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Knights ready for Clash of the Carolinas to open World Series

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DUBLIN — The West Bladen Knights are just a day away from the Clash of the Carolinas.By Friday, the Knights’ baseball caravan will have arrived in Chipley, Fla., for the 2014 Dixie Pre-Majors World Series as the North Carolina champions. They will open on Saturday against South Carolina.The Knights earned a second straight berth in the World Series by beating South Columbus and Duplin County in the state tournament at Cerro Gordo.With head coach Kim Cain tied up in Greensboro with the East-West All-Star Football Game this week, assistant coach Steve Pastore has been overseeing the practices and preparation for the trip south.

 

Grandma was a fly-killing machine

My grandmother hated flies, but it wouldn’t be fair to leave it at just that. Nowhere near as humorous, either.I thought about my grandmother the other day, when a fly began to dive-bomb my face for no apparent reason. As I spent the next several moments waving off its repeated attempts to annoy me, I suddenly heard my grandmother’s words: “Don’t just swat at it … kill it!”Don’t be taken aback. My grandmother, who passed away bac...

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Simply let go … or be dragged

A friend who has some experience with rodeo horses sent me a most picturesque proverb: “Let go or be dragged.” Whether this phrase was first spoken by a Zen master who had achieved enlightenment on the mountainside, or by a battered cowboy nursing his shattered bones and pulling cacti from his backside makes no difference. It is the unmistakable truth.Take my friend’s horses as an example. Training such animals requires a great deal of lassoing, roping, and halter...

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Health fair for veterans coming to Lumberton

LUMBERTON — Veterans in and around Bladen, Columbus and Robeson counties can enroll in the VA health care system and receive health information about various services available to them from representatives of the Fayetteville VA Medical Center Rural Health Outreach team Friday, Aug. 1.The medical center’s rural health team will conduct a wellness health fair at the Three County Homeless Veterans and Community Stand Down, set to take place at the National Guard Armory, 4...

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Course completed

Contributed photoFour Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy cadets recently completed the Lancer Day Camp held at St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wisc. During the week-long course the cadets executed a rappel of 42 feet, and learned how to climb a rock wall. During the training they also learned basic rifle marksmanship, leadership, team building and archery. The cadets are Antonio Jones, Marcus Craig-Feree, Gabriel Reaves and Tyler Olinger. They are picture...

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Feeding, harassing alligators is dangerous, illegal

RALEIGH —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is reminding people that if you see an alligator, in most instances it is not necessary to do anything other than leave it alone.Alligators have become fairly common in some eastern areas of the state and sightings can be frequent during the summer.Feeding or harassing alligators is illegal in North Carolina. Feeding an alligator will cause the animal to lose its fear of people, making it more likely to approach and p...

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Board of Ed moves to shed positions

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Education approved both some personnel hires as well as a reduction in force list this week.Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor said, “There are general statute requirements about how you notify a teacher involved in a reduction in force.”Taylor said the board had to eliminate about $2.5 million from the proposed 2014-15 budget which resulted in the elimination of 60 total positions. Of those 60 ...

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Eagles getting early accolades on the gridiron

ELIZABETHTOWN — The high-school football regular season may still be a month away, but most teams have already been involved with summer workouts and regional seven-on-seven competitions.With the opening of state-allowed football practices just one week away, East Bladen coach Robby Priest has been pleasantly surprised with how his players are approaching the upcoming season.“They’ve been working really hard so far,” he said. “There’s ...

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Crime reports

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office responded to a total of 55 calls from the public between July 16 and July 23.Deputies responded to eight calls for breaking and/or entering, five calls for larceny, five for physical and/or verbal assault, two for drugs, two for alarms and one for suspicious activity.There were also a total of 22 arrests during that time.Following are the more interesting and/or important arrests:—...

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Davis earns college scholarship

RALEIGH — Local Government Federal Credit Union recently announced that Mallory Davis, a 2014 graduate of West Bladen High, is the recipient of an LGFCU Scholarship Award.Davis will use her scholarship to study at The University of North Carolina at Penbroke. She is one of 120 deserving high school seniors and post-secondary students that will have extra money to apply toward their education at the university, community or technical college of their choice.

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Virus is attacking the state’s pigs

ELIZABEHTOWN — Sow farm owners in Bladen County have been impacted by a pig virus known as porcine epidemic diarrhea, as have their counterparts elsewhere in North Carolina and throughout the United States.“It mainly affects sow farms but it doesn’t really affect nurseries and finishers,” said Bladen County Livestock Agent Becky Spearman. “I know we have had some impacts, but in terms of economic impacts, I don’t know the numbers.”...

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Lady Eagles tennis tryouts***ELIZABETHTOWN — Tryouts for the East Bladen girls tennis team will begin Monday, Aug. 4, at 9 a.m.Interested participants must have a current physical.For informatoin, contact coach Megan Kirby by email at mjkirby@bladen.k12.nc.us.***Casino night set for Aug. 23***BLADENBORO — The National Wild Turkey Federation will hold a casino n...

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Welcome to the NEW Bladen Journal website

The Bladen Journal is today unveiling a significant upgrade of its website, making www.bladenjournal.com easier to navigate, faster to load and more effective for advertisers.As with this week’s launch of our redesigned print product, the new website is largely the result of feedback from both readers and advertisers over the past several months.Among our improved and upgraded features are:· Easier to read headlines with one-click accessibility to s...

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Thompson plays in East-West game

GREENSBORO — West Bladen graduate Courtney Thompson logged some minutes on the court for the East All-Stars on Monday at the Greensboro Coliseum in the annual East-West basketball showcase, a game won by the West squad, 82-68.The win by the West stars avenged its 67-60 loss to the East in 2013.“It was a good game,” said West Bladen girls basketball coach Pam Stephens, who went to watch Thompson play. “It was pretty close through the first half, bu...

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County honors employees for longevity

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County board of Commissioners honored several employees on Monday night for their years of service to the county. All totaled there was 45 years of knowledge and service that were celebrated.As each employee come forward accompanied by their supervisor, they each received a certificate and were honored with a reception.

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Elizabethtown students receives scholarship

RALEIGH —Local Government Federal Credit Union proudly congratulates Brooke Smith, who is the recipient of an LGFCU Scholarship Award.Brooke Smith, will use her scholarship to study at Johnson & Wales Univeristy. She is one of 120 deserving high school seniors and post-secondary students that will have extra money to apply toward their education at the university, community or technical college of their choice.

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Baxley on staff at White Lake clinic

WHITE LAKE — The Southeastern Medical Clinic at White Lake has a new family nurse practitioner.Sharon Baxley is now providing care at the clinic on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 8 a.m. to noon and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Wednesdays the clinic is manned by Dr. Stephen Bridgers from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.The clinic, which is closed from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. each day, is located at 1921 White Lake Drive and is an affili...

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Sheriff’s deputies discover meth lab

BLADENBORO — While deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office were attempting to locate a suspect who was wanted on outstanding warrants, they stumbled upon an even bigger take.According to Capt. Jeff Singletary, while searching the 900 block of Storm Road in Bladenboro, deputies located a methamphetamine lab.Three Bladenboro residents were arrested at the scene and taken into custody: Holy Louise Dietz, 33; Robert Anthony Byrd, 29; and Cooper Lee Davis...

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