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Soccer

Boys soccer: Midway 3, West Bladen 2

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. The first game with 19 minutes remaining by Jonathan Espino, and the second came four minutes later by Medellin. West Bladen tied it at 2-2 on a goal by Luis Labra with 35 minutes to play. The score remained tied until Medellin’s goal just past the halfway mark of the second half. The Knights were …..

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Ad Hoc meeting minutes not missing

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 meeting under the Superintendent’s page but as interest has grown in the proposed consolidation plan we thought it best to capture all the information related to the plan on one page.  Please visit our district website at www.bladen.k12.nc.us where you will find a quick link on the front page to the proposed consolidation.  While the …..

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Rouzer statement on Short Term Spending Bill

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 because it continues a relatively small portion of their taxpayer support.  The videos that have come to light showing this organization’s disgusting practices of harvesting organs and other body parts of infants for profit is reprehensible.  As a result, the House is currently conducting several different investigations on this matter.  I am committed to working …..

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Lu Mil Vineyard Brings Home the Gold!

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 NC State Fair from Oct. 15-25. Taylor Divine named in honor of the Taylor family won a Gold medal but it was not their only wine to place in the winning categories. Silver finalist were Cape Owen Red, Harmony Hall, Sir Walter Raleigh and Bladen Blush with Old Cumberland finishing with a Bronze. “Our perfect …..

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Middle School Volleyball Clarkton School of Discovery 3, East Arcadia 0

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 7-2 with four great serves. The Panthers regained the lead after 8 service points including one ace. Cybil Campbell stopped the East Arcadia run with a good return then went to the service line and ran off 11 service points of her own, including an ace. With the score 20-12, Ruth Ward drilled an ace …..

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With fall fire season approaching, N.C. Forest Service offers tips to prevent wildfires

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 of yard work that may include burning leaves and yard debris. These fires sometimes escape and start wildfires. There are many factors to consider before burning any debris. The N.C. Forest Service encourages residents considering debris burning to contact their local county forest ranger. The ranger can offer technical advice and explain the best options …..

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Hospice honors Bladen, Columbus employees

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 Hursey, RN, weekend/holiday on-call, 15 years; Beth Heflin, RN, weekend on-call; five years; and Teresa Register, RN, weekdays on-call, 20 years. Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit agency that provides healthcare and comfort to people with advanced illnesses; support and counseling to families; and education in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow and Pender …..

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North Carolina’s August County and Area Employment Figures Released..Bladen At 9.0 percent

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 one remained unchanged. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 8.8 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.8 percent. The August not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 6.1 percent. When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 91 counties, increased in seven, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 sentenced in Army fuel theft scheme.” “Four killed in Sunday morning crash.” “SBI probes sheriff’s missing cash.” A little unsettling….but it is the world we live in. On the positive side….. “Consumer confidence rises again in September” “Garland Girl Scout earns highest honor for young girls.” One additional thought….Headline….”Board of Commissioners learning more about working …..

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Volleyball, East Bladen 3, Midway 0

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 service points, 5 aces, 7 kills and had 3 assists. Junior Lexie Mendell hammered in 11 kills, 5 service points, 2 blocks and an ace for the Lady Eagles. Senior Claire Campbell racked up 8 service points, 3 aces, 2 assists and a kill. Sophomore Hannah DeVane slammed in 5 kills and 5 service points …..

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Volleyball, Union 3, West Bladen 1

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, 5 service points, 2 aces and a dig. Junior Morgan Schumacher hammered in 8 service points, 4 aces and 4 kills for West Bladen. Junior Laikyn Pait knocked in 8 service points, 3 aces and 3 kills. Junior Kathryn Schultz racked up 6 service points, 2 aces, 2 kills and 2 blocks for West, and …..

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JV Volleyball, West Bladen 2, Union 0

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 fired in 8 service points for the winners, and teammate Alise Pait slammed in 3 kills, an ace and 4 service points. Abbey Young smacked in 2 kills and 2 service points and had one dig for West. Freshman Callie Lewis knocked in a kill, sophmore Elizabeth Allbright added 2 service points, an ace and …..

