BladenOnline.com

Bladen County's top website for news, sports, advertising and more!

Missing Garland man found alive

William Earl Powell, 72, of Garland was found Sunday afternoon.  He had been the object of a statewide Silver Alert for six days. He was found on the banks of South River about a mile west of US Highway 701, south of Garland. Early reports indicate he was alert, but dehydrated.  He was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Hospital for evaluation. Powell suffers from dementia and may have attempted to avoid search crews.  According to authorities, search teams had covered the area where he was found numerous times over the past few days. Sampson County Sheriff Jimmy Thornton expressed his thanks to all who assisted in the search. Share:

Read More

This Day in History—-June 1

1638—1st earthquake recorded in US, Plymouth, Mass. 1657—1st Quakers arrives in New Amsterdam (NY) 1774—Boston Port Bill: British government orders Port of Boston closed. 1796–Tennessee admitted as 16th US state. 1813—Capt. John Lawrence utters Navy motto “Don’t give up the ship” 1861—1st skirmish in Civil War, Fairfax Court House, Va. 1862—Slavery abolished in all US possessions. 1869—Voting machine patented (Thomas A. Edison) 1880—1st pay telephone installed. 1880—US census at 50,155,783. 1890—US census at 62,622,250. 1911—1st US group insurance policy written, Passaic, NJ. 1923—Lou Gehrig replaces Wally Pip (1st of record 2130 consecutive games) 1939—1st boxing match to be televised, Lon Nova defeats Max Baer. 1947—Photosensitive glass developed. 1951—1st self-contained titanium …..

Read More

Coastal Carolina Off-Road Series Brings Hundreds to Bladen County

The weather was perfect on this sunny Sunday for the Coastal Carolina Off-Road Series #7 to come to Brown’s Creek Bike Trail in Elizabethtown. Folks were reminded earlier this week to make plans to attend the first-ever CCORS race in Elizabethtown. The Kid’s Race began at noon and all the other classes started at 1:00 pm on Sunday, May 31st. The Elizabethtown Rotary Club helped serve up lunch to participants. First ever, Special Guest MC DJ Dane Britt played music and called the races, podium and class champions. Dane is known in the Cape Fear Region and throughout as a friendly and positive role model who enjoys adrenaline and bicycles. Rockstar …..

Read More

Thoughts While Shaving

For those, who for whatever the reason, missed the 2015 edition of the Bladen County Relay for Life event, it was a very successful event. Despite the fact that it had to be postponed due to the weather, there was a good crowd, not the largest, but a very good crowd. Last report, nearly $100,000 has been raised….not just Saturday, this committee of volunteers has worked for months….Congratulations…job well done… And whoever came up with the purple potty with the nice floral arrangement…..a successful project….as well as many others… Charlotte Smith and I must have read..mmmm over 800 names of folks, mostly in this county who have been or have …..

Read More

This Day in History—-May 31

1634—The colony of Massachusetts Bay annexes Maine colony. 1759—The Province of Pennsylvania bans all theater productions. 1790—US copyright law enacted. 1837—Astor Hotel opens in NYC, it later becomes the Waldorf-Astoria. 1861—Mint at New Orleans closes. 1870—E.J. DeSemdt patents asphalt pavement. 1878—US Congress accepts decrease in dollar circulation. 1884—Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patents “flaked cereal” 1907—Taxis 1st began running in NYC. 1910—Glenn Curtiss flies from Albany to NYC. 1913—17th amendment (direct election of senators) declared ratified. 1929—Atlantic City Convention Center opens. 1935—Babe Ruth grounds out in his final at bat. 1943—“Archie” comic strip 1st broadcast on radio. 1955—US Supreme Court orders school integration “with all deliberate speed” 1958—Dick Dale invents “surf …..

Read More

Striking Out Cancer Success

It was a beautiful day for the annual Bladen County Relay For Life. Over 850 people effected by cancer were honored at the event held Saturday, May 30th. During the 12 hour event the participants helped raise $17,294.83 according to Jessica Inman, Co-Chair of the fundraiser. The net earnings so far for this year’s Relay For Life are $89,948.98. “I think it was great and the one day event is something we may continue,” Inman said in reference to this year’s events being held 12 hours instead of the usual 24 hours. Before the closing ceremonies awards were give out. Potty Patrol cleaned up with awards for Best Hat, Most …..

Read More

West Bladen Athletic Awards

Baseball Most Valuable Player – Trevor Lesane Coaches Award – Michael Pastore Defensive Award – Colby McLean Most Improved Award – Trent West Men’s Basketball Most Valuable Player – Rahu Purdie Defensive Player of the Year – Stefan McDonald Offensive Player of the Year – Malcolm Vaught Knight Award – Brandon Council Volleyball Coaches Award – Krisna Ransom Knight Award – Allison Thompson Highest Kills Award – Morgan Sweeney Service Ace Award – Breanna Jackson Men’s Tennis Co-Most Valuable Player – Adam Rutland Co-Most Valuable Player – Victor Jacome Most Improved – Matthew Bobby Coaches Award – Manuel Arvizu Four County Expedition Trophy – Stanley Bellamy Cheerleaders Most Valuable Cheerleader …..

Read More

HCA Middle School Awards

On the last day of school for Harrells Christian Academy Middle School students, a special awards ceremony was held to honor the students in grades 6-8 who excelled in academics and athletics throughout the 2014-2015 school year. Middle School Honor Roll for the Year First row: Mary Kellan Creech, Will deAndrade, Noah Tart, Mary Lila Blackburn, Stefani Boussiass, Blake Bellanger, Lekea Boney, Joshua Roberts, Savannah Wells; 2nd row: Mackenzie Odum, Matthew Evans, Annabeth Ellis, Sophia Dixon, John Litton Clark, Ellie Carone, Taylor Batson, Stancil Bowles, Jeana Grace Bowker, Brice Bell, Michaela Hall; Brinkley Spearman, Elizabeth Sills, Seth Savage, Ivey Rouse, Anna Rackley, Stephanie Prestage, Gracy Peterson, Katie Johnson, Casey Johnson, …..

Read More

Sandra R. Cain For Better Living Lifestyle Changes Effectively Lower Blood Pressure

One in every four adults has high blood pressure. And the older a person gets, the higher the risk of developing high blood pressure. In fact, by age 65, the risk of developing hypertension over the next 10 years is two in three. The risk doesn’t seem to differ between men and women, but it is associated with increased weight gain over time. Why should you be concerned about high blood pressure? Because it increases your risk of suffering a stroke, heart attack or heart failure. Research shows that even having a high-normal blood pressure reading of 130/85 increases one’s risk of having a stroke or heart attack in the …..

Read More

Bladen Commissioners Meet Monday for Regular Monthly Meeting

Bladen County Commissioners will meet Monday, 6:30 p.m. for a regular meeting. Among the first items of business is a Public Hearing on the proposed budget for Bladen County for fiscal year 2015-2016. In the published agenda, there is no reference to the proposed new tax rate. The county is building a new jail, following a report from a Superior Court Judge that the old jail does not meet current standards and must be replaced. The state mandated revaluation of property in the county resulted in a slightly lower overall value than the previous 8 years. Public comments are welcome during the Public Hearing. In other action, the Board of …..

Read More

Elizabethtown City Council to Meet in Regular Session

The Elizabethtown City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday for their regular monthly meeting. The will also meet at 12 noon for a work session. Both meetings are open to the public. A variety of issues are on the agenda. Public Hearings related to the General Fund and Water Fund budget will be held at the 7 p.m. meeting. A second Public Hearing is related to Off-Street Parking and Off-Street Loading Requirements, and a third Public Hearing is related to a Bladen/Columbus Regional Hazard Mitigation Plan . City Manager Eddie Madden will explain the details of each and comments from the public are welcome. Following the Public Hearings, action …..

