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Rockets Win Bladen Recreation 8-10 Softball Championship

  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 Frances Sutton, and Addie Bowen. Coaches: Jason Sutton and Raymond Marlowe. Not pictured is Brenna Hester. Photos contributed: Share:

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Pirates Finish Second in Recreation 8-10 Softball

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. Coaches: Heather Pait, Keith Wren, Jerimey Sykes. Share:

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Local Scholarship Winners Attend Basketball Camp

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 White III. Maegan is the daughter of Jay and Tina Burney. Kendall Cave of Wallace received a full scholarship to attend the Roy Williams Carolina Basketball Camp June 18-22 at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Kendall is the son of Greg and Rhonda Cave. During the camps, scholarship winners stayed in dorms …..

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July is Juror Appreciation Month

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 jurors often have questions about the jury selection process. North Carolina does have some requirements you must meet in order to serve on a jury. They are: *You must be a resident of the state of North Carolina and a current resident of the county you in which you will serve as juror. *You must …..

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Community Cookout planned for July 5

  • 06/30/2017
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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 Lake Drive, White Lake. Share:

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Man pleads guilty to misuse of 911 system

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 no minutes left on his cell phone so he mistakenly believed if he hung up, the dispatcher would send someone to his aid. McGee said Fredendall made multiple calls which led to the charges. Fredendall was given credit for time served and ordered to pay a fine. Share:

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Two plead guilty to misdemeanor larceny

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 Cynthia Singletary. J-Abril Baker also pled guilty to one count of misdemeanor larceny in the matter and received 12 months of probation and was ordered to pay restitution. He was represented by Attorney Kyle Melvin. According to Assistant Bladen County District Attorney Quentin McGee told the court that all of the items that were taken …..

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Local Students Represent Four County EMC in Washington, D.C.

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 co-op tradition now 50 years strong in North Carolina. They joined 1,800 students from across the country to meet federal elected officials, participate in networking events and learn about our nation’s history and the importance of civic engagement. Molly Johnson, a rising senior at Topsail High School and Ethan Cannady, a rising senior at East …..

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Vineyard Golf

Vineyard Golf Thundering Herd Results From June 29

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 of Luke Gooden, Campbell White, Jimmy Cook and Charlie Smith. The Thundering herd is played every Thursday at 6 p.m. at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. The cost is $18 for members and $20 for guests. If you are interested in participating please call the pro shop at 910-247-6132 before 5:30 p.m. to sign up. Share:

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Keep Independence Day celebrations safe with these fire-safety tips

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 North Carolina endanger people, destroy millions of dollars’ worth of timber and property, and damage the environment.” If people use their own fireworks, here are some safety tips: *Don’t use fireworks such as ground spinners, firecrackers, round spinners, Roman candles, bottle rockets and mortars, which are illegal in North Carolina. *Do not use fireworks near …..

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Inmates tested for Hepatitis C

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 being tested. It is not currently known how the inmate who tested positive for Hepatitis C contracted the illness, according to reports. The tattoo gun was found after a search was performed earlier this week. According to the Center’s for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga., Hepatitis C affects the liver and is spread thorough contact …..

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Fourth of July fireworks show planned for White Lake

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 the fireworks,” said Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard.  She added the annual event offers a fun time for the entire family. Maynard said Goldston’s Sandwich Shop will be open as well as Goldston’s Restaurant. The arcade offers amusement rides and plenty of fun games for everyone. You can also try …..

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Elizabethtown DYB Coach-Pitch All-Stars In State Tournament

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, Collin Cole, Tyler Eason, Braylon Cromartie, Easton Bostic Middle row(left to right) Isaiah Robinson, Jayce Hatcher, Conner Hill, CJ McCracken, Brady Marlowe, Inman Carson Back row(left to right) Brooks Tatum, Ray Marlowe, Kyle Bostic, Joseph Hatcher Share:

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District 9 DYB Majors Tournament Championship: Fairmont 7, Elizabethtown 5

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. The winner of that game secures District 9’s second State Tournament berth. After Fairmont took an early lead, Elizabethtown tied the game 1-1 in the home half of the first. Garrison Tatum ripped a single down the left field line and moved up on Evan Pait’s sacrifice. Ty Mathis knocked in Garrison Tatum with a …..

