FROM THE REGION
Bike ride, BBQ
set for Nov. 19
A bike ride and barbecue
plate sale will
take place at the Peters
Creek Ball Park in
Roseboro to benefit
Jimmy “Rabbit” Peterson
on Saturday, Nov.
Registration for the
bike ride will be held at
the park from 9 until 11
a.m. Cost is $20 for
single and $25 for
double. Meal is included.
plates will cost $6
The park is located
at 12878 C. S. Faircloth
Peterson has been
diagnosed with liver
cancer. He is encountering
having to travel to
Chapel Hill. All proceeds
will go towards
For more information
Guy at 874-3300,
James Peterson at
874-0357, Polly Guy
at 874-3301 and
Charles Whittenton at
Christmas parade will
be held Saturday,
Dec. 3, at 10:30 a.m.
The parade route
will begin at Boʼs
Grocery Store and
will end at the
If you are interested
in being in the
parade contact Jane
Walters at 648-4379;
Amanda Sykes at
874-2627 or by email
Sykes at 879-8502 or
by e-mail at
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Bladen Co. deputy
Allegations focus on sexual encounter with a minor
W. CURT VINCENT
ELIZABETHTOWN — A
Bladen County Sheriff's deputy is
under investigation by the State
Bureau of Investigation after allegations
of sexual involvement
with a minor surfaced back in
Shortly after, Sheriff Prentis
Benston asked the SBI to handle
the investigation into those allegations
against Sgt. Charles Weathers.
Benston has stated that he was
ST. LOUIS — During
the season of giving, North
Carolina farmers can get into
the holiday spirit by signing
up to win $2,500 for their favorite
local nonprofit organizations
Farmer’s Grow Communities,
sponsored by the Monsanto
One farmer in each of
notified of the allegations against
Weathers in September by the
Bladen County Department of Social
According to Capt. Rodney
Hester of the Sheriff’s Office,
charges have not been filed
against Weathers and he has been
placed on administrative leave.
Weathers has been a deputy since
Scott Pait, an investigator on
District Attorney Jon David’s
staff, said the SBI will forward
their findings to the DA’s office
when the investigation is com-
“Depending on what information
we get (from the SBI), that
will determine what options we
have,” Pait said.
Those options could include
clearing Weathers of the allegations,
bring an indictment
or sending the information to
a grand jury.
“All of those things are
possible,” Pait said. “We won’t
know until we see the SBI’s report.”
District of the Year
North Carolina’s 43 participating
counties will win.
Those farmers can share
their holiday cheer with food
pantries, fire departments,
students at local schools and
others by signing up and
designating an organization
in their community.
Eligible counties in North
Carolina include Beaufort,
Bertie, Bladen, Camden,
Carteret, Chowan, Columbus,
Currituck, Duplin, Edgecombe,
Gates, Greene, Halifax,
Harnett, Hertford, Hoke,
Hyde, Iredell, Johnston,
Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash,
Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico,
Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson,
See *DEPUTY, Page 2A
The District of the Year award is given in recognition of a State Employee Association of
North Carolina district with outstanding membership involvement in advancing the goals
of the association within the current year. This is the first year SEANC District 24 has
won the award. SEANC District 24 serves Bladen, Robeson and Columbus counties.
Pictured is Becky S. White, MA, Dr. Angela Mickey, Sabra Grimes, Willie Carr, Anne Marie
Bellamy, Kim Cates, Helen White, Grace Thompson, Beverly McCallum, Ann Anderson,
Cathy Fields, Viola Spencer, Lennetta Singletary, Edridge Bridgeford and Luke Salley.
Rowan, Sampson, Scotland,
Stanly, Tyrrell, Union,
Washington, Wayne, Wilson
“Grow Communities is
great,” said Ellen Futrell,
Scotland County farmer
winner. “I think as long as
Monsanto Fund can give the
money to these communities
and organizations like the
tells us how to
ahead of time.
AND THEN WATCH FOR THE RESULTS ON THE
BLADEN JOURNALʼS WEBSITE TUESDAY NIGHT AT
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ELIZABETHTOWN — The
sixth annual Bladen County Veteran’s
Day ceremony is planned for Wednesday,
Nov. 9, at 11 a.m. at the National
Guard Armory in Elizabethtown. The
guest speaker will be Lt. Commander
Larry Hammond, USCG retired.
“Each year it just gets better,” said
organizer Ann Garrett of the event.
Also on the program is an air show
by Hester and Campbell; the singing
of the National Anthem by Haley Hall
of West Bladen High School; the presentation
of student essay award winners;
a demonstration by the East
Bladen High and West Bladen High
Junior ROTC Drill teams; and a memorial
tribute to the late Rev. Johnnie
Drye, U.S. Army.
A meal will also be served following
“We started this back in 2004 or
2005, each year we go to the town as
well as the county to do a procolamation
and designate that week as hire a
veteran week,” said Garrett. “As I
stood before the town council, I said I
would like to see a Veteran’s Day cer-
See *EVENT, Page 2A
Local farmers can win $2,500 for their community
Spring Hill Fire Department
we’ll all benefit.”
This year, the program
has expanded to include a
total of 1,245 counties. The
addition of 41 new counties
will result in an additional
$102,500 in donations.
In North Carolina, the
See *FARMERS, Page 2A
Rev. Cleophus McKoy
The Rev. Cleophus McKoy,
age 82, of 420 East McKay
Street, Apt. 8 E, died
Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011,
in the Carrol
He served in
services were held at 2 p.m.
on Sunday, Nov. 6, at New
Hope Missionary Baptist
Church in Lisbon. Burial followed
in the church cemetery.
A viewing took place on
Saturday, Nov. 5, from 2
p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at F.W.
Newton & Sons Mortuary in
Survivors are sons,
Kennedy R. McKoy and
Steven N. McKoy of Lisbon;
sisters, Mae Reather Core
and Vernell Monroe of Lisbon
and Colister Whitley of
A service of F.W. Newton
& Sons Mortuary in Elizabethtown.
