07/16/2019
  • 10:27 pm Kayla Thompson Ties For Ninth In Georgia Women’s Open Golf Tournament
  • 9:58 pm This Day in History for July 17
  • 6:21 pm Two high interest cases involving Delane Jackson and MacKenzie Brisson get continued
  • 9:04 am Update: Amber Alert lifted for four-month old kidnapped by mentally unstable mother, Juanita Askew
  • 6:59 am NC Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament: Bladen County 16, North Granville 10
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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting on Monday, June 6, at 5:30 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to enter into closed session in accordance with NCGS 143-318-11(a)(3) Attorney/Client Privilege. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room located on the lower level of the Bladen County Courthouse, […]

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Fourteen restaurants and a meal delivery service are competing in the 2016 “Dig into Local” Best Menu NC contest sponsored by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The contest showcases the state’s best menus featuring N.C. products and ingredients. It runs through September. Following is a list of contestants, by town: *Albemarle: Off […]

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The Addison Bryan Foundation is holding its 4th annual Toy Drive now through June 30 at First Bank in Elizabethown. Addison Bryan, daughter of Ben and Hillary Bryan passed away from cancer last year. The toy drive is to commemorate what would have been Addison’s 3rd birthday on Thursday, June 30. According to their foundation, […]

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Farmers will get the opportunity to create free web pages by attending a Regional Web Page at Bladen Community College 7416 Highway 41 North Bladenboro.  The workshop will be held on Thursday, June 9, in Building 1, Room 102, from 9 a.m. until noon.  Area Farm Management Agents Nelson Brownlee and James Hartsfield will present […]

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While the weather will be hot and steamy with lots of sunshine for Saturday, weather conditions could turn ugly by Sunday afternoon. According to National Weather Service Meteorologist Michael Colby, steamy conditions Saturday will bring the heat index values close to 100 degrees during the afternoon. Elevated heat and humidity on Saturday will lead to an […]

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Following a letter from Congressman Robert Pittenger urging stiffer penalties against Chinese state-affiliated companies which violate Iran sanctions laws, the Commerce Department has issued a subpoena to Huawei Technologies.  According to The New York Times, Commerce is seeking documents related to Huawei’s alleged role in selling embargoed technology to the Iranian government.  Huawei is closely […]

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The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for a busy and festive Fourth of July weekend. Events planned for the weekend will include a free concert, the annual Sidewalk Sale and the annual fireworks display. Chamber Executive Director Dawn Maynard said the Chamber is accepting contributions for the annual fireworks show at […]

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James Ronald Hester EA has successfully completed the special enrollment exam (SEE) governed by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and passed a thorough background check to earn the enrolled agent license. James Ronald Hester, EA joins more than 40,000 enrolled agents as one of “America’s Tax Experts.” Enrolled agents (EAs) are a diverse group of […]

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North Carolina citizens can now pay probation-related costs, fines and fees online using their credit / debit card with the launch of Online Collections and Payments (OCAP). Online payments are available 24/7 at onlineservices.NCcourts.org for supervised and unsupervised probationers with their case file number, the county that issued the charge, and a major credit card, including […]

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Southeastern Medial Center

Nurse Practitioner Stephanie Oliver has joined the staff of Southeastern Medical Clinic North Lumberton and Nurse Practitioner Jocelyn H. Mattina has joined the staff of Southeastern Transition and Primary Care Clinic of Lumberton. Oliver earned an associate’s degree in nursing from Robeson Community College in 2010. She earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology in […]

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By: Katie Galyean Not many people who have been invited to compete in the Olympics and worked as a professional football player take the time to pour into teenager’s lives. But that is exactly what Wilson Bolden is doing. Born in 1968 in Alabama, Bolden grew up running through country fields with his father. “My […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Bladen County Commissioners and staff are working on a budget for 2016-17.  Seems the needs grow each year.  One focus this year is additional staff for EMS.  Rescue Squads are strugglin’, some out of business.  Manpower, equipment, operating funds, state regulations, all come into play.  EMS is a ‘must’ service.  Don’t expect another tax increase, […]

