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Elizabethtown Officer makes arrest for counterfeit currency and other charges

On 08/29/15 Elizabethtown officers made a vehicle stop on S. Poplar St. The driver of the vehicle gave a fictitious name and officers noticed the odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. The officers ordered the three occupants out of the vehicle and a vehicle search was conducted. Officers discovered a loaded .357 magnum revolver in the vehicle along with several counterfeit one and five dollar bills. A small amount of marijuana was also located on the person of Mary Elizabeth Jenrette. The driver of the vehicle Keith Powell and passenger, Lorenzo White are convicted felons and both were charged with possession of a firearm by convicted felon. Mptl. R. …..

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School wins donation after first day of school photos

Last week we asked you to send us your first day of school photos with the name of your school. We promised to enter every school represented in a drawing to win a $50 donation for school supplies. We had entries from almost every school in Bladen County and one in Columbus County. Over 20 entries were made in the drawing. The school winning the drawing for a $50 donation from BladenOnline.com is West Bladen High School. We will deliver the $50 donation to the school this week. We appreciate all the entries. We love our students and hope everyone has a great school year! All the entries may be seen …..

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The Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Award

  Each year, The Dublin Peanut Festival selects a graduating senior from West Bladen High School to receive its $2,000.00 Scholarship Award. This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior to continue their education at Bladen Community College. There are different levels of criteria for the award but the most important is the student’s grades. This year’s winner is Zackary Bridgers. Zackary is the son of Russ and Devonda Bridgers. He is beginning his studies at Bladen Community College in Criminal Justice. His long term plans are to pursue a career with the NC State Highway Patrol. Congratulations Zackary! Share on social media using short code: https://bladenonline.com/?p=24232 Share:

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2015 Dublin Peanut Festival T-shirt Design Winner

Each year the students at Dublin Elementary School, submit a hand drawn picture of what the Peanut Festival means to them in hopes of being selected as that year’s T-Shirt Design Winner. The Peanut Festival T-shirt Committee then goes through the drawings and selects the one that stands out from the rest. This year’s winner is Riley McIntyre. Riley is the son of Derek and Elaine McIntyre. He is a fourth grader in Ms. Cindy Clark’s class. He loves the weather and outer space. This was his inspiration for the T-shirt design drawing. Share on Social Media using Short Link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=24225 Share:

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HEADLINE: Bladen 4-H’ers participated in State 4-H Congress

Bladen County 4-H’ers took part in the 2015 North Carolina 4-H Congress, held in July 18-21. The event attracted 518 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more. 2015 4-H Congress participants and awards presented to Bladen County youth included: Mackensie Singletary, age 10, daughter of Danny and Melissa Singletary, won Gold for her presentation in the 9-10 age group of Dairy Foods competition. This was her first time competing in state presentation finals. Jacie Kinlaw, age 10, daughter of Jamie and Stacie Kinlaw, won Bronze for her presentation about How to Sew a …..

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4-H’ers participated in State 4-H Congress

Bladen County 4-H’ers took part in the 2015 North Carolina 4-H Congress, held in July 18-21. The event attracted 518 youth and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service opportunities, officer elections and more. 2015 4-H Congress participants and awards presented to Bladen County youth included: Mackensie Singletary, age 10, daughter of Danny and Melissa Singletary, won Gold for her presentation in the 9-10 age group of Dairy Foods competition. This was her first time competing in state presentation finals. Jacie Kinlaw, age 10, daughter of Jamie and Stacie Kinlaw, won Bronze for her presentation about How to Sew a …..

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Laymen League of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church to hold 4-day 2015 Men’s Conference

Elizabethtown – “Building Men for Christ”, the Laymen League of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church’s 4-day 2015 Men’s Conference, will be held September 16, 17, 19 and 20; each weekday beginning at 7:00 p.m. Sunday School on September 20 at 9:00 a.m. with morning worship services at 10:00 a.m. Men, male youths and teens of the community and surrounding areas have a cordial invitation. Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South; Elizabethtown NC. Rev. Dr. Otis McMillian of Fayetteville NC is the guest clergyman September 16; musical ministry by Mt. Olive AME Zion Male Chorus of Elizabethtown. Rev. Dr. Thurman Everett, pastor of Bryant Swamp Missionary Baptist Church, …..

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Bladen Online By the Numbers: August 23-29

What’s better than a record-setting week? Another record-setting week! That’s what you, our readers, did last week with your continued support of Bladen Online by making it your choice to keep up with Bladen County news, sports and information. For the week of Aug. 23-29, Bladen Online had a record 125,908 page views and a record 22,277 visits. That surpassed last week’s record totals of 113,882 page views and 18,062 visits. Statistics are from Google Analytics. We thank our advertisers and readers for your continued support as we tell the story of Bladen County. It’s a great place to get your business in front of Bladen County residents. Contact us …..

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August 31, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Monday, August 31 1. Erika may no longer be a hurricane nor a tropical storm. However, it still may bring an inch or more of rain to Bladen County through Tuesday morning. And, just for good measure, it would be a good idea to keep an eye on Fred as it heads for the Cape Verde Islands. 2. On this date in 2006, Tropical Storm Ernesto brought torrential rainfall and gusty winds as the storm approached southeastern North Carolina, according to National Weather Service records. Wilmington received 9.56 inches of rain on Aug. 31. We won’t have a repeat of that, thankfully. 3. …..

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This Day in History—–August 31

1422—Henry VI, becomes King of England at the age of 9 months. 1842—Micah Rugg patents a nuts & bolt machine. 1842—US Naval Observatory authorized by an act of Congress. 1886—1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston, SC, 110 die. 1897—Thomas Edison patented his movie camera (Kinetograph) 1909—A. J. Reach Co. patents cork-centered baseball. 1920—Detroit radio station is 1st to broadcast a news program on the air. 1935—FDR signs an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents. 1940—US National Guard assembles. 1941—Great Gildersleeve, a spin-off of Fibber McGee & Molly debuts on NBC. 1954—UIS Census Bureau forms. 1959—Sandy Koufax breaks Dizzy Dean’s National League mark of 18 strikeouts …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Hope you read about our latest numbers for the past week…August 23-29. Unreal is the best way to describe…A second record in 2 weeks….According to Google Analytics, BladenOnline had 125,908 views and 22,277 visits…If you would like your company included on our site, call Charlotte Smith at 910-876-5393. We are proud of our accomplishments…thanks to you…We do more original Bladen County related articles than any other source… We love what we do…and your constant support indicates you do as well…and we appreciate…readers and advertisers…Make sure you take us along whether you are heading off to school or on a business trip…We travel well… Be aware of the paving of Broad …..

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Response to fire in Elizabethtown is remarkable

Clarkton, Dublin, Elizabethtown, and White Lake Fire Departments responded to a fire on Pickney Street in Elizabethtown in between 8 and 9 pm on rainy Sunday night, August 30th, 2015. A Duke Power Lineman was also on the scene due to a power outage on Williams Street, right behind the location of the fire, according to home owner, Vicky Gillespie. Chief Nick West said, “We had an excellent turn out. We had at least 30 Firefighters here.” What once looked like a mobile home was not completely engulfed or destroyed when we stopped by the scene. According to West, the building on fire was an abandoned structure. He also reported, …..

