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Spent the night in Washington, D.C. … in my dreams. So happy to wake up at home…

College results from Saturday’s football games
Miami, Fla. 31 – NC State 30
Wake Forest 70 – Army 56  READ MORE

3 Things To Know For Sunday

Three Things to Know

1. “Nightmare Before Christmas” Halloween Party: Tuesday, 6:30 p.m., Bladen County Public Library, Elizabethtown.

2. Beast Fest: Friday-Saturday, Downtown Bladenboro.

3. Golf Tournament: Nov. 6, 1 p.m. shotgun start, Vineyard Golf at White Lake. Fundraiser for Emereau: Bladen athletic department. auditorium. READ MORE


This Day in History for October 24

This Day In History

1911 – Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years.

1929 – “Black Thursday”, start of the stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%.

1996 – Last game at Atlanta County Fulton Stadium, Yanks win record 8th straight road postseason game. READ MORE


Outbreak Investigation of Salmonella Oranienburg: Whole, Fresh Onions

FDA and CDC are investigating illnesses linked to whole, fresh onions. Do not eat, sell, or serve certain onions from ProSource Produce and Keeler Family Farms

October 2021- The FDA, along with CDC and state and local partners, is investigating a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Oranienburg infections linked to whole, fresh onions. FDA’s traceback investigation is ongoing but has identified ProSource Produce, LLC (also known as ProSource Inc.) of Hailey, Idaho, and Keeler Family Farms of Deming, New Mexico, as suppliers of potentially contaminated whole, fresh onions imported from the State of Chihuahua, Mexico. READ MORE.

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High School football results from last night’s play…
East Bladen 49 – Midway 35
Clinton 49 – West Bladen 16

No idea about results, but the fundraiser Friday for Michael “Mike” Thaggard Jr. appeared to be a success … Thanks to all for your support. READ MORE

International Make A Difference Day – Saturday, October 23rd 

By Cara Beth Lewis

On the fourth Saturday of October each year, Make A Difference Day is celebrated internationally. This year, Make A Difference Day falls on October 23rd. Each one of us – as citizens, friends, co-workers, and inhabitants of the world – have the opportunity to make a difference, big or small, each day of our lives. READ MORE.


Local Lions Host a “Strides” Walk for Diabetes Awareness 

On Saturday, November 6th, members of the Clarkton Lions Club, along with their friends and families, will walk in their Seventh Annual Strides: Lions for Diabetes Awareness event. COVID-19 rules are strongly encouraged for the walk this year, according to the event hosts. READ MORE.

Bladen County Health Department: New Vaccine Schedule, Moderna Boosters

By Cara Beth Lewis

Earlier, Bladen County Health and Human Services Agency shared new vaccine hours on social media. Additionally, the Health Department will now offer Moderna booster shots, as of today, October 22nd.

With the new schedule, the Health Department is open from 9 am until… READ MORE.

Bladenboro Mayor Awarded Lumber River Council of Governments’ Board Member of the Year


Lumber River Council of Governments Annual Meeting and Award Winners

On October 21, 2021, the Lumber River Council of Governments (LRCOG) celebrated 49 years of excellence and recognized individuals who have generously given their time and energy towards the work of the LRCOG. Rufus Duckworth, LRCOG Board of Directors Chairman, presided over the event. READ MORE.

October is World Bullying Prevention Month 

By Cara Beth Lewis

Bullying is a timeless issue that challenges children and adults worldwide. In October, the world recognizes Bullying Prevention Month, and the goal is to “Stomp Out Bullying.” The official title is: World Bullying Prevention Month™ An initiative of STOMP Out Bullying™. stated, “Throughout October, students and adults alike…READ MORE.

You Decide: Is A Wealth Tax In the Future?

By Dr. Mike Walden

Trillions of dollars were added to the national debt during the COVID-19 pandemic as the federal government poured money into the economy to avoid a long and deep collapse. Now national legislators are considering spending trillions more to address physical and social infrastructure issues.

