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Blue Monday Shad Fry gets recognition

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EAST ARCADIA — For more than 60 years, the community of East Arcadia in southeast Bladen County has been hosting one of the county’s longest-running festivities. Earlier this month, the events received perhaps its second-biggest recognition.The Blue Monday Shad Fry was honored on Oct. 11 by the N.C. Folklore Society during the organization’s annual meeting at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke with the Community Traditions Award.“The recognition was a big thing,” said Earl Brown, who hasn’t missed organizing the Blue Monday Shad Fry for the past 43 years. “But getting the state to adopt the Blue Monday Shad Fry as an official holiday was really big. Really, really big.”


For Better Living: A Closer Look at Caffeine

Caffeine‑containing foods and beverages have been a part of the human diet for a long time. Caffeine has been found in tea brewed by the Chinese as far back as 5,000 years ago. In today’s society, caffeine is present in lots of products, including coffee, tea, soft drinks and chocolate. For many Americans, freshly brewed coffee or tea is an important part of the morning ritual. For others, it’s a caffeinated soft drink that helps get them through the afternoon. Yet despite t...

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Lady Eagles fall in playoffs

DEEP RUN — East Bladen’s Lady Eagles went into South Lenoir High on Saturday afternoon hoping to scramble the Class 2-A playoff bracket with an upset of the Lady Blue Devils, but it wasn’t to be.East Bladen couldn’t maintain an offensive roll and fell to the Eastern Carolina Conference champions in three straight game by the scores of 25-14, 25-15 and 25-12.Abby Norris, playing in her final match as a Lady Eagle, put up nine kills and three servic...

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Daughters of the Gray set to hold meeting

CLARKTON — The United Daughters of the Confederacy has a new chapter located in Clarkton — the Daughters of the Gray — and the group is planning to hold a special charter meeting on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2:30 p.m. at Clarkton Presbyterian Church.During the War Between the States, ladies’ hospital organizations, sewing societies and knitting circles sprang up and worked throughout the South to help provide a wide variety of services to soldiers.For...

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BeastFest to be celebrated this weekend

BLADENBORO — The Beast of Bladenboro, that sinister vampire beast legend says lurked in the shadows so many years ago, is back — sort of — this Saturday. The annual Bladenboro BeastFest will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.One highlight of the weekend will be a performance by the Fantastic Shakers on Saturday night from 7 until 9:30 p.m. on the festival stage.BeastFest Chairman Berry Lewis said that folks can get an early taste of Beast...

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United Way teams with Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines

ELIZABETHTOWN — The United Way of Bladen County and the Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines have partnered together to reach out through the Girl Scout Community Outreach Program.“The United Way partnership with Girl Scouts and public schools of Bladen County is a win-win-win! Programs and training focus on STEM and Leadership has direct impact on our county. Identifying career path in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math provides young ladies opportunities to...

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Viewing political corruption more broadly

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ view...

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Basic firearms safety a must for hunting

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign encourages hunters to take the proper precautions with firearms to be safe during time spent outdoors.

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Knights pull away from Pender

BURGAW — West Bladen raced out to a 20-point lead in the first half, then survived a third-quarter rally by Pender County before finishing big for a 54-27 Four County Conference win.The Knights’ defense put West Bladen on the right path when Hunter Pait stripped the ball from a Pender runner and Jaquan Ross pounced on the loose ball at the Patriots’ 23. Traquon Horne picked up 30 yards on two carries, Malcolm Vaught rushed for 14 and quarterback Colby Lewis capped...

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Eagles rip Trask on homecoming

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Eagles of East Bladen won their fifth straight game on the gridiron Friday, this one a 42-0 thrashing of Heidi Trask in a Four County Conference matchup at Lenon Fisher Stadium.The win improves East Bladen to 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference, as well as sets up the showdown with Wallace-Rose Hill in a game that could decide the conference title.The game was highlighted by Farrell Murchison’s breaking of the school’s career rushi...

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Early registration looms at BCC

DUBLIN — Early registration for the Spring 2015 semester at Bladen Community College will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 4, and continue through Friday, Nov. 7.The first day of the regular registration period, Jan. 4, will be for currently enrolled students. All other students with completed applications on file will be permitted to register during the remainder of the registration period.Registration times are as follows:Tuesday, Nov. 4 — 9 a.m. until 7 p.m....

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Benches gifted

Ray Allen, president of Farm Bureau Federation in Bladen County, presented members of Boost The Boro Farmer’s Market with two outdoor benches made by the FFA student members of West Bladen High School on behalf of Bladen County Farm Bureau. Pictured are Rebecca Hester, Joyce Davis, Ray Allen, Joyce Walters and Oral Chesire.

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Teen’s family hires private investigator

BLADENBORO — An attorney representing the family of a Bladen County teenager says they have h...

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Park improvements get public input

ELIZABETHTOWN —The public was given an opportunity on Thursday to see the ambitious plans for improvements at Tory Hole Park when the Elizabethtown Town Council held an information session at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market to collect citizen comments regarding the numerous proposed improvements.The informal session is one of two public information meetings that will be held to gather citizen input as part of a grant application the town is undertaking. According to Town ...

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Eagles, Knights shut out

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen had its opportunities, but couldn’t hold off a powerful Wallace-Rose Hill soccer team on Thursday and the Eagles dropped the Four County Conference match 2-0.The loss dropped East Bladen to 7-7-4 overall and 5-6 in the conference.The Eagles played the defending Class 1-A champions to a 0-0 knot in the first half, but the Bulldogs scored twice in the second half to earn the win and improve to 18-1 overall, 12-0 in the conference....

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Following Jesus leads to laying down burdens

There is a story about two monks walking along the road when they come to a shallow, muddy river. A beautiful woman in a long white dress is standing there. She can’t figure out how to continue her journey without ruining her outfit.So one of the monks picks her up in his arms - something he was absolutely forbidden to do, for touching a woman was against his vows — and he carries her across to the other side. Then, all parties continued on their journey.Afte...

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NCBA calling for eyeglasses

The North Carolina Bankers Association has partnered with Lions Club International’s recycle for sight initiative for its fall outreach program. As one of the major undertakings of the Lions Club, recycle for sight aims to prevent avoidable blindness on a global scale and works to restore the sight of millions of people through sight screening, eyeglass recycling, vaccinations and more.

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Cancer awareness

The Bladen Journal did not published in pink, as others may have recently, but there has plenty of pink elsewhere during this month, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and we didn’t want it to slip away without an important reminder — one that is hopeful.Breast cancer is no longer the killer that it once was, and early detection gives physicians an upper hand in the battle.

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