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Free Concert: Bluegrass on the Blackwater Featuring The Parsons 7pm Thursday October 6 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

Free Concert: Bluegrass on the Blackwater Featuring The Parsons 7pm Thursday October 6 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater 7pm Thursday October 6 Bluegrass on the Blackwater Featuring The Parsons An annual event in partnership with the Robeson County Arts Council, this year features The Parsons, entertaining with their own mix of folk, Americana and bluegrass. Jon and Caroline Parsons have shared their music and stories with audiences for 25 years. Their songs, stories and voices embrace the humor, beauty and mystery of life. They live in Caroline’s old family homeplace in Grays Creek NC, and are joined by their long-time musical partner and friend Jerome Hawkes. Caroline is …..

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MORE THAN TWENTY FACE FEDERAL AND STATE CHARGES IN AND AROUND SAMPSON COUNTY FOR DRUG AND FIREARM CHARGES

  RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) announce the arrests of five defendants pursuant to Federal Criminal Complaints for Narcotics Conspiracy today in Sampson County. • Antonio McKoy, 30, of Garland, NC • James Daniel McKoy, 51, of Garland, NC • Bryant Carr, 37, of Roseboro, NC • Andrekia Parker, 23, of Garland, NC • Anthony Barnes, 30, of Turkey, NC The individual below also charged by Criminal Complaint is still at large. • Tony Chevallier, 30, of Turkey, NC Over 20 federal and state arrest warrants were executed today in and around Sampson County as part of …..

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Utility scammers up their game

ATTORNEY GENERAL ROY COOPER ALERT Utility scammers up their game In this scam, crooks pretend to represent an electric or gas utility company. They threaten to cut off your utility service unless allegedly overdue bills are paid immediately. And they’re at it again, calling individuals and businesses across North Carolina. Now they’re taking extra steps to convince you that their call is legitimate by manipulating Caller ID (to make it look like they really are calling from Duke Energy), by transferring you to speak to a “supervisor” during the call, and even by playing music for you while you’re on hold. Victims are sometimes instructed to send their payment by …..

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Tillis & Burr Respond To IG Report On Fayetteville VA Medical Center Surgical Services

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) issued statements in response to the release of an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report detailing healthcare inspections of the surgical services at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center. The OIG report substantiated that: ·       Some VA patients were not properly evaluated prior to surgery, causing surgical delays and cancellations. ·       Prior to September 2014, patient deaths that occurred within 30 days of surgery were not reviewed as required, and peer reviews were not conducted as required by Veterans Health Administration and facility policy. ·       A gynecological procedure was stopped …..

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Bladenboro Entrance

Bladenboro Public Utilities announce wastewater overflow

Due to the heavy rain falls, Bladenboro Public Utilities Department experienced an overflow of diluted wastewater, on September 29th , 2016. An over flow of 5,620 gallons at the sanitary sewer manhole, was reported at West Seaboard Street, from 3:20pm-12:45am, occurred and drained into the Bryant Swamp Drainage System according to the town’s press release. The town also reported continued monitoring of the situation and lime was used during clean up. The Division of Water Quality was notified within 24 hours of the event and the event is under review according to the town’s press release issued on Friday, September 30th. For information, contact Andy Coleman, Bladenboro Collections ORC, at at …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER ON PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SECRET DEAL TO LIFT SANCTIONS ON IRANIAN BALLISTIC MISSILES

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this reaction to reports President Obama made a secret deal to lift sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program, which violates President Obama’s own nuclear deal with Iran: “President Obama is Commander-in-Chief.  He twice took a solemn oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.  How does secretly lifting sanctions on the banks which finance Iran’s ballistic missile program fulfill his responsibility to protect America? “President Obama hailed his nuclear agreement with the world’s number-one state sponsor of terrorism as great diplomacy.  Airlifting ransom payments is not great diplomacy.  Trading away America’s national security with secret side deals is not great …..

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It’s the law, vaccinate your pets

All pet owners are invited to the Bladen County Rabies Clinic. According to North Carolina law, “The owner of every dog and cat over four months of age shall have the animal vaccinated against rabies.” In Bladen County , the owners of dogs and cats, which have not been vaccinated in accordance with this law are subject to a civil penalty in the amount of $200. The rabies clinic for dogs and cats will be October 8th, 2016 at Bladen County Animal Control located at 506 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. The event will be held from 10 a.m. until noon. There will be one year and three year rabies shots …..

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Sandra Cain

Safe Handling of Ground Meat

By: Sandra R. Cain For Better Living Ground meat has been linked to several outbreaks of foodborne illness in the United States. The most notable was in 1993, when four children in the Pacific Northwest died after eating undercooked hamburgers at a fast food restaurant. When ground meat, as well as any meat,  is not handled safely, it can become contaminated with harmful microorganisms. To prevent foodborne illness, handle ground meat safely from the time you buy it until you eat it. Here are some tips to help you.   At the grocery store Don’t cross-contaminate. Put ground meat in a plastic bag before putting it into your grocery cart. …..

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BCC to Host Discussion about Middle East Issues

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College Dean of Arts and Sciences and Developmental Studies Dr. Joyce Bahhouth will discuss current issues in the Middle East in a presentation on Tuesday, October 4, at 12 noon. The campus Diversity Committee encourages students, faculty, staff, and the public to bring a bag lunch and join the discussion in the Student Resource Center, building 7, on the main campus. For more information, contact Angie Lowry at 910 879-5543. Share:

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Study: Better Signs Could Help Reduce Friction Between Motorists, Bicyclists

A simple change in the wording of a traffic sign – from “Share the Road” to “Bicycles May Use Full Lane” – could help clarify the rules of the road for bicyclists and motorists, according to an NC State University study. “‘Share the Road’ signs are common but what that means in terms of how drivers and bicycle riders should interact can be ambiguous,” says George Hess, natural resources professor and co-author of the study in PLOS ONE. Some bicyclists complain that motorists consider them to be in the way, while some motorists accuse bicyclists of hogging the road. Misunderstandings on the road can be deadly. “Personal safety probably ranks …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Our average rainfall for the month of September is 5.28 inches.  Over the past 72 hours, 6.25 inches has fallen, as measured at on location in Happy Valley, near Elizabethtown. Hope the rainfall ceases soon, farmers must be having flashbacks to a year ago when some crops were left in the field because of soggy conditions. A storm is approaching from the Caribbean Sea and could have an impact on our weather in a week or so.  Numerous computer models have it going in many different directions.  Some are comparing its track to Hurricane Hazel in 1954. Can’t imagine anything that stirs more emotions than an election, especially a national …..

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Pediatric Neurologist joins SeHealth

  Natasha Acosta Diaz, M.D., a pediatric neurologist, has joined Southeastern Neurological Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health (SeHealth).  Dr. Acosta Diaz earned her medical degree from Instituto Tecnologico de Santo Domingo, D.R. in 2006. She completed a general pediatrics residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in New York in 2012. She also completed a fellowship in child neurology at S.U.N.Y. Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., in 2015 as well as a clinical neurophysiology fellowship in New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College in 2016. She is board certified in neurology with special qualification in child neurology by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has …..