To avoid putting all this new spending on the national financial tab, some are… READ MORE.

Bladen County Headlines…50 Years Ago

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners appointed the following persons to positions at the Bladen County sanitary landfill: Russell L. Priest, heavy equipment operator, Craven Hair, landfill attendant, and William Clifton Kelly, truck driver.

Cynthia McClure was appointed… READ MORE.

Word of the Day: Trend

by Danna Martínez

“In a world full of trends, I want to remain a classic.” -Iman.

The term trend comes from the Proto-Germanic word “trandijan.” The word in German most likely refers to roll about, turn, or revolve. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the first known use of the word trend was in 1598. Back in this time, the term… READ MORE.

NCDOT’s Weekly Cash Watch Report

RALEIGH  To be open and transparent and to comply with Session Law 2019-251 of the N.C. General Assembly, the N.C. Department of Transportation will issue a news release each Friday publishing the weekly “NCDOT Cash Watch Numbers” report, which is a…READ MORE.

North Carolina’s September Employment Figures Released

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted September unemployment rate was 4.2 percent,decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from August’s revised rate.

The national rate decreased 0.4 of a percentage point to 4.8 percent.

North Carolina’s September 2021 unemployment rate decreased… READ MORE.

NCDOT: 8 Tips to Avoid Animal-Related Vehicle Crashes

The decrease in animal-related vehicle crashes last year was 8.5%, NCDOT data show

RALEIGH – The frequency of vehicle crashes involving animals decreased last year across North Carolina, according to figures kept by the N.C. Department of Transportation.

The number of such crashes – usually involving… READ MORE.

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Today is Friday, October 22, 2021 … Just a week away from Halloween and from Beast Fest 2021 in Bladenboro…

Reminder of the fundraiser for Michael “Mike” Thaggard, Jr. The 1987 graduate of Tar Heel High School was diagnosed in 2001 with aggressive brain tumors. READ MORE

Bladen County Board of Commissioners Special Meeting Notice Redistricting & Trillium Realignment

Bladen CountyContributed

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 5:00 pm to discuss the Redistricting process based on the 2020 Census. Additionally the Board will consider approving the transition work plan for Bladen County during the process of disengaging from Eastpointe and realigning with Trillium Health Resources.  READ MORE.


Simple No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Recipe to Celebrate National Day

October brings the pumpkins out and today is National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day. The fall dessert day is celebrated annually on October 21st.

Nicole and Charlotte wanted to take advantage of the national day and celebrate with a “Simple No-Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake” recipe. READ MORE.

Anniversary Celebration at Bladen Serenity Nails and Spa

The Bladen Serenity Nails and Spa staff are celebrating their one-year anniversary. They invite the public to load up family and friends and head down Highway 701 to help celebrate with them. READ MORE.



Get to Know Bladen County Public Libraries  

By Cara Beth Lewis

In Bladen County, the public library is so much more than “just books.” Although books are a huge resource, the library has so much more to offer its patrons and the citizens of Bladen County.

To name a few resources that Bladen County Public Library offers on their website, there is genealogy information (including Find A Grave, Family Search, Heritage Quest, and more)…READ MORE.

Moores Creek National Battlefield to Hold Candlelight Tour Event – FREE to the Public

Currie, NC- On Saturday, November 13, 2021, Moores Creek National Battlefield will be holding its annual Candlelight Tour.

Experience the Battleground as you have never seen it before. This family-friendly program will travel along the candlelit trail with stories of the early days of the American Revolution and of the Battle of Moores Creek Bridge. READ MORE.


Word of the Day: Algorithm

by Danna Martínez

From the interaction on our phone to the change of lights on the road to the transactions on our bank account, algorithms are everywhere. This ubiquitous tool serves as a vital organ in technology while also playing an essential role in our social interaction. READ MORE.

NCDOT Launches the 2022 Aviation Art Contest

Entries accepted through January

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation is encouraging children and teenagers to show off their artistic work by taking part in the 2022 Aviation Art Contest.

