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Bladen County Commissioners to meet for regular meeting

  • 01/31/2015
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Bladen County Commissioners will meet in regular session Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the meeting room at the courthouse. The board will consider a resolution in support of displaying “In God We Trust” above the county seal in the commissioners meeting room. Commissioners will be ask to consider adding a part-time employee to assist in duties related to Animal Control/Animal Shelter duties.  In the past the county has used prison labor from the now closed North Carolina Department of Corrections at White Lake. An appointment is expected to be made to the Division on Aging committee. Commissioners are expected to schedule a Special Meeting for March 23 regarding Best Practices for a …..

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Town Of Elizabethtown

Elizabethtown Commissioners Meet Monday

The Elizabethtown Town Commissioners will met at 12 noon and 7 p.m. The noon meeting is a work session, the regular session is held at 7 p.m. Both meetings are open to the public. At the noon session, Fire Chief West will present a Paid-On-Call program for volunteer firefighters and Commissioners will hear a presentation from W.K. Dickson and Associates of projects underway or proposed by the consultants. At the evening meeting the board will consider: 1) Roof replacement to Tory Hole Park buildings and Morehead Street building, 2) Approve a proposal related to Browns Creek Bike Park, 3) Consider approval of a Digital sign for Cape Fear Farmer’s Market, 4) …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Ever have one of those nights….sleep well for a while, wake up and begin to toss and tumble..for no apparent reason?  Had one of those last night….Went back to bed after a two hour period of sitting in a recliner…then had a dream related to looking for a radio station somewhere in the country around Benson, NC…explain that…Visited with some nice folks, but they could not tell me how to get ‘there’….wherever ‘there’ was…. The new Bladenboro Community Building is very nice, hope it is used….It replaces an old, much used facility in the downtown area. I am looking forward to the Super Bowl Sunday.  My sons and grandson pick …..

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You Decide: How will jobs change? – by Dr. Mike Walden

North Carolina Cooperative Extension There’s been good news recently about jobs. Last year, 2.9 million net payroll jobs were created in the U.S. economy, the highest number since 1999. When all the numbers are in for North Carolina, the net payroll job gain for the year will be near 110,000, the largest increase since 2006. The major reason for this good news is the recovery from the recession, which officially ended in mid-2009. This certainly doesn’t mean all is well in the economy; it means only that, since that time, the aggregate economy has been improving rather than declining. Jobs follow a distinct pattern with the economy. Jobs are lost …..

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The Differences in Milks – Sandra R. Cain

For Better Living Everyone can benefit from a healthy lifestyle.  This is true for all children as well as adults.  A healthy lifestyle means eating smart and moving more. One smart choice is lower fat milk. It has the same calcium, the same vitamin D, and the same protein as whole milk. But, it is lower in fat and calories. Background Information Low-fat or fat-free milk and dairy products are among the best sources calcium. Milk and dairy products also have other important nutrients, such as protein, vitamins A and D, potassium and magnesium. Milk provides calcium in a way that is easy for most people’s bodies to absorb. Each …..

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Boys Basketball West Bladen 64, Heide Trask 58

West Bladen’s Knights moved into a tie for first place in the Four County Conference Friday night with a 64-58 boys basketball victory over visiting Heide Trask. The Knights started the night in a 3-way tie for second with Trask and Midway one game behind first-place Clinton. The West Bladen victory coupled with Midway’s win over Clinton lifted the Knights into a 3-way tie for the top spot with Clinton and Midway. West Bladen is now 7-3 in the league and 16-4 overall. The Knights came out of the gate smoking as they raced to an early 15-2 lead. Senior Rahu Purdie hit a free throw, and senior center Brandon …..

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East Bladen High School

Boys Basketball Pender 51, East Bladen 48

Pender closed the game with a 12-5 spurt to pull out a 51-48 Four County Conference boys basketball victory on Senior Night at East BladenFriday. The Eagles carried a 39-37 lead into the final period and stretched their lead to 43-39, before the visiting Patriots fought back to take the victory. Senior Farrell Murchison scored 11 of his game-high 15 points in the first half for East Bladen. Senior Monterro Graham finished with 12 points for the Eagles, and junior Jermaine Robinson followed with 6 points. “The kids played hard,” said East Bladen Coach Ken Cross. “But we didn’t rebound, we didn’t shoot the ball well and we didn’t box …..

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East Bladen High School

Girls Basketball East Bladen 69, Pender 23

East Bladen’s unbeaten Lady Eagles raced to a 27-5 first quarter lead and rolled to a 69-23 Four County Conference victory over Pender on Senior Night at East. An 18-7 second quarter surge stretched the Lady Eagle lead to 45-12 at halftime, and the margin grew to 61-21 after 3 periods. Junior Lacey Suggs topped the East Bladen scoring with 24 points and added 7 steals, 6 rebounds and 3 assists.  Senior center Imani Turner-Dobson dominated the inside play with 16 points, 8 rebounds and 7 blocked shots. Senior Abbey Norris contributed 9 points and 5 rebounds for the winners, and junior point guard Abby Ward finished with 7 points, …..

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Girls Basketball Heide Trask 38, West Bladen 37

Guard Jaleah Lee sank two foul shots with 12 seconds left to lift Heide Trask to a 38-37 Four County Conference girls’ basketball victory at West Bladen Friday night. The Lady Titans had fouls left to give in the closing seconds and fouled West Bladen twice to eat up clock. The Lady Knights were able to launch a 3-point shot at the buzzer that bounced off the back iron. West Bladen led 29-28 at the third quarter break, but Trask opened the final period with a 6-0 run to take a 34-29 lead. Senior Miriam Mendoza banked in a long follow shot with 2:09 left to play, and senior Delasia …..

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JV Boys Basketball West Bladen 54, Heide Trask 29

Sophmore John Bowen and freshman guard Jimmy Williams posted double-doubles Friday night to lead West Bladen’s jayvee boys to a 54-29 Four County Conference victory over visiting Heide Trask. Bowen threw in 15 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and blocked a shot to lead the Knight offense. Bowen tossed in 10 points in the second half as West outscored the visitors 26-18. Williams drained a pair of 3-point shots in the second quarter to spark an 18-7 West Bladen blitz that resulted in a 23-11 halftime lead. Williams finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and one steal. Traquan Smith led the Knights on the boards pulling down a whopping 16 rebounds …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Girls Basketball Pender 31, East Bladen 29

Pender rode a 13-6 closing run to a 31-29 Four County Conference jayvee girls’ basketball victory at East Bladen Friday. After a knotted 11-11 score at halftime, the Lady Eagles outscored Pender 12-7 in the third quarter to take a 23-18 lead into the final period. Danielle McDowell tossed in 8 points to lead the East Bladen scoring. Teammate Yolanda Coston pumped in 7 points, and Deija Edwards followed with 6 points for East. The Lady Eagles are now 4-4 in conference play and 7-6 overall. The East Bladen jayvee girls’ next game will be Friday at 4 p.m. when they host Wallace-Rose Hill. EB (29) – Jayme Frady, Tatiyuana …..

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This Day In History

This day in History – January 31

1627—Spanish government goes bankrupt.  1851—Gail Borden announces invention of condensed milk. 1861—State of Louisiana takes over US mint at New Orleans (U.S. Civil War) 1865—Gen. Robert E. Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies during US Civil War. 1874—Jesse James gang robs train at Gads Hill, Missouri. 1876—The United States orders all Native Americans to move into reservations. 1905—1st automobile to exceed 100 mph (161 KPH), A.G. Macdonald, Daytona Beach. 1920—Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, at Howard University, incorporates. 1927—NL President John Heydler rules Rogers Hornsby can’t hold stock in the Cardinal & play for the Giants. 1928—Scotch tape 1st marketed by 3-M Company. 1930—1st US glider flight from a dirigible, Lakehurst, …..

