07/16/2019
  • 9:04 am Update: Four-month old kidnapped by mentally unstable mother, Juanita Askew
  • 6:59 am NC Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament: Bladen County 16, North Granville 10
  • 6:50 am NC Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament: Bladen County 19, Brunswick National 3
  • 6:43 am Thoughts While Shaving for July 16
  • 11:31 pm 4-Month-Old Girl Abducted From Bladen County Day Care, Mother Sought
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Thoughts While Shaving

The ACC football championship was exciting to the end. Clemson is the winner, remains undefeated and should remain at the top of the national poll… The Tar Heels scored in the final couple of minutes of the game to keep their hopes alive, but fell to the Tigers 45-37. Nearly 75,000 fans witnessed the event […]

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It was quite the “newsy” week and you checked Bladen Online to find out what was happening in Bladen County. There were 127,096 page views for the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 5, according to Google Analytics, which was an 84 percent increase over a typically below normal Thanksgiving week, and 24,045 visits, which was a […]

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This Day In History

1732 – 1st play in American colonies acted by professional player, NYC. 1768 – 1st edition of “Encyclopedia Brittanica” published (Scotland). 1790 – The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, PA. 1862 – US President Lincoln orders hanging of 39 Santee Sioux Indians. 1870 – Joseph H. Rainey, 1st black in House […]

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Four County Conference Class 1AA East Wallace-Rose Hill 29, James Kenan 13 Class 2AA East Bunn 30, Clinton 29, Overtime Other Results Class 1AA West Mitchell County 27, Walkertown 23 Class 2AA West Monroe 46, East Lincoln 6 Class 2A East Kinston 22, Southwest Edgecombe 21 Class 2A West Shelby 37, Lincolnton 21 Class 1A […]

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West Bladen grad Rahu Purdie fired in 14 points Saturday as his Lander Bearcats held off UNC-Pembroke 62-59 in their Peach Belt Conference opener. Purdie connected on 5-9 of shots from the field and made 3 of 4 free throws. The White Oak native drained 1 of 2 3-point shot attempts and was credited with […]

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Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday that is referred to as “The Festival of Lights,” according to the website myjewishlearning.com. It is a time of celebrating and commemorating the victory of the Isrealites over the Greek army and the relighting of the lamp in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. Some of the traditions of Hanukkah include […]

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The Experimental Aircraft Association 1118 located in Bladenboro held a Fly-In Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at the Bladenboro airport during the Bladenboro Christmas Parade on Saturday. The chapter’s Secretary/Treasurer Lisa Hester said the group holds this fundraiser each year. Hester said one of the highlights of the day is the group will be taking young folks […]

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Here is the list of students who made honor roll at Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy Dean’s List Arc 4.0 Kamiyah Lacewell Honor Roll 3.5 to 3.9 Stanari Ballard Tai’Drian Beatty Tamera Bethea Tristen Bray Brianda Coleman Ashley Cousar Taylor Gore Josiah Hall Elijah Hayes Cyeim Lacewell Isaiah Lacewell Delijah Lewis Iyanna McAllister Justin McAllister […]

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The Lil Knights instructional basketball league is conducting registration through Dec. 23 for its two leagues scheduled for play in January and February. Registration fee is $25, which includes a reversible jersey. The co-ed leagues are for grades 1-3 and grades 4-6. Players will learn basketball fundamentals as well as play games on Saturdays beginning […]

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Junior Sayaun Dent pumped in 22 points for West Bladen Friday night, and teammate Stefan McDonald handled the West Columbus pressure as they led the Knights to a 68-62 non-conference boys basketball victory at Cerro Gordo. Junior center John Bowen tossed in 10 points, and sophmore Shaquille Johnson added 9 points for the winners. Senior […]

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This Day In History

1766 – London auctioneers Christie’s hold their first sale. 1776 – First US fraternity, Phi Beta Kappa) William & Mary College, forms. 1792 – George Washington re-elected as US president. 1879 – 1st automatic telephone switching system patented. 1893 – 1st electric car (built in Toronto) could go 15 miles between charges. 1929 – 1st […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Ever forget the meaning of Christmas? Most do. I know it is good to help those the needy around the state and nation, but there is real hurt close to home. Some not physically able to work, some elderly attempting to raise grandchildren on their limited income, the needs are great in our area. And, […]

