02/19/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 10:53 am Governor Cooper Inducts North Carolina’s Ninth Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green
  • 10:45 am National Weather Service Radar to undergo maintenance
  • 7:49 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 7:44 am Middle School Boys Basketball Whiteville Central 52, Clarkton School of Discovery 20
  • 7:43 am Middle School Boys Basketball Elizabethtown 44, Bladenboro 42
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By: Erin Smith The United States Marine Corps will have a training exercise in the vicinity of White Lake and Elizabethtown from Wednesday, August 16, through Saturday, August 19. The training session will be conducted as part of the regularly-scheduled training before deploying overseas. This training event has been designed and coordinated by Expeditionary Operations […]

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Southeastern Hospice will host a training course for new volunteers interested in assisting hospice patients and their families in homes or at Southeastern Hospice House. Prospective volunteers are required to attend all sessions, which will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings, September 7 – 26, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at Southeastern Home Care Services, […]

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By: Erin Smith After a closed door meeting with New Hanover County officials, Gov. Roy Cooper announced the NC Department of Environmental Quality is planning to deny Chemours’ permit renewal request to discharge GenX which is currently pending. Gov. Cooper said in a press conference following the meeting Chemours has demonstrated they have the ability […]

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By: Erin Smith Bladen County is a beautiful place to live, work, and play. Many of Bladen County’s sons and daughters have chosen to return to the county following their academic pursuits to build their own businesses and to raise their families.  Chris Adams, owner of the Elizabethtown Inn and CAAIA, left Bladen County to […]

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By Amy Schumacher William J. Hair grew up in the White Oak community with a father that taught him the value of hard work. Hair’s father worked on the project to construct the first bridge that brought White Oak and neighboring communities into connection with the growing town of Elizabethtown. Hair, along with two brothers […]

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The right leaning Civitas Institute each year ranks North Carolina lawmakers according to their conservative effectiveness in the legislature. This year Representative William D. Brisson of Bladen County was ranked 29th out of 120 members of the House of Representatives. Out of a score of 100 Brisson scored 69.2. The average score of the House […]

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The NC Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road closings and openings in Bladen County. OPENINGS: Richardson Road Richardson Road will open today if NC DOT can get asphalt.  The road is passable for emergency response purposes. CLOSINGS: Tobermory Road Tobermory Road remains closed at NC 87 due to a failed crossline pipe […]

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Jordan Spieth, the winner of this year’s British Open, put on a golfing clinic over the last 4 or 5 holes in Sunday’s final round. NASCAR continues to attract less live, warm bodies to their events, TV ratings continue to slip as well, down by double digits.  FOX reports a 12% decline over the past couple of years with an […]

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Dublin’s Women won the Lumber River Church Softball League’s regular-season championship. Team members are: Front Row (Left-Right) Sherry Chavis, Señora Graham, Torie Shipman, Alyssa Bell, Mary Bell, Tarrah Woodruff. Back Row (L-R) Coach Thad Shipman, Crystal Banner, Susan Brisson, Alley Perez, Kecia Banner, Colbie Grimes, Tabi Cain, Erin Woodruff, Morgan Massengill King. Share:

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This Day In History

1683 – 1st settlers from Germany to US, leave aboard Concord. 1701 – Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac found trading post at Ft. Pontchartrain, which later becomes the city of Detroit. 1824 – Harrisburg Pennsylvania newspaper publishes results of 1st public poll, with a clear lead for Andrew Jackson. 1847 – Brigham Young & his […]

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The British Open Golf Tournament, the 3rd of 4 major golf tournaments played annually, concludes today.  It has been a great tournament played at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club, Southport Merseysid, England. The final of this year’s major championships, the PGA Championship, will be played August 10-13 at Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, NC. The Masters and U.S. Open […]

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Galeed’s Women won the Lumber River Church Softball Tournament Saturday night. Galeed was also the regular-season runners-up. Team members are: Front Row (Left-Right) Jenna Dove, Carrie Parnell, Tracy Miller, Abbey Walters. Middle Row (L-R) Noele Hester, Jessica Rhodes, Danielle Dove, Kaitlyn Sykes, Robin Coleman. Back Row (L-R) Claudette Guy, Logan Autry, Mandy Sykes, Ashley Norris, […]

