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Finance Committee Passes Tax Reform Legislation: Historic Opportunity

By Sen. Richard Burr The House and Senate both took huge steps forward in a years-long effort to reform our nation’s tax code this week. The House passed their version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on Thursday, and just last night, the Senate Finance Committee passed our bill. This is a historic opportunity for North Carolina and the country as a whole, and I’m very pleased to see our progress to this point. Watch Senator Richard Burr as he addresses the Finance Committee regarding Tax Reform, here. Under this legislation, it is estimated nearly 26,000 new jobs will be created In North Carolina alone, and the average middle-income …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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Food store robbed in Bladenboro. East Bladen Eagles football team crushes Greene Central HS. First ever Pork and Beats Festival a huge success. Plane crash in Bladenboro, no injuries. Bladen youngsters do well in state-wide soccer tournament being played in Gastonia, play continues today (Sunday). Sam Ellis, HCA senior of E-town, signs to play baseball at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. His coach at HCA is former East Bladen and ECU star, Winfred Johnson. Just a few headlines. So, what’s next? Thanksgiving Thursday! Lu Mil Vineyards’ Annual Christmas Light Show begins Saturday. Nothing happening in Bladen?  I beg to differ, good and bad. Let us all count our many blessings, count …..

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Bladen 14U Soccer All-Stars Edged Out of State

GASTONIA- The Bladen County All-Stars were narrowly eliminated from advancing to the medal round of the State-Wide Activities Committee 14U Boys State Soccer Tournament. Bladen County and Nash County played to a 0-0 tie in their final game of bracket play to finish the round with 1-1-1 records. The third and deciding tiebreaker after records and head-to-head was goals against, and Nash only allowed 6 goals in their 3 games while the Bladen team allowed 7. Bladen County defeated Belmont #2 5-2 Friday night. Garrett Masaid fired in a ‘Hat Trick’ of 3 goals to lead the Bladen scoring. Teammates Joel Johnson and Edwin Martinez added one goal each. “Stephen …..

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Bladen 10U Girls All-Stars 2-1 In State Soccer Tourney

GASTONIA – Bladen County won two of their three games Saturday in the StateWide Activities Committee’s 10U Girls State Soccer Tournament. Bladen County opened play Saturday with a 2-0 victory over Elkin then edged Belmont 2-1 in their second game. Fuquay Varina defeated Bladen County 9-0 Saturday evening. Bladen County will conclude bracket play Sunday at 9 a.m. against Wilson. Semi-final action will begin at 11:30 with the championship game slated for 2 p.m. Share:

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Bladen 12U Girls All Stars Advance to State Semi-Finals

Photos by Diane Trinidad GASTONIA – Bladen County battled Fuquay Varina to a 2-2 tie Saturday to advance to the semi-finals of the StateWide Activities Committee 12U Girls State Soccer Tournament. Sophia Masaid and Molly Evans scored the Bladen goals against Fuquay Varina. In Bladen County’s first game Saturday, Masaid recorded a ‘Hat Trick’ scoring all 3 of the Bladen goals in a 6-3 loss. Bladen County will play Oliver’s Angels from Burlington in Sunday’s semi-finals at 10:30 a.m. Share:

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Bladen 10U Boys Top Seed In State Soccer Semi-finals

GASTONIA – Bladen County won both of their bracket games Saturday to advance as the bracket’s top seed into the semi-finals of the StateWide Activities Committee’s 10U Boys State Soccer Tournament. Bladen County will play their semi-final game Sunday at 9 a.m. A win would send the Bladen team into Sunday’s championship game at 12:45 p.m. Kevin Labra fired in a ‘Hat Trick’ of 3 goals, and Conner Padrick scored 2 goals to lead Bladen County to a 6-0 victory over Rocky Mount in Saturday’s first game. A Garrett Dunham throw-in to Labra led to his first goal in the fourth minute of play. Three minutes later Labra scored again …..

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Harrells Senior Sam Ellis To Play Baseball at Hampden-Sydney

Sam Ellis of Elizabethtown, a senior at Harrells Christian Academy, signed Wednesday to play baseball at Hampden-Sydney College in Farmville, Virginia. Headmaster Kevin Kunst is thrilled. “As a Hampden-Sydney man myself, I couldn’t be more proud to have Sam move from being my student to being my fellow Tiger. Sam is a gifted athlete, but more importantly, he is also a young man of character who will thrive at H-SC.” On the state and national circuit, Sam was named to the 15U National Championship All-Tournament Team in 2015 and the 17U team for pitchers in 2017. These WWBA (World Wood Bat Association) championship games are played on a national level …..

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Letter to the Editor: Voter says he is resident of Dublin

Dear Editor, and To Whom This May Concern. My name is Christopher Scott McLaughlin, I am a resident of the small town of Dublin, North Carolina. It has been brought to my attention that my name as well as many others, have been listed by Mr. Richard Sibbett to discredit our vote in this year’s town election. Richard has gone so far as to say that my vote along with others should not have counted in this election because we were not legal residents of the town of Dublin. Richard has gathered information from the application called “people finder” and came up with the conclusion that I for some reason …..

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Bladen Community College announces new paramedic to RN program

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is poised to begin a paramedic-to-RN program with the upcoming spring semester of 2018. The bridge will allow currently certified paramedics to earn an Associate of Applied Sciences degree in Nursing. “This is a huge step forward for our nursing program,” remarked Director of Allied Health Programs Sharron Thomas. “We are one of only three community colleges in the state that can facilitate this transition from paramedic to registered nurse.” To qualify for the program, a student must have current registration as a paramedic with the NC Office of Emergency Medical Services or the National Registry, have scored at least a 58 on the TEAS …..

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Moores Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center Temporary Closure

Currie, NC- The Visitor Center at Moores Creek National Battlefield will be closed November 22, 2017 through Mid-December, 2017. This temporary closure will allow for the completion of a roof and floor renovation project. The National Battlefield, located at 40 Patriots Hall Drive in Currie, NC will remain open to the public seven days a week from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. The site is closed on Federal Holidays. Please visit our Facebook page to stay tuned to updates on this and other events. Moores Creek National Battlefield is a unit of the National Park Service. Since 1916, the National Park Service has been entrusted with the care of America’s national …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for November 19

1805 – Lewis & Clark expedition reaches the Pacific Ocean, first European Americans to cross the west. 1863 – US President Abraham Lincoln delivers his Gettysburg address beginning; “Four score & seven years ago…” 1872 – E.D. Barbour of Boston is awarded the first U.S. patent for the first ‘calculator’, an adding machine capable of printing totals and subtotals. 1893 – 1st newspaper color supplement (NY World) 1916 – Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn establish Goldwyn Pictures (the company later became one of the most successful independent filmmakers) 1923 – The Oklahoma State Senate ousts Governor Walton for anti-Ku Klux Klan measures. 1944 – World War II: U.S. President Franklin …..