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Bladenboro Officials Cut Ribbon on New Community Building

Bladenboro Town officials officially opened the new Community Building Friday afternoon under nearly cloudless skies and a brisk wind. Mayor Rufus Duckworth welcomed those in attendance and introduced Representatives William Brisson and Ken Waddell.  He also introduced Bill Lester, engineer for the facility and Dan Wilkins, the designer. Duckworth, Brisson and Waddell were joined by beauty queens Jordan Benson and Maycee Kinlaw for the official ribbon cutting. The spacious new building includes a meeting room, offices, a kitchen and restrooms. The town received a $500,000 NC Catalyst Community Development Block Grant in September 2012 to demolish the nearly 70 year old community building and construct a new one on the …..

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BACKWARD DAY – January 31

.day good a is This The above sentence is backwards, I might wear my shirt backwards, maybe I will walk down the street backwards:  all in celebration of Backward Day!   There are many other ways you can celebrate this fun day so just let your imagination be your guide.  Maybe you want to eat your dessert before you eat your meal!! This day is very popular with school aged kids but there is no age limit on who can participate in all of the backward fun. So EVERYONE, let’s have some fun!!  FUN FACT:  Leonardo da Vince wrote backward.  Not only did the artist and inventor write from right to left, …..

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Elizabethtown man charged with statutory rape

An Elizabethtown man was charged with statutory rape Thursday after two victims reported the allegations to a school official, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. Ryan Jacobs Hester, 25, of the 300 block of Governors Estate Drive, was charged with one count of statutory rape of a 13- 14- or 15-year-old and two counts of first degree statutory sex offense on a child as well as other charges, McVicker said. The investigation began Jan. 19, he said. Hester was placed in Bladen County Jail. Bail was set at $800,000. McVicker said the investigation is continuing and more charges may be forthcoming. Share:

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Leon Martin

Martin Retires from Banking

Leon Martin retired from a career in banking Friday, but he has many more roles with which he will no doubt continue his involvement. Martin began his banking career at Bank of Elizabethtown following graduation from Tar Heel High School and UNC-Pembroke in the early 1970’s   He retired as Senior Vice President/Banking Manager of First Citizens Bank in Elizabethtown. He is a man of many talents and while many of his years have been spent in the banking business, he has ventured outside banking into the education field and economic development businesses. He taught health and physical education, and coached, at Tar Heel and Clarkton High Schools early in his career, and served …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

A reminder of at least three functions on this Friday…. Retirement Party for Leon Martin at First Citizens today….the last day of work for Byron Graham as E-town Fire Chief…He is retiring and the parties have been ongoing…..and a ribbon cutting at the new Bladenboro Community Center beginning at 2 p.m. Can’t imagine someone breaking into or doing harm to a church facility…guess those type folks have no conscience and no limits….Vandals paid a visit to the New Light Church Family Life Center earlier this week….If you have any info related to the break-in contact Bladenboro Police Chief Hunt at 910-874-2422 or call Bladen County Communications at 910-862-8141…and pray they …..

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Mason and Zane

FORMER WEST BLADEN STUDENTS “ROCK THE HOUSE” AT CAMPBELL UNIVERSITY

D.J. Mason and Zane Singletary both “Rocked the House” in their own unique ways Monday night, January 26 at the Gore Arena in Buies Creek where the Campbell Camels defeated the Gardner -Webb Bulldogs 78 to 59. Both Mason and Singletary were leaders while at West Bladen High School, and are continuing the tradition at Campbell University. Mason contributed 13 points , 2 rebounds and 1 block while Singletary played tenor saxophone with the band to help rally the team with the fight song and other crowd favorites. This game was reminiscent of other games shared by these boys not so long ago in a crowded gym on Hwy 131 …..

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Basketball

Middle School Boys Basketball Clarkton School of Discovery 59, East Arcadia 26

Adonis Avery poured in 16 points to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 59-26 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over visiting East Arcadia Thursday. After East Arcadia started the game with a 6-0 run, Clarkton finished the first quarter on an 11-1 spurt. During that stretch, Clarkton scored multiple inside baskets by Adonis Avery, Drew Harris, and Pierce Melvin.  Just before the clock expired to end the first quarter, Melvin hit a long three pointer to give Clarkton an 11-7 lead. Clarkton was able to increase the tempo of the game in the second quarter.  Greyson Heustess and Harris muscled inside for two baskets each.  Seven …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball Bladenboro 36, Elizabethtown 34

Keyshawn Lewis and Trenton Lyons keyed a 26-16 Bladenboro second-half come-back that propelled the Bulldogs to a 36-34 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory over Elizabethtown at Bladenboro Thursday night. Lewis topped all scorers with 14 points, and Lyons connected on three of four 3-point shots to lead the Bulldogs third quarter rally. Bladenboro finally took the lead in the fourth period and held on in the final seconds for the victory. “We really clamped down on defense in the fourth quarter and held them to just 6 points,” said Bladenboro Coach Richie Love. Bladenboro improved to 3-1 in the Bladen Five, while Elizabethtown is now 2-2 on the season. …..

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Middle School Girls Basketball – Elizabethtown 30, Bladenboro 23

Jatyra Moore-Peterson and Natalie Gainey combined for 26 points to lead the undefeated Elizabethtown Lady Cougars to a 30-23 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory at Bladenboro Thursday. Moore-Peterson fired in a game-high 14 points for the winners, and Gainey was right behind her with 12 points. The Lady Cougars took a 6-2 first period lead and increased their lead to 14-6 at halftime. Elizabethtown led 20-12 after 3 periods. Kendall Lambeth bombed in a trio of 3-point shots and topped the Bladenboro scoring with 13 points. Teammates Callie Lewis and Cassie Singletary added 4 points each for the Lady Bulldogs. Elizabethtown remains on top of the Bladen Five with …..

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Jazmine Kemp

Jazmine Kemp Scores 12 Points For Lady Braves

Jazmine Kemp Scores 12 Points For Lady Braves East Bladen grad Jazmine Kemp fired in 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds Wednesday night, but her UNC-Pembroke Lady Braves dropped a 55-47 Peach Belt Conference decision at GRU-Augusta. Kemp also came up with 3 steals and dished out an assist. The 5-10 senior popped in a pair of first half jump shots as the Lady Braves built a 26-21 halftime lead. Kemp stole the ball and raced for a lay-up to stretch the UNC-Pembroke lead to 30-23, but GRU-Augusta rallied with an 18-4 spurt to take a 41-34 lead midway the second half. A Kemp jump shot trimmed the Lady Jaguar …..

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Basketball

Friday’s Sports Schedule

Friday, January 30 Basketball 4 p.m. Pender at East Bladen (JV Girls First, then JV Boys, Varsity Girls & Boys) 4:30 Heide Trask at West Bladen (JV Boys First, then Varsity Girls & Boys) Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History

      January 30 1781—Articles of Confederation ratified by 13th state, Maryland. 1790—Lifeboat 1st tested at sea, by Mr. Greathead, the inventor. 1798—Rep. Mathew Lyon (VT) spits in face of Rep. Roger Griswold (CT) in US House of Representatives, after an argument. 1800—US population: 5,308,483: African American population 1,002,037 (18.9%) 1835—Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington, DC in 1st attempted assassination of a US President. 1847—Yerba Buena renamed San Francisco. 1862—USS Monitor, the US Navy’s1st ironclad warship launched. 1911—1st rescue of an air passenger by a ship, near Havana, Cuba. 1928—1st radio telephone connection Netherlands & US. 1933—“Lone Ranger” begins a 21 year run on ABC radio. …..

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Extremes For Bladen County

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on January 30

Highest Temperature        77 degrees         2002 Lowest Temperature        11 degrees          2014 Greatest One-Day Precipitation                   1.80 inches         1939 Greatest One-Day Snowfall                         6.0 inches           1936 Yesterday’s High Temperature was 51 degrees Share:

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New Light Center

New Light Church Family Life Center vandalized

The New Light Church Family Life Center was vandalized overnight Tuesday, damaging several areas of the facility, Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt said. It’s not known how many people were involved, Hunt said, but a window was broken to gain entrance to the facility located on Chestnut Street in Bladenboro. A fire extinguisher in the building was used to spray inside a women’s restroom, a closet where Christmas decorations are kept, and on the floor of the gymnasium. The front of a vending machine also was broken. Hunt said church officials did not believe anything was missing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Bladen County communications …..

