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Cape Fear Hurricane Season could be active one

By Erin Smith

For a number of years, Bladen County residents would look to Hurricane Hazel as the most catastrophic storm to strike our area.

Since the 1950’s, more than 88 tropical weather systems have passed close enough to the North Carolina coastline to cause direct impacts to our region, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Tim Armstrong.   READ MORE

Heat indexes to climb above 100 this week

Erin Smith

The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington is forecasting hot temperatures for the week ahead. Meteorologist Stephen Keebler said there may be a need for heat advisories to be issued later this week. READ MORE

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East Bladen High School Senior Decision Day


On Friday May 11, 2018, East Bladen College Adviser, Alexis Ruth Frady, hosted a College Signing Day, better known as Senior Decision Day. This event was created to celebrate the commitment of East Bladen seniors to attend college, join the military, or enter the workforce immediately after graduation. READ MORE

East Bladen High graduation

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong

East Bladen High School held their graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 16 in the afternoon. READ MORE


Travel Safely during Hurricane Season

Summer vacations take a lot of planning and packing. If you travel to a hurricane-prone area, make sure you plan for a possible storm.

Whether taking a road trip or traveling abroad, stay safe with resources from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Department of State, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration(NHTSA), and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Find out the hurricane risk of your destination. READ MORE


How The Work Rules Work for You

By Brenda Brown

Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

Retirement does not have the same meaning for everyone. Some people plan to retire and never work again. Some people plan for second careers in occupations that would not have adequately supported their families, but they do the work for pure enjoyment. Some people, whether by design or desire, choose to work part-time or seasonally to supplement their retirement income.  READ MORE


Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving for June 18

Thoughts While ShavingThis promises to be a busy week for many.

Bladen County Commissioners meet tonight at 6:30 PM for regular meeting and will likely schedule at least one more budget workshop prior to the end of the month.  The budget must be approved before July 1.   READ MORE

This Day in History – June 18

This Day In History1682 – William Penn founds Philadelphia, US.

1864 – Battle of Petersburg: Ulysses S. Grant ends four days of assaults and begins a nine month siege.

1892 – Macadamia nuts 1st planted in Hawaii.  READ MORE


Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on June 18

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature      98 degrees      2015

Lowest Temperature      48 degrees       1961

Greatest One-Day

Precipitation                   2.12 inches       1967

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 92 degrees.

7-Day Forecast



Lifestyles: You have to stand for something


Courtlyn Smith, a Bladen County resident, wanted to show support for her Papa and Grandma this weekend. A ‘Stand for Hog Farmers’ sign had the toddler very excited. READ MORE

Lifestyles: Fundraiser for Joey Taylor, husband, father, friend

Friends of Joey Taylor want to help him and his family with his medical expenses. Joey is a resident of White Lake, NC from Deep Run, NC, he is a husband, father, grandfather, business owner, volunteer, golf and bike enthusiast and so much more. He has been battling cancer for over two years. Please help us with your prayers and support. READ MORE

Lifestyles: Avoiding Bad Neighbors

by Diane Beyer

Everyone has had an experience with a bad neighbor. There are various reasons for considering a neighbor “bad,” but most of them have an element of “chemistry” in them somewhere. Some people just don’t get along. It’s no different in the plant world. READ MORE This Week at NCDOT: Additional Train Trip and Western N.C. Cleanup

RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured inNCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast.

NC By Train, the state’s passenger rail line that runs between Raleigh and Charlotte, operates daily and has seven additional stops in between. Now it is even more convenient to take the train with a new daily trip between the two cities.  READ MORE

Church: Engaging Faith-Based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers

FEMA released the guide on Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers. Faith-based and community organizations offer a wide variety of human and material resources that can prove invaluable during and after an incident. READ MORE


2018 West Bladen High graduation

West Bladen High School held its 2018 graduation ceremony Friday night in the gymnasium. MORE PHOTOS

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Division on Aging marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

By Erin Smith

Elder abuse and neglect are issues that face many families. The Bladen County Division on Aging held an Elder Abuse Awareness Day to help their clients to be able to recognize the signs of abuse or neglect.

Christina Brewington with the Bladen County Department of Social Services addressed those in attendance and went over some signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect. READ MORE

Bladen fire departments to offer smoke detectors

By Erin Smith

Bladen County’s fire departments are teaming up with the NC Fire Marshal’s Office to install smoke detectors in homes throughout the county on Saturday, June 23.

Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark said each fire department in the county is planning to go out in their communities to install the smoke detectors on that date. READ MORE

FRIDAY, JUNE 15 North Carolina’s May Employment Figures Released 

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from April’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.8 percent. READ MORE


Crime: Elizabethtown PD warns residents to lock your car doors 

By Erin Smith

The Elizabethtown Police Department is warning the town’s residents to lock their car doors at all times. Sgt. Detective T. Davis said the department has received six reports so far of someone entering unlocked vehicles on the east side of town and removing money. READ MORE


Rotary hears from scholarship winners

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club awarded scholarships to three high school seniors and one Bladen Community College student this year. Three of those students attended a luncheon at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery on Wednesday and spoke about their future plans. READ MORE


Update: Board of Elections discusses security, possible move of Veteran’s Affairs office

By Erin Smith

Larry Hammonds, Director of Bladen County Veteran Affairs said, “I have not been contacted at all about moving the Veteran Affairs office, which is a county office.”

“I would be very apprehensive about moving the office because of the stress it may cause my Veterans,” Hammonds added.  READ MORE

Sports: Clarkton Dixie Youth Celebrate, Reminisce With Sincere Smith

There’s an old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  That is definitely true for Sincere Smith.

Drafted by the New York Yankees last week, Sincere will graduate from East Bladen High School this Saturday and will leave for the Yankees’ rookie camp in Tampa, Florida on Sunday. READ MORE

Crime: Second man charged in Clarkton murder has case continued

By Erin Smith

A second man charged in the murder of man on Ida’s Lane in Clarkton appeared in Bladen County Superior Court and had his case continued. READ MORE

Congratulations 2018 Graduates


Judicial Candidate Filing Begins Monday

Bladenboro Middle School 4th Quarter Honor Roll

Bladen County Pet of the Week

Former Elizabethtown Rescue Squad building demolished

Campbell University releases President’s List for Spring 2018

Chamber banquet planned for Tuesday

Campbell University releases Dean’s List for Spring 2018 

UNC Chapel Hill issues Dean’s List for Spring 2018

White Lake Approves FY 2018-19 Budget With 4-Cent Tax Increase

BCC Small Business Center offering June Seminars

BCC Small Business Center offering June webinars

Bladen County Hospital Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center

Plain View Primary honor roll

Looking At National Stocks With A Footprint In Bladen County

Bladen County Committee of 100 Annual Meeting

Update: Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office seeking missing teen; Found

Bladenboro Board nixes placing beer and wine referendum on the ballot

Bladenboro issues fine to Carroll Poultry for third violation


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