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Finale: Good things happening in the schools

ELIZABETHTOWN – We've come to the last article in our five-part series about good things happening in all our schools. The key message has been that on any given day you can find many good things happening in any of our schools. Schools are places of a positive school climate and effective student achievement. Indicators of such are evidenced

WHITEVILLE — The newly renovated branch of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville will be unveiled to the public on Saturday, Feb. 28.
The dynamic indoor-outdoor nature and science learning center has been repurposed to feature new exhibits, an investigate lab, nature exploration center, an outdoor nature play space, and

N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville set to open Feb. 28

WHITEVILLE — The newly renovated branch of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville will be unveiled to the public on Saturday, Feb. 28. The dynamic indoor-outdoor nature and science learning center has been repurposed to feature new exhibits, an investigate lab, nature exploration center, an outdoor nature play space, and

Goodman seeking to pull Democrats back to Main Street

RALEIGH — As the General Assembly convenes today, State Rep. Ken Goodman will lead a dozen moderate Democrats in a new legislative caucus to push for pro-business policies and woo independent voters in swing districts. Goodman is unveiling the N.C. Main Street Democratic Caucus, a group of self-described centrists who hope to change the poli

LAURINBURG — Scotland County's board of public health is in search of a new health director following David Jenkins' resignation this week.
Jenkins will leave his post on Feb. 27 for the health director's position in Carteret County's combined human services agency. He has been director of the Scotland County Health Department since August 2

County health director resigns

LAURINBURG — Scotland County's board of public health is in search of a new health director following David Jenkins' resignation this week. Jenkins will leave his post on Feb. 27 for the health director's position in Carteret County's combined human services agency. He has been director of the Scotland County Health Department since August 2

HAMLET — Bill Council, Richmond Community College's dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability, will be calling it a career at the end of January after 12 years at the college.
Prior to coming to RCC, Council, a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, served more than 20 years as an officer in the United States Army, ret

RCC's Bill Council announces retirement

HAMLET — Bill Council, Richmond Community College's dean of Institutional Effectiveness and Accountability, will be calling it a career at the end of January after 12 years at the college. Prior to coming to RCC, Council, a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, served more than 20 years as an officer in the United States Army, ret

NC jobless rate down for 4th straight month

RALEIGH — North Carolina's jobless rate dropped for the fourth straight month, falling to 5.5 percent in December when the state was one of the top four in the number of people joining the workforce. The revised rate for November was 5.9 percent, up slightly from the 5.8 percent originally reported. The rate, which was 6.9 percent in Decembe

LUMBERTON — Lumberton police have released surveillance images of a man who robbed a Comfort Suites employee in December.
According to a statement from police Capt. Terry Parker, the robber is described as a black male with a goatee and short hair. He is approximately 30 to 40 years old, 6 feet tall and weighs about 250 pounds.
He was seein

Police release images of man who robbed hotel

LUMBERTON — Lumberton police have released surveillance images of a man who robbed a Comfort Suites employee in December. According to a statement from police Capt. Terry Parker, the robber is described as a black male with a goatee and short hair. He is approximately 30 to 40 years old, 6 feet tall and weighs about 250 pounds. He was seein

Elizabethtown Primary releases honor roll

Elizabethtown Primary School recently released its second nine-week list of honor students. Third Grade — Superintendent's List: Bryan Barnes — “A” Honor Roll: Marcellious Joseph, Celexia Miminger, Aldo Monroy, Octavio Morales, Dyiamon Robinson, Dmauriee Rodgers, Emma McDuffie — “A/B” Honor Roll: Linwoo

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners interviewed representatives of two companies Tuesday afternoon and voted 6-3 to award the the duties of managing the construction of the proposed new Bladen County Jail and law enforcement center to the Bordeaux Construction Company/W.M. Jordan team.
Commissioners Delilah Blanks, Micha

County tabs construction manager

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners interviewed representatives of two companies Tuesday afternoon and voted 6-3 to award the the duties of managing the construction of the proposed new Bladen County Jail and law enforcement center to the Bordeaux Construction Company/W.M. Jordan team. Commissioners Delilah Blanks, Micha

ELIZABETHTOWN — The members of the Elizabethtown Fire Department, along with representatives of fire departments across Bladen County, gathered in the Council Chamber in the Elizabethtown Municipal Building to fete Chief Byron Graham with a retirement party on Wednesday.
Graham's official last day on duty will be Friday.
In front of the Eli

Friends gather to pay tribute to Graham

ELIZABETHTOWN — The members of the Elizabethtown Fire Department, along with representatives of fire departments across Bladen County, gathered in the Council Chamber in the Elizabethtown Municipal Building to fete Chief Byron Graham with a retirement party on Wednesday. Graham's official last day on duty will be Friday. In front of the Eli

Boil-water advisory remains in effect

LAURINBURG — A boil-water advisory remains in effect for residents in the Johns Station and Stewartsville communities after service was restored Tuesday afternoon to about 200 homes and businesses in the southeastern section of Scotland County, following the rupture of a 12-inch feeder main Monday. Stressing the need to boil water until test

