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VFW holds March meeting

The Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8062 in Elizabethtown conducted their March meeting on Saturday.  READ MORE


Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingNCAA tournament has produced some interesting results…So, how many local, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia teams remain.
UNC meets Texas A&M 5:15 PM today (Sunday)  READ MORE

This Day in History for March 18

This Day In History1541 – Hernando de Soto observes first recorded flood in America (Mississippi River).

1810 – “Converse”, first US opera, premieres in NYC.

1818 – US Congress approves first pensions for government service. READ MORE

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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on March 18

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature        84 degrees       1963

Lowest Temperature        23 degrees        2017

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                      3.32 inches        1983

7-Day Forecast


Ag News: National Ag Day to be celebrated Tuesday

Tuesday marks National Ag Day and is a time set aside to recognize and honor farmers and their families. READ MORE

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Bladen County Board of Commissioners to meet Monday

By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meting Room located in the basement of the Bladen County Courthouse. The board is expected to deal with several issues on the agenda. READ MORE


Funeral arrangements for Retired Deputy announced

Flags are being flown half staff in honor of a retired Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputy who passed away this week.

Joe Kelly served with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office from 1971 until his retirement in 1994. He served as one of the  first school resource officers to serve in the county. READ MORE






Lifestyles: Shereeese Nichole to host the “Little Women of Excellence Beauty Boot Camp”

Whiteville, NC, July 27 and 28, 2018 – An incredible and inspiring experience awaits at the Little Women Of Excellence Beauty Boot Camp.  In its second edition, this exciting event founded by Shereese Nichole will take place Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28, 2018 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm at Victory In Jesus Ministries Church (109 N. Madison Street) in Whiteville, North Carolina. READ MORE

NC DOT issues updated listing of road closings in Bladen County

Faye M. Boyne, NC Department of Transportation

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road openings and closings for Bladen County. READ MORE 76 Arrested in Multi-State Child Exploitation Operation 

A total of 76 people were arrested, and 13 children were rescued or identified as victims during a mutually coordinated operation among eight southeastern states. The joint, proactive event, Operation Southern Impact II, was coordinated by nine Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces in those eight states and focused on persons who possess and distribute child pornography and those who are sexually exploiting children in other ways using technology and the internet. READ MORE

North Carolina’s January County and Area Employment Figures Released, Bladen At 6.4 %

RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 93 of North Carolina’s counties in January, decreased in one, and remained unchanged in six.  Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 14.6 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.6 percent.  Fourteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases while one remained unchanged.  READ MORE





Spring Exceptional Children’s Fair Planned

An Exceptional Children’s Spring Fair is planned for Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School Gymnasium. Everyone is invited to come by and say, “hello.” READ MORE



Chamber learns about Better Business Bureau, Hope Abounds 

By Erin Smith

John D’Ambrosio

The Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina addressed the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday afternoon. John D’Ambrosio, who works with the Better Business Bureau (BBB), said the BBB is a form of  voluntary self-regulation for businesses. READ MORE


Career and Job Fair planned for April 17

A Career and Job Fair is planned for Tuesday, April 17, at the Bladen Community College Auditorium beginning at 10 a.m. READ MORE North Carolina’s January Employment Figures Released 

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted January unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, remaining unchanged from December’s revised rate.  The national rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent. READ MORE


Freezing temperatures have farmers working long hours

By Erin Smith

Freezing temperatures the past several nights have had farmers keeping long hours to save their early fruit crops. Blueberry farmers have been irrigating their crops with water to protect blossoms and early fruit from freezing.

North Carolina State University (NCSU) recommends using irrigation systems to control frost on blueberry plants that are susceptible to freezing temperatures. READ MORE




Students learn to walk up, not out 

Yesterday students across the nation participated in a political Walkout in reference to the political gun control debate. Bladen County School’s students took the opportunity to make the day about making a positive change instead of making a political statement.

“It’s an Honor Walk – not a Walkout,” Bladen County Schools posted on their Facebook page. The agenda of the organized lesson was teaching students to honor and respect lives and to take time to be nice to others.  READ MORE

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Opioid Task Force hears Teen Challenge Update

By Erin Smith

An update on Teen Challenge opened the meeting for the Bladen County Opioid Task Force on Tuesday afternoon.