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State Board of Education to Hold Fall Planning/Work Session; Monthly Meeting

The State Board of Education will hold its fall planning/work session in addition to its regular monthly meeting next week, Oct. 4-6, in the Plemmons Student Union, Appalachian State University, 263 Locust Street, Boone. Tuesday’s planning/work session begins at 11:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:50 p.m. Following adjournment, Board members will attend a reception hosted by Appalachian State University Chancellor Sheri Everts in the lobby of the Reich College of Education. Wednesday’s planning/work session begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 5:15 p.m. The Board’s Thursday regular meeting begins at 9 a.m. and concludes at 12:40 p.m. Board members will discuss and take action on items as appropriate. The full …..

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NC State Parks promote safety and the outdoors

Take Care, Be Safe, and Enjoy North Carolina State Parks Planning your visit to a North Carolina state park to view the spectacular colors of changing Fall leaves? Or maybe you’re still working to complete your N.C. State Parks Passport, or planning to attend one of the remaining State Parks Centennial celebrations. Whatever your plans to visit an N.C. State Park, the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources wants to ensure your visit is a safe one. The department recently released a video designed to help visitors stay safe while swimming, boating, hiking and rock climbing in state parks. “The very things that make our parks so attractive – …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – September 30

1659 – Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked (according to Daniel Defoe). 1777 – Continental Congress, flees to York, Pa. as British forces advance. 1841 – Samuel Slocum patented the stapler. 1846 – Anesthetic ether used for 1st time by American dentist Dr. William Morton who extracts a tooth. 1867 – Midway Islands formally declared a US possession. 1898 – City of NY established. 1919 – Avery Hopwood’s “Gold Diggers” premieres in NYC. 1927 – Babe Ruth hits record setting 60th HR (off Tom Zachary). 1935 – Gershwin’s “Porky & Bess” premieres in Boston. 1950 – Radio’s “Grand Ole Opry” is broadcasted on TV for 1st time. 1953 – Earl Warren appointed …..

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Governor McCrory Monitors Flooding in Central and Eastern North Carolina

Governor Pat McCrory and State Emergency Management officials are monitoring flooding conditions in central and eastern North Carolina following overnight rain.  “While we have not yet had any requests for state assistance, we stand ready to provide whatever support is needed to respond to this latest emergency,” said Governor McCrory. “I have spoken to Fayetteville Mayor Nat Robertson and our state and local emergency managers have been in constant contact since last evening about the current flooding in several central and eastern counties.”   Several central and eastern counties remain under a flood warning including Chatham, Moore, Richmond and Scotland counties.   A flash flood warning is in effect for …..

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Tillis And Colleagues Discuss How To Fix Washington’s Broken Budget Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined Senator David Perdue (R-GA) and colleagues on the Senate floor to discuss fixing Washington’s broken budget process. Senators Tillis and Perdue were joined by Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY), Senator Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD), and Senator Steve Daines (R-MT). Highlights: Senator Tillis: “This is a threat to our national security. This is a threat to our economic security. This is a threat to the security of every man and woman in the United States because they can’t rely on a government that will provide …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER TO WELLS FARGO CEO: ‘TODAY IS SUCH A SAD DAY’

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who represents Charlotte on the House Financial Services Committee, today questioned Wells Fargo CEO John Stumpf regarding the opening of new accounts without customer authorization.  Charlotte is Wells Fargo’s largest employee base, with more than 23,000 employees in the region. “You have a major presence in our community, and that’s why today is such a sad day.  I know it is for you.  I’m sure as you look back on these 35 years and where you are today, you think ‘what if?’  I’m asking as if you were sitting in our seat.  We represent these people.  You’ve heard a lot of outrage.  A lot …..

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Bladen County Shriners Club hosts Annual Fish Fry

The Annual Fish Fry hosted by the Bladen County Shriners Club will be held Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. The Shrine Club will have two locations at the Food Lion in Elizabethtown and Bo’s in Bladenboro. The event was rescheduled from its original date of Oct. 12 due to Hurricane Matthew. The club’s social site said they will deliver to businesses. For details call Paul Johnson 910-991-5863. All proceeds are for the benefit of the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Share:

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Bladen County Emergency Responders helping evacuate in Fayetteville flood

Bladen County Emergency Services personnel are always willing to help out, but today some of them are lending a helping hand to our neighbors. Our first responders from stations 58, 55, EM1 and Fire 4 of Bladen County have been helping evacuate areas in Fayetteville and Spring Lake due to flooding. Bladen County Emergency personnel encourages everyone to take extra precautions to be safe during the flash flood advisory. Share:

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3 Point Summary on Hurricane Matthew

By: Reid Hawkins, NOAA A quick summary of the current information on Hurricane Matthew. Matthew was upgraded to a Hurricane at 2 PM today and the forecast track is still expected to turn to the north this weekend. The hurricane is expected to continue to move northward next week, but the models are very divergent and there is still very low confidence on its exact path. If Matthew moves towards our area it impacts are not anticipated until the middle of next week. Share:

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Bladen County Sports

West Bladen vs Wallace-Rose Hill Varsity Football Moved To Wallace Friday

  • 09/29/2016
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The Wallace-Rose Hill vs. West Bladen varsity football game that was scheduled for Friday night at West Bladen will be played at Wallace-Rose Hill Fridaydue to wet field conditions at West Bladen. Gametime is 7 p.m.   The West Bladen at Wallace-Rose Hill junior varsity football game will be played Monday at Wallace-Rose Hill at 6:30. Share:

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Bladen County Update on Road Opens and Closings

An update of road openings / closings is as follows: OPENINGS: SR 1552 (Beatty Road)    (a.k.a. SR 1130 Bethel Church Road in Pender County) The pipe replacement on SR 1552 is complete and we are waiting for the pavement patch to cool before opening.  The road will open later this afternoon.   UPCOMING CLOSINGS:   SR 1305 (Tobermory Road) Beginning Monday, October 3, we plan to replace a crossline located 0.41 miles north of SR 1306 (Pages Lake Road) assuming the water levels are not too high.  The road will be closed through late Wednesday or early Thursday.  Use SR 1300 (Chickenfoot Road) and SR 1302 (Bladen Union Church …..

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Kelly man found not guilty of sex offender registry violation

Marcus Jurmil Blake breathed a sigh of relief. The 33-year-old from Kelly was not returning to prison. A jury Wednesday found Blake not guilty of failing to report a new address of a registered sex offender after hearing two days of testimony in Bladen County Superior Court. Blake has been required to register as a sex offender since 2008 after being convicted of felonious attempted restraint of a minor. He has had no previous reported sex offender registry violations, according to N.C. Department of Public Safety records. Registered sex offenders are required to notify the local sheriff’s office within three business days of any change of address. The case began …..

