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This Day In History

This Day in History – October 1

1864 – John S. Staples is paid $500 as a substitute for President Lincoln. 1868 – “Little Women” by Louisa May Alcott is published in America by Roberts Brothers of Boston. 1885 – Special delivery mail service begins in US. 1890 – Congress establishes Weather Bureau. 1903 – 1st baseball World Series, Pittsburgh Pirates vs Boston Pilgrims (Red Sox) 1907 – A downturn in the stock market leads to a run on the dollar; US President Theodore Roosevelt will be forced to call on financier JP Morgan to help manage the financial crisis. 1931 – The second (and current) Waldorf-Astoria Hotel is opened in New York. 1932 – World Series …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Volleyball: East Bladen 2, Red Springs 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen defeated Red Springs 2-0 Thursday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by set scores of 25-19 and 25-15. Four consecutive service points from Sara Gargala propelled the Lady Eagles to a 13-10 lead in the first set. Service points from sophmore Abbie Cross and freshman Katie Evans kept East Bladen ahead 19-16. Gargala tallied 2 more service points that pushed the lead to 23-18. Freshman Kayleigh Raynor served out the set at 25-19. A pair of Cross service points staked the Lady Eagles to a 13-10 lead in Set Two. Evans knocked in a pair of service points that padded the East lead to 18-13. …..

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Bell died serving Bladen County

Marvin James Bell was the Chief of Police with Elizabethtown Police Department back in the 1970’s. When his life was taken on Saturday, September 30, 1972 Chief Bell was shot and killed while responding to a disturbance call. He was familiar with the suspect and had arrested him several times before according to Elizabethtown Police Department’s website, www.EtownPDNC.com. As he approached the man the suspect drew a weapon and opened fire, mortally wounding Chief Bell. Chief Bell was able to return fire and kill the suspect. Chief Bell was survived by his wife and two children back 45 years ago. Bladen County lost a great hero on that autumn evening. Bell lives …..

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HOW DID THEY DO IT WITHOUT COMPUTERS?

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC More than 85 percent of American homes have some sort of computer. Millions of people rely on computers daily to access, formulate, and store information. People use computers for everything from sharing family pictures to shopping to banking and paying bills. But, we haven’t always been able to count on the convenience of the computer to make our lives easier. How did Social Security, one of the world’s largest “bookkeeping operations”, manage to keep records of our nation’s workers before we had computers? How did we match workers with their earnings? We used a process called the “Visible Index” …..

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Many Ways To Win In Vineyard Golf’s 3rd Anniversary Tournament

The 3rd Anniversary Vineyard Golf at White Lake Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, October 7 (rain date October 9). There will be a car available for the first hole in one on hole #16, $5,000 available for the first hole in one on hole #5 and, also a $5,000 putting contest will be held. The tournament is an 18 hole Four Man Captain’s Choice event. The cost to enter is $260 per team. A special guest of the tournament will be ABC Sports long drive champion Jeff Crittenton. This year’s tournament proceeds will benefit Bladen County VFW Post 8062. The tournament will have a shotgun start at 1 p.m. …..

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West Bladen Knights Stand For Anthem; South Robeson Cheerleaders Kneel

ROWLAND – The West Bladen Knights Football Team and Cheerleaders are pictured standing on the goal line in the background while the South Robeson band plays the national anthem Friday night. In the foreground the South Robeson cheerleaders are shown kneeling behind a few of their coaches (who are standing) while their band plays. The Mustang football team stayed in the locker room during the anthem. (Tammie Hester photo). Share:

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Crafters at the market

The Cape Fear Farmer’s Market has crafters out today. Handmade fall decorations, plants, blankets and more are all on site this sunny Saturday.   Share:

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You Decide: Should North Carolina Bid For Amazon?

By Dr. Mike Walden When I joined the faculty of North Carolina State University four decades ago, buying books – an occupational necessity for academics – was tedious and time-consuming. I’d first contact the NCSU Bookstore, who then ordered the book from the publisher. When it arrived – usually weeks later – I would then spend at least 45 minutes walking to and from the bookstore to retrieve the book. Today, I have 1-click ordering on Amazon, and my books arrive at my front door often mere days later. No wonder my spending on books has skyrocketed! Amazon was initially a big boon to book buying, then jewelry, followed by items …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The current Three Rivers high school football conference has only 4 of 10 teams with overall winning records and appears to be a 3 team race for the top spot, just after the halfway point of the season.  South Columbus is 6-0 overall and 4-0 in conference, East Bladen and Whiteville are 5-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play.  St. Pauls is also 3-1 in in conference play but 3-3 overall. South Columbus defeated East Bladen earlier in the season by a single point on a missed point after, East Bladen handed Whiteville their only loss of the season.  The regular season championship likely determined when the Whiteville Wolfpack plays the …..

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Friday’s High School Football Results

Three Rivers Conference East Bladen 47, West Columbus 0 South Robeson 36, West Bladen 22 South Columbus 49, St. Pauls 13 Whiteville 58, Fairmont 16 Red Springs 38, East Columbus 0 Other Area Scores  Harrells Christian 20, North Raleigh Christian 14 Jack Britt 30, Lumberton 24 Wallace-Rose Hill 53, Midway 6 East Duplin 81, Spring Creek 6 Scotland 57, Purnell Swett 20 E. E. Smith 61, Westover 25 Seventy First 62, Hoke County 0 Terry Sanford 48, Grays Creek 15 Cape Fear 52, Douglas Byrd 0 South View 36, Pine Forest 31 West Brunswick 28, North Brunswick 7 Richlands 29, Rocky Point Trask 7 Pender 58, Lejeune 0 Wilmington New …..

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Football: South Robeson 36, West Bladen 22

ROWLAND – West Bladen grabbed an early 14-0 lead but fell victim to penalties and turnovers as South Robeson rallied for a 36-22 Three Rivers Conference victory Friday night. On the first play from scrimmage of the game, Knight senior B. J. Drake broke a couple of tackles and raced 63 yards for a touchdown. Freshman Joseph Masaid split the uprights with the conversion kick and West led 7-0 only 19 seconds into the game. Two plays later the Mustangs coughed up a fumble, and West Bladen’s Dayvon Swindell recovered at the South 22 yardline. A holding penalty stymied the drive and South Robeson took over on downs at the …..

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Men’s Soccer: West Bladen 2, South Columbus 1

DUBLIN- Junior Victor Lopez fired in 2 second-half goals as West Bladen rallied for a 2-1 Three Rivers Conference victory over South Columbus Thursday night. Adolfo Cardenas scored a first-half goal to put the Stallions on top. “We started out flat, allowing the other team to get an early goal,” said West Bladen Coach Phillip Turnage. “We had a lot of shots at goal in the first half but were never able to connect.” Coach Turnage continued, “After the first half, Victor came out with a vengeance, scoring two goals in about a 5-minute time period. That was enough to seal the win. We needed one after two very disappointing …..

