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Town of Clarkton requests Sheriff’s Office assistance

By: Erin Smith The town of Clarkton recently sent a request to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office for two deputies to be assigned to patrol the town. Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said the Sheriff’s Office has submitted a cost estimate for the Clarkton Town Board to consider.  Chief Deputy Guyton said, “Basically, the deputies would be hired by the Sheriff’s Office and be assigned to Clarkton and their salaries, equipment and stuff would be reimbursed by the town. My understanding right now we have given them an estimate of what that would cost. We’re just waiting to hear back from them whether they decide to do it or …..

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Emereau continues to grow in Bladen County

Kate Alice Dunaway, Director at Emereau: Bladen announced the new local public free charter school continues to see enrollment grow. “Our enrollment continues to climb,” Dunaway said. The number of students currently enrolled is at  275 for the K through 6th grade classes. According to Dunaway there are only 33 spaces available now. Applications for students are available at www.lotterease.com or at a link on the school’s website at www.emereau.org. Share:

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Bladen county under slight risk of severe storms advisory

There is a slight risk of severe storms over North Carolina and enhanced risk over eastern South Carolina for this afternoon into this evening according to the National Weather Service. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for potential of flooding for mainly localized higher amounts in thunderstorms. Read the full National Weather Service Report Share:

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Sheriff’s Office to open substation at Oakdale Homes

By: Erin Smith The Housing Authority in Clarkton has offered an office space at Oakdale Homes to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office to be utilized as a substation, according to Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton. He said the offer came prior to last week’s shooting at the apartment complex and is a separate from a request from the Clarkton Town Board for two deputies to patrol the town. He said the office at Oakdale Homes will provide officers with a space where they can go and write a report, use the telephone, have access to internet, or if they need to interview someone rather than traveling to the Sheriff’s …..

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Remembering our Fallen Heroes

Memorial Day is fast approaching and our freedom did not come free. The staff at BladenOnline.com recognizes a lot of sacrifices have been made  by our men and women in uniform for freedom. This week we would like to honor those men and women who sacrificed so much for our great country with memorials in their honor. Submit your photos and memorials by email to BladenOnline.com@gmail.com.   Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

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Great article in Charlotte Observer this AM. Former East Bladen and ASU all-everything football star Kevin Richardson, is one of several former athletes now associated with NASCAR. Richardson, 32, is currently a member of the pit crew for Ricky Stenhouse’s Roush Fenway No. 17 Ford. Richardson rushed for 88 yards in Appalachian State’s upset of Michigan in 2007. Enjoy Chris Adam’s Facebook posts. Today, his question is, “What happened to Opie’s mother on the Andy Griffith Show?” Thought provoking posts and responses are equally interesting. Tar Heel is changing. New Dollar General, new Hardees, to go along with all the local outlets. Thinking out loud….Before this time a year from …..

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Bladen DSS to offer foster parent open house and classes in June

How do you define dedication? Bladen County DSS feels foster and/or adoptive parents are the epitome of dedication. Foster parents are volunteers from the community who open their homes and provide love and care to abused and neglected children. These nurturing, caring, responsible parents are the missing pieces in foster children’s lives. The absence of devoted and loving caregivers is what makes foster care a necessity for more than 14,000 children in North Carolina. It’s why Bladen County DSS has found itself with more children needing temporary substitute family care than skilled and caring foster families to meet that need. Foster families give children the best possible chance to grow …..

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This Day in History for May 24

1738 – John Wesley is converted, launching the Methodist movement; the day is celebrated annually by Methodist as Aldersgate Day. 1775 – John Hancock is unanimously elected President of the Continental Congress. 1818 – General Andrew Jackson captures Pensacola, Florida. 1830 – “Mary Had A Little Lamb” by Sarah Josepha Hale is first published by Boston firm Marsh, Capen & Lyon. 1899 – 1st auto repair shop opens (Boston). 1915 – Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversation. 1931 – 1st air-conditioned train installed-B&O Railroad. 1954 – IBM announces vacuum tube “electronic” brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour. 1958 – “New Girl in Town” closes at …..

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Free box fans offered to elderly, disabled to help during summer

The Division of Aging are now supplying Box Fans for elderly and disabled members of the community. The Box Fans were donated by Four County Electric Membership Company and Duke Progress Energy to assist the elderly and disabled with their cooling expenses during the hot summer months. The elderly and disabled persons will need to contact Kelly Robeson at 910-872-6330 or go to the Division of Aging, 608 McLeod St., Elizabethtown, NC to make arrangements to pick up the free fans. The fans will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis until supplies have been depleted. The elderly will need to bring a copy of their most recent …..

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Answers still sought in Bladen County 2015 disappearance

By: Erin Smith The family of a Bladen County woman who has been missing since 2015 is still seeking clues as to her whereabouts. Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said the Sheriff’s Office does have a person of interest in the case and investigators continue to pursue tips received from the public. “It’s still an open case,” said Chief Deputy Guyton. The family made a plea on Monday using Facebook, asking for leads in the case. On Tuesday morning, Chief Deputy Guyton said someone had been in contact with the Sheriff’s Office with new information. “A lady called in this morning and gave us some information on it,” said Chief …..

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Romphims, union suits and Hello Kitty

A while back, I snorted with derision and snarled about $400 jeans that are permanently marked with fake dirt. The idea is to make the wearer look like he or she works for a living. When combined with the companion $1,200 wornout workboots, said britches ensure that the wearer needs to work for a living, since Mom and Dad ain’t going to support the pursuit of that cultural arts degree forever. I thought that perhaps I had seen the pinnacle of stupidity in men’s clothing, not to mention the pinnacle of stupidity in men who would wear such things. It’s bad enough that entire swarms of wannabees  have attempted to …..

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West Bladen was on lockdown

An elderly lady dressed in a trench coat and ball-cap entered the school when a group of students were exiting. The students directed her to the office door, however, instead she stopped a custodian in the hallway and was inquiring about school safety and acting suspicious. She was asked to leave the school campus. As a precaution the building was put on lock down. SRO’s & administrators did a sweep of the campus and the parking lots. All is safe & secure. As a precaution, the school will operate in Code Yellow for the remainder of the day to limit activity and movement throughout the campus. Share:

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S STATEMENT ON U.K. TERROR ATTACK

 WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this statement after learning of tonight’s terror attack in Manchester, England:   “The horrific attack on families and children at the concert in the U.K. again demands the focus and determination of free loving peoples to unite together to eliminate the deadly threats to our way of life.  In his speech to 50 Arab nations, President Trump clearly conveyed the ominous threat of Islamic terrorists and the absolute necessity for global resolve to drive out this diabolic adversary.  We will continue to work with our allies in Parliaments throughout the world to utilize every tool of counterterrorism and military tactical efforts to win …..

