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BLADENBORO — One Bladen County pageant is getting some huge recognition as a festival preliminary pageant for the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant.
Miss Bladenboro Pageant Director Karen Ruffin said that means the current Miss Bladenboro Lindsey Herring will be eligible to compete for the title of Miss North Carolina in June. If Herri

Bladenboro pageant is now a prelim for Miss N.C.

BLADENBORO — One Bladen County pageant is getting some huge recognition as a festival preliminary pageant for the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant. Miss Bladenboro Pageant Director Karen Ruffin said that means the current Miss Bladenboro Lindsey Herring will be eligible to compete for the title of Miss North Carolina in June. If Herri

Boys champions

The Clarkton School of Discovery boy's basketball team won the Bladen 5 Conference championship and the Bladen 5 Tournament championship. Elizabethtown Middle School was the Bladen 5 Tournament runner-up.

Chief justice: Courts financially stressed

RALEIGH — North Carolina's judicial system has done its best with less since the Great Recession, but now it's time legislators provide more resources and improved personnel pay within the state's courthouses, Chief Justice Mark Martin told legislators Wednesday. Martin, in giving his “State of the Judiciary” address to a joint s

House panel gets conflicting views on gay-marriage bill

RALEIGH — Clergy and advocates differed Wednesday on whether judicial officials are obligated by law to carry out civil same-sex marriages in North Carolina even if they object to gay marriage because of religious beliefs. Several people addressed a House judiciary panel charged with considering a Senate bill approved last week that would le

Detective: Gold heist suggests 'inside' job

WILSON — Details emerging from the theft of nearly $5 million in gold bars on an interstate highway indicate the heist was carefully planned and raise questions about who was involved other than the three armed robbers. The robbers pulled up almost immediately after the drivers made an unscheduled stop on a dark stretch of highway in North C

The Clarkton School of Discovery girls basketball team won the Bladen 5 Conference Tournament championship, as well as shared the regular-season conference title with Elizabethtown Middle School, who were the tournament runners-up.

Girls champions

The Clarkton School of Discovery girls basketball team won the Bladen 5 Conference Tournament championship, as well as shared the regular-season conference title with Elizabethtown Middle School, who were the tournament runners-up.

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton City Council on Wednesday awarded naming rights to a performance space downtown to Southeastern Health — but only after an hour discussing the facts of the deal and the intentions of those involved.
“It's a rare sight when any local government authority has trouble accepting money from citizens or the co

SeHealth awarded naming rights

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton City Council on Wednesday awarded naming rights to a performance space downtown to Southeastern Health — but only after an hour discussing the facts of the deal and the intentions of those involved. “It's a rare sight when any local government authority has trouble accepting money from citizens or the co

Crime report

Thefts Helen Ripley, of Pope's Crossing Road, Lumberton, reported Tuesday that someone broke into her car at Texas Steakhouse & Saloon on Fayetteville Road, causing $250 in damage, and stole $430 in items, including medications, checks, IDs and keys, according to a police report. Buffy Jacobs, of Pinedale Boulevard, Lumberton, reported Tuesda

House fixes gas tax at 36 cents

RALEIGH (AP) — A majority in the House tentatively agreed Wednesday to set North Carolina's state gasoline tax at 36 cents a gallon for the rest of 2015, rather than let it fall several additional cents this July if current law remains in place. Republican bill sponsors said allowing only a 1.5-cent drop compared with the current rate of 37.

GOP to hold county conventions

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Republican Party will hold its Precinct and County Conventions on Thursday, March 26, at the Bladen County Courthouse in the Superior Courtroom. The Precinct Convention will begin at 6 p.m. and the County Convention will begin at 7 p.m. Numerous items are on the agenda, including the election of officers, e

I will admit, I was a little skeptical at first.
The Scotland hoops programs began amid little fanfare at the end of November as many people in the county were still focused on the gridiron, not the hardwood. The Scotland football team was still in the midst of chasing a 4A state championship, and was a little over a week removed from an emotional

Positive outlook ahead for hoops in Scotland County

I will admit, I was a little skeptical at first. The Scotland hoops programs began amid little fanfare at the end of November as many people in the county were still focused on the gridiron, not the hardwood. The Scotland football team was still in the midst of chasing a 4A state championship, and was a little over a week removed from an emotional