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This Day In History

1539 – Hernando de Soto claims Florida for Spain. 1784 – US army officially established by Congress of the Confederation. 1856 – Cullen Whipple patents a machine for making screws. 1871 – Jesse James & his gang robs Obocock Bank (Corydon, Iowa), of $15,000. 1888 – “Casey at the Bat” published (SF Examiner) 1911 – […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Form held true Thursday night in the semi-finals of the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball League Tournament at Leinwand Park. In Minor League action, the top-seeded Twins defeated the fourth-seeded Blue Jays, and the regular-season runners-up Tigers eliminated the sixth-seeded Cardinals. The Twins and Tigers will play Saturday at 12 noon for the tournament title. In […]

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Sandra Cain

By: Sandra Cain My favorite vegetable is definitely yellow summer squash. Squashes are members of the gourd family, which also includes watermelons, cucumbers, muskmelon, pumpkins, and gourds. Squash was a popular food of Native Americans who ate it about 5500 B.C. The blossom of the squash was the Hopi emblem of fertility. The writings of […]

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The City Sandwich Shop in Elizabethtown will be the destination for fun Friday night. The band Small Town Boys of Robbins will be entertaining  from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. The band offers a variety of Country, Country Rock and Southern Rock.     There will be dinner specials and drink specials offered. There will […]

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If you have not visited Vineyard Golf lately please make a point to get by there as soon as possible. The course has been fertilized and the rains have brought to a beautiful green color. A group of over 70 senior golfers from Fayetteville played Wednesday, June 1, and had nothing but praises for the […]

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East Bladen High School will be offering a Cheer Camp in the EBHS Gym from June 27 through July 1. The camp will meet from 8 a.m. until noon each day. Cost if $50 per camper and camp is one to ages 2 to 15. Forms are available at East Bladen High School, from any […]

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The Bladenboro Primary School PTO showed their appreciation for the faculty and staff during Teacher Appreciation Week.  I’m really excited because all of the Teachers and Staff were so appreciative of all the activities for the week and it was a pleasure to see a smile on their faces especially this time of the school […]

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By: Erin Smith In life, we all encounter those obstacles that give us pause and at times, can often seem insurmountable, but in reality, with a little effort and perseverance, we can overcome them. That was the message keynote speaker Elizabethtown Police Chief Tony Parrish shared with the youth in attendance at the Juvenile Crime […]

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice recently received a $3,500 grant from Four County Electric Membership Corporation’s Operation Round Up TRUST Fund. The grant will be used to purchase three publications for hospice patients and families in Bladen, Columbus, Duplin, Pender, and Sampson counties: “Hard Choices for Loving People,” “When Death is Near”, and “Gone from My […]

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The State Board of Elections has designated a special filing period for qualified candidates to file for election for Court of Appeals. Interested candidates may file from noon on Monday, July 11 to noon on Friday, July 15 at the State Board of Elections office at 441 North Harrington Street in Raleigh. The filing fee […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension Politicians of all parties and persuasions have one thing in common on the campaign trail: They are talking about economic growth. Actually, they’re talking about the lack of robust economic growth and solutions for making the economy stronger. It’s not that the economy isn’t improving; it is. In […]

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By: Erin Smith If you love blueberries then Ammon is the place to be on Saturday for the 21st annual Ammon Blueberry Festival. Admission is free and food and drinks will be available for purchase. The proceeds help support the Ammon Volunteer Fire Department and the festival is sponsored by the Ammon Ruritan Club, said […]

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Bladen Community College will host Paint Night at Bladen Community College tonight (Thursday) beginning at 6 p.m. Cost is $35 and supplies and step-by-step instructions will be provided. Registration ends at 2:30 p.m. today (Thursday). For more information or to register, contact Stephanie Gonzalez at 910-879-5539 or by email at sgonzalez@bladencc.edu. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Yesterday was a good day and a sad day.  I do little for BladenOnline on a day to day basis, but occasionally I am asked to cover a meeting or event.  Some I shy away from, feel inadequate, think someone else would do a better job. I had the task/pleasure of attending the 48th Annual […]

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Health Grades

May was such a beautiful month I didn’t want to see it go. Anyway, on to June. They used to say, June is busting out all over, and this year promises to be fine and fair, so before you rush out to enjoy the mild temperatures and fun with family and friends, take a look […]

