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Bladenboro Farmer’s Market declared officially open for business

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BLADENBORO — Sweltering temperatures under a blazing sun did little to quell the enthusiasm or the turnout for Friday’s ribbon-cutting and grand opening for the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market.The Farmer’s Market is the culmination of a numerous conversations and planning sessions by members of the community and the Boost the ‘Boro Committee.Johnny Anderson, president of the Boost the ‘Boro Committee, gave the opening remarks and recognized the dignitaries who were on hand early Friday afternoon.Not only was the building officially pronounced to be open for business, it was also dedicated to the memory of Hiram Hester. He was a member of the Boost the ‘Boro Committee and was active in Bladenboro.

 

Eagles thump Fairmont, 50-30

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen got 444 yards of offense, including 362 on the ground, and earned head coach Robby Priest his first season-opening win in three tries by handing visiting Fairmont a 50-30 loss.“It gets the monkey off the back,” Priest said. “The boys played pretty well, knock on wood.”As angry storm clouds swirled overhead and lightning flashed off to the south, it was the Eagles who supplied the early thunder. On Fairmont’s...

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West whips South Rob, 42-8

ROWLAND — The West Bladen Knights traveled to face South Robeson High in the season poener on Friday and came away with a 42-8 thrashing of the Mustangs.“The boys played well,” said West Bladen head coach Russell Dove.The Knights are 1-0 and will host West Columbus in the second week.

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Lawsuits are filed against Murphy-Brown

Seven residents from Sampson and Bladen counties have filed lawsuits against Murphy-Brown LLC, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods in U.S. District Court last week.The lawsuit alleges that farms managed by Murphy-Brown create nuisances, such as odors from open waste lagoons, according to published reports.Mark Anderson, an attorney for Murphy-Brown, told The Fayetteville Observer in an interview, “Over the past year, there have been a number of procedural issues that ...

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BCC to offer free small business seminars

DUBLIN — The Small Business Center of Bladen Community College will offer a no-cost, six-week seminar series for those interested in starting a self-employed business.The seminars will be held on Thursday afternoons from Aug. 28 to Oct. 3 from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at Bladen Community College, Building 2, Room 207.The specific focus of each seminar will be as follws:— Thursday, Aug. 28, begins with “Starting a Small Business,” a seminar on the...

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Stop falling on your face

When a mother giraffe gives birth, she will do so while standing up. So her calf’s first act is to fall six feet to the ground, crash landing on his face. Then, as if such an arrival wasn’t harsh enough, the youngling’s mother will continually knock him down when he attempts to stand. Only when completely exhausted will she allow him to stagger to his feet.This isn’t cruelty. It is the youngster’s first and most necessary lesson, a tough lesson for an ...

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Blowing smoke

The star witness in the prosecution of the athletics programs at the University of North Carolina is in fact guilty of a literary offense she accused some Tar Heel athletes of — plagiarism.It turns out that Mary Willingham, the whistleblower who rebooted the case against UNC with some incredible allegations, used other people’s words without proper citations when writing her thesis, titled Academics & Athletics — A Clash of Cultures: Division I Football Programs,&...

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Eagles battle to a second straight tie

LELAND — The Eagles of East Bladen battled to their second straight tie on the pitch to open the season, this one a scoreless knot against former Waccamaw Conference foe North Brunswick on Thursday.The match featured the defenses for both teams. East Bladen outshot the Scorpions by a 12-8 margin, and Eagles goalie Matt Massengill was credited with four saves.The Eagles, who are now 0-0-2 on the season, were scheduled to face the Pirates of Lumberton on the road Mon...

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Knights looking to build on success

DUBLIN — After an 0-11 season in 2012, West Bladen surprised a few teams in 2013 and put together its most successful season in several years, finishing 3-4 in the split Class 1-A/2-A Four County Conference and 5-7 overall. It also qualified for its first state playoff berth in several seasons.But second-year head coach Russell Dove knows the surprise factor is gone now, and his Knights will be challenged hard every week.“I think last year’s success is ...

