News and notes under the cushions –


By Sonny Jones

Here are some news and notes taken under the couch cushions:

Bladen Recreation Fall Soccer Program Registration will continue until August 19. Online registration is preferred. Click here to register online. Players can also register at the King Street office of Bladen County Recreation. Fees are $30 for Tot Soccer and $35 for League 5-7, League 8-10, and League 11-14. For more information, call 910-862-6770.

A free junior golf clinic by Pam Davis Taylor will take place at Vineyard Golf At White Lake on Monday and Tuesday from 6-7 p.m. at the Vineyard Golf driving range. The event is open to young people aged 5 to 16. For more information, call the Vineyard Golf Pro Shop at 910-247-6132.

The Private Kevin Conner Memorial Run is scheduled for October 15 in downtown Whiteville. There is a 5k, 1 mile run/walk and a virtual 5k, 1 mile run/walk. Click here to register and for more information.

Just returned from a week in Asheville. Residents complained of the heat and humidity. LOL! OH MY GOD! They need a visit to Bladen County for some heat and humidity. It was nice to be able to walk to your car without breaking a sweat.

By the way, mountain driving is hard driving. It doesn’t matter if you go up the middle or down the mountain. I think I would own a chain of brake repair shops if I lived there.

Can the Carolina Panthers make a playoff run in 2022? According to NBC’s Warren Sharp, Carolina lost or tied an NFL record 10 games in 2021 despite leading at one point. A much improved offensive line and a new quarterback (Sam Darnold isn’t beating Baker Mayfield for the starting job) should lead to a few more wins this season.

Seven former players will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame today. They are David Ortiz, Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Gil Hodges, Bud Fowler and Buck O’Neil.


Martin Truex Jr. earns his first victory of the season in the M&M’s Fan Appreciation 400 NASCAR Cup race at Pocono Raceway. He clinches a playoff berth in what looks like a winners-only postseason field. Truex won at the Long Pond, Pennsylvania track in 2015 and 2018.

SATURDAY CHOICES: Bernard Langer, now 65, will remain in the hunt for the Senior British Open in Scotland. Look for a 68 on Saturday and in the top 5 heading into Sunday’s final round. RESULTS: Langer shot an even par 70 and is tied for 10th, four shots behind co-leaders Paul Broadhurst and Darren Clarke going into Sunday’s final round.


FORMULA 1: Lenovo French Grand Prix. 8:55 a.m., ESPN

GOLF: Amundi Evian Championship. France final round game. 9 a.m., CNBC

MLB: Hall of Fame induction ceremony. 11 a.m., MLBN

GOLF: PGA Senior British Open Championship. Final of the Kings Course at Gleneagles in Scotland. Noon, NBC

X-GAMES: Summer X Games 2022. 1 p.m., ABC

NASCAR CUP: Fan appreciation at M&M’s 400, Pocono Raceway. 3 p.m., United States

GOLF: PGA 3M Open in Blaine, Minnesota 3 p.m., CBS

MLB: San Diego Padres against the New York Mets. 7 p.m., ESPN

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