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Gas prices going up in Bladen County

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. Go Gas has unleaded fuel at $2.19 while the same type of gas is $2.45 at the Carolina Petro on Thursday, the last day of August in 2017, Bockover reported. If the national news reports are correct, our local gas prices will only continue to rise. Fuel up before you head out. Share:

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Bladen County Commissioners voted: Sledge to receive 4 million dollars

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 being “wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment” for the murders of Josephine and Aileen Davis in Elizabethtown on September 6, 1976, according to the commissioners. All the commissioners seemed to have been in a stressful situation as they approached their seats in the empty room of the lower level in the Bladen County courthouse. …..

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Congressman Pittenger conducts Town Hall meeting

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 said the current federal tax rate for businesses is 35 percent and that is not competitive. “We want America to be attractive for corporate investment,” said Congressman Pittenger. Over the past several years, the United States’ economic growth has been the lowest since World War II. Congressman Pittenger said such weak economic growth hurts low …..

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Bladen County can reach out to help Hurricane Harvey victims

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 and most effective ways to donate or volunteer with these FEMA guidelines: Cash is the most efficient method of donating. Cash offers voluntary agencies the most flexibility in obtaining needed resources and pumps money into the local economy to help businesses recover. Donate through a trusted organization. Find trusted national and state level agencies to donate or …..

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Bladen County Students receive school supplies from Goodwill Community Foundation

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 the Elizabethtown Library to be eligible to receive supplies. Free School Supplies at Bladen County Library Share:

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North Carolina to deploy five swift water rescue teams to Texas

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 organizations:          Raleigh Team– Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill fire departments          Fayetteville Team – Fayetteville Fire Dept., Fayetteville Police Dept., Cumberland County EMS and Lumberton Rescue & EMS          Henderson County Team – Henderson County Rescue Squad          Greensboro Team – Greensboro Fire Department          Charlotte Team – Charlotte Fire Department       …..

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USDA Announces No Actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

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 based on crop and consumption forecasts. Federal law allows sugar processors to obtain loans from USDA with maturities of up to nine months when the sugarcane or sugar beet harvest begins.  Upon loan maturity, the sugar processor may repay the loan in full or forfeit the collateral (sugar) to USDA to satisfy the loan. The …..

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North Carolina Education Lottery Funds For Bladen County

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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Dairy Producers Can Enroll for 2018 Coverage Secretary Allows Producers to Opt Out

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 program for 2018. “Secretary Perdue is using his authority to allow producers to withdraw from the MPP Dairy Program and not pay the annual administrative fee for 2018,” said Acting Deputy Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Rob Johansson. “The decision is in response to requests by the dairy industry and a number of …..

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North Carolina State Officials to Chemours: Stop discharging two additional chemicals into river

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 on water samples submitted to the EPA laboratory in Research Triangle Park. The two compounds are identified as PFESA Byproduct 1 and PFESA Byproduct 2 (see report linked for full name of compounds). According to EPA’s report dated August 31, 2017, the chemicals were found in samples taken from the Chemours outfall and from finished water samples …..

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Labor Day brings some of the biggest sales to Bladen County

  • 08/31/2017
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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 be offering plenty of bargains from which folks can choose. Summer merchandise as well as new arrivals will be available with savings according to store owners. Most sales will be held Friday, September 1st, Saturday, September 2nd and Monday, September 4th, 2017. Related article: https://bladenonline.com/preparing-to-celebrate-30-years-in-business/ Share:

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N.C. Rep. William Brisson talks GenX plan

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 enforce the law against Chemours for the dumping of the chemical GenX into the river.  The N.C. Senate adopted the plan on Wednesday. N.C. Representative William Brisson said on Thursday morning he expects the N.C. House to discuss the bill later in the day. “The priority is to provide safe drinking water to the people …..

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Fall Enrollment at BCC Shows Boost in High School Students

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 an excellent collaborative relationship with the public school system,” explained Barry Priest, Vice President for Student Services. “High school students can take transferrable college credits while simultaneously receiving high school course credits.” Cierra Griffin, College and High School Programs Coordinator, remarked, “This fall, over 20% of our student enrollment will be high school students. With …..