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East Bladen High School

St. Pauls closed the game with a 21-9 fourth-quarter spurt that rallied the Bulldogs to a 63-53 non-conference boys basketball victory over the visiting East Bladen Eagles. East Bladen took a 43-42 lead into the final quarter and matched baskets until a 10-0 Bulldog run put the game away. “We kept fighting, but we didn’t […]

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East Bladen High School

Senior Lacey Suggs pumped in 22 points, and East Bladen jumped to leads of 23-3 and 37-5 en route to a 57-13 non-conference girls basketball victory at St. Pauls Friday night. Suggs connected on 4 shots from the field and made 3 of 4 free throws to account for 15 of the Lady Eagles first […]

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A 14-2 fourth-quarter blitz snapped a 15-15 tie and vaulted West Bladen to a 29-17 non-conference girls baskeball victory over West Columbus in Cerro Gordo Friday night. Six different players scored in the final quarter for the Lady Knights led by junior Laikyn Pait who tossed in a basket and made 3 of 5 free […]

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West Bladen grad Rahu Purdie and his Lander Bearcats will be at UNC-Pembroke Saturday for a 3 p.m. game against the Braves which will be the Bearcats Peach Belt Conference opener. Purdie has started all 8 games for the Bearcats who have posted a 6-2 record. The White Oak native is averaging 9 points, 3 […]

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West Columbus defeated West Bladen 44-22 Friday night in non-conference jayvee boys basketball action at Cerro Gordo. Gerardo Reyes led the Knights with 8 points and 5 points. Freshman Kerron Washington filled the stat sheet with 6 points, 3 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. Nhyki Richardson grabbed 6 rebounds and tallied 5 points for […]

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The NC Highway Patrol has released the name of the victim killed in a crash in NC 11 Friday. Island Franklin Bannerman of Maple Hill was killed when the logging truck he was driving crashed and caught fire on NC 11 near the Kelly community, said NC Highway Patrol Trooper R. L. Walker. The crash […]

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The Elizabethtown Town Council will meet Monday and receive the audit results from 2014-15. The board is also scheduled to recognize outgoing Councilman Darrell Page during the noon work session. The newly elected council members will be given the oath of office and select a mayor pro-temp ore. The board will discuss the following items […]

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The town of Bladenboro was filled with the sounds of laughter, children at play and songs proclaiming the arrival of Christmas. Folks young and old alike gathered at the Bladenboro Farmers Market to mark the arrival of the Christmas season with the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree. The farmers market was decked out in […]

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West Columbus defeated West Bladen 22-11 Friday in non-conference girls basketball action at Cerro Gordo. Conner Brisson tossed in 5 points to lead the West Bladen scoring. Teammates Kendall Lambeth, Chasitty Lacey and Indiyah Williams scored 2 points each. West Bladen (11) – Mikayla Winebarger, Mireyo Sandoval, Kendall Lambeth 2, Chasitty Lacy 2, Conner Brisson […]

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East Bladen High School

An 8-1 second-quarter spurt carried St. Pauls jayvee girls to a 15-14 non-conference girls basketball victory over visiting East Bladen Friday. The Lady Eagles trimmed a 9-4 halftime deficit to 11-9 at the third quarter break but came up a point short in the final period. Deija Edwards led the East Bladen scoring with 5 […]

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By Erin Smith  Charges have been filed in a fatal crash that occurred earlier Friday on NC 11 near the Bladen-Columbus County line. The crash ocurred about noon on Friday. “The truck was destroyed,” said NC Highway Patrol Trooper R. L. Walker. According to Trooper Walker, a 2010 GMC Yukon operated by Charlie Boney of […]

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Health Grades

  Now we are beginning the last month of the year, a season when most of us eat away from home many times, whether we are visiting others or shopping for that perfect something, sooner or later, our stomachs begin to growl, and we want to fill them with some thing delicious, and convenient. Judging […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery

