06/19/2019
  • 8:49 am Sunset Jams concert series kicks off this week
  • 8:12 am Fayetteville Man Sentenced to More Than 13 Years for Drug Distribution and Firearm Offenses
  • 8:09 am Bladenboro and Elizabethtown Communities to receive generators for powering critical public infrastructure
  • 7:36 am Thoughts While Shaving for June 19
  • 6:03 am Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy
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The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a reported residential structure fire at 169 Sand Pit Rd. Upon arrival firefighters found fire and smoke showing from the rear bedroom of a single family dwelling. After an initial scene size up by the fire department incident commander, it was determined that an offensive fire attack would be […]

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced that Baltimore Road has re-opened.  According to the NCDOT, this completes the work for Baltimore Road. Also, Browntown Road in Columbus County is set to re-open late Thursday.  Once open, this will reconnect Mooretown Road to Carter Road in Bladen County.    UPCOMING CLOSINGS: Beginning Monday, March 28, […]

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The Governor’s Highway Safety Program, Booze It And Lose It, had a definite effect in Bladen County and other southeastern counties in the state. During the campaign, which concluded last weekend, Bladen had a total of 315 traffic violations. Other counties and their totals were Columbus (395), Brunswick (516), Cumberland (1347), Pender (231), Sampson (190), […]

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Southeastern Health (SeHealth) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Carolinas HealthCare System (CHS) in two areas: strategic services and information technology software conversion. Southeastern Health will continue to operate as an independent, non-profit community hospital, maintaining the same leadership, board of trustees and employee base. The partnership agreement will enable SeHealth […]

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iOS 9.3 Coming, iPhone SE, iPhone 7 iOS 9.3 is out. So most likely it has already downloaded to your phone during the night and is taking up over 1 Gig of space on your phone. When you are ready, install the new OS. Please back up your phone before you install. I had problems […]

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Duke Energy Renewables has acquired the development assets associated with the proposed 20-megawatt (MW-AC) Longboat Solar Power Project in California from EDF Renewable Energy. The project will be built in San Bernardino County near the city of Barstow. With this addition, Duke Energy Renewables has seven solar power projects in California totaling more than 130 […]

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Bladen County native Todd Pait is returning home to take over the head coaching reins of the football program at West Bladen High School. Pait was approved by the Bladen County Board of Education last Monday. “I’m super-excited,” said Pait who has been the defensive co-ordinator the last two years at Sycamore High near Nashville, […]

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West Bladen’s Lady Knights fought back from a 6-2 deficit to defeat visiting Pender 8-6 Wednesday night in Four County Conference softball action. After Pender scored all 6 of their runs in the top of the fourth inning, the Lady Knights bounced back with 3 runs in the bottom of the inning. Junior Logan Autry […]

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After 22 runs, 21 hits, 11 errors, nine walks, five passed balls, two wild pitches, a hit batter and five lead changes, it seemed only fitting the deciding run was scored off an error. West Bladen pushed across two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday night in outscoring Pender 12-11 in a […]

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Ian Sykes pitched a two-hitter and allowed an unearned run as the West Bladen junior varsity baseball team remained unbeaten in Four County Conference play on Wednesday with a 6-1 victory against Pender at Knights Field. Sykes struck out eight, walked one and hit two batters. The right-hander threw 80 pitches over six innings of […]

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ROCKY POINT – Heide Trask rode a 9-run first inning to a 10-0 Four County Conference softball victory over East Bladen Wednesday night. Heide Trask added a final run in the second inning. A. J. Johnson was the winning pitcher for the Lady Titans who lead the Four County with a 4-0 record and are […]

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Republican presidential political campaigns have reached new lows with the topic turning to spouses.  My, my, my.  Thought one Dem had a ‘lock’ on that topic.  Maybe not. I have been amazed that the article in BladenOnline several months ago just will not ‘go away.’  It was related to a group traveling in the area […]

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Pender defeated West Bladen 12-10 Wednesday in Four County Conference jayvee softball action at West. The game was called due to a time limit in the fourth inning. The Lady Knights outhit the Pender team 11-1, but the Lady Patriots capitalized on 14 walks and 3 hit batters to score their 12 runs. Freshman Erica […]

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Carol and Lou Plummer visited the Elizabethtown Rotary Club and talked about hiking the Appalachian Trail for their honeymoon in 2013. Lou Plummer is employed by the Harnett County Board of Education. He added that he and Carol Plummer were married on the first day of their hike. “I work for board of education and […]