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

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 Pierce (WC) def. Sammi Jiang (EB) 8-0 5.  Leah Redwine (WC)  def. Carlie West (EB) 8-0 6. Kaydee Davis (WC) def. Carleigh Devane (EB) 8-4 Doubles 1.  Haynes/Griffin (WC) def. /T. Lin/A. White (EB) 8-4 2.  Pate/Pierce (WC) def. L. Lin/S. Jiang (EB) 8-1 3.  Redwine/Madeleine Shaw (WC) def. C. Devane/ Olivia Barnes (EB) 8-1 …..

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Elijah James Melvin

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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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: 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 reform, someone was expecting a better deal and others would be paying more. If the local, state or federal budget total is not less, it’s called shifting the tax burden.  Hang on! And speaking of taxes, today is the last day to take advantage of a ‘whopping’ 1% tax break on local property taxes.  A …..

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This Day in History for August 31

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 Kansas advocating a ‘square deal’: property shall be ‘the servant and not the master of the commonwealth’. 1920 – Detroit radio station is 1st to broadcast a news program on the air. 1935 – FDR signs an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents. 1941 – Great Gildersleeve, a spin-off of Fibber McGee & …..

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Farrell Murchison & Winston-Salem State Open Season at UNC-Pembroke

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 at East Bladen, Murchison rushed for 2,491 yards and 37 touchdowns. Last year Murchison led Louisburg to a 9-0 record by rushing for 947 yards and ten touchdowns. The Rams begin the season ranked No. 8 in Sheridan’s HCBU poll. UNC-Pembroke is ranked No. 19 in the American Football Coaches Division II poll. Share:

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West Bladen’s B. J. Drake Named Athlete of the Week

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 a million times,” said Knight Coach Kris Williams about his workhorse running back. Share:

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Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 4, Midway 1

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 27th minute Heustess sent a long pass to midfield to senior Brooks McGill. As McGill raced toward the goal, the Midway keeper ran out towards McGill who chipped a shot over his head and into the goal from 14 yards out for a 2-0 Eagle lead. With 4 minutes left in the half, junior B. …..

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Commissioners to reconvene closed session

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.   Charles R. Peterson, Chairman Bladen County Board of Commissioners Share:

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Glen Campbell Alzheimer’s Documentary

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 refreshments will be between 5 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. and the movie will begin at 6 p.m. RSVP is required by Sept. 25th by calling 1-800-272-3900 or by following the following link (click on the first purple banner Alzheimer’s Association Programs and Events, then enter your zip code, you will see the online registration link):  http://www. communityresourcefinder.org/ All questions about …..

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice workshop offers Healthy Coping in Grief

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 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. “Grieving is a long and difficult process,” Melissa Rogers, LCFH bereavement counselor, said. “In addition to understanding how stress can take a toll on a person physically, emotionally, …..

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BCC Basic Law Enforcement Training Begins in September

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 required classwork. Coursework includes intensive training in the use of firearms, emergency vehicle operation, defense tactics, legalities, and diffusing domestic violence. Classes meet Monday through Friday evenings, from 5:30 PM until 10 PM and every other Saturday, from 8 AM until 5 PM. The program is approved for financial aid and VA benefits. For more …..

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Eligibility Criteria announced for free and reduced price school lunches

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 or poorly nourished have difficulty learning and do not perform as well in the classroom as students who are well-nourished,” said NCDPI School Nutrition Services Section Chief Lynn Harvey. “Providing healthy, appealing meals and snacks at school help ensure that students can focus on academics.” The federal income eligibility guidelines for July 1, 2017 through June …..

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Tillis Statement on President Trump’s Speech on Tax Reform

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 has helped create more than 300,000 jobs and turned North Carolina’s economy into one of the fastest growing in the entire nation. I look forward to working closely with the President and Congressional leaders to fulfill our promises to deliver tax relief to hardworking families and business owners that will provide them with an even …..

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Animal Shelter to conduct adoption event during Dog Day of Summer event

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 adoption fee will be $25 for dogs and $15 for cats. This fee will include first vaccinations on the animals. Everyone is invited to come out and bring your furry friends to this event and adopt a new one to go home with you that day. For more details on the Dog Day of Summer …..

