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  • 1:45 pm ‘The singing patient’ hopes his music will inspire others
  • 1:28 pm Johnsonville recalls pork patty products

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Public Hearing Feb. 18 on Draft Air Permit for Chemours to Install Thermal Oxidizer

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will host a public meeting and public hearing on Monday, February 18, on a draft permit for the Chemours Company to install and operate a thermal oxidizer/scrubber system for emission control at their Fayetteville Works Facility.  READ MORE



NCDA&CS accepting applications  for 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting grant applications for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Applicants have until 5 p.m. March 1 to apply. READ MORE




‘The singing patient’ hopes his music will inspire others

By Bill Schaller
Director of Communications and Marketing
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

January 10, 2019

MG Autry and his family have a shared commitment to military service. Left to right, Joshua S. Autry (son), Andrew W. Autry (son), Nathaniel K. Autry(son), Eric Jenkins (son-in-law), Ju Autry (wife), and MG Autry. Photo courtesy UNC Media.

MG Autry of Smithfield, North Carolina, has lived a life dedicated to service. From his decorated military career spanning more than 31 years, which included deployments in Iraq and Kuwait, to creating music that provides hope for those facing serious health issues, Autry is committed to helping others.  READ MORE



Johnsonville recalls prok patty products

By Erin Smith

Johnsonville, LLC is recalling their pork patty products over concerns they may be contaminated with rubber particles. READ MORE



Former Elizabethtown Doctor, Girlfriend appear in Federal Court

By Erin Smith

Detention hearings were held for a former Elizabethtown doctor and his girlfriend this week at the federal courthouse in Wilmington. READ MORE




Commissioners will meet Tuesday

By Erin Smith

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. due to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the basement of the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown.  READ MORE




Boys Scouts accepts girls after name change


There will be a new platform for what has been known as Boy Scouts starting in February. Family Scouting offering iconic Boy Scouts of America programs to boys and girls was the topic of discussion presented by Boy Scout’s District Commissioner, Alex Hursey at Tuesday’s Kiwanis meeting.  READ MORE



Pork perseveres in Bladen County

By Charlotte Smith

Traveling through Bladen County this week we found this happy porker. His smile is contagious.  READ MORE




SoutheasternTimes.com: State Superintendent Mark Johnson Announces Steps to Reduce Testing for Students in North Carolina

Making good on the promise he made when he entered office, State Superintendent Mark Johnson today announced initiatives to reduce the testing currently required for students in North Carolina’s public schools. The steps come after getting feedback from parents and teachers. Recent surveys showed a high percentage feel that students are taking too many tests. These steps are in addition to changes that have already been taken over the last two years by Johnson. READ MORE



Perdue Foods recalls chicken nuggets

By Erin Smith

Perdue Foods LLC of Perry, Georgia, is recalling more than 68,244 pounds of chicken nuggets due to possible contamination.  READ MORE





North Carolina Seasonally Adjusted December Unemployment Rate At 3.6 Percent

The state’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, remaining unchanged from November’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.9 percent.  READ MORE






Bridger Memorial Library to host Game Nights

The Bridger Memorial Library will be hosting a series of Game Nights. READ MORE





Clarkton Library to host Game Nights

The Clarkton Public Library will be hosting a series of Game Nights.  READ MORE

Opinion: You Decide: How Can We Address Our Transportation Issues?

By Dr. Mike Walden

My wife retired a dozen years ago after working three decades as an elementary school teacher.  Her daily routine now involves a trip to the nearest wellness facility for exercise as well as conversation – hopefully not at the same time!  READ MORE





NC DOT announces road openings, closings

Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road closings and openings due to repairs.  READ MORE




Bladen Lakes State Forest conducts prescribed burns

In the last month, smoke has been seen and smelled because of prescribed burns at Bladen Lakes State Forest and other areas across the state.

In Bladen County, more than 1,100 acres of forestland has been treated with prescribed burning on state and private lands since the beginning of January, with over 650 acres on Bladen Lakes State Forest alone, according to the N.C. Forest Service. READ MORE

Ospreys in the air

By Erin Smith

The sound of Ospreys could be heard overhead in Elizabethtown this week. READ MORE


Celebrating 5 years and counting for rescue work

Rescue work is not for the faint of heart. One non-profit is celebrating 5 years of success.

“October 2013 marked the date we went from being a backyard bird barn to a full- scale sanctuary,” Ces Erdman founder of Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary said. READ MORE

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While ShavingA reminder of the MLK, Jr., parade through downtown Elizabethtown Monday, 11 AM.  Following the parade, Rev. Jerrold Lowry will  speak, followed by a light lunch at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church.  READ MORE



Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on January 18

Extremes For Bladen CountyHighest Temperature            72 degrees          1969

Lowest Temperature             11 degrees           1977

Greatest One-Day
Precipitation                            1.70 inches          1943

Yesterday’s High Temperature was 54 degrees.

