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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Monday was the first official day of practice for Bladen County’s high school football teams, and the milder weather certainly made it more enjoyable for players and coaches. Coach Kris Williams’ West Bladen Knights practiced Monday morning. “The weather was awesome,” said Williams. “I don’t recall it ever being 59 degrees on a July morning.” […]

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West Bladen Women’s Basketball Coach Rick Rhoda announced Saturday that he is resigning to take a teaching position at Pine Forest High in Fayetteville. The Lady Knights finished fourth in the Four County Conference this past season with a 7-7 league record and qualified for the NCHSAA Play-offs with a 12-15 overall mark. Coach Rhoda […]

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KINSTON – Addie Bowen batted .700 and played errorless defense this weekend as her SEC 10U Black team won the Eastern North Carolina 10U Silver Bracket Championship Tournament. Bowen walloped 2 doubles, a triple and 4 singles to finish with 7 hits in 10 at-bats. She also drew 4 walks and was hit by a […]

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FORT MYERS, FL – Elizabethtown’s Freddy Wooten has been named to the All-Tournament Team for the Perfect Game Super 25 13U National Baseball Tournament. Wooten batted .576 in six games in the tournament, slugging 2 doubles and 2 triples while driving in 5 runs. On the mound Wooten pitched 6.1 innings in two games and […]

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Cade Hancock, of Elizabethtown, playing Monday in the second round of the Optimist International Junior Golf Tournament at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, shot a 76. Hancock, playing in the 16-18 age group, improved by three stokes from his first day round of 79. Hancock will be playing with golfers from New Hampshire, Puerto Rico and […]

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1789 – US Customs begins enforcing Tariff Act. 1855 – Castle Clinton in NYC opens as 1st US receiving station for immigrants. 1873 – San Francisco’s 1st cable car begins service. 1907 – U.S. Army Signal Corps establish a small Aeronautical Division. 1927 – Earliest date for a film to be considered for the Academy […]

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Two men and one woman from Lumberton have been charged with breaking in and taking items from two homes on Luther Brisson Road in Bladenboro, says Bladen County Sheriff James McVicker. The two men — Kameron Drake Thomas and Gary Gene Dowless — have been apprehended while a search is underway for 19-year-old Laiken Alexandria […]

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A Bladenboro man has been charged in stealing items from his employer and also faces a drug-related charge from an incident that took place July 25. William Brent Shaw, 34, of Dudley Drive, has been charged with larceny by employee, possession of Schedule I controlled substance (heroin), two counts of breaking and entering, two counts […]

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By Erin Smith A three vehicle crash caused emergency officials to close NC 211 in the vicinity of Twisted Hickory Road on Monday afternoon. The road remained closed for about an hour as the crash was investigated and officials worked to clean the crash scene. The crash occurred at 4 p.m. North Carolina Highway Patrol […]

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By Erin Smith Some familiar faces to the Emergency Management and Fire communities have shifted to new roles this summer. Kenneth Clark has moved from deputy fire marshall to fire marshall and Bradley Kinlaw is now serving as Emergency Management Director. Clark and Kinlaw stepped into their roles on July 1. Prior to July, Kinlaw served as both […]

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Celebrate Recovery, A Christ Centered 12 Step Recovery Ministry, will take at place Windsor United Methodist Church. The church is located at 12863 NC Hwy 242 North in the Ammon community. Celebrate Recovery meets Sunday nights from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. The first meeting will take place on Sunday, September 10, 2017. Dinner will […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is excited to announce nine town hall meetings for August. “So far this year, I’ve worked to pass over 270 bills, including conservative health care reform, major financial reform, V.A. accountability, a crackdown on sanctuary cities, and the largest pay raise for troops in 8 years,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “These town halls are […]

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By Erin Smith The National Junior Beta Club Convention was held this summer in Orlando, Fla. and students from around the region represented North Carolina well. The Junior Beta Club is for students in grades 4-8. Harrells Christian Academy’s Jr. Beta Club team did well. In competition Evan Boussias placed 2nd place Social Studies; 5th […]

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Elizabethtown’s Cade Hancock shot 79 Sunday in the first round of the Optimist International Junior Golf Tournament being held in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. In the second round held today (Monday) Cade is paired with players from Kentucky and Utah. Share:

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The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated list of road openings and closings for Bladen County. OPENINGS: Richardson Road Richardson Road opened last week. CLOSINGS: Tobermory Road Tobermory Road remains closed at NC 87 due to a failed crossline pipe / void under the road.  Pipe replacement work has begun and is […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement will hold a public hearing Monday on proposed changes to the Administrative Code regarding various aspects of elections administration. The hearing will be held at noon Monday (July 31) at the office of the State Board, 441 N. Harrington St., Raleigh, NC 27603. Those interested in commenting about […]

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Tropical Storm Emily has formed off the coast of Tampa, Florida. According to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, the storm along a stalled cold front and is anticipated to move across Florida today and into the Atlantic Ocean. Donald Hawkins with the National Weather Service, said the storm is expected to move northeast […]

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Sen. Richard Burr North Carolinians cannot conceive of a scenario where they could be fired for misconduct or lying on their application forms and then get their jobs back. However, the Internal Revenue Service has made a practice of just this and, for the second time, has been caught by the IRS watchdog. A recent […]

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July 31, 2017 is here, August just ahead.  Football practice, school begins for some, for farmers almost time to harvest what appears to be a very good crop. Attempting to follow the play of Cade Hancock at the Optimist International Junior Golf play at the PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.  […]

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This Day In History

1790 – 1st US patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process. 1809 – 1st practical US railroad track (wooden, for horse-drawn cars), Philadelphia, Pa. 1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat. 1912 – US government prohibits movies & photos of prize fights (censorship). 1922 – 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world’s 1st water skies […]

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Hickory Grove won the Lumber River Church Softball League Men’s Tournament Championship. The Hickory Grove Men were also the Regular-Season Runners-up. Team members are pictured: Front Row (Left-Right) Clay Allen, Jordan Allen, Eric Williams, Kevin Crabtree, J. R. Allen. Standing (L-R) Josh Allen, Keith Hilburn, John Waldrop, Nathan Allen, Jimmy Hudson, Tony Stewart. Share:

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Washington, D.C. – This week, Congressman David Rouzer voted to approve an appropriations package to authorize funding for our military, veterans, southern border, and other priorities that will contribute to the safety and security of American citizens at home and abroad. The appropriations package, commonly referred to as the “minibus,” includes appropriations bills for defense, […]

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Cade Hancock of Elizabethtown teed off this morning (Sunday, July 30) in the first round of the Optimist International Junior Golf Championship held at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Hancock’s tee time was 7:52 a.m. and his playing companions came from Argentina, Colorado and Ohio. Share:

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An East Bladen High School mom only wanted to help make things easier for hungry athletes by starting a page to raise money to feed the players. Many athletes have not always eaten before a big game and their last full meal is lunch. Shannon Meares wanted to change that so she started a GoFundMe […]

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By Erin Smith   State officials said this week the Cape Fear River may never be completely free of the chemical GenX. The chemical is used in the manufacturing process for Teflon. Officials with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services have tested water samples taken […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Three towns in Bladen County received water grants from the state. They were Elizabethtown $37,250, White Lake $51,433, and Bladenboro $16,250. Melinda Grady was elected Miss Bladen County during the event sponsored by the Elizabethtown Jaycees. Due to a late spring freeze the Bladen County blueberry crop was a complete disaster. The Clarkton Tobacco Market […]

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DUBLIN – Hickory Grove won the Lumber River Church Softball League’s Men’s Tournament with two victories Saturday night. Saturday night’s games were moved to Dublin due to wet grounds at Broadridge. Hickory Grove defeated Antioch in Saturday’s first game, then claimed a victory over Dublin in the championship game. Dublin had advanced to the championship […]

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The Dublin men’s softball team won the Lumber River Church Softball League’s Regular-Season Championship. The Dublin men were also runners-up in the league’s post-season tournament. Team members are pictured: Front Row (Left-Right) Kevin Brady, Tripp Lancaster, Matthew Davis, Scotty Davis, Jeff Gause. Standing David Debuke, Rusty Sheppard, Johnathon Britt, Stumpy Bordeaux, Mackie Singletary, Jason Page, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

