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  • 4:58 pm Bladen County business helping federal employees
  • 4:46 pm Elizabethtown murder case remains unsolved
  • 4:35 pm Health and Human Services Agency meeting needs 
  • 3:03 pm Tillis & King Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Secure Seasonal Worker Relief in Funding Agreement
  • 2:50 pm Secret about Bladen County Early College

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Bladen County business helping federal employees

With the federal government shutdown continuing with no apparent end in sight, some federal workers are becoming concerned about their lack of income and how they will continue to pay their bills. Some federal workers have taken jobs such as substitute teaching to tide them over until the shut down ends.  READ MORE




After two years, Elizabethtown Murder Case Unsolved

By Erin Smith

After more than two years, an Elizabethtown murder case involving an illegal farm worker remains unsolved. The crime happened in June 2016 and investigators say they are still following leads related to the crime.  READ MORE




Health and Human Services Agency meeting needs

By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Department of Health and Human Services has been providing for many needs in Bladen County. On Tuesday night, the Bladen County Board of Commissioners learned what many of the departments do. READ MORE




Secret about Bladen Early College 


Bladen County Early College Principal Rodney Smith and Nicole Dove, the Career and College Liaison, spoke at the Elizabethtown Rotary Club meeting Wednesday. This year the school will have their first graduating class.  READ MORE




Nicotine addiction is an epidemic

By Charlotte Smith

Bladen County Schools held a Youth and Vaping 101 Community forum this week to help educate teachers, parents and students about the rising issues with vaping. Smoking costs North Carolina $3.81 billion per year in healthcare costs, according to Travis Greer, with the NC Youth Tobacco Prevention, who led the presentation. READ MORE





Crime: Elizabethtown Police need help identifying suspect

By Erin Smith

The Elizabethtown Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect involved in the breaking and entering of the Dragonfly Coffee House on West Broad Street last week. READ MORE




FEMA to host Community Mitigation Resiliency Workshop

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will host a Community Mitigation Resiliency Workshop on Thursday, January 24, 2019, from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Bladen County Emergency Operations Center. READ MORE


Commissioners recognize employees 

By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Commissioners recognized eight County employees on Tuesday night for their years of service and honored them with a reception. The recognition took place during the Commissioners’ regular monthly meeting which was held on Tuesday night due to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. READ MORE



SoutheasternTimes.com: 3-year old Boy Missing in Craven County

By Erin Smith

A 3-year old boy is missing from Craven County. A search was conducted overnight and is expected to resume on Wednesday morning.  READ MORE



Judge refuses to certify Mark Harris as winner of District 9

By Erin Smith

A Wake County Superior Court Judge refused to certify the 9th US Congressional District race on Tuesday afternoon. Judge Paul Ridgeway said there was no basis for the court to step in and certify the results. READ MORE




Jury Selection to Begin Monday in Baldwin Murder Trial

By Erin Smith

Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday afternoon for the fourth person charged in the shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council.  READ MORE

FEMA appeals clinics offered

RALEIGH · December 19, 2018 – Pro bono attorneys will help Hurricane Florence survivors file FEMA appeals and reconsiderations at free Saturday clinics on Jan. 12 in New Bern, Feb. 9 in Wilmington and Feb. 23 in Morehead City.  READ MORE


Ag News: USDA to Reopen all FSA Offices for Most Services During Government Shutdown

All Farm Service Agency (FSA) service centers will be open beginning January 24 to provide the majority of FSA services needed by farmers and ranchers during this critical time of the year for agricultural operations. Additionally, the limited FSA loan services initially made available at certain FSA county offices beginning January 17 will continue January 22 and 23.  READ MORE

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingWeather should be improving over the next couple of days….High today in the mid 60s overnight lows upper 50s and Thursday, high should be near 67 degrees. READ MORE




Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on January 23

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature            80 degrees          1974

Lowest Temperature               7 degrees           1985

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                            1.15 inches          1954

Greatest One-Day
Snowfall                                     0.1 inches           2016

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 42 degrees

7 Day Forecast

This Day in History for January 23

This Day In History1845 – Uniform US election day for President & VP authorized.

