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Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

And the rain came down … About 3 inches recorded at the local weather station between about 7:30 last evening and midnight … More rain than we have seen in several weeks/months … and welcomed…

Hope the same for all of Bladen, and nearby counties…

Rain is likely too late to do much for crops … hope I am wrong … but better late than never… READ MORE

3 Things To Know For Friday

three things to know

1. Cape Fear Masonic Lodge #300 Annual Plate Sale: Saturday, 1 p.m.-until, 702 MLK Drive, Elizabethtown.

2. Pet Vaccination Clinic: Saturday, 1-3 p.m., Elizabethtown Veterinary Hospital, 4629 US 701 South, Elizabethtown.

3. Ribbon Cutting: July 30, 7-8 p.m., Splash’s Fun Park Splash Pad, 1879 White Lake Drive, White Lake. READ MORE


This Day in History For July 19

this day in history

1849 – First women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, New York.

1957 – First rocket with a nuclear warhead fired at Yucca Flat, Nevada.

1969 – Apollo 11 goes into Moon orbit. READ MORE


Get Ready to Stomp, Sip, and Sway at the 18th Annual NC Grape Festival

A staff report

Dublin, NC – Get ready for a day filled with fun, music, and delicious flavors at the 18th Annual NC Grape Festival, hosted by Lu Mil Vineyard on October 12, 2024. The festival promises a memorable experience from 10:00am to 3:00pm. READ MORE

Celebrating a Century with Family: Lula Margaret Coatney McKoy

By: Jair McElveen

At 101 years of age, Lula Margaret Coatney Mckoy, fondly known as “Ma” to many, personifies the essence of family dedication and beloved traditions. In an interview with BladenOnline, Ma shared some information about her stunning life centered around family and family reunions, a tradition she has upheld without fail. READ MORE

How To: Successfully Changing Your Style

by Kayla Bell

Have you ever looked in the mirror and felt a disconnect between your clothes and who you are?

Maybe your style hasn’t evolved with your life, or perhaps you’re simply craving a change. READ MORE

How Technology is Transforming Self-Care Practices

by Kayla Bell

Self-care is no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity; but carving out time for relaxation and well-being can be a challenge.

Thankfully, technology is stepping in, offering a wave of innovative tools and resources that are transforming the way we approach self-care. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Another 92-plus day was recorded yesterday … at the local weather station … and no rain, locally … as of midnight, Wednesday…

The Republican convention winding down … VP candidate was speaker at last night’s event in Milwaukee.

On the Democratic side of the news … Late report indicated President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID … Not good for anyone … READ MORE


Bladen We Care Supports Dream Works’ Mental Health Mission with Grant

A staff report

In the contributed photo left to right is Katie Evans, Intern with Dream Works Counseling, Ann Warner, Bladen We Care Secretary, Mac Campbell, Jr., Bladen We Care President, Pastor Jason Williams with Dream Works, and Robert G Hester, Bladen We Care Vice President

Elizabethtown, NC—Bladen We Care has made a significant grant to Dream Works in support of its vital mental health mission. This contribution aims to bolster Dream Works’ efforts in providing essential mental health services to the community. READ MORE

New Leadership Announced for Elizabethtown Middle School


Elizabethtown, NC – Bladen County Schools is pleased to announce that Mr. Bobby Godwin will be the new principal at Elizabethtown Middle School for the 2024-2025 school year.

Mr. Godwin comes to Elizabethtown Middle with 15 years of educational experience. READ MORE

Bladenboro Rotary Club 57th Annual Awards & Recognition Banquet


On Monday, July 15th, the Bladenboro Rotary Club held their 57th Annual Awards & Recognition Banquet.  Six outstanding Seniors at West Bladen High School were honored for their excellence in academics and community service. READ MORE

Community Event: Walk for Life Hosted by The Mercy House

A staff report

Bladenboro, NC – The Mercy House is excited to announce the upcoming “Walk for Life” event, set to take place on September 7, 2024. This family-friendly event will be held at the Bladenboro Historical Building, located at 818 S Main St, Bladenboro, NC. READ MORE

Liberty Hospice Offers “Walking Through Grief”: A Free 9-Week Bereavement Support Group

A staff report

Lumberton, NC, July 17, 2024 – Liberty Hospice is offering a compassionate and supportive program called “Walking Through Grief,” a no-cost, 9-week bereavement support group designed to help individuals navigate their grief journey.