Read More

Leland teenager wanted for armed robbery, arrested in Bladen

16 year old Da’andre Kiheem Smith of Leland, wanted for armed robbery of a Leland supermarket was arrested after 7 p.m. Thursday following a traffic stop on NC 211 near Clarkton. Brunswick County authorities said he had 6.2 grams of marijuana in plastic bags.  Charges include robbery with a dangerous weapon; possession of marijuana with intent to sell, manufacture or deliver; and manufacturing a scheduled VI controlled substance.  He is being held in the Brunswick County jail on $1.1 million bond. Share:

Read More

Thoughts While Shaving

Hope your plans for today includes sometime at Elizabethtown Middle School football field where the 2015 edition of Relay for Life is being held….Festivities from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. Hope to see you there… The Bladen County Sheriff’s department was busy Friday….closing down a couple of internet café establishments in Dublin and a smaller operation west of Tar Heel. DA Jon David and Sheriff Jim McVicker then held a news conference related to the “bust.” The Town of Elizabethtown and Bladen County Commissioners meet Monday…regular monthly meetings. Both bodies will be discussing proposed budgets for the coming fiscal year. Jones Lake State Park officials are offering an installment of …..

Read More

Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball West Bladen Sweeps West Brunswick

West Bladen’s Knights swept a Dixie Pre-Majors baseball double-header at West Brunswick Friday night by scores of 5-1 and 11-7. Juniors Jeremy Hunt and Donald McCullum belted singles to ignite a 3-run West Bladen first inning in Game 1. Junior Chandler Lennon reached base on a fielder’s choice, and after a walk to freshman Scott Bowen, catcher Brandon Carson’s ground-out plated Hunt. McCullum and Lennon dashed home on wild pitches. Bowen hammered a third-inning double that plated Lennon who had walked. Carson beat out an infield hit, and junior Ray Jones knocked in Bowen with a single. Hunt pitched the first 3 innings for the Knights and struck out six. …..

Read More

This Day in History—-May 30

1498—Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America. 1806—Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy. 1821—James Boyd patents Rubber Fire Hose. 1848—William G. Young patents ice cream freezer. 1908—1st federal workmen’s compensation law approved. 1911—1st Indianapolis 500 car race, Ray Harroun wins at 74.59 MPH. 1932—Yankees dedicate a plaque to Miller Huggins. 1933—Patent on invisible glass installation. 1942—Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat Dizzy Dean All-Stars 8-1. 1946—United flight 521 crashes on takeoff at LaGuardia Airport (NY) 42 die. 1948—A dike along the flooding Columbia River breaks, obliterating Vanport, Oregon within minutes. Fifteen people die and tens of …..

Read More

Last bets have been made in Sweepstakes Gaming in Bladen County

Update as of 6:00 pm on 5/29/15 Bladen County District Attorney Jon David and Sheriff Jim McVicker along with their team held a press conference today at 4 pm in reference to the sweepstakes raid that happened earlier today. Together they announced the details of the arrests of multiple people in connection with video sweepstakes gaming here in Bladen County. According to the team after months of comprehensive investigation by the District Attorney’s office, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department and partnering with other law enforcement outside the county, three different sweepstakes locations involved were shut down, and eight people were arrested today. The owners of the establishments and the operators …..

Read More

NCDOT Resident Engineer, Rusty Marsh speaks about the construction in Bladen County

Bladen County has a lot of road construction going on in different areas. NCDOT, Whiteville Resident Engineer, Rusty Marsh mostly spoke with the Elizabethtown Rotary Club about the construction happening at the intersection of 87 and 701 in Elizabethtown. The construction at the intersection started on March 3rd, 2015 with the prime contractor for the construction being, Barnhill Contracting Company.  The contract amount is $13,265,221.98. The concept Marsh gave was US 701 will take a new alignment on the eastern side and go under NC 87 Bypass. New bridges will be built for each direction on NC 87 Bypass and down at Brown’s Creek. NC Highway 242 is relocated to …..

Read More

NATIONAL HEAT AWARENESS DAY – Last Friday in May

National Heat Awareness Day is observed each year on the last Friday in May.  Resulting in numerous fatalities each year, heat is one of the leading weather related killers in the United States. 1980 – Heat wave claimed 1,250 lives 1995 – Heat wave claimed more than 700 lives in Chicago (the deadliest weather event in Chicago history) 2003 – August, record heat wave in Europe claimed an estimated 50,000 lives Most American summers see heat waves in one or more parts of the United States.  Some parts combine high temperatures and high humidity however some of the worst heat waves have been dry. The following advisories may be issued from the …..

Read More

Kicking off the summer with a prize pack

  • 05/29/2015
  • News
  • No Comments

 All Out Stitches in Elizabethtown is announcing their new merchandise of summer items such as tank tops, beach towels, and lunch bags. Monogramming services are offered on all the new summer merchandise at the store, or bring in your own unique items and have them monogrammed. The store now is offering a chance to win a Summer Family Prize Pack for a limited time only. Ashley from All Out Stitches says, “For every $20 a customer spends in our store, there name will be entered to win our Summer Family Prize Pack.“ This is a way for us to show our customers we appreciate their business. All Out Stitches also …..

Read More

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Check our list of Upcoming Events for activities this weekend… A “biggie” is Relay for Life Saturday (tomorrow) at the Elizabethtown Middle School athletic field… The event was scheduled a few weeks back but had to be postponed due to the weather… Forecast Saturday is for mostly sunny skies…The purple commodes with floral arrangements has apparently proven to be a good fundraiser.  Know those ladies in charge of that project are happy…it’s over. Many people have worked hard for the cause. Growing old is some experience… Lose memory, hair, teeth, telephone, keys and more… But a good alternative to other options. Ever drive though an area, anyplace and think… I …..

Read More

This Day In History

This Day in History – May 29

1630—John Withrop begins “History of New England” 1721—South Carolina formally incorporated as a royal colony. 1849—Lincoln says “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” 1861—Dorothea Dix offers help in setting up hospitals for Union Army. 1909—Frank “Home Run” Baker’s 1st career home run. 1912—15 young women fired by Curtis Publishing for dancing “Turkey Trot” during their lunch break. 1916—Official flag of president of US adopted. 1919—Charles Strite files patent for the pop-up toaster. 1922—US Supreme Court rules organized baseball is a sport & not a business …..

Read More

North Carolina’s Seasonally Adjusted April Unemployment Rate At 5.5 Percent

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from March’s revised rate. The national rate declined 0.1 of a percentage point to 5.4 percent. North Carolina’s April 2015 unemployment rate was 0.9 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 25,712 over the month to 4,481,112, and increased 143,339 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 7,457 over the month to 260,760, and declined 34,427 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 11,100 to 4,231,500 in April. The major industry with …..

Read More

Bladen County School Board and Commissioners Discuss Budget Concerns

By: Charlotte Smith On May 18th the Bladen County Board of Commissioners denied a request from the local Board of Education to transfer $495,000 from the capital outlay funds to the current operating expenses. A special meeting between the two boards was held today to discuss the needs and potential impact the local community would face if the school board does not receive the additional funds requested. According to Dr. Robert Taylor, Bladen County School Superintendent, the transfer of funds will be necessary for the school system to close out the current school year. He estimated it would take $350,000 to pay bills for personnel, utilities and other expenses for …..

Read More

Highway Patrol and Wildlife Resources Commission Release Operation

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol along with the Division of Law Enforcement Wildlife Resources Commission released the totals for “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign for the period of Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25. “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign is a multi-agency initiative that is designed to combine law enforcement resources to ensure that all motorist can safely travel the highway and waterways during the summer months. The totals are reflective of each agencies collaborative enforcement efforts. Highway Patrol total violations were 8887 and total violations for Wildlife Resources Commission was 756 statewide. Troop B, that …..