1879 – Elva Zona Heaster is found dead in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. Resulting murder trial of her husband perhaps only case in US history where the alleged testimony of a ghost helped secure a conviction. READ MORE



Bladen County native recognized as Highly Certified Researcher

A former East Bladen High School graduate has been named to the 2018 list of Highly Certified Researchers. The list is compiled by Clarivate Analytics and features the work of researchers from around the world in 21 different fields. READ MORE

Railcar catches fire near Clarkton

By Erin Smith

Photos courtesy of Kelly and Jimmy Mize

Firefighters spent the night battling a fire on a railroad car on Monday night near Clarkton. READ MORE



Opinion: Being our best

By Jefferson Weaver

There’s a whole lot of talk these days about toxic masculinity, whatever that is.

I am of the opinion that many of today’s problems come from a lack of masculinity.  READ MORE

Prescribed burn workshop offered


On Tuesday, February 5, 2019, a prescribed fire workshop for private landowners will be held at the Bladen County Extension Office in Elizabethtown. READ MORE


Incentive package for Clarkton industry

By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Commissioners are set to consider an incentive grant for New Generation Yarn Corporation tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 22). The incentive grant will be worth and estimated $3,000 to $4,000 per year for a duration of five years, according to Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess. READ MORE

Are Bladen County teens up in smoke?

By Charlotte Smith
Back in 2017 the Alcohol Law Enforcement cautioned teachers and parents on teens using flavored vapors and THC candy. Many teens today are using vapors instead of smoking cigarettes, Israel Morrow, an assistant special agent in charge for Alcohol Law Enforcement reported a couple years ago. READ MORE


GREAT grant deadline is approaching

Raleigh, N.C. – The application period for the 2018 GREAT Grant program will close February 1 at 11:59 p.m., Eric Boyette, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology and State Chief Information Officer, said today. READ MORE

We Are All One Humanity 

By Charlotte Smith

The event, “We are all one Humanity,” focused on celebrating the continuing dream of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event was held at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church drew a large crowd after the local parade. A hot dog lunch was served before Reverend Jerrod Lowry addressed the audience. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Truck Driver Missing Since Crash Found

By Erin Smith

A search in Lenoir County for a missing Elizabethtown man has come to a sad ending. The body of a missing truck driver from Elizabethtown was recovered over the weekend from the Neuse River near Kinston.  READ MORE

Bladen County celebrates Living the Dream with a parade 

By Charlotte Smith

The 31st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade in downtown Elizabethtown celebrated Dr. King’s dream with style. There were floats, Queens, car clubs, horses, motorcycles, business and political leaders all enduring the 30 degree weather for the big event.  READ MORE


Opioid death rates inching upwards

By Erin Smith

The Office of the NC Medical Examiner has released data for the State regarding the number of Opioid-related deaths. The data reveals that opioid-related poisonings increased in North Carolina in 2017, the latest year for which data is available.  READ MORE

Blood pressure medication recalled

By Erin Smith

A nationwide recall has been issued for  Irbesartan and Irbesartan HCTZ tablets due to possible contamination by cancer-causing agents. The recall  was issued by Prinston Pharmaceutical Inc., dba Solco Healthcare, LLC who manufactures the drug.  READ MORE

SoutheasternTimes.com: United Way of Robeson County offering personal hygiene, household items

The United Way of Robeson County will be offering personal hygiene and household items at 302 North Chestnut Street  in Lumberton.  READ MORE



Bridal show draws business for vendors

The annual Bridal Show at Lu Mil Vineyard was a great success, according to Becky Packer with Lu Mil Vineyard and the vendors in attendance. Packer said there were over 70 brides registered for the event. READ MORE

Tips to Keep Water Lines from Freezing

By Erin Smith

When temperatures plunge below freezing, there comes the risk for frozen water lines, which can break leading to costly repair bills. Taking a few simple steps to prevent your pipes from freezing can stop broken water lines from occurring.  READ MORE

Boost the Boro donates $10,000 to local businesses

By Charlotte Smith

The new year has some local organizations looking at achievements made in 2018 and setting goals for 2019. Boost the Boro, Inc., a non-profit committed to improving business and revitalization in Bladenboro had a lot to celebrate. READ MORE


WECT: After battle with cancer, Lewis sworn in as senior resident superior court judge

Woodmen Life presents awards

Photo contributed by Gayle Priest.
Left to right, Archie Bordeaux, Wanda Singletary, and Marie Jackson

Thursday evening was a time of celebration for some in Bladen County. The Tar Heel Camp 1044 Woodmen Life held their annual awards night on January 17th.  READ MORE


Bladen County Historical Places

This week we will be featuring Brown Marsh Presbyterian Church which is located near Clarkton.

