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Key Week for West Bladen Boys Basketball Team

West Bladen’s Knights face a trio of key games this week as they continue their pursuit of the Four County Conference Boys Basketball Championship. “We will know a lot more about where we stand in the conference race by Friday night,” said Knight Coach Travis Pait. The Knights are currently 5-2 in conference play, 14-3 overall and tied for second place in the league with Clinton. Wallace-Rose Hill, now 3-2 in the league and 7-4 overall, will visit West Bladen Tuesday night. Coach Steve Robinson’s Bulldogs were in sole possession of second place until an 80-68 loss at first-place Heide Trask. The Bulldogs are led by senior Johnny Glaspie (13 …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 25

1775 – Americans drag cannon up hill to fight British (Gun Hill Road, Bronx) 1799 – 1st US patent for a seeding machine, Eliakim Spooner, Vermont. 1825 – 1st US engineering college opens, Rensselaer Polytechnic, Troy, NY. 1863 – Battle of Kinston, NC. 1890 – United Mine Workers of America forms. 1915 – Alexander Graham Bell in NY calls Thomas Watson in San Francisco. 1937 – 1st broadcast of  “Guiding Light” on NBC radio. 1945 – NY Yankees sold by Ruppert estate to construction magnate Del Webb and partners Dan Topping and Larry McPhail for $2.8 million. 1955 – US and Panama sign canal treaty. 1961 – Walt Disney’s “101 …..

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Bladen Online’s Week in Review: Jan. 17-23, 2016

The week began with celebrating and remembering the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and ended with us hunkered down in our homes following Winter Storm Jonas. In between, there was a drug arrest, search for a shooting suspect, a squirrel attempting to attend church and the two Bladen County high school basketball teams renewed their rivalry. Those were among the highlights in Bladen County for the week of Jan. 17-23. Here’s a recap. ** While the temperatures were frigid, spirits were high for parade goers on Monday, Jan. 18 in Elizabethtown. Several celebrations took place in the region to mark the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Our weather picture is looking better, according to the latest forecast.  After the past 2 or 3 days, just about any change would be better.  As dark and dreary as it was, we have much to be thankful for.  We dodged the really bad ‘stuff’. Today’s high expected to be in the mid 40s with lots of sunshine.  Monday’s high mid 50s and mid 60s on Tuesday. Our friends to the north and west will hopefully see a similar forecast. Very few utility outages in the area. Hanging around the house, to much time to think. Remember when the butcher at the grocery store sliced baloney and luncheon meat. Today, …..

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East Bladen Girls Visit Clinton Tuesday For Key League Game

East Bladen’s Lady Eagles travel to Clinton Tuesday night with a chance to take a 2-game lead in the Four County Conference Girls Basketball standings. In their first meeting at East Bladen, the Lady Eagles (8-0 in conference, 18-0 overall and ranked No. 1 in NC Preps Class 2A State Rankings) rolled to a 58-30 victory behind 21 points from senior Lacey Suggs. The Lady Dark Horses (6-1 in conference, 14-3 overall and ranked No. 10 in the NC Preps poll) are led by sophmore Alex Canady (20 points and 8 rebounds per game) and senior Brielle Mitchell (18 ppg). There have been rumors that Clinton star MiKayla Boykin who …..

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Bladen Online By the Numbers: January 17-23, 2016

Another solid week for Bladen Online and we thank you for your continued support. We couldn’t do it without you. Bladen Online had 122,866 page views for the week of Jan. 17-23, according to Google Analytics, which was the 10th-best week in our eight-year history, and 24,427 visits, which was the 7th-best week in history. Also, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, there were 29,864 pages viewed, which was the 10th-most single-day views in history. We believe that people rely on Bladen Online to tell the story of Bladen County. It’s a great place to get your business in front of Bladen County residents. To advertise or pass along stories, contact us …..

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The 7th Congressional District invites you to the Politicians Appreciation Day

The Politicians Day is Saturday, March 5th, 2016 at 5:00 pm. The event is free to the public and nonpartisan. The day is sponsored by businesses, attorneys, and politicians to show their gratitude to the community for their support. The politicians will speak briefly at the dinner in order for the public to get to know their platforms on a more personal level. So mark your calendars and come out and enjoy fellowship, dinner, and entertainment at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin, NC. For more information contact Cindy Lewis at 910-247-2818. Share:

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HOT FUDGE PIE

HOT FUDGE PIE If you love chocolate, then this is for you. It is oh so gooey and delicious…. Ingredients: 1 stick butter, softened 1 c sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla 3 Tbsp cocoa powder 1 tsp salt 1/2 c all purpose flour Instructions; Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream together butter and sugar with electric mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla and mix well. Add cocoa powder, salt and flour and stir until well combined. Grease 8 inch pie pan with butter or cooking spray, pour mixture into pie pan. Bake 30 to 35 minutes until center is set. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 24

1639 – Connecticut colony organizes under Fundamental Orders. 1648 – Lord Baltimore’s representative Margaret Brent ejected from Maryland Council after requesting to vote. 1848 – James Marshall finds gold in Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. 1899 – Rubber heel patented by Humphrey O’Sullivan. 1901 – 1st games played in baseball’s American League. 1908 – Gen. Baden-Powell starts Boy Scouts. 1927 – Alfred Hitchcock releases his first film as director – The Pleasure Garden, in England. 1936 – Benny Goodman & orchestra record “Stompin’ at the Savoy” on Victor Records. 1950 – Jackie Robinson signs highest contract ($35,000) in Dodger history. 1964 – CBS purchases NFL 1964 & 1965 NFL TV …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

A month ago we were approaching Christmas and wondering if we were going to have winter weather.  Wintertime has arrived. National Weather Service is predicting occasional rain, snow and freezing rain before noon, and snow between noon and 4 p.m., then a chance of snow after 4 p.m.  Cloudy, with a high near 34.  Northwest wind 9 to 16 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 40%.  Total snow accumulation is less than a half inch possible. Cloudy, then gradually becoming partly cloudy, with a low around 27.  Northwest wind 10 to 14 mph.  Tomorrow (Sunday), Sunny, with a high near 43 with northwest wind 7 to 10 mph. Have a son …..

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NCHSAA Second Draft Slight Improvement for Bladen Teams

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association released its second draft for the 2017-21 realignment on Friday, and there was only one slight improvement for Bladen teams. The original realignment draft from December placed East Bladen and West Bladen in a nine-team Class 2A conference with current Four County members Clinton, Wallace-Rose Hill and Midway and newcomers James Kenan, East Duplin, Spring Creek and Goldsboro. The second draft that was released today moves Goldsboro into a Class 2A league with Wilson Beddingfield, Farmville Central, Southwest Edgecombe, North Pitt, North Johnston and Nash Central. Goldsboro is 79 miles from West Bladen and 76 miles from East Bladen. With Goldsboro removed the …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 23

This Day in History – January 23 1552 – 2nd version of Book of Common Prayer becomes mandatory in England. 1789 – Georgetown, 1st US Catholic college, founded. 1845 – Uniform US election day for president and VP authorized. 1849 – Mrs. Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman physician in US. 1855 – The first bridge over the Mississippi River opens in what is now Minneapolis, Minnesota, a crossing made today by the Father Louis Hennepin Bridge. 1889 – Daniel Williams forms Provident Hospital in Chicago. 1907 – Charles Curtis of Kansas becomes 1st Native American US senator. 1909 – 1st radio rescue at sea. 1941 – Ground breaking for NACA …..

