07/18/2019
  • 12:06 am Bladen Online Pet of the Week: Buttercup
  • 11:48 pm SFSGA Plays July 16 Tournament At Stryker Golf Course On Fort Bragg
  • 11:35 pm Jefferson Weaver: Whatever goes bump in the night
  • 9:50 pm Bladen County Wins Dixie Baseball Pre-Majors State Championship
  • 9:40 pm This Day in History for July 18
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This Day In History

1642 – Georgeana (York) Maine became the 1st incorporated American city. 1692 – Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne, & Tituba arrested for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. 1790 – 1st US census authorized. 1803 – Ohio becomes 17th state. 1845 – President Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas. 1867 – Howard University, Washington, DC, […]

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by Joy Warren The second meeting of the White Lake Referendum Committee Against Beer and Wine met Monday evening to pray and share information with community members and concerned county members.  Tom Martin announced that the group has 2 billboards that will be going up for two weeks.  One has been donated at White Lake […]

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With the weather warming up golf activity at Vineyard Golf At White Lake is gearing up for a great golf season. Craig Parnell had his first hole in one on Sunday, February 28 when he aced the fifth hole. Playing with Parnell at the time was Jackie Bauer and Mike Smith. A couple of low […]

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A Spring Fling Two Man Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, March 19, at Vineyard Golf At White Lake located between Elizabethtown and White Lake. The cost is $50 per player for members and $60 per player for guest. A skins game will be held at $20.00 per team. A putting contest will […]

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The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy competed this past weekend at the North Brunswick High School JROTC Tri-Meet. The Academy’s Raider Team and their Drill Team the  John L. Foye Rifle’s competed against teams from all over North Carolina and Georgia.    The Raiders competed against 20 other teams from North Carolina. Raider team Advisor […]

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Saturday night in Columbia SC, Tabitha Sessoms of Bladenboro was awarded the 2015 Novice Amateur Western Pleasure Champion for the state of South Carolina. Tabitha competed on Chip Alone Gold, a 2003 sorrel gelding, and she competed on the South Carolina Quarter Horse circuit with no trainer, just her husband Tony. However she wanted to […]

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Monday was Stephanie Ensminger’s final day as principal at Clarkton School of Discovery. Students and staff spent the day saying their good-byes and wishing her well in her retirement. Stephanie Norris will become principal Tuesday. Norris has worked in the Bladen County Schools system for 17 years and was assistant principal at Bladenboro Primary School. […]

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Tickets for the 27th annual Bladen We Care Gala are on sale now. The gala is scheduled for Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m. at The Venue at White Lake and the Byron H. Gooden Golf Tournament will take place on Thursday, April 21, at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. “Bladen We Care continues to […]

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    To purchase your tickets stop by Campbell Oil Company, Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, The Venue, Fisher’s Mens Shop & The Ladies Shop, or see a Bladen We Care committee member. For more information call Kim at (910)862-8423 ext. 221.   Click here to download and print the registration form for the […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III, sentenced April Lynn Locklear, 36, of Rowland, to 24 months’ imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release.  Locklear was also ordered to pay $500,000 in restitution, […]

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DUBLIN – In 2011, the Board of Trustees for Bladen Community College dared to explore a visionary idea. Anticipating continuing growth at a time when unemployment in Bladen County was a staggering 13.5%, the Trustees put into motion schematic plans for a new building on campus that could enhance opportunities for workforce and continuing education […]

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Bladen County Hospital will restrict children under age 12 from visiting the hospital beginning Tuesday, March 1, because of the spread of flu and other flu-like diseases, according to a news release from Cape Fear Valley Health. The policy applies to all of Cape Fear Valley Health’s facilities and the emergency department at Cape Fear […]

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Bladenboro Historical Society

The Bladenboro Visual Arts Council is hosting a photographers reception and exhibit Saturday, March 12 at the Bladenboro Historical Building on South Main Street. The reception is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. and will feature the works of Henry Singletary, Mary Martin, Jennifer Singletary, Bill Howell and Elena Thompson. The photographers’ works will be on display […]

