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Local mission team headed to Nicaragua

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On Thursday, a group of 20 individuals will travel about 1,700 miles to the city of Leon, Nicaragua, to spread the precious love of God.

 

How Scotland connected North Carolina to the modern world

Did North Carolinians have a stake in the outcome of last week’s referendum in Scotland?Maybe not the same kind of stake the residents of Scotland had, but our ties to that land are so close, so important, and so contemporary that perhaps we should have been entitled to vote on the question of its independence from the United Kingdom.New evidence of our enduring ties to Scotland comes in a few days with UNC Press’s release of “Wayfaring Strangers: The M...

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Mike Merritt ride to be held Saturday

WHITE LAKE — The eighth annual Mike Merritt Memorial Bike Ride will be held Saturday beginning at the White Lake Fire Department.Registration for the ride begins at 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Lunch will be served and door prizes awarded from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and the ride departs from the fire department at 12:45 p.m.Cost is $20 for a single rider and $25 for a double. Cost includes a meal. The meal will consist of pork barbecue and chicken and all the side...

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For Better Living: What to do if Your Freezer Stops

If you have a freezer full of food, you have made a major financial investment. If you grew the food and prepared it for freezing, you also have many hours of time invested. Considering these investments, it is important to take a few precautions to ensure against loss in case of a power or mechanical failure or other problem that may cause the freezer to stop or malfunction.

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Four County’s annual meeting to include elections

BURGAW – Four County EMC’s annual Membership Meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 6, at Pender High School, located at 5380 N.C. 53 West in Burga...

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President, Congress need to work together

In his recent speech outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the president and Congress work together.”He’s right, of course. But that’s not the half of it.We live in troubled times, and over the last decade or two our military...

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Peanut Festival a tremendous success

DUBLIN — A cool and breezy morning gave way to a pleasant, sunny afternoon for the 22nd annual Dublin Peanut Festival on Saturday.The tiny town of Dublin swelled with the arrival of hundreds of visitors from throughout the region, starting with the annual hour-long parade that lined both sides of N.C. 87 with observers.This year’s parade was marshalled by the Rev. Bruce Cannon, director of missions for the Bladen Baptist Association.“I’...

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Eagles hammer Gators, 45-0

LAKE WACCAMAW —East Bladen rebounded from a disappointing home loss to Sun Valley the week before by jumping all over East Columbus on Friday, scoring 28 first-quarter points and coasting to a 45-0 shutout non-conference win.The Eagles completed their non-conference schedule with a 3-1 mark, and will open Four County Conference play this week by hosting the Midway Raiders.East Bladen scored on its opening drive, going 52 yards in six plays. Farrell Murchison finish...

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Davis making her mark with Lady Braves

PEMBROKE — Mallory Davis, a 2014 West Bladen graduate, has made the transition from high-school volleyball to college volleyball almost seamlessly. And early in the Lady Braves’ season, she has cracked the starting lineup at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.“Mallory is starting … and is really doing well,” said Gaye Davis, Mallory’s mother and high-school coach. “… she has adjusted to college volleyball very well — s...

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East sweeps West in volleyball

DUBLIN — The East Bladen volleyball team went cross-county for a Four County Conference match against rivals West Bladsen on Thursday, and came home with a three-game sweep by the scores of 25-23, 25-17 and 25-19.The win improved the Lady Eagles to 5-5 overall and 2-5 in the conference, while the Lady Knights fells to 3-10-1 overall and 0-6 in conference.East Bladen opened a 14-10 lead in the first game before West Bladen pulled to within one at 14-13. But kills by...

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What is wrong with the world?

“Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose,” goes the French proverb credited to Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” It’s not that a society or organization cannot be transformed. But such change is often cosmetic or superficial. Reality isn’t altered at the deeper, more profound levels.Simply examine today’s news feeds. There is conflict in the Middle East; fresh bloodshed in I...

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Frightened by freedom

As Islamic State militants slaughter civilians and decapitate prisoners of war in gruesome videos posted online for the world to see, some of us are more likely to balk when fellow Americans exercise their rights in controversial ways.The 2014 State of the First Amendment survey suggests terrorism makes us less likely to defend and perhaps more likely to censor speech and expression that offends others. Nearly four in 10 Americans (38 percent) believe the First Amendment goes too f...

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Eagles look to rebound against Gators

ELIZABETHTOWN — Friday’s non-conference game between East Bladen and East Columbus pits more than simply the Eagles against the Gators. It’s also pitting boyhood friends against each other.“I used to play with and hang out with Rocky (East Columbus coach Rocky Lewis) when we were younger,” said East Bladen coach Robby Priest. “He grew up with football in his DNA just like I did — because of our fathers being coaches.”Lewis,...

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Series to mark anniversaries of hurricanes

ELIZABETHTOWN — This year marks a number of notable weather-related anniversaries for the coastal areas of North Carolina, and the Bladen Journal is looking for your memories from some of those events.Hurricane Hazel swept through 60 years ago in 1954; Hurricane Hugo pummeled the state 25 years ago in 1989; Hurricane Fran impacted the region 18 years ago in 1996; Hurricane Floyd, the costliest of all the hurricanes to hit North Carolina, devastated two-thirds of the state 15 ...

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Bladen Schools signs partnership with BCC, N.C. iRIS for N.C. New Schools program

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County Schools became one of three spokes Thursday on a wheel that will make an Early College type of program available to students. The school district joins Bladen Community College and N.C. New Schools Investing in Rural Innovative Schools in the effort.“Anyone who is familiar with the Early College concept, the New Schools project is that,” said Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor.

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Consensus requires solid date

North Carolina’s public schools recently released end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores for the 2013-14 school year. You may have heard something about them, particularly from districts eager to claim a large increase in the share of students who test at or above grade level.It’s a good example of why you shouldn’t believe everything you hear.

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Eagles shut out Heidi Trask

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Eagles got three second-half goals to earn a 3-0 Four County Conference win over visiting Heidi Trask on Wednesday.The win improved the Eagles to 4-2-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference.After a scoreless first half, the East Bladen trio of Logan Baxley, Alex Felder and Tyler Polk tallied goals in the second half to give the Eagles the win. Colby Hester had an assist and seven steals in the match, and Polk also had an assist.Matthew Ma...

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State seeking public input on local laws

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources are seeking input from the public about any local ordinances that might interfere with the state agencies’ own regulations.The Regulatory Reform Act of 2014, passed by the General Assembly in August, requires both departments to report on “any local ordinances that impinge on or interfere with any area subject to regulation by the Departm...

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