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Thorough investigation is necessary

On Jan. 31, Donte Jones, age 16, was arrested, charged and housed in the Bladen County jail amongst the adult population. He was charged with attempted mu...

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Count your blessing every day

The average American is happy to have a paying job with the opportunity to make a little more money. Most Americans would like to work a few extra hours when they could. However, many Americans dream of retiring to fish, golf, garden, or relax. Others enjoy working so much that they never quit.It all depends on the kind of work you do. If you are a coal miner, then retirement at 55 looks great. If the daily manual labor is not too overtaxing then many enjoy staying on the job.

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Have you ever been photobombed?

Have you ever thought about bombs? Up until a few weeks ago, I’d not really given much thought about them. But one day recently that all changed and I began researching different types of bombs. In my research I learned that there are pipe bombs, smoke bombs, stink bombs, suitcase bombs, cluster bombs, atomic bombs, dirty bombs, hydrogen bombs, and nuclear bombs. You can be sure that there are many more different types of bombs than what I’ve listed.However, for this we...

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We wanted to be sure and take the time to send out most sincere congratulations to the town of Elizabethtown for the wonderful weekend of events recently.We traveled from Richmond, Va., to Elizabethtown for the Battle of Elizabethtown re-enactment, and thoroughly enjoyed everything we saw. We are surprised this was only the third year, since it all seemed so organized and there was so much to see.Since we live in Richmond, Va., we are quite used to Civil War re-enactment...

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Positive numbers

While enrollment in area community colleges appears to be lagging, the same isn’t true for Bladen Community College, where numbers are looking strong and could even surpass last fall’s record-breaking figure.While there might be a number of reasons for the positive numbers, it all really boils down to one specific factor, according to BCC President William Findt — a grassroots recruitment effort by BCC’s faculty and staff.

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A non-lawyer on the Supreme Court?

President Obama plans to appoint National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg to the United States Supreme Court.Not really, of course.Totenberg may know more than most lawyers about the Supreme Court from her experience as an award-winning legal affairs correspondent for NPR.But she is not a lawyer, and you have to be a lawyer to be on the court.Don’t you?No. The Constitution sets forth no such requirement. Article Two provides sim...

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Thank you to Brian Campbell

On behalf of all veterans, I would like to express my appreciation to Mr. Brian Campbell, Cape Fear Transport, for displaying the military emblems on his ...

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God’s got you covered

Don’t you just love it, love it, LOVE IT when God ‘shows off’ his ability to provide for your needs? I know I do.Come to think about it, God’s not ‘showing off’. He’s simply being the Father He’s promised to be to those who belong to His Family. And one of those promises is to meet the needs of His sons and daughters.“My God will use his wonderful riches in Christ Jesus to give you everything you need. Glory to our Go...

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Content with loss of freedom

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems most Americans are fairly content with the progressive losing of their freedom.Freedom is rapidly being replaced by control-freak government without any opposition. Apparently natural-born citizens no longer cherish their personal freedom. They could care less, so our politicians and elected officials are at liberty without check to prostitute themselves out to liberals and communists.The constitutional amendment to bar same-sex mar...

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Why open government really matters

One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that Al Qaeda posed, but because the agencies charged with our safety did not share what they knew, either up and down the chain of command or with each other.The attacks were preventable with shared information.

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Blowing smoke

The star witness in the prosecution of the athletics programs at the University of North Carolina is in fact guilty of a literary offense she accused some Tar Heel athletes of — plagiarism.It turns out that Mary Willingham, the whistleblower who rebooted the case against UNC with some incredible allegations, used other people’s words without proper citations when writing her thesis, titled Academics & Athletics — A Clash of Cultures: Division I Football Programs,&...

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Thanks for weekend success

A patriotic and strong thank-you to all who participated in the Battle of Elizabethtown weekend.From the Friday night dance and music concert by High Tower Band to the height of the battle to the last load of equipment and trash that was hauled out of Tory Hole Battlefield Park on Monday morning, it was a total success. Best estimates of all participation is 1,200 people and the media was great in publishing articles and announcements to get people involved.

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Worthwhile discussion

Life brings with it a roller-coaster ride of emotions. It is expected there are times when we will be happy or sad, angry or giddy, worried or carefree.There will even be times we feel down.Imagine being unable to shake that feeling of despair and hopelessness.For someone suffering from depression — and one in every six people will at some point — that veil of darkness can last days or weeks. It can be so consuming as to affect daily activities suc...

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Remembering the Negro Leagues

“He is number 42,” I said.On a baseball outing with my daughter’s family the other night, I was trying to find the name of a player on the Durham Bulls baseball team while the Bulls were playing a doubleheader against the Buffalo Bison.The player list in the game program did not show a number 42. Then I noticed another player wearing number 42, and then another. Every player was wearing number 42.Why?I should have remembered “...

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Is economy inherently recession prone?

Most of us focus on decisions affecting our daily lives – earning an income, spending, investing and looking ahead to our retirement. If we have some time left over, we try to have fun! Businesses face similar choices about production, advertising, workers and pricing. Even public institutions like schools, parks and transit systems have to make a wide range of management selections.Economists call these types of choices microeconomic decisions because they deal with individu...

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