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Twins Win Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Minors Championship

The Twins rallied to defeat the Orioles 11-7 Wednesday night in the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Minor League Tournament Championship game. The Twins also won the regular-season championship. Members of the Twins are pictured (Left-to-right): Front Row: Nathaniel Edwards, Azaveon Robinson, Hayden Munn. Second Row: Garrett Dunham, Coley Sasser, Jackson Smith, Torrean Cogdell. Third Row: Iveonna Ward, Cole Butler, Adonis Smith, Natoren Corbett, Isaiah Lee, Laila Smith. Coaches: Cory Corbett, Kevin Dunham, Chris Butler. Share:

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This Day in History for June 1

1638 – 1st earthquake recorded in US, at Plymouth, Mass. 1789 – 1st US congressional act becomes law (on administering oaths). 1813 – Capt. John Lawrence utters Navy motto “Don’t give up the ship”. 1862 – Slavery abolished in all US possessions. 1869 – Thomas Edison granted his first patent for an electric vote machine (US Patent 90,646). 1890 – US census at 62,622,250. 1911 – 1st US group insurance policy written, Passaic, NJ. 1925 – Lou Gehrig replaces Wally Pip (1st of record 2130 consecutive games). 1938 – Protective baseball helmets 1st worn by batters. 1947 – Photosensitive glass developed. 1961 – FM multiplex stereo broadcasting 1st heard. 1967 …..

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Rotary Clubs honor Bladen County World War II veterans in ceremony

The Elizabethtown and Bladenboro Rotary Clubs honored Bladen County veterans of World War II in a special ceremony on Wednesday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery.  In all, fifteen (15) veterans were honored but two were unable to attend the ceremony. “By their honor, courage and commitment they defeated evil in the world and did not allow the evil axis to enter the shores of our homeland,” said Rotarian Darrell Page as he paid tribute to the veterans. Elizabethtown Rotary Club President Charlotte Smith and Bladenboro Rotary Club President Shirley Bridgers presented each veteran with a hat and a medallion to commemorate the event. US Congressman Robert Pittenger presented each …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER TOURS HURRICANE MATTHEW DAMAGE IN FAYETTEVILLE, HOPE MILLS, AND BLADEN COUNTY

  FAYETTEVILLE – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) toured neighborhoods in Fayetteville, Hope Mills, and Bladen County which are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew. This latest tour is part of his ongoing efforts to secure additional disaster recovery funding, including regular communication with FEMA, HUD, and House Appropriations. Congressman Pittenger inspecting damage at Cross Creek Park in Fayetteville (left). Congressman Pittenger and Mayor Warner in Hope Mills (right). Click here to view and download high-res photos from today’s visit. “Today I spent several hours touring Fayetteville and Hope Mills with their Mayors, Nat Robertson and Jackie Warner, and touring portions of Bladen County with Emergency Management. The devastation remains, with …..

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice offers no cost grief program

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC  – Lower Cape Fear Hospice will offer a four-week, no cost grief program, Living with Grief: Growth and Education for Adults Coping with Grief. It will be Mondays, July 10-July 31 from 10:00 a.m.  until noon, at LCFH’s Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad Street in Elizabethtown. Pre-registration is required, call 910-515-6689. Most of us have loved and lost special people in our lives and we understand that coping with grief is a challenging process. If you and/or your friends and family are having difficulty dealing with the loss of a loved one, we are here to help. Throughout the year, we offer compassionate care, educational and enrichment …..

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State Employees’ Credit Union Members Award $10,000 Scholarship to East Bladen High School Student

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Tamara L Moore, a senior at East Bladen High School.  The scholarship was awarded for study at NC State University, part of North Carolina’s 16-campus University of North Carolina System. Funded solely by Credit Union members and given based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” the scholarship recognizes the recipient’s community involvement, leadership skills, character and integrity, as well as scholastic achievement. The scholarship is provided for tuition and university approved educational expenses over eight consecutive semesters. State Employees’ Credit Union’s local Advisory Board member Kate McVicker comments, “Through the SECU Foundation …..

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State Employees’ Credit Union Members Award $10,000 Scholarship to Area High School Student

State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via the SECU Foundation, presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Amber Nicole Long, a senior at West Bladen High School.  The scholarship was awarded for study at UNC-Chapel Hill, part of North Carolina’s 16-campus University of North Carolina System. Funded solely by Credit Union members and given based on SECU’s philosophy of “People Helping People,” the scholarship recognizes the recipient’s community involvement, leadership skills, character and integrity, as well as scholastic achievement. The scholarship is provided for tuition and university approved educational expenses over eight consecutive semesters. State Employees’ Credit Union’s local Advisory Board member Joey Todd comments, “Through the SECU Foundation ‘People …..

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North Carolina April County Unemployment Figures Released…..Bladen At 5.5 Percent

RALEIGH —Bladen County reported an unemployment rate 5.5 percent for April. Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 97 of North Carolina’s counties in April and increased in three.  Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.8 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.2 percent.  Fourteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases and one increased. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 6.8 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.3 percent.  The April not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.3 percent. Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% 10% or …..

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Bladenboro Braves Are Bladen County Coach-Pitch Co-Champs

The Bladenboro Braves clinched a share of the Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball League’s Coach-Pitch Championship with a 4-3 victory over Dublin Tuesday at Wateree Park. The Braves tied for first-place with the Bladenboro Bears. The two teams lost only to each other during the season splitting their two meetings. Members of the Braves are: Dylan Brisson, Josh Strickland, Samuel Cummings, Kali Allen, Cayden Simmons, Conner Sykes, Shane Miller, Will Allen, Andrew Wren, Ashton Bryan, Trenton Bostic, Shenendoah Fowler. Not pictured is Tiffani Page. Coaches are Jason Page, Keith Wren, Will Bostic and Josh Allen. Share:

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Foster Parenting classes available

At the age of 12, Karen was admitted into foster care after a report of suspected sexual abuse and neglect was reported.  The Department of Social Services investigated, found Karen to be in immediate danger, and placed her in a licensed foster home. Karen came from a home where the cabinets were often bare and the only daily meal was the one she had at school, thanks to the free lunch program.  Her mother and father were “separated” but continued spending time together using drugs, mostly every day.  Karen was often sexually abused by many people in the neighborhood, including her maternal uncle.  She skipped school often and her grades had dramatically dropped in the last two years.  Karen at twelve years of age has already experienced numerous losses; innocence, safety, parents, dreams.  Studies …..

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BCC Host Youth Summer Science Classes

DUBLIN – On June 19, Bladen Community College will host an afternoon workshop for youth to build and blast Alka-Seltzer rockets into the sky. BioNetwork Engagement Technician Courtney Behrle will facilitate the science exploration class, which meets from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. on the Dublin campus. On June 26, Behrle will return to teach a class on Prosthesis Thesis, a biomedical workshop in which students will build and test a below-the-knee prosthetic. This class meets from 1 until 4 p.m. on the Dublin campus. The workshops are open to students ages 14 – 17. Pre-registration is required. For more information or to pre-register for the workshops, contact Stephanie Gonzalez …..

