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Governor McCrory Moves to Help Protect Consumers from Flooded Vehicle Fraud

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory has directed the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Motor Vehicles to help consumers across the state identify signs of flooding when purchasing a vehicle.   “I want to do everything possible to help victims of Hurricane Matthew get back on their feet,” said Governor McCrory. “Protecting consumers is an important part of the recovery effort in the impacted communities and across the state.”    Earlier today, the DMV License and Theft Bureau showcased vehicles damaged by flooding. Inspectors warned consumers to look for various differences in a flood damaged vehicle compared to an undamaged vehicle. Those differences include water stains, mildew, a strong …..

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Homicide Suspect Arrested In Las Vegas

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest today of the final suspect  involved in a home invasion robbery that happened on Saturday, October 15, in the Buckhead community of Bladen County. “Africa Shipman, 35, of 1482 Jenkins Road, Clarkton, was taken into custody this afternoon by members of the United States Marshalls Fugitive Arrest Team. Shipman was located at the home of a relative in Las Vegas early this afternoon,” said McVicker. “We requested the assistance of the Marshall’s Service after we received credible information that Shipman was on the run and had fled to other states. It is good to be able to reach out to fellow law enforcement …..

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Bladenboro Eye Clinic still processing the loss

“It was a terrible shock,” were the words Dr. Donald Helms used to describe what he found when he was able to gain access to the Bladenboro Eye Clinic following the devastating flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew in downtown Bladenboro. Dr. Helms said that following the storm, he was unable to leave the neighborhood in which he resides in Lumberton due to downed trees and flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew.  He said once he was able to get out of the neighborhood and arrived at the clinic the scene that unfolded before him was heartbreaking. Dr. Helms said the water reached between 36 to 44 inches deep inside the clinic. …..

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Governor tours hurricane damage in Bladenboro

To view more photos of Gov. McCrory’s tour, click here. Gov. Pat McCrory toured the downtown business district of Bladenboro on Monday morning. He took a walking tour of downtown and talked with business owners attempting to learn what their immediate needs are as they continue to recover and rebuild their damaged businesses following Hurricane Matthew. Joining Gov. McCrory on the tour was Thomas Stith, chairman of the Hurricane Matthew Task Force. Many businesses in downtown Bladenboro were flooded during the storm and at least one business has indicated they have no idea when they will reopen. The first stop on the walking tour was Rodney’s Barber Shop where the …..

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Advantages of Visiting a Joint State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center

  • 10/31/2016
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RALEIGH, N.C. – A Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) is a readily accessible facility where you may go for information about federal, state and other disaster assistance programs, and to ask questions related to your situation. It is more personal than the telephone. You can meet face-to-face with representatives from North Carolina Emergency Management, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Small Business Administration, volunteer groups and other agencies at the centers to get answers to your questions about disaster assistance. Some of the services offered at a DRC may include: Guidance about disaster recovery and eligibility Assistance applying Application status updates Clarification of any written correspondence received Please read your FEMA letter …..

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Governor McCrory Announces Mafic USA to Create 113 Jobs in Cleveland County

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Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina announced today that Mafic USA LLC will launch a 113-job manufacturing operation in Cleveland County. The advanced materials company plans to invest more than $15 million in a production facility in Shelby.   “Mafic USA brings an impressive track record of innovation and industry leadership to Cleveland County,” said Governor McCrory. “Nothing speaks more powerfully to the quality of our workforce, market access and business climate than when a global company like Mafic chooses to invest and hire in North Carolina.”   Since Governor McCrory entered office in January …..

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NC HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS ENGAGE IN THE 2016 ELECTIONS First Vote NC Makes Civics Count In North Carolina Classrooms

 The opening of early voting in North Carolina also marks the launch of a new civics initiative in NC high schools: First Vote NC. East Bladen and West Bladen High school students participated in the initiative. Partnering with EdNC, CarolinaK12, and the NC Department of Public Instruction, First Vote NC (formerly Kids Voting NC) works with educators to get students involved, engaged, and ready to participate in American democracy. The core elements include an online voter platform, project-based lesson plans; free enrollment in Turbo Vote; an exit poll survey, and a data analysis forum. More than 200 high schools in 85 North Carolina counties have registered to be part of …..

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Elizabethtown High School 1957 Class reunion

  The Elizabethtown High School Class of 1957 enjoyed a reunion at the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery on October 29th.  Pictured above are:  Linda Henry Robins, Lois Norris Walters, Billy Smith, Thelma Squires Benson, Mary Carolyn Lewis McPhatter, Wally McQueen, Jennie McQueen,  Pat Straughan Kuelz, Ann Edge Warner, Shelby Maultsby Hobbs, Barbara Moore Turner, and Dick Walters. Share:

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Summons issued against Candidate Brenden Jones for Saturday altercation

A summons has been issued against Republican candidate Brenden Jones following an altercation on Saturday with Democratic Candidate Tim Benton.  Both candidates are seeking election to the NC House District 46 seat. Both candidates were attending a family festival in the town of Bladenboro when the incident ocurred.   Candidate Tim Benton issued a statement that reads, “My wife and I are lifelong residents of Bladenboro, N.C. and enjoy the Beast Festival that is held annually in Bladenboro.  As is our tradition, we were once again enjoying a day out at the Beast Festival this year on Saturday, October 29.  We also had the pleasure of having our precious 15 …..

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UPCOMING NICKELS FOR KNOW-HOW REFERENDUM IS TOMORROW

The Bladen County Nickels for Know-How Referendum will be held on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.   The polling locations are as follows: Cooperative Extension Office located at:  Powell Melvin Ag. Center, 450 Smith Circle Dr in Elizabethtown Bladenboro Hardware located at 203 Main Street in Bladenboro. The referendum is being held to let users and producers of feed or fertilizer decide if they wish to continue the self-assessment program.  This program has been in place since 1948, and the law requires that a new referendum be held every six years. A 2/3 favorable vote will mean that growers are willing to continue to assess themselves to support agricultural research and education.  …..

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SED Bob Etheridge Thanks Secretary Vilsack For His Quick Response in Signing 39 Natural Disaster Designations For North Carolina Post Hurricane Mathew

Today Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack of the United States Department of Agriculture signed 39 Primary Disaster Designations for the State of North Carolina. “Our hearts go out to those North Carolina farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the success of American’s farmers, ranchers and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling North Carolina producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.” The USDA Farm Service Agency North Carolina State …..

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Chairman Hayes Responds to FALSE Ad by Tim Benton Following Assault

RALEIGH, NC – Yesterday Republican Brenden Jones was assaulted by his Democratic opponent Tim Benton at a local family festival in Bladenboro, NC. Both men are State House candidates for District 46. A mailing piece went out recently that compared Tim Benton to Hillary Clinton, his own party’s presidential nominee, but Benton was so upset about it that he sucker punched Brenden Jones. Dozens of witnesses were present when the assault took place, which was chronicled by the local news source, Bladen Online, and can be read HERE. Tim Benton recently made up his own FALSE account of the incident, which is obviously nothing short of a political ad, and …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for October 31

So much happening in our area and BladenOnline continues to cover it all. Yesterday (Sunday), 45,781 pages were viewed, the second most ever.  Second only to 52,264 on January 7, 2016. A wreck, politics, Beastfest and a huge drug bust were some of the most viewed articles. BladenOnline was on duty, covering it all.  Prior to the beginning of BladenOnline, February 1, 2008, we would have had some of the details mid-week or later, if ever. What surprises me is how many Regional News Sources are constantly monitoring BladenOnline for news tips. Thanks to the staff for their efforts.  News events occur 7 days a week.  And, more are covered …..

