12/11/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 3:57 am The Gift That Tops Parents’ Holiday Wish Lists May Surprise You
  • 3:55 am Duke Energy restores power to 618,000 Carolinas customers following winter storm
  • 3:50 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 3:47 am This Day in History – December 11
  • 1:04 pm Bladen County Solid Waste holiday schedule
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Senior halfback Ethan Hines sparked East Bladen’s Eagles to a pair of September victories. Hines scored 4 touchdowns in a 42-28 victory over St. Pauls rushing for 105 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also caught a 60 yard touchdown pass from Quinton Bedsole and returned a kick-off 83 yards for another touchdown. Hines tallied 4 […]

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1673 – Regular mail delivery begins between NY & Boston. 1776 – Gen. George Washington hoists Continental Union Flag. 1797 – Albany replaces NYC as capital of NY. 1818 – Official reopening of the White House. 1842 – 1st illustrated weekly magazine in US publishes 1st issue, NYC. 1861 – President-elect of the United States […]

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After twelve games in three days, the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament went down to the final seconds Friday night when Dillon’s Rakeem Fletcher double-pumped an attempt at tying the game off the back-iron and into the hands of West Bladen’s John Bowen. The Knights captured their third straight Woodmen Life crown with the 59-57 victory […]

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This hike will be a .5 mile loop and will focus on the mysteries of Carolina Bays and the ecosystem here at Singletary Lake State Park. This will be an easy hike and last approximately 30-45 minutes. We are asking that visitors call the park office in advance to sign up. The hike is limited to 15 participants. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

For party-goers, this night may be as good as it gets.  Please be safe as you ring in the New Year.   What do you see as the highlight of 2016?  How about 2017?   Would not suggest a trip to Russia for retiring President Barack Obama, anytime soon.   Interesting to see the reaction […]

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RALEIGH, NC — NCGOP’s Chairman Robin Hayes responds to Roy Cooper’s elections lawsuit filing:    “After a close and divisive election, instead of seeking a bipartisan review of election and ethics issues, governor-elect Cooper has chosen to go into full partisan attack mode. Instead of seeking real and reasonable bipartisan solutions that provide confidence for everyone in […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – Tournament Most Outstanding Player Sayaun Dent scored 23 points Friday night to lead West Bladen to a 59-57 victory over Dillon, SC and the Knights third consecutive Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament Championship. Dent nailed a 3-point shot from the right corner to vault the Knights ahead 50-49 with 4:56 […]

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DUBLIN – Senior Eian Hines posted a double-double of 22 points and 12 rebounds, and guard Denzel Johnson added 20 points and 8 steals as they led East Bladen’s Eagles to their first basketball win of the season 68-55 over North Brunswick Friday in the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. Eian Hines and Johnson combined for […]

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1776 – Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation:  Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors. 1781 – Bank of North America, 1st US bank opens. 1841 – Alabama becomes 1st state to license dental surgeons. 1862 – Union ironclad ship “Monitor” sand off Cape Hatteras, NC. […]

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Bladenboro –  Thomasine Cheshire Brisson passed away Thursday, December 29, 2016. She was born on April 22, 1950.   She was preceded in death by her mother, Christine C. McKnight, her husband, Eddie Cheshire, and her son, Sammy Cheshire.   She is survived by her father, Harold McKnight; her husband, Jasper Brisson; two daughters: Christy […]

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Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin will host a Bridal Show on Sunday, Jan. 15, from 2 until 5 p.m. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend. “It’s more like a trade show,” said Denise Bridgers. She said that the show is at capacity right now with vendors including photographers, DJs, event planners, […]

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You’re invited to take part in BladenOnline.com’s “Most Eligible Bachelor/Bachelorette Contest” brought to you courtesy of Bob’s Jewel Shop of Lumberton and Cape Fear Heating & Cooling.  We are looking for the Most Eligible Bachelor and Bachelorette in Bladen County. Nominations have been extended through February 10th.  Nominees that have been submitted thus far are: Bobby L. Singletary, […]

