12/11/2018
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  • 3:57 am The Gift That Tops Parents’ Holiday Wish Lists May Surprise You
  • 3:55 am Duke Energy restores power to 618,000 Carolinas customers following winter storm
  • 3:50 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 3:47 am This Day in History – December 11
  • 1:04 pm Bladen County Solid Waste holiday schedule
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Photo by: Tonya Bockover By: Charlotte Smith News reports say Hurricane Harvey has caused the pipeline carrying gasoline to the east coast to shut down. This seems to have Bladen County folks heading to the pumps to top off their tanks. There were long lines at the Go Gas in Elizabethtown according to Tonya Bockover. […]

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By: Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners held special meetings in closed sessions this week. Thursday evening, August 31st, 2017 all nine of the board members came out of the back meeting room with a jaw dropping vote. The reason for the vote was a looming lawsuit brought by Joseph Sledge Jr. for […]

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By Erin Smith U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger conducted a Town Hall meeting at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown on Thursday afternoon. The event featured an update on the activities of the United States Congress followed by a question and answer session. Congressman Pittenger said members of Congress are working on tax reform. He […]

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Many Bladen County folks have been asking BladenOnline.com staff members how they can help the people hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. Whether you want to donate cash, goods, or services to assist in the Hurricane Harvey response, make sure you do so responsibly with information from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Learn the safest […]

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Bladen County students will be able to get free school supplies September 7th, 2017, at the Bladen County Public Library’s Elizabethtown branch. The Goodwill Community Foundation will distribute supplies on a first-come, first-serve basis beginning at 5:30 p.m. and will continue until supplies run out. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade must be present at […]

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RALEIGH – In response to a request from Texas emergency officials, North Carolina is deploying five swift water rescue teams to assist with search and rescue efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. North Carolina teams will depart Thursday morning headed to College Station, Texas.   The five teams consist of 92 personnel from the following public safety […]

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announced today that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for fiscal year (FY) 2018.  The CCC is required by law to announce quarterly estimates of sugar to be purchased for the Feedstock Flexibility Program […]

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Since 2006, the beginning of the North Carolina Education Lottery, Bladen County has received a cumulative amount of $18,635,644. In comparing funds received by other southeastern North Carolina counties we find the following: Columbus $31,167,358, Brunswick $37,768,734, Pender $24,074,238, Sampson $37,030,859, Robeson $83,292,753. Share:

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WASHINGTON, Aug. 31, 2017 — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced that starting Sept. 1, 2017, dairy producers can enroll for 2018 coverage in the Margin Protection Program (MPP-Dairy).  Secretary Sonny Perdue has utilized additional flexibility this year by providing dairy producers the option of opting out of the […]

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By Erin Smith State officials have contacted Chemours officials and demanded they stop the discharge of two additional chemicals into the Cape Fear River. The two additional chemicals were identified in a report issued to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA report including test results performed […]

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Shops in Bladen County are gearing up for what some say are the biggest sales of the year. This Labor Day weekend promises to be a great time to save while you shop in Bladen County. Shop owners in downtown Elizabethtown are slashing prices in  preparation for their annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale. Stores will […]

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By Erin Smith The N.C. House is expected to begin discussion on Thursday, August 31st, 2017 regarding a N.C. Senate plan which would give local officials the authority to begin work to improve the quality of the water in the Cape Fear River. The plan also calls for the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality to […]

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DUBLIN – As Bladen Community College welcomes over 1,150 students to campus this fall, the student population will reflect a changing profile. Because of the Career and College Promise Program (CCPP), the campus will see its greatest influx yet of high school students who will complete college credits while still in high school. “We have […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – West Columbus defeated East Bladen 8-1 Wednesday in Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis action. The Lady Eagles will host Fairmont Tuesday at 4 p.m. Singles 1.  Ting Lin (EB) defeated Chloe Pait (WC) 8-2 2.  Baylee Haynes (WC) def. Anna Kate White (EB) 8-2 3.  Jessica Griffin (WC) def. Lily Lin (EB) 8-2 4. Lauren […]

