05/19/2019
  • 8:50 am Thoughts While Shaving for May 19
  • 1:27 am This Day in History for May 19
  • 1:22 am Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago
  • 1:17 am Obituary: Clarence Angus Ferguson
  • 1:05 am Where Should I Play Golf … And What Does It Cost?
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The Lake season has almost officially started. One new business is already reporting a booming start. White Lake Supply opened its doors this month. The owner, Aaron Carver, originally from Greensboro said they bought a home at White Lake about 10 years ago and recently decided to start a local business. Carver, a heating and […]

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This Day In History

1704 – Boston Newsletter publishes 1st newspaper advertisement. 1844 – Whig convention nominates Henry Clay as presidential candidate. 1848 – The Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta is founded at Jefferson College in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania. 1873 – 1st US postal card issued. 1883 – “Buffalo Bill” Cody puts on his 1st Wild West Show. 1889 – […]

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By: Erin Smith The Dollar General store located at Dollar General at 14430 NC 87 Hwy W in Tar Heel was robbed on Saturday night at about 10 p.m. according to Tar Heel Mayor Roy Dew. Dew said the robbery occurred as the employees were closing for the evening. The local store was back up with normal […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Who do you trust, really trust to look out for your best interest, business person, politician, friend, foe, anyone? I watch “Cops” sometimes after Sanford and Sons, Fred G. Sanford. Don’t want to be a cop. I appreciate them more. If I were one, would be concerned I would go ‘over the line’ with some […]

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1772 – John Clais patents 1st scale. 1789 – George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America. 1803 – Robert Livingston and James Monroe sign Louisiana Purchase Treaty in Paris at cost of 15 million dollars, doubles size of US. 1864 – New York becomes 1st state to charge […]

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Hurricane Matthew damaged Southeastern North Carolina in more ways than one. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has been creative in building roads and detours to help motorists travel with the least amount of change. Highway 701 in Elizabethtown was washed out during the big storm last October. Now the road has a new traffic […]

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By Amy Schumacher The Volunteer Fire Department held their semi-annual Pancake Breakfast at the White Oak Fire Department building Saturday beginning this service at 6 a.m. Many people from the White Oak community came out to support their volunteers as well as to mingle and enjoy sharing breakfast with their community. The atmosphere was one […]

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By Amy Schumacher The community of Kelly gathered Saturday at the Ball Park for the Annual Kelly Spring Fest. The Kelly Volunteer Fire Department heads up this community gathering every year and has done this since 1985. This year the event included a parade, a car show, food and craft vendors as well as bounce […]

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KODAK, TN – Bladenboro’s Clint Allen slammed a run-scoring double in his final game at Coker College Thursday night as the Cobras lost their South Atlantic Conference Baseball Tournament play-in game to Carson-Newman 4-3. The game was tied 1-1 when Allen ripped a double to left-centerfield that drove in A. J. Strnad with the go-ahead […]

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ROCKY POINT – Wallace-Rose Hill’s Boys and Pender’s Girls took the team titles Thursday in the final Four County Conference track meet of the regular season at Heide Trask. The Wallace boys won their meet with 105.5 points followed by Trask with 93 points. East Bladen’s boys took third-place with 63 points and Pender was […]

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HARTSVILLE, SC – West Bladen grad Morgan Sweeney hammered a game-tying home run Thursday, and her Newberry Lady Wolves rallied for a 3-2 victory over Wingate in the opening round of the South Atlantic Conference Softball Championship Tournament. Sweeney’s blast down the leftfield line tied the game 2-2 in the fifth inning. Teammate Hailey Drawe […]

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RALEIGH — Students from Clarkton School of Discovery in Bladen County and Polk County Early College in Polk County took top honors today in the annual Model Bridge Building Competition sponsored by the N.C. Department of Transportation and the Carolinas Associated General Contractors. The two groups have hosted the event annually since 2000 to encourage […]

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By: Erin Smith A warm, sunny Saturday brought many people out to the front lawn of the Bladen County Courthouse for the annual Child Abuse Awareness event. The afternoon’s events kicked off with a Child Abuse Awareness Walk which began at 1 p.m. at San Jose Restaurant. The walkers traveled along the sidewalk on Broad […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Sophmore Erica McKoy, pitcher Brittany Landreth and freshman Kasee Singletary scored 3 runs each to lead West Bladen to a 12-5 jayvee softball victory over Village Christian Friday. McKoy and Landreth both reached base on errors to begin the West Bladen first inning. After Singletary walked, Indiyah Williams slammed a double to clear […]

