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Robert Hester, Founder of

It’s the 4th of July holiday weekend and the party is underway at White Lake … Fun events for all the family … Activities all day long today, Sunday and Monday … with fireworks near dark thirty … ’bout 9:15 to 9:30 … Monday p.m.

Welcome to one and all … We need the rain, but some sunshine would be welcomed for a few hours… READ MORE

Jason Jones Named New West Bladen Baseball Coach

West Bladen High School LogoJason Jones has been named the new head baseball coach at West Bladen High, succeeding John Ammons. Jones has been head baseball coach at West Columbus for the last 6 years and served 2 years as an assistant coach at West Columbus before taking the head coaching job.

“I am really looking forward to getting started at West Bladen,” said Jones. READ MORE

Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputy Saves Life with Heimlich Maneuver

By Charlotte Smith

Sunday, June 26, 2022, Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputy James Monroe was off duty and attending a local pool tournament. Little did Monroe know he would be using his expertise to save a life that evening. READ MORE.

DEQ To Discuss Updates Related To GenX and Chemours’ Fayetteville Works Facility

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will host an in-person community information meeting on Tuesday, July 26, at the Crown Theatre, located in the Crown Complex at 1960 Coliseum Drive in Fayetteville to share information and answer questions about how the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly released, lower health advisory for GenX impacts private drinking water well sampling in Bladen, Cumberland, Robeson and Sampson counties. READ MORE

Sports Schedule

Saturday, July 2

No Sporting Events Scheduled

3 Things To Know For Saturday

Three Things to Know

1. Fireworks: Monday, 9 p.m. or whenever dark enough, Goldston’s Pier, White Lake.

2. Blood Drive: Wednesday, 2-7 p.m., DreamWorks Bladen gym, Elizabethtown.

3. Bridge Inspection: July 11-12, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., U.S. 701 over the Cape Fear River in Elizabethtown. READ MORE


This Day in History For July 2

This Day In History

1776 – Continental Congress resolves “these United Colonies are and of right ought to be Free and Independent states.”

1843 – An alligator falls from sky during a thunderstorm in Charleston, South Carolina.”

1962 – Sam Walton opens his first Walmart store in Rogers, Arkansas. READ MORE


Summertime Series: Places to go in NC 

By Cara Beth Lewis

From mountains, to beaches, to lakes, and more… North Carolina is a beautiful state. For those who call it home, you don’t have to travel very far for a great vacation spot. Sometimes it’s easy to forget how much our state has to offer, so let this article be your reminder. READ MORE.

Oh, for the faith of a five-year-old!


Little five-year-old Emma Melvin’s family covets your prayers.

The spunky youngster just finished her last year of pre-school at Elizabethtown Christian Academy and is ready to start kindergarten, but she missed a lot of school this past year because she’s been sick.  While other kids her age are making plans this summer for days of playing in the pool, having sleep-overs with friends… READ MORE.

Bladen County’s Unemployment Rate For May At 4.5%

RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 89 of North Carolina’s counties in May, decreased in six, and remained unchanged in five, according to figures released by the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Southeastern North Carolina county rates were Bladen 4.5. READ MORE

You Decide: How Can We Slow The Increase In The Home Prices?

By Mike Walden

The numbers are jaw-dropping. In 2020, the average house price rose 11%. In 2021, home prices jumped another 19%. And, if the price gains thus far in 2022 continue for the entire year, the price of the average home will have increased 28%. Including compounding, this would mean an astounding 69% rise in home prices over three years. READ MORE.

Bladen County Sheriff’s Offices Announces Commendations

Detective Sergeant Jennifer Popynick, Deputy Jamie Smith, Dispatcher Pattie Yandle and Dispatcher Beth Singletary where recently recognized with Letters of Commendation.  This recognition was due to their actions and quick thinking which assisted in saving the life of an infant in respiratory arrest on June 6, 2022. Bladen County Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank… READ MORE.

Robert Curtis Hester Disabled American Veterans Chapter Fundraiser

By Leyton Ezzell

The Robert Curtis Hester Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 99 in Elizabethtown is holding a fundraiser to upgrade its facilities.

Smithfield, a pork processor in Tar Heel, NC, donated Boston Butts for the DAV chapter to sell in order to help raise the $15,000 in funds needed for the facilities’ upgrades. READ MORE.

Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is Hiring for Three Positions

Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is now hiring a school resource officer, a deputy sheriff, and a detention officer.