This year’s theme is “Design Your Perfect Aircraft”. All North Carolina students born between Jan. 1, 2004 and Dec. 31, 2015 are welcome to submit their entries now through Jan. 10. The entries will be judged in…READ MORE.

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Thoughts While Shaving

I am amazed so many EDC prospects know about Bladen County … and all want to know about labor availability and housing … Yes, there are other issues … but, those two are at or near the top of the list…

College football last night. App State 30 – Coastal Carolina 27. First defeat of the year for Coastal, their record is 6-1, ASU 5-2 … good game if you did not care who won… READ MORE


WoodmenLife Gives Back to the Community

This past weekend Jeffrey Rogerson with WoodmenLife was caught again giving back to the community. The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8062 has a facility on Hill Street in Elizabethtown. READ MORE.


Bladen County Schools Superintendent Requests Stakeholders Input


Bladen County Schools is embarking on the development of a strategic plan.  The development of a strategic plan is important as the district seeks to set focused goals, determine actions required to achieve the goals, and to identify the necessary resources required to meet the goals.  The framework for the Bladen County Schools Strategic Plan will…READ MORE.

Chamber Announces 2021 Bladen County Christmas – 30 Days of Celebration

Contributed by Terri Dennison, Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director

Last year, the Chamber took the traditional Shop Local Weekend (weekend after Thanksgiving) and expanded it to a full four-week promotional campaign. Because of concerns over Covid’s impact on our businesses, the Chamber developed several activities to increase visitation to our area in a safe, healthy manner. READ MORE.

Trinity United Methodist Church Announces Trunk or Treat Event

Trunk or Treat
Saturday, October 30th  READ MORE.



Word of the Day: Intricate

By Danna Martinez

Who has not struggled expressing ideas? In some cases, trying to explain or tell something is a challenge, which for various reasons triggers misunderstandings. Being intricate can cause confusion when developing or resolving a particular matter, such as a thought, case, or situation.  READ MORE.

NCDOT Sets New Yearly Litter Collection Record of 11 Million Pounds

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s crews, contractors and volunteers have collected more than 11 million pounds of litter from roadsides, exceeding the state’s record for litter collection set in 2019.  READ MORE.

Cape Fear Valley Health Modifies Visitation Policies 

FAYETTEVILLE – Oct. 20, 2021 – As the community’s positive test rate and the health system’s COVID-19 admissions have shown a promising downward trend recently, Cape Fear Valley Health is making the following modifications to the current visitation policy. READ MORE.

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Thoughts While Shaving

Watched a little of the baseball playoffs last night … Dodgers eaked out a 6-5 win over the Braves. Braves still lead the series 2-1. In the National league, Astros defeated the Red Sox 9-2. Series is tied 2-2.

Thinking back a few years … to mid and late 50s … numerous series involved the Yankees and Dodgers, the Brooklyn Dodgers… READ MORE


Cancelation Of Town Of White Lake Planning Board Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY PUBLISHED THAT Chairman Jake Womble of the White Lake Planning Board has canceled the Thursday, October 21st, 2021 meeting of the Town of White Lake Planning Board due to lack of a quorum. The Planning Board will hold…READ MORE.


Star Telephone Job Opening in Bladen County

Communications Consultant- Bladen County

FUNCTION: Provides system marketing support for the sale and provision of business telecommunications systems and residential service products. Works to establish and maintain strong, professional relationships with business members. READ MORE.

Word of the Day: Mosaic

by Danna Martínez

One more time, art reminds us how different items can evolve into one spectacular upshot. A mosaic is the congregation of small colorful pieces, which compose an image or pattern.

The term mosaic comes from the Latin root, musaicum. The word in… READ MORE.

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Late NFL score … Tennessee Titans 34 – Buffalo Bills 31 … Both teams have 4-2 records … Larrell Murchison has been on injured reserve since October 1.

