12/17/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 6:30 am Celebrate the holidays with family safely
  • 6:13 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 2:13 am Basketball League Provides Second Chance for Young Men
  • 8:34 pm Social Security benefits to increase in 2019
  • 8:21 pm This Day in History for December 16
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This Day In History

1673 – Regular mail delivery begins between NY & Boston. 1776 – General George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag. 1797 – Albany replaces NYC as capital of NY. 1818 – Official reopening of the White House. 1847 – Michigan is 1st state to abolish capital punishment. 1854 – Lincoln University, a black college, chartered (Oxford, […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the Bladen County Courthouse. On the consent agenda is the approval of board minutes from the December 21, 2015, meeting, county attorney invoices and approval of budget amendments. The board is scheduled to hear from Bladen […]

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Each New Year, millions of people make resolutions to eat more healthy foods, lose weight and be more active.  Many times, people try to make drastic changes that are difficult to sustain for a long period of time. When it comes to eating more healthfully, making moderate changes may be more beneficial for long-term success. […]

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As we prepare to say farewell to 2015, we decided to take a look back at our most viewed stories of the year. These stories are the ones you, our readers, found most interesting during the year. Many of your favorite stories dealt with crime and the courts and a few dealt with our schools and a […]

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By: Erin Smith New laws are set to take effect Friday including a new abotion law, voter ID law, and a new law impacting the workplace as well as some changes to the state’s tax laws. Set to take place on Jan. 1, a new law in North Carolina requires abortion providers to submit copies […]

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December 31, 2015 has arrived.  All those things you thought you would/should accomplish this year have hopefully been fulfilled.  If not, just a few hours remain. More rain is expected today and tonight.  As of 6 a.m. today, we have received nearly 64 inches of rain this year in Bladen County.  Our annual average is […]

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Although plagued by foul trouble Monday night, West Bladen grad D. J. Mason tossed in 11 points, but his Campbell Camels were outscored by hot-shooting UNC-Wilmington 106-83 in a non-conference basketball game. Mason connected on 5 of 7 shots from the field, but was limited to only 20 minutes of playing time,before fouling out with […]

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West Bladen grad Rahu Purdie fired in 11 points Wednesday night, but his Lander University Bearcats lost a non-conference basketball game to Paine College 98-88. Purdie connected on 4 of 8 shots from the field, was 1 for 2 from 3-point range and sank both of his foul shots. The 5-9 freshman dished out 3 […]

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The Bladenboro Police Department 2016 department calendars are now available and free to the public according to Chief Hunt. If you would like a copy of the 2016 calendar, stop by the Bladenboro Police Department located at 306 S Main St in Bladenboro. Chief Hunt and the Bladenboro Police Officers and staff would like to […]

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This Day In History

1695 – A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax. 1776 – Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors. 1781 – Bank of North America, 1st US bank opens. […]

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Bladen County Emergency Responders are on the job no matter the time or the weather. Wednesday evening the rain was pouring, but that didn’t stop the local community helpers from doing a job well done. A tractor trailer collided with a small car on Owen Hill Road in Elizabethtown according to Deputy James Dove, with […]

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The severe thunderstorm warnings that were issued earlier for Bladen County have been allowed to expire. A line of severe thunderstorms moved through the county earlier in the afternoon with sharp lightning and heavy rainfall. More rain is expected overnight and a 50 percent chance of rain on Thursday and 30 percent on New Year’s Day. […]

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A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4:30 PM EST FOR NORTH CENTRAL BLADEN COUNTY… AT 3:56 PM EST…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED NEAR ELIZABETHTOWN…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 20 MPH. LOCATIONS IMPACTED INCLUDE… WHITE LAKE. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS […]

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The Elizabethtown Rotary Club was treated to a lesson on the club’s history by Rotarian Walter McDuffie. “The Clinton Rotary Club came over and helped get this club started. It was chartered in 1928,” said McDuffie of the club’s beginning.   McDuffie said the club originally had a single drawer filing cabinet that held the […]

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A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 3:30 PM EST FOR NORTHWESTERN BLADEN AND EAST CENTRAL ROBESON COUNTIES… AT 233 PM EST…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CAPABLE OF PRODUCING QUARTER SIZE HAIL AND DAMAGING WINDS IN EXCESS OF 60 MPH. THIS STORM WAS LOCATED OVER BUTTERS…OR 7 MILES SOUTHEAST OF LUMBERTON…MOVING NORTHEAST AT […]

