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BCC fall fundraiser set Oct. 24

Business Spotlight: Bladen Community College Foundation will hold their annual fall fundraiser on October 24th, 2019. Sunset & Vine will be held at Lu Mil Vineyard starting at 6 p.m. Call today to reserve your seat: 910-879-5519.

Let your voice be heard on the issue of Alcohol and Drug Use in Bladen County

The Bladen Opioid Task Force is continuing to work hard to end the opioid crisis in the mother county. The group met the second Tuesday of this month to discuss their strategic plan and to announce the services offered in Bladen County to assist opioid and alcohol addicts. READ MORE

Dublin Troop and Pack 622 Scoutcake and sausage breakfast was a success


The Dublin Troop & Pack 622 held a Scoutcake and Sausage Breakfast this past Saturday at Allen Brothers Clubhouse located at 3062 Cabbage Road for donations only. READ MORE

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving for October 21


Thoughts While Shaving

By Robert G. Hester

Bladenboro’s Beastfest Friday and Saturday. Food, music, fun for all. More as the week goes on.

Homecomings and revivals this time of the year in Bladen and surrounding counties. Remember my early years at the old Zion Hill Baptist Church, just north of Bladenboro. READ MORE

Social Security Can Help You Get Back To Work

By Brenda Brown
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist, Fayetteville

Having a job means different things to different people, but it can give you a sense of self, a community to rely on, and much-needed structure. Some people define themselves through their work. Others may enjoy the social aspect of their jobs. If you rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments or Social Security Disability (SSDI) benefits and want to start working or return to work, Social Security can help. READ MORE

Recent photo galleries

Leta Belle Designs ribbon cutting Chandler’s Backstreet Barber Shop opens Bladen County Schools awards

Extremes for Bladen County on October 21

Highest Temperature            89 degrees          1984

Lowest Temperature            30 degrees          1981

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                        2.59 inches          1958

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 76 degrees


This Day in History for October 21

This Day In History

1967 – Tens of thousands of anti-Vietnam War protesters march on the Pentagon, besieging the military headquarters for two days.

2014 – Oscar Pistorius is sentenced to five years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. READ MORE


Boost the Boro celebrates Leta Belle Designs with ribbon cutting

By Charlotte Smith

Eric and Joyce Cain opened a new florist in Bladenboro and celebrated with a Grand Opening on Saturday morning hosted by Boost the Boro, Inc.

Before the ribbon was cut, Terry Nance, President of Boost the Boro, presented the couple with a gift on behalf of the community oriented non-profit. READ MORE

Chandler’s Backstreet Barber Shop opens in Bladenboro with a celebration

By Charlotte Smith

Chandler Lennon, his family, and friends celebrated his Grand Opening of Chandler’s Backstreet Barber Shop in Bladenboro with Boost the Boro, Inc. members on Friday at 4p.m. READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoSteve Wallace was elected President of the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club.

Mary Pait was the Bladen County Hospital Employee of the Month. READ MORE

Funny Friday forgotten

We forgot to publish some funny thoughts on Friday. So we found some humorous memes on the web to share with you on Saturday because, after a week’s worth of work, we need some laughs. READ MORE


WECT: State board dismisses complaints against Bladen County Board of Elections members

Early vote totals for the first two days of the municipal elections

Early votes were cast for November’s municipal elections starting this Wednesday by registered voters in Elizabethtown, Bladenboro and Clarkton at the Bladen County Board of Elections office on South Cypress Street in Elizabethtown. READ MORE

N.C. unemployment rate 4.1% for September

The North Carolina smoothed seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 4.1 percent in September, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from the previous month and increasing 0.4 of a percentage point from September 2018, reports the N.C. Department of Commerce.

Over the month, the number of persons unemployed decreased by 3,817 (1.8%). The civilian labor force grew by 8,033 (0.2%) to 5,119,950. READ MORE

Community Announcements, Upcoming Events and Fundraisers

NCDOT talks deer season safety and state fair

As the daylight hours get shorter and deer become more active, the N.C. Department of Transportation is reminding drivers to stay alert and pay extra attention.

Last year, there were nearly 19,000 animal related crashes across the state. READ MORE


East Bladen Booster Club annual chicken bog coming soon

East Bladen High SchoolContributed
EAST BLADEN BOOSTER CLUB will have it’s annual chicken bog on Nov. 1 at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church PAC building from 4:30 to 6:00.Advance tickets can be purchased from Booster Club members READ MORE

East Bladen High School Class of 1975 reunion planning meeting READ MORE

Updated: Odds not in favor for Gambling Sweepstakes businesses

By Charlotte Smith

North Carolina is one of the least gambling friendly states in terms of legislation. What legal gambling there is takes place in a western NC casino on Tribal land. All that remains outside of the reservation is a little charity gaming, a lottery and some very low-stakes bingo games, according to reports. READ MORE


Opinion: Blue lights, black ribbons

By Jefferson Weaver

All I do is tell the stories, best as I can.

