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This Day in History – December 16

1835 – Fire consumes over 600 buildings in NYC. 1897 – 1st submarine with an internal combustion engine demonstrated. 1903 – Majestic Theater, NYC, becomes 1st in US to employ women ushers. 1905 – “Variety” covering all phases of show business, 1st business. 1912 – 1st US postage stamp picturing an airplane, 20 cent parcel post, issued. 1924 – Hiram Bingham is elected as a Republican to serve in the U.S. Senate forcing him to resign as Governor of Connecticut after serving only one day in office, the shortest term of any Connecticut Governor. 1930 – Golfer Bobby Jones wins James E. Sullivan Award. 1937 – Theodore Cold and Ralph …..

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Partnering to end Opioid Abuse

The Opioid Epidemic has been on the top of a lot of folks mind. Bladen County has a special task force in place to help put an end to the heartbreaking issues of opioid abuse. A lot of young opioid abusers report their addictions started while they were school age. To help combat the issue with the student population, Bladen County Sheriff’s Detective Allen shared opioid and drug abuse information with the Bladen County School’s superintendent and the district administrators during a leadership meeting this week. The Opioid Task Force collaborates with many community stakeholders. Their next meeting is in January. Share:

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East Bladen High School

Boys Basketball : Fairmont 70, East Bladen 57

ELIZABETHTOWN – Fairmont remained undefeated in Three Rivers Conference boys basketball action with a 70-57 victory over East Bladen Friday night. Senior Nalijha Pittman dropped in a pair of first quarter baskets as the Tornadoes built a 14-9 lead. Eagle senior Adonis Avery nailed a 3-point shot and netted two free throws in the period. Senior Derrick Arnette threw in a 3-point shot and a 2-point basket in the second quarter, and Javon Morris popped in 2 baskets and a free throw as the Tornadoes took a 35-24 halftime lead. Avery and center Robert Cooley pumped in 2 baskets each for the Eagles in the second quarter. Senior Sincere Smith …..

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Elizabethtown Police Department brings joy

Families First in Elizabethtown is a place where domestic violence victims can turn to in a time of need. The local Families First office received a special delivery. Elizabethtown Police Department’s Lieutenant Cheshire, Officer Avant and Lieutenant McMichael delivered bicycles to Families First this week. On the Elizabethtown Police Department’s Facebook page, they say they made the donation, “to help bring a little joy this Christmas.” Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The parades are over, shopping is underway, church cantatas are planned (many his weekend) all in preparation for the arrival of Christmas Day. For most, a huge celebration, for others a stressful time.  A good time to reach out and help those strugglin’ individuals and those working for organizations that do good work. I attended a meeting recently where David Chesnutt, leader of Southeastern Carolina Crossroads was the speaker, the folks that work with addicted males, those on drugs and alcohol. He spoke about what was going on at the camp, about their needs.  Providing meals and $s for other needs, example, utilities, etc.  It’s an expensive project, but worth every dime.  They are a Christian based organization and not eligible …..

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Boys Basketball: Whiteville 81, West Bladen 54

DUBLIN – Whiteville raced to a 20-9 first quarter lead en route to an 81-54 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over West Bladen Friday night. Bradley Pridgen threw in two 3-point shots and a pair of 2-point baskets in the opening period, and teammate Cameron Richardson dropped in four more baskets for the Wolfpack. Senior Scott Bowen drilled in a 3-point shot, and sophmore Tyre Boykin netted a basket for the Knights in the first quarter. Teammates Jimmy Williams and Kerron Baldwin-Washington sank 2 free throws each. Richardson popped in two more baskets in the second quarter, and Cameron Smith bombed in a 3-point shot and another basket as …..

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Girls Basketball: Whiteville 47, West Bladen 44

DUBLIN – Whiteville built a 23-16 halftime lead and held on for a 47-44 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over West Bladen Friday night. Guard Alex Bellamy threw in 8 of her 10 points for Whiteville in the opening quarter. Freshman I’Reonna Johnson hurled in a 3-point shot as the visitors took an 11-6 lead. Sophmore Kasee Singletary and senior Chasitty Lacey dropped in baskets for West Bladen. Marquasia Smith bombed in a 3-point shot and a 2-point basket to keep Whiteville up 23-16 at halftime. Lacey fired in two baskets and two free throws for the Lady Knights in the second period. Breanna McCellon rang up 6 of …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 60, Fairmont 20

ELIZABETHTOWN – The East Bladen duo of junior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson and sophmore Patience Ward combined for 36 points Friday night as the Lady Eagles pounded Fairmont 60-20 in Three Rivers Conference girls basketball action. The Lady Eagles rolled to a 26-4 first quarter lead then rode a 24-5 second period blitz to a 50-9 halftime lead. A running clock shortened the second half. Moore-Peterson topped the East Bladen attack with 21 points, and Ward finished with 15 points, 4 assists and 3 steals. Junior Erica McKoy racked up 9 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Junior Ashley Hardin tossed in 6 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished out 3 assists …..

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JV Boys Basketball: Whiteville 70, West Bladen 29

DUBLIN –Whiteville defeated West Bladen 70-29 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball action. Kendall Johnson threw in a basket and two free throws in the first quarter then tossed in two more baskets in the third period. Johnson finished with a team-high 10 points. Teammate Donovan Stone fired in a pair of third quarter baskets then nailed a 3-point shot in the final quarter to total 7 points in the game. Sophmore Da’shawn Hines scored 3 of his 5 points for West in the second period. WEST BLADEN (29) – Jadecus Register 2, Khalil Lloyd, Ronald Thompson 4, Hasaan Wooten, Donovan Stone 7, Da’shawn Hines 5, Kendall …..

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JV Girls Basketball: Fairmont 42, East Bladen 12

ELIZABETHTOWN – Fairmont raced to a 19-2 lead first quarter lead en route to a 42-12 Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball victory over East Bladen. Shanell McMillan led the East Bladen scoring with 5 points, and Lavada Jackson added 3 points. East Bladen will host St. Pauls Monday at 4 p.m. EAST BLADEN (12) – Lavada Jackson 3, Ja’Majah Brown, Lily Lin, Johanna Parker, Shanell McMillian 5, Heaven Baldwin, Sierra Strickland, Aaniyah Jackson 2, Sara Gargala 2, Carlie West, Lakendra Jones Share:

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Treasury Secretary, Attorney General, Other Experts Endorse Pittenger’s National Security Legislation

WASHINGTON – Two Trump Administration Cabinet officials, a former senior level intelligence official, an influential Chinese watchdog and a major industry stakeholder have announced their support for Congressman Robert Pittenger’s Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA). TREASURY SECRETARY MNUCHIN: “I support the goals of FIRRMA, which will help to ensure that CFIUS has the tools necessary to protect the national security of the United States, while simultaneously maintaining our open investment environment. I stand ready to work with Senators Cornyn, Feinstein, and Burr, Congressman Pittenger, the committees of jurisdiction, and other Members of Congress as this important legislation advances,” said U.S. Department of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. (Secretary Steven Mnuchin, 12/14/2017) …..

