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Agricultural Producers Reminded of Approaching Deadline

WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2017 — U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Administrator Steve Peterson today reminded eligible farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that they must return county committee election ballots to their local FSA office by Dec. 4, 2017, to ensure that their votes are counted. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 4, 2017. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at their local FSA office. “The last day to submit your ballot is just one week away,” said Peterson. “Approximately 1.5 million producers are eligible to vote in this year’s election. This is your opportunity …..

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Fire on Ruskin Road

  UPDATE: Ruskin Road fire leaves family homeless By Erin Smith A home located on Ruskin Road near White Oak is a total loss following a fire on Thursday afternoon. The home’s owner Mrs Norris said she and her family had traveled to Pinehurst and were returning home when they discovered the fire. Norris said she was laying down in the backseat of the car due to recent back surgery when she heard her daughter, Mindy Shamblin, yelling the house was on fire. “I sat up and could see smoke coming from the roof,” said Norris. She said her daughter and brother-in-law, Derrick Rich, were with here but they were …..

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Seniors celebrate Harvest Day at Division on Aging

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Division on Aging conducted a Harvest Day event on Thursday. The day was planned for fun, food and fellowship.  Seniors could choose from a variety of games including Pickle Ball, Croquet, Corn Hole and Bingo, said Kelly Robeson, Director for the Division on Aging. They also enjoyed a barbecue plate lunch which consisted of barbecue, baked beans, slaw and roll. The public can also purchase plates form the senior center at a cost of $5 each.  Carol Mitchell with Division on Aging said the Bladen Baptist Association WMU contributed Bingo Grab bags to be used as prizes for the Bingo game. Robeson thanked the …..

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Bladen Community College offers no-cost business seminars

DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost business seminars in December. *Customer Service the Disney Way for Small Businesses is scheduled for Dec. 1, from 2 until 3 P.M. on the Dublin campus. *Payroll Taxes 101 is planned for Dec. 13, from 2 until 3 P.M. on the Dublin campus. *The Business Side of Non-Profits and Faith-based Organizations is Dec. 16, from 9 A.M. until 12 noon, also on the Dublin campus. *The Bladen County Public Library is hosting two seminars. Why Successful Businesses are Successful is scheduled for Dec. 7, from 6 until 8 P.M. Ten Tips to Get Ready for Tax …..

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Congressman Pittenger on Kate Steinle verdict

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released this statement after learning illegal immigrant Jose Zarate had been acquitted of the murder of American citizen Kate Steinle: “Whether or not the shooting was intentional or a tragic accident, Jose Zarate would not have been able to kill Kate Steinle if not for San Francisco’s dangerous ‘sanctuary city’ policy.  This is what happens when you try to score political points by ignoring the law and allowing dangerous criminals to go free. “As a father, I hurt for Kate’s family.  Working with President Trump, I am committed to ending sanctuary cities and restoring the rule of law.” Kate Steinle was walking with her father …..

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Elizabethtown PD seeks identity of individual

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department is asking for your assistance in identifying a man they want to speak with regarding a recent larceny. He is described as having a tattoo on the right side of his face, as well as several tattoos on his hands and arms. If you have any information in this case, you are asked to contact Detective Thompson at the Elizabethtown Police Department by calling 910-862-3125. Share:

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Max Dilello Wins Elizabethtown Christian Academy National Geographic Bee

Max Dilello, a 7th grade student at Elizabethtown Christian Academy, won the school competition of the National Geographic Bee on Wednesday, November 29 and a chance at a $50,000 college scholarship. The school Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 30th annual National Geographic Bee, a geography competition designed to inspire and reward students’ curiosity about the world. Thousands of schools around the US and in the five US territories are participating in the 2018 National Geographic Bee. The school champions, including Max, will take a qualifying test; up to 100 of the top scorers on that test in each state will then …..

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Low Income Energy Assistance to assist Bladen County residents

The Low Income Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will begin accepting applications on December 1, 2017. Households who have a member age 60 or older or a disabled person receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services are eligible to apply between December 1 and December 31 or until the funds are exhausted. All other households may apply for LIEAP benefits from January 1, 2018 through March 31, 2018 or until the funds are exhausted. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) provides a one-time payment to help eligible families pay their heating expenses. All household’s determined eligible for LIEAP must provide the agency with the name of …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Not sure I have witnessed anything quiet like what is going on in our country right now.  Confusion in Congress as they attempt to pass a new tax plan; deadline for approval of upping the debt limit so the federal government can continue to operate; members of Congress are not immune from sexual misconduct charges that appear to be spreading across our great country.  North Korea apparently has the US in their cross-hairs with deadly ammo, loaded.  Congressional leaders and the President are on the same page some days and as usual, the party not in power is taking pot-shots at both.  There are Trump lovers, Trump haters, and many on the …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – November 30

1753 – Benjamin Franklin receives the Godfrey Copley medal “on account of his curious Experiments and Observations on Electricity” 1861 – Harper’s Weekly publishes EE Beers’ “All quiet along the Potomac” 1886 – First commercially successful AC electric power plant open, Buffalo, NY. 1902 – American Old West: Second-in-command of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with hard labor. 1924 – 1st photo facsimile transmitted across Atlantic by radio (London-NYC) 1933 – CCC Camps are established in Cleveland Park District. 1950 – US President Harry Truman threatens China with atom bomb. 1956 – 1st use of videotape on TV (Douglas Edwards & …..

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Middle School Boys Soccer: Elizabethtown 4, Tar Heel 1

Malcolm Bolden scored two goals Tuesday night to lead Elizabethtown to a 4-1 Bladen Five Middle School boys soccer victory over Tar Heel. Ismael Arteaga started the Cougar scoring with a goal in the seventh minute off of an assist from Jamie Delgado. Eight minutes later Arteaga sent a pass to Chase Starkloff who knocked in the second Elizabethtown goal. In the 17th minute Arteaga recorded his second assist of the game with a feed that resulted in Bolden’s first goal. Bolden fired in his second goal early in the second half off of an assist from Raymond Autry. Gustavo Bravo Verdugo scored the Panther goal in the second half. …..

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Middle School Boys Soccer: Clarkton School of Discovery 4, Bladenboro 1

Garrett Masaid fired in a pair of goals to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 4-1 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys soccer victory over Bladenboro Tuesday night. Robert McKoy opened the Clarkton scoring with a goal in the second minute of the game. The score remained 1-0 until Masaid drilled in his first goal in the 20th minute of play. Two minutes before halftime Sam Inscoe sent a corner kick into Masaid who banged it into the goal and stretched the Blue Devil lead to 3-0 at halftime. In the 18th minute of the second half, Masaid returned the favor with a throw-in that Inscoe turned into the …..