Read More

Inman gives an update and invitation for Bladen County Relay For Life

Bladen County Relay For Life is set for this Saturday from 11 am until 11 pm at the Elizabethtown Middle School Field. “Our slogan this year is ‘Stricking Out Cancer’, because that is exactly what we want to do,” Jessica Inman, Co-Chair of this year’s event said. Thus far, there are 34 teams signed up with 375 participants raising over $82,600 for Relay For Life according to Jessica. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the …..

Read More

Bladen County NCDOT Update

By:  Ken Clark OPENINGS: SR 1136 (White-McEwan Road) The work on SR 1136 (White-McEwan Road) at the CSX railroad is complete and the road is open (expect crossing arms to be installed there in the near future) UPCOMING CLOSINGS: SR 1166 (Page Road) Beginning Monday, June 1 we plan to close SR 1166 (Page Road) just south of the SR 1168 (Bridgers Road) intersection in order to install a new crossline. This new line will add additional capacity that should reduce the frequency of flooding at this intersection. Access to Bridgers Road will be from the Clarkton end of Page Road only. There will not be a signed detour in …..

Read More

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Important meeting at 1 p.m. today… Bladen County Commissioners and members of the Board of Education talk money…all about a budget for the coming fiscal year.  The meeting will be held at the Ag Center on Smith Drive.  Crunch time… Relay for Life festivities were delayed recently due to inclement weather… It is re-scheduled for this weekend, beginning Friday PM. Plans are being made for Bladen Mission 2015.  Youngsters will spend a few days at Wesley’s Chapel UMC multi-purpose building.  It’s a non-denominational effort.  Young folks and adults will be operating a mission effort assisting with numerous projects in the area… Adults are needed to assist… The dates are June …..

Read More

This Day In History

This Day in History – May 28

1664—1st Baptist Church organizes (Boston) 1774—1st Continental Congress convenes (Virginia) 1818—1st steam vessel to sail Great Lakes launched. 1863—1st black regiment (54 Mass) leaves Boston to fight in Civil War. 1892—Sierra Club forms by John Muir in San Francisco, for conservation of nature. 1923—Attorney General says it is legal for women to wear trousers anywhere. 1926—US Customs Court created by congress. 1928—Dodge Brothers Inc & Chrysler Corp merge. 1929—1st all color talking picture “On With the Show” exhibited (NYC) 1940—Irving Berlin’s musical “Louisiana Purchase” premieres in NYC. 1956—Eisenhower signs farm bill allows government to store agricultural surplus. 1962—US stock market drops $20.8 Billion in 1 day. 1972—White House “plumbers” break into Democratic National …..

Read More

FROM TYPEWRITERS TO MEGABYTES — SOCIAL SECURITY’S EVOLUTION

By: Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC   The first typewriter to be commercially successful was invented on June 23, 1868. One hundred years later, Social Security still used the same technology to type Social Security cards, envelopes, forms, and applications. This system required thousands of employees to create, maintain, transmit, and file the folder for each current and future beneficiary by hand to ensure accurate payments to retirees and disability beneficiaries. Of course, that has all changed with modern computers and the Internet. Now, you don’t even need to leave the comfort of your home to do the majority of your business with Social Security. …..

Read More

Harmony Hall

Cannon Day at Harmony Hall in Bladen County

Harmony Hall Plantation Village  will observe Cannon Day this Fifth  Sunday May 31 as scheduled.  Bobby Lewis, Field Marshall has packed 3  cannons to be observed and fired.  Volunteers are invited to learn  canyoneering and assist actually firing the guns.  Cannons also fired last  Sunday in observance of Memorial Sunday.  Tomahawks will be flung during  the opening from 2-4 PM.   Self-guided tours will be available as well  as assistance thru the 255 year old house built about 1760 and still on its  original foundation.  Other structures were moved to the property to save  endangered buildings.  The Dublin Scout Troop is occupying the old Cain  Kitchen as a Scout Hut on …..

Read More

Open House in East Arcadia

The East Arcadia Bladen Community College campus will hold an Open House tomorrow, Thursday, May 28th from 6 pm until 8 pm.  The campus offers many benefits not only to community residents, but others living and working outside the area. The school has continuing education classes, offers curriculum classes, and more.  To find out more about what the location offers stop by their Open House tomorrow located at 1472 East Arcadia Road, Riegelwood, NC or call them at 910-655-5769. Share:

Read More

Lower Cape Fear Hospice seeks volunteers

Lower Cape Fear Hospice is in need of volunteers to help families in Bladen County. Volunteers provide respite for caregivers and much-needed emotional support for families and patients with advanced illnesses. Volunteers serve as caring friends to people in need. They offer companionship, visit or read to patients, listen, hold a hand, run errands, allow caregivers to rest, and help patients tell their life stories. Hospice volunteers help patients where they live—in their homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteers can also give administrative support, assist with special events and provide community outreach by sharing Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s message. Prospective volunteers must complete orientation. Upcoming orientation sessions will …..

Read More

Update on 4 year old drowning in Clarkton

Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker reported the death of Zackery Blaze Priest, age 4, of 2292 Mitchell Ford Road, Clarkton, on Friday, 22, 2015. The cause of death was drowning. McVicker said a call was made to the Bladen County 911 Center on Thursday morning, May 21 at approximately 9:15 am. The caller stated a young child had been found floating face up in a pond behind their residence. The caller said the child was removed from the water and was breathing but was struggling. Law enforcement and EMS were dispatched. The child was transported to Bladen County Hospital and then to Cape Fear Valley. He succumbed to his …..

Read More

Coastal Carolina Off-Road’s First Ever Race In Bladen County

Coastal Carolina Off-Road (CCOR),  will be hosting a race event this Sunday, May 31st at the Brown’s Creek Trail in Elizabethtown. There will be a  kids race starting at noon, followed by all the other classes that will start at 1 pm.  This is the 7th race this year for CCORS. The event is sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink. Rockstar supports the Rockstar lifestyle across the globe through Action Sports, Motor Sports, and Live Music and CCORS is very happy to be a part of that. “Look for some sample product at round #7!” says CCORS members. CCORS would also like to remind all riders complimentary food after the race will be provided. This is their …..

Read More

Search underway for missing Garland man

Bladen County personnel are helping with a search Wednesday morning in Garland for a missing 72-year-old man. Authorities are looking for William Earl Powell of Garland, who was reported missing Tuesday afternoon from his home on Birdy Lane in Garland, says Sampson County Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Pope. Powell is 6-feet-1, weighs 180 pounds and has green eyes. He was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, gray denim pants and brown slip-on loafers. He has dementia and has a history of wandering off from his residence, Pope said. Crews from Bladen, Sampson, Pender and Brunswick counties, as well as state officials, are searching for Powell around Garland and in wooded areas …..

Read More

Elizabethtown man charged in home break-ins

An Elizabethtown man has been charged for breaking in to three homes, Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw said. In two of the cases, residents were asleep in the homes at the time of the break-ins.Steven Robert Boyne, 26, of Hill Street, was arrested Friday, May 22 and charged with three counts of larceny after breaking and entering, three counts of possession of stolen property, two counts of first degree burglary, and one count each of breaking and entering, and obtaining property by false pretense. All are felony charges. Boyne was taken to Bladen County Jail and placed under a $175,000 bond. The investigation began after officers were called to a home …..