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Football: East Bladen 47, West Columbus 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen exploded for 28 first quarter points and rolled to a 47-0 Three Rivers Conference football victory over West Columbus Friday night. The Eagle defense completely shutdown the Viking offense limiting West Columbus to zero net yards and only 3 first downs – 2 by penalty – in the game. “We are getting a little better about swarming to the ball,” said East Bladen Coach Robby Priest. “Playing a little more aggressive and taking more pride in shutting down other teams.” After the East defense forced a 3-and-out, a Viking punt lost 3 yards and gave the Eagles possession at the WC41 yardline. Senior Xavia McDowell plowed through …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – September 30

  1659 – Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked (according to Daniel Defoe) 1787 – 1st US voyage around the world – Columbia leaves Boston. 1841 – Samuel Slocum patented the stapler. 1846 – Anesthetic ether used for 1st time by American dentist Dr. William Morton who extracts a tooth. 1867 – Midway Islands formally declared a US possession. 1898 – City of New York established. 1919 – Avery Hopwood’s “Gold Diggers” premieres in NYC. 1927 – Babe Ruth hits record setting 60th HR (off Tom Zachary) 1935 – Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess” premieres in Boston. 1935 – The Hoover Dam, astride the border between the U.S. states of Arizona and Nevada, …..

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Police Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Reception for Employees, Retirees, Former Officers and Personnel Gov. Roy Cooper Proclaims Sept. 29 – Oct. 6, as “State Capitol Police Officers’ Week” in North Carolina

September 29, 2017 RALEIGH — The State Capitol Police today commemorated its 50th anniversary by bringing together retirees, former officers and administrative personnel for a special reception. Last month, the State Capitol Police reached the milestone of half a century of service to the people of North Carolina and state officials, employees and visitors. A floating reception to commemorate the event was held today from noon to 2 p.m. at State Capitol Police Headquarters in Raleigh. After a few brief remarks, N.C. Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks presented State Capitol Police Chief Glen Allen with a signed proclamation from Gov. Roy Cooper that designates Sept. 29 – …..

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Gov. Cooper sending 200 North Carolina National Guard Engineers to Puerto Rico to aid recovery

Sept. 29, 2017 RALEIGH, N.C.- Gov. Cooper has authorized sending 200 engineers from the N.C. Army National Guard to support recovery efforts in Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. N.C. Guard soldiers assigned to the 105th Engineer Battalion “Task Force Rhino”, headquartered in Raeford, will have their advance team depart sometime this weekend with the remainder of the unit deploying next week. They are expected to be in Puerto Rico for 30 days, but are prepared to be there longer if required. Puerto Rico requested assistance from NC Guard through an Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) request with NC Emergency Management to aid in recovery. “When our state …..

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Tillis Continues Fight To Improve Mental Health Care for Veterans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) to re-introduce the Prioritizing Veterans’ Access to Mental Health Care Act, legislation that provides veterans greater and timelier access to mental health care treatment and incentivizes the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to hire more mental health care professionals to fully meet the demand. “The fact that we lose 20 veterans every day to suicide is a national tragedy and we need to do everything in our power to assist the men and women who served our country,” said Senator Tillis. “This legislation will give veterans the access they need and deserve when seeking treatment …..

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Bus Accident in Bladen County

According to Valerie Newton, Public Information Officer of Bladen County schools, Bladenboro Primary School Bus #299 was involved in a accident at approximately 3:30 pm this afternoon. A small pickup truck rear-ended the bus after making a drop off. No students or other persons were injuried. The bus had 6 students on the bus transporting them home. Another bus was dispatched to the accident to finish the route or are being released by the school principal to their parents. Share:

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Autumn Weather Arrives This Weekend

A dry high pressure system this weekend will bring seasonally cooler  temperatures to Bladen County Saturday and Sunday. High temperatures for Saturday will be in the upper 70s and Sunday will be a couple of degrees cooler. Nights will have lows in the 50s. Share:

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After wreck kills mother and daughter, intersection will be an all-way stop

N.C. 87 intersection in Columbus County to Become All-Way Stop The safety improvement to be added by Oct. 13 Yesterday we reported about a wreck at the intersection of 87 and 11 that claimed the life of a mother and daughter. Now the North Carolina Department of Transportation announced the intersection will be changed. To help reduce crashes, the N.C. Department of Transportation will convert a highway intersection in eastern Columbus County into an all-way stop. This afternoon, NCDOT crews placed changeable message signs at the intersection of N.C. 87 and N.C. 11, letting motorists know the traffic pattern will change soon. Currently, traffic on N.C. 11 must stop, but not on …..

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6 contouring beauty tips for Bladen

Beauty tips seem to be very popular these days on the interwebs. We have started a series with our new account executive, Jenna Lee. This Funday Friday video has 6 contouring beauty tips from Jenna with Charlotte Smith at BladenOnline.com. If you would like a free makeover with beauty tips and wouldn’t mind being in our Funday Friday video, contact us at 910-879-1029.   Share:

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Update from Congress for Bladen County

In the year Washington last updated the tax code, “Crocodile Dundee” was in theaters, “Walk Like An Egyptian” was a number one hit, and “Da Bears” won the Super Bowl with Clemson’s “Refrigerator Perry.” Yes, America’s tax code is outdated.  1986 is calling, and wants its rotary phone back. We can’t continue with an outdated tax code that currently benefits the well-connected but doesn’t support hardworking Americans, kills jobs, and makes companies want to move overseas. Over the past several months, I’ve worked with House Republicans and President Trump to address this issue.  This week, we released a tax reform plan that will simplify the code, grow wages, increase jobs, …..

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Louise Mercer Toumbacaris Obituary

  • 09/29/2017
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Louise Mercer Toumbacaris, age 98, of Queens, NY, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2017. She was born February 24, 1919 in Bladenboro to the late Charles O. Mercer and Callie Davis Mercer.    She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, John B. Toumbacaris.   She is survived by her son, Bob Toumbacaris and wife LuAnn of West Babylon, NY and three grandchildren: Alexandria Toumbacaris, Nicolas Toumbacaris, and Alyssa Calise.   A time of visitation will take place on Sunday, October 1, 2017, from 6:00-8:00 PM at Floyd Mortuary & Crematory, Inc.   A funeral service will be held on Monday, October 2, 2017, at 10:00 AM at Floyd Memorial Chapel. …..

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Bladen County Road Closure Update

Ken Clark, NCDOT OPENINGS: SR 1122 (Cabbage Road) SR 1122 (Cabbage Road)is open.  This completes the work on Cabbage Road. CLOSINGS: SR 1709 (Coley Road) SR 1709 (Coley Road) is closed in order to replace the bridge over Hammonds Creek.  The bridge replacement project will take until late November / early December.  A signed detour will be in effect to use SR 1704 (Airport Road) / SR 1713 (White Plains Church Road) / SR 1719 (Vause Road) / SR 1708 (Rosindale Road) UPCOMING CLOSINGS: US 701 Bypass in Clarkton The closure of US 701 Bypass at the railroad tracks in Clarkton remains postponed until October 9, 2017 at the earliest.  The railroad plans to install …..