School begins for over 300 area students on Tuesday, August 1 at the new Emereau Charter School, located on Airport Road, east of Elizabethtown. A recent Open House and ribbon cutting attracted a large crowd. Bladen County public school students begin the 2017 school year August 29 and Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy, located on […]

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This Day In History

1619 – House of Burgesses Virginia forms, 1st elective American governing body. 1822 – James Varick becomes 1st bishop of African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. 1869 – The Charles, considered the world’s first “oil tanker”, departs the United States headed for Europe with a bulk capacity of 7,000 barrels of oil. 1898 – Will Kellogg […]

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Some Bladen County residents could soon have their criminal records expunged quickly if they are first-time non-violent offenders, thanks to a newly adopted law. Governor Roy Cooper signed NC Senate Bill 445 into law on Friday. The bill allows standardizes and expedites the process to have your records expunged.   “Criminal justice shouldn’t end at […]

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Walter H. “Bobby” Smoak, 91, of Bladenboro, passed away at his home Saturday, July 29, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents: Edgar L. and Alice Mason Smoak; one brother: Edgar Leroy Smoak, Jr. Bobby is survived by his wife: Margie McLaughlin Smoak of the home; one son: Walter H. (Bobo) Smoak Jr. […]

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According to the Carolinas Golf Association Kayla Thompson of Clarkton is the 8th best woman golfer in North Carolina. Kayla, an upcoming senior at UNCW, will be playing her final college year of golf. She secured her ranking by her outstanding record of tournaments played. This summer she has played the following tournaments and had […]

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President Ronald Reagan once said the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” Too often, the government’s “help” is more unnecessary regulations, more taxes, and an even bigger bureaucracy. In 2009, when President Obama took office, America’s national debt was $10.6 trillion. Last year, […]

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By Erin Smith   Economic Development took center stage in Bladenboro on Thursday night as a group of 30 citizens gathered together to work on creating a Five Year Economic Development Strategic Plan for the town. As part of the process of creating the Strategic Plan, the town is conducting a survey to receive input […]

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LUMBERTON – Dublin won two softball games Friday night to advance to the Lumber River Church Softball League’s Men’s Tournament final three teams. Dublin defeated Galeed 13-10 in their first game. After Broadridge defeated The Rock, Dublin eliminated Broadridge to reach Saturday’s finals. All of Saturday night’s games will be at Broadridge. At 6 p.m. […]

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By Erin Smith   Time seems to stand still in the town of Dublin. The pace of life in the small town is slow and relaxed on most days. That wasn’t always the case according to Marie Storms, David Hursey and Jane Carroll.   Dublin was once a bustling town with a set of train […]

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The Elizabethtown Christian Academy will conduct their inaugural Legacy Golf Tournament in September at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. There will be a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start.   Registration for the tournament is $40 per player of $160 per team. Sponsorships are also available. A Navy sponsorship costs $500 and includes one 4-man team. An […]

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FORT MYERS, FL – Elizabethtown’s Freddy Wooten hammered two triples Friday to lead his Dirt Bags Camo team to a 6-1 victory over the Keystone Club from Harrisburg, PA in the Perfect Game 25 13U National Baseball Tournament. The Dirt Bags, now 2-2-1, will play their final game in the tournament Saturday at 10:15 a.m. […]

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White Lake, NC receives tourists from all over, in all shapes and sizes. Visitors flock to the beautiful destination for the green grass, white sand, and friendly faces every year. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Cade Hancock, Elizabethtown, NC high school golfer is set to tee off in the Optimist International Junior Golf Championships at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. He will be competing with junior golfers (ages 16-18) from around the world this weekend. Pairings for Sunday’s 1st round of play in the 4 day […]

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This Day In History

1715 – 10 Spanish treasure galleons sinks off Florida coast by hurricane. 1773 – 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny mountains completed, Schoenbrunn, Ohio. 1847 – Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847 only 15 law schools exist in the United States. 1899 – 1st motorcycle race, Manhattan Beach, […]

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A Bladen County town was featured on a travel website recently which included a listing of local attractions for folks to visit when they stop in the area. The website www.onlyinyourstate.com featured the town of Elizabethtown in it’s story “The Small North Carolina Town You’ve Never Thought About Visiting But Should.” The website noted various […]

