03/22/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 11:48 pm Baseball West Bladen 5, South Robeson 2
  • 11:45 pm Boys Tennis East Bladen 6, South Columbus 3
  • 11:44 pm Middle School Baseball Clarkton School of Discovery 2, Williams Township 1
  • 11:40 pm Middle School Baseball Bladenboro 6, Tar Heel 1
  • 6:38 pm Full day of problem solving for county officials
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The National Weather Service has Bladen County for a slight risk for severe weather potential Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The primary threat is wind and hail but a tornado can not be ruled out according to the National Weather Service Service. Some minor flooding in heavier rain showers is expected. Gusty winds through the […]

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The National Weather Service has Bladen County for a slight risk for sever weather potential Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The primary threat is wind and hail but a tornado can not be ruled out according to the National Weather Service Service. Some minor flooding in heavier rain showers is expected. Gusty winds through the […]

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This Day In History

1778 – New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock creates “$” symbol. 1789 – US House of Representatives 1st full meeting, NYC, F. Muhlenberg 1st speaker. 1826 – Samuel Morey is issued the first U.S. patent for an internal-combustion engine, which he calls a “Gas or Vapour Engine” 1850 – San Francisco government established. 1853 – Cincinnati […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has a new member in K-9 officer Jaxx. He joined the staff in January of this year and his handler is Corporal Clark. Jaxx, a passive alert canine, is an 18-month-old Belgian Malnois and is nationally certified with the International Police Work Dog Association, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has received a donation from the Tar Heel Freewill Baptist Church. The gift will enable Sheriff McVicker to put new car numbers on all the marked units in the fleet. These new decals also carry a significant and special motto: “In God We Trust.” “I feel we have been honored […]

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With the level of political discourse in this country dropping to a new low each day, I want to take a moment and highlight some of the selfless young men and women who have committed themselves to military service and earned a United States Service Academy appointment this year. These students exemplify the best of […]

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The Bladen County Department of Social Services is gearing up to call attention to the scourge of child abuse with a a Child Abuse Awareness event on Saturday, April 30, from 1 until 4 p.m. at the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown. The event will be hosted by the Bladen County DSS Child Welfare Unit. […]

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College Student Government Association will host a local blood drive with Cape Fear Valley Medical Center’s Blood Donor Center on Monday, April 4,  from 9 a.m. until noon, in the student lounge in building 2, on the Dublin campus. To sign up early, contact Crystal Dowd at 910-879-5620. For more information […]

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The 235th anniversary celebration of the British March in Bladen County that was scheduled for Saturday at Harmony Hall Plantation Village Inc. has been suspended due to unforeseen circumstances. The plans initially called for a special recognition of Vietnam Veterans along with the celebration of the events of the American Revolution in Bladen County. The […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville Achieving financial security is an important part of enjoying a satisfying retirement. Social Security has many tools to help you plan for your future. A great first step is to visit www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. With a my Social Security account, you’ll get immediate access to your personal […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

The Charles Lennon Dixie Youth Baseball Scholarship Games will be played Friday night, Saturday and Sunday at the Clarkton DYB Complex in Clarkton and at Leinwand Park in Elizabethtown. Proceeds from this weekends game will go to fund the Scholarships that Dixie Youth Baseball presents each year to deserving high school seniors. Admission will be […]

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Bladen County

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners is set to hold two special called meetings today. Both meetings will take place in the Commissioners meeting room located in the lower level of the Bladen Courthouse in Elizabethtown. The first meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m. to discuss property tax matters and the second meeting is scheduled […]

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By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department is set to begin a new chapter with the hiring of retired NC Highway Patrol First Sergeant Tony Parrish to serve as Chief of Police. Parrish said he has several goals and objectives he would like to see achieved at the department. One of those goals for the […]

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West Bladen’s Chandler Lennon and Kassidy Anderson were named to the Robeson County Slugfest All-Tournament Teams. Lennon was named to the All-Slugfest Baseball Team, and Anderson was chosen for the All-Slugfest Softball Team. Lennon batted 2-4 with a double and knocked in 2 runs in the Knights 8-7 loss to South Robeson Monday. The senior […]

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CERRO GORDO – St. Pauls defeated West Bladen 16-1 Wednesday night in the semi-finals of the Columbus County Sports Network Junior Varsity Baseball Tournament. T. J. Guyton slammed a double to leftfield to lead off the West Bladen first inning and came around to score the Knight’s only run of the game. Ian Sykes and […]