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Snow could be on the way, Bladen under Winter Weather Advisory

Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw said that the county has not experienced any major issues with Winter Storm Jonas. However, with temperatures set to plunge below freezing for another night, Kinlaw said roads could become treacherous. “DOT has been out all day and they are saying the roads look pretty good,” said Kinlaw. “We expect that to deteriorate as temperatures drop back to below freezing.” He asked that anyone who does not absolutely have to travel, to stay off the roads overnight. Kinlaw many of the areas of the county received little ice while the northern portions of Bladen County around the Tar Heel area were reporting ice …..

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Four arrested on drug-related charges

Four individuals have been arrested and charged with the sell and deliver of crack cocaine and prescription pills in the county, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. Three other individuals are still being sought in connection with the case. “This investigation by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Vice and Narcotics Unit was over a two month period,” said McVicker. “During that time undercover agents made multiple purchases from the individuals who have now been charged.” McVicker said that four of the seven charged have been arrested and three are still at large but have outstanding warrants and he believes they will be arrested in the near future. Arrested and charged …..

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Keep Bladen Beautiful to hold essay contest

The Keep Bladen Beautiful Advisory Committee will hold an essay contest for all 6th grade students who reside in Bladen County or attend a school in Bladen County.   KBB President Sondra Guyton said, “We would like to encourage all of our students in Bladen County to think about how they can keep Bladen County green and how they can help encourage people to put litter where it belongs.”   The idea for the essay contest was sparked as a way to help young students to realize that they can play a role in keeping litter picked up as well as adults.   “Litter is everyone’s responsibility,” said Les Litter. …..

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Winter Storm Warning extended for Bladen

A winter storm warning remains in effect for Bladen County until 4 p.m. Friday. The warning was originally set to expire at 1 p.m. According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Steven Pfaff, temperatures will continue to warm slowly meaning that some areas in the region will remain at or below freezing a while longer. Warnings/Advisories: Here are the following updates as of 1 p.m. EST. 1) Winter Storm Warning has been extended until 4 p.m. EST for Darlington, Dillon, Marlboro, Robeson, and Bladen Counties (primarily for the northwest half of Bladen County). 2) Freezing Rain Advisory has been extended until 4 p.m. EST for Florence and Marion County. 3) The Freezing Rain …..

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Notice of Primary Election

A primary election will be held on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 in Bladen County to vote on the candidates for the following offices:   US President (Rep) US President (Dem) US President (Lib) US Senate (Rep) US Senate (Dem) US House of Representatives District 07 (Rep) NC Governor (Rep) NC Governor (Dem) NC Lieutenant Governor (Dem) NC Attorney General (Rep) NC Attorney General (Dem) NC Commissioner of Agriculture (Rep) NC Commissioner of Insurance (Rep) NC Commissioner of Labor (Dem) NC Secretary of State (Rep) NC Superintendent of Public Instruction (Rep) NC Superintendent of Public Instruction (Dem) NC Treasurer (Dem) NC House of Representatives District 022 (Dem)   County-Wide Commissioner (Dem) …..

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Elizabethtown Police seeking owner of bike

Last week, Elizabethtown Police Officer Davis found a bicycle at the Trinity United Methodist Church. The department is now attempting to locate the owner of this bicycle in order to return it. The bicycle is designed for a female rider. Officer Davis said, “The bicycle looked fairly new and I thought it may have been a Christmas present. No one has come forward looking for the bicycle yet.” If you know who may be the owner of the bicycle, contact the Elizabethtown Police Department at 910-862-3125. Callers will be asked to describe the bike. Share:

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For Better Living: Stir-Fry Cookery

By Sandra Cain Certainly the most popular of all Oriental cooking methods is stir-frying. The Chinese word chow literally means toss-cooking. Stir-frying is the quick cooking of small pieces of food in a large pan over high heat while constantly and briskly stirring the food. The key is to keep the food moving constantly, so all parts of the food come in contact with the hottest part of the pan, cooking quickly and evenly. This method of cooking requires a minimum amount of oil and results in food that is crisply tender. Stir-frying refers to the action, not to the amount of oil. Many recipes call for sesame or peanut …..

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County faring well during winter storm

Emergency Management officials said Bladen County is faring well during the winter storm. Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw said the county has not experienced any issues with storm as of Friday morning. He added there was one accident in the county on Friday morning but it is unclear if it was due to ice on the roadway. “DOT has done a great job getting the roads prepared,” said Kinlaw. DOT worked steadily on Thursday applying salt brine roadways and bridges ahead of the storm. DOT also had a crew working during the night to attend to trouble spots as they ocurred. Share:

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Periods of Freezing rain expected to continue

As folks attempt to go about their daily routine on Friday, periods of freezing are still expected to affect the area through the morning hours, according to Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. “Areas of freezing rain will continue through the morning. The freezing rain come to an end as temperatures warm back above freezing from southeast to northwest across the area through the early afternoon,” said Pfaff. He added that ice accumulations of a trace to one-tenth of an inch are possible, but there is no expected accumulation from the wintry mix that is forecast for Saturday and Saturday night. Pfaff said folks driving should …..

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NCDA&CS offers hotline for farmers impacted by storm

RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced that the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will activate its toll-free weather emergency hotline Friday to help farmers affected by the winter storm connect with resources. “Farmers who have an agricultural emergency can call 1-866-645-9403,” said Troxler. “We are ready to help connect farmers with local resources right away.” Farmers can call the hotline to connect with resources to help with recovery from ice, snow or wind damage and power outages. The hotline will be staffed 24 hours a day through the weekend. Officials will keep it available longer if necessary. The department also has resources online at www.ncagr.gov/disaster/winter-weather.htm. Share:

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Bladen County under winter storm warning

As Winter Storm Jonas continues its trek northward, folks are waking up in Bladen County to a wintry mix falling across the are that should change over to freezing rain before ending this afternoon. The National Weather Service has placed Bladen County under a winter storm warning until 1 p.m. Friday. New precipitation amounts of between three-quarters to one inch are forecast for Bladen County. This will make driving conditions treacherous, according to the National Weather Service. Emergency Management officials remind folks that bridges and overpasses will get icy before roadways and to watch out for patches of black ice when driving. The storm forced closures and delays across the …..

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USDA Designates 4 Counties in North Carolina as Primary Natural Disaster Areas With Assistance to Producers in South Carolina

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Rowan and Yadkin counties in North Carolina as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought and excessive heat that occurred from April 25, 2015, and continues.   “Our hearts go out to those North Carolina farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling North Carolina producers that USDA stands with you and your communities …..

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Boys Basketball: West Bladen 64, Union 42

West Bladen’s Knights rolled to leads of 13-4 and 31-17 en route to a 64-42 Four County Conference boys basketball victory over visiting Union Thursday night.   Nine of the ten Knights who played in the game scored and the Knights bombed in eight 3-point baskets in the game.   Sophmore John Bowen and freshman Keshawn Lewis drilled 3-point shots in the opening quarter as West Bladen grabbed the 13-4 lead.   Union fought back in the second quarter, but a barrage of 3-point baskets opened up the 14-point halftime lead. Lewis, junior Sayaun Dent, sophmore Shaquille Johnson and senior Will Lambeth all drained 3-balls for West in the period. …..