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Ferguson dominates in winning Ultimate Super Late Model series race

With 22 cars entered in a race on a 4/10ths mile race track, being up front from the start is often the key to victory. Chris Ferguson proved it Saturday night in front of an overflow crowd at Dublin Motor Speedway. The Mount Holly-based driver was the fastest qualifier, then led all 50 laps in winning the $5,000 top prize in the third annual Rattlesnake Rumble. Ferguson finished about three seconds ahead of runner-up Rambo Franklin. Dustin Mitchell was third, followed by Ultimate series points leader, Casey Roberts and Ivedent Lloyd. Kenny Collins, who finished sixth, was the only other driver to complete 50 laps. In other races, Russell Erwin …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Bladenboro Town Board has scheduled a Special Meeting for Monday evening…a closed session to deal with personnel…  Melanie Hester, current Administrator, recently asked to return to position of Clerk to the Board… The Mighty Echoes gospel group is celebrating their 55th anniversary tonight at the Brunswick Waccamaw Baptist Association Building in Whiteville…Several groups will participate….Check our Events section for details… The 5th Sunday Evening Community Worship Service is planned for Purdie UMC. Steve Mancos will be the guest speaker. The church is located between Dublin and Tar Heel of NC 87. “I am among men most richly blessed”…remember the old Archie Campbell rendition….We are blessed…but lots of room for improvement…. …..

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Bladen County EMS participates in training exercise

A tanker overturns at the Chemours Fayetteville Works plant, spilling potentially deadly chemicals. Are emergency responders ready? That was the purpose of a training exercise Saturday morning at the plant which straddles the Bladen and Cumberland County lines on N.C. 87. About two dozen Bladen County EMS, fire and law enforcement joined emergency personnel from Cumberland County and the Chemours plant to review what to do if such an emergency happened. “Certainly, the major objective of this exercise is making sure our policies and protocols in working with  Cumberland County, as well as Chemours fire and EMS folks, fit nicely into one organizational structure,” Bladen County EMS director Bradley Kinlaw …..

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Week in Review: Aug. 23-29

There was good news: The Summer Sounds Concert series ended with quite a show. There was news both good and bad: Bladen County schools opened its academic year. Good news for most parents. Bad news for most kids. And bad news: There was an armed robbery at the Dollar General store in Dublin. Three Elizabethtown men were arrested Aug. 23 and charged in an armed robbery of Dollar General, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The men were apprehended after a brief vehicle chase that ended in a mobile home park at the intersection of Owen Hill Drive and Robin Drive less than five miles from the store, the …..

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August 30, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Sunday, August 30 1. It’s less than a week before dove hunting season opens, according to N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission regulations. It starts Saturday. Season for mourning doves and white-winged doves are Saturday through Oct. 10 and Nov. 23 through Jan. 15, 2016. Daily bag limit is 15 with 45 in possession. 2. Columbus County Schools offers a Career and College Academy Broadcasting Program. It broadcast its first high definition high school football game Friday night, the West Bladen at West Columbus game. It was streamed live on YouTube and you can watch it below. 3. Believe it or not, today is National …..

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Football, Harrells Christian Academy 41, Statesville Christian 20

Harrells Christian jumped out to leads of 21-0 and 27-7 en route to a 41-20 non-conference football victory Friday night over visiting Statesville Christian. Senior Marcus Scarborough and junior Tyshii Scarborough teamed up to rush for 321 yards and 3 touchdowns for the winners.  Senior Marcellus Allison added 70 yards to the Crusader attack that totaled 440 rushing yards and 464 total yards. Tyshii Scarborough led the Crusaders with 163 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. Marcus Scarborough was right behind him with 158 yards and 2 touchdowns on 17 attempts. Marcus also tacked on a 2-point conversion run. Senior Kevin Carney scored 3 touchdowns for HCA Junior quarterback …..

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Friday’s High School Football Results

Four County Conference East Bladen 29, Whiteville 8 West Bladen 53, West Columbus 24 Clinton 35, Southwest Onslow 7 Wallace-Rose Hill 45, East Duplin 0 Heide Trask 42, South Robeson 10 Topsail 40, Pender 14 Midway 20, Princeton 0 Union, Open. Other Area Games Harrells Christian Academy 41, Statesville Christian 20 Douglas Byrd 26, St. Pauls 8 Red Springs 22, Purnell Swett 8 Lumberton 34, Pine Forest 27 Lakewood 42, East Columbus 0 West Brunswick 20, South Columbus 13 Grays Creek 30, South View 19 Conway, SC 55, South Brunswick 0 Seventy First 18, Hoggard 7 Greenville Rose 56, Wilmington Laney 44 New Hanover 48, Socastee, SC 21 Cape Fear …..

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This Day in History——August 30

1776—US army evacuates Long Island and falls back to Manhattan, NYC. 1836—The city of Houston is founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen. 1843—1st blacks participate in national political convention (Liberty Party) 1850—Honolulu, Hawaii, becomes a city. 1890—President Benjamin Harrison signed the first U.S. law requiring inspection of meat products. 1901—Hubert Cecil Booth patents vacuum cleaner. 1906—NY Highlander Joe Doyle debuts pitching back-to-back shut-outs. 1922—Babe Ruth is thrown out of a game for 5th time. 1937—Joe Louis beats Tommy Farr in 15 for heavyweight boxing title. 1957—US senator Strom Thurmond speaks 24 hours & 27 minutes against civil rights. 1961—J.B. Parsons is 1st African American judge of a …..

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Football, East Bladen 29, Whiteville 8

East Bladen capitalized on five Whiteville turnovers, and the Hines brothers, juniors Ethan and Eian, combined for 280 all-purpose yards as the Eagles posted a 29-8 non-conference football victory over the Wolfpack Friday night at East. “The defense played lights out,” said Eagle Coach Robby Priest. “We wanted the shutout, but this is still something to build on.” Whiteville gained only 54 total yards in the first half, and after a punt on their first possession, five of the next six Wolfpack possessions ended with a turnover. Eian Hines led the Eagle runners with 118 yards rushing and a touchdown on 16 carries. Ethan Hines rushed 12 times for 55 …..

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August 29, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Saturday, August 29 1. Heard of Natter? A new app. Twitter lite, perhaps. Just three words. Four too many. You do that? Not quite sure. Seems very hard. In fact, impossible. What say you? 2. At least three of the top 10 drivers in the Ultimate Super Late Model series points standings are expected to compete tonight for the $5,000 top prize in the third annual Rattlesnake Rumble at Dublin Motor Speedway. Other divisions racing include Late Model, Crate Late Model, Open Wheel Modified, Super Street, Pure Stock, U=Cars and Stock 4. Pits open at 3 p.m. and grandstands at 5 p.m. Practice …..

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This Day in History—–August 29

1831—Michael Faraday demonstrates 1st electric transformer. 1854—Self-governing windmill patented (Daniel Halladay) 1862—US Bureau of Engraving & Printing begins operation. 1889—1st American International professional lawn tennis contest (Newport, RI) 1898—The Goodyear tire company is founded. 1904—1st Olympics in US are held (St. Louis) 1906—William J. Clothier wins the US Tennis Open. 1916—Congress creates US Naval Reserve. 1925—After a night on the town, Babe Ruth shows up late for batting practice. Miller Huggins suspends Ruth and slaps a $5,000 fine on him. 1932—United Cigar Stores shuts 800 shops. 1952—New York premiere of history-based film “The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima” 1958—US Air Force Academy opens in Colorado Springs, Colo. 1962—US U-2 …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Great morning to go for a walk….temps in the low 60’s…beginning to feel like autumn….Labor Day is next weekend…Summer’s last “fling.”…but no walk for this old ‘codger’ today….do that 5 days a week, Monday through Friday… Saw some stats on the “Ashley Madison” website….the website that promotes married folks “cheating” on their spouses…Only 3 zip codes in America were not listed, according to the hackers… 99691…Nikdai, Alaska….population 94..60 below zero, (surely not all the time), 99648…Perryville, Alaska.. population 113, only about 10 residents have Internet, 87828…Polvadera, New Mexico…population 269, probably can’t get reception.. The site was hacked by a group attempting to force it to close down…Now the CEO has …..