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Bruce Lader to Speak at Bladen Community College

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 (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2009), and Discovering Mortality (March Street Press, 2005). In 2010, Lader won the Left Coast Eisteddfod Poetry Competition and was a finalist for the Brockman-Campbell Book Award. His journal appearances include Poetry, New York Quarterly, International Poetry Review, the Southern Poetry Anthology, the Oxford Anthology of Contemporary Jewish-American Poets, the Einstein …..

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Letter to the Editor: Cry Out America event planned

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 Courthouse. During this time, we will recognize you and your church with a special thanks for your love and loyalty for Christ and to Bladen County. We are so excited about this historical event. We are looking forward to seeing you and your church members that evening. The Cry Out America Team believe that our …..

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Harvest time in Bladen County

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 fields on Wednesday, August 30th, harvesting their corn crop. Share:

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Deadline for Women’s Conference Registration is approaching

  • 08/30/2017
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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 Coffee Social begins at 8:30 a.m. and the conference will begin at 9:30 a.m. Door prizes will also be given away during the conference. Tonya Hoglen, founder of Girlfriends in Faith Together (G. I. F. T.), said there will be two speakers for the conference. They are Teresa Allen and Beth Greer. Allen is the …..

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JV Volleyball East Bladen 2, Red Springs 0

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 servers for East Bladen with ten service points in the match. Red Springs maintained leads of 18-15 and 20-17 in Game 2, before 2 service points from freshman Alyssa Futrell and one by freshman Katie Evans tied the game at 22. After a service break, Cheylee Mathis served out the match for East Bladen with …..

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Bladen County may assist Hurricane Harvey victims 

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 inches of down pour. One way to help the survivors down in Texas would be donating to relief efforts. It is the most effective way to support the survivors during their recovery. Donating personal items such as used clothing, perishable foods, medicine, and household items is not what is needed. Donating personal items at this …..

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State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement is moving offices

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 main telephone number for the public is (919) 814-0700. For all media inquiries, please call Public Information Officer Patrick Gannon at (919) 814-0765 (new number) or email patrick.gannon@ncsbe.gov. For more details about the move, go here. This information will be updated regularly during the next week or so. Share:

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Afton Shaw and Keith Tolar to marry

  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, 2017. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 petty differences and just love thy neighbor as thyself. Can’t image the pain that lies ahead for so many, as they begin to recover, rebuild and over time, get back to what seems so routine for all of us. Labor Day is fast approaching and as a late (age) teenager, my favorite time of the year.  …..

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This Day in History for August 30

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 of meat products. 1901 – Hubert Cecil Booth patents vacuum cleaner. 1937 – Joe Louis beats Tommy Farr in 15 for heavyweight boxing title. 1951 – US & Philippines sign mutual defense pact. 1963 – Hotline communication link between the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. and the Kremlin in Moscow installed. Often known as the ‘red …..

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Bladen native Dr. Jennifer Smith named superintendent in China

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 has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in leading large international educational settings. Prior to taking the leap to work overseas, she was a principal in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Smith left Charlotte to work overseas in South Korea, where she opened a new school as principal. While working in Asia, her expertise led her to the …..

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JV Volleyball: East Columbus 2, West Bladen 0

  • 08/30/2017
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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 Rivers Conference match. Share:

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Volleyball: East Columbus 3, West Bladen 0

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 Mikayla Winebarger slammed in 3 kills and a service point. Senior Elizabeth Allbright smashed in an ace and 2 kills. Sophmore Lexie Corrothers smacked in 2 kills and a service point. Brinkley Collier tallied 2 service points. Junior Callie Lewis hammered in a kill and a service point. Seniors Patience Parker and Madison Collins and …..

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Volleyball: Red Springs 3, East Bladen 1

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 will host West Columbus Thursday at 4:30 in another Three Rivers Conference match. Share:

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Women’s Tennis: Red Springs 7, East Bladen 2

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 (RS) def. Anna Kate White (EB) 6-0, 6-1 4. Selina Franco (RS) def. Lily Lin (EB) 6-2, 6-1 5. Bianca Uribe (RS) def. Sammi Jiang (EB) 6-1, 6-2 6. Aurely Cruz (RS) def. Carlie West (EB) 5-7, 6-3, 10-8 (Tiebreaker) Doubles 1. J. Frady/T. Lin (EB) def. Mendoza/Franco (RS) 8-5 2. Pecina/Alejandro (RS) def. L. …..

