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Bladen students attend basketball camps

BURGAW — Two local middle-school students shot hoops and ran drills at basketball camps hosted by two of the state’s largest universities, thanks to Touchstone Energy Sports ...

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Hurricane’s edge to slide past Bladen County

The leading edge of the Atlantic hurricane season’s first named storm made its way over Bladen Count on Thursday morning at about the same time the National Weather Service upgraded Arther to a Category I hurricane.Just in time for the numerous planned July 4 celebrations — including the annual fireworks at White Lake on Friday night — Arthur has been making its way up the East Coast from Florida for the past few days and was expected to arrive in force along the ...

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Six leadership positions change

ELIZABETHTOWN — Six Bladen County educators will assume new positions for the 2014-2015 school year.According to the Bladen County Schools District Office, the following changes have been made::— Elizabethtown Primary Assistant Principal Priscilla Brayboy has been named principal of Bladen Lakes Primary School.— East Arcadia Principal Ronald Coley has been named principal of Booker T. Washington Primary School.— Clarkton Scho...

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Gabriele Oliver

BLADENBORO — Gabriele Oliver, 45, of Bladenboro passed away Sunday, June 29, 2014.Family will receive friends from 1 – 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 2, at Calvary Church a New Beginning in Bladenboro followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. Burial will follow the services in Bladen Memorial Gardens in Elizabethtown.

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Walk for Jesus set for Saturday

ELIZABETHTOWN — Get your walking shoes ready, grab your Bible and head to the front lawn of the Bladen County Courthouse on Saturday morning for a “Walk with Jesus.”Evangelist Doris Cromartie asks that folks “please be prompt,” as the event is scheduled to begin with an invocation by Pastor Everis at 11 a.m. Following the invocation there will be two guest speakers and then the walking will commence. All walkers are asked to wear white T-shirts.

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Singletary a hit at Beta convention

RICHMOND, Va. — Once again, “the country boy from Bladen County,” as he is often referred to, has made West Bladen High School, Bladenboro, Bladen County and North Carolina proud.Zane H. Singletary has always been a highlight at previous Beta events, and the 2014 National Beta Club Convention was no exception. The 34th Annual National Convention was held this year in Richmond, Va., from June 21-28.

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July is Got to Be NC Agriculture Month

RALEIGH — Farmers across North Carolina are in full swing, bringing their fresh fruits and vegetables to market. Those farmers are part of the state’s $78-billion agriculture industry. In recognition of agriculture’s importance as the state’s top industry, Gov. Pat McCrory has proclaimed July 2014 as Got to Be NC Agriculture Month.“We created the Got to Be NC marketing program almost a decade ago to help consumers identify local products no matter wher...

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A great generation, book title

“It turned out to be a hell-of-a book title.” ...

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No-cost school meals starting Aug. 25

ELIZABETHTOWN — ​Beginning Aug. 25, students in all Bladen County Schools will have the opportunity to eat breakfast and lunch at school at no cost, even if families have the financial means to pay. North Carolina is one of many states to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision program.The meal program, more than three years in the making, is part of a federal initiative that aims to make it easier for students from low-income families to receive free meals b...

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Out of whack

Benjamin Franklin once said, “Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God,” which then inspired Thomas Jefferson to comment, “When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.”Today, those quotes still ring true in this country — but in reverse.Our federal government, when it comes to the issue of immigration, seems to operate under the motto of “When justice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty.”

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Investigation leads to arrests

ELIZABETHTOWN — Two Bladenboro men have been arrested and, between the two, were charged with firearm and drug violations after a joint effort by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabethtown Police Department.On Friday, June 25, investigators offices from each agency located a stolen firearm and narcotics during an ongoing investigation that led them to a residence on Todd Britt Court in Bladenboro.There, narcotics investigators arrested Darrell Wayne...

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Lady Knights pile up the accolades

DUBLIN — Weeks after the 2014 high-school softball season came to a close in Bladen County, the lady Knights of West Bladen High continue to garner accolades for their individual achievements.Topping the list is the North Carolina Softball Coaches Association’s Class 2-A Player of the Year award for District 4, which went to Taylor Stephens, a third baseman for the Lady Knights who graduated in June.Stephens batted .500 for the season, scored 34 runs and was ...

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41 retire from Bladen County Schools

ELIZABETHTOWN — Webster’s Dictionary defines retire as “to withdraw from one’s position or occupation: conclude one’s working or professional career,” and that is what 41 local Bladen educators did on June 17.With the smell of saltwater, suntan lotion and fresh-air lingering, Bladen County celebrated its 2014 retirees with a luncheon and plaque presentation. Of those in attendance, the total number of years of service to Bladen County Sc...

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Moving up

Contributed photoStudents at Carolina Karate in Bladenboro have recently advanced to new belt rankings. Instructors Daniel Miller and Jeffery Brisson have announced that Evan Edwards, letf, is now a Green Belt; Gina Edwards is now a Green Belt; and Logan Lewis is now a Blue Belt.

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Saquan Johnson hits first HR of season

SPOKANE. Wash. — East Bladen High grad Saquan Johnson belted his first home run of the season on Thursday to continue a hot hitting streak that saw him go 4-for-12 over a three-game stretch.On Sunday, June 22, Johnson went 2-for-5 for the Spokae Indians, the Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. He followed the up Wednesday with a 1-for-3 that included a double, RBI and run scored.On Thursday, he went 1-for-4 with the solo home run. But on Friday, Johnson went hi...

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Dublin Motor Speedway

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Shop to host special sales

WHITEVILLE — REALLY! Ruby’s Treasures, a new shop in Whiteville, will hold several special sale days in July.On July 1-5, the shop will have a store-wide, 25-percent off sale.On the second Tuesday of every month, starting July 8, customers age 55 and older will be given a 10-percent discount on purchases.The shop also offers consignment and layaway plans.The shop is located at 617 S. Madison St., two doors from the old movie theater. Par...

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