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Weather the Star as County Football Season Begins

Monday was the first official day of practice for Bladen County’s high school football teams, and the milder weather certainly made it more enjoyable for players and coaches. Coach Kris Williams’ West Bladen Knights practiced Monday morning. “The weather was awesome,” said Williams. “I don’t recall it ever being 59 degrees on a July morning.” ‘The weather was a pleasant change,” said East Bladen Coach Robby Priest whose Eagles practiced Monday evening. Coach Priest said, “Practice went pretty good. Everybody showed up that was supposed to. We had about 60 head between jayvee and varsity.” At West Bladen Coach Williams noted that the first day practice went well but added, …..

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Rick Rhoda Resigns as West Bladen Women’s Basketball Coach

West Bladen Women’s Basketball Coach Rick Rhoda announced Saturday that he is resigning to take a teaching position at Pine Forest High in Fayetteville. The Lady Knights finished fourth in the Four County Conference this past season with a 7-7 league record and qualified for the NCHSAA Play-offs with a 12-15 overall mark. Coach Rhoda emphasized playing man-to-man defense during his time at West Bladen. Some of the Lady Knights biggest wins during his tenure were a triple overtime victory over Pender and a 43-39 Four County Tournament win at Midway in 2016. In 2017 the Lady Knights posted key December wins over Whiteville and Lakewood and claimed a trio …..

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Addie Bowen Bats .700 in Tournament Win

KINSTON – Addie Bowen batted .700 and played errorless defense this weekend as her SEC 10U Black team won the Eastern North Carolina 10U Silver Bracket Championship Tournament. Bowen walloped 2 doubles, a triple and 4 singles to finish with 7 hits in 10 at-bats. She also drew 4 walks and was hit by a pitch to compile a .800 on-base percentage. On defense Bowen played 3 games at catcher and 3 games at shortstop as a guest player for the SEC 10U Black that is based in Raeford. The SEC 10U Black dropped their first two games in the tourney then fought back to win 4 games in a …..

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Freddy Wooten Named to Perfect Game 13U All-Tournament Team

FORT MYERS, FL – Elizabethtown’s Freddy Wooten has been named to the All-Tournament Team for the Perfect Game Super 25 13U National Baseball Tournament. Wooten batted .576 in six games in the tournament, slugging 2 doubles and 2 triples while driving in 5 runs. On the mound Wooten pitched 6.1 innings in two games and allowed only one hit, one walk and no earned runs while striking out four. Share:

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Hancock Shoots 76 At Optimist International Junior Golf Tournament

Cade Hancock, of Elizabethtown, playing Monday in the second round of the Optimist International Junior Golf Tournament at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, shot a 76. Hancock, playing in the 16-18 age group, improved by three stokes from his first day round of 79. Hancock will be playing with golfers from New Hampshire, Puerto Rico and Paraguay in the third round Tuesday and will be teeing off at 9:09 a.m. Hancock is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hancock of Elizabethtown. Share:

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This Day in History for August 1

1789 – US Customs begins enforcing Tariff Act. 1855 – Castle Clinton in NYC opens as 1st US receiving station for immigrants. 1873 – San Francisco’s 1st cable car begins service. 1907 – U.S. Army Signal Corps establish a small Aeronautical Division. 1927 – Earliest date for a film to be considered for the Academy Awards. 1941 – The first Jeep is produced. 1944 – Adam Clayton Powell 1st African-American congressman from New York. 1947 – “Medium & The Telephone” opens at Barrymore Theater NYC for 211 performances. 1950 – 1st Major League baseball player to fight in Korea (Curt Simmons). 1958 – US 1st class postage up to 4 …..

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Lumberton trio charged with two home break-ins

Two men and one woman from Lumberton have been charged with breaking in and taking items from two homes on Luther Brisson Road in Bladenboro, says Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker. The two men — Kameron Drake Thomas and Gary Gene Dowless — have been apprehended while a search is underway for 19-year-old Laiken Alexandria Thomas, McVicker said. The robberies took place Friday, July 27, according to McVicker. At one of the homes, items valued at $2,175 were taken. The items included two televisions, a radio, tools and a truck bed cover. The other home reported the theft of televisions, jewelry, clothing, a Play Station, generator and handgun. The items …..

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Man charged with stealing items from employer, homeowner

A Bladenboro man has been charged in stealing items from his employer and also faces a drug-related charge from an incident that took place July 25. William Brent Shaw, 34, of Dudley Drive, has been charged with larceny by employee, possession of Schedule I controlled substance (heroin), two counts of breaking and entering, two counts of larceny after breaking and entering, and two counts of possession of stolen goods. According to Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker, the owner of a hog farm on the 5000 block of Elkton Road reported the theft of tools and a tractor from his farm on Wednesday, July 25. The owner told deputies that he …..

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Crash temporarily closes NC 211

By Erin Smith A three vehicle crash caused emergency officials to close NC 211 in the vicinity of Twisted Hickory Road on Monday afternoon. The road remained closed for about an hour as the crash was investigated and officials worked to clean the crash scene. The crash occurred at 4 p.m. North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper R. L. Walker said a logging truck being driven by Ballard Braxton of Bolton was traveling westbound on NC 211 following a black Camaro being driven by Marilyn Willis of Bladenboro. A burgundy Suzuki SUV being driven by Makayla Jade Quattlebaum of Clarkton was traveling eastbound on NC 211. Trooper Walker said Quattlebaum traveled …..

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Familiar faces, new roles

By Erin Smith Some familiar faces to the Emergency Management and Fire communities have shifted to new roles this summer. Kenneth Clark has moved from deputy fire marshall to fire marshall and Bradley Kinlaw is now serving as Emergency Management Director. Clark and Kinlaw stepped into their roles on July 1. Prior to July, Kinlaw served as both Fire Marshall and Emergency Management Director. Clark said he was already performing many of the duties as fire marshall prior to the change. Kinlaw said the change will be beneficial. He said, “I’ll be focused more on disaster preparedness including training and exercises.” He added that Clark will now be responsible for being the liaison …..

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Celebrate Recovery-A Christ Centered 12 Step Recovery Ministry

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Celebrate Recovery, A Christ Centered 12 Step Recovery Ministry, will take at place Windsor United Methodist Church. The church is located at 12863 NC Hwy 242 North in the Ammon community. Celebrate Recovery meets Sunday nights from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The first meeting will take place on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Anyone suffering from chemical dependency, codependency, physical/emotional and sexual abuse, adult children of family dysfunction (chemically addicted), gambling addiction, sexual addiction, eating disorders, food addiction, love and relationship addiction, freedom from anger, financial recovery, same sex attraction and self injury. Child care is provided and the children will be doing …..