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Women’s Tennis: West Bladen 6, East Columbus 3

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) 6-3, 6-4 Autumn Brisson (WB) defeated East Columbus #3 4-6, 7-6 11-9 (Tiebreaker) Alyssa Smith (WB) defeated East Columbus #4 4-6, 6-4, 10-4 (Tiebreaker) Mireya Sandoval (WB) defeated East Columbus #5 6-0, 6-1 Haleigh Dunn (WB) defeated East Columbus #6 6-3, 6-4 Doubles East Columbus #1 defeated H. Lopez/C. Brisson (WB) 6-4, 7-6 East Columbus …..

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Baldwin Branch to host 2017 Men’s Conference

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 die at higher rates than women. The Top 10 causes of death are heart disease, cancer, stroke, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, accidents, pneumonia and influenza, diabetes, suicide, kidney disease, and chronic liver disease and cirrhosis. This was a very successful venture last year. Several men of the community took advantage of the seminar by asking …..

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Homes, hounds and happiness

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 we ended up throwing away more than we kept, like many of you.  Then we had to move out of the camper trailer back into our house, only to watch the water rising precipitously again. A number of factors have led to us heading for a new home, one which doesn’t flood and doesn’t have …..

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Bladenboro loses an icon

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 proud of was assisting in the efforts to save the Bladenboro Historical Society Building from being demolished. BladenOnline.com was able to sit down with Mr. Butler in June to talk about the building which went by the name of the Bladenboro Farm Life School when it was utilized as a school. Mr. Butler recalled fondly …..

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International Overdose Awareness Day event planned

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 by the NC Association of County Commissioners, there were 1.3 prescriptions for Opioids written per resident in Bladen County in 2016 and there were 101.1 pills per resident in Bladen County in 2016. According to NC Department of Health and Human Services data, in 2016, opioid-related deaths were up by 20 percent in North Carolina …..

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Bladen County seminary to hold open house

  • 08/29/2017
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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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Troxler announces availability of bioenergy research grants

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 that were started with the 2016-2017 grant cycle, leaving over $757,725 for new and existing projects. These grants are designed to focus on projects that boost energy production from North Carolina agricultural and forestry products, offer new opportunities for agribusiness development and support cooperative research for bioenergy production. “Our state’s continued investment in agricultural research …..

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Bladen Masons announce raffle winner

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 raffle generated a little over $2,000 bringing the Lodge’s contributions to $4,000 for their three charities. The Masons of your community, our children at the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford and our seniors at Whitestone Humbly thank all who participated in the raffle. Share:

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Bladen County Young Families Connect grant ending 

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 Tuesday morning. “We were notified on June 20th we would not be funded like we thought we would,” said Strickland. She added the Health Department has received notification recently the grant will be extended until October 2017. She said the staff are now in the process of notifying the participants in Young Families Connect and …..

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Congressman Pittenger Town Hall meeting set for Thursday

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 leaders.  This would have required postponing the Elizabethtown Town Hall scheduled for Thursday, August 31st. However, President Trump now needs Secretary Carson on scene in Houston, Texas so the Elizabethtown Town Hall meeting will now proceed as scheduled. The meeting will be conducted at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market:  Thursday, August 31st, 1:30 p.m. (106 Martin Luther King …..

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Tropical Storm Watch canceled

 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 system is still forecast to become a tropical storm but not until in reaches the Outer Banks. As the low pulls away today we can still expect some gusty winds on the backside from the N and NW of 20-25 mph this morning. In addition, rainfall amounts have been revised downward, we can expect to …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 two, but never, that I recall, 35 to 55 inches of rain. Pray for relief for those in the midst of it all. Mark your calendar for September 8, 10 AM, the date of the dedication service for the opening of the new Bladen County Detention Center. Labor Day marks the unofficial kick-off for many …..

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This Day in History for August 29

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 Ruth shows up late for batting practice, Miller Huggins suspends Ruth & slaps a $5,000 fine on him. 1932 – United Cigar Stores shuts 800 shops. 1945 – Gen. MacArthur named Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan. 1957 – Strom Thurmond (Sen-D-SC) ends 24 hour filibuster against civil rights, Congress passes Civil Rights Act …..