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Sonja Hilburn of Bladenboro has been named director of Southeastern Health’s Emergency Services, which includes Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s Emergency Department, Clinical Decision Unit, Infusion Clinic, Tele-monitoring, and MedCare Ambulance Service and Dispatch. Hilburn earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Southeastern Community College in 2004, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UNC Wilmington in […]

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By: Steven Pfaff, Warning Coordination Meteorologist, National Weather Service The Statewide Tornado Drill for SC will occur at 0900 on Wednesday March 9th, and @ 0930 for NC. Here’s a list of specific information about each drill as they will be handled differently.   SC Tornado Exercise Time: 0900 Date: Wednesday March 9, 2016 Product Issued: a […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville Basketball fans are gearing up for March Madness, which will culminate when the final four teams in the NCAA fight for the title of national champion. Fans wait in eager anticipation to see whether their favorite team or alma mater will be included in the […]

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Jacqueline Mitchell of Clarkton was nominated to the Governor’s School. Ruth Prince Day was celebrated at the Bladen Baptist Association. Representative Ron Taylor introduced a bill in the North Carolina House of Representatives lifting Bladen’s 27 year ban on carnivals. Joe Chandler resigned by Attorney for the town of Elizabethtown and Bladen County. Ron Taylor […]

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Beginning today, we will pay sales tax on many new items and services, thanks to the NC Legislature. We will likely have a pretty good idea who the candidates for president will be following Super Tuesday, tomorrow.  Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont and Virginia all hold elections.  Colorado voters will caucus […]

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Bladen Online had its ninth-most visits in its history for the week of Feb. 21-27, according to Google Analtyics. While page views weren’t among the 10 best, it was a solid 123,196 pages viewed. We thank you for your continued support of Bladen Online. We believe that people rely on Bladen Online to tell the […]

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West Bladen grad Rahu Purdie fired in 17 points Wednesday night as his Lander Bearcats clinched the Peach Belt Conference’s East Division title with a 91-84 victory over Georgia College. It was the second Peach Belt title in school history for the Bearcats who tied a school record for PBC wins with 13. Purdie connected […]

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West Bladen grad Clint Allen batted 1-4 and scored twice Saturday in Coker College’s 10-8 loss at Brevard. Coker won the second game of the double-header 16-2. Allen reached base on a throwing error in the second inning and raced home on Will Winslow’s double. In the Coker eighth inning, Allen beat out an infield […]

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Bladenboro native Morgan Sweeney batted 3-4 Saturday as her Newberry Lady Wolves split a double-header with visiting Mt. Olive. Sweeney batted 2-2 with a run scored in the opener as the Newberry claimed a 2-1 victory. The West Bladen grad ripped a single through the left side in the first inning but was retired on […]

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Bladenboro native Abbey Walters pitched a complete game 4-hitter and beat No. 7 Catawba 6-2 Friday night at the Mid-South Classic in Spartanburg, SC. It was the first start of the season for Walters who notched her first win as a Lady Brave and lowered her Earned Run Average to a team-best 2.33. She only […]

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Carson Gooden slammed a 2-run home run Saturday as the Etown Xpress won both of their games in a one-day baseball tournament in Wilmington by scores of 7-5 and 6-4. Gooden is pictured with his home-run ball. Share:

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Plans have been finalized for the first annual Bladen County Youth Rally, “My Story,” which is set to take place on Sunday, March 6, at 5 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School Gym. On Sunday, organizers met in a brief meeting to complete the schedule of performers and speakers including Stephen Cox, David Pait, Lauren […]

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 1504 – Columbus uses a lunar eclipse to frighten hostile Jamaican Indians. 1692 – First people are accused of witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts – Sarah Good, Sarah Osborne and Tituba, a West Indian slave. 1892 – St. Petersburg, Florida is incorporated. 1892 – Britain & US sign treaty on seal hunting in Bering Sea. 1904 […]

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 West Bladen grad D. J. Mason posted a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds Thursday night, but his Campbell Camels dropped a tough Big South Conference decision 60-56 to visiting Radford. Mason connected on 8 of 18 shots from the field and sank all 4 of his free throw attempts. The 6-6 senior dished […]

