12/16/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 6:30 am Celebrate the holidays with family safely
  • 6:13 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 2:13 am Basketball League Provides Second Chance for Young Men
  • 8:34 pm Social Security benefits to increase in 2019
  • 8:21 pm This Day in History for December 16
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DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost seminars to help you prepare for tax season. Basics of Finance: Crash Course for Non-Financial Owners and Entrepreneurs is scheduled for Tues., Feb. 21, from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. on the Dublin campus, building 2, room 202. , Also on […]

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WILMINGTON – Lower Cape Fear Hospice will offer a 90-minute grief workshop: Supporting a Griever. It will be Tuesday, March 14, from 3 pm – 4:30 pm at the Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown. Pre-registration is required; to register, call 910-515-6689. “It’s often hard to know what to say or do […]

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Raleigh — The N.C. Department of Transportation will replace a multi-barrel culvert damaged by Hurricane Matthew with a bridge in Cumberland County. The culvert is located on N.C. 53 near Jessups Pond, close to the Bladen County line. The road is known locally as Cedar Creek Road. S & C Construction LLC of Wilmington was […]

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WASHINGTON – As a strong pro-life advocate, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) recently became the first Member of Congress from North Carolina to co-sponsor the Sanctity of Human Life Act (H.R. 586), which states that human life begins at fertilization. “The issue at hand is the way our culture so casually treats abortion,” said Congressman Pittenger.  […]

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Join Mrs. North Carolina as she competes in August for the Mrs. US Continental Pageant in the beautiful Historic City of Savannah.  This event will take place at the Johnny Mercer Theatre, August 3, 4, and 5th 2017. Women interested in competing in the Ms. & Mrs. Bladen County Pageant, a preliminary to Ms. & […]

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Come join the providers of Cape Fear Valley Bladen Women’s Health for a Ladies Luncheon at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery on Friday, Feb. 3, at noon. Lunch will be provided. You can register by calling 910-862-1206. Enjoy some “girl talk” before lunch with our providers from CFV Bladen Women’s Health Specialists. Then, take time to […]

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A new scam is making the rounds and it could have very serious consequences for its victims. This is a variation of other scams that attempt to trick the caller into saying “yes” on the telephone. Police are advising people to simply hang up rather than answer the question. The way the scam works is […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and Claire McCaskill (D-MO), members of the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis following President Trump’s executive order suspending immigration from seven countries for 90 days and the refugee assistance program for 120 days to express […]

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The Ninth annual Cape Fear Farm Heritage Association presents Southern Farm Days on Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18, at the Lake Waccamaw Boys & Girls Home Horse Complex.  Admission is $7.50 for adults  and children 12 and under admitted free. Gates open each day from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Proceeds go to […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Discovered the following and will share: Look to be treated by others as you have treated others.  Publix Syrus The more you say, the less people remember.  Francois Fenelon The less people speak of their greatness, the more we think of it.  Menander Do not forget small kindnesses and do not remember small faults.  Chinese […]

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Mrs. Gaye Davis, Health and Physical Education teacher at West Bladen High and former respiratory therapist, presented an eye opening program, Donate Life, at the January 30 meeting of the Bladenboro Rotary Club.  Donate Life is a donor registry program where individuals choose to make all their organs available for transplant at the time of […]

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This Day In History

1831 – General Robert E. Lee named Commander-In-Chief of Confederate Armies during US Civil War. 1874 – Jesse James gang robs train a Gads Hill, Missouri. 1905 – 1st automobile to exceed 100 mph (161 kph), A.G. McDonald, Daytona Beach. 1917 – Germany notifies US that U-boats will attack neutral merchant ship. 1928 – Scotch […]

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Many folks around Bladen County may have noticed yard signs with the words DESPERATION.INFO. The link will take one to a website that explains how one can get help for issues or addictions they may be struggling to overcome. The help comes in the form of small group sessions in a program called Living Free. […]

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DUBLIN – On Tues. Feb. 14, at 11 a.m., highly acclaimed author, poet, and essayist Beth Copeland will speak to guests in the Student Resource Center on the campus of Bladen Community College. Copeland, currently a professor at Methodist College, received the Bright Hill Press Poetry Book Award in 1999 for her popular book, Traveling […]

