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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER ON IRAN PROTESTS:  U.S. PROVIDES MORAL CLARITY FOR THOSE SEEKING FREEDOM

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 freedom.  I speak every summer at a major rally in Paris for those who are seeking freedom and regime change.    “We need to stand strong. The United States provides moral clarity for those seeking freedom throughout the world.  That’s so important.  They need to hear from us.  They want to hear from us.  It …..

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Vineyard Golf Closes For Week Due To Freezing Weather

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, January 7. A Happy New Year to everyone from the management and staff of Vineyard Golf. Share:

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Gov. Cooper Takes Action to Keep Home Heating Fuels Available Amid Freezing Temperatures

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 it easier to get heating fuels into North Carolina for those who need it.” Restrictions Lifted to Keep Home Heating Fuels Flowing to NC  Today, Gov. Cooper signed Executive Order No. 30, declaring a state of emergency to temporarily waive the cap on maximum hours of service restrictions for fuel vehicles traveling in and through North Carolina. Several additional …..

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Fees for DMV Hearings to begin in January

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 notify eligible customers by mail on how to request a hearing, applicable fees and deadlines for submitting a request. Most hearings will be scheduled when the request is submitted in writing and the fees are paid in full. A waiver of fees is available for applicants who meet certain household income criteria. For more information …..

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Don’t drink and drive, call a ride

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 readers Bladen County does have taxi services available too. There are two taxi services we are aware of ready and waiting to give folks safe transportation today and tomorrow. You can reach Big Daddy’s Taxi Service at 910-874-3341 and Elizabethtown Taxi Service at 910-625-6749. Stay safe and have a happy, healthy and prosperous new year! …..

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Party recipes for the new year

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 10–12 oz. glass with ice cubes 2 oz. orange juice 1 oz. lemon juice 1 oz. flavored syrup Fill with club soda. Garnish with an orange slice or a cherry. Mai Tai 1/2 cup pineapple juice 1/4 cup orange juice 1/4 cup club soda 1 tbsp. cream of coconut 1 tbsp. grenadine syrup In a …..

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Weather forecast for last night in 2017

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 teens across NC, low 20s in SC, by daybreak Monday with wind chill values as low as 5-10 degrees. While we are focusing on New Year’s Eve since many people are likely to be outside, this will mark just the beginning of what will be an extended arctic outbreak. Temperatures through at least next weekend will remain …..

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Holiday warning from Tar Heel Fire Department

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 18,500 fires per year, including 1,300 structure fires, 300 vehicle fires, and 16,900 outside and other fires? These fires caused an average of three deaths, 40 civilian injuries, and an average of $43 million in direct property damage. In 2015, U.S. hospital emergency rooms treated an estimated 11,900 people for fireworks related injuries; 51% of …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

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 seem to always update as needed to assist us in keeping up with all the changes. The latest technology I am dealing with is an Echo, talking whatever!!!! I keep asking Alexa questions and there is no response, but there will be. Water pipes wrapped, and faucets going drip-drip?  Hope it works, Plumbers should be busy over the next week …..

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Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

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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This Day in History for December 31

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. 1862 – Union ironclad ship “Monitor” sand off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. 1890 – Ellis Island (NYC) opens as a US immigration depot. 1904 – First New Year’s Eve celebration held in Times Square (then Longacre Square), in New York City. 1907 – For 1st time a ball drops at Times Square to signal the …..

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Top 2017 Sports Stories by Page Views

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 will be more than just a single article but more of a performance over time such as a season. The number on the left is the number of page views for that article. 1,947: Coach Robby Priest named TRC co-coach of the year https://bladenonline.com/coach-robby-priest-named-trc-co-coach-of-the-year/ 1,862: Football: West Bladen 49, West Columbus 28 https://bladenonline.com/football-west-bladen-49-west-columbus-28/ 1,633: Three …..

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Dean Hilton explains needs to reach children with Bladen County Released Time

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 spread the gospel. Hilton explained the non-profit has put together some sponsorship programs. Businesses may help support the non-profit as a tax write off with different levels of donations. Businesses sponsoring Bladen County Released Time at certain levels will receive advertising and most of all blessings for spreading the good news. Individuals may also sponsor a child …..

