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White Oak Fire Department breakfast planned Nov. 4

The White Oak Fire Department has scheduled an all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage break for Saturday, Nov. 4 from 7 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the station located at 10838 NC 53. “Please come out and enjoy a great meal and fellowship,” said department Capt. Ryan Varley. There is no charge, but donations are appreciated, Varley added. For those unable to attend, but would like to make a donation, it can be sent to White Oak Fire Department, 10838 NC 53, P.O. Box 130, White Oak, NC 28399. Anyone interested in joining the department can talk to a current member. Share:

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This Day in History for October 24

1861 – West Virginia secedes from Virginia. 1901 – First woman to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel (Anna Taylor). 1908 – Billy Murray hits the charts with “Take Me Outto the Ball Game” 1911 – Orville Wright remained in the air 9 minutes and 45 seconds in a glider at Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina setting a new world record that stood for 10 years. 1926 – Harry Houdini’s last performance, at the Garrick Theater in Detroit, Michigan. 1929 – “Black Thursday”, start of stock market crash, Dow Jones down 12.8%. 1931 – George Washington Bridge linking New York City and New Jersey dedicated, opens the next day. …..

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Bladen County Commissioners, Board of Education talk consolidation

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Education and the Board of Commissioners met on Monday afternoon to discuss the proposed consolidation and needs for Bladen County Schools. Chairman Charles Ray Peterson read a prepared statement to those in attendance: Dr. Taylor, Thank you for meeting with us this afternoon to share the school system’s updated capital proposal. I believe it is important that we all have a clear understanding of this proposal and that Commissioners have the opportunity to ask any questions they may have. I stated when we met on September 18 we understand that the Board of Education is responsible for developing policy related to the …..

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Crash at NC 410 and NC 41 ends in minor injuries

By Erin Smit A two vehicle crash at the intersection of NC 410 and NC 41 resulted in only minor injuries on Monday afternoon. Broadus Hester of Bladenboro was driving a 2004 Crown Victoria west on NC 41 and failed to stop for the stop sign, according to NC Highway Patrol Trooper G. White. According to Trooper White, Hester’s vehicle struck a 2004 Chevrolet driven by Sofia Rojas-Garcia of Elizabethtown. Hester was charged with a stop sign violation, according to Trooper White. Share:

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Toys for Tots applications being accepted in Bladenboro

By Erin Smith Applications for Toys for Tots are being accepted beginning Wednesday morning at the Bladenboro Historical Building located at 818 S. Main Street, Bladenboro. Beverly Rogers, a volunteer with Toys for Tots, said you can come to the Bladenboro Historical Building to complete applications beginning Wednesday, October, 25th, and again on Thursday, October 26th, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 12 noon. Applications will continue to be accepted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. until 12 noon through November 15th. Rogers said you will need to bring two forms of identification for each child plus identification for yourself. She said she has been a volunteer …..

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Congressman Pittenger: FEMA Awards An Additional $5.1 million to Robeson County for Matthew

LUMBERTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency will provide North Carolina with an additional $5.1 million to assist with Hurricane Matthew recovery efforts. ·        The Housing Authority of Lumberton will receive $1,522,651 to repair 16 units at the Myers Park complex damaged by Hurricane Matthew. ·        The Housing Authority of Lumberton will separately receive $2,430,766 to repair 12 additional housing units. ·        The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina will receive $1,162,454 to repair an earthen dam and spillway damaged by Hurricane Matthew. “Hurricane Matthew recovery has been my priority since I-95 was still underwater,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “My team and I consider this a ministry, and while federal and state bureaucracy can be …..

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Community Service Classes at BCC

Contributed DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is offering personal interest classes in October and November. *Line Dancing is scheduled for Mondays, beginning October 23rd, and ending November 27th, from 6:30 – 8 P.M. in the college auditorium. *Using a Smart phone is scheduled for Monday, October 23rd, and Monday, October 30th, from 5:30 until 7:30 P.M. in building 2, room 207. *Bow Tying & Gift Wrapping is planned for Monday and Tuesday, November 6 and 7, from 6 – 8 P.M. *Couponing 101 is scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday, November 7 and 9, at 5:30 until 7:30 P.M., in building 3, room 110. *Sewing 101 will meet on Tuesdays from November 7 until December 12 from 6 until 9 P.M. in building 3, room 102. …..

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Strong cold front expected to trigger severe weather tonight

By Erin Smith A strong cold front could produce strong thunderstorms and damaging winds as it moves across the area later this evening, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. “Scattered to widespread showers and thunderstorms are expected. Locally damaging winds and an isolated tornado are possible,” said National Weather Service Meteorologist Josh Weiss.   Share:

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Red Ribbon Week Photo Contest

By Erin Smith The week of October 23 through October 31st is Red Ribbon Week and this year’s theme is “Your Future is Key, So Stay Drug Free.” The idea behind Red  Ribbon Week is to encourage parents to begin a conversation with their teens about drugs and the dangers associated with them.  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. Entering is simple. Decorate your home’s front door, mailbox or fence with a double looped Red Ribbon, snap …..

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Friday Fail leads to Monday Halloween Makeup

BladenOnline.com has had a Fun Friday Beauty Tip with Jenna Lee for the past month. This past Friday was a fail in our book, however we have not forgotten some of our readers like beauty tips. In the past Charlotte Smith with BladenOnline.com did a beauty tip video with the legendary Vlogger, Curly Guy, from Bladen County. Curly guy is known world wide for his beauty tips. Today, Curly Guy published another amazing video on how to apply Halloween makeup. Therefore, we figured we would share the information with our readers. Below are the videos we have referenced in this article. \ Share:

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Bladen Recreation Soccer Standings

Bladen County Recreation Soccer Standings: 5-7 Soccer Dynamos 5-0 Grizzlies 4-1 Mutiny 4-2 Titans 4-2 Lightning 3-2 Sharks 2-3 Raptors 2-3 Quakes 0-5 Silverbacks 0-6   8-10 Boys Revolution 6-0 Fury 4-2 Galaxy 4-2 Railhawks 2-4 Timbers 2-4 Thunder 0-6   8-10 Girls Rapids 4-0 Arsenal 2-2 Burn 0-4   11-14 League DC United 3-0 Spartans 0-3 Fire 3-0 Hornets 0-3 Share:

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Bladen Recreation 10-12 Tackle Football 

Bladen Recreation 10-12 Tackle Football  Monday, Oct. 23  7 p.m. Pirates vs. Ducks   Saturday, Oct. 28 11 a.m. Pirates vs. Gators   Monday, Oct. 30 7 p.m. Gators vs. Ducks   Saturday, Nov. 4  11 a.m. Ducks vs. Pirates   Monday, Nov. 6 7 p.m. Ducks vs. Gators   Thursday, Nov. 9 7 p.m. Pirates vs. Ducks   Monday, Nov. 13 7 p.m. Gators vs. Pirates Share:

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Bladen Recreation 7-9 Tackle Football 

