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Girls Basketball: West Columbus 43, West Bladen 28

DUBLIN – A 14-0 third quarter run by West Columbus carried the Lady Vikings to a 43-28 victory over West Bladen Wednesday night in Three Rivers Conference girls basketball action. Junior Conner Brisson raced for a lay-up to begin the second half that pulled West Bladen to within 19-15. Raeana Goodman and Tahnijah McKoy threw in 5 points each to lead the 14-point West Columbus spurt that pushed the lead to 33-15. Brisson drove for another lay-up to open the final quarter and snap the West Bladen scoring drought. Senior Elizabeth Allbright dished an assist to senior Patience Parker for a lay-up to keep the Lady Knights within 35-19. A …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 57, South Robeson 37

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ROWLAND – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles ran their winning streak to fifteen games in a row Wednesday night with a 57-37 victory at South Robeson in Three Rivers Conference girls basketball action. The Lady Eagles retained their 2-game lead in the league standings with a 14-1 record and are 19-1 overall. East Bladen played Wednesday without leading scorer Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson who was out with the flu. Sophmore Patience Ward led the Lady Eagles with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 steals. Senior Shardajah Brown helped pick up the scoring load in Moore-Peterson’s absence by firing in 12 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Junior Erica McKoy filled …..

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Bladenboro Dixie Youth registration dates set

Bladenboro Dixie Youth will hold its annual signups starting Saturday, Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Bladenboro Middle School Gym. Other registration dates are Saturday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Galeed Baptist Church Family life center, and Saturday, Feb. 17 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Bladenboro Middle School Gym. Leagues are: Coach Pitch: ages 5 to 8 Minor: ages 9 to 10 Major: ages 11 to 12 Fee is $35 per player will cover uniform shirt and hat. For questions or information, call Joseph Russ at 910-872-1661. Share:

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Middle School Girls Basketball: Elizabethtown 21, Clarkton School of Discovery 16

ELIZABETHTOWN – Alexus Mitchell sparked a 7-1 closing run that propelled Elizabethtown to a 21-16 Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery Tuesday night. Clarkton held a slim 15-14 lead after 3 quarters, but Mitchell fired in 2 baskets and a free throw in the final period, and teammate Ronkira Lennon dropped in a basket. AnnaGrey Heustess hit a free throw for the Clarkton point. Lennon led the Elizabethtown scoring with 11 points, and Mitchell followed her closely with 10 points. Heustess topped the Clarkton scoring with 8 points, and teammates Maegan Burney and Mariah Smith added 4 points each. Heustess pumped in 2 …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Elizabethtown 31, Clarkton School of Discovery 23

CLARKTON – Malcolm Bolden and Raymond Autry combined for 23 points to lead Elizabethtown to a 31-23 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery Tuesday night. Bolden fired in a 3-point shot and 2 more baskets in the first quarter, and Autry dropped in a basket as the Cougars edged ahead 9-8. Nazire Smith and Sam Inscoe tossed in 2 baskets each for the Blue Devils in the first period. Autry sank a basket and 2 free throws in the second quarter, and Bolden popped in a basket and a free throw. Jacob Nixon flipped in a basket as the Cougars grew their halftime lead to …..

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 Dr. Mark Harris, Republican Candidate for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District, Responds to President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Charlotte – Dr. Mark  Harris, Republican Candidate for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District issued the following response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address: Tonight, our President reminded us that we are one team, one people, one American family and delivered a stirring and beautiful call for a unified nation. He spoke of “the beauty of America’s soul and the steel in America’s spine” recognizing the many acts of heroism and great compassion that have occurred in America during the last year as we faced great tragedies such as hurricanes, forest fires, and mass shootings.  President Trump rightly recognized that it’s the American people, their spirit, and their hard …..

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Small Business Center offers no-cost business workshops

The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost business seminars beginning in February. The Non-Profit Academy is scheduled for Thursday nights beginning Feb. 8, from 6:30 until 8:30 P.M., in building 2, room 202, on the Dublin campus. The classes are: Feb. 8, How to Start a Non-Profit/Faith-based Organization Feb. 15, Developing/Re-Writing Organizational By-Laws Feb. 22, Developing/Activating Your Organization Board Mar. 1, Cash Flow/Budgeting for Non-Profit/Faith-based Organizations Mar. 15, Doing the 501c3 Thing Mar. 22, Grant Writing Basics Mar. 29, Fundraising for Non-Profit/Faith-based Organizations Attendees will earn a certificate of completion for attending five of the seven seminars. The series is designed to help church and non-profit leaders to develop the …..

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BCC to host Black History Month celebration

The public is invited to hear guest speaker Rev. Dr. Dwight Cannon at the Black History Month celebration, scheduled for Monday, February 5, at 11 A.M., in the Bladen Community College auditorium (building 9). The event is sponsored by the BCC Diversity Committee. For more information, contact Sharon Coe at 910-879-5627. Share:

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Congressman Pittenger statement on train crash

CROZET, VA – Earlier today, a train carrying Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and other Republican Members of the House and Senate crashed in Crozet, Virginia.  Congressman Pittenger has released this statement: “This morning, I was standing in the dining car getting a soft drink when I felt a tremendous jolt.  As you know, the train I was riding on with my House Republican colleagues collided with a trash truck which apparently crossed the track trying to beat the train. “We are fine.  There are a few bumps and bruises, but our issues are not consequential.  As I tell folks checking in with me, I am far more concerned about the …..

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Bladen County Schools celebrate Career Awareness Day

By Erin Smith Students at Bladen County’s middle schools participated in a Career Awareness Day conducted on Wednesday at the Elizabethtown Middle School. Career pathways were presented in both traditional and non-traditional fields. Savannah Schmidt, with Bladen Community College, gave a virtual welding demonstration and encouraged students in attendance to try their hand at welding. Several students who tried their hand at virtual welding were impressed with the results. She spoke with students who stopped by the Welding Program booth about welding and encouraged those who were attempting the virtual demonstration to give welding a thought when considering their career options. Schmidt was recently awarded the NC Space grant scholarship …..

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Fundraiser planned for two families in Bladenboro

A benefit is planned for two families in Bladenboro for Saturday, February 17th, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building. All proceeds go to assist Laura Bowen Albright and Randy Pittman. There will be barbecue plates and tea available at a cost of $7 each. A bake sale will also take place during the plate sale. Share:

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Ag Forum on Thursday will offer economic outlook update on N.C. agriculture

The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is hosting a free event for farmers and agribusinesses during the annual Southern Farm Show. The 13th annual Ag Development Forum will focus on international trade, ag labor and the 2018 economic outlook for N.C. agriculture. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will also present the Exporter of the Year award and deliver his State of Agriculture address. WHEN/WHERE: Thursday, Feb. 1, 9:30 a.m. Holshouser Building, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh AGENDA*: 9:30 a.m. – “Agricultural Economic Outlook,” Drs. Michael Walden and Blake Brown, economists at N.C. State University 10 a.m. – “Ag and Trade Issues: A Washington Perspective,” Randy Russell, The Russell Group. 10:45 a.m. – “Successful Exporting …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Clarkton DYB Sign Ups and Outfield Sign Sponsorship Program

Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball is holding signups for the 2018 baseball season. Sign-ups will be held at the Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball Complex. The sign-up dates are: Feburary 3rd 12:30 PM to 3 PM February 10th 8 AM to 12 PM February 17th 12:30 PM to 3 PM Sign-ups are for: T-Ball – ages 4-6 Coach Pitch – ages 7-8 Minor League – ages 9-10 Major League – ages 11-12 Clarkton DYB is also looking for volunteers. Any questions can be directed to: Graham Burney – President – (910) 874-4457 Tammy Anderson – Vice President – (910) 876-3615 Christy Burney – Secretary – (910) 874-4489 Ramon Johnson – Coach/Journalist – (910) 648-2033 Clarkton DYB is also looking …..

