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Jim & Sue Schultz Foundation Hosts 2nd Annual Prime Rib Dinner

A staff report
Contributed photos 
Elizabethtown, NC – May 29, 2024 – The Jim and Sue Schultz Foundation is delighted to announce the 2nd Annual Prime Rib Dinner, set to take place on June 13th at 6:30 pm at Cape Fear Winery, 195 Vineyard Drive, Elizabethtown, NC. This event promises an evening of delicious food and lively entertainment, all in support of a great cause. READ MORE

Kaleidoscope of Hope to bring needed funding to Columbus County’s only child advocacy center

LAKE WACCAMAW (May 28, 2024) – Carolyn’s Kaleidoscope Child Advocacy Center (CAC) will celebrate five years of serving physically and sexually abused children in Columbus, Bladen and Robeson counties with the Kaleidoscope of Hope Soiree at 5:30 p.m., on May 31st, at The Spillway in Whiteville. The fundraiser will include dinner, dancing and a program showing the incredible impact of the CAC in the region with speaker Columbus, Brunswick and Bladen County District Attorney Jon David. READ MORE

Mental Health in the Summer: Coping with Seasonal Changes

by Kayla Bell

Summer brings longer days, warmer weather, and the promise of outdoor activities, but it can also present unique challenges for mental health. Understanding how summer affects mental well-being and exploring strategies for managing anxiety and depression can help residents maintain a healthy mindset during this vibrant season. READ MORE

Bladen County Schools Receives Generous Donation from Lumber River United Way

A staff report

Bladenboro, NC – Bladen County Schools is thrilled to announce a generous donation from Lumber River United Way. The organization has donated 2,500 pairs of socks to support some of the district’s most vulnerable students. READ MORE

Hydration Beyond Water: Best Hydrating Drinks and Foods for Summer

by Kayla Bell

It’s more important than ever to stay hydrated when the summer heat builds. Although water is the most common way to stay hydrated, there are a variety of other meals and drinks that can help you stay hydrated and feel rejuvenated all year long. READ MORE

Empower Your Future: Discover BCC’s Innovative Electrical Systems Program

A staff report

Dublin, NC — Bladen Community College is excited to highlight its Electrical Systems Program, designed to prepare students for a wide range of careers in the electrical industry. This program aims to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to excel in various positions, such as Electrical Maintenance Technicians, Electrical Salespersons, Automated Controls Technicians, and Residential, Commercial, and Industrial Installers. READ MORE

Allergies and Asthma During Summer: How to Manage Symptoms

by Kayla Bell

Warm, sunny days of summer also bring with them a surge of allergens that can make life difficult for individuals who have asthma or allergies. To enjoy the summer without discomfort, it’s important to know what frequent summer allergies are and to adopt ways to control symptoms. READ MORE

Town of East Arcadia Announces Public Hearing on Proposed 2024-2025 Budget

A staff report

East Arcadia, NC – The Town of East Arcadia Council will conduct a public hearing on the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2024-2025. The hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 10, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. and will be held at the East Arcadia Town Hall, located at 1472-A East Arcadia Rd., Riegelwood, NC 28456. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

As usual, we begin with the weather … past, present and future…

Yesterday’s high temp was 91 degrees … Forecast for today and next few hours … Sunny today with a high near 88.

Blueberries are being harvested … Hopefully a good crop this year… READ MORE

3 Things To Know For Wednesday

three things to know

1. Blood Drive: June 4, Noon-5 p.m., Hickory Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 6414 Center Road, Bladenboro.

2. Vacation Bible School: June 5-8, 6-8:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Clarkton, 10233 North College Street.

3. Summer Reading Kickoff: June 6, 6 p.m., Bladen County Public Library, 111 N. Cypress St., Elizabethtown. READ MORE


This Day in History For May 29

this day in history

1787 – “Virginia Plan” by James Madison and Edmund Randolph proposed to the Constitutional Convention advocating for a national government with three branches – legislative, executive, and judicial.

1922 – US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport and not a business and thus not subject to antitrust laws. READ MORE


Graduation Day for Bladen Early College High School Class of 2024

Celebrating the BECHS Class of 2024!

Contributed photos by Bladen County Schools/BECHS

Dublin, NC – The graduation ceremony for Bladen Early College High School (BECHS) Class of 2024 was a resounding success. Held on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Bladen Community College, the event began promptly at 10:00 AM and was livestreamed on the Bladen County Schools and BECHS Facebook pages, as well as the district’s YouTube channel. READ MORE 

North Carolina Department of Transportation Notice 

Elwell Ferry: 

Closed until further notice. We will update you as soon as NCDOT opens the ferry.