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Congratulations to the East Bladen Lady Eagles basketball. Another win posted last night, this time a 59-38 win over Reidsville. Coach Patty Evers team was slow out of the gate, but came on strong to improve their record to 30-0 for the year. Seniors Lacey Suggs and Abby Ward had big nights, but the whole […]

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Lu Mil Vineyard was the place to be Saturday night. “A Red Affair,” a black-tie optional fundraiser for the Bladen County Hospital Foundation, brought together folks for food, music, socializing and to help support patients. The event was sold out prior to Saturday night, according to hospital spokeswoman Ashley Dowless. During the evening a raffle […]

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The Galeed Young GA’s team played in the Bladen Baptist Basketball RA/GA League. Share:

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The Elizabethtown Christian Academy GA’s played in the Bladen Baptist Association RA/GA Basketball League. Share:

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The Galeed GA’s finished third in the Bladen Baptist Association’s GA Basketball League. Share:

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The Clarkton Pioneers won the Bladen Baptist Association’s Basketball Pioneer Division with a 5-1 record. Share:

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The Clarkton GA’s won the Bladen Baptist Association’s Basketball GA Division with a perfect 6-0 record. Share:

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Melton’s defeated Giorgio’s 19-11 on Saturday, Feb. 27 to win the Bladen Recreation Department’s post-season tournament for 9-12 Boys Basketball League. Share:

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Hickory Grove GA’s 18, Bladenboro 15 Clarkton GA’s 23, Galeed 6 Grace GA’s 20, Elizabethtown Christian Academy 17 Hickory Grove Younger GA’s 31, Grace 13 Hickory Grove Lads 20, Galeed 19 Galeed Younger GA’s 24, Grace 14 Clarkton 32, Bethel  26 C’ton (32) – Brady Hollingsworth 4, Garrett Melvin 2, Jake Evans 2, Nick Norris […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Seniors Lacey Suggs and Abby Ward keyed a 27-1 East Bladen blitz that overcame an 18-4 deficit and propelled the Lady Eagles to a 59-38 victory over visiting Reidsville in the third round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Basketball Play-offs. Suggs poured in 14 points, and Ward fired in 11 during […]

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1646 – Roger Scott was tried in Massachusetts for sleeping in church. 1759 – Pope Clement XIII allows Bible to be translated into various languages. 1784 – John Wesley charters Methodist Church. 1810 – 1st US fire insurance joint-stock company organized. Philadelphia. 1827 – 1st commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) chartered. 1849 […]

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 Bladen County has lost a loyal Patriot with the passing of Bobby Lewis. He passed away early Saturday morning. Lewis was a fixture in Bladen County, working to raise awareness of the county’s history and historic locations. Lewis enjoyed history and enjoyed seeing that Bladen County’s past is both preserved and shared with others. Lewis […]

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East Bladen girls basketball team continues play tonight as they move forward in the NCHSAA Class 2A basketball playoffs. The Lady Eagles (29-0) entertain Reidsville (15-11) at 5 p.m. today. Check John Clark’s article on our sports page. Bladen County Hospital Foundation “A Red Affair Gala” will be held tonight at Lu Mil. Proceeds benefit […]

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A familiar foe looms on the horizon Saturday evening as East Bladen’s top-seeded Lady Eagles look to advance in the third round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Play-offs and claim win No. 30 for the season. The No. 9 seeded Reidsville Lady Rams (15-11) travel to East Bladen for a 5 p.m. game. […]

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1563 – William Byrd is appointed organist at Lincoln Cathedral. 1801 – Washington, DC placed under Congressional jurisdiction. 1813 – 1st federal vaccination legislation enacted. 1813 – US Congress authorizes use of steamboats to transport mail. 1827 – 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. 1860 – Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union […]

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Beginning Monday, February 29, NC DOT plans to close Center Road between Evers Road and James Pait Road in order to replace a crossline and install a new crossline.  The exact location of Monday’s closure will be 0.18 miles west of Evers Road (this is just west of NC 131). This section of road will […]