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Bladen County under flash flood watch

According to the National Weather Service a Flash Flood Watch has been issued for portions of southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina, including the following areas, in southeast North Carolina, Bladen, Coastal Brunswick, Coastal New Hanover, Coastal Pender, Columbus, Inland Brunswick, Inland New Hanover, Inland Pender, and Robeson. In northeast South Carolina, Coastal Georgetown, Coastal Horry, Darlington, Dillon, Florence, Inland Georgetown, Inland Horry, Marion, Marlboro, and Williamsburg. * From 8 AM EDT this morning through late tonight * Showers and thunderstorms will continue to move across the area from time to time through tonight. Some areas have seen 2-4 inches of rain already with an additional 2-4 inches and isolated higher amounts possible. * As the …..

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Bladen County Memorial Day Ceremony

Memorial Day will be held next Monday, May 29th, 2017. The Bladen County’s Disabled American Veterans Chapter has sent out an invitation inviting all Veterans to a Memorial Day Ceremony. All Veterans are invited to the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Bladenboro Historical Building on Monday, May 29th, at 2:00 p.m. The Guest Speaker will be fellow Veteran, Tom Martin. Every Veteran is also invited to reconnect with old friends, make new friends, and to learn more about your rights at the Bladen County’s Disabled American Veterans Chapter. The Chapter meets the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) building located at 109 Hill Street …..

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22nd Ammon Blueberry Festival in Bladen County

Blueberry farmers have had a lot of weather battles to fight this year. Local farmers will be celebrated for all their hard work this year and every year at the 22nd Annual Ammon Blueberry Festival. One of the event organizers, Johnny Coble announce this week the fun will begin on June 3rd, 2017 with a Pancake Breakfast at 6:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. and a parade at 10 a.m with Dunn Clowns and Shriners. Opening ceremonies will be held after the parade. There will be a blueberry auction, games, crafts and food vendors. The event will also hold a antique/classic car and truck cruise in and car show. The crowd …..

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Bladen County Memorial Day closings

The Memorial Day Holiday is a time for honoring our men and women who gave their lives serving our country. In honor of the holiday, area offices have announced their schedule. All federal offices will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of the holiday. They will resume their regular schedule on Tuesday, May 30th. All state, county and municipal government offices will also be closed on Monday, May 29, for the holiday. They will resume their regular schedule on Tuesday, May 30th. Bladen County Schools will be closed on Monday, May 29, and classes will resume on Tuesday, May 30th.  Bladen County Solid Waste announced all convenience sites …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Another one of those ‘so sad’ tragedies in Manchester, England. As of early Tuesday morning, May 23, 2017, 22 confirmed dead and 50 injured at a Ariana Grande concert. Early reports indicate a single individual was the bomber, still in the early stages of the investigation. Ariana Grande is a 23 year old Pop & R&B singer from Boca Raton, Florida. She was on a world-wide tour with additional concerts planned for UK, Belgium, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal, Italy and then to Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Costa Rica on to Mexico for a July 13 concert. Future concerts are on ‘hold’….So sad. We have recorded about three quarters of …..

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NCHSAA Softball Play-offs

Here are recent scores and pairings from the N.C. High School Athletic Association softball playoffs: Class 2A East Fourth Round Eastern Randolph 12, Jordan-Matthews 4 South Granville 11, North Johnston 7 Eastern Championship Series (Best 2-of-3) No. 8 Eastern Randolph vs. No. 1 South Granville Class 1A East Fourth Round Louisburg 4, Riverside 0 Whiteville 15, Princeton 2 Eastern Championship Series No. 11 Whiteville vs. No. 1 Louisburg Class 4A East Fourth Round Sourthern Alamance 4, Greenville Conley 3 Cape Fear 7, Winterville South Central 6 Eastern Championship Series No. 4 Southern Alamance vs No. 1 Cape Fear Class 3A East Fourth Round West Brunswick 1, Lee County 0 Hillsborough …..

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NCHSAA Baseball Play-offs

Here are recent scores and pairings from the N.C. High School Athletic Association baseball playoffs: Class 2A East Fourth Round Edenton Holmes 5, North Lenoir 2 South Granville 2, Randleman 1 Eastern Championship Series (Best 2-of-3) No. 2 Edenton Holmes vs. No. 1 South Granville Class 1A East Fourth Round Goldsboro Rosewood 7, Voyager Academy 6 Whiteville 4, Bear Grass Charter 2 Eastern Championship Series No. 5 Whiteville vs. No. 4 Goldsboro Rosewood Class 4A East Fourth Round Wilmington New Hanover 7, Fuquay-Varina 0 Holly Springs 15, Greenville Rose 2 Eastern Championship Series No. 4 Holly Springs vs. Wilmington New Hanover Class 3A Fourth Round Northern Guilford 6, Pittsboro Northwood …..

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Morgan Allise Schumacher

Morgan Allise Schumacher, daughter of Andy and Amy Schumacher, will be graduating with her high school diploma on June 17, 2017,  from West Bladen High School. Morgan has been a part of the Dual Enrollment program between Bladen Community College and Bladen County Public schools for the past two years and has also graduated with her Associates Degree in Science. Morgan will be moving to Marietta, Georgia on July 5, 2017 to begin the next chapter of her life at Life University. Morgan has been awarded an athletic scholarship to play Volleyball for Life University. Morgan’s family is very proud of all of her hard work and determination in setting …..

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Destinee Simone Singletary

Destinee Simone Singletary, daughter of Borisce and Bridgette Singletary, will be graduating with her High School Diploma on June 17, 2017 at West Bladen High School. Destinee graduated on May 16, 2017, with an Associates Degree in the Arts from Bladen Community College. She plans to continue her education in the fall by attending a four year university and will be studying to earn her Bachelors Degree in Biology. Destinee has three siblings, Kasee, Brookee, and B.J.       Share:

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This Day In History

This Day In History – May 23

  • 05/22/2017
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1785 – Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals. 1865 – Flag flown at full mast over White House for the first time since Lincoln was shot. 1867 – Jesse James gang robs bank in Richmond, Missouri (2 die, $4,000 taken). 1900 – Associated Press News Service forms in NY. 1903 – 1st direct primary election law in US adopted, by Wisconsin. 1921 – “Shuffle Along” 1st black musical comedy, opens in NYC. 1922 – Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films. 1941 – Joe Louis beats Buddy Baer on DQ in 7 for heavyweight boxing title. 1948 – Joe DiMaggio hits 3 consecutive HRs. 1963 – NBC …..

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NCDA&CS expects good late-variety blueberry crop Blueberry Days planned for Raleigh and Colfax in June

RALEIGH – Despite a late March freeze that affected early varieties of blueberries grown in North Carolina, marketing specialists with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services anticipate plenty of later varieties available for consumers to enjoy. “This has been an unusual growing season for local blueberry growers, but that’s exactly why they plant so many different varieties,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The quality and quantity of later varieties should be good through July.” North Carolina is the sixth-largest producer of blueberries in the nation, with about 8,000 acres of blueberries grown in the state, said Dexter Hill, NCDA&CS marketing specialist. In 2015, blueberry production was valued at …..