Clarkton’s Memorial Day Parade Revives Community Spirit

A staff report

This Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, 2024, the town of Clarkton proudly celebrated Memorial Day with its first Community Day Parade in 25 years. The parade was organized by Mayor Jerome Myers to honor the nation’s heroes and bring the community together in a show of patriotism and unity.

“This is a glorious day. This is a great event,” said Mayor Myers. “I think there’s a lot more participation than I expected. So, maybe next year when we do this again, or maybe in the fall, it’ll be an even greater success.”  READ MORE

May Bladen County Board of Education Meeting Highlights: Celebrating Student Achievements and Community Involvement

A staff report

The May Bladen County Board of Education Board of Education (BOE) meeting was filled with moments of pride and recognition, showcasing the remarkable accomplishments of students from various schools in the district. The meeting began with a heartfelt thank you to the students from Bladenboro Middle School for leading the Pledge of Allegiance, setting a tone of community and patriotism. READ MORE

Bladen County Schools Announces Key Personnel Changes

Bladen County Schools is pleased to announce a series of key personnel changes that will take effect on July 1, 2024. These appointments reflect the district’s commitment to placing skilled and dedicated individuals in leadership roles to best serve our students and community. READ MORE

Public Hearing on Proposed Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Budget

A staff report

Town of White Lake Announces Public Hearing for Proposed Fiscal Year 2024-2025 Budget

White Lake, NC – The Town of White Lake invites all residents to participate in a public hearing regarding the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2024-2025. This important event will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers of the White Lake Municipal Building, located at 1879 White Lake Dr., White Lake, NC. READ MORE

Bladen Community College BOT Public Notice

The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees regular monthly meeting has been scheduled for Tuesday, May 28, 2024, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the William Charles Findt Workforce Development Building (Building #14).
For more information, contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502. READ MORE

Bladen Online High School Senior Spotlight – Andre Moore

By: Jair McElveen

West Bladen High School Student-Athlete Andre Moore takes the spotlight this week, showcasing his high school journey. Andre Moore is a dedicated and hardworking scholar who has gone through high school with a focus on sports and a clear vision for his future. READ MORE

Notice of Special Called Meeting

A staff report

The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners has scheduled a Special Meeting to be held on Thursday, May 30, 2024, at 6:00 PM in the Town Hall. The primary purpose of this meeting is to conduct a work session on the Fiscal Year 2024-2025 budget. READ MORE

Weekly Horoscope: May 26 – June 1

by Kayla Bell

As we move from late May into early June, the stars have aligned to bring a mix of opportunities, challenges, and insights for each zodiac sign.

Here’s what the cosmos has in store for you this week. READ MORE

Community Blood Drive at Hickory Grove Baptist Church

A staff report

Bladenboro, NC – The American Red Cross, in partnership with Hickory Grove Baptist Church, is pleased to announce a Community Blood Drive on Tuesday, June 4, 2024. The event will take place in the Fellowship Hall of Hickory Grove Baptist Church, located at 6414 Center Rd, Bladenboro, NC 28320, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. READ MORE

10 Fun Facts of The Day: Earth Edition

by Kayla Bell

Earth is a remarkable planet, filled with wonders and mysteries that ever amaze us.

From its unique place in the solar system to the diversity of life it supports, here are ten fun facts about our home planet: READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Checking weather … Yesterday’s high temp was 89 degrees at the local weather station, 2/100th of an inch of rain over the past 24 hours … Windy, wet and messy, not that far away … mostly north of us … late yesterday…

Huge crowd at White Lake over Memorial Day holiday weekend … appeared to be mostly orderly … Clarkton area residents celebrated Memorial Day with a parade… READ MORE


Honoring the Fallen: Memorial Day 2024

By Charlotte Smith

Memorial Day, a federal holiday in the United States, is dedicated to remembering and honoring those who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. Observed on the last Monday of May each year, today, May 27, 2024, marks this solemn occasion. READ MORE

10 Affordable Sustainable Swimwear Brands for Summer 2024!

by Kayla Bell

Summer is the perfect time to make a splash in style while also making a positive impact on the planet. With the growing awareness of environmental issues, sustainable swimwear has become more popular than ever. READ MORE

Beach Getaways in North Carolina: Your Guide to Sun, Sand, and Surf!

by Kayla Bell

Get ready to pack your bags and hit the road, because North Carolina’s coast is calling! From pristine sandy shores to charming coastal towns, North Carolina boasts some of the most stunning beach destinations in the country. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Today is Memorial Day … A time to remember those who gave their all … for our great nation…

Expect a huge day for visitors to White Lake today…

“Home of the free because of the brave.” READ MORE


Honoring Our Heroes: A Memorial Day Reflection


As Memorial Day approaches on Monday, May 27, 2024, it is a time to honor and remember the courageous men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom.

