12/11/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 3:57 am The Gift That Tops Parents’ Holiday Wish Lists May Surprise You
  • 3:55 am Duke Energy restores power to 618,000 Carolinas customers following winter storm
  • 3:50 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 3:47 am This Day in History – December 11
  • 1:04 pm Bladen County Solid Waste holiday schedule
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Soccer

Juan Medellin scored with 18 minutes remaining as Midway edged West Bladen 3-2 on Wednesday in a Four County 1A/2A Conference soccer match played in the rain. West Bladen took the early lead on a goal from Jorcahel Monroe only four minutes into the game, but Midway countered with a pair of goals before half. […]

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By: Valerie Newton In response to a concern expressed by one of your readers regarding minutes from an Ad Hoc committee meeting of Bladen County Schools proposed consolidation plan missing, the minutes are posted on the school districts website. They have not gone missing. The minutes were originally posted several weeks ago following the September 1 […]

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) released the below statement following the passage of a temporary spending measure until a final budget agreement is reached: “Though the vast majority of funding for Planned Parenthood is through Medicaid, which is unrelated to direct appropriations by Congress, I voted against the short-term spending bill today […]

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DUBLIN, NC – The winners of the 2015 NC State Fair Wine Competition have been announced and Lu Mil Vineyard has taken home the Gold… as well as four Silver and one Bronze medals for their Bladen County grown wines. Winners from the wine competition will be on display in the Education Building throughout the […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery defeated East Arcadia 3-0 in Bladen Five Middle School Conference volleyball action Tuesday at Tar Heel by set scores of 25-16, 25-20 and 15-11. In the first set, East Arcadia took an early 1-0 lead before Gracyn Martin’s serve put the Blue Devils ahead 2-1. Adrienne Howell increased Clarkton’s lead to […]

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RALEIGH – As fall wildfire season approaches, the N.C. Forest Service encourages North Carolinians to heed the call of National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 4-10, and take steps to ensure careful burning of leaves and yard debris. Fall wildfire season typically lasts from mid-October until mid-December, the time of year when people do a lot […]

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On Sept. 22, Lower Cape Fear Hospice recognized employees at an Employee Appreciation Banquet at the Upper Room 1871 in Wilmington. The agency expressed its appreciation and gratitude for employees’ years of service, dedication, devotion and contributions. Pictured from left are employees serving Bladen and Columbus counties: Sue Sessoms, outreach provider representative, five years; Lori […]

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RALEIGH — Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 86 of North Carolina’s counties in August, increased in four counties, and remained unchanged in 10 counties. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 11.4 percent while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.6 percent. Fourteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases while […]

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We live in interesting times….. Much discussion, distrust, and rumors related to Bladen County school board proposed mergers. Checked a few headlines from the region…. “Local football game marred by brawl.” “Warrants reveal Caswell Beach mayor’s alleged ‘secret life.’” “City of Fayetteville tops study’s list for natural disaster potential.” “Man arrested in Clinton murder.” “Four […]

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East Bladen’s Lady Eagles swept visiting Midway 3-0 Tuesday night in Four County Conference volleyball action by game scores of 25-15, 25-12 and 25-22. Senior Miller Heustess posted a double-double with 12 service points and 11 assists for the winners and added 3 aces, a kill and a block. Senior Lacey Suggs poured in 14 […]

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Union defeated West Bladen 3-1 Tuesday night in Four County Conference volleyball action at West by game scores of 25-17, 25-15, 17-25 and 25-18. Senior Lorna Smith fired in 11 service points, 3 aces, and 2 kills and had one dig for the Lady Knights.  Junior Logan Autry delivered 9 assists and recorded 6 kills, […]

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JV Volleyball West Bladen 2, Union 0 West Bladen’s jayvees swept Union Tuesday in Four County Conference volleyball action at West by game scores of 25-15 and 25-22. Freshman Raegan Davis topped the Lady Knight scoring with 12 service points and 2 aces.  Sophmore Brinkley Collier tallied 3 service points and 2 kills. Patience Parker […]

