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Bladen County Educator tapped for SkillsUSA honor

By Erin Smith

A Bladen County educator was recognized as the Glenn Barefoot Educator of the Year at the Skills USA competition last week.

“It was incredibly humbling to be recognized by your peers in a humbling way,” said Graham Yarborough. READ MORE

Turn out brisk for One Stop Voting in Bladen County

By Erin Smith

One Stop voting is under way in Bladen County for the May 8. As of 3 p.m. on Wednesday, more than 659 ballots had been cast in Bladen County.

One Stop voting is taking place in four locations in the county. They are The Bladen County Public Library, the Dublin Lions Club building, the East Arcadia Town Hall and the Bladenboro Historical Society building. READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on April 26

Extremes For Bladen County Highest Temperature          91 degrees          1960

Lowest Temperature            38 degrees         2005

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                          2.15 inches          1978

7-Day Forecast

This Day in History for April 26

This Day In History1865 – Confederate General J E Johnson surrenders Army of Tennessee, at Durham, North Carolina.

1887 – Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity.

1900 – American League baseball opener in Cleveland draws 6,500. READ MORE


Bladen County Veteran still serves

We salute our men and women in our armed forces. Bladen County has a lot of honorable service people. has started a new series called Bladen County Veteran’s Stories.

The first video of the series is Bladen County Veterans’ Stories: Featuring Retired Lt. Commander Larry Hammond. In the video, Hammond gives our viewers a glimpse into a local Veteran’s service in the United States Coast Guard. READ MORE

Opinion: The death of a newspaper

By Jefferson Weaver

Jefferson WeaverFor 21 years, the Old Man wrote a column every year, saying goodbye to The Dunn Dispatch. Sometimes it made print, sometimes it didn’t. In 2001, he lay in his hospital bed, too weak to sit up. He asked me to carry on his tradition. I promised I would. READ MORE

Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day

By Erin Smith

If you have unused medications in your medicine cabinet, there are ways you can properly dispose of them. The best way is to turn them in during a Prescription Drug Take Back event or you can turn them in at one of the prescription medicine drop boxes in Bladen County.

A prescription drug take back event was held during the Bladenboro Spring Fling but officials report no medicine was turned in during that event. While there is not a drug take back event planned for this Saturday, there are some options for you if you need to dispose of unused medications. READ MORE

Updated Road Closings and Openings

By Faye Boyne

Road ClosingCLOSINGS:

SR1100 (Center Road) is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. READ MORE 

April Terrific Kid Gift Certificate Winner


Pictured with Bladenboro Primary School  principal Deborah Guyton is Jayden Ruffin, kindergartner who was the winner of a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to Pizza Palace of Bladenboro. First Citizens Bank of Bladenboro donates twenty-five dollars for the purchase of the Pizza Palace gift certificate to the winner of the monthly drawing at each of the Terrific Kid ceremonies for the school year. READ MORE

Child Abuse Awareness Walk Saturday

By Erin Smith

Blue Pinwheels are being planted as part of the Pinwheels for Prevention campaign to raise awareness of Child Abuse and Prevention.

Each year children in North Carolina are the victims of child abuse or neglect. April is Child Abuse Awareness month and Bladen County will mark the occasion with a Child Abuse Awareness Walk on Saturday beginning at noon in the San Jose parking lot in Elizabethtown.

The walk will leave the San Jose parking lot and travel down West Broad Street ending on the front lawn of the Bladen County Courthouse. Everyone is encouraged to wear blue as a symbol of Child Abuse Awareness Month. READ MORE

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingThe rain came down, much needed rain and amounts appeared to vary greatly, between just over 1.5 inches at  Curtis Brown Airport, to nearly 2.5 inches at the unofficial site in the Hester’s backyard southwest of Elizabethtown.  There is a 30 percent chance of rain today and again tomorrow.

Hopefully, very little or no rain tomorrow.  Bladen We Care’s Annual Golf fundraiser will be played, weather permitting, at The Vineyard at White Lake.  Full field, about 50 teams with shotgun starts in the AM and PM.

Recently planted corn just ‘peeping’ thru the soil, looking good. READ MORE

A perfect place for a business

By Erin Smith

After seeing the former CresCom Bank building removed and the demolition of the former Hardee’s restaurant on South Poplar Street in Elizabethtown, many Bladen County residents are wondering what will replace them.