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Family Research Council Values Bus Tour To make stop at Dublin FBC

The FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL VALUES BUS TOUR will be making a stop at Dublin First Baptist Church (Hwy. 87 in Dublin next to Houston’s Peanuts) this Thursday, November 3 for a brief Rally (7:45-8:15 AM). The bus will be traveling across North Carolina this week encouraging voters to vote their Values. Thursday’s route begins here in Bladen Co. We hope to have a great turnout of believers to PRAY and CELEBRATE our CHRISTIAN VALUES.  Everyone Is Invited! Share:

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Boyd Lindsey wins Beast Fest 5k race

Boyd Lindsey won the Beast Fest 5k road race Saturday morning, beating Victor Welch by 13 seconds. Lindsey finished the race in 23 minutes, 16 seconds. Eleven-year-old Colin Britt finished third in 23:51. Here are the age group winners: Ages 12 and Under: 1. Conner Padrick, 10, 25:06; 2. Cooper Padrick, 10, 31:19. Ages 13-23: 1. Kayley Willoughby, 15, 25:13; 2. Lucas Dankovchik, 23, 25:59. Ages 24-35: 1. Owen Thomas, 29, 24:04; 2. Virginia Midyette, 29, 26:15. Ages 36-47: 1. Kevin Willoughby, 45, 25:14; 2. Sandy Pittman, 44, 39:02. Ages 48-59: 1. Jimmy Nance, 49, 30:32; 2. Anthony Singletary, 56, 33:12. Ages 60 and Older: 1. Levy Welch, 69, 25:42; …..

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Candidate Tim Benton releases official statement regarding altercation with Candidate Brenden Jones

The following statement is released by Tim Benton, Democratic Party Candidate for House District Seat 46.  Mr. Benton is a retired educator, a 24 year retired military veteran, a former 8 year Town Council Member for the Town of Bladenboro and currently serves as an elected Bladen County Board of Education Member.    The statement is as follows: My wife and I are lifelong residents of Bladenboro, N.C. and enjoy the Beast Festival that is held annually in Bladenboro.  As is our tradition, we were once again enjoying a day out at the Beast Festival this year on Saturday, October 29.  We also had the pleasure of having our precious 15 …..

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Clarkton Haunted House will continue on Monday after consultation with family

From Frankie Burney, operator of the Clarkton Haunted House, on behalf of Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball, we want to offer Prayer to the young man that was involved in the accident Saturday night. In 15 years of running the annual fundraiser we have had minor accidents, bloody noses, cuts, bruises, and bites, but we have never had anything of this magnitude to occur. We went to New Hanover Hospital Sunday to visit with him and his family, he is doing OK considering the seriousness of the accident. We are chalking this up as a “freak accident” and not putting blame on any parties involved. After talking with the parents of …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for October 31

1868 – Standard uniform approved for US postal carriers. 1892 – Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 1906 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Caesar & Cleopatra” premieres in NYC. 1913 – 1st US paved coast-to-coast highway, the Lincoln Highway is dedicated. 1938 – Great Depression: In an effort to try restore investor confidence, the New York Stock Exchange unveils a fifteen-point program aimed to upgrade protection for the investing public. 1941 – Mount Rushmore Monument is completed. 1943 – Washington Redskin Sammy Baugh passes for 6 touchdowns vs Brooklyn (48-10). 1943 – World War II: F4U Corsair accomplishes the first successful radar-guided interception. 1950 – Collazo & Torresola …..

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IPhone/IPad Tips: Updates: Amazon Echo & TrackIF

By: Gordon Kinlaw Gadget: Amazon Echo $179 and App The Echo device is just great- Plays beautiful music and interacts with you. I have a news brief play when I get up and then I tell it to play Jazz just to fill the house. I control my thermostat and will soon be able to control lights and appliances as soon as my SmartPlugs get here. Controls are accomplished via IFTTT, If This Then That, website. I explained IFTTT in a newsletter last year This system connects “channels” Alexa is channel and Honeywell is a channel. So an audio command that is acceptable with cause a change in the thermostat. …..

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FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers Change Hours of Operation

RALEIGH, N.C. – FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers will reflect new operational hours in all North Carolina counties hosting them. Beginning Monday, Oct. 31, the new hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. until further notice. North Carolina residents, who suffered losses and damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew can receive help applying for federal assistance, learn about the types of assistance available, the appeals process and get updates regarding their applications at any of the DRCs operating six days a week in the impacted counties. All DRCs are staffed with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, North Carolina Emergency Management and the U.S. Small …..

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Emergency Management/FEMA Provide Housing Help for Matthew Survivors

Raleigh – Three weeks ago as Hurricane Matthew brushed along North Carolina’s coast, thousands of people fled their homes for safety. Most sought temporary shelter with friends, family or in hotels but approximately 4,000 people sought refuge in one of the 70 shelters opened by emergency management officials in 33 counties. Since then many have returned home to begin the long cleaning, repairing and rebuilding process. Nearly 1,800 families have been temporarily placed in hotel rooms (paid for by FEMA). This morning, 378 storm survivors remain in one of eight shelters that are still open in seven counties. “We’ve come a long way in the past three weeks in terms …..

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Governor McCrory Issues Statement on the Passing of Representative Paul Luebke

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement on the passing of Representative Paul Luebke:   “Representative Luebke was a dedicated servant whose long career in education and in the General Assembly reflected his undeniable passion for serving his district and helping the people of North Carolina. Ann and I join with people in Durham and throughout the state in mourning his loss.” Share:

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NCGOP UPDATE: Democrat State House Candidate Charged with Assault

RALEIGH, NC – Yesterday Brenden Jones was victim to an assault by his Democratic opponent Tim Benton while they were at a local family festival. Both are State House candidates for District 46 in North Carolina. A mail piece went out recently stating the similarities between Tim Benton and Hillary Clinton, which caused Benton so much strife that he verbally and physically assaulted Jones in public. “There is absolutely no place for physical violence in our electoral system today,” stated Chairman Robin Hayes. “Tim Benton’s actions are completely unacceptable, and we call on the North Carolina Democratic Party to join us in denouncing this barbaric behavior. Mr. Benton should withdraw …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Oakie Walters and Terry Monroe won the Tobacco Festival Golf Tournament held at Oak Grove Golf Course. Homecoming was being held at New Center Baptist Church in Bladenboro. Ed Kovacs purchase a partnership in Rick’s Chevrolet. Don Williams was named interim administrator at Elizabethtown Nursing Center Share:

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North Carolina Continues Steps of Recovery

Governor McCrory met with members of the North Carolina Congressional Delegation this week at the Emergency Operations Center to discuss the importance of our state and federal partnership as we begin to recover from Hurricane Matthew. Those impacted by Hurricane Matthew can learn more information about recovery resources, disaster assistance, storm cleanup and how to help people throughout North Carolina by clicking here. The week’s meeting focused around the severity of the storm, the actions taken by the state to date and future recovery efforts. More than 1,000 FEMA representatives are currently in North Carolina helping with the recovery efforts. Governor McCrory said that the state’s top priorities in the recovery …..

