03/25/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:25 pm Tillis Sends Bipartisan Letter Seeking Answers on Possible Tariffs for Foreign Autos
  • 4:12 pm Work to retrieve vehicle from river to resume soon
  • 3:44 pm April 2019 meeting of the Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter
  • 3:19 pm Firefighters battle brush fire near Clarkton
  • 2:30 pm Dietary Manager
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  The Rockets completed an undefeated season with a 9-4 victory over the Bandits Thursday night and are the Bladen Recreation 8-10 Softball Champions.   Members of the Rockets are: Mollie Tolar, Lena Damasco-Trinidad, Kali Allen, Leah McGill, Molly Evans, Martha Simmons, Reese Hester, Gracey Clark, Miriam Devane, Emma Heath, Sarah Grace Cain, Kaelyn Eason, Mary […]

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The Pirates were the Runners-up in Bladen Recreation’s 8-10 Softball League. They clinched second-place with a 10-1 victory over the Heat Thursdaynight.   Members of the Pirates are: Hayden Larrimore, Aiden-Noel Dove, Makenna Thurman, Jaylyn Clark, Marlie Walters, Brookee’ Singletary, Abbie Hickman, Natalee Sykes, Holland Davis, Megan Pait, Faith Wren, LeAnn Stanley, and Morgan Moore. […]

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Four County EMC sponsored middle-school students to attend the Touchstone Energy Sports Basketball Camps on college campuses this summer. Madalyn White of Currie and Maegan Burney of Elizabethtown won a full scholarship to attend the Wolfpack Women’s Basketball Camp June 11-14 at N.C. State University in Raleigh. Madalyn is the daughter of Michelle and Freddy […]

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July has been designated as Juror Appreciation Month in an attempt to raise awareness of jury service and its importance. Jury service has been used as a method of settling legal disputes for more than 200 years. Bladen County Clerk of Superior Court Niki Dennis said jury service is very important and she notes potential […]

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There will be a Community Cookout on Wednesday, July 5, at Camp Clearwater Chapel beginning at 6 p.m. There will be swimming and a hot dog supper. Bring your whole family for a time of food, fun, swimming, watermelon, and celebrating our freedoms as Christians and Americans. Camp Clearwater Chapel is located at 2038 White […]

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A Bladen County man pled guilty to one count of misuse of the 911 system on Wednesday in Bladen County District Court. He appeared before Judge William Fairley. According to Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quentin McGee, David Fredendall was calling 911 with the belief he had an emergency. He said Fredendall alleged he had […]

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Two men pled guilty to misdemeanor larceny charges in Bladen County District Court on Wednesday in a break-in that ocurred in Bladenboro. They appeared before Judge William Fairley. Nashawn Patrick pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor larceny and received 12 months of probation and was ordered to pay restitution. He was represented by Attorney […]

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The Lake Church will celebrate Homecoming on Sunday, July 2, at 8:32 a.m. at The Venue at White Lake. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Share:

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Students Celebrate 50 years of N.C. Youth in D.C. This year, Four County EMC combined with other North Carolina electric cooperatives sent its largest delegate class to represent the electric co-op community during a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C., called the Youth Tour. Forty-five ambitious and driven high school students visited the Capitol, continuing a […]

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Vineyard Golf

The final Thundering Herd for the month of June found one team winning with a score of seven-under par and four teams shooting six-under par to tie for second place. The winning team was Jim Hancock, Ty Wilson and Pam Taylor. Second place was decided with an eagle on hole number eight. That team consisted […]

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RALEIGH – Officials with the N.C. Forest Service encourage people to celebrate Independence Day by viewing public fireworks displays rather than risk starting fires with their own fireworks. “The careless use of sparklers, fountains, glow worms, smoke devices, trick noisemakers and other Class C fireworks can cause wildfires,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Each year, wildfires in […]

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Inmates in the Bladen County Jail are undergoing tests for Hepatitis C after a make-shift tattoo gun was found. Jailers learned last week three inmates had received tattoos using the device and one of those inmates has contracted Hepatitis C. According to WECT, jailers learned two other inmates also received tattoos and they are now […]

