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Solar eclipse viewing safety tips

By Erin Smith

There is much excitement and speculation surrounding the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday.  The last time the United States saw a total solar eclipse was in 1979. Bladen Community College is offering an Eclipse Viewing Event on Monday at 2 p.m.  on the grassy field beside building 6 on the east side of campus. READ MORE

FEMA asks: Are Your Solar Eclipse Glasses Safe?

A solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States on Monday, August 21. Many people will be hosting parties, going to the beach, and planning camping trips to view this rare occurrence. READ MORE

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Citing Safety, Charter Schools to Close Early for Eclipse

Leland, North Carolina – Out of concern for the safety of children and their parents during the upcoming solar eclipse, the charter schools managed by the Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) will observe a half-day schedule on Monday, August 21, 2017. RBA’s four tuition-free schools include Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport. READ MORE


FEMA reports: Hurricane Myths Vs. Facts
Learning about hurricanes will help keep you prepared during hurricane season, which continues through November 30. READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on August 21

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature           101 degrees          1983

Lowest Temperature             58 degrees           1998

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                          2.90 inches            2001

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This Day in History for August 21

This Day In History1841 – John Hampton patents venetian blind.

1864 – Battle of Globe Tavern, Virginia, ends after 2500 casualties.

1878 – American Bar Association organizes at Sarasota, NY.

1887 – Mighty (Dan) Casey struck-out in a game with NY Giants. READ MORE


2016 Economic Impact Of Travel On Bladen County

The 2016 economic impact study of travel on Bladen County was prepared by The U.S. Travel Associates.
Bladen County received travel income of $38.67 million, which was up 1.8% from the previous period. READ MORE

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Amber Alert in NC

There has been an Amber Alert issued for Trinity Mcgraw (8 years old) last seen in Westfield, NC.

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GenX Committee to convene in Wilmington

By Erin Smith

A committee has been convened to investigate the release of the chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River. The GenX Committee will conduct a meeting with public officials from throughout the Cape Fear region at 1:30 p.m. at the New Hanover County Government Center in Wilmington on Wednesday. READ MORE

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingEvery day is a good day. Rest today, tomorrow begins a busy week for many, like Back To School for Bladen youngsters and an eclipse that should be visible in this area tomorrow afternoon. READ MORE

This Day in History for August 20

This Day In History1781 – George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis.

1865 – President Andrew Johnson proclaims an end to “insurrection” in Texas.

1888 – Longest US men’s single tennis tournament match Palmer Presbrey defeats T.S. Tailer, 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 9-4, an 80 game 1st round contest. READ MORE


Bladen Native comes home to share his book

A well known author is coming back to Elizabethtown for a book signing soon. On Sunday, September 24 the Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery will be hosting a special storytelling and book signing lunch for Elizabethtown native, Mr. Joe Hamilton. READ MORE

Event: Benefit planned to assist four families

The Bladenboro Benefit Committee is planning a barbecue plate sale and bake sale to benefit for families. The benefit is planned for Saturday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building. READ MORE


Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

This Day In HistoryBrian and Chris Campbell of Elizabethtown served as Pages in the North Carolina General Assembly.READ MORE

Hurricane season predicted to become more active
By Erin Smith

With residents still rebuilding and repairing damage from Hurricane Matthew, the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington recently released and updated outlook for the current hurricane season. READ MORE

Marines train at White Lake
By Erin Smith

White Lake was filled with the sounds of loud bangs and the whirring of helicopters circling overhead as the United States Marine Corps trained at the Bladen County Training Center. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit was conducting the Realistic Urban Training exercise in order to prepare Marines for deployment. READ MORE


Highway 701 underpass now open

by: Tonya Bockover

No pomp or fanfare was observed this afternoon as the underpass on highway 701 at bypass 87 was opened, just startled motorists, like myself, trying to figure out the new traffic pattern. READ MORE

Family Fun Day conducted to the delight of many

There was a lot of excitement and a large crowd turned out for the Family Fun Day at Fresh Foods IGA in Elizabethtown on Friday. The event was an opportunity for everyone to come out to the store and have some fun as well as enjoy a storewide sale inside. READ MORE

