04/18/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 12:59 am Questions raised about NC STEP numbers, what’s next for homeowners
  • 12:49 am TWO SENTENCED FOR STRING OF LUMBERTON AREA ROBBERIES
  • 12:43 am BladenOnline will be closed Friday
  • 12:36 am East Columbus 12, East Bladen 5 Softball
  • 12:35 am This Day in History – April 18
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CLINTON – Senior Xavier Wooten and junior James Higgins combined to rush for 264 yards and 5 touchdowns as East Bladen opened the season with a 35-16 non-conference football victory over former Four County Conference rival Clinton. Wooten carried 24 times for 155 yards and 3 touchdowns, and Higgins finished with 109 yards and 2 […]

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1791 – John Fitch granted US patent for his working steamboat. 1843 – Charles Thurber patents a typewriter. 1873 – First free kindergarten in the U.S. started by Susan Blow in Carondelet, a suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. 1895 – Electric generator at Niagara Falls produces first power. 1918 – W. Smith & F. Bacon’s […]

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Rotary International District Governor R. B. Richey was the special guest speaker at the Bladenboro Rotary Club meeting on Monday, August 21st. Governor Richey focused on the theme for this year Rotary: Making a Difference. In his presentation he stressed the importance of bringing in new members under the age of 40 into the organization. […]

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By Erin Smith A Back to School Fling is planned for Saturday, August 26, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. The event will feature give aways of school supplies and information regarding asthma education and healthy school lunch ideas. The event is sponsored by Ricky DD’s Party […]

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NC DOT

According to Rusty Marsh of NCDOT, the next traffic pattern shift  for the NC Highway 87 Bypass and US Highway 701 Interchange will happen today, late this afternoon. Marsh advised that the contractor will open the new alignment for NC Highway 242, which ties new NC Highway 242 into the new US 701 alignment as a […]

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Contributed by: Elizabethtown Veterinary Hospital External parasites (living on the outside of the body) are not just a nuisance for your pet and your family. These pests carry disease, stimulate allergies and contribute to skin and ear infections. Pets with external parasites tend to be itchy. Some external parasites can be seen with the naked […]

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By: Charlotte Smith In our article last week, “Home could soon face demolition”, Erin Smith reported a home in Elizabethtown is facing demolition. Since the news broke we discovered more details along the same subject matter should be shared with our readers. First, yes, they can be eye sores for the community, but old abandoned property […]

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Crime Report

By: Charlotte Smith The community of Lisbon is on alert after some residents received threatening letters. According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office letters were distributed in several mailboxes sometime yesterday, Thursday, August 24th, 2017. The letters have been recovered by the Sheriff’s Office. In the letters the unknown author admits responsibility for past crimes, […]

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Affordable Auto & Tire offers a large variety of services. Auto Sales & Service New and Used Tires Oil Changes Alignments Brakes AC Repair NC Inspection Station Transmission and Motor Repair Affordable Auto & Tire 125 West King Street Elizabethtown, NC 28337 910-862-3308 Share:

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All convenience sites will be operating on their normal schedule, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. However, the Transfer Station will be closed in observance of the holiday. Normal operations shall resume on Tuesday, September 5th. Share:

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Money

 New CFPB rule would restore Americans’ right to take banks to court  Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in oral arguments before a federal appeals court, Wells Fargo will try to again stop consumers in 49 states from banding together in a lawsuit that challenges overdraft fee practices, which a California court concluded were “unfair and […]

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There will be a benefit this weekend in Bladen County to help two families. There will be a bike ride, BBQ plates, an auction, entertainment and more! The families of Eva Pait and Sean Mullane are the reason behind the big event. Eva is a daughter with health issues and Sean is a truck driver […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles has surpassed the 100,000 milestone since the REAL ID debuted in May. The N.C. REAL ID is a new form of identification that meets new federal security requirements for boarding a commercial airplane or visiting a military base or other federal facility. “We are glad North Carolinians are getting ahead of […]

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Contributed  Bladen County Republicans agreed at this month’s GOP Club meeting that Progressives and liberals within the Democrat Party have engaged in a relentless attack on America, pushing countless policies that incorporate Leftist ideology and violate individual rights.  On issue after issue, it is clear that the Federal government, under the previous White House administration, […]