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Xavier Wooten Recognized by Fayetteville Observer

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 yards as the Eagles opened their season with a 35-16 victory over Clinton. Share:

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East Bladen Ranked No. 10 in 2A Poll

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. 7. Clinton was ranked No. 8 in last week’s rankings. Shelby, the defending Class 2AA champion, is ranked No. 1, and Reidsville, the defending Class 2A champion, is ranked No. 3 in this week’s poll. Share:

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Volleyball: Union 3, East Bladen 2

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 and poured in 16 attacks. Senior Kaley Smith fired in 21 of 24 service attempts for the Lady Eagles, and junior Sarah Johnson racked up 8 attacks and 6 blocks and was on target with 10 of 11 service attempts. East Bladen served 88% as a team for the match. East Bladen will travel to …..

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Bladen County churches pray for a good year

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 and prayed in front of the building. The Chosen Generation, the Youth of Elizabethtown Church of God, along with their Pastor Wade Hall, spent the weekend traveling throughout the county praying over all of the schools in preparation for the beginning of the new year. Prayers were said for a good year for students and …..

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Bladen County Schools to operate on 2-hour delay

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 flash flood watch remains in effect for our area until 11 a.m. Tuesday. Share:

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Equine infectious anemia found in mule

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 facility is under a quarantine order that restricts movement of equine until further testing is completed by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services,” said Dr. Michael Neault, director of livestock and animal health programs.  “Because the disease is not curable, the affected mule has been euthanized. The remaining equines at the facility were …..

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State Highway Patrol Mourns the Loss of Honorary Trooper

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 Patrol family, often spending time with troopers on and off duty.  He served as an inspiration to many, never allowing his medical condition to deter his positive outlook.  Never wavering from opportunity, Howell accompanied Troopers to several events, including the NC State Fair and an entire 18-hole game of golf. Along with his mother Susan …..

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Bladen County Commissioners Support Work Ready Community Initiative

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, and locating information. Using a system that identifies workers with bronze, silver, gold, and platinum certifications, the community college administers the assessments and enters the results into the national database as a North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate. Business and industry employers can promote the initiative by preferring or requiring individuals to have career readiness certification …..

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Bladen Community College offers Opportunities for Writers

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 of all levels who create poetry, short stories, news articles, essays, blogs, or other written compositions are encouraged to utilize the writing center for expert assistance and encouragement. Writers will have the opportunity to submit outstanding pieces for publication in The Ink Quill, the annual college publication of writings, art, and photography. To learn more …..

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New Trustees sworn in at Bladen Community College

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 Bruce Dickerson, appointed by the NC Governor Roy Cooper. Share:

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25th Annual Dublin Peanut Festival set

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 Capital of the South. It is the home of Houston’s Peanuts, that is known and whose peanuts are shipped worldwide. The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. with a parade. Entry for parade is free, except for Queens & Kings. Cost to enter: 1 Queen in auto $25, 2 to 3 Queens in auto $40 …..

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DAR Promotes Constitution Week

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 about Constitution Week, an annual commemoration of the living document that upholds and protects the freedoms central to our American way of life. This year, the annual celebration begins September 17, 2017. The Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) initiated the observance in 1955, when the organization petitioned the U.S. Congress to dedicate September 17–23 …..

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Bladen under flash flood watch through Tuesday morning

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 the storm. Rain is expected to begin Monday afternoon and thunderstorms are possible. The forecast calls for between two and three inches Monday night and, perhaps, more than half an inch Tuesday. Heavy rainfall may lead to ponding water or road closures. Between 3 to 6 inches of rain is expected within most of the watch area with localized higher …..

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Labor Day schedules announced for Bladen County offices

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 operating schedule on Tuesday, September 5. North Carolina state offices, courts and county and municipal government offices will be closed for the Labor Day holiday Monday, September 4.  They will re-open for business on Tuesday, September 5. Bladen County Schools will be closed for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, September 4. Classes will resume …..