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Boys Basketball: Midway 56, East Bladen 51

East Bladen’s Eagles raced to a 23-3 lead Thursday night, but Midway rallied to claim a 56-51 Four County Conference boys basketball victory at East. “I have never seen a game like that,” said East Bladen Coach Ken Cross. “In 41 years of coaching I have never had a team lose a lead like that.” It was bombs away early for the Eagles as they connected on seven 3-point shots in the first 8:20 of the game. East Bladen did not make another 3-pointer in the game. Junior Eian Hines started the barrage with a 3-pointer 18 seconds into the game. Junior Denzel Johnson fired in a pair of corner …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 71, Midway 38

Senior Lacey Suggs keyed an 18-0 East Bladen blitz that began the second half and propelled the Lady Eagles to a 71-38 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over visiting Midway Thursday night. Midway trailed only 29-20 at halftime, and three Lady Eagle starters – Suggs, Abby Ward and Christiana Cromartie – were saddled with 3 fouls each. However the Lady Raiders hopes for an upset were extinguished early in the second half. Cromartie opened the third period with a lay-up, and Suggs banked in a runner and tacked on a free throw. Ward popped in a baseline 15-footer, then nailed a 17-footer from the top of the key. Suggs …..

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Girls Basketball: West Bladen 62, Union 50

Junior Laikyn Pait posted a double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds Thursday night to lead West Bladen to a 62-50 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over visiting Union. Pait also dished out 5 assists and came up with 3 steals. Freshman Erika McKoy tossed in 12 points, grabbed 5 rebounds and had 3 steals for the winners. Junior Alanna Ludlum finished with 9 points and 3 steals for the Lady Knights. Junior Akira Grimes followed with 6 points and 3 rebounds. Junior Logan Autry distributed 7 assists and collected 4 points and 2 steals. Sophmore Elizabeth Allbright pulled down 6 rebounds and had 2 steals for West, and …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for January 22

Weather will be the news story of the day. Best I can tell, it will be a wet, ‘nasty’ day, pretty much all day long. Our precipitation could be in the form of rain, some snow and ice. Hopefully little or no accumulation, but could be slick spots on some roadways. 100 percent chance of precipitation. The forecast does not change much through Saturday night. Could produce 1 to 2 inches of precipitation before ending Saturday evening. Drive with care. No school today, that I am aware of. So many different schools systems today? Not sure. Totals for rain, snow and ice increase dramatically the further north and west you …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 47, East Arcadia 32

Tall Javant McDowell blistered the nets with 26 points Thursday to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 47-32 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketall victory over visiting East Arcadia. McDowell worked the paint for 5 first quarter baskets and a free throw as the Blue Devils built a 15-8 lead. Teammates Jake Evans and Xavier McKoy contributed a basket each. Kasey Price threw in a trio of baskets for the Panthers in the period, and Charles Brown made another basket. Four baskets by Tashuan Berkley sparked a 10-4 second quarter surge that carried CSD to a 25-12 halftime lead. McDowell made 2 free throws in the quarter. Price …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Bladenboro 59, Tar Heel 37

Shy’Ron Adams poured in 20 points Thursday night to lead Bladenboro’s Bulldogs to a 59-37 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory at Tar Heel. Tray Ballard pumped in 13 points for the winners, and Da’Shawn Hines followed with 8 points. Teammate Austin Smith finished with 7 points. Tyre Boykin lit up the scoreboard with a game-high 23 points for Tar Heel. Teammate Shemaiah Leak followed with 8 points for the Panthers. Boykin nailed a first quarter 3-point shot and another basket. Leak threw in 2 baskets in the period, and teammate Kendall Johnson added another as the Panthers grabbed an early 11-10 lead. Hines dropped in 2 baskets …..

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Middle School Girls Basketball: Bladenboro 43, Tar Heel 17

Elexus Corrothers and Kasee Singletary combined for 33 points to lead Bladenboro to a 43-17 Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls basketball victory Thursday at Tar Heel. Corrothers led all scorers with 18 points for the Lady Bulldogs. Singletary racked up 15 points, and teammate Jordan Benson added 6 points. Claudia Cuc-Reyes tallied all of her team-high 6 points for Tar Heel in the fourth quarter. Teammate Shaunessy McMillian finished with 4 points. Singletary fired in a 3-point shot and another basket to spark the Lady Bulldogs to a 9-6 first quarter lead. Corrothers and Summer Addington threw in a basket each for Bladenboro in the quarter. McMillian, Shelby Pharr …..

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JV Boys Basketball: Union 29, West Bladen 23

Union outlasted West Bladen 29-23 Thursday night in Four County Conference jayvee boys basketball action at West. Gerardo Reyes fired in 11 points to lead the Knight scoring. Guard Kerron Washington tossed in 6 points for West. The Knights will host Wallace-Rose Hill Tuesday night. West Bladen (23) – Gerardo Reyes 11, Jaheim Lesane 2, Eddie Perez, Nhyki Richardson 1, Drew Harris, Trenton Lyons, Kerron Washington 6, Jason Moore 2, Ethan Prevatte, Luis Labre, Demetrius McKoy, Ervin Hernandez, Jackson Norris, Kristan Baldwin, Zion Barrett 1. Share:

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JV Boys Basketball: Midway 65, East Bladen 45

Midway raced to a 27-11 first quarter lead and went on to defeat East Bladen 65-45 Thursday night in Four County Conference jayvee boys basketball action at East. Guard Messiah Leach bombed in a pair of 3-point shots and scored all 7 of his points for East in the first period. Greyson Heustess and Darrell Banks added baskets for the Eagles in the quarter. Sadique Ingram and Banks drained two 3-point baskets each in the second period. Ingram dropped in another basket, but the Eagles still trailed 39-25 at halftime. The Eagles managed only baskets by Anthony Wooten and Xavier Wooten in the third quarter as Midway grew the lead …..

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JV Girls Basketball: Midway 34, East Bladen 27

Midway outscored East Bladen 12-6 in the fourth quarter to claim a 34-27 Four County Conference jayvee girls victory over the Lady Eagles Thursday at East. The teams battled on even terms as the Lady Raiders led 9-7 at the first quarter break and 13-11 at halftime. The Lady Eagles trimmed the margin to 22-21 after 3 periods. Freshman Anna Kate White tossed in 9 points to lead the East Bladen scoring, and teammate Jayme LeeAnn Frady fired in 8 points. Alexis Lewis added 6 points for the Lady Eagles. The Lady Eagles, now 2-3 in league play, will travel to Pender next Friday. East Bladen (27) – Jayme LeeAnn …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 22

1673 – Postal service between New York & Boston inaugurated. 1850 – Alta California becomes a daily paper, 1st such in California. 1862 – Confederate government raises premium for volunteers from $10 to $20. 1879 – James Shields (D) elected US senator from Missouri after previously serving as US senator from Illinois & Minnesota. 1889 – Columbia Phonograph was formed in Washington, D.C. 1940 – 1st radio broadcast of “Road to Happiness” on CBS. 1943 – Temperatures rises 49 degrees (F) in 2 minutes in Spearfish, SD. 1945 – Heavy US air raid on Okinawa. 1946 – US president sets up CIA, Central Intelligence Agency. 1954 – 11th Golden Globes: …..

