03/24/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 12:50 am Pork Skins Recall
  • 12:27 am Sayaun Dent & Sandhills Fifth In NJCAA Nationals
  • 12:24 am Track & Field Knights Third in St. Pauls Meet
  • 12:16 am Patty Evers Coaches North Carolina to All-Star Win
  • 12:11 am DeVane and Harrelson initiated into oldest Honor Society
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Thoughts While Shaving

And the rain came down. Rainfall at the Hester household, located about 3 miles southwest of Elizabethtown, totaled 3.5 inches from 5 AM Monday ’til 5 AM Tuesday. The National Weather Service station at the Curtis Brown Airport recorded about 2.85 inches of rain over the same time period. Good rain, much needed rain. But, […]

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HARTSVILLE, SC – West Bladen grad Clint Allen connected for 3 hits as his Coker Cobras completed the regular season with weekend double-headers against UNC-Pembroke. Saturday Coker dropped two games at Pembroke. In Saturday’s opener Allen raked a single through the left side in the third inning. In the nightcap the Bladenboro native ripped a […]

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This Day In History

1684 – Patent granted for thimble. 1719 – Daniel Defoe publishes “Robinson Crusoe” 1850 – Paul Julius Reuter, use 40 pigeons to carry stock market prices. 1861 – The Union Army arrives to reinforce Washington, DC (US Civil War). 1901 – New York becomes 1st state requiring automobile license plates ($1 fee). 1914 – US […]

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The rain did not stop the Bladen County Board of Commissioners from holding a special meeting on Monday evening. The topic for the special meeting was to discuss the county’s budget. Mike Jackson, Chair of the Bladen County Animal Control Advisory Board, presented a needs evaluation showing the local animal shelter is in need of two […]

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The first annual Bladen County Pet Palooza is scheduled for Friday, June 16, from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. The Pet Palooza will be held at the Elizabethtown Dog Park and the National Guard Armory on Swanzy Street in Elizabethtown. Vendors and sponsors are still being sought for the event. You can also purchase a […]

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USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) has launched a new tool to provide farmers and ranchers with remote access to their personal farm information using their home computers. Farmers and ranchers can now view, print or export their personal farm data all without visiting an FSA county office. The program, known […]

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FSA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities and to purchase portable (new or used) structures, equipment and storage and handling trucks. The low-interest funds can be used to build or upgrade permanent facilities to store commodities. Eligible commodities include corn, grain sorghum, rice, soybeans, […]

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Producers on farms with base acres under the safety net programs established by the 2014 Farm Bill, known as the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs, can visit their local FSA office to sign contracts and enroll for the 2017 crop year. The enrollment period will continue until Aug. 1, 2017. […]

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The 2017 NOAA Hurricane Awareness Tour will come to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, Raleigh, N. Car., on Wednesday, May 10. Come out and meet NOAA hurricane experts, scientists and crew members and get a look at some of the aircraft that help forecasters keep us safe – NOAA’s G-IV aircraft and a U.S. Air Force Reserve WC-130J […]

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The 19th annual Bladenboro Rotary Club Golf Tournament will tee off on Friday, May 12, at Land O Lakes Golf Course in Whiteville with a 1 p.m. shotgun start. Proceeds from the event go toward the J.W. and Martha Black Scholarship Awards, which are presented each year to deserving West Bladen High School Seniors. Golfers […]

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The Bladenboro High School Class of 1987 will hold their 30 Year Class Reunion on June 24, 2017, at Lu Mil Vineyard. The Vineyard is located at 438 Suggs-Taylor Road, Elizabethtown. For Reservations or more information contact Dee Bullard at 336-407-0551 or by email at deebullard.rn@gmail.com or Michael Davis at 910-876-1839 or by email at davis879112@gmail.com. Share:

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) invites the community to celebrate local high school artists and help select finalists for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition. Nearly 40 students from Matthews, Waxhaw, St. Pauls, Monroe, Lumber Bridge, and Charlotte have submitted entries, which can be viewed in the “2017 Congressional Art Competition” album on Congressman Pittenger’s […]