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Juanita M. Small
Juanita Walters McGougan
Small, 82, died Sunday,
Oct. 27, 2011, after a long
She was the daughter of
the late Benjamin Gordon
and Neta Callahan Walters.
She was the widow of
James Bryant McGougan
Jr. and Edwin Nathan
Small Jr. She was preceded
in death by her son,
James Bryant McGougan
She was a graduate of
Limestone College with a
degree in education. She
taught at Bladenboro Primary
She enjoyed her years
with the Town and Country
Garden Club of Bladenboro
and was member of the
Historic Wilmington Foundation
for many years.
May-Fair was one of her favorite
A graveside service will
be held at 1 p.m. Saturday,
Nov. 12, in Whiteville Memorial
She is survived by a
son, John McGougan and
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wife, Debra; a sister, Mary
Walters and husband, Dr
Woodrow Batten of Smithfield;
and a grandson, John
Walters McGougan Jr.
Dewey A. Russ
Dewey Anthony Russ, age
54, entered into eternal rest
on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2011,
Funeral services were
held on Sunday, Nov. 6, at
2:30 pm at Galeed Baptist
Church with the Rev. Warren
Hill officiating. The family
following the service. Burial
was in the Galeed Baptist
Dewey is survived by
his wife, Connie of the
home; two sons, Joseph A.
Russ of Bladenboro and
Aaron M. Russ of White
Oak; his parents, Webb
and Gertrude Russ of Elizabethtown;
Shane Russ of Bladenboro;
and four grandchildren.
A service of Bladen-
Gaskins Funeral Home of
TAR HEEL — Kathy
Sue Sternthal, age 56,
died Saturday, Nov. 5,
2011, at home.
She was preceded in
death by her father,
Franklin Bock and her
brother, Charles Bock.
The family will receive
friends on Monday, Nov. 7,
at Tar Heel Baptist Church
from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The service will be held at
3 p.m. at Tar Heel Baptist
Church with the Rev. Warren
Hill officiating. Burial
will follow in the church
She is survived by her
mother, Shelba Bock of
Bowling Green, Ky.; her
husband, Thomas Sternthal
of the home; two sons,
Brian Sternthal of Elizabethtown
and Jason Sternthal
of Dallas, Texas; one
brother, Tommy Bock of
Bowling Green, Ky.; one
sister, Carla Peck of Murray,
Ky.; and one grandson.
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58, died Friday, Nov. 4,
2011, at home.
He is survived by his
wife, Lynn Collins of the
home; two sons, Cliford
McGrath and Robert
Crawford, both of Fla.; and
two daughters, Linda
Earhardt and Tammy Johnson,
both of Ga.
No services are planned
at this time.
The family is being
served by Bladen-Gaskins
Funeral Home of Elizabethtown.
Dorah Robinson, age 89, of
2801 N.C. Hwy. 53 West,
died on Thursday, Nov. 3,
2011, at Cape Fear Valley
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GARLAND — Margaret
Hicks Rich, 91, of 2704
N.C. 210 West, died Sun-
day, Nov. 6, 2011, at Southwood
Nursing Center in
The family will receive
friends from 7 p.m until
8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 8,
at Carter Funeral Home in
Funeral service will be
held at 2 p.m. Wednesday,
Nov. 9, at Cypress Creek
Baptist Church in Garland
with the Rev. Richard Smith
officiating. Burial will follow
in the church cemetery.
She is survived by two
daughters, Mary Heste of
Fayetteville and Sylvia Rich
of Hampstead; two sons,
Mack Ray Rich and Oscar
Rich Jr., both of Garland;
four brothers, John Hicks of
Alexander, Va., Wade
Hicks of Bay Saint Louis,
Miss., Julius Hicks of
Greenville, S.C., and
William Hicks of Burgaw;
two sisters, Mary Denslow
of Boonville, N.Y. and Lou
Munn of Las Vegas, Nev.;
12 grandchildren; 19 greatgrandchildren;
A service of Carter Funeral
Home of Garland.
UNCP readies sustainable agriculture program
PEMBROKE — A Sustainable
Agriculture Program will be
added to UNC-Pembroke’s curriculum
beginning in the fall of 2012.
The SustainableAgriculture track
will be a feature of the Environmental
Science major in the Department
of Biology. Plant pathologist Dr.
Deborah Hanmer will oversee the
“Sustainable agriculture is the
fastest growing segment in U.S. agriculture,”
Hanmer said. “There are
4,000 FFA(Future Farmers ofAmerica)
members in our region, and our
survey of high school students
showed a positive response.”
Sustainable agriculture stands on
four legs, Hanmer said. First, it must
be economically viable; second, it is
environmentally sustainable; third, it
State Employee Association
of North Carolina District 24
sponsored an Adopt-A-Highway
cleanup in October. The
Adopt-A-Highway program is a
organization committed to
reducing roadside litter and
keeping North Carolinaʼs
highways clean. Pictured is Anne
Marie Bellamy, Becky S. White
and Sabra Grimes. Not
pictured was Helen White.
promotes the humane treatment of
animals and farm works, and fourth,
it generates healthier food.
UNCP’s Sustainable Agriculture
track consists of three required
courses: Principles of Sustainable
Agriculture, Plant Cropping and
Weed Management and Pest Management
in Agricultural Systems. A
160-hour internship on a farm or in
food systems management is also required.
Two other features of the program
are optional but recommended, including
earning an entrepreneurship
certificate from UNCP’s School of
Business and engaging in scientific
Hanmer is doing research on the
production and use of “biochar” as a
soil additive. Other university scien-
tists are studying beekeeping, biofuels
and soil nematodes among other
Dr. David Zeigler, chair of the
Department of Biology, said that this
new track will offer an enhanced program
of study in an area that is current
and important to many people in
this agriculturally rich region.
