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Knights ready for Clash of the Carolinas to open World Series

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DUBLIN — The West Bladen Knights are just a day away from the Clash of the Carolinas.By Friday, the Knights’ baseball caravan will have arrived in Chipley, Fla., for the 2014 Dixie Pre-Majors World Series as the North Carolina champions. They will open on Saturday against South Carolina.The Knights earned a second straight berth in the World Series by beating South Columbus and Duplin County in the state tournament at Cerro Gordo.With head coach Kim Cain tied up in Greensboro with the East-West All-Star Football Game this week, assistant coach Steve Pastore has been overseeing the practices and preparation for the trip south.


Welcome to the NEW Bladen Journal website

The Bladen Journal is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:· Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility to s...

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Thompson plays in East-West game

GREENSBORO — West Bladen graduate Courtney Thompson logged some minutes on the court for the East All-Stars on Monday at the Greensboro Coliseum in the annual East-West basketball showcase, a game won by the West squad, 82-68.The win by the West stars avenged its 67-60 loss to the East in 2013.“It was a good game,” said West Bladen girls basketball coach Pam Stephens, who went to watch Thompson play. “It was pretty close through the first half, bu...

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County honors employees for longevity

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County board of Commissioners honored several employees on Monday night for their years of service to the county. All totaled there was 45 years of knowledge and service that were celebrated.As each employee come forward accompanied by their supervisor, they each received a certificate and were honored with a reception.

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Elizabethtown students receives scholarship

RALEIGH —Local Government Federal Credit Union proudly congratulates Brooke Smith, who is the recipient of an LGFCU Scholarship Award.Brooke Smith, will use her scholarship to study at Johnson & Wales Univeristy. She is one of 120 deserving high school seniors and post-secondary students that will have extra money to apply toward their education at the university, community or technical college of their choice.

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Baxley on staff at White Lake clinic

WHITE LAKE — The Southeastern Medical Clinic at White Lake has a new family nurse practitioner.Sharon Baxley is now providing care at the clinic on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Wednesdays the clinic is manned by Dr. Stephen Bridgers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.The clinic, which is closed from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each day, is located at 1921 White Lake Drive and is an affili...

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Sheriff’s deputies discover meth lab

BLADENBORO — While deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office were attempting to locate a suspect who was wanted on outstanding warrants, they stumbled upon an even bigger take.According to Capt. Jeff Singletary, while searching the 900 block of Storm Road in Bladenboro, deputies located a methamphetamine lab.Three Bladenboro residents were arrested at the scene and taken into custody: Holy Louise Dietz, 33; Robert Anthony Byrd, 29; and Cooper Lee Davis...

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Thanks for the memories

As I sat by the third base dugout at Leinwand park a few weeks back, I was overwhelmed with emotion as I realized that I was watching the last few pitches of my youngest son’s illustrious baseball career.My family has spent the last 12 springs cheering our three sons from coach-pitch through majors — and now, it’s over. Hard for us to believe.From the depths of our hearts, the McGill family would like to say “Thanks for the memories” to all ...

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Board hears from judge

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...

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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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