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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Bladen County Commissioners will meet in regular session Monday. One of the first items of business on the agenda is a rezoning request to change the zoning on property located on US Highway 701 N. just past Merritt’s Pottery.  The request is to rezone property from Residential Agriculture (RA) to Commercial (C).  The Planning Board […]

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Elizabethtown Commissioners meet Monday for their regular monthly meeting. The board meets at noontime for a workshop and to review the agenda for the evening meeting. A couple of resolutions related to the retirement of long-time Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw will be considered.  One resolution is to declare his service weapon and badge as surplus […]

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By: Ken Clark ROAD OPENINGS: SR 1316 – Tar Heel Ferry Road It looks like the new bridge over the Cape Fear River at Tar Heel will open mid-week next. NC 242/410 In Bladenboro, we will temporarily be opening NC 242/410 FROM THE SOUTH END OF TOWN UP TO NC 131 ONLY over the weekend.  […]

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The Bladenboro community has really pulled together to show support for a family dealing with a life changing health condition by hosting a Kids Fun Day. For those who may not have heard a Bladenboro family received some news every family hopes they never hear. Ayven Lennon the 5 year old son of Misty and […]

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By: Charlotte Smith Sitting in court all day can be very boring, but when you are in Bladen County Superior Court watching the trial of a man charged with First Degree Sex Offense with a Child, and three counts of First Degree Rape of a Child, emotions get involved, and you find yourself wanting to […]

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By: Sandra R. Cain Sometimes pizza gets a bad rap for being junk food. When you carefully select the toppings or make it yourself, pizza can be a very healthy option for a snack or a meal. Pizza can contain all of the food groups in a single slice. It can contain whole grains, vegetables, […]

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LUMBERTON – A prisoner who escaped from the Robeson CRV Center on Thursday night was captured Friday morning at the WalMart store in Pembroke, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He was discovered missing from the center about 10 p.m. Thursday. Jamie Parrish, 40, was serving his final day of a 90-day sentence […]

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LUMBERTON – A prisoner who was scheduled to be transferred to face charges in Wayne County escaped Thursday night from the Robeson CRV Center, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He was discovered missing about 10 p.m. Thursday. Jamie Parrish, 40, was serving his final day of a 90-day sentence for a violation […]

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45 year old Kris Andrey Bryant, 45, of Bowen Blanks Road, Riegelwood was arrested recently in Bladen County, charged with trafficking opium, the sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or place for a controlled substance. His arrest by Columbus County Sheriff’s officers followed a three month investigation into […]

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A friendly reminder of the fund-raiser tomorrow for Ayven Lennon in Bladenboro.  Fun activities begin at 10 a.m. and Chicken and BBQ plates, and an auction from 4 to 7 p.m. and of course cakes, all types of cakes and all proceeds go the family of the young man who is suffering from cancer.  Donations […]

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1790—1st patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process. 1792—Cornerstone laid for 1st US government building: US Mint in Philadelphia. 1893—Henry Perky patents shredded wheat. 1922—18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world’s 1st water skis (Minn) 1932—George Washington quarter goes into circulation. 1944—US troops occupy Sansapor, New-Guinea. 1948—US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension The kinds of jobs needed in the economy have dramatically changed in the last century. One hundred years ago most North Carolinians worked on the farm. Knowledge about farming was passed from generation to generation with little need for “book-learning.” The stamina and strength to endure back-breaking work […]

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Jim and Sadie Perry of Clarkton announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lauren Perry, of Greenville, N.C. to Tyler Lumley, also of Greenville. The prospective groom is the son of Mike Lumley of Greensboro, N.C. and the late Holly Lumley. The bride-elect is a 2012 graduate of East Carolina University and is employed by […]

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Badr Rashada Colvin pled guilty earlier this week in Bladen County Superior Court to charges resulting from a carjacking in October, 2014, according to a news release from the office of District Attorney Jon David. The incident took place Oct. 14, 2014 when Colvin approached a vehicle that was parked near 10120 N.C. 53 West, […]

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Arrested Wednesday, July 29th was Bernard Murchison, 52 of 1472 Baldwin Branch Church Road, Elizabethtown. Murchison had outstanding warrants from an undercover operation conducted by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabethtown Police Department, back in January of this year. He was also wanted on felony probation warrants. Murchison was apprehended after a short foot […]