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Midway defeated East Bladen 2-0 Tuesday in Four County Conference volleyball action at East by game scores of 25-22 and 25-18. Freshman Ashley Hardin led the Lady Eagle scoring with 8 service points, an ace and an assist. Sophomore Kaley Smith was credited with 6 assists and tallied 5 service points and a kill. Bethany […]

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Good morning! 3 things to know for Wednesday, September 30 1. Will today tie a record for consecutive days of measurable rain since Bladen Online joined the CoCoRaHS weather network in April 2014? Sure looks like it. We’re at six consecutive days of rain in the gauge through Tuesday. Our record is seven consecutive days […]

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1787—1st US voyage around the world – Columbia leaves Boston. 1841—Samuel Slocum patented the stapler. 1846—Anesthetic ether used for 1st time by American dentist Dr. William Morton who extracts a tooth. 1867—Midway Island formally declared a US possession. 1898—City of New York established. 1919—Avery Hopwood’s “Gold Diggers” premieres in NYC. 1934—Babe Ruth’s final game as […]

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The Bladen County Board of Election’s public hearing Monday night in Elizabethtown at the Bladen County Public Library was held to hear their proposal for combining the two current polling places in Elizabethtown into one, and the current two polling places in Bladenboro into one. According to the Board of Elections the benefits of combining […]

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By: Joy Warren The D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) were out in force Tuesday evening at Elizabethtown Middle School.  The WatchDOGS program was launched through a joint effort of Elizabethtown Middle, Bladen County Schools, and a grant from Wal-Mart. Principal, Elizabeth Cole welcomed the 175+ in attendance and stated that ETMS is the first school […]

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Football

Bladenboro’s Bulldogs completed a 38-8 victory over Tar Heel Monday in Bladen Five Middle School Football action. The game was suspended 30 seconds into the second half Thursday night when the lights at Bladenboro went out. Trashawn Ballard and Da’Shawn Hines both ran for touchdowns Monday. It was the second touchdown of the game for […]

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice, a nonprofit, is in need of volunteers to help families in Bladen County. Volunteers provide respite for caregivers and much-needed emotional support for families and patients with advanced illnesses. Volunteers serve as caring friends to people in need. They offer companionship, visit or read to patients, listen, hold a hand, run […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Windsor Church was having their annual Homecoming Day. The Exxon Station at Tar Heel was robbed. Veeder Root Corporation made a cash donation to the Bladen County Library. The Bladenboro High School class of 1940 held their 40th class reunion. Share on Social Media using Short Link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=27749 Share:

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  Just beyond the city limits of Bladenboro on Center Road, a beacon light shines in a small community, known as Round Branch, that light being is Round Branch Baptist Church. On Sunday October 11, 2015, the church will celebrate its 100th Annual Church Homecoming and Anniversary. The members along with friends and supporters will […]

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East Bladen High School

Defending Class 1-A State Champion Wallace-Rose Hill edged East Bladen 2-1 Monday night in Four County Conference men’s soccer action at East. The Wallace goalie stopped a shot by East Bladen sophomore Josue Guvera, but Eagle sophomore Brooks McGill pounced on the rebound and fired in a shot for the only Eagle goal. Freshman goalkeeper […]

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Monday night high school football games are not the norm, especially an away game. East and West Bladen scored wins in Monday night games, both on the road. East Bladen defeated previously unbeaten Midway and West Bladen came from behind to down Union….. There were other sporting events….Check our BladenOnline sports page….for results… October 2015 […]

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1789—1st congress adjourns. 1789—US War Department established a regular army. 1879—NL owners meeting in Buffalo adopt reserve clause, giving each team exclusive rights to their players. 1880—1st pro baseball game at Polo Grounds, NY Metropolitans beat Washington Nationals 4-2 in 5 innings. 1892—1st night football game played (Mansfield, Penn) 1904—1st monument honoring Spanish American War […]

