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Municipal election approved by local board, criminal investigation dismissed

The Bladen County Board of Elections discussed more than the municipal election during the canvass meeting. The 2019 municipal elections were held Tuesday, November 5th and the final canvass for the election was closed out on Friday, November 15th, 2019 with an approval from the local board of elections. READ MORE

Bladen Sheriff Warns About Reported Phone Scams In Area

Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker is warning the public about several phone scams being seen in the area.

“We are getting reports from citizens who are telling us they are getting calls from someone pretending to be a United States Marshall saying they owe the IRS money or that they missed jury duty and have to be arrested unless they pay a fine immediately,” McVicker said in a news release. READ MORE

BCC Sends ‘Tubs of Love’ to Ocracoke Island


DUBLIN – Bladen Community College reaches out to its sister college, Beaufort Community College, to help others impacted by recent hurricanes with a special effort entitled “Tubs of Love.”

Donations of “Tubs of Love” were sent to Ocracoke Island. The tubs were filled to the brim with essentials for those still recovering in Ocracoke from Hurricane Dorian. READ MORE

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving for November 19

Thoughts While ShavingBy Robert G. Hester

I recently received info from the North Carolina High School the NCHSAA related to football playoffs … the schedule for all the classifications … was interested seeing who in our area was still playing. As I strolled through the info I discovered pages of info on playoffs, back to the 60s … Elizabethtown and East Bladen were the most notable. I know Bladenboro and Clarkton won 6-man state, maybe regional titles in the 50s … maybe others. Just using the info received. READ MORE

Beast Fest’s White addresses Bladenboro Rotary Club

Don White Jr. was the guest speaker for the Monday meeting of the Bladenboro Rotary Club. He updated the group on the huge success of the 2019 Beast Fest and future projects to upgrade the downtown area. [Contributed photo]

Bladen County Farm Bureau donates trailer to East Bladen FFA

Bladen County Farm Bureau President Albert Beatty on behalf of Bladen County Farm Bureau is shown presenting East Bladen FFA Teacher Earl Miller and his student’s paperwork showing ownership of the stock trailer shown behind them that Bladen County Farm Bureau purchased and donated to their FFA Chapter. [Contributed photo]

N.C. pecan growers report good crop for Thanksgiving


RALEIGH – Pecan pie lovers can celebrate. The North Carolina pecan growers have a good crop ahead of the holidays despite a relatively dry summer and damages sustained during last year’s hurricane season, reports the N.C. Department of Agriculture.

“Reports from growers are showing a good quantity and quality of pecans this year, with pecan season running into December,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. READ MORE

Opinion: ‘Tis the season to overspend – not

By Melissa Martin

It’s decided. I’m giving Squirrel in Underpants Air Fresheners as my holiday gifts. I hope the scent is pine and not wet rodent. My gift is fun, functional, and funky. No wrapping paper needed. I’m guarding my credit cards from the retail racketeers and shopping scammers. And I won’t be participating in Black Friday or Cyber Monday. READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County on November 19

Highest Temperature            83 degrees          1958

Lowest Temperature            17 degrees          2014

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                        1.10 inches          1915

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 47 degrees.


This Day in History – November 19

This Day In History1805 – Lewis and Clark expedition, led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, reaches the Pacific Ocean, first European Americans to cross the west.

1997 – McCaughey septuplets born to Bobbi McCaughey in Des Moines, Iowa. First set of septuplets to survive infancy. READ MORE

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Bladen County’s Mark McLean with NCDOT earns award for rescue efforts

Ken Clark, District Engineer with North Carolina Department of Transportation confirmed last week Mark McLean, Transportation Technician II  was presented with the NCDOT “Extra Mile” award. McLean received the award on for going above and beyond his regular scope of work. READ MORE


Toys for Tots is in need of toys and volunteers

The Toys for Tots campaign in Bladen County is in need. The district director, Ms. Carmen Jones reported there are currently 88 local families registered for the program.

Ms. Jones wants to ensure children will have a brighter Christmas this year with the benefits from Toys for Tots. READ MORE

Bladen Co. Early College High School Celebrates and Recognizes Honor Roll

DUBLIN – Bladen Early College High School celebrated and recognized thirty-five students in an event where the 2019 first quarter honor roll was announced. In a very uplifting ceremony, students who demonstrate academic excellence and achievement were recognized in three ways. Each student was presented with a certificate and a school logo “cup of knowledge” for their achievement. READ MORE


AG News: USDA Issues Second Tranche of Market Facilitation Program

USDA(Washington, D.C., November 15, 2019) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the second tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The payments will begin the week before Thanksgiving. READ MORE 


Winners of the 2019 Pork & Beats Festival BBQ Cook-off sanctioned by the NC Pork Council announced

The 3rd annual Pork & Beats Festival draws biggest crowd to date

By Charlotte Smith

Although the weather Saturday was frigid, blustery, and drizzly; the third annual Pork & Beats Festival held at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown was a great success, according to the organizers. The BBQ cook-off drew a large crowd and fed many. The entertainment had folks dancing in the rain and vendors held on tight with smiles offering their services. READ MORE

UNC Asheville to Retire Sheila Ford Duncan’s Jersey


UNC Asheville athletics announced last week it will retire jersey No. 54 in honor of former Clarkton High School standout Sheila Ford Duncan during the Bulldogs homecoming basketball doubleheader on February 22.

