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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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Tuesday morning for a budget work session for the FY 2016-17 proposed budget and heard the budget request from Bladen County EMS Director David Howell. The board voted to hire 10 people for EMS and take the funds necessary from the general fund balance […]

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met Tuesday morning for a budget workshop for the FY 2016-17 proposed budget and voted to give Bladen County Home Health six months to improve their financial situation. Commissioner Wayne Edge was unable to attend the meeting. Bladen County Health and Human Services Director David Howard […]

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This Day In History

1638 – 1st earthquake recorded in US, at Plymouth, Mass. 1657 – 1st Quakers arrives in New Amsterdam (NY). 1660 – Mary Dyer is hanged for defying a law banning Quakers from the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 1789 – 1st US congressional act becomes law (on administering oaths) 1808 – 1st US land-grant university founded-Ohio University, […]

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The May 31 SFSGA tournament was held at King’s Grant Golf Course near Fayetteville. There were 40 players participating in this senior’s tournament. Two teams tied for first place with a score of 52. The two teams were: Al Phillips, Charles Bridger, Tom Howell and Jeff Wrenn. They tied with the team of Rudy Pait, […]

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Golf

WHITEVILLE – The Bladenboro Rotary Club held its’ 18th annual golf tournament Friday at Land O Lakes Golf Course with awards presented to the top three teams. First place in the tournament went to the team of Livingston Lewis, Michael Lewis, Larry Mitchell and Bill Settlemeyer. Finishing in second place was the team of Ronald […]

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Michael Nagowski, CEO of Cape Fear Valley Health Systems, that includes Bladen County Hospital, will be the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Bladen County Committee of 100, Wednesday, June 8. Nagowski will be discussing the future of healthcare in the area. The Committee of 100 is a long time supporter of economic […]

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The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy recently held its third annual Military Ball. The guest speaker for the dinner was LTC Carl T. Carter Jr.  During the speech LTC Carter posed the question to the cadets; “Are leaders born or made?” During his moving speech he also spoke to the cadets on the importance of […]

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While I no longer live in the 9th Congressional District, I believe it’s important that Republican Primary voters consider the risk they would take in nominating Congressman Robert Pittenger. We cannot afford to hand this seat over to the Democrats. Robert Pittenger is currently under investigation by the FBI for a loan made to his […]

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By: Katie Galyean People looking to skip long lines and big crowds will be pleased to know that One Stop Voting is open at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown. Candidates are out making their push to win voters before the June 7 primary. Mark Harris, one of the candidates for the US House […]

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Tar Heel, NC is the Sirius Radio City of the day on channel 6, the sixties music channel.  The Bladen County town was selected after the Carolina Tar Heel Lacrosse teams won the NCAA championships in Pennsylvania.  The UNC Men’s team defeated Maryland 14-13 and the Lady Tar Heels downed Maryland 13-7, both last weekend. Tar […]

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By: Erin Smith Four-month old Jackson Tucker looks every bit the healthy, happy baby. His mother Heather Tucker said that those that meet Jackson have no idea he is battling a very chronic form of childhood leukemia called JMML . JMML is a very rare childhood blood cancer that is a chronic form of childhood […]

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Bladen Community College Counselor Cierra Griffin assists Jeffrey Shipman with summer registration. Classes begin Wednesday, June 1, with registration continuing throughout that day. For summer session class schedules and registration information, contact the college at 910-879-5500. Share:

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The Elizabethtown Optimist Club is proud to sponsor 15 year old Cade Hancock, son of Jim and Polly Hancock, to attend The Optimist Junior Golf tournament. As a Freshman at Harrells Christian Academy, Hancock is the number one golfer for the school and has established quite a resume for himself. The tournament will be held […]

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NC DOT

According to NC DOT officials, the Elwell Ferry near Kelly is closed due to high water. According to Kenneth Clark, of the NC Department of Transportation, the Cape Fear River levels rose overnight and as a result, NC DOT had to cease operation of the Elwell Ferry until the river level falls.  According to Clark, NOAA is forecasting early next […]

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The Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers Association is holding a Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament on Saturday, June 4, at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Kate Freeman, said the event will benefit Operation Christmas. The cost is $200 per team to play and $100 to sponsor a hole. Trooper Freeman said […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

