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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Ingrid Anniversary on Sept. 23, 2016 at 7 pm in Bladenboro Share:

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Four North Carolina teachers were recently named Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) recipients – the highest honor bestowed by the United States government specifically for K-12 mathematics and science teaching.  The 2014 recipients are: –       Kayonna Pitchford, previously with Stoney Point Elementary, Cumberland County Schools, and now with The University […]

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This Day In History

1752 – Liberty Bell arrives in Philadelphia. 1772 – Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa forms in California. 1799 – Bank of Manhattan Company opens in NYC (forerunner to Chase Manhattan) 1821 – 1st colonies along Santa Fe Trail. 1859 – 1st Pullman sleeping car in service. 1862 – Federal tax levied on tobacco. 1867 […]

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RALEIGH – From celebrating alpacas to picking apples and from corn mazes to pumpkin patches, N.C. agritourism farms are full of family fun this fall. “Whether it’s picking fruits and vegetables or learning about livestock, agritourism farms offer a fun way for the general public to learn about agriculture,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “With […]

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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 90 of North Carolina’s counties in July, increased in two, and remained unchanged in eight. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 9.0 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.8 percent. Twelve of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases and three remained unchanged. […]

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The heavy rains that are expected in the area Friday due to Tropical Depression No. 9 passing the Carolina coast have moved both of the varsity football games involving Bladen teams that were scheduled for Friday night to Thursday night. St. Pauls will be at East Bladen Thursday at 7 p.m. and West Bladen will […]

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Four of our Bladen County 4-H’ers came home from 4-H Congress with new medals for their achievements in public speaking and presentations. This year’s 4-H Congress, held in Raleigh July 16-19, attracted more than 540 young people and their adult leaders for activities including presentations on a variety of subjects, leadership and citizenship training, service […]

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Bladen County has a new boutique that has recently opened it doors. Glitzy Girl Boutique located at 2038 Hwy. 701 North, Elizabethtown, is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Glitzy Girl Boutique owner Barbara Simmons of Clinton said the boutique will carry […]

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ST. PAULS – West Bladen’s Lady Knights dropped the first set then roared back to defeat St. Pauls 3-1 Tuesday night by set scores of 24-26, 25-17, 25-11 and 25-14 in non-conference volleyball action. “The girls played hard and had some tough rallies,” said Lady Knight Coach Gaye Davis. “St. Pauls has a strong team. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

‘Bout this time of the year, my mind drifts back to days gone by.  Being the son of a share-cropper, we begin to think about gathering the latest crop and decide if a move was in the immediate future.  We were a big family, six children, and share-cropping was ‘a way of life’ in those […]

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Folks are keeping a wary eye on the Atlantic this weekend as forecasters are saying Tropical Depression No. 9 will become a Tropical Storm and move across northern Florida before moving near the southeastern coast of the United States. The forecast track now brings further westward and closer to land. The National Weather Service Office […]

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The descendants of Otis Davis and Sally Edwards Davis, and their children, Robert, Tracy and Alda Davis Dowless of Bladen County,  will hold their family reunion Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, at the home of Linda Davis and the late Byron Davis located at 598 Catfish Farm Road, Bladenboro. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. and […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles defeated West Bladen’s jayvees 8-1 Tuesday in non-conference women’s tennis action.   This is the first year that West Bladen fielded a junior varsity team in women’s tennis. “We have about 20 girls out this year so I thought it would be good experience for them to get some […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 3-0 Tuesday in non-conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-9, 25-16 and 25-19.   The Lady Wolfpack grabbed an early 7-1 lead in the first set, before senior Anna Grace Long and sophmore Ashley Hardin tallied service points for East, and senior Lexie Mendell slammed in a pair […]

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This Day In History

1842 – Micah Rugg patents a nuts & bolts machine. 1842 – US Naval Observatory authorized by an act of Congress. 1886 – 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston, SC, 110 die. 1887 – Thomas Alva Edison patents Kinetoscope (produces moving pictures) 1895 – 1st pro football game (QB John Brallier paid […]

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District Court Judge Vince Rozier, Jr. of Raleigh, NC will be the Keynote speaker for the Bladen County Training School – Bladen Central High School Alumni Association’s 34th Annual Awards Banquet. Judge Rozier, a Bladen County native, graduated as valedictorian from Tar Heel High School. After graduating from the University Of North Carolina in Chapel […]

