04/25/2019
  • 6:33 am Thoughts While Shaving for April 25
  • 11:43 pm Touchstone Energy Diamond Beach Softball Invitational: Whiteville 10, East Bladen 0
  • 11:25 pm Touchstone Energy Diamond Beach Softball Invitational: Northwest Guilford 14, East Bladen 3
  • 11:13 pm This Day in History for April 25
  • 11:04 pm Bladen Community College plans Arbor Day celebration Friday
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An Elizabethtown teenager is in custody on an attempted murder charge following a shooting Wednesday afternoon, according to Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw. Marquail Dashawn McKoy, 16, of the 1700 block of Baldwin Branch Church Road, has been charged with attempted first degree murder, discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling, go armed to the […]

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Three Clarkton men were arrested Wednesday on drug charges after a search of a house on North Mitchell Ford Road, Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker said. Officers with the Sheriff’s Office, Elizabethtown Police Department and Clarkton Police Department found more than six ounces of marijuana and a large amount of prescription pills at the residence, […]

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Let us be your first stop for holiday shopping: AND   WE ALSO CARRY Delton Pistols, AR-15, .380’s, Suppressors, and other WEAPONS AND AMMUNITION. Contact us today!  Bladen Hardware 138 South Poplar Street Elizabethtown, NC 28337 (910)862-3117 Share:

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This Day In History

1808—1st college orchestra in US founded, at Harvard. 1810—Illinois passes 1st state vaccination legislation in US.   1836—Battle of the Alamo: after 13 days of fighting during Texas Revolution between 1,500 and 3,000 Mexicans overwhelmed the Texans at the Alamo.  Between 182 and 257 Texans died, including William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett.   […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Just when I think I have seen it all….learn something new….. Yesterday’s weather was different…Don’t think I have ever seen a change as drastic and as quick as what we were exposed to ….   At 3 p.m. our temp was 80….an hour later it had dropped to 45…and it continued even lower…but a 35 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Just when I think I have seen it all….learn something new….. Yesterday’s weather was different…Don’t think I have ever seen a change as drastic and as quick as what we were exposed to ….   At 3 p.m. our temp was 80….an hour later it had dropped to 45…and it continued even lower…but a 35 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Just when I think I have seen it all….learn something new….. Yesterday’s weather was different…Don’t think I have ever seen a change as drastic and as quick as what we were exposed to ….   At 3 p.m. our temp was 80….an hour later it had dropped to 45…and it continued even lower…but a 35 […]

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen’s hopes for a 2015 state championship came to an end Tuesday night as the Lady Eagles were eliminated in the Sectional Final 49-41 by Kinston. “I’m not happy with the outcome of the last game,” said East Bladen Coach Patty Evers. “Kinston played good defense, and we didn’t make enough free throws. But […]

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Bladen County Sports

Class 2-A Girls Kinston 57, High Point Andrews 37 North Pitt 46, Jacksonville Northside 39 Class 1-A Girls Rosewood 56, Gates County 54 Riverside Martin 62, Roxboro Community 60 Class 3-A Boys Terry Sanford 73, Eastern Alamance 52 Wilson Hunt 59, Havelock 53 Class 4-A Boys Garner 75, Winterville South Central 64 Raleigh Millbrook 104, […]

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Ingredients 1 cup pepper Jack cheese, (4 oz), grated 1/2 cup green olives, chopped and pitted 4 tablespoons butter, softened 1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 loaf olive bread, (or Italian bread) halved lengthwise Preparation In a bowl, combine the pepper Jack cheese, olives, butter, cream cheese and garlic […]

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NC map

RALEIGH—The 2015-16 North Carolina State Transportation Map was unveiled Thursday today as part of the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Centennial Celebration and is now available free of charge. The State Transportation Map is funded and produced by NCDOT. It is distributed by VisitNC, a unit of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina. It can […]

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Steve Smith

Headmaster Steve Smith, of Columbus Charter School, informed the Elizabethtown Rotary Club about Columbus Charter School and the differences between charter schools and traditional public schools at the club’s weekly meeting. Smith said, “A lot of people ask, how is a charter school different from a traditional public school? I’m going to let you know, […]

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Southeastern Community & Family Services (SCFS), formerly Four County Community Services, will conduct a public hearing to receive public comment on its draft Five-Year Public Housing Agency (PHA) Plan (2015-2019) and fiscal year 2015 Annual PHA Plan. The 5-year plan describes the mission of the Agency and the Agency’s long range goals and objectives for […]

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National Multiple Personality Day is observed annually on March 5th.. After much research, we have found that it is looked at in two different ways: Some people look at National Multiple Personality Day as a day to look at yourself and connect with who you are.  Exploring your own  personality traits and examining the roots of […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Congratulations to the Lady Eagles of East Bladen and the Boys Knight team at West Bladen for a very, very successful basketball season…A sudden stop is tough and that is what happened to both teams Tuesday evening.  For the Eagles, their first loss of the season….The season has ended for both teams, painfully.  Hopefully the pain […]

