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West Bladen remembers beloved staff member Donald Sykes

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By Amy Schumacher

West Bladen High School students and staff gathered Wednesday wearing a t-shirt made in loving memory of a friend, counselor and motivator that was lost to the world on May 10, 2017. Mr. Donald Sykes was respected and loved by all at West Bladen and was an encouragement within the high school where he had worked for ten years. READ MORE

Crime: Bladen County Sheriff’s Office seeking information in deadly shooting

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with information regarding the identities of the suspects in a shooting that left one immigrant dead on Friday night. The shooting occurred on Oakview Trail near Elizabethtown. If you have any information regarding this case, you are asked to call the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960. READ MORE


Opinion:Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingMemorial Day weekend is expected to be hot, temps in the 90s.  Total rainfall for this week at the Hester household was 1.5 inches.  (as of 6AM Thursday)

Lots of budget talk at all levels of government this time of the year. READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on May 25

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature            95 degrees              2011

Lowest Temperature             44 degrees               1967

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                            2.33 inches             2003

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 80 degrees.

7-Day Forecast

This Day in History for May 25

This Day In History1721 – John Copson becomes America’s 1st insurance agent.

1787 – Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia, George Washington presiding.

1844 – 1st telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot. READ MORE


WBHS Receives Donation

On Thursday, May 11 2017, Ms. Betty Connor, of the Trinity Ringers, unexpectedly came to deliver a generous donation to our West Bladen FFA chapter in memory of Mr. Ray Allen. READ MORE

Town of Clarkton requests Sheriff’s Office assistance

The town of Clarkton recently sent a request to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office for two deputies to be assigned to patrol the town. Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said the Sheriff’s Office has submitted a cost estimate for the Clarkton Town Board to consider. READ MORE

Emereau continues to grow in Bladen County

Kate Alice Dunaway, Director at Emereau: Bladen announced the new local public free charter school continues to see enrollment grow.” Our enrollment continues to climb,” Dunaway said.  READ MORE

Sheriff’s Office to open substation at Oakdale Homes

By: Erin Smith

The Housing Authority in Clarkton has offered an office space at Oakdale Homes to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office to be utilized as a substation, according to Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton. He said the offer came prior to last week’s shooting at the apartment complex and is a separate from a request from the Clarkton Town Board for two deputies to patrol the town. READ MORE

Remembering our Fallen Heroes

Memorial Day is fast approaching and our freedom did not come free. The staff at recognizes a lot of sacrifices have been made  by our men and women in uniform for freedom.

This week we would like to honor those men and women who sacrificed so much for our great country with memorials in their honor. READ MORE

Free box fans offered to elderly, disabled to help during summer

The Division of Aging are now supplying Box Fans for elderly and disabled members of the community. The Box Fans were donated by Four County Electric Membership Company and Duke Progress Energy to assist the elderly and disabled with their cooling expenses during the hot summer months. READ MORE

Bladen DSS to offer foster parent open house and classes in June

Foster CareFoster parents are volunteers from the community who open their homes and provide love and care to abused and neglected children. These nurturing, caring, responsible parents are the missing pieces in foster children’s lives.

Bladen County DSS will have a TIPS/MAPP Open House on Thursday, June 1 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Bladen County Department of Social Services at 208 East McKay Street in Elizabethtown. READ MORE





Sun sets near East Arcadia

The sun sets behind the trees Tuesday evening along N.C. 87 near East Arcadia.  

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CRIME: Answers still sought in Bladen County 2015 disappearance

By: Erin Smith

The family of a Bladen County woman who has been missing since 2015 is still seeking clues as to her whereabouts. Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said the Sheriff’s Office does have a person of interest in the case and investigators continue to pursue tips received from the public.   READ MORE

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Opinion: Romphims, union suits and Hello Kitty

By: Jefferson Weaver

A while back, I snorted with derision and snarled about $400 jeans that are permanently marked with fake dirt. The idea is to make the wearer look like he or she works for a living. When combined with the companion $1,200 wornout workboots, said britches ensure that the wearer needs to work for a living, since Mom and Dad ain’t going to support the pursuit of that cultural arts degree forever.  READ MORE

CRIME: West Bladen High School was on lockdown

West Bladen High School LogoWest Bladen High School Lockdown at approximately 12:30 p.m. today READ MORE


Bladen County Commissioners discuss budget for new year

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday, May 22nd. The main topic of discussion was the budget for the new fiscal year. READ MORE

Bladen County under Flash Flood Warning!

National Weather ServiceAccording to the National Weather Service a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for portions of southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina, including the following areas: READ MORE

Event: Bladen County Memorial Day Ceremony
Memorial Day will be held next Monday, May 29th, 2017. The Bladen County’s Disabled American Veterans Chapter has sent out an invitation inviting all Veterans to a Memorial Day Ceremony. READ MORE



Event: 22nd Ammon Blueberry Festival in Bladen County

Blueberry farmers have had a lot of weather battles to fight this year. Local farmers will be celebrated for all their hard work this year and every year at the 22nd Annual Ammon Blueberry Festival.  READ MORE

Memorial Day closings in Bladen County

The Memorial Day Holiday is a time for honoring our men and women who gave their lives serving our country. In honor of the holiday, area offices have announced their schedule. READ MORE  

Road Closure Update

According to Kenneth Clark with the NC Department of Transportation, due to concerns with having Center Road and Cabbage Road closed simultaneously,  NC DOT officials made a switch today and closed Marsh Road in lieu of Center Road. An update of road openings / closings for Bladen County is as follows: READ MORE

Lifestyles: Submit your graduate’s photo and information

Submit photos of your graduating Senior.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017! READ MORE

Bladen County Upcoming VFW Buddy Poppy Campaign

The Raymond W. Biglow VFW Post 8062 in Elizabethtown has scheduled its Memorial Day Buddy Poppy Campaign for Saturday, May 27th, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Walmart and Tractor Supply locations.

Donations are welcome but not required to receive a Buddy Poppy. Please come by and support your local VFW Post on this special day and wear a Poppy for a veteran.  READ MORE


Man arrested in Clarkton shooting makes first court appearance

Bladen Community College Students Win at State Competition

Bladen County Commissioners give Public Hearing Notice for Economic Development budget

North Carolina’s April Employment Figures Released

Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Announces Education Contest Winners

East Arcadia teacher received National Citizenship Award 

Near drowning occurs at White Lake

Bladen County VFW presents awards

39th Annual White Lake Water Festival

Swindell turns himself in on murder charge in Clarkton shooting

Clarkton DYB Haunted House up in flames


Congratulations to all our Graduates!


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