“This program will utilize the expertise
of some of our faculty who
have strengths in agronomy, integrated
pest management, soil science
and other pertinent specialty areas,”
Zeigler said. “I believe this new track
fits with the mission of the university
in that it is appropriate to the region
and carries the potential for positive
effects on the local economy.”
Hanmer is optimistic about the
future of the program. “I’m antici-
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pating it will be attractive to many
local students with family ties to
farming,” she said. “Our survey of
high school students taking agriculture
classes indicates that 65 percent
are interested in careers in agriculture,
and 56 percent said they would
consider attending UNCP if a sustainable
agriculture program is offered.”
The plant scientist said there are
many local options available for internships
in sustainable agriculture,
including organic farms and farmers
markets. The farm-to-table movement
has the added benefit of helping
the local economy.
“We are capitalizing on the growing
interest and market that is fueled
by people wanting to know where
their food is coming from and that is
*Deputy: Being investigated
According to information
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the investigation in September.
*Event: To be held Wednesday
emony here. A few days later I
got a visit from then Town
Manager David Bone asking if
I could put it together.”
Garrett said without the
foresight and support of the
members of the Elizabethtown
*Farmers: Prize available
Monsanto Fund will invest a
total of $107,500 toward nonprofit
organizations in rural
Now through Nov. 30, farmers
can apply online at
call 1-877-267-3332 to apply by
phone. A $1 donation will be
made to local United Way chapters
for each farmer who signs
up, to further enhance the investment
in rural communities.
Farmers who meet program eli-
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grown locally,” she said. “When you
buy locally, it means employment,
and that money remains in the local
The SustainableAgriculture track
takes advantage of other opportunities
at the university including the entrepreneurship
through the Thomas Family Center
“Farmers are entrepreneurs, and
my goal for each student in our Sustainable
Agriculture Program is that
when they graduate, they will have a
complete business plan prepared to
launch their own business,” Hanmer
For information about the Sustainable
Agriculture Program, call
Hanmer at 910-521-6744 or e-mail
No timetable has been set for
the completion of the SBI investigation.
Phone calls to the SBI
have not been returned.
Town Council, the Veteran’s
Day Celebration here would
not have occurred.
The National Guard Armory
is located at 1001 Swanzy St.,
gibility requirements may enter
regardless of involvement with
previous Grow Communities
One winner will be selected
at random from each of the
1,245 eligible counties, and the
Monsanto Fund will announce
winning farmers and recipient
nonprofits in January 2012.
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The Festival of Trees Committee, from left to right: Donna Thigpen, Dixie
Batten, Gayle Kindschuh, Anita Crabtree, Elizabeth Chase, Stephanie Miller,
co-chair and Dawn Jenkins. Not pictured: Rhonda Bullard-Dutton, Harry
Warren, Rhonda Billeaud, Carla Brown, Greta Heye, co-chair, Michelle
Hutchinson, Sally Mann, Debra Walters, Joy Burroughs and Bettina Cox.
Festival of Trees
Committee chairs are announced
WHITEVILLE — The
sixth annual Festival of
Trees will be chaired by sisters
Stephanie Miller and
Greta Heye for the second
year in a row.
Miller and Heye have
also announced the Festival
of Trees committee leaders
who will help organize and
manage the fund-raising
event. They are: Dixie Batten,
Rhonda Billeaud, Carla
Brown, Joy Burroughs,
Elizabeth Chase, Bettina
Cox, Anita Crabtree,
Dawn Jenkins, Gayle Kindschuh,
Sally Mann, Donna
Thigpen, Debra Walters
and Harry Warren.
Volunteers are needed to
assist the committee in a
variety of ways before, during,
and after the Festival of
Trees. Opportunities include
working at the Festival, assisting
with the Holiday
Luncheons, helping deliver
trees after the Festival, obtaining
baked goods, and
more. For volunteer opportunities
please contact Eliz-
The sixth annual
Festival of Trees will
be held Saturday,
Dec. 3, through
Wednesday, Dec. 7,
at the North Carolina
Museum of Forestry,
415 S. Madison
Street. Hours are
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m.
Sunday, and 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday
abeth Chase at 910-642-
7141 or by e-mail at
The sixth annual Festival
of Trees will be held
Saturday, Dec. 3, through
Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the
North Carolina Museum of
Forestry, 415 S. Madison
Street. Hours are 11 a.m. to
4 p.m. Saturday, 1 to 7 p.m.
Sunday, and 9 a.m. to 5
p.m. Monday through
Wednesday. The Festival
will feature decorated trees
amongst the museum’s new
exhibits, dessert café,
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wreaths, baked goods, and
Santa Claus appearances.
General admission is $5
at the door.
The Festival of Trees
Holiday Luncheons will be
held 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dec. 8-9 at Vineland Station.
The luncheons will
feature keynote speaker
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RALEIGH — Bladen County saw it’s
unemployment rate drop slightly to 12.3
percent for September. This after it held
steady from July through August at 12.5
Bladen County was not the only county
to see its rate drop.
Columbus County saw its rate decrease
to 12.7 percent in September after increasing
to 13.5 percent in August. That is
after the unemployment rate hit 13.0 percent
in June following a drop to 11.8 percent
Robeson County saw its rate drop
slightly to 13.0 percent in September following
an uptick for the fourth straight
month to 13.5 percent in August. That follows
increases in May and June.
All three counties remain above both
the state and national unemployment rates
for September. The state of North Carolina
reported an increase in the statewide unemployment
rate to 10.5 percent in September.
That follows a reported rate of
10.4 percent in August. The U.S. unemployment
rate held steady for the straight
month at a rate of 9.1 percent for September.