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Football

ROSE HILL – Malique McDowell bulled his way into the end zone with 37 seconds remaining Monday night as West Bladen rallied in the final 95 seconds for a 28-23 Four County 1A/2A Conference victory against Union. McDowell’s 4-yard run capped a 7-play, 80-yard drive and came about a minute after Union had taken the […]

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Football

East Bladen’s Eagles overcame a slow start and rode a staunch defense to a 20-6 victory over Midway Monday night in the Four County Conference opener for both teams at Spivey’s Corner. The East Bladen defense held the Raiders to only 56 yards rushing and 67 total yards on 33 offensive snaps. The Eagles had […]

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By: Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners along with County Manager, Greg Martin had a training session about working together and as individuals, in their official roles at the special meeting on Monday night, with the guidance of Jan Maynor and Jim Perry from the Lumber River Council of Governments. The special meeting […]

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Soccer

CLINTON – Unbeaten Clinton shut out West Bladen 6-0 on Monday in a Four County 1A/2A Conference match. It’s the first time in five meetings since the teams have been in the same conference that the Knights played the entire 80 minutes against Clinton. The four previous meetings over the past two years have all […]

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By: Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Library in Elizabethtown was packed full Monday evening with local voters from all across the county voicing their opinions, with a large majority against the Board of Elections’ proposed plan to consolidate four precincts into two. The proposed plan comes from the Board of Elections board members, Bobby Ludlum, Al […]

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Fall is in the air and with it comes festivals! This year “The Friends of the Bay Lakes” and the staff at Jones Lake have organized a Fall Festival at Jones Lake on Saturday, October 31st, from 10 am until 2 pm. Everyone is invited to attend the celebration planned full of games, hay rides, educational […]

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Bladen Community College encourages men and women interested in a law enforcement career to contact the college for information about the upcoming Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy registration on October 22, 2015. The BCC program combines physical conditioning with required classwork. Coursework includes intensive training in the use of firearms, emergency vehicle operation, defense tactics, […]

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On September 22nd, Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker was welcomed to the Bladen Community College Board of Trustees. Appointed to the position by North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory, McVicker assumes the role immediately. McVicker has more than 40 years in law enforcement. He retired from the Highway Patrol in 2002 and served in the Cumberland […]

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By: Cheryl Thurston This year has seen its share of extreme weather events like: the worst volcanic eruption in Iceland, in 200 years (which finally calmed down in March); in May we had 2 weeks of worry about the Larsen C and Larsen B ice shelves possibly collapsing and the glaciers of Antarctica have been […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Rotary Club was treated to a presentation by Dr. Mathew Turner, who serves as the staff veterinarian for Prestage Farms. He earned his doctorate of veterinary medicine from N.C. State University in 2000. He was named the N.C. Young Veterinarian in 2004 and the 2014 Swine Practitioner of the Year by […]

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Did you know that Bladen Community College is offering music and dance classes? Come join the fun and dance the night away at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. List of our upcoming courses: Shag for Beginners, $40 6:00-7:00 p.m., Thursday, October 1-November 5 Cape Fear Farmer’s Market Elizabethtown; Guitar for Beginners, $60 12:00-3:00 […]

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Photos contributed by Jeff Owen Photography https://www.flickr.com/gp/jeffowenphotography/7R47Jg The Lunar Eclipse from Sunday, September 27th and Monday morning September 28th was caught on camera by photographer, Jeff Owen. The moon decided to play a game of hide and seek, and for the most part played very well. Read more about the Lunar Eclipse in our article […]

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LAST AUDITIONS THIS YEAR!! COME ONE COME ALL!! Oct 17, 2015, at 11am-4pm, at Bladen County Public Library. I have a couple of upcoming projects and need some talented people to be a part of these. Open to anyone with a talent. Young to old if you have a talent come on out. I am […]

