03/25/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:25 pm Tillis Sends Bipartisan Letter Seeking Answers on Possible Tariffs for Foreign Autos
  • 4:12 pm Work to retrieve vehicle from river to resume soon
  • 3:44 pm April 2019 meeting of the Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter
  • 3:19 pm Firefighters battle brush fire near Clarkton
  • 2:30 pm Dietary Manager
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DUBLIN – A 14-0 third quarter run by West Columbus carried the Lady Vikings to a 43-28 victory over West Bladen Wednesday night in Three Rivers Conference girls basketball action. Junior Conner Brisson raced for a lay-up to begin the second half that pulled West Bladen to within 19-15. Raeana Goodman and Tahnijah McKoy threw […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ROWLAND – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles ran their winning streak to fifteen games in a row Wednesday night with a 57-37 victory at South Robeson in Three Rivers Conference girls basketball action. The Lady Eagles retained their 2-game lead in the league standings with a 14-1 record and are 19-1 overall. […]

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Bladenboro Dixie Youth will hold its annual signups starting Saturday, Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Bladenboro Middle School Gym. Other registration dates are Saturday, Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Galeed Baptist Church Family life center, and Saturday, Feb. 17 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Bladenboro Middle […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Alexus Mitchell sparked a 7-1 closing run that propelled Elizabethtown to a 21-16 Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery Tuesday night. Clarkton held a slim 15-14 lead after 3 quarters, but Mitchell fired in 2 baskets and a free throw in the final period, and teammate […]

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CLARKTON – Malcolm Bolden and Raymond Autry combined for 23 points to lead Elizabethtown to a 31-23 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery Tuesday night. Bolden fired in a 3-point shot and 2 more baskets in the first quarter, and Autry dropped in a basket as the Cougars edged ahead […]

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Charlotte – Dr. Mark  Harris, Republican Candidate for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District issued the following response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address: Tonight, our President reminded us that we are one team, one people, one American family and delivered a stirring and beautiful call for a unified nation. He spoke of “the […]

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The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost business seminars beginning in February. The Non-Profit Academy is scheduled for Thursday nights beginning Feb. 8, from 6:30 until 8:30 P.M., in building 2, room 202, on the Dublin campus. The classes are: Feb. 8, How to Start a Non-Profit/Faith-based Organization Feb. 15, Developing/Re-Writing Organizational By-Laws […]

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The public is invited to hear guest speaker Rev. Dr. Dwight Cannon at the Black History Month celebration, scheduled for Monday, February 5, at 11 A.M., in the Bladen Community College auditorium (building 9). The event is sponsored by the BCC Diversity Committee. For more information, contact Sharon Coe at 910-879-5627. Share:

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CROZET, VA – Earlier today, a train carrying Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and other Republican Members of the House and Senate crashed in Crozet, Virginia.  Congressman Pittenger has released this statement: “This morning, I was standing in the dining car getting a soft drink when I felt a tremendous jolt.  As you know, the train […]

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By Erin Smith Students at Bladen County’s middle schools participated in a Career Awareness Day conducted on Wednesday at the Elizabethtown Middle School. Career pathways were presented in both traditional and non-traditional fields. Savannah Schmidt, with Bladen Community College, gave a virtual welding demonstration and encouraged students in attendance to try their hand at welding. […]

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A benefit is planned for two families in Bladenboro for Saturday, February 17th, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building. All proceeds go to assist Laura Bowen Albright and Randy Pittman. There will be barbecue plates and tea available at a cost of $7 each. A bake sale will also take […]

