12/17/2018
  • 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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This Day In History

1785 – Philadelphia Society for the Promotion of Agriculture organized. 1790 – 1st US census authorized. 1845 – US President John Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas. 1867 – Howard University, Washington, DC, chartered. 1909 – 1st US university school of nursing established, University of Minnesota. 1928 – Paul Whitman & orchestra […]

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The top Real Estate Agent for sale of homes on Wrightsville Beach during 2016 was Team Hardee, Hunt and Williams. HH&W sold a total of 24 properties with a combined value of $17,505,000.00. Hardee, Hunt and Williams is owned by former Bladen resident Jim Hardee. Share:

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 TILLIS: “Whether you’re a Republican, Democrat or Independent, far more unites us than divides us. We all want our children to inherit an America that is stronger, safer and more prosperous. We all want to see our fellow Americans have access to affordable health care and a quality education. We all want to see America […]

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 WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who personally greeted President Trump as he entered the House Chamber tonight, had this reaction to the President’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress:   “President Trump laid out a strong vision to secure America and prioritize our efforts to rebuild our economy.  Tax reform, legal immigration reform, […]

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A lot of people say, “Numbers don’t lie.” Elizabethtown crime has dropped dramatically according to the numbers presented by Elizabethtown Police Chief, Tony Parrish this week. In 2015 there were 262 crimes reported in Elizabethtown according to the Chief Parrish. Last year, 2016, Parrish said there were only 196 crimes reported. Parrish noted that breaking […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, attended a committee hearing to discuss how to improve outcomes for youth in the Juvenile Justice System. Senator Tillis has been a longtime champion for bipartisan reforms to the juvenile justice system and juvenile delinquency as both a U.S. Senator […]

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Emily Scott, a student at East Bladen High School, has been named as a semi-finalist for the National Beta Club Scholarship. She learned last week that she had been named to the semi-finalist list and is preparing her application materials for the March deadline. “It is really exciting. It means so much. It’s relieving to […]

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Economic Development is a hot topic. Bladenboro is another town in Bladen County wanting to grow and prosper according to many town officials. General Manager, Tony Blackmon, at  BPC (Back Porch Crafters) Floral Wholesaler announced Tuesday, February 28, there is an opportunity for everyone to save money on discounted floral products and even a chance […]

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WASHINGTON – In advance of President Trump’s Address to a Joint Session of Congress, Congressman Robert Pittenger has released a video tour of the U.S. Capitol, including a behind-the-scenes view of the Lincoln Room and a preview of what President Trump will see as he walks to the House Chamber.  Congressman Pittenger also shares his […]

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There will be a meeting of the Bladen County Economic Development Commission Board on Friday, March 3 at noon at the EDC office, 218 A Aviation Parkway, Elizabethtown, NC. Share:

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The Elizabethtown Town Council held their annual budget and planning retreat at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery on Monday and discussed a variety of topics. Elizabethtown Police Chief Tony Parrish spoke about the police department and gave summary of the past year. He said there are currently 17 sworn positions and one K-9 position within […]

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Several of our readers have been voicing their concerns about the Mother County. One hot topic we have heard a lot about is Advisory Boards. Citizens have asked us: How are people chosen for these boards? Are there certain stipulations to serve on the boards? How do can I be placed on an Advisory Board […]

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RALEIGH – Taxpayers across North Carolina no longer have to scramble to find paper copies of vehicle property tax receipts when preparing their tax returns. The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has initiated an online service that allows drivers across the state to view and print copies of their individual vehicle property tax receipts. “This […]

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RALEIGH – Applications are now being accepted for a pilot program to grow industrial hemp for research in North Carolina. There is no deadline to apply for the program, which is open to farmers who can show evidence of income from a farming operation. “The N.C. Industrial Hemp Commission has worked diligently and quickly to […]

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Bladen County, NC– Bladen County and representatives from the North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) office are working together to determine if homeowners and business owners are eligible to receive hazard mitigation grants under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Designed to protect lives and property from future disaster, this program eligibility will be discussed at community […]

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Exciting changes are coming to the Bladen County Public Library! As of March 16, 2017, our library system will be part of statewide consortium (group of libraries) that share the same software system to check out books (Evergreen) as well as share resources (books, movies, audio books, etc). A few important things to know during our transition: Due […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