In September, Bladen County had
1,854 workers who were classified as unemployed
and claimed a labor force of
15,100. Columbus County had 3,042
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Bladen County unemployment
decreases slightly for September
BAY TREE LAKES VOLUNTARY FIRE DEPARTMENT'S
9th Annual Golf Tournament
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Bay Tree Volunteer Fire Department wishes to thank the following sponsors for their support:
Bay Tree Lakes Property Owner's Association • Friends of Bay Tree, Colly Creek and Murphytown
Dr. and Mrs. Larry Williams • Murphy-Brown
•Lake Creek Corporation
Advantage Loans, Inc. • Star Telephone
• Four County Electric • New Century Bank
Hole Contest Sponsors
Brett Herrmann, State Farm Insurance Harrells Christian Academy
Chris Herrmann, State Farm Insurance Bay Tree Woman's Club
Shaun Herrmann, State Farm Insurance Charles Allen,DDS
Farm Bureau Insurance, Melissa Singletary BB&T
Edward Jones, Joanna Carr Williams Turkey Farm
City Dry Cleaners of Lumberton Meyer Orthodontics
Fords Protective Services Nationwide Insurance, Eddie Nye
Regina Smyth Hester, Grady & Hester, PLLC Atty.
Front Porch Restaurant Fayetteville Orthopedics
Sally & Clark Valentiner Hudson Radiator
Daniel Northon & Co. Doris D. Latham
Jimmie Smith for Commissioner Leinwands
Kinlaw Furniture Dale and Nancy Brudvig
George and Becky Starke Steve Lewis & Family
Dickerson's Pharmacy ED Stone
Hilton Auction and Realty, Pat Melvin John Kettle
Thompson Price & Co., PA Scott Adams
workers classified as unemployed.
Robeson County had 7,397 workers
classified as unemployed. Robeson
County claimed a labor force of 56,863
and Columbus County claimed a labor
force of 23,909.
Statewide for the month of September
42 counties reported unemployment rates
between 5 and 10 percent and 58 counties
reported unemployment rates above 10
In August, 29 counties reported an unemployment
rate between 5 and 10 percent
and 70 counties reported an
unemployment rate above 10 percent. One
county has reported a rate below 5 percent.
North Carolina had paid a total of
$99.9 million in unemployment benefits
and classified 451,505 individuals as unemployed
for the month of September.
Regular Initial Claims for Unemployment
Insurance totaled 55,083 in September increasing
2,262 from August.
The state has paid $4,074,448,794 in
total unemployment benefits for the period
October 2010 through September
The Unemployment Insurance Trust
Fund balance at the end of September was
in the red ($2,526,073). The State Reserve
Fund balance was $28,412,626.
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There are few addictions that are
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with a 9 percent unemployment rate, and …
well, what is difficult bumps up against
But the news is that Barack Obama has
finally licked the habit he picked up when he
was little more than a child and, according to
his doctors, was found to be in excellent
health during a recent physical. He is eating
well, exercising often, and is a trim 181
Way to go, Mr. President.
It was always disconcerting to see the
photographs that would occasionally leak of
this nationʼs 44th president with a butt
between his lips. Obamaʼs smoking was also
at odds with the federal governmentʼs determined
effort that dates to the Clinton administration
to clear the countryʼs air by making
cigarettes so expensive that no one could
afford them, and for those who could, limiting
the places where they could be smoked.
The plan is working,
and in 2008 for the first
time in decades fewer
than 20 percent of
smoked cigarettes. The
bad news is that we
seem stuck at that
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percentage, so further
inroads depend heavily
on young people never
picking up the habit.
not many of our
presidents have been
Several, including Presidents
Nixon, enjoyed cigars,
President Ford preferred
a pipe, and Clinton, well,
he didnʼt inhale.
The nationʼs first
was FDR, and the last
president before Obama
to smoke regularly was
Obama seemed an
unlikely smoker. Born in
1961, he was 5 years
old when the Surgeon
General first placed
warnings on cigarette
packages advising that
smoking “may be
hazardous to your
health.” When Obama
was 9 years old, the
warning was modified to the certainty that
smoking “is dangerous to your health.”
We assume Obama wasnʼt a smoker by
the age of 9, so when he started, he did so
aware of the risks. That he was an educated
person made him less likely to light up,
because all the studies show that the odds of
someone smoking cigarettes goes down
which each day in school.
A smoking president is an easy target as
the butt of the joke. But smoking really isnʼt
funny: It is an adept killer, a purveyor of
cancer, heart disease, and breathing ailments,
and it raises the cost of health care —
a huge threat to our economic well-being —
for all Americans, not just those who indulge.
Most importantly, there is no figure in
America more widely admired than the sitting
president, and young people tend to copy
those they idolize. Maybe now a few adults
will try as well to emulate the president, and
stop what almost all of them will tell you they
wish they had never started.
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Yet another Hollywood Dlist
celebutante has made a
mockery of the sanctity of
marriage. Just in case
you’ve been living under a rock
somewhere, I’m referring to Kim
Kardashian and her marriage publicity
stunt involving Kris Humphries.
That’s right, I called it what it was
— a publicity stunt.
Still, many of her fans are crying
“Poor Kim” I’m crying foul.
First of all, the Kardashian clan is
known to be moneymakers extraordinaire.
They have more so called reality
shows than you can guess and
they own a line of clothing stores
among other things.
Kim Kardashian is a regular PR
machine and, when she tweets about
a particular item on her twitter account,
her fans flock to stores to buy
up every last one. Did anyone stop to
think that when she says she likes a
particular item or owns a certain
style dress, she has a financial stake
in whether or not it sells?
As a model and spokeswoman,
her career is focused on figuring out
how to get folks to buy the items or
watch the shows she promotes.
When I got home from work on
Halloween Monday, I was aghast
when my mom asked me, “Did you
know Kim Kardashian is getting divorced?”
Well, that was a fine hello! They
had even gotten to my mom with
their well oiled PR machine.
It seemed that on Halloween night
all the news outlets had to report
about was about Kardashian’s marriage
For some background, it seems in
August Kardashian and Humphries
tied the knot in a lavish wedding
which Kardashian herself commented
was going to be America’s
answer to the Royal wedding of
Prince William and Kate Middleton.
