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June is Outdoor Recreation Month, and people are encouraged to explore their local outdoor spaces and trails for scenic beauty and health benefits. Elizabethtown residents don’t have to travel too far to find several easy, family-oriented trails in their piece of Mother Nature’s Playground. READ MORE

Bladen County School Nutrition’s Summer Feeding Program Updates

A staff report

Bladen County School Nutrition continues to roll out its Summer Feeding Program, ensuring children have access to essential nutrition during the summer break. Scheduled from June 10th to August 8th, this initiative offers vital meals at several key locations and through mobile routes. READ MORE

VBS At Baldwin Branch MBC

Elizabethtown – Vacation Bible School will be held on “da Branch” campus Monday, June 24th through Friday, June 28th, daily from 6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin, Pastor, will have a special class for men.  READ MORE

Step into Healthcare: Explore BCC’s Comprehensive Medical Office Program

A staff report

Dublin, NC — In a significant enhancement to its educational offerings, Bladen Community College is proud to highlight its Medical Office Program, meticulously designed to prepare students for vital roles in healthcare administration. This program focuses on equipping students with the necessary skills for a successful career in various medical office settings, affirming the college’s commitment to the evolving healthcare industry needs. READ MORE

Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Thursday, July 4 – Independence Day

A staff report

In observance of Independence Day, Bladen County’s solid waste services will maintain regular hours at all convenience sites from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. Please note, the Transfer Station will be closed on July 4th and will resume normal operations on Friday, July 5th. READ MORE

How To: Getting Out of a Slump

by Kayla Bell

We’ve all felt it before; that feeling of being stuck in a rut, devoid of motivation and enthusiasm. Whether it’s work, hobbies, or even your social life, slumps can leave you feeling stagnant and uninspired. READ MORE

Town of Elizabethtown Seeks Sponsors for Inaugural Smithfield Cup BBQ Festival

A staff report

Elizabethtown, N.C. – June 19, 2024 – The Town of Elizabethtown is excited to announce the inaugural Smithfield Cup, a thrilling BBQ festival set to take place on Sunday, October 13th, in historic Elizabethtown. This event promises to be a showdown of BBQ supremacy, featuring pitmaster teams from North Carolina and South Carolina. READ MORE

10 Fun Facts of the Day: Fact or Fiction

by Kayla Bell
The line between reality and imagination can be surprisingly blurry. Many beloved fictional characters and stories were sparked by real-life events, people, or even places. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Yesterday’s high temp was 90 degrees … Hot weather, and more is on the way…

Remember the cold days of winter … and we were looking forward to summer and higher temps … Here we are…

Today is Juneteenth … Banks and the US Post Office will be closed today … Back to normal Thursday… READ MORE

3 Things To Know For Wednesday

three things to know

1. Children’s Paint Class: Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m., Bladen County Public Library, 111 North Cypress Street, Elizabethtown.

2. Clarkton Lions Club Pancake Breakfast: Saturday, 8-11 a.m., Clarkton Entertainment Center, 11289 North College Street.

3. Vacation Bible School: Saturday-June 26, Hickory Grove Baptist Church, 6414 Center Road, Bladenboro. READ MORE


This Day in History For June 19

this day in history

1865 – Union General Gordon Granger declares slaves are free in Texas which is now recognized as the date slavery ended and is celebrated as Juneteenth.

1910 – Father’s Day celebrated for the first time at the YMCA in Spokane, Washington.

2006 – Stanley Cup Final, PNC Arena, Raleigh, NC: Carolina Hurricanes beat Edmonton Oilers 3-1 for a 4-3 series victory and their first championship. READ MORE


Recreational fishing license fees to increase July 1


MOREHEAD CITY – Coastal Recreational Fishing License fees will increase July 1.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission (WRC), which administers the recreational fishing license sales system for the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) announced last week that it will increase hunting, fishing, trapping and activity licenses, permits, stamps and certifications. READ MORE

Lumbee Indian Tribe to be Featured on N.C. Highway Historical Marker

Image Courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources


RALEIGH, N.C. — An American Indian tribe linked to settlements in southeastern North Carolina soon will be recognized with a North Carolina Highway Historical Marker. The marker commemorating the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will be dedicated during a ceremony July 1, 2024, at 3:00 p.m., at the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina Headquarters (6984 NC 711 West, Pembroke, N.C.) READ MORE

10 Fun Facts of the Day: The Amazon Rainforest

by Kayla Bell

The Amazon rainforest is like the coolest place on Earth (well, maybe not temperature-wise, but you get the idea).