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Presidential primaries continue and the delegate count continues to rise. Democrats—Clinton 1,712—Sanders 1,011.  Needed to win 2,383 Republicans—Trump 736—Cruz 462 and Kasich 143.  Needed to win 1,237. Wisconsin is the next state to hold elections with 42 Republican delegates up for grabs, and 96 Democratic delegates, and it’s winner take all. Wyoming is next for […]

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NC Wildlife Resources Commission

RALEIGH, N.C. (March 29, 2016) —The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will open the statewide spring hunting season for wild turkeys — male and bearded turkeys only — on April 9 through May 7, preceded by a youth-only week from April 2 through April 8. During the youth season, turkey hunting is only allowed for those […]

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This Day In History

1849 – Col. John W. Geary arrives as 1st postmaster in San Francisco. 1850 – US population hits 23,191,876 (Black population: 3,638,808 (15.7%)) 1880 – 1st town completely illuminated by electric lighting (Wabash, In) 1909 – Baseball rules players who jump contracts are suspended for 5 years. 1909 – Gustav Mahler conducts NY Philharmonic for […]

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Bladen County Health Department

Carol Strickland, Young Families Connect Local Coordinator, and Kayla Brianne, Young Families Connect Case-Manager, completed and submitted the Young Families Connect (YFC) grant on February 26, 2016.  The YFC grant will be for three consecutive years beginning August 1 and continuing through July 31, 2019.  The current grant period will end on July 31, 2016. Confirmation […]

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The 4-H Presentation District Competition judges are needed for the annual 4-H Activity Day planned for Saturday, May 14, in Kinston. Becky Spearman said, “4-H has a district activity day every year where kids from 18 counties will do presentations on a lot of different topics.  Agents are asked to be in charge of a […]

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BLADENBORO – Boost the Boro, Inc. will host its 2016 Spring Fest event on Saturday, April 30, at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market in downtown Bladenboro.  “We are very excited about our annual event this year and have decided to combine the event this year with the Master Gardener’s annual plant sale.  Historically, both of these events […]

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Some photos contributed by Jamie Corbett A three vehicle crash on S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown snarled traffic on Wednesday afternoon. The crash involving a log truck, a delivery truck and a small car, resulted in a brief closure of the southbound lanes of S. Poplar Street. According to a witness on the scene, the […]

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US Congress Representative Robert Pittenger visited Bladen County on Wednesday to hear concerns and to learn about the needs of Bladen County. He had visited Smithfield Foods in Tar Heel on Wednesday morning and Bladen Online caught up with him at San Jose Restaurant in the afternoon. Pittenger still had on his itinerary to visit […]

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The Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday for a business session and heard an update on plans for the upcoming 8K Trail Run and Walk to benefit the USO of NC. The club heard briefly from President-Elect Charlotte Smith regarding her trip to PETS (President Elect Training) weekend. “I’m very excited about the 100th anniversary […]

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Renae O. Taylor, chief nursing officer (CNO) for Southeastern Health, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders. Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. In fact, only 9,100 healthcare executives hold this distinction. To obtain Fellow status, candidates must […]

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A grandmother and her four grandchildren were hospitalized Tuesday night after being found overcome by carbon monoxide fumes from a gas stove inside a White Lake vacation home. White Lake police officer Brooks Yandle and a member of the town’s fire department responded to a call to Ryan Road at 10:19 p.m. Tuesday and smelled […]

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Whitehurst Lake House in Washington, North Carolina was the beautiful setting of the September 19, 2015 wedding of Lauren Brittney Perry and Tyler Closson Lumley, both of Greenville, North Carolina.  Dr. Bradley Smith officiated the outdoor ceremony.  Mike and Joy Knotts, cousins of the bride, served as the vocalists. The bride is the daughter of […]

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A patient has spoken out in support of a Bladen County doctor. Bernadette Y. Shaw issued a written statement to Bladen Online regarding the status of Dr. Susan Aycock. “I am a patient of Dr. Aycock and I have been every since 1997.  I learned by a phone call that Dr. Aycock was no longer working […]

