01/21/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:40 pm We Are All One Humanity 
  • 4:33 pm Elizabethtown Truck Driver missing since Lenoir County crash found
  • 3:06 pm Fayetteville Police seek missing woman
  • 2:54 pm Fayetteville Police announce arrest of man wanted on 17 warrants
  • 2:45 pm Collaborative Transmission Plan identifies 19 major reliability projects
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1790 – Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (NYC). 1840 – Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated. 1856 – Auburn University is chartered as the East Alabama Male College. 1862 – Julia Howe publishes “Battle Hymn of Republic” 1865 – JS Rock, 1st black lawyer to practice in Supreme Court admitted to […]

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A spay/neuter clinic for low income families will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 3, at the Elizabethtown Veterinary Clinic. A Shelter Friends is seeking volunteers for the day who are being asked to report by 7 a.m. There is no experience necessary to volunteer and you will be taught what you need to know. By […]

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Plans got under way on Sunday night for a Youth Rally to be held on Sunday, March 6, at 5 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School. the theme for the event is “This Is My Story.” Cheryl West led the planning session for a proposed youth rally for Bladen County which is based on the […]

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As Year 8 begins for Bladen Online, we’re happy to report another solid week and we thank you for your continued support. We couldn’t do it without you. Bladen Online had 109,242 page views for the week of Jan. 24-30, according to Google Analytics, and 23,126 visits, which was the 10th-most for visit in history. […]

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Campbell University has released the Dean’s List for the Fall 2015 semester and one Bladen County resident is named to the list.   Summer L. Cain of Elizabethtown was named to the Dean’s List.  She is majoring in prenursing.   The requirements for the Dean’s List include a minimum course load of 12 semester hours, […]

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Another great week for BladenOnline, so far as numbers go. Anything over 100,000 ‘pages viewed’ is great and we topped that number again. Erin, Charlotte, John, Ray and the crew continue to amaze me. Today closes out year 8 for BladenOnline. I remember as if it were yesterday and the early days were a struggle […]

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Lennon’s Crossroads High School Boys 40, Open Door #2 35 LCR (40) – Seth Britt 3, Chandler Lennon 15, Hunter Prevatte 8, Jeremy Hunt 14, Ryan Blackmon. ———- Lennon’s Crossroads High School Boys 67, Open Door #1 51 LCR (67) – Seth Britt 18, Chandler Lennon 17, Hunter Prevatte 4, Jeremy Hunt 25, Donald McCullum […]

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West Bladen grad Rahu Purdie bombed in a trio of 3-pointers and scored 11 points Saturday as his Lander Bearcats defeated North Georgia 97-84 in Peach Belt Conference basketball action. Purdie connected on all three of his 3-point attempts, was 1-3 from 2-point range and also collected 2 rebounds, 2 assists and one steal. The […]

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West Bladen grad D. J. Mason is No. 3 in rebounding in the Big South Conference with a 7.7 rebound average in 20 games this season with the Campbell Camels. Mason, a pre-season All-Big South Conference selection, is scoring 11 points per game for the Camels who are currently suffering through an 8-game losing streak […]

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1846 – After the Milwaukee Bridge War, Juneautown and Kilbourntown unified as the City of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 1851 – Gail Borden announces invention of condensed milk. 1865 – Congress passes 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America. 1865 – General Robert E. Lee named Commander-In-Chief of Confederate Armies during US Civil War. 1871 – Millions of […]

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A Macaw that was reported missing Friday is back home and doing well. The bird’s owner reported Saturday morning it was fine and enjoying a meal of chicken wings. The bird was reported to have flown away from its home in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park on Friday afternoon. Share:

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I want to elaborate on an article we have on our news page….’Missing Macaw Needs Your Help’…..One of the owners of a business in the industrial park has the most beautiful ‘big bird’ I have ever seen, in his business. Saw it earlier this week, on the shoulder of the owner. The Macaw enjoys much […]

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League-leader Heide Trask won their sixteenth straight game Friday night as they defeated the West Bladen Knights 78-70 in Four County Conference boys basketball action at Rocky Point. The Titans improved to 9-0 in league play and 18-1 overall. Sophmore Shaquille Johnson staked the Knights to an early lead as he slammed in a dunk […]