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Smithfield, Four County Electric Membership and Nissan of Clinton have both donated $1,500 each to the Bladen County Hospital Foundation in support of the foundation’s annual gala. The Bladen County Hospital Foundation’s Masquerade Ball is planned for Saturday, February 25, at Lu Mil Vineyard. Sponsorships and tickets are still available. Tickets for the event cost […]

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National Weather Service

Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued the following update on the outage and damage repair for the Winnabow NOAA tower. -A statement of work for the cable repair has been completed and the repair process has been well underway. In fact we should be receiving the repair parts for […]

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Emereau: Bladen, a Tuition-Free North Carolina public charter school opening August 2017 starting out with grades, K-6, adding one grade per year through Grade 12 now has open enrollment. The school’s permanent campus: 995 Airport Road, Elizabethtown. For enrollment information: call 910-247-6595  or visit www.Lotterease.com Open Enrollment Lottery ends Friday, February 24, 2017. PD Share:

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The Emereau Foundation, Inc., is opening a new tuition free public charter school in August 2017 by the name of Emereau: Bladen. The new school is a state approved charter school that seeks to transform education for all children in the greater Bladen County community according to Mr. Calvin Stevens, Director of Business Development and […]

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The Emereau Foundation Board of Directors invites all Bladen County Church Pastors Focus on Community Luncheon February 13, 2017 11:30 am – 1:00 pm Cape Fear Winery Keynote: Expanding North Carolina Public School Choice Emereau: Bladen Calvin Stevens Director of Business Development and Diversity Balfour Beatty Construction Reservations are required on or before Wednesday, February […]

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Bladen County Schools

By Valerie Newton Overnight Sunday Tar Heel Middle School experienced a water main break causing a temporary shutoff to be done on Monday morning of the school’s water supply. Bladen County Schools maintenance staff was able to quickly and efficiently repair the water line break this morning and return the water flow to normal. Water […]

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The Casino Night fund raiser which was held on Saturday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in support of the Committee of 100 and Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial, was deemed a rousing success, according to Bladen’s Bloomin’s Chuck Huestess. “Folks who came had a good time,” said Huestess. He said the event exposed those in attendance […]

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Click here to view more than 100 photos from the race More than 150 riders took advantage of ideal weather conditions Sunday afternoon to compete in the season-opening Coastal Carolina Off-Road Series race at Browns Creek Nature Park and Bike Trail in Elizabethtown. Races were divided into categories and age groups depending on the experience […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Diana Harris, RN, MSN, NE-BC, has been named Chief Nursing Officer for Bladen County Hospital. The New Jersey native has nearly 30 years of nursing experience, previously serving as Service Line Director for Women’s and Children’s Services at Cape Fear Valley Health. Prior to that, she served as Patient Care Manager for Cape […]

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Star Communications is participating once more in the Foundation for Rural Service Scholarship program. Each year, the Foundation for Rural Service offers an annual college scholarship program and awards one-time $2,500 scholarships in different regions of the United States to students from rural America to assist with their first year of college, university of vocational-technical […]

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Star Communications is offering scholarship opportunities to all high school seniors who have Star Communications services in their residence that is on record with their school and they must provide proof of service. The student must also plan to attend a four-year college or university. The deadline for applications is March 6, 2017. There are […]

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Funds will help survivors with housing, rebuilding, jobs in hardest hit counties Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina has received more than $198 million to help families and communities recover from Hurricane Matthew.  Nearly $159 million of the grant funds are specifically earmarked for Robeson, Cumberland, Edgecombe and Wayne counties, which were among the […]

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RALEIGH, N.C.  – North Carolina National Guard Soldier James (Jim) Ernst was promoted to the rank of major general during a ceremony at NCNG Joint Force Headquarters here today. Ernst earned his second general’s star after being named the Deputy Adjutant General of North Carolina.  He is part of the senior command staff leading more […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