Read More

SeHealth Brings Local Healthcare Perspective to Lawmakers

Raleigh, N.C. – Southeastern Health (SeHealth) joined hospital leaders and staff from across the state at the North Carolina General Assembly building on Tuesday, May 19 for Hospital Advocacy Day. The annual event, sponsored by the North Carolina Hospital Association, provides an opportunity for hospital leaders and staff to visit with lawmakers to discuss key priorities for the legislative session, including the newly introduced framework for Medicaid Reform, developed by physicians, hospitals and other Medicaid care providers. “We appreciate the opportunity to meet with our legislative delegation in Raleigh to engage in dialogue with them to increase their understanding of how these issues being discussed impact Southeastern Health,” said SeHealth …..

Read More

Kiplinger lists North Carolina as 6th worst state for retirement in 2015

Kiplinger news source has listed the top 10 worse states for retirees, maybe better described as the bottom 10 and North Carolina was ranked the 44th worst state in the United States for retirement in 2015. The article summed up their North Carolina findings from a retiree tax picture as “mixed.” “The mild winters and pretty scenery may not be enough to lure you into Tar Heel country,” according to the release.  “Typical household incomes in North Carolina don’t track with the state’s above-average living costs.  The average for all households is $64,490, the second lowest among the 10 states we examined here and 14.0% less than the U.S. average.  …..

Read More

Baseball

Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball, East Bladen 8, West Bladen 1

Junior Alex Coates pitched a complete game 4-hitter as East Bladen opened the Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball season with an 8-1 victory at West Bladen Tuesday night. Freshman shortstop Sincere Smith belted 3 hits to lead the Eagles’ 12 hit attack. “We hit the ball really good,” said East Bladen Coach Russell Priest who along with Knight mentor Kim Cain had to watch from the sidelines due to an NCHSAA rule that won’t allow the head varsity baseball coaches to coach a summer league game until school is out. Junior Nikita Owens walloped a double and a triple for East Bladen, and freshman Xavier Wooten hammered a triple and a single. …..

Read More

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

When I check the headlines, I am amazed…with the good that is ongoing.  But sometimes, in fact many times, the bad news is overwhelming. Examples of bad…Wallace, NC pastor facing indecent liberties, statutory rape charges.  IRS confirms thieves have stolen tax info from 100,000 or more, Clinton officer charged with passing a stopped school bus.  Council man arrested on drug, weapon charges, Sad… Examples of good…Bladen County Relay for Life this weekend at Elizabethtown Middle School football field; Bladen VFW distribute poppies; the Bladen Baptist churches recent, “Pushing Back the Dark”, and many more such activities. This week is not the busiest time of the year, but next week activities …..

Read More

This Day In History

This Day in History – May 27

1692—Court of Oyer and Terminer (“to hear and determine”) established by Governor of Massachusetts to hear accusations of witchcraft. 1796—James S. McLean patents his piano. 1896—Tornado hit St. Louis, killing 255 & leaving thousands homeless. 1916—President Wilson addressed the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public support to the idea of a league of nations. 1930—The 1,046-foot (319-meter) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public. 1931—1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplanes, Langley Field, Va. 1933—Walt Disney’s “3 Little Pigs” released. 1937—Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, dedicated. 1942—Dorie Miller awarded navy cross for deeds at Pearl Harbor. 1950—“Arms …..

Read More

Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago  

  Two juveniles were arrested by Elizabethtown Police for breaking into the Golden Skillet Restaurant.   A tornado blew the roof off of a marijuana growing operation on highway 211 near Bladenboro.   84 students graduated from Bladen Technical Institute.   Valarie Harvey was crowned MISS BLACK BLADEN COUNTY.   A play entitled “Miss Twiddle and The Devil” was presented at East Bladen High School. Share:

Read More

We Are Paying Them What?

Bladen County Human Resources Director   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 position, the salaries, the population of the counties and any other compensation that goes with that position. This week we look at County Human Resources Directors.   Bladen County—$43,985.  Population 35,000 Brunswick County—$110,203. Population 115,301 Columbus County—$63,057. Population 58,068 Duplin County— $76,537. Population 60,329 Sampson County—N/A. Population 63,649 Share:

Read More

Dixie Youth Baseball

Bladen County Dixie Youth Movie Night

Bladen County Dixie Youth will host a Movie Night Fundraiser this Friday, May 29th at Wateree Park in Bladenboro starting at 8 pm. Admission will be $2.00 per person. Concessions will be available.  There will also be a drawing for a shotgun. Tickets have been sold prior to the event, and will be available for purchase Friday evening. They are $5 per ticket or $20 for 5 tickets.  The featured movie is “Home Run”. Everyone is asked to bring their own chairs and blankets for comfort. Everyone is invited to attend. The movie equipment has been donated by Bull and Sling Shaw with Brothers Bounce Houses. Share on social media …..

Read More

Agricultural, Energy and Infrastructure topics from breakfast with Congressman David Rouzer

By: Charlotte Smith In his 5th month as the newly elected Congressman representing North Carolina’s 7th District, Congressman David Rouzer meet with local Bladen County leaders for breakfast this Tuesday morning. Rouzer announced the significant work that is being done by congress since he has taken office. Budgets are very hot topics this time of year for elected officials. Rouzer said, “For the first time in a long time, both chambers have passed budgets by the end of March and the Congress’ budget balances in 10 years.” He announced he was selected to sit on his top two choices of committees. The 7th District Congressman now represents our region on …..

Read More

East Bladen Athletic Award Winners

The award winners from Thursday night’s East Bladen Athletic Award banquet follow: Golf Most Valuable Player Scout Sinclair Coaches Kenneth Kinlaw Women’s Tennis Co-Most Valuable Players Justyna Gargala and Kathryn Cole Men’s Basketball The Screamin’ Eagle Award Trevor Lloyd Foul Shooting Award Farrell Murchison Cross Country Most Valuable Player Tatyiana Graham Coaches Award Michael McDuffie Cheerleading Most Valuable Player Tori Chestnutt Most Spirited Cassidy Davis Volleyball Co-Most Valuable Players Abbey Norris and Lacey Suggs Coaches Award Miller Heustess Women’s Basketball Most Valuable Player Lacey Suggs Offensive Player of the Year Abby Ward Defensive Player of the Year Imani Turner-Dobson Coaches Award Abbey Norris Most Improved Christiana Cromartie Football Most Valuable …..

Read More

Growing up in right place secret to longevity

Life expectancy in North Carolina varies dramatically according to new studies related to children. The life expectancy in Bladen County is 75 to 77 years. In Columbus and Robeson counties, life expectancy is 73 to 75 according to the report, while in counties east of Bladen…Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick, life expectancy is 78 to 79. The report is from a study by a child advocacy group, and it shows life expectancies vary greatly across the state. The differences appear to relate to factors that heavily influence health overall. Examples are poverty rates, access to health care and prenatal care according to Laila Bell, the author of the report. She …..

Read More

Bladenboro Middle Launches Science Olympiad

By: Valerie Newton Elizabethtown, NC – On Saturday, May 2nd, Bladenboro Middle School hosted a Science Olympiad for twenty-four 5th and 6th grade students. This was a first-time event for the school. Students and teachers spent a month preparing for nine different competitions. They built bottle rockets, pasta towers, gliders, and gathered information to help with the study events.    The events are rigorous academic interscholastic competitions that consist of a series of different hands-on, interactive, challenging and inquiry-based events that are well balanced between the various disciplines of biology, earth science, environmental science, chemistry, physics, engineering and technology. The challenging and self-motivating events of Science Olympiad align with the …..

Read More

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

A Bladen County legend was laid to rest yesterday.  Dr. Robert L. Summerlin, Jr.  was a hero to many.  He practiced medicine for many, many years in Dublin…at the office and at his home.  His utensils were apparently with him most of the time.  He is the last of the Doc’s that never said no….regardless of the time of day or night. I woke up during the night thinking about some of the wonderful folks I worked with for 25 years, all across the state. Ever do that????  Doesn’t have to be across the state, could be a much smaller area… Nice Dream.. And for some reason, I thought about growing up …..