Congratulations to Trey Turner on his “A Honor Roll” accomplishment at West Bladen High School. His name was inadvertently left off the honor roll lists. Great job, Trey! Share:

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Jackie Coleman, Chief of the Bladenboro Volunteer Fire Department, spoke at the February 27 meeting. Chief Coleman gave an overview of the 2016 services rendered to the community and surrounding areas. The highlight of his program was Bladen County’s response to help firefighters at the Party Rock fire in Chimney Rock, NC.  Share:

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Commissioners accepted 10 applications for the job of Bladen County Administrator. The Elizabethtown Jaycee Club presented a Bladen Tech scholarship to Lori Lewis of Elizabethtown. The Clarkton Jaycee Club presented their Distinguished Service Award to Marvin Burney. Sue A. Little was appointed Branch Office Manager of Cape Fear Production Credit Association. Share:

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Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer released the statement below following the appointment of Ray Starling as Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade and Food Assistance: “Congratulations to my good friend, Ray Starling, on his appointment to serve as the Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade, and Food Aid,” said Rep. […]

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FAYETTEVILLE, NC –– When The Lantern Fest®, wholly owned by Sack Lunch Productions, Inc. (OTC PINK: SAKL), returns to Fayetteville on October 7, hopes and dreams will weave a tapestry of light across the night sky.  Last year, more than 1,500 gathered at the Fayetteville Motor Speedway to see a sky filled with lanterns. Event […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the White House announced that Ray Starling, Chief of Staff for Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), will be leaving the Senator’s office to serve as Special Assistant to the President for Agriculture, Trade, and Food Assistance. “We will greatly miss Ray’s tremendous leadership, his warm sense of humor, and his genuine passion […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Pear and Plum trees are ‘plum’ beautiful.     Today is the last day of February, 2017.  Weather is always an appropriate subject.     Average high temp for February is 59 (likely higher this year) and the average low is 33.     Average high for March is 67; average low, 40 degrees.  From […]

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Raleigh, NC– The office of North Carolina State Senator Jeff Tarte (R-Mecklenburg) with eight other members of the General Assembly today sent a letter to the State Auditor Beth Woods officially requesting that her office audit and investigate the RFP and contract (documents and processes) for the I77 toll road project between the state of […]

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ST PAULS – St. Pauls rallied with 2 runs in the fourth inning and 3 more in the fifth to rally for a 5-2 victory over East Bladen Monday in the jayvee baseball opener for both teams. The Eagles jumped in front 2-0 in the second inning. After 2 were out sophmore Eric Chancy and […]

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ST. PAULS – A 6-run third-inning sparked St. Pauls to a 9-1 lead, and the Bulldogs held off a 4-run last-inning rally by East Bladen for a 9-5 season-opening non-conference baseball victory Monday night. The Bulldogs scored in the first, but the Eagles tied the game 1-1 in the second. Sophmore Shy Pone led off […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLARKTON – Kendall Johnson posted a double-double of 21 points and 15 rebounds to lead Tar Heel to a 41-35 victory Monday night over East Arcadia in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Boys Tournament. Teammate Khalil Lloyd finished with 10 points and 5 rebounds, while center Kai […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLARKTON – Alexus Mitchell sank the clinching free throw in the closing seconds as Elizabethtown held on for a 17-16 victory over Bladenboro Monday in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Girls Tournament. Carlie West’s rebound basket put the Lady Cougars ahead 14-13 in the fourth quarter, and […]

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Bladen County Sports

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong CLARKTON – Khadijah Jones and Mariah Smith combined for 26 points to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 33-20 victory over Tar Heel Monday night in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament.   Jones topped the Lady Blue Devil scoring with 15 points, and Smith […]

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Crime Report

A Bladen County man was one of ten men arrested in Cumberland County during a sting operation on Friday and is facing charges of solicitation of prostitution. Thomas Ashley McKoy of Clarkton was arrested when the sting operation was conducted near the Coliseum Inn, according to the Fayetteville Observer. The arrests are touted as a tool […]

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The Elizabethtown Town Council conducted their annual budget retreat on Monday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. Several topics were discussed. The Elizabethtown Rescue Building located on Mercer Mill-Brown Marsh Road was one of the items being considered. The building was damaged by flooding caused by Hurricane Matthew in October. The rescue squad has been […]