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Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Tuesday night and Bladen County Tax Administrator Renee Davis is expected to present bids on several county owned parcels to the board for their consideration. The board is also expected to recognize Russell Priest for his service as Chairman of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners. The […]

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For one Bladen County magistrate, Friday saw her reach a milestone in her years of service as a magistrate–17 years to be exact. According to Bladen County Clerk of Superior Court Niki Dennis, Magistrate Tami Mancos began her career on October 16, 2000, making her the longest continuous serving magistrate in Bladen County. Mancos took […]

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Sandra Cain

By Sandra Cain As the holiday season winds down and we begin to turn those reflections on the past year into resolutions for the new year, it’s easy to create grand resolutions that too often fall by the wayside. For long-term success, slowly phasing moderate changes into your current lifestyle may be more beneficial. Here […]

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Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church will mark the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 16, with a presentation followed by a light lunch in the PAC Building immediately following the parade. The speaker for the event will the Rev. Pia Jessup, pastor of Rose Hill AME Zion Church. There will also be […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Did you know you are gaining a second to the end of this year?  Important announcement:  World timekeepers have announced they’ll add a leap second just before midnight tomorrow night.  The last leap second was added on June 30, 2015 just before midnight.  FYI. The rain gauge at the Hester household indicated we had .80 […]

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1731 – 1st US music concert (Peter Pelham’s great room in Boston) 1854 – Pennsylvania Rock Oil Co, 1st in US, incorporated in NYC. 1861 – US banks stops payments in gold. 1905 – Former Governor Frank Steunenberg is assassinated near his home in Caldwell, Idaho. 1926 – Chicago Tribune reports the Tigers threw a […]

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Two tightly-contested semi-final games before a packed house concluded the second day of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament at West Bladen High. “We have had good games all day,” said West Bladen Coach Travis Pait. “This has been an unbelievable tournament. I don’t think people realize the kind of event that we have here. “We […]

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DUBLIN – A 10-0 opening run propelled Scotland High to a 78-71 victory over East Bladen Thursday in the consolation bracket of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. “I thought we came out flat,” said Eagle Coach Kenzil McCall. “The kids played their hearts out yesterday against a good Fairmont team, and it was tough to […]

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DUBLIN – Senior Kalvin Page scored 10 of his 18 points in the last 4 minutes as West Bladen rallied from 6 points down to defeat Whiteville 67-63 Thursday night and advance to the championship game of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. Coach Travis Pait’s Knights (7-2) ran their winning streak to 7 games and […]

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The FEMA Registration Helpline Call Center will close for the New Year holiday at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 31, and will reopen at 7 a.m., Monday, Jan 2. During the closure, a recording will be placed on the 800-621-3362 number advising callers of the temporary closure and normal operating hours. The closure also includes the […]

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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 66 of North Carolina’s counties in November, decreased in 23, and remained unchanged in 11.  Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 9.4 percent, while Buncombe County and Orange County each had the lowest at 3.7 percent.  Six of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases, […]

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By: Erin Smith The deadline to pay your 2016 property taxes is fast approaching. All property taxes for 2016 need to be paid by January 5 and interest on the amount owed will begin accruing on January 6. Bladen County Tax Administrator Renee Davis said that if you cannot pay your 2016 property taxes in […]

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The State Board of Education met on Wednesday in a called meeting and according to a release, SBE Chairman Bill Cobey has authorized the State Board of Education’s attorney to file a constitutional challenge to NC Session Law 2016-126. “The State Board of Education today (Wednesday) authorized its attorneys to move forward with a constitutional […]

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The 8th annual cattle conference will be held on Tuesday, January 24th from 4:30 until 7:30 p.m. at the Southeastern N.C. Agricultural Events Center located at 1027 Highway 74 East in Lumberton.  This conference is an excellent opportunity to receive updates on the cattle industry, learn new management practices, and visit with other cattle producers […]