The group will meet weekly, beginning Thursday, September 5, 2024, and continuing through October 31, 2024. READ MORE

The Benefits of Outdoor Activities for Mental Health

by Kayla Bell

In our increasingly digital world, where screens dominate our attention and concrete jungles replace natural landscapes, spending time outdoors is more important than ever. While the appeal of a cozy night in with a good book or movie is undeniable, there’s a growing body of research highlighting the profound benefits of stepping outside and immersing ourselves in nature. READ MORE

10 Fun Facts of the Day: Mythical Creatures

by Kayla Bell

Mythical creatures have captured our imaginations for millennia.

From fire-breathing dragons to mischievous fairies, these fantastical beings continue to inspire artists, writers, and storytellers today. READ MORE

Coping with Summer Social Pressures

by Kayla Bell

Summer. A time for lazy days, sunshine, and carefree fun. Or is it?

For many, the season also brings a tide of social pressure, a relentless current of pool parties, barbecues, and beach trips splashed across social media. READ MORE

Road Closure Announcement: Mercer Mill Brown Marsh Road in Bladen County

A staff report

Elizabethtown, NC, July 17, 2024 – The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has announced the temporary closure of Mercer Mill Brown Marsh Road (SR 1700) for essential maintenance work.

The closure will take place starting Tuesday, July 16th at 1:30 PM and will continue through Thursday, July 18th until 5:00 PM. READ MORE

Corrected: Camp Clearwater Presents Free Family Concert Featuring 2nd Chance Ministries

A staff report

White Lake, NC – Camp Clearwater and Clearwater Chapel are excited to announce a special live music event featuring Nashville recording artists, 2nd Chance Ministries. The concert, titled “I Believe in the Resurrection,” will take place on July 27th at 8:00 PM on the Camp Clearwater Main Stage. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Yesterday’s high temp was 98 degrees … need I say more? And, no rain in the area … Still 78 degrees at midnight…

Hope all are coping well with the nearly unbearable hot weather … See folks still working outside … No doubt using caution … lots of liquids and breaks…

Nothing better than sharing an evening with a long time friend from years ago … Had that pleasure last evening … READ MORE


Community Alert: Hickory Grove Baptist Church Hosts Vital Blood Drive

A staff report

Bladenboro, NC – The American Red Cross is calling on community members to contribute to a crucial blood drive at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, located at 6414 Center Road, Bladenboro, NC 28320. This life-saving event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, 2024, from noon to 5:00 PM. READ MORE

STAR Communications Awarded CAB Grant to Supply Fiber Optics in Rural North Carolina


July 15, 2024 – Clinton, North Carolina – StarVision Inc., (dba STAR Communications), a local broadband cooperative headquartered in Clinton, North Carolina, is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a grant from the North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NCDIT) and Cumberland County from the Connecting America Broadband (CAB) initiative. This grant will fund the deployment of a fiber-optic infrastructure in rural areas of Cumberland County, North Carolina, significantly enhancing internet connectivity and access for underserved communities. READ MORE

How To: Practicing Yoga for Beginners

by Kayla Bell

Yoga. The word itself evokes images of serene individuals contorted into seemingly impossible postures.

But for many beginners, the idea of stepping onto a yoga mat can be intimidating. READ MORE

Fashion Dos or Don’ts: Mix & Match Patterns

by Kayla Bell

Patterns are a fantastic way to add personality and vibrancy to your wardrobe.