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Sandra Cain

Sandra R. Cain For Better Living   Brussels sprouts are the newest member of the cabbage family. The leaves are on the top of the plant and the tiny heads completely surround the stalk. These heads resemble tiny cabbages. There are several types of cabbage: red cabbage; green, crinkly-leaved Savoy cabbage; green, smooth-leaved cabbage; and […]

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East Bladen High School

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen’s base-running speed netted 18 bases Friday night as the Eagles raced past Wallace-Rose Hill 11-1 in a Four County Conference baseball game on Senior Night at East. The Eagles stole 7 bases – including 3 steals of home plate – gained 7 bases on wild pitches and advanced 4 more bases […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

A reminder of the Second Annual Carolina Crossroads Golf Tournament beginning at 1 PM today at Land ‘O Lakes Golf Course. Proceeds benefit men dealing with drug and alcohol addiction. Captain’s Choice, Entry fee $240 per team, lunch provided and door prizes available. If you cannot participate, donations are welcomed. Make check to SE Carolina […]

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1813 – 1st US Rubber patented to Jacob F. Hummel. 1852 – 1st edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus published. 1892 – Charlie Reilly is baseball’s 1st pinch hitter. 1918 – Tris Speaker ties career outfield record of 4 unassisted double plays. 1927 – Construction of Spirit of St. Louis (the monoplane which Charles Lindburgh was […]

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WINDSOR – An inmate serving a life sentence for a first degree murder conviction 13 years ago was charged Friday with the killing of Bertie Correctional Institution Sgt. Meggan Lee Callahan, according to a N.C. Department of Publc Safety news release. Craig Wissink was charged with murder after the death of the 26-year-old officer after […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – West Bladen pounded out 18 hits and rolled to an 11-3 non-conference softball victory over Village Christian Friday night. Sophmore Conner Brisson led off the game with a single, and freshman Kyla Reed walked. Both runners advanced on a passed ball before Carley Dawson smashed a 2-run double. Junior pitcher Madison Collins knocked […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Holden Clark hammered a 2-run double to key a 5-run, third-inning rally that propelled East Bladen to a 7-3 Four County Conference jayvee baseball victory over Wallace-Rose Hill Friday. Wallace-Rose Hill scored a pair of first inning runs before East Bladen answered with a run in the second inning. Sophmore Eric Chancy walked, […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmore Haven Williams pitched a 2-hitter and struck out five to lead Wallace-Rose Hill to an 11-0 Four County Conference softball victory on Senior Night Friday over East Bladen. Junior Kaley Smith ripped a single off the pitcher’s glove in the first inning, and junior Faith Johnson lined a single to left in […]

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  220 players showed up Thursday, April 27 to participate in the 28th Annual Bladen We Care Byron Gooden Memorial Golf Tournament held at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. Two tournaments were held with three flights in each tournament. The a.m. tourney kicked off at 8:30 a.m. and the p.m. tourney started at 1:30 p.m. […]

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This week brought a lot of rain to Bladen County. The Cape Fear River surpassed flood stage due to the heavy down pours. Lock and Dam 2, Tory Hole Park and the Elwell Ferry are all closed due to the wide spread rain earlier this week. BladenOnline will keep you posted about the openings. Share:

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SATURDAY, 29 APRIL, 2017 5k RUN-WALK AND FAMILY FUN DAY AT THE WESTFIT TRAIL, WEST BLADEN HIGH SCHOOL, BLADENBORO NC 28320 EVENTS INCLUDE: 5K FUN RUN/WALK, FOOD, BEVERAGES, FREE ZUMBA WARM-UP CLASS, DANCING, PRIZE DRAWINGS, SERVICE DOG DEMONSTRATION, AND MUCH MORE! TIMELINE: 5k WALK/RUN STARTS ON SATURDAY, 29 APRIL 2017 AT 10:00 AM SHARP! -FRIDAY, […]