“Unsettled” may be the best way to describe our weather over the next week or so, but we are blessed. Flooding in Texas has left thousands with a “mess.” Gov. McCrory will be in Elizabethtown Saturday for fund-raiser. More info later. I see and hear all the claims about this presidential candidate and that candidate…check […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

The Athletics won the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Major League Championship with a 13-2 record. Team members are pictured. Front Row (Left-to-Right): Elijah Crabtree, Anthony Cowan, Andrew Horne, Hoytt Register, Ty Mathis, Tyler Johnson. Second Row (L-R): Makhi Cromartie, Ruben Alvarado, Vic Campbell, Freddie Wooten, Destin Montgomery. Back Row (L-R): Coaches Kevin Crabtree, Amp McKoy, […]

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This Day In History

1634 – The colony of Massachusetts Bay annexes Maine colony. 1790 – US copyright law enacted. 1837 – Astor Hotel opens in NYC, it later becomes the Waldorf-Astoria. 1859 – Philadelphia A’s organize to play “town ball” became baseball 20 years later. 1868 – 1st Memorial Day parade held in Ironton, Ohio. 1879 – Madison […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

The Yankees won the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch regular season championship. Members of the Yankees are pictured. Front Row (Left-to-Right) Witt Gooden, Inman Carson, Jag Gooden, Javonte Smith, Seth Faircloth. Middle Row (L-R): Landon Brice Scott, Davion Lewis, Jackson Smith, Ryan Dove. Not Pictured are Nashawn Jones and Tremaine Thomas. Back Row (L-R): Coaches […]

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By: Erin Smith A moving Memorial Day ceremony was held at the Bladenboro Historical Building on Monday afternoon courtesy of the DAV. The West Bladen High School JRTOC presented the colors for the ceremony. The guest speaker for the afternoon was Retired US Army Col. Eli Ballard. Col. Ballard is 30-year veteran of the United […]

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The remnant low of Bonnie, will slowly push northeast along the SC and NC coasts thru Wednesday 6/1. The low will finally pull away from the forecast region by Thursday 6/2. No re-generation expected. Rainfall, especially today 5/30 into Wednesday 6/1, will be significant and may approach excessive. Temperatures thru the week will run at […]

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The 8-Under Etown Express team won the USSSA Mayfest Mayhem Tournament in Oak Island this weekend. The Etown Express finished with a perfect 4-0 record in the 2-day event. Team members pictured are: Kneeling (Left-to-right): Jonah Bryan, Colton Daly, Jayce Hatcher, Easton Bostic, Zach Sholar. Standing (L-R): Ryan Dove, Jake Gooden, Davion Lewis, Mason Smith, […]

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Charlotte, NC – Candidate for 9th District Congress Mark Harris will visit early voting locations in Cumberland, Bladen, Robeson, Richmond, Scotland, and Anson Counties tomorrow, May 31st. Harris will greet voters from outside the polling places and will be available for press. Harris will visit early voting locations in Union and Mecklenburg Counties on Thursday. […]

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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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Thoughts While Shaving

Memorial Day 2016. Thanks to those who have given their all so we can live and enjoy the best place in the world to live. We take so much for granted. Courage is contagious. When a brave man takes a stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. Billy Graham Four things support the world, […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Barring an interruption from Tropical Storm Bonnie, the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball League will begin their post-season tournament Tuesday night at Leinwand Park. The tournament will continue nightly with games in all three divisions through Saturday when championships will be decided.  The Coach-Pitch title game will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the Minors Championship […]

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The Twins finished the season with a 12-2 record and won the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Minor League Championship. Twins are pictured Front Row (Left-to-Right) are Cole Butler, Garrett Dunham, Coley Sasser. Second Row (L-R): Azaveon Robinson, Torrean Cogdell, Alex Melvin, Hunter Elks. Third Row (L-R): Natoren Corbett, Blaine Pope, Kelcey Robinson, Charlie Edwards. Coaches: […]