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By: Erin Smith The West Bladen High School JROTC was the recipient of a $500 check from the Military Officers Association of America on Wednesday morning. “It’s good,” said West Bladen High School Principal Wesley Floyd of the donation. Col. Ballard said the JROTC has some costs and support items associated with their upcoming 5K […]

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Welcome Class of 2029! Bladen County Schools is enrolling kindergarten students now for the 2016-2017 school year. All schools provide academics, arts, physical education, and music under the direction of high-quality teachers. How To Enroll: Students must be five years old on or before Aug. 31 of the current school year to start kindergarten. 1. […]

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By: Erin Smith A small brush ignited in the 4000 block of Elkton Road on Wednesday morning scorching some bush along the roadway. Landowner Albert Shaw said he was driving past the property when he noticed the fire and stopped to try to stomp it out. He said he called the fire department for assistance. […]

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Raleigh – The N.C. Department of Transportation and the N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program announced the results from the St. Patrick’s “Booze It and Lose It” campaign, which ran from March 16 – 20. There were 790 DWI charges, in which 718 were alcohol related and 72 were drug related, averaging 198 DWI arrests per […]

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This Day In History

1629 – 1st game law passed in American colonies, by Virginia. 1664 – Roger Williams is granted a charter to colonize Rhode Island. 1832 – Mormon Joseph Smith beaten, tarred & feathered in Ohio. 1868 – Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. forms. 1880 – Tobacco Growers’ Mutual Insurance company incorporates in Connecticut. 1898 – 1st automobile […]

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When the Raymond W. Biglow VFW Post 8062 in Elizabethtown met at 3:00 last Saturday for their regular monthly meeting, it seemed like a normal business meeting.  However, it was a significant meeting because the Post was chartered fifty years ago in March 1966.  The group was formed during the height of the Vietnam War. […]

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East Bladen’s defense completely stymied Pender as the Lady Eagles cruised to a 5-0 Four County Conference girls soccer victory over the visiting Lady Patriots Tuesday night. The Lady Eagles were credited with 71 steals in the game and did not allow the Lady Patriots to attempt a single shot on goal. Senior goalkeeper Kathryn […]

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The BC Preps Varsity 18U AAU Basketball team won the 3rd Annual All Ballers Spring Warm-up Classic hosted by Fayetteville State University. The BC Preps Varsity 18U swept through their bracket defeating SC Dream Team 56-54, Sandhill Cyclones 72-66 and SC Dream Team again in the finals 47-41. Members of the BC Preps Varsity are […]

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The BC Preps JV 16U AAU Basketball team won the 3rd Annual All Ballers Spring Warm-up Classic hosted by Fayetteville State University. The BC Preps JV’s swept all 3 of their games defeating Path Finders Elite 77-46, TCS 64-55 and Path Finders Elite again in the finals 57-51. Members of the BC Preps JV are […]

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Girls Soccer Heide Trask 2, West Bladen 0 Heide Trask defeated West Bladen 2-0 Tuesday night in Four County Conference girls soccer action at West. Freshman Caleigh Bell and senior Ruby Ramirez scored the Trask goals. West Bladen is now 0-3 in conference play and 1-9 overall. The Lady Knights will host Pender Wednesday at […]

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The Town of Dublin Mayor, Horace Wyatt, and Dublin Fire Chief, Pete Batton, presented West Bladen Fire Academy Chief, Gary Estep, with a check on Wednesday, March 23rd. Their donation will help sponsor West Bladen’s Skills USA Firefighter Team in their competition at the State Skills USA Conference in Greensboro on April 19-21. Pictured (L-R) Brett […]

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A dispute over a woman has lead to one man being arrested and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. According to Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton, Michael McClendon, 32, of Elizabethtown,  was involved in an incident on March 17 on  NC Highway 210 near Garland with the victim. Guyton said […]

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The Town of Dublin Mayor, Horace Wyatt, and Dublin Fire Chief, Pete Batton, presented West Bladen Fire Academy Chief, Gary Estep, with a check on Wednesday, March 23rd. Their donation will help sponsor West Bladen’s Skills USA Firefighter Team in their competition at the State Skills USA Conference in Greensboro on April 19-21. Pictured (L-R) Brett […]