Read More

West Bladen High School Logo

Impressive Knight, Macon Hammond

 It’s been quite an impressive collegiate year for West Bladen graduate Macon Hammond.  Macon is a rising senior at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount where he has collected several awards and honors this year.  To begin, he has been selected twice as one of eight graduation ceremony Marshals due to his academic achievement.  He is extremely active with the inner workings of his school where he serves as an Ambassador–meeting, greeting, and explaining the advantages of attending Wesleyan to prospective students.  Macon says, “It’s important that students have a clear understanding of the school they choose before making a commitment.  A well-informed student has a much better opportunity …..

Read More

Bladen County Sports

Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball Begins Tuesday Night

East Bladen travels to West Bladen tonight (Tuesday) to kick-off the Dixie Youth Pre-Majors Baseball season. Game time is 7 p.m. The two Bladen teams will compete in a ten-team summer league that will feature eight other teams. Coach Kim Cain’s Knights plan to play a 21-game schedule, while Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles have a 19-game slate scheduled. Other teams in the league with East Bladen and West Bladen are: Whiteville, East Columbus, West Brunswick, South Brunswick, North Brunswick, South Columbus, Loris, SC and North Myrtle Beach, SC. Both Bladen teams will feature their regular players who are not graduating this year. For East Bladen those players include Alex Coates, …..

Read More

Bladen County Sports

Hancock participates in Tarheel Golf Foundation Tournament

Cade Hancock shot a 75 on Sunday in the 5th annual “Golf Pride Tour Championship” played at the Talamore Golf Resort in Pinehurst.  Hancock bounced back from an opening round 88 on Saturday to finish 24th.  His score for the two day tournament was 163.  He played in the HS Fresh/Sophomore age group.   The event was won by Jimbo Stanley of Raleigh with a total of 142 strokes.   The Tarheel Golf Foundation is a non-profit organization formed to promote junior golf in North Carolina.   Cade is the son of Jim and Polly Hancock of Elizabethtown, NC. Share:

Read More

This Day In History

This Day in History–May 26

1647—Massachusetts disallows priest access to colony.   1647—Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.   1781—Bank of North America incorporates in Philadelphia.   1805—Lewis & Clark 1st see Rocky Mountains.   1861—US Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with South.   1869—Boston University is chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.   1887—Racetrack betting becomes legal in NY state.   1896—Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94)   1906—Archaeological Institute of America forms.   1924—President Calvin Coolidge signs Immigration law: restricting immigration.   1930—Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not …..

Read More

The land of wolves

By: Jefferson Weaver The boy had to stretch a little to make it atop the vinyl-covered stool, and he had to stretch to reach the scarred Formica counter top. Like most diners of the era, cigarette smoke and the smell of the lunch special dominated the air. The boy had about a dollar, and he knew he could get a Coke on ice and have some change left. He was hot, his feet hurt from his cowboy boots, and the restaurant was busy. The waitress was in the middle of the mill lunch period, and didn’t have time for a dusty boy. The boy waited patiently. He wasn’t scared, because …..

Read More

Five tips to help you get through the heat

Healthworks Fitness and Wellness Summer is finally here and Healthworks Fitness and Wellness wants to you help you beat the heat while exercising.  The hotter temperatures can feel overwhelming. Any exercise may feel harder in the heat. Here are five tips to help you get through the heat. Don’t be ridged about your work out time. Before you make your plan to work out, check the weather report. Earlier in the day or later in the evening may bring ease to your routine. Don’t let the rain stop you. Try working out when it rains as long as it’s not thundering and lighting. No one needs to be out in …..

Read More

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Happy Memorial Day 2015.   Be safe in your travels and thank a vet.    For many, this is a day off the normal routine, maybe one of millions traveling our highways or using other forms of transportation…but for others, just another workday…..   Looking ahead this week….some of the activities planned:   Tuesday, May 28… “Breakfast with the Congressman”, sponsored by the White Lake area Chamber of Commerce will be held at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church at 7:30 a.m.  Breakfast  tickets are $15 each.   Wednesday, May 27… Summer registration at Bladen Community College….(see BladenOnline ad for details)   Thursday, May 28…. Bladen County Commissioners and the Board of Education …..

Read More

MEMORIAL DAY – Last Monday in May

Memorial Day, a United States Federal holiday, is celebrated, each year,  on the last Monday in May.   This day is in honor and remembrance of all men and woman who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.   Originating after the American Civil War and formally known as Decoration Day, it began as a day to commemorate the Union and Confederated soldiers who had died during the Civil War.  Memorial Day had been extended by the twentieth century to honor all American soldiers who had died while in military service.   Memorial Day is also a day to remember all loved ones that have passed away. …..

Read More

This Day in History

By: Robert G. Hester 1721—John Copson becomes America’s 1st insurance agent. 1738—A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners. 1793—Father Stephen Theodore Badin is 1st US Roman Catholic priest ordained. 1844—1st telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot. 1898—1st US troops transport to Manila leaves San Francisco. 1922—Babe Ruth suspended 1 day and fined $200 for throwing dirt on an ump. 1927—Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model T Ford. 1932—Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in “Mickey’s Revue” by Walt Disney. 1941—Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for 1st time …..

Read More

Thoughts While Shaving

We ‘moan and groan’ and enjoy living in the greatest nation in the world…. We are so blessed….and for the first few hours of this Memorial Day weekend, the weather has been perfect, however you choose to judge good weather… A reminder to be alert while driving…no ‘texting’ or ‘drinking and driving’, In plain English…’It ain’t worth the risk.’ “My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” John F. Kennedy “The willingness of America’s veterans to sacrifice for our country has earned them our lasting gratitude. America is hope.  It is compassion.  It is excellence.  It is valor.  …..

Read More

Bladen VFW distribute poppies

VFW Post 8062 members Willard Storms, Oliver Gause and Toji King distributed poppies at Walmart on Saturday.  Robert Hester, Wallace McQueen and James Lane manned a table at the Tractor Supply Store. Share:

Read More

Bladen County Had Four Conference Players of the Year

By John Clark In my article on the ending of the Bladen County high school sports season Tuesday night, I short-changed the county on the number of Four County Conference Players of the Year from Bladen Schools. I failed to remember that East Bladen senior Abbey Norris was the Four County Conference Player of the Year for Volleyball. So with Norris, Lacey Suggs in Women’s Basketball and Farrell Murchison in Football, the Eagles have the Conference Players of the Year in 3 different sports, and West Bladen’s Rahu Purdie in Men’s Basketball gives Bladen County four Conference Players of the Year. Norris hammered in 232 kills (13 kills per game) …..

Read More

Sandra Cain

Ways to Promote Better Health

For Better Living* By: Sandra R. Cain The link between diet and health is important. Food alone cannot make you healthy. But good eating habits, based on variety and moderation, can help keep you healthy and even improve your health. Good eating habits include knowing how to prepare and select foods that fit into the Dietary Guidelines. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest that we eat less fat, sugar and salt and more complex carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables and fiber. One way to help meet the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines is to modify our recipes and methods of food preparation. This is relatively easy because many recipes are higher in …..

Read More

Bladen County Mourns the Loss of a Hero, Dr. Robert L. Summerlin

Dr. Robert L. Summerlin passed away yesterday, May 22nd, according to Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home, arrangements are incomplete at this time. Born in September of 1928, Dr. Summerlin, was a blessing to Bladen County.   Recently, Dr. Summerlin was honored at the Cape Fear Valley Ground Breaking Ceremony, where he was in attendance. Dr. Summerlin was presented with a plaque for the legacy he had built in Bladen County. At the event, Pastor Cameron McGill of Dublin First Baptist Church, helped honor Dr. Summerlin.  McGill said, “He could have gone many places, but chose to invest his life here in this community.  We are grateful for Dr. Summerlin and look …..