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This Day In History

1806 – Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy. 1821 – James Boyd patents Rubber Fire Hose. 1848 – William G. Young patents ice cream freezer. 1883 – Stampede caused by a rumor that the Brooklyn Bridge was going to collapse kills 12. 1908 – 1st […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County unemployment was at 10.4 percent. Christy Richardson and Caroline Cain, both of Bladenboro, were appointed Pages for the North Carolina Senate by Lt. Gov. Jimmy Green of Clarkton. Pam Hammonds of East Bladen High School basketball fame signed to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The Bladen County Board of […]

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The winning team in the May 26 Thundering Herd at Vineyard Golf was Bobby Davis, Cade Hancock and Zack Campbell. They shot a -7. In second place, with a score of -5, was Pam Davis, Kent Porter and Campbell White. The Thundering Herd is held every Thursday afternoon. To enter call the pro shop at […]

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Air Force reconnaissance aircraft and surface observation failed to find tropical storm force winds over the past hour or so. Thus Bonnie was downgraded as a depression. Still the high threat of rip currents and heavy rain will exist through the next several days. Share:

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Bonnie has weakened slightly to 40 mph, and it is forecast to move very slowly northward and this motion is expected to continue throughout the day. Once Bonnie makes landfall between Charleston and Myrtle Beach it will weaken into a Tropical Depression but move very slowly along the immediate coast of SC and NC through Monday and Tuesday. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

The threat of a storm off the coast of South Carolina may have dampened spirits in the early part of the 2016 Memorial Day weekend. Hopefully the storm will move on and all will go well. We are in the midst of a strange presidential campaign. Who do you trust to be Commander In Chief? […]

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Tropical Storm Bonnie had stalled about 190 miles south of Myrtle Beach, S.C., late Saturday night, but the weather system may bring as much as two inches of rain to Bladen County through Tuesday, meaning a soggy Memorial Day weekend. The National Weather Service reported Saturday night that Bonnie, which officially was upgraded from a […]

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Softball

Class 2A State Championship South Granville vs. West Lincoln Class 2A East Championship South Granville 5, Washington 4 South Granville 5, Washington 4 Class 2A West Championship East Bend Forbush 2, West Lincoln 1 West Lincoln 8, East Bend Forbush 7 West Lincoln 2, East Bend Forbush 0 Class 1A State Championship Princeton vs. North […]

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Baseball

Class 2A State Championship South Granville vs. East Rutherford Class 2A East Championship South Granville 4, Edenton Holmes 0 South Granville 4, Edenton Holmes 3 Class 2A West Championship East Rutherford 16, Monroe Parkwood 3 East Rutherford 4, Monroe Parkwood 1 Class 1A State Championship Whiteville vs. Cherryville Class 1A East Championship Whiteville 4, East […]

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Soccer

Class 2A East Championship Carrboro 5 First Flight 0 Class 2A West Championship East Bend Forbush 1, Central Academy of Monroe 0 Class 2A State Championship Carrboro 1, East Bend Forbush 0 Class 1A East Championship Franklin Academy of Wake Forest 6, Whiteville 0 Class 1A West Championship Community School of Davidson 4, Union Academy […]

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This Day In History

1630 – John Winthrop begins “History of New England” 1721 – South Carolina formally incorporated as a royal colony. 1790 – Rhode Island becomes last of original 13 colonies ratifying US Constitution. 1849 – Lincoln says, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the […]

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Tropical Storm Bonnie has formed just off the Carolinas. The National Hurricane Center has upgraded Tropical Depression No. 2 to Tropical Storm Bonnie. Tropical Storm Warnings are in effect from Savannah River to Little River Inlet, SC. As of the 5 p.m. advisory, Tropical Storm Bonnie is located about 125 miles south-southeast of Charleston, SC […]

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By: Katie Galyean On Saturday, May 28, if you were to walk into the Elizabethtown Walmart, you would have seen people everywhere wearing small, red flowers. These flowers were the Buddy Poppies that the VFW gives out every year in honor of the fallen veterans. Both young and old got into the spirit of remembrance.  […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thanks to Wilbur Smith for sharing info related to his sister’s recent retirement from the U.S. Senate after 40 plus years on the job. Many folks in the Bladenboro area remember Ruby Smith, now Ruby Paone. Sometimes we wonder whatever happened to so and so. Well, Ruby not doubt has had a successful, interesting career […]