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Robbery at the Bladenboro Fresh Foods IGA Grocery Store

            A Native American male entered the Fresh Foods IGA Grocery Store in Bladenboro around 11:03 a.m. on Friday November 17, assaulted a clerk and fled with a cash box from the store. The suspect was seen getting into a small gray car and fleeing the scene. Bladen County 911 was contacted and the Bladenboro Police Department of the incident was notified as well as surrounding law enforcement agencies. Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt observed the suspect vehicle on North Carolina Highway 211 and attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect vehicle fled and Chief Hunt pursued the suspects into Robeson County. The suspect vehicle …..

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No Thru Trucks is overlooked

Truck drivers have a job getting produce, products and other merchandise and materials to and from our communities. These men and women drivers are greatly appreciated. However a concern has been voiced over and over again about truck drivers driving through town. Many citizens have been complaining about truck drivers overlooking the No Trucks Thru signs in downtown Elizabethtown. Some citizens said they have even had to back up to keep from getting hit by the trucks coming into downtown. There is a ticket and fine these truck drivers could get for ignoring the road law of driving through town. Share:

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Plane crashes in Bladenboro

Staff report Photos contributed A small plane has crashed near Bladenboro around noon on Saturday, November 18th, 2017. Bladenboro Fire Department was on the scene, along with the North Carolina Highway Patrol and other witnesses. Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw said the plane went down about 300 yards beyond the end of the runway at the Bladenboro Airport. Kinlaw said no injuries were reported. Robert Hester was said to be the pilot of the plane and his son was a passenger according to eyewitnesses. According to the State Highway Patrol the FFA will be in route to investigate the scene. * The Hester reported in this article is not Robert G. …..

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Pork and Beats draws a crowd

By Erin Smith The first annual Pork and Beats Festival is under way at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. Everyone is invited to the public celebration. The event kicked off with a Pig Cookoff won by the Porkaholics. Second place was Rudy Lennon and third place went to Richard Sling Shaw. There will be love entertainment throughout the day. Vendors are also set up with handmade jewelry, food, wood crafts, decorations, Lula Roe and more. The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band will perform at 4 p.m. The Pork and Beats Festival will continue until 6 p.m.  Share:

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Should Chinese government companies be allowed to purchase US military suppliers?

By Congressman Robert Pittenger Should a company controlled by the Communist Chinese government be allowed to purchase a major U.S. military supplier? Obviously, the answer is “no.” Yet shockingly, the deal almost went through. Last year, a Chinese-backed shell company announced plans to purchase Lattice Semiconductor, the third-largest American producer of critical, proprietary technology used in satellites and missile defense equipment. The deal would have given the Chinese government full access to critical U.S. national security information. China has also made efforts to purchase insurance and financial firms which contain troves of sensitive personal data, and invest in real estate near U.S. military installations. These are just a few examples. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

If you missed last nights East Bladen football game, and many did, (small crowd) you missed one like I have never seen.  After about 30 seconds of play, East Bladen trailed Greene Central 8-7 and the race was on.  East Bladen won big in front of a less than packed-house.  Competition included numerous events, and the weather. Eagles play at home next Friday night, the team deserves better support than last night.  Stands should be full…..their opponent, old playoff nemeses Southwest Onslow, again. This time it’s a home game.  John Clark has captured it all on our Sports page. East Bladen (12-1) is a talented football team, with a smart young coach.  And, …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for November 18

1307 – William Tell reputedly shoots off his son’s head. 1805 – 30 women meet at Mrs. Silas Lee’s home in Wiscasset, Maine, organizes Female Charitable Society, first woman’s club in America. 1865 – Mark Twain publishes “Celebrated Jumping Fog of Calaveras County” 1872 – Suffragette Susan B. Anthony is arrested by a U.S. Deputy Marshall and charged with illegally voting. 1920 – H. Tierney & J McCarthy’s musical “Irene” premieres in NYC. 1928 – Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie” released, first Mickey Mouse sound cartoon. 1930 – Musical “Smiles” with Bob Hope and Fred Astaire premieres in NYC. 1938 – Trade union members elect John L. Lewis as the first …..

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Friday’s NCHSAA Football Play-off Results

Here are Friday’s results in the second round of the NCHSAA football playoffs: Class 2A East East Bladen 68, Greene Central 28 Southwest Onslow 63, SouthWest Edgecombe 28 Wallace-Rose Hill 56, Wilson Beddingfield 0 Elizabeth City Northeastern 35, Clinton 0 Class 2A West South Columbus 47, Lincolnton 14 Reidsville 39, East Montgomery 17 Burnsville Mountain Heritage 52, Whiteville 44 Hendersonville 56, Red Springs 14 Class 2AA East East Duplin 49, West Stokes 14 Randleman 57, Nash Central 19 Class 1AA East Lakewood 41, East Carteret 40 Class 1A East North Duplin 35, Chocowinity Southside 6 Plymouth 38, South Robeson 14 Class 3AA East Cape Fear 24, Lee County 7 Wilmington …..

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NCHSAA Class 2A Football Play-offs: East Bladen 68, Greene Central 28

Contributed photos ELIZABETHTOWN – Only the clock could stop senior Xavier Wooten and the East Bladen Eagles Friday night. Wooten ran 27 times for 309 yards and 6 touchdowns, and the Eagles scored touchdowns on 10 of 12 offensive possessions en route to a 68-28 victory over Greene Central in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Football Play-offs. On their final possession of each half, time ran out with East Bladen inside the Greene Central 32 yardline. Those were the only two Eagle possessions that didn’t end with a touchdown. Junior Eric Chancy carried the ball 18 times for 175 yards and a touchdown as the powerful Eagle …..

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4 Bladen soccer teams playing in state tournament

Four Bladen County youth soccer teams are competing in the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) State Soccer Tournament in Gastonia this weekend. The 14U Boys opened played Friday night. The other teams — 10U Girls, 10U Boys and 12U Girls — will begin bracket play Saturday. Semifinals and championship games in each division are scheduled Sunday. 10U Girls Bladen County will play Elkin at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in their first game. The Bladen All-Stars’ second game will be Saturday at 3:15 p.m. against Belmont. Bladen County will continue bracket play with a 5:45 p.m. Saturday game against Fuquay Varina. The Bladen team’s final game in bracket play will be Sunday at …..

