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New White Lake business

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 air conditioning business man, said he has owned a HVAC company over 30 years in Greensboro. Now he and his family want to offer the heating and air conditioning supplies and services in Bladen County. Carver and his daughter, Dana Garrison, started the company in April offering HVAC supplies, parts, services and installations. For more …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 1

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 – Bayer introduces aspirin in powder form (Germany). 1912 – Beverly Hills Hotel opens. 1920 – Longest major league baseball game by innings – Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings. 1928 – Pitcairn Airlines (later Eastern) begins service. 1931 – Empire State Building opens in New York City. 1939 – Batman comics hit …..

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Tar Heel Dollar General robbed Saturday night

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 business hours on Sunday. Check back with BladenOnline.com for more details as they become available. Update: Sheriff’s Office seeking suspect in Tar Heel robbery. READ MORE Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 of the ‘bad dudes’ they deal with. And, today, seems everyone has a phone and every move is being recorded. Still enjoy sports, golf, major league baseball, college sports, NASCAR, NFL, etc. I am interested at how bad behavior is dealt with at the pro level. Saw a young man on video, punching a young …..

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This Day in History for April 30

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 a hunting license fee. 1889 – 1st US national holiday, on centennial of Washington’s inauguration. 1904 – Ice cream cone makes its debut. 1939 – NBC/RCA 1st public TV demo with FDR at opening of NY World’s Fair. 1945 – “Arthur Godfrey Time” begins a 27 year run on CBS radio. 1952 – Mr. Potato …..

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Creative detour passed Live Oak

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 flow to follow until the new intersection is finished. Also on Highway 53 West a one lane land bridge has been made over what once was a pond. There is a detour down River Road in White Oak for commercial vehicles. Share:

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White Oak Fire Department Pancake Breakfast

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 of fellowship and the event was enjoyed by all. The Fire Department is lead by Chief Tim Tatum, who also serves at East Bladen High School as the Fire Chief, and Ryan Varney, who serves as the President and Captain. Both men were happily serving their community and honored to do this twice a year …..

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Kelly community gathers for annual Spring Fest

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 houses for all the children of the community to enjoy. The Fire Department cooks up BBQ and the proceeds support the Fire Department in maintaining equipment and their annual running budget. The Chief, Kenneth Thornton, has lived in Kelly for 50 years. Many of the members have lived in Kelly all of their lives and …..

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Clint Allen Slams RBI Double in Final Coker Game

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 run. The senior leftfielder advanced on a wild pitch and raced home on Brooks Estrada’s sacrifice fly to put Coker up 3-1. The Eagles tied the game with two runs in the sixth and scored the winning run in the eighth inning. Allen finished the season with a .261 batting average and .333 slugging percentage. …..

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Wallace Boys; Pender Girls Win Four County Meet

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 third with 48.5 points. West Bladen’s boys totaled 40 points. The Pender girls racked up 194 points followed by Wallace-Rose Hill with 44 points and Heide Trask with 36 points. East Bladen finished fourth with 31 points, and West Bladen totaled 23 points. East Bladen’s Atlas Goss won the boys discus with a throw of …..

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Morgan Sweeney Slugs Home Run In Newberry Win

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 slammed a walk-off home run in the eighth inning to give Newberry the win. Friday morning Newberry, the No. 3 seed in the double-elimination tournament, was edged 3-2 by No. 2 seed Lenoir Rhyne. Friday afternoon Sweeney singled and scored a run in the fourth inning of Newberry’s 8-0 win over Queens. The Lady Wolves …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery took top Honors

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 students to develop math and science skills. Students work in teams, allowing them to also demonstrate critical thinking, problem solving, communication and research abilities. The teams were judged in four categories: written report, oral presentation, design drawing and model efficiency. The other winners in the competition were: Second place: Middle School: MSEN-Pre College, Wake County …..