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Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball: West Bladen Splits Double-Header with East Columbus

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 first. Dalton Pait walked, and Logan West belted a single. Catcher Jake Butler knocked both runners in with a single that sliced the Gator lead to 3-2. West finished with 2 hits in the first game to lead the Knight hitters. Trey Storms pitched all 5 innings for West Bladen. The Gators jumped in front …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: 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 experts at every level, most who have no clue, anymore than I do, and that is near zero. Sidewalk Sale underway in E-town thru Tuesday. Today marks the midway point in 2017 and for units of government, a new fiscal year begins July 1. Average temps for July in Bladen County!  High is 90 degrees compared with …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – June 30

  • 06/29/2017
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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 the period (Upton Sinclair’s ‘The Jungle’ in particular) 1911 – 51st British Golf Open: Harry Vardon shoots a 303 at Royal St. George’s Golf Club. 1925 – Charles Jenkins is granted the U.S. patent for Transmitting Pictures over Wireless (early television). 1930 – 1st round-the-world radio broadcast Schenectady, NY. 1936 – 40 hour work week …..

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Tillis Co-Sponsored Bill to Ease Requirements on Military Members Seeking Commercial Driver’s Licenses Passes Committee

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 and women that serve in the U.S. military learn a wide-range of skills applicable to jobs once they enter the civilian workforce, but too often face unnecessary barriers that makes it harder for them to find jobs,” said Senator Tillis. “I applaud my colleagues for advancing this legislation that allows our active-duty military, reservists, and …..

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Congressman Pittenger Urges House to Support “KATE’S LAW,” Crackdown on Sanctuary Cities

  • 06/29/2017
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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 who illegally return to the United States. “One of the previous administration’s biggest homeland security failures was the lack of prosecution and enforcement for crimes committed by illegal immigrants.  For far too long, the Obama Administration failed to adequately punish illegal immigrants who committed felonies in the United States. “A simple deportation is not enough.  …..

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State Highway Patrol Focuses on Safety for July 4 Weekend

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 special emphasis on impaired driving by participating in the Governor’s Highway Safety Campaign’s 2017 Operation Firecracker.  The campaign is a joint effort among state and local law enforcement to remove impaired motorists from the roadway.  Troopers will conduct checkpoints and saturation patrols in each county, attempting to combat the number of collisions that occur from …..

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Opinion: Cutting the Cord: Relief for Seniors elusive

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 Online investigation, when searching for cable or satellite companies who offer discounts or other incentives for senior citizens, it was learned there are very few options available to senior adults. Time Warner Cable, now known as Spectrum, offers no senior citizen discounts at all. Spectrum does, however, offer promotional discounts but after one year the …..

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For Better Living: Sweetness Without the Calories

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 Americans emphasize choosing and preparing foods and beverages with little added sugars or caloric sweeteners. Today, there are many choices for sweeteners with limited calories. Here are some examples of what is available on the market. Sugar alcohols. Often found in “sugar-free” candies, chewing gum, and desserts, sugar alcohols provide about half the calories of …..

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Congressman Pittenger recognizes 250th anniversary of Providence Presbyterian

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 Presbyterian were part of the combative North Carolina militia, the ‘Hornet’s Nest,’ which courageously opposed Lord Cornwallis during the Revolutionary War.  For over 140 years, the church sponsored all schools in the community, and in the 1850s, established Providence Female Academy, which was one of the few schools for women in the South.  The church …..

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Hurricane Disaster Relief Funds On the Way

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 includes damages caused by western wildfires. “Since the moment Hurricane Matthew devastated much of eastern North Carolina late last year, it has been my top priority as a representative of District 10 and eastern North Carolina to work with other state and local officials to provide relief to those communities that were hit the hardest, …..