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James and Judy Dufault would like to announce the birth of their grandson, Elijah James Melvin. He was born on Monday, August 21, 2017, at 8:08 a.m. at Bladen County Hospital. He weighed 9 lb. 8 oz. and measured 22 1/2 inches in length. Congratulations to Alexis Celeste Monroe! God is good! Share:

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The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors will meet Tuesday, September12, 2017 at 8:00 a.m. in the Small Auditorium at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center, Elizabethtown For additional information call 910-862- 3179, Opt. 3. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Just thinking out loud. When I was serving as County Commissioner in the 70s & 80s, some of my most conservative friends were constantly reminding me, ‘you cannot spend yourself into prosperity.’ And former Lt. Gov. Jimmy Green speaking on more than one occasion would remind listeners that when we see an urgent call for tax […]

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1842 – US Naval Observatory authorized by an act or Congress. 1886 – 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston, SC, 100 die. 1895 – 1st pro football game (QB John Brallier paid $10 & won 12-0). 1909 – AJ Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball. 1910 – Theodore Roosevelt makes a speech in […]

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Former East Bladen star Farrell Murchison will be on the field Thursday with his Winston-Salem State Rams when they open their 2017 football season at 3 p.m. at UNC-Pembroke. Murchison, the all-time leading rusher in East Bladen school history, is listed No. 2 on the Rams depth chart at running back. In his senior year […]

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West Bladen’s B. J. Drake has been recognized as a ‘Athlete of the Week’ by the Fayetteville Observer for his performance in the Knights season-opening 39-36 win over South Brunswick. Drake, a senior, rushed for a whopping 238 yards and scored on touchdown runs of 61, 66 and 19 yards. “B. J. carried the ball […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Greyson Heustess fired in 2 goals to lead East Bladen to a 4-1 non-conference men’s soccer victory over Midway Wednesday night. Heustess knocked in a rebound off of a corner kick from 4 yards out in the 25th minute for the first goal of the game. In the […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will reconvene a recessed Special Meeting on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Room on the lower level of the Courthouse. The purpose of the meeting is for the Board to enter a Closed Session in Accordance with NCGS 143-318.11 (a) (3) AttorneyClient Privilege.   […]

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Join the Alzheimer’s Association of Eastern North Carolina and the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater for a free community screening of the documentary, “Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me,” on Thursday, September 28th! Free Alzheimer’s disease resources and information about the upcoming Lumberton Walk to End Alzheimer’s (Saturday, October 14th at Wesley Pines) will be provided. Registration and […]

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Healing for those coping with the death of a loved one Elizabethtown – “Healthy Coping in Grief” is a no cost workshop offered by Lower Cape Fear Hospice. If you are coping with the death of a loved one, join us Tuesday, Oct. 10th, from 3 until 4:30 p.m. at our Bladen County office, 116 W. Broad Street […]

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Contributed DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will begin classes for men and women interested in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) on September 21. Over the past 25 years, the college has graduated 250 candidates, providing skilled law enforcement personnel to local, town, county, regional, state, and federal organizations. The BLET program combines physical conditioning with […]

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The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) today announced the 2017-18 United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) policy for free and reduced-price meals for children enrolled in North Carolina schools. The USDA’s school meals programs help ensure all students have access to wholesome, nutritious, appealing meals at school. “Research indicates children who are hungry […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement following President Trump’s speech on tax reform: “I applaud President Trump for laying out principles for tax reform that include simplifying the tax code, cutting rates, and producing economic growth. In 2013, North Carolina passed historic tax reform based on these principles, which […]

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Contributed If you are looking for a furry friend, the Bladen County Animal Shelter will be participating with the White Lake Water Park at the Dog Day of Summer event on September 10th, 2017. The shelter will have animals onsite at the White Lake Water Park from 10 a.m. until 12 noon for adoptions. The […]

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Contributed DUBLIN – Bladen Community College invites the public to hear poet and author Bruce Lader reading from his books and magazine articles on Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 11 A.M. in the Student Resource Center. Lader is the author of Fugitive Hope (Červená Barva Press, 2014), Embrace (Big Table Publishing, 2010), Landscapes of Longing […]