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Road Closure Update

By Kenneth Clark, NCDOT According to Kenneth Clark with the NC Department of Transportation, due to concerns with having Center Road and Cabbage Road closed simultaneously,  NC DOT made a switch today and closed Marsh Road in lieu of Center Road. An update of road openings / closings for Bladen County is as follows: CLOSINGS: Cabbage Road Cabbage Road is 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. Marsh Road Marsh Road is closed at a location 0.64 miles north of NC 41 in order …..

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Monday, May 22, Tossup At Vineyard Golf

The Monday, May 22 Tossup winners at Vineyard Golf was Stacy Owen, Henry Warwick and Norgie Hester. Owen led the team with a one-under par 71. Tossups are held each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. Share:

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Submit your graduate’s photo and information

 Congratulations to the Class of 2017! BladenOnline.com is proud of all of our 2017 graduating seniors and would like to celebrate their accomplishments. You can submit photos of your graduating Senior to bladenonline.com@gmail.com and we will publish them to our Lifestyles page. Be sure to include the name of the graduate, their school, their accomplishments and a few words about them. Congratulations to all of our seniors! Share:

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Bladen Community College Students Win at State Competition

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College students attending the annual SkillsUSA state competition in Greensboro have returned home with exemplary accomplishments. Welding student Savannah Schmidt has won first place in Jobs Skills Demonstration. Delilah Cramer received third place in Welding Art/Sculpture. Cosmetology students also received high honors. Allyson Hughes was awarded first place in Job Interview and Britney Porter won second place in Showplace Skills. East Bladen High school student Maniya Chatman received third place in the high school beginner skills competition in Cosmetology. First place winners Schmidt and Hughes will represent North Carolina at the national SkillsUSA competition in Louisville, Kentucky in June. The national SkillsUSA competition is the world’s …..

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Man arrested in Clarkton shooting makes first court appearance

The man charged in the shooting death of Lonnie Level Smith of Clarkton made his first appearance in court Monday before Judge William Fairley. Harold Eugene Swindell, 47, of Clarkton, is charged with first degree murder and felony possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is currently being held without bond. If convicted of first degree murder, Swindell could be facing the death penalty. No bond was set. Judge Fairley told Mr. Swindell he will be submitting his application for an attorney to the Indigent Defenders’ Office in Durham. The Indigent Defenders’ Office will appoint an attorney to represent Swindell. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for June …..

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Unemployment numbers for North Carolina drops for April 2017

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 4.7 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from March’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.4 percent. North Carolina’s April 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.3 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 3,721 over the month to 4,710,797 and increased 108,587 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 8,930 over the month to 234,768 and decreased 8,984 over the year.     Seasonally adjusted Total Non-farm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, decreased 7,000 to 4,380,500 in April.  The major industries …..

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Bladen County proposed budget Public Hearing Notice

The proposed FY 2017-2018 Bladen County budget for all economic development activities has been submitted to the Board of County Commissioners for consideration.  The County of Bladen budget for economic development activities include: Bladen County Economic Development Commission Salaries, retirement, and healthcare costs for two full time staff members and one part time member are $198,336, a portion of which is reimbursed by Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial Inc.  Operating costs (advertising, telephone, utilities, memberships and dues, client entertainment, postage, copier costs, supplies, travel) are $22,095.  Bladen County will carry over to the 2016-2017 budget $144,000 that was allocated for product development in the FY16 budget.  The funds will also be allocated …..

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Bladen County Upcoming VFW Buddy Poppy Campaign

The Raymond W. Biglow VFW Post 8062 in Elizabethtown has scheduled its Memorial Day Buddy Poppy Campaign for Saturday, May 27th, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Walmart and Tractor Supply locations. Donations are welcome but not required to receive a Buddy Poppy. Please come by and support your local VFW Post on this special day and wear a Poppy for a veteran. Since 1922, the Buddy Poppy has been an integral part of the VFW community. As VFW’s official memorial flower, the Poppy represents the bloodshed by American service members. It reiterates that VFW will not forget their sacrifices. The Poppy movement was inspired by Canadian …..

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Bladen Veterans of Foreign Wars presented 2017 awards

The Raymond W. Biglow Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) Post 8062 held their regular monthly meeting on Saturday, May 20th, and afterwards hosted a reception for recipients of the Smart/Maher VFW National Citizenship Education Teacher of the Year, the Patriot’s Pen and the Voice of Democracy awards for the local Post. VFW Post 8062 Commander Oliver Gause presented the Teacher of the Year to Celeste Lennon of East Arcadia School. Nick Norris of Clarkton School of Discovery received the Patriot’s Pen award. Dylan Melvin of East Bladen High School was presented the Voice of Democracy award. The VFW Teacher of the Year award recognizes classroom teachers who teach citizenship education …..

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Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Announces Education Contest Winners

Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District proudly announces 1 st and 2 nd place winners at the State Level in the 2017 Education contests for Bladen County Academy, Primary, Elementary, and Middle school students. This year’s theme is “Soil and Water…Yours for Life.” These students won the District and Area 7 level competitions before advancing to State-level competition. The District is happy to have had so many students participate in our contests this year, and thanks all of the local teachers who made time in their busy schedules to fit in these competitions. The Soil and Water Conservation District believes that teaching children the importance of conserving our natural resources …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

A new week begins, but first a look back. A recent article in newspapers nationwide compared ‘the average age at death’ by county, nationwide. Bladen County was on the lower end of the chart, but improving. In 1980, the average age of death in Bladen County was 70 years old. In 2014, it was 75. BladenOnline has had a couple of weeks of unusually high numbers. Week of May 7-13, 2017 Weekly Page Views: 175,660 (2nd highest in history) Weekly Visits: 37,778 (4th highest in history) Daily page views: 59,717 (May 12, 2017) (All Time Record) Weekly visits 37,778 (4th highest in history) Most read story 40,044: Bladen County teacher …..

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Dublin Motor Speedway Racing Results

DUBLIN – After posting a trio of top-three finishes, Fayetteville’s Robbie Turner claimed his first victory of the season in Saturday night’s Late Model race at Dublin Motor Speedway. Randy Guyton finished second behind Turner, and Conway’s Coley Jennerette took third place. Myrtle Beach’s Benji Thompson won his second straight Super Street race – and third of the season – at Dublin as he finished ahead of 2-time 2017 Dublin winner Johnny Moore. David Royal claimed third place. Ryan Gilbert ran his winning streak at Dublin to four straight as he took the checkered flag in Pure Stock ahead of Conway’s Stephen Erskine. Parkton’s Elvin Matthews finished third. Glenn Register …..

