03/25/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:25 pm Tillis Sends Bipartisan Letter Seeking Answers on Possible Tariffs for Foreign Autos
  • 4:12 pm Work to retrieve vehicle from river to resume soon
  • 3:44 pm April 2019 meeting of the Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter
  • 3:19 pm Firefighters battle brush fire near Clarkton
  • 2:30 pm Dietary Manager
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CHARLOTTE – In a live Sunday afternoon interview with Fox News anchor Eric Shawn, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) praised President Donald Trump’s support for the Iranian pro-democracy movement and discussed the importance of American leaders speaking out for freedom.   “We’re so grateful the President stood strong for those who are going to the streets in Iran seeking […]

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Bobby Davis of Vineyard Golf At White Lake has announced that, due to freezing weather, Vineyard Golf will be closed from December 31 until January 7. The miniverde greens have been covered to protect them from the freezing conditions. According to Davis the weatherman has predicted freezing weather for the entire week with improving conditions on Sunday, […]

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In anticipation of a forecast of cold weather, Gov. Roy Cooper signed an Executive Order to help maintain supply of home heating fuels like propane across North Carolina. “Freezing temperatures could cause rising prices and transportation challenges for propane and other fuels that keep homes warm,” Gov. Cooper said. “I’m taking action today to make […]

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State-mandated charges now required RALEIGH – The North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles will start collecting the state-mandated fees for administrative hearings beginning Jan. 1. This legislation affects 19 administrative hearing types that review the revocation or suspension of vehicle license plates and licenses for drivers, inspection stations, automotive dealers and mechanics. There are no fees for medical hearings. NCDMV will […]

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The last day of the year 2017 has arrived. A lot of citizens find different ways to celebrate a new year. There are at least two local businesses having New Year parties. The Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery and The Venue both have festivities lined up for this evening. However, we want to remind our […]

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The following non-alcoholic drink recipes are a courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Join Together, a national resource center for communities working to reduce substance abuse. Many of these unique drinks can add “flavor” to your party by giving your guests healthy, tasty alternatives to alcoholic beverages. Enjoy! Citrus Collins Fill a […]

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By: Joshua Weiss National Weather Service — Wilmington, NC Fire Weather Program Manager The current forecast for temperatures at midnight Sunday night are very cold. These temperatures, primarily in the mid 20s, will be accompanied by increasing NE winds, and wind chills at midnight are forecast to be about 15-20 degrees. Temperatures will continue to drop, falling into the upper […]

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The Tar Heel Volunteer Fire Department wants to help Bladen County citizens safe this new year. The group posted a list of tips and warnings for everyone on Facebook this week. The department said, “Everyone loves a great New Year’s Celebration, but this year celebrate safely!” Did you know that fireworks start an average of […]

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Can you believe, today is the last day of the year 2017? Remember year 2000 when many “smart folks” were concerned about a new year and computers must be updated?  And for us older folks, when gasoline pumps had to be updated when the price of fuel exceeded $1 per gallon?  What’s next? Smart folks […]

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The Town of Dublin Commissioners were considering public housing for the city. Bladen Soil Supervisors Eugene Floyd, Lynn Singletary and William Butler were sworn in. Bladen County received a $6,259 Federal Emergency Grant. Terry Macon resigned as Bladen County Hospital Board Chairman. Edgar Stevens was named new Chairman. Share:

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1695 – A window tax is imposed in England, causing many shopkeepers to brick up their windows to avoid the tax. 1776 – Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors. 1781 – Bank of North America, 1st US bank opens. […]

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Here are Bladen Online’s sports stories that had at least 1,000 page views. The list does not include the Bladen Athletes Playing in College page because it’s a page that is continually updated. The list shows the most viewed single articles. Monday we will give our picks for the top stories of the year that […]

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One local non-profit is asking for support. Bladen County Released Time, a non-denominational, non-profit has new goals and great needs for the new year. “The needs are near and dear to our hearts,” Dean Hilton, a board member of Bladen County Released Time stated. Some of the needs listed are: prayers, handicap accessible bus, Bibles, and workers to help […]