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Crime Report

A man dressed in a black or dark blue hoodie walked into a home on Ash Street in Bladenboro on Sunday afternoon and robbed it, according to Police Chief Chris Hunt. The man called out the homeowner’s name and then proceeded to rob the home. “The wife was home and heard a noise in the kitchen and […]

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This Day In History

1646 – Roger Scott was tried in Massachusetts for sleeping in church. 1759 – Pope Clement XIII allows Bible to be translated into various languages. 1784 – John Wesley charters Methodist Church. 1810 – 1st US fire insurance joint-stock company organized, Philadelphia. 1849 – 1st boat load of gold rush prospectors arrive in San Francisco […]

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Clarkton, NC – Introducing new culture is part of education. Clarkton School of Discovery is excited to announce Velvet Caravan will be performing at the local school soon. Rooted in the Gypsy Jazz/Gypsy Swing and Latin Swing styles, this high-energy, acoustic-based quintet of guitar, violin, stand-up bass, percussion and keyboards (including accordion) has emerged as one […]

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Dublin – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost seminars beginning in March. How to Brand and Build Your Non-Profit is scheduled for Sat., Mar. 25, 9 a.m. until 12 noon in building 2, room 202, on the Dublin campus. This workshop is helpful for non-profits and churches. Quickbooks for […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2017 — In response to a request from Lorraine Dillard, Farm Service Agency’s (FSA) acting State Executive Director in North Carolina, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 9 counties in North Carolina as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought. Those counties are: […]

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By: Rachel Gross, NOAA National Weather Service There will be a warming trend through mid-week with potential for showers according to Rachel Gross with the National Weather Service. A cool down may happen heading into the weekend. Potential for record highs on Wednesday and possible freezing temperatures on Friday night. Share:

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BladenOnline.com Roundtable Discussion on Opioid abuse in Bladen continues with an Interview with Bladen County Sheriff’s Department’s Detective, Richard Allen. Our staff sat down with Detective Allen to talk about the opioid problem in the county. He said about 75 percent of the drug arrests involve pills of some type. He said the most common pills […]

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The American Red Cross is assisting two families in Bladen County after fires on Saturday destroyed two homes, according to Bladen County Deputy Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark. He said both fires began around lunch on Saturday. The first fire broke out at the home of William Carter located on White Plains Church Road in the […]

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There are many health needs, but dental health takes a back burner a lot of the times according to one local dental care provider. Dublin First Baptist Church hosted the Baptist State Convention of North Carolina’s Medical – Dental Center this past Saturday, February 25th, 2016. The Medical/Dental Bus Ministry of NCBM began in 1989 […]

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The first Solar Eclipse of the year happened this past Sunday, February 26th, 2017. Solar Eclipse Find out more at Space.com.  Share:

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Peyton Fell a freshman at East Bladen High School has the singing talent. This past weekend Peyton and her parents, Terry and Kellye Fell of Elizabethtown went to audition for the television show, The Voice.  Peyton has been singing since 6th grade when her music teacher, Linda Jordan, from Clarkton School of Discovery, started a […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

What’s your favorite time of they year?  Why?   Checking interesting events from years gone by recently.  We all know about The Beast of Bladenboro, but have you heard about the Bladenboro Fire Poltergeist?  It occurred January, 1932, a strange fire in a home in the area.  If interested, Google it.   High Temp, 80 degrees […]

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DUNCAN, SC – West Bladen grad Abbey Walters pitched a 3-hitter to pick up her seventh win of the season Sunday as her UNC-Pembroke Lady Braves edged Wingate 2-1 in the Mid South Classic. Walters struck out 6, walked 2 and allowed one earned run as she raised her season record to 7-1 with a […]

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East Bladen head football Coach Robby Priest has been named as an assistant coach for the North Carolina team in this year’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. The game will be played on Dec. 16 at Gibbs Stadium on the Wofford College campus in Spartanburg, SC. This year’s game will be the 81st annual meeting […]

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This Day In History

1801 – Washington, DC placed under Congressional jurisdiction.   1813 – US Congress authorizes use of steamboats to transport mail.   1827 – 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans.   1864 – US Congress authorizes 1st stamped newspaper wrappers for mailing.   1879 – Constantine Fahlberg discovers saccharin (artificial sweetener).   1919 – American […]

