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Board hears from judge

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ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met in a closed session on Monday night for a matter of cleint attorney privilidge.Upon returnign to open session, Chairman Jimmie Smith addressed those remaining in the room. He informed the group the Superior Court Judge had been through the Bladen County Jail earlier in the day and had spoken with County Attorney Allen Johnson. Smith told those in attendance that some corrective measures would be taken, but Smith did not elaborate on what those measures would be.In other business, the board members were given their first look at the 2015 Schedule of Values from the countywide revaluation process.


Saquan slugs second home run

SPOKANE. Wash. — Squan Johnson hit his second home run of the season on Sunday, capping a solid weekend that saw the East Bladen graduate go 4-for-12 and raise his batting average to .179 on the season.Johnson, who is with the Spokane Indians’ Class A short-season team in the Northwest League — an affiliate of the Texas Rangers — opened the week Monday, July 14, as a defensive replacement in centerfield. It was the first action he’d seen since a pinch-...

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Feeding the masses

Beginning with the next school year, almost all of Bladen County’s students will eat breakfast and/or lunch for free.

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A truly memorable weekend

A trip to the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania this past weekend restored my belief that there are still good people out there, that God does have a plan that will amaze us and he always puts special people in our paths.The trip started out like any other. It was Friday evening and there were several of us in a van headed north on Interstate 95.About an hour into the ride, the van gave a “beep-beep” warning — which was promptly ignore by Tammy, who owne...

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Love is the worthiest of journeys

Here we are, deep in the throes of the rituals of summer. School is out, vacation days are being cashed in, and picnic baskets are being packed. Barbecues are firing, pools are splashing, and ice cream trucks are rolling. Meanwhile, thousands, yea millions, are taking to the great American highway. Seventy percent of the U.S. population will hit the road this summer – off to visit grandma, the beach, the closest roller coaster, or a national park. We just love to feel th...

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Kidnapping brought to a succesful close

ELIZABETHTOWN — A 23-year-old man who was abducted in South Carolina and being held in Cumberland County is free, thanks to the efforts of several area law enforcement agencies and the FBI.“The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office provided support for the FBI while they investigated an alleged kidnapping which occurred in South Carolina.” said Bladen County Chief Deputy Rodney Hester. “FBI agents utilized the Emergency Services Building located on Ben Greene...

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Sheriff”s Office handled a total of 60 calls for assistance from the public between July 9 and July 16.Among those calls were 11 for larceny, five for suspicious activity, five for verbal and/or physical assaults, three for alarms and three for breaking and/or entering.There were also a total of 18 arrests during that same time.Following are the more interesting and/or important arrests:— Gary Mark...

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Elizabethtown man charged with attempted murder

ELIZABETHTOWN — While Elizabethtown police officers were investigating another crime scene on Sunday at about 1:38 a.m., gunshots rung out from someplace nearby.“Officers responded to the area of Della and James streets, about two blocks away, and located subjects in the area and spent shells in the street,” Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw said. “While investigating, officers learned that a subject had (arrived) at Bladen County Hospital (with a gunshot wound)....

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Driver arrested after striking pedestrian.

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Bladen County man was hit by a vehicle as he walked along Quail Street in Elizabethtown, and the driver of the vehicle was arrested on drug and driving charges.The incident took place on Sunday at about 12:30 a.m.“Elizabethtown officers received a dispatch of a pedestrian struck on Quail Street near Davis Street,” Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw said. “Officers arrived and found the victim lying in the road.”Kinlaw sai...

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Board of Education mulls moving to GPS based system for buses

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Education had a relatively quick and easy meeting this week.Topping the agenda was the discussion of a new GPS based bus system.According to reports, the school district is moving to a new live fleet tracking system which is a GPS based system."We don't use any type of fleet tracking system (now)," said Bladen County Schools P...

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E'town can join state health plan

ELIZABETHTOWN — A North Carolina Senate Bill was ratified on Tuesday that will allow employees of the town of Elizabethtown and the town of Matthew to participate in the state's health insurance plan.Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden said the switch will generate a cost savings to the town and also offer the town's employees greater incentives for health and wellness and smoking cessation plans. Town Finance Director Jay Leatherman sai...

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SeHealth recognized for employee wellness programs

LUMBERTON — Southeastern Health (SeHealth) has been awarded 2014 Excellence Recognition by Prevention Partners, in partnership with The Duke Endowment, as part of the WorkHealthy America initiative. ...

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DUBLIN — With their repeat Dixie Pre-Majors State Tournament championship under their collective belts, the Knights of West Bladen are now focusing on a second trip to the World Series, this time in Chipley, Fla.“Everyone is pretty excited and looking forward to the trip,” West Bladen coach Kim Cain said.The Knights — especially coaches and parents — have very little time to get everything in order, most importantly a fundraising effort and ...

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Nice catch

Contributed photosBranden and Dylan Carson took a fishing trip to Oak Island recently and caught a number of blue fish, Spanish mackerel, lady fish and crevalle jack. Branden managed to land a nice-sized crevalle jack during the trip.

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Bladen Historical Society, Haromny Hall hold triple header meeting

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Historical Society and Harmony Hall held a Triple Header meeting at the Elizabethtown Municipal Building on Tuesday night where they heard a presentation of grant funding, the significant battles leading up to the Battle of Elizabethtown during the Revolutionary War and a held a business meeting.The group was first treated to a presentation by Jody Fraser regarding grant writing and sources of grant writing. As part of the discussion, Fraser ...

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Smith graduates from BCC

DUBLIN — Heather Long Smith of Tar Heel graduated on May 12 from Bladen Community College with two degrees, one with honors, and is now a state certified registered nurse.Smith and her husband Jerry are the parents of three boys ages 17, 14 and 10.“Her family is very proud of her accomplishment,” said Smith’s mother. “And her faith in God was her strongest virtue.“As a parent, we cannot tell her enough how proud we are,̶...

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Raising money

Contributed photoThe staff of Little Hands Daycare — along with its children and their families — participated in riding, learning and giving for the St. Jude Trike A-Thon that was held on Friday, July 11 . Staff representatives said the children enjoy the fundraiser every year and look forward to helping with the fight aganist cancer. The group was escorted by local law enforcement as it made its walk. Little Hands continues tol accept donations, and those interested c...

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Town notified of PARTF grant award

ELIZABETHTOWN — The town of Elizabethtown was notified late Friday an application for a Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grant was approved for the amount of $215,000.“We were one of 16 applications approved by the PARTF board on Friday out of 65 applications statewide. We were chosen over communities such as Goldsboro, Emerald Isle and Swansboro,” said Town Manager Eddie Madden.Elizabethtown R...

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