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By: Dora Brogdon The internet today has grown so much since the day it was made. I could go on and on about all the good things the internet has to give for all ages but there are many downsides to such great things. But with every new thing that comes out it’s guaranteed to […]

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By Erin Smith A second county has now requested to be allowed to leave the Eastpointe network. Columbus County submitted a request to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to be allowed to leave the Eastpointe network and join Trillium Health Services. Eastpointe filed a lawsuit against Nash County and the NC […]

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Vineyard Golf

The winning team in the July 27 Vineyard Golf Thundering Herd, with six-under par, was Campbell White, Blake Davis, John Russ and Kelly Riley. The Thundering Herd is played each Thursday at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. There is a signup before 5:30 p.m. and a tee time at 6 p.m. The cost is $18 for members and $20 […]

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By Erin Smith Emereau:Bladen was filled with the sounds of laughter, conversation and families wandering the hallways looking for their child’s classroom. Parents met with teachers, examined classroom materials, and learned about expectations for the upcoming academic year. Emereau:Bladen held an open house and ribbon cutting at the school on Thursday. The school officially opens […]

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The Legacy Motown Review drew a crowd Thursday evening, July 27th, at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. The Red Hat Ladies were in attendance along with many others enjoying the festivities. “Events like this make me proud of our town,” F.W. Newton said. The Summer Sounds Concert Series is held the second and fourth Thursday […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Ever used dynamite?  Remember when folks used it to remove stumps?  Dangerous but effective. Senate votes ‘no’ on ‘skinny repeal’ of Obamacare shortly after 2 AM this morning.  What’s next? Louisiana Republican Senator John Kennedy was quoted as saying, “Never underestimate Mitch McConnell.  He’s tougher than a $3 steak.” John McCain was the difference.  He was […]

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Five West Bladen Tennis players attended a 4-day camp at Methodist University in Fayetteville this week. “The camp provided these young athletes an opportunity to fine tune and learn tennis skills in a fun and positive atmosphere,” said Lady Knight Coach Jeff Atkinson. Share:

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FORT MYERS, FL – Elizabethtown’s Freddy Wooten pitched 2.1 shutout innings Thursday to allow his Dirt Bag Camo team to rally for a 6-6 tie with GoWags Jays from Coatesville, PA in the Perfect Game 25 13U National Baseball Tournament. Wooten took the mound with the Dirt Bags trailing 6-3 in the third inning and […]

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Hickory Grove outscored Galeed 15-6 Thursday night in a Lumber River Church Softball Men’s Tournament winners bracket game. Dublin stayed alive with a victory over Saddletree in an elimination game. Galeed and Dublin will play in an elimination game Friday night at 7:00 at Sammy Cox Park. The winner of that game will play again […]

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1849 – Memmon is first clipper to reach San Francisco, 120 days out of NY. 1866 – Metric system becomes a legal measurement system of US. 1896 – City of Miami incorporated. 1900 – Hamburger created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut. 1914 – Foxtrot 1st danced at New Amsterdam Roof Garden, in NYC, by Harry […]

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The Elizabethtown Police Department and the ATF need your help in identifying the people in this video. A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the persons involved in the break-in at Bladen Hardware which resulted in the theft of several handguns. You are asked to […]

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Sandra Cain

By Sandra Cain Drink plenty of refreshing, calorie-free water. Water does the body good. Water has no fat, calories or sugar but it helps your muscles and brain stay hydrated for best physical and mental performance. It also keeps your stomach, intestines and kidneys working smoothly. This lets you digest your food and get rid […]

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The love of small town living is drawing some young professionals back to Bladen County following their college years. The ability to be close to family and friends is also a plus. “I’ve always loved Elizabethtown. I hate traffic,” said Molly Greene. Greene started working at Dickerson’s Pharmacy this summer after completing her Pharmacy degree. […]