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Planning a safe holiday party

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 can be overlooked in all of the frenzy. Perhaps your most important responsibility as host for a party or gathering where alcohol is involved is to take steps to ensure your guests’ safety both during and after the celebration. Drinking and driving is an all too familiar and tragic combination. More people are on the …..

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Temps drop in Garland

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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Farm Service Agency – A Vital Source of Assistance to America’s Farmers and Ranchers

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 Secretary for the Farm Production and Conservation mission area. “The ‘safety net’ provided in the 2014 Farm Bill has helped producers withstand economic losses as well as losses resulting from natural disasters. Loans for operating expenses, farm purchases and other purposes help current producers stay in business and allow a new generation of farmers and …..

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Food Lion Recalls Food Lion Brand Buttermilk Homestyle Biscuits

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 measure after T. Marzetti Company, the manufacturer of the product, has indicated a possible contamination issue with Listeria monocytogenes at one of its plants. Food Lion has removed all affected product from its shelves and urges customers to return the product to their local Food Lion store for a full refund. Customers may also contact …..

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Next step in NC Opioid Action Plan takes place in new year

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 to increased addiction and unintentional overdose deaths. Nearly four people die every day from opioid overdose in North Carolina. Opioid-related deaths have risen from fewer than 200 in 1999 to 1,384 in 2016. “Smarter, safer prescribing is one tool among many that we’re deploying to combat the opioid crisis,” said Governor Cooper. “Setting initial limits …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

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 more recent that others and one retired recently, after 40 + years and begins a new position next week.  All (total of 5) are talking about a get-together, soon.  Talk is easy, hope we can ‘put legs to it.’  Must work around doctor appointments, it’s what happens as we age. Speaking of retirement, someone sent info …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament: East Bladen 75, First Flight 63

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 a rebound then hit two free throws, and junior Keshaun Davis drove for a lay-up and a 65-58 East lead. Bowen turned a feed from junior Pierce Melvin into a lay-up and a 67-59 lead, but Nighthawk sharp-shooter Dylan Blake drained a long 3-pointer and tacked on a free throw to slice the margin to …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament Results

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 65, Whiteville 51 West Bladen 64, Dillon, SC 59 Share:

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This Day in History for December 30

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 in American history. 1907 – Abraham Mills’ commission declares Abner Doubleday invented baseball. 1918 – John E. Hoover, First Director of the FBI, decides to be called J. Edgar Hoover. 1929 – Cole Porter’s musical “Wake Up & Dream” premieres in NYC. 1936 – United Auto Workers stage 1st sit-down strike, at Fisher Body Plant. …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament: South Brunswick 82, West Bladen 48

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 7-0 Cougar lead. Senior Scott Bowen drilled in a 3-point shot, and freshman Shyron Adams drained a 3-pointer to pull West within 7-6. Another McKenney 3-ball and a pair of baskets by Andrew Mosley pushed the South lead to 14-6. Back came the Knights as senior Jimmy Williams scooped in a lay-up that resulted in …..

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Final jokes and quotes for 2017

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 resident earns HEELprint Achievement Award

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 and Leadership, and Krista L. Prince, UNC Department of Housing and Residential Education, who is Miss Hall’s employer.  Share:

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Coffee Talk support group meeting

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 Shop located at 162 S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown.  The next meeting is Tuesday, January 16, 2017. Share:

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New rules for opioids proposed for workers compensation claims

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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 law earlier in 2017 authorizing the Commission to set guidelines and rules which are consistent with state laws for the use of opioids for treatment for pain. The North Carolina Industrial Commission established their own Opioid Task Force to study the opioid epidemic and make recommendations to the commission regarding the new rules. The proposed …..

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Fayetteville PD seeking whereabouts of missing teens

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 120 pounds. There was no clothing description available. Anyone with information should call 911; Detective T. Huggins with the Fayetteville Police Department at 910-303-5470 or Crimestoppers at 910-483-8477. Diego Guinea-Penate, who is 16 years old, has been missing since December 22nd. He was last seen on Hoke Loop Road. He is 5 -foot, 7 inches …..