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The August 30 SFSGA tourney was held at Bayonet Golf Course near Raeford. The winning team, with a score of 54, was Ron Tart, Hugh Brady, David Medlin and Richard Smith. Second place, with a 55, was Rudy Pait, Ron Russ, J. D. Elliot and Mike White. 65 players participated in this tourney. The next […]

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The North Carolina Highway Patrol recently kicked off an aggressive Booze It and Loose It campaign with a DWI Blitz over the weekend. The goal is to make North Carolina’s roadways safer for everyone.  The campaign will run Friday, August 19, through Sept. 5. On Saturday, Troopers from Bladen and Columbus counties gathered at Joe’s Barbecue […]

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The performance group associated with such classic hits as “Up on the Roof,”  “Under the Boardwalk,”  “This Magic Moment” and “There Goes My Baby” will be on stage 7pmFriday September 16 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton. The Drifters, one of Rock & Roll’s founding vocal groups, is once again touring […]

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RALEIGH – During the Labor Day weekend, the Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities on major routes across the state to ensure that holiday travelers will have smoother trips. Avoiding traffic delays can help motorists reach their destinations safely and efficiently, while also reducing fuel consumption. Work on most construction projects along […]

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 Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) proudly announces the addition of Marion Morrisey, to its Eastern Sandhills Advisory Council, which includes Harnett, Cumberland, Bladen and Robeson counties. Morrisey, Sales Representative, Lumberton ABC Store, will be an integral part of LGFCU’s volunteer-driven initiative not only to educate people on the benefits of credit union membership, but […]

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Lennon Lacy Bio Pic

A group called ToolsForChange.org is circulating a petition asking the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to once more re-open the Lennon Lacy case. The group lists numerous concerns regarding lingering questions about the alleged suicide of the Bladenboro teen. In August 2014, Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a child’s swing-set […]

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The Atlantic Ocean is becoming more active as three tropical systems have now formed, according to the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington. As of Tuesday morning, Tropical Depression No. 8 is located about 150 miles east of Wilmington and possibly could strengthen to a Tropical Storm as it passes the Outer Banks later today […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

With important elections just over a couple of months away, officials are being warned about the possibility of election fraud efforts using the Internet.  What is next? Speaking of elections, the full Hester staff (me) has been doing research related to the upcoming elections. There were 6,668,789 registered voters in North Carolina as of late […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office announced that on Monday in federal court, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Smith Merinord, 23, of Dunn to 865 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release and Cortese Tramand Davis, 26, of Henderson to 528 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised […]

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WHITEVILLE – West Bladen and Whiteville battled to a 2-2 tie Monday night in a non-conference soccer match. After a scoreless first half, both teams scored twice in the second half. West Bladen is now 4-0-1 on the season, and the Knights will be idle until next Wednesday when the Knights host Purnell Swett at […]

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Former East Bladen grads Farrell and Larrell Murchison led Louisburg College to a 57-7 victory Saturday in the Hurricanes football season opener. Larrell Murchison, a defensive end, had one tackle for a safety that gave the Hurricanes an early 2-0 lead with 11:33 left in the first period. Farrell Murchison, Larrell’s twin brother, carried 11 […]

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LoWanda Dee Davis, Actor, Director, Producer, in Bladen County has her fourth production coming up this weekend. LoWanda D Productions presents, “Why Me? 2”, a stage play this coming Saturday, September 3rd. The event will be hosted by Elder Alcindor Hankins, featuring special guestsBetty Jacobs, Caleb Sasser and LaSalle LasSlle. There is a total of sixteen cast […]

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This Day In History

1682 – William Penn left England to sail to New World. 1781 – French fleet of 24 ships under Comte de Grasse defeat British under Admiral Graves at battle of Chesapeake Capes in American Revolutionary War. 1836 – The city of Houston is founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen. 1884 – Jack […]

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Dublin – Bladen Community College welcomes fall semester students with a convocation celebration on Tuesday, August 30.  The convocation marks the opening of the college’s academic year. The speakers for the convocation are student ambassadors, Chris Carroll, Amber Johnson, Savannah Locklear, and Taryn Strickland. Staff and faculty individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the […]