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The winter holidays are a time to enjoy the company of family, friends, and coworkers. Whether you are planning a dinner, informal gathering, or holiday party, your job as host is very important. Your many responsibilities include planning the menu or catering, organizing entertainment, and considering space arrangements. However, some of the most crucial details […]

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Brrrrr it’s cold By Erin Smith The fountain in downtown Garland resembles an ice sculpture as it glistens in the early morning sun on Saturday. Temperatures plunged below freezing overnight and are expected to remain well below normal through next week. Share:

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2017 – Through the work of dedicated staff in over 2,100 county and state offices, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) provides vital farm safety-net assistance to agricultural producers across America. “We’ve seen recent challenges in farm income and commodity prices,” said Dr. Robert Johansson, Acting Deputy Under […]

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SALISBURY, N.C – Food Lion is voluntarily recalling all code dates of its Food Lion brand Homestyle Buttermilk Biscuits in an abundance of caution after being notified by its manufacturer today the product may contain listeria monocytogenes. While there have been no reports of illnesses to date, the product is being recalled as a precautionary […]

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New rules that set limits on the quantity of opioids that can be prescribed take effect Jan. 1, 2018. The STOP Act, supported by Governor Roy Cooper and Attorney General Josh Stein, sets new initial prescribing limits and is part of the state’s multi-pronged effort to reduce the oversupply of prescription opioids that has contributed […]

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Wake Forest and NC State posted Bowl wins yesterday, more activity today and over the next few days. Holidays and very cold weather have given me the opportunity to spend more time than usual on the Internet, have re-connected with some of my work family over the years.  It’s been fun.  Most have retired, some […]

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DUBLIN – East Bladen’s Eagles rode an 18-5 closing spurt to their second consecutive boys basketball victory Friday – a 75-63 win over First Flight in the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. Senior Sincere Smith muscled in a follow shot with 6:15 remaining that put the Eagles ahead to stay at 59-58. Bryon Bowen put back […]

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Zion Autry, Clinton Dewan Lesane, Clinton Niem Ratliffe, Scotland Jace McKenney, South Brunswick Andrew Mosley, South Brunswick Most Valuable Player – Kris Williams, Clinton Share:

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Friday’s Results Championship Game Clinton 80, Scotland 57 Third-place Game South Brunswick 82, West Bladen 48 Other Scores East Bladen 75, First Flight 63 Dillon, SC 60, Whiteville 59 Thursday’s Results East Bladen 62, Whiteville 50 Clinton 82, South Brunswick 67 Scotland 74, West Bladen 60 Wednesday’s Results Clinton 75, East Bladen 37 South Brunswick […]

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1731 – 1st US music concert (Peter Pelham’s great room in Boston) 1835 – Georgia gold rush forces the Cherokees to move across the Mississippi River. 1861 – US banks stops payments in gold. 1903 – Electric arc lamp sets fire to Iroquois theater in Chicago leaving 602 dead in one of the deadliest blazes […]

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DUBLIN – Junior Jace McKenney poured in 29 points Friday night to lead South Brunswick to an 82-48 boys basketball victory over West Bladen in the third-place game of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. McKenney bombed in a 3-pointer to start the game, and teammate Kareem Randolph turned a steal into a dunk and a […]

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The new year is almost here. Before we end 2017 we wanted to give you a few more jokes and quotes. Erin Smith and Paul Smith give the final jokes and quotes for 2017. Please like and subscribe. Share:

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Bladen County resident Hayley Hall has earned the HEELprint Achievement Award. The award is given in recognition of academic success and leadership. The award is given to student staff and residential leaders who maintain a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. This award is given by Dr. Stacey Parker, Assistant Director of UNC Academic Initiatives […]