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Last Auditions this year for LoWanda Davis Productions will be held October 17th, from 11 am until 4 pm at the Bladen County Public Library. LoWanda Davis, Owner of LoWanda Davis Productions says, “I have a couple of upcoming projects and need some talented people to be a part of these.” The auditions are open […]

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The identities of the four people killed Sunday morning in a wreck near Garland were released Monday by the N.C. Highway Patrol. Three people from Harrells and a man from Lakeland, Florida, were killed in the wreck that happened about 3:15 a.m. on U.S. 701 near the Bladen/Sampson County line. Two people from Harrells were […]

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The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost seminars in October. Two special topic seminars will kick off the month. The following seminars will be held on the Main Campus in Building 2, Room 207: – “How to Purchase and Rent Your Own Property” is offered on Thursday October 1 from […]

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It’s Monday and we are nearing the end of September. October begins Thursday. Hope you will check our Events section….Numerous events this week, including several at Bladen Community College… and a very special fundraiser on Thursday sponsored by Bladen Community College Foundation at Camp Clearwater at White Lake…Seafood and Sunset has been a fun event […]

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Good morning! 3 things to know for Monday, September 28 1. A weekend of rain soaked the ground with 1.27 inches since Friday morning as measured by Bladen Online’s rain gauge. It came on the heels of 11 consecutive days without a drop. And, based on the forecast, we may not be done checking the […]

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1542—Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay. 1687—Divorce legalized in Maryland, USA. 1779—American Revolution: Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay. 1787—Congress sends Constitution to state legislatures for their approval. 1850—US Navy abolishes flogging as punishment. 1867—The United States takes control of Midway Island. 1904—Woman arrested for smoking […]

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Vineyard Golf

Cade Hancock of Elizabethtown, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hancock, won the Myrtle Beach Junior Open Golf Tournament over the weekend. Hancock shot 75-72—147 to win by 8 strokes. The Myrtle Beach Junior Open is a part of the tournament schedule of the Hurricane Junior Golf Tour. Share on social media using link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=27514 Share:

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The proposed school consolidation plan that calls for the closing of three Bladen County schools at the end of the academic year remained a hot topic. There were stories about the AdHoc committe’s plan and the use of lottery funds. On Sept. 1, Bladen County Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor proposed to the School Consolidation […]

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Not only was it Bladen Online’s sixth consecutive week of more than 100,000 page views, it was a record-setting week. Bladen Online had 133,380 page views for the week of Sept. 20-26, according to Google Analytics, surpassing the previous record of 125,908 page views set Aug. 23-29. Visits surpassed 20,000 for the third time in […]

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Brent Glastetler took the checkered flag and the $1,500 top prize Saturday night in the 25-lap Open Wheel Modified featured race at Dublin Motor Speedway. Other winners were Dean Bowen in Late Model, Chris Powers in Super Street, Johnny Brown in Pure Stock, Bret Siegel in U-Car and Eddie Daniels in Legends. The next racing […]

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On Friday September 25th, Christie Jordan, Bladen County Telecommunicator, received a plaque of recognition for her outstanding teamwork, professionalism, and commitment to public safety from the NC 911 Board. Bladen County NC 911 offered the honor to Jordon for her work in helping a baby survive. Pictured above are, left to right is NC 911 […]

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Four people were killed and two injured Sunday morning in a single vehicle wreck on U.S. 701 south of Garland near the Bladen County line, the N.C. Highway Patrol says. None of the names of those in the wreck have been released by the Highway Patrol. According to a report, the driver of a 2006 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The Battle of Elizabethtown organizers deserve much credit. I was expecting more rain over the past few days….at the Hester household about 1/2 inch, however that included 3 or 4 bugs….Rainfall totals  vary greatly…and even with the bugs, we received about all we needed….And we are thankful for every drop……… Saturday was a busy day….in the […]