The minimum requirements are to be a citizen of the United States and be at least 21 years old, have graduated high school, or have a GED. Must also have or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license. To be a school… READ MORE.

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of

Still looking for rain, none so far … Some in Bladen did receive rain yesterday…

Remember Waylon, the youngster in the Bladenboro area who had to have his feet removed because of a disease? I was told recently he and his family are going to All Sports Camp, July 13-17 in DuQuoin, Illinois. READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines … 50 Years Ago

• The Clarkton High School graduating class of 1942 had their 30th class reunion. Noted author and Clarkton grad Guy Owen Jr. was Master of Ceremonies. READ MORE

Falcons Played Bladen Recreation’s Coach Pitch League

Falcons softball teamThe Falcons played in Bladen Recreation’s 5-7 Coach Pitch League.

Team members are: READ MORE


Sweet Heat Played in Bladen Recreation’s Coach Pitch League

Sweet Heat softball teamThe Sweet Heat played in Bladen Recreation’s 5-7 Coach Pitch League.

Team members are: READ MORE



Mark Gagnon Highwaymen Live show At White Lake

Mark Gagnon of White Lake, NC, will be starring with the Highwaymen Live Tribute Show first in a short tour to Dodge City KS, Minneapolis, MN, and Fargo ND. They will be performing at White Lake, NC, on July 8th and then on July 9th at the Carolina Opry Theater in Myrtle Beach, SC. Both shows start at 7:00 pm. Mark pays tribute to The Man In Black and is known as “The Voice”. For the past 2 years, Mark performed in residency at the Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana IN. READ MORE.

4th Of July Celebrations

By Leyton Ezzell

Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is an icon of all types of grilling, pools, parties, and fireworks. Other festivities are typical for holidays, but why fireworks on the 4th of July? The roots of the pyrotechnic marvels go back to American Independence itself. READ MORE.

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of

Understand some areas of the county received rainfall yesterday … At the local airport, very little … .09 inches. We must have received about the same, little, very little.

I am convinced I am not now nor ever been a mechanic … wish I was … trouble replacing a battery in my 2000 Ford Ranger truck … but I will attempt again today. READ MORE

DYB District 2 Majors Tournament: South Columbus 8, Bladen County 4

WHITEVILLE – A 5-run, 4th inning rally propelled South Columbus to an 8-4 victory over Bladen County Wednesday night in an elimination game in the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 Majors Tournament.

Bladen County had already qualified for the DYB Division 2 Majors State Tournament that begins July 9th in Dunn. READ MORE

Snowbirds Played in Bladen Recreation’s Coach Pitch League

The Snowbirds played in Bladen Recreation’s 5-7 Coach-Pitch League.

Team members are: READ MORE


Kayla Thompson Misses Cut At Kansas Tournament By 1 Stroke

Bladen’s pro golfer Kayla Thompson of Clarkton just barely missed the cut by one stroke in the Heritage Classic Golf Tournament held at Rolling Hills CC in Wichita, Kansas.

After two rounds Thompson was at 3-over par, one stroke above the cut mark of 2-over par in the Women’s All Pro Tour event. READ MORE


Budget Amendments Passed by Bladen County Board of Education

By Charlotte Smith

Six Bladen County Board of Education members attended the Special Called Virtual meeting held on Tuesday, June 29, 2022. The purpose of the meeting was to take action on proposed Budget Amendments and to hold a closed session on personnel matters, student transfers, and legal matters. READ MORE.

BCS Plans Groundbreaking and Second Career Fair

Elizabethtown, N.C— The second week in July will be a busy one for Bladen County Schools as the district plans a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Tar Heel School on Tuesday, July 12 and a career fair on Thursday, July 14. READ MORE.

Cumberland County EMS receives Gold Plus Mission Lifeline Award

FAYETTEVILLE – June 28, 2022 – Cape Fear Valley Mobile Integrated Healthcare: Cumberland County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) recently received the Gold Plus for 2022 Mission Lifeline award from the American Heart Association. This achievement award recognizes the Cumberland County EMS for its commitment to offering rapid, research-based care to people… READ MORE.

Don’t Leave The Vulnerable In the Heat

By Leyton Ezzell

Should someone leave a pet or child in a car? Even for a minute? No. There are too many dangers that people and pets can face in a car, running or not, while in the summertime heat.