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Cape Fear Mini Storage Auction

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 sale (cash, credit/debit card); (2) be responsible for security of items located in unit after purchase; and (3) remove all items from purchased unit on day of sale by close of business (5:00 p.m.). Share:

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National retailer issues recall of children’s makeup kits

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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 Carolina. The mother was concerned about the ingredients in her child’s makeup kit. According to reports, testing at the lab found traces of asbestos in the makeup. Claire’s issued a statement on their website regarding the recall. The company’s statement says they will be performing their own investigation into the matter. The company is also …..

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Sampson County woman loses life in house fire

  • 12/29/2017
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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 assist in extinguishing the blaze. Authorities did say fighting the fire was made more difficult as the house was wood frame and covered in vinyl siding. Share:

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USDA

USDA Announces No Actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

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 forecasts. Federal law allows sugar processors to obtain loans from USDA with maturities of up to nine months when the sugarcane or sugar beet harvest begins. Upon loan maturity, the sugar processor may repay the loan in full or forfeit the collateral (sugar) to USDA to satisfy the loan. The Feedstock Flexibility Program was reauthorized …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

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 numerous others over the years.  Very true today, and will be applicable for several more days, if the weather folks are correct.  Yesterday was brutal. Discovered a quote by one of America’s greatest! “The Seven Habits of Happy People”, a tweet by Warren Buffett; 1) Don’t show off 2) Talk less 3) Learn daily 4) Help less …..

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This Day in History for December 29

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. 1913 – 1st movie serial “Adventures of Kathlyn” premieres in Chicago. 1933 – “Sons of the Desert” film directed by William A. Seiter starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy is released. 1948 – US State Department announces work on placing objects into Earth orbit. 1955 – Barbra Streisand’s 1st recording “You’ll Never Know” at age …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament: East Bladen 62, Whiteville 50

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 surge that tied the game 44-44 with 3:42 remaining then answered with a 17-2 run of their own. “It was a long time coming,” said East Bladen Coach Kenzil McCall. “It was the first time this season that we have had the lead late, and we had to learn how to handle it.” Avery hooked …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament: Scotland 74, West Bladen 60

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 an early 9-2 lead. Isaiah Bostick’s dunk made it 11-4, after sophmore Trashawn Ballard popped in a 12-footer for West. Senior Scott Bowen buried a 3-pointer from the left wing to ignite a 10-3 Knight run. Senior Jonathan Robinson connected on a follow shot and 2 free throws, senior Gerardo Reyes hit a free throw, …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for the New Years weekend in Bladen County

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 the fee of $30 per person and attire is dressy casual. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served along with a Champagne toast at midnight. DJ Brian Evans will be playing a variety of music for the event. At 11 a.m. the Purdie UMC will be having a Moravian Lovefeast. There will be singing, juice and bread, along with …..

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Kimberly Grande Named Executive Director of the Inmate Grievance and Resolution Board

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 to the department of public safety,” said Secretary Hooks.  “Her impeccable record on appellate matters proves she is an adept counsel, who will serve the grievance board well,” said Hooks. As executive director of the grievance and resolution board, Grande will advise the grievance board in its management of the state’s administrative remedy procedures which …..

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Gore Marine owner now charged with second degree murder

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 and Allard, LLP law firm in Wilmington, was given a $100,000 bond.  The District Attorney’s Office had originally requested a bond amount of $750,000. Gore, who is the owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, is charged with the shooting death of Allen Blanchard, 34, also of Wilmington. According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Gore …..

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Opioid epidemic still claiming lives

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 (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. That is down slightly compared to a rate of 118.3 percent in 2015. The county’s prescription rate for opioids in 2014 was 114.8 percent. In 2016, Bladen County reported four opioid-related deaths which is down slightly from five deaths reported in 2015 and seven deaths reported in 2014. “I wish it …..

