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Health director on board with rural task force

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ELIZABETHTOWN — A comprehensive health action plan that focuses on solutions for the many roots of well-being disparities displayed in North Carolina’s 60 rural counties is receiving a thumbs up from the Bladen County Health Department’s director.Bladen is one of those 60 counties included in the plan.The plan, put together by the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Task Force on Rural Health, points to six priority areas, identifies strategies at the state and local levels that range from behavioral health to childhood development to investments in high-speed broadband Internet – all of which focus on increasing the health and well-being of rural North Carolina.


Clark, Merritt

Donna Clark of Garland and Brandon Merritt of Harrells announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage.The bride-elect is the daughter of the late Linda Clark of Garland. She earned an associate degree in general education and is employed by Danaher.The prospective groom is the son of Elaine and Tink Merritt of Harrells. He earned an associate degree in criminal justice and is employed with Sleepy Creek Farms.The wedding is planned for Saturday, Sept. 6, at...

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Cross, Melvin

Mr. and Mrs. Powell Jennings Cross of Elizabethtown announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter Caitlin Alyssa to Charles Dustin Melvin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Daniel Melvin of White Oak.The wedding ceremony will take place on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, at 3:30 p.m. at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church.

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Bladenboro gearing up for Fun Day on Saturday

BLADENBORO — Folks looking for something to kick off the fall festival season need look no further than Bladenboro as they prepare for the 22nd annual Bladenboro Fun Day on Saturday.Joyce Walters, one of the organizers of the event, said the day will begin with an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m. — but there won’t be the usual sweet start because there won’t be a pancake breakfast by the Rotary Club.The opening ceremony will be held in the front of t...

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Giving back to the community

ELIZABETHTOWN — A local man has made it his mission and ministry to give back to the community that gave so much to him and his family when he was growing up.Hubert Horne, founder of I AM Inc., said the inspiration for his ministry was his upbringing. He said he grew up in a home where his father worked, but earned very little.“I don’t know that I would have made it without the community,” said Horne. “I feel like I owe the community. I̵...

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Have you ever been photobombed?

Have you ever thought about bombs? Up until a few weeks ago, I’d not really given much thought about them. But one day recently that all changed and I began researching different types of bombs. In my research I learned that there are pipe bombs, smoke bombs, stink bombs, suitcase bombs, cluster bombs, atomic bombs, dirty bombs, hydrogen bombs, and nuclear bombs. You can be sure that there are many more different types of bombs than what I’ve listed.However, for this we...

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Workshop series for farmers offered

The upcoming series “Small Farm Profitability” is being offered by N.C. REAL and their community partners at the Small Business Centers and Cooperative Extensions in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus and Robeson counties.It is a series of six classes taught by Tony Kleese, an expert in Agriculture Entrepreneurship with a focus on sustainable farming. The series will addresses common challenges faced by new and transitioning farmers in the region.The course covers g...

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Knowing the weather behooves boaters

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – For boaters, sailors or anglers, knowing the forecast and understanding the weather can mean the difference between smooth, sunny sailing or slogging through uncomfortably rough seas.Weather for Boaters, a new online course from the United States Power Squadrons and the BoatUS Foundation aims to teach boaters the basics of weather and forecasting so they may recognize and prepare for storms coming their way, interpret cloud formations and wind shifts, learn w...

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Collegiate bass fishing championship to air Sept. 3

FLORENCE, Ala. — Fans of collegiate bass fishing will get the chance to experience the excitement of the nation’s largest collegiate bass fishing event on Wednesday, Sept. 3, when the 2014 BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship airs on the NBC Sports Network at 12:30 p.m.The BoatUS Collegiate Bass Fishing Championship is the marquee event of three nationally televised tournaments hosted as part of the Cabela’s Collegiate Bass Fishing Series that includes the ...

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Fake punt sparks Eagles to win

WHITEVILLE — A fake punt at a key juncture of the game, along with the stellar rushing of Farrell Murchison helped lead East Bladen to a 28-19 non-conference win over a pesky White team on Friday.The win improves the Eagles to 2-0 and drops the Wolfpack to 1-1.The play came early in the fourth quarter with East Bladen clinging to a 14-13 lead and facing a fourth and 5 deep in their own territory. Eagles coach Robby Priest pulled out a fake punt play that sent the s...

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Mourning Knights wallop West Columbus

DUBLIN — The West Bladen High football family was rocked Friday by the news that one of their varsity players had been found dead earlier in the day, and the team was given a choice to play the game against West Columbus or postpone it.The Knights chose to play.“Every one of the boys wanted to play the game for their teammate,” West Bladen coach Russell Dove. “I’m proud of how they handled things.”Despite the heavy hearts, t...

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BCC Writers Series to kick off with Barbara Presnell

DUBLIN — Bladen Community College’s Writers Series will present award-winning North Carolina author and lecturer Barbara Presnell in a program on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. in the College Library. This is the first of two Writers Series programs slated for September.A native of Asheboro, Presnell grew up in a family of readers surrounded by books. Most of her works reflect the people and lives of those people from the foothills and mountains of Appalachia. Many focus...

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Eagles’ offense erupts for 5-0 win

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen got into the “W” column for the first time in the early soccer season with a 5-0 whitewashing of visiting West Columbus on Thursday.The win moved the Eagles’ record to 1-1-3.Scoring honors were spread around among five players for East Bladen as Alex Felder, Brooks McGill, Brandon Tatum, Jake Mazur and Tyler Polk all found the back of the West Columbus nets.The Eagles opened a 2-0 advantage by halftime, then ...

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The Old Testament Law contains 613 individual commandments. The majority of these are negative: “Thou shalt not” do such or so. These commandm...

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Chase ends with arrest

ELIZABETHTOWN — A Lumberton man went from the frying pan into the fire on Thursday when he left the Bladen County Courthouse and proceeded to lead lawmen on a chase into Robeson County, where he was captured and arrested.According to Chief Deputy Rodney Hester with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, an investigator was traveling west on N.C. 41 near the Robeson County line when a black Chevrolet Impala passed him at a high rate of speed at about 10 a.m.̶...

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Eagles ready for Whiteville challenge

ELIZABETHTOWN — A week after hanging 50 points on a good Fairmont team, but giving up 30 points to the Golden Tornadoes’ spread offense, East Bladen head coach Robby Priest hopes his defense tightens up Friday when the Eagles travel to Whiteville for an early-season, non-conference rivalry game.But East Bladen will face an entirely different set of challenges.“Every team is different,” said Priest. “Whiteville’s defense will be tougher...

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Knights looking to go 2-0

DUBLIN — West Bladen’s Knights will be looking to start their second straight season at 2-0 for the first time in several years, but they will have to get past a hungry West Columbus squad that’s also looking to go 2-0.“We’ve preached to the kids not to take these guys lightly,” said West Bladen head coach Russell Dove. “We know that they (the Vikings) will be ready for us.”West Bladen and West Columbus scrimmaged each othe...

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Merchants gear up for sidewalk sales

ELIZABETHTOWN — Picnics, sales, boating, or simply relaxing. Folks will have a variety of activities to choose from for Labor Day, whether they visit the annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale in Elizabethtown or whether they choose to go for a swim at White Lake.Folks arriving in town for the annual sidewalk sale will enjoy a bevy of bargains. Mike Suggs, owner of Fisher’s Men’s and Ladies Shop, said he expects the weekend to be a busy one. He said shoppers will find an ...

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