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Tillis, 35 Senators Send Letter to President Outlining Benefits of NAFTA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), along with 35 of his colleagues, sent a letter to President Trump highlighting the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the United States and outlining how President Trump can improve the agreement. “NAFTA supports 14 million jobs, representing thousands of jobs in each of the 50 states,” the senators wrote. “Despite all of its benefits, however, we can do better and there are opportunities to improve the agreement. Modernizing NAFTA to increase market access, expand energy exports to maximize domestic energy production and including provisions on intellectual property and e-commerce will make this agreement even more beneficial to …..

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Boys Basketball: Thomas Academy 53, Paul Brown Leadership Academy 50, Overtime

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong EAST ARCADIA – Thomas Academy of Lake Waccamaw outlasted Paul Brown Leadership Academy’s Bulldogs 53-50 in overtime Tuesday night in boys basketball action. Cold-shooting plagued both teams in the first half. Thomas Academy edged ahead 9-8 in the first quarter, and Zarian Brown tossed in 6 points in the second quarter to keep the Bulldogs within 16-14 at halftime. The Bulldogs outscored Thomas 12-10 in the third quarter to tie the game 26-26. Marvin Lacewell fired in 6 of his team-high 17 points in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs ended regulation play tied 42-42. Thomas outscored Paul Brown 11-8 in the overtime period to get the win. …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Bladenboro 34, East Arcadia 20

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong EAST ARCADIA- Bladenboro defeated East Arcadia 34-20 Tuesday in Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball action. Deonte Lacy threw in a couple of first quarter baskets, Gary Parker sank 3 free throws, and Jaylen Newkirk pumped in a basket and a free throw as the Bulldogs took a 10-4 first quarter lead. Aljuan Brown drained a 3-point shot, and Emanuel Lewis hit a free throw for East Arcadia in the period. Lewis connected for the only Panther basket of the second quarter. Ricky Brisson tossed in a pair of baskets for Bladenboro in the second period, and Lacy and Bryley Williams added a basket each as the …..

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Iconic restaurant building being demolished

By Erin Smith Bladen County is saying goodbye to an iconic restaurant building. Demolition work has begun on the former Cape Fear Bar-B-Que and Chicken restaurant, but what exactly will take its place remains a mystery. Before it served as Cape Fear Bar-B-Que and Chicken, it was the site of the very first Hardee’s restaurant to serve Bladen County. According to Clark Brothers officials the building was constructed in 1974 specifically for Hardee’s. After Hardee’s left Elizabethtown, the building housed several other restaurants including an Andy’s Restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, and Cape Fear Bar-B-Que and Chicken was its final tenant. Clark Brothers owns the property located at 330 S. Poplar …..

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State hosting fourth GenX information session Thursday

RALEIGH – The state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services will host a fourth community information session on Thursday to provide updates on the investigation into the Chemours Fayetteville Works facility located in Bladen County. Topics will include private well and surface water testing results, alternative water options and preliminary air sampling. WHEN:        6-8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 1 WHERE:      Bladen Community College Auditorium – Building 9 7418 N.C. Hwy. 41 West Dublin, N.C. 28332 More information on the state’s investigation can be found online at: https://deq.nc.gov/news/hot-to pics/genx-investigation. Share:

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Real Estate Classes to be offered at BCC

Bladen Community College is offering community classes in real estate. On Monday, February 5, Broker-in-Charge Annual Review, is scheduled from 1 until 5 p.m., in building 2, room 202, on the Dublin campus. The Real Estate General Update is scheduled for Tuesday, February 6, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., in building 2, room 202 on the Dublin campus. The elective NAR Real Estate Ethics is planned for Tuesday, February 6, from 1:30 until 5:30 p.m., in building 2, room 202 on the Dublin campus. Registration fees apply. Participants must bring a current NC Real Estate Pocket Renewal Card to each class. To preregister, contact Stephanie González at 910-879-5539 or via email at sgonzalez@bladencc.edu. Share:

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Rouzer’s Statement on State of the Union address

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address: “President Trump laid out a bold, optimistic vision for a safe, prosperous, and strong America.  Under President Trump’s leadership, we will work to build on the legislative accomplishments of this past year to bring about historic progress for the citizens of this country.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to help achieve this ambitious agenda.  Doing so will enable our country to be even more prosperous at home and stronger than ever abroad.” Share:

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Tillis Response to the State of the Union Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued a video response to President Trump’s State of the Union Address and the ambitious legislative agenda he laid out. CLICK HERE to watch the video. Tillis on the President’s call to pass immigration reform: “I was encouraged to hear President Trump speak about immigration and challenging Congress to fix a problem that has existed for decades. “The White House released an immigration framework last week, and I believe it is a reasonable proposal.  The framework offers solutions supported by both parties and the American people.  Securing our borders, providing long-term certainty for DACA-eligible youth, and transforming our legal immigration system. “Last year, I …..

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Congressman Pittenger on State of the Union: ‘America Can Once Again Be Optimistic’

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who greeted President Donald Trump as he entered the House Chamber tonight, had this reaction to the State of the Union: “Tonight, President Trump made clear to the American people that they can once again be optimistic about the future.  In just one short year, President Trump, working together with Republicans in Congress, delivered on his promise to Make America Great Again.  Our economy is booming and our enemies are on the run.  From Tax Cuts to regulatory reform, restoring law and order, repealing Obamacare’s individual mandate, and reasserting America’s global leadership, 2017 was an historic year, a turning point for America. “In the coming months, …..

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Bladen County Sports

Boys Basketball St. Pauls 65, East Bladen 53

ST PAULS – A 19-4 third quarter spurt propelled St. Pauls to a 65-53 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen Tuesday night in a foul-plagued game. Eagle senior Sincere Smith drove for a pair of transition lay-ups and tacked on 2 free throws to put East Bladen ahead 26-23 early in the third quarter. Senior Reashoid Pone drained a 3-point shot to keep the Eagles up 29-27 at the 4:09 mark. Romeo Jordan ignited the Bulldogs’ decisive spurt with a trio of free throws, a lay-up and a 3-point shot that put St. Pauls up 36-31. Aaron Revels and Isaiah McNair threw in 3-point shots as the Bulldog lead grew to …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon This week a 15 week old female lab mix puppy by the name of Jazz has been picked! This little sweet heart loves to play and very friendly! This adorable puppy needs a loving family to take her home with them so she can have a happy life! The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Cir, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. For more information or …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

So, a nickel for your thoughts about President Trump’s State of the Union speech last night?  Best I could tell, his supporters were pleased, his detractors remained unchanged.  Think everyone would give him high marks for invited guest that helped him make many of his points. Stock market continued to ‘drop’ on day two of what some prognosticators are calling a temporary correction. A reminder, filing period for the 2018 General Election begins on Monday, February 12 and ends February 28. Numerous seats will be on the ballot, from the courthouse to Congress.  Visit the local Board of Elections for more info or call them at 910-862-6951.  You can also Google the NC State Board of Elections or …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 31