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East Arcadia teacher received National Citizenship Award

East Arcadia Principal, Demetrice Johnson Jones, announced she was asked to nominate a teacher for a Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States award. She said, “Early in the school year I was given the opportunity by the VFW to nominate an outstanding teacher.” Ms. Jones continued, “There was no hesitation in my part to nominate Ms Celeste Lennon.”   The honored teacher, Ms. Lennon, was presented with the National Citizenship Education Teacher Post Recognition Award by the VFW for promoting citizenship education in her classroom and school.  Share:

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This Day in History – May 22

  • 05/21/2017
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This Day in History – May 22 1761 – 1st life insurance policy in North America issued in Philadelphia. 1803 – 1st public library opens (Connecticut). 1819 – 1st steam propelled vessel to cross Atlantic (Savannah leaves Georgia). 1843 – 1st wagon train with 700 – 1000 migrants, departs Independence, Missouri for Oregon. 1849 – Abraham Lincoln receives a patent (only US president to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions. 1892 – Dr. Washington Sheffield invents toothpaste tube. 1906 – Wright Brothers patent an aeroplane. 1919 – A.E. Douglass establishes the relative dates of two archaeological sites using ancient wood samples, marking a …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

 The Elizabethtown Jaycees elected Gary Grady President. Bobby Guyton was appointed to a two year term on the Elizabethtown Housing Authority. The Elizabethtown Jaycees named Robin Facsnacht Jaycee of the Year and Kent Dunn Rookie of the Year. Bladen County Hospital Assistant Administrator George Repa resigned. Share:

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Raleigh Mayor Announces Dalai Lama to Visit

There is excitement in the air in Raleigh following the announcement on Friday the Dalai Lama will be visiting the city this fall. According to Raleigh Mayor Nancy MacFarlane, the visit will occur in October but she did not give an exact date. She said the Dalai Lama will likely spend several days in Raleigh and at least one major event will be held. The proceeds from that event will go to charity, according to WRAL. Mayor MacFarlane also said he will be visiting the schools. The Dalai Lama is a Nobel Peace Prize winner and is the spiritual leader of the Buddhists, according to Wikipedia. Following a failed coup …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving  Thanks to all who worked so hard on the White Lake Water Festival. Fun time for those who attended. It has been a busy weekend for law enforcement. Thanks for your efforts….Drugs, guns and humans can be a bad combination. Congratulations to graduates at all levels. A reminder that Freedom Quartet will be at Northside Baptist Church at 7 PM today. Good southern gospel music for those that enjoy. Bladen County Commissioners meet Monday at 5:30 PM as they continue working on a budget for the coming year. Towns in the county continue the process as well. The new fiscal year begins July 1. Believe in yourself! …..

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Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball: Thunder 6, Force 4

The Thunder broke a scoreless tie with a 5-run third-inning en route to a 6-4 victory over the Force Thursday night in Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball action at County Park. Haley Bryan and Lainey Autry drew walks to begin the Thunder third inning. Lainey Hughes, Rylee Chadwick and Savannah Turbeville cracked back-to-back-to back singles that scored Bryan, Autry, Hughes and Chadwick. One out later Kaden Thurman knocked in Turbeville with a single for the fifth run of the inning. The Force answered with 2 runs in the fourth. Kylee Ward belted a lead-off single, and Michaiah Carson, Ava Mohr and Brooke Priest drew walks that forced home Ward. Taylor’s fielder’s …..

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Bladen Recreation 13-16 Softball: Comets 10, Slammers 7

  • 05/20/2017
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 Lauren Pait hammered a 2-run single that keyed a 5-run fifth-inning rally that lifted the Comets to a 10-7 victory over the Slammers in opening night action Thursday in the Bladen Recreation 13-16 Softball League at County Park. With the score tied 5-5, Katelyn Willoughby walked, Amber Hickman was safe on a bunt, and Natalie Ludlum was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Pait’s hit scored Willoughby and Hickman. Alyssa Suggs’ fielder’s choice scored Ludlum, Amelia Brisson walked and Lauren Taylor knocked in Pait and Brisson with a single. Shanell McMillian slammed a double to start the Slammer fifth, stole third base and raced home on a passed …..

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This Day In History

This Day In History – May 21

  • 05/20/2017
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 1804 – Lewis & Clark Expedition begins. 1832 – 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore). 1861 – Richmond, Va, is designated Confederate Capital. 1881 – American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton. 1906 – Louis H. Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars. 1914 – Greyhound Bus Co. begins in Minnesota. 1918 – US House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote. 1929 – Automatic electric stock quotation board installed, NYC. 1954 – Amendment to give 18 year-olds right to vote is defeated. 1959 – “Gypsy” opens at Broadway Theater NYC for 702 performances. 1969 – Robert F. Kennedy’s murderer Sirhan Sirhan sentenced to death: later commuted to …..

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White Lake near drowning

 White Lake was the site of a near drowning on Saturday afternoon. The incident happened at 4:30 p.m. near Goldston’s Beach. According to Bladen County Fire Marshal Bradley Kinlaw, a 17-year-old male entered the water to swim. Later a couple of boys swimming nearby noticed he was in trouble and helped the victim onto the pier. Kinlaw said the young man was conscious when he was transported by Bladen County EMS to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare as a precaution. Share:

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2017 White Lake Water Festival

The White Lake Water Festival continued today with a parade at 10 am. The crowd gathered to enjoy the beautiful floats, firetrucks, clowns, cars, local school bands, and lots of candy. The streets were lined with families enjoying their weekend get-a-way and the yearly festival with live music, several vendors selling hand crafted items, and fair foods. The White Lake Fire Department also gathered to sell BBQ and Chicken plates to raise money for their annual budget. The crowds worked their way from the parade to the festival area and continued on to purchase from the Fire Department to support the cause. Many members of other local Fire Departments supported …..

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Swindell turns himself in on murder charge in Clarkton shooting

The man accused of shooting to death Lonnie Level Smith on Wednesday at a Clarkton housing community turned himself in to authorities Saturday morning, Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker said. Harold Eugene Swindell, 47, of South Page Road in Clarkton, is charged with first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He turned himself in about 10 a.m. Saturday at the Bladen County jail in Elizabethtown, McVicker said. He is expected to have a first appearance hearing Monday in Bladen County District Court. Smith, 38, of Jasmine Lane of Clarkton, was shot and killed during an altercation in the parking lot at Oakdale Homes in Clarkton …..

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Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball Haunted House up in flames

Photo by: Rusty Marsh An early morning fire on Saturday has claimed the house which served as the Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball Haunted House. The house located on NC 211 near Abbottsburg was a total loss, according to Rusty Marsh with the Clarkton Fire Department. Frankie Burney, District 2 Director of Dixie Youth Baseball, said he received a telephone call notifying him of the fire at 6 a.m. The well attended event is a fall favorite for many people in Bladen and surrounding counties. Burney said those who attend the event often comment about the event “being the best haunted house around here.” He explained the haunted house is Clarkton …..

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Bladen County commissioners keeping close eye on mental health issues

  The Bladen County Commissioners have been asking a lot of questions about mental health and getting answers. Some answers are leaving more questions. Eastpointe, the Managed Care Organization for Bladen County’s Mental Health, Behavioral and Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Services provided the commissioners with a presentation of services and a Needs and Gaps report. The Eastpointe LME MCO Community Behavioral Health Service Needs, Providers and Gaps Analysis has a graph showing in the Fiscal Year 2015 the percentage of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Abuse  Medicaid members [patients] served in Eastpointe’s area falls under the state average at about 5% served. The same report shows gaps of service in the six disability populations. All but two populations …..

