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Bladen Online Week in Review: Feb. 9-15

The Bladen County Board of Elections remained in the news.

There was the issue whether to allow the reciting of the Pledge of Allegiance during the monthly meeting. The State Board of Elections dismissed a complaint filed against the board. The Bladen County Democratic chair requested emails of the two Republican board members.

Meanwhile, early voting began for the March 3 primary. There were 227 ballots casts Thursday, which was the first day of voting. Early voting will continue through Feb. 29.

In other news,

Former Bladenboro Town Manager Delane Jackson plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of public employee benefiting from public contract. The case goes back to 2005 when Jackson, who was the town’s manager, also had a relationship with Cygnus, which won a contract with the town of the operation of wells and spraying irrigation.

The southbound lane of the US 701 bridge spanning the Cape Fear River was deemed safe by the N.C. Department of Transportation. The bridge was closed for about seven hours Tuesday for an inspection.

Bladen Disaster Recovery received a $160,000 state grant to help with recovery efforts from Hurricane Florence.

In sports,

The Victory Bell is back on display at East Bladen High School after being in storage. The bell goes to the winner of annual East Bladen-West Bladen football game.

It took overtime, but the East Bladen girls’ basketball team beat West Bladen to close the regular season. East Bladen also won the boys’ game.

The Clarkton School of Discovery girls’ basketball team earned a share of the Waccamaw Middle School Conference’s A Division championship after beating Hallsboro.

Enjoy the week ahead.

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