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Bladenboro shooting: ‘Person of interest’ says victim pulled the trigger

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BLADENBORO — The man at the center of an investigation into the fatal shooting of a woman in Bladenboro in the early morning hours of April 14 claims it was the woman herself who pulled the trigger during a struggle for the weapon.Patricia Scott Cooper, 38, was shot at about 2:30 a.m. outside the Ash Street apartments and pronounced dead at Bladen County Hospital at about 3:31 a.m.Johnny Yarbrough, 56, who has been tabbed as a “person of interest” by investigators, said in an interview with the Bladen Journal on Monday that Cooper was the aggressor and arrived at his apartment wielding a 14-inch fillet knife. Yarbrough and Cooper had dated for less than a year before he said he broke up with her back in January.

 

Helping teens, young adults find their way

ELIZABETHTOWN — For some teens, finding a job is a difficult, if not impossible task. One man wants to change that, and is trying to help connect teens and young adults with potential employers in Bladen County.“A lot of our young people have nothing to do,” said Wilson Bolden. “I have 25 or 26 young people who are looking for something to do.”

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Field Day at Bladen Lakes

Bladen Lakes Primary School students recently enjoyed a favorite annual tradition: Field Day! Faculty members William McMillan and Liz Lytch led warm-ups and songs at an opening ceremony. Students then competed in short and long races, sack races, and egg races. After lunch, the students jumped rope and flew kites. Other students competed in a yo-yo contest. Winners were able to yo-yo the longest and showed off yo-yo tricks.

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Pesticide Disposal Program hits milestone with 3 million pounds collected

RALEIGH – Last week the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program surpassed 3 million pounds collected since the program began in 1980. At a collection day in Nash County the program needed just 763.5 pounds to hit the 3 million pounds. Instead, residents dropped off 17,000 pounds for disposal.“North Carolina’s was the first pesticide disposal program in the nation,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler...

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Author pays a visit to school

TAR HEEL — Donna Washington, an author and storyteller, spoke to the Tar Heel Middle School student body Tuesday, April 15, as part of the Collaborative & Innovation grant Tar Heel and the Bladen County Public Library received from the North Carolina State Library.The grant’s purpose is to strengthen ties between student, school and the public library as well as offer books that support the curriculum and reading programs.Washington has published seven books ...

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Beatty to keynote BCC Curriculum Graduation

DUBLIN — The commencement speaker for Bladen Community College’s curriculum graduation ceremony on May 13 is Bladen County native Sonya Beatty. She is currently a business officer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation Rail Division.Beatty grew up on the family farm near the South River in north central Bladen County and attended East Bladen High School. Following high school she pursued a business degree at Elizabeth City State University, where she earne...

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Pait named Academic Excellence Award winner at BCC

DUBLIN — Bladen County resident Victoria Pait has been selected as Bladen Community College’s Academic Excellence Award recipient for the 2013-2014 Academic Year.

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Space still available for antique farm equipment at Got to Be NC Festival in May

RALEIGH — Festival organizers are still accepting applications from farm-equipment enthusiasts and tractor clubs for the farm display at the Got to Be NC Festival, May 16-18, at the State Fairgrounds.Tractors in working order also can participate in the daily tractor parade on the fairgrounds. Participation is free, but pre-registration is required. Registration forms are available online at www.gottobencfestival.com.“With about 1,000 machines, the festival i...

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