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Cape Fear Valley Receives Grant Money For Water System Upgrades

  • 04/24/2018
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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has been awarded a $375,350 grant to help upgrade its emergency water pump system.   The funding was awarded through the Golden LEAF Foundation Disaster Recovery Grant Program. It will be used to build two additional on-campus water wells, bringing the total to four. The wells would pump groundwater into large storage tanks that could be used during natural disasters.   Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has experienced three major breaks in the past decade. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew forced the hospital to manually pump water from its two existing wells and to flush toilets and power massive heating and air conditioning units …..

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Hagen Scholar Named at WBHS

WBHS Senior, Anna Moser, who will be attending UNC-Charlotte in the fall of 2018 has been named as a Hagan Scholar. The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship for high achieving, self-motivated students. These students graduate from  public high schools located in counties having fewer than 50,000 residents. During the fall semester of the first year of college, each scholarship will help pay the unmet financial need of the recipient, up to $5,000 each semester. During the fall semester of the second year of college a $10,000 Schwab Scholar Account will be established for each scholarship recipient. During the fall semester of the third year of college each …..

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A perfect place for a business 

By Erin Smith After seeing the former CresCom Bank building removed and the demolition of the former Hardee’s restaurant on South Poplar Street in Elizabethtown, many Bladen County residents are wondering what will replace them. David Clark, with Clark Brothers, who owns the property,  said on Monday that his company is in negotiations with a popular restaurant chain. However, no lease agreement has been reached yet. Due to a confidentiality agreement, they cannot yet reveal the name of the restaurant. Clark added the location is “a great place to do business.” Clark did say a new facility will eventually be built on the property. The former Hardee’s restaurant building was old and …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Rain continues to fall as of early Tuesday, in fact the National Weather Service forecast predicts showers, possible thunderstorms, and high winds today, continuing into the evening hours.  Total rainfall from Sunday through tonight (Tuesday) could be in the 2 to 3 inch range, and all is much needed.  Planting time for farmers. Ever go to the bathroom and forget why?  If you live long enough you may experience. From the good reading department.  Steve Ballmer is a billionaire and a philanthropist, former Microsoft CEO and owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.  He and his bride are involved in a lot of good.  One thing he has worked on for several years is where our tax …..

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This Day in History for April 24

1704 – “Boston News-Letter” 1st successful newspaper in US, forms. 1800 – US Library of Congress establishes with $5,000 allocation. 1833 – Jacob Evert & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain. 1888 – Eastman Kodak founded by George Eastman. 1897 – 1st reporter, William Price (Washington Star), assigned to White House. 1898 – US fleet under commodore George Dewey sails from Hong Kong to Philippines. 1907 – Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened. 1913 – Skyscraper, the Woolworth Building in New York City is opened – world’s tallest building at the time. 1917 – US Congress passes the Liberty Loan Act, …..

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Addie Bowen MVP in Top Gun Super Regional

Addie Bowen was named game’s Most Valuable Player after driving in 5 runs by batting 3-3 against the Hot Shots in this weekend’s Top Gun Super Regional at Arnette Park in Fayetteville. The award was voted on by the umpires. Playing for SEC Bolton’s 12U team, Bolton cracked 13 hits in 19 at-bats in the tournament with one double and 4 walks. Share:

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Two Double-Bearded Turkeys in Bladenboro Area

A pair of Bladenboro area hunters killed one double-bearded turkey each in the same day Saturday. Killing two of the extremely rare birds together is highly unusual. Clay Allen and John Waldrop, who were baseball and soccer teammates at West Bladen High, killed the birds. One had a 10.5 inch beard and the other had a 9 inch beard. Both birds had half inch spurs. Share:

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Clarkton man dies at Columbus County Detention Center

By Erin Smith A Clarkton man who was arrested last week in connection with a joint investigation by the Bladen County Sheriff”s Office and Columbus County Sheriff’s Office of a marijuana growing operation was found dead in his cell on Thursday. A press release from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office on Monday stated Andrew James Ellis, 37, of Mercer Mill Road, Clarkton, was found unresponsive at the Columbus County Detention Center in Whiteville at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 19. According to officials, jail staff attempted CPR until Whiteville Rescue arrived and Ellis was transported to Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville were he was pronounced dead. Ellis was facing charges of: *Possession with the Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver …..

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Cape Fear Valley Health Chooses Epic For Comprehensive Health Record System 

Contributed FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has selected Epic, the most widely-used comprehensive health record software in the U.S., to unite all of its hospitals and clinics under a single information-sharing platform. Moving to Epic ultimately benefits patients by providing a complete digital record spanning their entire continuum of care. It also improves patient access and engagement through Epic’s MyChart patient portal. Cape Fear Valley currently uses two Cerner software systems for record keeping. The switch to Epic will streamline services, such as scheduling, clinical applications, billing and population health initiatives. Many of the nation’s leading health systems already use Epic to exchange data, share best practices and promote innovation. “The benefits of …..

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Bladen County Afghans offered at Cooperative Extension

By Erin Smith If you are in need of a gift for Mom for Mother’s Day look no further than Bladen County Cooperative Extension. They are offering afghans which depict various historical events and places from around Bladen County.  The afghans were started as a fundraiser for the Cooperative Extension office to meet some of its funding needs. LaToya Lucy, with Bladen County Cooperative Extension, said of the afghans, “It was a way to furnish extra money for programming support for Extension.”  Both she and Director Becky Spearman said the afghans have been a staple of Bladen County Cooperative Extension for a while.  The afghans cost $55 each and they can …..

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Bladen farmers getting ready for growing season

By Erin Smith Many Bladen County farmers are busy getting their fields ready for the summer growing season. Tractors can be encountered on our highways throughout  Bladen County as farmers move equipment from one field to another, ripping the soil, and preparing the land to plant.  Ripping the soil is a method farmers use to break up hard-packed soil layers so water can seep through the layers underneath, according to the NC Department of Agriculture.  For many Bladen County farmers, corn, soy beans, tobacco and cotton are all crops that will soon begin to dot the landscape. Some other crops that are reported to be performing well include strawberries and blueberries.  …..

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Moores Creek National Battlefield Celebrates Renovation Completion, Offers Free Event on April 28

Currie, NC- Moores Creek National Battlefield is proud to announce that the park’s two main visitor use facilities, the primary Visitor Center and the recreational use Patriots Hall Community Center are now opened to the public.The center received a new metal roof and updated flooring that will help to extend the life of this 60 year old structure. The Visitor Center will resume normal operational hours: the facility is opened Wednesday – Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm; it is closed along with the rest of the park on all Federal Holidays. Patriots Hall, another 1950’s structure, also known as a Mission 66 building, was in serious need of renovations and updates when Hurricane …..

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Tips to protect against sex trafficking after woman was approached in Fayetteville

By Charlotte Smith A video about an encounter at the Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville is going viral as you read this article. The video is of a Facebook user, Adrienne Nichole Holland, detailing an experience she had this past Sunday, April 22nd, which left her and others puzzled and concerned. The video describes a unnerving situation in the Cumberland County shopping complex. Two women approached Holland as she and her four year old son went to the pretzel shop in the mall. “Have you heard about the prophecy, God the Mother?” the ladies asked Holland. One of the women appeared to be Asian in her late 20’s or early …..