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McDuffie Pest Control and the National Pest Management Association report the Zika virus, a disease causing pathogen spread to humans through mosquito bites, being found in the U.S. According to the information sent the virus is quickly gaining momentum as human cases are being confirmed in states across the country, including FL, TX, NY, NJ […]

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North Carolina Division Of Aviation Director, Bobby Walston, P.E., flew into Elizabethtown today for the North Carolina Association of Airport’s State board meeting held at the Elizabethtown Town Hall. According to ncairports.org, the mission of the NC Association of Airports is to promote aviation & airport management in North Carolina through networking and professional development. The NC Airports […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Playing with only two of their regular varsity players and five players called up from the jayvee team – East Bladen’s Eagles dropped a 74-52 Four County Conference decision at Pender Friday night. “It was a decision made after a meeting between school and athletic officials, including myself,” said East Bladen […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Pender defeated East Bladen 46-43 Friday night in Four County Conference jayvee boys basketball action at Pender. The Patriots jumped in front 7-4 early then padded their lead to 23-18 at halftime. The Eagles rallied with 15 points in the third quarter to trim the Pender lead to 34-33 at the […]

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West Bladen’s Lady Knights built a 23-13 halftime lead en route to a 50-32 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over Heide Trask at Rocky Point Friday night. Junior Alanna Ludlum, junior Logan Autry and freshman Erika McKoy threw in first quarter baskets, and Autry and junior Kaylee Stevens hit free throws as the Lady […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Senior Lacey Suggs posted a double-double of 17 points and 13 steals as East Bladen’s Lady Eagles rolled to a 60-16 Four County Conference girls basketball victory at Pender Friday night. Junior Danielle McDowell tossed in a basket and 2 free throws in the first quarter, and Suggs, senior Christiana Cromartie […]

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Deija Edwards and Anna Kate White tossed in 8 points each Friday to lead East Bladen’s jayvee girls to a 36-11 Four County Conference basketball victory at Pender. The Lady Eagles grabbed a 4-0 first quarter lead and stretched the lead to 12-2 at halftime. A 14-7 third quarter spurt pushed the East Bladen lead […]

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1781 – Articles of Confederation ratified by 13th state, Maryland. 1797 – US Congress refuses to accept 1st petition from African-Americans. 1800 – US population: 5,308,483; African American population 1,002,037 (18.9%) 1835 – Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C. in 1st attempted assassination of a US President. 1847 – Yerba Buena […]

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David Beyer with the Elizabethtown Big Blue Store took chainsaws and other Stihl Company products to the Elizabethtown Fire Department on Friday. All the county fire departments were invited to come to the Stihl Company Product and Proper Usage Training Class on Friday. Firefighters used the chainsaws and other Stihl products to cut through metals, […]

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The Elizabethtown Town Council will meet on Monday might to discuss several matters. The council will hear a concern from citizen Catherine Graves concerning deposit monies for landlords for water. The council will also consider a petition for voluntary annexation and is asked to either approve or deny the request. If approved, the board will […]

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Four County Electric Membership Corporation has donated 5,000 dollars through its Operation Round Up® TRUST Fund to Bladenboro Fire Department to purchase a thermal imaging camera for their firefighters. The camera will allow firefighters to see areas of heat through smoke, darkness or heat-permeable barriers. Thermal imaging cameras can “see” through darkness or smoke and allow […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday night and discuss several agenda items. Dr. Robert Heavenridge, of Bladen County Schools, is scheduled to discuss the Bladen County Schools’ facility needs survey. Bladen County Fire Marshall Bradley Kinlaw is set to present and amendment to the Clarkson Rural Fire District funding agreement to […]

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The Bladenboro Historical Society placed monuments in front of four newly planted Crepe Myrtle trees at noon on Friday, Jan. 29. The trees are part of an ongoing landscaping project started this year by the Society. A landscape committee was appointed to research and develop a plan for beautification of the building. With the help […]

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Elizabethtown Primary School has released the honor roll for the second nine weeks grading period.   Third Grade Superintendent’s List Xavier Hicks “A” Honor Roll Savanna Howell, Anna Miranda, Cara Priest, Kenneth Rhodie, Iveonna Ward “A/B” Honor Roll Lupita Baza, Jaedyn Beatty, Chace Butler, Gissele Campos-Almazo, Ryan Chambers, Ashley Estrada-Gonzalez, Angelina Emore, Joshua Harrington, Alex […]