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Residents along the southeastern United States are still being advised to keep a watchful eye on Tropical Depression No. 2 through the weekend. Michael Caropolo of the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington advises Tropical Depression No. 2 is anticipated to become Tropical Storm Bonnie later today (Saturday) or early Sunday morning. A Tropical Storm […]

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Football

Former Bladenboro High and Davidson College Football Star Richard Howell will lead his 3rd Annual USA Football FUNdamentals Camp at West Bladen on Saturday, June 18th. The free camp is for ages 7-14 and will be held on the Knights football field from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with registration for those who have not […]

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen’s Eagles will battle perennial Class 4A power Scotland in the 1st Annual “Battle of the Borders” Football Classic on August 11 at Lumberton High School. This year’s scrimmage at Alton Brooks Stadium will feature 4 teams from South Carolina and 6 teams from North Carolina. North Carolina teams include: Lumberton, Purnell Swett, Fairmont, […]

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This Day In History

1431 – Joan of Arc is accused of relapsing into heresy by donning male clothing again, providing                   justification for her execution. 1664 – 1st Baptist Church organizes (Boston) 1754 – Battle of Jumonville Glen: forces led by George Washington kill French Canadian officer       […]

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At 8 PM, Tropical Depression #2 was about 400 miles southeast of Myrtle Beach is expected to strengthen into Tropical Storm Bonnie on Saturday. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting the storm’s center to reach the coast near Charleston on Sunday. A tropical storm warning has been issued for the entire South Carolina coast. Showers will […]

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A low pressure system located about 425 southeast of the South Carolina coastline has ben classified as Tropical Depression No. 2 by the National Hurricane Center. The depression is expected to become Tropical Storm Bonnie by Saturday, according to the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington. A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the […]

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A former Bladen County who has served for more than 40 years in the United States Senate, was recognized this week in the Congressional Record. Ruby Paone, the sister of Bladen County Board of Education member Wilbur Smith, was recognized as she retires from her position as a US Senate staff member. The following are the […]

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As we pause this weekend to remember our fallen heroes, there is one veteran in Bladen County who needs our help. Freda White has begun a Go Fund Me account for her grandfather, Lelmer C. Bryan, to help him raise funds to repair the roof on his home. According to White’s post, Bryan is the […]

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Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) proudly announces the addition of Annette Bryant and Sharon Cooper, to its Eastern Sandhills Advisory Council, which includes Harnett, Cumberland, Bladen and Robeson counties. Annette Bryant, Human Resources Officer – Town of Red Springs and Sharon Cooper, Human Resources Technician – Duplin County, will be an integral part of […]

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By: Valerie Newton On Thursday, May 26, in the Bladen County Superior Courtroom, 30 students from East Bladen and West Bladen High schools became the first graduates of the Bladen County Schools Firefighter Academy. This is also the first school system in the Eastern Region of the State to graduate students from the Firefighter Academy […]

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By: Erin Smith If you are thinking of adding a dog or cat to your home, why not check out the Bladen County Animal Shelter. The Bladen County Animal Shelter will have an adoption special for the month of June. The adoption fee is $25 for dogs over the age of 6 months and $15 […]

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Folks are keeping a wary eye towards the tropics as the Memorial Day weekend approaches.  National Weather Service Meteorologist Timothy Armstrong said that a low pressure system is approaching from the southeast and has about a 90 percent chance of becoming a tropical or subtropical storm either later Friday or on Saturday. “The biggest impact […]

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Sandra Cain

By Sandra Cain The number of people who snack between meals and the frequency of our snacking have both increased. With busy lives, 87 percent of us snack throughout the day and consume about a quarter of our calories from sugary beverages and snack foods. Unfortunately, many of us choose snacks instead of eating three […]

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By Katie Galyean People may have thought they were seeing double on Saturday, May 21, as East Bladen High School juniors and twins Ethan and Eian Hines competed at the state level track and field meet in the long jump event. The event was held in Greensboro. Beating out about 15 other schools, the twins […]

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By: Erin Smith A crash at the intersection of Broad Street and Poplar Streets in Elizabethtown ended with officers involved in a brief foot chase near the Cape Fear River. According to Lt. Mark McMichael of the Elizabethtown Police Department, officers lost the suspect, 38-year-old John Marshall Rhodes of Myrtle Beach, SC in the woods. […]

