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Justice denied: Lawsuit surrounding wrongful conviction and missing evidence  READ MORE 


Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingTwo of my heroes are retiring. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kenny Rogers.

First time I saw Dale, Jr. in action was at the Myrtle Beach, SC Speedway where he and sister, Kelly were racing on Saturday night. The story was Dale, Sr. provided a car for each, but it was their responsibility to keep it running. No idea if that was true or not. Both struggled at times, but never gave up.  READ MORE

Bladen and Sampson County Toys for Tots

Rain or shine the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots event will happen. Lots of great singing, spoken word, mime dancing, food vendors, clothes vendors and more will be happening to raise funds for the Bladen/Sampson Toys for Tots according to Marcella McKoy, a Volunteer Coordinator.  READ MORE
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Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on April 26

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature                91 degrees           1960

Lowest Temperature                  38 degrees          2005

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                                2.15 inches          1978

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 70 degrees.

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This Day in History for April 26

This Day In History1607 1st English colony in American lands at Cape Henry, Virginia.

1865 – Battle of Durham Station, NC (Greensboro).

1887 – Huntsville Electric Co. forms to sell electricity.

1920 – Harlow Shapely and Heber D. Curtis hold “great debate” on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC.

1931 – Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him American League home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season. READ MORE

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Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare celebrates National Patient Experience Week

Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital“The only difference between us and our competitors is our people.”

Bladen County Hospital has always been a step ahead of all the competition when it comes to our “people”, or our family. READ MORE

Road Closing update in Bladen County

By: Kenneth Clark, NCDOT

The Elwell Ferry is not operating due to high water.

“Also, We have postponed the closure of NC 211 east of SR 1713 (White Plains Church Road) until tomorrow morning at 7:30 am.” Clark stated.  READ MORE


Bladenboro Rotary Club hears how Parent and Community involvement is important in education

Bladenboro Rotary Club was informed on concerns in education at their Monday evening meeting. Ms. Ann Brown, Principal at Booker T. Washington Elementary School, spoke to the Bladenboro Rotarians at the April 24th meeting.

Ms. Brown shared her experiences as a new Principal.  READ MORE


Bill to toughen laws on Opioid Misuse is now in NC Senate

A bill to toughen Opioid Misuse Laws has passed the NC House and is now working its way through the NC Senate.  The bill, titled “Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP)Act” has been referred to the NC Senate Rules and Operations Committee. READ MORE

Sports: Murray has unofficial world record

By: Erin Smith

Professional Wakeboarder Shaun Murray set an unofficial world record on Saturday at White Lake by riding behind 46 Correct Craft brand boats. Information and documentation regarding Murray’s record attempt has been submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records and they are awaiting final word from the publisher. READ MORE

River flood warning has been issued for Bladen County until Sunday

The National Weather Service has issued a river flood warning for Bladen County for the Cape Fear River until Sunday. According to the National Weather Service, flood stage for the river at Elizabethtown is 25 feet and the river is projected to reach 28.6 feet by Friday. READ MORE

Hardees Elizabethtown location has opened; applications accepted online for Tar Heel location

By: Erin Smith

Construction is now complete and the Elizabethtown location for Hardees is now open. The restaurant, located at 215 S. Poplar Street, opened for business at 5 a.m. Monday and Bladen County residents braved the rain to try the new eatery. READ MORE


Bladen County Board of Commissioners budget discussions

The rain did not stop the Bladen County Board of Commissioners from holding a special meeting on Monday evening. The topic for the special meeting was to discuss the county’s budget.

Mike Jackson, Chair of the Bladen County Animal Control Advisory Board, presented a needs evaluation showing the local animal shelter is in need of two more shelter attendants.  READ MORE

First annual Pet Palooza to offer luminaries for special pet or animal advocate

The first annual Bladen County Pet Palooza is scheduled for Friday, June 16, from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Pet Palooza will be held at the Elizabethtown Dog Park and the National Guard Armory on Swanzy Street in Elizabethtown. READ MORE

BCC Welcomes John Green to Campus


DUBLIN – Former Cumberland County Schools Assistant Principal John Green has joined the staff at Bladen Community College as the Retention and Recruitment Coordinator. READ MORE

Lifestyles: Roundtable Discussions Series on Opioid Epidemic: HB 243‘s roundtable discussions on the opioid epidemic in North Carolina and Bladen County continues this week with a look at NC House Bill 243 known as the “The STOP Act.” READ MORE



Bladenboro Middle releases honor roll for third quarter

Bladenboro Middle School has released the Honor Roll for the third quarter grading period. READ MORE


Crime: One case of suspected felon reported voting in Bladen County 2016 elections; Election Report indicates 441 total suspected felons having voted

SBE: SBE Releases Post-Election Report for 2016 General Election

RALEIGH, N.C. – The N.C. State Board of Elections on Friday released a report detailing findings of post-election audits and investigations into irregularities following the 2016 elections.  The Post-Election Audit Report: General Election 2016 was prepared in response to inquiries from members of Congress, state lawmakers, media organizations and the general public. READ MORE

Crash at NC 41 West and Marsh Road temporarily closes road

By Erin Smith

A crash on Monday morning at the intersection of NC 41 West and Marsh Road resulted in the temporary closing of NC 41 West.  The road has since re-opened to traffic. READ MORE 

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoFire destroyed over 5,000 acres in northern and western Bladen County.

Former White Lake Chief of Police Willard Storms filed a $1.3 million dollar lawsuit against the White Lake Board of Commissioners.

