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USDA Announces a Near-Record Year for Farm Loans

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced another year of high activity in its farm loan programs. Hard-working farm families across the country accessed nearly $6 billion in new credit, either directly or guaranteed through commercial lenders in 2017. At year end, FSA was assisting more than 120,000 family farmers with loans totaling just over $25 billion. “FSA loan funds have been in high demand the last few years,” said Dr. Robert Johansson, Acting Deputy Under Secretary for the Farm Production and Conservation mission area. “We provide opportunities to qualified small, beginning and underserved farmers who are unable to obtain commercial credit, …..

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State hosting fourth GenX information session

RALEIGH – The state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services will host a fourth community information session Thursday, Feb. 1, to provide updates and answer questions about GenX released by the Chemours Fayetteville Works facility. Topics will include surface water and drinking water well sampling results and alternative water options, as well as preliminary air sampling. WHEN:    6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, February 1 WHERE: Bladen Community College Auditorium 7418 NC Hwy 41W Dublin, N.C. 28332 Share:

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Baldwin Branch Clothes Closet, food pantry to be open Saturday

  • 01/23/2018
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​The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 8​ a.m. to 1​1 a.m.  The food pantry, From His Table to Yours​ will be open the same day 10​ a.m​. to ​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.  Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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North Carolina’s December Employment Figures Released 

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, increasing 0.2 of a percentage point from November’s revised rate.  The national rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent. North Carolina’s December 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.7 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 12,081 over the month to 4,727,107 and increased 63,522 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 8,755 over the month to 222,116 and decreased 34,736 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Non-farm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 12,500 to 4,457,700 in December.  The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases were …..

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NC Baptist Singers and Orchestra perform

Photos by Joy Warren The North Carolina Baptist Singers and Orchestra performed live, “By His Love,” at the Elizabethtown Baptist Church on Monday evening. The well attended event featured musicians and singers from across North Carolina who come together to perform choral music. The NC Baptist Singers and Orchestra features 60 musicians and 60 singers. Comments about the concert included “what a treat to hear” and how much everyone, including children, enjoyed the music of the evening. For more information on the NC Baptist Singers, to learn how to join or how to host the group, go to https://www.ncbaptist.org/index.php?id=744. Share:

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Congressman Pittenger: What did Schumer accomplish?

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after Senator Chuck Schumer decided to end his shutdown of America’s government: “What exactly was the point of Senator Schumer’s shutdown?  All that was accomplished was showing the American people the true priorities of Congressional Democrats.  They prioritized illegal immigrants over American soldiers and at-risk children.  President Trump and I remain committed to putting America first, including securing our border.” Tonight, Congressman Pittenger voted to concur in the Senate Amendment to H.R. 195, which funds the federal government through February 8th.  In September, Congressman Pittenger joined House Republicans to pass all twelve annual appropriations bills, which would have responsibly funded the federal government through …..

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Bob Lewis, former East Bladen football coach, most recently Clinton coach is stepping down after a very successful career.  The 75-year-old coach is ending a 41-year career that has produced several state championships, including his first at East Bladen in 1973.  Lewis, the late Jack Holly,  and Lenon Fisher, some of the areas most successful coaches have departed the scene. Remember John D. Loudermilk?  In the 1950s he was a student at Campbell College.  The Durham native was a successful song writer/singer, more as a writer than singer, writing such hits as Abilene, A Rose and a Baby Ruth, Talk Back Trembling Lips, Waterloo, Ebony Eyes and Sittin’ in the Balcony, one he …..

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This Day in History for January 23

1789 – Georgetown, 1st US Catholic college, founded. 1849 – Elizabeth Blackwell becomes 1st woman in the US to earn a medical degree. 1889 – Daniel Williams forms Provident Hospital in Chicago. 1909 – 1st radio rescue at sea. 1930 – George Washington Birthplace National Monument, Virginia established. 1941 – Groundbreaking for NACA (now NASA) Lewis Research Center. 1943 – Duke Ellington plays at Carnegie Hall in New York City for the first time. 1955 – Babe Didrikson-Zaharias wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open. 1955 – Express train traveling from York to Bristol derails, killing 14 and injuring many other passengers. 1961 – Supreme Court rules cities & states have right …..

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Basketball: Paul Brown Leadership Academy Loses Pair

Friday night the Paul Brown Leadership Academy Bulldogs lost a 52-50 decision at Antioch Christian Academy, then on Monday night New Life Christian Academy defeated Paul Brown 84-33 at East Arcadia. Antioch 52, Paul Brown 50 LUMBERTON – Antioch Christian rallied in the final minute Friday for their 52-50 victory. It was the second 2-point victory for Antioch over Paul Brown this season. Marvin Lacewell dropped in a pair of first quarter baskets as the Bulldogs battled Antioch to a 7-7 first period tie. Lacewell nailed a 3-point shot and another basket in the second quarter, and teammate Marquese Robinson threw in a pair of baskets to keep Paul Brown …..

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Sheriff’s Office Seeks Help Locating Missing Person

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is soliciting the public’s help in locating Greta Erin Graham, 46, of 688 Kennedy Store Road, Riegelwood, N.C. Ms. Graham was last seen around 1 p.m. in the East Arcadia community of Bladen County by family members. At that time, Graham told her family she was going to the bank. Graham does not have a cell phone. Graham is driving a black, 2007 BMW 350i, with North Carolina license tag No. BCX-8849. She could possibly be staying in the Wilmington area. Graham is five foot four inches tall (5’4) and weighs approximately 150 pounds. She has shoulder length black hair. The family is concerned about …..

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Bus Driver Training Class offered

  • 01/22/2018
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A school bus driver training session has been scheduled for all Bladen County Schools’ non-certified staff which began employment with Bladen County Schools as of July 1, 2005, and have not taken the training class. This class is also open to the public. DATE: February 6-8, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. This is a three-day class and applicants must be in attendance all three days. LOCATION: Bladen County Schools Technology Training Center (Behind Elizabethtown Middle School) 1489 US Hwy. 701 South Elizabethtown, NC 28337 Anyone that needs a School Bus Pocket Card to drive an activity bus will also need to take the class. Contact the School …..

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Career Guardsman announces retirement

By Erin Smith A former National Guardsman has officially retired following 20 years of service. Jimmy Nance of Clarkton officially retired from the NC National Guard in 2017. Nance enlisted as an active duty soldier in the US Army in August 1987 and served for four years. “At that point (when he enlisted), I was 18 years old,” said Nance. He added that over time and following getting married, Nance said he realized he missed home. After his four year enlistment ended, Nance said he chose not to re-enlist and returned home to Clarkton. While in Clarkton, he said he worked at various jobs, but he still had the heart …..