There is excitement in the air at Clarkton School of Discovery as teachers and staff prepare for a visit from Visual Artist David Edgar. Visual artist, David Edgar, will be working with all of the school’s sixth grader students to create a work of art from recycled laundry detergent bottles. His visit is made possible […]

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The Compassionate Friends Worldwide Candle Lighting unites family and friends around the globe in lighting candles for one hour on the second Sunday in December to honor the memories of the sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren who left too soon. As candles are lit at 7 p.m. local time, hundreds of thousands of persons […]

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By: Erin Smith The White Lake Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the White Lake Town Hall. The board will receive the 2014-15 fiscal year audit and then honor the outgoing board members following that the Mayor and town commissioners will be given their oath of office and then appoint […]

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By: Erin Smith 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. The board is set to elect a new chairman and vice-chairman. There will be a recognition of Marsha White for her retirement which was effective on December 1. In […]

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By: Erin Smith The planning committee for the Crazy Fun 5K Color Run and Walk presented a check to the United Way of Bladen County representing the amount of $4,408.61 the amount raised by the event. “I believe that other members of the committee would agree that we are excited about the results of this […]

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An update of road openings / closings is as follows: OPENINGS: SR 1710 Elkton Road SR 1710 is OPEN as of yesterday afternoon at 5pm.  This completes the planned pipe replacement work on Elkton Road. UPCOMING CLOSINGS: Beginning Monday morning (12/7/15), we plan to close SR 1148 (Quail Street) near Blue Street (Between McLean St and Able St).  […]

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Cookies. Candy canes. Pie. Hot chocolate. It seems that everywhere you turn during the holidays, temptation is at your fingertips. This time of year, more than any other, our plans to eat smart can be tested.  Fortunately, holiday foods don’t have to undermine your goals. A few tricks can help you survive the season’s most […]

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By Erin Smith All four suspects in the Dublin shooting have been arrested and have made first appearances in court. All four remain in the Bladen County Jail under no bond. Montise Mitchell, D’Nazya Downing and Christopher Baldwin are all charged with first-degree murder and will have a probable cause hearing on December 29. Shanika […]

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WASHINGTON, DC– U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Administrator Val Dolcini announced that producers who chose coverage from the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage or the Price Loss Coverage programs, can begin visiting FSA county offices starting Dec. 7, 2015, to sign contracts to […]

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By: Erin Smith The results of the 2015 Thanksgiving “Click It or Ticket” Campaign are in and the numbers tell a sobering picture. The event is a joint effort of the Governor’s Highway Safety program and the N.C. Department of Transportation. The campaign took place from November 23 through November 29 and resulted in 3,395 […]

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                The East Bladen High School History Club visited Harmony Hall Plantation Village, Inc. recently to help with the preparations for Christmas. The club members cleaned furniture, dusted mantles and assisted volunteers in getting the house and buildings in top shape ahead of the Christmas Open House which […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

This morning, while shaving, I thought about the changes in the delivery of medical services that have taken place over my life time. For years, family doctors in area towns, provided the medical services.  They even made house calls, when needed.  In fact, many babies were delivered at home.  When was the last time you […]

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Andrew Cahn fired in the game-winning goal in the penalty kick shoot-out as Clarkton School of Discovery defeated Tar Heel 2-1 Thursday night in Bladen Five Middle School Conference soccer action at County Park. The game was tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, and the Blue Devils outscored the Panthers 3-2 in the penalty […]

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1619 – 38 colonist from Berkeley Parrish in England disembark in Virginia and give thanks to God.  Considered by many as the first Thanksgiving in the Americas. 1682 – First General Assembly in Pennsylvania (Chester) 1836 – Whig party holds its first national convention, Harrisburg, Pa. 1844 – James Knox Polk elected 11th US President. […]

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Few institutions generate more mystery and controversy than the Federal Reserve – or the “Fed” for short. It has already become a topic in the current presidential campaign. Some see the Fed as absolutely necessary to the function and protection of the financial system. They credit the Fed’s strong actions in 2008 and 2009 as […]

