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Folks flock to ‘Shoo Flu’

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ELIZABETHTOWN — The glint of needles were flashing Friday when the Bladen County Health Department hosted its fifth annual “Shoo Flu Drive Thru.”“This event has really been popular with a lot of folks in the area,” said Cris Harrelson, director of the Health Department and incident commander of Friday’s event. “We see quite a few older folks, plus it’s a lot easier on the disabled because they don’t have to get out of their vehicles.”

 

Eagles lose game, quarterback

TEACHEY — East Bladen scored early, but couldn’t hold off a pesky Wallace-Rose Hill squad and fell to the top-ranked Class 1-A Bulldogs, 14-6, in a Four County Conference clash on Friday.The loss drops the Eagles to 7-2 overall and second place in the conference at 4-1, while Wallace-Rose Hill moves to 9-0, 5-0.East Bladen held a 6-0 advantage at halftime, but two second-half scores by the Bulldogs couldn’t be matched by the visitors.The loss...

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Dark Horses tromp Knights, 42-6

DUBLIN — West Bladen got out of the gate quickly Friday against Clinton, but fizzled just as quickly against a relentless Dark Horse team — gaining just 126 total yards on offense in the game — and took a 42-6 Four County Conference loss.The Knights fell to 6-3 overall and 3-2 in the conference, while Clinton moves to 7-1, 4-1.After an opening possession that netted 19 yards, West Bladen punted to the Clinton 40, where the Dark Horses fumbled on their f...

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School Uniform Closet begins in Bladen County

DUBLIN — One Bladen County resident is trying to help students who are in need of school uniforms.Sonya Edge of Dublin has started a Uniform Closet for Bladen County Schools. She said she got the idea after a conversation with her son.“My son came home from high school and he said a little boy in his class wore the same clothes to school every day. He said the boy asked him if he had any shoes that he didn’t wear anymore or wasn’t using. That brok...

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Probation searches net five arrests

Two separate probation searches by the North Carolina Probation Office, along with deputies from the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, resulted in five arrests on Thursday.“Officers conducted the first search at 131 Butters Loop Road (in Bladenboro) on Thursday morning at the residence of Leslie Shaw,” said Rodney Hester, chief deputy with the Sheriff’s Office. “Officers seized 86 grams of marijuana, firearms and drug paraphernalia.”Arre...

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East blanks Union; West falls in finale

ELIZABETHTOWN — After a scoreless first half on Thursday, East Bladen tallied a pair of second-half goals to upend Union in the Four County Conference’s regular-season finale for both teams.The win improved the Eagles to 10-7-4 overall and 8-6 in the conference.Nearly midway through the second half, Brooks McGill took a pass from Alex Felder and fired a bending shot at the Spartans net that found success and gave East Bladen a 1-0 lead.As the match...

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The tricks to the treats

That faint noise you hear is the sound of pint-sized spooks, banshees, and vampires gathering on your lawn. They will soon be knocking at the door plastic pumpkins outstretched. Spare yourself the tricks and go ahead and give up the treats - the unhealthy, sweet, nougat-filled goodies in your cupboard.Keep your stinking apples, raisins, toothbrushes, and granola bars. Cavity creating sugar; hyper-activism inducing chocolate; gut busting high fructose corn syrup: This is what the gh...

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Washington goes missing, briefly

For a short time, George Washington was missing. That’s big news, wouldn’t you say?It seems that something like that would fit right into the loss of a national treasure, kind of like the movie by the same name, “National Treasure,” with Nicolas Cage. After all, we can’t have the father of our country go missing, can we?Anyway, on a regular basis throughout the day, several “alerts” drop into my mailbox from across the state, sta...

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The end … almost

The details of the death of a teenager in Bladen County were late to emerge through local media because law enforcement is reluctant to release details on suspected suicides — and news organizations typically don’t reports suicides, especially when they are committed by young people.There is less certainty now about whether or not Lennon Lacy, a 17-year-old junior who played football at West Bladen High School, hanged himself or was a murdered because he was black. A st...

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Farmland preservation grants available

RALEIGH – County governments and nonprofit groups pursuing farmland preservation projects have until Dec. 19 to apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. This year’s request for proposals includes statewide general appropriations and $1 million for military base and training buffers.The statewide general appropriations are anticipated future appropriations in the 2015-2017 biennium budget. The military buff...

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High schools host volunteer fairs

Another successful year for the annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club’s High School Volunteer Fairs is in the books, as both East Bladen and West Bladen high schools assisted the club as hosts of the events.The Elizabethtown Rotary Club is an organization of business and professional leaders united to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in Bladen County and the world. Having the motto, “Service Be...

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‘Roger’s Wish’ collection growing steadily

ELIZABETHTOWN — There is still time to get your new and gently used blankets or sleeping bags to the Bladen Journal for the second annual Roger’s Wish blanket drive for the needy and homeless — but time is running out.Several Bladen County folks have shown their generosity and willingness to help those in need. Thus far, “Roger’s Wish” has collected about 40 blankets/sleeping bags and a box of bath towels.“We’re pleased wit...

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Area hunters aim to make a difference in their community

WHITEVILLE — Friday marks the start of an ambitious campaign in Columbu...

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Knights set to host the Dark Horses

DUBLIN — West Bladen coach Russell Dove knows that if his Knights expect to reach the upper echelon of the Four County Conference, the next three weeks will be important steps on that journey.“Oh yes, there’s no doubt we’ve got three big games coming up for this program,” he said. “But we have to take them one at a time.”The first of those three games is Friday, when the Clinton Dark Horses visit the Castle for a conference showd...

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East to square off top-ranked Bulldogs

ELIZABETHTOWN — Before any season opens, most teams have a specific game or two circled on the calendar. For East Bladen, this week’s got circled with stars around it.The Eagles, 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the Four County Conference, will travel to Teachey on Friday for a showdown with Wallace-Rose Hill, 8-0 and 4-0, that could determine the overall conference crown.

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1960s radical returns with conservative allies

Howard Fuller was back in North Carolina last week promoting his new book, “No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform.”Fuller is a professor of education and director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University.Some North Carolinians remember Fuller as a community organizer in the 1960s and 70s. He led poor people to demand fair treatment, to work together to improve their lives, and ...

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Higher premiums … what should we expect?

Eighth district congressman Richard Hudson’s Oct. 11 editorial in the Laurinburg Exchange was titled “Obamacare leading to high premiums.” Well, what should we expect?The insurance industry is big business, and the purpose of business is to make a profit, now isn’t it? Congressman Hudson wrote: “Obamacare is forcing our families to deal with rising health care costs, restricted access and cancelled insurance plans.” So what is new? Has the cost o...

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Wildlife Commission improves fish habitat in five reservoirs

RALEIGH — Staff with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission this summer planted aquatic vegetation in five Piedmont reservoirs to improve fish habitat and provide anglers with better fishing opportunities.Staff planted native vegetation, such as pickerelweed, water willow, soft stem bulrush, white water lily and eelgrass, in W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, Lake Gaston, Lookout Shoals Lake, La...

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