Curt Vincent

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About Curt Vincent

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

Latest Stories by Curt Vincent

BLADENBORO — Leaders of the North Carolina NAACP have hired a pathologist to perform an independent medical exam of Lennon Lacy, a Bladenboro 17-year-old who was found hanged in August. The organization also is asking for a federal investigation into his death.
Investigators have said they have found no signs of foul play in Lacy's death, wi

NAACP wants feds to probe teenager's death

BLADENBORO — Leaders of the North Carolina NAACP have hired a pathologist to perform an independent medical exam of Lennon Lacy, a Bladenboro 17-year-old who was found hanged in August. The organization also is asking for a federal investigation into his death. Investigators have said they have found no signs of foul play in Lacy's death, wi

ELIZABETHTOWN — For the first time in many months, the Bladen County Sheriff's Office had more arrests than calls from the public for assistance.
Deputies responded to 34 calls from the public between Nov. 12 and Nov. 19. Those calls included four for drugs, four for alarms, three for physical and/or verbal assault, two for larceny, two for

Bladen County Sheriff's Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — For the first time in many months, the Bladen County Sheriff's Office had more arrests than calls from the public for assistance. Deputies responded to 34 calls from the public between Nov. 12 and Nov. 19. Those calls included four for drugs, four for alarms, three for physical and/or verbal assault, two for larceny, two for

BLADENBORO — Several media outlets are reporting this week that the state chapter of the NAACP has hired its own pathologist and requested a federal investigation into the death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacey, who was found hanging from a swing set on Aug. 29.
Leaders with the North Carolina NAACP, which was approached by the Lacey family short

NAACP wants federal investigation

BLADENBORO — Several media outlets are reporting this week that the state chapter of the NAACP has hired its own pathologist and requested a federal investigation into the death of 17-year-old Lennon Lacey, who was found hanging from a swing set on Aug. 29. Leaders with the North Carolina NAACP, which was approached by the Lacey family short

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen coach Robby Priest, now on the heels of getting his first 10-win season, is well aware that getting No. 11 will be one of the season's biggest challenges.
The 10-2 Eagles, seeded No. 1 in the state's Class 2-A East playoffs, will play host to the 10-2 Jaquars of Farmville Central, the No. 8 seed out of the Eastern

Eagles hosting Jaquars in second round

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen coach Robby Priest, now on the heels of getting his first 10-win season, is well aware that getting No. 11 will be one of the season's biggest challenges. The 10-2 Eagles, seeded No. 1 in the state's Class 2-A East playoffs, will play host to the 10-2 Jaquars of Farmville Central, the No. 8 seed out of the Eastern

Lighting up the night

DUBLIN — Nothing attracts folks from throughout the region to Bladen County during the Christmas season like the Festival of Lights at Lu Mil Vineyard. The annual event will operate Saturday, Nov. 29, and Sunday, Nov. 30. Following that opening weekend, the event will be open Thursday through Sunday, Dec. 4 through Dec. 7; then run nightly s

Lady Knights have huge shoes to fill

DUBLIN — Either way it's looked at — reloading or rebuilding — West Bladen girls basketball coach Pam Stephens knows she has her work cut out for her this season after losing two key starters from last season's 12-9 team. “Oh definitely, there are some big shoes to fill,” Stephens said. Those shoes belonged to gradua

Lady Eagles reload for long run

ELIZABETHTOWN — It doesn't take much strain on the memory to recall the Lady Eagles' three straight appearances in the Class 2-A state championship games back when the likes of Courtney Melvin and Jasmine Kemp were leading East Bladen. Last season, the Lady Eagles began what could be another journey to a title game when they finished 28-32 o

WHITE LAKE — A new golf course, a new golf tournament, a big check to the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Vineyard Golf at White Lake, formerly Carolina Sands which officially re-opened last month after extensive repairs and upgrades, held its first-ever Iron Man Tournament on Saturday with 27 teams and a total of 108 players.
The Iron Man

Iron Man donates to Shriners Hospitals

WHITE LAKE — A new golf course, a new golf tournament, a big check to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Vineyard Golf at White Lake, formerly Carolina Sands which officially re-opened last month after extensive repairs and upgrades, held its first-ever Iron Man Tournament on Saturday with 27 teams and a total of 108 players. The Iron Man

ELIZABETHTOWN — On a crisp Saturday morning, numerous bikers from around the region converged on the football/track area at Elizabethtown Middle School for the first-ever Cool School Bike Fest, a fundraiser for Bladen County Schools.
The event also featured a number of vendors, ranging from food to crafts — as well as representatives f

Bikers gather for schools

ELIZABETHTOWN — On a crisp Saturday morning, numerous bikers from around the region converged on the football/track area at Elizabethtown Middle School for the first-ever Cool School Bike Fest, a fundraiser for Bladen County Schools. The event also featured a number of vendors, ranging from food to crafts — as well as representatives f

DUBLIN — Senior Morgan Sweeney, one the key lynch-pins on West Bladen's Lady Knights' defense last season, kicked off the college signing season in Bladen County on Friday by committing to play her collegiate softball at Newberry College in Newberry, S.C.
Sweeney, the starting shortstop for West Bladen's 20-5 team in the spring, was recruite

Sweeney signs to play softball for Newberry

DUBLIN — Senior Morgan Sweeney, one the key lynch-pins on West Bladen's Lady Knights' defense last season, kicked off the college signing season in Bladen County on Friday by committing to play her collegiate softball at Newberry College in Newberry, S.C. Sweeney, the starting shortstop for West Bladen's 20-5 team in the spring, was recruite