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Beef franks recalled

JOHN MORRELL AND CO. RECALLS BEEF FRANK PRODUCTS DUE TO POSSIBLE FOREIGN MATTER CONTAMINATION WASHINGTON, May 19, 2017– John Morrell and Co., a Cincinnati, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 210,606 pounds of ready-to- eat hot dog products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The beef franks items were produced on January 26, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:  14 oz. sealed film packages containing “Nathan’s SKINLESS 8 BEEF FRANKS,” with a Use By date of Aug. 19, 2017.  16 oz. sealed film packages containing “Curtis BEEF MASTER Beef Franks,” with …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

 The White Lake Water Festival, 2017 edition, is today. See the line-up of events, beginning with the Annual Parade, at 10 AM, on our news page. Fun for all ages, all day long. Organizers are to be commended…Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce and volunteers doing their thing to mark the beginning of the White Lake summer season. Do we have to speak bad things about those who disagree on any subject? Can we respect their thoughts and agree to disagree? Hope you read the article from the Sheriff’s Office related to the murder of a migrant laborer Friday night. Don’t know all the details, but best I can tell a …..

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Migrant worker shot dead Friday night during home robbery

A migrant worker was shot and killed during a struggle Friday night during a home robbery on Oakview Trail in Elizabethtown, Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker said. Oakview Trail is about three miles north of downtown Elizabethtown off Willard Tatum Road on the way to White Lake via U.S. 701. Leonardo Zongua, 33, was shot at least twice during the robbery, McVicker said. He was taken to Bladen County Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The incident began about 9:30 p.m. Friday when six people were outside of their rented mobile home and were approached by “several black males described as being in their late teens to early 20s,” McVicker …..

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Jerena Purdie Signs to Play Basketball at Methodist

DUBLIN – West Bladen’s Jerena Purdie had her heart set on one school, and Friday that dream came true as she signed a letter of intent to play college basketball at Methodist University. “It’s close to home and not a big school,” said Purdie. ‘I like the coach, they offer chemistry that I want to major in.” Then she mentioned another reason, “My brother Jerome graduated from there.” The 5-foot, 10-inch center averaged 7.5 points and 6 rebounds per game this year as Coach Rick Rhoda’s Lady Knights qualified for the Class 2A play-offs with a 7-7 Four County Conference record and 12-15 overall mark. Jerena’s mom, Connie Purdie was …..

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Eian Hines Finishes Second in State Long Jump

GREENSBORO – East Bladen’s Eian Hines finished second by just ¾ of an inch Friday in the North Carolina High School Association State Long Jump finals at North Carolina A&T State University. Eian Hines leaped 23 feet, 2.25 inches to finish second behind Jayhlen Washington of North Brunswick’s winning jump of 23 feet, 3 inches. Eian’s twin brother Ethan Hines finished fifth in the Long Jump with a jump of 22 feet, 7.75 inches. East Bladen’s 4X100 Meter Relay team finished third in their event with a time of 43.39 seconds. Forest Hills won the relay with a time of 42.24 seconds and Wilson Beddingfield was second. Members of the …..

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Cruisers and dance set the stage for White Lake Water Festival

 The 39th Annual White Lake Water Festival officially began on Friday evening, May 19, with a cruise-in and a street dance.  Helen Holt, a Meteorologist with Channel 3, was at White Lake a large part of the day for a spot light on the local television station.  About 15 vehicles showed up for the cruise-in while folks danced to the Southern Touch Band.  Tiina Mundy, Elizabethtown – White Lake Chamber of Commerce President said, “We have a variety of things going on at this year’s event.” She expects a large crowd tomorrow at the festival.  She explained, “There will be bands under two tents, arts, crafts, a car show, a tractor …..

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This Day In History

This Day In History – May 20

  • 05/19/2017
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 1310 – Shoes were made for both right & left feet. 1639 – Dorchester, Mass., forms 1st school funded by local taxes. 1775 – Citizens of Mecklenburg County, NC declare independence from Britain. 1830 – D. Hyde patents fountain pen. 1861 – North Carolina becomes 11th & last state to secede from Union. 1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent the first blue jeans with copper rivets. 1899 – First speeding infraction by a New York cabbie driving an electric car – 12 mph down Lexington Street. 1916 – Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting. 1926 – Thomas Edison says Americans prefer silent movies over talkies. 1927 …..

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Have you made a difference this year? Is there still time?

By Amy Schumacher The school year is coming to a close and most teachers are busy teaching to “the test” that is required for each student to take. Reflection is not high on the teachers MUST DO list but its very important that teachers ask themselves some questions and remind themselves that there is a great deal more to “teaching” than the bulleted content outlined in the content standards. Take 15 minutes and ask yourself these five questions, taken from Education Week.  Reflect on these questions to ensure that the time has been taken to teach the skills children need to grow into strong, capable, compassionate, and caring people. The world …..

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Senior Games winner presented medal

One resident of the Elizabethtown Nursing Center was all smiles on Friday afternoon. Judy Scott placed first in the Silver Arts category in the Lumber River Regional Senior Games which were held recently. Her first place win allows her to compete in the State Senior Games to be held in Raleigh September 16 through the 25th. On Friday, Twilla Allen with the Lumber River Council of Government accompanied Ursula Selles, the Coordinator of the Lumber River Regional Senior Games, to present Ms. Scott with her medal. “I’m excited,” said Ms. Scott about learning her acrylic painting of two horses in a field had won first place in the Senior Games. …..

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Tillis Co-Sponsors Back The Blue Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, co-sponsored the Back the Blue Act of 2017, legislation introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) that would increase the penalties for criminals who intentionally target law enforcement officers, and provide new tools for officers to protect themselves. “Last year was one of the deadliest years ever for law enforcement officers, a stark reminder that these men and women go to work every day not knowing whether they’ll return home safely to their families,” said Senator Tillis. “Our law enforcement officers risk their lives to protect ours, and the Back the Blue Act will enact new …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Caffeine’s Hidden Dangers

By Sandra Cain Caffeine has been in the news recently as a result of the unfortunate death of the young boy in South Carolina. Caffeine is a drug that affects the central nervous system. It can make people feel more alert. For most adults, consuming 200 to 300 milligrams of caffeine daily is not harmful. However, more caffeine can cause problems. High levels of caffeine can cause irritability, upset stomach, nervousness, diarrhea, anxiety, increased heart rate, difficulty sleeping, increased blood pressure, headaches, dehydration, and difficulty concentrating. Sources of Caffeine Caffeine is found in tea leaves and kola nuts. It is also found in coffee and cocoa beans. Tea, cola drinks, …..

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HURRICANE MATTHEW RECOVERY: SEEING THE JOB THROUGH

By Congressman Robert Pittenger Hurricane Matthew brought immense devastation to eastern North Carolina, with thousands forced from their homes, hundreds of damaged roads, destroyed farms, closed schools, and flooded businesses and community facilities. Just days after the storm, I toured Robeson, Bladen, and Cumberland counties, detouring around flooded sections of I-95, visiting evacuees at a Red Cross Shelter at South Robeson High School, speaking with Lumberton residents at a water distribution station on Farringdom St., and meeting with local officials in all three counties. Armed with that information, I returned to Washington to help secure $334 million in initial disaster relief funding. On Monday, I joined Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth …..