Suggs shines in Lady Eagles' win

ELIZABETHTOWN — It's rare when a single player outscores an entire team, but on Tuesday against the Lady Dark Horses of Clinton, East Bladen's Lacey Suggs did just that — putting 29 points into the scorebook to lead the Lady Eagles past visiting Clinton 62-21 in a Four County Conference clash. The win keeps East Bladen's record perfect

LUMBERTON — Downtown Lumberton will soon be home to an employment service and training center, a new cafe and a fitness center.
The businesses, slated to open in March, were announced Tuesday night at a meeting of Rediscover Downtown Lumberton. Those in attendance were excited about the new developments, saying the businesses will bring more

Lumberton gets 3-business boost

LUMBERTON — Downtown Lumberton will soon be home to an employment service and training center, a new cafe and a fitness center. The businesses, slated to open in March, were announced Tuesday night at a meeting of Rediscover Downtown Lumberton. Those in attendance were excited about the new developments, saying the businesses will bring more

ROCKINGHAM — Before the rivalry game started, there was a logjam for first in the Southeastern Conference.
At the end of the Richmond Senior-Scotland contest, there is one for second.
Richmond entered Tuesday's clash tied for first with Hoke and Pinecrest with a 3-1 record in the SEC. Scotland was one game back at 2-2.
After Travis Miles s

Scots roll rival Richmond, 74-53

ROCKINGHAM — Before the rivalry game started, there was a logjam for first in the Southeastern Conference. At the end of the Richmond Senior-Scotland contest, there is one for second. Richmond entered Tuesday's clash tied for first with Hoke and Pinecrest with a 3-1 record in the SEC. Scotland was one game back at 2-2. After Travis Miles s

ROCKINGHAM — State Rep. Ken Goodman will lead a dozen moderate Democrats in a new legislative caucus to push for pro-business policies and woo independent voters in swing districts.
As the General Assembly convenes today, Goodman is unveiling the N.C. Main Street Democratic Caucus, a group of self-described centrists who hope to change the p

Goodman to lead new caucus

ROCKINGHAM — State Rep. Ken Goodman will lead a dozen moderate Democrats in a new legislative caucus to push for pro-business policies and woo independent voters in swing districts. As the General Assembly convenes today, Goodman is unveiling the N.C. Main Street Democratic Caucus, a group of self-described centrists who hope to change the p

Jan. 28 local sports briefs

Youth softball registration starting soon LUMBERTON — The Lumberton Softball Association will be having registration for Dixie Youth Fastpitch softball next month at Bill Sapp Recreation Center. Registration runs from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Feb. 2, 3, 5, 9, 10 and 12. Participants can also sign up from Feb. 9 until Feb. 27 from 8 a.m. until

ROCKINGHAM — The Scotland girl's basketball team has showcased moments of brilliance this season, but they've also had spurts that have left coach Janie Hodges exasperated on the sidelines.
Both were on display Tuesday night in the Lady Scots' 56-37 road victory over the Richmond Raiders.
Undefeated in Southeastern Conference play, Scotland

Lady Scots win 6th straight

ROCKINGHAM — The Scotland girl's basketball team has showcased moments of brilliance this season, but they've also had spurts that have left coach Janie Hodges exasperated on the sidelines. Both were on display Tuesday night in the Lady Scots' 56-37 road victory over the Richmond Raiders. Undefeated in Southeastern Conference play, Scotland

Tuesday's basketball scores
Boys
Lumberton 65, Purnell Swett 57
South Columbus 52, Red Springs 45
Whiteville 74, St. Pauls 47
East Columbus 65, South Robeson 64
Fairmont 76, West Columbus 58
Girls
Lumberton 63, Purnell Swett 25
Red Springs 43, South Columbus 29
Whiteville 42, St. Pauls 16
East Columbus 59, South Robeson 50
Fairmont 43,

Pirates find finishing touch

Tuesday's basketball scores Boys Lumberton 65, Purnell Swett 57 South Columbus 52, Red Springs 45 Whiteville 74, St. Pauls 47 East Columbus 65, South Robeson 64 Fairmont 76, West Columbus 58 Girls Lumberton 63, Purnell Swett 25 Red Springs 43, South Columbus 29 Whiteville 42, St. Pauls 16 East Columbus 59, South Robeson 50 Fairmont 43,

WASHINGTON – Freshman Congressman David Rouzer (North Carolina) announced recently that his staff will hold monthly office hours in all 12 counties of the 7th Congressional District.
The district includes all or parts of Bladen, Columbus, Robeson, Cumberland, Duplin, Robeson, Hoke, Johnston, Lenoir, Pender and Sampson counties.
“Const

Rouzer sets county office hours

WASHINGTON – Freshman Congressman David Rouzer (North Carolina) announced recently that his staff will hold monthly office hours in all 12 counties of the 7th Congressional District. The district includes all or parts of Bladen, Columbus, Robeson, Cumberland, Duplin, Robeson, Hoke, Johnston, Lenoir, Pender and Sampson counties. “Const

Writer gives heartfelt thanks

I would like to say thank-you to the Bladen County EMS, Tar Heel Rescue and Bladen County Sheriff's Deputy Cpl. Daniel Clark. I have recently lost my husband and they were the most professional and courteous team. They did everything they could to help him. Afterwards, they came to me to check on my family and myself. Thank you to these brave me





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