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Activities At Vineyard Golf At White Lake

The team of Lenon Fisher, Stacy Owen, Glenn Robertson and Jimmy Davis tied the team of Norgie Hester, Charles DeVane, Mac Porter, Ed Horne and Micky Brisson on the front nine of the Friday Tossup, with the Porter team winning the back nine. Vineyard Golf will close for Christmas at 3 p.m. on Christmas eve and be closed Christmas Day. Vineyard Golf will open for business on December 26. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the staff and management of Vineyard Golf at White Lake. Share:

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Fun Friday jokes and quotes

December is a time of joy and celebration. A local Bladen County student out of school for the holidays is helping spread cheer with BladenOnline.com. Paul Alan Smith has jokes and quotes to tell our viewers during the month of December. View this week’s Fun Friday Jokes & Quotes Video now on our YouTube channel. Previous article: https://bladenonline.com/fun-friday-video/ Share:

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Bladen County Crafters at market

By Erin Smith If you still have not found that perfect Christmas gift, look no further than the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. Craft vendors will be on hand with a variety of items from which you can choose. Vendors offer items such homemade baskets, handmade jewelry, baked goods and more. For more information about the Cape Fear Farmers Market and how you can rent a space, call 910-862-2066. Share:

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Golden Leaf accepting scholarship applications

The Golden LEAF Scholarship applications are now available at CFNC.org/goldenleaf. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, March 1, 2018. A total of 215 awards will be offered to first-time recipients to assist with tuition at participating institutions for the 2018-19 academic year. The awards are valued up to $12,000 ($3,000 per year for up to four years of undergraduate education) for high school seniors and up to $9,000 for community college transfer students from qualifying counties who attend a participating North Carolina campus. Be on the lookout for an upcoming change in the application process. The Golden LEAF Foundation will soon be moving to an online only application process to increase …..

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RBA Viking Cheerleaders bring home awards from national competition

LELAND – The Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) Viking Cheerleaders once again returned victorious from Walt Disney World in Orlando, where they earned three National Championship titles at the 2017 Pop Warner National Cheer and Dance Championships. Six teams attended the national event after solid victories at earlier qualifying competitions in Virginia Beach, Myrtle Beach and Wilmington. The teams are comprised not only of current students from all four of the Roger Bacon Academy community of charter schools, but also of students that have graduated from its managed schools, which offer classes through 8th grade. All six teams placed in the finals culminating in live broadcast on ESPN, November 7th, 2017. …..

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Bladenboro Middle School performs songs of the season

The Bladenboro Middle School 7th grade performed on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, directed by Pamela Bryant. (Principal Randi Harrelson & Asst. Principal Brendan McCarthy). They sang “The Twelve Days of Christmas” and “Joy to the World” to the delight of those in attendance. You can view a video of the performance here. Share:

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Senators Tillis & Coons Statement on Reuters Journalists Arrested in Burma

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, released the following statement about the Reuters journalists who were arrested in Burma on Tuesday: “As co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, we are gravely concerned about the arrests of two Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, in Burma who were writing stories about the crisis in Rakhine State following the military’s brutal crackdown on the Rohingya. We join the U.S. Embassy in Burma in calling for the Burmese government to explain the arrests and allow access to the journalists. Freedom of the press is a fundamental democratic value and critical to …..

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America’s national debt is in the danger zone

By U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger America is in the midst of a serious crisis, and one you won’t hear about on cable news. America’s national debt now exceeds $20 trillion and we are still borrowing $1 million every minute.  Yet, Washington just keeps spending dollars it doesn’t have. Not only is this unsustainable, it’s also very dangerous. The former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, is on record that America’s national debt is our most significant national security threat. And it is easy to see why.  The government is forced to spend 6.5 percent of our annual budget on interest payments.  That is $266 billion in …..

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Sampson County Church destroyed by fire

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By Erin Smith A Sampson County church was destroyed in a fire overnight Wednesday. The Evening Light Holiness Church in Garland was gutted in the fire with only the brick walls remaining. The Garland Fire Department was assisted by units from three different counties. Units from Sampson County included Harrells, Autryville, Taylor’s Bridge, Clinton, Halls, Spivey’s Corner, Roseboro, Salemburg and Turkey fire departments. In addition they were also assisted by Bladen County units from White Lake, Hickory Grove, Ammon, Bay Tree Lakes, and Elizabethtown fire departments and the Magnolia Fire Department in Duplin County. According to reports, the church is more than 100 years old and was located on Airport …..

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Elizabethtown Middle School makes toy donation

By Erin Smith The students at the Elizabethtown Middle School wanted to do something special for Christmas to help children have a special day. It was decided to conduct a toy drive for the Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals. The toys were presented to Bladen County Shrine Club President Donald Melvin and Past President Garrett Smith. The local Shriners will deliver the toys to the Shrine’s Children’s Hospital in time for Christmas. “This just means so much,” said Smith. Both Melvin and Smith thanked the students for the donation. Share:

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State officials: More well testing for GenX

By Erin Smith An information session regarding Chemours and GenX was conducted on Thursday night at the Gray’s Creek High School auditorium in Hope Mills. Several hundred people attended meeting seeking answers regarding contaminated wells and potential health effects. Cries of “shut them down” were heard at various points during the presentations and question and answer session. Officials did state that a third round of well testing will be performed and state officials are performing “spot checks” on wells tested by Chemours after concerns were expressed by members of the public regarding the reliability of testing performed by Chemours. Bladen County Commissioners Chairman Ray Britt, who attended the meeting, said, …..

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SBI Develops New Hand-held Fingerprint Technology

The State Bureau of Investigation has deployed a mobile fingerprint scanning application for local and state law enforcement officers that instantly searches state and national databases for a positive identification. The process is simple. A suspect places his or her finger on a small portable device, about the size of a smartphone and the fingerprints become digitized and sent to the SBI’s Statewide Automated Fingerprint Identification System and to the FBI for a search of their databases for any matches. The Rapid ID System allows law enforcement officers to capture fingerprints remotely using the mobile fingerprint scanner. An officer quickly receives the results of a search on the hand-held device. If a fingerprint …..

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Salemburg Food Bank benefits from donation

Contributed On Thursday evening, Dec 7th, the Sons of Confederate Veterans Mingo Militia Camp 1717 held their annual Christmas Party. Members enjoyed a steak supper with all the trimmings followed with banana pudding chocolate pound cake and coconut cake baked by Mrs. Pat Hulen. After the meal the camp and their families were entertained  by Ms. Kelly Hinson of Jackson Springs as she read “General Lee and Santa Claus” by Louise Clack published by Scuppernong Press of Wake Forest NC. The members brought boxes and bags of food to donate to the Salemburg Food Bank. Mr Woodrow Smith was very grateful for the donation. Commander Hulen stated that as a …..