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This Day In History

1558—Smoking tobacco introduced in Europe by Francisco Fernandes.   1743—1st US religious journal, The Christian History, published, Boston.   1821—Monroe 1st US president inaugurated on March 5th, because 4th was Sunday.   1842—Over 500 Mexican troops led by Rafael Vasquez invade Texas, briefly occupy San Antonio and then head back to the Rio Grande.   1849—Zachary Taylor […]

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Health Grades

How clean is YOUR favorite restaurant? Wouldn’t you like to know? We hear a lot in the news about food-borne illnesses and hand-washing (or the lack thereof), and it is something that every parent probably considers when taking the family out to have a nice meal. Sometimes we go out to eat as a celebration, […]

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A two-month undercover operation by the Elizabethtown Police Department and Bladen County Sheriff’s Office resulted in eight people being arrested Sunday, and authorities searching for four additional suspects. The operation targeted street level crack cocaine dealers, says Elizabethtown Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw. Officers focused on known narcotic dealers, problem areas and complaints from the community, […]

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Sophomore Julius Caulder’s block of a West Bladen lay-up attempt with 7 seconds left preserved a 58-54 victory for Fairmont in their NCHSAA Class 2-A Sectional Final Tuesday night. West Bladen had trailed 49-40 at the end of the third quarter, but the Knights started the final period with an 11-0 spurt to take the […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

Sophomore Julius Caulder’s block of a West Bladen lay-up attempt with 7 seconds left preserved a 58-54 victory for Fairmont in their NCHSAA Class 2-A Sectional Final Tuesday night. West Bladen had trailed 49-40 at the end of the third quarter, but the Knights started the final period with an 11-0 spurt to take the […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

Sophomore Julius Caulder’s block of a West Bladen lay-up attempt with 7 seconds left preserved a 58-54 victory for Fairmont in their NCHSAA Class 2-A Sectional Final Tuesday night. West Bladen had trailed 49-40 at the end of the third quarter, but the Knights started the final period with an 11-0 spurt to take the […]

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East Bladen’s Lady Eagles fought back from a 15-point lead to take the lead for the first time midway the final quarter, but Kinston answered with an 8-1 closing run to pull out a 49-41 victory in the NCHSAA Class 2-A play-offs. Kinston took a 35-24 lead into the final period, but junior Lacey Suggs […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Wonder about the status of a couple of investigations in Bladen….Lennon Lacy, FBI reportedly investigating…..and the murder of the Davis ladies who were killed nearly 40 years ago….Joseph Sledge was recently determined to not be the killer, after nearly 40 years in prison…DA said a new investigation would be undertaken. I enjoy following local folks […]

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This Day In History

1681—English Quaker William Penn receives charter from Charles II, making him sole proprietor of colonial American territory Pennsylvania. 1791—President Washington calls the US Senate into its 1st special session.   1791— Vermont admitted as 14th state (1st addition to the 13 colonies)   1797—John Adams inaugurated as 2nd president of US.   1801—1st US President […]

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Bladen County

Bladen Board of Commissioner’s Chairman Once again this year we will be comparing Bladen County public official’s salaries with those of our neighboring counties. A reminder that when you look at these figures remember that counties have different tax bases thus some officials have more duties to perform that others. We will be listing the […]

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Mail Man

There is mail in your mailbox six day days a week so let’s take time out of our day to thank the mail person who is responsible for getting it there! Thank A Mailman Day  is always celebrated on February 4th.   It is a day that is  a reminder of  just how important mail […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By: Jefferson Weaver Across the pond in Great Britain, there are parents who don’t like their child. This is obvious, since their baby’s name is 22 words long. Apparently they wanted to honor every grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, cousin, neighbor, and postman in the neighborhood, as well as the night clerk at the local liquor […]

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THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED DAY is always celebrated on February 3rd. This day we remember the unfortunate and untimely death of singers 22-year-old Buddy Holly, 17-year-old Richie Valens, and 28-year-old J. P. Richardson, aka: “The Big Bopper”.  These three singers died in an airplane accident on February 3, 1959 near Clear Lake, Iowa. Their pilot, […]

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Do you enjoy taking pictures? Like going on a scavenger hunt? Need some new outdoors gear? Jones Lake State Park and Singletary Lake State Park in Bladen County are among North Carolina State Parks participating in a photo scavenger hunt challenge. Here’s how the contest works: Visit any state park, including Jones Lake and Singletary […]

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Bruce McLean, Ag Extension Horticulturist, is offering two upcoming classes for homeowners. One is about “Making the Most of Your Vegetable Garden”.  Discussions include siting your garden, organic vs conventional, pest control, fertilization, irrigation, selecting varieties, soils, planting, growing and harvesting. This class is schedule for Tuesday, March 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. at […]

