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Bladenboro shooting: ‘Person of interest’ says victim pulled the trigger

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BLADENBORO — The man at the center of an investigation into the fatal shooting of a woman in Bladenboro in the early morning hours of April 14 claims it was the woman herself who pulled the trigger during a struggle for the weapon.Patricia Scott Cooper, 38, was shot at about 2:30 a.m. outside the Ash Street apartments and pronounced dead at Bladen County Hospital at about 3:31 a.m.Johnny Yarbrough, 56, who has been tabbed as a “person of interest” by investigators, said in an interview with the Bladen Journal on Monday that Cooper was the aggressor and arrived at his apartment wielding a 14-inch fillet knife. Yarbrough and Cooper had dated for less than a year before he said he broke up with her back in January.


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Bladen Journal wants your “selfie”

Here’s your chance to show off your selfie!The Bladen Journal is accepting selfies for a special project to publish in mid-May. We are inviting readers to send us their best selfie photograph. One lucky selfie will be chosen as the main art to be published in the newspaper. Other selfies will be posted on our Facebook wall and website for our readers to enjoy.Please email your selfie by May 2 to with the word ‘selfie’ in the su...

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Knights fall a second time

RED SPRINGS — A four-run explosion in the top of the second inning Tuesday propelled South Robeson past West Bladen in the second round of the Robeson County Slugfest, 6-2.The loss sent the Knights home for the balance of the spring break after losing both tournament games.The Mustangs opened the game by manufacturing a run in the first inning, but West Bladen bounced back with a pair of runs in the home half of the inning when C.J. Singletary led off with a single...

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Wyatt HR helps send West into title game

RED SPRINGS — West Bladen got a two-hitter from pitcher Nicole Wyatt and the Lady Knights scored four runs in the third to send South Robeson to the consolation bracket of the Robeson County Slugfest on Tuesday with a 6-1 loss.The win also send West Bladen to the championship game for the fourth straight year.The Lady Mustangs nicked Wyatt for an unearned run in the top of the first, thanks to the lone error of the game by the Lady Knights.West Bladen kn...

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Eagles lose two in Fayetteville

FAYETTEVILLE — After a first-round win on Monday in the J. Hoyt Warren/Wayne Edwards Invitational, the Eagles of East Bladen found the going a bit tougher on Tuesday, dropping games to Gray’s Creek and Hoke County.“We just don’t have the pitching to go up against these good teams,” said East Bladen coach Russell Priest. “We were facing pitchers throwing in the mid-80s, and it’s tough to catch up with that.”In the second-rou...

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Helping teens, young adults find their way

ELIZABETHTOWN — For some teens, finding a job is a difficult, if not impossible task. One man wants to change that, and is trying to help connect teens and young adults with potential employers in Bladen County.“A lot of our young people have nothing to do,” said Wilson Bolden. “I have 25 or 26 young people who are looking for something to do.”

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Vote for beer, wine referendum

I would like to encourage you to vote FOR the county-wide beer and wine referendum on May 6.If you go to church three times a week or barely make it one time a year at Easter, I encourage you to vote FOR.If you drink occasionally or never, I encourage you to vote FOR.If you live in Elizabethtown, Clarkton or East Arcadia — or live near the county line — I encourage you to vote FOR.Across this country, it is legal for citizens over 21 yea...

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National Day of Prayer looms

It’s that time of year again — the National Day of Prayer, to be held the first Thursday of May, which falls on May 1. The event will begin at noon.Please come to Elizabethtown Town Hall on West Broad Street and help pray for our country, our schools, government and our cities. We need to pray for our children because they are next in line to take over and rule.I think all of you who have come out to pray during all these years. God has made the difference, a...

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Field Day at Bladen Lakes

Bladen Lakes Primary School students recently enjoyed a favorite annual tradition: Field Day! Faculty members William McMillan and Liz Lytch led warm-ups and songs at an opening ceremony. Students then competed in short and long races, sack races, and egg races. After lunch, the students jumped rope and flew kites. Other students competed in a yo-yo contest. Winners were able to yo-yo the longest and showed off yo-yo tricks.

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Battling bigotry

Hank Aaron, the black former Major League Baseball star who in 1974 surpassed the home-run record held by Babe Ruth, an American icon who was white, recently reflected on that bittersweet time — sweet because the record finally was his, but bitter because America was exposed as a nation with too many bigots.

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Sports briefs

Rams Club Tar Heel Tour***LUMBERTON — North Carolina football coach Larry Fedora and other UNC personalities will make an appearance in Lumberton on Friday, May 2, during a stop on the Rams Club Tar Heel Tour. The event will be held at 11:45 a.m. at Candy Sue’s.Eric Montross, a member of UNC’s national championship basketball team in 1993, and longtime Tar Heel sports announcer Woody Durham will also be there.The c...

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Eagles open tournament with win over host

FAYETTEVILLE — East Bladen opened the J. Hoyt Warren/Wayne Edwards Invitational with a 6-2 win over the host Douglas Byrd team on Monday.The win improved the Eagles to 5-8 and sent them into the second round on Tuesday at 9 a.m. against Gray’s Creek.Douglas Byrd opened the scoring by nicking East Bladen starting pitcher Matthew Taylor for a first-inning run. But after a scoreless second inning, the visiting Eagles knotted the game with a run in the top of the...

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ROBESON COUNTY SLUGFEST Lady Knights win, have eye on three-peat

RED SPRINGS — Nicole Wyatt twirled a no-hitter and didn’t allow a ball to be hit out of the infield Monday, and the Lady Knights of West Bladen shellacked St. Pauls in the opening round of the Robeson County Slugfest, 17-0.West Bladen, the two-time defending champion and this year’s No. 1 seed, opened its defense with 14 hits, half of which were for extra bases.The Lady Knights move into the second round Tuesday, when they will face South Robeson at 4 p...

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Vote against the sale of beer, wine

Some do not know, others should remember — White Lake had an ABC store, but it closed within a year because not enough revenue came in to support it.Three different times a bar was opened in the former Front Porch Restaurant building. Each one of those bars were taken out because of the lack of revenue.Remember when people in Clarkton pushed for the sale of beer and wine because they wanted the revenue, so the town established a police force? Two years after the po...

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Pesticide Disposal Program hits milestone with 3 million pounds collected

RALEIGH – Last week the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Pesticide Disposal Assistance Program surpassed 3 million pounds collected since the program began in 1980. At a collection day in Nash County the program needed just 763.5 pounds to hit the 3 million pounds. Instead, residents dropped off 17,000 pounds for disposal.“North Carolina’s was the first pesticide disposal program in the nation,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler...

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Author pays a visit to school

TAR HEEL — Donna Washington, an author and storyteller, spoke to the Tar Heel Middle School student body Tuesday, April 15, as part of the Collaborative & Innovation grant Tar Heel and the Bladen County Public Library received from the North Carolina State Library.The grant’s purpose is to strengthen ties between student, school and the public library as well as offer books that support the curriculum and reading programs.Washington has published seven books ...

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Beatty to keynote BCC Curriculum Graduation

DUBLIN — The commencement speaker for Bladen Community College’s curriculum graduation ceremony on May 13 is Bladen County native Sonya Beatty. She is currently a business officer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation Rail Division.Beatty grew up on the family farm near the South River in north central Bladen County and attended East Bladen High School. Following high school she pursued a business degree at Elizabeth City State University, where she earne...

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