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NASHVILLE, NC – Today, a group of 30 offenders from North Carolina state prisons began a four-year classroom journey at Nash Correctional Institution they hope ends not only with a college degree but with an opportunity to assist their fellow inmates. The North Carolina Field Ministry Program kicked off with a convocation ceremony in the prison’s […]

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By: Charlotte Smith   YouTube can be used for many things these days. BladenOnline.com has a channel on the well known platform to assist in recording news, events and other interests in our area.  Recently I had the opportunity to interview a well known Vlogger in Bladen County Dawan Pearson, known as, Curly Guy, on […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Bladenboro and Bladen County are mornin’ the loss of William Butler of Bladenboro.  He was older, by serveral years than I am, but our paths crossed many times.  We both attended Zion Hill Baptist Church, north of Bladenboro, his mother was my Sunday School teacher when cards were used, and she was the best. We both […]

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LUMBERTON – East Bladen blanked Lumberton 3-0 Thursday in the Eagle jayvees men’s soccer non-conference opener. Jackson Bostic drilled a hard shot into the back of the net from 6 yards out to open the Eagle scoring in the 14th minute. “That shot was generated from passes from Milton (Estrada) and Will Hester,” said East […]

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RED SPRINGS – Red Springs closed the fifth game with an 8-2 spurt that carried the Lady Red Devils to a 3-2 Three Rivers Conference volleyball victory over West Bladen Thursday night by game scores of 25-19, 17-25, 25-19, 21-25 and 15-9. Junior Raegan Davis banged in a kill, 2 service points and an ace […]

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LUMBERTON – East Bladen defeated Lumberton 2-0 Thursday night in a non-conference men’s soccer game that was stopped in the 48th minute due to lightning. East Bladen took a 1-0 lead in the eleventh minute off of a free kick from 50 yards out. “The boys executed the free kick very well,” said Eagle Coach […]

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By: Dora Brogdon A 2 year old bulldog mixed named Harlow was chosen as Pet of the Week once again. He has stayed at the shelter for 4 months now and he really needs a caring and loving family to take him to his forever home. He’s a super friendly guy that just loves everyone! […]

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By: Dora Brogdon There will be a Back To School fling this Saturday at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. It starts off at 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the afternoon. From 8 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Royalty Enterprise will be handing out school supplies this Saturday. For more information contact Courtney Miller at 910-703-5241. […]

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1718 – Hundreds of French colonists arrive in Louisiana: New Orleans founded. 1829 – President Jackson makes an offer to buy Texas, but Mexican government refuses. 1910 – Yellow Cab is founded. 1916 – US Department of Interior forms National Park Service. 1921 – The first skirmishes of the Battle of Blair Mountain, a civil […]

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RED SPRINGS – West Bladen’s jayvee volleyball team claimed their first win of the season Thursday with a 2-0 Three Rivers Conference victory over Red Springs by game scores of 25-12 and 25-16. Sophmore Jordan Benson hammered in 7 aces and a service point to lead the West Bladen attack. Sophmore Erica Storms fired in […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Clinton scored 17 second-half points en route to a 24-6 jayvee football victory over East Bladen Thursday night in the non-conference season-opener for the Eagles. Lawson Hester galloped 27 yards for an Eagle touchdown on the first East Bladen drive of the game, but Clinton battled back to take a 7-6 halftime lead. […]

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By Erin Smith The jury in the Montise Mitchell murder trial returned a verdict of guilty on all charges after deliberating for an hour. Superior Court Judge Rebecca Holt sentenced Mitchell to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Mitchell was convicted of first degree murder in the shooting death of Darrell Council. He […]

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RALEIGH – In anticipation of the upcoming school year, the State Highway Patrol is focusing on safety in and around school zones.  Motorists should be aware of an increase in school traffic and familiarize themselves with local school bus stop locations.  Teen drivers will also increase as some will be driving to and from school […]

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There will be hundreds of runners, bikers and swimmers at the FFA Camp in White Lake September 9-10. There will be three triathlons held that weekend. On Saturday September 9 at 7 a.m. the White Lake Fall Half will be held. This will consist of a 1 1/2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and a […]