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There will be an Agriculture and Forest Landowners Meeting on Tuesday, January 17th from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The meeting is at the Powell Melvin Agricultural Service Center Auditorium located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown.  Lunch is sponsored by Bladen County Farm Bureau and Cape Fear Farm Credit.  Please call the Bladen […]

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UPDATE: A $10,000 REWARD IS NOW BEING OFFERED BY THE FAMILY FOR THE DIRECT LOCATION OF COLE THOMAS. UPDATE: On Friday, November 25, 2016 at approximately 3:00 AM, a Missing Person was reported to the Benson Police Department. Two acquaintances of the subject, whom they identified as Christopher Cole Thomas, stated to officers that they […]

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Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. today announced that Kaco USA Inc. will expand its production facility in Lincoln County. The company will hire an additional 100 workers over the coming three years as it invests nearly $8.4 million there. “Kaco […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest today of Johnny Lee Smith Jr, 43, of 66 Waddell Smith Road, Clarkton, after he was caught breaking into a home of Ronald Britt Road near Bladenboro on Wednesday. McVicker said deputies stopped Smith on NC 211 as he fled the scene of the crime. The homeowner, Bridgett […]

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The Pioneer Machinery location on S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown once bustled with activity is now quiet. The business, which is owned by Gregory Poole, relocated their office space to the Gregory Poole site in Fayetteville in early December, according to Collie Wallace. “We have got the same people (working for us),” said Wallace of […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Board Planning Session and will also enter Closed Session in accordance with NCGS 143.318.11 (a) (3) Attorney-Client Privilege 5 pm on Monday, January 9, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Powell-Melvin Agriculture Center, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. Share:

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting regarding property tax matters at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room located on the lower level of the Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown. Share:

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 If you feel confused about the next step in your recovery, like finding housing or understanding what documents you may need to have on hand, FEMA says call us at 800-621-3362. If you disagree with a decision made by FEMA, or need help making a recovery plan, FEMA says call us. If you know people […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement in response to Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech regarding Israel: “In the waning days of President Obama’s final term, his administration – though its words and actions – has engaged in an inexplicable campaign of disparagement towards Israel. This appears aimed at […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

2016 is winding down, hours left before we ‘ring in’ 2017. I am looking forward to the ‘swearing in’ of the new President-elect.  This transition is confusing.  We can only have one President at the time. A change in the weather is here, from a beautiful sunny day yesterday to windy and cloudy today. So […]

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DUBLIN – Senior Sayaun Dent fired in 22 points, and senior John Bowen posted a double-double of 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead West Bladen to a 58-45 victory over North Brunswick in the opening round of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. John Bowen put back a rebound, and Dent drilled a 3-point shot […]

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DUBLIN – A 37-point second-quarter explosion propelled Fairmont to an 89-78 boys basketball victory Wednesday over East Bladen in the opening round of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. The Eagles came out firing in the first period as Denzel Johnson opened the game with a 3-pointer from the corner. Sophomore Adonis Avery tossed in a […]

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A battle between a pair of two-time champions and a Border Rivalry highlight Thursday’s schedule for the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament at West Bladen High. West Bladen, the Woodmen Life champions in 2014 and 2015, and Whiteville, the Woodmen Life champs in 2012 and 2013, will battle at 8 p.m. “This is the match-up everybody […]

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1782 – 1st nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston. 1813 – British burn Buffalo, NY during War of 1812. 1837 – Steam-powered threshing machine patented, Winthrop, Maine. 1862 – Bowling ball invented. 1891 – Edison patents “transmission of signals electrically” (radio). 1908 – Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisconsin. […]

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This Day In History

1782 – 1st nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston. 1813 – British burn Buffalo, NY during War of 1812. 1837 – Steam-powered threshing machine patented, Winthrop, Maine. 1862 – Bowling ball invited. 1891 – Edison patents “transmission of signals electrically” (radio). 1908 – Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisconsin. […]