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By: Healthworks Fitness and Wellness Children are learning how to live healthy lives at Healthworks Fitness and Wellness through the HealthFit for Kids program. The program that started in June of this year is really making an impact on children’s lives. According to Jeff Stephenson, Facility Manager, and HealthFit Program Director at the fitness center, […]

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BladenOnline latest report from Google Analytics indicates the upward movement continues. July 19-25 Pages Viewed 96,585 Visits 19,363 Users 9,203 Breakdown by Desktop, Mobile and Tablet Pages Viewed Desktop 55,498 Mobile 29,043 Tablet 12,031 23% of our pages viewed came from Facebook. 1% came from Twitter Pages Viewed by Day Sunday 7,952 Monday 13,471 Tuesday […]

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WASHINGTON – As part of the Justice Department’s celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act this year, the department announced today the signing of a settlement agreement with Robeson County, North Carolina, to improve access to all aspects of civic life for persons with disabilities.  The agreement is part of Project […]

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From time to time I get up enough nerve to go into the attic and pull down a cardboard box filled with who knows what and add the contents to a cluttered office already filled with baseball cards, all types of caps, old Beckett magazines, a pool table and the former headquarters of BladenOnline…. My last […]

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1729—City of Baltimore founded. 1739—Caspar Wistar begins glass manufacturing in Allowaystown, NJ 1844—1st US yacht club organized, NY Yacht Club. 1898—Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes. 1909—John A Heyder becomes president of baseball’s National League. 1928—George Eastman shows 1st color motion pictures (US) 1930—1st broadcast of “Death Valley Days” on NBC-radio. 1932—10th modern Olympic games open […]

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East Bladen grad Carson Ryan Frady received All-Mid-Atlantic District honors this past season for his exploits in club baseball at North Carolina State University. As a senior this past season, Frady posted a perfect 5-0 record with 55 strike-outs in 44 innings. His strike-out total was the fifth best in the country for club baseball. […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver Everybody needs a bright spot on a dreary day. I call mine Gingersnap. She has bright red curls that rebel with all the feistiness a natural redhead can muster, and the mischievous grin of a playful ball of fire. She likes puppies, flowers and puddles. She’s at her happiest when a neighborhood […]

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Huge thank you to Samantha Carroll Beyer and Madison McLamb for contributing the photos. Coach Mary Todd and the West Bladen Cheerleaders are practicing all summer long. Some of the school’s alumni cheerleaders helped Coach Todd with the Mini-Camp. According to Coach Todd there were 101 campers. Share on social media using short code: https://bladenonline.com/?p=20997 Share:

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By: Charlotte Smith The “Let Freedom Ring” Fundraiser for a new roof for Harmony Hall is on a roll. The Pre-Revolutionary War historic plantation home located on the Cape Fear River in White Oak is in desperate need of a new wood shingle roof. The estimated expense of the roof is around $7,000. McDuffie Pest […]

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RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 95 of North Carolina’s counties in June, decreased in four counties, and remained unchanged in one county. Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 12.3 percent while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.7 percent. All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. […]

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Rain, rain, come today or soon…. Baseball season at the local level is over….it is time for fall sports….bring them on….. For NFL fans….Thoughts on Tom Brady suspension? Deflategate…… If you were the Baseball Commissioner would you allow Pete Rose to be considered for the Hall of Fame? Not sure his entry to the organization […]

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1773—1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny Mountains completed, Schoenbrunn, Ohio. 1786—1st newspaper published west of Alleghanies, Pittsburgh Gazette. 1844—NY Yacht Club forms. 1847—Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exists in the United States. 1864—American Civil War; Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union […]

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John Owen Jacobs was found guilty in Bladen County Superior Court today after a week-long jury trial for one count of First-Degree Sexual Offense with a Child Under the age of 13, which occurred on April 25, 2013 in Bladenboro, NC. On that date, John Jacobs committed a sexual offense with an eleven year-old girl […]

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A Bladen Community College employee will soon be a familiar face at East and West Bladen High Schools. Cierra Griffin will serve the community as the College and High School Programs Coordinator. The position is a collaborative creation. Barry Priest, Vice President of Student Services, and Anthony Thomas, Director of Students, worked with administrators in […]