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Billy Hair remembered with tree at Bladen Community College

By Erin Smith An overcast morning greeted those who gathered outside the administration building at Bladen Community College in Dublin on Monday morning as William Jennings “Billy” Hair was remembered. Hair was a founding Trustee for the college when it was established in 1967 and a Bull Bay tree was planted and dedicated in his memory.  Hair, who passed away on March 21, 2018, served as Superintendent of Bladen County Schools as well as serving as a teacher and principal. He also served as one of the founding members of the Board of Trustees for Bladen Community College. In fact, prior to his death, Mr. Hair was the last founding member of …..

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Rebates May Help Some, But Are No Silver Bullet for High Drug Costs

By Mark Tosczak If you get your health insurance from Aetna or UnitedHealthcare, you might — with an emphasis on “might” — find some of your prescriptions are cheaper at the drug store next year. Both companies have announced in the last few weeks that in 2019 they will pass on any rebates they receive from drug manufacturers directly to consumers. But the new policy won’t benefit all patients. For starters, if you’re covered by a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina plan, you’re out of luck. Blue Cross, which last year received $227.4 million in rebates from drug companies, said it already uses those funds to reduce …..

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Weekly Weather Forecast

  • 04/23/2018
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By Richard Neuherz, Meteorologist, NOAA • An area of low pressure and the attendant frontal system will bring showers and possibly a few thunderstorms to the area Monday and Tuesday with lingering showers possible Wednesday morning. • Light showers are possible late in the week as a cold front affects the area, otherwise mainly fair weather is expected into the weekend. • Wind advisory through 5 AM Tuesday for wind gusts up to 45 MPH for the coastal counties. • One to three inches of rain forecast with as much as four possible through Wednesday morning. • High Rip Current Risk at area beaches today and a Gale Warning over …..

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Bladen Community College

BCC Announces Staff Promotions

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College has announced the following staffing promotions. Carlton Bryan, former Registrar, is now Disabilities, Testing, and Veterans Services Director. Former Assistant Registrar Andrea Carter-Fisher is now Registrar. Bridgette Singletary, former Cashier, is now Accounting Specialist. Former Accounting Coordinator Roy Thompson, is now Accounting Specialist and Construction Project Coordinator. Share:

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DIT Leaders Honored

Raleigh, N.C. – Three leaders in the North Carolina Department of Information Technology have been honored by a national publication for being among the best in their fields. Deputy State Chief Information Officer Tracy Doaks, Chief Customer Officer Jon Minshew and Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson were among 50 state IT professionals recognized for excellence during the StateScoop 50 Awards in Baltimore on Sunday evening during the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ (NASCIO) midyear conference. “The North Carolina Department of Information Technology has quality people serving at every level and in every field,” said DIT Secretary and State Chief Information Officer Eric Boyette. “These are three of our finest leaders and …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Clarkton School of Discovery Honor Rolls

Superintendent’s List (Having a 96 or above​ in all ​classes 6th Grade:  Lena Damasco-Trinidad, Caroline Kirby, Reagan Moore, Dyiamon Robinson, Keiara Stacker 7th Grade:  Luke Barber, Cathleen DeVane, Andrew Dowd, Jacie Kinlaw, Karli Priest, Morgan Tatum 8th Grade:  Devin Avant, Hannah Davis, Hailey Guyton, Heather Hardin, Merritt Martin, Jenna Stephenson, Skylar Suggs “A” Honor Roll​ ­(Having all A’s in every class) 6th Grade:  Addie Bowen, Jake Futrell, Levi German, Jalil Hayes, Reese Hester, Rodney Lacewell, Emma McDuffie, Riley McIntyre, Jair McElveen, Keyon McKoy, Octavio Morales, Autumn Nye, Nicholas Phillips, Kevin Rivera, McKenzi Storms,  Michaella Troy, Geniyah Wells 7th Grade:  Jamae Atkinson, Ahonesty Blake, Gianna Enloe, AnnaGrey Heustess,  April Huggins, Valencia …..

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Duplin Winery Announces the Release of Sweet Rosé This May

ROSE HILL- Duplin Winery is jumping on the “Rosé All Day” train with its newest product addition, Sweet Rosé. Duplin Winery specializes in Muscadine wines, so naturally this sparkling wine is made with a secret blend of delicious Muscadine grapes. Duplin Winery’s last product debut was the release of Pelican Red in 2017. Since then, many dedicated minds have been working together to create the perfect blend of red and white muscadines for the Sweet Rosé and its finally here. Sweet Rosé will be available to all Duplin Winery fans starting Wednesday, May 2. The launch of Sweet Rosé will be celebrated with a ‘Pick-Up Party’ held from May 7-9 …..

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Adopt-A-Cop for National Peace Officers Week

By Erin Smith In honor of National Police Week in May, the Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop is offering our local communities the opportunity to show their support for our Bladen County law enforcement officers by “adopting” an officer for National Police Week. Melanie Davis, one of the many organizers for Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop, said this will be the third year for the event. Gifts are due by Friday, May 11th.  Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop offers citizens an opportunity twice per year to show their support for law enforcement by adopting an officer and providing them with items such as chewing gum, candy, gift cards, and items they can keep in their patrol cars …..

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Cape Fear Mini Storage Auction (19 Units)

Cape Fear Mini Storage Auction (19 Units) 910/862-9911 2 Locations: 1 st auction – Thursday, May 03, 2018 9:00 a.m. @ 2202 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC 28337 2 nd auction – Immediately following 1 st -Thursday, May 03, 2018 @ 5501 Hwy 87, Dublin, NC Buyers must: (1) be prepared to pay upon completion of unit sale (cash, credit/debit card); (2) be responsible for security of items located in unit after purchase; and (3) remove all items from purchased unit on day of sale by close of business (5:00 p.m.). Share:

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Updated listing of Bladen County Road Closings

By Faye Boyne, NC DOT OPENINGS:  CLOSINGS: SR1100 (Center Road) SR1100 (Center Road) is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. SR1700 (Mercer Mill) SR1700 (Mercer Mill) will close Monday February 26 to replace Bridge 32 for 120 days. It is located just North of the Rosindale Road intersection. It is currently posed at 5 tons. SR1710 (Elkton Road) SR1710 (Elkton Road) will be closed for approximately two weeks starting April 9 – April 20 to replace a large diameter pipe.  UPCOMING CLOSINGS: SR1524 (Susie Sand Hill) SR1524 (Susie Sand Hill) will close on Tuesday, …..

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White Lake Triathlon Results

Three triathlons were held over the weekend at White Lake. The results were: White Lake Spring Half: Men’s Winner: Scott Shumate, Virginia Beach, Va., 4:17:36. Women’s Winner: Jacqueline Miller, Holly Springs, N.C., 5:20:39. White Lake Spring International: Men’s Winner: Van Fletcher, Raleigh, N.C., 2:14:39. Women’s Winner: Laura Greene, Cary, N.C., 2:23:41. White Lake Spring Sprint: Men’s Winner: Dyllon Gonsolus, Kenesha, Wisconsin., 1:09:37. Women’s Winner: Jet Francis, Matthews, N.C., 1:15:24. Share:

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West Bladen Boys Third in Red Springs Meet

RED SPRINGS –West Bladen’s Boys finished third in the five-team Three Rivers Conference track meet held at Red Springs High Thursday. St. Pauls won the boys meet with 111 points. Host Red Springs was second with 99 points, followed by West Bladen with 65 points. Whiteville tallied 52 points, and South Columbus was fifth with 24 points. Whiteville won the girls meet with 107 points. St. Pauls was second with 87 points followed by South Columbus with 52 points, Red Springs (50 points) and West Bladen (49 points). West Bladen’s 4×800 meter relay team won their event with a time of 9:34. The Knights 4×400 meter relay team posted a second-place finish …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Ready for a new week?  It’s here and there is so much activity in the area. First, early elections continue at sites in Bladenboro, Dublin, East Arcadia & Elizabethtown.  Google Bladen County Board of Elections for exact locations and hours of operation.  The time varies for each location. Bladen We Care Golf Tournament will be held Thursday at The Vineyard, White Lake, NC.  Special Olympics is upcoming soon, White Lake Water Festival is less than a month away and more sponsors are needed.  Contact Dawn Maynard at the E-town-White Lake Chamber of Commerce.  I’m sure there are others.  Check our Events page for more. Rain is in the forecast, much needed rain …..