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Congressman Pittenger announces 9 town hall meetings

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to announce nine town hall meetings for August. “So far this year, I’ve worked to pass over 270 bills, including conservative health care reform, major financial reform, V.A. accountability, a crackdown on sanctuary cities, and the largest pay raise for troops in 8 years,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “These town halls are an important part of my ongoing efforts to solicit feedback from constituents as we make plans for the second half of 2017.” Congressman Pittenger has scheduled town halls in all 8 counties of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District: *Matthews/Mint Hill/Indian Trail/Stallings:  Monday, August 28th, 6 p.m., at Team Church (2301 Stevens Mill Rd., Matthews) *Wingate University’s McGee …..

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Harrells Christian Academy Jr. Betas fare well at Nationals

By Erin Smith The National Junior Beta Club Convention was held this summer in Orlando, Fla. and students from around the region represented North Carolina well. The Junior Beta Club is for students in grades 4-8. Harrells Christian Academy’s Jr. Beta Club team did well. In competition Evan Boussias placed 2nd place Social Studies; 5th Place Black and White Photography went to Ella Campbell; 4th place in Painting was awarded to Rebekah Bryan; 2nd place Convention Invention Winners were Hudson Griffin, Rebekah Bryan, Daughtry Jackson and Eli Hardison. Hudson Griffin also placed 6th in speech. This was the first year Harrells Christian Academy took the fourth and fifth grade students …..

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NC DOT issues updated list of road closings/openings

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated list of road openings and closings for Bladen County. OPENINGS: Richardson Road Richardson Road opened last week. CLOSINGS: Tobermory Road Tobermory Road remains closed at NC 87 due to a failed crossline pipe / void under the road.  Pipe replacement work has begun and is now expected to be complete by August 14th (encountered difficult soil conditions – causing delays in progress). US 701 North US 701 north remains closed at Colly Creek in order to perform a scour repair to the box culverts that were damaged during Hurricane Matthew.   The location is just south of Mote Road.  While local …..

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Public Hearing on Proposed Election Rules

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement will hold a public hearing Monday on proposed changes to the Administrative Code regarding various aspects of elections administration. The hearing will be held at noon Monday (July 31) at the office of the State Board, 441 N. Harrington St., Raleigh, NC 27603. Those interested in commenting about the rules may sign up beginning at 11:45 a.m. The proposed rules are available here. This public hearing is for comments on the proposed rules only. General comments on other elections-related matters may be submitted to elections.sboe@ncsbe.gov. Written comments on the rules will be accepted through Monday (July 31). To submit written comments through an online portal, go here. You can …..

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Tropical Storm Emily forms; little threat to North Carolina

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Tropical Storm Emily has formed off the coast of Tampa, Florida. According to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, the storm along a stalled cold front and is anticipated to move across Florida today and into the Atlantic Ocean. Donald Hawkins with the National Weather Service, said the storm is expected to move northeast over the Atlantic Ocean and impacts to the North Carolina coast are expected to be minimal. “The only impact will be an increase in seas by mid-week,” said Hawkins. Share:

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IRS Continues to Hire Tax Cheats, Bad Actors

Sen. Richard Burr North Carolinians cannot conceive of a scenario where they could be fired for misconduct or lying on their application forms and then get their jobs back. However, the Internal Revenue Service has made a practice of just this and, for the second time, has been caught by the IRS watchdog. A recent report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) found that 200 of the 2,000 employees that were rehired to work at the IRS from January 2015 to March 2016 were originally fired for substantiated performance or conduct issues, including willfully failing to file taxes. While working for the government agency responsible for collecting …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

July 31, 2017 is here, August just ahead.  Football practice, school begins for some, for farmers almost time to harvest what appears to be a very good crop. Attempting to follow the play of Cade Hancock at the Optimist International Junior Golf play at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  Cade is playing in the boys 16-18 age group.  Today is the second day of the 4 day tournament.  He shoot 79 yesterday, tied for 74th position in the 150+ field of golfers from around the world.  Low score yesterday was 67, there was a 68, a 70, 3 tied at 71 and 4 more at 73. He …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – July 31

1790 – 1st US patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process. 1809 – 1st practical US railroad track (wooden, for horse-drawn cars), Philadelphia, Pa. 1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat. 1912 – US government prohibits movies & photos of prize fights (censorship). 1922 – 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world’s 1st water skies (Minn). 1932 – George Washington quarter goes into circulation. 1948 – US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy Airport), NY. 1948 – “Brigadoon” closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 581 performances. 1954 – Milwaukee Braves’ Joe Adcock sets record of 18 total bases (4 hrs, 1 double). 1964 – US Ranger 7 takes …..

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Hickory Grove Men Are Lumber River Tournament Champions

Hickory Grove won the Lumber River Church Softball League Men’s Tournament Championship. The Hickory Grove Men were also the Regular-Season Runners-up. Team members are pictured: Front Row (Left-Right) Clay Allen, Jordan Allen, Eric Williams, Kevin Crabtree, J. R. Allen. Standing (L-R) Josh Allen, Keith Hilburn, John Waldrop, Nathan Allen, Jimmy Hudson, Tony Stewart. Share:

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ROUZER VOTES FOR APPROPRIATIONS PACKAGE TO REBUILD OUR MILITARY AND STRENGTHEN BORDER

Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman David Rouzer voted to approve an appropriations package to authorize funding for our military, veterans, southern border, and other priorities that will contribute to the safety and security of American citizens at home and abroad. The appropriations package, commonly referred to as the “minibus,” includes appropriations bills for defense, military construction and veterans, energy and water, and the legislative branch. “It’s no secret we live in a world that has grown much more dangerous during the past several years. As a Congress, it is our primary obligation to take the necessary steps to help keep our country and citizens safe from harm. The appropriations …..

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Feed the Eagles fundraiser still a go; not on GoFundMe

An East Bladen High School mom only wanted to help make things easier for hungry athletes by starting a page to raise money to feed the players. Many athletes have not always eaten before a big game and their last full meal is lunch. Shannon Meares wanted to change that so she started a GoFundMe page designed to raise funds to be used to prepare meals for the athletes on game days. After posting on Facebook about the fundraiser, she learned the GoFundMe page was “handled incorrectly” and was taken down. The fundraiser is now being handled through the East Bladen Booster Club and donations can be made to the …..

