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This Day In History

This Day in History——-November 1

1800—John Adams becomes the first US president to live in White House. 1834—First published reference to poker (as Mississippi riverboat game) 1848—First US women’s medical school opens (Boston) 1859—The current Cape Lookout, North Carolina, lighthouse was lit for the first time.  Its first-order Fresnel lens can be seen for about 19 miles in good conditions. 1867—“Harper’s Bazaar” publishes. 1870—US Weather Bureau begins operations (24 locations). 1896—First bare-breasted women (Zulu) to appear in National Geographic Magazine. 1915—Parris Island is officially designated a Marine Corps Recruit Depot. 1931—Dupont introduces synthetic rubber. 1939—First animal conceived by artificial insemination (rabbit) displayed. 1945—First issue of Ebony magazine published by John H. Johnson. 1947—Howard Hughes flies …..

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Jones Lake State Park first Fall Festival

View professional photos of the event contributed by Jeff Owen: https://flic.kr/s/aHskoqyKdD This Saturday Jones Lake State Park along with Friends of the Bay Lakes hosted their first Fall Festival that exceeded expectations. Shane Freeman, Park Superintendent reported over 400 people pre-registerd for the event and there were an estimated 500 that came out and attended the event. He said, “It’s awesome. It is an over abundance of what we expected.” Park Rangers held guided hikes. The East Bladen JROTC came out to help with games. Elizabethtown Fire Department was out showing the children their fire truck along with teaching them about fire safety. Kelsey Edwards, Bladen County Library Director, was dressed up and …..

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Total for Bladen County’s Early Voting

The totals are in from Cynthia Shaw, Director at Bladen County Board of Election. Today, 55 voters cast their votes at the Bladen County Public Library. A total of 495 voters turned out for early voting. Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd. Get out and vote to make Bladen County a better place to work and live. Share:

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9th Annual Beast Fest

The 9th Annual Beast Fest started this morning. Mayor Rufus Duckworth asked folks to take a moment of silence for the festival’s founder, Hiram Hester. Many town and county officials are in attendance along with the Beast of Bladenboro himself. Chief Hunt along with Sheriff McVicker told everyone it is a honor to serve the community and asked everyone to enjoy the beautiful day and the fun activities. Don White, President of Boost the Boro said, “I want to thank the vendors and our many sponsors. We have great weather and lots of people. I appreciate you being here.” Don Chase, with WKML 95.7  is the MC for today. He said, “I’m honored …..

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Opinions of Bladen County Pharmacists for American Pharmacist month

October is American Pharmacist Month according pharmacist.com, so we asked a couple local Pharmacist at Dickerson’s Pharamacy what being Pharmacist means to them. Jamie Carter said, “I like to help people. We get a lot of questions from people asking what we think because there is easier access to us than their is their doctors sometimes.” She continued, “People put a lot of confidence in us. I try to treat everyone like they are family.” According to Carter Pharmacists have to be trustworthy and able to gain the respect from others. Owner of Dickerson’s Pharmacy and Pharmacist, Bruce Dickerson has liked math, chemistry, and working with the public since he …..

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Elizabethtown Town Council Meets Monday

Elizabethtown Town Commissioners meet at 7 p.m. for their regular monthly meeting and at 12 noon for a work session.  Both meetings are held at Town Hall and both are open to the public. Mike McIntyre, former Congressman, now an attorney representing the Poyner and Spruill law firm will address the noon work session. A Public Hearing related to a Zoning Ordinance Text Amendment related to the cemetery will be held at the evening meeting and depending on the hearing, action may be taken. Other action relates to a request to consider approving a Resolution of Intent to merge with the Clarkton Housing Authority. Still another resolution involves declaring a utility trailer and telephones as surplus property …..

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County Board of Commissioners and Staff

Bladen Commissioners Meet Monday

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. for their regular meeting.. The Consent Agenda includes a Community Transportation Grant Application for FY 2016-17, a schedule of meetings for 2016 including a holiday schedule and a Hire a Vet Week Proclamation. Commissioners will recognize Sue Lutz upon her retirement from the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, and present the Hire a Vet Week Proclamation to NC Works Manager Ann Garrett. The Board is expected to make 9 appointments to a Strategic Planning Steering Committee.  Each of the board members will name one to the committee. Greg Martin, County Manager, will provide updates of upcoming events prior to a …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The high school football regular season is coming to a close…..one game remaining…Late scores….Midway 33-West Bladen 6 and East Bladen ‘snatched” victory from the jaws of defeat, scoring in the final couple of minutes of play to defeat Union 12-8.  Both were conference games…The last regular season game pits West Bladen at East Bladen next Friday night…. Then hopefully, both teams  will participate in the state 2A playoffs. If you are a huge fan of high school football, you should read John Clark’s article on the latest average daily membership (ADM) and how it could  play a role in the upcoming playoff pairings…. Today is one of the busiest days of the year….A …..

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Bladen County Sports

Football East Bladen 12, Union 8

Football East Bladen 12, Union 8 Junior Eian Hines dashed 6 yards for the winning touchdown after East Bladen recovered a late Union fumble to help the Eagles escape with a 12-8 Four County Conference football victory at Union Friday night. The Spartans had stopped a 75-yard Eagle drive on downs at the Union 4 yardline with 3:22 left in the game. However 3 plays later Union’s star halfback Chris Nash was drilled at the 8 yardline, and his fumble was recovered by Eagle sophmore Sincere Smith at the Spartan 6 yardline. The game was halted at that time as Nash received treatment for a neck injury suffered on the …..

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October 31, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Saturday, October 31 1. It’s Halloween and it looks to be ideal trick-or-treating weather. Of course, the weather isn’t always ideal. The warmest Halloween on record in North Carolina is 90 degrees at Southport in 1971. The coldest Halloween night is 10 degrees at Mount Michell in 1930. The wettest is 7.05 inches at Morehead City in 1985. Figures courtesy of the N.C. State Climate Office. 2. If you say there’s nothing to do today in Bladen County, then you’re just not interested in doing anything. For the early risers, there’s the Beast Fest 5k beginning at 6:30 a.m. at Bladenboro Town Hall …..

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Football: Midway 33, West Bladen 15

The West Bladen football team talked before Friday night’s Senior Night game against Midway about climbing the hill and conquering it. The Knights repeatedly made the climb, but kept getting pushed back in a 33-15 loss to Midway in a Four County 1A/2A Conference game at the Castle. Larry Blanks ran for two touchdowns and 133 yards, and Terrel McGee rushed for 121 yards and a score as Midway used its powerful running game and some timely plays in handing West Bladen its second consecutive loss. West Bladen is 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the conference. The Knights close the regular season next Friday at rival East Bladen. Midway is …..

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Jones Lake State Park December 2015 Nature Programs

December 5, 2015 @ 10:00am Compass Course What would you do if you got lost and only had a compass?  Have you got a compass and do not know what direction to go?  Join a park ranger at 10:00 am for discussion on all the Cardinal points of using a compass.  Participants will use the skills on a compass course.  If you make it through the course your bearings will surely be greased!  Compasses will be provided.  Space is limited, so please call the park office at (910) 588-4550 to reserve your spot or for questions. December 12, 2015 @ 3:00pm Intro to Carolina Bays Join a ranger and learn …..