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Bethlehem United Methodist Church Invites Children to Maker Fun Factory VBS: Created by God, Built for a Purpose

  • 06/29/2017
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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, collect Bible Memory Buddies to remind them of God’s love, and test out Sciency-Fun Gizmos they’ll take home and play with all summer long. Plus, kids will learn to look for evidence of God all around them through something called God Sightings. Maker Fun Factory is for kids from Nursery to Adults and will run from 5:30 …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

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 towards others and is quite an affectionate dog. “Burney is a very friendly and affectionate dog that needs a new loving home. Please come out and meet this sweet young boy and give him the home he deserves.” said Karen Suggs, Manager of Bladen County Animal Shelter. Adoption fees will be waived for the month …..

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Sheriff offers safety tips for fireworks, swimming

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.  According to the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission, there are nearly 9,000 emergency room-treated injuries associated with fireworks a year. You can enjoy a safe Fourth of July by following these safety tips: *Never give fireworks to small children, and always follow the instructions on the packaging. *Keep a supply of water close-by as …..

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Sheriff offers driving tips for a safe July 4 holiday

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 reminds all Bladen County residents to follow these safety tips: *Always shift your attention every few seconds, constantly scanning the road ahead and behind you.  Never blankly stare ahead nor fix your gaze on one point on the road. *When passing an automobile, always glance at the ground beside the front wheel of the car …..

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State officials verify no more GenX being discharged into river

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 tanks on the company’s site. The department issued a press release that states the wastewater is being taken out of state to Arkansas and being incinerated. State officials have said that while they have verified the company is no longer discharging GenX tainted wastewater into the river, samples of water from the river have been …..

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Fourth of July Holiday closings announced

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 be closed on Tuesday, July 4, in observance of the holiday. They will resume normal operations on Wednesday, July 5. All state, county and municipal government offices will also be closed on Tuesday, July 4, for the holiday. They will resume their regular schedule on Wednesday, July 5. All Bladen County Solid Waste Convenience Sites …..

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Bladen County 4-H Member Attends 2017 Citizenship North Carolina Focus

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 experiences about the importance of being an active and engaged citizen. Allayah Jarmon represented Bladen County at the June 12-14 conference. Allayah is a member of the Downeast 4-H Club that meets in Carver’s Creek.  She currently serves as photographer of our Bladen County 4-H County Council. Through various conference sessions and facilitated discussions, delegates, …..

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Softball Camp at Whiteville High

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 $25 for one day or $40 for two days. The camp is open to girls ages 8-15 years-old. Please come prepared with proper equipment. For questions, please contact Coach Scott at 910-840-5121.  Share:

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Bladen Recreation 13-16 Softball: Comets 9, Slammers 5

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 and a hit batter. The Slammers jumped in front with 3 runs in the first as Johanna Parker, Abbie Cross and Nesiah Davis-McKoy drew walks to load the bases with no outs. Comet shortstop Jordan Benson snagged a pop-up behind second, and Pharr struck out the next batter. However Kinlaw reached on an error as …..

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Shoppers hit the streets for annual Fourth of July Sidewalk Sale

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 alike. Stores will be offering plenty of bargains from which folks can choose. Summer merchandise as well as new arrivals will be available and there are plenty of items which are sure to please just about anyone on your shopping list. Karen Suggs, owner of Fisher’s Men’s and Ladies Shop, said shoppers will find plenty …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – June 29

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 railroads, pipelines, and terminals engaged in interstate commerce. 1916 – Boeing aircraft flies for 1st time. 1927 – 1st flight from West Coast arrives in Hawaii. 1936 – Empire State Building broadcasts high definition TV-343 lines. 1940 – US passes Alien Registration Act requiring Aliens to register. 1949 – US troops withdraw from Korea after …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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. According to one source, Gates now spends most of his time with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and still provides advice for Microsoft leaders.  Ballmer now owns the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team and a huge chunk of Twitter.  Since severing ties with Microsoft, he has spent millions on worthy projects, USAFacts to track …..