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Minuteman Foodmart stores recognized for support of Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund

The Minuteman Foodmart stores were recognized by the Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund for their efforts in supporting North Carolina National Guardsmen who are deployed. Wesley Campbell said the Minuteman Foodmart stores became involved with the Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund four years ago. The program was formed by retired Sgt. Major Dennis Roach to raise money for National Guardsmen and their families. According to the fund’s website, each year members of the NC Petroleum and Convenience Store Marketers conduct a fundraiser by selling “boot” decals for $1 each.  Campbell said, over the past four years, the Minuteman Foodmart stores have raised $50,000 in support of the program. “It has …..

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Annual David F. Coble reunion

  • 05/31/2017
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The annual David F. Coble reunion is planned for Sunday, June 4, 2017 at Cypress Creek Baptist Church in the fellowship hall. The Alta Coble Bryant families will be hosting this year’s reunion. The meal will be served at 1 p.m.. Bring a covered dish. Beverages and paper goods will be provided. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Our thoughts on politics tends to bring out the worst in many of us, and we know so little, other than what our news sources tell us. And, the news sources are so different. I am making an extra effort to engage my brain before I open my mouth. Looking back over previous administrations and wonder how today’s experts would respond if Presidents Obama, Bush, Clinton or Reagan were carrying on business as we see today? Maybe the same, kinda doubt it. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce kicks off their Sunset Jam Concert series tomorrow (Thursday) 6 PM at Goldston’s Beach featuring The Holiday Band. It’s free, sponsored by …..

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This Day in History for May 31

1634 – The colony of Massachusetts Bay annexes Maine colony. 1790 – US copyright law enacted. 1837 – Astor Hotel opens in NYC, it later becomes the Waldorf-Astoria. 1884 – Dr. John Harvey Kellogg patents “flaked cereal.” 1893 – Whitcomb Judson, Chicago, patents a hookless fastening (zipper). 1907 – Taxis 1st begin running in NYC. 1919 – NC-4 aircraft commanded by AC Read completes 1st crossing of Atlantic. 1941 – 1st edition of “Parade” goes on sale. 1942 – 25th PGA Championship: Sam Snead at Seaview CC Atlantic City, New Jersey. 1955 – US Supreme Court orders school integration “with all deliberate speed.” 1962 – “Tell it to Groucho” last …..

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On vacation? Social Security is still here for you

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist, Fayetteville Summer is here and millions of vacationers are packing their bags to visit a new locale and soak up some sunshine. You might be traveling quite a ways. You are used to staying connected to important information like your bank accounts and social networks, especially on the go. Social Security is there in the same way — easily accessible when you are away from your home or office. When you are going on vacation and want to be sure your Social Security benefits arrive, use my Social Security. When you open a personal and secure my Social Security account, you can …..

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State Board of Elections’ proposed rules released for public comment

RALEIGH – The State Board of Elections is seeking public comments from June 1 through July 31 on proposed changes to the administrative code regarding various aspects of elections administration. Among the proposed changes are rules that: ** Establish standards for the executive director’s emergency authority to change election schedules. The need for a clearly defined process became clear in Hurricane Matthew’s wake. ** Clarify that county elections officials should not delay election certification, unless post-election protests involve the tabulation of ballots or the qualifications of voters sufficient in number to change an election outcome. ** Largely rewrite the election protest form, requiring the protestor to certify that the facts …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER SHARES LETTERS TO EDITOR LEFT UNPUBLISHED BY CHARLOTTE OBSERVER EDITORIAL BOARD

CHARLOTTE – Two recently published articles in the Charlotte Observer omitted relevant facts and did not provide readers with a thorough account of Congressman Pittenger’s policy positions.  In response, Congressman Pittenger wrote two separate Letters to the Editor to provide clarification for his constituents. As the Charlotte Observer Editorial Board never published these letters, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is now making them publicly available via this press release and social media. In response to “GOP health plan could be particularly painful in N.C.” (published on the front page, May 18th): “And now, the rest of the story.  Regular readers will not be surprised to learn recent Charlotte Observer coverage of …..

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PBLA holds second commencement exercise

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy held their second commencement exercise on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at 10 a.m. in the Bladen Community College auditorium. The commencement speaker for the evening was Kevin Wendling Headmaster of the Robert Land Academy. The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is the only military charter school in North Carolina. Share:

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Taylor to receive Friday Medal

The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at NC State University’s College of Education is pleased to announce that this year we are honoring Innovative Superintendents of North Carolina Rural Districts with the 2017 Friday Medal. In collaboration with the NC School Superintendents Association we have selected the following seven superintendents to each receive the award, which we will present to them both for their own accomplishments in improving student learning and implementing digital-age approaches to teaching and learning, and as representatives of the many other dedicated and innovative rural superintendents who serve the students of the State. Darrin Hartness – Davie County Anthony Jackson – Vance County Jeff McDaris – …..

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West Bladen High School Graduate: Hunter Tyler Jackson

Hunter Tyler Jackson will graduate from West Bladen High School on June 17, 2017. His accomplishments include: *Awarded NC Academic Scholar Award for maintaining a 3.5 GPA or higher *Awarded National Guard Scholar Athlete *Awarded Lineman of the Year in Football *Awarded for being a FFA member for Parliamentary Procedure 2016-2017 *Awarded Rotary Club of Bladenboro Scholarship *Awarded Campbell University’s Presidential Scholarship *Awarded Campbell University’s Academic Scholarship for being in the top 10% of his graduating class. Hunter will be attending Campbell University in the fall and will be working for his Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering. During the 2016-2017 school year, Hunter has worked extremely hard for all of his accomplishments. …..

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PBLA Graduate: C/1st Lieutenant LaShay Ania High

C/1st Lieutenant LaShay Ania High graduated from the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy on May 27, 2017.  LaShay is the daughter of John and Ruth High of Elizabethtown, NC. She is a member of True Vine Holiness Church in Clarkton, NC and she is a volunteer fire fighter with the Elizabethtown Fire Department, Station 55. Her family is extremely proud of her and her plans are to continue her studies in fire and rescue. Share:

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Tillis & Klobuchar Lead Bipartisan Letter Calling for Pentagon Funding and Research of Burn Pit Exposure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have led a bipartisan group of senators in calling for Pentagon funding and research of burn bit exposure. More than 100,000 military personnel who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have signed up for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) burn pit exposure registry. In a letter to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, Tillis, Klobuchar, and a group of senators requested that burn pit exposure be included as a congressionally directed Department of Defense research topic and that robust funding for research on burn pit exposure and related illnesses be provided in the FY 2018 defense appropriations …..

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West Bladen High School Graduate: Sydney Elizabeth Jackson

Sydney Elizabeth Jackson, daughter of Dwayne and Emily Jackson of Bladenboro, will be graduating from West Bladen High School on June 17, 2017. Sydney has been very active in school activities while at West. She has been a Varsity Cheerleader for 3 years. She also played Varsity tennis and ran hurdles in track . Sydney was a member of HOSA (Health Occupations Student Association), the Varsity Club for athletes and received entrance into the National Technical Honor Society. When Sydney graduates she will also have her CNA (Certified Nursing assistant) certification. She is also a member of First Baptist Church Bladenboro. Sydney will be attending UNC Pembroke in the fall …..

