05/19/2019
  • 8:50 am Thoughts While Shaving for May 19
  • 1:27 am This Day in History for May 19
  • 1:22 am Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago
  • 1:17 am Obituary: Clarence Angus Ferguson
  • 1:05 am Where Should I Play Golf … And What Does It Cost?
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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 […]

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  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 • […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections will hold a meeting on Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. located at the Bladen County Board of Elections office 301 S. Cypress St. Elizabethtown, NC. Bobby Ludlum, Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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Bladenboro Entrance

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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sandra Cain

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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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  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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bladen County Sports

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 […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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Bladen County Sports

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 […]

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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 […]

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Flash Flood Advisory There is a flash flood warning for Southeastern North Carolina until 10:00 p.m. according to the National Weather Service. READ MORE Share:

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Bladen County Schools

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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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“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 […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery

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 […]

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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, […]

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https://bladenonline.smugmug.com/Communty-Church-Events/Cody-Clark-Make-a-Wish 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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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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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bladen County Sports

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 […]

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Bladen County Sports

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Small Business Center 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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. […]

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Monday, September 26 Men’s Soccer 6 p.m. East Bladen at Wallace-Rose Hill 6 p.m. Clinton at West Bladen JV Football 6:30 West Bladen at Union 6:30 East Bladen at Midway Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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