The Early College also known as Cooperative Innovative High Schools target students who are at risk for dropping out of high school, who are first generation college students, or students who would benefit from accelerated learning, according to the NC Department of Public Instruction. Currently in North Carolina, there are 116 Cooperative Innovative High Schools and 80 partnerships, according to NC DPI. This year, Bladen Community College will have 20 graduates who will …..

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Shriner’s Fraternal Fish Fry set for April 12

The annual Bladen County Shrine Club fraternal fish fry will be held Wednesday, April 12, at the Elizabethtown Food Lion parking lot.  Plates cost $8 each and consist of hot Whiting fillets, sweet potato fries, cole slaw, and hush puppies. “We encourage all citizens to come out and support the Shriners,” said Bladen County Shrine Club President Garret Smith *Proceeds are for the benefit of Bladen County Shrine Club, payments are not deductible as charitable contributions. Share:

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Elizabethtown Town Council to meet Monday night

  • 03/31/2017
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The Elizabethtown Town Council will meet on Monday and hear a recommendation from Hunt Cole regarding the Curtis Brown mural and to recognize the new employees of the Elizabethtown Police Department. The board is expected to hear from Mr. Cecil Marsh regarding concerns with handicap parking downtown. The board is also expected to approve the State Revolving Loan Balance of $990,456 for the downtown sewer rehab project. The board will also consider approving the Basic Facts and Assurances for submission of the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund application for the Greene’s Lake and Conservation Park. The board is expected to make appointments to the Elizabethtown Airport/Economic Development Commission and to …..

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Industrial Hemp Commission to host public meeting Thursday, April 6

Industrial Hemp Commission to host public meeting Thursday, April 6, at 2 p.m. The Industrial Hemp Commission will host a public meeting via conference call to review and approve applications received to grow industrial hemp under a pilot program. No public comments will be taken during the meeting. Access to the conference call can be made at http://go.ncsu.edu/industrialhemp or by calling 1-646-558-8656 (U.S. Toll) or 1-408-638-0968 (U.S. Toll). The webinar ID is 390256250. Participants will be prompted to enter their name and email address to enter the meeting via the website, or prompted for a unique participant ID for the call. They should press # to access the call. The …..

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Bladen County Commissioners to meet Monday night

  • 03/31/2017
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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday night at 6;30 p.m. at the Bladen County Courthouse. The board is expected to adopt a resolution proclaiming April to be Sexual Assault Awareness month. The board is also expected to hear an overview of the Essential Single-Family Rehabilitation Loan Pool-Disaster Recovery from Jan Maynor, Executive Director of the Lumber River Council of Governments. The board will also consider approving an ESFRLP funding agreement and assistance policy along with a procurement and disbursement policy, and a project ordinance. The board will also consider an agreement with Rehabilitation Specialist Howard Campbell regarding ESFRLP-DR. The board will also consider approving an administrative …..

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Tillis, King Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Improve H-2B Visa Program And Assist Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Angus King (I-ME) have introduced the Save our Small and Seasonal Businesses Act of 2017, bipartisan legislation that makes substantive reforms aimed to help seasonal employers better navigate the H-2B temporary non-agricultural visa program. Original co-sponsors include Senators Mark Warner (D-VA), Roy Blunt (R-MO), John Cornyn (R-TX), Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mike Rounds (R-SD), and John Thune (R-SD). The H-2B program is vital to small and seasonal employers across the country who depend on temporary workers to sustain their businesses and supplement their existing American workforce. This bipartisan legislation would streamline the program to eliminate ambiguities and establish clear …..

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Corrections to West Bladen Track Article

  • 03/31/2017
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A few name corrections are needed to the West Bladen Track article: Kiance Morrisey placed second in the girls shot put, Patience Parker finished second in the girls 200 meter dash, and Justin Nickle was second in the boys 3200 meter run. bladenonline regrets the errors. Share:

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Opening Reception for “The Life of the Theater” Exhibit slated for April 20

The opening reception for “The Life of the Theater” exhibit at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton is slated for Thursday, April 20, at 5:30 p.m. Join us for opening night of our newest lobby exhibit featuring historic and current photographs of our beautiful, and beautifully-restored, theater which first opened in 1928. Photographs of the theater’s stunning architectural details by Jody Johnson (PhotoRad Photography) will be on display and select prints will be available for purchase. Also on display will be archival photographs and articles from the theater’s history.  Complementary food, wine and other beverages will be served. This reception is free and open to the public. The Carolina …..

