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This Day in History for August 21

1841 – John Hampton patents venetian blind. 1864 – Battle of Globe Tavern, Virginia, ends after 2500 casualties. 1878 – American Bar Association organizes at Sarasota, NY. 1887 – Mighty (Dan) Casey struck-out in a game with NY Giants. 1897 – Oldsmobile begins operation as a General Motors division. 1914 – 20th US Golf Open: Walter Hagen shoots a 290 at Midlothian CC, Ill. 1929 – Chicago Cardinals become 1st pro football team to train out of town. 1932 – Wes Ferrell is 1st to win 20 games in each of his 1st 4 seasons. 1948 – US President Harry Truman ends Lend-Lease program. 1953 – Baseball player reps Ralph …..

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Southern Chaos Wins Top Gun Tournament

  • 08/21/2017
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FAYETTEVILLE- Southern Chaos ’06 won the Top Gun Summer Heat Series Softball Tournament Saturday at Arnette Park. Bladen County’s Addie Bowen, Lena Trinidad and Martha Simmons are members of the Southern Chaos team. The Southern Chaos team that is based in Lumberton lost their first game in pool play to the Hope Mills Hotshots 06 5-1 but bounced back to pound the Carolina Outlaws from Mammers 11-2. In bracket play Southern Chaos rolled past the Hope Mills Hot Shots 08 13-0 then avenged their pool play loss with a 9-3 victory over the Hotshots 06. In the championship game Southern Chaos blitzed the Diamond Dreams D-Stroyers from Linden by a …..

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E-Town Express Wins Wilmington Tourney In New Uniforms

The E-town Express 14U baseball team won the USSSA Back-to-School Blast Tournament in Wilmington this weekend with an undefeated record. Two weeks ago the Express finished second in the USSSA Tennessee Bash in Tennessee. The Express won these tournaments in new uniforms that were provided by the Bladen County Law Enforcement Association. “I have been coaching these boys since they were 9 years old, and the Bladen Law Enforcement Association and the community have been really supportive of our team,” said Head Coach Kendal Kelly. Members of the E-town Express team are: Raymond Autry, Chase Starkloff, Tyler Hill, Alech Creech, Ayden Piland, Makhi Cromartie, K. J. Brown, Ethan Hilbourn and …..

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FEMA reports: Hurricane Myths Vs. Facts

Learning about hurricanes will help keep you prepared during hurricane season, which continues through November 30. Make sure you do not confuse myths for facts, so you can be confident about taking the proper preparedness actions. Here are a few myths to look out for when you are preparing for a hurricane: Myth: Homeowner’s insurance will cover everything if a hurricane affects your home. Fact: Standard homeowner’s insurance does not cover flood damage. Consult your insurance agent about flood damage and learn more from the National Flood Insurance Program. Myth: Taping windows will protect them from strong, hurricane force winds. Fact: Taping windows can create larger, deadlier shards of glass. …..

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2016 Economic Impact Of Travel On Bladen County

The 2016 economic impact study of travel on Bladen County was prepared by The U.S. Travel Associates. Bladen County received travel income of $38.67 million, which was up 1.8% from the previous period. The payroll for travel income for Bladen County was $4.16 million which was up 2.1% from the previous period. The state of North Carolina received taxes of $2.38 million from Bladen travel income, which was up 2.4% from the previous period. Bladen County received $1.11 million in taxes from travel, which was up 2.1% from the previous period. Share:

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Amber Alert in NC

There has been an Amber Alert issued for Trinity Mcgraw (8 years old) last seen in Westfield, NC. Vehicle: Mid Size Sedan, Gray Georgia license plate #RDG2198 This is a North Carolina Amber Alert for a Child Abduction….The Stokes County Sherrif’s Dept is searching for Trinity Lakin Mcgraw.She is an 8yoa W/F approximately 4ft tall,53 pounds,with Long Hair,and Brown eyes.Trinity Lakin McGraw was last seen wearing a Watermelon Design Long Night Gown. The Abductor is Patrick Ryan McGraw W/M 6ft 220 pounds,Bald Head,Blue Eyes,Tattoos,and wearing White T-Shirt. They were last see traveling north on Frans rd in Westfield,NC in a Gray Mid Size Sedan. If you have any Information regarding …..

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YOU DECIDE: WHAT EXPLAINS RISING COLLEGE COSTS?

Dr. Mike Walden It’s the beginning of a new academic year on college campuses. It’s my 40th as a faculty member at North Carolina State University. I see the eager, young students venturing onto the campus for the first time and tell myself – that was me a long, long time ago! Of course new students face many challenges, including: deciding on a major, adjusting to the rigors of college courses and balancing “study time” with “fun time.” Then there’s the matter of money. It’s been well publicized that college costs have risen much faster than other costs in our economy. Data from the federal government show a 52 percent …..

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FEMA asks: Are Your Solar Eclipse Glasses Safe? Protecting Your Eyes from the Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States on Monday, August 21. Many people will be hosting parties, going to the beach, and planning camping trips to view this rare occurrence. If you are planning to view the solar eclipse, do so safely with eclipse glasses and solar viewers that meet the international safety standard. Consider products marked with ISO 12312-2, which means they meet the international safety standard. Find more information on choosing safe glasses from the Federal Trade Commission and follow these tips: Use new glasses or viewers – Do not use glasses more than three years old, wrinkled, or scratched. Follow the instructions on …..

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GenX Committee to convene in Wilmington

By Erin Smith A committee has been convened to investigate the release of the chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River. The GenX Committee will conduct a meeting with public officials from throughout the Cape Fear region at 1:30 p.m. at the New Hanover County Government Center in Wilmington on Wednesday. Members of the public are aslo encouraged to attend and comment. According to a release from NC House Speaker Tim Moore the Secretaries of the NC Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Environmental Quality and Chemours officials have also been invited to attend. This will be the first of what is expected to be several meetings …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Every day is a good day. Rest today, tomorrow begins a busy week for many, like Back To School for Bladen youngsters and an eclipse that should be visible in this area tomorrow afternoon. Remember, no peeping without special shades, there are some homemade remedies. Google for info. Enters from the west coast and exits near Charleston, SC. Re-districting in North Carolina is going to happen and soon, either by leaders of the Legislature or by the court system. Court system may be best. Gerrymandering needs to halt. Democrats were the authors for years, Republicans continue, but the threat of court action is not bad. Spent a couple of days …..

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This Day in History for August 20

1781 – George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis. 1865 – President Andrew Johnson proclaims an end to “insurrection” in Texas. 1888 – Longest US men’s single tennis tournament match Palmer Presbrey defeats T.S. Tailer, 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 9-4, an 80 game 1st round contest. 1896 – Dial telephone patented. 1912 – Plant Quarantine Act goes into effect. 1930 – Dumont’s 1st TV broadcast for home reception (NYC). 1944 – “Anna Lucasta” opens on Broadway. 1956 – Republicans convene at Cow Palace. 1961 – Phillies set then dubious record of 23 straight loses, beat Braves. 1964 – US President Lyndon B. Johnson signs the Economic Opportunity …..

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Mary Catherine White Is New West Bladen Tennis Coach

Former Meredith College tennis player Mary Catherine White has assumed the head coaching responsibilities for the West Bladen Lady Knights tennis team this season. Coach White said that she and Coach Jeff Atkinson had discussed the coaching job before and with Atkinson needing some time off this season due to surgery she has stepped into the position. White who teaches Spanish at West Bladen played tennis in high school at Halifax County, Virginia and then in college at Meredith in Raleigh. The Lady Knights are off to a 2-0 start this season with victories over West Columbus and St. Pauls. West Bladen will entertain Fairmont Tuesday in another Three Rivers …..