1851 – American Gail Borden announces the invention of condensed milk. 1865 – Congress passes the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (passes 121-24) 1874 – Jesse James gang robs a train at Gads Hill, Missouri. 1901 – 1st automobile to exceed 100 mph (161 kph), A.G. MacDonald, Daytona Beach. 1928 – Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company. 1930 – 1st US glider flight from a dirigible, Lakehurst, New Jersey. 1934 – FDR devalues US dollar in relation to gold at $35 per ounce. 1941 – Joe Louis KOs Red Burman in 5 for heavyweight boxing title. 1949 – 1st daytime soap on TV “These Are My Children” (NBC …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 53, St. Pauls 46

ST PAULS – Junior Erica McKoy and sophmore Patience Ward combined for 21 second-half points as East Bladen’s Lady Eagles rallied for a 53-46 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over St. Pauls Tuesday night. St. Pauls led 22-21 at halftime, but McKoy scored a tying lay-up in transition, and Ward beat the Bulldogs down the court for a trio of baskets. Senior Shardajah Brown pumped in a 10-footer and a 17-footer plus a free throw for the Lady Eagles. Junior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson popped in a 10-footer as East Bladen took a 36-32 lead at the quarter break. Ward started the final period with a free throw and a transition …..

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Boys Basketball: West Columbus 77, West Bladen 72

CERRO GORDO- Senior Jake Brownlee scored 27 of his game-high 33 points in the second half as West Columbus rallied for a 77-72 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over West Bladen Tuesday night. Freshman Shyron Adams connected on a pair of 3-point shots in the first quarter as the Knights battled the Vikings to a 14-14 tie. Junior Keshawn Lewis nailed a 3-point shot, junior Kerron Baldwin-Washington and senior Jonathan Robinson dropped in baskets and Tyre Boykin sank 2 free throws for West Bladen. Junior Zack McPherson knocked down a pair of 3-point shots in the first quarter to keep West Columbus even, then tallied 8 more points in …..

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Girls Basketball: West Columbus 60, West Bladen 36

CERRO GORDO – West Columbus defeated West Bladen 60-36 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference girls basketball action. Senior Annela Tiffany poured in 11 of her game-high 29 points in the opening period as the Lady Vikings edged ahead 22-18. Sophmore Seniah Johnson and senior Chasitty Lacey fired in two 3-point baskets each for the Lady Knights in the quarter. Sophmore Lexie Corrothers nailed a 3-point shot, and senior Patience Parker sank a trio of free throws to keep West Bladen within 4 points at the quarter break. Tiffany tossed in five more baskets for West Columbus in the second period as the Lady Vikings rode a 16-3 run to …..

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Healthy Bladen Collaborative hears about Hurricane Matthew housing

By Erin Smith The Healthy Bladen Collaborative learned on Tuesday Bladen County has received $25,000 from the North Carolina Emergency Management Division to assist individuals who are still without housing from Hurricane Matthew.  “We can assist them with deposits and two months rent,” said Janet Miller, Social Work Program Director.  She said she currently has two applicants who have applied to receive assistance. The criteria to receive assistance is as follows: the applicant must be someone who has been displaced by Hurricane Matthew and they must have submitted a prior application to FEMA for assistance. Miller said there are some individuals in Bladen County who still have FEMA applications pending …..

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Pittenger & HUD Secretary Carson discuss Hurricane Matthew recovery

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today met with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson to discuss North Carolina’s ongoing recovery needs following Hurricane Matthew. “Hurricane Matthew devastated communities already reeling from years of a stagnant economy.  President Trump’s policies are lifting our economy, and Secretary Carson is committed to working with me to ensure Robeson, Cumberland, and Bladen counties receive appropriate federal assistance to get families back in their homes following Hurricane Matthew,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Together, we carefully reviewed the remaining, unmet needs as identified by local leaders.” Congressman Pittenger and Secretary Carson also discussed the vital need for full federal recognition of the Lumbee Tribe. Congressman Pittenger …..

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Work Ready Community status can impact Bladen County

In 2011, NCWorks launched the Work Ready Community Initiative, a program to track the certification of local skilled workers and their workforce readiness in NC counties. In collaboration with community colleges, participants are evaluated on applied math, workplace documents, and graphic literacy. When students receive National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC), they improve their employability. The certification is recognized across the country as the standard for workforce skills. When employers require NCRC certified employees, the quality of workers escalates which strengthens our industries and builds our economic structure. Bladen County is now poised to benefit from the Work Ready Community Initiative, which supports economic development by providing a workforce with documented …..

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Road Closing

Bladen County Road Closure Update

The Elwell Ferry is closed due to high water.    Correction: CSX has now finished work in Bladen County.  As such, the updated road opening / closure list is as follows:   OPENINGS:   US 701 Business (College St) in Clarkton US 701 Business in Clarkton is open   SR 1708 (Rosindale Road) SR 1708 (Rosindale Road) is open   SR 1741 (East Arcadia Road) SR 1741 (East Arcadia Road) is open   CLOSINGS:   SR 1709 (Coley Road) SR 1709 (Coley Road) remains closed in order to replace the bridge over Hammonds Creek.  A signed detour is in effect to use SR 1704 (Airport Road) / SR 1713 (White Plains …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

State of the Union address at 9 PM today, first time for President Trump. Live on TV and Radio. Usually provides some insight into priorities for the coming year for the administration in office. Tax time for Uncle Sam. Some concerns expressed about ‘crooks’ who have info that can access your files, provide ‘fake’ returns and get your refund, if you have one coming. Early filing is encouraged by those who should know. At the Hester household, we recorded 1.7 inches of rain since Saturday. Was pleasantly surprised. Much of the wet stuff came as not much more than a constant mist. Taking bets on Super Bowl, not really. If …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 30

  1800 – US population: 5,308,483; African American population 1,002,037 (18.9%). 1815 – Burned US Library of Congress re-established with Thomas Jefferson’s 6,500 volumes. 1835 – Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C. in 1st attempted assassination of a US President. 1928 – 1st radio telephone connection between Netherlands & US. 1931 – “City Lights”, American silent romantic comedy film directed by Charlie Chaplin, starring himself and Virginia Cherrill, premieres at Los Angeles Theater. 1933 – “Lone Ranger” begins 21-year run on ABC radio. 1943 – USS Chicago sinks in Pacific Ocean. 1944 – World War II: United States troops land on Majuro, Marshall Islands. 1952 – …..

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JV Boys Basketball: Fairmont 40, East Bladen 27

FAIRMONT – Fairmont defeated East Bladen 40-27 Friday night in Three Rivers Conferfence jayvee boys action. Allen Owens pumped in a trio of baskets and a free throw, and Juwan Baldwin nailed a 3-point shot and another basket as the Eagles built a 15-11 first quarter lead. Tayshaun Berkeley dropped in another basket for East. Kasey Price and Baldwin threw in second quarter baskets for East Bladen, but the Tornadoes rode a 12-4 spurt to a 23-19 halftime lead. Baldwin and Owens tossed in third quarter baskets for the Eagles, but Fairmont padded their lead to 30-23. Berkeley and Rashard Willis netted baskets for East in the final period. Baldwin …..

