• 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 10:41 pm Conner’s Law passes the NC House
  • 10:14 pm Boys TennisWhiteville 8, East Bladen 1
  • 10:13 pm East Bladen 10, West Columbus 0 Girls Soccer
  • 10:11 pm Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson & Tyre Boykin Named All-District 4
  • 10:09 pm West Bladen Girls Soccer & Boys Tennis Postponed

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Conner’s Law passes the NC House

By Charlotte Smith

North Carolina Highway Patrol, Trooper Kevin Conner
North Carolina lawmakers introduced a bill, House Bill 283, also known as Conner’s Law, in early March 2019. The bill was presented by District 46, House Representative, Brenden Jones in honor of the late North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner. READ MORE



Accident at Saw Mill sends one to hospital


By Erin Smith

An accident at a sawmill on NC 210 near Ivanhoe sent one man to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon. 

Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw said the incident occurred at 2:37 p.m. at a saw mill located at 23704 NC 210 East, Ivanhoe. READ MORE

Suggestions for Kelly Dike, Commissioners visit DC


By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Commissioners have been working in Washington DC and in Bladen County with federal legislators for assistance to help the local rural communities. US Congressman David Rouzer spoke with the commissioners on Wednesday afternoon and the commissioners gave a report on the National Association of Counties annual Legislative Goals Conference they attended in Washington DC. READ MORE

Tips about firearm safety 

Maryellen Robeson with Shooter Ready, LLC spoke to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club about gun safety this week at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery. Robeson is a NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, NC Certified Concealed Carry Instructor, Staff Instructor for NRA Whittington Center, New Mexico, Women’s Wilderness Escape, NRA Certified Range Safety Officer, and is a Retired Youth Pastor.  

“We do as Americans get to enjoy our right to be gun owners, but with that right we have to be responsible,” Robeson opened the presentation saying.  READ MORE

Residents express anger, ask questions about White Oak Dike repairs

By Erin Smith

Residents of the Kelly community gathered at Centerville Baptist Church on Tuesday night for a public hearing regarding the White Oak Dike. The dike was breached during Hurricane Florence and led to the flooding of the community. 

Bladen County Commissioner Chairman Charles Ray Peterson opened the meeting and told the audience that the information gathered at the meeting will be documented and utilized to develop a plan to repair the dike.  READ MORE

SoutheasternTimes.com: Charter Day School Kindergarteners Celebrate Learning to Read

Charter Day School Kindergarten students proudly show off their “I Can Read” certificates. READ MORE

Underage driver charged in Hernandez death

Staff report

A West Bladen High School student died from injuries he sustained in a wreck on Butler Mill Road occurring on Sunday, March 10 at 1:50 p.m., according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP). Charges have been filed against the underage driver according to the NCHP report. READ MORE

Traditional Calendar Approved for Bladen County Schools

by Joy Warren

The Bladen County Board of Education met Tuesday evening for a special called meeting to discuss the school calendar for 2019-20.  Prior to discussion of the calendar action item, citizens were allowed to address the board.  The only participant was White Lake Mayor Goldston Womble.  READ MORE

Kiwanis busy making a difference


Kiwanis of Elizabethtown had a busy agenda Tuesday evening. Relay For Life, Boys Scouts, Beta Club, the Boys & Girls Homes, and Lower Cape Hospice were all on the list for the club to assist in at least one way.  READ MORE

OPINION: Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingCongratulations to Sam Boger, retired East Bladen basketball coach and teacher.  The Bladen County Board of Education recently voted to name the gym at Elizabethtown Middle School (formerly East Bladen) in his honor.  READ MORE


This Day in History – March 20

This Day In History1816 – US Supreme Court affirms its right to review state court decisions.

1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” published in Boston.

1886 – 1st AC power plant in US begins commercial operation in Massachusetts.  READ MORE

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on March 20

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature        87 degrees       1968
Lowest Temperature        26 degrees        1981
Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                     1.74 inches        1986
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 56 degrees.