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FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO1 PM EST FRIDAY

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* LOCATIONS AREAS NORTH AND WEST OF A LINE FROM TIMMONSVILLE SOUTH CAROLINA TO JUST NORTH OF CONWAY SOUTH CAROLINA TO CASTLE HAYNE NORTH CAROLINA CAN EXPECT FREEZING RAIN. * HAZARD TYPES ACCUMULATIONS OF FREEZING RAIN. * ICE ACCUMULATIONS FROM A TRACE UP TO 1/10 OF AN INCH OF ICE. HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE EXPECTED IN THE INLAND AREAS. * TIMING BEGINNING LATE TONIGHT AND LASTING INTO MID-MORNING FRIDAY. * IMPACTS LIGHT FREEZING RAIN COULD RESULT IN PATCHES OF ICE ESPECIALLY ON BRIDGES AND OVERPASSES MAKING TRAVEL DIFFICULT AND DANGEROUS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY MEANS THAT PERIODS OF FREEZING RAIN OR FREEZING DRIZZLE WILL CAUSE TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED …..

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SAT Test at East Bladen and West Bladen has been cancelled

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) will not be given at either Bladen County School’s site on Saturday, Jan. 23. The test has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, for both West Bladen High School and East Bladen High School. Students at East Bladen High School who have questions regarding the SAT, can contact their guidance counselor. The College Board will send additional information regarding the Saturday, Feb. 20, test to all students who were registered for the January administration. An email,  from Ms. Anderson, WB site supervisor, has been sent to all students registered for the test at West Bladen. If anyone registered for the January test at West Bladen has questions they may …..

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Bladen County Winter Weather Update

Steven Pfaff, with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, said on Thursday afternoon folks in Bladen County can expect to receive anywhere from one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch of ice accumulation during the developing winter storm. Pfaff said the primary threat from the winter storm is freezing rain and there is also a possibility of sleet. Pfaff said as the low pressure leaves the area on Saturday there is the possibility of a wintry mix hitting Bladen County on Saturday and Saturday evening. Pfaff said light rain will begin Thursday evening and transition into freezing rain. A wintry mix will occur on Saturday and end on Saturday night. …..

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One Stop voting times announced for March primary

One Stop Voting for the March Primary begins on March 3 and ends at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. One Stop sites in Bladen County will include: **The Bladen County Public Library located at 111 N. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown; **The Bladenboro Historical Building located at 818 S. Main Street in Bladenboro; **The Dublin Lions Club building located at 120 2nd Street in Dublin; **The East Arcadia Town Hall located at 1516 East Arcadia Road, Riegelwood. All One Stop voting locations will hour of operation swill be Thursday, March 3, and Friday March 4, from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Saturday, March 5, from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.; …..

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Freezing rain followed by snow on the horizon

A freezing rain advisory remains in effect for Bladen County.  As of Thursday afternoon, Bladen County is forecast to receive up to one-tenth of an inch of ice overnight Thursday into Friday morning. A freezing rain advisory remains in effect for the county until 11 a.m. Friday morning. Bladen County Emergency Management officials are monitoring the storm. Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service in Wilmington said on Thursday morning that there is the potential for freezing rain and possibly some sleet to push into the area making travel hazardous. The freezing rain is forecast to change over to all rain later in the day on Friday and there is …..

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Rotary Club learns about US Embassies

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday and made a special presentation to two fellow Rotarians. President Renee Horton presented Rotarians Charlotte Smith and Anne Beyer (pictured right) with special pin backs that denoted their sponsorship of new members to the club. Following the presentation, Rotarian Al Pingree (pictured left) gave a presentation to the group about US Embassy operations. Pingree is a retired US Marine veteran.  He explained how the Embassy staff are organized and what types of training and duties a Marine Security Guard would have when stationed at an Embassy. Pingree said there are about 1,500 Marine Security Guards stationed at about 120 location across the globe. …..

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No decision yet on school delays

With the threat of winter weather, Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton said district staff are monitoring the weather forecasts closely, but as of Thursday morning there have been no decisions reached regarding any cancellations or delays. Newton said she expected any announcements to come later in the day on Thursday and advised parents will receive a telephone call and announcements will also posted on the school district website.  She said with the addition of new technology, the school system is now able to send text messages and email messages as well. Newton said that though no decision has been reached on Thursday morning, district staff have been …..

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Bladen County DOT Crews working to get roads and bridges ready for impending winter storm

Kenneth Clark with the Bladen County Department off Transportation garage, said on Thursday that crews have begun pretreating all bridges in Bladen County with a solution of salt brine. He added that all major routes in the western and northern portions of the county will also be pre-treated with salt brine.  Clark said DOT crews will begin with NC 87 and work their way to other major routes in the county. Clark said that about 3:30 a.m. crews will report to work and begin treating bridges with salt, if needed, and dressing any other problem areas that develop. “As the precipitation changes over to non-freezing rain, we will disband for …..

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USDA Expands Microloans to Help Farmers Purchase Farmland and Improve Property

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin offering farm ownership microloans, creating a new financing avenue for farmers to buy and improve property. These microloans will be especially helpful to beginning or underserved farmers, U.S. veterans looking for a career in farming, and those who have small and mid-sized farming operations.   “Many producers, especially new and underserved farmers, tell us that access to land is one of the biggest challenges they face in establishing and growing their own farming operation,” said Harden. “USDA is making it easier for new farmers to hit the ground running and get access to the …..

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Summer Basketball Camp Scholarships Available

Four County EMC offers basketball camp scholarships for rising sixth through eighth grade students. Boys may apply for the Roy Williams camp at UNC-Chapel Hill and girls may apply for the Wes Moore Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp at N.C. State University. Two local students will be awarded scholarships, one for each camp. All expenses for the overnight camps will be paid for by Four County EMC. Wes Moore, coach of the Wolfpack women’s basketball team, and Roy Williams, coach of the 2005 and 2009 national champion Carolina Tar Heel men’s basketball team, will each instruct campers with the help of staff and current players. Not only does the program allow …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for January 21

Weather will likely be a primary topic for all, over the next few hours.  Local temps are expected to be near or above freezing during that period of time, however precipitation in one form or another is expected tonight and could continue through Saturday. Drive with care.  Busiest places around….likely to be anyplace that sells milk and bread. Do you get frustrated when anyone takes it upon themselves to change the seat, the radio and sometimes the steering wheel on your vehicle?  Leave them alone….or put them all back where they were…… Dementia is a horrible disease…as are many others. Loving, caring caretakers for sick folks are special. Hope you …..

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NWS issues Freezing Rain Advisory

For Bladen-Robeson-Columbus-Inland Pender in North Carolina and several South Carolina counties, including Marlboro-Darlington-Dillon-Florence-Marion and Inland Horry. The National Weather Service in Wilmington has issued a Freezing Rain Advisory, which will be in effect from midnight (Thursday) to 11 a.m. EST Friday. * Locations….Mainly west of the I-95 corridor and north of a line from the city of Darlington, SC to Whiteville to Rocky Mount. * Hazard Types….Light accumulations of freezing rain. * Ice Accumulations….A trace to a few hundredths of an inch. * Timing….Beginning late tonight and lasting into mid-morning Friday. * Impacts….Light freezing rain could result in patches of ice…especially on bridges and overpasses, making travel difficult and dangerous. …..