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Online News & Advertising expands

The Online News & Advertising, LLC (dba: BladenOnline.com) staff are excited as we have launched SoutheasternTimes.com. In our efforts to keep you up to date with all of the latest news that matters to you we are expanding our coverage to include Southeastern North Carolina and Northeastern South Carolina.  “We are really excited to launch SoutheasternTimes.com. Southeastern Times was a local newspaper years ago and such an important part of Bladen County’s history and the community. We wanted to bring it back, but make it broader,” said General Manager Erin Smith. The former owner of the past newspaper Southeastern Times, Norgie Hester, is a contributor for BladenOnline.com. He said, “I think it …..

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Coat donation to Bladen County Schools

Some local children go without a coat during the winter. One local group is working to ensure no child goes without this cold season. Elizabethtown Primary received an unexpected donation. The local school tweeted out, “Big Thank You to The Good News Club for their generous donation of winter coats for our students!” Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

NFL results:  Denver Broncos 25 – Indianapolis Colts 13. Paul R. Brown Academy is sponsoring a fundraiser today in the Fresh Foods (BO’s) parking lot on Popular Street, in Elizabethtown.  Barbecue pork, slaw, baked beans, roll and dessert for $7, 11 AM until….Cost is $7 per plate, donations are welcomed.  Proceeds will be used to repair the gym (formally Bladen Central) on Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown.  See details elsewhere on BladenOnline. And, check our Sports Page.  Read about a recent presentation to Lacey Suggs, former East Bladen athlete.  A full scholarship at UNCW to play basketball.  She was a walk-on (late commitment) and earned it the old timey way….hard work that produced results. Pretty nice Christmas …..

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This Day in History for December 15

1791 – 1st US law school established at University of Pennsylvania. 1854 – 1st street-cleaning machine in US used in Philadelphia. 1902 – German agricultural tariffs are increased. 1933 – Baseball owners agree to ban Sunday doubleheaders until after June 15. 1938 – Groundbreaking begins for Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. 1939 – “Gone With the Wind”, drama film directed by Victor Fleming and starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, premieres in Atlanta (Best Picture 1940, inflation not adjusted highest-grossing film of all time) 1939 – 1st commercial manufacture of nylon yarn in Seaford, Delaware. 1941 – USS Swordfish becomes 1st US sub to sink a Japanese ship. 1942 – …..

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Events for Bladen Residents

By: Dora Brogdon Saturday, Dec 16 ** Tickets for the Gospel Apollo are on sale. The show will begin at 7 p.m. and will be taking place at the Brunswick Missionary Baptist Association. ** From 9 a.m. until noon will be a no-cost business seminar at the Bladen Community College. The seminar will be about The Business Side of Non-Profits and Faith-based Organizations. ** At 10 a.m. join a park ranger at Jones State Lake Park to learn about the geological mysterious of the Carolina Bays. ** The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church will be having a Clothes Closet that will begin at 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. The Food …..

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Pet of the Week: Pepsi

By: Dora Brogdon This week a affectionate 8 month old male by the name of Pepsi was chosen for Pet of the Week. He’s very friendly and loves to love all over those he cares about. This sweet boy deserves a loving family to take him home for Christmas. Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fees for dogs and cats from December 1st through December 29th. The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and …..

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Fifth Annual Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament at West Bladen

West Bladen will host the fifth annual Woodmen Life Christmas Tournament on December 27-29. Teams participating are Whiteville, Clinton, Scotland, East Bladen, Dillon, South Brunswick, First Flight, and West Bladen. West Bladen Coach Travis Pait said, “We are again happy to be hosting this event. The teams joining us this year are really good. This continues to be one of the premiere tournaments in the state. The level of competition will certainly help prepare all of the participants for conference play. Coach Pait continued, “We would like to thank Mr. Jack Yates and Woodmen Life for their participation as title sponsors of this event. Woodmen is such a great organization …..

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East Bladen Hosts Girls Holiday Classic

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles will host their annual East Bladen Holiday Classic on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 20-21. Four varsity girls teams from East Bladen, West Bladen, Wallace-Rose Hill and North Brunswick will participate in the double-header event. The Lady Eagles and Lady Knights will not play each other in the Classic. Three of the teams were in the Holiday Classic last season. Whiteville dropped out since the Bladen teams have joined Whiteville in the Three Rivers Conference. Wallace-Rose Hill has replaced Whiteville in the Classic. Wednesday at 5 p.m. West Bladen will play North Brunswick followed by East Bladen vs. Wallace-Rose Hill at 6:30. Thursday at 5 …..

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Bladen County Athletes Playing in College

Updated: Dec. 15, 2017 Winter sports Lacey Suggs Basketball Sophomore UNC Wilmington East Bladen John Bowen Basketball Freshman Belmont Abbey West Bladen Recent: Scored a team-high 17 points, had 6 rebounds and 2 steals in 27 in the Seahawks’ 74-55 loss at ACC member Pittsburgh on Dec. 9. Suggs is averaging 14.3 points and shooting 53.8 percent through 9 games for UNCW, which is 5-4. Recent: Grabbed 4 defensive rebounds and had a block in 18 minutes in the Crusaders’ 80-66 victory over Southern Wesleyan on Dec. 9. Belmont Abey is 6-5 overall and 2-1 in Conference Carolinas. Bowen is averaging 5.4 points and 3.5 rebounds in 10 games. Next: …..

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Rotarians serve families of Families First, Inc.

The members of the Elizabethtown Rotary Club love serving in their communities. The Rotarians wanted to find a way to make Christmas better this year for families being served by Families First, Inc. Rotary Club Service Chairman Michael Leinwand and President Anne Beyer shopped for gifts, including two bicycles, which were presented to Families First’s Marjorie Lewis on Wednesday afternoon at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. Lewis visited with the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday during their annual holiday social. Lewis addressed the Rotarians and shared her own story as a survivor of domestic violence. “My mother and father told me not to marry him (her fiancé),” said Lewis. She …..

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Salvation Army makes Christmas toy delivery

By Erin Smith Christmas will be a little brighter this year for some Bladen County families after the Salvation Army made a delivery of toys and bicycles on Thursday morning. Families began gathering before 8 a.m. in the cold to ensure a spot in line to receive their gifts. This year, 96 families received assistance from the Salvation Army. Marjorie Lewis, with Families First, Inc. said, “We’ve been doing this for six or seven years. We opened our building up for their clients to come in and sign up and then we opened our building up today for the delivery.” Lewis said about six or seven years ago the Salvation …..

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Bladen GOP to have Christmas gathering

The Bladen County GOP will conduct their annual Christmas gathering on Monday, December 18th, between 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. at San Jose in Elizabethtown.  There will be hors d’oeuvres, drinks and a cash bar.   Share:

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Tillis Chairs Hearing on Traumatic Brain Injury/Concussions in Service members

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Personnel, held a hearing to receive testimony updating the subcommittee on research, diagnosis, and treatment for traumatic brain injury/concussion in service members. “Since 2000, the Department of Defense diagnosed over 370,000 service members with traumatic brain injury, with the majority of them diagnosed in non-deployment settings. This is not a unique problem within the Department of Defense however– it is a national problem,” said Senator Tillis. “Last year alone, there were about 2.5 million emergency room visits related to concussions in the United States, and medical experts believe there were many more concussed individuals who …..