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DUBLIN – Former Cumberland County Schools Assistant Principal John Green has joined the staff at Bladen Community College as the Retention and Recruitment Coordinator. Green, a native of Fayetteville, is excited to explore the new challenges on a community college campus. “Since 2008, I have worked with middle and high school students in academic and […]

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 BladenOnline.com‘s roundtable discussions on the opioid epidemic in North Carolina and Bladen County continues this week with a look at NC House Bill 243 known as the “The STOP Act.” NC Rep. Brenden Jones was a co-sponsor of the bill. His comments regarding the bill are below: “Over the last several years, there has been […]

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Bladenboro Middle School has released the Honor Roll for the third quarter grading period. 5th Grade Superintendent’s List:  (96 +) Riley McIntyre A Honor Roll (90+) Steven Batton, Malachi Barnett, Mallory Bryan, Mary Davis, Jesse Gause, Jordan Hester, Kinley Hilburn, Jenna McLean, Kaci Nance, Megan Pait, Kaelan Pittman, and Emme Ward. A/B Honor Roll (80+) […]

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By Erin Smith A crash on Monday morning at the intersection of NC 41 West and Marsh Road resulted in the temporary closing of NC 41 West.  The road has since re-opened to traffic. According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol Troopers on the scene, four people were transported to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare […]

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SBE: SBE Releases Post-Election Report for 2016 General Election RALEIGH, N.C. – The N.C. State Board of Elections on Friday released a report detailing findings of post-election audits and investigations into irregularities following the 2016 elections.  The Post-Election Audit Report: General Election 2016 was prepared in response to inquiries from members of Congress, state lawmakers, […]

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Lyn & Lola Johnson of Bladenboro, celebrated 60 years on April 18th 2017. Share:

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Mr. Windell Campbell of 649 Mears Ln., Clarkton,NC, stood on the banks of Jordan Friday morning and his ship came sailing in at Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital in Elizabethtown. All who wish to spend precious moments with Mr. Windell and his loving family, may do so on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 4-7pm in the A.B. […]

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 BELMONT – East Bladen grad Lexi Dawson batted 4-5 with a double Saturday as her St. Andrews Lady Knights split a double-header with Belmont Abbey.   Dawson connected for one hit in the opener as St. Andrews rode a 4-run fourth-inning to a 6-4 victory.   In the nightcap Dawson slammed a double to left-centerfield […]

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Clarkton native and West Bladen grad Kayla Thompson just completed her junior year on the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Woman’s Golf Team. For the season Kayla averaged 78.10 strokes per round. Her best tournaments were the River Landing Classic and the LSU Tiger Classic. Kayla tied for 23rd out of a total of […]

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Three triathlons were run over the weekend at White Lake. On Saturday the White Lake Spring Half was run with the men’s winner being Mark Corey from Chapel Hill. He had a time of 4:27:44. The women’s winner, with a time of 5:00:27, was Caroline Behne from Huntersville, N.C.   Also run on Saturday was […]

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Three Bladen County basketball players – two from West Bladen and one from East Bladen – have been named to the 2016-2017 All-Four County Boys Basketball Team. Sayaun Dent and John Bowen from West Bladen and Eian Hines from East Bladen were chosen to the Boys All-Conference team. Dent led Coach Travis Pait’s Knights to […]

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Four Bladen County basketball players – two each from East Bladen and West Bladen – have been named to the 2016-2017 All-Four County Girls Basketball Team. Senior Emily Scott and sophmore Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson were East Bladen’s All-Four County Girls selections, while seniors Laikyn Pait and Logan Autry made the Girls All-Star squad from West Bladen. […]

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Students from Bladenboro’s Carolina Karate competed Saturday in the “2017 Beach Battle” held in Myrtle Beach, SC. Elizabeth Miller won First Place in the Little Dragon Division, Topher Callihan took Second Place in Sparring, Caroline Britt finished in Third Place in Sparring, and Hartleigh Britt captured Fourth Place in Sparring. Pictured (Left to Right) are: […]