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Football: West Bladen 53, West Columbus 24

CERRO GORDO – Malique McDowell and James Moore combined to score seven touchdowns and run for 319 yards Friday night as the West Bladen Knights rolled to their second win, racing past the West Columbus Vikings 53-24 in a non-conference high school football game. McDowell, a senior, gained 178 yards on 18 carries and scored on runs of 5, 52, 18 and 4. Moore, a junior, had touchdown runs of 12, 25 and 3 yards in a 16-carry, 141-yard performance. De’quan Lennon added 87 yards on seven carries before leaving with an injury, while B.J. Drake ran for 51 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter. The Knights had …..

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Lennon Lacy remembered by community

By: Cheryl Thurston On Friday, August 28, 2015, Dr. William Barbor, of the NAACP, the Rogers Law Firm, of Fayetteville and the people of the local community, came together at the First Baptist Church, in Bladenboro, to honor the memory of Lennon Lacy, the 17 year old Bladenboro High School Football player, who was found dead, hanging from a swing set, in a trailer park not far from his home, wearing someone else’s shoes, just after he had packed his gym bag in anticipation of his first big game the next day. The police on the scene quickly ruled the case a suicide. That was one year ago. A lot …..

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Progress on the new Arby’s and Minute Man in Elizabethtown

We have an update on the new Arby’s and Minuteman Food Mart in Elizabethtown. According to Jennifer Leggett, Director of Marketing and Food Services for Minuteman Food Mart, DeVane Builders of Elizabethtown will be doing the construction and their goal is to have the building process completed before year’s end. Not only will there be an Arby’s restaurant, but Minuteman Food Mart will be adding two additional gasoline pumps, and Non Ethanol gasoline. Jennifer said, “We hope to provide 20-30 new jobs. Arby’s will have management positions available, and anyone with foods service management experience is welcome to fill out an application at www.minutemanfoodmart.com. She added, “There will be full …..

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Rotary hears from Chief Assistant District Attorney Glenn Emery

ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Rotary Club heard from Assistant District Attorney Glenn Emery on Wednesday. But for the first order of business, President Renee Horton presented Rotarian Alan Pingree with his membership package and welcomed him to the club. Rotarian William Findt introduced Emery to the group. He began his remarks with discussing how the office is staffed. Emery said told the group that the Bladen County District Attorney’s Office is part of a three-county district that makes up the 13th Prosecutorial District. He said the staff consists of two prosecutors — himself and Assistant District Attorney Cortney Sanford. Emery said ADA Irene Riel will be taking on “a more …..

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Harvest time for corn

By: Charlotte Smith We saw some Bladen County Farmers hard at work this week harvesting their corn. We wondered how the season was this year for our county. Shane Harrelson said, “This looks to be a good year.” Harrelson said his family has been farming since the 1930’s in Bladen County. The family of Farmers rotate growing corn, soy beans, and peanuts. This is the year of corn for them. They use a 6-row combine harvester. According to Harrelson, the 6 row harvester makes it easier for the farmers to travel on the roadways. After the combine collects the corn off the stalks it dumps the produce in a bin …..

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Time for School Lunches – For Better Living

By: Sandra R. Cain Summer has flown by and students have already started back to school. Buying lunch at school may be the first time your child gets to make decisions about which foods he or she will eat. The good news is that school lunches have improved over the years, both in taste and nutrition. School lunches meet the standards for protein, vitamins, calcium, and iron. Most schools also have made an effort to serve better dishes, such as grilled chicken sandwiches and salads. Use school lunches as a chance to steer your child toward good choices. Especially with younger kids, start by explaining how a nutritious lunch will …..

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CAIN NAMED BLADEN’S COUNTY EXTENSION DIRECTOR

Sandra Cain has been named Bladen County director for North Carolina Cooperative Extension effective Sept. 1. An Extension agent with more than 30 years experience, she has served as interim county Extension director since May 1. Dr. Travis Burke, interim director of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and associate dean of NC State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, and Greg Martin, Bladen County manager, announced the appointment this week. Cain has worked with Cooperative Extension since 1984, first as a 4-H agent in Hoke County and then as family and consumer sciences agent in Bladen County from 2002 to present. Over the course of her career, she …..

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Boys soccer: West Bladen 4, West Columbus 4

Christian Diego scored with 23 seconds remaining as West Bladen rallied for a 4-4 tie with West Columbus on Thursday in a non-conference soccer match. Diego’s goal capped a comeback which saw the Knights score three consecutive goals in the final 18 minutes to tie the score after West Columbus took a 4-1 lead in the 55th minute on a goal Bryan Ramos. Ramos scored the first goal of the game in the 19th minute, and Mario Perez followed with another Vikings goal nine minutes later for a 2-0 lead. West Bladen’s Caleb Johnson scored off a free kick before halftime pulling the Knights within a goal. Franklin Williams and …..

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Football, Whiteville (0-1) at East Bladen (1-0)

East Bladen’s Eagles continue their long-time rivalry with Whiteville’s Wolfpack tonight in the Eagles home opener at Lenon Fisher Stadium. East Bladen has won 3 of their last 4 meetings against the Wolfpack and 7 of the last 10. A year ago Farrell Murchison ran for 208 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 28-19 East Bladen victory. In that game the Eagles held a 63-30 advantage in offensive snaps and had a 33-15 edge in time of possession. Some of the names have changed for Coach Robby Priest’s Eagles, but the Eagles rode that same ball-control offense to a 36-6 victory over South Columbus Saturday night at Vinegar Hill. Against …..

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West Bladen Wins Pair of Tennis Matches from Purnell Swett

West Bladen won a pair of women’s tennis matches from Purnell Swett Thursday. The first win was in the completion of a match that was suspended on August 20 at Swett. The Lady Knights were able to get to 5 wins first and clinch the victory by a 5-2 score. Singles : Alanna Ludlum (WB) def. Nikana Oxendine (PS)                     8-6 Amber Long (WB) def. Brooke Huggins (PS)                           8-0 Emily Deese (PS) def. Helen Lopez (WB)                              …..

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Football, West Bladen (1-0) at West Columbus (0-1)

West Bladen’s Knights travel to Cerro Gordo tonight to battle the West Columbus Vikings in a key non-conference football game for both teams. Coach Russell Dove’s Knights will look to build on last week’s 46-0 romp past South Robeson, while West Columbus looks to bounce back from a last-minute 43-42 loss to South Brunswick. The Knights have won their last three games against West Columbus and have also won 6 of the last 7 meetings between the two teams. A year ago, Malique McDowell rushed for 172 yards as West Bladen rolled to a 51-8 halftime lead en route to a 57-22 victory. McDowell led the Knight rushing attack against …..

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JV Football, East Bladen 48, Whiteville 0

A stifling defense and a strong rushing attack propelled the East Bladen’s Junior Varsity football team to a 48-0 win over the host Whiteville Wolfpack Thursday night. The Eagles scored on each of their offensive possessions during the game and totally dominated the statistics piling up 321 yards of total offense while holding Whiteville to only 14 total yards. Whiteville took the opening kicked and drove nine plays to the East Bladen 20 yard line before being stopped on downs. East Bladen took over possession of the ball with 3:40 remaining in the first quarter.  Xavier Wooten and James Higgins combined for 58 yards of rushing to move the ball …..