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Youth doing better following incident near Clarkton

The family of the youth who was struck by a vehicle on NC 211 near the Clarkton Haunted House reports he is doing much better on Sunday. “He is doing good. He has no broken bones. This morning (Sunday) we are going to try and get him up and walking, but me and my family really appreciate all your prayers,” said the family. The incident occurred at the Clarkton Haunted House. According to a statement from Clarkton Haunted House operator Frankie Burney, “This was a freak accident that happened at the haunted house tonight (Saturday).  Kid with the saw chased a group out of the back of the house like always. The …..

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10th annual Beast Fest closes on a successful note

The 10th annual Bladenboro Beast Fest is now in the record books. Organizers say they were pleased with the crowds that turned out to support event. Don White said, “Beast Fest 2016 – “BOB” Arrives on the scene.  Glad everyone came out.  We had a record crowd again this year with estimates of over 1,200 on Friday night and between 9,000-10,000 on Saturday Perfect weather, around 100 food and craft vendors.  Boost the Boro is most appreciative to all the wonderful sponsors, vendors, and entertainers.  We are meeting this week to begin our planning process for 2017.  Stay tuned…2017 will be the Biggest and Best Best Fest yet.” The event …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for October 30

Beastfest supporters scored another victory yesterday.  Big day, huge crowds, a festive occasion. Saw friends I had not seen in years, among them Don Chase of WKML fame who reminded me he began his career at WBLA (Where Beginners Learn Announcing), Dan Hester of WWAY fame and many Bulldog classmates and friends. Also saw businesses still suffering the aftermath of Hurricane Mathew, so much work left to be done. We need more Beast Fest type events.  Brings back memories of Farmer’s Day, mostly held in Clarkton because they had tobacco warehouses, an ideal place for such an event, whatever the weather.  Bladenboro and Elizabethtown also hosted the annual Fall Festival.  Long time ago, like …..

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East Bladen High School

Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 4, Heide Trask 3

ROCKY POINT – Junior Brooks McGill scored 2 goals and sophomore Greyson Heustess dished out 3 assists to lead East Bladen to a 4-3 Four County Conference men’s soccer victory over Heide Trask.   Senior Grey Cabellero and freshman Jake Evans fired in one goal each for the Eagles. Evans was also credited with an assist.   The Eagles led 3-1 at halftime then held on for the win. Bryen Woody delivered a ‘Hat Trick’ for Trask scoring all 3 Titan goals.   Sophmore Pierce Melvin led the East Bladen defense with 9 steals. Cabellero and sophmores Dan Tatum and Ezequiel Arteaga contributed 8 steals each.   Heustess collected 7 …..

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Teen in critical condition: hit by car after being chased at haunted house

The night ended on a serious note in Clarkton on Saturday. A teenager was hit by a vehicle after being chased by a man welding a chainsaw coming from a local haunted house, according to a state trooper on the scene. The accident occurred on N.C. 211 close to the railroad crossing at Abbottsburg and east of Twisted Hickory. Emergency responders called in for a helicopter for assistance due to the injuries sustained by the teenager. The teen’s identity has not been released. According to officials, the victim was chased from the Clarkton Haunted House by a person charging at him with a chainsaw. The injuries are reported to have been critical. …..

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This Day in History for October 30

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1768 – First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC). 1864 – Helena, Montana’s capital, founded. 1868 – John Menard of Louisiana is 1st African American elected to US Congress. 1873 – P T Barnum’s circus, “Greatest Show on Earth”, debuts (New York City). 1894 – Daniel Cooper patents time clock. 1896 – Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah becomes 1st female senator. 1900 – First-ever US auto show opens in Madison Square Garden in NYC. 1905 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs Warren’s Profession” premieres in NYC. 1938 – A radio broadcast of H.G. Wells “The War of the Worlds”, narrated by Orson Wells, allegedly causes a mass …..

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Brenden Jones and NC Republican Party Executive Director speak out about altercation

NC Republican Party Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said on Saturday night he is requesting the Democrat Party remove candidate Tim Benton from the ballot following an altercation that took place between Republican candidate Brenden Jones and Benton. The altercation occurred on Saturday evening in front of Diamond Dave’s Restaurant during the Bladenboro Beast Fest. A criminal summons has been issued for Benton. “There is no place for that (type of behavior) in our parties,” said Woodhouse. In a written statement from the NC GOP it reads, “The Democrat was apparently angry about recent NCGOP mailers comparing him to Hillary Clinton. ” “We are just thankful that Brenden Jones, his wife, and nine year old …..

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Candidates get in an altercation at the Beast Fest in Bladenboro

Fun and festivities isn’t the only thing that took place on Saturday, October 29th in Bladenboro during the Beast Fest. Two candidates opposing each other for North Carolina House of Representative District 46 had an altercation according to the Bladenboro Police Department. Candidate Brenden Jones and Candidate Tim Benton both running for the North Carolina seat were spotted in the downtown area in front of Diamond Dave’s restaurant in an altercation, both calling out for the police to take charge of the situation according to law enforcement on the scene. A report about the incident was made at the local police station. BladenOnline.com has reached out to both candidates for …..

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Friday’s High School Football Results

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Here are Friday’s high school football results from around the region. Four County Conference East Bladen 53, Union 29 Midway 42, West Bladen 20 Clinton 49, Heide Trask 6 Wallace-Rose Hill 49, Pender 0 Other Area Results Ravenscroft 38, Harrells Christian 16 South Columbus 39, Red Springs 22 Whiteville 62, South Robeson 6 St. Pauls 44, West Columbus 0 Fairmont 58, East Columbus 0 Scotland 63, Lumberton 7 Hoke County 21, Purnell Swett 17 Cape Fear 50, Jack Britt 0 Grays Creek 27, Douglas Byrd 6 E. E. Smith 27, Overhills 18 Seventy First 44, Pine Forest 16 Lee County 34, Westover 12 Southern Lee 51, Union Pines 35 Wilmington …..

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10th annual Beast Fest draws a crowd

To see more pictures from Saturday’s Beast Fest, click here. Story by Erin Smith The 10th annual Bladenboro Beast Fest continued on Saturday under warm Carolina Blue skies. The festival kicked things off at 10 a.m. with opening ceremonies followed by the arrival of “The Beast.” The announcer for the day was WKML’s Don Chase. There was also a 5K Run/Walk held at 8:30 a.m. Also, a Classic Car Show was conducted and there were horse drawn wagon rides through the downtown. Amusement rides and games as well as vendors provided something that was sure to please young and old alike. Joyce Walters one of the event’s organizers said the …..

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Governor McCrory Offers Reward in Murder in Northampton County

Governor Pat McCrory announced today that the state is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Harvey Jolson Davis.   On December 24, 2015, the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office conducted a welfare check at Harvey Jolson Davis’ residence at 422 Main Street in Severn. Davis, age 85, was discovered deceased inside the residence. An autopsy determined Davis died due to blunt force trauma.   Anyone with information concerning this case should contact the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office at (252) 534-2611 or the State Bureau of Investigation at (919) 662-4500. Share:

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Governor McCrory Releases Statement On Re-Opening Of FBI Investigation Into Hillary Clinton’s Emails

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation confirmed it has re-opened its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement:     “The only candidate on the ballot in North Carolina who is under FBI investigation is the candidate Roy Cooper supports for president of the United States. Will Roy Cooper withdraw his support for Hillary Clinton?” – North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory Share:

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Governor McCrory tours Fayetteville, thanks volunteers

Governor Pat McCrory joined local officials to tour sites affected by Hurricane Matthew in Fayetteville today. During his visit the governor met with volunteers who are assisting in the recovery efforts and residents affected by flooding at the Fayetteville Habitat for Hummanity Village. “Those who are helping assist in recovery efforts represent the best of North Carolina, and I am inspired by these neighbors helping neighbors,” said Governor McCrory. “While we still have a lot of work to do, I commend our public and private partners who are working together to restore homes and help people rebuild their lives across eastern North Carolina.” Cumberland County is among nine counties with transitional …..