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The Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala was well attended on Saturday evening. The Masquerade Ball was held at Lu Mil Vineyard and the music for the evening was provided by Diverse Groove of Charlotte. The band played a variety of music including covers of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston hits as well as R&B and soul. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Ever think about how different we are?  Some are hot natured, some cold natured.  Some love to go to a family or neighborhood gathering and talk and talk and talk, while others meet, greet and are ready to move on.  Nothing wrong with either.  We just need to respect all, including what we perceive to […]

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DUNCAN, SC – Bladenboro native Abbey Walters pitched a 2-hit shutout Saturday as UNC-Pembroke defeated Barton 8-0 in the Mid-South Classic. The Lady Braves downed Converse 12-3 in their second game of the day. It was the third shutout and fourth complete game of the season for Walters who raised her record to 6-1. The […]

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GREENEVILLE, TN – Bladenboro native Clint Allen walloped a solo home run and drove in 3 runs in Coker College’s 10-6 South Atlantic Conference win over Tusculum Friday night. Allen finished 2-4 at the plate and scored 2 runs.  In Coker’s six-run fourth-inning, Allen singled to drive in a run, advanced on a wild pitch […]

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1732 – 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St. Joseph’s, Philadelphia. 1773 – Construction authorized for Walnut St. jail (Philadelphia) (1st solitary). 1869 – 15th Amendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states to ratify. 1893 – 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Michigan. 1907 – US […]

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MORROW, GA – White Oak native Rahu Purde hit a key 3-point shot and scored 9 points as his Lander Bearcats upset top-seeded Clayton State 89-86 in double-overtime Saturday to advance to the Peach Belt Conference semi-finals. The Bearcats, the No. 4 seed in the PBC East, will now host UNC-Pembroke, Saturday at 1 p.m. […]

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The Red team from Bladen Recreation’s 6-8 Coed Basketball League is pictured. Members of the team are: Jayden Hawkins, Tyrone Freeman, Christian Bryant, Xavier King, Aubrey Long, Josiah Hatcher, Demeare Freeman, Rimel Jackson, Imani Bowens and Patron Dixon. Head Coach is Kenneth Long. Share:

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The Grey team from Bladen Recreation’s 6-8 Coed Basketball League is pictured. Members of the team are: Javonte’ Smith, Ethan Burden, Omar Powell, Ayden Williams, John Monroe, Collin Cole, Seth Faircloth, Conner Hill, and Kamariah Rhodie, Head Coach is Walter Powell. Assistant Coach is David Faircloth. Share:

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The Purple team from Bladen Recreation’s 6-8 Coed Basketball League is pictured. Members of the team are: Jameel McKiver, Ronnie Labra, Sheldon Melvin, Braylon Cromartie, Josiah Robinson, Jace Butler, Aubrei Nixon, Brandon McKinley, and Etan Metz. Head Coach is Darius Gillespie. Share:

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Since the SECU Foundation was established in August 2004, it has awarded annual $10,000 “People Helping People” four-year scholarships – increasing from two to three in 2014 – to graduating seniors attending North Carolina Charter Schools.  These scholarships will be awarded to students attending one of the 17 constituent campuses of the University of North […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

50 degrees at 7 AM on February 25 and temps expected to be in the low to mid 80s this PM.  Temps should dip to near 40 degrees tonight.   Tired of politics?  Easy to understand.  Saw an interview with Gov. Kasich, former presidential candidate yesterday.  He was in DC, meeting with President Trump.  Interviewed […]

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An update of road openings / closings for Bladen County is as follows:   OPENINGS:   NC 242 The box culvert construction on NC 242 located south of Sweet Home Church Road is complete (a.k.a. the Jones Lake Overflow).  As a result, the southernmost detour on NC 242 using US 701 and SR 1511 is […]

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Twasjay Roddreek Brown was found guilty of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Friday in Bladen County Superior Court. Brown, 23, of Elizabethtown, also was found guilty of discharging a weapon into occupied property and possession of a firearm by a felon in the shooting death of […]

