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Local students take part in state’s Troopers Program

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ELIZABETHTOWN — Two Bladen County students recently attended a program sponsored by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Troopers.Elizabethtown American Legion Post 404 sponsored the students — Geomae Peterson and Brittany Lewis.The program is designed for young students in high school and gives them insight into the training for state troopers. It is a week long program during which the students take part in physical training, classroom work, and recreation as well as riding in a patrol car. Students get to stay in the North Carolina State Troopers Training Center Dorms.


Harmony Hall to host big events

WHITE OAK — Big plans are on the horizon at Harmony Hall Plantation Village in White Oak.On Sunday, the Revolutoinary War-era site will host a full schedule of activities between 2 and 4 p.m. — including a Revolutionary period doll-making disploay by Judy Elkins and a Colonial Formal Tea. The Tea will have a cost of $2.50 per person and needs reservations made at 910-770-3132.There will also be iron-pot cooking on the grounds with Tony Parnell, hatchet throwi...

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School District to host parents meeting

ELIZABETHTOWN — Parents, do you want to know more about the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in children and how early intervention can help? Did you know that your high school student can enroll in college courses from ECU, UNC-G, and BCC to earn college credit while in high school?Plan to join us Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education (across from Elizabethtown Middle School) for information about these programs available to Bladen C...

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Lady Knights handed first tennis defeat

CLINTON — The Lady Knights of West Bladen were battered from the ranks of the unbeaten on Tuesday by a tough Clinton team, which took an 8-1 verdict in the Four County Conference showdown.The loss dropped West Bladen to 8-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference.The Lady Knights’ lone bright spot came from the No. 6 singles slot, where Sydney Jackson continued her winning ways with a straight-sets 6-2, 6-2 victory.Whitney Nye turned in a strong performa...

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New fees for poultry farmers

RALEIGH – North Carolina poultry growers who want to join the National Poultry Improvement Plan and receive a registration number will have to pay a $50 registration fee plus 10 cents per bird tested beginning Oct. 1.Growers with an existing registration number will need to pay a $10 annual recertification fee and pay 10 cents per bird tested to maintain their status. The fees were set by the General Assembly this summer to help cover costs incurred by the N.C. Department of ...

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Commissioners make advisory board appointments

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners took up a light agenda on Monday, one that included a flurry of advisory board appointments.

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Contingency plans should be at the ready

I’ve never taken the opportunity to say that I really like the new Bladen Journal. If we’re not getting more news, it certainly appears so if ...

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Eagles get ‘W’ in OT, 4-2

BURGAW — East Bladen scored a goal in each of the overtime periods on Monday to hand Pender County a 4-2 Four County Conference loss.After the Patriots scored to take a 1-0 lead, the Eagles knotted the match on a goal by Brooks McGill midway into the first quarter.But Pender County answered with a rebound goal to the top of the net for a 2-1 edge — until Colby Hester took a pass from Jake Mazur and rocketed a shot to the back of the net late in the second hal...

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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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Domestic violence a common occurrence

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...

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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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