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Dublin Peanut Festival committee to meet

By Erin Smith There will be a second meeting Thursday night for those who are interested in becoming a member of the Dublin Peanut Festival Committee. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at the Dublin Lions Club building. Horace Wyatt said, “It (the Peanut Festival Committee) is open to anybody that wants to join.” Wyatt said officers for the committee need to be elected and planning needs to begin. You do not have to reside in Dublin to be a member of the committee. The committee has a need for members who are able to be active all year long working and planning for the festival. The committee …..

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12th annual Gang Conference focuses on opioid epidemic

By Erin Smith The 12th annual N.C. Gang Conference was conducted at the NC Justice Academy in Salemburg on Friday and the topic was the Opioid Epidemic. Former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry, who was the keynote speaker for the day, shared his story about his own battle to overcome addiction. Strawberry penned the book, “Don’t Give Up on Me,” detailing his life. The book offers a poignant glimpse of the abuse he suffered and his battle to become sober. He detailed his accomplishments as a baseball player which include home run records, four World Series championships, Rookie of the Year honors, two time Silver Slugger award New York …..

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Congressman Pittenger refuses pay during government shut down

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has officially requested that his paycheck be withheld during Senator Chuck Schumer’s government shutdown. “America’s military, border patrol agents, air traffic controllers, and other essential personnel are hard at work today, but not getting paid thanks to Senator Schumer,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “For Members of Congress to accept pay during the Schumer Shutdown would be dishonorable.  Our military is doing their job.  Senate Democrats should, too.” On Saturday, Congressman Robert Pittenger became one of the first Members of Congress to co-sponsor legislation blocking Congressional pay during the government shutdown. The Pay Our Protectors, Not Our Politicians Act: *Ensures members of the military and national security employees within the …..

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BCC welcomes Alex Albright to discuss the B-1 Naval Band

DUBLIN – On Tuesday, January 30, at 11 a.m., Bladen Community College will welcome author, editor, playwright, and college professor, Alex Albright to the campus library (building 7) as part of the Writers Series hosted by the college. Albright will speak about the infamous World War II 45-piece regimental Navy band called the B-1. Comprised of black students attending North Carolina A&T, the men became the first African Americans to serve in the Navy at a rank higher than mess man in the modern Navy. In his 2013 book The Forgotten First: B-1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy, Albright describes the band as frontline pioneers in breaking the …..

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Duke Energy proposes $62 million solar rebate program in North Carolina

  • 01/22/2018
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Savings potential of $4,800 for a typical residential solar array Enhanced rebate program for churches, schools and nonprofits CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy today proposed a $62 million solar rebate program designed to help its North Carolina customers with the upfront cost of installing solar panels on their property. This is the first of three customer programs Duke Energy is proposing as part of the implementation of 2017’s Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina law – also known as House Bill 589. “The Competitive Energy Solutions law for North Carolina will reduce the cost our customers pay for solar, while also supporting their interest in solar energy in ways that are most meaningful for them,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. …..

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Super Bowl 2018 we’ll see the Eagles vs Patriots. Checking for previous Federal Govt. Shut-Downs – Past 30 years and leaders: 1981- President Reagan (R)  Senate-Howard Baker (R)  House-Tip O’Neil (D) 1986- President Reagan (R)  Senate-Bob Dole (R)  House-Tip O’Neil (D) 1987- President Reagan (R)  Senate-Robert Byrd (D) House-Tip O’Neil (D) 1990-President GHW Bush (R) Senate-George Mitchell (D) House-Tom Foley (D) 1995-President Clinton (D) Senate-Bob Dole (R) House-Newt Gingrich (R) 2013-President Obama (D) Senate-Harry Reid (D) House-John Boehner (R) 2018-President Trump (R) Senate-Mitch McConnell (R) House-Paul Ryan (R) Usually for a short period of time and usually political leaders of opposing parties. Another super week for BladenOnline! Highlites: 188,160 page views (3rd most in a week in history …..

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Saturday’s Lil Knights Basketball Results

Here are Saturday’s results from the Lil Knights Basketball League played at West Bladen High School. NBA League Rockets 35, Lakers 34 Rockets (35) – Walter Baelon 8, Jordan Hester 11, Jaquan Lesane 12, Kendell Lesane, Jonah Bryan, Joseline Abreu Lezama, Aubrey Schwabble 4, Jonathan Ortiz Hernandez. Lakers (34) – Cade Allen 10, Landon Stanley 16, Blaine Pope 4, Caleb Clark 4, Isaiah Mainor, Jaylen Smith, Riley McIntyre, Omarion Brown. Rebounds – Rockets: Baelon 4, Hester 2, J. Lesane 1, K. Lesane 2, Bryan 1. Lakers: Allen 3, Stanley 8, Pope 1, Mainor 2, Smith 3, McIntyre 1, Brown 1. Assists – Rockets: Baelon 5, J. Lesane 1, Hernandez 1. …..

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Bladen County Athletes Playing in College

Updated: Jan. 22, 2018 Winter sports Lacey Suggs Basketball Sophomore UNC Wilmington East Bladen John Bowen Basketball Freshman Belmont Abbey West Bladen Recent: Scored 2 points on 1-for-9 shooting and had 2 rebounds in 19 minutes before fouling out in the Seahawks’ 63-48 loss to James Madison on Jan. 21. UNCW is 7-12 overall and 0-8 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Recent: Had 6 rebounds and scored 3 points in 13 minutes Jan. 20 in the Crusaders’s 76-67 win over Southern Wesleyan. He made 1 of 6 field goals and 1 of 2 free throws. Belmont Abbey has a 9-10 overall record and 4-5 in Conference Carolinas. Next: at Delaware, …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

The Bladen Arts Council was attempting to start a community theatre group. The new Bladen Masonic Lodge Master was W.L. Crawley. Jean Adams was the Bladen County Hospital Employee of the Month. The Town of Clarkton approved a contract with Latham and Associates for cable T.V. Share:

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Bladen County GOP to meet

The Bladen County GOP will conduct their monthly meeting on Monday, January 22nd, at 6 p.m. at San Jose restaurant in Elizabethtown.  There will be updated information regarding the annual convention in March. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History for January 22

1673 – Postal service between New York and Boston inaugurated. 1842 – Charles Dickens arrives in Boston, Massachusetts with his wife, Catherine. 1850 – Alta California becomes a daily paper, first such in California. 1877 – Arthur Tooth, an Anglican clergyman is taken into custody after being prosecuted for using ritualistic practices. 1895 – National Association of Manufacturers organized in Cincinnati. 1940 – First radio broadcast of “Road to Happiness” on CBS. 1945 – Heavy US air raid on Okinawa. 1946 – US President Harry Truman sets up the Central Intelligence Agency. 1953 – Arthur Miller’s “Crucible” premieres in NYC. 1954 – 11th Golden Globes: The Robe, Spencer Tracy, and Audrey …..