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Here are pairings, dates and times for the Bladen Five middle school basketball tournament at Clarkton School of Discovery: Monday, February 27 4 p.m. No. 2 Elizabethtown Girls (4-2) vs. No. 3 Bladenboro (2-4) 5 p.m. No. 4 Tar Heel Boys (2-6) vs. No. 5 East Arcadia (0-8) 6 p.m. No. 1 Clarkton School of […]

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GREENWOOD, SC – West Bladen grad Rahu Purdie filled up the stat sheet with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and led Lander to an 80-71 victory over Georgia College Wednesday night in the Peach Belt Conference regular season finale for the Bearcats.   Lander finished in fourth place in the PBC Eastern Division […]

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  The Black team from Bladen Recreation’s 6-8 Coed Basketball League is pictured. Members of the team are: Sincere Simmons, Ny’Zai Smith, Ahmarie Smith, Sayvion Covington, Jaydon Ballard, Niyah Wooten, Jaquan Lesane, Torrez Quezada, DeVance Tatum and Khyonna Ripley. Head Coach is Kaylan Tatum.  Share:

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The Royal Blue team from Bladen Recreation’s 6-8 Coed Basketball League is pictured. Members of the team are: Jude Culbreth, Kendall Lesane, Nia McKoy, Blake Britt, Tylik McCall, Jurwon Hubbard and Omarion Brown. Head Coach is Joseph Gore. Assistant is Vanessa Gore. Share:

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The Carolina Blue team from Bladen Recreation’s 6-8 Coed Basketball League is pictured. Members of the team are: Dashon Campbell, Jamari Adams Peterson, Justin Spaulding, Christopher Cromartie, Cayden Morton, Caiden McNeil, Elijah Smith, Isaiah Robinson, Adam Mitchell, Jr. and Janiya Reed. Head Coach is Dean Clark. Assistant Coach is Erin Wakefield Share:

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This Day In History

1751 – 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent).   1791 – 1st Bank of US chartered.   1793 – 1st US cabinet meeting, held at George Washington’s home.   1837 – 1st US electric printing press patented by Thomas Davenport.   1862 – Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by President […]

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By: Congressman Robert Pittenger Were you able to join my live, interactive telephone town hall on Thursday?   More than 6,000 constituents from across the 9th Congressional District joined me for a lively discussion on health care, immigration, Planned Parenthood, President Trump, and other topics.   My commitment is to hear from as many constituents […]

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Vineyard Golf

The warmest February in many years has had the golfers swarming onto Vineyard Golf to enjoy one of the best golf courses in southeastern North Carolina.   A Tossup was held Friday, February 24, and winning was split between two teams. The team of David Cross, Norgie Hester, Mac Porter and Jimmy Davis won the […]

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Leland – Former Charter Day School student Zachary Potter was notified that he has been selected to receive a four-year full-paid scholarship through the collegiate U.S. Army ROTC program, according to his mother Rebecca Potter. Zachary will graduate from North Brunswick High this summer and has been accepted by Campbell, UNC Pembroke, ECU, and NC […]

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Growing for The Local Market class has been held at the local extension center to help Bladen County grow. Session three of the four part series will be next week. Topics group will be discussing are packaging, marketing and optimizing the outward appearance of your for-sale product. We will also be addressing many of the […]

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If you have dental needs, but no insurance there is help on the way. According to Dublin First Baptist Church the N.C. Baptist Men’s Dental Bus will be at their church tomorrow, Saturday, February 25th from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The Dental Bus is a ministry of the Baptist and anyone is encourage to […]

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Overview: A very unseasonably warm air mass will be in place ahead of an approaching cold front through Saturday. Temperatures could easily surpass record high values Saturday afternoon. The cold front will move through from west to east in the evening bringing much cooler and drier weather for the latter half of the weekend. Do […]

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Boost the Boro, Inc., broke some records last year with their fundraising and events. The committee met again Thursday, February 17th to discuss how to make 2017 another record breaking year. The agenda was full for the meeting of the dedicated non-profit members. NCDOT signage, Bladenboro’s Farmer’s Market, Bladenboro’s Annual Spring Fest, the Beast Fest […]