The most significant danger for pets, small children, and older people in cars during summer is that… READ MORE.

Bladen County Commissioners Passed Budget

By Charlotte Smith

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners held a Special Meeting on Monday, June 27, 2022, at 5:45 pm. The purpose of this Special Meeting was regarding the Fiscal Year 2022-2023 Budget and American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) enabled projects. READ MORE.

Star Student- Molly Hilton Starts a Business

Charlotte Smith with BladenOnline interviews Star Student Molly Hilton. Hilton is climbing the business ladder as she maintains her grades and athletic commitments at Harrells Christian Academy. READ MORE.


East Bladen High School Class of 1982 40th Reunion 

At Whimsical Events, there will be the 40th reunion for East Bladen Class of 1982. The attire for the event is semi-formal. 

The 1982 alumni are invited to join to meet for a night of food and fun. There will be a meet and greet on Friday, October 14, from 6-10 pm, and a dinner on Saturday, October 15, from 6-11 pm. READ MORE.

Boost the Boro Meeting

By: Jair McElveen

Make sure you mark your calendars for the “Boost the Boro” meeting at 7 pm on July 12th, as it is a very important upcoming meeting.

July is the “kick-off month” for the annual “Beast Feast” business and individual sponsorship request efforts. Beast Feast will be held right before Halloween, October 28-29. READ MORE.

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of

Sailed through the longest day of 2022, without much mention. Tuesday, June 27, the first day of summer. The sun reaches its highest and northernmost points in the sky…

It’s been a great year for Dixie Youth baseball in Elizabethtown … Congratulations to the teams, the coaches and their supporters… READ MORE

DYB District 9 Majors Championship: West Robeson 10, Elizabethtown 0

ELIZABETHTOWN — Seth Brooks belted two home runs and pitched a two-hit shutout Tuesday night to lead West Robeson to a 10-0 win against Elizabethtown in the championship game of the Dixie Youth Baseball District 8 Majors tournament at Leinwand Park.

West Robeson and Elizabethtown both advance to the state tournament scheduled in mid-July in Leland. READ MORE

DYB District 2 Majors Tournament: Whiteville 3, Bladen County 1

WHITEVILLE- Whiteville defeated Bladen County 3-1 Tuesday night in the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 Majors Tournament. It was Bladen County’s first loss in the tournament.

Bladen County, Whiteville and South Columbus now have 1 loss each in the double-elimination event. Bladen County will play South Columbus Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will play Whiteville Thursday for the championship. READ MORE

SFGA Plays Tournament At Vineyard Golf At White Lake

The Southeastern Fellowship Golf Association played a tournament at The Vineyard Golf Course this week with 36 members playing.

Next week’s tournament is at Land O Lakes Golf Course near Whiteville. READ MORE


Fireworks at White Lake

By Jair McElveen

On Monday, July 4th, a fireworks show will be held at Goldston’s Pier in White Lake. The display is scheduled for 9 pm, but whenever it gets dark enough, the show will start. This event is presented by the Elizabethtown – White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.  READ MORE.

Annual Fourth of July Sidewalk Sale

By Jair McElveen

Well, it’s that time again. Everyone’s favorite summer event. A holiday and sales! You guessed it, the “Annual Fourth of July Sidewalk Sale” starts in just a few days. All the downtown businesses are getting through their last few preparation tasks so that they will be ready by the end of this week.  READ MORE.

Farmers’ Market Produce

By Jair McElveen

Our team at Bladen Online rode out to the local farmers’ market today to see what all they had to offer. When we arrived, we were greeted by entrepreneur Mr. James Purdie.  READ MORE.

Local Sheriff Offers Reminders For A Safe July 4th Weekend

With the approach of the July 4th weekend, Bladen County Sheriff McVicker asks all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday period a happy and enjoyable one for all.

Traditionally during the July 4th Holiday, our highways experience one of the highest traffic flows of the year. The Sheriff reminds all Bladen County residents to follow the law and these safety tips:  READ MORE.

Product Spotlight – Shoes from Leinwand’s

By Jair McElveen

For this week’s product spotlight, we went downtown into the heart of Elizabethtown to Leinwand’s. We spoke with the owner, Ricky Leinwand, who is the third-generation owner of Leinwand’s. Ricky’s grandad, Issac Leinwand, started the business in 1935 after he “immigrated to the United States from Austria in 1907.” They have been in business ever since, making this their 87th year.   READ MORE.