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Bladen County Athletes Playing in College

Updated: Nov. 18, 2017 Winter sports Lacey Suggs Basketball Sophomore UNC Wilmington East Bladen John Bowen Basketball Freshman Belmont Abbey West Bladen Recent: Scored 7 points on 3 of 12 shooting and 1 of 1 from the line in 28 minutes as the Seahawks lost to Coastal Carolina 57-41 on Nov. 18. Suggs is averaging 10 points per games in UNCW’s three games. The Seahawks are 2-1. Recent: Started at forward for the Crusaders and played 24 minutes in a 69-67 loss to Tusculum on Nov. 18. He scored 11 points, had 2 rebounds and blocked a shot. Belmont Abbey is 2-2. Next: at North Carolina, Nov. 22 Next: vs. …..

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Star Communications Grammy material

One local business is nominated for two major awards. Star Communications announced on their Facebook page they have been nominated for two Grammys. The video has a great story line. Watch “Star Communications – Granny FINAL” on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/199855518?ref=em-share Share:

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Tillis Legislation to Increase Veteran’s Access to Apprenticeships Heads to President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, legislation introduced by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Tom Cotton (R-AR) unanimously passed the Senate and will head to the President’s desk to be signed into law. The Veteran Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform (VALOR) Act would increase access to apprenticeship-training programs for veterans by streamlining the certification process for non-federal apprenticeship programs based in more than one state. “I applaud Congress for passing the VALOR Act on a bipartisan basis to reduce burdensome requirements on businesses so apprenticeship programs will be more accessible to veterans,” said Senator Tillis. Background Under current law non-federal apprenticeship training programs located in multiple states have to register with each …..

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Be Thankful and enjoy the day

By Jefferson Weaver Another week has flown dragging past, my friends, leaving a trail of smiles and tears, hopes and fears, and maybe even a little excitement about the week to come. I implore you, as always to remember the oft-forgotten holiday we celebrate next week. Thanksgiving means just that – a time to be thankful for all the blessings that surround us, a time to enjoy fellowship and family and friends, not just a time to get into a shoving match over a half-priced loss leader in your favorite retailer. I’ll not criticize those who enjoy shopping the day after Thanksgiving, but I will indeed look askance at those …..

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Candidate responds to Election Protest

In response to the protest: Let me first say, that I welcome any protest on the election results, any candidate should feel free to exercise that option if so desired. I look forward to the outcome and feel confident that nothing will change. Having said that, the comments by my challenger Richard Sibbett, are disappointing at best, and reeks of an abuse of process. A process which could be avoided if Sibbett, simply would do some due diligence first hand rather than rely on the integrity of a self admitted “people search app” to determine if a resident of Dublin lives within the 3 square miles of its town limits. …..

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Board of Elections conducts vote canvass

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Elections conducted its vote canvass on Friday morning. The election results for the town of Dublin remain uncertified due to a protest filed by Town Commissioner Candidate Richard Sibbet. Bladen County Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw told the board there were no provisional ballots cast during the municipal election. Shaw also told the board that write-in candidates who receive  five or less votes are reported as miscellaneous. In Tar Heel there were four write-in votes—one vote for Greg Futrell and three votes for Mike Underwood. Shaw said Tar Heel had one seat for which no candidates filed seeking election. Underwood was …..

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Agritourism farms offer holiday attractions

RALEIGH – Whether you are looking to cut your own Christmas tree, or take a sleigh ride with Santa, North Carolina farms offer an abundance of options for family fun this holiday season. “Agritourism farms help connect our rural and urban communities across the state,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “They offer great family entertainment while educating about our state’s No. 1 industry, agriculture.” Following is a list of several agritourism farms offering special holiday programs organized by regions and dates: Western North Carolina *Justus Orchard in Hendersonville offers 21 varieties of apples on its fourth-generation apple farm. In addition to fresh apples, visitors can find delicious baked goods, apple cider …..

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North Carolina’s October Employment Figures Released

Raleigh, N.C. — The state’s seasonally adjusted October unemployment rate was 4.1 percent, remaining unchanged from September’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 4.1 percent. North Carolina’s October 2017 unemployment rate decreased 1.0 percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 11,504 over the month to 4,742,359 and increased 91,964 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 3,668 over the month to 203,890 and decreased 47,385 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 11,400 to 4,439,300 in October.  The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases were Professional & …..

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Training offers training to Sampson County officers

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Training Unit delivered Specialized Law Enforcement Driver Training to 72 members of the Sampson County Sheriff’s Office this week. “The primary and secondary southern taxiways were utilized at the Elizabethtown Airport for this event while the academic content was delivered at the Bladen County Emergency Services Training Center, said Sgt. Gary Turlington. This type of training with allied agencies fosters enhanced working relationships and improved communication across county lines providing better service to the citizens of our region, not just locally, explained Sgt. Turlington. “This was one of the first tasks assigned to the Training Unit by Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker so the public …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living: Let’s Talk Turkey

By Sandra R. Cain Purchase the right turkey Consider buying a fresh turkey from your grocery store.  There is no need to defrost it and no added fat or sodium as  in the self-basting, frozen birds.  For a small dinner with 6 or fewer people, you may want to consider purchasing a breast.  A bone-in turkey breast gives you a small turkey roast that can be carved in the traditional style without the excess fat and leftovers from dark meat. Purchase a half-pound of turkey for every guest.  Increase that to one pound if you want leftovers.  Turkeys heavier than 12 pounds yield more meat, so go with one-third pound per person.  …..

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Board of Education recognizes Taylor

By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met this Thursday, November 16th, for their monthly session. Dr. Robert Taylor, Superintendent, was recognized for recently receiving a national award (only presented to himself and seven other superintendents) for his work to promote technology based learning among other merits. Taylor thanked the board and the community for their help as he explained that any advancements in this area are possible due to their support. The USDA honored West Bladen High School’s School Nutrition Staff with a Best Practices Award for Customer Service. The following employees were recognized for being a part of their nutrition staff: Jerome Burney, Lovella Jacobs, Tiffany Sweat, Misty …..