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Bladen County voters voiced their concerns with others on Thursday during a telephone town hall. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) connected with 6,128 constituents via a live, interactive telephone town hall, listening and responding to constituents on multiple topics including repairing America’s health care system, defunding Planned Parenthood, and President Trump’s tax returns on Thursday, February […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Saving for the future is a vital part of ensuring a secure retirement. American Savings Education Council and America Saves coordinate the annual America Saves Week. Started in 2007, the week is an annual opportunity for organizations to promote good savings behavior and a […]

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Sandra Cain

By: Sandra R. Cain For Better Living Obesity in kids is now considered an epidemic in the United States. The number of children who are overweight has doubled in the last 20 to 30 years. Currently, one in six children is overweight, defined as being at or above the 95th percentile of their age‑sex specific […]

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Bladen County Sports

BLADENBORO – ShyRon Adams and Joshua Lewis combined for 28 points to lead Bladenboro to a 46-20 Bladen Five Middle School boys basketball victory over East Arcadia Thursday.   Adams topped the Bulldog scoring with 18 points, and Lewis followed with 10 points. Teammate Gary Parker added 4 points.   Emanuel Lewis led the Panther […]

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This Day In History

Basketball season is over for both Bladen County High Schools.  Clinton boys 50, West Bladen 45 and in girls play Roanoke Rapids 70, East Bladen 56.  John Clark has captured the details on our sports page.  It was a good year for both local teams. Thoughts now turn to spring sports. Rainfall has been scarce this […]

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  CLARKTON – Center Javant McDowell dropped in 16 points to lead Elizabethtown to a 46-30 victory over Clarkton School of Discovery that clinched the Bladen Five Middle School boys basketball regular season championship for the Cougars.   Elizabethtown edged in front 12-10 in the first quarter as guard JaQuez McKoy threw in a couple […]

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CLARKTON – Clarkton School of Discovery raced to leads of 7-0 and 18-3 en route to a 25-12 victory over Elizabethtown in Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls basketball action. The victory completed an undefeated regular season for the Lady Blue Devils who now own a 6-0 record. Elizabethtown is now 4-2. Mariah Smith nailed […]

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1803 – US Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison) 1839 – Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia. 1857 – 1st perforated US postage stamps delivered to government. 1868 – US House of Representatives vote 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson. 1888 – Louisville, Ky, becomes 1st government in […]

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ROANOKE RAPIDS- Sophmore Anna Vann poured in 27 points to lead Roanoke Rapids to a 70-56 victory over East Bladen Thursday night in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Play-offs. Roanoke Rapids improves to 21-6 and advances to play at 26-1 Bertie Saturday. Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles concluded their season […]

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CLINTON – Clinton pounded the backboards for 14 rebounds in the final quarter to pull out a 50-45 victory over West Bladen Thursday night in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Boys Basketball Play-offs. The Knights held a 25-22 rebounding edge and trailed only 31-29 entering the final quarter, but a trio of […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners and the Bladen County Board of Education will have a special joint meeting on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss budget and capital needs related to the Bladen County Schools. The meeting will be held in the Bladen County Health […]

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The Elizabethtown Rotary Club met on Wednesday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery and heard from Amanda Young, who serves as Director of Entrepreneurship with the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center. Young is working with the town of Elizabethtown to develop a program to promote and build small businesses through the North Carolina Small […]

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A man I considered a friend, who helped a lot of children and a lot of people in general, passed away Thursday morning. Charles Hicks and Donna brought us home to Meadowsweet in late 2015, the same way they gave a home to many stray and unwanted critters. Dr. Charlie wanted us there, in part, […]

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One Bladen County resident will be working as a missionary in Haiti in early March. Tanner Allen will be making his second trip to Haiti to work with the organization, Together We Can Haiti. When asked how he first learned about Together We Can Haiti, he explained he is actually an (inactive) member of the […]

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National Weather Service

On Wednesday, March 8, 2017, the National Weather Service will be conducting a statewide tornado drill, according to Steven Pfaff, with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. The North Carolina and South Carolina Statewide Tornado Drills will be broadcast on NOAA Weather Radio and will create an opportunity for schools, agencies, businesses, and the […]

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The 10th Annual Southeast Region of NC Counselors’ Drive-In Workshop for Area Counselors is planned for Friday, March 31, 2017. This free one-day conference will be held on the UNCP campus and includes .5 NBCC-approved CEUS (5 contact hours). A schedule will be sent out at a later date. If you are planning to attend […]