January 2017 is slipping away.  February just around the corner and numerous meetings are planned. Larrel Murchison is expected to sign a NCAA National Letter of Intent Wednesday that will determine where he will continue his education and football career.  The East Bladen and Louisburg grad announced earlier that he would be attending Ole Miss, […]

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West Bladen grad Rahu Purdie played a key role in two Lander Peach Belt Conference basketball victories this week. Wednesday night Purdie fired in 20 points and dished out 7 assists in the Bearcats 85-76 victory at USC-Aiken. The sophmore guard connected on 7 of 14 shots from the field and made all 4 of […]

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East Bladen grad Larrell Murchison visited the University of Mississippi this weekend along with his parents and brother Farrell. Murchison, a 6-4 290-pound defensive tackle, has already committed verbally to the University of Mississippi, but was taking his official visit to Ole Miss this weekend. There is a signing ceremony scheduled for Wednesday at 2 […]

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This Day In History

1487 – Bell chimes invented. 1798 – Rep Mathew Lyon (VT) spits in face of Rep Roger Griswold (CT) in US House of Representatives, after an argument. 1800 – US population: 5,308,483: African American population 1,002,037 (18.9%). 1835 – Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington, DC in 1st attempted assassination of a […]

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 CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger had this statement on President Trump’s executive order on refugees from nations impacted by terrorism:   “While we should be responsive to those who are persecuted for their faith or impacted by war, we need a thorough vetting of all refugees, consistent with the American Security Against Foreign Enemies Act […]

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Ron Taylor, owner of Lu Mil Vineyard, was pleased with the turnout for Saturday’s annual conference of the North Carolina Muscadine Grape Association. He said the annual conference is important because growers can get information they might not get otherwise. Taylor noted that one opportunity to gain information is in the fresh market and growers must […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ROCKY POINT – Heide Trask outscored East Bladen 9-6 in overtime Saturday to pull out a 64-61 Four County Conference boys basketball victory. The Eagles trailed 41-35 after 3 quarters, but guard Denzel Johnson bombed in a pair of 3-point shots, and sophmore Adonis Avery drained a 3-point shot and 2 […]

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The NC Muscadine Grape Association held their annual conference at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin on Saturday. President Whit Jones welcomed the guests and growers to the meeting. Attendees included people from Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia. During the morning session, growers heard from Michelle Wang, an International Marketing Specialist with the North […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Pray for our nation. Deeply concerned about FAKE NEWS SITES being forwarded by good, decent people who are sharing with others without taking the time to check to see if it is a creditable site, spreading untruths. Some suggestions, before forwarding from the following sites, don’t take my work, check FactCheck.org or Snopes.  World News […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Elizabethtown Rescue Squad Chief Byron Graham received an appreciation plaque from the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The Town of Dublin fired Police Chief Gordon Hester, Town Clerk Arlene Matthews and sanitation worker Tommy Britt. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office arrested 22 suspected drug dealers in Bladen County. James Merritt, Garland ABC Manager, was […]

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ROCKY POINT – East Bladen rallied from 19 points down in the first half and claimed a 48-46 Four County Conference jayvee boys basketball over Heide Trask. The Titans held the Eagles to only 6 points in the first period. Byron Bowen tossed in a basket and a free throw, Allen Owens popped in a […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ROCKY POINT – Sophmore Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson fired in 20 points Saturday to lead East Bladen to a 50-27 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over Heide Trask. Senior Emily Scott tossed in a pair of baskets in the first period, and junior Shardajah Brown and sophmore Ashley Hardin added baskets as […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Pender held off East Bladen 65-60 Friday night in Four County Conference boys basketball action. The Eagles had a chance to tie the game in the final minute that missed, then had to foul which led to a pair of clinching free throws for Pender. Sophmore Adonis Avery lit up the scoreboard with […]

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This Day In History

1785 – In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health. 1834 – President Jackson orders first use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute. 1845 – Edgar Allen Poe’s “Raven” 1st published (NYC). 1896 – Emile Grubbe is the first doctor to use radiation treatment […]