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Road Closing

OPENINGS: SR 1212 (Richardson Street) SR 1212 (Richardson Street) is open.  We encountered a plethora of utilities; therefore, the road has been re-opened until such time that utility relocations can be completed. CLOSINGS: SR 1709 (Coley Road) SR 1709 (Coley Road) is closed in order to replace the bridge over Hammonds Creek.  The bridge replacement […]

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Dan McReady, Democratic candidate for Congressional District 9, will visit Bladen County on Saturday, August 26th.  He will be at the Powell Melvin Agricultural Center at  approximately 1:30 p.m. for a Meet the Candidate appearance.  The public is cordially invited to attend. Dan McCready is a Marine Corps veteran, business leader, husband, and father of four. A graduate of Charlotte-Mecklenburg public […]

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By Erin Smith A day of testimony was punctuated with emotion on Wednesday, August 24th, 2017, as the brother of the victim took the stand in the Montise Mitchell murder trial in Bladen County Superior Court. Mitchell is charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council. Jury selection wrapped up on Tuesday and […]

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The Solar Eclipse is gone, but the word “Solar” is still being used in Bladen County and North Carolina. Randy Wheeless with Duke Energy announced a new solar law passed in North Carolina is big news for the local power company. Following is the announcement Wheeless made this week about the new law. Want solar […]

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 Left to Right: Jim Borst, Sally Creasy, Karely Jiminez and Thomas Brooks (not present for photo, but helped, Shirleen Bryant). Bladen County Schools start back for the new school year next Monday, August 28th, 2017. Local businesses and organizations are helping the students prepare with donations. Specialty Product Technologies in Elizabethtown donated school supplies this […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Summer of ’17 is nearly over, Labor Day is just around the corner.  Temps begin to drop.  Proof?? Average high for August is 88, average low 68.  Compare with September numbers, 83 and 62. Another ‘average’ stat, 1st frost in Bladen about October 30. Last week’s BladenOnline stats: Page Views:  119,376 Visits:   20,965, both numbers about […]

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1682 – Duke James of York gives Delaware to William Penn. 1814 – British forces capture Washington, DC and destroy many landmarks (War of 1812). 1853 – 1st potato chips prepared by chef George Crum at Moon’s Lake House, near Saratoga Springs, New York (popular legend says he invented though earlier recipes exist). 1891 – […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – South Columbus defeated East Bladen 6-0 Wednesday in a Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis match. The doubles matches were rained out and will not be played. Singles South Columbus #1 defeated Jayme LeeAnn Frady (EB) 8-2 South Columbus #2 defeated Ting Lin (EB) 8-2 South Columbus #3 defeated Anna Kate White (EB) 8-1 […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – South Columbus defeated East Bladen 3-0 Wednesday night in a Three Rivers Conference volleyball match by game scores of 25-12, 25-8 and 25-13. Junior Sarah Johnson led the Lady Eagles with 8 attacks and 4 blocks. Senior Hannah Devane hammered in 3 kills and finished with 7 attacks. “We actually played great first […]

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By: Charlotte Smith A suspect accused of breaking and entering has been on the move. Detective Greg Bullard with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help.  The Sheriff’s office is seeking to identify a man wanted in connection to several burglaries in the county. According to Bullard, the suspect is accused […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – A Durham County grand jury on Monday indicted a former Durham County elections worker on charges related to the mishandling of provisional ballot results during the March 2016 primary election.   The grand jury returned indictments against Richard Robert Rawling, 59, of Cary, on counts of obstruction of justice, a felony, and failure to […]

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By Erin Smith The atmosphere in the Elizabethtown Middle School Gym was one of excitement as teachers and staff gathered for the Bladen County Schools Convocation. Several new staff members were welcomed during the convocation. Dr. Tanya Head, Assistant Bladen County Schools Superintendent, told those gathered the past year was a successful one.  “A new […]

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The lead up to Monday’s American Eclipse paled in comparison to the social media bonanza of eclipse memories, photos and videos across the country. As so many schools released early in the Bladen County area, Elizabethtown Christian Academy moved in the opposite direction – they threw a party. “Watching history with our ECA family was […]