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Jones Lake State Park November 2015 Nature Programs

November 7, 2015 @ 10:00am Snakes Ever wonder what snakes species are at home in eastern North Carolina? Which ones are venomous? Join a park ranger at the Visitor Center in exploring the various snakes in this area and the other unique species found throughout our great state. Participants should meet at the Jones Lake State Park Visitor Center at 10:00 am.  Call the park office @ (910) 588-4550 for more information. This event is free of charge and open to the general public. November 14, 2015 @ 3:00pm All About Bears Join a park ranger for a discussion on Jones Lake’s largest mammal…..the black bear.  Learn about the biology …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History——-October 31

1864—Nevada admitted as 36th state of the union. 1868—Standard uniform approved for US postal carriers. 1892—Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 1906—George Bernard Shaw’s “Caesar & Cleopatra” premieres in NYC. 1913—1st US paved coast-to-coast highway, the Lincoln Highway is dedicated. 1936—The Boy Scouts of the Philippines was formed. 1938—Great Depression: In an effort to try restore investor confidence, the New York Stock Exchange unveils a fifteen-point program aimed to upgrade protection for the investing public. 1941—Mount Rushmore Monument is completed. 1943—Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Brooklyn (48-10). 1956—Brooklyn, NY ends streetcar service. 1959—Lee Harvey Oswald announces in Moscow he will never return the …..

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East Bladen Eagles give back on Dress Down for Cancer Day

The East Bladen Eagles all dressed down today, Friday, for Cancer Day to help raise awareness of the disease that affects so many in our county. But, some of the students and faculty did more than dress down for the day. East Bladen Students currently dealing with cancer in their immediate family received a little something extra. In the photo of everyone together from left to right, the four ladies with big hearts that helped the ball get rolling are pictured. Majesti Corbett, Tamara Daniels, Jasmine Jones, Kayla Kelly were the individuals responsible for identifying all the school’s students who either have a parent or sibling currently going thru some …..

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Numbers are in from Bladen County Board of Elections

Tomorrow is the last day to cast your vote early at the One Stop Voting center at the Bladen County Public Library. According to Cynthia Shaw, Director at the Board of Elections in Bladen County there were 64 voters that cast their vote today at the One-Stop Voting Center located at the Bladen County Public Library. Adding the votes today makes the total 440 votes for Bladen County’s early voting numbers. Tomorrow is the last day to vote early and it ends at 1:00 p.m. Get out and vote tomorrow or you will have to wait until Election day.  Share on social media using link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=31583 Share:

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Beast Fest Starts Early This Year

The Boost of Boro group has been setting up all day today for the Beast Fest. This year the fun starts early with amusement rides this evening starting at 6:00 pm in the First Citzens Bank Parking lot with Fun Time Amusements’ rides.. Saturday the Beast Fest Fun Run 5 K starts at 8:30 am in the Bladenboro’s Town Hall parking lot. All ages are welcome to run, or walk. Strollers are welcome too. The Beast Fest Opening Ceremonies starts at 10 am with around 55 vendors and a full schedule of entertainment. Click here for the full schedule of events.  Entertainment is set for all day long with local talent, Jim Quick and the …..

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Wearing blaze orange required of hunters during gun seasons

RALEIGH – Through its Home From The Hunt safety campaign, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission reminds hunters that wearing blaze orange, also known as hunter orange, is required when hunting bear, feral hogs, deer, rabbit, squirrel, grouse, pheasant or quail with a firearm. Hunters are required to wear a cap, hat or an outer garment in blaze orange that is visible from all sides. Anyone hunting deer during a deer firearms season, regardless of method, must wear blaze orange. “Blaze orange isn’t a color found in nature, so it is instantly recognizable as a human presence and signals caution to the viewer,” said Carissa Shelton, the Commission’s western outreach manager. …..

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Open enrollment period begins Sunday for individual health insurance plans

  • 10/30/2015
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RALEIGH — Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin reminds North Carolinians who purchase individual health insurance coverage to take advantage of the open enrollment period to compare plans and choose coverage. The open enrollment period for 2016 coverage begins Sunday, Nov. 1 and ends Jan. 31, 2016. In order to have coverage effective Jan. 1, 2016, you must enroll by Dec. 15. “I encourage people to take action during the open enrollment period,” Goodwin said. “Look at your options and decide if it’s in your best interest to keep the plan you had last year, switch to another plan or change insurance companies.” If you do not get health coverage through your …..

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NCHSAA releases ADM numbers for football

The N.C. High School Athletic Association released average daily membership numbers for football from the State Department of Public Instruction on Friday. The figures are used to subdivide the four classifications for the upcoming state football playoffs. First round playoff games are scheduled Nov. 13. The NCHSAA determines the 64 teams in each classification that qualify for the playoffs, then the 32 largest schools based on ADMs go to the AA playoffs while the 32 smallest schools go to the A playoffs. Here are ADMs figures for area conferences. The numbers have been adjusted to reflect local assignment policies relative to early colleges, middle colleges, etc. ADMs used for the …..

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Bladen County Law Enforcement working together this Halloween

Bladen County Sheriff Department and other law enforcement departments in the county announce they are working together to keep our residents safe. Sheriff McVicker says, “We have been working as a team with Bladenboro, Elizabethtown, and White Lake Police Departments, as well as the State Highway Patrol Office and the Wildlife Commission to make Bladen County a safer place. It is amazing how much we are getting accomplished because we are working together.” With Halloween being this weekend, that team work will be especially needed to keep our children safe. It’s nice to know the law enforcement departments are working together. According to McVicker all law enforcement officers in his …..

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Sandra Cain

Sandra R. Cain For Better Living Who Needs Potassium?

Potassium is an essential mineral and a major electrolyte found in the human body. It plays an important role in nerve function, muscle control, and blood pressure. Potassium is found within all cells of the body, and its levels are controlled by the kidneys. Primarily, potassium functions to regulate water and mineral balance throughout the body. Potassium works with sodium to maintain the body’s normal blood pressure. Research suggests that increasing dietary potassium may provide a protective effect against high blood pressure by increasing the amount of sodium excreted from the body. A high potassium intake has also been linked to a reduced risk of death due to cardiovascular disease. …..

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White Lake police officer visits Sunshine Corner Daycare

Children enrolled at Sunshine Corner Daycare have been participating in a “Community Helpers” series in October. Tuesday, the 16 2- and 3-year-olds at the Elizabethtown facility were visited by White Lake Police Officer Jay Davis, who spoke about law enforcement’s role in the community. After pulling up to the daycare with patrol car lights flashing, Davis showed and explained about his uniform and equipment followed by a question-and-answer session with the children. Davis then demonstrated fingerprinting, and sent a fingerprint card home with each child bearing two of their fingerprints, along with a treat. Next, each child sat in the passenger seat of the patrol car and was able to …..

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Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden Announces New USDA Commitments to Help Build Up Next Generation of Farmers and Ranchers

LOUISVILLE, October 29, 2015—Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced a commitment by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to prioritize $5.6 billion over the next two years within USDA programs and services that serve new and beginning farmers and ranchers. Deputy Secretary Harden also announced a new, tailored web tool designed to connect burgeoning farm entrepreneurs with programs and resources available to help them get started. “Today’s announcement is symbolic of the evolution of USDA’s efforts to better serve the next generation of farmers and ranchers. What began seven years ago with the recognition that the rapid aging of the American farmer was an emerging challenge, has transformed into …..

