• 11:43 pm Touchstone Energy Diamond Beach Softball Invitational: Whiteville 10, East Bladen 0
  • 11:25 pm Touchstone Energy Diamond Beach Softball Invitational: Northwest Guilford 14, East Bladen 3
  • 11:13 pm This Day in History for April 25
  • 11:04 pm Bladen Community College plans Arbor Day celebration Friday
  • 10:49 pm 3 Bladen drug stores participating in medication disposal event

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Phase II ahead of schedule in downtown Elizabethtown

Phase II construction of the downtown revitalization project started in Elizabethtown at the end of March 2019. Many have noticed the work ahead signs lined up on West Broad Street in the downtown area.
The plans of the project have been in the works since June 2015. READ MORE


LIFEStYLES: NICA racers return to Brown’s Creek Bike Trail in Bladen County

The forecast for this weekend in Bladen County calls for perfect weather for outside events according to a lot of outdoor enthusiast. Brown’s Creek Bike Trail featured in Elizabethtown will be the site for anther North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League Mountain Bike Race this coming weekend. READ MORE

3 Bladen drug stores participating in medication disposal event

Have outdated or unused medications? Need to safely dispose of syringes and other sharp objects used in administering medication?

Three drug stores in Bladen County are participating in a medication disposal event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are Anderson Drug Store in Elizabethtown, Clarkton Drug and Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Bladenboro. READ MORE

Bladen Community College plans Arbor Day celebration Friday

Trees clean air and water, slow climate change, ease poverty and hunger, prevent species loss and feed the human soul.

An Arbor Day celebration is planned Friday at Bladen Community College to recognize the importance of trees to the environment. READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County on April 25

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature            93 degrees          1960

Lowest Temperature             35 degrees          2013

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                           1.90 inches           2017

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 87 degrees.

7-Day Forecast

This Day in History for April 25

This Day In History1980 – In Iran, a commando mission to rescue hostages was aborte after mechanical problems disabled three of the eight helicopters involved. During the evacuation, a helicopter and a transport plane collided and exploded. Eight U.S. servicemen were killed. The mission was aimed at freeing American hostages that had been taken at the U.S. embassy in Tehran on November 4, 1979. The event took place April 24th Washington, D.C. time. READ MORE


State Superintendent Mark Johnson Announces $2 million in Federal Grant Aid to Districts and Schools Affected by 2018 Hurricanes

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that the state is the recipient of a $2 million federal grant to aid continued recovery efforts from hurricanes Florence and Michael, both of which caused damage to schools across the state. The funds will restore learning environments in 271 schools in 12 school districts and one charter school, helping more than 130,000 public school students. READ MORE

Community Announcements, Upcoming events and fundraisers

Early voting begins Wednesday in 2 Bladen races, 9th District Republican primary

RALEIGH – One-Stop, in-person early voting begins Wednesday in the Republican primary election for the 9th Congressional District and two Bladen County races, the N.C. State Board of Elections announced Tuesday.

Early voting for the three contests will be held at the Bladen County Board of Elections office at 301 South Cypress Street in Elizabethtown. The poll will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday through May 10. READ MORE

Lewis and Clark Circus at Lu Mil Vineyard this week

Don’t be left out. The Lewis and Clark Circus is coming to Lu Mil Vineyard.

Denise Bridgers, with Lu Mil Vineyard, said the event is family friendly. The circus does not have any animals traveling with them, according to Bridgers. READ MORE


Cape Fear River Shad Festival celebrated soon

The Cape Fear River Shad Festival will be celebrated again this year. The event is sponsored by the Lower Bladen Columbus Historical Society. READ MORE


Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingA computer repairman I am not. Having issues!

Voting begins today in the Special Primary for the 9th U.S. Congressional District.  Early voting in Bladen County is at the Board of Elections office behind the Elizabethtown Post Office. READ MORE

Weekend Searches Lead To Arrests

Brian Anthony Lesane, 33, and Gregory White, 57

The following events were conducted on Saturday, April 20, 2019 by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement conducted a knock and talk at 1581 MLK Drive, Elizabethtown. A consent search was conducted and a verbal warning was issued in reference to the illegal sale and distribution of alcoholic beverages. READ MORE



Federal Charges and Arrest Announced of a Raleigh Man Who Allegedly Defrauded Elderly Durham Woman Through Mail and Wire Frauds


RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces the arrest after a federal grand jury sitting in Raleigh previously returned an indictment charging FURMAN ALEXANDER FORD, 49, of Raleigh with eleven counts each of Mail Fraud and Wire Fraud. READ MORE

SeHealth heart and vascular program welcomes three advanced practice providers

Contributed by Roxana Ross

Southeastern Medial CenterThree advanced practice providers have joined Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Cardiology and Cardiovascular Clinic and Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular, which is managed by Duke Health and located on the campus of Southeastern Regional Medical Center. READ MORE

DEA Prepares for Prescription Drug Takeback Day


RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. will join the DEA on April 27th for its 17th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. READ MORE


SoutheasternTimes.com: U.S. Government Announces 41.69 Acres For Sale in Amherst County

