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Series to mark anniversaries of hurricanes

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ELIZABETHTOWN — This year marks a number of notable weather-related anniversaries for the coastal areas of North Carolina, and the Bladen Journal is looking for your memories from some of those events.Hurricane Hazel swept through 60 years ago in 1954; Hurricane Hugo pummeled the state 25 years ago in 1989; Hurricane Fran impacted the region 18 years ago in 1996; Hurricane Floyd, the costliest of all the hurricanes to hit North Carolina, devastated two-thirds of the state 15 years ago in 1999; and Hurricane Francis came ashore 10 years ago in 2004.

 

Eagles look to rebound against Gators

ELIZABETHTOWN — Friday’s non-conference game between East Bladen and East Columbus pits more than simply the Eagles against the Gators. It’s also pitting boyhood friends against each other.“I used to play with and hang out with Rocky (East Columbus coach Rocky Lewis) when we were younger,” said East Bladen coach Robby Priest. “He grew up with football in his DNA just like I did — because of our fathers being coaches.”Lewis,...

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Bladen Schools signs partnership with BCC, N.C. iRIS for N.C. New Schools program

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County Schools became one of three spokes Thursday on a wheel that will make an Early College type of program available to students. The school district joins Bladen Community College and N.C. New Schools Investing in Rural Innovative Schools in the effort.“Anyone who is familiar with the Early College concept, the New Schools project is that,” said Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor.

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Consensus requires solid date

North Carolina’s public schools recently released end-of-grade and end-of-course test scores for the 2013-14 school year. You may have heard something about them, particularly from districts eager to claim a large increase in the share of students who test at or above grade level.It’s a good example of why you shouldn’t believe everything you hear.

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Eagles shut out Heidi Trask

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Eagles got three second-half goals to earn a 3-0 Four County Conference win over visiting Heidi Trask on Wednesday.The win improved the Eagles to 4-2-4 overall and 2-1 in the conference.After a scoreless first half, the East Bladen trio of Logan Baxley, Alex Felder and Tyler Polk tallied goals in the second half to give the Eagles the win. Colby Hester had an assist and seven steals in the match, and Polk also had an assist.Matthew Ma...

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State seeking public input on local laws

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources are seeking input from the public about any local ordinances that might interfere with the state agencies’ own regulations.The Regulatory Reform Act of 2014, passed by the General Assembly in August, requires both departments to report on “any local ordinances that impinge on or interfere with any area subject to regulation by the Departm...

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — Deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office were kept busy between Sept. 10 and Sept. 17 with a total of 76 calls from the public.Among those were 11 for breaking and/or entering, 11 for residential or business alarms, nine for larceny, nine for physical and/or verbal assault, two for drugs and two for suspicious activity.There were also a total of 22 arrests during that same time.Following are the more important and/or interes...

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Bladen test scores seeing improvements

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County students are making gains in most areas of the classroom, but math scores continue to be a thorny issue with district officials.Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor said the school district as a whole has seen growth in most areas. Taylor said that one has to remember as they look at the data that new standards were put in place last year, along with a new curriculum, and that caused test scores to drop throughout the state....

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U.S. News puts UNCP in the top 50

PEMBROKE – The University of North Carolina at Pembroke finished No. 1 for the diversity of its student body among master’s granting universities in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Colleges Rankings.It is the 30th edition of the Best Colleges Rankings, which is the most popular survey of colleges and universities. UNCP is one of more than 1,800 institutions surveyed by U.S. News. Although UNCP is listed on several national lists, the u...

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A plea goes out to Bladen County

You may not remember or ever noticed Roger. He was a homeless person who died last year two days after he was baptized and received Christ in his life. You could often see him sitting on a bench uptown or volunteering at the Bladen Crisis Assistance Thrift Store.When I first met him, he had a smile on his face and the ability to make people laugh. He had kind feelings in his heart. He wanted to make a difference.Roger had a wish that blankets could be collected and distr...

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Researcher, author to present program at BCC

DUBLIN — Bladen Community College’s Humanities Department will present another in its 2014 Writers Series programs on Monday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. in the BCC Library. The guest presenter is award-winning author, researcher and producer of documentary films Kevin Duffus.

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Harmony Hall to host big events

WHITE OAK — Big plans are on the horizon at Harmony Hall Plantation Village in White Oak.On Sunday, the Revolutoinary War-era site will host a full schedule of activities between 2 and 4 p.m. — including a Revolutionary period doll-making disploay by Judy Elkins and a Colonial Formal Tea. The Tea will have a cost of $2.50 per person and needs reservations made at 910-770-3132.There will also be iron-pot cooking on the grounds with Tony Parnell, hatchet throwi...

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School District to host parents meeting

ELIZABETHTOWN — Parents, do you want to know more about the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in children and how early intervention can help? Did you know that your high school student can enroll in college courses from ECU, UNC-G, and BCC to earn college credit while in high school?Plan to join us Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education (across from Elizabethtown Middle School) for information about these programs available to Bladen C...

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Lady Knights handed first tennis defeat

CLINTON — The Lady Knights of West Bladen were battered from the ranks of the unbeaten on Tuesday by a tough Clinton team, which took an 8-1 verdict in the Four County Conference showdown.The loss dropped West Bladen to 8-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference.The Lady Knights’ lone bright spot came from the No. 6 singles slot, where Sydney Jackson continued her winning ways with a straight-sets 6-2, 6-2 victory.Whitney Nye turned in a strong performa...

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New fees for poultry farmers

RALEIGH – North Carolina poultry growers who want to join the National Poultry Improvement Plan and receive a registration number will have to pay a $50 registration fee plus 10 cents per bird tested beginning Oct. 1.Growers with an existing registration number will need to pay a $10 annual recertification fee and pay 10 cents per bird tested to maintain their status. The fees were set by the General Assembly this summer to help cover costs incurred by the N.C. Department of ...

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Commissioners make advisory board appointments

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners took up a light agenda on Monday, one that included a flurry of advisory board appointments.

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Contingency plans should be at the ready

I’ve never taken the opportunity to say that I really like the new Bladen Journal. If we’re not getting more news, it certainly appears so if ...

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Local students take part in state’s Troopers Program

ELIZABETHTOWN — Two Bladen County students recently attended a program sponsored by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Troopers.Elizabethtown American Legion Post 404 sponsored the students — Geomae Peterson and Brittany Lewis.The program is designed for young students in high school and gives them insight into the training for state troopers. It is a week long program during which the students take part in physical training, classroom work, and recreati...

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