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Board of Education gets update on state budget process

  • 06/28/2017
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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 to approve the amendments. The board met in a brief closed session to discuss personnel matters. Following the closed session, Antonia Beatty, Human Resources Director, presented the personnel list which was approved. Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor updated the board members on the state’s budget process. Dr. Taylor told the board the General Assembly has passed …..

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Tillis Secures NDAA Provisions To Fund Upgrades To NC Military Installations And Improve Quality of Life For Servicemembers and Military Families

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 easier for military families. Senator Tillis chairs the Personnel Subcommittee, which has oversight over half of the Pentagon’s budget. On a bipartisan basis, Senator Tillis and his subcommittee colleagues pushed through an across the board 2.1% pay raise for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. The subcommittee also championed major changes in TRICARE that would benefit …..

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REALITY CHECK:  Analysis Of CBO Score Shows Only 2 Million Fewer In Individual Market By 2026

  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 surprising omission. “The House and Senate were given a CBO score based on old numbers,” said Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09).  “The CBO score is based on an inaccurate 2016 estimate of how many Americans will purchase Obamacare.  If you use their January 2017 update, Republican legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare would result in only …..

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North Carolina’s May County and Area Employment Figures Released, Bladen at 5.6 Percent

  • 06/28/2017
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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 two remained unchanged. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 6.8 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.5 percent. The May not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.3 percent. When compared to the same month last year, not seasonally adjusted unemployment rates decreased in 97 counties, increased in one, …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery Betas win at Nationals

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 Songfest Division II and third place in the banner competition. Other local Beta Club members were present at the competition. As the Junior Beta Club National Competitions wrap up, Bladen County has some high school students in Florida preparing to compete in the National Beta Club Convention. Please help us to congratulate any Bladen County …..

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A closer look at White Lake Marine

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 the third owners of the business. Originally, the sales and service department for the facility was located on the lake front. In 1988, the deAndrades built a new building across the road to house the service department. In 2008, they expanded the building to include a showroom for the boats. Now the family leases the …..

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Man held under $1 million bond on sex offense charges

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 Minor, Soliciting a Child By Computer and Indecent Liberties with a Child. He appeared before Judge William Fairley who appointed Attorney Cynthia Singletary to represent him on the matter. His next court appearance is scheduled for July 17. Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quentin McGee told the court Clark has two other sets of similar …..

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Sunset Jams “Alive After Five” concert series wraps up with North Tower

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 play a variety of funk and top 40 hits. Admission is free and adult beverages are $3 each. No coolers or pets are allowed. The stage is now located closer to the water front thanks to the installation of new equipment and folks can dance to the music as the sun sets over the lake. …..

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Two Bladen County Students awarded Golden Leaf Scholarships

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 received a $3,000 scholarship. The scholarship may be used for up to four years of study at a North Carolina college or university. They are two of 215 students who were selected for these scholarships. The purpose of the Golden LEAF scholarship program is to increase educational opportunities and provide support to students from rural …..

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N.C. Forest Service Nursery Program accepting seedling orders beginning July 3

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 of North Carolina’s greatest renewable resources and an important economic driver in North Carolina, contributing around $24 billion annually to the state’s economy and providing more than 180,000 jobs for North Carolinians through the forest products industry,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. The NCFS nursery program offers a large, reader-friendly catalog for ordering tree seedlings. …..