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The Hickory Grove Women finished second in the Lumber River Church Softball League’s post-season tournament. Team members are: Front Row (Left-Right) Alanna Ludlum, Rayna Bryan, Allison Thompson, Taylor Stephens. Back Row (L-R) Kayla Allen, Melissa Hudson, Jennifer Williams, Courtney Williams, Jessica Stanley, Pam Stephens. Not Pictured: Stephanie Bryan, Laikyn Pait, Coach Eric Williams.   Share:

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LUMBERTON – Galeed defeated a couple of Bladen County rivals Saturday night to capture the Lumber River Church Softball League Tournament Championship. In Saturday’s opening game Galeed defeated Dublin 20-3 to advance to the title game. Dublin was the league’s regular-season champion. The Hickory Grove Women eliminated Dublin as they claimed their fourth consecutive victory. […]

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This Day In History

1764 – James Otis publishes views on taxation without representation. 1829 – American William Austin patents “typographer” (typewriter). 1852 – 1st interment in US National Cemetery at Presidio. 1904 – Ice cream cone created during St. Louis World Fair – the 1st cone reputedly by Charles E. Menches. 1931 – France announces it can’t afford to […]

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Today is National Parents’ Day and it is a time when you are encouraged to recognize the people who serve as parental influences in your life.  While it is not a public holiday, it is a day set aside to recognize the important role parents play in our lives. National Parents’ Day is a time […]

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The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for a second day in Bladen County which will be in place from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday. Heat index values for Saturday are forecast to reach 109 degrees. The actual temperature is forecast to reach 95 degrees with  high humidity.  […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Harold Pedro resigned as Bladen County Recreation Director. Ruth Prince of Clarkton established two scholarships at Campbell University. Mike Thomas of Elizabethtown was appointed Assistant Director of Development at Yale Divinity School. A cheerleader camp was being held at East Bladen High School. Share:

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, decreasing 0.3 of a percentage point from May’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.4 percent. North Carolina’s June 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.7 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Social Security is with you through life’s journey, securing today and tomorrow for millions of people. We know that reliability and dependability is an important part of your financial security. We use the same throughout the month eligibility rules for the first month’s Social […]

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 Elizabethtown Massage R & R is celebrating its Grand Opening until 2 p.m. today. The business is located at 109-B Mill Street in Elizabethtown. They are offering free acupuncture consultations, door prizes and refreshments. They are also offering free 5 minute chair massages with no appointment necessary. You can also purchase $50 gift cards while you are […]

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The North Carolina National Guard is always at the ready to assist their friends and neighbors during times of turmoil. This was demonstrated in Bladen County following the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew when the National Guard Armory located on Swanzy Street in Elizabethtown served as a staging area for emergency teams and Swift Water Rescue teams. […]

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The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for Bladen County which will be in place from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Heat index values for Saturday are forecast to reach 109 degrees. The actual temperature is forecast to reach 96 degrees and dewpoint in the mid 70s.  According to the […]

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What do you do when you can’t sleep?  How many sheep are there? Today should be another hot day with 90 plus degree temps and a heat index of 100-plus. Speaking of weather, how about a ‘kewl’ thought.  Our first frost is just about 3 months away, usually arrives between the 21st and 31st of October. Can’t […]

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The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office is planning a Summer Salsa Social! The Social is planned for July 27th from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. There will be a Salsa competition, tasting and $25 prize, tomato growth and nutrition facts, and a Do It Yourself Salsa recipe. Cost is $1 entrance fee or $1 for each […]

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LUMBERTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today announced over $1 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency funding to assist with repairs to public buildings in Robeson County damaged by Hurricane Matthew. “Bureaucracy can move very slowly, as applications are checked and rechecked, but my office is in regular contact with FEMA to ensure Robeson County […]