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RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will be in Washington, D.C., Sunday to Tuesday to discuss national agricultural policy with other commissioners, secretaries and directors of agriculture from across the country. The National Association of State Departments of Agriculture’s annual Winter Policy Conference will bring together leaders to discuss pressing issues and federal policy affecting […]

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A family pet that went missing on Monday on Guyton Road has been located. Princess, who is a Husky mix with blue eyes, was let out on Monday afternoon and disappeared. Andrea Heverly is reporting this afternoon that Princess decided to visit a neighbor who took her in until her owners were found. “Thank you […]

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Classic Cruisers Car Club recently donated $800 to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.  The club’s yearly car show raises funds to benefit local organizations. Lower Cape Fear Hospice is a nonprofit agency that provides healthcare and comfort to people with advanced illnesses; support and counseling to families; and education in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Onslow […]

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The Bladenboro and Clarkton Fire Departments provided mutual aid to the North Whiteville Fire Department on Friday morning for a barn fire. The fire occurred on Peacock Road just inside the Columbus County line and claimed the barn and a pick up truck parked underneath it. The cause of the fire remains under investigation at this […]

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IPHONE/IPAD TIPS Facebook Video Streaming iOS 9.3 Apple HomeKit Live Streaming Is Now Available This is an awesome new feature for FB. It’s been in testing mode with celebrities for about 9 months. Now you can stream your life on Facebook. Ohhh, this could be bad!!! Reality TV for everyone!!!! Stream your kids life events […]

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By Sandra Cain With so many choices, it can be hard to sift through the variety of grain products to find the healthiest options. Having a basic understanding of the different types of grain products will help set you on the right path. Whole Grain. Whole grains have all of the edible parts of the […]

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The Junior Beta Clubs from Bladen County are making final preparations to attend the 24th annual Junior Beta Convention held at the Sheraton Four Seasons hotel in Greensboro on Monday, Feb. 1, and Tuesday, Feb. 2, and we wish them all well. According to CSD’s Heather Thompson, who serves as a state sponsor, there are […]

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Prepare for another big change in the weather.  Windy and warmer is the forecast for today. Both high school basketball teams play tonight.  East Bladen at Pender and West Bladen at Heide Trask. East Bladen girls (19-0, 9-0) and West Bladen boys (14-4, 5-4) are having very good seasons. Check BladenOnline article related to Youth […]

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Kendall Johnson sank the winning free throw with 3 seconds left to play as Tar Heel rallied for a 25-24 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory at East Arcadia Thursday. East Arcadia had led 24-22, but Tar Heel’s Tyre Boykin stole an in-bounds pass, was fouled and made two free throws to tie […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Center Javant McDowell posted a double-double of 18 points and 14 rebounds to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 33-31 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over visiting Elizabethtown Thursday night. The Blue Devils improve to 4-0 with the victory and take sole possession of first place in […]

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By Kenneth Armstrong Khadijah Jones pumped in 18 points and keyed an 8-0 third quarter spurt that propelled Clarkton School of Discovery to a 25-21 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory over visiting Elizabethtown Thursday. The Lady Blue Devils trailed 14-13 at halftime, but Jones stole the ball 3 times and raced for lay-ups then […]

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A County-Wide Youth Rally is in the planning stages and help is needed. Mrs. Cheryl West has sent out an invitation try to reach anyone willing to assist in the project to join a meeting this Sunday, January 31st at 4pm.  Thus far the plan will be to have the event on Sunday, March 6th […]

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Bladenboro’s one-two scoring punch of Kasee Singletary and Elexus Corrothers combined for 32 points Tuesday and led the Lady Bulldogs into first-place in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference with a 42-35 victory over visiting Elizabethtown. Singletary poured in a season-high 19 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs, while Corrothers racked up 13 points. Their […]

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The Mother County Genealogical Society meets on the second Saturday of even numbered months from 12:00 to 2:00 PM in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building at 818 South Main Street in Bladenboro, NC.  The next meeting is on February 13th.  Our scheduled speaker, Kelly Baldwin, will present the history of Abbottsburg.  Following the Civil War, […]

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This Day In History

1785 – In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health. 1802 – John Beckley became the first Librarian of Congress. 1845 – Edgar Allen Poe’s “Raven” 1st published (NYC) 1848 – Greenwich Mean Time adopted in Scotland. 1861 – Kansas became the 34th state of the […]

