12/17/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 6:30 am Celebrate the holidays with family safely
  • 6:13 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 2:13 am Basketball League Provides Second Chance for Young Men
  • 8:34 pm Social Security benefits to increase in 2019
  • 8:21 pm This Day in History for December 16
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Bladen County Sports

ELIZABETHTOWN – A 6-run, fifth-inning rally broke a 6-6 tie and vaulted Clarkton School of Discovery to a 14-8 Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball victory Thursday.   The victory avenges an earlier 14-13 loss that the Lady Blue Devils suffered in their first meeting with the Lady Cougars and leaves the two teams tied […]

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Dear Mom, Thanks for being my best friend and for always being the most caring, loving, and genuine person I know. You are such a positive ray of sunshine and I couldn’t imagine life without you as my mom! God definitely blessed me with the best!     Happy Mothers Day! I love you, Elizabeth […]

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The threat of rain clouds loomed on Saturday, but held out to offer the Spring Fest in Bladenboro a very pleasant day. The event was held at the Farmer’s Market with the Master Gardeners’ kicking off the celebration with their annual plant sale starting at 8:00 am. Fresh strawberries from Jack Pait were sold. Hand […]

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It’s been a bit more than two years since the project began to refurbish the Dublin Scout Hut and a little more than a year ago that the log cabin at the end of Fifth Street was officially reopened for use. These days, Troop 622 and its leaders, Alex Hursey and Tony Parnell, are working […]

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They say for a business to be successful, there needs to be diversity. The Taylor family, owners of Lu Mil Vineyard among other businesses, are experts at diversifying. Ron Taylor came up with another great idea, Tomato Sandwich Day on the Doc’s Deck at Lu Mil Vineyard this Saturday. Denise T. Bridgers, Ron’s partner at […]

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This Day In History

1704 – Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper advertisement. 1778 – American Revolution: The Battle of Crooked Billet begins in Hatboro, Pennsylvania. 1822 – John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston. 1862 – Major General Benjamin Butler’s Union forces occupy New Orleans in US Civil War. 1873 – 1st US postal card issued. 1883 – Amsterdam […]

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Baseball

 TAR HEEL – Brady Hollingsworth pitched a one-hitter, and Elizabethtown pounded out 15 hits in a 2-inning, 19-0 victory over Tar Heel Tuesday.   Kendall Johnson slammed a second-inning double for the only Panther hit. Hollingsworth struck out 2 and retired 6 of the 7 batters that he faced.   Elizabethtown scored 16 of their […]

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Baseball

 ELIZABETHTOWN – Elizabethtown’s Zach Meares pitched 6.2 innings of no-hit baseball Thursday, before settling for a one-hit 8-0 shutout victory over Clarkton School of Discovery in Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball action.   Xavier McKoy spoiled the no-hit bid with a 2-out single in the seventh inning. Meares struck out the next batter to […]

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Wesley Floyd has resigned as West Bladen High School principal according to a Board of Ed spokesperson. Floyd’s resignation is effective June 30, 2016. An ad on the School Jobs (The North Carolina Public Schools Application System) website list the position available on July 1, 2016.  Closing date for applications is listed as May 16, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

I received an invitation recently to attend a ribbon cutting in Brunswick County for a new ECU dental learning center.  The invitation came from Donna Gooden Payne, ECU General Counsel.  Payne, is a Bladen native and was a Morehead Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill. What an experience?  I am ‘borrowing’ a line from WECT….”The ECU School […]

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East Bladen High School

TEACHEY – Wallace-Rose Hill handed East Bladen their second Four County Conference loss 10-3 Thursday night. The Eagles dropped to 10-2 in the Four County Conference and 14-5 overall, but remained in first place in the league. East Bladen scored single runs in the first and third innings to go up 2-0, but the Bulldogs […]

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DUBLIN – Clinton remained unbeaten in Four County Conference play with a 9-0 girls soccer victory over West Bladen. The Lady Dark Horses racked up 6 first-half goals and added 3 more after halftime. Senior Alaina Capps scored 2 goals and seven different players scored one goal each. Junior Katey Yang dished out 4 assists […]

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Clinton erupted for six runs in the second inning and went on to defeat West Bladen 9-1 on Friday afternoon in a Four County Conference game. The Dark Horses collected six of their 12 hits in the second and batted around in opening a 7-1 advantage. West Bladen only had one runner reach as far […]

