06/17/2019
  • 4:34 pm Arrest made in arson fires in Bladen and Columbus Counties
  • 4:14 pm Upcoming road closings in Bladen County
  • 10:57 am River View Trading Post is the new small town store helping small town entrepreneurs
  • 10:51 am Baltimore Community Center Voter Registration Program
  • 9:44 am Tillis & Burr Advocate on Behalf of NC to Secure $110 million in DOT Grants
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Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer is now accepting submissions for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition.  All high school students who are residents of the 7th Congressional District are encouraged to participate.  The winning entry will be displayed in the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C. “This year’s art competition is an opportunity for students to […]

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WASHINGTON – As Charlotte prepares for possible severe weather on Wednesday, President Trump is preparing to sign legislation sponsored by Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) to improve severe weather radar coverage in the Charlotte region. On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act […]

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The undersigned Mayor of the Town of White Lake hereby calls an EMERGENCY MEETING of the White Lake Town Board of Commissioners at the time, place, and for the purpose(s) set out below: DATE: Wednesday, April 05, 2017 TIME 6:00 PM PLACE: White Lake Municipal Building located at 1879 White Lake Dr., White Lake, NC […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Bladen County is still recovering nearly 6 months after Hurricane Mathew. NCDOT continues to repair local roadways. Check our news page for updates. Live Oak UMC Church, near White Oak was damaged by the storm, mold remains and the cost of removal is expensive. A BBQ plate sale is planned for Saturday, April 8, from […]

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TEACHEY – West Bladen worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the seventh inning then exploded for 9 runs in the eighth to defeat Wallace-Rose Hill 13-4 in Four County Conference baseball action Tuesday night. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with nobody out in the home seventh, but Knight firstbaseman Jarrett Williams made a diving […]

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CLINTON – Senior catcher Kyle Tatum knocked in 6 runs with 4 doubles and led East Bladen to a 17-3 Four County Conference baseball victory over Clinton Tuesday night. Kyle Tatum finished 4-5 at the plate and scored 2 runs. Junior Sincere Smith finished 3-4 at the plate with a double, 2 runs batted in […]

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TEACHEY – Freshman Colby White struck out ten batters and pitched West Bladen to a 6-2 Four County Conference jayvee baseball victory Tuesday over Wallace-Rose Hill. “Colby pitched outstanding,” said West Bladen Coach Todd Pait. “And I really have to give it to Coach Brandon Carson for picking the team up and putting us back […]

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CLINTON – Sophmore Pierce Melvin pitched a one-hitter and struck out 11 batters to lead East Bladen to a 7-3 Four County Conference jayvee baseball victory over Clinton Tuesday. The Dark Horses pushed across unearned single runs in the first, second and third innings aided by five Eagle errors. The only Clinton hit came in […]

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TEACHEY – Wallace-Rose Hill slugged 4 home runs Tuesday night and outscored West Bladen 12-10 in a battle for first place in the Four County Conference softball standings. The Lady Knights struck first with the long ball as senior Alanna Ludlum walloped a first-inning home run for a 1-0 lead. Back came the Lady Bulldogs […]

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CLINTON – Clinton capitalized on a trio of East Bladen errors in the bottom of the seventh inning to score the tying and winning runs and edge the Lady Eagles 10-9 Tuesday night in Four County Conference softball action. Freshman Johanna Parker smashed a double to lead off the game, and junior Kaley Smith knocked […]

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This Day In History

1768 – 1st US Chamber of Commerce forms (NYC). 1792 – George Washington casts 1st presidential veto. 1915 – Jess Willard KOs Jack Johnson in 26 for heavyweight boxing title. 1923 – Firestone Tire and Rubber Company starts producing inflatable tires. 1925 – Yankees whip Dodgers in exhibition 16-9 but Babe Ruth collapses in NC […]

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EMEREAU: BLADEN ANNOUNCES 2017-2018 FACULTY AND LEADERSHIP  Emereau: Bladen Charter School will open its doors to students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade for the 2017-2018 school year on August 1, 2017. The Emereau Foundation, Inc. is pleased to announce the selection of the Dean of Operations and Dean of Academic Engagement for the 2017-2018 school […]

