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Domestic violence a common occurrence

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Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice may be the latest celebrity face of domestic violence following the public release of video footage showing him hitting his then-fiancee in an Atlantic City elevator, knocking her unconscious. But a vast majority of domestic violence cases happen every day by men who are not famous in any way.And Bladen County isn’t immune to those cases.“Law enforcement officers see more domestic violence cases than we would like to,” said Bladen County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Rodney Hester. “A push or shove is considered an assault (and) if signs of an assault are apparent, then an arrest is made under state law.”


Seriously shortchanged

The lawyers for Henry McCollum and his half-brother Leon Brown aren’t satisfied that they have been exonerated and — after spending 30 years in prison for heinous crimes that evidence suggests they not only didn’t commit but should not have been charged with or tried for — are now free.The lawyers say they will seek a pardon of innocence from Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican whose party works hard to appear tough on crime. The pardon is potentially 1.5 million...

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For Better Living: 12 Tasty Salad Toppers

Sometimes people think green salad = lettuce = blah. Not so. The only limits to exciting salads are limits of the imagination.Begin with salad greens. Enhance the eye appeal and nutrition of a salad by adding colorful fruits and vegetables. Keep it light by limiting the amount of salad dressing to about 1 tablespoon per 1 1/2 to 2 cups of greens. Then make the flavor really POP by adding some of the following ingredients. You can either put them on top or mix them in with your sala...

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Federal grant to help conserve red-cockaded woodpeckers

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has received $1.1 million in federal funds to conserve red-cockaded woodpeckers and longleaf pine habitat in the Sandhills region. The grant came to the Wildlife Commission as part of $35 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Interior to conserve plants and animals in 20 states across the U.S., as announced yesterday by U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell.The Wildlife Commission will use its grant to acquire two lan...

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Dublin set to host the Peanut Festival

DUBLIN —Peanuts will take center stage when the 22nd annual Dublin Peanut Festival is held Saturday at Dublin Elementary School.“Our committee looks forward to seeing each and everyone of you have a great memorable day. There’s nothing like seeing old friends and making new ones. So come on out and enjoy a day full of fun,” said Bobbie Todd, one of the many organizers of the event.Todd added that no pets of any kind are allowed, but service animal...

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Bell ringing set for Wednesday

ELIZABETHTOWN — At precisely 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, towns and counties across the United States will ring bells in honor of Constitution Week. Folks in the county will also hear the peeling of the bell from the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown.The Battle of Elizabethtown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsor the local event each year, said Judy Gooden.The bell on the northeast corner of the front lawn of the courthouse will be...

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Clarkton toasts newest business

CLARKTON — A new business has opened in Clarkton on Elm Street, and a grand opening is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11.Ashley Kinlaw is the owner of Kinlaw’s Beer & Wine, LLC, located at 104 Elm St. The business is open Tuesday through Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m.“We have a great selection of craft beer, most coming from right here in North Carolina,” Kinlaw said. “We are also proudly serving Prince Johnson wines and offering free tastings dail...

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Bladenboro man charged with felony child abuse

BLADENBORO — Deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a Bladenboro man and charged him with crimes against a child.According to Chief Deputy Rodney Hester, deputies were called to Taylors Roberts Drive in Bladenboro on Sunday, Sept. 7, to investigate a possible child abuse case.“Deputies were called to Taylors Roberts Drive after the 7-year-old returned home with deep bruises to the butt(ocks) and back …” Hester said. &...

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Whiteville whips West on the pitch

DUBLIN — The Knights of West Bladen were held scoreless over the final 65 minutes of Thursday’s non-conference match against Whiteville and suffered a 6-1 loss on the pitch.The Wolfpack opened the scoring with a goal 10 minutes into the match, but West Bladen answered a few minutes later when Seth Britt took a pass from Victor Jacombe and fired in a shot to the back of the net, knotting the match at 1-1.It was all Whiteville the rest of the way.The...