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Troy Edge and Trent West had triples late in the game and Chandler Lennon pitched into the seventh inning as seven West Bladen seniors closed out their home careers Friday night with an 8-5 win against the Clinton Dark Horses in a Four County Conference game. Edge’s two-run triple in the fifth snapped a 4-all […]

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DUBLIN – West Bladen’s Lady Knights rolled to an 18-0 Four County Conference softball victory over Clinton Friday night to post their ninth consecutive win. The game was stopped after 2.5 innings by the mercy rule. West Bladen’s victory coupled with Midway’s 6-1 loss to Heide Trask clinched the Four County Conference’s No. 1 Class […]

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 30:  Yard sale at Bladen Builders Supply in Elizabethtown. Save up to 50% off! Saturday, April 30: Yard Sale – There will be a Yard Sale Fundraiser for Operation Christmas Child at Fellowship Bible Church located at 2503 Waddell Street in Elizabethtown on Saturday, April 30th starting at 8:00 am. There will be […]

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By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Town Council will meet on Monday night and receive the Seven Seals Award from Dr. Darrell Page. The award recognizes employers for their support of the Guard and Reserves. “The Seven Seals Award is in recognition of significant individual or organizational achievement, initiative, or support that promotes and supports the […]

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This Day In History

1789 – George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America. 1798 – US Department of the Navy forms. 1803 – US doubles in size through Louisiana Purchase ($15 million). 1859 – Charles Dickens’ “A Tale of Two Cities” is first published in literary periodical “All the Year Round” (weekly […]

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Bladen County Sports

  TAR HEEL – Nolan Bryant pitched a 2-hit shutout and struck out 8 to lead Bladenboro to a 14-0 Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball victory Thursday over Tar Heel.   Logan West led off the game with a single and circled the bases on wild pitches. Bryant walked, and Colby White knocked him […]

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Bladen County Sports

  ELIZABETHTOWN – Elizabethtown claimed sole possession of first place in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball standings Wednesday with a 10-5 victory over Bladenboro.   The Cougars took charge early as Jordan Robinson slammed a double to leftfield, stole third and scored on an infield out. Pitcher Cody Butler drew a walk, stole […]

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By: Erin Smith The Dublin Boy Scout Troop will hold a barbecue plate sale on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Dublin Scout Hut located on 4th Street in Dublin. Plates will cost $7 each and will consist of barbecue, potatoes, green beans, bread, and tea. Proceeds from the plate sale will be used […]

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– Tree Removal – Lawncare – Tree Trimming – Driveway Repair – Forestry Mulching – Storm Clean Up Share:

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the Bladen County Courthouse. The board will issue proclamations for Nurses Week and also Older Americans Awareness Month. The board will hear a budget request from Bladen Community College President William Findt and consider a appointments to the […]

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By: ASPCA Spring Cleaning Spring cleaning is a time-honored tradition in many households, but be sure to keep all cleaners and chemicals out of your pets’ way! Almost all cleaning products, even all natural ones, contain chemicals that may be harmful to pets. The key to using them safely is to read and follow label […]

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Governor Pat McCrory’s Youth Advocacy & Involvement Office recognized more than a dozen student leaders for their outstanding service during the 46th annual Youth Legislative Assembly (YLA), which was held April 1-3 in Raleigh. “We are focused on supporting North Carolina’s next generation of future leaders,” said Governor McCrory. “Our state’s high school students are […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong TAR HEEL –Catcher Kasee Singletary walloped 3 home runs and drove in 8 runs to lead Bladenboro to 26-4 Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball victory over Tar Heel Thursday. Natalie Ludlum led off the game with a walk, and Katilyn Willoughby smacked a single. Erica Storms smashed a double that […]

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By: Erin Smith The General Assembly will soon be getting a look at a bill that could place severe restrictions on who can have access to police body camera and dashboard camera footage. The legislation proposed by Reps. Faircloth and McNeill clearly states that body-camera footage is not public record. This runs in stark contrast […]

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USDA

COLUMBUS, Ohio – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will provide a new financing option to help farmers purchase portable storage and handling equipment. Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini and Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) Administrator Elanor Starmer announced changes to the Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program today during a local and regional food roundtable […]