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Bladen County Athletes Playing in College

Updated: April 23, 2018 Spring sports Trevor Lesane Baseball Sophomore Wake Tech West Bladen Kayla Thompson Golf Senior UNC Wilmington West Bladen Recent: Went 4-for-5 with a double, home run, stolen base, two runs scored and two RBIs on April 21 in a 15-10 loss to Guilford Tech in the first game of doubleheader. For the three game series, Lesane was 6-for-12 and scored 4 runs. He also singled, scored twice and drove in a run in an 18-6 win against the Methodist JV on April 18. Lesane has a 5-game hitting streak. For the season, Lesane is batting .345 with 4 homers and 27 RBIs. Wake Tech is 23-14-1. …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 23

1635 – Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded.   1789 – President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York.   1861 – Robert E Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces (US Civil War)   1900 – 1st known occurrence of word “hillbillie” (NY Journal)   1939 – Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st HR.   1945 – US troops in Italy cross river Po.   1950 – 1st major league day game completed under lights (Phils 6, Braves 5)   1952 – New York Giant Hoyt Wilhelm wins his 1st relief game & hits his only HR.   1959 – “Destry Rides Again” opens …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for Sunday, April 22

Volunteers had a very successful day raising money to assist Alvin Butler in hopefully returning to a more normal life, well, as much as possible. His home and belongings were recently destroyed by a fire and his wife of many years died in the blaze. Yesterday, friends and neighbors raised funds to assist, last report about $16,500 was raised. That could change. Builders in the area have indicated, if supplies are provided, they will rebuild his home, no cost for labor. If you could not attend yesterday’s event and would like to make a donation to the cause, bet you can mail or deliver contributions to Bladen Baptist in Elizabethtown. …..

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JV Baseball: Whiteville 9, West Bladen 0

WHITEVILLE – Whiteville capitalized on five West Bladen errors to score eight unearned runs and post a 9-0 Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball victory Friday. Freshman Sam West pitched 5.1 innings of 5-hit baseball, struck out 2, walked 3, hit 4 batters and allowed 9 runs – only one earned. Whiteville scored 2 runs in the first inning, 3 in the second and one in the fourth. Edgar Garcia raked a single to left in the second inning for the first West Bladen hit. Sophmore Braylon Williamson laced a single to centerfield in the sixth inning. The Knights travel to West Columbus Tuesday night. Share:

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JV Softball: Fairmont 14, East Bladen 13

FAIRMONT – Fairmont scored ten runs in their final two at-bats to overcome a 12-4 East Bladen lead and claim a 14-13 Three Rivers Conference jayvee softball victory Friday. East Bladen was leading 12-4 when pitcher Jordan Kinlaw suffered a leg injury. Kinlaw had held the Lady Tornadoes to only 4 runs through four innings. The Lady Eagles took a 1-0 first-inning lead. Kinlaw was hit by a pitch and scored on Majesti Corbett’s single. East Bladen added 3 runs in the second. Lila McDuffie walked, and Adrienne Howell smashed a double that scored McDuffie. Grey Guy walked, and Nesiah Davis-McKoy’s fielder’s choice scored Howell. Kinlaw smacked a single that …..

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JV Baseball: East Bladen 13, Fairmont 3

FAIRMONT – Makhi Cromartie pitched a one-hitter and drove in 2 runs to lead East Bladen to a 13-3 Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball victory over Fairmont Friday. Cromartie walked 3, hit one, struck out 2 and allowed 3 runs – one earned to pick up the victory. The only hit was by the Tornado lead-off batter in the first inning. The Eagles exploded for 7 runs in the first inning. Jay McKoy reached base on an error to start the game, and Jake Evans and Tyler Hill drew walks to load the bases. Xavier McKoy’s fielder’s choice plated Jay McKoy. Jacob Priest reached base on an error that scored …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 22

1526 – 1st slave revolt in the American colonies occurs in South Carolina. 1692 – Edward Bishop is jailed for proposing flogging as a cure for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. 1793 – President Washington attends opening of Rickett’s, 1st circus in US. 1823 – R J Tyers patents roller skates. 1864 – US mints 2 cent coin (1st appearance of “In God We Trust”) 1898 – Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry. 1915 – 1st military use of gas (chlorine, by Germany) in WW I. 1940 – Rear Admiral Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan was inevitable. 1951 – …..

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Boys Tennis: West Bladen 5, East Bladen 4

ELIZABETHTOWN – West Bladen defeated rival East Bladen 5-4 Friday in a Three Rivers Conference match. Singles Jose Osorio (WB) defeated Jay McGill (EB) 6-1, 6-1 Jacob Barber (EB) defeated Edgardo Lara (WB) 6-1, 7-5 Jackson Bostic (EB) defeated Desmond Lesesne (WB) 6-1, 6-1 Tucker Norton (EB) defeated Logan Lewis (WB) 6-4, 6-4 Victor Avellano (WB) defeated Will Hester (EB) 6-3, 6-2 Jacob Hester (WB) defeated Hoyt Register (EB) 5-7, 6-1, 10-4 Doubles Osorio/Lesesne (WB) defeated Barber/McGill (EB) 8-6 Bostic/Norton (EB) defeated Lara/Hester 8-1 Arellano/Lewis (WB) defeated East Bladen #3 8-3 West Bladen will host the Three Rivers Conference Tournament Wednesday and Thursday.   Share:

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Blackbeard’s Flag on NC Ferries

Those taking a ferry this summer at the Outer Banks will do so under the black flag of North Carolina’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard. In partnership with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the flag will fly on ferries serving the Hatteras-Ocracoke, Cedar Island-Ocracoke, and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry routes. The Pamlico River route between Bayview and Aurora will also hoist the flag, as both areas have historic ties to the 18th century pirates. The flags are part of a series of events taking place in observance of the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s death in 1718. Ferry tickets can be booked online today. For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT …..

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Endorsements by National Right to Life, NC Right to Life and Family Research Council

As a Christian, father and grandfather, I believe that all life, regardless of age, is a sacred gift from God and must be protected. These aren’t just empty words – I have a 100% pro-life voting record from National Right to Life. In recognition of my exemplary pro-life record National Right to Life, North Carolina Right to Life and the Family Research Council Action Pac have all endorsed my campaign. For your convenience, I attached the official endorsement letters from all three organizations below. The recent funding bill that I voted for was a major pro life victory. The bill maintains every single existing pro-life policy, including the Hyde amendment, the Dickey-Wicker amendment, and …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

The golf team of David Cross, “Skeeter” Covington, Charles DeVane and Pat Jessup shot 60-59=119 to win the Carolina Sands Golf Tourney.  The town of White Lake voted 106 against and 29 for the sale of beer within the limits of the town. The Bladen Lake’s Players were presenting the play “California Suite”. Elwell Ferry was closed for one month for maintenance. Share:

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North Carolina’s March Employment Figures Released

 RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, remaining unchanged from February’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent. North Carolina’s March 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 3,495 over the month to 4,755,447 and increased 69,723 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 131 over the month to 222,519 and decreased 7,754 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 4,100 to 4,472,000 in March. The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases were Education & Health Services …..