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By Erin Smith The residents of Robeson County can rest a little easier tonight knowing that their streets are a little safer thanks to the men and women of law enforcement who participated in Operation Zero Hour from February 23 through February 25. According to Scott Parker, with the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Operation Zero Hour […]

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Sandra Cain

By: Sandra R. Cain For Better Living The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has chosen the theme of “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right” for National Nutrition Month 2016. The recently released 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting the amounts of added sugar, sodium and saturated fats that you eat. The guidelines state that […]

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  Sheriff James A. McVicker revealed today that an arrest has been made on a church breaking and entering that occurred on Tuesday, February 23rd. McVicker said the arrest came after deputies responded to a report of a broken window at the Butters Baptist Church at approximately 3:00 p.m. “Responding deputies caught the suspect inside the building and […]

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RALEIGH – North Carolina cotton growers will vote April 1 on whether to continue a checkoff program that supports their industry. The referendum would reauthorize an assessment of up to $1 per bale of cotton sold, but the N.C. Cotton Producers Association’s board of directors plans to continue the assessment at the current level of […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the Bladen County Sheriff’s office has completed its internal and separate review of the officer involved shooting that happened on February 13, 2016, in Elizabethtown involving Deputy D.A. Schmale Jr. and Elizabethtown Police Officer Blake Bryan. McVicker said, at the time of the incident, Deputy Schmale made a vehicle […]

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On Tuesday, a judge in Vance County revoked the probation of a Bladenboro man. Gregory Lynn Hester was charged with two counts of probation violation and had his probation revoked, according to court documents. Hester pled guilty in Bladen County Superior Court in 2013 to felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor and one […]

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There are a lot of exciting events coming up in Bladen County and in southeastern North Carolina this weekend. If you are looking for some where to take the kids or a nice evening out, check out these upcoming events. On Saturday, February 27: **SCC Student Jazz Festival & Competition, Saturday, February 27, at 7:30 […]

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Guard Jordan Robinson drained six 3-point shots, and Majuan McKoy posted a double-double to lead Elizabethtown to a 54-48 boys basketball victory over Bladenboro Thursday night in the Bladen Five Conference Tournament Championship Game at Bladenboro. Robinson led the Eagle sco with 18 points, 3 assists, 3 steals and 3 rebounds. Majuan McKoy tallied 15 […]

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This ‘n that. A follow up on the tornadoes that roared through North Carolina Wednesday.  Three were confirmed as touching down and causing damage.  One in Granville County, one in Durham and another in Wayne.  Despite numerous warnings, Bladen dodged them all. Four deaths have been confirmed in the state caused by ‘flu’. Expect a […]

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Guard Kasee Singletary scored 5 of her 13 points in the final 3:14 to lead Bladenboro’s Lady Bulldogs to a 30-25 girls basketball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery in the Bladen Five Conference Tournament Championship Game at Bladenboro Thursday night. Clarkton’s Khadijah Jones hit a free throw with 3:19 remaining that trimmed Bladenboro’s lead […]

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This Day In History

1773 – Construction authorized for Walnut Street Jail (Philadelphia) (First solitary) 1834 – 1st US interstate crime compact (NY-NJ) ratified. 1863 – Lincoln signs National Currency Act. 1891 – 1st buffalo purchased for Golden State Park. 1895 – Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio, patents a glass-blowing machine. 1907 – US Congress raised their own salaries […]

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Bladen County Sports

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong East Bladen was never on the verge of losing the lead, but the top-seeded Eagles couldn’t shake pesky SouthWest Edgecombe in the first half. It was a different story in the third quarter. East Bladen’s fullcourt pressure defense keyed a run of 22 unanswered points Thursday night as the Eagles coasted […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension Consider this picture. Your home has no electricity or indoor plumbing. This means no electronics or instant warm baths and showers, and “using the bathroom” means accessing an outdoor “outhouse.” Heat in your home is generated from a wood- or coal-burning stove, but unless you’re close by, most […]

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A crash on NC 242 near Baldwin Branch Church resulted in one man being charged with DWI on Thursday, according to North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Freeman. According to Freeman, Gary Bellamy was traveling south NC Highway 242, when he ran off the right side of the road and flipped once coming to rest against a tree in a yard. […]