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By: Erin Smith Members of the Elizabethtown Fire Department traveled to Pennsylvania this week to take part in the final inspection for the newly constructed Engine 55.  The new apparatus is undergoing construction at KME Fire Apparatus in Nesquehoning, PA. “We were excited to see the finished product and it has definitely met our expectations,” […]

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Sandra Cain

By Sandra Cain It’s that time of year again.  Strawberries are here and they are plentiful!  Strawberries are low in calories and high in nutrients. One cup of strawberries contains 55 calories. Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C.  A one cup serving provides more than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin C. […]

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By: Erin Smith A bill filed in the NC General Assembly to name the newly constructed Cape Fear River Bridge at Tar Heel in honor of former Ferry Skipper David B. Melvin is making its way through the legislature. Tar Heel Mayor Roy Dew said, “I think its a good thing. I can remember the […]

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Today, more than 45 million Americans live in poverty. That’s about 1 in every 7 Americans. Unfortunately, our current welfare system traps many of these individuals in an inescapable poverty loop that disincentivizes those in poverty from seeking a better and independent life. The framework of our current welfare system is based on President Lyndon […]

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By: Gordon Kinlaw WiFi Calling I am showing the WiFi calling tip below again. If you have tried to use it, you may have heard some error messages on your phone. Be sure you include the area code with your phone number. Where has this been?? Don’t they know how bad cell signals are inside […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

A new planting season is underway.  The recent warm weather is helping the newly planted crops ‘spring forth.’  Let’s hope this growing season is good.  Last year, some crops were never harvested due to excessive rainfall and a year or two earlier, a drought caused the crop to be less than 100%.  Farming is a […]

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East Bladen High School

TEACHEY – Dan Tatum’s bases-loaded triple highlighted a 9-run, fourth inning that carried East Bladen’s Eagles to a 10-4 Four County Conference jayvee baseball victory over Wallace-Rose Hill Thursday. The Bulldogs carried a 2-0 lead into the fourth, but sophmores Devan Stocks and Tanner Meares cracked one-out singles. Freshman Spencer Scott slammed a double to […]

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East Bladen High School

TEACHEY – Junior Sara Darling slugged a 2-run home run and batted 4-4 to lead Wallace-Rose Hill to a 12-2 Four County Conference softball victory over East Bladen Thursday night. Darling doubled and scored in the first inning then blasted the 2-run homer to highlight a 4-run Lady Bulldog second. Freshman Haven Williams clobbered a […]

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East Bladen High School

TEACHEY – Senior Lacey Suggs lit up the scoreboard with 4 goals Thursday night to lead East Bladen’s Lady Eagles to a 6-1 Four County Conference girls soccer victory over Wallace-Rose Hill. Suggs opened the scoring in the sixth minute by drilling a shot past the Wallace goalie from the top of the 18-yardline. A […]

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This Day In History

1813 – 1st US Rubber patent granted to Jacob F Hummel. 1845 – Macon B Allen & Robert Morris Jr, 1st African Americans to open law practice in US. 1852 – 1st edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus published. 1861 – Maryland’s House of Delegates votes against seceding from Union (US Civil War) 1894 – The […]

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger and the U.S. House of Representatives today voted to block President Obama’s controversial “fiduciary” rule, which bipartisan experts had warned would lead to higher costs and less access for retirement and financial planning services. “Who thinks bureaucrats at the Department of Labor are a good source for retirement planning advice?” […]

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Health Department and Safe Kids held an Open House on Thursday evening. Children were thrilled to meet the newest member of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office K-9 unit Jax. The children were mesmerized by the Belgian Malinois as he showed off his skills finding narcotics and finding lost objects. […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Kayleigh Raynor pitched a 2-hitter and struck out 9 batters to lead Elizabethtown to a 16-2 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory Wednesday over Bladenboro. Raynor hit 4 batters and walked two. At the plate she slugged a 2-run homer and a double, drove in 4 runs and scored three. Teammate Cheylee Mathis […]

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Commissioners got down to business on Monday night as they held their first budget work session. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin presented the commissioners with their first look at the preliminary budget figures and the news was mixed. “The numbers are very preliminary,” said Martin. He told the board […]

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Special Olympics were held on Thursday at the Elizabethtown Middle School football field. Members of Bladen County law enforcement, Elizabethtown Fire Department, Elizabethtown Police Department, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Bladen County EMS, Bladen County Schools, Bladen County Schools staff, volunteers from the community and members of the community all […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery