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Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy fundraiser planned

The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will conduct a barbecue plate fundraiser on Friday, December 15th, 2017, at the Fresh Foods parking lot in Elizabethtown. The proceeds will go toward the repair of the heating, lighting and bathrooms in the school’s gymnasium. Plates will cost $7 each and will consist of barbecue, baked beans, roll and a dessert. The Fresh Foods parking lot is located at 302 Poplar Street, Elizabethtown. Share:

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Tillis & Burr Support Army’s Decision to Place Security Force Assistance Brigade at Fort Bragg

WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr applauded the Department of the Army’s recent announcement that the second of six Security Force Assistance Brigades (SFAB) will be activated at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in January 2018. SFABs are specialized units whose core mission is to conduct advise-and-assist operations with allies and partners. The Army stated the decision to station the second SFAB at Fort Bragg was based on strategic considerations including projected time to activate and train an SFAB, presence of senior grade personnel to man the unit, and required facility costs. “Fort Bragg is the tip of the spear for the U.S. military and continues to be one …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Christmas time is here, festivities are underway. Great night at Wesley’s Chapel UMC last evening.  A Christmas program that featured youngsters, if they could walk they were eligible, as a cow or some other animal.  Fun, delicious  meal and a huge crowd.   And, Christmas activities continue Sunday evening when the choir presents their cantata, ‘Christmas is Real’.  All are invited. Check with all local churches for Christmas programs, time and place.  It’s that time of the year! Causes me to think back at Christmas’ long ago when I was a youngster, in a Christmas program at Zion Hill Baptist Church near Bladenboro and later when we had 2 youngsters, on …..

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This Day in History for December 14

1793 – 1st state road authorized, Frankfort, Ky to Cincinnati. 1798 – David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a nut & bolt machine. 1849 – 1st chamber music group in US gives their 1st concert (Boston) 1862 – Battle of Kinston, fought in Lenoir County, North Carolina begins (Goldsboro Expedition), Union victory (US Civil War) 1903 – The Wright brothers attempt to fly the Wright Flyer for the first time at Kitty Hawk, NC. 1916 – America’s first board certified doctors are named by the American Board of Ophthalmology following an examination at the University of Tennessee Medical School in Memphis, Tennessee. 1934 – 1st streamlined steam locomotive introduced (Albany, …..

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Boys Basketball: North Brunswick 68, East Bladen 52

ELIZABETHTOWN – North Brunswick pulled away with a 28-point final quarter and defeated East Bladen 68-52 in non-conference boys basketball action Wednesday night. The Scorpions only led 40-37 after three quarters, but Devone Beatty threw in a pair of 3-point shots and a 2-point basket, and teammate Robmell Lowery connected on 6 free throws and a 2-point basket to spark the North rally. As a team the Scorpions made 12 of 18 free throws in the final period. The Eagles sank 11 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter. Senior Adonis Avery and Messiah Leach both made all 4 of their free throws in the period. The Eagles edged …..

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Robby Priest Still Hopes to Attend Shrine Bowl Game

East Bladen Coach Robby Priest was honored to be chosen as an assistant coach for this year’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas football game, but unforeseen health issues have limited his participation in this week’s Shrine Bowl activities. Priest had surgery to remove cancer last Tuesday and was in the hospital until Sunday. “The Shrine Bowl people have been great about it,” said Coach Priest. “They told me that I would be first on the list next year for a spot on the staff. They told me that if I was able that I could come to the game, be on the sideline or if it is too cold, go …..

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Lacey Suggs Receives UNCW Basketball Scholarship

Christmas came early for Lacey Suggs Wednesday as UNC-Wilmington Coach Karen Barefoot presented the East Bladen grad with a full basketball scholarship for 2018. In a UNC-Wilmington team gathering that included Lacey’s parents, Mike and Karen Suggs, and East Bladen Coach Patty Evers, Coach Barefoot said, “For everything that you have given this team – from high-fives to floor burns. You are not only our leading scorer, but do everything it takes for the team. I want to present you with this in front of your family and your UNCW family and sisters.” Suggs came to UNC-Wilmington last season as a freshman preferred walk-on but only saw 7 minutes of …..

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Board of Agriculture will meet Dec. 19 via conference call

RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Agriculture will hold a meeting Tuesday, Dec. 19, at 1:30 p.m. via a conference call. The board will take up the following items: *Approval of increased veterinary lab fees *Re-adoption of N.C. Forest Service rules The call-in number for the meeting is 919-850-2992.   About the Board of Agriculture The Board of Agriculture is a policymaking body that adopts regulations for many of the programs administered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Members are appointed by the governor. The commissioner of agriculture serves as chairman of the board. Share:

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UNANIMOUS: Pittenger legislation to help those with little/no credit approved by key House committee

WASHINGTON – The House Financial Services Committee today gave unanimous approval to Congressman Robert Pittenger’s legislation designed to give hardworking Americans more opportunities to build good credit on their own merit. The bipartisan Credit Access and Inclusion Act (H.R. 435) was introduced by Congressman Pittenger (R-NC) and Congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) in January. “This truly bipartisan effort could end credit invisibility, providing tens of millions of hardworking Americans more affordable credit and insurance,” explained Congressman Pittenger to his colleagues on the Financial Services Committee.  “This bill will also greatly expand lending, enabling small businesses to expand, increasing household wealth and generating economic growth.  This legislation would allow those Americans with credit invisibility to establish a …..

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Middle School Girls Soccer: Clarkton School of Discovery 3, Elizabethtown 0

Clarkton School of Discovery completed an undefeated season Tuesday night with a 3-0 victory over Elizabethtown in Bladen Five Middle School girls soccer action at County Park. In the twelfth minute of play, Mauri Flores fired in the first Lady Blue Devil goal off of an assist from Molly Evans. Five minutes later Evans drilled in an unassisted goal to stretch the Clarkton lead to 2-0. Sophia Masaid turned an assist from Heather Hardin into the final Clarkton goal.  Coach Jordan Mazur’s Lady Blue Devils won the Bladen Five championship with a 6-0 record. Elizabethtown finished the season with a 2-4 record. Share:

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Middle School Boys Soccer: Elizabethtown 2, Clarkton School of Discovery 0

Elizabethtown completed an undefeated 6-0 season Tuesday night with a 2-0 victory over Clarkton School of Discovery in Bladen Five Middle School boys soccer action at County Park. In the seventh minute Malcolm Bolden hammered in a penalty kick for the first Cougar goal. With just under ten minutes left in the game, Bolden converted a pass from Sammy Valerio into an insurance goal and a 2-0 Elizabethtown lead. Raymond Autry recorded the shutout in goal for the Cougars and was credited with one save. The Cougars outshot Clarkton 9-1. “Chase (Starkloff) and Evan (Pait) did a tremendous job in midfield and controlled the game,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “Ahmad …..

