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Kidney Walk planned for Bladen firefighter

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LUMBERTON — A Kidney Walk is planned for Saturday at Luther Britt Park in Lumberton from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. for firefighter Gene Martin, who is in Stage 5 kidney failure. The park is located at 671 Branch St., Lumberton.Samantha Failen, who is Martin’s sister, is organizing the event to help raise money to defray the medical expenses Martin has incurred. The walk will make two laps around the lake at the park and the starting and finishing lines are on the I-95 side of the park.Failen said her brother is planning to attend the event.


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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Hancock earns Player of the Year title

ELIZABETHTOWN — Cade Hancock completed his second summer on the Coastal Junior Golf Tour with his second straight Player of the Year title after picking up a pair of second-place finishes on the links this month.Hancock, 13, competed at Magnolia Greens Golf Plantation in Leland recently and all but came up a few holes short of winning.The event was shortened by rain with Hancock having just finished his 14th hole, and the result was that he finished one shot off th...

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ELIZABETHTOWN — After a scoreless first half, visiting East Columbus scored an early second-half goal that didn’t stand up as East Bladen tallied the tie-breaker late in the match to slavage a 1-1 knot.The Eagles’ attack was held in check by the Gators through the first 40 minutes, getting outshot by a 4-1 margin. But East Bladen turned the tables and pressured the East Columbus goal with 15 second-half shots while holding the Gators to just two.With cl...

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County part of first rural health action plan

RALEIGH – On Monday, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Task Force on Rural Health released the first comprehensive North Carolina Rural Health Action Plan that sets forth recommendations to reduce health disparities and increase economic stability across North Carolina’s rural communities.The Action Plan, with six priority areas, identifies strategies at the state and local levels that range from behavioral health to childhood development to investments in high-s...

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Thanks for weekend success

A patriotic and strong thank-you to all who participated in the Battle of Elizabethtown weekend.From the Friday night dance and music concert by High Tower Band to the height of the battle to the last load of equipment and trash that was hauled out of Tory Hole Battlefield Park on Monday morning, it was a total success. Best estimates of all participation is 1,200 people and the media was great in publishing articles and announcements to get people involved.

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Murder suspect extradited to Bladen County

ELIZABETHTOWN —A murder suspect who was arrested in Maryland in late July has now been extradited back to North Carolina.Chief Deputy Rodney Hester with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday that Garry Tyrell McCray Jr., 26, of Salisbury, Md., was returned to Bladen County just before midnight Monday. He has been charged with first-degree murder and is in the Bladen County Jail without bond.Four years of thorough investigation paid off for the Blade...

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State agency approves fees for woodland plans

RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Agriculture recently approved fees for woodland management plans, following a directive from the state General Assembly.The state budget approved by the General Assembly directed the N.C. Forest Service to start charging for woodland plans, commonly referred to as forest management plans. The budget bill also allowed the Board of Agriculture to review and approve the fees.

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Commissioners discuss the jail design process

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners discussed the jail design process during its meeting on Monday.According to Bladen County Manager Greg Martin, the board received a jail feasibility study earlier this year that evaluated the county jail’s needs, as well as looking at the construction of a new facility. Martin said the next step in the process is for the commissioners to appoint a set of committees that will advise the board and make recommendatio...

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West Bladen opens season with trio of wins

DUBLIN — The West Bladen girls tennis team opened the season on Monday with a 6-3 non-conference win over visiting West Columbus.Though the Lady Vikings took victories at the higher seeds, the Lady Knights put the match away with wins at the lower seeds.In singles, Alanna Ludlum too a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3; Amber Long won by a 6-1, 6-0 verdict at No. 4; Tatianna Sturgis was a 6-1, 6-0 winner at No. 5; and Sydney Jackson made her debut at No. 6 with a convincing 6-0...

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Worthwhile discussion

Life brings with it a roller-coaster ride of emotions. It is expected there are times when we will be happy or sad, angry or giddy, worried or carefree.There will even be times we feel down.Imagine being unable to shake that feeling of despair and hopelessness.For someone suffering from depression — and one in every six people will at some point — that veil of darkness can last days or weeks. It can be so consuming as to affect daily activities suc...

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Remembering the Negro Leagues

“He is number 42,” I said.On a baseball outing with my daughter’s family the other night, I was trying to find the name of a player on the Durham Bulls baseball team while the Bulls were playing a doubleheader against the Buffalo Bison.The player list in the game program did not show a number 42. Then I noticed another player wearing number 42, and then another. Every player was wearing number 42.Why?I should have remembered “...

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Fall registration on target at BCC

DUBLIN — Registration for the fall semester at Bladen Community College is strong with more than 1,280 students already enrolled as of Thursday. With approximately 70 more high school students expected to enroll through the Career and College Promise technical programs and more in classes that start later in the semester, enrollment is expected to surpass last fall’s figure.BCC President William Findt said he is pleased with registration results for the fall semester. H...

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Grand opening for Bladenboro Farmer’s Market on tap

BLADENBORO — There is a buzz of excitement in the air in the town of Bladenboro as folks are gearing up for the ribbon-cutting and grand opening of the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market on Friday at 1 p.m.Joy Walters, one of many volunteers for the project, said everyone is excited and the project was a much needed one. She said prior to the construction of the building, farmers had to brave the elements to sell their their produce and vegetables. Now, that is about to change....

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Is economy inherently recession prone?

Most of us focus on decisions affecting our daily lives – earning an income, spending, investing and looking ahead to our retirement. If we have some time left over, we try to have fun! Businesses face similar choices about production, advertising, workers and pricing. Even public institutions like schools, parks and transit systems have to make a wide range of management selections.Economists call these types of choices microeconomic decisions because they deal with individu...

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Caregiver seminar to help deal with stress planned

ELIZABETHTOWN — There will be a workshop for caregivers on Thursday from 9 a.m. until noon at the Powell-Melvin Building located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. The workshop is free, open to the public, and refreshments will be served.“What we try to do, at least yearly, is to bring something that is informative and very timely depending on what you are going through,” said Lisa Clark with Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Life Care Center. “There are lots of di...

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Pait authors new children’s book

ELIZABETHTOWN — Local author Jane Pait has been hard at work on her new children’s book, “The Red-Headed Angel and the Empty Tomb,” and is now in the editing stages.Pait said she hopes to have the book ready for distribution by Easter.She explained the publishers have gone through the book, making their edits and suggestions, and now she is in the process of reviewing their remarks. Pait said she is lucky enough to have a publisher that will allow...

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‘Warrior’ mentality under fire

Photos of officers bearing assault rifles and wearing head-to-toe battle armor this week in Ferguson, Mo., are raising questions over the blurred lines between police and soldiers.Many look like they were snapped in an Afghanistan war zone, with local police in camouflage and combat helmets as they respond to unrest over the death of an unarmed black teen at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson.One picture features law enforcers staging behind a mine-resistant vehic...

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