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U.S. Supreme Court to Determine Final Outcome of Bathroom Privacy Case

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory’s chief legal counsel, Bob Stephens, issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Supreme Court taking up the Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. case, which involves bathroom privacy in public schools: “This confirms what the governor has said for the past year that this issue, which is directly related to the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, will be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court.” Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for October 29

How much more drama can we expect before November 8th? Beast Fest continues all day long, today, in downtown Bladenboro.  Check the line-up of events on this page. At Lu Mil, Ron Taylor is giving away grapes today, bring your own container and enjoy. Tar Heel High School classes of ’67,’68,’69 and 1970 will hold a class reunion at Lu Mil beginning at 6 p.m. today. A couple of school related fund-raisers are on the upcoming agenda. On Saturday, November 5, supporters of Elizabethtown Middle School are sponsoring a reverse-raffle that includes a meal.  Contact Alan West at 862-4156 for details. A week later (November 12), a steak dinner/reverse raffle is scheduled for …..

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East Bladen High School

Football: East Bladen 53, Union 29

ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Xavier Wooten ran for 186 yards and 5 touchdowns to lead East Bladen to a 53-29 Four County Conference football victory over Union. Senior teammate Ethan Hines piled up 150 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries as the Eagles ground out 425 yards rushing and held a 428 to 202 edge in total yards. “We ran the ball well,” said Eagle Coach Robby Priest. “The line did a better job of coming off the ball. We moved Xavier to fullback. He reminds us of Farrell (Murchison) with his running style. He’s just not 6-2, 235 like Farrell.  He had a big game for his first game …..

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Commissioner alleged to have taken photos in Bladen County One Stop voting station

In the state of North Carolina it is against the law to take photos inside election polling centers and one-stop sites. Commissioner Michael Cogdell is alleged to have taken photos inside the voting location in Elizabethtown on Wednesday this week, according to an eye witness wishing to remain anonymous to the public. The witness identified Cogdell as he held his phone up in polling site during operating hours. The witness said the commissioner’s camera was on and he then began zooming in and taking photos of the area with his camera phone.    The Election Judge on site, Christopher Williams, was immediately notified of Cogdell’s actions inside the voting center. Williams said he …..

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West Bladen Doubles Team Eliminated in State Tournament

CARY – The post-season run through the individual Class 2A Regional and State Tennis tournaments ended Friday morning for West Bladen’s doubles team of seniors Alanna Ludlum and Amber Long. Ludlum and Long were defeated in the round of sixteen by the Wheatmore team of Eva Lovell and Hailey Mince. The set scores were 6-2 and 6-3. “We had nine deuce games and just lost a few key points,” said West Bladen Coach Jeff Atkinson. “The girls played very well. I am very proud of both of them.” Ludlum and Long’s high school tennis career is not finished though as they will compete along with their West Bladen teammates in …..

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Football: Midway 42, West Bladen 20

DUNN – Midway scored 28 points in the second quarter en route to a 42-20 Four County Conference football victory Friday night over West Bladen. The Raiders scored first as senior fullback Jake Clark rambled 7 yards for the touchdown, and Austin Raynor booted the first of 6 extra points for a 7-0 lead. West Bladen answered early in the second period as junior quarterback Scott Bowen threw a 26 yard touchdown pass to senior tight end Trent West. Bowen kicked the extra point to tie the game 7-7. Clark scored his second touchdown of the game on a 5 yard run, and Raynor tacked on the point for a …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for October 29

1618 – English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England. 1682 – William Penn lands at what is now Chester, Pennsylvania. 1811 – 1st Ohio river steamboat leaves Pittsburgh for New Orleans. 1863 – International Committee of Red Cross forms as result Geneva held conference (Nobel 1917,1944, 1963). 1872 – J.S. Risdon patents metal windmill. 1904 – First intercity trucking service (Colorado City & Snyder, Texas). 1929 – “Black Tuesday” Wall Street Stock Market crashes triggering the “Great Depression.” 1941 – Cole Porter’s musical “Let’s Face It” premieres in New York City. 1945 – First ballpoint pen goes on sale, …..

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Road Closing Update

The North Carolina Department of Transportation gave an update on road closings and openings in and around Bladen County.   OPENINGS: US 701 at the Sampson County Line is open.   FERRY: The ferry is not operating.  We are working on temporary office accommodations as the ferry house was destroyed.  We plan to re-open next week as water levels are projected to continue falling.   CLOSINGS: See attached an updated road closure list.   OTHER: Update on NC 41 East at Sampson County/Bladen County line. In Sampson County, crews worked diligently last weekend staging out of both the NC Department of Transportation’s maintenance facility at White Lake and out of …..

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Don’t miss out on the 10th Annual Best Fest

To view more photos from the Bladenboro Beast Fest, click here. About 500 came out to the kick off Friday night of 10th annual Beast Fest according to Don White, Boost the Boro, Inc. President. The “Honey Don’t” band from Whiteville rocked down town Bladenboro to help get the festival started. Tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 29th, will start with the Beast Fest Fun Run and Walk at 8 am. Opening ceremony starts at 10 am and the fun will run until 10 pm. There are about 90 vendors registered according to Claudette Guy with the Best Fest committee. Kids and animals will have a chance to enter a costume contest. There …..

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USDA Announces Enrollment Period for Safety Net Coverage in 2017

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today announced that producers on farms with base acres under the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can begin visiting FSA county offices starting Nov. 1, 2016, to sign contracts and enroll for the 2017 crop year. The enrollment period will continue until Aug. 1, 2017. “FSA issued more than $7 billion in payments in October 2016 under the ARC-County and PLC programs for the 2015 crop to assist enrolled producers who suffered a loss of price or revenue or …..

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Governor McCrory Announces $105,000 in Grant Funding for 13 Historic Places

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory announced today that $105,000 in grant funding has been awarded to 13 historic preservation projects in nine North Carolina counties. These funds will support projects that will help communities restore historic landmarks in small towns and cities throughout North Carolina. “These grants are important to our local communities to help preserve and maintain some of our state’s most priceless historic properties,” said Governor McCrory.  “This is truly a partnership between all levels of government, and I am pleased that we are continuing this effort to promote historic preservation through the Historic Preservation Fund.” Each year, federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants are awarded by the North …..

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USDA Invests $1.7 Billion to Protect Sensitive Ag Lands – CRP

WASHINGTON, DC – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will issue nearly $1.7 billion in payments to more than half of a million Americans who have contracts with the government to protect sensitive agricultural lands. The investment, part of the voluntary USDA Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), will allow producers to protect almost 24 million acres of wetlands, grasslands and wildlife habitat in 2016. CRP provides financial assistance to farmers and ranchers who remove environmentally sensitive land from production to be planted with certain grasses, shrubs and trees that improve water quality, prevent soil erosion, and increase wildlife habitat. In return for enrolling in CRP, USDA, through the Farm Service Agency (FSA), …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Sweeten Up Your Meals with Sweet Potatoes

By Sandra Cain Sweet potatoes, a vegetable with a strong nutritional profile, are easy to prepare and make a colorful addition to your dinner plate. Many people associate sweet potatoes with Thanksgiving and other holiday meals although on those special occasions, sweet potatoes often make it to the table as a casserole made from canned sweet potatoes. Nothing is more delicious than a fresh sweet potato, regardless of how it is cooked, at least on my list of favorite foods. Sweet potatoes, a member of the morning glory family, are edible roots, not tubers like regular white potatoes. They are classified as dry-fleshed or moist-fleshed. The starchier dry-fleshed type has …..