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Middle School Girls Soccer: Bladenboro 5, Tar Heel 1

Savannah Turbeville fired in two goals to lead Bladenboro to a 5-1 victory over Tar Heel Tuesday night in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls soccer finale for both teams. Lainey Autry scored the only goal of the first half to give Bladenboro a 1-0 lead. Early in the second half, Anniya Phillips found the back of the net with the second Lady Bulldog goal. Angie Perez answered for Tar Heel with a goal that cut the Bladenboro lead to 2-1. Turbeville took over at that point turning a Rylee Chadwick assist into her first goal of the night and padding the Lady Bulldog lead to 3-1. Turbeville also blasted in …..

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Middle School Boys Soccer: Bladenboro 2, Tar Heel 0

Bladenboro scored a pair of second-half goals to defeat Tar Heel 2-0 Tuesday night in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference soccer finale for both teams. After a scoreless first half, Bladenboro’s Elijah Crabtree sent a crossing pass to Alex Strange who knocked in the first Bulldog goal. Josh DeLeon fired an insurance goal later in the half for the Bulldogs. Gary Parker recorded the shutout in goal for the Bulldogs. It was the second straight win for the Bulldogs who finish the season with a 2-4 record. Tar Heel completed play with a 3-3 record. Share:

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Boys Basketball: South Robeson 90, West Bladen 89, 2 Overtimes

ROWLAND – A lane violation nullified a tying West Bladen free throw, and South Robeson held on for a 90-89 double overtime victory Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference boys basketball action. Senior Scott Bowen sank the first of two free throws with 16 seconds left in the second overtime to trim the South Robeson lead to 90-89, but the violation wiped out the second attempt. A Mustang turnover gave the Knights a final desperation shot that failed. Zack Carter, Jarias Davis and Daniel Murray scored 4 points each to spark the Mustangs to a 23-17 first quarter lead. Bowen fired in a trio of baskets and a free throw, and senior center …..

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Statement from Anita Earls on the Lawsuit Filed Yesterday Challenging the Elimination of Judicial Primaries in North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. – A lawsuit was filed yesterday by the North Carolina Democratic Party, challenging the General Assembly’s elimination of all judicial primaries in North Carolina.  The primaries were cancelled when the legislature overrode Governor Cooper’s veto of Senate Bill 656 on October 17, 2017.  The lawsuit seeks a preliminary injunction from the federal court to allow political parties to hold primaries in elections that were made partisan by another act of the legislature in March 2017. Anita Earls, a Democratic candidate for Associate Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, issued the following statement after the lawsuit was filed: “I fully support the Democratic Party’s effort to protect the right to vote …..

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Girls Basketball: South Robeson 50, West Bladen 37

ROWLAND – Junior center Nytia Lewis racked up a triple double of 18 points, 16 blocks and 12 rebounds Tuesday night to lead South Robeson to a 50-37 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over West Bladen. Lewis and guard Telia Page threw in 2 baskets each in the first quarter as the Lady Mustangs edged ahead 10-9. Senior Elizabeth Allbright dropped in 3 baskets for West Bladen in the opening period, and sophmore Seniah Johnson bombed in a 3-point shot. Sophmore Zaneta Ellerbee pumped in 2 baskets in the second period to keep South up 18-14 at halftime. Senior Patience Parker hit 2 free throws, and senior teammate Chasitty Lacey tossed …..

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Sandhills Behavioral Services discusses services

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce learned about the various services offered by Sandhills Behavioral Services. The business is located at 119 Courthouse Drive, Elizabethtown. Robert Smith, owner of Sandhills Behavioral Services, said his company offers a variety of mental health and substance abuse services. They also provide transportation for their clients to attend meetings and appointments. Smith said he understands the difficulties individuals experience in dealing with mental health and substance abuse issues. The center provides DWI services in English and Spanish, an intensive outpatient substance abuse program, after school programs, drug testing, a sex offender program, and more. Smith said the center also provides …..

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Bladen County Shriners install new officers for 2018

Contributed The Bladen County Shrine Club installed new officers for the upcoming year on Thursday evening. The new officers are President Donald Melvin, Vice-President Jimmy (Odell) Pait, Secretary Donnie Williamson and Treasurer Paul Johnson. The Past President is Garrett Smith. Several guests were also present for the installation service.   The Bladen County Shrine Club conducts two fish fries each year in April and October to benefit the Shriners Children’s Hospitals. Plans are under way for the 2018 fish fries and the club appreciates your continued support and looks forward to the upcoming year. Share:

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New Year’s Eve Party planned

There will be a New Year’s Eve event at the The Venue at Regal Resort at White Lake beginning at 9 p.m. DJ Brian Evans will playing a variety of music and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. There will also be party favors and a  Champagne toast at midnight. Attire is dressy casual. Cost is $30 per person to attend. BYOB. Share:

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Boys Basketball: West Columbus 67, East Bladen 47

ELIZABETHTOWN – West Columbus opened the second half with a 22-3 blitz and went on to capture a 67-47 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen Tuesday night. The Eagles had stayed within 29-25 of the taller, undefeated Vikings in the first half, but the third quarter explosion broke the game open. Senior Dejour Smith threw in 8 of his 16 points for the West in the third period. “That third quarter got us,” said Eagle Coach Kenzil McCall. “We came out a little flat and you can’t win like that. We have to come out with more fire.” Eagle senior Sincere Smith staked the Eagles to an early …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 52, West Columbus 30

ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson poured in 22 points and a 13-0 second-quarter blitz propelled East Bladen to a 52-30 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over West Columbus Tuesday night. Moore-Peterson scored in transition, and sophomore Patience Ward banked in a runner to put the Lady Eagles up 4-0 early. West Columbus senior Annela Tiffany worked the paint for a pair of baskets that tied the game 4-4. A pair of Ward rebound baskets vaulted East Bladen into an 8-4 lead, but Tah’nijah McKoy popped in a 12-footer to keep West within 8-6 at the 3:15 mark. Junior Erica McKoy sank a free throw, Ward banked in a 4-footer, and Moore-Peterson muscled in …..

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JV Girls Basketball: East Bladen 16, West Columbus 15, Overtime

ELIZABETHTOWN – Guard Shanell McMillian sank the tying free throw in regulation and made the winning free throw in overtime as East Bladen edged West Columbus 16-15 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball action. McMillian led the Lady Eagles with 10 points. Aaniyah Jackson, Sara Gargala and Johanna Parker threw in a basket each for the winners. After the teams were tied 4-4 at the first quarter break, McMillian bombed in a 3-point shot for an 11-10 halftime lead. West Columbus inched ahead 15-14 at the third quarter break, before McMillian hit the tying free throw in the fourth quarter. East Bladen (16) – Lavada Jackson, Ja’Majah Brown, Lily Lin, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Alabama US Senate race results: Doug Jones (D)  673,236    49.92% Roy Moore  (R)  652,300    48.38% Write-ins 22,783 No early concession from Moore. US Senate make-up: 51 (R) 49 (D) Political prognosticators have much to talk about, both sides! Bottom line in new congressional tax bill.  Big business wins, Christmas shopping is underway, for sure. Christmas programs, Christmas parties and a Santa on every corner. It’s a most wonderful time of the year for most, for too many, not so good. BladenOnline results from last week (Dec 3-9) 170,426 page views is 6th most in a week in BladenOnline history. 47,641 page views on Thursday, Dec. 7 is 6th most for …..

