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For Better Living: Balance Your Beverages to Stay Hydrated

Drink plenty of refreshing, calorie-free water. Water does the bod...

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Quick thinking by provider saves patient

CLARKTON — Dakota Winstead had almost gotten used to having migraines. But over the course of time, those migraines came more often, lasted too long and brought on other symptoms. That’s when he was all but forced to get it checked out, and what he was told immediately changed his life.The nagging migraine was really a benign tumor that was pressing on his brain stem.“I was having really bad headaches,” said Winstead, 19. “I thought it was m...

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West one game from state title repeat

CERRO GORDO — West Bladen’s hopes for a return trip to the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series rests on a matchup with Duplin County on Sunday afternoon.The Knights swept two games on Saturday to open defense of their 2013 state tournament title, nipping Duplin County in the opener 15-13, then shellacking Columbus County in the second game 14-2. Duplin County and West Bladen will face off Sunday at 5 p.m. in the championship, and Duplin County must beat the Knights twice in o...

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Veterans’ health fair in town Saturday

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County Veterans can enroll in the VA health care system and receive health information about various services available to them from representatives of the Fayetteville VA Medical Center Rural Health Outreach team on Saturday, July 19.The medical center’s rural health team will participate in an information fair at the National Guard Armory, 1001 West Swanzy St., Elizabethtown, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Study: Federal cuts affect programming for children

ELIZABETHTOWN — A report was recently released that shows federal spending on children has decreased over time. The report issued, called Children’s Budget 2014, was produced by N.C. Child: The Voice for North Carolina Children and looks at 180 programs including education.Some of the federal programs the study looks at are child welfare, early childhood programming, and education, to name a few.

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Are we doomed to polarization?

We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing. ...

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Hancock hones skills at Wake Forest

ELIZABETHTOWN — After a highly successful summer on the Coastal Junior Golf Tour, Cade Hancock opened his current summer schedule by attending a golf camp at Wake Forest University.Hancock, 13, spent a week under the tutelage of Wake Forest golf coach Jerry Haas and Kansas State golf coach Grant Robbins.“For a solid week, Cade had the opportunity to hone his skills, plus showcase his talents in front of six different college coaches,” Cade’s fathe...

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Tobacco growers approve assessment

RALEIGH — North Carolina growers of flue-cured tobacco have approved an assessment that will support the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina’s efforts to promote the interests of its farmers.The assessment was approved on 88 percent of ballots in a mail-in referendum. A two-thirds majority was needed for approval.Growers approved an assessment of up to 15 cents per hundred pounds of flue-cured tobacco sold in North Carolina. However, the initial ass...

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The definition of ‘illegal’ is …

I have a friend in Upstate New York who was recently arrested after he tied one on, drove and hit a guardrail. His blood alcohol level was slightly over the state limit of .08 and the prosecutor was in no mood to negotiate.Despite the fact that my friend has a family, is the lone moneymaker, is expecting his second child and is a regular volunteer for charitable events in the area, the prosecutor pushed hard for a six-month jail sentence in addition to reparations.

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Second chance

Voters in Bladen County will once again have the opportunity to decide whether they want everyone — residents and visitors alike — who purchase consumer goods in the county to pay an additional one-quarter of a penny in sales tax to benefit Bladen County Schools’ efforts to refurbish and/or repair their 13 school facilities.The referendum was defeated on the May 6 primary ballot by more than a 2-1 margin — 5,822 against, 2,276 for.But the Bladen C...

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Learn to fight like a butterfly

Decades ago, while speaking of an upcoming championship bout, Muhammad Ali constructed a poetic couplet of epic proportions. With glitzy words corresponding to his style both in and out of the ring, “The Greatest” claimed he would “Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee,” because his opponent’s “hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.” 

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Welcoming a champion

Contributed photoU.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre welcomes six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson to the Capitol for the inaugural meeting of the Congressional Motor Sports Caucus. NASCAR drivers Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch were also on hand to join Members of Congress in promoting the economic impact of the motorsports industry in North Carolina and across the country. Stock Car racing, which originated in North Carolina, now sustains more than 25,000 jobs and has an economic...

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BCC student takes national award in welding competition

KANSAS CITY — For the second straight year, a welding student from Bladen Community College has won a national award in the SkillsUSA national competitions. Ashleigh Cacciotti placed third in the Job Skills Demonstration category of the welding competition held in Kansas City in late June.Cacciotti represented North Carolina in the competition after taking the first place award at the North Carolina Skills USA competitions in April. The competitors in the national competition...

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White Lake resident creates documentary of lake life

WHITE LAKE — The story of White Lake is as unique as the sandy bottomed, clear water lake itself.White Lake resident Robert Kinlaw decided to take on the task of telling the many fascinating stories of White Lake in a documentary form and compiling them into a video.“I’ve always had an interest in film and moviemaking. I started thinking about how we have all have these great stories about White Lake,” said Kinlaw.He said as the idea fo...

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East Bladen counselors learn about financial aid at BCC

DUBLIN — Two East Bladen High School counselors, Barretta Smith and Pamela Lewis, are working in the Financial Aid Department at Bladen Community College this summer to familiarize themselves with the financial aid process.The purpose is to enhance their ability to provide information on financial aid options to their students who plan to attend college after high school.Both are natives of Bladen County who have extensive knowledge of the county’s demographi...

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Fly-tying event still has spaces open

FAYETTEVILLE — Space is still available for the inaugural Marabou Madness Fly-Tying event, which will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

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