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Curt Vincent

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About Curt Vincent

Reaching out into the communities of The Mother County, from news to sports to features to human interest items.

Latest Stories by Curt Vincent

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

Joseph Sledge is a free man. He's also in line to receive $750,000 from the state of North Carolina. After a number of years as a Fayetteville resident, a short time as an inmate at White Lake Prison Camp and 37 years as a prisoner of the state at Pamlico Correctional Institute, Sledge will now integrate himself back into society in Savannah, Ga.,

Sledge moves on

Joseph Sledge is a free man. He's also in line to receive $750,000 from the state of North Carolina. After a number of years as a Fayetteville resident, a short time as an inmate at White Lake Prison Camp and 37 years as a prisoner of the state at Pamlico Correctional Institute, Sledge will now integrate himself back into society in Savannah, Ga.,

DUBLIN — West Bladen coach Pam Stephens knew Wallace-Rose Hill would be dangerous. She also knew her Lady Knights couldn't afford any let-downs.
What she didn't know was that her girls would bury a trio of buzzer-beaters through the course of the game — the biggest one coming off the fingertips of Laikyn Pait at the end of the game tha

Pait's buzzer-beater nips WRH, 42-41

DUBLIN — West Bladen coach Pam Stephens knew Wallace-Rose Hill would be dangerous. She also knew her Lady Knights couldn't afford any let-downs. What she didn't know was that her girls would bury a trio of buzzer-beaters through the course of the game — the biggest one coming off the fingertips of Laikyn Pait at the end of the game tha

Purdie's threes highlight Knights' win

DUBLIN — Rahu Purdie drained six three-pointers, the Knights buried 13 of 18 free throws and the West Bladen bench provided some key minutes on Saturday en route to a 59-52 win over visiting Wallace-Rose Hill in a Four County Conference match-up. The win improves the Knights to 13-3 overall and 5-3 in the conference. The two teams went at e

WHITEVILLE — Nearly four decades in state prison has come to an end for Joseph Sledge.
On Friday, a three-judge panel met at the Columbus County Courthouse and decided that new evidence in the double-murder case against Sledge sufficiently pointed to his innocence. He was convicted in the 1976 stabbing deaths of Elizabethtown residents Josep

Judges reverse Sledge's murder convictions

WHITEVILLE — Nearly four decades in state prison has come to an end for Joseph Sledge. On Friday, a three-judge panel met at the Columbus County Courthouse and decided that new evidence in the double-murder case against Sledge sufficiently pointed to his innocence. He was convicted in the 1976 stabbing deaths of Elizabethtown residents Josep

BLADENBORO — The Bladen County Sheriff's Office teamed up with North Carolina Probation on a search at a residence on Holly Britt Court in Bladenboro after receiving numerous complaints about drug activity.
According to Chief Deputy Larry Guyton, investigators from the two law enforcement agencies made their search of the residence on Thursd

Investigators make drug arrest in Bladenboro

BLADENBORO — The Bladen County Sheriff's Office teamed up with North Carolina Probation on a search at a residence on Holly Britt Court in Bladenboro after receiving numerous complaints about drug activity. According to Chief Deputy Larry Guyton, investigators from the two law enforcement agencies made their search of the residence on Thursd

ROSE HILL — The Knights of West Bladen won every quarter Friday against Union, including a huge third quarter, to run away with a 69-36 Four County Conference win.
West Bladen opened the game with a 14-8 first quarter, then got three-pointers from Malcolm Vaught and Justin Ruffin in the second quarter to outscore the Spartans by an 18-10 mar

Knights, Eagles earn wins

ROSE HILL — The Knights of West Bladen won every quarter Friday against Union, including a huge third quarter, to run away with a 69-36 Four County Conference win. West Bladen opened the game with a 14-8 first quarter, then got three-pointers from Malcolm Vaught and Justin Ruffin in the second quarter to outscore the Spartans by an 18-10 mar

