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William Corbett Recognized for 20 years of Service

Bladen County Parks and Recreation recognized William Corbett (pictured, right)  of Kelly for 20 years of service on the Bladen County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. READ MORE


Baldwin Branch Selects Harrison as Woman of the Year

Whiteville native Rita Harrison, a member of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church, was recently selected the 2019 Woman of the Year. Her attributes, not all inclusive, are a true woman of God, very well respected woman who does not meet a stranger, an amazing friend and confidant, remarkable chef, loves shopping and thoroughly enjoys TV talk shows and games. READ MORE


SHP Emphasizes Safety For New School Year

RALEIGH – As students across North Carolina make preparations to begin the school year, the State Highway Patrol is requesting the motoring public to keep safe travel a top priority.  More than 14,000 school buses will be hitting the roadways, transporting over 790,000 children to and from school.  READ MORE

Commissioners approve Beaver Management Program

By Charlotte Smith

Commissioners hear from Mr. Bowen and Mr. Morris about BMAP.

The largest rodent in North America, the beaver, has contributed to flooding in Bladen and Columbus counites according to officials. Mr. Dean Morris and Mr. E. W. Bowen with the Bladen County Beaver Management Committee proposed a new beaver management program partnership between Bladen and Columbus counties to the Bladen County Board of Commissioners on Monday evening. READ MORE


OPINION: Thoughts While Shaving for Aug. 21

Thoughts While ShavingBy Robert G. Hester

So much to do in Bladen. Check our news, sports and events page for sure. … We have listed a few of the upcoming events … but there are many more, to numerous to mention here…

The 8th Annual Desmond Bryant Football Camp is set for Saturday, August 24 at East Bladen High School. It’s free, for ages 6 to 18. READ MORE

Early voting for congressional elections begins Wednesday


RALEIGH, N.C. – One-Stop, in-person early voting for the general elections in North Carolina’s 3rd and 9th congressional districts begins Wednesday, August 21, and ends Friday, September 6. READ MORE


Farm Service Agency Expands Payment Options

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency is expanding its payment options to accept debit cards and Automated Clearing House (ACH) debit. These paperless payment options enable FSA customers to pay farm loan payments, measurement service fees, farm program debt repayments and administrative service fees, as well as to purchase aerial maps. 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

Extremes for Bladen County on Aug. 21

Highest Temperature          101 degrees          1983

Lowest Temperature             58 degrees          1998

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                           2.90 inches          2001

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 92 degrees


This Day in History for August 21

This Day In History1959 – Hawaii becomes the 50th state.

1983 – 110 degrees F at Fayetteville, North Carolina (state record)

2018 – Michael Cohen, President Trump’s personal lawyer, pleads guilty to charges including illegal payment at direction of Trump to women Trump had affairs with. READ MORE


Opinion: A stubborn old tree

By Jefferson Weaver

Jefferson WeaverI’m no forester, but I think the old tree has seen a lot.

It’s thicker than pines I know to be 75 years old. READ MORE



Burney Pleads Guilty to Murdering Father’s Girlfriend, Sentenced to  Up to 38 Years in Prison


ELIZABETHTOWN, NC – Marquail Burney, 25, of Bladenboro, entered guilty pleas to Second Degree Murder, Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon, and Felony Larceny on Monday morning in Bladen County Superior Court. Following entry of the plea, Burney received a sentence of 364-461 months in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction, according to a press release distributed by the Jon David District Attorney’s office. READ MORE

Bladen County Man Pleads to Shooting, Sentenced to up to 11 Years in Prison

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC – Trevor Demon Hall, 40, of Reigelwood, entered guilty pleas in Bladen County Superior Court to charges of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Serious Injury and Possession of Firearm by Felon related to a 2018 shooting in East Arcadia, according to a press release distributed by the Jon David District Attorney’s office. READ MORE


Baldwin Branch clothes closet, food pantry open Saturday

The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, August 24 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The food pantry, From His Table to Yours, will be open the same day, 10 a.m. to noon. 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

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Our site has problems with browsers distributing the latest news and sports page issues. We apologize for any inconvenience. READ MORE

Ground breaking on NC largest renewable natural gas project

NC Rep. William Brisson at event. Photo by Joseph Miller,

Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods, Inc. celebrated the companies breaking ground on North Carolina’s largest renewable natural gas (RNG) project through their joint venture, Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG)SM on Thursday, August 15th at the Heritage Hall in Clinton. 

District 22 North Carolina House of Representative, William Brisson was on the agenda for the inside look at the Align RNG project. READ MORE Francis Zober guilty of rape, kidnapping, 12 counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor and more

District Attorney Jon David announced on Monday, August 19, Defendant Francis Zober pled guilty to a number of offenses including attempted first-degree rape, second-degree forcible sex offense, kidnapping, burglary, and 12 counts of second-degree exploitation of a minor. In an open plea agreement (sentencing
in the discretion of the court) Zober was sentenced to an active prison term of a minimum of 247 months and a maximum of 417 months and an additional 152 months suspended at the expiration of Zober’s active prison term. READ MORE

Clarkton First Baptist Holds School Prayer Walk

By Mark Miller

On Sunday evening August 18, members of Clarkton First Baptist Church met at the Clarkton School of Discovery to pray for the school year. Principal Stephanie Norris opened the school and welcomed the church and their prayers.

After an opening prayer, church members divided into groups and walked throughout the campus and prayed. READ MORE

Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation 

Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Monday, September 2nd, Labor Day:

All convenience sites will be operating on their normal schedule, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. READ MORE State Superintendent Mark Johnson Announces Additional Funds and Devices to Support K-3 Literacy through Personalized Learning Across the State 

State Superintendent Mark Johnson has announced today that the Department of Public Instruction is making available additional funds and devices to schools at the start of this school year to support literacy efforts through personalized learning in all kindergarten through third grade classrooms across the state. READ MORE


WBHS FFA Officers Begin FFA School Year Planning

West Bladen High School LogoOn Wednesday, August 7, and Tuesday, August 13, the WBHS FFA Officers met with Advisors to discuss the Chapter Program of Activities. During the training, officers learned more about their individual roles so they could function better as a team. READ MORE


BCC Board of Trustees meeting

The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at 6 P.M. in the boardroom of the Essic Williams Administration Building (Building 10). READ MORE

Back to School Blast helps students prepare for new year

Civic organizations, businesses, churches and law enforcement came together Saturday to help students prepare for the new school year.

The third annual Back to School Blast was held at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The main attraction was a uniform exchange event. READ MORE

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Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoUnemployment continued to be a problem for Bladen County. The county unemployment rate was 11.79%. READ MORE


Changing your direct deposit information with Social Security

By Brenda Brown
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville

With our busy lives, it is easy to fall into that cycle of postponing some tasks because of other priorities. This may be true for you when it comes to changing your payment method for Social Security benefits. Unfortunately, forgetting to change your payment method can lead to delayed payments. 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

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

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.


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


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

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


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

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

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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