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Bladen Native comes home to share his book

A well known author is coming back to Elizabethtown for a book signing soon. On Sunday, September 24 the Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery will be hosting a special storytelling and book signing lunch for Elizabethtown native, Mr. Joe Hamilton. Hamilton recently published, “Firepot Stories”. Many residents are excited about Hamilton coming to town. Walter McDuffie says Hamilton grew up in Bladen a county and has a lot of interesting things to talk about. Hamilton will be at the local vineyard for lunch and story telling starting at noon. Mr. Hamilton will start speaking at 1 pm, entertaining those in attendance with stories about life in Elizabethtown among other things. …..

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This Day In History

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Brian and Chris Campbell of Elizabethtown served as Pages in the North Carolina General Assembly. Dublin Lions Club elected Whit Taylor as their new President. The Elizabethtown Town Board was seeking a liquor by the drink referendum. Cynthia Layton was appointed Director of Nursing at Bladen County Hospital. Share:

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Football

Friday Night’s High School Football Results

  Three Rivers Conference Whiteville 29, North Brunswick 6 Red Springs 33, South Brunswick 0 Fairmont 26, Douglas Byrd 15 North Duplin 46, West Columbus 12 Green Sea/Floyd, SC 31, East Columbus 0 E. E. Smith 43, St. Pauls 18 Other Area Results Harrells Christian Academy 54, Columbia 6 Cape Fear 13, Clinton 7 Midway 14, Union 0 Dillon, SC 42, Lumberton 0 Wallace-Rose Hill 50, James Kenan 0 Purnell Swett 48, Pine Forest 15 Topsail 24, Rocky Point Trask 0 Socastee, SC 39, West Brunswick 14 Lakewood 22, Pender 0 South View 25, Jack Britt 6 Southern Lee 17, Grays Creek 14 Seventy First 21, Westover 0 Goldsboro 56, …..

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Hurricane season predicted to become more active

By Erin Smith   With residents still rebuilding and repairing damage from Hurricane Matthew, the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington recently released and updated outlook for the current hurricane season. The updated forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of an above average hurricane season compared to the May prediction of a 45 percent chance. The revised forecast calls for 14-19 named storms and 2 to 5 major hurricanes. A prediction of 5 to 9 hurricanes remains unchanged. “We’re now entering the peak of the season when the bulk of the storms usually form,” said Gerry Bell, Ph.D., lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center. “The wind …..

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Marines train at White Lake

  By Erin Smith   White Lake was filled with the sounds of loud bangs and the whirring of helicopters circling overhead as the United States Marine Corps trained at the Bladen County Training Center. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit was conducting the Realistic Urban Training exercise in order to prepare Marines for deployment. About 63 Marines from Camp Lejuene took part in Friday’s exercise.   Friday’s training session was observed by Col. Sullivan. Others observing the training included the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy   When asked what this means for the Bladen County Training Facility, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Training Officer Gary Turlington said, “What this means to …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

  I have numerous reminders posted all around me in my corner of the Hester household, examples…. What cancer cannot do… It cannot cripple Love It cannot shatter Hope It cannot corrode Faith I cannot destroy Peace It cannot kill Friendship It cannot suppress Memories It cannot silence Courage It cannot invade the Soul It cannot steal Eternal Life It cannot conquer the Spirit Author Unknown 7 Keys to Life: #1 God first #2 Love one another #3 Never Hate #4 Give generously #5 Live simply #6 Forgive quickly #7 Be kind always (not sure of author) Thoughts to live by. Share:

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Brittney Hardee Takes Coaching Reins for East Bladen Volleyball

Former East Bladen volleyball star Brittney Hardee has succeeded her former coach, Jennifer Hair, as head coach of the Lady Eagles this season. Coach Hair decided to take some time off from coaching so her son Jaxon could play recreation ball, and Hardee who currently teaches at Elizabethtown Primary has assumed the volleyball coaching position at East Bladen. Hardee, a 2005 East Bladen graduate, played volleyball, basketball and softball and was named Female Athlete of the Year. She was also named Most Valuable Player in volleyball. Hardee has another former East Bladen athlete, Alex Lucas Peterson, assisting her with the volleyball team. After a non-conference season opener at Clinton, the …..

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Volleyball: Clinton 3, East Bladen 0

CLINTON – Clinton defeated East Bladen 3-0 Thursday night by game scores of 25-8, 25-14 and 25-12 in the non-conference volleyball season opener for the Lady Eagles. Clinton also won the jayvee match 2-0 by game scores of 25-22 and 25-17. East Bladen will travel to Whiteville Tuesday at 4:30 for their Three Rivers Conference opening match. Share:

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Highway 701 underpass now open

by: Tonya Bockover No pomp or fanfare was observed this afternoon as the underpass on highway 701 at bypass 87 was opened, just startled motorists, like myself, trying to figure out the new traffic pattern. According to NCDOT website, this intersection sees about 14,000 vehicles per day. The work, which began in early 2015, had an expected completion date of September 2017. Although the underpass is open, motorists should still expect minor delays while traveling through the project work zone. Share:

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Family Fun Day conducted to delight of many

There was a lot of excitement and a large crowd turned out for the Family Fun Day at Fresh Foods IGA in Elizabethtown on Friday. The event was an opportunity for everyone to come out to the store and have some fun as well as enjoy a storewide sale inside. Foster, who is the Produce Supervisor, said Fresh Foods is planning to start offering this event in different towns.  He said the turn out was very good and everyone was pleased. When asked about what brought her out, Gloris Lewis, said “I saw it on Facebook.” She had her children with her and they were enjoying the games. There were games, information booths, and …..

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38 Years Later, Jacksonville Cold Case Murder Ends with Guilty Plea

WILMINGTON — A Jacksonville man is to be sentenced Aug. 25 after pleading guilty to second degree murder in the 1979 murder of Karen Johnson, a cold case that the State Bureau of Investigation recently reopened using new forensic technology. Special Investigator Tony Cummings, a retired SBI homicide agent, was able to connect Roger Gene Pollard of Virginia Beach to the murder of Johnson through DNA evidence. “Up until the late 80’s, we could get the blood type and the blood grouping, but no definitive identification to the level that DNA does now,” Cummings said. “The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office had properly maintained the physical evidence and we were able to get a …..

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Hurricane Matthew damages dam

  • 08/18/2017
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By: Charlotte Smith Bladen County will continue to rebuild after being disfigured by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.  Eddie Madden, Elizabethtown Town Manager, announced plans for rebuilding and renovating structures after the town announced it had received grant funding for different projects. The Lock and Dam No. 2 located in the town was severely damaged during the brutal storm last year.  There is a hole 60 feet deep and the length of a football field in the dam, according to Madden’s report. Funding from the Fish and Wildlife Service will assist the Town of Elizabethtown with the repair work needed for the dam. The dam will be closed beginning sometime …..

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North Carolina’s July Employment Figures Released 

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from June’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.3 percent. North Carolina’s July 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.8 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 989 over the month to 4,699,771 and increased 76,538 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 7,005 over the month to 200,752 and decreased 39,162 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 8,800 to 4,414,400 in July.  The major industries with the …..