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Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital

Cape Fear Valley Earns A For Patient Safety

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has earned an A grade for patient safety, by a leading independent hospital watchdog group. The grade was announced this week in The LeapFrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score ratings survey. Cape Fear Valley Health was the only health system in Southeastern North Carolina to receive an A. The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score rating system is considered the gold standard for patient safety. It is the first and only hospital rating system to be peer-reviewed by the Journal of Patient Safety. Safety ratings are important because they allow patients to determine which local hospitals have the best patient safety track record and which consistently …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History——-October 30

1768—First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC) 1864—Helena, Montana’s capital, founded. 1866—Jesse James gang robs bank in Lexington, Missouri ($2000). 1873—PT Barnum’s circus, “Greatest Show on Earth”, debuts (New York) 1888—John J. Loud patents ballpoint pen. 1894—Daniel Cooper patents time clock. 1900—First-ever US auto show opens on Madison Square Garden in NYC. 1905—George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs. Warren’s Profession” premieres in NYC. 1938—A radio broadcast of H.G. Wells “The War of the Worlds”, narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic. 1945—US government announces end of shoe rationing. 1955—7th NASCAR Sprint Cup: Tim Flock wins. 1963—Sandy Koufax wins NL MVP award. 1974—Catfish Hunter is named AL …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

It’s Friday and that means football.  East Bladen travels to Union and West Bladen will entertain Midway.  Both Four County conference games kick-off at 7:30 p.m.  Last regular season home game this year for the Knights How about the Tar Heels?….Defeated the Pitt Panthers last night 26-19, improving their season record to 7-1.  Pitt is 6-2. Still waiting for FBI report on the death of Lennon Lacy, the 17 year old found hanging on a swing set in Bladenboro about 14 months ago… A reminder of the many events scheduled for this weekend…The Hobgobblins will be out and about and Beast Fest (Feast) begins Saturday at 10 AM and continues for 12 hours in Bladenboro….Check our Events page for a long …..

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October 30, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Friday, October 30 1. It’s Football Friday and Bladen Online will have it covered with reporters at West Bladen to cover the Knights’ Senior Night game against Midway, and at Union for East Bladen’s contest against the Spartans. It’s the next to last week of the regular season. Kickoffs are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. We’ll have live tweets from each game @BladenOnline to keep you updated. Also, the Bladen Sports Network will broadcast the West Bladen game on WODR 105.3 FM or online at coolbeach1053.com withe the pregame show to begin at 7 p.m. 2. A reminder that one-stop voting — or early …..

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Football Friday: Midway (2-3, 6-3) at West Bladen (3-2, 6-3)

West Bladen’s Knights look to celebrate Senior Night against the Midway Raiders Friday and pick up a key Four County Conference win in the process. A win would put the Knights 2 conference wins up on the Raiders in the race for play-off berths. It would also help rinse away any bad taste remaining from last week’s loss at Clinton. “That loss really bothered the guys and stuck with them,” said Coach Russell Dove. “But everybody is upbeat now, and they should really be fired up for Senior Night.” Fifteen Knight seniors will be playing their last home game. Senior Malique McDowell  has rushed for 707 yards and 4 touchdowns …..

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Football Friday: East Bladen (3-2, 7-2) at Union (2-3, 5-4)

East Bladen’s Eagles look to return to their winning ways Friday night when they travel to Union for a Four County Conference contest. “We hope to show up a little better than we did last Friday,” said Eagle Coach Robby Priest referring to last week’s loss to Wallace-Rose Hill. “We got outside every day this week, and we got a lot done,” continued Coach Priest. Speedy junior Ethan Hines leads the East Bladen offense with 726 yards rushing and 9 rushing touchdowns. Ethan has also returned 3 kick-offs and one punt for touchdowns, including a 99-yard kick-off return against Wallace last week. Twin brother Eian Hines has run for 579 …..

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Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 4, West Bladen 1

East Bladen’s Eagles scored four goals in the second half to overcome a 1-0 West Bladen lead and claim a 4-1 Four County Conference victory on Senior Night at West Thursday Photos by Kenneth Armstrong West Bladen recognized seniors Anthony Sebastion, Felix Rebollar, Seth Britt, Christian Diego, Alex Vasquez, Ray Jones, Sergio Jimenez-Rojas, Osiel Munoz and Antonio Gonzalez-Lopez at halftime. The teams were in a scoreless deadlock for the game’s first 33 minutes. Knight freshman Emerson Escobar split a pair of Eagle defenders and fired in a shot from 24 yards out to put West up 1-0 seven minutes before halftime. Nine minutes into the second half Eagle senior Alex …..

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JV Football: East Bladen 14, Union 6

James Higgins ran for 169 yards and 2 touchdowns, and a late goal line stand carried the East Bladen jayvee football team to a 14-6 Four County Conference victory over Union Thursday night at East. An onside kick by Pierce Melvin on the opening kick-off was recovered by the Eagles at midfield. On the third play from scrimmage, Higgins raced 32 yards to the Spartan 21 yardline. On the next play, Higgins dashed 21 yards for the touchdown.  Quarterback Quinton Bedsole ran the 2-point conversion to give the Eagles an early 8-0 lead. Union scored on a 33 yard touchdown run on the fifth play of its first drive.  The …..

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JV Football: Midway 22, West Bladen 16

Midway rallied with a fourth quarter touchdown then held off visiting West Bladen in the final minutes to post a 22-16 Four County Conference jayvee football victory Thursday night. Kerron Washington ran for both Knight touchdowns, and Daquan Smith scored both of West Bladen’s 2-point conversions. The first Washington touchdown came in the first half, and with Smith’s conversion kept West within 14-8 at the half. After halftime Washington tied the game with another touchdown run, and Smith carried into the end zone for the go-ahead conversion that put the Knights up 16-14. After Midway scored to re-take the lead, the Knights were stopped on fourth down in Raider territory …..

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Road Closing

Update of road openings / closings in Bladen County

Ken Clark  Bladen County Maintenance Engineer OPENINGS: SR 1708 – Rosindale Road is open.  This completes the pipe work on SR 1708. UPCOMING CLOSINGS: Beginning Monday, November 2, we plan to close SR 1710 (Elkton Road) just north of SR 1760 (Burney Ford Road) in order to replace two crosslines within close proximity to each other.  The exact locations are 0.13 miles and 0.29 miles north of SR 1760.  There will not be a signed detour; however, traffic is advised to use SR 1761 (Martin Gourd Road) and SR 1760 (Burney Ford Road) for access around the work area. Share on social media using link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=31450 Share:

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New Skate Park is now open in Elizabethtown

Leinwand Park in Elizabethtown has a new addition already in use. Today was the first day the new Half-Pipe Skate park was open. Skaters are already enjoying the new outdoor expansion. The addition to Leinwand Park is in conjunction with the Downtown Revitalization Project. The town was awarded a $215,000 grant for the effort through the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation Trust Fund with Elizabethtown contributing matching funds. The construction of the quarter acre half- pipe took about 10 days and is located at the corner of South Morehead and West King streets beside the Bladen County Recreation Department. The surface of the half-pipe is 35 by 60 feet …..

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Bladen County Municipal Precincts

  • 10/29/2015
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PRECINCTS CODE STREET ADDRESS PRECINCTS               CODE             STREET ADDRESS   BETHEL                                 P15         Lions Club Bldg., 120 2nd St. Dublin, NC 28332   BLADENBORO #1              P201      Historical Bldg., 818 S. Main St. Bladenboro, NC 28320 BLADENBORO #2   BROWN MARSH               P25         Town Hall, 81 N. Elm St. Clarkton, NC 28433   CARVERS CREEK                P30         East Arcadia Town Hall, 1516 East Arcadia Rd., Riegelwood, NC  28456   COLLY                                   P40         Fire Dept., 1879 White Lake Dr. White Lake, NC 28337   ELIZABETHTOWN #1       P501      Bld Cty Recreation Dept. Gym, 803 W. King St Elizabethtown, NC 28337   ELIZABETHTOWN #2       P502      Powell-Melvin Agri. Serv. Cen., 450 Smith Cir. Elizabethtown, NC 28337   HOLLOW                             P60         …..

