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Women’s Equality: Lagging overall, but improving

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ELIZABETHTOWN — In the 94 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment in August 1920, which gave women the right to vote and became known as women’s suffrage, the United States has made leaps and bounds in the area of women’s right. Yet the country still ranks No. 23 in the world when it comes to the specific global gender gap index.And in North Carolina, the state ranks No. 22 overall in the country when gauging specific guidelines.

 

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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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Killingsworth sentencing postponed to Sept. 8

ELIZABETHTOWN — The sentencing hearing for former Bladen County Schools Superintendent Gregory Killingsworth was postponed until Monday, Sept. 8.The hearing was originally scheduled for Monday, Aug. 25.Killingsworth pleaded guilty to a felony count of obtaining property by false pretense earlier this month in Bladen County Superior Court Criminal Division.Killingsworth abruptly resigned from his position as superintendent after a contentious board of edu...

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Lady Knights sweep West Columbus

CERRO GORDO — Morgan Sweeney fired in eight service winners, seven of which were aces, and the Lady Knights of West Bladen swept West Columbus in a non-conference volleyball match on Monday by the scores of 25-9, 25-16 and 25-10.In addition to Sweeney, the trio of Kathryn Schultz, Krisna Ransom and Breanna Jackson combined for 25 service points and 10 aces against the Lady Vikings. Jackson accounted for six aces, while Ransom added nine kills to lead West Bladen.Ot...

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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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EYEBROW: BLADEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE Lt. Col. Taylor to keynote Fall Convocation

DUBLIN — Lt. Col. Vivian Taylor will be the keynote speaker at Bladen Community College’s Fall Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m. This marks the 47th year since Bladen Community College was officially established.A native of West Point, Miss., Taylor was raised in a large family-centered home that inspired her to strive for success. She realized early in life that a higher education was a necessity and that funding that education would be an important requirem...

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Shooting sends one to hospital; suspects flee

BLADENBORO — A shooting early Sunday morning on Twisted Hickey Road in Bladenboro sent one man to Bladen County Hospital and have deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office looking for the trigger men.According to Chief Deputy Rodney Hester, the shooting took place shortly after 4 a.m.“Witnesses stated that a vehicle with several subjects inside … pulled into the back yard … and began shooting,” Hester said. “After several ...

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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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Knights runs over South Rob, 42-8

ROWLAND — West Bladen traveled to South Robeson for their season-opener, and pasted the Mustangs 42-8 in a game that featured 382 yards rushing from the Knights, a swarming disruptive defense by West Bladen and a running clock that did little to soothe the sting for the Mustangs.The Knights’ defense recovered three South Robeson fumbles and blocked a punt to establish control, while the West Bladen stable to running backs put together a memorable evening.Afte...

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Hardee, Reynolds

Mr. and Mrs. James Daryl Hardee of White Lake announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jessica Blair to Ryan Christopher Reynolds, son of Peter and Cindy Reynolds of Raleigh.The bride-elect graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and has been employed by Duke Hospital as a pediatric cardiac intensive care nurse. She recently completed her master’s degree in nurse anesthesia from the Ra...

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New digital press creating a buzz

ELIZABETHTOWN — There’s some excitement brewing at Bladen Office Supply these days in the form of a new digital printing press.Manager Trey Melvin said the machine is a Canon Image Press 6011, which retails for about $75,000, but the store opted to lease the press, instead of purchasing it.“Everything is moving in the digital direction,” said Melvin of the decision to lease the press.He said the store would still use the off-set presses...

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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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Sheriff Prentis Benston of Bladen County offers some safety tips for those youngsters who will be walking back and forth to school this year....

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Pizza Hut to reopen this week

ELIZABETHTOWN — The list of pizza venues in Bladen County was shrunk by one recently, but it is expected to be a temporary disapearance.Folks around Elizabethtown have been noticing that the Pizza Hut location on West Broad Street appears to be closed. And they are right.According to information learned by the Bladen Journal, the closing is only temporary. The Journal was told that the store’s air-conditioning unit malfunctioned recently, resulting in the nee...

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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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Partnership offering $50,000 prize for innovation

RALEIGH — The Institute for Emerging Issues and the State Employees’ Credit Union are partnering to offer innovative college and graduate students prizes up to $50,000.The 2015 SECU Emerging Issues Prize for Innovation rewards student teams that channel their creativity and talent to address critical issues affecting North Carolina’s future economic competitiveness and well-being.The prize encourages teams of students – undergraduates and graduate...

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