Brown Marsh Presbyterian Church, also known as Clarkton Presbyterian Church, is a historic Presbyterian church in Clarkton, Bladen County, North Carolina.  READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoBladen Technical College announced that they were now offering a Notary Republic class for students.

New officers for Masonic Lodge 646 of Elizabethtown were installed.  READ MORE

Weather wreaking havoc at Harmony Hall Plantation

Photos taken by Harmony Hall Plantation, Inc Volunteers
Hurricane Florence poured rain down causing mold damage at the historic Harmony Hall Plantation in White Oak. The continued rain has made recovery efforts hard.  READ MORE

West explains new ways to rescue


Nick WestIn June 2004, Elizabethtown Fire Department and Lisbon Fire Department were dispatched to a call of a man trapped in a grain silo. Seven different fire departments responded to the scene and the rescue took all day, according to reports.

Elizabethtown Fire Chief, Nick West explained to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club a new piece of equipment the department obtained to assist the trapped in rescue calls.  READ MORE

Voters removed from registered list; 5 person board

By Charlotte Smith

As of Friday, January 18, the North Carolina and Bladen County registered voters’ lists have decreased by the thousands since December 2018.

On December 29th, there were 23,338 registered voters in Bladen County and 7,139,604 registered voters in North Carolina.  READ MORE

Rainfall impacting county farms

By Erin Smith

Record rainfall has been falling in Bladen County as well as across North Carolina. For 2018, Bladen County received 64 inches of rainfall. The average amount of rainfall for Bladen County is 50 inches, according to US Climate Data.  READ MORE

Public Hearing Feb. 18 on Draft Air Permit for Chemours to Install Thermal Oxidizer

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will host a public meeting and public hearing on Monday, February 18, on a draft permit for the Chemours Company to install and operate a thermal oxidizer/scrubber system for emission control at their Fayetteville Works Facility.  READ MORE

Vote for Bladen’s Best of the Best

Our readers and fans have asked for us to hold a contest to celebrate Bladen County’s favorite people, places and services. Please cast your vote by providing the name of the person or place under each category you feel deserves the Bladen’s Best of the Best title. READ MORE



NCDA&CS accepting applications  for 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting grant applications for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Applicants have until 5 p.m. March 1 to apply. READ MORE

‘The singing patient’ hopes his music will inspire others

By Bill Schaller, Director of Communications & Marketing, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Photo courtesy UNC Media.

MG Autry of Smithfield, North Carolina, has lived a life dedicated to service. From his decorated military career spanning more than 31 years, which included deployments in Iraq and Kuwait, to creating music that provides hope for those facing serious health issues, Autry is committed to helping others.  READ MORE

Johnsonville recalls prok patty products

By Erin Smith

Johnsonville, LLC is recalling their pork patty products over concerns they may be contaminated with rubber particles. READ MORE


Former Elizabethtown Doctor, Girlfriend appear in Federal Court

By Erin Smith

Detention hearings were held for a former Elizabethtown doctor and his girlfriend this week at the federal courthouse in Wilmington. READ MORE

Boys Scouts accepts girls after name change


There will be a new platform for what has been known as Boy Scouts starting in February. Family Scouting offering iconic Boy Scouts of America programs to boys and girls was the topic of discussion presented by Boy Scout’s District Commissioner, Alex Hursey at Tuesday’s Kiwanis meeting.  READ MORE

Pork perseveres in Bladen County

By Charlotte Smith

Traveling through Bladen County this week we found this happy porker. His smile is contagious.  READ MORE



SoutheasternTimes.com: State Superintendent Mark Johnson Announces Steps to Reduce Testing for Students in North Carolina