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Baseball

CLARKTON – A ten-run second-inning carried Clarkton School of Discovery to a 15-5 Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball victory over Tar Heel Thursday. The Panthers grabbed an early 2-0 lead as Jordan Underwood was hit by a pitch and Antonio Candeleria walked and both of them scored first inning runs. Clarkton answered with a […]

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College has announced the 2017 graduates of the Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) academy. Pictured from left to right are John Trogdon (director of criminal justice programs), BLET students Rodney Cain, Owen Peavy, Tyler Porter, Kelton Dial, Hunter Todd, and Donald Berkheimer. BLET School Director Larry Guyton stands on the right. […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery

CLARKTON – A trio of Clarkton School of Discovery pitchers combined to pitch a no-hitter Thursday as the Lady Blue Devils posted a 16-1 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory over Tar Heel. Starting pitcher Jill Kinlaw struck out two and walked one batter in her scoreless first inning. Karli Priest struck out one and […]

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Highlights from the National Weather Service on the upcoming forecast. Warmest temperatures of the season this weekend with highs around 90 inland and mid 80s closer to the coast. • Heat index values 90-95 Saturday, cooler on Sunday. • An isolated sea breeze shower is possible, otherwise a dry weekend expected. Read the full report, […]

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Road Closing

An update of road openings / closings for Bladen County is as follows: OPENING NC 211 East NC 211 East will open around 3pm this afternoon. CLOSINGS: SR 1336 (Owen Hill Road) SR 1336 (Owen Hill Road) remains closed due to construction of a double line of cast in place reinforced concrete box culvert. Anticipating […]

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By: Erin Smith The Cape Fear Farmers Market is the perfect place to be on a warm, sunny afternoon. David Howard Faircloth of Live Oak entertained with a variety of songs such as “Jolene,” “Dancing Queen” and “Carolina In My Mind.” Billie Hall, one of the farmers market committee members, said, “We are very pleased […]

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Farm Fresh Friday is already gearing up. Vendors are at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market already setting up for the day. Vendors will be on site today in Elizabethtown from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Fresh produce and plants will be offered and the Elizabethtown Rotary Club will be offering popcorn and baked goods to […]

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The Elizabethtown Rotary Club has a guest speaker every week to educate club members about different industries and services offered in and around the area. The week, Rotarian Ginger Tatum, explained the Real Estate and Estate Sales industry to the club. Ginger is one of the newest members of the club. She explained she and […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension The unemployment rate is one of the most closely tracked of economic statistics. There are two reasons for this. First, unemployment rates for the nation, state and local areas (counties, metropolitan regions) are released each month and with a rather short lag – so the information is […]

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Liberty Worship Center of Clarkton will have Revival Services starting Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 6 p.m. and continuing  Monday, May 8, through Wednesday, May 10, at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. David Clewis, Pastor of Abe Branch Holiness Church of Bladenboro, N.C. Liberty Worship Center is located at 89 North […]

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DUBLIN – Sophomore Carley Dawson walloped a 2-run, walk-off double in the seventh inning that lifted West Bladen to a 7-6 victory over Wallace-Rose Hill and into first-place in the Four County Conference Softball Standings. Coach Joey Autry’s Lady Knights improved to 10-1 in the league and 15-3 overall. Second-place Wallace-Rose Hill dropped to 8-2 […]

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Bill Would Provide a More Level Playing Field for Independent Pharmacies Raleigh, NC – Representative Brenden Jones (R-Columbus, Robeson, Bladen) is pleased to report that his bill, HB466, has passed the House by a unanimous vote. “This bill will assist independent pharmacies by allowing them to provide more information to their patients regarding the amount […]

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Raleigh, NC – Representative Brenden Jones (R-Columbus, Bladen, Robeson) is pleased to announce the passage of HB835 entitled “Create Chain of Survival Task Force.”  The bill creates a chain of survival public-private task force that will identify ways to achieve funding for the placement of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDS) in all state buildings and agencies, […]

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SALISBURY, N.C.–Food Lion is celebrating teachers by offering a five percent MVP discount on their total purchase on Teacher Appreciation Day, Tuesday, May 2, 2017. “We’re thankful for the teachers throughout our communities who work to educate our future neighbors, associates and community leaders while investing in our students’ learning and growth each day,” said […]