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DUBLIN – Michael Mason capped a full evening of racing Saturday night with his victory in the Late Model finale, while Johnny Moore drove the #57 car to victory in the Super Street race. Other winners Saturday were Ryan Gilbert in Pure Stock, and Glenn Register in U-Cars. Mason was followed by Robbie Turner and […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Fire destroyed over 5,000 acres in northern and western Bladen County. Former White Lake Chief of Police Willard Storms filed a $1.3 million dollar lawsuit against the White Lake Board of Commissioners. A 10 foot long alligator was found dead along the banks of the Cape Fear River. A group of Columbus County businessmen planned […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

I hear the sound of falling rain outside and so happy. Rain began about 5 AM and is expected to continue today and tonight. We really need the wet stuff. Looking forward to farm crops ‘peeping’ through the soil. Wesley’s Chapel UMC youth were in charge of Sunday’s worship service, and based on what I […]

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This Day In History

1877 – Last federal occupying troops withdraw from the South (New Orleans). 1897 – 1st reporter, William Price (Washington Star). 1907 – Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened. 1908 – Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Murdock become 1st to travel across US by car, they leave LA […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Ever so often I think of the old Johnny Cash tune, “Sunday Morning Coming Down”, remember? It was about to much activity the night before…”Then I fumbled in my closet through my clothes and found my cleanest dirty shirt. Then I washed my face and combed my hair and stumbled down the stairs to meet […]

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By: Erin Smith White Lake was a buzz of activity on Saturday morning with a triathlon, the Correct Craft Reunion, a craft show at Camp Clearwater and professional Wakeboarder Shaun Murray attempting a world record for riding behind the most Nautiques in a single day. Murray’s world record attempt began at 9 a.m. at White […]

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Bladen County Schools

North Carolina’s public school system is feeling strong competition for students from Charter Schools and private schools. Bladen County Schools are no different with the opening of Emereau:Bladen Charter School in August. There are distinct differences between Charter Schools and traditional public schools with regards to teachers and curriculum. To learn more, click here. Bladenonline.com […]

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FAIRMONT- West Bladen senior T. J. Guyton was named Tuesday night to the Robeson County Slugfest Baseball All-Tournament Team. Guyton slammed a double and finished 2-4 at the plate in West Bladen’s 5-3 loss to Fairmont Saturday night. Monday morning Guyton cleaned the bases with a double to left-centerfield and also knocked in a run […]

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MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – West Bladen grad Abbey Walters was named to the All-Peach Belt Conference Softball Team Thursday night. Tuesday Walters was chosen to the Peach Belt Conference Softball All-Academic Team. It was the second consecutive year that the UNC-Pembroke senior has been selected to the All-PBC squad, and it was her first appearance on […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Ever get the feeling you are observing the state, US and world from the eye of a storm? Think it has never been like this before? In 1944, Sen. Harry Truman of Missouri replaced Henry A. Wallace as the running mate of President Franklin D. Roosevelt who was seeking an unprecedented fourth term as president. […]

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This Day In History

1793 – President Washington attends opening of Rickett’s, 1st circus in US. 1838 – English steamship “Sirius” docks in NYC after crossing the Atlantic, first transatlantic steam passenger service. 1864 – US mints 2 cent coin (1st appearance of “In God We Trust”). 1898 – Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry. […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from February’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 4.5 percent. North Carolina’s March 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed […]

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Vineyard Golf

Two teams won the April 21 Tossup at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. Winning the front side with a score of 2-under par was Lenon Fisher, Gary Smoak, Mac Porter and Ann Tessenear. Winning the back side with a score of 3-under par was Norgie Hester, Stacy Owen, David Cross and Marvin Tatum. Share:

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There will be having a general interest meeting on Thursday, May 4, at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at the main library in Elizabethtown for those interested in joining our Friends of the Library group. The Friends of the Library help raise money for the library system for needs beyond the budget provided by […]

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USDA

Bladen County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Chris Tatum announced that farmers and ranchers in North Carolina now can receive notifications from their county office through text messages on their cell phone. Whether producers are in the field, on a tractor or even on horseback, this service enables FSA customers and stakeholders to receive notifications […]

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The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater welcomes back a favorite touring big band that  perfectly complements the setting of a historic theater that first opened in 1928 – just 10 years before the original version of this famous big band was formed. The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, with its unique jazz sound, is considered […]