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Volleyball, West Bladen 3, West Columbus 0

Junior Morgan Schumacher poured in 18 service points to lead West Bladen to a 3-0 non-conference volleyball victory over visiting West Columbus Thursday night by game scores of 25-14, 25-10 and 25-21. Schumacher reeled off 11 straight service points in the second game to stretch a 10-9 West Bladen lead to 21-9. Schumacher also contributed 4 aces, 4 kills and 2 blocks. Junior Kathryn Schultz fired in 9 service points, 6 kills and a block for the winners. Teammate Logan Autry filled the stat columns with 8 service points, 3 aces, 3 kills and 6 assists. Junior Kassidy Anderson contributed 6 service points, 4 aces, 3 kills and 2 digs …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

The final Summer Sounds concert was held last night and another huge, appreciative crowd….Congratulations to the Chamber of Commerce and their financial supporters.. Not much left of August ’15…. The financial markets have been a “sight to behold’ recently….A little like riding a roller coaster….Up and Down….A wild ride…. Four County EMC announced recently their annual meeting will be held at Elizabethtown Middle School….See our news article… Hurricane Erika is still alive…swept through Dominica overnight leaving 3 dead and lots of property damage…Some indications it may be falling a part…Any impact in our area is still about a week away….at the least, maybe some rain… High School football….Whiteville at East …..

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This Day in History—–August 28

1565—Oldest city in the US, St. Augustine, Florida, established. 1609—Henry Hudson, discovers & explores Delaware Bay. 1830—1st locomotive in US, “Tom Thumb”, runs from Baltimore to Ellicott’s Mill. 1837—Pharmacists John Lea & William Perrins manufacture Worcestershire Sauce. 1861—Battle of Fort Hatteras, NC. 1862—Belle Boyd released from Old Capital Prison in Washington, DC. 1884—First known photograph of a tornado is made near Howard, SD. 1907—United Parcel Service is founded by James E. Carey in Seattle, Washington. 1908—14th US Golf Open: Fred McLeod shoots a 322 at Myopia Hunt Club, Mass. 1918—Tris Speaker suspended for season due to assault on ump Tom Connolly. 1937—Toyota Motors becomes an independent company. 1938—Northwestern University awards …..

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Volleyball, East Bladen 3, St. Pauls 0

Junior Lexie Mendell and senior Lacey Suggs led East Bladen to a 3-0 non-conference volleyball victory over visiting St. Pauls Thursday night. Mendell slammed in 5 kills, 3 aces and 13 service points and had one assist. Suggs fired in 6 aces, 4 kills, and 13 service points, and had one assist and a block. Senior Claire Campbell hammered in 4 aces, 9 service points and a kill for the winners. Senior Miller Heustess knocked in 4 aces, 2 kills, 7 service points and was credited with 12 assists. Shardajah Brown pounded in 3 aces and 7 service points for the Lady Eagles. Senior Abby Ward rang up 8 service …..

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JV Volleyball, West Bladen 2, West Columbus 0

West Bladen’s jayvees claimed their second straight volleyball victory Thursday with a 2-0 win over non-conference foe West Columbus by game scores of 25-14 and 25-16. Sophomore Mikayla Winebarger rang up 10 service points, 3 aces and 2 assists to lead the Lady Knights. Teammate Abbey Young fired in 5 service points and 3 aces. Sophomore Elizabeth Allbright hammered in 4 kills, an ace and 4 service points for the winners. Teammate Patience Parker slammed in 2 kills, 2 aces and 3 service points. Freshman Raegan Davis knocked in 2 aces and 3 service points for the winners, and teammate Alise Pait finished with 3 service points and an ace. …..

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JV Volleyball, East Bladen 2, St. Pauls 0

East Bladen’s jayvee volleyball team remained undefeated Thursday with a 2-0 non-conference victory over visiting St. Pauls by game scores of 25-19 and 25-22. Shardajah Brown fired in 11 service points, 4 aces and 2 kills to lead the Lady Eagle attack. Sophomore Kaley Smith finished with 6 service points, an ace, a tipped winner and an assist. Freshman Ashley Hardin contributed 5 service points, 4 assists, an ace and a tipped winner for East Bladen. Teammate Bethany Lesane chipped in with 4 service points, an ace and a kill. Alexa Hernanaez knocked in 2 kills and a service point, and Jozee Strickland tallied one service points. The Lady Eagles …..

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Summer Sounds concert turned party for Chief Kinlaw

Photoed Left to Right: Charles DeVane, Retired Chief Bobby Kinlaw, and Mac Campbell The last “Summer Sounds” concert was named a retirement party for the retired Chief of Elizabethtown Police Department, Bobby Kinlaw by Dawn Maynard, the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director. The local Black Water Rhythm and Blues band always knows how to entertain the crowds and was the perfect fit for the last concert, turned retirement party. Thursday, August 27th was Chief Kinlaw’s last day at the department. Kinlaw has served Elizabethtown since the 1980’s and holds high esteem in the eyes of our community. Kinlaw was surrounded by grateful friends and Elizabethtown residents praising …..

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Bladen, Cumberland emergency services to hold exercise Saturday

What if there was a major chemical spill at the Chemours Fayetteville Works plant that straddles the Bladen and Cumberland County borders off N.C. 87? Are emergency agencies in both counties and the plant prepared? The organizations will find out Saturday morning when Bladen County Emergency Services personnel will join staff from Cumberland County and Chemours for a full-scale training exercise that will simulate a chemical release. “Certainly, the major objective of this exercise is making sure our policies and protocols in working with Cumberland County, as well as Chemours fire and EMS folks, fit nicely into one organizational structure,” Bladen County EMS director Bradley Kinlaw said. “Several things like …..

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August 28, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Friday, August 28 1. East Bladen hosts Whiteville at 7:30 tonight and the Bladen Sports Network will broadcast the game. Check it out at WODR 105.3 FM or online at coolbeach1053.com. West Bladen will play at West Columbus at 7:30 p.m. Bladen Online will live tweet from each game on Twitter @BladenOnline. Both the Eagles and the Knights will be seeking their second straight victory. 2. Will Tropical Storm Erika threaten Bladen County? Yes. No. Maybe. Well, OK, no one’s certain. It’s still too early to tell the storm’s track. Bladen County Emergency Services suggests taking steps now to prepare for potential severe …..

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Memorial for Lennon Lacy

It was a year ago today that Bladen County lost Lennon Lacy, a talented football player at West Bladen High School. Lacy’s death was first ruled a suicide, but since his family members, friends, and the NAACP voiced concerns about unanswered questions surrounding his death, there have been investigations by the SBI and FBI. According to the Bladen County District Attorney’s office, the SBI closed the case; however, the FBI is still conducting a full investigation. According to Assistant District Attorney, Glenn Emery, the FBI should come forward with some answers soon, from their investigation. The Lennon Lacy story has gained national attention due to reports on ESPN, the Katie …..

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John & David Asbury “Berry” Hester families to celebrate family reunion on October 31

The John & David Asbury “Berry” Hester families will celebrate their family reunion on October 31 at 1 PM at the Oak Grove Original Free Will Baptist Church fellowship hall. The church is located on Oak Grove Church Road approximately five miles out of Bladenboro, NC off Hwy 242 north. The meal will be catered. However, It is requested that each family bring one dessert to whet the appetite of those with a sweet tooth. The cost of the meal will be $7.00. The following are children of John Hester and his wife Sarah Nance: Myrtle Hester Dowless, Albert J Hester, Mary Hester(Williams,Bennett, Brisson), Delphia J Hester, Mittie Hester Hester, …..

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You Decide: North Carolina vs. South Carolina: Is There an Economic Winner?

Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension North Carolina and South Carolina were once one – one colony that is – prior to our nation’s independence. Sometime around the late 1600s or early 1700s – historians differ on exactly when – the two colonies separated. Then, when the United States was formed, they become two states. There has been a rivalry ever since. The competition between the two Carolinas is apparent in many aspects of daily life. The states compete over the best beaches, the best food, the best college teams and – I recently learned – even the best EMS (emergency medical service) squads! Recently the really serious competition …..

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Bladen County 4-H youth attends NCACC Youth Summit

A 4-H’er from Bladen County attended the sixth annual North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) Youth Summit, which was held in Greenville, North Carolina August 21-22, 2015. North Carolina 4-H and the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service partnered for the sixth year with the NCACC on a multi-year initiative to increase youth involvement in county government. This initiative aims to overcome the mindset that many youth are disengaged and lack trust in government. The 4-H’er who attended from Bladen County was Anna Kate White, a freshman at East Bladen High School. Over 100 youth and adults from 80 counties in North Carolina attended this event. The event is sponsored …..

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North Carolina celebrates Wine and Grape Month in September

RALEIGH – September is N.C. Wine and Grape Month, and wineries and vineyards across the state are planning wine tastings, grape stomps and other special events to celebrate the industry. “There’s a lot to celebrate,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The wine and grape industry contributes more than $1.7 billion to the state’s economy and creates jobs for nearly 8,000 people.” North Carolina is home to 159 wineries, from recent newcomers such as Jones vonDrehle Vineyards and Winery in Thurmond to established brands such as Biltmore Winery in Asheville. The majority of the wineries are considered small, producing less than 5,000 nine-liter cases annually. About 20 percent of all N.C. …..

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Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association Fills A Need For Competitive Golf In This Area

A few years ago three top amateur golfers got together and talked about the lack or tournament activity in southeastern North Carolina. They decided that they would attempt to form an organization that would fill this need for senior golfers. Southeastern North Carolina has, for the past several years, been a vacation-retirement spot for folks from all over the country who are looking for nice, affordable golf courses to play. The three amateur golfers, Linwood Hedgepeth, Junior Nance and Rob Conway, decided that a weekly tournament schedule for senior golfers might just fill that void….thus the Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association was formed. The first tournament held had approximately 40 …..

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Bladen County 4-H Member Attends 2015 Citizenship North Carolina Focus

By: Stacie Kinlaw Claire Parrish representing Bladen County 4-H members attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus, which was held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Bladen County delegation returned home from three days in which more than125 youth and adults representing over 60 4-H programs across the state gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge and learn through hands on experiences about the importance of being an active and engaged citizen. Claire Parrish represented Bladen County at the June 15-17 conference. Claire is a senior at West Bladen High School and the daughter of Tracy and Sharon Parrish, of Dublin, NC. Through various conference sessions and facilitated discussions, Claire and the other …..

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State legislature extends budget deadline to Sept. 18

The North Carolina General Assembly on Thursday morning passed a bill that will keep the government running through Sept. 18 as the House and Senate continue to work on a budget that was supposed to be enacted June 30. The bill now goes to Gov. Pat McCrory for his signature. He is expected to sign the bill into law. The budget extension is the second since the two chambers have been debating how to divide the $21.74 billion agreed upon as the amount for the budget. Lawmakers originally extended the deadline to Aug. 31. Bladen County House members William Brisson and Ken Waddell, and Sen. Bill Rabon voted in favor …..

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Ultimate Super Late Model series race at Dublin on Saturday

At least three of the top 10 drivers in the Ultimate Super Late Model series points standings are expected to compete Saturday for the $5,000 top prize in the third annual Rattlesnake Rumble at Dublin Motor Speedway. However, Dublin regulars such as Dean Bowen, who has won the last seven Late Model races at the track, and Shaun Sewell, will be trying to keep the trophy at home. Russell Erwin, who has won four of the last five times he’s raced at Dublin, also is expected to be in Saturday’s field. Among the Ultimate series regulars, Casey Barrow, who is fifth in points, ninth-place Chris Ferguson, and 10th-place Ivedent Lloyd, …..

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BCC Offers New Career Opportunity in Medical Office Administration

DUBLIN – Beginning with the Fall Semester, Bladen Community College is offering a new career track. Medical Office Administration will provide a 2-year degree program, a 1-year diploma program, and a certificate opportunity for interested students. The Medical Office Administration curriculum prepares individuals for employment in medical and health-care related offices. Coursework includes medical terminology, information systems, office management, medical coding, billing and insurance, legal and ethical issues, and formatting and word processing. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth outlook for Medical Administration careers in 2012 was estimated at about 16% while the estimated growth for all career fields over that same span was about 10.12%. Until …..

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Bladen Community College offers FREE Business Seminars

DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost seminars in September. Increasing Your Credit Score for a Business Loan is offered twice. The first session is at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown on Thursday, September 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM and the second session is on the Main Campus on Tuesday, September 15 from 6:30 to 9:00 PM. The Library will host the following Thursday seminars from 1:00 to 3:00 PM: • September 3 – Resolving Customer Conflict for the Small Business Owner • September 17- Starting a Group Home • September 24- How to Start a Business for Under $100 …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

The 2015 Summer Sounds Concert series concludes this evening at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market featuring the music of the Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band. The last of 4 for the year…All have been well received…A great time to relax with friends… The senseless killing of two Virginia TV journalist is more than my weak mind can comprehend….As a father of two, and two grown grandchildren, can’t imagine the pain the family and friends of the deceased are going through…And the pain surely extends to the family of the shooter as well… I have a suggestion for the leaders of the NC Legislature…They appear to approve of privatizing portions of government…Why …..

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August 27, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Thursday, August 27 1. The last in the Summer Sounds Concert series is today at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. Bladen County’s own Blackwater Rhythm & Blues band will perform beginning at 6 p.m. Be there or be square. 2. It was four years ago today that Hurricane Irene brushed the Cape Fear region before making landfall at Cape Lookout. In Bladen County, there were reports of downed trees, about 3 inches of rain, and wind gusts up to 58 mph. Also, as many as 5,000 customers lost power at some point during the storm, some for more than a day. …..

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This Day in History—–August 27

1667—Earliest recorded hurricane in North America (Jamestown, Virginia) 1859—1st successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Pennsylvania by Edwin Drake. 1881—Hurricane hits Florida & Carolinas: about 700 die. 1894—Congress passes Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act, which includes a graduated income tax later struck down by the Supreme Court. 1897—Roger Bresnahan debuts as Washington Senator pitcher (later Hall of Fame catcher) 1912—Edgar Rice Burroughs publishes “Tarzan of the Apes” 1918—Christy Mathewson resigns as Reds manager to accept a commission as a captain in chemical warfare branch of Army. 1921—J.E. Clair of Acme Packing Co of Green Bay granted an NFL franchise. 1939—Erich Warsitz makes first jet-propelled flight (in a Heinkel He-178). 1955—“Guinness Book of …..

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Men’s Soccer, New Hanover, East Bladen

Wilmington New Hanover 7, East Bladen 0 Wilmington New Hanover defeated East Bladen 7-0 Wednesday night in non-conference men’s soccer action at Wilmington. Class 4-A New Hanover improves to 3-2 on the season, while Coach Jay Raynor’s Eagles suffered their first loss of the season and are now 2-1. East Bladen’s game at Leland Tuesday against North Brunswick was postponed due to the weather. The Eagles travel to St. Pauls Monday at 6 p.m. Share on social media using short code: https://bladenonline.com/?p=23720 Share:

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Somebody Ought to Do Something

By: Jefferson Weaver The young lady was incensed. “Somebody ought to do something,” she exclaimed. Now, the crisis at hand involved a solution that wasn’t very clean, glamorous or sanitary. Nor could it be profitable in any way whatsoever, save in having done the right thing. The young lady, who I know in passing, had the skills, time, resources and finances to solve the problem herself—but she wanted someone else to do something. Miss Rhonda and I were in the city the other day when I spotted a sticky note taped to a tourist map on a wall. “Don’t worry. It’s gets better,” the handwritten note said, with the name …..