Hurricane Matthew damages dam 

By: Charlotte Smith

Bladen County will continue to rebuild after being disfigured by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.  Eddie Madden, Elizabethtown Town Manager, announced plans for rebuilding and renovating structures after the town announced it had received grant funding for different projects. READ MORE

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 4.3 percent. READ MORE

Help to reduce medication errors

By Erin Smith

Medication errors, especially those involving heart medications, pain killers and hormone therapies are common occurrences. Nationwide there are more than 1.5 million medication errors made each year. CVS Pharmacies are now offering TimerCap to help fight opioid addiction as well as preventing potentially lethal medication mistakes. READ MORE

Lifestyles: For Better Living: Time for School Lunches 

Sandra R. Cain

Sandra Cain

Sandra Cain

Buying lunch at school may be the first time your child gets to call the shots about which foods he or she will eat. The good news is that school lunches have improved over the years, both in taste and nutrition. School lunches meet the standards for protein, vitamins, calcium, and iron. READ MORE


Freshman Orientation held at West Bladen High School

By Amy Schumacher

The incoming freshman class gathered today at West Bladen High School to spend the morning getting oriented with West Bladen and many of the faculty and staff that will be there to help them in their first year of high school.

Students were welcomed by Rodney Smith, Assistant Principal, and then students broke out into different groups where activities were available for them. READ MORE

Visit your local thrift stores on National Thrift Store Day

Stop by your neighborhood thrift store this afternoon and enjoy bargain hunting and celebrate National Thrift Shop Day. The day is celebrated nationwide each year on August 17th. Bladen County has several thrift shops filled with bargains waiting to be discovered. READ MORE

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Home could soon face demolition

By Erin Smith

A once stately home in Elizabethtown could soon be facing the wrecking ball depending on the outcome of an administrative inspection on Thursday morning. The warrant for the Administrative Inspection was served on the property located at 1501 West Broad Street at 10:30 a.m. READ MORE

Bladenboro Historical Society grant winner

BLADENBORO – The Bladenboro Historical Society received a $2,500 gift this week from the Monsanto Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities.  This grant was made on behalf of local Bladen County Farmer Jennifer Byrd who selected this non-profit organization.  READ MORE

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces Coding and Mobile App Development Grant application period

North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Thursday that the Department of Public Instruction is now accepting grant applications for the new $400,000 Coding and Mobile App Development competitive grant program. The program will fund up to $40,000 per school to develop industry partnerships to design and implement computer science, coding, and mobile app development programs for middle school and high school students. READ MORE

Preparing to celebrate 30 years in business

By Erin Smith

A bookstore is an endeavor of loving care and a thirst for knowledge. For one Bladen County store owner, it has also been a labor of love. Faith Partners Christian Supply on West Broad Street in Elizabethtown is preparing to celebrate their 30th year in business. READ MORE


Back to School Fling is planned

By Erin Smith

A Back to School Fling is planned for Saturday, August 26, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. The event will feature give aways of school supplies and information regarding asthma education and healthy school lunch ideas. READ MORE


Bladen County farmer donates watermelons to help others

By: Erin Smith

The loss of a crop by one Bladen County farmer turned into a blessing for many individuals in four counties he will never meet. Paul Skinner of Dublin donated a field of watermelons to the Society of St. Andrew and they arrived on Wednesday morning to glean the field. READ MORE

Ayusa and Dublin, NC Welcome New Foreign Exchange Student to Community

Dublin – Ayusa, a non-profit promoting global learning and leadership through cultural exchange and leadership programs for high school students, is pleased to welcome Hi Wa Lee a high school student from Hong Kong to the Dublin community. Hi Wa “Eva,” will be living with the Thomas Knight  family and attending West Bladen High School for the 2017-18 school year. READ MORE


PBLA cadets complete Sea Training

Dr. Blanks honored with induction into NCACC Hall of Fame

Bladen Community College Website Receives Global Recognition

Things heat up during Bladenboro meeting

Superintendent discusses consolidation concerns with School Board

Dublin Peanut Festival Committee announces preliminary events, applications available

Application Period Opens for More than $250 Million in FEMA Grant

Agencies make pitch for more funding following GenX in river

Lower Cape Fear Hospice workshop offers help in coping with grief at work

Opportunity Scholarships helping Bladen County families with school choice

Four Bladen County Commissioners attend conference


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