Making good on the promise he made when he entered office, State Superintendent Mark Johnson today announced initiatives to reduce the testing currently required for students in North Carolina’s public schools. The steps come after getting feedback from parents and teachers. Recent surveys showed a high percentage feel that students are taking too many tests. These steps are in addition to changes that have already been taken over the last two years by Johnson. READ MORE

Perdue Foods recalls chicken nuggets

By Erin Smith

Perdue Foods LLC of Perry, Georgia, is recalling more than 68,244 pounds of chicken nuggets due to possible contamination.  READ MORE



North Carolina Seasonally Adjusted December Unemployment Rate At 3.6 Percent

The state’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, remaining unchanged from November’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.9 percent.  READ MORE


Bridger Memorial Library to host Game Nights

The Bridger Memorial Library will be hosting a series of Game Nights. READ MORE

Clarkton Library to host Game Nights

The Clarkton Public Library will be hosting a series of Game Nights.  READ MORE

Opinion: You Decide: How Can We Address Our Transportation Issues?

By Dr. Mike Walden

My wife retired a dozen years ago after working three decades as an elementary school teacher.  Her daily routine now involves a trip to the nearest wellness facility for exercise as well as conversation – hopefully not at the same time!  READ MORE


NC DOT announces road openings, closings

Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road closings and openings due to repairs.  READ MORE


Bladen Lakes State Forest conducts prescribed burns

In the last month, smoke has been seen and smelled because of prescribed burns at Bladen Lakes State Forest and other areas across the state.

In Bladen County, more than 1,100 acres of forestland has been treated with prescribed burning on state and private lands since the beginning of January, with over 650 acres on Bladen Lakes State Forest alone, according to the N.C. Forest Service. READ MORE

Ospreys in the air

By Erin Smith

The sound of Ospreys could be heard overhead in Elizabethtown this week. READ MORE


Celebrating 5 years and counting for rescue work

Rescue work is not for the faint of heart. One non-profit is celebrating 5 years of success.

“October 2013 marked the date we went from being a backyard bird barn to a full- scale sanctuary,” Ces Erdman founder of Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary said. READ MORE


BCC honors MLK with Celebration


The public is invited to join faculty, staff and students to honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a celebration held in Bladen Community College’s  auditorium on Thursday, Jan. 24th, at 11 a.m.   READ MORE

Famous Boxer to help celebrate holiday

Arthur Bullock, Bladen County Commissioner and organizer of the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr Parade made an exciting announcement. READ MORE


Ribbon cutting for Bladen Express Lube and Tire in Elizabethtown

By Erin Smith

A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday morning at Bladen Express Lube and Tire in Elizabethtown. READ MORE


Blighted properties a concern

By Erin Smith

When one drives through Bladen County you notice farm fields, wooded areas and the occasional blighted property. READ MORE


Beyond the treeline

By Jefferson Weaver

Since last fall’s hurricane, I have fallen into the habit of taking a walk or two a day. READ MORE



School Bus Driver Classroom Training


A training session has been scheduled for all non-certified staff which began employment as of July 1, 2005, and has not taken the training class. READ MORE

Video Sweepstakes opens on US 701 South

By Erin Smith

A sweepstakes establishment has opened it doors on US 701 South in the former location of Woodies Grill. READ MORE


Church: Rev. Lowry to address MLK gathering

By Erin Smith

Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church will mark the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21, with a presentation followed by a light lunch in the PAC Building immediately following the parade.  READ MORE


Beware of Publisher’s Clearing House Scam

By Erin Smith

Some Bladen County residents have recently reported being contacted by someone calling from a Jamaican telephone number posing as a Publisher’s Clearing House representative.  READ MORE


Kuraray announces major investment in Bladen County

By Erin Smith

Kuraray America, Inc. announced late Wednesday afternoon they are planning to invest $20 million at the Fayetteville Works site in Bladen County.  READ MORE

Ag News: USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Limited Services During Government Shutdown

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers.  READ MORE

Furniture donation assists families in recovering

By Erin Smith

On Wednesday, four Bladen County families who suffered damages from Hurricane Florence received assistance in the form of new furniture to fill their homes. Men and Women United for Youth and Families teamed up with Designing Station to assist the families who had lost their furniture as a result of the storm.  READ MORE