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Caleb Strait Named to Best of 910 Preps Team

East Bladen senior Caleb Strait has been named to the Fayetteville Observer’s Best of 910 Preps Football first team. Strait was selected to the team as an offensive lineman. Strait paved the way for the East Bladen ground attack that averaged 36 points per game, 315 yards rushing and 361 yards of total offense. Defensively, Strait also made 31 tackles and had a fumble recovery as East Bladen reached the third round of the Class 2A play-offs with a 12-2 record. The Eagle senior was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl game where he started at offensive guard for the winning North Carolina team. Strait was also named to …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Tar Heel 39, East Arcadia 27

EAST ARCADIA – Tar Heel’s Panthers raced to leads of 10-0 and 17-2 en route to a 39-27 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over East Arcadia. Larry Council threw in a pair of first quarter baskets, Antonio Candelaria sank 3 free throws, and Lancine Soumanoro tossed in a basket as Tar Heel built the 10-0 first quarter lead. Ke Shawn Ballard added a free throw. Soumanoro pumped in a pair of second-quarter baskets, Serinni Washington dropped in a basket, and Anthony Cowan hit a free throw as the visitors stretched their lead to 17-2. Emmanuel Lewis scored the only East Arcadia basket of the first half. Lewis …..

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NCDA&CS to host farmers market workshop March 8

RALEIGH –  The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will host a workshop for farmers market managers in Rocky Mount on March 8. Titled “A Successful Season 2018 – Growing Your Farmers Market,” the event is an excellent way for market managers and vendors to come together from across the state, exchange ideas and share knowledge that can be used on the local level. The workshop is made possible through a grant from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. “Farmers markets are an important part of the state’s $84 billion agriculture economy,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Farmers markets provide direct contact between consumers and the people who grow their …..

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Meeting for Proposed Roundabout to Improve Bladen County Crossroads Feb. 13

ELIZABETHTOWN – Converting a highway intersection into a roundabout outside of Dublin would improve safety and decrease traffic delays. The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes building a roundabout where N.C. 410 and N.C. 41 cross with an all-way stop. Roundabouts help provide safer driving conditions: as motorists enter them, they slow down, reducing the risk of a collision. The design improves traffic flow by eliminating the stop-and-go nature of an all-way stop. Project information and materials as they become available may viewed on the NCDOT website. Interested residents may learn more at a public open house from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at Bladen Community College at 7418 N.C. 41 in Dublin. NCDOT representatives …..

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Third suspect arrested in Lumberton bank robbery

By Erin Smith A third suspect has been arrested in connection to the armed robbery for the PNC Bank in Lumberton. The FBI announced that Daquan Pridgen, 26, was arrested in Fayetteville and transported to the Cumberland County Detention Center.  He is facing charges of three counts of second degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon and two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm.  A fourth suspect remains at large.  According to the FBI, four armed men walked into the PNC Bank in Lumberton last week and walked out with …..

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Panera Bread Voluntarily Recalls Cream Cheese Products

ST. LOUIS – While there have been no reported illnesses, out of an abundance of caution, Panera Bread is conducting a nationwide preemptive, voluntary recall of all 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its U.S. bakery-cafes.  This recall was initiated after samples of one variety of 2 oz. cream cheese from a single production day showed a positive result for the presence of Listeria monocytogenes. Tests on cream cheese samples manufactured both before and after the production run in question have all come back negative. Despite the finding in only one day of production, Panera Bread is issuing a voluntary recall of all varieties of the 2 …..

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Support National Wear Red Day

Contributed Support Go Red For Women by participating in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 2, 2018. Why Go Red? Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health. That’s why this year we are asking that everyone wear red on National Wear Red Day. ​Heart disease and stroke is the No. 1 killer in women, and stroke disproportionately affects African-Americans. Importantly, African-American women are less likely than Caucasian women to be aware that heart disease is the leading cause of death.Diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, high …..

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First Missionary Baptist Church to conduct installation service

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Please come out and join us for Pastor Corey M. Lyons’ Installation Service on February 4, 2018, at 4 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church, 501 Martin Street Elizabethtown, NC. Dr. Timothy Lance of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church of Whiteville, N.C. will be the guest speaker along with his choir and congregation. Other pastors to appear on the program will be; Apostle Patrick McNair of Transforming Life Ministries, Pastor Jerry McDowell of New Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Jared Lewis of New Beginnings Missionary Baptist Church, Elder Teresa McLeland of St. Paul Holiness Church, Dr. Q. Jimmel Williamson of Pleasant Union Missionary Baptist Church and Rev. Carl Smith of Piney Grove …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

Mary Smith was elected Miss Harrell’s Christian Academy. Jim Bradley was elected President of the Bladen Community Theatre Group. Stanford Starling was elected President of the Bladen County Law Enforcement Association. A Fund Drive for Camp Bowers was being headed by W.R. Holland, Steve Wallace, David Clark and John Sharp. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Tuesday night, President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union speech.  The annual event begins at 9 PM before both houses of Congress and will be carried live on TV and radio. Early indications suggest his theme will be building a safe, strong and proud America.  Five major issues to be discussed by the president are: the economy, infrastructure, immigration, trade, and national security. Not sure who made the decision on replacing two refrigerators on Air Force One at a cost of over $21,657,671.  Obviously not the President, but timing not good for folks looking for someone to blame. And the much needed rain came down, more is needed.  Should be cloudy …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 29

1785 – In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health. 1845 – Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “Raven” 1st published (NYC) 1879 – Custer Battlefield National Monument established in Montana. 1892 – The Coca-Cola Company, is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia. 1900 – American League baseball organized in Buffalo, Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Milwaukee & Minneapolis. 1920 – Walt Disney starts work as an artist with KC Slide Co for $40 a week. 1924 – Ice cream cone rolling machine patented by Carl Taylor, Cleveland. 1936 – 1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, …..

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You Decide: What’s the Future of Retail Buying?

By Dr. Mike Walden As 2018 kicks off, there’s good news and bad news for retail sellers. The good news is that consumers opened their pockets wider for the Christmas holiday buying season than at any time in the last decade. Aggregate retail spending at the end of 2017 is expected to be up 4 percent to 5 percent when all the receipts are in. For the bad news, three items caught my eye showing the continuing struggle of some retailers. Sears – once the leading retailer in the country – announced it was closing over 100 stores nationwide. In my hometown of Cincinnati, the downtown Macy’s store said it …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Did not sleep well last night planning how I was going to spend my lottery winnings. Occasionally I will purchase a lottery ticket, not a common occurrence, just when I feel lucky…Spent $3, promised myself if I won I would help all the needy in the county, pay for ongoing renovations at my home church and share with my family. Spent a portion of last night deciding how I would divvy it all up. Should have shared the $3. Nothing close, urge is over for a while regardless of the jackpot. Come to think of it, have no idea what it was last night, just know I will not share. …..

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Saturday’s RA/GA Basketball Results

Here are Saturday’s results from RA/GA youth basketball games played at Galeed Baptist Church and Bladenboro Middle School: K-3 GIRLS Hickory Grove 28, Galeed 18 Hickory Grove (28) – Briley Guyton 12, Alyssia Singletary 6, Allison Hickman 6, Addison Wilcox 4. Galeed (18) – Adyson Carroll 8, Anna Walters 4, Maycee Kinlaw 4, Hadley Dove 2.   Dublin 12, Hickory Grove 10 Dublin (12) – Bella Cookson 6, Baily Lancaster 2, Taylor Dowless 2, Karlee Gause 2. HickoryGrove (10) – Allison Hickman 8, Taylor Evans 2.   K-3 Boys Hickory Grove 20, Galeed 16 Hickory Grove (20) – Ashton Davis 12, Brayden Bryan 4, Cole Brisson 2, Ashton Bryan 2. …..