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NC DOT updates road closings/openings in Bladen

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of the road openings/closings in Bladen County. The list is as follows: OPENINGS: Berry Lewis Road Berry Lewis Road is open. EXISTING CLOSINGS: Owen Hill Road Owen Hill Road remains closed due to construction of a double line of cast in place reinforced concrete box culvert. Construction is well underway, but it will be a few weeks before work is complete. Davis Road Davis Road is closed 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 through the end …..

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Congressman Pittenger on Trump’s ‘Freedom Caucus tweet’

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, President Donald Trump tweeted:  “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast.  We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” As Members of Congress and the media react, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is urging his fellow conservatives to remember the lesson taught by President Reagan during this February 9, 1983 White House press session, in which he pushed back against the “all or nothing” attitude displayed by some of today’s vocal conservatives: “There are some people who would have you so stand on principle that if you don’t get all that you’ve asked for from the …..

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Bethel Baptist Church will feature a Live Experience of Nicaragua on April 21-23

Bethel Baptist Church will feature a Live Experience of Nicaragua on April 21-23 in the church yard. The purpose of the event is to allow people to learn about life in Nicaragua and the issues faced by their residents and to help raise funds to construct a home for Francela Costillo and her mom and sister. Many of the poorest residents of Nicaragua live in what is called plastic houses. The plastic house measures about the size of your master bedroom in your home. Melissa Lewis said the entire will stay in this plastic home with rooms divided by curtains, no indoor bathrooms, often no indoor cooking area. They are …..

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Governing requires more than saying ‘No’

By Congressman Robert Pittenger Saying no is easy. Actual leadership, or governing, is much more difficult. On Thursday, President Trump tweeted, “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” There are many fine people in the Freedom Caucus. For several years, the Freedom Caucus was among the most vocal in saying “no” to Obamacare. But when they had the opportunity last week to take action as the governing party, some in the caucus reverted to their days in opposition and said “no” to a conservative plan to repeal and replace Obamacare. Why? …..

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Waxhaw student receives appointments to West Point and Air Force

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to announce Jake Dean of Waxhaw has received a rare double-appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Air Force Academy. Mr. Dean is Battalion Commander at Camden Military Academy, president of the school’s STEM Club, and leads a program to tutor fellow cadets who are struggling academically. “My parents have always said that ‘I am the company I keep,’ and ‘iron sharpens iron.’  When I attended West Point’s Summer Leaders Experience this summer, I finally understood what they meant.  It was incredible being immersed with other students who love to learn and desire to serve their country …..

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You Decide: Why Did We Move Away From Self-Sufficiency?

By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension I recall my late, paternal grandmother telling me how much she looked forward to the third Friday of each month. This was the day her husband – my grandfather – took her from their small farm into town. For all the other days of the month my grandmother worked on the farm.  She made her own bread, harvested and canned vegetables raised in the garden and even helped butcher, dress (remove unwanted parts and divide the kept parts) and cook the pork and poultry raised on their land. In her “spare” time my grandmother altered the clothing of her three sons so …..

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Local Troopers to receive promotions Monday

On Monday, April 3, 76 North Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers are slated to receive promotions and new duty stations. The ceremony will be conducted at Summit Church located at 3249 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh at 10 a.m. Two Troopers assigned to Troop B in Whiteville are scheduled to receive promotions. Trooper K. L. Starkloff will be promoted to the rank of Sergeant and his new duty station will be Troop C, District 9, Raleigh. Sgt. D. T. Hilburn will be promoted to the rank of First Sgt. and his new duty station will be X4, Inspections, Raleigh. The promotions include 8 civilian and 68 sworn members from various sections …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Sure could use a little good news today.   As of 7AM today, about 35/100 of an inch was recorded by the National Weather Service at Curtis Brown Airport, Elizabethtown. Hopefully, much more is expected. Find myself riding along, listening to Southern Gospel Music, turn the volume up and pretend I am at an all-night singing in the 50s and 60s. Statesman, Blackwood Bros., Lefevres, Sunshine Boys, Homeland Harmony, Florida Boys, and more. Tomorrow begins a new month, with April Fool’s Day. Checking weather stats for the new month, average high is 74, compared with 67 in March and the low for April is 48, up 8 degrees from March. …..

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Girls Soccer: Midway 2, East Bladen 1

DUNN – Midway scored with less than 7 minutes left to play to edge East Bladen 2-1 Thursday night in Four County Conference girls soccer action. The Lady Raiders took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a corner kick. “The first goal was just us not marking well on a corner kick,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “Marking was our focus at halftime, and I thought we did a better job in the second half.” “The first half was back and forth, and I thought we battled and had some chances early,” continued Coach Raynor. “They were giving us a lot of space in midfield but weren’t …..

