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NEWS FOR MONDAY, AUGUST 20
New Application Center Opens in Bladen County to Help North Carolinians Recover from Hurricane Matthew
RALEIGH: An eighth Hurricane Matthew Housing Recovery Application Center opens today in Bladen County to provide assistance to Hurricane Matthew survivors in the surrounding area. This additional application center joins seven existing centers located in Bertie, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Lenoir, Robeson and Wayne counties. READ MORE
DEQ plans Public information Session to Discuss GenX
RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will host a public information session on Thursday, August 30, 2018. The session will include updates on the state’s ongoing activities related to the GenX investigation that originated at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility. READ MORE
Bladen County Board of Commissioners to meet
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight (Monday, August 20) at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the basement of the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown. READ MORE
Back to School with supplies
Bladen County students and their caregivers had a chance to grab some free school supplies, hair cuts and more this weekend. Local churches, non-profits and businesses all worked together to help Bladen County students start off the new year well supplies.
There were 1500 book bags given away between the two events. READ MORE
Bladen County Dementia Workshop set
Melanie Bunn who is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and a Dementia Training Specialist, from Dementia Alliance of North Carolina, will be presenting on “What Happenings Next?” at the Bladen County Community Dementia Workshop on Wednesday, August 29th. READ MORE
Darius Spillman named Editor
BladenOnline.com is dedicated to bringing Bladen and surrounding counties the latest in news, sports, advertising and more. Our Founder, Robert Hester, reminds us often, “the best is yet to come.”
As a team BladenOnline.com is dedicated to bringing our readers the best we have to offer. READ MORE
Sports: Tar Heel’s 1963 Baseball Team Were State Runners-up
In 1963 the Tar Heel High School baseball team came very close to winning the Class 1A State Championship. Several members of that team met recently for breakfast at Dowless’ Restaurant in Dublin to tell the story of that team.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association did not hold baseball state championships in any classification in 1961 and 1962, so it was a surprise to the Tar Heel team when Coach Wilma Hughes told them on the last day of school in 1963 that they had baseball practice that afternoon. READ MORE
Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving
The PGA golf tournament in Greensboro last week was exciting, so much on the line for so many. Yesterday’s winner was Brandt Snedeker. READ MORE
This Day in History – August 20
1781 – George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis.
1865 – President Andrew Johnson proclaims an end to “insurrection” in Texas.
1896 – Dial telephone patented.
1908 – American’s Great White Fleet arrives in Sydney, Australia, to be greeted with a tremendous welcome; 221 American sailors desert to remain in Australia. READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on August 20
Highest Temperature 98 degrees 2007
Lowest Temperature 59 degrees 1998
Precipitation 2.99 inches 1981
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 91 degrees.
NEWS FOR SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
Peace in the Storm
Photos contributed by Rob Fletcher
Camp Clearwater Chapel last weekend. VIEW MORE
This Day in History – August 19
1812 – US warship Constitution defeats British warship Guerriere.
1849 – NY Herald reports gold discovery in California.
1911 – NY Giant Christy Mathewson loses after beating Reds 22 straight times.READ MORE
Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago
The White Lake Airport closed after many years of operation.
The Bladen County Dixie Youth team won the state championship.
READ MORE NEWS FOR SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
Hot Rod Grill new eatery at White Lake
By Charlotte Smith
The big foot shadow sign on your way into White Lake may your grab attention, but the Hot Rod Grill has more than the unique sign at their business. A mother-daughter duo started the local eatery back in April of this year. READ MORE
SPORTS: Desmond Bryant 7th annual football camp
Desmond Bryant hosted a free football camp at East Bladen High School on Saturday, August 18, for youth ages 6 to 18. VIEW MORESoutheasternTimes: National Transportation Awards and NCDMV Improvements
RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured inNCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast.
National Transportation Awards
A national transportation organization has recognized two NCDOT projects for spurring economic activity while improving safety and mobility. READ MORE
Hog industry lawsuits ripple effect
By Charlotte Smith
Significant news today has been announced involving the recent hog industry lawsuit trails. When the verdict came back awarding plaintiffs multi-millions of dollars in the nuisance lawsuits Smithfield made their first request for appeal in April.
Three months later Smithfield has been granted their appeal. READ MORE
Grape Escape Cycling Event Is Planned for Elizabethtown
By Erin Smith
The town of Elizabethtown is gearing up to welcome cycling enthusiasts, for the inaugural Grape Escape Metric Half Century and Metric Century cycling event, planned for Sunday, August 26th. Registration begins at 11 AM at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery and costs $45 to enter. The ride begins at 1 PM. READ MORE
Small Business Incubator Project Nearing Completion
By Erin Smith
A new small business incubator in downtown Elizabethtown is entering the final stages of construction after more than two years of setbacks. READ MORE
Ag News: NCDA&CS declares sweet potato weevil quarantine for Berkeley and Jasper counties in South Carolina
RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has established Berkeley and Jasper counties in South Carolina as quarantine areas for the sweet potato weevil after the highly destructive pest was trapped on wild morning glory by South Carolina regulatory officials. The quarantine is effective immediately. READ MORE
Crime: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations Eye Raleigh for Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force
RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced today that his Office is “proud to partner with Homeland Security Investigations and other top-tier law enforcement agencies to pursue benefit fraud investigations and prosecutions. Immigration fraud is a significant national problem, and we need to address it with all available resources.” READ MORE
Bladenboro Town Board Discusses Future Poultry Processing
By Erin Smith
The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday and discussed the possibility of another poultry processing company locating at the Bladenboro Industrial Park.
Town Administrator, John O’Daniel, said the company, which was not named, has requested the town to review its sewer capacity to see if it will support another industry being added. READ MORE
SoutheasternTimes.com: North Carolina’s July Employment Figures Released
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from June’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.9 percent. READ MORE
Opinion: You Decide: How Does North Carolina Compare on Incentives?
By Dr. Mike Walden
The use of financial incentives to attract new businesses is a controversial topic in most states, including North Carolina. The debates might get more heated with the prospects of Apple and/or Amazon coming to our state. READ MORE
SoutheasternTimes.com: Justice Department, DEA Propose Significant Opioid Manufacturing Reduction in 2019
WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have proposed a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year. Consistent with President Trump’s “Safe Prescribing Plan” that seeks to “cut nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years,” the proposal decreases manufacturing quotas for the most six frequently misused opioids for 2019 by an average ten percent as compared to the 2018 amount. READ MORE
Fantastic Shakers draw a crowd
By Erin Smith
The Fantastic Shakers drew a crowd for the final concert of the Sunset Jams “Alive After Five” Concert series of the summer. The concert series is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health. READ MORE
Bladen County Schools to conduct Open House
Bladen County Schools will have Open House on Thursday, August 23, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Check the schedule below for Open House times for your child’s school.
The Open House times are as follows: READ MORE
NEWS FOR THURSDAY, AUGUST 16
Ribbon cutting held for Bladenboro business
By Erin Smith
A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday morning at Down East Pest Control in Bladenboro. The well attended event included a barbecue lunch and free cups, fly swatters and other items. READ MORE