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New Year’s schedules announced by Bladen County offices, agencies

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 operating schedule on Tuesday, January 2. North Carolina state offices, courts and county and municipal government offices will be closed for the New Year’s holiday Monday, January 1.  They will re-open for business on Tuesday, January 2. All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed on Monday, January 1, in observance of New …..

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John J. Johnson

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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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

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 life-support. Today, Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and Target are a few of today’s leaders. With that thought in mind, been thinking about big and small employers in Bladen County that are no more.  N.C. Rural Center posted information several months, maybe years ago, that Bladen lost over 1,000 jobs between 2002 and 2006. Remember Westpoint Pepperill, …..

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This Day in History for December 28

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 of US founded (becomes NCAA in 1910) 1912 – 1st municipally owned streetcars take to the streets in San Francisco, California as SF Municipal Railway starts operation at Geary St. (Muni) 1923 – George Bernard Shaw’s “St Joan” premieres in NYC. 1928 – Louis Armstrong makes recording of “West End Blues” 1945 – Congress officially …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament: West Bladen 64, Dillon, SC 59

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 the Wildcats a 57-52 lead with 4:10 left to play, but Knight junior Drew Harris put back a rebound and senior Gerardo Reyes stole the ball and made 2 free throws to trim the margin to 57-56. Junior Keshawn Lewis spun down the lane for a lay-up and a 58-57 West lead with 3:14 remaining. …..

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Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament: Clinton 75, East Bladen 37

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 early 12-2 lead. Freshman center Javant McDowell dropped in a pair of follow-shots and a lay-up to keep East Bladen within 29-8 at the quarter break. Three-point baskets by Hampton Brock and Carson Ellis helped the Dark Horses pad their lead to 43-17 at halftime. Byron Bowen scored on a lay-up, put back a rebound …..

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West Bladen Knights Win One For Player’s Mom

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 team has been through so much this season with about five players having family members either really sick or passing away, but tonight it was all for her.” Sebrina Grimes, the mother of West Bladen center Drew Harris, had bought a purple shirt recently with ‘Drew’s Mom’ and his number ’00’ spelled out on the …..

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Crime Report

Tabor City store reports armed robbery

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 cashier and demanded money. All three men were reported to be wearing gray hoodies that covered their faces and fled the scene on foot with money obtained from the cash register. The incident is under investigation. Share:

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Opioid prescription limits set for January 1

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 length of time doctors can prescribe for certain drugs. According to the North Carolina Medical Board, the STOP Act prevents doctors from prescribing pain killers for more than five days for pain for such things as surgical procedures or automobile accidents. Doctors can prescribe refills, however, as they deem appropriate for their patients. The STOP …..

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Elizabethtown restaurant closing its doors

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. She said the lease on the building is coming to a close at the end of 2017 and, after much thought, the decision was made to close the Elizabethtown location. Customers can still obtain fresh barbecued pork and other local favorites at the Fayetteville restaurant located at 523 Grove Street. “We still have the Fayetteville …..

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Top 10 News Stories of 2017

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 the closure of an iconic restaurant in our county. One of Bladen’s most popular restaurants closed until further notice. No. 2. Clarkton house fire claims life of one. This story told of a tragic loss suffered by one Bladen County family. No. 3. Fake news about White Lake, NC. The internet has been awash in …..

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Preliminary report blames airplane crash on dirt dauber

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 mud.   You can read the report in its entirety here. According to the preliminary report, the pilot, Robert Hester (not the Robert Hester affiliated with BladenOnline.com) said after taking off in his 1969 Piper PA28-140 from the Bladenboro Airport, he circled around and experienced a loss of engine power. Hester attempted to turn on the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

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 the upcoming elections cycle. February 2 – 28, 2018    Filing season for General Election May 8, 2018   Primary date November 6, 2018  General Election Locally, 3 County Commissioners seats to be voted on.  Current office holders: District 1    Arthur Bullock District 2    Charles Ray Peterson District 3    Russell Priest Board of Education  (6 seats) …..

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This Day in History for December 27

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 US needs steel for armaments. 1926 – Depot Square in Bronx renamed Botanical Square. 1927 – Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s “Show Boat” premieres in New York City. 1932 – Radio City Music Hall opens in New York City. 1937 – Mae West performs Adam & Eve skit that gets her banned from NBC …..