ELIZABETHTOWN —For 50 years, Dennis Hawes' scissors have clacked around the heads of countless patrons at Bridgers Barber Shop in downtown Elizabethtown.
Hawes, 70, has been quite a fixture at Bridgers' Barber Shop — working around the same chair, in the front window overlooking South Poplar Street. He is humble and wasn't sure what al

Hawes knows the local heads well

ELIZABETHTOWN —For 50 years, Dennis Hawes' scissors have clacked around the heads of countless patrons at Bridgers Barber Shop in downtown Elizabethtown. Hawes, 70, has been quite a fixture at Bridgers' Barber Shop — working around the same chair, in the front window overlooking South Poplar Street. He is humble and wasn't sure what al

DUNN — East Bladen's Lacey Suggs fell a basket short from beating Midway all by herself on Friday. Instead, her 32 points led the Lady Eagles to a 62-33 win over the Lady Raiders in Four County Conference action.
As has been the case for East Bladen, the defense was front and center right from the opening tip-off, as the Lady Eagles held Mid

Lady Eagles, Lady Knights win

DUNN — East Bladen's Lacey Suggs fell a basket short from beating Midway all by herself on Friday. Instead, her 32 points led the Lady Eagles to a 62-33 win over the Lady Raiders in Four County Conference action. As has been the case for East Bladen, the defense was front and center right from the opening tip-off, as the Lady Eagles held Mid

Knights claim win over East Bladen

ELIZABETHTOWN — The visiting Knights of West Bladen got all it could handle from the Eagles of East Bladen in a Four County Conference tilt on Wednesday. But in the end, the Knights had too much and took a hard-fought 57-47 win. West Bladen improves to 12-3 overall and evens its record at 3-3 in the conference; East Bladen falls to 8-8 overa

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Animal Shelter saw 393 cats and 849 dogs adopted to new homes in 2013, according to the most recent Public Animal Shelter Report.
Shelter Manager Karen Suggs said the shelter does not require spaying and neutering of animals before they are adopted, instead leaving it up to the new owner to decide. However,

Shelter sees good report for 2013

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Animal Shelter saw 393 cats and 849 dogs adopted to new homes in 2013, according to the most recent Public Animal Shelter Report. Shelter Manager Karen Suggs said the shelter does not require spaying and neutering of animals before they are adopted, instead leaving it up to the new owner to decide. However,

Lady Eagles rout West Bladen

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Lady Eagles and Lady Knights played a ragged first half Wednesday, but East Bladen's ragged was a lot better than West Bladen's. The Lady Knights went the final 24-plus minutes of the game without scoring and lost the Four County Conference matchup, 52-5. East Bladen remained perfect on the season, improving to 17-0 overa

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen senior Farrell Murchison got the whipped cream on top of his football sundae Tuesday when he was voted by coaches in the Four County Conference as the player of the year. Eagles head coach Robby Priest was also tabbed the conference's coach of the year — giving East Bladen a sweep of the top two awards.
For

Murchison, Priest grab conference's top honors

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen senior Farrell Murchison got the whipped cream on top of his football sundae Tuesday when he was voted by coaches in the Four County Conference as the player of the year. Eagles head coach Robby Priest was also tabbed the conference's coach of the year — giving East Bladen a sweep of the top two awards. For

Eagles get non-conference win

ROSE HILL — East Bladen used a second-quarter gem at both ends of the court to help knock off Topsail on Monday in a non-conference game, 66-53. The win improved the Eagles to 8-7, while Topsail fell to 6-9. The Pirates came out on fire and opened the game with a trio of three-pointers to race out to 5-0 and 9-2 leads before finishing the f

KURE BEACH — Amid guns reporting, cannons booming and the occasional famous Rebel yell, re-enactors brought the Civil War battle at Fort Fisher to life on Saturday and Sunday, 150 years after one of the last confrontations between the Federals and Confederates.
On a sun soaked Saturday and again on a wet Sunday, the battle was recreated in f