Bladen Recreation 7-9 Tackle Football  Monday, Oct. 23  6 p.m. Buckeyes vs. Hurricanes   Saturday, Oct. 28 10 a.m. Buckeyes vs. Tigers   Monday, Oct. 30 6 p.m. Tigers vs. Hurricanes   Saturday, Nov. 4  10 a.m. Hurricanes vs. Buckeyes   Monday, Nov. 6 6 p.m. Hurricanes vs. Tigers   Thursday, Nov. 9 6 p.m. Buckeyes vs. Hurricanes   Monday, Nov. 13 6 p.m. Tigers vs. Buckeyes Share:

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Bladen Recreation Flag Football (Ages 5-7)

Monday, Oct. 23  6 p.m. Broncos vs. Patriots 6:45 p.m. Falcons vs. Panthers Monday, Oct. 30 6 p.m. Panthers vs. Patriots 6:45 p.m. Falcons vs. Broncos Monday, Nov. 6 6 p.m. Falcons vs. Patriots 6:45 p.m. Broncos vs. Panthers Thursday, Nov. 9 6 p.m. Broncos vs. Falcons 6:45 p.m. Patriots vs. Panthers Monday, Nov. 13 6 p.m. Panthers vs. Falcons 6:45 p.m. Patriots vs. Broncos Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Late Sunday night NFL action: New England Patriots 23 – Atlanta Falcons 7. Tonight – Washington Redskins at Philadelphia, 8:30 p.m. on ESPN. Major League Baseball World Series begins Tuesday in LA at 8:09 PM on Fox.  Dodgers vs Astros.  No tickets available, except on Stub Hub, etc.  A quick search discovered a price range from $875 to $18,000 per seat for about 3 hours of entertainment. It has been another GREAT week for BladenOnline, despite a 16 percent drop in page views, it was still the second highest in the history of the online newspaper.  Monday, Oct. 16, there were 49,119 page views, the 4th highest ever, and 2 other days were …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for October 23

1893 – C Dazey’s “In Old Kentucky” premieres in NYC (27 seasons) 1910 – Blanche Scott becomes the first woman to fly at a public event in the US at Fort Wayne, Indiana. 1915 – 25,000 women march in New York city demanding to vote. 1921 – Green Bay Packers play 1st NFL game, 7-6 win over Minneapolis. 1932 – “Fred Allen Show” premieres on radio. 1933 – John Dillinger and his gang rob Central National Bank, in Greencastle, Indiana.  They take $75,000. 1941 – Walt Disney’s animated film “Dumbo” released. 1942 – First chips of invasion fleet to Morocco leave Norfolk. 1942 – All 12 passengers and crewman aboard …..

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Retiring abroad? What you need to know about getting benefits overseas

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Retiring outside of the United States can be an exciting way to spend your golden years. Perhaps retirement in Poland or Peru is in your plans. In many cases, it’s possible to receive your Social Security retirement benefits while living abroad. Our website can help you navigate your benefit eligibility while living overseas. If you’ve worked in both the United States and another country, it may be possible for your credits to combine for a larger benefit. Currently, there are 25 countries with such international agreements with the United States. To find out if you have qualifying work in …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Astros 4 – Yankees 0. Astros vs Dodgers in 2017 World Series. Charlie Morton and Lance McCullers, Jr. combine for shut out to oust Bronx Bombers. And for ECU fans: Pirates win over BYU Cougars 33-17. UNC soundly defeated by Va. Tech, 59-7. Duke loses to Georgia Tech. NC State had open date. No plans by ECU or UNC football fans to travel to a bowl game, unless some who attended another institution or likes another team invites them Continue to receive questions related to local high school football broadcast. Must have an FM radio station to carry games and none are available. The station in Whiteville was sold to …..

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East Bladen Offers Free Admission to Recreation Soccer Players

East Bladen High School will offer free admission to their final two home games to all Bladen Recreation youth soccer players who wear their Recreation soccer uniforms to the game. The kick-off for the Red Springs game on Monday night is 7:00 and the kick-off for the game Wednesday against rival West Bladen is 6 p.m. To get in free the youth players must be accompanied by an adult – one adult per 3 soccer players. Those youth who arrive 30 minutes prior to kick-off will be given an opportunity to walk out with both teams during the pre-game walk and national anthem. “We look forward to having as many …..

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Bladen County Athletes Playing in College

Updated: Oct. 22, 2017 Fall sports Farrell Murchison Football Junior Winston-Salem State East Bladen Kayla Thompson Golf Senior UNC Wilmington West Bladen Recent: Rushed for 96 yards on 15 carries and scored a touchdown on an 11-yard run in the second quarter as the Rams defeated Livingstone 42-14 on Oct. 21. WSSU is 5-3. The Rams are 4-3. Murchison has 362 yards rushing and 3 touchdowns in 6 games Recent: Tied for 55th in the Ruth’s Chris Tar Heel Invitational after shooting 77 on Sunday, Oct. 15. Previous rounds were 72 and 74. Next: vs. Shaw, Oct. 28 Next: The Landfall Tradition, Wilmington, Oct. 27-29 Schedule | Statistics | Bio …..

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Clarkton house fire claims life of one

By Erin Smith A house fire in Clarkton claimed the life of one man on Saturday night. Assistant Bladen County Coroner Kenneth Clark said, “It (the home) was called in as fully involved.” Clark said firefighters found 66 year-old Billy Wayne Baldwin inside the home located at 1460 NC Highway 211 West in Clarkton. Clark said Baldwin died from smoke inhalation. There were two other residents living at the home and they are safe, said Clark. He said the home was not equipped with smoke detectors. “Smoke detectors save lives,” said Clark. The Bladenboro Fire Department, Clarkton Fire Department, Elizabethtown Fire Department, Lisbon Fire Department, Bladen County EMS, and Bladen …..

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West Bladen Doubles Team Qualifies for State Tennis Tourney

GOLDSBORO – West Bladen’s doubles team of Conner Brisson and Savannah Lee finished fourth in the MidEast Women’s Tennis Saturday and qualified for the Class 2A State Tournament in Cary on October 27. Brisson and Lee who are both juniors won the Three Rivers Conference doubles championship and came into the MidEast Regional as the No. 1 seed. The West Bladen duo rolled past teams from South Granville and Eastern Randolph on Friday, but dropped Saturday morning’s semi-final match to N. C. School of Science & Math 6-0, 6-1. In Saturday’s consolation match, Bartlett Yancey defeated Brisson & Lee 6-1, 6-1. Pictured are (Left-Right) Savannah Lee, Conner Brisson. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History for October 22

1746 – Princeton University (NJ) received its charter. 1836 – Sam Houston inaugurated as 1st elected President of the Republic of Texas. 1879 – Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb. 1907 – Ringling Brothers Greatest Show on Earth buys Barnum & Bailey circus. 1928 – Herbert Hoover speaks of “American system of rugged individualism” 1938 – Chester Carlson demonstrates 1st Xerox copying machine. 1942 – “Now, Voyager” film directed by Irving Rapper starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid and Claud Ranin premieres in New York. 1959 – Bob Merrill’s musical “Take Me Along” opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 448 performances. 1962 – US President John F. Kennedy imposes …..