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This Day in History for January 18

This Day In History1644 – Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America’s 1st UFO sighting.

1733 – 1st polar bear exhibited in America in Boston.

1869 – Elegant California Theater opens in San Francisco. READ MORE

Vote for Bladen’s Best of the Best

Our readers and fans have asked for us to hold a contest to celebrate Bladen County’s favorite people, places and services. Please cast your vote by providing the name of the person or place under each category you feel deserves the Bladen’s Best of the Best title. READ MORE



BCC honors MLK with Celebration


The public is invited to join faculty, staff and students to honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a celebration held in Bladen Community College’s  auditorium on Thursday, Jan. 24th, at 11 a.m.   READ MORE

Famous Boxer to help celebrate holiday

Arthur Bullock, Bladen County Commissioner and organizer of the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr Parade made an exciting announcement. READ MORE


Ribbon cutting for Bladen Express Lube and Tire in Elizabethtown

By Erin Smith

A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday morning at Bladen Express Lube and Tire in Elizabethtown. READ MORE


Blighted properties a concern

By Erin Smith

When one drives through Bladen County you notice farm fields, wooded areas and the occasional blighted property. READ MORE


Beyond the treeline

By Jefferson Weaver

Since last fall’s hurricane, I have fallen into the habit of taking a walk or two a day. READ MORE



School Bus Driver Classroom Training


A training session has been scheduled for all non-certified staff which began employment as of July 1, 2005, and has not taken the training class. READ MORE

Video Sweepstakes opens on US 701 South

By Erin Smith

A sweepstakes establishment has opened it doors on US 701 South in the former location of Woodies Grill. READ MORE



Church: Rev. Lowry to address MLK gathering

By Erin Smith

Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church will mark the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21, with a presentation followed by a light lunch in the PAC Building immediately following the parade.  READ MORE


Beware of Publisher’s Clearing House Scam

By Erin Smith

Some Bladen County residents have recently reported being contacted by someone calling from a Jamaican telephone number posing as a Publisher’s Clearing House representative.  READ MORE


Kuraray announces major investment in Bladen County

By Erin Smith

Kuraray America, Inc. announced late Wednesday afternoon they are planning to invest $20 million at the Fayetteville Works site in Bladen County.  READ MORE

Ag News: USDA to Reopen FSA Offices for Limited Services During Government Shutdown

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers.  READ MORE

Furniture donation assistS families in recovering

By Erin Smith

On Wednesday, four Bladen County families who suffered damages from Hurricane Florence received assistance in the form of new furniture to fill their homes. Men and Women United for Youth and Families teamed up with Designing Station to assist the families who had lost their furniture as a result of the storm.  READ MORE


SoutheasternTimes.com: Deadline to Participate in STEP Program for Hurricane Florence Home Repairs Extended to Feb. 1.

RALEIGH: The deadline for North Carolinians who are eligible for a special program to provide rapid repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence has been extended to February 1, 2019, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. READ MORE

Operation Take Bladenboro: Five Remain At LArge

By Erin Smith

Five individuals who are wanted for drug charges in the Operation Take Back Bladenboro round up remain at large on Wednesday. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in locating them.  READ MORE

Elizabethtown business victim of breaking and entering

By Erin Smith

An Elizabethtown business was the victim of a breaking and entering early Tuesday morning. READ MORE


Bladenboro Adopted a memorandum of understanding

By Erin Smith

The Bladenboro Town Board adopted a memorandum of understanding with Carroll Poultry, LLC on Monday night that will allow the company to continue to operate. READ MORE



Lu Mil Vineyard Bridal Show set for Sunday

By Erin Smith

As many brides begin to prepare for their special day, they may have questions about the many choices available to them for everything from food to photographers. Lu Mil Vineyard can help as they prepare to host their 12th annual Bridal Show on Sunday, January 20th, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. Admission is free and prospective grooms, members of the wedding party, as well as the public can attend. READ MORE

Bladenboro receives audit report

By Erin Smith

The Bladenboro Town Board got good news with regard to the annual audit report. Bryon Scott of Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams and Company in Elizabethtown, presented the audit to the board during Monday night’s meeting. READ MORE

Dates Announced For Bladen We Care Gala And Golf Tournament

Mac Campbell, Jr., President of BladenWeCare, has announced the dates for the annual Gala and Golf Tournament. READ MORE