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August 30, 2017 My Christian Family On Sept. 11, 2017, The Cry Out America Team of Bladen County will hold its annual Cry Out America event. During this event, we will unveil the “IN GOD WE TRUST” across our County courthouse. This historical event will begin at 5:45 p.m. in front of the Bladen County […]

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By Charlotte Smith It’s harvest time for some Bladen County farmers. The frost and heat has had an impact on some of our county’s farmers this year. It may still be too early to tell how successful the corn, soy bean and peanut crops are this season. We did find some farmers out in their […]

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By Erin Smith The deadline for registration for the upcoming women’s conference, “Already Extraordinary,” is fast approaching. The registration must be completed by September 4th, 2017. The conference will take place on Saturday, September 16, at The Venue at White Lake. The cost for the conference is $35 which includes a lunch. A Pastry and […]

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RED SPRINGS – East Bladen’s jayvee volleyball team claimed their first victory of the season Tuesday with a 2-0 Three Rivers Conference victory over Red Springs by game scores of 25-13 and 25-23. Lila McDuffie fired in 9 consecutive service points in the first game that stretched a 14-12 East Bladen lead to 24-12. McDuffie led all […]

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By: Dora Brogdon By now everyone has heard about Hurricane Harvey and the flooding in Texas. There are 50 counties flooded and 66,000 homes without any electricity with 30,000 people staying in shelters according to news sources. Rain levels have reached 15 to 25 inches in water while a few other areas suffered over 50 […]

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The Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement is in the process of moving its offices to the third floor of the Dobbs Building located at 430 N. Salisbury Street, Raleigh. The move is expected to be completed soon. The telephone numbers for the State Board of Elections have changed. The State Board’s new […]

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  Mr. and Mrs. Leon Shaw of Clarkton announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Afton Shaw, to Keith Tolar, son of the late Terry and Debbie Tolar. Keith is employed with ABC Supply Company in Fayetteville. Afton is employed with First South Bank in Elizabethtown. The wedding is planned for October 7th, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

  The stories coming out of Texas are heart-wrenching.  So much pain for so many, but so much good by so many.  People helping people.  It’s amazing when we as Americans come together, forgetting everything else and do unto others as we would have them do for us.  There is nothing we can’t do……forget the […]

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1776 – Continental Army evacuates Long Island and falls back to Manhattan, NYC. 1791 – Thomas Jefferson responds to Benjamin Banneker’s letter on the issue of slavery. 1836 – The city of Houston is founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen. 1890 – President Benjamin Harrison signed the first U.S. law requiring inspection […]

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Bladen County native Dr. Jennifer Smith has been named a superintendent in Beijing, China. She is the daughter of Shirley Autry and the late Houston Smith. China’s education system has a great reputation and is considered one of the most challenging and competitive systems in the world, with accountability standards that exceed most countries. Smith […]

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DUBLIN – East Columbus defeated West Bladen 2-0 Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by game scores of 25-7 and 25-7. Freshman Khadijah Jones slammed in 4 kills to lead the Lady Knights, and freshman Shelby Pharr knocked in 2 kills. West Bladen travels to South Robeson Thursday at 4:30 for another Three […]

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DUBLIN – East Columbus defeated West Bladen 3-0 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by game scores of 27-25, 25-18 and 25-11. Junior Raegan Davis pounded in 8 kills, an ace and a service point to lead the Lady Knight attack. Senior Alise Pait knocked in 4 kills and 2 service points. Senior […]

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RED SPRINGS – Red Springs defeated East Bladen 3-1 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by game scores of 25-22, 25-22. 18-25 and 25-16. After dropping two very close games, East Bladen rallied to take the third game 25-18, but Red Springs closed out the match with the fourth game victory. East Bladen […]

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RED SPRINGS – Red Springs defeated East Bladen 7-2 Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis action. The Lady Eagles will host West Columbus Wednesday at 4 p.m. Singles 1. Hermelinda Mendoza (RS) def. Jayme LeeAnn Frady (EB) 6-4, 6-4 2. Ting Lin (EB) defeated Gabrielle Pecina (RS) 4-6, 6-3, 10-7 (Tiebreaker) 3. Stephanie Alejandro […]