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Bladen County Sports

All Bladen County Sporting Events for Thursday are Postponed

All Bladen County Sporting Events that were scheduled for (today) Thursday have been postponed due to the rain and potential for flooding in low-lying areas. All Bladen County Recreation Soccer that was scheduled for tonight at County Park has been postponed. Both of the Bladen Five Middle School Conference football games that were scheduled for tonight have been postponed for tonight and will be played Monday at 6 p.m. Those include Elizabethtown at Clarkton School of Discovery and Tar Heel at Bladenboro. All of the sporting events at West Bladen and East Bladen High Schools that were scheduled for today have been postponed. That includes volleyball, men’s soccer, women’s tennis …..

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Elizabethtown man sentenced on firearm charges

Saquon Reginald Covington plead guilty to two felony firearm charges Monday in Bladen County Superior Court under an agreement with the state and was sentenced to between six and 17 months in custody. Covington, 27, of Elizabethtown, plead guilty to felony possession of a stolen firearm and felony carrying a concealed gun. He also has several drug related charges pending, which, according to the District Attorney’s office, will be addressed once his current sentence is complete. According to the District Attorney’s office, the first incident occurred June 2, 2015, when the vehicle that Covington was driving was pulled over in Elizabethtown for violating the town’s noise ordinance. Once stopped, an …..

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County schools to dismiss at 1:30 p.m. Thursday

Bladen County schools will release at students 1:30 p.m. Thursday because of weather conditions. Dr. Robert Taylor, superintendent for the school system, says the release time will allow for water already on roads to recede. Taylor also said that any parent wanting to pick up their children from school before the announced release time are encouraged to do so. All staff will be released at 2:00.  The school system reports they will provide updates on the school status for Friday as they become available. Share:

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ROUZER VOTES FOR INFRASTRUCTURE BILL VITAL TO NC-07 COASTAL COMMUNITIES

Washington, D.C. – This week, with the support of Congressman David Rouzer, the House of Representatives passed the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 which addresses the needs of America’s harbors, locks, dams, provides for flood protection and other water resources infrastructure by authorizing specific U.S. Army Corps of Engineers activities.  WRDA 2016 is a fully offset bill that enables Congress to have much stronger and more consistent oversight of infrastructure policy and implementation.    “For far too long, our infrastructure needs have been neglected.  Our ports, beaches and waterways are the lifeline of economic activity and job growth in our coastal communities.  As a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure …..

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Teen Court Trainings Held

Bladen County Teen Court is gearing up for another year. In order to prepare the youth participants for their various roles, trainings were recently held in a two-part series. The attorney training was Monday September 19. Assistant District Attorney, Quintin McGee, spoke to youth attorneys about opening statements, closing statements, objections, questioning witnesses and defendants. Mr. McGee will be assisting with court this year. We are looking forward to him working with us. The second part of training was conducted on Monday September 26 at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office. Johnice Autry, Teen Court Program Coordinator, welcomed new and returning volunteers. She spoke on what the program was about, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

We are fast approaching the 3/4 mark in the year 2016.  Saturday, marks the beginning or October 2016.  Check your New Year’s resolutions…… Ever think you could live the life of a hermit?  Yes, for me, with some conveniences. Another date to remember, Saturday, October 22.  That is the date for a fund-raiser for Elizabethtown Middle School.  A reverse raffle, a delicious meal and fun with friends and neighbors is planned.  More to come. Supporters of the two presidential candidates are ready to forgive short-comings of their preference, but still pointing to the speck (?) in the eye of the opposition.  More than ever, politics makes strange bedfellows. On the …..

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Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 5, Union 1

ROSE HILL – Sophmore Greyson Heustess fired in 2 goals and dished out 2 assists to lead East Bladen to a 5-1 Four County Conference men’s soccer victory over Union Wednesday night. The game was stopped in the 48th minute due to lightning. “The coaches and refs decided it was in the best interest of the kids and spectators to abandon the game and make it final,” said Eagle Coach Jay Raynor. The game was declared final since they had started the second half. In the fifth minute of the game, sophmore Pierce Melvin pounced on a loose ball in the box and booted a left-footed shot past the keeper …..

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Tillis Calls For Bipartisan Solutions To U.S. Refugee Program

“We as committee members should stop talking about a Republican position and a Democrat position, and come up with a responsible, compassionate position for these refugees.” WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) attended a Judiciary Immigration Subcommittee oversight hearing on the Obama Administration’s FY 2017 Refugee Resettlement Program, where he urged his colleagues to put politics aside and find concrete ways to improve the U.S. refugee program. Senator Tillis on the need to address the U.S. refugee system in a bipartisan manner: “We as committee members should stop talking about a Republican position and a Democrat position, and come up with a responsible, compassionate position for these refugees. …..

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Tillis Statement On The Passage Of The Continuing Resolution

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after voting in support of the continuing resolution that would keep the government funded until December 9, 2016: “The Senate majority worked diligently this year to restore regular order and pass bipartisan spending bills through the committee process. Unfortunately, Harry Reid decided it would be more politically advantageous in an election year to filibuster these bipartisan spending bills and prevent them from passing. This is why the Senate needed to pass a temporary funding bill to keep the government running and provide critical funding to fight the Zika virus and support our veterans and North Carolina’s military installations.” …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – September 29

1789 – US War Department establishes a regular army. 1849 – 1st passenger train service to Peekskill, NY (New Haven Railroad). 1875 – US-Spanish relations decline in wake of Cuban rebellion. 1902 – Impresario David Belasco opens his 1st Broadway theater. 1907 – Construction begins on Washington National Cathedral. 1915 – Hurricane claims 275 in Mississippi Delta. 1916 – American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes the world’s first billionaire. 1920 – Joseph Horn Company in Pittsburgh sells radios for $10. 1927 – Telephone service begins between US & Mexico. 1935 – 5th Ryder Cup: US wins, 9-3 at Ridgewood Country Club (Ridgewood, New Jersey, US). 1945 – Chicago Cubs …..

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Roundtable on the Opioid Epidemic in the Rural Southeast: Policies, Programs, & Progress

Raleigh, NC September 22nd, 2016 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture will host an event entitled “Roundtable on the Opioid Epidemic in the Rural Southeast: Policies, Programs, & Progress” on Thursday September 29th, 2016 to discuss solutions to the rural opioid epidemic in North Carolina and to highlight the critical need for more treatment resources in rural communities. The roundtable is part of a series that USDA’s Farm Service Agency and Rural Development will host across the country throughout the Fall.  The event will take place at  the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Training Center located at 4710 Corporation Drive, Fayetteville, NC.  The event will begin at 9:30 am and conclude at …..

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Rotary Club hears from Elizabethtown Police Chief

Elizabethtown Police Chief Tony Parrish visited with the Elizabethtown Rotary Club during their luncheon meeting at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery on Wednesday. Chief Parrish brings to the Elizabethtown Police Department 28 years of law enforcement experience. He began his law enforcement career in 1988 with the Greenville Police Department and he joined the North Carolina Highway Patrol in 1990. “Coming to the police department was a great opportunity,” said Chief Parrish.  He said as he was preparing to retire from the Highway Patrol he learned about the Police Chief vacancy with Elizabethtown and decided to apply for it. Chief Parrish began his duties on April 1. Chief Parrish said …..