It’s this massive jungle teeming with life, from creepy crawlies to creatures you won’t believe exist. READ MORE

Bladen County 4-H’ers Shine at District Activity Day

A staff report

Photos courtesy of Bladen County 4-H social media.

A special congratulations goes out to Bladen County 4-H’ers who participated in the District Activity Day last Friday! The young participants showcased remarkable dedication and hard work in their presentations, earning well-deserved recognition and awards. READ MORE

How To: Learning a New Language

by Kayla Bell

Have you ever dreamed of strolling down the Riviera conversing with the locals in French, or haggling for the perfect piñata in a Mexican market using your newfound Spanish skills?

Maybe you simply want to connect with friends and family who speak another language. READ MORE

NCDMV Already Preparing for Next School Year, Training Bus Drivers

Goodwin emphasizes modernized testing platforms


RALEIGH – As students, parents, teachers, and administrators wrap up the end of one school year, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is already focused on making sure school districts have the bus drivers they’ll need when the next school year starts again in the fall. Speaking today at the N.C. Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) School Bus Driver Roadeo, Commissioner Wayne Goodwin highlighted NCDMV’s role in the training of school bus drivers. READ MORE

How to: Making Pottery at Home

by Kayla Bell

Have you ever been captivated by the calming rhythm of a potter’s wheel, or admired the simple elegance of a hand-crafted mug?

Well, the magic of pottery isn’t limited to professional studios. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

If you enjoy hot weather … You are in for a treat … Maybe I should say, the celebration continues … Yesterday’s high temp, locally, was 91 degrees … and we can expect more of the same for the next several days…

For the record … Thursday, June 20th is the 1st day of summer … also the date for the annual Bladen We Care Golf Tournament fundraiser at River Landing, Wallace, NC. Hopefully, the best ever … all for a good cause… READ MORE


Sayaun Dent Memorial Foundation Celebrates First Red Carpet Awards Banquet

A staff report

Photos by: https://www.kenarmphoto.com/

The Sayaun Dent Memorial Foundation successfully held its first red carpet awards banquet, a significant event celebrating the achievements and legacy of Sayaun Dent. The banquet, held on Saturday, June 15th at the Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery in Elizabethtown, was a momentous occasion honoring outstanding individuals in the fields of academics and athletics. READ MORE

Bladen County Animal Shelter Highlights Urgent Need for Adoptions

A staff report

The Bladen County Animal Shelter is spotlighting three special animals in urgent need of loving homes this week. These animals include two female husky mixes, Yukon and Tahoe, and a very pregnant cat named Tammy. READ MORE

Weather Briefing: Dry Conditions and Rip Current Risks for the Week Ahead

A staff report

The National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC, has released a routine weather briefing for the period of Monday, June 17, 2024, through Friday, June 21, 2024.

Here’s what you need to know: READ MORE

Bladen County Schools Announce the Tar Heel School Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

A staff report

Bladen County Schools is thrilled to invite you to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the brand-new Tar Heel School!

This special event marks a significant milestone in the community and will be held on June 21 at the new school campus. READ MORE

How Creative Hobbies Can Enhance Your Well-Being

by Kayla Bell

Feeling stuck in a rut?

Longing to add a spark of excitement to your day?

Look no further than the transformative power of creative hobbies! READ MORE

Weekly Horoscope: June 17 – June 23

by Kayla Bell

Cancer (June 21 – July 22): 

The Sun’s harmonious ingress into Cancer on June 20th marks the beginning of your birthday season. This is an auspicious time for domestic bliss and reconnecting with loved ones. READ MORE

Update: Bladen County Commissioners Meeting:

Update: Bladen County Commissioners Meeting: June 24, 2024. (When first published we had the date incorrect.)

Bladen County Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown.  READ MORE


Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Hot weather appears to have settled in for a while in our area … Sunny, today (Monday), with a high near 92 …

It’s Official … 2023 was the world’s warmest year on record … (1850-2023)

Anyone else watch the US Open played at Pinehurst?
Winner by a stroke was Bryson DeChambeau … -6 strokes … top prize … $4,300,000. READ MORE


Five Bible Verses and More – THE DEATH OF NATIONS

By Van Yandell

Leviticus 5: 17: If a person sins and does what is forbidden in any of the LORD’s commands, even though he does not know it, he is guilty and will be held responsible.