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Middle School Girls Soccer: Elizabethtown 4, Tar Heel 1

Elizabethtown defeated Tar Heel 4-1 Tuesday night in Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls soccer action. Yahaira Dominguez fired in the only Tar Heel goal off of an assist from Angie Perez. The Lady Cougars evened their record at 1-1 with the victory. Brianna Phillips fired in 2 goals to lead the Elizabethtown scoring, and Azariah Rhodie scored another goal for the Lady Cougars. Share:

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Middle School Girls Soccer: Clarkton School of Discovery 2, Bladenboro 1

Sophia Masaid and Heather Hardin scored goals Tuesday night as Clarkton School of Discovery rallied for a 2-1 Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls soccer victory over Bladenboro. Bladenboro took a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute when Rylee Chadwick turned an assist from Kaden Thurman into a goal. Masaid fired in an unassisted goal to tie the game in the 28th minute. Hardin banged in the deciding goal in the second half off of a feed from Molly Evans. Clarkton improved to 2-0 with the win, while Bladenboro dropped to 1-1 in the league. Share:

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UPDATE 2: Speed factor in fatal Tar Heel Road crash

By Erin Smith Speed was a factor in a fatal crash which occurred at 2:21 p.m. on Tar Heel Road on Wednesday. The crash caused emergency officials to shut down Tar Heel Road from Chickenfoot Road to the Robeson County line for four hours, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. Thomas Tague, of Alexandria, Virginia, was driving his Mercedes southbound on Tar Heel Road when he drove left of center and ran off of the road to the left, colliding with three trees. According to Highway Patrol Trooper Weissinger, after striking the trees, the car began to overturn, ejecting Teague. The car then caught fire coming to rest on …..

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Bladen Community College welcomes middle school students for math and science day

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College welcomed middle school students to campus for hands-on activities and learning experiences in November. Department chair for Math and Science Lisa DeVane coordinated the event. “This is our fourth year of inviting public school students to the Math and Science Day at BCC,” remarked DeVane. “We hope to ignite an academic interest in science and math for students at a younger age.” Students from Clarkton School of Discovery and Bladenboro Middle School studied DNA structure, function, and extraction, pH, using biomarkers to detect cancer, and using the scientific method to design and build prosthetic hands while on the college campus. The event not only provides …..

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Tillis Co-Sponsors Bipartisan Legislation to Enhance Compliance, Ensure Accuracy of Existing Background Check System for Firearms Purchases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) has co-sponsored bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) to ensure federal and state authorities comply with existing law and accurately report relevant criminal history records to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS). The Fix NICS Act penalizes federal agencies who fail to properly report relevant records and incentivizes states to improve their overall reporting. The bill also directs more federal funding to the accurate reporting of domestic violence records. “The Fix NICS Act is commonsense, bipartisan legislation that strikes the right balance between addressing legitimate public safety concerns and protecting the Second Amendment rights …..

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Vineyard Golf

Wednesday Tossup Results From Vineyard Golf

The team of Jimmy Davis, Henry Warwick, Ed Horne, Pam Davis Taylor and Ann Tessnear won the front side of the Wednesday Tossup at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. The Davis team tied the team of Mac Porter, Glenn Robertson, Lloyd Hester and Norgie Hester on the back nine. Tossups are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. Share:

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF MANDATORY HARASSMENT TRAINING FOR U.S. HOUSE

“Please Pray for Your Leaders” WASHINGTON – This afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously adopted House Resolution 630, “Requiring each Member, officer, and employee of the House of Representatives to complete a training in workplace rights and responsibilities each session of each Congress.” Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who already requires his staff to complete anti-harassment training, strongly supported the resolution: “Sexual harassment is wrong, and reports of this behavior on Capitol Hill deeply trouble me.  My office has always had a zero-tolerance policy on sexual harassment, and I am thankful the full House joined together today to require this training for all Members, officers, and employees. “Please pray for us.  …..

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Ex-mental health agency leaders ordered away from finances

  CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A court has told the former CEO and ousted board members of North Carolina’s largest regional mental health care agency to stay clear of the finances of Cardinal Innovations Healthcare Solutions since state officials have taken it over. A Mecklenburg County judge signed Wednesday an order preventing ex-chief executive Richard Topping and the former board from interfering with actions by the Department of Health and Human Services for 10 days. DHHS also wants something more permanent. The department took charge temporarily of Cardinal Innovations on Monday following recent audits chronicling what they called excessive spending, executive pay and severance packages. A state attorney provided to …..

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Tar Heel Road closed due to crash, fire; one fatality reported

By Erin Smith UPDATE 1: Bladen County Assistant Coroner Kenneth Clark reported a man was killed in a crash on Tar Heel Road earlier on Wednesday afternoon. The crash remains under investigation and no further details are available at this time. BladenOnline.com will bring you more details as we have them. Previous Story Tar Heel Road is closed from Chickenfoot Road to the Robeson County line due to a crash and woods fire, according to emergency officials. Bladen County Emergency Services, Tar Heel, Dublin and Tobermory Fire Departments, Bladen County Sheriff officers and North Carolina Highway Patrol officers are all on the scene. The road is expected to remain closed …..

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Holiday of Hope in Dublin

This is the season of giving and a store in Dublin wants to help others in need with a day of “Holiday of Hope”. “We want to help children and families in need,” Brenda Tatum, the local Dollar General Store Manager, said when she announced the big day. The Dollar General, located at 7460 Albert Street in Dublin, has a Christmas tree decorated with ornaments and lights. The ornaments have initials of children and families’ names who are in need this holiday season. The store asked Dublin Elementary for assistance with the names of students who may need help, according to Tatum. “Some need coats, shoes, school uniforms and other …..

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Deadline for NC Farmers to Submit Ballots for Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) North Carolina Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers that FSA county committee elections began Nov. 6, with the mailing of ballots. Eligible voters must return ballots to their local FSA offices by Dec. 4, 2017, to ensure that their vote is counted. Producers who have not received their ballot should pick one up at their local FSA office. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Dec. 4, 2017. Newly elected committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2018. Nearly 7,700 FSA county committee members serve FSA offices nationwide. Each committee has three to 11 elected members who serve three-year …..

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Bladen Community College invites writers to campus

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College invites writers in the region to participate in writing workshops and meetings through the Ink Quill Society. The club hosts various activities to nurture creativity and sharpen writing skills. It is open to the public and is offered at no-cost. Holiday Expressions is the writing focus of a workshop scheduled for December 5, from 3:30 until 5:30 P.M. The class meets in the Learning Enhancement Center (building 8) in room 102. For more information, contact Kathi Gibson at 910 879-5517. Share:

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Bladen County Public Library announces Kid’s Christmas Programs

  • 11/29/2017
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The Bladen County Public Library system has announced their Christmas programs for children. The Bladen County Public Library main branch located at 111 N. Cypress Street, Elizabethtown will host their Kid’s Christmas Program on Thursday, Dec. 14th at 6 p.m. There will be crafts, story time and a special guest is anticipated. Program is suitable for children up to 12 years of age.Registration is required.  To register your child, call 910-862-6990 or sign up at the library. On Monday, Dec. 18, the Bridger Memorial Library in Bladenboro will host Pancakes and Pajamas  from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Children are encouraged to wear their Christmas pajamas. There will be story …..

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Celebrating 33 years of service

By Erin Smith Tuesday afternoon was a bittersweet time as friends and co-workers gathered to recognize Sandra Cain for 33 years of service in Cooperative Extension as she prepares to retire on Thursday, Nov. 30. Cain, who is currently the Director of Bladen County Cooperative Extension, began her career with Cooperative Extension as a 4-H agent in Hoke County before moving to Bladen County Cooperative Extension to serve as a 4-H agent in 2002. Keith Walters, Southeast District Extension Director, said, “She is a great employee and she is a part of Bladen County.” Walters said he first met Cain when he was a 4-H member and Cain was the …..