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NC DOT

NC DOT offers driving safety tips to avoid deer collisions

As you drive on the many roads in Bladen County, you have probably encountered a deer in the roadway at least once. Many Bladen County drivers have had the misfortune of striking a deer with their automobile. A collision with a deer can end up in costly repair bills for your automobile and the death of the unfortunate deer.  According to the NC Department of Transportation, there were nearly 18,000 animal-related crashes in 2016 in North Carolina, most of which involved deer. That brings the total over the past three years to nearly 54,000 collisions, 14 people killed, over 3,000 injured and $136 million in property damage. The NC Department of …..

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Troxler announces new beehive grant program, availability of farmland preservation grants; application deadline is Dec. 15

RALEIGH – County governments, nonprofit groups and certified beekeepers pursuing farmland preservation projects and beehive grants have until Dec. 15 to apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. This year’s request for proposals includes statewide general appropriations for traditional farm preservation projects and the new N.C. Beehive Grant Fund for the purchase and construction of beehives. The trust fund’s purpose is to support projects that encourage the preservation of qualifying agricultural, horticultural and forest lands to foster the growth, development and sustainability of family farms. Grants can be awarded to secure agricultural conservation easements on lands used for agricultural production; to support public …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Friday Night High School Football results: East Columbus unable to field a football team, East Bladen wins forfeit. St. Pauls 55 – West Bladen 28 Looking ahead, 2 games remaining in regular season play Next Friday: East Bladen at South Robeson South Columbus at West Bladen Nov. 3 – West Bladen at East Bladen Houston Astros defeated New York Yankees 7-1 in AL baseball playoffs Series tied at 3 all, tie breaker tonight in Houston, 8:08 PM. Winner plays LA Dodgers in World Series. College football today: 12:00 Noon  UNCP @ Concord (WV) 12:20 PM  Pittsburgh @ Duke 1:00 PM  Campbell @ Butler (Ind) 2:00 PM  Methodist U @Maryville (TN) 3:30 PM  …..

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Football: St. Pauls 55, West Bladen 28

ST PAULS – Senior quarterback Noah Wheeler ran for six touchdowns and threw for another to lead St. Pauls to a 55-28 Three Rivers Conference football victory over West Bladen Friday night. Senior B. J. Drake led the Knight attack running for 141 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries. Senior Dayvon Swindell rushed 8 times for 79 yards. Wheeler rushed 19 times for 186 yards and threw for 138 yards with one interception. Caleb Inman carried 16 times for 96 yards. Wheeler started the Bulldog scoring parade with a 23-yard touchdown run at the 9:49 mark.  Gary Locklear booted the extra point for a 7-0 lead. The Bulldogs recovered …..

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Friday’s High School Football Results

Here are scores from the Cape Fear region from Friday’s high school football games. Three Rivers Conference East Bladen defeats East Columbus (Forfeit) St. Pauls 55, West Bladen 28 South Columbus 43, South Robeson 14 Whiteville 57, West Columbus 0 Red Springs 18, Fairmont 12, overtime Other Area Scores Wallace-Rose Hill 63, Goldsboro 20 Clinton 56, Spring Creek 0 East Carteret 24, Pender 6 Rocky Point Trask 47, Dixon 21 James Kenan 47, Midway 0 Richmond 49, Lumberton 27 Seventy First 41, Purnell Swett 12 Lakewood 48, Hobbton 0 North Duplin 40, Princeton 39, overtime Wilmington Laney 36, South Brunswick 0 West Brunswick 35, Topsail 7 Wilmington Hoggard 50, North …..

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NCHSAA Class 2A MidEast Tennis Regionals

GOLDSBORO – West Bladen’s doubles team of Conner Brisson and Savannah Lee advanced to the third round of the Class 2A MidEast Women’s Tennis Regional Friday at Herman Park. The Lady Knights defeated a team from South Granville 6-2, 6-0 in their opening round match. In their second round match, Brisson and Lee defeated an Eastern Randolph team 6-1, 6-1. East Bladen’s doubles team of Jayme LeeAnn Frady and Ting Lee lost their first round match to a team from Bartlett Yancey 6-1, 6-0. This was the first time an East Bladen women’s tennis team has advanced to regional play. The West Bladen doubles team will play the N. C. …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

The Tar Heel High School Homecoming Queen was Angela Roberts. The towns of Elizabethtown and Bladenboro were awarded the North Carolina Community of Excellence Awards. The Elizabethtown Jaycees were scheduling an oyster roast to raise funds for the East Bladen High School Band. The town of Elizabethtown was expanding and numbering it’s city limits. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History for October 21

1774 – First display of the word “Liberty” on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America. 1868 – Severe earthquake at 7:53 AM, centered in Hayward, California. 1902 – In the United States, a five month strike by United Mine Workers ends. 1915 – William Jennings Bryan’s successor as US Secretary of State, Robert Lansing, sends a note to Britain protesting interference with US shipping. 1917 – 1st Americans to see action on front lines of WWI: US troops enter front lines at Sommervillier under French command. 1935 – Hank Greenberg selected American League MVP unanimously. 1944 – World …..

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Department of Public Safety announces more actions following fatal incident at Pasquotank Correctional Institution

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RALEIGH – The Department of Public Safety is taking more action to make prisons safer following a violent attack at Pasquotank Correctional Institution in Elizabeth City that claimed the lives of two prison employees on Thursday, Oct. 12. Following the Friday, Oct. 13 meeting with Governor Roy Cooper, Secretary Erik A. Hooks and state prison leaders, DPS immediately implemented prison safety action items. Today, at Secretary Hooks’ direction, more actions are being taken. “As we continue to mourn our colleagues and friends and pray for those critically injured, we not only must seek justice for the perpetrators, we are taking steps to try to ensure that this sort of tragedy …..

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Congressman Pittenger calls for hearings on opioid enforcement

WASHINGTON – This week, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) called on both the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee to hold hearings on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s ability to crack down on suspicious shipments of opioids. Congressman Pittenger’s request follows recent media reports, as well as opioid concerns expressed by constituents at town hall meetings. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has responded by scheduling a hearing on Wednesday, October 25th.  The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has responded by requesting detailed information from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “Opioid abuse is a crisis.  We must ensure the DEA has the appropriate …..

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Rep. Brenden Jones Appointed to the North Carolina State Lottery Committee

Raleigh, NC – Representative Brenden Jones (R-Columbus, Robeson, Bladen) is pleased to announce that he has been appointed by the Speaker of the NC House of Representatives, Tim Moore, to serve as an Advisory Member on the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on the North Carolina State Lottery. This and other committees will meet during the interim when the General Assembly is not in session, with the goal of providing oversight into various area of state government. The committee will hear presentations from various experts on topics relevant to the focus of that committee. At the conclusion of each committee’s work, a report will be made to the General Assembly detailing …..