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Saturday’s Lil Knights Basketball Results

Here are Saturday’s results from the Lil Knights youth basketball league at West Bladen High School: NBA League Rockets 29, Thunder 22 Rockets (29) – Walter Baelon 12, Jordan Hester 8, Jaquan Lesane 5, Kendell Lesane 2, Joseline Abreu Lezama, Aubrey Schwabble, Jonathan Ortiz Hernandez 2. Thunder (22) – Ty Allen, Jackson Pait 8, Megan Pait 6, Tylik McCall 8, Jack Combs, Makenna Thurman. Rebounds – Rockets: Baelon 3, Hester 4, J. Lesane 1, K. Lesane 1, Lezama 1. Thunder: Allen 1, J. Pait 3, M. Pait 2, McCall 3, Combs 2. Assists – Rockets: Baelon 3. Thunder: J. Pait 1, M. Pait 1. Steals – Rockets: Baelon 1, J. …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 28

1855 – The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway. 1864 – Battle of New Bern, North Carolina. 1878 – 1st telephone exchange (New Haven, Connecticut) 1902 – Carnegie Institute founded in Washington, D.C. 1914 – Beverly Hills, California is incorporated. 1915 – US President Woodrow Wilson refuses to prohibit immigration of illiterates. 1922 – J.E. Clair turns Green Bay franchise back to NFL. 1932 – 1st US state employment insurance act enacted (Wisconsin) 1942 – WW II Navy flier Don Mason sends message “Sighted sub sank same” 1950 – Preston Tucker, auto maker, found not guilty of mail fraud. 1956 – …..

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Easily Access Your Social Security Benefit Statement For 2017

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Social Security puts you in control of your finances and future. We have made requesting or replacing your annual Benefit Statement even easier. The Benefit Statement known also as a SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S. Now you have the ability to download it anytime and anywhere you want using our online services. There is no need to visit a field office. An SSA-1099 is a tax form Social Security mails each year in January to people who receive Social Security benefits. It shows the total amount of benefits you received from Social Security in the previous year so you know …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

It has been a very good week for the stock market. Those who own stock, have a 401K or some other type savings plan are most likely in a better financial situation today. Still think of those that, for whatever the reason, have no savings. Too many still living hand to mouth with little hope of better times. Some because they are poor managers, but far too many because there is nothing left over after taking care of day to day, week to week and month to month needs. Far to often we judge an individual by where they are today, with little or no information on where their journey …..

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JV Girls Basketball: Fairmont 26, East Bladen 16

FAIRMONT – Fairmont defeated East Bladen 26-16 Friday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball action. Shanell McMillian fired in a 3-point basket and another basket to keep the Lady Eagles within 10-5 in the first quarter. LaKendra Jones tossed in a second quarter basket for East Bladen. Fairmont stretched their lead to 22-13 in the third period. Jones, McMillian and Lily Lin threw in baskets for the Lady Eagles in the quarter. Lavada Jackson tallied a final period basket for East Bladen, and McMillian tossed in a free throw. McMillian topped the Lady Eagle scoring with 8 points, and Jones totaled 4 points. East Bladen will visit St. Pauls …..

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JV Boys Basketball: Whiteville 44, West Bladen 25

WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated West Bladen 44-25 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball action. Donovan Stone drilled in a 3-point shot, 2 other baskets and a trio of free throws in the second half to lead the Knight scoring with 10 points. Ronald Thompson bombed in a pair of 3-point baskets in the first half and added another basket to finish with 8 points for the Knights. Jadecus Register sank a pair of free throws and a basket in the first quarter and totaled 4 points for the Knights. Khalil Lloyd drained a 3-point shot in the third quarter for West Bladen. West Bladen will visit West …..

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Boys Basketball: Whiteville 85, West Bladen 65

    WHITEVILLE – Whiteville pulled away with a 31-point fourth quarter explosion to defeat West Bladen 85-65 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference boys basketball action. Junior Keshawn Lewis knocked down a pair of 3-point shots in the first quarter, and senior Jonathan Robinson powered in a pair of inside hoops as the Knights edged ahead 12-10. Freshman Shyron Adams added a basket in the period. Junior Cameron Richardson threw in 4 baskets to lead a 24-16 Wolfpack surge in the second quarter. Teammate Phillip Powell netted 6 points in the period. Junior Trenton Lyons nailed a pair of 3-point shots in the second quarter for the Knights, and …..

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Boys Basketball: Fairmont 78, East Bladen 53

ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Javon Morris poured in 28 points to lead Fairmont to a 78-53 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen Friday night. Morris fired in 15 points in the first period to lead the Tornadoes to a 23-12 lead. Eagle senior Adonis Avery drilled in a pair of 3-point baskets, and senior Sincere Smith sank a 3-point shot and a free throw in the opening quarter. Bryon Bowen added a basket. Senior Deondre Newkirk pumped in a 3-point shot and a basket in the second quarter for East Bladen. Avery and guard Messiah Leach knocked down 3-point shots to keep the Eagles within 39-24 at halftime. …..

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Girls Basketball: Whiteville 44, West Bladen 22

  WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated West Bladen 44-22 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference girls basketball action. Senior Nsaia Rogers and junior Marquasia Smith bombed in two 3-point shots each to lead the Lady Wolfpack to a 14-4 first quarter lead. Senior Chasitty Lacey and junior Scjada Ellison dropped in first quarter baskets for West Bladen. Lacey drained a 3-point shot and another basket in the second quarter, and freshman Nyasia Ellison pumped in a basket to keep the Lady Knights within 24-11. Alex Bellamy and Breanna McCellon tossed in 5 points each in the second quarter for the Lady Wolfpack. Senior Patience Parker threw in a basket and a …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 62, Fairmont 42

FAIRMONT – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles ran their winning streak to 13 consecutive games Friday night with a 62-42 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over Fairmont. Junior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson just missed a double-double with 15 points, 9 assists and 3 rebounds to lead the Lady Eagles. Sophmore Patience Ward finished one rebound short of a double-double with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 steals. Junior Erica McKoy filled up the stat sheet with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Junior Ashley Hardin was also very close to a double-double with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Senior Shardajah Brown pumped in 6 points and grabbed 4 rebounds …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 27

1785 – 1st US state university chartered in Athens, Georgia. 1880 – Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp. 1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C. for “the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge” 1918 – “Tarzan of the Apes”, 1st Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater. 1939 – First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lighting. 1948 – 1st tape recorder sold. 1955 – “Plain & Fancy” opens at Mark Hellinger Theater NYC for 476 performances. 1956 – “Heartbreak Hotel” single released by Elvis Presley. 1961 – “Sing Along with Mitch” {Miller} premieres on NBC TV. 1964 – Margaret Chase Smith (Sen-R-Maine) tries for Republican President bid. …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen Residents

By: Dora Brogdon On Saturday, January 27th, Jones Lake State Park will be having a special event for the general public. Participants will be learning about the various snakes and other unique species found in our state. Those that do attend should meet at the Visitor Center at 10 a.m. Share:

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Immigration reform should include securing our borders

By Congressman Robert Pittenger Senator Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats shut down America’s government over an unrelated illegal immigration issue.  This was an egregious affront to the American people, and to our brave men and women in uniform who were required to report for duty with no guarantee of pay. How did we get here? According to the Constitution, the U.S. House of Representatives is entrusted with the power of the purse and is responsible for appropriating money to fund the government. As your Representative in Congress, I read the Constitution and did my job.  In September, I helped pass all twelve appropriations bills to responsibly fund the government for …..