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East Bladen Girls Remain No. 1 in State Poll

East Bladen’s Lady Eagles remain atop the latest NCPreps.com Class 2A Women’s State Basketball poll that was released Tuesday. Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles improved to 17-0 overall Tuesday night with their victory at West Bladen. Four County Conference rival Clinton (14-3) cracked the Class 2A poll at No. 10. Kinston (12-1), the team that eliminated East Bladen from the state play-offs last season, is ranked No. 7 in this week’s poll. In the boys rankings Fairmont (11-0) occupies the No. 7 spot in the Class 2A poll. Four County Conference leader Heide Trask (14-1) is No. 8 in the Class 1A poll, and Wallace-Rose Hill (8-2) received Honorable Mention. …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 21

1789 – 1st American novel, W.H. Brown’s “Power of Sympathy” is published. 1880 – 1st US sewage disposal system separate from storm drains, Memphis, Tennessee. 1887 – Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) forms. 1899 – Opel manufactured its first automobile. 1908 – NYC regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public. 1915 – Kiwanis International founded in Detroit. 1941 – 1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, TX. 1942 – Count Basie records “One O’clock Jump” 1949 – 1st inaugural parade televised (Harry Truman) 1956 – “Comedy in Music (Victor Borge)” closes at Golden NYC after 849 performances. 1964 – Carl T. Rowan named director of US …..

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New apparatus arrives at White Lake Fire Department

By: Erin Smith There was an air of excitement on a brisk Wednesday afternoon as town staff and fire fighters gathered to watch as a new apparatus arrived. The department officially accepted delivery of a new 2015 E-One pumper which will replace a 1987 Pierce pumper. The new truck has the capacity to transport six firefighters in the gear including the driver in an enclosed cab. Town Clerk Brenda Clark said that the purchase of the new truck helped the town to resolve a two issues — safety a issue because the 1987 truck was an open cab truck and maintenance issues. Chief Dale Brennan said that the purchase of …..

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Squirrel attends Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church

By: Erin Smith In true Ray Stevens fashion, a squirrel has recently been attempting to join the congregation of the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church. Walter McDuffie, of McDuffie Pest Control, said the squirrel gained entry to the church through the attic. It seems the squirrel then gnawed his way into the sanctuary. According to Pastor Chris Denny, the squirrel caused damage to the church’s organ and also damaged some of the pipes that are attached to the organ. Denny said that the church is currently in the process of locating a company to repair the organ.  The squirrel has, thus far, eluded capture. Share:

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Friday’s East Bladen & West Bladen Games Moved to Thursday

Both East Bladen and West Bladen have rescheduled their home games that were scheduled for Friday to Thursday. Midway will be at East Bladen Thursday with the jayvee girls at 4 p.m. followed by jayvee boys, varsity girls and boys.   Union will be at West Bladen Thursday with the jayvee boys beginning at 4:30 p.m. followed by varsity girls and boys. The changes were made to get the games played in case winter weather hits the area on Friday.  Share:

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Rouzer for Congress releases primary poll numbers

Today, Rouzer for Congress announced key findings from its most recent poll conducted among primary voters across the 7th District of North Carolina. With 94% name ID among primary voters across the district, Rouzer holds an impressive 66% favorable/9% unfavorable image rating.  Rouzer’s standing is even more impressive among “strong” Republicans with a 72% favorable/5% unfavorable image rating — in contrast, his primary opponent has just 9% name ID in the district with 1% favorable.  On the ballot test, Rouzer holds an 83% to 5% advantage over his primary opponent.  Within Johnston County, Rouzer holds a 90%-3% lead, with an 87%-3% lead in Brunswick County and a 76%-8% lead in …..

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Second annual Cape Fear Region Cattle Conference to be Feb. 2

North Carolina Cooperative Extension (Bladen, Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson and Scotland County Centers) will host the Seventh Annual Cape Fear Regional Cattle Conference on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Southeastern N.C. Agricultural Events Center located at 1027 Hwy. 74 East, Lumberton.  This conference is an excellent opportunity to receive updates on the cattle industry, learn new management practices, and visit with other cattle producers in the area. Topics and speakers include North Carolina Cattlemen’s Association Update by Bryan Blinson; Deworming & Animal Health Management by Dr. Harrison Dudley, NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine and a Beef Cattle Marketing Options Producer Panel. The program includes a meal and time to visit with …..

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Farm Bureau offering scholarships

An integral part of fulfilling Farm Bureau’s mission is to make leadership development available to our members. Education is an important component of  leadership. Providing opportunities for our future leaders to obtain an education is  important to us. Farm Bureau is  proud to offer the following to our members. The R. Flake Shaw University Scholarship provides $4,000 per year to students for four years.  and the R. Flake Shaw Community College Scholarship provides $1,000 per year to students  for two years. The Cecil McClure Memorial Scholarship provides $500 per year for four years. Bladen County Farm Bureau Scholarship provides $1,500 per year. Eligibility requirements for the scholarship will be based …..

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Elizabethtown Police seeking suspect in MLK Day shooting

The Elizabethtown Police Department is investigating a shooting they are calling “gang-related” that occurred on Monday afternoon. Police are attempting to locate Meredith J. Cromartie of Fox St. in Elizabethtown.   Interim Police Chief Kip Hester said that about 4 p.m. on Monday, Cromartie fired several shots from a semi-automatic handgun.  “The shots were fired in the area of Gill and MLK Drive in Elizabethtown and were directed toward Jeffery Lewis, a gang member from a “set” other than Cromartie’s.  A vehicle driven by Felicia McGill, and occupied by three additional individuals (including an infant) was struck by the gunfire; fortunately no-one in the vehicle was injured,” said Hester. This case has …..

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Bladen County could see potential glazing of ice Thursday night

By: Erin Smith Folks in Bladen County could wake up to as much as one-tenth of an inch of ice on Friday morning, according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Steve Pfaff. “There could be a window of time where we could see freezing rain at the onset of the storm, late Thursday and into Friday morning,” said Pfaff. A forecast graphic supplied by Pfaff shows that Bladen County has a high probability to receive freezing rain. According to the graphic, most of Bladen County is in the 80 percent probability range for receiving freezing rain Thursday night. He said with the arctic air mass that is currently in place over …..

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Bladen Community College holds disaster training for nurses

On Friday, Jan. 15, nursing students at Bladen Community College participated in a simulated disaster assessment and rescue training event. Local EMS assisted with the project. Sharron Thomas, director of Allied Health Programs, said, “The interdisciplinary simulation was a wonderful experience for our students.” In this simulated disaster, a staged accident occurs resulting in multiple injuries. Nursing students are called to the scene where they begin the process of assessing the injured persons, administering emergency assistance, and transporting victims to a “hospital” environment. Training continues as the victims enter the “hospital” area, where activity mimics an emergency room response to the disaster. Participating victims wear theatrical makeup to simulate serious …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for January 20

Winter has arrived.  Low this AM near 20 and high today in the low 40s.  And cold weather is expected for several more days, but our chances of snow are slim. There are many old wives’ tales and folk legends that claim you can tell how tough a winter it’s going to be by looking at certain signs:  Have you heard these? When leaves fall late, winter will be severe. Holly trees are full of bright red berries which mean a harsh winter is on the way. Animals’ fur get thicker. Early bird migration. A warm November is the sign of a bad winter. Thick shell on acorns. Brighter foliage. …..