Congratulations to Clarkton native, Carey Cox. She is now the Senior Director, Integrated Marketing for the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team, moving from Florida to PA. READ MORE


Third Annual Kevin Conner Memorial Run Results

Photos by Leyton Ezzell

By Cara Beth Lewis 

On Saturday, the third annual Trooper Kevin Conner Memorial Run took place in Whiteville in memory of fallen Trooper Kevin Conner, who tragically lost his life during a traffic stop on October 17th, 2018. Each year, members of the community come together for the memorial run to honor his life and his dedication to serving and protecting. This year, approximately 400 runners participated. READ MORE.

Ag’em Up Field Day Recap 

Contributed by Jacob Barber

This year Ag’em Up was a three-day event. The field day was held on October 11th, 12th, and the 13th. Due to the pandemic, we were not able to conduct the original two-day event at the Bladen County Parks and Recreation field.  READ MORE.

National Teen Driver Safety Week: October 17-23

By Cara Beth Lewis

It is always important to do all that we can to stay safe behind the wheel. This week, National Teen Driver Safety Week promotes safe habits for teen drivers and the importance of following the rules of the road. READ MORE.

National Health Education Week Begins October 18th

By Cara Beth Lewis 

National Health Education Week, observed in the third week of October, promotes health education and the role it plays in our lives. This week is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and The Society for Public Health Education. READ MORE.

Columbus County Roundabout Proposed by NCDOT

CHADBOURN – State transportation officials are proposing to construct a roundabout in western Columbus County to improve safety and traffic flow.

The recommended roundabout at U.S. 74/76 Business/N.C. 130 and Peacock Road outside of Chadbourn is the subject of a public comment period underway. READ MORE.

Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association Announce Conceal Carry Class

Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association Conceal Carry Class will be Saturday, November 13, 2021 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

The cost of the class is $75.00. READ MORE.


Bladen County RFP for Ambulance Medical Billing and Collection 


BLADEN County (“County”), a political subdivision of the State of North Carolina, hereby publishes this REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL (“RFP”) intending to solicit and request bid proposals pursuant to the terms and conditions stated herein, from all qualified bidders/firms/service providers/vendors/etc. (“Firm’) interested in providing the professional medical billing, collection, and ancillary services (“Services”) as more particularly described herein, to County’s Emergency Medical Services Department (“EMS”).  READ MORE.

Word of the Day: Seed

By Danna Martínez

The seed is the grain contained within the fruits of plants. Its function consists of different germination and growth processes. And even more important, seeds are in charge of keeping vegetable species perpetuating and continuing their development.  READ MORE.

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Thoughts While Shaving

I delivered BBQ plates (in my dreams) just about all night long … I was delivering for someone, some cause, door to door, 1,000 plates … Worked hard, overcame most obstacles, happy when it was time to rise this AM…

Late night NFL score Steelers 23 – Seahawks 20 (OT) … READ MORE


County of Bladen Notice to Bladen County Taxpayers

  The Bladen County Tax Office is in the process of data collection for the 2022 Revaluation.  Contracted tax appraisers will be visiting each property in the county to review the real property listing. READ MORE.  


Boy Scout Troop 600 Fundraising – Sponsorship Opportunities

Boy Scout Troop 600 is hosting a Big Doe Roundup, and the troop is currently accepting sponsorships for the event. Sponsorship levels include Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum, and Diamond.

Bronze Sponsorships are $25, and will include a social…READ MORE.

Beast of Bladenboro Festival “Beast Fest” Entertainment Announced 

By Cara Beth Lewis

The Beast of Bladenboro Festival planning committee, Boost the Boro, excitedly announced the happenings of the upcoming 14th annual Beast Fest last week. The event will take place in downtown Bladenboro on October 29th and 30th. With musical entertainment, food vendors, local arts and crafts vendors, Trunk or Treat, a costume contest, a car show, and more, the event is predicted to be the “Best Beast Fest yet.” READ MORE.

2021 Rogers Wish Project


The 8th annual Roger’s Wish Project will begin taking donations of blankets and sleeping bags for the needy and homeless on October 8th and will run through October 29th. Donations of new or gently used blankets and sleeping bags can be dropped off at Bladen County Library on Cypress Street in Elizabethtown during… READ MORE.