Just as these heroes have protected the nation, many believe that they are called to be part of God’s Army, standing firm in faith and spreading His love and light in the world. READ MORE

Memorial Day Movie Review: A Tribute to Sacrifice and Service

A staff report

Title: Memorial Day
Director: Samuel Fischer
Starring: James Reynolds, Sarah Connors, Michael O’Neal
Genre: Drama/War
Rating: PG-13

“Memorial Day” is a powerful drama that weaves together the past and present in a poignant tribute to the sacrifices made by service members and their families. Directed by Samuel Fischer, this film stands out for its emotional depth and compelling storytelling. READ MORE

Rise and Shine: Summer Breakfast Recipes!

by Kayla Bell

As the sun peeks over the horizon and the birds begin to sing, there’s no better way to greet the day than with a mouthwatering breakfast that celebrates the flavors of summer. From fresh fruit-filled bowls to decadent pancakes and savory egg dishes, we’ve rounded up the ultimate collection of summer breakfast recipes to kickstart your day with a smile. READ MORE

The Inaugural India Alexus McLaurin Scholarship Gala

by Kayla Bell

The community of Elizabethtown is set to gather for a special event that holds deep emotional significance: the inaugural India Alexus McLaurin Scholarship Foundation Gala. Scheduled for Saturday, September 14, 2024, at 6:30 PM, this gala will be held at The Ballroom at Whimsical, located at 314 S Poplar St. READ MORE

Staying Connected: The Power of Social Media

by Kayla Bell
In today’s fast-paced, tech-driven world, maintaining strong connections with friends and family can be challenging. Nonetheless, virtual entertainment has altered how we keep in contact, making it more straightforward than at any time in recent memory to connect distances and encourage significant connections. READ MORE

Marine Fisheries Commission agrees to broader look at submerged aquatic vegetation protection


MOREHEAD CITY – The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission agreed this week that the Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Marine Fisheries should take a broader look at the protection of submerged aquatic vegetation. During its quarterly business meeting, the commission voted to request that the Division work with the Commission’s Habitat and Water Quality Advisory Committee to develop more comprehensive options for protecting Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) that consider all activities under the Commission’s authority, rather than just shrimp trawl area closures. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Many visitors at the lake for the Memorial Day holiday weekend … Enjoy, be safe…

As I grow older, I am getting stronger … I can now carry $100 worth of groceries in one hand…

I have observed … one pain pill every 6 hours … can be painful. READ MORE


Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is the Only Military Charter School in North Carolina

By Trever Lloyd

The history of the Paul R.  Brown Leadership Academy is unique. Bladen County’s very own Carl T. Lloyd, the Commandant of Cadets of the Academy, worked at private military schools from  1992-2013. Around 2008-2009, he started a plan to one day give students and families from his community a new opportunity. READ MORE

Spring Reading Suggestions from Bladen County Library Director Sheila Nance

A staff report

As the flowers bloom and the days grow longer, spring offers the perfect backdrop for diving into a fresh pile of books. Bladen County Library Director Sheila Nance has curated a list of must-reads that promise to enchant, entertain, and provoke thought as the season unfolds. From heartwarming tales to gripping narratives, this selection is composed to accompany you through the new spring season. READ MORE

Why You Should Limit Your Time on Social Media

By Kayla Bell

These days, social media is a big part of our everyday lives, so it’s easy to forget about the possible risks associated with using these platforms excessively. Even if social media has many advantages, such as helping you stay in touch with loved ones and access a multitude of information, there are strong arguments against spending too much time online. Here’s a closer look at the reasons why using social media in moderation can result in a balanced, happier existence. READ MORE

Outdoor Date Ideas for a Magical Summer

By Kayla Bell

There’s something undeniably magical about summer—the long, warm days, the scent of blooming flowers, and the endless opportunities for adventure under the open sky. If you’re looking to add a touch of romance to your summer days, why not take your date outdoors? With nature as your backdrop, you can create unforgettable memories filled with laughter, connection, and a bit of summer magic. Here are some charming outdoor date ideas to inspire your next romantic escapade. READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines… 50 Years Ago

*W.C. Daniels, Jr. of Clarkton graduated with honors from UNCC and earned a Bachelor of Engineering Technology degree.

*SBI officers and sheriff deputies raided a house in the Sugar Loaf area and arrested eight persons, five boys and three girls, on a marijuana charge.

*Debra White Maynard was elected a juror of the Judicial Board of her dorm, Weaver Hall, for the coming year at Methodist College.