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Event calls attention to child abuse prevention

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 Street chanting “Help End Child Abuse!” Once the walkers arrived at the Courthouse, the opening ceremony took place on the front steps with Addison Long singing the National Anthem and Jessica Graham giving the invocation. Jill Sampson, Supervisor of the Bladen County Department of Social Services Child Welfare Unit, said, “This event is for the …..

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JV Softball:West Bladen 12, Village Christian 5

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 the bases. Williams later scored on Erica Storms’ fielder’s choice to give the Lady Knights a 4-0 lead. Village Christian scored 3 runs in the bottom of the first, but West Bladen answered with 3 runs in the top of the second. McKoy blasted a lead-off triple and dashed home when Landreth reached base on …..

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Sandra Cain

A Look at Brussels Sprouts

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 green-leaved Chinese cabbage. Nutrition Information The scientific name for the group of plants that includes Brussels sprouts and cabbage is cruciferous. Scientists use this term to identify plants whose blossoms resemble a cross. The group of vegetables that includes cabbage and Brussels sprouts may help prevent cancer. Both cabbage and Brussels sprouts are also good …..

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East Bladen High School

Baseball:East Bladen 11, Wallace-Rose Hill 1

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 on Bulldog throwing errors. “We have got some guys who can really run,” said East Bladen Coach Russell Priest. “You need that speed to put pressure on the defense.” Junior Sincere Smith drew a one-out walk in the Eagle first inning. Senior Kyle Tatum drilled a single to centerfield. Smith and sophmore Dan Tatum, the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 Crossroads and mail to PO Box 2023, Elizabethtown, NC 28337 or drop off at Bladen Baptist, 137 Mercer Mill Road, Elizabethtown. Dirt racing fans are in for a big weekend at Dublin Motor Speedway. Top prize in the Ultimate Super Late Model division will be $10,000. Pits gates open at 3 PM, Grandstands at 4. …..

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This Day in History for April 29

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 to fly across the Atlantic) is completed. 1940 – 1st radio broadcast of “Young Dr. Malone” on CBS. 1953 – The first US experimental 3D-TV broadcast showed an episode of Space Patrol on Los Angeles ABC affiliate KECA TV. 1961 – ABC’s “Wide World of Sports” debuts. 1962 – 16th Tony Awards: “A Man For …..

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Inmate charged with murder in Bertie Correctional sergeant’s death

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 the attack, which took place about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. Callahan died about an hour after the assault, according to the state agency. The news release said that Callahan got a fire extinguisher in an attempt to put out a fire at the facility Wednesday afternoon. Wissink immediately attacked Callahan and managed to use the …..

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Softball: West Bladen 11, Village Christian 3

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 in Dawson with a single for a 3-0 lead. The Lady Knights began the second inning with five straight hits by junior Alise Pait, Brisson, Reed, Carley Dawson and senior Alanna Ludlum. Pait was thrown out at third base on Brisson’s hit, but Ludlum drove in Brisson with the first run of the inning. Senior …..

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JV Baseball: East Bladen 7, Wallace-Rose Hill 3

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, moved up on freshman Jake Evans’ sacrifice bunt and scored on Davis Alsup’s fielder’s choice. Sophmore Josh McKoy led off the Eagle third inning with a single and advanced on Gabe Barber’s sacrifice bunt. Freshman Jordan Robinson smacked a single to drive in McKoy with the tying run. Sophmore Spencer Scott laced a single, before …..

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Softball: Wallace-Rose Hill 11, East Bladen 0

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 the third inning for the Lady Eagle hits. The best East Bladen scoring chances came in the second and third innings. Freshmen Izzy Smith and Abby Cross drew walks to begin the second inning, but a double play ended that threat. With one-out in the third inning, freshman Johanna Parker and pitcher Kaley Smith sandwiched …..

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Bladen We Care Byron Gooden Memorial Golf Tournament Held Thursday At Vineyard Golf At White Lake

  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. Taking first place in the first flight in the a.m. tourney was the Bill Augustine Team with a score of 57. Second place in the first flight was the Well’s Insurance team with a score of 60. Third place was taken by the Merrill Lynch/Mike Bordone team with a score of 62. The second flight …..