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JV Volleyball, Midway 2, East Bladen 0

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 Lesane knocked in 4 kills and a service point for East Bladen. Sophomore Hannah DeVane slammed in 2 kills and a block, and Alexa Hernanaez smacked in a pair of kills. The Lady Eagle jayvees are now 6-8 and will host Clinton Thursday at 4:30. Share on social media using short code: https://bladenonline.com/?p=27822 Share:

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September 30, 2015: 3 things to know

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 from April 15-21, 2015, when we received 2.46 inches. 2. With the Bladen County Board of Elections holding public meetings about consolidating voting precincts in Elizabethtown and Bladenboro from two to one in each town, it’s worth noting that you have until Oct. 9 at 5 p.m. to register to vote in November’s municipal elections. …..

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This Day in History—–September 30

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 a Yankee goes 0 for 3. 1935—The Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, is dedicated by FDR. 1950—Radio’s “Grand Ole Opry” is broadcasted on TV for 1st time. 1960—Flintstones premieres (1st prime time animation show) 1968—AL & NL umpires form a new Association of Major League Umpires. 1970—New …..

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New Survey: Combining two polling places in Elizabethtown and Bladenboro

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 the two polling places into one in each town are: there would be less situations of confusion about the correct place for the voters to submit their ballots, and the reporting would be expedited the night of the elections. Having attended the meeting, we now have some revised survey questions. Take our new survey about …..

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Who Let The D.O.G.S. Out?

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 in the county to launch the program.  Mr. Pat Litzinger, Church/School Partnership Coordinator with the North Carolina Conference of The United Methodist Church spoke with a group of interested volunteers about the program which involves fathers, grandfathers, uncles, and other father-figures who volunteer for at least one day each year at school.  Litzinger stated “your …..

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Football

Middle School Football Bladenboro 38, Tar Heel 8

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 Hines who had scored a touchdown in Thursday’s first half of action. ShyRon Adams carried into the end zone for the 2-point conversion following Ballard’s touchdown. Adams had scored two touchdowns in Thursday night’s first half. Bladenboro improves to 2-0 on the season and will host 2-0 Elizabethtown Thursday night in a showdown for first …..

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice seeks volunteers

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 errands, allow caregivers to rest, and help patients tell their life stories. Hospice volunteers help patients where they live—in their homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Volunteers can also help the agency with administrative support, assist with special events and provide community outreach by sharing Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s message. Prospective volunteers must complete …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

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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Round Branch Baptist Church Celebrates 100th Anniversary

  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 gather to celebrate the historical event, which marks the Centennial Anniversary. The history recorded indicates that in the year of 1915, two locals from the community, known as Atlas Lewis and Richard Johnson, along with the Reverend Scipio Smith founded the Round Branch Baptist Church. These men were guided by God, trusted in the power …..

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East Bladen High School

Men’s Soccer Wallace-Rose Hill 2, East Bladen 1

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 Spencer Scott recorded ten saves for East Bladen. The Eagles are now 4-7 on the season and will travel to Union Wednesday night for another Four County Conference game. Share on Social Media using Short Link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=27733 Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 is fast approaching….Thursday is the first day…begin to see more mums and pumpkins…and colorful leaves…. Rain remains in the forecast for the next few days. The NC Legislature is in the final hours and if past history is any indication of what will happen….some weird action is likely…..The small print is important…The devil is in …..

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This Day in History

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 erected (Monroeville, Ohio) 1907—Construction begins on Washington National Cathedral. 1913—Sam S. Shubert Theater opens at 225, W. 44th ST., NYC. 1916—John D. Rockefeller becomes first billionaire. 1920—Joseph Horne Company in Pittsburgh sells radios for $10. 1927—Telephone service begins between US & Mexico. 1940—“Double or Nothing”, a radio quiz show, 1st heard on Mutual Radio Net. …..

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Football

Football: West Bladen 28, Union 23

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 lead following a mishandled punt snap that set up the Spartans at the 10 with three minutes remaining. Union quarterback Dawson Thornton scored his second touchdown with 1:35 remaining that put the Spartans ahead 23-22. West Bladen began its winning drive from the 20 after a touchback on the kickoff. On the first play, quarterback …..

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Football

Football East Bladen 20, Midway 6

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 3 sacks in the game for minus 22 yards and 6 more tackles-for-loss for another minus 13 yards. “That’s more like the kind of defense that we are used to here,” said Eagle Coach Robby Priest. “They don’t give up much.” Neither team could muster much offense in the first quarter, but Midway won the …..