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  Register online or call: 910-879-5572 Starting August 11, the Second Tuesday of each month will have a Non-Profit seminar at East Arcadia campus East Arcadia Campus The Business Side of Operating a Faith Based Organization   Register Tuesday, August 11, 2015 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM A MUST for churches and other faith based organizations. This […]

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The regular Elizabethtown Optimist Club meeting was last night, Monday evening and Chuck Heustess with Economic Development was their speaker. The club meets the second and fourth Monday at 6:30 pm every month. Heustess spoke about the big employers in our county and how Bladen County and the world benefits from these employers. Some of […]

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August 09 – First Missionary Baptist Church Ushers Anniversary at 3:30 P.M. Reverend Pia Jessup, Pastor of Miller AME Zion Church in Clinton, NC will be the guest speaker. August 10 – 12: Pastor Freeman will be ministering at St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Rennert, NC. Services will be at 7:00 P.M. nightly. August […]

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GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – On Saturday, West Bladen rallied from an early three run deficit to beat Ozark, Alabama, in the opening round of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series. Monday night, at Bill Moore Field, the Knights didn’t have a rally in them and were eliminated from the tournament with their second loss of the day. […]

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A hearty BladenOnline salute to the West Bladen Pre-Majors baseball team, coaches, parents and supporters.  You made us proud… Everyone loves to win and this team began strong by winning their first two games, then lost a couple and that officially ends their season…..but they made so many memories for themselves and us….. Thank you […]

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1866—Metric system becomes a legal measurement system in US. 1898—City of Miami incorporated. 1900—Hamburger created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut. 1914—Foxtrot 1st danced at New Amsterdam Roof Garden (NYC, by Harry Fox) 1929—Chicago Cardinals become 1st NFL team to train out of state (Mich) 1932—President Hoover evicts bonus marchers from their encampment. 1943—President FDR announces […]

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GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – One long, agonizing inning Monday afternoon put West Bladen in the loser’s bracket of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series. North Charleston, South Carolina, scored nine runs in the third inning in beating the Knights 10-5 in a winner’s bracket game at Guntersville High School. The loss sends West Bladen into an elimination […]

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Here are links for Scorecast for Monday’s Dixie Pre-Majors World Series baseball game in Guntersville, Alabama, between West Bladen and Ozark, Alabama. The game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. Eastern time. Game information will not appear on Scorecast until a few minutes before the game. The game will be played at the recreation […]

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RALEIGH — Since its beginning, the North Carolina State Fair has showcased the best the state has to offer. This year the State Fair takes it up a notch with its “Homegrown North Carolina” concert series in Dorton Arena, which features a mix of rock, country, R&B, contemporary Christian, indie, salsa, Indian, beach and gospel […]

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Last week I had a lot of resting and thinking to do. Time to reflect is always time well spent, even if it doesn’t seem like it at the moment. I wanted to share some of the things I pondered about and some of the things that made me smile. Last week was a very […]

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By: Sandra R. Cain Breakfast from the drive-thru at McDonalds, lunch out of a vending machine and dinner at your favorite sit-down restaurant. Sound familiar? Whether it’s fast food, take-out or a fancy restaurant, eating out has become part of the American lifestyle. Today, food is available at almost every turn, whether we’re at work […]

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What a performance by the West Bladen Pre-Major baseball team playing in the World Series in Guntersville, Alabama.  Yesterday, they defeated the Virginia state champions 11-1 and move on.  Today, they play North Charleston, SC at 2 p.m. and will play again tonight at 8 p.m.  BladenOnline is the originator of Scorecard that allows play […]

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1586—Sir Walter Raleigh brings first tobacco to England from Virginia. 1789—US Congress establishes Department of Foreign Affairs (State Department) 1837—US Mint open in Charlotte, NC. 1844—Fire destroys US mint in Charlotte, NC. 1866—Atlantic telegraph cable successfully laid (1,686 miles long) 1888—Philip Pratt unveils 1st electric automobile. 1909—Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1 […]

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Here are links for Scorecast for Monday’s Dixie Pre-Majors World Series baseball game in Guntersville, Alabama, between West Bladen and North Charleston, South Carolina. The game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Game information will not appear on Scorecast until a few minutes before the game. West Bladen also will play a […]

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GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – For West Bladen, the hits just kept on coming in the first inning. By game’s end, the Knights had an 11-1 win over Halifax County, Virginia, on Sunday in the winner’s bracket of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series. The game was stopped in the fifth inning because of the 10-run rule. The […]

