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Commissioners vote to beef up courthouse security

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ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Commissioners voted 6-2 in favor of tightening security for the Bladen County Courthouse during their meeting Monday night. Commissioners Charles Ray Peterson and Wayne Edge cast the two votes against the proposal.The proposal, presented by Bladen County Sheriff Capt. Jeff Singletary and Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston, offered commissioners three options for securing the courthouse.


Area hunters aim to make a difference in their community

WHITEVILLE — Friday marks the start of an ambitious campaign in Columbu...

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Knights set to host the Dark Horses

DUBLIN — West Bladen coach Russell Dove knows that if his Knights expect to reach the upper echelon of the Four County Conference, the next three weeks will be important steps on that journey.“Oh yes, there’s no doubt we’ve got three big games coming up for this program,” he said. “But we have to take them one at a time.”The first of those three games is Friday, when the Clinton Dark Horses visit the Castle for a conference showd...

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East to square off top-ranked Bulldogs

ELIZABETHTOWN — Before any season opens, most teams have a specific game or two circled on the calendar. For East Bladen, this week’s got circled with stars around it.The Eagles, 7-1 overall and 4-0 in the Four County Conference, will travel to Teachey on Friday for a showdown with Wallace-Rose Hill, 8-0 and 4-0, that could determine the overall conference crown.

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1960s radical returns with conservative allies

Howard Fuller was back in North Carolina last week promoting his new book, “No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior’s Life from Black Power to Education Reform.”Fuller is a professor of education and director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University.Some North Carolinians remember Fuller as a community organizer in the 1960s and 70s. He led poor people to demand fair treatment, to work together to improve their lives, and ...

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Higher premiums … what should we expect?

Eighth district congressman Richard Hudson’s Oct. 11 editorial in the Laurinburg Exchange was titled “Obamacare leading to high premiums.” Well, what should we expect?The insurance industry is big business, and the purpose of business is to make a profit, now isn’t it? Congressman Hudson wrote: “Obamacare is forcing our families to deal with rising health care costs, restricted access and cancelled insurance plans.” So what is new? Has the cost o...

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Wildlife Commission improves fish habitat in five reservoirs

RALEIGH — Staff with the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission this summer planted aquatic vegetation in five Piedmont reservoirs to improve fish habitat and provide anglers with better fishing opportunities.Staff planted native vegetation, such as pickerelweed, water willow, soft stem bulrush, white water lily and eelgrass, in W. Kerr Scott Reservoir, Lake Gaston, Lookout Shoals Lake, La...

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Lacewell recognized with governor’s award

GREENSBORO — A Bladen County woman was one of six recipients of the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Worksforce Development recently....

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — Deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office answered a total of 64 calls from the public for assistance between Oct. 15 and Oct. 22.Those calls included 12 for larceny, seven for physical and/or verbal assault, five for breaking and/or entering, four four alarms, three for drugs and two for suspicious activity.There were also a total of 20 arrests during that time.Following are the more important and/or interesting arrests:...

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Rotary dictionaries

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club prepared dictionaries to be distributed to Bladen County third graders on Wednesday. The dictionaries will be distributed on Tuesday, Oct. 28. Elizabethtown Rotary Club President Paul Norris labels the dictionaries while Rotarian Jose Rodriguez puts them in their appropriate boxes.

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White Lake to hold information meetings regarding proposed loop around the lake

WHITE LAKE — The town of White Lake is proposing the construction of a loop around White Lake for the benefit and safety of those who jog, walk, ride bicycles, use wheelchairs and folks with baby strollers.Two informational meetings are planned regarding the proposed path and will take place at the White Lake Town Hall.The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from noon until 1 p.m.The second meeting will take place on Thursday, Nov. 20, fro...

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Commissioners approve smoking policy changes

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve changes to the county’s smoking policy to prohibit smoking and the use of vapor products in county buildings, on all county grounds and county vehicles.Bladen County General Services Director Robert Mazur said, “In 2011, we attempted to put the policy in place for smoking and signage was erected.”The new ordinance reads, “(w)hereas, according to the Centers...

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Atkinson visits with local school leaders

ELIZABETHTOWN — North Carolina State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson paid a visit to Bladen County on Tuesday, during which she dropped in on several schools as well as addressed a CTE Business Partnership Advisory Council luncheon at the Bladen County Board of Education’s meeting room.Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor said in his introduction that Atkinson has a background in the career and technical education field.Atkinson began her r...

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Two-county chase ends with wreck, arrest

WHITE OAK — A Bladen County man was arrested and charged after leading law enforcement officers from three agencies on a high-speed chase through two counties on Tuesday, Oct. 14.According to Chief Deputy Rodney Hester with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began at the Kaids Mini Mart on N.C. 53 in White Oak at about 8:30 p.m. when a man who was sitting in the driver’s seat of a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pickup — who was waiting for a passenger to ...

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County recognizes employees for their years of service

ELIZABETHTOWN - The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and recognized several employees for their years of service to the county.They included employees who had 25 years of service to employees who only had five years of service. After the recognition the employees were treated to a reception in their honor.

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Eagles win in OT; Knights fall in home finale

ROSE HILL — East Bladen took advantage of Union playing a man down in overtime to pick up a 2-1 Four County Conference win behind a pair of goals from Colby Hester on Monday.The Spartans got on the board first with a goal less than 10 minutes into the first half when a shot clipped Eagles netminder Matt Massengill’s hand, but still had enough to find the net for a 1-0 lead.East Bladen knotted the game about 10 minutes later when Hester took advantage of a slo...

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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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Commissioners move forward on proposed jail project

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen 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. Tha...

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