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Congressman Pittenger on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline approval

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality issued a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline: “Today’s announcement means new jobs.  For years, the economy of western North Carolina has benefited from a reliable supply of natural gas while eastern North Carolina has been left behind.  The Atlantic Coast Pipeline will become a major tool for recruiting new businesses to Robeson and Cumberland counties.” Share:

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Bladen County Road Closings and Openings

By Kenneth L. Clark, NC Department of Transportation The railroad has entered the county to perform track maintenance along the CSX line – several roads are closured.  An update of road openings / closings is as follows: OPENINGS: None CLOSINGS: Coley Road Coley Road remains closed in order to replace the bridge over Hammonds Creek.  A signed detour is in effect to use Airport Road/ White Plains Church Road/ Vause Road/Rosindale Road. East Arcadia Road East Arcadia Road remains closed at the railroad.  Although paving is complete, it must cool overnight.  Expect opening tomorrow morning (Saturday).  The Falling Star / Bowen Blanks Road crossing is NOT closed so that is the closest …..

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Plans for 26th annual Dublin Peanut Festival on go

Planning for the 26th annual Dublin Peanut Festival is underway following two interest meetings. There were 30 people in attendance at the meeting Thursday night and new officers were elected this year’s festival committee. The group elected Richard Sibbet to serve as Chairman, Christy Dowless to serve as Vice-Chairman, Bonnie McDaniel to serve as Secretary, and Wyatt to serve as Treasurer. “I’m glad its coming back together. It looks like it is going to be a good year,” said Wyatt of the new committee. There was a lot of interest in seeing the festival continue following an announcement in September 2017 that the Peanut Festival would be ending. The committee …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Middle School Boys Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 40, Tar Heel 30

TAR HEEL – Nazire Smith tossed in 16 points to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 40-30 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over Tar Heel Thursday night. Smith buried a pair of 3-point shots and another basket to spark the Blue Devils to a 16-3 first quarter lead. Teammate Anthony McGill pumped in 2 baskets, and Lamont Pridgen and Nyquan Richardson added a basket each. Larry Council cracked the scoring ice for Tar Heel with a basket, and Anthony Cowan hit a free throw. Lancine Soumanoro threw in a trio of baskets for the Panthers in the second quarter, Antonio Candelaria netted a basket, and Cowan cashed in …..

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Tillis Encourages Action to Improve Drug Pricing Transparency in Medicare Part D

Washington, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) signed a bipartisan letter expressing support for a proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would help increase the transparency and accuracy of prescription drug costs in Medicare Part D. “Pharmacy price concessions account for real differences between the listed prices of prescription drugs and those drugs’ final, actual costs,” the senators wrote in a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “By requiring that all of these pharmacy price concessions be reflected in the negotiated price at the point of sale, CMS’s proposal will help increase the transparency and accuracy of prescription drug costs in Medicare Part D, and help …..

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Tillis & Van Hollen Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Encourage IPOs

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced bipartisan legislation that would strengthen financial markets by reducing the risk of companies contemplating going public. The Encouraging Public Offerings Act of 2018 would encourage capital formation by making initial public offerings (IPOs) more attractive. “IPOs give companies crucial access to our capital markets, and yield the potential to create thousands of jobs. When private companies consider going public, we should be doing everything possible to make this process easy and to encourage it, without jeopardizing investor protections,” said Senator Tillis. “It’s imperative that Americans have the opportunity to invest their savings and retirement funds wisely, and having more IPOs …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Middle School Girls Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 32, Tar Heel 9

TAR HEEL – AnnaGrey Heustess poured in 27 points Thursday to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 32-9 Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Tar Heel. Heustess pumped in 4 baskets and a free throw in the first quarter as the Lady Blue Devils built a 9-4 lead. Le’nya Harrell tossed in 2 baskets for Tar Heel in the period. Heustess fired in 4 more baskets and 3 free throws in the second period as the Clarkton lead grew to 20-5 at halftime. Kiera Lewis sank a free throw for Tar Heel in the quarter. Mariah Smith threw in a pair of baskets, and Emma Turbeville hit a …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Elizabethtown 57, East Arcadia 12

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Malcolm Bolden poured in 29 points Thursday to lead Elizabethtown to a 57-12 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over East Arcadia. Bolden blistered the nets in the first quarter with seven 2-point baskets and a 3-point shot to total 17 points as the Cougars raced to a 29-3 lead. Ahmad Powell, Raymond Autry, Timothy McLean, Ty Mathis, Cameron White and Jacob Nixon added a basket each for Elizabethtown in the period. Emanuel Lewis scored the East Arcadia basket, and Trevon Sawer hit a free throw. White and Tyreon Graham threw in 2 baskets each in the second quarter, and Phillip McKiver added a …..

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West Bladen High School Logo

JV Boys Basketball: South Robeson 59, West Bladen 36

DUBLIN – South Robeson defeated West Bladen 59-36 Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball action. Khalil Lloyd buried a first period 3-point shot and connected on 4 of 6 free throws to lead the Knight scoring with 7 points. Teammate Dashawn Hines pumped in 2 baskets and added 2 free throws to finish with 6 points on the night. Donovan Stone nailed a fourth-quarter 3-point shot and made a trio of free throws to total 6 points for the Knights. Teammate Ronald Thompson threw in a trio of baskets to also finish with 6 points. Jadecus Register tossed in a first quarter basket and netted a trio of free …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Boys Basketball: East Bladen 33, West Columbus 30

CERRO GORDO – East Bladen’s jayvee boys rode a 13-2 fourth-quarter blitz to a 33-30 Three Rivers Conference basketball victory over West Columbus Thursday night. West Columbus took a 28-20 lead into the final period, but Kasey Price fired in a pair of baskets, and Charles Brown threw in a basket and 2 free throws. Rasean McKoy sank 3 free throws, and Lefrederick Wooten tossed in a basket as the Eagles pulled out the win. Tayshaun Berkeley topped the East Bladen scoring with 9 points, and Wooten finished with 6 points. Allen Owens and Rasean McKoy followed with 5 points each. Wooten and Owens bombed in 3-point shots in the opening …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Girls Basketball: East Bladen 16, West Columbus 13

CERRO GORDO – East Bladen claimed a 16-13 jayvee girls basketball victory Thursday over West Columbus in Three Rivers Conference basketball action. Sara Gargala tossed in a pair of first quarter baskets, Shanell McMillian pumped in a basket, and Lily Lin sank a free throw as the Lady Eagles built a 7-5 lead. Aaniyah Jackson fired in a pair of second period free throws, and Lin made another foul shot to keep East Bladen ahead 10-9 at halftime. Lin tossed in a third quarter basket, and Jackson knocked down both of her free throw attempts to stretch the Lady Eagle lead to 14-10. McMillian sealed the verdict with a fourth period basket. …..