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DUBLIN – West Bladen remained unbeaten on the season Tuesday with a 6-3 Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis victory over East Columbus. Coach Mary Catherine White’s Lady Knights are now 4-0 and will travel to South Robeson Thursday. Singles Conner Brisson (WB) defeated East Columbus #1 6-2, 6-2 East Columbus #2 defeated Helen Lopez (WB) […]

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Elizabethtown – The Laymen League of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church is sponsoring their 2017 men’s conference from Wednesday, September 13, 2017 through Sunday, September 17, 2017. The conference theme is “Empowering Men to Reach Men.” The highlight of the five-day conference is the men’s health seminar. The Men’s Health Network (MHN) reports that men […]

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By Jefferson Weaver About the only good thing one can say about moving is that you find things you thought were long since lost. I guess technically this is the second time in a year that we have moved, maybe even arguably the third. Hurricane Matthew pushed us out of our home last October, and […]

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Sixty-one Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association (SFSGA) senior golfers teed it up Tuesday, August 29 at The Bayonet Golf Course near Raeford. The winning team, with a score of 52, was Ronnie Tart, Oliver Carter, Ken Britt and Joe Canady. Next Tuesday’s SFSGA tourney will be held at The Meadowlands. Share:

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By Erin Smith The town of Bladenboro lost an icon recently when Mr. William Butler passed away on Friday, August 25, 2017.  Mr. Butler was known for his love of farming but he is also noted for his strong belief and commitment in service to his community, county and state. One achievement he was most […]

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By Erin Smith The International Overdose Awareness Day will be celebrated in Raleigh on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Bicentennial Plaza. The event is being hosted by the National Coalition Against Prescription Drug Abuse. Every day, lives are lost all across the United States due to overdoses. According to data released […]

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​Elizabethtown – The North Carolina Theological Seminary of Bladen County open house is Tuesday, September 5th, at 7 p.m.  The seminary is located at Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church, 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown. Contact numbers for additional information are 910-990-1892 or 910-872-4726. Share:

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Application deadline is Sept. 29 RALEIGH – The N.C. Bioenergy Research Initiative is seeking grant proposals focused on research and development of agricultural and forestry-based feedstocks for bioenergy production, Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced. The N.C. General Assembly approved $1 million in funding for the 2017-2018 budget cycle. Nearly $242,275 has been committed to multi-year projects […]

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Contributed The Masons of Bladen Lodge No. 646 recently conducted a fundraiser in support of their philanthropies. We have a winner! The Masons drew the winning ticket for an AR-15 rifle at their stated communication (meeting) Monday night, August 28th, 2017. The winner of the rifle is Wayne Creech of Clarkton. Congratulations go to Mr Creech. This […]

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By Erin Smith The Young Families Connect grant will be ending in October, according to Bladen County Coordinator and Health Educator Carol Strickland. The program has received funding for the past six and one half years and has been deemed to be very successful. The announcement was made during the Healthy Bladen Collaborative meeting on […]

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Thursday’s town hall meeting with U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger in Elizabethtown will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. As reported on Friday, Congressman Pittenger had secured an unexpected opportunity to bring Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson to Fayetteville to discuss Hurricane Matthew recovery with local […]

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 As of 7:52 AM, Michael Caropolo of NOAA, has announced that the Hurricane center has canceled the tropical storm watch for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.  The center of the low pressure system is located just off the Cape Fear coast and will continue to move away from the region today and intensify. The […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

  Rain, rain go away, come again another day.  But, better us than Texas! Can’t imagine the pain by all in Houston and surrounding areas. For the most part, when we have a storm, we have lots of wind, we have had more rain than needed, maybe 10 or 12 inches on an occasion or […]

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1758 – New Jersey Legislature forms 1st Indian reservation. 1831 – Michael Faraday demonstrates 1st electric transformer. 1854 – Self-governing windmill patented (Daniel Halladay). 1898 – The Goodyear tire company is founded. 1914 – Arizonian is 1st vessel to arrive in San Francisco via Panama Canal. 1925 – After a night on the town, Babe […]