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Bladenboro Primary Recognizes Top Sellers 

Thank you parents for helping to make our Fall Fundraiser a huge success.  Several children’s parents sold more than 29 items.  Pictured with Mrs. Guyton are Leea Wilkins who sold 61 items, Jeffery Burney who sold 51 items, Katelyn Robinson who sold 36 items, Jamie Harvey and Chloe Thompson who each sold 30 items, and Messiah Smith who sold 29 items.  They will receive double time on the bounce houses as part of their reward. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Been thinking about belts, men’s belts.  Why are there no 33, 35, 37, 39 inch belts?  You know, odd length belts?  Not all of us need an even length. Oh well, either add a little more to my plump body, or go on another diet.  Neither sounds very appealing, anytime and less so as we enjoy the holiday season. Spent most of yesterday with a bus load of friends to and from, and at Carolina Opry at Myrtle Beach.  Fun time, good entertainment, highly recommend their Christmas musical.  Bet the same could be said for the Alabama Theater. My first remembrance of going to the beach as a youngster was Ocean Drive, now …..

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This Day in History for November 29

1877 – US inventor Thomas Edison demonstrates his hand-cranked phonograph for the first time. 1887 – US receives rights to Pearl Harbor, on Oahu, Hawaii. 1901 – East 182nd Street in Bronx is paved & opened. 1910 – The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine. 1929 – Richard E. Byrd sends “My calculations indicate that we have reached vicinity of South Pole” (He was wrong) 1933 – 1st state liquor stores authorized (Pennsylvania) 1942 – US Office of Price Administration rations coffee for everyone, 10 pounds a year. 1944 – John Hopkins hospital performs 1st open heart surgery. 1945 – “The Lost …..

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JV Boys Basketball: Wilmington Hoggard 70, West Bladen 27

DUBLIN – Wilmington Hoggard defeated West Bladen 70-27 Tuesday night in the Knights’ jayvee basketball opener. Jadecus Register bombed in a 3-point shot and topped the West Bladen scoring with 10 points. Da’shawn Hines fired in a trio of second quarter baskets to finish with 6 points. Khalil Lloyd and Donovan Stone added 5 points each. Lloyd drained a first period 3-point shot. Stone sank 5 of 6 foul shots. Devin Corbett poured in 27 points for Hoggard. West Bladen (27) – Jadecus Register 10, Khalil Lloyd 5, Ronald Thompson, Hasaan Wooten, Nolan Bryant 2, Donavan Stone 5, Da’shawn Hines 6, Kendall Johnson-Pone, Tyrese Retmar, Nicholas Gibson, Cameron Newkirk, Andrew …..

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Boys Basketball: Wilmington Hoggard 59, West Bladen 55

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – West Bladen unveiled a frenetic brand of basketball Tuesday night that was exhausting to watch much less play, and it almost produced a win over Class 4A Wilmington Hoggard as a frantic Knight rally fell just short 59-55. “It’s Dave Davis basketball,” said Knight Coach Travis Pait. “He’s won a ton of games at Newberry and Pfeiffer with it. It gave us a chance to win, and I think we wore them down.” A layman’s description is that the Knights pressured full-court for the entire game and ran fresh groups of five substitutes in every couple of minutes. “It differs from what (Coach Paul) …..

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Girls Basketball: Wilmington Hoggard 74, West Bladen 13

DUBLIN – Wilmington Hoggard defeated West Bladen 74-13 Tuesday night in the Lady Knights girls basketball season opener. Kasee Singletary nailed a 3-point shot and added another basket in the first quarter and led the West Bladen scoring with 5 points. Teammate Seniah Johnson followed with 4 points. Lola Lovitt poured in 22 points to lead Hoggard. Teammate Angel Smith netted 10 points. West Bladen (13) – Conner Brisson, Chasitty Lacey, Indra Rodriguez, Mikayla Winebarger, Kasee Singletary 5, Lexie Corrothers, Carley Dawson, Patience Parker 2, Seniah Johnson 4, Indiyah Williams, Serenity Jeffries, Brigit Zuniga, Scjada Ellison, Elizabeth Allbright 2, Nyasia Ellison, Jessica Labra. Share:

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Celebrate Fair Tuesday with WorldCrafts

Celebrate Fair Tuesday with WorldCrafts! Use code FTD17 to save 20% off your WorldCrafts purchase of $100 or more through 12/13/2017!   Each WorldCrafts product represents lives changed by the opportunity to earn an income with dignity and to hear the offer of everlasting life. Shop Now Share:

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ECA holds Book Fair to benefit Boys & Girls Home

Elizabethtown Christian Academy’s Scholastic Holiday Book Fair to benefit the school and books may be donated to the Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina. Please plan to shop with us and spread the word – anyone is welcome to come by and shop! Our fair is online at:  https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=eca Share:

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Bladen County Parks and Recreation is seeking your input

Bladen County Parks and Recreation is seeking your input! Partnering with the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at East Carolina University, the Bladen County Parks and Recreation Department is conducting a survey to find out what residents in Bladen County need and want with regard to recreation and parks. We are hoping to hear from both youth and adults. Please copy and paste the following URL into your favorite web browser  http://www.bladennc.govoffice3.com/index.asp?SEC=11D1771C-536B-4992-83C9-7AE09FA6DCCC&Type=B_BASIC  or take a picture of the QR code – it will take you to the survey link. Let us know what you think—every voice counts! Share:

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Tory Hole Park undergoing makeover 

By Erin Smith Tory Hole Park is slowly undergoing a make over of gigantic proportions. If you have attempted to visit the park recently, you may have found it was closed to the public and crews hard at work. Rod Fritz, Elizabethtown Parks and Recreation Director, said once the work is complete, visitors will notice a complete transformation. Improvements which have been completed include the installation of new playground equipment, a disc golf course, a complete renovation of the amphitheater and new restroom facilities. The makeover of the park is being funded through grants, said Fritz. The town has received $250,000 from the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund and the …..

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Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop Christmas under way

By Erin Smith As folks begin to think about Christmas, one group of law enforcement officers’ wives want to make sure those who protect our citizens are not forgotten. The Second Annual Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop for Christmas is now under way. “We have 125 officers,” said Melanie Davis, one of the event’s organizers. The officers include the White Lake Police Department, Elizabethtown Police Department, Bladenboro Police Department, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Park Rangers and Wildlife Officers. Adopting a cop for Christmas is easy. All you have to do is contact Davis by calling 910-308-8148 or by email at bladencountyadoptacop@yahoo.com. You can adopt as many officers as you wish. Davis said about half of …..

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Bladen now has two new Child Passenger Safety Technicians

Stephen Hester and Chris Ivey with Bladen County EMS are both certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians, trained to inspect and educate caregivers on how to safely install car seats. Hester and Ivey attended the training on behalf of Bladen County Health Department in an effort to promote child safety and foster community agency partnerships. The certification is recognized nationally and is a program of Safe Kids Worldwide requiring four days of classroom instruction, tests, skills assessments, and a safety seat checkup event. Safe Kids Coordinator, Berkleigh Pridgen, would like to thank both individuals as well as Bladen County EMS Director, David Howell, for their willingness to partner and better serve …..