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Lu Mil Bridal Show deemed successful

By Erin Smith Brides-to-Be, their family members, and prospective Grooms, all turned out for the 11th annual Bridal Show at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin. More than 125 brides registered at the event and were able to learn about the many services offered by the vendors. As the time arrived to open the show, the line wound through the gift shop out onto the porch. “We have a lot of new vendors this year,” said Denise Bridgers, one of the event’s organizers. One new vendor this year featured a mirror photo booth. The company, Vizionpix Studio of Fayetteville, offers a “Magic Mirror” which has a mirror that acts as a touchscreen and allows you to take …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Growing older has some advantages and some disadvantages.  Life seemed to be less complicated many years ago.  There was less news,  The Bladen Journal was about the only source of local news and if there was a big news story, chances are it was several days before we read or heard about it. Some had an AM radio, but could only pick up WTSB in Lumberton, WFNC in Fayetteville or WPTF in Raleigh, maybe WCKY in Cincinnati, Ohio after dark and WSM in Nashville on Saturday night if the weather was good, but more static than news or music, constant poppin’ and crackin’.  Later, WECT-TV went on the air, but few had …..

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Basketball Games Rescheduled for Thursday

Both East Bladen and West Bladen have rescheduled basketball games from Wednesday night to Thursday night due to the high school exam being backed up by the snow days. East Bladen’s games at West Columbus will be played on Thursday night. West Bladen’s games at home against South Robeson will also be played on Thursday night. Share:

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Congressman Pittenger: Pay Troops, not Congress

WASHINGTON – On Saturday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) became one of the first Members of Congress to co-sponsor legislation blocking Congressional pay during Senate Chuck Schumer’s government shutdown. “There are over 100,000 active duty military based in North Carolina.  Right now, they are defending our freedom while not knowing when they’ll next get paid,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “For Members of Congress to still receive pay during a government shutdown is unconscionable.  If Senate Democrats want a government shutdown, they better do it on their own time.” The Pay Our Protectors, Not Our Politicians Act: *Ensures members of the military and national security employees within the Department of Homeland Security receive …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for January 21

1677 – 1st medical publication in America (pamphlet on smallpox), published in Boston. 1789 – 1st American novel, W.H. Brown’s “Power of Symphony” is published. 1846 – 1st edition of Charles Dickens’ newspaper “The Daily News” 1880 – 1st US sewage disposal system separate from storm drains in Memphis, Tennessee. 1899 – Opel manufactured its first automobile. 1903 – “The Wizard of Oz” musical premieres in New York City. 1908 – New York City regulation makes it illegal for a woman to smoke in public. 1935 – The Wilderness Society is founded by conservationists. 1941 – 1st commercial extraction of magnesium from seawater, Freeport, Texas. 1942 – Count Basie records …..

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Young parade goer visits with officers

Parades are enjoyed by many folks far and wide. Here in Bladen County, children enjoy the various parades with their colorful floats, beauty queens, fire trucks and police cars. Recently, Elizabethtown marked the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a parade. The members of the Elizabethtown Police Department were all on hand to ensure the safety of the parade goers and those who were taking part in the event. During the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade young Kaden Davis stopped to talk officers he encountered and even asked to have his picture taken with them. The officers took time from their parade duties to fulfill young Kaden’s request as he …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Boys Basketball: Red Springs 39, East Bladen 34

ELIZABETHTOWN – Red Springs defeated East Bladen 39-34 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball action. Charles Brown pumped in a pair of first-quarter baskets, Corey McKoy nailed a 3-point shot and Tayshaun Berkeley tossed in a basket and a free throw to keep the Eagles within 12-11 at the quarter break. Lefrederick Wooten knocked down a 3-point shot and 2 free throws to lead an 11-6 East Bladen surge that produced a 22-18 halftime lead. Brown and Juwan Baldwin contributed a basket each to the Eagle rally. Red Springs answered with a 12-7 spurt that edged the Red Devils in front 30-29. Berkeley dropped in a basket …..

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JV Boys Basketball: East Columbus 32, West Bladen 31

LAKE WACCAMAW – East Columbus made 3 free throws with 0.9 seconds left to edge West Bladen 32-31 in Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys action. The Knights led 31-29, but were called for a foul on a desperation heave by an East Columbus player who stepped to the line and made all 3 free throws for the win. Donovan Stone fired in a trio of 3-point shots in the second half and led the West Bladen scoring with 11 points. Teammate Ronald Thompson nailed a fourth-quarter 3-point shot and added two more baskets to finish with 8 points. Jadecus Register threw in a pair of second quarter baskets, hit 2 …..

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JV Girls Basketball: Red Springs 16, East Bladen 10

ELIZABETHTOWN – Red Springs built leads of 10-4 and 14-5 in route to a 16-10 jayvee girls victory over East Bladen Friday in Three Rivers Conference action. Shanell McMillian and Lavada Jackson led the Lady Eagle scoring with 3 points each. East Bladen will travel to West Columbus Thursday after the exam break. East Bladen (10) – Lavada Jackson 3, Ja’Majah Brown, Lily Lin, Johanna Parker, Shanell McMillian 3, Heaven Baldwin, Sierra Strickland, Aaniyah Jackson 2, Sara Gargala 2, Carlie West, LaKendra Jones. Share:

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office holds Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy training

Contributed The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Specialized Training Unit and K-9 Section presented a training event for the students of the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy. The training session took place on Saturday at Jones Lake State Park. The students are Cadets enrolled in the JROTC program. “They (the Cadets) were required to navigate thick woodland areas of the park in order to learn some of the principles of teamwork and patience to accomplish the goal of moving with stealth and remaining unobserved by spotters,” said Sgt. Gary Turlington. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker fully supports outreach programs such as these because it gives us an opportunity to interact with young citizens in …..

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Tillis Statement On Democrats Voting To Shut Down The Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after Senate Democrats forced a shutdown of the federal government: “Tonight, I voted with nearly every single Senate Republican to keep our government open and fund our service members, veterans, seniors, and children who depend on CHIP. “Unfortunately, nearly every single Senate Democrat, led by Senators Schumer and Durbin, have been determined to shut down the government, and they got what they wanted. Their cynical, partisan political ploy will have real-world consequences for hardworking families in North Carolina and across our nation. “One of the most egregious parts of the Democrats’ shutdown is their counterproductive demands on immigration …..

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Congressman Pittenger: Schumer’s game hurts kids, military heroes

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after Senate Democrats voted to shut down the federal government: “Senator Schumer created an artificial deadline for an unrelated issue and just led the shutdown of our government.  He’s playing a Washington swamp game.  Low-income children, our military, and Americans who need services from our government lost.  This is truly a Schumer Shutdown.” Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The Barnum and Bailey circus has closed.  The circus has moved to D.C.  Maybe the tents could be resurrected in Washington, one for the House, one for the Senate and one for the White House. Tired of the blame game, all who made promises to get elected are to blame.  Seldom hear a politician say, ‘I am partially to blame’.  Always someone else at fault.  Shame on them all.  Leaders step up when the going gets tough.  Budget was due October 1, 2017. A little research determined the fiscal year, “prior to 1976, began on July 1 and ended on June 30.  The Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act of 1974 stipulated the change to allow Congress …..

