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Murder suspect extradited to Bladen County

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ELIZABETHTOWN —A murder suspect who was arrested in Maryland in late July has now been extradited back to North Carolina.Chief Deputy Rodney Hester with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that Garry Tyrell McCray Jr., 26, of Salisbury, Md., was returned to Bladen County just before midnight Monday. He has been charged with first-degree murder and is in the Bladen County Jail without bond.Four years of thorough investigation paid off for the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office with the arrest of two individuals in connection with a murder that took place in February 2010.


County part of first rural health action plan

RALEIGH – On Monday, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Task Force on Rural Health released the first comprehensive North Carolina Rural Health Action Plan that sets forth recommendations to reduce health disparities and increase economic stability across North Carolina’s rural communities.The Action Plan, with six priority areas, identifies strategies at the state and local levels that range from behavioral health to childhood development to investments in high-s...

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Thanks for weekend success

A patriotic and strong thank-you to all who participated in the Battle of Elizabethtown weekend.From the Friday night dance and music concert by High Tower Band to the height of the battle to the last load of equipment and trash that was hauled out of Tory Hole Battlefield Park on Monday morning, it was a total success. Best estimates of all participation is 1,200 people and the media was great in publishing articles and announcements to get people involved.

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State agency approves fees for woodland plans

RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Agriculture recently approved fees for woodland management plans, following a directive from the state General Assembly.The state budget approved by the General Assembly directed the N.C. Forest Service to start charging for woodland plans, commonly referred to as forest management plans. The budget bill also allowed the Board of Agriculture to review and approve the fees.

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Commissioners discuss the jail design process

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners discussed the jail design process during its meeting on Monday.According to Bladen County Manager Greg Martin, the board received a jail feasibility study earlier this year that evaluated the county jail’s needs, as well as looking at the construction of a new facility. Martin said the next step in the process is for the commissioners to appoint a set of committees that will advise the board and make recommendatio...

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West Bladen opens season with trio of wins

DUBLIN — The West Bladen girls tennis team opened the season on Monday with a 6-3 non-conference win over visiting West Columbus.Though the Lady Vikings took victories at the higher seeds, the Lady Knights put the match away with wins at the lower seeds.In singles, Alanna Ludlum too a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3; Amber Long won by a 6-1, 6-0 verdict at No. 4; Tatianna Sturgis was a 6-1, 6-0 winner at No. 5; and Sydney Jackson made her debut at No. 6 with a convincing 6-0...

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Worthwhile discussion

Life brings with it a roller-coaster ride of emotions. It is expected there are times when we will be happy or sad, angry or giddy, worried or carefree.There will even be times we feel down.Imagine being unable to shake that feeling of despair and hopelessness.For someone suffering from depression — and one in every six people will at some point — that veil of darkness can last days or weeks. It can be so consuming as to affect daily activities suc...

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Remembering the Negro Leagues

“He is number 42,” I said.On a baseball outing with my daughter’s family the other night, I was trying to find the name of a player on the Durham Bulls baseball team while the Bulls were playing a doubleheader against the Buffalo Bison.The player list in the game program did not show a number 42. Then I noticed another player wearing number 42, and then another. Every player was wearing number 42.Why?I should have remembered “...

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Fall registration on target at BCC

DUBLIN — Registration for the fall semester at Bladen Community College is strong with more than 1,280 students already enrolled as of Thursday. With approximately 70 more high school students expected to enroll through the Career and College Promise technical programs and more in classes that start later in the semester, enrollment is expected to surpass last fall’s figure.BCC President William Findt said he is pleased with registration results for the fall semester. H...

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Grand opening for Bladenboro Farmer’s Market on tap

BLADENBORO — There is a buzz of excitement in the air in the town of Bladenboro as folks are gearing up for the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market on Friday at 1 p.m.Joy Walters, one of many volunteers for the project, said everyone is excited and the project was a much needed one. She said prior to the construction of the building, farmers had to brave the elements to sell their their produce and vegetables. Now, that is about to change....

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Is economy inherently recession prone?

Most of us focus on decisions affecting our daily lives – earning an income, spending, investing and looking ahead to our retirement. If we have some time left over, we try to have fun! Businesses face similar choices about production, advertising, workers and pricing. Even public institutions like schools, parks and transit systems have to make a wide range of management selections.Economists call these types of choices microeconomic decisions because they deal with individu...

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Caregiver seminar to help deal with stress planned

ELIZABETHTOWN — There will be a workshop for caregivers on Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon at the Powell-Melvin Building located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. The workshop is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be served.“What we try to do, at least yearly, is to bring something that is informative and very timely depending on what you are going through,” said Lisa Clark with Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center. “There are lots of di...

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Pait authors new children’s book

ELIZABETHTOWN — Local author Jane Pait has been hard at work on her new children’s book, “The Red-Headed Angel and the Empty Tomb,” and is now in the editing stages.Pait said she hopes to have the book ready for distribution by Easter.She explained the publishers have gone through the book, making their edits and suggestions, and now she is in the process of reviewing their remarks. Pait said she is lucky enough to have a publisher that will allow...

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‘Warrior’ mentality under fire

Photos of officers bearing assault rifles and wearing head-to-toe battle armor this week in Ferguson, Mo., are raising questions over the blurred lines between police and soldiers.Many look like they were snapped in an Afghanistan war zone, with local police in camouflage and combat helmets as they respond to unrest over the death of an unarmed black teen at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson.One picture features law enforcers staging behind a mine-resistant vehic...

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Third annual Battle of Elizabethtown success

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Patriots again sent the Loyalists scurrying for cover along the Cape Fear River as the sounds of cannon fire an musket volleys could be heard during the third annual Battle of Elizabethtown re-enactment held in Tory Hole Park.A brief rain shower during Saturday’s festivities did little to dampen the enthusiasm as the crowd swelled to fill the park just prior to the re-enactment.

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Turn deer problems into profits

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services estimate that $30 million are lost annually by North Carolina row crop farmers alone, with the vast majority of that loss caused by deer. Hunting is widely accepted as the most effective solution, yet hunting access to farm lands is one of the most difficult challenges faced by hunters.Wildlife is an important aspect of the land that farmers must manage. If left unchecked, wildlife can reduce your farm’s botto...

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ELIZABETHTOWN — The fifth annual Buddy Burney Memorial Football Jamboree came to Lenon Fisher Stadium on Friday, and gave both host East Bladen and visiting West Bladen one final tune up under game conditions before the 2014 regular season opens.It was also an opportunity for the Eagles and Knights to see some players compete who may complete and/or move up on the depth chart as the season progresses.The ...

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Former officer gets indicted by grand jury

WHITE LAKE — A former White Lake police officer has been indicted by the Bladen County Grand Jury on charges of embezzlement.Christopher Terry Fell was indicted by the grand jury on Aug. 4 on two counts of embezzlement by local or charitable officer, as well as obstruction of justice. His next court appearance is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 6.According to reports, the first count occurred on Aug. 20, 2012, through Aug. 26, 2013; the second count is alleged to have o...

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