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Road changes lead to heavy traffic on first day of school; minor traffic impacts

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 and NC 41, traffic was heavy but drivers seemed to be taking their time navigating the area.  There have been concerns voiced by the community with regards to the safety of the intersection. Some businesses have re-routed their deliveries to avoid the area. West Bladen High School posted signs at the exits of their driveway …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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.’  Today, no tobacco markets.  I enjoyed listening to the chant of the auctioneer.  A trip to the market was reward for a task fulfilled. I enjoy our weekly and monthly reports for BladenOnline.  Data is collected by a regional source, results are shared, and the news continues to be good, very good last week. We had a couple …..

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This Day in History for August 28

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 Parcel Service is founded by James E. Causey in Seattle, Washington. 1918 – Tris Speaker suspended for the season due to assault on umpire Tom Connolly. 1937 – Toyota Motors becomes an independent company. 1950 – Earle & Roy Mack, purchase 54% of A’s from Connie Mack, Jr. 1957 – US Senator James (Strom) Thurmond …..

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Rain expected in Bladen from Tropical Cyclone Number 10

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 storm watch has been issued by the National Weather Service for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties in North Carolina and Georgetown and Horry counties in South Carolina. The storm was located about 310 miles southwest of Wilmington at 11:30 p.m. Sunday with winds up to 35 mph. It’s expected to move north Monday, then …..

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Open house for East Bladen High

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 well. Out in the field football and soccer players were getting ready for games held on Thursday evening. The new school year has arrived and excitement is in the air. Share:

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Bladen Recreation Soccer Registration Ends Friday

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 (Parks & Recreation Department) or visit the Bladen County Parks and Recreation office to register. For more information, please call 862-6770. Share:

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Last concert of the summer in Bladen County

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 Cape Fear Valley Hospital. Dawn Maynard with the Chamber said, “The businesses and the town are really supporting the concerts. I’m already starting to plan next year’s band line up.” Members from surrounding counties said this year’s concerts in Bladen County was the best line up in the southeast according to Maynard. The Summer Concert …..

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National Weather Service

Update to Weekend Weather Briefing

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 North Carolina. There is still much uncertainty in regards to the early week forecast. We will continue to monitor any development of this system. Should the low be classified tropical or subtropical, it will be named Irma. Expected Impacts: Beach Hazards to include moderate to strong rip currents and high and rough surf through the …..

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FEMA Urges Residents to Remain Vigilant; Follow Local Officials’ Instructions

  • 08/27/2017
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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 areas affected by severe weather to continue to monitor local radio or TV stations for updated emergency information.  The primary concern over the next few days continues to be the effects of prolonged heavy rain, which is producing flash flooding and near-record flooding for hundreds of miles. “This remains a significant, deadly storm, and must …..

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Hurricane Harvey Makes Landfall in Texas: Remains a significant disaster as rain and dangerous storm surge continue

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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, and life sustaining commodities” says FEMA Administrator Brock Long.  “Those in the path of the storm need to prepare for significant, ongoing impacts and disruptions to daily activities.” Friday, President Donald J. Trump issued a Major Disaster Declaration for the state of Texas, making federal funding available for emergency work and to affected individuals and …..

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White Lake Christian Camp and Retreat Center to benefit from sale

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 a place to heal this generation according to the new owners. “While most people talk about the past at White Lake, we are looking ahead for the greater things yet to come,” states Pastor Cameron McGill. To help the vision take place there will be an community yard sale held at the property formerly known …..

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Bladen County Commissioners Support Work Ready Community Initiative

  • 08/27/2017
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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 information. Using a system that identifies workers with bronze, silver, gold, and platinum certifications, the community college administers the assessments and enters the results into the national database as a North Carolina Career Readiness Certificate. Business and industry employers can promote the initiative by preferring or requiring individuals to have career readiness certification as part …..

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Mini Campers Invited to Cheer at East Bladen Home Football Games

  • 08/27/2017
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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 quarter. Campers are to wear their camp tee-shirt which will allow them free admission into the game. Parents admission is $6. “We look forward to seeing our campers to help us cheer on the Eagles!” said Brandy Wilkins, East Bladen cheerleading sponsor. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 ago.  Our teachers helped us place paper on an oil-covered floor and we were to take a nap after lunch.  That was something I had very little interest in.  Not sure of the length of the nap, but it was not my favorite time of the day. Guess I was afraid I would miss something. A …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – August 27