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N.C. DHHS Helping More Than 80,000 Homes Stay Warm

Funds still available for eligible households – Raleigh, NC – As winter weather makes headlines nationally, N.C. DHHS wants to remind North Carolinians about the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). Applications are still being accepted through March 2015 or until funding is exhausted. LIEAP is a federally-funded program administered in North Carolina through the Department of Health and Human Services. It provides almost $51 million toward helping eligible households pay their heating bills. Since Dec. 1, the Low Income Energy Assistance Program has provided approximately $24 million to help more than 80,000 households pay their heating bills and stay warm this winter. “LIEAP is truly a life-saver for many …..

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Recreation Dept Is Accepting CRAF Applications

The Bladen County Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for the Community Recreation Assistance Fund (CRAF). The CRAF has been established to aid communities within Bladen County in setting up and conducting active sports programming in their communities for ages 17 and under. To apply for CRAF, the Recreation Dept. will supply information on eligibility requirements, the applicant’s responsibilities and a form application. If you have any questions please call the Parks and Recreation Department at (910) 862-6770. Deadline for applications is February 28, 2015. Schedule for Community Recreation Assistance Fund July-February……………..…Application Received March-April ………………… Review Applications and Project Selection May 1st………………………… Announcement of Approved Projects May-June………………….…. Reimbursement billings …..

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Downsizing Estate Sale In Columbus County

              When: Thu, Feb 5, 2015 9:00am – 6:00pm Fri, Feb 6, 2015 9:00am – 6:00pm Sat, Feb 7, 2015 8:00am – 2:00pm Where: 558 Elm Street Fair Bluff, NC What: Fine furnishings, large amounts of china and glassware, crystal, home decor including wool rugs, electric fireplace with oak mantle, grandfather clock, framed art-fine paintings, and signed prints, collectable coins, drapes, and other general household items. Beautiful furnishings include bedroom sets with poster beds, mirrored buffet, marble topped pieces and antique collectables. All items must go!   As always, we can’t wait to see all of your friendly faces! Tatum Estate Sales and Liquidation …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

A salute to retiring Elizabethtown Fire Chief Byron Graham.  Tomorrow is his retirement date…. Another retirement effective Friday (tomorrow) honors Leon Martin retiring after a long career in banking.  He steps down from his position at First Citizens bank to a life of leisure in Tar Heel and Myrtle Beach… Everyone is invited to the Ribbon Cutting ceremony at the newly constructed Community Building in Bladenboro…begins at 2 p.m. Friday… Not sure we appreciate all that is available at our Bladen Lakes State Park…Saturday, join a park ranger for an informative program on the Venus Flytrap and other carnivorous plants such as the Pitcher Plant and Sundew…The program begins at …..

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Basketball

Boys Basketball Fairmont 64, West Bladen 56

A 9-0 spurt in the final three minutes broke open a tight game and propelled Fairmont to a 64-56 victory over visiting West Bladen Wednesday night in a non-conference Endowment Game. Turnovers were a big problem for the Knights who committed 20 in the game – 10 in the second quarter when Fairmont outscored West 20-8. “We gave them 18 uncontested points off of turnovers,“ said West Bladen Coach Travis Pait. “We guarded well, and if we keep it in a half-court game we win.” A bizarre 4-point play when a Knight was called for a rebounding foul on a made basket gave Fairmont an early 6-2 lead. Sophomore Sayaun …..

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Three Things to Know

January 29, 2015: 3 Things to Know

Greetings! 3 things to know for Thursday, January 29 1. One year ago today, Bladen County had between 2 and 4 inches of snow on the ground as a winter storm passed Jan. 28-29, 2014. Icy roads resulted in school and business closures for several days. One fallout from the snow was that students went to school an extra 16 minutes each day for the rest of the year to help make up the lost days. Hey, kids, you have to pay for that time off. 2. The Town of Bladenboro will have a ribbon cutting Friday at 2 p.m. to officially open its newly constructed community building downtown. It …..

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This Day In History

This Day In History – January 29

1785—In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health. 1834—President Jackson orders first use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute. 1850—Henry Clay introduces a comprise bill on slavery to US Senate. 1861—Kansas secedes from the Union (US Civil War) 1879—Custer Battlefield National Monument, Mont. established. 1896—Emile Grubbe is the first doctor to use radiation treatment for breast cancer. 1920—Walt Disney starts work as an artist with KC Slide Co for $40 a week. 1923—Ice cream cone rolling machine patented by Carl Taylor, Cleveland. 1929—Seeing Eye Guide Dog organization forms in USA. 1936—1st players elected to Baseball Hall of Fame: Ty Cobb, …..

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Community Celebrates Fire Chief Byron Graham

Town Hall in Elizabethtown was packed today with emergency response professionals, elected officials, friends and family to celebrate the retirement of Fire Chief Byron Graham and honor his many years of service.  Graham started his career in 1977 and on Friday, January 30th, 2015 he will retire. For the past seven years, Graham has been the Fire Chief of Elizabethtown. Mayor Campbell said, “He has done an outstanding job.  Not just representing and protecting the citizens in the town of Elizabethtown, but looking after his firefighters.”  She thanked Graham for his integrity and the example he has set to others. Graham had a sales business in the dental industry in …..

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Community Celebrates Fire Chief Byron Graham

Town Hall in Elizabethtown was packed today with emergency response professionals, elected officials, friends and family to celebrate the retirement of Fire Chief Byron Graham and honor his many years of service.  Graham started his career in 1977 and on Friday, January 30th, 2015 he will retire. For the past seven years, Graham has been the Fire Chief of Elizabethtown. Mayor Campbell said, “He has done an outstanding job.  Not just representing and protecting the citizens in the town of Elizabethtown, but looking after his firefighters.”  She thanked Graham for his integrity and the example he has set to others. Graham had a sales business in the dental industry in …..

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Community Celebrates Fire Chief Byron Graham

Town Hall in Elizabethtown was packed today with emergency response professionals, elected officials, friends and family to celebrate the retirement of Fire Chief Byron Graham and honor his many years of service.  Graham started his career in 1977 and on Friday, January 30th, 2015 he will retire. For the past seven years, Graham has been the Fire Chief of Elizabethtown. Mayor Campbell said, “He has done an outstanding job.  Not just representing and protecting the citizens in the town of Elizabethtown, but looking after his firefighters.”  She thanked Graham for his integrity and the example he has set to others. Graham had a sales business in the dental industry in …..

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JV Boys Basketball Wallace-Rose Hill 48, West Bladen 34

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Wallace-Rose Hill defeated West Bladen 48-34 Tuesday night in Four County Conference jayvee boys basketball action at Wallace. The Knight jayvees had walloped the Bulldogs 49-28 Saturday night, but Wallace-Rose Hill turned the tables Tuesday night and capitalized on a large number of West Bladen turnovers. Kasson Page recorded a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Knight offense. Sophmore John Bowen pulled down 10 rebounds, scored 8 points and blocked 3 shots for the Knights. Kalvin Page, Kasson’s brother, finished with 7 points and 6 rebounds for West Bladen. Teammate Fred Walters added 4 points and 5 rebounds. Jimmy Williams and Gerardo Reyes collected 2 rebounds …..