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By: Dr. Mike Walden This is the time of year when economists shine – or at least they try to. The early weeks of a new year are always the period when I receive the largest number of speaking requests. Even if people know my colleagues and I have cloudy – some say foggy with […]

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By: Gordon Kinlaw (910)862-6292 Price Comparisons Using Walmart App – Free Walmart has introduced a new option in their app called “Savings Catcher”. The new option will allow you to scan your receipts and keep them electronically. After you scan your receipt in, Walmart will compare each item’s price against competitors sale flyers to make […]

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Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 38 of North Carolina’s counties in November, decreased in 37, and remained unchanged in 25. Graham County had the highest unemployment rate at 11.5 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.1 percent. Two of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases while nine decreased and four […]

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A Holiday Toss Up was held recently at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. The team of Brian Beaver, Charles DeVane, Steve Godwin and McKenzie Brisson shot 2-under and tied the front side with Matt Hardee, George Boussais and Allen Brisson. The Beaver team had 2-under on the back to win that side. Some low scores […]

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DUBLIN – Beginning in January, the Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering several no-cost seminars to help grow or start your business. To prepare entrepreneurs and those who are just thinking about starting a business, the first seminar is Improving Your Credit Score for a Business Loan. The workshop is Tuesday […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Water, water everywhere….and I saw that yesterday.  Visited, well drove down the road to US Lock and Dam #1 near Riegelwood and was surprised at how high the river is.  Water covered the road, maybe a quarter of a mile before arriving at the ferry site.  Needless to say, I stopped short of the water. […]

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West Bladen rallied in the final 4 minutes of regulation then made the big plays in overtime to defeat South Robeson 68-61 and win the championship game of the East Columbus Christmas Tournament Tuesday night. It was the second tournament championship in less than a week for Coach Travis Pait’s Knights who won their own […]

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West Bladen’s Lady Knights grabbed an early 9-1 lead and never looked back en route to a 41-26 girls basketball victory over South Columbus Tuesday in the consolation game of the East Columbus Christmas Tournament. Junior Alanna Ludlum tossed in a 10-foot jumper 4 seconds after the opening tap to start the Lady Knight run. […]

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This Day In History

1731 – 1st US music concert (Peter Pelham’s great room in Boston) 1817 – 1st coffee planted in Hawaii (Kona) 1854 – Pennsylvania Rock Oil Co., 1st in US, incorporated in NYC. 1861 – US banks stops payments in gold. 1873 – American Metrological Society forms (NYC) weights, measures & money. 1906 – Iran becomes […]

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The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has closed six boat access areas along the Cape Fear and Lumber rivers, including two in Bladen County, because of high water conditions. The Commission has closed the Tory Hole access area in Elizabethtown and the Elwells Ferry access area near Carver’s Creek until further notice, it was announced Tuesday. […]

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Flood waters from the Cape Fear River have affected interests along the river this week including farm land and business interests. Hobby Greene, who owns Greene’s Pond and rents a cabin to folks there, said the flooding has impacted his ability to rent his cabin. Greene shared some photos of the flooding at Greene’s Pond and […]

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The folks at Southeastern Cruisers Car Club have been busy this Christmas season. They donated bicycles to the Bladenboro Police Department for the annual Christmas for Kids program. The group’s generosity didn’t stop there. The group also made donations of bicycles, toys, clothing and food to other local families that are not included in Christmas […]

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By Erin Smith Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt has a message for all of those who donated to the police department’s Christmas for Kids program. “Thank you!” said Hunt. He said the program was a huge success and it would not have been possible without each person who donated. “Without them (the donors) Christmas would not […]

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By Erin Smith A crash on South Poplar Street near the intersection of Mill Street in Elizabethtown slowed the morning commute on Tuesday morning. The roadway was reduced to one lane of travel in the southbound lanes briefly as fire crews worked to clear the accident. The Elizabethtown Police Department is investigating the cause of […]

