• 5:59 pm Bladenboro officials work to drain swamp, pursue nuisance violators and repair damages
  • 5:48 pm NC Junior Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament
  • 5:45 pm Columbus County shooting results in homicide
  • 5:24 pm Two mayors and one commissioner file for upcoming elections
  • 1:28 pm Blood drive to be held tomorrow in Clarkton

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Two mayors and one commissioner file for upcoming elections 

Monday has been a scorcher with temperatures rising into the high 90’s. However, the hot weather did not deter a few from making their way to the elections office. READ MORE



Bladenboro officials work to drain swamp, pursue nuisance violators and repair damages

By Charlotte Smith

The Town of Bladenboro Board of Commissioners met on Monday, July 8th at Town Hall to discuss several items of business. Since the meeting, progress has been made in the Bryant Swamp Canal Clearing Project, the Ordinance has been updated and facilities are receiving repairs. READ MORE

Blood drive to be held tomorrow in Clarkton

BladenOnline.com is partnering with Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, LLC and Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center to hold a blood drive tomorrow, Tuesday, July 16  from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. due to the blood shortage in our area. The two businesses located in Clarkton are working together to help save lives.

There will be give-aways and a chance to win a free Google Home Mini for all people who come out to donated. READ MORE

SoutheasternTimes: Columbus County Shooting results in homicide

Clarendon, NC – On July 12, 2019, at approximately 11:40 am Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Deputies were dispatched to the 2100 block of Walter Todd Road in Clarendon in reference to shots fired. Upon arrival, deputies located Timothy Tyrone Riggins, 31, deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.  CCSO Deputies quickly secured the scene.  CCSO Investigators arrived shortly after to interview witnesses and to conduct an extensive crime scene investigation. READ MORE

Champion’s booklet to help support Dixie Youth 

The Elizabethtown Dixie Youth are the NC DYB State AAA (Minors) Tournament Champions! The championship victory secured a berth for the Elizabethtown team in the Dixie Youth World Series in Ruston, Louisiana that begins with opening ceremonies Aug. 2. Elizabethtown will play the Alabama state champion on Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. Central Time. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving for July 15

Thoughts While ShavingBy Robert G. Hester

If you have been praying for hot weather, maybe you need to take a break. Forecast for the next week or so expected to be in the mid 90s, with triple digit heat values. One bright spot, a slight chance of rain, like 20% daily. READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County on July 15

Highest Temperature            98 degrees          1962

Lowest Temperature             60 degrees          1984

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                          3.03 inches           1959

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 94 degrees


This Day in History for July 15

This Day In History1870 – Georgia becomes last confederate state to be readmitted to US.

1916 – 22.22″ of rain falls in Altapass, NC (state record)

2002 – “American Taliban” John Walker Lindh pleads guilty to supplying aid to the enemy and to possession of explosives during the commission of a felony. READ MORE

North Carolina Byways

The N.C. Department of Transportation has designated 60 scenic byways to give visitors and residents a chance to experience a bit of North Carolina history, geography and breathtaking scenery while raising awareness for the protection and preservation of these treasures. READ MORE

Clarkton High School Graduate Is Dermatology Physician Assistant

Crystal C. Edwards is a Physician Assistant (PA) – General practicing in Lumberton, NC . She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants Society of Dermatology. READ MORE


Elizabethtown Dixie Youth advances to World Series

DUNN – Elizabethtown swept both games of a doubleheader from Stanley on Friday by identical 6-4 scores to win the Dixie Youth Baseball AAA (Minors) State Tournament.

The championship victory secured a berth for the Elizabethtown team in the Dixie Youth World Series in Ruston, Louisiana that begins with opening ceremonies Aug. 2. Elizabethtown will play the Alabama state champion on Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. Central Time. READ MORE

Verizon representatives speak with NC House Representative on poor service experiences

On Wednesday, July 10th, District 46 Republican House Representative Brenden Jones announced he had a meeting with a Verizon Wireless executive in Raleigh. Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless telecommunications provider in the United States, according to reports. READ MORE


Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoThe White Oak High School class of 1934 was having a 50 year class reunion.

Officials of White Lake reported a drowning. READ MORE

We are honored to have our heritage!

White Lake mayor, 2 East Arcadia commissioners file for re-election

Lawyer Goldston Womble Jr. will seek another term as White Lake mayor and East Arcadia commissioners Carlee Carter and Horace Munn filed for re-election Friday, according to the Bladen County Board of Elections.

Fourteen candidates filed during the first week. Filing ends Friday, July 19 at noon, according to the Elections office. The filing fee is $5. READ MORE


In case you missed it…

Cool Heat kicks off the Summer Sounds in Elizabethtown

The Summer Sounds Concert Series got off to a hot start on Thursday evening with temperatures in the mid-90s, but the crowd didn’t seem to notice as they danced into the evening to the sounds the Cool Heat band. The concert series in Elizabethtown is presented by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley Hospital. READ MORE


Reward raised; FBI puts Abby Lynn Patterson on Most Wanted list for missing persons

Abby Lynn Patterson has been missing from Lumberton since 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 5, 2017. In September of the same year a reward was offered for her safe return.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation now features a downloadable poster of Miss Patterson on their FBI Most Wanted list for kidnapped/missing persons list. READ MORE


Dad kills daughter, son, himself and wounds another

By Charlotte Smith

An Elizabethtown resident and mother was murdered by her father’s own hands this week. Jada Swindell, 21, texted, “He’s killing us,” to her mother on Monday as her father was stabbing her to death, according her sister’s report. READ MORE


Flowers Foods Recalls Burger and Hot Dog Buns For Foreign Material

Flowers Foods is recalling hot dog and hamburger buns and other bakery products because they may contain foreign material, more specifically pieces of plastic. These hard plastic bits may pose a choking hazard. No reports of injury or adverse reactions have been reported to date in connection with this recall. The company initiated the recall after finding the plastic in production equipment. READ MORE

Nathan Dowless Named Emergency Services Director

Nathan Dowless has been named Bladen County Emergency Services Director. He will begin his new duties on July 15.