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The annual Fourth of July Fireworks show is planned for Tuesday evening, July 4th, at 9 p.m. at Goldston’s Beach at White Lake. The annual fireworks show is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. “We invite people to bring a lawn chair and their families, and enjoy the rides and stay for […]

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Elizabethtown’s Coach-Pitch All-Stars open play in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournament in Richfield Saturday at 2 p.m. against Burgaw. With a win Elizabethtown would advance to a second game at 6:30 p.m. Saturday. The Elizabethtown team will be involved in the State Tournament Opening Ceremonies at 7 p.m. Friday. The team is pictured: Bottom row(left to right): Claxton Tatum, Hunter Wood, […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

RED SPRINGS – Fairmont broke a 4-4 tie with 3 runs in the fifth inning and held on for a 7-5 victory over Elizabethtown in the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Majors Tournament Championship Game Thursday night. Fairmont advances to the DYB Majors State Tournament with the victory. Elizabethtown will play West Robeson American Friday at 7 p.m. in Red Springs. […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

DUBLIN – West Bladen split a Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball double-header with East Columbus Thursday night dropping the first game by a 4-2 margin before rallying to take the second game 9-3. Three Knight errors led to a trio of East Columbus runs in the top of the first. West Bladen answered with 2 runs in the home […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Much focus on DC to see if the Senate can produce a healthcare plan that 50 Republican Senators (plus the VP) can agree on.  D’s can’t find the meeting room. Wish our nation was not so divided, but it is.  Not just in DC, but Raleigh, NC and Bladen County, NC.  So tired of hearing the […]

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This Day In History

1865 – 8 alleged conspirators in assassination of President Lincoln are found guilty. 1870 – Ada Kepley becomes 1st female law college graduate. 1896 – W.S. Hadaway patents electric stove. 1906 – US Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act; these laws owe much to the expose journalism of […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) that streamlines and eases the burden on the process whereby active-duty military, reservists and veterans apply for their commercial driver’s license passed out of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. “The brave men […]

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WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) urged his colleagues to support “Kate’s Law,” which would better protect American citizens by increasing penalties for deported felons who illegally return to the United States. Click here for full video of Congressman Pittenger’s speech in support of Kate’s Law, which will enhance penalties for deported felons […]

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RALEIGH – As the July 4 Holiday weekend approaches, the State Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to focus on safety while traveling.  Several festivities are planned across the state to celebrate our nation’s independence which will lead to an increased number of vehicles on the state’s roadways. Along with increased travel, SHP is placing a […]

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By Amy Schumacher The cost of Satellite and Cable television packages seems to be increasing each year. With the recent merger of Time Warner Cable and Spectrum and the emergence of such items as the Amazon Fire Stick, the one’s who seem to suffer the most are senior citizens with limited resources. In a Bladen […]

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Sandra Cain

By Sandra R. Cain If you have a sweet tooth, you’re not alone. It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t like sweets. In fact, studies with infants show they innately prefer the flavor of sweetness over saltiness, bitterness or sourness. Although sugars, in moderation, can be part of a healthful diet, the Dietary Guidelines for […]

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WASHINGTON – Wednesday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) addressed the U.S. House of Representatives in recognition of the 250th anniversary of Charlotte’s Providence Presbyterian Church.   “Founded by Ulster Scots in 1767, the church was named ‘Providence’ to express the founders’ firm trust in the faithfulness of God to work all things for His purpose. “Members of Providence […]

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Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina House of Representatives voted to send Senate Bill 338 – Disaster Recovery Act of 2017 – to Governor Roy Cooper’s desk with a vote of 116 – 0. This legislation appropriates $100 million for disaster relief efforts across the state, primarily to address remaining Hurricane Matthew damages but also […]

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A summer kids’ event called Maker Fun Factory VBS will be hosted at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in White Oak from August 13th to August 17th. At Maker Fun Factory, kids discover that God made them—and for a purpose! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, […]

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By: Dora Brogdon This week’s Pet of the Week is a one year old male hound named Burney. He loves to play with others and having wide open spaces so he can run around just as much. He isn’t that big on toys but he still loves to play no matter what. He’s very friendly […]

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

With the July 4th Holiday approaching, Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker asks all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday happy, enjoyable and safe for everyone. Bladen County citizens should remember that fireworks, as enjoyable as they are to watch, can be dangerous and should only be handled by professionals.  […]