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Trinity United Methodist Church Annual Fish Fry will be Thursday, April 6th. 11 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Plates are $8 each in the church activity building. You may eat in or take out. Share:

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An update of road openings / closings is as follows:   OPENINGS:   SR 1505 (Jack Richardson Road) SR 1505 (Jack Richardson Road) is open.   SR 1748 (Figure 9 Road) SR 1748 (Figure 9 Road) is open.   NOTE:  We did not close SR 1710 (Elkton Road) today as planned due to high water […]

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The Bladen County Health Department was brimming with people on Tuesday afternoon for an Open House. Health Educator Marianne Valentiner said the goal of the Open House is to help the county’s residents to learn about all of the various services and programs the Health Department has to offer. She said many people are familiar […]

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The April 4 SFSGA Tourney was held at Land O’ Lakes Golf Course near Whiteville. The winning team, with a score of 57, was Jimmy Davis, Rudy Pait, Larry Mitchell and Mark Dixon. The April 11 tourney will be held at Timber Lake in Clinton. Share:

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A second round of severe weather is expected to pass through Bladen County late Wednesday night into Thursday morning. “This system will be stronger and more dynamic than yesterday’s system,” said Michael Colby, Meteorologist with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington. Share:

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All three branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be having an open house from 6 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 13, to celebrate National Library Week. There will be activities for children, library tours, library information, refreshments, and a chance for residents to socialize with other members of the community. Bridger Memorial […]

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Former West Bladen golfer and Clarkton native Kayla Thompson participated in the Clemson Invitational Golf Tournament held March 31-April 2 at The Reserve At Lake Keowee. Kayla shot rounds of 82-76-77=235 to tie for 82nd place. UNCW came in 15th place in the tourney. The final event in the season for the UNCW Lady Seahawks […]

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In the consent agenda on Monday night, the Bladen County Board of Commissioners approved a new contract with Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess. The new contract specifies the relationship between Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial, the County Board of Commissioners, and Heustess. The new contract came about after several commissioners expressed concerns during the SWOT […]

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  Dublin First Baptist Church Children’s Pastor, Bryan Hickman is excited about Easter. He said, “I am praying that our Family Fun Day / Easter Egg Hunt is a success.” The event is scheduled for Saturday, April 15th at West Bladen High School from 10:00 a.m. until 12 Noon. There will be an Easter Egg […]

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Bladen County Elementary Schools; Bladenboro Primary School, Booker T. Washington, Bladen Lakes Primary School, Dublin Primary School, East Arcadia Elementary, Elizabethtown Primary School, and Plainview Primary will be competing in the annual Elementary Battle of the Books.  Each team is comprised of up to 12 members who have been preparing to compete in a quiz-bowl […]

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A Shelter Friend of SE North Carolina

A Shelter Friend is set to reach a milestone on Wednesday with the 7th annual Spay/neuter clinic. “On that day A Shelter Friend and Elizabethtown Veterinary Hospital will celebrate the 7th anniversary of our monthly Spay/Neuter Clinic for the pets of low-income Bladen residents,” said Krista Hansen. The clinics are held on a monthly basis […]

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  Dr. Robert Taylor, Superintendent Bladen County Schools, presented an informative program at the April 3rd meeting of the Bladenboro Rotary Club. The focal point of his presentation centered around supporting children in our school district. Dr. Taylor shared several points of interest as to how the school system was achieving this goal. He stressed […]

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston I remember when March used to come in like a lion and go out like a lamb. This year, we had 70-80 degree days in both January and February, and when March got going, we had frost. Or should I say, frosts. That is not to say that people don’t go out […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

What a ballgame!!!! My first thought was, the Tar Heels are a lucky bunch…and they are, but Gonzaga was a tough opponent. Two very good teams playing for the first time, both presenting new problems for the other. Congratulations to the Tar Heels. And, while waiting for gametime we ‘weathered’ another storm. Strong winds and […]

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TABOR CITY – South Columbus defeated West Bladen 9-0 Monday in non-conference boys tennis action. Singles South Columbus #1 defeated Joseluis Osorio (WB) 8-0 SC #2 defeated Edgardo Lara (WB) 8-0 SC #3 defeated Jacob Hester (WB) 8-1 SC #4 defeated Victor Avellano (WB) 8-0 SC #5 defeated Fernando Carranza (WB) 8-1 SC #6 defeated […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) congratulated the University of North Carolina Tar Heels men’s basketball team for defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs to win the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Championship: “Congratulations to the Tar Heels for overcoming the heartbreak of last year’s final and bringing the national championship back to […]