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Officials say Cape Fear River may never be completely free of GenX

By Erin Smith   State officials said this week the Cape Fear River may never be completely free of the chemical GenX. The chemical is used in the manufacturing process for Teflon. Officials with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services have tested water samples taken from the river during the past month. While these tests show levels of GenX present in the water are falling, the river may never be completely free of the chemical according to University of North Carolina at Wilmington professor Lawrence Cahoon. According to Cahoon, the chemical can spread out into the vegetation along the river …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Three towns in Bladen County received water grants from the state. They were Elizabethtown $37,250, White Lake $51,433, and Bladenboro $16,250. Melinda Grady was elected Miss Bladen County during the event sponsored by the Elizabethtown Jaycees. Due to a late spring freeze the Bladen County blueberry crop was a complete disaster. The Clarkton Tobacco Market and the entire Border Belt Market was set to open. Share:

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Hickory Grove Men Win Lumber River Tournament Championship

DUBLIN – Hickory Grove won the Lumber River Church Softball League’s Men’s Tournament with two victories Saturday night. Saturday night’s games were moved to Dublin due to wet grounds at Broadridge. Hickory Grove defeated Antioch in Saturday’s first game, then claimed a victory over Dublin in the championship game. Dublin had advanced to the championship game with a victory over Antioch. Dublin was the tournament runners-up. Share:

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Dublin Men Are Lumber River Season Champions

The Dublin men’s softball team won the Lumber River Church Softball League’s Regular-Season Championship. The Dublin men were also runners-up in the league’s post-season tournament. Team members are pictured: Front Row (Left-Right) Kevin Brady, Tripp Lancaster, Matthew Davis, Scotty Davis, Jeff Gause. Standing David Debuke, Rusty Sheppard, Johnathon Britt, Stumpy Bordeaux, Mackie Singletary, Jason Page, Paul Starnes. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

School begins for over 300 area students on Tuesday, August 1 at the new Emereau Charter School, located on Airport Road, east of Elizabethtown. A recent Open House and ribbon cutting attracted a large crowd. Bladen County public school students begin the 2017 school year August 29 and Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy, located on MLK Drive in Elizabethtown, will be begin the new school year soon, as well. Spent some time yesterday catching up on The Optimist International Junior Golf Championship Tournaments underway in Florida, primarily because an Elizabethtown junior golfer teed off this morning in the 16-18 age group. Cade Hancock is one of 155 golfers in that …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – July 30

1619 – House of Burgesses Virginia forms, 1st elective American governing body. 1822 – James Varick becomes 1st bishop of African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. 1869 – The Charles, considered the world’s first “oil tanker”, departs the United States headed for Europe with a bulk capacity of 7,000 barrels of oil. 1898 – Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes. 1909 – Wright Brothers deliver 1st military plane to the army. 1928 – George Eastman shows first amateur color motion pictures to guests at his New York house including Thomas Edison. 1935 – 1st Penquin book is published, starting the paperback revolution. 1943 – Last Judy Garland-Mickey Rooney movie released (Girl Crazy). …..

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Some Bladen County residents may see records expunged more quickly

Some Bladen County residents could soon have their criminal records expunged quickly if they are first-time non-violent offenders, thanks to a newly adopted law. Governor Roy Cooper signed NC Senate Bill 445 into law on Friday. The bill allows standardizes and expedites the process to have your records expunged.   “Criminal justice shouldn’t end at incarceration. It should end at restoration,” Gov. Cooper said. “We want North Carolinians who have corrected their mistakes to go on to live purposeful, productive lives.”   Under previous legislation, individuals would have to wait fifteen years to have a non-violent offense expunged from their criminal record—more than three times longer than most other states. …..

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Walter H. “Bobby” Smoak

Walter H. “Bobby” Smoak, 91, of Bladenboro, passed away at his home Saturday, July 29, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents: Edgar L. and Alice Mason Smoak; one brother: Edgar Leroy Smoak, Jr. Bobby is survived by his wife: Margie McLaughlin Smoak of the home; one son: Walter H. (Bobo) Smoak Jr. and wife, Paulette of Elizabethtown; one daughter: Bobbie Ann Smoak Todd and husband, Donnie of Bladenboro; two granddaughters: Candice Todd Dowd and husband, Mickey of Bladenboro; Danielle Todd and fiancé Donny Merritt of Bladenboro; many loving nieces and nephews and a world full of friends. His cherished and helpful friends: Ira Davis of Bladenboro and …..

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Kayla Thompson 8th Best Woman Golfer In North Carolina

According to the Carolinas Golf Association Kayla Thompson of Clarkton is the 8th best woman golfer in North Carolina. Kayla, an upcoming senior at UNCW, will be playing her final college year of golf. She secured her ranking by her outstanding record of tournaments played. This summer she has played the following tournaments and had excellent results. Kayla was second in the 40th Carolinas Women’s Four Ball Championship in May. In June she tied for second place in the 91st Carolina’s Woman’s Amateur Championship. Also in June she placed 23rd in the 2017 Women’s Eastern Amateur Championship. In July she was a semi-finalist in the 19th Champion’s Women’s Match Play …..

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SECURING AMERICA’S FUTURE

President Ronald Reagan once said the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” Too often, the government’s “help” is more unnecessary regulations, more taxes, and an even bigger bureaucracy. In 2009, when President Obama took office, America’s national debt was $10.6 trillion. Last year, President Obama’s final budget plan called for the federal debt to double by 2026, leaving our country in enormous peril for future generations. We cannot allow our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to be left with burdensome taxes to pay for our generation’s debt, or with a crippled economy. We must restore fiscal sanity in Washington. …..

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Bladenboro working to create Five Year Economic Development Strategic Plan

By Erin Smith   Economic Development took center stage in Bladenboro on Thursday night as a group of 30 citizens gathered together to work on creating a Five Year Economic Development Strategic Plan for the town. As part of the process of creating the Strategic Plan, the town is conducting a survey to receive input from the town’s residents. You can click the link to complete the survey: http://survey.nccommerce.com/TakeSurvey.asp?SurveyID=31Mm76314pm3G The information from Thursday’s meeting along with the replies to the survey, will be compiled and used to create a Five Year Strategic Plan.   Town Administrator John O’Daniel said Thursday’s session included a SWOT analysis. The purpose fo the SWOT …..

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Dublin Wins Twice Friday in Lumber River Softball

LUMBERTON – Dublin won two softball games Friday night to advance to the Lumber River Church Softball League’s Men’s Tournament final three teams. Dublin defeated Galeed 13-10 in their first game. After Broadridge defeated The Rock, Dublin eliminated Broadridge to reach Saturday’s finals. All of Saturday night’s games will be at Broadridge. At 6 p.m. Saturday Hickory Grove will play Antioch in a winner’s bracket game. At 7 p.m. Dublin play the Hickory Grove/Antioch loser. The winner of that game will meet the Hickory Grove/Antioch winner in the championship game at 8 p.m. Share:

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The Times, The Towns, The tales: A small rural town still thrives

By Erin Smith   Time seems to stand still in the town of Dublin. The pace of life in the small town is slow and relaxed on most days. That wasn’t always the case according to Marie Storms, David Hursey and Jane Carroll.   Dublin was once a bustling town with a set of train tracks and numerous businesses. One curiosity is how the town got its name. David Hursey said, “I’m told that the wife of the engineer with the railroad was from Ireland and she was homesick. So he allowed her to name the train stops along the way and she named them for places in Ireland.” Hence …..

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Elizabethtown Christian to conduct inaugural golf tourney

The Elizabethtown Christian Academy will conduct their inaugural Legacy Golf Tournament in September at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. There will be a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start.   Registration for the tournament is $40 per player of $160 per team. Sponsorships are also available. A Navy sponsorship costs $500 and includes one 4-man team. An orange sponsorship costs $250 and includes tee box recognition on course. A white sponsorship costs $100 and program recognition.   The tournament is to raise funds to support the school’s legacy with sustained growth and development of the school, their learning center and the STEAM program.   Food and awards will be available following play. …..