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation has released an update on road closings/openings in Bladen County. They are as follows: OPENINGS: NC 21o East is now open. CLOSINGS: Owen Hill Road Owen Hill Road remains closed due to construction of a double line of cast in place reinforced concrete box culvert.  Construction is well underway, […]

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On Friday, April 21, 2017, at approximately 7 a.m. Bladen County Probation and Parole Officers requested the assistance of the Elizabethtown Police Department and Bladen County Sheriff’s Department to conduct a search of a residence at 412 South Lower Street after receiving complaints of possible drug activity at the residence. Arlene Rhoda and Tracy Custis […]

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By: Erin Smith The newly constructed Hardees restaurant in Elizabethtown is scheduled to open at 5 a.m. Monday. The restaurant is located at 213 S. Poplar Street in front of Badcock Furniture. The Hardees location in Tar Heel will stand at the intersection of NC 87 and Tar Heel Ferry Road. The new restaurant will have […]

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WASHINGTON – On Thursday, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told CNBC, “If you get rid of Dodd-Frank, it’s going to have a very significant positive impact on the economy.” As a Member of the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is working to pass the Financial CHOICE Act, which would eliminate taxpayer […]

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Warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine have begun to draw folks out to the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. On Friday, Elizabeth Norris along with Alyssa, Andrew and Brooklyn were at the farmers market enjoying a Sunset Slush. The family is from Bladenboro and were enjoying the warm weather and a tasty treat. In […]

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The Kiwanis Club met on Tuesday evening at San Jose Restaurant and heard an update from Dr. Lisa Bryan regarding the recent district meeting. Bryan, who attended the district meeting, said signature projects were a topic of discussion for the district. She also reminded fellow Kiwanians that Oct 28 is Kiwanis One Day at the […]

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RALEIGH – The SBI is inspecting unsolved murder case files using new technology and old warhorses to garner evidence for potential convictions. A grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission is allowing the SBI to contract with 10 retired SBI agents and several law school students to examine cold homicide cases. “Retesting evidence using the latest […]

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Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued the following update on the outage and damage repair for the Winnabow NOAA tower. The Winnabow, NC NOAA Weather Radio tower serves Columbus, Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender Counties. Pfaff said, “The new antenna and cable installation are continuing today at the Winnabow, […]

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Sandra Cain

By: Sandra R. Cain Believe it or not, it is possible to raise kids who like eating a wide variety of vegetables. The secret is to never bribe or threaten them about eating green or orange things. Just follow as many of these simple steps as you can. Enjoy a variety of vegetables yourself The […]

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Purdie UMC will be having their 5th Sunday Evening Community Service on April 30. The guest speaker is North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper Trooper Kevin Britt.  Special singing will be Lauren Miller Floyd. The service will begin with a meal at 6 p.m. and then Praise and Worship at 7 p.m.  There is no charge […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

This, that and the other. The people that sell paper weights may be some of the nations best sales folks. 5 Most Intelligent Animals on Earth, in reverse order: (no idea who made the list) #5 Whales #4 Parrots #3 Bottlenose Dolphins #2 Pigs #1 Chimpanzees Average high & low temp in Bladen County, NC, […]

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Softball

DUBLIN – Freshman righthander Jenna Bullard pitched a 5-inning no-hitter and struck out 8 batters Thursday to lead Whiteville to a 14-0 non-conference jayvee softball victory over West Bladen. Sophmore Erica McKoy drew a walk leading off the fourth inning to account for the only West Bladen base-runner in the game. Freshman Elizabeth Wyatt hammered […]

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Softball

DUBLIN – Senior Sage McLelland slammed a home run and 2 doubles to lead Whiteville to a 13-2 non-conference softball victory over West Bladen Thursday.   McLelland finished 3-5 at the plate with 3 runs scored and 2 runs batted in. Starting pitcher Ivy Hayes batted 3-5 with 4 rbi’s and a run scored. Junior […]

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This Day In History

1649 – Maryland Toleration Act passed, allowing all freedom of worship. 1789 – John Adams sworn in as 1st VP (9 days before Washington). 1878 – First Lady Lucy Hayes begins egg rolling contest on White House lawn. 1878 – NY installs 1st firehouse pole. 1904 – Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta […]

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WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017 – America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the […]