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By Erin Smith The Eastpointe Board of Directors met at Mount Olive College on Tuesday evening and heard an update from CEO Sarah Stroud regarding the financial impact of the disengagement of Nash County and the potential disengagement of Columbus County. Stroud said she and former Board of Directors President Rob Boyette traveled to Columbus […]

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1784 – Eastern Tennessee settlers declare their area an independent state & name it Franklin; a year later the Continental Congress rejects it. 1796 – African Methodist Episcopal Church incorporated. 1904 – Automobile tire chain patented. 1914 – Japan declares war on Germany in World War I. 1919 – “Gasoline Alley” cartoon strip premieres in […]

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Can you imagine traveling US 701 and discover thousands of dollars in $10s, 20s, up to $100 dollar bills scattered along the roadway, then discover it is counterfeit. That’s what happened recently. An investigation is underway, not sure of leads. Feds have been called in to assist the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department. The 25th edition […]

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DUBLIN – After West Bladen won the first game, Fairmont rallied for a 2-1 Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball victory Tuesday by scores of 15-25, 25-13 and 25-19. Sophmore Jordan Benson fired in 5 service points, 3 aces, and 2 kills to lead the Lady Knights. Freshman Taylor West slammed in 4 kills, 2 aces […]

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WHITEVILLE – East Bladen rolled to a 25-11 victory in the opening game, but Whiteville bounced back to take the next two games for a 2-1 victory in a Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball match by scores of 11-25, 25-14 and 15-7. Two service points from sophmore Abbie Cross and one service point each from […]

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Photos contributed by: Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – Fairmont defeated West Bladen 3-0 Tuesday night in the Lady Knights Three Rivers Conference opener by game scores of 25-15, 25-13 and 25-19. Junior Raegan Davis pounded in 4 kills and an ace and added 4 solo blocks and 3 assists for the Lady Knights. Senior Patience Parker […]

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WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 3-0 Tuesday night in the Lady Eagles Three Rivers Conference volleyball opener by game scores of 25-8, 25-13 and 25-9. Whiteville built an early 8-1 lead, but senior Hannah Devane walloped in a kill to win a service point for senior Faith Johnson. Devane pushed across a winner, and […]

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WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 9-0 Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis action. Singles 1. C. Baldwin (W) def. Jayme LeeAnn Frady (EB) 8-2 2. B. Barnhill (W) def. Ting Lin (EB) 8-4 3. L. Dowless (W) def. Lily Lin (EB) 8-1 4. A. Lovette (W) def. Sammi Jiang (EB) 8-0 5. E. […]

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PEMBROKE – West Bladen and Purnell Swett battled to a 2-2 tie Monday night in the men’s soccer non-conference season opener for West Bladen. Purnell Swett took a 1-0 lead into halftime, but Chris Frank fired in the tying goal on a free kick for the Knights in the second half. Victor Lopez put West […]

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DUBLIN – West Bladen remained undefeated on the season Tuesday with a 7-2 Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis victory over Fairmont. Coach Mary Catherine White’s Lady Knights improved to 3-0 and will travel to Red Springs Thursday. Singles Fairmont #1 defeated Helen Lopez (WB) 8-4 Conner Brisson (WB) defeated Fairmont #2 8-6 Savannah Lee (WB) […]

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East Bladen grad Desmond Bryant, a 3-year starter on the defensive line, was released by the Cleveland Browns Tuesday night, according to a report on ESPN News. Bryant, 31, was attempting a comeback after missing the entire 2016 season with a torn pectoral muscle, but the Browns had loaded up with defensive linemen. Both of […]

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52 players showed up for the August 22 SFSGA Tournament at Stryker Golf Course on Fort Bragg. The winning team, with a score of 55 , was Gordon Graham, Ronald Thompson, Danny Davis and Mac Porter. The August 29 tournament will be held at The Bayonet at Puppy Creek near Raeford. Share:

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FAYETTEVILLE – Congressman Robert Pittenger, Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance, had this statement following President Trump’s address on Afghanistan: “President Trump seeks an enduring outcome as he recognizes the vacuum that will occur with failure.  With twenty Islamic terrorist groups active in Afghanistan and nuclear arms in Pakistan, […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, issued the following statement following President Trump’s speech on America’s strategy in Afghanistan and South Asia: “For nearly two decades, America’s finest–our brave men and women in uniform–have risked and sacrificed their lives in the global effort to rid the […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver Okay folks – enough is enough. I have no use for the ANTIFA (Anti-fascist) crowd, most of whom don’t know the definition of the word fascist. I have absolutely no use for the kookaburra white nationalists, the so-called American Nazis, the KKK, or anyone else who criminally wraps themselves in the flag […]

