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No arrest yet in fatal shooting

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BLADENBORO —A fatal shooting outside the Ash Street apartments in Bladenboro early Monday morning remains under investigation by the Bladenboro Police Department.According to Chief Chris Hunt, the shooting took place at about 2:30 a.m. and, when officers arrived, the victim — identified as Patricia Scott Cooper, 38 — had suffered a single gunshot to the back but was still alive.Cooper was transported to Bladen County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at about 3:31 a.m., according to Assistant County Coroner Kenneth Clark.Hunt, who said he didn’t want to divulge too many details of the incident while the investigation is ongoing, did say the incident began as a domestic dispute.

 

Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office received a total of 45 calls from victims of alleged crimes between April 9 and April 16.Of those, six were to report larceny, five for verbal and/or physical assault, five for residential or business alarms, two for harassment, two for suspicious activity and one for drugs.Deputies also made a total of 19 arrests during that same time period.The following are the more interesting and/or important ...

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Top Gun champs

Contributed photoThe Carolina Wildcats finished in first place in the 2014 Top Gun World Series NIT on April 5-6 in Dillon, S.C. With this win they received the new 2014 Worth Legit bat and improves them 13-4 on the season. Members of the team are: Casey West, Katlyn Jones, Morgan Britt, Ashley Prevatte, coach Johnny Britt, Morgan Hatchell, coach Gary Hatchell, Jesse Bryant, Arica Gandy, coach Justin Jones, Ramsey Milligan and coach William Britt. Not pictured are Skyler McCoy, Kat...

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Dublin First Baptist Church prepares to open second campus at White Lake Sunday

WHITE LAKE — There is an air of anticipation at White Lake for this weekend as a new church campus is about to open its doors and welcome folks into a worshipful experience on the shores of the crystal lake Sunday at 8:32 a.m.The new church will be housed at The Venue (formerly Crystal Beach) at White Lake, which is located between the Regal Resort and Goldston’s Beach. It will be a second campus of the Dublin First Baptist Church, said the Rev. Cameron McGill....

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Bladen County Retired School Personnel hears from charter school

ELIZABETHTOWN — The regular meeting of the Bladen County Retired School Personnel was held on March 31 at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy’s Commandant of Cadets Carl Lloyd was the guest speaker.

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Jail-A-Thon deemed a success

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Education Foundation is declaring the annual Jail-A-Thon a huge success.“This was one of our biggest ever,” said David Wall, one of the organizers of the event.He added quickly that the group is still counting all of the coins and there are some outstanding checks that have yet to be submitted.“Right now it looks like we’re close to $4,000,” said Wall. “We are very pleased.”...

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Bladen sees dip in unemployment

RALEIGH — The state has released its unemployment figures for the month of February and Bladen County’s rate dipped by 0.5 percent to 10 percent, ranking it 93rd in overall unemployment data. That is down from one year ago when the county reported an unemployment rate of 13.0 percent for an over the year decrease of 3 percent.Neighboring counties also saw good news in the unemployment figures. Columbus County saw its unemployment rate drop by 0.6 percent to 9.0 percent ...

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B’boro board requests speed limit change

BLADENBORO — The Bladenboro Town Board approved a resolution this week asking that the N.C. Department of Transportation to change the speed limit on N.C. Hwy. 242 within the town’s limits from 45 mph to 35 mph.Mayor Rufus Duckworth said there is a stretch of N.C. Hwy. 242 that traverses between N. Main Street and the N.C. 211 Bypass where the speed limit is 45 mph.He said there are concerns for the safety of pedestrians in the area as there several residence...

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