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The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is hosting a free event for farmers and agribusinesses during the annual Southern Farm Show. The 13th annual Ag Development Forum will focus on international trade, ag labor and the 2018 economic outlook for N.C. agriculture. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler will also present the Exporter of the […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball is holding signups for the 2018 baseball season. Sign-ups will be held at the Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball Complex. The sign-up dates are: Feburary 3rd 12:30 PM to 3 PM February 10th 8 AM to 12 PM February 17th 12:30 PM to 3 PM Sign-ups are for: T-Ball – ages 4-6 Coach Pitch – […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), along with 35 of his colleagues, sent a letter to President Trump highlighting the benefits of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the United States and outlining how President Trump can improve the agreement. “NAFTA supports 14 million jobs, representing thousands of jobs in […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong EAST ARCADIA – Thomas Academy of Lake Waccamaw outlasted Paul Brown Leadership Academy’s Bulldogs 53-50 in overtime Tuesday night in boys basketball action. Cold-shooting plagued both teams in the first half. Thomas Academy edged ahead 9-8 in the first quarter, and Zarian Brown tossed in 6 points in the second quarter to keep […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong EAST ARCADIA- Bladenboro defeated East Arcadia 34-20 Tuesday in Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball action. Deonte Lacy threw in a couple of first quarter baskets, Gary Parker sank 3 free throws, and Jaylen Newkirk pumped in a basket and a free throw as the Bulldogs took a 10-4 first quarter lead. […]

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By Erin Smith Bladen County is saying goodbye to an iconic restaurant building. Demolition work has begun on the former Cape Fear Bar-B-Que and Chicken restaurant, but what exactly will take its place remains a mystery. Before it served as Cape Fear Bar-B-Que and Chicken, it was the site of the very first Hardee’s restaurant […]

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RALEIGH – The state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services will host a fourth community information session on Thursday to provide updates on the investigation into the Chemours Fayetteville Works facility located in Bladen County. Topics will include private well and surface water testing results, alternative water options and preliminary air sampling. WHEN:        6-8 […]

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Bladen Community College is offering community classes in real estate. On Monday, February 5, Broker-in-Charge Annual Review, is scheduled from 1 until 5 p.m., in building 2, room 202, on the Dublin campus. The Real Estate General Update is scheduled for Tuesday, February 6, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., in building 2, room 202 on the Dublin campus. The […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address: “President Trump laid out a bold, optimistic vision for a safe, prosperous, and strong America.  Under President Trump’s leadership, we will work to build on the legislative accomplishments of this past year to bring about historic progress for […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued a video response to President Trump’s State of the Union Address and the ambitious legislative agenda he laid out. CLICK HERE to watch the video. Tillis on the President’s call to pass immigration reform: “I was encouraged to hear President Trump speak about immigration and challenging Congress […]

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09), who greeted President Donald Trump as he entered the House Chamber tonight, had this reaction to the State of the Union: “Tonight, President Trump made clear to the American people that they can once again be optimistic about the future.  In just one short year, President Trump, working together with Republicans […]

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Bladen County Sports

ST PAULS – A 19-4 third quarter spurt propelled St. Pauls to a 65-53 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen Tuesday night in a foul-plagued game. Eagle senior Sincere Smith drove for a pair of transition lay-ups and tacked on 2 free throws to put East Bladen ahead 26-23 early in the third quarter. […]

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By: Dora Brogdon This week a 15 week old female lab mix puppy by the name of Jazz has been picked! This little sweet heart loves to play and very friendly! This adorable puppy needs a loving family to take her home with them so she can have a happy life! The cost to adopt […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

So, a nickel for your thoughts about President Trump’s State of the Union speech last night?  Best I could tell, his supporters were pleased, his detractors remained unchanged.  Think everyone would give him high marks for invited guest that helped him make many of his points. Stock market continued to ‘drop’ on day two of what some prognosticators […]

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This Day In History

1851 – American Gail Borden announces the invention of condensed milk. 1865 – Congress passes the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery in America (passes 121-24) 1874 – Jesse James gang robs a train at Gads Hill, Missouri. 1901 – 1st automobile to exceed 100 mph (161 kph), A.G. MacDonald, Daytona Beach. 1928 – Scotch tape 1st […]

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ST PAULS – Junior Erica McKoy and sophmore Patience Ward combined for 21 second-half points as East Bladen’s Lady Eagles rallied for a 53-46 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over St. Pauls Tuesday night. St. Pauls led 22-21 at halftime, but McKoy scored a tying lay-up in transition, and Ward beat the Bulldogs down […]