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Bladenboro Primary

Bladenboro Primary Honor Roll

Bladenboro Primary School has released their honor roll for the first nine weeks grading period. 3rd Grade A Honor Roll: Brayden Bryan, Lukas McLean, Josey Pait, Connor Sykes, and Colin Willoughby. A/B Honor Roll: Kaiden Brooks, Chase Bryan, Peyton Burney, Kimberly Dowless, Karlee Gause,  Chase Grubbs, Ester Guzman,  Jamie Harvey, Lily Hester,  Ashten Johnson, Briana Johnson, DaShaun Leach, Kendell Lessane, Saniya Martin, JaNya McKeithan, Diyari McKoy, Alexis Norris,  Aurora Oldfield,  Kyrstin Owens, Brody Rhodes, Emma Singletary, Jewel Singletary, LeAnn Stanley, Brayden Steele, Shane Sykes, Hailey Tittle, and Jada Wright. 4th Grade Superindentent’s List: Jackson Pait A Honor Roll Akeira Barnett, Omarion Brown,  Juandiego Burga-Cupen, Gwen Cordle, Derrick Harvey,  Brenna Hester, Bryan Maldonado, Morgan Moore, Pateyn Pope, Emmy Schallert,  Nate Shutz, Natalee Sykes, Makenna Thurman, Leea Wilkins, and Faith …..

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Vineyard Golf

Vineyard Golf Monday Tossup Results

Two teams split the Monday, November 27 Tossup at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. The team of Mac Porter, Jimmy Davis and Lennon Fisher won the front nine with the team of Stacy Owen, Ann Tessnear, Micky Brisson and Glenn Robertson winning the back nine. Tossups are held, weather permitting, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at Vineyard Golf at White Lake located between Elizabethtown and White Lake. Share:

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New Drone Laws Take Effect Dec. 1

  • 11/28/2017
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RALEIGH – As drones, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), become more common, North Carolina’s laws are changing to stay up-to-date with this fast-growing industry.  Two laws that were passed in July will take effect on Friday, Dec. 1. House Bill 128 prohibits drone use near prisons, jails and any other correction or containment facility. Near is defined as a horizontal distance of 500 feet or a vertical distance of 250 feet. Signs will be placed around facilities to remind drone users of the boundaries. House Bill 337 revises existing state drone laws. The language of the law has been changed to clarify that UAS laws will now apply to model aircraft as well. Model aircraft …..

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Coming Soon: White Lake Medical Clinic & Pharmacy

Cape Fear Valley Healthcare held a groundbreaking ceremony on Monday for the White Lake Medical Clinic and Pharmacy. Dr. Breeden Blackwell with Cape Fear Valley welcomed everyone to the celebration. White Lake Mayor Goldston Womble said he was excited about the new facility which will be coming soon to the former Potter’s Seafood location in White Lake. Dr. Blackwell said the lot has been empty for many years and this is an exciting opportunity. Mike Nagowski, Chief Executive Officer with Cape Fear Valley (CFV), explained Cape Fear Valley partnered with Bladen County Hospital 10 years ago and how proud he is of that partnership. “We want to to grow into what healthcare needs to be …..

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Volunteer your time for Giving Tuesday

By Erin Smith Today is Giving Tuesday! The United States ranks No. 5 in the world in charitable giving according to the 2017 World Giving Index. North Carolina ranks No. 28 on the list of Most Charitable States in America and No. 20 in the United States for charitable giving and No. 35 for Volunteering and Service, according to the index. Giving Tuesday occurs the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving each year and begins the season of charitable giving. Everyone is encouraged to take a moment to volunteer their time or make a donation to a local charity. There are many ways you can give back such as building a wheel …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

NFL Monday Night Football results…Baltimore Ravens 23 – Houston Texans 16. Remember Harriett Henderson, Sportee, Westpoint Pepperill, Elizabethtown Mfg, just a few of the plants that were located in Bladen County at one time or another in the recent past, 20 years or so….maybe some of those listed closed before that time.  Bet you can add to the list. One publication from NC Rural Center reported Bladen County lost 1,000 jobs from 2002 to 2006.  I cannot challenge, their records no doubt are better than my memory. Prior to the 2000s, closures included sawmills, sewing rooms, other textiles and farm related efforts, primary employers in the county at that time. Today, Smithfield …..

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This Day in History for November 28

1775 – Second Continental Congress formally establishes US Navy. 1861 – Confederate congress officially admits Missouri to Confederacy. 1871 – Ku Klux Klan trials began in Federal District Court in South Carolina. 1906 – Tommy Burns & Jack O’Brien fight to a draw in 20 for heavyweight boxing title. 1907 – In Haverhill, Massachusetts, scrap-metal dealer Louis B. Mayer opens his first movie theater. 1917 – Sigmund Romberg’s revue “Over the Top” premieres in NYC. 1925 – Grand Ole Opry premieres as WSM Barn Dance on WSM radio, Nashville, Tn. 1929 – Richard E. Byrd makes his 1st South Pole flight. 1933 – A Dallas grand jury delivers a murder …..

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Board of Education moving forward with Early College

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Education will move forward with the establishment of Bladen Early College. The board met in a special session on Monday afternoon and voted to approve the new school. Board member Berry Lewis was absent from the meeting. Assistant Superintendent Dr. Tanya Head addressed the board regarding the proposed early college. She told the board that Bladen County Schools staff have spoken with officials at The NC Department of Public Instruction (DPI) regarding early colleges. Head and board member Roger Carroll also told the board they had attended a session on early colleges during the recent School Board Association meeting and gained valuable …..

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Ten Bladen County Football Players on All-Conference Football Team

Seven East Bladen Eagles – Xavier Wooten, Xavia McDowell, Sincere Smith, Caleb Strait, Lahkeyd Lesane, Tanner Meares and Davonta McIver – and three West Bladen Knights – B. J. Drake, Jonathan Robinson and Dayveon Swindell – have been named to the All-Three Rivers Conference football team. All ten of the Bladen All-Conference selections are seniors. Twelve more Bladen football players – eight Eagles and four Knights – received honorable mention. Headlining the list of all-league selections from the TRC tri-champion Eagles was Wooten who rushed for 1,841 yards and 29 touchdowns. Wooten rushed for 251 yards in the Eagles first-round win over James Kenan then racked up 309 yards and …..

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First Bank hosting Angel Tree

First Bank of Elizabethtown is partnering with the Bladen County Department of Social Services foster care unit for an Angel Tree this year. There are 25 foster children on the Angel Tree from which to select. All you have to do is visit the First Bank branch in Elizabethtown located at 232 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown, and choose an Angel off the tree. Once you make your selection, you purchase the one item that is listed on the Angel and return the new unwrapped gift back to the bank by December 12th!   Share:

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Commissioners and residents seeking answers about GenX in Bladen County

  • 11/27/2017
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Bladen County Board of Commissioners hear more concerns about GenX, Chemours, and the North Carolina Department of Environment Quality Staff Report Residents in the northern part of Bladen County are concerned about their water quality and with good reason. Commissioners heard emotional concerns from citizens at their last board meeting in Bladen County. Residential wells are being impacted by the chemical GenX and officials with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) as well as Bladen County officials and Chemours representatives are working to find a way to provide clean drinking to those residents “The residents, and the state want and need answers. Myself and the rest of the …..