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Clarkton native and West Bladen graduate Kayla Thompson will begin her UNCW golfing season February 5 in Orlando Florida. The first tournament of the season for UNCW is the University of Central Florida Challenge. Other tournaments the Seahawks will participate in are: Michigan State Invitational in Port St Lucie, Florida, February 20-21. River Landing Classic […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Have spent a few hours this week searching results of Bladen County presidential elections.  Bladen County has voted democratic for most of my lifetime.  Question, was Donald Trump the first Republican to receive the majority of votes for president in Bladen since Herbert Hoover? Answer, no, in 2004 George W. Bush (R) received 6,174 votes (50.14%) compared to 6,109 (49.61%) […]

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Elizabethtown Middle School kicks off their Girls with P.E.A.R.L.S. program under the leadership of Dr. Renee Steele, seventh grade social studies teacher. According to Elizabeth Cole, Principal, “this program is designed to provide an environment where girls can learn life skills to promote success academically and personally.”  She further stated that twenty girls will meet […]

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DUBLIN – Senior Chris Holmes beat the buzzer with a follow shot that lifted Heide Trask to a 42-41 Four County Conference boys basketball victory over West Bladen Friday night. Derrick Benton’s 3-point shot had given the Titans a 40-39 with 3:32 left to play. Both teams missed several scoring chances over the next 3 […]

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DUBLIN – Ten different West Bladen players scored Friday night as the Lady Knights rolled to a 63-23 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over winless Heide Trask. Senior center Jerena Purdie posted a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Senior Logan Autry topped the Lady Knight scoring with 14 points and had 4 […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmore Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson blistered the nets with 29 points Friday night to lead East Bladen to a 50-16 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over Pender. Moore-Peterson fired in a trio of baskets and 2 free throws in the first period. Sophmore Ashley Hardin tossed in 2 baskets, and junior Shardajah Brown drilled […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen defeated Pender 54-42 Friday night in Four County Conference jayvee boys basketball action. Anthony Wooten pumped in 2 baskets and 2 free throws in the first quarter and topped the Eagle scoring with 11 points. Wooten added baskets in the second and third quarters and a free throw in the third. […]

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DUBLIN – Heide Trask used their full-court pressure defense to rally from 17 points down to defeat West Bladen 47-44 in Four County Conference jayvee boys basketball action. The Knights roared out of the gate in the first period racing to leads of 12-2 and 17-4. Freshman Tyre Boykin drove for 2 baskets and 2 […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – All nine East Bladen players scored Friday as the Lady Eagle jayvee girls defeated Pender 29-12 in Four County Conference basketball action. East Bladen built a 10-4 first quarter lead then shut-out the Lady Patriots 7-0 in the second period to widen the gap to 17-4. The Lady Eagles led 24-8 after three […]

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Bladen County Farm Bureau is accepting applications for five academic scholarships and its Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders summer camp “An integral part of fulfilling Farm Bureau’s mission is to make leadership development available to our members,” the firm said in a news release. “We feel that education is an important component of leadership. Providing […]

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1547 – 9-year-old Edward VI succeeds Henry VIII as king of England. 1754 – Horace Walpole, in a letter to Horace Mann, coins the work serendipity. 1855 – The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway. 1864 – Battle of New Bern, NC. 1878 – 1st telephone […]

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Bladen County Economic Development director Chuck Heustess and Steve Yost, who is president of N.C. Southeast, are expected to discuss economic development with the Bladen County Board of Commissioners on Monday during a special meeting at the Powell-Melvin Agriculture Center in Elizabethtown. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. and is open to […]

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The Bladen County side of N.C. 53 in White Oak has reopened, although portions across the Cumberland County line remain closed because of continued repairs, says Ken Clark, who is maintenance engineer for the Bladen County office of the N.C. Department of Transportation, while five roads in the county remain closed. With the culvert replacement […]

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Elliott Madden of Elizabethtown is attending the 2017 Rotary Youth Leadership Conference held at the Trinity Center in Pine Knoll Shores this weekend. RYLA began Friday afternoon and will continue through Sunday. RYLA is a leadership program that  is organized by Rotary Clubs and districts to help teens and young adults to develop their leadership […]

