03/23/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 1:46 pm Tar Heel family loses home to fire in Bladen County
  • 1:01 pm Historical place in Bladen County
  • 12:58 pm Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago
  • 8:17 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 8:06 am JV Baseball South Columbus 15, West Bladen 5
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Tar Heel family loses home to fire 

 

By Charlotte Smith

Tragedy has struck Bladen County repeatedly this week. Multiple fires have firefighters using their teamwork skills. However, one family lost everything according to Bladen County Fire Marshall, Kenneth Clark. READ MORE



Historical place in Bladen County


Each week we present an historical place in Bladen County. This week we present the Purdie House and Purdie Methodist Church.

Purdie House and Purdie Methodist Church is a historic home and Methodist church located near Tar Heel, Bladen County, North Carolina.  READ MORE


 


EVENT: Bladen County Relay for Life Cancer Survivor’s Gala set for Sunday

By Erin Smith


The annual Bladen County Relay for Life Survivors Gala will take place on Sunday, March 24th, at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown at 4 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is Super Heroes of Hope. The event is open to cancer survivors and their caregivers.  READ MORE



Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoElizabethtown’s Rick Hester was entering his second year of pro baseball in the Texas Ranger farm system.

Four high school bands in the county were presenting a joint spring concert.  READ MORE


WECT: Teen charged in killing of NC trooper now accused of stabbing inmate  READ MORE


Applications for Boost the Boro Scholarship Announced

Boost the Boro, Inc. announced today that the organization will again be making two scholarship awards in 2019. Selections will be made in May and awards presented at our June 11 th Boost the Boro monthly meeting.    READ MORE



Upcoming church events and fundraisers


Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

 
Thoughts While ShavingFor college basketball fans, this is the best time of the year.
 
Partial list of NCAA results:
Duke 85, North Dakota State 62
UNC 88, Iona 73  READ MORE


POLITICS: Annual County Democratic Party Convention

Contributed

The Bladen County Democratic Party will have its annual county convention on Saturday, March 23. The guest speaker will be Professor Irving L. Joyner.

The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Bladen County Courthouse Superior Courtroom. READ MORE



Former Poet Laureate of North Carolina to Speak at BCC

 
Joseph Bathanti, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-14) and recipient of the 2016 North Carolina Award for Literature, will be speaking on Tuesday, March 25 th at Bladen Community College. The presentation starts at 12:30 pm and will be held in the Student Resource Center.  READ MORE


 

Extremes for Bladen County, NC,  on March 23

 
Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature       85 degrees        2011
 
Lowest Temperature       22 degrees         2004
 
Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                    1.25 inches        1989
 
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 64 degrees.
 


This Day in History – March 23


This Day In History1775 – Patrick Henry proclaims “Give me liberty or give me death” in speech in favor of Virginian troops joining US Revolutionary War.

1839 – 1st recorded use of “OK” {oll correct} (Boston’s Morning Post)

1857 – Elisha Otis installs his 1st elevator at 488 Broadway in New York City.  READ MORE


Celebrating Ms. Shelby Patrick and Ms. Berline Graham 

By Charlotte Smith

A large crowd gathered celebrating Ms. Shelby Patrick and Ms. Berline Graham for their work with the with Bladen County Senior Citizens with the Department on Aging at the Baltimore Community Center in Council. The Retirement Luncheon was organized by the Carvers Creek Citizens Association with Director, Ms. Quessie Peterson. READ MORE



Special election estimated to cost Bladen County tens of thousands

By Charlotte Smith

The Special Election is fast approaching. Some voters have voiced concerns with the costs of the election and others have questions over exactly what the Special Election is for and how it will work out.  READ MORE



Former Carvers Creek Fire Chief dies in auto accident

By Charlotte Smith

A beloved Carvers Creek Fire Chief passed away on Thursday, March 21 due to injuries sustained in an auto accident. The accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 87 and Elwell Ferry Road. READ MORE


 


North Carolina’s February Employment Figures Released

 
RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from January’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.8 percent.  READ MORE

Bladen County Road Closings

 
By Charlotte Smith
 
Bridge replacement, debris removal and high water all are contributing factors for roads being closed in Bladen County. Roads in Elizabethtown, Kelly, Council and White Oak are affected from closings. READ MORE

 


Roseboro Rescue gets tech upgrade

 

Contributed by Star Telephone and Kristy D. Carter, Sampson Independent

The Roseboro EMS will now have Wifi capabilities throughout the building as part of a Smart Rural CommunitySM Collaboration Challenge grant awarded to Star Communications.

