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Suspect Arrested in East Arcadia Shooting

From: Sheriff James A. McVicker

On Tuesday, June 16th, at approximately 5:30 pm, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a man shot five times in the ankle, leg, arm, and chest in the East Arcadia area at Sambo’s on Carter Road. READ MORE

Jefferson Weaver: A diamond is colorless

Jefferson WeaverBy Jefferson Weaver

I was a lousy athlete, but I have always loved baseball.

I was always a round little kid, then a somewhat round, clumsy teenager. I just didn’t have the speed or agility for most sports. READ MORE

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving for July 10

Thoughts While Shaving

A beautiful July weekend is what we dream of in January and February … and here we are … After a few days in the low to high 90s we are dreaming of the cooler days … We are just human beings…

As I have stated in the past, enjoy checking newspapers statewide … with many owned by the same company, see some of the same articles, statewide … Yesterday, such an article was an iguana discovered in the Asheboro area. READ MORE

Community Issues Discussed by Local Leaders

The Bladen County Commissioners and other local leaders organized a meeting to address community concerns. The Local Working Group meeting was held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 in Bladen County Courthouse, Superior Courtroom READ MORE


Community Announcements, Upcoming Events and Fundraisers
*Some of the events listed may be postponed or canceled due to the Coronavirus. Please email with any updated information on events and announcements.*

Extremes for Bladen County on July 10

Highest Temperature            100 degrees          2012

Lowest Temperature               58 degrees          1972

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                          1.39 inches          1915

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 89 degrees.


This Day in History for July 10

This Day In History

1913 – World’s official highest recorded temperature at Greenland Ranch, Death Valley, California at 134 degrees F.

2015 – The Confederate flag is taken town for the last time from South Carolina Capitol grounds 1 day after the state legislature ordered it removed. READ MORE


Governor Cooper Appoints Members to North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice

RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced the members of the North Carolina Task Force for Racial Equity in Criminal Justice, co-chaired by Justice Anita Earls and Attorney General Josh Stein. The Task Force will meet at 10:00 am on Friday, July 10, 2020. READ MORE


NC College Students Help Local Governments, Nonprofits with COVID-19 Response

An effort by Governor Roy Cooper’s administration is matching North Carolina college students in need of work experience with local governments and nonprofits seeking additional help to support COVID-19 response efforts. READ MORE


Commissioners’ Agenda Released

Maria Edwards with the County of Bladen released the agenda for the upcoming Bladen County Board of Commissioners’ meeting scheduled for Monday, July 13, 2020, 6:30 p.m. This meeting will be held in the Superior Courtroom located on the 2ndfloor of the Bladen County Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown. READ MORE


In honor of Former State Senator and NC Dept. of Administration Secretary Katie G. Dorsett

Yesterday Governor, Roy Cooper, ordered all North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff beginning Wednesday, July 8, 2020, until sunset on Friday, July 10, 2020, in honor of former State Senator and NC Department of Administration Secretary Katie G. Dorsett, who passed away on Tuesday. READ MORE


Governor Vetoes Senate Bill 168

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the following bill. READ MORE



Update: Bladen County Board of Education Approved Contract for Driver’s Education Services

Since the first publication of this article Valerie F. Newton, Public Relations & Information Officer with Bladen County Schools released the following statement. 

The Bladen County Board of Education approved on June 29, 2020, a contract for a company to provide driver’s education instruction to Bladen County students. However, this does not mean that driver’s education classes are now open. The approval of the contract was an administrative procedure that is done yearly by the Board. READ MORE

Fall High School Sports Dependent on Schools Re-Opening

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association held a virtual press conference Wednesday with 100 media members that provided insight into the NCHSAA’s plans for fall sports while still emphasizing that everything is dependent on when schools are allowed to re-open.

Commissioner Que Tucker said, “Sports don’t exist if there is no school. We want our students back in the classroom safely. Once that can occur, then we want them to be able to play.” READ MORE

Former Labor Union President, Bladenboro Resident Sentenced for Embezzlement

Keith Alan Ludlum of Bladenboro was sentenced Wednesday to 14 months in prison and ordered to pay $213,201.05 in restitution for conspiracy to commit embezzlement of labor union assets, and embezzlement of labor union assets, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Ludlum, 48, served as president of Local 1208, a Bladenboro chapter of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. READ MORE

U.S. Attorney Warns Public About Fake Mask ‘Exemption’ Documents


RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon Jr. advised the public Wednesday that cards and other documents bearing the U.S. Department of Justice seal and claiming that individuals are exempt from mask requirements are fraudulent.

