01/21/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:40 pm We Are All One Humanity 
  • 4:33 pm Elizabethtown Truck Driver missing since Lenoir County crash found
  • 3:06 pm Fayetteville Police seek missing woman
  • 2:54 pm Fayetteville Police announce arrest of man wanted on 17 warrants
  • 2:45 pm Collaborative Transmission Plan identifies 19 major reliability projects
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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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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  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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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: […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Seventy players participated in the May 30 SFSGA tourney at Pinecrest Country Club near Lumberton. The winning team, with a score of 51, was Sandy Holland, Ronnie Russ, Larry Mitchell and Mark Dixon. Next week’s tourney will be held at Land O’ Lakes Golf Course near Whiteville. Share:

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Vineyard Golf

A Memorial Day Tossup was held Monday at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. The winning team was Stacey Owen, Henry Warwick, Warren Baker and Lenon Fisher. Share:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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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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, […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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  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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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National Weather Service

The National Weather Service sent out the the holiday weekend forecast. Share:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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  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 […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

  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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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USDA

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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    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 […]

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  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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sandra Cain

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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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East Bladen High School

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:  […]

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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 […]

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