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Tar Heel Middle issues honor roll for first nine weeks

Tar Heel Middle School has released the honor roll for the first nine weeks grading period for the 2017-18 academic year. Fifth Grade “A” Honor Roll = Grades of 90+ in all classes Devyn Clanton, Lauren Douglas, Ryder Faircloth, Madison Holder, and Kasey Nichols. “A/B” Honor Roll=Grades of 80+ in all classes Destyni Blackwell-Lewis, Alina Chavez, Jaziyah  Daniels, Garrett Dunham, Yareth Garcia, Luis Garcia-Sanchez, Shandell Gonzales, Micah Hearn, Jeremiah Jacobs, Ah’leah Johnson, Aidan Jones, Christopher Knepper, Sawyer Landreth, Leslie Lemus-Basillio, Emily Lewis, Lidia Lopez-Garcia, Sherlyn Martinez,  Teasia McDowell, Zion McMillan, Angel Ramon-Reyes, Xha-tyiria Qe’yaria Rowdy, Yuridia Santant-Dominguez, Nolan Sessoms, Pablo Vasquez-Aguillar, Jessica Verdugo-Gomez, and Faith Noel Wil-Dey. Sixth Grade Superintendent’s …..

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Congressman Pittenger on Mulvaney appointment

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement on President Trump’s decision to appoint Mick Mulvaney as Acting Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: “Richard Cordray and his cronies are fighting hard to maintain a leadership structure which the D.C. Court of Appeals has already ruled to be unconstitutional.  That should concern every American.  Why do liberals think our economy and personal finance should be ruled by an unaccountable, unconstitutional bureaucrat? “President Trump and Acting Director Mulvaney are committed to protecting American consumers, but doing so the American way, with oversight and accountability.  This is a win for ordinary Americans.” As a Member of House Financial Services Committee, Congressman …..

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Bladen County Schools

Board of Education to meet in special session

The Bladen County Board of Education will meet in special session on Monday, November 27, 2017, at 4 p.m.  The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the Bladen Early College.  This is an official meeting and action items may be on the agenda.  The meeting will be held at the Board of Education Administration Building located at 1489 U.S. Hwy. 701 South, Elizabethtown, NC. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

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      NFL late night score – Steelers 31, Packers 28.  Tonight, Houston Texans at Baltimore. Top 10 college teams: 1. Clemson 2. Oklahoma 3. Wisconsin 4. Auburn 5. Alabama 6. Georgia 7. Miami (Fla) 8. Ohio 9. Penn State 10. TCU Clemson vs Miami for ACC Championship.  The game will be played Saturday in Charlotte. Locally, basketball moves to center court. One down, one to go for Christmas Parades.  Yesterday, it was E-town, next Saturday morning, Bladenboro at 10:30 AM. BladenOnline continues to provide the best, most reliable coverage of local news, and at not cost to our readers.  Last week, we had 58,581 page views on Nov 21, (2nd highest in …..

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Large crowd for the Elizabethtown Christmas Parade

The annual Elizabethtown Christmas Parade drew a crowd on Sunday afternoon. The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce organizes the parade each year. The theme the Chamber of Commerce promoted was “Shop Local!” The line up had a large variety of businesses, elected officials, Shriners and more. Folks lined Broad Street to watch the festivities. This year no one was allowed to throw candy out to the crowd due to a new town ordinance passed earlier in the year. Dawn Maynard, Executive Director of the local chamber did report she had several questions about the ordinance prohibiting throwing candy during the parade. Even though no candy was tossed to the …..

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Eight Bladen Tennis Players Named All-Conference

Five West Bladen Lady Knights and three East Bladen Lady Eagles have been named to the All-Three Rivers Conference girls tennis team. Selected from West Bladen’s squad that finished 16-2 in league play were juniors Conner Brisson, Savannah Lee and Mireya Sandoval and sophmores Autumn Brisson and Alyssa Smith. Named to the all-league team from East Bladen were juniors Ting Lin and Anna Kate White and senior Jayme LeeAnn Frady. Conner Brisson and Lee were the Three Rivers Conference doubles champions, then advanced to the semi-finals of the Mid-East Regional doubles tournament and qualified for the state tournament. Lee posted a 13-3 singles record with 10 of those wins coming …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – November 27

1870 – The New York Times dubs baseball “The National Game” 1889 – 1st permit issued to drive a car through Central Park (Curtis P Brady). 1901 – U.S. Army War College is established in Washington, D.C. 1910 – NY’s Penn Station opens as world’s largest railway terminal. 1924 – In New York City, the first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is held. 1941 – Joe DiMaggio is named AL MVP. 1945 – Gen. George Marshall named special US envoy to China. 1948 – Honda 1st opens in America. 1956 – 1957 NFL Draft: Paul Hornung from University of Notre Dame first pick by Green Bay Packers. 1960 – CBS radio …..

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Success for White Lake Fire Department annual fundraiser

The White Lake Fire Department held it’s annual Turkey and Boston Butt Sale Fundraiser this year. There was a line for pick up at the local fire station the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. The volunteers helped the process run smoothly and fast. The event raises money to help the fire department while helping many feed their families and friends without having to take the time to cook. Folks bought tickets for $30 to receive either a fried or baked turkey or a Boston Butt. Chief of the White Lake Fire Department, Dale Brennan said he wanted to thank everyone who helped and supported their annual fundraiser. This year was one of …..

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Jacob Barber Receives United Soccer Coaches Senior Excellence Award

East Bladen senior Jacob Barber has received the United Soccer Coaches (formerly National Soccer Coaches Association) Senior Excellence Award. The award is awarded for exceptional contributions to the team while exemplifying the finest attributes of a high school student-athlete. Barber has been a 4-year member of the Eagles varsity soccer team and served as a captain in his junior and senior seasons for teams that posted a combined 36-8-1 record. “Jacob has given a lot to our soccer program and words will never describe what he has meant to the program,” said Eagle Coach Jay Raynor. According to Raynor, Barber has been instrumental in fund-raising efforts, off-season workouts and also …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

‘Cryin’ time’ for many supporters of college football, for others ‘a day of rejoicing.’ Losers over the past few days include #1 Alabama, #2 Miami #9 Notre Dame (who had been higher), others??? Winners include #3 Oklahoma; #4 Clemson: #5 Wisconsin, and  #6 Auburn. Some interesting match-ups for next week, #2 Miami vs #4 Clemson #3 Oklahoma vs #10 TCU #5 Wisconsin vs #8 Ohio Stare #6 Auburn vs #7 Georgia #11 USF vs #20 Stanford #13 UCF vs #17 Memphis In addition to those mentioned, NCSU defeated UNC and Duke over Wake Forest, and ECU was soundly ‘whipped’ by #17 Memphis, 70-13. A reminder of the Christmas Parade in downtown …..

