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The National Weather Service in Wilmington, at 4:25, announced that a severe thunderstorm waning was in effect for Bladen, Columbus and Pender counties until 5:25 p.m.Heavy rain and wind were expected.Be prepared to take shelter.

 

Share your harvest with God

I am in the giving and helping business, and I am a member of I Am Inc.Meals, haircuts, bicycles, meat bundles and, coming soon, fruit to all races, creeds, color, rich, poor, churches of all denominations. This is what I try to make available.God doesn’t need your money. God’s people need your help. Here is a form of manipulated and confused.Giving the Lord 10 percent of your harvest was told by Moses. Read it yourself in Deuteronomy 14:22-29 R...

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West Bladen’s run ends in World Series

CHIPLEY, Fla. — The West Bladen Knights took a heartbreaking loss today in the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series, ending their run in the double-elimination tournament.West Bladen came up a run short when they fell to the Arkansas champions, 3-2.Chandler (Lennon) pitched a great game for us, but just didn’t hit the ball well — and when we did, it was right at someone,” said assistant coach Steve Pastore.The loss gave the Knights a 1-2 recor...

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DeVane earns Duke nursing award

DURHAM — Jacqueline DeVane, a licensed practical nurse from Sutton Station Internal Medicine, was awarded the 2014 Friends of Nursing LPN Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice.Mary Ann Fuchs, the vice president of patient care and system chief nurse executive, made a surprise visit to the Duke Medicine clinic on Monday, July 14, to present the award to DeVane.A Friends of Nursing Excellence Award is one of the highest honors a Duke nurse can receive. Every year,...

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Applications ready for Peanut Fest events

DUBLIN — Falling colorful leaves, crisp air and the smell of wood smoke from area fireplaces that means its autumn isn’t far off — which means it will soon be time for the annual Dublin Peanut Festival.Organizers have already begun securing sponsorships, vendors and volunteers to make the 2014 festival bigger and better than ever before.According to Bobbi Todd, the organizers are looking for the following:— Applications for the Dublin P...

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Power deal may be looming soon

RALEIGH — Duke Energy could announce as soon as next week whether a deal has been reached to help reduce high electric bills for customers in parts of Bladen County and 30 other eastern North Carolina municipalities.Those close to the negotiations said Duke Energy may be close to finalizing its deal with the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency to potentially purchase ownership interests in four power plants that serve Red Springs and Lumberton, which both operate th...

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Clemmons boy wins lifetime license

ALBEMARLE — With a year of fishing experience under his belt, 8-year-old Tyler Bristol of Clemmons reeled in the catch of a lifetime — a lifetime sportsman license courtesy of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston.Tyler was the grand prize winner in a random drawing among more than 2,200 participants who attended one of 39 kids’ “Fish for Fun” events, which were held statewide in May and June as part of National Fishing...

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Rich joins march on Washington

Arthur Rich, a Republican candidate for North Carolina’s 1st Distric Congressional seat, on Friday joined Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal in his march to Washington, D,C,.The mayor’s walk is an effort to bring attention to an effort to save the Belhaven hospital.“I just wanted to show my support for his efforts,” Rich said. “That community needs that hospital.”O’Neal and Rich reached the outskirts of Washington by lat...

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Johnson smacks third home run in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. — Saquan Johnson is heating up in the Class A short-season Northwest League and belted his third home run of the season on Thursday.For the week, Johnson was 6-for-25 and drove in four runs.Johnson, an East Bladen High graduate now playing for the Spokane Indians in the Texas Rangers organization, opened the week on Monday, July 21, with an 0-for-3 night out of the No. 9 hole in the batting order. He grounded into a pair of double-plays, but the Indi...

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West Bladen pounds Georgia for first win

CHIPLEY, Fla. — The West Bladen Knights won their first Dixie Pre-Majors World Series game in two years on Sunday and eliminated the Georgia champions from the tournament in just three innings, 15-0.The win moves West Bladen into the next round of the consolation bracket, where they will face Arkansas at 10 a.m. today.The Knights got on the board against Georgia in the bottom of the first inning. Westin Pridgeon singled and Trevor Lesane smoked an RBI double, then ...

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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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West Bladen tennis tryouts***DUBLIN — Pre-season workouts for the upcoming West Bladen tennis season will be held on Wednesday and Thursday at West Bladen tennis courts from 8 to 10 a.m.Must have a current or updated medical physical. Bring sure to bring a racquet, sports drink or water and a towelTennis try-outs will be held on Friday from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Must have a updated or current medical physical. Be sure that you bring proper s...

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Knights fall in Dixie Pre-Majors World Series

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.

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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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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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