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Device Tips & iOS9.1

IPHONE/IPAD TIPS By: Gordon Kinlaw My Jongo project is done!! I was able to find a patch cable to connect the Jongo Wifi adapter to my old, but great, Altec Lansing computer speakers. I have been listening to them quite a bit today. Right now, I’m playing Barry White Radio which is a compilation of similar artists to Barry White. The current track is “Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. The red arrow is pointing to the Jongo adapter which is sitting on the subwoofer. I have tried the Bluetooth and the Wifi connections today. Using bluetooth, any music app will work but you …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery Students “Pay it Forward”

By: Sheila Nance The CSD “Pay it Forward” class has been a ray of inspiration around the halls and throughout the surrounding Clarkton communities. Why? Because they care about their fellow person. To begin with students quickly chose a cause for which they cared deeply: collecting can tabs to help finance the wonderful works of the Ronald McDonald House in Durham. The can tab drive has been so successful that the students elected to keep it going even though the 9 weeks grading period had ended. Secondly, students committed to performing random acts of kindness wherever they went. They made chain links from colored paper to represent all the selfless …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

KC Royal fans are celebrating after game 2 in 2015 World Series…..Last night results…Royals 7 – NY Mets 1.  Royals lead best of seven series 2-0…..The teams have today off for travel.  Next game Friday in New York. The 2015 high school football season is nearing the end….Two more regular season games and hopefully both Bladen teams will make the playoffs…. It’s Thursday, my favorite day of the week….Hester’s weekly get-together this evening….. Hope you have checked weekend activities listed on our Events page…..something for everyone… Do you watch the debates???  Enjoy, I will join in when the number on the stage is greatly reduced….Haven’t seen any of either party yet….But I will…… …..

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Fall Festival at Jones Lake Saturday

Fall is in the air and with it comes festivals! This Saturday the “The Friends of the Bay Lakes” and the staff at Jones Lake are hosting a Fall Festival at Jones Lake, 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 another opportunity for the …..

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Small Business Center assists with Marketing Your Business and more

  • 10/28/2015
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November is full of seminars to take advantage of from the Small Business Center. From Marketing, Lead Generation, and business ideas, seminars are set and ready for your reservation. The Elizabethtown Public Library will host the seminar on Marketing Your Business on Tuesday, Nov. 10th from 2:30 until 4:30 pm. Build your marketing plan by identifying marketing elements, segmenting target markets and developing strategies to reach your customers. This seminar is perfect to follow up with other SBC workshops. You may also receive free counseling to follow up as well. Will your business idea keep you in business? That is the question and the seminar that will be held on …..

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October 29, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Thursday, October 29 1. It’s another county high school rivalry matchup today. It will be East Bladen at West Bladen in boys’ soccer. Match kicks off at 6 p.m. It’s the final regular season game for both teams. East won an earlier meeting 5-1. East Bladen defeated West Bladen in both volleyball games this season. West Bladen won both girls’ tennis matches. The varsity football teams are scheduled to play Nov. 6 at East. 2. The Clarkton Lions Club is sponsoring a 5k Fun Walk for Diabetes Awareness on Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9 a.m. until noon beginning from the parking lot next …..

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Developing a Board that’s Onboard by Small Business Center

Board meetings are not just about information, but also “transformation.” Organizations will rise or fall as a direct result of a functional or dysfunctional Board. The Small Business Center Network will be hosting a seminar on Tuesday November 10th from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Bladen Community College East Arcadia campus. This seminar is focuses primarily on some practical tips and tools, rather than the latest research that can bring about “transformational change,” in Boards. Government agencies, Foundations, and individual donors and other potential supporters and funders want information concerning Boards.  What they discover might make the difference between receiving their support and or funds, or not. Topics we …..

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Beast Fest this weekend with extras

The weather this weekend should be perfect for the Beast Fest in Bladenboro, and the fun starts early with even more fun to take advantage of this year. Friday evening the fun will be kicked off in the First Citzens Bank Parking lot with Fun Time Amusements’ rides. Then Saturday there will be Beast Fest Fun Run 5 K starting at 8:30 am in the Bladenboro’s Town Hall parking lot. All ages are welcome to run, or walk. Strollers are welcome too. The Beast Fest Opening Ceremonies starts at 10 am with around 55 vendors and a full schedule of entertainment. Click here for the full schedule of events.  Entertainment is set …..

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Murchison Brothers Star In Louisburg Win

Farrell and Larrell Murchison turned in solid performances Sunday to help lead their undefeated Louisburg Hurricanes to a 68-13 football victory over the Averett University jayvees in Danville, VA. Farrell Murchison carried the ball 12 times for 135 yards and a touchdown. Larrell Murchison made 3 solo tackles from his defensive line position – one of those tackles was for a 2-yard loss. After Averett scored to trim the Louisburg lead to 21-13 early in the second quarter, Farrell broke loose for a 35 yard run to the Averett 5 yardline. The Hurricanes scored two plays later to boost their lead to 28-13. Later in the quarter, Farrell Murchison reeled …..

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Beast of Bladenboro captured by Chief of Police

By: Charlotte Smith Bladenboro Middle School students received an experience to last a life time with the appearance and apprehension of the Beast of Bladenboro Wednesday afternoon. The 5th and 6th grade classes learned about the Beast of Bladenboro from Vice President of Boost the Boro, Shane Todd. The annual celebration of the Beast Fest, started in large part by Hiram Hester, is this weekend. The school officials along with the Boost of Boro group wanted to help educate the students on how the Best Fest was started and what the history is behind the festival. Todd presented the documentary, “Vampire Beast of Bladenboro”, about the beast to those in …..

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This Day in History for October 29

1618—English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England. 1682—William Penn lands at what is now Chester, Pennsylvania. 1727—Severe earthquake in New England. 1811—1st Ohio River steamboat leaves Pittsburgh for New Orleans. 1833–1st US college fraternity to have a fraternity house founded. 1863—International Committee of Red Cross forms as result of Geneva held conference (Nobel 1917,1944,1963). 1872—J. S. Risdon patents metal windmill. 1901—In Amherst, Massachusetts, nurse Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine. 1924—“Dixie to Broadway” opens at Broadhurst Theater. 1929—“Black Tuesday” Stock Market crashes triggers “Great Depression” 1941—Cole Porter’s musical  “Let’s …..

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Suggs Mill Pond game land management plan released

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has released its final versions of seven game land management plans, including for Suggs Mill Pond, the 11,000-acre game land in Bladen and Cumberland counties. The Commission developed the plans to provide a management framework for these public lands that balances science-based conservation practices with public access and usage. The Commission solicited input at local meetings and online to provide opportunities to the public to comment on game lands management. State ownership of Suggs Mill Pond dates back to 1994 when 62 acres was donated to the Wildlife Resources Commission. Suggs Mill Pond is managed for primary users which include hunters, trappers, anglers, and wildlife …..