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Rep. Pittenger’s Weekly Column

  • 04/21/2018
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On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence joined me in Charlotte for an event highlighting Tax Reform’s stremendous impact. The main takeaway from the event can be summarized in two sentences: Americans are seeing their paychecks grow, businesses are reinvesting in our communities, and folks in North Carolina and across the country are once again confident about the future. Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, America’s economy is roaring back to life and hardworking Americans are winning again. The event began with a panel discussion where Senator Tillis, local business leader Dan DiMicco and I highlighted the ways in which North Carolinians are benefiting from Tax Reform. We noted …..

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Stolen Property Recovered in Columbus County

  • 04/21/2018
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Contributed Whiteville, NC – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office recovered a large quantity of stolen items from the residence of two individuals on April 14, 2018. These individuals are responsible for at least two Columbus County residential break-ins, prior to their arrest. On April 11th, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the residence located at 130 Ken Ray Drive in Tabor City was broken into. Numerous items were stolen including a firearm, an Apple iPad, foreign coins, lawn and garden power tools, and a purse. On April 13th, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the residence located at 6488 Lebanon Church Road in Tabor City was broken into. Two firearms, two laptops, a …..

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CDC expands nationwide lettuce recall

By Erin Smith The Centers for Disease in Atlanta, Georgia has expanded a nationwide recall of romaine lettuce to include all forms of Romaine lettuce. The recall was issued following an E. Coli outbreak that has been connected to Romaine lettuce. The CDC’s warning states the recall applies to all types of Romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona. The expanded warning follows reports of new outbreaks of the E. Coli infection which have occurred in Alaska. The CDC warns if you have purchased Romaine lettuce in any form to throw it out and to avoid eating Romaine lettuce in restaurants. Symptoms of E. Coli infection include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and …..

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A festive time at Bladen We Care Gala

By Erin Smith It was a festive time at the 29th annual Bladen We Care Gala which was held on Friday evening at The Venue at White Lake. A large crowd turned out to to enjoy dancing, fellowship, delicious food and to show their support Bladen We Care. One of the many Bladen We Care Board members, Mac Campbell, addressed the crowd. He told those gathered Bladen We Care awarded 82 grants in 2017 to help those in need in Bladen County. The group also awarded scholarships at Bladen Community College and UNC-Pembroke. The funds go to benefit residents of Bladen County residents in health care assistance. The Blackwater Rhythm & Blues …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Whew, Saturday has finally arrived. Sunny with highs in the mid 60s today. Did you see the headline: Amazon Prime has 100 million members. Wells Fargo bank slapped with a 1 $billion fine. National debt over $21 trillion!  Actually, with all the future obligations the debt is nearly $70 trillion. Millions, billions, trillions, what the heck, it’s just money.  Attitude seems to be, who cares?  The political party in power ignores, the minority power complains, then they switch roles.  Been that way for as long as I can remember. Enthusiastic crowd was ready for a party at the first of Bladen We Care’s annual fundraisers last night at The Venue, White Lake.  The Byron Gooden Memorial …..

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 3, Scotland 1

LAURINBURG – East Bladen rallied with 3 goals in the second half to defeat Scotland 3-1 Friday night in non-conference girls soccer action. Scotland led 1-0 at halftime and had outshot the Eagles 6-3. “They seemed to beat us to every ball and had much more energy than we did.,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “Our backline of Izzy (Smith), Sarah Johnson, and Ashton (Magby) plus goalie Ting Lin did a tremendous job of keeping them out of the net. It seemed like they had wave after wave of attacks on goal.” Scotland’s goal came off a handball from 25 yards out on the left side. “The girl hit …..

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Baseball: East Bladen 12, Fairmont 10

FAIRMONT –Freshman Freddie Wooten pitched 5 innings of one-run relief as East Bladen rallied for a 12-10 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over Fairmont. Freddie Wooten allowed 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out five to pick up the victory. Junior Pierce Melvin worked the first 2 innings on the mound for the Eagles but was plagued by 7 walks and 4 hits. Two infield hits and Randy Floyd’s single loaded the bases in the Tornado sixth inning. Wooten struck out the next batter, but a wild pitch scored a run and sliced the Eagle lead to 12-10. After a walk reloaded the bases, freshman secondbaseman Zach Meares started …..

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Softball: Whiteville 7, West Bladen 0

WHITEVILLE – Ivy Hayes and Jenna Bullard combined to pitch a 2-hit shutout and lead Whiteville to a 7-0 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over West Bladen Friday night. Hayes pitched the first 4 innings and allowed only a walk to Shelby Pharr while striking out six. Bullard worked the final 3 innings in the circle striking out four and allowing two hits. Sophmore Alara Cashwell ripped a single to centerfield in the seventh inning for the Lady Knights, but courtesy runner Tinyauh Rhoda was called out for leaving base early. The next batter, junior Carley Dawson, lined a double to rightfield. The Lady Wolfpack used a Kiara Wilson single, …..

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Baseball: Whiteville 11, West Bladen 1

WHITEVILLE – Junior Dylan Lawson pitched a one-hitter and struck out ten batters to lead Whiteville to an 11-1 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over West Bladen Friday night. Lawson walked two batters, hit a batter and gave up a sixth inning single to sophmore Jake Butler. The Knights took a 1-0 first-inning lead when sophmore Dawson Bryan drew a lead-off walk, advanced on Logan West’s fielder’s choice and a passed ball then raced home on senior Scott Bowen’s sacrifice fly. Back-to-back doubles by Dylan Hamilton and Brooks Baldwin produced the tying run for Whiteville in the home first. A single and an error led to a go-ahead run in …..

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Softball: East Bladen 11, Fairmont 2

FAIRMONT – Freshman Kayleigh Raynor pitched a 2-hitter and struck out 12 batters to lead East Bladen to an 11-2 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over Fairmont Friday night. Raynor walked only one batter in the game. Both Fairmont runs were unearned. East Bladen took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Sophmore Abbie Cross walked and sprinted home when junior Erica McKoy walloped a triple over the leftfielder’s head. Olivia Hollingsworth raked a single to left that scored McKoy. Fairmont tied the game 2-2 in the fourth inning on an infield hit and two errors. East Bladen broke the game open with an eight-run fifth-inning rally. Sophmore Lorna Mendell …..

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This Day in History for April 21

1649 – Maryland Toleration Act passed in American colony, allowing all freedom of worship. 1789 – John Adams sworn in as 1st US Vice President (9 days before Washington) 1794 – NYC formally declares coast of Ellis Island publicly owned, so they can build forts to protect NYC from British. 1865 – Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train leaves Washington. 1878 – NY installs 1st firehouse pole. 1914 – US marines occupy Vera Cruz, a major Mexican port; they will stay 6 months. 1940 – 1st $64 Question, “Take It or Leave It,” on CBS Radio. 1944 – NFL Chicago Cardinals & Pittsburgh Steelers merge (dissolves on Dec 3) 1952 – Secretaries’ …..