Summertime Series: Books to Read

By Cara Beth Lewis

Summertime is a time for leisure, relaxation, and enjoyment. A popular, low-energy, low-cost pastime is… reading! Whether you are a bookstore shopper, a thrift store peruser, a library borrower, or a combination of all three, reading can be the most pleasant way to spend a summer day.

Our local book experts – the staff at Bladen County Public Library — have some great recommendations to add to your summer reading list. READ MORE

NCDOT 701 Bridge in Elizabethtown Lane Closure

According to North Carolina Department of Transportation, the US 701 Bridge over the Cape Fear River will undergo inspection work on July 11-12 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.  One lane will be closed during those hours with traffic control operating under a flagger operation.  Expect delays.

State strongly encourages visitor safety and responsible behavior for those considering Masonboro Island Reserve during the July Fourth holiday

MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Division of Coastal Management and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office are urging the public to act responsibly during the upcoming July Fourth holiday at the Masonboro Island Reserve, a research reserve and dedicated state nature preserve. In preparation for the holiday, the state coastal agency and the sheriff’s office are working together to provide public safety resources and increase public awareness of responsible visitor behavior on the island. READ MORE.  

Rocky Mount Woman Shares Life-Altering Encounter with Impaired Driver

PSA Kicks off NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s “Operation Firecracker”

RALEIGH – Stephanie Ronan’s life changed forever when an impaired driver traveling 55 mph hit her head on as she was traveling home from a friend’s house in the eastern North Carolina town of Wilson. READ MORE.

10th Anniversary Gala to be Held at Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church


Elizabethtown – Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church will be celebrating with a 10th ANNIVERSARY GALA for Pastor Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin and First Lady Minister Dr. Katrina Boykin. The public is invited. Dinner and concert $10 donation ages 10 and up. The celebrations begin Saturday, August 6th at 5:30 p.m. The conclusion is Sunday, August 7th with morning worship services at 10:00 a.m…. READ MORE.

System Pressure Advisory – Rescind Notice

Effective immediately the system pressure advisory issued on 6/23/2022, has been rescinded. The water sample collected came back negative for the presence of bacteria. See official statement below.

Potable water served by the Town of Dublin Water System.
NC PWS ID # 03-09-025 has been restored to near capacity. Samples collected from multiple… READ MORE.

Preventing a Summertime Fire

By Leyton Ezzel

Summertime is a fun time for all, but summer brings many dangers from the heat that comes along with it. Here’s some advice to stop fires from forming, especially in Bladen County’s drought. READ MORE.

Legal Aid of North Carolina, Wills and Powers of Attorney Clinic 

At the clinic, Legal Aid’s Disaster Relief Project can assist disaster-impacted individuals with their last will and testament, living will, financial power of attorney, and health care power of attorney for free. READ MORE.

Former North Carolina Senator Howard Lee Honored For Service To Public Education


ATLANTA — Howard N. Lee, whose distinguished career has included service as a North Carolina state senator, chairman of the state Board of Education and senior education advisor to two governors, is the recipient of the Southern Regional Education Board’s inaugural Jack Hill Champion of Education Award.  READ MORE.

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of

We are fast approaching the halfway point of the year 2022 … Local governments have already approved budgets for the coming fiscal year … or will soon … Deadline is Thursday, June 30.

Was hoping for some rain … no rain at the Hester household … just promises … Grass and weeds are cracklin when I walk to the mailbox. READ MORE

DYB District 2 Majors Tournament: Bladen County 4, South Columbus 3, 7 innings

WHITEVILLE – Chase Bryan dashed home on a passed ball to score the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning as Bladen County edged South Columbus 4-3 Monday night in a winners’ bracket game in the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 Majors Tournament.

It was the 2nd straight extra inning victory for Bladen County, who will play Tuesday night at 7 in a rematch with the Whiteville team that Bladen County edged 1-0 in extra innings Saturday. READ MORE

DYB District 9 Majors Tournament: Elizabethtown 6, Fairmont 1

ELIZABETHTOWN — Tyler Eason came within an out of pitching a complete game, had two hits, scored twice and drove home a run Monday night as Elizabethtown beat Fairmont 6-1 in the semifinals of the Dixie Youth Baseball District 9 Majors tournament at Leinwand Park.