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By: Erin smith The filing period for the 2016 election is off to a slow but steady start as candidates are making their way to the Bladen County Board of Elections Office in Elizabethtown. The filing period ends at noon on Monday, Dec. 21. The primary will be held in March. As of Thursday afternoon, […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced today that the Eastern District of North Carolina collected $15,047,564.36 in criminal and civil actions in Fiscal Year 2015. Of this amount, $11,011,638.80 was collected in criminal actions and $4,035,925.56 was collected in civil actions. Additionally, the Eastern District worked with other U.S. Attorney’s Offices and […]

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff James A. McVicker wants the public to know there are several changes to the process of obtaining a pistol purchase permit. On August 5, 2015 Governor Pat McCrory signed House Bill 562, Amend Firearm Laws, into law. This bill makes a number of changes to North Carolina’s firearms laws, to include changes in the […]

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  Several changes in state law for obtaining a pistol purchase permit went into effect Tuesday, Dec. 1. Part of the change is the way sheriff’s evaluate and process the permits. Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker says his office is implementing the changes while trying to minimize inconvenience to applicants. However, McVicker says, there are […]

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WASHINGTON, DC – The House of Representatives passed an amendment authored by Congressman David Rouzer to protect consumers and small businesses from the increased costs of a recent rule introduced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).   In early March of 2015, the EPA published a final rule that established costly new standards for the […]

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By Erin Smith All four suspects wanted in the shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council have been arrested. Christopher James Baldwin (pictured, left), 25, of Lumberton was arrested Wednesday night and D’Nazya Sade Downing, 20, of Parkton was arrested on Thursday afternoon.  Both are facing charges of first degree murder. Montise Mitchell (pictured, right), 24, […]

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To many folks in Bladen County, the name Thomas Grimes is best affiliated with his alter ego of “Santa.” He enjoyed his role as Santa and many children in Bladen County were often the beneficiary of his jolly sense of humor and warm laughter. He played the role of Santa at events throughout the region and in Bladen County […]

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New Hanover County Superior Court recently denied a motion by Edward H. Pruden, former Superintendent of Brunswick County Schools, to dismiss a lawsuit brought against him by Baker A. Mitchell, Jr. and The Roger Bacon Academy, Inc. (RBA). Mitchell and RBA allege that Pruden slandered them by maliciously publishing misrepresentations and false statements about both of […]

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                    The telecommunicators that answer the calls at the 911 Call Center in Elizabethtown are dedicated to their jobs. On Wednesday, they received recognition during a departmental meeting of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. “There is a certification that our 911 Call Center goes through called […]

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Washington, D.C. – Last night, with the support of Congressman David Rouzer, the House of Representatives passed the Conference Report for S. 1177 – the Every Student Succeeds Act— which reduces the role of the federal government in K-12 education, restores local control, promotes school choice and empowers teachers and parents.  The Every Student Succeeds […]

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The NC Forest Service recently held a fire prevention poster contest at East Arcadia Elementary School. “The contest was about Wildfire Prevention and they had to draw a picture as creative as they could be about ways to do this,” said Assistant County Ranger Brett Godwin. The winner was Kenya Rhodes in Ms. Wheeler’s 4th […]

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Garrett German of Elizabethtown, NC was recently inducted into this year’s University of Mount Olive Athletics Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements as a UMO Trojan baseball player. German played right field for the Trojan team in the 1998-99 seasons. Garrett German, who graduated from UMO, was the 1999 Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference Baseball Player […]

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                  A roundtable discussion regarding Enroll America was held Wednesday at Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s cafeteria in Lumberton. The discussion for the evening centered on the state of Affordable Care Act enrollment. Though the evening was wet outside the mood inside was electric. The panelists for the […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Our world is changing and we have a ringside seat in front of our TV.  As expected, some for the better, but some not good. Remember when we knew everyone around us, may have a ‘strange’ neighbor, but neighbors took care of neighbors.  Fast forward to today….For many……no idea who our neighbors are. Bladen County will have a […]