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Certified Family Nurse Practitioner Deidre Chavis Powell has joined Southeastern Medical Clinic Fairmont, an affiliate of Southeastern Health (SeHealth). She earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies with a minor in chemistry from UNC Chapel Hill in 2005, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UNC Pembroke in 2009, as well as a master’s degree in […]

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By: Congressman Robert Pittenger A few weeks ago, my family was blessed with the arrival of a beautiful baby girl, our 10th grandchild!  If you’ve ever held a newborn, so defenseless and completely dependent on you, you’ll understand why the idea that some people advocate for the murder of little babies is unconscionable. As a […]

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TAR HEEL- Shy’Ron Adams lit up the scoreboard with 30 points Thursday night as he led Bladenboro to a 45-39 Bladen Five Middle School boys basketball victory over Tar Heel. Center Kai Belle worked the paint for a pair of first quarter baskets, and Khalil Lloyd pumped in a basket and a free throw for […]

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WASHINGTON – As hundreds of thousands of pro-life supporters come to Washington for today’s March for Life, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) sent a letter to President Trump outlining shared pro-life priorities for Congress and the new Administration.  Congressman Pittenger’s letter was co-led by Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04) and Chairman Diane Black (TN-06) and was co-signed […]

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Bladen County Schools

According to the 2015-16 Consolidated Data Report compiled by the NC Department of Public Instruction, reportable crimes have decreased during the 2015-16 academic year. However, long-term suspensions have decreased while short-term suspensions have increased. “Schools must be safe havens if we want our teachers to be effective and our students to excel academically,” State Board […]

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The first race in the Coastal Carolina Off-Road Series (CCORS) 2017 season is scheduled Sunday at Browns Creek Nature Park and Bike Trail in Elizabethtown. The event is hosted by Cape Fear Southern Off-Road Bicycle Association. “We’re expecting to have about 100 people,” said Greg Brinson, who is president of Cape Fear SORBA. “We have […]

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Facebook is a social place full of friends and family keeping in touch. This week a post was made asking for assistance for a Bladen County Air Force veteran during his final days. Many in Bladen County know the veteran as Lynwood Norris and his wife, by the name of Kay. Mr. and Mrs. Norris […]

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Elizabethtown Christian Academy

The Elizabethtown Christian Academy has released the Honor Roll List and Headmaster’s List  for the second nine weeks grading period. Honor Roll 2nd Grade Walker Clifton Elena Espinoza Whit Gooden Ryker Strickland 3rd Grade Sarah Cain Gracey Clark Jayden Dew 4th Grade Miriam DeVane Leah McGill Bella Smith Dustin Thaggard 5th Grade Clarence Norton Michaella […]

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This Day In History

1785 – 1st US state university chartered, Athens, Georgia. 1880 – Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp. 1888 – National Geographic Society formed in Washington, DC. 1918 – “Tarzan of the Apes”, 1st Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater. 1939 – First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning. 1948 – 1st tape recorder sold. 1951 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Our new Commander in Chief and Congressional Republicans met yesterday in Philadelphia as they begin to see what they have in common, determine their goals for the upcoming year. Would love to be a ‘fly on the wall’.  More than likely, both have a list of goals and expectations. There is a price tag attached […]

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TAR HEEL – Bladenboro outscored Tar Heel 13-8 in the second half to claim a 20-14 Bladen Five Middle School girls basketball victory Thursday. The Lady Bulldogs edged in front 7-6 in the first quarter. Hannah Pait tossed in a basket and a free throw, and Lainey Autry and Ellie Smith contributed a basket each. […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLARKTON – Clarkton School of Discovery raced to leads of 11-2 and 21-2 at halftime en route to a 46-13 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory Thursday over East Arcadia. J. T. Junious and Garrett Melvin threw in 2 baskets each, and Jacob Priest nailed a 3-point shot as […]

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BURGAW – Freshman Tyre Boykin poured in 18 of his 21 points in the second half as West Bladen’s jayvee boys outlasted Pender 45-41 Wednesday night in Four County Conference basketball action. Boykin bombed in a first quarter 3-point shot then nailed two more 3-point shots in the third quarter and added another basket. Boykin […]