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

With the approach of the July 4th Holiday, Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker asks all citizens to join him in making this Fourth of July holiday period a happy and enjoyable one for all. Traditionally during the July 4th Holiday, our highways experience one of the highest traffic flows of the year.  The Sheriff […]

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Officials with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality have verified Chemours Fayetteville facility has stopped discharging wastewater tainted with the chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River. Officials with the Department of Environmental Quality performed a site inspection of the facility on Tuesday. According to state officials, Chemours is now holding the wastewater in […]

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The Fourth of July Holiday is a time for honoring the birth of our great nation. In honor of the holiday, area offices have announced their schedule. All federal offices will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of the holiday. They will resume their regular schedule on Wednesday, July 5. All banks will […]

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A delegate of Bladen County 4-H members attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus, which was held in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Bladen County delegate returned home from three days in which more than 120 youth and adults representing 48 4-H programs across the state gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge and learn through hands on […]

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Coach Olivia Scott of Class 1A State Softball Runner-up Whiteville High will hold a softball skills camp July 11-12 from 8:30-11:30 each day. Day One will consist of offensive drills, base running and the mental approach at the plate. Day Two will provide defensive drills and position specific practice and live situations. Price for the camp is […]

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Shelby Pharr pitched a 2-hitter as the Comets defeated the Slammers 9-5 Tuesday night in Bladen Recreation’s 13-16 Softball action at County Park. Pharr pitched around ten walks and a hit batter while striking out five to pick up the win. Jordan Kinlaw struck out seven for the Slammers while allowing 11 hits, a walk […]

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It’s time to shop! Merchants in downtown Elizabethtown have a host of bargains waiting to greet shoppers this weekend for the annual Fourth of July Sidewalk Sale. The Sidewalk Sale will take place from Thursday, June 29th, through Tuesday, July 4th. The sidewalk sale is an event that is enjoyed by merchants, visitors and residents […]

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This Day In History

1767 – British pass Townshend Revenue Act levying taxes on America. 1776 – Virginia state constitution adopted and Patrick Henry made governor. 1863 – Very 1st First National Bank opens in Davenport, Iowa. 1891 – US National Forest Service organized. 1906 – US Congress pass the Hepburn Act, permitting the regulation of rates charged by […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Steve Ballmer, of Microsoft fame, launched USAFacts earlier this year to created a way to track government spending.  I enjoy browsing through some of his findings.  Ballmer and Bill Gates became friends while attending Harvard in the 70s and eventually formed Microsoft, made a pot full of money, retired and then the two drifted apart. […]

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The Bladen County Board of Education met in a special session on Wednesday and approved six budget amendments to “close out” the fiscal year. Sharon Penny told the board she had six budget amendments for the year-end “close out.” There was no further discussion on the matter and no exact numbers were mentioned. The board voted […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced that he has secured several key provisions in the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will make critical improvements to Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, provide an across the board pay raise for servicemembers, and implement important reforms that will make life […]

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  CBO score based on last year’s projections WASHINGTON – Much of the current debate on the American Health Care Act and Better Care Reconciliation Act focuses on a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score showing 22 million more Americans without health coverage by 2026. However, a new analysis by Forbes contributor Josh Archambault reveals a […]

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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 67 of North Carolina’s counties in May, decreased in 13, and remained unchanged in 20. Edgecombe and Scotland Counties each had the highest unemployment rate at 7.8 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.3 percent. Thirteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases and […]

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The Junior Beta Club members of Clarkton School of Discovery announced Wednesday they placed in two divisions at the National Junior Beta Club Convention in Orlando, FL. Excitement was in the air and proud parents, family members and friends congratulated the Bladen County students with hugs and high-fives. The local club placed Runner-Up in the […]

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By: Tonya Bockover For 32 years, the deAndrade family has owned and operated White Lake Marine. David deAndrade, General Manager, said his parents bought the marina in 1985. They were looking at camp grounds when their real estate agent pointed out the business was for sale. “The rest is history,” says deAndrade. His parents are […]

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An Elizabethtown man remains under a $1 million secured bond and he is to have no contact with individual’s under the age of 18. This is following his first appearance in court on Wednesday morning. William Bryan Clark, 35, of 305 Glenwood Drive, Elizabethtown, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with Disseminating Obscenity to a […]