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Are you concerned about falling?  The Family Caregiver Support Program at the Lumber River Area Agency on Aging and the Bladen County Division on Aging are sponsoring a workshop for older adults and their caregivers.  The workshop will include information on the prevalence of falling among older adults; medications that can contribute to falling; vision […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Been a little ‘puny’ over the past couple of days….to much time to think…and reminiscence…. Remember running boards and fender skirts on autos…horse collars for mules and horses?…..Six man football teams and when girls played on one end of the basketball court….counter checks were the norm…   That was years before Apple and Microsoft…   […]

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This Day In History

1634—1st tavern in Boston opens (Samuel Cole)   1791—1st US internal revenue act (taxing distilled spirits & carriages)   1794—Richard Allen founded AME Church.   1801—1st US Jewish governor, David Emanuel, takes office in Georgia.   1815—US declares war on Algiers for taking US prisoners & demanding tribute.   1837—Congress increases Supreme Court membership from […]

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West Bladen’s Knights, the No. 4 seed in the NCHSAA Class 2-A East Play-offs, battle No. 5 seed Fairmont tonight at 7 p.m. for the Sectional Championship and a berth in Friday night’s Eastern Regional Semi-Finals. “We really need a big crowd tonight,” said West Bladen Coach Travis Pait. “I hope all our fans will […]

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen Hosts Kinston In NCHSAA Sectional Final Unbeaten East Bladen, the top seed in the NCHSAA Class 2-A Play-offs, will play host to No. 8 seed Kinston tonight (Tuesday) in a Sectional Final game. Monday evening the Lady Eagles rode a 22-3 third-quarter surge to a 56-26 victory over No. 16 seed Goldsboro. Junior […]

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East Bladen High School

NCHSAA Class 2-A Girls Play-offs East Bladen 56, Goldsboro 26 Unbeaten East Bladen walloped Goldsboro with a 22-3 third quarter blitz and advanced to the NCHSAA Class 2-A Girls Sectional Final with a 56-26 victory Monday night. Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles improved to 26-0 on the season and will host Kinston Tuesday night in […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery 49, Elizabethtown 39 Statistician:  Garrett Melvin Adonis Avery torched the nets for 30 points to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 49-39 Bladen Five Middle School boys’ basketball championship game victory over Elizabethtown Middle School Tuesday. Elizabethtown jumped out to a quick 8-0 lead early in the first quarter. Pierce […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery 31, Elizabethtown 28 Guard Erica McKoy scored 5 of her 17 points in the final quarter as Clarkton School of Discovery fought off a determined Elizabethtown rally and claimed the Bladen Five Middle School Tournament Girls Championship with a 31-28 victory at Tar Heel Monday. Coach Chris Callihan’s Lady Blue Devils […]

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Dr. Taylor Bladen County Schools

Bladen County Schools Supt. Dr. Robert Taylor on Monday told the Bladen County Board of Commissioners that reduced state funding, a delayed state budget, charter school payments, and a drop in enrollment are among the reasons the school system has transferred $1.2 million from the capital outlay fund in order to meet current operating expenses. […]

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On 28 Feb 2015 The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy’s drill team the, John L. Foye Rifles, competed at the North Brunswick High School Tri-Meet.   The Tri-Meet consisted of a Raider competition, Rifle Team Match and Drill Competition.  The drill meet was composed of fifteen schools from all over North Carolina.   This was the first time […]

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Elizabethtown Planning Board met Monday evening prior to the Town Council meeting and approved a recommendation for a Special Use Permit from Campbell Oil Company to build an Arby’s Restaurant and new Minuteman Food Mart at the Sunoco gas station property beside McDonalds on Poplar St.   The car wash would be demolished but the gas station would continue to […]

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Bladen County schools will conduct a tornado drill Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. as part of a statewide drill being held in conjunction with Severe Weather Preparedness Week. The National Weather Service office in Raleigh encourages schools, businesses, work places, and families to participate in the drill. The National Weather Service also notes: ** The drill […]

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen’s unbeaten Lady Eagles, 25-0 and the top seed in the NCHSAA Class 2-A Play-offs, entertain No. 16 seed Goldsboro Monday at 6 p.m. in a second round game. Saturday evening the Lady Eagles opened the play-offs with a 59-42 victory over Eastern Randolph. Junior Lacey Suggs poured in 26 points for East Bladen, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 8. Spring time officially arrives Thursday, March 20…..   First of the month governmental meetings are scheduled for tonight….Bladen County Commissioners meet at 6:30 p.m., Bladenboro and Elizabethtown also meet tonight…..   The basketball season is winding down and baseball, soccer, track, golf, and tennis moves into […]

