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Statement from DA Jon David

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District Attorney Jon David on Tuesday released the following statement concerning the investigation into the death of 17-year-old Lennon Lee Lacy on Aug. 29:“The victims family, and the community, can rest assured that a comprehensive investigation is well under way. All death investigations, particularly those involving children, are given top priority by my office. We have been working closely with the Bladenboro Police Department and the State Bureau of investigation since this matter was first reported.

 

Eagles, Knights deserve our support

If Bladen County can’t get excited about our high-school varsity football teams this season, then will they ever?Both the Eagles and Knights are sitting at 4-1 overall and 1-0 in their conference. Both losses came against incredibly tough opponents, and only after our boys put up a tremendous battle.On Friday, East Bladen and West Bladen are at home, and each are playing top-notch teams from the conference — a good opportunity for Bladen County to turn out in...

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Annual ‘Day of Caring’ is Nov. 7

ELIZABETHTOWN — It’s that time of year to mark your calendar and prepare your teams: The United Way of Bladen County will have its fourth annual Day of Caring on Friday, Nov. 7.The event will start at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in downtown Elizabethtown and volunteers will disperse to different areas of the county to build wheelchair ramps, visit local nursing homes and collect food for backpacks for kids and the food bank.During the 2013 “UW B...

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Knights to face No. 1 Bulldogs

DUBLIN — The West Bladen varsity football team has a good news/bad news week going.The good news is that they were named the WWAY-TV3 Team of the Week; the bad news is that they will be facing Wallace-Rose Hill on Friday, the No. 1 Class 1-A team in the state.“They have a lot of tradition over there, which I think a lot of people don’t realize,” said Knights head coach Russell Dove. “They’ve had a lot of success doing what they do R...

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East Arcadia’s mayor suddenly passes away

EAST ARCADIA — Longtime East Arcadia Mayor Willie Dixon has passed away this week, a member of the town staff has confirmed to the Bladen Journal.Dixon had served as mayor of the town for 36 years.Council member Lilian Graham said the Mayor Pro Tem Perry Blanks will assume the role of mayor and the board will begin discussions at the next meeting held on Tuesday, Oct. 14, regarding filling the vacancy on the board.Graham also spoke of Dixon’s tenur...

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Vote of confidence for McVicker

I am a current resident of Cumberland County and have dealt with Jim McVicker, candidate for Bladen County sheriff, on two occasions. On both of these occasions, my family and I where put in a dangerous situation dealing with theives trying to take what I have worked very hard for.Being both a father and a husband makes me accountable for the safety of my family at all costs. When these two occasions occurred, I could not seem to get much help from the Cumberland County SheriffR...

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Scholarships awarded during annual banquet

ELIZABETHTOWN — A total of $4,500 in scholarships were awarded at the 32nd annual awards banquet of The Bladen County Training School – Bladen...

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office

ELIZABETHTOWN — Deputies with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office responded to a total of 74 calls for assistance from the public between Sept. 23 and Oct. 1.Among those calls were 13 for larceny, 10 for verbal and/or physical assault, four for alarms, four for breaking and/or entering, three for drugs and two for suspicious activity.There were also 33 arrests during that time.Following are the more important and/or interesting arrests:&#...

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Is war being created for profit?

In response to Jerry D. Jackson’s question in his Sept. 19 letter, I am fully aware that our federal government has contingency plans to address threats from other governments, but the newly formed so-called “Islamic State” is neither Islamic nor a government. It is composed of multi-national radical terrorists who defame the religious faith they claim just as the Christian Knights of the Ku Klux Klan defamed Christianity here in our great nation.

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October is Adopt a Dog Month

ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fee on dogs for the month of October.Those who adopt a dog in October will still be required to pay the $25 vaccination fees, but the first dog adopted every week for the month of October will also receive a free micro-chip.The adoption hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1 to 5:30 p.m.” Please come on out to the shelter and adopt a shelter dog,” said karen Sugg...

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Eagles, Dark Horses set for clash

ELIZABETHTOWN — If there are circled games on the East Bladen varsity football schedule, Friday’s clash with Four County Conference foe Clinton is certainly one of them.“They’re pretty good, and we think we are, too,” said Eagles head coach Robby Priest. “So this one should be a good one. The crowd should be big, the weather should be good and we’ll be ready.”

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Eagles blank Knights, 4-0

DUBLIN — The Eagles and Knights played to a 0-0 tie after the first half of Tuesday’s soccer match, but visiting East Bladen exploded for four goals in the second half to wrap up a 4-0 Four County Conference win.The victory improved the Eagles to 5-3-4 overall and 3-2 in the conference, while the Knights fell to 2-11 overall and 0-6 in the conference.Each team squandered scoring chances in the opening half, due mostly to a step up from the defenses....

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Statement from District Attorney Jon David

District Attorney Jon David on Tuesday released the following statement concerning the investigation into the death of 17-year-old Lennon Lee Lacy on Aug. 29:“The victims family, and the community, can rest assured that a comprehensive investigation is well underway. All death investigations, particularly those involving children, are given top priority by my office. We have been working closely with the Bladenboro Police Department and the State Bureau of investigation since...

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Mike Merritt Scholarhsip Ride deemed successful

WHITE LAKE — The eighth annual Mike Merritt Scholarship Ride has been pronounced a rousing success by organizers.According to Evelyn Merritt, one of the ride’s organizers and Mike Merritt’s mother, said that $7,500 was raised and there are still more donations which have yet to be received. There were about 45 riders and several cars that participated in this year’s ride, according to Merritt.“It was a big crowd. We had a good turnout,”...

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New eatery making waves in Elizabethtown

ELIZABETHTOWN — There is some excitement in Elizabethtown as a new restaurant has arrived, serving up delectable Calabash-style seafood and steak along with salads and appetizers. They also carry a variety of sandwiches from chicken to burgers.Darrell and Suanne Housand are the owners of River House Seafood and Grille located on U.S. Hwy. 701 overlooking Tory Hole Park. The hours are 11 a.m.until 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturd...

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Board of Ed recognizes churches’ volunteer works

ELIZABETHTOWN – At the September Board of Education monthly meeting, board members recognized the work of several area churches within the school system.Clarkton Presbyterian, Clarkton First Baptist Church, Elizabethtown Baptist Church, Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church, and Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church — along with local businesses Campbell Oil Company and Anderson Drugs — formed the group known as the Bladen Mission Project. Their purpose was si...

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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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