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The most viewed sports story in Bladen County in 2016 was the story on Kyle Tatum’s haircut. Tatum, a catcher on East Bladen’s baseball team and a defensive back on the football team, was known for his long hair. “I was thinking about getting it cut,” said Kyle. “Then I heard about a chance to […]

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The holiday season is fleeting fast, but before it is gone several folks want to give thanks to some local charities for their hard work. Bladen County has many organizations and charities that work together to assist people in their time of need. “Bladen We Care is a wonderful organization”, Gary Roberts said. “Bladen Crisis […]

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Hurricane Matthew struck Bladen County in October and many residents who were impacted are still trying to recover from the storm’s devastating effects. Bladen’s residents have since been busy cleaning up, removing storm debris and repairing damaged homes and businesses.  The Federal Emergency Management Association has also been busy processing applications for assistance. As of […]

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By: Erin Smith With members of Congress set to be sworn in on Tuesday, US Congressman Robert Pittenger sat down with BladenOnline.com for an interview to look at the upcoming legislative session and the first 100 days of President-Elect Donald Trump’s agenda. One item that was first and foremost on the agenda was the ever […]

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By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Fire Department has implemented a fire marshal’s program to cover the town of Elizabethtown and the Elizabethtown Fire Department’s fire district as part of the department’s Community Risk Reduction program. Neil Murphy will serve as Fire Marshal and Ralph Rodriguez will serve as Assistant Fire Marshal for the department. Murphy […]

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RALEIGH – The Civitas Institute has sent letters to the NC State Board of Elections and Watauga, Buncombe, Bladen, Pasquotank, Wake, and Durham counties, requesting a thorough examination of voter rolls and full compliance with section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act. Shoddy registration and verification practices in North Carolina have resulted in reports […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The old year comes to an end Saturday, and 2017 begins.  How long before we use the correct date on our checks? Our Legislature could not agree on HB2 and were busy changing the role of our new governor, but they have also been busy adding new taxes, effective January 1, 2017, including an increase […]

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This Day In History

1732 – 1st known ad for “Poor Richard’s Almanack” (Pennsylvania Gazette) 1832 – John C. Calhoun becomes 1st VP to resign (differences with President Jackson) 1849 – M. Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidently upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect. 1867 – United States claims Midway Island, the first […]

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Bladen County Sports

The Bladen County 10U All-Stars won the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) State Softball Tournament with a 6-0 victory over Edenton. Rylee Chadwick pitched a complete game no-hitter and struck out 12 batters in the championship game.  Addie Bowen, Emma Turbeville, McKenzie Singletary, and Lainey Hughes belted hits for the Bladen team. Bladen County beat Rolesville […]

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The fifth annual Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament will tap off Wednesday afternoon at West Bladen and will continue through Friday with 4 games each day. West Bladen (5-2), the two-time defending Woodmen Life champions, has won 5 games in a row will battle North Brunswick (2-7) in Wednesday’s 8 p.m. game. The two teams have […]

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Elizabethtown - White Lake Chamber of Commerce

The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will have a Business Expo on Friday, February 17, at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Chamber Executive Director Dawn Maynard said that there is booth space available for the Expo. “The Expo is open to both Chamber members and non-members,” said Maynard. […]

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Retailers are reporting strong sales during the Christmas shopping season. Stores in Bladen County are reporting that Christmas sales were up this year. Mike Suggs, owner of Fishers Mens and Ladies Shop, said, “It went very well. We’re very pleased.” He said sales were up in the store over last year. “We had a really good […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, DC– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification. “USDA reimburses organic producers up to […]

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Time is winding down to get your nominations in for the National Small Business Week Awards sponsored by the Small Business Administration. The deadline for entries is by 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 10. During National Small Business Week the SBA presents a variety of awards to individuals and businesses. National Small Business Week is […]

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A new Master Gardners series will be kicking off in January that will teach students how to grow and sell their vegetables. According to Bladen County Cooperative Extension’s Horticulture agent Nancy Olson, the class will begin on January 24. “We are targeting homeowners who want to grow trees and maybe they have a few extra […]