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This Week at NCDOT: Safe to School Awareness Month and Governor’s School Supply Drive

RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured inNCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast. Safe to School Awareness With school underway, Governor Roy Cooper declared September as Safe to School Awareness Month. Throughout the month, state transportation officials aim to raise awareness of the danger that risky driver behavior creates for children commuting to school, especially for those who bike or walk. More than one-fourth of all pedestrians and bicyclists hit by vehicles each year are under age 19. The greatest risk for children is not when riding a bus, but when approaching or departing one. To help keep children …..

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Tillis & Burr Applaud Senate Confirmation of Bobby Higdon as U.S. Attorney

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) applauded the Senate’s confirmation of Bobby Higdon to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina by voice vote. Mr. Higdon was nominated by President Trump at the recommendation of Senators Tillis and Burr.   Mr. Higdon has a long and decorated career as a federal prosecutor and is highly respected throughout the state. He also has significant management experience as the former Chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Mr. Higdon earned his law degree from the Wake Forest School of Law. He is currently a partner at …..

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Happy Birthday Erin Smith

September marks the start of the fall season, pumpkin spice coffee and Erin Smith’s birthday. Erin is our General Manager here at BladenOnline.com. We wish her the very best life has to offer and many, many more happy birthdays! Thanks for all you do Erin! From your team here at BladenOnline.com Share:

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Soccer

Men’s Soccer:East Bladen 7, St. Pauls 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmore Gabe Barber recorded a “Hat Trick’ of 3 goals, and sophmore Jake Evans contributed 3 assists to lead East Bladen to a 7-0 victory over St. Pauls Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer action. Senior Brooks McGill stole a pass and opened the East Bladen scoring with a goal in the seventh minute. Eight minutes later McGill found senior Caleb Hatchell who directed a pass to Gabe Barber who banged in the goal for a 2-0 lead. In the 28th minute, junior Greyson Heustess sent a cross to Gabe Barber who finished into the net from 5 yards out. East Bladen led 3-0 at halftime. …..

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Soccer

JV Soccer:East Bladen 3, St. Pauls 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen defeated St. Pauls 3-1 Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee soccer action. Freshman Jay McKoy fired in the first Eagle goal off of an assist from sophmore Jay McGill in the seventh minute. East Bladen led 1-0 at halftime. Early in the second half freshman Will Hester sent a corner kick into freshman Jackson Bostic who knocked in the goal for a 2-0 lead. McGill recorded his second assist of the game when he sent a pass to Hester who blasted a hard shot past the keeper from 18 yards out. St. Pauls scored in the 64th minute to trim the Eagle lead to 3-1. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Thursday night NFL action, Green Bay Packers 35 – Chicago Bears 14.  Before the game, players on both teams locked arms as a symbol of unity, game was interrupted for 47 minutes due to  lightning that was spotted just outside the stadium. Tonight, high school football.  West Columbus plays at East Bladen, West Bladen travels to South Robeson.  Gametime for both games, 7 PM. We flip our calendar tomorrow (Saturday).  Looking forward to October! Average high temp for October is 75 degrees, compared with 83 for September and average low in October is 50 and 62 for September. Not unusual for first fall frost near the end of October or early …..

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This Day in History for September 29

1789 – US War Department established a regular army. 1875 – US-Spanish relations decline in wake of Cuban rebellion. 1907 – Construction begins on Washington National Cathedral. 1913 – Washington Senator Walter Johnson wins his 36th game. 1914 – Boston Braves, who were in last place in mid-July, clinch NL pennant. 1915 – Hurricane claims 275 in Mississippi Delta. 1916 – American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes the world’s first billionaire. 1920 – Joseph Horne Company in Pittsburgh sells radios for $10. 1930 – NYC College offers 1st course in radio advertising. 1940 – “Double or Nothing”, a radio quiz show, 1st heard on Mutual Radio Net. 1947 – …..

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Women’s Tennis: Red Springs 8, East Bladen 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – Red Springs defeated East Bladen 8-1 Thursday in a Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis match. Singles Hermelinda Mendoza (RS) defeated Jayme LeeAnn Frady (EB) 8-3 Gabrielle Pecina (RS) defeated Ting Lin (EB) 9-7 Stephanie Alejandro (RS) defeated Lily Lin (EB) 8-2 Selina Franco (RS) defeated Sammi Jiang (EB) 8-1 Bianca Uribe (RS) defeated Carlie West (EB) 8-5 Aurely Cruz (RS0 defeated Olivia Barnes (EB) 8-3 Doubles J. Frady/T. Lin (EB) defeated Mendoza/S. Franco 8-5 Pecina/Alejandro (RS) defeated L. Lin/S. Jiang (EB) 8-3 Uribe/Cruz defeated C. West/Olivia Barnes (EB) 8-2 East Bladen will travel to West Columbus Tuesday for a 4 p.m. match. Share:

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JV Volleyball: East Columbus 2, West Bladen 0

LAKE WACCAMAW – East Columbus defeated West Bladen 2-0 Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by set scores of 25-18 and 25-23. Freshman Khadijah Jones fired in 4 kills and 3 aces to lead the Lady Knights. Freshman Shelby Pharr smacked in 4 kills and 2 aces. Sophmore Jordan Benson drilled in 4 aces. Alana King knocked in 2 kills, and teammates Madison Cain, Taylor West and Amelia Brisson slammed in one kill each. “The girls played really well,” said West Bladen Coach Gaye Davis. “I can’t ask anymore than that.” Share:

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JV Football: East Bladen 41, West Columbus 0

CERRO GORDO – Sophmores Jordan Robinson and Lawson Hester combined for five touchdowns Thursday night to lead East Bladen to a 41-0 Three Rivers Conference jayvee football victory over West Columbus. Robinson returned a punt 65 yards for the first East Bladen touchdown. Sophmore Kasey Price carried into the end zone for the 2-point conversion and an 8-0 lead. Hester bolted 20 yards for the second Eagle touchdown and a 14-0 lead. Robinson rammed into the end zone from 2 yards out, and freshman Zach Meares kicked the extra point for a 21-0 lead. Hester banged into the end zone from 5 yards out for his second touchdown of the …..

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Volleyball: West Bladen 3, East Columbus 2

LAKE WACCAMAW – West Bladen outlasted East Columbus 3-2 Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 18-25, 28-26, 25-15, 12-25 and 16-14. “It was an intense game,” said Lady Knight Coach Gaye Davis. “Both teams played great. We just happened to push harder and came through with a win.” Junior Raegan Davis slammed in 16 kills, 6 aces, a block, 5 service points and came up with 11 digs. Senior Patience Parker knocked in 8 kills, an ace, 2 service points and had 7 digs. Senior Mikayla Winebarger pounded in 8 kills, 2 service points, a block and was credited with 9 digs. Senior Elizabeth …..