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NCDOT, UNC-Pembroke Break Ground on Road Makeover

PEMBROKE – State and local officials celebrated on Friday, April 20, the start of a much-anticipated project that will improve the safety and traffic flow of a University of North Carolina Pembroke gateway in Robeson County. James Trogdon, secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation, joined UNC Pembroke Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings and Pembroke Mayor Charles Gregory Cummings in a groundbreaking ceremony to reconstruct a mile of North Odom Street/Prospect Road along the campus. The university contacted the department about the safety of its students crossing the road, and state engineers investigated and recommended several roadway enhancements. “We collaborated with the university and the town to fine-tune what became an innovative …..

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Girls Soccer West Bladen Ties One; Loses One

RED SPRINGS – Red Springs pulled out a 2-2 tie in the completion of a suspended game then defeated West Bladen 5-2 in overtime in Three Rivers Conference girls soccer action. West Bladen had held a 1-0 lead at West Bladen on March 20th when the game was stopped by lightning early in the second half. Senior Melennie Hernandez had scored the goal on an assist from sophomore Claudia Reyes. When play resumed Thursday night, Red Springs senior Wendy Molina tied the game with a goal with 11:19 left in the game. Freshman Josefina Taboda answered with a goal that put the Lady Knights on top 2-1 with just 4:48 remaining. However Molina responded with her second goal a …..

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Bladen We Care Gala set for tonight

By Erin Smith The 29th annual Bladen We Care Gala will take place Friday, April 20th, 2018, at 7 p.m. at The Venue at White Lake. The theme for this year’s event is island casual. At the gala there will be a live auction and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be available. The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, which is always a crowd favorite, will also perform. The Gala is sponsored by Smithfield.  All of the funds raised through its two main fund raisers, the Byron H. Gooden Golf Tournament and the Gala, remain in Bladen County to help Bladen County residents. Proceeds from the event are used to provide support for local residents …..

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Middle School Softball Elizabethtown 16, Tar Heel 7

TAR HEEL – Elizabethtown rode an 11-run fourth inning rally to a 16-7 Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball victory over Tar Heel. The Lady Panthers and pitcher Gracie Register had shutout the Lady Cougars in the first two innings. Tar Heel jumped in front with three runs in their first inning. Briley Stanley, Caroline Brisson and Hannah Richardson drew walks and all three came around to score on wild pitches. Elizabethtown rallied with a 5-run third inning. Zoe Smith singled and Max Strickland drove her in with a single. Lainey Hughes blasted a 2-run homer to left-centerfield to tie the game. Alexus Mitchell and Sara Corriveau drew walks. Mitchell …..

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Alamance-Burlington High School Teacher Wins NC’s Top Honors

Freebird McKinney, a social studies teacher at Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington, was named the 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year during an awards luncheon today in Cary. McKinney was selected from a field of nine finalists representing the state’s eight education districts and charter schools. McKinney has been teaching for 13 years, the last three at Williams High School, in the Alamance-Burlington School System, where he teaches World and European history and also is co-coordinator of the school’s International Baccalaureate Pathway Program.  A self-described “village teacher,” McKinney also sees his role as an educator reaching beyond the classroom, leading international service-learning adventures, working also …..

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NC 911 Board Honors Crisis Support Member, Awards Grant at Monthly Meeting

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina 911 Board today honored a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department telecommunicator who helped counsel a colleague in training after a 911 call during which a psychiatric patient threatened to harm himself and his mother. The incident resulted in the patient being shot and killed by police. Wendy Bignall of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department peer support team talked through the 911 call and helped a MEDIC Telecommunicator process the incident. “Being a 911 dispatcher is an intense job. You’re the first of the first responders,” said Secretary Eric Boyette of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology, who is chair of the N.C. 911 Board. “I can’t imagine going through a …..

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Crisis Response Exercise at PBLA deemed a success

  • 04/20/2018
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By Erin Smith A Crisis Response Training Exercise conducted at the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy in Elizabethtown was rated a success by coordinators on Friday afternoon. The school was a hub activity as the training scenario was conducted.  Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Gary Turlington, who oversees training for the Sheriff’s Office, said Friday’s exercise is unique in that it is the first such exercise in this region to utilize an integrated response where firefighters, EMS and law enforcement are all taking part in the training session together. The scenario was designed to create a situation all of the agencies could potentially face should such an event take place in real life. The exercise scenario …..

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Rifle Raffle Tickets

Please make your final push this weekend to sale your gun raffle tickets. The drawing will be at the Monday night, April 23 meeting at 6p.m. If you have sold any  please get them to the meeting that night. As a reminder the Gun is a Henry .45 Colt Long Rifle and tickets are 1 for $20. Please plan on being at the meeting Monday night at San Jose Restaurant. Share:

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A Special 2018 Earth Day Message from: Len McBride, State Executive Director, North Carolina Farm Service Agency

America’s farmers and ranchers are the original stewards of the Earth. You understand the fragility of the land and work tirelessly to sustain and protect it to ensure its availability for generations to come. The 2012 United States Census of Agriculture counted 3.2 million American farmers, ranchers and foresters. That’s over 3 million responsible landowners and caretakers continuously looking for new and sustainable operating practices to help preserve our natural resources, while supporting an ever-growing population.  Your use of precision agriculture technologies, along with other conservation practices, help protect drinking water and reduce soil erosion. Your efforts also help preserve and restore wildlife habitats, forests and wetlands.  The world relies …..

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Middle School Baseball Elizabethtown 21, Tar Heel 4

  • 04/20/2018
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TAR HEEL –Elizabethtown pounded out 17 hits and scored in all 5 innings to defeat Tar Heel 21-4 Thursday in Bladen Five Middle School Conference action. Pitcher Jackson Wright batted a perfect 5-5, walloped a home run and a double, scored 5 runs and drove in 5 runs to lead the Cougars. Coleman Tatum turned in a 2-2 game at the plate and scored 5 runs. Weston Hatcher also batted 2-2 with a double and 2 runs batted in. Evan Pait batted 2-2 with 2 rbi’s, and 2 runs scored. Ty Mathis slugged a home and a double and batted 2-3 with 3 rbi’s for the Cougars. Chase Starkloff finished 2-3 at …..

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Commissioners to conduct budget meeting Monday

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018, regarding the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Draft Budget. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room located on the lower level of the Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown. Share:

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Pack-The-Pew Weekend by Baldwin Branch YAM’s

Elizabethtown – The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Young Adult Missionaries (YAMs) are sponsoring a Pack-the-Pew festival April 28th starting 9:00 a.m. with a PTP basketball tournament in the Bladen County Recreation Gym located at 803 West King Street; Elizabethtown NC.   Special halftime entertainment during the championship game will be by Ricky DD’s Entertainers.  Across the street the spring festival begins at 1:30 p.m. behind the Municipal Building; 805 West Broad Street; Elizabethtown NC.  There will be games, prizes, bounce houses, horse rides, kid fashion (sports costumes), great festival food and entertainment for the entire family.  Sunday, April 29th at Baldwin Branch the Pack-the-Pew morning worship services begin at 9:45 a.m.  Invitees are: Pastor Jacqueline Coleman Shiver from Lewis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church; Fayetteville NC, Pastor Latoya Brewington; …..

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Crisis Response Exercise to take place today at PBLA

Contributed The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a multi-agency Crisis Response Exercise at the Paul Brown Leadership Academy (PBLA) today (Friday, April 20, 2018) from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. This exercise is the first of it’s kind to be conducted in our area where regional and local assets will work together in an integrated public safety response to a crisis at a school, said Sgt. Gary Turlington with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Participating in the event are local and regional law enforcement, fire departments, Emergency Medical Services, Emergency Management, Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare Emergency Staff, and other emergency response entities. Sgt. Turlington said the event will …..