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Emereau:Bladen set to expand

By Erin Smith Emereau:Bladen Charter School is preparing to embark on a building program as the school prepares to grow to a K-7 school. Currently, the school houses grades K-6, according to Kate Alice Dunaway. The addition of the 7th grade, will bring with it the need for more classroom space, said Dunaway. The school is planning to build a 16,000 square-foot addition. In addition to classroom space, there will be office space, classrooms for the exceptional children’s program, and storage space. The courtyard will remain and a project to plant raised bed gardens will move to the courtyard area, said Dunaway.   DeVane Builders is expected to begin construction on …..

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Girls Basketball: East Columbus 57, West Bladen 42

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong LAKE WACCAMAW – East Columbus defeated West Bladen 57-42 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference girls basketball action. Guard Tia Campbell threw in a trio of baskets, and teammate Alanna Deal added two more as the Lady Gators raced to a 15-6 first quarter lead. Junior Conner Brisson fired in a 3-point shot, and senior Elizabeth Allbright sank 3 free throws for West in the period. Two baskets by Arianna Daniels and 3 points each from Campbell and Deal helped push the East lead to 30-17 at halftime. Senior Patience Parker tossed in 4 free throws, Allbright put in a basket, sophmore Kasee Singletary pumped in …..

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Boys Basketball: Red Springs 55, East Bladen 53

ELIZABETHTOWN – Red Springs made two free throws with 3.8 seconds left to edge East Bladen 55-53 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference boys basketball action. With the score knotted 53-53, the Eagles missed a lay-up with 14 seconds remaining, before the Red Devils gained possession and took the lead at the foulline. An Eagle attempt to win at the buzzer failed. “We got a good shot at the end, but Adonis’ (Avery) 3-pointer came up short,” said Eagle Coach Kenzil McCall. Freshman center Javant McDowell dropped in a trio of early baskets for the Eagles. Guard Messiah Leach sank a basket and 2 free throws, senior Sincere Smith banged …..

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Boys Basketball: West Bladen 75, East Columbus 73, Overtime

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong LAKE WACCAMAW – Seniors Jimmy Williams and Gerardo Reyes led an overtime surge by West Bladen that produced a 75-73 boys basketball victory over East Columbus Friday night in Three Rivers Conference action. The teams completed regulation play knotted 65-65. Williams nailed a 3-point shot to begin the extra period and later added a free throw. Reyes popped in a basket and 2 free throws, while junior Jaheim Lesane sank a pair of free throws to helped seal the victory. Jimmy Williams drained a 3-point shot, another basket and a free throw in the first period, and sophmore Trashawn Ballard threw in a pair of baskets. …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 48, Red Springs 32

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles avenged their only loss of the season Friday night with a 48-32 girls basketball victory over second-place Red Springs in Three Rivers Conference action. Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles opened up a 2-game lead over Red Springs as they improved to 10-1 in league play and 15-1 overall. The Lady Eagles blitzed Red Springs with a 17-4 first quarter run. East Bladen stretched the lead to 28-13 at halftime and 36-20 after three quarters. Junior guard Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson fired in 20 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and came up 2 steals to lead the East Bladen attack. Junior Erica McKoy pumped in 15 points for …..

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Abortion is topic of Capitol Hill this week

By U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger Monday marks Roe v. Wade’s 45th anniversary.  Since that ignoble decision, over 60 million precious, innocent babies have been intentionally killed by abortion in the United States. The Declaration of Independence states that we are all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, chief among them the right to life.  Scripture teaches us that every human being, no matter how old, is precious in the sight of God. As a Christian, father of four, and grandfather of ten, I cannot fathom how some in our country so disrespect life.  We know of babies who have survived abortion, only to be left to die of …..

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Court Orders Special Master’s Recommended Districts Incorporated into State Legislative Redistricting Plan

Court-ordered maps are now law GREENSBORO, N.C. – A panel of three federal court judges has issued a unanimous order that incorporates the recommendations of the court-appointed Special Master, Dr. Nathan Persily, into North Carolina’s state legislative districts.  The Dr. Persily was asked to alter nine state legislative districts after the Court identified that the 2017 legislatively-enacted plans that were supposed to remedy the racial gerrymandering identified in the 2011 plans failed to adequately remedy the constitutional flaws or otherwise violated state law.  The districts as ordered by the court are now the official state legislative districts of the state. “We appreciate the input and guidance of the Special Master …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for January 20

1778 – 1st American military court martial trial begins in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 1809 – 1st US geology book published by William Maclure. 1887 – US Senate approves naval base lease of Pearl Harbor. 1920 – The American Civil Liberties Union is founded. 1930 – 1st radio broadcast of “Lone Ranger” (WXYZ-Detroit) 1937 – 1st US Presidential Inauguration day held on January 20, (previously March 4th). 1945 – Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn-in for an unprecedented (and never to be repeated) 4th term as US President. 1950 – “Dance Me a Song” opens at Royale Theater NYC for 35 performances. 1957 – Betsy Rawls wins LPGA Tampa Golf Open. 1961 – JF …..

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Kiwanis Recognitions Night

The Kiwanis of Elizabethtown was pleased to recognize two 60-year members at their meeting, January 16th at San Jose in Elizabethtown. Each of these members have received a plaque from the club recognizing their years of service along with recognition letters and pins from Kiwanis International. Mr. Billy (William) Hair joined Kiwanis in September of 1957. He is a former educator and administrator in the Bladen County Schools. Mr. Hair is a great historian of the club events and reliably attends every meeting. His support of Kiwanis over the years has allowed this club to prosper and continue to serve the children of Bladen County. The Kiwanis was thrilled to …..

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NCDOT: Winter Storm Cleanup

Once again, the New Year kicked off with a wintry welcome, bringing record-breaking cold and not one, but two winter storms. The first storm brought ice and a few inches of snow to eastern counties and coastal areas, which is an unusual sight in North Carolina. The ice, coupled with constant below freezing daytime temperatures and single digit nighttime temperatures, made it especially challenging for crews to clear roadways. N.C. Department of Transportation crews from across the state were sent to assist in the clearing efforts, which took nearly a week in some areas. Nearly every county received snow, with the highest amounts in the Piedmont where up to a …..