 TAR HEEL – Clarkton School of Discovery defeated Tar Heel 30-0 Wednesday in Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball action.   Lauren Bowen pitched a 3-inning 2-hitter to pick up the victory for Clarkton. Bowen struck out 6, walked 3 and hit a batter.   Bowen slugged a 2-run home run and a double and […]

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 WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) recently became aware that the Commerce Department suspended trade sanctions on ZTE Corporation related to the sale of embargoed equipment to an Iranian government-controlled entity which could be used to oppress human rights.  Today, Congressman Pittenger led a group of 23 Members of Congress demanding answers from the Obama […]

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Bladen County Schools

 Middle and high school students will test their knowledge and skills in natural resources conservation.  Event to be held in Cedarock Park near Burlington, N.C., April 29-30, 2016.  The North Carolina Envirothon is one of the largest competitions of its type in the United States.  State winning team advances to the […]

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 Company plans to own or purchase 8,000 megawatts of capacity by 2020 More company data and goals spelled out in new Sustainability Report CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Continuing its dramatic growth in renewable energy, Duke Energy has raised its 2020 renewable energy goal by 33 percent. The company expects to own or purchase 8,000 megawatts of […]

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Wilmington, NC – This week Congressman David Rouzer received the Award for Conservative Excellence by the American Conservative Union (ACU) for his leadership and conservative voting record for the first session of the 114th Congress.  This is the ACU’s top award for Members of Congress who vote most consistently with the ideals articulated in the […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The weekend ahead will be busy… White Oak Fire Department is sponsoring a pancake breakfast Saturday from 7 to 10 a.m.  Donations accepted. Boost the ‘Boro Spring Fest begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Bladenboro Farmers Market.  Master Growers will be selling plants. A Child Abuse Awareness Walk begins at 1 p.m. Saturday at […]

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Bladen County Sports

West Bladen singles player Victor Jacome and the Knight doubles team of Matthew Bobby and Manuel Arvizu advanced to the Class 2A regionals on May 6th. Jacome, West Bladen’s No. 1 singles player, finished in second-place in Wednesday’s Four County Conference singles tournament. The team of Bobby and Arvizu took third place in Wednesday’s conference […]

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DUBLIN – West Bladen’s Lady Knights pounded out 13 hits and ran their winning streak to 8 games in a row Wednesday night with a 9-1 Four County Conference softball victory over Wallace-Rose Hill. “It was a total team effort,” said Lady Knight Coach Joey Autry. “Up and down the line-up, everybody’s chipping in. We […]

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Bladen County Sports

CLARKTON – Clarkton School of Discovery exploded for 16 first-inning runs en route to an 18-2 Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball victory over Bladenboro Tuesday. Jordan Kinlaw pitched a 3-inning one-hitter and struck out five to pick up the victory for the Lady Blue Devils. Kinlaw hit 3 batters and walked one. Johanna Parker […]

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Trey Storms pitched into the fifth inning and Dalton Pait had a two-run single that drove home the deciding runs Wednesday afternoon as the West Bladen junior varsity team edged Wallace-Rose Hill 6-5 in a baseball game that was called after 4 1/2 innings due to the time limit. Storms allowed five hits and five […]

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Jacob Teachey pitched a four-hitter and struck out eight in leading Wallace-Rose Hill past West Bladen 9-2 on Wednesday night in a Four County Conference baseball game. Teachey needed only 96 pitches to toss the complete game and improve the Bulldogs’ record to 10-10 overall and 7-4 in the league. Wallace-Rose Hill is one of […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver You always had to beat the train. If a paperboy was careful, he could dash out the front door of the office, and run 50 feet to get across the railroad tracks. You’d balance on a broken railroad tie across the ditch or leap the ditch entirely, and climb the slight rise […]

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By: Jacqueline Madden The 11th annual Hogs and Rags motorcycle ride took place on Saturday, April 23. Members of the Cumberland County and Bladen County Sheriff’s departments escorted the  motorcycle ride beginning at the Special Ops Museum in Fayetteville, NC, then  to Rocking-A-Ranch in White Oak, NC and continued on to Myrtle Beach, SC. A […]

