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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon This week’s Bladen County Pet of the Week is Sunshine. She is a 1-year-old, female shepherd mix. She appears to be good with other dogs and she seems to be very friendly towards others. 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 through Friday from noon until 5 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. The Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. For more information or questions call (910) 862-6918. Share:

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Local Government Federal Credit Union Awards Ashley Gilmore with Professional Development Scholarship

  • 10/31/2017
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RALEIGH, NC — Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) congratulates Ashley Gilmore, City of Fayetteville employee who is the recipient of a career development scholarship award and will use the money to attend the course Introduction to Local Government Finance for Government Professionals at the School of Government (SOG), UNC-Chapel Hill. “The credit union is proud to partner with the School of Government to offer these scholarships to North Carolina’s local government employees,” said LGFCU President Maurice Smith. “As a result, these LGFCU members are able tostrengthen their skills and enhance their job performance, thereby better serving their communities.” The SOG is the largest university-based local government training, advisory and research …..

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Students Demand Criminal Justice Reform At UNC–Charlotte

  • 10/31/2017
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CHARLOTTE, NC– Libertarian students are set to gather for the Students For Liberty (SFL) Blue Ridge Regional Conference on November 4, 2017, at the University of North Carolina–Charlotte for the “United for Justice” themed event. The Blue Ridge Regional Conference features a plethora of young libertarian leaders from across the region. SFL members will gather at the University of North Carolina–Charlotte for the event to hear from speakers such as Executive Vice President of the Cato Institute David Boaz, University of Virginia professor and libertarian activist Dr. Jim Lark, criminal justice reform advocates Weldon Angelos and Raeford Davis, and President of the Second Amendment Institute Tyler Yzaguirre. The event brings together the Blue Ridge …..

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The Malpass Brothers to perform at SCC

Contributed The Richard F. Burkhardt Fine & Performing Arts Series (FPAS), in collaboration with the SCC Foundation, announces the second performance of the 2017-2018 season featuring The Malpass Brothers on November 10 at 7 p.m. in the SCC Auditorium. This is music steeped in the legacy of the Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Sr. and more. With a sincere stage presence that tributes to the great musical legends that paved the way, you can count on classic, real country with a few old-time gospels. Add the funny, off-the-cuff quips between the two siblings, and this concert becomes a magnetic time-traveling journey to when a calmer rhythm reigned …..

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Elections for the 2017 County Committee

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Committee Elections are underway in Bladen County.  It is important that every eligible producer participate in these elections because FSA county committees are a link between the agricultural community and the USDA. The 2017 election in Bladen County will be conducted for the representative Local Administrative Area (LAA)  # 2 representing Hollow, Bethel, Bladenboro, and Abbotts Township. County committee members are a critical component of FSA operations. Committees should be comprised of members who reflect the diversity of producers involved in production agriculture in Bladen County.  This means that producers representing underserved groups or communities should be on the committee to speak on behalf …..

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SC man arrested for breaking into apartment

By Erin Smith A Florence, South Carolina man was arrested on Saturday in Bladenboro after he entered an apartment at 304 Village Street, Bladenboro. Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt said the victim had left her apartment and left her door unlocked while she visited the apartment next door. “She came back and she saw a man standing in her apartment and screamed and a neighbor heard her and called 911,” said Chief Hunt. When officers arrived on the scene, the man was still there and was arrested. Tommy Maurice Wilson of Florence, SC was arrested and charged with one count of misdemeanor breaking and entering. Share:

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Education issues in Bladen County 

By Erin Smith Bladen County Schools are working to meet the class size mandates put in place by new legislation and it has some classrooms feeling the pinch. “I know we have had several discussions (about class size),” said Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton. She added there have been discussions with the Bladen County Board of Education ensuring the school system is following the new state guidelines. “I know we have had a couple of classrooms in three different primary schools we have needed to look at,” said Newton. The new class size guidelines were adopted by the North Carolina General Assembly in April 2017. The legislation …..

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Bladen County Board of Elections discusses training for poll workers

The Bladen County Board of Elections staff met on Tuesday afternoon and discussed the scheduling of a training session for poll workers and reviewed absentee ballots that have been returned to the Board of Elections office in Elizabethtown. Bladen County Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw told the board that On Wednesday, November 1, she will conduct a training session for poll workers who will work the polls on Election Day. She said this will include the Chief Judges and Judges. Board of Elections member Al Daniels asked if there is a training session conducted for Chief Judges and Judges. “The Chief Judges and Judges training and the workers training …..

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Congressman Pittenger on New York City Terrorist Attack

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement on today’s terrorist attack in New York City: “Today’s terrorist attack was a manifestation of pure evil and bears a disturbing resemblance to recent lone wolf attacks in Europe.  We must give law enforcement adequate data to know who is in communication with radical terrorists.  We must also work with our allies to cut off the money required to inspire, coordinate, and carry out these attacks.” Congressman Pittenger is Chairman of the Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and Vice Chairman of the Financial Services Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance. Share:

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USDA Announces Enrollment Period for Safety Net Coverage for 2018

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that starting Nov. 1, 2017, farmers and ranchers with base acres in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) safety net program may enroll for the 2018 crop year. The enrollment period will end on Aug. 1, 2018. “Since shares and ownership of a farm can change year-to-year, producers must enroll by signing a contract each program year,” said Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Steve Peterson. “I encourage producers to contact their local FSA office to schedule an appointment to enroll.” The producers on a farm that are not enrolled for the 2018 …..

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The Opioid Crisis: Community Strategies for Treatment and Recovery

Presented by: Heidi Clark, Division Chief of Health Data and Policy from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Noon-1PM on Thursday, November 9, 2017 Opioid addiction is of increasing concern to rural Illinois. Please join us for this free webinar to learn about how local government officials and community leaders can address the opioid crisis. Participants in this webinar will learn about the impact of opioids on Illinois, what the state and federal government are doing about it, and what local government or coalitions may do to address the crisis. Our presenter, Heidi Clark, received her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Global Health …..

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NFL results: Chiefs 29-Broncos 19. Little ‘hobgobblins’ will be trick or treating this evening.  Be aware and prepared! A little late reporting on rainfall Saturday night and early Sunday, 1 inch (give or take a tenth) recorded at the Hester household. Tax reform and health reform news have been competing for recent headlines: President Trump and Michael Moore were engaged in a Twitter spat over the weekend.  Charges of misconduct by high ranking officials move to the top of the page yesterday and saw a headline out of New York where a ‘revered’ priest was named as a Predator.  And, there were more. Speaking of Tax Reform, always interesting to watch action …..