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Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital

Cape Fear Valley Bladen Medical Associates and Bladen Kid’s Care Announce Saturday Hours

Bladen Medical Associates and Bladen Kid’s Care will be open from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm Saturday, January 20th * BY APPOINTMENT ONLY*. Please call one of the following numbers if you would like to be scheduled. As always, Bladen Express Care will also be open 8:00 am – 7:00 pm. Bladen Medical Associates: Dr. Vergara-872-0701or 872-8702 Robin Goosetree, FNP Kids Care Amanda Register, PNP Phone: 910-862-8677 Share:

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Tillis Statement On Government Funding

TILLIS: “Democrats are justifying their support of a shutdown by creating arbitrary deadlines and demanding an immediate vote on the ‘Gang of Six’ immigration bill. It’s a disingenuous partisan political stunt considering they know full well that a vote would fail in both chambers, a result that would make a successful deal even harder to achieve moving forward. It’s even more disingenuous since they haven’t even introduced the bill or legislative text yet. It’s impossible to vote on a bill that doesn’t exist…. All members should look in a mirror and ask themselves if they’re in Congress to make a point or to make a difference. If they truly want …..

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Congressman Pittenger On Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act: ‘What Have We Become?’

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined House Republicans to pass the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712), which requires appropriate medical care be given to babies who survive abortion procedures. “What have we become as a nation that we must pass a law to stop abortionists from stuffing living, breathing babies into biohazard bags and tossing them in the trash?” asked Congressman Pittenger. “My body, my choice? What about the body of the baby? What about the baby’s choice? Those who defend killing a baby born alive have lost the capacity to love.” The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act: · Requires any health care practitioner …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Bladen County Schools will open with a 2-hour delay today, for staff and students. Today is the deadline for a fundraiser for Senior Games that will be held later this spring. Lumber River Council of Government is selling raffle tickets for a Sceptre 50″ LED TV for $5 each. All proceeds benefit the Senior Games. If you are interested in supporting this event, contact Carol Mitchell at the Division of Aging TODAY (Friday, January 19). Her number is 910-872-6331 Black’s Tire Service and Recapping Co. will enter a truck in the upcoming Daytona race. David Gilliland will be the driver and Michael Hester of Bladenboro will be the crew chief. …..

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This Day in History for January 19

1865 – Union occupies Fort Anderson, North Carolina. 1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey. 1903 – 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England. 1915 – Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude. 1922 – Geological survey says US oil supply would be depleted in 20 years. 1935 – Coopers Inc. sells the world’s first men’s briefs in Chicago, calls it the “Jockey” 1938 – General Motors begins mass production of diesel engines. 1955 – “Millionaire” TV program premieres on CBS. 1961 – 1st episode of “Dick Van Dyke Show” is filmed. 1966 – Neil …..

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Supreme Court Grants North Carolina’s Application to Delay Redrawing of Electoral Maps, Putting Fair Elections in North Carolina in Jeopardy For 2018 Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court said North Carolina does not have to redraw its congressional voting maps by January 29, as a federal district court ordered on January 9 when it struck down the 2016 map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) represent the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, in this legal challenge to state’s 2016 maps. North Carolina’s maps have been in dispute since 2012, and the Supreme Court invalidated the state’s 2012 and 2014 maps as a racial gerrymander. In 2016, North Carolina voters went to the polls with the current map, which the district court has …..

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Balsam Range at Carolina Civic Center

Returning 7pm Saturday February 10 from their sold-out 2015 performance, Balsam Range brings a warm, contemporary bluegrass sound to the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton.  Hailing from Henderson County in western North Carolina, Balsam Range’s ascent to the top of the Bluegrass world has left a well-marked trail of success since the band’s inception in 2007. One of the genre’s most award-winning artists in recent years, they have garnered ten International Bluegrass Music Association Awards on the heels of six critically acclaimed albums. Balsam Range has left audiences spellbound while headlining major festivals from coast to coast, selling out venues across the nation, and appearing multiple times at the Grand …..

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Bladen County Farm Service Agency Announces County Committee Election Results

Bladen County U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director CED Chris Tatum announced that County Committee elections are over and the ballots have been counted. Joshua Vendrick of Bladenboro was elected to represent local administrative area (LAA) 2 and Delois Wright of Bladenboro will serve as the first alternate. “County Committee members are a critical component of the day-to- day operations of FSA,” said Tatum.  “They help deliver programs at the county level and work to serve the needs of local producers.” All recently elected County Committee members will take office in January 2018, and will be joining the existing committee.” Every FSA office is required …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County

By: Dora Brogdon This Saturday, Jan 20, will have a total of 3 events. The first event to start the day off will be a Introduction to Carolina Bays at Jones Lake State Park. Participants will learn about the geological mysteries of the Carolina Bays that some call home! Those that due attend should meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. The NC Muscadine Growers Association will be meeting at Lu Mil Vineyard. Registration will begin at 8:30a.m. and those who do plan on attending should contact Dianna at 910-267-4531. There will be a no-cost business seminar on Church Event Planning: Beyond the Fundraiser. The seminar will begin at 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. On Sunday, Jan …..

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Historical Markers in Bladen County: Brown Marsh Presbyterian Church

Brown Marsh Presbyterian Church, also known as Clarkton Presbyterian Church, is an historic Presbyterian church in Clarkton, Bladen County, North Carolina. It was built between 1805 and 1828, and is a small frame pre-Greek Revival style building. It is the oldest church in Bladen County. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Share:

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No DACA No CR Bill Conference Call Update

Charlotte, NC- Please join our #DACA conference call update tonight @ 1900 (7pm EDT). We will also live stream on Facebook Christian’s update during the call. Now here is what you will need for the call: Dial-In Number: 641-715-3570 Participation Code: 388026 The call will begin promptly at: 1900 EDT and will last around 30 minutes. ***** OUR DEMOCRATIC MORAL FIBER COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN! #NoCRWithOutDACA “We stand firm with Congressperson Keith Ellison, our Black Congressional Caucus, and our Hispanic Congressional Caucus who believe our #DACA neighbors deserve a clean #DreamAct now. “As we approach a possible government shutdown in three (2) days, I urge all of our declared #NCDP 2018 Democratic primary election …..

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SBI Has Job Openings for Special Agent I Positions

RALEIGH — The State Bureau of Investigation is accepting job applications until Friday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. for approximately 12 special agent I positions to work in various locations statewide. “We are looking for men and women who are physically fit, of strong moral and ethical character and who would enjoy working in an investigative law enforcement role,” said Bob Schurmeier, director of the SBI. “I encourage those who qualify to consider being a part of this agency that protects and serves the citizens of North Carolina in many ways.”  The job requirements include graduation from a four-year college and 12 months of law enforcement experience. The candidate must be at least …..

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Are Abortion Clinics Infrastructure?