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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.  There will also be a lane each night for a chance to shoot for an AR-15 Del-ton rifle that will conclude on the last night of the shoot. Share:

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Vineyard Golf

Friday Tossup Results From Vineyard Golf

The Friday, October 20, Tossup was won by the team of Mac Porter, Pam Davis Taylor, David Cross, Glenn Robertson and Charles DeVane. Tossups are played every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Vineyard Golf located between Elizabethtown and White Lake. Share:

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Protect your personal information while online

By Erin Smith The month of October is Cyber Security Awareness month and with many Internet scams and viruses making the rounds, protecting your personal information while online is very important. Often, a scam artist will send out emails that can sound legitimate or imitate companies you do business with on a regular basis. These emails will direct you to another website and ask you for such information as your user name, passwords, social security numbers and other personal information. Sometimes, these websites will prompt you to download software or invoices or other attachments which can then infect your computer system with a virus. It’s not just your computer that …..

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Come and Sit Down with the Sheriff

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Sit Down With The Sheriff on Thursday, October 26th, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Allen Brothers Hunting Preserve located at  200 Allen Brothers Drive, Bladenboro. Don’t worry about cooking dinner, a meal will be provided for all!  Come talk to the Sheriff and hear the positive things YOUR Bladen County Sheriff’s Office has been doing as well as the Sheriff’s goals for the next four years! Share:

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: A Look at Whole Grains

By Sandra R. Cain Eating whole grains is one way to make your diet healthier. Most Americans don’t get enough whole grains in their diet. Refined grains have only a fraction of the vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and dietary fiber — or roughage — of whole grains. Cardiovascular health benefits from whole grains which lower the risk of hypertension, diabetes and some forms of cancer, and decrease bad LDL cholesterol. Also, fiber creates a feeling of fullness with fewer calories, which can help to curb your appetite and that also means it helps lower our risk of chronic diseases. It should be easy to get the recommended three one-ounce servings a …..

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North Carolina’s September Employment Figures Released

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted September unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, remaining unchanged from August’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 4.2 percent. North Carolina’s September 2017 unemployment rate decreased 1.0 percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 28,399 over the month to 4,730,428 and increased 88,598 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 738 over the month to 200,905 and decreased 46,413 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Non-farm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 2,500 to 4,422,500 in September. The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases were Government at …..

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Bladen County well represented in NC State Fair competition

By Erin Smith Bladen County is well represented in various competitions at the 150th annual North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. As of Friday morning, one Bladen County business and two residents had picked up awards for their efforts. Lu Mil Vineyard brought home several prizes in the Commercial Wine Category. Lu Mil placed second for Muscadine White Blends, third place for their wine Carlos, a third place for their wine Noble, and a third place for their Rose/Blush Wines, and Lu Mil earned a fourth placement for their wine Magnolia. Hannah Wheeless of Garland earned a first place in the Food Preservation competition in the Junior Category for Ages …..

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CresCom Bank Welcomes New Team Members To North and South Carolina Locations

CHARLESTON, S.C. – CresCom Bank, a leading bank within North and South Carolina communities, welcomes new members to its talented team with the addition of Chelsea Champaigne, Connor Van Sickle, Mikayla White, Nicole Alston, Ashley Astrande, Kim Smith, Emily Mominee, Denise Lewis, Kelly Herron, Sandra Waldron, Billie Ward and Terri Buffkin. Charleston, South Carolina Chelsea Champaigne has joined the bank as a part time teller at the Meeting Street location. With an extensive financial background, Connor Van Sickle has joined the Loan Department as a loan servicing specialist. Prior to joining the bank, Sickle worked as a network service technician and loan operation representative at First National Bank in Pennsylvania. …..

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CresCom Bank Welcomes Ginger Eaton as Vice President and Branch Manager in Greenville

CHARLESTON, S.C.– CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, is pleased to introduce Ginger Eaton as the new vice president and branch manager in Greenville, S.C. Prior to joining CresCom Bank, Eaton served as community bank market leader at BB&T. She holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Anderson University. “CresCom Bank is excited to introduce Ginger as vice president and branch manager,” said David L. Morrow, CEO of CresCom Bank. “As we continue to grow our footprint, her leadership and customer care expertise will be instrumental in developing a strong customer base in Greenville and throughout the Upstate.” For additional information about CresCom Bank or …..

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Global Opioid Technology Challenge open for ideas

By Erin Smith The State of Ohio is on a mission—to generate technological ideas for fighting the opioid epidemic in the United States. Governor John Kasich is issuing the challenge not just to Ohioans but to everyone on a global scale. The Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge challenges citizens, medical professionals, scientists and professionals in technological fields to come up with new and creative solutions to end the Opioid epidemic. The challenge is made up of three phases. The first phase is the idea generation phase and lasts through December 15th. Ideas can be submitted through a website which is dedicated to the project. The top five ideas which are deemed have …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Early voting is underway in the 2017 municipal elections!  Began yesterday.  A few highlights to consider.     Bladenboro has 3 candidates for Mayor: Rufus (Duck) Duckworth (I) Kenneth Kelly Larry Simmons And 4 candidates for 3 seats on the town board: Jeff Atkinson (I) Billy Ray Benson (I) Rodney Hester Greg Sykes Clarkton has 5 candidates for 2 seats on Town Council: Jerome Myers (I) Tim Tart (I) Linda Gaskins Stephen W Hester Jimmy Hudson Dublin has 2 candidates for Mayor: Darryl Dowless Alex Hursey And 2 candidates for 1 seat on Town Board: Jeff Smith (I) Richard Sibbett Elizabethtown Town Council (3 seats) Paula H Greene (I) Herman L …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – October 20

1803 – US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase. 1820 – Spain sells part of Florida to US for $5 million. 1864 – US President Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday. 1873 – P T Barnum Hippodrome featuring “Greatest Show on Earth” opens (NYC). 1898 – NC Mutual & Provident Insurance Company forms. 1917 – US suffragette Alice Paul begins a 7 month jail sentence for protesting women’s rights in Washington. 1930 – Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, premieres on NBC radio. 1939 – “All the Things You Are” recorded by Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. 1947 – Radio rights for the World Series sell for $475,000 for 3 years. 1955 – …..

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Bladen Recreation Soccer Season Results

Here are scores from the Bladen County Recreation Parks and Department’s 8-to-10-year-old and 11-to-14-year-old soccer leagues. Sept. 28 8-10 Girls Rapids 6, Burn 0 8-10 Boys Fury 7, Railhawks 0 Galaxy 5, Thunder 0 Revolution 8, Timbers 2 Oct. 3 8-10 Girls Arsenal 9 Burn 0 8-10 Boys Revolution 5, Fury 1 Railhawks 4, Thunder 0 Galaxy 4 Timbers 0 Oct. 5 8-10 Girls Rapids 2, Arsenal 1 8-10 Boys Revolution 2 Galaxy 2 (Revolution won in PKs) Timbers 2 Railhawks 1 Fury 4 Thunder 0 Oct. 12 8-10 Girls Arsenal 5, Burn 0 8-10 Boys Timbers 5, Thunder 1 Revolution 5, Railhawks 1 Fury 1, Galaxy 0 11-14 Soccer …..