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Bladenboro Primary

Bladenboro Primary School releases its Honor Roll for the second nine weeks as follows:

Third Grade             “Superintendent’s List”             Steven Batton               “A Honor Roll” Malachi Bennett, Elise McKiver, Emmee Ward               “A/B” Honor Roll” Riley Abbott, Autumn Britt, Joseph Brooks, Danielle Britt, Mallory Bryan, Jayden Campbell, Benjamin Davis, Mary Davis, Lainey Fowler, Brennan Greene, Dalton Hester, Jayden Hunter, Shamaria Jackson, Armonie McCray, Jenna McLean, Kaci Nance, Kyleigh Nealey, Makensie Norris, Iyan Phillips, Nicholas Phillips, Kimberly Pinyan, Kaelan Pittman, Jasmin Santana, Landon Shaw, Brooke Singletary, John White, Summer Winebarger   “Principal’s List”             Montserratt Castro   Fourth Grade               “Superintendent’s List” Alyssa Hales, Jinely Mandujano, Morgan McKnight, Emily Young               “A Honor Roll” Haleigh Atkinson, Lainey Autry, Rylee Chadwick, …..

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Clinton 55, East Bladen 30 JV Boys Basketball

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Clinton raced to a 21-6 first period lead and went on to defeat East Bladen 55-30 Tuesday night in Four County Conference jayvee boys basketball action at East. Derrick Burney threw in 7 fourth quarter points and led the Eagle scoring with 11 points. Guard Messiah Leach drained a pair of 3-point shots in the final period and finished with 7 points for East Bladen. Sophmore Chris McKnight scored all 7 of his points in the first half for the Eagles. East Bladen is now 4-10 on the season and will host Pender Friday. EB (30)-Demetrius Wooten 2, Shawn Marshall, Joshua McKoy, Demarius McArthur, Brandon Davis 1,  Kendrick Keaton, Zaire …..

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Elizabethtown Primary School 2nd 9 weeks Honor Rolls

Superintendent’s  List 3rd Grade Bryan Barnes  “A” Honor Roll Marcellious Joseph, Celexia Miminger, Aldo Monroy, Octavio Morales, Dyiamon Robinson, Dmauriee Rodgers, Emma McDuffie  “A/B” Honor Roll Linwood Britton, Elijah Cain, Jahlil Carter, Khalil Crumb, Gavin Dowless, Charlie Edwards, Rylee Garrison, Arianna Gill, JaQuez Graham, Amyah Jackson, DeJohn Lesane, Andrew Lin, Taylar McLaurin, Abril Mena, Summerlin Monroe, Destiny Moses, Heidi Robellor, Karly Ross, Amado Rojas, Aydan Shaver, Gracie Smith, Julio Stanley, Nate Stewart, CeeAsia Tindall, Cashmere Thomas, Aniya Thompson,  Breyson Vasquez, Lacy Young 4th  Grade Superintendent’s List David Hamm, Ciara McKoy, Garrison Tatum  “A” Honor Roll Bradan Austin, Luke Barber, Maegan Burney, Calise Jackson,  Jacie Kinlaw, Alicia Lawson, Luz Ramos, Derik …..

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Dental Bus

Dental Van Stops by Elizabethtown Primary

The Friendly Dental Van stopped by Elizabethtown Primary School, Thursday, January 22nd. This service is based in Cumberland County and visits neighboring schools in Columbus and now Bladen County offering dental services to students. The van is fully equipped with everything that a regular dentist office has to offer, including x-rays, fillings, and cleanings. All the dental work is completed on the same day. Students were made to feel very comfortable. A big screen TV playing a favorite movie kept their attention while they waited. Share:

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Goodwill

Training for Parents of Students with Disabilities

The Office of Exceptional Children’s Services for Bladen County Schools​ is pleased to announce that the Goodwill Foundation is providing a training for parents of students with disabilities.     Parents will learn the importance of, and how to keep up with, all the paperwork associated with having a child with special needs. Parents should bring to the training any paperwork, IEP’s, doctor’s reports, etc. The Goodwill Foundation is providing resource notebooks to participants who register for the training.   The event will take place on Friday, February 13, 2015 from 10:00am until 12:00pm.  The location is the Bladen County Board of Education located at 1489 Highway 701 South, Elizabethtown, NC (across the street from …..

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Weather

Weather Forecast starting Wednesday, January 28th

Today Sunny, with a high near 46. North wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tonight Clear, with a low around 25. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Thursday Sunny, with a high near 50. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Thursday Night A slight chance of showers after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. South wind 6 to 10 mph becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Friday Sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph. Friday Night Mostly clear, with a low around 28. Saturday Sunny, with …..

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Litter in Elizabethtown

Help Keep Bladen County Clean

Litter is piling up all over Bladen County and we need a solution.  It kills wildlife, looks disgusting, is hazardous to our health, and clean up doesn’t come cheap.  Litter clean-up costs the U.S. more than an estimated $11.5 billion each year. Folks need to realize they are causing a real problem when they litter.  When you litter, you are not just affecting yourself.  Indirect costs include the degree to which litter reduces the value of real estate, deters a customer from entering a business, or a new employer from locating to a community. This issue affects our whole community. Keep Bladen Beautiful promotes recycling, solid waste handling practices, and …..

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Bladen state parks had drop in visits in 2014

Jones Lake State Park had a 4 percent decrease and Singletary Lake State Park had a 14 percent decrease in visits during 2014 compared to 2013, according to figures released Wednesday by North Carolina State Parks. There were 119,636 visits to Jones Lake during 2014 compared to 124,633 in 2013. Included in that figure are 4,240 visits in December, which was a 3 percent increase over December 2013. Jones Lakes State Park is located off N.C. 242 near Elizabethtown. There were 15,278 visits to Singletary Lake during 2014 compared to 17,843 in 2013. Included in that figure are 510 visits in December compared to 580 in December 2013. Singletary Lake …..

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Three Things to Know

January 28, 2015: 3 Things to Know

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Greetings! 3 things to know for Wednesday, January 28 1. Happy Data Privacy Day! Today’s the day set aside to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. It was first recognized in 2007 in Europe. It’s certainly a worthwhile cause in today’s Internet-connected society. Wish there more information to pass along about the celebration, but the data couldn’t be accessed. Try staysafeonline.org. Stay safe. 2. The Diabetes Support Group meeting is set for Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the Bladen County Health Department in Elizabethtown. The topic is “12 Lessons of Diabetes.” It’s open to the public. Call 910-862-6900, ext 5 for information. 3. Sign held by …..

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Town of White Lake

 TOWN OF WHITE LAKE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS – SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE

The Mayor of the Town of White Lake calls a special meeting of the White Lake Town Board of Commissioners at the White Lake Municipal Building, 1879 White Lake Dr., White Lake, NC.  The meeting will begin at 6:30 pm on Thursday, Januray 29th, 2015.  The purpose of this meeting is to approve the easement(s) for the multi-use path and authorize the Mayor to execute the easement(s) on the Town’s behalf.  (Only those items of business specified in the notice may be transacted at a special meeting, unless all members are present or have signed a written waiver of notice).   Share:

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Extremes For Bladen County

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on January 28

Highest Temperature         80 degrees        1974 Lowest Temperature         11 degrees         1986 Greatest One-Day Temperature                    1.77 inches         1998 Greatest One-Day Snowfall                          0.5 inches           1922 Yesterday’s High Temperature was 45 degrees. Share:

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Road Closing

An update of CSX closures is as follows

Ken Clark, NCDOT Engineer SR 1138 (Booker T. Washington Rd) is open SR 1137 (McKee Rd) is open SR 1136 (White McEwan Rd) is open NC 211 is paved and will open at 6am on 1/28/15. SR 1003 (Twisted Hickory Road) is open and will remain open as a detour route SR 1172 (Grimsley Farm Road) is closed and will remain closed SR 1175 (Fourth Street) is closed and will remain closed NC 131/242/410 (Main Street) is closed; however, this will be Wednesday’s  priority (ahead of SR 1172 and SR 1175) with the goal being to open up early Thursday morning NOTE:  Grief Street and Ash Street in Bladenboro remain open; …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Elizabethown Dixie Youth Steak Dinner

The annual Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Steak Dinner will be held at Elizabethtown Primary School on Feb 6th at 4 pm. Steak plates are $10 each. Reverse raffle tickets are being sold and are $50 each (2 steak plates and a chance to win $2000,$1000, $500). Any questions or if you want to buy tickets call Rusty Hill 873-3369. You can buy tickets at the door as well. We will also be having a few auction items and will have pre-registration for sign ups for children ages 5-12. Share:

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County Board of Commissioners and Staff

Construction Management Team Approved for new Jail

Bladen County Commissioners voted 6-3 to approve the Bordeaux/WMJordan group to manage the construction of a new jail and approved adding a Law Enforcement Center and Call Center to the project.  Arthur Bullock, Dr. Delilah Blanks and G. Michael Cogdill opposed the motion. Cogdill attempted to have the vote postponed saying he had not had enough time to study the issue and make an informed decision. The commissioners heard presentations from 2 groups.  The second group was the Metcon/Balfour-Beatty team headquartered in Pembroke. Both teams made very appealing presentations.  Both have many years experience and have impressive credentials, having managed projects in nearby counties. Both have ties to Bladen County.  The Bordeaux/WMJordan group …..