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                    The Hickory Grove Baptist Church Men’s Softball Team won the Lumber River Church Softball League’s post-season tournament. Hickory Grove was also the regular-season co-champions. Members of the team are: Front Row (Left-to-Right) – Tony Stewart, Eric Williams, Kevin Crabtree, C. J. Hyatt, Clay Allen, Josh […]

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                  The Dublin First Baptist Men’s Softball Team finished in second place in the Lumber River Church Softball League’s post-season tournament. Members of the team are: Front Row (Left-to-Right) – Alex Coates, Jeff Gause, Tripp Lancaster, Matthew Davis, Jamie Gause, Jerimy Sykes. Second Row – Doug Britt, […]

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By: Charlotte Smith Hayley Hall won the title this week of Miss Princess of North Carolina. Now she is on a very important and worth-while mission. Hayley said, “My mission is to fund raise for Victory Junction Camp. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Victory Junction, it is a camp right here in […]

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1775—United States Post Office (USPO) created in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin. 1788—New York becomes 11th state to ratify constitution. 1790—US passes Assumption bill making US responsible for state debts. 1835—1st sugar cane plantation started in Hawaii. 1903—1st automobile trip across the United States (SF-NY) completed by Horatio Nelson and Sewall K. Crocker. 1908—United States Attorney […]

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GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – The West Bladen baseball team showed a fighting spirit Saturday by rallying from an early 3-0 deficit to defeat Ozark, Alabama, 9-4, in the opening round of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series. After the game, the Knights dedicated the game to a youngster who also is showing a fighting spirit in a […]

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Let me add my congratulations to all the others, to the West Bladen Dixie Pre-Majors baseball team for their victory yesterday and wish them the best in their game today against the team from Halifax, Virginia at 5 p.m. Enjoy  Follow on Scorecast, thanks to Sonny Jones and BladenOnline…. The Jones family is enjoying I know….Sonny coached […]

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GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – A gritty, gutsy pitching performance by Chandler Lennon, superb defense, which included turning three double plays in the infield, and timely hitting Saturday morning gave West Bladen a 9-4 win over Ozark, Alabama, in the opening round of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series at Bill Moore Field. Lennon, a right-hander, went the […]

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By: Charlotte Smith I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to have a guided tour of the new Bladenboro Fire Department by Fire Fighter / Fire Department Secretary Wanda Coleman and I was very impressed. Our Fire Fighters deserve the best equipment and facilities and I was glad to see Bladenboro is receiving a […]

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The past few days have been ‘newsy’ and there is more…. Our court system is ‘newsy’….Good and bad…Good that the folks who have been arrested are getting their day in court…bad, because the wheels of justice move slow and the nature of many cases is slow and deliberate.  Some bad “stuff” happens in Bladen and […]

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1722—The Three Years War begins along the Maine and Massachusetts border. 1729—North Carolina becomes a royal colony. 1775—Maryland issues currency depicting George III trampling Magna Carta. 1814—George Stephenson introduced the 1st steam locomotive. 1850—Gold discovered in Oregon (Rouge River) 1854—Walter Hunt is awarded the first US patent for a paper shirt collar. 1860—1st US intercollegiate […]

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GUNTERSVILLE, Alabama – Friday night’s opening ceremonies for the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series concluded with an impressive fireworks show above the lake at Civitan Park. Saturday morning, West Bladen hopes its bats will boom as impressively. The Knights, the three-time defending North Carolina champion, are scheduled to play Ozark, Alabama, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time […]

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By: Norgie Hester Growing up I owned a dog. I really never cared much for cats. That all changed when the wonderful lady I married was a cat lover. Over the years we have accumulated a total of 10 cats, give or take a couple that show up at meal time. The ten cats have […]

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A representative from Genesis Systems gave a demonstration at the Elizabethtown Fire Department Thursday night of the new models of eFORCE Battery-Driven Rescue Tools. Hydrolic tools like The Spreader, the Cutter, and the Ram, are used by First responders to open vehicles and rescue people when car crashes twist the metal or doors cannot be […]