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State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Allison Brooke Morris, a senior at West Bladen High School.  Allison is the daughter of Dean and Valerie Morris.  This scholarship was awarded for study at NC State University, part of North Carolina’s   17-campus University of North […]

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By: Erin Smith Voter turnout for One Stop voting in Bladen County got under way on Thursday with 30 voters casting their ballots for the June 7 primary. There is only one One Stop voting site for the primary and it is located at the Bladen County Public Library located at 111 N. Cypress Street, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

We are on the verge of a holiday weekend…Memorial Day. It’s not just a another long holiday weekend. Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Thank a Vet, today and every day. Spoke recently about changing a computer from […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

DUBLIN – West Bladen fought back to take a 9-4 victory in the second game of their Dixie Pre-Majors baseball double-header Thursday night after East Columbus had took the opener 17-2. Lefthander Jarrett Williams pitched four innings to pick up the victory in the second game. Caleb Sholar finished up on the mound for the […]

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Bladen County Sports

Lauren Bowen pitched a 3-inning no-hitter and struck out 9 batters to lead the Glory to a 15-0 victory over the Force Thursday night in Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball action at County Park. Lachelle Parks ripped a single to left, and Bowen reached on an error to start the Glory first inning. Kayleigh Raynor hammered […]

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Bladen County Sports

A 5-run second inning rallied the Slammers to a 9-5 victory over the Comets Thursday night in Bladen Recreation 13-16 Softball action at County Park. The Comets grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Alyssa Suggs was hit by a pitch, and Demeary Britt walked. Olivia Hollingsworth’s fielder’s choice plated Suggs, and after Hannah […]

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This Day In History

1796 – James S. McLean patents his piano. 1850 – Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, destroyed by tornado. 1896 – Tornado hit St. Louis, killing 255 & leaving thousands homeless. 1916 – President Wilson addresses the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public                 support […]

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The FBI is attempting to identify possible victims of child sex abuse that involve a man who is alleged to have White Lake connections    The FBI along with the Raleigh Police Department and the Harnett County Sheriff’s Officer are seeking to identify more potential victims of Ronald Keith Black Sr. of Lillington. Officials arrested […]

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Sometimes to succeed you must spice things up. The owners of City Sandwich Shop in Elizabethtown are doing just that every Friday night. James Leach, the diners owner, said there will be a Karaoke contest this coming Friday evening from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. The top three singers will receive prizes. The singing contest […]

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President Obama is attempting to bully North Carolina into complying with his radical agenda. This week, I took legislative action to block him. On Wednesday, I introduced an amendment which specifically prohibits the Obama Administration from withholding certain federal money awarded to North Carolina. My amendment passed 227-192, with full support from North Carolina’s Republican […]

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By: Erin Smith Folks in the county are being asked to express their opinion regarding what they see as challenges and accomplishments in Bladen County for the Bring on Bladen survey. The deadline for surveys for Bring on Bladen is Tuesday, May 31. The Bring on Bladen survey is a project of the Bladen County […]

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As a sign of honor and respect for the sacrifices of our armed services personnel, Governor Pat McCrory has ordered all United States and North Carolina flags to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise until noon on Monday, May 30. The Governor encourages all citizens to display flags at half-staff at their homes and businesses as […]

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By: Erin Smith Teachers are accustomed to receiving gifts at the end of the school year such as books, cards or even a note thanking them for their efforts. For Cheryl West, her end of the year surprise was one that took much time and displays a wealth of talent. East Bladen High School’s Bradley […]

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Forecasters are keeping a wary eye peeled on the tropics this weekend as a low pressure system near there Bahamas. Steven Pfaff, of the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington, said the system has the potential to develop into a tropical or sub-tropical system during the weekend. “The primary impact expected at this time is […]

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By: Ellen Gause Although you requested words of honor and tribute for Bladen County veterans, I do not personally know a veteran within the County who was killed in the line of duty.  However, I would like to recognize four veterans who served with the Americal Division, Alpha Company, 5th/46th 198th Light Infantry Brigade, 1st […]

