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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

Road, Roseboro.

Peterson has been

diagnosed with liver

cancer. He is encountering

medical expenses

that are

having to travel to

Chapel Hill. All proceeds

will go towards

medical expenses.

For more information

contact Buddy

Guy at 874-3300,

James Peterson at

874-0357, Polly Guy

at 874-3301 and

Charles Whittenton at


Bladenboro parade

being planned

The Bladenboro

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

Bladenboro Middle


If you are interested

in being in the

parade contact Jane

Walters at 648-4379;

Amanda Sykes at

874-2627 or by email

at asykesfd@

yahoo.com; Greg

Sykes at 879-8502 or

by e-mail at



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November 8, 2011


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Bladen Co. deputy

being investigated

Allegations focus on sexual encounter with a minor




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

through America’s

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,

Craven, Cumberland,

Currituck, Duplin, Edgecombe,

Gates, Greene, Halifax,

Harnett, Hertford, Hoke,

Hyde, Iredell, Johnston,

Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Nash,

Northampton, Onslow, Pamlico,

Pasquotank, Pender,

Perquimans, Pitt, Robeson,

See *DEPUTY, Page 2A

Contributed photo

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

and Yadkin.

“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

prepare meals

ahead of time.

Page 6A




■ Football: The East Bladen

High Eagles weathered

a torrential

downpour and

a pesky


Grove High

team to win

their Class

2-A playoff

opener on

Friday night.


■ Soccer: Clinton

High came to town

and whitewashed

the East Bladen

High Eagles in

the second

round of the

stateʼs Class

2-A playoffs on


— Stories, Page 8A.


Event to

be held on


at armory


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

the festivities.

“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


Center in


He served in

the United

States Army.


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

Washington, D.C.

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,

at home.

Funeral services were

held on Sunday, Nov. 6, at

2:30 pm at Galeed Baptist

Church with the Rev. Warren

Hill officiating. The family

received friends

following the service. Burial

was in the Galeed Baptist

Church Cemetery.

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;

one brother,

Shane Russ of Bladenboro;

and four grandchildren.

A service of Bladen-

Gaskins Funeral Home of


Kathy Sternthal

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.

A service of Bladen-

Gaskins Funeral Home of




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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


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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Margaret H. Rich

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;

and two


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

District 24



State Employee Association

of North Carolina District 24

sponsored an Adopt-A-Highway

cleanup in October. The

Adopt-A-Highway program is a

volunteer-driven cleanup

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.

Contributed photo

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

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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

www.growcommunities.com, or

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

programs started

through the Thomas Family Center

for Entrepreneurship.

“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.

Visit www.growcommunities.com

to sign up and to learn

more about America’s Farmers

Grow Communities.

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Contributed photo

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


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,

Rhonda Bullard-Dutton,

Michelle Hutchinson,

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

obtaining sponsors,

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

through Wednesday.

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

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Santa Claus appearances.

General admission is $5

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The Festival of Trees

Holiday Luncheons will be

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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

in May.

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


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Edward Jones, Joanna Carr Williams Turkey Farm

City Dry Cleaners of Lumberton Meyer Orthodontics

Fords Protective Services Nationwide Insurance, Eddie Nye

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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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Bladen Journal


Nov. 8, 2011

Page 4A



The butt

stops here

There are few addictions that are

tougher to tame than smoking

cigarettes, but add the pressure that

comes with living in the White

House, commanding our military, and dealing

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

American adults

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.

Perhaps surprisingly,

not many of our

presidents have been

cigarette smokers.

Several, including Presidents

Kennedy and

Nixon, enjoyed cigars,

President Ford preferred

a pipe, and Clinton, well,

he didnʼt inhale.

The nationʼs first

chain-smoking president

was FDR, and the last

president before Obama

to smoke regularly was

President Eisenhower.

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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(910) 862-4163


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

have the

decency to

tell her


she was divorcing

him. He allegedly


learned of

the divorce



Staff Writer


when he

was served

with the

legal pa-


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.

— Erin Smith is a staff writer

at the Bladen Journal. She may

be reached by telephone at

862-4163 or by e-mail at


The Bladen Journal accepts guest columns from readers who want to write about local,

state, national or internation issues in a format longer than a letter to the editor. Guest

columns can be up to 750 words, must include a phone number, be signed and must

include a photograph of the writer. As with anything submitted for publication in the

Bladen Journal, guest columns may not be libelous or contain knowingly false information.

All guest columns are subject to approval by the Bladen Journal management.

For more information about guest columns,

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Blindsided, shocked,

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

are appreciated

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.

One of the things most

acceptable when applying

is evidence of publication,

especially a link or url one

can provide the prospective


Is there any way the

Journal can display the article

on BladenJournal

.com? It ran Oct. 28 and is

November 8, 2011 ■ www.bladenjournal.com ■ Bladen Journal ■ Page 5A

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

with him

to help him stay


In my opinion,

letting Coach

Cross leave is settling

for mediocrity.

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

wrap-up article.

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.



Guest columnist




I can assure you

of one thing, my

teammates and I

may have won a

state championship

for West Bladen,

and I will never

forget that, but I

support Coach

Cross wherever he

goes — even if it is

East Bladen High.

Ever since graduation

I’ve envisioned


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

Editor’s note: The story

and photo is on the website.

Under the “news” tab,

click on the “education”



Southeastern Regional Mental Health located at 450 Country Club

Road – Lumberton, N. C., will accept bids for the following vehicles.