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You Decide: Is Demography Behind Slow Economic Growth

By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension One of the big issues heard in this election year is slow economic growth. Although the economy has improved since the depths of the recession seven years ago, the gains have been modest compared to previous recoveries. For example, the growth in the nation’s aggregate production of goods and services (termed “gross domestic product”, or GDP) in the current recovery since the last recession has been the weakest among all post-World War II recoveries. The presidential candidates have plans for spurring economic growth. But some researchers say the answer to slow economic growth may not be in government programs and plans. Indeed, …..

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Elections process is getting close scrutiny in Bladen County

For more photos, click here. The elections process in Bladen County is getting close scrutiny after complaints and issues were submitted to the State Board of Elections in Raleigh regarding concerns over irregularities with absentee ballots, board minutes and how the absentee ballots are processed, among other things. The State Board of Elections in Raleigh is looking into allegations regarding absentee ballots in Bladen County after complaints were filed. There are concerns of absentee ballots that appear to have similar or the same handwriting and are being investigated. In a related matter, the State Board of Elections has informed the local Board they must move forward with the opening of …..

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Halloween “BOO-ze It & Lose It” Campaign Kicks Off Friday

RALEIGH – Halloween is traditionally a time for ghosts, goblins and all things scary, but drinking and driving can cause true horror. The N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program is launching its annual Halloween “BOO-ze It & Lose It” campaign to remind drivers that if you drink and drive, you could pay serious consequences. “Halloween is a time for fun, but safety is our top priority,” said N.C. Governor’s Highway Safety Program Director Don Nail. “Everyone needs to know that drunk driving will not be tolerated by law enforcement, especially with the significant increase of pedestrians and drivers on our roads.” In conjunction with the enforcement campaign, state officials will utilize …..

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Beast of Bladenboro gets taken down by bulldog at Bladenboro Middle School

Bladenboro Middle School had several interesting visitors on Wednesday this week. Shane Todd from Boost the Boro, Inc, Orlando de Guzman, a director from UNC-TV and PBS, Bladenboro Police Chief, Chris Hunt, and the Bladenboro Beast on fascinated the students and staff. The audience heard about the 10th annual Beast Fest scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 28th and 29th. Todd featured a video of the festival’s founder, Hiram Hester, describing the Beast of Bladenboro. During the visit the Beast of Bladenboro wiggled free from the Police Chief, but was taken down by the school’s bulldog mascot, Harry. Megan, a great niece of Hiram Hester is a student at …..

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Sheriff Jim McVicker warns of telephone bill scam

Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker is warning Bladen County residents of a scam telephone call involving a company called Unified Processing Service. Sheriff McVicker said someone claiming to work for Unified Processing Service has been in contact with a pastor from the Tar Heel community and claimed the pastor owed money on a telephone bill from 20 years ago.  He said the caller advised the pastor he had to pay the debt. “I told him not to listen to them,” said Sheriff McVicker. McVicker advises anyone to not give out any personal information over the telephone. The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office offers some tips on how to protect yourself …..

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Beast of Bladenboro gets taken down by bulldog at Bladenboro Middle School

Bladenboro Middle School had special visitors from Boost the Boro, Inc and a crew from UNC-TV stopped by the school on Wednesday, October 26. During the visit, Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt captured the Beast of Bladenboro with a little from the Bladenboro Middle Bulldog just in time for the 10th annual Beast Fest this coming weekend, Oct. 28th and 29th. Boost the ‘Boro Vice President, Shane Todd, gave a presentation at Bladenboro Middle School regarding the legend of the Bladenboro Beast and Beast Festival. One of the festival’s founders, Hiram Hester, had a great-niece in attendance at the school’s assembly. Megan West said she had been to every Beast …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for October 28

What if Wikileaks were to release info on all Internet messages of America’s largest companies, Congressional Caucuses, Internet messages from the two major political parties, or your next door neighbor, your bank account, personal emails, etc?  Scary, and where does it end,  who stole the info, and what else do they have?  This has been a most unusual election process.  What is next? Recently read where a Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was quoted as saying  Washington, DC is broken.  May be an understatement.  Seems about the only thing the President and Congress can agree on is to disagree.  And the prospects for it getting better soon, appears to be …..

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JV Football: Midway 33, West Bladen 30

DUBLIN – Midway overcame an early 16-0 West Bladen lead then held on for a 33-30 Four County Conference jayvee football victory Thursday night. Freshman Da’Shawn Hines returned the opening kick-off for a Knight touchdown then carried into the end zone for a 2-point conversion and an 8-0 lead. Midway fumbled the ensuing kick-off back to West Bladen, and the Knights capitalized with another touchdown. Hines capped the drive with a touchdown run, and Nyjae Tate ran the 2-point conversion for a 16-0 lead. The Raiders regrouped and scored the final 19 points of the half to go up 19-16 at intermission. Midway stretched the lead to 25-16, before Hines …..

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JV Football: East Bladen 30, Union 0

ROSE HILL – Sophmore Eric Chancy scored 3 touchdowns Thursday night to lead East Bladen to a 30-0 Four County Conference jayvee football victory over Union. Chancy dashed into the end zone from 5 yards out for the Eagles’ only touchdown of the first half. Chancy also carried into the end zone for the 2-point conversion and an 8-0 lead. “We only had 3 possessions in the first half,” said East Bladen Coach Ritchie Priest. “Both teams looked like they hadn’t played in several weeks.” Chancy bolted 10 yards for the Eagles first touchdown of the second half then ran the conversion again for a 16-0 lead. Freshman quarterback Jordan …..

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Middle School Football: Clarkton School of Discovery 32, Tar Heel 8

To view more photos, click here. Photos by Kenneth Armstrong TAR HEEL – Quarterback Jake Garrison scored 3 touchdowns Thursday night to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 32-8 Bladen Five Middle School Conference football victory over Tar Heel. The Blue Devils drove 52 yards in 6 plays on their first possession to take a 6-0 lead with 4:11 left in the first period. Elijah Whitaker scampered 25 yards for the touchdown. The Panthers mounted a drive on their next possession, but Garrison picked off a Panther pass and sprinted 52 yards to the end zone for a 12-0 Clarkton lead with 7:00 on the first half clock. Tar …..

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Middle School Football: Elizabethtown 42, Bladenboro 16

BLADENBORO – Javant McDowell scored 3 touchdowns Thursday night to lead Elizabethtown to a 42-16 Bladen Five Middle School Conference football victory over Bladenboro. McDowell dashed 26 yards around right end for the first Cougar touchdown and a 6-0 lead after the conversion pass failed just over a minute into the game. On their third possession, the Cougars drove 58 yards for another touchdown. Quarterback Freddy Wooten scampered 30 yards for a first down, before McDowell bolted 28 yards for his second touchdown. Wooten tossed a 2-point conversion pass to Zach Meares for a 14-0 lead 38 seconds into the second period. After Elizabethtown recovered a Bulldog fumble, Meares plowed …..