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

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This Day In History

1587 – 2nd English colony forms on Roanoke Island off North Carolina. 1687 – City of Albany, NY chartered. 1796 – Cleveland, Ohio, founded by Gen. Moses Cleveland. 1893 – Katharine Lee Bates writes “America the Beautiful” in Colorado. 1916 – A bomb went off during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco killing 10. 1923 […]

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The North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein has opened a criminal investigation into Chemours and its use of the federally unregulated chemical GenX in its processes. According to the Investigative Demand issued by Stein’s office on Friday, Chemours officials must make all records regarding GenX available for inspection by August 21, 2017, at the Office […]

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With temperatures soaring to 96 degrees in Elizabethtown on Friday afternoon, the heat index reached 106 degrees. While no heat advisory was issued for Bladen County as of 4:45 p.m., heat advisories were in effect for the neighboring counties of Cumberland, Sampson, Duplin and Scotland. However, temperatures are expected to reach well into the 90s […]

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The Bladen County Board of Education met in their regular session on Monday night and approved a new curriculum for carpentry at East Bladen High School. The new curriculum was presented to the board by Ms. Willa Dean Williams, Director of Career and Technical Education. According to reports, the new carpentry curriculum will be offered […]

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The filing period for municipal elections has closed and several familiar faces and a few new faces have filed for elected office. One town commissioner seat in Tar Heel had no one to file and one incumbent Mayor has opted not to seek re-election. Dublin Mayor Horace Wyatt has made the decision not to seek […]

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By U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger North Carolina lost 400,000 manufacturing jobs between 2001 and 2015, or nearly 50 percent.  As I travel the 9th Congressional District, I regularly pass abandoned factories and the struggling communities left behind. Manufacturing is vital to North Carolina’s economy.  Yet overseas competition, unfair trade practices, and unnecessary regulations have caused […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden My wife is a great cook, and she makes fabulous varieties of soups. My favorite is her lentil soup. It’s both tasty and healthy! Sometimes my wife and I disagree over the temperature of the soup. Remember the Goldilocks saying about the soup not being too hot or too cold, but […]

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A new series is starting at BladenOnline.com called North Carolina Day Trip with Tonya Bockover. The series will feature various towns and things to do that are all just a day trip away.   Share:

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Sandra Cain

By Sandra Cain Grilling is a favorite method of cooking for many people. Men, especially, seem drawn to the open flame.  To help you enjoy your summer, remember these tips for safe grilling the next time you fire up the grill. SHOPPING *When shopping, choose meat and poultry last.  Be sure not to put them in the […]

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The Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown met on Tuesday and discussed chartering a Key Club at East Bladen and West Bladen High Schools. Kiwanian Dr. Lisa Bryan said East Bladen High School already has a Keyettes group with Jennifer Hair serving as the group’s advisor. Bryan suggested the Kiwanians assist East Bladen with obtaining a charter […]

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The hottest temperatures of the summer are forecast to hit parts of North Carolina over the next three days, pushing thermometers to the vicinity of triple digits and stressing people and pets. Temperatures in much of the state are expected to reach the upper 90s with heat indexes topping 100 degrees Friday, Saturday and Sunday. […]

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For many children, returning to school is time of excitement and anticipation for the upcoming academic year. Some children will be returning to school without book bags and other necessary school supplies which are needed for success in school. Derrick Lewis, the founder of Ricky DD’s Party Entertainment, wants to change that and give back […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

LELAND – South Park rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to edge Elizabethtown 3-2 Thursday and advance to the championship game of the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Majors State Tournament. Coach Grant Pait’s Elizabethtown team finished in a tie for third-place. Both of their losses were to South Park. Elizabethtown struck quickly as Garrison Tatum led […]

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The West Bladen Lady Knights Volleyball team will be having an Alumni Game on Saturday, July 22nd at 10 a.m. in the West Bladen Gym.  It will cost each player $10 to play and an admission of $2 will be charged. Please contact Coach Gaye Davis at ggdavis@bladen.k12.nc.us  or on Facebook for more details. Share:

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All three Bladen County teams – Dublin, Galeed and Hickory Grove – are still alive in the Lumber River Church Softball League’s Women’s Tournament. Dublin, the regular-season champions, opened tournament play Tuesday night with a 10-5 victory over Hyde Park Tuesday then rolled to a 22-7 win over Antioch Thursday night. Galeed, the regular-season runners-up, defeated Zion Hill Tuesday night then outlasted Broadridge […]

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One more reminder, noontime today is the deadline for filing for the November municipal election.  Filing fee is $5, and if interested in adding your name to the ballot, you should visit Bladen County Board of Elections, behind the post office in Elizabethtown. The British Open Golf Tournament is always interesting, gives us an opportunity […]

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The 14th annual Bay Tree Lakes Volunteer Fire Department golf tournament was held in June at Vineyard Golf Course in White Lake. The event serves as one of the major fundraisers for the organization. “The department would like to express its appreciation to the many participants and to the people and organizations that donated, in […]

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By: Dora Brogdon Summer is the best time of year for a vacation. Kids are out of school and need to do something with their free time. But it gets almost way to expensive to travel somewhere for a vacation. Instead of being all stressed out over a planning, why not have a vacation in […]

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1669 – John Lock’s Constitution of English colony Carolina is approved. 1865 – In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown. 1880 – Compressed air accident kills 20 workers on Hudson River tunnel, NY. 1930 – US Veterans […]

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LAKE WACCAMAW – Special agents from the State Bureau of Investigation’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit will be on hand for the dedication of 200 new acres at Lake Waccamaw State Park in Columbus County, Friday, July 21, at 10 a.m. Agents with the SBI worked jointly with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigative Division on a hog […]

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New businesses are making their mark on the landscape of downtown Elizabethtown. A new store opened on Saturday at 106 West Broad Street called Nicholson Liquidation: A Little Bit of Everything. The business is owned by Tyler and Heather Nicholson. The couple started their business two years ago on Facebook and it has continually grown. […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, joined Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and his Republican colleagues to file a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Joint Resolution of Disapproval in the Senate against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rule. “Setting aside the looming […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Tom Cotton (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), Todd Young (R-IN), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and David Perdue (R-GA) to urge Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta clear the path for implementation of […]

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A clothes dryer caught fire inside the Washtubs Laundry mat located on Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown on Thursday afternoon. Lt. D. Cheshire, with the Elizabethtown Police Department, said he saw the smoke from across the street and found a fire extinguisher and extinguished the fire out, according to Elizabethtown Fire Chief Nick West. […]

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Producers on farms with base acres under the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs are encouraged to visit their local FSA office to sign contracts and enroll for the 2017 crop year by the deadline on Aug. 1, 2017. Since shares and ownership of a farm can change year-to-year, producers on […]

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WASHINGTON – This morning, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and all 33 Republican colleagues on the House Financial Services Committee introduced a resolution of disapproval to nullify a controversial new rule benefitting trial lawyers at the expense of consumers. H.R. Res. 111, which Congressman Pittenger introduced in partnership with Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12), uses the Congressional Review […]

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Stuffed toys can bring a sense of comfort to a child during an emergency. The students taking part The Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School decided to donate stuffed animals to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The stuffed animals can be given to children by deputies to help comfort them and calm them […]

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Partnerships are important to economic development. That was the message from Chris Lloyd Sr., the Vice-President of Infrastructure and Economic Development, McGuire Woods Consulting, to the Bladen County Committee of 100 on Wednesday night. Lloyd said despite what is being written by such entities as the New York Times about the death of rural America, […]

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Elizabethtown, NC – Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery of Elizabethtown, NC has been recognized by Varco Pruden Buildings, one of the world’s largest building-solutions companies. Varco Pruden is a division of BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc., and has a network of more than 1,000 builders across the United States and Canada. Cape Fear Vineyard and […]