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Thursday’s Bladen Recreation Soccer Results

Here are Thursday’s results from Bladen County Recreation Department youth soccer leagues played at the County Park. 5-7 League Titans 3, Raptors 0 Lightning 2, Sharks 1 Dynamos 5, Mutiny 0 Grizzlies & Silverbacks (Forfeit) 8-10 Girls Rapids 7, Burn 0 8-10 Boys Galaxy 3, Timbers 1 Revolution 5, Fury 3 Railhawks 4, Thunder 1 11-14 League D. C. United 3, Spartans 2 Fire 10, Hornets 5 Share:

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John Dove Has Hole-in-One at Vineyard Golf

John Dove recorded his first hole-in-one Thursday at Vineyard Golf. Dove aced the par-3 No. 5 hole at the course located on U.S. 701 between Elizabethtown and White Lake. His playing partner was Jeff Huff. Dove had said he wasn’t feeling good when he arrived at the course. He apparently felt much better while heading to the sixth hole. Share:

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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 East Columbus. 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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JV Football: East Bladen 20, East Columbus 6

CERRO GORDO – East Bladen’s Eagles remained undefeated in Three Rivers Conference junior varsity football action with a 20-6 victory over East Columbus Thursday night. Sophmore Jordan Robinson raced 70 yards for an Eagle touchdown, and sophmore Lawson Hester galloped 80 yards for another East Bladen touchdown. Sophmore Kasey Price darted into the end zone from 3 yards out for the third Eagle touchdown. Freshman Zach Meares connected on two extra point kicks. Coach Ritchie Priest’s Eagles clinched the Three Rivers Conference jayvee championship with a 7-0 record in league play and 7-1 overall record. Share:

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Bladen Five Volleyball Tournament: Clarkton School of Discovery Wins Championship

ELIZABETHTOWN – Clarkton School of Discovery won the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Volleyball Tournament Thursday night with a 2-0 victory over Bladenboro in the championship game by set scores of 25-19 and 25-13. Coach Chris Callihan’s Lady Blue Devils were the regular season champs and advanced to the title match with a 2-0 victory over East Arcadia by set scores of 25-10 and 25-15. Clarkton finished the season with a 6-0 record. Bladenboro reached the title match with a 2-0 victory over Elizabethtown by set scores of 25-18 and 25-18. In Thursday’s opening match East Arcadia defeated Tar Heel 2-1 by set scores of 19-25, 25-16 and 15-12. Share:

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Come and learn about the HoneyBees

  • 10/19/2017
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The HoneyBees, Jermail Rogers-Pierce and Kandice White, are an up and coming organization for young women that focuses on leading young women by teaching them self- love, morals, and class; while sparking the minds of young women to become future Queens. Right now, they are making fresh sweets and snacks to raise money in order to be able to do great things with a group of amazing young girls. The goal is to young girls how to navigate through this crazy world we live in and to help them to become amazing young ladies by teaching them how to be successful in every way. The Sweets Treats are AMAZING! Want …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen Residents

By: Dora Brogdon The BeastFest 5K Color Run will take place at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21st. The Color Run event will begin at the Bladenboro Town Hall located at 411 Ivey Street, Bladenboro. Registration is $25 for adults 18 and older and $20 for children ages 13-17. There is no fee for children under age 12; however the t-shirt fee for those under age 12 will be $12. For more information or to register, contact Marianne Valentiner or Berkleigh Pridgen at 910-872-6264 or 910-872-6252. Also on Saturday, a one-day camp opportunity with no cost will be offered by Lower Cape Fear Hospice. Families will be able to bring …..

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Bladen County Road Closure Update

The North Carolina Department Transportation has announced the following road openings/closings, per Kenneth Clark. An update of road openings / closings is as follows: OPENINGS: Marsh Road Marsh Road is open. Robin Lane Robin Lane will open late this afternoon. CLOSINGS: US 701 Bypass in Clarkton The work at the CSX Railroad will wrap up Friday, Oct. 20th.  Drivers should expect the US 701 Bypass to open around 3:30 p.m. tomorrow. 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 …..

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Cry Out America event set for Monday

The Cry Out America event will take place on Monday, Oct. 23rd, at 6 p.m. on the front lawn of the Bladen County Courthouse. The event had to be rescheduled due to inclement weather in September. The Rev. Larry Hayes, one of the events many organizers, said fallen heroes, American veterans and honored guests will be recognized during the event. “We, the Bladen County Cry Out America Team, believe that our county is a location in which God can start rebuilding America’s Christian foundation. Here, in Bladen County, we can cry out to God to help us rebuild the Christian principles this nation was founded upon. Our goal is to …..

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Fifth Sunday Singing

  • 10/19/2017
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There will be a Fifth Sunday Singing featuring the Grandpa Bluegrass Gospel Band on Sunday, Oct. 29th, at 5 p.m. Admission is free and a love offering will be taken. The event will take place at the White Oak Recreation Center located at 9578 NC Hwy. 53 West, White Oak. It is hosted by Christ Community Baptist Church, White Oak Baptist Church,  and all surrounding area churches. Talented Vocalists from the various churches will bless everyone and open the “Singspiration” for the Grandpa Bluegrass Gospel Band. Everyone is invited to attend and worship. Share:

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USDA

USDA Provee Asistencia a Productores de Leche de Puerto Rico Afectados por Huracanes

A raíz de los huracanes de 2017, el Departamento de Agricultura de Estados Unidos (“U.S. Department of Agriculture” o USDA) está proporcionando asistencia de emergencia a los productores de leche del Estado Libre Asociado de Puerto Rico. El USDA tiene programado comenzar inscripciones el 21 de octubre de 2017. “Seguimos enviando personal adicional de USDA a la isla, y también seguimos incrementando la asistencia material”, dijo el Secretario de Agricultura, Sonny Perdue. “Los productores de leche necesitan ayuda inmediatamente, y la Administración de Trump se la está brindando”. Los Huracanes Irma y María devastaron el sector agrícola de Puerto Rico, incluyendo las operaciones lecheras. El Secretario Perdue anunció que la …..

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Tillis & Burr Applaud Senate Advancement of Thomas Farr 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 Thomas Farr as District Judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Senator Tillis spoke at the Senate Judiciary Hearing in support of Mr. Farr, who now moves before the full Senate for consideration. Mr. Farr was nominated by President Trump at the recommendation of Senators Tillis and Burr.   “Thomas Farr is well regarded across the political spectrum and has received a well-qualified rating from the ABA, the gold standard for many members in the Senate Judiciary Committee,” said Senator Thom Tillis. “I applaud the Judiciary Committee for confirming Tom and urge the Senate …..

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Bladen County Commissioners to hold Special Meeting

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, October 23, 2017, at 4:30 p.m. regarding Bladen County Schools’ proposed Capital Project.  The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room on the lower level of the Courthouse.   Charles R. Peterson, Chairman Bladen County Board of Commissioners Share:

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America’s Immigration System is broken

By Congressman Robert Pittenger America’s immigration system has never been so broken. Today, over 11 million illegal immigrants live in the United States.  Our porous border allows illegal gangs and drugs to enter our country, and also creates a serious national security problem.  America is a nation of laws, but our laws are too often ignored in the name of political correctness.  Our outdated immigration system hurts American workers. The United States is in desperate need of a full-scale immigration overhaul.  We can’t afford to kick the can down the road.  Unfortunately, it often seems Washington politicians would rather play the blame game than focus on fixing the problem. Yet …..