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Bipartisan Group of 66 Senators Send Letter To President Erdogan Demanding Release of Pastor Andrew Brunson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a bipartisan group of 66 senators, led by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), sent a letter to the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, demanding the release of wrongfully imprisoned American Pastor Andrew Brunson. Pastor Brunson has been imprisoned in Turkey since October 7, 2016. Last month, he was indicted on bogus charges related to terrorism and espionage, and faces up to 35 years in prison. In the letter to President Erdogan, the Senators noted that the indictment “is an absurd collection of anonymous accusations, flights of fantasy, and random character assassination…It is an insult not only to an unjustly imprisoned individual, but to …..

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Eastpointe CEO updates board on Opioid Crisis

By Erin Smith In a recent meeting of the Eastpointe MCO Board of Directors, CEO Sarah Stroud updated the board regarding the Opioid Crisis in North Carolina and strategies being taken to combat the situation.  Eastpointe MCO serves a ten county area following the disengagement of Nash County in 2017 and Columbus County in March 2018. The counties currently being served by Eastpointe MCO include: Bladen, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson counties. Stroud told the board that as of February 2018, Eastpointe has distributed 1,094 Narcan kits in their service area. They began passing out the Narcan kits in July 2017. They have also hosted …..

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Sunny but cool weekend weather

By Rachel Gross-Zouzias, Meteorologist NWS This weekend’s weather will be full of sun, but cooler than normal. High Pressure will migrate from the Upper Midwest to New England through the weekend. This will maintain a cool flow shifting from the north to the east. Temperatures will, therefore, run unseasonably cool with plenty of April sunshine through much of the weekend. Clouds will increase through late Sunday with the approach of the next rain maker arriving after the weekend.         Share:

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Teen wanted in Brunswick County for attempted murder

By Erin Smith A teenager is wanted in Brunswick County for attempted murder, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office. The teen is being sought on two charges of attempted murder following a shooting that occurred in Bolivia on Thursday.  According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s’ Office, Jadakiss Jeheim Watkins, 16, of Delco, is wanted in connection to a shooting that ocurred at 3:15 p.m. on Zack Street in Bolivia. Watkins is alleged to have fired a gun towards two individuals who were outside of the residence.  Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Jadakis Jeheim Watkins should contact Det. Hester at 910-713-8360 or call 911.   Share:

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Governor Cooper’s proposed budget carries funds for improved school  safety

By Erin Smith Governor Roy Cooper released his proposed budget on Thursday which calls for $130 million in funds to protect students and improve safety at schools.  “North Carolina’s classrooms must be safe and supportive places for educators to work and children to learn,” said Governor Cooper. “We should address both classroom security and youth mental health needs and my budget takes meaningful steps to prevent school violence and protect teachers and students.” Some of the preposed improvements include:  *$65 million for public safety upgrades in public schools, state universities and community colleges.  *$40 million for student support services including school nurses, psychologists, counselors, and social workers to help identify and treat …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

High temp yesterday in the mid 80s and windy, overnight low in the low 40s.  Today’s high should be near 65 with sunny skies and northeast wind around 8 mph.  Highs for the next week in the upper 60s to lower 70s with a chance of rain Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Bladen We Care Gala/Dance tonight, 7-11 pm, at The Venue at White Lake.  Blackwater Rhythm & Blues will provide the music.  Proceeds benefit folks dealing with medical issues and limited resources. A reminder of the fundraiser at Center Roads Baptist Church to benefit Alvin Butler who lost his house and wife in a recent fire.  BBQ dinner, donations only, beginning at 11 a.m., lasting until. Timothy Peters …..

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This Date in History for April 20

1777 – New York adopts new constitution as an independent state. 1896 – 1st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa’s “El Capitan” premieres in NYC. 1912 – Fenway Park officially opens, Red Sox beat NY Highlanders 7-6 in 11. 1914 – US President Woodrow Wilson, having dispatched more naval ships to Mexico, ask a joint session of Congress to approve armed force if necessary, Congress approves. 1920 – Tornadoes kill 219 in Alabama & Mississippi. 1935 – “Your Hit Parade” begins broadcasting (become #1 quickly) 1940 – 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa. 1945 – US 7th army captured German city of Nuremberg. 1948 – NYC hikes …..

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Board of Education Discusses Clarkton School of Discovery, 1:1 Initiative

By Bethany Stephens The Bladen County Board of Education met Monday night for its monthly session where it recognized several students and schools for various accomplishments. East Bladen High School and Elizabethtown Middle School both won at the state level for their Breakfast in the Classroom and Second Chance Breakfast programs. Both schools were able to increase the percentage of participation in school breakfast during the past year. East Bladen won second place and were led by their manager, Stephanie Bryan, and their principal, Jason Wray. Elizabethtown Middle won third in the state and was led by manager, Melony Edwards, and their principal, Elizabeth Cole. Dublin Primary School won this …..

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Vineyard Golf April 19 Thundering Herd/Low Scores

The April 19 Thundering Herd winner was the team of Jake Womble, Ty Wilson, Wyatt Bordeaux and Billy Augustine with a score of 7-under par. In second place was Will Fisher, Jimmy Davis, Blake Davis and Chad Garner with a score of 6-under par. The next Thundering Herd will be held Thursday, May 3 at 6 p.m. Anyone interested in playing should call the pro shop at 910-247-6132. Some low scores shot recently was Brian Tart 69, Ricky Marvin 73 and Phillip Smoak 75. Our two Canadian members, on their last day this spring at Vineyard Golf, shot their age. Brian Darling, age 74, shot 74, and Ross Gillis, age …..

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Middle School Softball: Bladenboro 14, Clarkton School of Discovery 8

BLADENBORO – Bladenboro moved into first place in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball standings Thursday with a 14-8 victory over Clarkton School of Discovery. The Lady Blue Devils grabbed an early 2-0 lead. Addie Bowen led off with a single, advanced on a passed ball and scored on Karli Priest’s single. Emma Turbeville drove in Priest with a single. Pitcher Rylee Chadwick smashed a lead-off double in the home first and scored the first Bladenboro run. The Lady Blue Devils stretched their lead to 6-1 in the top of the second as Lena Trinidad, Maddie Taylor, Bowen and Priest drew one-out walks and all four scored. Lauren Pait …..

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Middle School Baseball: Bladenboro 10, Clarkton School of Discovery 6

BLADENBORO – Bladenboro’s Bulldogs rode an 8-run third-inning explosion to a 10-6 baseball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery in Bladen Five Middle School Conference action. Kaiden Stanley led off the Bulldog second inning with a single and came around to score the first run of the game. Clarkton tied the game in the top of the third as Nyquan Richardson reached base on an error and raced home on Nazire Smith’s single. Michael Young drew a one-out walk in the third inning and sprinted home when Stanley slammed a double. Elijah Crabtree and Aaron Wren drew walks, and Alex Strange was hit by a pitch. Wren’s walk forced home …..