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Board of Commissioners learning more about working together for the betterment of our county

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 allowed the commissioners to approve the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) new documents before going into the presentation part of the meeting. After the official business was taken care of the group then had the opportunity to learn the roles and responsibilities of the Board of Commissioners and Staff, while creating an environment for discussions …..

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Soccer

Boys soccer: Clinton 6, West Bladen 0

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 ended in 9-0 “mercy” rule shutouts by Clinton. Clinton is 5-0 in Four County games and 14-0-1 overall. West Bladen is 1-4 in league games and 4-7-2 overall. The Knights are scheduled to host Midway on Wednesday. Share on social media using link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=27682 Share:

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Majority of voters from both Elizabethtown and Bladenboro say, “No” to consolidation plan from Board of Election

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 Daniels and Brian Hehl, after Cynthia Shaw, Director at Board of Elections, and Marsha White, Assistant Director, did research on super precincts, according to the board members at the first public meeting. According to The North Carolina Coalition for Verified Voting a grassroots non-partisan organization, Super Precincts, Vote Centers or “Mega Precincts” are often defined as a polling place at …..

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Friends organize Fall Festival at state park

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 opportunities and more! To pre-register, call  (910) 588-4550. “The Friends of the Bay Lakes” is a non-profit 501(c)3 group that supports both Jones and Singletary Lake State Parks. The committed friends have helped organize the Easter Event at Jones Lake since 2011 with great success. Now, they have expanded their efforts with the Fall Festival for …..

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BCC PLANS BASIC LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING REGISTRATION

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, legalities, and diffusing domestic violence. Classes begin on October 26, 2015. Because enrollment in the program requires completion of specific pre-requisite documents, it is important to contact the college now. For more information about the Basic Law Enforcement Training academy, contact John Trogdon, at 910.879.5536, or jtrogdon@bladencc.edu. Visit the link to the webpage at http://www.bladencc.edu/blet/download.php …..

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McVicker is Sworn In as Trustee for BCC

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 County Sheriff’s Office as a detective until his election as the Bladen County Sheriff in November of 2014. Pictured from left to right is Trustee McVicker, Chairman of the Board Dennis Troy, and Bladen County Clerk of Court Niki Dennis. Share on social media using short code: https://bladenonline.com/?p=27642 Share:

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Is the Climate Changing?

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 shown to be pouring large volumes of water into the ocean; and July 2015 was the warmest month ever recorded for the globe, (according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). I remember when I was a kid in central North Carolina, my Mom made sure that a heavy coat was included in my …..

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Dr. Turner educates the Rotary Club about the Pork business

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 the American Association of Swine Veterinarians. Turner told those in attendance that Prestage Farms is active in seven states with swine operations and also is involved in the turkey business. “It is still family owned and operated,” said Turner. Prestage Farms is owned by Bill Prestage. “Bill Prestage is still actively involved (with the company),” …..

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Bladen Community College

BCC Offers Community Service Learning Opportunities

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 p.m., Saturday, October 17-November 21 Main Campus 2-207; Photography, $60 5:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 7-November 4 Main Campus 3-104; Students should pre-register at the Continuing Education Department in Building 2 at the college’s main campus or contact Ms. Stephanie Gonzalez at 910-879-5539 or sgonzalez@bladencc.edu for more information. Share on Social Media using Short Link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=27605 Share:

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Lunar Eclipse caught on camera

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 by Cheryl Thurston, “Super Moon, Blood Moon, Total Lunar Eclipse.” Share on Social Media using Short Link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=27592 Share:

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Auditions for LoWanda Davis Productions

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 looking for actors, singers, comedians and more. I also need extras for future projects. Come out and bring a friend to audition you never know what could happen. Only 21 spots available. All auditions are in 15 minute increments. Please email me at dee2davis2@aol.com or facebook message www.facebook.com/lowandadavis if you want an audition spot or have …..

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Auditions for LoWanda Davis Productions at Bladen County Public Library

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 to anyone with a talent. Young to old if you have a talent the company encourages folks to come on out. Davis reminds everyone, “I am looking for actors, singers, comedians and more. I also need extras for future projects.” Anyone interested is encouraged to come out and bring a friend to audition. There are …..