  WASHINGTON – As hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans prepare to March for Life in Washington, D.C., Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and Senator James Lankford (R-OK) are requesting a Government Accountability Office investigation into the use of tax-exempt bonds to finance abortion clinics. “These tax-exempt bonds are designed to build up a community by supporting infrastructure, not tear down a community by subsidizing the willful termination of innocent life. Who in their right mind would consider an abortion clinic to be infrastructure? We intend to stop this egregious misuse of tax-exempt bonds,” said Congressman Pittenger. “The nation is divided on the issue of abortion, but the government should not …..

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The partisan politics of personal destruction

Senate Democrats have been indignantly sounding the alarm that President Trump represents a threat to the independence of the judicial branch. They are apparently unaware that the real threat to our judiciary – the flagrant politicization of our courts and the confirmation process itself – has been facing them in the mirror this entire time.   Case in point: the treatment of Tom Farr, who President Trump nominated last year to serve on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.   Since the moment Mr. Farr was nominated, he has been the subject of a coordinated and viciously dishonest smear campaign from the far-left designed to tank …..

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Snow cream for snow days

Bladen County has received more snow this year than most years. Schools have been canceled and some may be wondering what to do on this snow day. Snow cream is always a good, fast, tasty treat. We thought we would share the recipe for the refreshing cream. You will need the following ingredients: 8 c. clean snow 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract Then in a large mixing bowl, stir together sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Add snow, 1 cup at a time, stirring until all ingredients have been added; continue adding snow until an ice cream-like texture has been reached. You may need as …..

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N.C. Pesticide Board announces case settlements

RALEIGH – The N.C. Pesticide Board recently approved the following settlement agreements for individuals in Johnston, Jones, New Hanover and Rowan counties, and Trenton, Ga. Settlements included instances of pesticide drift and selling restricted-use pesticides to individuals without a valid pesticide license. Settlements are listed by county below: (Columbus) Anthony R. Allred, general manager of Land O’Lakes Golf Course in Whiteville, agreed to pay $900 for using pesticides in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. Pesticides labeled for use on a farm were used to treat areas of the golf course. The agricultural pesticides used were not labeled for golf course use. (Johnston) Joshua Daughtry of Kenly agreed to pay …..

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Tillis & Lankford Joint Statement on Gang of Six Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following joint statement on the “Gang of Six” legislation:   “Any successful immigration deal must be a balanced compromise that both provides a long-term solution for DACA youth and effectively secures our borders. Simply put, it needs to permanently fix both problems. As we have said from the beginning, any successful deal also needs buy-in from the White House. Unfortunately, the ‘Gang of Six’ proposal falls short since it fails to include even basic border security reforms.   “Threatening a government shutdown or demanding a vote on a bill that is doomed to fail is counterproductive. It …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Snow could hang around for a few hours.  Sunny today with highs near 40, West wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.  Clear, with low around 24 tonight, west wind around 5 mph. Icy spots on roadways could be hazardous.  Temps increase to the 50s and 60s later this week. Don’t want to ‘jinks’ our utility companies, but year ’round preparation by Four County and Duke Energy has cut ‘down time’ to a minimum.  Zero outage at many households and businesses. Love to read John Clark’s articles related to high school sports.  Congratulations to Ja Tyra Moore-Peterson on her 1,000th point in her East Bladen high school basketball career.  The …..

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This Day in History for January 18

1733 – 1st polar bears exhibited in America in Boston. 1778 – Captain James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands) 1869 – Elegant California Theater opens in San Francisco. 1896 – 1st demonstration of an X-ray machine in US (NYC). 1919 – Bentley Motors Limited is founded. 1943 – US rations bread & metal – banning pre-sliced bread reduce bakery demand for metal parts. 1944 – The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden. 1947 – “Red Mill” closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 831 …..

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JV Boys Basketball: East Bladen 60, West Bladen 36

DUBLIN – East Bladen rode a 22-7 second quarter surge to a 60-36 jayvee boys basketball victory over West Bladen Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference action. Corey McKoy nailed a pair of 3-point shots in the first quarter as the Eagles grabbed an 11-7 lead. Teammate Makhi Cromartie tossed in a basket, and Tayshaun Berkeley canned 2 free throws. Nolan Bryant dropped in a pair of first-period baskets for the Knights, and teammate Ronald Thompson pumped in a basket and a free throw. Corey McKoy who led all scorers with 14 points knocked down a pair of 3-point shots to key the Eagles second period explosion. Freshman Lefrederick Wooten …..

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Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson Scores 1,000th Point

Junior guard Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson scored the 1,000th point of her East Bladen basketball career Tuesday night in the Lady Eagles 68-62 win at West Bladen. Moore-Peterson went into Tuesday’s game with a total of 996 career points. After tossing in a first-period basket, Moore-Peterson reached the 1,000 point mark with her first basket of the second quarter. On hand to see Moore-Peterson reach the milestone was Lacey Suggs, the most recent Lady Eagle to reach the 1,000 point mark. Suggs ranks third on the Lady Eagle career scoring list with 2,139 points. Other Lady Eagles to join the 1,000 point club during Coach Patty Evers tenure as head coach include …..

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Cape Fear Valley Medical

Cape Fear Valley announces hours for Thursday, Jan 18

Due to inclement weather in the region, the following Cape Fear Valley clinics and services will open Thursday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. to patients and visitors: All Cape Fear Valley Health and Harnett Health clinics in Cumberland, Hoke, Harnett, Bladen, Robeson, Scotland and Sampson counties Health Pavilion North – all clinics and services Health Pavilion Hoke – all clinics and services HealthPlex Highsmith-Rainey ExpressCare Community Mental Health Center at 711 Executive Place The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Cape Fear Valley Cape Fear Valley Diagnostic Center Cape Fear Valley Cancer Center – all locations Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center Services at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center/Rehabilitation Center, Hoke …..

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County Schools on 2-hour delay

Bladen County Schools will open with a 2-hour delay on Thursday for students and non-essential staff. Essential staff will be contacted by their immediate supervisor if they need to report to work earlier than the 2-hour delay. Share:

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Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial and County Commissioners meet

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Commissioners and the members of the Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial Board met in a joint session on Tuesday morning. Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess said this was the first time both full boards have met together. He said 13 of the 18 Bladen’s Bloomin’ members present at the meeting either have been or currently are serving as Bladen County Commissioners. Two current County Commissioners serving on the Bladen’s Bloomin’ board are Ashley S. Trivette and Commissioner Chairman Ray Britt replaced Commissioner  Charles Ray Peterson. Heustess gave those present a history of Bladen’s Bloomin’. It is a private, non-profit real estate and lending entity …..

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National Weather Service office issues updated snow forecast

The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued an updated snow forecast for Bladen County. The forecast calls for the county to receive between 1 to 2 inches of snowfall by Thursday morning. The winter weather advisory for Bladen County remains in effect until 10 p.m. tonight (Wednesday). Reid Hawkins, with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, said, “The snow has been a little late entering from the west. There have been a few reports of sleet and a few flakes so far but nothing of significance. Expect the colder temperatures to enter into the region west of I-95 with the next few hours. Rain should be changing …..