Third annual Casino Night tickets available

By Erin Smith

If you enjoy playing games such as Black Jack, Roulette or Craps, then come out to the third annual Casino Night and take your seat at the table. READ MORE


Update: Clarkton man arrested on indecent liberties charges

By Erin Smith

Photo courtesy Columbus County Jail.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a Clarkton man on charges of indecent liberties with a child. READ MORE



Bladen Community College Board of Trustees


The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 6 P.M. READ MORE


Board of Education Meets and Discusses County Vehicles, Yearly Audit, and Hurricane Florence Aftermath

By Bethany Stephens

The Board of Education met this Monday for their monthly session where the board was recognized and presented gifts from the county’s schools and various departments in honor of School Board Appreciation Month. Both West Bladen High School and Bladen Lakes Primary had made videos with students thanking the board for their service. READ MORE

North Carolina Ranks 10th in U.S. Racial Progress


With Martin Luther King Jr. Day around the corner and 58 percent of Americans saying increased diversity makes the U.S. a better place while only 9 percent say it makes the U.S. worse – the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s States with the Most Racial Progress as well as accompanying videos. READ MORE

Fire at former Accent Dye building Investigation

By Erin Smith

Fire officials have issued their ruling in a December fire that occurred at the former Accent Dye Works building on West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. READ MORE

Residents with Hurricane Florence damages can now apply for buy out

By Erin Smith

Bladen County residents who suffered damage in Hurricane Florence and want their house purchased, elevated or need help with reconstruction can apply now for hazard mitigation assistance. READ MORE

Businesses, Agencies announce closings for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr holiday

By Erin Smith

MARTIN LUTHER KING JRArea offices and agencies have announced their schedules for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. READ MORE

US House may ultimately decide winner of District 9 race

By Erin Smith

A letter sent to the NC State Board of Elections from a US House member indicates Congress may step in and resolve the disputed US House District 9 race.READ MORE

Traffic stop leads to arrest for break-ins

By Erin Smith

Photo courtesy Bladen County Jail

A traffic stop initiated by the Elizabethtown Police Department on Friday afternoon led to the arrest of a man wanted for at least two break-ins that occurred in 2014. READ MORE

Two-day workshop planned for forest landowners


The N.C. Forest Service will be holding a free two-day landowner workshop to learn about the benefits of owning forestland. There will be multiple experts to help attendees learn about a variety of topics. READ MORE


Bladen County Historical Places

For the next few weeks we will be featuring some of the historical places in Bladen County and giving you information concerning them. This week we feature Walnut Grove near Tar Heel. READ MORE

Bladen County Solid Waste announces Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday schedule

Bladen County Solid Waste has announced their hours of operation for Monday, January 21st, 2019, for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. READ MORE

Fighting Fibular Hemimelia in Bladenboro


There is a chance to help a child fight this upcoming weekend. Debbie Edwards with the Bladenboro Benefit Committee announced Waylon is fighting Fibular Hemimelia on social media. READ MORE


Social Security and Small Business

By Brenda Brown
Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

Running a small business is not just a fulltime job — it can be a 24-7 endeavor. Managing employees, inventory, scheduling, and services, not to mention marketing, can be exhausting. READ MORE


Governor Cooper Implores President to End Federal Shutdown to Speed Hurricane Recovery, Help Farmers


Governor Roy Cooper today wrote to President Donald Trump to urge him to end the federal government shutdown that is holding back hurricane recovery efforts and threatening North Carolina’s farming economy. READ MORE

February Food and Nutrition Benefits to Be Issued Early Because of Federal Shutdown


Because of the federal shutdown, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has instructed states to issue February’s Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) benefits by Sunday, Jan. 20. READ MORE

Alex Jordan President Of North Carolina Corn Growers Association

Bladen County has quite a presence on the North Carolina Corn Growers Association Board. READ MORE

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years AgoBladen County unemployment was at 16.7%. READ MORE

NCDOT, N.C. State Working to Improve Bridge Lifespan


NC DOTRALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation and North Carolina State University are teaming up to improve the longevity of bridges across the state. READ MORE

This Week at NCDOT: NC Transportation Summit Wrap-up


NC DOTRALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. READ MORE

Part 4 – Series: One park down, more work to go

By Charlotte Smith

In 2018, the BladenOnline.com team committed to raising awareness on issues people with disabilities face in our county. A series was started in September 2018 to assist the platform for the disadvantaged, which, at times, are often over looked. READ MORE

State can pursue death penalty in Trooper murder

By Erin Smith

A Columbus County judge is allowing the State to move forward a capital case against one of the two men accused in the shooting death of NC Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner. READ MORE