Fortunately for the Royal family,
William and Kate have managed to
get past the 72-day mark in their
marriage, unlike Kardashian and
Humphries. It seems Kardashian is
claiming irreconcilable differences
as her reason for bailing on the marriage.
If you are so inclined to believe
the tabloids, she didn’t even
she was divorcing
him. He allegedly
But, it seems there is a tidy sum
of money that has changed hands
over the wedding video and photos.
A sum of about $17 million to be
exact. It seems to many folks who
are watching the debacle that Kardashian
is hearing the ca-ching of the
cash registers all the way to the
She claims this wedding, which is
her second marriage and Humphries
first, was supposed to be a fairy tale.
Didn’t anyone teach this girl fairy
tales are just that— made up stories?
Her “irreconcilable differences”
were the fact the couple couldn’t
reach an agreement on where to
make their marital home.
Humphries, it is rumored, wanted to
reside in Minnesota, his home state,
while Kardashian wanted to remain
in Los Angeles, where her family’s
Kardashian empire is based.
So, how could this couple get
married and not have any clue as to
where they were going to reside?
One would think that issue should
have been resolved long before the I
do’s took place.
Her latest excuse is her “intuition”
told her to end her marriage.
Whenever she has given an interview
lately, she has done her best to
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Who honestly cares about
Kardashian’s marriage stunt?
downplay allegations her marriage
was a farce or a stunt to generate ratings
for her television reality show.
There are even allegations which
have surfaced in some tabloids suggesting
Kardashian and her E! television
producers actually “shopped”
for a suitable groom.
While no one but Kardashian and
Humphries truly know the truth of
their situation, the brevity of the
marriage along with the allegations
swirling around the couple, call into
question their sincerity and their
level of commitment to their marriage.
Folks and members of the media
are asking tough questions such as
did the couple try to go to marriage
counseling or did they attend any
premarital counseling to help them
reach agreements on such things as
where to live?
Many media outlets are asking
Kardashian point blank if the marriage
was done for publicity or
money. Allegations she flatly denies.
The allegations have reached such
a fevered pitch that E! executives
have issued a statement denying the
Kardashian nuptials were orchestrated.
Kardashian has been married before
— for four years to music producer
Damon Thomas, which ended
in divorce in 2004. She gained notoriety
for starring in a sex tape with
the R&B singer Ray J.
President Barack Obama even
made a comment that he doesn’t
allow his children to watch any of
the Kardashian shows. That may be a
smart move as it seems Kim Kardashian
at least, has little regard for
the sanctity of marriage if this wedding
turns out to indeed have been a
publicity stunt orchestrated by Kardashian
and her telelvision producers
to generate ratings for her show.
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at the Bladen Journal. She may
be reached by telephone at
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speechless. These were
a few of my feelings
when I found out that
Coach Ken Cross was no longer
the head basketball coach at
West Bladen High School.
As a former player for Coach
Cross and student of West
Bladen High, I was embarrassed
by the way the “resignation”
was handled by my high school.
I’ve never seen a man more
dedicated, courteous or persistent
than Coach Cross. I can’t
speak for others but I’ve seen
from firsthand experience what
kind of man he is — countless
days of opening the gym during
the summer for his players, an
immeasurable heart of generosity
and endless lessons on life.
During my four years at West
Bladen there was one person I
could always count on to shoot
me straight with no “sugar-coating,”
and that was Coach Cross.
Stories on the band
To the editor:
I wanted to thank you
for the recent article regarding
the West Bladen
High Marching Knights. As
a band booster, I am helping
Mr. Stovall do some
fundraising, which the band
is in desperate need of.
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My alma mater settled for mediocrity
To let this man
walk out the doors
of West Bladen
High School is absolute
God forbid the
school work handin-hand
to help him stay
In my opinion,
Cross leave is settling
This man has
won more than
600 games during
his 35-plus years of coaching, as
well as a state championship. I
do believe it will be hard to find
someone with those credentials.
He has been the basketball
coach at West Bladen for as long
as it has existed, and as successful
as he has been I believe it
should be up to him when to
titled “Marching to Success.”
We completed our competition
season this past
weekend at Gray's Creek
High School. Afterward it
would be nice to have a
We are the only competitive
marching band in
Bladen County, and any
recognition for the arts at
West goes to benefit everyone.
Any good publicity
would help protect the arts
in the collective school
This publicity also encourages
parents of middle
schoolers to consider placing
their children in the
high school bands.
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I can assure you
of one thing, my
teammates and I
may have won a
for West Bladen,
and I will never
forget that, but I
Cross wherever he
goes — even if it is
East Bladen High.
Ever since graduation
Cross some years
from now retiring
from coaching as coach for West
Bladen, with the gym floor
named in his honor — not this
— Rodd Baxley was a
member of the 2008 Class 2-A
state championship team from
West Bladen High.
Thanks for all you do.
Sherry L. Hall
West Bladen band parent
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Elizabethtown Baptist Church has a mission, "Connecting to Christ
and One Another." In keeping with this thought, the church is being
led to explore the possibility of providing a Christian school to
Bladen County. While the April 16th tornado was destructive and
disheartening for a brief period of time, it has shed light on how
the church can rebuild not just to minister to our congregation, but
to minister to all members of Bladen County. The Elizabethtown
Baptist Church Christian School Feasibility Team has put together a
brief survey to help determine the need for a Christian school. It is
our prayer that you will take the time to complete this survey so the
EBC Feasibility Team can present an accurate picture of the county's
Please indicate your gender: _______Male _______Female
What is your age range: ____________10-15
__________16-21 ___________22-27 _______28-33
___________46-51 _______52-57 _________58-older
Do you believe that a Christian school is needed for Bladen County?
Do you have school-age children who might attend a Christian
school if one were established in Elizabethtown?
__________Yes _____________No ___________Maybe
If you answered yes, what age/ages are your children? Please list
how many in each range.
__________0-4 ________5-7 ___________8-10 ________11-13
What grade do you see a need for in a Christian school? Please check
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__________K-3 ________K-5 _________K-8 _________K-12
What price range would you be willing to pay per year for
your child to attend a Christian school?