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Bladen Community College holds healthy lifestyle meetings

Bladen Community College has begun a series of healthy lifestyle meetings for students, staff, and faculty. The Making a Real Change for Health (MARCH) workshops are in collaboration with the Healthy Bladen initiative to improve personal health and wellness for residents of Bladen County. For more information about MARCH or Bladen Community College, call 910-879-5500. Share:

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Middle School Volleyball: Clarkton School of Discovery 3, Tar Heel 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Clarkton School of Discovery defeated Tar Heel 3-0 Tuesday in Bladen Five Middle School Conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-9, 25-12 and 25-2. Lauren Bowen drilled in 2 aces to begin the first set for the Lady Blue Devils. Teammate Lily Lin nailed a winning return, before Khadijah Jones reeled off 9 straight service points that included 4 aces. Alyssa Futrell knocked in a trio of service points that stretched the Clarkton lead to 16-3. Jones smacked in a winning return, and Sara Gargala tallied a service point as the CSD lead grew to 18-4. Lin fired in 2 aces during a run of 3 straight …..

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North Carolina’s August County and Area Employment Figures Released..Bladen At 6.7

RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 68 of North Carolina’s counties in August, decreased in 14, and remained unchanged in 18.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.9 percent.  Twelve of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases, one experienced a decrease, and two remained unchanged. Among the Metro areas, Rocky Mount at 7.4 percent experienced the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 4.1 percent.  The August not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 5.0 percent.      When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in all 100 …..

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Cody Clark receives Disney trip from Make a Wish foundation

Cody Clark was feted with a trip to Disney World by the Make a Wish Foundation on Tuesday afternoon at Giorgio’s Restaurant in Elizabethtown.  LoWanda “Dee” Davis and her daughter Marnique Johnson with Make a Wish Foundation presented the trip and other gifts to Cody. Clark was presented a Spiderman themed cake, toys, a Make A Wish T-shirt, and tickets for the theme parks. Cody was excited as he opened his gifts and excitedly looked each item over. Copdy’s mom Tina Clark said the trip means a lot to her and her family. “It is exciting after all he has been through to be able to see him enjoy it,” said Tina …..

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Hester Farm recognized by NC Tree Farm

Two Bladen County brothers were recognized on Tuesday afternoon by North Carolina Tree Farm as Tree Farmers of the Year. Ronnie and Alexander Hester own the Hester farm, which consists of about 1,600 acres of land with much of it in forest and timber land. Albert Shaw, who is on the NC Tree Farm Board of Directors, said that the group recognizes tree farmers for their efforts in the conservation of their land holdings.  Shaw said this year NC Tree Farm identified and recognized five farms in District 8 which includes Bladen County. On Tuesday, Shaw was joined by GFR Forestry Consultants’ Jeremy Isom and NC Forest Service Officers Laura …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF SHIMON PERES

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after learning of the passing of former Israeli President and Prime Minister Shimon Peres: “The passing of Shimon Peres is a loss for peace and stability in the Middle East.  Former Prime Minister and President Peres was a true statesman who led his country with dignity and distinction.  In 1996, I was honored to have him as my guest for a Charlotte Foreign Policy Forum dinner, and we met again in 2013 while I was in Israel.  May his thoughtful understanding of global issues prevail today.” Share:

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Vietnam Veterans Hold Annual Reunion

  • 09/28/2016
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Each fall for the last six years, Vietnam veterans who served together with Alpha Company 5th/46th 198th Light Infantry Brigade have gathered together for their platoon reunion.  Oak Haven Resort in Sevierville, Tennessee hosted the 18 veterans and 12 spouses during the week of September 18-23.  Oak Haven has been the venue for five of their six reunions. Veterans and spouses present were Bob and Cheri Scott from California, Paul Sprouse of South Carolina,Wendell and Barbara Roberts from Tennessee, Dwight Saddler of Tennessee, Bob and Sandi Latham of Tennessee, Sid and Sharon Liming from Ohio, Bob and Sue Olenzak from Michigan, Jerry and Barbara Laack from Wisconsin, Oliver and Ellen …..

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SCC to host open house and Finding Dory movie night

Southeastern Community College will host an open house on October 6 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The open house will be immediately followed by a free outdoor movie night on the front lawn of SCC, hosted the Student Government Association. The open house will provide the community of Columbus County the opportunity to see what’s happening at SCC. All program areas will be represented and many will provide hands-on demonstrations. In addition, Student Services staff will be on-hand to answer questions about admissions and financial aid. This is a drop-in event and interested individuals should check-in in the Koonce Lobby of the A Building. Also on this date, the …..

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Sen. Richard Burr, Rep. Robert Pittenger to attend Bladen County GOP 7th Annual Fall Fling Saturday

The Bladen County GOP will hold their 7th annual fall fling on Saturday, Oct. 1, at 4 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. Join the GOP to “Meet and Greet” our federal, state and county candidates  including Senator Richard Burr, Congressman Robert Pittenger, and others at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market! There will be a raffle drawing for a Del-Ton AR 15 riffle. The meal will be catered by Cape Fear Chicken and Barbecue and music will be provided by RG Productions. This event is free and open to the public. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for September 28

If you watched the presidential debate earlier this week, you were one of an estimated 80 plus million people who ‘tuned in’ to watch and listen to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. Jobs are available in Bladen County.  See the article ‘Workers needed Job Fair in Bladen County’ in the news section.  JobLink, located near E-town Primary School, at 401 Mercer Mill Road is the place to be Friday from 2 til 3:30 p.m. Jobs are available and more are on the way. Know someone who is strugglin’?  A helping hand does good for the one in need and those willing to help. Sometimes I have extra time to learn something new …..

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Volleyball Midway 3, East Bladen 0

SPIVEY’S CORNER – Four County Conference leader Midway defeated East Bladen 3-0 Tuesday night by set scores of 25-17, 25-7 and 25-9 in volleyball action. The Lady Raiders improved to 8-0 in league play and 15-2-1 overall.  East Bladen will travel to Clinton Thursday for a 4:30 match.  Share:

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Volleyball West Bladen 3, Union 1

ROSE HILL – West Bladen’s Lady Knights dropped the first set Tuesday night then bounced back to win the next 3 sets and claim a 3-1 Four County Conference volleyball victory over Union by set scores of 21-25, 25-10, 25-18 and 25-16. Sophmore Raegan Davis loaded the stat sheet with 6 kills, 5 aces, 4 service points and a block assist for West Bladen. Senior Logan Autry fired in 7 aces 6 service points and 3 kills. Senior Kathryn Schultz hammered in 6 aces, 4 kills, 2 service points and a block assist for the Lady Knights. Senior Kassidy Anderson knocked in 7 kills and an ace. Senior Morgan Schumacher …..