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Schedule Change For Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament

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. Wednesday’s schedule has been changed to only three games with First Flight and Scotland waiting until Thursday to play their initial games in the tournament. First Flight will play at 4 p.m. Thursday against the West Bladen/Dillon loser, while Scotland will play at 8 p.m. Thursday against the West Bladen/Dillon winner. Wednesday’s schedule follows: 4 …..

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Kwanzaa celebrations begin

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 celebrated in the United States according history.com. There are approximately 18 million people who celebrate Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa comes from the Swahili phrase Matunda ya Kwanzaa  meaning “Frist fruits of the harvest” Kwanzaa celebrations often include African dances, drums, storytelling and poetry. A big feast is held on December 31st during Kwanzaa. There are seven colored …..

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Winter Weather Advisory issued for Bladen County

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 of Bladen County could see as much as one-tenth of an inch of ice. Motorists are urged to use extreme caution when traveling Wednesday morning. Even small amounts of accumulating ice could make roads dangerous, according to the National Weather Service. For the latest road information you can go to NC Department of Transportation’s Travel …..

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Retailers ring up Christmas holiday sales

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 are expected to be down slightly. Leinwand said his store has been very busy since November 1st. He added, that in addition to sales in the store, they also participated in such events as Candy Cane Lane and the Holiday Fair. “We’re thankful and we’re very pleased with our business,” said Leinwand. He added that …..

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Wilmington boat shop owner now facing murder charge

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 at the former Squires Timber Saw Mill, which was located on NC 210, died on Monday. Major Guyton said an autopsy, which was originally scheduled for today (Tuesday, December 26th), has been postponed until Wednesday. David Wayne Gore, 57, of Wilmington, was arrested on Saturday and charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent …..

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Crime Report

Second man arrested for Clarkton break-in

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 for a breaking and entering that ocurred on West Graham Street in Clarkton in August. Rose is facing charges of one count each of felony breaking and entering, felony larceny after breaking and entering, felony possession of stolen goods, and felony assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill. He is scheduled to appear …..

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A look back at 2017’s Top Ten Crime Stories

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 most viewed crime story was Bladen County teacher charged with sex crime. The story outlines the charges against a former West Bladen High School Science teacher of having sex with a student. No. 2. Many of you were still interested in our story Be Aware! Kirby Van is not trying to sell vacuums from March …..

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From the Star to the Cross

  • 12/26/2017
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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 come to pay him homage.” Lord, the Star shines Brightly, Brilliantly, Guiding, Inspiring, Twinkling, Beckoning me to follow. “Star of Wonder, Star of night Star with royal beauty bright, Westward leading, Still proceeding Guide us to Thy Perfect Light.” The Magi followed that star to meet the Christ child, the King of the Jews. This …..

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Freezing rain for Bladen County

 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 this will be addressed by the incoming day shift, but the potential exists for a few hundredths of an inch of freezing rain late tonight into Wednesday morning. With soil temperatures still near 50, accretion would likely be limited to bridges/overpasses, sidewalks, and other elevated surfaces.  Here’s the latest weekly weather outlook, a potential for freezing rain is on …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

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 good as it gets.  Five siblings, all but one attended and she is usually with us, but family issues kept her in western Virginia.  (One of two sons is in the Navy and a short holiday for him made further travel nearly impossible.  They were missed.) So, how about you?  Hopefully, good as well.  The only …..

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This Day in History for December 26

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 National Bank of Virginia Abraham B. Venable. 1848 – 1st gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to San Francisco. 1854 – Wood-pulp paper 1st exhibited, Buffalo. 1878 – 1st US store to install electric lights, Philadelphia. 1908 – Jack Johnson TKOs Tommy Burns in 14 rounds for heavyweight boxing title, becomes 1st black heavyweight …..