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On the agenda for the Bladen County board of commissioners meeting Monday, April 3rd was item E. Compensation Agreement Bladen’s Bloomin/Agri Industrial. The action was to approve or consent to a compensation agreement between Bladen County, Bladen’s Bloomin’/Agri-Industrial, Inc. (BBAI) and Bladen County Economic Development Director John C. Heustess, known as Chuck Heustess. The agreement has a March 2017 […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met Monday night and Chairman Charles Ray Peterson asked to have a change made to the county’s personnel policy section 4.1. Chairman Peterson told the board he would like to have the policy changed to eliminate the 12 month requirement before they can receive/earn time off. Chairman Peterson there […]

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County commissioners learn about Essential Single-family Rehabilitation Loan Pool Disaster Recovery Program The Bladen County Commissioners heard a presentation from the Lumber River Council of Government’s Jan Hester Maynor on Monday night regarding the Essential Single-family Rehabilitation Loan Pool-Disaster Recovery Fund. Maynor told the board the county is receiving these funds because it is one […]

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By: Joy Warren Since the major presentation items were handled during the Noon Work Session, the Town Council made quick work of their administrative matters during the Monday evening business session.  Council approved additional Parade restrictions to help with safety issues during parades.  Children will be disappointed to learn that candy will no longer be […]

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View photos by: Kenneth Armstrong Sunday afternoon was a gorgeous day in most everyone’s opinions. Bikers could not ask for better weather to travel in from Bladen County to Myrtle Beach. Big Show, also known as Fletcher Collins, assisted in organizing another event to bring folks together for a good cause. Big Show and many others met Sunday, […]

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This Day In History

1818 – Congress decides on the US flag: 13 red & white stripes & 20 stars. 1841 – Vice President John Tyler becomes the 10th President of the United States after the death of President William Henry Harrison. 1850 – City of Los Angeles incorporated. 1902 – Cecil Rhodes scholarship fund forms with$10 million. 1911 […]

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Bladen County has Azaleas blooming all over! These beautiful Azaleas were blooming in all of their splendor. We snapped these azalea photos in Dublin, North Carolina. Share:

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National Weather Service

The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for Bladen County until 10 p.m. on Monday. A Thunderstorm Watch means conditions are favorable for thunderstorms to develop. Residents need to monitor weather conditions and to monitor local media outlets for the latest watches and warnings. Share:

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The Elizabethtown Council is working to tighten rules regarding parades held inside the town. Planning Technician Billie Hall told the board the town staff compared the town’s existing ordinance to Clinton, Hope Mills and Clayton. Hall said Elizabethtown Police Chief Tony Parrish and Town Manager Eddie Madden have reviewed the newly written policy. Some of the […]

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The Elizabethtown Council heard an update on the FEMA reimbursement process for Hurricane Matthew from Finance Director Jay Leatherman and Public Works Director Pat DeVane. Leatherman told the board the invoices from Hurricane Matthew have been submitted to the town’s FEMA representative. He said there were several categories in which invoices were submitted including debris […]

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The Elizabethtown Town Council welcomed two new officers to the Elizabethtown Police Department during their noon work session on Monday. Erin Battle has been hired as a Police Records Clerk, and Darrell Spaulding joined the department as a Police Officer. Mayor Sylvia Campbell presented them with town employee pins. Planner Rod Fritz presented the Council […]

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Elizabethtown, NC – In honor of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, Guardian ad Litem program is issuing a call to action for residents of Bladen County to stand against child abuse and take action to support children who have been abused or neglected. At any given time, the cases of over 10,000 children are in […]

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Joined by an excited group of kindergartners who had just enjoyed a special story time in the East Garner Elementary School media center, NC Superintendent Mark Johnson today announced the state’s NC Reads initiative. The launch of NC Reads will promote three goals for the summer of 2017 to combat the summer brain drain: * […]

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National Weather Service

April is the time of year for severe weather to occur and thunderstorms and severe weather are in the forecast for Monday night into Tuesday morning. Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw said severe weather is a slight possibility with the timing somewhere between 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Monday night. Kinlaw said residents […]