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The Sunset Jams “Alive After Five” concert series will wrap Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Goldston’s Beach at White Lake with the North Tower band. The concert series is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health. The North Tower band is known for their Beach Music and they also […]

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Two Bladen County students were named by the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority as recipients of scholarships valued at up to $12,000 from the Golden LEAF Foundation.  The students selected for the honor were Anna Long and Alanna Ludlum. According to the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority, Anna Long and Alanna Ludlum, each […]

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RALEIGH — The N.C. Forest Service Nursery Program will begin accepting orders for seedlings July 3. The NCFS produces about 16 million quality seedlings for 47 species of both conifer and hardwoods annually, including an expanded selection of control mass pollinated loblolly pine seedlings. These seedlings offer superior growth, form and disease resistance. “Trees are one […]

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The 67 players that showed up to play the June 27 SFSGA tournament at Fairmont Golf Course found that a new format was in order. They were playing a Texas Scramble. Three flights were used and the winners were. (First Flight-133) Ronnie Russ, Freddie Atkinson, Larry Mitchell, Odell Pait. (Second Flight-138) L.R. Odham, Larry Suggs, […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

RED SPRINGS – Evan Pait pitched 5 innings of scoreless relief, and Elizabethtown overcame an early 7-2 deficit by slugging 9 home runs in a 15-7 victory over West Robeson American Tuesday night in the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Majors Tournament. Ty Mathis and Elijah Bullard walloped home runs to give Elizabethtown an early […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

TABOR CITY – Columbus County defeated Bladen County 14-1 Tuesday night in the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball AAA (Minors) Tournament. The loss eliminated Bladen County from the tournament. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

As of April 2017, the unemployment rate in North Carolina was 4.3%, slightly higher in Bladen County at 5.5%.  The labor force in Bladen, according to this report, totals 14,721 with 807 unemployed. Been checking around with some locals and have been told jobs are available, problem is too many prospective employees offer very little […]

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This Day In History

1762 – 1st reported counterfeiting attempt (Boston). 1776 – Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress. 1820 – Tomato is proven to be non-poisonous. 1902 – US buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million. 1926 – Mercedes Benz forms when DMG and Benz & Cie merge. 1935 – […]

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The Clarkton Town Board voted to adopt their budget on Tuesday and approved a contract with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office to provide the town with two deputies at a cost of $104,000. The board voted to approve the budget after they conducted a public hearing during which no one spoke. Town Commissioner Tim Tart […]

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School nutrition managers from across the state have the opportunity to participate in regional K-12 Culinary Institute workshops this summer. The institute, designed to increase the availability of fresh, appealing, nutritious meals at school, is funded in part by a training grant the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) School Nutrition Services received from […]

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice:  Melissa Rogers, bereavement counselor, led the group (continuing conversation begun at the BMA May 2 meeting) in considering possibilities of date and place for having grief training for pastors.  “Grief in Ministry” was suggested as a title, and it appeared tentatively that June 29, 10 a.m., possibly using the Emergency Operations […]

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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and other leaders of the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus met with House Speaker Paul Ryan (WI-01) to discuss key pro-life provisions in proposed legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.   “Both the American Health Care Act and the Senate’s proposed health care reform include major victories for the pro-life […]

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Upcoming Events

By: Dora Brogdon This week on Thursday the Sunset Jams, featuring North Tower, will be kicking their show off at 6 p.m. at Goldston’s Beach.   North Tower plays a variety of music. They also play crowd favorites such as September, It’s To Late To Turn Back Now, and Daydreamer. A new power source was added which will allow the […]

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Bladen County Hospital is celebrating the promotion of Sheila Smith, CNA II. Miss Smith is the hospital’s first Nursing Assistant to obtain CNAPP Level II. She was also in the first graduating class of the Bladen Support Academy in 2016. The Cape Fear Valley Health System Certified Nursing Assistant Advancement Program (CNAAP) provides an advancement […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest today of William Bryan Clark, 35, of 305 Glenwood Drive, Elizabethtown, on charges of Disseminating Obscenity to a Minor, Soliciting a Child By Computer and Indecent Liberties with a Child. Clark was placed under a $1 million secured bond pending a first appearance hearing Wednesday. “My deputies began […]

