12/16/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 6:30 am Celebrate the holidays with family safely
  • 6:13 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 2:13 am Basketball League Provides Second Chance for Young Men
  • 8:34 pm Social Security benefits to increase in 2019
  • 8:21 pm This Day in History for December 16
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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 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 […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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) […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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, […]

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Harmony Hall

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  […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Baseball

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 […]

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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.  […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

 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.  […]

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Bladen County Sports

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 […]

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Bladen County Sports

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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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:

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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 […]

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Sandra Cain

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 […]

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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 […]

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<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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 […]

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Bladen County

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bladen County Sports

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 […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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. […]

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Bladen County Sports

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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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