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Lock and Dams closed in Bladen County

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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WEST BLADEN HIGH SCHOOL JROTC PRESENTS….101 FAMILY FUN AND 5K RUN……….

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, 28 APR 3:00-5:00 PM, REGISTRATION/ PACKET PICK-UP AT WBHS JROTC DEPARTMENT. -SATURDAY, 29 APR 8:00-9:00 AM, LATE REGISTRATION, PACKET PICK-UP @WBHS JROTC. -SATURDAY, 29 APR, 9:00-9:30, OPENING CEREMONY/ZUMBA WARM-UP CLASS. -SATURDAY, 29 APR, 10:00-1:00 PM, RUN/WALK, AWARDS CEREMONY, FAMILY ACTIVITIES. CALL COL ELI BALLARD FOR DETAILS (910-862-3353 ext:36816) 5K RUN/WALK REGISTRATION COST IS $20.00. INCLUDES …..

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Baseball

Middle School Baseball:Clarkton School of Discovery 15, Tar Heel 5

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 first inning run as Ayden Piland, Jacob Priest and Victor Campbell all drew walks and J. T. Junious was hit by a pitch. Piland was forced home by Campbell’s walk to trim the Tar Heel lead to 2-1. In the Blue Devil second inning, Weston Hodge, Andrew Cahn, Priest, Junious, Campbell and Jacob Bryan all …..

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BCC Basic Law Enforcement Training Cadets Graduate

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. The BLET academy’s highest honor was presented to Kelton Dial, who was selected by his classmates to receive the Jamie B. Collins Award for Overall Excellence in all Areas of Training. The Top Gun Award was presented to Owen Peavy. Hunter Todd was recognized with an academic award for the Highest End-of- Course test average. …..

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Middle School Softball: Clarkton School of Discovery 16, Tar Heel 1

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 walked four in the second inning, but tagged two runners out at the plate who were trying to score on wild pitches. Lauren Bowen pitched the third inning and struck out two batters. Tar Heel catcher Kaylee Page was hit by a pitch, stole second base and raced home on an error to score the …..

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Weather update for Bladen

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, click here.   Share:

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Road Closing

Road Opening/Closing update for Bladen County

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 completion mid-May. UPCOMING CLOSINGS: SR 1003 (Twisted Hickory Road) Beginning Monday morning (5/1/17), SR 1003 (Twisted Hickory Road) will be closed 0.4 miles south of SR 1134 (Burney Road). The road will be closed the remainder of next week in order to replace a crossline pipe. SR 1132 (Ballpark Road) Beginning Monday morning (5/1/17), SR …..

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Farm Fresh Friday at Cape Fear Farmers Market

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 with the turn out.” The Bladen County Master Gardeners conducted a plant sale, baked goods were available as well as crafts. The event is the kickoff of several events planned for the Cape Fear Farmers Market for the summer. Farm Fresh Fridays will take place every Friday through the fall. Share:

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Farm Fresh Friday is today

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 raise funds for their scholarships. READ MORE Share:

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Rotary heard about the real estate market

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 her husband, Joe, have two local companies in addition to the same type of businesses in Florida. Tatum Realty & Property Management Services and Tatum Estate Sales and Liquidation Services are the two local companies Ginger and her husband have here in Bladen County. The real estate industry is a lot better than it was …..

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You Decide: What Determines County Jobless Rates?

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 reasonably up-to-date. Second, an unemployment rate, unlike many economic measures, is relatively easy to understand. It’s the percentage of the adult workforce actively looking for a job. In any given month in North Carolina the unemployment rate varies by a wide margin among our 100 counties. For example, in February of this year, the jobless …..

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Liberty Worship Center of Clarkton to hold Revival Services

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 Grove Street Clarkton, N.C. Pastor Richard Priest asks that you make plans to attend this great time of revival. For more information please call 910-840-4325. Share:

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Softball: West Bladen 7, Wallace-Rose Hill 6

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 in league play. The Lady Bulldogs took a 6-5 lead into the home seventh, but senior Logan Autry ignited the West Bladen rally with a single to rightfield. Autry was running on a 3-2 pitch to senior Alanna Ludlum, and the Wallace catcher threw ball-four into centerfield allowing Autry to race to third base and …..

