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Local students take part in state’s Troopers Program

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ELIZABETHTOWN — Two Bladen County students recently attended a program sponsored by the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Troopers.Elizabethtown American Legion Post 404 sponsored the students — Geomae Peterson and Brittany Lewis.The program is designed for young students in high school and gives them insight into the training for state troopers. It is a week long program during which the students take part in physical training, classroom work, and recreation as well as riding in a patrol car. Students get to stay in the North Carolina State Troopers Training Center Dorms.


Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — Deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office were kept busy between Sept. 10 and Sept. 17 with a total of 76 calls from the public.Among those were 11 for breaking and/or entering, 11 for residential or business alarms, nine for larceny, nine for physical and/or verbal assault, two for drugs and two for suspicious activity.There were also a total of 22 arrests during that same time.Following are the more important and/or interes...

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Bladen test scores seeing improvements

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County students are making gains in most areas of the classroom, but math scores continue to be a thorny issue with district officials.Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor said the school district as a whole has seen growth in most areas. Taylor said that one has to remember as they look at the data that new standards were put in place last year, along with a new curriculum, and that caused test scores to drop throughout the state....

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U.S. News puts UNCP in the top 50

PEMBROKE – The University of North Carolina at Pembroke finished No. 1 for the diversity of its student body among master’s granting universities in the South, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best Colleges Rankings.It is the 30th edition of the Best Colleges Rankings, which is the most popular survey of colleges and universities. UNCP is one of more than 1,800 institutions surveyed by U.S. News. Although UNCP is listed on several national lists, the u...

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A plea goes out to Bladen County

You may not remember or ever noticed Roger. He was a homeless person who died last year two days after he was baptized and received Christ in his life. You could often see him sitting on a bench uptown or volunteering at the Bladen Crisis Assistance Thrift Store.When I first met him, he had a smile on his face and the ability to make people laugh. He had kind feelings in his heart. He wanted to make a difference.Roger had a wish that blankets could be collected and distr...

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Researcher, author to present program at BCC

DUBLIN — Bladen Community College’s Humanities Department will present another in its 2014 Writers Series programs on Monday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. in the BCC Library. The guest presenter is award-winning author, researcher and producer of documentary films Kevin Duffus.

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Harmony Hall to host big events

WHITE OAK — Big plans are on the horizon at Harmony Hall Plantation Village in White Oak.On Sunday, the Revolutoinary War-era site will host a full schedule of activities between 2 and 4 p.m. — including a Revolutionary period doll-making disploay by Judy Elkins and a Colonial Formal Tea. The Tea will have a cost of $2.50 per person and needs reservations made at 910-770-3132.There will also be iron-pot cooking on the grounds with Tony Parnell, hatchet throwi...

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School District to host parents meeting

ELIZABETHTOWN — Parents, do you want to know more about the risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in children and how early intervention can help? Did you know that your high school student can enroll in college courses from ECU, UNC-G, and BCC to earn college credit while in high school?Plan to join us Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Board of Education (across from Elizabethtown Middle School) for information about these programs available to Bladen C...

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Lady Knights handed first tennis defeat

CLINTON — The Lady Knights of West Bladen were battered from the ranks of the unbeaten on Tuesday by a tough Clinton team, which took an 8-1 verdict in the Four County Conference showdown.The loss dropped West Bladen to 8-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference.The Lady Knights’ lone bright spot came from the No. 6 singles slot, where Sydney Jackson continued her winning ways with a straight-sets 6-2, 6-2 victory.Whitney Nye turned in a strong performa...

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New fees for poultry farmers

RALEIGH – North Carolina poultry growers who want to join the National Poultry Improvement Plan and receive a registration number will have to pay a $50 registration fee plus 10 cents per bird tested beginning Oct. 1.Growers with an existing registration number will need to pay a $10 annual recertification fee and pay 10 cents per bird tested to maintain their status. The fees were set by the General Assembly this summer to help cover costs incurred by the N.C. Department of ...

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Commissioners make advisory board appointments

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners took up a light agenda on Monday, one that included a flurry of advisory board appointments.

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Contingency plans should be at the ready

I’ve never taken the opportunity to say that I really like the new Bladen Journal. If we’re not getting more news, it certainly appears so if ...

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Eagles get ‘W’ in OT, 4-2

BURGAW — East Bladen scored a goal in each of the overtime periods on Monday to hand Pender County a 4-2 Four County Conference loss.After the Patriots scored to take a 1-0 lead, the Eagles knotted the match on a goal by Brooks McGill midway into the first quarter.But Pender County answered with a rebound goal to the top of the net for a 2-1 edge — until Colby Hester took a pass from Jake Mazur and rocketed a shot to the back of the net late in the second hal...

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Seriously shortchanged

The lawyers for Henry McCollum and his half-brother Leon Brown aren’t satisfied that they have been exonerated and — after spending 30 years in prison for heinous crimes that evidence suggests they not only didn’t commit but should not have been charged with or tried for — are now free.The lawyers say they will seek a pardon of innocence from Gov. Pat McCrory, a Republican whose party works hard to appear tough on crime. The pardon is potentially 1.5 million...

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For Better Living: 12 Tasty Salad Toppers

Sometimes people think green salad = lettuce = blah. Not so. The only limits to exciting salads are limits of the imagination.Begin with salad greens. Enhance the eye appeal and nutrition of a salad by adding colorful fruits and vegetables. Keep it light by limiting the amount of salad dressing to about 1 tablespoon per 1 1/2 to 2 cups of greens. Then make the flavor really POP by adding some of the following ingredients. You can either put them on top or mix them in with your sala...

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Federal grant to help conserve red-cockaded woodpeckers

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has received $1.1 million in federal funds to conserve red-cockaded woodpeckers and longleaf pine habitat in the Sandhills region. The grant came to the Wildlife Commission as part of $35 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Interior to conserve plants and animals in 20 states across the U.S., as announced yesterday by U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell.The Wildlife Commission will use its grant to acquire two lan...

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Dublin set to host the Peanut Festival

DUBLIN —Peanuts will take center stage when the 22nd annual Dublin Peanut Festival is held Saturday at Dublin Elementary School.“Our committee looks forward to seeing each and everyone of you have a great memorable day. There’s nothing like seeing old friends and making new ones. So come on out and enjoy a day full of fun,” said Bobbie Todd, one of the many organizers of the event.Todd added that no pets of any kind are allowed, but service animal...

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Bell ringing set for Wednesday

ELIZABETHTOWN — At precisely 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, towns and counties across the United States will ring bells in honor of Constitution Week. Folks in the county will also hear the peeling of the bell from the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown.The Battle of Elizabethtown Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution sponsor the local event each year, said Judy Gooden.The bell on the northeast corner of the front lawn of the courthouse will be...

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