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Curt Vincent

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Reaching out into the communities of The Mother County, from news to sports to features to human interest items.

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DUBLIN — One of West Bladen High School's most successful coaches has decided to step off the sidelines.
Pam Stephens, the Lady Knights' head girls basketball and softball coach, closed out her second stint at West Bladen recently after posting a 96-29 record in softball over the past five years and 62-61 in basketball during the same time.

Stephens stepping off the sidelines

DUBLIN — One of West Bladen High School's most successful coaches has decided to step off the sidelines. Pam Stephens, the Lady Knights' head girls basketball and softball coach, closed out her second stint at West Bladen recently after posting a 96-29 record in softball over the past five years and 62-61 in basketball during the same time.

Imagine walking into a restroom and, just inside the door, there stands Darryl Strawberry — the former Major League Baseball player for the Mets and Yankees.
That's what happened to me on Sunday at about 5:30 p.m., just before the start of the third annual KLOVE Fan Awards at the Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville.
It was my second straight year t

KLOVE Fan Awards weekend highlights

Imagine walking into a restroom and, just inside the door, there stands Darryl Strawberry — the former Major League Baseball player for the Mets and Yankees. That's what happened to me on Sunday at about 5:30 p.m., just before the start of the third annual KLOVE Fan Awards at the Grand Ol' Opry in Nashville. It was my second straight year t

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Bladen County man was arrested on Wednesday, May 20, are charged in connection with a reported break-in and stolen property.
According to Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw, officers responded to a residence on Queen Court for a report of breaking, entering and larceny. The very next day, officers responded to report o

E'town man arrested after three break-ins

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Bladen County man was arrested on Wednesday, May 20, are charged in connection with a reported break-in and stolen property. According to Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw, officers responded to a residence on Queen Court for a report of breaking, entering and larceny. The very next day, officers responded to report o

As you begin to read this, I am somewhere between Lumberton and Nashville — the one in Tennessee.
Vacation? Hardly, although there will be an element of off time involved.
No, this is partially a business trip, since I will be covering the third annual KLOVE Fan Awards for the second straight year — but I can't really classify this as

On the road to Nashville

As you begin to read this, I am somewhere between Lumberton and Nashville — the one in Tennessee. Vacation? Hardly, although there will be an element of off time involved. No, this is partially a business trip, since I will be covering the third annual KLOVE Fan Awards for the second straight year — but I can't really classify this as

Thunderstorms briefly hammer Bladen County

A line of severe thunderstorms that crossed through the region on Thursday afternoon brought with it at least one tornado that touched down in Columbus County. In Bladen County, a severe thunderstorm warning was in effect from about 2:30 to 4:45 p.m. Two cells of thunderstorms quickly passed through the heart of Bladen County between 2:45 and 3:3

DUBLIN — A trio of senior teammates sat together at a table covered with a tablecloth in West Bladen blue and signed their letters of intent to play college baseball in the fall.
Trevor Lesane, Colby McLean and Michael Pastore — a major part of the Knights' middle defense this past season — were the focus of attention as they put

Three Knights sign to play college baseball

DUBLIN — A trio of senior teammates sat together at a table covered with a tablecloth in West Bladen blue and signed their letters of intent to play college baseball in the fall. Trevor Lesane, Colby McLean and Michael Pastore — a major part of the Knights' middle defense this past season — were the focus of attention as they put

WHITEVILLE — Three West Bladen graduates have garnered Div. II awards as part of the Southeastern Community College softball team.
Former Lady Knights Abbey Walters, Robin Coleman and Kaitlyn Sykes each received their Lady Rams team awards during the 2015 Region X Div. II Banquet in Burlington on April 30.
Walters, a sophomore, took four aw

Bladen trio earns college softball awards

WHITEVILLE — Three West Bladen graduates have garnered Div. II awards as part of the Southeastern Community College softball team. Former Lady Knights Abbey Walters, Robin Coleman and Kaitlyn Sykes each received their Lady Rams team awards during the 2015 Region X Div. II Banquet in Burlington on April 30. Walters, a sophomore, took four aw

NEWPORT — The Croatan Cougars completed a sweep of Bladen County baseball teams on Tuesday when they handed visiting West Bladen a 9-4 loss in the third round of the state's Class 2-A East playoffs. Croatan defeated East Bladen 10-2 in the first round.
“We ran into some good pitching,” said West Bladen coach Kim Cain. “And

West Bladen falls to Croatan, 9-4

NEWPORT — The Croatan Cougars completed a sweep of Bladen County baseball teams on Tuesday when they handed visiting West Bladen a 9-4 loss in the third round of the state's Class 2-A East playoffs. Croatan defeated East Bladen 10-2 in the first round. “We ran into some good pitching,” said West Bladen coach Kim Cain. “And

DUBLIN — West Bladen High football coach Russell Dove recently announced that the Knights would host the second annual Richard Howell Youth Football Camp.
The camp will be held Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with check-in time between 8:30 and 9 a.m. It is open to all area youth between the ages of 7 and 14.
There is no cost for

Grid camp

DUBLIN — West Bladen High football coach Russell Dove recently announced that the Knights would host the second annual Richard Howell Youth Football Camp. The camp will be held Saturday, June 20, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with check-in time between 8:30 and 9 a.m. It is open to all area youth between the ages of 7 and 14. There is no cost for

The 2015 version of the annual White Lake Water Festival has been in the books now for nearly a week, and its organizers — and here I am referring primarily to the face of the event, which is Dawn Maynard — should be pretty proud of what was pulled off.
But is the event at a crossroads?
The Water Festival, over the past few years, see

Water Fest at a crossroads

The 2015 version of the annual White Lake Water Festival has been in the books now for nearly a week, and its organizers — and here I am referring primarily to the face of the event, which is Dawn Maynard — should be pretty proud of what was pulled off. But is the event at a crossroads? The Water Festival, over the past few years, see