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A home in the Bay Tree Lakes community was destroyed by fire on Wednesday evening. No one was injured in the incident. The home, a log cabin, was located at 596 Horsepen Drive. The home’s owner, Todd Karpinski, said, “I was home sitting in the living room watching tv when I heard a popping noise. […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, co-introduced broad, bipartisan legislation that seeks to improve veterans’ education benefits and enhance the post-9/11 G.I. Bill. The Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2017 includes the following provisions originally introduced by Senator Tillis as standalone legislation: *The Veterans Education Experience […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Changed my shaving habits, only shave on ‘special occasions’ and the number of ‘special occasions’ are shrinking as I mature. What is your favorite time of the year?  I enjoy spring and fall, April & October. Favorite time of day for this retiree?  Between 1 and 2 PM, enjoy a bowl of Breyer butter pecan ice cream.  […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong LELAND- Elizabethtown pounded out 19 hits and rolled to an 18-3 victory over Dunn Wednesday in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournament. With the victory Elizabethtown advances to the ‘Final Four’ and will play unbeaten South Park Thursday at 2 p.m. An Elizabethtown victory Thursday would leave 3 teams […]

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1858 – Fee 1st charged to see a baseball game (50 cents) (NY beats Brooklyn 22-18). 1868 – 1st use of tax stamps on cigarettes. 1894 – 2000 federal troops recalled from Chicago, having ended Pullman strike. 1921 – Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson becomes the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives. […]

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By Amy Schumacher I remember when summer vacations seemed to stretch on forever. The days were hot and long and offered multiple opportunities for fun, playing with friends, enjoying every minute of sleeping in late and staying up much later than we were ever allowed during the school year. Nearing the end of the summer […]

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  A Bladen County home caught fire Wednesday evening according to a neighbor. The home is located in the Bay Tree Lakes’ community. No injuries have been reported at this time. Emergency responders are on the scene to assist the fire fighters due to the heat outside and the task of fighting the fire. More […]

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Lorraine Dillard, Director Ejecutivo Interino de la Agencia de Servicio Agrícola (Farm Service Agency o FSA, por sus siglas en inglés) en North Carolina, recordó hoy que agricultores y ganaderos tienen hasta el 1 de agosto de 2017 para nominar un candidato elegible para las elecciones a los comités de condado de la FSA. Los […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-introduced the Separation of Powers Restoration Act (SOPRA), legislation that would restore accountability to the regulatory process and ensure proper judicial review, empowering the courts—not agencies—to interpret all questions of law, including both statutes and regulations. The Senate bill was also introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Mike […]

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As our senior adults age, maintaining their independence becomes a high priority. Bladen County Division on Aging’s Housing and Home Improvement Program offers seniors a way to have minor repairs or home modifications made. The program is funded through the Home and Community Care Block Grant for Older Adults. The Bladen County Board of Commissioners […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, the White House announced that Robert Wilkie, senior advisor to Senator Thom Tillis, has been nominated to serve as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Wilkie has served as Senator Tillis’ senior advisor since he took office in 2015, advising him on national security and military issues. Tillis currently serves as […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on his friend and colleague, Senator John McCain: “John McCain is an American hero and a fighter through and through. Courage and fearlessness have always defined his distinguished career of public service. Susan and I join […]

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Leland, NC – School is officially back in session for roughly 2,400 students at the top scoring Charter Day School, Columbus Charter School and South Brunswick Charter School. Parents and students braved heavy rains to pack into each campus early on Tuesday morning. The schools are part of the Roger Bacon Academy network of charter […]

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  Campbell Oil Company President Mac Campbell (center), presented a donation to Bladen Community College president William Findt (left) and BCC foundation director Linda Burney (right) to provide financial assistance for allied health students pursuing educational advancement through the Bladen We Care Allied Health Endowed Scholarship. Bladen Community College offers multiple ways to change your […]

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director for North Carolina, Lorraine Dillard today reminded farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1, 2017, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees. County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in […]

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is hosting summer activities for youth ages 9 to 17. Beginning July 24 and continuing through July 27, students may register for Performing Arts, Cake Decorating, and Sewing classes on the Dublin campus. Breakfast is provided for campers arriving at or before 8:15 A.M. Breakfast and lunch are provided for […]

