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BCC welcomes two new trustees

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DUBLIN — At the recent meeting of the Bladen Community College Board of Trustees, two new members were welcomed to the group. They are Wayne Edge and Charlotte Smith. Both were appointed by the county commissioners.The new trustees, along with two current board members who had been appointed for another term, were sworn in to office in a ceremony preceding the board meeting.Edge, who is well-known throughout the county, is a Bladen County commissioner. He replaces Mark Gillespie, who will leave the Board of County Commissioners on Dec. 1. Smith replaces board member Cheryl White-Smith, who has served on the board since 2010.

 

Labor Day closings announced

The Labor Day holiday will cause government offices and others to be closed to mark the day.Those closings include:— All federal offices and courts will be closed on Monday, Sept 1. They will resume normal operations on Tuesday, Sept. 2.— All banks will be closed Monday, Sept. 1. They will resume normal operations on Tuesday, Sept 2.— There will be no mail delivery on Monday, Sept 1. The U.S. Postal Service will resume its normal s...

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Dove season opens on Monday

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that the dove hunting season opens Monday, Sept. 1, and to be safe throughout the season for these popular game birds.Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The 2014-15 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 to Oct. 11 and Nov. 27 to Jan. 15. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 45.

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Travelers urged to slow down on the roads

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful as they enjoy the Labor Day holiday.According to AAA, 34.7 million people are expected travel during the Labor Day period. More than 6.3 million people from the South Atlantic states (Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia) are expected to travel this holiday weekend by automobile, air and other forms of transportation, up 1.6 percent from last yea...

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — Deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office handled a total of 57 calls from the public between Aug. 20 and Aug. 27.Among those calls were 11 for larceny, 10 for breaking and/or entering, seven for verbal and/or physical assault, three for drugs, two for alarms and one for suspicious activity.There were also 19 arrests during that same time.Following are the more important and/or interesting arrests:— Melissa A...

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Killingsworth sentencing postponed to October

ELIZABETHTOWN — The sentencing hearing for former Bladen County Schools Superintendent Gregory Killingsworth was postponed until Tuesday, Oct. 7.The hearing was originally scheduled for Monday, Aug. 25.Killingsworth pleaded guilty to a felony count of obtaining property by false pretense earlier this month in Bladen County Superior Court Criminal Division.Killingsworth abruptly resigned from his position as superintendent after a contentious board of edu...

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Lady Eagles, Lady Knights battle to wins

LAKE WACCAMAW — The Lady Eagles fought back from an early deficit to claim a hard-fought non-conference win over East Columbus on Tuesday by the scores of 23-25, 25-13, 25-22 and 25-23.Abby Norris filled the stat sheet with 23 kills, four aces and three blocks for East Bladen, while Lacey Suggs added 17 service winners, five aces and five kills. Teammate Miller Heustess contributed 28 assists in the win.Hannah DeVane recorded 11 service points and three aces....

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Women’s Equality: Lagging overall, but improving

ELIZABETHTOWN — In the 94 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment in August 1920, which gave women the right to vote and became known as women’s suffrage, the United States has made leaps and bounds in the area of women’s right. Yet the country still ranks No. 23 in the world when it comes to the specific global gender gap index.And in North Carolina, the state ranks No. 22 overall in the country when gauging specific guidelines.

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We wanted to be sure and take the time to send out most sincere congratulations to the town of Elizabethtown for the wonderful weekend of events recently.We traveled from Richmond, Va., to Elizabethtown for the Battle of Elizabethtown re-enactment, and thoroughly enjoyed everything we saw. We are surprised this was only the third year, since it all seemed so organized and there was so much to see.Since we live in Richmond, Va., we are quite used to Civil War re-enactment...

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Lady Knights sweep West Columbus

CERRO GORDO — Morgan Sweeney fired in eight service winners, seven of which were aces, and the Lady Knights of West Bladen swept West Columbus in a non-conference volleyball match on Monday by the scores of 25-9, 25-16 and 25-10.In addition to Sweeney, the trio of Kathryn Schultz, Krisna Ransom and Breanna Jackson combined for 25 service points and 10 aces against the Lady Vikings. Jackson accounted for six aces, while Ransom added nine kills to lead West Bladen.Ot...

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Positive numbers

While enrollment in area community colleges appears to be lagging, the same isn’t true for Bladen Community College, where numbers are looking strong and could even surpass last fall’s record-breaking figure.While there might be a number of reasons for the positive numbers, it all really boils down to one specific factor, according to BCC President William Findt — a grassroots recruitment effort by BCC’s faculty and staff.

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A non-lawyer on the Supreme Court?

President Obama plans to appoint National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg to the United States Supreme Court.Not really, of course.Totenberg may know more than most lawyers about the Supreme Court from her experience as an award-winning legal affairs correspondent for NPR.But she is not a lawyer, and you have to be a lawyer to be on the court.Don’t you?No. The Constitution sets forth no such requirement. Article Two provides sim...

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EYEBROW: BLADEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE Lt. Col. Taylor to keynote Fall Convocation

DUBLIN — Lt. Col. Vivian Taylor will be the keynote speaker at Bladen Community College’s Fall Convocation on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m. This marks the 47th year since Bladen Community College was officially established.A native of West Point, Miss., Taylor was raised in a large family-centered home that inspired her to strive for success. She realized early in life that a higher education was a necessity and that funding that education would be an important requirem...

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Shooting sends one to hospital; suspects flee

BLADENBORO — A shooting early Sunday morning on Twisted Hickey Road in Bladenboro sent one man to Bladen County Hospital and have deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office looking for the trigger men.According to Chief Deputy Rodney Hester, the shooting took place shortly after 4 a.m.“Witnesses stated that a vehicle with several subjects inside … pulled into the back yard … and began shooting,” Hester said. “After several ...

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Thank you to Brian Campbell

On behalf of all veterans, I would like to express my appreciation to Mr. Brian Campbell, Cape Fear Transport, for displaying the military emblems on his ...

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Knights runs over South Rob, 42-8

ROWLAND — West Bladen traveled to South Robeson for their season-opener, and pasted the Mustangs 42-8 in a game that featured 382 yards rushing from the Knights, a swarming disruptive defense by West Bladen and a running clock that did little to soothe the sting for the Mustangs.The Knights’ defense recovered three South Robeson fumbles and blocked a punt to establish control, while the West Bladen stable to running backs put together a memorable evening.Afte...

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Hardee, Reynolds

Mr. and Mrs. James Daryl Hardee of White Lake announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jessica Blair to Ryan Christopher Reynolds, son of Peter and Cindy Reynolds of Raleigh.The bride-elect graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in nursing and has been employed by Duke Hospital as a pediatric cardiac intensive care nurse. She recently completed her master’s degree in nurse anesthesia from the Ra...

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New digital press creating a buzz

ELIZABETHTOWN — There’s some excitement brewing at Bladen Office Supply these days in the form of a new digital printing press.Manager Trey Melvin said the machine is a Canon Image Press 6011, which retails for about $75,000, but the store opted to lease the press, instead of purchasing it.“Everything is moving in the digital direction,” said Melvin of the decision to lease the press.He said the store would still use the off-set presses...

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