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Seventh Congressional District Gala Banquet

The Seventh Congressional District Leadership Gala Banquet will be held Friday, November 6th at 6:30 pm. The event will take place at the Mad Boar Restaurant located at 111 River Vine Parkway in Wallace NC. The Keynote speaker will be the Insurance Commissioner, Wayne Goodwin. Also speaking will be Linda Coleman for Lt. Governor State Representative Rodney Moore. Tickets are $30. For more information contact District Chair Francisco Rivas-Diaz at (910)284-1468 (Leave Message On His Answering Machine) or  email him at, FranciscoD81@yahoo.com. You may mail your check to Francisco Rivas-Diaz at, 137 Stratton Place, Wallace, North Carolina 28466.  Most will be in dress attire.  Share:

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Elizabethtown man charged with attempted murder

An Elizabethtown man faces several charges, including attempted murder, following an incident that took place Saturday night in Tar Heel, Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker said. Maleke Tyeri King, 21, of the 200 block of Sholar Road, has been charged with attempted murder, first degree burglary, assault with deadly weapon inflicting serious injury and second degree kidnapping. He was not given a bond on the attempted murder charge and a $75,000 bond on the other charges. He remains in Bladen County Jail. The incident began Saturday night when King went to the home of James Junious Lesane of Land J Lane in Tar Heel to return his child to the …..

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Festival of Trees supports nonprofit hospice

Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s Festival of Trees for Bladen and Columbus counties will feature special events each day in addition to its large assortment of locally decorated trees. The festival is Nov. 16-21 at Northwood Church, 2672 James B. White Hwy. in Whiteville. Delightfully Made: Sweet Holiday Confections will be 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17. It offers a demonstration and presentation by chef Sarah Gore about edible gifts and will include a take-home sample. Tickets are $25 per person.   Christmas through Song will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18. It features a community choir singing classic songs to kick off the holiday season. Chili and salad will be served. …..

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Clarkton man sentenced for attempted robbery in Whiteville

Jonathan Baldwin of Clarkton has pled guilty to an attempted robbery of a Family Dollar store in Whiteville and been sentenced for up to nearly five years in a prison, District Attorney Jon David’s office announced Wednesday. On Nov. 3, Baldwin entered the Family Dollar store on Madison Street in Whiteville, tossed a bag to the cashier, pointed a loaded .38 revolver towards her, and demanded that she put money in the bag, David’s office said in a news release. The employee pled with Baldwin to not hurt her. When another customer approached the store, Baldwin fled. He was quickly captured by officers with the Whiteville Police Department. Baldwin was …..

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Students tour Bladen County Court House

Photos and Video by: Gordon Kinlaw   The Elizabethtown Christian Academy 3rd through 8th grade students tour Bladen County Court House on Wednesday, October 28th to learn more about Bladen County Sheriff’s Department, Commissioners, Fire Departments, EMS, the 911 call center, and how important the operations of the local court house is to our community. Alisha Evans, with Bladen County EMS answers good questions from students of the local school and explains the 911 call center and other important aspects of the court house. Thomas Atkinson, Sargent with the Bladen County Sheriff’s  explains, “A lot of stuff goes on down here. This is the heart and soul of Bladen County …..

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BLADEN COMMUNITY COLLEGE WELCOMES NEW BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEMBERS

Clerk of Superior Court Niki Dennis (left) administered the oath of office to two new Board of Trustees members at Bladen Community College on October 27, 2015. Hayes Petteway (center left) and Pam Benton (center right), will serve four year terms with the college. Board of Trustees Chairman, Dennis Troy (right) looks on. For more information about Bladen Community College, call 910 879-5500. Share on social media using link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=31317 Share:

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CRAZY IN LOVE DISPLAY AT BCC

DUBLIN – The public is invited to view the Crazy in Love display in the Bladen Community College library through Wednesday, October 28th. Sponsored by Families First, Crazy in Love is an interactive visual exhibit showing the progression of domestic violence in a relationship. Families First is the domestic violence and sexual assault agency for Bladen and Columbus counties. With individual vignettes, the display follows a fictional couple through their relationship, showing the gradual signs of escalating and abusive behavior. Bladen Community College and Families First encourage the public to view this exhibit at the Student Resource Center, building 7. For more information about BCC, call 910 879-5500. Share on …..

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North Carolina’s September County and Area Employment Figures Released

The new unemployment rate for Bladen County for September is 7.8 percent. September unemployment (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in September. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 10.2 percent while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.0 percent. All fifteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 8.0 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.3 percent. The September not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 5.4 percent. Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% 10% or Above September 21 77 …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

If you live in a Bladen County municipality……a reminder, Early Voting is underway….Questions should be directed to the Bladen County Board of Elections…If you do not vote….don’t complain about the final outcome…. World Series underway….Game one…..KC Royals 5—NY Mets 4….Game two at Ewing M. Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, MO. at 8:07 this PM..(Wednesday) I hope you will check our list of Events in the area for Saturday, October 31…(Halloween)   A great variety of activities capped off by the Bladenboro Beast Feast from 10 to 10….Just one of many…. I continue to dig thru old cardboard boxes discovering all kind of goodies…. Today….A partial list of the WBLA All Bladen County Football …..

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Free holiday grief workshop in December

Lower Cape Fear Hospice will offer a free grief workshop, Hope for the Holidays, from 10 a.m.-noon Monday, Dec. 7 at its Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown. Grief group discussions include understanding the grief process; coping with loss; defining realistic expectations for the holidays; and suggestions for creating new holiday traditions. Registration is required. For more information or to register call 515-6689. When leaving a message, please leave your name, phone number and indicate the specific program you wish to attend. Donations are appreciated. Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit agency that provides healthcare and comfort to people with advanced illnesses; support and counseling to …..

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October 28, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Wednesday, October 28 1. Ready for an extra hour of sleep? Or ready to stay up an extra hour and not lose any sleep? However you do it, daylight saving time officially ends Sunday at 2 a.m. Turn your clocks back one hour before you go to bed Saturday night. It means sunset will be at 5:23 p.m. Sunday. 2. One final chance in Bladen County to be scared this weekend. The White Lake Haunted Trail is Friday and Saturday from 8 p.m. until midnight at the Water Rescue building on N.C. 53. Cost is $5 per person. Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball’s Haunted …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History——–October 28

1492—Christopher Columbus discovers Cuba and claims it for Spain. 1636—Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts) founded. 1646—First Protestant church assembly for American Indians (Massachusetts) 1790—New York gives up claims to Vermont for $30,000. 1793—Eli Whitney applies for patent on cotton gin. 1882—Athletics reveal $22,000 profit in their 1st season in the American Association. 1886—Statue of Liberty dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland, celebrated by first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York City. 1900—After over 5 months, second Olympic games in Paris, France, close. 1904—St. Louis police try a new investigation method—fingerprints. 1921—First American gubernatorial recall election is held in South Dakota.  Governor Lynn Frazier loses to Ragnvald A. Nestos. 1922—First US …..

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Fun Training with Bladen County EMS

Bladen County EMS held a fun training to the public Tuesday at Bladen Community College East Arcadia campus. Watch the video below to see the training first hand.     According to Sandra Lewis, Bladen Community College Director, 14 were in attendance. She said, “I wish more people would take advantage of it.” David Howell Jr., EMT-P and EMS Director said, “We want to hold more of these trainings for other areas in our county.” Heather Ellis, EMT-P explained, “Our goal is to start in the outlying areas. Our fist was the east end. Now we will go to the west end. We want to get the rural areas because …..