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Bladen County financial picture is bright

Bladen County Commissioners received a monthly financial update at their Tuesday evening meeting. Nearly 75% of the Ad Valorem Property Taxes for the current fiscal year had been collected as of December 31, 2016.   $16,240,679, or 74.78% of property taxes had been collected after the first six months of the 2015-2016 fiscal year.  A year ago, $14.2 million had been collected after the first 6 months. However, it should be noted that the Board of Commissioners increased taxes about 10% to cover the cost of a new detention center and to improve EMS services. Overall, revenues collected as of December 31, 2016 totaled 57.25% of the current budget.  Sales …..

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Boys Basketball: West Bladen 62, East Bladen 58

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Junior Sayaun Dent fired in 14 of his game-high 19 points in the second half as West Bladen rallied for a 62-58 Four County Conference boys basketball victory over visiting East Bladen Friday night. After Shaquille Johnson’s follow shot tied the game 51-51, Dent drained his third 3-point basket of the night to put the Knights ahead to stay at 54-51 with 2:12 remaining. Senior guard Stefan McDonald banked in a runner for a 56-51 Knight lead, and the Eagles’ Eian Hines and Dent traded 2 free throws each. East junior guard Denzel Johnson nailed his fifth 3-pointer of the game to pull the Eagles to …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 46, West Bladen 16

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Senior Lacey Suggs pumped in 18 points, and East Bladen opened up a 31-5 halftime lead en route to a 46-16 Four County Conference girls basketball victory at West Bladen Tuesday night. Suggs tallied 12 of her points in the first half and also grabbed 8 rebounds. Senior guard Abby Ward dished out 9 assists, scored 8 points and was credited with 8 steals. Freshman Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson followed with 8 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Senior Christiana Cromartie anchored the Lady Eagle defense with 9 blocked shots and collected 9 rebounds and 6 points. Freshman Ashley Hardin pulled down 8 rebounds, and junior Emily …..

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JV Boys Basketball: West Bladen 32, East Bladen 28

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong West Bladen’s jayvee boys scored the final 12 points of the game to claim their first basketball victory of the season 32-28 over visiting East Bladen Tuesday night in Four County Conference action. Freshman Greyson Heustess’ free throw with 5:13 left to play stretched East Bladen’s lead to 28-20, but Drew Harris sank 2 foul shots to begin the Knights’ winning run. Gerardo Reyes drilled a 3-point shot from the right corner to slice the Eagle lead to 28-25. Freshman Kerron Washington drove the baseline for a lay-up that whittled the margin to 28-27with 2:01 on the clock. Jaheim Lesane tied the game with a free …..

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JV Girls Basketball: East Bladen 37, West Bladen 23

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Freshman Anna Kate White fired in all 7 of her points during a 13-0 closing run that carried East Bladen’s jayvee girls to a 37-23 Four County Conference basketball victory at West Bladen Tuesday. Freshman Conner Brisson’s driving lay-up with 5:31 remaining had trimmed a 9-point East Bladen lead to 24-23. White sank a free throw then turned a Kaley Smith assist into a lay-up and a 27-23 lead. Alexis Lewis drove for a lay-up, and Asia Munn stole the ball and raced for another Lady Eagle lay-up and a 31-23 lead. Smith who led the Lady Eagle scoring with 9 points threw in a basket, …..

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Bladen commissioners hear support for Connect NC Bond

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday night and heard a request from Bladen Community College President William Findt regarding the Connect NC Bond. The board voted to approve a resolution of support for the Connect NC Bond. Findt was joined by BCC Board of Trustees Chairman Dennis Troy and BCC Executive Vice President Jeff Kornegay. Findt told the board that the Connect NC Bond will appear on the March ballot. If approved, the bond will provide $350 million for the state’s community colleges, $980 million for the University of North Carolina system, $312 for local parks, and $100 million in state parks and attraction …..

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Bladen commissioners hear several updates

By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday night and heard several updates. The first update the board received was from Adrian Lowery, Business Services Coordinator of the Lumber River Council of Governments, regarding a 2015 Single Family Rehabilitation Program. Lowery said the county has received $170,000 to rehabilitate or provide assistance to three homes in the county. “This is not so much a rehabilitation program as it is an energy program,” said Lowery. He explained the program focuses on energy efficiency verses actually remodeling a home. Lowery said the homes that are considered for this type of program are only moderately deteriorated. He also told …..

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Bladen commissioners recognize several employees for years of service

By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday night and recognized several employees for their years of service to the county. Each employee was presented with a certificate, a county pin marking their years of service and then a reception was held in their honor. Some employees were unable to attend the meeting. Those present were: ** Tina Clark who works in the Finance Department was recognized for five years of service; ** Donna Parnell who works in the Bladen County Jail was recognized for five years fo service to the county. ** Beth Singletary who works in the Health Department was recognized for 10 years …..

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This Day in History for January 20

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1778 – 1st American military court martial trial begins, Cambridge, Mass. 1785 – Samuel Ellis advertises to sell Oyster Island (Ellis Island), no takers. 1788 – Pioneer African Baptist church organizes in Savannah, Ga. 1809 – 1st US geology book published by William Maclure. 1868 – Florida constitutional convention meets in Tallahassee. 1869 – Elizabeth Cady Stanton becomes 1st woman to testify before US Congress. 1887 – US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor. 1892 – 1st basketball game played (Mass) 1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union is founded. 1930 – 1st radio broadcast of “Lone Ranger” (WXYZ-Detroit) 1937 – 1st US Presidential Inauguration day held on …..

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Volunteers needed to help with tax preparation

The Bladen County Division on Aging is looking for volunteers willing to help senior adults with their tax preparation questions. According to Joan Allen, in the past volunteers have given of their time to answer questions and assist senior adults with their income taxes. “In the past we have had volunteers from the community  college, local businesses, local tax preparers, to volunteer their time to help senior adults with tax preparation,” said Allen. She added volunteers would be contacted on an as needed basis. “Usually, we have a handful of folks who will call asking for that type of help,” said Allen. She said last year she had to connect …..

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NC Pesticide Board announces case settlements

The N.C. Pesticide Board recently approved the following settlement agreements for individuals in Ashe, Bladen, Catawba, Columbus, Granville, Hoke, Lenoir, Lincoln, Robeson, Sampson and Wilson counties. (Ashe County) Charles W. Greer of Warrensville agreed to pay $600 for damage caused to a neighboring property by drift from a pesticide application. N.C. pesticide law states no person should apply pesticides under such conditions that drift from pesticide particles or vapors result in adverse effects. (Bladen County) Stephen Scott Edwards, owner of Edwards Farm in Bladenboro, agreed to pay $1,200 for violations of worker protection standards. H2A workers at Edwards Farm entered a tobacco field to work during a pesticide application for …..

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Cape Fear Masonic Lodge No 300 holds community lunch

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong The members of the Cape Fear Masonic Lodge No. 300 held a community lunch on Monday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The lunch took place following the annual parade in downtown Elizabethtown. The event was just one of several events that took place on Monday to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In addition to the luncheon, the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church also held a program that featured guest speaker Dr. Delton Farmer of Fayetteville.  Music for the event was presented by  the Second Presbyterian Youth Choir and dance was performed by the Liturgical Dance Team of College Heights Presbyterian Church of …..