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June 27 Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association Tourney Held At Fairmont Golf Course

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, Jeff Wrenn, Mark Dixon. (Third Flight-140) W.C. Meares, Bill Settlemyer, Jimmy Cook, Bobby Gooden. Next week’s tournament will be at The Meadowlands. Share:

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Elizabethtown 15, West Robeson American 7 District 9 DYB Majors Tournament

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 2-0 lead, but West Robeson bunched 3 walks, 4 hits and 2 errors to score 7 runs in the bottom of the first inning. Ryan Johnson and Coleman Tatum clobbered solo home runs in the top of the second to trim the margin to 7-4. Elizabethtown vaulted in front 11-7 with a 7-run fourth inning. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 in the way of skills, desire, etc.  They just want a pay check. Yet, I still hear from some of our leaders, we need more and better jobs, and I agree, but better check the available labor force. One of the answers to the situation is for unemployed and under employed to learn a skill …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – June 28

  • 06/27/2017
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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 – FDR orders a federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky. 1939 – Joe Louis TKOs Tony Galent in 4 for heavyweight boxing title. 1939 – Pan Am opens southern route transatlantic air service (Dixie Clipper). 1946 – Permanent radio play-by-play of Cleveland Indians baseball games begins. 1951 – “Amos ‘n’ Andy premieres on …..

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Clarkton Town Board approves agreement with Sheriff’s Office

  • 06/27/2017
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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 said the town had $50,000 budgeted for the Sheriff’s Office. He proposed adding the remaining $54,000 from the town’s appropriation funds to that item and proceed with the contract. “That gives us one year to work it out,” said Town Commissioner Tart. Town Commissioner Lawrence McDougald said there is a grant the town could pursue …..

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School Nutrition Professionals Participate in Innovative NC K-12 Culinary Institute

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 the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Appealing meals that are filling and nutritious help students focus in the classroom,” said NCDPI School Nutrition Services Section Chief Lynn Harvey. “The North Carolina K-12 Culinary Institute provides school nutrition managers with tools and information they can take back and implement in their school nutrition programs to ensure students …..

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Grief Training For Pastors

  • 06/27/2017
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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 Center (EOC) at the county court house (which is equipped with electronic equipment perhaps useful in making the presentation), would be when and where.  Once plans are firmed up, word can be spread using the association’s email network….Contact: Melissa Rogers, 910-642-9051, ext. 508, Melissa.Rogers@lcfh.org Share:

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Congressman Pittenger Meets with Speaker Ryan to Discuss Pro-Life Provisions of Health Care Reform

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 community, defunding Planned Parenthood and keeping your tax dollars from being used to support abortion,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “We are grateful for Speaker Ryan’s pro-life leadership, and met today to discuss the importance of retaining these provisions in the final bill.  As a committed pro-life leader, I will keep this issue at the forefront.” Share:

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Upcoming Events

Weekend Events for Bladen Residents

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 concert stage to be placed closer to the lake. The admission to the see the concert is free while adult beverages will be available at $3 each. Coolers and pets are not allowed at the concert. This event is sponsored Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health. The Blueberry Bash will be held this …..

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Sheila Smith Celebrates the Promotion to CNA II

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 framework to recognize and retain Certified Nursing Assistants II who provide direct patient care. CNAAP participants are involved in demonstrating excellence at Cape Fear Valley Health through ongoing learning, supporting the organization, and promoting the health of the community. Participation in the CNAAP is voluntary. Advancement is an achievement, not an expectation. The CNAAP consists …..

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Sex Offender Arrested on New Charges

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 investigating this case in early June and were able to obtain enough evidence to satisfy the elements of these crimes and make an arrest today,” said McVicker. “This individual was previously arrested in April of this year by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation on a charge of Indecent Liberties With a Minor. The …..

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Chemours announces it has stopped discharging tainted wastewater into Cape Fear River

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 regulatory agencies and local officials to address questions raised by the Wilmington, North Carolina community. On June 21, Chemours began the capture of the wastewater stream generated from fluoromonomers production at our manufacturing facility in Fayetteville, North Carolina. We are working with these stakeholders to determine the appropriate next steps,” reads a news issued by …..

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Congressman Pittenger on Travel Ban Reinstatement

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 Americans already knew what the Supreme Court today reminded the lower courts:  The federal government and the President have responsibility for national security, and a thorough vetting of refugees is part of that responsibility.” Congressman Pittenger serves as Chairman on the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and Vice Chairman of the Subcommittee …..

