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The National Weather Service in Wilmington, at 4:25, announced that a severe thunderstorm waning was in effect for Bladen, Columbus and Pender counties until 5:25 p.m.Heavy rain and wind were expected.Be prepared to take shelter.

 

Night turtle walk set for Aug. 7

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — Visitors will walk alongside turtle experts from the Wrightsville Beach Turtle Project and staff of the N.C. Coastal Federation for a nighttime beach stroll on Thursday, Aug. 7.During this family event, people will learn about the annual turtle migrations and this year’s turtle nesting activity at Wrightsville Beach and on nearby islands. They will also learn how turtles are affected by tides and phases of the moon, how to identify a “scute...

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Families First wins grant

WHITEVILLE — Families First, Inc. announced recently that it has received a $25,000 Ribbon of Hope grant from the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to help with the presentation of the SAFE Dates program. This program is an evidenced-based program that is provided to all ninth-graders in Columbus County and Whiteville City Schools.SAFE Dates is a nine-part curriculum that deals with attitudes and behaviors associated with dating abuse and violence. It’s designed...

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Hancock wins on Coastal Junior Golf Tour

HAMPSTEAD — An impromptu practice round on Sunday helped Cade Hancock earn a weather-shortened win on the Coastal Junior Golf Tour on Monday at Old Pointe Golf & Country Club.According to his father Jim, Cade had first claimed on Sunday that it was too hot to play golf — which resulted in Jim thinking he had ample time to do some afternoon relaxing.“I woke from a nap and found Cade dressed and ready to go,” Jim said. “He told me, ‘Let&...

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West Bladen drops heartbreaker to Arkansas, 3-2

CHIPLEY, Fla. — Missed opportunities left the North Carolina Dixie Pre-Majors champions from West Bladen with plenty to think about on their 621-mile ride home to Bladen County this week.The Knights, coming off Sunday’s 15-run, three-inning win against Georgia’s champions that saw West Bladen rip 11 hits and end the game in less than three innings, found themselves stymied on Monday in a 3-2 heartbreaking loss to Arkansas that ended their run in the World Series....

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McDuffie tabbed VP of regional board

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH — Hundreds of pest management professionals from North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia convened in Wrightsville Beach this week to kick off the 2014 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference.As part of the opening day activities, the North Carolina Pest Management Association welcomed its executive officers for 2014-2015.NCPMA members are also attending classes concerning the latest research regarding pollinators, cockroaches and other pests...

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Dollars and sense

It’s pretty easy to understand why folks — parents of school-age children especially — might be upset with the Republican- run General Assembly this week. After all, most by now would be looking forward to and planning their paths from store-to-store for the annual tax-free weekend.But for the first time in a number of years, North Carolina will not participate.

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Banquet to feature scholarship recipients

RIEGELWOOD — Men and Women United for Youth and Families, CDC will be hosting its annual Awards Banquet and Scholarship Ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 2...

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Share your harvest with God

I am in the giving and helping business, and I am a member of I Am Inc.Meals, haircuts, bicycles, meat bundles and, coming soon, fruit to all races, creeds, color, rich, poor, churches of all denominations. This is what I try to make available.God doesn’t need your money. God’s people need your help. Here is a form of manipulated and confused.Giving the Lord 10 percent of your harvest was told by Moses. Read it yourself in Deuteronomy 14:22-29 R...

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West Bladen’s run ends in World Series

CHIPLEY, Fla. — The West Bladen Knights took a heartbreaking loss today in the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series, ending their run in the double-elimination tournament.West Bladen came up a run short when they fell to the Arkansas champions, 3-2.Chandler (Lennon) pitched a great game for us, but just didn’t hit the ball well — and when we did, it was right at someone,” said assistant coach Steve Pastore.The loss gave the Knights a 1-2 recor...

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DeVane earns Duke nursing award

DURHAM — Jacqueline DeVane, a licensed practical nurse from Sutton Station Internal Medicine, was awarded the 2014 Friends of Nursing LPN Award for Excellence in Nursing Practice.Mary Ann Fuchs, the vice president of patient care and system chief nurse executive, made a surprise visit to the Duke Medicine clinic on Monday, July 14, to present the award to DeVane.A Friends of Nursing Excellence Award is one of the highest honors a Duke nurse can receive. Every year,...

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Applications ready for Peanut Fest events

DUBLIN — Falling colorful leaves, crisp air and the smell of wood smoke from area fireplaces that means its autumn isn’t far off — which means it will soon be time for the annual Dublin Peanut Festival.Organizers have already begun securing sponsorships, vendors and volunteers to make the 2014 festival bigger and better than ever before.According to Bobbi Todd, the organizers are looking for the following:— Applications for the Dublin P...

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Power deal may be looming soon

RALEIGH — Duke Energy could announce as soon as next week whether a deal has been reached to help reduce high electric bills for customers in parts of Bladen County and 30 other eastern North Carolina municipalities.Those close to the negotiations said Duke Energy may be close to finalizing its deal with the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency to potentially purchase ownership interests in four power plants that serve Red Springs and Lumberton, which both operate th...

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Clemmons boy wins lifetime license

ALBEMARLE — With a year of fishing experience under his belt, 8-year-old Tyler Bristol of Clemmons reeled in the catch of a lifetime — a lifetime sportsman license courtesy of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Neuse Sport Shop of Kinston.Tyler was the grand prize winner in a random drawing among more than 2,200 participants who attended one of 39 kids’ “Fish for Fun” events, which were held statewide in May and June as part of National Fishing...

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Rich joins march on Washington

Arthur Rich, a Republican candidate for North Carolina’s 1st Distric Congressional seat, on Friday joined Belhaven Mayor Adam O’Neal in his march to Washington, D,C,.The mayor’s walk is an effort to bring attention to an effort to save the Belhaven hospital.“I just wanted to show my support for his efforts,” Rich said. “That community needs that hospital.”O’Neal and Rich reached the outskirts of Washington by lat...

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Johnson smacks third home run in Spokane

SPOKANE, Wash. — Saquan Johnson is heating up in the Class A short-season Northwest League and belted his third home run of the season on Thursday.For the week, Johnson was 6-for-25 and drove in four runs.Johnson, an East Bladen High graduate now playing for the Spokane Indians in the Texas Rangers organization, opened the week on Monday, July 21, with an 0-for-3 night out of the No. 9 hole in the batting order. He grounded into a pair of double-plays, but the Indi...

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West Bladen pounds Georgia for first win

CHIPLEY, Fla. — The West Bladen Knights won their first Dixie Pre-Majors World Series game in two years on Sunday and eliminated the Georgia champions from the tournament in just three innings, 15-0.The win moves West Bladen into the next round of the consolation bracket, where they will face Arkansas at 10 a.m. today.The Knights got on the board against Georgia in the bottom of the first inning. Westin Pridgeon singled and Trevor Lesane smoked an RBI double, then ...

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Why incumbents get re-elected

It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members’ standing with the American people at a historic low for a midterm-election year. Which might have been notable except, as The Washington Post pointed out, that “Congress’s approval rating has reached historic lows at least 12 .. .times since 2010.”

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