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Autry receives Excellence in the Red Zone Award. East Bladen's Anthony Autry has been selected as the Red Zone Player of the Week. According to Coach Terry Smith, Autry was chosen because he caught three passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns, including a 71 strike on the first play of the game, as the Eagles defeated the St. Pauls Bulldogs 36-0 Friday night in a Southeastern 1A/2A Conference contest. He also recovered a fumble and returned it for a 25-yard touchdown and had one punt return for 22 yards. The Red Zone Player of the Year program is designed to recognize varsity high school football players showing outstanding athletic performance, strong leadership, and the will to win in the Red Zone. These players are selected on their ability to elevate their own game, as well as the game of their teammates. Every week, one player is selected as the Red Zone Player of the Week at each participating high school. At the end of the season, one player from each school will be nominated to represent their team for possible selection as a national finalist. From these local nominations, the Red Zone Player of the Year Awards Committee will select 50 finalists to be announced in USA Today in February 2005 to coincide with national letter of intent signing day.


September 27, 2005

Staff Sgt. Robert A. and Veronica Y. Chappelle of Fayetteville had a boy, Robert Ascencio
Pvt. Branden and Melissa Fankhauser of Fayetteville had a boy, Carsen Lee
Sgt. 1st Class Cleo B. and Jasmine J. Autry of Fayetteville had a boy, Jayden Xzavier Izayah
Staff Sgt. Anthony C. and Monique Jenkins Bowdrie II of Fayetteville had a boy, Jaden Christopher
Sgt. Jamison and Spc. Charmaine C. Wheat of Fort Bragg had a boy, Jamison Lee II
Kimberly Villafania of Fayetteville had a girl, Sophia Diane

Wedding plans announced

Eugene and Denise Price of Lumberton announce the engagement of their daughter, Michelle Price, to Keith Autry of Elizabethtown. He is the son of Larry and Janice Johnson, also of Elizabethtown. A May 14 wedding is planned for two o'clock in the afternoon at St. Rest Holiness Church in Elizabethtown. All friends and relatives are invited.

Locals make honors lists at UNCP

The University of North Carolina Pembroke has announced its Chancellor's Honors and Honor's List students for the fall semester. To qualify for the Chancellor's Honor's, a student must maintain a grade point average of 3.7 while taking a minimum of 15 semester hours, of which at least 12 must not be pass/fail. To qualify for the Honors List, a student must maintain a grade point average of 3.2 while taking a minimum of 15 semester hours, of which at least 12 must not be pass/fail. Estella Fatima Johnson of Bladen County was named to the Chancellor's Honors list. Bladen students named to the Honor's List included: Jessica Nicole Ard, Terry Jerome Autry, Latrinda Marie Graham, Benjamin Ronald Lee, Emma Catherine McLaughlin, Hope Ashley Robinson and Jessica Vigari.

BCTS/BCHS hold annual big weekend

Members of the Bladen County Training School/Bladen Central High School Alumni Association held another successful annual Alumni Weekend Friday and Saturday, September 10-11. The Queens' Coronation was held on Friday night. Shirley Carter of Elizabethtown, a member of the class of 1959, was crowned Ms. BCHS Alumni. For the first time, the Ms. Alumni Supporter and runner-up were both pre-teens. Brittany Hollis, 11-year-old daughter of Christopher and Stephanie Hollis of Elizabethtown and a sixth-grader at Clarkton School of Discovery, was crowned Little Ms. Alumni Supporter. Kimberly Autry, 12-year-old daughter of Gerald and Freida Autry of Bladenboro, was chosen runner-up. She is a student at Tar Heel Middle School. The fundraiser added over $3,500 to the organization's Scholarship Fund. Dr. Robert Sanders, a retired educator from Washington, D. C., and an alumnus of Bladen Central, was the keynote speaker for the Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday night. He reminisced about times spent at Bladen Central High School and challenged the group to continue to work at making a positive difference in the lives of citizens in the community. During the banquet, Alumni President Obie Ellison and Vice President Dorothy McKoy presented awards to individuals for outstanding service in various areas. Dr. Sanders received the Speaker's Award. John "J. B." Guoins, a County magistrate, received the C. U. DeBerry Citizenship Award. Rev. Jimmy Melvin, pastor of St. John AMEZ Church, received the Minister's Award. Steven LeShane, Bladen County School Resource Officer, received the E. Floyd Martin Award for volunteer service to the youth. And, Rev. Roland T. McKoy, principal of East Bladen High School, received the Gladwin Shaw Award for service to the organization.