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This Day In History

1635 – Virginia Gov. John Harvey accused of treason & removed from office. 1788 – Maryland becomes 7th state to ratify US constitution. 1855 – 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston. 1901 – Cleveland’s Bock Baker gives up a record 23 singles as White Sox beat Blues (Cleveland Blues) 13-1. 1919 – 1st […]

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Rylee Chadwick, daughter of Matthew and Karrye Chadwick, of Bladenboro, made the 10 year old  USA Elite Select Futures All-American Fastpitch Softball team. She was picked as a Direct Selection player, which earned her a roster position on the team. Chadwick will be traveling to the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando, Florida […]

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CLARKTON – Colby White and Logan West combined to pitch a 4-hitter that carried Bladenboro to a 4-1 Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery Tuesday. White pitched 5 scoreless innings and allowed 2 hits and 5 walks while striking out three to pick up the victory. West picked up […]

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By: Erin Smith A bill has been filed in the North Carolina Senate seeking to reinstate North Carolina’s Sales and Use Tax Holiday. The annual Sales Tax Holiday was repealed by the General Assembly in 2014. The proposed bill seeks to reinstate North Carolina’s Sales Tax Holiday for school-related supplies in its entirety. The bill […]

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The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering many great no-cost seminars to celebrate Small Business Month in May. Financials 101 is scheduled for Monday May 2nd from 2 until 3 p.m. This workshop will guide you through the fundamentals of budgeting, depreciation, financial statement set up, capitalizing expenditures, payables/receivables, profit/loss and […]

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DUBLIN – In June, Ashli Miller Heustess, daughter of Kelli and Chuck Heustess, will become the first student in Bladen County to graduate with both a high school diploma and an Associate Degree from Bladen Community College. This coupling will allow Heustess to begin college in August as a junior. Heustess, a high performing student […]

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BCC students attending the 50th annual SkillsUSA North Carolina State Leadership and Skills Conference in Greensboro, joined with almost 1,800 high school and postsecondary students from across the state to compete in over 106 different skills and leadership categories.  SkillsUSA is the largest showcase of career and technical education in the state.   Pictured from […]

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Dennis Troy, chairman of the Bladen Community College Board of Trustees, attended the spring meeting of the North Carolina Association of Community College Trustees last week in Raleigh, where he was reelected to the executive committee of the state trustees association. Troy serves on the national board of trustees for community colleges. He is pictured with […]

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TAR HEEL -Kayleigh Raynor pitched a 3-inning perfect game and struck out 7 of 9 batters to lead Elizabethtown to an 18-0 Bladen Five Middle  School Conference softball victory over Tar Heel. The game was stopped by the mercy rule. The Lady Cougars sent 16 batters to the plate in the first inning and scored […]

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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in March.  Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 13.3 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 4.2 percent.  All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.6 percent experienced […]

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One researcher at NC State University is hoping to use her knowledge gained while a Ph.D. student at NC State University’s Industrial and Systems Engineering department to help future burn victims. Researchers in the department are using a 3D printer to manufacture human organs. The ultimate goal for the researchers is to be able to […]

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By: Erin Smith As the Boy Scouts of America mark their 100th anniversary, four Bladen County Scouts have earned the rank of Eagle Scout. They are Jackson Burney, John Dean Alsup, Andrew Shepherd, and Jackson Ussery. They celebrated their accomplishments recently at the Cape Fear Council Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Banquet held in […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

It appears to be Trump vs Clinton for the next president of the USA, following yesterday’s primary elections. Invite your friends to visit Bladen now.  Over night accommodations now available at several locations, including Cape Fear Winery, The Elizabethtown Inn, Green’s Pond Cabins, Lu Mil Vineyard, and at White Lake, all open and accepting reservations.  Most, […]

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East Bladen High School

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Senior Kenny Smith pitched a complete-game 9-hitter and struck out 6 to lead Heide Trask to a 9-3 upset win at East Bladen Tuesday night in Four County Conference baseball action. It was the first loss of the season for Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles who drop to 10-1 in league play […]

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BURGAW – Junior Laikyn Pait walloped a 2-run home run to ignite a 5-run West Bladen sixth inning that propelled the Lady Knights to a key 9-7 Four County Conference softball victory over Pender Tuesday night. Pender ace Gracie Vincent took a 6-4 lead into the West Bladen sixth, but junior Alanna Ludlum cracked a […]

