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Bladen County  Pet of the Week

By Dora Brogdon

pet of the weekA 8 week old kitten name Princess was chosen as Pet of the Week. This little kitten loves attention and playing with just about anything she can get a hold of. “It is kitten season and we are getting a lot of kittens and they all deserve a kind and loving home.READ MORE

Strong Debate at the Bladen County GOP Club Monthly Meeting

Monday evening’s Bladen County GOP Club meeting offered area Republicans an opportunity to review and contrast the differences between the secular-socialist agenda of Barack Obama, with that of the accomplishment-driven presidency of Donald Trump. Nationwide, it is clear that conservatives are energized by the Trump approach to national security, education, health care, economic growth, and realistic government reform.READ MORE

Congressman Pittenger Votes To Increase Funding For Job Training In Rural Communities

WASHINGTON – As part of continuing efforts to increase economic opportunity in rural North Carolina communities, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today voted to increase federal funding for Career and Technical Education in rural areas.READ MORE

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingThis may not be the ideal weekend to “piddle” outside.  Hot, windy and the chance of rain increasing from 20% today to 40% tomorrow, 60% Saturday night.  Think that means cut my weeds early today, or watch them grow.

Happy Birthday to Rev. David Wade, former pastor at Wesley’s Chapel UMC.  He and some members of his family have had health issues over the past weeks, months, years.  Hope this is a good day for all. READ MORE



This Day In History – June 23

This Day In History1784 – 1st US balloon flight (13 year old Edwin Warren).

1810 – John Jacob Astor organizes Pacific Fur Co. (Astoria, Oregon).

1868 – Christopher Latham Sholes patents the “Type-writer”.

1888 – Fredrick Douglas is 1st African-American nominated for US President.READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on June 23
Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature     98 degrees       2011
Lowest Temperature     54 degrees       1992
Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                  2.57 inches       1967
Yesterday’s High Temperature  N/A


Bladen County Public Library to conduct food drive for fines

All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be accepting nonperishable food items in exchange for library fines from Monday, June 26, through Friday, June 30. READ MORE

Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce conducts 65th annual banquet

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce conducted their 65th annual banquet on Tuesday evening at Lu Mil Vineyard. The keynote speaker was S. Lewis Ebert, President and CEO of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce. READ MORE

Addison Bryan Foundation Toy Drive continues through Monday

The Addison Bryan Foundation’s annual Toy Drive, will continue through Monday, June 26th, at First Bank in Elizabethtown. New unwrapped toys are being  collected for children and teens who are experiencing lengthy hospital stays while they receive treatment for their childhood illnesses. The toys are beginning to fill the First Bank lobby.  READ MORE


Crime: Suspect in domestic violence related shooting arrested

Sheriff James A. McVicker said today that an incident which began at approximately 4:30 a.m. ended without incident when the suspect was taken into custody at his residence. READ MORE


Tabor Correctional Inmate Captured in Whiteville

RALEIGH — A Tabor Correctional Institution inmate who left his work assignment on Tuesday is back in custody after being captured today at 1 a.m.

Members of the prison staff, along with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Department, captured Ricky Robinson in Whiteville early this morning. READ MORE

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Update: Barricaded man peacefully surrenders

A man who barricaded himself in his home earlier Thursday on Bohica Drive has surrendered peacefully. No one was injured in the incident. READ MORE

A Passion For Caring

Bladen County SchoolsElizabethtown, NC – While high school graduation last week meant the ending of one journey and the beginning of another for most, the students coming out of East Bladen and West Bladen High schools Nursing Fundamental class were already well on their way to careers. READ MORE


State Officials: Investigation into presence of GenX in Cape Fear River to move forward

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ) announced their department, along with the NC Department of Health and Human Services (NC DHHS), will move forward with an investigation into the presence of the chemical GenX in the Cape Fear River. On Tuesday, Chemours announced it is taking steps to remove and safely dispose of wastewater tainted with GenX from the Cape Fear River. READ MORE

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Commissioners adopt budget with pay increases

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners adopted the 2017-18 FY Budget on Tuesday and pay increases were the topic of discussion. The board voted to approve pay increases for all employees based on a recent pay study undertaken by the county. READ MORE


Kiwanis of Elizabethtown/Bladen County awards scholarships

The Kiwanis of Elizabethtown/Bladen County awards scholarships each year to graduating seniors at East Bladen High School and West Bladen High School and the Bladen County Soil and Water Conservation District Scholarship.  READ MORE

Elizabethtown Rotary Club awards scholarships

Each year the Elizabethtown Rotary Club awards scholarships to Bladen County students. On Wednesday, the Rotarians received a visit from this year’s scholarship recipients. READ MORE


Crime: Company soliciting sponsorships for basketball program not legit

A company operating in Texas has been contacting Bladen County residents claiming to solicit sponsorships on behalf of the East Bladen High School basketball program. READ MORE

Bladen County Commissioners Meeting June 19, 2017


Bladen County referenced in new book

ATHENS, GA – Joe Hamilton, the founder of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), has compiled a lifetime of outdoor writing in his new book, Firepot Stories: Collected Writings of a Naturalist, Conservationist, Wildlife Biologist, Sportsman and Raconteur, available from QDMA. READ MORE

$23 Billion State Budget Compromise

Senator Danny E. Britt, Jr. and Representative Brenden Jones are pleased to report that a $23 billion state budget compromise was reached Monday night after weeks of deliberation.  “While we couldn’t get everything we would like to have seen our district receive, this comprise includes a 3.3 percent raise this year and 9.6 percent raise over two years for teachers. READ MORE

Auction at the Board of Education

On Saturday, June 24, 2017 at 10 am, there will be an auction held at the Bladen County Board of Education building located at 1489 Highway 701 South, Elizabethtown.

This is a liquidation of Bladen County Board of Education Surplus Property READ MORE


Three county employees honored

Cereca Newkirk, Johnice Autry and Vicki Pait were honored at the Bladen County Board of County Commissioners meeting on Monday evening, June 19th. All three county employees received honorable mentions, cheers and a plaque for their years of service to Bladen County before their retirement beginning on July 1st, 2017.  READ MORE 


New Tar Heel bridge to be dedicated on Monday

The construction on the new bridge spanning the Cape Fear River in Tar Heel is complete and a dedication ceremony is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday. READ MORE

Crime: Convicted Felon Caught With Weapon

Bladen County Sheriff's DepartmentSheriff James A. McVicker said a stop by one of his K-9 officers lead to a narcotics violation and the recovery of a stolen weapon Saturday night. READ MORE


Crime: Trip To Beach Ends Early For Three Virginia Youths

Bladen County Sheriff's DepartmentSheriff James A. McVicker released details of a traffic stop on Saturday that lead to arrests for drug and alcohol possession. READ MORE


Opioid Commission meeting at White House could help Bladen County

At White House Opioid Commission Meeting, Gov. Cooper Urges Common Sense Strategies to Stem Opioid CrisisIn NC, Unintentional Opioid, Heroin, and Fentanyl Related Deaths Increased 816% from 1999-2015

At the first meeting of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, Governor Roy Cooper urged common sense strategies for the federal government to help combat the opioid crisis. In North Carolina, unintentional opioid, heroin, and fentanyl related deaths increased 816 percent from 1999 – 2015. Almost 10,000 North Carolinians have died from unintentional opioid overdoses since 1999.  READ MORE



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Lloyd Park dedicated in honor of Rufus Lloyd

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Retired educators have more than 500 years of service




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