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice will host free Begin the Conversations clinics about end-of-life and healthcare decisions. They will be from 1-2 p.m. Thursdays, April 28 and Aug. 11, at LCFH’s Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad St. in Elizabethtown. These sessions, which are free to adults 18 and older, will provide attendees information and resources […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Charlie Daniel, 79, is one of three North Carolinians to be inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year.  Charlie has lots of family in Bladen County.  Years ago, you would see the CDB bus in the area during deer hunting season.  Others to be inducted include entertainer Randy Travis and Fred […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Second baseman Quinton Bedsole snagged a line drive and stepped on second base for the game-ending double play as East Bladen escaped a bases-loaded jam and defeated Grays Creek 7-4 Tuesday to take third-place in the J. Hoyt Warren-Wayne Edwards Invitational Baseball Tournament at Douglas Byrd High. Zach Bagley’s single, a walk and […]

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CERRO GORDO – Lefthander Ian Sykes pitched 5 strong innings, and West Bladen held on for an 11-8 victory over South Columbus Tuesday in the opening round of the Columbus County Sports Network Junior Varsity Baseball Tournament. Sykes struck out 8 batters and allowed 3 runs on 5 walks and 4 hits. Caleb Sholar came […]

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J. Hoyt Warren-Wayne Edwards Baseball Invitational At Douglas Byrd High School Championship Game: Cape Fear 7, Scotland 0 Third-Place Game: East Bladen 7, Grays Creek 4 Fifth-Place Game: Freedom Christian 6, Douglas Byrd 4 Seventh-Place Game: E. E. Smith 6, Seventy First 5, 13 Innings Robeson County Slugfest At South Robeson High School Baseball Championship […]

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April 10-16 is National Library Week and the Bladen County Public Library system has activities planned. Each of the three libraries will have special stories about books and libraries during the week and a poetry contest at the main library in Elizabethtown. Activities are scheduled at Bridger Memorial Library in Bladenboro on Monday, April 11 […]

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1822 – Congress combined East & West Florida into Florida Territory. 1842 – Ether used as an anaesthetic for 1st time by Dr. Crawford Long (Ga) 1867 – US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre – Seward’s Folly) 1870 – 15th Amendment to the US constitution is adopted, guarantees right to […]

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Road Closing

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced the following road openings and closings. NC DOT crews have completed the pipeline replacement work on Boggy Branch Road and the road is now open to traffic. NC DOT has closed Elwell Ferry again due to high water. While the ferry is closed, NC DOT will be […]

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You can register your school for the North Carolina Bike to School event and have the chance to become one of eight randomly selected events to receive a “Ready, Set, Roll” kit to help promote fun and safety during their celebrations and all year long. North Carolina Bike to School Day will take place on May 4. […]

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By: Erin Smith Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker, in partnership with local municipal law enforcement agencies and other public safety agencies, is gearing up to launch a new initiative called “Are You Okay?” to help ensure the safety and welfare of the elderly and shut-ins in Bladen County. The target launch date is May 1. […]

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

A shooting on Sunday evening shattered and otherwise quiet in Clarkton and left one man shot in the leg, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. Sheriff McVicker said 21-year-old Michaaveei Brown was shot in the left thigh at a building that used to be a washerette near the Time Saver in Clarkton. Brown resides […]

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By: Erin Smith The members of the Healthy Bladen Collaborative met on Tuesday morning and learned about how to access Eastpointe services for their clients. Cheryl Harris with Eastpointe, an agency that manages mental health services for providers in Bladen and surrounding counties, gave an overview of the agency’s series and how collaborative members can […]

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There will be a called Boost the ‘Boro meeting tonight at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market at 6:30 p.m. the purpose of the meeting is to finalize plans for the Spring Fest fundraiser. Road and window signs as well as tickets have been purchased and will be made available for members to sell and distribute in […]

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Congressman David Rouzer will be hosting a youth leadership conference for high school juniors in the 7th Congressional District on April 5, 2016.  The first annual 7th Congressional District Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurial Conference provides two juniors from each high school an opportunity to meet with entrepreneurial leaders, discuss ways to achieve entrepreneurial success and […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Senior righthander Brandon Jacobs pitched a complete-game 3-hitter to lead Scotland to a 9-3 baseball victory over East Bladen Monday night in the semi-finals of the J. Hoyt Warren-Wayne Edwards Invitational at Douglas Byrd. Jacobs struck out 14, walked one and hit one batter. The Eagles jumped in front 1-0 in the second […]