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As we prepare to say farewell to 2016, we decided to take a look back at our Top 15 Most Viewed Stories of the Year. These stories are the ones you, our readers, found most interesting during the year. Many of your favorite stories dealt with crime and the courts and a few dealt with our schools […]

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Area offices and agencies have announced their New Year’s holiday schedules. All banks are closed on Monday, January 2, in observance of the New Year’s holiday and will re-open for business on Tuesday, Jan. 3. There will be no mail delivery on Monday, January 2. The Postal Service will resume its normal operating schedule on […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Woke up during the night thinking about a former part-time manager for the town of Bladenboro who made a huge difference in several areas of Bladen County. His name was David (Dave) Bartlett.  Not sure how he arrived in this area.  I first met him while he was employed as a planner for the Lumber […]

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This Day In History

1845 – Ether 1st used in childbirth in US in Jefferson, Georgia.   1682 – Battle of Elizabethtown, KY.   1903 – “Sweet Adaline”, a barbershop quartet favorite, is first sung.   1915 – US Iron and Steel workers begin a 3-week strike in Ohio for a eight-hour-day: they are successful as the US needs […]

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Bladen County Sports

East Bladen senior righthander Alex Coates was named the Four County Conference Baseball Co-Player of the Year after he led the Eagles to the Four County Conference Championship. Coates anchored the Eagle pitching staff posting a 10-2 record.   Fairmont’s William McGirt sank a 6-foot par putt on the second play-off hole to win the Memorial […]

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MLK Weekend a Unity in the Community Weekend Fest is planned for January 13 through January 16. There will be a kick-off event on Friday, January 13, beginning at noon at Big Show Auto Finishes. On Saturday, January 14, at noon there will be a block party and on Sunday, January 15, beginning at 6 […]

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All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed Saturday, December 31, through Monday, January 2, in observance of the New Year’s holiday. They will reopen on Tuesday, January 3. Share:

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New Year’s Eve Celebration 2016 at Da Branch, 10 p.m. Saturday, December 31. Come join us for worship services as we bring to the city our First BBC 2016 Gospel Extravaganza Awards featuring performances from look alikes such as Hezekiah  Walker, Fantasia,  Kirk Franklin, David and Tamela Mann, Vickie Winans, Dottie People’s, Tosha Cobbs, Yolanda Adams, Keith […]

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One person was arrested by Bladen County officers on Christmas Eve and is facing several drug-related charges in Cumberland County. Earl Everitte was arrested in Bladen County and is currently being held in the Cumberland County Jail on charges of felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell, deliver a controlled substance; felony trafficking opium, felony trafficking opium or heroin, two counts […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Hope you Christmas was as much fun as ours.   Great Christmas Day.  Now, we wait for credit card bills to determine the cost……but as of now, was worth every penny.   For many, one more day to do as little as you care to do before returning to the ‘grind’.   A friendly reminder, property taxes […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension A new year is always a good time to assess where we’ve been and where we’re going. Each year I want to lose fat and gain muscle. I’ve given up on growing hair! An economic assessment of our state is also useful to do for a new […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Town of Elizabethtown Commissioners approved making the Mayor’s term 4 years.   Thieves stole over $2,000 in merchandise from Dublin Scotchman and Brisson 76 in Dublin.   The recreation hut at Bladen Union Baptist Church was destroyed by fire.   The Bladen Journal Stocking Fund was reported to be $1,861.00. Share:

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This Day In History

1799 – George Washington is eulogized by Colonel Henry Lee as “1st in war, 1st in peace & 1st in hearts of his countrymen” 1811 – A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable. 1854 – […]