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East Bladen senior running back Xavier Wooten was named by the Fayetteville Observer Sunday in their ‘Game Balls: Week 2’ section that recognizes the standout performances from Friday night’s high school football games in the Fayetteville region. Wooten ran for 155 yards on 24 carries and scored on touchdown runs of 1, 3 and 26 […]

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East Bladen cracked NC Preps Class 2A Top 10 Rankings this week following the Eagles impressive 35-16 victory Friday night over traditional Class 2A power Clinton. Coach Robby Priest’s Eagles enter the rankings at No. 10. Other area schools in the 2A Top 10 include Wallace-Rose Hill at No. 5 and East Duplin at No. […]

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ROSE HILL – Union rallied from a 2-1 deficit to edge East Bladen 3-2 in non-conference volleyball action Monday by game scores of 18-25, 25-22, 14-25, 25-19 and 15-3. Senior Faith Johnson hammered in 11 aces and connected on 29 of 32 service attempts for East Bladen. Senior teammate Hannah Devane slammed in 6 kills […]

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Contributed Sunday was celebrated as Youth Sunday at many Bladen County churches. Congregations spent Sunday morning in prayer for the county’s schools and the youth as they prepared to return to school on Monday. Dublin First Baptist Church prayed for their youth, teachers, staff and schools on Sunday. They also traveled to Dublin Primary School […]

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Due to potential hazardous weather, including a flash flood warning from Tropical Cyclone Ten, all Bladen County Schools will operate on a 2-hour delay on Tuesday, August 29th, for students and staff. According to the National Weather Service, Tropical Cyclone Ten could bring 3 to 5 inches of rain to some locations in Bladen County.  A […]

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RALEIGH –A 14-year-old female mule in Johnston County has contracted equine infectious anemia. The disease was discovered through a routine blood test by the N.C. Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in Raleigh and confirmed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This is the first new case of EIA documented in North Carolina since 2005. “The Johnston County […]

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RALEIGH – Troopers statewide are in mourning, after learning Honorary Trooper Howell Brown, III. passed away Friday, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.  Howell, often referred to by members of the Patrol as HB3, was always known for his contagious smile and uplifting spirit. Inducted as an NCSHP Honorary Trooper, Howell immediately became a member of the […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – The Bladen County Commissioners have signed a resolution to support a work force development initiative in Bladen County. In collaboration with Bladen Community College, the Work Ready Community Initiative is a workforce development assessment that tracks local skilled workers and their workforce readiness. Participants are evaluated on reading for information ability, applied mathematics, […]

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College invites Bladen County writers to participate in a series of monthly workshops to explore and cultivate your writing talent. Beginning in September, workshops will meet from 3:30 until 5:30 P.M. in the Learning Enhancement Center (building 8) in room 102. Topics will vary, according to your needs and interests. Writers […]

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Three new trustees have been sworn in to serve four year terms for Bladen Community College by Bladen County Clerk of Court Niki Dennis. Pictured from left to right are Dennis, BCC board chair Dennis Troy, Albert Beatty, appointed by the Bladen County Public School Board, Mary Andrews, appointed by the Bladen County Commissioners, and […]

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It’s salty, plain, roasted, green and boiled. It’s always the star of our show, better known to us as Bladen County’s finest gem, “ Peanuts.”  We celebrate the peanut the third Saturday of September each year.  This year’s date is September 16th, 2017. The festival is held in Dublin, N.C, also known as the Peanut […]

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Celebrate the Funding of America There are two documents of paramount importance to American history: the Declaration of Independence, which forged our national identity, and the United States Constitution, which set forth the framework for the federal government that is still in use today. While Independence Day is a beloved national holiday, fewer people know […]

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The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch for Bladen County and surrounding areas as Tropical Cyclone Number 10 makes its way along the North Carolina coast beginning Monday afternoon. The watch begins at 2 p.m. Monday and continues through Tuesday morning. The National Weather Service has increased the amount of rain Bladen County may receive from […]

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By Erin Smith Area offices and agencies have announced their Labor Day holiday schedules. All banks are closed on Monday, September 4, in observance of the Labor Day holiday and will re-open for business on Tuesday, September 5. There will be no mail delivery on Monday, September 4. The Postal Service will resume its normal […]