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Bladenboro Primary has released their honor roll for the second nine weeks grading period. Third Grade Superintendent’s List Holland Davis A Honor Roll Erin Hewett Flor Jacome-Duarte Quinasia Lee Deikan Moretz Dorien Rivera Eileen Rojas Sandoval Aiden Russ Richard Severine Madison Wilkins A/B Honor Roll Cade Allen Jerrah Babson Kallie Bass Aurora Bennett Jade Black […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension I love the North Carolina State Fair. My wife will tell you that around June 1 I start the countdown to the opening of the fair. Everything about the fair – the farm animals, the exhibits, the food, the happy people, and even the rides – appeals to […]

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Wallace-Rose Hill capitalized on a 30 free throw advantage at the foul line to defeat visiting West Bladen 64-55 in Four County Conference boys basketball action Wednesday night. The Bulldogs made 23 of their 42 free throw attempts. West Bladen only shot 12 free throws and made 7 of them. The Knights were whistled for […]

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Bladen Lakes Primary School has released its honor roll for the second nine weeks grading period. Third Grade A HONOR ROLL Anjeliett Albarran Brihanna Autry Michael Dixon Sadie-Jon Enloe J’Von Junious Leslie Lemus-Basilio Nickolas Shipman A/B HONOR ROLL Kadence Allman Gabriela Ayers Taylor Call Brionna Collins Lynn Escobar-Perez Abigail Guevara Charity Highsmith-Lanier Brandon Kersey Sawyer […]

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RALEIGH – A new Civitas poll shows that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton maintains a strong lead in the Democratic primary race in North Carolina. The poll asked likely Democratic primary election voters who their current choice is among the Democratic presidential hopefuls. 53 percent said Clinton, while 28 percent said they favored Vermont Sen. […]

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The Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday afternoon at San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown and welcomed two new members to the club. Rotarians Jamie Davis and Wayne Edge received their new member packets and were welcomed to the club by President Renee Horton. Later in the meeting, Wayne Schaeffer (pictured right), also a new member […]

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The Heverly family needs your help to locate their missing puppy.  The puppy answers to the name of Princess and is about 12 weeks old. She is a Husky mix with blue eyes and was last seen on Guyton Road on Monday afternoon. “We let her out to go to the bathroom Monday around 4:30 p.m. […]

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According to official state data, how do public charter students compare to public traditional students on state End-of Grade tests?  Each year, the NC Department of Public Instruction publishes the results of state End-of-Grade testing. The results include both traditional public students and public charter students, as all public charter schools are required to take […]

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Sherida Coatney and Ian Ashley were recently announced as the recipients of Southeastern Community College’s Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to second-year MLT students who are about to enter their final semester of the program. Funding for the scholarship is acquired through contributions from MLT Club fundraisers and donations from the […]

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Third Grade: Superintendent’s List:  Gabriella Bray “A” Honor Roll:  Danity Ballard, Kara Gause, Emily Lewis, Ryder Faircloth, Emma Gryczynski, Angel Ramon-Reyes, Garrett Dunham, Chason Harris, Lidia Lopez-Cardona, Kayleigh Melvin, Madison Sullivan “A/B” Honor Roll:  Devyn Clanton, Micah Hearn, Raul Morales, John Morgan, Connor Smith, Gabe Cashwell, Kayla Hewitt, Sherlyn Martinez, James McVicker, Conner Monroe, Issac […]

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See a few political signs ‘popping up’ around the county.  The primary election is about 7 weeks away. Will be interesting to see if moving the election from the first Tuesday in May to March 15 will have any effect on local activity.  The dates were changed to allow North Carolina voters to be involved in […]

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Vineyard Golf at White Lake is scheduling a Super Bowl 2-Man Texas Scramble tournament to be held Saturday, February 6 with a shotgun tee time of 12 noon. The cost for individuals is $50 for members and $60 for visitors. There will be a skins game which will cost $20 extra per team. A putting […]

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Wallace-Rose Hill defeated West Bladen 64-55 Wednesday night in Four County Conference boys basketball action at Wallace. The game had been rescheduled from December due to the Bulldogs participation in the Class 1AA Football State Championship game. The Knights are now 5-4 in league play and 14-5 overall. West Bladen will travel to Rocky Point […]

