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A jam-packed few days just ahead …

High School football this evening … West Bladen plays at North Brunswick (7 p.m.) and East Bladen travels to Clinton (7:30 p.m.)

Sidewalk Sale begins today in downtown Elizabethtown … carrying on an old tradition … savings galore.

Final hurrah for many locations at White Lake … this Labor Day weekend.

One more week of early voting for the 9th Congressional District seat. Last day of early voting is a week from today … 2 locations … at the Bladen County Board of Elections office in Elizabethtown and at Tar Heel Municipal Building. … Over 900 voters have cast their ballots as of Thursday … and President Trump is coming to Fayetteville next week to support the Republican candidate. More info later…

If you plan to visit the beach over the next few days, be aware of Hurricane Dorian … expected to make landfall on Florida’s east coast Monday night and turn up the east coast. … Rough surf and strengthening rip currents are expected beginning Saturday, continuing through next week. … Keep listening and watching for updates.

I have mentioned a few events … there are numerous others, I am sure. … Check our news, sports and events sections … heck, check every section … daily, several times a day … updating throughout every day.

Labor Day on Monday, a great time to enjoy family and friends and have a cookout … for many, just another work day…

We all know folks a ‘little under the weather’ and their caretakers. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers…

Bladen County’s unemployment holding strong at 5.4%, but up from 4.4% in April … a quick look back … 4.1% April 1997 … but still strong…

“America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels.” Claudia Pemberton

“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” Adali Stevenson

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy

“It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” Norman Schwarzkopf

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