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Beast Feast Schedule for 2017

  • 10/19/2017
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View the Beast Feast Schedule for Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28, 2017. 2017 – Beast Fest Friday Entertainment Schedule 2017 – Beast Fest Saturday Entertainment Schedule Share:

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Early voting begins today 

RALEIGH, N.C. – The 17-day early voting period for the November municipal elections begins today (Thursday, Oct. 19) and runs throughSaturday, Nov. 4. ­­ Election Day is Nov. 7.   “Municipal elections typically have lower turnout than state and federal contests, and we encourage all voters to participate in choosing their local leaders,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement. “For those who missed the regular registration deadline, the 17-day early voting period offers a chance to register and vote.”   Statewide, 92 counties are holding elections in November. Ballots in hundreds of municipalities across the state will include a total of nearly 1,100 contests, including 33 …..

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Opinion: Work together to end the destruction

Bladen County needs help! Parents have lost their children and our crime rate has been increasing. Why? Most would say drugs. Opioids, heroine, and their addicts are causing all the heartache. If the mother county was a true Mother, she would be weeping, pulling all her children in close and taking action to end the madness happening in her land. She would understand the opioids, the heroine and their addicts are symptoms, not the real root of the problems. BladenOnline.com has been reporting about the opioid crisis and the issues that come with it since 2016. Our intern, Katie Galyean, helped us first shine the light on the problems back …..

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Trunk or Treat at East Bladen High

  • 10/19/2017
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The East Bladen High School Keyettes and History Club will conduct a Trunk or Treat on Friday, October 20th, from 5 until 6:30 p.m. on the East Bladen football field. Share:

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Smith named Miss Preteen Fayetteville State University

Contributed Miss Heavyn Armani Smith of Elizabethtown, daughter of Miss Carla D. Smith and granddaughter of Reverend Carl A. and Jewell L. Smith, was crowned Miss Preteen Fayetteville State University 2017-2018, on Saturday night, September 23rd, on the campus of Fayetteville State University in the Rosenthal Building.  Heavyn competed against another young lady in her age category and was crowned winner. Heavyn is a 6th grader at Elizabethtown Middle School.  “The crown came back to Elizabethtown.”  Last year’s 2016-2017 winner was Miss Necole McDowell of Elizabethtown, daughter of Reginald and Kendra McDowell and granddaughter of Mr. Lorenzo McDowell and Carolyn Trumilla McDowell. The pageant was sponsored by the Cumberland County Chapter of …..

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Bladen County Sports

West Bladen’s Dayvon Swindell Named Athelete of the Week

  • 10/19/2017
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The Fayetteville Observer has selected West Bladen’s Dayvon Swindell as one of their Athletes of the Week for his five touchdown performance in West Bladen’s 49-28 victory over West Columbus Friday night. Swindell scored on touchdown runs of 16, 18 and 36 yards and caught touchdown passes of 31 and 60 yards. The senior running back finished with 91 yards rushing and 93 yards receiving. He also intercepted a pass to stop a second-half Viking drive.  Share:

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One Stop Voting begins today

By Erin Smith One Stop Voting for municipal elections begins today (Thursday, October 19th) and ends on Saturday, November 4th, and voting will take place at the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown. Dublin, East Arcadia, and Tar Heel have opted out of One Stop Voting. By opting out of One Stop voting, voters must cast their ballots on the day of the election — Tuesday, November 7th. There was some confusion as to whether the Dublin Town Board wanted to participate in the One Stop Voting or not. During the Board of Elections meeting conducted on Tuesday, it was learned a letter signed by the town clerk was sent …..

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Members named to state Science Advisory Board to advise on emerging chemicals

Group of experts to hold first meeting Oct. 23 in Raleigh RALEIGH – The heads of the state environmental and public health agencies today announced the new members of the newly expanded Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board, which will examine new and emerging chemicals and their potential impacts to human health and the environment. The board of 16 experts in toxicology, public health, ecology, engineering and related fields will study ways to better protect North Carolina’s people and environment from new and emerging chemicals of concern, including GenX and hexavalent chromium. “We selected top talent from a robust pool of more than 50 candidates from across North Carolina,” said Michael Regan, secretary …..

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Fall Prevention Workshop announced

  • 10/19/2017
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The Bladen County Senior Center will host a Fall Prevention Workshop on Wednesday, November 1, from 2 until 4 p.m. For more information contact Carol Mitchell at 910-872-6331. Share:

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USDA Offers Targeted Farm Loan Funding for Underserved Groups and Beginning Farmers

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Florida Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting State Executive Director Mark Cotrell reminds producers that FSA offers specially targeted farm ownership and farm operating loans to underserved applicants as well as beginning farmers and ranchers. “Each year, a portion of FSA’s loan funds are set aside to lend to targeted underserved and beginning farmers and ranchers,” said Cotrell. “Farming and ranching is a capital intensive business and FSA is committed to helping producers start and maintain their agricultural operations.” During fiscal year 2017 (Oct. 1, 2016, through Sept. 30, 2017), Florida FSA obligated $33,625,449 million in loans to underserved borrowers and beginning farmers and ranchers. USDA …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Soccer: East Bladen 4, Whiteville 1

WHITEVILLE – East Bladen clinched the Three Rivers Conference jayvee soccer championship Wednesday night with a 4-1 victory over Whiteville. Sophomore Jose Arteaga booted a corner kick to freshman Sulamon Algozy who flicked a pass to sophomore Jay McGill who tucked a shot into the corner of the net in the 24th minute for a 1-0 East Bladen lead. One minute later McGill sent a pass to freshman Jay McKoy who drilled in the shot for a 2-0 Eagle lead. The score remained 2-0 at halftime. Two minutes into the second half freshman Will Hester played a ball to freshman Milton Estrada who finished the shot into the goal for a 3-0 lead. The …..

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Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 3, Whiteville 0

WHITEVILLE –  East Bladen scored a trio of goals in the second half to clinch a share of the Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer championshipWednesday’s night with a 3-0 victory over second-place Whiteville. The teams battled through a scoreless first half. “I thought we controlled a majority of the ball in the first half but couldn’t break through,” said Eagle Coach Jay Raynor. “We dealt with adversity throughout the match, and I thought the guys handled it well.” The best Eagle scoring chance in the first half came on a quick kick from a foul within the Whiteville 18. Senior Brooks McGill’s shot hit the post and the Eagles couldn’t put …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Ever feel you are on ‘information overload’?   With normal news channels and papers, then add Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Messenger, Instagram, Texting, (and there are other sources), it’s just about more than I can comprehend.  I just read, and other than Happy Birthday on Facebook, I add little to the discussion.  I know, I could just delete them all or some, but I haven’t and not likely, just need something else to complain about. Beast Fest in Bladenboro is set for a week from this Friday and Saturday.  The ‘beast’ story was the talk of the area, at least in the ‘boro area in the winter of 1953-54.  I was 15 years old, …..