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

LAKE WACCAMAW- West Bladen’s Lady Knights defeated East Columbus 6-3 Thursday to raise their record to 12-0 in Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis action. West Bladen 6, East Columbus 3 Singles Conner Brisson (WB) defeated East Columbus #1 6-4, 6-2 East Columbus #2 defeated Savannah Lee (WB) 6-3, 6-4 East Columbus #3 defeated Helen Lopez (WB) 6-4, 6-3 Autumn Brisson (WB) defeated East Columbus #4 6-3, 6-3 Mireya Sandoval (WB) defeated East Columbus #5 6-3, 6-2 Alyssa Smith (WB) defeated East Columbus #6 6-0, 6-3 Doubles East Columbus #1 defeated C. Brisson/S. Lee (WB) 8-5 H. Lopez/ A. Brisson (WB) defeated East Columbus #2 8-4 M. Sandoval/A. Smith (WB) defeated …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County Residents

By: Dora Brogdon This Friday, at the Families First, Inc. office in Elizabethtown, there will be a women’s support group. The group will meet every two weeks on Fridays. For more information, contact Majorie Lewis at 910-862-2534. This Saturday, Allison Fisher will be appearing at the Cape Fear Winery at 6 p.m. in the Gallery Ballroom. She will be sharing her amazing story during An Evening with A Champion. The show will also be including; trick shot exhibition, Q&A, challenge matches, dinner, and with the appearance of two special guests. This event will take place from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. You can learn more about this event by clicking here. Share:

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Update: Crash at NC 87/11 claims life of Mother, daughter

By Erin Smith A crash at the intersection of NC 11 and NC 87 claimed the lives of a 30-year-old mother and her 8-year-old daughter. The crash ocurred at 8:15 a.m. According to reports, a red car was traveling west on NC 11 when the driver drove out in front of a tractor-trailer traveling north on NC 87. The tractor-trailer struck the car in its driver’s side and the car came to rest in the ditch. According to reports, the woman’s 7-year-old son was also in the car and was transported to New Hanover Regional Medical Center by air ambulance. The driver of the tractor-trailer was also transported to the …..

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Analysis: The SUCCEED Act Will Grow The American Economy, Create Jobs, And Lower Deficits

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the Niskanen Center released an economic analysis of the SUCCEED Act, introduced by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT). The SUCCEED Act a merit-based, long-term solution for undocumented children to earn legal status if they work hard, follow the law, and pay their taxes. The analysis from the Niskanen Center clearly demonstrates the SUCCEED Act is also great for the health of the American economy. Highlights of the analysis: *The SUCCEED Act would create 117,000 new jobs. That is more jobs than the number of Americans employed by companies like Apple, Google, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, and Facebook. *The SUCCEED Act would increase GDP …..

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Margaret Evelyn Smith

​Margaret Evelyn Smith, born May 29, 1950, in Maryville, TN, left this earthly world September 17, 2017. Margaret lived most of her first 7 years in Brazil, where her parents, the Rev. and Mrs. James Hoge Smith Jr. (Edna Louise Russell) were serving as Presbyterian missionaries. She attended school in Brazil; Richmond, VA (briefly); St. Petersburg, FL; Farmville, VA; and graduated from high school in Covington, VA. She was a graduate of Madison State Teachers’ College (now JMU) in Harrisonburg, VA, and taught school for one year. She then joined Best Products, for which she worked 16 years, attaining the position of Regional Human Resources Manager, moving back and forth across the country and …..

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Civitas President Files Petition Challenging Legality of DEQ and Chemours Settlement

Contributed On Monday, September 27, Civitas Institute President Francis X. De Luca filed a petition with the North Carolina Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) questioning the legality of the recently signed consent decree between the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the Chemours chemical company. State and federal law requires the public be notified of any settlement decrees of Clean Water Act enforcement actions. The settlement was signed on September 8th by Bladen County Judge Douglas Sasser after discussion/ negotiations between the DEQ and Chemours. Civitas President Francis De Luca said, “The decree required Chemours to do things which were already required of them under existing law and appears to …..

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More residential wells found to be tainted with GenX; second information session planned

By Erin Smith Chemours was ordered by North Carolina officials to make bottled water available to eight more residents after their wells tested positive for GenX levels above the state established guidelines. Officials with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services have scheduled a second information session for October 5th. The second information session will be conducted in the gymnasium at Grays Creek Elementary School located at 2964 School Road, Hope Mills. The state conducted an earlier information on Sept. 14th at St. Pauls Middle School. Chemours has been testing residential wells for the presence of GenX only and the …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER ON RETURN TO U.S. HOUSE OF MAJORITY WHIP STEVE SCALISE

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who serves on the House Whip Team, had these remarks following the return of Majority Whip Steve Scalise to the House floor: “What a thrilling moment this morning in the House Chamber when my friend Steve Scalise entered the room!  Amid resounding cheers and applause from both sides of the aisle, Steve conveyed his gratitude to God for the miracles and answers to prayer that saved his life.  He also publicly thanked the U.S. Capitol Police officers who, despite being wounded, persevered until taking down the assailant, saving many lives.  Thank God for a real patriot in Steve Scalise.” Share:

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Deadly crash at NC 87/11 intersection

  • 09/28/2017
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By Erin Smith At least two people have been reported to have been killed and another injured in a crash at the intersection of NC 11 and NC 87 near Riegelwood. According to reports, a car allegedly drove into the path of an oncoming transfer truck. We will have more on this story as it develops. Share:

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USDA

Farmers and Ranchers Affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma Granted Extra Time, Procedures, to Document and Claim Disaster Losses

WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced special procedures to assist producers who lost crops or livestock or had other damage to their farms or ranches as a result of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Also, because of the severe and widespread damage caused by the hurricanes, USDA will provide additional flexibility to assist farm loan borrowers. “The impact is shocking and will be felt for many months,” said Secretary Perdue. “In addition to efforts being made on the ground to assist producers, we have taken a hard look at our regular reporting requirements and adjusted them so producers can take care of pressing needs first and mostly deal with …..

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REP. ROUZER STATEMENT ON TAX REFORM FRAMEWORK

Washington, D.C. — Congressman Rouzer released the following statement on the Republicans’ framework to fix our nation’s broken tax code: “This week, the House, the Senate, and the Trump Administration released a tax reform framework to bring back jobs and money from overseas and create real prosperity for all Americans.  This is a tax reform plan focused on simplicity and growth that will lead to significant investments and generate better paying jobs, while also enabling every individual and family to keep more of what they earn.  For southeastern North Carolina, this is a first step to enacting into law a tax code that would benefit every individual and family —  including …..

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Alpha Company Vietnam Veterans Reunite Again

Contributed Each fall for the last seven years, members of the Americal Division, Alpha Company 5th/46th 198th Light Infantry Brigade, have joined together for a platoon reunion.  The majority of the group served together in Vietnam from November 1968 –  November 1969.  This year, 15 veterans and 9 wives met at Oak Haven Resort in Sevierville, Tennessee.  Veterans came from Wisconsin, Illinois, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Missouri. Rear left to right:  Rodney Outten, Dwight Saddler, Kenneth Quinn, Kenneth Butcher, Aaron Rochester, Bud McFarland, and Oliver Gause. Front left to right:  Bob Latham, Maury James, Jack Crisp, Wendell Roberts, Jack Vater, Richard Bergman, Paul Sprouse, Jerry …..