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A first year recognition award was presented today to Sheriff James A. McVicker of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The award was presented by Dale Royer from the National Child Safety Council (NCSC) in recognition of the Sheriff’s Offices participation in the NCSC / Safetypup® program over the past year. Safetypup® helps children learn and […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Following a 12-month investigation, North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents arrested six people today in Bladen County on drug trafficking and alcohol violations. Special agents raided a home at 1966 Tar Heel Ferry Road, White Oak, and seized 16.4 grams of marijuana, drug paraphernalia, $111 in U.S. currency and non-tax paid alcoholic […]

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By: Cheryl Thurston North Tower played with gusto for Bladen County folks last night in the second of four Summer Sounds concerts at the Elizabethtown Farmer’s Market, brought to you by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce. The band North Tower has been playing together for 35 years, and traveled from Raleigh to play for […]

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Hope everyone received some rain….realize that is not likely….At one Happy Valley location southeast of Elizabethtown, rainfall totaled about 1.3 inches…all welcomed and much needed. Next best chance for rain is Tuesday and Wednesday…and temps are expected to be in the upper 80’s and low 90’s for the next few days….. Difficult to travel very […]

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1758—George Washington admitted to Virginia House of Burgess. 1824—Harrisburg Pennsylvania newspaper publishes results of 1st public opinion poll. Clear lead for Andrew Jackson. 1847—Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive a Salt Lake City, UT. 1866—Tennessee becomes 1st Confederate state readmitted to Union. 1877—1st trans-US rail service begins. 1901—O. Henry is released from prison in […]

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The White Lake Police Department has charged Teresa Denise Lauderback of River Road White Oak, NC with Felony Child Abuse (Neglect). Teresa Denise Lauderback is the mother of the victim in this incident. Teresa Denise Lauderback was arrested without incident at her residence by Bladen County Sheriffs Deputies on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at approximately […]

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1758—George Washington admitted to Virginia House of Burgess. 1824—Harrisburg Pennsylvania newspaper publishes results of 1st public opinion poll.  Clear lead for Andrew Jackson. 1847—Brigham Young & his Mormon followers arrive a Salt Lake City, UT. 1866—Tennessee becomes 1st Confederate state readmitted to Union. 1877—1st trans-US rail service begins. 1901—O. Henry is released from prison in […]

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Plans for new Bladen County Detention continue to move forward. A pre-bid conference was held Wednesday and the bid opening is scheduled for the first week of August. The new jail and sheriffs office will be located off Smith Circle Drive, across the street from the Cooperative Extension Office (Powell-Melvin Ag Center). Commissioners approved a […]

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Leland, Whiteville— School is back in session for nearly 2,000 local students this week. These students chose to attend public charter schools offering an alternative calendar and curriculum to that of traditional public schools. These local year-round students are receiving a classical curriculum including courses in Latin, Cursive, and Shakespeare. Charter Day School in Leland […]

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7) sent the following letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald regarding the internal plumbing issues at the Veterans Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina, as well as the facility’s lease agreement. “Months have passed without resolution to the plumbing issues at the Wilmington VA, which is unacceptable. Our […]

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Taking college classes no longer means simply dedicated time in a seat in a classroom. With the availability of interactive computer communications, today’s students can complete coursework online, with interactive television, web-assisted classes, face-to-face encounters with an instructor, and a combination of these options. This is called Distance Learning and in today’s society, it is […]

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A favorite pastime for many of us is to condemn/praise and compare presidents we know about, or think we know. Earlier this year, a couple of writers compiled their list. Brandon Rottinghaus and Justin Vaughn “surveyed 162 members of the American Political Science Association’s Presidents & Executive Politics section and asked them to rate the […]

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The West Bladen Dixie Pre-Majors baseball team, coaches and supporters head south today.  They will be participating in the World Series as the North Carolina champ.  They play their first game Saturday against the Alabama champ, Ozark… Game time is 11 a.m. and we will using Scorecast to follow the action.  It’s a double elimination […]

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Elizabethtown battled back from an early deficit but came up just short in a 4-3 loss to Burgaw in an elimination game of the Dixie Youth Majors State Tournament Wednesday night in Cerro Gordo. With one out in the top of the first inning, Zack Meares blasted a solo home run over the left field […]

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Columbus Charter School is a public K-8 charter school. Public charter schools accept fewer taxpayer dollars in exchange for freedom to offer alternative curriculum and calendar options to traditional public schools, while still remaining subject to the same End-of-Grade testing standards. Any NC student can enroll in a charter school at no cost. Columbus Charter School […]