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CERRO GORDO- Senior Jake Brownlee scored 27 of his game-high 33 points in the second half as West Columbus rallied for a 77-72 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over West Bladen Tuesday night. Freshman Shyron Adams connected on a pair of 3-point shots in the first quarter as the Knights battled the Vikings to […]

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CERRO GORDO – West Columbus defeated West Bladen 60-36 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference girls basketball action. Senior Annela Tiffany poured in 11 of her game-high 29 points in the opening period as the Lady Vikings edged ahead 22-18. Sophmore Seniah Johnson and senior Chasitty Lacey fired in two 3-point baskets each for the […]

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By Erin Smith The Healthy Bladen Collaborative learned on Tuesday Bladen County has received $25,000 from the North Carolina Emergency Management Division to assist individuals who are still without housing from Hurricane Matthew.  “We can assist them with deposits and two months rent,” said Janet Miller, Social Work Program Director.  She said she currently has […]

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today met with Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson to discuss North Carolina’s ongoing recovery needs following Hurricane Matthew. “Hurricane Matthew devastated communities already reeling from years of a stagnant economy.  President Trump’s policies are lifting our economy, and Secretary Carson is committed to working with me […]

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In 2011, NCWorks launched the Work Ready Community Initiative, a program to track the certification of local skilled workers and their workforce readiness in NC counties. In collaboration with community colleges, participants are evaluated on applied math, workplace documents, and graphic literacy. When students receive National Career Readiness Certification (NCRC), they improve their employability. The […]

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Road Closing

The Elwell Ferry is closed due to high water.    Correction: CSX has now finished work in Bladen County.  As such, the updated road opening / closure list is as follows:   OPENINGS:   US 701 Business (College St) in Clarkton US 701 Business in Clarkton is open   SR 1708 (Rosindale Road) SR 1708 (Rosindale […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

State of the Union address at 9 PM today, first time for President Trump. Live on TV and Radio. Usually provides some insight into priorities for the coming year for the administration in office. Tax time for Uncle Sam. Some concerns expressed about ‘crooks’ who have info that can access your files, provide ‘fake’ returns […]

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This Day In History

  1800 – US population: 5,308,483; African American population 1,002,037 (18.9%). 1815 – Burned US Library of Congress re-established with Thomas Jefferson’s 6,500 volumes. 1835 – Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C. in 1st attempted assassination of a US President. 1928 – 1st radio telephone connection between Netherlands & US. 1931 […]

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FAIRMONT – Fairmont defeated East Bladen 40-27 Friday night in Three Rivers Conferfence jayvee boys action. Allen Owens pumped in a trio of baskets and a free throw, and Juwan Baldwin nailed a 3-point shot and another basket as the Eagles built a 15-11 first quarter lead. Tayshaun Berkeley dropped in another basket for East. […]

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East Bladen senior Caleb Strait has been named to the Fayetteville Observer’s Best of 910 Preps Football first team. Strait was selected to the team as an offensive lineman. Strait paved the way for the East Bladen ground attack that averaged 36 points per game, 315 yards rushing and 361 yards of total offense. Defensively, […]

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EAST ARCADIA – Tar Heel’s Panthers raced to leads of 10-0 and 17-2 en route to a 39-27 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over East Arcadia. Larry Council threw in a pair of first quarter baskets, Antonio Candelaria sank 3 free throws, and Lancine Soumanoro tossed in a basket as Tar Heel […]

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RALEIGH –  The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will host a workshop for farmers market managers in Rocky Mount on March 8. Titled “A Successful Season 2018 – Growing Your Farmers Market,” the event is an excellent way for market managers and vendors to come together from across the state, exchange ideas and share […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Converting a highway intersection into a roundabout outside of Dublin would improve safety and decrease traffic delays. The N.C. Department of Transportation proposes building a roundabout where N.C. 410 and N.C. 41 cross with an all-way stop. Roundabouts help provide safer driving conditions: as motorists enter them, they slow down, reducing the risk of […]

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By Erin Smith A third suspect has been arrested in connection to the armed robbery for the PNC Bank in Lumberton. The FBI announced that Daquan Pridgen, 26, was arrested in Fayetteville and transported to the Cumberland County Detention Center.  He is facing charges of three counts of second degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous […]