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Helping to reduce medication errors

By Erin Smith Medication errors, especially those involving heart medications, pain killers and hormone therapies are common occurrences. Nationwide there are more than 1.5 million medication errors made each year. CVS Pharmacies are now offering TimerCap to help fight opioid addiction as well as preventing potentially lethal medication mistakes. Phillip Sugarman, who is with TimerCap.com, said, “The TimerCap is currently being used to help reduce medication errors among patients worldwide. The TimerCap is currently being sold at every CVS and Rite Aid Pharmacies worldwide.” The way the caps work is they have a timer installed in the cap that tells the patient or care giver how long it has been …..

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Wilson City Drug Trafficker Federally Charged

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina announced that in federal court, before United States Magistrate Judge James E. Gates, Shelton Jamaal Jones, of Wilson, North Carolina, was charged in a federal Criminal Complaint with one count of possession with intent to distribute heroin. This investigation is part of the Strategic Heroin Initiative, initiated by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina in partnership with the Department of Justice’s Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). The charge and allegations contained in the Criminal Complaint are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in …..

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Heat Advisory in effect for Friday afternoon

The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued its second heat advisory for the week for Bladen County. The heat advisory for Friday will be in effect from 12 noon  until 5 p.m. Heat index values for Friday are forecast to reach 109 degrees. The actual temperature is forecast to reach 93 degrees with  high humidity.  According to the National Weather Service office, high heat and humidity can increase the risk for heat-related illnesses and heat stress. Do not leave children or pets unattended in hot cars. If you are engaging in outdoors activities, take frequent breaks; drink plenty of water; wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. Check on …..

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For Better Living: Time for School Lunches

Sandra R. Cain Buying lunch at school may be the first time your child gets to call the shots about which foods he or she will eat. The good news is that school lunches have improved over the years, both in taste and nutrition. School lunches meet the standards for protein, vitamins, calcium, and iron. Most schools also have made an effort to serve better dishes, such as grilled chicken sandwiches and salads. Use school lunches as a chance to steer your child toward good choices. Start by explaining how a nutritious lunch will give them the energy to finish the rest of the school day and enjoy after-school activities. …..

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Congressman Pittenger’s Statement on Barcelona Terror Attack

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after learning of today’s terror attack in Barcelona: “The Barcelona attack is another tragic, grisly reminder that radical Islamic jihadists don’t want world peace, sensitivity training, or understanding.  They want us dead, along with eradicating our freedoms and way of life.  This is why I’m currently on a national security trip working to increase efforts to identify and cut off the funding terrorists use to carry out their evil.  My prayers are with the people of Barcelona.” Congressman Pittenger is Vice Chairman of the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, and Chairman of the Task Force on Terrorism and …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for Aug. 18

Love great one-liners: “Did think I would last longer than a quart of milk”–Anthony Scaramucci on lasting just 10 days on President Trump’s White House staff. Artificial intelligence is not match for natural stupidity. “The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It’s only the people who make them unsafe”, Frank Rizzo, ex-police chief and mayor of Philadelphia “I haven’t committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.” David Dinkins, New York Mayor, answering accusations that he failed to pay his taxes. “They gave me a book of checks. They didn’t ask for any deposits.” Congressman Joe Early (D-Mass) at a press conference to answer questions about …..

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August 17 Thundering Herd Results From Vineyard Golf

  • 08/18/2017
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The winning team, with a score of six-under par in the August 17 Thundering Herd at Vineyard Golf, was Campbell White, Conner Bullard, Billy Augustine, Devon Riley and Blake Davis. The Thundering Herd is held every Thursday at 6 p.m. with a sign up period before 5:30 p.m. The cost is $18 for guest and $20 for members. Share:

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Women’s Tennis: East Bladen 5, South Robeson 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen defeated South Robeson 5-0 Thursday in a Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis match that ended early due to weather. The final singles match was not completed, and none of the doubles matches were played. By winning the other five singles matches East Bladen had already clinched the victory when the weather stopped play. Singles 1. Jayme LeeAnn Frady (EB) def. Destiney Purdie (SR) 8-0 2. Ting Lin (EB) def. Miami Hunt (SR) 8-0 3. Anna Kate White (EB) def. Makoa Rivera (SR) 8-0 4. Lily Lin (EB) vs Lyric Locklear (SR) Did Not Finish (weather) 5. Sammi Jiang (EB) def. Jada Hunt (SR) 8-1 6. Carlie …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen Residents

By: Dora Brogdon If you live in the Bladen County, there is plenty to do this weekend. Saturday there will be two events. Starting at 9 a.m. until noon the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office will be holding a Hand Tool Repair Workshop. In the afternoon, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., there will be a Benefit for 4 Families which will include barbeque plates at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building. On Sunday, the Galeed Baptist Church will be holding a Back to School Bash. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and continue until 7 p.m. The night will be filled with games, food and fellowship to start off the new school year. …..

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Benefit planned to assist four families

The Bladenboro Benefit Committee is planning a barbecue plate sale and bake sale to benefit for families. The benefit is planned for Saturday from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building. The proceeds will go to Richard Bryan, Chris Pait, Lewis and Sue Thompson,  and Eva Pait, to assist with medical expenses. Plates will consist of barbecue, slaw ,baked beans, rolls, tea and water. There will also be a bake sale featuring many delicious items.  There will also be a raffle for a 270 Remington Camouflage Rifle with scope. Tickets cost $5 each or you can purchase 5 tickets for $20. Tickets may be purchased at the event. …..

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Inmate Dies in Apparent Suicide

RALEIGH — Inmate Richard B. Dwyer died this morning at Lanesboro Correctional Institution after an apparent suicide. He was found unresponsive in his cell at about 10:15 a.m.Prison medical staff and local paramedics responded and worked to resuscitate the inmate, but were unsuccessful. Dwyer was serving a 29-year sentence for statutory rape. He was scheduled to be released in April 2035. Share:

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Freshman Orientation held at West Bladen High School

By Amy Schumacher The incoming freshman class gathered today at West Bladen High School to spend the morning getting oriented with West Bladen and many of the faculty and staff that will be there to help them in their first year of high school. Students were welcomed by Rodney Smith, Assistant Principal, and then students divided into different groups where activities were available for them. Ursela Wooten, Assistant Principal, led a scavenger hunt that helped students learn to negotiate the new school, while other groups played a game of Clue to open locks that would offer prizes for their “critical thinking” skills. “We want to make connections with our new …..

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Heat Advisory issued for Bladen County

The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for Bladen County until 5 p.m. on Thursday. Heat index values for Thursday are forecast to reach 108 degrees. The actual temperature is forecast to reach 87 degrees with  high humidity.  According to the National Weather Service office, high heat and humidity can increase the risk for heat-related illnesses and heat stress. Do not leave children or pets unattended in hot cars. If you are engaging in outdoors activities, take frequent breaks; drink plenty of water; wear light colored, loose fitting clothing. Check on the elderly as they are most susceptible to heat-related illnesses. Make sure pets have …..

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Visit your local thrift stores on National Thrift Store Day

Stop by your neighborhood thrift store this afternoon and enjoy bargain hunting and celebrate National Thrift Shop Day. The day is celebrated nationwide each year on August 17th. Bladen County has several thrift shops filled with bargains waiting to be discovered. In Elizabethtown there are two thrift stores. You can stop in at the Bladen Crisis Assistance Thrift Store located at 109 Martin Luther King Drive or stop by the Take a Second Look Thrift Store located at 1108 S. Poplar Street. In Bladenboro, the WMU Thrift Store is located at 125 Main Street. National Thrift Shop Day was created to call attention to thrift shops which are typically run by …..

