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New Application Center Opens in Bladen County to Help North Carolinians Recover from Hurricane Matthew

RALEIGH: An eighth Hurricane Matthew Housing Recovery Application Center opens today in Bladen County to provide assistance to Hurricane Matthew survivors in the surrounding area. This additional application center joins seven existing centers located in Bertie, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Lenoir, Robeson and Wayne counties. READ MORE

DEQ plans Public information Session to Discuss GenX

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality will host a public information session on Thursday, August 30, 2018. The session will include updates on the state’s ongoing activities related to the GenX investigation that originated at Chemours’ Fayetteville Works facility.  READ MORE

Bladen County Board of Commissioners to meet

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight (Monday, August 20) at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the basement of the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown. READ MORE

Back to School with supplies

Bladen County students and their caregivers had a chance to grab some free school supplies, hair cuts and more this weekend. Local churches, non-profits and businesses all worked together to help Bladen County students start off the new year well supplies.

There were 1500 book bags given away between the two events. READ MORE

Bladen County Dementia Workshop set 

Melanie Bunn who is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and a Dementia Training Specialist, from Dementia Alliance of North Carolina, will be presenting on “What Happenings Next?” at the Bladen County Community Dementia Workshop on Wednesday, August 29th. READ MORE

Darius Spillman named Editor is dedicated to bringing Bladen and surrounding counties the latest in news, sports, advertising and more. Our Founder, Robert Hester, reminds us often, “the best is yet to come.”

As a team is dedicated to bringing our readers the best we have to offer. READ MORE

Sports: Tar Heel’s 1963 Baseball Team Were State Runners-up

Pictured (Left-Right): Craig Davis, Lynn Moore, Hooker McDonald, Larry Melvin, Ira Davis, Brian Singletary.

In 1963 the Tar Heel High School baseball team came very close to winning the Class 1A State Championship. Several members of that team met recently for breakfast at Dowless’ Restaurant in Dublin to tell the story of that team.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association did not hold baseball state championships in any classification in 1961 and 1962, so it was a surprise to the Tar Heel team when Coach Wilma Hughes told them on the last day of school in 1963 that they had baseball practice that afternoon.  READ MORE

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingThe PGA golf tournament in Greensboro last week was exciting, so much on the line for so many.  Yesterday’s winner was Brandt Snedeker.  READ MORE

This Day in History – 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.

1896 – Dial telephone patented.

1908 – American’s Great White Fleet arrives in Sydney, Australia, to be greeted with a tremendous welcome; 221 American sailors desert to remain in Australia. READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on August 20

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature     98 degrees          2007

Lowest Temperature     59 degrees          1998

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation                  2.99 inches          1981

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 91 degrees.

7-Day Forecast



Peace in the Storm

Photos contributed by Rob Fletcher

Camp Clearwater Chapel last weekend. VIEW MORE

This Day in History – August 19

This Day In History1812 – US warship Constitution defeats British warship Guerriere.

1849 – NY Herald reports gold discovery in California.

1911 – NY Giant Christy Mathewson loses after beating Reds 22 straight times.READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoThe White Lake Airport closed after many years of operation.

The Bladen County Dixie Youth team won the state championship.


Hot Rod Grill new eatery at White Lake

By Charlotte Smith

The big foot shadow sign on your way into White Lake may your grab attention, but the Hot Rod Grill has more than the unique sign at their business.  A mother-daughter duo started the local eatery back in April of this year. READ MORE

SPORTS: Desmond Bryant 7th annual football camp

By: Kenneth Armstrong

Desmond Bryant hosted a free football camp at East Bladen High School on Saturday, August 18, for youth ages 6 to 18.  VIEW MORE

 Center Road Baptist Church
SoutheasternTimes: National Transportation Awards and NCDMV Improvements

Hog industry lawsuits ripple effect

By Charlotte Smith

Significant news today has been announced involving the recent hog industry lawsuit trails. When the verdict came back awarding plaintiffs multi-millions of dollars in the nuisance lawsuits Smithfield made their first request for appeal in April.

Three months later Smithfield has been granted their appeal. READ MORE




Grape Escape Cycling Event Is Planned for Elizabethtown

By Erin Smith

The town of Elizabethtown is gearing up to welcome cycling enthusiasts, for the inaugural Grape Escape Metric Half Century and Metric Century cycling event, planned for Sunday, August 26th. Registration begins at 11 AM at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery and costs $45 to enter. The ride begins at 1 PM. READ MORE

Small Business Incubator Project Nearing Completion

By Erin Smith

A new small business incubator in downtown Elizabethtown is entering the final stages of construction after more than two years of setbacks. READ MORE

Ag News: NCDA&CS declares sweet potato weevil quarantine for  Berkeley and Jasper counties in South Carolina

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has established Berkeley and Jasper counties in South Carolina as quarantine areas for the sweet potato weevil after the highly destructive pest was trapped on wild morning glory by South Carolina regulatory officials. The quarantine is effective immediately. READ MORE


Crime: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations Eye Raleigh for Document and Benefit Fraud Task Force

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announced today that his Office is “proud to partner with Homeland Security Investigations and other top-tier law enforcement agencies to pursue benefit fraud investigations and prosecutions. Immigration fraud is a significant national problem, and we need to address it with all available resources.” READ MORE


Bladenboro Town Board Discusses Future Poultry Processing

By Erin Smith

Bladenboro Town HallThe Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday and discussed the possibility of another poultry processing company locating at the Bladenboro Industrial Park.

Town Administrator, John O’Daniel, said the company, which was not named, has requested the town to review its sewer capacity to see if it will support another industry being added. 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 3.9 percent.  READ MORE

Opinion: You Decide: How Does North Carolina Compare on Incentives?

By Dr. Mike Walden

The use of financial incentives to attract new businesses is a controversial topic in most states, including North Carolina. The debates might get more heated with the prospects of Apple and/or Amazon coming to our state. READ MORE Justice Department, DEA Propose Significant Opioid Manufacturing Reduction in 2019

WASHINGTON — The Department of Justice and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) have proposed a reduction for controlled substances that may be manufactured in the U.S. next year. Consistent with President Trump’s “Safe Prescribing Plan” that seeks to “cut nationwide opioid prescription fills by one-third within three years,” the proposal decreases manufacturing quotas for the most six frequently misused opioids for 2019 by an average ten percent as compared to the 2018 amount. READ MORE

Fantastic Shakers draw a crowd

By Erin Smith

The Fantastic Shakers drew a crowd for the final concert of the Sunset Jams “Alive After Five” Concert series of the summer. The concert series is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health. READ MORE

Bladen County Schools to conduct Open House

Bladen County Schools will have Open House on Thursday, August 23, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Check the schedule below for Open House times for your child’s school.

The Open House times are as follows: READ MORE


Ribbon cutting held for Bladenboro business

By Erin Smith

A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday morning at Down East Pest Control in Bladenboro. The well attended event included a barbecue lunch and free cups, fly swatters and other items. READ MORE



NC DOT issues updated road closing

Road Updates

White Lake FFA Camp Construction Is Topic of Chamber Luncheon

Bladen County Opioid Task Force Learns About Anchor Initiative

Bladen Community College breaks ground on new classroom building

Volunteers paint Senior Center

Judge Issues Order to Comply with Defense Request in Crash Suit

Lifestyles: Dublin Peanut Festival applications for pageant, car show and vendors now being accepted

U.S. 701 North Bridge in Bladen County to Undergo Restoration

No more hogs for some farmers


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