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Rep. Brenden Jones’ HB466, The Pharmacy Patient Fair Practices Act Passes House

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 of the insured’s cost share for a prescription drug,” says Rep. Jones. “Pharmacists will also now be permitted to sell lower-cost alternative drugs to consumers.  Overall, the aim of this bill is to provide a more level playing field for small businesses which play such a vital role in our economy, particularly so in my …..

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Rep. Brenden Jones Works to Pass HB835, Create Chain of Survival Task Force

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, as well as all public schools. “I am pleased to join with Reps. Carney, Lewis and Earle as a primary sponsor of HB835,” stated Rep. Jones.  “This is the first step in identifying how best to pursue and obtain funding for the placement of AEDS in governmental facilities. In addition, this 14-member Task Force will …..

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Food Lion Celebrates Teachers With 5% MVP Discount on Teacher Appreciation Day, Tuesday, May 2

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 Greg Finchum, senior vice president of retail operations at Food Lion. “Food Lion is proud to give back to these leaders on Teacher Appreciation Day.” To receive the discount, teachers, school faculty and staff need to show a teacher ID at checkout along with their personal MVP card. This offer is valid on Tuesday, May …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 of a short term medical need. Bladen We Care averages well over $1,000 a week in grants to folks falling through the cracks in our health care system. Can’t solve all the needs, but more than any other group I am aware of. It takes a large group of folks contributing in a small way …..

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This Day in History for April 28

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 Act. 1937 – 1st commercial flight across Pacific operated by Pan Am. 1940 – Glenn Miller records “Pennsylvania 6-500”. 1942 – “WW II” titled so, as result of Gallup Poll. 1952 – Dwight D. Eisenhower resigns as Supreme Commander of NATO. 1957 – WSOC TV channel 9 in Charlotte, NC (ABC) begins broadcasting. 1963 – …..

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Baseball: West Bladen 10, Clinton 3

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 pitched a scoreless 2.1 innings giving up 2 hits and striking out two. The Dark Horse took an early 1-0 lead, but the Knights exploded for 5 runs in the second inning. Senior Trent West walked, and Bowen smacked a single. Freshman Logan West knocked in Trent West with a single. After Sholar walked, freshman …..

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Sayaun Dent Signs to Play Basketball at Lander University

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 calling. But in the end Lander was his choice. “I really liked the campus and the basketball coach (Steve Roberts),” said Dent. “It has a good chemistry program and that is what I plan to major in. I just felt like it was the right fit.” It also didn’t hurt that Dent’s former West Bladen …..

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Rattlesnake Rumble Friday & Saturday at Dublin Motor Speedway

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 event for their regions (SE, BOB, NE, MOV). The program will also include Late Model, Super Street, Pure Stock and U-Car races. All divisions will run hot laps Friday. Pure Stock and U-Cars divisions will qualify  and run their features on Friday. The Ultimate Super Late Model Series will also qualify and run their heat …..

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 4, Heide Trask 1

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 dribbled the goalkeeper and tapped the shot in with her left foot,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. Moments later Devane fired in the second Lady Eagle goal. Midway the first half Devane sent a pass to senior Erika Morales-Baza who converted the assist into the third East Bladen goal. The score remained 3-0 at …..

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Baptists Aim to Rebuild 1,000 homes for North Carolina Survivors of Hurricane Matthew

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 relies solely on volunteers to complete the work. So far, 17 homes have been repaired or rebuilt. Since October, when the hurricane struck North Carolina, Baptist volunteers have put in 180,000 hours of work. Initially, volunteer teams responded to the survivor needs with six mobile kitchens: three from North Carolina, one each from Missouri, Virginia, …..