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ROWLAND – Aterria Quick walloped a 2-run home run that snapped a 2-2 tie and propelled South Robeson to a 7-2 softball victory over West Bladen Monday in the consolation bracket of the Robeson County Slugfest. After two scoreless innings, junior Kathryn Schultz led off the Lady Knight third inning with a single to right […]

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The Elizabethtown Jaycees raised $600 for the Heart Fund during a basketball marathon. Longyell Cromartie, Kenny Graham and Greg High, along with lady basketball players Linda Dixon, Donna Gooden and Pam Hammond, were named Three Rivers All Conference. Friendship Holiness opened their new church building northeast of White Lake. Veeder Root announced that they are […]

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With the weather perfect for low scoring golfers at Vineyard Golf took advantage and recorded some of the lowest scores of the year recently. Teen age golfer Cade Hancock shot a two-under 70 and an even par 72. Cade’s father, Jim Hancock, had a four-over 76 and his aunt, Ann Hancock, shot three-over 75. Other […]

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There is no shortage of news, from the local to state, US and around the world.  The 24 hour news media must have reporters in every corner of the universe. A skirmish in DC, continued efforts to solve the France, Belgium and Pakistan bombings and now the high-jacking of an Egyptian airplane.  And, politicians make […]

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This Day In History

1638 – 1st permanent white settlement in Delaware (Swedish Lutherans). 1806 – Construction is authorized of the Great National Pike, better known as the Cumberland Road, becoming the first United States federal highway. 1848 – Niagara Falls stops flowing for 30 hours due to an ice jam. 1852 – Ohio makes it illegal for children […]

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ROWLAND – South Robeson rallied for four runs in the sixth inning for an 8-7 win against West Bladen on Monday in the consolation bracket of the Robeson County Slugfest at South Robeson High School. West Bladen had rallied from an early 4-1 deficit for 7-4 lead after four innings, but couldn’t hang on at […]

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NC DOT

An update of road openings / closings is as follows:   OPENINGS:   ELWELL FERRY The Elwell Ferry is FINALLY  operating once again.  River levels have dropped to right on the operating bubble.   CLOSINGS:   SR 1750 – BOGGY BRANCH ROAD Monday morning the North Carolina Department of Transportation plan is to close SR 1750, known […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Good Friday? Easter Monday?…..How about a week off? What I need is one more holiday that includes good food.  Think I am losing the ‘Battle of the Bulge’.  Have a short time to prepare for planned physical, timing not good. Enjoyed time with family during the holidays….Happy Birthday to our youngest son, today….and to others […]

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A White Oak man was sentenced last week on a charge of felonious restraint for taking a woman to his home against her will and engaging in non-consensual sex. Billy Andra Monroe, 54, received an active sentence of between 31 and 47 months under a plea agreement Wednesday in Bladen County Superior Court. Monroe also […]

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Bladenboro native Abbey Walters slugged a home run and two doubles Friday to lead UNC-Pembroke to a softball double-header sweep Friday at Winston-Salem State by scores of 7-6 in 8 innings and 4-3. Walters slammed a double to right field in the first inning of the opener and darted home on a throwing error to […]

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The Columbus County Sports Network Junior Varsity Baseball Tournament at West Columbus High has been postponed until Tuesday due to the rain and wet grounds. West Bladen will open the tournament against South Columbus at 4 p.m. Tuesday. Tuesday’s games 10 a.m. – East Columbus vs. Fairmont 1 p.m. – Whiteville vs. West Brunswick 4 […]

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This Day In History

1796 – Bethel African Methodist Church of Philadelphia is 1st US-African church. 1797 – Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents a washing machine. 1799 – NY state abolished slavery. 1834 – Senate censure President Jackson for taking federal deposits from Bank of US. 1866 – 1st ambulance goes into service. 1881 – “Greatest Show on […]

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Saturday’s results Grays Creek 6, Freedom Christian 4 Cape Fear 12, Seventy First 2 (6 Innings) East Bladen 10, E. E. Smith 0 (5 Innings) Scotland 12, Douglas Byrd 2 (5 Innings) Monday’s games 10 a.m. – Freedom Christian vs. Seventy First 1 p.m. – E. E. Smith vs. Douglas Byrd 4 p.m. – Grays […]

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West Bladen grad Clint Allen racked up 6 hits in Coker College’s weekend series at Carson-Newman Friday and Saturday in Jefferson City, TN. Allen batted 3-4 and drove in a run Friday, but the Cobras dropped a 12-4 decision. The Bladenboro native smacked a single to right-centerfield in the third inning and raked a single […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