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RALEIGH – Secretary Erik A. Hooks of the Department of Public Safety today named two senior administrators to new leadership roles as Director of Prisons and Director of Community Corrections. Kenneth Lassiter will serve as Director of Prisons, while Tracy Lee will become the Director of Community Corrections. Both appointments are effective May 1. Lassiter […]

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Charlotte Smith

By: Charlotte Smith Your candidate may not have won the election, but that does not mean you do not have a voice. All voters near and far in Bladen County, in North Carolina, should be contacting their elected officials and asking for some accountability for our tax dollars. Some of the biggest issues our county and […]

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Elliott Madden, son of Eddie and Dawn Madden, spoke to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club about his recent trip to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) where learned about successful leadership. The event was conducted at the Trinity Center in Pine Knoll Shores in January. Speakers for the event were very informative and  Madden said each speaker […]

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An exciting range of topics and discussions of interest to conservatives highlighted the monthly Bladen County Republican Club meeting, held Monday evening at the San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown. Club Chairman Walter McDuffie welcomed several new members to the club, and the meeting quickly began to focus on how to broaden the outreach of the […]

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By: Erin Smith The town of Bladenboro created the Bladenboro Economic Development Strategic Planning Committee and retroactively appointed 9 members at the April Town Board meeting. The committee includes three members of the Bladenboro Town Board, three members from Boost the ‘Boro and three at-large members. Making up the committee are Town Commissioner Sarah Benson, […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting that was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 20, at 6 p.m. has been postponed. The Board of Commissioners was scheduled to meet with the Legislative Delegation which represents Bladen County in the North Carolina General Assembly. Due to scheduling in the General Assembly, the meeting had to be postponed. […]

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Administrative professionals throughout the region are invited to mingle at a luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, at noon in the Bladen Community College Auditorium. Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell is the guest speaker. The cost is $15 per person. Interested attendees may register by phone at 910.879.5568, or by email at mgranger@bladencc.edu. Access the registration […]

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On April 20, 2017, at approximately 6 a.m. Agent Shawn Ellerby of the State Bureau of Investigations and Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Guyton of the Elizabethtown Police Department initiated an arrest of William Bryan Clark at 305 Glenwood Drive, Elizabethtown, NC. William Clark was charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child. This arrest […]

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Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District proudly announces 1st and 2nd place winners at the State Level in the 2017 Education contests for Bladen County Academy, Primary, Elementary, and Middle school students.  This year’s theme is “Soil and Water…Yours for Life.”   These students won the District and Area 7 level competitions before advancing to […]

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With an increase in lightning fatalities last year, NOAA to rely on Vaisala’s highly-accurate, cloud-to-ground lightning data to help its meteorologists protect life and property, and serve as a reliable dataset for severe weather research. Vaisala, expert in weather observations and lightning detection, announced that it has been awarded a 5 year, multi-million dollar contract […]

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East Bladen grad Larrell Murchison has been named Louisburg College’s Male Athlete of the Year in a recent awards ceremony. Murchison, a sophmore defensive lineman, was a team captain and led the Hurricanes to a perfect 9-0 undefeated season this past fall. The Elizabethtown native was named a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American Honorable […]

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Southeastern Medial Center

Southeastern Health (SeHealth) will host a focus group in Bladen County in an effort to better understand the health care needs of the residents they serve there. The focus group will meet at the Town Hall in White Lake on Tuesday, April 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. “Focus groups are vital because they help […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Sometime retirees have to much time to dream, wonder what if, etc. When I am having one of those days, I begin to search for something new, different. Such was the case recently. I stumbled across USA Facts, a Steve Balmer project. Who is Steve Balmer? Former CEO of Microsoft, now retired, filthy rich, owner […]

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 DUBLIN, VA – West Bladen grad Trevor Lesane batted 4-7 and drove in 4 runs Friday as his Wake Technical Community College Eagles swept a double-header from New River Community College by scores of 18-0 and 18-3.   Lesane batted 2-4, scored twice and knocked in 2 runs in Friday’s opener. In the nightcap, the […]

