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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.


Passing referendum has consequences

There are many very important reasons for opposing the county-wide beer and wine referendum besides religious ones.One of the most compelling reasons is that it robs each community of the right to decide for itself, and allows those who do not live in a community to determine the destiny of those who do. It also puts communities that have not incorporated into a township in danger of attracting bars that attract customers who do abuse alcohol and cannot be controlled, since there i...

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Religion Calendar for Friday, April 25, 2014

Missionary Baptist Church in Riegelwood wil lcelebrate homecomine, Sunday, July 14, at 3 p.m. The REv. James Brown and the Lihgt of the Word Missionary Baptist Church family of Wilmington will render the service. The church is located on Old Lake Road.April 25— Antioch United Methodist Church located on NC 210 near Garland will have a barbecue plate sale beginning at 11 a.m. Plates cost $7 each and consist of barbecue pork, slaw, baked beans, ro...

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Community Calendar for Friday, April 25, 2014

April 26— The annual Harmony Hall Plantation Village reunion will be held from 9 a.m. until … with numerous activities and tours of the buildings. The public is invited. Admission is free, but donations welcome.

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Child Abuse Awareness Day planned

ELIZABETHTOWN — As part of the effort to bring awareness of and prevention of child abuse, there will be a Child Abuse Awareness Day on Saturday.According to Child Protective Services Supervisor Jill Sampson, the event will kick off with a walk which will start at San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown at 1 p.m. and end at the Bladen County Courthouse.“We are encouraging those who participate to wear blue,” said Sampson.She said the color blue ...

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Foster care creates success stories

ELIZABETHTOWN — Sometimes along the way as a Child Protective Services and Foster Program worker, there is an encounter with a case that truly touches the very fiber of your being. That was the case with Ava (her name has been changed to protect the privacy of the family).Drucilla Wright, who oversees the foster car unit for Bladen County Department of Social Services, and DSS Director Vickie Smith, both said Ava’s case was successful and unique at the same time....

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Putting NC growth in context

Where are America’s economic hotspots?If you answer that question based solely on what politicians or pundits say, you might well get it wrong. You might think that Sunbelt states consistently outperform Frostbelt states, or that California’s economy is a basket case. And if your media diet is limited enough, you might think that North Carolina’s recent economic performance has been lackluster or even poor.None of these propositions is supported by the ...

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Lady Knights earn Slugfest three-peat

RED SPRINGS — The Lady Knights took and early punch from Fairmont in the title game of the Robeson County Slugfest on Wednesday, but then stormed to their third straight championship.West Bladen, the No. 1 seed going into the tournament, used a 14-run, 12-hit attack to knock off the Lady Golden Tornadoes, 14-4.“I don’t think we were expected to have this kind of season after losing the players we lost from the first two title teams,” said West Bla...

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