• 7:04 am Thoughts While Shaving for August 17
  • 12:46 am This Day in History for August 17
  • 12:31 am Vacation leave, overtime pay policies on Bladen commissioners’ agenda
  • 12:05 am Vineyard Golf Club Championship Set Sept. 14-15
  • 11:55 pm Desmond Bryant Football Camp Set For Aug. 24

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Vacation leave, overtime pay policies on Bladen commissioners’ agenda

Bladen CountyThe Bladen County Board of Commissioners are expected to consider approving revision of the county’s adverse weather conditions, annual vacation leave and pay plan overtime policies at its regularly scheduled meeting Monday night.

Human Resources Director Shonteia Keaton will address the board about the proposal, according to the meeting agenda released by the board. READ MORE

Desmond Bryant Football Camp Set For Aug. 24

East Bladen High School graduate and former NFL player Desmond Bryant will host his annual football camp on Saturday, Aug. 24 at East Bladen. The 8th annual Back-to-School camp is free and open to ages 6 to 18.

Bryant, who played collegiately at Harvard after graduating from East Bladen in 2004, played seven years in the NFL. READ MORE

OPINION: Thoughts While Shaving for Aug. 17

Thoughts While ShavingBy Robert G. Hester

Yesterday, I checked my Bladenboro High School ‘Weaver ’56’, annual yearbook, the year I graduated. Just enjoy ‘flipping thru’ from time to time, reminiscing, wonder if so and so is still alive. … Best I could tell, about 58 or so graduated and about half of them are alive. READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County on Aug. 17

Highest Temperature            97 degrees          1968

Lowest Temperature             51 degrees          1979

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                           2.80 inches          1971

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 87 degrees


Community Announcements, Upcoming events and fundraisers

This Day in History for Aug. 17

This Day In History

1955 – Hurricane Diane, following hurricane Connie floods Connecticut River killing 190 & doing $1.8 billion damage.

1969 – Hurricane Camille strikes US coastline and kills 259 people (mainly in Alabama, Mississippi & Louisiana) READ MORE


Bladen County Board of Elections addresses 6 ways to avoid issues during upcoming elections

By Charlotte Smith

Bladen County is moving closer to the next election with a fully seated Board of Elections. Board Chair, Ms. Louella P. Thompson kept the meeting held on Tuesday, August 13 on the agenda topics leaving time for concerned citizens to address the board. READ MORE

Law enforcement de-escalation training in Bladen County

Bladen County First Responder Training Facility near White Lake is used for a multitude of training sessions. This week has been no exception.

Wednesday concluded the most recent combined Training Session READ MORE


Friday Funny

It may be raining outside, but that does not mean it has to be all glummy. We need the rain here in Bladen County. While the plants receive some waterboarding, here are some jokes for you from the ever interesting internets. READ MORE


Local community members make going back to school a blast

As the lazy days of summer are winding to a close, many parents are beginning to think about sending their children back to school. To help parents preparing for their children’s school days local volunteers, businesses and non-profits are working together for the Back to School Blast event. READ MORE


North Carolina’s July Employment Figures Released

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, remaining unchanged from June’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged from June’s revised rate of 3.7 percent. READ MORE



SoutheasternTimes.com: New helicopter base saves 40 minutes for critical patients

By Roxana Ross

Southeastern Health staff are excited about the opening of a new AirLife North Carolina base at the Lumberton Rescue Squad. The new base means emergency and trauma patients who need to be airlifted will no longer have to wait for a helicopter to fly into Lumberton for transport, because one will be stationed in the city. READ MORE

Back to School Driver Safety Tips

School is starting and that means more buses will be on the roads and more children will be walking and biking. It’s critical that drivers know the rules of the road to keep everyone safe.

On average, there are nearly 3,000 incidents of cars passing stopped school buses every school day in North Carolina. READ MORE

Emereau: Bladen Board of Directors meeting

The Emereau Bladen Board of Director’s will meet on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

The meeting will be held at Emereau: Bladen Charter School, 995 Airport Road, Elizabethtown, NC  28337. READ MORE

Church given American flag by Woodmen representative

WoodmenLife Representative Jeffrey Rogerson

WoodmenLife representative Jeffrey Rogerson supplied White Oak Family Worship Center with a new United States flag. READ MORE





Bladen Community College announces its first Welcome Week

The Bladen Community College Retention Task Force is pleased to announce its first annual Welcome Week!