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Four County Conference Wallace-Rose Hill 62, Heide Trask 19 Clinton 64, Pender 13 Other Area Results Mooresville Pine Lake Prep 32, Harrells Christian 20 Red Springs 39, St. Pauls 8 Whiteville 46, West Columbus 6 Fairmont 42, South Robeson 6 South Columbus 33, East Columbus 6 Wilmington Hoggard 52, South Brunswick 7 New Hanover 38, […]

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Vineyard Golf

The Thundering Herd Finale 18 Hole Tournament was held Saturday, September 26 at Vineyard Golf. The winning team, with a score of 14 under par, was Charlie Kiess, Brad Lee, Jeff Campbell, Donnie Bass and Ty Wilson. In second place, with a score of 11 under par, was Mark Dixon, David Settlemeyer, Ed Tatum and […]

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This Day In History

70——-Walls of upper city of Jerusalem battered down by Roman army. 1779—John Adams negotiates Revolutionary was peace terms with Britain. 1787—Constitution submitted to states for ratification. 1852—George L. Aiken’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” premieres in Troy, NY. 1855—George F. Bristow’s “Rip Van Winkle”, 2nd American opera, opens in NYC. 1864—Jesse James’ gang surprise attack train: 150 […]

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By: Robert G. Hester Bladen County commissioners received a financial update after two months of a new fiscal year at their most recent regular meeting, and the report indicates collections and expenditures are in-line with the budget. Ad Valorem property tax collections indicate 35.11% of the annual levy have been collected.  The report indicated $7,624,877 […]

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Today, if you need a can of turpentine, you drive to the store and buy it. It wasn’t so easy in the 1700s and 1800s. Turpentine, along with tar, pitch and resin, were important commodities back then, much of it painstakingly produced in North Carolina. One story is that the industry led to North Carolina’s […]

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By: Dominique Caulder The new Bond Proposal will benefit Bladen Community College with capital funding. On Monday September 21, 2015, the Senate offered a new version of the bond proposal that Governor Pat McCrory has been lobbing to pass legislation for several months now. The bond will borrow sufficiently less than the Governor first proposed. Under […]

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Bladen-County-Road-map

Bladen County has recently been going through a revaluation of property. By law, property must be revalued every eight years, although each county may decide to revalue their property in a lesser number of years. For instance, in southeastern North Carolina, Brunswick county revaluated in 2015 and will revalued again in 2019. New Hanover revalued […]

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Saturday morning the Battle of Elizabethtown Reenactment started with a bang and event organizers will continue through the day today and tomorrow teaching others about the battle that gave Tory Hole a place in history. The event is sponsored by the Harmony Hall Backwoods Militia, Harmony Hall Plantation Village, Four County Electric, Elizabethtown – White […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

  Friday was a busy news day…mostly on the national scene….with the Pope in the US,  Chinese President Xi Jinping meeting with President Obama  at the White House, House Speaker John Boehner announcing that he will step-down as Speaker and a member of Congress at the end of October and the Stock Market still unsettled…..It […]

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Bladen County Schools

By: Bethany Stephens Funding has been a recent concern for many school districts and parents who are trying to figure out how funding is allocated – especially those funds that come from the N.C. State Lottery.  Since the lottery’s inception, the county has already received $3,000,966 in available funds to address capital outlay concerns such […]

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This Day In History

1772—New Jersey passes a bill requiring a license to practice medicine. 1789—Edmund J. Randolph becomes 1st Attorney General. 1831—Robert Montgomery Birds’ “Gladiator” premieres in NYC. 1890—US stops minting $1 & $3 gold coin & 3 cent piece. 1892—1st public appearance of John Phillip Sousa’s band (NJ) 1914—Federal Trade Commission formed to regulate interstate commerce. 1947—Happy […]