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Tillis, Klobuchar Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Increase Newborn Care For Veterans

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 will not have health insurance. “The brave men and women who served in our military deserve the best healthcare for them and their families,” said Senator Tillis. “I want to thank Senator Klobuchar for her partnership on this bipartisan legislation that justly increases the number of days veterans receive care for their newborns so families …..

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Congressman Pittenger co-sponsors bill to block “Congressional Obamacare Exemption”

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 rules, Congressional health plans are currently excluded from the waiver. “We don’t yet have a final version of the American Health Care Act, and we are working to remove the exemption before passage,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “If Senate rules prevent us, then I’ve already co-sponsored and introduced separate legislation to revoke it.  Personally, I exited …..

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North Carolina flags were ordered lowered to half-staff in honor of fallen Corrections officer

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. Callahan served as a Corrections officer at the Bertie Correctional Institution where she was attacked by an inmate at about 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. According to the Raleigh News and Observer, inmate Craig Wissink is suspected of the attack on Sgt. Callahan. The officer had been employed with the North Carolina Department of Corrections since 2012. …..

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EVALUATING PRESIDENT TRUMP’S FIRST 100 DAYS

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 pieces of legislation, the most by any President since Truman. By comparison, President Obama signed only 11 bills in his first 100 days. * Worked with Congress to use the Congressional Review Act to repeal 13 costly Obama-era regulations (I supported 12 and opposed 1, related to Internet privacy, because I don’t believe Internet companies …..

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Granddaughter Of Vineyard Golf’s Owner Places Second In New Jersey High School Tourney

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

Future Eagles Night at East Bladen Friday

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 p.m. JV Baseball at 4 p.m. Share:

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Jefferson Weaver

The death of a newspaper, 1978

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 be a typographical error, an ampersand, or an “at” symbol in a headline. The old joke was that the largest that could ever be run was 72 points, or just over an inch tall, and that was only to announce the second coming of Christ. Anything else – President Nixon’s resignation, the evacuation of Saigon, …..

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Drayton Road releases new video

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 release their new album “Danger, Danger” on Thursday, May 4. It can be purchased in advance on iTunes, Pandora, Apple Music, and Spotify and many other outlets. This will be the band’s first album release since joining Wendigo Records in Sanford. Underwood said the song “Danger, Danger” was written about 1 1/2 years ago after …..

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Jail-A-Thon deemed a success; final tally not yet calculated

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 are still being received. The Board of Education meeting room served as the “court room” as Judge Wall read the charges against each participant and pronounced a fine. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker agreed to take part in the event and was “arrested” by Assistant Coroner Kenneth Clark. He noted it is for a worthy …..

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Work on small business incubator progressing slowly

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 some of the larger spaces available in Elizabethtown or Bladenboro,” said Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Huestess. The building measures about 4,000 sq. ft., according to Huestess. The plans call the space to be divided into 5 standard sized offices, 3 office suites, a large conference room measuring 20 ft. x 14 ft., a …..

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Promotions at Bladen County Sheriff’s Office 

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 enforcement center needs. Wednesday a special ceremony was held at the court house for five promotions at the Sheriff’s Office. Andrew Bronell Powell was promoted to the rank of First Sergeant. Powell was praised by Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker and Captain Jeff Bridgers at the time of his promotion because of his leadership and …..

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Kids Appreciation Day event set for May 6

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 basketball free throw shoot and the police department will be giving away bicycles. Everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy the day. The event is proudly brought to you by these sponsors: Walmart Bladen Crises Center First Source Staffing Service Kentucky Fried Chicken Southeastern Automotive Melvin’s Restaurant Domino’s Pizza Lower Cape Fear Hospice BB&T …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Baseball: East Bladen 4, Heide Trask 0

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 runners for a quick 2-0 lead. Sophmore Eric Chancy cracked a lead-off single in the East Bladen second inning. Freshman Jake Evans slammed a double that drove in Chancy for a 3-0 Eagle lead. Pone belted a one-out single in the Eagle sixth inning, stole second and raced home when Davis Alsup belted a single …..

