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BCC student takes national award in welding competition

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KANSAS CITY — For the second straight year, a welding student from Bladen Community College has won a national award in the SkillsUSA national competitions. Ashleigh Cacciotti placed third in the Job Skills Demonstration category of the welding competition held in Kansas City in late June.Cacciotti represented North Carolina in the competition after taking the first place award at the North Carolina Skills USA competitions in April. The competitors in the national competition are first place winners in the various categories from throughout the nation.

 

Study: Federal cuts affect programming for children

ELIZABETHTOWN — A report was recently released that shows federal spending on children has decreased over time. The report issued, called Children’s Budget 2014, was produced by N.C. Child: The Voice for North Carolina Children and looks at 180 programs including education.Some of the federal programs the study looks at are child welfare, early childhood programming, and education, to name a few.

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Are we doomed to polarization?

We Americans are trapped in a political dilemma. We all like representative democracy, but we don’t much like the way it’s performing. ...

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Hancock hones skills at Wake Forest

ELIZABETHTOWN — After a highly successful summer on the Coastal Junior Golf Tour, Cade Hancock opened his current summer schedule by attending a golf camp at Wake Forest University.Hancock, 13, spent a week under the tutelage of Wake Forest golf coach Jerry Haas and Kansas State golf coach Grant Robbins.“For a solid week, Cade had the opportunity to hone his skills, plus showcase his talents in front of six different college coaches,” Cade’s fathe...

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Tobacco growers approve assessment

RALEIGH — North Carolina growers of flue-cured tobacco have approved an assessment that will support the Tobacco Growers Association of North Carolina’s efforts to promote the interests of its farmers.The assessment was approved on 88 percent of ballots in a mail-in referendum. A two-thirds majority was needed for approval.Growers approved an assessment of up to 15 cents per hundred pounds of flue-cured tobacco sold in North Carolina. However, the initial ass...

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The definition of ‘illegal’ is …

I have a friend in Upstate New York who was recently arrested after he tied one on, drove and hit a guardrail. His blood alcohol level was slightly over the state limit of .08 and the prosecutor was in no mood to negotiate.Despite the fact that my friend has a family, is the lone moneymaker, is expecting his second child and is a regular volunteer for charitable events in the area, the prosecutor pushed hard for a six-month jail sentence in addition to reparations.

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Second chance

Voters in Bladen County will once again have the opportunity to decide whether they want everyone — residents and visitors alike — who purchase consumer goods in the county to pay an additional one-quarter of a penny in sales tax to benefit Bladen County Schools’ efforts to refurbish and/or repair their 13 school facilities.The referendum was defeated on the May 6 primary ballot by more than a 2-1 margin — 5,822 against, 2,276 for.But the Bladen C...

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Learn to fight like a butterfly

Decades ago, while speaking of an upcoming championship bout, Muhammad Ali constructed a poetic couplet of epic proportions. With glitzy words corresponding to his style both in and out of the ring, “The Greatest” claimed he would “Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee,” because his opponent’s “hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.” 

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Welcoming a champion

Contributed photoU.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre welcomes six-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson to the Capitol for the inaugural meeting of the Congressional Motor Sports Caucus. NASCAR drivers Danica Patrick and Kurt Busch were also on hand to join Members of Congress in promoting the economic impact of the motorsports industry in North Carolina and across the country. Stock Car racing, which originated in North Carolina, now sustains more than 25,000 jobs and has an economic...

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White Lake resident creates documentary of lake life

WHITE LAKE — The story of White Lake is as unique as the sandy bottomed, clear water lake itself.White Lake resident Robert Kinlaw decided to take on the task of telling the many fascinating stories of White Lake in a documentary form and compiling them into a video.“I’ve always had an interest in film and moviemaking. I started thinking about how we have all have these great stories about White Lake,” said Kinlaw.He said as the idea fo...

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East Bladen counselors learn about financial aid at BCC

DUBLIN — Two East Bladen High School counselors, Barretta Smith and Pamela Lewis, are working in the Financial Aid Department at Bladen Community College this summer to familiarize themselves with the financial aid process.The purpose is to enhance their ability to provide information on financial aid options to their students who plan to attend college after high school.Both are natives of Bladen County who have extensive knowledge of the county’s demographi...

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Fly-tying event still has spaces open

FAYETTEVILLE — Space is still available for the inaugural Marabou Madness Fly-Tying event, which will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center in Fayetteville.

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Trio of historical meetings set for Tuesday

ELIZABETHTOWN — If local history is your thing, then you won’t want to miss a triple-header on Tuesday when the Bladen County Historical Society and Harmony Hall Plantation Village Committee join forces for an informatoinal get-together at Elizabethtown Municipal Building on West Broad Street.First up, starting at 6:30 p.m., will be Jodie Fraser, a re-enactor from Fayetteville, who is expected to speak about the history of Tory Hole and the Battle of Elizabethtown. She ...

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West Bladen set to open defense of state title

DUBLIN — Their opponent is still unknown for Saturday’s opener of the 2014 Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball State Tournament, but West Bladen’s players have known for nearly a year now where they want to go: Florida, for the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series.The Knights captured the North Carolina championship in July 2013 and earned a berth in the World Series in Alabama, where they dropped two hard-fought, close games. This year, the tournament will be held in Chipley, Fla...

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Principal completes leadership program

ELIZABETHTOWN — Susan “Haley” Cheshire, principal of Dublin Primary School, recently completed the Distinguished Leadership Program, a year-long leadership development program for practicing school principals designed and provided by the North Carolina Principals and Assistant Principal’s Association in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and UNC-LearnNC.The Distinguished Leadership in Practice Program uses a non-traditional ...

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — Deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office were kept busy between July 2 and July 9 with 58 calls for assistance from the public.Among those calls were nine for breaking and/or entering, nine for verbal and/or physical assault, seven for alarms, five for larceny, four for drugs and four for suspicious activity.There were also 18 arrests during that time.Following are the more important and/or interesting arrests:...

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Sales tax referendum back on ballot

ELIZABETHTOWN — A quarter-cent sales tax referendum for the Bladen County Schools is going back on the ballot in November.Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton said the district’s central office staff will go back and review the results by precinct to make a better determination of where they need to focus. She added the school district would be utilizing social media and town-hall type meetings to talk to people about the needs.̶...

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