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The Bladen County Nickels for Know-How Referendum will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.  Sandra Cain, County Extension Director Extension Director, said that two polling places have been established in the county.  The polling locations are as follows:        1. Cooperative Extension Office located at:  Powell Melvin Ag. Center, 450 Smith Circle […]

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Get on your mark, get set, and shop! This Labor Day weekend promises to be a great time to save as merchants in downtown Elizabethtown are slashing prices in  preparation for the annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale. Stores will be offering plenty of bargains from which folks can choose. Summer merchandise as well as new […]

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Family Time–Free App & Paid Service I was looking around for an app that would provide some monitoring of a child’s phone when I stumbled on Family Time. It has a very low yearly service charge and it’s feature-packed. What it does in a nutshell is allow parents to monitor the use of their children’s […]

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NC DOT

Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson visited North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro and North Carolina State University in Raleigh to observe transportation-related classes, meet with students and faculty and discuss the transportation industry, job opportunities in state government and how Governor Pat McCrory’s administration is making college more affordable for students and their families. The […]

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The Bladen County Emergency Services Training Facility is still in need of repairs. There is a work day schedule for Tuesday, August 30, at the training facility. The new training facility is already being used for training purposes and renovations have been well underway. Bradley Kinlaw, director of EMS, said, ”My department is working with […]

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The Bladenboro Rotary held a banquet in July to celebrate their club and people in the community. President of the club, Mrs. Shirley Clark presides over the club. The civic group gave out scholarships, awards and celebrated Rotary. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation. Bladenboro Rotary Club meets at the Bladenboro […]

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DUBLIN – State Employees Credit Union Members, through the member-funded SECU Foundation, have awarded $5,000 scholarships to James Kalen Hunsinger and Taylor Renee Mayers, students at Bladen Community College. Based on the credit union philosophy of “people helping people”, these scholarships recognize the students’ leadership, excellence of character, integrity, and community involvement. Scholarship funds will […]

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The Sewing Class scheduled at Bladen Community College has been postponed. Classes are now scheduled for Thursdays, beginning Sept. 1, and continuing through Sept. 29, 6 p.m. until 8 p.m., on the main campus in building 3, room 104. Students should pre-register at the Continuing Education Department in building 2 at the college’s main campus […]

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Welcome To The 24th Annual Dublin Peanut Festival! It’s Salty, Plain, Roasted, Green and Boiled. It’s always the STAR of our show, better known to us as Bladen County’s finest gem, “ PEANUTS”.  We celebrate the Peanut the third Saturday of September each year.  This year’s date is September 17, 2016. The Festival is held in […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

A reminder, today is the first day of a new school year for youngsters attending public schools in our area. Life changing events include first day of school, securing drivers license, graduation day, first real job, marriage, and children’s birth, may not be in order for all. Do you remember your first public school teacher?  […]

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Five former Bladen County football stars are currently on college football rosters and one will start the season Saturday, Sept. 3. Three of them started their 2016 season this past Saturday. West Bladen’s Brandon Council and East Bladen’s Farrell Murchison, Larrell Murchison and Saquan Johnson are the four Bladen players who are on college rosters  […]

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The four-vehicle crash that ocurred on US 701 near the ATV Park on Saturday has resulted in two fatalities. According to NC Highway Patrol Sgt. Daniel Hilburn, Kenneth Gary Haselden, 64, of Huger, SC was driving his 2007 Dodge Pick-up truck southbound on US 701. Haselden was towing a utility trailer behind his truck. Melissa Coffin […]

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The Smithfield Plant in Tar Heel was evacuated at 3:30 a.m. due to a chemical reaction that ocurred between sodium hypochlorite and Acid while a cleaning process was taking place. The chemical was contained to the inside of the building, according to Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw. All employees of the plant were […]

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This Day In History

1758 – New Jersey Legislature forms 1st Indian reservation. 1831 – Michael Faraday demonstrates 1st electric transformer. 1854 – Self-governing windmill patented (Daniel Halladay) 1861 – American Civil War: US Navy squadron captures forts at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina. 1889 – 1st American International professional lawn tennis contest (Newport, RI) 1898 – The Goodyear tire […]