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Bladen County Sports

East Bladen clinched the Four County Conference Baseball Championship with a 6-3 win over Union on Senior Night.  Senior Alex Coates pitched 4-hit baseball for 6 innings, and sophmore Xavier Wooten picked up the save. Coates, Wooten, sophmore Ty Watkins and sophmore Brooks McGill smacked 2 hits each. Currituck rallied for 4 runs in top […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL. Can you believe another year (2016) has come and is nearly gone. As a year old wide eyed youngster on Christmas morn, one of 6 in the Hester household searching under the Christmas tree for a gift from Santa with my name on it, never dreamed how fortunate I was or would […]

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This Day In History

1 – 1st Christmas, according to calendar-maker Dionysus Exiguus. 352 – 1st definite date Christmas was celebrated on December 25th. 1492 – Christopher Columbus’ flagship the Santa Maria runs aground and sinks on Hispaniola. 1621 – Gov. William Bradford of Plymouth Colony (now in Massachusetts) forbids game playing on Christmas. 1741 – Astronomer Anders Celsius […]

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East Bladen senior Ethan Hines has been named to the Wilmington Star-News All-Area First Team Offense and to the Fayetteville Observer’s All-Cape Fear Region Second Team Offense.   Hines rushed for 1,913 yards and 24 touchdowns as the Eagles reached the third round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Play-offs. The Eagle senior scored 7 receiving […]

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Bladen County Sports

Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball League President Mark Gillespie was inducted into Dixie Youth Baseball’s Danny Jones Club in ceremonies on DYB’s Opening Day in Elizabethtown.   The Danny Jones Club is an exclusive club whose membership is limited to those who have provided outstanding leadership and contributions to a local Dixie Youth Baseball league.   […]

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By Brenda Brown, Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits will see a slight increase in 2017. The adjustments that take effect in January of each year are due to an increase in average wages. Based on that increase, the maximum amount of earnings subject […]

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A lot of baking happens around the holidays. We have a recipe we would like to share. It’s our favorite homemade chocolate chip cookies. Ingredients: 2 sticks (1 cup) unsalted butter softened 1 cup light brown sugar Sea salt to taste  1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 large eggs 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon of baking soda  […]

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The town of Dublin has rescinded the boil water advisory as of Friday evening. This means that all normal consumption of water can continue again for all water customers of the town of Dublin.     Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Happy Christmas Eve.  For many adults, this will be a hectic day, so much to do and so little time. For youngsters, it can be the longest day of the year, or so it seems.  How long before Santa arrives will be ask numerous times? Would be nice to approach Christmas with the enthusiasm of […]

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As we prepare to say farewell to 2016, we decided to take a look back at our Top 25 Most Viewed Videos of the Year. These videos are the ones you, our loyal readers, found most interesting during the year. Many of your favorite videos dealt with  Politicians, Community Events, Fundraisers and governmental meetings.   2016 […]

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  Sebastian Bratt bagged an eight point Friday, December 23rd in Bladen County. Share:

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1818 – Christmas carol “Silent Night” composed by Franz Xavier Gruber is first sung at St. Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf, Austria. 1851 – Fire devastates US Library of Congress in Washington, destroys 35,000 volumes. 1860 – Joseph Jefferson’s “Rip Van Winkle” premieres in NYC. 1889 – Daniel Stover & William Hance patent bicycle with […]

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East Bladen’s remarkable run ended in the Class 2A Eastern Regional Basketball Championship game as North Pitt jumped out to an early 18-2 lead and defeated the Lady Eagles 55-37. East Bladen senior Lacey Suggs recorded a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Lady Eagle senior class of Suggs, Abby Ward, Christiana Cromartie […]

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By: Charlotte Smith Earlier this year, ATM Skimmers were found on a few ATM machines in Bladen County. Recently, more ATM Skimmers have been found in New Hanover County according to Chief Chris Hunt with the Bladenboro Police Department. Chief Hunt said he wants to remind folks to be aware of their surroundings during this […]

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Contributed photos by: Melonie Davis By: Charlotte Smith Bladen County has been working hard to build relationships between the community and law enforcement officers this year. Law enforcement officers in Bladen County have been seen out in the community giving out gifts, protecting the citizens from drivers under the influence and more. “Adopt a Cop” […]