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On Friday, April 7, at 11 a.m., Bladen Community College will celebrate Arbor Day and honor BCC staff member Tiina Mundy with a Tree Dedication Ceremony. Mundy recently received the Governor’s highest honor when inducted as a member of the NC Order of the Long Leaf Pine Society. The recognition celebrates state employees who serve their communities […]

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DUBLIN – Students and parents of rising high school juniors and seniors are invited to attend a seminar about the College Transfer Program and the Career and Technical Education Programs at Bladen Community College. The event is Monday, April 3, 2017, from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. in the Learning Enhancement Center on the Dublin campus. […]

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DUBLIN – Student Government officers at Bladen Community College attended the General Assembly in Raleigh as part of the NC Community College Day on March 30. SGA Advisor Crystal Dowd and students Kayla Pipkin (SGA Senator) and Tyler Carroll (SGA Public Information Officer) also visited the Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion. For more information about […]

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Raleigh – The State Highway Patrol along with the Guilford County School system conducted a press event today announcing the launch of 2017 Operation “Drive to Live”. The operation is an initiative by SHP to reduce the number of teenage related traffic collisions and deaths. According to National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration, young drivers […]

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The North Carolina House of Representatives is set to discuss HB 467 known as the “Right to Farm Bill” this week. Residents and farmers alike are encouraged to contact their representatives and voice their support for the measure. Out-of-state trial lawyers have been traveling the United States and making millions by suing farmers for alleged […]

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The Baldwin Branch Male Chorus is celebrating their 46th Annual Anniversary 3 p.m. on April 9, 2017. Several individuals, groups and choirs will be singing. The celebrations are being held at Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 4047 NC 242 Highway South; Elizabethtown NC. Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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Bladenboro Historical Building

The Mother County Genealogical Society (MCGS) meeting is Saturday, April 8, from noon to 2 p.m. The meeting will be downstairs in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building, 818 South Main Street, Bladenboro, NC. The scheduled speaker will Linda Rivenbark from Clarkton, NC. She will give a presentation on the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) […]

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An Amber Alert for a missing 11-year-old girl from Charlotte has been cancelled after she was found safe. Arieyana Simone Forney was found after the Washington, DC  Police located the car and it crashed. According to reports, one man has been arrested in the incident. The Amber Alert was issued after Charlotte Police were called […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Remember Frank Thompson? He was Bladenboro High School football coach in the early to mid 60s. He was a graduate of Chadbourn High School, if my memory is correct, later captain of Wake Forest U football team and was the Demon Deacons Most Valuable player in 1958. He was an offensive lineman. WFU sports records […]

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WINSTON-SALEM – Bladenboro native Abbey Walters belted 6 hits and scored 5 runs to lead UNC-Pembroke to a double-header sweep over Winston-Salem State Sunday by scores of 6-1 and 11-2. Walters batted 3-3 in the opener, scored 3 runs and stole 4 bases. In the nightcap the West Bladen grad cracked 3 hits in 5 […]

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This Day In History

1790 – Revenue Marine Service (US Coast Guard) created. 1860 – Pony Express between St. Joseph, Mo. & Sacramento, California. 1882 – American outlaw Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford at home in St. Joseph. 1908 – Frank Gotch wins world heavyweight wrestling championship in 2 hours. 1910 – Highest mountain in North America, […]

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UPDATE: Missing Charlotte 11-year-old found safe in Washington, DC http://bit.ly/2otayfn A statewide Amber Alert was issued by Charlotte Police on Sunday afternoon for a missing 11-year-old girl. Arieyana Simone Forney was discovered to be missing after police were called to a home on Glenncannon Drive in Charlotte and discovered the bodies of two adults there. […]

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Local business owner, Fletcher Collins, also known as “Big Show”, helped a Fayetteville family in their time of mourning. Two slain daughters allegedly killed at the hands of their father after he kidnapped the infant and young child about a week ago. Collins offered his services by custom painting the two sisters casket. Collins said, […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The 13th Annual WBLA Telethon raised $28,000 for rescue squads in Bladen County. The four high school bands in Bladen County presented a joint concert at East Bladen High School. The Bladen Journal celebrated their 75th anniversary in business. Robert G. Hester withdrew from the County Commissioners race due to the fact that he was […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