Throughout history great empires have come and gone. READ MORE

Movie Review: Top 5 Movies to Watch This Father’s Day June 16, 2024

A staff report

June 16, 2024 – Happy Father’s Day! What better way to celebrate than by sitting down with your dad and enjoying some quality films together? Whether you’re looking for heartwarming classics or thought-provoking dramas, here are five movies that are sure to make this Father’s Day special: READ MORE

Recipe of the Day: Pancit

by Kayla Bell

Pancit, a beloved noodle dish in Filipino cuisine, offers a vibrant tapestry of flavors and textures. From stir-fried variations to noodle soups, pancit encompasses a delightful range of regional specialties, each boasting its unique characteristics. READ MORE

The Many Faces of Fatherhood


In the garden of life, where love abides,
Stand fathers of many, in different strides.
Each one unique, with a role to play,
Guiding their children, in their own way. READ MORE

First Baptist Church Donates Canned Goods to Local Organizations


Bladenboro, NC – June 2024 – The First Baptist Church body and friends have demonstrated their commitment to community service through a generous donation of canned goods earlier this month. These donations were made to East Bladen High School and Carolina Crossroads, two local organizations dedicated to supporting those in need in the area. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Happy Fathers Day to all fathers … Saw a post by one of my female siblings … Wishing me and my brothers a Happy Father’s Day … Thanks … not surprised … Mom told us to love one another…

95 degrees was the high temp for our area yesterday … and 90-plus degree days is the forecast for the next week or so… READ MORE


Promising Future for Booker T. Washington Facility with Bladen Community College Collaboration

By Charlotte Smith

Bladen Community College’s (BCC) is set to acquire the Booker T. Washington School Property located in Clarkton, NC. President of BCC, Dr. Amanda Lee, presented an in-depth review of the proposed acquisition to the Bladen County Board of County Commissioners and the Board of Education, highlighting the potential for expanded curriculum and enrollment opportunities. READ MORE

Exploring Real Estate Opportunities and Tranquil Retreats in Bladen County, NC

Staff Report

Nestled in the picturesque Cape Fear region, Bladen County, North Carolina, beckons with its tranquil landscapes and vibrant community spirit. Whether you’re a prospective property investor or simply seeking a peaceful escape, Bladen County’s real estate market and diverse lodging options cater to every taste and need. Here’s your curated guide to navigating the rich tapestry of Bladen County’s real estate offerings and uncovering delightful places to rest your weary soul. READ MORE

NCDMV Already Preparing for Next School Year, Training Bus Drivers

Goodwin emphasizes modernized testing platforms

RALEIGH – As students, parents, teachers, and administrators wrap up the end of one school year, the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is already focused on making sure school districts have the bus drivers they’ll need when the next school year starts again in the fall. READ MORE

10 Fun Facts of the Day: Art

By Kayla Bell

The art world is a labyrinth brimming with captivating stories, hidden details, and artistic triumphs. So, grab your metaphorical beret and prepare to embark on a journey through ten fascinating facts guaranteed to ignite your inner art enthusiast: READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines… 50 Years Ago

*Oliver Gause joined the Elizabethtown Police Force.

*12 million pounds of Bladen tobacco was designated. That was 83% of Bladen’s tobacco quota.

*Elizabethtown Kiwanis scholarships went to Daniel Lane Gooden, Beth Absher and Karen Priest

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Facts related to our weather … Average high temperature is increasing, hurricane season is fast approaching … and very little we can do about either … Just prepare and adapt…

I enjoyed watching some of the U.S. Open … I have attended a couple over the years … Hot, hot and hotter … And very few spots to get relief … Scoring, about as expected … Upper 60s to very high… READ MORE


Updated: PRBLA Celebrates 11th Corps Cadets Commencement Ceremony for Class of 2024

Paul Brown Leadership AcademyA staff report

Photos by kenarmphoto.com

Last week, the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy (PRBLA) commemorated a significant milestone by holding its 11th Corps Cadets Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2024. The ceremony at Bladen Community College was a moment of pride and achievement for the academy and its graduating cadets. READ MORE

Sweet Treats and Summer Essentials at Clearwater Gifts & Essentials!

by Kayla Bell

Attention Camp Clearwater visitors! Craving a refreshing treat after a day of fun in the sun? Look no further than Clearwater Gifts & Essentials! They’re thrilled to announce a partnership with Burney’s Sweets & More, bringing a delightful selection of treats directly to their store. READ MORE