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Home could soon face demolition

By Erin Smith A once stately home in Elizabethtown could soon be facing the wrecking ball depending on the outcome of an administrative inspection on Thursday morning. The warrant for the Administrative Inspection was served on the property located at 1501 West Broad Street at 10:30 a.m. The home has stood vacant for a number of years. The town of Elizabethtown has been working to try to have the property cleaned up and secured by the current owner, John Currie. Town Manager Eddie Madden said attempts by the town to contact Mr. Currie regarding the condition of the property have been unsuccessful. “The town contacted him this morning to let …..

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Bladenboro Historical Society grant winner

BLADENBORO – The Bladenboro Historical Society received a $2,500 gift this week from the Monsanto Fund America’s Farmers Grow Communities.  This grant was made on behalf of local Bladen County Farmer Jennifer Byrd who selected this non-profit organization.  The funds will be put to use for the upcoming 100 year Celebration and 25 year Fun Day event on September 9, 2017, as well as continued restoration work on the Bladenboro Historical Society building, formerly the Bladenboro High School. President Ricky Walters was excited to accept the grant for the historical society and that Mrs. Byrd chose this non-profit due to the positive impact the organization is making across area farm …..

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Freshman Orientation taking place in Bladen County

  • 08/17/2017
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Summer is winding down and students are preparing to return to classrooms across Bladen County. For some, that means the transition to high school for the freshman class. Freshman Orientation is taking place today (Thursday, August 17th) at West Bladen High School. It ends at 12 noon. East Bladen High School’s freshman class will report for Open House on August 24th between the hours of 1 and 6 p.m.   Share:

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State Superintendent Mark Johnson announces Coding and Mobile App Development Grant application period

North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson announced Thursday that the Department of Public Instruction is now accepting grant applications for the new $400,000 Coding and Mobile App Development competitive grant program. The program will fund up to $40,000 per school to develop industry partnerships to design and implement computer science, coding, and mobile app development programs for middle school and high school students. “This is a great opportunity for schools to partner with technology companies and design innovative programs that will excite students and point them toward careers in tech, a sector that includes careers that require everything from a high school diploma to a master’s degree,” Johnson said. “I thank the …..

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Preparing to celebrate 30 years in business

By Erin Smith A bookstore is an endeavor of loving care and a thirst for knowledge. For one Bladen County store owner, it has also been a labor of love. Faith Partners Christian Supply on West Broad Street in Elizabethtown is preparing to celebrate their 30th year in business. Mildred Jackson said the store first opened it doors on September 19, 1987. She said the idea formed when worked in management and was a supervisor for more than 47 people. She said one day she and another supervisor were talking and she told the supervisor that one day she was going to have a job she loved. Jackson said as …..

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Friday’s Football Schedule

East Bladen and West Bladen are both idle Friday night, so here is a list of other area games of interest. Three Rivers Conference North Brunswick at Whiteville West Columbus at North Duplin East Columbus at Green Sea/Floyds, SC (7:30) South Brunswick at Red Springs Fairmont at Douglas Byrd E. E. Smith at St. Pauls South Columbus, Open South Robeson, Open Other Area Games Cape Fear at Clinton James Kenan at Wallace-Rose Hill Union at Midway Pender at Lakewood Topsail at Rocky Point Trask All games begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Share:

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Pretty in Pink Paint Night set for Bladen Community College

Ready for a fun night out? Go by Bladen Community College to register and pay for The Pretty in Pink Paint Night. The paint night will take place on the campus of Bladen Community College. The class is $35 and all supplies will be provided. No experience needed. Just come out and have fun!  Best painting gets a prize of a beautiful wine glass. For more information email Stephanie Gonzalez at sgonzalez@bladencc.edu or call 910-879-5539 for instructions on how to register through email or fax and phone.  Remember if you are interested in the paint night class, you need to register immediately as the class starts tomorrow (Thursday). Share:

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Bladen County Road Closings and Openings update

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road openings and closings in Bladen County, per Kenneth Clark. OPENINGS: Sweet Home Church Road is now open. CLOSINGS: Murray Haywood Road Murray Haywood Road remains closed at a location 1.08 miles east of NC 242.  The road should open late tomorrow afternoon (Thursday, August 17th). UPCOMING CLOSINGS: Coley Road Beginning Monday, August 21, Coley Road will close in order to replace the bridge over Hammonds Creek.  The bridge replacement project will take 3-4 months.  A signed detour will be in effect to use Airport Road to White Plains Church Road to Vause Road to Rosindale Road. Richardson Street Beginning Monday, August 21, …..

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Back to School Fling is planned

By Erin Smith A Back to School Fling is planned for Saturday, August 26, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. The event will feature give aways of school supplies and information regarding asthma education and healthy school lunch ideas. The event is sponsored by Ricky DD’s Party Entertainment, Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare, and C. I. K. Kids Movement. There will be face painting and slime crafts will be available as well. There will also be appearances by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Spiderman, Doc McStuffins, Dora, Power Rangers, Minions and Clowns. For more information on this event, call 910-862-5500. Share:

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BVAC welcomes artist Ed Harris

The Bladenboro Visual Arts Council is pleased to have well-known Elizabethtown artist, Ed Harris, exhibiting from September 2nd to October 1st, 2017, at the Bladenboro Art Gallery in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building. September is the building’s 100th anniversary. The exhibit will include floral, landscape, still life, and wildlife watercolors in Realism. Ed Harris and his wife, Elizabeth, will be available for talking to visitors September 9th, Fun Day, from 12-4 p.m.  We hope you will take this opportunity to discover our art gallery right here in Bladen County. We are also open from 2-4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, or by appointment on weekdays. Our location is in the old Bladenboro school building …..

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Citing Safety, Charter Schools to Close Early for Eclipse

Leland, North Carolina – Out of concern for the safety of children and their parents during the upcoming solar eclipse, the charter schools managed by the Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) will observe a half-day schedule on Monday, August 21, 2017. RBA’s four tuition-free schools include Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, Douglass Academy in Wilmington, and South Brunswick Charter School in Southport. Parents were also notified that the AlphaBEST daycare services on these campuses will not be offered after Noon on Monday. “We have advised parents that the four campuses will be closed to all students, teachers and staff after 12:30 p.m. on Monday,” said John …..

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Girls Tennis:West Bladen 5, St. Paul 1 after rain halts match

DUBLIN – West  Bladen’s girls tennis match at West Bladen was suspended by rain Tuesday. Three matches will be completed on September 12 at St Paul. West Bladen held a 5-1 lead when the match was halted by rain. Singles West Columbus #1 defeated Helen Lopez (WB) 8-0 Conner Brisson (WB) defeated West Columbus #2  8-0 Savannah Lee (WB) defeated West Columbus #3 8-0 Autumn Brisson (WB) defeated West Columbus #4 8-3 Alyssa Bell (WB) defeated West Columbus #5 8-0 Mireya Marcos (WB) defeated West Columbus #6 8-3 West Bladen, now 2-0, will travel to undefeated South Columbus Thursday at 4 p.m. Share:

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Ayusa and Dublin, NC Welcome New Foreign Exchange Student to Community

Hi Wa Lee “Eva’ from Hong Kong to live with Knight  Family for 2017-2018 School Year Dublin – Ayusa, a non-profit promoting global learning and leadership through cultural exchange and leadership programs for high school students, is pleased to welcome Hi Wa Lee a high school student from Hong Kong to the Dublin community. Hi Wa “Eva,” will be living with the Thomas Knight  family and attending West Bladen High School for the 2017-18 school year. “We are all so excited to welcome Eva to Dublin and give her a taste of American life,” said Connie Lawrence, Ayusa Community Representative.  “Ayusa is committed to building bridges of understanding between cultures, …..