There have been reports of individuals in North Carolina and other parts of the country creating cards or other documents claiming that the bearer of the card is exempt from mask requirements. READ MORE

US Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District Change of Command

WILMINGTON, N.C. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District, will hold a Change of Command Ceremony on July 10 at 9 a.m. on the battleship USS North Carolina. READ MORE



Bladen Smart Start Promotes Imagination Library

Bladen Smart Start is now registering students for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. READ MORE



4-Hers Compete in 6th Annual Regional Chicken Show

On June 18, 2020, the 4-H and FFA from counties across the Southeast region
congregated on a Zoom call to host the sixth annual Regional Chicken Show! We had 39 youth ages 5 to 18 involved in 4-H and FFA from counties across the Southeast region involved in submitting videos of themselves showing their hens and broilers they have been raising and caring for over the last few months and/or completing their project record books. READ MORE

Chamber Presents Digital Marketing Tips

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce will their monthly meeting via Zoom due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Terri Dennison, Chamber Director announced in her weekly newsletter the guest speaker BCC Small Business Center will give digital marketing tips during this month’s meeting. READ MORE


5 Tips for the Summer from NCDOT

Warm weather is here to stay awhile and with it comes the opportunity to get out a little bit. The following are five tips from the North Carolina Department of Transportation. READ MORE


SBA released PPP Information

MoneyThe Treasury Department and the Small Business Administration have released detailed, updated data about the success of the Paycheck Protection Program. According to U.S. Congressman David Rouzer, the release includes loan-level data for each of the 4.9 million PPP loans that have been made and includes names and addresses for companies receiving loans of more than $150,000 READ MORE

Potential Tropical Development and Heavy Rainfall Briefing Update

Steven Pfaff, Warning Coordination Meteorologist with the National Weather Service released the latest update for the potential tropical development and heavy rainfall. READ MORE


NCCDD Seeks Public Input to Develop Next Five-Year Plan

The North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities (NCCDD) is seeking input from individuals with intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities, family members, caregivers, and the community-at-large to develop its new Five-Year State Plan (2022-2026) through a statewide survey. READ MORE

Fourth COVID-19 Related Death Reported for Bladen County

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services reports a fourth COVID-19 (coronavirus) related death for Bladen County at this time. However, according to the NCDHHS website, all four local COVID-19 related deaths happened in May and June. READ MORE


Parents Encouraged to Get Involved in Their Students Education

Bladen County Schools recently stated on their website, “Productive partnerships between schools and our students’ parents, caregivers, and staff help support student achievement and create a positive environment for our entire school community. Studies show that children with parents/families who take an active role in their education do better both academically and socially than their peers. READ MORE

God and Country Celebration at Lake Church


LAKE Church “GOD & COUNTRY” Celebration (rescheduled) for Sunday, July 26 at 8:32 a.m. with NC Lt. Governor Dan Forest. There will be a patriotic message, music and a time of worship that you will never forget. Spread the word. READ MORE

NCHSAA Among Sponsors Of SAT/ACT PowerPrep Programs

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association, the National Federation of High Schools and eKnowledge have announced continued sponsorship of SAT and ACT PowerPrep programs for high school students in North Carolina.

Under the program, students in the state receive a 95% discount on SAT or ACT prep courses, according to a news release. READ MORE

Last Day to File for Bladen County Election Brought New Candidate for Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor Seat

Yesterday, July 6, was the last day to file for the Bladen County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor election. There are now three candidates for the local supervisor’s election. READ MORE

Superintendent Johnson Raises Concerns Over Inconsistent Health Guidelines for Schools

Today’s Council of State meeting concluded before members of the Council of State had time to share updates or concerns from their departments. Superintendent Johnson noted for Governor Cooper and the Council of State that he would send his concerns after the meeting. READ MORE


Stolen Massey Fergusen Tractor Recovered: Updated

From: Sheriff James A. McVicker

On July 6th, 2020, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at a residence on Center Road in Bladenboro and recovered a stolen Massey Ferguson Tractor. The tractor had been reported stolen in May of 2020 from the Dublin area. READ MORE