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Yesterday’s Bladen We Care golf tournament was a huge success. Thanks to all, 56 teams, or there about, beautiful weather, great meals, caring volunteers, a well groomed golf course (Vineyard at White Lake), just about everything positive you could ask for. The winners, Bladen County residents who need ‘a shoulder to lean on’ in time […]

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1635 – Virginia Gov. John Harvey accused of treason & removed from office. 1855 – 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston. 1919 – 1st jump with US Army Air Corps (rip-cord type) parachute (Les Irvin). 1922 – WOI (Ames, Iowa) country’s 1st licensed educational radio station. 1934 – FDR signs Home Owners Loan […]

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CLINTON – Senior Caleb Sholar and junior Scott Bowen combined to pitch a 5-hitter Thursday night as West Bladen defeated Clinton 10-3 in Four County Conference baseball action. Sholar worked the first 4.2 innings on the mound to pick up the win allowing 3 hits and 3 runs while striking out five. Bowen relieved and […]

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DUBLIN – With his family, teammates and coaches in attendance, West Bladen senior star Sayaun Dent made his commitment to play basketball next season at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. Dent had contact with Campbell and UNC-Wilmington early in the recruiting process, but eventually Newberry, UNC-Pembroke, Fayetteville State, Elizabeth City and Mt. Olive would come […]

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Dublin Motor Speedway will hold its annual Rattlesnake Rumble Friday and Saturday, April 28 & 29. Headlining the program this weekend will be the Ultimate Super Late Model Series that pays $10,000 to win and the Southeast Dirt Modified Series that pays $1,500 to win. The Ultimate Super Late Model Series race will be national […]

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ROCKY POINT – Junior Hannah Devane scored 2 goals and assisted on one more to lead East Bladen to a 4-1 Four County Conference girls soccer victory over Heide Trask Wednesday night. Freshman Patience Ward turned a feed from sophmore Ashley Hardin into the first East Bladen goal 18 seconds into the first half. “Patience […]

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DURHAM, N.C.–The North Carolina Baptists On Mission is one of many faith-based and nonprofit organizations participating in the cleanup and rebuilding after Hurricane Matthew devastated the 50 central and eastern counties. What sets this group apart is that the Baptists’ plan to repair or rebuild at least 1,000 hurricane-damaged homes within two years. The mission […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced The Newborn Care Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation that would double the number of days veterans receive care for their newborns from seven to 14. Currently, a veteran must find outside healthcare for her child within seven days of birth or the baby […]

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WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) helped introduce legislation to eliminate the “Congressional Obamacare Exemption” included in the current draft of theAmerican Health Care Act. The current draft proposal to repeal and replace Obamacare allows states to apply for waivers of provisions related to essential health benefits and pre-existing conditions.  Due to Senate […]

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Flags at the Bladen County Fallen Officers memorial were flying at half-staff on Thursday in honor of a fallen Corrections officer. Governor Cooper has ordered that state flags are to fly at half-staff in honor and remembrance of Sgt. Megan Lee Callahan. Flags are to remain at half-staff until sunset on Friday, April 28, 2017. Sgt. […]

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By Congressman Robert Pittenger Saturday is the 100th day of President Trump’s Administration, and by any quantitative account, it has been one of the most productive first 100 days in modern Presidential history. Let’s take a look at the numbers. In his first 100 days, President Trump has: * Worked with Congress to sign 28 […]

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Kayla Gutierrez, granddaughter of Vineyard Golf At White Lake’s owner Bill Augustine, placed second recently in the Girl’s Shore Conference Championship played at New Jersey’s Jumping Brook Golf Course. Kayla, a freshman at Pinelands Regional High School, shot an 81. After playing only a year Kayla had, what some people never achieve, a hole-in-one. Share:

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen Athletics will host a “Future Eagle Night” on Friday, April 28 when the Eagles host Wallace-Rose Hill. Any school-aged athlete that is currently playing baseball, softball or soccer will be able to get in FREE. The athlete must wear his/her uniform and be accompanied by a parent. Soccer and softball begin at 5 […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By: Jefferson Weaver The headlines had to be perfect. They had to fill the space, they couldn’t run into each other, and larger headlines went higher on the page. Italic and straight typefaces – what everyone calls “fonts” nowadays — had to be staggered, and an even mixture was preferred. And there could never, ever […]