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Hole In One At Vineyard Golf At White Lake

Mark Mendell aced the 138 yard No. 5 hole with a pitching wedge. Some low scores recorded at Vineyard Golf were Chip Collins 69, Stacy Owen 71, Mac Porter 72, Brian Tart 73, Mac McClure 73, Warren Baker 74, Rudy Williams 74, Rodney Baxley 74, J.B. Bordeaux 75, 78 year old Norgie Hester 76 and 8 year old Seth Faircloth 85. Share:

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Bladen County farmer donates watermelons to help others

By: Erin Smith The loss of a crop by one Bladen County farmer turned into a blessing for many individuals in four counties he will never meet. Paul Skinner of Dublin donated a field of watermelons to the Society of St. Andrew and they arrived on Wednesday morning to glean the field. Michael Binger serves as the Society of Andrew’s Director of the North and South Carolina Gleaning Network. He said, “The farmer was gracious to let us have everything in this field.” He explained that Skinner contacted the Fayetteville office of the Society of St. Andrew on Tuesday and gave them the authorization to glean the field. Volunteers responded …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

What would you do if you were to win the lottery?  Many say they would quit work, pay off debts, send children to college, etc.  If I were to win (fat chance) I am currently unemployed, on a fixed income and not looking for work.  Children are grown and gone.  One grandchild has graduated from college and gainfully employed and the other is a second year student at ECU Dental School.  I could/would gladly assist them.  Just thinking out loud and do not have a lottery ticket…..yet. I know I have ask this question before, remember David Bone, former Elizabethtown City Manager, left in late 2000s for Wendell, NC position, …..

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Volleyball: South Brunswick 3, West Bladen 0

DUBLIN – South Brunswick defeated West Bladen 3-0 Tuesday night in the non-conference volleyball opener for both schools by game scores of 25-7, 25-23 and 25-12. Senior Mikayla Winebarger racked up 8 service points, 4 kills, an ace and a block for West Bladen. Junior Raegan Davis hammered in 5 kills, an ace and 6 service points. Senior Alise Pait poured in 8 service points and a kill. Senior Elizabeth Allbright knocked in 3 kills and 2 service points. Senior Patience Parker fired in 4 service points and a kill, and senior Madison Collins tallied 4 service points. Sophmore Lexie Corrothers slammed in 2 kills and 2 service points. Junior …..

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JV Volleyball: South Brunswick 2, West Bladen 0

DUBLIN – South Brunswick defeated West Bladen 2-0 Tuesday in the non-conference jayvee volleyball opener for both schools by game scores of 25-8 and 25-11. Freshman Khadijah Jones fired in 5 service points, 4 aces and a kill to lead the Lady Knights. Teammate Jordan Benson knocked in a kill, an ace and 2 service points. Erica Storms slammed in 2 kills and a service point, and Alana King contributed a kill and a service point. Madison Cain, Indra Rodriguez and Cheyenne Lewis tallied one service point each for West Bladen. “The score doesn’t reflect the way the girls played,” said West Bladen Coach Gaye Davis. “South Brunswick is a …..

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This Day in History for August 16

1780 – British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, SC. 1870 – Fred Goldsmith demonstrates curve ball isn’t an optical illusion. 1898 – Edwin Prescott patents roller coaster. 1904 – NYC begins building Grand Central Station. 1922 – AT&T radio station WBAY becomes WEAF (NYC). 1930 – The first color sound cartoon, called Fiddlesticks, is made by Ub Iwerks. 1944 – US 15th Army corp reaches Eure, surrounds Dreux. 1947 – Ralph Kiner becomes 1st Pirate to hit 3 consecutive HRs. 1954 – “Sports Illustrated” magazine begins publishing. 1962 – Ringo Starr replaces Pete Best as Beatles’ drummer. 1970 – 52nd PGA Championship: Dave Stockton shoots 279 at Southern …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon This week’s Bladen County Pet of the Week is a lively 2-year-old male named Goober. He’s a caring and affectionate dog that just loves to play! The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. For more information or questions call (910) 862-6918. Share:

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Back to School Drive to take place

Royalty Enterprise will be giving out basic school supplies on Saturday, August 26th, 2017, from 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. The first stop will be at Lloyd Park in Elizabethtown from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Lloyd Park is located on Swanzy Street near the National Guard Armory. The next stop will be at the Mount Vernon Ball Park in Clarkton at 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The final stop will be at the Wateree Park in Bladenboro from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. For more information contact Courtney Miller at 910-703-5241.   Share:

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68 Players Participate In Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association Tourney At Vineyard Golf

The August 15th SFSGA tourney was played at the immaculate Vineyard Golf At White Lake course. Sixty-eight players showed up on an extremely hot humid August morning to test their skills on one of the best conditioned courses in North Carolina. The winning team, with a score of 53, was Ronnie Tart, Jimmy Jones, Lennon Fisher and Joe Canady. The August 22 tournament will be held at Stryker Course on Fort Bragg. Share:

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PBLA cadets complete Sea Training

Four Sea Cadets from The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy recently completed United States Navy Sea Cadet Corps Recruit Training.  The cadets are members of the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy’s U.S. Navy Sea Cadet unit the Patriot Academy Division. The Cadets underwent 10 days of military training at Joint Base Maguire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey.  During the ten days they received an introduction to military routine and discipline.  This training is the cadets’ first step towards advancing in the Sea Cadet Program. Cadets spent the ten days learning basic Navy subjects, customs, elementary seamanship, basic damage control, quarters maintenance, knots, naval submarine history, signal techniques, naval aircraft identification, naval vessel …..

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Solar eclipse viewing safety tips

By Erin Smith There is much excitement and speculation surrounding the upcoming solar eclipse on Monday.  The last time the United States saw a total solar eclipse was in 1979. Bladen Community College is offering an Eclipse Viewing Event on Monday at 2 p.m.  on the grassy field beside building 6 on the east side of campus. Those attending the viewing party at BCC are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket. BCC will provide special viewing glasses for the event. Bladen County residents will be able to see a partial solar eclipse while those who are closer to Charleston SC will see a total eclipse. Looking directly into …..

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Women’s Tennis: West Bladen 8, West Columbus 1

CERRO GORDO – West Bladen opened their women’s tennis season Monday with an 8-1 Three Rivers Conference victory over West Columbus. The Lady Knights host St. Pauls Tuesday in another TRC match. Singles Conner Brisson (WB) defeated West Columbus #1  8-2 Savannah Lee (WB) defeated West Columbus #2 8-1 West Columbus #3 defeated Autumn Brisson 8-5 Alyssa Bell (WB) defeated West Columbus #4 8-2 Rayna Bryan (WB) defeated West Columbus #5 8-4 Alyssa Smith (WB) defeated West Columbus #6 8-1   Doubles C. Brisson/S. Lee (WB) defeated West Columbus #1 8-4 A. Brisson/A. Bell (WB) defeated West Columbus #2 8-6 R. Bryan/A. Smith (WB) defeated West Columbus #3 8-4 Share:

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Congressman Pittenger’s statement on Durham Vandalism

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after learning protestors pulled down a Confederate statue in Durham on Monday evening: “The anarchy displayed in Durham should be condemned by all who cherish the rule of law and the spirit of Martin Luther King.  The despicable, reprehensible hatred displayed by white supremacists in Charlottesville has no place in America, but we cannot drive out that hate with more violence.” Following the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia, Congressman Pittenger released this statement on Saturday: “The hate and violence displayed in the Charlottesville riots which caused loss of life is reprehensible.  Those who perpetuated these actions should be held fully responsible and accountable.  We must be …..