USDA Announces Flexibilities for Producers Filing ‘Notice of Loss’ for Failed, Prevented Planted Acres

USDAWASHINGTON, D.C., – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing additional flexibilities for producers to file on acres with failed crops or crops that were prevented from planting because of extreme weather events. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is adding these flexibilities for Notice of Loss on both insured and uninsured crops to enable Service Centers to best assist producers. READ MORE

Bladen Sheriff’s Office Recovers Stolen Property Off Harrelson Road

A stolen mower and trailer were recovered and returned to the owner after an off-duty deputy saw a person he knew to be involved with stolen property pulling the items, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 9 p.m. on Friday, July 4, the off-duty deputy saw a vehicle turn onto Harrelson Road off U.S. 701 and notified on-duty deputies, according to the Sheriff’s Office. READ MORE

Beloved North Carolina Native, Charlie Daniels, Passes Away from Stroke

Charles Edward Daniels, better known as Charlie Daniels, from Wilmington, North Carolina born on October 28, 1936 passed away on July 6, 2020. READ MORE

Annual July 4th Sidewalk Sale Continues

The annual July 4th Sidewalk Sale started last Wednesday and continues on offering savings to all shoppers in Elizabethtown until Wednesday, July 8. Merchants are offering all manner of merchandise from clothes, shoes, gifts, jewelry, salon services, comic books, office supplies, furniture and more. READ MORE

Newsletter from U.S. Rep. David Rouzer

As we begin a new week, here’s a snapshot of the COVID-19 outbreak. Statewide, we have 74,529 cases and 1,398 deaths due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 982 individuals are currently hospitalized due to the virus, and North Carolina has completed more than 1.051 million tests so far. North Carolina also estimates that about 55,318 COVID-19 patients statewide have recovered from the virus. READ MORE

New Law: Election Poll Workers Paid by State While Receiving Unemployment Benefits

North Carolina compensation of precinct officials and assistants for the elections became more lucrative for people receiving unemployment benefits after Senate Bill 217 was signed into law last week. READ MORE


Bladen County COVID-19 Active Cases Continues to Drop While State Cases Increase

Bladen County Health Department released the latest COVID-19 case counts for North Carolina and the county. Dr. Terri Duncan stated there are no additional cases since yesterday, the report includes more recovered cases, and one less hospitalization.

She added, “Overall, NC has its’ highest day for hospitalizations.” READ MORE

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project Canceled

The Dominion Energy and Duke Energy 600-mile (965-kilometer) project designed to cross West Virginia and Virginia into North Carolina, known as the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, has been canceled.

On the project’s website it states, “Public utilities in Virginia and North Carolina need new, lower-cost supplies of natural gas to generate cleaner electricity, heat the homes of a growing population and power new industry. READ MORE

Bladen County COVID-19 Active Cases Decline Over the Holiday Weekend

On July 4th, a day when many Bladen County citizens celebrate America’s birthday, Bladen County Health Department reported 111 active COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases. On July 5th, the total active virus cases reported fail to 103.   READ MORE

Church Spotlight: It’s Time To Rise and Shine

“Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Letter to the Bladen Baptist Association from Rev. David Foster READ MORE

5 Times the American Revolution Nearly Failed

By Blake Proctor

This weekend, Americans celebrate Independence Day, commemorating the day in 1776 when our Founding Fathers declared the separation of the 13 colonies from the Kingdom of Great Britain and established a new nation.

We all know how it works: barbecues, fireworks, parades and other festive gatherings. But what many Americans don’t know is that our independence was actually declared by the Continental Congress on July 2nd, not July 4th! Why, then, isn’t the national holiday known as the “Second of July”. READ MORE

NPR: Frederick Douglass’ Descendants Deliver His ‘Fourth Of July’ Speech

EBHS Senior Portrait Dates

East Bladen High School Senior Portrait dates are set according to EBHS teacher, Anita Hester Willington, MAEd, NBCT. The date are July 13, 14, and 15, 2020.

She noted, for Formal Yearbook Photos–Ladies wear a dressy black top–Gentlemen wear a white button-down shirt and a dark tie (regular ties or bowties are fine.) READ MORE

Candidates for Bladen County November Election

Bladen County Board of Elections Director, Christopher Williams released an updated list with Candidates who have filed for the November election. READ MORE

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