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JV Boys Basketball: South Robeson 38, West Bladen 32

ROWLAND – Rowland defeated West Bladen 38-32 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball action. Freshman Kendall Johnson worked the paint for a pair of first quarter baskets and led the Knights with 8 points. Teammate Donovan Stone bombed in 3-point shots in the second and fourth quarters and also finished with 8 points. Jadecus Register netted baskets in the first and third quarters and totaled 6 points for West Bladen. Teammate Khalil Lloyd drilled in a second period 3-pointer and tallied 5 points. WEST BLADEN (32) – Jadecus Register 6, Khalil Lloyd 5, Ronald Thompson 2, Hasaan Wooten, Donovan Stone 8, Da’shawn Hines 3, Kendall Johnson 8, …..

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JV Boys Basketball: East Bladen 32, West Columbus 27

ELIZABETHTOWN – Corey McKoy sank 4 straight free throws in the final minute to lift East Bladen to a 32-27 Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys victory over West Columbus Tuesday night. Juwan Baldwin and Rasean McKoy dropped in baskets for the Eagles in the final quarter, and Allen Owens canned a free throw. Corey McKoy topped the East Bladen scoring with 10 points, and Baldwin followed with 8 points. Rasean McKoy and Tayshaun Berkeley added 5 points each. Rasean McKoy and Corey McKoy drained 3-point shots in the opening quarter as the Eagles edged in front 8-7. Berkeley buried a 3-point shot and another basket in the second period to …..

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Activities At Vineyard Golf At White Lake

A holiday tossup was held Tuesday, December 12 at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. The front nine was halved by the team of Stacy Owen, Jimmy Davie, Lenon Fisher and Charles DeVane with the team of Mac Porter, Lloyd Hester, Norgie Hester and Ed Horne. The back nine was won by the Owen team. A couple of low rounds were recorded recently. Charles DeVane, age 75, shot a one-over 73. Stacy Owen continued to play well with a score of 68. Share:

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This Day in History for December 13

1636 – The Massachusetts Bay Colony organizes three militia regiments to defend the colony against the Pequot Indians. This organization is recognized today as the founding of the United States National Guard. 1759 – First music store in America opens (Philadelphia) 1879 – First federal fish hatching steamer launched (Wilmington, Delaware) 1922 – Charles Ebbets proposes putting numbers on players’ sleeves or caps. 1928 – Clip-on tie designed. 1934 – Mark Hellinger Theater (Warner Bros) opens at 237 W 51st St, NYC. 1944 – Japanese kamikaze crashes into US cruiser Nashville, kills 138. 1950 – James Dean begins his career with an appearance in a Pepsi commercial. 1957 – “Peyton …..

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White Lake Board Hears Update From Cape Fear Valley Health

  By Joy Warren Dr. Roxie Wells, Associate Chief Medical Officer with Cape Fear Valley Health, updated the White Lake Board of Commissioners at their Tuesday evening regular meeting. Dr. Wells stressed the importance for rural communities to have access to care. The hospital is looking forward to the new clinic scheduled to be constructed in White Lake. “I am committed to this community and to quality healthcare for the community,” stated Dr. Wells. Mayor Goldston Womble thanked her for coming and stated the Town is looking forward to working with the hospital. Womble administered the Oath of Office for re-elected commissioners Tim Blount, Paul Evans and Mike Suggs. Tom …..

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CresCom Bank Promotes Patty Vernon to Branch Manager and Banking Officer

CHARLESTON, S.C. – CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, is pleased to promote Patty Vernon to branch manager and banking officer for the CresCom branch in Wilmington, N.C. Vernon joined the bank in 2016 as a customer service representative. In her new position as branch manager, she will oversee the branch’s day-to-day operational programs, policies, procedures and sales while ensuring a high level of customer care. Prior to joining CresCom Bank, Vernon worked in many customer care roles at Newbridge Bank, SunTrust Bank and East Carolina Bank. “Patty has significant banking experience and has truly integrated herself into the Wilmington community,” said David L. Morrow, CEO of …..

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NDAA Signed Into Law; Includes Upgrades to NC Military Installations and Quality of Life Improvements for Service members & Military Families

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the President for signing the FY2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) into law. The legislation included several key provisions introduced by Senator Tillis that make critical improvements to Camp Lejeune and Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, provide an across the board pay raise for service members, and implement important reforms that will make life easier for military families. Senator Tillis chairs the Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, which has oversight over half of the Pentagon’s budget. On a bipartisan basis, Senator Tillis and his subcommittee colleagues secured an across the board 2.4% pay raise for our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines. “I applaud …..

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BLADEN COUNTY PROPERTY TAX 2018 LISTING NOTICE 2018

For 2018, all persons who own or control personal property, business property, or made improvements to real property, must list all such property beginning: January 2, 2018 thru January 31, 2018 to avoid the 10% late list penalty. If you listed personal property last year, you will automatically be mailed a new form at the owners’ address on record as of January 2018. Please review the information, make necessary additions/corrections, sign, and return listing form postmarked by U.S.P.S. no later than January 31, 2018 to avoid the late list penalty to: Bladen County Tax Administration, P.O. Box 774, Elizabethtown, N.C. 28337 All business requests for an “Extension to File” their …..

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Notice to Bladen County Tax Payers

The 2017 property taxes on real estate and personal property will be delinquent if not paid on or before Friday, January 5, 2018. Payment must be received in the tax office or postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on January 5, 2018. Interest and enforced collection on all delinquent taxes will begin on January 6, 2018. Pay in the Office or by Mail: Bladen County Tax Administration, P.O. Box 385, 166 W. Broad St., Elizabethtown, N.C. 28337 Pay Online: www.bladeninfo.org Pay by Phone: 1-877-369-0025. The Bladen County Tax Administration Office will be closed on December 25- 27, 2017 and January 1, 2018 for the holidays. Share:

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Baldwin Branch offers Clothes Closet, Food Pantry

​T​​he Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, December 16, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Their food pantry, “From His Table to Yours” will be open the same day from 10 a.m. – noon. Personal transportation and identifications are required.  No fee is involved in either ministry. Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown NC.  The Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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Tillis Names New State Director, Deputy State Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced that Kim Canady Barnes will serve as his next State Director and Luke Blanchat will serve as his Deputy State Director. Barnes will be replacing current State Director Jordan Shaw, who was recently named as Executive Vice President for the consulting firm OnMessage Inc. Barnes has served as Senator Tillis’ Deputy State Director since he took office in 2015, and has managed the Senator’s regional office in Raleigh, responsible for overseeing casework and correspondence with federal agencies to assist North Carolinians. Blanchat has served as Senator Tillis’ Director of Economic Development, based out of the Senator’s regional office in Charlotte. Blanchat previously …..

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Martin (Tony) Denning declares his candidacy for NC House

Today I am formally announcing my candidacy for the Democratic Primary for North Carolina House District 22. At present House District 22 is comprised of Bladen County and a portion of Sampson County. Currently the courts and the North Carolina Legislature are determining the final district lines for House 22. I am a native of Sampson County and currently reside in Bladen County.  In 1975 I graduated from Lakewood High School and I am a member of the Class of 1979 from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Additionally, I completed post-graduate work at Fayetteville State University. It has been my pleasure to serve as an educator in …..