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Baptist Church fulfill its mission of "Connecting to Christ
and One Another."
Please return this survey to the Elizabethtown Baptist
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Nov. 8, 2011
For Better Living
ahead of time
oes your family ever text
you about 4:30 p.m. and
ask “What’s for dinner?”
Instead of grabbing fast
food on the way home from work,
simply pull portions of makeahead
casseroles or side dishes
from the freezer and reheat them.
Freezing is one of the easiest,
most convenient, and least time
of putting a nutritious
meal on the
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There are many
and one-dish meals
that are simple to
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and great flavor,
and stand up
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Freezing (0 F or
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growth of microorganisms (bacteria,
yeasts, and molds) that cause
both food spoilage and foodborne
illness. The freezing process itself
doesn’t destroy bacteria. After
thawing however, microbes that
may be present can become active,
multiplying under the right conditions
to levels that can lead to
foodborne illness. Handle thawed
foods like any perishable product.
Thorough cooking will kill most
Ideally, foods should be quickfrozen
within two hours and stored
at 0 F or lower. Slow freezing creates
large, disruptive ice crystals.
During thawing, these crystals
damage cell walls and dissolve
emulsions such as mayonnaise or
cream, which will separate and appear
curdled. Rapid freezing prevents
undesirable ice crystals from
forming throughout the product.
Most make-ahead meals should be
used within three months for optimum
Successful make-ahead hints
We all want to prepare nutritious
meals that appeal to our families
and fit within the family
budget, but tasty meals have to be
planned. Take about 30 minutes
each week plan your menus and
make a shopping list to save extra
trips to the grocery store.
Make double batches of bread,
cookies, vegetables, casseroles,
soup, stews, and entrees. Then
freeze one batch for later.
When combining make-ahead
frozen dishes, follow these helpful
hints for best results, remembering
to start with good quality ingredients:
To prepare foods for freezing:
• Freeze most casseroles before
baking, especially when all the ingredients
are already cooked. Exceptions
are dishes that contain
uncooked rice, raw vegetables, or
uncooked meat that has been
frozen and thawed.
• Some foods don’t freeze well,
such as hard boiled eggs, raw vegetables,
mayonnaise, or sour
• Undercook starchy ingredients
such as potatoes, beans, rice, and
noodles, or they can become
• Freeze casserole toppings separately
to prevent sogginess.
• Do not freeze baked pastry.
Add the unbaked pastry during reheating.
• Seasoning intensity can
change during freezing, so season
lightly. Adjust the flavor during reheating.
Cloves, pepper, garlic, and
celery become stronger upon freezing,
while onion, salt, and chili
• Freeze casseroles in containers
that are just the right size for a
family meal or individual servings.
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Set a shallow pan of hot food in ice
water and cool to room temperature
quickly. Wrap, label, and
freeze. Shallow baking pans speed
up freezing and thawing process of
• To package food for the
freezer, use heavy duty foil, moisture?
freezer wraps, or
are also available.
Pack the containers
nearly full to
prevent ice crystals
from forming, but
allow some space
at the top of the
container for expansion.
contents of the
dish, the date
frozen and the
weight or number
of servings. Include cooking instructions
or where to locate the
• To free up baking pans, line
the pan with heavy-duty aluminum
foil. Leave enough overhang
around the pan to cover the casserole
and seal foil. Add ingredients
and bake if desired. Cool, cover,
and seal airtight. When frozen, remove
the foil from the pan, and
place the foil package in the
freezer. To reheat, simply peel foil
from food, place it back in the
original baking pan, and bake as
• Use frozen casseroles within
three months for best quality.
• The size of the casserole will
affect baking time. Use shallow,
small dishes instead of deeper,
larger dishes to reduce baking time.
• To reheat casseroles without
thawing, bake uncovered at 400 F
till heated through for 1 to 2 hours.
Fully cooked casseroles should not
be thawed, but baked at 400 F for
the maximum time suggested in the
• To thaw casseroles before reheating,
allow the casserole to stand
in the refrigerator overnight. Then
cook as directed in the recipe,
adding 15 to 30 minutes to the
Source: Kentucky Cooperative
Chicken Broccoli Bake
4 cups uncooked egg noodles
1 medium onion, chopped
4 tsp. butter
5 T. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 can (14 1/2 oz.) reduced-sodium
1 cup fat-free milk
3 cups cubed cooked chicken
3 cups frozen chopped broccoli,
thawed and drained
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded reduced-fat
Cook noodles according to package
directions. Meanwhile, in a large
nonstick saucepan over medium heat,
cook the chopped onion in butter
Stir in the flour, salt and pepper
until blended. Gradually stir in broth
and milk. Bring to a boil. Cook and
stir for 1-2 minutes or until thickened.
Remove from the heat. Drain
noodles. Place in a 2 qt. baking dish,
coated with nonstick spray. Stir in 1
cup sauce. Layer with chicken, broccoli
and remaining sauce.
Cover and bake at 350 degrees
for 30 minutes. Uncover. Sprinkle
with cheese. Bake 5 – 10 minutes
longer or until the casserole is heated
through and cheese is melted.
Trey and Jennifer Duncan of
Elizabethtown announce the
birth of their daughter, Ava
Mavis Duncan on Sept. 20,
2011, at 5 a.m.
She was born at Cape Fear
John Cory and Jennifer Russ
of Dublin announce the birth of
their daughter, Jayla Rose Russ.
She was born on Sept. 18,
2011, at 7:35 a.m. at Cape Fear
Valley Medical Center. She
weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces and
measured 20 inches in length.
Her maternal grandparents
are Kenneth and Mary Smith of
Elizabethtown and Glenda
Smith also of Elizabethtown.