It’s Easter Sunday.  Remember the reason and celebrate. It is a safe bet the ACC will be represented in the Final Four next weekend.  This evening, shortly after 6 p.m., Virginia plays Syracuse and just before 9 tonight, UNC Tar Heels play Notre Dame…..again.  The winners advance to the Final Four.  Villanova and Oklahoma have […]

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Baseball Saturday’s results St. Pauls 2, Red Springs 1 Lumberton 5, West Bladen 0 Purnell Swett 15, Hoke County 3 Fairmont 6, South Robeson 4   Monday’s games 10 a.m. – Red Springs vs. Hoke County 1 p.m. – West Bladen vs. South Robeson 4 p.m. – St. Pauls vs. Purnell Swett 7 p.m. – […]

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East Bladen 10, E. E. Smith 0 FAYETTEVILLE – Ty Watkins pitched a five-inning, one-hit shutout Saturday to lead East Bladen to a 10-0 baseball victory over E. E. Smith in the opening round of the J. Hoyt Warren-Wayne Edwards Invitational at Douglas Byrd High School. Watkins struck out seven and walked one. The sophmore […]

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ROWLAND – Daniel Carter pitched a one-hitter as Lumberton shut out West Bladen 5-0 on Saturday afternoon in the opening round of the Robeson County Slugfest at South Robeson High School. The junior left-hander struck out nine and walked four. The Knights only had one runner reach as far as third base. Chandler Lennon had […]

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Bladen County Sports

Purnell Swett 6, West Bladen 3 ROWLAND – Purnell Swett capitalized on a trio of West Bladen errors to score 4 unearned runs and defeat the Lady Knights 6-3 Saturday in the opening round of the Robeson County Slugfest Softball Tournament. Two runs in the second and three more in the third gave the Lady […]

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This Day In History

1513 – Spaniard Juan Ponce de Leon and his expedition first sight Florida. 1790 – The modern shoelace (string and shoe holes) invented in England. 1794 – The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates. 1814 – Battle at Horseshoe Bend: General Andrew Jackson defeats the Red Sticks, […]

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Photos Contributed by Rebecca McCollum The crowd didn’t just come out for exercise Saturday morning at the 5K Bunny Fun Run in Bladenboro, they came out to support the Bladen County Relay for Life. Otis Evans, a cancer warrior himself spear headed the event and was happy with the turn out. According to Evans around 140 people […]

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By: Erin Smith The sounds of antique tractors and the chug-chug of hit and miss engines filled the air on Saturday morning as the 26th Old Fashioned Planters Day got underway at the Graham Farm in Ammon. Temperatures were cool and skies were cloudy but spirits were high as folks walked through displays of antique […]

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By: Erin Smith   There was excitement in the air at Jones Lake State Park on Saturday as the park held their annual East Egg Hunt and also were celebrating the centennial of the North Carolina state parks system. There were about 433 people preregistered for the Easter Egg Hunt. Aside from the Easter Egg […]

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Contributed by Gerald Horne Good Friday Full Moon photos taken in Bladen County by Gerald Horne.   Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

The Easter season is here.  Time for family and friends, Easter egg hunts and worship, not necessarily in that order. A 5K Fun Run to benefit the American Cancer Society will be held in Bladenboro today, an Easter egg hunt is planned at Jones Lake State Park, the annual Old Fashion Planter’s Day festivities continue […]

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The North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) presents two free exhibitions opening in April 2016, both featuring work by North Carolina artists. Altered Land: Works by Damian Stamer and Greg Lindquist includes landscape paintings by two locally raised artists, while Burk Uzzle: American Chronicle highlights one Raleigh-born artist’s career photographing American life. Altered Land and […]

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State of North Carolina logo

Raleigh, NC – The N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program (GHSP) is launching its annual speed enforcement blitz from March 24 – April 3 under the tagline: “Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.” The intensified enforcement effort against speeding drivers underscores the severity of the problem across our state’s roads. Officers will step up enforcement […]

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State of North Carolina logo

Raleigh, N.C. – More than $207,000 in the latest round of NCWorks grants will improve the skills of North Carolina’s workers. The NCWorks Incumbent Worker Training Grant program helps business strengthen its workforce by reimbursing participating employers for training costs.  The grants are awarded twice a year. In the first quarter of this year, 30 […]