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body

THE 5 WORST THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR BODY

1. Over sleeping or hitting the snooze button When it comes to sleep, the sweet spot is seven to nine hours. Sleeping for fewer than than six hours or more than 10 hours each night has been linked to chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity, according to a study from the CDC. Another stress to your body is hitting the snooze button. Disrupting your sleep diminishes the benefits of rest, leaving you more tired than if you had gotten up the first time the alarm went off. 2. Throwing back more than two drinks a day The CDC has reported that men who drink 3-4 alcoholic drinks each day …..

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8 Tricks to Teach Your Dog

Dogs are great friends and are considered to be part of a family. Spending time with dogs is entertaining and brings joy. But at the initial stages, you will find it hard to communicate with your pets. Training can make them understand you more quickly, be more friendly and much more obedient. Teaching your dogs tricks is helpful in bringing canine obedience and also makes your dogs confident and motivated. 1. Teaching your dog to respond to your command “COME” can even save his life. Treat your dog by giving him some kind of yummy doggy treats when they do what you want them to. Increase the intensity by going …..

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David Rouser

Rep. Rouzer Announces Monthly Office Hours in Every County

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) announced that his staff will hold monthly office hours in all twelve counties of the Seventh Congressional District. “Constituent service is the number one priority for our office.  It’s important that we are accessible to every citizen.  I like to put it this way: If you have a problem, it means that we have a problem.” The monthly schedule and location for each county is below (and attached).  Constituents can get more information by calling our Bolivia district office at 910-253-6111.   Bladen First Tuesday of each month 1:00 – 3:00 PM Elizabethtown Agricultural Center 450 Smith Circle Drive Elizabethtown, NC  28337 …..

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Foster Care

Bladen child protective custody cases quadrupled since 2013

Whether it’s a result of substance abuse, unsafe or unhealthy living conditions, or sexual or physical abuse, there’s been an “explosion” in the number of children in Bladen County now in protective custody, says Department of Social Services Director Vickie Smith. Smith told the Bladen County Board of Commissioners last week that 59 children, ranging in age from 6 months to 17 years, are in foster care. That’s more than four times as many as the 13 that were in the program in 2013. There were 44 children in the program in December. What’s happening in Bladen County to cause such a large increase? It seems to be the usual …..

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Golden Leaf Foundation

Golden LEAF Foundation Scholarships available

The Golden LEAF Foundation offers scholarships for high school seniors entering as Freshmen into eligible 4 year college/university OR Community College transfer student programs. Students may submit an application online at www.cfnc.org/goldenleaf by March 1, 2015. Up to 215 scholarships are awarded, each valued at $12,000 ($3,000 per year for up to four years) for the 2016-16 academic year. These scholarships are made possible through a grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation. To be eligible for the scholarship, a student must: 1 )Be enrolled during the 2014-15 academic year at a North Carolina public or private high school or a North Carolina community college. 2) Must be a North Carolina …..

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CHERRY CREAM CHEESE PIE

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, at room temperature 1 (9 inch) graham cracker crust 1 (21 oz) can cherry pie filling, chilled   Directions: In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Gradually add the milk; stir until well blended. Stir in the lemon juice and vanilla. Pour the filling into the crust and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours. Top with the pie filling before serving.   http://www.pauladeen.com/cherry-cream-cheese-pie Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

 In our travel through life we meet many interesting folks, many wonderful people who leave their mark in our memory bank for all the good reasons… We have an article online about Kent Dunn, a young man who came to Bladen County (WBLA) in the early 80’s from Central Carolina Community College… A delightful young man who has made huge strides in his career… Now in the Tampa-St. Petersburg, Florida area managing 5 or 6 radio stations… He was and is a delightful young man who has made his mark in the broadcasting business… Kent was not flashy, just rock solid… Then there was John Tomlin…came to WBLA from NC State.  His dad was a …..

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D J Mason

D. J. Mason Scores 13 Points in Campbell Win

Clarkton native D. J. Mason fired in 13 points Monday night, and his Campbell Camels rolled to a 78-59 Big South Conference victory over visiting Gardner-Webb. Mason connected on 5 of 9 shots from the field, grabbed 2 rebounds, dished out 2 assists and blocked a shot. The 6-6 junior center turned a Kyre Hamer assist into a lay-up and an early 4-0 lead. Mason also contributed a lay-up during a 9-2 Camel run that produced a 34-25 lead later in the half. Mason sank 2 free throws early in the second half to keep the Campbell lead at 39-33. The West Bladen grad canned a free throw and dropped …..

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Jazmine Kemp

Jazmine Kemp posts 8 & 6, but Lady Braves fall

Elizabethtown native Jazmine Kemp dropped in a trio of second-half lay-ups, but her UNC-Pembroke Lady Braves came up short at Georgia Southwestern on Saturday by a 67-64 margin. Kemp finished with 8 points, 6 rebounds and one assist. The 5-10 senior pumped in a first half jump shot, then drove for a couple of lay-ups early in the second half as the Lady Braves fought back from a 47-34 deficit. Kemp put back an offensive rebound with 50 seconds left to play that trimmed the Lady Hurricane lead to 64-61, before the winners’ Danisha Green made 3 of 4 free throws in the closing seconds to salt away the win. …..

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Three Things to Know

January 27, 2015: 3 Things to Know

  • 01/26/2015
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Greetings! 3 things to know for Tuesday, January 27 1. Bladenboro Middle School Student Government is collecting school supplies for Old Dock Elementary. Much of the historic Columbus County school was destroyed by fire earlier this month. Call the school at 863-3232 if you’d like to help. 2. All Four County EMC offices will be closed Thursday for employee training. Service personnel will be on call and available for emergencies at call 1-888-368-7289. Offices will reopen at 8 a.m. Friday. 3. Whew! Glad we survived that asteroid that passed overnight. Asteroid 2004 BL86, which measures about one-third of a mile wide, came within 745,000 miles from Earth, according to NASA. …..

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Thank You from Us

We greatly appreciate all our readers.  We know that changes aren’t always welcome, but sometimes needed.  Our goal is to continue bringing our community the latest local news, sports, and advertising in a way that keeps our community connected in the most efficient way possible.  We cannot do it without you and the dedicated team that has been with us from day one. We wanted to take a moment to thank all the people that have made BladenOnline.com possible.  Team members from the beginning, full-timers, part-timers, our readers and the advertisers that continue to support BladenOnline.com, thank you, just doesn’t say it all. The first week of our new layout …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 27

  • 01/26/2015
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1785—1st US state university chartered, Athens, Georgia. 1823—President Monroe appoints 1st US ambassadors to South America. 1864—Civil War skirmish at Kelly’s Ford, Va. 1870—After accepting 15th amendment, Virgina is readmitted to Union. 1880—Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp. 1888—National Geographic Society organizes (Washington, DC) 1902—5 workers killed in explosion during IRT subway construction (NYC). 1918—“Tarzan of the Apes”, 1st Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater. 1939—First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lighting. 1943—1st US air attack on Germany (Wilhelmshafen) 1948—1st tape recorder sold. 1956—Elvis Presley releases the single “Heartbreak Hotel.” 1961—“Sing Along With Mitch” (Miller) premieres on NBC-TV. 1965—1st ground station-to-aircraft radio communications via satellite. 1970—Movie rating system modifies “M” …..