Star Communications is one of four companies across the United States awarded the grant as part of the Rural Broadband Association’s initiative to highlight efforts that make rural communities vibrant places to live and do business. READ MORE


UPDATED: Teenager hit and killed in Bladen County

By Charlotte Smith

Early Friday morning some Bladen County residents reported a body laying on the side of Highway 701 North near Clara’s Corner. The victim was not from Bladen County, but was spending time at White Lake according to Bladen County Coroner, Kenneth Clark.  READ MORE

 


Hurricane Florence still causing problems in Bladen County

By Charlotte Smith

Some Bladen County residents are still displaced from the damages caused by Hurricane Florence. There are some locals living in homes with black mold growing. Yesterday, Bladen County Emergency Services Director and other emergency officials explained how the effects of Hurricane Florence is hurting Bladen County’s budget.  READ MORE

 


Students succeed in Bladen County Battle of the Books


Contributed

Bladenboro Middle School Battle of the Books team won the Bladen County Middle School Battle of the Books Competition, which was held at Bladen Community College on Thursday, March 14. READ MORE

 


Amateur Radio at Southern Farm Days

Contributed

J.T. Bryan, demonstrating amateur radio operations to Ian Callahan, Transition Director for the Lake Waccamaw Boys and Girls Home

Despite the grinding roar of tractor-pulling contests going on behind them, and the thunderous concussion from a Confederate reenactors cannon exploding from across a road next to them, Bladen County’s amateur radio enthusiasts proved that they can operate and maintain worldwide communications, including emergency radio networks, even under the toughest of circumstances, and in any kind of weather. READ MORE


Full day of problem solving for county officials

 

By Charlotte Smith

Bladen County officials met at the Mac Campbell, Sr. Terminal Building in Elizabethtown on Thursday, March 21 from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Election costs, highway widening, Parks, county planning, economic development, beaver management, board policies and procedures, diversity, inclusion and the county budget were some items on the Bladen County Board of Commissioners’ meeting agenda.

The Special Election costs for Bladen County were announced at the meeting.  READ MORE



Lock and Dam No. 2 Recreational Area will remain closed through late summer / early fall 2019

Contributed

WILMINGTON, NC- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District has closed the recreational area at Lock and Dam No. 2 on the Cape Fear River located near Elizabethtown. READ MORE

 

Conner’s Law passes the NC House

By Charlotte Smith

North Carolina Highway Patrol, Trooper Kevin Conner
North Carolina lawmakers introduced a bill, House Bill 283, also known as Conner’s Law, in early March 2019. The bill was presented by District 46, House Representative, Brenden Jones in honor of the late North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner. READ MORE

Accident at Saw Mill sends one to hospital

 

By Erin Smith

An accident at a sawmill on NC 210 near Ivanhoe sent one man to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. 

Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw said the incident occurred at 2:37 p.m. at a saw mill located at 23704 NC 210 East, Ivanhoe. READ MORE

Suggestions for Kelly Dike, Commissioners visit DC

 

By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Commissioners have been working in Washington DC and in Bladen County with federal legislators for assistance to help the local rural communities. US Congressman David Rouzer spoke with the commissioners on Wednesday afternoon and the commissioners gave a report on the National Association of Counties annual Legislative Goals Conference they attended in Washington DC. READ MORE


Tips about firearm safety 

Maryellen Robeson with Shooter Ready, LLC spoke to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club about gun safety this week at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery. Robeson is a NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, NC Certified Concealed Carry Instructor, Staff Instructor for NRA Whittington Center, New Mexico, Women’s Wilderness Escape, NRA Certified Range Safety Officer, and is a Retired Youth Pastor.  