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Bladen County Honors Outstanding Performance and Life Saving Skills

By: Cheryl Thurston On June 7, 2015, an emergency call came into 911 and three individuals did more than just their jobs, they saved a little girl’s life. Today, Bladen County EMS held a special award ceremony to honor the commitment to excellence displayed by emergency responders in our community. The emergency was that a baby wasn’t breathing. Dispatcher, Christie Jordan, alerted the EMS, the Sheriff’s Department, and stayed on the line with the caller, giving advice and instructions, and kept the caller calm. She told the caller what could be done immediately, and talked the individual through the worst type of phone call you might imagine. When Sargent Richard Bailey …..

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The Bladen County Republican Party is pleased to host an Education Forum with Jamey Falkenbury

The Bladen County Republican Party is pleased to host an Education Forum with Jamey Falkenbury, Education Advisor to Lt. Governor Dan Forest. The forum will be held at the Bladen Community College Auditorium on Sept 3, 2015 at 6:00 pm. The presentation will cover Common Core, Teacher Pay, Education Funding, the Digital Learning Plan and other initiatives promoted by the Lt. Governor. James “Jamey” Stephen Falkenbury is from Concord, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Elon University, Class of 2007. After college he worked for the South Carolina Worth Trade Center and the Ginn Development Company in Charleston, South Carolina all while working towards his Master’s in Business Administration, …..

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Bladen County Soil & Water Conservation District

Bladen County Soil & Water Conservation District would like to invite you to attend a local work group meeting to share your ideas for identifying and prioritizing the natural resource issues in Bladen County. We hope you can join us on September 8, 2015, at 9:00 AM in the McDuffie Library of the Powell Melvin Agricultural Service Center, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. The purpose of this meeting is to evaluate the current conditions of natural resources and dominant land uses within the area and identify resource concerns and goals of where our conservation efforts are most needed. This prioritization will become the foundation on which our future plans and projects …..

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Morgan Sweeney 2014-2015 All Conference Winner

Morgan Sweeney from West Bladen High School was named 2014-2015 All Conference winner for Volleyball. Sweeney graduated in 2015 from West Bladen High School, but has been back this summer helping Coach Davis train this year’s team in volleyball. Share on social media using short code: https://bladenonline.com/?p=23641 Share:

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Boys’ soccer: St. Pauls 5, West Bladen 3

Ricardo Flores scored the tie breaking goal with 13 minutes remaining, then added an insurance goal in the final minute as St. Pauls defeated West Bladen 5-3 on Tuesday to hand the Knights’ soccer team their first loss of the season. Seth Britt scored a pair of goals in one minute early in the second half to give West Bladen a 3-2 lead, but St. Pauls scored the final three goals to earn the victory. West Bladen took a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute on a goal by Ozil Munoz. However, St. Pauls scored a pair of goals in the final two minutes of the first half for a …..

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August 26, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Wednesday, August 26 1. Elizabethtown’s Mighty Echoes gospel group will celebrate its 55th anniversary Sunday at the Brunswick Waccamaw Baptist Association building in Whiteville. Also scheduled to appear are Doc McKenzie and the Hi-Lites, the Goldenaires and the Swan Creek Male Chorus. Doors open at 6 p.m., program begins at 7. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Children ages 6-12 are $6 at the door. Contact Harvey LeSane at (910) 625-5770, or (910) 654-5076, or email: harvey.lesane@gmail.com or any Mighty Echoes Member. 2. A rough thunderstorm overnight. Hopefully, no damage in Bladen County, or, at least, limited damage. August …..

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This Day in History—–August 26

1629—Cambridge Agreement, Massachusetts Bay Company stockholders agree to emigrate. 1748—The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1791—John Fitch granted US patent for his working steamboat. 1843—Charles Thurber patents a typewriter. 1858—First news dispatch by telegraph. 1873—First free kindergarten in the U.S. started by Susan Blow in Carondelet, a suburb of St. Louis, 1903—Phillies walk 17 Dodgers in a game. 1907—Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 seconds. 1912—Walter Johnson’s 16-game winning streak ends. 1929—First US roller coaster built. 1937—Pumping to build Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay is finished. 1939—1st major league baseball telecast-Reds beat Brooklyn Dodgers (W2XBS …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Hope you had a good night’s rest….for some; sleep was interrupted by a series of storms…between 2:30 and about 3:15 a.m. At the Hester household the storm was intense…thundering, lightning and heavy rainfall. Nearby at the Curtis Brown Airport, rainfall totaled about 2.4 inches, as of 5 a.m., according to the National Weather Service…It was quite a show… Had the pleasure of attending a portion of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners meeting over the past weekend…One issue discussed at the conference was Mental Health, a problem in Bladen County, North Carolina, the USA and my guess, around the world. One speaker, who spoke earlier in the conference, was …..

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Volleyball, West Bladen vs St. Pauls

Volleyball, West Bladen 3, St. Pauls 0 West Bladen’s Lady Knights claimed their first victory of the season Tuesday night with a 3-0 win at St. Pauls. Junior Morgan Schumacher led the balanced West Bladen attack with 12 service points, 2 aces, 3 kills and 2 blocks. Senior Lorna Smith fired in 7 aces, 11 service points, and 6 kills and had one dig. Junior Kassidy Anderson racked up 11 service points, 4 aces and 3 digs for the winners. Junior Logan Autry hammered in 5 kills, 4 aces, and 10 service points and added 2 digs. Junior Kathryn Schultz knocked in 2 aces, 2 kills and 5 service points …..

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Women’s Tennis, West Bladen vs West Columbus

West Bladen 8, West Columbus 1 West Bladen rolled past West Columbus 8-1 Tuesday in a non-conference women’s tennis match played at West Bladen. Singles: Alanna Ludlum (WB) def. Logan Elkins (WC)                    8-3 Amber Long (WB) def. Morgan McDonald (WC)                8-1 Chloe Pate (WC) def. Helen Lopez (WB)                           8-3 Madison Singletary (WB) def. Jessica Griffin (WC)            8-1 Haley Dimery (WB) def. Baylee Haynes (WC)                   8-0 Rachel Bryan (WB) def. …..

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JV Volleyball, West Bladen vs St. Pauls

West Bladen’s jayvees posted their first volleyball win of the season Tuesday with a 2-0 non-conference victory at St. Pauls by game scores of 25-23 and 25-18. Sophomore Elizabeth Allbright fired in 5 aces and 8 service points to lead the West Bladen scoring. Sophomore Mikayla Winebarger drilled in 4 aces, 6 service points and a kill. Freshman Raegan Davis hammered in 4 aces and 6 service points for the winners, while sophomore Brinkley Collier tallied 5 service points and one ace. Patience Parker knocked down a kill and delivered 5 service points, and Callie Lewis added 2 service points and an ace for West. The Lady Knight jayvees are …..

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Avian influenza informational meetings to be held for backyard poultry owners

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is holding five regional meetings to inform backyard poultry owners about the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus that is expected to be introduced in the state this fall. Veterinarians with NCDA&CS and the N.C. State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will give an overview of the U.S. outbreak and how North Carolina is planning to protect commercial poultry and small flocks. They will also answer questions about the registry for backyard flock owners and provide more information about how backyard and small-flock owners can protect their flocks from potential infection. The meetings will be held in from 1 …..