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NC DOT

LAURINBURG — The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes improving sections of CSX railroad tracks in Scotland and Bladen counties to help alleviate rail congestion and accommodate for freight growth. The department’s Rail Division would improve low-speed tracks connecting to other CSX lines east of Laurinburg and east of Bladenboro, as well as near East Arcadia in […]

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  This rainbow appeared over Elizabethtown this morning during the morning commute. Individuals in businesses stepped outside for a better view before it disappeared. Many folks had observed the eclipse on Monday but commented the rainbow was the better event of the two. Share:

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Showers have been off and on today, August 22nd 2017 in Bladen County. The view at the water tower is nice near Live Oak Methodist Church Road in White Oak. Share:

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By Erin Smith   The Bladen County Board of Commissioners learned about a new initiative at Bladen Community College called the North Carolina Work Ready Communities Initiative. Following the presentation, the Board voted to approve a resolution of support for the initiative.   The Work Ready designation is a certification which consists of four assessments, […]

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By Erin Smith The murder trial for Montise Mitchell got underway on Monday with several pretrial motions. The motions were heard in Bladen County Superior Court by Judge Rebecca Holt. Mitchell is facing a charge of first degree murder for the shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council in November 2015. A motion to dismiss the […]

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Smithfield Foods has announced plans to construct a new distribution center and expand its blast cell cold storage capabilities at its processing facility in Tar Heel. The project is expected to create 250 new jobs and Smithfield will invest $100 million in the two projects. In addition to new jobs, additional employment opportunities will be […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners learned about plans for the proposed Cape Fear Region Bicycle Plan on Monday night. Stephen Bzomowski, Senior Planner, addressed the Commissioners about the plan and the board adopted a resolution of support for it.   The Cape Fear Region covers several counties including Bladen County, said Bzomowski. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Public schools opened yesterday, hopefully on a positive note and the eclipse has taken place.  So, what’s next? At least one more huge, positive event on the schedule, the final Summer Sounds Concert for 2017.  Bladen County’s own Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Band will provide the music, Thursday, August 24th at Cape Fear Farmers Market […]

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1762 – 1st female (Ann Franklin) US newspaper editor, Newport, RI, Mercury. 1848 – The United States annexes New Mexico. 1865 – William Sheppard is issued the first US patent for liquid soap. 1901 – Cadillac Motor Company is founded. 1902 – US President Theodore Roosevelt became 1st US chief executive to ride in a […]

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By: Charlotte Smith There are many changes coming to Elizabethtown in the upcoming months and years, according to officials. The Elizabethtown Rotary Club heard about the expected construction projects. Elizabethtown Town Councilman and Rotarian Ricky Leinwand introduced his speakers for the meeting. Elizabethtown’s Town Manager, Eddie Madden, and local architect Terry Cox explained several upcoming […]

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DUBLIN – Dunn’s Shaun Sewell (#06 car) captured his first checkered flag of the season at Dublin Motor Speedway Saturday night in the Late Model feature race after posting a trio of runner-up finishes. Lumberton’s Zack Cox who won the April 15th Late Model event at Dublin took second place in the #12 car, and […]

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There was a lot of excitement in Bladen County on Monday as the first solar eclipse in 99 years could be viewed in our area. Students at Elizabethtown Christian Academy and Emereau Bladen were given special glasses with which to view the eclipse. At Bladen Community College students, faculty and staff and residents were invited […]

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Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker said the Bladen County 911 Center received numerous calls Sunday morning around 10:00 am of people in the highway in the 9000 block of US Hwy 701 North picking up money from the roadway. “Our Dispatchers were getting calls of people in the roadway, including children grabbing what appeared […]

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By: Charlotte Smith The Elizabethtown American Legion and the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club worked together this summer to help a youth receive a once in a lifetime experience. Elliot Madden was nominated by the local American Legion to attend the Tar Heel Boys State camp and the local Kiwanis Club sponsored the trip. Elliott Madden was […]