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West Bladen grad D. J. Mason recorded his second straight double-double Monday night with 16 points and 13 rebounds that led Campbell to a 66-65 non-conference victory over visiting Virginia Military Institute. Mason popped in a couple of early jump shots to put the Camels ahead 6-4 early, then added a lay-up and 2 free […]

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This Day In History

1818 – Illinois becomes 21st state USA (Admission Day) 1828 – Andrew Jackson elected 7th US President. 1833 – Oberlin College in Ohio, the first truly coeducational college, opens. 1834 – First US dental society organized (NY) 1883 – 48th US Congress (1883-85) convenes. 1922 – First Technicolor movie (Tall of the Sea), shown in […]

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                The members of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club met at the Elizabethtown Municipal Building on Wednesday and prepared dictionaries for distribution to the third grade students of the Bladen County Schools. The dictionary project is a joint effort of the Elizabethtown and Bladenboro Rotary Clubs. The project is […]

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Folks driving on King Street in the town of Elizabethtown may have noticed a new traffic pattern in the vicnity of the King Street Gynasium. On Tuesday, town staff unveiled two four-way stops. They are located at the intersections of South Marvin and King streets and South Morehead and King streets. “It was a recommendation […]

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The filing period for the 2016 election has begun and as of noon on Wednesday one more candidate has made his intentions known by filing for 2016 election. Dem. Kenneth Register Jr. has filed seeking election to the County Commissioner District 3 seat. He will be challenging incumbent Dem. Wayne Edge. The filing period ends […]

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  Zach Smith says that working out is something that is somewhat of a family tradition. “I grew up watching my dad (Larry Smith) work out,” said Smith. He said that his dad really demonstrated how working out can have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing. “He has been a member and worked […]

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                          Helen White loved to walk.  Any time she found an opportunity–whether before or after work, during a break or at lunch–she would walk for exercise and enjoyed it.  However, over time, White began to develop pain in her hips, making it a […]

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The town of Bladenboro has the night lit up now with beautiful Christmas decorations. The street light posts are decorated with lighted angels and other holiday figures. Claudette Guy with help from others decorated the Farmers Market, while other community members made sure the Bladenboro Historical Building was decorated. Share on Social Media using Short […]

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Tuesday evening was not just a regular scheduled meeting for the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club. The group helped spread the joy of the holiday season. Some young ladies from the Lake Waccamaw Boys and Girls Club were treated to a shopping experience at Leinwand’s for new clothes, and then shared a catered holiday meal with the […]

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Police officers are always at the ready to assist whenever a citizen is in distress. That was the case on Friday, Nov. 27, when Bladenboro Police Officer Brooks Yandle answered call near the Pawn South store. Chief Chris Hunt said Yandle received a call about an unconscious male in front of the Pawn South store […]

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By: Erin Smith Gov. Pat McCrory named Southport attorney Jason Disbrow as District Court Judge for the 13th District which is comprised Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus counties. The announcement was made Tuesday. Disbrow will fill the vacancy created when Judge Marion Warren was appointed to serve as director of the North Carolina Administrative Office of […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

Senior Daquan Lennon’s driving lay-up with 5 seconds left lifted West Bladen to a 67-65 non-conference boys basketball victory at Purnell Swett Tuesday night. Two free throws by Swett’s Lucas Oxendine had tied the game with 15 seconds remaining. After Lennon’s basket, Swett called time-out, but could only manage a half-court heave at the buzzer. […]

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A reminder, it’s time for residents/candidates to step-up, sign-up to run for a political office.  Filing is underway at the local Board of Elections, 301 Cypress Street in E-town.  Good men and women are needed. Bet many will be seeking the address of Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook and his wife Priscilla Chan.  They announced recently that […]

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West Bladen made a run early and a run late, but Purnell Swett rode a 20-4 surge to a 24-13 lead and eventual 40-33 non-conference girls basketball victory over the Lady Knights in Pembroke Tuesday night. It was the season opener for West Bladen, and turnovers plagued both teams. The Knights committed 32 turnovers, while […]