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Brenda Lee Haire Gooden

Brenda Lee Haire Gooden, 73, of Elizabethtown went home to be with the Lord on September 27, 2017. She is preceded in death by her father James Lewis Haire, her mother Evelyn Haire King and brother James Lewis Haire Jr. Brenda leaves to cherish her memory, husband Kent Gooden of the home, daughter Kimberlee Gooden White and husband De of Elizabethtown, sister Faye Fenegan and husband Willard of Winston Salem, grandchildren: Megan, Anna, Kate, and Cameron, a special aunt Elma Lee Singletary and niece Sheila Ray and husband Rich. A funeral service will be held Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 2 pm at Wesleys Chapel UMC in Elizabethtown followed by …..

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Lula ‘Lula Bell’ Boyd Smith

Tar Heel-Lula Boyd Smith, 69 years of age, also known as “Lula Bell,” of Tar Heel, N.C., died Tuesday, September 26, 2017, at home. She is preceded in death by her husband Jasper Washington (J.W.) Smith, her father Henry Boyd and mother Elease Boyd. She is survived by three sons: Jasper Lucas Smith of Tar Heel, Joe Smith and wife Gigi Smith of Calabash, Terry Smith and wife Heather Smith of Tar Heel. She was also survived by seven grandchildren: Chaley and Blake Smith of Tar Heel, Tempie Smith of Clarkton, Brianna Smith of Calabash and Austin, Colby and Devin Smith of Tar Heel. Visitation for family and friends will …..

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Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 9, Red Springs 0

RED SPRINGS – Junior Greyson Heustess recorded a ‘Hat Trick’ of 3 goals, and senior Brooks McGill dished out 6 assists to lead East Bladen to a 9-0 Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer victory over Red Springs. Sophomore Jake Evans opened the scoring for the winners in the 16th minute. “Jake took a short corner kick from Brooks, cut in on his right foot and buried a rocket shot into the back of the net,” said Eagle Coach Jay Raynor. Twelve minutes later senior Caleb Hatchell took a McGill pass and banged a header past the keeper from a yard out. In the 38th minute Hatchell sent a pass to Heustess who knocked …..

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JV Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 1, Red Springs 1

RED SPRINGS – East Bladen and Red Springs battled to a 1-1 tie Wednesday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee soccer action. Freshman Will Hester fired in the Eagle goal off of a corner kick by sophomore Jose Arteaga in the first half. Red Springs tied the game with a second-half goal. “We had several chances early in the game that we didn’t convert,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “The longer a team stays in the game the better chance they have to beat you. I thought we left some goals on the pitch and leaving them in the game gave them energy.” Raynor added, “We dominated the run of play …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Good news, bad news….Think we have to many news sources? Headlines over the past few hours! Resignation of Kobie Baker, Alabama’s director of basketball operations, tied to FBI investigation. Auburn basketball could be in deep trouble. Woman bitten several times by copperhead snake at Longhorn Steakhouse. Royal Caribbean sends cruise ship to help Puerto Rico. President Trump says he has the votes on health care bill! Sen. Bill Cassidy (R), “We don’t have the votes!” O.J. Simpson could be released on parole as soon as Monday… Rest in Peace Mrs. Brenda Haire Gooden. Deshaun Watson donated his first NFL game check to (Houston) stadium employees who were hit hard by …..

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This Day in History for September 28

1542 – Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay, naming it San Miguel and claims it for Spain. 1701 – Divorce legalized in Maryland. 1850 – US Navy abolishes flogging as punishment. 1904 – Woman arrested for smoking cigarette in a car on 5th Avenue, NYC. 1906 – US Troops reoccupy Cuba, stay until 1909. 1921 – 4th PGA Championship: Walter Hagan at Inwood CC Far Rockaway, NY. 1930 – Lou Gehrig’s errorless streak ends at 885 consecutive games. 1941 – Ted Williams ended the baseball season with .406 batting average. 1949 – “My Friend Irma” is 1st of 12 films starring Dean Martin & Jerry Lewis. …..

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Women’s Tennis: Whiteville 8, East Bladen 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 8-1 Tuesday in the make-up of a Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis match that was postponed by rain on Sept. 21. Singles Whiteville #1 defeated Jayme LeeAnn Frady (EB) 8-3 Ting Lin (EB) defeated Whiteville #2 8-6 Whiteville #3 defeated Lily Lin (EB) 8-3 Whiteville #4 defeated Sammi Jiang (EB) 8-3 Whitevillle #5 defeated Carlie West (EB) 8-0 Whiteville #6 defeated Carleigh Devane (EB) 8-0 Doubles Whiteville #1 defeated J. Frady/T. Lin (EB) 8-6 Whiteville #2 defeated L. Lin/S. Jiang (EB) 8-2 Whiteville #3 defeated C. Devane/Olivia Barnes (EB) 8-0 East Bladen will host Red Springs Thursday for a 4 p.m. match. Share:

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Scam Alert Involving East Bladen High Donations

East Bladen Athletic Director Patty Evers is warning that a company called Spirit Star is calling businesses and asking for donations to put their name on basketball t-shirts for East Bladen. “This is a scam!” said Evers. “No company has been given permission to solicit for donations. If this happens please call me as soon as possible.” The school’s phone number is 247-4610. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office phone number is 862-6960. The number for the Elizabethtown Police Department is 862-3125.   Share:

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Reward offered for information regarding disturbed grave

Contributed Recently, the grave of a Confederate solider was desecrated in Bladen County. The grave, located in the cemetery of Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church, was found Monday with a circular hole and several bones moved. While the miscreant’s motives are not confirmed at this time, if these actions were perpetrated as part of a protest against Confederate heritage and symbols, we as a society have certainly reached a new low. Regardless of motive, there is no more base form of cowardice or treachery than the purposeful destruction of human remains. One sacred tenet of human society, and one that has been held dear since the beginning of our existence on …..

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Board of Elections approves list of precinct Chief Judges, Judges

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Wednesday afternoon and approved the proposed list of precinct Chief Judges and Judges for the upcoming election cycle. Bladen County Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw and Bladen County Democratic Party Chairman Ben Snyder worked together to create the proposed list presented for approval. “I think we are good,” said Shaw of the list. Board of Elections Chairman Bobby Ludlum asked Shaw about the availability of the individuals being proposed. Shaw explained that once the list is approved, then the Board of Elections staff will send a letter to the individuals notifying them of their appointment. Shaw said whether …..

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Congressman Pittenger: More jobs, lower taxes, simple and fair

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) attended a briefing with Speaker Paul Ryan and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady on the unified Republican framework for reforming our tax code for the first time since 1986. “This is really an extraordinary jobs bill.  This is going to spark major economic growth.  Our plan allows hardworking Americans to keep more of their own money, brings our corporate tax rate in line with the rest of the industrialized world, and finally provides fairness for the small business owners who create the majority of new jobs,” said Congressman Pittenger. “America’s tax code hasn’t been updated since ‘Crocodile Dundee’ was in theaters.  We can’t continue …..