She played for coach Raymond Marlowe at Clarkton High School in the late ’70s and her father is former Clarkton High basketball coach Harold Ford. READ MORE

Updated: Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Promotional Ceremony held on November 12

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office held a Promotional Ceremony in the morning on Tuesday, November 12th at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office located at 299 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. Sheriff Jim McVicker welcomed the friends and family of law enforcement being honored. READ MORE

Bladen Online Pet of the Week: Charlie

Bladen Online’s Pet of the Week is Charlie, a 2- to 3-year-old male cat. He is very sweet and affectionate, says Bladen County Animal Shelter manager Karen Suggs, and would make a great addition to a family.

Charlie has been looking for a special someone to give her a loving home. Could it be you? READ MORE

DMV Adding Driver License Transactions to the myNCDMV Platform

The online driver license services available on the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles website moved to the myNCDMV section of the site Sunday. Drivers will now be able to renew their licenses through the application where vehicle owners now go to renew their registration and pay their property tax online.

Drivers will be able to skip traveling to a local license office by using the myNCDMV online service to renew their license, order a duplicate license or update their address. READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoIn September of 1984 Bladen County Hospital showed a profit of $2,258.23 for the month.

Bladen County had it’s 10th road fatality of 1984. READ MORE

NC State Board of Elections notice and agenda

The State Board of Elections will hold an in-person meeting beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 2019. The meeting will be held in the Utilities
Commission’s boardroom on the second floor of the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh. READ MORE

Bladen County Schools’ teacher among finalists for the NC Regional Teacher of the Year Award

Frederica Renee Steele, a seventh-grade social studies teacher at Elizabethtown Middle School and the 2019-2020 Bladen County Schools’ Teacher of the Year has been selected as one of two finalists for the North Carolina Regional Teacher of the Year. This is the first time that Bladen County Schools has had a regional finalist for teacher of the year. READ MORE

Local farms open for winter events

RALEIGH – Farms across the state are opening their gates for travelers looking for ways to celebrate the season with unique and fun farm experiences. From choose-and-cut Christmas trees and light shows to pop-up markets and visits with Santa, there are plenty of holiday options to choose from. READ MORE

Nolan was named the 2019 West Bladen High School Heisman Winner

Nolan was named the 2019 West Bladen High School Heisman Winner. Nolan is the son of Jason and Ashley Bryant.

“The Heisman High School Scholarship continues the legacy of the Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Scholarship, a program created in 1994 READ MORE

Bladen County Schools’ teacher, Lara Johnson, among 27 finalists for NCCAT Beginning Teacher of the Year Award

Twenty-seven teachers from across North Carolina have been selected as finalists for the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) Inaugural Beginning Teacher of the Year Award for their dedication, innovation and ability to inspire students to achieve. READ MORE

Updated announcement on Bladen County roads

On Friday, November 14 Ms. Faye M. Boyne with the North Carolina Department of Transportation announced some roads that continue to be closed. Ms. Boyne listed dates the roads are expected to remain closed through as well as detour routes. READ MORE

Bladen County Solid Waste holiday hours for Thanksgiving

Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Thursday, November 28 & Friday, November 29 – Thanksgiving:

All convenience sites will be closed Thursday, November 28. READ MORE

Show your spirit for Christmas in the Bladenboro Christmas Parade


The holidays are fast approaching. Bladenboro Christmas Parade will be held on Saturday, December 7, 2019 at 10:30. READ MORE


Opinion: Friday Funny to observe our ridiculousness

Sometimes you just have to sit back and realize the sheer ridiculousness of people. This week’s Friday Funny memes found across the world wide web are not so much funny, but they showcase mockery. READ MORE

Update on flag and pledge issue with the Bladen County Board of Elections

To update our readers, the Bladen County Board of Elections did meet on Tuesday, November 12 for a regular scheduled meeting and discussed whether or not to display an American flag in their meeting room and the issue about reciting the pledge. The board decided to continue meeting without displaying the flag and without saying the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States of America. READ MORE

Crime: Judge hands down life sentence to robbers of Lumberton bank

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle, sentenced DAQUAN MADRID PRIDGEN, 27, of Whiteville, North Carolina, to life imprisonment plus an additional ten years imprisonment, JERAMIE ROSS VAUGHN, a/k/a “Vido,” 30, of Parkton, North Carolina, to 180 months’ imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release, and RASHAD DEVONTE YOUNG, a/k/a “Rep,” 28, of Whiteville, North Carolina, to 180 months’ imprisonment, followed by 5 years of supervised release. READ MORE

