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Rev. Barber demands the truth

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BLADENBORO — About 200 people packed into the stuffy First Baptist Church in Bladenboro to hear the Rev. William Barber speak ,and when he did about 45 minutes into Monday’s community meeting and memorial to honor the life of Lennon Lacy, the fan-waving came to a stop and the room became so quiet that people could hear themselves begin to sweat.“This service is dedicated to the life of someone who has walked among us,” said Barber, president of the North Carolina NAACP for the past nine years. “Lennon Lee Lacy died sometime between 2 and 6 a.m. on Aug. 29. His body was found hanging from a child’s swing set in downtown Bladenboro in a predominantly white trailer park.


West volleyball falls in four

DUBLIN — The Lady Knights of West Bladen fought hard against visiting Heidi Trask, but ultimately lost their chance to take a step out of the Four County Conference when they fell in four games by the scores of 15-25, 25-21, 17-25 and 21-25.The loss dropped West Bladen to 3-12 overall and 0-9 in the conference, while Heidi Trask improved to 1011, 1-8.The two teams entered Monday’s match with identical 0-8 conference marks, and the Lady Titans got off to a pos...

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Operation Medicine Drop a succes in county

ELIZABETHTOWN — Officials with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Bladen County Health Department asked North Carolina to clean out its me...

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Bladenboro Primary celebrates milk

BLADENBORO – There was plenty of mooing going on at Bladenboro Primary School recently in celebration of World School Milk Day.The Child Nutrition staff at the school decided to have some fun with the observance, dressing up as cows to emphasize the benefits of milk.World School Milk Day is organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, and this year will be celebrating its 15th annual event. The last Wednesday in September is designated ...

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Bennett, Lewis crowned 2014 queen, king at West

DUBLIN — When the buzzer sounded to mark the end of the first half of Friday’s football game between West Bladen and Union, not many Knights fans moved from the stands. Instead, they awaited the introductions of the homecoming queen candidates and anticipated the announcement of the 2014 queen.After the candidates were each escorted out to midfield by a parent, the announcement came — Megan Bennett had been chosen by her peers as the school’s homecoming quee...

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For Better Living: How Bad is Trans Fat?

Scientific research shows that consumption of saturated fat, trans fat, and dietary cholesterol raises low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad cholesterol,” levels. This increases the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, more than 12.5 million Americans have CHD, and more than 500,000 die each year. That makes CHD one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

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Will North Carolina continue to urbanize?

North Carolina used to be a small-town and rural state. In fact, we were traditionally one of the most non-urban states in the country. There were a couple of reasons for this. It wasn’t that long ago that a significant share of people worked on farms. Of course most farms, due to their need for large acreage, are in rural areas. Also, the manufacturing that North Carolina didhave was concentrated in small towns.

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Bladen entrepreneurs can make pitch for ‘Shark Tank’

ELIZABETHTOWN — When it comes to the business world, would you be considered a shark? Do you think you have a potential business and rock-solid business plan — but lack capital — that might capture the attention of a heavy-hitting investor?Then you may be in luck.U.S Cellular is offering aspiring entrepreneurs in Bladen County — and throughout North Carolina — a chance to get on the ABC hit show “Shark Tank” and pitch an idea for...

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Safety should be No. 1 priority for bow hunters

RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s Home From The Hunt™ safety campaign recommends some guidelines when hunting with archery equipment, including crossbows.“The safety considerations for using a crossbow, longbow or compound bow are similar to other hunting methods,” said Travis Casper, state hunting education coordinator. “Hunting safety is exercising caution, obeying regulations and putting into practice what you’ve learned...

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Early voters will have four locations to choose from beginning Oct. 23

ELIZABETHTOWN — As voters are slowly making up their minds about the plethora of candidates seeking elected office on Nov. 4, the Bladen County Board of Elections office is also gearing up for a busy early voting period.Early voting will begin on on Thursday, Oct. 23. According to the North Carolina Board of Elections office in Raleigh, there will be more early voting sites than ever before. There are a total of 366 One Stop Voting sites statewide that are anticipated to oper...

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Be sure to cry out to God

Do you talk to God? I sure hope you do. And I say this because, quite frankly, if I didn’t have God to talk with … I don’t know how I would survive. For there’s no way I could cope in this world without God’s presence and His daily input in my life. God’s companionship means everything to me … and when I say everything, I mean everything. For it is God, and God alone, who calms the troubled waters of my soul.Here’s a recent example &#...

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D’Vine Foods proposes expansion for Taylor Manufacturing location

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Planning Board approved plans for the construction of a 30,000-square-foot commercial industrial building on South Poplar Street for D’Vine Foods on Monday, Sept. 22.The matter will now go before the Elizabethtown Town Council for their approval at the Monday, Oct. 6, meeting.“D’Vine Foods is growing and we need more space,” said owner Ron Taylor.He added that the way in which food is processed in...

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Eagles rush to 35-13 win

ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen got more than 500 combined yards rushing from three players and broke open a close halftime score with three second-half touchdowns to beat visiting Midway, 35-13, in the Four County Conference opener on Friday.The Eagles improved to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference with the win, while Midway falls to 3-2, 0-1.The Raiders let East Bladen know they were there for a game early, scoring a touchdown in the first quarter on a 37-yard run...

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Knights earn 50-21 homecoming win

DUBLIN — After a delay for fire ants in the east end zone, which was chalked over by Athletics Director Kim Cain, the West Bladen homecoming crowd was witness to a 50-21 shellacking of Union in the Four County Conference’s opener.The win improved the Knights to 4-1 overall and 1-0 in the conference, while the Spartans fell to 1-4, 0-1.The Knights opened the game with an 11-play, 64-yard, touchdown march that was highlighted by a 14-yard run by Kesean Sutton, ...

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Cigarette heist lands smoker behind bars

ELIZABETHTOWN — An attempt to soothe a nicotine craving temporarily landed an Elizabethtown man in jail, where smoking is forbidden.According to Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw, the man was caught coming out of the Minuteman’s storage room that was normally locked carrying three cartons of cigarettes. The incident took place at the store on West Broad Street at about 3 p.m. on Sept. 10.“While the store was open for business, the suspect picked t...

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Lady Eagles turn tables on Clinton

CLINTON — The Lady Eagles and Lady Dark Horses engaged in another down-to-the-wire volleyball matchup on Thursday, with each of the four games producing a nail-biter outcome.Earlier in the season, Clinton had taken a five-game Four County Conference win that could have gone either way.When this one was over, East Bladen — after dropping a hard-fought first game — had turned the tables on Clinton and earned a four-game victory by the scores of 20-25, 25-...

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The Pearl of Great Price is the treasure of the soul

John Steinbeck was one of America’s most prolific and insightful novelists. Renowned for his prize-winning works that most of us either enjoyed or endured at some point in our education (depending upon our perspective), one of Steinbeck’s lesser known novellas is my personal favorite. It is a penetrating little book called The Pearl. Steinbeck’s story begins with a poor Mexican pearl diver named Kino. He happily ekes out a living for his wife and son with...

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