“We do as Americans get to enjoy our right to be gun owners, but with that right we have to be responsible,” Robeson opened the presentation saying.  READ MORE
 

 


Residents express anger, ask questions about White Oak Dike repairs

By Erin Smith

Residents of the Kelly community gathered at Centerville Baptist Church on Tuesday night for a public hearing regarding the White Oak Dike. The dike was breached during Hurricane Florence and led to the flooding of the community. 

Bladen County Commissioner Chairman Charles Ray Peterson opened the meeting and told the audience that the information gathered at the meeting will be documented and utilized to develop a plan to repair the dike.  READ MORE


Underage driver charged in Hernandez death

Staff report
 

A West Bladen High School student died from injuries he sustained in a wreck on Butler Mill Road occurring on Sunday, March 10 at 1:50 p.m., according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP). Charges have been filed against the underage driver according to the NCHP report. READ MORE


Traditional Calendar Approved for Bladen County Schools

by Joy Warren

The Bladen County Board of Education met Tuesday evening for a special called meeting to discuss the school calendar for 2019-20.  Prior to discussion of the calendar action item, citizens were allowed to address the board.  The only participant was White Lake Mayor Goldston Womble.  READ MORE

 



Kiwanis busy making a difference

Contributed

Kiwanis of Elizabethtown had a busy agenda Tuesday evening. Relay For Life, Boys Scouts, Beta Club, the Boys & Girls Homes, and Lower Cape Hospice were all on the list for the club to assist in at least one way.  READ MORE

 

Best Biscuit and Pound Cake Contests at Spring Fling

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2nd Annual Best Biscuit Baker Contest & 1st Annual Pound Cake Contest

“Searching for the Best Pound Cake & Best Biscuit Baker”

Judging will be at the stage Downtown READ MORE

 

Commissioners hear from citizens regarding beaver issue

By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners heard from two Bladen County citizens regarding issues with beavers in the county. READ MORE

 


Series of Dublin fires remain under investigation

By Erin Smith

Three suspicious fires remain under investigation near Dublin, according to the Bladen County Fire Marshal’s Office. Investigators have developed persons of interest in the case. READ MORE


Bladen County Commissioners Discuss Building for Sheriff’s Office

By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners approved a lease agreement for the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office to utilize a building located on West Broad Street in Elizabethtown to store evidence. READ MORE


Bladen Disaster Recovering Team fundraising to make a difference

 
By Charlotte Smith
 

The Bladen Disaster Recovery Team has heard the cries of local hurricane victims for months now. The newly organized group is striving to make a difference and meet the needs of those in Bladen County devastated by Hurricane Florence.  READ MORE


POLITICS: Bladen County Republican Party annual convention is Monday

On Monday, March 25, 2019 the Bladen County Republican Party annual convention will be held at the Powell Melvin Agriculture Building, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. READ MORE

 


Celebrating 100 years with Key to the City

By Erin Smith

Photos are courtesy Barbara Rogers.

An Elizabethtown man recently celebrated his 100th birthday in style as he was presented with the Key to the City.

Deacon Grover Cleveland Hall was greeted by fellow church members, friends and family at Glenda’s Just Desserts in Elizabethtown recently.  READ MORE


Voters Challenge to State Voter ID Moves Forward

RALEIGH, N.C. – On Wednesday, Wake County Superior Judge Vince Rozier, Jr. issued an order that allows a state constitutional challenge to North Carolina’s voter ID law to move forward in front of a three-judge panel. Chief Justice Beasley will appoint the three members of the panel. The case was heard by Judge Rozier on March 4.  Plaintiffs in the case brought the challenge immediately after the voter ID enabling legislation went into effect when the Legislature overrode Gov. Cooper’s veto. READ MORE


LIFESTYLES: Kelly Spring Fest is planned for April 27

The annual Kelly Spring Fest will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Kelly ball field. Food, arts and crafts vendors are welcome. READ MORE

 


April Job Fair planned, vendor space available

A Job Fair is planned for Tuesday, April 16, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Bladen Community College Auditorium. Vendor space is available. READ MORE

 

 

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