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Warmer weather has advantages for families struggling to “make ends meet.”  Up to this time this year, little has been spent on heat, however, to those in the heating business….not good. Never dreamed we would see the price of oil below $40 a barrel….again for users, a real blessing, for those in the business, not […]

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Camp Clearwater is planning to welcome the new year by inviting hearty souls to take a dip in White Lake during the fourth annual Polar Plunge. At noon on Friday, Jan. 1, the plunge will take place near the arcade as people will run into White Lake for a quick dip or a swim. Nearly […]

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Junior John Bowen fired in 10 of his game-high 21 points during a 19-4 third period run that propelled West Bladen to a 53-30 boys basketball victory over South Columbus Monday night in the opening round of the East Columbus Christmas Tournament. Photos by Kenneth Armstrong kenarmphoto.com With the Knights leading 22-13 at halftime, Bowen […]

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Bladen County Sports

Star guard A’terria Quick poured in 26 points and South Robeson’s Lady Mustangs raced to an early 26-0 lead en route to a 51-33 girls basketball victory over West Bladen in the opening round of the East Columbus Christmas Tournament. Photos by Kenneth Armstrong kenarmphoto.com Quick pumped in 12 points during the early South Robeson […]

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This Day In History

1782 – 1st nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston. 1813 – British burn Buffalo, NY during War of 1812. 1845 – Texas admitted as 28th state of the union. 1848 – Gas lights 1st installed at White House (Polk’s administration) 1851 – 1st American Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) chapter opened in […]

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new years resolutions

New Years Day marks the beginning of a new year and is a great time for making those resolutions! We here at www.bladenonline.com would like to know what your New Year’s Resolutions will be for 2016. We also know that both New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are filled with celebrations and family traditions. […]

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This week’s trending news includes stories about major storms and a record for rowing a boat. This week we have learned that Peyton Manning is mulling a lawsuit against Al Jazeera television for a report the network did on athletes alleged to use HGH. The report included Manning’s name.   http://www.msn.com/en-us/sports/nfl/report-manning-to-probably-sue-al-jazeera-over-hgh-story/ar-BBnYJkA?ocid=ansmsnsports11   We continue to […]

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Many folks have been watching and waiting anxiously as rivers around the area have been on the rise during the Christmas holiday. A flood warning remains in effect for the Cape Fear River until Tuesday, Dec. 29. According to the National Weather Service website, as of 11 a.m. the river was at 28.3 feet near […]

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Walter McDuffie attended the Republican State Convention in Raleigh back in the summer and had the opportunity while at the convention to meet several of the folks vying to become the Republican candidate for President of the United States. McDuffie said he met and spoke with Republican Primary candidates Ted Cruz and Ben Carson while at […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

56 local dogs died. It was determined the deaths were linked to afatoxin contaminated dog food produced by an Elizabethtown company. Jeff Robertson of Elizabethtown was kidnapped and robbed of $127 by two males. Robertson was not injured. A public hearing was held in Dublin concerning public housing in Bladen County. Three Bladen County students […]

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Area offices and agencies have announced schedules for New Year’s Day. All banks are closed on Friday, Jan. 1, and will re-open for business on Monday, Jan. 4. There will be no mail delivery on New Year’s Day. The Postal Service will resume its normal operating schedule on Saturday, Jan. 2. North Carolina state offices, courts and county and municipal […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Checking headlines over the weekend: Panthers lose their first game of the NFL season.  They have won 14 games, Meadowlark Lemon, Wilmington native and longtime Harlem Globetrotter, died in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 83.  He was inducted into the NC Sports Hall of Fame in 1975. Time Warner customers experienced an interruption in […]

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Bladenboro’s Vicki and Lauren Clark will be part of the cast for the Biggest Loser’s Season 17 that will begin airing Monday, Jan.4 at 9 p.m. on NBC (WECT, Channel 6). Vicki is a women’s health nurse practitioner and Lauren is a nutritionist. Bladenonline sat down with Vicki for a question-and-answer session that follows. (Bladenonline […]

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1732 – 1st known ad for “Poor Richard’s Almanack” (Pennsylvania Gazette) 1832 – John C. Calhoun becomes  1st VP to resign (differences with President Jackson) 1849 – M. Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidently upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect. 1867 – United States claims Midway Island, the first […]