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Harrells Christian Academy has released its honor roll for the third nine week grading period.  Honor Roll 4th Grade Case Barber Evan Boussias Alex Farrior Benny Mercer Elam Moore Piper Moore Connor Pope Elise Savage Scarlett Votaw 5th Grade Jack Bowker Brecken Bowles Dylan Coats Jakob Funes Evan King Coleton Norris Ethan Spell Kennedy Thompson […]

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Harrells Christian Academy has released its Headmaster’s List for the third nine week grading period.  Headmaster’s List 4th Grade Josh deAndrade Sofia Fleury Jesse Kunst Georgia Pope Leelee Votaw Sarah Woolard 5th Grade Jacob Barnes Amber Jones Sydney Jorgenson Connor Spell 6th Grade Emily Anne Barnette Caroline Barnhill Kensley Blanchard Reese Blue Elizabeth Cole Harrison […]

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The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a reported residential structure fire at 102 S. Lyon St. Upon arrival firefighters found fire and smoke showing from the front of a single family dwelling. After an initial scene size up by the fire department incident commander, it was determined that an offensive fire attack mode would be […]

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The UNC-W Lady Seahawk Golf Team was paced to an 11th place finish in the LSU Tiger Classic Golf Tournament by Clarkton sophomore Kayla Thompson this past weekend. Thompson had her second top 10 finish of the season as she fired 72-78-75=225 in the LSU Tiger Classic played at the University Club in Louisiana. Thompson […]

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The March 22 Southeastern Fellowship Golf Tourney was held at Gates Four Golf Course near Fayetteville. The winning team, Sandy Holland, Lennon Fisher, Bill Hall and Dennie Pait shot 54. Two teams tied for second place with scores of 58. They were: Richard Skinner, Fred Atkinson, Hugh Brady and Jimmy Cook: Rob Conway, Richard Davis, […]

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The Spring Fling Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament was held Sunday at Vineyard Golf at White Lake located between Elizabethtown and White Lake. First Flight winners, in a scorecard playoff, with a score of 65 was Jake Womble and Ty Wilson. They had tied with the team of Dominic Goline and Amy Wooten. Second Flight winners […]

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 Sophmores Sincere Smith and Xavier Wooten hammered triples to lead an eight-hit East Bladen attack that rallied the Eagles to an 8-2 Four County Conference victory over visiting Pender Tuesday night. Eagle sophmore lefthander Ty Watkins and Pender junior Riley Murray were locked in a pitcher’s duel for the first four innings. Senior Braxton Treto […]

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A reminder of the upcoming Bladen We Care fund-raisers.  The first is a Gala set for The Venue at White Lake on Friday, April 8.  Tickets are on sale for $100 for a couple, includes food, music, a reverse raffle, lots of fun at the lake.  I have tickets, as do other members of the […]

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 Brianna Goff’s home run highlighted a 9-run second inning that carried Pender’s Lady Patriots to a 15-2 Four County Conference softball victory at East Bladen Tuesday night. Pender pushed across a run in the first, then broke the game open with the big second inning that featured 8 hits and included the Goff homer and […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong  Heide Trask erupted for 6 runs in the first inning and went on to capture a 10-0 Four County Conference softball victory at West Bladen Tuesday night. The Lady Titans bunched seven hits to score the 6 runs in the first, added an unearned run in the third and scored 3 […]

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West Bladen edged East Columbus 5-4 Tuesday in non-conference boys tennis action at West Bladen. After splitting the singles matches 3-3, the Knights won 2 of the 3 doubles matches to take the win. Manuel Arvizu and Felix Rebollar won their match at #2 Doubles 8-3 and Tate Sykes and Jose Osorio won their #3 […]

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East Bladen exploded for 14 first inning runs and rolled to a 19-4 mercy rule victory over visiting Pender Tuesday in Four County Conference jayvee baseball action. Shy Pone reached base on an error to begin the Eagle first, and Greyson Heustess knocked him in with a single. After Pierce Melvin walked, Spencer Scott cracked […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Crafty right-hander Jordan Flora scattered nine hits Tuesday night as Heide Trask defeated West Bladen 6-2 in a Four County Conference baseball game at Knights Field. Flora, a senior, struck out four, threw 121 pitches and never retired West Bladen in order, but managed to keep the Knights’ hitters off balance […]

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Jalin Drew and Dalton Pait each drove in two runs and Trey Storms pitched a three-hitter Tuesday afternoon as the West Bladen junior varsity baseball team routed Heide Trask 11-1 at Knights Field. The win improved West Bladen to 5-2 overall and 3-0 in the Four County Conference. The Knights are scheduled to host Pender […]