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By: Erin Smith A band with Bladen County ties has released a new video. Brent Underwood, of Tar Heel, announced the band Drayton Road, of which he is a member, has released a new video called “Danger, Danger.” The video was filmed outside of Tar Heel in an old family barn. The band will also […]

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By: Erin Smith There was plenty of laughter and smiles to go around on Wednesday afternoon at the Bladen County Board of Education as the Bladen County Education Foundation held their 9th annual Jail-A-Thon. David Wall, one of the event’s organizers deemed this event a success, though final totals have not been calculated as donations […]

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By: Erin Smith Work is slowly progressing on a small business incubator in downtown Elizabethtown. The former US Post Office building located on East Broad Street in Elizabethtown was purchased by Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial to be renovated and turned into incubator spaces for small businesses. “We hope businesses can start out here and grow into […]

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The Sheriff’s Office has reported high turn over and the need for new staff recently. This week the topic of staffing at the local law enforcement office continues to be a popular topic. The Bladen County Board of Commissioners approved the request on Monday evening for five additional positions for the new detention and law […]

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By: Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department and Elizabethtown Fire Department, together, will be conducting their annual Kids Appreciation Day event on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The event will be held at the Elizabethtown Town Hall located at 805 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown. There will be food, games, horseback riding, a home run derby, a […]

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East Bladen High School

ROCKY POINT – Sophmore Spencer Scott pitched a 4-hit shutout and struck out six Wednesday to lead East Bladen to a 4-0 Four County Conference jayvee baseball victory over Heide Trask. Freshman Jordan Robinson and sophmore Shy Pone drew walks in the Eagle first inning, and sophmore Greyson Heustess hammered a double that scored both […]

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I want to take the opportunity to thank everyone who came to the BBQ Fundraiser at Center Road Baptist Church yesterday for my father, Charles Adams! For every cake donated, every BBQ plate purchased, all the trimmings donated, the fellowship had by all participants from servers to cookers, for every dollar donated, to everyone who […]

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DUBLIN – Freshman Colby White pitched a no-hitter and struck out seven batters to lead West Bladen to a 5-0 jayvee baseball victory Wednesday over Pender. White, freshmen Nolan Bryant and Dawson Bryan and sophmore Thomas West connected for one hit each for West Bladen. “We played pretty good tonight,” said Knight Coach Todd Pait. […]

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DUBLIN – Seniors Trent West and Ian Sykes combined on a five-inning no-hitter Wednesday night as West Bladen defeated Pender 14-2 in Four County Conference baseball action. Trent West pitched 3.1 innings, struck out 3, walked 3 and hit a batter. Sykes walked 4 and struck out one in his 1.2 innings on the mound. […]

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 WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement following today’s release of President Trump’s proposal on tax reform:  “President Trump’s tax proposal will undoubtedly set off waves of rhetoric from Washington insiders and special interest groups committed to maintaining the status quo.  They’ll be defending their lucrative slice of America’s 70,000-page tax code at […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Bladen We Care’s 28th Annual Byron Gooden Golf Tournament fund-raiser is underway at Vineyard Golf, White Lake today. Approximately 50 teams of 4 are participating with proceeds benefiting Bladen County residents who are ‘falling through the cracks in our healthcare system.’ If you do not play golf and cannot or do not plan to attend […]

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By: NC Courts The Honorable Douglas B. Sasser, Senior Resident Superior Court Judge for North Carolina Judicial District 13A (Bladen and Columbus counties), will receive two awards for his volunteer efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew. Judge Sasser was nominated for the Volunteer Service Award (VSA) by a local fire department chief. He will […]

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ROCKY POINT – Sophmore Pierce Melvin pitched a six-hitter and struck out eight batters to lead East Bladen to a 10-1 Four County Conference baseball victory over Heide Trask Wednesday night. Melvin worked 6.2 innings on the mound before junior Xavier Wooten came on to retire the only batter that he faced and end the […]

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ROCKY POINT – East Bladen rallied with 6 runs in the seventh inning to defeat Heide Trask 9-6 Wednesday night in Four County Conference softball action. Senior Emily Scott and freshman Izzy Smith reached base on errors with one out in the seventh to start the Lady Eagle rally. Freshman Lorna Mendell hammered a triple […]