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Dublin’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony

Thanksgiving has past and more holiday celebrating has begun in Bladen County. Dublin held their Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Saturday night. Thelma Robeson and other event organizers of Dublin thanked everyone who came out to celebrate. Share:

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Home robbery in Abbottsburg

Saturday morning around 10 a.m. a house was broken into in Abbottsburg, according to officials. The suspect(s) entered the house by kicking in the back door. Some of the items reportedly stolen are a television and guns. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office took a report, according to law enforcement. If anyone has any information about the robbery, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 910-862-6960. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – November 26

1716 – 1st lion exhibited in America in Boston. 1778 – British explorer Captain James Cook discovers Maui in the Sandwich Islands (now Hawaii) 1789 – 1st national Thanksgiving in America. 1832 – 1st streetcar railway in America starts operating in New York City with 12 cent fare. 1865 – “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll is published in America. 1916 – Addressing the Chamber of Commerce in Cincinnati, US President Woodrow Wilson declares that “The business of neutrality is over.  The nature of modern war leaves no state untouched” 1918 – Philip Barry’s play “Holiday” premieres in New York City. 1942 – “Casablanca” directed by Michael Curtiz and starring …..

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FEMA : Winter Preparedness for Older Adults

Not only should kids wear a coat to avoid catching a cold, but older adults should, too. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) says older adults lose body heat faster than when they were young. Review the cold weather safety tips from NIA and share the following tips on how to stay warm: Set your heat at 68°F or higher. To save on heating bills, close off rooms you are not using. Close the vents and shut the doors in these rooms, and keep the basement door closed. Place a rolled towel in front of all doors to keep out drafts. Make sure your house is not losing heat through …..

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Shoeboxes loaded up to change lives

Monday may have been one of the busiest days for the local Central Drop Off site for Operation Christmas Child at Fellowship Bible Church in Elizabethtown. Bladen and Columbus County residents helped pack boxes with presents for children in other countries to enjoy for Christmas. Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child is a mission many participate in. The mission has grown since it first started in the 1990’s after Dave Cooke, a father of four from Wrexham, North Wales, saw the horror of abandoned children in Romanian orphanages on the news and asked friends to help fill a truck with toys to drive to the children’s home in Romania. Churches, Boy Scouts, non-profit groups, …..

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A new interchange at N.C. 87 and U.S. 701 in Bladen County

  • 11/25/2017
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A new interchange at N.C. 87 and U.S. 701 in Bladen County opened on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017 for motorist. The project near Elizabethtown replaced a traffic signal with an overpass and ramps to improve safety and traffic flow. The new roadway does have temporary lane markings, however, the contractor will add permanent striping after Thanksgiving and wrap up the project before Christmas according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation. Drivers should watch for flaggers during the opening and proceed cautiously. A realigned N.C. 242 that intersects U.S. 701 near the new interchange is now in use as well. The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded a $13.2 million contract to …..

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White Lake Marine number one in US

By: Charlotte Smith Contributed Photos White Lake Marine (WLM) in Bladen County has been reaching great business heights for many years. The locally owned and operated company is known world wide. Many have said WLM is the best in the Nautique domain. Recently they were recognized for some of their achievements. White Lake Marine received the Top Servicing Dealer in the United States at the Nautique Boats dealer meeting awards presentations. The event was held on November 7th, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. PCM Marine Engine Company presented the award to David deAndrade, Chief Operating Officer of the local Bladen County business. After receiving the award, Carl deAndrade, Chief Executive Officer …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Donna Frazier was Bladenboro High School’s Homecoming Queen. Cable T.V. company Fender and Lathan proposed a system for the town of Clarkton. Leon Martin was Chairman of Farm-City Week celebration. Willette Gooding was East Bladen High School’s Teacher of the Year. Share:

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Congrats to coach Robby Priest and the East Bladen Eagles football team.  It has been a great season,  turnovers and an injury to a key player early in the game was too much to overcome last night.  John Clark has details in our Sports section.  Congratulations to Southwest Onslow. Was hopeful Xavier Wooten could reached 2,000 rushing for the season, but it was not to be, I guess.  No lack of effort on his part or the part of the team, or the coaching staff.  Memories for a lifetime…..All before an appreciative group of supporters. The holiday season is underway. Today is Small Business Day, shop at home and save!   And, make plans …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – November 25

1715 – First English patent granted to an American, for processing corn. 1783 – Britain evacuates New York City, its last military position in the United States. 1792 – Benjamin Banneker first publishes his Farmer’s Almanac. 1834 – Delmonico’s, one of NY’s finest restaurant, provides a meal of soup, steak, coffee & half a pie for 12 cents. 1867 – US Congress commission looks into “impeachment” of President Andrew Johnson. 1920 – 1st Thanksgiving Parade (Philadelphia) 1940 – Football team University of Michigan retires Tom Harmon’s #98. 1940 – Woody Woodpecker debuts with release of Walter Lantz’s “Knock Knock” 1949 – “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” appears on music charts. 1951 …..

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NCHSAA Football 3rd Round Play-off Results

Here are results involving area teams from the third round of the NCHSAA football playoffs: Class 2A East Southwest Onslow 30, East Bladen 13 Wallace-Rose Hill 63, Elizabeth City Northeastern 52 Class 2A West Reidsville 28, South Columbus 0 Burnsville Mountain Heritage 30, Hendersonville 20 Class 2AA East East Duplin 21, Randleman 13 Class 1A East North Duplin 42, Pamlico County 14 Class 1AA East Edenton Holmes 49, Lakewood 7 Tarboro 48, West Montgomery 3 Class 3AA East Wilmington New Hanover 41, Cape Fear 38 Class 4A East Scotland 74, Winterville South Central 34 Wilmington Hoggard 20, Wake Forest Heritage 8 Share:

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NCHSAA Class 2A Football Play-offs: Southwest Onslow 30, East Bladen 13

ELIZABETHTOWN – Five East Bladen turnovers and an early injury to a key Eagle proved to be the difference Friday night as Southwest Onslow advanced to the Eastern Class 2A Finals with a 30-13 victory. Senior Xavier Wooten who had rushed for 1,833 yards and 29 touchdowns this season was lost to a knee injury on his third carry of the game. Without Wooten the Eagle ground attack only generated 75 yards rushing on 30 attempts.   Photos by Kenarmphoto.com     “Xavier going out really hurt us,” said Eagle Coach Robby Priest. “Not just the offense lost, but he’s a middle linebacker and a leader. I really hope he …..

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Shop Small Business Saturday and enjoy Christmas Parade

By: Charlotte Smith Black Friday is a historic kick off for the holiday shopping season. This Saturday, November 25th is Small Business Saturday. Many of our local businesses in Bladen County have special hours for the shoppers along with huge sales. “We have a lot of people come in from out of town,” Michael Leinwand from Leinwand’s said. “Our hours are 9 am until 6 pm, but we will stay open as long as the shoppers need for us to, Leinwand added. He also said the store will open Sunday for people to come in and shop after the parade. Mike Suggs from Fisher’s Mens Shop & The Ladies Shop …..

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9th year of churches working together for Thanksgiving

By:  Charlotte Smith  Photos by: Mark Summerlin Thanksgiving is a time to show gratitude. Some Churches in Bladen County have been doing this for the ninth year in a row by feeding others on Turkey Day.  Bladenboro and Elizabethtown Church members have been working together to feed hundreds each year. This year was no exception.  Randy Andrews, Pastor of Open Door Ministries said, “When you can look past denominational lines and have a kingdom attitude, that’s when you can start getting stuff done.”  Together the churches handed out 475 plates with a bountiful blessings of food and love.  Share:

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Officer burned during house fire in Bladenboro

By: Charlotte Smith Wednesday most folks were busy getting ready for friends and family to join in a Thanksgiving feast. However, first responders were busy fighting a fire in Bladenboro. According to Lt. James Freeman with the Bladenboro Fire Department a home on the 200 block of Elizabethtown Road behind the Food Plus in Bladenboro caught fire. The home was not a total loss, but there is significant damage inside the home. The family is displaced at the time of this report. Help for the family of the home is being provided by the Red Cross according to officials. A Bladenboro Police Officer did receive minor burns on his neck …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

  By: Dora Brogdon This week a 2 year old female named Peanut Butter was chosen for Pet of the Week. She’s very affectionate towards others and gets along with other dogs. She’s just an all around good dog that loves kids! 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 thru Friday at 12:00 noon  until 5:00 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 Cir, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. For more information or questions call (910)862-6918. …..