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Wondering What Your Kids Can Do For The Summer?

Bladen Community College has lots of summer camp opportunities to meet almost any child’s needs. Use the summer to let your child brush up on their math skills, explore career areas of interest or discover their creative talents in a performing arts or art camps. They’re all available at BCC for a very affordable price. Half Day Camp prices range from $55-$75. All Day Camp prices range from $110-$150 depending on which camp you sign up for. We are only excepting 10 – 12 students in each camp with exception to Dance, Baseball & Performing Arts. BCC summer camps are geared toward students ages 10 to 17. Students will have …..

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Healthy Bladen Collaborative meets and learns about pilot WIC program

  • 05/30/2017
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The Healthy Bladen Collaborative met on Tuesday morning in the conference room of the Bladen County Health Department to share ideas and to discuss new initiatives and upcoming events throughout the county. During the meeting Marianne Valentiner, Health Educator, announced North Carolina is preparing to implement a pilot program for an eWIC card which will replace the current voucher system. The new eWIC card will launch in October. The new eWIC card will work like a debit card at the checkout stand. Valentiner said the grocery stores have been contacted regarding the new program. Also discussed was the purchase of an adaptive swing for the Leinwand Park in Elizabethtown with …..

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Crime: Elizabethtown Police need help identifying suspect

The Elizabethtown Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying a suspect in a larceny that occurred on Monday, May 29, 2017. According the Lt. D. Cheshire, at approximately 8:45 a.m. an unknown black male entered the Walmart of Elizabethtown and stole two cell phones from the electronic section of the store. The suspect was operating what appears to be a red Chevrolet Impala with black highlights around the headlights and a black stripe down the back of the vehicle on the trunk and rear bumper. Anyone with any information as to the identity of the suspect please contact the Elizabethtown Police Department at 910-862-3125 or email dcheshire@elizabethtownnc.org. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

I love this time of the year. As a youngster (14-17), growing up near Bladenboro, it was baseball time and the Bladenboro Spinners, a semi-pro team, was the best team in the USA, so far as I was concerned. Nothing better than heading out to Spinner Field, just west of Bladenboro and behind the cotton mill, where they played for many years in the 40s, 50s, and into the 60s, as I recall. The old ballpark was abandoned many years ago and replaced by low cost housing. In my mind, I can still see it and hear the cheers and chatter, including the questioning of umpire’s sight and judgment.. Many …..

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NCHSAA Softball Play-offs

Here are results from NCHSAA regional softball championship series. State championship series are scheduled this weekend: Class 1A Eastern Regional Championship Whiteville 9, Louisburg 5 Whiteville 9, Louisburg 4 Western Regional Championship Gray Stone Day 2, North Stanly 1 North Stanly 8, Gray Stone Day 0 North Stanly 6, Gray Stone Day 5 Class 2A Eastern Regional Championship South Granville 9, Eastern Randolph 1 South Granville 10, Eastern Randolph 0 Western Regional Championship Monroe Parkwood 6, Madison 3 Monroe Parkwood 1, Madison 0 Class 3A Eastern Regional Championship West Brunswick 8, Hillsborough Orange 5 Hillsborough Orange 7, West Brunswick 4 Hillsborough Orange 5, West Brunswick 1 Western Regional Championship Monroe …..

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NCHSAA Baseball Play-offs

Here are results from NCHSAA regional baseball championship series. State championship series are scheduled this weekend: Class 1A Eastern Regional Championship Whiteville 6, Goldsboro Rosewood 5 Whiteville 5, Goldsboro Rosewood 0 Western Regional Championship Murphy 7, Murphy 2 North Stanly 12, Murphy 2 Murphy 2, North Stanly 1 Class 2A Eastern Regional Championship Edenton Holmes 3, South Granville 1 Edenton Holmes 5, South Granville 0 Western Regional Championship Rutherford-Spindale Central 6, Lake Norman Charter 4 Rutherford-Spindale Central 9, Lake Norman Charter 1 Class 3A Eastern Regional Championship Northern Guilford 3, Topsail 1 Topsail 3, Northern Guilford 2 Northern Guilford 6, Topsail 5 Western Regional Championship Shelby Crest 5, Waxhaw Marvin …..

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Memorial Day Ceremony

A Memorial Day Ceremony was held today at the Bladenboro Historical Building by Bladen County’s Disabled American Veterans Chapter. David Brown opened the Ceremony with a few words and the presentation of the colors by West Bladen High School’s JROTC. The Star Spangled Banner was sung by West Bladen’s own Alana King. Brown then introduced guest speaker, Tom Martin. Martin served in the Vietnam War. Martin gave a powerful speech about our Country’s service men who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Martin was personally moved by the sacrifice paid by two of the men he served with in Vietnam. Martin stated, “these two men had not yet reached the age of …..

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This Day In History

This Day In History – May 30

  • 05/29/2017
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This Day in History – May 30 1783 – Benjamin Tower of Philadelphia publishes 1st daily newspaper in US. 1806 – Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson had accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy. 1821 – James Boyd patents Rubber Fire Hose. 1848 – William G. Young patents ice cream freezer. 1879 – Gilmore Garden (NYC) renamed Madison Square Garden. 1908 – 1st federal workman’s compensation law approved. 1922 – Completed Lincoln Memorial dedicated by US Chief Justice William H. Taft in front of 50,000. 1933 – Patent on invisible glass installation. 1942 – Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat Dizzy Dean All-Stars, 8-1. 1948 – …..

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Unaffiliated Voters Gain In Bladen County

According to the Bladen Board of Elections, as of August 5, 2016, the second largest voter registration party in Bladen County is not a party at all……but is made up of unaffiliated voters. Democrats have 60 percent of the registered voters in the county with 13,627. Coming in second is the unaffiliated voters with 25 percent (5,646). Third place goes to the Republicans with 14 percent (3,215). Taking last place is the Libertarians with 1 percent (28). Share:

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A passion for the trails: Karson Shughart

by: Tonya Bockover At age 11, Karson Shughart is a boy with a passion for off-road mountain biking. Karson’s typical weekend is spent training Saturday and Sunday at such places as Brown’s Creek Trail in Elizabethtown, Brunswick Nature Park in Leland or Blue Clay Bike Park near Wilmington. When asked how he got into such an intense sport, Karson said, “I was inspired by my uncle about two years ago.” Karson is a member of the Cape Fear Fins Composite Mountain Bike team. The team races at the parks mentioned above as well as Henderson Pond Trails at Camp Lejeune and at Carolina Forest Bike and Run Park (dubed “The …..