DAV celebrated with Veterans Day Ceremony

On Monday, Veterans Day, the Robert Curtis Hester Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 99 observed the national holiday with their annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Bladenboro Historical Building. The event is organized each year to acknowledge the service and sacrifices made by our country’s Veterans. READ MORE

Clarendon, SC lands deal with IT outsourcing company instead of Bladen County, NC

By Charlotte Smith

In October there was a buzz all over Bladen County due to the news Bladen Community College would be hosting a regional informational session and networking event for a growing IT service organization interested in coming to the area. However, today, Provalus, the information technology company behind last month’s event announced they would be opening their new facility in Clarendon County, South Carolina. READ MORE

Plain View Primary School 1st Nine Weeks Honor Roll


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UNC-TV Presents Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope During ‘Resilience Week’ in North Carolina

Documentary Premieres Statewide Tuesday, November 19, at 8 PM. READ MORE

Town of White Lake Prepares for Lake Water Public Workshop

The White Lake Board of Commissioners met Tuesday evening in regular session and heard an update on the Lake Water Project. To help share information on the project, Dr. Diane Lauritsen has designed a new web site and email address which is now available as a communication resource for the community. READ MORE

You don’t want that old house

By Jefferson Weaver

As Miss Rhonda napped and I marked the halfway point home, I glanced at a longleaf pine standing solitary by a recently-turned field.

The sunset was painting the fields in that way it has in March and November, when the season is reluctantly waiting for the last of the equinoctial change to give the all-clear. READ MORE

Opinion: Bladen County Board of Elections should pledge allegiance to the American flag

By Charlotte Smith

Since it’s Veterans Day, it seems a fitting time to urge people to be more patriotic. I will start by calling out two members of our local Board of Elections who do not see the need to pledge allegiance to our country’s flag. READ MORE

BCC Board of Trustee meeting scheduled

The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, November 19, 2019, at 6 P.M. in the boardroom of the Essic Williams Administration Building (Building 10). READ MORE

Bladen County high schools collect over 8,000 canned food for local pantries

Many in Bladen County may know that the Key Clubs at both East and West Bladen High Schools have been collecting canned foods throughout the month of October. The annual Can Food Collection Challenge is a contest between the two local high schools to collect canned food to benefit the Bladen Crisis Center food bank and other local food pantries. READ MORE

Lock and Dam No. 2 reopened after two years of being closed for repairs

The beloved Lock and Dam No. 2 on the Cape Fear River near Elizabethtown has been reopened as of Friday, November 8, 2019, according to Terri Dennison with the Town of Elizabethtown. The Lock and Dam has been closed for over two years due to hurricanes and high waters. READ MORE

Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce lunch coming soon

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce lunch coming soon will be held on Tuesday, November 19th at 12:00 noon, according to Chamber President, Mrs. Jennifer Leggett. The new New Executive Director, Terri Dennison will be the guest speaker for the monthly lunch and learn held at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. READ MORE

Church: Mt. Elam Missionary Baptist Church Pastor Search Announcement

Mt. Elam Missionary Baptist Church is located on Highway 210 West, between highways 242 and 701, in Bladen County. The Pulpit/Search Committee is prayerfully seeking applicants for a full-time Pastor. READ MORE

Classified: Emerau: Bladen Public Notice

The Emereau Bladen Board of Directors Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 19, 2019 has been rescheduled for Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. READ MORE


Let’s Eat Out, But Where?

Health GradesHere we are in November, getting ready for the holiday season, visits with family and friends, and of course, lots of great food. Seems like a good time to look at the results of the sanitation inspections that were performed in October for our public dining places in Bladen County. READ MORE

North Carolina Criminal Justice Fellows Program is recruiting

The N.C. Criminal Justice Fellows Program is recruiting for the 2020 class according to Lt. Mark McMichael with the Elizabethtown Police Department. The program is offering forgivable loans for high school graduates and seniors who agree to enter an eligible criminal justice profession in an eligible county in NC. READ MORE

Voting Set for 2019 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin mailing ballots on November 4 to eligible farmers and ranchers across the country for the Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee elections.

To be counted, ballots must be returned to the Bladen County FSA county office or postmarked by December 2. The Bladen County FSA office is located at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown across from the new Sheriff’s Office. The phone number is 910-862-3179. READ MORE

West Bladen High School Peer Group Connections Presents… Family Night


PGC will be hosting a Family Night, and we hope you will join us!

Who: Freshmen (the Class of 2023) and their families.

When: November 21st, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00pm. READ MORE


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East Bladen homecoming court Bladenboro Beast Fest 2019 Bladenboro Beast Fest car show

Apply now for the Miss Bladen County Youth Focus Project Pageant


Applications are now being accepted for the thirteenth annual Miss Bladen County Youth Focus Project pageant to be held on January 18, 2020. All ages may participate. December 20, 2019 is deadline for applications. READ MORE


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