This is a full week of events and activities to kick-start a new academic year.  All students are invited and encouraged to participate. READ MORE

Lifestyles Spotlight: Former West Bladen Principal, Todd Finn hired as Lewiston’s superintendent

West Bladen High School LogoFormer principal at West Bladen High School, Todd Finn was named Lewiston’s new superintendent back in February of this year. Mr. Finn left West Bladen back in 2011 and has served as a principal for other schools prior to holding his new role as superintendent. READ MORE

Opinion: You Decide: What’s Behind the Three Top Issues?

By Dr. Mike Walden

When I was a kid in the 1950s, we used to call the middle months of the year the “lazy days of summer”. School was out, families were on vacation and the hot weather just seemed to slow things down. READ MORE



Bladen County road closing updates by NCDOT

Road ClosingThe North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Bladen County’s upcoming road closings according to Faye M. Boyne, Administrative Specialist I, Division of Highways with NCDOT.


Throwback Thursday: Dawson Singletary and his bulk tobacco barn

September 17th, 1976, Dawson Singletary in his bulk tobacco barn was featured in The Southeastern Times. Tobacco has been an essential part of the state’s economic and social history for three centuries, according to the State of North Carolina’s website. READ MORE


Chamber of Commerce helps White Lake summer season end on good note

By Charlotte Smith

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce is helping end the summer season on a good note at White Lake. This past Tuesday the chamber held their monthly meeting at Goldston’s Restaurant and this evening, the chamber will present the last of the Sunset Jams “Alive after Five” concerts. READ MORE

Southeastern Health welcomes therapy dogs

By Roxana Ross

Myron is not a therapist, but he listens calmly and attentively to patients who are scared or sad, and he often makes patients feel better. He also lets patients pet and cuddle him, as long as they don’t mind a little shedding. READ MORE


Opioid Task Force organizes NA meetings and Focus Groups to fight against the opioid epidemic

By Charlotte Smith

The Bladen County Opioid Task Force lead by Bladen County Board of Commissioners, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Bladen County Health Department, and other leaders in the community are making big strides in the fight against opioids in Bladen County. The group met on Tuesday, August 13th, at the Bladen County Health Department in Elizabethtown. READ MORE

Save the date for the Dublin Peanut Festival 

By Charlotte Smith

Dublin, North Carolina is often called the ‘Peanut Capital Of The South’. The popular Houston’s Peanuts, which are shipped worldwide, also calls Dublin home. The Dublin Peanut Festival helps celebrate the town’s unique qualities and agricultural heritage each year. READ MORE

Boost the Boro gearing up for another successful Beast Fest

By Charlotte Smith

October 2019 is growing closer as summer comes to an end. Boost the Boro, Inc., a Bladenboro non-profit, is dedicated to helping their community grow. Each year the group plans, and develops a strategy to bring in droves of people for the annual Beast Fest. This year is no different. READ MORE

New Initiative Strives to Reduce NC Teacher Vacancies

The Governor’s Education Cabinet, education leaders and stakeholders gathered Wednesday to launch TeachNC, a partnership between the N.C. Department of Public Instruction, BEST NC and TEACH.org.

TeachNC is a statewide teacher recruitment initiative that employs both a broad media campaign and a robust web platform to support teacher candidates in their quest to become a teacher in North Carolina. READ MORE

BCC Small Business Center announces upcoming opportunities 

The Bladen Community College Small Business Center offers free seminars, counseling, assistance, resources, and networking opportunities for small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs. Todd Lyden, director of the center announced upcoming opportunities for entrepreneurs. READ MORE

Eastpointe holds “Honoring the Silence” event for Overdose Awareness Month

By Charlotte Smith

August is Overdose Awareness Month. Between the years of 2014 and 2017 there were more than 100 deaths in Bladen County due to some type of drug overdose, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services report. READ MORE

White Lake Citizens Continue to Ask Lake Questions

By Joy Warren

The Town of White Lake met for its regular Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday evening. Much of the business was routine until time for the Open Forum Session where citizens can speak for three minutes.

Several citizens (full-time and part-time residents) questioned the Commissioners regarding issues with the lake. READ MORE

CRIME: Man found dead from gunshot wound near East Arcadia

A man died from an apparent gunshot wound Monday near the Bladen County-Columbus County board in what did not appear to be a random act, Columbus County Sheriff Jody Greene said.

Kris Andrey Bryant, 49, was found dead after Columbus County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at residence in the 200 block of Bowen Blanks Drive in the East Arcadia area of Riegelwood, according to a news release. READ MORE

Southern Gospel’s most Awarded Tenor celebrates in Bladen County

Brian Free is undeniably the most recognizable southern gospel tenor of our generation, according to southern gospel fans. In 1982, he has was entertained with Gold City Quartet, then Free formed his own group. 