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Bladen County road closure status

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an update of road openings / closings. OPENINGS: Mote Road Mote Road is open and will remain open until 11/27/17 (see below)   UPCOMING OPENINGS: NC 87 / US 701 Interchange If the weather holds good through the weekend, we anticipate that more of the NC 87 / US 701 interchange will open mid next week.   CLOSINGS: Coley Road Coley Road is closed in order to replace the bridge over Hammonds Creek.  The bridge replacement project will take until late November / early December.  A signed detour will be in effect to use Airport Road/ White Plains Church Road/ Vause Road/ Rosindale Road. …..

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Dublin election results remain uncertified after protest filed

By Erin Smith The election results for all of the town of Dublin races remain uncertified after a protest was filed by Town Commissioner Candidate Richard Sibbet. The preliminary hearing was conducted on Friday morning prior to the Vote Canvass meeting. The preliminary hearing allowed the Bladen County Board of Elections members to hear evidence regarding the protest and to determine whether or not a protest hearing should be conducted. According to the protest form submitted to the Board of Elections, Sibbet alleges no absentee ballots should have been mailed out or accepted because the town of Dublin had opted out of One Stop and mail absentee voting in 2015. …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER TO LEAD MAJOR FORUM ON LINK BETWEEN ISLAMIC TERRORISTS AND DRUG CARTELS

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) travels to Latin America this weekend to lead a major international forum on the growing link between radical Islamic terrorists and Latin American drug cartels.  300 Members of Parliament and security officials from fifteen South American nations will attend the forum hosted by Congressman Pittenger. “Hezbollah is partnering with Latin American drug lords to raise money for terrorist activity,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “This includes participation in drug trafficking, gun running, and trade-based money laundering.  The combination of radical Islamic terrorists and violent drug lords is a serious threat to national security.” Congressman Pittenger will be joined by representatives from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, …..

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North Carolina continues support of recovery operations in Puerto Rico

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RALEIGH – Emergency managers from across North Carolina have been working in Puerto Rico since October 1 to support ongoing relief and recovery efforts underway on the U.S. island territory hit by Hurricane Maria on Sept. 20.  Another team departs Friday for Puerto Rico while one returns home Sunday. For the past seven weeks, North Carolina teams have worked alongside their counterparts from Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency (PREMA) in several capacities.  Currently, three teams are supporting different emergency operations centers on the island.  A 10-person team is serving in the island’s main emergency operations center (EOC) in San Juan, and two six-person teams are staffing emergency operations centers in Zones 7 and 8, mountainous areas …..

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HOUSE PASSES HISTORIC TAX REFORM BILL

Washington, D.C. – Today, with the support of Congressman David Rouzer, the House of Representatives passed arguably the biggest tax cut and reform of the tax code in history.  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) is a bold, pro-growth tax bill aimed at improving the standard of living for all Americans, strengthening our economy, and bringing jobs back. “This legislation respects hardworking taxpayers and the challenges they face by making the tax code clearer, simpler, and fairer.  This bill will bring about a healthier economy creating more jobs, increasing wages, and leaving more money in your paycheck.  Under the provisions of this legislation, for the average family of four, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

If news reports are accurate, NC is one of two states (Alabama being the other) in the running for a $1.6 billion manufacturing plant planned as part of an alliance between Toyota and Mazda.  Up to 4,000 jobs at a facility that could produce 300,000 vehicles annually.  One site is near Moncure on old US 1 and US 1 near the Wake, Chatham, Harnett and Lee county lines and other mega-sites are in Randolph, Edgecombe and western Chatham county, according to a NC Commerce spokesperson. East Bladen’s (11-1) 2A football team entertains Greene Central (8-4) in state playoff action at 7:30 p.m. today.  At this level of competition, there are no mediocre …..

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This Day in History for November 17

1603 – English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh goes on trial for treason. 1800 – Congress holds its 1st session in Washington, D.C. in an incomplete Capitol Building. 1853 – Street signs authorized at San Francisco intersections. 1863 – Abraham Lincoln begins 1st draft of his Gettysburg Address. 1904 – George Cohan’s musical “Little Johnny Jones” premieres in NYC. 1913 – The first ship sails through the Panama Canal, which connects the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. 1928 – Notre Dame finally loses a football game at home after 23 years. 1936 – Edgar Berger & Charlie McCarthy become overnight success on radio. 1940 – Green Bay Packers become …..

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Thursday’s Bladen Recreation Football Results

Flag Football The Broncos defeated the Falcons by one point Thursday night on the final night of action in Bladen Recreation’s Flag Football League. The Bronco victory over the previously undefeated Falcons left the two teams tied for the championship with identical 5-1 records. 7-9 Tackle Football The Buckeyes claimed their first victory of the season in the 7-9 Tackle Football League with a 20-0 shutout of the Hurricanes. Luke Pait scored one touchdown and an extra point for the Buckeyes. Teammate Robert McKoy ran for one touchdown and returned a pass interception for a touchdown. McKoy finished the game with two pass interceptions. McKoy threw a 22-yard touchdown pass …..

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State moves to revoke Chemours’ wastewater discharge permit

By Erin Smith The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality took steps Thursday to begin the process of revoking Chemours wastewater permit and their wastewater discharge permit. State officials announced the move as a result of the company’s failure to comply with its permit and a failure to report a chemical spill in early October at its Fayetteville site. The action could see the company’s discharge permit permanently revoked. State officials announced the suspension will take place beginning Nov. 30th. State officials also note in a letter sent to Chemours on Thursday afternoon the revocation does not apply to DuPont or Kuraray. According to the letter sent to Chemours, state officials …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County

By: Dora Brogdon This Friday, Nov 17, East Bladen High School will be holding a Holiday Bazaar. They are scheduled to open their doors from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. On Saturday, Nov 18, the Pork and Beats Festival will begin at 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market. The festival will be filled with entertaining events: Barbecue, Car Show and, Blackwater Rhythm Blues band! Also, the Skate Park will be holding a competition from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The entry fee to get in is $40. The age divisions are: 15 and under, 16 to 34, and 35 years and older. there will be an opportunity to win $2,500 worth …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon This week’s Bladen County Pet of the Week is a 1 1/2 year old male mixed breed named Chop. This friendly guy needs a loving and caring home for the holidays! The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at 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 Circle, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. For more information or questions call (910)862-6918. Share:

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Tillis Secures Provisions To Fund Upgrades To NC Military Installations And Improve Quality of Life For Service members and Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the Senate passage of the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report that will now head to the President’s desk to be signed into law. The legislation includes several key provisions introduced by Senator Tillis that will make critical improvements to Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, provide an across the board pay raise for servicemembers, and implement important reforms that will make life easier for military families. Senator Tillis chairs the Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, which has oversight over half of the Pentagon’s budget. On a bipartisan basis, Senator Tillis and his subcommittee colleagues negotiated through an …..