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BURGAW – Seniors Laikyn Pait and Jerena Purdie combined for 25 points to lead West Bladen’s Lady Knights to a 47-44 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over Pender Wednesday night. Pait pumped in a trio of baskets in the third period as the Lady Knights edged ahead 38-34. Junior Patience Parker threw in a […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Board Planning Session at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, January 30, 2017. The meeting will be held in the Powell-Melvin Agriculture Center, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown.   Charles R. Peterson, Chairman Bladen County Board of Commissioners Share:

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If it’s too cold for you, it is probably too cold for your pet. Remember to bring animals inside. Make sure your four-footed family members stay safe and warm by following these simple guidelines from The Humane Society: *Remember to bring your pets inside. Do not leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. *Exposed skin […]

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The Bladen County Detention and Law Enforcement Center is on target for completion by June 22 and the final inspection to be completed by July 21.  The new jail will have 105 cells and contain about 220 beds.  The new facility is located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown across from the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center. The […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Earlier today, Governor Cooper announced that North Carolina has received more than $198 million in federal assistance for Hurricane Matthew recovery that was secured by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and other members of North Carolina’s Congressional delegation. In December, Congress passed a continuing resolution (CR) that provides North Carolina with more than […]

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In light of Hurricane Matthew, Bladen County Health Department and Bladen County Emergency Management have partnered to create a Special Needs Registry Form that will help first responders identify individuals with special needs within the county. Completion of the form is completely voluntary and will assist with efforts to better serve our residents. Information from […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting at 5:30 pm on Monday, February 6, 2017. The purpose of this meeting is to enter a Closed Session in accordance with NCGS 143.318.11 (a) (3) Attorney-Client Privilege. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room on the lower level of the Courthouse, […]

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WASHINGTON – In December 2013, a young Texas girl witnessed her mother being murdered by the mother’s estranged husband.  As she had been taught to do, the girl picked up the phone and dialed 911 for help.  Tragically, her call never reached 911 because the girl didn’t know she first needed to dial “9” to […]

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Sandra Cain

By Sandra R. Cain As the old saying goes, “You are what you eat.”  In America, a love for unhealthy foods, combined with a tendency to be sedentary, has led to an alarming rate of obesity not just in adults but also in children. It’s commonly recommended that all Americans eat “5 A Day”. That […]

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Bladen County Schools

The dropout count for Bladen County Schools fell by 62.7 percent for the 2015-16 school year, a report released Wednesday by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction showed. It was the highest percentage drop in the state among school systems with at least 10 dropouts. Bladen County had 22 students drop out of high school […]

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For those who love such challenging games as Black Jack and Roulette, you’ll have your chance to test your skills on Saturday. That is when Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial and the Committee of 100 will hold a joint fundraiser called “Casino Night” at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. Doors will open to the public at 6:30 […]

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A popular convenience store and service station located at 318 S. Poplar Street  in Elizabethtown has reopened under the brand name Tiger Mart. The former Kangaroo Store shut down in September but is now open for business. Share:

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The McDonald’s in Elizabethtown is open for business as usual on Thursday after having to close to make repairs to equipment, according to Dominique Davis, the Store Manager. “We had to shut off the electricity (for the repairs) and so we had to close,” said Davis. She said the store was closed from about 5 […]

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Victor Cedeño Caballero and Joel Andrade De Leon, an attorney who is traveling with Cedeño, of the Polytechnic Bilingual Institute Goshen of Panama, addressed the members  of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday. Cedeño is a civil and industrial engineer in Panama.  They have been visiting Bladen Community College and touring the region to learn more […]

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Though the deadline to register to receive assistance from FEMA for damage sustained due to Hurricane Matthew, residents can still call the agency with their questions or to learn the status of an application. As of January 25, Bladen County has had 2,962 residents apply for disaster assistance through FEMA and $ 2,233,864.79 in disaster relief […]