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Chemours announced it is “capturing” GenX contaminated wastewater at its Fayetteville Works facility. The company said it is working with state regulators and others to determine what steps will be taken next. There has been no discussion from the company regarding how it plans to dispose of GenX tainted wastewater. “Chemours is working closely with […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this statement following the Supreme Court’s decision to reinstate key parts of President Trump’s travel ban in the name of national security: “The Supreme Court today performed a solemn duty too often ignored by lower courts.  They issued a ruling based on the law, not on political activism.  Ordinary […]

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Bladen County could well stand to benefit from the state’s newly unveiled Opioid Addiction Plan. Gov. Roy Cooper unveiled the plan at Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Summit which began today. Throughout North Carolina, Opioid related deaths are increasing. Since 1999, Opioids have been blamed for more than 12,000 deaths across North Carolina. Governor Roy […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has implemented an advanced tool for  the benefit and enhanced safety of our citizens and deputies this week.  Sgt. Gary Turlington said training and qualifications have begun for the deployment of less lethal munitions for encounters with dangerous, violent, and resistive individuals. “This does not supplant the applications for Taser, […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker said deputies were able to locate and arrest a man who was in the process of stealing copper from a Four County Electric Membership sub-station on Natmore Road in Kelly Monday night. “Our 911 center received a call of an intruder at the substation Monday  night,” said McVicker. “Their live video […]

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RED SPRINGS – West Robeson American edged Elizabethtown 12-11 Monday night in a winner’s bracket game in the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Majors Tournament. Elizabethtown and West Robeson American will play again Tuesday at 7 p.m. More details on Monday’s game when they become available. Share:

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Baseball

RED SPRINGS – Lumberton National defeated Elizabethtown 11-0 Monday night in an elimination game in the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball AAA (Minors) Tournament. “We never got the bats going,” said Elizabethtown Coach Kevin Dunham. Elizabethtown managed two hits in the game. Garrett Dunham lined a single to right field in the first inning and reached third […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

TABOR CITY – Whiteville defeated Bladen County 17-2 Monday night in the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball AAA (Minors) Tournament. “They hit the baseball pretty good,” said Bladen County Coach Joseph Russ. “We just hit it right at them. Could not catch a break. I really don’t feel like the score represented how we played.” Jonah Bryan […]

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There will be a Summer Blueberry Bash on Thursday, June 29, from 3 until 5:30 p.m. The Blueberry Bash will be held at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office located at 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown.  There is a $1 entry fee and a cost of $1 for each dish entered in the blueberry treat competition. […]

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The Bladen County Law Enforcement and Detention Center will soon open as work crews complete their final checklists. Plans for an Open House are under way but no date has been announced, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. “We’re very excited about it,” said Sheriff McVicker of the new facility. The new law enforcement […]

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TABOR CITY – Whiteville defeated Elizabethtown 18-5 Monday night in a District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Supplemental Tournament elimination game. Peyton Tatum cracked a 2-out single in the Elizabethtown first inning, and Mason Smith slammed a double to drive him in. Whiteville scored 6 runs in the first to take a 6-1 lead. Allister Russ led off […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

TABOR CITY – Elizabethtown rolled to a 16-6 victory over host South Columbus in a District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Supplemental Tournament elimination game Sunday night. After South Columbus jumped in front with a trio of first-inning runs, Elizabethtown answered with 7 runs in the bottom of the first. Nolan Tatum, Connor Smith, Mason Smith, Tre’don […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

 CERRO GORDO – West Bladen split a Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball double-header at West Columbus Monday night winning the first game 7-5 before dropping the nightcap by a 12-1 margin.   The Knights jumped in front 2-0 in the first inning of the opener as Dalton Pait walked, and Logan West cracked a single. After a wild pitch, Scott […]

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​Elizabethtown – The Shepherd Support Ministry of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church has planned the fifth inaugural anniversary celebrations for pastor Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin and First Lady, Dr. Katrina Boykin. A special banquet will be held 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the Regal Venue located at 1564 White Lake Drive, White Lake. The guest speaker will […]