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The National Weather Service office is keeping an eye on the Atlantic as Tropical Depression No. 8 has formed off the coast of the Carolinas. The tropical system is not expected to have a significant impact here in Bladen County. The system is expected to drift west-northwest and strengthen to a Tropical Storm early this week. The system is […]

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America’s tax code is longer than the Bible, but with none of the good news!  With more than 70,000 pages, only tax lawyers and accountants can make any sense of it. House Republicans are committed to fixing America’s tax code through common sense reforms outlined in our Tax Reform Blueprint. Our Blueprint is centered around […]

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Elizabethtown resident B.C. Smith had the eighth hole-in-one of his golfing career Friday, August 26 at Land O’ Lakes Golf Course. Smith, playing with Richard Smith and Ron Tart, aced the ninth hole at Land O’Lakes. The previous seven aces were made at White Lake Golf Course/Carolina Sands Golf Course Share:

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

A federal grant of $90,713 was awarded to the town of Elizabethtown to construct the Tory Hole Park. Long time Elizabethtown respected businessman Mac Campbell Sr. passed away. Hilton Britt was elected President of the Dublin Lion’s Club. Campbell Oil Company asked the town of White Lake to annex the Wam Squam property located at […]

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NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Bladen County hunters are cleaning their guns and getting ready for the fall hunting season. The season for Mourning Dove and White-winged dove opens on September 3 and runs thru October 8 and then November 21 thru January 14, 2017. Archery deer season runs September 10-30. Black Powder season runs October 1-14 and gun season […]

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For Shawn Sewell and Andy Boahn, the long wait was worth it. Each won the featured races early Sunday morning at Dublin Motor Speedway. Sewell won the Late Model race and the $2,000 top prize while Boahn won the Open Wheel Modified race and the $2,500 payout to the winner. A heavy rain during practice […]

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Saturday, August 27th a family’s home caught fire on Fletcher Johnson Road in White Oak. According to Chase Lancaster, Deputy Fire Marshal, a mobile home caught fire towards the end of the home. No one was at home at the time of the fire. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Lancaster […]

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By: Brenda Brown When a person becomes disabled, it can be a very stressful time in their life. There are many questions and unknowns when you have to transition out of the workforce due to medical issues. While an employer may offer short or long-term disability, most people faced with a disability will file for […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Today, I am sharing a poem written by Morgan Hester, our granddaughter (without her permission) who is a first year student in the ECU School of Dental Medicine, 2020.  She will forgive me for not getting her permission, I am sure.  She knows me and loves me. Where I’m From I am from freshly brewed […]

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Friday’s High School Football Results Four County Conference East Bladen 43, Whiteville 15 West Bladen 49, West Columbus 14 Clinton 52, Southwest Onslow 0 Wallace-Rose Hill 17, East Duplin 7 Heide Trask 42, South Robeson 12 Midway 55, Princeton 54 Topsail 64, Pender 21 Union, Open   Other Area Scores Harrells Christian 50, Fayetteville Christian […]

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This Day In History

1565 – Oldest city in the US established – St. Augustine, Florida. 1609 – English explorer Henry Hudson, discovers & explores Delaware Bay. 1830 – 1st locomotive in US, “Tom Thumb”, runs from Baltimore to Ellicotts Mill. 1837 – Pharmacists John Lea & William Perrins manufacture Worcestershire Sauce. 1861 – Battle of Fort Hatteras, NC. […]

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Both lanes of US Hwy 701 were closed due to a four car wreck in the vicinity of Cape Fear ATV Park in Bladen County. Both lanes of traffic have been re-opened. Two helicopters were reported to be on the scene and have left. More details to come on BladenOnline.com. Share:

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Music blared from the speakers, children giggled and flipped in the bounce house, and people lined up to get one of more than 200 bags of school supplies Saturday morning. Inside the Elizabethtown Farmers Market, there was a uniform exchange program with Billie Hall and others helping families exchange outgrown school clothes for larger sizes. […]

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A benefit day was held in Garland on Saturday under warm sunny skies to assist Jeremy Gautier. Gautier was badly injured in a motorcycle crash earlier this summer.  The ride, which saw about 100 bikers take part, passed through both Bladen and Sampson counties. Due to the nature of his injuries, Gautier has endured several surgeries and […]