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If you have a child with special needs, you are welcome to join us for Coffee Talk. Coffee Talk is a support group for parents and families of children with special needs.  There they can find support of other parents who are facing similar challenges. Coffee Talk meets every third Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Dragonfly Coffee […]

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By Erin Smith New rules have been proposed regarding the use of opioids, opioid-related medications and treatment for pain with regards to workers compensation injuries. The North Carolina Industrial Commission is considering new rules which are designed to reduce the number of claims generated due to opioid addiction. The North Carolina General Assembly adopted a […]

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The Fayetteville Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating two teens who are missing. Both teens were last seen prior to Christmas.  Daryohna Underwood, who is 14 years old, has been missing since December 16th. She was last seen on Wayland Drive in Fayetteville. She is 5-foot, 5 inches tall and weighs […]

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Cape Fear Mini Storage Auction (13 Units) 910-862-9911 2 Locations: 1st auction – Thursday, January 4, 2018 9 a.m. @ 2202 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC 28337 2nd auction – Immediately following the first -Thursday, January 4, 2018 @ 5501 Hwy 87, Dublin, NC Buyers must: (1) be prepared to pay upon completion of unit […]

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By Erin Smith A national retailer has recalled a line of children’s makeup due to asbestos contamination. Claire’s issued a recall of nine makeup products on Saturday following news reports the products were tainted. The recall comes after a mother in Rhode Island had her daughter’s glitter makeup sent to an independent laboratory in North […]

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A house fire claimed the life of a Sampson County woman overnight Thursday. The fire ocurred at 641 Brown’s Church Road near Clinton. The Sampson County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the blaze and the name of the victim has not been released. Multiple fire departments were called to the scene to […]

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USDA

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announced today that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program for fiscal year (FY) 2018. The CCC is required by law to announce quarterly estimates of sugar to be purchased for the Feedstock Flexibility Program based on crop and consumption […]

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For many, this is the last work day of the year!  Hope 2017 has been good for you. “Baby It’s Cold Outside”, the song has been recorded by several artists over the years, who had the original version in 1954?  Dean Martin would be the first I was aware of, then Tom Jones in 1990 and […]

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1782 – 1st nautical almanac in US published by Samuel Stearns, Boston. 1813 – British burn Buffalo, New York during War of 1812. 1848 – Gas lights 1st installed at White House (Polk’s administration) 1852 – Emma Snodgrass arrested in Boston for wearing pants. 1908 – Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisconsin. […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – Senior Sincere Smith and Junior Adonis Avery combined for 39 points and 21 rebounds Thursday to lead East Bladen to a 62-50 boys basketball victory over Whiteville in the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. It was the first win of the season for the Eagles who survived a 21-7 Whiteville […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – Guard Niem Ratliffe fired in five 3-point shots and tallied 24 points to lead Scotland to a 74-60 boys basketball victory over West Bladen Thursday night in the semi-finals of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. Ratliffe nailed a trio of 3-balls from the left corner to give the Scots […]

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Upcoming Events

By: Dora Brogdon The New Years weekend is always a time for reflection and celebration. There are plenty of activities to help you ring in the New Year. On Sunday, December 31, the Regal Resort at White Lake will be holding a New Year’s Eve Party at The Venue. The party will begin at 9 p.m. with […]

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NC Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks today announced Kimberly D. Grande as the new executive director of the Inmate Grievance Resolution Board.  Grande, a seasoned jurist who has practiced law for more than a decade, will assume the position on January 8. “Kimberly Grande brings an impressive array of skill sets and expertise […]

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Trinity United Methodist Men in Elizabethtown will host an Oyster Roast on Thursday, January 11th. Share:

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By Erin Smith A Wilmington man is facing a charge of second degree murder in a shooting that ocurred in Kelly over the Christmas weekend. David Wayne Gore, 54, arrived in Bladen County on Thursday morning to face the new charges. Gore, who appeared in court with his attorney, Buddy Allard of the Hewlett, Collins […]