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The Bladen County Board of Education will meet in special session on Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at 5 p.m. at the Bladen County Board of Education. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss fiscal year-end budget related issues and personnel matters, as per NCGS 143.318.11 (a) (1) and to consult with an attorney if […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Now that the NC State budget has been passed, vetoed by the Governor and soon to be overridden by the legislature, ‘silly season’ begins.  Strange action on the part of the leadership, been that way as long as I can remember.  Democrats were guilty years ago and Republicans ‘screamed’ foul, now the Republicans are in […]

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This Day In History

1778 – Liberty Bell returns home to Philadelphia after the British departure. 1893 – Great stock crash on NY stock exchange. 1923 – Capt. Lowell H. Smith and Lt. John P. Richter perform the first ever aerial refueling in a DH-4B biplane. 1934 – Federal Savings & Loan Association created. 1949 – “Captain Video & […]

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Bladen County Schools

Elizabethtown, NC – The Bladen County School System’s School Nutrition Department kicked-off their Summer Feeding Program earlier this month at Bladen Lakes Primary and East Arcadia schools through June 30. Beginning last week, they have added additional sites at Bladenboro Middle, Elizabethtown Primary and West Bladen High schools through August 3. The sites are open […]

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Two students were awarded the Joe Bostic/Lacy West ECU Memorial Scholarship on East Bladen’s Awards Day ceremony. Receiving the scholarships valued at $1000 were Ross Johnson and Melina Wilkins. Joe Bostic and Lacy West were both ECU alumni,  avid ECU supporters and instrumental figures in Bladen County.  Sadly both lives were gone way too soon […]

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The newly constructed bridge that spans the Cape Fear River in Tar Heel was officially dedicated on Monday afternoon. The bridge will be called the David B. Melvin Bridge in honor of the ferry operator who lost his life on the Cape Fear River. The new bridge took the place of the former truss bridge […]

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  The Elizabethtown AAA (Minors) Supplemental All-Stars have split their first two games in the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Tournament at Tabor City. Elizabethtown dropped their opener 17-10 to Whiteville then beat South Columbus 14-8 Sunday night. Members of the Elizabethtown All-Stars are: Front Row (Left-Right): Colin King, Ryan Dove, Tre’don Scott, Allister Russ. […]

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RED SPRINGS –A 14-run third inning explosion capped a 22-0 victory Sunday night for Elizabethtown over Lumberton American in the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball AAA (Minors) Tournament. Conner Padrick pitched a 3-inning shut-out for Elizabethtown striking out three, walking one and allowing only one hit. Cole Butler ripped a single to centerfield in the […]

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RED SPRINGS – West Robeson American rallied for 6 runs in the fourth inning to defeat Elizabethtown 7-2 Sunday in the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Tournament AAA (Minors) Tournament. The game began on Saturday but after Davion Lewis and Cole Butler drew walks, rain suspended play until Sunday. After both runners advanced on a […]

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  The Bladen County AAA (Minors) All-Stars won their first game in the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Tournament at Tabor City and will play Monday night in a winner’s bracket game. Team members are Front Row (Left-Right): Richard Severine, Jr., Cade Allen, Aiden Russ, Weston Hilburn, Jonah Bryan, Emmanuel Drew. Second Row: Conner Monroe, […]

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Bladen County Schools

Several West Bladen High School students that received their CNA certification in the fall of 2016 were inadvertently omitted from the list of 2017 CNA graduates. The students are: Kassidy Anderson, Hugh Clark, Selene Flores, Kristen Hunt, Amber Long, Brianna Nance, Kayla Nunnery, Kathryn Schultz, Destinee Singletary, and Sophia Singletary. Share:

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The Elizabethtown Police Department is seeking a suspect in connection with an armed robbery that ocurred at the Melton’s Restaurant. Lt. D. Cheshire said the robbery ocurred as the restaurant was closing on Saturday. Lt. Cheshire said, “We do know one subject entered through the back door.” The suspect is described as wearing a camouflage […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Ever have one of those nights when you wake up early, toss and tumble, finally decide to get up and do something…just ‘slept out’?  Some need lots of sleep and for others of us, about 5 or 6 hours is all needed. New census info is available, several sources with slightly different numbers.  Google US Census Bureau […]