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By: Erin Smith On Saturday, a very special project was under way at the Ammon Fire Department as a group of friends lead by Kaleb Anders were busy sprucing things up. As vehicles rolled by on NC 242, a group of about 8 individuals were taking up positions around the building with paint and paint […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

First a confession, I seldom shave on Saturday. Planned to attend a high school football game last night, however, it was about 90 degrees shortly before kick-off and I made an executive decision. I spent the evening in the comfort of home, temps in the mid 70s, listened to a Columbus County broadcast team covering […]

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East Bladen High School

WHITEVILLE – Twin brothers Ethan and Eian Hines combined for 343 yards, 6 touchdowns and 2 conversions as they led East Bladen to a 43-15 non-conference football victory over Whiteville Friday night. Ethan Hines led the Eagles with 146 yards and 2 touchdowns on 13 rushes and caught 2 touchdown passes for 46 yards. Eian […]

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DUBLIN – West Bladen scored on 5 of their 7 first-half possessions and rolled to a 49-14 non-conference victory over West Columbus Friday night in Coach Todd Pait’s home opener at the helm of the varsity Knights. Junior Shaquille Johnson, senior quarterback Weston Pidgeon and junior B. J. Drake keyed the early Knight blitz that […]

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This Day In History

1667 – Earliest recorded hurricane in North America (Jamestown, Virginia) 1859 – 1st successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Penn. by Edwin Drake. 1881 – Hurricane hits Florida & Carolinas; about 700 die. 1894 – Congress passes Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act, which includes a graduated income tax later struck down by the Supreme Court. 1912 – […]

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Congratulations to the winners of the Thundering Herd Thursday. Again only one shot divided all teams. Winning First Place on scorecard play-off was the team of BC Smith (Bill Smith), Ty Wilson, and Jake Womble. There was one Star player by the name of Seth Faircloth, (David Faircloth), who did a fantastic job. He was […]

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BladenOnline.com celebrated National Dog Day by entertaining some sweet dogs with toys and treating them to a day of love. The dogs got their day in efforts to celebrate rescue dogs. Dogs of all breeds are given the spot light on this special day. The Bladen County Animal Shelter is always trying to shine the […]

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Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fee for all dogs from Monday, Aug. 29,  through Friday, Sept. 9. You will still be required to pay the $25 vaccination fee for the dogs. The shelter is full and we hope that waiving the adoption fee for these two weeks will help get new […]

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Town of White Lake

Officials with the town of White Lake are hard at work planning for a multi-use pathway at the lake. White Lake Planning Board member Hope Campbell said that for many years, the town of White Lake and interested citizens have had a vision to provide a safe, attractive multi-use pathway to loop around the lake.  A […]

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Majestic Funeral Home in Elizabethtown is happy to welcome Maurice Williams to their staff. Williams said that his interest in the funeral home began when he first met owner Eric Matthews. He said Matthews was always coming by William’s store, Whimsical Florist. “One day he said he needed a florist to do flowers for the […]

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The NC Department of Transportation has released the schedule of road openings and closings for the coming weeks.  NC 131 / 410 is now open.  This completes all crossline replacement work on NC 131/410 north of Bladenboro. LANE CLOSINGS: Expect a lane closure under flagging operations on NC 53 east of Singletary Lake on Monday, […]

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East Bladen High School

ELIZABETHTOWN – Freshman quarterback Jordan Robinson threw for 2 touchdowns and returned a punt 95 yards for another touchdown to lead East Bladen to a 34-6 non-conference jayvee football victory over Whiteville. “Jordan really threw the ball well tonight,” said Eagle Coach Ritchie Priest. “He completed five passes.” Sophomore Eric Chancy ran 7 yards for […]

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DUBLIN – Kerron Washington rushed for over 120 yards and scored on a pair of 60-yard touchdown runs to lead West Bladen to a 22-15 jayvee football victory over South Brunswick. Da’Shawn Hines returned the opening kick-off 70 yards for the first Knight touchdown. Tra’Shawn Ballard blasted his way into the end zone on a […]