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Bladen Community College offers Opportunities for Writers

Contributed DUBLIN – Bladen Community College invites Bladen County writers to participate in a series of monthly workshops to explore and cultivate your writing talent. Workshops are meeting from 3:30 until 5:30 p.m. in the Learning Enhancement Center (building 8) in room 102. The next scheduled session is Tuesday, October 3. 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, …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon The Bladen County Pet of the Week for this week is Oatmeal. He is a 3 year-old pit-mix that loves to give out free hugs and he gets along with other dogs. He likes just about everyone he meets including children. Oatmeal is very friendly. All Oatmeal needs is for a loving family to come and adopt him! The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at noon  until 5:00 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. The Bladen County Animal Shelter is located …..

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Have You Been Phishing Lately?

Dr. Lisa Lee Bryan Since the invention of the Internet, users have been warned not to open emails from people they do not know.   Most users heed this warning so the email scam artists and virus spreaders developed a new strategy.   These destructive agents now pretend they are someone you know or should know.   Have you gotten an email lately from someone who has millions they really want to leave or give to you?  Have your received an unexpected email from your bank or credit card company needing you to click a link to keep your account from being blocked?   Have you received emails from your …..

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Tillis Statement on Tax Reform Framework

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways and Means Committee’s release of their tax reform framework: “The initial tax reform framework is a great first step to overhauling our broken and antiquated tax code and allowing the American economy to unleash its full potential. I’m encouraged that the framework follows similar principles that we implemented in North Carolina: simplifying the tax code, lowering rates, and broadening the base. North Carolina’s tax reform has been incredibly successful, leading to more jobs, more revenue, and more growth. This success can be replicated at the national level, and it’s now …..

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Bladen County Shrine Club to host annual Fall Fish Fry

Contributed The Annual Fish Fry hosted by the Bladen County Shrine Club will be held Wednesday, October 11th, 2017, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. The Shrine Club will have two locations at the Food Lion in Elizabethtown and Bo’s in Bladenboro. Tickets can be purchased from any Bladen County Shrine Club member. For details call Paul Johnson 910-991-5863. All proceeds are for the benefit of the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Share:

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Update: Crash on NC 87 at Airport Road 

By Erin Smith The victims of the Tuesday afternoon crash that ocurred at the intersection of NC 87 and Airport Road are bruised but are doing “Okay,” according to a family member who contacted BladenOnline.com. According to the investigation, the driver of a red 2007 Ford SUV was traveling west on East Broad Street (NC 87) and was attempting to make a left turn onto Airport Road. As the driver of the SUV made the left turn onto Airport Road, she failed to yield the right of way to a 2002 Toyota driven by Ashley Michelle Butts of Elizabethtown. Butts’ vehicle was traveling eastbound on East Broad Street and and struck …..

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North Carolina’s August County and Area Employment Figures Released, Bladen at 5.8 % 

RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 26 of North Carolina’s counties in August, decreased in 25, and remained unchanged in 49.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.7 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.4 percent.  One of the state’s metro areas experienced a rate increase, three experienced decreases, and 11 remained unchanged. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 6.6 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.7 percent.  The August not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.5 percent. Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% 10% or Above …..

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Bladen County Chapter of Disabled American Veterans chartered, named for Robert C Hester

By Erin Smith Bladen County now has a charter chapter of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV). In a charter ceremony held at the Elizabethtown Municipal Building the DAV Robert Curtis Hester Chapter #99 was officially recognized and the charter was read aloud to those in attendance.  “It’s very near and dear to my heart that this has become a reality,” said Juanita Hester, Mr. Hester’s widow.  She said her late husband fought for Veterans and made sure they received the recognition and services they needed.  David Brown, who was officially sworn in as Commander, said he met Robert Hester two and one-half years ago and explained to Mr. Hester he …..

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Tillis: We Need To Pass Tax Reform That Helps Working Families And Creates Jobs

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) spoke on the Senate Floor about the need to pass tax reform for the American people.   “Along the way we are going to have our challenges because everybody in Washington is for tax reform and tax relief. They’ll come into your office and tell you, ‘let’s get it going except for that one righteous exemption that I may need.’ We need to have the courage to pass tax reform that helps working families, creates jobs, and silences the people that want to take this exemption or that exemption away so we do what’s right for the people that need a job. It’s …..

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Women’s Tennis: West Bladen Sweeps Red Springs

DUBLIN- West Bladen’s Lady Knights swept Red Springs Tuesday to raise their record to 11-0 in Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis action. West Bladen won the completion of a match that was suspended by rain on Aug. 24 6-3 then took the regularly scheduled match 8-1.   West Bladen 6, Red Springs 3 Singles Red Springs #1 defeated Helen Lopez (WB) 6-2, 6-4 Conner Brisson (WB) defeated Red Springs #2  6-0, 6-0 Savannah Lee (WB defeated Red Springs #3 6-1, 6-0 Autumn Brisson (WB) defeated Red Springs #4 6-2, 6-4 Mireya Sandoval (WB) defeated Red Springs #5 6-3, 6-1 Alyssa Smith (WB) defeated Red Springs #6 6-0, 6-2   Doubles Red Springs #1 defeated …..

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Bladen County see you at the pole

Contributed Charlotte Smith See You at the Pole was held Wednesday morning at Bladen County Schools. The special day is held every year to allow students, parents, faculty, staff and community members the opportunity to the meet at schools under the flag poles and pray. This day is made possible because we still live in a land where “In God We Trust” is part of the pledge of allegiance and we are free to practice our religious beliefs. Even with so much political disruption in our country today, citizens in Bladen County were seen taking advantage of their freedom. Today, September 27th is Global Student Day of Prayer and many communities …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

September is slipping away, October is always a busy time in Bladen: 2nd – United Way Day of Caring, Cape Fear Farmers Market 4th & 5th – 12th Annual Ag’em Up day at the Bladen County Park , US 701 S 7th – Bladen County Youth Focus Oktoberfest Parade in Elizabethtown 14th – NC Grape Festival, Lu Mil Vineyard, Dublin 19th – Seafood & Sunset, The Venue at Regal Resort, White Lake 27th & 28th – Best Fest, Bladenboro. Middle and high school sports activities, listed in our sports section. So much to do and no doubt our list is incomplete. Bladen continues to be a busy place.  Visit our BladenOnline Events …..

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This Day in History for September 27

1787 – Constitution submitted to US states for ratification. 1855 – George F. Bristow’s “Rip Van Winkle”, 2nd American opera, opens in NYC. 1892 – Book matches are patented by Diamond Match Company. 1903 – Wreck of the Old 97, a train crash made famous by the song of the same name. 1909 – US President Taft sets aside some 3 million acres of oil-rich public land (including Teapot Dome, Wyoming) for conservation purposes. 1930 – 34th US Golf Amateur Championship won by Bobby Jones. 1941 – US launches its 1st Liberty ship, freighter SS Patrick Henry. 1947 – “Sweethearts” closes at Shubert Theater NYC for 288 performances. 1954 – …..

