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Commissioners move forward on proposed jail project

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ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladne County Board of Commissioners met in a special session on Monday and approved moving forward with a proposed jail project.Bladen County Mananger Greg Martin addressed the board and outlined the steps in the process. The proposed jail projec tis estimated to cost about $17 million, according to Martin.“A jail feasibility study was commissioned about 14 or 15 months ago. That was presented in the spring,” said Martin.The steps in the process include:—the board agreeing to the project;— the architect designing the facility which is estimated to take about 12 months;—determine the construction method—determine a location;

 

Tory Hole Park, period

In what seemed to be an out-of-the-blue decision, Elizabethtown’s Town Council voted recently to rename Tory Hole Park, taking many — including the members of the Bladen County Historical Society — by complete surprise.The ripple effects of that decision came quickly, and they were not of the positive reinforcement variety.Mayor Sylvia Campbell and the town councilmen were honestly trying to do something nice to honor Carl S. McCulloch, a man who served...

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Lady Knights fall at tennis regional

GOLDSBORO — West Bladen High took four tennis players to the Class 2-A Mideast Regionals at Herman Park in Goldsboro on Friday hoping to advance to the state finale, but all came up short with first-round ousters.“I thought the girls played well considering they were going up against girls that had been playing tennis since they were in elementary school,” said West Bladen coach Jeff Atkinson. “But that is the way it is around in our area.“W...

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West fans should fill the stands

It’s a real shame what happened during the recent high-school football game between West Bladen and Rocky Point Trask, when a total of seven players were ejected for fighting.The grapevine has it that the “fight” was hardly more than some pushing and shoving, which can be seen during almost any football game at any level. But the fact that this incident escalated to cause seven players to be ejected — subsequently not be able to play in the next game AND cau...

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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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Blue Monday Shad Fry gets recognition

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 rec...

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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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