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Crime Report

Elizabethtown Police Department Crime Report: Dec. 29-Jan. 4

The following arrests were filed by the Elizabethtown Police Department from Monday, Dec. 29 through Sunday, Jan. 4. The people listed have not been convicted of the charges and are presumed innocent. Failure to appear charges are not listed. Monday, Dec. 29 Kendrick Jamal Carter, 22: Assault on a female (misdemeanor) Tuesday, Dec. 30 Michael Lamont Lesane, 19: First degree burglary (felony) Selina Marie Norris, 31: Larceny of jacket (misdemeanor) Rebecca Williams Melvin, 73: Injury to real property (misdemeanor) Wednesday, Dec. 31 Tamara Janell Brown, 30: Assault with a deadly weapon (misdemeanor) Thursday, Jan. 1 Marisa Deann Spano, 35: Assault with a deadly weapon (misdemeanor) Friday, Jan. 2 Ronnie Lee …..

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Bladenboro

Bladenboro board cuts McLean Park concession stand construction costs

The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners voted Friday to cut about $9,200 in construction costs for the concession stand to be built at Clarence McLean Park. During a pre-construction meeting with Steve Britt of K&S Builders, the board opted not to use quarry tile, change the counter door to baked enamel, not install electric hand dryers, change framed wall to 8-inch masonry, not use FRP wall sheetrock and brick siding, and change shingles to three tab. The board also asked Britt for a price quote for a concrete pad only for the picnic area. The original plan called for a shelter for the area. In December, the board awarded a $123,375 …..

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NC SBI

SBI to reopen 1976 Bladen County Murder Case

The State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) announced Monday that an investigation continues of the reopened 1976 Josephine and Aileen Davis murders in Bladen County and will not close “until all viable leads have been exhausted.” The SBI reopened the case in February, 2013 at the request of District Attorney Jon David when evidence used to convict Joseph Sledge for the homicides was unanimously determined by the North Carolina Innocence Commission to be questionable and warranted a judicial review. The SBI has since worked closely with District Attorney Jon David, the Innocence Commission and the North Carolina Center of Actual Innocence to pursue the new information uncovered which has lead to …..

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Dr Findt

BCC President responds to Obama tuition plan

Bladen Community College President Dr. William Findt agrees with the idea proposed by President Barack Obama that students have two years of education beyond high school.  Findt says it is now virtually a requirement that those entering the workforce have a credential indicating they have the skills necessary for today’s workforce. The plan proposed in Obama’s State of the Union address would enable a student to complete a degree or other educational credential at one of the nation’s community colleges without paying any tuition provided the student maintains a 2.5 grade point average and completes the program within three years. Findt points out that the proposal would have less impact …..

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Road Closing

Road Closure Update (CSX Railroad Work)

SR 1138 – Booker T. Washington Road is opening SR 1137 – McKee Road is being patched back this morning.  It will open either late today or first thing Tuesday morning (will provide a follow-up later today) SR 1136 – White McEwan Road will remain closed in order to expedite NC 211 paving (they will come back to it once NC 211 is paved) NC 211 – Is scheduled to be paved back Monday afternoon.  The road will probably have to remain closed overnight to allow pavement to cool sufficiently, so plan on first thing Tuesday for opening (will verify this in the afternoon update) SR 1003 – Twisted Hickory …..

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Kent Dunn

Dunn Promoted to Tampa

  • 01/26/2015
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Kent Dunn, a former WBLA broadcaster was recently promoted to the Tampa-St Pete, Florida market after years in the Augusta, Ga. market. Dunn, a Roxboro native, is Vice President and Market Manager of six Beasley Broadcasting stations in the Tampa-St. Petersburg radio market.  Prior to his most recent promotion, he had held a similar position in the Augusta, Georgia market since 1993. The Beasley Broadcast group recently entered into an asset exchange with CBS radio to enter the Tampa-St.Petersburg, Florida market (18th largest radio market).  The deal closed in October, 2014.  Dunn joined the Beasley Broadcast group in 1991. Kent Dunn joined WBLA in the early 1980s, just out of school at Central Carolina Community …..

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NCDA&CS to host fifth annual workshop for farmers market managers Feb. 20

Registration deadline is Feb. 11 RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will host its fifth annual workshop for managers of local farmers markets Friday, Feb. 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Greensboro. The workshop will be held at the Guilford County Cooperative Extension Office, 3309 Burlington Road in Greensboro. The event includes sessions on legal protections, liability, grant funding and event planning. Networking opportunities also will be available throughout the day. “When it comes to farmers markets, North Carolina is a national leader with more than 200 markets located across the state,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This workshop will give local managers the …..

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How to Brighten Your Smile

Use a toothbrush and floss Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss once a day. Make sure it’s a soft-bristle brush and, to prevent gum erosion, clean your teeth with a short, vertical sweeping motion, not a horizontal scrubbing one. Alternatively, many dentists recommend using an electric toothbrush. When you floss, slide the thread down under your gumline, not just between your teeth. Plaque and bacteria can get stuck in those hidden recesses, causing inflammation and decay. Rinse (with water) Simply rinsing your mouth after every meal is a small move that can make a big difference. A subtle swishing and swallowing of water right away at the table …..

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“Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More”

Would you like to learn more about how you and your family can Eat Smart and Move More? We are currently looking for a church in Bladen County that would be willing to host our “Faithful Families Eating Smart and Moving More” classes that would be available for you, your church members, and citizens of Bladen County to join! These classes will help you to: • Learn how to plan, shop for, and prepare healthy meals for your family • Discover delicious, healthy, family-friendly recipes • Explore simple ways to be physically active during the day and in your faith community • Talk about the connections between food, physical activity and faith The Faithful Families program will be given over a 9-week period, …..

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Mary Lennon

Elizabethtown Middle School DAR Winner

Mary Katelyn Lennon, a 5th grader at Elizabethtown Middle School, has been selected to compete at the district level for her DAR essay. Her essay was chosen to represent the Battle of Elizabethtown Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. The students were required to write a historical fiction essay portraying the experience of a child immigrating to America and arriving at Ellis Island.  Congratulations, Mary! Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The last week in the month is not normally a ‘big time’ news time…but there are some special events this week…. Tuesday, Bladen County Commissioners will meet at 2:45 p.m. to discuss the new jail… Friday, Bladenboro Town Commissioners invite area residents to attend the ribbon cutting festivities at the new Community Building.  This facility was made possible by a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant from the North Carolina Department of Commerce. And, we are suppose to receive reval notices this week…Values will be used for the next 8 years to determine our property tax bills… How about Coach K’s latest feat…The first male college basketball coach to win 1,000 games….midway through …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 26

1802—Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library. 1837—Michigan admitted as 26th US state. 1838—Tennessee enacts the first prohibition law in the United States. 1861—Louisiana secedes from the Union (US Civil War) 1870—Virginia rejoins US. 1871—US income tax repealed. 1875—Electric dental drill is patented by George F. Green. 1891—Oscar Wilde’s “Duchess of Padua” premieres in NYC. 1913—Jim Thorpe relinquishes his 1912 Olympic medals for playing as a professional. 1915—Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado established. 1918—Herbert Hoover, US Food Administrator, calls for  “wheatless” & “meatless” days for war effort. 1920—Former Ford Motor Co. executive Henry Leland launches the Lincoln Motor Company which he later sold to his former employer. …..