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Elizabethtown Fire Department Needs a Splash of Color

By: Cheryl Thurston The Elizabethtown Fire Department will begin a Hydrant painting project, starting on Monday, August 31, in which they will repaint all the fire hydrants in the town, turning them Blue, Green, Orange, or Red. If you are not a fire fighter, you may think that all fire hydrants are the same. You may not be aware that 2 hydrants on the same street can deliver very different water flows, depending on the elevation, the water source and the direction of the flow. The Color-Code System that is being put in place will alert fire fighters, at a glance, to the amount of water they can expect to …..

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West Bladen student wins at National competition

Washington, DC. – Allie Marsh, of Clarkton, NC recently participated in STAR Events (Students Taking Action with Recognition) at Family, Career and Community Leaders of America’s (FCCLA) 2015 National Leadership Conference. Allie, who is a sophomore at West Bladen High School, and is the daughter of Rusty and Gail Marsh, received a Silver medal in the Life Event Planning category. This is one of 31 national STAR Events available to FCCLA students. Her medal was presented at a recognition session honoring all participants at the Washington DC National Convention Center on Thursday, July 9. Thousands of members, advisers, alumni, and guests from across the nation attended this meeting. Approximately 3,600 …..

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D’Vine Foods Construction Plans Altered

By: Cheryl Thurston Construction is underway at D’Vine Foods in Elizabethtown, the grading is done, the padding has been laid and the crews are pouring concrete for the foundation. But the future requires a few changes to the plans Ron Taylor had for the land his family has held for years. Taylor envisioned an entrance to the facility that would have provided plenty of space for several tractor-trailer trucks to come and go each day, shipping his products, but the state of North Carolina has “required” part of his family’s property for the new 701 Overpass. D’Vine Foods is a specialty cannery with 4 kitchens, each able to produce 100 …..

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Bladen County Health Department wants to let you know about our Community Alternatives Program (CAP)!

We offer in home services to individuals who would otherwise be at risk for nursing home placement. Adult Services include: • In-home aide services • Nursing • Medical Supplies • Medical Equipment • Respite/Caregiver Relief • Telephone Alert • Case Management Child Services include: • Pediatric Nurse level services • Nurse aide services • Respite/Caregiver relief • Case Management *Contact Bladen County Health Department’s CAP program at: 910-872-6257 for more information, questions, or comments about the CAP program or other services offered at Bladen County Health Department. Share on social media using short code:  https://bladenonline.com/?p=23536 Share:

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Three arrested in armed robbery of Dublin Dollar General

Three Elizabethtown men were arrested Monday night and charged in an armed robbery of the Dollar General store in Dublin, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The men were apprehended after a brief vehicle chase that ended in a mobile home park at the intersection of Owen Hill Drive and Robin Drive less than five miles from the store, the Sheriff’s Office said. Arrested were Naquan Alphonso Matthews, 20, of Blue Moon Drive; Everette Nyquan Ward, 25, of South Cypress Street; and Carlton Terrell Smith Jr., 23, of Della Street. Matthews was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon, felony flee to elude arrest, driving while license revoked, felony …..

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Armed Robbery in Dublin

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the apprehension and arrest of three individuals responsible of an armed robbery of the Dollar General store on Albert Street in Dublin Monday night. McVicker said the robbery call came in at approximately 8:45 pm. The call was made by a customer who was at the back of the store and saw two men enter the store with masks on and force a clerk to the office. There were two clerks and three customers in the store at the time of the robbery. One of the robbers was armed with a semi-automatic handgun. When the store manager told the robbers the safe was on a …..

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2 Bladen deputies to receive life saving commendation

Sgt. Richard Bailey and Deputy Spencer Bryant of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office will be awarded a life saving commendation for administering CPR to an infant and saving the child’s life. A ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Bladen EMS in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park next to the airport. The award will be presented by Bladen County Emergency Management and Bladen County Emergency Medical Services. Share on Social Media using Short Link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=23517 Share:

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Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

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Farmer Malcolm Cross of Elizabethtown lost 3,000 pounds of tobacco in a fire. The Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown was planning a golf tournament at Carolina Sands Country Club. An area off highway 242 near Bladenboro was designated for public housing. A group of citizens from Bladenboro was asking for a recall on the fire district vote. Clarkton area citizens Dewitt Clark, Jerry Packer, Wilbur Ward and Sammy Thompson filed suit to stop development of a county airport at Fisher Field in Elizabethtown.   Share on Social Media using Short Link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=23495 Share:

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North Carolina Earns a B- for Small Business Friendliness

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — August 25, 2015 — Small business owners gave North Carolina a B- for its business friendliness, with B+ grades for labor regulations and ease of hiring, according to Thumbtack’s annual Small Business Friendliness Survey. Complete results for North Carolina will be published at https://www.thumbtack.com/nc/. Nearly 18,000 U.S. small business owners responded to the survey, including 633 in North Carolina. The study asked respondents to rate their state and city governments across a broad range of policy factors. Thumbtack.com then evaluated states and cities against one another along more than a dozen metrics. “Small business owners on Thumbtack have consistently told us that they welcome support from their governments but …..

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Clarkton assisted living facility shut down due to health, safety concerns

Highland Gardens Assisted Living of Clarkton was shut down Friday by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services because conditions at the 60-bed facility on South Smith Street presented “an imminent danger to the health, safety and welfare of the residents,” the agency said. In documents mailed Thursday to Inez Myles, who is listed as president and administrator of Highland Gardens Inc., DHHS says it had found evidence of “neglect and failure to protect residents from potential harm that presents an imminent danger to the health and safety of residents in the home.” The Bladen County Department of Social Services assisted in relocating the residents. The action, known as …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Remember…You do not pass a stopped school bus…and if you do, hopefully someone will report it and you receive a citation…maybe a time ‘on foot’ will jog the ‘common sense’ portion of the brain. If you see it happen, jot down the license plate number and report to law enforcement. Hopefully this is the day the stock market’s downward streak comes to an end…Some link the devaluation of the economy in China as one cause…Just happened to think that Bladen’s largest employer is owned by Chinese. That would be Smithfield Foods. Don’t think that has had any effect on anything…Does offer employment for several thousand area residents…and we are grateful. …..

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This Day in History—–August 25

1829—President Jackson makes an offer to buy Texas, but Mexican government refuses. 1864—Combination rail & ferry service available from San Francisco to Alameda. 1910—Yellow Cab is founded 1912—1st time an aircraft recovers from a spin. 1915—Hurricane kills 275 in Galveston, Texas with $50 million damage. 1916—US Department of Interior forms National Park Service. 1932—Amelia Earhart completes transcontinental flight. 1946—28th PGA Championship: Ben Hogan at Portland GC Portland, Oregon. 1952—Puerto Rico becomes a US commonwealth. 1956—To make room for Enos Slaughter, NY Yanks release Phil Rizzuto. 1968—Arthur Ashe becomes 1st African American to win the US singles championship. 1970—Elton John’s 1st US appearance (Los Angeles) 1985—Mets Dwight Gooden becomes youngest pitcher …..

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August 25, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Tuesday, August 25 1. Mark your calendar. Bladenboro Historical Society’s Fun Day is scheduled Sept. 12. It will be held on the grounds of the Bladenboro Farm Life School next to Bladenboro Middle School. The event serves as a fundraiser to help support the Bladenboro Farm Life School. 2. Join a ranger and learn about the geological mysteries of the Carolina Bays. Formation theories, and the natural communities associated with Carolina Bays will be discussed. Participants should meet at the Jones Lake Park Visitor center at 10 a.m. It’s free. Call 588-4550 for information. 3. According to Farmers Almanac, today and Wednesday are …..