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ST. LOUIS – While there have been no reported illnesses, out of an abundance of caution, Panera Bread is conducting a nationwide preemptive, voluntary recall of all 2 oz. and 8 oz. cream cheese products sold in its U.S. bakery-cafes.  This recall was initiated after samples of one variety of 2 oz. cream cheese from […]

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Contributed Support Go Red For Women by participating in National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 2, 2018. Why Go Red? Cardiovascular disease in the U.S. kill approximately one woman every 80 seconds. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events may be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s […]

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Please come out and join us for Pastor Corey M. Lyons’ Installation Service on February 4, 2018, at 4 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church, 501 Martin Street Elizabethtown, NC. Dr. Timothy Lance of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church of Whiteville, N.C. will be the guest speaker along with his choir and congregation. Other pastors to appear […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Mary Smith was elected Miss Harrell’s Christian Academy. Jim Bradley was elected President of the Bladen Community Theatre Group. Stanford Starling was elected President of the Bladen County Law Enforcement Association. A Fund Drive for Camp Bowers was being headed by W.R. Holland, Steve Wallace, David Clark and John Sharp. Share:

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  Wishing a Happy 44th Birthday to Chris Clark, today! If you see him in town or at work today, make sure you wish him a happy birthday. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Tuesday night, President Trump will deliver his first State of the Union speech.  The annual event begins at 9 PM before both houses of Congress and will be carried live on TV and radio. Early indications suggest his theme will be building a safe, strong and proud America.  Five major issues to be discussed by the president are: […]

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This Day In History

1785 – In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health. 1845 – Edgar Allen Poe’s poem “Raven” 1st published (NYC) 1879 – Custer Battlefield National Monument established in Montana. 1892 – The Coca-Cola Company, is incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia. 1900 – American League baseball organized in […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden As 2018 kicks off, there’s good news and bad news for retail sellers. The good news is that consumers opened their pockets wider for the Christmas holiday buying season than at any time in the last decade. Aggregate retail spending at the end of 2017 is expected to be up 4 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Did not sleep well last night planning how I was going to spend my lottery winnings. Occasionally I will purchase a lottery ticket, not a common occurrence, just when I feel lucky…Spent $3, promised myself if I won I would help all the needy in the county, pay for ongoing renovations at my home church […]

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Here are Saturday’s results from RA/GA youth basketball games played at Galeed Baptist Church and Bladenboro Middle School: K-3 GIRLS Hickory Grove 28, Galeed 18 Hickory Grove (28) – Briley Guyton 12, Alyssia Singletary 6, Allison Hickman 6, Addison Wilcox 4. Galeed (18) – Adyson Carroll 8, Anna Walters 4, Maycee Kinlaw 4, Hadley Dove […]

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Here are Saturday’s results from the Lil Knights youth basketball league at West Bladen High School: NBA League Rockets 29, Thunder 22 Rockets (29) – Walter Baelon 12, Jordan Hester 8, Jaquan Lesane 5, Kendell Lesane 2, Joseline Abreu Lezama, Aubrey Schwabble, Jonathan Ortiz Hernandez 2. Thunder (22) – Ty Allen, Jackson Pait 8, Megan […]

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This Day In History

1855 – The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway. 1864 – Battle of New Bern, North Carolina. 1878 – 1st telephone exchange (New Haven, Connecticut) 1902 – Carnegie Institute founded in Washington, D.C. 1914 – Beverly Hills, California is incorporated. 1915 – US President Woodrow Wilson […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Social Security puts you in control of your finances and future. We have made requesting or replacing your annual Benefit Statement even easier. The Benefit Statement known also as a SSA-1099 or the SSA-1042S. Now you have the ability to download it anytime and […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

It has been a very good week for the stock market. Those who own stock, have a 401K or some other type savings plan are most likely in a better financial situation today. Still think of those that, for whatever the reason, have no savings. Too many still living hand to mouth with little hope […]

