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White Lake Recognizes Woodmen of the World Donation

By Joy Warren

During their regular monthly Board of Commissioner’s meeting Tuesday evening, the White Lake Town Board recognized The Woodmen of the World organization for providing new flags for the Police Department, Town Hall and also for their latest donation of flags and poles at the entrance to White Lake on 701 across from the Wam Squam. READ MORE An evening with author Sam Quinones

The Brunswick County Treatment Courts are proud to announce an evening with Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic”.  READ MORE

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving for August 14

Thoughts While ShavingThe final concert of the Sunset Jams “Alive After Five” concerts for 2018 will be held Thursday at Goldston’s  Beach, White Lake.  The Fantastic Shakers will be entertaining beginning at 6 PM.  It’s free, sponsored by numerous local businesses and the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce.  READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on August 15

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature          97 degrees          1999

Lowest Temperature            56 degrees          1964

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                          2.74 inches          1992

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 91 degrees.

7-Day Forecast

This Day in History for August 15

This Day In History1635 – 1st recorded north American hurricane hit the Plymouth Colony.

1848 – M Waldo Hanchett patents dental chair.

1893 – US no longer allowed exclusive rights in Bering Sea. READ MORE


Volunteers paint Senior Center


The Elizabethtown Senior Center has received a make over recently in the form of fresh paint. Volunteers have been busy recently painting the unfinished offices, break room, senior kitchen, exercise area, senior lounge and restrooms, the Medication Assistance office, and the conference room. READ MORE

Fantastic Shakers to Close out Sunset Jams Concert Series

By Erin Smith

The final concert of the Sunset Jams “Alive after Five” Concert Series featuring The Fantastic Shakers will take place Thursday, at White Lake on Goldston’s Beach, starting at 6 PM. The concert series is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Regional Health. READ MORE


Judge Issues Order to Comply with Defense Request in Crash Suit

By Erin Smith

The civil session of Bladen County Superior Court was conducted on Monday, and Judge Tanya Wallace presided over the proceedings, which included a case involving a Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputy who was involved in a crash in 2015. According to court records, the deputy was involved in the crash while he was responding to a call. READ MORE

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


Plans are under way for the 26th annual Dublin Peanut Festival which is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th. Applications are being accepted for craft and food vendors, the Classic Car Show and the Dublin Peanut Festival Pageant.  READ MORE

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

NC DOTELIZABETHTOWN – Crews will soon begin restoring the concrete surface of the northbound U.S. 701 bridge over the Cape Fear River in Elizabethtown.

The bridge was built in 1986, and some of the concrete on the driving surface has begun to flake off as the result of age and weather. READ MORE

No more hogs for some farmers

By Charlotte Smith

Smithfield Hog Production, doing business as Murphy-Brown has lost three lawsuits in the last few months with jurors awarding multi-millions of dollars to the plaintiffs in the cases. Farmers and Legislators have been saying these hog industry lawsuits threaten agriculture; now there is proof.

Some hog famers say they had to take out loans when they decided to go into the farming business. READ MORE 


Crisis Intervention Program Has $43.9 Million to Assist with Heating and Cooling Emergencies

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has $43.9 million available from the Administration for Children and Families to support the Crisis Intervention Program in state fiscal year 2018-19.

The program provides funds distributed through county departments of social services to help qualifying low-income households who are experiencing a heating or cooling related crisis. READ MORE 240 Million dollars for military construction in NC

MoneySenate Passes NDAA with Multiple Tillis Provisions, Heads to Presidents Desk

Includes $240 Million for Military Construction in NC, Provisions to End Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded the Senate passage of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The bipartisan legislation includes more than a dozen provisions authored by Senator Tillis  READ MORE

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Upcoming Events: Immunization Awareness Day Coming up

The Bladen County Health Department will conduct an Immunization Awareness Day on Friday, August 24th, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Adult and child vaccines will be available. READ MORE

