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Suggs, Thompson recognized by NCPreps

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Two Bladen County basketball stars have garnered another post-season honor, this time from the online service Suggs, a sophomore at East Bladen High who helped lead the Lady Eagles to a 28-2 record and run to the East Regionals this past season, was named to the Class 2-A All-State team by the online service.Suggs, who averaged 19.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 4.3 steals and 2.7 assists per game during the season, was the Four County Conference Player of the Year and has been named to The Fayetteville Observer’s All-Cape Fear Region first team. She was also recently tabbed to the District 4 first team by the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association, as well as the All-Area second team by the Wilmington StarNews.



RACING***Dublin Motor SpeedwaySaturday, April 12***Late Model ...

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Generous gift

Photo courtesy of Seth LewisRon Taylor of LuMill Vineyard and Taylor Manufacturing, Inc. recently presented a check for $l,000 to the Dublin Scout Hut Committee. The gift was given in memory of Paul Davis, who drowned during a scouting event at Newby’s Bridge many years ago when scouting was young in Bladen County. Taylor is shown presenting the gift to Walter Bullard, Treasurer, Bobby Lewis and Tony Parnell. Taylor is shown presenting the gift to Walter Bullard, treasurer, a...

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East at West games moved

DUBLIN — Because of the inclement weather, all athletic events scheduled for today between West Bladen and East Bladen have been moved to Wednesday.That includes the baseball, softball and soccer activities — jayvee and varsity.— Baseball: Jayvee will play at West Bladen at 4 p.m.; varsity will play at West Bladen at 7 p.m.— Softball: Varisty will play at West Bladen at 6 p.m.— Soccer: Varsity will play at West Bladen a...

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Chamber award-winners announced

ELIZABETHTOWN — The annual Elizabethtown-White lake Area Chamber of Commerce award winners have been announced.There are …— Outstanding Small Business Award: First Source Staffing (Timbo Blount)— Caring Person Award: Faye Womble— Outstanding Chamber Member of the Year: Four County Electric (Dan Allen)— Honorary Lifetime Member: White lake Marine (Carl DeAndrade)The annual Chamber banquet, dur...

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Investigatoin continuing in shooting death

BLADENBORO — The investigation is continuing into the recent shooting death of a woman in Bladenboro.According to Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt, the woman has been identified as Patricia Cooper.“The department certainly wants to offer its condolences to the family of Patricia Cooper,” Hunt said. “Anytime there is a loss of life, it’s unfortunate and tragic.”He added that the investigation is ongoing, but that the incide...

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Bladen students attend YLA conference

RALEIGH — Thirteen high school students from Bladen County recently participated in the N.C. Youth Legislative Assembly conference in Raleigh. More than 200 students from 36 counties were in attendance during the three-day legislative session.North Carolina Congressman Justin Burr was the keynote speaker. Wake County District Court Judge Vince Rozier, son of Bladen County School Board member Vinston Rozier, presided over the assembly.

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Saying ‘thanks” isn’t enough

We say, “Thanks for your service,” when we met veterans of the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq veterans. ...

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New owners reopen 41 Grill

DUBLIN — After sitting vacant for several months, 41 Grocery & Grill recently reopened its doors with separate proprietors for each half of the facility.On the restaurant side, the husband and wife team of Thomas and Heidi Smith from Bladenboro reopened 41 Grill on Friday, April 11.“We always wanted to run a hamburger joint, so when we saw this opportunity we jumped at it,” Thomas said. “And we have quite a few family members and friends helping u...

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Just plane fun

Photo courtesy of Dove RoyReynold Hester of Hester Tire Pros, takes off in his airplane during the Bladenboro Fly-In on Saturday. More than a dozen planes participated, and some offered rides to those in attendance.The event attracted a large crowd of all ages and, at one point, a plane flew overhead and dropped numerous Easter eggs for the children to gather. There was also food and beverages available, along with live music and a prayer service.

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Sports briefs

B’boro Rotary Club golf tourney***BLADENBORO — The Bladenboro Rotary Club will hold its 16th annual golf tournament on Friday, May 9, at Land O Lakes Golf Course in Whiteville.The event benefits a scholarship fund for for Bladenboro and West Bladen High seniors through the J.W. and Martha Black Scholarship, two former educators.The entry fee for the tournament will include greens fees, cart and a meal before and after th...

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Springtime greening: Boaters tips for Earth Day

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – About 70 percent of the Earth is covered by water – and that’s where you’ll find recreational boaters spending their time.With Earth Day’s arrival on April 22, what can boaters do to help keep the waters they enjoy clean and healthy? Here are three easy tips from the BoatUS Foundation that any boater can do:— Springtime greening: When you uncover the boat this spring, ...

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Fatal shooting in Bladenboro

BLADENBORO — Police here are investigating a fatal shooting that reportedly took place on Sunday.According to preliminary information, a woman was shot and killed by her boyfriend.Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt said Monday morning the investigation was still in its early stages.Watch the Bladen Journal’s website for updates, as well as a story in its print edition on Friday.

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Strike one!

Kenny Armstrong|Bladen JournalCody Clark, 6, throws out the ceremonial first pitch at the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball opening-day ceremonies on Saturday. Cody has been battling a brain tumor for the past few months.

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Church to host Easter Sunrise Service

TAR HEEL — Tar Heel Baptist Church will host an Easter Sunrise Service on Sunday beginning at 7 a.m.Following the service will be a breakfast.A 8 a.m., Sunday School will begin, with worship service to start at 8:30 a.m.The public is invited.

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Youngster progressing through cancer treatments

ELIZABETHTOWN — The most dreaded word anyone can hear is cancer, especially when it is aimed at their young child.Tina and Christopher Clark received such a diagnosis involving their youngest son, Cody, shortly before Christmas. Cody, 6, a student at Bladen Lakes Primary, was diagnosed with a brain tumor during the Christmas break from school.Cody has been making great progress since his initial surgery at Duke Children’s Hospital in December, according to Ti...

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FCC should let markets work

In February, Federal Communications Chairman Tom Wheeler declared that the North Carolina General Assembly had no authority to determine telecommunications policy in North Carolina.Well, okay, Wheeler didn’t single North Carolina out for particular scorn. But he did say that in the coming months, the FCC might decide to challenge state laws, like the one the North Carolina legislature enacted in 2011, that govern the ability of cities and counties to create their own broadban...

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