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Boys Tennis: Whiteville 9, East Bladen 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 9-0 Thursday in a Three Rivers Conference boys tennis match. Singles Antoine Gamble (W) defeated Jacob Barber (EB) 6-2, 6-2 Bridger Warlick (W) defeated Jay McGill (EB) 7-5, 6-1 Tyler Floyd (W) defeated Jackson Bostic (EB) 6-2, 6-3 Tanner Hester (W) defeated Tucker Norton (EB) 6-3, 6-3 Andrew Cahn (W) defeated Will Hester (EB) 6-3, 6-1 Bryce Russell (W) defeated Hoyt Register (EB) 6-1, 6-3 Doubles Gamble/Warlick (W) defeated Barber/McGill (EB) 8-2 T. Hester/Floyd (W) defeated Bostic/Norton (EB) 8-2 Cahn/Russell (W) defeated Juan Esteva/Colin Hill (EB) 8-1 East Bladen will host rival West Bladen Monday at 4 p.m. Share:

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 7, East Columbus 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Senior Hannah Devane posted a ‘Hat Trick’ of 3 goals Thursday night to lead East Bladen to a 7-0 Three Rivers Conference girls soccer victory over East Columbus. Devane also dished out two assists and was credited with 15 steals. Freshman Katie Evans fired in 2 goals and was credited with 2 assists and 17 steals. Freshman Kenia Medina also racked up 2 goals and had one assist and 18 steals. Sophmores Cybil Campbell and Bailey Davis contributed one assist each to the East Bladen attack. Campbell also collected 14 steals. Freshman Sara Gargala sparked the Lady Eagle defense with 22 steals. Sophmore Gracyn Martin totaled 16 steals, …..

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Mercer Mill Road bridge project is progressing

By Erin Smith Work on a bridge on Mercer Mill Road is progressing as crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation were hard at work on Thursday afternoon. The road was closed to traffic on February 26th and is expected to re-open to traffic on June 26th. Crews are working to replace the bridge in the vicinity of Rosindale Road. The detour for the route is Rosindale Road, to Coley Road; left onto Airport Road and left onto Gibson Dairy Road and resume travel on Mercer Mill Road. Share:

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General Maintenance Worker

General Statement of Duties Performs a variety of unskilled and limited semi-skilled manual labor tasks within the Public Services Department. Distinguishing Features of the Class Employees in this class perform a variety of unskilled and semi-skilled manual labor tasks in the maintenance and repair of streets, grounds, and Town owned facilities and areas. Work includes participating in leaf collection, cleaning storm drains, asphalt patching, and various other grounds maintenance work, and may include leading temporary workers in accomplishing tasks. Employees also participate in water and sewer repairs as needed and other manual and semi-skilled tasks. Employees are subject to hazards in streets and grounds maintenance work including both inside and …..

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Bladen County Commissioners continue work on budget

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners held a second budget meeting on Wednesday evening. The Commissioners reviewed Capital projects and personnel requests. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin told the board county staff still have not received the preliminary budget requests from the Bladen County Board of Education and Bladen Community College. He said they typically submit those requests to the county in May. Martin once again began the evening by reviewing the 2017 audited fund balance with the board. Martin said as of Wednesday, the county will need to use $682,000 from fund balance to complete the fiscal year. That is down from an earlier estimate of $803,000. He attributed …..

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Elizabethtown crash results in minor injuries

By Erin Smith A crash at the NC 87 Bypass and NC 87 Business intersection resulted in minor injuries on Thursday afternoon. According to North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper A. Russ, Jamik Thresa Louis of Elizabethtown was attempting to cross the NC 87 Bypass when she failed the yield the right of way. Her vehicle was struck by a truck being driven westbound on the NC 87 Bypass by Billy Carroll Greene of Bladenboro. Trooper Russ said Louis had two children in her vehicle and only minor injuries were reported. Louis was charged with failure to yield the right of way, said Trooper Russ. Share:

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Cape Fear Valley Lifts Flu Restrictions

  • 04/19/2018
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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has lifted its visitor policy restricting children under age 12 from visiting its hospitals effective immediately. The policy was implemented in early January to minimize the spread of flu.   In addition, Cape Fear Valley Medical Center’s Emergency Department is no longer limiting visitors to just one per patient.   Individuals experiencing flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose, are still urged not to visit friends and family at the medical center. They should remain home instead and call their primary care physician for treatment guidance.   Hand washing is the most effective way to reduce the spread of flu …..

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Submit Loan Requests for Financing Early

The Farm Loan Teams are working on operating loans for spring 2018 so it is important that potential borrowers submit their requests early so they can be timely processed. The Farm Loan Team can help determine which loan programs are best for applicants.   FSA offers a wide range of low-interest loans that can meet the financial needs of any farm operation for just about any purpose.  The traditional farm operating and farm ownership loans can help large and small farm operations take advantage of early purchasing discounts for spring inputs as well expenses throughout the year.   Microloans are a simplified loan program that will provide up to $50,000 to eligible applicants. These loans, targeted for smaller operations and non-traditional …..

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Payment Limitations by Program

The 2014 Farm Bill established a maximum dollar amount for each program that can be received annually, directly or indirectly, by each person or legal entity. Payment limitations vary by program for 2014 through 2018.   Below is an overview of payment limitations by program.   Commodity and Price Support Programs The annual limitation for the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs) and Market Loan Gains is $125,000 total.   Conservation Programs The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) annual rental payment and incentive payment is limited to $50,000. CRP contracts approved before Oct. 1, 2008, may exceed the limitation, subject to payment limitation …..

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Tillis Secures $53 Million for State Veterans Home Construction in NC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, announced that he secured $53 million to fund three North Carolina State Veterans Home construction projects through the VA State Veterans Home Construction Grant Program. Last year, Senator Tillis led an appropriations letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Committee on Appropriations to urge them to provide robust funding for the VA State Home Construction Grant Program.   The $53 million will go toward the following projects: Salisbury, NC VA Home – $2.6 million for renovations to the day room, patio, main entrance, HVAC, electrical, flooring, …..

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Phi Theta Kappa Students are inducted at BCC

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College has inducted 28 students into the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a nationally recognized organization that acknowledges academic achievement of college students and provides opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. To be eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, students must be enrolled in an associate degree program, have completed at least 12 hours of coursework, have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, receive an invitation to membership from the local chapter, and adhere to the moral standards of the society. BCC students who have been inducted into the Honor Society are Jacob Barber, Mark Betts, Corbett Booth, Indyah Dial, …..

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NC DOT issues updated listing of road openings and closings in Bladen County

By Faye Boyne, NC DOT   The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road openings and closings in Bladen County.   OPENINGS: Bladen Union Church Road Bladen Union Church Road will open today (April 19th) at 5:00 p.m.     CLOSINGS: Center Road Center Road is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. Mercer Mill Mercer Mill closed on Monday, February 26th, to replace Bridge 32. It is expected to remain closed for 120 days. It is located just North of the Rosindale Road intersection. It is …..

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Governor’s Crime Commission Forms Special Committee to Improve School Safety

RALEIGH: At Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks’ request, the Governor’s Crime Commission has established a special committee consisting of representatives from law enforcement, juvenile justice, courts, schools and others to identify resources and develop recommendations to strengthen school safety. “School shootings have tragically become too common an occurrence in our country. We must use every resource available to us to examine and address this dangerous threat posed to our children and educational professionals,” Secretary Hooks stated. “I have made this a continuing priority for our department and have asked the members of this special committee to help us find solutions to the threat of shootings in schools.” The committee …..

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Spearman named as Extension Director

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office has new leadership. Becky Spearman was recently named as the new County Extension Director. “I’m excited. We have a really good staff. We do a lot of things for the citizens of Bladen County,” said Spearman of her new role. She said her new role will allow her to get to see more of the programs offered at Cooperative Extension and to be more involved with the things agents are doing in the community. Spearman has worked at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office as a Livestock Agent for 14 years and prior to that she was employed with Murphy Brown at …..