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UPDATE:  Congressman Pittenger has confirmed that 80% of the $32 million in funding announced today must be distributed to the “most impacted counties,” which include Cumberland and Robeson. WASHINGTON – Following a May 25th conference call with Secretary Ben Carson, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has helped secure $32 million for Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts in North Carolina. […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In recognition of the crucial role played by whistleblowers in shining a light on fraud, waste and abuse in the federal government, the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus introduced a bipartisan resolution designating July 30, 2017, as National Whistleblower Appreciation Day. The resolution, sponsored by caucus members and colleagues, aims to encourage federal agencies to acknowledge employees […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act, bipartisan legislation that imposes new sanctions on Russia, Iran and North Korea: “These sanctions send a clear and unified message to the Russian, Iranian, and North Korean regimes that America will hold them […]

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WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted to fund President Trump’s $1.6 billion request for a border wall, provide the largest military pay raise in 8 years, and increase Defense spending by 13% to rebuild America’s military. “As Americans, we spend hours debating issues large and small, but too often we forget our freedom to have […]

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By Erin Smith Plans for an County Leadership Opioid Forum are under way for Bladen County. The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners is encouraging all 100 counties to conduct forums to educate citizens and develop strategies to deal with the growing opioid crisis in North Carolina. According to data released by the NC ACC, […]

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By Erin Smith Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment is a program that many people are unfamiliar with and are unsure of exactly what it entails. The program is one of the oldest social programs within the federal government, according to Mac Britt, who is a counselor with Vocational Rehabilitation Services in Elizabethtown. The program is designed […]

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DUBLIN – Full-time students who have demonstrated academic achievement at Bladen Community College for the summer 2017 term have been recognized. Students who have maintained a 4.0 G.P.A. for the term and have been named to the President’s List are Tayler Allen, Fernando Bautista, Amy Baxley, Kassi Boswell, Shacara Bridges, Jessica Gillman, Grace-Anna Glenn, Hillary […]

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DUBLIN – Mooresville’s Kyle Strickler captured the checkered flag in the Southeast Dirt Modified Series feature race at Dublin Motor Speedway Saturday night. Another Mooresville driver, R. J. Otto, finished second. Linden’s Andy Boahn, a 5-time Dublin winner in Open Wheel Modified, finished third behind Strickler and Otto. Hope Mills native Willie Milliken won the Late […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

One more reminder of the Summer Sounds Concert Series that continues from 6PM-9PM today, at Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown.  Legacy Motown Review will provide the music.  It’s FREE and you are invited. High school football practice begins Monday.  Received a note from East Bladen’s Robby Priest that the Eagles will be on the […]

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Coach Robby Priest has announced that the first official practice for the East Bladen football team will be Monday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Players will need up-to-date physicals. They will also need to have cleats and/or tennis shoes along with shorts and t-shirts. For more information players may call East Bladen High School […]

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All three Bladen County teams – Galeed, Hickory Grove and Dublin – are still alive after two nights of play in the Lumber River Church Softball Men’s Tournament. Galeed opened play Monday night with a 21-16 victory over The Rock, while Hickory Grove piled up more than 20 runs in a victory over Zion Hill […]

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FORT MYERS, FL – Elizabethtown’s Freddy Wooten batted a perfect 3-3 and drove in a run but his Dirt Bags Camo team lost 15-2 to the Legends Prospects from Middleton, MA, Wednesday morning in the Perfect Game Super 25 13U National Baseball Tournament. Wooten ripped a double and two singles in his 3 at-bats. “The […]

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1586 – Sir Walter Raleigh brings first tobacco to England from Virginia. 1789 – US Congress establishes Department of Foreign Affairs now referred to as the State Department. 1837 – US Mint opens in Charlotte, North Carolina. 1844 – Fire destroys US Mint at Charlotte, North Carolina. 1888 – Philip Pratt unveils 1st American electric […]

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Many producers have experienced delays in receiving Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) payments, Loan Deficiency Payments (LDPs) and Market Gains on Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) because they have not filed form CCC-941, Adjusted Gross Income Certification. LDPs will not be paid until all eligible producers, including landowners who share in the […]

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New Vision Optics has moved to a new location. The store is owned by Ginny Hayes, a Licensed Optician, and is now open on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Services offered at the new location include filling eyeglass prescriptions, making frame adjustments, and repairs and replacements. Hayes also offers Paparazzi Jewelry and accessories. The store […]