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White Oak crash sends one to hospital

Photos contributed by Vince Morris By Erin Smith A two vehicle crash on Gum Springs Road near White Oak sent one person to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. According to North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Freeman, Michael Shaw was driving a pick-up truck owned by McDuffie Pest Control northbound on Gum Springs Road when he crossed the centerline and was struck by a livestock truck. The truck was loaded with hogs at the time of the incident, according to Trooper Freeman. The livestock truck, owned by Chuck Ay’s Trucking, was being driven southbound on Gum Springs Road by Calvin Harris of Warsaw, said …..

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Wyche Gallery features Native American exhibit

The exhibition “Women of the Red Earth” gives a view through the Indigenous lens and features the poems of Tonya Holy Elk Locklear, who is Lumbee/Oglala Lakota, and the visual art work of Margie Beth Labadie, who is Ashkenazi-Levi. Visually striking Native American objects entice viewers to come closer to read newly written, untold histories of Native Americans who continue to struggle in an overwhelmingly non-indigenous United States. This Native American – non-Native American collaboration crosses cultural boundaries and open up lines of communication between all communities. Everyone is cordially invited to participate in the afternoon discussion and attend the opening reception to learn more about the poetry and art from Earth Women Arts. …..

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Protecting Houses of Worship Training Held in Cary

RALEIGH – Tuesday, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina joined law enforcement and local area houses of worship in presenting training to security personnel from diverse faith communities on protecting religious institutions and houses of worship from violence.  This one-day Protecting Houses of Worship Seminar was held at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, North Carolina and was attended by nearly 450 people representing local churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques. United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. opened the training remarking, “Faith leaders typically have limited contact with local law enforcement agencies.  Yet establishing a partnership before an emergency arises is a key component of a …..

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Judge Issues Consent Judgment in Bolton Nuisance Case

WHITEVILLE – Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser has entered a consent judgment against a nuisance property located at 316 Lizzie’s Drive, Bolton.  The defendant and property owner in this lawsuit is John H. Freeman. This judgment is the final step in a civil nuisance abatement action brought by Columbus County District Attorney Jon David, on behalf of the State of North Carolina. Chapter 19 of the N.C. General Statutes defines a public nuisance, and allows for a civil remedy to abate such nuisance activities. The investigation and information gathered for this lawsuit was a joint effort between members of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement’s Nuisance Abatement Team. “The …..

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Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala announced, sponsorships still available

By Erin Smith An elegant evening is planned for this year’s Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala. The event, “A Night at the Oscars,” will take place on Saturday, February 24th, at 6 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin and is a black-tie optional event. For those who would like to sponsor the event, Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare’s Ashley Dowless said there is still time to get your sponsorship request in. Sponsorship levels are: Red Carpet Presenting Sponsor at $1,500; Platinum Star sponsor at $1,000; Gold Star Sponsor at $500; Silver Star Sponsor at $250.  For more information regarding how you or your business can become a sponsor, contact Dowless at 910-862-1206. …..

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Commissioners hear concerns about White Lake, roadside hunting

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Commissioners heard concerns about the water quality of White Lake and roadside hunting on Tuesday night. Commissioner Russell Priest stood and addressed the board stating that several Bladen County Commissioners attended an open forum at White Lake last week. He said that state officials were present as well as members of the White Lake Town Council and concerned members of the community. “Over the past year, it has gotten very bad,” said Commissioner Priest of the situation. He said representatives from various state agencies spoke and updated everyone present regarding the situation but the officials did not state specifically what they will do. “Mainly, …..

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Ericsson Announces Support For Congressman Pittenger’s National Security Legislation

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) received a letter from Ericsson, a major international networking and telecommunications company, expressing support for his Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA): “We commend you, and Senator John Cornyn, for spearheading the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA). This legislation provides critical and overdue updates to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) review process. Our world has changed a great deal since CFIUS was created more than four decade ago – there are new competitors, new challenges, and new concerns. And we must ensure there are adequate safeguards in place to properly vet and scrutinize the …..

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Elizabethtown man wanted on arson charge arrested

By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown man who is wanted on an arson charge has been arrested in Robeson County. Brandon Malone is facing charges in connection to a fire that ocurred in apartment 5B at the Mercer Road Apartment complex. According to Lt. D. Cheshire, with the Elizabethtown Police Department, Malone was arrested in Robeson County on outstanding warrants there. He is expected to be served with the warrants from the Elizabethtown Police Department once the charges in Robeson County have been processed. Malone is facing charges of arson and two counts of attempted murder in connection with a fire which took place Sunday night at 700 Mercer Mill Road. …..

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USDA

USDA Announces National Peanut Board Appointments

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2018–Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today appointed five members and six alternates to serve on the National Peanut Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and ending Dec. 31, 2020. One appointee will serve the remaining one-year portion of a vacancy. Newly appointed members are: Tom Corcoran, Eufaula, Ala. William T. Carte, Live Oak, Fla. Paul Rogers, Wakefield, Va. Newly appointed alternates are: Thomas Adams, Newville, Ala. Jeremy Rolling, Westville, Fla. Westley B. Drake, Newsoms, Va. Jeff Roper, Lubbock, Texas (1-year term) Reappointed members are: Joe H. Morgan, Hattiesburg, Miss. Dan Ward, Clarkton, N.C. Reappointed alternates are: Lonnie Fortner, Port Gibson, Miss. Raymond P. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

No school today due to the weather. Snow and rain in today’s forecast, partly sunny, with a 40% chance of rain today after 2 PM. Around midnight, a 60% chance of precipitation, snow and rain with little or no accumulation expected. (Check with the NWS for updates throughout the day). With weather on the minds of many, the National Weather Service has posted the following about last year’s weather. “2017 was one of the warmest years in history across the eastern Carolinas with temperatures averaging two (2) degrees above normal. There was no extreme summer heat, instead far-above normal temperatures in January, February and April, supplemented by near normal temperatures …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 68, West Bladen 62

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – Juniors Erica McKoy and Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson combined for 41 points Tuesday night to lead East Bladen to a 68-62 girls basketball victory over West Bladen in Three Rivers Conference action. McKoy poured in a career-high 23 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 6 assists in her first game against her former team. Moore-Peterson fired in 18 points and dished out 4 assists. “Erica did a great job for us and Ja’Tyra scored the 1,000th point of her career,” said East Bladen Coach Patty Evers. Moore-Peterson now has scored 1,014 points for the Lady Eagles. Seniors Patience Parker and Chasitty Lacey drained 3-point shots …..