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Congressman Pittenger: Tax Reform will Make America Great Again

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) voted “yes” on historic tax reform that will allow ordinary Americans to keep more of their paychecks, create jobs, raise wages, and encourage companies to do business in America. “Are you tired of Uncle Sam picking your pocket?” asked Congressman Pittenger.  “You shouldn’t need an army of lawyers and accountants to get special tax breaks.  President Trump and I agree you deserve a tax code that builds a healthy economy and helps make America great again.  Our legislation means more money in your paycheck, more support for middle class families, freedom for small businesses to expand, and more investment in American jobs.” The Tax Cuts and Jobs …..

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Brooks McGill Is Three Rivers Conference Soccer Player of the Year

Senior Brooks McGill who led East Bladen to the Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer championship has been named the league’s Men’s Soccer Player of the Year. McGill fired in 32 goals and was credited with 39 assists (both led the league) as the Eagles rolled to a perfect 14-0 conference record and posted a 21-2 overall mark. His total of 103 points led the Three Rivers and was 13th best in the state as well as 23rd best in the country. “Brooks was deserving of the Player of the Year honor,” said Eagle Coach Jay Raynor. “He was a game-changer and commanded the attention of multiple defenders or was man-marked during our …..

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East Bladen High School

NCHSAA Class 2A Football Play-offs: Greene Central (8-4) at East Bladen (11-1)

ELIZABETHTOWN – Two teams with potent high-scoring offenses will clash Friday night when East Bladen’s Eagles host Greene Central in the second round of the 2017 NCHSAA Class 2/A Football Play-offs. Senior Xavier Wooten and junior Eric Chancy combined to rush for 398 yards and six touchdowns in East Bladen’s 39-33 first round victory last week over James Kenan. Wooten ran for 250 yards and 3 touchdowns – 171 yards in the first half – against Kenan to raise his season totals to 1,524 yards and 23 touchdowns rushing. Chancy’s 148 yards and 3 touchdowns gives him 617 yards and 11 touchdowns for the season. The Eagles have won 8 straight games …..

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Bladen County Law Enforcement to receive Crisis Intervention Training

By Erin Smith Bladen County Law Enforcement officers are invited to take part in a Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) Course which will be offered through Eastpointe MCO at the Bladen County Training Center in White Lake from November 27 through December 1. They are looking for volunteers for role playing scenarios on December 1. “The officers need to demonstrate their skills through role plays on December 1st and our training department is seeking individuals to assist with the role plays,” said Cheryl Harris, a Community Relations Specialist with Eastpointe MCO. If you would like to volunteer you can email training@eastpointe.net and they will give you instructions on how to volunteer for the …..

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White Oak Family Worship Center hosts Oyster Roast

The White Oak Family Worship Center will host an Oyster Roast on Saturday, Dec. 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $35. There will also be shrimp, fish, chicken bog and hush puppies available. There will also be a bazaar from 4 until 8 p.m. sponsored by the Children and Youth Department of White Oak Family Worship Center. For tickets, information or booth rental, call 910-866-3543 or 910-229-6276. Share:

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Chamber learns about firearm safety

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce learned about firearm safety from Maryellen Robeson during the noon luncheon meeting on Tuesday. Maryellen Robeson is an National Rifle Association Certified Pistol Instructor and the owner and lead instructor of Shooter Ready LLC. She offers both public and private classes. “I think its very important for us to know about our firearms,” said Robeson. She noted that if you have firearms in your home, it is important that you properly store them. Robeson said it is important that they not be accessible to young children. “It is important for you to know how to handle firearms and keep them …..

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SCC Foundation Christmas Luncheon features #1 bestselling author

When Richard Paul Evans wrote the #1 best-seller, The Christmas Box, he never intended to become an internationally known author. Southeastern Community College is excited to announce Evans as the guest speaker at the SCC Foundation Christmas Luncheon held at Vineland Station on Thursday, November 30, at 11:30 a.m. His quiet story of parental love and the true meaning of Christmas made history when it became the #1 hardcover and paperback book in the nation.  Since then, more than eight million copies of The Christmas Box have been printed. The Emmy award-winning CBS television movie based on The Christmas Box starred Maureen O’Hara and Richard Thomas.  Two more of Evans’s …..

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Senate Unanimously Confirms Tillis Senior Advisor Robert Wilkie as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Robert Wilkie, Senator Thom Tillis’ senior advisor, was confirmed by the unanimous consent of the Senate as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Wilkie has served as Senator Tillis’ senior advisor since he took office in 2015, advising him on national security and military issues. Tillis currently serves as the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, which handles all quality of life issues for service members and military families. Wilkie previously served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs under Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld. He also served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for National Security Affairs and …..

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Service Tech–Campbell Oil

What would success look like? Responsible for performing mechanical repair services on cold drink equipment, conv.store equipment, some fuel oil/gasoline equipment to include hose and nozzle repair. Maneuver equipment in order to perform all mechanical services on cold drink equipment including preventative maintenance. Keep all refrigeration equipment in proper operating condition. Provide excellent service to all customers. Service equipment in accordance with company and federal standards. Management of all instruments (tools, supplies, keys, etc.) necessary for job. Maintain clean, safe and organized van and work area. Minimum Qualifications: High school diploma or GED. An ideal candidate will possess experience as a field technician. Ability to & experience in moving large pieces …..

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Check our Sports page everyday for all the local sports. And our sports crew keeps up with recent, local graduates now playing at the next level.  For instance, last night Lacey Suggs, former East Bladen Eagle, came off the bench and scored 20 points for the UNC Seahawks to lead them to a 66-62 victory over ECU.  Others who had notable efforts included, former West Bladen grad John Bowen had a good night playing with Belmont-Abbey, Hastin McGill, another former Eagle, played a prominent role in Columbia International’s soccer win over Columbia.  The page is updated daily, good reading. “The Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University’s College of Education …..