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Scorecast The West Bladen Knights baseball team will play in the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series this weekend in Guntersville, Alabama. Bladen Online wants you to be able to follow the action in real time. We’re planning a live Scorecast from Guntersville for all West Bladen games. A Scorecast is a computer-generated application that follows the […]

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A pair of defending state champions will meet in Saturday’s opening round of the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series in Guntersville, Alabama. West Bladen, which has represented North Carolina in the past two World Series, including the 2013 tournament in Guntersville, will play the defending Alabama state champion, Ozark, at 11 a.m. Eastern Time at Bill […]

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The Bladen County Sherriff’s Office assisted the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office vice narcotics unit with an investigation that resulted Monday with the arrest of two people from Durham on methamphetamine charges, according to a news release from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. Ciro Alfonso Lazo and Sofia Chicas Romero were arrested in Whiteville after they […]

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1587—A second English colony was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina.  The colony vanished under mysterious circumstances. 1796—Cleveland, Ohio was founded by General Moses Cleaveland. 1926—Babe Ruth caught a baseball at Mitchell Field in New York.  The ball had been dropped from an airplane flying at 250 feet. 1933—Wiley Post ended his around-the-world flight. […]

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Elizabethtown exploded for six runs in the fourth inning and rolled to an 11-1 victory over Waccamaw in an elimination game of the Dixie Youth Majors State Tournament Tuesday night in Cerro Gordo. The Waccamaw fielders speared two hard line-outs in the top of the first, and even though Brady Hollingsworth reached base on an […]

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BladenOnline.com brings back another first…Last year, about this time of the year, one of our Bladen County youth baseball teams played in the National World Series in Florida and we introduced Scorecast….Remember????  Well, we are bringing it back…Here are the details.  The West Bladen Knights baseball team will play in the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series in […]

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Becky Nance, 55, of Bladenboro, entered a plea of second degree murder Tuesday before Superior Court Judge Reuben Young. Nance has been incarcerated since she was arrested in February 2013 for the shooting death of her husband, Dewey Nance. She was charged with murder in the first degree. Testimony indicated she was suffering from a depressive […]

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Eighty years ago, on August 14, 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law one of the most important legislations of all times, the Social Security Act.  He had a simple vision – to keep older Americans out of the poorhouse after a lifetime of work.  The promise has evolved.  Yet, it remains.  The Social […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver The possum rubbed his eyes as he crawled out of the trashcan. He wondered if there was something wrong with his day-old half of a cheeseburger. Coming toward him was something that looked like a cross between his Cousin George and a turtle. “Who the heck are you?” the possum demanded, wiping […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 5.8 percent, increasing 0.1 of a per- centage point from May’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 5.3 percent. North Carolina’s June 2015 unemployment rate was 0.4 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of […]

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RALEIGH – Five more counties have come under quarantine rules restricting the movement of hardwood firewood, ash nursery stock and other ash materials following the discovery of more trees infested with emerald ash borers. The addition of Durham, Graham, Johnston, Orange and Wilson counties brings the total number of counties under quarantine to 12. Agriculture […]

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  Mr. and Mrs. O.M. Hill of Clarkton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The Bladen County Board of Education was considering changing the high school scene in the county. They were looking at establishing two high schools to serve the county. Clark Brothers announced that B.C. Moore and Sons Department Store would be locating in […]

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Bladen County Commissioners receive an update on the financial condition of the the county each month. Monday night, Lisa Coleman, Bladen County Finance Officer, presented the latest ‘Financial Dashboard.’   The latest report is for the entire fiscal year.  The numbers are unaudited and incomplete.  For instance, Coleman pointed out that all sales tax had not […]

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Bladen Commissioners recognized 13 employees for reaching years of service with the county.  All who were present were presented Certificates of Appreciation.  Some were unable to attend. 20 Years Persandra McKinley      Health Department Leon Graham                Sheriff’s Department Joe Lacewell                 Motor Pool 15 Years Janice Hayes                 Finance 10 Years Susan Daniel                 DSS Esther Babson               EMS Glorietta […]