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3 from Harrells, Florida man killed in wreck near Garland

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 seriously injured and taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center in Fayetteville. The five people from Harrells involved in the wreck all lived at the same address on Sleepy Creek Drive. Those killed were: ** Karl Lamont Jones, 54, of Lakeland, Florida. He was the driver. ** Melquiades Ramirez, 24. ** Ricardo Ramirez, 21. ** …..

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Bladen Community College Offers Free Business Workshops

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 6:30-9:00 P.M. Whether you are seeking part-time income from rental properties you own or a career in real estate investing, this seminar will guide you towards your success. – “How to Grow a Business as a Self-Published Author” is being held on Thursday October 15 from 6:30 – 9:00 PM. Presenter Annette Dunlap has over …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 in the past and will be again this year. Call 910-870-5519 for details…. Monday night football is on the agenda….East and West Bladen games were postponed last Friday night. East Bladen travels to Midway and West Bladen will be at Union for 7 p.m. games….The Bladen Sports Network will be at Midway High School. You …..

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September 28, 2015: 3 things to know

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 gauge. 2. It’s Football Friday … oops, Monday … and Bladen Online will cover the games. After Friday’s postponements, Bladen County high school football teams will try to kick off their Four County 1A/2A Conference seasons tonight. It’s East Bladen at Midway in a battle of unbeaten teams and West Bladen at Union. Kickoffs are …..

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This Day in History—–September 28

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 a cigarette in a car on 5th Avenue, NYC. 1928—1st recording session in Nashville (Warmack’s Gully Jumpers) 1936—Brooklyn & Boston play a penalty free NFL game. 1941—Ted Williams ended the baseball season with a .406 batting average. 1944—1st TV Musical comedy (The Boys from Boise) 1949—“My Friend Irma” is 1st of 12 films starring Dean …..

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Vineyard Golf

Hancock Wins Hurricane Junior Golf Tourney

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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Week in Review: September 20-26

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 AdHoc Committee a plan to consolidate and combine some schools in Bladen County and when to move forward with the proposal, according to the minutes of the AdHoc Committee meeting. Meanwhile, it was learned that since the inception of the North Carolina Education Lottery, Bladen County has received $3 million in available funds to address …..

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Bladen Online By the Numbers: September 20-26

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 the past five weeks. It’s a remarkable accomplishment made possible by you, our loyal readers. We believe it shows that people rely on Bladen Online to tell the story of Bladen County, and for that, we’re grateful for your support. We thank our advertisers and readers for their continued support. It’s a great place to …..

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Glastetler wins featured Open Wheel Modified race at Dublin

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 show at Dublin is scheduled Saturday, Oct. 3 Here are the results from Saturday, Sept. 26 Late Model: 1, Dean Bowen; 2, Shawn Harrell; 3, Zack Cox; 4, Christian Thomas; 5, Ryder Hammond; 6, Robbie Turner; 7, Calleen Hammond; 8, Randy Guyton; 9, Colby Jenerette; 10, Lance Brasington; 11, Aaron Ellis; 12, Dustin Mitchell. Open …..

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Bladen County Telecommunicator, Christie Jordan receives recognition from NC 911

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 Executive Director Richard Taylor, Telecommunicator Christie Jordan, and Board Vice Chairman Jason Barbour. Share on social media using code: https://bladenonline.com/?p=27481 Share:

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Crash near Bladen-Sampson County line kills 4

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 Ford pickup was traveling south on U.S. 701 about 3:15 a.m. when the vehicle went off the road onto the right shoulder. The vehicle then overturned and struck a tree. Investigators believe alcohol was a factor in the cause of the wreck. The driver of the vehicle, a 54-year-old man, along with three male passengers …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 area and on TV…..Battle of Elizabethtown re-enactment, Football, Golf, NASCAR, the Pope’s visit, to mention a few. I wish I were more like the Pope……doesn’t mean I follow his line of thinking on every issue, but he is an impressive human being…so far as I am concerned….preaching and teaching to all, from those with little …..