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Ryan Jamar Henry of Durham is the recipient of the Thurgood Marshall Walmart Foundation First Generation Scholarship. Ryan is the proud son of Dawn Henry of Durham, North Carolina and Robert Henry of Alpharetta, Georgia. His grandparents are Alice Richardson of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Lorraine Henry of Elizabethtown, North Carolina and retired Colonel Daniel (Pamela) McFadgen […]

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By Dr. Erik Root A Wake County Superior Court three judge panel justly pronounced that the State Board of Education (SBE), a body of part-time volunteer appointees, is subservient on policy matters to the people’s elected General Assembly.  SBE brought suit after the Assembly passed several changes to the general statutes streamlining responsibility and granting […]

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DUBLIN –Bladen Community College graduated 22 Practical Nursing students in a pinning ceremony on July 20. Board chair Dennis Troy and college president William Findt provided greetings and welcomed students and attendees. Ms. Denise Davies, CNM, addressed the graduates with words of encouragement, stating, “this is the day you have waited for.” Student Kassi Boswell […]

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White Lake is one of Bladen County’s many assets with its crystal clear waters and plenty of activities for everyone. The Elizabethtown Rotary Club learned about White Lake during their luncheon meeting at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. White Lake Mayor Goldstone Womble addressed the Club and spoke about the lake season and some issues […]

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Volatility at local level, Medicaid funding future uncertain By Erin Smith The Eastpointe Board of Directors met Tuesday and heard a presentation regarding the future of Medicaid. The board also installed a new Board of Directors Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Cardinal Innovation Healthcare CEO Richard Topping made a presentation to the Eastpointe Board of Directors sharing […]

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WASHINGTON – This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives approved legislation, co-sponsored by Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), to nullify a controversial new rule which benefits trial lawyers at the expense of hardworking Americans. H.J. Res. 111, which Congressman Pittenger introduced last week in partnership with Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12), uses the Congressional Review Act to repeal […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after voting in favor of the motion to proceed, beginning a debate on legislation to repeal Obamacare and reform America’s health care system: “Over the last several years, Obamacare has hit hardworking North Carolina families with skyrocketing premiums and fewer choices, while small […]

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Utility workers are an essential part of the industrial process and they are responsible for such things as maintaining safe work areas, collecting debris and disposing of sawdust and dropped lumber. There is a job fair planned for utility workers at the NC Works Career Center of Bladen County.   The job fair will be […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined a bipartisan group of 37 senators in urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to push the Chinese government to end its ban on the sale of American poultry products. The ban was instituted by China in 2015 due to the detection of a wild duck […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

I believe the preservation of the United States of America is more important than protecting Democrats,  Republicans, Independents and anyone else, and if someone, some country is attempting to alter our course, it needs to be dealt with……plain and simple. We all have our ideas, but I thought the comments of Sen. McCain yesterday were plain and on target.  […]

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FORT MYERS, FL – Elizabethtown’s Freddy Wooten batted 2-5 Tuesday as his Dirt Bags Camo team split a pair of games in the Perfect Game Super 25 13U National Baseball Tournament. Wooten slammed a double in the Dirt Bags 12-10 victory Tuesday morning over the Georgia Bombers in their opening game of the tournament. The […]

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East Bladen football mom Shannon Meares has set up a gofundme page to help raise money for the pre-game meals for this season’s Eagle varsity and jayvee football teams and cheerleaders. According to Mrs. Meares, it costs over $100 per game to feed the players a meal before each game. The goal for the page […]

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Bush Brothers & Company announced a voluntary recall Tuesday of select 28 ounce cans of Bush’s Brown Sugar Hickory Baked Beans, Country Style Baked Beans and Original Baked Beans because of potentially defective side seams on the cans. The recall was initiated after internal quality assurance checks identified the issue, the company said. Subsequent investigations […]

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1775 – US Continental Congress creates United States Post Office (U.S.P.O.) in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin. 1790 – US passes Assumption bill making US responsible for state debts. 1903 – 1st automobile trip across the United States (SF-NY) completed by Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker. 1908 – United States Attorney General Charles Joseph […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, have announced a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the burglary of Bladen Hardware Company, a federal firearm licensee (FFL), in Elizabethtown, […]

