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NEWS FOR THURSDAY MAY 25
West Bladen remembers beloved staff member Donald Sykes
By Amy Schumacher
West Bladen High School students and staff gathered Wednesday wearing a t-shirt made in loving memory of a friend, counselor and motivator that was lost to the world on May 10, 2017. Mr. Donald Sykes was respected and loved by all at West Bladen and was an encouragement within the high school where he had worked for ten years. READ MORE
Crime: Bladen County Sheriff’s Office seeking information in deadly shooting
The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with information regarding the identities of the suspects in a shooting that left one immigrant dead on Friday night. The shooting occurred on Oakview Trail near Elizabethtown. If you have any information regarding this case, you are asked to call the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960. READ MORE
Opinion:Thoughts While Shaving
Memorial Day weekend is expected to be hot, temps in the 90s. Total rainfall for this week at the Hester household was 1.5 inches. (as of 6AM Thursday)
Lots of budget talk at all levels of government this time of the year. READ MORE
Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on May 25
Highest Temperature 95 degrees 2011
Lowest Temperature 44 degrees 1967
Precipitation 2.33 inches 2003
Yesterday’s High Temperature was 80 degrees.
This Day in History for May 25
1721 – John Copson becomes America’s 1st insurance agent.
1787 – Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia, George Washington presiding.
1844 – 1st telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot. READ MORE
NEWS FOR WEDNESDAY MAY 24
WBHS Receives Donation
On Thursday, May 11 2017, Ms. Betty Connor, of the Trinity Ringers, unexpectedly came to deliver a generous donation to our West Bladen FFA chapter in memory of Mr. Ray Allen. READ MORE
Town of Clarkton requests Sheriff’s Office assistance
The town of Clarkton recently sent a request to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office for two deputies to be assigned to patrol the town. Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said the Sheriff’s Office has submitted a cost estimate for the Clarkton Town Board to consider. READ MORE
Emereau continues to grow in Bladen County
Kate Alice Dunaway, Director at Emereau: Bladen announced the new local public free charter school continues to see enrollment grow.” Our enrollment continues to climb,” Dunaway said. READ MORE
Sheriff’s Office to open substation at Oakdale Homes
By: Erin Smith
The Housing Authority in Clarkton has offered an office space at Oakdale Homes to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office to be utilized as a substation, according to Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton. He said the offer came prior to last week’s shooting at the apartment complex and is a separate from a request from the Clarkton Town Board for two deputies to patrol the town. READ MORE
Remembering our Fallen Heroes
Memorial Day is fast approaching and our freedom did not come free. The staff at BladenOnline.com recognizes a lot of sacrifices have been made by our men and women in uniform for freedom.
This week we would like to honor those men and women who sacrificed so much for our great country with memorials in their honor. READ MORE
Free box fans offered to elderly, disabled to help during summer
The Division of Aging are now supplying Box Fans for elderly and disabled members of the community. The Box Fans were donated by Four County Electric Membership Company and Duke Progress Energy to assist the elderly and disabled with their cooling expenses during the hot summer months. READ MORE
Bladen DSS to offer foster parent open house and classes in June
Foster parents are volunteers from the community who open their homes and provide love and care to abused and neglected children. These nurturing, caring, responsible parents are the missing pieces in foster children’s lives.
Bladen County DSS will have a TIPS/MAPP Open House on Thursday, June 1 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Bladen County Department of Social Services at 208 East McKay Street in Elizabethtown. READ MORE
NEWS FOR TUESDAY MAY 23
Sun sets near East Arcadia
The sun sets behind the trees Tuesday evening along N.C. 87 near East Arcadia.
CRIME: Answers still sought in Bladen County 2015 disappearance
By: Erin Smith
The family of a Bladen County woman who has been missing since 2015 is still seeking clues as to her whereabouts. Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said the Sheriff’s Office does have a person of interest in the case and investigators continue to pursue tips received from the public. READ MORE
Opinion: Romphims, union suits and Hello Kitty
By: Jefferson Weaver
A while back, I snorted with derision and snarled about $400 jeans that are permanently marked with fake dirt. The idea is to make the wearer look like he or she works for a living. When combined with the companion $1,200 wornout workboots, said britches ensure that the wearer needs to work for a living, since Mom and Dad ain’t going to support the pursuit of that cultural arts degree forever. READ MORE
CRIME: West Bladen High School was on lockdown
West Bladen High School Lockdown at approximately 12:30 p.m. today READ MORE
Bladen County Commissioners discuss budget for new year
The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday, May 22nd. The main topic of discussion was the budget for the new fiscal year. READ MORE
Bladen County under Flash Flood Warning!
According to the National Weather Service a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for portions of southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina, including the following areas: READ MORE
Event: Bladen County Memorial Day Ceremony
Memorial Day will be held next Monday, May 29th, 2017. The Bladen County’s Disabled American Veterans Chapter has sent out an invitation inviting all Veterans to a Memorial Day Ceremony. READ MORE
Event: 22nd Ammon Blueberry Festival in Bladen County
Blueberry farmers have had a lot of weather battles to fight this year. Local farmers will be celebrated for all their hard work this year and every year at the 22nd Annual Ammon Blueberry Festival. READ MORE
Memorial Day closings in Bladen County
The Memorial Day Holiday is a time for honoring our men and women who gave their lives serving our country. In honor of the holiday, area offices have announced their schedule. READ MORE
Road Closure Update
According to Kenneth Clark with the NC Department of Transportation, due to concerns with having Center Road and Cabbage Road closed simultaneously, NC DOT officials made a switch today and closed Marsh Road in lieu of Center Road. An update of road openings / closings for Bladen County is as follows: READ MORE
Lifestyles: Submit your graduate’s photo and information
Submit photos of your graduating Senior.
Congratulations to the Class of 2017! READ MORE
Bladen County Upcoming VFW Buddy Poppy Campaign
The Raymond W. Biglow VFW Post 8062 in Elizabethtown has scheduled its Memorial Day Buddy Poppy Campaign for Saturday, May 27th, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Walmart and Tractor Supply locations.
Donations are welcome but not required to receive a Buddy Poppy. Please come by and support your local VFW Post on this special day and wear a Poppy for a veteran. READ MORE
North Carolina’s April Employment Figures Released
Congratulations to all our Graduates!