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Dig out your favorite peanut recipe and brush up on your cooking skills! Make plans to enter the cooking contest during the Dublin Peanut Festival on September 17. Dishes will be judged in three categories including Candy, Bread and Dessert. Contestants will be divided into two age groups: Youth (Ages 8 – 16) and Adult […]

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Sandra Cain

By Sandra Cain Sodium is a part of everyone’s diet, but how much is too much? Under ideal conditions, the minimum sodium requirement is about 1,500 milligrams (mg) of sodium per day. This is less than 1 teaspoon of table salt. The maximum recommended level of sodium intake is 2,300 mg per day. On average, […]

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NC DOT

The NC Department of Transportation has released the 2018-2027 State Transportation Development plan. Included in the state’s next draft 10-year transportation plan are several projects slated for Bladen County. The total cost of the projects slated is about $110 million. “A strong transportation network is the backbone of the state’s economy,” Governor Pat McCrory said. “We […]

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East Bladen High School

ELIZABETHTOWN – South Columbus snapped a 1-1 tie with 3 unanswered goals in the second half and went on to defeat East Bladen 4-2 Thursday night in non-conference men’s soccer action. “South Columbus dominated the set pieces tonight,” said Eagle Coach Jay Raynor. “My hat goes off to them. That’s an area that if you […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Both Bladen County high school football teams will be in action tonight.  East Bladen travels to Whiteville, looking for their first win of the season.  They lost their season opener last week to South Columbus.  West Bladen will be looking for their second win of the young season against West Columbus.  The Knights defeated South […]

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DUBLIN – Da’Shawn Hines scored a pair of first-half touchdowns to lead West Bladen to a 22-15 season-opening jayvee football victory over South Brunswick Thursday night. Hines returned the opening kick-off 70 yards for the first Knight touchdown. Later in the half, Hines dashed 60 yards for another touchdown. Kerron Washington raced 60 yards for […]

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PEMBROKE – West Bladen swept Purnell Swett 9-0 Thursday in non-conference girls tennis action. West Bladen remains unbeaten at 5-0 and will host East Columbus Wednesday for a 4 p.m. match. Singles: Alanna Ludlum (WB) def. Brooke Huggins (PS), 8-1 Amber Long (WB) def. Kari Brooks (PS), 8-1 Helen Lopez (WB) def. Abi Lowry (PS), […]

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ST. PAULS – Senior Anna Grace Long and junior Hannah Devane combined for 46 service points to lead East Bladen to a 3-1 non-conference volleyball victory over St. Pauls by set scores of 27-25, 19-25, 25-21 and 28-26. Long racked up 24 service points, an ace and 7 kills for the winners. Devane pounded in […]

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This Day In History

1748 – The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1791 – John Fitch granted US patent for his working steamboat. 1873 – First free kindergarten in the US started by Susan Blow in Carondelet, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. 1895 – Electric central at Niagara Falls […]

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For the third year in a row the Summer Sounds Concert Series has been a great hit for the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The series has grown every year and Thursday, August 25th held the last concert for the 2016 series with raving success. The Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown was packed […]

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Dunks can be used to help prevent mosquito growth within standing water, but the most important thing to do is to continuously tip and toss containers that hold water. This would include items such as (bird baths, water buckets, flower pot trays, etc.) The public can buy dunks at places like, Feed and Garden, Lowes, […]

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is hosting community service classes for personal enrichment. Costs range from $15 to $60. Students may need to purchase some supplies. Classes are as follows: Paint Night, Thursday, Aug. 25, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., at the Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery in Elizabethtown Sewing, Thursdays beginning Aug. 25 and […]

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Shirley Gail Hill McBride, 80 of Clarkton, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 at Elizabethtown Nursing Center. Mrs. McBride was born October 23, 1935 in Fairmont, NC, a daughter of the late Oliver Monroe and Docia Victoria Osborne Hill. She was a homemaker and was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Douglas McBride. Surviving […]

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Today, August 25th is the birthday of our National State Parks. Here in Bladen County we have two state parks; Jones Lake State Park and Singletary Lake State Park according to Shane Freeman, State Park Director. Freeman said this year they are celebrating North Carolina State Parks’ centennial. Mt. Mitchell was the first state park […]