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Yesterday began with nearly a quarter of an inch of rain around 7 a.m. followed by mostly clear skies, high temp, near 90 degrees.

Read this someplace … and agree. “The easiest way to organize … you need to throw most of it away.”

News release … UNCP to establish a Doctor of Optometry program … READ MORE


Memorial Day Weekend Events in Bladen County: Honoring Our Heroes

A staff report

Bladen County, NC – Leon Grimes, with NC Works and Veteran Services, is proud to announce a series of Memorial Day weekend events in Bladen County dedicated to honoring the brave men and women who have served our nation. READ MORE

Town of Elizabethtown Announces Public Hearing on FY 2024-2025 Proposed Budget

A staff report

Elizabethtown, NC – The Town of Elizabethtown is pleased to announce that the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2024-2025 has been submitted to the Elizabethtown Town Council and is now available for public inspection. Residents and interested parties can review the proposed budget, which is posted on the Town’s official website READ MORE

Big Blue Store Announces Exciting Memorial Day Sale with Incredible Discounts

A staff report

Elizabethtown, NC – Big Blue Store is thrilled to announce its highly anticipated Memorial Day Sale, taking place from May 24 to May 27, 2024. Shoppers can look forward to an array of amazing deals and discounts across various departments, ensuring significant savings for all. READ MORE

Town of Elizabethtown Announces Public Hearing for Proposed Special Use Permit

A staff report

Elizabethtown, NC – The Town of Elizabethtown is scheduled to conduct a public hearing on Monday, June 3, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. in the Elizabethtown Municipal Building. The hearing will consider a request for a Special Use Permit submitted by Elizabethtown Christian Academy. READ MORE

Longleaf Academy to Collaborate with Elizabethtown Christian Academy


The Elizabethtown Christian Academy Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Longleaf Academy, an Orton-Gillingham Accredited Instructional Program, will be partnering with ECA, beginning with the 2024-2025 school year. The Longleaf Academy provides specialized support to students with language-based disabilities. READ MORE

Embrace the Freedom: Solo Summer Adventures!

by Kayla Bell

There’s something uniquely liberating about setting off on a solo adventure, especially in the warmth and vibrancy of summer. The sun is shining, the days are long, and the world around you is buzzing with life and possibility. READ MORE

Bladen County Public Library Announces Exciting Summer Reading Programs for 2024

A staff report

Elizabethtown, NC – May 24th, 2024 – Bladen County Public Library is thrilled to announce its Summer Reading Kickoff Event and Summer Reading Program for 2024, featuring a series of engaging activities designed to foster a love of reading and learning among children in the community. The Summer Reading Kickoff Event will take place on Thursday, June 6th, 2024, at 6:00 PM at the Bladen County Public Library located at 111 N. Cypress St., Elizabethtown, NC 28337. READ MORE

Thrills and Fun Await: Six Amusement Parks for Summer in North Carolina

by Kayla Bell

Summer is the perfect time to unleash your inner thrill-seeker and experience the excitement of North Carolina’s best amusement parks. From heart-pounding roller coasters to enchanting kiddie rides and splashy water parks, North Carolina offers a variety of options that guarantee fun for the whole family. READ MORE

UNCP to establish a Doctor of Optometry program


PEMBROKE, NC – The University of North Carolina Pembroke will soon be home to the state’s only public doctoral program in optometry––chartering a new path for comprehensive primary care for eye and visual health in North Carolina and surrounding states.

UNCP received unanimous approval Thursday from the UNC System Board of Governors to establish a Doctor of Optometry program and, in doing so, will be the only public university in North Carolina to grant the specialized four-year degree. READ MORE

How To: Planning Your Beach Trip

by Kayla Bell

Imagine the sound of waves crashing against the shore, the feel of warm sand between your toes, and the endless horizon stretching before you. A beach trip is the quintessential summer getaway, promising relaxation, adventure, and memories that last a lifetime. READ MORE

Bladen We Care Foundation Announces 2024 Golf Tournament to Support Community Health and Service Initiatives

A staff report

Wallace, NC – May 24th, 2024 – Bladen We Care Foundation proudly announces its annual Golf Tournament to be held at the prestigious River Landing Golf Course on Thursday, June 20th, 2024. The event promises to be a day filled with camaraderie, competition, and compassion, all for the betterment of community health and service. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Yesterday’s high temp, recorded at the local weather station, was 90 degrees, and no rain … Today, showers and thunderstorms are likely…

Golfers, the field is pretty much set for this year’s Bladen We Care fundraiser … 70 teams are expected … 68 have already registered … READ MORE


Elwell Ferry Temporarily Closed Due to High Water Levels

A staff report

In an announcement from the North Carolina Department of Transportation, it has been confirmed that the Elwell Ferry will be temporarily closed until Monday, May 27th at 6:30am. This closure comes as a precautionary measure due to high water levels. READ MORE

Reminder: Clarkton Community Day Parade this Memorial Day!