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Eagles hoping for fast start to season

ELIZABETHTOWN — Although East Bladen football fans have become accustomed to seeing the Eagles in the state playoffs year after year, third-year head coach Robby Priest knows it only take a key injury or two, a key bad break here or there, and one tough loss to keep a team home after the regular season.“Oh yeah, we can’t get off to the kind of start we did last year,” he said. “We were right up against it the whole season.”Priest is re...

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Strategic plan aimed at state’s wine-grape industry

GREENSBORO — Because of the growth and economic impact being provided to the state from the wine and grape industry, the North Carolina Wine and Grape Council recently partnered with the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to sponsor a research project.That project — which was handled by faculty through the Bryan School of Business’ Department of Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Hospitality and Tourism at the University of North Carolina at ...

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Sheriff’s office receives grant for bulletproof vests

ELIZABETHTOWN — Deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office received good news recently when the Bureau of Justice Assistance notified Sheriff Prentis Benston that his department had been awarded a $5,109.82 grant for the purchase of armored vests.The grant application, which was authored by Capt. Jeff Singletary, is made available through the Bulletproof Vest Partnership for fiscal year 2014-15.“Bulletproof vests are a high priority item that each...

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Wednesday roundup…

The West Bladen Lady Knights defeated the Lady Rams of Purnell Sweat in a non-conferene tennis match by a score of 7-2Singles Action:Kali Strickland (PS) def. Alicia Avellaneda (WB) 8-1Madison Staton (WB) def. Nikana Oxendine (PS) 8-3Alanna Ludlum (WB) def. Genna Locklear (PS) 8-6Amber Long (WB) def. Mary Scott (PS) 8-2Tatianna Sturgis (WB) def. Brooke Huggins (PS) 8-5Sydney Jackson (WB) def. Sarah Locklear (PS) 8-1...

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Walmart associates volunteer at Purple Heart Dinner

WILMINGTON — Bladen County was well represented recently when a Purple Heart Dinner was held at the Wilmington Convention Center.In addition to a pair of Purple Heart recipients from Bladen County, George Moore and Marrell Freemen, attending the event, there were also a handful of volunteers from the Elizabethtown Walmart who attended to act as servers for the dinner.Bill Ebersbach, who is the commander of the local Military Order of the Purple Heart, said the dinn...

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Hunting mentor seminars scheduled for September

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host 11 hunting mentor seminars statewide in September to network with experienced hunters and share information about mentoring new hunters.The Wildlife Commission created the new “Hunting Mentor Seminars” to build on the popularity of free, skills-based hunting seminars that the Commission has been offering to the public since 2011. The Commission created the ...

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Knights open on the road

DUBLIN — West Bladen’s turnaround began last season with a 34-12 season-opening win over South Robeson, but Knights coach Russell Dove isn’t looking at Friday’s game as a gimme on the schedule.“Oh no, they are a big, physical team,” he said, “and we will need to get out to a good start. It’s pretty tough to play over there.”West Bladen’s win last season at The Castle was made possible by a strong running game &#...

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Looking for redemption

ELIZABETHTOWN — In a season where there will be several opportunities for redemption, East Bladen will get its first chance on Friday when the Eagles host Fairmont in the non-conference season-opener.Last year, the Golden Tornadoes won a shootout over East Bladen, 58-56, and used an aerial attack that piled up 402 yards and seven touchdowns against the Eagles.“We went over there (to Fairmont) for a football game, and a basketball game broke out,” said E...

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — Deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office had a busy week between Aug. 13 and Aug. 20, answering 60 calls from the public.Among those were 10 calls for breaking and/or entering, eight for verbal and/or physical assault, five for drugs, five for larceny and one each for alarms, suspicious activity and a suicide attempt.There were also 17 arrests during that time.Following are the more important and/or interesting arrests:...

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