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No arrest yet in fatal shooting

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BLADENBORO —A fatal shooting outside the Ash Street apartments in Bladenboro early Monday morning remains under investigation by the Bladenboro Police Department.According to Chief Chris Hunt, the shooting took place at about 2:30 a.m. and, when officers arrived, the victim — identified as Patricia Scott Cooper, 38 — had suffered a single gunshot to the back but was still alive.Cooper was transported to Bladen County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead at about 3:31 a.m., according to Assistant County Coroner Kenneth Clark.Hunt, who said he didn’t want to divulge too many details of the incident while the investigation is ongoing, did say the incident began as a domestic dispute.

 

Whiteville farmer pleads guilty to mail fraud

WHITEVILLE — John Paul Smith, a farmer and grain broker who once operated grain elevators in Clarkton and Whiteville, was sentenced in federal court Thursday after entering a guilty plea to charges of mail fraud.According to reports, Smith served as a broker for Murphy Brown LLC purchasing corn, soybeans, and wheat from area farmers for the company. Smith would enter information regarding the crops he purchased for Murphy Brown into an electronic system, according to court re...

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Elizabethtown Middle School students named to honor rolls

Elizabethtown Middle School recently announced its third quarter honor students.Fifth Grade— A Honor Roll: Anette Munoz-Ventura, Lavada Jackson, Kaleb Anders, Weston Hodge, Ethan Johnson, Madison Kellum, Aiyana Lowry, Kristen Pate, Ayden Piland, Kayleigh Raynor, Janeth Salgado, Drew Sholar, Hannah Wheeless

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Fixing our schools: E’town Primary, Clarkton School of Discovery

ELIZABETHTOWN — You can often find them in a parking lot, along a sidewalk, in the bottom of your purse, under the couch cushions. Pennies can be found everywhere. Tossed aside with little value. But to a school system, they are valuable. And particularly when you put pennies together to make dollars. ...

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Foster care system works to reunite families

ELIZABETHTOWN — The foster care system sees many children walk through its doors because of numerous circumstances.Drucilla Wright, who oversees the foster care unit for the Bladen County Department of Social Services, and Bladen County DSS Director Vickie Smith recently talked about the unit and its function.Wright said that, initially, Child Protective Services receives a report and and they will work with the family for 30 to 45 days.“CPS will d...

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Elizabethtown Primary School announces honor students

ELIZABETHTOWN — Elizabethtown Primary School recently released its third nine-week honor roll list.Fourth Grade

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West Bladen pounds the Eagles

DUBLIN — Quiet for the first three innings, West Bladen’s bats came alive for 11 hits and 11 runs over the final three innings Wednesday and handed visiting East Bladen an 11-2 Four County Conference loss.The win improved the Knights to 8-7 overall and 5-4 in the conference, while the Eagles fell to 4-9 overall and 4-5 in the conference.After two scoreless innings, East Bladen pushed a pair of runs across in the third fueled by a West Bladen error and two hit...

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Lady Knights whip East Bladen

DUBLIN — The visiting Lady Eagles showed some early feistiness, but couldn’t keep up with the offensive firepower of West Bladen on Wednesday. The Lady Knights pounded out 13 hits en route to an 11-5 Four County Conference win.West Bladen improved to 14-2 overall and 8-2 in the conference, while East Bladen fell to 8-4 overall and 6-4 in the conference.The Lady Eagles opened the game with three runs in the first inning, the big hits a two-run double by Yoland...

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