Best Biscuit and Pound Cake Contests at Spring Fling


2nd Annual Best Biscuit Baker Contest & 1st Annual Pound Cake Contest

“Searching for the Best Pound Cake & Best Biscuit Baker”

Judging will be at the stage Downtown READ MORE

Notice of Fire Hydrant Testing


Fire hydrant flow testing will conducted on Saturday March 23 rd between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. READ MORE


Commissioners hear from citizens regarding beaver issue

By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners heard from two Bladen County citizens regarding issues with beavers in the county. READ MORE

Series of Dublin fires remain under investigation

By Erin Smith

Three suspicious fires remain under investigation near Dublin, according to the Bladen County Fire Marshal’s Office. Investigators have developed persons of interest in the case. READ MORE


Bladen County Commissioners Discuss Building for Sheriff’s Office

By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners approved a lease agreement for the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office to utilize a building located on West Broad Street in Elizabethtown to store evidence. READ MORE


Elementary Battle of the Books Champion


Elementary Battle of the Books Champion

Congratulations to Elizabethtown Primary School for their first place win in the Elementary Battle of the Books competition. READ MORE

Bladen Disaster Recovering Team fundraising to make a difference

By Charlotte Smith

The Bladen Disaster Recovery Team has heard the cries of local hurricane victims for months now. The newly organized group is striving to make a difference and meet the needs of those in Bladen County devastated by Hurricane Florence.  READ MORE


SoutheasternTimes.com: NC Communities Get $127 Million to Improve Water and Sewer Systems, Protect Clean Water

RALEIGH: Communities across North Carolina from Sylva to Elizabeth City will get $127 million in loans and grants to help pay for 96 critical drinking water and wastewater projects statewide, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. READ MORE

POLITICS: Bladen County Republican Party annual convention is Monday

On Monday, March 25, 2019 the Bladen County Republican Party annual convention will be held at the Powell Melvin Agriculture Building, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. READ MORE








EVENT: Bladen County Relay for Life Cancer Survivor’s Gala set for Sunday

By Erin Smith

The annual Bladen County Relay for Life Survivors Gala will take place on Sunday, March 24th, at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown at 4 p.m. The theme for this year’s event is Super Heroes of Hope. The event is open to cancer survivors and their caregivers.  READ MORE

Celebrating 100 years with Key to the City

By Erin Smith

Photos are courtesy Barbara Rogers.

An Elizabethtown man recently celebrated his 100th birthday in style as he was presented with the Key to the City.

Deacon Grover Cleveland Hall was greeted by fellow church members, friends and family at Glenda’s Just Desserts in Elizabethtown recently.  READ MORE




St. Patrick’s Day Fun Day offers plenty of fun

By Erin Smith

The United Way of Bladen County held their second annual St Patrick’s Day Fun Day and 5K on Saturday morning at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown. Temperatures were cool and the wind was brisk but the atmosphere was warm and welcoming to those who came out to meet the vendors and cheer on the participants in the 5K.  READ MORE

Duke Energy announces $1 million in grant opportunities to power storm resiliency in N.C. communities

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – After a year of record-setting weather events – from tornadoes and flooding to ice storms and hurricanes – the Duke Energy Foundation today announced $1 million in funding to help North Carolina communities increase their resiliency to these major weather events with advanced preparation and planning through the Powerful Communities: Storm Resiliency grant program. READ MORE

County Unemployment Rates Announced…Bladen At 6.0 Percent

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in January. READ MORE



Local Author to Speak at BCC on March 19th

Cliff Tyndall, a Wilmington resident who teaches at Bladen Community College, has a new book out called “Camp Davis: a 21 Century History & Guidebook”. The author will be speaking in the college’s auditorium on Tuesday, March 19th at 6pm on the book’s subject and background.  The new publication is a supplement to Tyndall’s 2006 book, “Greetings from Camp Davis”, available on Amazon.com. READ MORE



EVENT: Clarkton Beautification Committee to host fundraiser March 23

The Clarkton Beautification Committee will host a Spaghetti fundraiser on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Clarkton Depot. READ MORE


Voters Challenge to State Voter ID Moves Forward

RALEIGH, N.C. – On Wednesday, Wake County Superior Judge Vince Rozier, Jr. issued an order that allows a state constitutional challenge to North Carolina’s voter ID law to move forward in front of a three-judge panel. Chief Justice Beasley will appoint the three members of the panel. The case was heard by Judge Rozier on March 4.  Plaintiffs in the case brought the challenge immediately after the voter ID enabling legislation went into effect when the Legislature overrode Gov. Cooper’s veto. READ MORE