Update: Sunday storms leave damage in their wake

By Erin Smith

Strong thunderstorms rolled through Bladen County Sunday afternoon and resulted in damage at least three locations in the county. Bladen County Fire Marshal Ken Clark said a fire at 6 LC Street in White Lake resulted in two campers being damaged in Camp Clearwater. READ MORE

Lifestyles: Benefit planned for Ayven’s Sunny Place


A benefit is planned to support Ayven’s Sunny Place which is a non-profit group offering support to families with critical ill children. The event will take place on Saturday, September 8th, at the Lumber River Camp Ground located at 570 Tar Landing Road, Evergreen. READ MORE

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Chamber meeting held at White Lake

Elizabethtown - White Lake Chamber of CommerceThe Elizabethtown-White Lake monthly lunch meeting will be held at Goldston’s Beach in White Lake tomorrow at 12 Noon according to an announcement made by Dawn Maynard, Executive Director of the chamber. READ MORE

Update: Sunday storms leave damage in their wake

By Erin Smith

Strong thunderstorms rolled through Bladen County Sunday afternoon and resulted in damage at least three locations in the county. Bladen County Fire Marshal Ken Clark said a fire at 6 LC Street in White Lake resulted in two campers being damaged in Camp Clearwater. READ MORE

Bladenboro Board to meet Monday

Bladenboro Town HallThe Bladenboro Town Board will meet on Monday and deal with several items on the agenda. 

The board is expected to approve consent agenda which includes, the board agenda, minutes from the July meeting, departmental reports, and budget amendments. READ MORE


Bladen County 4-H program makes advancements

This summer our Bladen County 4-H program has been Growing 4-H: Full STEAM Ahead, offering Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math activities and programs across our county.  One of our 4-H clubs, the Down East club, that meets in the Carver’s Creek area has been growing and offering a Summer STEAM opportunity to the youth in their area for much longer. READ MORE



Lifestyles: Odd Tools for Odd Jobs

By Bob Westerfield

By the time we hit the hot months of July and August, most folks would rather be sipping cold tea in their air-conditioned homes rather than working out in their gardens or mowing their lawns. By this time, garden chores such as mowing grass, weeding flowerbeds and tending to our vegetable garden have been a major part of our schedules throughout the spring and early summer months. While most gardeners are usually equipped with the proper tools to accomplish necessary tasks, there are a few oddball tools out there that may be worth taking a look at. READ MORE

Lifestyles: Make it Last

By Richelle Stafne

There is a fine line in a productive summer garden where the harvest goes from plentiful to growing “out your ears.” Of course, you can give extra produce away or donate it to a local soup kitchen, but another option is to freeze the abundant harvest. I grew up on a rural farm where food preservation was a way of life. READ  MORE

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoBladen County Hospital was seeking approval for a $5.5 million expansion program.

Thomas Ellis from White Oak was named to a Land Conservancy Position. READ MORE

Rotary Club Hears About Cycle NC Mountains to Coast Ride

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club learned about Cycle NC, and other sports events in North Carolina, on Wednesday during their luncheon meeting at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. Chip Hofler, with NC Amateur Sports, presented the program to the group. READ MORE

Bladen County Commissioner enters plea in Brunswick DWI case

By Erin Smith

Update: Bladen County Commissioner Ashley S. Trivette entered an Alford plea in Brunswick County Superior Court on Friday afternoon. According to US Legal, in an Alford Plea, the criminal defendant does not admit the act, but admits that the prosecution could likely prove the charge. The court will pronounce the defendant guilty. An Alford plea allows defendant to plead guilty even while unable or unwilling to admit guilt.