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Extremes For Bladen County

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on January 26

Highest Temperature         76 degrees        1990 Lowest Temperature         15 degrees         2008 Greatest One-Day Precipitation                     2.40 inches        2000 Greatest One-Day Snow                               1.0 inches         1922 Yesterday’s High Temperature was 55 degrees. Share:

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Basketball

Saturday’s RA/GA Basketball Results

  • 01/26/2015
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Clarkton 52  Bethel 18  Crusaders C’ton (52) – Garrett Melvin 10, Brady Hollingsworth 11, Jackson Bostic 10, Andrew Cahn 2, Chase Starkloff 9, Raymond Autry 8, Nick Norris 2, Will Hester. Open Door #1 51, Clarkton Pioneers 48 C’ton (48) – Greyson Heustess 6, Pierce Melvin 7, Adonnis Avery 13, Sincere Smith 15, Joshua Pope 2, Rashad Pone 5, Joshua Wyatt, Jacob Priest. Clarkton 35, Lennon’s Cross Roads 25  High School Boys LCR – Seth Britt 13, Hunter Prevatte 8, Maliquè McDowell 2, Ethan Prevatte 2. Open Door #2 42, Bladenboro 30 High School Boys Bladenboro 21, Galeed 10 G. A.’s Western Prong 22, Galeed 15  Crusaders Hickory Grove 34, …..

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Family Fun Time

Fun Activities to try in January

Start Scrapbooking – Scrapbooking is a great idea to save memories.  Scrapbooking with your children will make the books an even greater treasure. Watch a Family Movie at Home – Find the movies you liked to watch as a child and then share them with your children. Trace Your Family Tree – Help your children trace their roots.  Let them interview their grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members.  This will provide quality time and have educational benefits. Create a Website With Your Kids – Make a family website.  This will give your kids some computer skills and make them feel special with their very own website. Volunteer Your Family’s …..

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Basketball

Four County Girls Basketball Standings

Girls   Conference All Games   W L     W      L East Bladen 8 0 18  0 Clinton 7 1 11  5 West Bladen 6 2  9  8 Heide Trask 4 3  8  9 Midway 3 5  7 10 Wallace-Rose Hill     2 5  3 10 Union 0 7  2 10 Pender                               0                7            0              13 Saturday’s ResultWest Bladen 43, Wallace-Rose Hill 41   Friday’s Results West Bladen 38, Union 29 East Bladen 62, Midway 33 Heide Trask 40, Wallace-Rose Hill 34 Clinton 63, Pender 43   Wednesday’s Results East Bladen 52, West Bladen 5 Midway 51, Union 33 Clinton 68, Wallace-Rose Hill 37       Share:

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Four County Boys Basketball Standings

Boys   Conference All Games   W L     W      L Clinton 6 2 13  4 Heide Trask 5 2 10  6 West Bladen 5 3 14  3 Midway 5 3 13  4 East Bladen 4 4  9  8 Pender 3 4  7  8 Wallace-Rose Hill     2 5  7  7 Union                                0                7            0              15 Saturday’s ResultWest Bladen 59, Wallace-Rose Hill 52   Friday’s Results West Bladen 69, Union 36 East Bladen 73, Midway 63 Heide Trask 64, Wallace-Rose Hill 63 Clinton 70, Pender 61   Wednesday’s Results West Bladen 57, East Bladen 47 Clinton 53, Wallace-Rose Hill 45 Midway 54, Union 46   Monday’s Results East Bladen …..

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D J Mason

D. J. Mason Scores 12 Points For Campbell

  • 01/25/2015
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West Bladen grad D. J. Mason pumped in 12 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, but his Campbell Camels lost a 71-63 Big South Conference decision to Winthrop in Rock Hill, SC. Mason also dished out 4 assists and blocked 3 shots. The Clarkton native dropped in an early lay-up and sank 2 free throws later in the half as the Camels built a 27-14 lead, before the Eagles rallied to within 33-30 at halftime. Mason added 2 lay-ups and a free throw early in the second half, then turned a lay-up into a 3-point play to put Campbell up 44-40 with 14:10 left in the game. The Eagles answered with …..

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Three Things to Know

January 26, 2015: 3 Things to Know

Greetings! 3 things to know for Monday, January 26 1. Happy Spouse’s Day to those who qualify. Yes, today is Spouse’s Day, which is a day to enjoy and appreciate your better half. On the flip side, it’s said that National Ex-Spouse Day is April 14, which seems a bit ironic that it’s the day before tax day. 2. Bladen Community College will kick off its 2015 spring semester Writers Series programs Tuesday at 11 a.m. with a program featuring author and history professor Dr. David La Vere. His program will be about the Tuscarora War of 1711-1715. 3. Would you return $2,631 if you found it in your fast-food …..

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Week in Review: Jan. 19-25

A man gained his freedom, the birthday of a slain civil rights leader was celebrated, and an Elizabethtown barber is still cutting hair after 50 years. In 1978, Joseph Sledge was convicted of murdering Josephine Davis and her daughter, Aileen, near Elizabethtown. The two were killed in 1976. Sledge has maintained his innocence for the past 37 years. On Friday, he was exonerated by a three-judge panel. A DNA expert testified that none of eight hairs found on one of the body’s matched Sledge. Family members said Sledge, who now is 70 years old, would be moving to Georgia. He is entitled to collect $750,000 in compensation from the state …..

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Miss Crusader Crowned

Miss Crusader is Crowned

The senior class girls of Harrells Christian Academy were honored recently and recognized as the Miss Crusader Court was presented during halftime of the varsity boys basketball game against Coastal Christian High School. Ashley Usher, daughter of Juston and Joy Usher of Watha, was crowned the 2015 Miss Crusader.  Each year, Miss Crusader is voted on by the HCA upper school student body.  Miss Crusader should hold the following characteristics: She is a member of the senior class who represents the values and beliefs of Harrells Christian Academy and school mascot, the Crusader; she is a loyal supporter of the green and gold and proud to call herself an HCA Crusader. …..

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Boys Basketball

West Bladen 59, Wallace-Rose Hill 52 Senior guard Rahu Purdie bombed in six 3-point shots, and backcourt mates Malcolm Vaught and Stephon McDonald keyed second-half spurts that carried West Bladen to a 59-52 Four County Conference boys’ basketball victory over visiting Wallace-Rose Hill Saturday night. Purdie topped all scorers with 25 points. Vaught fired in 11 of his 13 points in the second half, and McDonald scored all 9 of his points in the second half. “Those three guards that we have are tough,” said Knight Coach Travis Pait. “They’ve been together for 3 years, and they have really matured and gotten better.” The Knights trailed 27-25 at halftime, but …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

  • 01/25/2015
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It’s Sunday…a look back and much of our news over the past week was centered around the release of Joseph Sledge, convicted nearly 30 years ago for a double murder in Bladen County, now released due to no evidence that linked him to the scene… And BladenOnlines’ format changes to keep up with the times….Some like…some do not…some haven’t decided…some are willing to give the benefit of doubt…but to keep up with changing times, some changes were necessary….We are getting there..and remember, our subscription cost remains the same….NO CHARGE…best deal in Bladen…Gas prices drop, grocery prices rise…BladenOnline remains FREE. A look ahead….new Tax Values are expected to be mailed this week…That …..

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NATIONAL SPOUSES DAY – January 26

National Spouse’s Day is dedicated to recognizing spouses everywhere; from being thankful for fulfillment and security of a long-term relationship, to the boost of morale and well-being provided by spouses. Spouses Day, an unofficial holiday, is always celebrated on January 26th.  It is a time to show your spouse that you care and appreciate all of the things that he/she does for you and for the home  Over time, it is often easy to take for granted the many things your spouse does.  They are always there and do many things in the daily routine, so why not take National Spouses Day to say thank you.  Spouses day is a non gift giving day.  This …..