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FAIRMONT – Fairmont defeated East Bladen 26-16 Friday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball action. Shanell McMillian fired in a 3-point basket and another basket to keep the Lady Eagles within 10-5 in the first quarter. LaKendra Jones tossed in a second quarter basket for East Bladen. Fairmont stretched their lead to 22-13 in […]

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WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated West Bladen 44-25 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball action. Donovan Stone drilled in a 3-point shot, 2 other baskets and a trio of free throws in the second half to lead the Knight scoring with 10 points. Ronald Thompson bombed in a pair of 3-point baskets in […]

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    WHITEVILLE – Whiteville pulled away with a 31-point fourth quarter explosion to defeat West Bladen 85-65 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference boys basketball action. Junior Keshawn Lewis knocked down a pair of 3-point shots in the first quarter, and senior Jonathan Robinson powered in a pair of inside hoops as the Knights […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Javon Morris poured in 28 points to lead Fairmont to a 78-53 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen Friday night. Morris fired in 15 points in the first period to lead the Tornadoes to a 23-12 lead. Eagle senior Adonis Avery drilled in a pair of 3-point baskets, and […]

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  WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated West Bladen 44-22 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference girls basketball action. Senior Nsaia Rogers and junior Marquasia Smith bombed in two 3-point shots each to lead the Lady Wolfpack to a 14-4 first quarter lead. Senior Chasitty Lacey and junior Scjada Ellison dropped in first quarter baskets for West […]

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FAIRMONT – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles ran their winning streak to 13 consecutive games Friday night with a 62-42 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over Fairmont. Junior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson just missed a double-double with 15 points, 9 assists and 3 rebounds to lead the Lady Eagles. Sophmore Patience Ward finished one rebound short of […]

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This Day In History

1785 – 1st US state university chartered in Athens, Georgia. 1880 – Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp. 1888 – The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C. for “the increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge” 1918 – “Tarzan of the Apes”, 1st Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater. 1939 – First flight of […]

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Upcoming Events

By: Dora Brogdon On Saturday, January 27th, Jones Lake State Park will be having a special event for the general public. Participants will be learning about the various snakes and other unique species found in our state. Those that do attend should meet at the Visitor Center at 10 a.m. Share:

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By Congressman Robert Pittenger Senator Chuck Schumer and Senate Democrats shut down America’s government over an unrelated illegal immigration issue.  This was an egregious affront to the American people, and to our brave men and women in uniform who were required to report for duty with no guarantee of pay. How did we get here? […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality issued a key permit for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline: “Today’s announcement means new jobs.  For years, the economy of western North Carolina has benefited from a reliable supply of natural gas while eastern North Carolina has been left behind.  […]

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By Kenneth L. Clark, NC Department of Transportation The railroad has entered the county to perform track maintenance along the CSX line – several roads are closured.  An update of road openings / closings is as follows: OPENINGS: None CLOSINGS: Coley Road Coley Road remains closed in order to replace the bridge over Hammonds Creek.  […]

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Planning for the 26th annual Dublin Peanut Festival is underway following two interest meetings. There were 30 people in attendance at the meeting Thursday night and new officers were elected this year’s festival committee. The group elected Richard Sibbet to serve as Chairman, Christy Dowless to serve as Vice-Chairman, Bonnie McDaniel to serve as Secretary, […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery

TAR HEEL – Nazire Smith tossed in 16 points to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 40-30 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over Tar Heel Thursday night. Smith buried a pair of 3-point shots and another basket to spark the Blue Devils to a 16-3 first quarter lead. Teammate Anthony McGill pumped in […]

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Washington, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) signed a bipartisan letter expressing support for a proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) that would help increase the transparency and accuracy of prescription drug costs in Medicare Part D. “Pharmacy price concessions account for real differences between the listed prices of prescription drugs […]

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Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced bipartisan legislation that would strengthen financial markets by reducing the risk of companies contemplating going public. The Encouraging Public Offerings Act of 2018 would encourage capital formation by making initial public offerings (IPOs) more attractive. “IPOs give companies crucial access to our capital […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery