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The Bladen County Republican Party held their yearly convention on Monday, March 21st at the Bladen County Court House. On top of the business the party covered, Republican candidates and elected officials each spoke about progress being made and changes they would like to see in the future. Share:

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A need in Flint, Michigan has been filled by Bladen County’s local radio station, WBLA 1440 AM, da Branch radio station and local citizens, according to Mr. Arthur Bullock. On Friday, March 19, 2016 the local Christian station, shipped 450 cases of drinking water to Flint, Michigan with the assistance of local community members. According to […]

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Saturday, April 9: Greensbridge Golf Club. 1086 Susie Sand Hill Road, Elizabethtown, NC. Carolina Crossroads First Annual Golf Tournament. Tee-off 9:00 AM. 4 Persons per team, Format- Captain’s choice, Entry fee- $240 per team, Lunch will be provided, Door prizes given. Sponsor a hole- Silver, $100.00, Gold $250.00, Platinum $500.00. Sponsor door prizes- Door prizes […]

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This Day In History

1839 – 1st recorded use of “OK” {oll korrect} (Boston’s Morning Post) 1857 – Elisha Otis’ 1st elevator installed (488 Broadway, NYC). 1865 – General Sherman/Cox’ troops reach Goldsboro, NC. 1868 – University of California founded (Oakland, California) 1880 – Flour milling mill patented (John Stevens of Wisconsin) 1896 – The Raines Law is passed […]

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By: Erin Smith Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare was the subject of an information sharing session which included leaders form throughout the community. Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare spokeswoman Ashley Dowless said, “I felt like this was a great way to engage the community leaders and to help them to learn what is going on at their hospital […]

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By: Erin Smith A fire threatened several structures on Tuesday afternoon on NC 131. The fire destroyed a building behind a home but no injuries were reported and no homes were damaged. The building was a complete loss. The roadway was closed to traffic for a period of time as fire crews worked to extinguish […]

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A casual conversation between a state trooper and a potential juror during a break in Bladen County Superior Court on Tuesday morning resulted in a trial being delayed and an admonition from the judge for the county to get juror tags for everyone in the jury pool. Twelve jurors were being questioned by Assistant District […]

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Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear (CLCF) has developed a resource guide for Bladen and Columbus County according to Richard Burg, Patient Care Coordinator with CLCF. Many may find the guide beneficial. With the increase use and abuse of Opioids in Southeastern NC, CLCF has given this resource guide to many physician practices in Bladen and […]

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 On Wednesday, March 23, Southeastern Health’s Gibson Cancer Center (GCC) will be restored to full service following a fire June 27, 2015, that severely damaged its radiation oncology wing and temporarily closed its medical oncology unit.   “We have 10 radiation oncology patients on the schedule for Wednesday and are excited to welcome these patients […]

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  A Bladenboro mother and her daughter who are both students at Bladenboro’s Carolina Karate won awards Saturday at the “Carolina’s Best Martial Arts Championship” held in Myrtle Beach. Heather Lennon Hall won first-place in both forms and sparring.  Her daughter Caroline Britt placed second in sparring.  Heather and Caroline are pictured with their instructor […]

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Bladen Community College is offering the following community service courses for personal interest and growth: Shag for Beginners, 6:00-7:00 p.m., Thurs, Mar 31 – May 5, Cape Fear Farmer’s Market Ballroom Dancing, 7:00-8:00 p.m., Thurs, Mar 31 – May 5, Cape Fear Farmer’s Market Guitar Lessons, 1:00-4:00 p.m., Sat, April 2 – April 30, Dublin […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday and was presented with the annual audit for FY 2014-15. Bryon Scott, of Thompson, Price, Scott and Adams, said that the audit was an unmodified opinion which he said was the best the county could receive. He said he and his staff did […]

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and began the evening with a public hearing to receive comments from the public for the upcoming 2016-17 budget. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin said that the board was seeking feedback from the community with regard to the budget and placed a […]

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Let us keep the good people in Brussels, Belgium in our thoughts and prayers.  Terrorists are difficult to deal with and appear to have caused great damage to the city and the residents. This type info should not be taken lightly in the USA and will hopefully cause us to re-examine the thoughts of our […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Medical Center’s Emergency Department is among the 50 busiest in the nation, according to a published report by Becker’s Hospital Review. The healthcare industry publication listed Cape Fear Valley’s ED at 17th busiest, with 129,352 patient visits last year. However, nine of the higher-ranked facilities included more than one ED […]