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By Erin Smith With the Opioid epidemic touching many lives in Bladen and surrounding counties, it has left many families grieving for lost loved ones. In 2016, the last year for which data is available, Bladen County had a prescribing rate for opioids of 114.3 percent, according to data from the Centers For Disease Control […]

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By Erin Smith Area offices and agencies have announced their New Year’s holiday schedules. All banks are closed on Monday, January 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday and will re-open for business on Tuesday, January 2. There will be no mail delivery on Monday, January 1. The Postal Service will resume its normal […]

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Mr. John J. Johnson, 64, of Elizabethtown, N.C. passed away on December 27, 2017, at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Lumberton, N.C. Celebration of Life Services will be held on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at 11 a.m. at Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown, N.C. Share:

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Remember when Sears and Montgomery Ward mailed catalogs, huge catalogs, to everyone with an address, I guess.  They were among the best known retail outlets in the U.S. Not sure our family ever ordered anything, but know some who did.  Clothing, household needs, etc. Montgomery Ward ceased operations years ago and sounds as if Sears is on […]

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1832 – John C. Calhoun becomes 1st VP to resign (differences with President Jackson) 1846 – Iowa becomes 29th state of the union. 1867 – United States claims Midway Island, the first territory annexed outside Continental limits. 1877 – John Stevens applies for a patent for his flour rolling pin. 1905 – Intercollegiate Athletic Association […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – Freshman Shyron Adams scored 6 of his team-high 16 points during a 12-2 closing spurt that carried West Bladen’s Knights to a 64-59 boys basketball victory over Dillon, SC in the opening round of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. Dillon star Darius Boatwright flipped in a floater to give […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – Clinton exploded for 29 first-quarter points en route to a 75-37 boys basketball victory over East Bladen Wednesday in the opening game of the Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament. Senior Kris Williams threw in a lay-up, a follow shot and a 3-point bomb as the Dark Horses sprinted to an […]

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West Bladen’s Knights have a great record in their own Christmas Tournament and have won several Woodmen Life Christmas Championships, but Wednesday night the team won a game for a member of their family. “Tonight it was about winning for Drew’s mom,” said Coach Travis Pait after the Knights’ 64-59 win over Dillon, SC. “This […]

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Crime Report

A Tabor City store reported being the victim of an armed robbery on Tuesday night. Norris Country Store located at 6088 Swamp Fox Highway East reported the robbery at 9 p.m., according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. According to reports, three men walked into the store and one man pointed a gun at the […]

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By Erin Smith New rules are set to take effect on Monday, January 1st, regarding the way in which doctors can prescribe painkillers. As part of the state’s battle against opioid abuse, the North Carolina General Assembly passed the Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act earlier this year. This act places new limits on the […]

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West Bladen Assisted Living Hiring Housekeeping/Maintenance Supervisor Apply in person 714 East Bladen Street Bladenboro NO PHONE CALLS Share:

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By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown restaurant has closed its doors. Diners were greeted with a note thanking them for their support as they attempted to enter Cape Fear Bar-B-Que and Chicken on Wednesday. The restaurant, located at 330 S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown, had been in operation for seven years, according to owner June Massengill. […]

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By Erin Smith As we prepare to welcome in the year 2018, we wanted to pause and reflect on the year 2017. It was a year of triumphs, tragedy, and new beginnings. Below are the top ten news stories our readers found to be most interesting. Our number one news story for 2017 reported on […]

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By Erin Smith A preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board blamed a dirt dauber nest for a crash that ocurred near the Bladenboro airport in November. A dirt dauber is sometimes referred to as a “mud wasp” and is a term used to describe several species of wasps which construct their nests from […]

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Winter has officially arrived!  Very cold for the next week or so. There is much that can be done inside, like preparation for tax season. Time to pay local taxes, due first few days of 2018, and prepare for filing federal taxes, due April 15th.  Will be here before you know it. Have a few dates for […]