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Brandon Labra turned in a ‘Hat Trick’ of 3 goals to lead Tar Heel to a 4-2 Bladen Five Middle School Conference soccer victory over Bladenboro Tuesday night at County Park. Labra converted an assist from Jacob Lopez into the first Panther goal with 19 minutes remaining in the first half. Lopez took advantage of […]

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Garrett Melvin and Gabe Barber posted ‘Hat Tricks’ of 3 goals each to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 10-2 Bladen Five Middle School Conference soccer victory over East Arcadia Tuesday night at County Park. Melvin fired in back-to-back goals in the first two minutes of play. In the tenth minute teammate Jackson Bostic […]

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Purnell Swett defeated West Bladen 30-22 Tuesday night in non-conference jayvee boys basketball action at Pembroke. It was the season opener for the Knights. Freshman Kerron Washington led the Knight offense with 10 points and 4 steals. Teammate Gerardo Reyes finished with 7 points, 2 rebounds and a steal. Andrew Harris grabbed 5 rebounds for […]

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Purnell Swett defeated West Bladen 34-15 Tuesday night in non-conference jayvee girls basketball action at Pembroke. Sophmore Mikayla Winebarger and freshman Conner Brisson led the West Bladen scoring with 4 points each. It was the season opener for the Lady Knights who were plagued by 21 turnovers. West Bladen (15) – Mikayla Winebarger 4, Mireyo  […]

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Gov. Pat McCrory took part in a promotion ceremony for 45 employees of the State Highway Patrol held recently at the Summit Church on Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. Among those promoted were R.M. Pearson of Troop D, (Roxboro). He was promoted to Lieutenant and his new station will be Troop B Headquarters (Fayetteville). D.S. […]

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1812 – James Madison re-elected President of US, E. Gerry vice-pres. 1840 – William Henry Harrison elected the 9th President of the United States of America. 1867 – In a New York theater, British author Charles Dickens gives his first public reading in the United States. 1908 – Child Emperor Pu Yi ascents the Chinese […]

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By Erin Smith A long-time Bladen County Commissioner has announced she will not be seeking re-election after 26 years of service. She was first elected to the Board of Commissioners in 1988 and is completing her sixth term in office. Incumbent Commissioner Delilah Blanks said, “I’m going to move over to the exit lane.” She […]

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By Erin Smith One Bladen County playwright is seeking sponsorships to help with upcoming projects. LoWanda Davis said she is seeking sponsors to help with purchasing microphones and covering the costs of filming her first three plays to be recorded to DVD. Davis is in the process of writing her fourth play but would like […]

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2015 – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today reminded farmers and ranchers that the next general enrollment period for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) begins today, Dec. 1, 2015, and ends on Feb. 26, 2016. December 2015 also marks the 30th anniversary of CRP, a federally funded program that assists agricultural producers with […]

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If you have not yet dropped off your toys for the Bladen County 4-H Toy Drive there is still time. The  Bladen County 4-H Toy Drive to collect toys to donate to the Bladen County Department of Social Services foster children has been extended until noon on Friday, December 11, according to Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Director Stacie […]

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                        The members of law enforcement from Bladen, Sampson and Scotland counties, the NC Highway Patrol, Bladen County EMS, state parks personnel and firefighters all took part in a tracking class held at the Bladen County Law Enforcement Training Center at White Lake and Jones Lake […]

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The State Employees Credit Union has developed a new program called Secure to better handle foreclosed properties by renovating them and renting them to the public. Rian Collins, vice-president/city executive with State Employees Credit Union in Elizabethtown, said in the past, banks would take foreclosed houses and sell them as is, usually taking a loss […]

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Elizabethtown Baptist Church will host the final night of Upward Basketball  for ages K-5th grade from 6 until 8 p.m. in the church’s Christian Activity Center. Upward Sports works to develop young athletes mentally, athletically, spiritually and socially while keeping Jesus Christ as the focal point of the game! Tuesday, Dec. 1, will be the final night for evaluation […]