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This Day In History

1805 – US Marines attack shores of Tripoli. 1813 – Americans under Gen. Pike capture Toronto; Pike is killed. 1860 – Thomas Jackson is assigned to command Harpers Ferry. 1865 – Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) is chartered. 1865 – Steamboat “SS Sultana” explodes in the Mississippi River, killing up to 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers […]

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BURGAW – Trent West struck out 14 and eight West Bladen players had at least one hit as the Knights routed Pender 10-2 on Tuesday in a Four County Conference baseball game. West, a junior who has been limited to only 18 innings pitched this season because of shoulder problems, was in command from the […]

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East Bladen High School

Senior Lacey Suggs fired in 4 goals to lead East Bladen’s Lady Eagles to a 5-0 Four County Conference girls soccer victory over visiting Heide Trask Tuesday night. Suggs opened the scoring with a goal in the fourteenth minute. Nine minutes later freshman Ashley Hardin converted an assist from junior Cassie Hill into the second […]

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East Bladen High School

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Four County Conference leader Heide Trask rallied from an early 2-1 deficit and defeated East Bladen 10-2 at East Tuesday night. The Lady Titans rallied for 4 runs in the third with the help of 4 East Bladen errors to go up 5-2 then tacked on a run in the fourth […]

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East Bladen High School

Freshman Pierce Melvin pitched a 2-hit shutout as East Bladen’s jayvees pounded visiting Heide Trask 17-0 Tuesday.  The game was stopped by the mercy rule after 3.5 innings. Melvin struck out 8 and walked four in his four innings of work to pick up the victory. Freshman Shy Pone led off the Eagle first with […]

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BURGAW – West Bladen pounded out 17 hits, and Caleb Sholar struck out 11 Patriot batters to lead the Knights to an 18-6 Four County Conference jayvee baseball victory Tuesday. Sholar pitched a complete game 8-hitter and walked four. The tall junior also batted 4-5 with a double, 3 runs batted in and 3 runs […]

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Softball

BURGAW – Pender edged West Bladen 7-6 Tuesday in a Four County Conference jayvee softball game that was stopped after 4 innings due to a time limit. Katie Ezzell batted a perfect 2-2 to lead the West Bladen hitters. Indyah Williams finished with a perfect 2-3 day at the plate. Freshman Erica McKoy walloped a […]

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Soccer

BURGAW – Pender defeated West Bladen 6-1 Tuesday night in Four County Conference girls soccer action. The Lady Patriots improved to 3-8 in league play and 5-11-1 overall. West Bladen is winless in conference play and 1-19 overall. West Bladen will host Wallace-Rose Hill Wednesday at 6 p.m. Share:

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Two Board of Directors from Four County Electric Membership Corporation (Four County EMC) have been recognized for their years of service to the electric cooperative.  S. Franklin Williams, President and Bertice L. Lanier, Vice President were honored for 30 years of service. The commendable service awards were presented at the North Carolina Association of Electric […]

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By: Erin Smith The Healthy Bladen Collaborative meet on Tuesday morning at the Bladen County Health Department and learned about the use of Naloxone (Narcan) kits. “I have some really good news. Your Sheriff is talking with the NC Harm Coalition about these,” said Richard Berg of Community Care of the Lower Cape Fear. The […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger’s Military and Veterans Specialist, Bob Becker, has received the Special Recognition Award from the Military Order of the Purple Heart in recognition of his tireless efforts to assist local veterans. “Providing excellent constituent service is a top priority. When I was first elected to serve, I made it a priority […]

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The Whipping Creek Road Fire remains at 15,449 acres in size and containment has increased to 62 percent. A perimeter flight on Monday, using infrared camera technology, revealed minimal heat on the fire. The locations identified were hit with helicopter water drops supported by firefighters directly attacking the hot spots. A follow up infrared flight […]

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By: Erin Smith A federal court has upheld North Carolina’s Voter ID Law. U. S. District Court Judge Thomas Schroeder ruled on Monday that the controversial Voter ID law is constitutional and allowed it to stand. The law requires all voters who go to the polls to show an acceptable form of photo identification. Acceptable […]

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The Harrells Christian Academy FFA Chapter was recently awarded a grant from the North Carolina Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. On April 21, the chapter hosted a check presentation in conjunction with the HCA Spring Fling. Jason Davis, the North Carolina State FFA Coordinator, presented the check to the HCA FFA chapter on behalf of the […]