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Boys’ soccer: West Bladen 5, Purnell Swett 2

PEMBROKE – Rain may not stop the postal service from delivering the mail. It also didn’t stop the West Bladen soccer team from scoring goals. The Knights scored twice in a downpour in the opening four minutes Monday en route to a 5-2 win over the Purnell Swett Rams. It was West Bladen’s second win against Purnell Swett this season. “We put up those goals quickly and it opened the game up for us,” said second-year West Bladen coach Brennan Brown, whose team already has matched last season’s win total. “We played very well in the first half. In the second half, we tried some different people at different positions, …..

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Volleyball, East Columbus 3, East Bladen 1

East Columbus won three games by a total of six points and squeaked past East Bladen 3-1 Monday night by game scores of 25-23, 18-25, 25-23 and 26-24 in non-conference volleyball action at East Bladen. Senior Claire Campbell lit up with the scoreboard with 20 service points, 3 aces, 5 kills and 5 assists. Campbell’s serving sparked a 15-3 closing run in Game 2 that rallied the Lady Eagles from a 15-13 deficit to victory in the second game that tied the match 1-1. Senior Lacey Suggs slammed in 6 aces and 3 kills and totaled 12 service points. Senior Miller Heustess keyed the East Bladen offense with 25 assists …..

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Volleyball, Fairmont 3, West Bladen 0

Fairmont defeated West Bladen 3-0 Monday night in non-conference volleyball action at West by game scores of 24-19, 25-10 and 25-20. Junior Logan Autry topped the West Bladen scoring with 9 service points, 4 kills and an ace. Teammate Kathryn Schultz followed with 5 service points, an ace and a kill. Junior Kaylee Stevens chipped in with 4 service points, 2 aces and 2 digs for West. Teammate Morgan Schumacher hammered in 3 kills and 2 blocks. Senior Lorna Smith contributed 2 kills, a block and a dig to the Lady Knight attack. Sophomore Laikyn Pait tallied 2 service points and an ace. Junior Kassidy Anderson finished with 2 kills …..

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JV Volleyball, East Bladen 2, East Columbus 0

East Bladen’s jayvees swept visiting East Columbus 2-0 Monday in non-conference volleyball action by game scores of 25-17 and 25-17. Sophomore Kaley Smith knocked in 10 service points, 3 aces and a kill, while dishing out 8 assists to lead the Lady Eagles. Team mate Bethany Lesane followed with 6 service points, an ace and an assist. Dyasia McDowell fired in 5 service points, an ace and a kill for the winners. Freshman Ashley Hardin hammered in 4 kills and another service point, while contributing 2 assists. Shardajah Brown pounded in 3 service points, 2 kills and an ace for East Bladen. Sarah Johnson tallied 2 service points, and Alexa …..

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JV Volleyball, Fairmont 2, West Bladen 0

Fairmont defeated West Bladen 2-0 Monday in non-conference jayvee volleyball action at West by game scores of 25-13 and 25-22. Freshman Raegan Davis led the Lady Knights with 9 service points, 2 aces and 4 digs. Sophomore Elizabeth Allbright fired in 8 service points and 2 aces. Sophomore Brinkley Collier followed with 7 service points and one ace for West Bladen. Sophomore Mikayla Winebarger collected 5 service points, an ace and 2 digs. Patience Parker knocked in a kill and added 4 service points to the West Bladen attack. Teammates Callie Lewis and Alise Pait tallied one service point each. “The girls play hard and have improved tremendously since their …..

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Women’s Tennis Fairmont at West Bladen Halted by Rain

The Fairmont at West Bladen Women’s Tennis match was stopped by rain Monday with Fairmont leading 4-3. The remaining in-progress doubles matches will be completed when West Bladen travels to Fairmont on Sept. 2nd at 3:30 p.m. Singles: Taylor Britt (F) def. Alanna Ludlum (WB)                  8-5 Amber Long (WB) def. Haleigh Conner (F)               8-1 Brittany Bunett (F) def. Helen Lopez (WB0               8-6 Kayla Sosanski (F0 def. Madison Singletary (WB)   8-4 Haley Dimery (WB) def. Gracie Schuster (F)            8-4 Maria Floyd (f) def. Rachel Bryan (WB)  …..

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CBCF Celebrates Faith Community at Annual Prayer Breakfast

VaShawn Mitchell and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III to headline event, Sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company WASHINGTON—Stellar award-winning gospel singer VaShawn Mitchell will perform and Rev. Dr. Otis Moss, III will deliver the keynote address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Incorporated (CBCF) Annual Prayer Breakfast, Saturday, Sept. 19, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington D.C. The Miles College Choir will also perform. The Prayer Breakfast, the penultimate, signature event of the 45th Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), draws roughly three thousand attendees each year. Interactive One will livestream the event for the second year in a row on NewsOne.com. “The Prayer Breakfast is unique in that it …..

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Bladen County address on Ashley Madison website

NC Capitol Connection has released a list of almost 100 North Carolina and local government email addresses that have been uncovered so far as part of the hack of the online affair website, Ashley Madison. Included on the list is a Bladen County Board of Education email address. There are at least 2 Robeson County Board of Education addresses and at least 2 more with Robeson County email addresses. The Ashley Madison website was hacked by a group, The Impact Team, who reportedly took the data in July and threatened to release email addresses unless the website shut down. NC Capitol Connection is a publication of The Civitas Institute and, …..

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Briar Branch Baptist Church Fall Revival

Sept. 20 – Briar Branch Baptist Church will hold their Fall revival services beginning Sunday, Sept. 20 and continuing through Wednesday, Sept. 23. Services begin at 7:00pm on Sunday night and 7:30pm Monday through Wednesday night. Reverend Kevin Kinlaw will be bringing the message each night. The church is located on NC242 approximately 8 miles north of Elizabethtown at: 13396 NC Highway 242 N, Garland, NC 28441. Everyone is invited. Share on social media using short code: https://bladenonline.com/?p=23387 Share:

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Clarkton PFWB Church Fall Revival

The Clarkton PFWB Church will host their Fall Revival beginning October 11th through October 14th. Sunday Oct. 11th will begin at 6 pm. Monday the 12th through Wednesday the 14th will begin at 7 pm. Guest Speaker will be Rev. Mike Jacobs, pastor of the Mt. Sinai Holiness Church of Bolton, NC. Special Singing each night. The Church is located at 24 S. Page Road Clarkton.For more information contact Rev. Charlie Tatum 991-6540 or Sharon Tatum at 876-2689. EVERYONE IS INVITED TO ATTEND. Share on social media using short code: https://bladenonline.com/?p=23382 Share:

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Bladen County’s Dana McDuffie elected Vice President of the State Pest Association

By: North Carolina Pest Management Association Raleigh, N.C. — The North Carolina Pest Management Association (NCPMA) welcomed a new slate of executive officers for 2015-2016 last month. The officers were sworn in during the 2015 Carolinas/Mid-Atlantic Summer Conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The new officers include President, Lee Smith of Rid-A-Pest, Inc. in Morehead City; Vice President, Dana McDuffie of McDuffie Pest Control in Elizabethtown; Secretary/Treasurer, Donnie Shelton, of Triangle Pest Control in Holly Springs; and Past President, Scott Canady of Canady’s Services Inc. in Lumber Bridge. “This year promises to be a great one for NCPMA, and I am honored to be serving with such a distinguished group of professionals,” …..

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