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Vineyard Golf

May 18 Thundering Herd Results From Vineyard Golf At White Lake

The weekly Thundering Herd was played Thursday, May 18, at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. The winning team, with a score of 7-under par, was Blake Davis, Cade Hancock and Jason Douglas. Taking second place, with a score of 6-under par, was Jon Russ, Jay Davis, Campbell White and Jake Womble.   The Thundering Herd is held every Thursday at Vineyard Golf. The cost to play is $18 for members and $20 for guests. Anyone interested in playing should call the pro shop at 910-247-6132 before 5:30 p.m. on Thursday. Tee time for the Herd is 6 p.m. Share:

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Crash at NC 20 and Chickenfoot Road slows traffic

Traffic was moving slowly on NC 20 Friday morning after two vehicles collided in the intersection of NC 20 and Chickenfoot Road. No serious injuries were reported. NC Highway Patrol Trooper R. L . Walker said Daniella Takela George of Raeford was traveling south on Chickenfoot Road and failed to yield the right of way at the stop sign at NC 20. Anna Alicia Hernandez of Raeford was traveling east on NC 20 when George’s vehicle collided with her vehicle. Ms. George was charged with failure to yield the right of way at a duly erected stop sign. There were three passengers riding in Ms. Hernandez’s vehicle. They were Henry …..

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Crime Report

Elizabethtown PD still following leads in murder

The Elizabethtown Police Department are still following leads in the murder investigation of an immigrant that took place in June at 902 Church Street in Elizabethtown. According to investigators, the murder was the result of a home invasion-type robbery. “By no means is this case closed,” said Lt. D. Cheshire. He said there are several persons of interest and leads that are still being investigated. The NC State Bureau of Investigation is also assisting the department in the case. Lt. Cheshire said authorities believe the individual or individuals responsible for the crime were familiar with the area. The victim, Blandio Nolasco Morales, 24 years of age, was a farm laborer. …..

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Bladen County Warrants Obtained in Clarkton Shooting

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced this afternoon that warrants have been obtained on Harold Eugene Swindell, 47 of 245 South Page Road, Clarkton for the murder of Lonnie Level Smith, 38 of 225 Jasmine Lane, Clarkton. “My Investigators have been working this case since yesterday afternoon and today were able to obtain enough probable cause to obtain a warrant for First Degree Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon on Swindell,” said McVicker. “We have reason to believe Swindell is still in the state and we are asking anyone with any information on his location to please contact us at 910-862- 6960.” McVicker said Swindell should be …..

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John Bowen Signs to Play Basketball at Belmont Abbey

DUBLIN – West Bladen senior John Bowen made it official Thursday when he signed his Letter of Intent to play basketball at Belmont Abbey College.   Bowen had given his verbal commitment via twitter one week earlier after sorting through loads of interest and seven actual offers.   “I probably had more than 150 calls about John,” said West Bladen Coach Travis Pait. “I talked with more coaches about John than I did for all the other recruits that we have had here combined.”   The seven offers came from Centerville, OH, Elizabeth City State, Chowan, Georgian Court, NJ, Fayetteville State and Lenoir Rhyne as well as Belmont Abbey. Others …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon Bladen County Animal Shelter opened yesterday, Wednesday May 17th, after being closed since Tuesday, May 9th due to the Parvo Virus. Karen Suggs, Bladen County Animal Shelter Manager said the virus has been eliminated from the facility. This week’s pet of the week is a male pit mix named Harley. This 2 year old dog is friendly, loves affection and, is an all around good boy according to Suggs. Parvo eliminated at Bladen County Animal Shelter Share:

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Weekend Events for Bladen residents

By: Dora Brogdon This weekend White Lake will be holding its 39th annual Water Festival for the residents of Bladen. The festival begins this Friday at 6 pm and will last till 9 pm. It will start back up on Saturday morning at 10 am and will be over at 11:30 pm. There will be lots to do, from a Car Cruise to Barbecue Plate Sale by the White Lake Fire Department and more. Read more about events on our Events Page. Share:

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

The 2017 edition of the White Lake Water Festival begins today, and continues through late Saturday evening. BladenOnline has all the events posted on our news page. Some members of the East Bladen Track team will participate in the state meet today at NC A&T University, Greensboro. President Trump is set to visit 5 countries over the next 8 days. He is joined by some family members and staff. The first 2 stops of this trip are Saudi Arabia and Israel. You can always do more than you think you can. John Wooden Just because my path is different doesn’t mean I’m lost. Mistakes are proof that you’re trying. Do …..

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East Bladen Track Team in State Meet Friday

East Bladen’s Boys Track & Field team will compete in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A State Meet Friday at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. Eian Hines, the Mid-East Regional Long Jump champion, and his twin brother Ethan Hines will compete in the Long Jump and the 100 Meter Dash. The two brothers will be joined by teammates Travaris Carter and C. J. Murphy on the Eagles 4X100 Meter Relay team. Eagle senior Atlas Goss, the Mid-East Regional Discus champion will compete in the Discus at the State Meet. The events will begin at 10 a.m. Share:

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Women’s Conference Registration Now Open

 A women’s conference “Already Extraordinary” is planned for Saturday, September 16, at The Venue at White Lake. Pre-registration for the conference is now open. The cost for the conference is $35 which includes a lunch. A Pastry and Coffee Social begins at 8:30 a.m. and the conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. Door prizes will also be given away during the conference. Tonya Hoglen, founder of Girlfriends in Faith Together (G. I. F. T.), said there will be two speakers for the conference. They are Teresa Allen and Beth Greer. Allen is the President and founder of Merry Hearts Ministries and will be sharing her testimony. “She has some comedy …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 19

  • 05/18/2017
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 1643 – Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England. 1848 – 1st department store opens. 1848 – Mexico gives Texas to US, ending the war. 1884 – Ringling Brothers circus premieres. 1910 – Passage of Earth through tail of Halley’s Comet causes near-panic. 1921 – Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system. 1935 – NFL adopts an annual college draft to begin in 1936. 1958 – South Pacific soundtrack album goes #1 & stays #1 for 31 weeks. 1962 – Stan Musial breaks Honus Wagner’s NL hit record with 3,431. 1975 – 27th Emmy Awards: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Robert …..

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Marching orders at a new Hardee’s

The town of Tar Heel has a new business in town. Hardee’s, the new fast food restaurant, is not only offering food, but job opportunities for the local small town. The West Bladen High School Band helped the new establishment celebrate by performing a small concert at their Ribbon Cutting ceremony on Wednesday, May 17th, 2017.  The privately owned franchise is located at the intersection of NC Highway 87 and Tar Heel Ferry Road. There was a large crowd drawn at the official event. Bladen County Sheriff, Jim McVicker, along with other dignitaries and citizens, welcomed Hardee’s to the community. View the video of the West Bladen High School Band …..