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2015 Bladen County Municipal Election Results

Final unofficial results BLADENBORO COMMISSIONER (3 seats) VOTES Gene Norton 204 Patsi Callihan 180 Sarah Jane Benson 146 Larry Hayes 144 Everett Butler 106 Write-in (Miscellaneous) 1 COMMISSIONER (1 seat) VOTES Cris Harrelson 157 Don White 112 CLARKTON MAYOR VOTES Arthur E. Whedbee 40 Write-in (Miscellaneous) 3 COMMISSIONER (1 seat) VOTES Jimmy Hudson Sr. 25 Lawrence McDougald 25 DUBLIN MAYOR VOTES Horace Wyatt 43 Write-in (Miscellaneous) 8 COMMISSIONER (2 seats) VOTES T. David Hursey 39 David Kirby 37 Robert Johnson Britt 19 Write-in (Miscellaneous) 1 EAST ARCADIA MAYOR VOTES Perry Blanks 45 COMMISSIONER (3 seats) VOTES Rhonda Hall 42 Horace Munn 40 Carlee Carter 37 COMMISSIONER (1 seat) VOTES Pamela …..

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NCHSAA Volleyball Play-off Results

Tuesday’s Second Round Class 2-A First Flight 3, Clinton 0 Carrboro 3, Midway 0 South Columbus 3, Elizabeth City Northeastern 1 Eastern Randolph 3, North Brunswick 0 Croatan 3, Fairmont 0 Class 1-A Perquimans 3, Whiteville 1 Wallace-Rose Hill 3, Pamlico County 0 Princeton 3, Granville Central 0 Share on social media with link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=31241 Share:

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Healthy Bladen Collaborative announces Holiday events

By: Cheryl Thurston The Healthy Bladen Collaborative held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday to discuss the progress that has been made thus far in their efforts to make all of Bladen County healthier, and to announce the schedule of events that have been planned to coincide with the holiday season. The Collaborative has three internal groups working on initiatives for improvement in the areas of Physical Health, Health Education, and Public Awareness.Marianne Valentiner, the new Health and Human Services Agency Director, gave a report on the recent Lunch & Learn activity that promoted Breast Cancer Awareness, the Crazy Color Fun Run that raised funds for the United Way (amount …..

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Clarkton DYB Haunted House Open Thursday-Saturday Nights

The Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball’s Annual Haunted House will be open 7 p.m. until midnight, Thursday, October 29, weather permitting, Friday the 30th, and Saturday Halloween night. Admission is $5 per person. There is still time for you to enjoy a high performance haunted house for a bargain price, all while supporting a worthy cause. One customer shared her experience from this past Saturday night, “There was the roar of a chainsaw, ghouls and zombies emerging from the shadows, and evil clowns lurking in the back yard. I kept a firm grip on the back of the guide’s shirt. I was very glad to get out of the haunted house.” …..

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Cartel Members sentenced in SC kidnapping that reached the local area

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26 year old Juan Fuentes-Morales and 57 year old Ruben Caja-Rangel were recently in federal court for their involvement in the kidnapping of a St. Mathews, SC man for their part of a drug cartel. According to numerous sources, a Federal jury reached a verdict in 45 minutes on eight charges against the two.  A mistrial had been declared in an earlier trial. The two, along with Luis Castro-Villeda, were accused of kidnapping of the St. Mathews, SC man from his home and taking him to North Carolina.  The victim testified that at one point during his captivity Fuentes-Morales held a handgun to his head. The victim was held for several …..

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No violations in Bladen during Operation Stop Arm campaign

No citations were issued by troopers in Bladen and Columbus counties during the N.C. Highway Patrol’s week long Operation Stop Arm campaign, which ended Friday, Oct. 23. Statewide, troopers issued 23 citations to motorists who failed to stop for a school bus, the Highway Patrol reported Tuesday. The campaign was focused on promoting traffic safety around North Carolina schools, school buses and school bus stops. “Our number one priority is the safety of our children,” said Colonel Bill Grey, commander of the State Highway Patrol. “To accomplish this, we must continue to work together to reiterate the consequences that can result when a driver fails to yield to the flashing …..

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Bladen County United Way’s Day of Caring coming soon

Bladen County United Way’s, “Day of Caring” is approaching soon! The special event will be on Friday, November 6th starting at 8 am at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. Barbara Knight, with the Bladen County United Way made the announcement, “We have the materials to build 6 wheelchair ramps, what we need is volunteers and tools to help build the ramps. Our goal is to pack 150 food bag for student backpack.”  Food may be dropped off at Cape Fear Farmers Market on Friday. Visits to over 200 residents at the nursing homes will be made that day as well.  Please continue to encourage your school, church, work or civic teams to …..

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White Oak Fire Department hosts Pancake Breakfast

This coming Saturday, October 31st, you will have the opportunity to enjoy some hot pancakes for breakfast and help a local Fire Department all at the same time. Lieutenant, Ryan Varley with the White Oak Fire Department, announced the White Oak Fire Department will host a pancake breakfast from 7:00 am until 10:00 am. The event will take place at the station located at 10838 NC 53 this Saturday, October 31st.  Donations welcome. Share on social media using link:  https://bladenonline.com/?p=31204   Share:

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Four County EMC Plans Community Meetings

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Four County Electric Membership Cooperative has announced a series of meetings over the next few weeks, including one in Bladen County and another nearby. By attending a community meeting, you will receive valuable information about your cooperative, but most of all you will hear ideas on how you can control your energy use. Love Grove Baptist Church in Tar Heel will be the site of a November 11 meeting and another is planned on November 9 at Saint James Baptist Church, 3245 Old Northeast Road near Lake Waccamaw. Others are planned for Rose Hill, Turkey, Currie and Rocky Point. Meetings begin with registration at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting begins at …..

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Regional Community Health Award winners

Southeastern Health hosted its 3rd Annual Regional Community Health Awards event on Thursday, Oct. 22 at Robeson Community College to recognize efforts throughout the past year to improve overall health. Recognized as overall winners, front row, from left, were Civic/Government Winner Town of White Lake Representative Brenda Clark; Faith-Based Winner Sandy Grove Baptist Church Representative Linda Washington; and Business Award Winner Powers Strawberry and Farm Market Representative Mitzi Powers. Back row, from left, are Individual Impact Award Winner Physician Assistant Catherine Gaines; Education Winner Public Schools of Robeson County Representative Nick Baffaro; Emergency Personnel Winner Lumberton Fire Department Chief John Paul Ivey; Lifetime Commitment Award Winner Dr. Stephen Bridgers; Lifetime …..

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Clarkton Public Library to host open house

The Clarkton Public Library will be hosting an Open House in honor of their patrons on Tuesday, November 10th, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. According to Library Director, Kelsey Edwards, refreshments will be provided by our local Read Hat Ladies. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information call 910-647-3661.  Share on social media using link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=31176 Share:

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Payton Brian Davis is now an Eagle Scout from Troop 212

Payton Brian Davis, a member of Boy Scout Troop 212, has earned the rank of Eagle, the Highest rank awarded by the Boy Scouts of America, on September 27th, 2015. Davis earned 27 merit badges and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow-the National Honor Society of Scouting.  He served as Den Chief and Librarian. Davis attended summer camps at Camp Daniel Boone, Camp Powhaton and Camp Raven Knob.. For his Eagle Scout service project he built and installed duck boxes at the Lock and Dam #1 in Riegelwood, NC. He also served as President of the New Hanover High School Ducks Unlimited Club. Davis is the son of …..