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Crime Report

TWENTY-FIVE INDICTED FEDERALLY IN AND AROUND SAMPSON COUNTY FOR DRUG AND FIREARM CHARGES

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announces a 49-count criminal indictment for Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, Continuing Criminal Enterprise, Money Laundering, and Firearm offenses arising out of a Title III wiretap investigation in Sampson County. The following defendants were indicted: • Antonio Kevin McKoy, 30, of Garland, NC • James Daniel McKoy, 51, of Garland, NC • Bryant Douglas Carr, 37, of Roseboro, NC • Andrekia Jolanda Parker, 23, of Garland, NC • Anthony Lee Barnes, Jr., 30, of Turkey, NC • Tony Chevallier, 30, of Turkey, NC • Jafa McKoy, 37, of Roseboro, NC • Deames Frederick Henry, 36, of …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – October 28

1636 – Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts founded. 1646 – First Protestant church assembly for American Indians (established in Massachusetts). 1790 – New York gives up claims to Vermont for $30,000. 1793 – Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin. 1858 – R.H. Macy & Co. opens 1st store, (6th Ave-NYC) Gross receipts $11.06. 1886 – Statute of Liberty dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland, celebrated by first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York City. 1904 – St. Louis try a new investigation method – fingerprints. 1922 – First US coast-to-coast radio broadcast of a football game. 1929 – Dow Jones plummets 38.33 points (13%) to 260.63. …..

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USDA

USDA Issues 2015 Safety-Net Payments

WASHINGTON, Oct. 4, 2016 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that beginning today, many of the 1.7 million farms that enrolled in either the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs will receive safety-net payments due to market downturns during the 2015 crop year. “This fall, USDA will be making more than $7 billion in payments under the ARC-County and PLC programs to assist participating producers, which will account for over 10 percent of USDA’s projected 2016 net farm income. These payments will help provide reassurance to America’s farm families, who are standing strong against low commodity prices compounded by unfavorable growing conditions in many …..

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FEMA/State Disaster Recovery Centers to Open in Bladen and Sampson Counties

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina residents who suffered losses and damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew can now get information about available state and federal assistance at Disaster Recovery Centers in Bladen and Sampson counties opening Friday, Oct. 28. Location:                   Bladen County                                       Powell Melvin Agricultural Service Center 450 Smith Circle Elizabethtown, NC 28337 Sampson County Sampson County Human Services 360 County Complex Road, Suite 200, Room 274 Clinton, NC 28328 Regular hours:         Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., until further notice. DRCs …..

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Reward offered: Help find stolen golf cart

A reward is being offered after a golf car was stolen in Bladenboro this week according to Bladenboro Police Chief. A blue EZ Go golf cart was taken from a storage building at a home located on Village Street in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 25th according to Chief Hunt. A reward of $500 is now being offered for information leading to the recovery of the stolen cart and information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for the theft. Hunt said anyone having information pertaining to the case may contact the Bladenboro Police Department at 910-863-3333 or contact the Bladen County Communications office at …..

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Road closing update

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced the following road openings. Per Kenneth Clark: Martin Luther King / Ben Street in Elizabethtown re-opened Wednesday.  Twisted Hickory Road has opened today (Thursday, Oct. 27). Also, US 701 into Sampson County is scheduled to re-open tomorrow (Friday, Oct. 28) in the afternoon. Share:

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Kayla Bullard and Hunter Walters set to marry on Nov. 5

Donette Bullard of Bladenboro announces the engagement her daughter, Kayla Bullard of Clarkton, to Hunter Walters of Bladenboro, son of Timmy and Penny Walters of Bladenboro. The bride-elect earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied sciences in business administration with a concentration in entrepreneurship. She is employed with USDA Rural Development. The groom-elect earned an Associate’s degree in applied sciences with a major in electrical engineering and is employed by Harvey’s Southeast. The wedding is planned for Saturday, Nov. 5, at 5 p.m. at Galeed Baptist Church in Bladenboro. Share:

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USDA

USDA Designates 2 Counties in North Carolina as Primary Natural Disaster Areas with Assistance to Producers in Surrounding States

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Graham and Jackson counties in North Carolina as primary natural disaster areas due to losses caused by a recent drought. “Our hearts go out to those North Carolina farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “President Obama and I are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times. We’re also telling North Carolina producers that USDA stands with you and your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood.” …..

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USDA

USDA Financial Assistance Available to Help Organic Farmers

LA CROSSE, Wis. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its intent to assist organic farmers with the cost of establishing up to 20,000 acres of new conservation buffers and other practices on and near farms that produce organic crops. USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs, Brad Pfaff, issued the announcement today at the Midwest Organics and Sustainable Education Service conference in La Crosse, Wis. “This financial assistance will help tailor existing conservation practices to the needs of organic farmers, helping to improve soil and water quality while also providing more wildlife habitat,” said Pfaff, a rural La Crosse County native who previously served as …..

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Twenty-Five Indicted Federally In And Around Sampson County For Drug And Firearm Charges

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announces a 49-count criminal indictment for Conspiracy to Distribute Controlled Substances, Continuing Criminal Enterprise, Money Laundering, and Firearm offenses arising out of a Title III wiretap investigation in Sampson County.  The following defendants were indicted: Antonio Kevin McKoy, 30, of Garland, NC James Daniel McKoy, 51, of Garland, NC Bryant Douglas Carr, 37, of Roseboro, NC Andrekia Jolanda Parker, 23, of Garland, NC Anthony Lee Barnes, Jr., 30, of Turkey, NC Tony Chevallier, 30, of Turkey, NC Jafa McKoy, 37, of Roseboro, NC Deames Frederick Henry, 36, of Garland, NC Earl Jeffrey Melvin, 38, of Roseboro, …..

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff’s Office, Probation and Parole arrest 21 on drug related charges

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office along with members of the North Carolina Probation and Parole began arresting suspects at 5 a.m. on Thursday morning. As of Thursday afternoon 21 individuals had been arrested and officials were still searching for five more suspects. In all 26 individuals were targeted in the operation.  The arrests came as a result of an months long undercover operation, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. “Operation Fall Harvest is the culmination of many months of hard work by my Narcotics Unit,” said McVicker. “My deputies, with the assistance of members of North Carolina Probation and Parole began an early morning sweep to arrest these individuals. …..

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Elizabethtown Christian Academy

Elizabethtown Christian Academy releases first nine weeks honor roll

Elizabethtown Christian Academy Honor Roll Lists for first nine weeks grading period. Headmaster’s List 2nd Grade Walker Clifton Sydney Long Wilson Clifton Brady Marlowe Tyler Eason Ashley Melvin Elena Espinoza Brody Soles Koreigh Everette Ryker Strickland Tyler Gooden Honor Roll 3rd Grade Headmaster’s List 3rd Grade Gracey Clark Easton Bostic Rachel Coleman Sarah Cain Jayden Dew Kaelyn Eason Honor Roll 4th Grade Headmaster’s List 4th Grade Cole Butler Chandler Bordeaux Beckham Coates Anna Gooden Miriam DeVane Coley Sasser Leah McGill Martha Simmons Bella Smith Honor Roll 5th Grade Andrew Lin Honor Roll 6th Grade Max Dilello Azaria Lewis Headmaster’s List 7th Grade Olivia Hill Honor Roll 8th Grade Tandem Hamilton …..