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Third Pasquotank prison employee dies from injuries

ELIZABETH CITY – A third Pasquotank Correction Institution employee has died from her injuries as a result of an unsuccessful escapte attempt Oct. 12. Correctional Officer Wendy Shannon, 49, died Monday night, according to the NC Department of Public Safety. She had been at the Pasquotank facility since October 2013. “Our hearts are broken at the passing of Officer Shannon,” DPS Secretary Erik A. Hooks said. “Our deepest condolences go out to the Shannon family during this difficult time. Correctional Officer Justin Smith, 35, who provided security at the facility’s sewing plant, and Enterprises Manager Veronica Darden, 50, who supervised inmates in the sewing plant, died during the Oct. 12 …..

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WECT Report: Former Bladenboro manager Jackson under investigation

  • 10/31/2017
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Former Bladenboro town manager Delane Jackson is under investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation, the agency confirmed Monday to Wilmington TV station WECT. Mayor Rufus Duckworth has raised questions about Cygnus Inc., a company which Jackson owned, and the awarding of a $450,000 contract by the town to provide wastewater treatment services in 2005, the report said. Jackson resigned as town manager in 2013 . Click here to read and watch WECT’s report. Share:

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Monday’s Recreation Football Results

Flag Football The Panthers beat the Patriots for their first win of the season. The Broncos moved into first place by defeating the Falcons in a battle of unbeaten teams. 7-9 Tackle Football The Tigers blanked the Hurricanes 21-0 to remain undefeated with a 4-0 record. Dashon Campbell, Christopher Cromartie and Torrean Cogdell scored one touchdown each for the Tigers. 10-12 Tackle Football The Ducks moved into a first-place tie with the Pirates by claiming a 19-6 victory over the Gators. Both the Ducks and Pirates now have 2-1 records. Kewone Maynor, Tyler Johnson and D. A. Smith scored one touchdown each for the Ducks. Natoren Corbett scored the only …..

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Eagle Soccer Fans Urged to Vote Online for Brooks McGill

East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor is urging all local soccer fans to vote for Eagle star Brooks McGill in the Wilmington Star News poll to select their Stand-out Performer for the Week. McGill posted a ‘Hat Trick” of 3 goals in the Eagles 8-0 win over West Bladen in their regular season finale. The final goal gave McGill a career total of 79 goals that is a new school record. McGill has 32 goals and 37 assists this season. To vote for McGill go to http://www.starnewsonline.com/sports/20171029/high-school-standout-performers-oct-21-28 The voting closes Wednesday at noon. Eagle defender Keshaun Davis and goalkeeper Spencer Scott were also recognized by the Star-News for their play last …..

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East Bladen Seeded No. 7 in Class 2A East Soccer Play-offs

East Bladen’s Eagles were seeded No. 7 in the NCHSAA Class 2A Men’s Soccer Play-offs and will host No. 26 seed Midway in the opening round Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Coach Jay Raynor’s Eagles won the Three Rivers Conference championship with a perfect 14-0 league record and 20-1 overall mark. The Eagles have scored the most goals (140) of any team in Class 2A, and their defense is third best in 2A in goals allowed (12). East Bladen defeated Midway twice early in the season by scores of 5-2 and 4-1. Midway finished fifth in the 7-team East Central Conference with a 3-9 league record and 9-11 overall mark. …..

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Middle School Football: Bladenboro 35, Tar Heel 6

BLADENBORO – Jalyn Newkirk ran for three touchdowns to lead Bladenboro to a 35-6 Bladen Five Middle School Conference football victory over Tar Heel Monday night. Gary Parker intercepted a pass and returned it for a Bulldog touchdown. Alex Strange intercepted two Tar Heel passes for the Bulldogs, and his brother, Devon Strange, also picked off a pass. Quarterback Devon Strange threw a 45-yard touchdown pass to Anthony Mitchell, and teammate Ricky Brisson carried into the end zone for a 2-point conversion. Jordan Porter kicked a field goal for the other Bladenboro score. “I am so proud of this team,” said Bladenboro Coach Jerry Strange. The Bulldogs tied Clarkton School …..

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Middle School Football: Elizabethtown 28, Clarkton School of Discovery 6

CLARKTON – Timothy McLean scored 3 touchdowns Monday night as Elizabethtown completed a perfect season with a 28-6 Bladen Five Middle School Conference football victory over Clarkton School of Discovery. McLean bolted 45 yards for a first-period Cougar touchdown and a 6-0 lead. McLean broke loose again in the second quarter and scooted 60 yards for his second touchdown. Quarterback Raymond Autry kept the ball and scored the 2-point conversion that boosted the Cougar lead to 14-0. Samaj Dove answered for the Blue Devils with a 65-yard kick-off return for a touchdown that trimmed the margin to 14-6. Autry fielded the second-half kick-off and raced 65 yards for an Elizabethtown …..

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East Bladen Eagles Celebrate The “Stars of Tomorrow”

The East Bladen football team will be recognizing all Bladen County Parks and Recreation football teams, cheerleaders and their coaches Friday night at their home football game with West Bladen. Bladen Recreation players and cheerleaders will have free admission into the game, but they must wear their recreation uniform jerseys/tops. The game will start at 7 p.m. During halftime ceremonies, each team and their coaches will be recognized on the field. The teams will be introduced and will get to run out from the Eagle Head where they will make their way to the sideline. Share:

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International Credit Card Fraud Ring Captured In Bladen

Sheriff James A. McVicker said two men traveling on Venezuelan passports were captured last Thursday, October 26th, as they were using cloned credit cards to withdraw money from an ATM in Clarkton. “We received a call from the security department of the State Employees Credit Union last Thursday alerting us to the fact there were two men at the Cash Points ATM in Clarkton withdrawing money by the use of fraudulent credit cards,” said McVicker. “These men were being tracked by the bank as they used the ATM’s. They had withdrawn money from another Cash Points in Southport earlier in the day but had managed to get away before law …..

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NCNG celebrates “OLD HICKORY DAY”

  • 10/30/2017
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Today on the N.C. State Capitol grounds current and past Soldiers of North Carolina National Guard’s 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team and 30th Infantry Division attended a proclamation ceremony honoring the 100th Anniversary of the 30th Infantry Division “Old Hickory”. Governor Roy Cooper signed the  proclamation announcing October 30, 2017 as 30th Infantry Division “Old Hickory Day”. As each day passes, more members of “Old Hickory” pass away; Citizen-Soldiers who served proudly and with distinction during World War II. Today, the 30th Infantry Division Association, the North Carolina National Guard Association, former 30th veterans from WWII and others have reinvigorated efforts to request the Army re-examine award submission documents …..