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Freddy Wooten Wallops Two Triples in Dirt Bag Win

FORT MYERS, FL – Elizabethtown’s Freddy Wooten hammered two triples Friday to lead his Dirt Bags Camo team to a 6-1 victory over the Keystone Club from Harrisburg, PA in the Perfect Game 25 13U National Baseball Tournament. The Dirt Bags, now 2-2-1, will play their final game in the tournament Saturday at 10:15 a.m. against the Cannons Baseball Academy 13U Omaha from Fort Lauterdale, FL. Share:

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Lake life

White Lake, NC receives tourists from all over, in all shapes and sizes. Visitors flock to the beautiful destination for the green grass, white sand, and friendly faces every year. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Cade Hancock, Elizabethtown, NC high school golfer is set to tee off in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He will be competing with junior golfers (ages 16-18) from around the world this weekend. Pairings for Sunday’s 1st round of play in the 4 day event, should be posted around noontime today (Saturday). Activities today includes practice on the Estate, Fazio & Squire courses and the Palmer Golf Long Drive Contest. Hancock, who attends Harrell Christian Academy, is a regular at Vineyard Golf Course, White Lake, NC. He has indicated he hopes to continue his golf career at Wake Forest …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – July 29

1715 – 10 Spanish treasure galleons sinks off Florida coast by hurricane. 1773 – 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny mountains completed, Schoenbrunn, Ohio. 1847 – Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exist in the United States. 1899 – 1st motorcycle race, Manhattan Beach, NY. 1905 – US Secretary of State William Howard Taft makes secret agreement with Japanese Prime Minister Katsura agreeing to Japanese free rein in Korea in return for non-interference with the US in the Philippines. 1914 – 1st transcontinental phone link made between NYC & San Francisco. 1927 – 1st iron lung installed (Bellevue hospital, …..

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Town is featured on travel website

A Bladen County town was featured on a travel website recently which included a listing of local attractions for folks to visit when they stop in the area. The website www.onlyinyourstate.com featured the town of Elizabethtown in it’s story “The Small North Carolina Town You’ve Never Thought About Visiting But Should.” The website noted various attractions folks can visit and things to enjoy while making a stop in Elizabethtown. The website featured a couple of Bladen County’s businesses and locales. The article discussed such local favorites as Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery, Melvin’s Hamburgers, Tory Hole Park, Jones Lake State Park and White Lake. Each location offers many amenities for …..

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5 Internet Safety Tips For Your Kids

  • 07/28/2017
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By: Dora Brogdon The internet today has grown so much since the day it was made. I could go on and on about all the good things the internet has to give for all ages but there are many downsides to such great things. But with every new thing that comes out it’s guaranteed to have some dangers attached to it and they can become even scarier when your children don’t recognize them. If you have any kids that love going online, then you need to show them these five safety tips! First thing parents need to do is to check out what your kids are doing on the internet. …..

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Columbus County proposes to quit Eastpointe

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By Erin Smith A second county has now requested to be allowed to leave the Eastpointe network. Columbus County submitted a request to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to be allowed to leave the Eastpointe network and join Trillium Health Services. Eastpointe filed a lawsuit against Nash County and the NC DHHS Secretary Mandy Cohen earlier this year after Nash County’s request to leave Eastpointe was approved. The lawsuit was dismissed this summer. Eastpointe serves 11 counties after Nash County’s departure. With Columbus County’s exit, if approved, would bring the number of counties served to 10. Columbus County officials have expressed their belief the county’s residents …..

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Vineyard Golf

July 27 Vineyard Golf Thundering Herd Results

The winning team in the July 27 Vineyard Golf Thundering Herd, with six-under par, was Campbell White, Blake Davis, John Russ and Kelly Riley. The Thundering Herd is played each Thursday at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. There is a signup before 5:30 p.m. and a tee time at 6 p.m. The cost is $18 for members and $20 for guests. If you are interested in playing in the Thunder Herd call the pro shop at 910-247-6132. Share:

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Emereau:Bladen welcomes perspective parents, members of the community

By Erin Smith Emereau:Bladen was filled with the sounds of laughter, conversation and families wandering the hallways looking for their child’s classroom. Parents met with teachers, examined classroom materials, and learned about expectations for the upcoming academic year. Emereau:Bladen held an open house and ribbon cutting at the school on Thursday. The school officially opens on Tuesday, August 1. Kate Alice Dunaway said people were lined up at the school’s door beginning at 1 p.m. and the school had a steady stream of visitors throughout the day. Some of the visitors were families of students who will be attending the school and other visitors included elected officials, business leaders and …..

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Dancing the night away with Motown

The Legacy Motown Review drew a crowd Thursday evening, July 27th, at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. The Red Hat Ladies were in attendance along with many others enjoying the festivities. “Events like this make me proud of our town,” F.W. Newton said. The Summer Sounds Concert Series is held the second and fourth Thursday in July and August in Elizabethtown offering a variety of music for folks to enjoy. The concerts are presented by Cape Fear Valley Hospital and the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce with a long host of sponsors. August will bring more concerts. Black Water Rhythm and Blues is set for the last concert of …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Ever used dynamite?  Remember when folks used it to remove stumps?  Dangerous but effective. Senate votes ‘no’ on ‘skinny repeal’ of Obamacare shortly after 2 AM this morning.  What’s next? Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy was quoted as saying, “Never underestimate Mitch McConnell.  He’s tougher than a $3 steak.” John McCain was the difference.  He was quoted leaving the Capitol on why he voted NO: “I thought it was the right thing to do.” President Trump twitted at 2:25 AM: “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down.  As I said from the beginning, let ObamaCare implode, then deal.  Watch!” Think of a Yogi Berra quote, “It ain’t over …..

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Freddy Wooten Pitches Two Shutout Innings in Nationals

FORT MYERS, FL – Elizabethtown’s Freddy Wooten pitched 2.1 shutout innings Thursday to allow his Dirt Bag Camo team to rally for a 6-6 tie with GoWags Jays from Coatesville, PA in the Perfect Game 25 13U National Baseball Tournament. Wooten took the mound with the Dirt Bags trailing 6-3 in the third inning and held the Jays scoreless for the rest of the game. The Dirt Bags tied the game with 3 runs in the fifth inning. At the plate Wooten batted 1-3 with a single. The Dirt Bags conclude play in the tournament Friday at 8 a.m. against the Keystone Club from Harrisburg, PA.   Share:

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Hickory Grove & Dublin Are Lumber River’s Thursday Winners

Hickory Grove outscored Galeed 15-6 Thursday night in a Lumber River Church Softball Men’s Tournament winners bracket game. Dublin stayed alive with a victory over Saddletree in an elimination game. Galeed and Dublin will play in an elimination game Friday night at 7:00 at Sammy Cox Park. The winner of that game will play again Friday at 9 p.m. at Sammy Cox against the winner of Friday’s 8 p.m. game between Broadridge and The Rock. With their Thursday night victory Hickory Grove advanced to a winners bracket game Saturday at 5 p.m. at Broadridge against Antioch. Share:

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This Day in History for July 28

1849 – Memmon is first clipper to reach San Francisco, 120 days out of NY. 1866 – Metric system becomes a legal measurement system of US. 1896 – City of Miami incorporated. 1900 – Hamburger created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut. 1914 – Foxtrot 1st danced at New Amsterdam Roof Garden, in NYC, by Harry Fox. 1932 – Battle between unemployed war veterans & federal troops, 4 die. 1933 – 1st singing telegram delivered (to Rudy Vallee), NYC. 1943 – US President FDR announces end of coffee rationing in US. 1945 – US Army B-25 crashes into 79th floor of Empire State Building, 14 die. 1951 – Walt Disney’s animated …..