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CHARLOTTE – On Tuesday, terrorism-sponsor Iran continued its brazen and provocative behavior toward the United States when four Revolutionary Guard naval vessels came dangerously close to a U.S. Navy destroyer in the international Strait of Hormuz. This follows the December launch of an Iranian military rocket near the U.S.S. Harry Truman, the illegal capture of […]

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PEMBROKE – West Bladen’s Knights claimed their fourth straight win Wednesday night with a 4-1 non-conference men’s soccer victory over Purnell Swett. The Knights matched their win total from last season and are currently 4-0 on the season. West Bladen will travel to Whiteville Monday for a 6 p.m. game. Sophomore Victor Lopez and junior Emerson […]

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CERRO GORDO – West Columbus defeated West Bladen 3-0 Wednesday night in non-conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-21, 26-24 and 25-18.   Senior Morgan Schumacher hammered in 9 kills and 3 aces for the Lady Knights. Sophomore Reagan Davis slammed in 6 kills, 3 aces and had 4 assists.   Senior Kathryn Schultz […]

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Elizabethtown - White Lake Chamber of Commerce

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, at 2 p.m. at the White Lake Town Hall. All Chamber members are urged to attend. Share:

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Bladen County Department of Social Services is offering a Crisis Intervention Program to individuals who are 60 years of age or older and age 5 and under to assist with their heating or cooling bill. To qualify for CIP assistance you must have members age 60 or over and under 5 years of age or […]

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The final installment of the Summer Sounds concert series is set to kick off Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market with Black Water Rhythm and Blues. The concert series is presented by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare, and platinum, gold, silver and bronze sponsors. Admission […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Lots of confusion related to the upcoming election.  Early voting, confusion about redistricting, and who to vote for.  It will all be worked out, hopefully before November 8. Remember the days when Bladen County Commissioners and the Board of Education were elected countywide and it took all night long to count the ballots? Think you […]

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LAKE WACCAMAW – West Bladen defeated East Columbus 8-1 Wednesday in non-conference girls tennis action. “Alanna Ludlum and Amber Long both had solid performance on the court today,” said West Bladen Coach Jeff Atkinson. “Our younger players are stepping up their games also. Still have some areas of concern with our doubles. We are just […]

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Elizabethtown’s Joe Luther has been named the 2016 recipient of the Dick Knox Distinguished Service Award for Soccer from the Southeastern Soccer Officials Association. Luther has officiated high school soccer for 30 years. “I was first licensed as a soccer official in 1986 in Ohio,” he recalls. “I was calling games before then.” In 1989 […]

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This Day In History

1718 – Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana: New Orleans founded. 1829 – President Jackson makes an offer to buy Texas, but Mexican government refuses. 1886 – 1st international polo meet (US vs England) 1904 – James J. Jeffries TKOs Jack Munroe in 2 for heavyweight boxing title. 1910 – Yellow Cab is founded. […]

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Training plays a vital and important role for law enforcement officer. The members of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club learned about the different types of training classes that Bladen County’s law enforcement officers have been receiving over the past two years. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker along with Sgt. Gary Turlington and Sgt. Barry Pait spoke […]

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Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen met Tuesday in Taipei to discuss joint efforts to intercept terrorism financing, cyber security threats from China’s communist government, and opportunities to strengthen economic ties. “We need a collaborative, global effort to cut off the many different avenues terrorists use to finance their acts of evil,” […]

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Starting today (Wednesday, Aug. 24) the contractors for the NC Department of Transportation are resurfacing NC Highway 53 East in the Kelly area. The first phase of work will take place between the Elwell Ferry Road area and the Black River bridge. Once that phase is finished, the second phase calls for crews to work […]

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Boost the Boro, Inc. serves as host for the Town of Bladenboro’s annual Beast Fest event.  This year, Beast Fest will celebrate its 10th anniversary and should Mother Nature continues to smiles down on us as she has in the past few years, we expect to see 10,000 or more festival-goers from all over Southeastern […]

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Southeastern Medial Center

Southeastern Hospice hosts a support group for individuals who have experienced the loss of a loved one. This group meets for four weeks in the fall and spring. The next sessions will begin on Thursday, September 8. Meetings are held each week at 6:30 p.m. at Southeastern Hospice House, 1100 Pine Run Drive, Lumberton. For […]

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