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Tillis & Heinrich Introduce Bipartisan Bill To Help American Consumers By Simplifying Product Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced the Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act, a commonsense bill that simplifies the implementation of two upcoming regulations that could pass on new costs to millions of American consumers if left unchanged. Companion legislation has been introduced in the House by Congressmen Richard Hudson (R-NC-08) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC-01). There are currently two regulations on efficiency requirements for ceiling fans that will be enforced one year apart from each other: light bulbs in January 2019 and motors in January 2020. These misaligned dates could create a significant problem for the industry when multiplied over thousands of stores, supply …..

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Bladen County Health Department to offer National Diabetes Prevention Program

Contributed Diabetes is an epidemic that is significantly affecting the health and economy of the U.S. 1 in 9 U.S. adults have diabetes. CDC estimates that if current trends continue, as many as 1 in 3 Americans could develop diabetes in their lifetime. Bladen County Health Department is participating in the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program. The Bladen County Health Department is offering a proven-effective lifestyle change program to people with pre-diabetes to prevent or delay type 2 diabetes. The Health Department has received recognition status from the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Recognition Program, which was established to assure the quality and consistency of lifestyle change programs being delivered in communities around …..

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Smell of smoke reported at bank

  By Erin Smith A report of a smell of smoke brought the Elizabethtown Fire Department to the Wells Fargo Bank on Monday afternoon. A call to the bank, located at 202 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown, found that everything was okay and there was no fire. The Elizabethtown Fire Department and Bladen County EMS reported to the scene. Share:

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Trick or Treat Hours announced

By Erin Smith For those who are preparing for a night of spooktacular fun, the following towns have announced trick or treating hours for Tuesday. Some towns have announced designated times for Trick-or-Treating to take place on Tuesday, October 31.  *In Bladenboro, trick or treating hours are from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 31. Only children 12 years old and under are allowed to trick or treat and must be accompanied by their parents or a responsible adult. Children under the age of 9 must be accompanied to the door.    There will be a curfew in effect for youths between the ages of 13 and 18 …..

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Bladen County Recreation Basketball registration

The Bladen County Recreation Department has open youth basketball registration through Dec. 1. Recreation Basketball is for boys and girls ages 6-12. The registration fee is $30 per player. Youth players can be registered in the Recreation office at 803 West King Street or online. To register online go to www.bladeninfo.org and select Departments then choose Parks & Recreation. Any person or business who would like to sponsor a team, the fee is $225 per team. Contact Program Coordinator Dom Whittington at the Recreation office at (910) 862-6770 for more information. Share:

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East Bladen Wins Pancake Eating Contest

By Erin Smith A tradition has officially been revived with the renewal of the annual East Bladen vs West Bladen Pancake Eating contest. The contest became a tradition between the two high schools as they prepared for the annual East Bladen versus West Bladen football game.  East Bladen High School was declared the winner by one-half of a pancake. The event was held at Dowless Restaurant and Catering in Dublin. Four players from each time participated in the event and they had to eat as many pancakes as they could in five minutes.  East Bladen High School was represented by players Caleb Straight, Devonta McKiver, Tanner Meares and Xavier McDowell. East …..

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Elizabethtown child honored at Duke Children’s Hospital

By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown boy has beaten the odds and was recently honored with a photo on the wall of Duke Children’s Hospital Neonatal ICU.  Jase High was born on November 19th, 2016, with a condition called Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. His mother, DeShana High said the diagnosis means Jase was born with a hole in his diaphragm.  “Initially, before I had him, they didn’t know it was that severe,” said DeShana High.  It was only when Jase was born that doctors and DeShana High learned the exact nature of Jase’s issue. She said being a nurse, as well as a first time mom, she knew his condition was very …..

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Bladen County Election Board ballots returned

The Bladen County Board of Elections has been busy this month. The Board members of the Board of Elections met on October 24th. Returned Ballots, recordings and mock election were all on the agenda for the meeting. Elections Board member, Mr. Al Daniels, voiced concerns about the agenda item, Audio and Video. He asked Director, Cynthia Shaw to change the first item on the agenda to state BladenOnline.com. Daniel’s recommended the change so readers of the agenda would know the meeting was being recorded by the local news outlet. Two mail ballets were reissued according to Shaw. “Two ballets were reissued because of incomplete witness information on them. One person signed …..

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Rays of Hope Choir to celebrate anniversary

  • 10/30/2017
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The Rays of Hope Choir of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, will be celebrating their anniversary on Sunday, November 12th, at 3 p.m. Please come out and help us worship the Lord through music. For more information please contact April Corbett at 910-840-0362. Share:

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Road Closure Update – MODIFIED

Monday, October 30, 2017 An update of road openings / closings is as follows: OPENINGS: SR 1100 (Center Road) SR 1100 (Center Road) is open but will re-close again on Tuesday PROPOSED RE-CLOSING RESCHEDULED FROM MONDAY TO TUESDAY – SEE BELOW 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: SR 1100 (Center Road) Beginning …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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World Series, game 5, Houston Astros 13 – LA Dodgers 12 in 10 innings.  Astros lead the best of 7 series 3-2. NFL Pittsburgh Steelers 20 – Detroit Lions 15. Tonight’s NFL action, Denver Broncos at KC Chiefs.  Gametime 8:30 PM. Halloween is tomorrow.  2018 is just around the corner. Remember when there were ‘hitching post’ in Bladen County towns, in fact, all across the USA?  For the youngsters, when you travel to town in a mule and wagon, or rode horseback, there were designated places where you could ‘hitch’ your mule or horse.  Just need a short rope to tie to the hitching post, and on Saturday, could be several …..

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Bladen Recreation Soccer Standings

Here are standing for Bladen County Recreation Department’s youth soccer leagues: 5-7 Soccer Dynamos – 7-0 Grizzlies – 6-1 Mutiny – 5-2 Lightning – 4-3 Titans – 4-4 Sharks – 3-4 Raptors – 2-5 Silverbacks – 1-6 Quakes – 0-7 8-10 Boys Revolution – 8-0 Fury – 6-2 Galaxy – 5-3 Timbers – 3-5 Railhawks – 2-6 Thunder – 0-8 8-10 Girls Rapids – 5-0 Arsenal – 3-3 Burn – 0-5 11-14 Boys DC United – 4-0 Spartans – 0-4 11-14 Girls Fire – 4-0 Hornets – 0-4 Share:

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Bladen Recreation Football Standings

      Photos by kenarmphotos.com Here are standing for Bladen County Recreation Department’s youth football leagues: Flag Football Falcons – 2-0 Broncos – 2-0 Panthers-  0-2 Patriots – 0-2 7-9 Tackle Football Tigers –  3-0 Hurricanes – 1-1 Buckeyes – 0-3 10-12 Tackle Football Pirates – 2-1 Ducks – 1-1 Gators – 1-2 Share:

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This Day in History – October 30

1766 – St. Paul’s Chapel in New York in consecrated. 1768 – First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC) 1894 – Daniel Cooper patents time clock. 1896 – Martha Hughes Cannon of Utah becomes 1st female senator. 1900 – First-ever US auto show opens in Madison Square Garden in NYC. 1938 – A radio broadcast of H.G. Wells “The War of the Worlds”, narrated by Orson Welles, allegedly causes a mass panic. 1940 – Film premier of “One Night in the Tropics” first film for Abbott and Costello, Patterson, New Jersey. 1945 – Branch Rickey signs Jackie Robinson to a Montreal Royals contract. 1945 – US …..