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Bladen Community College offers Real Estate courses

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will offer the 2015-16 Broker-in-Charge Annual Review class (4-hour CE BICAR Course #8813) on Monday, Feb. 8, from 1 until 5 p.m. on the main campus in building 2, room 202. This BICAR course will focus on record retention requirements, employment issues, and selected NC Real Estate Commission disciplinary cases. All BICS/BICs eligible persons must complete this course each full licensing period after being designated a BIC. There is a $70 per person registration fee. All BICs/BICs eligible persons must also complete the NC Real Estate Update course, (4-hour CE Update Course #9913). The 2015-2016 NC Real Estate Update class will be offered on Tuesday, …..

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HCA holds 8th annual Play For Kay Pink Out games

Harrells Christian Academy held their eighth-annual Play 4 Kay Pink Out basketball game on Friday night. The school kicked off the pink festivities with a pep rally during the school day, followed by basketball games against Cape Fear Academy later that afternoon. The fundraiser included a silent auction, bake sale, jail and bail, half and half raffle and so much more. The tradition of Pink Out was started in honor and support of an HCA family member who was battling breast cancer. The event continued to grow and has been recognized as the largest Kay Yow Cancer Research fundraiser out of all North Carolina Schools (public and private) for the …..

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NCDA&CS to host fifth annual Food Business Conference in Greensboro April 5

RALEIGH – Registration is open for the fifth annual Food Business Conference, which will be held April 5 in Greensboro. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will host the conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Greensboro-High Point Airport Marriott. It is geared for people interested in expanding their food business in North Carolina. “Value-added products, high-quality processed foods and other food-related businesses are vital to the success and growth of North Carolina’s $76-billion agriculture industry,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This conference offers a great opportunity for new and established North Carolina food businesses to learn how to take their companies to the next level.” …..

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New officer is sworn in at White Lake PD

The members of the White Lake Police Department have welcomed another new police officer onto the force. On Monday, Jan. 11,  White Lake Mayor H. Goldston Womble and Police Chief Bruce Smith conducted the swearing-in ceremony at the White Lake Town Hall for Patrol Officer Darrell Spaulding. Spaulding is a graduate of East Columbus High School and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Spaulding currently serves as Patrol Sergeant with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. Spaulding will officially begin his duties as a White Lake police officer January 25 Share:

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SECU Prepares to Help Members Save Money during Tax Season

The Elizabethtown branch of State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) is once again preparing to help qualified North Carolina and Bladen County residents with their tax preparation needs.  For the last eight years, SECU branches across the state have helped members save millions in fees and are poised to do so again in 2016.  In 2015 alone, Credit Union tax preparers filed over 102,000 returns, with participating taxpayers receiving over $140 million in refunds and saving more than $12.3 million in tax preparation fees. Through the IRS-sponsored Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, North Carolina residents with basic tax return needs and a 2015 household income of up to $54,000 may …..

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Major outage shuts down Twitter service briefly

Some folks may have noticed they couldn’t access their Twitter accounts for a time during the early hours of Tuesday morning. According to officials at Twitter, the company experienced a global outage and visitors to the website and mobile app are reported to have been greeted with a message “Something is technically wrong.” The website Down Detector seems to indicate that Twitter went down sometime around 3:27 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. Twitter’s status board also posted the following message: “Some users are currently experiencing problems accessing Twitter. We are aware of the issue and are working towards a resolution.” The service seems to be back up and running normally. There …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for January 19

This was a good morning to go for a 6 a.m. walk.  The temperature provided extra incentive to move along….Love walking in the early a.m.  Do miss my longtime walking friend, Janice Johnson.  She continues her recovery at Pender Memorial Hospital extended care.  For those that do not remember, she was critically injured 9-11-2014 in a vehicle accident near Bladen Community College. The ‘Clarks’ of Bladenboro survived on the “The Biggest Loser” TV show last night.  Vicky and daughter Lauren kinda stay in the middle of the pack, slow but consistent weight loss, despite a close call for Lauren in the latest episode. The number of commercials was about the …..

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This Day in History for January 19

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1861 – Georgia secedes from the Union (US Civil War) 1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey. 1886 – Aurora Ski Club, 1st in US, founded in Minnesota. 1903 – New bicycle race “Tour de France” announced. 1920 – US Senate votes against membership in League of Nations. 1922 – Geological survey says US oil supply would be depleted in 20 years. 1935 – Coopers Inc. sells the world’s first men’s briefs in Chicago, calls it the “Jockey” 1937 – Cy Young, Tris Speaker & Nap Lajorie elected to Baseball Hall of Fame. 1938 – General Motors …..

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No. 1 East Bladen Girls at West Bladen Tuesday Night

East Bladen’s Lady Eagles travel to West Bladen Tuesday night to resume their county rivalry in a Four County Conference game. Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles are 6-0 in league play, 16-0 overall and the top-ranked Class 2A women’s basketball team in the state. Senior Lacey Suggs leads the East Bladen offense in points (21.6) and rebounds (8.6) per game. The 5-10 guard also contributes 5.3 steals and 4.2 assists per game. Senior point guard Abby Ward averages 8.3 points, 7 assists, 3 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. Freshman Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson led the Lady Eagle scoring in Friday’s win at Union with 19 points and averages 7.4 points and …..

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East Bladen Boys Resume Rivalry at West Bladen Tuesday

East Bladen’s Eagles travel to West Bladen Tuesday night to resume their county rivalry in a key Four County Conference game. Coach Ken Cross’ Eagles threw in twelve 3-point baskets Friday night to win 60-55 at Union and claim their second league win. East Bladen improved to 2-4 in the league and 5-9 overall. The Eagles other league win was over Pender 70-58. East Bladen has a trio of victories over East Columbus by an average margin of 25 points per game. Senior J. R. Robinson leads the Eagles with a 10.4 scoring average. Junior Ethan Hines bombed in five 3-point shots in the win at Union and raised his …..

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Clothes Closet at Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church

Elizabethtown –  The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, January 23, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Their food pantry, “From His Table to Yours” will be open the same day 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Personal identifications and transportation are required.  No fee is involved in either ministry.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South; Elizabethtown NC.  The Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Two top sports stories found Clarkton High School girl’s basketball team winning 24 straight games and East Bladen girl’s team winning district tournament. Bill Wheeler resigned his position on the Elizabethtown Board of Commissioners due to the fact he was taking a job in Wallace. Carolina Telephone paid Bladen County $56,200.59 in county taxes. The Bladenboro High School class of 1955 held their class reunion. Share:

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Roaring Twenties Concert coming to Carolina Civic Center

A roaring twenties concert is coming to the Carolina Civic Center in Lumberton on February 18 at 7 p.m. The concert will celebrate the return of the Civic Center’s organ known affectionately as “Mighty Morton.” Tickets are $10 for the public and can be purchased at the door. Students are admitted free. The pipe organ is one of about 100 such organs left in existence. Mighty Morton is a pipe organ and has been undergoing a restoration at the hands of Mac Abernathy and Allen Lloyd of the Peidmont Organ Society. With the restoration work completed, Mighty Morton has returned to its Civic Center Home. The concert will be performed by master …..