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Daughter says ‘Thank you’ for kindness shown to father after fire destroys his home

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 help to share the flyers, and to every person who spoke encouraging words of love! Yogi and I thank you! My dad thanks you and is humbled by the love and kindness shown to him by so many people! Also for every piece of clothing and house accessory he has been given thank you so …..

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JV Baseball: West Bladen 5, Pender 0

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. West Bladen improved to 4-5-1 in the Four County and are 9-7-1 overall. The Knights will host Wallace-Rose Hill Thursday at 6 p.m. Share:

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Baseball: West Bladen 14, Pender 2

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. Both West and Sykes were charged with one run each in the fourth inning. The Knights jumped in front with 3 runs in the first inning. Senior T. J. Guyton laced a one-out double, and senior Jarrett Williams followed with a single. Trent West walked to load the bases, before junior Scott Bowen launched a …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT TRUMP’S TAX PROPOSAL

 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 your expense. “Now is the time for fairness and simplicity in the tax code.  We must lower rates for large and small businesses and private citizens.  Creating a healthy, growing economy requires common sense tax policy which encourages businesses to invest and create jobs, and enables hardworking taxpayers to keep more of their money and …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 the upcoming Gala, donations are welcomed. Help support this worthy cause by sending donations to Bladen We Care, PO Box 1569, Elizabethtown, NC, 28337. The Gala is scheduled for Friday, May 5th at Lu Mil Vineyards. Tickets are moving quickly, but there are a few remaining. Call 910-874-4001 or 910-876-2322, for more info. And, along …..

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Bladen Columbus Judge Sasser Awarded

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 receive this award on April 27 in Whiteville, N.C. The North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service describes the VSA as follows: “North Carolinians have always shown their concern and compassion for their neighbors by volunteering in local communities across the state. This proud tradition of volunteerism and community service was first recognized by …..

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Baseball: East Bladen 10, Heide Trask 1

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 game. Junior Sincere Smith and senior Kyle Tatum started a 2-run Eagle first-inning with singles. Wooten drove in Smith with a sacrifice fly, and Josh McKoy knocked in Kyle Tatum with a single. Junior Deondre Newkirk cracked a 2-out single in the East Bladen second inning and dashed home when Smith hammered a triple for …..

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Softball: East Bladen 9, Heide Trask 6

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 that scored both runners, and junior Majesti Corbett was hit by a pitch. Sophmore Anna Kate White’s sacrifice plated Mendell with the go-ahead run. Sophmore Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson smacked a single, and freshman Johanna Parker slammed a double that plated Corbett. Junior Faith Johnson smashed a double that scored Moore-Peterson and Parker for a 9-5 East …..

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Softball: West Bladen 4, Pender 0

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 Conner Brisson threw out a runner at the plate, and thirdbaseman Carley Dawson started a double play to end the inning. Carley Dawson fielded a grounder, stepped on third and fired home to catcher Alanna Ludlum who tagged out the runner to end the inning. “Conner made a great play to get the runner at …..

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This Day in History for April 27

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 their way home. 1877 – Rutherford B. Hayes removes Federal troops from LA, Reconstruction begins. 1911 – Following the resignation and death of William P. Frye, a compromise is reached to rotate the office of President pro tempore (for the time being) of the United States Senate. 1937 – 1st US social security payment made. …..

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Bertie correctional sergeant dies after assault by inmate

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 release said. Craig Wissink, who is serving a life sentence for a first degree murder conviction in 2004 in Cumberland County, is being investigated in connection with the Callahan’s death. “I am deeply saddened and send my heartfelt sympathies to Sgt. Callahan’s family,” Public Safety Secretary Erik Hooks said. “We will do all we can …..

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East Bladen’s Robert Meggs Runner-Up In Four County Tennis Tournament

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 5th. In first round singles play, East Bladen’s Alex Gomes defeated West Bladen’s Edgardo Lara 8-4 to advance to the semi-finals where he lost 8-1 to eventual champion Zach Darden of Clinton. Meggs defeated Clinton’s Rick Daughtry (CHS) 8-3 in his opening round match. In the semi-finals Meggs outlasted Sykes in a 7-5 tie-break to …..