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This Day In History

1498 – Toothbrush invented in China using boar bristles. 1721 – Dr. Zabdiel Boylston gives 1st smallpox inoculations in America. 1797 – Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow, though farmers fear effects of iron on soil. 1848 – 1st pure food law enacted in US. 1870 – 1st section of Atlantic City (NJ) Boardwalk opens. […]

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  Contributed by a Facebook Fan Bladenboro High School “Class of 1987” held their 30 year class reunion reunion this weekend. #BoroBlades87 Share:

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Dixie Youth Baseball

TABOR CITY –Hunter Hester pitched 3.2 strong innings, and Bladen County rode an 11-run second inning to a 14-3 victory over Nakina Saturday night in the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball AAA (Minors) Tournament. Walks to Will Durden and Jonah Bryan began the Bladen second, and Hester smacked a single. Walks to Chason Harris, Richard […]

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Friday, June 23, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, applauded the President for signing the Department of Veterans Affairs Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act into law. The bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Tillis will reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) by […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

TABOR CITY – Whiteville outscored Elizabethtown 17-10 Saturday night in the opening round of the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Supplemental Tournament. Elizabethtown will play South Columbus Sunday at 5 p.m. South Columbus lost to Columbus County 18-0 Saturday.  Share:

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Dixie Youth Baseball

RED SPRINGS – Five pitchers combined to strike out 16 batters and pitch a no-hitter for Elizabethtown in a 12-1 victory over Red Springs Saturday in the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Majors Tournament. Coleman Tatum pitched the first 2 scoreless innings striking out 5 and walking one. Ryan Johnson relieved and worked a scoreless […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

The Tigers rallied from an early 4-3 deficit to defeat the Hurricanes 12-7 Friday night in Dixie Boys Baseball action at County Park. Chase Starkloff smacked a single to begin the Tiger first. Tyler Hill and Mahki Cromartie drew walks. Fielder’s choices by Rasean McKoy and Grayson Clark scored Starkloff and Hill. Cromartie also scored […]

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The Elizabethtown Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that occurred at Melton’s Restaurant on Saturday evening. The restaurant was open for business on Sunday morning. According to Sgt. Davis with the Elizabethtown Police Department, the Melton’s Restaurant was the victim of an armed robbery which occurred as the restaurant was closing on Saturday. Sgt. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Woke up this morning to hear my favorite bird chirping, singing, not sure which, but helped me to rise and give thanks for another day. Small things mean a lot. We have birds, squirrels, some deer that ‘bed down’ in a creek behind our house from time to time, see very few rabbits, but a […]

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This Day In History

1630 – Fork introduced to American dining by Gov. Winthrop. 1798 – US passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens. 1836 – 1st building constructed at Yerba Buena (now San Francisco). 1868 – Florida, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina & South Carolina readmitted to US. 1910 – Mann Act passes (no women across state […]

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NC SBI

  RALEIGH – Two agents with the State Bureau of Investigation have saved taxpayers more than $10.1 million since they began investigating fraudulent Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid disability claims eight months ago. The two SBI agents are part of the Social Security Office of Inspector General’s Cooperative Disability Investigations Unit which investigates questionable statements […]

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Latoya Nicole Beatty of Bolton, NC and daughter of Nathan Beatty and Beverly McDowell graduated with her Medical Degree (M.D.) from Howard University College of Medicine on May 12, 2017 in Washington, D.C. Latoya attended East Columbus High School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Bachelor of Arts.), Mercer University (Masters of Public Health), […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

  Bladen County Hospital announced that their new Administrator would be Gary A. Dolack. Collier Gas Company of Whiteville opened an office on Hwy. 701 near Elizabethtown. Miles Haire was named the new football coach at Tar Heel High School. Dan Allen of Elizabethtown resigned his post as Bladen County Campaign Manager for Ron Taylor. […]

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RALEIGH – Elizabethtown resident Dan Allen was recognized for outstanding service Friday evening during the 2017 Miss North Carolina and Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen pageants. Winning awards in this year’s preliminary competition for Miss North Carolina were: Miss Greater Sampson County, Victoria Huggins who earned the Talent Award and Miss Randolph County, Laura Matrazzo, was awarded the Lifestyle […]

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