Her paternal grandparents
are Johnny and Paula Russ of
Her siblings include a
brother, John Dylan Russ and
sisters, Jailynn Russ and Jacie
■ Retired School Personnel
of Bladen County
will meet at the Front
Porch Restaurant in Elizabethtown
at 10 a.m. Recent
encouraged to attend.
■ Join a park ranger
Saturday, Nov. 12, at 9
a.m. for a discussion about
this federally endangered
bird that calls Jones Lake
State Park home. Learn
about the many adaptations
that make this bird
unique. Participants should
meet at the Visitor Center,
this program is followed by
a short hike.
■ Paul M. Newby, N.C.
Supreme Court Justice, will
speak at 11 a.m. Saturday,
Nov. 12, at Elizabethtown
Presbyterian Church Activity
Center located at 800
West Broad Street, Elizabethtown.
The event is
sponsored by the Daughters
of the American Revolution
There is an optional $5
lunch of soup and sandwiches.
Please RSVP if
you plan to have lunch to
or call 910-645-6320 by
■ The descendants of
Monroe and Edith Martilla
Hester invite friends and
relatives to join them in a
reunion to be held at noon
Sunday, Nov. 13, at the
Law Offices of
Bruce F. Jobe, p.a.
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Ava Mavis Duncan
Valley/Bladen County Hospital
in Elizabethtown. She weighed
7 pounds, 14 ounces and measured
22 1/2 inches in length.
Her maternal grandparents
are Billy and Joan Tart of Coats
Jayla Rose Russ
Building at 818 South Main
Street in Bladenboro. We
will enjoy lunch, businesses,
singing and a chance to be
together as family. Each
family is asked to bring a
■ The Town of Elizabethtown
will be having a
and dedication for the
Cape Fear Farmer's Market
and the downtown
Streetscape Project on Friday,
Nov. 18, 2011, at 4
p.m. The events will be
held at the Cape Fear
Farmer's Market located at
106 Martin Luther King
Drive. Barbeque plates will
be available for those interested
in purchasing food at
■ Join a park ranger
Saturday, Nov. 19, at 2
p.m. and learn about the
geological mysteries of the
Carolina Bays. Formation
and her paternal grandparents
are Terri Duncan of Clarkton
and Ted and Joyce Duncan of
She was welcomed home by
her big brother, Jonah Duncan.
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theories, and the natural
with Carolina Bays will be
should meet at the park
■ Join a park ranger
Saturday, Nov. 26, at 9
a.m. for a discussion about
Carolina Bays. After the
discussion a short hike
through a Carolina Bay, will
give you a chance to explore
these natural mysteries.
meet at the Jones Lake
State Park Visitor Center.
Lake Area Chamber of
Commerce will hold a
Christmas parade on Sunday,
Nov. 27, at 3 p.m. Applications
are now being
accepted to participate in
the parade. Contact the
Chamber office at 874-
4368 or e-mail
mail.com for a parade
Sunday, November 13, 2011
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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Nov. 8, 2011
Fake punt seals
25-21 win for
W. CURT VINCENT
ELIZABETHTOWN — A gutsy
call by East Bladen coach Lenon Fisher
late in the fourth quarter helped give the
Eagles a 25-21 win over Providence Grove
in the opening round of the Class 2-Astate
The win improves East Bladen to 9-2
and moves them into the second round
against Jordan-Matthews High at Lenon
The Eagles and Patriots were each
forced to weather a driving, cold rain
throughout most of the game, and it caused
numerous fumbles by both teams.
“It was just a miserable night,” Fisher
said after the game, “and it took our speed
away from us.”
Providence Grove stunned the Eagles
on the opening kickoff by taking the ball
80 yards to the East Bladen 10. On the first
play, the Patriots ran the ball into the end
zone for a touchdown, and the extra point
gave them a 7-0 lead just 22 seconds into
The two teams traded possessions before
East Bladen took advantage of a negative-yardage
punt by the Patriots and
A.J. McKoy gained 9 yards and then Antonio
Murchison scored on a 20-yard run.
Scott Beasley’s kick knotted the game at
7-7, and that’s the way the first quarter
After a sack by Jonathan Campbell
started from its own 20 but couldn’t mount
a drive and were forced to punt.Alow snap
caused a latekickand theball was blocked,
then picked up by Providence Grove and
carried in for a touchdown. The point after
gave the Patriots a 14-7 edge.
McKoy gave East Bladen excellent
field position with a 48-yard kickoff return
to the Providence Grove 24, where the Eagles
went on a 11-play drive that was highlighted
by two fourth-down conversions
andculminatedbya1-yard run byMurchison
for the score. The extra point went
wide left and East Bladen still trailed, 14-
Neither team could threaten the rest of
The Eagles opened the second half out
Providence Grove wasted little time.
After a penalty set them back to their own
28, a run by the quarterback covered 72
yards and put six points on the board. The
extra point gave the Patriots a 21-13 edge.
Providence Grove then tried to surprise
East Bladen with an onside kick, but the
Eagles recovered at midfield and began a
seven-play drive that ended in the end zone
on a 1-yard run by McKoy. The two-point
KENNY ARMSTRONG/Bladen Journal
East Bladen High fullback Trent
Martin picks up a first down on
a fake punt late in the game.
conversion failed, but East Bladen had
pulled to within 21-19.
East Bladen got a big break whenTrent
Martin recovered a Patriots fumble at the
Providence Grove 39, but the Eagles gave
the ball right back with a fumble one play
The Patriots began to march, moving
from their own 40 to the East Bladen 40
when, after what appeared to be a big gain
by the Patriots, Tyrell Shipman suddenly
took off the other way after stripping the
ball for the Eagles and carried it to the
Providence Grove 16.
East Bladen’s drive straddled the end of
the third and start of the fourth quarters,
finishing up with a 1-yard touchdown run
by Murchison to give the Eagles their first
lead of the night.The two-point conversion
cameup justshort, butEast Bladenwas up,
The two teams traded fumbles before
Providence Grove put together a time-eating,
yardage-eating 13-play drive that didn’t
fizzle until it reached the East Bladen
33. The Eagles took over with just under 4
minutes left to play.