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Is It Medicare Or Medicaid ?

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC A lot of people have a difficult time understanding the difference between Medicare and Medicaid. Both programs begin with the letter “M.” They’re both health insurance programs run by the government. People often ask questions about what Medicare and Medicaid are, what services they cover, and who administers the programs. Let’s start with Medicare. Medicare is the national healthcare program for those aged 65 or older and the disabled. You pay for some Medicare expenses by paying the Medicare tax while you work. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is the agency in charge of both Medicare and …..

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Local Church Gives Thanksgiving Baskets

The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church was excited about the opportunity to provide food baskets to those in need just in time for Thanksgiving.  Members of the congregation, plus one guest, provided ninety (90) baskets to needy families of Bladen County via the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy and Bladen County’s primary and middle schools.  The baskets held a complete Thanksgiving meal for a family of 5-8.  Ingredients for each basket were: A frozen turkey, stove top dressing, rice, sweet potatoes, Mac & Cheese, green beans, Jiffy Corn Bread mix, cake mix, icing, sugar, Kool-Aid, gravy and cranberry sauce.  This 12-year ministry was incredibly gratifying and appreciative by the school personnel …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

  Thankful for a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with members of immediate family.   Good company, food and football, and lots of leftovers. Vikings, Chargers & Redskins were NFL winners yesterday.  UNC & Duke basketball teams scored wins, NC State lost their first of the year and first under new head coach, still all are off to great starts. Coach Robby Priest and his Eagles team will host Southwest Onslow 7:30 PM today as NCHSAA football playoffs continue.  Temp at kick-off should be in the mid 40s dropping to low 40s by 9 PM.  Bundle up, should be a great show and the team & coaches deserve our support. Saturday is Small Business Day, shop locally. Sunday, …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – November 24

1832 – South Carolina passes Ordinance of Nullification. 1871 – National Rifle Association organized (NYC) 1903 – Clyde Coleman of NYC patents automobile electric starter. 1916 – Mexican and US representatives sign a protocol at Atlantic City, under which Pershing’s troops will withdraw and each nation’s army will guard the border.  President Carranza of Mexico will refuse to accept it. 1932 – In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens. 1947 – John Steinbeck’s novel “Pearl” published. 1947 – The US House of Representatives Committee on Un-American Activities “Hollywood 10” in contempt because of their refusal to reveal whether they were …..

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NCHSAA Class 2A Football Play-offs: Southwest Onslow (10-3) at East Bladen (12-1)

ELIZABETHTOWN – Old play-off nemesis Southwest Onslow comes to Lenon Fisher Stadium Friday night when East Bladen’s Eagles host the third round of the 2017 NCHSAA Class 2A Football Play-offs. Twice Eagle play-off runs have ended at Southwest. In 2013 the Eagles drove down the field in the final minute and were going in for the winning touchdown when a fumble at the goalline resulted in a touchback and preserved a 27-24 Southwest victory. Ten years earlier East Bladen had the lead and intercepted a Stallion pass at the goalline for what appeared to be a touchback. However the officials awarded Southwest Onslow a safety and the Stallions rallied for …..

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Five Eagles Chosen All-Conference Soccer

Five members of East Bladen’s Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer champions – Brooks McGill, Jake Evans, Greyson Heustess, Spencer Scott and Pierce Melvin – have been named to the All-Conference team. McGill, the Three Rivers Conference leading scorer with 103 points, 32 goals and 39 assists, was also named the league’s Player of the Year. ”For all his accomplishments and awards, Brooks was most excited about bringing a conference championship to East Bladen and being able to share a special year with his teammates,” said Eagle Coach Jay Raynor who was named the TRC Coach of the Year. Evans led the Eagles with 324 steals and also fired in 17 …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Happy Thanksgiving Day!  A great time for family and friends to share time, food, football and more. 3 NFL games today: 12:30   Vikings vs Lions 4:30     Chargers vs Cowboys 8:30     Giants vs Redskins East Bladen Eagles football team will host Southwest Onslow Friday at 7:30 PM.  Coach Robby Priest and his team have had a great year.  They deserve our support. Last night, NC State basketball team won 91-84 over Arizona to improve their record to 5-0.  Most ACC teams are off to a great start, one exception is Wake Forest with a 1-4 record Too much action in Bladen over the past few days. Young man from Dublin is in Bladen County jail under huge …..

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Suggs scores 8 points in UNCW’s loss at North Carolina

Kenneth Armstrong photos Former East Bladen basketball standout Lacey Suggs scored eight points in 18 minutes off the bench Wednesday afternoon in UNC Wilmington’s 86-60 loss against the North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill. Suggs, a sophomore from White Lake, was 3-for-5 from the field and 2-for-3 from the free throw line. She also had three rebounds and a steal. Suggs had a three-point play late in the fourth quarter, driving in the lane for a layup and converting the free throw. UNCW is 2-2 and will host Catawba at 4 p.m. Friday. Share:

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Three West Bladen Knights Named All-Conference Soccer

Three West Bladen men’s soccer players – Victor Lopez, Johnny Dominguez and Angel Martinez – have been selected to the All-Three Rivers Conference team. The Knights finished third in the Three Rivers Conference this season with a 7-6-1 league record Lopez, a striker, was the Knights top scorer with 14 goals and was in the top five for goals throughout the season in the conference. “I can’t say enough good things about him,” said West Bladen Coach Phillip Turnage. “He is not only a top notch player, he is also a top notch student with a solid 4.2 GPA. Victor led by example the entire season. Fortunately, he is a …..

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Trevor Lesane Signs To Play Baseball at Erskine College

West Bladen grad and current Wake Technical Community College player Trevor Lesane signed Monday night to play baseball in 2019 at Erskine College in Due West, SC. Lesane also received interest from East Tennessee State, Young Harris College, North Carolina Central and Winston-Salem State before choosing to continue his baseball career at Erskine. In 31 games during his freshman season at Wake Tech, Lesane batted .306 with a .333 on-base percentage and a .463 slugging percentage. The Tar Heel native slugged 3 home runs, with 22 runs batted in, 8 doubles, 33 hits and 22 runs scored. At West Bladen Lesane led the Knights in most offensive categories and was …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Safe Handling of Wild Game

By Sandra R. Cain After the big hunt, hunters are eager to prepare the meat for a meal. Most game meats are low in fat compared to domestic animals. The care of any wild game begins with planning prior to the hunt. Game must be cooled as soon as possible to preserve its natural taste and ensure safety. CARE IN THE FIELD * Hunters should not handle or consume wild animals that appear sick or act abnormally, regardless of the cause. * Always wear heavy rubber or latex gloves when field dressing deer. * If intestinal contents contact meat, consider the meat contaminated; cut off and discard affected area. * …..