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Road Closure Status–CSX

  • 01/24/2015
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An update on railroad crossings is as follows: OPENINGS SR 1138 (Booker T. Washington Road) will open Saturday morning. CLOSINGS: SR 1137 (McKee Road), SR 1136 (White-McEwan Road), and NC 211 remain closed with a very short detour around 211 using SR 1170 (Bradshaw Road) and SR 1003 (Twisted Hickory Road). It will be Tuesday morning before these roads are paved back and cooled down enough to open to traffic. Until then, use either SR 1003 (Twisted Hickory Road) or SR 1139 (Mitchell Ford Road) for access around the work areas. US 701 Bypass and SR 1003 (Twisted Hickory) will not be replaced at this time, so they will remain …..

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Girls Basketball

West Bladen 43, Wallace-Rose Hill 41 Sophmore Laikyn Pait banked in the game-winning 3-point shot at the final buzzer to lift West Bladen to a 43-41 Four County Conference girls’ basketball victory over visiting Wallace-Rose Hill Saturday night. Wallace-Rose Hill junior Justice Carr fired in a 3-point shot with 38 seconds left to tie the game 40-40. After a Lady Knight turnover, Carr sank a free throw to edge the Lady Bulldogs in front 41-40 with 16 seconds left. West Bladen guard Miriam Mendoza who was under heavy pressure in the final seconds found Pait at the top of the key, and the Lady Knight sophomore barely launched the shot …..

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January 25, 2015: 3 things to know

Greetings! 3 things to know for Sunday, January 25 1. LoWanda Davis Productions will present “He Cheated! Why Me?” on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Elizabethtown Middle School. Doors will open at 4 p.m. and the show will start at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children’s tickets and VIP tickets are also available. The performance will be hosted by Palmer Williams Jr. from Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor” and will feature Euclid Gray from “Meet the Browns.” For information, call (910) 988-4475 or (980) 200-7982, or visit LDproductionsLLC.com 2. It’s late notice, but if you’re inclined to fly to New York to watch Duke …..

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JV Boys Basketball

West Bladen 49, Wallace-Rose Hill 28 Kasson Page racked up a double-double of 14 points and 15 rebounds Saturday to lead West Bladen to a 49-28 Four County Conference jayvee boys basketball victory over visiting Wallace-Rose Hill. Kasson Page also dished out 4 assists, blocked 2 shots and tossed in 5 points during a 16-9 Knight first quarter surge. Kalvin Page, Kasson’s brother, and Gerardo Reyes threw in 4 points each in the first quarter, and sophomore John Bowen drained a 3-point shot for the winners in the period. Kalvin Page pumped in 4 of his 10 points in the second quarter as the Knight lead grew to 24-15. Kasson …..

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Extremes For Bladen County

Extremes for Bladen County, NC, on January 25

Highest Temperature          77 degrees       1967 Lowest Temperature          13 degrees        2014 Greatest One-Day Precipitation                     1.84 inches       1958 Greatest One-Day Snowfall                           0.2 inches         1948 Yesterday’s High Temperature was 67 degrees (2:00 a.m.) Share:

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JV Girls Basketball

West Bladen 32, Wallace-Rose Hill 30 Freshman Patience Parker poured in 13 of her game-high 17 points in the second half to lead West Bladen to a 32-30 Four County Conference jayvee girls’ basketball victory over visiting Wallace-Rose Hill Saturday. Parker scored all 6 of West Bladen’s points in the third quarter as the Lady Knights held onto a 19-17 lead. Parker then sank 5 of 7 free throws and added another basket in the fourth quarter. Mikayla Winebarger, Indyah Williams and Elizabeth Allbright threw in 2 points each in the final period to keep West Bladen ahead. Allbright, Williams and Winebarger all finished with 4 points each for the …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Dublin Dixie Youth Baseball Meeting Monday

Dublin Dixie Youth will be having their 1st Baseball meeting of the upcoming season on Monday 1/26/15 at 7:15 pm at the Dublin Fire Dept. Anyone wanting to sign their child(ren) up for Coach Pitch (age 6-8), Minor (age 9-10) or Major (age 11-12) may do so at the meeting. We will announce future sign up dates as well. We encourage parents, anyone who would like to volunteer, coach, assist coach, help with fundraisers or find out more about Dublin DYB to attend. You may also send questions to Dublindyb@yahoo.com Share:

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Bladen County

3 Bladen County towns awarded water project funds

Three Bladen County towns were awarded almost $2 million in loans and grants by the State Water Infrastructure Authority to help pay for drinking water and wastewater projects, the N.C. Department of Energy and Natural Resources announced Thursday. The Town of Clarkton will receive $1.097 million to help fund three projects. Clarkton was awarded a $421,000 revolving loan from the Federal Clean Water State Revolving Fund for its equalization basin project, a $480,600 State Water Infrastructure Fund Wastewater Reserve High Unit Cost grant for its collection system project, and $196,300 from the State Water Infrastructure Fund Drinking Water Reserve High Unit Cost grant for water system improvements. The Federal Clean …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History

      January 25 1787—Shays’ Rebellion suffers a setback when debt-ridden farmers, led by Capt. Daniel Shays, fail to capture an arsenal at Springfield, Mass. 1799—1st US patent for a seeding machine, Eliakim Spooner, Vermont. 1825—1st US engineering college opens, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Troy, NY. 1863—Battle of Kinston, NC. 1863—General Joseph Hooker replaces Burnside as head of Army of Potomac. 1881—Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell form the Oriental Telephone Company. 1890—United Mine Workers of America form. 1915—Alexander Graham Bell in NY calls Thomas Watson in San Francisco. 1937—1st broadcast of “Guiding Light” on radio. 1939—Joe Louis KOs John Henry Lewis in 1 for heavyweight boxing title. 1945—-New York Yankees sold by Ruppert …..

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January 25, 2015: 3 things to know

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Greetings! 3 things to know for Sunday, January 25 1. LoWanda Davis Productions will present “He Cheated! Why Me?” on Saturday, Feb. 7 at Elizabethtown Middle School. Doors will open at 4 p.m. and the show will start at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Children’s tickets and VIP tickets are also available. The performance will be hosted by Palmer Williams Jr. from Tyler Perry’s “Love Thy Neighbor” and will feature Euclid Gray from “Meet the Browns.” For information, call (910) 988-4475 or (980) 200-7982, or visit LDproductionsLLC.com 2. It’s late notice, but if you’re inclined to fly to New York to watch Duke …..

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Sandra Cain

Safe Handling of Ground Meat

Sandra R. Cain For Better Living Ground meat has been linked to several outbreaks of foodborne illness in the United States. The most notable was in 1993, when four children in the Pacific Northwest died after eating undercooked hamburgers at a fast food restaurant. When ground meat, as well as any meat,  is not handled safely, it can become contaminated with harmful microorganisms. To prevent foodborne illness, handle ground meat safely from the time you buy it until you eat it. Here are some tips to help you.   At the grocery store Don’t cross-contaminate. Put ground meat in a plastic bag before putting it into your grocery cart. Ground …..

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Christopher's Steakhouse and Seafood

New Steakhouse and Seafood Restaurant In Elizabethtown

Steaks, ribs and seafood are only a few of the mouth-watering foods offered at Christopher’s Steakhouse & Seafood restaurant in Elizabethtown.  The new restaurant opened on January 3rd this year and has been busy serving great food to happy customers every day since. Open every day of the week at 11 am, customers can enjoy lunch or supper.  Community members in our area have been bragging about the food at the new restaurant.  Anytime of the day you decide to go to the new eating place, the food is always delicious and satisfying. Staff member Alma Alvarado says, “Our ribs are one of our top sellers because they are fall-off-the-bone …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Friday was an interesting day… I covered the Joseph Sledge hearing in Columbus County… As I listened to the folks with an interest in the judicial process, It became clear to me, all is not as it should be and as many would like it to be…but better now than then… Thank goodness for DNA….I listened to DA Jon David and Chris Mumma, the attorney who apparently works exclusively with folks in our prison system who continue to profess their innocence…she said in some of her comments that there are several hundred in the prison system who ask for her assistance, but very few…2 or 3 annually, in her opinion that …..

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