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Bladen County could benefit from State’s Opioid Addiction Plan

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 Cooper today kicked off the Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Summit and announced North Carolina’s Opioid Action Plan. Opioid overdose has claimed more than 12,000 lives in North Carolina since 1999, with opioid-related overdoses deaths up more than 800 percent in the state through 2016. Gov. Cooper today joined Department of Health and Human Services …..

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office implements new technology

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, pepper  spray, or other techniques. This adds another valuable tool in the  deputy’s toolbox to more effectively protect ourselves and the citizens of our county,” said Sgt. Turlington. Sgt. Turlington said this application, called a “beanbag munition,” affords Deputies the capability to apply less-lethal force to distract and/or overcome situations that would have previously been …..

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Copper Thief Caught In The Act

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 feed showed a man attempting to cut through the fence. Deputies arrived and located a 2005 Toyota Tundra pickup parked down the road from the sub-station.  They placed the truck under surveillance and also checked the sub-station where they found discarded bolt cutters. They located a man in the woods lying down trying to evade …..

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Baseball

District 9 DYB AAA (Minors) Tournament: Lumberton National 11, Elizabethtown 0

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 base on an error but was stranded there. After Cooper Padrick and Colton Daly drew walks in the Elizabethtown third inning, Conner Padrick belted a single, but Cooper Padrick was thrown out at the plate. After a walk to Davion Lewis, Elizabethtown left the bases loaded. Share:

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Dixie Youth Baseball

District 2 DYB AAA (Minors) Tournament: Whiteville 17, Bladen County 2

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 led off the fourth inning with a hit, and Emmanuel  Drew knocked him in with a single. Hezikiah Adams walked in the Bladen fifth inning. Cade Allen walloped a triple to drive in Adams, but Allen was thrown out at the plate. Conner Monroe batted 2-2 to lead the Bladen hitters. Will Durden hammered a triple …..

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Summer Blueberry Bash planned for Thursday

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. There will be a blueberry treat competition, tasting and a $25 prize to the winner. There will also be information on blueberry history and growth and nutrition and storage facts. There will also be a Do It Yourself blueberry scrub and a raffle. For more information contact Nancy Olsen at 910-862-4591. Share:

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Opening for new jail looming

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 and detention center will be located on Smith Circle. The new jail will have a capacity of 223 prisoners and it will also provide office space to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and an office space will be provided for the North Carolina Highway Patrol. There will also be a laundry and a kitchen as …..

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District 2 DYB Supplemental Tournament: Whiteville 18, Elizabethtown 5

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 the Elizabethtown second inning with a single. Russ came around to score on a wild pitch. Whiteville opened up a 14-2 lead in their half of the second. Jackson Smith and Colin King belted singles in the second inning, and Jackson Smith raced home when Nolan Tatum laced a single. Peyton Tatum walked, and Mason …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

District 2 DYB Supplemental Tournament: Elizabethtown 15, South Columbus 6

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 Scott, Allister Russ, Chace Butler and Gavin Elks scored one run each in the inning. South Columbus closed to within 7-4, but Jackson Smith and Colin King scored runs in the Elizabethtown second inning to pad the lead to 9-4. South Columbus pulled to within 9-5, but a 6-run Elizabethtown third inning sealed the verdict. …..

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Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball: West Bladen Splits Pair at West Columbus

 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 Bowen’s fielder’s choice plated Pait, and Trey Storms drove in West with a single.   Nolan Bryant belted a second inning single, and David Valenta was hit by a pitch. After a wild pitch on a bunt attempt, Derrick Long knocked in Bryant for a 3-0 lead.   West walked in the third inning, and …..

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Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate Pastoral anniversary

  • 06/27/2017
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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 be the Bishop Varnie N. Fullwood, pastor of  Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church located at 4442 Bonnetsville Road in Clinton. Following the banquet, the scheduled festivities continue at Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church located 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown, as shown with guest speakers and choirs. *Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be …..