Read More

Free Audition Skills Workshop for Performing Artists in Bladen County

<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”0; URL=/media/set/?set=a.938061269547784.1073741847.471796716174244&amp;type=3&amp;uploaded=9&amp;_fb_noscript=1″ /> There will be a free Audition Skills Workshop for Performing Artists Desiring To Safely Enter the Entertainment Industry, today, May 23, at 2:00 pm at the Bladen County Library in Elizabethtown. The RPA of Bladen County & Talent Inc wants to educate aspiring performing artist’s of the skills needed for a favorable interview with Top Agents, Casting Directors, and Record Label Representatives in the Entertainment Industry. At the end of the workshop, participants are welcome to audition for a chance to interview one on one with Top Agents and Record Labels, attend Master Workshops by the Top Agents, and perform in a National Showcase. Option to train …..

Read More

Pushing Back the Dark Was a Success in Bladen County

By: Charlotte Smith The bleachers were almost full at the Elizabethtown Middle School Football Field last night for the “Pushing Back the Dark” event organized by the Bladen Baptist Association. Different Bladen County churches had tents set up offering food and goodies, the Four Points North band from Lumberton, and the Divine band, from Pembroke, kept the crowd moving and entertained to Christian music, while Pastor Ken Freeman brought a touching testimony. After a fun game of “Simon Says” to get everyone’s attention, Pastor Ken Freeman started with the statement, “You’re always one choice away from a different life.” Ken gave some statistics; 19 million kids in America have never …..

Read More

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

‘This n that’ North Carolina residents continue to be ‘hoodwinked’ by our honorable lawmakers in Raleigh…Our gasoline tax money that is suppose to be used for better roads and our lottery money that was designated (a large portion of it) for education at the local level, continue to be diverted to the general fund so taxes can be cut.  Not an R&D thing….Didn’t just begin…been going on for years…I know the bodies of the General Assembly change but the promises on those two items should never change….Promises made, promises broken…Who can we trust? Midway’s baseball team (22-2) ends Fairmont’s (23-5) season and will play South Granville (21-2) next.  Difficult to …..

Read More

This Day In History

This Day in HIstory, May 23

1609—Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place. 1788—South Carolina becomes 8th state to ratify US constitution. 1861—Virginia citizens vote 3 to 1 in favor of secession from the Union. 1876—1st National League no-hitter (Joe Borden, Boston) 1903—1st automobile trip across US from San Francisco to NY, ended April 1. 1911—NY Public Library building at 5th Avenue dedicated by President Taft. 1922—Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram films. 1926—Hack Wilson is 1st to hit a home run off Wrigley Field scoreboard. 1948—Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs. 1960—“Got A Girl” by The Four Preps hits #24. 1963—NBC purchases 1963 AFL championship game TV rights for $926,000. …..

Read More

Busy Boost the Boro

By: Johnny Anderson Boost the ‘Boro members welcome their new slate of officers for 2015, duly elected at their recent monthly meeting.  A large turn out of members elected Don White as President, along with Shane Todd as Vice President. Joyce Walters was elected to the position of Secretary and Pat Hasbrouck was elected as the Treasurer. Three members were elected as Board Members at Large.  They are Claudette Guy, Tom Lancaster and Rebecca Hester. The coming year promises to be an active one, as much is in the discussion stages.  The Spring Celebration, a chicken dinner, is planned for June 6, 2015, from 4 – 7 PM.  The price is $7.00 …..

Read More

4-Hers Compete in Regional Chicken Show

On May 14, 2015, the soccer field at Bladen County Parks and Recreation on HWY 701 in Elizabethtown was converted to a show field for the evening. A show for chickens! We had forty-five youth ages 5 to 18 involved in 4-H and FFA from counties across the region come out to show their hens and broilers that they have been raising and caring for over the last few months. In order to participate, the youth had to register in January through their school FFA advisor or their 4-H or Livestock Agent through NC Cooperative Extension. They had to choose whether they wanted to raise laying hens or broilers. At …..

Read More

UNC Wilmington Dean’s List Bladen County

  • 05/22/2015
  • News
  • No Comments

Bladenboro Tyler Blake Bennett Kenneth Austin Brown Harley Olivia Cox Jenna Brooke Hathcock Hillary Morgan Johnson Brittany Priest Lindsay Clarkton Kayla Marie Thompson Elizabethtown Susanna Catherine Devane Walton Drew Fisher Sharon Samarha Gonzales Andrew Jonathon Lomax White Lake Molly Lynn Peterson Eastover Amanda Michele Maldonado Share on social media using short code link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=14208 Share:

Read More

Bladen County Road Closure Update Ken Clark NCDOT

OPENINGS: SR 1179 (Bryant Swamp Road) is open. NC 131/242/410 (Main Street – Bladenboro) is open. CLOSURES: There are no road closures in Bladen County and none are planned until next Tuesday when we will close SR 1136 (White-McEwen) at the CSX railroad. Also, I have confirmed that all resurfacing / road oil operations will cease at 1:00 p.m. today and will not resume until Tuesday; therefore, there will be no lane closures in Bladen County other than the ongoing lane shift on southbound NC 87 at the ‘Dupont’ rail spur (FYI – the railroad contractor is scheduled to come raise the rails the weekend of 6/5/15 so we can …..

Read More

NATIONAL DON’T FRY DAY – Friday before Memorial Day

Each year on the Friday before Memorial Day, it is National Don’t Fry Day. The goal of National Don’t Fry Day is to raise awareness of all the risks of overexposure to the sun. It is important for everyone to remember to use good sun protection and sun safety practices. Unfortunately, skin cancer is increasing in the United States and the American Cancer Society estimates that one American dies every hour from skin cancer. The risk for ultraviolet (UV) damage of the skin increases as we spend more time enjoying the outdoors now that warmer weather is upon us. We need to take precautions when we are outside in the …..

Read More

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

We celebrate Memorial Day this weekend….Lots of folks on the highways…for many more, just another day… “Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.  The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday in May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and originated after the American Civil War to commemorate the Union and Confederate soldiers who died while in the military service.  It typically marks the start of summer vacation season, while Labor Day marks the end.”  For more info, Google Memorial Day.  Wikipedia is a great source of info. Many folks will be on …..

Read More

Three West Bladen Knights Sign Baseball Letters

With their parents, coaches, and teammates in attendance, a trio of West Bladen Knights signed their college baseball letters of intent Thursday afternoon. Center-fielder Trevor Lesane, catcher Colby McLean and second-baseman Michael Pastore will continue their baseball careers this fall in three different locations. Lesane signed to play next season at Wake Tech Community College in Raleigh. The Eagles were nationally ranked in NJCAA Division II throughout this past season and were ranked No. 8 in the most recent poll. Trevor will be playing for Coach Chris Kiec who has been named the Region X Coach of the Year. “Trevor can run. He can throw. He can hit for average …..

Read More

Thoughts While Shaving

This Day in History—May 22

1761—1st life insurance policy in North America issued in Philadelphia. 1803—1st public library opens (Connecticut) 1807—Former VP Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond, Va (acquitted) 1807—Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks (Philadelphia) 1842—Farmers Lester Howe and Henry Wetsel discover Howe Caverns in New York state when they stumble upon a large gaping hole in the ground. 1849—Abraham Lincoln receives a patent (only US president to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions. 1856—Violence in the US Senate, SC rep Brooks used a can on Mass Sen. Sumner. 1868—Great Train Robbery-7 men (Zeno Brother) make off with $98,000 in cash. 1892—Dr. Washington …..