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Dr. Blanks honored with induction into NCACC Hall of Fame

By Erin Smith Longtime Bladen County Commissioner Dr. Delilah Blanks was honored during the recent NC Association of County Commissioners annual meeting in Durham. Dr. Blanks was inducted into the NCACC Hall of Fame. Also named to the 2017 Hall of Fame were David Thompson, who is a former manager of NCACC, and Danny Wright of Vance County. Blanks and Wright are both Past Presidents of the NCACC. Blanks served as Bladen County Commissioner for 26 years having first been elected to the board in 1988. She opted not to seek re-election in 2016 after completing her sixth term in office. For several years, she served as the only woman …..

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Board of Agriculture will meet Aug. 23 in Raleigh

RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Agriculture will hold its quarterly meeting Wednesday, Aug. 23, at 2 p.m. in the Martin Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. The board will take up the following items: *Begin the process of adopting by reference new federal food-safety rules. *Begin the process to readopt state forestry rules that were deemed necessary following periodic rules review. *Adopt permanent rules for the Animal Shelter Support Fund. The rules define eligible expenses and establish application guidelines. Temporary rules have been in place since last November. *Consider a request from the NCDA&CS Plant Industry Division to modify the sampling procedure for bags of fertilizer. *Two new members of the …..

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Bladen Community College Website Receives Global Recognition

DUBLIN – The newly refurbished Bladen Community College website has received global recognition for design, creativity, and innovation through the Awwwards.com website design evaluation jury. In 2016, BCC began an extensive restructuring of the college website, engaging Springer Studios from Wilmington to redesign the internet presence. Working with the BCC website team members, Springer Studios launched a revitalized and comprehensive website in May of 2017. According to Phillip Pope, BCC assistant system administrator, “Awwwards.com searches for the best web designers, developers, and agencies in the world.  Jurors from countries around the world score websites based on an objective criteria evaluating design, usability, creativity, and content.” The college website committee and …..

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NCDOT Prepared for Solar Show

  • 08/15/2017
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Teams across North Carolina ready in different ways SYLVA – The star of the show will perform for about two and a half minutes. Planning has been ongoing for months in preparation for thousands — likely hundreds of thousands — of people traveling either to or through North Carolina for the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Numerous events and festivals are planned in western North Carolina, with Jackson County alone preparing for 18,000 to 20,000 visitors. The estimated number of travelers headed to South Carolina exceeds 2.1 million. Because of this population surge, the N.C. Department of Transportation has been coordinating with various state. local and federal agencies to help eclipse enthusiasts …..

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Boys Soccer: East Bladen 5, Midway 2  

DUNN – Senior Brooks McGill racked up a ‘Hat Trick’ plus one of 4 goals that sparked East Bladen to a 5-2 victory over Midway Monday night in the non-conference boys soccer opener for both schools. Midway scored first on a well-placed shot after a foul against the Eagles. Fifteen minutes later
 the Eagles tied the score on McGill’s first goal. “Gabe (Barber) played a through ball to Brooks who calmly finished it in the back of net,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. Midway took a 2-1 lead with 12 minutes left in the 1st half . “They caught us not getting back and would
 take a throw-in and a misplayed ball to score,” said Raynor. …..

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Things heat up during Bladenboro meeting

By: Erin Smith Things got heated in the town of Bladenboro on Monday night. The Bladenboro Town Board heard twice from Dawson Singletary regarding the Bryant Swamp Drainage District clean up during Monday night’s meeting. He first addressed the board during the Open Forum session regarding the Bryant Swamp Drainage project. “I’m here to try to work towards keeping Bladenboro from flooding,” said Singletary. He showed the board a photo of the Bryant Swamp area which he said dated from 1950 and compared it to another photo he said was taken in 1980. Singletary said the Bryant Swamp drainage ditch has only about a 6-foot fall (or slope of the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

So easy to get ‘wrapped’ up in the here and now. Think back for a short time! Remember???? When there were no phones in rural areas Collect phone calls Telephone booths Collars and halters for mule or horse 1 or 2 horse/mule turn plow Peanut weeder Mule/horse and drag and barn crew for ‘barning’ tobacco Cropping tobacco by hand, stacking peanuts, picking cotton by hand, breaking corn and tossing into wagon to move it to the barn? Playing Hop Scotch Using grains of corn to play bingo Skip a rope Shooting marbles 2 man crosscut saw Wood fired stove and heater No air conditioning, not fans except hand fans mostly from …..

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Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

The feds were announcing the Colcor undercover investigation involving quite a few Bladen County citizens. O.J. Carroll, Jr. defeated Bobby Roberts in a runoff for County Commissioner. Dr. Bruce Phillips resigned his seat on the Bladen County Hospital Board. The 1952 graduating class of Bladen Central held their 30th class reunion. Share:

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This Day in History for August 15

1620 – Mayflower sets sail from Southampton, England, with 102 Pilgrims. 1635 – 1st recorded north American hurricane hit the Plymouth Colony. 1858 – Regular mail to Pacific coast begins. 1893 – US no longer allowed exclusive rights in Bering Sea. 1911 – Procter & Gamble unveils its Crisco shortening. 1923 – Mexico & US reaches accord over oil concessions of 1917. 1939 – “The Wizard of Oz”, American musical fantasy film directed by Victor Fleming and King Vidor, premieres at Grauman’s Chinese Theater, Hollywood, starring Judy Garland (Dorothy), Ray Bolger (Scarecrow), Jack Haley (Tin Man), Bert Lahr (Cowardly Lion), Frank Morgan (Wizard), Billie Burke (Glinda), and Margaret Hamilton (Wicked …..

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Superintendent discusses consolidation concerns with School Board

By Bethany Hall Stephens The Board of Education met Monday for their monthly session where they began by hearing a financial summary for both June and July from Sharon Penny, Finance Director. Penny explained that the budget was 98% finalized, and though there is an increase in the fund balance this year (which on the surface would appear to be a good thing), the increase was due to having several substitute teachers in lieu of certified teachers (who don’t make as much money but are also un-certified teachers). Valerie Newton, Public Information Officer, briefly gave the board an overview outlining instances during the last month where Bladen County Schools were …..