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RALEIGH – Twenty-seven North Carolina students have been awarded 2016 N.C. State Fair Youth Livestock Scholarships, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced. The scholarships are designed for high school seniors and college students who have participated in the junior livestock or market turkey shows at the N.C. State Fair. The scholarships were funded by sponsors of […]

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A federal grand jury in Wilmington returned a 47 count indictment against former Eastpointe CFO William Robert Canupp and a contractor, Ronnie L. Davis, on Tuesday. The indictment charged Canupp and Davis with conspiracy, bribery, organization fraud, and wire fraud. In addition, Canupp also faces a charge of money laundering. According to reports, Davis has […]

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By: Erin Smith One Stop voting got under way on Thursday morning in Bladen County for the June 7 primary. One Stop voting is taking place only at the Bladen County Public Library located at 111 N. Cypress Street, Elizabethtown. Polling hours are Thursday, May 26, and Friday, May 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 […]

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DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering free business seminars in June. The Top Ten Management Survival Skills is scheduled for Wednesday June 1st from 1-2 P.M. This workshop gives you the tools you need to become a more effective manager. The class meets in building 2 on the […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Waited to near last minute to update to Windows 10 and what a mess. I’m strugglin’. After listening to political rhetoric about who is making what for speeches and how some are making ‘big time’ money and it’s true, according to my research team….me.. Here are my findings: Bill Clinton receives about $225,000 for a […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong West Bladen senior Stefan McDonald has decided to play college basketball next season at Guilford College in Greensboro. McDonald made his announcement in a ceremony in the West Bladen gym Wednesday afternoon with his parents, family, friends, teammates, coaches and school administrators in attendance. A number of junior colleges including Cape […]

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This Day In History

1647 – Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut. 1781 – Bank of North America incorporates in Philadelphia. 1805 – Lewis & Clark first sight the Rocky Mountains. 1861 – US Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with South. […]

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Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball 5 p.m. East Columbus at West Bladen (Double-Header) Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball League Minors 6 p.m. Rockies at Cardinals Field 1 6 p.m. Orioles at Blue Jays Field 3 7:30 Tigers at Twins Field 1 Bladen County Recreation Softball At Bladen County Park Coach-Pitch (5-7) on Field 4 6 p.m. Dolphins vs. […]

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By: Erin Smith At least one Bladen County resident says he has received a telephone call from a scammer claiming to be with the Internal Revenue Service. Everett Butler of Bladenboro said he was away from home and upon his return he found a voice mail message on his answering service. The message requested that Butler […]

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WASHINGTON – Tonight, Congressman Robert Pittenger took action to block President Obama’s bullying of North Carolina. The Obama Administration has made multiple threats to withhold federal funding from North Carolina as punishment for the state’s new anti-discrimination law, despite that law’s full compliance with federal law, and despite the fact that federal lawsuits remain unresolved. […]

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The Bladenboro Pelicans won the Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball League’s Minor League (AAA) Championship. The Pelicans finished the season with a 12-1 record. The Pelicans are pictured: Front Row (left-to-right) Jonah Bryan, Aiden Russ, Emmanuel Drew, Richard Severine, Hunter White, Aaron Wren. Middle Row (L-R): Trenton Meares, Cade Allen, Conner Monroe, Chason Harris, Hezikiah […]

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USDA

The nomination period for local FSA County Committees will begin on June 15, 2016. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Bladen County FSA Office by close of business by Aug. 1, 2016. This year, nominations and elections will be held in LAA 3, which includes Central, Colly, Cypress Creek, Frenches Creek, Lake Creek, Turnbull, and […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections staff report that absentee voting for the June 7 primary election is going well. A total of 227 mail absentee ballots have been returned to the Board of Elections office out of 981 ballots that were issued and re-issued. Ballots were re-issued if a voter submitted a request wanting […]

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Ian Hooks of the Cape Fear Council, Boy Scouts of America visited the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday. The club holds the charter for Boy Scout Troop 600 in Elizabethtown. The Cape Fear Council, BSA is made up of of four districts — the Coastal District, the Lakes District, Lumber River District and the NE […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong West Bladen High School held their athletic banquet recently. Many athletes were honored in various 
sports. Football
 Offensive Lineman   Donald McCullum
 Most Improved Award  Stefan McDonald 
Knight Award Traquan Horne
 Offensive Most Valuable Player Malique McDowell  
 Linebacker  Hunter Pait
 Outstanding Back  Daquan Lennon Defensive Lineman  David Gittens  
 Defensive Most Valuable Player  Idris […]