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Ministries for children at Dublin First Baptist Church

  • 10/29/2017
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Calling all community members with children: 1.  Please bring your children to our AWANA program held on Sunday evenings from 5:00 p.m. until 7 p.m. The Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed classes help our children memorize Bible verses along with teaching how to have good fellowship and fun. 2. Everyone is invited! We will have our annual Fall Festival and Truck or Treat on Tuesday, October 31st from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. We will have hotdogs, games, cotton candy, slushies, popcorn, face painting & of course, treats in our trunks. We look forward to seeing you and your children! Our address is 7275 Albert Street in Dublin, NC. Share:

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ACC football results: Wake Forest 42, Louisville32 Clemson 24, Georgia Tech 10 Miami 24, UNC 19 Notre Dame 35, NC State 14 Virginia Tech 24, Duke 3 Pittsburgh 31, Virginia 14 ECU had an open date. World Series: LA Dodgers 6, Houston Astros 2 Series tied 2-2 Series resumes tonight in Houston, gametime 8:20 PM on FOX. Another huge success for organizers and supporters of Beast Fest in Bladenboro.  Huge crowds, Friday and Saturday.  Local, unpaid, organized supporters make it happen, year after year after year.  Today, preparation begins for the 2018 edition. Was in a conference last week and one of the topics was Economic Development and the importance …..

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Number 11 in the books for Beast Fest

Bladenboro’s Boost the Boro pulls off the annual Beast Fest every year. This year was as big as ever for the 11th year. The event was held Friday and Saturday. Live entertainment, vendors, rides, a car show and so much more helps draw thousands of people each year. Chairman of the Beast Fest, Charles Ray Peterson said, “I thought it was fantastic, both Friday night and all day Saturday! Everybody seemed to be happy and the vendors were pleased.” This year there were extras added. The Fantastic Shakers and Black Water Rhythm & Blues were the bands in the line up this year. Children enjoyed the carnival atmosphere, costume contests, …..

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One Fact You Should Know About Disability

  By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC         Disability is something many people aren’t faced with in a direct way. The reality is, a 20-year- old worker currently has a one-in- four chance of becoming disabled before reaching retirement age. That makes Social Security disability benefits something you should learn about and understand. One fact you should know is Social Security’s definition of disability: the inability to work because of a severe condition that is expected to last for a year or end in death. Social Security disability benefits replace part of your income when you become disabled and are unable to …..

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This Day in History – October 29

1618 – English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against James I of England. 1682 – William Penn lands at what is now Chester, Pennsylvania. 1811 – 1st Ohio River steamboat leaves Pittsburgh for New Orleans. 1872 – J S Risdon patents metal windmill. 1901 – In Amherst, Massachusetts, nurse Jane Toppan is arrested for murdering the Davis family of Boston with an overdose of morphine. 1924 – “Dixie to Broadway” opens at Broadhurst Theater. 1929 – “Black Tuesday” Wall Street Stock Market crashes triggering the “Great Depression” 1940 – Lottery for 1st US WWII draftees held; #158 drawn first. 1945 – First ballpoint …..

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Success at Fall Festival at Jones Lake

  Photos contributed by Tracy Smith The Fall Festival at Jones Lake State Park has been growing over the past few years. Games and  contests are just part of what make the event so fun. The annual event was held this Saturday, Oct. 28th.  Park Superintendent, Shane Freeman said it’s the biggest event they have during the year.                           Share:

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Charles Taylor was elected President of the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club. Donna Gooden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Gooden of Elizabethtown, was the Morehead Scholar for Bladen County. Mary Moore Williams, a teacher at Booker T. Washington School in Clarkton, was named Bladen County Teacher of the Year. Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Rich of Bladenboro celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Share:

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This Week at NCDOT: Dark Driving Tips

With Daylight Saving Time approaching, and trick-or-treaters out and about on Halloween, it’s important to remember some advice that can keep you and others safe as it becomes darker earlier. Drivers should remember to: Slow down and remove sunglasses at dusk; Adjust the rearview mirror to the night setting to avoid headlight glare; and Look for pedestrians, bicyclists and deer along the roadway Pedestrians need to: Avoid jaywalking and crossing between vehicles; Walk facing traffic to see oncoming vehicles; and Wear brightly colored clothing so drivers can see them Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

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High school football results: East Bladen 49, South Robeson 12 South Columbus 42, West Bladen 0 Next Friday night (last regular season game of the year) West Bladen at East Bladen Whiteville at South Columbus. Regular season conference champ will be determined next Friday night.  South Columbus undefeated, Whiteville and East Bladen have lost one each. Bladenboro Beast Fest continues today and tonight in the downtown area.  Lots of Music, Food (including collard sandwiches), Arts & Crafts and Horse & Wagon rides, Old Cars will be on display, and much more.  Entertainment begins shortly after 10 AM and continues all day long.  The Fantastic Shakers will present a live concert and street dance …..

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Friday Night’s High School Football Results

Here are scores from the Three Rivers Conference and region from Friday’s high school football games: Three Rivers Conference East Bladen 49, South Robeson 12 South Columbus 42, West Bladen 0 Whiteville 61, St. Pauls 13 Red Springs 41, West Columbus 0 Fairmont 24, East Columbus 12 Other Area Results Wallace-Rose Hill 28, Clinton 22 Scotland 63, Lumberton 14 Purnell Swett 21, Hoke County 14 Southwest Onslow 54, Pender 0 East Duplin 49, James Kenan 6 Richmond Senior 25, Seventy First 19 Rocky Point Trask 37, Croatan 34 Pinecrest 23, Jack Britt 19 Overhills 30, South View 27 Terry Sanford 42, Pine Forest 23 E. E. Smith 31, Cape Fear …..