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Video released in Bladen Hardware break-in

The Elizabethtown Police Department and the ATF need your help in identifying the people in this video. A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons involved in the break-in at Bladen Hardware which resulted in the theft of several handguns. You are asked to call the Elizabethtown Police Department at 910-862-3125 or the ATF if you have any information. Posted by Elizabethtown Police Department on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 Share:

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Balance Your Beverages to Stay Hydrated

By Sandra Cain Drink plenty of refreshing, calorie-free water. Water does the body good. Water has no fat, calories or sugar but it helps your muscles and brain stay hydrated for best physical and mental performance. It also keeps your stomach, intestines and kidneys working smoothly. This lets you digest your food and get rid of waste. How much water you need depends on your size and activity level.  You will need to drink more water when it is warmer and when you are more physically active.  Keep a water bottle handy in your car, at work, home or school. Drink nutrient-rich, fat-free milk three times a day. Milk isn’t just for …..

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Bladen County Young Professionals: Greene enjoys helping her patients

The love of small town living is drawing some young professionals back to Bladen County following their college years. The ability to be close to family and friends is also a plus. “I’ve always loved Elizabethtown. I hate traffic,” said Molly Greene. Greene started working at Dickerson’s Pharmacy this summer after completing her Pharmacy degree.  Pharmacist Bruce Dickerson, who owns Dickerson’s Pharmacy, gave Greene her first “real job” back before college. Since coming back to the hometown pharmacy she has realized there is a lot to learn about the business aspect of operating a pharmacy. Greene said she also learned it is important to know how to talk to people in …..

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Pittenger secures $32 million in Hurricane Matthew funding

UPDATE:  Congressman Pittenger has confirmed that 80% of the $32 million in funding announced today must be distributed to the “most impacted counties,” which include Cumberland and Robeson. WASHINGTON – Following a May 25th conference call with Secretary Ben Carson, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has helped secure $32 million for Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts in North Carolina. The $31,862,000 in Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding is the result of working with HUD to ensure the most up-to-date data was used in calculating North Carolina’s current needs.  Previously, Governor Cooper reported North Carolina received only $6.1 million in funding.  That number was …..

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Tillis, Senators Introduce Resolution Recognizing National Whistleblower Appreciation Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of the crucial role played by whistleblowers in shining a light on fraud, waste and abuse in the federal government, the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus introduced a bipartisan resolution designating July 30, 2017, as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. The resolution, sponsored by caucus members and colleagues, aims to encourage federal agencies to acknowledge employees who call attention to fraud, waste and abuse and to remind employees of their legal rights as whistleblowers. “Whistleblowers play an important role in government transparency and reducing fraud, waste, and abuse,” Sen. Tillis said. “Far too often, the brave individuals who fight for accountability are punished for the actions, and I am proud to support National …..

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Tillis Supports Imposing New Sanctions On Russia, Iran, North Korea

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, bipartisan legislation that imposes new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea: “These sanctions send a clear and unified message to the Russian, Iranian, and North Korean regimes that America will hold them accountable for their transgressions,” said Senator Tillis. “I encourage the President to quickly sign this much-needed bipartisan legislation into law.” Share:

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Pittenger votes to fund border wall, military pay raise

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted to fund President Trump’s $1.6 billion request for a border wall, provide the largest military pay raise in 8 years, and increase Defense spending by 13% to rebuild America’s military. “As Americans, we spend hours debating issues large and small, but too often we forget our freedom to have these debates is paid for by our men and women in uniform,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Today I voted on common sense legislation to restore military readiness, honor the sacrifices of our troops, and support President Trump’s effort to secure our borders.” The Make America Secure Appropriations Act (H.R. 3219) includes: *$1.6 billion to construct physical barriers along our southern …..

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Planning for Bladen County Opioid forum is under way

By Erin Smith Plans for an County Leadership Opioid Forum are under way for Bladen County. The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners is encouraging all 100 counties to conduct forums to educate citizens and develop strategies to deal with the growing opioid crisis in North Carolina. According to data released by the NC ACC, there were 1.3 prescriptions for Opioids written per resident in Bladen County in 2016 and there were 101.1 pills per resident in Bladen County in 2016. The purpose of the forum, which is tentatively planned for mid-September is to stimulate discussion and develop ideas to help reduce opioid use and abuse in the county, said …..

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Vocational Rehabilitation Services helps put people to work

By Erin Smith Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment is a program that many people are unfamiliar with and are unsure of exactly what it entails. The program is one of the oldest social programs within the federal government, according to Mac Britt, who is a counselor with Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Elizabethtown. The program is designed to assist people with physical or intellectual impairments gain employment. The Vocational Rehabilitation Services Office in Elizabethtown has two counselors, Mac Britt, who works with the adult clients, and Valtrese Johnson who works with high school students. Michael Ramey works with the employers by assisting them in developing strategies that allow them to hire employees …..

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Bladen Community College Announces Scholastic Honor Students

DUBLIN – Full-time students who have demonstrated academic achievement at Bladen Community College for the summer 2017 term have been recognized. Students who have maintained a 4.0 G.P.A. for the term and have been named to the President’s List are Tayler Allen, Fernando Bautista, Amy Baxley, Kassi Boswell, Shacara Bridges, Jessica Gillman, Grace-Anna Glenn, Hillary Green, Amanda Hannon, Ashleigh Hunt, Courtney Nance, Reagan Powers, Tracy Quick, Katherine Rolocut, Quinn Singletary, and Taryn Strickland. Students who have maintained a 3.5 G.P.A. or above for the term and have been named to the Vice President’s List are Ashley Aubin, Amber Branch, Alyssa Britt, Amber Eddy, Tatianna Ford, Jasmin Ransom, Elisabeth Rojas Jacinto, …..