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By Erin Smith Changes to roadways led to some traffic pattern changes on Monday as students and staff headed back to the classroom in Bladen County. Traffic was heavy in the areas of the changes, but it seemed to be moving, none the less. At the new four-way stop at the intersection of NC 410 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

  Watch for children along the roadway today, waiting for the bus.  First day of a new school year and lots of energy. The 2017 summer season is ‘winding down” at White Lake.  A reminder, a week from today is Labor Day. Years ago, Labor Day, Back to School and tobacco markets going ‘full blast.’  […]

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1565 – Oldest city in the US established – St. Augustine, Florida. 1609 – English explorer Henry Hudson, discovers & explores Delaware Bay. 1837 – Pharmacists John Lea & William Perrins manufacture Worcestershire Sauce. 1861 – Battle of Fort Hatteras, NC. 1898 – Caleb Bradham renames his carbonated soft drink “Pepsi Cola”. 1907 – United […]

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No alerts had been issued by the National Weather Service for Bladen County as of 2 a.m. Monday, but more than an inch of rain and wind gusts of more than 30 mph are possible Monday night and into Tuesday as Tropical Cyclone Number 10 works its way along the North Carolina coast. A tropical […]

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School starts for Bladen County Schools Monday, August 28th. East Bladen High School held an open house for all students on Thursday, August 24th 2017 Students and parents were able to tour the classes, get schedules and meet the teachers and staff. The Booster Club, the Keyette Club, and PTO were taking sign ups as […]

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This is the last week of registration for Bladen Recreation Soccer Registration will end Friday, September 1st. Tot Soccer (ages 3-4) – Registration fee is $25. Soccer (ages 5-7 coed, 8-10 girls and boys, 11-14 boys and girls) – Registration fee is $30. *Age is determined as of August 1st, 2017 Register Online at bladeninfo.org […]

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Due to a death in the family, North Carolina Superintendent Mark Johnson has cancelled all public events scheduled for Aug. 28-30. Please contact Communications Director Drew Elliot at 919-260-2717 with any questions. Share:

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Rain clouds hovered, but the show went on this past Thursday, August 24th. The last Summer Sounds Concert featuring the  Blackwater Rhythm & Blues band was held at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. Attendance was estimated to be around 600 folks at the free concert presented by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and […]

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National Weather Service

The National Weather Service reports the evolvement of future tropical storms. Irma could have an impact on our area. Low pressure is expected to develop offshore of the Southeast Coast Sunday or Monday and may take on tropical or subtropical characteristics by the time it makes its closest approach to northeast South Carolina and southeast […]

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Release date:  August 27, 2017     Release Number: HQ-17-063 Storm poses significant threat to life and safety WASHINGTON – Tropical Storm Harvey continues impacting southeast Texas communities with potentially historic amounts of rain as well as tornadoes in the greater Houston area. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to urge residents and visitors in […]

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Release date: August 26, 2017             Release Number: HQ-17-061 WASHINGTON – Late Friday, Hurricane Harvey intensified to a major Category 4 hurricane just before making landfall near Rockport, Texas and remains a dangerous storm. “The priorities right now are supporting states with: search and rescue, mass care, disaster medical services, temporary power, […]

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Contributed Historical Lasley’s Motel will soon be the White Lake Christian Camp and Retreat Center. For generations, families have visited Lasley’s Motel at White Lake, NC for rest, relaxation and healing. The property formerly known as Lasley’s Motel, owned by the McSwain family of Bladen County, is under new ownership. The popular destination will be […]

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The Bladen County Commissioners have signed a resolution to support a work force development initiative in Bladen County. In collaboration with Bladen Community College, the Work Ready Community Initiative is a workforce development assessment that tracks local skilled workers and their workforce readiness. Participants are evaluated on reading for information ability, applied mathematics, and locating […]

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The Mini Campers who attended the East Bladen Summer Cheer Camp are invited to cheer with the East Bladen Varsity Cheerleaders at the Home Football games on September 1st and September 15th. Mini Eagles will perform during halftime and should meet at the gate to go on the field near the end of the second […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Public school doors swing wide-open Monday morning as another school year begins.  The big yellow school buses will be on the road early, as will youngsters.  Be aware. Year-round school began a couple of weeks ago, maybe longer. I think of my days in school, at Bladenboro Primary at the old, old school, demolished years […]

