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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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Father sentenced in death of daughter

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Garland man was sentenced to a minimum of seven years, 10 months and a maximum of 10 years, five months in prison after pleading guilty in the death of his 7-month-old daughter.Juan Andres Hernandez, 22, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2012 death of Isabella Hernandez, according to information from the Bladen County District Attorney’s Office. Hernandez was sentenced in Bladen County Superior Court on Tuesday.A report by invest...

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E’town board approves revitalization schedule

ELIZABETHTOWN — The town of Elizabethtown voted Monday to adopt a project schedule for the downtown revitalization for Phases II and III.“We went ahead and approved a project plan,” said Mayor Sylvia Campbell. “We are hoping we can be through with that by 2016.”Campbell said the board and town staff have met with Duke Energy and discussed the relocation of the utilities.“They are taking on Broad Street and U.S. 701,” s...

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Town making switch to LED lights

ELIZABETHTOWN — Residents around town might have noticed some activity regarding the town’s streetlights, because Duke Energy is in the process of changing the old lights to a more modern and energy efficient LED light.The change is expected to generate a cost savings to the town of between $10,000 and $12,000 per year — or about $18 to $20 per streetlight, said Public Works Director Pat DeVane.“The town has approximately 500 streetlights in town ...

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Boaters should be wary of more ethanol in gasoline

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Are wise consumers of gasoline being pushed to use a fuel that doesn’t work in their boats, lawn equipment and other small engines?A June 24 statement from the Missouri Corn Growers Association blames current high gasoline prices on volatile markets and calls for more ethanol at the gas pump to lower gas prices. However, Boat Owners Association of The United States says that smart consumers have learned that corn-based ethanol has not lived up to i...

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East Bladen looking for sponsors

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen High School considers its banner sponsors a cornerstone of its financial support. Yes, this is good advertising for you - but it’s more than that! Your monetary support directly helps ours students. The prominent display before our home crowd, lends itself towards building a positive community image.Our Booster Club provides the following package for each sponsorship:— Gold Member: $500 allows 4 season passes/3 parking passes...

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Local jobless rate ticks upward

RALEIGH — After a slight dip in the unemployment for April, the jobless rate ticked slightly upward in May to 9.4 percent for an increase of 0.7 percent.Neighboring counties have also seen changes in their unemployment figures.Columbus County saw the unemployment rate increase to 8.4 percent in May, up from 7.9 percent in April. Robeson County reported an unemployment rate of 9.5 percent in May, up from 8.8 percent in April. Scotland County saw the highest unemploy...

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BCC student sings praises of Career and College Promise program

DUBLIN — Bladen Community College student Kaitlin Vallierre says the Career and College Promise program has been a godsend to her. She is quick to tell anyone who will listen that the program gives high school students a head start on their college education and significantly reduces the cost of learning a skill.The “baby” in a family of six children, Vallierre graduated from West Bladen High School in 2014. She decided several years ago that she wanted to become ...

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Hicks to oversee local membership for Girl Scouts

RALEIGH — Girl Scouts – North Carolina Coastal Pines recently announced the appointment of Christina Hicks to the role of membership director. Hicks will be responsible for supporting recruitment, retention, and development of Girl Scout membership initiatives, including projects in underrepresented areas.

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Surge over

Over the past few weeks, there have been parties and gatherings throughout the country and television ratings have soared to new heights. For soccer, of all things.As the American team played through the preliminary bracket round with a 1-1-1 record — good enough to advance into the so-called knockout round of 16, where a loss sends a team home — fan interest just blossomed. Estimates even have about 25 million Americans who watched the USA game against Portugal on June...

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Youngster drowns at Jones Lake

ELIZABETHTOWN — The victim of an accidental drowning at Jones Lake on Sunday has been identified as Moses Mohammed Morgan, 8, of Elizabethtown.According to information, the drowning happened at about 3:35 p.m. when the boy was playing in about 4 feet of water. Morgan’s mother told EMS authorities that her son could not swim but had been wearing a life jacket prior to his drowning.Morgan was the son of Asia T. Bush and Bernard Morgan.

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Bladen County health inspections for June

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Health Department had a busy month performing inspections on 29 locations in the county in June.The inspections included day cares, nutrition sites, restaurants, lodgings and food stands.Following are the results of those June inspections. Included are the date of the inspection, the name of the facility, its location and score (some are graded with numerals, others with letters). Specific violations are not listed.̵...

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Preserving the monuments of a controversial past

“You see him and ask: ‘Why is the statue still here? What was it he actually stood for?’ This is the kind of debate that a public work of art makes possible. We won’t change the way people think just by getting rid of a monument.” ...

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Looking for a bargain

W. Curt Vincent|Bladen JournalDowntown Elizabethtown hosted its annual Fourth of July Sidewalk Sale from Thursday, July 3, through Monday. Despite getting washed out late Thursday afternoon by the western edge of Hurricane Arthur, the sale attracted hundreds of people to the downtown area. Above, Sheree Barnard of Mt. Airy selects some clothing from the racks outside Toddlers & Teens on Monday.

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Above and Beyond Award

Photo courtesy of Ellen GauseDuring the All-Star game for the Robeson/Bladen Church Softball League, Jamie Gause was presented the ‘Above and Beyond’ Award by Drew Hammonds. As a new award given by the league this year, it symbolizes a comeback award presented to a softball player who can relate to Philippians 4:13, which states, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Gause was diagnosed with lymphoma in January and has just completed c...

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Handcuffed suspect steals police car

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Bladen County man with outstanding felony warrants was stopped because of a seat-belt violation on Sunday, but managed to drive away in an Elizabethtown patrol car after being arrested.According to Chief Bobby Kinlaw, one of his officers noticed a passenger in a passing car was not wearing a seat belt on Martin Lutyher King Jr. Drive. The officer gave chase and stopped the car in the Bo’s food store parking lot.“The passenger was asked...

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Clarkton Lions establish BCC scholarship in memory of longtime member

CLARKTON — The Clarkton Lions Club members have established an endowed scholarship at Bladen Community College to honor the memory of one of their longtime members, Harold Ingram. The Lions presented the scholarship to BCC President William Findt and BCC Foundation Director Linda Burney at a ceremony in Clarkton on June 10.The scholarship will provide financial assistance to Bladen County students attending BCC. Preference will be given to students who have demonstrated econo...

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