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Bladen County charter school announces parade schedule

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will hold on campus parades on the following days and times this month.  The Public is invited to attend. The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will hold on campus parades on the following days and times this month.  The Public is invited to attend. 19 OCT 2017 4:00 pm Armed Forces Day Parade This parade honors the men and women currently serving in the United States Military.  All members of the United States Armed Forces are invited to attend. 24 MAY 2017 9:00 am Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Parade All Law Enforcement Officers past and present are invited to attend. 25 MAY 2017 9:00 …..

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PBLA Commencement information

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will hold its 2nd Commencement Exercise on 27 May 2017.  The ceremony will take place in the Bladen Community College Auditorium at 1000 a.m.   The commencement speaker will be Kevin Wendling Headmaster of the Robert Land Academy.   Robert Land Academy is Canada’s only high school military academy.  Major Wendling is the second headmaster in the Academy’s thirty nine year history. Wendling was appointed as Headmaster of Robert Land Academy, Wellandport, Ontario, Canada in August of 2016.  Prior to this appointment he held the post of Deputy Headmaster from January 2016 till August of 2016. Mr. Wendling holds a Master of Religious Education from the …..

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BCC Curriculum Graduation Honors Students

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College honored 224 graduating curriculum students at its commencement event on May 16. College president William Findt welcomed graduates to the ceremony and Board of Trustees chairman Dennis Troy greeted the assembly. The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Male Chorus provided musical entertainment. Guest speaker Robin Gary Cummings, M.D., Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, shared his personal story, describing his family farm roots, his inspiring high school teacher who planted the seed that Cummings should become a doctor, and his remarkable career as a cardiothoracic surgeon. “I had the God-given opportunity to hold 3,000 hearts in my hand.” He encouraged graduates, stating “You …..

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Tillis Statement On The Selection Of Robert Mueller As Special Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement after former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed to serve as special counsel: “Robert Mueller is an excellent choice for special counsel, and I welcome his appointment. He has a well-deserved reputation for fairness and independence from political pressure, and I have confidence he will lead this investigation with professionalism and impartiality, taking it wherever the facts may lead. “The Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Chairman Burr, is currently conducting a bipartisan investigation, and I expect Director Mueller will work with the Committee to ensure their investigation can move forward unimpeded.” …..

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Shooting Update 2: Investigation continuing in Clarkton shooting

An investigation into the Clarkton shooting death of Lonnie Smith is continuing and no arrests have been made as of Thursday morning. According to Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton, investigators are still continuing to question suspects. Chief Deputy Guyton, told Bladen Online the shooting occurred at about 6:05 p.m. at Oakdale Homes in Clarkton. Two individuals were detained for questioning at that time.  The father of the victim, Bernard Kemp, told Bladen Online at the hospital his son, Lonnie Smith of Jasmine Lane in Clarkton, was shot multiple times and had died as a result of his injuries. Ms. Augusta Smith is the mother of the 37 year old deceased man …..

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Bladen County Beauty Guru gives 6 tips

Bladen County has many types of talented people. YouTube has helped one local resident show off his talents and beauty. Known as, Curly Guy, on his YouTube Channel, Dawan Pearson, has been a favorite of BladenOnline.com for years. Now Allure Magazine has showcased our hometown beauty expert on their online platform. Curly Guy gives tips on some do’s and don’ts in the Allure article. Read it at: http://www.allure.com/story/natural-hair-male-vlogger Check out the latest Curly Guy video on his YouTube Channel. Share:

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Bladen Community College graduates one of the largest classes

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong Bladen Community College conducted their graduation ceremony on Tuesday evening and graduated one of the school’s largest classes with 224 students earning degrees and certificates. Bladen Community College Board of Trustees President Dennis Troy welcomed everyone to the ceremony and challenged the graduates reminding them they have the opportunity to “change the world.”  Bladen Community College President Dr. William Findt welcomed the graduating students and their families to the event. The Baldwin Branch Male Chorus performed a variety of songs for the ceremony. University of North Carolina at Pembroke Chancellor Dr. Robin Cummings gave the commencement address. He said many students who earn Associate Degrees at BCC …..

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9th Congressional District Convention to be held

The 9th Congressional District of the North Carolina Democratic Party (NCDP) is pleased to announce our 2017 District Convention. The 9th Congressional District includes the counties of Anson, Bladen, Cumberland, Mecklenburg, Richmond, Robeson, Scotland, and Union. The convention will be held on Saturday May 20, 2017 at the Robert L. and Elizabeth S. Cole Auditorium and Community Center, on the campus of Richmond Community College, at 1042 W Hamlet Ave, Hamlet, NC 28345. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and we will gavel to order at 11 a.m. Lunch may be purchased at the meeting via a food truck. “I’m so excited by the overwhelming turnout at our recent Democratic events around the district. There has been so much interest from both long time and new Democrats!” said Cynthia Wallace, …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

The 39th edition of the White Lake Water Festival is just hours away, begins tomorrow (Friday) with a Street Dance at Goldston’s Beach featuring Southern Touch Band (free) from 7-9 PM and Classic Car Cruise in at 6:30. Saturday morning, the Parade begins at 10 AM. This years Grand Marshall is Mike Minter, Campbell University Head Football Coach. We have the complete line-up of all activities on our Events page. Finishing touches are being applied to the new Bladen County Detention Center, scheduled to open in the next few weeks. It’s located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown, across the street from the Ag Center. Graduation date for East Bladen Seniors …..

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Bladen County Opiate Related Deaths go from 0-5

In the past ten years opioid addictions have turned into a crisis. North Carolina Governor, Roy Cooper reported on new data released on May 16th, showing a sobering local impact of the opioid crisis. In 2015, there were more than 1,100 opioid-related deaths, a 73 percent increase from 2005 according to the newly released data. Bladen County Opiate related deaths went from 0 in 2005 to 5 Opiate Related deaths in 2015. “Opioid addiction is devastating families across the nation,” said Governor Cooper. “This is a uniquely challenging crisis for our communities and will require a new level of collaboration between law enforcement, treatment-providers, and those in recovery. I am …..

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NCHSAA Baseball Play-offs

Here are results and schedules for the NC High School Athletic Association softball playoffs. Class 2A East Third Round Randleman 5, North Johnston 1 South Granville 13, Ayden-Grifton 2 North Lenoir 3, St. Pauls 1 Edenton Holmes 2, Roanoke Rapids 1 Fourth Round No. 6 North Lenoir at No. 2 Edenton Holmes No. 5 Randleman at No. 1 South Granville Class 1A East Third Round Bear Grass Charter 6, Oxford Prep 1 Whiteville 5, Williamston Riverside 0 Goldsboro Rosewood 11, Northside-Pinetown 1 Voyager Academy 8, Perquimans 0 Fourth Round No. 6 Voyager Academy at No. 4 Goldsboro Rosewood No. 5 Whiteville at No. 1 Bear Grass Charter Class 4A East …..

