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No arrest yet in fatal shooting

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BLADENBORO —A fatal shooting outside the Ash Street apartments in Bladenboro early Monday morning remains under investigation by the Bladenboro Police Department.According to Chief Chris Hunt, the shooting took place at about 2:30 a.m. and, when officers arrived, the victim — identified as Patricia Scott Cooper, 38 — had suffered a single gunshot to the back but was still alive.Cooper was transported to Bladen County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at about 3:31 a.m., according to Assistant County Coroner Kenneth Clark.Hunt, who said he didn’t want to divulge too many details of the incident while the investigation is ongoing, did say the incident began as a domestic dispute.


Foster care system works to reunite families

ELIZABETHTOWN — The foster care system sees many children walk through its doors because of numerous circumstances.Drucilla Wright, who oversees the foster care unit for the Bladen County Department of Social Services, and Bladen County DSS Director Vickie Smith recently talked about the unit and its function.Wright said that, initially, Child Protective Services receives a report and and they will work with the family for 30 to 45 days.“CPS will d...

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Elizabethtown Primary School announces honor students

ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown Primary School recently released its third nine-week honor roll list.Fourth Grade

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West Bladen pounds the Eagles

DUBLIN — Quiet for the first three innings, West Bladen’s bats came alive for 11 hits and 11 runs over the final three innings Wednesday and handed visiting East Bladen an 11-2 Four County Conference loss.The win improved the Knights to 8-7 overall and 5-4 in the conference, while the Eagles fell to 4-9 overall and 4-5 in the conference.After two scoreless innings, East Bladen pushed a pair of runs across in the third fueled by a West Bladen error and two hit...

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Lady Knights whip East Bladen

DUBLIN — The visiting Lady Eagles showed some early feistiness, but couldn’t keep up with the offensive firepower of West Bladen on Wednesday. The Lady Knights pounded out 13 hits en route to an 11-5 Four County Conference win.West Bladen improved to 14-2 overall and 8-2 in the conference, while East Bladen fell to 8-4 overall and 6-4 in the conference.The Lady Eagles opened the game with three runs in the first inning, the big hits a two-run double by Yoland...

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office received a total of 45 calls from victims of alleged crimes between April 9 and April 16.Of those, six were to report larceny, five for verbal and/or physical assault, five for residential or business alarms, two for harassment, two for suspicious activity and one for drugs.Deputies also made a total of 19 arrests during that same time period.The following are the more interesting and/or important ...

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Top Gun champs

Contributed photoThe Carolina Wildcats finished in first place in the 2014 Top Gun World Series NIT on April 5-6 in Dillon, S.C. With this win they received the new 2014 Worth Legit bat and improves them 13-4 on the season. Members of the team are: Casey West, Katlyn Jones, Morgan Britt, Ashley Prevatte, coach Johnny Britt, Morgan Hatchell, coach Gary Hatchell, Jesse Bryant, Arica Gandy, coach Justin Jones, Ramsey Milligan and coach William Britt. Not pictured are Skyler McCoy, Kat...

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Dublin First Baptist Church prepares to open second campus at White Lake Sunday

WHITE LAKE — There is an air of anticipation at White Lake for this weekend as a new church campus is about to open its doors and welcome folks into a worshipful experience on the shores of the crystal lake Sunday at 8:32 a.m.The new church will be housed at The Venue (formerly Crystal Beach) at White Lake, which is located between the Regal Resort and Goldston’s Beach. It will be a second campus of the Dublin First Baptist Church, said the Rev. Cameron McGill....

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Bladen County Retired School Personnel hears from charter school

ELIZABETHTOWN — The regular meeting of the Bladen County Retired School Personnel was held on March 31 at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church fellowship hall. Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy’s Commandant of Cadets Carl Lloyd was the guest speaker.

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Jail-A-Thon deemed a success

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Education Foundation is declaring the annual Jail-A-Thon a huge success.“This was one of our biggest ever,” said David Wall, one of the organizers of the event.He added quickly that the group is still counting all of the coins and there are some outstanding checks that have yet to be submitted.“Right now it looks like we’re close to $4,000,” said Wall. “We are very pleased.”...

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Bladen sees dip in unemployment

RALEIGH — The state has released its unemployment figures for the month of February and Bladen County’s rate dipped by 0.5 percent to 10 percent, ranking it 93rd in overall unemployment data. That is down from one year ago when the county reported an unemployment rate of 13.0 percent for an over the year decrease of 3 percent.Neighboring counties also saw good news in the unemployment figures. Columbus County saw its unemployment rate drop by 0.6 percent to 9.0 percent ...

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B’boro board requests speed limit change

BLADENBORO — The Bladenboro Town Board approved a resolution this week asking that the N.C. Department of Transportation to change the speed limit on N.C. Hwy. 242 within the town’s limits from 45 mph to 35 mph.Mayor Rufus Duckworth said there is a stretch of N.C. Hwy. 242 that traverses between N. Main Street and the N.C. 211 Bypass where the speed limit is 45 mph.He said there are concerns for the safety of pedestrians in the area as there several residence...

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Carolina Sands goes quiet

WHITE LAKE — The sounds of a far-off “fore!” and the sights of a high-five following a good shot and the casual walks up a perfectly manicured fairway to a ball gently resting pin high on a smooth green are over in White Lake. At least for now.After 52 years, Carolina Sands Golf Course — originally opened in 1962 as White Lake Golf Course before the name was changed in 2000 — was recently recently closed by owners Don and April Britt, who bought the fa...

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Suggs, Thompson recognized by NCPreps

Two Bladen County basketball stars have garnered another post-season honor, this time from the online service Suggs, a sophomore at East Bladen High who helped lead the Lady Eagles to a 28-2 record and run to the East Regionals this past season, was named to the Class 2-A All-State team by the online service.Suggs, who averaged 19.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 steals and 2.7 assists per game during the season, was the Four County Conference Player of the ...

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RACING***Dublin Motor SpeedwaySaturday, April 12***Late Model ...

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Generous gift

Photo courtesy of Seth LewisRon Taylor of LuMill Vineyard and Taylor Manufacturing, Inc. recently presented a check for $l,000 to the Dublin Scout Hut Committee. The gift was given in memory of Paul Davis, who drowned during a scouting event at Newby’s Bridge many years ago when scouting was young in Bladen County. Taylor is shown presenting the gift to Walter Bullard, Treasurer, Bobby Lewis and Tony Parnell. Taylor is shown presenting the gift to Walter Bullard, treasurer, a...

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East at West games moved

DUBLIN — Because of the inclement weather, all athletic events scheduled for today between West Bladen and East Bladen have been moved to Wednesday.That includes the baseball, softball and soccer activities — jayvee and varsity.— Baseball: Jayvee will play at West Bladen at 4 p.m.; varsity will play at West Bladen at 7 p.m.— Softball: Varisty will play at West Bladen at 6 p.m.— Soccer: Varsity will play at West Bladen a...

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