  • 08/26/2017
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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 act, which includes a graduated income tax later struck down by the Supreme Court. 1910 – Using twenty 137,000 candlepower arc lights, 2 amateur baseball team play a night game at White Sox Park. 1913 – Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback of Hoboken applies to patent all-purpose zipper. 1927 – Parks College, American’s oldest aviation school, …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER HOSTS – 8 TOWN HALL MEETINGS NEXT WEEK

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 Pittenger. “These town halls are an important part of my ongoing efforts to solicit feedback from constituents as we make plans for the second half of 2017.” Congressman Pittenger will host open forum, civil dialogue town hall meetings in these locations: ·        Matthews/Mint Hill/Indian Trail/Stallings:  Monday, August 28th, 6 p.m., at Team Church (2301 Stevens Mill …..

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From Our Family to Yourz – Cancer Tea

  • 08/26/2017
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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 at (910) 640.9072 is the contact for additional information.  Dr. Katrina Boykin, Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church’s First Lady is the Mistress of Ceremony. There is also a Uniform Xchange Closet in which donated school uniforms are received and provided to needy families at no cost. The highlight of the evening features Ms. Anna Moore Freeman, motivational speaker and breast cancer …..

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Jennifer Haygood will Address Fall Convocation at BCC

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 the assembly. Haygood is responsible for overseeing the internal operations of the NC Community College System Office and creating a fully integrated, highly performing System Office team that supports the System’s mission. Haygood served for eight years as the System’s Chief Financial Officer, leading the division that is responsible for managing approximately $1.5 billion in …..

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Bladen County business leaders offered classes at no cost

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 on the Dublin campus in bldg., 2, room 207. The Entrepreneurs’ Academy will meet at the Dublin campus on Tuesdays starting Sept. 12, from 3:30 to 5:30 P.M. Participants who attend at least five of the seven-part series will receive a certificate. The series will meet on the following dates: Sept. 12 – How to …..

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Applications Being Accepted now for Bright Ideas Classroom Grants

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 at www.ncbrightideas.com. “Since 1994, the Bright Ideas education grant program has provided more than $10.9 million for 10,400 projects benefitting more than 2.1 million students across North Carolina,” said Gay Johnson, Director of Corporate Communications of Four County EMC.  “Education is key in building and maintaining strong communities. At Four County EMC, we are proud …..

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Labor Day Booze It and Lose It Campaign

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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 injuries through coordinated agency-to-agency efforts that help reduce risky driving behaviors. “The main thing we’re interested in doing is reducing the instances of drunk driving.  We want to keep people alive,” said Mark Ezzell, Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program.  “Our vision is Vision Zero, making sure there are zero deaths in North Carolina …..

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School Bus Safety

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, a school bus.  Now, North Carolina school systems will be able to use the same technology that catches drivers who run red lights to catch violators who pass stopped school buses. Cameras are being installed on buses to capture photos and video of drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses. Violators will be issued tickets …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

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

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 intersection of NC 242 and US 701, near Sampson Bladen Oil Co. offices and the nearby Credit Union, south of Elizabethtown. Hurricane Harvey has made landfall in Texas as a Category 4 storm.  Pray for those in the Corpus Christi, TX area.  Catastrophic flooding expected over the next several days. Great weather in Bladen County …..

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Football: West Bladen 39, South Brunswick 36

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 up 102 yards rushing, and junior Kerron Washington scored twice, a 21-yard run and 65-yard run, and finished with 85 yards rushing. “The kids fought hard,” Williams said. “We overcame some mental mistakes and untimely penalties and hung on. I am extremely proud of the effort. Nothing bad happened that we can’t fix.” For the …..

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Peters Creek Hosts SSAA Worlds This Weekend

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 as the Women’s Open Class. The Complex is located at 12878 C. S. Faircloth Road just off of NC 210 near the NC 242 intersection. Share:

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Friday’s High School Football Results

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, Wilmington Ashley 6 Westover 20, Lumberton 15 Princeton 41, Midway 21 Wallace-Rose Hill 48, Southwest Onslow 7 Terry Sanford 21, Jack Britt 0 Cape Fear 15, Seventy First 14 South View 42, Hoke County 27 Pinecrest 42, Grays Creek 6 Concord 28, Pine Forest 19 E. E. Smith 13, Durham Jordan 10 Scotland 34, Durham …..

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