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Trump endorses Pittenger national security legislation

CHARLOTTE – The Trump Administration has endorsed Congressman Robert Pittenger’s (NC-09) landmark national security legislation, the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA, H.R. 4311), which strengthens how the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews the national security risks of potential foreign investments. “Given how the previous administration ignored the serious national security threat posed by malicious foreign investment, I am thankful to President Trump and his Administration for making this issue a priority and endorsing the legislation I introduced with Senator Cornyn,” said Congressman Pittenger. “The United States has always maintained technological superiority over our enemies.  This decisive advantage is now threatened by adversarial states, including China, seeking to …..

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Bladen County gearing up for homeless count

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Department of Social Services is gearing for the annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count which is set to take place on Tuesday, January 31st. Janet Miller, the Social Work Program Manager with DSS, said the count is important to get a better understanding of the homeless situation in our county. “In Bladen, since we do not have any active shelters, it is very difficult to conduct a count. Rural areas typically have some difficulty locating individuals,” said Miller. DSS staff make an effort to visit areas where homeless individuals have been known to camp or places where they have sought shelter in the past, but …..

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Celebrating 10 years with Bladen County Beautiful Magazine

BladenOnline.com will be celebrating 10 years in existence this coming February. We are celebrating with the publication of our second edition of Bladen County Beautiful Magazine with the theme, “Bladen County: Past, Present, Future.” We will also be donating 10% of our net profit from the magazine to United Way of Bladen County. Over the years our company has grown. We now not only offer online news, sports, and advertising, with our Local Indie Online News (LION) outlet but we offer our services on social medias and in our print magazine, “Bladen County Beautiful”. We appreciate our loyal readers, advertisers and supporters. We have a staff of dedicated people from …..

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office conducts 50th House of Worship Safety Training

Contributed The Bladen County Sheriffs Office Specialized Training Unit reached a milestone on Tuesday night when they delivered their 50th presentation of House of Worship Safety and Security Training at Greater McKoy’s Chapel. “The members of the Greater McKoy’s Chapel welcomed myself and Sgt. Barry Pait to deliver the presentation and training,” said Sgt. Gary Turlington. He added Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker directed the training unit in the fall of 2015 to establish this program. The first presentation was made in February 2016 at the Elizabethtown First Baptist Church. At that initial presentation, multiple churches were represented, according to Sgt. Turlington. At most of the churches where the presentations …..

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Public Safety Secretary Speaks to Legislative Committee About Prison Reform Efforts

Independent Group Conducted Thorough Safety Review of Three Correction Enterprises Plant Operations RALEIGH – Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks provided an update on prison reform efforts to members of the Justice and Public Safety Oversight Committee today in Raleigh, including sharing the results of a new independent report on prison industry operations. He talked about the department’s ongoing efforts to improve safety and security within the state’s prisons following two tragedies that resulted in the deaths of five prison employees in 2017. “We’re working to do whatever is needed to improve the safety and security of North Carolina’s prisons, reduce their inherent dangers and enhance the working environment for our …..

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Tillis Statement on White House Immigration Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after the White House issued its immigration framework: “I applaud the President for releasing a realistic framework that meets the four immigration pillars agreed to by both Republican and Democratic leaders earlier this month. “The framework proposes policies supported by both parties and the American people: securing our borders, providing long-term certainty for DACA-eligible youth, and making our immigration system more merit-based. “Congress needs to get this done for the good of our nation.” Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

North Carolina’s Southeast held their annual meeting Thursday evening at Cape Fear Winery in Elizabethtown, attendance very good, info very good and most likely the best speaker anywhere, and I had the pleasure of attending. Mark Vitner, Wells Fargo Economist, was the speaker and as usual, he was at his best explaining the current economic environment, and according to him, it is very good. NC Southeast is the primary recruiter of industry for 18 North Carolina counties from Anson (Wadesboro) in the west to the coast and from Wayne (Goldsboro) to the South Carolina line. The organization is a unique combination of business and governmental organizations forming a public/private partnership to promote the area and …..

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Boys Basketball: South Robeson 94, West Bladen 91, 2 Overtimes

DUBLIN – Six-four Cameron Werrell knocked down the game-winning 3-point shot with 3 seconds left to give South Robeson’s Mustangs a 94-91 double overtime boys basketball victory over West Bladen Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference action. It was a battle for the scrappy Knights throughout the game against the bigger Mustangs who feature the 300-pound Werrell and 6-4, 290-pound Ahmad Lewis on their frontline. Junior Kerron Baldwin-Washington stole the ball and raced for a lay-up to start the game, and sophmore Tyre Boykin put back a rebound for an early 4-2 Knight lead. After a 9-0 Mustang run, Boykin and seniors Jimmy Williams and Gerardo Reyes buried consecutive 3-point …..

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Girls Basketball: West Bladen 46, South Robeson 44

DUBLIN – Senior Patience Parker scored 7 of her game-high 12 points in the final period as West Bladen rallied for a 46-44 girls basketball victory over South Robeson Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference basketball action. South Robeson took a 38-36 lead into the final period and padded the margin to 41-36, before Parker drove for a lay-up then sank 2 free throws to pull West to within 41-40 with 4:53 left to play. West Bladen junior Conner Brisson’s assist set up a lay-up by junior Scjada Ellison that tied the game 42-42 with 3:36 on the clock. Brisson made 2 free throws with 1:57 remaining that put the …..

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Boys Basketball: West Columbus 84, East Bladen 67

CERRO GORDO – Six-six senior Jake Brownlee poured in 44 points Thursday night to lead West Columbus to an 84-67 boys basketball victory over East Bladen in Three Rivers Conference action. Brownlee blistered the nets with a trio of 3-point shots and three 2-point baskets to rack up 18 points in the first quarter as the Vikings built a 25-14 lead. Senior Sincere Smith pumped in five baskets in the opening period for the Eagles, including one 3-point shot. Guard Messiah Leach nailed a 3-point shot for East in the quarter. Leach drained a pair of 3-point shots and added 2 more baskets in the second quarter to lead a …..

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Church offering groceries, hot meal

Mt. Zion AME Zion Church in Elizabethtown is offering free groceries and a free hot meal each month. The church is located at 807 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Members and Rev. Edwin M. Ferguson will offer a free hot meal every fourth Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the church, beginning Friday, Jan. 26. The church is offering free groceries every second Friday of each month with the next one scheduled Feb. 15. For information, call (910) 247-6579 or email mtzionelizabethtown@gmail.com Share:

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Second suspect arrested in Lumberton bank robbery

By Erin Smith A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the robbery of the PNC Bank in Lumberton. Rashad Young, 27, of Whiteville was arrested Thursday and is being held in the Robeson County Jail. According to jail records he is charged with: * Robbery with a dangerous weapon * Five counts of assault with a deadly weapon on law enforcement * Two counts of second degree kidnapping * Possession of a firearm by a convicted felon * Conspiracy to commit robbery. He is being held under a $1 million bond, according to jail records. Also arrested on Thursday was Jeramie Ross Vaughn, 29, also of Whiteville. He …..