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Thursday & Friday’s High School Football Results

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, Purnell Swett 22 Jack Britt 28, Seventy First 0 Pine Forest 21, E. E. Smith 20 Terry Sanford 43, Westover 20 Overhills 21, South View 15 Grays Creek 20, Union Pines 7 Southern Lee 46, Douglas Byrd 8 Rocky Mount 35, Hoke County 14 Scotland 49, Panther Creek 13 Share on social media using link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=27457 …..

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Vineyard Golf

Thundering Herd Finale Held At Vineyard Golf At White Lake

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 Pam Davis Taylor. Share on social media using short code: https://bladenonline.com/?p=27455 Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History, September 27

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 killed. 1892—Book matches are patented by Diamond Match Company. 1908—Henry Ford’s first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan. 1909—US President Taft sets aside some 3 million acres of oil-rich public land (including Teapot Dome, Wyoming) for conservation purposes. 1910—1st test flight of a twin-engine airplane (France) 1912—W.C. Handy publishes “Memphis …..

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Bladen Commissioners receive financial update

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 had been collected compared with 7,077,635 last year.  Some of the difference could be attributed to a tax increase.  Local options sales tax collections totaled $767,127 over the first two months of the fiscal year, an increase over the $736,666 collected over the same time period a year ago. Overall income from all sources totaled …..

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Turpentine-, tar-making demonstration part of Battle of Elizabethtown activities

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 nickname as the Tar Heel state. Bryan Avery believes it’s important for people of today to know what it was like for their ancestors during that time. That’s why he spends most weekends traveling around to festivals and events giving a history lesson on the importance of the products to North Carolina. Saturday, his group …..

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Bond Proposal to Benefit Colleges

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 the new proposal the Senate Finance Committee recommends to borrow $2 billion. This new agreement with the House of Representatives is less than the $2.85 billion dollar package the Governor originally planned. When this was decided, Governor McCrory wanted to have enough money left for road and bridge construction to last until halfway through the …..

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Revaluation Varies In Southeastern North Carolina

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 in 2012 and  will do it again in 2017. The county commissioners of each county set their tax rate high enough to justify their yearly budget. This year’s tax rate for Bladen County is .8200. Other southeastern N.C. counties and rates are: Brunswick .4850. Columbus .8050. Duplin .7300. New Hanover .5740. Pender .6850. Robeson .7700. …..

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2015 Battle of Elizabethtown Reenactment Saturday and Sunday started with a bang

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 Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Town of Elizabethtown. Boy Scout Troop 600, Bobby Lewis, field Marshall for Harmony Hall, Sunday Allen, a teacher at East Bladen High School, East Bladen High School’s History Club, Dawn Manyard, Executive Director of the local Chamber, and Mayor Silva Campbell were all out to welcome the crowds. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 was some day….. Locally, high school football games were postponed due to the weather….(more important to some than the national news)…..Both East and West Bladen will play Monday at 7 p.m….West travels to Union and East on the road to Midway….Both teams will have two games next week….Friday, East travels to Clinton and West goes …..

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Bladen County Schools

Where are the Lottery Funds Going for 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 as building repairs and the like.  The amount granted varies yearly, but any unused funds accumulate and roll over to the next year.  This allows the county to also make income on the remaining balance’s interest.  With previous years’ accumulation, there was recently $1,000,684 to use for this purpose.  Recently, $325,810 in new roofing at …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History, September 25, 2015

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 Chandler announces Ford & Gillette to sponsor World Series. 1948—Boston Braves win 1st NL championship since 1914. 1955—NY Stock Exchange worst price decline since 1929. 1959—Milwaukee Braves Warren Spahn becomes winningest NL lefty. 1962—TV comedy series “Beverly Hillbillies” premieres on CBS. 1963—Lee Harvey Oswald travels on Continental Trailways bus to Mexico. 1964—“Gilligan’s Island”, starring Bob …..

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JV Football East Bladen vs Midway

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 of offense for the Eagles and scored on a 30-yard touchdown run. Higgins also caught  touchdown passes of 20 yards and 60 yards from quarterback Quinton Bedsole. Raheem Perkins ran for another East Bladen touchdown and a pair of 2-point conversions. “After two weeks off, the team was really focused and ready to play,” said …..

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East Bladen has new Cross Country teams doing well

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 on September 22nd the Eagles ran with pride crossing the finish line at respectable times. Dawson Jessup was the first Eagle to finish the race with a time of 22:42 and Marley Ketterer was the first lady Eagle to finish the race at 27:56. Cameron Sessoms finished in 25:48, Hunter Clark finished in 29:38, Tatyiana …..

