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Local mission team headed to Nicaragua

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On Thursday, a group of 20 individuals will travel about 1,700 miles to the city of Leon, Nicaragua, to spread the precious love of God.

 

Council looks at downtown sewer rehab project

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Council met in a special-called session on Monday and discussed an amendment to the downtown sewer rehabilitation project.According to Town Manager Eddie Madden, the project will have an impact on the areas of Pine Street, Court Street, Cypress Street and Scout Lane.“Each of the areas have sewer lines that are aged, decayed and problematic that are to be replaced and relocated,” said Madden.He added that some...

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State reels in new fishing license plate

RALEIGH — Motorists can help support the conservation and management of brook trout by purchasing a new conservation license plate that depicts the only native coldwater trout in the state.The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will use all proceeds from sales of this plate to fund habitat protection for brook trout and to create public access to brook trout waters in North Carolina....

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First day of fall delivers cooler temperatures

ELIZABETHTOWN — Mother Nature sometimes has a keen sense of timing.The first day of fall arrived on Monday and, almost immediately, the weather took a chilly turn — dropping the local temperatures about 15 degrees.“It’s pretty unusual to get this kind of weather pattern now,” said Brad Reinhart, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wilmington. “Usually we see this later in the fall, so it’s a month or two early....

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Lady Knights fall to Fairmont

FAIRMONT — The Lady Knights travelled to Fairmont on Monday for a non-conference volleyball matchup with the Lady Golden Tornadoes, and came home with a loss in three games by the scores of 25-9, 25-9 and 25-13.“Fairmont’s varsity played well,” said West Bladen coach Gaye Davis. “Our passes were not good. We have to regroup now and start back over with conference play.”The scorebook was light on the Lady Knights’ side, but Morgan...

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Prescribed solution

The State Bureau of Investigation, along with Safe Kids North Carolina and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, will be co-sponsoring a national effort to safely dispose of unused prescription medicines in locations across the state from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.It’s a worthwhile program, because taking expired, unwanted or unused medicines to one of the pill take-back locations is the best disposal method. This coordinated effort keeps harmful drugs out of the re...

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Burger King employee celebrates 25 years of service

ELIZABETHTOWN — As customers walk up to the counter to place their order at the Elizabethtown Burger King, they are greeted by a frame filled with a collage of photographs that reads “Congratulations Helen on 25 years of service at BK 6228.”It's not often an employee celebrates 25 years of service with a company and Helen Denkins' co-workers wanted to do something to recognize it.Denkins, 63, ...

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Winners abound at 22nd annual Peanut Festival

DUBLIN — A burgeoning crowd showed up in Dublin on Saturday to celebrate the peanut and kick off the fall season during the 22nd annual Peanut Festival in and around Dublin Elementary School.One of the many organizers, Bobbie Todd, said there were thousands of people attending the festival.“After the parade was over, it was 45 minutes later and people were still shoulder to shoulder coming through t...

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The great impersonator

LUMBERTON — The first time Jason Petty heard a Hank Williams song, it wasn’t being sung by Williams.“I was 6 or 7 years old; my father and I were riding in the car. One of the songs he used to sing to me was ‘Hey, Good Looking,’ and that’s one of the first songs I ever remember hearing,” Petty said. “That was the first time I ever heard a Hank song. It was the kind of thing that really leaves an imprint.”Those serenad...

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How Scotland connected North Carolina to the modern world

Did North Carolinians have a stake in the outcome of last week’s referendum in Scotland?Maybe not the same kind of stake the residents of Scotland had, but our ties to that land are so close, so important, and so contemporary that perhaps we should have been entitled to vote on the question of its independence from the United Kingdom.New evidence of our enduring ties to Scotland comes in a few days with UNC Press’s release of “Wayfaring Strangers: The M...

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Mike Merritt ride to be held Saturday

WHITE LAKE — The eighth annual Mike Merritt Memorial Bike Ride will be held Saturday beginning at the White Lake Fire Department.Registration for the ride begins at 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Lunch will be served and door prizes awarded from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., and the ride departs from the fire department at 12:45 p.m.Cost is $20 for a single rider and $25 for a double. Cost includes a meal. The meal will consist of pork barbecue and chicken and all the side...

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For Better Living: What to do if Your Freezer Stops

If you have a freezer full of food, you have made a major financial investment. If you grew the food and prepared it for freezing, you also have many hours of time invested. Considering these investments, it is important to take a few precautions to ensure against loss in case of a power or mechanical failure or other problem that may cause the freezer to stop or malfunction.

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Four County’s annual meeting to include elections

BURGAW – Four County EMC’s annual Membership Meeting will be held Monday, Oct. 6, at Pender High School, located at 5380 N.C. 53 West in Burga...

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President, Congress need to work together

In his recent speech outlining his plans to use military force against the jihadists of the Islamic State, President Obama gave Congress only passing mention. “I have the authority to address the threat from ISIL,” he said. “But I believe we are strongest as a nation when the president and Congress work together.”He’s right, of course. But that’s not the half of it.We live in troubled times, and over the last decade or two our military...

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Peanut Festival a tremendous success

DUBLIN — A cool and breezy morning gave way to a pleasant, sunny afternoon for the 22nd annual Dublin Peanut Festival on Saturday.The tiny town of Dublin swelled with the arrival of hundreds of visitors from throughout the region, starting with the annual hour-long parade that lined both sides of N.C. 87 with observers.This year’s parade was marshalled by the Rev. Bruce Cannon, director of missions for the Bladen Baptist Association.“I’...

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Eagles hammer Gators, 45-0

LAKE WACCAMAW —East Bladen rebounded from a disappointing home loss to Sun Valley the week before by jumping all over East Columbus on Friday, scoring 28 first-quarter points and coasting to a 45-0 shutout non-conference win.The Eagles completed their non-conference schedule with a 3-1 mark, and will open Four County Conference play this week by hosting the Midway Raiders.East Bladen scored on its opening drive, going 52 yards in six plays. Farrell Murchison finish...

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Davis making her mark with Lady Braves

PEMBROKE — Mallory Davis, a 2014 West Bladen graduate, has made the transition from high-school volleyball to college volleyball almost seamlessly. And early in the Lady Braves’ season, she has cracked the starting lineup at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.“Mallory is starting … and is really doing well,” said Gaye Davis, Mallory’s mother and high-school coach. “… she has adjusted to college volleyball very well — s...

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East sweeps West in volleyball

DUBLIN — The East Bladen volleyball team went cross-county for a Four County Conference match against rivals West Bladsen on Thursday, and came home with a three-game sweep by the scores of 25-23, 25-17 and 25-19.The win improved the Lady Eagles to 5-5 overall and 2-5 in the conference, while the Lady Knights fells to 3-10-1 overall and 0-6 in conference.East Bladen opened a 14-10 lead in the first game before West Bladen pulled to within one at 14-13. But kills by...

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