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The Bladen Recreation Department 9-12 Boys Basketball League will have a post-season tournament that will begin tonight (Thursday) and continue Friday night and Saturday morning. Tonight (Thursday) there will be three games. 5:45 p.m. Smithfield vs Giorgio’s 6:30 p.m. Council Kids vs Melton’s 7:15 p.m. San Jose vs Optimist Club Share:

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RALEIGH – Heidi Cruz, the wife of presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, will join hundreds of North Carolina Conservatives at the 2016 Conservative Leadership Conference on March 4-5. Heidi Cruz is not only the wife of a presidential candidate, she is a former business executive and excellent public speaker. She will address the conference on […]

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Wells Fargo has donated $1,000 to the Bladen County Hospital Foundation as a platinum sponsor for the Bladen County Hospital Foundation’s annual gala which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin. The event, “A Red Affair,” is a black-tie optional event, said spokeswoman Ashley Dowless. “That means that […]

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Southeastern Wound Healing Center (SWHC) was recently honored with the Center of Distinction Award, which was given by Healogics, the nation’s largest provider of advanced wound care services. The Center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 12 consecutive months, including patient satisfaction higher than 92 percent, and a minimum wound healing rate of at least 91 […]

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The first co-op Board in the state, Four County EMC’s entire Board of Directors attained their Director Gold credential from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA). In order to earn the credential, all ten directors had to complete a core set of five courses followed by a variety of elective courses in topics ranging […]

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The Elizabethtown Police Department made an arrest in a case involving counterfeit currency.  John Sylvester Clax, who initially identified himself to officers as John Sylvester Manning of Spring Lake, was arrested and charged with two counts of obtaining property by false pretenses, uttering a forged instrument, possession of counterfeit currency, and one count of obtaining […]

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In March, Four County EMC will be hosting six community meetings throughout our service area. Make plans now to attend a community meeting in your neighborhood. You will receive valuable information about your cooperative as well as a variety of programs that are available to our members, but most of all you will hear ideas […]

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala will take place this Saturday, Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin. Ashley Dowless, foundation spokeswoman, said that ticket sales for the event have been brisk and all tickets have been sold. The event, “A Red Affair,” is a black-tie optional event, […]

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After a few days away, came home in the middle of a tornado warning.  The assessment of damage countywide continues.  After seeing the damage of others, and despite our own, we apparently escaped with what could have been a far-worse situation. Wind is in today’s weather forecast and with grounds saturated by the rainfall, more […]

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A group called Healthy Bladen Collaborative meets every month because they are dedicated to making our communities healthier, and this month was no different. The members discuss up coming events, services and other projects in our county set in place to help our citizens. Marianne Valentiner, the chair of the collaborative gave a report from […]

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From Four County Electric Membership Corporation: Weather permitting, a planned outage is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 25, beginning at 9 a.m. until  noon. The outage is to convert voltage in a section in the Ivanhoe area and will affect Legacy Lane, Powder Blue Lane, Moore’s Swamp Road, Beatty’s Bridge Road, Ivanhoe Road and Big Eagle […]

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The unbeaten East Bladen Lady Eagles, the top seed in the Class 2A East, host Southwest Edgecombe at 7 p.m. Thursday in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A play-offs. Admission is $6. In the Lady Eagles first round 56-27 victory over St. Pauls, senior Lacey Suggs fired in 24 points, freshman Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson […]

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This Saturday, February 27th, the Dublin Peanut Festival committee will host its 3rd Annual “All You Can Eat” Oyster Roast and Fish Fry.  The event will be held at Lu Mil Vineyard in The General Store and will run from 11 AM until 5 PM.  The meal will consist of Steamed Oysters, Fried Fish (Whiting […]

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The Elizabethtown Police Department is asking the public’s help to identify the man in the above pictures who is wanted for questioning in a larceny that ocurred on February 9. According to Interim Police Chief Kip Hester, the larceny ocurred at the Elizabethtown Florist.  Hester said that the suspect also used a credit card that was that was […]