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Bladen County Health Department

Keeping children safe is always a priority to parents no matter the season, however, the busy holiday season may bring more hazards than usual for children. Bladen County Health Department shared some tips on how to keep children safe during the holiday season on their Facebook page. Warnings about distracting driving, harmful plants, and age […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Love the stories about good deeds this time of the year, and fortunately, there are many. Want to have a better Christmas holiday?  Reach out and do a good deed.  Your choice…… Pray for our leaders; especially state and national. Help me understand our legislative leaders.  They have super majorities in the NC House and Senate […]

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The exploits of East Bladen’s Lady Eagles on the basketball court headlined the February sports scene in Bladen County. Coach Patty Evers’ team reeled off ten wins to raise their record to 30-0, were ranked No. 1 in the Class 2A rankings for the entire month, and senior star Lacey Suggs reached the 2,000-point mark […]

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USDA

Pork Rinds & Snacks, LLC, a Spartanburg, S.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 7,629 pounds of pork skin products that may be contaminated with Salmonella, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Thursday. The products subject to recall have establishment number “EST. M00888” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were […]

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1776 – Continental Congress negotiates a war loan of $181,500 from France. 1776 – Thomas Paine writes “These are the times that try man’s souls” 1788 – Maryland votes to cede a 10 square mile area for District of Columbia. 1823 – “Visit from St. Nicholas” by C Moore published in Troy (NY) Sentinel. 1862 […]

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Sandra Cain

Sandra R. Cain The United State Department of Agriculture recommends that most of grain intake each day should be from whole grains. For most people, five to six ounces of grains is recommended. Some people may need to increase their total grain consumption (including whole grains) while others will need to substitute whole grains for […]

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The Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery and learned about the Bladen Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief from Rev. Kincy Barrow. Barrow serves as the Bladen Baptist Association’s Men’s Ministry Coordinator as well as Bladen County Team Leader for disaster relief. He told those gathered that, by far, the state […]

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Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory issued the following statement: “As promised, I called a Special Session to reconsider a manufactured political issue that strategically targeted the city of Charlotte and our state by well-funded left-wing interest groups. This was at least the third time that pressure from the left sabotaged bipartisan good faith agreements […]

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A Bladen County man was arrested and charged with indecent liberties with a child on Wednesday night. Julius Lee Gillespie was charged by the Fayetteville Police Department with indecent liberties with a child and two counts of unlawful on a protective premises, according to jail records. He is being held in the Bladen County Jail. […]

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A Great-Horned Owl that was found injured shortly after Hurricane Matthew has returned to the wild on Wednesday afternoon.  Ranger Amy Bernhardt said that shortly after the storm she and Park Superintendent Kristen Woodruff received a report of an injured owl. Maintenance Mechanic Steven Tatum reported the injured owl to Superintendent Woodruff on October 17.  The […]

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USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that starting March 20, 2017, organic producers and handlers will be able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic or transitional certification. USDA reimburses organic producers up to 75 […]

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Since Hurricane Matthew, Bladen County residents have been busy cleaning up, removing storm debris and repairing damaged homes and businesses.  The Federal Emergency Management Association has also been busy processing applications for assistance. As of December 20, Bladen County has had 2,871 residents apply for disaster assistance through FEMA and $2,124,247.72 in disaster relief funds […]

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By Erin Smith The Bay Tree Lakes Volunteer Fire Department with some assistance from White Lake Water Rescue, rolled out of the fire department bright and early Thursday morning carrying gifts for the children at New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Children’s Hospital. Lt. Kevin Talbert said this year’s toy run is the first of what […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

UNC/NCAA, Duke’s Grayson Allen, Leaders of the NC Legislature.  Santa, may need to bring switches for  grown ups acting like spoiled brats. Winter is here, trees look the part. Looking back, it has been an interesting year.  Rain, drought, then much rain and high winds before colder weather.  I love calling North Carolina home. Have […]

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