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Dublin Motor Speedway Racing Results

DUBLIN – Mooresville’s Kyle Strickler captured the checkered flag in the Southeast Dirt Modified Series feature race at Dublin Motor Speedway Saturday night. Another Mooresville driver, R. J. Otto, finished second. Linden’s Andy Boahn, a 5-time Dublin winner in Open Wheel Modified, finished third behind Strickler and Otto. Hope Mills native Willie Milliken won the Late Model race ahead of 2-time Dublin winner Zack Blackwell of Fayetteville who finished second. Brian Strickland who won the June 3rd Late Model Dublin race took third place Saturday. Marion’s Johnny Moore claimed his fourth Dublin win of the year in Super Street. Dillon’s Chris Powers (#4 car) who won the July 8th race at Dublin finished second, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

One more reminder of the Summer Sounds Concert Series that continues from 6PM-9PM today, at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown.  Legacy Motown Review will provide the music.  It’s FREE and you are invited. High school football practice begins Monday.  Received a note from East Bladen’s Robby Priest that the Eagles will be on the field from 6 til 8 p.m.  See John Clark’s article on our sports page with all the details.  West Bladen’s Knights will also begin practice, but no details. A $15,000 reward is yours if you provide info leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Bladen Hardware on Poplar Street, …..

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East Bladen Football Practice Begins Monday

Coach Robby Priest has announced that the first official practice for the East Bladen football team will be Monday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Players will need up-to-date physicals. They will also need to have cleats and/or tennis shoes along with shorts and t-shirts. For more information players may call East Bladen High School at (910) 247-4610. Share:

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All Three Bladen Teams Advance in Lumber River Men’s Softball Tourney

All three Bladen County teams – Galeed, Hickory Grove and Dublin – are still alive after two nights of play in the Lumber River Church Softball Men’s Tournament. Galeed opened play Monday night with a 21-16 victory over The Rock, while Hickory Grove piled up more than 20 runs in a victory over Zion Hill on Tuesday night. Hickory Grove and Galeed will meet Thursday night at 8:30 at Sammy Cox Park. Dublin, the regular-season champion, dropped their opening game Tuesday night to Antioch but bounced back to defeat Long Branch in Tuesday night’s second game. Dublin will play Saddletree Thursday night at 7:30 at Broadridge. Share:

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Freddy Wooten Bats 3-3 in Dirt Bag Loss

FORT MYERS, FL – Elizabethtown’s Freddy Wooten batted a perfect 3-3 and drove in a run but his Dirt Bags Camo team lost 15-2 to the Legends Prospects from Middleton, MA, Wednesday morning in the Perfect Game Super 25 13U National Baseball Tournament. Wooten ripped a double and two singles in his 3 at-bats. “The teams down here are really good!” said Quan Wooten, Freddy’s dad. The Dirt Bags will conclude pool play Thursday at 12:30 p.m. against the unbeaten GoWags Jays from Coatesville, PA. Share:

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This Day in History for July 27

1586 – Sir Walter Raleigh brings first tobacco to England from Virginia. 1789 – US Congress establishes Department of Foreign Affairs now referred to as the State Department. 1837 – US Mint opens in Charlotte, North Carolina. 1844 – Fire destroys US Mint at Charlotte, North Carolina. 1888 – Philip Pratt unveils 1st American electric tricycle. 1909 – Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1hour, 12 minutes, 40 seconds. 1920 – Radio compass used for 1st time for aircraft navigation. 1931 – Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebraska & South Dakota destroyed thousands of acres of crops.. 1940 – Bugs Bunny debuts in “Wild Hare.” 1947 – Yogi Berra starts …..

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Filing CCC-941 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Certifications

Many producers have experienced delays in receiving Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments, Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs) and Market Gains on Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) because they have not filed form CCC-941, Adjusted Gross Income Certification. LDPs will not be paid until all eligible producers, including landowners who share in the crop, have filed a valid CCC-941. Producers without a valid CCC-941 certifying their compliance with the average adjusted gross income provisions will not receive payments that have been processed. All farm operator/tenants/owners who have not filed a CCC-941 and have pending payments should IMMEDIATELY file the form with their recording county FSA office. Farm operators …..

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New location, same friendly face

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New Vision Optics has moved to a new location. The store is owned by Ginny Hayes, a Licensed Optician, and is now open on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Services offered at the new location include filling eyeglass prescriptions, making frame adjustments, and repairs and replacements. Hayes also offers Paparazzi Jewelry and accessories. The store is located at 129-I in Cross Plaza in Elizabethtown. Share:

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Student receives Thurgood Marshall Walmart Foundation First Generation Scholarship

Ryan Jamar Henry of Durham is the recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Walmart Foundation First Generation Scholarship. Ryan is the proud son of Dawn Henry of Durham, North Carolina and Robert Henry of Alpharetta, Georgia. His grandparents are Alice Richardson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Lorraine Henry of Elizabethtown, North Carolina and retired Colonel Daniel (Pamela) McFadgen of Woodbridge, Virginia. His great-grandparents are Thelma Prescott of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Glendell (Mary) Robinson of Elizabethtown, North Carolina. Thurgood Marshall (July 2, 1908 – January 24, 1993) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, serving from October 1967 until October 1991. Marshall was the Court’s 96th justice and its …..

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A Just Legal Victory for Supt. Johnson

By Dr. Erik Root A Wake County Superior Court three judge panel justly pronounced that the State Board of Education (SBE), a body of part-time volunteer appointees, is subservient on policy matters to the people’s elected General Assembly.  SBE brought suit after the Assembly passed several changes to the general statutes streamlining responsibility and granting more authority to the Superintendent of Public Instruction (SPI), elected executive officer who is also the chief administrative officer of that body. Despite their counsel’s bewilderment over the meaning of the Superior Court Order when he said, “We’re trying to parse out what all that [decision] means,” the SBE has nevertheless voted to appeal this …..

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Bladen Community College Graduates Practical Nursing Students

DUBLIN –Bladen Community College graduated 22 Practical Nursing students in a pinning ceremony on July 20. Board chair Dennis Troy and college president William Findt provided greetings and welcomed students and attendees. Ms. Denise Davies, CNM, addressed the graduates with words of encouragement, stating, “this is the day you have waited for.” Student Kassi Boswell received the Practical Nurse Education Professional Nursing Award for Theory and Clinical Nurse Application. The student recognized with the Practical Nurse Education Professional Nursing Award for exemplifying the best role model of the professional nurse and excellence in leadership in the Practical Nurse Education Program was Whitney Packer. Shacara Bridges and Jessica Gillman were awarded …..

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Rotary Club learns about White Lake

White Lake is one of Bladen County’s many assets with its crystal clear waters and plenty of activities for everyone. The Elizabethtown Rotary Club learned about White Lake during their luncheon meeting at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. White Lake Mayor Goldstone Womble addressed the Club and spoke about the lake season and some issues at the lake which have made the news. He said the lake season has been a successful one for White Lake businesses. He also said there have been some issues reported in the news that have also been a cause of concern for town staff. Mayor Womble said recently a Facebook post was shared by …..