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This Day in History for November 16

1676 – 1st colonial prison organized in Nantucket, Massachusetts. 1776 – 1st gun salute for an American warship in a foreign port – US Andrew Doria at Fort St. Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean island) 1801 – First edition of New York Evening Post. 1824 – New York City’s Fifth Avenue opens for business. 1875 – William Bonwill, patents dental mallet to impact gold into cavities. 1914 – Federal Reserve System formally opens. 1935 – Richard Rodgers & Lorenz Hart’s musical “Jumbo” premieres in NYC. 1939 – Al Capone freed from Alcatraz jail. 1944 – US 9th division & 1st Army attacks at Geilenkirchen. 1945 – “The Lost Weekend”, based on Charles …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 54, South Brunswick 15

ELIZABETHTOWN – The only thing that could slow down sophmore Patience Ward and East Bladen’s Lady Eagles Wednesday night were a pair of electrical outages. Ward just missed a triple-double with 27 points, 13 rebounds and 8 steals as East Bladen raced to leads of 17-2 and 30-9 en route to a 54-15 season-opening non-conference victory over South Brunswick. “That’s incredible,” said Lady Eagle Coach Patty Evers when advised of Ward’s final numbers. “She’s got a motor that just keeps on running.” Ward started the game with a pair of transition lay-ups, and junior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson buried a 3-point shot from the right corner for a 7-0 East lead. My-love …..

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Skateboarding Tournament and Disc Golf Tourney set for Saturday

By Erin Smith There will be plenty to see and do in Elizabethtown this weekend. On Saturday, there will be a competition from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Skate Park called the E’town Ramp Massacre 2. Entry fees are $40 sponsored and doubles division is $20 to enter. There will be an opportunity to win more than $2,500 worth of prizes. There are age division for 15 and under; 16 to 34; and 35 and older. There will be a $1,000 cash purse and the event is sponsored by the Friends of Skateparks Foundation. The event is free to spectators and there will be raffles during the event. …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery releases first nine weeks honor roll

Clarkton School of Discovery has released their honor rolls for the first nine weeks grading period. Superintendent’s List (Having a 96 or above​ in all ​classes) 6th Grade:  Addie Bowen, Lena Damasco-Trinidad, Caroline Kirby, Riley McIntyre, and Reagan Moore. 7th Grade:  Luke Barber, Cathleen DeVane, Andrew Dowd, and Karli Priest. 8th Grade:  Devin Avant,  Kayla Bell, Hannah Davis, Hailey Guyton, Aubree Jacobs, Kathryn Kirby, Merritt Martin, and Kayla Norris. “A” Honor Roll​ ­(Having all A’s in every class) 6th Grade:  Lee Barnes, Samuel Cain, Molly Evans, Divine Gardner, Rylee Garrison, Parker Greene, Jalil Hayes, Reese Hester, Cameron Jefferson, Rodney Lacewell, Emma McDuffie, Elise McKiever, Arayah McKoy, Autumn Nye, Savanna Orellana, …..

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DPS Recognizes Outstanding Employees at 2017 Badge of Excellence Awards Ceremony

RALEIGH – The Department of Public Safety today honored some of the department’s most committed and exceptional employees during its annual Badge of Excellence Awards Ceremony. The ceremony, held in Raleigh, recognized DPS employees who have made outstanding contributions to the department’s mission of improving quality of life through enhanced public safety. The Badge of Excellence program promotes department-wide recognition of these employees and celebrates their impactful contributions to the overall goals and mission of the department, North Carolina state government and to North Carolinians. “Today, we honor 21 exceptional public servants — public servants who have been selfless in their attitudes and actions, exemplary team players, leaders outside the agency, …..

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Vote Canvassing set for Friday

By Erin Smith There will be no meeting of the Bladen County Board of Elections today due to the fact there were no provisional ballots cast in the municipal election. The next scheduled meeting of the Board of Elections will be Friday at 11 a.m. for the vote canvass. The winner of one municipal race has yet to be revealed—the winner of one Tar Heel Town Commissioner seat. There were four write-in ballots cast during the election for the seat. Bladen County Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw said the name of the write-in winner in Tar Heel will not be revealed until after the vote canvass is complete. “He …..

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LARGEST PAY RAISE FOR TROOPS IN 8 YEARS, MAJOR INCREASE IN MILITARY READINESS, PITTENGER-LED CRACKDOWN ON NORTH KOREA

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA, H.R. 2810), which provides for our troops, funds our military, and includes a vital amendment introduced by Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09). SUPPORTING OUR TROOPS: ·       Full 2.4% pay raise for our troops, their largest pay raise in eight years. ·       Permanent extension of Special Survivor Indemnity Allowance, which provides monthly payments to support more than 60,000 Americans whose spouses died on active duty or during retirement. MILITARY READINESS: ·       $26.4 billion to restore America’s military readiness, which fell to pre-World War II levels under the previous Administration. ·       Adds 20,300 active duty, guard, and …..

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ROUZER STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF FY2018 NDAA

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman David Rouzer voted in support of Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill considered by Congress every year to authorize funding levels for the military to continue its operations, strengthen our readiness, care for our troops and remain a global leader.  Specifically, the FY18 NDAA Conference Report authorizes base budget requirements of $634.2 billion, a $26.4 billion increase above the President’s budget request. “Our military today is essentially operating with the equipment purchased during the Reagan Administration.  That was three decades ago.  In recent years, our military has just been getting by – facing automatic yearly cuts due to the Budget Control …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S STATEMENT ON RESIGNATION OF CFPB DIRECTOR CORDRAY

WASHINGTON – This morning, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) Director Richard Cordray announced his resignation.  Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) had this reaction: “The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is led by a single director who answers to no one, not even the President.  There is no process for oversight.  Director Cordray’s unconstitutional power led to excessive regulations which restricted job growth and increased the cost of credit for ordinary Americans.  His resignation allows President Trump to appoint a new director committed to reform.  Does the CFPB have an important role?  Yes, but only with proper oversight and accountability, which Director Cordray consistently resisted.” As a Member of House Financial Services Committee, …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER:  21st CENTURY FLOOD REFORM ACT MODERNIZES AND REFORMS THE NATIONAL FLOOD INSURANCE PROGRAM

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after passage of the 21st Century Flood Reform Act (H.R. 2874) to reform the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP): “With over $25 billion in debt and a deficit of $1.5 billion this year alone, the National Flood Insurance Program is unsustainable and in dire need of reform. For far too long, taxpayers have been stuck in an endless cycle of bailing out a program that is poorly managed and illogically rebuilds the same properties time and time again,” said Congressman Pittenger. “Yesterday, I was proud to support the 21st Century Flood Reform Act which reforms and modernizes the National Flood Insurance …..