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West Bladen’s Doubles Team Drops Tight Match in State Tournament

CARY – West Bladen’s doubles team of Conner Brisson and Savannah Lee dropped a tough match to Greene Central’s Taylor Williams and Hinson Britt  by scores of 7-6 (5), 7-5 Friday in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A State Tournament. “It was a hard fought match, but we are proud to have made it this far,” said West Bladen Coach Mary Catherine White. Brisson and Lee, who are both juniors, were the Three Rivers Conference double champions and finished fourth in last week’s MidEast 2A Regionals. The Greene Central team won the East Regional, but lost in the quarterfinals to Lake Norman Charter’s Lauren Bush and Annie Thomas …..

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Football: South Columbus 42, West Bladen 0

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – Junior Trequan Bellamy and senior Seth Buffkin combined to rush for 299 yards and 4 touchdowns to lead South Columbus to a 42-0 Three Rivers Conference football victory over West Bladen Friday night. Buffkin led the Stallions running for 153 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. Bellamy scored a trio of touchdowns and gained 146 yards on 18 attempts. The Stallions outgained the Knights 441-93 on the ground and 468-125 in total yards. Bellamy darted 13 yards for the touchdown that capped a 65-yard drive and put the Stallions up 6-0 with 4:47 left in the first quarter. South Columbus ground out an …..

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Football: East Bladen 49, South Robeson 12

ROWLAND – Junior Eric Chancy and senior Xavier Wooten keyed an East Bladen rushing attack that piled up 347 rushing yards en route to a 49-12 Three Rivers Conference football victory over South Robeson Friday night. Chancy rushed for 116 yards and a touchdown to lead the Eagles, while Wooten ran for 77 yards and two touchdowns. Senior quarterback Quinton Bedsole completed 3 of 11 passes for 69 yards and a touchdown as the Eagles totaled 416 yards of offense. After forcing a South Robeson punt, the Eagles covered 56 yards in 5 plays. Chancy popped through the middle on a counter-play and dashed 42 yards for a touchdown. Junior …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – October 28

1646 – First Protestant church assembly for American Indians established in Massachusetts. 1790 – New York gives up claims to Vermont for $30,000. 1793 – Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin. 1858 – R.H. Macy & Co opens 1st store, (6th Ave-NYC). Gross receipts $11.06. 1886 – Statue of Liberty dedicated by US President Grover Cleveland, celebrated by first confetti (ticker tape) parade in New York City. 1904 – St. Louis police try a new investigation method – fingerprints. 1919 – Volstead Act passed by US Congress, establishing prohibition, despite President Woodrow Wilson’s veto. 1922 – First US coast-to-coast radio broadcast of a football game. 1936 – …..

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Vineyard Friday, Oct. 27 Tossup Results

  The winning team, shooting one-under par on the front and one-over par on the back, was Stacy Owen, Norgie Hester, Henry Warwick and Mickey Brisson. Tossups are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Vineyard Golf at White Lake located between Elizabethtown and White Lake. Share:

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Pittenger – weekly column

For decades, American taxpayers have unknowingly provided tax breaks that help lower the cost of building new abortion clinics.   The 1976 Hyde Amendment forbids the use of federal funds to pay for abortion.  However, a loophole in the tax code allows abortion providers to utilize special tax-exempt bonds to finance construction of abortion clinics.  The tax break lowers the cost of the bond, which is ultimately backed by hardworking American taxpayers.   Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider, has repeatedly used this loophole.   In 2012, Planned Parenthood financed major renovations on their national headquarters with a tax-free, taxpayer-subsidized $15 million municipal bond.  Abortion facilities in several other …..

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Tillis Urges DOJ to Reverse Cuts To Halfway Houses And Other Programs That Reduce Recidivism 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), along with Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), Rob Portman (R-OH), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Al Franken (D-MN), and Brian Schatz (D-HI), led a bipartisan letter expressing concern to leaders in the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Prisons over the elimination of key programming in the Bureau of Prisons’ (BOP) revised Statement of Work (SOW). The Senators, all of whom strongly support efforts to reform our federal prison system by focusing scarce federal resources on efforts that reduce recidivism and improve public safety, urged that these programs be reinstated. “We believe that these changes in …..

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East Bladen and West Bladen football players square off over pancakes

By Erin Smith The annual East Bladen High School versus West Bladen High School football match up is set for Friday, Nov. 3rd. Before the big game, players from each team will square off on Monday morning at 9 a.m. over pancakes at Dowless’ Cafe in Dublin. The team to consume the most pancakes in the time allowed will be declared the winner. Everyone is encouraged to come out and cheer on their favorite team as they fight to see who will eat the most pancakes.     Share:

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Eastpointe MCO donates materials to Bladen County Schools

Eastpointe donated 1,000 red ribbon pencils with a drug free message and a bundle of red ribbon drug free stickers to Ms. Kimbree Hester at the Bladen County Board of Education.  She stated that these items would go to the elementary school students in Bladen County. She will be giving the middle and high school students red silicone wristbands with a drug free message sponsored by Bladen County Public Schools. As part of the Red Ribbon Week Campaign, there is a photo contest you can enter for a chance to win an iPad and $1,000 for your school. There are two categories you can enter: Home decorations or school decorations. …..

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Turkey Shoot planned to benefit ECA programs

A Saturday Night Turkey Shoot is planned to benefit Elizabethtown Christian Academy’s extracurricular programs. The Turkey Shoot will take place behind the Elizabethtown Baptist Church Christian Activities Center. Dates for the Turkey Shoot are October 28th, November 4th, 11th, and 18th. Starting times are 6:30 p.m. nightly. Cost is $5 per round for Turkey and $10 per round for ham. Guns will 20 gauges, 12 gauges and 410. Shells will be supplied. Soup with bread and crackers and drink will be available in the Christian Activities Center at a cost of $5. Share:

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The Legend of the Beast

By Tonya Bockover The legend of the Bladenboro Beast is one that is still shrouded mystery today. The story is said to have begun on December 29, 1953, when a woman in Clarkton heard her neighbor’s dog barking and whimpering, so she went out to investigate. What she saw was the start of one of the greatest monster stories this area has ever heard — The Beast of Bladenboro. It was two days later, in Bladenboro, that the creature would strike terror in the hearts of many people. On New Year’s Eve 1953, a call came in from a nearby farm. Bladenboro Police Chief Roy Forbes went to the farm of …..

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DEA Prepares for Prescription Drug Take Back Day

  • 10/27/2017
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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announces the DEA’s 14th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 28, 2017.  The biannual event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at thousands of collection sites around the country, including 27 here in the Eastern District of North Carolina. The event is an effort to rid homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. U.S. Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. commented, “With the spiraling drug overdose and death rates facing our country, it is critical that we all do our part to reduce opportunity and temptation which …..