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Eastpointe Board hears about Medicaid future

Volatility at local level, Medicaid funding future uncertain By Erin Smith The Eastpointe Board of Directors met Tuesday and heard a presentation regarding the future of Medicaid. The board also installed a new Board of Directors Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Cardinal Innovation Healthcare CEO Richard Topping made a presentation to the Eastpointe Board of Directors sharing information about the future of healthcare and specifically about the future state of Medicaid. He began his remarks by saying there is volatility at the local level when it comes to providing  mental health services. Topping said, “Folks are not necessarily getting services where they need them, when they need them.” Topping said that as …..

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Congressman Pittenger’s CFPB legislation approved by House

WASHINGTON – This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation, co-sponsored by Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), to nullify a controversial new rule which benefits trial lawyers at the expense of hardworking Americans. H.J. Res. 111, which Congressman Pittenger introduced last week in partnership with Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12), uses the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new “anti-arbitration” rule. “Talk about draining the swamp.  Washington bureaucrats wanted to make it harder for consumers to recover substantial compensation when resolving disputes with banks.  Today, the U.S. House of Representatives joined me in saying ‘no’ to the ‘Trial Lawyers Protection Bureau,’” said Congressman Pittenger. According to the Consumer Financial …..

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Tillis Statement On Procedural Vote To Begin Debate On Health Care Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the motion to proceed, beginning a debate on legislation to repeal Obamacare and reform America’s health care system: “Over the last several years, Obamacare has hit hardworking North Carolina families with skyrocketing premiums and fewer choices, while small businesses have struggled to comply with the law’s costly and burdensome regulations. The status quo of Obamacare is unsustainable, and today’s procedural vote sets the stage for an open amendment process where all Senators – Republicans and Democrats alike – will be able to put forward their ideas to reform our nation’s health care system.” …..

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Job Fair planned

Utility workers are an essential part of the industrial process and they are responsible for such things as maintaining safe work areas, collecting debris and disposing of sawdust and dropped lumber. There is a job fair planned for utility workers at the NC Works Career Center of Bladen County.   The job fair will be held on Thursday, July 27, from 4 until 6 p.m. Share:

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Tillis Joins Senators To Call For Reopening Of U.S. Poultry Exports To China

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined a bipartisan group of 37 senators in urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to push the Chinese government to end its ban on the sale of American poultry products. The ban was instituted by China in 2015 due to the detection of a wild duck with Highly Pathogenic Avian Influence (HPAI) and continues to be enforced today, in contradiction of World Health Organization for Animal Health (OIE) standards. “Poultry is produced in almost every state. For communities and states that rely on a thriving and growing poultry industry, these agreements are essential to a strong and vibrant future,” said the Senators …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

I believe the preservation of the United States of America is more important than protecting Democrats,  Republicans, Independents and anyone else, and if someone, some country is attempting to alter our course, it needs to be dealt with……plain and simple. We all have our ideas, but I thought the comments of Sen. McCain yesterday were plain and on target.  Realize, that those on both sides of the aisle will debate the issues, there will always be differences, and that is OK, this is America, nothing wrong with expressing our views, but, at last count, there are 323.1 million of us in the USA, and compromise is important in our way of doing business.  The more ideas shared, hopefully …..

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Freddy Wooten Bats 2-5 As Dirt Bags Split Pair

FORT MYERS, FL – Elizabethtown’s Freddy Wooten batted 2-5 Tuesday as his Dirt Bags Camo team split a pair of games in the Perfect Game Super 25 13U National Baseball Tournament. Wooten slammed a double in the Dirt Bags 12-10 victory Tuesday morning over the Georgia Bombers in their opening game of the tournament. The Dirt Bags battled back from an early 5-0 deficit to take the lead 12-7 with a 6-run sixth-inning. In Tuesday’s second game, the Columbus Cobras from Ohio rode a 3-run second-inning to a 4-3 victory over the Dirt Bags. Wooten cracked a single for one of the only two hits by the Dirt Bags in …..

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East Bladen Mom Sets Up Gofundme Page For Football Pre-Game Meals

East Bladen football mom Shannon Meares has set up a gofundme page to help raise money for the pre-game meals for this season’s Eagle varsity and jayvee football teams and cheerleaders. According to Mrs. Meares, it costs over $100 per game to feed the players a meal before each game. The goal for the page is to raise $1,000, and all proceeds raised will go toward the pre-game meals. “We want to ensure that all players and cheerleaders receive the nourishment needed to be able to feel and do their best!” said Mrs. Meares in her post on the page. “It is often late when these games get over and …..

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Bush’s Baked Beans announces voluntary recall

Bush Brothers & Company announced a voluntary recall Tuesday of select 28 ounce cans of Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans because of potentially defective side seams on the cans. The recall was initiated after internal quality assurance checks identified the issue, the company said. Subsequent investigations indicated a temporary quality issue from one of the company’s can suppliers, according to a news release. The company says the problem was corrected and no other product is affected. “As a fourth generation family owned business, we are guided by our values of integrity, caring, responsibility, and trust and we apologize for any inconvenience …..

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This Day in History for July 26

1775 – US Continental Congress creates United States Post Office (U.S.P.O.) in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin. 1790 – US passes Assumption bill making US responsible for state debts. 1903 – 1st automobile trip across the United States (SF-NY) completed by Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker. 1908 – United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issues an order to immediately staff the Office of the Chief Examiner (later renamed the Federal Bureau of Investigation). 1916 – The US protests the ‘Blacklist’ issued by the British forbidding trade with some 30 US firms. 1926 – National Bar Association incorporates. 1933 – Joe DiMaggio ends 61 game hitting streak in Pacific …..

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ATF and Firearms Industry Offer Reward in Theft of Firearms from Bladen Hardware Company

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Bladen Hardware Company, a federal firearm licensee (FFL), in Elizabethtown, N.C.  ATF is offering a reward of up to $5,000, which will be matched by the NSSF for a total reward of up to $10,000. Unidentified suspects forcibly entered Bladen Hardware Company, located at 138 South Poplar Street, Elizabethtown, N.C.  The suspects stole multiple firearms during the burglary and fled the scene afterwards.  ATF and …..

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Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Tourney

On Tuesday, July 25th, Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Tourney Played At Coharie Country Club. A total of 44 players showed up on Tuesday, July 25 to participate in the SFSGA tournament held at Coharie Country Club in Clinton. The winning team, with a score of 54, was Young Pyon, Joey Gore, Jeff Wrenn and Odell Pait. The August 1 tourney will be held at Land O’ Lakes Golf Course near Whiteville. Share:

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Bladen County Schools new online services

Bladen County School system is now offering a secure website service from ScribOrder for former students, business entities, and educational institutions to request transcripts and student records online. ScribOrder is the only authorized service provider for Bladen County School’s transcript and records requests.  Visit the Bladen County Schools district website at www.bladen.k12.nc.us to access the ScribOrder Student Transcript and Records Request quick link. Any transcript and records request must be made using the ScribOrder online system and paid for online. Requests received by any provider other than ScribOrder will not be fulfilled. Credit cards, debit cards, and e-checks are accepted forms of payment for online requests. The district no longer …..