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Brandon Council Top Ten in Pass Protection

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 in Pass Protection. The Tar Heel native allowed the Akron quarterback to be pressured only 3 times on a total of 263 pass block snaps. The Zips finished 7-7 on the season after their loss in the Boca Raton Bowl. Share:

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Xavier Wooten & Caleb Strait Named Star News All-Area Football

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 the Class 2A State Play-offs. In the Eagles opening round play-off win over James Kenan, Wooten rushed for 251 yards, then piled up 309 yards rushing and scored six touchdowns in a second round victory over Greene Central. The Eagle senior who also received All-Conference honors rushed for over 100 yards in nine games. Strait …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

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 be like Christmas Why can’t that feeling go on endlessly For it everyday could be just like Christmas What a wonderful world this would be I hear a child Telling Santa what to bring And a smile upon his tiny face Is worth more to me than anything Oh why can’t every day be like …..

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This Day in History for December 25

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. 1818 – 1st known Christmas carol (“Silent Night, Holy Night”) – “Stille Nacht, Helige Nacht) sung (Austria). 1868 – Despite bitter opposition, US President Andrew Johnson grants unconditional pardon to all persons involved in Southern rebellion (Civil War). 1896 – “Stars & Stripes Forever” written by John Phillip Sousa. 1914 – Legendary “Christmas Truce” takes …..

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Folk art in Bladenboro

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 December. The doors to the Bladenboro Historical Building holding the treasures will only be open every Saturday and Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m through this month. If you would like to purchase something unique, or take your family on a trip they will not soon forget, visit the art display today! The building …..

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140 new jobs in Cumberland County

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 County for its skilled workforce, proximity to major transportation hubs, and favorable business climate,” Gov. Cooper said. “I’m proud to welcome them to North Carolina.”   DHL Supply Chain is partnering with Campbell to develop a distribution network of four centers across the country. Campbell plans to construct a 627,000 square-foot distribution facility with the …..

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Gov. Cooper Announces Judicial Appointments in Three Districts

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 HA – nay) as a District Court Judge in District 22B, serving Davidson and Davie counties. He replaces Judge J. Rodwell Penry, Jr., who retired from District 22B earlier this year.   Janè has worked as an attorney in private practice for nearly 20 years, specializing in criminal, civil, and juvenile law. He previously served as …..

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Civil Rights, Housing Advocates Say Protect Access and Affordability in GSE Reform

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 advise the congressional committees are: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, National Coalition for Asian-Pacific American Community Development, Center for Responsible Lending, National Fair Housing Alliance, NAACP, UNIDOS USA, National Urban League, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights.  The top policy concern of the organizations is to preserve the current system’s access …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

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 hear that today, understandable, Amazon and others have changed the landscape. However, some of our local merchants still offer free wrapping. When I turned my computer on this AM, first thing I saw was Google’s Santa Tracker.  What we have heard about over the years, now we can follow a Jolly Old St. Nick, his reindeer and …..

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Caleb Strait Named All-State Football

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 made 31 tackles and had a fumble recovery as East Bladen reached the third round of the Class 2A play-offs with a 12-2 record. The Eagle senior was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl game where he started at offensive guard for the winning North Carolina team. Strait was also named to the All-Three …..

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This Day in History for December 24

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 NYC. 1889 – Daniel Stover & William Hance patent bicycle with back pedal brake. 1893 – Henry Ford completes his first useful petrol/gasoline fuelled engine. 1901 – Private companies allowed to use the word “postcard” in the US. Previously, they were labeled “Private Mailing Cards” and known as “souvenir cards” 1912 – Irving Fisher patents …..

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Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

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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2 Wilmington men arrested after shooting at abandoned lumber mill

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 and is being held under a $100,000 bond. Ryan Ciro Thau, 33, who was not injured in the incident, has been charged with felonious larceny and is being held under a $5,000 bond, according to a news release from McVicker. Allen W. Blanchard, 34, also from Wilmington, was airlifted from the scene to New Hanover …..

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Bladen County Released Time: Best Christmas gift you can give

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 school students during the school day in Bladen County so lives can be changed. Barbara Knight a volunteer with the non-profit sat down with Charlotte Smith with BladenOnline.com to talk about the importance of the local ministry. Knight explained through prayers and the many dedicated volunteers Bladen County Released Time has already made a positive …..