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DUBLIN – Accountant Lacie Jacobs has joined the staff at Bladen Community College as the college financial controller. Jacobs, a native of Whiteville, will experience unique opportunities in the community college environment. “In the past five years, I have worked as an external auditor for publicly and privately traded companies, as well as governmental entities,” […]

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By Erin Smith One pending federal nuisance lawsuit against Murphy-Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, potentially could go to trial later this year in North Carolina. The lawsuit is just one of 26 nuisance lawsuits that have been filed against Murphy-Brown. Attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the case argue the lawsuits are not filed against […]

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The deadline for filing for municipal offices is fast approaching and candidates are needed in at least 3 towns. The latest filings were for Clarkton Town Commissioner.  Yesterday, Stephen W. Hester and Jerome Myers paid their $5 filing fee seeking a seat on the Board.  Incumbent Tim Tart filed earlier, incumbent Lawrence McDougald has not […]

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CARTHAGE – South Columbus slugged 2 home runs and captured the North Carolina Dixie Debs State Softball Tournament Tuesday night with a 6-5 victory over Lumberton. A 3-run first-inning homer staked the winners to an early 3-0 lead. South Columbus built their lead to 6-3 in the fifth then survived a 2-run last-inning rally by […]

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Campbell McLaurin (8-years-old) and Daisy Grissop (4-years-old) placed 3rd in the “Catfish for Kids Tournament” sponsored by the Bottom Feeders Fishing Club on Shearon Harris Lake. The girls are members of the Team Reaper Fishing team. Campbell is the daughter of Daniel and Trista McLaurin and Daisy is the daughter of Jonathan Grissop, all of […]

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Incumbent Jerome Myers was one of two men who filed for seats on the Clarkton Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, joining incumbent Tim Tart in the race for the two seats available. Stephen Wayne Hester also filed for the Clarkton commissioners race Tuesday, according to Gina Ward, who is the deputy director for Bladen County […]

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By: Dora Brogdon A 3 year old Pit-mix, male dog by the name of Bubba was chosen as Pet of the Week. He’s very affectionate and gets along with other dogs, cats, and kids. Bubba also does a good job walking on a leash but he’ll let you know when he’s excited. The cost to […]

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1848 – 1st US women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, NY, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Lucretia Mott. 1860 – 1st railroad reaches Kansas. 1875 – Emma Abbott, a floating hospital for sick children, makes trial trip, NYC. 1910 – Cleveland Indian baseball player Cy Young registers 500th career victory against Washington 5-4 […]

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*From July 22nd all the way to August 31st, the Bladen Smart Start and School Readiness Center will be starting a new event called B. E. A. R. S. which will take place from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The event will only take place Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mondays will feature Math Monday, Tuesdays […]

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By: Charlotte Smith Last week I met with the Bladen County Sheriff, Jim McVicker, and was vexed by a letter he shared with me. Addressed to Sheriff McVicker was a letter from Madeline Ziegler, a staff attorney, writing on behalf of the Freedom from Religion Foundation out of Madison, WI, urging Sheriff McVicker, Bladen County’s […]

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WASHINGTON – Fayetteville Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today announced a $1,925,763 grant for the Fayetteville Regional Airport terminal expansion project.  The grant will be used toward the demolition of the existing Concourse A and construction of the new Concourse A. “Fayetteville’s airport is vital to economic expansion throughout the region, as well as providing local families […]

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Cape Fear Valley Health System’s Nursing Congress set out to establish an award to recognize exemplary bedside nursing support staff.  The LITE award stands for Leadership, Integrity, Tireless, and Excellence.  Bladen Hospital is proud to announce that Wilma Lesane, NA II has been chosen as Bladen’s first LITE recipient. Ms. Lesane  exemplifies the LITE qualities […]

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The Bladen Hardware Store located at 138 S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown was broken into on Sunday night and items were taken, according to the Elizabethtown Police Department. Lt. D. Cheshire said someone gained entry to the store through the rear doors and removed some firearms from the premises. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and took up the issue of a proposed solar farm to be constructed in the town of Elizabethtown’s ETJ. The town of Elizabethtown has already denied a request the propriety in question, which is located on M & M Drive be removed form the town’s […]