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Workers needed Job Fair in Bladen County

NCWorks Career Center of Bladen County announced Triad Inc America has a big project ahead and workers are needed. According to the local NCWorks Career Center, formerly known as JobLink there is a need for 70 up to 100 construction and solar farm workers. A Job Fair is scheduled for the big project on Friday, September 30th, 2016 from 2 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the career center’s office located at 401 Mercer Mill Road, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. Candidates must be able to work in all climates, and must be available for extended shifts that may exceed 40 plus hours. Additional information: ï Bring I-9 Verification Documents: (ie. Valid Picture …..

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NC Grape Festival has a day full of activities for Bladen and surrounding counties

DUBLIN, NC – The annual NC Grape Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 8 from 8am to 3pm at Lu Mil Vineyard. There will be a Super Yard Sale with FREE booth spaces (call 910-866-5819), Grape Stomp Competition, Entertainment on Doc’s Deck, Vineyard Tours on the Double Decker Bus and Free Wine Tasting. Join us for a day of great family fun & entertainment! Lu Mil Vineyard is located at 438 Suggs-Taylor Road, Elizabethtown NC 28337. For more information, visit us at www.lumilvineyard.com or call 910-866-5819. Share:

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Veterans and Boost the Boro presented flags

Bladen County Veterans and Boost the Boro members met Tuesday evening for the recently installed flags donated by Craig Callihan, with Woodmen of the World. The flags stand behind the Veteran’s monuments. The monuments were recently moved from the armory in Bladenboro to their new location at the corner of Main Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Street.  Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – September 28

1542 – Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay. 1701 – Divorce legalized in Maryland. 1787 – Congress sends Constitution to state legislatures for their approval. 1850 – US Navy abolishes flogging as punishment. 1904 – Woman arrested for smoking a cigarette in a car on 5th Avenue, NYC. 1924 – 2 US Army planes end around-world flight, Seattle to Seattle, 57 stops. 1928 – 1st recording session in Nashville (Warmack’s Gully Jumpers). 1938 – Clare Boothe’s “Boys Goodbye” premieres in NYC. 1941 – Ted Williams ended the baseball season with .406 batting average. 1949 – “My Friend Irma” is 1st of 12 films starring Dean Martin & …..

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Elizabethtown driver’s license office moving to new location Monday

The Elizabethtown driver’s license office will be closed Thursday and Friday in order to move to a new location, the N.C. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday. The new office will be at 197 North Pine Street. It will open Monday at 8 a.m. The office’s phone number (862-3169) will remain the same. The driver’s license office had been at Gillespie Street for more than 35, but the building lease expired, officials said. Hours for the new location will remain Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Share:

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Tillis-Carper Bill To Protect Benefits For Eugenics Victims Heads To President Obama’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Tom Carper (D-DE), Richard Burr (R-NC), Mark Warner (D-VA), and Tim Kaine (D-VA) applauded the House’s passage of S. 1698, the Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act. The bipartisan legislation is authored by Senators Tillis and Carper and co-sponsored by Senators Burr, Warner, Kaine, and Feinstein. The legislation unanimously passed the Senate last year and will now head to President Obama’s desk to be signed into law. The Treatment of Certain Payments in Eugenics Compensation Act will help protect living eugenics victims receiving compensation payments by excluding their payments from being used in determining eligibility for, or the amount of, …..

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Bladen resident selected to sing national anthem before Charlotte Hornets game

By: Erin Smith One Bladen County resident got some exciting news on Tuesday —she will be singing the National Anthem during an upcoming Charlotte Hornets basketball game against the Pacers on Monday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. Ginnie Varnam of Tar Heel was notified by email by the NBA team that she had been selected to sing the National Anthem at a game. She is both excited and honored about being selected to perform. “When I received the email notifying me that I was being asked to sing, my heart was racing, and I was speechless. I couldn’t get the words out to tell my husband, Devon, so I just …..

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ROUZER ANNOUNCES DEADLINE FOR SERVICE ACADEMY NOMINATIONS

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC) announced the deadline of Monday, October 31st for eligible applicants in North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District wishing to apply for a nomination to a United States Service Academy for the 2016 academic year. “It’s an honor to nominate some of the best and brightest students of Southeastern North Carolina to attend a United States Service Academy where they will receive a first-rate undergraduate education and have the opportunity to give back to our nation by serving on active duty as a military officer.  I encourage all students in the 7th Congressional District who are interested in this opportunity to submit an application …..

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Judge rules on DA’s request to dismiss Smith’s civil lawsuit

A U.S. Magistrate Judge has allowed portions of a civil lawsuit against District Attorney Jon David to proceed while dismissing parts in a case involving the shuttering of two Dublin  sweepstakes business in 2015. On Sept. 19, Judge Robert B. Jones Jr. denied David’s request to dismiss the official capacity takings claim under the N.C. Constitution and individual capacity claims for conversion, a declaratory judgment, and a violation of constitutional rights, while dismissing the takings claim under the U.S. Constitution and individual capacity takings claim under the N.C. Constitution against the District Attorney, according to the ruling filed in the Southern Division of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern …..

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Play to mark domestic violence awareness

Marjorie Lewis has penned a play that takes a biographical look at her life as a victim of domestic violence. The play is titled, “The Sweet, Sweet Smell of Freedom,” and will be performed at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 7, at the Bladen Community College Auditorium. Tickets for the play are $10 each and can be purchased at the door or from Lewis. Door prizes will also be awarded during the show. When asked about the play, Lewis said, “It’s about my life and living with domestic violence for 13 years.” The play is based on Lewis’ books Pain No More and Pain No More, Too. She said while …..

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Billingsley to speak at Bladen Community College

DUBLIN – The public is invited to hear Dr. Scott Billingsley’s American History presentation at Bladen Community College on Monday, October 3, 2016, at 11 AM. Billingsley is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Enrollment, the Associate Provost, and a history professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. He earned his Ph.D. from Auburn University. The event is hosted by the Bladen Community College History Club, and takes place in the Student Resource Center (building 7). For more information, contact Ray Sheppard at 910-879-5542. For information about Bladen Community College, call 910-879-5500. Share:

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Patrick Gannon to join State Board of Elections after 17 years in journalism

RALEIGH, N.C. — The State Board of Elections today announced that Patrick Gannon will join the agency on October 5 as its public information officer. Gannon’s move follows a 17-year career in journalism, most recently as editor of The Insider State Government News Service and syndicated columnist covering state politics for the Capitol Press Association. “Pat’s reputation for fair and impartial reporting over a long career make him an ideal spokesperson for our agency during an important time in elections,” said Executive Director Kim Westbrook Strach. A graduate of Kent State University, Gannon began his career in journalism as a reporter for the Utica Observer-Dispatch in upstate New York, moving …..

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ALE investigation yields arrests in Bladen County

The Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch of the State Bureau of Investigation conducted an investigation in Bladen County during the weekend and made two arrests as a result. On Sunday, September 25, ALE Special Agents conducted an investigation at a suspected illegal bar in Bladen County located at 53 John T. Council Cemetery Road, White Oak. The investigation resulted in two arrests resulting in multiple alcohol and drug charges. Agents seized 13.7 grams of powder cocaine, five grams of marijuana, eight bottles of spirituous liquor, and $3,711 dollars in US currency. Barnabas Council was charged with an alcoholic beverage violation and one count of simple possession of marijuana. Tyrone Edwards was …..