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Bladen County Beautiful Magazine: Farm Life

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 residents have had the privilege of doing.  Fleta Harrelson, Elaine Steinbeck and her brother, Robert Regan took time to talk about growing up their family’s farm located on Harrelson Road near Clarkton. The farm was registered in September 1989 as family farm dating 100 or more years in age, according to Steinbeck.  Robert Regan recalled …..

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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 to a very few hours remaining for Christmas shoppers, and for some, just beginning.  Worked with a lawyer friend (out of town) for 25 years who began his shopping late Christmas Eve, every year.  He was looking for bargains, was willing to deal with other last minute shoppers and declared he paid about half price for …..

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Brooks McGill Named All-Area Boys Soccer

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 21-2 overall mark. A 4-year starter, McGill set an all-time career scoring record at East Bladen with 79 goals and paced the Eagles to 144 goals this season – a team total that was fifth best in the state and seventh best in the country. McGill is a 3-time first team All-Conference selection and 2-time …..

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This Day in History for December 23

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, Pa. 1913 – US President Woodrow Wilson signs Federal Reserve Act into law. 1919 – Alice H. Parker patents gas heating furnace. 1928 – NBC sets up a permanent, coast-to-coast radio network. 1938 – Margaret Hamilton’s costume catches fire in filming of “The Wizard of Oz” 1943 – 1st telecast of a complete opera (Hansel …..

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Christmas Jokes and Quotes

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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North Carolina’s November Employment Figures Released 

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 month to 4,739,461 and increased 81,649 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 9,654 over the month to 213,437 and decreased 41,228 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 2,900 to 4,446,500 in November.  The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases were …..

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Baldwin Branch Presents 2017 Gospel Extravaganza

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 the new year with praise, laughter and expectation.  The church is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South; Elizabethtown NC.     Share:

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Mrs. Angela Autry Whitaker

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 Majestic Funeral Establishment, family and friends may gather to reminisce on lasting memories while visiting with Angela. The events will climax on Saturday at 2pm, with a Triumphant Farewell Celebration at Greater St. Matthews Holiness Church in Garland. Following the formalities in the beautiful edifice of God, Mrs. Whitaker’s delicate temple along with her adored family, will be …..

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Hattie Wells “Hicks” Bullock

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 in her faith, devoted to her family, faithful to her church, loyal to her friends, and captivated by her grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Hattie was educated in the Warren County public school system.  She never worked outside the home but partnered with her husband, the late Robert A. Bullock, in the running of a family farm and …..

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Holiday Travel and Wilmington Bypass Opening

  • 12/22/2017
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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 Nash County; I-85 in Vance and Warren counties; I-85 Business in Davidson County; I-40 Business in Forsyth County; U.S. 70 in Catawba County; and U.S. 441 Business in Macon County Additionally, a rock slide has closed N.C. 28 in Graham County about 13 miles from the Tennessee border. The area will have to be cleared, …..

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Commissioners to hold special meeting

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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Commissioners to conduct hearing on grant

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 were accomplished with this grant. Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess said the grant funds were utilized for the Carroll Poultry project in Bladenboro. “The County and Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial applied for the grant,” said Heustess. He explained Bladen’s Bloomin’ used $235,000 to purchase an industrial boiler, a large air  compressor, an electrical panel …..

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President signs historic tax cuts and reform legislation into law

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 has penalized hard work,” said Rep. David Rouzer.  “I applaud President Trump for signing this tax relief and reform bill into law so that hardworking taxpayers will finally have a tax code that respects the challenges they face and will deliver the relief they so richly deserve.  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will lower taxes and …..

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Senate Unanimously Passes Tillis & Heinrich Bill To Help American Consumers By Modifying Product Regulations

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 requirement regulations on ceiling fans that will begin enforcement one year apart from each other: light bulbs in January 2019 and motors in January 2020. These misaligned dates could create a significant problem for the industry when multiplied over thousands of stores, supply chain lead times, redundant employee work hours, and the transition of inventory. …..

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