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JV Football East Bladen 44, Midway 0 Sophomore Xavier Wooten ran for over 200 yards and two touchdowns to lead East Bladen’s jayvees to a 44-0 Four County Conference victory over visiting Midway Thursday night. Wooten galloped 60 yards for one touchdown and 40 yards for another touchdown. James Higgins racked up over 100 yards […]

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The East Bladen Eagles is now offering Cross Country teams to their students. The teams have already had some meets. There is a boys’ and girls’ team for runners. We spoke with Cross Country Coach Bolden who gave us the meet scores from the past few meet. At the Four County XC Meet in Pender […]

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iPhone & iPad Tips By: Gordon Kinlaw (910)862-6292 iOS9 & other Apple Tidbits  –  When to Update or Not!! Needless to say, you have noticed that your phone is telling you that a new OS is available to download. I have not downloaded 9 yet and do not plan to do so for a month. […]

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Star Communication employees will be collecting food for the upcoming holiday season again this year. Many residents in the area have a difficult time providing food on a daily basis for their family and food for the holiday season may be more than they can hope for without assistance. Beginning Monday, September 28 and continuing […]

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An Elizabethtown man has been charged with felony breaking and entering after shattering the glass at the drive-thru window of Anderson Drug early Friday morning, says Elizabethtown Interim Police Chief Kip Hester. Corey Murchison of Smith Circle was caught about 4 a.m. a block away from the store with blood stains on his shirt and […]

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rouzer released a statement following the announcement of Speaker John Boehner’s resignation next month: “John Boehner made a selfless and classy act this morning, a reflection of his inner character and care for the U.S. House of Representatives as an institution. Just like every other member of the House, I […]

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UPDATE on Thursday, October 1st: Cycle N.C. ends today due to weather According to Dawn Maynard, Executive Director of Elizabethtown – White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Chris Wicker one of the Cycle N.C. organizers had to cancel the ride expected to travel through Bladen County tomorrow. The event has been called off due to […]

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BURGAW, N.C. (September 21, 2015) – Four County EMC’s Annual Membership Meeting will be held Monday, October 5, at Elizabethtown Middle School, 1496 Hwy 701 South in Elizabethtown. The meeting is open to all Four County EMC members. Registration begins at 5:00 p.m. and the program will kick off at 7:00 p.m. Food and beverages […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver Staff Writer An area woman has earned certification in a new field of nursing. Kelly Hickman Robeson of Bladenboro was recently certified as a Clinical Nurse Leader. Robeson received her Master’s degree in nursing in May from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and took the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) exam […]

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The new owners of Healthworks Fitness and Wellness are Tracey and Ashley Trivette, and they announced this week new improvements that have been made at the Fitness center. The owners also have new goals to make the Fitness center the best that it possibly can be, according to Ashley. “When this opportunity presented itself I, […]

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By: Sandra R. Cain Too many snack foods are low in nutrients and high in calories from sugar, fat or both. Eating too many of these extras often becomes nothing more than consumption of empty calories. Sweets, chips and sugary sodas account for nearly one-third of the calories consumed by Americans. It’s important to know […]

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Majuan McKoy and Jordan Robinson combined to rush for 472 yards and 5 touchdowns to lead Elizabethtown to a 30-12 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory over visiting Clarkton School of Discovery Thursday night. McKoy broke loose for touchdown runs of 80, 60 and 40 yards and finished with 237 yards rushing in the game. […]

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East Bladen defeated visiting West Bladen 3-0 Thursday night in Four County Conference volleyball action by game scores of 25-21, 25-10 and 25-20. Senior Lacey Suggs blistered the court with 8 aces, 16 service points and 6 kills to lead the Lady Eagles. Fellow senior Miller Heustess sparked the East offense with 11 assists and […]

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Union scored a pair of first-half touchdowns and went on to claim a 22-0 Four County Conference jayvee football victory at West Bladen Thursday night. “We moved the ball at times,” said West Bladen Coach Kris Williams. “The defense struggled early, but played better after that.”  The Spartans tacked on a final touchdown midway the […]