Superior Court Judge John Nobles sentenced Trivette based on the plea bargain. According the defendant’s attorney, Bill Powers, Trivette plead guilty to the DWI charge and the misdemeanor Child Abuse charge was dismissed. READ MORE

NEWS FOR FRIDAY, AUGUST 10 Amazon center bringing growth to Garner, NC

By Charlotte Smith

State officials announced Friday, August 9th the online giant, Amazon will open a 200 million dollar distribution center in Garner, North Carolina. The site was formerly ConAgra plant and will be repurposed to house the popular online retail store. READ MORE 

DOT openings and closings for Bladen County roads

By  Faye M. Boyne, Administrative Specialist I, Division of Highways, North Carolina Department of Transportation

Following are the latest in roads opening and closing announcements made by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. READ MORE

Ribbon Cutting Held for White Lake Medical Clinic

By Erin Smith

A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday morning for the new Cape Fear Valley Bladen Medical Associates clinic at White Lake. The clinic is located at 273 White Lake Drive. READ MORE

Families First, Inc. in need of school supplies

Families First, Inc. is in need of school supplies for clients’ children of all ages. READ MORE

Thunderstorms in the forecast for weekend

National Weather ServiceThunderstorms are in the weekend forecast through Monday. The forecast calls for highs to reach into the lower 90s Saturday and Sunday with a chance of thunderstorms both days. READ MORE

Lifestyles: You’re invited to solve the case of ‘The Pin Stripe Murder’

A new stage production by Shug Productions will be presented on Saturday, August 18, at 5 p.m. at the Paul R. Brown Building in Elizabethtown. You can be present at the scene of the crime for “The Pin Stripe Murder.”  READ MORE

Sports: Grape Escape Metric Century and Half Century Bike Ride planned

The Grape Escape, a metric century and half century bike ride, is planned for Sunday, August 26. Both rides begin at 1 p.m. and the start/finish line is located at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown. READ MORE

Legacy Motown Revue livens up the evening

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By Erin Smith

The Legacy Motown Revue drew a large crowd to the Cape Fear Farmers Market on Thursday evening. The free concert is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare.

The band from Kernersville kept the crowd entertained with such hits as “Carolina Girls,” “ABC,” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” READ MORE

Opinion: Solutions and affects in hog industry from a farmer’s point of view

By Charlotte Smith

Many have been waiting to hear from a farmer about their opinion on the hog industry lawsuits. Farm Operations Manager, Travis Brown with HD3 Farms spoke with Charlotte Smith from about the Hog Industry Lawsuits, solutions in the industry and how it is affecting farm employees.

Brown discussed the stress of the uncertainty the farmers are facing, the lack of media coverage on the huge lawsuits and potential ways to reduce odors from hog farming. READ MORE


Events for Bladen County residents

By Dora Brogdon

Upcoming EventsTonight (Thursday), the Legendary Motown Revue takes the stage at 6 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The concert is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare.  READ MORE

Event: Clarkton library to host Game Night

The Clarkton Public Library will host Game Night on Tuesday, August 14, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. The event is for ages 10 and older. READ MORE

Event: Bridger Memorial Library to host Game Night

The Bridger Memorial Library will host Game Night on Monday, August 13, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. The event is for ages 10 and older. READ MORE

Paratroopers train at White Lake this week

By Erin Smith

Residents at White Lake woke up to the sounds of an airplane and the site of Paratroopers landing in the water on Thursday morning. READ MORE

Bladen man killed in Columbus County crash

By Erin Smith

A Bladen County man lost his life in a fiery crash near Nakina on Wednesday night. READ MORE

Opinion: The anger and angst of August

By Jefferson Weaver

Jefferson WeaverI walked out on the front porch to other morning, and immediately began to hate August.


It was the first day of the month; I awoke around 4 a.m. with the early throbs of a toothache, and the stench of one of the bed-dog’s breath full in my face. There is no telling what Casey had been eating, but it did not sweeten her breath. READ MORE

Caring Villages in the Mother County Offering School Supplies

By Charlotte Smith

August is the month for most new school year’s to begin. It is an exciting time of year for both teachers and students alike.