Battle at the beach

KURE BEACH — Amid guns reporting, cannons booming and the occasional famous Rebel yell, re-enactors brought the Civil War battle at Fort Fisher to life on Saturday and Sunday, 150 years after one of the last confrontations between the Federals and Confederates. On a sun soaked Saturday and again on a wet Sunday, the battle was recreated in f

DUBLIN — The Lady Knights climbed out of a deep hole late in the game to nip visiting Midway, 54-42, in Four County Conference action on Friday.
The win improves West Bladen to 7-7 overall and 4-1 in the conference, while the Lady Raiders fall to 7-7, 3-3.
Midway raced out to an 11-7 lead in the first quarter, but a bucket by Kassidy Anders

Lady Knights, Lady Eagles get a 'W'

DUBLIN — The Lady Knights climbed out of a deep hole late in the game to nip visiting Midway, 54-42, in Four County Conference action on Friday. The win improves West Bladen to 7-7 overall and 4-1 in the conference, while the Lady Raiders fall to 7-7, 3-3. Midway raced out to an 11-7 lead in the first quarter, but a bucket by Kassidy Anders

DUBLIN — West Bladen's Knights snapped their three-game losing skein on Friday with a hard-fought 73-70 win over conference-leading Midway.
The win improved the Knights to 11-3 overall and 2-3 in the Four County Conference, while the visiting Raiders fell to 12-3, 4-2.
West Bladen opened the game with an 8-0 spurt sparked by three-pointers

Knights, Eagles get conference wins

DUBLIN — West Bladen's Knights snapped their three-game losing skein on Friday with a hard-fought 73-70 win over conference-leading Midway. The win improved the Knights to 11-3 overall and 2-3 in the Four County Conference, while the visiting Raiders fell to 12-3, 4-2. West Bladen opened the game with an 8-0 spurt sparked by three-pointers

DUBLIN — About 50 people ranging from scouts, parents, businessmen, supporters and elected officials turned out at the iconic Dublin Scout Hut at the end of Fifth Street on Friday to help re-dedicate the refurbished facility.
Built in the early 1950s, the Dublin Scout Hut became a focal point for many of Dublin's youth who went through Boy S

Brought back to life

DUBLIN — About 50 people ranging from scouts, parents, businessmen, supporters and elected officials turned out at the iconic Dublin Scout Hut at the end of Fifth Street on Friday to help re-dedicate the refurbished facility. Built in the early 1950s, the Dublin Scout Hut became a focal point for many of Dublin's youth who went through Boy S

ELIZABETHTOWN —Over the past month, the Bladen County Sheriff's Office and Elizabethtown Police Department, with some assistance from the North Carolina Probation, made several drug-related arrests.
According to Chief Deputy Larry Guyton with the Sheriff's Off, investigators with the Sheriff's Office and Elizabethtown Police made the first a

Five arrested on drug charges

ELIZABETHTOWN —Over the past month, the Bladen County Sheriff's Office and Elizabethtown Police Department, with some assistance from the North Carolina Probation, made several drug-related arrests. According to Chief Deputy Larry Guyton with the Sheriff's Off, investigators with the Sheriff's Office and Elizabethtown Police made the first a

SOUTHERN PINES — Battling wintery weather on top of a tough Pine Needles Golf Club, Cade Hancock of Elizabethtown teamed up with Ben Canady of Fayetteville to take second place of the middle-school division of last weekend's “The Donald Ross Two-Man” event sponsored by the Tar Heel Golf Foundation.
The two-day tournament, which a

Hancock teams up for second-place finish

SOUTHERN PINES — Battling wintery weather on top of a tough Pine Needles Golf Club, Cade Hancock of Elizabethtown teamed up with Ben Canady of Fayetteville to take second place of the middle-school division of last weekend's “The Donald Ross Two-Man” event sponsored by the Tar Heel Golf Foundation. The two-day tournament, which a





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