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A crash on Tuesday evening at the intersection of NC 410 and Pleasant Grove Church Road resulted in charges against both drivers. The crash, which ocurred at about 8:30 p.m., sent the occupants of both vehicles to the hospital for treatment of their injuries, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. According to the Highway […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

I woke up early thinking big…. US population..324,588,939 (according to population clock at 6 AM) World population…7,373,674,588,939 US Debt…$19,978,198,400,000 rounded off as of 6 AM. Debt per US citizen, $61,552. Debt per US taxpayer, $166,751. And, a single grand prize winning lottery ticket was sold in Indiana for last nights $435 million Powerball jackpot.  The […]

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Three members of the Clippers were named to the All-Tournament Team for the Bladen Recreation Department’s 9-12 Boys Basketball League. The Clippers won the tournament championship. Selected to the All-Tournament Team from the Clippers were (pictured) Phillip McKiver, Zamar Lewis and Jacob Nixon. Also named to the team were the Nuggets’ Jaylan Matthews and Javonta […]

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The Nuggets were the Tournament Runners-Up for the Bladen Recreation Department’s 9-12 Boys Basketball League. Players are: Adonis Smith, Amariah Murchison, Arnterio Hooper, Cameron White, Jaylan Matthews, Javonta Mathews, Leonel Mendoza, Milton Marshburn, Tyler Johnson and Tyler Ward. Head Coach is Ricardo Whitaker and Assistant Coach is Johnathan Melvin. Jaylan Matthews and Javonta Matthews were […]

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The Clippers posted are the Tournament and Regular Season Champions for the Bladen Recreation Department’s 9-12 Boys Basketball League.The Clippers posted a 6-0 record in the regular season and a 3-0 record in the tournament. Players are: Alexander Post, Keishod Montgomery, Torrean Cogdell, Jacob Nixon, Zach Metz, Phillip McKiver, Gavin Elks, John Hunter Elks, Zamar […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Eleven different Elizabethtown players scored Tuesday night as the Cougars defeated Tar Heel 41-16 in Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball action. Center Javant McDowell dropped in a trio of first quarter baskets as the Cougars raced to a 10-1 lead. Teammate Drew Sholar nailed a 3-point shot, and guard JaQuez McKoy […]

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Class 2A Boys East Tuesday’s Results West Bladen 65, First Flight 52 St. Pauls 70, Farmville Central 59 Roanoke Rapids 54, Midway 43 Clinton 84, SouthWest Edgecombe 77 Fairmont 86, Currituck County 55 North Pitt 74, Red Springs 67 Thursday’s Games West Bladen at Clinton St. Pauls at Greene Central North Pitt at Fairmont Class […]

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The game that most West Bladen fans expected to see last week will take place Thursday night in Clinton as the Knights visit Dark Horse country for a second round NCHSAA Class 2A Boys Basketball Play-off game. The Knights missed an opportunity to play Clinton last week in the Four County Conference tournament final when […]

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Bladen County Sports

East Bladen’s Lady Eagles hit the road Thursday night and travel to Roanoke Rapids for a second round NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Play-off game.    Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles outlasted First Flight 35-31 Tuesday night as sophmore guard Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson fired in 16 points and delivered an assist to freshman Patience Ward for […]

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PEMBROKE – West Bladen grad Morgan Sweeney batted 3-5 with 2 runs batted in Sundayas Newberry’s Lady Wolves swept Benedict by scores of 11-3 and 21-1.   Sweeney cracked a single to left field in the fifth inning of the opener and scored a run.   The Bladenboro native knocked in a run with a […]

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PEMBROKE – West Bladen grad Abbey Walters batted 5-8 and scored 7 runs Sunday to lead UNC-Pembroke to a double-header sweep over Elizabeth City State by scores of 24-0 and 19-0.   Walters batted 2-4 in the first game, scored 3 runs and drew a bases-loaded walk to force in a run. The senior righthander […]

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This Day In History

1813 – 1st raw cotton-to-cloth mill founded in Waltham, Mass. 1822 – Boston, Massachusetts, is incorporated as a city. 1874 – Major Walter Clopton Winfield patents a game called “sphairistike” (lawn tennis). 1896 – Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield. 1905 – First Rotary Club formed by 4 men in the Unity Building, Chicago. 1915 […]

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