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Bladen County Recreation Soccer Schedules

Bladen County Soccer for Boys 5-7 schedule Bladen County Soccer for boys 8-10 schedule Bladen County Soccer for girls 8-10 schedule Bladen County Soccer for girls 11-14 schedule Bladen County Soccer for tots schedule Share:

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Local Military Exercise Planned for October

U.S. Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) will conduct a military exercise in the vicinity of Elizabethtown, N.C., Oct. 26, 2016. The exercise, known as Realistic Urban Training, is intended to prepare the Marines to operate in an urban environment before their scheduled deployment later this year. The training has been closely coordinated with civilian authorities, community officials, and law enforcement. These events should have minimal impact on the community. If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call 910-467-8693. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History for September 27

1777 – British General William Howe occupies Philadelphia during American Revolution. 1787 – Constitution submitted to US states for ratification. 1852 – George L. Aiken’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” premieres in Troy, NY. 1855 – George F. Bristow’s “Rip Van Winkle”, 2nd American opera, opens in NYC. 1864 – Jesse James’ gang surprise attack train: 150 killed. 1892 – Book matches are patented by Diamond Match Company. 1903 – Wreck of the Old 97, a train crash made famous by the song of the same name. 1908 – Henry Ford’s first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan. 1919 – Democratic National Committee votes to allow female …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for September 27

One Presidential debate down, two to go.  So what do you think? Like many, I have my own feelings about the debate, but refuse to share.  I am reminded of a one-liner shared with me over the years, ‘give advice sparingly, and only when asked.’  And, even if asked, I refuse to share on this presidential election. Once supporters have determined who they will support, facts seldom change minds. I do encourage all to check FactCheck today.  I have already, very interesting. A little about FactCheck.org.  It was launched in December 2003 by Brooks Jackson, former Associated Press, Wall Street Journal and CNN reporter who had covered Washington and national …..

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Traffic stop yields drug arrests

On Sunday, Sept. 25, at around 3:51 a.m. Elizabethtown Police Department Patrolman Joshua Blake Bryan was on patrol and located Kendrick Shipman who was operating a vehicle in the area of 101 East Broad Street in Elizabethtown. At the time, it was determined by Officer Bryan that there were active orders for arrest on Kendrick Shipman from Columbus County for failure to appear in court on previous charges. Officer Bryan along with Sgt. Jeromy Martin and Patrolman Christopher Avant made contact with Kendrick Shipman and placed him under arrest for the active warrants. Contact was also made with Houston Junius Smith who was a passenger in the car. Upon further …..

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Farrell & Larrell Murchison Lead Louisburg to 5th Straight Win

WEST COLUMBIA, SC – Elizabethtown natives Farrell and Larrell Murchison led Louisburg to a 52-38 victory over Palmetto Prep Sunday. Farrell Murchison scored two touchdowns and was the workhorse of the Hurricane offense with 27 carries for 117 yards. Farrell’s 2-yard touchdown run 5 seconds into the second quarter capped an 83-yard drive and gave Louisburg a 14-0 lead. Palmetto pulled to within 45-38 with 9:46 remaining, before Farrell Murchison broke loose for runs of 10 and 8 yards to set up his own one-yard touchdown run that sealed the victory with 1:18 left to play. Twin brother Larrell Murchison, a defensive lineman, made 5 solo tackles and assisted on …..

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JV Football: Union 26, West Bladen 14

ROSE HILL – Union turned a pair of late turnovers into touchdowns and defeated West Bladen 26-14 in Four County Conference jayvee football action. With the score tied 14-14, the Knights lost a fumble at their own goal line, and the Spartans recovered it in the end zone. The Knights then went to the passing game due to the lack of time remaining, and the Spartans picked off a pass and returned it for a clinching touchdown. West Bladen freshman quarterback Tyre Boykin threw a 67-yard touchdown pass to Aldo Hernandez for the first Knight touchdown, then connected with Hernandez again on a 73-yard touchdown pass. Boykin also tossed a …..

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Men’s Soccer: Wallace-Rose Hill 8, East Bladen 0

TEACHEY – Wallace-Rose Hill scored 5 first-half goals en route to an 8-0 Four County Conference men’s soccer victory Monday night over East Bladen. “Wallace Rose Hill is a very well coached, solid soccer team,” said Eagle Coach Jay Raynor. “They came out very aggressive and scored a couple goals on us early.  It took us a while to adjust to their speed, scheme, and intensity. We were only able to get one quality shot on goal in the first half.” Coach Raynor challenged his team to step up their effort in the second half and they responded. “Goalie Spencer Scott had an awesome game with 13 saves,” stated Raynor. …..

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Bladen County Sports

JV Football, East Bladen 28, Midway 16

SPIVEY’S CORNER – East Bladen withstood a plethora of second-half fumbles and defeated Midway 28-16 in the Four County Conference junior varsity football opener for both teams. “We held them to negative yards in the first half,” said Eagle Coach Ritchie Priest. “But we fumbled the first 3 times that we had the ball in the second half, and they scored on 2 of them.” According to Coach Priest, the Eagles had ten fumbles in the game and lost 5 of them. “Fumbles, offside penalties, we looked like a different team in the second half,” said Coach Priest. After Midway cut East Bladen’s 20-0 halftime lead to 20-16, sophmore Jordan …..

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Bladen County Sports

JV Football, East Bladen 28, Midway 16

SPIVEY’S CORNER – East Bladen withstood a plethora of second-half fumbles and defeated Midway 28-16 in the Four County Conference junior varsity football opener for both teams. “We held them to negative yards in the first half,” said Eagle Coach Ritchie Priest. “But we fumbled the first 3 times that we had the ball in the second half, and they scored on 2 of them.” According to Coach Priest, the Eagles had ten fumbles in the game and lost 5 of them. “Fumbles, offside penalties, we looked like a different team in the second half,” said Coach Priest. After Midway cut East Bladen’s 20-0 halftime lead to 20-16, sophmore Jordan …..

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HANCOCK STARTS FALL SWING WITH A BANG

This past weekend junior golfer, Cade Hancock, defended his title in “The Hurricane Junior Golf Tour’s Myrtle Beach Junior Challenge”. The venue was once again the Myrtle Beach National West Course. An International field travelled to South Carolina finding soggy conditions that made the course long and difficult. The Greg Norman Academy of Myrtle Beach along with The Junior Players Academy out of Hilton Head brought to bus loads of some of the best young talent in the world to compete over the weekend. On day one Hancock found himself paired with a local player Holden Grigg from Myrtle Beach. Griggs is a talented young player that sports an impressive …..