A huge salute to all who responded to the needs of a Bladenboro area youngster suffering from Leukemia. Over $43,000 was raised yesterday for little J.T. Higgs. Folks taking care of their own and spearheaded by the Events Committee in B-boro. Supporters of Live Oak United Methodist Church are sponsoring a BBQ fundraiser next Saturday […]

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HARTSVILLE, SC – West Bladen grad Clint Allen hammered a 2-run triple that keyed a 7-run third-inning that carried Coker to a 7-2 South Atlantic Conference baseball victory Saturday over Anderson, SC. Allen walloped his 2-run triple to centerfield to drive in Brooks Estrada and Tanner Crosby. Allen darted home on a wild pitch. Anderson […]

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PEMBROKE – Bladenboro native Abbey Walters cracked 4 hits and scored 6 runs as her UNC-Pembroke Lady Braves split a Peach Belt Conference double-header with Francis Marion Saturday. The Lady Patriots built a 7-0 lead in the first game before Walters ripped a single through the middle to ignite a 2-out rally in the Pembroke […]

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DUBLIN – West Columbus edged West Bladen 5-4 Saturday in non-conference jayvee baseball action. “The Knights were battling those Vikings through out the whole game,” said West Bladen Coach Todd Pait. Sophmores Dalton Pait and Jeremy Pait both batted 2-3 to lead the Knight hitters. Freshman Nolan Bryant and sophmore David Valenta belted one hit […]

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DUBLIN – Righthander Cody Benton pitched a 2-hitter and cracked a 2-run single to lead West Columbus to a 5-1 non-conference baseball victory over West Bladen. The Vikings scored 2 runs in the second, one in the fifth and 2 more on Benton’s single in the seventh. West Bladen pushed across their only run in […]

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A fundraiser for baby JT Higgs was deemed a rousing success by organizers on Saturday. According to Charles Ray Peterson, one of the many organizers of the event, the event raised more than $43,000 that was given to JT’s parents Kelsey Cox and Jacobe Higgs to help with JT’s medical expenses. The Bladenboro Events Committee expressed […]

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This Day In History

1819 – 1st successful agricultural journal (“American Farmer”) begins. 1866 – US President Andrew Johnson ends civil war in Ala, Ark, Fla, Ga, Miss, La, NC, SC, Tn & Va. 1908 – Mills Committee declares baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday. 1917 – US President Woodrow Wilson asks Congress to declare war against Germany. 1921 […]

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BladenOnline.com’s roundtable discussions on the opioid epidemic in North Carolina and Bladen County continues this week with 5 Tips to combat prescription drug epidemic from Mandy Cohen. MD. MPH, Secretary of North Carolina Health and Human Services. The 5 tips were contained in a letter sent from Ms. Cohen to her colleagues. Click here to […]

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Three triathlons scheduled for the latter part of April at White Lake are filling up rapidly. The White Lake Spring Half, scheduled for Saturday, April 22, at 7 a.m., has a total of 186 athletes signed up. The White Lake Spring International at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, has 170 participants and the White […]

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Area churches have released a schedule for Holy Week Services for the 2017 Easter Week. Service times, dates and locations may be found here. Share:

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The Elizabethtown and Bladenboro Rotary Clubs are planning to conduct a recognition service for Bladen County’s World War II veterans on Wednesday, May 31, at 1 p.m. at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery.  These World War II veterans have been referred to by some as the “Greatest Generation.” They left their homeland to serve around […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

April Fool’s Day! Recorded about an inch of rain yesterday, give or take a tenth. Expect farmers will be in the field, putting seed in the soil over the next couple of weeks. Checking all time high and low temps for April, in Bladen County. Highest temp 94 degrees, April 28,1981 Lowest temp 24 degrees, […]

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RALEIGH – West Bladen grad Trevor Lesane batted 5-11 for Wake Technical Community College in last weekend’s baseball series against Patrick Henry Community. In the opening game of Saturday’s double-header, Lesane cracked 2 hits, scored a run and drove in a run as the Eagles outscored Patrick Henry 11-10. In Saturday’s nightcap, the Tar Heel […]

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