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Tillis & Peters Introduce Bipartisan Fostering Innovation Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, and Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) introduced the Fostering Innovation Act, bipartisan legislation that would provide commonsense regulatory relief for many innovative companies that are in scientific and medical research fields. “North Carolina has a rich and diverse biotech landscape, and is the home of many companies that are on the cutting edge of scientific and medical research. Unfortunately, some of the expiring JOBS Act exemptions are going to harm the ability of some companies to access capital and continue to grow by diverting critical investments away from science towards compliance,” said Senator Tillis. “I am …..

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Scam Alert: Callers targeting utility customers

Duke Energy is warning customers of a utility billing scam making the rounds. The way the scam works is the caller will pose as a representative of Duke Energy and they will claim the victim owes a past due bill and threaten to disconnect the power. They imposter will assure the victim if they pay with a credit or debit card during the telephone call, their power will not be turned off. Duke Energy officials say if you receive a call regarding your utility bill, hang up and call the police. If you have questions regarding your Duke Energy account, call the customer service number printed on your bill. For …..

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Bladen County Opioid Task Force moving forward

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Opioid Task Force met on Tuesday afternoon and began making plans how to combat the abuse of opioids in our communities. The group has scheduled an interest meeting for a parents support group. The parents support group is for parents or grandparents who have children or grandchildren struggling with addiction. The support will be a place where they can find support, understanding and resources for themselves and their families. The interest meeting is planned for Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, at 6 p.m. at the Bladen County Public Library. Also, the group learned there is funding from a CURES grant that can be utilized to …..

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Tar Heel board hears request for golf cart ordinance

By Erin Smith The Tar Heel Town Board met on Tuesday night and heard from Howard Sessoms regarding the need for the board to adopt a a golf cart ordinance. Sessoms said he is considering purchasing a golf cart for his wife to allow her to be more mobile. He said he began to make inquiries what he had to do for the golf to be legal to operate on the town streets. Sessoms said, as the state law is written, it is currently illegal to operate a golf cart on the public streets in Tar Heel. He explained that under the state law, you must have liability insurance, the …..

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Final Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association Tournament Held At Land O’ Lakes

The season final tournament of the SFSGA was held Tuesday at Land O’ Lakes Golf Course near Whiteville. Seventy-nine players participated in this 18 hole event. Two teams tied for first place with scores of 48. They were Mike Waddell, Billy Settlemyer, Bradley Butler and Danny Davis and the team of Young Pyon, L.R. Odham, Ray Crabtree and Rick Scharton. The SFSGA will begin their new season in March of 2018. Share:

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Scam Alert: U.S. Marshals Urge Public to Report Phone Scams to FTC

Raleigh – The U.S. Marshals are alerting the public of several nationwide imposter scams involving individuals claiming to be U.S. marshals, court officers, or other law enforcement officials. They are urging people to report the calls not only to their local U.S. Marshals Service office, but also to the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC has the ability to detect patterns of fraud from the information collected and share that data with law enforcement. “These are not victimless crimes,” said Robert D. Pettit, Acting United States Marshal for the Eastern District of North Carolina. “People have lost thousands of dollars to these scammers. This can be devastating, especially during the holidays.” The …..

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Tillis Chairs Helsinki Commission Hearing on Turkey’s Detention of Andrew Brunson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) chaired a Helsinki Commission hearing on Turkey’s detention of U.S. citizens, including North Carolina native Andrew Brunson. “As of today, Andrew Brunson has spent 404 days in a Turkish jail without trial and without access to the evidence against him. He is the subject of a vicious smear campaign in the Turkish press, and is facing life in prison on fabricated charges of being a terrorist and coup-plotter,” said Senator Tillis. “It is clear President Erdogan is holding Andrew Brunson ransom and the United States should not expect—much less accept—this sort of treatment from a NATO ally. I will continue to work with the State …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

A newly proposed NC House of Representative Special Masters Draft Plan has all of Bladen County in a district with a large area of Sampson County.  Currently, two precincts in the Bladenboro area are in a district with portions of Columbus and Robeson.  The new Senate proposal leaves Bladen as is, in a district with Brunswick and Pender. Not sure of the status of the US House alignment, currently Bladen is split, with the dividing line mostly along US 701.  Hope if there is redistricting, it will leave Bladen whole. Received a notice that our Happy Valley area will lose our long time mail carrier, some changes going on with the postal …..

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This Day in History for November 15

1492 – Christopher Columbus notes 1st recorded reference to tobacco. 1620 – Myles Standish leads 16 men in a foot exploration of the northern portion of Cape Cod. 1763 – Charles Mason & Jeremiah Dixon begin surveying Mason-Dixon line between Pennsylvania & Maryland. 1806 – Explorer Zebulon Pike sights Pikes Peak in Colorado. 1869 – Free postal delivery formally inaugurated. 1901 – James J. Jeffries TKOs Gus Ruhlin in 6 for heavyweight boxing title in San Francisco. 1926 – 1st formal radio network, RCA takes over AT&T 25 station network (NBC). 1935 – “A Night at the Opera”, directed by Sam Wood, starring the Marx Brothers, is released. 1937 – …..

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Parent Support group interest meeting

There will be an interest meeting for parents or grandparents who have children or grandchildren who are struggling with addiction. The meeting will take place on Monday, Nov. 20, at 6 pm at the Bladen County Public Library meeting room. This meeting will be a place where you can find support, understanding and resources for you and your family. This meeting is facilitated by the Bladen County Opioid Task Force. Share:

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White Lake Town Board Hears LRCG Presentation

By Joy Warren David Richardson, Executive Director for the Lumber River Council of Government made a presentation to the White Lake Board of Commissioners at their Tuesday evening meeting. Richardson gave a brief overview of the NC Tomorrow Plan. LRCG is involved in many aspects of regional and local governments which include the following programs/services: Aging Services, Infrastructure Stability, Future with a Viable Water Source, Land Use Planning, Transportation Planning, Housing Assistance, Strategic Planning, Financial Viability Planning, Digital Mapping, Education and Leadership Support for Elected Officials, Disaster Recovery and Mitigation Planning, Redistricting Surveys and Mapping, Environmental Clearinghouse for the Region, Regional Support for Decennial Census, and Workforce Development. Mayor Goldston …..