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iPhone & iPad Tips

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. 9.0.1 is already out with a bug fix and 9.1 is forthcoming in order to fix lagging response on older phones. I will wait for 9.1!! If you updated, you might have seen slower response on iPhone 5’s and older iPhone 4’s cannot update to 9.!! If you elect to update to 9, you will …..

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Star Communication Employees collect food for needy

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 through Friday, October 3, Star employees will continue their effort of collecting non-perishable food and monetary donations to support the efforts of local food banks in the five county area served by Star Communications. Star Communications employees will be accepting food and monetary donations at five area sites on Saturday, October 3. Collection sites include …..

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Anderson Drug window shattered, Elizabethtown man arrested

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 lacerations on his hand, Hester said. An investigation found nothing was taken from the store, Hester said. Officers from Elizabethtown and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office responded to an alarm set off at the store on S. Poplar Street and discovered the shattered glass, Hester said. Murchison was jailed under a $50,000 bond. Share on …..

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ROUZER STATEMENT ON BOEHNER RESIGNATION

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 appreciate his dedicated service to our country. As we prepare for a transition in leadership, it’s time to move forward unified and focused on the priorities of the American people.” Share on Social Media using Short Link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=27276 Share:

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Big opportunity for Bladen County to increase economy

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 the weather. The annual Mountains to the Sea bike ride will end in Lumberton today. Bladen County will once again be honored for Cycle N.C. Mountains to Coast week-long ride to have stopping points locally next Friday, October 2nd. The 500-mile bicycle ride across the state of North Carolina will begin this weekend in Waynesville …..

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FOUR COUNTY EMC ANNUAL MEETING SET FOR OCTOBER 5

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 will be provided by Southern Smoke BBQ of Garland. Three directors will be elected and The Dixie Melody Boys will entertain at this year’s meeting for an evening of gospel music. Terms of the following directors (listed with their Directorate Districts) will expire this year: S. Eugene Jordan, West Pender; J. Steven Matthis, West Sampson; …..

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Local woman receives CNL

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 in July. According to the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the CNL is an emerging nursing role developed in collaboration with leaders in the fields of education and practice. CNL certification is based upon a national standard of requisite knowledge and experiences. Certification is granted for …..

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New owners making exciting changes at Healthworks

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, along with my husband, made this decision with many prayers and much enthusiasm, and continue to pray daily for the success, safety and enjoyment of our Fitness center. ” I am the one who will be managing the Fitness center, but I am not doing this alone by any means. My husband is brilliant when …..

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Healthy Snacking – For Better Living

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 that sweets, desserts, snacks and alcohol are contributing calories without providing vitamins and minerals. In contrast, healthy foods such as vegetables and fruit make up only 10 percent of the caloric intake in the U.S. diet. Many Americans are undernourished in terms of vitamins and minerals. You can actually be obese and still be undernourished …..

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Middle School Football, Elizabethtown 30, Clarkton School of Discovery 12

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. Robinson dashed 70 yards for one touchdown and 40 yards for his second TD. Robinson racked up 135 yards rushing. “The offensive line did a great job blocking for those guys,” said Cougar Coach Ricardo Melvin. “We had a great defensive effort for this game. We shut them out in the second half.” Elizabethtown led …..

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Volleyball, East Bladen 3, West Bladen 0

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 racked up 10 service points, 2 kills, an ace and a block. Junior Lexie Mendell pounded in 8 kills, 4 blocks, 4 service points and an ace and had 2 assists for the winners. Senior teammate Claire Campbell fired in 8 service points, 3 aces and 4 kills and added 2 assists and a dig. …..

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JV Football, Union 22, West Bladen 0

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 fourth quarter. “I am proud of my kids,” continued Coach Williams. “They played hard, just came out on the short end.” The Knights are now 1-2 on the season. Share on social media using short code: https://bladenonline.com/?p=27187 Share:

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Women’s Tennis, West Bladen/East Bladen Tennis Suspended By Rain

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 (WB) def. Kathryn Cole (EB)                     6-1, 6-1 Justyna Gargala (EB) def. Amber Long (WB)                    4-6, 7-6 (7-4) 1-0 (10-7) Cassie Hill (EB) def. Helen Lopez (WB)                        …..