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ROUZER BILL TO MODERNIZE PACKERS & STOCKYARDS ACT PASSES HOUSE

Washington, D.C. – Today, the House of Representatives passed Congressman David Rouzer’s bill (H.R. 5883) to modernize and clarify the Packers and Stockyards Act as it relates to the buying or selling of livestock in commerce through online, video and other electronic methods.  H.R. 5883 updates the requirements and method of transactions producers must follow – specifically by providing for the same protections for those who sell through online and video auctions and permitting the use of modern electronic payment methods. “The Packers and Stockyards Act was written almost 100 years ago and is in need of modernization,” said Rep. David Rouzer.  “This clarification is a reflection of changes in …..

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Sunday crash sends two teens to hospital

A single-vehicle accident on Pone Loop Road on Sunday evening sent two teens to the hospital, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Quinn Johnson, 16, of Fayetteville was operating a blue Mercury south on Pone Loop Road when he lost control of the vehicle in a slight curve and the vehicle struck a tree stump on the right shoulder,  said NC Highway Patrol Trooper Sellers. Johnson was transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center for treatment of his injuries. Trooper Sellers said that Johnson was charged with no operator’s license, a seat belt violation and exceeding a safe speed. There were three other teens riding in the vehicle, according to …..

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Writer wants changes regarding voter fraud and PACs

Dear Editor: I want the truth! Election fraud is alive and well in North Carolina, but we are turning a blind eye. I have personally written the North Carolina State Board of Elections Office twice submitting documentation of voter fraud during the 2016 elections. I have raised questions about local Political Action Committees working unethically in the letters as well. I even submitted documentation proving some of their practices, if not illegal, are unethical.  I have received no real response from the State Board of Elections other than to hear, “We are looking into it.” The first letter I sent was in April and the second was in June and …..

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Iphone/Ipad Tips: Sams Club Game Changer & iPhone 7 Plus

Sam’s Scan and Go App – Free I wrote an article about this type of app for Walmart a year or so back. They tested it and backed off. Of course Sams is part of Walmart, but when will it happen there and Food Lion and everywhere?? We are ready! I was surprised by the large sign I saw in Sams Friday that advertised the Scan and Go App that was just released. I stopped in my tracks and lost my shopping thoughts, which are all tech-related and grabbed the phone to download the app. I had to grab the Manager walking by in order to get it fully functional. Add your credit/debit card to your …..

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Bladen County Democratic Party to host Rally in Dublin

The Bladen County Democratic Party will be hosting a number of local and statewide Democratic candidates for a rally on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at the Dublin Elementary School from 3:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Speakers will include: *Roy Cooper, candidate for Governor; *Linda Coleman, candidate for lieutenant governor; * Vince Rozier, candidate for NC Court of Appeals; *Christian Cano, candidate for House of Representatives District 9; *Wesley Casteen, candidate for House of Representatives District 7; *Bladen, Sampson, and Columbus County Democratic candidates. The rally will begin at 3:30 p.m. and go until 7 p.m. Speakers will begin at 3:45 p.m. but we ask that people arrive no earlier than 3:30 …..

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Small Business Center at Bladen Community College

No-Cost Business Seminars offered at Bladen Community College

DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering several no-cost seminars during the month of October. Faith based organizations and non-profits will be interested in these Saturday seminars. The Business Side of Operating a Faith Based Organization is offered on Saturday, Oct. 15, from 8:30 until 10:30 a.m. on the BCC main campus in building 2, room 207. It will be immediately followed by Parliamentary Procedure Made Easy, scheduled from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. The Entrepreneurs’ Academy continues to meet on the main campus on Wednesdays with the remaining four seminars scheduled from 4 until 6 p.m. Workshops meet in building 2, room 202. …..

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N.C. State Fair announces winners in 2016 wine competition

RALEIGH – A pomegranate wine from Lumberton and a muscadine from Mocksville were the top winners in the 2016 N.C. State Fair Wine Competition sponsored by the N.C. Wine and Grape Growers Council. Stephens Vineyards and Winery of Lumberton won Best of Show and the N.C. Winegrowers Cup for its Pomegranate Wine. The fruit wine also won the “Best Fruit, Honey, Dessert and Other” category. Chestnut Trail Vineyard’s Fantasia won the N.C. Muscadine Cup. The winery, which opened in 2015, is located in Mocksville. “Chestnut Trail Vineyard’s win is a great example of the constant evolution of North Carolina wine,” said Whit Winslow, executive director of the N.C. Wine and …..

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Clarkton man victim of murder in Lake Waccamaw

A Clarkton man was shot to death at a residence in Lake Waccamaw on Saturday night, according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. Bobby Lee Sessoms was found dead of gunshot wounds inside the home of Steven Craig Long located at Lake Waccamaw, according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. An autopsy is scheduled for today (Monday, Sept. 26) at the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Raleigh. According to reports, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office received a call at about 7:30 p.m. and upon arrival at the home found Sessoms, 44 , of Shannon Drive, Clarkton,  dead inside. Long, of Ben Jones Road, Lake Waccamaw, is charged with murder in …..

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The Third Annual Garland Community Day set for Saturday, Oct. 1

The 3rd annual Garland Community Day will take place in downtown Garland on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 8:30 a.m. until 10 p.m.  The theme for this year’s event is “Celebrating Our Youth: Tomorrow’s Leaders.” The parade grand marshal will be MopTopShop of Raleigh. The parade emcees will be Sampson Community College SGA officers Meagan Sessoms and Shadavia Pridgen. Some of the parade highlights will include the Sundan Roadsters and Sudan Clowns, Ronald McDonald, Smokey the Bear, SECU Fat Cat, Classic Cars, Surge Radio, the Union High School JROTC, horses, queens and more. The Opening Ceremony for the event will be led by Gracy Peterson of Harrells Christian Academy. There will …..

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PrivilegesPlus & Fitness Center host Country Western-themed dance

The PrivilegesPlus program and Southeastern Lifestyle Fitness Center are hosting a country western-themed dance on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Southeastern Lifestyle Fitness Center, located at 4895 Fayetteville Road, Lumberton.  The event will include dinner, dancing, music, portraits, door prizes and much more.  Tickets are $10 for PrivilegesPlus members; $15 for fitness center members and Southeastern Health employees; and $20 for the general public.  Tickets may be purchased at the Southeastern Lifestyle Fitness Center in Lumberton or at any PrivilegesPlus event. For more information, call Southeastern Lifestyle Fitness Center in Lumberton at 910-738-5433 or the PrivilegesPlus office at 910-671-5018. Share:

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

The town of Dublin will use paper ballots in the upcoming election. A tanker owned by Campbell Oil Company crashed on Highway 87 and spilled over 6,000 gallons of fuel oil. Sammy Skandier filed for Mayor of Elizabethtown. Annie Lee Smith, incumbent Mayor of White Lake, filed for reelection. Bob Lederfeind, Mayberry Smith and Mike Thomas were appointed to the new ABC Board at White Lake. Share:

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Kayla Thompson Plays In Furman Lady Paladin Invitational

Former West Bladen golfer and UNCW Junior Kayla Thompson participated in the Furman Lady Paladin Invitational Golf Tourney this past weekend. The UNCW Lady Seahawks tied with Maryland for 13th place in a field that had twenty college lady golf teams. Bladen County native Kayla Thompson tied for 64th place when she shot 75-77-78, The next tournament that the Lady Seahawks will enter will be the Ruth Chris Tar Heel Invitational in Chapel Hill on October 14-16. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for September 26

Are you making plans to watch tonight’s debate, the first between the two major presidential candidates, Trump and Clinton? A reminder, after all is said and done….check FactCheck.org.  Both have a bad habit of s-t-r-e-c-h-i-n-g the truth, may even include an out right untruth.  Isn’t that sad?  And one will be our leader. We lost an American hero over the weekend.  Arnold Palmer, a longtime golfer and all round good guy died.  He was in his late 80s.  He is a Wake Forest University grad. Many years ago, I recall he was invited to play golf with President Eisenhower.  Pretty cool. Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player were powerful ambassadors …..