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The Town of Elizabethtown has all the pieces laid out for success according to the evening’s speaker, Mary Rose, from the Clinton Main Street Program. Tuesday evening’s session of the Budget Retreat gave shinning examples of how the town is progressing. The evening session of the day long retreat was about the Town of Elizabethtown’s […]

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According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Steven Pfaff, the threat of severe weather is diminishing slightly. He said a line of severe thunderstorms in the Pee Dee area has slowed its progression eastward; however, the threat for severe weather still remains. A tornado watch remains in effect until 7 p.m. Strong wind gusts will continue […]

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RALEIGH – The Civitas Institute is pleased to announce that Gov. Pat McCrory will join hundreds of North Carolina conservatives at the 2016 Conservative Leadership Conference on March 4-5. McCrory will address attendees on Friday, March 4 at breakfast. The Conservative Leadership Conference (CLC) will bring together hundreds of conservatives to learn from leading authors, […]

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Congressman Robert Pittenger today launched his first television ad across the newly created 9th Congressional District focusing on his leadership on national security. The initial ad buy will focus on Fox News stations with plans to expand to other media outlets once judicial approval is granted to the new districts. “We are excited to reach […]

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A spokeswoman with Camp Dixie said there is no breach of the lake at the camp. “We regularly open the dam so we can do maintenance to our docks,” said the spokeswoman. She said that the dam has been open for about one and one-half months but due to the heavy rainfall, the lake continues […]

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A line of severe thunderstorms swept through Bladen County on Wednesday morning and caused power outages, flooding and trees down throughout the county. A tornado watch and a high wind warning remain in effect for Bladen County until 7 p.m. As of 1:15 p.m Duke Energy reported power out to 1,755 customers in Elizabethtown. One […]

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I would like to say thanks to everyone in Bladen County for their kindness, thoughtfulness, and prayers during my time my of sickness. It means so much to know you have friends when you are down. God is Good! James G. “Jimmie” Smith Share:

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR…   NORTH CENTRAL COLUMBUS COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA…   CENTRAL BLADEN COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA… * UNTIL 1245 PM EST * AT 1203 PM EST…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM   CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections is reporting they have received 565 requests for absentee ballots as of Tuesday. The staff at the Bladen County Board of Eelctions has received 203 ballots. The last day that folks can request an absentee ballot by mail is March 8 by 5 p.m. Bladen County Board of Elections […]

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THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN WILMINGTON HAS ISSUED A * TORNADO WARNING FOR…   NORTHWESTERN BLADEN COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA…   NORTHEASTERN ROBESON COUNTY IN SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA… * UNTIL 1130 AM EST * AT 1048 AM EST…DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM   CAPABLE OF PRODUCING A TORNADO. THIS DANGEROUS STORM WAS LOCATED […]

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AN AREA OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT NORTHWESTERN COLUMBUS…SOUTHWESTERN BLADEN…EASTERN ROBESON…NORTHWESTERN HORRY…MARION…SOUTHEASTERN DILLON AND SOUTHEASTERN FLORENCE COUNTIES… AT 928 AM EST…AN AREA OF STRONG THUNDERSTORMS WAS NEAR GAPWAY…OR NEAR MULLINS…MOVING NORTHEAST AT 70 MPH. WIND GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH AND PEA SIZE HAIL ARE POSSIBLE WITH THIS STORM. OOTHER STORMS WILL MOVE UP FROM […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Jordan Robinson and Allen Owens blistered the nets with 25 points in the second half as Elizabethtown rode a 41-26 second half surge to a 62-53 boys basketball victory over Tar Heel Tuesday night in a Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament semi-final at Bladenboro. Tar Heel built a 27-21 halftime […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Shy’Ron Adams and Tray Ballard combined for 15 points during a 17-2 first quarter run that propelled Bladenboro to a 50-23 victory Tuesday night over Clarkton School of Discovery in the semi-finals of the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament at Bladenboro. Adams rang up 3 first-period baskets and bombed in […]

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By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Town Council met on Tuesday and got down to business planning for the upcoming budget process. The retreat was held at the White Lake Town Hall. Council members heard from department heads regarding the needs for their departments such as firefighting equipment, new police cars, the need for more personnel […]