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Senior Justice Carr and sophmore Sedajah Murphy combined for 29 points to lead Wallace-Rose Hill to a 50-27 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over visiting West Bladen Wednesday night. Carr threw in 7 points, and Murphy nailed a 3-pointer and another basket as the Lady Bulldogs raced to an 18-4 first period lead. The […]

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This Day In History

1851 – Northwestern University (Chicago) chartered. 1855 – The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway. 1864 – Battle of New Bern, NC. 1878 – 1st telephone exchange (New Haven,CT) 1878 – George W. Coy is 1st full-time telephone operator. 1902 – Carnegie Institute founded in Washington, […]

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Bladen County Sports

West Bladen’s jayvee girls moved into first place in the Four County Conference with a 41-29 basketball victory at Wallace-Rose Hill Wednesday. It was the second straight victory for Coach Joe Lewis’ Lady Knights over Wallace-Rose Hill. West Bladen defeated the Lady Bulldogs 49-46 at West Tuesday. West Bladen is now 4-1 in league play […]

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Bladen County Sports

Majuan McKoy fired in 20 points Tuesday night to lead Elizabethtown’s Cougars to a 60-44 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory at Bladenboro. Teammate Jordan Robinson pumped in 11 points, and Cory McKoy added 10 points for the winners. Shy’Ron Adams topped the Bulldog scoring with 18 points. Tray Ballard followed with 8 […]

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The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that occurred on Monday afternoon on NC 131. According to reports, a mother and her child were involved in the collision. Only the child was sent to the hospital and an air ambulance was sent as a precautionary measure, according to reports. The investigation is continuing. […]

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One avid Carolina Panthers fan, has high hopes for his team during the 50th Superbowl. So much so, that he even wrote a poem about it. Donnie Ezzell, a sixth grade student in Heather Thompson’s class at the Clarkson School of Discovery, wrote a poem for a class assignment prior to Christmas called Carolina Panthers—Twas […]

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Eastpointe Human Services, a regional behavioral health Managed Care Organization serving 12 North Carolina counties, announced today that Sarah N. Stroud, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed CEO of Eastpointe, effective immediately. The Eastpointe Area Board voted on Tuesday to appoint Stroud to replace Ken Jones who announced earlier this month […]

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The smallest patients at Southeastern Regional Medical Center will be in the spotlight and will benefit from the funds raised at the Southeastern Health Foundation’s 24th annual gala, “Le Cirque de Rouge.” The black-tie event, which is set for Friday, Feb. 26, from 7 to 11 p.m. at Southeastern Agricultural Center in Lumberton, will raise […]

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Several Bladen County businesses took part in the 78th annual Columbus Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting and Mini Business Expo. The event was held on Monday at the Northwood Assembly of God facility on US Hwy. 701 South. The event was well attended with lots of information available. Brad Crowell with Bladen Office Supply and […]

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Does your pet have bad breath? Unfortunately, most pets do and this is not normal. The foul odor you smell is caused by an infection in their mouth. The most common cause of infection in your pet’s mouth is periodontal disease, which affects over 75% of pets over 2 years of age. Periodontal disease is […]

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Interesting that many counties north and west of Bladen are still dealing with snow and ice.  Many school delays today, primarily north of the Raleigh-Durham area.  Remember when our local schools were closed for an extended period of time due to the weather? So what do you think of Donald Trump’s announcement that he would […]

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Wallace-Rose Hill’s Johnnie Glaspie fired in 26 points Tuesday night to lead the Bulldogs to a 71-51 Four County Conference boys basketball victory at West Bladen. Glaspie who is committed to attend East Carolina next year on a football scholarship drained a 3-point shot and scored 11 points in the first period as the Bulldogs […]

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Wallace-Rose Hill cashed in on 7 of 9 fourth quarter foul shots and claimed a pivotal 43-38 Four County Conference girls basketball victory at West Bladen Tuesday night. The Bulldogs took a 32-28 lead into the final quarter, but West freshman Erika McKoy popped in a corner jumper, and junior Laikyn Pait turned a Logan […]

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Javant McDowell and Tashuan Berkeley combined for 22 points to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 32-29 Bladen Five Middle School Boys Basketball victory at Tar Heel Tuesday night. McDowell topped the Clarkton scoring list with 14 points, and Berkeley followed with 8 points. Tyre Boykin fired in a game-high 20 points for Tar […]