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Road Closing

Bladen County Road Opening/ closure Update

  • 11/22/2017
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BY: Kenneth L. Clark  <klclark@ncdot.gov> Wed, Nov 22, 2017 An update of road openings / closings is as follows:   OPENINGS:   US 701 / NC 87 Interchange The US 701 / NC 87 interchange is now open.  Do NOT use old US 701 except for local access to businesses / residences.   UPCOMING OPENINGS:   SR 1145 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.) SR 1145 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. in Elizabethtown) will open by Friday.  While it looks complete, the newly placed pavement is extremely hot and will require 24  hours to cool due to its thickness.   CLOSINGS:   SR 1709 (Coley Road) SR 1709 (Coley Road) is closed in order to …..

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Howard resigns from Bladen County

  • 11/22/2017
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Bladen County Health and Human Services Director, David Howard announced his resignation from the position earlier today. Greg Martin, Bladen County Manager, confirmed Howard has resigned from the county. Howard said, “I have accepted an offer to serve as Assistant Health Director in New Hanover County.” The reason Howard sited for leaving his position in the mother county is due to the long distance drive from his home. Howard does plan on taking some time off before starting his new position in New Hanover County. Before Howard left he said, “I wish everyone only the best for growth, success, and health in the future!” Share:

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Reelect James “Jim” McVicker Bladen County Sheriff Golf Tournament At Vineyard Golf

On Saturday, December 9 a fund raising golf tournament will be held to support the reelection campaign of Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. The tournament registration will be held at 9 a.m. with a starting time of 10 a.m. It will be a Captain’s Choice event with a entry fee of $400 per team. Sponsorships are available in the denominations of (Gold) $500, (Silver) $250, and (Bronze) $100. Personal checks only will be accepted. There will be a car given away for a hole-in-one on a designated hole. A long drive contest and a closest to the pin contest will also be held. Door prizes will be given away with free gifts and a lunch available. …..

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Hayley Hall awarded Buckley Scholar

Contributed Hayley Hall of Bladenboro and Chapel Hill, North Carolina, has been officially awarded and recognized as a Buckley Scholar. Hall is at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is a senior graduating from the School of Dentistry in May 2018. To qualify as a Buckley Scholar recipient, a student must perform a minimum of 300 hours of community service, participate in a number of leadership trainings, and maintain a high GPA in good standing with the University. Buckley students over the years have contributed millions of hours of service to Orange and Durham counties, UNC, statewide in North Carolina, in various underprivileged areas of the …..

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Rep. Pittenger’s Weekly Column

By the time you’re reading this, I hope you’ve picked your turkey, prepared your stuffing and mash potatoes and removed your Pecan pie from the oven. Thanksgiving is a special time of year where we can all put aside the stresses of everyday life and instead enjoy the company of loved ones, the taste of good food and, of course, watch football. This day is also a reminder that no matter the challenges we face or the obstacles that lie ahead, we all have something to be thankful. Personally, I have much to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Let us all give thanks to the God of our Fathers, who …..

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Terrific Kids Elizabethtown Primary

Contributed Elizabethtown Primary School conducted their first Terrific Kids award ceremony of the 2017 – 2018 school year,  Monday, November 20th, at 2 p.m. in the school cafeteria.   Fifteen students from the second grade classes were recognized as Terrific Kids for the months of September, October, and November.   The recipients were Heather Sandoval, Alton Brooker, Katie Singletary, Fox Sutton, Kamariah Rhodie, Emy Perez, Aireyell Graham, Lamont Tucker, Emanuel Velazquez-Perez, Aaron Ramsden, Zoey Barger, Abigail Miranda-Ventura, Ariana Acevedo-Portillo, Sy’Riah Edwards, and Arianna McKiver.  Presenting the awards were Dr. Lisa Bryan from the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club and Elizabethtown Primary Principal Priscilla Brayboy.   The students also had family and friends in attendance.   Mr. Mike Aycock from the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club assisted with presentations and a drawing for the parents. For more …..

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You Decide: Is Another Transportation Transformation Ahead?

by Mike Walden, NC State University It’s commonly thought we are now living in the greatest time period of change. Technology is affecting how we live, work and communicate in amazing ways, and the changes will continue. But I disagree that today’s innovations are the most life-altering in our history. I think my grandparents, whose lives spanned the 1890s to the 1970s, experienced more dramatic advances, particularly in transportation. The successful development of the airplane – in which North Carolina played a key role – brought countries and continents together, and it altered the way we traveled, as well as fought wars, forever. Yet the airplane’s impacts were likely exceeded …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Thanksgiving 2017 is just hours away, schools will close, many of our industries will pause, roads crowded and retail outlets prepare for one of their busiest shopping days of the year.  For this retiree, time to ‘hunker down’ with family and friends. I am thankful for so much, thankful that I survived another year, that despite one obit earlier this year for a Robert Hester and a plane crash involving another, this Robert Hester is safe and sound.  Incidentally, both are/were good friends. I am thankful that the stand-off yesterday near Dublin ended peacefully, despite some tense moments.  No injuries, during the ordeal. Hopefully the young man will be OK and law enforcement officers …..

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Middle School Girls Soccer: Clarkton School of Discovery 8, Tar Heel 0

Sophia Masaid recorded a ‘Hat Trick’ of 3 goals to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to an 8-0 victory over Tar Heel Tuesday in Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls soccer action. Masaid was also credited with one assist for the winners. Teammates Mauri Flores and Heather Hardin fired in 2 goals each for the Lady Blue Devils, and Flores also picked up an assist. Molly Evans finished with one goal and one assist for Clarkton. Flores’ corner kick set up Masaid’s first goal in the game’s tenth minute. Three minutes later a Masaid assist led to a Hardin goal. Hardin blasted in a penalty kick in the seventh minute …..

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Middle School Girls Soccer: Bladenboro 3, Elizabethtown 0

Bladenboro’s Lady Bulldogs scored a trio of second-half goals to defeat Elizabethtown 3-0 Tuesday in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls soccer opener for both schools at County Park. After a scoreless first half, Lainey Autry broke the scoring ice by firing in the first Bladenboro goal. Rylee Chadwick knocked in the second goal for the Lady Bulldogs, and Savannah Turbeville drilled in the final Bladenboro goal. Hannah Hester went the distance in goal and recorded the shutout for the Lady Bulldogs. “Zoe Smith had multiple saves in goal for us,” said Elizabethtown Coach Laura Hall. “Our offense was only able to get 3 shots off.” Bladenboro will play …..

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Middle School Boys Soccer: Tar Heel 1, Clarkton School of Discovery 0

Gustavo Bravo Verdugo fired in the game-winning goal late in the second half Tuesday night to give Tar Heel a 1-0 victory over Clarkton School of Discovery in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys soccer opener for both teams. The teams battled through a scoreless first half and for the first 24 minutes of the second half before Verdugo blasted in the penalty kick with only 6 minutes remaining on the clock. Antonio Candelaria recorded the shutout in goal for the Panthers. Tar Heel will battle Elizabethtown at 5 p.m. Tuesday at County Park. Clarkton School of Discovery will play Bladenboro in Tuesday’s 4 p.m. opener. Share:

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