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RALEIGH – Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin wants to remind all North Carolinians to be prepared for the 2016 hurricane season, which began Wednesday and ends Nov. 30. “Fortunately there has been little hurricane activity in North Carolina for the past few years, but now is not the time to lower your guard,” Goodwin said. “I […]

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RALEIGH — Unemployment rates not seasonally adjusted decreased in 95 of North Carolina’s counties in April, increased in three, and remained unchanged in two. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 9.5 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.7 percent. Fourteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases and one remained […]

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RALEIGH – North Carolina hit another milestone in Medicaid reform Wednesday when Gov. Pat McCrory signed an application that will pave the way for an innovative North Carolina solution. The governor’s proposal will transform Medicaid to provide improved outcomes for patients, communities and providers at a more predictable cost for taxpayers, the governor’s office said […]

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This Day In History

1835 – P T Barnum & his circus begin 1st tour of US. 1857 – James Gibbs of Virginia, patents the chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine. 1875 – Alexander Graham Bell makes first sound transmission. 1886 – Grover Cleveland is 1st to wed during presidency (Frances Folsom) 1896 – Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Representatives of 12 North Carolina counties met Wednesday at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park for the 48th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Economic Development Commission.  U.S. Senator Richard Burr was the keynote speaker. Pam Bostic, SEDC Executive Director called the meeting to order and Chairman Gary […]

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The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will hold its first commencement ceremony on Saturday.  This is the first graduating class in the Academy’s history.  PBLA is North Carolina’s only public charter military school.  The historic graduation will be held in the Bladen Community College Auditorium on Saturday, June 4, at 10 a.m.  Jack H. Albert Jr., […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Bladen Healthcare Women’s Services recently observed International Kangaroo Care Awareness Day by honoring former parents who participated in the program. Kangaroo Care is a nurturing care model used on newborns, in which are placed skin-to-skin with their parent. This helps newborns to recover better after birth by decreasing stress and anxiety, stabilizing blood […]

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The Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday and learned about Bladen Healthcare and the future of rural health care in North Carolina from Breeden Blackwell of Cape Fear Valley Health. Blackwell was joined by Dan Weatherly of Cape Fear Valley Health and Finance Manager for Cape Fear Valley-Bladen County Hospital Stephen Fife. He told those […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Bladen Healthcare will begin offering childbirth education and breastfeeding classes, as well as Birth Center evening tours.  Our goal is to ensure our community has the information available to them if needed. Each class/tour is structured to offer a unique opportunity to either prepare for your visit to Bladen, your delivery and/or your […]

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May 30th, 2016 started out like any other day for Robin and Robbie Austin, but little Chase had other plans.  What’s so special about May 30th, you may ask?  It’s Robin’s birthday.  Not only is it Robin’s birthday, it’s also her Mother, Robin Crumpler Game’s birthday too!!  Robin’s original due date was Wednesday, June 8.  […]

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CHARLOTTE – In response to media reports that Human Rights Campaign is pressuring the Federal Aviation Administration to withhold money from North Carolina over HB2, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today announced he will introduce an amendment to block that threat. “The Human Rights Campaign would do well to back off,” said Congressman Pittenger. “The continued […]

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By: Erin Smith The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy  held a Memorial Day parade on Wednesday morning on the parade grounds of the school to honor the memory of those who served their country and paid with the ultimate sacrifice. A small crowd of parents, grandparents and veterans gathered to watch the parade and ceremony. […]

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Southeastern Health (SeHealth) and the Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce hosted a ribbon cutting and open house in Tuesday, May 31, for SeHealth’s new walk-in clinic, The Clinic at Lumberton Drug. Cutting the ribbon, from left, are Lumberton Drug Owner Jason Foil, SeHealth President/CEO Joann Anderson, Clinic Manager Corbett Booth, Family Nurse Practitioner Lisa Campbell, […]

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By: Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday afternoon and approved 35 mail absentee ballots that have been submitted since last week’s meeting. Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw told the board that a school of instruction was to be conducted Tuesday night at 6 p.m. for the folks that will […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The race for President of US will apparently be at least a 3-ring circus, maybe more. Not the first time, the most successful 3rd party candidate, Ross Perot, was a distant 3rd in the 1996 race taking about 19% of the popular vote. He entered, exited then re-entered, in a race along with Bill Clinton […]

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