The victory advanced Elizabethtown into Tuesday’s scheduled 7 p.m. championship game of the double elimination tournament against unbeaten West Robeson. READ MORE

MORE PHOTOS by Kenneth Armstrong

DYB District 9 AAA (Minors) Tournament: Fairmont 9, Elizabethtown 8

ELIZABETHTOWN – Fairmont scored 3 runs in the bottom of the 6th inning to rally past Elizabethtown 9-8 Monday night in an elimination game in the Dixie Youth Baseball District 9 AAA (Minors) Tournament. Fairmont advances to the championship game Tuesday night at 6:30 against undefeated West Robeson.

Four walks and hits by Nicholas Ammons and Messiah McQueen keyed the Fairmont rally. READ MORE

MORE PHOTOS by Kenneth Armstrong


Small Business Spotlight of the Week: White Lake Water Park

By Cara Beth Lewis

Bladen County’s tourist attraction, White Lake, is home to White Lake Water Park – the only water park here in the Mother County. Since the park’s opening in 2004, families and friends have come together to have fun in the sun and make memories that last a lifetime. READ MORE.

Farm Service Agency Now Accepting Nominations for Farmers and Ranchers to Serve on Local County Committees  

USDARALEIGH, NC, JUNE 15, 2022 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) is now accepting nominations for county committee members. Elections will occur in certain Local Administrative Areas (LAA) for members. LAAs are elective areas for FSA committees in a single county or multi-county jurisdiction. This may include LAAs that are focused on an urban or suburban area. READ MORE.

Pet of The Week: Ying

By Leyton Ezzell

Bladen Online’s Pet of the Week is Ying, a female domestic shorthair cat.

Ying is a little shy and independent but can be very faithful and loving, with love for other cats.

Ying is the cat that has stayed the longest out of the other cats at the shelter, starting her stay in December. READ MORE.

20 Cheap Date Ideas For Summer

By Leyton Ezzell

Summer is a time for fun and exploration, especially with the special someone in your life, so here are 20 fun and cheap date ideas for summertime.

  1. Grab a projector and have an outside movie night

  2. Go on a bike ride together READ MORE.

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of

Today, I want to share info about a youngster in the Bladenboro area who has had to have both feet amputated … His name is Waylon … I haven’t met him, but hear a lot about him … I am told he is a delightful young person, maybe 2 years old, suffers from a rare disease … Figular Hemimelia. Walks on his nubs.

He has been invited to participate in a camp, the NubAbility Athletic Camp, July 13-17 in DuQuoin, Illinois … a camp for limb different amputees … READ MORE

DYB District 9 Majors Tournament: Elizabethtown 10, Red Springs 0

ELIZABETHTOWN — Hutchens Glenn and Tyler Eason combined for a no-hitter Sunday and Omar Powell clinched a 10-0 win against Red Springs with a two-out, run-producing double that advanced Elizabethtown to the semifinals of the Dixie Youth Baseball District 9 Majors tournament at Leinwand Park.

Elizabethtown is scheduled to play Fairmont on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in an elimination game. Monday’s winner will advance to play West Robeson on Tuesday in the championship game. West Robeson beat Fairmont 18-0 on Sunday. READ MORE

DYB District 9 AAA (Minors) Tournament: West Robeson 22, Elizabethtown 10

Dixie Youth Baseball

ELIZABETHTOWN – West Robeson exploded for 13 runs in the 3rd inning and grabbed a 16-5 lead en route to a 22-10 victory over Elizabethtown Sunday night in a winners bracket game in the Dixie Youth Baseball District 9 AAA (Minors) Tournament.

Elizabethtown will battle Fairmont Monday at 6:30 in an elimination game. Fairmont eliminated Red Springs 20-2 Sunday. READ MORE

New Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber Activity Guide And Membership Directory Available

A new guide containing activities and sites to see throughout the area has been produced by the Elizabethtown–White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and is now available in several locations.

According to the Chamber’s Executive Director, Terri Dennison, the guide is meant to provide information for residents and to attract new visitors to the area. READ MORE


Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of

I never ceased to be amazed what volunteers can do when working together…

Saturday night, the annual fundraiser for the East Bladen athletic department was held … It was another huge success. About 250 tickets were sold, volunteers worked several hours and supporters attended the All-Sports Banquet at the school… READ MORE

DYB District 2 Majors Tournament: Bladen County 1, Whiteville 0, 7 innings

WHITEVILLE – Luke Bryant knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning, and Ashton Davis struck out 16 batters as Bladen County shutout Whiteville 1-0 Saturday in the opening round of the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 Majors Tournament.