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Fresh off winning the championship of their own Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament last week, West Bladen’s Knights will travel to Lake Waccamaw Monday to battle South Columbus in the opening round of the East Columbus Christmas Tournament. Coach Travis Pait’s Knights bring an 8-1 record into Monday’s 4:30 game. South Columbus is 2-5 with wins […]

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According to Ashley Trivette, owner of Healthworks Fitness & Wellness, she and her husband, Tracey are committed to offering the best to their members. The new owners made room in their gym for new workout machines in time for folks to burn off those holiday pounds. http://youtu.be/Bi7D9jVt6Gs Share:

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Bladen County slowed down a bit during the past week as many people celebrated the birth of Jesus, traveled over the hills and through the woods to grandma’s house, and youngsters tossed and turned in bed on Christmas Eve in hopes the big man in the red suit would pay a visit. Of course, not […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Santa (Christmas) is tough competition…expect our BladenOnline numbers to be down for the past week….but still the best around. Looking back and ahead. Would have thought there would have been some resolution (?) to the Lennon Lacy situation. FBI called in over a year ago. Must be many interviews, etc. Maybe in 2016. Lacy was […]

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It was Christmas week. It was a time for family and friends instead of spending time for surfing the Internet. So, Bladen Online’s numbers were down for the week of Dec. 20-26. We hope you had a very Merry Christmas. There were 93,147 page views for the week of Dec. 20-26, according to Google Analytics, […]

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East Bladen’s Ethan Hines has been named to the Fayetteville Observer’s All-Region Second Team as a return specialist. Hines returned 4 kick-offs and one punt for touchdowns. In the season finale against Southwest Edgecombe he returned the opening kick-off 84 yards for a touchdown. The 175-lb. speedster’s other kick-off return touchdowns were against Wallace-Rose Hill, […]

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East Bladen defensive lineman Chris Cromartie and defensive back Kyle Tatum have been named to the Wilmington Star-News All-Area Team. Cromartie was named to the All-Area First Team. The 6-4, 245 lb. senior was credited with 81 tackles and 5.5 sacks, blocked a punt against St. Pauls and recovered it in the end zone for […]

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This Day In History

1814 – Destruction of schooner Carolina, the last of Commodore Daniel Patterson’s make-shift fleet that fought a series of delaying actions that contributed to Andrew Jackson’s victory at the Battle of New Orleans. 1845 – Ether 1st used in childbirth in US in Jefferson, Georgia. 1892 – Foundation Stone of Cathedral of St. John laid […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Social Security is at the forefront of adapting and meeting the ever-changing needs of our customers. Technology plays an important role in helping us provide the world-class customer service America expects and deserves. And we are changing to keep current with new laws and […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Hope your Christmas was one of the best ever. For many, Christmas continues throughout the weekend. Can’t think of a better way to spend the holiday than with family…children, grandchildren and, siblings and their families, all on Christmas day. I am among men most richly blessed. Did you see the moon? Beautiful full moon for […]

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1799 – George Washington is eulogized by Col. Henry Lee as “1st in war, 1st in peace & 1st in hearts of his countrymen” 1805 – Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts established, Philadelphia. 1811 – A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First […]

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Washington Nationals Scout Paul Faulk and his son, Tripp Faulk, conducted a hitting camp Saturday at the Bladen County Recreation’s Grand-Slam Batting Cage in Bladenboro. Thirty-one young baseball players between the ages of 9-13 attended the camp that was conducted by the Bladen County Recreation staff along with volunteer high school baseball players from both […]

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This Day In History

337 – Earliest possible date that Christmas was celebrated on December 25. 352 – 1st definite date Christmas was celebrated on December 25th. 1621 – Gov. William Bradford of Plymouth colony (now in Massachusetts) forbids game playing on Christmas. 1651 – Massachusetts General Court ordered a five shilling fine for “observing any such day as […]

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By: Charlotte Smith They say the little town of Dublin grows a lot because it’s “Dublin every day”, but thanks to Lu Mil Vineyard the small community of a little more than 330 residents has brought a huge number of people to Bladen County this holiday season. According to Denise Bridgers with the vineyard, since […]

