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Commissioners vote to beef up courthouse security

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ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Commissioners voted 6-2 in favor of tightening security for the Bladen County Courthouse during their meeting Monday night. Commissioners Charles Ray Peterson and Wayne Edge cast the two votes against the proposal.The proposal, presented by Bladen County Sheriff Capt. Jeff Singletary and Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston, offered commissioners three options for securing the courthouse.


Commissioners approve smoking policy changes

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to approve changes to the county’s smoking policy to prohibit smoking and the use of vapor products in county buildings, on all county grounds and county vehicles.Bladen County General Services Director Robert Mazur said, “In 2011, we attempted to put the policy in place for smoking and signage was erected.”The new ordinance reads, “(w)hereas, according to the Centers...

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Atkinson visits with local school leaders

ELIZABETHTOWN — North Carolina State Schools Superintendent June Atkinson paid a visit to Bladen County on Tuesday, during which she dropped in on several schools as well as addressed a CTE Business Partnership Advisory Council luncheon at the Bladen County Board of Education’s meeting room.Bladen County Schools Superintendent Robert Taylor said in his introduction that Atkinson has a background in the career and technical education field.Atkinson began her r...

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Two-county chase ends with wreck, arrest

WHITE OAK — A Bladen County man was arrested and charged after leading law enforcement officers from three agencies on a high-speed chase through two counties on Tuesday, Oct. 14.According to Chief Deputy Rodney Hester with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the incident began at the Kaids Mini Mart on N.C. 53 in White Oak at about 8:30 p.m. when a man who was sitting in the driver’s seat of a 2001 Chevrolet S-10 pickup — who was waiting for a passenger to ...

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County recognizes employees for their years of service

ELIZABETHTOWN - The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and recognized several employees for their years of service to the county.They included employees who had 25 years of service to employees who only had five years of service. After the recognition the employees were treated to a reception in their honor.

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Eagles win in OT; Knights fall in home finale

ROSE HILL — East Bladen took advantage of Union playing a man down in overtime to pick up a 2-1 Four County Conference win behind a pair of goals from Colby Hester on Monday.The Spartans got on the board first with a goal less than 10 minutes into the first half when a shot clipped Eagles netminder Matt Massengill’s hand, but still had enough to find the net for a 1-0 lead.East Bladen knotted the game about 10 minutes later when Hester took advantage of a slo...

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Tory Hole Park, period

In what seemed to be an out-of-the-blue decision, Elizabethtown’s Town Council voted recently to rename Tory Hole Park, taking many — including the members of the Bladen County Historical Society — by complete surprise.The ripple effects of that decision came quickly, and they were not of the positive reinforcement variety.Mayor Sylvia Campbell and the town councilmen were honestly trying to do something nice to honor Carl S. McCulloch, a man who served...

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Commissioners move forward on proposed jail project

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met in a special session on Monday and approved moving forward with a proposed jail project.Bladen County Mananger Greg Martin addressed the board and outlined the steps in the process. The proposed jail projec tis estimated to cost about $17 million, according to Martin.“A jail feasibility study was commissioned about 14 or 15 months ago. Tha...

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Lady Knights fall at tennis regional

GOLDSBORO — West Bladen High took four tennis players to the Class 2-A Mideast Regionals at Herman Park in Goldsboro on Friday hoping to advance to the state finale, but all came up short with first-round ousters.“I thought the girls played well considering they were going up against girls that had been playing tennis since they were in elementary school,” said West Bladen coach Jeff Atkinson. “But that is the way it is around in our area.“W...

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West fans should fill the stands

It’s a real shame what happened during the recent high-school football game between West Bladen and Rocky Point Trask, when a total of seven players were ejected for fighting.The grapevine has it that the “fight” was hardly more than some pushing and shoving, which can be seen during almost any football game at any level. But the fact that this incident escalated to cause seven players to be ejected — subsequently not be able to play in the next game AND cau...

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For Better Living: A Closer Look at Caffeine

Caffeine‑containing foods and beverages have been a part of the human diet for a long time. Caffeine has been found in tea brewed by the Chinese as far back as 5,000 years ago. In today’s society, caffeine is present in lots of products, including coffee, tea, soft drinks and chocolate. For many Americans, freshly brewed coffee or tea is an important part of the morning ritual. For others, it’s a caffeinated soft drink that helps get them through the afternoon. Yet despite t...

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Lady Eagles fall in playoffs

DEEP RUN — East Bladen’s Lady Eagles went into South Lenoir High on Saturday afternoon hoping to scramble the Class 2-A playoff bracket with an upset of the Lady Blue Devils, but it wasn’t to be.East Bladen couldn’t maintain an offensive roll and fell to the Eastern Carolina Conference champions in three straight game by the scores of 25-14, 25-15 and 25-12.Abby Norris, playing in her final match as a Lady Eagle, put up nine kills and three servic...

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Daughters of the Gray set to hold meeting

CLARKTON — The United Daughters of the Confederacy has a new chapter located in Clarkton — the Daughters of the Gray — and the group is planning to hold a special charter meeting on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 2:30 p.m. at Clarkton Presbyterian Church.During the War Between the States, ladies’ hospital organizations, sewing societies and knitting circles sprang up and worked throughout the South to help provide a wide variety of services to soldiers.For...

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BeastFest to be celebrated this weekend

BLADENBORO — The Beast of Bladenboro, that sinister vampire beast legend says lurked in the shadows so many years ago, is back — sort of — this Saturday. The annual Bladenboro BeastFest will take place on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m.One highlight of the weekend will be a performance by the Fantastic Shakers on Saturday night from 7 until 9:30 p.m. on the festival stage.BeastFest Chairman Berry Lewis said that folks can get an early taste of Beast...

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United Way teams with Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines

ELIZABETHTOWN — The United Way of Bladen County and the Girl Scouts-North Carolina Coastal Pines have partnered together to reach out through the Girl Scout Community Outreach Program.“The United Way partnership with Girl Scouts and public schools of Bladen County is a win-win-win! Programs and training focus on STEM and Leadership has direct impact on our county. Identifying career path in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math provides young ladies opportunities to...

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Viewing political corruption more broadly

Earlier this year, veteran political writer Thomas Edsall reported an eyebrow-raising fact about Americans’ view...

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Basic firearms safety a must for hunting

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ campaign encourages hunters to take the proper precautions with firearms to be safe during time spent outdoors.

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Blue Monday Shad Fry gets recognition

EAST ARCADIA — For more than 60 years, the community of East Arcadia in southeast Bladen County has been hosting one of the county’s longest-running festivities. Earlier this month, the events received perhaps its second-biggest recognition.The Blue Monday Shad Fry was honored on Oct. 11 by the N.C. Folklore Society during the organization’s annual meeting at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke with the Community Traditions Award.“The rec...

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