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1845 – Ether 1st used in childbirth in US in Jefferson, Georgia. 1892 – Foundation Stone of Cathedral of St. John laid (NYC) 1903 – “Sweet Adeline”, a barbershop quartet favorite, is first sung. 1915 – US Iron and Steel workers begin a 3-week strike in Ohio for a eight-hour-day; they are successful as the […]

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The inclement weather that is expected for Wednesday morning has caused a change in the opening day schedule for the Woodmen Life Christmas Basketball Tournament at West Bladen. The First Flight basketball team will not be able to travel on Wednesday morning and will be unable to play their first round game on Wednesday night. […]

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Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday, which celebrates family and Africa-American heritage. It is celebrated by many from Dec. 26-Jan. 1. Kwanzaa is not a religious holiday, but a time for Africa-American’s reflect and celebrate. Kwanzaa was started in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga to celebrate and honor African culture and to also inspire African-Americans. The seven-day holiday is mainly […]

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The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for Bladen County from 1 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Wednesday, December 27th. Freezing rain is expected to begin overnight and continue into Wednesday morning. Trace amounts of ice are expected to accumulate on elevated surfaces such as bridges, overpasses, vegetation, and signs. Some portions […]

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By Erin Smith Merchants in Bladen County said the Christmas shopping season was a good one overall. Stores reported strong sales in November while sales cooled slightly in December. Ricky Leinwand, owner of Leinwand’s Department Store in Elizabethtown, said, “We’ve been very busy.” He added November sales were up over last year, but December sales […]

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By Erin Smith The owner of a Wilmington boat shop is now facing a murder charge after the victim of a weekend shooting at an abandoned saw mill in Kelly has passed away, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Major Larry Guyton confirmed Allen Blanchard, 34, of Wilmington, who was shot during an altercation […]

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The Elizabethtown Church of God will conduct a Watch Night service on December 31st, beginning at 9 p.m. There will be a foot washing service, communion, food and fellowship.   Share:

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Crime Report

By Erin Smith A second person has been arrested for a breaking and entering that ocurred in Clarkton in August. According to Bladen County court records, Akimas Kendall Rose, 23, of 61 Willow Run Lane, Whiteville, has been arrested. Rose is one of three men who were being sought by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office […]

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By Erin Smith As the New Year of 2018 is looming, we pause to take a look back at the “old year” and all that happened. We decided to take a look back at our Top Ten Crime Stories for 2017. Below are the crime stories you found most interesting during 2017. Our number one […]

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By noreply@blogger.com (Chris Denny) on Dec 24, 2017 06:30 am Matthew 2:1-2 In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have […]

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 By: Joshua Weiss National Weather Service — Wilmington, NC Fire Weather Program Manager CoCoRaHS Regional Coordinator As light rain develops overnight (after midnight), surface temperatures will still be below freezing in a few northern communities across Marlboro, Robeson, Bladen, and Pender counties. Confidence in amounts remains low, so no winter weather advisory was issued yet, and […]

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Hope your Christmas was great! This group of Hesters’ had a great time.  A late, delicious lunch in Smithfield with immediate family, opening gifts, hit a homerun in that department.  Then back to Bladen County for another delicious meal with siblings, then home and ‘worn out’, but so many wonderful memories. For us, that’s about as […]

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1773 – Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia. 1799 – George Washington is eulogized by Colonel Henry Lee as “1st in war, 1st in peace & 1st in the hearts of his countryman” 1811 – A theater fire in Richmond, Virginia kills the Governor of Virginia George William Smith and the president of the First […]

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West Bladen grad Brandon Council finished the season ranked in the Top Ten in pass protection for offensive guards among FBS Division I schools. Council, a 325-pound freshman, started the final eight games of the season for the Akron Zips and ranked seventh in the country for Fewest Pressures Allowed among Guards with 230-plus Snaps […]

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Basketball

Registration is now open for RA/GA and Acteens basketball. There are teams for grades K-3, 4-6, and 7-9. Each church is responsible for their team. Registration ends on December 29th and games begin on Saturday, January 6th. For more information call Connie Holland at 910-862-3496 or Pam Stephens at 910-876-0861. Share:

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Saturday, Dec. 30 is the final day to register for the Lil Knights Baseball League that will begin play in January. Registration fee is $25. Instruction will be led by West Bladen basketball coaches. Click here for information and print registration form. Share:

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East Bladen senior Xavier Wooten was named Sunday to the Wilmington Star News All-Area Football First Team Offense. His teammate, senior lineman Caleb Strait, was named to the Second Team Offense. Wooten rushed for 1,841 yards and 29 touchdowns for an Eagle team that tied for the Three Rivers Conference championship and reached the third round of […]

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I hear the bells Saying Christmas is near They ring out to tell the world That this is the season of cheer I hear a choir Singing sweetly somewhere And a glow fills my heart I’m at peace with the world As the sound of their singing fills the air Oh why can’t every day […]

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1621 – Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony (now in Massachusetts) forbids game playing on Christmas. 1651 – Massachusetts General Court ordered a five shilling fine for “observing any such day as Christmas”. 1809 – Physician Ephraim McDowell performs the first abdominal surgery in the U.S., an ovariotomy to remove a 22 lb. ovarian tumor. […]

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By: Charlotte Smith Bladen County is full of talent. To showcase some of the talent hidden in our rural communities, Bladenboro will host local artists through the month of December. Folk art from some of the best around will be on display for viewing and purchase. But, you can not view it every day in […]

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DHL Supply Chain, a leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, plans to bring 140 jobs to Cumberland County in partnership with Campbell Soup Company, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Together, the companies plan to invest more than $40 million in this project.   “DHL Supply Chain and Campbell chose Cumberland […]

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Today, Gov. Roy Cooper announced three new judicial appointments in districts across North Carolina.   “These North Carolinians bring decades of courtroom experience and dedication to public service to their new appointments,” Gov. Cooper said. “Their legal expertise and commitment to justice make them strong additions to our courts.”   Gov. Cooper has appointed Carlos Janè (pronounced […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Leading civil and human rights organizations joined housing advocates today and sent a letter today to both the Senate Banking Committee and the House Financial Services Committee that stakeholders — now excluded  from current congressional discussions on reforming the nation’s housing system — be expanded to include all voices and perspectives.  Organizations seeking to […]

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Christmas 2017 is just hours away! Today, Christians around the world will be gathering to hear about a babe born in a manger over 2000 years ago. Christmas season is a perfect time to re-connect with family and friends, in person or by Internet (Facebook) or a Christmas Card. Remember when merchants offered free wrapping, seldom […]

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East Bladen senior Caleb Strait has been named to the NC Preps.com Class 2A All-State Football Team. Strait was selected to the team as an offensive lineman. Strait paved the way for the East Bladen ground attack that averaged 36 points per game, 315 yards rushing and 361 yards of total offense.  Defensively, Strait also […]

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1777 – Kiritimati, also called Christmas Island, is discovered by James Cook. 1818 – Christmas carol “Silent Night” composed by Franz Xaver Gruber is first sung at St. Nicholas parish church in Oberndorf. 1851 – Fire devastates US Library of Congress in Washington, destroys 35,000 volumes. 1860 – Joseph Jefferson’s “Rip Van Winkle” premieres in […]

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The East Bladen High School Beta Club accepted 27 new members into their organization. The Town of Bladenboro Board voted to hire a dog warden. 10 bootleggers were arrested by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department in an undercover operation. Bladen County issued over $1,000,000 in building permits for the month. Share:

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Two men from Wilmington were in the Bladen County Detention Center and another man was hospitalized in critical condition Saturday following a shooting at an abandoned lumber mill in Bladen County, Sheriff James McVicker said. David Wayne Gore, 57, has been charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury […]

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Bladen County Released Time is a ministry reaching children in the mother county. Currently, there are about 1,000 students enrolled in Bladen County Released Time. The ministry was founded in 2010 to spread the Good News (gospel) of Jesus Christ and the importance of the family of God to public and private primary and middle […]