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The double standard is alive and well-paid

By Jefferson Weaver I really couldn’t care less about professional football. I admire anyone whose physical prowess is such that they can, at least for a few years, make a living off of it. I find it ridiculous that guys playing a game have a starting salary higher than the budgets of some small towns, but I’m also a fan of the free market. If people are willing to pay someone that much money to play a game, then by all means, they should have the right to do so. I won’t be attending a game, or even watching more than a few minutes of one on television. Nor will …..

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United Way Day of Caring rescheduled

By Erin Smith The United Way Day of Caring event has been rescheduled for Friday, Nov. 3. This will allow more people to take part in the event. Barbara Knight, with United Way of Bladen County, said it is often difficult for people to take off from work on a Monday, so it was decided by the event’s organizers to reschedule the event to a Friday to allow more people to take part. Knight said people can continue to drop off canned food for backpacks for students to the Elizabethtown Fire Department for the Day of Caring event now through Nov. 3. Items needed for the backpacks include pop-top canned …..

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JV Volleyball: West Bladen 2, Red Springs 1

DUBLIN – West Bladen rallied to defeat Red Springs 2-1 in a Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball match Tuesday by set scores of 16-25, 25-10 and 15-13. Freshman Khadijah Jones drilled in 8 kills, 4 aces and 3 service points to lead the Lady Knights. Sophmore Jordan Benson hammered in 3 aces, 2 kills and 2 service points. Freshman Shelby Pharr slammed in 3 kills. Madison Cain and Amelia Brisson fired in 3 aces each. Sophmore Erica Storms knocked in 2 kills and an ace, and teammate Cheyenne Lewis pounded in 2 kills. It was the second straight 3-set victory for the West Bladen jayvees. “The girls played great,” said …..

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Women’s Tennis: South Columbus 9, East Bladen 0

TABOR CItY – South Columbus defeated East Bladen 9-0 Tuesday in a Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis match. Singles South Columbus #1 defeated Jayme LeeAnn Frady (EB) 8-2 South Columbus #2 defeated Ting Lin (EB) 8-6 South Columbus #3 defeated Anna Kate White (EB) 8-1 South Columbus #4 defeated Lily Lin (EB) 8-2 South Columbus #5 defeated Sammi Jiang (EB) 8-2 South Columbus #6 defeated Carlie West (EB) 8-1 Doubles South Columbus #1 defeated J. Frady/T. Lin (EB) 8-5 South Columbus #2 defeated A. White/L. Lin (EB) 8-1 South Columbus #3 defeated Carleigh Devane/Olivia Barnes (EB) 8-1 East Bladen will host Red Springs Thursday for a 4 p.m. match. Share:

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Volleyball: West Bladen 3, Red Springs 1

DUBLIN – West Bladen defeated Red Springs 3-1 Tuesday night in a Three Rivers Conference volleyball match by set scores of 25-20, 25-21, 21-25 and 25-22. Junior Raegan Davis blasted in 12 kills, 5 aces, and 2 service points and contributed 10 digs, 2 solo blocks and a block assist. Senior Mikayla Winebarger slammed in 7 kills, 4 aces and 5 service points and came up with 6 digs and a solo block. Senior Patience Parker racked up 6 kills, 4 service points 2 aces and 3 digs. Junior Caroline Davis led the Lady Knight defenders with 15 digs. Senior Alise Pait hammered in 6 kills, an ace and 2 …..

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Middle School Football: Clarkton School of Discovery 56, Tar Heel 12

CLARKTON – Anthony McGill scored 4 touchdowns to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 56-12 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory over Tar Heel Tuesday night in the season opener for both teams. Samaj Dove ran for a pair of Blue Devil touchdowns and scored four 2-point touchdowns to total 20 points in the game. Nyquan Richardson and Robert McKoy scored one touchdown each for Clarkton. Share:

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Middle School Football: Elizabethtown 22, Bladenboro 8

ELIZABETHTOWN – Elizabethtown rallied in the second half to defeat Bladenboro 22-8 Tuesday night in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference opener for both teams. Jalyn Newkirk ran for a first quarter touchdown then ran the 2-point conversion to give the Bulldogs an 8-0 lead. The Bulldog defense blanked the Cougars in the first half, but Elizabethtown quarterback Raymond Autry scrambled on a broken play and raced 60 yards for the first Cougar touchdown in the third quarter. Timothy McLean ran for the tying 2-point conversion. Later in the period McLean turned the corner on the left side of the line and sprinted 40 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Malcolm …..

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Bladen County law enforcement, gone but not forgotten

By: Charlotte Smith Today marks 16 years since Bladen County lost a beloved officer of the law. Many citizens mark today’s date with tributes and memorials. The new Law Enforcement Center also has a special place of honor for the fallen. Bladen County Deputy Sheriff, James Brian Collins number 33 passed away on September 26th, 2001 while on duty according to reports. Collins was in a high speed vehicle pursuit of a felony suspect when he turned into a sharp curve in Elizabethtown causing his vehicle to go off road and crash. Deputy Collins passed away due to his injuries. He was 27 years of age at the time of …..

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Do Right Carpet and Flooring opens in Elizabethtown

By Erin Smith For one family returning home was an easy decision to make. Do Right Carpet and Flooring celebrated their Grand Opening on Tuesday with a ribbon cutting and refreshments. Jeff Pope and his wife, Chris, owned and operated a store in Clinton for a number of years before deciding it was time to return to Bladen County. Jeff Pope grew up in Bladen County and operated the glass bottomed boat that once plied the waters of White Lake. On Tuesday, the couple was excited to be cutting the ribbon on the new store in Elizabethtown. “We thank you so much for deciding to locate here,” said Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell.  …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER TESTIMONY: LUMBEE RECOGNITION ‘SIMPLY THE RIGHT THING TO DO’

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) testified before the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular, and Alaska Native Affairs in support of his Lumbee Recognition Act (H.R. 3650).    Click here for full video of Congressman Pittenger’s testimony in support of full federal recognition for the Lumbee Tribe.   “First and foremost, this is an issue of fairness.  In heritage, culture, and many times in their relationship with state and federal government, the Lumbee are every bit as Indian as any other tribe in this country.   “This is not about gaming.  My bill specifically prohibits the Lumbee Tribe from conducting gaming activities.  Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, passing this …..

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Crash sends wreck victims to hospital

By Erin Smith A crash at the intersection of NC 87 and Airport Road intersection sent several individuals to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon.  The southbound lanes of NC 87 were closed temporarily. A red Ford SUV and maroon colored car collided in the intersection with injuries reported. We will bring you more details as they become available. Share:

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Healthy Bladen updates for new season

By Erin Smith The Healthy Bladen Collaborative met on Tuesday morning and learned about the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC). April Oxendine with ECAC told the group there will be a clinic for parents regarding Individualized Education Plans (IEP). The IEP Clinic will be held on Tuesday, October 10th, at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown from noon until 3 p.m. and is designed to assist parents in better understanding their child’s IEP. The IEP Clinic is open to any parent with a child with an IEP who would like to attend but pre-registration is required. To pre-register, contact Oxendine by calling 910-671-3423. Bladen County Health Department Educator Marianne Valentiner …..