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NBC announced the cast today for the upcoming season of its reality-TV weight-loss show, The Biggest Loser.  A mother-daughter duo from Bladenboro, Vicki and Lauren Clark, are members of the cast for Season 17 which will begin airing on Jan. 4th at 9 p.m. Share on Social Media using Short Link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=35166 Share:

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By: Erin Smith The filing period for the 2016 election got underway at noon on Tuesday. The filing period ends at noon on December 21. The primary will be held in March. Those who filed Tuesday included incumbent N.C. House member William Brisson (pictured, left) of Dublin, who has served five terms in Raleigh representing […]

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“A Robeson County Christmas” Show The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton presents its fourth annual heart-warming holiday musical revue for the entire family. The show will be presented 7pm December 11 and 12 and 3pm December 13. Created and directed by Kendrix Singletary, the theater’s resident artist, “A Robeson County Christmas” Show features […]

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Emergency services staff at Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center are urging the public to visit their family physicians or use local clinics for all health conditions not requiring emergency care.  Currently all staffed beds at Southeastern Regional Medical Center are occupied and patients seeking admission are facing delays. The medical center activated diversion mode […]

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Soccer

Garrett Melvin and Jay McGill scored 2 goals each to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 6-2 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory over Bladenboro Monday at County Park. McGill put the Blue Devils ahead early with a goal in the first minute of play. McGill pounced on a throw-in from Gabe Barber and […]

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Bladen County folks will remember Fairmont’s William McGirt as one of the best high school golfers to ever play in the area. McGirt, while in high school at Fairmont, played White Lake Golf Course many times during his high school golfing career. At the present McGirt is ranked 13th on the PGA money list. During […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is expanding a state quarantine for the imported fire ant to include all of Graham, Halifax and Macon counties effective Jan. 1, 2016. With the expansion, the quarantine now includes portions or entire areas of 74 counties. The quarantine continues efforts to monitor the spread of […]

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With Bladen County unemployment running among the highest in North Carolina our local industries are providing much needed jobs for thousands of Bladen County citizens. In the past most of our employment was connected, in some way, to agriculture and small manufacturing. Not so this year. This year’s top 10 employers are more diversified. Smithfield […]

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By: Erin Smith Today is #GivingTuesday. A day that is set aside for giving to ones favorite charity, helping a family in need, cleaning a neighbor’s leaves, simply making a financial contribution to such organizations as the food bank. There are several worthy charities in Bladen County including the Bladen Crisis Assistance Food Bank, Bladen […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Today, we in Bladen County and North Carolina begin a new election for leaders of our county, state and nation.  If all begins with the filing for political offices at the county, state and national level. If you have a better plan about how to do ‘our’ business at any level, filing begins at high noon […]

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East Columbus built an 11-2 halftime lead and went on to defeat East Bladen 25-9 Monday in non-conference jayvee girls basketball action at East Bladen. The Lady Eagles narrowed the gap to 13-7 after 3 periods, but a 12-2 East Columbus closing run broke the game open. Asia Munn topped the East Bladen scoring with […]

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East Columbus rode a 23-5 first half surge to a 36-23 non-conference jayvee boys basketball victory at East Bladen Monday night. Deondre Newkirk fired in 7 points, and Sadique Ingram bombed in a pair of 3-point shots as the Eagles outscored the Gators 14-8 in the third quarter to close the gap to 31-19. Newkirk […]

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Seniors Lacey Suggs and Abby Ward led East Bladen’s Lady Eagles to a 55-23 non-conference girls basketball victory Monday night over visiting East Columbus. Suggs blistered the nets with 20 of her game-high 24 points in the first half as the Lady Eagles rolled to a 36-7 halftime lead. The 5-9 forward also collected 8 […]

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Dayvon Powell and Jermaine Robinson combined for 35 points Monday night as East Bladen’s Eagles rolled to a 69-37 non-conference boys basketball victory over visiting East Columbus. Powell led the Eagles with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Robinson followed with 17 points, and junior Ethan Hines contributed 10 points, 5 rebounds and 5 steals. Senior […]

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