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JV Volleyball, East Bladen 2, West Bladen 0

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 knocked in 7 service points and an ace and dished out 3 assists for East. Freshman Ashley Hardin contributed 7 assists and 2 service points for the winners. Alexa Hernanaez racked up 4 kills, 2 aces and 2 service points for East. Teammate Fatih Johnson tallied 3 service points and an ace, Jozee Strickland added …..

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Middle School Football, Bladenboro/Tar Heel Football Suspended

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 conversion. The Panthers answered with a long touchdown drive of their own. Tar Heel tied the game with a pass for the 2-point conversion. ShyRon Adams fielded the Tar Heel kick-off and put Bladenboro back on top with a long kick-off return for a touchdown. Hines carried into the end zone for the conversion. Adams …..

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Football Friday, East Bladen (4-0) at Midway (4-0)

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. Akinlabi Olanipekun, a 200-lb. running back, led the Raiders with 99 yards rushing in their win over Hobbton. Sophomore speedster Shaking Warren led the Midway rushers in a 16-14 win over Lakewood and gained 113 yards in the win over Rosewood. Senior Terrell McGee, a 215-pounder, rushed for 64 yards against Lakewood and 98 yards …..

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Football Friday, West Bladen (3-1) at Union (3-1)

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 senior De’quan Lennon back, although at a somewhat limited capacity.  “De’quan is going to play on defense with a soft cast,” said Coach Dove. “I don’t know how much he will be able to play on offense.” Coach Dove went on to point out that the Knights will still be without senior fullback Malique McDowell …..

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Elizabethtown Middle School Reverse Raffle Scheduled

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). The Booster Club is hosting a reverse raffle to raise funds for various athletic department needs. Tickets are on sale for $50, which includes 2 dinners and a chance to win cash prizes of $500, $1,000, and $2,000. The drawing will be on October 24 at 6pm. If you are interested in purchasing a ticket …..

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September 25, 2015: 3 things to know

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 set for 7:30 p.m., weather permitting. Bladen Online will have live tweets from the games @BladenOnline. Also, the Bladen Sports Network will broadcast the East Bladen game on WODR 105.3 FM or online at coolbeach1053.com. 2. Some rain and wet grounds is not likely to put a damper on the fourth annual Battle of Elizabethtown …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 at Wallace Rose Hill and East at Clinton. The Darkhorses and WRH posted conference wins last evening (Thursday). BladenOnline will provide updates….. How about your thoughts on the Pope’s visit. Would love to see him….I am a protestant but love the fact that he is not concerned about politics… says what he thinks….and is so …..

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This Day in History——September 25

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 for Fenway Park. 1919—US president Woodrow Wilson suffers a breakdown in Colorado, his health never recovers. 1926—9th PGA Championship: Walter Hagan at Salisbury Golf Club in Westbury, New York. 1926—Henry Ford announces 8 hour, 5-day work week. 1933—1st state poorhouse opens in Smyrna, Georgia. 1941—Brooklyn Dodgers win their 1st pennant in 21 years. 1962—Sonny Liston …..

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You Decide: Is Another Recession Around the Corner?

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 officially in a recession. And although jobs are being created, more than 10 percent of individuals in the labor force either don’t have a job, have given up looking for a job or are working part-time because they can’t find full-time work. Does this mean the nation is headed into another recession? Some say the …..

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Bladen County Schools

Plan for Bladen County Schools Consolidation from AdHoc Committee

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 hit and miss synopsis of the true intent of Dr. Taylor and the committee. There were no true facts, figures, budgets, or data recorded in the minutes and none were eluded to during the  discussion in the meeting except for the number of students at schools and the number miles between schools. Without referring to any …..

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Bladen County already using and improving new training facility

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 for government divisions and to store emergency equipment securely. Back in March of this year, Senate Bill 477 was introduced by Sen. Harry Brown (R-Onslow) as a proposal to protect state monuments. The language changed as the bill passed through the Senate Committee on State and Local Government. The bill was passed with the new …..