The U.S. Government announced that four adjacent tracts totaling 41.69 acres, more or less, in Amherst County will sell by sealed bids, which are due by 4:30 pm on Monday, May 20, 2019 to the Pittsylvania County FSA Office. The United States government owns this 41.69-acre property. READ MORE

SoutheasternTimes.com: South Carolina homicide suspect and kidnapping victim found deceased

Crime ReportTabor City, NC –According to the City of Pickens Police Department, on April 16, 2019, Rebecca Marie Purry went to the Police Department to report that her ex-boyfriend, Marco Murice Vaught, 36, had threatened to come to her house and get her. On April 17th, at approximately 1:00 am, the City of Pickens Police Department received a shots fired call in the 500 block of Pendleton Street in Pickens, SC, same being Purry’s residence. READ MORE

May Day Celebrations in Bladen County and the surrounding area

May Day has been celebrated for centuries. There are some events planned to celebrate the occasion across Bladen County and in other surrounding areas. READ MORE



Bladen County plans for National Day of Prayer

Each year some gather to observe the National Day of Prayer in Bladen County. This year, Rev. Warren Hill invites the public to celebrate the National Day of Prayer in the parking lot of Dublin Elementary School located at 7048 Albert St, in Dublin. READ MORE

Charter School Advisory Board (CSAB) April Meeting
Charter Schools Advisory Board Highlights

The North Carolina Charter School Advisory Board met April 8th at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Curriculum flexibility, training, expanding board, grants and more were all topics of discussion during the meeting. READ MORE

AG News: USDA Announces Buy-Up Coverage Availability and New Service Fees for Noninsured Crop Coverage Policies

Bladen Online News AdvertisingWASHINGTON, April 8, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced that higher levels of coverage will be offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), a popular safety et program, beginning April 8, 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased service fees and made other changes to the program, including service fee waivers for qualified military veterans interested in obtaining NAP coverage. READ MORE

Happy trails to you, Erin Smith

Spring time marks new beginnings in a lot of ways. This Easter Monday is no different. Our beloved, Erin Smith, resigned Monday as General Manager of BladenOnline.com.

Our staff is grateful for Erin’s three year tenure. READ MORE


Inspire cleaner living on Earth Day, five tips to celebrate

By Charlotte Smith, photos contributed

Many in Bladen County celebrate Earth Day. Several local schools have children planting green life, teaching lessons on how to upcycle and how to positively contribute to the environment. READ MORE



The Cross marks celebration of Easter

Photos contributed by Summer Cain

The well attended play “The Cross” was performed on Saturday at the Cape Fear Farmers Market helped to mark the celebration of Easter in Bladen County. READ MORE



Most Seniors want to age at home, but more are moving to make it a reality

Most older adults – about 94 percent – want to stay at home as they age. But a new survey from the Home Instead Senior Care network shows many seniors are redefining what it means to age in place, revealing that one in four plan to move to a new home to accommodate their changing needs. READ MORE


Social Security helps people like you

By Brenda Brown
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

Part of what makes our nation unique is our diversity. Social Security touches the lives of nearly all Americans; so, we are accustomed to serving a diverse population. Online, our People like Me pages help inform the many different people we help. From people with disabilities to students and military veterans — Social Security is here for you. READ MORE


Elizabethtown Police need your help

Photo courtesy Elizabethtown Police Department.

The Elizabethtown Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a person. According to Lt. Mark McMichael, the police department wants to speak with him regarding a larceny that occurred at the Elizabethtown Walmart store on Friday. READ MORE


Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoThe East Bladen High School Band received a superior rating by the North Carolina Band Master’s Association.

The Elizabethtown Rescue Squad responded to 66 calls during the previous month. READ MORE

USDA Announces February Income over Feed Cost Margin Triggers Second 2019 Dairy Safety Net Payment

USDAWASHINGTON, DC — USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced this week that the February 2019 income over feed cost margin was $8.22 per hundredweight (cwt.), triggering the second payment for dairy producers who purchase the appropriate level of coverage under the new but yet-to-be established Dairy Margin Coverage (DMC) program. READ MORE


WASHINGTON – The Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced a settlement with Honeywell International Inc., and International Paper Co., for cleanup of contaminated soils and sediments at the LCP-Holtrachem plant in Riegelwood, Columbus County, North Carolina. READ MORE

No Waffle House for Elizabethtown

By Erin Smith

Rumors have been circulating recently that a Waffle House restaurant is seeking to locate in Elizabethtown. To the disappointment of some, the rumors of a Waffle House locating in Elizabethtown are unfounded at this time, according to Town Manager Eddie Madden. READ MORE

Sports: Scholarship Golf Tournament coming soon

As the weather begins to warm and the skies begin to brighten, what better way to welcome Spring than to play a round of golf. The third annual Rotary International Cup Golf Tournament will tee off on Friday, May 17, with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. READ MORE

Over 400 N.C. Students to Compete for Awards and Scholarships at State Natural Resources Competition

RALEIGH, N.C. — Hundreds of North Carolina’s brightest middle and high school students will be competing at the 2019 North Carolina Envirothon at Cedarock Park near Burlington, May 3-4, 2019. The two-day event is designed to test the knowledge and skills of students that have a strong interest in natural resources conservation. The N.C. Envirothon is one of the largest events of its kind in the United States. READ MORE