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Bladen County Beautiful Magazine By: Erin Smith Farm life in Bladen County is one that is both peaceful but also filled with hard work. As one drives through rural Bladen County, you see cotton fields, corn fields, tobacco, soy beans, blueberries, cattle, and more. Growing up on a farm is something that many Bladen County […]

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Not new news, but worth repeating!  Kiplinger Personal Finance has ranked UNC #1 on a list of best values in public universities and NC State is #10.  In a separate list, by Kiplinger, Duke University was ranked third-best value in private universities and Davidson College ranked as the top value in liberal arts colleges. Down […]

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Senior Brooks McGill who led East Bladen to the Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer championship has been named to the Wilmington Star News All-Area Boys Soccer Second Team. McGill, the Three Rivers Conference Player of the Year, topped the league in goals (32) and assists (39) as East Bladen posted a 14-0 league record and […]

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1776 – Continental Congress negotiates a war loan of $181,500 from France. 1823 – “Visit from St. Nicholas” by C Moore published in Troy (NY) Sentinel. 1863 – Union General Ben “Beast” Butler is proclaimed a “felon, outlaw & common enemy of mankind” by Jefferson Davis. 1907 – 1st all-steel passenger railroad coach completed, Altoona, […]

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While Erin and Charlotte were helping prepare for Christmas Paul Alan Smith lead the Jokes & Quotes video this week. View Paul’s polar pal, puns and more. Please like and subscribe. Share:

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted November unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, increasing 0.2 of a percentage point from October’s revised rate.  The national rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent. North Carolina’s November 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.9 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 3,262 over the […]

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Elizabethtown – The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church family is presenting their 2017 Gospel Extravaganza December 31, 2017 at 10 p.m.  Those involved are celebrity “look-alikes” such as BeBe & CeCe Winans, Kiera Sheard, Byron Cage, Shawn Jones & The Believers, Tremaine Hawkins, and many more. Pastor Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin will provide a sermonizing message.  Baldwin Branch is bringing in […]

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It has become the solemnly sad responsibility of the Majestic Servants of Service, to advise everyone that Mrs. Angela Autry Whitaker entered into her Masters’ joy, early Monday morning at UNC Healthcare in Chapel Hill, NC. Angela’s family has reserved Friday and Saturday as the days to celebrate her life. Commencing on Friday from 6pm to 9pm in the main chapel on the campus of […]

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Mrs. Hattie Wells (Hicks) Bullock, 94, formerly of Manson, Warren County, North Carolina died Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Hannah’s Heart Assisted Living of Clinton, MD. ​ She traded her earthly home for a heavenly one.  Born on April 1, 1923, in Warren County, NC, to the late Alexander Hicks and Annie Plummer Hicks. Hattie Bullock was steadfast […]

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NC DOT

RALEIGH –  With Christmas coming and millions of travelers going to visit loved ones, the N.C. Department of Transportation is suspending most road construction projects on major routes to help make your trip smoother. Nearly all projects are now on hold through Tuesday, Jan. 2, with these exceptions: U.S. 158 in Dare County; U.S. 64 Business in […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at 6 p.m. regarding Tax Matters. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room on the lower level of the Courthouse. Ray Britt, Chairman Bladen County Board of Commissioners Share:

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Commissioners will conduct a public hearing on Tuesday, January 2nd, for the  Community Development Block Grant’s Small Business and Entrepreneurial Assistance Grant Program grant No. 11-C-2332 in the amount $250,000. The purpose of the hearing is to close out the grant and to review the budget and activities which […]

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Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer released the statement below following President Donald Trump signing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) into law: “Today is truly historic.  For far too long, individuals, families and businesses have been burdened by an outdated and unfair tax code that has been a drag on our economy and […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the Senate unanimously passed the Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) that modifies the implementation of two upcoming regulations that would have passed on new costs to millions of American consumers if left unchanged. There are currently two efficiency […]

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