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Groundbreaking held for new airport terminal in Elizabethtown

  • 12/12/2017
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By Erin Smith While temperatures were chilly, there was an air of excitement at the Curtis Brown Jr. Field (Elizabethtown Airport) on Tuesday morning as dignitaries and guests gathered for the groundbreaking ceremony for the new terminal building. The new terminal, which will measure about 4,500 square feet, will be constructed on the site of the former terminal building and was designed by local Architect Chris Adams. The new terminal will feature office space, a conference room, a pilot’s lounge, classroom space, restroom facilities, kitchen space, shower facilities, and storage space. The projected completion date for the project is October 2018. Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell welcomed members of the Elizabethtown …..

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Board of Education final meeting of 2018

By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met this Monday for their monthly session where they recognized several groups of students for various achievements. HOSA students from both high schools were recognized for placing and representing Bladen County at the District IV competition. The following students were recognized: *Alexis Allen and Peyton Fell for 8th place in Health Career Display Event *Sammi Jiang, Lily Lin, Katie Evans, and Alyssa Futrell for 4th place in The Creative Problem Solving Event *Hannah Wheeless and Tatianna McElveen for 3rd place in the CPR Event *Kim White for 2nd place in the Nutrition Event *Ebony McKoy for 2nd place in the Nursing Assisting Event …..

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Charlotte Catholic student receives prestigious appointment to US Merchant Marine Academy

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce that Carmen Adamson, a senior at Charlotte Catholic High School, has received a prestigious appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Ms. Adamson is a Cadet 2nd Lieutenant with the Civil Air Patrol, sings in the Charlotte Catholic Honor Women’s Choir, and coaches tennis for local children. “As I combed through various schools, I found that the average college life of sororities, parties, and internships seemed pointless to me.  On the other hand, everything in the military serves a purpose and has a meaning,”explained Ms. Adamson.  “I yearned to do the important work that only the military and its academies could offer …..

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Harrison Clark Holder II

Harrison Clark Holder II passed away on December 8, 2017 at Cape Fear Bladen County Hospital in Elizabethtown, NC. Left to cherish his memories are his parents:  Harrison Clark Holder and Ceira Alford, three sisters and his grandmother, all of Clarkton, NC and a host of other relatives and friends. Arrangements are incomplete at this time… Share:

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Bladen County Road Closure Update

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Kenneth L. Clark has issued an updated list of road openings and closings in Bladen County. An update of road openings / closings is as follows: UPCOMING OPENINGS: Richardson Street – Elizabethtown Richardson Street will open late this afternoon CLOSINGS: Mote Road Mote Road is closed at a location 3.69 miles from NC 41.  The road will be closed through Thursday afternoon at which time it will re-open, then close at another location on Monday. Coley Road Coley Road is closed in order to replace the bridge over Hammonds Creek.  The bridge replacement project will take until late November / early December.  A signed detour will be …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Late night NFL action – Miami Dolphins 27 – New England Patriots 20. Newly elected and re-elected town officials across the county are being sworn-in.  Congratulations to all. Congratulations to East Bladen football coach Robby Priest who was named Football Coach of the Year.  He shares the honor with two others, both with Bladen County ties.  Russell Dove of South Columbus (Bladenboro native – former West Bladen football coach) and Whiteville’s Luke Little, (parents are Clarkton area natives).  Pretty good company, all young, all smart and all very successful. John Clark covers it all in our Sports section…. Coach Ken Cross, former East and West Bladen basketball coach, retired, sort of and is working …..

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This Day in History for December 12

1787 – Pennsylvania becomes 2nd state to ratify US constitution. 1800 – Washington, DC, established as he capital of the United States of America. 1878 – Joseph Pulitzer begins publishing “St. Louis Dispatch” 1899 – George F. Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee. 1914 – The largest one-day percentage drop in the history of Dow Jones Industrial Average, down 24.39%. 1925 – Arthur Heinman coins term “motel”, opens Motel Inn, San Luis Obispo. 1937 – NBC & RCA sends 1st mobile-TV-vans onto the streets of NY. 1946 – ‘Tide’ detergent introduced. 1946 – UN accepts 6 Manhattan blocks as a gift from John D. Rockefeller, Jr. 1957 – …..

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Bladenboro board hears concerns about McLean Park

By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board heard concerns about McLean Park during their meeting on Monday night. Town Commissioner Sarah Jane Benson asked Town Administrator John O’Daniel for an update regarding McLean Park. “I was wondering what the status is of lightning out at McLean Park. Did we ever find out what we could and could not do or what was available?” asked Benson. O’Daniel said, “I talked with Four County. I’ve given them what we are looking for and they are working on putting together a proposal.” Benson also asked about the status of the replacement of the swings and repairs of the bleachers at Wateree Park. O’Daniel …..

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Coach Robby Priest Named TRC Co-Coach of the Year

East Bladen Coach Robby Priest was recently named Three Rivers Conference Football Co-Coach of the Year. Also named Co-Coaches of the Year were two more coaches with Bladen County ties – South Columbus’ Russell Dove and Whiteville’s Luke Little. Coach Priest led the Eagles to a 12-2 record and to the NCHSAA Class 2A Eastern Semi-final game. After a one-point loss to South Columbus in September, the Eagles reeled off nine straight wins before falling in the Eastern semi-finals. In the last five years, Priest has led the Eagles to a 47-18 record and into at least the second round of the play-offs. East Bladen reached the Eastern semi-finals in …..

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Hanukkah to be observed

By Erin Smith Tuesday evening marks the beginning of Hanukkah which is also known as the Festival of Lights. It is an eight day Jewish holiday which commemorates the victory of the Israelites over the Greek army and the relighting of the lamp in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem. Some of the traditions of Hanukkah include the lighting of the candles of the Menorah over a period of eight days. Families also play dreidel, eat traditional foods, and exchange gifts, according to My Jewish Learning. Some traditional food consumed during Hanukkah include Latkes, Tostones (similar to plantain bananas) and Sufganiya (similar to a jelly doughnut), according to My Jewish Learning. …..

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Bladen County FSA Announces 2017 County Committee Election Results

The Bladen County Farm Service Agency (FSA) recently completed its 2017 County Committee Elections and Robert Joshua Vendrick was re- elected to a three year term beginning January 1, 2018.  Mr. Vendrick will represent Local Administrative Area-2, which includes Abbots, Bladenboro, Bethel, and Hollow Townships. FSA committees are responsible for local administration of USDA- FSA farm programs, under the guidance of the State FSA Committee and applicable Federal Laws and regulations.  The Bladen County FSA Committee meets the second Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Powell-Melvin Agriculture Service Center, USDA-FSA Office, located at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. Share:

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Comedian James Gregory to perform at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

James Gregory, often referred to as “The Funniest Man in America,” returns to the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton on January 26, 2018, for one performance only.  Tickets cost $28 or $35 middle front (limited quantity). Ticketing Information Tickets can be purchased in-person or by  telephone with credit card or cash 1-5pmMonday through Friday through our administrative offices in the theater’s second floor (enter on Fourth Street side), or by calling the Civic Center at 738-4339. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour prior to performance. More about James Gregory While his routines include such Southern subjects as covered-dish suppers, …..