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This Day in History for October 19

1630 – In Boston the 1st general court is held. 1765 – Stamp Act Congress meets in New York, writes the Declaration of Rights and Grievances. 1853 – First flour mill in Hawaii begins operations. 1870 – 1st African Americans (4) elected to US House of Representatives. 1914 – US post office 1st used an automobile to collect & deliver mail. 1926 – John C. Garand patents semi-automatic rifle. 1943 – Streptomycin, the first antibiotic remedy for tuberculosis, is isolated by researchers at Rutgers University. 1948 – “My Romance” opens at Shubert Theater NYC for 95 performances. 1951 – US President Harry Truman formally ends state of war with Germany. …..

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30th annual MLK Day parade scheduled Jan. 15 in Elizabethtown

Preparations are underway for the 30th annual parade honoring the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to be held in downtown Elizabethtown on Monday, January 15 at 11 a.m. The parade’s theme is “Together We Win With Love For Humanity”. (http://www.thekingcenter.org/news/2017-04-king-center-leads-nation-and-world-commemorating-50th-anniversaries-dr-martin-luther) Martin Luther King Day celebrates the life and accomplishment of Dr. King. He promoted Civil Rights through nonviolent civil disobedience. He is perhaps best known for his “I have a dream…” speech in 1963. He was assassinated in 1968. Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a federally recognized holiday in 1983. The first year the holiday was observed was 1986, although not by all states. In 2000 …..

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BCC’s Burney, Kinlaw speak to Bladenboro Rotary Club

Linda Burney, the director of the Bladen Community College Foundation, and Cathy Kinlaw, the school’s public relations director, presented a program at the regular Monday night meeting of the Bladenboro Rotary Club. Burney (pictured, far left) gave an informative overview of the Foundation’s mission to support students, faculty and staff through financial grants and loans not covered by state funds. Kinlaw (pictured, left) addressed the celebration of the school’s 50th anniversary, 1967-2017. The highlight of the program was the presentation depicting the school’s early years through photographs and trivia. This brought back memories for BCC alumni present at the meeting. Share:

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Bladen Recreation 5-7 Soccer Results

Here are scores from the Bladen County Parks and Recreation Department’s 5-to-7-year-old soccer league Sept. 28 Dynamos 5, Grizzlies 2 Mutiny 4, Lightning 1 Sharks 3, Silverbacks 1 Titans 6 Quakes 1 Oct. 3 Mutiny 8 Quakes 2 Dynamos 7, Silverbacks 0 Grizzlies 11, Raptors 1 Titans 4, Sharks 0 Oct. 5 Grizzlies 4, Mutiny 1 Raptors 5, Lightning 3 Titans 2, Silverbacks 0 Dynamos 9, Quakes 0 Oct. 12 Dynamos 5, Titans 0 Mutiny 2, Sharks 1 Lightning 6, Quakes 0 Raptors 1, Silverbacks 0 Oct. 17 Sharks 3, Raptors 0 Lightning 2, Silverbacks 1 Mutiny 1, Titans 0 Grizzlies 5, Quakes 0 Share:

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Men’s Soccer: West Bladen 3, St. Pauls 3 Double Overtime

DUBLIN – West Bladen and St. Pauls battled through regulation play and two overtimes Tuesday night but in the end the teams had to settle for a 3-3 tie in Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer action. “We felt that we had a lot of missed opportunities in this game,” said Knight Coach Phillip Turnage. “They scored a flurry of goals to tie it with 40 seconds to go in regulation time and send it to overtime. Nobody scored again.” Junior striker Victor Lopez fired in the first Knight goal. Ten minutes later junior Pablo Ortega knocked in the second West Bladen goal. Near the end of regulation play senior Fernando …..

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Men’s Soccer: West Bladen 2, East Columbus 0

LAKE WACCAMAW – West Bladen defeated East Columbus 2-0 Wednesday night in Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer action. The two teams battled to a scoreless tie until freshman winger Keni Verdugo Gomez fired in a late goal to put the Knights up 1-0. A few minutes later junior Irvin Hernandez knocked in a header off of a corner kick by Verdugo Gomez. “The defense, led by Captain Johnny Santana Dominguez played well,” said Knight Coach Phillip Turnage. “Goalkeeper Angel Martinez had another awesome performance, shutting down everything that came his way.” Martinez was credited with 23 saves. “Once again we had a lot of missed opportunities to score,” added Coach …..

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NCHSAA Class 2A Team Tennis Play-offs: North Johnston 5, West Bladen 1

KENLY- North Johnston defeated West Bladen 5-1 Wednesday in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Dual Team Tennis Play-offs. Savannah Lee won her match at No. 2 singles for the only West Bladen point. The Lady Knights finish team play with a 16-3 record. Lee and teammate Conner Brisson will play doubles Friday in the Class 2A Mid-East Regionals at Goldsboro. Share:

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Clarkton camera system installation slowly taking shape

By Erin Smith A security camera system purchased by the town of Clarkton is still not operational. The town purchased 16 security cameras from Tyco (now Johnson Controls) in Raleigh, at a cost of $150,000 more than one year ago. Clarkton Town Commissioner Tim Tart said this week that 12 of the 16 cameras have been installed by Tyco and have power. He said the town is working with Duke Energy to make sure all cameras have power. Commissioner Tart said some poles had to have a power source added while other poles already had a source available. Town Clerk Kentrina Woods said currently, the town pays Duke Energy a …..

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One charged in five Bladen County break-ins

The arrest of one individual Tuesday has resulted in the solving of five area breaking and entering cases according to Sheriff James A. McVicker. “My investigators arrested Jordan Thomas Jernigan, 27, of Tyner Drive, White Lake, on Tuesday,” said Sheriff McVicker. “This young man has admitted to being involved in five cases of breaking and entering in the last month.” Jernigan was charged with two counts of injury to personal property, one count of attempted felonious larceny, three counts of breaking and entering, three counts of felonious larceny, three counts of felonious possession of stolen goods, five counts of larceny of a firearm, and five counts of possession of a …..

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Bladen County Law Enforcement Officer’s Association to conduct concealed carry class

The Bladen County Law Enforcement Officer’s Association will host a Concealed Carry Permit Class at their range during the month of November. This class will be taught by Lead Instructor Larry Guyton and he will be assisted by several, Criminal Justice Certified Firearms Instructors with years of experience and knowledge. If you want good, quality instruction in a safely controlled and monitored setting then this is the class for you. The class is scheduled for Saturday, November 18, 2017, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class will be taught at the Bladen County Law Enforcement Firing Range behind the old White Lake Department of Corrections Facility at 5853 US Hwy. …..