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By: Charlotte Smith They say the little town of Dublin grows a lot because it’s “Dublin every day”, but thanks to Lu Mil Vineyard the small community of a little more than 330 residents has brought a huge number of people to Bladen County this holiday season. According to Denise Bridgers with the vineyard, since […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving Can you believe? Christmas 2015 is just hours away. Maybe a good time to reflect on New Year’s Resolutions. How did you do? Hope this day is a good one for all…. A few thoughts to ponder; Why not turn your stumbling blocks into stepping stones? Don’t bother just to be better […]

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Junior John Bowen fired in a 3-point shot with 4 seconds left in overtime that lifted West Bladen to a 67-66 victory over Hoke County Friday night in the championship game of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. Photos by Kenneth Armstrong kenarmphoto.com “I knew I had to get the ball and shoot,” said an excited […]

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Junior Tyrell Kirk pumped in 12 of his game-high 16 points in the second half as Whiteville defeated East Bladen 51-42 Wednesday in the Fifth-Place Game of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament at West Bladen High. Photos by Kenneth Armstrong kenarmphoto.com The Wolfpack led 36-33 after 3 periods, and Whiteville’s Monchovia Gaffney started the final […]

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1818 – Christmas carol “Silent Night” composed by Franz Xaver Gruber is first sung at St. Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria. 1851 – Fire devastates US Library of Congress in Washington, destroys 35,000 volumes. 1860 – Joseph Jefferson’s “Rip Van Winkle” premieres in NYC. 1893 – Henry Ford completes his first useful petroleum fuelled […]

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This week’s trending include some interesting facts about how some states taxpayers pay not once but twice for schools. This week we have learned that in some states, taxpayers pay twice for schools http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donald-cohen/the-public-pays-twice-for_b_8854270.html We’ve also learned that the latest movie in the Star Wars franchise opened to much fanfare and success http://www.contactmusic.com/jj-abrams/news/star-wars-the-force-awakens-named-associated-press-2015-entertainer-of-the-year_5074715 We heard […]

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Mac Campbell shared a family memory with www.bladenonline.com recently when he shared this photograph of the first store that housed what would later become known as Campbell Oil. Campbell said the beginning of the company pre-dates himself. The photograph is of Campbell’s father’s store which burned in 1939. “That store was located on the opposite […]

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The National Weather Service has issued a flood warning for the Cape Fear River at William O. Huske Lock and Dam No. 3 and at Elizabethtown Lock No. 2. At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the river’s stage at Huske Lock and Dam was 38.0 feet. Flood stage is 42.0 feet. The National Weather Service forecasts the […]

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A strong weather front moved through the area on Wednesday kicking off thunderstorms and resulting the National Weather Service issuing a tornado warning for Bladen County briefly at 8 a.m. Heavy rains inundated farm fields and yards and causing water to pond on area roadways. Many area residents awoke to find yards and driveways flooded. […]

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Solar Energy and the installation of solar farms are gaining in popularity not just in Bladen County but in the eastern part of North Carolina. North Carolina ranks fourth in the nation in solar power, said Randy Wheeless of Duke Energy. “Eastern North Carolina seems to be where solar is right now,” said Wheeless. However, […]

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Senior guard Stefan McDonald poured in 24 points to lead West Bladen’s Knights to a 79-72 boys basketball victory over Midway that put the Knights into the championship game of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. Coach Travis Pait’s Knights, now 7-1, will play Class 4A opponent Hoke County Wednesday night at 8:00 for the tourney […]

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East Bladen High School

Four East Bladen players scored in double-figures Tuesday as the Eagles rolled to a 71-47 boys basketball victory over East Columbus in the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament at West Bladen. Senior Jermaine Robinson topped the East Bladen scoring with 18 points and grabbed 4 rebounds. Junior Eian Hines pumped in 14 points and collected 8 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Well, well, the filing season is over for the 2016 election and locally, I am surprised, disappointed at the lack of interest in the races for Board of Education and Board of Commissioners, not about who is running, but those that just sit on the sidelines and moan and groan, complain and condemn but will […]

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Senior Lacey Suggs poured in 28 points Tuesday night to lead the unbeaten East Bladen Lady Eagles to a 69-37 girls basketball victory over North Brunswick in the East Bladen Holiday Classic. Suggs also collected 7 rebounds, 2 blocked shots, 4 assists and 3 steals. Senior guard Abby Ward barely missed a double-double with 10 […]