Gospel music has always been Brian’s first love, and fans have responded to his music by honoring him and the group at the Dove Awards for Southern Gospel Performance of the Year, “Say Amen,” in 2014 as well as “Long As I Got King Jesus” in 2006, according to the band’s website. READ MORE

Trey Duncan with WoodmenLife presents flags to Emereau: Bladen


WoodmenLife provides American and State flags to local chapters for presentation to nonprofit civic and youth groups, schools, churches, and community centers. Since 1947, WoodmenLife have donated more than 3 million flags to worthy nonprofit institutions. READ MORE


Volunteers Needed for Statewide Fall Litter Sweep

Litter in ElizabethtownRALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation needs volunteers to help clean up trash along roads during the Adopt-A-Highway Fall Litter Sweep from Sept. 14-28.

Each April and September, NCDOT asks volunteers to help remove litter from roadsides. READ MORE

Making history with manure-to-energy in southeastern North Carolina

By Charlotte Smith

Smithfield Foods, Dominion Energy (together Align Renewables) , and hog farmers are all working together to create renewable energy with biogas in Southeastern North Carolina. The first of the new biogas gathering systems in NC to be constructed by Align is located just South of Turkey, NC on the Sampson/Duplin county line. It will include up to 19 farms and produce enough electricity to power 3500 homes.  The technology is already in use on farms owned by Smithfield in Missouri and Utah with success.  The goal for Align in NC is to have these energy systems not only in Duplin and Sampson Counties, but also in Bladen and other surrounding counties.  READ MORE

Bladen County Schools set Aug. 22 for Open House

Bladen County Schools will have Open House on Thursday, August 22. Times vary depending on the school. The first day of school is  Monday, Aug. 26.

West Bladen High School will conduct freshmen orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 20 from 5 p.. to 7 p.m. READ MORE

Gospel Music Celebration to benefit Southeastern Carolina Crossroads

Southeastern Carolina Crossroads has been assisting men with addiction rehabilitation needs since 2015. There have been many positive outcomes for the men who have received services offered at the Christian non-profit organization according to Rev. David Foster with the Bladen Baptist Association. READ MORE


School is back in session, shop local 

By Charlotte Smith

It’s that time of year again. Bladen County students and their parents are preparing for school. There are some homeschooled students as well as charter schools reporting classes are already in session. 

Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy in Elizabethtown and Columbus Charter School in Whiteville already have Bladen County students in classes. Emereau: Bladen, a public charter school in Elizabethtown, will start back tomorrow, Thursday, August 1st. 

The first day of classes for Bladen County Schools will be Monday, August 26. READ MORE


Church Revival at Graham Tabernacle on Aug. 20-23

Graham Tabernacle Freewill Baptist Holiness Church in Clarkton has planned a four-night Revival beginning Tuesday, August 20 and lasting through Friday, Aug. 23.

Services will begin at 7:30 p.m. each night. READ MORE

Bladen County adoption fees on cats waived in August 

Bladen County Animal Shelter

Bladen County Animal Control/Shelter will be waiving the adoption fee on cats until the end of August. 

“The Shelter is full of cats right now and we hope that waiving the adoption fee will help more cats find a loving home,” said Karen Suggs, Bladen County Animal Shelter manager. READ MORE

East Bladen Banner Program Packages for 2019-20

East Bladen High SchoolThe East Bladen Booster Club has announced their banner packages for the 2019-2020 athletic year.

For each sponsorship, the Booster Club provides the following packages: READ MORE

SPORTS: Bladen Recreation Soccer Registration Open Until August 30

SoccerBladen County Parks and Recreation Soccer Registration is underway and will continue through Friday, August 30.

There are two ways to register. For more information, please call 862-6770. READ MORE

Municipal election candidates set for November vote

Four people filed Friday morning for a seat on the Elizabethtown Town Council to challenge the three incumbents as municipal slates were set for November’s elections.

The election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 5. Voters must be registered by Oct. 11. Elections will be held in Bladenboro, Clarkton, Dublin, East Arcadia, Elizabethtown, Tar Heel and White Lake. READ MORE

Free Grief Workshop Focuses on Supporting Those Who Have Lost a Loved One

Elizabethtown, NC – Lower Cape Fear Hospice is offering 90-minute “Navigating Grief” workshops in Elizabethtown on the second Tuesday of each month.

Each workshop focuses on a specific aspect of grief and the grieving process. Upcoming topics include: Supporting a Griever on Aug. 13, Grief in the Workplace on Sept. 10, Healthy Coping in Grief on Oct. 8, Hope for the Holidays on Nov. 12, and Hope for the Holidays on Dec. 10. READ MORE

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