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Boys Basketball: East Bladen 59, West Bladen 56

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – East Bladen Eagles overcame a 24-point first-half deficit to defeat West Bladen 59-56 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference boys basketball action. It was a tale of two halves with West Bladen controlling the first half, and East Bladen roaring back in the second half. Knight senior Jimmy Williams bombed in a pair of 3-point shots to start the game and later hit two more 3-pointers. Freshman Shyron Adams nailed a corner 3-ball, and Tyre Boykin put back a follow for an 18-2 West lead. Eagle senior Sincere Smith muscled in a basket to pull East to within 18-4 at the quarter break. Junior …..

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Pet of the Week: Pickles

By: Dora Brogdon This week Pickles, now a 1 year old male, has been chosen to be Pet of the Week. He’s very friendly and affectionate towards people but he doesn’t quite get along with other dogs. 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 through Friday from noon until 5 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. For more information or questions call (910)862-6918. Share:

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This Day in History for January 17

1871 – 1st cable car patented, by Andrew Smith Hallidie in the US (begins service in 1873) 1874 – Armed Democrats seize Texas government ending Radical Reconstruction. 1899 – US takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific. 1911 – Percy Mackaye’s “Scarecrow” premieres in NYC. 1916 – 1st PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Siwanoy CC Bronxville, New York. 1928 – 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented. 1934 – Electric Home & Farm Authority incorporated. 1943 – Tin Can Drive Day in the US, salvage collected for the war effort. 1950 – The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car …..

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Historical Martin Luther King Junior Parade

Photos By: Kenneth Armstrong This year may be one for the record books for the annual Martin Luther King Junior Parade. Bladen County Commissioner and community leader, Arthur Bullock, coordinates the big event each year with great success, but this year seems to have been the largest one yet. Dedicated Soulz MC, a local Christian motorcycle club focused on empowering lives of individuals and enriching communities had hundreds of motorcycle riders in the parade. The parade also showcased numerous cars belonging to multiple car clubs. The parade entries varied in a large variety. There were floats, characters, elected officials and citizens running for public office in addition to the dressed up cars …..

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County Schools closed for inclement weather

Valerie Newton with Bladen County Schools sent out a call and social media posts to notify students and parents about the schools’ schedule for Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  In the post Newton said, “…due to predicted inclement weather affecting our area beginning mid-morning on Wednesday, all Bladen County Schools will be closed for students on Wednesday, January 17 and it will be an optional teacher workday. Essential transportation and maintenance personnel will be notified by your immediate supervisor with specifics for reporting to work.” More information will be published as it is provided. Share:

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Utility Technician I Full-time Position DEPARTMENT: PUBLIC WORKS

Work involves maintenance and repairs of wells, water meters, and chlorine dosing equipment, and maintaining sewer lift station pumps, lines, and motors.  The worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, traffic hazards and atmospheric conditions. Duties include, but are not limited to:  performing daily checks on various pumps, metering stations, wells, and lift stations; checking pump readings, chlorine readings, pH readings, chlorine cylinders, and cleaning lift station baskets; and monitoring generators and rain gauges and recording findings, as well as taking water samples.  Those with no maintenance or mechanical experience need not apply. Graduation from high school or GED is required, as well …..

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Bladen County loses two long-time firefighters

By Erin Smith Bladen County has lost two of its long-time fire service members. Jack “Jackie” Singletary of Tar Heel and Myron Storms of Garland, both former fire chiefs in Bladen County, passed away recently. Mr. Singletary served as fire chief with the Tar Heel Fire Department for 13 years and spent a total of 20 years as a volunteer firefighter. He was also very active in his community. He served on the Board of Education for several years and was chairman of the Bladen County ASCS. Jackie is survived by mother: Mavis Hursey Singletary of Tar Heel; three sons: Jack Singletary and wife Sandra of Tar Heel, Jeromy Singletary …..

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Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare announces inclement weather plan

Contributed Our service area is expected to get 2 to 3 inches of snow beginning around 5 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, January 17). In some areas, it could be up to 5 inches according to the National Weather Service. Employees who are scheduled to work may need to plan to stay the night to avoid unsafe road conditions in the morning. The rehabilitation center auditorium will be set up with sleeping rooms for men and women, complete with cots and linens. Please be quiet when entering or exiting the rooms. Meal tickets will be available for those spending the night. A limited number of additional daycare slots will be available at First Adventures tomorrow. Please …..

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Winter Weather Advisory issued for Bladen County

By Erin Smith A winter weather advisory has been issued for Bladen County beginning at 4 a.m. Wednesday and continuing until 7 p.m. The National Weather Service office in Wilmington forecasts Bladen County to receive up to one inch of snow accumulation. Roads may become slippery as snow packs onto roadways, according to the National Weather Service. A rain snow mix is expected to begin by afternoon and change over to all snow by late afternoon to early evening. Read the latest forecast here. Share:

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Jefferson Weaver: Eyes half-filled with hope

By: Jefferson Weaver I have no idea how long he was lost, but it was long enough that he was grateful for a decent meal. I’d finally managed to find a few hours to head for the woods, and despite any number of ridiculous delays, I still had a good two hours of daylight to get some work done. I’d even come up with an alternative plan since it turned out I’d grabbed the wrong keys as I fled the house, and was locked out of the hunting grounds far better than anyone with criminal intent. Then I saw Will. At first, I thought he was an early-moving coyote hunting …..

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Snow may be a possibility for some areas on Wednesday

  By Erin Smith Some parts of our area could see potential snowfall on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. The projection is for Bladen county to see less than one inch of snow accumulation by nightfall on Wednesday. The forecast calls for rain beginning in the early morning and changing over to snow by mid-morning. Travel impacts are expected mainly on bridges and overpasses and elevated surfaces. To read the entire forecast, click here. https://bladenonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Jan_17_Winter-Weather-Event_1.pdf Share:

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Elizabethtown man sought on arson charge

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department is searching for a man who is wanted for the arson of an apartment building located at 700 Mercer Mill Road on Sunday night. Sgt. W. Thompson said the fire started in Apartment 5B after Brandon Malone got into an argument with his girlfriend. At some point following the argument, Malone set a fire inside the apartment. There were two minor children inside the home at the time of the fire, according to Sgt. Thompson. “He fled the scene,” said Sgt. Thompson. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Malone on charges of arson and two counts of attempted murder. Sgt. Thompson …..

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Bladenboro home damaged in chimney fire

By Erin Smith A home on NC 131 near Bladenboro was damaged following a chimney fire on Tuesday. Jackie Coleman, with the Bladenboro Fire Department said there was a chimney fire which led to the collapse of the chimney. Damage was contained to the chimney, the wall, fire place and a portion of the attic. No one was reported injured due to the fire. The Bladenboro, Dublin, Elizabethtown, and Clarkton fire departments along with Bladen County EMS and Bladen County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the fire. Share:

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