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Peanut Festival a tremendous success

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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’m just so blessed to have been asked,” Cannon said after the parade. “It was a real honor.”The numerous highlights from the day-long festival included the fact that there were more than 90 vendors set up across the campus of Dublin Elementary School.


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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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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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — Deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office were kept busy between Sept. 10 and Sept. 17 with a total of 76 calls from the public.Among those were 11 for breaking and/or entering, 11 for residential or business alarms, nine for larceny, nine for physical and/or verbal assault, two for drugs and two for suspicious activity.There were also a total of 22 arrests during that same time.Following are the more important and/or interes...

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Bladen test scores seeing improvements

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County students are making gains in most areas of the classroom, but math scores continue to be a thorny issue with district officials.Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor said the school district as a whole has seen growth in most areas. Taylor said that one has to remember as they look at the data that new standards were put in place last year, along with a new curriculum, and that caused test scores to drop throughout the state....

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U.S. News puts UNCP in the top 50

PEMBROKE – The University of North Carolina at Pembroke finished No. 1 for the diversity of its student body among master’s granting universities in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Colleges Rankings.It is the 30th edition of the Best Colleges Rankings, which is the most popular survey of colleges and universities. UNCP is one of more than 1,800 institutions surveyed by U.S. News. Although UNCP is listed on several national lists, the u...

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A plea goes out to Bladen County

You may not remember or ever noticed Roger. He was a homeless person who died last year two days after he was baptized and received Christ in his life. You could often see him sitting on a bench uptown or volunteering at the Bladen Crisis Assistance Thrift Store.When I first met him, he had a smile on his face and the ability to make people laugh. He had kind feelings in his heart. He wanted to make a difference.Roger had a wish that blankets could be collected and distr...

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Researcher, author to present program at BCC

DUBLIN — Bladen Community College’s Humanities Department will present another in its 2014 Writers Series programs on Monday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. in the BCC Library. The guest presenter is award-winning author, researcher and producer of documentary films Kevin Duffus.

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