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This Day In History

1665 – “Ye Bare & Ye Cubb” is first play performed in North America (Acomac, Va.) 1667 – Earliest recorded hurricane in North America (Jamestown, Virginia). 1859 – 1st successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Penn by Edwin Drake. 1881 – Hurricane hits Florida & Carolinas; about 700 die. 1894 – Congress passes Wilson-Gorman Tariff […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is busy preparing for eight town hall meetings August 28th-August 31st. “So far this year, I’ve worked to pass over 270 bills, including conservative health care reform, major financial reform, V.A. accountability, a crackdown on sanctuary cities, and the largest pay raise for troops in 8 years,” said Congressman […]

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Whiteville –  “From Our Family To Yourz” a non-profit organization is sponsoring a Cancer Tea September 30th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. to honor cancer survivors and pay tribute to those who have passed away due to cancer. This event will be held at the Brunswick Waccamaw Association Building; 600 Pine Log Road; Whiteville NC.  Rita Harrison […]

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Dublin – Bladen Community College will welcome fall semester students, faculty and guests to the 2017 Fall Convocation at 11 A.M. on August 29. The Convocation service provides an opportunity for students to commit to completion with encouragement from motivational guests. Jennifer Haygood, current Chief of Staff for the NC Community College System will address […]

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The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost business seminars in September. The seminars will be held on the college’s campuses in Dublin and East Arcadia. Some seminars will be hosted online.   Social Media for Churches and Non-Profits will be offered Sat., Sept. 16, from 9 A.M. until 12 noon […]

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Time is running out for teachers to apply for grants of up to $2,000 from Four County EMC’s Bright Ideas education grant program. Educators with creative ideas for hands-on classroom projects must submit their application by September 18. Interested teachers can find the application, grant-writing tips and more information on the Bright Ideas grant website […]

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NC DOT

The end of summer also means the start of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program’s annual Labor Day Booze It & Lose It campaign. In its 23rd year, Booze It & Lose It complements the NC Vision Zero initiative, which aims to save lives on North Carolina roadways. The goal is to reach zero traffic-related fatalities and serious […]

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NC DOT

Governor Roy Cooper signed into law Senate Bill 55 in July to help protect students from unsafe drivers and give parents and teachers added peace of mind when sending children to the school bus. SB 55 follows several instances of students being injured or killed by unsafe drivers while waiting for, or getting on or off, […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Elizabethtown wins the 1982 Baseball North Carolina Dixie Youth State Championship. Millard Storms returns to White Lake as Police Chief. A lone gunman robbed the NAPA store in Elizabethtown of approximately $400. The Border Belt Tobacco Market averaged $182.90 per hundred pounds. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Both Bladen County high school football teams posted victories last night.  Check our Sports Page for details. Remember 6 man football?  Tar Heel, Clarkton, Bladenboro, White Oak…maybe others? Peanuts and soybeans look good.  Much of this years corn crop is in the bin, or has been sold. Be aware of new traffic patterns at the […]

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SOUTHPORT – Senior B. J. Drake rushed for 238 yards and scored 3 touchdowns to lead West Bladen to a 39-36 non-conference football victory over South Brunswick in the Knights season opener and first game under new Coach Kris Williams. Drake broke loose on touchdown runs of 61, 66 and 19 yards. Dayvon Swindell piled […]

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ROSEBORO – The Peters Creek Softball Complex will host the Southern Softball Association of America’s Grand Slam World Tournament this weekend. Teams from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina are expected to compete. Competition begins at 9 a.m. Saturday with Classes in B/C, D, E and Recreation E for men as well […]

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Three Rivers Conference East Bladen 35, Clinton 16 West Bladen 39, South Brunswick 36 Whiteville 29, West Brunswick 28 Red Springs 27, Southern Vance 14 Union 32, South Robeson 6 Union Pines 48, St. Pauls 39 South Columbus 34, Douglas Byrd 7 Rocky Point Trask 48, West Columbus 0 Other Area Scores Purnell Swett 31, […]

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