12/17/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 6:30 am Celebrate the holidays with family safely
  • 6:13 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 2:13 am Basketball League Provides Second Chance for Young Men
  • 8:34 pm Social Security benefits to increase in 2019
  • 8:21 pm This Day in History for December 16
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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 […]

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  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 […]

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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 […]

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The Elizabethtown Optimist Club will conduct a BBQ plate sale fundraiser on Friday, Dec. 1, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. in front of San Jose Restaurant. Plates cost $8 each. Share:

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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 […]

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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’ […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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“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 […]

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  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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Jack McPherson, 24, bagged this rare deer near Dublin during the Thanksgiving weekend. He plans to have it mounted, according to his sister, Nichole McPherson. Share:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 – […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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! 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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bladenboro Primary

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 […]

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Vineyard Golf

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.  […]

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Bladen County Schools

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 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

      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. […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Thoughts While Shaving

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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.  […]

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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 […]

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  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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Sandra Cain

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 […]

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Road Closing

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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