LIFESTYLES: Kelly Spring Fest is planned for April 27

The annual Kelly Spring Fest will be held on Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Kelly ball field. Food, arts and crafts vendors are welcome. READ MORE


Fayetteville State University Open House Scheduled For March 23

Prospective students, their families, and the residents of southeastern North Carolina will have the opportunity to discover the exciting array of educational opportunities and resources at Fayetteville State University (FSU). Open House, which is specifically targeted at prospective students and their families, will be conducted on Saturday, March 23, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Check-in begins at 8 a.m. READ MORE

Hog trials discussed at Agriculture Rally

By Erin Smith

NC Pork Council’s CEO Andy Curliss

The hog farm nuisance lawsuits were the topic of the evening at the Sampson County Friends of Agriculture’s 18th annual Rally for Agriculture held Tuesday night at the Sampson County Agri-Exposition Center in Clinton.  Andy Curliss, CEO of the NC Pork Council, spoke about the trials and those who are supporting the lawsuits.  READ MORE





UNCW ranked among best graduate schools by US News and World Report

Wilmington, N.C. ­– The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s master’s degree programs in nursing and public administration each moved up 12 places on the U.S. News & World Report list of “2020 Best Graduate Schools,” the university announced today. READ MORE


Operation Medicine Drop fights opioid epidemic with statewide take-back events

RALEIGH — “Poisonings and deaths occur when prescription drugs end up in the wrong hands,” said Commissioner Causey. “That’s why I am touring the state to protect our communities and environment by educating residents about the responsible way to get rid of unused medication.” READ MORE


Four candidates have filed for 9th Congressional District Primary

By Erin Smith

The filing for the 9th Congressional District election has gotten underway with four candidates declaring their intentions to run for the vacant seat. The filing period will close at 5 p.m. on Friday, March 15.  READ MORE


US Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District Presidents Budget

WILMINGTON, N.C.—The President released the budget proposal for fiscal year 2020 (FY20) which includes funding for ongoing projects in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Wilmington District. READ MORE


April Job Fair planned, vendor space available

A Job Fair is planned for Tuesday, April 16, 2019, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Bladen Community College Auditorium. Vendor space is available. READ MORE



Court Date Notifications and Reminders for Criminal Cases Now Available via Text and Email

RALEIGH – The N.C. Judicial Branch has launched a new court date notification service allowing you to quickly and easily subscribe to up-to-the-minute criminal court date notifications and reminders via email or SMS/text messages at www.NCcourts.gov/services. Subscribers are immediately notified of court date, room or session changes, as well as upcoming court date reminders seven days and one day in advance of the court date. READ MORE

Work on Bojangles location in Elizabethtown is beginning

By Erin Smith

A long awaited Bojangles restaurant is taking another step towards becoming reality this week. Construction equipment has arrived at the proposed location on S. Poplar Street and equipment could be seen removing asphalt and other debris on Tuesday. READ MORE

Columbus Charter School Celebrates “I Can Read” Ceremony on March 15

Columbus Charter School Kindergarten students will celebrate learning to read on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 9:45 AM with an awards ceremony. Students will receive an “I Can Read” certificate and their own book to celebrate their landmark achievement. READ MORE

Bladen County Educational Foundation to meet March 19

Public MeetingThe Bladen County Educational Foundation, a non-profit corporation organized and existing to provide financial help for the public schools and educators of Bladen County, will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway 701 South, in Elizabethtown. READ MORE


POLITICS: Annual County Democratic Party Convention


The Bladen County Democratic Party will have its annual county convention on Saturday, March 23. The guest speaker will be Professor Irving L. Joyner.

The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. in the Bladen County Courthouse Superior Courtroom. READ MORE

Federal subpoena issued in 9th Congressional District investigation

By Erin Smith

A federal grand jury for the Eastern District of North Carolina is now investigating potential election fraud that occurred in the 9th Congressional District race. READ MORE