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A lot of activities are happening this spring at Vineyard Golf. Some low scores reported recently…Brian Beaver 73, Mac Porter 72, Ricky Marvin 69, Evan Johnson 73, Ann Hancock 76, Steve Hancock 75.   There are some tournaments coming up. The Bay Tree Lakes Fire Department is Saturday, May 7, with a shotgun start at […]

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Macon Hammond, a senior exercise science major, was selected to receive the 2016 Lawrence A. Golding Student Health & Fitness Scholarship. Presented by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the scholarship recognizes and honors undergraduate students who have made significant contributions to their communities in health, fitness or education. “This is a very prestigious […]

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Elizabethtown resident, Faye M. Hardin, has scheduled a book signing for her recently published book, A Good Man. The book signing will be held on Sunday afternoon, May 15, in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity Methodist Church in Elizabethtown, between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m.  Books, previously reserved by individuals, as well as […]

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Bladen Community College director of students Anthony Thomas, president William Findt, counselor and SGA advisor Crystal Dowd, and vice president for student services Barry Priest wear college t-shirts to participate in the National College Signing Day and the ReachHigher Initiative developed by First Lady Michelle Obama.  The campaign supports the Obama administration’s North Star Goal […]

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WECT-TV 6 anchor and Wilmington native, Frances Weller will provide the keynote address to attendees of the 2016 Bladen Community College curriculum graduation, at 7:30 p.m. on May 17. Weller graduated in 1981 with a major in speech communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She began her television career in 1982 […]

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Last Friday, Brian Campbell President of Campbell Oil Company held a lunch meeting regarding a Bladen County Schools Career Day program with local business and community leaders. Campbell told those gathered for the lunch meeting that he had been thinking about ways the business community can become involved and help the school system. Campbell said, […]

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If the weather forecast holds, it should be an outstanding weather day with very low humidity, temperature between  58-82 and only a slight 10% chance of rain for the Annual Spring Fest, April 30th at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market.  The Master Growers will be set up in front of the building selling plants (both vegetable […]

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The Marshals who are selected to serve at graduation are in the top 15 students of Junior class. The Marshals are determined at end of first semester of Junior year. All Marshals have a required dress code to follow at all events. Academic Requirements for Marshals No course failures or credit losses due to attendance […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

East Bladen Eagle baseball team added another conference victory last night, downing Clinton 8-5.  The Eagles, loaded with underclassmen, are now 10-0 in Four County play and 14-3 overall.  West Bladen, hopeful of a good season, has had numerous injuries and other mishaps and are strugglin’.  They are 4-5 in conference play and 5-12 overall. […]

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East Bladen High School

Sophmore shortstop Sincere Smith started double plays in each of the last 2 innings as East Bladen held on for a key 8-5 Four County Conference victory over Clinton at East Monday night. The victory stretches the first-place Eagles lead over Clinton to 2.5 games with only 4 games remaining. Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles are […]

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This Day In History

1697 – 1st English colony in America lands at Cape Henry, Virginia. 1865 – Battle of Durham Station, NC (Greensboro) 1865 – Confederate Gen. J.E. Johnston surrenders Army of Tennessee, at Durham, NC. 1931 – Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him American League home run […]

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By Erin Smith House Democrats filed a bill on Monday to repeal North Carolina’s infamous House Bill 2. The legislation calls for the bill to be repealed in its entirety. Political pundits say there is little support for the repeal among Republican lawmakers. The bill, known as House Bill 946, calls for a complete repeal […]

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Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District proudly announces winners at the State Level in the 2016 Poster contest for Bladen County Academy, Primary, Elementary, and Middle school students.  This year’s theme is “We All Live in a Watershed.”   These students won the District and Area 7 level competitions before advancing to State-level competition. The […]

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By: Erin Smith The streets around Elizabethtown are about to get a little smoother. Following work on the town’s sewer lines, travel through town is slowly beginning to return to normal as the final phase of a planned sewer rehabilitation project winds down. Town Manager Eddie Madden said that all of the sewer line work […]

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By Erin Smith Traffic is moving once more following a crash involving a transfer truck and an SUV on US Hwy. 701 in vicinity of the Carolina Blueberry Association near White Lake saw one person air lifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center on Monday morning.  The highway was closed for a brief period of […]

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