From bold florals to classic stripes, they offer endless possibilities for expressing your unique style. READ MORE

The Benefits of Daily Journaling

by Kayla Bell

In our fast-paced world, bombarded by information and external stimuli, it’s easy to lose touch with our inner selves. Daily journaling emerges as a powerful tool to reconnect, offering a multitude of benefits that extend far beyond simply chronicling daily events. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Guess I am beginning to sound like a broken record … Hot, hot, hot … High for our area yesterday … 99.1 degrees … Some areas of Bladen received rain … some little to none …

Tropics are quiet … no severe storm systems expected for the rest of the week…

MLB All-Star game tonight in Arlington, Texas … The game will be on FOX beginning at 8 p.m. … the 94th Summer Classic… READ MORE


Road Closure Notice: Mercer Mill Brown Marsh Road

A staff report

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announces a road closure on Mercer Mill Brown Marsh Road (SR 1700) .08 miles South of Gibson Dairy Road (1707), beginning Monday, July 15th at 8:00 am through Thursday, July 18th at 5:00 pm. The closure is necessary for crossline replacement. READ MORE

Bladen County Board of Commissioners Prepares for Varied Agenda

A staff report

The upcoming meeting of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners, scheduled for Monday, July 15th, promises a packed agenda covering diverse community issues and administrative matters. The session will convene at 6:30 PM in the Commissioners’ Room at the Bladen County Courthouse, located at 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown. READ MORE

Weekly Horoscope: July 15 – July 21

by Kayla Bell

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): Cancers, known for their nurturing and sensitive nature, might need to choose their words carefully this week. Before launching into an impassioned speech, consider the potential consequences. READ MORE

Word of the Day: Serendipity

by Kayla Bell

Today’s word is “serendipity,” a term that transcends mere chance encounters. It signifies the discovery of something valuable or agreeable that was not actively sought. READ MORE

Understanding Nutrition Labels & Ingredients

by Kayla Bell

Navigating the grocery aisle can be overwhelming.

With countless products and unfamiliar ingredients vying for your attention, making informed choices can feel like a challenge. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Wow … What a weekend … The Republican National Convention is being held in Milwaukee, Wisconsin over the next few days … following an action filled weekend by party supporters …

In the meantime … back on the local scene … Yesterday was another hot, hot day …official high temp … 98.8 degrees… READ MORE


Five Bible Verses and More – EVIL TRIUMPHS, BUT FOR A SHORT TIME

by Van Yandell

Psalm 21: 11-12
“For they intended evil against thee: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform. Therefore, shalt thou make them turn their back, when thou shalt make ready thine arrows upon thy strings against the face of them.” READ MORE

Movie Review: Disney and Pixar’s “Inside Out 2”

A staff report

Genre: Animated, Comedy
Release Date: Friday, June 14, 2024
Director: Kelsey Mann
Producer: Mark Nielsen
Voice Cast: Amy Poehler, Maya Hawke, Lewis Black, Phyllis Smith, Tony Hale, Liza Lapira

Disney and Pixar’s much-anticipated sequel, Inside Out 2, returns to the vibrant and imaginative mindscape of Riley, who is now a newly minted teenager. As Riley navigates the turbulent waters of adolescence, her internal “headquarters” faces an unexpected shake-up that promises to challenge the status quo and introduce new dynamics. READ MORE

Recipe of the Day: Donuts

by Kayla Bell

Who says homemade donuts require hours of prep and fancy ingredients?

Today’s recipe of the day features a delightful shortcut – Pillsbury biscuit donuts! READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Saturday was another hot day … High temp was 92 degrees … with barely a sprinkle of rain … early, early in the AM … and expectations for the next several days … More 90 degree plus day …

Must comment on the attack on former President Donald Trump late yesterday in Pennsylvania … SAD … Thankful that the former president was not harmed any more than he was … I thought President Biden’s comments were appropriate … God bless them all … READ MORE


Biden-Harris Administration Awards Major Grant to North Carolina for Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in Wilmington

USDOT awards $242 million grant for the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

RALEIGH: Today, the Biden Administration announced a transformational $242 million grant to support the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge replacement project in Wilmington. Funding for this grant gives this project an extraordinary boost toward completion and comes from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The U.S. Department of Transportation notified Congress on Friday of the impending formal announcement of the award. READ MORE