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By Jefferson Weaver On the calendar above my desk, there are 16 “official” days of something or other in May. Some are national holidays, either for here, Mexico or Canada; I have yet to figure out why we need to know what days are special to our friends in the North or those to the […]

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Eleven site selection consultants and commercial real estate brokers joined county, regional and state leaders for a familiarization tour of the I-73/74 Micro Region earlier this month. The three-day “FAM tour,” which highlighted Anson, Montgomery, Moore, Richmond and Scotland counties, followed closely on the heels of a similar event organized last fall in the Greater […]

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WASHINGTON, DC – The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday adopted language proposed by Congressman Robert Pittenger requiring the Secretary of Commerce to study National Weather Service radar coverage gaps and quickly develop a plan to fix deficiencies. The language is included in the Commerce, Justice, and Science appropriations bill which will be voted on by […]

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Shaw University in Raleigh recently celebrated their Awards Day Program and Jasmine Cromartie was awarded the Silver Pin. All totaled, 373 students were recognized during the awards ceremony. The Silver Pin is awarded to students whose cumulative GPA is 3.50 to 3.74. Criteria include full-time enrollment in the Fall 2015 semester (at least 12 hours […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that 29 agritourism farms will receive funding for marketing projects. The Agritourism Marketing Cost Share program is administered by the department’s agritourism office with funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission. “I’m pleased that we are able to award a total of $50,000 […]

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State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Charlanna E. Coleman, a senior at East Bladen High School.  This scholarship was awarded for study at UNC Chapel Hill, part of North Carolina’s   17-campus University of North Carolina System. Funded solely by Credit Union members and […]

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RALEIGH — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, State Highway Patrol and Mothers Against Drunk Driving kicked off the sixth annual “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign with a news conference today in Wrightsville Beach. The multi-agency safety initiative works to reduce alcohol-related accidents on the state’s roadways and waterways, both […]

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By: Katie Galyean If you had the chance to save dozens of lives, would you? Most of us would undoubtedly say yes. But what if it meant sacrificing your own life so the others could live? This is the choice Robert Mercer, 21, was faced with on January 28, 1945, in Belgium after a bombing […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Bladen County Law Enforcement Officers are sponsoring a Captain’s Choice Golf Tournament, Saturday, June 4th at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. The cost is $200 per team. For details, check the groups Facebook page. Proceeds benefit Operation Christmas. Last year 10 families and 20 children were assisted. The Bladen County Committee of 100 will hold […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

BLADENBORO – Mariah “Chick” Smith pitched a complete-game Tuesday night as Clarkton won the Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball Major League Championship with a 7-4 victory over the Bladenboro Giants. Nazire Smith and Davion Graham drew walks to start the Clarkton first inning, and Marlan Davis drove in Nazire Smith with a single for a […]

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East Bladen High School

LAKE WACCAMAW – Sincere Smith pitched a no-hitter to lead East Bladen to an 8-0 victory in the nightcap of their Dixie Pre-Majors double-header Tuesday night after East Columbus had rallied to pull out a 5-5 tie in the opener. Kyle Tatum and Xavier Wooten were both hit by pitches in the first inning of […]

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This Day In History

1721 – John Copson becomes America’s 1st insurance agent. 1895 – Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency. 1898 – 1st US troop transport to Manila leaves San Francisco. 1922 – Babe Ruth suspended 1 day & fined $200 for throwing dirt on an ump. 1927 – Henry Ford announces that he […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2016 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that incentives resume this month for farmers and foresters who grow and harvest biomass for renewable energy and biobased products. The funds come through the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP), which was reauthorized by the 2014 […]

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By: Erin Smith Two Bladen County students have been tabbed for Governor’s School East 2016. They are David C. Pridgen to study English and Emily M. Scott to study Natural Science. Both, Scott and Pridgen attend East Bladen High School. The Governor’s School is scheduled to take place from Sunday, June 19, through Sunday, July […]

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