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This Day In History

1799—Congress standardizes US weights & measures. 1824—Interstate commerce comes under federal control.   1831—John Frazee becomes 1st US sculptor to receive a federal commission.   1953—Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Territory.   1861—Government Printing Office purchases 1st printing plant.   1866—1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Conn.   […]

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This Day In History

1799—Congress standardizes US weights & measures. 1824—Interstate commerce comes under federal control.   1831—John Frazee becomes 1st US sculptor to receive a federal commission.   1953—Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Territory.   1861—Government Printing Office purchases 1st printing plant.   1866—1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Conn.   […]

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This Day In History

1799—Congress standardizes US weights & measures. 1824—Interstate commerce comes under federal control.   1831—John Frazee becomes 1st US sculptor to receive a federal commission.   1953—Territory of Washington organized after separating from Oregon Territory.   1861—Government Printing Office purchases 1st printing plant.   1866—1st US company to make sewing needles by machine incorporated, Conn.   […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

West Bladen’s almost 600-mile, 17-hour round trip Saturday to Currituck County High in Barco for their opening round NCHSAA Class 2-A Girls Basketball Play-off game finally ended around 2:00 Sunday morning. Leaving West Bladen Saturday morning, the Lady Knights finally arrived in Barco around 3:30 after 6.5 hours on the road. Then the West girls […]

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Jim Knotts learned early in life the importance of firefighters. It was a lesson that has stuck. “My first experience with fire was when I was about 12 years old,” said Knotts, now 72 years old. “My daddy was burning ditch banks and a fire got away from him. That was my first experience with […]

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Latoya Beatty, daughter of Nathan Beatty and Beverly McDowell of Bolton, is raising funds to support her medical service trip to Ethiopia this summer. Latoya Beatty is a second year medical student at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, DC. She graduated from East Columbus High School in 2004, University of North Carolina at […]

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Heather Bass stared Sunday afternoon at what was left of the home along N.C. 41 she shared with her two children. Less than 24 hours earlier, the family escaped after an apparent spark from the fireplace set carpet on fire, destroying the double-wide house she had rented for the past two years. “It was unbelievable […]

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Farmers Now Have Until March 31 to Update Yields and Reallocate Base Acres; Deadline for Choosing Between ARC and PLC also Remains March 31 WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2015 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that a one-time extension will be provided to producers for the new safety-net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, […]

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Films and Specials “Patch Adams” “Finding Neverland” “The Brothers Grimm” “Teen Witch”  “30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men” “Evelyn” “Mercy Rule” “Monster High: 13 Wishes” “Monster High: Ghouls Rule” “Rules of Engagement” “Food Chains” (March 5) “The ABCs of Death 2” (March 5) “Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden” (March 6) “My Own […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

By: Robert G. Hester   It has been a busy weekend for the part-timers….Hither, thither and yon.   Congratulations to the East Bladen girls basketball team…and condolences to the West Bladen lady Knights….So now, the West Bladen Boys and the East Bladen girls continue in the state playoffs…John Clark has all the details on our […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

Currituck County 49, West Bladen 20 Currituck County outscored West Bladen 27-6 in the first half en route to a 49-20 victory in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2-A Girls Play-offs. Senior Amanda Gerni pumped in 14 points to lead Currituck which took advantage of a steady parade to the foul line as […]

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen 59, Eastern Randolph 42 Senior Imani Turner-Dobson posted a double-double of 10 points and 17 rebounds, and junior Lacey Suggs rang up 26 points to lead unbeaten East Bladen to a 59-42 victory over Eastern Randolph Saturday night in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2-A East Play-offs. Coach Patty Evers’ Lady […]

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Extremes For Bladen County

By: Robert G. Hester Highest Temperature       82 degrees      1976 Lowest Temperature       19 degrees       2002 Greatest One-Day Precipitation                  3.40 inches      1987 Yesterday’s High Temperature was 46 degrees. Share:

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This Day In History

By: Robert G. Hester         March 1   1790—1st US census authorized.   1803—Ohio becomes 17th state.   1845—President Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas.   1864—Rebecca Lee (US) becomes 1st black woman to receive a medical degree.   1872—Yellowstone becomes world’s 1st national park.   1873—E. Remington and Sons in […]

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This Day In History

By: Robert G. Hester         March 1   1790—1st US census authorized.   1803—Ohio becomes 17th state.   1845—President Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas.   1864—Rebecca Lee (US) becomes 1st black woman to receive a medical degree.   1872—Yellowstone becomes world’s 1st national park.   1873—E. Remington and Sons in […]

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This Day In History

By: Robert G. Hester         March 1   1790—1st US census authorized.   1803—Ohio becomes 17th state.   1845—President Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas.   1864—Rebecca Lee (US) becomes 1st black woman to receive a medical degree.   1872—Yellowstone becomes world’s 1st national park.   1873—E. Remington and Sons in […]

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