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Bladen County Road Closings and Openings

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated list of road openings / closings for Bladen County. They are as follows: OPENINGS: Center Road Center Road is open but will re-close again on Monday (see below). CLOSINGS: Coley Road 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 Airport Road/White Plains Church Road/Vause Road/Rosindale Road. UPCOMING CLOSINGS: Center Road Beginning Monday, October 30, we plan to close Center Road at a location 0.14 miles south of Barry Lewis Road in order to replace the second of three crosslines on …..

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Bladen County Beautiful magazine distributed

Our Bladen County Beautiful magazine launch has started. We appreciate all the feedback and support. Thanks to Coach’s Place, Inc. our first print magazine edition will be distributed at White Lake this weekend. Kent Fisher will have a booth set up at the local community event and will help hand out copies of the print publication. Look for Coach’s Place and our magazine at White Lake’s vendor event from 10 am – 3 pm. Charlotte Smith and other BladenOnline.com team members will be at the Beast Fest in Bladenboro distributing the locally printed magazine featuring locally written articles, coupons and more. The vendor part of the festivities of the annual Beast …..

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New Pest Control service opens in Bladen County

By Erin Smith A new pest control service has opened its doors in Bladen County. Down East Pest Control opened in early October and is owned by Jeremy Dowless. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturday by appointment only. Dowless said his company offers customers pest control services on a quarterly and/or monthly basis. He also offers termite services, commercial and residential pest control services, moisture control, and more. The company offers free estimates and free bed bug quotes. Dowless has worked in the pest control industry since 2005. He worked first as a technician and has worked in management for the past seven …..

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Sandhills Behavioral Center offers Halloween Trick or Treat

Contributed Sandhills Behavioral Center, Inc. is offering a Halloween Trick or Treat at their office on Tuesday, October 31, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Children are encouraged to stop by for a free “bite.”  Sandhills Behavioral Center, Inc. is located at 119 Courthouse Drive, Elizabethtown.   Share:

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White House Opioid Commission discusses STOP initiative

By Erin Smith The White House Opioid Commission met recently and discussed health plans and the new Safe, Transparent, Opioid Prescribing (STOP) Initiative. The STOP initiative measures how providers prescribe against the Centers Disease Control’s Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The CDC’s Guidelines are designed to promote the reduction of the unnecessary prescribing of opioids for pain. You can watch the video of the meeting here: The next meeting of the White House Opioid Commission is Wednesday, November 1, 2017, from 1:30 p.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m. (Eastern time). The meeting will be held at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, Room 350, in the Executive Office of the …..

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Bladen County Veteran’s Day ceremony planned

By Erin Smith Bladen County’s veterans will be honored during the 12th annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 8th, at the Elizabethtown National Guard Armory. The ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. The guest speaker for the event will be Dr. Jason Wray, Chief Warrant Officer III, US Army Retired. Dr. Wray currently serves as Principal of East Bladen High School. The program will also include Peyton Fell from East Bladen High School singing the National Anthem; a Memorial Tribute to Mr. Jim Burney; and Recognition of the Outstanding Cadet. The event is open to the public and is free.  For additional information, please call 910-862-3255 ext 203 or gabrilla.garrett@nccommerce.com at the NC …..

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Time to fall back approaching

It is that time of year again. Daylight savings time will have everyone turning back the hands that hold the time next weekend. Sunday, November 5th, clocks will need to fall back one hour. If you forget, don’t worry. You will be early to worship. Share:

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You Decide: What Will North Carolina Be Like In 2050?

By Dr. Mike Walden Most people engage to some degree in trying to predict the future. It can be for fun, such as predicting who will win the World Series or the next ACC championship. Or it can be serious, like when businesses attempt to forecast next year’s sales so they know how much product to make and workers to hire, and when our state leaders project future tax revenues so they know how much money will be available for programs and state workers’ pay. Over the last couple of years I’ve engaged in some predicting of my own. Specifically, I’ve tried to forecast what North Carolina will be like …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for October 27

1682 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is founded by Englishman William Penn. 1795 – Pinckney’s Treaty {Treaty of San Lorenzo} signed by Spain and US, establishing the southern boundary of the US and giving Americans right to navigate the Mississippi River. 1913 – President Woodrow Wilson says US will never attack another country. 1917 – 20,000 women march in a suffrage parade in New York, US. 1925 – Water skis patented by Fred Waller. 1938 – DuPont announces its new synthetic polyamide fiber will be called “nylon” 1942 – US aircraft carrier Hornet sinks off Santa Cruz. 1947 – “You Bet Your Life” with Groucho Marx premieres on ABC radio. 1955 – …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Thursday night NFL action–Ravens 40 – Dolphins 0. World Series resumes tonight in Houston.  Astros entertain LA Dodgers, game time, 8:20 p.m.  The series is tied, 1-1. High School football action tonight, 7 p.m. South Columbus travels to West Bladen. East Bladen will play at South Robeson. South Columbus, under the direction of former Knights Coach Russell Dove, are unbeaten.  East Bladen lost once, by one point to South Columbus. After tonight’s game, one regular season remains for conference teams. Tonight promises to be a busy night in Bladenboro.  The 2017 edition of Beastfest begins and festivities continue all day long Saturday.  See you there Saturday….. Have a long trip home this afternoon, headed home from the hills.  Unfortunately, no sight-seeing, except what we see from …..

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Bladen Recreation Soccer Results

Here are this week’s results from Bladen County Recreation Department’s youth soccer leagues: Thursday’s Results 5-7 Youth Soccer Dynamos 5, Lightning 0 Sharks 8, Quakes 0 Mutiny 1, Raptors 0 Grizzlies 4, Titans 0 8-10 Boys Youth Soccer Revolution 11, Thunder 1 Fury 2, Timbers 1 Galaxy 6, Railhawks 2 8-10 Girls Youth Soccer Rapids 6, Arsenal 1 11-14 Boys Soccer D. C. United 3, Spartans 2 (Penalty Kicks) 11-14 Girls Soccer Fire 10, Hornets 3 Tuesday’s Results 5-7 Youth Soccer Silverbacks 5, Quakes 1 Lightning 3, Titans 2 (Penalty Kicks) Dynamos 4, Raptors 0 Grizzlies 5, Sharks 0 8-10 Boys Soccer Timbers 3, Railhawks 2 (Penalty Kicks) Revolution 5, …..