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Marquail Burney ordered to undergo mental evaluation

Marquail Allen Burney was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation and had his next court date set during a brief appearance Tuesday morning in Bladen County District Court. The 20-year-old Bladenboro man is being held without bond on a first degree murder charge in the death of Crystal Dionne Cruz on Oct. 13. Cruz was the fiancee of Marquail Burney’s father, David Burney. The three lived in a home along N.C. 41 West. Dressed in an orange jumpsuit with “Bladen County Jail” stenciled on the back and shackled in handcuffs, Burney didn’t speak during his appearance before Judge Fred Gore. Gore, on request from counsel, ordered the evaluation and set …..

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17 year old Payton Davis shoots 10 pointer

Payton Davis, a junior at New Hanover High School, shot a 10 pointer in Burgaw, NC. He has been hunting since he was 5 years old and enjoys dove, duck and deer hunting. He is the grandson of Terry and Nellie Macon of Bladen County and his parents are Tim and Lorrie Davis of Wilmington. Share on social media using short link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=31162 Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Winter time is coming, winter time is coming and I know it won’t be long….I know, not this week, but Halloween is followed by Thanksgiving and then ho-ho-ho season and if the past is any indication….colder weather is coming soon….. Remember snow and some ice in December???? I appreciate folks who own and operate small businesses….It is not easy….Had a couple myself….WBLA and BladenOnline….Now, bigger is better…so it seems….Thinking about the newspaper business…..A few family owned papers remain….News Reporter in Whiteville, Fayetteville Observer and the Dunn paper in this area…. One of my favorite thoughts…..Give advice only when ask for and then sparingly…. Seems to be an unusual large number …..

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October 27, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Tuesday, October 27 1. The last time there was measurable rainfall in Bladen Online’s rain gauge was Oct. 11. That streak is coming to an end. It looks to be a rainy couple days ahead, but the weather forecast for the weekend looks ideal for Bladenboro’s Beast Fest. Or any other outdoor activity you have planned. 2. Friends of the Bay Lakes Fall Festival is scheduled Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Jones Lake State Park. Halloween fun and games, hayrides, hikes, food, prizes and more. Jones Lake State Park is at 4117 NC 242 North, Elizabethtown. Call (910) 588-4550 for …..

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Middle School Football: Elizabethtown 6, Bladenboro 0

Majuan McKoy dashed 15 yards for the game’s only touchdown as Elizabethtown won the Bladen Five Middle School Conference football championship with a 6-0 victory Monday night over visiting Bladenboro. After a scoreless first half, the Cougars took the second-half kick-off and drove 60 yards for the touchdown. The Cougars had one second quarter drive stopped inside the Bladenboro five hardline by a fumble that the Bulldogs recovered. “It was another great defensive game by our guys,” said Elizabethtown Coach Ricky Whitaker. “This was our third defensive shut-out in a row. The defense has really stepped up.” The Cougars finished a perfect 6-0 on the season. It was the third …..

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Middle School Football: Clarkton School of Discovery 26, Tar Heel 20

Lawson Hester ran for 198 yards and three touchdowns to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 26-20 victory Monday night in Bladen Five Middle School Conference football action at Clarkton Monday night. Clarkton’s Teyshaun Berkeley put the Blue Devils on the board in the first quarter with a 3-yard touchdown run.  The 2-point conversion attempt failed and Clarkton led 6-0. Tar Heel’s Kendall Pone dashed 11 yards for a touchdown with two minutes left in the first half. The Panthers’ 2-point conversion attempt failed and the teams were tied 6-6 at halftime. Pone scampered 23 yards around left end for a go-ahead touchdown in the third quarter. The 2-point …..

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Men’s Soccer: Union 2, East Bladen 1, 2 OT

Union scored the deciding goal with 7 minutes left in the second overtime period to edge East Bladen 2-1 Monday in Four County Conference men’s soccer action on Senior Night at East. The Spartans worked a set piece from midfield to score the game’s first goal with 12 minutes left in the first half. The Eagles tied the game with 7 minutes left in the second half. Junior Grey Cabellero sent a pass to sophmore Brooks McGill in the left corner of the box. McGill trapped the pass and crossed the ball to senior Alex Felder who knocked it into the goal. Freshman goalie Spencer Scott was credited with 12 …..

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Boys soccer: Midway 10, West Bladen 1

DUNN – Juan Medellin and Uvaldo Acosta combined to score seven goals as the Midway Raiders routed the West Bladen Knights 10-1 on Monday night in a Four County 1A/2A Conference boys soccer match. Medellin scored the first three goals of the game in the first 14 minutes, then Acosta netted two goals in less than a minute to take the Raiders to a 5-0 lead. West Bladen got on the board in the 56th minute on a goal by Victor Lopez. The Knights are 4-15-2 overall and 1-12 in the conference. West Bladen is scheduled to end its season Wednesday at home against rival East Bladen. Summary West Bladen  …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History——-October 27

1682—Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is founded. 1780—Samuel Williams and the first U.S. astronomical expedition to record an eclipse of the sun observes the event at Penobscot Bay. 1838—Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs issues the Extermination Order, which orders all Mormons to leave the state or be exterminated. 1864—Confederate ship Albemarle torpedoed and sunk by a spar torpedo mounted on a steam launch. 1871—Boss Tweed (William Macy Tweed), Democratic leader of Tammany Hall, arrested after NY Times exposed his corruption. 1913—President Wilson says US will never attack another country. 1920—Westinghouse radio station in East Pittsburgh, KDKA begins. 1925—Water skis patented by Fred Waller. 1938—DuPont announces its new synthetic polyamide fiber will be called “nylon” …..

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Board of Commissioners creates 3 Full Time jobs

By: Cheryl Thurston The Board of Commissioners met on Monday night to discuss the needs of the Emergency Medical Services of Bladen County. As a measure intended to maximize the coverage area of emergency services while minimizing the need to pay overtime wages, the board voted to approve the creation of 3 new full-time positions for EMS workers. The issues that EMS has been trying to deal with are the area that EMS has to cover and the staff needed to operate all shifts. Chief David Howell had submitted 2 options to the board at a prior meeting, which were (1) to add another service vehicle and 4 employees, which …..

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CPR Class offered tomorrow in East Arcadia

Bladen County EMS will be conducting a Hands Only CPR class along with education on Heart Attack and Stroke, free to the public, at the Bladen Community College East Arcadia Center. The event will take place from 9:00 am till 11:00 am Tuesday, October 27th. EMS officer, Heather Ellis, will be teaching how to find a pulse and how to determine if someone is breathing, along with the Hands Only CPR. Bladen County Paramedics will be responsible for providing this valuable, life-saving training. For more information call, 910-655-5770. Share on social media using: https://bladenonline.com/?p=31111 Share:

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Bladen County Firefighter Training

Photo contributed by: Fire Chief Kenneth Clark Bladen County Firemen were learning fire control at Robeson County’s Training Center this past Saturday. Firemen from different fire departments in Bladen County were in the training. Bladen County has the opportunity according to some local officials to have training available like the Firemen attended this weekend, locally at the new training facility on Hwy 701 at the old prison site. We ran an article about the new training facility in Bladen County back in September. Even though the new facility still needs some work it is already being used for training purposes. Read our article, “Bladen County already using and improving new …..

