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Eagles open official football practices

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ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen High School opened its official 2014 football practices on Friday evening with more than 60 varsity and jayvee players participating.Head coach Robby Priest said he’s been pleased with the hard work his returning players have put in over the summer, and he’s excited about many of the new players who have been working out.The Eagles, after dividing up between varsity and jayvee players, went through numerous calisthenics and then worked on drills on both sides of the ball.


Knights open football practices

DUBLIN — Despite threatening skies and occasional light rain, West Bladen High School kicked off official football practices for the 2014 season on Friday at 8 a.m.Nearly 70 varsity and jayvee players were on the Knights’ practice field for warmups and drills under the watchful eye of head coach Russell Dove and his staff.East Bladen High School will open their official practices at 6 p.m. today.Watch the Bladen Journal online for more photos and s...

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DOT to close section of U.S. 701 for repairs

CLARKTON — N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of U.S. 701 between Britt Road and N.C. 242 to replace four crosslines with resurfacing taking place in September.The planned closing schedule is as follows:— Monday and Tuesday morning the road will be closed in the vicinity of N.C. 242.— Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday the road will be closed in the vicinity of Harrelson Road.— Thursday the road will be close...

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Robinson, Wilson

Melody A. Robinson of Lumberton and Johnny E. Wilson Jr. of Clarkton were united in marriage on May 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown. The Rev. Cliff Freeman officiated.A reception followed the ceremony in the church fellowship hall.The bride is the daughter of Beulah Robinson and the granddaughter of Lyda Robinson of Lumberton. She attended Lumberton High School and is employed by Smithfield Foods.The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs...

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Give the Wonderful World a chance

This coming week marks the birthday of a man who Bing Crosby called, “the beginning and the end of music in America.” Born in the sweltering heat of a New Orleans’ August, the grandson of former slaves, and suffering abject poverty, that man was Louis Armstrong.It was starvation that drove young Louis to the streets where he learned to sing, scat, and play trumpet, all to earn a few pennies each day to feed his hunger and stay alive. From those hardened streets he...

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Bet you didn’t know this …

World history was never my strong suit when I was a teenager. In fact, I squirmed a lot in that one semester — mostly because I was looking for any way possible to not pay attention while, at the same time, absorbing just enough Middle East mumbo jumbo to squeak out a passing grade.By the time I had put the class in my rear view mirror, my memory banks completely purged anything I had actually retained about world history in order to make room for more important things —...

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Senior moment

High-school coaches and athletics directors certainly have more than enough to think about, especially this time of year when the fall sports seasons are about to explode on the scene.But we want to give them one more thing to keep in mind.With the start of the 2014-15 school year will be the start of the third annual Mountaire Farms/Civitas Media Scholar-Athlete of the Month scholarship program in Bladen County.

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How to become a runner

VAN WERT, Ohio — No one can really explain why Van Wert has produced so many good distance runners....

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BCC ‘daughter’ praises Career & College Promise

DUBLIN — It seems as if Allison Benson has always been a part of Bladen Community College. After all, she has been around the campus at various times throughout her life. Her mother, Samantha Benson, is currently the college’s director of financial aid and has been an employee of the college since shortly after she graduated from BCC in 1994.Samantha had worked in the work-study program while a student at BCC and became an employee of the college in April 1995, approxim...

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Murder case solved after 4 years

ELIZABETHTOWN — Four years of thorough investigation paid off for the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office recently with the arrest of two individuals in connection with a murder that took place in February 2010.According to Chief Deputy Rodney Hester, deputies found Johnnie Terrel Jessup, 31, lying dead in the front yard of a residence on Old Hickory Lane in Elizabethtown shortly after 10 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2010.Donyee Bowman Jessup, 29, of Fayetteville, who was the ...

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — Deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office responded to 50 calls from the public between July 23 and July 30.Among those calls were six for larceny, five for breaking and/or entering, five for verbal and/or physical assault and three for suspicious activity.There were also a total of 28 arrests during that same time.Following are the more important and/or interesting arrests …— Steven Robert Boyne, 25, c...

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Softball champions

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Drug testing for Work First recipients gets put in limbo

RALEIGH — A new North Carolina requiring drug testing for welfare recipients has seen implementation delayed until July 1, 2015, thanks to a vote in the N.C. House last week.According to the Raleigh News and Observer, the delay comes about one week before county agencies would have been required to start drug testing of welfare applicants. N.C. House Bill 1133, a technical corrections bill, included language that delays the drug testing until July 1, 2015, instead of the orig...

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Commissioners approve application for rock arch fish way

ELIZABETHTOWN — In a brief, special-called meeting, the Bladen County Board of Commissioners voted to approve an application for funding from the North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License Fund for engineering, design and environmental permits for the construction of a proposed rock arch ramp fish way on the Cape Fear River at the William O. Huske Lock and Dam No. 2.Though a quorum was present, absent from the meeting were Bladen County Commissioners Chairman Jimmie ...

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McDuffie tabbed officer of regional board

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — Hundreds of pest management professionals from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia convened in Wrightsville Beach this week to kick off the 2014 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference.As part of the opening day activities, the North Carolina Pest Management Association welcomed its executive officers for 2014-2015.NCPMA members are also attending classes concerning the latest research regarding pollinators, cockroaches and other pests...

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Bladenboro board approves changes to community building plans

BLADENBORO — The Bladenboro Town Council addressed changes to the town’s new community building, which is currently under construction, during a special-called meeting on Monday. The board approved several changes to the plans, but the project remains within the budget, said Bladenboro Mayor Rufus Duckworth.Duckworth said that contractors bid on a project based on the blueprints presented at the time they bid. Initially, the plans for the community building called for t...

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State Fair tickets on sale now

RALEIGH – North Carolina State Fair concert tickets and discounted admission tickets and ride sheets are now on sale at Adkins, Vanilla Ice, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and the Newsboys are just a few of the artists performing in Dorton Arena this year, with concert ticket prices ranging from $5 to $17.Advance admission tickets are $7 for adults and $3 for children. These prices reflect a savings of $2 per adult gate admission ticket and...

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Night turtle walk set for Aug. 7

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — Visitors will walk alongside turtle experts from the Wrightsville Beach Turtle Project and staff of the N.C. Coastal Federation for a nighttime beach stroll on Thursday, Aug. 7.During this family event, people will learn about the annual turtle migrations and this year’s turtle nesting activity at Wrightsville Beach and on nearby islands. They will also learn how turtles are affected by tides and phases of the moon, how to identify a “scute...

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