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Make a 12″ Container Garden

Learn how to make a container garden! The Bladen County Cooperative Extension will be offering a class soon. On Saturday, June 10, 9am until 12noon at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension, (910)862-4591, 450 Smith Circle Dr. Elizabethtown. Soil, fertilizer, plastic pot (12” terra-cotta color), and plants are included in the $20 registration fee for the class. Participants will pay a registration fee by June 6 in order to purchase materials and reserve your spot. You will learn what plants make up an attractive pot, then plant the pot and take your beautiful container garden home with you. “We will be doing our “creating” outside at the greenhouse next to the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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Today is Memorial Day, a day of honoring American soldiers who died serving the country in wars. Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday in May. Several towns claim to be the originators of Memorial Day but in 1966, Congress declared Waterloo, NY, to be the birthplace of the holiday. Memorial Day originally honored military personnel who died in the Civil War (1861-1865) The holiday now honors those who died in any war while serving with the United States. Austin Dillon won the Coco-Cola 600 last night, leading just 2 laps. Dillon passed Jimmy Johnson, who ran out of gas. It has been another good week for BladenOnline. May …..

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Cade Hancock Named Coastal Rivers Conference Player of the Year

Elizabethtown’s Cade Hancock has been named the Coastal Rivers Conference Golf Player of the Year. Hancock, 15, is a sophmore at Harrells Christian Academy. Hancock also earned a spot on the Class 2A North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association All-State team by finishing eighth in the NCISAA Class 2A State Tournament at the Mid-South Club in Pinehurst. The Harrells sophmore fired a one over par 72 in the opening round of the state tourney and was within two shots of the lead. Hancock posted a 77 in the second round for a 2-day total of 149 that gave him the spot on the All-State team. Last Saturday Hancock qualified for …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 29

1721 – South Carolina formally incorporated as a royal colony. 1765 – Patrick Henry’s historic speech against the Stamp Act, answering a cry of “Treason!” with, “If this be treason, make the most of it!” 1790 – Rhode Island becomes last of original 13 colonies ratifying US Constitution. 1849 – President Lincoln says, “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all the people all of the time.” 1900 – Trademark “Escalator” registered by Otis Elevator Co. 1919 – Charles Strite files patent for the pop-up toaster. 1932 – The Bonus Army of …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Elizabethtown attorney David Wall was elected President of the 13th Judicial District Bar Association. Thousands attended the White Lake Water Festival. Bladen County Hospital offered the office of Administrator to Gary A. Dulak. There was no increase in Bladen County’s tax rate according to County Administrator Doug Evans. Share:

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Joyous, Fun Faith

  • 05/28/2017
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By noreply@blogger.com (Chris Denny) on May 26, 2017 06:30 am I Peter 4:7-9 The end of all things is near; therefore be serious and discipline yourselves for the sake of your prayers. Above all, maintain constant love for one another, for love covers a multitude of sins. Be hospitable to one another without complaining. Lord, you know that I take my faith seriously. But sometimes I need to be reminded: “Life’s too serious to be taken so seriously.” You intend our faith to be joyous, even fun. I’m reminded of a picture of Jesus I saw from a group called “The Fellowship of Merry Christians.” It’s one of the few …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

For high school seniors, the big day is fast approaching. We honor those veterans who paid the ultimate sacrifice to make our country free. Remember them year round, but especially on Memorial Day. White Lake traffic picking up this weekend. Many motels with ‘no vacancy’ signs, more boats on the lake, more traffic at eating establishments and amusement parks, and the weather has been perfect. Elizabethtown merchants always appreciate White Lake visitors Blueberry farmers are busy, busy after a few days of rain. They suffered some loss due to a late freeze, but, for many, a better crop than originally expected. Rain over the past week or so was welcomed, …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 28

1664 – 1st Baptist Church organizes (Boston). 1774 – 1st Continental Congress convenes (Virginia). 1818 – 1st steam vessel to sail Great Lakes launched. 1889 – Edouard and Andre Michelin incorporate the Michelin tyre company. 1923 – Attorney General says it is legal for women to wear trousers anywhere. 1923 – US unemployment has nearly ended. 1929 – 1st all color talking picture “On With The Show” exhibited (NYC). 1940 – Irving Berlin’s musical “Louisiana Purchase” premieres in NYC. 1955 – Indianapolis 500: Bob Sweikert wins. 1956 – President Eisenhower signs farm bill allows government to store agricultural surplus. 1962 – US stock market drops $20.8 B in 1 day. …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S STATEMENT ON HEINOUS ATTACK AGAINST COPTIC CHRISTIANS

  CHARLOTTE – Earlier today, gunmen attacked a bus carrying Coptic Christians south of Cairo, Egypt, killing at least 20 innocent civilians. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who advocates on behalf of persecuted Christians worldwide, issued this statement: “The heinous attack on Coptic Christians, killing over 20 innocent people on a bus, again reveals the dreadful reality of the ominous threat of Islamic terrorists on all who do not subscribe to this diabolical cult. We must be vigilant and unified to eliminate this enemy.” As part of a Congressional delegation in February, Congressman Pittenger met with Coptic Orthodox Pope Tawadros II and Rev. Dr. Andrea Zaki Stephanous, President of the Protestant …..

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Republican Response to Gov. Cooper Challenging NC

Raleigh, NC — Today Governor Cooper announced a new lawsuit in which he is suing Republicans for supposedly limiting his power. “Headed into the Memorial Day weekend, Governor Cooper is once again flooding our courts with more partisan warfare, rather than working with the legislature to find solutions to our common problems. It is clear that he wants to take every minor legislative disagreement to the courts and ask them to serve as legislators instead of judges.” – NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes Carolina Journal reported that earlier this year in Governor Cooper’s State of the State speech he said, “In Raleigh, partisan battles, power struggles, and lawsuits might grab the …..

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NCUC Responds to De Luca Declaratory Ruling Request

RALEIGH – The North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) has put on its docket a petition to declare that a solar facility is in fact a public utility under NC law. This action is the result of a filing on May 18th asking the NCUC to issue a “…declaratory ruling that Fresh Air Energy, LLC is a public utility pursuant to G.S 62-3(23) for the purposes of the public utilities act.” Civitas President Francis X. De Luca said, “The key here is transparency. In order to protect families and keep North Carolina competitive, we need to keep the cost of electricity as low as possible. This is why the initial request …..

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Taylor Manufacturing: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

By: Amy Schumacher The Taylor family has been in the business of bringing “ideas” to “reality” for over 80 years and the family bonds are still holding their future endeavors in a forward moving position. Miller Taylor began Taylor Manufacturing while working as a welder in a shipyard  During his early years he decided to try his hand at farming and in the process found that he was able to meet the needs of local farmers and create the equipment they needed to make their jobs more efficient, more economical and even more enjoyable. Miller was married to Lucille Taylor and their three sons took an interest in the family …..

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Poll: Majority of NC Voters Believe Tax Cuts Will Help Their Financial Situation

RALEIGH – The latest Civitas poll has found that by a 2-1 margin, likely North Carolina voters think “cutting state taxes” will help their current financial situation more than “increasing state spending” to boost the economy. The full text of the question is below. Which of the following options would be MOST beneficial to your current financial situation? (RANDOMIZE) 47% Cutting state taxes to boost the economy 24% Increasing state spending to boost the economy. 18% Leaving the state’s economy as it is right now. 11% Don’t Know/ Need more info * Refused Civitas President Francis De Luca said, “While Governor Cooper and his leftist allies are pushing for even …..

