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Health director on board with rural task force

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ELIZABETHTOWN — A comprehensive health action plan that focuses on solutions for the many roots of well-being disparities displayed in North Carolina’s 60 rural counties is receiving a thumbs up from the Bladen County Health Department’s director.Bladen is one of those 60 counties included in the plan.The plan, put together by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Task Force on Rural Health, points to six priority areas, identifies strategies at the state and local levels that range from behavioral health to childhood development to investments in high-speed broadband Internet – all of which focus on increasing the health and well-being of rural North Carolina.


Southeastern bypassed for weatherization bid

LUMBERTON — A $1.7 million contract for federal weatherization assistance funds has been awarded to Cumberland Community Action Program following a bidding process initiated after the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources chose not to renew a contract held for eight years with Lumberton-based Southeastern Community & Family Services Inc.The local agency was one of three to bid on the contract, the other being the Lumber River Council of Governments, according t...

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Downtown awning issue to come before board

ELIZABETHTOWN — Councilmen with the Elizabethtown Town Council will meet Tuesday and deal with a relatively light agenda — except for one potentially contentious item.According to Town Manager Eddie Madden, the agenda will include an appearance by Pat Melvin, co-owner of the building which houses Bladen Hardware — as well as a code enforcement matter and surplus property. The board will also take up the issue of the state health plan that will be effective Jan. 1 ...

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Thorough investigation is necessary

On Jan. 31, Donte Jones, age 16, was arrested, charged and housed in the Bladen County jail amongst the adult population. He was charged with attempted mu...

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Service to offer new price reports for local products

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services’ State and Federal Market News Service is launching a series of new reports focusing on locally produced agricultural products.Reports for the state-operated farmers markets in Raleigh and Asheville, which list current wholesale prices, are now online, as is Farm to School information, which provides total produce sales delivered plus unit prices. In addition to these reports, Market News plans to devel...

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Count your blessing every day

The average American is happy to have a paying job with the opportunity to make a little more money. Most Americans would like to work a few extra hours when they could. However, many Americans dream of retiring to fish, golf, garden, or relax. Others enjoy working so much that they never quit.It all depends on the kind of work you do. If you are a coal miner, then retirement at 55 looks great. If the daily manual labor is not too overtaxing then many enjoy staying on the job.

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Clark, Merritt

Donna Clark of Garland and Brandon Merritt of Harrells announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Linda Clark of Garland. She earned an associate degree in general education and is employed by Danaher.The prospective groom is the son of Elaine and Tink Merritt of Harrells. He earned an associate degree in criminal justice and is employed with Sleepy Creek Farms.The wedding is planned for Saturday, Sept. 6, at...

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Cross, Melvin

Mr. and Mrs. Powell Jennings Cross of Elizabethtown announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter Caitlin Alyssa to Charles Dustin Melvin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Daniel Melvin of White Oak.The wedding ceremony will take place on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church.

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Bladenboro gearing up for Fun Day on Saturday

BLADENBORO — Folks looking for something to kick off the fall festival season need look no further than Bladenboro as they prepare for the 22nd annual Bladenboro Fun Day on Saturday.Joyce Walters, one of the organizers of the event, said the day will begin with an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. — but there won’t be the usual sweet start because there won’t be a pancake breakfast by the Rotary Club.The opening ceremony will be held in the front of t...

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Giving back to the community

ELIZABETHTOWN — A local man has made it his mission and ministry to give back to the community that gave so much to him and his family when he was growing up.Hubert Horne, founder of I AM Inc., said the inspiration for his ministry was his upbringing. He said he grew up in a home where his father worked, but earned very little.“I don’t know that I would have made it without the community,” said Horne. “I feel like I owe the community. I̵...

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Have you ever been photobombed?

Have you ever thought about bombs? Up until a few weeks ago, I’d not really given much thought about them. But one day recently that all changed and I began researching different types of bombs. In my research I learned that there are pipe bombs, smoke bombs, stink bombs, suitcase bombs, cluster bombs, atomic bombs, dirty bombs, hydrogen bombs, and nuclear bombs. You can be sure that there are many more different types of bombs than what I’ve listed.However, for this we...

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Workshop series for farmers offered

The upcoming series “Small Farm Profitability” is being offered by N.C. REAL and their community partners at the Small Business Centers and Cooperative Extensions in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus and Robeson counties.It is a series of six classes taught by Tony Kleese, an expert in Agriculture Entrepreneurship with a focus on sustainable farming. The series will addresses common challenges faced by new and transitioning farmers in the region.The course covers g...

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Knowing the weather behooves boaters

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – For boaters, sailors or anglers, knowing the forecast and understanding the weather can mean the difference between smooth, sunny sailing or slogging through uncomfortably rough seas.Weather for Boaters, a new online course from the United States Power Squadrons and the BoatUS Foundation aims to teach boaters the basics of weather and forecasting so they may recognize and prepare for storms coming their way, interpret cloud formations and wind shifts, learn w...

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Collegiate bass fishing championship to air Sept. 3

FLORENCE, Ala. — Fans of collegiate bass fishing will get the chance to experience the excitement of the nation’s largest collegiate bass fishing event on Wednesday, Sept. 3, when the 2014 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship airs on the NBC Sports Network at 12:30 p.m.The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship is the marquee event of three nationally televised tournaments hosted as part of the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series that includes the ...

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Fake punt sparks Eagles to win

WHITEVILLE — A fake punt at a key juncture of the game, along with the stellar rushing of Farrell Murchison helped lead East Bladen to a 28-19 non-conference win over a pesky White team on Friday.The win improves the Eagles to 2-0 and drops the Wolfpack to 1-1.The play came early in the fourth quarter with East Bladen clinging to a 14-13 lead and facing a fourth and 5 deep in their own territory. Eagles coach Robby Priest pulled out a fake punt play that sent the s...

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Mourning Knights wallop West Columbus

DUBLIN — The West Bladen High football family was rocked Friday by the news that one of their varsity players had been found dead earlier in the day, and the team was given a choice to play the game against West Columbus or postpone it.The Knights chose to play.“Every one of the boys wanted to play the game for their teammate,” West Bladen coach Russell Dove. “I’m proud of how they handled things.”Despite the heavy hearts, t...

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BCC Writers Series to kick off with Barbara Presnell

DUBLIN — Bladen Community College’s Writers Series will present award-winning North Carolina author and lecturer Barbara Presnell in a program on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. in the College Library. This is the first of two Writers Series programs slated for September.A native of Asheboro, Presnell grew up in a family of readers surrounded by books. Most of her works reflect the people and lives of those people from the foothills and mountains of Appalachia. Many focus...

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Eagles’ offense erupts for 5-0 win

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen got into the “W” column for the first time in the early soccer season with a 5-0 whitewashing of visiting West Columbus on Thursday.The win moved the Eagles’ record to 1-1-3.Scoring honors were spread around among five players for East Bladen as Alex Felder, Brooks McGill, Brandon Tatum, Jake Mazur and Tyler Polk all found the back of the West Columbus nets.The Eagles opened a 2-0 advantage by halftime, then ...

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