All vehicles will be located at this location for inspection beginning

November 7, 2011. All bids must be submitted at 450 Country Club

Road on November 21, 2011 between 2pm and 5pm only. All bids will

be stamped with date and time when received. Any bid not arriving

when specified will be rejected. All bids are asked to compare in price

with the Kelly Blue Book pricing for private sale. Because the vehicles

have been sitting up for some time they may have to be jumped

to start. This in no way should be considered in with the condition of

the vehicle. For additional information please contact Debbie Rhodes,

Purchasing Officer at (910)272-1219. It is in the discretion of SRMH to

accept or reject any and all bids.

Vehicle Last 4 digits

Year Make Model Description

Ford 15

Vin Number Mileage Condition

1993 Ford Club Wagon passenger 8264 77,917 poor

1999 Ford Windstar Ford Mini Van 4783 155,196 poor

1994 Ford Taurus Ford Taurus 7065 131,202 poor



Annual Meeting

of the Members

Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center

Clinton,North Carolina

November 12, 2011

10:00 AM

*Registration begins at 8:00 AM*

Musical entertainment begins at 9:30 AM

Special Guest Speaker:

Jeanne Robertson

Musical Entertainment:

The StarLights

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Dear Friends,

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

____________34-39 __________40-45

___________46-51 _______52-57 _________58-older

Do you believe that a Christian school is needed for Bladen County?

_______Yes ________No

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

all that apply.

__________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?

Below $3500_________ $3500-4500__________

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Thank You for your participation in helping Elizabethtown

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Please return this survey to the Elizabethtown Baptist

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Bladen Journal


Nov. 8, 2011

Page 6A

For Better Living

Making meals

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

consuming methods

of putting a nutritious

meal on the

table in a hurry.

There are many

wonderful caserole

and one-dish meals

that are simple to

prepare, offer variety

and great flavor,

and stand up

well to freezing

and reheating.

How freezing

affects foods ...

Freezing (0 F or

below) preserves

food for extended

periods, because it

prevents the

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

reheating results.

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

powder weaken.

• Freeze casseroles in containers

that are just the right size for a

family meal or individual servings.

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N.C. Cooperative





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To freeze:

• Cool hot casseroles rapidly.

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?

and vaporproof

paper, plastic

freezer wraps, or

freezer containers.

Microwave-safe or

aluminum ovenproof


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.

Label the

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


To serve:

• 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

cooking time.

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

chicken broth

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

cheddar cheese

Cook noodles according to package

directions. Meanwhile, in a large

nonstick saucepan over medium heat,

cook the chopped onion in butter

until tender.

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


Nov. 10

■ Retired School Personnel

of Bladen County

will meet at the Front

Porch Restaurant in Elizabethtown

at 10 a.m. Recent

retirees are

encouraged to attend.

Nov. 12

■ 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

Battle of

Elizabethtown Chapter.

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

Nov. 7.

Nov. 13

■ 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

Bladenboro Historical

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

covered dish.

Nov. 18

■ The Town of Elizabethtown

will be having a

ribbon-cutting ceremony

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

the event.

Nov. 19

■ 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.





theories, and the natural

communities associated

with Carolina Bays will be

discussed. Participants

should meet at the park

Visitor Center.

Nov. 26

■ 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.

Participants should

meet at the Jones Lake

State Park Visitor Center.

Nov. 27

■ Elizabethtown-White

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



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Nov. 8, 2011

Page 8A



Eagles survive

Patriots, rain

Fake punt seals

25-21 win for

East Bladen




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

Fisher Stadium.

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 game.

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 half.

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


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

the win.

Two running plays and a knee ran out

the clock.

“The conditions were tough, but we


had a good scheme for us, and we were

fortunate to win.”



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Bladen Journal




Waccamaw Conference


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

*Season concluded


Waccamaw Conference

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


First quarter

PG: Stedman Rush, 10 run; kick


EB: Antonio Murchison, 20 run;

Scott Beasley kick.

Second quarter

PG: Jasper Milligan; 25 blocked

punt return; kick good.

EB: Antonio Murchison, 1 run;

kick failed.

Third quarter

PG: Stedman Rush, 72 run; kick


EB: A.J. McKoy, 1 run; conversion


Fourth quarter

EB: Antonio Murchison, 1 run;

conversion failed.

Individual statistics

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


First quarter

HCA: Russell Washington, 22

run; C.J. Smith kick.

AS: Malik Fisher, 60 run; kick


HCA: Russell Washington, 22

run; C.J. Smith kick.

Second quarter

AS: Malik Fisher, 1 run; kick


HCA: Russell Washington, 26

run; conversion good.

AS: Malik Fisher, 2 run; kick


HCA: Russell Washington, 1 run;

conversion good.

Third quarter

AS: Malik Fisher, 52 run; kick


AS: Malik Fisher, 7 run; conversion


Fourth quarter

HCA: Russell Washington, 18

run; conversion good.

AS: Naeem Swinton, 6 run; kick


Individual statistics

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


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,


Clinton ousts

East Bladen

from playoffs

Eagles shut out in second round

Staff report


— 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.


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




Fall baseball

camps planned


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


high-school senior.

— Select Showcase

Camp: Held Saturday and

Sunday, Nov. 19-20, for

grades nine through 12.

— Pitcher/Catcher

Camp: Held January 2012

for ages 12 through highschool


There is a fee for each


For information, visit the

website at www.seahawkbaseballcamps.com

or call

Chris Stephens at 910-962-


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