Two runs and a penalty against East
Bladen gave the Eagles a fourth down and
6, and Beasley sloshed across the waterlogged
field for what everyone assumed
would be an Eagles punt.
But Fisher reached into his bag of tricks
and, staring the danger of giving Providence
Grove great field position if it failed,
called for a fake punt. The ball went to
Martin, who rumbled 24 yards for a first
down at the Patriots 41 that all but sealed
Two running plays and a knee ran out
“The conditions were tough, but we
had a good scheme for us, and we were
fortunate to win.”
for a good
School Overall PF-PA
East Bladen 9-2 302-218
S. Columbus 8-3 307-176
S. Brunswick 8-3 345-273
*W. Brunswick 4-7 258-288
*N. Brunswick 6-6 338-284
*Whiteville 3-7 218-310
*West Bladen 1-9 127-405
East Bladen 25, Prov. Grove 21
S. Columbus 20, E. Randolph 16
S. Brunswick 41, White Oak 28
Wilson Hunt 21, W. Brunswick 13
Bunn 49, North Brunswick 28
Asheville 41, Harrells 37
Cummings 38, St. pauls 6
Fairmont 48, Wheatmore 17
Red Springs 14, Midway 13
Albemarle 56, West Columbus 8
Cary 27, Lumberton 7
Nash Central 24, Grays Creek 21
East Bladen 25
Providence Grove 21
Providence Grove 7-7-7-0 -- 21
East Bladen 7-6-6-6 -- 25
PG: Stedman Rush, 10 run; kick
EB: Antonio Murchison, 20 run;
Scott Beasley kick.
PG: Jasper Milligan; 25 blocked
punt return; kick good.
EB: Antonio Murchison, 1 run;
PG: Stedman Rush, 72 run; kick
EB: A.J. McKoy, 1 run; conversion
EB: Antonio Murchison, 1 run;
Rushing: EB -- A.J. McKoy
18-74, Antonio Murchison 16-56,
Trent Martin 7-46, Rasheem
Keith 2-17; PG -- Stedman Rush
Passing: EB -- Daron Burney 0-
1-0 (0 yards); PG -- Stedman
Rush 2-5-0 (28 yards).
Notes: East Bladen's Jonathan
Campbell had two sacks; Trent
Martin had two fumble recoveries;
Tyrell Shipman had a sack
and takeaway for the Eagles
Asheville School 41
Harrells Christian 37
Asheville 6-13-15-7 -- 41
Harrells 13-16-0-8 -- 37
HCA: Russell Washington, 22
run; C.J. Smith kick.
AS: Malik Fisher, 60 run; kick
HCA: Russell Washington, 22
run; C.J. Smith kick.
AS: Malik Fisher, 1 run; kick
HCA: Russell Washington, 26
run; conversion good.
AS: Malik Fisher, 2 run; kick
HCA: Russell Washington, 1 run;
AS: Malik Fisher, 52 run; kick
AS: Malik Fisher, 7 run; conversion
HCA: Russell Washington, 18
run; conversion good.
AS: Naeem Swinton, 6 run; kick
Rushing: Asheville School, 451
yards; Harrells Christian, 272
Passing: Harrells Christian, 53
yards; Asheville School 14 yards.
Records: Harrells Christian 7-5.
Bay Tree Lakes holds
golf tour tournament
WHITE LAKE — The
ninth annual Bay Tree Lakes
Golf Tournament, held at
Carolina Sands in White
Lake on Oct. 22, was deemed
a big success by organizers.
Following are the top
teams of each flight and individual
■ First Flight — first
place went to Marvin Tatum,
Ed Tatum, Paul Stanley and
Stacy Own; second place
went to Ann Tessenear, Ed
Horne, William Brisson and
Alex Brisson; third place
went to Bill Augustine Jr.,
Robin Owen and Mitch Taylor.
■ Second Flight — first
place went to Bill Wegman,
Eagles shut out in second round
— East Bladen High gave
up three goals in just more
than the first quarter of play
on Saturday and saw their
season end in the second
round of the state's Class 2-
A soccer playoffs at the
hands of Clinton High.
The Eagles finished the
season at 12-8.
A pair of the Dark
Horses' goals could have
been classified as toughluck
scores for East Bladen.
each came on a corner
kick that managed to sneak
into the net after bouncing
off an East Bladen player.
The third goal was a
classic crossing pass in
front of the net that was
booted into back of the
The Eagles dominated
much of the play, especially
through the final threequarters
of play. During that
time, East Bladen outshot
the Dark Horses by an 8-3
margin\ after getting outshot
in the first half by Clinton,
The win by Clinton
sends the Dark Horses, 20-
3-1, into the third round of
the playoffs on Tuesday
against Richlands High.
KENNY ARMSTRONG/Bladen Journal
East Bladen Highʼs Israel Evans brings the ball
upfield during a recent match.
Betty Wegman, George
Starke and Leon Kelly; second
place went to Bob
Latham, David Latham,
Dwight Sheppard and James
Locklear; third place went to
Brian Wright, Roger Wright,
Sonny Wilson and John
■ Women’s Longest
Drive — the winner wasAnn
■ Women’s Closest to the
Pin — the winner was Betty
■ Men’s Longest Drive
— the winner was Bill Augustine
■ Men’s Closest to the
Pin — the winner was Marvin
The University of North
Carolina at Wilmington will
host a series of baseball
camps starting in November.
Seahawks coach Mark
Scalf will lead a group of
instructors during the following
— Advanced Hitting
Camp: Held Saturday, Nov.
12, for ages 12 through
HEREʼS WHATʼS GOING ON
— Select Showcase
Camp: Held Saturday and
Sunday, Nov. 19-20, for
grades nine through 12.
Camp: Held January 2012
for ages 12 through highschool
There is a fee for each
For information, visit the
website at www.seahawkbaseballcamps.com
Chris Stephens at 910-962-
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