How To: Starting a Vegetable Garden

By Kayla Bell

Fresh, homegrown vegetables are a delicious and rewarding way to connect with your food. But for beginners, the idea of starting a vegetable garden can seem daunting. Fear not! With a little planning and these helpful steps, you’ll be on your way to cultivating a thriving veggie patch. READ MORE

Introduction to Sauces for Beginners

By Kayla Bell

Sauces are the unsung heroes of the kitchen. They transform simple dishes into flavor explosions, adding moisture, richness, and depth that elevate even the most basic ingredients. For beginners, venturing into the world of sauces might seem daunting. But fear not! Mastering a few basic techniques opens the door to a vast repertoire of culinary creations. READ MORE

Word of the Day: Aglet

By Kayla Bell

Every day, we interact with countless objects without giving them a second thought. One such unsung hero is the aglet, the small plastic or metal tip at the end of a shoelace. While it may seem like a trivial detail, the aglet plays a vital role in keeping our shoes securely fastened. READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines… 50 Years Ago

* The Economic Development Administration approved a $600,000 loan to Clarkton Mills to build a fabric plant in  Clarkton.

* Lem Smith of Clarkton was named to the Bladen County Board of  Education to replace the late Luther C. Clark of Clarkton.

* The Town of Elizabethtown adopted a tax rate of 90 cents per hundred.

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Great news … for all … As of midnight last night … we received just short of 1.5 inches of rainfall in a 24 hour period at the local weather reporting station … Thanks, thanks, thanks … Prayers were answered … more would be helpful and there is a possibility of more in the coming hours…

For our weekly visitors to the local lakes … hope you enjoyed your stay … and to those arriving over the next few hours … Welcome … Enjoy what we take for granted… READ MORE


16th Annual Tri-County Awards & Recognition Banquet to Celebrate Achievements in Riegelwood


The Men and Women United for Youth & Families organization is set to host its 16th Annual Tri-County Awards and Recognition Banquet on Saturday, July 27, 2024, at 4:00 PM. The event will take place at the Berline P. Graham Multipurpose Building located at East Arcadia Elementary School, 21451 NC-87, Riegelwood, NC 28456. READ MORE

26th Annual “Made in the Shade” Open Car and Truck Show

A staff report

The Classic Cruisers Car Club of Elizabethtown, NC, is gearing up for its 26th Annual “Made in the Shade” Open Car and Truck Show. This annual event will take place on Saturday, August 10, 2024, at the San Jose Restaurant located across from Walmart at 1320 W. Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC. READ MORE

Project Uplift Excellence Gala Honors Community Members

By: Jair McElveen

On July 27, 2024, the Whimsical Florist Ballroom will host the inaugural Project Uplift Excellence Black Tie Scholarship Gala, an event devoted to highlighting community leaders who do not get the acknowledgment they deserve. Leading this event Jerome Purdie, founder of the state-recognized and non-profit organization Project Uplift, prepares for a memorable night that will be full of recognition, community spirit, and charitable support. READ MORE

Masonic Lodge Upcoming Event


Elizabethtown – Cape Fear Masonic Lodge #300, PHA under the leadership of Worshipful Master Mario A. Wright presents their annual plate sale July 20, 2024, beginning at 1:00 p.m. until all resources are sold. The proceeds are to assist the Lodge with community annual affairs such as Relay for Life, back-to-school festival, assisting deceased brothers’ widows, and free plates to the communities during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade events, etc. READ MORE

White Lake Fall Swim Challenge Set for September 7, 2024

A staff report

White Lake, NC – The highly anticipated White Lake Fall Swim Challenge is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 7, 2024. This exciting event offers participants a choice of three swim distances, catering to various skill levels and preferences. READ MORE

Bladen Community College Hosts Back to School Blast for K-12 Students

A staff report

Bladen Community College is excited to announce its upcoming Back to School Blast, an event designed for all K-12 students to kick off the new school year with enthusiasm and fun. Scheduled for Saturday, August 10th, 2024, from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM, this event promises a morning filled with activities and resources to help students prepare for their return to the classroom. READ MORE