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Bladen County pounded out twelve hits and defeated Holly Springs 10-6 Sunday morning in the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) 10-Under Girls Softball State Tournament in Williamston. Lainey Hughes blasted a double to lead off the game and scored the first Bladen run. Hughes led the Bladen hitters with a double and a single. Lainey Autry […]

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The Bladen County All-Stars finished third in the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) 10-Under Girls Softball State Tournament in Williamston. Bladen County was eliminated by tournament host Williamston 17-2 Sunday. Williamston and Onslow County played for the championship later Sunday. Maegan Burney laced a single and raced home with the first Bladen run when Emma Turbeville […]

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Kannapolis rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to defeat Elizabethtown 9-7 in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Major League State Tournament Monday night in Cerro Gordo. Kannapolis used two hits to take a 1-0 first-inning lead. A walk to Brady Hollingsworth accounted for the lone Elizabethtown base-runner in the bottom of the inning. […]

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1865—In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown. 1873—Jesse James & James Younger gang’s 1st train robbery (Adair, Iowa) 1898—Spain cedes Guam to USA. 1919—Dirigible crashes through bank skylight killing 13 (Chicago, Ill) 1930—US Veterans Administration forms. 1944—US […]

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Bladen County Commissioners met Monday evening for a regular monthly meeting and dealt with numerous items on the agenda. Included in the Consent Agenda; 1)  A resolution in Memory of Benjamin Wayne Greene. 2) Numerous agreements related to DSS. 3) Forestry Service Agreement with the State of North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. 4) […]

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HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILMINGTON NC 351 AM EDT TUE JUL 21 2015 ROBESON-BLADEN-MARLBORO-DARLINGTON-DILLON- 351 AM EDT TUE JUL 21 2015 …HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 7 PM EDT THIS EVENING… THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTHEAST NORTH CAROLINA AND NORTHEAST SOUTH CAROLINA. .DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT. PLEASE LISTEN […]

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80 degrees at 5 a.m. in Bladen County this morning………High today…near 100 degrees…Heat Index Values…up to 109… Commissioners covered a wide range of topics at their Monday evening meeting…We have posted some and there is more to come…Among the items already online….a Resolution honoring Ben Greene…for his contributions to Elizabethtown and Bladen County…much of his […]

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By: Cheryl Thurston Mayor Sylvia Campbell gave the welcoming speech at today’s groundbreaking ceremony for the additions that are coming to Leinwand Park in the near future. Elizabethtown will contribute $215,000 to the completion of the project, to match the $215,000 that was granted to the town by PARTF, the Parks And Recreation Trust Fund […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services was awarded the 2015 Marketing Excellence Award by the North American Agricultural Marketing Officials during the association’s annual meeting, held July 12-15 in Salem, Mass. The award is presented to the top state or provincial agricultural marketing program in the United States and Canada. North […]

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If you enjoy hot weather, you should be happy for the next few days….Temps in the 90s and Heat Index Values in excess of 100.  Plan accordingly… Bladen County commissioners meet at 6:30 p.m. today… Elizabethtown town officials will hold a ground breaking for an expansion to Leinwand Park at 3 p.m. today.  The festivities […]

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Zack Meares pitched a three-hit complete game and struck out thirteen batters to lead Elizabethtown to a 4-3 victory over Burgaw in the second round of the North Carolina Dixie Youth Majors State Tournament Sunday night in Cerro Gordo. Meares slammed a one-out double in the first inning, and Brady Hollingsworth blasted a 2-1 count […]

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From Bladen County baseball and softball teams showing their skills, to concerts, fun by the water, and great churches, Bladen County is always standing tall. I would like to share some things that made me smile this weekend and some of the reasons I love the “Mother County”. First off, congratulations to all our fine […]

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1868—1st use of tax stamps on cigarettes. 1878—1st telephone introduced in Hawaii. 1890—Snow & hail in Calais, Maine. 1911—Boston Red Sox Smokey Joe Wood no-hits St. Louis Browns, 5-0. 1912—Phillies Sherry Magee steals home twice in 1 game. 1921—Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson became the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives. 1926—A […]

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The Bladen County Committee of 100, Inc. will hold their annual meeting Thursday, August 6 at 6:30 p.m. at the Powell/Melvin Agricultural Service Center, 450 Smith Circle Drive, Elizabethtown. Every citizen in the county is invited to join and attend. The Annual Membership Dues for an individual is $100 and $200 for a business. The […]

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