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You Decide: Can Urban and Rural Areas Get Along?

By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension My wife and I have one foot in rural regions and the other in big cities. We were both born and raised in small towns – I in an unincorporated town (meaning it wasn’t big enough to qualify as an official municipality) in Ohio and she in a recognized town (but still tiny) in upstate New York. I have a vague memory of my mother pulling me in a little wagon to the country store for groceries. On the way home, the groceries were in the wagon and I would walk! But we’ve spent almost the last forty years of our lives …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon, Intern Every week there are animals waiting to be adopted at the Bladen County Animal Shelter. This week a friendly cat named Kelsea was picked to be Pet of the Week by Karen Suggs at the Bladen County Animal Shelter. This affectionate female cat is only four months old and in need of a good home according to Suggs. “She’s a very friendly kitty and the nice thing is she is a domestic short haired cat so there won’t be that much fur to clean up,” Suggs said. Share:

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Law Enforcement Honored by Paul R Brown Leadership Academy

Sheriff James A. McVicker and other local law enforcement officers, agencies, offices and departments were honored this week by the entire battalion of the Corp of Cadets at Paul R Brown Leadership Academy with a full dress review. The school holds a full dress review each May to honor current and former law enforcement officers and those who lost their lives in the line of duty. Sheriff James A. McVicker was given the honor of reviewing the Corp of Cadets along with Headmaster Roland McKoy and Corp Battalion Commander Lt. Colonel Stanari Ballad. The ceremony included the presentation of colors, a cannon salute and the entire battalion did a pass …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the US for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces, not to be confused with Veteran’s Day when we celebrate the service of all US military veterans. Memorial Day is a kick-off of sorts for the summer season, especially for White Lake. Many seasonal visitors patronize local retail outlets including food stores and restaurants….lines may be longer, but they support Bladen, they pay sales tax too. Been reading a book, The Paradox of Tar Heel Politics, by Rob Christensen. Begins in the late 1800s and follows NC political leaders through the early 2000s. Good reading. Guard against the …..

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Bladen Recreation 13-16 Softball: Slammers 12, Comets 1

Jordan Kinlaw pitched a 4-hitter and struck out six batters to lead the Slammers to a 12-1 victory over the Comets Thursday night in Bladen Recreation 13-16 Girls Softball action at County Park. Kinlaw allowed only one unearned run and did not walk a batter. Johanna Parker circled the bases on a pair of errors to lead-off the game for the Slammers. Nesiah Davis-McKoy knocked in Shanell McMillian with a single to put the Slammers up 2-0. McMillian had reached base on a passed-third strike. A 4-run Slammer second-inning widened the gap to 6-0. Sydney Gardner and Gray Guy drew walks and Briana Spears reached on a passed-third strike. All …..

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Bladenboro Giants Are Bladen County Dixie Youth Majors Champions

The Bladenboro Giants won the Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball Majors League with a perfect 12-0 record. “I am so proud of this team and how they have come together this year,” said Coach Jerry Strange. “Great job team!!” Pictured are Front Row (Left-Right): Morgan McKnight, Xavier Spaulding, Alex Strange, Colin Britt, Andre Moore, Bryson Pittman. Second Row (Left-Right): Michael Young, Anthony Mitchell, Devon Strange, James Edwards, Steven Matheson, Issac Mendoza. Back Row (Left-Right): Head Coach Jerry Strange, Assistant Coaches Julio Moore, Travis Pittman. Share:

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West Bladen Athletic Awards Service

West Bladen High School held their annual year-end athletic awards service Thursday night for the 2016-17 school year. Here are the award winners: Football Special Teams MVP – Scott Bowen Offensive MVP – B.J. Drake Defensive MVP – Hunter Pait Lineman of the Year – Hunter Jackson Leadership Award – James Moore Daniel Long Award – Jonathan Ashworth Rising Star Award – Jonathan Robinson Men’s Soccer MVP – Victor Lopez Offensive Award – Jorchael Monroy Defensive Award – Caleb Johnson Coaches Award – Fernando Carranza Volleyball Best All Around Award – Morgan Schumacher Coaches Award – Kaylee Stevens Knight Award – Kassidy Anderson Spark Award – Jenna Dove Boys Basketball …..

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Safe Travel Mission of SHP this Memorial Day Holiday

  RALEIGH—As the Memorial Day weekend kicks off, the State Highway Patrol is reminding motorists to be patient while traveling to and from their intended destinations. The holiday officially kicks off the summer vacation season in North Carolina which means more people will be on the highways, increasing the chance for collisions. The holiday weekend officially begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26 and ends at midnight on Monday, May 29. Last year, 21 motorists died and 577 were injured in traffic collisions investigated by the State Highway Patrol over the Memorial Day holiday across the state. To combat these numbers, troopers will increase patrols on all interstate and …..

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New Poll: NC Voters Voice Strong Support for Voter ID Laws

RALEIGH – The latest Civitas poll has found that an overwhelming majority of likely North Carolina voters support legislation requiring voters to show a photo ID. The full text of the question is below. Would you support or oppose an election law that would require voters to show a valid photo ID before casting their ballot? 68% Total Support 31% Total Oppose 58% Strongly Support 9% Somewhat Support 7% Somewhat Oppose 24% Strongly Oppose 1% Don’t Know/ Unsure — Refused Shortly after the 2016 election, the state board of elections identified over 25,000 people as inactive voters as a result of mailings being returned undeliverable and another 500 who voted …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 27

  1796 – James S. McLean patents his piano. 1850 – Mormon Temple in Nauvoo, Illinois, destroyed by tornado. 1916 – President Woodrow Wilson addresses the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public support to the idea of a league of nations. 1919 – 1st transatlantic flight ends; US Navy flying boat takes 11 days. 1930 – Richard Drew invents masking tape. 1930 – The 1,046-foot (310-meter) Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public. 1931 – 1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplanes, Langley Field, Va. 1933 – Walt Disney’s “3 Little Pigs” released. 1941 – …..

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Tillis Co-Sponsored Legislation Strengthening VA Accountability Headed to Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, applauded the committee passage of the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Johnny Isakson (R-GA), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Jon Tester (R-MT) to improve accountability at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). “We applaud today’s bipartisan committee vote to advance this critical legislation that will help change the culture and improve accountability at the VA,” said the senators following today’s committee vote. “We hope the Senate will follow suit and take up this bipartisan legislation without delay so that VA Secretary Shulkin has the …..

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Iphone and Ipad Tips and Tricks: Walabots and Lots of Tid Bits

By Gordon Kinlaw Walabot – Wall Inspector Move over Superman cause there’s an app for that!! We all have had a time where we wished we wanted to know what pipes or wires were in the wall. This device and app can see 4 inches into a wall and solve all of those mysteries. It can even see critters in the wall. It’s only $149 and it’s a small price to pay compared fixing broken water pipes in a wall. It’s not quite ready for an iPhone but i’m sure it will be soon. In the mean time you can borrow the other phone that starts with an “A”. Playstation …..