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Full Time 7am-7pm RN or LPN Full Time 7pm-7am RN or LPN PRN LPN or RN (All shifts) Full Time 11p-7a and Part-Time 3p-11pm Certified Nursing Assistants Part Time/PRN Med Tech Please apply in person at 804 S. Poplar Street Elizabethtown, NC  28337  Share:

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday evening and recognized several employees for their years of service to the county. Those recognized were Bladen County Human Resources Director Shonteia Keaton for 5 years of service; Bladen County Planning Director Greg Elkins for 20 years of Service; Dawn Edwards of Bladen County Department of […]

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      No filings in the past couple of days of candidates for the November municipal elections.  A brief recap as of closing time Monday. Bladenboro: Mayor Kenneth Charles Kelly Rufus R. Duckworth, III (I) Larry Waitus Simmons Town Commissioners (3 seats) Kenneth Rodney Hester Billy Ray Benson (I) Jeffrey Duane Atkinson (I) Clarkton: […]

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GREENSBORO – Sayaun Dent connected on all 3 of his shots from the field and scored 7 points as his East team rallied in the second half to defeat the West 117-108 in the 69th Annual East-West High School All-Star Game. Dent drained a 3-point shot and added another basket in the first half to […]

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LELAND –Elizabethtown slugged 3 home runs and defeated Burgaw 8-4 Monday night in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Majors State Tournament. With the victory Elizabethtown advanced to a 5:30 p.m. elimination game Tuesday against Dunn. Garrison Tatum walked to begin the Elizabethtown first inning, and Evan Pait hammered a 2-run homer that scored Tatum […]

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CARTHAGE – Lumberton pushed across the winning run in the eighth inning to defeat West Stanly 9-8 Monday in the North Carolina Dixie Debs State Tournament. With the victory Lumberton advances to Tuesday’s 4 p.m. championship game against South Columbus. Lumberton needs a win to force a second and final championship game that would be […]

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LELAND – An 8-run third-inning staked South Park to a 13-1 lead en route to a 13-8 victory over Elizabethtown Monday in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Majors State Tournament. South Park scored 3 runs in the top of the first inning on Sunday night, before Garrison Tatum blasted a home run to lead […]

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1743 – 1st half-page newspaper ad is published (NY Weekly Journal). 1864 – President Lincoln asks for 500,000 volunteers for military service. 1907 – Florenz Ziegfeld’s “Follies of 1907” premieres in NYC. 1914 – US army air service 1st coming into being, in Signal Corps. 1931 – 1st air-conditioned ship (Mariposa) launched. 1942 – 1st […]

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Bladen County Sheriffs Officials are searching for a suspect involved in a breaking and entering on Old Boardman Road. The Bladen County Sheriffs Office is using a helicopter to search for the suspect who is alleged to have attempted to break into a home and then fled. NC 242 was closed briefly between NC 410 […]

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The recent findings of GenX and other contaminates in the Cape Fear River between Fayetteville and Wilmington, have led to a request from state officials to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tighten limits. Federal officials must set limits for GenX and other emerging contaminants so that North Carolina can permanently control its discharge and […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced its intention to provide up to 15,000 additional H-2B visas under an interim final rule that it will submit to the Federal Register. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) has been leading bipartisan efforts in Congress to ensure American small businesses have access to temporary, seasonal workers […]

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A medication drop box has been donated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, giving Bladen County residents a new way to dispose of medications. Health Educator and Safe Kids Coordinator, Berkleigh Pridgen, applied for the box as a means to address one of three top priorities identified by the 2015 Community Health Assessment. […]

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A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Eastpointe against Nash County attempting to prevent the county from switching mental health providers. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Doug Parsons dissolved the temporary restraining order on July 3. With the termination of the restraining order, Trillium Health Resources will now be providing mental health services to […]

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This weekend the annual Desmond Bryant Free Football camp was held at East Bladen High School. Bryant, a 2004 East Bladen High School graduate gives back every year to Bladen County by hosting a free football camp. Bryant graduated from Harvard and currently plays for the Cleveland Browns. The nationally known football player has not […]

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