Eagles run over Red Springs

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen scored on its first five possessions, rushed for 548 yards and withstood an early second-half gut punch to knock off Red Springs in the first round of the state's Class 2-A playoffs, 53-26. The win improves the Eagles to 10-2 and moves them into the second round, where they will host Farmville Central. East Blade

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen senior running back Farrell Murchison often goes about his business on the gridiron in a quiet, unassuming way, allowing his work ethic and physical skills to do his talking. But his passion for toting the pigskin — zig-zagging past defenders, running them over and outracing any who dare to try catching him &

Record-setter

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen senior running back Farrell Murchison often goes about his business on the gridiron in a quiet, unassuming way, allowing his work ethic and physical skills to do his talking. But his passion for toting the pigskin — zig-zagging past defenders, running them over and outracing any who dare to try catching him &

Photo courtesy of Sharn Anderson
The West Bladen High seniors defended the school's Pancake Eating Contest title by winning the second straight championship, and third in four years. The Knights out-ate East Bladen High during the annual Rivaltry Week's flapjack eating contest at The Corner Cafe two days before the Eagles versus Knights football g

Pancake champions

Photo courtesy of Sharn Anderson The West Bladen High seniors defended the school's Pancake Eating Contest title by winning the second straight championship, and third in four years. The Knights out-ate East Bladen High during the annual Rivaltry Week's flapjack eating contest at The Corner Cafe two days before the Eagles versus Knights football g

ELIZABETHTOWN —The Christmas spirit is in the air, and getting your donation in to the Bladen Journal's annual Empty Stocking Fund early could mean the difference between a cold Christmas and a cool one for many children in Bladen County.
Last year, the community stepped up in a big way and filled the Empty Stocking Fund's coffers with $13,

Annual effort looks to top $15,000

ELIZABETHTOWN —The Christmas spirit is in the air, and getting your donation in to the Bladen Journal's annual Empty Stocking Fund early could mean the difference between a cold Christmas and a cool one for many children in Bladen County. Last year, the community stepped up in a big way and filled the Empty Stocking Fund's coffers with $13,

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Sheriff's Office responded to 63 calls from the public between Nov. 5 and Nov. 12.
Among those calls were 11 for breaking and/or entering, eight for alarms, seven for physical and/or verbal assault, three for larceny and one for drugs.
There were also 23 arrests during that same time.
Following are the mor

Bladen County Sheriff's Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Sheriff's Office responded to 63 calls from the public between Nov. 5 and Nov. 12. Among those calls were 11 for breaking and/or entering, eight for alarms, seven for physical and/or verbal assault, three for larceny and one for drugs. There were also 23 arrests during that same time. Following are the mor

DUBLIN — West Bladen's varsity football team completed its schedule last week with its best record in several years, but the 6-5 mark barely begins to tell the story of the Knights' 2014 season.
“To ask the kids and coaches to deal with the kinds of things we had to do makes it pretty tough,” said coach Russell Dove. “Somet

West Bladen endured lesson-laden season

DUBLIN — West Bladen's varsity football team completed its schedule last week with its best record in several years, but the 6-5 mark barely begins to tell the story of the Knights' 2014 season. “To ask the kids and coaches to deal with the kinds of things we had to do makes it pretty tough,” said coach Russell Dove. “Somet

ELIZABETHTOWN —Coach Robby Priest's Eagles have been here before, in the state playoffs, so they understand exactly what it means to be faced with a one-and-done situation.
“A lot of them have been here before,” Priest said, “so they know what's going on and how to to do what needs doing.”
The Eagles, 9-2 and the No.

Eagles host Red Springs in playoff opener

ELIZABETHTOWN —Coach Robby Priest's Eagles have been here before, in the state playoffs, so they understand exactly what it means to be faced with a one-and-done situation. “A lot of them have been here before,” Priest said, “so they know what's going on and how to to do what needs doing.” The Eagles, 9-2 and the No.

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Health Department conducted a total of 33 inspections of food-service facilities in October.
Those facilities were either given a grade based on 100 points or simply a “P” for provisional or “S” for superior. Those with less that 90 points or a “P” were reinspected at a la

33 health inspections conducted in October

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Health Department conducted a total of 33 inspections of food-service facilities in October. Those facilities were either given a grade based on 100 points or simply a “P” for provisional or “S” for superior. Those with less that 90 points or a “P” were reinspected at a la

ELIZABETHTOWN — The hand of Roger Grunder, at least in spirit, was on the shoulder of each individual who visited the Bladen Journal office last week as part of the second annual “Roger's Wish” project's blanket and sleeping bag giveaway.
More than 175 items were collected during the month of October, some of them still being del

'Roger's Wish' project benefits dozens

ELIZABETHTOWN — The hand of Roger Grunder, at least in spirit, was on the shoulder of each individual who visited the Bladen Journal office last week as part of the second annual “Roger's Wish” project's blanket and sleeping bag giveaway. More than 175 items were collected during the month of October, some of them still being del

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen's 42-14 win over cross-county foe West Bladen on Friday not only clinched a share of the Four County Conference crown with Clinton and Wallace-Rose Hill, but also secured a No. 1 seed in the Class 2-A East playoff bracket.
The Eagles, now 9-2 overall, will play host to former Southwest Conference opponent Red Spri

Eagles get No. 1 seed in Class 2-A

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen's 42-14 win over cross-county foe West Bladen on Friday not only clinched a share of the Four County Conference crown with Clinton and Wallace-Rose Hill, but also secured a No. 1 seed in the Class 2-A East playoff bracket. The Eagles, now 9-2 overall, will play host to former Southwest Conference opponent Red Spri





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