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West Bladen’s Knights battled Goldsboro on even terms for most of the first half, but a 32-point, third period explosion gave the Cougars a 19-point lead en route to a 88-69 victory in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A basketball play-offs. Goldsboro’s Kisheem Faison and Myron Carmon bombed in two 3-point shots each […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Kasee Singletary blistered the nets with 19 points to lead Bladenboro to a 35-18 girls basketball victory over Tar Heel in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament at Bladenboro. Singletary and teammate Lexie Corrothers threw in 2 first period baskets each, and Summer Addington added a […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Khadijah Jones sank 4 free throws, and Katie Evans tossed in a basket as Clarkton School of Discovery rallied for a 25-24 Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Elizabethtown in the opening game of the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament Monday at Bladenboro. Elizabethtown took a 20-19 […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Tyre Boykin and Shemaiah Leak combined for 24 first half points to lead Tar Heel to a 28-12 halftime lead and eventual 57-29 victory over East Arcadia in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament Monday night at Bladenboro. Boykin threw in a trio of baskets in […]

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2nd Place Public Speaking-Madison Cooke (8th Gr) 1st Place Posters: Alyssa Strickland (5th Gr) Addie Bowen (4th Gr) Chandler Bordeaux (3rd Gr) (In the photo l to r are Alyssa Strickland, Madison Cooke, Addie Bowen, and Chandler Bordeaux) Share:

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong When the top seed plays the 32nd seed, it’s not expected to be a close game. The undefeated East Bladen girls made sure it wasn’t. The Eagles scored the first nine points of the game and the final 11 points of the half, which ended with Emily Scott’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer, in […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The frogs and ducks should be happy. Today, lets just keep it light… I get enough exercise pushing my luck. I finally figured out what I want to be when I get older……YOUNGER. If there is a *WILL*, there are many relatives. When you’re right, no one remembers.  When you’re wrong, no one forgets. Well-behaved […]

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This Day In History

1803 – US Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison) 1830 – Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia. 1857 – 1st perforated US postage stamps delivered to government. 1863 – Arizona Territory created. 1868 – 1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile, Alabama) 1868 – US House of Representatives vote 126 […]

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Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer released the statement below following the President’s announcement of his plans to close Guantanamo Bay: “President Obama’s announcement today of his plans to close Guantanamo Bay is simply reckless, and it is dead on arrival in Congress.  The transferal of detainees to America is illegal because of language […]

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There is a chance Bladen County could see some severe weather on Wednesday as a strong cold front pushes through the area.  There is a possibility that a line of severe thunderstorms passing through the county on Wednesday morning. Some areas could see wind gusts of up to 70 miles per hour, according to Steven […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville Its leap year and that means one thing — you can add one extra calendar day to your February schedule. Many people are preparing for the upcoming elections. Others might be getting a jump on spring-cleaning. What will you do with your extra day? You […]

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Dublin Dixie Youth

Dublin Dixie Youth Baseball announces registration forms are available. Baseball players and coaches are encouraged to apply. Registration is open through 2/29/2016. Contact dublindyb@yahoo.com for more information or visit their Facebook page or by phone/text at 910-876-1366 or 910-876-0904. Down load the registration form now: Dublin Dixie Youth Baseball 2016 Registration Form Share:

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Steven Pfaff, Warning Coordination Meteorologist National Weather Service The Storm Prediction Center continues to highlight a Slight Risk of severe thunderstorms during Wednesday for a large portion of the Carolinas. However, the probabilities have increased across portions of southeast NC and eastern NC where there is now an Enhanced Risk (see attached).  Share:

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Bladen County Historical Society and Harmony Hall Plantation Village group have been managed in part by Bobby and Seth Lewis, two brothers with a huge love for History. However, last week, the brothers resigned their services with the historical clubs. Many may not know just how much the duo have done to retain history here in […]

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Vicki and Lauren Clark did not bring home the cash but they are winners and we are all proud of their efforts. Each returns home about 60 pounds lighter after the 2015-2016 edition of ‘The Biggest Loser’. And our own John Clark was on national TV with is bride and daughter. We turn our attention […]

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