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Center Road to be closed this week for pipe repair

Center Road is closed due to a joint failure in a pipe, according to the NC Department of Transportation’s website. According to the website, the road is estimated to remain closed through Friday. The closure is between Berry Lewis Road and Zion Hill Church Road. There is no signed detour but the website recommends traveling Berry Lewis Road and NC 211 to go around the closure. The road had to be closed on Friday, Jan. 15, due to the pipe failure. Share:

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Rodin exhibit coming to Methodist University in February

There is excitement brewing on the campus of Methodist University in Fayetteville as pieces of art for an upcoming Rodin art exhibit have begun arriving, according to the Fayetteville Observer. The exhibit, “Rodin: Portraits of a Lifetime -selections for the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Collections” is slated to open on Thursday, Feb. 11, in the university’s David McCune International Art Gallery. The exhibit will be in place at the gallery until May 7. The gallery’s hours of operation are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Thursdays from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. and Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m.The museum is closed Sundays and Mondays …..

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A Shelter Friend Reminder: Your pets feel the cold air, too

Remember the health and safety of your pet during winter months. Pets need good shelter, nourishing food and plenty of clean drinking water to stay comfortable in cold weather.    It takes extra calories for your pet to stay warm in cold weather – offer extra food with that in mind. And don’t feed the worms!  Worms rob your pet of the nutrition needed to keep warm, and also affect your pets’ overall health.  Deworm your dog and cat regularly.   Outdoor dogs and cats should always have a solid shelter which will keep your pets dry and out of the wind.    Anti-freeze is very poisonous, even in tiny …..

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MLK celebrations taking place in the region today

Kenneth Armstrong photos By: Erin Smith While the temperatures were frigid, spirits were high for parade goers on Monday in Elizabethtown. Several celebrations are taking place today (Monday, Jan. 18) in the region to mark the celebration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In Elizabethtown, a parade was held in the downtown at 11 a.m. The parade had 107 entries that included horses, local businesses, a bevy of beauty queens, elected officials, dancers and baton twirlers and fire engines. Children were delighted at the brightly colored floats and squealed with delight as they tussled each other in an attempt to outdo each other catching the candy that …..

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NC State University releases Fall 2015 Dean’s List

North Carolina State University in Raleigh has released its Dean’s List for the Fall 2015 semester and several Bladen County residents were named to the list. According to the university, students must meet one of two criteria: they must maintain a semester a grade point average of 3.5 or better on 12 to 14 hours of coursework or earn a 3.25 grade point average or better on 15 or more hours of coursework. The following students from Bladen County were named to the Dean’s List: David Patrick Majeski Chloe Paris Campbell Jordan Dakota Roberts Travis Ty Willis Jeremy Lynn Davis Tanner W Allen Hayley Christine Milczakowski Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving for January 18

Today, The 28th annual Martin Luther King, Jr. parade steps off at 11 a.m. today, through downtown E-town, followed by a celebration of the life of Dr. King at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church.  Dr. Delton Farmer of Fayetteville will be the speaker. Most governmental offices are closed today including the Bladen County Transfer Station.  All other county collection centers are open. Bladen Republicans will meet at 6 p.m. today at San Jose Restaurant. I know, kinda out of the blue, but ever wonder how our body separates all we eat? The year was 2008…..to be more specific February 1, 2008, BladenOnline made its debut and after years of hard work by …..

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Bladen Online’s Week in Review: Jan. 10-17

The resignation of a popular and respected high school football coach, legal proceedings involving a sweepstakes business, and reports of door-to-door salespeople in two parts of the county not really selling what they say. Those were among the highlights in Bladen County for the week of Jan. 10-17. Here’s a recap. ** West Bladen High School’s Russell Dove was approved Jan. 11 by the Columbus County Board of Education to become the new head football coach at South Columbus High in Tabor City. Dove was at West Bladen for three years. He took over a program that had a 19-game losing streak and led the Knights to a pair of …..

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Support Bladen County Residents, Vicki and Lauren Clark and tune into the Biggest Loser Show

The third episode of the 17th season of The Biggest Loser will air  Monday evening starting at 9pm on NBC. Two Bladen County residents, a mother and daughter duo, Vicki and Lauren Clark, were chosen to be in the televised contest and are inspiring others to live healthier lives. The two local ladies are on Team Jen, all wearing black.  Jen’s team lost for the first time having to vote one of their team members off the show. According to the show’s weigh in Monday, January 11th, Vicki lost a total of six pounds during the week and Lauren, her daughter, lost a total of four pounds. The Bladen County mother and daughter …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 18

1733 – 1st polar bear exhibited in America (Boston) 1776 – James Wright, Royal Governor of Georgia, is placed under house arrest by Major Joseph Habersham. 1777 – San Jose California, founded. 1896 – 1st demonstration of an X-ray machine in US (NYC). 1919 – Bentley Motors Limited is founded. 1929 – “NY Daily Mirror” columnist Walter Winchell debuts on radio. 1943 – US rations bread & metal – banning presliced bread reduce bakery demand for metal parts. 1944 – The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time.  The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and …..

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Bladen Online By the Numbers: January 10-16, 2016

After a record-setting week last week, the numbers dropped this week. Still, thanks to your interest and support for Bladen Online, it was among the best weeks in our eight-year history. The 128,615 page views were the sixth most and the 23,706 visits were the eighth most. We thank our advertisers and readers for their continued support. We believe that people rely on Bladen Online to tell the story of Bladen County. It’s a great place to get your business in front of Bladen County residents. To advertise or pass along stories, contact us at (910) 879-1029 or bladenonline.com@gmail.com Page views: 128,615 Visits: 23,706 Most read stories 5,561: Two NC …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Bladen County Commissioners meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.  Regular meeting, open to the public. Martin Luther King parade tomorrow morning through downtown E-town. Remember the sick when you say your prayers. Another of the many clippings someone shared with me. The 10 Steps to Financial Success Step 1 – Determine your financial goals. Step 2 – Evaluate your savings. Step 3 – Pay yourself first, then save something from every bit of income. Step 4 – Live economically. Step 5 – Get rid of debt. Step 6 – Prepare for emergencies. Step 7 – Manage your assets well. Step 8 – Avoid excessive borrowing. Step 9 – Manage your time …..

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RA/GA Results for Saturday, Jan. 16

Bladenboro High School Boys 46. Open Door #1 39 B’bro (46) – Scott Bowen 24, Weston Pideon 4, Hunter Pait 9, Trey Storms 5, Jonathan Ashworth 2, Jarrett Williams 2. Galeed GA’s 20, Bladenboro 11 Gal. (20) – Lainey Autry 12, Autumn Nye, Grace West 4, Karis Williams 2, Katie Bedsole 2, Trinity Bedsole, Abby McLaughlin. B’bro (11) – Jessica Johnson 9, Laney West 2. Other scores Clarkton GA’s 16, Western Prong 12 Hickory Grove GA’s 16, Elizabethtown Christian 12 Hickory Grove Crusaders 18, Galeed 4 Hickory Grove Lads 28, Galeed 10 Hickory Grove Younger GA’s 20, Galeed 10 Share:

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D. J. Mason Scores 19 Points But Camels Lose

West Bladen grad D. J. Mason fired in 19 points Saturday, but his Campbell Camels dropped an 82-75 Big South Conference decision to Charleston Southern. Mason connected on 5 of 8 shots from the field and sank 8 of 9 free throws. The 6-6 senior grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 4 assists. The Clarkton native opened the game with a lay-up then dropped in another lay-up with 11:42 left in the half for a 10-8 Camel lead. Mason made another lay-up, popped in a jumper and cashed in 2 free throws that stretched the Campbell lead to 27-19. Two more Mason free throws kept the Camels up 34-30 at …..

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