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Bladenboro Holds Grand Opening Ceremony for New Ladies Boutique

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 and Rob West have wanted to do this for some time now and Rona feels she is so fortunate to see her dream become a reality. “After working in a total opposite type of work atmosphere for the past 12 years, I decided that 2017 was going to be the year I did something new …..

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New Executive Director of Governor’s Crime Commission Named

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 elected officials, and we look forward to her high-energy, results-oriented leadership.” Most recently, Valand served as chief of staff to the president and CEO of 3D Systems in Rock Hill where she oversaw the planning and execution of administrative and operational activities of the company. Prior to that time, Valand served as chief of staff …..

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Congressman Pittenger introduces bipartisan legislation to clarify lending rules

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 commercial real estate” (HVCRE).  Despite repeated requests from community banks, other financial institutions, and real estate developers, federal regulators failed to clearly define the types of loans and projects to which the rules are meant to apply.  As a result, many banks have pulled back from commercial real estate lending, leading to fewer jobs and …..

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Tillis Discusses Border Security With Tucker Carlson

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 face on a daily basis. Senator Tillis recently laid the groundwork for a methodical, step by step approach to bipartisan immigration reform that would start by securing the Southern border. The Wall Street Journal reported that, “What is different about the Tillis approach is that it tackles the issue incrementally—but at every step gives each …..

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White Lake town staff hard at work resolving water quality issue

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,” said Mayor Goldston Womble. He explained that it is believed the discoloration began to take place in 2013 when the area received heavy rain during the summer. “We don’t know if it caused it. We do know the Ph level in the lake increased about that time,” said Womble. He said the lake is generally …..

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White Lake Water Festival is fast approaching

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 pm until 9 pm on Friday evening as well. Saturday, May 20th the fun will kick off with a Classic Car Show. Registration will be from 8 am until 12 Noon. Judging will begin at noon. The annual parade at 10 am. Mike Minter will be the 2017 Grand Marshall of the parade. Minter is the …..

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Lifestyles: Southeastern Health conducts Focus Group meeting at White Lake

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 the focus group is to learn the needs of the community. said Lample. “We are in the process of doing our Community Health Assessment and, as part of that process, we are polling the community to better learn the needs of the community.” Lample said the information gathered will be used to develop an action …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 running. No idea if that was true or not. Both struggled at times, but never gave up. For the record, both were racing against Robert Hester (now Hester Trucking of Bladenboro). Robert and brother Reynold were Myrtle Beach track champ years ago, driving Elizabethtown based Merritt Logging late model autos, if my memory is correct. …..

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Bladen and Sampson County Toys for Tots

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 the Revival Deliverance Center presents the Gospel Concert in the Park on May 6th, 2017 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m according to McKoy. The event is scheduled to take place at Roseboro Park, 100 E. Roseboro Street, or if it rains, it will be held at the Charles E. Perry School, 705 Boone Street …..

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This Day in History for April 26

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 Sciences, Washington, DC. 1931 – Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him American League home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season. 1941 – A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs). 1954 – Nationwide test of Salk anti-polio vaccine begins. …..

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Abbey Walters Is UNC-P’s Most Well-Rounded Female Athlete

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 Belt Conference Softball Team and the Peach Belt Conference All-Academic Softball Team. Share:

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Tillis Selected As Commissioner For Helsinki Commission

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 acts of the 56 other signatories of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). This includes the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms like the freedom of thought, religion and the press. The Commission also focuses on economic, humanitarian, and security cooperation between the United States and other signatories. The Helsinki Commission …..

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Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital

Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare celebrates National Patient Experience Week

“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 the community and to each other. The Patient Experience is one thing that we always get right! The love that we have for each other spills over into the experience our patients and their families receive while they are in our care, and it is a beautiful reflection of everything we have to offer here. …..