Paul R. Brown Scholarships in the amount of $600 each were awarded to: Kelva Autry, a freshman at Fayetteville State University; Lewis Hollis, a freshman at St. Augustine College; and LaShonna Sykes, a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill. James Peterson, also a freshman at UNC-Chapel Hill, received the James and Dollie Andrews Scholarship. The Otis Graham Scholarship will be announced at a later date. Lisa Autry entertained on Friday night and Delano Townsend and Jean Faulk entertained on Saturday night.

The events were held in the cafeteria of the School of Extended Hope in Clarkton. The room was decorated in blue and gold by Catherine Autry. The Paul R. Brown Building in Elizabethtown was to have been the location for both the pageant and the banquet, but was unavailable due to ongoing renovations.


Patricia Autry of Elizabethtown announces the upcoming marriage of her daughter, Angel Autry, to Earling Nealy of Elizabeth, New Jersey. He is the son of Thelma Gates of Bladenboro. Angel is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan Autry of Elizabethtown. The wedding is planned for October 18 at 2 o'clock in the afternoon at St. Peter's AME Zion Church in Elizabethtown. All family and friends are invited.

Autry promoted by U. S. Army - 8/2003

SwinDell Autry Sr. has been promoted to Chief Warrant Officer Three by the U. S. Army.

A Bladen County native, he is a 1981 graduate of East Bladen High School. He is the son of Pearl S. Autry of Elizabethtown and the late Elvin E. Autry. CW3 Autry received his promotion in a ceremony August 4 at Fort Meade, Md. He has been assigned to the 742nd MI Battalion at Fort Meade as the Army Technical Control Analysis Election Collection Manager since May, 2000. Autry enlisted in the military under the delayed entry program in April, 1981. He began his basic training in June, 1981, at Fort Knox, Ky., where he became an M60 tank driver. Due to an injury that prevented him from driving tanks, he was reclassified to be a Personnel Administrative Specialist at Fort Benjamin Harris, Indiana, in September, 1982. In August, 1984, he was assigned to Fort Devens, Ma., where he was reclassified to become a Morse Intercept Operator, and in June, 1985, he was assigned to 3rd Operations Battalion in Augsburg, Germany, where he worked as a Signal Intelligence Collector. In June, 1989, Chief Autry was assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, and with the reactivation of the 3rd Special Forces Group in June, 1990, also at Fort Bragg, was assigned to the that group. While serving with the Special Forces, Chief Autry was deployed on numerous missions throughout the world, including Africa, the Azores, Spain, Mexico, Haiti, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. He spent time on the Carrier Dwight D. Eisenhower conducting sea operations. In January, 1997, Chief Autry was assigned to the 303rd MI Battalion at Fort Hood, Tex., where he worked in the III Corps ACE as the Requirements Manager. In June, 1999, he was assigned to the 751st MI Battalion in Korea as the Platoon Leader of the Collection Platoon at Camp Humphrey., and he remained in the post till he was assigned to Fort Meade.

LTC Stephen Stewart was presiding officer at the promotion ceremony, and CW5 Wally Price was master of ceremonies


Ellis-Johnson vows spoken June 15

Hazel Antonette Ellis of Allentown, Pennsylvania, and Hilfred Levone Johnson of Durham were married in a 2 o'clock p.m. on June 15 at Shiloh Baptist Church in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Pastors Fred and Juanita Davis officiated.

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. E'Vadney Taylor of St. Elizabeth, Jamaica.

The groom's parents are Mr. and Mrs. James Lewis Johnson of Elizabethtown.

The bride was escorted by her aunt, Cynthia Campbell of Allentown.

Maid of honor was Shaniel Gowdie of Allentown, daughter of the bride.

Bridesmaids were Yvonne McWhite of Allentown, cousin of the bride; Shayana Johnson of Elizabethtown, sister of the groom; and Juliet Thomas of Allentown, friend of the bride.

Best man was Alvin Johnson of Durham, cousin of the groom. Groomsmen were Clives Hines of Allentown and Hopeton Brown of White Hall, Pennsylvania, both cousins of the bride; and Johnson Laurent, also of White Hall, friend of the bride.

Ushers were Michael Purdie of Augusta, Georgia, cousin of the groom and Clives Hines of Allentown, cousin of the bride.

Flower girl was Vanessa McWhite of Allentown, cousin of the bride, and ringbearer was Alex Brown of White Hall, cousin of the bride.

Music was provided by Lenora S. Boler of Elizabethtown, sister of the groom. Lamont Corbett of Elizabethtown, brother-in-law of the groom, read the scripture.

Wedding coordinator was Yvonne McWhite.

The bride attended Lee High Carbon Community College in Allentown, where she pursued an RN degree. The groom is currently employed at Bell and Howell Mail Messenging Technology of Durham in Project Management/Engineering Support.

