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Local artist paints ‘Lu Mil Red’

DUBLIN — Ron and Vicky Taylor, owners of Lu Mil Vineyard, purchased an 8-by-10 oil painting by local artist Kathryn Bunn named “Lu Mil Red.”“Lu Mil Vineyard is a perfect venue for local artists and photographers, and we always enjoy seeing their work,” Ron Taylor said. “We are proud of all local artists and appreciate them using Lu Mil as a focal point for their sessions.”Lu Mil Vineyard is located between Fayetteville and Wilmin...

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Public hearing set to discuss use of dogs during deer season

DUBLIN — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has scheduled a public meeting to hear comments on a proposal to prohibit the use of dogs for taking deer on approximately 1,700 acres of Bladen Lakes State Forest Game Land in Bladen County. ...

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office answered a total of 68 calls for assistance between June 11 and June 18.Among those calls were 10 for larceny, four for suspicious activity, four for physical and/or verbal assault, three for break and/or entering, and two for alarms.There were also 18 arrests during that same time period.Following are the more interesting and/or important arrests:— Samantha Estella Dyer, 25, charg...

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Individuals honored at Chamber banquet

DUBLIN — The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual banquet and awards ceremony on Tuesday night at Lu Mil Vineyard.The 2014 award recipients included:— Outstanding Chamber Member Award to Dan Allen, Four County Electric Membership Corporation— Outstanding Small Business Award to Tim Blount, First Source Staffing Services— Honorary Lifetime Chamber Member Award to Carl deAndrade, White Lake Marine...

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Butcher selected to attend workshop

ELIZABETHTOWN — Kaitlin Butcher, a rising senior from East Bladen High school, has been chosen as this year’s Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District representative to attend the annual Resource Conservation Workshop.

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Smithfield plant still down on Wednesday

TAR HEEL — The Smithfield Packaging plant in Tar Heel remains closed today as workers continued to clean up from an ammonia leak that occurred Tuesday morning.Company Spokesman Dennis Pittman said this morning that first and second shifts are cancelled for Wednesday and he expected an announcement to be made late Wednesday as to when the plant would resume operations.“We’re hoping to get back up tomorrow,” said Pittman.He said of the 10...

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Applauding the General Assembly

The North Carolina Retail Merchants Association, a nonprofit trade association, applauds the North Carolina General Assembly’s action to fix the business license tax inequity that has plagued job creators since the late 1990s.We are grateful to Rep. William Brisson (D, Dublin) for his support of HB1050 “Omnibus Tax Law Changes” that will repeal the Privilege License Tax in North Carolina, effective July 2015. Originally intended to help local governments know who ...

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West No. 1 falls to Vikings, 11-1

In Cerro Gordo on Tuesday, West Bladen No. 1 fell to West Columbus by an 11-1 verdict.“We’re having trouble with numbers,” said coach Kim Cain. “We have some kids on vacation this week and another is playing travel ball, so it’s a real challenge keeping a team on the field.”The Knights opened the game with a run in the top of the first inning when Trent West smacked an RBI double. But the Vikings answered with a pair of runs in the hom...

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‘Homegrown Health’ grant awarded by Walmart Foundation to SeHealth

LUMBERTON — Southeastern Health has been awarded a $60,000 grant by the Walmart Foundation in support of nutrition education for both Robeson and Bladen counties. ...

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Dublin councilman arrested

WHITEVILLE —A Dublin man who is no stranger to video gaming law violations has been charged by the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office this week after numerous computer hard drives allegedly used to operate illegal computer-based gambling games were seized.Jeffery S. Smith, 44, a Dublin town councilman, was charged with two counts of operating a video gambling machine.Detectives with the Sheriff’s Office’s Vice and Narcotics Division seized the hard ...

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Town implements water conservation plan

ELIZABETHTOWN — Residents of the town of Elizabethtown are being urged to voluntarily conserve water while work is being done on a local well.Town Manager Eddie Madden said on Tuesday that the Phase I water restrictions remain in place as the town works to replace Well No. 3 located on Smith Circle behind Pait’s Apartments.“Well No. 3 has been producing less and less in prior months. We knew we were going to eventually have to replace it. Last fall, it ...

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Ammonia leak sends Smithfield employees home

TAR HEEL — About 2,400 employees and some of the nearby residents of Smithfield Packing on N.C. 87 were evacuated shortly after noon on Tuesday when an ammonia line was cut.According to an employee of Smithfield Packing who was standing with numerous other fellow employees at the Minuteman convenience store and gas station at the corner of N.C. 87 and Tar Heel Ferry Road, a water tank collapsed in the parking lot, hit a car and truck and severed the ammonia line.&#...

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Amonia leak confirmed at Smithfield Foods plant

TAR HEEL — Bladen County Emergency Management officials and hazardous materials teams are working to determine the cause of an ammonia leak at the Smithfield Foods facility in Tar Heel this afternoon.“Smithfield Foods is working with local emergency officials to determine the cause of an apparent ammonia leak today at the company’s Tar Heel facility. Our main concern is for the safety of our employees and the community, and all employees have been evacuated,”...

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Health-care agency earns national certification

ELIZABETHTOWN — A local health-care company has been awarded a certification by The Joint Commission, the nation’s oldest and largest standards-setting and accrediting organization in health care.Interim HealthCare-The Byrd Group was surveyed in April by several registered nurses and determined to be worthy of certification.The Byrd Group, which has three corporate entities — The Byrd HealthCare Group, Interim Healthcare of the Triangle and Interim Heal...

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Smithfield plant evacuated

TAR HEEL — A reported ammonia leak has resulted in the closure of N.C. 87 near the Smithfield Foods plant in Tar Heel.Officials have also evacuated the employees from the plant, according to an anonymous source. Employees were being taken across the road to wait out the situation, according to the source.Some of the area residents were also voluntarily evacuating the area.Check back here with the Bladen Journal for more updates as details become availabl...

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A lesson learned last week

What was the lesson we were taught twice last week? On...

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Seminar Series slated at BCC’s East Arcadia Center

DUBLIN — The Small Business Center of Bladen Community College is offering a no-cost, six-week seminar series on “Starting Your Business NOW!”

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