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State of North Carolina logo

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate was 5.5 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from January’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 4.9 percent. North Carolina’s February 2016 unemployment rate was 0.2 of a percentage point lower than a year ago. The number of people employed increased 25,687 over […]

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Syphilis rates in North Carolina are highest since the year 2000, and state health officials are reminding citizens that regular screening is key to prevention and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. The number of syphilis cases in North Carolina increased 40 percent from 2014 to 2015, with the highest number of cases in some of the […]

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  RALEIGH 3/24/16 12:36 AM — The N.C. Center for Missing Persons has issued a Silver Alert for a missing endangered woman, Kayla Nicole Neville. Citizens are asked to be on the lookout for Kayla Nicole Neville, who is believed to be suffering from dementia or some other cognitive impairment. Anyone with information about Kayla […]

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This Day In History

1790 – US Congress passes Naturalization Act, requires 2-year residency. 1804 – Territory of Orleans organizes in Louisiana Purchase. 1845 – Patent awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precursor of bandaid. 1872 – Thomas J. Martin patents fire extinguisher. 1885 – Eastman Film Co. manufacturers 1st commercial motion picture film. 1903 – American Hotel opens in […]

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The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy drill team the John L. Foye Rifles finished second overall this past weekend. The team competed at the 19th Annual Hoke County High School Drill Meet in Raeford. The drill team finished just behind Bandy High School from Catawba.  In addition to overall winner Bandy the drill team competed […]

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The West Bladen baseball and softball teams will begin play Saturday in the Robeson County Slugfest Tournament at South Robeson High School. Coach Joey Autry’s Lady Knights are the No. 6 seed and will play No. 3 seed Purnell Swett at 1 p.m. Saturday. Coach Kim Cain’s baseball Knights are also a No. 6 seed […]

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East Bladen’s Eagles will open play in the J. Hoyt Warren-Wayne Edwards Invitational baseball tournament at Douglas Byrd High in Fayetteville Saturday at 4 p.m. against E. E. Smith. The tournament will continue with games Monday and Tuesday. The tournament schedule follows: Saturday 10 a.m. Gray’s Creek (4-6) vs. Freedom Christian (4-4) 1 p.m.  Cape […]

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Bladen County Superior Court was in session Wednesday, March 23. Judge Douglas Sasser presided. Some of the plea agreements reached were: ** Rodriquez McNeil, 20, pleaded guilty to possession of firearm by a felon. Sentenced to 9 to 20 months in custody. In court statements, on Feb. 22, 2015, deputies were called to a home […]

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A man known for his work with community organizations is free on bond while facing charges of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Charles Simmons Cain, 74, of Scout Lane in Elizabethtown, had his $1,000 unsecured bond on the charge revoked Wednesday during a hearing in Bladen County Superior Court after Judge Douglas […]

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The man who was the driver of a vehicle used to leave the scene following an armed robbery at Dollar General in Dublin pled guilty Wednesday in Bladen County Superior Court under an agreement with the state. Naquan Alphonso Matthews, 20, of Elizabthtown, pled guilty to common law robbery and fleeing to elude arrest with […]

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By Erin Smith For one mother, the loss of her son has lead her to lobby for body cameras for county law enforcement officers. Marion McGovern said, “I went to a meeting of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners to talk about body cameras for law enforcement after the shooting death of my son by […]

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Patrick Tremaine Rhodie was sentenced Wednesday to 15 to 27 months in custody on drug charges under a plea agreement entered in Bladen County Superior Court. Rhodie, 34, pled guilty to selling a Schedule II controlled substance and possession of cocaine. On the first charge, Rhodie was recorded selling 2 grams of crack cocaine to […]

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A brush fire burned near Farmer’s Union Road late Thursday afternoon. The fire was reported at about 4:45 p.m. and units from the North Carolina Forest Service, Lisbon Fire Department, North Whiteville Fire Department, Bladenboro Fire Department, and Clarkton Fire Departments all responded to extinguish the blaze. As fire crews to contain the blaze, a […]