COVID-19 Booster Vaccines are Available at Bladen Health Department

Bladen COVID-19 cases have decreased over the past nine days, and the number of vaccinated continues to increase. While the vaccinated numbers are not what the health officials hoped for, they continue to remind the public vaccines are available. READ MORE.

Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Party at Bladen County Public Library

By Cara Beth Lewis

In the spirit of Halloween, Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown has planned a “Nightmare Before Christmas” Halloween party for children. The party is scheduled for Tuesday, October 26th, at 6:30 pm.

The event will be outdoors; In both the courtyard and library parking lot. Bladen County Library Director, Sheila Nance stated, “There will be games, crafts, and lots of fun!” READ MORE.

Foundation Church Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch

Fall is in the air! Temperatures are cooling down; leaves are beginning to fall… ‘Tis the season for two of the most popular fall family activities! Corn mazes and pumpkin patches!

Through October 31st, Foundation Church will be hosting a corn maze and pumpkin patch, along with activities for the entire family!  READ MORE.

Bladen County Health Department is Now Offering Flu Shots

By Cara Beth Lewis

Bladen County Health Department announced this week that they are now offering flu shots. Walk-ins are welcome, or you can call (910) 862-6900 to make an appointment. READ MORE.

Municipal Notice of Election for November 2

A municipal general election will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021 BLADEN COUNTY to vote in the following contest: Municipal Offices.

Photo ID is not required in any election in 2021. READ MORE.


United Way 2021 Campaign Offers a Chance to Give Back and Win Big

by BladenOnline 

United Way of Bladen County and Lumber River United Way have partnered for the 2021 Campaign to serve the needs of Bladen County better. The Campaign this year comes with a chance for Fare Share donors to win a $3,500 cash prize. READ MORE.

Bladen County Public Libraries Accepting Candy Donations for Fall Outreaches

By Cara Beth Lewis

Bladen County Public Library branches will conduct outreach programs throughout the upcoming Fall season. The goal of these outreaches is to spark an interest in reading in children and make parents aware of all that the library has to offer for their child.  READ MORE.

The Art Gallery In Bladenboro Is Looking For Exhibitors

Bladenboro Historical BuildingIf you would like to exhibit your art, photography, and/or crafts in our gallery, or know of someone who would, please call (910) 633-7982 or email Bladenboro Visual Arts Council is looking for new exhibitors. You would be displaying your work in a nice art gallery in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building, at 818 South Main Street, on the second floor. READ MORE.

Boost the Boro Announces First-Ever Beast Fest Cornhole Tournament 

By Cara Beth Lewis 

Boost the Boro is the volunteer committee behind the annual Beast of Bladenboro Festival, also known as “Beast Fest.” Each year, the group strives to offer more and make the Halloween festival bigger and better. Recently, Boost the Boro announced that a Beast Fest Cornhole Tournament is on the agenda for the first time this year. READ MORE.

COVID-19 Third-Dose Shots for Immunocompromised People Now Available


FAYETTEVILLE – August 20, 2021 – Starting August 20, Cape Fear Valley Health’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics will be offering third-dose shots for immunocompromised individuals. Booster doses for non-immunocompromised individuals who have gone at least eight months since their second dose will be available starting Monday, September 20.  READ MORE.

Bladen County Health Department to offer Booster COVID-19 Vaccines 

Health officials warn the highly contagious Delta variant has caused a spike in new COVID-19 cases in Bladen County and across North Carolina. COVID-19 Vaccines are said to be the best way to slow new variants from emerging and reduce the spread the infections. READ MORE.

Beast Fest 2021 – Vendor Availability, Sponsorship Opportunities, Entertainment, and More

By Cara Beth Lewis

After a break from the tradition last year due to the pandemic, the annual Beast of Bladenboro Festival will draw a crowd from all over the southeast once again this year! The event is scheduled for October 29th and 30th.  READ MORE.

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