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Invisible Wounds of War Exhibit Opening Reception

Please join us for the Invisible Wounds of War project exhibit opening reception at UNCW Randall Library on November 5, 2015 6:00 – 8:00pm. Invisible Wounds of War is a project that explores the psychological, spiritual and moral injuries of war. The exhibit will include writing by Veterans participating in the project workshop as well as writing that was submitted anonymously online. It also includes self-portraits designed by the Veterans and made in collaboration with Jen Johnson. The work illustrates the pain and struggle of the invisible wounds from war but also focuses on transforming the Veterans narrative to one that ends with hope and healing. The reception is free …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

63.6 per cent of registered voters in Bladen County cast votes in the general election. Concerned Taxpayers of Bladen County elected DeWitt Clark of Clarkton Chairman of their group. An A-10 Thunderbird jet crashed near Ammon killing the pilot. One of Clarkton’s oldest establishments, Gooden’s Grocery, was robbed. Moore’s Department Store in Elizabethtown opened for business. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

It’s Monday, the last Monday in October, 2015.  Halloween caps off the week & month….a full week and weekend of activities in the area….Many church related, the Bladenboro BeastFest and so much more.  Check our Events section… Local football teams head back to the practice fields following a “not so good” Friday night performance.  Well, maybe that is not the best way to described….Both teams lost…..big time…West lost to Clinton, East to Wallace Rose Hill….The top 2 teams in the conference….Both Bladen County teams still have a couple of games remaining. East plays at Union Friday evening and West entertains Midway.  Then, the last regular season game pits the two …..

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October 26, 2015: 3 things to know

Good morning! 3 things to know for Monday, October 26 1. The Bladen County Board of Commissioners have scheduled two special meetings today. The first is 5 p.m. about a personnel issue. The second is at 7 p.m. about a budget worksho regarding Emergency Medical Services. The meetings will be held in the Commissioners Room on the lower level of the courthouse in Elizabethtown. 2. A reminder that one-stop voting — or early voting — continues through Saturday at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown for municipal elections in Bladenboro, Clarkton, Elizabethtown and White Lake. Hours are 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. through Friday, and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. …..

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ARE YOU COMMENTING ON NATIONAL BLOG POSTING MONTH

By: Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC November is National Blog Posting Month, which means there’s never been a better time to join the conversation with Social Security. We recently launched our new blog, Social Security Matters. The blog is our interactive center for engaging with you by answering questions and concerns in a way that benefits all readers and contributors. Social Security Matters also lets you provide meaningful feedback that can help us serve you more effectively. The blog’s comment section allows you to voice your thoughts and ask questions. The conversation is growing every day. We’re doing our best to serve you, and a …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History——–October 26

1492—Lead pencils first used. 1682—William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York. 1774—Minute Men organized in colonies. 1787—“Federalist Papers” published, calls for ratification of United States’ Constitution. 1810—US annexes western Florida. 1858—Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine. 1876—President sends federal troops to South Carolina. 1881—Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday & Clanton involved in gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone, Arizona. 1900—After 4 years of work, first section of New York subway opens. 1927—Duke Ellington sings “Creole Love Song” 1940—The P-51 Mustang makes its maiden flight. 1949—US President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents. 1954—Chevrolet unveils V-8 engine. 1954—Walt Disney’s 1st television program, “Disneyland”, premieres on ABC. …..

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East Bladen Cross Country In Conference Meet

East Bladen’s cross-country team competed in the Four County Conference meet at Heide Trask Tuesday. Marley Ketterer led the East Bladen women finishing in eleventh place with a time of 26:59.  Teammate Tatyiana Graham posted a time of 29:39 to claim nineteenth place. East Bladen’s Ashton Magby recorded a time of 34:00 to finish in 24th place. Ty’asia Graham was in 30th place with a time of 37:15, and her teammate Kabarah Moore was right behind her in 31st place with a time of 40:26. The Lady Eagles finished in fifth place in the meet and were only 4 points behind fourth-place Union. Only two Eagles competed in the men’s …..

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Bladen County Sports

West Bladen Doubles Team Eliminated in Regionals

West Bladen’s Four County Conference champion doubles team of Alanna Ludlum and Amber Long were eliminated in the first round of the Mid-East Class 2-A Regionals at Goldsboro Friday. The Lady Knight duo drew a tough draw against the N. C. School of Science & Math team of Sara Yuan and Annie Xie. Yuan played in the Class 2-A state finals last year in both singles and doubles. Share:

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Calling all Churches, Civic groups, and Caring people

By: Charlotte Smith Halloween hasn’t quite made it’s way here yet, and we don’t want to rush time, but our BladenOnline.com family would like to do an outreach project in Bladen County for Thanksgiving. We know some of our local churches, civic groups and other caring people may have the same idea, so we want to work together with anyone willing to help. It seems sometimes there is so much discord and too many differences, no hope is in sight. Some people are left homeless, families are split up, people argue over petty differences, and thoughtfulness and caring goes out the window. However, we know there is hope. There are …..

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Week in Review: October 18-24

For the second consecutive week, a murder was in the news in Bladen County. An Elizabethtown man was beaten and stabbed to death in his home Monday, Oct. 19 and a suspect was captured about an hour later and charged with first-degree murder, said Elizabethtown interim Police Chief Kip Hester. Jonathan Parker, 44, of the 2000 block of W. Broad Street was captured in a wooded area about one-half mile from the residence, Hester said. His bond was set at $5 million. John Robert Cole, who was 78 years old, was killed after being stabbed with an Army knife that had a blade about six inches long, according to Bladen …..

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Bladen Online By the Numbers: October 18-24

It was a record-setting week for page views and visits for Bladen Online. Bladen County’s online newspaper had 146,223 page views for the week of Oct. 18-24, according to Google Analytics, surpassing the previous record of 133,380 page views for Sept. 20-26. The site had 25,628 visits last week, surpassing the previous record of 22,277 visits for Aug. 23-29. The number show, we believe, that people rely on Bladen Online to tell the story of Bladen County, and it’s a responsibility we take seriously. We want to hear from you about your stories and your ideas. We’re here for you. We thank our advertisers and readers for their continued support. …..

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Former Student honors teacher for her birthday

A couple of weeks ago we published an article about Mrs. Geri Anderson, a local piano teacher loved by many in Bladen County. October 11th was Mrs. Anderson’s birthday and her son, Johnny Anderson, wanted Ms. Anderson’s birthday to be extra special asking her students to send her messages. We found a special birthday gift to Ms. Anderson from one of her former students, Jason Atkinson. Take a peek at the gift for the beloved teacher by click this link:  https://youtu.be/KVrQN0-mhUk. Jason Atkinson’s You Tube Channel video post said, “This song was one of my piano teacher’s (Ms. Geri Anderson) favorite songs. We often played it at recitals as a piano and …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

I like to think that what we (BladenOnline) do is provide news you can use….. Elizabethtown Middle School held their first reverse raffle last night at the school…and I was pleased to have been ask to assist in the drawing….have assisted in other venues…such as both high schools on numerous occasions, Dixie Youth fundraisers, Junior Beta Club a couple of times in Bladenboro, at UNC-Pembroke fundraisers….maybe others…..but the point of all that is to say….our schools must have outside sources of revenue….They can no longer be just a place of learning….must know how to raise money and spend some time doing it…Wish it were not true…but that’s the way it …..

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Bladen among counties designated disaster area due to excessive rains

Bladen County is among 44 counties that qualify for natural disaster assistance because of crop loss and damage caused by excessive rain and flooding that occurred Sept. 22 through Oct. 4, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced. “Our hearts go out to those North Carolina farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling North Carolina producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and …..

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