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Turnovers and poor free throw shooting proved to be costly for West Bladen Tuesday night as the Lady Knights dropped a 48-38 girls basketball decision to Whiteville in the East Bladen Holiday Classic. “We have got to protect the ball,” said West Bladen Coach Rick Rhoda. The Lady Knights were plagued by 23 turnovers in […]

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1776 – Continental Congress negotiates a war loan of $181,500 from France. 1776 – Thomas Paine writes “These are the times that try men’s souls. 1788 – Maryland votes to cede a 10 square mile area for District of Columbia. 1823 – “Visit from St. Nicholas” by C. Moore published in Troy (NY) Sentinel. 1862 […]

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Members of the Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association recently had to call for backup from Old Saint Nick himself. Law enforcement officers from across Bladen County responded by opening their hearts for a very special mission called Operation Christmas. The Association had pledged to help some families in the county who were not going […]

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Sabrina Murchison has filed seeking election to the Bladen County Board of Education District 1 seat. When asked about her decision to run, Murchison said, “I want to be a voice for the residents of Bladen County that will rally for positive change within our community realizing that the children in our educational system are […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver I began writing this column a number of years ago, and many of you have been kind enough to request it every year.  Some other folks were kind enough the other year to decide it deserved an award; I was flattered, but I didn’t write it for anyone’s praise. I wrote it […]

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Sandra Cain

Maybe you have a drawer or a file full of recipes that you’ve clipped from newspapers, magazines or saved from the internet. It can take forever to sort through them when you want to try something new, so it is usually easier and faster to go back to your old favorites. Here are a few […]

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The No. 20 jersey that was worn by sisters JaToya and Jazmine Kemp was retired Monday night in a ceremony before the Lady Eagles game with Whiteville. Coach Patty Evers who coached both of the Kemps pointed around at the walls in the gym and said, “When these two girls came here these walls were […]

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

The North Carolina Sheriff’s Association wants your places of worship to be safe and has convened a group of sheriffs and sheriffs’ personnel from across the state to develop training materials that will help places of worship create security plans to keep citizens safe. “This is something we need to provide to our citizens,” said […]

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One man has been arrested and charged in connection to two breaking and entering cases involving commercial businesses in Bladen County. Jonathan Adam Andrews, 27, of 2890 Center Road, Bladenboro, was arrested and charged in two different breaking and entering cases. The first breaking and entering occurred at the K&I Grocery in White Oak on […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

Junior Sayaun Dent and sophmore Shaquille Johnson posted double-doubles and led West Bladen to a 68-52 boys basketball victory over Whiteville Monday night in the opening round of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament at West. Dent led the Knights with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Johnson finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. “Sayaun […]

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Members of the Bladen County 4H clubs visited the various Bladen County offices Monday and sang Christmas carols. Their hard work and dedication was evident. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

A BladenOnline Salute to the Kemp sisters, JaToya and Jazmine Kemp.  Two former East Bladen players had their number 20 uniforms retired in a brief ceremony last night prior to the East Bladen Holiday Classic basketball tournament.  Both of the young ladies went on to star with the UNCP basketball teams.  EB coach Patty Evers, in […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Sheila Ford, a Clarkton High Graduate, was making news as the starting center for the women’s basketball team at UNC-Asheville. Sheila was averaging 21.8 points per game, 19.8 rebounds and shooting 62% from the free throw line. Gospel, an original Christmas play, was being presented at Center Roads Baptist Church. Tar Heel High School and […]

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Bladen County Sports

  East Bladen blitzed Whiteville with a 44-8 first half surge en route to a 59-23 girls basketball victory on the opening day of the East Bladen Holiday Classic. Senior Lacey Suggs lit up the scoreboard with 18 of her game-high 20 points in the first half. Suggs also came up with 4 steals. Senior […]

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Bladen County commissioners receive monthly financial updates.  The last report was for the first 5 months of the current fiscal year. As of November 30, 2015, 54.02 percent of Ad Valorem Property Taxes had been paid.  $11,731,848 had been collected compared with $11,015,142 a year ago. Overall,  $20,540,604 has been collected or received in all […]