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Vineyard Golf

May 25 Thundering Herd Results At Vineyard Golf

The winning team in the May 25 Thundering Herd, with a score of 9-under par, was Bobby Davis, Jason Douglas, Jim Hancock, Stephen Clark and Jonathan McLaughlin. The Herd is a nine hole tournament held each Thursday at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. The cost for members is $18 and the cost for guests is $20. Please call the pro shop at 910-247-6132 on Thursday before 5:30 p.m. for a 6 p.m. starting time. Share:

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER ON MEMORIAL DAY:  RESPECT FOR THE FALLEN, GRATITUDE FOR THOSE WHO TAKE THEIR PLACE

CHARLOTTE – This Memorial Day weekend, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is paying respects to the brave Americans who died to defend our freedom, and expressing gratitude to the next generation of American heroes. On Wednesday, Congressman Pittenger addressed the U.S. House of Representatives: “This weekend, America pauses to honor the patriotic men and women who sacrificed their lives in support of our liberty.  For more than 11,000 families in North Carolina, Memorial Day is very real.  Their son or daughter or spouse or parent is among the 11,000 North Carolinians who died during World War Two, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. “Remembering the price of freedom makes me all the …..

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USDA

USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Thursday, June 15, 2017. “County committees allow farmers and ranchers to make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally to best serve their needs,” said Acting FSA Administrator Chris Beyerhelm. “We strongly encourage all eligible producers to visit their local FSA office today to find out how to get involved in their county’s election. There’s an increasing need for representation from underserved producers, which includes beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers.” County committees are made up of farmers and …..

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State Highway Patrol Partners with the Wildlife Resources Commission

Impaired Motorists Targeted to Combat Collision Numbers RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol along with the Wildlife Resources Commission Law Enforcement Division have announced they are combining forces once again to combat impaired operation on both the roadways and waterways across the state.  A campaign entitled On the Road/On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive was launched today during a press event held at Falls Lake in Wake Forest. The campaign will target safe and sober operation of motor vehicles and boats. Last year, SHP investigated 275 fatal collisions and over 9,578 injury collisions during the summer months. This included 54 fatal collisions and 844 injury collisions due to impaired …..

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Car overheats on NC 87 Bypass

Smoke billowed from beneath the hood of a station wagon  on Friday afternoon as firefighters worked to cool the vehicle and extinguish the flames. A local citizen reported the vehicle fire ocurred on the NC 87 Bypass near Cromartie Road. The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to the scene. According to reports, no one was injured in the incident. Share:

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Bladen County Pet Palooza gaining support

Bladen County will hold a Pet Palooza for the first time in June to benefit the Bladen County Animal Shelter. With the help of local businesses like Kuraray America, Inc., in Bladen County and Bladen Animal Hospital in Elizabethtown the fundraiser is off to a great start according to one of the event organizers, Mike Jackson, Chairman of the Animal Control Advisory Board. Jackson said, “Kuraray is active in the community and supporting community efforts.” The funds go to support the Bladen County Animal Shelter’s non-profit fund for the construction of an animal exercise area. Ross Crews, Plant Manager of Kuraray , said one of Kuraray ’s guiding principle is to support the community.  “It’s …..

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Bladen County Softball players attend “Rising Star” camp

Recently,  two Bladen County softball players, Kayleigh Raynor and Abigail Madden, participated in the Duke University Women’s “Rising Star” camp put on by the  Duke University softball coaching staff and players. The camp was designed to help players hone their offensive and defensive skills as well as get exposure to collegiate coaches and scouts. In addition, players were taught how to prepare themselves mentally and physically for the challenges of college life and collegiate sports. Following the camp, former Big Ten Player of the Year and recently named Duke University Coach Marissa Young put on a one day tournament made up of some of the best teams in North Carolina, …..

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Proposed raises questioned at Eastpointe meeting

The Eastpointe Managed Care Organization (MCO) Board of Directors met on Tuesday, May 23rd at Mount Olive College and discussed budget matters. This was the first board meeting since March 2017. The board did not hold their regularly scheduled meeting on April 25th, 2017. Catherine Dalton, Eastpointe Chief of Business Operations, gave the board an overview of the company’s operating expenses and revenues as well as presenting the proposed budget. The budget carries a four (4) percent Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for employees according to Dalton. Board member from Bladen County, Emery White, questioned the increase. “The United States of America has averaged two (2) percent for the last 10 years. Where did we …..

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Active and Retired Military Personnel on Memorial Day receive discount

Food Lion Announces 10 Percent MVP Discount for Active and Retired Military Personnel on Memorial Day SALISBURY, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–In honor of Memorial Day, Monday, May 29, Food Lion stores will offer a 10 percent MVP discount to active and retired military personnel to show their support and appreciation for those who are serving or have served in the United States Armed Forces. Food Lion is offering this discount at all of its stores. To receive the discount, active military, veterans and their families should present their personal MVP card and military I.D. at checkout and request the discount. Customers will then receive 10 percent off their grocery bill. “Food Lion …..

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White’s Creek Parsonage smoking

A fire call went out the morning of Friday, May 26th on a report of smoke coming from the White’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church parsonage located at 6111 Mercer Mill Road in Clarkton. The call was responded to by fire departments from Lisbon, Bladenboro, Clarkton, Elizabethtown as well as the Bladen County Fire Marshals Office and Bladen County Emergency Services. Mrs. Howell said she, their toddler daughter and puppy were all home when smoke started to fill the house. She immediately left the house and a call for help was made. Bladen County Fire Marshal Bradley Kinlaw said the smoke was coming from their heating and air conditioning unit. Daine …..

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Graduate Steven “Steve” Lesane, Sr.

Steven “Steve” Lesane, Sr. Graduated from North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C. on May 13, 2017. Steve graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a G.P.A. of 3.5. Steve has been in Law Enforcement for 30 years, he lives in Elizabethtown, N.C. and is a Sergeant with Shaw University Campus Police in Raleigh, N.C. Share:

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West Bladen High School FFA Banquet

    Contributed by: Abigail Young, West Bladen FFA Reporter West Bladen’s FFA Chapter held their annual FFA Banquet on Thursday, May 18th, 2017. There were over 100 people in attendance, including our members, along with their families and other FFA supporters. FFA members were given awards for their agricultural achievements in a variety of Career Development Events. There were 21 Greenhand FFA Degree recipients and 7 Chapter FFA Degree recipients. The Dekalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award was presented to Senior Ryan Pait and Senior Amber Long received the Alton R. Davis award. At the conclusion of the banquet, the new FFA officers for the 2017-2018 school year were installed.   Share:

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Bladenboro Primary School Cabbbage Contest Winners

  Winners of the Bonnie 3rd Grade Cabbage Program at Bladenboro Primary School are Amelia Thompson, Faith Wren, and Braylen Merritt. Bonnie Plants began the program in 1996 with a mission to grow not only vegetables but to inspire young people with a love for growing vegetable plants too. Share:

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Weekend events for Bladen residents

By Dora Brogdon   A lot of family and friends will be gathering this weekend to celebrate Memorial Day. Memorial day is a important time to remember those who have given up their lives for this country. All veterans are invited to a Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 30th at the Bladenboro Historical Building at 2 p.m. to reconnect with old friends and to hear their fellow veteran, Tom Martin, be the guest speaker for the event. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

  Memorial Day weekend begins today and the weather should be perfect, sunny, pleasant, temps in the mid 80s, a little breezy. Temps should be in low 90s next 3 days. Another Farm Fresh Friday at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Check out the fresh produce, vendors and more. You can reserve a space by contacting Billie Hall at 910-862-2066. (no charge to vendors). A reminder of Memorial Day ceremonies honoring veterans, upcoming in Elizabethtown and Bladenboro. Check our Events section for more info. I seriously doubt any US Congress will ever be able to balance a budget, with 65% of expenditures mandatory, …..