Truck rolls over near Tar Heel

By Erin Smith

A tanker truck turning into a driveway near Smithfield Foods in Tar Heel misjudged his turn causing the truck to slowly roll over on Tuesday morning. READ MORE


Tar Heel Middle School releases honor rolls

Tar Heel Middle School has released their honor roll for the third nine weeks grading period. READ MORE Brunswick Opioid Task Force hears about NC’s response to Opioid Epidemic

By Erin Smith

Allen Dellapenna addresses the Brunswick County Opioid Task Force.

The Brunswick County Opioid Task Force met on Tuesday afternoon at the St. James Community Center in St. James and learned more about North Carolina’s response to the Opioid Epidemic.

Allen Dellapenna with the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the NC Division of Public Health addressed the group and told them that through the year 2016, Brunswick County had the third highest opioid death rate in the state. READ MORE

Hagen Scholar Named at WBHS

WBHS Senior, Anna Moser, who will be attending UNC-Charlotte in the fall of 2018 has been named as a Hagan Scholar.

The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship for high achieving, self-motivated students. These students graduate from  public high schools located in counties having fewer than 50,000 residents. READ MORE

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Bladenboro Middle School Addendum to Honor Roll

Bladenboro Middle School has issued additional names to the 7th grade honor roll. READ MORE

Clarkton man dies at Columbus County Detention Center

By Erin Smith

A Clarkton man who was arrested last week in connection with a joint investigation by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Columbus County Sheriff’s Office of a marijuana growing operation was found dead in his cell on Thursday.

A press release from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office on Monday stated Andrew James Ellis, 37, of Mercer Mill Road, Clarkton, was found unresponsive at the Columbus County Detention Center in Whiteville at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 19. According to officials, jail staff attempted CPR until Whiteville Rescue arrived and Ellis was transported to Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville where he was pronounced dead. READ MORE


Bladen County Afghans offered at Cooperative Extension

By Erin Smith

If you are in need of a gift for Mom for Mother’s Day look no further than Bladen County Cooperative Extension. They are offering afghans which depict various historical events and places from around Bladen County. The afghans were started as a fundraiser for the Cooperative Extension office to meet some of its funding needs. LaToya Lucy, with Bladen County Cooperative Extension, said of the afghans, “It was a way to furnish extra money for programming support for Extension.” READ MORE

Bladen farmers getting ready for growing season

By Erin Smith

Many Bladen County farmers are busy getting their fields ready for the summer growing season. Tractors can be encountered on our highways throughout Bladen County as farmers move equipment from one field to another, ripping the soil, and preparing the land to plant. READ MORE

Billy Hair remembered with tree at Bladen Community College

By Erin Smith

An overcast morning greeted those who gathered outside the administration building at Bladen Community College in Dublin on Monday morning as William Jennings “Billy” Hair was remembered. Hair was a founding Trustee for the college when it was established in 1967 and a Bull Bay tree was planted and dedicated in his memory. READ MORE Tips to protect against sex trafficking after woman was approached in Fayetteville

By Charlotte Smith

A video about an encounter at the Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville is going viral as you read this article. The video is of a Facebook user, Adrienne Nichole Holland, detailing an experience she had this past Sunday, April 22nd, which left her and others puzzled and concerned. READ MORE

Moores Creek National Battlefield Celebrates Renovation Completion, Offers Free Event on April 28

Currie, NC – Moores Creek National Battlefield is proud to announce that the park’s two main visitor use facilities, the primary Visitor Center and the recreational use Patriots Hall Community Center are now opened to the public.The Visitor Center has been closed since mid-November due to construction updates on the 1950’s facility. READ MORE

Weekly Weather Forecast

By Richard Neuherz, Meteorologist, NOAA

WeatherAn area of low pressure and the attendant frontal system will bring showers and possibly a few thunderstorms to the area Monday and Tuesday with lingering showers possible Wednesday morning. Light showers are possible late in the week as a cold front affects the area, otherwise mainly fair weather is expected into the weekend. READ MORE

Clarkton School of Discovery Honor Rolls

Clarkton School of DiscoveryClarkton School of Discovery released their honor rolls. Congratulations to all those who made the list. READ MORE

Adopt-A-Cop for National Peace Officers Week

By Erin Smith

In honor of National Police Week in May, the Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop is offering our local communities the opportunity to show their support for our Bladen County law enforcement officers by “adopting” an officer for National Police Week. Melanie Davis, one of the many organizers for Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop, said this will be the third year for the event. Gifts are due by Friday, May 11th. READ MORE


CDC expands nationwide lettuce recall

Southeastern Times: Governor Cooper’s proposed budget carries funds for improved school safety


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