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By Erin Smith After many years serving as a volunteer firefighter, Anthony Norris has taken on a new role in his fire service career–Deputy Fire Chief. He has served with the Garland Volunteer Fire Department for 18 years and has been active with the Elizabethtown Fire Department for two years. His role will include performing […]

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Join the staff of the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office on Thursday, August 31, from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. for a fall apple harvest. There will be an apple treat competition, tasting and judging, facts about apples, and a Do It Yourself apple cinnamon project. The cost to enter is $1 or $1 for […]

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  By Erin Smith Sometimes the decision to come home after living away is an easy one to make. For one Bladen County dentist, returning home was an easy choice to make. Having grown up in Bladen County, Dr. Annie Greene said when she left to go to college she didn’t initially intend to return […]

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Update: An Amber Alert issued for an 8-year-old Stokes County girl was canceled Sunday night after she was found safe in Kentucky, officials said. Trinity Lakin McGraw was found in Louisville, Ky., and her biological father, Patrick Ryan McGraw, was taken into custody, according to the Facebook page of the Stokes County Sheriff’s Office. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Be aware of youngsters, full of energy, headed back to school, that may not think about darting into your pathway today, tomorrow and for days to come..  Just be aware and careful. And, today is the long awaited time for the total eclipse.  Residents of 14 states, (including NC) have an advantage, they are in, or near the […]

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1841 – John Hampton patents venetian blind. 1864 – Battle of Globe Tavern, Virginia, ends after 2500 casualties. 1878 – American Bar Association organizes at Sarasota, NY. 1887 – Mighty (Dan) Casey struck-out in a game with NY Giants. 1897 – Oldsmobile begins operation as a General Motors division. 1914 – 20th US Golf Open: […]

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FAYETTEVILLE- Southern Chaos ’06 won the Top Gun Summer Heat Series Softball Tournament Saturday at Arnette Park. Bladen County’s Addie Bowen, Lena Trinidad and Martha Simmons are members of the Southern Chaos team. The Southern Chaos team that is based in Lumberton lost their first game in pool play to the Hope Mills Hotshots 06 […]

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The E-town Express 14U baseball team won the USSSA Back-to-School Blast Tournament in Wilmington this weekend with an undefeated record. Two weeks ago the Express finished second in the USSSA Tennessee Bash in Tennessee. The Express won these tournaments in new uniforms that were provided by the Bladen County Law Enforcement Association. “I have been […]

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Learning about hurricanes will help keep you prepared during hurricane season, which continues through November 30. Make sure you do not confuse myths for facts, so you can be confident about taking the proper preparedness actions. Here are a few myths to look out for when you are preparing for a hurricane: Myth: Homeowner’s insurance […]

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The 2016 economic impact study of travel on Bladen County was prepared by The U.S. Travel Associates. Bladen County received travel income of $38.67 million, which was up 1.8% from the previous period. The payroll for travel income for Bladen County was $4.16 million which was up 2.1% from the previous period. The state of […]

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There has been an Amber Alert issued for Trinity Mcgraw (8 years old) last seen in Westfield, NC. Vehicle: Mid Size Sedan, Gray Georgia license plate #RDG2198 This is a North Carolina Amber Alert for a Child Abduction….The Stokes County Sherrif’s Dept is searching for Trinity Lakin Mcgraw.She is an 8yoa W/F approximately 4ft tall,53 […]

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Dr. Mike Walden It’s the beginning of a new academic year on college campuses. It’s my 40th as a faculty member at North Carolina State University. I see the eager, young students venturing onto the campus for the first time and tell myself – that was me a long, long time ago! Of course new […]

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A solar eclipse will be visible across the continental United States on Monday, August 21. Many people will be hosting parties, going to the beach, and planning camping trips to view this rare occurrence. If you are planning to view the solar eclipse, do so safely with eclipse glasses and solar viewers that meet the […]