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Leading U.S. Disability Organization Again Demands More Police Training when Interacting with People with Disabilities Following Death of Keith Lamont Scott

Boston, MA – The Ruderman Family Foundation, a national leader in disability inclusion, again reiterates its call for police officers to receive better training when interacting with people with disabilities, after Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old man with disabilities, was fatally shot by police on Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina. “According to the lawyer for the family of Keith Lamont Scott, Mr. Scott had a disability,” said Jay Ruderman, President of the Ruderman Family Foundation. “A recent study by the Ruderman Family Foundation found that half of people killed by police have a disability and that disability played a role in the incidents which led to these fatalities.” In a …..

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Rogers Clark Plays Key Role in Campbell Win

Elizabethtown native Rogers Clark made one solo tackle, assisted on another tackle and was credited with a quarterback-hurry in Campbell’s 33-27 overtime victory over Butler Saturday night. Clark, a 265-pound senior, started at defensive tackle for the Camels who improved to 3-1 with the victory. Campbell will travel to Poughkeepsie, NY Saturday for a 1 p.m. game against Marist. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – September 26

1772 – New Jersey passes bill requiring a license to practice medicine. 1789 – Thomas Jefferson appointed 1st US Secretary of State; John Jay becomes 1st US Chief Justice, Edmund J. Randolph becomes 1st US Attorney General. 1831 – Robert Montgomery Bird’s “Gladiator” premieres in NYC. 1861 – 2nd British Golf Open: Tom Morris, Sr. shoots a 163 at Prestwick Club. 1872 – The first Shriners Temple (called Mecca) was established in New York City. 1892 – 1st public appearance of John Philip Sousa’s band (NJ). 1914 – Federal Trade Commission formed to regulate interstate commerce. 1925 – 8th PGA Championship: Walter Hagen at Olympia Fields CC, Matteson, Ill. 1947 …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for September 25

We are hours away from the first Trump-Clinton debate. The debate will take place at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York beginning at 9 PM Monday. NBC anchorman Lester Holt will be moderator for the hour and half long discussion. Estimates indicate up to 100 million viewers will be tune-in. How about you, plan to watch? We get so wrapped up in these type events. Attended a visitation for a friend last evening, could not help but think, for this individual, the debate means little. Sometimes we need to step back and put it all in perspective. Frankly, I thought we had better candidates. Union high school football team defeated …..

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Football: Union 26, West Bladen 12

DUBLIN – Union defeated West Bladen 26-12 Saturday night in the Four County Conference opener for both teams. Knight linebacker Traquan Smith ended Union’s second possession of the game by recovering a Spartan fumble at the Union 49 yardline. Senior fullback A. J. Willis popped through the line and raced 42 yards to the Union seven. However, the Knights were stopped on downs at the one yardline. The West Bladen defense kept the Spartans bottled up, and junior Jimmy Williams returned a short punt 10 yards to the  Union 18 yardline. Junior B. J. Drake banged through the line for 13 yards to the five, but moments later a chop …..

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Clarkton Community’s Rock the Block for Jesus

For more photos from the event, click here. Six Clarkton area churches hosted Rock the Block for Jesus on Saturday at First Baptist Church. There was plenty of delicious food, inspiring music, fun games, and inflatable bounce houses, slides and water slides. Churches sponsoring the event were Clarkton and Blue Methodist, Pleasant Hill Baptist, Liberty Worship Center, First Baptist of Clarkton, and Clarkton Presbyterian. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – September 25

1493 – Columbus sails with 17 ships on 2nd voyage to the Americas. 1639 – First printing press in America. 1789 – US Congress proposes the Bill of Rights. 1804 – 12th amendment to US constitution, regulating judicial power. 1869 – Congress creates 1st all-black university, Howard University in Washington, DC. 1878 – British physician Dr. Charles Drysdale warns against the use of tobacco in a letter to The Times in one of the earliest public health announcements on the dangers of smoking. 1904 – Charles Follis is 1st black to play professional American football. 1911 – Ground breaking begins in Boston for Fenway Park. 1919 – US president Woodrow …..

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Clarkton Street Closed

If you’re driving through Clarkton this Saturday, September 24th you may need to take a short detour.   N. College Street is closed in front of Clarkton School of Discovery. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving For September 24

Have heard numerous rumors related to activity at the old Elizabethtown Post Office. The facts, Bladen Agri-Industrial purchased the old building recently and it will be renovated and will become an incubator for individuals and small businesses that need a small office in the downtown area. The renovation has the support of town leaders. It should be an attractive facility, a huge change from a long time eye-sore in the eastern part of a very nice downtown area. Ever feel you are on information overload? Presidential campaign & statewide races, political debates upcoming, unrest nearby including marches in downtown Charlotte, Lord help us Treat Others As We Would Like Them …..

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Friday’s High School Football Results

Four County Conference East Bladen 42, Midway 0 Clinton 50, Pender 6 Union at West Bladen 7 pm Saturday Wallace-Rose Hill at Heide Trask 6 pm Saturday Other Area Results Harrells Christian 52, Pine Lake Prep 12 South Columbus 53, East Columbus 0 Whiteville 51, West Columbus 0 Fairmont 56, South Robeson 12 St. Pauls 25, Red Springs 12 Triton 29, Lumberton 27 Wilmington Laney 42, Topsail 0 Wilmington New Hanover 49, Purnell Swett 21 Wilmington Hoggard 50, South Brunswick 13 West Brunswick 28, Wilmington Ashley 6 North Brunswick 28, Hickory 6 Seventy First 40, Jack Britt 14 Westover 38, Terry Sanford 30 Pine Forest 49, E. E. Smith 32 …..

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Football: East Bladen 42, Midway 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Senior Ethan Hines piled up 298 yards of total offense and scored 4 touchdowns to lead East Bladen to a 42-0 victory over Midway Friday night in the Four County Conference football opener for both schools. Hines rushed for 173 yards and 2 touchdowns on 16 carries, caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Quinton Bedsole and returned a fumble 81 yards for another touchdown. “He was the man tonight,” said Eagle Coach Robby Priest. With Ethan Hines leading the way the Eagles amassed 340 rushing yards and 44 passing, but it was the defense that drew extra praise from Priest. The Eagles limited Midway to 82 …..

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