Bladen County receives a bye for Sunday and will face the winner of Sunday’s South Columbus/Columbus County game Monday at 8 p.m. READ MORE

DYB District 9 AAA (Minors) Tournament: Elizabethtown 7, Fairmont 4

Dixie Youth BaseballELIZABETHTOWN – Damian Maynor and Colt Lewis teamed up to pitch Elizabethtown past Fairmont 7-4 Saturday in the opening round of the Dixie Youth Baseball District 9 AAA (Minors) Tournament.

Elizabethtown will battle West Robeson Sunday at 6 p.m. in a winners bracket game. West Robeson defeated Red Springs 16-0 Saturday. READ MORE

DYB District 9 Majors Tournament: West Robeson 7, Elizabethtown 3

ELIZABETHTOWN — West Robeson scored five runs in the fifth inning in beating Elizabethtown 7-3 on Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the Dixie Youth Baseball District 9 Majors tournament played at Leinwand Park.

Elizabethtown is scheduled to play Red Springs at 5 p.m. Sunday in an elimination game. Fairmont beat Red Springs 18-4. Fairmont is matched against West Robeson at 7 p.m. READ MORE

Some Interesting Quotes From Some Famous Golfers … Presented By Vineyard Golf

Golf#1: Caddies are a breed of their own. If you shoot 66, they say Man we shot 66 today. But go out and shoot 77 and they say Heck, he shot 77. – Lee Trevino (PGA Hall of Fame Golfer) READ MORE.



Bladen Craft and Food Truck Rodeo

By Leyton Ezzell

A new family fun event is being hosted on September 4th, 2022, in Clarkton, NC. The event will start at 10 am and will end at 6 pm. The event is hosted by Charles H Resales and Enjoy the LittleThings Creation.

The family fun event will include a variety of vendors, businesses, and food trucks. The rodeo is planned to free to the public. READ MORE. 

Boot Swamp Bridge on Singletary Mill Pond Road Will Close for 120 Days

Resident Engineer Blythe L. Jordan, PLS with the North Carolina Department of Transportation, announced today that S&C Construction will be installing Road Closure signage and Detour signs Monday, June 20, 2022, on SR 1124. The Boot Swamp Bridge being replaced is located on Singletary Mill Pond Road. READ MORE.

PUBLIC NOTICE- Holiday Hours for Bladen County Solid Waste

Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Monday, July 4 – Independence Day:

All convenience sites will be operating on their normal schedule, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. However, the Transfer Station will be closed in observance of the holiday. Normal operations shall resume on Tuesday, July 5.

Bladen County Schools Kick Off Summer Feeding Program


Elizabethtown, N.C— The 2021-2022 school year may have ended, but there is still a lot happening at Bladen County Schools. The district’s Summer Feeding Program kicked off Monday, June 13. This program provides breakfast and lunch at no cost to any Bladen County youth from one to 18-years-old. From June 13-June 30, meals are available at East Bladen High School, West Bladen High School, Elizabethtown Primary School and Dublin Primary School. READ MORE.

Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is Now Accepting Applications

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is accepting applications online and in person for the 2022-23 school year.  The Academy currently has openings in 6th thru 11th grades.  Applications will be accepted until 15 September.  Online applications are available at   A paper application can be picked up at the Academy which is… READ MORE.

CFV Bladen Healthcare’s Gift Shop Needs Volunteers

According to Amber Bordeaux, Patient Relations with Cape Fear Valley, Bladen Healthcare’s Gift Shop is looking for Volunteers!

Don’t hesitate to contact Sharon Meismer at 910-862-5201 or The Gift Shop at 910-862-5108 if you wish to volunteer your time. READ MORE.

Lil Knights Basketball Camp Scheduled July 19-21

West Bladen High School LogoThe Lil Knights Basketball Camp is scheduled July 19-21 at West Bladen High School.

Early registration prior to June 20 is $75. After June 20, the registration fee is $85. The fee includes a basketball and T-shirt. READ MORE


988 is New 3 Digit Number for the Suicide Prevention Lifeline

The Suicide Prevention Lifeline is (800) 273-8255 or 1-800-273-TALK. However, announced, there is a new number all US citizens may dial for assistance with suicide prevention.

“We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.  READ MORE.