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Board of Education to conduct Special Called Meeting

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 needed, as per the NCGS 143.318.11 (a) (3).  This is an official meeting and action items may be on the agenda. The Board of Education Administration Building is located at 1489 US Hwy 701 South, Elizabethtown, N.C. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 charge and Democrats will be screaming.  Hold on, the ride is interesting, many time worrisome.  Would be good to see both parties acting like adults.  The sooner they adjourn, the better off we will be. And in Congress, repealing and replacing Obamacare is proving to be more difficult than first thought.  Senators are opposed for …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – June 27

  • 06/26/2017
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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 & His Video Rangers” debut on DUMONT-TV. 1950 – North Korean troops reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders US Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict. 1955 – 1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted (Illinois). 1959 – “West Side Story” closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 734 performances. 1959 – …..

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Bladen County Schools

Over 20,000 meals served

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 for breakfast from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The district serves over 10,000 free breakfast and 12,000 free lunch meals during the Summer Feeding Program. The program is funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture Summer Food Service program. Federal funds are provided to agencies including …..

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Two East Bladen High students were awarded the Joe Bostic/Lacy West ECU Memorial Scholarship

  • 06/26/2017
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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 and so to honor their legacy, this scholarship was established by many family and friends in their honor.  This scholarship was in the amount of $1000 to help with their academic responsibilities. Each year this $1000 scholarship is given to one Senior from each High School in Bladen County. Applications are submitted to their respective …..

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Tar Heel Bridge named in honor of David B. Melvin

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 which had spanned the river for a number of years. The NC Board of Transportation adopted a resolution to name the bridge in honor of Mr. Melvin in June 2016. Grady Hunt, a member of the N. C. Board of Transportation, presented the family a replica of the sign which will be installed on the …..

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Elizabethtown AAA (Minors) Supplemental All-Stars

  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. Second Row: Connor Smith, Nolan Tatum, Chace Butler, Mason Smith. Third Row: Marcus Williams, Peyton Tatum, Jackson Smith, Gavin Elks. Back Row: Jackie Smith, David Smith, Smiley Butler. Share:

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District 9 DYB AAA (Minors) Tournament: Elizabethtown 22, Lumberton American 0

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 Elizabethtown first inning, and Garrett Dunham, Natoren Corbett and Kalec Autry drew walks. Butler and Dunham darted home on wild pitches, and Torrean Cogdell knocked in Corbett and Autry with a single. Colton Daly drew a walk, and Conner Padrick and Cooper Padrick belted singles that scored Daly. Jordan Hester and Davion Lewis drew walks …..

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District 9 DYB AAA (Minors) Tournament: West Robeson American 7, Elizabethtown 2

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 passed ball, Garrett Dunham launched a sacrifice fly to right-centerfield that scored Lewis and a throwing error on the play scored Butler for a 2-0 Elizabethtown lead. West Robeson turned a hit batter and 2 singles into a run in the home half of the first and trimmed the margin to 2-1. Elizabethtown held the …..

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Bladen County AAA (Minors) All-Stars

  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, Hunter Hester, Chason Harris, Hezikiah Adams, Will Durden, Jaden Parker. Back Row: Coaches Phillip Monroe, Nathan Allen, Joseph Russ. Share:

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Bladen County Schools

Additional West Bladen students receive CNA certification

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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Suspect sought in Elizabethtown armed robbery

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 coat with a hoodie and mask. He was also carrying a silver handgun. Lt. Cheshire said once the man entered the building, he approached the three employees who were inside and demanded money at gun point. The suspect left through the back door and was last seen on foot heading toward the O’Reilly’s Auto Parts …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 QuickFacts, and look up Bladen County, NC.  Another is AccessNC, slightly different statistical info for those who enjoy comparisons. This time next week, many will be making final plans for July 4th activities. Reminder of the ceremony to dedicate the Tar Heel bridge over the Cape Fear River today at 2 PM at the Fire Department.  It will be the David B. Melvin …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – June 26

