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Knights fall in Dixie Pre-Majors World Series

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The West Bladen Knights saw their foray in the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series come to an abrupt end on Saturday.The Knights went down 10-0 to South Carolina. South Carolina will face the winner of the Georgia and Mississippi game on Sunday.Al the teams vying in this series were all state champions for their state.

 

Why incumbents get re-elected

It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members’ standing with the American people at a historic low for a midterm-election year. Which might have been notable except, as The Washington Post pointed out, that “Congress’s approval rating has reached historic lows at least 12 .. .times since 2010.”

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So many transplanted voters now

So many new voters, where did they come from?“Voters born elsewhere make up nearly half of N.C. electorate.”So begins the latest DataNet report from the UNC Program on Public Life, directed by former journalist Ferrel Guillory.So what? What difference does it make to us that almost half of North Carolina voters were born somewhere else?To begin to show the importance of such a large number of non-North Carolina natives participating in t...

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Chief set to step down

ELIZABETHTOWN —Over the past 25-plus years, Bryon Graham has gotten used to the heat of his job. But now he’s decided to let his life cool off a bit, moving into retirement from his job with the Elizabethtown Fire Department in January 2015.Graham joined the fire department in November 1998 as a paid fireman and, in July 2008, was promoted to fire chief.He said the one thing that he is most pleased about is completing the renovation of the fire department bui...

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Program maximizes health with exercise

LUMBERTON — Samuel Hemingway III, 28, of Lumberton, has lived with diabetes since he was 7 years old. The disease required him to take insulin shots multiple times each day and caused him to lose his eyesight.Because of his participation in a new medical referral program for exercise, his medical conditions—which required him to take several different types of medications for heart failure, high blood pressure and kidney failure in addition to the insulin shots—ha...

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East Bladen gridders camp***ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen will hold a football mini-cap starting Tuesday and running through Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening.For informatoin, call coach Robby Priest at 910-874-2384.***East Bladen soccer tryouts***ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen will hold boys soccer try-outs starting Friday, Aug. 1, at 8 a.m.All players must have a curr...

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Common Core repealed; local schools waiting for new standards

ELIZABETHTOWN — Earlier this month, the N.C. Senate voted 33-12 to adopt a bill that will, in essence, replace Common Core standards in North Carolina with a new set of standards, according to WRAL. Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill into law on July 16.According to the Washington Post, North Carolina is the second state to repeal the Common Core standards following the example of Indiana. Other states are also exploring repealing the program, according to the Washington Post....

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Knights to host pre-camp

West Bladen High School Varsity and JV Football team will be having a Pre-Camp for all players Tuesday, July 29 – Thursday, July 31. The camp will r...

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Three pals

Photo courtesy of Dawn BennerThese three are enjoying the warm weather and were excited to go on a walk through the woods in White Oak recently. This is Spiffy (the cat ) along with Red and Dottie. Who says dogs and cats can’t get along? Their owner says they are great friends.

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Grandma was a fly-killing machine

My grandmother hated flies, but it wouldn’t be fair to leave it at just that. Nowhere near as humorous, either.I thought about my grandmother the other day, when a fly began to dive-bomb my face for no apparent reason. As I spent the next several moments waving off its repeated attempts to annoy me, I suddenly heard my grandmother’s words: “Don’t just swat at it … kill it!”Don’t be taken aback. My grandmother, who passed away bac...

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Simply let go … or be dragged

A friend who has some experience with rodeo horses sent me a most picturesque proverb: “Let go or be dragged.” Whether this phrase was first spoken by a Zen master who had achieved enlightenment on the mountainside, or by a battered cowboy nursing his shattered bones and pulling cacti from his backside makes no difference. It is the unmistakable truth.Take my friend’s horses as an example. Training such animals requires a great deal of lassoing, roping, and halter...

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Store to pay sales tax for customers

ELIZABETHTOWN — While many back-to-school shoppers are mourning the demise of the state’s tax free weekend, one Bladen County business will still offer a tax-free weekend of sorts.Ricky Leinwand, owner of Leinwand’s Department Store in Elizabethtown, said that he will pay the sales taxes for his customer’s purchases on the first weekend in August.“It was such an important two days for us. I’m going to pay the taxes for my customers,...

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Health fair for veterans coming to Lumberton

LUMBERTON — Veterans in and around Bladen, Columbus and Robeson counties can enroll in the VA health care system and receive health information about various services available to them from representatives of the Fayetteville VA Medical Center Rural Health Outreach team Friday, Aug. 1.The medical center’s rural health team will conduct a wellness health fair at the Three County Homeless Veterans and Community Stand Down, set to take place at the National Guard Armory, 4...

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Course completed

Contributed photoFour Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy cadets recently completed the Lancer Day Camp held at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisc. During the week-long course the cadets executed a rappel of 42 feet, and learned how to climb a rock wall. During the training they also learned basic rifle marksmanship, leadership, team building and archery. The cadets are Antonio Jones, Marcus Craig-Feree, Gabriel Reaves and Tyler Olinger. They are picture...

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Feeding, harassing alligators is dangerous, illegal

RALEIGH —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people that if you see an alligator, in most instances it is not necessary to do anything other than leave it alone.Alligators have become fairly common in some eastern areas of the state and sightings can be frequent during the summer.Feeding or harassing alligators is illegal in North Carolina. Feeding an alligator will cause the animal to lose its fear of people, making it more likely to approach and p...

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Board of Ed moves to shed positions

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Education approved both some personnel hires as well as a reduction in force list this week.Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor said, “There are general statute requirements about how you notify a teacher involved in a reduction in force.”Taylor said the board had to eliminate about $2.5 million from the proposed 2014-15 budget which resulted in the elimination of 60 total positions. Of those 60 ...

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Eagles getting early accolades on the gridiron

ELIZABETHTOWN — The high-school football regular season may still be a month away, but most teams have already been involved with summer workouts and regional seven-on-seven competitions.With the opening of state-allowed football practices just one week away, East Bladen coach Robby Priest has been pleasantly surprised with how his players are approaching the upcoming season.“They’ve been working really hard so far,” he said. “There’s ...

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Crime reports

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office responded to a total of 55 calls from the public between July 16 and July 23.Deputies responded to eight calls for breaking and/or entering, five calls for larceny, five for physical and/or verbal assault, two for drugs, two for alarms and one for suspicious activity.There were also a total of 22 arrests during that time.Following are the more interesting and/or important arrests:—...

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