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By Erin Smith A committee has been convened to investigate the release of the chemical GenX into the Cape Fear River. The GenX Committee will conduct a meeting with public officials from throughout the Cape Fear region at 1:30 p.m. at the New Hanover County Government Center in Wilmington on Wednesday. Members of the public […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Every day is a good day. Rest today, tomorrow begins a busy week for many, like Back To School for Bladen youngsters and an eclipse that should be visible in this area tomorrow afternoon. Remember, no peeping without special shades, there are some homemade remedies. Google for info. Enters from the west coast and exits […]

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1781 – George Washington begins to move his troops south to fight Cornwallis. 1865 – President Andrew Johnson proclaims an end to “insurrection” in Texas. 1888 – Longest US men’s single tennis tournament match Palmer Presbrey defeats T.S. Tailer, 19-21, 8-6, 6-1, 9-4, an 80 game 1st round contest. 1896 – Dial telephone patented. 1912 […]

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Former Meredith College tennis player Mary Catherine White has assumed the head coaching responsibilities for the West Bladen Lady Knights tennis team this season. Coach White said that she and Coach Jeff Atkinson had discussed the coaching job before and with Atkinson needing some time off this season due to surgery she has stepped into […]

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A well known author is coming back to Elizabethtown for a book signing soon. On Sunday, September 24 the Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery will be hosting a special storytelling and book signing lunch for Elizabethtown native, Mr. Joe Hamilton. Hamilton recently published, “Firepot Stories”. Many residents are excited about Hamilton coming to town. Walter […]

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This Day In History

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

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Football

  Three Rivers Conference Whiteville 29, North Brunswick 6 Red Springs 33, South Brunswick 0 Fairmont 26, Douglas Byrd 15 North Duplin 46, West Columbus 12 Green Sea/Floyd, SC 31, East Columbus 0 E. E. Smith 43, St. Pauls 18 Other Area Results Harrells Christian Academy 54, Columbia 6 Cape Fear 13, Clinton 7 Midway […]

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By Erin Smith   With residents still rebuilding and repairing damage from Hurricane Matthew, the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington recently released and updated outlook for the current hurricane season. The updated forecast calls for a 60 percent chance of an above average hurricane season compared to the May prediction of a 45 percent […]

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  By Erin Smith   White Lake was filled with the sounds of loud bangs and the whirring of helicopters circling overhead as the United States Marine Corps trained at the Bladen County Training Center. The 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit was conducting the Realistic Urban Training exercise in order to prepare Marines for deployment. About […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

  I have numerous reminders posted all around me in my corner of the Hester household, examples…. What cancer cannot do… It cannot cripple Love It cannot shatter Hope It cannot corrode Faith I cannot destroy Peace It cannot kill Friendship It cannot suppress Memories It cannot silence Courage It cannot invade the Soul It […]

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Former East Bladen volleyball star Brittney Hardee has succeeded her former coach, Jennifer Hair, as head coach of the Lady Eagles this season. Coach Hair decided to take some time off from coaching so her son Jaxon could play recreation ball, and Hardee who currently teaches at Elizabethtown Primary has assumed the volleyball coaching position […]

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East Bladen High School

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

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by: Tonya Bockover No pomp or fanfare was observed this afternoon as the underpass on highway 701 at bypass 87 was opened, just startled motorists, like myself, trying to figure out the new traffic pattern. According to NCDOT website, this intersection sees about 14,000 vehicles per day. The work, which began in early 2015, had […]

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There was a lot of excitement and a large crowd turned out for the Family Fun Day at Fresh Foods IGA in Elizabethtown on Friday. The event was an opportunity for everyone to come out to the store and have some fun as well as enjoy a storewide sale inside. Foster, who is the Produce […]

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WILMINGTON — A Jacksonville man is to be sentenced Aug. 25 after pleading guilty to second degree murder in the 1979 murder of Karen Johnson, a cold case that the State Bureau of Investigation recently reopened using new forensic technology. Special Investigator Tony Cummings, a retired SBI homicide agent, was able to connect Roger Gene Pollard of Virginia […]

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By: Charlotte Smith Bladen County will continue to rebuild after being disfigured by Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.  Eddie Madden, Elizabethtown Town Manager, announced plans for rebuilding and renovating structures after the town announced it had received grant funding for different projects. The Lock and Dam No. 2 located in the town was severely damaged […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted July unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from June’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.3 percent. North Carolina’s July 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.8 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed […]

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