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Moore Creek National Battlefield to Host Free Living History Event

Currie, NC- Moores Creek National Battlefield will be hosting its final fall Third Saturday Living History Program this Saturday, November 18, 2017 from 10 am – 3 pm. This event is FREE to the public and will take place in the park’s Demonstration Area near the Patriots Hall picnic area. Demonstrations will include Patriot and Loyalist encampments and weapons demonstrations, backwoods camps and fire starting, blacksmithing, bagpiping, colonial cooking and beverages, candle making, woodworking, and more. This event will feature demonstrations and activities that are appropriate for all ages; dogs are welcome as well (please keep them on a leash). Stop by the Visitor Center before heading out on the …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER HONORS SIX LOCAL WORLD WAR TWO HEROES

WASHINGTON – This afternoon, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) asked the U.S. House of Representatives to join him in honoring six local heroes of World War Two. Click here for full video of Congressman Pittenger’s speech in honor of six local heroes of World War Two. “Mr. Speaker, on Saturday I had the privilege of honoring six World War Two heroes at VFW Post 2423 in Indian Trail.  Each hero was awarded the French Legion of Honor medal by the French Consul. “They were Charles Richardson, who flew 35 combat missions aboard a B-17 over France, The Netherlands, and Germany.  Andrew McMahon received the Purple Heart while fighting to liberate France.  …..

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West Bladen High School Honor Rolls for Q1 (1st Nine Weeks)

SUPERINTENDENT’S LIST – Grades of 96 and above and no more than 7 absences in each class. Elizabeth Allbright, Sarah Allen,Joshua Benson, Ciara Blanks, Morgan Brady, Autumn Brisson, Madison Bullard, Cierra Byrd, Janet Chavez, Glorimar Cruz Pagan, Bethany Davis, Caroline Davis, Marley Fletcher, Uriel Garcia Ortiz, Kyle Gause, Jennifer Gaytan Morales, Kyla Gore, Samaria Grant, Kacy Gunter, Makaylie Hammonds Amelia Harris, Ashley Hunsinger, Del’Vondra Johnson, Edgardo Lara, Callie Lewis, Richard Lewis, Stephanee Lewis, Anna Moser, Vanessa Nance, Alise Pait, Dalton Pait, Joseph Pait, Shelby Pharr, Channing Robeson, Amy Reaves, Janet Rivera, Channing Roberts, Tara Rogers, Marcos Rojas-Jacinto, Mohagany Rozier, Tristen Sadler, Atzel Salvador-Gonzalez, Olivia Sholar, Bethany Strickland, Abdiel Tapia, Jr., …..

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State issues notice of violation to Chemours

By Erin Smith The North Carolina Department of Water Quality has issued a notice of violation to Chemours regarding an unreported chemical spill of dimer acid fluoride. You can read the notice in its entirety here: https://files.nc.gov/ncdeq/GenX/NOV%20deq%20chemours%20112017.pdf State officials have given Chemours 10 days to submit a report about the spill, the quantity of chemicals spilled and the types of any other chemicals spilled. DEQ received notification in November from the Environmental Protection Agency regarding elevated levels of the chemical GenX in the Cape Fear River near the outfall line for the Chemours Fayetteville plant. “It is both unlawful and unacceptable for a company to fail to report a chemical spill …..

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Robert Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

Happy Birthday Robert G. Hester, Founder of BladenOnline.com

By: Charlotte Smith A birthday only comes once a year. Today, gives us the opportunity to celebrate someone who has made BladenOnline.com possible along with many other things in Bladen County and North Carolina. Today, November 14th, Mr. Robert G. Hester turns 79 years young. This gentleman is not one for fancy titles or recognition, but he is one of the most deserving of praise. Our business of reporting the news, sports, advertising and more happening in Bladen County would not be in existence if it were not for this hard working, caring man. His wit still inspires us and keeps us up-to-date in his daily “Thoughts While Shaving”. A …..

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Bladenboro Board votes on sewer connection fee

By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday night and voted to send the First Baptist Church, located on Martin Luther King Drive, a bill for $3,660 for the paving and sewer connection fees for the addition to the church.  Town Commissioners Cris Harrelson, Patsy Callahan and Sarah Jane Benson were not in attendance at the meeting. Members of the church had addressed the board during the October meeting requesting the charge be waived. Bladenboro Town Commissioner Billy Ray Benson said a letter was sent to the church notifying them it was not up to them to pave and repair the street following the completion of the sewer work. …..

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Tillis, Senators Announce Bipartisan Agreement on Economic Growth Legislation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and other senators announced a bipartisan agreement on legislative proposals to improve our nation’s financial regulatory framework and promote economic growth. Last spring, the Banking Committee issued a request for legislative proposals from stakeholders, companies, and consumers aimed at creating economic growth. The Committee subsequently held a series of hearings exploring the proposals, and has been negotiating and drafting a reform package since that time. The agreement includes measures from Committee members on both sides of the aisle and stakeholders. Legislative text is in the process of …..

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Baldwin Branch to offer Clothes Closet – Food Pantry

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

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Congressman Pittenger Introduces Museum of the Bible Resolution

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has introduced a bipartisan resolution recognizing the grand opening of the Museum of the Bible. “No text has been more influential in the course of human history than the Holy Bible. This bipartisan resolution recognizes the opening of the Museum of the Bible – the first, and only, museum exclusively dedicated to God’s Word,” said Congressman Pittenger. “This museum gives people of all faiths a unique opportunity engage with the Bible and immerse themselves in its history, teachings and societal impact. In the coming weeks, I look forward to visiting the Museum to learn more about the text that has had such a profound impact on …..

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McGill speaks at the NC Baptist State Convention

The North Carolina State Convention was held the second week in November this year. The President of the Convention is a Pastor in Bladen County. Cameron McGill, Pastor of Dublin First Baptist Church and President of the North Carolina Baptist Association spoke to the large crowd. Share:

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East Bladen Holiday Bazaar

Contributed Holiday shopping has started for some people. This Friday, November 17th, East Bladen High School will hold a Holiday Bazaar. “We are scheduled to open doors as 4:00 pm and go until 7:00 pm in the East Bladen atrium,” Mrs. Sunday Allen, a teacher at the school said. “This should work out great for shoppers who want to get to the football game, too,” Allen added.  Allen explained, Ms. Crystal Johnson and Ms. Monica Sykes (front office staff) have put this event together as a way to offer our stakeholder community an opportunity to shop locally as we enter the holiday season. “We are not charging vendors or shoppers this first year but we …..

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