Amy Munn said Teen Challenge has made the downpayment on a house on Lula Long Road in Ammon and efforts are under way to raise $30,000 by April 15. The deadline can be extended for an additional 30 days if needed, said Munn. READ MORE




Ag News: Filing CCC-941 Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) Certifications

Many producers have experienced delays in receiving Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments, Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs) and Market Gains on Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) because they have not filed form CCC-941, Adjusted Gross Income Certification. The above payments will not be paid until all eligible producers, including landowners who share in the crop, have filed a valid CCC-941. READ MORE

Lauren Bowen Named to St Mary’s Honor Roll


Bladen County native Lauren Bowen has been named to the Honor Roll for the first semester at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh. READ MORE


NC DOT issues updated road openings and closings

Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT

The  North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of openings and closings in Bladen County. READ MORE


Bladen Community College and West Bladen students earn medals at SkillsUSA

Bladen Community College and West Bladen students have returned with medals from the regional SkillsUSA competition in Fayetteville. READ MORE


White Lake Baptist Church to hold Community Outreach Program

White Lake Baptist Church will hold a Community Outreach Program on Saturday, March 24, 2018, from 10 a.m until 2 p.m. at the church.

There will be many different public safety agencies providing educational and informative demonstrations. READ MORE


Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon

This week a 1-year-old male cat by the name of McKinley has been chosen to be Pet of the Week! This little cutie is very friendly and has an outgoing personality! He just loves to play and he needs a loving family to take him to his forever home! READ MORE


Strategic Plan for Coastal Crescent Trail Shared with White Lake Commissioners

By Joy Warren

Kate Dixon, executive director of Friends of Mountains-to-Sea Trail, and Kip Godwin, project coordinator for the Coastal Crescent Trail, which includes a portion of White Lake, gave an overview of the new Strategic Plan for the trail.

This section would be called The Three Lakes, encompassing about 10 miles and would include Jones Lake, White Lake and Singletary Lake. READ MORE


Stop Sex Crimes in Bladen County

By Tori Chestnutt

Parents have an obligation to their child to ensure their safely. One growing concern according to many is the increase in sex crimes throughout North Carolina. According to 88% of sexual abuse is never reported. Here are six tips to help parents safeguard their kids from sexual abuse. READ MORE


Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoRichelle Howie named Miss Sweetheart Pageant

Suzette Edge of White Oak was attending Governor’s School. READ MORE



Building communities value with Parks and Recreation

Bladen County Parks and Recreation has been a place for citizens to enjoy sports and social activities. Last week a group of almost a dozen people gather to discuss how to improve the communities in Bladen County with the Parks and Recreation programs. READ MORE 

New personnel, economic development plan and more for Bladenboro

The Bladenboro Town Council met on the colder than normal Monday evening, March 12, 2018 to discuss many items on the agenda. The meeting ended well after 9 p.m.

Items on the agenda included personnel items, community economic development planning, a grant proposal, Watree Park lighting, concession stand operations, and the Elm Street project. READ MORE

Commissioners approve option to purchase agreement with Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial

By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and approved an option to purchase agreement with Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial. The option to purchase agreement came about as part of a grant opportunity, according to Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess. READ MORE

BCC speaker to discuss challenges facing Native Americans

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will welcome Dr. Stanley Knick to campus on March 26, 2018, at 11 A.M. in the library (building 7) to discuss Contemporary Challenges Facing Native Americans.

Before his retirement, Dr. Knick was Research Associate Professor and Director of the Native American Resource Center at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. READ MORE


Commissioners object to waiver of court costs, fees

Meet Bladen Heath Department Nurse Practitioner Carol Butler

Sheriff’s Department addresses safety concerns at Bladen school board meeting 

29th Annual Bladen We Care Byron H. Gooden Golf Tourney and Gala dates announced

Bladen Commissioners hear about fish passage project for Cape Fear River

Bladen Community College Small Business Center offering Non-Profit Academy during March

Governor’s Office issues draft guidelines for public meetings, comment period open

Politics: Bladen County GOP to hold County meeting

Lifestyles: CSM Walker retirement ceremony conducted Fayetteville State University Open House Scheduled for March 24

Highway Patrol identifies victims involved in deadly crashes

Event: Tar Heel High alumni  to hold class reunion


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