A 10 foot long alligator was found dead along the banks of the Cape Fear River.  READ MORE


Update 2: Public Schools competing with non-traditional schools for students

By Erin Smith

Bladen County SchoolsNorth Carolina’s public school system is feeling strong competition for students from Charter Schools and private schools. Bladen County Schools are no different with the opening of Emereau:Bladen Charter School in August. READ MORE

North Carolina’s March Employment Figures Released

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from February’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 4.5 percent. READ MORE


NC DOT provides updated list of road closings

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has released an update on road closings/openings in Bladen County. READ MORE

Crime: Elizabethtown couple arrested on drugs charges after search of home

On Friday, April 21, 2017, at approximately 7 a.m. Bladen County Probation and Parole Officers requested the assistance of the Elizabethtown Police Department and Bladen County Sheriff’s Department to conduct a search of a residence at 412 South Lower Street after receiving complaints of possible drug activity at the residence. READ MORE

A Warm Friday Afternoon at the Cape Fear Farmers Market

Warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine have begun to draw folks out to the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. On Friday, Elizabeth Norris along with Alyssa, Andrew and Brooklyn were at the farmers market enjoying a Sunset Slush. READ MORE

Kiwanis Club holds business meeting

The Kiwanis Club met on Tuesday evening at San Jose Restaurant and heard an update from Dr. Lisa Bryan regarding the recent district meeting. READ MORE

Crime: SBI Reviews Cold Cases with New Technology

RALEIGH – The SBI is inspecting unsolved murder case files using new technology and old warhorses to garner evidence for potential convictions.

A grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission is allowing the SBI to contract with 10 retired SBI agents and several law school students to examine cold homicide cases. READ MORE

National Weather Service issues update on Winnabow Transmitter

By Erin Smith

Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued the following update on the outage and damage repair for the Winnabow NOAA tower. The Winnabow, NC NOAA Weather Radio tower serves Columbus, Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender Counties. READ MORE

Lifestyles: For Better Living: Encourage your Children to Eat More Vegetables

By: Sandra R. Cain

Sandra CainBelieve it or not, it is possible to raise kids who like eating a wide variety of vegetables. The secret is to never bribe or threaten them about eating green or orange things. Just follow as many of these simple steps as you can. READ MORE

Weeks Top Stories for April 21, 2017

Crime: Department of Public Safety Appoints New Directors of Prisons, Community Corrections

RALEIGH – Secretary Erik A. Hooks of the Department of Public Safety today named two senior administrators to new leadership roles as Director of Prisons and Director of Community Corrections. Kenneth Lassiter will serve as Director of Prisons, while Tracy Lee will become the Director of Community Corrections. Both appointments are effective May 1. READ MORE

Opinion: Calling All Voters: Don’t wait until elections

By: Charlotte Smith

Your candidate may not have won the election, but that does not mean you do not have a voice. All voters near and far in Bladen County, in North Carolina, should be contacting their elected officials and asking for some accountability for our tax dollars.  READ MORE 


Elliott Madden discusses RYLA weekend with Elizabethtown Rotary Club 

Elliott Madden

Elliott Madden, son of Eddie and Dawn Madden, spoke to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club about his recent trip to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) where learned about successful leadership. The event was conducted at the Trinity Center in Pine Knoll Shores in January. READ MORE

Bladenboro creates Economic Development Strategic Planning Committee

By: Erin Smith

The town of Bladenboro created the Bladenboro Economic Development Strategic Planning Committee and retroactively appointed 9 members at the April Town Board meeting. The committee includes three members of the Bladenboro Town Board, three members from Boost the ‘Boro and three at-large members. READ MORE

County Commissioners meeting with Legislative Delegation has been postponed

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting that was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 20, at 6 p.m. has been postponed. READ MORE

Crime: Elizabethtown man arrested on indecent liberties charges

William Clark

On April 20, 2017, at approximately 6 a.m. Agent Shawn Ellerby of the State Bureau of Investigations and Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Guyton of the Elizabethtown Police Department initiated an arrest of William Bryan Clark at 305 Glenwood Drive, Elizabethtown, NC. READ MORE 

Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Announces Education Contest Winners

Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District proudly announces 1st and 2nd place winners at the State Level in the 2017 Education contests for Bladen County Academy, Primary, Elementary, and Middle school students.  READ MORE

NOAA Selects Vaisala to Help Support Severe and Extreme Weather Forecasts and Research

With an increase in lightning fatalities last year, NOAA to rely on Vaisala’s highly-accurate, cloud-to-ground lightning data to help its meteorologists protect life and property, and serve as a reliable dataset for severe weather research. READ MORE

Southeastern Health to host Bladen focus group

Southeastern Medial CenterSoutheastern Health (SeHealth) will host a focus group in Bladen County in an effort to better understand the health care needs of the residents they serve there. The focus group will meet at the Town Hall in White Lake on Tuesday, April 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. READ MORE

Bladen County community members helping improve communities

By: Charlotte Smith

In the post are some photos captured back in 2010 of Bladen County community members helping improve communities. The photoed events are continuing today.

This year the Spay and Neuter Clinics in Bladen County celebrated their seventh year anniversary by holding another Spay and Neuter Clinic. Dr. Gensel at Elizabethtown Veterinary Hospital, his staff, some volunteers, and rescue group, A Shelter Friend, have been working together on this project with commitment. READ MORE 


White Lake Clean-Up Day

As our 2017 tourist season approaches and we kick off our annual White Lake Water Festival weekend May 19-20, 2017, the Town of White Lake would like to invite all residents and property owners to participate in a volunteer clean-up effort on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to clear any debris from your shorelines (fallen trees, overgrown vegetation, etc.) and the lake (pier construction materials caused by Hurricane Matthew, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, etc.) that may cause bodily injury or damage watercraft while using the lake. READ MORE




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