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West Bladen edged East Bladen 5-4 Monday in Four County Conference boys tennis action at East. The two teams split their six singles matches 3-3, but West Bladen won two of the three doubles matches. Singles: Victor Jacome (WB) defeated Jackson Hunt (EB)            6-4, 6-3 Alex Gomes (EB) defeated Manuel […]

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A Bladenboro mother and her daughter who are both students at Bladenboro’s Carolina Karate won awards Saturday at the “Carolina’s Best Martial Arts Championship” held in Myrtle Beach. Heather Lennon Hall won first-place in both forms and sparring.  Her daughter Caroline Britt placed second in sparring.  Heather and Caroline are pictured with their instructor Daniel […]

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  Monday evening there was a wreck on US Highway 701 near the Blueberry Association Building. An Ace Wrecker truck was flipped upside down in the road. The driver is reported to be alright without any major injuries. No further information is available at this time.   Share:

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This Day In History

1630 – 1st colonial legislation prohibiting gambling enacted (Boston). 1790 – Thomas Jefferson becomes the 1st US Secretary of State under President Washington. 1841 – Cornstarch patented (Orlando Jones). 1871 – William Holden of NC becomes 1st governor removed by impeachment. 1882 – Edmunds Act adopted by the US to suppress polygamy, 1300 men later […]

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Katiesha Hayes, BCC Student Government Association Vice President, has graduated from the NC Community College System Student Leadership Development Program. The event offers selected students vigorous leadership training that is applicable on their college campuses.  Hayes attended a six-day session at William Peace University in Raleigh in 2015, followed by two-day mini sessions in 2015 […]

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Bladen Community College has received $10,000 from area businesses as part of a collaborative effort with the United States Economic Development Administration to construct an Advanced Manufacturing Building on the college’s main campus in Dublin. The Bladen County Committee of 100, Inc. has contributed $5,000, Four County Electric has given $3,000, and Clark Brothers has […]

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Congressman Robert Pittenger recently released an impressive list of endorsements. He added key votes of support from NC House of Representatives Majority Leader Mike Hager (NC-112), Scotland Co. Sheriff Ralph Kersey, Union County Commissioner Richard Helms, Union County Commissioner Lance Simpson, Matthews Town Commissioner Jeff Miller, and Matthews Town Commissioner John Ross. He was also […]

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The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a frost advisory for Bladen County for Monday night into Tuesday morning. The advisory will be in effect from 4 a.m. until 9 a.m. Tuesday. According to the National Weather Service temperatures will back in the 80s by midweek and another cold front will pass through […]

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Wilson Lacy of Bladenboro was named CEO of Cardinal Savings and Loan in Raleigh. Taylor Tractor Company of Elizabethtown was having their grand opening at their new building on the Clarkton Road. The Seventh Day Adventist Community Service Center announced their opening in Elizabethtown. An auction was held to dispose of all merchandise at one […]

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Duke Energy announced it will buy swine and poultry waste output from a facility planned for eastern North Carolina – using the captured methane gas to generate renewable electricity at four power stations. Carbon Cycle Energy will build and own the facility. The location has not been announced, but is expected to be in eastern […]

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Talent from Bladen County was well represented at the Carolina Civic Center’s, “My Time To Shine Talent Competition. Bladen County’s own, Haley Hall won first place in the competition held on Saturday at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton. Bladen County residents, Alyssa Bell, Madison Cain, and Addison Long also competed in the […]

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Over the next few weeks, Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) will begin implementing a new electronic visitor management system. This new system will require that visitors either be photographed upon arrival or their photograph may be obtained using a state-issued photo identification card such as a driver’s license. While photo IDs will not be required […]

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Cape Fear Valley-Bladen County Hospital recognize Audra Sessoms, RN CLII on her achievement of obtaining her  Clinical Ladder, Level II. The Clinical Ladder program recognizes and retains nurses who provide direct clinical care and who are involved in promoting nursing practice in the  Cape Fear Valley Health System by encouraging professional growth, advancing clinical expertise, and […]