As Emergency Services Director, Dowless is responsible for overseeing the functions of Emergency Management, Emergency Medical Services, Geographic Information Systems/E-911 Addressing, as well as Planning, Building Inspections, and the Fire Marshal’s Office. READ MORE

Look out for Spotted Lanternfly this summer

RALEIGH ­ The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Plant Industry Division is asking travelers to several northeastern states to take precautions against the spread of the highly destructive Spotted Lanternfly this summer.

North Carolina has no reports of the invasive pest. Spotted Lanternfly is an invasive planthopper native to China. READ MORE

Farm Service Agency County Committee Nominations Being Accepted

USDAWASHINGTON – USDA’s Farm Service Agency is accepting nominations for county committee members through Aug. 1. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as a candidate.

The Bladen County Farm Service Agency is located at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. READ MORE

Pembroke multi-specialty clinic adds general surgeon

General Surgeon Dr. DuBose Medlock Jr. will begin treating patients at Southeastern Multi-Specialty and Urgent Care Pembroke on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noon beginning Aug. 6, Southeastern Health announced Wednesday.

Dr. Medlock earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1986. READ MORE

‘Understanding White Lake’ Workshop Has Standing Room Only Crowd

By Joy Warren

The first in a series of educational workshops titled “Understanding White Lake” was held Tuesday afternoon at White Lake Town Hall. Citizens and property owners filled the room to hear Dr. Diane Lauritsen (pictured), PhD with LIMENOSCIENC, give an overview of White Lake and the data that has been compiled over the last year. READ MORE

Bladen Community College to Register Students for 2019 Fall Semester

Bladen Community College will welcome new and returning students to campus as the fall semester registration begins next week. Counselors and faculty advisors will be on hand to assist students in registering for classes and obtaining information for a successful community college experience. READ MORE

Wooten named principal at East Arcadia Elementary

Bladen County Schools announced the appointment of Ursula Wooten as the new principal of East Arcadia Elementary School effective July 1. READ MORE



Update on Road Closings in Bladen County; Reminder-Elwell Ferry is open

Road ClosingThe North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Bladen County’s upcoming road closings according to Faye M. Boyne, Administrative Specialist I, Division of Highways with NCDOT. Also, as a reminder, the Elwell Ferry is back open.  READ MORE

Town of White Lake Regulates Use of Multi-Use Path

By Joy Warren

During the regular session of the Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners meeting Tuedsay night, an ordinance was approved to regulate the use of self-propelled vehicles such as golf carts, four wheel utility vehicles, mopeds or electric bicycles on the multi-use path. READ MORE


Spring Lake man sentenced for Bladenboro Family Dollar armed robbery

Rakeem Sincere Douglas of Spring Lake entered guilty pleas Monday afternoon in Bladen County Superior Court for an armed robbery of the Family Dollar store in Bladenboro in 2017. READ MORE


Community Announcements, Upcoming events and fundraisers

Bladen County Board of Elections to conduct educational seminar on  voter ID requirement and election administration

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bladen County Board of Elections will hold an educational seminar about voter photo identification requirements and general election administration at 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 18 th 2019, at Bladen Community College Auditorium 7418 NC Hwy 41W, Dublin, NC 28332. READ MORE

Ribbon Cutting for new Bladen County Schools Read & Feed program

Bladen County Commissioner, Arthur A. Bullock announced a ceremony to help kick off a new program in the area to feed and educate local children. The new Read and Feed Summer Feeding Van sponsored by Smithfield Foundation, Inc will hold a Ribbon Cutting on July 16 from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Bladen County Board of Education.  READ MORE

Dementia Friends NC plans informational session July 26

Dementia Friends of North Carolina has scheduled a one-hour informational session on Friday, July 26 ath the Bladen County Division of Aging & Senior Center on McLeod Street in Elizabethtown.

The session, which will begin at 2 p.m., will teach participants what dementia is, what it’s like to live with the disease and tip for communicating with people who have dementia. READ MORE

Bladen County DHHS collecting school supplies

The Bladen County Department of Health and Human Services is collecting school supplies through Friday, July 19 for students who are living with their grandparents and may need extra help for the upcomig school year.

Donations are being accepted between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays at: READ MORE

Free Grief Workshop Focuses on Supporting Those Who Have Lost a Loved One

 Elizabethtown, NC – Lower Cape Fear Hospice is offering 90-minute “Navigating Grief” workshops in Elizabethtown on the second Tuesday of each month.

Each workshop focuses on a specific aspect of grief and the grieving process. Upcoming topics include: Supporting a Griever on Aug. 13, Grief in the Workplace on Sept. 10, Healthy Coping in Grief on Oct. 8, Hope for the Holidays on Nov. 12, and Hope for the Holidays on Dec. 10.  READ MORE

Bladen County Task Force holds Community Forums

Bladen County Commissioners and Citizens continue their concern for the Opioid, Alcohol and Other Substance Abuse Issue in Bladen County.  

The Opioid, alcohol, and other substance abuse issue continue to take a dramatic toll on the residents and families of Bladen County. Because of this continued concern, the county requested assistance from the Kate B. Reynolds Foundation to conduct a county-wide needs assessment in order to develop a strategic action plan. READ MORE 

ForestHer Workshops Engage Women in Woodland Stewardship

RALEIGH – Women landowners and natural resource professionals interested in learning more about management and conservation of private lands are invited to attend one of three ForestHer NC workshops, which will be held across the state in August. READ MORE