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Women’s Tennis: St Pauls 6, East Bladen 3

St. Pauls defeated East Bladen 6-3 Monday in a season-opening Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis match. Singles Abigale Moncrief (SP) defeated Jayme LeeAnn Frady (EB) 8-3 Ting Lin (EB) defeated Jada Clayton (SP) 8-1 Anna Kate White (EB) defeated Dulce R. (SP) 8-3 Viviana L. (SP) defeated Lily Lin (EB) 9-7 Sammi Jiang (EB) defeated Natalia L. (SP) 8-3 Liliana Segura-Hernandez (SP) defeatred Carlie West (EB) 8-0 Doubles Moncrief/Clayton (SP) defeated J. Frady/T. Lin (EB) 8-3 Dulce R./Viviana L. (SP) defeated L. Lin/S. Jiang (EB) 9-7 Natalia L./Segura-Hernandez (SP) defeated Olivia Barnes/Carleigh Devane (EB) 8-1 Share:

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Dublin Peanut Festival announces golf tourney

Dublin Peanut Festival is now accepting applications for our golf tournament that will be held on Thursday, Sept. 14th, 2017 at Vineyard Golf Course, White Lake. This will be a two man team tournament with a format of 6 holes Best Ball, 6 holes Captains Choice and 6 holes Alternate Shot.  Hole sponsorships are available for $100.  Contact Richard Sibbett at 910-977-8206 for more information. Share:

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Dublin Peanut Festival Committee announces preliminary events, applications available

  • 08/14/2017
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The Dublin Peanut Festival Committee is busy preparing the 25th annual Dublin Peanut Festival which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16th, in Dublin. The committee has announced some preliminary events and they are also accepting applications for crafts vendors, food vendors and more. The Dublin Peanut Festival Pageant Committee is accepting applications for the 2017 Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Pageant that will be held Saturday, September 9th, 2017.  At the end of the Queens one year reign, she will be presented a $1,500.00 check, provided she has met all her requirements set forth in her contract.  The check will be made payable to the college she will be attending in …..

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Application Period Opens for More than $250 Million in FEMA Grants

Bladen County government agencies and the local towns have the opportunity to apply for grant funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for various projects designed to reduce or eliminate flood risks. The FEMA announced today that the application period for more than $250 million in grants is now open. Eligible applicants including state, local, tribal and territorial governments may apply for the Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) and Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) grants through 3 p.m. on Nov. 14, 2017, at https://portal.fema.gov. “These types of grants are critically important to the well-being of communities all over the country, especially when it comes to reducing future disaster cost,” said FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation …..

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Janet Egelston Haddock

Janet Egelston Haddock, 84, passed away  August 5, 2017 at Hospice Ministries, Ridgeland, MS. She was preceded in death by her husband, Staff Sergeant (retired) Jerry Haddock, Hazlehurst, MS; her parents, John and Opal Egelston; a brother, Major (retired) C.Russell Egelston; a sister, Anna Egelston Currie, Elizabethtown, NC  and a half brother, Thomas Egelston, Columbia, SC. Mrs. Haddock has a daughter, Debbie Haddock, Umbria, Italy; a son, Jeffrey Haddock, Hazlehurst, MS; 4 grandchildren; a brother, Martin Egelston, Carthage, MO; a sister, Forrest Sue Egelston, Elizabethtown, NC and many nieces and nephews. Burial was August 8 at Bethel Baptist Church, Hazlehurst, MS. Share:

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Agencies make pitch for more funding following GenX in river

By: Erin Smith Following the investigation into GenX contamination of the Cape Fear River and concerns regarding the suitability of drinking water taken from the river, two state agencies have made a joint request for additional funding from the General Assembly. Both the NC Department of Health and Human Services and the NC Department of Environmental Quality have presented a joint financial request to the NC General Assembly to be considered during the September session. The joint request is for monitoring of water quality, permitting and public health. According to a release, the NC DHHS has asked for $530,839 for water and public health and Department of Environmental Quality has …..

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Three Bridges at Cumberland-Sampson Line to be Replaced

  • 08/14/2017
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FAYETTEVILLE – Replacing a 44-year-old bridge will require Maxwell Road near the Cumberland-Sampson County border to close beginning Monday, Aug. 21. It is one of three bridges over the South River at the county line east of Fayetteville that will be replaced under a $2.7 million contract awarded to Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy. The other two bridges are on Faircloth Bridge Road near the Cumberland-Sampson County line. The two were built in 1965 and have vehicle weight restrictions. Although safe for traffic, the three bridges are functionally obsolete and structurally deficient because of their aging components and high maintenance costs. Work on the Maxwell Road bridge will cause a detour onto …..

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice workshop offers help in coping with grief at work

Creating a Supportive Workplace Wilmington, NC — Grief in the Workplace is a no cost workshop offered by Lower Cape Fear Hospice. It will be Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Bladen County office, 116 W Broad Street in Elizabethtown. To register, call 910-515-6689. Because of our generous donors, these caring, no cost counseling services and programs are available to all. Your donation is always appreciated. This workshop is part of a series that happens the second Tuesday of each month through December. Topics will vary. Grief is a necessary and healthy response to loss. The effects of grief can be profound and long lasting. Each day people bring their grief …..

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Opportunity Scholarships helping Bladen County families with school choice

By Erin Smith Opportunity Scholarships are helping families and also expanding school  choice in North Carolina. In Bladen County, as of July 31, 2017, 16 families in Bladen County have been awarded Opportunity Scholarships, according to the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. The program was established by the NC General Assembly in 2013. “The overwhelming demand of the Opportunity Scholarship Program, in a short period, sends a clear message that families across our state continue to demand quality educational options for their children,” said Darrell Allison, Founding President of Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina. North Carolina General Statute 115C-562.1 authorizes the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority …..

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Organic Certification Cost Share More Accessible to Farmers

Organic farmers and ranchers can now visit their local U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) office to apply for cost share reimbursement through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). OCCSP provides cost share assistance to producers and handlers of agricultural products who are obtaining or renewing their certification under the National Organic Program (NOP). Certified operations may receive up to 75 percent of their certification costs paid from Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017, not to exceed $750 per certification scope. Eligible costs include application fees, inspection costs, fees related to equivalency agreement/arrangement requirements, travel/per diem for inspectors, user fees, sales assessments and postage. Ineligible …..

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Today marks V-J Day

Today is Victory over Japan Day or simply V-J Day. In the United States, this day marks the date when the news broke in 1945 that the Government of Japan had surrendered bringing World War II to an end. The same occasion is marked in Europe on August 15th. President Harry S. Truman announced the news to the world at the White House on August 14th 1945. The actual peace treaty was not signed until Sept. 2, 1945.  The formal surrender took place on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, Japan. In 1946, President Truman signed a proclamation a naming August 14, 1946 as Victory over Japan Day.  The …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving for August 14

Charlottesville, Va. was an ugly scene Saturday.  At least 3 killed and a total of 34 injured, some critically. We are so divided in this country, didn’t just get there, but recent events gives little hope for better days ahead, soon.  We can change it overnight, if we begin to treat others as we would like to be treated.  You know, like the Golden Rule.  Starts at the top and trickles down. We are a week away from a total eclipse.  Maps indicate the best place in North Carolina will be the most western tip of North Carolina (Sylvia to Murphy) then through the heart of South Carolina from Clemson, Columbia, …..

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East Bladen Soccer Opens Season Monday at Midway

After his team posted 5 wins and a tie in their 6 pre-season scrimmages, East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor is looking forward to the Eagles season-openerMonday night at Midway. “I’m very pleased with the results from this past week,” said Coach Raynor. “We have played some very good soccer and have a level of ability that I’m not sure I have ever had here. Fast, athletic, and smart. These guys are hungry and are making plays. We lost 1 starter (Grey Cabellero) which is a big hole to fill, but we gain some players – either freshman or players who have improved – that will help fill that void.” Raynor was …..