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On Tuesday, July 25th, Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Tourney Played At Coharie Country Club. A total of 44 players showed up on Tuesday, July 25 to participate in the SFSGA tournament held at Coharie Country Club in Clinton. The winning team, with a score of 54, was Young Pyon, Joey Gore, Jeff Wrenn and Odell Pait. […]

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Bladen County School system is now offering a secure website service from ScribOrder for former students, business entities, and educational institutions to request transcripts and student records online. ScribOrder is the only authorized service provider for Bladen County School’s transcript and records requests.  Visit the Bladen County Schools district website at www.bladen.k12.nc.us to access the […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, August 7, 2017, at 5:00 pm, at the Bladen County Detention/Law Enforcement Center, 299 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. The purpose of the meeting is for the Board to review evidence storage procedures, which may include a Closed Session in Accordance with NCGS 143-318.11 […]

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Upcoming Events

By: Dora Brogdon If you are a Bladen County citizen then you may be interested in these fun upcoming events! There is a dance competition, a concert, children’s programs and more! The calendar holds something for everyone.  On July 25th and 27th, your child will have the opportunity to head on down to their local library […]

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Southern Chaos ’06 won the 10u Top Gun Tournament which was held in Benson on Saturday, July 22nd. The team was undefeated in two pool games. The championship game was against the ’07 Shockers. Southern Chaos won with a score of 7 to 2. Southern Chaos ‘06 is a Lumberton-based 10u Fast Pitch team led […]

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By Gordon Kinlaw Google Backup Google has a new app, “Backup & Sync, that will back your computer files up into Google Drive. If you have a modest amount of documents, then it will work for you without adding any storage space. A normal account will have 15 Gb of space which is a huge […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on Attorney General Jeff Sessions: “I’ve worked with Jeff Sessions for years, and while we certainly may not agree on the specifics of every issue, I believed he would be a great Attorney General because of […]

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Stefano’s Foods, Inc., a Charlotte, N.C. establishment, is recalling approximately 981 pounds of Stromboli products due to misbranding and an undeclared allergen, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The product contains eggs, a known allergen which is not declared on the product label. The frozen meatball Stromboli items, […]

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By Erin Smith Long-time Clarkton Firefighter Rusty Marsh was honored on Tuesday morning with the Order of the Guardian. The newly created award was presented by the NC Department of Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and recognizes citizens for their service to their communities. It is the highest honor a resident can receive from the Department […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Ever second guess yourself, or wonder where you would be today, if?  If you had gone in a different direction so far as employment is concerned, opportunities you pursued but rejected, for whatever the reason?  Bet many of us do!  And, following that line of thinking, remember the old country song, “Thank God for Unanswered […]

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West Bladen Women’s Tennis Try-outs will be held on Monday July 31st from 8-10 a.m. Each participant must have a updated physical on file in order to participate in the try-outs. Participants should bring a racquet, towel, and either some bottle water or a sports drink with them. Contact Coach Mary White at mcwhite@bladen.k12.nc.us or […]

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East Bladen Men’s Soccer Try-outs will begin Monday at 8 a.m. with a classroom session followed by a field session. The Eagles will be fielding a varsity and a jayvee team this season. Tryouts will be each day and consist of 2 sessions per day. Morning sessions will be from 8-10 a.m. and geared toward […]

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Elizabethtown’s Lefrederick “Freddy” Wooten will begin play Tuesday in the Perfect Game Super 25 13U National Baseball Tournament in Fort Myers, FL. Wooten and his Dirtbags Camo team will be playing at Jet Blue Stadium, the Boston Red Sox spring training facility. Opening Ceremonies were held Monday night. Wooten’s first game will be Tuesday at […]

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1729 – North Carolina becomes a royal colony. 1850 – Gold discovered in Oregon (Rogue River). 1854 – Walter Hunt is awarded the first U.S. patent for a paper shirt collar. 1868 – US Congress forms Wyoming Territory (Dakota, Utah & Idaho). 1922 – AT&T begins broadcasting on WBAY (NYC-later WNBC, WRCA & WFAN). 1933 […]

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