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Bladen commissioners hold special meeting

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, August 7, 2017, at 5:00 pm, at the Bladen County Detention/Law Enforcement Center, 299 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. The purpose of the meeting is for the Board to review evidence storage procedures, which may include a Closed Session in Accordance with NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (1) Not a Public Record. Share:

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen Residents

By: Dora Brogdon If you are a Bladen County citizen then you may be interested in these fun upcoming events! There is a dance competition, a concert, children’s programs and more! The calendar holds something for everyone.  On July 25th and 27th, your child will have the opportunity to head on down to their local library and make some slime! Each slime program will be at a different local library location. Due to a limited amount of materials, it is recommended to call 910-862-6990 to register. Check out our post page for complete details.  The Summer Sounds Concert Series, featuring Legacy Motown Review, will be held at the Cape Fear Farmers Market. The Elizabethtown-White Lake …..

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Southern Chaos wins Top Gun Tourney

Southern Chaos ’06 won the 10u Top Gun Tournament which was held in Benson on Saturday, July 22nd. The team was undefeated in two pool games. The championship game was against the ’07 Shockers. Southern Chaos won with a score of 7 to 2. Southern Chaos ‘06 is a Lumberton-based 10u Fast Pitch team led by Coach Rossi Sampson and Assistant Coach Ben Andrews. The players are: Addie Bowen Halona Sampson Hannah Carter Karley Hand Kennedy Scott Lena Damasco-Trinidad Lindsay Locklear Mackenzy Hardin Martha Simmons Molly Andrews (Players absent at the tournament) Kensly Newberry Alona Hanna Ava Hanna Share:

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Iphone/Ipad Tips and Tricks: Google Backup, DorBell, iPhone 7s, Cord Cuttin’

By Gordon Kinlaw Google Backup Google has a new app, “Backup & Sync, that will back your computer files up into Google Drive. If you have a modest amount of documents, then it will work for you without adding any storage space. A normal account will have 15 Gb of space which is a huge amount of Word and Powerpoint docs. Videos and photos should be backed up into a separate Google area called Google Photos which has unlimited image storage. Here’s the link to learn how to set up sync: https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2374987. DorBell – Video Doorbell $100 If you haven’t seen the commercials for Ring VIdeo Doorbell, then you likely …..

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Tillis Statement On Attorney General Jeff Sessions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “I’ve worked with Jeff Sessions for years, and while we certainly may not agree on the specifics of every issue, I believed he would be a great Attorney General because of his unwavering commitment to the rule of law. In the nearly six months he has led the Department of Justice, he has maintained that commitment every day and demonstrated why he was widely respected during his years as a U.S. Senator. “While some may argue that he should not have recused himself from the Russia …..

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STEFANO’S FOODS, INC. RECALLS MEAT PRODUCTS DUE TO MISBRANDING AND UNDECLARED ALLERGEN

Stefano’s Foods, Inc., a Charlotte, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 981 pounds of Stromboli products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains eggs, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label. The frozen meatball Stromboli items, produced on June 24, 2017, were incorrectly packaged in a box labeled as pepperoni and Italian sausage Stromboli. The following product is subject to recall: *18.5-oz. boxes containing two pieces of “SCREAMIN’ SICILIAN PIZZA CO. STROMBOLI SUPREMUS MAXIMUS PEPPERONI & ITALIAN SAUSAGE” with an “Enjoy by: 2/19/2018” date and lot code of 70010117517. The products subject …..

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Clarkton Firefighter Rusty Marsh honored with Order of the Guardian

By Erin Smith Long-time Clarkton Firefighter Rusty Marsh was honored on Tuesday morning with the Order of the Guardian. The newly created award was presented by the NC Department of Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and recognizes citizens for their service to their communities. It is the highest honor a resident can receive from the Department of Insurance. Marsh is the second recipient of the Order of the Guardian, said Causey. The honor was kept under wraps until Marsh arrived at the fire department on Tuesday morning.  He said he had no idea this honor was being given to him. Marsh said, “It’s quite an honor. One I would have never …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Ever second guess yourself, or wonder where you would be today, if?  If you had gone in a different direction so far as employment is concerned, opportunities you pursued but rejected, for whatever the reason?  Bet many of us do!  And, following that line of thinking, remember the old country song, “Thank God for Unanswered Prayers.” The Class of ’56 has seen so many changes, one example, the mode of transportation.  Mule and wagon when we were youngsters, how about an A-model or T-model where you turned the motor by hand with a steel rod (for lack of a better term) ’til it fired up, to automatic transmissions and today a …..

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West Bladen Women’s Tennis Try-outs Monday

West Bladen Women’s Tennis Try-outs will be held on Monday July 31st from 8-10 a.m. Each participant must have a updated physical on file in order to participate in the try-outs. Participants should bring a racquet, towel, and either some bottle water or a sports drink with them. Contact Coach Mary White at mcwhite@bladen.k12.nc.us or Coach Jeff Atkinson at jdatkinson@bladen.k12.nc.us for more information. Share:

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East Bladen Men’s Soccer Try-outs Begin Monday

East Bladen Men’s Soccer Try-outs will begin Monday at 8 a.m. with a classroom session followed by a field session. The Eagles will be fielding a varsity and a jayvee team this season. Tryouts will be each day and consist of 2 sessions per day. Morning sessions will be from 8-10 a.m. and geared toward a classroom session as well as a fitness session. Evening sessions will be from 7-8:30 p.m. and are for technical as well as tactical training. Players should bring sneakers, cleats, shin guards and a water/sports drink. All players must have an up-to-date physical as well as a conclusion/pledge form on file in order to participate. …..

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Elizabethtown’s Freddy Wooten to Play in National Tournament

Elizabethtown’s Lefrederick “Freddy” Wooten will begin play Tuesday in the Perfect Game Super 25 13U National Baseball Tournament in Fort Myers, FL. Wooten and his Dirtbags Camo team will be playing at Jet Blue Stadium, the Boston Red Sox spring training facility. Opening Ceremonies were held Monday night. Wooten’s first game will be Tuesday at 10:15 a.m. with a second game at 2:45. Wooten and his Dirtbags team will compete against some of the best 13-year-old talent in the country. Share:

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This Day in History for July 25

1729 – North Carolina becomes a royal colony. 1850 – Gold discovered in Oregon (Rogue River). 1854 – Walter Hunt is awarded the first U.S. patent for a paper shirt collar. 1868 – US Congress forms Wyoming Territory (Dakota, Utah & Idaho). 1922 – AT&T begins broadcasting on WBAY (NYC-later WNBC, WRCA & WFAN). 1933 – 1st Dutch live radio concert: Duke Ellington. 1941 – FDR bans selling benzene/gasoline to Japan. 1946 – At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis stage their first show as a comedy team. 1961 – Roger Maris hits home runs 37,38,39 & 40 in a doubleheader. 1961 – In …..

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