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Khadijah Jones poured in 18 points to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 34-16 Bladen Five Middle School girls basketball victory at Tar Heel Tuesday. Abbie Cross fired in 4 first quarter points as the Lady Blue Devils grabbed an early 7-1 lead. Lauren Bowen threw in 4 points in the second quarter as […]

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Freshmen Conner Brisson and Chasitty Lacy and sophmore Mikayla Winebarger combined for 34 points Tuesday night to lead West Bladen’s jayvee girls to a 49-46 Four County Conference basketball victory over Wallace-Rose Hill. Brisson topped the Lady Knight scoring with 12 points, and Lacy and Winebarger followed with 11 points each. Sophmore Indiyah Williams added […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLINTON – A dominating third quarter lifted Clinton to a 62-48 victory over East Bladen on Tuesday night in a Four County Conference basketball game. The Dark Horses turned a one-point halftime edge into a 12 point lead at the end of the third quarter in moving into second place in […]

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Wallace-Rose Hill grabbed a 17-7 first-quarter lead and maintained that margin for a 58-46 Four County Conference jayvee boys victory at West Bladen Tuesday night. Freshman Kerron Washington tossed in 5 first quarter points for West Bladen and added 5 more points in the second quarter as the Knights whittled one point off the Bulldog […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLINTON – The shots weren’t falling. Drives to the basket were contested. And the defense couldn’t keep Clinton from shooting free throws. But when it counted most, top-ranked East Bladen made the plays Tuesday night in beating the Dark Horses 42-38 in a Four County Conference girls basketball game. The Eagles […]

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CLINTON – Clinton made six free throws in the final minute to hold off an East Bladen rally in beating the Eagles 61-52 on Tuesday in a Four County Conference junior varsity boys basketball game. East Bladen fell behind 30-22 at half and 46-36 at the end of the third quarter. A pair of baskets […]

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 27 1671 – Pirate Henry Morgan lands at Panama City. 1785 – 1st US state university chartered, Athens, Georgia. 1880 – Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp. 1891 – Mine explosion kills 109 at Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. 1915 – US Marines occupy Haiti. 1918 – “Tarzan of the Apes”, […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from November’s revised rate.  The national rate remained unchanged at 5.0 percent. North Carolina’s December 2015 unemployment rate was 0.2 of a percentage point higher than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 17,547 over […]

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Bladenboro’s Vickie Clark, who was voted off the Biggest Loser show Monday, took time to talk about her experience on the show. She said her time on the show was both challenging as well as a learning experience. Clark said being a contestant on Biggest Loser “ranks right up there.” “Behind my medical mission trips, […]

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By: Erin Smith Bladen County native Chris James is excited and enthusiastic as he talks about his music career. James has been busy recently following a move to Nashville, Tenn. to work on advancing his vocation. “I’ve been wanting to move there for a while,” said James. He said he has not been disappointed with […]

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By: Erin Smith Bladen County Department of Social Services is preparing to attempt a count of Bladen County’s homeless population on Wednesday night. Miller said during the Healthy Bladen Collaborative meeting the census will be conducted with assistance from area law enforcement agencies. Miller said that the homeless count can provide data that can be utilized […]

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According to the North Carolina Lottery, funds raised through playing the various games affiliated with the lottery support our state’s education system. So where does the money go? According to the NC Education Lottery website, $4 billion have been raised in the nine years the lottery has existed.  The funds are spent with 58 percent […]

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Southeastern Health’s Community Health Education Center, or C.H.E.C., will host an open house and ribbon cutting in conjunction with the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 5:30 pm. The center moved to its new location beside Shoe Show and across from EyeWorks in Biggs Park Mall in Lumberton in early January. […]

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Southeastern Hospice will host an Adult Bereavement Support Group for adults experiencing grief due to the loss of loved one through death.  The support group is open to the public.  The group will meet starting on Tuesday, Feb. 2, beginning at 3 p.m.  Meetings will last approximately 90 minutes and will be held in the […]

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By: Erin Smith The members of the Healthy Bladen Collaborative met on Tuesday morning at the Bladen County Health Department and learned about grant opportunities. Kathleen Riley of the Cape Fear Resource conservation and Development, talked to the board about two distinct grant opportunities. The first grant opportunity is to do an in depth study […]