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This Day In History

1777 – New York adopts new constitution as an independent state. 1836 – Territory of Wisconsin created. 1896 – 1st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa’s “El Capitan” premieres in NYC. 1912 – Fenway Park officially opens, Red Sox beat NY Highlanders 7-6 in 11 innings. 1914 – US President Woodrow Wilson, having […]

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By: Charlotte Smith Here are some photos captured back in 2010 of Bladen County community members helping improve communities. The photoed events are continuing today. This year the Spay and Neuter Clinics in Bladen County celebrated their seventh year anniversary by holding another Spay and Neuter Clinic. Dr. Gensel at Elizabethtown Veterinary Hospital, his staff, […]

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By Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) Fox News Opinion Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Over the past several decades, American foreign policy towards China has been primarily economic in nature.  In 1979, we granted Most Favored Nation trading status with China, and in 2001, China became a member of the World Trade Organization.  For years, the theory […]

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College students Barbara Johnson (Nurse Aide I) and Josalyn Powell (Nurse Aid I) have received State Employees Credit Union scholarships. Other recipients not pictured are Kevin Adams (Welding), Shawn Beatty (Welding), Dianna Brisson (Nurse Aide I), Chelsea Lambert (Phlebotomy) and Blanca Mata-Duarte (Nurse Aide I). Share:

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As our 2017 tourist season approaches and we kick off our annual White Lake Water Festival weekend May 19-20, 2017, the Town of White Lake would like to invite all residents and property owners to participate in a volunteer clean-up effort on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to clear any debris from your shorelines (fallen trees, […]

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By Erin Smith North Carolina’s public school system is feeling strong competition for students from Charter Schools and private schools. Bladen County Schools are no different with the opening of Emereau:Bladen Charter School in August. There are distinct differences between Charter Schools and traditional public schools with regards to teachers and curriculum. To learn more, […]

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A barbecue plate fundraiser will take place on Saturday, April 22, at 11 a.m. at Center Road Baptist Church Community Building for Charles Adams who recently lost his home on NC 242 to a fire. He had no homeowners insurance due to an accidental policy lapse, according to a church member. He is the father […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 5:30 pm regarding the FY 2018 Budget and staffing requests for the Detention Center and Animal Control. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room located on the lower level of the Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, […]

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College recently welcomed 91 eighth grade public school children to campus for interactive math and science classes and workshops. “This is always an exciting event for our faculty,” remarked Department Chair for Math and Science Lisa DeVane. “We provide hands-on science and math activities that teach various scientific principles in highly […]

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College has inducted 25 students into the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a nationally recognized organization that acknowledges academic achievement of college students and provides opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. To be eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, students must be enrolled in an associate […]

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WASHINGTON – On Tuesday evening, President Donald J. Trump signed Congressman Robert Pittenger’s radar legislation into law, setting into motion a 180-day study by the Commerce Department into Charlotte’s lack of adequate radar coverage.  Following completion of the study, the Commerce Department will have 90 days to submit a plan to fix the radar gap. […]

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Methodist University will host the spring 2017 senior art exhibition, “UNTITLED No. 5,” from April 21 to 28 in the David McCune International Art Gallery. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 21. This event is free and open to the public. The art show will […]

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Bladen County Schools

By: Erin Smith North Carolina’s public school system is feeling strong competition for students from Charter Schools and private schools. Bladen County Schools are no different with the opening of Emereau:Bladen Charter School in August. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Charter Schools are defined as tuition free, independent public schools which […]

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April and May are busy times for many in Bladen. Tuesday, April 25 – A Job and Career Opportunities Fair will be hosted at Bladen Community College from 10 AM ’til 1 PM in the college auditorium. Wednesday, April 26 – Bladen County Educational Foundation Fund Raiser. Thursday, April 27 – 28th Annual Bladen We […]