My friends in blue, gray, brown, red and green live the stories. So do their families.
A couple years back, while I was on the way home one afternoon, Trooper Kevin Conner called



Bladen County Schools grades improve; mental health issues addressed

By Charlotte Smith

The Bladen County Board of Education met on Monday, October 14 for their regular scheduled board meeting. Preliminary end of grade data was discussed, along with the financial summary, a mental health report, a new justice partnership, school improvement plans and other items of business. READ MORE


Bladen County Board of Commissioners battle over legal matter

By Charlotte Smith

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners held a special called meeting on Wednesday, afternoon at 4:30 in Elizabethtown. As soon as the meeting was called to order, the pledges and prayer were conducted and the board called for a closed session in accordance with NCHS 143-318.11 (a)(3) Attorney/Client Privilege. READ MORE

Part 8 Series: North Carolina Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Help Line

April Oxendine with Innovative Approaches shared the North Carolina Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Help Line link with the Bladen Healthy Collaborative. The help line is for caregivers and professionals who work with children and youth who have or are at risk for chronic physical, developmental, behavioral or emotional conditions, and who need health-related services beyond the care that children generally need. READ MORE

Public Notice of 2nd Absentee meeting for Bladen County Board of Elections

The Bladen County Board of Elections will hold their second absentee meeting on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. READ MORE



Opinion: Clemency for battered women in prison

Kill or be killed. “On the night he died, after a day of heavy drinking, Andrew Harris sexually and verbally assaulted Mia. When the abuse became physical, Mia told Andrew “No,” and told him to leave her home. Instead, he cut her. When she tried to escape, he strangled her until she passed out. READ MORE


Spotlights and recognitions at the Bladen County Board of Education meeting

By Charlotte Smith

The Bladen County Board of Education held their recognitions and spotlights on Monday evening during their regular scheduled board meeting. The board members were first presented with an award of their own, the 2019 North Carolina School Boards Association Silver Bell Award. READ MORE

Bladenboro voters to decide on malt beverages, unfortified wine sales

By Charlotte Smith

Voters in the town of Bladenboro will not only be voting to elect who will represent them on the town board during this Municipal Election. Although the current Town Council of Bladenboro voted against offering a controversial referenda on the ballot, a petition with over 400 signatures made a place for the two alcohol issues. READ MORE


East Bladen homecoming parade to be Oct. 25

East Bladen High SchoolEast Bladen High School will have its annual homecoming parade through downtown Elizabethtown on Friday, Oct. 25 beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Anyone wanting to participate can contact Ms. Jennifer Ballard at East Bladen at 910-247-4610 with your information. READ MORE

Local Lions host a “Strides” Walk for Diabetes Awareness


On Saturday, November 2, members of the Clarkton Lions Club, along with their friends and families will walk in their 5th Annual Strides: Lions for Diabetes Awareness event.

Registration for the walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the 5K (3 mile) walk will begin at 9:00 a.m. READ MORE Columbus County Open House for U.S. 74/76 Improvements


DELCO – State transportation officials are inviting people to review a proposal to improve safety and traffic flow on U.S. 74/76 in eastern Columbus County.

The public meeting will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 22 READ MORE

Elizabethtown Fire Department Firefighters Association chicken plate sale


Please support the Elizabethtown Fire Department Firefighters Association with their BBQ Chicken Plate Sale. READ MORE



Toys for Tots campaign gearing up, sign up in Bladenboro

The Toys for Tots campaign is gearing up again this year to help make Christmas a little brighter for children in Bladen County. Many in Bladen County are still dealing with the devastation of Hurricane Florence, which includes the Bladen County Toys for Tots Director, Beverly Rogers. READ MORE


United Way of Bladen County Day of Caring details announced


The United Way of Bladen County Day of Caring will take place on Friday, November 1, 2019. On this day, United Way of Bladen County is partnering with Bladen Baptist Association, Bladen Disaster Relief Team and the Division of Aging. READ MORE

Reopen Harmony Hall fundraising campaign

Photos taken by Harmony Hall Plantation, Inc Volunteers

There is a Reopen Harmony Hall 2019 Fundraising Campaign happening now on Facebook. Harmony Hall Plantation is a historic property located in White Oak, NC.

According to their Facebook page, Harmony Hall Plantation is the pre-Revolutionary War era home of Col. James Richardson on the Cape Fear River. READ MORE



Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Lu Mil Vineyard host educational event and wine tasting

Wilmington, NC – Lower Cape Fear Hospice and Lu Mil Vineyard will host an educational event and wine tasting Oct. 29 in Elizabethtown.

At Tips and Sips that Benefit, information will be provided about the health benefits of muscadine grapes and about the variety of services offered by Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Attendees will also have a chance to sample wine and take home a souvenir glass. READ MORE

Cain Reunion





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