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East Bladen Seeded Fifth in Projected Football Play-off Bracket

With two weeks left before the NCHSAA releases the Class 2A Football Play-off brackets, some prognosticators are already releasing projections for those brackets. HighSchoolOT.com, led by Nick Stevens, is one of the more respected of these prognosticators. East Bladen’s Eagles are seeded fifth in the East with an 8-1 record by HighSchool OT and would open the play-offs at home against Bertie, the No. 12 seed. According to this bracket, an Eagle victory could set up a second round match-up at No. 4 Wallace-Rose Hill. Other teams of interest in the Class 2A East include: No. 1 Elizabeth City Northeastern, No. 3 Southwest Onslow, No. 7 Ayden-Grifton, No. 8 Kinston, …..

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West Bladen Doubles Team To Open Play in State Tennis Tournament

CARY – West Bladen’s doubles team of Conner Brisson and Savannah Lee will open play Friday in the NCHSAA Class 2A State Tennis Tournament against the team from Greene Central, Taylor Williams and Hinson Britt. Matches begin at 9 a.m. at the Cary Tennis Park at 2727 Louis Stephens Drive. Brisson and Lee, the Three Rivers Conference champions, finished fourth in the MidEast Regionals while Williams & Britt won the East Regional. Sixteen doubles teams – the top four teams in each regional – will compete in the single-elimination tournament. Share:

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Tillis & Burr Applaud Senate Advancement of Andrew Murray Nomination

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) applauded the Senate Judiciary Committee for advancing the nomination of Andrew Murray as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Mr. Murray, who was nominated by President Trump at the recommendation of Senators Tillis and Burr, now moves before the full Senate for consideration. “Andrew Murray has a decorated career in public service between his 35-year career in the United States Coast Guard and most recently as the District Attorney for the largest prosecutorial district in North Carolina,” said Senator Thom Tillis. “I applaud the Judiciary Committee for confirming Andrew and urge the Senate to quickly approve his nomination so he can …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen Residents

By: Dora Brogdon This Saturday the Fall Festival will be held at the Jones Lake State Park from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The joyous event will be filled with games, face painting, crafters, hay rides, cake walks, and even animal exhibits. A Halloween costume contest will begin at noon. There are four different age groups: 0 to 3 years old, 4 to 6 years old, 7 to 9 years old, and 10 to 12 years old. Around 1:30 p.m. the winners of the costume contest will be announced. Each ticket will cost 0.50 cents or you can by a wristband instead to have unlimited participation in all games for only $5 each. Those who intend …..

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Coffee Talk support group for parents to meet

  • 10/26/2017
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Coffee Talk is a support group for parents and families of children with special needs.  There they can find support of other parents who are facing similar challenges. Coffee Talk meets every third Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dragonfly Coffee Shop located at 162 S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown.  The next meeting is Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Share:

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Tillis Responds To President’s Opioid Epidemic Declaration; Announces Support For Bipartisan Legislation To Assist In The Fight Against Addiction

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded President Trump’s declaration of the opioid epidemic as a public health emergency. Senator Tillis also announced he is co-sponsoring theProtecting Jessie Grubb’s Legacy Act (Legacy Act), bipartisan legislation to help treat addiction and save lives by ensuring that healthcare providers have access to the full scope of their patient’s medical history and are able to provide appropriate care. The bipartisan legislation, introduced by Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), will improve health care coordination and reduce the risk of overdose death for people with substance use disorders by allowing their treatment records to be safely and privately shared among …..

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Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery featured in magazine

Bladen County’s Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery was recently featured in City View magazine. The article features the eclectic art collection that adorns the walls of the winery and its cabins. The collection features pieces by known celebrities such as Dr. Seuss, Charles Schultz, Jimi Hendrix, Muhammed Ali and others. Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery owner Alex Munroe is an avid collector and has been collecting almost his entire life. To learn more about the collection, read the article here. Share:

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Work crew strikes gas line in Bladenboro

By Erin Smith A crew cleaning up a lot at 424 Martin Luther King Drive in Bladenboro struck a natural gas line on Thursday afternoon. According to emergency officials on the scene, a crew was removing some debris on the lot when the incident ocurred. Piedmont Natural Gas had been contacted and a crew was on their way to the scene to make repairs. The Bladenboro Police Department and Bladenboro Fire Department were on the scene. Share:

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ROUZER VOTES IN FAVOR OF BUDGET RESOLUTION PAVING THE WAY FOR TAX REFORM

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following the passage of the Senate Amendment to H. Con Res. 71, the FY2018 Budget Resolution: “The adoption of the FY2018 budget resolution is the critical first step to achieve meaningful tax cuts for individuals, families and small businesses. We now have a legislative pathway to create a simple and fair tax code that will bring back American jobs and money from overseas while creating real prosperity for all Americans.” Share:

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Wednesday Tossup Results From Vineyard Golf

  Two teams split the Wednesday Tossup at Vineyard Golf. The team of Stacy Owen, Glenn Robertson, Pam Davis Taylor and Henry Warwick won the front nine. The team of Mac Porter, Lloyd Hester, Norgie Hester and Jimmy Davis won the back nine. Tossups are held every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Vineyard Golf. Share:

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Opioid Committee begins task of creating plan

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Opioid Task Force met on Tuesday afternoon to discuss creating a plan to address the opioid epidemic in the county. The group consisted of elected officials, law enforcement, mental health providers, members of Bladen County Department of Social Services, Bladen Community College officials, Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare, and the news media. “It’s important we get some direction,” said Bladen County Board of Commissioners Chairman Charles Ray Peterson. The session on Tuesday took ideas from the group breakout sessions held last month and began creating an action plan for the county. Items included in the action plan were the creation of a slogan, “Educate to …..

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Adam Hobby Greene and Leigh Mariah Smith to marry

Hobby and Janie Greene are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Adam Hobby Greene to Leigh Mariah Smith of Oak Island. Leigh is the daughter of Ty Smith of Harrisburg and Beverly Smith of Salisbury and the granddaughter of Cecil and Mary Fisher of Salisbury and Richard Smith and the late Barbara Smith of Denton. A 2010 graduate of East Rowan High School, Leigh graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Business and Marketing Education and a Master of Education in College Counseling and Student Development from North Carolina State University in 2017. She is currently employed with the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Adam …..

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Ready to celebrate annual Beast Fest

Local Police officers along with the Beast of Bladenboro are gearing up to celebrate the annual Beast Fest. We caught the Beast and two Bladenboro law enforcement members at Bladenboro Primary School this morning. Officer Shane Todd told the students and staff at the local school about the 1953 Beast and the upcoming festival. The Beast Fest this year kicks off on Friday night, October 27th from 6-10 pm  and will continue on Saturday, October 28th with our Grand Opening Ceremony at 10 am until 10 pm. According to the Boost the Boro’s website attendance is expected to be between 10,000 and 12,000 people to visit the two-day festival. We will bring you …..