After a wedding trip to London, England, the couple will reside in Durham.


Following the ceremony, a reception was held at Petro's Caf in Allentown.


Mr. and Mrs. James Lewis Johnson of 6729 Johnsontown Road, Elizabethtown, invite friends of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson to a reception honoring the couple on September 14.

The reception will take place 3 o'clock p.m. at Pleasant Hill Holiness Church Fellowship Hall.

Air Force NCOs learn logistics from the inside out

By Mike Ward
DSCC Public Affairs Office

A three-year assignment at the Defense Supply Center Columbus is more than just another tour of duty for an Air Force non-commissioned officer - it's a career broadening opportunity. Since 1985, the Air Force has been identifying selected Air Force NCOs and placing them at Air Force Air Logistics Centers and Defense Logistics Agency supply centers to gain an understanding of the wholesale process. More than 164 NCOs have already attended, 27 of them at DSCC.

"The tour of duty gives the NCOs a broad spectrum of responsibility, while challenging them to work systemic logistical support problems with other inventory control points, weapon systems and supply chain managers, system program directors and, more importantly, the customers," said Air Force Major Benjamin Klepek of the DSCC Aerospace Weapon Systems Group.

Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Reginald Autry, DLA Enlisted Wholesale Program manager, said both DLA and the Air Force benefit from the training the NCOs receive. "When they leave DLA, they understand our lingo and are able to facilitate the valuable exchange of information between us and the Air Force. They take the training out into the units and are able to spread it throughout the Air Force. It makes for easier exchange of information between the service and DLA.

"Just as importantly, they develop life-long relationships with DLA associates which can benefit them down the road," said Autry.


February 16, 2002
Mr. and Mrs. Leander Johnson announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Syreeta Nicole Johnson, to Dalvin LaRoye Autry. The wedding will be held at First Baptist Church in Elizabethtown on February 16 at 1 p.m. The groom is the son of Barbara D. Autry of Elizabethtown and Jimmy Autry of Garland. Friends and family are invited.


Three students from Bladen County have recently received degrees from Fayetteville State University. Deborah Venters Evans of Elizabethtown has received a Master of Arts in Special Education. Robin L. Nance of Elizabethtown received a Batchelor of Arts in History, and Priscilla D. Autry, also of Elizabethtown, received her Batchelor of Science in Business Administration. Two students from the Garland community were also among recent graduates at FSU. Kimberly N. Fryar received a Master of Education degree in Special Education, Specific Disabilities, and Sheila E. Powell received a Batchelor of Arts in Chamistry.

Doretha Autry Ellis of Elizabethtown and Jerry Crumpler of Clinton announce the engagement of their daughter, LaSha Ellis of Greenville, to Elderwin Reed, of Greenville. He is the son of Doris James of Wilmington and Robert Reed of Tampa, Florida. The wedding is planned for Saturday, September 2, at 5 o'clock in the afternoon at St. Peter's AME Zion Church. All friends and relatives are invited to attend.

In another fire on the following day, a house on McLean Road, north of White Lake, was destroyed by a fire caused by a direct lightning strike during a severe thunderstorm about noon. White Lake Fire Chief Dale Brennan said his investigation revealed that lightning had struck a lightning rod attached to the chimney in the middle of the house. "The lightning rod cable was severely burned where it attached to the ground rod," said Brennan. Brennan estimated damages from the fire to be about $90,000 to the house and another $30,000 to the contents. Oscar Autry, who lived at the residence, said he had been asleep when the storm came up. He discovered the fire shortly after it started in the roof of the house and escaped. Autry went to the nearby rest home where his wife is employed and called 911; however, he was unable to get through due to problems in the system. He then called the Bladen County Extension Service office, which notified Sam Warren of the Elizabethtown Fire Department. Byrd confirmed that the County E-911 communications center had been temporarily disabled by a lightning strike shortly before the fire was reported. By the time the first fire department arrived on the scene, the fire had spread. Eventually firemen and equipment from the White Lake, Hickory Grove, Bay Tree Lakes, Garland, Elizabethtown and Dublin fire departments were involved in fighting the fire.


Angela Autry has good year at Peace
Former East Bladen athlete Angela Autry has helped the Peace College Pride to their most successful basketball season in NCAA Division II basketball history. The freshman started 21 of 25 games as the Pride posted at 10-15 season. The 10 wins were the most since the school reinstated it womens’ basketball program in 1995. Autry’s best game came February 18 against Meredith College when the point-guard scored 11 points and had four steals. She also clinched the Pride’s victory over Greensboro College with a final-second 3-point basket.



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