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Suspect in multiple break-ins arrested

Sheriff James A. McVicker said today (Wednesday, Oct. 18th) that a suspect in multiple breaking and entering cases in both Bladen and Sampson counties was arrested Saturday by deputies. “Johnathan Colby Rigsbee, 23, of 954 Ruskin Road, White Oak, was taken into custody Saturday after being located by deputies,” said McVicker. “Rigsbee was charged with an October 2nd breaking and entering of a residence in the 900 block of Ruskin Road.” Rigsbee was charged with two counts of larceny of a firearm, one count of felonious breaking and entering, one count of felonious larceny, one count of felonious possession of stolen goods and felony probation violation. He was placed under …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Middle School Football: Clarkton School of Discovery 50, Tar Heel 28

TAR HEEL – Samaj Dove scored five touchdowns Tuesday night to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 50-28 Bladen Five Middle School Conference football victory over Tar Heel. Quarterback Anthony Candelaria raced 20 yards for a Panther touchdown in the first minute of play. The Blue Devils answered as Robert McKoy powered into the end zone from 2 yards out. Javius Brooks ran the 2-point conversion to edge Clarkton ahead 8-6 with 3:54 left in the opening quarter. Back came the Panthers as Candelaria threw a 48 yard touchdown pass to Lancine Soumahoro to put Tar Heel ahead 12-8 with 2:28 remaining in the period. Clarkton drove the ball to the Panther one yardline. On …..

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Registration is open for Elizabethtown Rotary Club 8K and 1 Mile Fun Walk

The third annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club 8K Trail Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk to benefit the USO of NC is set for Saturday, November 11th, at 8:30 a.m. at the Brown’s Creek Nature Park and Bike Trail and is sponsored by Emereau:Bladen, Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery,  McDonald’s, Healthworks Fitness and Wellness and Waste Industries. “This is our third year conducting this event. We are very pleased to partner again this year with the USO of NC for our 8K Trail Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk. The event is going to be a great benefit for our community because it will give us an opportunity to showcase our …..

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Veterans photography and writing exhibit Wilmington

The opening reception for Invisible Wounds of War exhibit will be held on Friday, October 27, 2017, from 6 until 9 p.m. at ACES Gallery at The Arts Council of Wilmington, 221 N. Front St., Suite 101. At 7 p.m., several of the veterans will read their writing from the project. The exhibit will remain on display until the end of November. The Invisible Wounds of War exhibit highlights collaborative self-portrait photographs and writing by veterans participating in the project during 2017. The writing and photographs offer an intimate view into the invisible wounds that veterans carry when they return home from war. The photographs are created collaboratively by the veterans and Jen …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Volleyball: East Bladen 2, West Bladen 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen defeated West Bladen 2-1 Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by set scores of 25-19, 12-25 and 15-9. Freshman Cheylee Mathis reeled off 5 straight service points in the decisive third set to propel the Lady Eagles to an 11-7 lead, and East Bladen held on for the victory. Freshman Kayleigh Raynor sparked the Lady Eagles to the first set victory with a run of 8 consecutive service points that produced a 15-8 lead. A trio of service points from freshman Alyssa Futrell kept East ahead at 22-16, and a sophmore Abbie Cross served out the set. Sophmore Jordan Benson started the second set with 4 …..

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Clothes Closet and Food Pantry at Baldwin Branch

  • 10/18/2017
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The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, October 28th, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Their food pantry, “From His Table to Yours” will be open the same day 10 a.m. – noon.  Personal transportation and identifications are required.  No fee is involved in either ministry.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown NC.  The Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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Sandhills Behavioral Services opens doors in Bladen County

By Erin Smith Sandhills Behavioral Services, Inc. held a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting on Tuesday afternoon. The center is located at 119 Courthouse Drive, Elizabethtown. Robert Smith, who owns Sandhills Behavioral Center, said, “This (the grand opening) means a lot. I was born and raised in Laurinburg and years ago a gentleman from Clarkton brought me here and taught me to drive.” Smith said he and his staff will be able to touch and change lives through the center.  The center provides DWI services in English and Spanish, an intensive outpatient substance abuse program, after school programs, drug testing, a sex offender program, and more. Smith said the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Hope I live long enough to read Gen. Kelly’s (President Trump’s Chief of Staff) memoirs if he ever publishes them.  Must be interesting for a very disciplined individual to work with someone as ‘wide open’ as the President. Like him or hate him, gotta give President Trump his dues, the stock market is ‘moving up at a fast pace’, topped 23,000 yesterday, an all time high (closed slightly below that number). The business community appears to believe something good is going to happen, like an overhaul of our national tax structure. I still believe, if the budget is not cut, and I see no reason to believe it will be, …..

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This Day in History for October 18

1767 – Mason Dixon line, the boundary between Maryland & Pennsylvania agreed upon. 1867 – US takes formal possession of Alaska from Russia having paid $7.2 million. 1878 – Edison makes electricity available for household use. 1898 – American flag raised in Puerto Rico. 1924 – Harold “Red” Grange, finest collegiate football game (4 long TD runs) 1931 – American gangster Al Capone convicted of tax evasion. 1939 – Richard Rogers & Lorenz Harts musical “Too Many Girls” premieres in NYC. 1943 – US bombing of Bougainville, Solomon Island. 1952 – Date of the first MAD Magazine issue. 1954 – Hurricane Hazel becomes most severe to ever hit the US, …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week: Big Red

By: Dora Brogdon This week a 3 year old, male hound named Big Red has been chosen! He’s very energetic and super friendly! He loves everybody he meets, especially children. Big Red is really just a happy-go-lucky dog that needs a loving home. 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 from noon until 5 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. For more information or questions call (910) 862-6918. …..

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Board of Elections hears about Dublin snafu, town out of One-Stop voting

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday afternoon and learned the town of Dublin will opt out of One Stop Voting. Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw told the board that the Board of Elections office received a letter on July 21 from the Town of Dublin signed by the town clerk. “This letter was saying they would be participating in the One Stop and mail absentee voting. The last time they did not do that, they opted out,” said Shaw. She told the board that last week she had a member of the Dublin Town board come to the Board of Elections office and …..

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Volleyball: East Bladen 3, South Robeson 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen defeated South Robeson 3-1 Monday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-16, 23-25, 25-18 and 25-17. Jozee Strickland sparked the Lady Eagles to the first set victory with service runs of 5 straight points then served out the set with a 3-point run. Sarah Johnson reeled off 7 consecutive service points as the Lady Eagles jumped in front in Set 3. Strickland added 3 more service points in the set. Senior Hannah Devane blew open the final set with a 9-point service run that opened up a 20-13 Lady Eagle lead. Sarah Johnson topped the East Bladen servers with 15 service …..

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Middle School Football: Elizabethtown 30, Bladenboro 22

ELIZABETHTOWN – Elizabethtown snapped a 14-14 tie with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns and defeated Bladenboro 30-22 Tuesday night in Bladen Five Middle School football action. The Bulldogs jumped out to an 8-0 lead as Jalyn Newkirk carried into the end zone for the touchdown then ran the 2-point conversion. The Cougars battled back as Chase Starkloff broke loose around right end and sprinted 45 yards for a touchdown. Quarterback Raymond Autry kept the ball and scored the tying 2-point conversion. Timothy McLean popped free and bolted 72 yards for the second quarter touchdown that put the Cougars ahead 14-8. Bladenboro rallied and tied the game on a Ricky …..

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