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West Bladen’s women’s tennis match at East Bladen Thursday was stopped by rain with West Bladen leading 4-3. The Four County Conference match will be completed Monday at 4 p.m. The two teams split their six singles matches, and West Bladen won the No. 3 doubles match before the rain halted play. Singles: Alanna Ludlum […]

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East Bladen defeated visiting West Bladen 2-0 Thursday  in Four County Conference jayvee volleyball action by game scores of 25-18 and 25-15. Shardajah Brown hammered in 10 kills, 3 aces and 5 service points to lead the Lady Eagles. Teammate Bethany Lesane fired in 7 service points, 3 aces and a kill. Sophomore Kaley Smith […]

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The Bladenboro/Tar Heel Middle School Football game was suspended Thursday night when the lights at Bladenboro went out 30 seconds into the second half with Bladenboro leading 22-8. The game will be completed Monday at Bladenboro at 6 p.m. Da’Shawn Hines scored the first touchdown for the Bulldogs, and teammate Trashawn Ballard ran the 2-point […]

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A pair of unbeaten teams that feature ground-oriented offenses will slug it out tonight in Spivey’s Corner as East Bladen’s Eagles travel to Midway for a key Four County Conference football opener. Larry Blanks, a 229-pound senior fullback, anchors the Midway power-running game. Blanks ran for 148 yards in a 43-29 win over Goldsboro Rosewood. […]

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West Bladen’s version of a MASH unit will travel to Union tonight to kick-off their Four County Conference schedule. “We are really beat up,” said Knight Coach Russell Dove. “We’ve had more people go down with injuries in the last 3 weeks than in my first 3 years here.” The Knights are expected to have […]

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Elizabethtown Middle School Booster Club’s first reverse raffle ticket has been sold! Reverend Eckie & Mrs. Shirley Lancaster purchased the first ticket to kick off our Booster Club’s first fundraiser. Mr. and Mrs. Lancaster are pictured here with Mrs. Cole, and athletes (L to R) Lexus Smith (volleyball), Majuan McKoy (football), and Samantha Smith (cheerleader). […]

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Good morning! 3 things to know for Friday, September 25 1. It’s Football Friday … maybe … and Bladen Online will cover the games … we hope. Four County 1A/2A Conference play is scheduled to open tonight with East Bladen at Midway in a battle of unbeaten teams and West Bladen at Union. Kickoffs are […]

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Prepare for a wet Friday. The forecast is for a 100% chance of rain. East and West Bladen high school football teams are scheduled to play at 7:30 p.m. today…..East at Midway and West at Union….To be determined…..I am sure both local head coaches would love to play today, if possible….Next Friday, West will be […]

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1493—Columbus sails with 17 ships on 2nd voyage to the Americas. 1639—First printing press in America. 1775—American Revolutionary War hero Ethan Allen captured. 1789—US Congress proposes Bill of Rights (10 of 12 will ratify) 1867—Congress creates 1st all-black university, Howard University in Washington, DC. 1890—Congress establishes Yosemite National Park (California) 1911—Ground breaking begins in Boston […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension Much of the economic news has been rather gloomy recently. There have been wild swings in the stock market, with multi-hundred point losses on some days. The Chinese economy may be in free-fall, while Europe is dealing with thousands of refugees from the war-torn Middle East. Canada is […]

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Bladen County Schools

By: Cheryl Thurston On September 1st, Bladen County Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Robert Taylor proposed to the School Consolidation AdHoc Committee, a plan to consolidate and combine several schools in Bladen County and when to move forward with the proposal, according to the minutes of the AdHoc Committee meeting. The minutes of the meeting are a […]

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Bladen Correctional Center on US Hwy 701 in White Lake, which was a 172-bed minimum security facility, was closed in October of 2013, and the property was sold this summer to Bladen County for $1. According to reports county officials wanted to acquired the property from the state to use it as a training facility […]