Read More

Bladen County

Bladen County Volunteer Fire Departments receive grants

Bladen County Volunteer Fire Departments have received grants totaling $178,170 from the North Carolina Fire Marshall’s office. State Fire Marshall Wayne Goodwin is responsible for distributing the funds paid by NC licensed insurance company’s on property insurance from the Gross premiums The purpose of the funds is to assist fire departments in purchasing equipment and to make capital expenditures.  Fire Departments must match the grant on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $30,000, unless the applicant receives less than fifty thousand dollars per year from municipal and county funding, in which case the applicant shall match one dollar for each three dollars of grant funds. The eligibility criteria includes: 1. Population …..

Read More

$30,000.00 Grant Awarded to Clarkton Fire Department

Department of Insurance Sends Award Check for New Equipment RALEIGH – Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced that the Clarkton Fire Department was awarded a $30,000.00 grant through the 2015 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North Carolina. The check will be mailed to Fire Chief William Marsh to be used by the Department to purchase needed equipment. The equipment is purchased using matching funds and must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal. “Fire and rescue organizations protect our communities large and small across North Carolina, but sometimes their budgets don’t grow with their responsibilities,” Commissioner Goodwin said. “Our …..

Read More

Elizabethtown Fire Department Responds to a structure fire on Sand Pit Rd.

STRUCTURE FIRE  –  May, 14 2015  –  Time 6:57 AM  The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a reported residential structure fire at 234 Sand Pit Rd. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy fire showing from the rear of single family dwelling. After an initial scene size up by the fire department incident commander, it was determined that an offensive fire attack mode would be used. No one was home at the time and no civilians were in danger. Firefighters were able to quickly knock down the fire and contain the fire damage to the laundry room and kitchen. Firefighters reported the homes smoke detectors had activated and were sounding upon arrival. No …..

Read More

Mmmm, Mmmm, Bacon…

I don’t know about you, but I can eat bacon for breakfast every day for months before desiring a change of taste. Think of ham steaks, ham sandwiches, ham salad, or mmmm, pork chops. Who doesn’t enjoy some bacon bits crumbled over a fresh salad? How about a succulent and delicious pork tenderloin cooked on your outdoor grill? Why all this talk about the mouth-watering pork products we love? Recently we have seen a number of pork farmers come under attack by environmental activists and plaintiff’s lawyers looking for a big pay day (for themselves) at the expense of family farmers. Our friends in the pork farming business tell us …..

Read More

DELUXE TWICE BAKED POTATOES WITH SHRIMP

Ingredients 4 (6-8 oz) russet potatoes, scrubbed and pricked all over with a fork vegetable oil, to coat potatoes 4 slices bacon 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning 1 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch 4 green onions, thinly sliced, white and light green parts; dark green parts chopped, for garnish 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated 6 tablespoons butter, softened 1/3 cup sour cream 4 tablespoons mayonnaise 3/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground Preparation Preheat the oven to 450°. Rub the potatoes with vegetable oil and put them on a baking sheet. Bake the potatoes until tender, about 1 hour. While the potatoes …..

Read More

$30,000.00 Grant Awarded to White Lake Fire Department

RALEIGH – Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced that the White Lake Fire Department was awarded a $30,000.00 grant through the 2015 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North Carolina. The check will be mailed to Fire Chief Dale Brennan to be used by the Department to purchase needed equipment. The equipment is purchased using matching funds and must be approved by the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal. “Fire and rescue organizations protect our communities large and small across North Carolina, but sometimes their budgets don’t grow with their responsibilities,” Commissioner Goodwin said. “Our emergency service personnel should be supported with the …..

Read More

You Decide: Are There Timeless Rules for Investing?

Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension There’s rarely a meeting at which I’m speaking where someone doesn’t ask me about investing. Often it’s about the stock market, but sometimes there’s a question about gold, foreign currencies or even options.  Economics is a discipline that changes as new theories and research alter the way we look at economic issues. But not so with investing – at least that’s my opinion. Many argue the principles most people should use to guide their investments are timeless. What are these principles? Each academic and analyst has his or her own group. Mine includes six principles that I think are fairly representative of a logical approach to …..

Read More

Chinese invest big bucks in North Carolina

A new report from the Rhodium Group, a group that keeps one of the most complete databases of Chinese foreign direct investment into the United States, indicates North Carolina is a huge recipient of investment dollars from that country. Over $5 billion Chinese dollars have been invested in  North Carolina, third only to California and Texas.  Investments in those two states are also in the $5 billion range.  Illinois is fourth with $4 billion and New York is fifth with $3.8 billion. Chinese companies employ 15,000 people in North Carolina, many of those in Bladen County. “A significant employer in the Tar Heel state is Smithfield Foods, which was bought by a Chinese …..

Read More

Bladen County Sports

High School Sports Season Ends

West Bladen’s loss at Croatan Tuesday night officially concluded the 2014-2015 High School Sports season for Bladen County teams, and local fans witnessed the heroics of some outstanding athletes. Three Bladen athletes were named Four County Conference Players of the Year for their respective sports, including Farrell Murchison –Football; Lacey Suggs – Girls Basketball; and Rahu Purdie – Boys Basketball. Murchison set a number of East Bladen rushing records including single-season (2,491 yards) and career (5,700 yards) as the Eagles shared the Four County Championship with Clinton and Wallace-Rose Hill. Coach Robby Priest’s Eagles finished 10-3 and reached the second round of the play-offs. Suggs poured in over 22 points …..

Read More

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Rain at the Hester household would be welcomed… A reminder of the new date for the Bladen County Relay for Life at Elizabethtown Middle School… Mark your calendar… Saturday, May 30th.  Preliminary info indicates  lots of participation, despite the fact the event had to be “pushed back” because of the weather.  The event begins at 11 a.m. and will end at 11 p.m.  Oh yes, the purple toilets with a nice arrangement of flowers have been a huge success for those involved in fundraising. A year ago, there was much concern about the status of the only golf course in Bladen County…. Complete with a new owner, a new name  …..

Read More

This Day In History

This Day in History – May 21

1832—1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore) 1861—Richmond, Va, is designated Conference Capital. 1881—American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton. 1906—Louis H. Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars. 1908—1st horror movie (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) premieres in Chicago. 1914—Greyhound Bus Co. begins in Minnesota. 1917—Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WW 1. 1922—Col. Ruppert buys out Col Huston interest in NY Yankees for $1,500,000. 1927—Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St. Louis, lands in Paris after first solo air crossing of Atlantic. 1932—1st transatlantic solo flight by a woman (Amelia Earhart) lands in Ireland. 1948–NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio hits for cycle (single, double, triple, HR) 1959—“Gypsy” opens …..

Read More

Senate approves captive deer bill

By Jefferson Weaver The state moved a step closer to expanding captive deer farms Monday, as a proposal to move regulation of deer on hunting preserves from the Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture passed the senate. Approved on a 44-2 vote, the changes are included in the N.C. Farm Bill for this session, which also loosens some livestock confinement operation waste rules, and opens up the state for production of eels. Supporters of the captive cervid rule change have pushed the bill as a way to create a new form of hunting tourism in the state. By allowing the importation and breeding of species such as elk, …..

Read More

Filing Season for Municipal Elections is approaching

According to local election officials, filing for Municipal offices will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015 and ends at 12 noon on Friday, July 17, 2015. Election day will be November 3, 2015. No town in the county holds a primary election, so its winner take all on Tuesday, November 3. Other important dates to remember: Friday, October 2, 2015…Voting by Mail begins for November Municipal, Friday, October 9, 2015…Voter Registration deadline for November Municipal,  Thursday, October 22, 2015…One Stop Early Voting begins for November Municipal, Saturday, October 31, 2015…One Stop Early Voting Ends for November Municipal. Tuesday, November 3, 2015..Election Day for November Municipal. Seats open for the 2015 municipal …..