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Blake Baysden Wins Land O’Lakes Club Championship

WHITEVILLE – Bladenboro’s Blake Baysden fired a 73 Sunday to win the Club Championship at Land O’ Lakes Golf Club with a two-day total of 146. Baysden, a former West Bladen and Coker College golfer, also posted a 73 Saturday and won the title by 8 shots over Joey Todd who carded rounds of 76 and 78 for a 154 total. It was the second time that Baysden has won the club title at Land O’Lakes. Share:

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Four Bladen County Commissioners attend conference

Four Bladen County Commissioners attended the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) 2017 Annual Conference held August 10-13, 2017 in the Durham Convention Center in Durham. The conference was very informative. A feature of the conference was the Youth Voice “Real Colors” Training.  Additionally, Sue Klebold, mother of Columbine High School shooter Dylan Klebold, was the guest speaker during the youth’s general session, entitled “Reaching for Hope.”  She gave a stirring speech. Ms. Shonita Hayes of Council an upcoming senior at East Bladen High School was Bladen County’s youth representative.  She attends Kitchen Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Council.  Commissioners attending the conference were Arthur Bullock, M. George Cogdell, Ophelia Munn-Goins and Ashley Trivette. Click here for …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for August 14

1820 – 1st US eye hospital, the NY Eye Infirmary, opens in NY. 1846 – Henry David Thoreau jailed for refusing to pay taxes. 1887 – “Field and Stream” begins publishing. 1903 – James J. Jeffries KO’s James J. Corbett in 10 for heavyweight boxing title. 1911 – United States Senate leaders begin to rotate the office of President pro tempore (for the time being) of the Senate among leading candidates to fill the vacancy left by William P. Frye’s death. 1922 – 1st “old time” musicians broadcasted on radio (Jenkins-WSB Atlanta) 1935 – Social Security Act becomes law. 1945 – V-J Day, Japan surrenders unconditionally to end WW II …..

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Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving for August 13

Had a great Saturday.  I attended the 110th Annual meeting of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners in Durham, and enjoy every minute. I know, some say just another meeting and I say phooey, don’t have any idea what you are talking about.  Democrat and Republican commissioners from all across the Tar Heel State meet, and deal with issues. Real issues that have a drastic affect on 10 million North Carolinians. County governments deliver services, not just talk about it.  Think about it, how many federal or state schools have you heard about, same for health departments, social services, libraries and much more.  I repeat, county governments deliver services–some partially paid …..

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Learning about the Innovative Approaches Initiative

  • 08/13/2017
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By Amy Schumacher The Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown recently hosted a meeting conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that offered early intervention information to be received and distributed to local groups, churches, medical offices, and any other areas that the group could identify that would be good locations for the display of informational packets. The group that gathered for the event consisted of staff from the Board of Education Exceptional Children’s Department, town employees, the Department of Social Services employees and members of the Innovative Approaches Initiative which is supported by the NC Division of Public Health’s Children’s and Youth branch. “A three year grant has …..

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Letter to the Editor: Fighting for heritage

Dear Editor: I don’t hate anybody! I love all people and all races! I do have righteous anger when radical Islamic terrorists kill innocent people. The American Civil War was fought for many reasons. The freeing of black slaves was just one of them. Ninety percent of the Southerners who fought and died in that war didn’t own slaves. Back then people looked at their states as their countries. Many southerners fought because they felt their countries were being invaded by the North. Many good men & women on both sides died because the hot heads North and South ruled the day! I’m not a violent person and never have been but I’ll fight …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for August 13

1852 – Steamer “Atlantic” crossing Lake Erie from Buffalo to Detroit collided with a fishing boat, sinks with 250 aboard. 1889 – William Gray patents coin-operated telephone. 1907 – 1st taxicabs operate in New York City, imported by Harry N. Allen. 1914 – Carl Wickman begins Greyhound, the 1st US bus line, in Minnesota. 1929 – US Steel Corp initiates 8-hour work day. 1935 – Transcontinental Roller Derby begins (Chicago Coliseum). 1944 – Jackie Gleason-Les Tremayne show premieres on NBC radio. 1950 – US President Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime of Bao-dai. 1959 – US Military satellite Discoverer 5 launched (into polar orbit). 1967 – “Bonnie & …..

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Motorists are encouraged to remember safety

  • 08/13/2017
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There is an air of excitement in Bladen County surrounding the upcoming total solar eclipse which will take place on Monday, August 21. This will be the first time in 99 years such an event has occurred. The NC Department of Transportation is asking motorists to be vigilant on the roadways before and after the eclipse. Large numbers of people are expected to make their way toward the path of the total eclipse in North Carolina and points south. Safe driving behavior before, during and after the eclipse is important. The N.C. Department of Transportation encourages travelers to: *Arrive Early **Stay Put Leave Late View more safety tips online at …..

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2017 West Bladen High spring sports schedules

West Bladen varsity football DATE OPPONENT TIME Aug. 25 at South Brunswick 7 p.m. Sept. 1 Midway 7 p.m. Sept. 8 Fairmont 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Red Springs 7 p.m. Sept. 22 East Columbus 7 p.m. Sept. 29 at South Robeson 7 p.m. Oct. 6 Whiteville 7 p.m. Oct. 13 West Columbus 7 p.m. Oct. 20 at St. Pauls 7 p.m. Oct. 27 South Columbus 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at East Bladen 7 p.m. West Bladen varsity boys soccer DATE OPPONENT TIME Aug. 14 at Purnell Swett 6 p.m. Aug. 21 Purnell Swett 6 p.m. Sept. 5 at Midway 6 p.m. Sept. 6 Midway 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at …..

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Reverend Horace R. Lawrence

Reverend Horace R. Lawrence, age 60, of Leland, NC was called home to Glory on August 10, 2017, in the comfort of his home. A visitation for relatives and friends will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at Dunn Funeral Home Chapel located at 810 West Wilmington Street, Burgaw. The Celebration of Life service will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at the Elizabethtown Middle School Gymtorium located at 1496 US 701 Elizabethtown. Internment will follow in the Wilson Chapel Church Cemetery in Kelly. Dunn Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Burgaw NC. Share:

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West Bladen Outscores Harrells 3-1 in Football Scrimmage

HARRELLS – Junior Kerron Washington scored two touchdowns as West Bladen outscored Harrells Christian Academy 3-1 Saturday in their football scrimmage. Washington darted 24 yards for one touchdown and caught a pass from sophmore Tyre Boykin for his other touchdown. Senior B. J. Drake carried into the end zone from 6 yards out for the other Knight touchdown. “The defense also performed well,” said West Bladen Coach Kris Williams. “We only allowed one touchdown and that was on a goal line situation period at the end of the scrimmage when they started at the 5 yardline.” “I was really pleased with the effort our kids put in,” continued Coach Williams. “We’ve …..

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Soggy start leads to sunny end for Made in the Shade Open Car and Truck Show

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By Erin Smith A rainy start to the day led to a sunny finish for the Classic Cruisers Car Club’s 19th annual Made in the Shade Open Car and Truck Show in Elizabethtown. The well attended show had 91 entries with some traveling from as far away as Monroe. “The weather has kept a lot of them from coming,” said Wayne Dove, of Classic Cruisers Car Club. Car clubs represented included the Tri-Beach Cruisers, Old Lightning Rods of Clinton and a Mustang club from Shallotte. One unusual entry in the show was a semi-truck. “For the first time in 19 years, we have a semi-truck entered. That is the first one we’ve ever had,” …..

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