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Filing has gotten under way for the June 7 Congressional primary. The filing period ends at noon on Friday, March 25. The primary was moved from its original March 15 date after a federal judge declared two Congressional districts unconstitutional. The federal judge was expected to issue a final ruling on the newly proposed Congressional […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet Monday night, March 21, at the Bladen County Commissioners meeting room in the Bladen County Courthouse and will hold a public hearing regarding the proposed 2016-17 county budget. There will also be a recognition for Robert Mazur for his retirement which will become effective on March 31 […]

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Last Tuesday’s election results are expected to be certified this week. Some appear to be concerned that Gov. McCrory eliminated the Coal Ash committee, after courts ruled the NC Legislature overstepped its authority by naming the committee. To Donald Trump supporters…Would you vote for Trump if he decides to seek the highest office in the […]

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Two BC PREPS basketball teams from Bladen County won their age group championships in the 3rd Annual All-Ballers Spring Warm-Up Tournament. The BC PREPS champions were coached by former West Bladen athlete Joseph Gore and Jimmy Williams. Share:

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West Bladen grad Clint Allen cracked a fifth inning single and scored the tying run, but his Coker College Cobras eventually dropped the second game of a Saturday double-header to Tusculum, TN 3-2. With Coker trailing 2-0 in the home half of the fifth, Ryan Wayne led off with a single then moved up on […]

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1844 – The original date predicted by William Miller of Massachusetts for the return of Christ and the end of the world. 1865 – Battle of Bentonville ends, last Confederate effort to stop Sherman. 1866 – US Congress authorizes national soldiers’ homes. 1917 – Loretta Walsh becomes US Navy’s 1st female Petty Officer. 1925 – […]

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By Erin Smith Folks from all over Bladen County and members of the Bladen Baptist Association gathered at Dublin First Baptist Church to say farewell to Rev. Bruce and Wendy Cannon. The afternoon was bittersweet as Bruce and Wendy Cannon spoke about their 27 years in Bladen County first as a pastor and then as […]

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The Elizabethtown Fire Department is making plans for the arrival of a new apparatus and receiving periodic updates on the progress of the construction phase of the new engine.  The most recent update shows the construction of the body of the new apparatus as well as the cab and chassis. The truck is being built […]

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What a nice week, weatherwise. We are in for a huge change. Yesterday’s high temp was in the mid 70s, today (Sunday), highs near 50, windy and a 50 percent change of precipitation. Low tonight in the upper 30s. High temp tomorrow in the mid 50s and windy with gusts in the lower 20s. Patchy […]

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1816 – US Supreme Court affirms its right to review state court decisions. 1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” published (Boston). 1865 – 2nd day of Battle of Bentonville, NC. 1868 – Jesse James Gang robs bank in Russelville, Kentucky, on $14,000. 1886 – 1st AC power plant in US begins commercial operation, […]

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Photos by Aldolfo Suarez Photography TEACHEY – Wallace-Rose Hill defeated West Bladen 5-0 Friday night in Four County Conference girls soccer action. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 2-0 in conference play and 2-1 overall. West Bladen is 0-2 in league play and 1-8 overall. West Bladen will host Heide Trask Tuesday at 6 p.m. Share:

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong East Bladen finished third and West Bladen placed fourth in Thursday’s track and field meet at Pender High School. Boys Meet Pender won the boys meet with 94 points, Midway was second with 88 points followed by East Bladen with 48 points and West Bladen with 24. East Bladen’s Ethan Hines […]

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LAURINBURG – East Bladen grad Lexi Dawson doubled, scored a run and drove in one Friday as her St. Andrews Lady Knights defeated Montreat 10-2 in the second game of a double-header. After Montreat took a 2-0 lead, Dawson hammered a double to centerfield to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Sam Lowder […]

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The engines were roaring once again at Dublin Motor Speedway on Saturday afternoon. It was the first of two scheduled practice sessions in preparation for the April 2 season opener. “We have several big events this year,” said R.J. Bailey, who works with his parents, Shirley and Richard Bailey, to promote the track. “We’re trying […]

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 The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton will feature “Steel Magnolias” April 15-17. The show will begin at 7 p.m. April 15 and 16 and at 3 p.m. on April 17. Resident artist Kendrix Singletary directs the theater’s return to dramatic community theater productions. Steel Magnolias is a comedy–drama play about the bond among […]

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Will be happy when the 2016 primary elections and conventions are over. There is about as much tension as I have seen during the election process in recent years. None among us, including the candidates, are perfect. So, we look for the best of the imperfect and hope and pray. Many of us use eye […]

