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Health director on board with rural task force

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ELIZABETHTOWN — A comprehensive health action plan that focuses on solutions for the many roots of well-being disparities displayed in North Carolina’s 60 rural counties is receiving a thumbs up from the Bladen County Health Department’s director.Bladen is one of those 60 counties included in the plan.The plan, put together by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Task Force on Rural Health, points to six priority areas, identifies strategies at the state and local levels that range from behavioral health to childhood development to investments in high-speed broadband Internet – all of which focus on increasing the health and well-being of rural North Carolina.

 

Chase ends with arrest

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Lumberton man went from the frying pan into the fire on Thursday when he left the Bladen County Courthouse and proceeded to lead lawmen on a chase into Robeson County, where he was captured and arrested.According to Chief Deputy Rodney Hester with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, an investigator was traveling west on N.C. 41 near the Robeson County line when a black Chevrolet Impala passed him at a high rate of speed at about 10 a.m.̶...

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Eagles ready for Whiteville challenge

ELIZABETHTOWN — A week after hanging 50 points on a good Fairmont team, but giving up 30 points to the Golden Tornadoes’ spread offense, East Bladen head coach Robby Priest hopes his defense tightens up Friday when the Eagles travel to Whiteville for an early-season, non-conference rivalry game.But East Bladen will face an entirely different set of challenges.“Every team is different,” said Priest. “Whiteville’s defense will be tougher...

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Knights looking to go 2-0

DUBLIN — West Bladen’s Knights will be looking to start their second straight season at 2-0 for the first time in several years, but they will have to get past a hungry West Columbus squad that’s also looking to go 2-0.“We’ve preached to the kids not to take these guys lightly,” said West Bladen head coach Russell Dove. “We know that they (the Vikings) will be ready for us.”West Bladen and West Columbus scrimmaged each othe...

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Merchants gear up for sidewalk sales

ELIZABETHTOWN — Picnics, sales, boating, or simply relaxing. Folks will have a variety of activities to choose from for Labor Day, whether they visit the annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale in Elizabethtown or whether they choose to go for a swim at White Lake.Folks arriving in town for the annual sidewalk sale will enjoy a bevy of bargains. Mike Suggs, owner of Fisher’s Men’s and Ladies Shop, said he expects the weekend to be a busy one. He said shoppers will find an ...

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Bladen unemployment rate inched upward in July

RALEIGH — The jobless rate for Bladen County inched up slightly to 9.9 percent in July. That comes after the rate held steady in June at 9.4 percent.Neighboring counties have also seen increases in their unemployment figures.Columbus County saw the unemployment rate inch upward for the second straight month to 9.1 percent in July after a slight uptick in June to 8.6 percent. Robeson County actually saw its jobless rate jump upwards by .07 percent to 10.1 percent in...

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Labor Day closings announced

The Labor Day holiday will cause government offices and others to be closed to mark the day.Those closings include:— All federal offices and courts will be closed on Monday, Sept 1. They will resume normal operations on Tuesday, Sept. 2.— All banks will be closed Monday, Sept. 1. They will resume normal operations on Tuesday, Sept 2.— There will be no mail delivery on Monday, Sept 1. The U.S. Postal Service will resume its normal s...

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Dove season opens on Monday

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that the dove hunting season opens Monday, Sept. 1, and to be safe throughout the season for these popular game birds.Shooting hours are half-hour before sunrise to sunset for the entire season, including opening day. The 2014-15 season for mourning and white-winged dove is Sept. 1 to Oct. 11 and Nov. 27 to Jan. 15. Daily bag limit is 15 and possession limit is 45.

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Travelers urged to slow down on the roads

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be careful as they enjoy the Labor Day holiday.According to AAA, 34.7 million people are expected travel during the Labor Day period. More than 6.3 million people from the South Atlantic states (Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia) are expected to travel this holiday weekend by automobile, air and other forms of transportation, up 1.6 percent from last yea...