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Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball: Racers 16 Force 0

Karli Priest and Amber Jones combined to pitch a 3-inning no-hitter Tuesday night as the Racers blanked the Force 16-0 in the opening game of Bladen Recreation’s 11-12 Softball season at County Park. Priest struck out five and issued a walk to Kolee Wilkins in the second inning that accounted for the lone Force base-runner. Jones pitched a perfect third inning and struck out two batters. Hailey Guyton batted a perfect 3-3 and scored 2 runs to lead the Racer hitters. Priest finished 2-2 at the plate with a double and scored 3 runs. Emma Turbeville batted 2-2 with a double and scored 2 runs. Lead-off batter Zoe Smith slammed …..

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Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball: Thunder 6, Sandpipers 1

Rylee Chadwick pitched a no-hitter and struck out 13 batters Tuesday night to lead the Thunder to a 6-1 victory over the Sandpipers on opening night of Bladen Recreation’s 11-12 Softball season at County Park. Singles by Lainey Hughes and Mackenzie Singletary keyed a 3-run first inning for the Thunder. Alexus Mitchell walked and scored the Sandpiper run in the bottom of the first on Ashlyn Williams’ grounder. Chadwick hammered a double to drive in Lainey Autry with a third-inning Thunder run then scored on Savannah Turbeville’s fielder’s choice for a 5-1 lead. Chadwick cracked a single in the sixth and raced home on Singletary’s fielder’s choice. Chadwick walked one …..

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NCHSAA Softball Play-offs

Here are results and schedules for the NC High School Athletic Association softball playoffs. Class 2A East Third Round South Granville 5, South Columbus 4 North Johnston 6, Bunn 5 Jordan-Matthews 4, Providence Grove 0 Eastern Randolph 6, Washington 5 Fourth Round No. 8 Eastern Randolph at No. 6 Jordan-Matthews No. 4 North Johnston at No. 1 South Granville Class 1A East Third Round Riverside 3, Wallace-Rose Hill 2 Louisburg 8, Perquimans 3 Whiteville 11, East Columbus 1 Princeton 2, East Carteret 0 Fourth Round No. 3 Riverside at No. 1 Louisburg No. 11 Whiteville at No. 7 Princeton Class 4A East Third Round Cape Fear 6, Hoke County 1 …..

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“Nunsense, the Musical” June 9-11 and 16-18 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton will be staging its own production of “Nunsense, the Musical” June 9-11 and June 16-18.  Directed by the theater’s resident artist, Kendrix Singletary, Nunsense follows the crazy antics of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken convent. When their cook, Sister Julia, child of God, accidentally serves up some tainted soup, 52 of the sisters are poisoned and die, leaving only five living nuns who were not at home the day of the toxic meal. When the convent’s first-in-charge, Reverend Mother Regina, splurges on a plasma TV, the sisters find themselves strapped for cash, as they still have four dead …..

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Thom Tillis doing well after Capital Challenge 5K

Background information Senator Tillis has been released from the hospital and is doing very well. He became dehydrated and overheated during today’s ACLI Capital Challenge and collapsed. Several good Samaritans, including Capitol Police, immediately provided assistance to the Senator, including chest compressions. The Senator was taken to the hospital, and doctors found the episode was caused by overheating. He was released after receiving a clean bill of health.  Senator Tillis is incredibly grateful to the good Samaritans who assisted him at the race and the medical professionals at the hospital.   Share:

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ROUZER ANNOUNCES NC-07 ART COMPETITION WINNER, STUDENT AT TOPSAIL HIGH SCHOOL

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rouzer announced Jocelyn Artman, an 11th grade student of Topsail High School, the winner of the NC-07 Art Competition.  Artman’s entry, entitled “Hidden History,” is a depiction of a post-World War II Watch Tower used for missile testing located in Surf City, North Carolina using water color and acrylic paints.  Artman’s artwork demonstrated and reflected this year’s Art Competition theme, “What I Love Most About North Carolina.” “It is an honor to announce Topsail High’s Jocelyn Artman as the winner of the 2017 Art Competition,” said Rep. David Rouzer. “Jocelyn’s artistic talent is inspiring and she is well-deserving of this once in a lifetime opportunity.  Every time I go …..

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Farmers should prepare for hurricane season

RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler’s annual plea for farmers to prepare for hurricane season is especially poignant this year, considering many are still recovering from Hurricane Matthew. “Hurricane Matthew is a painfully fresh reminder of just how important it is to have an emergency plan for your farm, food company or agribusiness,” Troxler said. “Take precautions and think through your plan now, and discuss it with your employees and family. Doing this can help no matter what emergency strikes.” Scientists at N.C. State University are predicting 11 to 15 named storms in the Atlantic basin this year, numbers in line with the average since 1950. Of those storms, four …..

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Dublin Motor Speedway action for Saturday, May 20

According to Dublin Motor Speedway’s Facebook page, “The Rattlesnake returns to action this Saturday, May 20th with racing action in all divisions! Pit gates open at 4:00, grandstands at 5:00, drivers meeting at 6:30 with hot laps to follow, then we will move on with our weekly features! Our kids candy drop this week will be sponsored by Larry & Shannon Eldridge with the #8 UCar! Make plans now to join us for some exciting racing action!” Share:

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This Day In History

This Day In History

1631 – John Winthrop is elected 1st Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 1852 – Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school. 1897 – American baseball NY Giant William (Bill) Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game. 1916 – US pilot Kiffin Rockwell shoots down German aircraft. 1917 – US Congress passes Selective Service Act, authorizing the federal government to raise a national army for the American entry into World War I through compulsory enlistment. 1927 – Ritz Hotel opens in Boston. 1934 – TWA began commercial service. 1942 – NYC ends night baseball games for rest of WW II. 1953 – 1st woman to break sound …..

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Bladen County man dies from gun shot wounds

UPDATE: Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton first reported the shooting on Wednesday evening. The shooting occurred at Oakdale Homes. One person was shot on Wednesday afternoon in Clarkton and two people have been detained for questioning, according to Guyton’s report. Chief Deputy Guyton told BladenOnline that the victim, a male, was in serious condition when he was transported by Bladen County EMS to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Hospital. While at the hospital in Bladen County, Mr. Bernard Kemp, introduced as the father of the victim, told a BladenOnline.com reporter his oldest son [Mr. Lonnie Smith] had been shot multiple times. Mr. Kemp said the hospital staff informed him his son died. The hospital …..

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Principal and Teacher of the Year Announced

The 2017-2018 Bladen County Principal and Bladen County Teacher of the year have been announced. Both educators have been described by colleagues and students as two outstanding women for their service and dedication. Deborah Guyton was named Principal of the Year and Patsy Moffat was named Teacher of the Year. Principal of Bladenboro Primary School, Deborah Guyton, was awarded the 2017-2018 Bladen County Principal of the Year. Teacher, Pasty Moffat, at Elizabethtown Middle School, was awarded the 2017-2018 Teacher of the Year.   Share:

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