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Senior Miller Heustess pitched a 3-hitter, and East Bladen pounded out 12 hits en route to a 19-3 Four County Conference softball victory Friday over visiting Clinton. Singles by Callie Sumner and Jessica Hamilton sandwiched around a Lady Eagle error produced a pair of first inning runs for Clinton. The Lady Eagles answered with 2 […]

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TEACHEY – Junior Sophia Singletary pitched a 2-hitter and struck out 5 batters to lead West Bladen to a 5-2 Four County Conference softball victory over Wallace-Rose Hill Friday night. Singletary walked only one batter, and both of the Lady Bulldog runs charged to her were unearned. The Lady Knights capitalized on a pair of […]

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TEACHEY – Jacob Teachey and Kaleb Dale combined on a six-hitter and Wallace-Rose Hill took advantage of five West Bladen errors to beat the Knights 5-2 on Friday night in a Four County Conference baseball game. Chandler Lennon returned the mound for the first time since spraining his ankle in the season opener at St. […]

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TEACHEY – Caleb Sholar pitched a complete game and went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles at the plate as the West Bladen junior varsity baseball team defeated Wallace-Rose Hill 12-5 on Friday afternoon in a Four County Conference game. Sholar scattered six hits, struck out four and walked four and gave up all five […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Clinton exploded for 8 second-half goals to claim a 9-0 Four County Conference girls soccer victory at East Bladen Friday night. The Lady Dark Horses scored the game’s first goal just before halftime then broke loose for 4 goals in the first 20 minutes of the second half. Clinton improves to […]

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West Bladen swept a non-conference boys tennis double-header Friday from visiting West Columbus 7-2 in the first match and 5-2 in the second match. The final two doubles matches in the second match were not played due to the lateness of the hour and the Knights already having clinched the match with a victory in […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Clinton capitalized on 11 East Bladen errors and defeated the Eagles 13-9 Friday night in Four County Conference jayvee baseball action at East. The Dark Horses took advantage of 3 Eagle errors to take a 3-0 lead into the bottom of the second. In the Eagle second, Spencer Scott was hit […]

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A new business has opened its doors on Broad Street in Elizabethtown. Te’s Treasurers is located at 113 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. Te’s Treasurers carries an array of T-shirts, koozies, handmade hair bows, head bands and more. The store sells both Southern Belle and Girlie Girl brand shirts and will also make hair bows […]

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One resident who lives near the intersection of NC 131 and NC 41 West said the intersection is not safe, in his opinion. That was following a crash in the intersection on Friday morning involving two tractor-trailer trucks and a pick-up truck. Fortunately, there were only minor injuries. Alfred G. Roberts said the intersection has […]

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1628 – Massachusetts Bay Colony granted land by England. 1687 – Explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle, searching for the mouth of the Mississippi River, is murdered by his own men. 1822 – Boston, Mass, incorporated as a city. 1831 – 1st US bank robbery (City Bank, NY/$245,000). 1863 – The SS Georgiana, said to […]

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The West Bladen High School Lady Knights will hold their third annual mini volleyball camp for girls ages 9 to 13 years old.  The camp will be held on June 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. until noon each day in the West Bladen High School gym. The cost for the camp is $40 per student […]

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By: Erin Smith A new therapeutic learning center has opened its doors in Elizabethtown with the goal of assisting children in uncovering their dreams and overcoming obstacles to achieving their life goals. DreamWorks Therapeutic Learning Center offers recreation therapy for children to assist children in achieving their goals. The center is located at 207 S. […]

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Former West Bladen golfer and Clarkton resident Kayla Thompson, a member of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington lady golf team, placed 40th in the Notre Dame Clover Cup Golf Tournament held recently in Mesa, Arizona. Kayla shot 74-77-77=228 as she led the Lady Seahawks to a 6th place finish in a field of 17 teams. […]

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Unemployment in all 100 North Carolina counties rose during the month of January. The highest rate recorded was 15.5 percent in Hyde County. The lowest rate recorded was 4.5 percent in Buncombe. 12 counties recorded rates of 5 percent or below. 82 counties had rates between 5-10 percent and 6 counties had rates above 10 […]

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A three vehicle crash involving two transfer trucks and a pick-up truck at the intersection of NC 41 West and NC 131 closed the roadway to traffic for a brief period of time. North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper A. M. Russ said Dewitt Demery from South Carolina, driving for Anderson Oil Company of South Carolina was […]

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