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — Deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office handled a total of 57 calls from the public between Aug. 20 and Aug. 27.Among those calls were 11 for larceny, 10 for breaking and/or entering, seven for verbal and/or physical assault, three for drugs, two for alarms and one for suspicious activity.There were also 19 arrests during that same time.Following are the more important and/or interesting arrests:— Melissa A...

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BCC welcomes two new trustees

DUBLIN — At the recent meeting of the Bladen Community College Board of Trustees, two new members were welcomed to the group. They are Wayne Edge and Charlotte Smith. Both were appointed by the county commissioners.The new trustees, along with two current board members who had been appointed for another term, were sworn in to office in a ceremony preceding the board meeting.Edge, who is well-known throughout the county, is a Bladen County commissioner. He replaces ...

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Killingsworth sentencing postponed to October

ELIZABETHTOWN — The sentencing hearing for former Bladen County Schools Superintendent Gregory Killingsworth was postponed until Tuesday, Oct. 7.The hearing was originally scheduled for Monday, Aug. 25.Killingsworth pleaded guilty to a felony count of obtaining property by false pretense earlier this month in Bladen County Superior Court Criminal Division.Killingsworth abruptly resigned from his position as superintendent after a contentious board of edu...

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Lady Eagles, Lady Knights battle to wins

LAKE WACCAMAW — The Lady Eagles fought back from an early deficit to claim a hard-fought non-conference win over East Columbus on Tuesday by the scores of 23-25, 25-13, 25-22 and 25-23.Abby Norris filled the stat sheet with 23 kills, four aces and three blocks for East Bladen, while Lacey Suggs added 17 service winners, five aces and five kills. Teammate Miller Heustess contributed 28 assists in the win.Hannah DeVane recorded 11 service points and three aces....

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Women’s Equality: Lagging overall, but improving

ELIZABETHTOWN — In the 94 years since the passage of the 19th Amendment in August 1920, which gave women the right to vote and became known as women’s suffrage, the United States has made leaps and bounds in the area of women’s right. Yet the country still ranks No. 23 in the world when it comes to the specific global gender gap index.And in North Carolina, the state ranks No. 22 overall in the country when gauging specific guidelines.

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We wanted to be sure and take the time to send out most sincere congratulations to the town of Elizabethtown for the wonderful weekend of events recently.We traveled from Richmond, Va., to Elizabethtown for the Battle of Elizabethtown re-enactment, and thoroughly enjoyed everything we saw. We are surprised this was only the third year, since it all seemed so organized and there was so much to see.Since we live in Richmond, Va., we are quite used to Civil War re-enactment...

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Lady Knights sweep West Columbus

CERRO GORDO — Morgan Sweeney fired in eight service winners, seven of which were aces, and the Lady Knights of West Bladen swept West Columbus in a non-conference volleyball match on Monday by the scores of 25-9, 25-16 and 25-10.In addition to Sweeney, the trio of Kathryn Schultz, Krisna Ransom and Breanna Jackson combined for 25 service points and 10 aces against the Lady Vikings. Jackson accounted for six aces, while Ransom added nine kills to lead West Bladen.Ot...

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Positive numbers

While enrollment in area community colleges appears to be lagging, the same isn’t true for Bladen Community College, where numbers are looking strong and could even surpass last fall’s record-breaking figure.While there might be a number of reasons for the positive numbers, it all really boils down to one specific factor, according to BCC President William Findt — a grassroots recruitment effort by BCC’s faculty and staff.

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A non-lawyer on the Supreme Court?

President Obama plans to appoint National Public Radio’s Nina Totenberg to the United States Supreme Court.Not really, of course.Totenberg may know more than most lawyers about the Supreme Court from her experience as an award-winning legal affairs correspondent for NPR.But she is not a lawyer, and you have to be a lawyer to be on the court.Don’t you?No. The Constitution sets forth no such requirement. Article Two provides sim...

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