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JV Girls Softball: Midway 22, East Bladen 8

DUNN – Midway defeated East Bladen 22-8 Thursday in Four County Conference jayvee softball action. The Lady Eagles pushed across a first-inning run as freshmen Johanna Parker and Lorna Mendell were hit by pitches, and sophmore Anna Kate White walked. Trinity Stephens knocked in Parker with a single. In the East Bladen second inning, Carleigh Devane was hit by a pitch, and Demerey Britt walked. Parker smashed a double to drive in Devane. Mendell, White and Stephens were all hit by pitches to force home Britt and Parker and trim Midway’s lead to 11-4. Devane was hit by a pitch, and Britt drew another walk to begin the Lady Eagle …..

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JV Softball: West Bladen 21, West Columbus 6

DUBLIN – Winning pitcher Brittany Landreth batted 3-3 and scored 3 runs to lead West Bladen’s jayvee girls to a 21-6 non-conference girls softball victory Thursday over West Columbus. Landreth pitched a 4-hitter, struck out 3 and walked 4 batters. Elizabeth Allbright, Jordan Benson and Erica Storms belted one hit each for the Lady Knights. Freshman Kasee Singletary, sophmore Erica McKoy and Storms scored 3 runs each for the winners. Benson, Ivanay Louis and Indiyah Williams scored 2 runs each. Allbright, Summer Addington and Katie Guyton scored one run each. Coach Joe Lewis’ Lady Knights improved to 4-3 overall. Share:

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West Bladen’s Girls Track Team Wins First Meet

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ROCKY POINT – West Bladen’s girls track team won the first girls meet in school history Thursday. The Lady Knights racked up 81 points to win the meet by 40 points over Union. Union’s 41.5 points edged East Bladen by a half point to take second place. Heide Trask was fourth with 35 points. West Bladen’s boys team, who won their first meet ever earlier in the season, placed second Thursday with 67 points behind Trask’s 88 points. East Bladen finished third with 64.5 points, and Union tallied 30 points. Winning their individual events for West Bladen’s girls were: Alexis Corrothers in the 100 meter dash, …..

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Tillis Statement on HB2 Repeal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after the North Carolina General Assembly voted to repeal House Bill 2 (HB2):  “North Carolina’s brand and continued economic prosperity should not be beholden to the loudest voices on either the far-left or the far-right who don’t have our state’s best interests in mind. I’m glad that state lawmakers were able to reach a commonsense compromise to repeal HB2.” Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 31

1850 – US population hits 23,191,876 (Black population: 3,638,808 (15.7%) 1880 – 1st town completely illuminated by electric lighting (Wabash, IN) 1903 – Richard Pearse flies monoplane several hundred yards (NZ) 1909 – Baseball rules player who jump contracts are suspended for 5 years. 1917 – US purchases Danish West Indies for $25M & renames them Virgin Islands. 1918 – 1st daylight savings time in US goes into effect. 1925 – WOWO-AM, Ft. Wayne, Indiana begins radio transmission (500 watts). 1930 – The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next thirty eight years. 1932 …..

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Bladen County Commissioners approve Phase IV Water project to move forward

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met in a special called meeting on Thursday afternoon and approved the Phase IV Water Project to move forward. Commissioners Russell Priest and Ashely S. Trivette were excused from the meeting and Commissioners Daniel Dowless and David Gooden were also unable to attend. The Phase IV Water Project is projected to cost $6.5 million. The funds are proposed to come from a $1 million grant from USDA, a loan of $5 million from USDA and a $500,000 in a local match. The county’s water customers could see a $2.40 increase in their bill each month bringing the base rate to $19 or $21 per …..

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Tillis Supports Secretary of the Air Force Nominee Heather Wilson  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, attended a confirmation hearing for Secretary of the Air Force Nominee Dr. Heather Wilson and expressed his support for her confirmation. Watch video of Senator Tillis at the hearing. “We currently have the smallest Air Force in our nation’s modern history with a shortage of more than 1,000 pilots and only 4 out of over 50 Air Force squadrons that are fully qualified,” said Senator Tillis. “We are at a time when we need strong leadership in the Air Force and I appreciate Dr. Wilson taking on the important task and I look forward …..

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Governor Cooper Gives Remarks on House Bill 2 Repeal

Today, March 30th, 2017, Governor Cooper held a press conference to discuss the repeal of House Bill 2. Full remarks as prepared are below: Thank you and good afternoon. I just signed House Bill 142, which repeals House Bill 2. For over a year now, House Bill 2 has been a dark cloud over our great state. It has stained our reputation. It has discriminated against our people. And it has caused great economic harm to many of our communities. Today, we repealed House Bill 2. We begin to end discrimination. We begin to bring back jobs and sporting events. And we begin to repair our reputation. It is an important …..

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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

  • 03/29/2017
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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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East Bladen High School

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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