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This Day in History for January 26

1784 – Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America’s symbol. 1802 – Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library. 1871 – US income tax repealed. 1907 – 1st US federal corrupt election practices law passed. 1915 – Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, is established. 1918 – Herbert Hoover, US Food Administrator, calls for “wheatless” & “meatless” days for war effort. 1920 – Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer. 1939 – Filming begins on film “Gone With the Wind” 1951 – Mel Ott & Jimmie Foxx elected to Baseball Hall of Fame. 1954 …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 66, West Columbus 51

CERRO GORDO – The East Bladen trio of juniors Erica McKoy and Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson and sophmore Patience Ward fired in 19 points each to lead East Bladen to a 66-51 girls basketball victory over West Columbus Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference action. Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles improved to 11-1 in league play and 16-1 overall. East Bladen stretched their winning streak to 12 games in a row and maintained their 2-game lead in the Three Rivers standings. The Lady Eagles built an 18-14 first quarter lead, before the Lady Vikings narrowed the gap to 29-27 at halftime. East Bladen opened up a 45-35 lead with a 16-8 third …..

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Community classes are offered at BCC

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is offering personal interest classes beginning in February. Conversational Spanish is scheduled for Tuesdays, beginning February 6 and continuing through March 27, from 6 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. The location is to be announced. Understanding Your Laptop is scheduled for Wednesdays, beginning February 7 and continuing through February 28, from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M., in building 6, classroom 117, on the Dublin campus. Piano for Beginners is scheduled for Tuesdays, beginning February 13 and continuing through April 3, from 6 P.M. until 8 P.M., in building 3, classroom 102, on the Dublin campus. Wreath Making is scheduled for Mondays, beginning February 19 and continuing …..

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BCC Welcomes Marcia deAndrade to Campus

DUBLIN – Marcia deAndrade has joined the faculty at Bladen Community College as a Nursing Instructor in the Allied Health Programs curriculum. deAndrade, a native of Elizabethtown, most recently served Harrell’s Christian Academy for eight years as the school nurse. She has worked as a Nursing Clinical Instructor for Sampson Community College, and as a registered nurse for Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital. She is excited to bring her experiences as a clinical nurse to a student setting on a community college campus. “As a clinical nurse, each patient was different and I constantly had to adapt to what was being presented to me at the time,” explained deAndrade. …..

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Pittenger tours Charlotte Pipe & Foundry

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today toured Charlotte Pipe & Foundry, meeting with both employees and management to learn how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is already benefiting hardworking Americans and American companies. “The recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is already having a major impact throughout the country.  Today, I met with hardworking patriots who are receiving both a bonus and a raise thanks to tax reform, while CEO Roddey Dowd expects more business as the economy picks up speed,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “The Dowd family has again provided extraordinary leadership through their $1,000 bonuses to all 1,400 employees at Charlotte Pipe and Foundry.  We also pay tribute to the Sherrill family …..

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Singletary Lake State Park Position: General Utility Worker (Full-time Temporary)

Singletary Lake State Park Position:  General Utility Worker (Full-time Temporary) Pay:  $8 per hour Hours:  40 hours per week Position starts February 23, 2018 and ends September 10, 2018. Description: General Utility Worker will assist park staff in a variety of duties including park maintenance, daily operations and facility clean-up. Workers are required to work 40 hours per week. Position may be physically demanding while conducting general maintenance and state lakes tasks. Schedules include weekend and holiday work. Must have a valid driver license and provide your own transportation to the job site. No housing is provided with this position. Applications can be obtained at the NC ESC office or at Singletary Lake …..

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Robbery suspect captured in Columbus County

By Erin Smith One of the suspects in Tuesday’s PNC bank robbery in Lumberton has been arrested, according to Michelle Tatum, a spokesperson with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. Jeramie Ross Vaughn, 29, of Bitmore Road, Whiteville, was arrested on Wednesday night on Peacock Road after a citizen spotted him in his yard, according to Tatum. He made his first appearance in Robeson County Court on Thursday and is being held under a $1 million bond. “A homeowner saw him on his property and a deputy drove by at the same time the homeowner located him,” said Tatum. Vaughn was taken into custody by Columbus County Sheriff’s Deputies and agents …..

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County of Bladen: Heavy Equipment Operator

  COUNTY OF BLADEN POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT POSITION: Heavy Equipment Operator DEPARTMENT: Solid Waste SALARY: GRADE 20 A ($26,658.00) STATUS: REGULAR, FULL TIME DESCRIPTION:  Primarily operate a tandem axle roll off container truck, and may operate a front loader refuse truck, requiring a Class B CDL license. May occasionally operate the following: tracked excavator, front-end loader, dump truck, farm tractor, and various equipment assigned. Must be able to follow assigned routes of pick up and clean around sites as prescribed. Assist in preventive maintenance on vehicles and periodic servicing. Wash vehicles and equipment to ensure proper operation and servicing. Cross-training is essential on all equipment and vehicles. Ensure that waste material …..

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Perdue Announces USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018

Mifflintown, PA – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. “Since my first day as the Secretary of Agriculture, I’ve traveled to 30 states, listening to the people of American agriculture about what is working and what is not. The conversations we had and the people we came across helped us craft USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018,” said Secretary Perdue. “These principles will be used as a road map – they are our way of letting Congress know what we’ve heard from the hard-working men …..

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NC Industrial Hemp Commission meets, CBD oil discussed

By Erin Smith   The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission met on Thursday morning via a conference call and approved 24 applications. They also had a discussion regarding the Federal Food and Drug Administrations views on CBD oil which is a Hemp extract. The Commission members noted that those who are applying to grow industrial hemp are growing the flower heads, they are not manufacturing the oil. The Commission stressed that those who are growing the flowers are not extracting the oil. “What they are doing is legal within the parameters of the pilot programs,” said Commission Chairman Dr. Thomas Melton. He stressed that none of the discussion is meant …..

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Hardee, Hunt And Williams Top Selling Real Estate Team on Wrightsville Beach

For the eighth straight year the firm of Hardee, Hunt and Williams is the top selling real estate team on Wrightsville Beach. Jim Hardee, formerly of Elizabethtown, is the senior partner in the HH&W organization. For the year of 2017 HH&W had 56 transactions with a total amount sold of $55,235,138. Hardee is married to the former Beverly Hester of Clarkton who is a teacher at Cape Fear Community College. They have two children, Fisher and Jackson, and make their home on Harbor Island at Wrightsville Beach. Share:

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Recall: Rich Products Corporation recalls beef products due to contamination

WASHINGTON, D. C.– Rich Products Corporation, a Vineland, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,420 pounds of beef meatball products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The ready-to-eat (RTE) frozen beef meatball items were produced on Dec. 17, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: *36-lb. cases containing six 6-lb. bags of “Member’s Mark Casa DI BERTACCHI ITALIAN STYLE BEEF MEATBALLS” with a “Best if Used By 17 DEC 2018” label and a lot code of 15507351 on the packaging. The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 5336” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

It is more blessed to give than receive.  How ’bout you, is it more difficult to receive than give? Unemployment rate for North Carolina is 4.5%, up 0.2 in December.  Nationwide the rate is 4.1%. County information will be released February 1.  Can’t understand why anyone interested in work, is not employed, and, if all goes as planned, another 200 to 300 jobs on the way, including many at Smithfield Foods. Retirement allows lots of time to dream, back to the days of yesteryear. Remember when there was only one bank in Elizabethtown, one in Bladenboro, one in Clarkton?  Later the number began to grow, then branches in Dublin and Tar Heel (both later …..

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