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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.

 

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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Knights fall to Red Springs

RED SPRINGS — As a final grounder headed to Red Springs shortstop Maliq Johnson on Monday night, there was a slight gasp from the crowd. With runners on second and third and the Red Devils nursing a two-run lead, the game came down to a bang-bang play.But pitcher Antwaun McNeill wasn’t nervous.“Not really, because of my boy right here Maliq. He can make some some plays,” McNeill said.

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