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The forecast for the Easter weekend looks to be a soggy one, that is according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Bacon. Bacon said a weather front will remain stalled over the area keeping rainfall in the forecast through the weekend. He adds no flooding is expected. Bacon said  Saturday rain will be light and […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension North Carolinians having repairs made to their vehicles are now in for a little bit of a shock. With a few exceptions, they will now have to pay state sales tax on the labor cost of those repairs. So, too, will folks paying for repairs to their computers […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that a federal grand jury in Raleigh, North Carolina returned a three count indictment charging James Stephen Thorpe a/k/a J1, Joshua Rayshawn Melvin a/k/a J.O., Ervin Montez Alston, Jr. a/k/a Wes or Wesley, and Jahid Preston Diggs with conspiring to […]

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ROCKY POINT – Junior Kyle Tatum lined a 2-run home run over the left field fence in the seventh inning to vault East Bladen to a 7-6 Four County Conference baseball victory over Heide Trask Thursday night. With the scored tied 5-5, sophomore Sincere Smith led off the Eagle seventh inning with a single but […]

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ROCKY POINT – East Bladen tallied a pair of early goals en route to a 3-0 Four County Conference girls soccer victory Thursday night over Heide Trask. In the game’s 4th minute, junior Maddie West turned a feed from junior Cassie Hill into the first East Bladen goal. Ten minutes later sophmore Hannah Devane fired […]

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ROCKY POINT – Sophmore Devan Stocks pitched 5 strong innings and struck out nine to lead East Bladen to a 14-8 Four Conference jayvee baseball victory over Heide Trask Thursday. Stocks allowed only 2 runs – one earned – on 5 hits and a walk to pick up the victory. Teammate Spencer Scott pitched the […]

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South View defeated West Bladen 6-3 Thursday in non-conference boys tennis action at West Bladen. Victor Jacome at No. 1 Singles and Tate Sykes at No. 4 Singles won their respective matches and are still unbeaten in singles play this season. Singles: Victor Jacome (WB) defeated Caleb Edkins (SV)            6-4, […]

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Today is Good Friday.  Bladen students are out of school today and the coming week. Lots of folks on the roadways, drive with care. The Duke Blue Devils (25-11) basketball teams’ season came to a halt last night.  The Oregon Ducks (31-6) won 82-68.  Tonight, the UNC Tar Heels (30-6) play the Indiana Hoosiers (27-7) […]

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This Day In History

0031 – 1st Easter, according to calendar-maker Dionysius Exiguus. 1634 – Under charter granted to Lord Baltimore and led by his brother Leonard Calvert first settlers found Catholic colony of Maryland. 1813 – 1st US flag flown in battle on the Pacific, frigate Essex. 1851 – Yosemite Valley discovered in California. 1865 – SS General […]

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Sandra Cain

By: Sandra R. Cain For Better Living Research shows that most Americans aren’t getting enough fruits and vegetables in their daily diet. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, everyone over two years of age should eat a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Yet, roughly only 28 percent of adults […]

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USDA funding is available for housing loans and applications are being accepted for the low and very low income citizens in rural North Carolina.    The lack of access to decent, clean, safe and affordable rural housing and difficulties obtaining mortgage credit severely limits options for rural citizens. USDA Rural Development offers direct and guaranteed […]

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By Erin Smith  A Sheriff’s Office watercraft has gotten a new lease on life. “Sheriff McVicker tasked me with getting a boat that had been sitting derelict and unused into service before the summer season to ensure that the Sheriff’s Office could effectively respond to waterborne emergencies,” said Gary Turlington. Turlington said this was just one […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that in federal court, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Maurice Malik Spencer, 22, of Raleigh, to 180 months imprisonment, followed by 10 years of supervised release. Spencer was named in a six count Indictment filed on June […]

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By: Erin Smith The 24th annual Old Fashioned Planter’s Day is set for this weekend at the Graham Farms Showgrounds in Ammon. The event is set for Friday and Saturday, March 25 and 26. Gates open at 9 a.m. both days. There will be hit and miss engines, live music, food and drinks, antique tractors […]

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By: Erin Smith The members of North Carolina State Highway Patrol Troop B have been visiting the firing range at the Bladen County training facility to do some training and certification. Instructor Gary Turlington said that there are eight Highway Patrol Troops across the state. He said that Troop B covers Harnett, Cumberland, Bladen, Columbus, […]

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By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Fire Department was paged out to 1107 West broad Street on Thursday afternoon after someone reported an unusual burning smell at Liberty Tax said Fire Chief Nick West. He said fire officials were working on Thursday afternoon to determine the source of the odor. Also responding were the White Lake […]

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