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DPS to Establish Five New Reentry Councils to Help Former Inmates, Prevent Repeat Offenders

  • 12/11/2017
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RALEIGH — The Department of Public Safety is awarding contracts to five organizations to establish new reentry councils in Onslow, Jones, Guilford, Pamlico, Craven, Forsyth and Cumberland counties to help people released from prison transition back into their communities and to help communities prevent repeat offenders. A contract for $149,976.55 will go to the Guilford County Government for the Guilford County Local Reentry Council. Contracts for $150,000 each will go to the Piedmont Triad Regional Council in Forsyth County and Action Pathways, Inc., in Cumberland County. Contracts of $225,000 each will go to Tri-Counties Crusaders in Onslow/Jones counties and Eastern Carolina Council of Governments in Pamlico/Craven counties. These funds will help …..

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One arrested on drug possession charges

By Erin Smith One Bladen County resident was arrested for two counts of felony drug possession charges on Thursday. Tamra Rae Russ of Tar Heel was arrested and charged with one felony count of possession of schedule 1 controlled substance and one felony count of possession of schedule II controlled substance. She is scheduled to appear in Bladen District Court on December 18th. Share:

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Deadline to pay property taxes is approaching

By Erin Smith The deadline to pay your 2017 property taxes is fast approaching. Your property taxes, both real property and personal property, must be paid by January 5, 2018, to avoid accruing interest. According to Bladen County Tax Administrator Renee Davis, property taxes for 2017 will begin accruing interest on January 6th, 2018. The Bladen County Tax Office has the authority to begin force collections such as wage garnishments on 2017 property taxes on that date, said Davis. Davis said there are several methods you can use to pay your taxes. You can by telephone, pay online at http://bladen.ustaxdata.com/ TaxSearch.cfm, or use the drop box on the outside of the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

For NFL fans, the past weekend featured some great games, but the best was saved for late last night.  Steelers win over Ravens 39-38. ‘Big Ben’ Roethlisberger passed for 228 yards in the 4th quarter, and became the first QB to have three 500 passing yard games in leading his team to a 39-38 victory.  A last minute field goal clinched the victory. Tonight, the New England Patriots square off against the Miami Dolphins. If you haven’t visited Lu Mil to see the Christmas Lights, you’ve missed a treat.  Can’t explain, except, great sight for a bargain price. Opioid addiction is at or near the top of many folks list of concerns, as …..

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NCHSAA Football State Championship Results

Here are results from the N.C. High School Athletic Association state championship football games played Saturday at various college fields: Class 2A Wallace-Rose Hill 35, Reidsville 28, overtime Class 2AA Lenoir Hibriten 16, East Duplin 14 Class 1A Cherokee 21, North Duplin 13 Class 1AA Tarboro 32, Mount Airy 7 Class 4A Charlotte Harding 30, Scotland 22 Class 4AA Wake Forest 21, Mallard Creek 0 Class 3AA Wilmington New Hanover 27, Asheville Reynolds 17 Class 3A Charlotte Catholic 28, Havelock 14 Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – December 11

1620 – 103 Mayflower pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock. 1620 – Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers are attacked by 30 Native Americans, which became as the “First Encounter” 1816 – Indiana becomes 19th state of the Union. 1872 – Pickney Benton Stewart Pinchback takes office as the first African American US Governor in Louisiana. 1902 – The US signs a treaty with Cuba allowing for a 20 percent reduction of tariff rates on imported Cuban products. 1909 – Colored moving pictures demonstrated at Madison Square Garden, NYC. 1919 – Boll weevil monument dedicated in Enterprise, Alabama. 1930 – Bank of the United States closes in New York …..

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BladenOnline.com Helps Friends Reconnect

Contributed To quote the Disney Theme Park ride, “It’s a Small World after all.” BladenOnline.com followed the progress of former East Bladen basketball coach Alvin Thompson, his son Alvin Thompson, Jr. and their Wake County Cowboys football team at the Pop Warner Super Bowl Play-offs in Florida this past week. Coach Thompson texted us to thank us for our posting and to share that there are more ties to Bladen County on the Wake County Cowboys team. One of the players on the team is Buchanan Simmons (No. 16 in the team photo). “Buchanan is a friend of my son and the nephew of Norma Martin of Bladen County,” said …..

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Middle School Soccer Correction & Nostalgia

When Elizabethtown defeated Clarkton School of Discovery in Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys soccer action on November 30, we reported that it was believed to be the first soccer victory ever for Elizabethtown over Clarkton. Turns out that it was not. Bladen County Recreation Program Coordinator Dom Whittington shared that when he was in 8th grade he played on an Elizabethtown soccer team that defeated Clarkton 2-1 during the 2002-2003 season. “It was in the very first year the school changed its’ name when they moved into the old high school,” said Whittington. “Clarkton beat Elizabethtown 2-1 in the first game that season, but Elizabethtown won the second game.” …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

  Kathy Gooden of Clarkton was voted Miss Pembroke State University. Unemployment in Bladen County was at 14.6%. A plan was being discussed to four lane highway 701 around Elizabethtown. Donna Gooden of Elizabethtown was a district finalist for the Morehead Scholarship. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

North Carolina High School football teams decided state-wide championships in all categories yesterday and last night, despite cold weather, including snow and rain at time in many games. Among the last to be decided: Wallace Rose Hill 35 – Reidsville 28 in overtime for 2A title. Dollar General stores all across the state, makes shopping more convenient in urban and rural settings. 2.6 inches of rainfall over the past week at the Hester household, approximately  2 or 3 miles (as the crow flies) southwest of downtown E-town. For years, there has been concern about jobs for local residents, now the concern is a lack of labor, OK, a lack of labor who …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – December 10

1672 – New York Governor Lovelace announces monthly mail service between New York & Boston. 1690 – Massachusetts Bay becomes first American colonial government to issue paper money. 1836 – Emory college (now Emory University) is chartered in Oxford, Georgia. 1884 – “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain is first published in the UK and Canada (US Feb 1885, due to printing error) 1906 – US President Theodore Roosevelt is the 1st American awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 1922 – Pete Henry makes longest known NFL drop-kicked field goal, 45 yards. 1927 – Grand Ole Opry makes its 1st radio broadcast, in Nashville, TN. 1936 – Edward VIII signs …..

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Share The Gift Of Security

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC We have all received gifts we have wanted to return: ugly socks or sweaters that look exactly like the one you got (or gave!) last year. Sometimes, just letting loved ones know that you are there for them, no matter what, is the best gift of all. You avoid the embarrassment of giving an awkward gift. Social Security is also there for you and your family — all year long. For this holiday season, give your loved ones some peace of mind by introducing them to Social Security’s many programs. While creating new holiday memories, help your family members …..

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