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Computer virus reaches Bladen County government offices

By Erin Smith A computer virus is making its rounds and it has idled more than one business and government office. The virus, it is reported, seems to come from a legitimate source and asks the victim to open an invoice to pay for a service or an item.  Recently, the Bladen County government offices have fallen victim to the virus, according to an update given in the Healthy Bladen Collaborative meeting on Tuesday, September 26th.  The way the virus works is it uses what appears to be a legitimate email and email message regarding an invoice for a service or purchase of an item. If the victim clicks on …..

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JV Soccer: East Bladen 3, Whiteville 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Freshman Milton Estrada fired in 2 goals to lead East Bladen to a 3-0 Three Rivers Conference jayvee men’s soccer victory Monday night over Whiteville. Sophmore Jay McGill turned a pass from freshman Jay McKoy into the first Eagle goal. The East Bladen lead grew to 2-0 when Estrada converted a pass from freshman Will Hester into a goal. Estrada’s second goal came after halftime and was set up by McKoy’s second assist of the game. Freshman Jacob Priest posted the shutout in goal for the Eagles and was credited with 4 saves. “Reid (Potter) stepped up and had a great game,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “Both Algozy …..

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See You At the Pole on Wednesday

Contributed See You at the Pole is set for Wednesday morning, September 27th, at 7:35 a.m. at a school near you. Everyone is encouraged to come out and support East Bladen High School and any of the other Bladen County Schools that are close to you. Come stand and pray with our students for our schools, our county, our state, our nation, our world, and all of the leaders in these positions. If you cannot attend?  Pray at your home! Tomorrow is the national See You at the Pole recognized all over the world! Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

I recently added POLITICO Playbook to my daily reading.  I added after the source was referred to almost daily by one or more national news sources.  It’s free and supposedly gives a little more background info related to the daily turmoil, especially in DC, and around the world, as if more was needed.  Not sure if it’s right or left leaning….I trust little of what I read or hear, just added another source to further confuse. Think I am most concerned about the North Korean situation.  Two interesting leaders, duking it out on the world stage.  One slip by either could be a ‘knock-out punch’ that would be devastating for millions of …..

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This Day in History for September 26

1772 – New Jersey passes bill requiring a license to practice medicine. 1789 – Edmund J. Randolph becomes 1st US Attorney General. 1872 – The first Shriners Temple (called Mecca) was established in New York City. 1892 – 1st public appearance of John Philip Sousa’s band (NJ). 1914 – Federal Trade Commission formed to regulate interstate commerce. 1933 – Sidney Kingsley’s “Men in White” premieres in NYC. 1947 – Happy Chandler announces Ford & Gillette to sponsor World Series. 1954 – Yogi Berra plays his only game at 3rd & Mickey Mantle plays shortstop. 1955 – NY Stock Exchange worst price decline since 1929. 1957 – Bernstein & Sondheim’s musical …..

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JV Football: West Bladen 12, East Columbus 8

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong LAKE WACCAMAW – West Bladen’s jayvee football Knights claimed their third straight Three Rivers Conference victory Monday night with a 12-8 victory over East Columbus. The game was postponed from Thursday night due to a lightning storm. Freshman quarterback Shy’Ron Adams threw a 63-yard touchdown pass to sophmore Dashawn Hines. Freshman Malachi Oxendine raced 33 yards for the other Knight touchdown. Both conversion attempts failed. “The defense played a great game recovering four turnovers,” said West Bladen Coach Taurius Baker. “The defense had three goal line stands to preserve the win.” A.J. Brown intercepted a pass in the end zone to stop one Gator scoring threat. …..

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Men’s Soccer: East Columbus 2, West Bladen 1

DUBLIN – East Columbus scored a pair of first-half goals and held on to defeat West Bladen 2-1 Monday night in Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer action. Senior Alex Alvarado and sophmore Angel Bravo scored the Gator goals. It was the first league loss of the season for the Knights who are 3-1 in league play and 3-3-1 overall. Share:

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Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 9, Whiteville 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen moved into sole possession of first place in the Three Rivers Conference Monday night with a 9-0 men’s soccer victory over Whiteville. The Eagles blitzed the Wolfpack with 2 goals in the first minute of play. Junior Keshaun Davis sent a pass to senior Caleb Hatchell who found junior Greyson Heustess racing down the right side. Heustess buried the shot from 16 yards out. Moments later senior Brooks McGill picked off a Whiteville pass and delivered a pass to Hatchell who knocked in the shot from 8 yards out. In the 15th minute Hatchell converted a feed from Heustess and banged in the shot from 4 …..

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National known writer speaker comes to Dublin and White Lake

Contributed Todd Wilson, is a dad, writer, conference speaker, and former pastor. Todd’s humor and down to earth realness have made him a favorite speaker at homeschool conventions across the country and a guest on Focus on the Family. As founder of Familyman Ministries, his passion and mission are to remind dads and moms of what’s most important through a weekly e-mail for dads, seminars, and books that encourage parents. Wilson is coming to speak at the Lake Church at 8:30 a.m. and Dublin First Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8 2017. Todd, and his wife Debbie, homeschool six of their eight children (two have graduated) in northern Indiana and travel America …..

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East Bladen Athletics recognized for ejection free season

On Monday, September 25, 2017, East Bladen High School Athletic Director and NCHSAA Board Member Patty Evers, along with Assistant Principal Heather Thompson, accepted the school recognition for being an ejection free school during the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Region 4 meeting in Fayetteville. East Bladen was one of eight schools out of the 36 schools in Region 4 to receive this honor for the 2016-2017 school year. The recognition marks the third consecutive year East Bladen athletes and coaches have remained ejection free. East Bladen continues to strive for the highest standards among its coaches and student-athletes. Share:

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Tillis, Lankford & Hatch Hold Press Conference To Introduce The SUCCEED Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK), and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) held a press conference to introduce the Solution for Undocumented Children through Careers, Employment, Education, and Defending our nation (SUCCEED) Act, a solution to address the legal uncertainty facing undocumented children and young undocumented adults who were brought to the United States as children.     The SUCCEED Act provides a fair but rigorous track for undocumented children to qualify for conditional permanent resident (CPR) status, requiring them to follow one or a combination of three specific pathways to earn and maintain their status once they become adults: being gainfully employed, pursing postsecondary or vocational education, or serving …..

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Congressman Pittenger honors Union Co. effort to help hurricane victims

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today addressed the U.S. House of Representatives in honor of the Moser Group of Indian Trail and Wingate University, which are partnering to collect and transport relief supplies for hurricane victims. “Madam Speaker, I rise today in honor of The Moser Group and Wingate University for their extraordinary organizational and grassroots efforts to help victims of Hurricanes Irma in Florida and Harvey in Texas. “This week, these two organizations will load two 18-wheeler trucks to deliver supplies directly to the affected areas.  Commitment to charity and compassion for victims of natural disasters is truly what makes America great. “In North Carolina, we know all too …..

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