Updated: Paul R Brown Leadership Academy Celebrates Inaugural Graduation Ceremony for Online Learners

Paul Brown Leadership AcademyA staff report

Photos by kenarmphoto.com

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy (PRBLA) marked a significant milestone by holding its very first graduation ceremony for students who completed their high school work as online learners. The ceremony, a testament to dedication and innovation in education, took place at Bladen Community College on Saturday, June 8, 2024.  READ MORE

Town of Elizabethtown Announces Special Called Meeting with Wide-Ranging Agenda

A staff report

Elizabethtown, NC – On Monday, June 24, 2024, according to Mayor, Sylvia Campbell, the Town of Elizabethtown Town Council will convene for a Special Called Meeting at 12 o’clock noon. The meeting will be held at the Elizabethtown Municipal Building located at 805 W. Broad Street. READ MORE

The Tams to Perform Live at The Grand Regal Resort

A staff report

Elizabethtown, NC – The Grand Regal Resort is excited to announce a special live performance by the legendary group, The Tams, at the Goldston’s Beach Pavilion Courtyard. The event is set for tomorrow, Saturday, June 15, at 8:00 PM. READ MORE

DIY Father’s Day Gifts

by Kayla Bell

Father’s Day is a time to celebrate the dads, grandpas, and father figures in our lives.

The official date for Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 16, 2024. READ MORE

Summer Camps at BCC

by Kayla Bell

Bladen Community College (BCC) isn’t just about traditional semesters. Every summer, the college transforms into a hive of activity with its diverse summer camp programs designed to spark curiosity and ignite young minds. READ MORE

Epic Concert Event at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery on August 30th


Featuring Headliners Confederate Railroad and The Kentucky Headhunters, with Special Opener Dirty Grass Soul

Elizabethtown, NC – June 13, 2024 – Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery, in partnership with Campbell Oil Company and Minuteman Food Mart, is thrilled to announce an unforgettable concert event on August 30th, 2024. The evening will feature legendary performances by headliners Confederate Railroad and The Kentucky Headhunters, with a special opening act by Dirty Grass Soul. READ MORE

Skincare Finds At Walmart

by Kayla Bell

Maintaining a healthy skincare routine needn’t necessitate a significant financial investment.

By leveraging the selection at Walmart, you can discover effective products to address various skin concerns. READ MORE

You Decide: Should We Worry About the Declining Birth Rate?


One of the benefits of aging is that you often see problems completely turn around.

In the 1990s there were worries about the declining national debt — yes, I said declining debt. READ MORE

Thoughts While Shaving

Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Temps continue to soar … Yesterday’s high temp was 88 degrees at the Curtis Brown Airport Weather Station … Today’s high is expected to be in the mid 90s …

Many visitors in the area … The lakes draw thousands and many love to visit … at the lakes (Jones, White Lake and Bay Tree) and in Elizabethtown … Meet many at local restaurants and grocery stores … and other retail outlets… READ MORE



Food Pantry and Clothing Closet in Elizabethtown


The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church food pantry, “From His Table to Yours” will be open Saturday, June 22nd, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Packages of nourishments will be available, first come first served. READ MORE

Revival Announcement – Bethel Holiness Church


Bethel Holiness Church, 204 Bethel St Bladenboro, NC, will be in Revival July 14-17, 2024.

Speaker Bro George Lore of Bucyrus, Ohio. READ MORE

Classic Car & Truck Show to Benefit Youth and Families in Riegelwood

A staff report

RIEGELWOOD, NC – The community is invited to join Men & Women United for Youth & Families for a spectacular Classic Car & Truck Show on Saturday, June 29, 2024, at 3838 Old Stage Road, Riegelwood, NC. The event promises a day of fun and excitement for the entire family, showcasing an impressive array of classic cars, trucks, and tractors. READ MORE

VBS – Elizabethtown Baptist Church


Vacation Bible School – Elizabethtown Baptist Church

July 15th – July 18th READ MORE

Summer Theater Boot Camp July 15 – 20 at Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton


Photo:  Campers take a bow at the Carolina Civic Center following 2023 Summer Theater Boot Camp Revue

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton will hold its “Summer Theater Boot Camp” July 15 through 20. The six-day artistic intensive program, ending with a culminating revue for friends and family, will allow campers ages 8 – 16 to develop essential acting skills, participate in theater games and exercises, create and act out scenes through improvisation, dance/movement, music instruction, and audition prep/headshots, among other skills. READ MORE