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This Day in History for May 26

1861 – US Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with South. 1868 – President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote. 1896 – Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94). 1924 – US President Calvin Coolidge signs Immigration law restricting immigration. 1925 – Tigers’ Ty Cobb is 1st to collect 1,000 extra-base hits (ends 1,139). 1930 – Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution. 1937 – San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge opens. 1945 – US drops fire bombs on Tokyo. 1963 – 15th Emmy Awards: Dick Van Dyke Show, E.G. Marshall & Shirley Booth win. 1964 – “Fade Out-Fade In” …..

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Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball: Racers 15, Sandpipers 4

Karli Priest batted 3-3 and pitched two hitless innings to lead the Racers to a 15-4 victory over the Sandpipers in Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball action Thursday night at County Park. Priest struck out 4 and allowed only a walk in her two innings in the circle. Teammate Amber Jones pitched the final 2 innings and allowed 4 runs on 4 hits and a walk while striking out four. Zoe Smith, Kailey Heath and Weslyn Hall all drew walks and scored in the Racers 6-run first-inning. Priest and Hailey Guyton cracked singles and scored runs, and Jones was hit by a pitch and scored a run. Natalie Spears also smacked …..

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Vineyard Golf At White Lake Has Two Open Registration Tourneys Scheduled For June

The Bay Tree Lakes Volunteer Fire Department will hold their annual tournament on Saturday, June 3 at Vineyard Golf. This will be a Captain’s Choice with the cost being $60 per player ($240 per team). A 1 p.m. shotgun start will be held and a lunch will be provided. For more information contact Bob Latham at 910-876-0717. On June 15 the Elizabethtown Rotary Club will have a Captain’s Choice tourney that will have a shotgun start of 1 p.m. The cost is $50 per person ($200 per team). Lunch will be served. For more information call 910-879-1029 or email elizabethtownncrotary.org. Share:

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Reducing the Risk of Food Borne Illness

By Sandra Cain Food poisoning affects millions of Americans each year. Common symptoms are similar to the flu and may include headache, nausea, fever, stomach cramps, and diarrhea. Symptoms may appear within a few hours to a few days after eating. There are four groups of people that are considered to be at higher risk of food borne illness: young children, senior adults, pregnant women, and immune suppressed individuals (such as patients undergoing chemotherapy and organ transplants). These four groups make up about 20% of the population. Senior adults are at higher risk for several reasons related to the aging process. The immune system’s ability to fight infection declines with …..

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PBLA holds Memorial Day ceremony

Sunny skies and a light breeze greeted those who gathered at The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy on Thursday for the school’s annual Memorial Day ceremony. The ceremony consisted of a review of the troops, a salute, and an inspection of the troops. “Memorial Day is the day we use, when we as a country, remember those service members who died in defense of this great nation,” said Col. Lloyd. He said Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was begun after the Civil War as a way to remember and pay tribute to those soldiers who died in the war. Col. Lloyd said debate remains to this day …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER:  N.C. INDIVIDUAL MARKET PREMIUMS UP $422 PER MONTH SINCE OBAMACARE

WASHINGTON – Using Obama Administration criteria, the Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday released a report finding premiums on the individual health insurance market have more than doubled since Obamacare took effect in 2013. “Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services released a report outlining the damage done by Obamacare,” explained Congressman Pittenger.  “In North Carolina, average premiums on the individual market have gone up by $422 per month, or more than $5,000 a year, since 2013.  Making matters worse, 95 out of 100 counties in North Carolina only have one carrier, and we know Blue Cross seriously considered pulling out this year.  These are the facts …..

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Above-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely this year

UPDATED: May 25, 2017. Audio from today’s media call is posted to the “Resources” section below. May 25, 2017 Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center say the Atlantic could see another above-normal hurricane season this year. For the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30, forecasters predict a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season. “As a Florida resident, I am particularly proud of the important work NOAA does in weather forecasting and hurricane prediction,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “These forecasts are important for …..

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Food saftey tips for Bladen

USDA Encourages the Use of Food Thermometers to be Food Safe this Summer           WASHINGTON, May 25, 2017 — Summer is a time for family vacations, backyard barbeques and plenty of outdoor activities with food as the centerpiece. But before those steaks and burgers go on the grill, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) wants to remind consumers to keep their family and themselves safe from foodborne illness by using a food thermometer to ensure meat and poultry is cooked to the correct internal temperature.   “The best and only way to make sure bacteria have been killed and food is safe to eat …..

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USDA Farm Service Agency County Committee Nomination Period Begins June 15

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced today that the nomination period for local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committees begins on Thursday, June 15, 2017. “County committees allow farmers and ranchers to make important decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally to best serve their needs,” said Acting FSA Administrator Chris Beyerhelm. “We strongly encourage all eligible producers to visit their local FSA office today to find out how to get involved in their county’s election. There’s an increasing need for representation from underserved producers, which includes beginning, women and other minority farmers and ranchers.” County committees are made up of farmers and …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER SPEAKS WITH SECRETARY CARSON ON HURRICANE MATTHEW FUNDING

WASHINGTON – This morning, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) spoke with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson regarding additional funding to help eastern North Carolina recover from Hurricane Matthew.   Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), other Members of the North Carolina Congressional delegation, and Governor Roy Cooper (D-NC) also participated in the conference call.   “Previous estimates for Hurricane Matthew funding were not based on the most current data,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Thanks to our efforts, Secretary Carson gave me assurance HUD would use the most updated data from FEMA to calculate the remaining needs in North Carolina.   “As we move forward in a bipartisan …..

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NC DOT announces Bladen County Road Openings/Closings

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an update of road openings and closings in Bladen County. They are as follows: OPENINGS: Marsh Road Marsh Road will open by 5 p.m. this afternoon (Thursday, May 25). Forrest Drive Forest Drive will open by 5 p.m .this afternoon (Thursday, May 25) and will remain open until Tuesday morning (see below). CLOSINGS: Cabbage Road Cabbage Road remains closed at a location 1.24 miles south of Singletary Millpond Road in order to replace a crossline pipe damaged during the hurricane. The location will be closed through the middle of next week. (Contractor did not work because of rain threats) UPCOMING CLOSINGS: Forrest …..