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. 1900 – Dr. Walter Reed begins research that beats Yellow Fever. 1919 – NY Daily News begins publishing. 1934 – FDR signs Federal Credit Union Act, establishing Credit Unions. 1945 – United Nations Charter signed by 50 nations in San Francisco. 1958 – Vanguard SLV-2 launched for Earth orbit (failed). 1968 – Iwo Jima & …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

District 2 DYB AAA (Minors) Tournament : Bladen County 14, Nakina 3

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 Severine, Jr., Jaden Parker and Emmanuel Drew forced home Durden, Bryan, Hester, and Harris. Aiden Russ cracked a single that scored Severine. Hezikiah Adams and Conner Monroe drew walks that forced home Parker and Drew. Cade Allen knocked in Russ and Adams with a single. Durden hammered a double that scored Monroe and Allen. Bladen …..

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Tillis Co-Sponsored Legislation Strengthening VA Accountability Signed Into Law

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 allowing the secretary to dismiss bad employees and ensure appropriate due process protections for whistleblowers. “This bipartisan legislation will give the VA the long-overdue authority to remove bad actors and put the people in place we need to give veterans the care they need and deserve,” said Senator Tillis. “While the majority of employees at …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

District 9 DYB Majors Tournament : Elizabethtown 12, Red Springs 1

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 third inning with 2 strikeouts and 2 walks. Destin Montgomery walked the first 2 batters in the fourth and was relieved by Ty Mathis. Mathis struck out the side, but one of his inherited runners scored the lone Red Springs run. Mathis struck out 6 in his 2 scoreless innings on the hill and walked …..

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Dixie Boys Baseball : Tigers 12, Hurricanes 7

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 to put the Tigers up 3-0. The Hurricanes bounced back with 4 runs in their first. Elijah Crabtree led off with a single, and walks to Brycen Blackmon, Bryley Williams, Michael Young, Devon Strange and Alex Strange forced home Crabtree, Blackmon and Williams. Hunter Lockamy was hit by a pitch to force home Young with …..

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Elizabethtown restaurant robbed

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. Davis said the incident is still under investigation and no arrests have been made. No further details were released. BladenOnline.com will have more information as it becomes available. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 few turtles, waterfowl and more. Happy I live where I do and have all to enjoy. A storm roared through the area late yesterday, rainfall varied greatly, I am sure. At the Hester household slightly southwest of E-town, we received about 1.4 inches, and it came in a short period of time. Can you believe …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – June 25

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 lines for immoral purposes). 1929 – US President Herbert Hoover authorizes building of Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam). 1938 – “A Tisket A Tasket” by Ella Fitzgerald with Chick Webb hits #1. 1938 – Federal minimum wage law guarantees workers 25 cents per hour (rising to 40 cents by 1945) and a maximum 44 hour working …..

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NC SBI

SBI Unit Saves More than $10.1 Million in Fraudulent Disability Claims

  • 06/24/2017
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  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 and activities of claimants, medical providers and other third parties on potential fraud in the Social Security Administration’s disability programs. “The SBI welcomed this program last year, and it has yielded many fraudulent claims,” SBI Director Bob Schurmeier said. “Those who think they can defraud the government may find the consequences aren’t worth the deception.” …..

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Beatty graduates from Howard University College of Medicine

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), and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1-year Premedical Post-Baccalaureate program). Beatty says, “My path to medicine is quite unique. It’s long and very non-traditional (laughs). I always wanted to be a doctor since I was 3 years old. I was born with clubfoot so I was exposed to doctors quite often. Through the …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

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. Share:

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Local Man is Recognized For Outstanding Service

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 & Fitness Award. In the Miss North Carolina Outstanding Teen competition, awards were as follows: Miss Gastonia’s Outstanding Teen, Savanna Mayes, received the Talent Award and Miss Queen City’s Outstanding Teen, Marissa Garrison, earned the Evening Gown and Onstage Question Award. The Miss North Carolina Organization also took the time to recognize several of its volunteers for …..

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