Every new school year also comes with a list of supply needs. Bladen County is in the top 25 of the poorest counties in North Carolina. According to United States Census Data, the income per capita in Bladen County is $17,890 on average, with a household income of $30,471 per household. READ MORE


New Judge named in Hog industry lawsuits

By Charlotte Smith

Three lawsuits against Murphy-Brown, LLC were presided over by U.S. District Judge Earl Britt. The outcome of those lawsuits handed down awards in the millions of dollars for the Plaintiffs who are also neighbors of the hog farms Murphy-Brown, LLC contracts with to produce hogs for Smithfield. READ MORE


Bladen County Commissioner to appear in Brunswick County Court, other cases continued

By Erin Smith

Several cases of interest in Bladen County have been or will be heard in court this week. Bladen County Commissioner Ashley S. Trivette is scheduled to be in court in Brunswick County on Friday. READ MORE




Chemours Turns down New Hanover Request for Public Meeting

By Erin Smith

Officials with the Chemours company have turned down a request from officials with the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County to conduct a public meeting in Wilmington.  READ MORE

Opinion: Farming Lawsuits Have Potential to Become Debilitating to North Carolina and US

By Erin Smith

The lawsuits against hog farmers in North Carolina that have resulted in record damage awards have many economists, farmers and residents alarmed. Everyone should be alarmed with the potential for the loss of many farms. 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



Bladen Recreation Football Registration Underway

Registration for Bladen Recreation’s Cheerleading, Flag Football and Tackle Football programs is underway and will continue until September 7th.  READ MORE 


New Judge appointed in Hog Industry lawsuits

By Charlotte Smith

Tuesday morning there was an interesting development involving the Hog Industry lawsuits. There will be a new judge to preside over the next two trials involving the hog industry cases according to Naeema Muhammad, with the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network.

The third trial which ended on Friday with the jury awarding the six plaintiffs 473.5 million dollars in damages was presided over by U.S. District Court Judge Earl Britt. READ MORE

Outreach Growing to Help Hurricane Matthew Survivors Connect with Housing Recovery Assistance

RALEIGH – North Carolina Emergency Management is using text messages and social media to reach survivors whose homes were impacted by Hurricane Matthew who still have not applied for housing recovery assistance.  The text messages and social media posts will inform people how to call 2-1-1 to apply for state or federal assistance through the Rebuild NC program. READ MORE

Ag News: NCDA&CS issues stop-sale order on tractor hydraulic fluid J303

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has issued a stop-sale order for tractor hydraulic fluid products labeled, claimed or implied as meeting THF 303, which has no known specifications available. This specification was discontinued in 1974 and it was subsequently replaced with the current JDM-J20C or D specifications. READ MORE

Commissioners Learn About Sharing of Juvenile Information, Update on Litter Pick Up

By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard from Bladen County Department of Social Services Director, Vickie Smith, regarding how information is
shared between agencies regarding juveniles in the court system.

Smith presented the board with a memorandum of understanding relating it the confidentiality of juvenile court information. READ MORE

Elizabethtown Council Hears About Drainage Problem

Town Of ElizabethtownBy Erin Smith

The Elizabethtown Town Council met on Monday and heard from Ms. Grimes regarding drainage problems at 402 Hill Street.

Ms. Grimes told the board she had spoken with Public Works Director Hugh Bedsole regarding the issue. She told the board she was informed the storm drain in front of her house is “…stopped up.” READ MORE


Bladen County Commissioners updated on Hurricane Matthew Hazard Mitigation Programs

Bladen County Pet of the Week

Crash on US 701 at White Lake results in minor injuries

Bladen Community College announces scholastic honor students

Elizabethtown Council approves changes to ordinance governing parades, demonstrations

Registration for fall classes is this week at BCC

Elizabethtown to mark 237th anniversary of Battle of Elizabethtown

Van Oriental Foods Inc. Recalls Pork Egg Rolls

Bladen Community College student orientation under way

Bladen County Resident Honored with Congressional Gold Medal

Cub Scout Pack 600 visits USS Yorktown, Fort Sumter

Bladen County Overdose Awareness Day planned

Event: The Mother County Genealogical Society to hold meeting

Fire on Marsh Road leaves no damage

Another Bladen County resident receives water sample solicitation

Reward offered for missing service dog



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