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Smithfield continues to invest in Bladen County

One corporate business is continuing to invest in Bladen County. Smithfield Foods announced on Thursday, May 25th, it is investing over $45 million to expand its blast cell cold storage capabilities at its processing facility in Tar Heel, North Carolina. “This will be a great thing for Bladen County,” Russell Priest, a Bladen County Commissioner said. The company already provides 5,000 jobs locally and will be able to provide even more. Charles Ray Peterson, Chairman of the Bladen County Board Commissioners, said, “I think its great.” He said the expansion will mean more jobs coming to Bladen County and an increase to the county’s tax base. According to a statement sent out …..

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A LEGACY OF SACRIFICE AND SERVICE

Congressman Pittenger column on Memorial Day On Monday, America will pause to honor and remember the patriotic men and women who sacrificed their lives in support of our liberty. Here in North Carolina, more than 11,000 men and women gave their lives in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. As we remember the fallen and thank the veterans in our community, I am also humbled and grateful to meet the next generation of American heroes who are volunteering to defend America. So far this academic year, 17 students from North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District have received prestigious appointments to West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. …..

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Bladen County missing girl found safe

There was a report of a missing four-year-old female in Elizabethtown on Thursday morning around 9 a.m. The Elizabethtown Police Department, Bladen County Emergency Management, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the NC Highway Patrol, Elizabethtown Fire Station 55 and Cumberland County Tracking K-9 Unit all responded to the call, according to Lieutenant Mark McMichael with the Elizabethtown Police Department. The child was reported missing from her home on Glenwood Drive in Elizabethtown. She was located safely and unharmed within the house after being missed for about a hour, according to Lt. McMichael. “The child was hiding,” he said. Emotions from those at the scene went from one extreme to the other …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

  Memorial Day weekend is expected to be hot, temps in the 90s.  Total rainfall for this week at the Hester household was 1.5 inches.  (as of 6AM Thursday) Lots of budget talk at all levels of government this time of the year. I was curious about Fed numbers, so I Google US budget.  The latest numbers from this source was for FY 2015. Total US Budget $3.8 Trillion. Revenue sources: Income Tax                    1.48T Corporate Income Tax   342B Other                              156B Custom Duties                35B Excise Taxes                  38B 55% Trust Funds                    1.13T Social Security & Medicare Taxes  1.07T Excise Taxes                  58B  (?) Custom Duties                1.7B (?) Other                               2B 30% Borrow                            583B 16% Where the money goes: Interest …..

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This Day in History for May 25

1721 – John Copson becomes America’s 1st insurance agent. 1787 – Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia, George Washington presiding. 1844 – 1st telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot. 1895 – Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency. 1922 – Babe Ruth suspended 1 day & fined $200 for throwing dirt on an ump. 1827 – Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model T Ford. 1932 – Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in ‘Mickey’s Revue’ by Walt Disney. 1941 – Ted Williams raises his batting average over .400 for 1st time in 1941. 1953 – 1st non-commercial educational television station-Houston, Texas. …..

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office seeking information in deadly shooting

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with information regarding the identities of the suspects in a shooting that left one immigrant dead on Friday night. The shooting occurred on Oakview Trail near Elizabethtown. Leonardo Zongua, 33, was shot and killed during the robbery attempt. Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said the purse of the victim’s wife was stolen during the incident and she told investigators it had her paperwork in it. Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said, “We do believe they (the suspects) are local.” The suspects are described as a group of 4 to 6 black males who appeared to be in their late …..

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West Bladen remembers beloved staff member Donald Sykes

By Amy Schumacher West Bladen High School students and staff gathered Wednesday wearing a t-shirt made in loving memory of a friend, counselor and motivator that was lost to the world on May 10, 2017. Mr. Donald Sykes was respected and loved by all at West Bladen and was an encouragement within the high school where he had worked for ten years. The halls of West Bladen have been decorated with “smiles” created by the students showing honor for Mr. Sykes. Once this began, Gaye Davis, a coach at West Bladen, gathered her Dream Team and began the creation of the t-shirt worn Wednesday. Mr. Sykes had a habit of …..

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Kyle Tatum to Play Baseball at Brunswick Community College

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen High School celebrated the signing Wednesday of senior Kyle Tatum to play baseball for the next two seasons at Brunswick Community College. But as the coaches and administrators shared reflections on Tatum’s athletic career the emphasis was not on his athletic abilities but on his character and leadership abilities. “Kyle is a model student-athlete,” said Principal Jason Wray. “Not only on the field but in the classroom. Colleges can find the 1000-yard rusher, home run hitter anywhere, but the hard work, commitment and leadership he shows is rare and that’s the difference.” Athletic Director Patty Evers talked about Tatum’s work ethic. “The extra time he puts …..

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Tillis Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Bill to Bolster U.S. Leadership in Genocide, Atrocity Prevention

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recently, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined a bipartisan group of Senators led by Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.) to introduce legislation to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent genocide and other human rights atrocities around the world. “America has been the defender and hope for persecuted peoples across the globe. It is a trait that has defined our nation as unique in the history of the world,” said Senator Tillis. “The rise of terrorist organizations like ISIL and al-Shabaab that are committing genocide against minority ethnic and religious groups has created a desperate need for American leadership and moral clarity. I’m honored to join …..

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Tillis: Unsecure Border Is A Humanitarian Crisis

WASHINGTON – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Vice Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration, attended a hearing with the Acting Deputy Commissioner for U.S. Customs and Border Protection present, Ron Vitiello, and called for securing the border from a humanitarian perspective. “This is a humanitarian crisis regardless of how you feel about border security,” said Senator Tillis. “These are people crossing the border illegally who are dying. And they’re dying because we don’t have the right mix of people, technology and infrastructure in place to have the situational awareness where we can apprehend them and save them. I feel like before we start solving …..

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen Athletic Award Winners

East Bladen High School recognized its’ outstanding athletes in all sports with an awards ceremony Tuesday night. A list of those award winners follows: Men’s Basketball MVP:  Eian Hines Offensive MVP: Adonis Avery Coaches Award: Xavier Wooten   Women’s Basketball MVP:  Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson Defensive Player of the Year:  Emily Scott Offensive Player of the Year:  Shar’Dajah Brown Coaches Award:  Ashley Hardin   Women’s Tennis Singles MVP:  Justyna Gargala Doubles MVP:  Maddie West Doubles MVP:  Trinity Carroll    Cross Country MVP:  Marley Ketterer Coaches Award:  Essence Lewis   Volleyball MVP:  Lexie Mendell Coaches Award:  Ashley Hardin    Golf MVP:  Kenneth Kinlaw Coaches Award:  Dawson Edge    Football MVP:  Ethan Hines   …..

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WBHS FFA Receives Donation

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  On Thursday, May 11, 2017, Ms. Betty Connor, of the Trinity Ringers, unexpectedly came to deliver a generous donation to our West Bladen FFA chapter in memory of Mr. Ray Allen. Mr. Allen always had a love for young people in agriculture.  He also served as an advocate for Bladen county FFA Chapters.  We would like to graciously thank everyone who participated in that donation.  The money will go towards our West Bladen High School FFA scholarship fund.   Article written by Callie Lewis- WBHS FFA 2016-2017 Reporter Share:

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