Knights knock off Edenton Holmes

EDENTON — The West Bladen Knights knocked off its second straight higher-ranked team in the state's Class 2-A baseball playoffs on Saturday, posting a come-from-behind, nail-biting 2-1 win over Edenton Holmes. Three nights after disposing of No. 11 Ayden-Grifton in the opening round, 2-0, behind a superb pitching performance by Jeremy Hunt,

WHITE LAKE — If there was a perfect recipe for the start of the summer season at White Lake, Saturday's ingredients would have been it.
Under a warm, sunny sky that only occasionally offered a passing set of clouds, the 37th annual White Lake Water Festival ballooned the town's population by several thousand visitors as they converged on Whi

White Lake Water Fest draws big crowd

WHITE LAKE — If there was a perfect recipe for the start of the summer season at White Lake, Saturday's ingredients would have been it. Under a warm, sunny sky that only occasionally offered a passing set of clouds, the 37th annual White Lake Water Festival ballooned the town's population by several thousand visitors as they converged on Whi

Hines brothers, Campbell compete at states

GREENSBORO — East Bladen High track coach Cedric Mathis couldn't have been more enthusiastic when three of his athletes qualified for the state's Class 2-A Track & Field finals at North Carolina A&T on Saturday. And despite failing to get close to a top-three finish, Mathis was still high on the experience they received. “We ha

DUBLIN — For Bladen County students hoping to earn a degree in nursing, there are plenty of positives for the immediate future, including the fact that the nursing industry is expected to grow faster that any other profession through 2022.
But a recent study by WalletHub, the leading personal finance social network, isn't giving North Caroli

Survey: State 37th for nurses

DUBLIN — For Bladen County students hoping to earn a degree in nursing, there are plenty of positives for the immediate future, including the fact that the nursing industry is expected to grow faster that any other profession through 2022. But a recent study by WalletHub, the leading personal finance social network, isn't giving North Caroli

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Bladen County woman has been arrested and charged with fraud in connection with an incident at a local grocery store.
According to Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw, officers were called to the Food Lion on West Broad Street on Wednesday, April 29, at about 3 p.m. to investigate several stolen checks that had been passed.
“T

E'town woman charged with fraud

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Bladen County woman has been arrested and charged with fraud in connection with an incident at a local grocery store. According to Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw, officers were called to the Food Lion on West Broad Street on Wednesday, April 29, at about 3 p.m. to investigate several stolen checks that had been passed. “T

TAR HEEL — At first glance, Kiera Lewis looks just like a typical 9-year-old, with a smile that lights up a room and enough energy to run circles around most adults.
But get the Tar Heel youngster around a balance beam, parallel bars and a gymnast's mat, and she is transformed into a focused and nearly unbeatable competitor.
For the second

Lewis repeats as gymnastics champion

TAR HEEL — At first glance, Kiera Lewis looks just like a typical 9-year-old, with a smile that lights up a room and enough energy to run circles around most adults. But get the Tar Heel youngster around a balance beam, parallel bars and a gymnast's mat, and she is transformed into a focused and nearly unbeatable competitor. For the second

WHITE OAK — By the time she completes her current hiking experience, Yvonne Entingh will have walked more than 1,500 miles through a handful of states. By herself.
Although that kind of mileage brings with it the opportunity for numerous highlights, Entingh — a resident of Dayton, Ohio, who goes by the hiking trail name of “Princ

Long-distance hiker sleeps at Harmony Hall

WHITE OAK — By the time she completes her current hiking experience, Yvonne Entingh will have walked more than 1,500 miles through a handful of states. By herself. Although that kind of mileage brings with it the opportunity for numerous highlights, Entingh — a resident of Dayton, Ohio, who goes by the hiking trail name of “Princ

ELIZABETHTOWN — Northside Jacksonville won its first-ever softball playoff game on Wednesday when the No. 26 seed Lady Monarchs took advantage of six East Bladen errors and upset the No. 7 seed Lady Eagles 11-5 in eight innings in the first round of the state's Class 2-A East playoffs.
The loss ends East Bladen's season for the second straig

East miscues lead to 11-6 playoff loss

ELIZABETHTOWN — Northside Jacksonville won its first-ever softball playoff game on Wednesday when the No. 26 seed Lady Monarchs took advantage of six East Bladen errors and upset the No. 7 seed Lady Eagles 11-5 in eight innings in the first round of the state's Class 2-A East playoffs. The loss ends East Bladen's season for the second straig

There are two phrases within the legal system which ring 100 percent true. They are: “The man who represents himself has a fool for a client” and “ignorance of the law is no defense.”
However, when an acquaintance of mine was recently stopped by the N.C. State Highway Patrol and given a ticket for open container, I had to k

When 'open' isn't really open

There are two phrases within the legal system which ring 100 percent true. They are: “The man who represents himself has a fool for a client” and “ignorance of the law is no defense.” However, when an acquaintance of mine was recently stopped by the N.C. State Highway Patrol and given a ticket for open container, I had to k

DUBLIN — West Bladen used two four-run inns to knock off visiting East Bladen on Tuesday in a Four County Conference clash, 11-6.
The Knights finished the regular season at 10-8 overall and 7-6 in the conference, while the Eagles finished at 10-12 and 6-8.
West Bladen opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the first inning behind an RBI

Knights knock off Eagles

DUBLIN — West Bladen used two four-run inns to knock off visiting East Bladen on Tuesday in a Four County Conference clash, 11-6. The Knights finished the regular season at 10-8 overall and 7-6 in the conference, while the Eagles finished at 10-12 and 6-8. West Bladen opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the first inning behind an RBI





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