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation has provided the following information regarding the operation of Elwell Ferry and road openings/closings per Kenneth Clark. Elwell Ferry: The Elwell Ferry is not operating due to high water.   Road Openings: NC 210 is open SR 1105 (Paul Brisson Road) is open. SR 1107 (Pleasant Grove Church Road) […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLINTON –A couple of Clinton runs in the first and second quarters carried the Dark Horses to an 87-74 Four County Conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen Wednesday night. The Eagles trailed for 30 minutes in the game but pulled to within 76-69 on sophomore Adonis Avery’s driving lay-up with […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

I-95 is one of the nations busiest roads, the main corridor between the northeast and the southeastern US is high on the list for funding if Congress and President Trump decide to approve an infrastructure bill.  Actually, in one release I read, North Carolina’s portion of the interstate was near the top of the list.  […]

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BURGAW – Guard Rodney Hansley bombed in a trio of 3-point shots to spark a 15-4 third quarter spurt that propelled Pender to a 56-39 Four County Conference boys basketball victory Wednesday night over West Bladen. The Patriots led 26-22 at halftime before Hansley’s barrage opened up a 41-26 lead. Junior Jonathan Robinson and senior […]

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CLINTON – East Bladen’s defense slowed down high-scoring Clinton and Mikayla Boykin Wednesday night, but the Lady Dark Horses still posted a 58-31 Four County Conference girls basketball victory over the Lady Eagles. “They have averaged over 90 points in their last 4 games,” said East Bladen Coach Patty Evers. “We are rebuilding this year, […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLINTON – Clinton closed the game with a 16-6 run that rallied the Dark Horses to a 40-32 Four County Conference jayvee boys victory over East Bladen Wednesday night. Sophomore Shy Pone drove for a pair of baskets and dropped in 2 free throws, and sophomore Pierce Melvin drained a 3-point […]

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BURGAW – Chasity Lacy fired in 16 points to lead West Bladen’s jayvee girls to a 37-17 basketball victory over Pender Wednesday night. Lacy drained a 3-point bomb and another basket in the first quarter, and Lexie Corrothers sank a basket and a free throw as the Lady Knights grabbed an early 9-5 lead. Teammate […]

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A large crowd gathered Wednesday, January 25, on a beautiful 70 degree day for golf at Vineyard Golf. The winning team on the front side with -2 in the Tossup was Stacy Owen, Lloyd Hester, Lenon Fisher and Gary Smoak. Winning the back side, with even par, was the team of Jimmy Davis, Pam Davis […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLINTON – Clinton rode a 17-5 surge in the middle quarters to a 35-18 Four County Conference jayvee girls basketball victory over East Bladen. Freshmen Izzy Smith and Miasha Smith tossed in 2 baskets each in the first quarter, and Jayme LeeAnn Frady threw in a basket as the Lady Eagles […]

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1784 – Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America’s symbol. 1802 – Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library. 1870 – U.S. Congress authorizes Virginia to rejoin the union. 1871 – U.S. income tax repealed. 1907 – 1st U.S. federal corrupt election practices law passed. 1911 – Glenn Curtiss pilots 1st […]

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The Arby’s Foundation contributed $2,000 to the Bladen Crisis Assistance Food Pantry on Wednesday. Kathy Page, with Bladen Crisis Assistance, said they began 13 years ago as a food pantry and in November of that same year they added clothing and the thrift store began. Page said they also wanted to add financial assistance but […]

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The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater celebrates Valentines Day and all things romantic with an evening of organ favorites and love songs from the ‘20s to the present performed by organist/composer Mark Andersen and the region’s best singers.  The night also includes the silent film, “LOVE,” with Greta Garbo and John Gilbert accompanied by Mr. […]

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WASHINGTON – During his final month in power, President Obama provided $261 million U.S. tax dollars to the Palestinian Authority. The first $40 million was released just prior to the December 23rd United Nations Security Council vote on Resolution 2334, which was related to Israeli settlements in the West Bank.  The remaining $221 million was […]

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Have you ever had a bike tire go flat with no quick and easy way to repair it?  Wouldn’t it be great to have a bike repair station readily available and accessible in your community?  We have a solution. The NC Division of Public Health and NC Cooperative Extension are partnering to provide Bike Fixtations […]

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