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Bladenboro’s Vickie Clark was eliminated from the Biggest Loser show last night, but in an update from home she said she has got her grove back and is still losing weight. Lauren Clark, however, remains on the show and both ladies are in the “wonderland” which is what the show refers to when a contestant gets below […]

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Just a few days before the 2016 Presidential election begins…..only 10 months before the campaign is over and we can begin to condemn whoever is elected. If you had to vote today, who would you vote for?  Why? Ever listen to a candidate then check the facts….Sometimes the rhetoric doesn’t jive with the truth.  Still […]

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This Day In History

1784 – Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America’s symbol. 1802 – Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library. 1837 – Michigan admitted as 26th US state. 1861 – Louisiana secedes from the Union (US Civil War) 1870 – Virginia rejoins US. 1875 – Electric dental drill is patented by George […]

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Cape Fear Valley Behavioral Health Care will hold a Community Suicide Prevention Workshop. The free seminar will be held Tuesday, Feb. 2, at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church’s Fellowship Hall. Registration begins at 6 p.m. The seminar will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. John Bigger and Douglas Parrish from Behavioral […]

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Center Road is re-opened to traffic as of Monday afternoon, according to NC Department of Transportation Bladen County Engineer Kenneth Clark. He said that DOT crews had begun the replacement of the pipe on Center Road just south of Berry Lewis Road, but Clark said water intrusion was too rapid so crews chose to repair […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Forest Service has confirmed that laurel wilt, a devastating disease of redbay and other plants in the laurel family, has been identified in Onslow County in an area along N.C. Highway 50 just north of Holly Ridge. The disease has been identified across the Southeast in portions of South Carolina, Georgia […]

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By: Jacqueline Madden Members of Cape Fear SORBA hosted the Coastal Carolina Off-Road Series bike race at Brown’s Creek Nature Park on Sunday, January 24th. There was a total of 130 racers competing in the off-road race. Over 150 spectators came out to enjoy the beautiful day and watched as the competitors raced to the finish. […]

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The C.T. Regan Fieldhouse at East Bladen High School was vandalized. There was approximately $3,500 damage done to the facility. The Bladenboro Fire District vote was ruled invalid. Paul Butler, Bladen Industry Hunter, withdrew his application for the job as Cumberland County Manager. Jacquelyn Phillips of Council made the Dean’s List at Atlantic Christian. Clarkton […]

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The Bladen County Animal Control Board got a great report at their recent meeting regarding the 2015 yearly report on its animal shelter. “Our shelter is doing exceptionally well,” said Animal Control Board President Mike Jackson. The live release rate was better in 2015 than 2014. In 2014, 18 percent of the animals taken into […]

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Enrollment at Bladen Community College remains consistently strong as the college welcomes 1,341 students to classes for the spring semester.  “Our current 2016 spring enrollment is only marginally different from our 2015 headcount”, remarks Barry Priest, Vice President for Student Services.  While the enrollment trend among the 58 community colleges in the North Carolina Community […]

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By: Erin Smith A Bladen County resident went for an unplanned swim on Monday morning on Mercer Mill Road about one mile from the Big Blue Store after crashing her car into a creek. “I was traveling on Mercer Mill Road towards Elizabethtown,” said Shaquandra McRae of Clarkton. McRae said as she traveled along Mercer […]

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Southeastern Health’s (SeHealth) President and CEO Joann Anderson announced the appointment of Jason Cox as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC). His major focus areas include: nursing/patient care areas, emergency and intensivist physicians, behavioral health, surgical services, anesthesia services, food services, laboratory, medical imaging and pharmacy, all of which […]

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Bladen Community College admissions staff are reminding high school that now is the time to begin considering how they will pya for college. “Bladen County high school seniors who are college-bound in the fall should immediately begin the process of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form, commonly called the FAFSA form,” remarks […]

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To our north and west, many folks are still waiting for electric power to be restored.  Very few outages in Bladen, if any.  I kept checking outage websites for Duke Power and Four County and think I saw only one report of an outage. How about the Carolina Panthers?  They will be Santa Clara, California […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville “There’s been an awakening. Have you felt it?” This winter, Americans of all generations are awakening to the newest film in the Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Many readers probably remember seeing the first Star Wars film in theaters in 1977. Audiences […]

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