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Knights pull off big comeback win

ST. PAULS — A 28-yard “Hail Mary” pass by West Bladen quarterback Colby Lewis, some of whose flight came after time had expired in Thursday’s game, was hauled in by Stefon McDonald at the 3 yard line and resulted in the game-winning score when McDonald bulled his way into the endzone.The Knights, who found themselves down 14-0 early in the game, battled back for a 27-21 non-conference win over St. Pauls.With the West Bladen defense playing without...

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Annual ‘Roger’s Wish’ kicks off today

ELIZABETHTOWN — With the approaching fall and winter months expected to be colder than the 2013-14 season, the second annual “Roger’s Wish” collection of blankets and sleeping bags couldn’t come at a better time.Roger Grunder, who was affectionately known as “Roger Dodger” by those who know him — and that was quite a few, was a homeless guy who touched the hearts of many of those he came into contact with. He was often seen riding his...

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‘Love is the final word’

This is the first year of the official Sept. 11 Museum and Memorial. Located underground, on the foundation stones of the World Trade Center Towers, it contains more than 10,000 artifacts of the day, 23,000 pictures, and an archive of more than 500 hours of video.Within the collection of artifacts and archives there is also an assembly of audio recordings; Final conversations of those in the towers as they called home, spouses, parents, partners, friends, and left voice mails. Rabb...

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Baltimore bully

OK, in the domestic violence case surrounding Ray Rice, all of the assumptions were correct. Thanks to a graphic video released on Monday, the world saw the former Baltimore Ravens running back slug his then-fiancee and drag the unconscious woman out of an Atlantic City, N.J., elevator.But as they say, hindsight is 20-20, so let’s not suddenly rise up and start pointing fingers at who got what wrong. The fact of the matter is this: Everyone got everything wrong.Nob...

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Sun Valley nips East Bladen

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen couldn’t overcome first-half fumblitis, a huge Sun Valley line and a poor spot on a crucial fourth-down play late in the game Thursday, and lost the non-conference game by a 26-20 verdict.The loss drops the Eagles to 2-1, while the Spartans improved to 2-2.The game Thursday was moved from the usual Friday night time slot because of the threat of severe weather. Most games throughout the region were also moved.East Bladen...

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Student’s death being investigated by SBI

BLADENBORO — The death of a 17-year-old West Bladen High student on Aug. 29 is being investigated jointly by the Bladenboro Police Department and State Bureau of Investigation.“I can’t really say anything, but it’s an ongoing investigation,” said Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt. “We are awaiting the final results of the autopsy and, when they are made available, the information will be turned over to District Attorney Jon David’s office....

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Cry Out America event draws a crowd on Thursday

ELIZABETHTOWN — Despite warm temperatures, a cool breeze punctuated the afternoon Thursday during the annual Cry Out America event held on the front lawn of the Bladen County Courthouse.The Rev. Larry Hayes welcomed those in attendance and Hakeen Brown sang “God Bless America.”The Rev. Rachael Mitchell asked those gathered the question, “Is America worth rebuilding?”She proclaimed Sept. 11, 2001, was “an earth-shattering day...

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Free deer-processing workshop offered

FAYETTEVILLE — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, along with the Cape Fear River Branch of Quality Deer Management Association, is hosting a “Practical Deer Processing — from Field to Freezer” workshop at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.The workshop, which is free, is scheduled for Monday, Sept. 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. Instructors from QDMA will provide step-by-step instruction...

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Knights hoping to bounce back

DUBLIN — The Knights of West Bladen were looking to bounce back on Thursday from last week’s disappointing 28-19 non-conference loss to Whiteville when they travel to take on St. Pauls in the final non-conference game of the season. The game was moved up a day because of impending storms on Friday.“Last week was a real gut-check for us,” said West Bladen head coach Russell Dove. “There are some things we really had to work on after that loss.”...

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