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Bladen County towns get more than $260,000 in Powell Bill Funds

Bladen County towns will receive more than $260,000 in State Street Aid funds to assist with street and sidewalk construction and repair, the N.C. Department of Transportation announced Thursday. Bladen County’s share of the $147 million statewide allocation, also known as the Powell Bill Fund, comes from revenues generated by North Carolina’s gas tax and other highway user fees. Since the program began in 1951, more than $4.2 billion has been allocated to municipalities. Here is a breakdown of Bladen County’s share of the fund: Bladenboro: $58,049.15 Clarkton: $34,480.57 Dublin: $12,192.79 East Arcadia: $13,131.33 Elizabethtown: $112,331.05 Tar Heel: $6,176.34 White Lake: $24,458.35 Total: $260,819.58 Half of funds were sent to …..

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A little bit of normal

By: Jefferson Weaver I hope my dad would have been proud. I braced up the back of the new mailbox with a board that I sort-of mortised with the new chainsaw. I drilled pilot holes for the nails, and managed to get all but one in without a missed stroke and a bent shaft. I had already used the old post to bolster the base of the new one, which came from an old utility right of way sign forgotten by a company long since out of business, but whose choice of a cedar post told of a different time. True, the mailbox has a little angle, but not an …..

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Feed truck overturns on Mercer Mill Road

  To see more photos, click here. Traffic was moving slowly on Mercer Mill-Brown Marsh Road on Thursday morning after a feed truck overturned spilling its load into a ditch. The truck was attempting to negotiate a turn from the NC 87 Bypass onto Mercer Mill-Brown Marsh Road when the truck tipped over. No injuries were reported. The North Carolina Highway Patrol, the Elizabethtown Fire Department, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, and Bladen County EMS responded. NC Highway Patrol Trooper K. Starkloff is investigating the crash. Share:

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Vineyard Golf

Vineyard Golf At White Lake Happenings

The winning team members in the recent 2nd Anniversary Golf Tournament at Vineyard Golf were announced this week. First place in the First Flight was Joey Todd, Lee Todd, Tony Perez and Taylor Paxton. Second place went to Bobby Davis, Pam Davis Taylor, Ricky Marvin and Phillip Smoak. The winning team in the Second Flight was Wilton Wiggins, Charles Wiggins and James Hammond. Second place was Luke Gooden, Ronald Gooden, Jonathon Gooden and Darryl Davis. Some low scores recorded recently — Larry Hardee 67, Cade Hancock 74, Junior Nance 75, Steve Godwin 73 and Stacy Owen 73. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for October 27

This election process is like no other in my lifetime.  Outside Internet news sources attempting to influence the election; numerous claims from years gone by; news sources that have never been heard from using catchy headlines on the Internet that are questionable for and against both major candidates, and more.  Seems to me, a normal campaign is stressful enough for candidates and voters. One issue no creditable candidate or politician is talking about it is Social Security.  Wonder what the real story is and when will it be discussed. Apple announced 3rd quarter earnings this week of nearly $47 billion, and talking heads have decided that’s not as much as …..

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NCHSAA Class 2A Volleyball Play-offs: Elizabeth City Northeastern 3, West Bladen 0

ELIZABETH CITY – Elizabeth City Northeastern defeated West Bladen 3-0 Wednesday night in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Volleyball Play-offs by set scores of 25-13, 25-14 and 25-17. Coach Gaye Davis’ Lady Knights who traveled 480 miles round trip to Elizabeth City finished their season with a 10-10 record. The Northeastern Lady Eagles improved to 17-6 and now get to embark on a 540 mile round trip to South Columbus to play the No. 2 seed in the East – the 25-2-1 Lady Stallions. Share:

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Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 3, West Bladen 2

ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Brooks McGill fired in a late game-winning goal that lifted East Bladen to a 3-2 Four County Conference men’s soccer victory on Senior Night over rival West Bladen. Seniors Grey Cabellero and Robert Meggs were honored in Senior Night activities at halftime. With the score tied 2-2, the Eagles won the ball and made a run at the West goal. Sophmore Greyson Heustess sent a pass into the box at McGill’s feet. “Brooks cut the center back and hit a hard low shot that snuck just inside the left post with 50 seconds to go,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. Heustess opened the scoring in the …..

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Clarkton Public Library to remain closed on Thursday

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Due to the work on the front entrance at the Clarkton Public Library taking longer than originally planned, the Clarkton Public Library will remain closed on Thursday, October 27, and the children’s Halloween program rescheduled for Thursday, October 27, at 5:30 p.m. is now cancelled. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – October 27

1682 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is founded by Englishman William Penn. 1787 – Federalist letters start appearing in New York newspapers. 1893 – Hurricane hits coast between Savannah, Ga. & Charleston, SC. 1913 – President Wilson says US will never attack another country. 1920 – Westinghouse radio station in East Pittsburgh, KDKA begins. 1925 – Water skis patented by Fred Waller. 1938 – DuPont announces its new synthetic polyamide fiber will be called “nylon” 1947 – “You Bet Your Life” with Groucho Marx premieres on ABC radio. 1954 – Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. becomes the first African-American general in the United States Air Force. 1960 – Singer Ben E. King records …..

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Bladenboro Beast Fest Schedule of Events for 2016

***Beast Fest Entertainment Friday, Oct.28, 2016***  7:00 PM – Welcome and Band Introduction by Charles Ray Peterson, Chm. Beast Fest 7:00-10:00 PM – The “Honey Don’t” Band Playing all the high energy classic oldies from the 60’s through Current Rock & Southern Rock Also, Fun Time Amusement Rides and plenty of food vendors will be operating ***Beast Fest Entertainment Saturday Oct.29, 2016*** 8:00 – 12:00 – Southeastern Cruisers Car Show – Downtown (Registration Required) 8:30 – 10:00 – Beast Fest 5K Fun Run/Walk – Bladenboro Town Hall (Registration Required) 10:00 – Beast Fest Opening Ceremony-Charles Ray Peterson, Chmn. Beast Fest 10:30 – Brenda Storms 10:45 – Nick Peavy 11:00 – …..

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Clarkton Haunted House offers scares for all that dare to enter

The Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball’s Annual Haunted House opened it’s doors again this year on October 21st leaving many shaking in their boots. Some of the terror tactics this year seems to taken out of the movie, “The Conjuring 2”’s playbook. Other frights in the creepy residence play on the fear of clowns and chainsaws. All in all, this haunted house is a must-visit for those looking for a frightening evening of fun. The local baseball team will have the Haunted House open again October 28th, 29th, and 31st. Admission is $5 and is located at the same old farm house at the corner of Highway 211 and White McEwen …..

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Flood-Blocked White Oak Community Getting Help in Bladen County

By: Joy Warren For the last week, Bladen County Emergency Management and volunteer firemen from White Oak and Ammon have been transporting residents in and out of a flooded area on Community Road in White Oak.  According to an engineer with FEMA, there is over 12 million gallons of water blocking the residents.  Large armored trucks are being used two to three times a day to take students to the bus stop and adults to the main road so they can catch a ride to their jobs. Wednesday afternoon the Calvary (Rain For Rent) showed up with a pump and 1600 feet of hose to start the process of pumping …..

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Elizabethtown Rotary Club learns about County EMS system

EMS services play a critical role in our county’s first responders program.  The Elizabethtown Rotary Club learned about the Bladen County EMS system from Director David Howell on Wednesday. Howell said the county’s EMS system is made up of Bladen County EMS, which is a paid service, and three volunteer rescue squads —Tar Heel, Bladenboro and Elizabethtown. He said that the Bladen County EMS system is classified as a rural EMS system by the State of North Carolina. Howell said there are challenges that are currently being faced by all rural EMS systems. The five most critical challenges, according to Howell, are: *Low reimbursement rates for Medicare and Medicaid; * …..