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This Day In History

1877 – “American Bicycling Journal” begins publishing (Boston, Mass) 1882 – 1st string of Christmas tree lights created by Thomas Edison. 1894 – United States Golf Association forms (NYC). 1943 – Manufacturers get permission to use synthetic rubber for baseball core. 1956 – Colo is born, the first gorilla to be bred in captivity at […]

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Bladen County Sports

North Brunswick 54, West Bladen 36 North Brunswick closed the third quarter with a 15-0 run that vaulted the Lady Scorpions to a 54-36 girls basketball victory over West Bladen Monday night in the East Bladen Holiday Classic. The Lady Knights trailed 22-14 at halftime, but junior Alanna Ludlum stole the ball and passed ahead […]

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Bladen County Sports

Southern Lee 65, East Bladen 37 Southern Lee closed the first half with a 20-4 surge that propelled the Cavaliers to a 65-37 boys basketball victory over East Bladen Monday in the opening round of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament at West Bladen. Guard Noah Mellette drilled in a trio of 3-point shots that sparked […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners with the new leadership in place of Chairman Russell Priest and Vice-Chairman Arthur Bullock, covered a lot of ground Monday evening. Interm Director of Health and Human Services Wayne Raynor and Marianne Valentiner with the Health Department, made a few requests of the commissioners. Renewal of the agreement with […]

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The Bladen County EMS report shows needs in Bladen County. David Howell, EMS Chief, and Bradley Kinlaw, Emergency Services Director, gave a system update report Monday evening to the Bladen County Board of Commissioners and promised to bring back a budget so commissioners may assist them in their staffing needs. According to Howell’s report, Bladen […]

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According to Ken Jones, CEO of Eastpointe, 2015 has been a successful year for the managed care organization. Eastpointe is a managed care organization for behavioral health in Bladen and 11 other North Carolina counties. Jones addressed the Bladen County Board of Commissioners on behalf of Eastpointe, Monday night saying, “I want to give some […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners honored Commissioner Charles Ray Peterson with a plaque and gavel for his service as 2015 Bladen County Board of Commissioners Chairman for 2015. Newly appointed Board of Commissioners Chairman Russell Priest and Vice-Chairman Arthur Bullock presented Peterson with the customized, engraved reward. Priest noted Peterson’s dedication and hard work […]

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The field is now set for the 2016 March Primary Election as a flurry of candidates filed for election. In the Democratic primary for the Bladen County Commissioner Countywide race, Avery Rising Jr. will join Pamela Benton,  and incumbent commissioners James G. “Jimmie” Smith, G. Michael Cogdell. In the Republican primary for Countywide Commissioner Billy […]

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Joe Tatum, Jr. of Tatum Realty and Property Management Services has earned the Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS) designation, placing him among 2,500 elite real estate professionals worldwide.  The designation was awarded to him by the National Association of REALTORS® for completing rigorous coursework devoted to learning international real estate practices and demonstrating proficiency in […]

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An icon in the town of White Lake was torn down on Monday to make way for multi-family housing. The building that once housed the likes of Captain Willie’s Restaurant, Lois’ Seafood and Potter Seafood is no more. The building had stood in that location for about 51 years. Dean Hilton said that in the […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office seized more than 130 weapons in the Kelly area on Friday. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker said the arrest comes on the heels of an extensive investigation. Andrew Jackson Simmons, 72, of 25245 N.C. Hwy 53 East, Kelly, was charged with one count of felonious possession of a firearm by […]

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ALE Agent R. Taylor said on Monday that warrants have been issued for the arrest of Jeffrey Scott Smith of Dublin in connection to a sweepstakes raid in Sampson County last week. “He is aware of it and has obtained legal counsel,” said Taylor. He added that Smith’s attorney is also aware of the warrants. […]

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Students in Amy Schumacher’s Exceptional Children’s class at West Bladen High School performed a Christmas play on Friday. Schumacher said the students took on “Christmas in Whoville” which is based on the idea of the Grinch stealing Christmas from the children of Whoville. Schumacher said the students learned that the Grinch couldn’t really steal Christmas […]

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The students at Plainview Primary School got a very special visit on Friday from Smokey the Bear. Smokey wanted to talk to the students about the importance of fire prevention. The students were asked to prepare posters depicting how they can help Smokey the Bear to prevent fires. There was a tie for the winning […]

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