State could close 4 charter schools

RALEIGH — North Carolina's state school board could close four public charter schools following a string of bad news about the nontraditional schools running into financial problems, including an audit that said one mismanaged money for years before leaving taxpayers with debts. One of the schools is in Columbus County. The State Board of E

CHAPEL HILL — South Robeson High School junior A'Terria Quick was recognized on Tuesday with an NCHSAA Performance of the Week award, sponsored by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel with Subway restaurants.
Quick was the female recipient of the weekly award after scoring a career-high 40 points to lead South Robeson to a come-from-behind playof

NCHSAA honors South Rob's Quick with weekly award

CHAPEL HILL — South Robeson High School junior A'Terria Quick was recognized on Tuesday with an NCHSAA Performance of the Week award, sponsored by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel with Subway restaurants. Quick was the female recipient of the weekly award after scoring a career-high 40 points to lead South Robeson to a come-from-behind playof

ELIZABETHTOWN — The American Red Cross is celebrating its founding and the volunteers who have been the lifeblood of the organization by recognizing March as American Red Cross Month.
Gov. Pat McCroy recently declared March as Red Cross Month in North Carolina and President Obama has declared March as Red Cross Month throughout the United St

Red Cross Month

ELIZABETHTOWN — The American Red Cross is celebrating its founding and the volunteers who have been the lifeblood of the organization by recognizing March as American Red Cross Month. Gov. Pat McCroy recently declared March as Red Cross Month in North Carolina and President Obama has declared March as Red Cross Month throughout the United St

Thursday's local sports briefs

Thunder travel team hosting meetings LUMBERTON — The Robeson County Thunder travel basketball team will be having an interest meeting on Saturday for its 3rd and 4th grade boys team and 4th and 5th grade girls team. The girls will meet from 2 p.m. until 3 on Saturday at Pine Street gym in Lumberton. The boys will meet from 3 p.m. until 4. F

Last week's decision by the UNC Board of Governors to dissolve three small academic centers at UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central and ECU (including, most notably of course, the Poverty Center headed by UNC Law School Professor Gene Nichol) and to limit the activities of the Law School's Center for Civil Rights has been met with justifiable ou

UNC board doing Right's dirty work

Last week's decision by the UNC Board of Governors to dissolve three small academic centers at UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central and ECU (including, most notably of course, the Poverty Center headed by UNC Law School Professor Gene Nichol) and to limit the activities of the Law School's Center for Civil Rights has been met with justifiable ou

BLADENBORO — Back and forth they went, trading baskets and chances to win in the final minutes of regulation with a trip to regionals on the line on Tuesday.
And then the Fairmont High School boys basketball team found a way to punch their ticket to Fayeteville, winning 58-54 over West Bladen, the No. 4 seed in the East, in the NCHSAA 2A Eas

Knights fall to Fairmont

BLADENBORO — Back and forth they went, trading baskets and chances to win in the final minutes of regulation with a trip to regionals on the line on Tuesday. And then the Fairmont High School boys basketball team found a way to punch their ticket to Fayeteville, winning 58-54 over West Bladen, the No. 4 seed in the East, in the NCHSAA 2A Eas

Lois Baldwin, left, recently celebrated 10 years of service with Kordsa Global Inc. in Laurel Hill. Baldwin is a weaver in the converting department. She was presented with a letter of appreciation and anniversary award gift by her supervisor, Lenore McNeill.
Pattie Walters recently celebrated 10 years of service with Kordsa Global Inc. Walters is

Lois Baldwin, left, recently celebrated 10 years of service with Kordsa Global Inc. in Laurel Hill. Baldwin is a weaver in the converting department. She was presented with a letter of appreciation and anniversary award gift by her supervisor, Lenore McNeill. Pattie Walters recently celebrated 10 years of service with Kordsa Global Inc. Walters is

Council gives naming rights for performance shelter to SeHealth

LUMBERTON — The Lumberton City Council today awarded naming rights to a performance space downtown to Southeastern Health — but not before nearly an hour of discussing the facts of the deal and the intentions of those involved. The council ultimately voted 5-3 to give Southeastern Health the naming rights, the most recent in a series o





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