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Bladenboro Primary

Bladenboro Primary Honor Roll

3rd Grade A Honor Roll: Brayden Bryan, Chase Bryan, Kimberly Dowless, Josey Pait, Connor Sykes A/B Honor Roll: Charles Barnes, David Bonner, Hartleigh Britt, Ryleigh Brothers, Peyton Burney, Cameron Byers, Colin Elkins, Karlee Gause, Ester Gonzales, Jewel Gregg, Chase Grubbs, Jamie Harvey, Lily Hester, Ashten Johnson, DaShaun Leach, JaNya McKeithan, Diyari McKoy, Lukas McLean, Aurora Oldfield, Kyrstin Owens, Brody Rhodes, LeAnn Stanley, Brayden Steele, Hailey Tittle, Colin Willoughby, Jada Wright Principal’s List:  Joshua Martin   4th Grade Superintendent’s List: Jackson Pait A Honor Roll: Jonah Bryan, Brenna Hester, Hunter Hester, Noah Lee, Tylik McCall, Natalee Sykes, Makenna Thurman, Faith Wren A/B Honor Roll: Kali Allen, Ducati Baldwin, Akeira Barnett, Jyra Best, …..

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Upcoming Events

FAMACHA Goat and Sheep Training May 10

There will be a FAMACHA Certification Training for Goat and Sheep Producers on Thursday, May 10th at 4 pm at West Bladen High School, located at 1600 NC 410 Hwy Bladenboro, NC.  The training will be behind the school at the greenhouse. Becky Spearman, Extension Livestock Agent in Bladen County and Liz Lahti, Extension Livestock Agent in Cumberland and Hoke Counties, will present the training.  There will be a classroom portion of the training and a hands-on portion at the school.  The cost is $15 per card (a farm can certify multiple people and get 1 card or more). Please bring money to class – either cash or check made payable to Bladen Extension.  Please call 910-862-4591 …..

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Dad’s first Wild Turkey

Contributed Opening day of the 2018 Wild Turkey season came in on April 14th, after many days of glassing the field, setting up ground blind, the day finally arrives. Sitting in the blind with the man who introduced me and my twin brother to hunting, hoping that old longbeard would come strutting by us. As the sun rises, a gobble, then another and another. I looked at dad and said, he is behind us and coming to the field. No better sound in my book than hearing a turkey gobble, GOD sure had me in mind when He created the turkey! Suddenly a hen and another walk into the field. …..

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Bladenboro Middle School Honor Roll 3rd Quarter

5th Grade Superintendent’s List:  (96 +) Holland Davis, Erin Hewett, Flor Jacome Duarte, Deikan Moretz, Eileen Rojas Sandoval, Madison Wilkins A Honor Roll (90+) Cade Allen, Jerrah Babson, Jade Black, Alanna Dowless, Cole Dowless, Emma Dunn, Joshua Lennon, O’Mara McDonald, Alayna Parnell, Dorien Rivera, Hillary Roblero, Aiden Russ, Richard Severine, Nevaeh Singletary, Marissa Taylor A/B Honor Roll (80+) Jovany Albarran Palacias, Noah Atkins, Josslyn Ballard, Kallie Bass, Tucker Bordeaux, Danny Chavez-Ortiz, Jack Combs, Laura Garcia-Martinez, Kara Guase, Jonathan Guijosa-Santiago, Dallin Johnson, Chason Harris, Addison King, QuinAsia Lee, Kylie Long, Valeria Lopez-Martinez, Lamaiya Morgan, Luke Pait, Georgia Pait, Jackson Pait, Alissa Pusey, Haleigh Seabolt, Leigha Sellers, Hailey Strange, Gracie Todd 6th …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER URGES HOUSE LEADERSHIP TO PROTECT ‘PARSONAGE ALLOWANCE’

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is urging House Republicans to take “any necessary legislative actions” to protect the 64-year-old “parsonage allowance” which helps pastors serve our communities.   In today’s letter to House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (TX-08) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (VA-06), Congressman Pittenger highlights a 2017 federal court ruling against the longstanding parsonage allowance:   “Recently, an atheist-led group sued the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to eliminate a 64-year-old tax provision, the Parsonage allowance.  As you may know, the Parsonage allowance is a tax-exempt housing allowance under section 107 of the Internal Revenue Code for which clergy, and other religious leaders are …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The Bladen County Educational Foundation is sponsoring their annual Jail-A-Thon today.  You may be arrested and held ’til you pay your fine.  It’s a annual event and proceeds benefit our Bladen County students and teachers. The 29th annual Bladen We Care’s Gala/Dance will be held tomorrow (Friday) at The Venue, White Lake from 7-11 PM presented by Smithfield Foods.  Blackwater Ryhthm & Blues Band will provide the music.  Tickets are available, $50 each. Call 910-874-4001, 910-874-2008 or 910-862-8423, Ext. 250.  Proceeds benefit Bladen’s residents falling thru the cracks in our healthcare system. Saturday, friends of Alvin Butler are sponsoring a BBQ fundraiser at Center Roads Baptist Church, near West Bladen High School. the actual location is 2484 Center …..

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Baseball: Wallace-Rose Hill 6, West Bladen 4

DUBLIN – Wallace-Rose Hill built a 5-0 lead then withstood a late West Bladen rally to claim a 6-4 non-conference baseball victory Wednesday night. The Bulldogs bunched 3 hits and a hit batsman to scored 3 first-inning runs. Trey Parker’s run-scoring double capped the rally. A 2-out error and Ethan Faircloth’s run-scoring triple stretched the lead to 4-0 in the second. An error and Faircloth’s 2-out single padded the Wallace lead to 5-0 in the fourth. The West Bladen offense broke through in the home fifth. Junior Dalton Pait led off with a single, and senior Kaleb Heup raked a single to leftfield. Sophmore Dawson Bryan laced a single to …..

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Softball: Wallace-Rose Hill 19, West Bladen 7

DUBLIN – Wallace-Rose Hill defeated West Bladen 19-7 Wednesday night in non-conference softball action. The Lady Knights scored a trio of first-inning runs. Senior Abby Dawson swatted a single to right-centerfield, and sophmore Kyla Reed slammed a double to left-centerfield. Sophmore Alara Cashwell lifted a sacrifice fly to rightfield that plated Abby Dawson. Reed darted home on junior Carley Dawson’s infield hit. Senior Madison Collins yanked a single to leftfield, and Carley Dawson scooted home on a wild pitch. Senior Alise Pait pulled a single down the leftfield line to begin the Lady Knight second inning. Reed walked, and Cashwell hammered a double to left-centerfield that scored Pait and Reed. …..

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This Day in History for April 19

1775 – American Revolution begins – Lexington Common, shot “heard round the world” 1861 – Lincoln orders blockade of Confederate ports (Civil War) 1892 – Charles Duryea takes the 1st American-made automotive for a test drive. 1897 – 1st Boston Marathon won by John J. McDermott in 2:55:10. Becomes the world’s oldest annual marathon. 1919 – Leslie Irvin of US makes first premeditated free-fall parachute jump. 1924 – “National Barn Dance” premieres on WLS Chicago. 1932 – President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week. 1934 – Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, “Stand Up & Cheer” 1945 – Rodgers & Hammerstein musical “Carousel” opens on Broadway. 1945 – …..

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Bladenboro Fire Victim identified

By Erin Smith The victim of a fatal fire that occurred at 740 Zion Hill Church Road in Bladenboro has been identified. Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark, identified the victim as Richard Collins, age 60.  Clark said three individuals who were also inside the home at the time of the fire were transported to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare where they were treated and released. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, said Clark. Related article: Bladenboro fire claims life of one Share:

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