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BLADEN CHARGE UMC FALL REVIVAL OCTOBER 4-7, 2015

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Opinion of Clarkton community member about proposed school closings in Bladen County

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 will make an effort toward understanding that the county must do something but not what has been laid out at the Board of Education. I think it is ludicrous to even think that we should close all the schools in Clarkton. Combining the highest performing middle school (Clarkton School of Discovery) in the county with …..

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Public Safety Softball Tournament Rescheduled

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 US Hwy 701 S. Opening Ceremony will be at 8:00 a.m. The public is invited and welcome. There will be food, bounce houses, vendors, Emergency Service Vehicles & much more. Share on social media using short code link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=27086 Share:

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Commissioners Schedule Special Meeting

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. The meeting will be held in the conference room at the Bladen County Health Department and is open to the public. The Health Department is located at 300 Mercer Mill Road, Elizabethtown, NC. Share on Social Media using Short Link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=27072 Share:

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Report: Inmate injured in weekend fight at Bladen County Jail

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 fight broke out late Saturday night after William Mott Hedgepeth, 33, was arrested on a charge of assault on a female and placed in a group cell, Guyton said. The unidentified inmate’s jaw was broken in two places. Hedgepeth was charged with assaut inflicting serious injury, according to Guyton. Share on Social Media using Short …..

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SOCIAL SECURITY DISABLITY HELPS PEOPLE WHO WORK

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 millions of disabled individuals, and we can assist them in going back to work. The Social Security disability insurance program, or SSDI, is perhaps the most misunderstood program of Social Security. Some people may think that SSDI recipients have never worked and are taking advantage of the system by receiving money for minor impairments. Nothing …..

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Governor McCrory Signs Historic Medicaid Reform That Improves Patient Care And Holds Down Costs

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 healthy and delivering care where it makes the most sense for patients,” Governor McCrory said. “We’re going to accomplish this reform by paying providers based on improving patient’s health – not how many services patients receive.” The reform plan will transition away from a fee for service model to one that injects competition between provider-led …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 $59,628 – $75,529. In Brunswick the range is  $87,419 – $113,646. Harrelson, a Bladen County native….has 20 years experience…..Another example of a poor, rural county losing good help because of low pay….Salary may not be the only reason….but can’t overlook the difference. We wish him the best…. Bladen County’s population is 35,000. Brunswick’s is 115,300. …..

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Boys soccer: West Bladen beats Pender, ends 27-game conference losing streak

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 put the ball in the goal just after time expired, giving the Knights their first league win since beating the Patriots 3-1 on Sept. 18, 2013. West Bladen is 4-6-2 overall and 1-3 in Four County games. The Knights are scheduled to play at Clinton on Monday. Pender is 4-7-1 overall and 1-3 in the …..

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Bladen County Board of Elections seeking public opinion and we are too

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 Ludlum, Chairman of the Bladen County Board of Elections. We want to know your thoughts about the idea. Please take our survey to address the issue and share with the public. You can take a survey to publicly voice your opinion about the topic by following this link: http://goo.gl/forms/2A2DVPmyx0 The Elizabethtown special meeting is scheduled for …..

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September 24, 2015: 3 things to know

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 or Friday will make any difference as far as the weather is concerned, if the forecast is correct. Friday, the schedule has East Bladen at Midway and West Bladen at Union. 2. On the subject of rain, it’s been 11 days since any measurable precipitation was recorded in Bladen Online’s rain gauge located in the …..

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This Day in History——September 24

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 City issues a manifesto advising members that teaching & practice of polygamy should be abandoned. 1908—Robert B Rhoads becomes 1st Cleveland pitcher (Cleveland Naps) to toss a no-hit game, Cleveland 2, Boston 1. 1924—Boston, Massachusetts, opens its airport. 1928—Cohan/Lardner’s musical “Elmer the Great” premieres in NYC. 1935—Earl Bascom and Weldon Bascom produce the first rodeo …..

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What Are Bladen County Citizens Reading?

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: THE BIBLE KNOWLEDGE COMMENTARY BY DALLAS SEMINARY FACULTY. The most read children’s picture book was: CAM JACKSON AND THE WEDDING CAKE MYSTERY BY DAVID ADLER. The most read juvenile fiction book was: (Chapter Books for Children) DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: HARD LUCK BY JEFF KINNEY. Share on social media using short code: https://bladenonline.com/?p=27004 Share:

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