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LAURINBURG – East Bladen grad Lexi Dawson batted 2-4 Saturday as St Andrews clinched a spot in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Softball Tournament with a 5-4 victory over Reinhardt, GA. Dawson knocked in a run in the Lady Knights 2-run fifth-inning as the winners rallied from a 4-0 deficit. St. Andrews then scored 3 runs […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – East Bladen’s Eagles received the Sportsmanship Award Tuesday for the J. Hoyt Warren/Wayne Edwards Easter Baseball Tournament at Douglas Byrd High School. Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles lost 4-2 to eventual champion Cape Fear in Monday’s semi-finals but rebounded to defeat Freedom Christian 8-1 in Tuesday’s third-place game. Tournament Director Melissa Barbour, the widow […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Sophmore Pierce Melvin won his first varsity start, and junior Sincere Smith and senior Kyle Tatum connected for 3 hits each to lead East Bladen to an 8-1 victory over Freedom Christian in the J. Hoyt Warren/Wayne Edwards Easter Baseball Tournament. Melvin pitched 6 innings and allowed one unearned run on 4 hits […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners “Addressed Mental Health” earlier this month with Eastpointe and Cardinal Innovations. The two CEO’s of the two regional Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organizations, or LME/MCOs responsible for managing the mental health services in North Carolina spoke about a possible consolidation. The local board of commissioners heard from Charlotte Smith about […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners heard about staffing needs from the Sheriff at the meeting on Tuesday, April 18th. “I’m here tonight to propose three new detention officers for the new detention center and two new Deputy Sheriffs to work in the new law enforcement center,” Bladen County Sheriff McVicker stated. Sheriff McVicker gave […]

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This Day In History

1775 – American Revolution begins – Lexington Common, shot “heard round the world.” 1837 – Cheyney University forms as the Institute for Colored Youth. 1861 – Lincoln orders blockade of Confederate ports (Civil War). 1892 – Charles Duryea takes 1st American-made auto out for a spin (Mass). 1897 – 1st Boston Marathon won by John […]

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Bladen County Board of Commissioners recognized employees for their years of service to the County and its citizens. The following employees were scheduled to be recognized. Jason Bryant, Animal Control, 10 years Amelia Batten, EMS, 5 years Desmond Gillespie, Housekeeping, 10 years Sherry Lanier, Solid Waste, 10 years Anthony “Clay” Carroll, Sheriff’s Office, 5 years […]

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Have you taken time recently to thank a lineman? If not, Tuesday, April 18, is National Lineman Appreciation Day. A lineman constructs and maintains electric power transmission lines and distribution facilities.  Linemen make sure the power grids function properly, answer calls in all types of weather, and they troubleshoot for problems when the power goes […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Information from Democracy North Carolina will be added to our ongoing investigation into the protest matters following the general election. The file remains active and our work continues.  Consistent with agency practice, any findings of wrongdoing are referred to appropriate prosecutorial agencies when warranted by the evidence. The legal team at the […]

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How long will food stored in the refrigerator be safe to eat during a power outage? Emergencies happen, especially with extreme weather conditions. When they do, the best strategy begins with an emergency plan. This includes knowing the proper food safety precautions to take before, during, and after a power outage. Minimize the potential loss […]

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The April 18 SFSGA Tournament was held this week at Cypress Lakes Golf Course near Fayetteville. 52 players participated with four teams shooting 56. Those teams were: Linwood Hedgepeth, Steve Lennon and Jim Tori. Emery White, Mickey Brisson, Ken Britt and Mark Dixon. Richard Davis, Ricky Hair, Clifton Neill and B.C. Smith. Rob Conway, Al […]

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The Bladen County Education Foundation is gearing up for some fun with their 9th annual Jail-A-Thon set for Wednesday, April 26, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education. “People seem to have a good amount of fun with it,” said Bladen County Education Foundation’s […]

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By: Erin Smith The Christian Women’s Job Corp is set to hold fundraiser on Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Tar Heel Community Building located on Hwy. 87 near the Tar Heel Middle School. Jennifer Carter of Christian Women’s Job Corp said the CWJC is a ministry of the Bladen […]

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Events planned in May in Raleigh, Colfax, Charlotte RALEIGH – It has been about a month since most areas of North Carolina saw their last freeze, and for local strawberry growers and eaters that means the second wave of strawberries is almost here. “This has been an unusual strawberry season in North Carolina,” said Agriculture […]

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The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation has awarded Bladen Community College $125,000 to support the development of a writing center on the Dublin campus. Dean of Arts and Sciences and Developmental Studies, Dr. Joyce Bahhouth, is the motivation behind the writing center. “Regardless of the course of study a student may choose, writing skills are essential […]

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