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Tory Hole Park, period

In what seemed to be an out-of-the-blue decision, Elizabethtown’s Town Council voted recently to rename Tory Hole Park, taking many — including the members of the Bladen County Historical Society — by complete surprise.The ripple effects of that decision came quickly, and they were not of the positive reinforcement variety.Mayor Sylvia Campbell and the town councilmen were honestly trying to do something nice to honor Carl S. McCulloch, a man who served...

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West fans should fill the stands

It’s a real shame what happened during the recent high-school football game between West Bladen and Rocky Point Trask, when a total of seven players were ejected for fighting.The grapevine has it that the “fight” was hardly more than some pushing and shoving, which can be seen during almost any football game at any level. But the fact that this incident escalated to cause seven players to be ejected — subsequently not be able to play in the next game AND cau...

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Viewing political corruption more broadly

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ view...

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NCBA calling for eyeglasses

The North Carolina Bankers Association has partnered with Lions Club International’s recycle for sight initiative for its fall outreach program. As one of the major undertakings of the Lions Club, recycle for sight aims to prevent avoidable blindness on a global scale and works to restore the sight of millions of people through sight screening, eyeglass recycling, vaccinations and more.

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Cancer awareness

The Bladen Journal did not published in pink, as others may have recently, but there has plenty of pink elsewhere during this month, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we didn’t want it to slip away without an important reminder — one that is hopeful.Breast cancer is no longer the killer that it once was, and early detection gives physicians an upper hand in the battle.

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Death being exaggerated

Forgive us if we’re not willing to write an obituary for newspapers — and will even challenge those who would espouse the idea.Pundits and skeptics use clever connotations such as dinosaurs facing extinction.It’s the same tired banter that was used when radio first came into existence and many thought signaled the end of the printed word. It’s the same pablum dished up when television was king and challenged newspapers with live action and immedia...

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North Carolina’s last liberal

What was the greatest political upset in North Carolina political history?Old timers will tell you that it was Kerr Scott’s victory in the Democratic primary for governor in 1948. Scott, a dairy farmer from Alamance County, beat the favored candidate of the conservative wing of the party.Once in office, he adopted a liberal program of road paving, public school improvement, and expansion of government services. Hard-working and hardheaded, plain and direct spoken, ...

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Join the annual Walk for Memory

Alzheimer’s is a growing epidemic and is the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death. In the United States, more than 5 million people are living with the disease. As the Baby Boomers age, those numbers will rise dramatically and by 2050, up to 16 million people will have Alzheimer’s.In 2013, due to the combined efforts of the local businesses, long term care communities and dedicated individuals in our county, we raised more than $10,000 in Robeson County to fight ...

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Coming to terms with The Trash Bag

I was doing my regular morning routine, on an ordinary morning, when I decided to clean out the corner behind the bar in my laundry room. I moved the laundry basket sitting on the floor and my heart suddenly felt as if it was going to fall out of my chest.There, lying on the floor, was the all too familiar white trash bag, forgotten, tied securely and placed safely out of sight at the back of the bar. I didn’t have to touch it or even open it up to know exactly what it was. T...

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Coming soon

As you read this, assuming today is Friday, there are 25 days until Nov. 4 — the day voters will trek to the polls to decided a number of important items in the General Election.There are few things that inject more dishonesty into a political conversation than election laws.So let’s begin with this stipulation: It is possible for two things to exist at once: Republicans can push laws that make it more difficult for certain groups — those who historical...

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Mountain music: Where it came from, where it’s going

As the International Bluegrass Music Association’s five-day “World of Bluegrass Festival” wound down in Raleigh a few days ago, some people were still asking where did bluegrass music come from, anyway?North Carolinians have a quick and certain answer: It came out of the hills and hollows of our Appalachian region.And where did that mountain music come from?We know that much of the music of the Appalachians is, like its residents, descended f...

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Answers needed

Brenda Liles deserves answers. And it’s up to officials within the North Carolina Department of Public Safety to provide them. The question is will they?Liles’ brother, Anthony Michael Kerr, 53, an inmate at Alexander Correctional Institution in Taylorsville, died of thirst March 12, according to autopsy results. He was found unresponsive in the back of a van during a March 12 transfer from Alexander to a mental hospital at Central Prison in Raleigh, a nearly three-hour...

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Trial was the real tragedy

Former Robeson County District Attorney Joe Freeman Britt always seemed proud of his Guinness Book of World Records’ morbid moniker “deadliest prosecutor.” Despite the exoneration of Henry McCollum and Leon Brown — two African American men Britt sentenced to death in 1984 — Britt remained unapologetic for this horrible miscarriage of justice. Still defending the three-decade-plus incarceration of two innocent men, Britt said of their release: “It’s a ...

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November elections won’t resolve much

Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about.The Congress that just recessed until after the elections makes the 80th — the one that Harry Truman blasted as “do-nothing” — look like a paragon of productivity. This year’s members did manage to avoid a shutdown, but that’s about all. Congressional leaders spent the better par...

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Eagles, Knights deserve our support

If Bladen County can’t get excited about our high-school varsity football teams this season, then will they ever?Both the Eagles and Knights are sitting at 4-1 overall and 1-0 in their conference. Both losses came against incredibly tough opponents, and only after our boys put up a tremendous battle.On Friday, East Bladen and West Bladen are at home, and each are playing top-notch teams from the conference — a good opportunity for Bladen County to turn out in...

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