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Return of heart surgery signals successful recovery following storm

Southeastern Health Heart and Vascular’s cardiovascular operating room team performed the first open heart surgery case at Southeastern Regional Medical Center (SRMC) on Tuesday, Oct. 25 since Hurricane Matthew struck the region on October 8.  Albert “Jerry” Britt, 71, of Orrum, underwent triple bypass surgery performed by Cardiothoracic Surgeon Dr. Terry Lowry who was assisted by Dr. Charles Anene with oversight for the first return case provided by Dr. Peter Smith of Duke Health. “We performed a triple coronary artery bypass on a patient who we were aware of that needed the surgery before the storm but it wasn’t an emergency,” said Dr. Lowry. “The Duke clinic staff monitored the …..

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Carolina Theater announces announces new date for Doo Wop Project: will be March 3

The Doo Wop Project concert scheduled for Friday, Oct. 14, has been rescheduled to Friday, March 3, 2017. All previously-purchased tickets will be honored for that show with same seating. The Thursday, Oct. 27, Phantom of the Opera performance has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. Tickets can be refunded, or swapped for our February 14 Valentine’s special show, “Love is in the Air,” featuring a silent film with organist/composer Mark Andersen and the best regional singers performing romantic Broadway selections.  Refunds can be processed in-person noon-6pm weekdays through the theater’s administrative offices. For additional information please contact the theater at 910-738-4339, Ext. 102.  www.carolinaciviccenter.com Share:

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VETERANS DON’T OWE AMERICA, WE OWE THE VETERANS

By: Congressman Robert Pittenger Brave American patriots who risked their lives during combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan have now been ordered to repay enlistment bonuses. In one egregious example, the New York Times reports retired Army Captain Christopher Van Meter was ordered to repay $46,000.  Apparently three deployments and being “blown up” by a roadside bomb . . . which left him unconscious and bleeding . . . didn’t sufficiently fulfill his contract. These men and women risked their lives to defend our freedom and way of life.  We owe them a debt we can never repay.  Absent any evidence of fraud on the part of the soldier, how …..

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HOUSE AG COMMITTEE LEADERS EXPRESS DISCONTENT WITH USDA’S ADVANCEMENT OF GIPSA RULES

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer (R-NC), Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, joined Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture, today in expressing disappointment following the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s advancement of three flawed rules, commonly referred to as the GIPSA rules. “Many farmers, ranchers and producers across rural America are facing significant financial challenges,” said Rep. David Rouzer, Chairman of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock and Foreign Agriculture.  “Despite these hardships, the USDA chose to ignore the will of Congress and the input of our agriculture community.  These disastrous rules will result in …..

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Emerau:Bladen to conduct Open House Nov 5 and 6

By: Erin Smith The Emerau:Bladen Charter School will be holding an open house on Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5, at their office which will be located at 118 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. Kate Alice Dunaway, director for the school, said that individuals can come to the open house and learn more about the school, its curriculum, the draft school calendar, and the uniforms. Emerau:Bladen is slated to open in August 2017 and is tentatively set to begin taking applications in November and will extend for a number of months. At a recent meeting of the Emerau:Bladen board, it was also announced that a potential site has been …..

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County School announce schools consolidation recommendation

The Bladen County Board of Education meeting on Monday, October 24th was heated and has left many citizens feeling flabbergasted. The board presented a two-phase recommendation to close several Bladen County Schools and build two new schools. The board has been discussing the issues facing our local education system since 2015. The recommendation made at this week’s meeting is as follows: Phase 1: Close Plain View Primary and combine it’s students with Dublin Primary School. Close Booker T. Washington and Clarkton School of Discovery and combined it’s students to the school closest to the students affected. Close Tar Heel Middle School and combined it with Bladenboro Middle School. Phase 2: Build two …..

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Bible Drive to be held for flood victims on Saturday

A Bible Drive is scheduled for Saturday, October 29, from 2 until 4 p.m. at the Bladenboro Church of God located at 702 West Seaboard Street, Bladenboro. The Bladenboro Church of God was a total loss, and White Oak Free Will Baptist Church lost everything in all of their classrooms. Any financial donations will go to replace Bibles in these churches. All KJV Bible donations will be boxed up and delivered to Lumberton shelters to victims who have nothing left. Share:

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Arrest made in breaking and entering of counseling office in Elizabethtown

On Monday, Oct. 24, at 9 a.m. a break in was reported at Southern Professional Counseling located at 306 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. Patrolman Joseph Butler, of the Elizabethtown Police Department, responded to the scene and made contact with the reporting parties who advised that someone had made entry into the business over the weekend by damaging and forcing open the back door. Patrolman Joshua Pittman of the Elizabethtown Police Department was able to develop Jason Neal Richardson, 43 years of age, of Aberdeen, as a person of interest in this case and relayed this information to investigating officer Butler. On Tuesday, Oct. 25, Patrolman Butler was able to …..

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Lu Mil Vineyard

Free U-Pick Grapes this Saturday Only

DUBLIN, NC – Free U-Pick Grapes this Saturday, October 29, only from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Bring your OWN CONTAINER. We cancelled the NC Grape Festival due to Hurricane Matthew and these are the grapes that we were saving for the Grape Stomp. They are bronze Carlos Muscadine grapes and this is a ONE TIME opportunity. So come see us & get them before the frost does. We have plenty! Please stop by the Gift Shop upon arriving and you will be directed to the correct location for picking. Lu Mil Vineyard is located at 438 Suggs-Taylor Road, Elizabethtown. For more information, visit us at www.lumilvineyard.com or call 910-866-5819. …..

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Governor McCrory Celebrates Minority Enterprise Development Week

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory was joined by small and minority business owners and members of the governor’s Office of Historically Underutilized Businesses at the Executive Mansion today to celebrate the contributions of small and minority owned businesses. The governor has proclaimed this week as Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week in North Carolina. “Minority and women-owned businesses are a significant source of job creation in our state, employing thousands of residents and contributing to the more than 300,000 new jobs added in North Carolina since 2013,” said Governor McCrory. “As North Carolina’s economy continues to rebound, we will continue to support historically underutilized businesses.” MED Week is a time …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for October 26

October 2016 will soon give way to November, this is likely to be a busy weekend, that includes Halloween, and Beast Fest in Bladenboro.  Organizers promise this will be one of the all time best. Hope the collard sandwich is still an option. Ron Taylor at Lu Mil has more grapes than he knows what to do with, so he is giving them away, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday.  NO CHARGE….FREE. Bring your own container. I have taken advantage in the past, and trust me, they are plentiful and delicious. Bladen County weather averages for this time of the year:                  …..

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Bladen County Recreation Youth Football Schedules

Here are schedules for Bladen County Recreation Department’s youth football leagues. Games are played at the County Park on U.S. 701. Ages 10-12 – Tackle Monday, Oct. 24 Huskies vs. Pirates, 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 Ducks vs. Pirates, 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3 Ducks vs. Huskies, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7 Huskies vs. Pirates, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 Pirates vs. Ducks, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14 Huskies vs. Ducks, 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 17 Pirates vs. Huskies, 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21 Ducks vs. Huskies Monday, Nov. 28 Pirates vs. Ducks, 7 p.m. Ages 7-9 – Tackle Monday, Oct. 24 Tigers vs. Badgers, 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 …..

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