A staff report

Get ready to celebrate Memorial Day in honor of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom as the Town of Clarkton proudly presents its Community Day Parade on Monday, May 27, 2024. Join us for a day filled with community spirit, patriotism, and honoring our nation’s heroes. READ MORE

Updated: Elizabethtown Hosts Free Aerospace Camp for Grades 5-8 in June

A staff report
Elizabethtown, NC – The Town of Elizabethtown, in collaboration with Curtis Brown Airport, is excited to announce a free aviation summer camp for students in grades 5 through 8. The camp will be held from June 18 to June 21, 2024, at Curtis Brown Airport, and will run daily from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. READ MORE

Upcoming Blood Drives: Help Save Lives


FAYETTEVILLE, NC – May 23, 2024 – Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center is a community blood program dedicated to serve the needs of patients in Cumberland, Hoke, Harnett and Bladen counties through blood donation by individual donors, community organizations and businesses. The center is located at 3357 Village Drive, Fayetteville, in the Bordeaux Shopping Center. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Announces Rules For Temporary Sales, Food Trucks and Pop-Up Retail Merchants


To support local merchants and businesses, the Town of Elizabethtown recently introduced new policies dealing with itinerant sales in the town’s area.

Itinerant Retailers are retailers who do not have a fixed dedicated place of business, such as pop-up shops and food trucks. READ MORE

Opportunity to Request a Referendum: Soybean Promotion, Research, and Information Program

A staff report

The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announces an important opportunity for soybean producers to request a referendum to determine whether they want the Secretary to conduct a referendum on the Soybean Promotion and Research Order (Order), as authorized under the Soybean Promotion, Research, and Consumer Information Act (Act).

Participation in the request for referendum is voluntary. READ MORE

Trillium Health Resources Receives Favorable SOC 2 Type II Report


GREENVILLE, NC: Trillium Health Resources has received a favorable Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type II report. This accomplishment demonstrates our commitment to securely managing and protecting data and the privacy of our members. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

As usual … a quick look at the weather … Yesterday’s recorded high at the local weather station … 87 degrees … and summer has not arrived.

This week is National Safe Boating Week … FYI … And, the National Weather Service has confirmed 7 tornadoes across our area this past Tuesday … READ MORE


Discover Hidden Treasures at Vanessa McNeill’s Who-Village and Life of Giving Yard Sale in Tar Heel, NC!

A staff report

Tar Heel, NC — Get ready for a day of fabulous finds and community spirit at Vanessa McNeill’s Who-village and Life of Giving Yard Sale, scheduled for June 1, 2024. This eagerly awaited event, taking place at 704 Chicken Foot Road, Tar Heel, NC 28392, promises a wide array of items that are sure to delight every treasure hunter and bargain shopper. READ MORE

Application Period for Ace Academy Open


The Town of Elizabethtown and the Curtis Brown Airport will be hosting an aviation summer camp from June 18th through June 21st at the Curtis Brown Airport from 8:00am to 12:00 pm. The camp is open to students in 5ththrough 8th grades. READ MORE

Southeastern Community Action Partnership Hosts Fatherhood Community Resource Fair in Whiteville

A staff report

Whiteville, NC – The Southeastern Community Action Partnership (SCAP) is set to host a Fatherhood Community Resource Fair on Saturday, June 15, 2024. This event, part of SCAP’s Community Services Block Grant Program, will occur from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Mount Olive Headstart Center at 5465 Silver Spoon Road in Whiteville, NC. READ MORE

Bladen County Schools Announces Graduation Plans

Elizabethtown, N.C— Bladen County Schools is preparing to congratulate more than 250 graduating seniors in the coming weeks.

The district will host three high school graduations.


Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery Hosts the 2nd Annual Prime Rib Dinner for Charity

Staff report

Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery is gearing up to host the 2nd Annual Prime Rib Dinner to benefit the Jim and Sue Schultz Foundation.

The event is scheduled for June 13 at 6:30 PM in the venue’s Gallery Ballroom. READ MORE

Bladen Community College Presents a Vibrant Array of Summer Camps for All Ages


Get ready for an awesome summer of learning and fun at Bladen Community College! From children eager to explore new realms to teens and adults seeking to cultivate skills and passions, there’s an enriching experience awaiting everyone at BCC’s summer camps! READ MORE