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MEAL 6:00 PM WORSHIP 7:00 PM HOSTED BY WINDSOR UMC 12863 NC 242 N ELIZABETHTOWN NC WITH GUEST SPEAKER REV. BROCK MEYER COMMUNITY/STEM CHARGE CHURCHES YOU WILL BE BLESSED BY C4C – CREATIONS FOR THE CREATOR MINISTRY – IN – MOTION DANCE TEAM MAGIC – IN – MINISTRY SPECIAL MUSIC – JAY LOCKLEAR WINDSOR PRAISE […]

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By: Phyllis Miller of Clarkton Understanding that our county is identified as a high poverty, economically depressed county and with known budget restraints, we do need to look at how we can cut costs and what can be done to keep our best community schools open. I hope that all the citizens of Bladen County […]

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The weather forecast for this weekend is calling for rain. One of the events scheduled for this weekend would be greatly affected by the rain, so the decision has been made to reschedule the “Emergency at the Bases” a Public Safety Softball Tournament. The event will be held at the Bladen County Ball Park on […]

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Bladen County Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting Monday, September 28 at 4:30 p.m. According to the news release, the purpose of the meeting relates for the Roles and Responsibilities of the Board of Commissioners and the staff. Another issue to be addressed is the expected approval of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) application. […]

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A fight between two inmates in the Bladen County Jail over the weekend sent one to the hospital with a broken jaw, Sheriff’s Major Larry Guyton told WECT-TV on Thursday. The injured inmate underwent surgery at Bladen County Hospital, Guyton said. He would not release the name of the injured inmate to the station. The […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC People with disabilities have challenges to overcome barriers and to convince others that those barriers do not define them. That is why we wanted to mark this October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month by reminding you that Social Security is an earned benefit for […]

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Sep 23, 2015 – Raleigh, N.C.- Governor Pat McCrory accomplished another major goal of his administration by signing into law major reform of North Carolina’s Medicaid system. “Under the current system, we wait until people get sick to provide care and pay for tests – not outcomes. This new system will focus on keeping people […]

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Bladen County is losing a good public servant. Was a little disappointed that Cris Harrelson announced his resignation Monday, as Bladen County Human Services Director. Brunswick County announced later he had been hired in a similar position….He served Bladen well. Not difficult to understand the move….In Bladen, the salary range for the Health Director is […]

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In their first game this season, the West Bladen boys’ soccer team ended a 20-game losing streak. Wednesday, the Knights snapped a 27-game conference losing streak. Emerson Escobar scored with 16:43 remaining and the Knights held off a late charge by Pender to beat the Patriots 1-0 in a Four County 1A/2A Conference match. Pender […]

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Earlier this week we reported about two special meetings the Bladen County Board of Elections will be holding in Bladenboro and Elizabethtown. The meetings’ agendas are to inform voters of the possible merger of the two current precincts in Bladenboro and Elizabethtown into one precinct for each town according to a news release from Bobby […]

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Good morning! 3 things to know for Thursday, September 24 1. Neither rain nor dark of night will keep Bladen County high school football teams from playing Friday night. Or, at least, that’s the plan. Some schools in the region have moved games to tonight in hopes of avoiding forecasted rain. Not sure playing tonight […]

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1657—First autopsy & coroner’s jury verdict is recorded in Maryland. 1789—US Congress establishes Post Office Department following the new constitution. 1789—US Attorney General Office is created. 1789—President George Washington nominates John Jay the 1st Chief Justice. 1789—US Federal Judiciary Act is passed & creates a six-person Supreme Court. 1890—President of Mormon Church in Salt Lake […]

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The Bladen County Library in Elizabethtown is a most valuable asset for our county. It is used by school children as well as adults to furnish reading materials. In the past year the most read adult fiction book that was: PERSONAL: A JACK REACHER NOVEL BY LEE CHILD. The most read adult non-fiction book was: […]

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