Read More

Shag lessons at the Cape Fear Farmers Market

Bladen Community College will be offering shag lessons beginning Thursday evening, 5/21 at 6:00 PM at the Cape Fear Farmers Market. The registration fee is $20 per student. Interested participants should contact Stephanie Gonzalez at 879.5539. Brad White is a professional shag dancer and instructor from Wilmington, North Carolina where he has been teaching group and private lessons for 13 years. As a competitor, Brad was active in both the Competitive Shag Association and Shag Preservation Association where he was consistently ranked in the top five professional males. At the National Shag Dance Championships in Myrtle Beach, Brad and his partner won the 2004 Non-Professional division national title. Immediately afterward, …..

Read More

Bladen County DOT Road Closing Update Ken Clark NCDOT

CURRENT CLOSINGS: SR 1179 (Bryant Swamp Road) will remain closed overnight. Our plans are to pave back tomorrow such that the road will be open by tomorrow evening. TOMORROW’S CLOSINGS: Beginning tomorrow morning (5/21/15) we plan to close the northbound lane of NC 131/242/410 in downtown Bladenboro in order to perform a full depth pavement repair. Due to the proximity of the work to the traffic signal at NC 211 Business, we will enact a detour for NORTHBOUND TRAFFIC ONLY to follow SR 1171 (Old Abbotsburg Road) and SR 1172 (Grimsley Farm). The road should re-open before dark. All work is subject to weather, of course. UPCOMING CLOSINGS: Beginning next …..

Read More

HCA Athletic Banquet 2015

All Junior Varsity and Varsity athletes from Harrells Christian Academy were honored during the school’s forty-first annual athletic banquet on Sunday evening, May 17. The athletes who received special recognition from the HCA athletic department are pictured L-R as follows: First row: Stephanie Prestage, Harley Crumpler, Sidney Norris, Emily Benton, Ashley Usher, Marissa Parks, Hope Cottle, Mary Grace Norris, Amber Dixon; Second row: Stancil Bowles, Payton Johnson, Talina Giles, Anna Laurie Carter, Kylie Jones, Michaela Stroud, Abigail Blanchard, Haley Bowles, Brenna King, Rance Creech, Ethan Hall; Third row: Cameron Blue, Nathan Casteen, Chance Bryant, Mike Smith, Luke Quinn, Margaret Clark, Tristan Crumpler, Joseph Phaneuf, Don Banks, C.J. Kirchoff; Fourth row: …..

Read More

Bladen County Government Financial Picture as of April 30, 2015.

The 2014-2015 Fiscal Year ends June 30, 2015. The Bladen County financial picture indicates Revenues and Expenditures are near budgeted numbers. Revenues are up slightly after 10 months of this fiscal year. Ad Valorem Property Taxes for the current year indicated $19,695,494 have been collected compared with $19,609,837 a year ago. The budgeted amount for the current fiscal year is $19,561,137 which means over 100% has been collected. That would include some delinquent taxes from previous years. 66.35% of the $4,050,000 sales taxes budgeted for the current year have been received. The state collects sales tax and forwards to the county. $2,687,308 have been collected as of April 30, 2015. …..

Read More

A special gathering of angels

Up and down the hallway, the guardian angels sat patiently waiting. What with the end of the school year, it was a busy time in the Injury Division. A few looked up as Zacharias opened the door and limped in to the waiting area. He signed in and looked around. An older angel motioned him to an open space on the worn bench, and stuck out a hand. “Howdy,” the older angel said. “I’m Mike.” “Call me Zack,” the younger angel said. Zack studied the older angel; one wing was obviously badly bent, and the other looked singed along the edges. His robes were tattered and stained. Zack decided that …..

Read More

BCC Small Business Center Offers Free Seminars

DUBLIN – During the month of June, the Small Business Center of Bladen Community College is offering seminars Grant Writing 101 and 102 will be offered on Saturday, June 6, from 8:00 AM until 1:15 PM in Building 2, Room 202, on the main campus. Improve Your Credit Score for a Business Loan is scheduled from 6:30-9:00 PM on Tuesday, June 9, in Room 202 in Building 2 on the main campus. Non-profit expert Sam Gore, will return to teach The Business Side of Operating a Faith-Based Organization, on Thursday, June 11, at 6:30-9:00 PM on the main campus in Building 2, Room 207. The Small Business Center will offer …..

Read More

Much is happening in Bladen

May 22… Pushing Back the Dark will be held Friday, May 22nd at Elizabethtown Middle School Football field beginning at 8 p.m. and continues until 6 a.m. Saturday, May 23.  Ken Freeman will be the speaker and music will be provided by Four Points North and Divine. May 22 & 23… Friday and Saturday, May 22 & 23…Farm fresh, locally grown products at Bladenboro Farmers Market and General Store.  Open 2-5 on Friday and 8-4 on Saturday. May 22… Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church’s food pantry “From His Table to Yours” will be open from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. May 23… Hammond Creek Women’s Auxiliary Annual Session at 9:30 …..

Read More

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Over the past few days, our schools athletic teams have been competing in state playoffs and  in some sports it is about individual competition. All together it’s the time of the year to close out another school year.  A look back indicates a good year overall. In baseball, Croatan ended the season for East and West Bladen teams.  We had updates being tweeted to our Facebook page…last night…I do not understand much about the new social media, but I loved the constant updates.  I thought about the individuals I had met as a little league coach many years ago.  Can’t name them all, but love it when I see how so many have grown up and …..

Read More

This Day In History

This Day in History – May 20th

1310—Shoes were made for both right & left feet. 1734—1st Jockey Club forms in South Carolina. 1830—1st railroad timetable published in newspaper (Baltimore American) 1861—North Carolina becomes 11th & last state to secede from Union. 1868—Republican National Convention, meets in Chicago, nominates Grant. 1873—Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent first blue jeans with copper rivets. 1892—George Sampson patents clothes dryer. 1902—US military occupation of Cuba (since Jan 1, 1899) ends. 1916—Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting. 1926—Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies. 1932—Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland 1st woman fly solo across Atlantic. 1939—“3 Little Fishes” by Kay Kyser swam to #1. 1950—76th Preakness: Eddie Arcaro …..

Read More

Bladen County Sports

2-A Baseball Playoffs: Croatan 9, West Bladen 4

NEWPORT – The long and winding road through the state baseball playoffs came to an end Tuesday night for the West Bladen Knights. Gunnar Tolston and Fred Stewart combined to strike out 14 as No. 3 seed Croatan eliminated No. 22 seed West Bladen 9-4 in the third round of the Class 2-A playoffs. The loss capped a week which had the Knights travel nearly 900 miles to play their three games. West Bladen opened the playoffs with a 2-0 win May 13 at No. 11 seed Ayden-Grifton (a 221 mile round trip), then upended No. 6 seed Edenton Holmes 2-1 on Saturday at Historic Hicks Field (a 424 mile …..

Read More

Carolina Crossroad Up and Running

Carolina Crossroads, our Drug and Alcohol Recovery Ministry, is operating and has 11 men currently in its care. The needs for Drug and Alcohol Recovery Help are huge. We knew all along that the facility would be to capacity soon after opening. But, we were not expecting to being in operation until July 1st. Please keep this ministry in your prayers. Also, there are several needs there that need to be taken care of. If you can help, please do. The following is a list of current needs: – Donations for operation expenses – Paper Products – 1 or 2 Lawnmowers – 1 or 2 weedeaters – A vehicle that …..

Read More

We Are Paying Them What?

Bladen County Finance Director 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 position, the salaries, the population of the counties and any other compensation that goes with that position. This week we look at County Finance Directors. Bladen County—$64,668. Population 35,000 Brunswick County—$122,802. Population 115,301 Columbus County—$66,201. Population 58,068 Duplin County— $97,066. Population 60,329 Sampson County—$81.084. Population 63,649 Share:

Read More