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DUBLIN – Senior Sophia Singletary pitched a 2-hit shutout Wednesday night to lead West Bladen to a 4-0 Four County Conference softball victory over Pender. Pender loaded the bases with nobody out in the first inning on a hit, an error and a hit batter, but the Lady Knight defense worked out of it. Shortstop […]

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1805 – US Marines attack shores of Tripoli. 1861 – US President Abraham Lincoln suspends writ of habeas corpus (US Civil War). 1865 – Steamboat “SS Sultans” explodes in the Mississippi River, killing up to 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history.  Most were paroled Union POWs on […]

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WINDSOR – A sergeant at Bertie Correctional Institution has died following an assault by an inmate about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a N.C. Department of Public Safety news release. Sgt. Megan Lee Callahan, 29, died about 6:20 p.m. despite life saving measures conducted by Bertie Correctional Institution medical staff and local first responders, the […]

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CLINTON – East Bladen’s Robert Meggs won two singles matches Wednesday and to finish second in the Four County Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament. Meggs and the East Bladen doubles team of Michael McDuffie and Gabe Barnes along with West Bladen singles player Tate Sykes all advanced to the Mid-East Regionals in Goldsboro next Friday, May […]

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Boost the Boro, Inc. served as host of another Grand Opening ceremony on Saturday, April 22, of yet another new business to open in downtown — Grace and Company of Bladenboro. The ladies boutique is located at 109 S. Main Street, Bladenboro, NC. According to Don White, President of Boost the Boro, Inc., owners Rona […]

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RALEIGH – Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks has named Caroline C. Valand as the next executive director of the Governor’s Crime Commission.  She begins her new duties May 1. “Caroline is a strategic thinker and consensus builder and will work well managing the Governor’s Crime Commission staff,” said Hooks.  “She has worked with CEOs and […]

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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (R-NC) and Congressman David Scott (D-GA) introduced bipartisan legislation to clarify and improve certain regulations which have created confusion and unnecessary costs in commercial real estate lending. In January 2015, the Federal Reserve and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency adopted regulatory capital rules related to “high volatility […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on the Fox News Channel, where he discussed the most effective ways to secure the United States’ Southern border. Senator Tillis toured the Texas-Mexico border earlier this year, spending days with Border Patrol agents and learning about the challenges and dangers they […]

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By: Erin Smith White Lake has been a prime destination for vacationers for many years. The crystal clear waters tempt many to dip their toes in for a swim. However, at a recent town board meeting a topic of discussion was discoloration of the lake. “The problem is figuring out what is causing the discoloration,” […]

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The 39th annual White Lake Water Festival is fast approaching this year. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, Dawn Maynard, has started distributing the brochures. The festival will begin on May 19th with a classic car cruise in at 6:30 pm. A free street dance featuring, the Southern Touch Band from 7 […]

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By Erin Smith Southeastern Regional Health conducted a focus group meeting at the White Lake Town Hall on Tuesday evening. The format for the evening featured residents of White Lake answering a set of questions facilitated by Cathy Hunt, Healthy Carolinas Grant Facilitator, and May Lample, Community Mobilization Coordinator with Southeastern Health. The purpose of […]

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Friends of Library event on May 4th, READ MORE Herb Gardening event on May 11th, READ MORE Magic Show event on June 15th, READ MORE Summer Reading Programs, June READ MORE Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Two of my heroes are retiring. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Kenny Rogers. First time I saw Dale, Jr. in action was at the Myrtle Beach, SC Speedway where he and sister, Kelly were racing on Saturday night. The story was Dale, Sr. provided a car for each, but it was their responsibility to keep it […]

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Rain or shine the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots event will happen. Lots of great singing, spoken word, mime dancing, food vendors, clothes vendors and more will be happening to raise funds for the Bladen/Sampson Toys for Tots according to Marcella McKoy, a Volunteer Coordinator. Toys for Tots of Bladen and Sampson Counties with […]

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1607 1st English colony in American lands at Cape Henry, Virginia. 1865 – Battle of Durham Station, NC (Greensboro). 1887 – Huntsville Electric Co. forms to sell electricity. 1920 – Harlow Shapely and Heber D. Curtis hold “great debate” on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of […]

