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BCC student takes national award in welding competition

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KANSAS CITY — For the second straight year, a welding student from Bladen Community College has won a national award in the SkillsUSA national competitions. Ashleigh Cacciotti placed third in the Job Skills Demonstration category of the welding competition held in Kansas City in late June.Cacciotti represented North Carolina in the competition after taking the first place award at the North Carolina Skills USA competitions in April. The competitors in the national competition are first place winners in the various categories from throughout the nation.


Study: Federal cuts affect programming for children

ELIZABETHTOWN — A report was recently released that shows federal spending on children has decreased over time. The report issued, called Children’s Budget 2014, was produced by N.C. Child: The Voice for North Carolina Children and looks at 180 programs including education.Some of the federal programs the study looks at are child welfare, early childhood programming, and education, to name a few.

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Are we doomed to polarization?

We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing. ...

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Hancock hones skills at Wake Forest

ELIZABETHTOWN — After a highly successful summer on the Coastal Junior Golf Tour, Cade Hancock opened his current summer schedule by attending a golf camp at Wake Forest University.Hancock, 13, spent a week under the tutelage of Wake Forest golf coach Jerry Haas and Kansas State golf coach Grant Robbins.“For a solid week, Cade had the opportunity to hone his skills, plus showcase his talents in front of six different college coaches,” Cade’s fathe...

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Tobacco growers approve assessment

RALEIGH — North Carolina growers of flue-cured tobacco have approved an assessment that will support the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina’s efforts to promote the interests of its farmers.The assessment was approved on 88 percent of ballots in a mail-in referendum. A two-thirds majority was needed for approval.Growers approved an assessment of up to 15 cents per hundred pounds of flue-cured tobacco sold in North Carolina. However, the initial ass...

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The definition of ‘illegal’ is …

I have a friend in Upstate New York who was recently arrested after he tied one on, drove and hit a guardrail. His blood alcohol level was slightly over the state limit of .08 and the prosecutor was in no mood to negotiate.Despite the fact that my friend has a family, is the lone moneymaker, is expecting his second child and is a regular volunteer for charitable events in the area, the prosecutor pushed hard for a six-month jail sentence in addition to reparations.

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Second chance

Voters in Bladen County will once again have the opportunity to decide whether they want everyone — residents and visitors alike — who purchase consumer goods in the county to pay an additional one-quarter of a penny in sales tax to benefit Bladen County Schools’ efforts to refurbish and/or repair their 13 school facilities.The referendum was defeated on the May 6 primary ballot by more than a 2-1 margin — 5,822 against, 2,276 for.But the Bladen C...

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