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West Bladen student facing additional charges 

By Erin Smith The West Bladen High School student who was charged with bringing a gun onto campus on Wednesday is facing additional charges, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.  Major Larry Guyton said on Wednesday morning that officers have determined the gun was stolen during a breaking and entering that occurred on Tuesday afternoon on NC Highway 410 in Bladenboro. The student, 16-year-old Gabriel McDowell of Clarkton, is now facing additional charges. They are Felonious Breaking and Entering, Felonious Larceny, Felonious Possession of Stolen Goods, Larceny of a Firearm and Possession of a Stolen Firearm.  “He is not talking and he is not being forthcoming. We do have …..

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Bladen County Beautiful now available 

By: Charlotte Smith The team at BladenOnline.com understands why Bladen County is a great place to live, play and work. We decided to make a magazine highlighting some of the reasons the mother county is so wonderful.  We will have a launch party at the Beast Fest this weekend. At our booth in Bladenboro we will be handing out the first edition of the magazine.  Articles by some of our favorite local writers are featured in the new publication, along with photos spotlighting Bladen’s beauty. We also have over 20 popular businesses listed in the printed magazine. Some of them offer coupons.  Magazines may be found at our office, at …..

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Charles Ray Peterson, Bladen County Commissioner

A note from Charles Ray Peterson

I, Charles Ray Peterson, have been a Democrat my entire political career. I now find it time to change my party affiliation from Democrat to Republican. I have been praying, talking with my constituents and thinking seriously about this change for a while. I have and will continue to be dedicated to the needs and service of ALL Bladen County citizens  and will be available 24/7 to help in any capacity. I look forward to a great future and pledge to work diligently to serve the best interests of Bladen County and its citizens. Thank you all for your support in the past and I ask for your continued support in the …..

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911 outage in Bladenboro area

October 26, 2017 Bladenboro – Residents in and around the Town of Bladenboro are not able to make calls to 911 this morning. Please call the Bladen County 911 Center at 910-862- 8141 to report any emergency until further notice. Century Link technicians are working to resolve the issue. An additional press release will be sent out when 911 lines are operational in the town. Share:

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Tillis Secures Reprieve from European Financial Directive

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, received notification from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that they would not force U.S. institutions to follow the new European MiFID II regulations. “I applaud the SEC for protecting U.S. financial institutions from European rules that would cause chaos and harm to American business,” said Senator Tillis. “Forcing these new rules upon U.S. institutions would have turned operations upside-down, resulted in lost jobs, and added another impediment to companies seeking to enter the public markets. I will continue to work with the SEC to find a path forward that will …..

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Men’s Soccer : East Bladen 8, West Bladen 0

  Photos by: kenarmpthoto.com ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen seniors Brooks McGill and Caleb Hatchell combined for 5 goals as they celebrated Senior Night with an 8-0 Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer victory over West Bladen Wednesday night. McGill recorded a ‘Hat Trick’ of 3 goals and added an assist to lead the Eagle attack. Hatchell scored 2 goals and dished out 3 assists. Junior Greyson Heustess contributed 3 assists and tallied one goal. McGill’s 3 goals broke the East Bladen school career goals record of 78 that was held by Izzy Evans. McGill now has a career total of 79 goals. The victory completed an undefeated conference season with a …..

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Tillis Co-Sponsored Legislation Providing Farmers with Bankruptcy Relief Sent to President for Signature

  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) making it easier for family farmers to reorganize debts when facing bankruptcy received final approval in Congress and is headed to the president’s desk for signature. The Family Farmer Bankruptcy Clarification Act of 2017, introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Al Franken (D-MN), was included as part of the supplemental appropriations package approved in the Senate by a vote of 82-17.  The measure would rectify a 2012 Supreme Court ruling on a previous bankruptcy reform law that ignored Congress’ express goal of helping family farmers. “Farmers in North Carolina and across the country are reeling from …..

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Legends and Lore of the McDowell House

By Tonya Bockover It’s that time of year again when things go bump in the night and people experience the unexplainable. There are legends, ghost stories and more that make the rounds. With all its southern small town charm, Elizabethtown is not lacking in legends of her own. One of Elizabethtown’s older homes is the stately Georgian revival that stands near Cromartie Road just off of Broad Street. This home, built before the civil war, was the home of confederate soldier, Colonel John McDowell. I got a chance to sit down with current owner, Chris Adams, to talk about the legends he has collected. He said that many stories have …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Early voting continues for municipal office holders, and those who want to be. Traveled across much  of our great state Wednesday and enjoyed every mile from Bladen to Buncombe, through Charlotte, the states largest city.  Brings back wonderful memories of days gone by.  As I travel through a county, I think about folks I worked with before old age and retirement. Road construction across the state is unbelievable, especially in the urban areas, and much needed I must add. If you travel from Monroe to Charlotte, you know what I mean. Trees in Buncombe County (Asheville) are more green than any other color and many trees are bare.  No doubt high …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – October 26

1682 – William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York. 1774 – First Continental Congress adjourns in Philadelphia. 1810 – US annexes western Florida. 1858 – Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine. 1881 – Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday & Clanton involved in gunfight at OK Corral, in Tombstone, Arizona. 1901 – First recorded use of ‘getaway car’ occurs after holding up a shop in Paris. 1916 – Margaret Sanger arrested for obscenity (advocating birth control) 1927 – Duke Ellington sings “Creole Love Song” 1941 – US savings bonds go on sale. 1949 – US President Harry Truman increases minimum wage from 40 cents to 75 cents an …..

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State and local elected officials switch parties

Representative William Brisson; Bladen County Commissioner Peterson switch parties Staff report The North Carolina House of Representatives and the Bladen County Board of Commissioners will have another member for the Republican Party in their midst.  Representative William Brisson and Bladen County Commissioner Chairman Charles Ray Peterson both switched their voter registrations to Republican from Democrat on Wednesday afternoon.  Rep. Brisson, who serves in NC House District 22 and Commissioner Peterson serves as the Chairman of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners.  “Representative Brisson has been a hard-working and conservative voice in our state legislature for quite some time now. We are elated with his decision to switch his registration to …..

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West Bladen student charged with carrying gun to school

Earlier this morning (Wednesday, Oct. 25), West Bladen High School was alerted to a vehicle on campus with a possible weapon in the car. Law enforcement was contacted by school administration. After obtaining a consent search from the driver of the vehicle, law enforcement searched the vehicle and found a handgun in the trunk of the car. The weapon has been removed from the campus without incident and is not related to any incident on campus. At no time were students or staff in any danger or threatened in any way. All activities on campus are operating on a normal schedule. “School Resource Officer Matthew Long with the Sheriff’s Office …..

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