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PEMBROKE – Bladenboro native Abbey Walters was named Most Well-Rounded Female Athlete Monday night at UNC-Pembroke’s 4th Annual Golden Braves Awards at Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court. Walters also received the Chancellor’s Award for having the highest Grade Point Average on the softball team. One week earlier the West Bladen grad was named to the All-Peach […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced he has been selected as a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission. The Helsinki Commission, an independent government agency that is comprised of members of Congress and Administration officials, has a mandate to monitor the […]

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Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital

“The only difference between us and our competitors is our people.” Bladen County Hospital has always been a step ahead of all the competition when it comes to our “people”, or our family. No one can compare to the compassion and camaraderie that our group here at Bladen displays every day to our patients, to […]

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Bladen County Sports

Monday’s heavy rains forced postponements and scheduling changes for both Bladen high schools. West Bladen’s home baseball, softball and girls soccer games with Pender that were scheduled for Tuesday have been rescheduled for Wednesday. JV baseball and JV softball start at 4 p.m.; varsity softball and girls soccer begin at 6 p.m.; varsity baseball at […]

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Bladenboro Rotary Club was informed on concerns in education at their Monday evening meeting. Ms. Ann Brown, Principal at Booker T. Washington Elementary School, spoke to the Bladenboro Rotarians at the April 24th meeting. Ms. Brown shared her experiences as a new Principal. Ms. Brown pointed out that one of the greatest concerns she has […]

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Road Closing

Road closing update from Kenneth Clark, NCDOT The Elwell Ferry is not operating due to high water. Also… We have postponed the closure of NC 211 east of SR 1713 (White Plains Church Road) until tomorrow morning at 7:30 am. A signed detour will be in effect to use SR 1713 (White Plains Church Road) […]

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A bill to toughen Opioid Misuse Laws has passed the NC House and is now working its way through the NC Senate.  The bill, titled “Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP)Act” has been referred to the NC Senate Rules and Operations Committee. According to a study performed by Castlight Health, North Carolina has four of the […]

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We will be having an Herb Gardening Program at the main library in Elizabethtown on Thursday, May 11, at 6 p.m. The program is being done by Nancy Olsen, Assistant Extension Agent, Agriculture – Home Horticulture, Master Gardeners for the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Agency. Nancy was born and raised in Western Kansas on a […]

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WASHINGTON – As part of his commitment to helping outstanding local students serve our country at the highest level, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) invites local middle and high school students to attend one of two “Service Academy Days” on Saturday, April 29th. Representatives and cadets from West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, […]

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By: Erin Smith Professional Wakeboarder Shaun Murray set an unofficial world record on Saturday at White Lake by riding behind 46 Correct Craft brand boats. Information and documentation regarding Murray’s record attempt has been submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records and they are awaiting final word from the publisher. The world record attempt took […]

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The National Weather Service has issued a river flood warning for Bladen County for the Cape Fear River until Sunday. According to the National Weather Service, flood stage for the river at Elizabethtown is 25 feet and the river is projected to reach 28.6 feet by Friday. The National Weather Service predicts that flood waters […]

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Construction is now complete and the Elizabethtown location for Hardees is now open. The restaurant, located at 215 S. Poplar Street, opened for business at 5 a.m. Monday and Bladen County residents braved the rain to try the new eatery. While Hardees is not new to Bladen County, there has been a Hardees located in […]

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WASHINGTON – On Saturday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had the solemn privilege of laying a wreath at the Sicily-Rome American Cemetery, where nearly 8,000 American soldiers were buried following the liberation of Sicily and the landings at Salerno and Anzio during World War II. “These noble men and women sacrificed their lives in the fight […]

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Rev. (Dr.) Calvin C. Johnson Sr. will be installed as Pastor of Center Missionary Baptist Church located at 19569 NC Hwy. 410 South, Bladenboro. These services will be held on Sunday, April 30, at 4 p.m. Everyone has a cordial invitation to attend. Share:

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By: Rep. Brenden Jones Last week was a short but busy week in the General Assembly. Below is a summary of key bills I introduced or sponsored, key actions taken by committees on which I serve, and key House votes. BRIGHT Futures Jobs Bill Passes North Carolina House The North Carolina House of Representatives passed […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the confirmation of Sonny Perdue as Agriculture Secretary and the future of the next Farm Bill: “I congratulate Sonny Perdue for being confirmed as Secretary of Agriculture. When I met with Secretary Perdue earlier this year, I was heartened by his […]

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