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Bladen County Sports

Heavy Rains Force Scheduling Changes

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 7 p.m. East Bladen’s baseball, softball and girls soccer games at Rocky Point Trask that were scheduled for Tuesday have been rescheduled for Wednesday. JV baseball at 4:30 followed by varsity baseball at 7 p.m. Softball and girls soccer begin at 6 p.m. East Bladen’s softball make-up game at home against Pender has been rescheduled …..

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Bladenboro Rotary Club hears how Parent and Community involvement is important in education

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 observed is discipline, according to Rotarian Pam Benton. Benton also stated, Ms. Brown stressed the importance of parent and community involvement in preparing the children of Bladen County for future success. Share:

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Road Closing

Update on Road Closings in Bladen County

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) and SR 1708 (Rosindale Road) Share:

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Bill to toughen laws on Opioid Misuse is now in NC Senate

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 Top 25 cities in the nation for opioid misuse. They are Wilmington, Fayetteville, Jacksonville and Hickory. The bill will require providers who prescribe schedule II controlled substances and pharmacists who fill the prescriptions to register with the Controlled Substances Reporting System. This system will allow providers and pharmacists to view a patient’s prescription history. It also …..

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Library to host Herb Gardening program

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 large cattle and field crops farm and loved riding horses and working in the yard and garden. She attended Kansas State University and received a BS degree in Soil and Water Conservation/Natural Resources, and later went back to KSU where she received a MS in horticulture. Share:

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Congressman Pittenger to host “Service Academy Day” for local students

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, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy will make presentations and be available for one-on-one meetings.  Congressman Pittenger’s staff will be available to discuss the rigorous nomination process. ·15th Annual Service Academy Day:  Saturday, April 29th, 10 a.m., Charlotte Catholic High School (7702 Pineville-Matthews Rd., Charlotte, NC). ·U.S. Service Academy Day:  Saturday, April …..

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Murray has unofficial world record

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 place during the Correct Craft Owners’ Reunion which was held this past weekend at the lake. Murray’s record attempt was to ride behind as many Correct Craft brand boats as possible and complete and inversion behind each boat–all in one day.  Townsend Link, one of the event’s many organizers said, “There was not a previous …..

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River flood warning has been issued for Bladen County until Sunday

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 will impact the grounds along the right bank of the river near Elizabethtown. Flooding is also impacting the William O. Huske Lock and Dam No. 3 located at Tar Heel. A flood warning is in place for the Cape Fear River at William O. Huske Lock and Dam No. 3 until Sunday. As of 9:45 …..

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Hardees Elizabethtown location has opened; applications accepted online for Tar Heel location

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 Bladenboro for many years, it has been some times since one was operated in Elizabethtown. Construction is also wrapping up on a new Hardees location located in Tar Heel at the intersection of NC 87 and Tar Heel Ferry Road. Applications for employment at this location are being accepted online at http://www.pleaseapplyonline.com/southstar/. Hardees Restaurants offers customers …..

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Congressman Pittenger lays wreath at WW2 cemetery in Italy

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 against tyranny, securing a bright future for America and much of the world for the generations which followed,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “The vast majority were ordinary Americans who together did extraordinary things for the cause of liberty.  Let us never forget.” Congressman Pittenger visited the cemetery during a national security trip focused on NATO issues, …..

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Rep. Brenden Jones: Legislative Update for April 24, 2017

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 House Bill 68 BRIGHT Futures Act on Thursday by a 109-8 vote, approving legislation to connect rural residents of the state to broadband services and help under-served regions attract economic development opportunities of the 21st Century. “I represent some of the lowest income areas in the state and access to broadband is extremely limited,” said Rep. …..

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Tillis Statement On Perdue’s Confirmation As Ag Secretary And The Future Of The Farm Bill

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 knowledge of agriculture and his passion for this important industry. North Carolina is a significant contributor to America’s agricultural output and I am confident that Secretary Perdue will be a wonderful addition to the President’s cabinet and a perfect fit for USDA. “As Chairman Roberts and Ranking Member Stabenow continue early discussions on the next …..

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