TAR HEEL – AnnaGrey Heustess poured in 27 points Thursday to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 32-9 Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Tar Heel. Heustess pumped in 4 baskets and a free throw in the first quarter as the Lady Blue Devils built a 9-4 lead. Le’nya Harrell tossed in 2 […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Malcolm Bolden poured in 29 points Thursday to lead Elizabethtown to a 57-12 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over East Arcadia. Bolden blistered the nets in the first quarter with seven 2-point baskets and a 3-point shot to total 17 points as the Cougars raced to a 29-3 […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

DUBLIN – South Robeson defeated West Bladen 59-36 Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball action. Khalil Lloyd buried a first period 3-point shot and connected on 4 of 6 free throws to lead the Knight scoring with 7 points. Teammate Dashawn Hines pumped in 2 baskets and added 2 free throws to finish with […]

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East Bladen High School

CERRO GORDO – East Bladen’s jayvee boys rode a 13-2 fourth-quarter blitz to a 33-30 Three Rivers Conference basketball victory over West Columbus Thursday night. West Columbus took a 28-20 lead into the final period, but Kasey Price fired in a pair of baskets, and Charles Brown threw in a basket and 2 free throws. Rasean […]

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East Bladen High School

CERRO GORDO – East Bladen claimed a 16-13 jayvee girls basketball victory Thursday over West Columbus in Three Rivers Conference basketball action. Sara Gargala tossed in a pair of first quarter baskets, Shanell McMillian pumped in a basket, and Lily Lin sank a free throw as the Lady Eagles built a 7-5 lead. Aaniyah Jackson fired in […]

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CHARLOTTE – The Trump Administration has endorsed Congressman Robert Pittenger’s (NC-09) landmark national security legislation, the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA, H.R. 4311), which strengthens how the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews the national security risks of potential foreign investments. “Given how the previous administration ignored the serious national security threat […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Department of Social Services is gearing for the annual Point-In-Time (PIT) Homeless Count which is set to take place on Tuesday, January 31st. Janet Miller, the Social Work Program Manager with DSS, said the count is important to get a better understanding of the homeless situation in our county. […]

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BladenOnline.com will be celebrating 10 years in existence this coming February. We are celebrating with the publication of our second edition of Bladen County Beautiful Magazine with the theme, “Bladen County: Past, Present, Future.” We will also be donating 10% of our net profit from the magazine to United Way of Bladen County. Over the […]

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Contributed The Bladen County Sheriffs Office Specialized Training Unit reached a milestone on Tuesday night when they delivered their 50th presentation of House of Worship Safety and Security Training at Greater McKoy’s Chapel. “The members of the Greater McKoy’s Chapel welcomed myself and Sgt. Barry Pait to deliver the presentation and training,” said Sgt. Gary […]

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Independent Group Conducted Thorough Safety Review of Three Correction Enterprises Plant Operations RALEIGH – Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks provided an update on prison reform efforts to members of the Justice and Public Safety Oversight Committee today in Raleigh, including sharing the results of a new independent report on prison industry operations. He talked about […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after the White House issued its immigration framework: “I applaud the President for releasing a realistic framework that meets the four immigration pillars agreed to by both Republican and Democratic leaders earlier this month. “The framework proposes policies supported by both parties and the […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

North Carolina’s Southeast held their annual meeting Thursday evening at Cape Fear Winery in Elizabethtown, attendance very good, info very good and most likely the best speaker anywhere, and I had the pleasure of attending. Mark Vitner, Wells Fargo Economist, was the speaker and as usual, he was at his best explaining the current economic environment, and according […]

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DUBLIN – Six-four Cameron Werrell knocked down the game-winning 3-point shot with 3 seconds left to give South Robeson’s Mustangs a 94-91 double overtime boys basketball victory over West Bladen Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference action. It was a battle for the scrappy Knights throughout the game against the bigger Mustangs who feature the […]

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DUBLIN – Senior Patience Parker scored 7 of her game-high 12 points in the final period as West Bladen rallied for a 46-44 girls basketball victory over South Robeson Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference basketball action. South Robeson took a 38-36 lead into the final period and padded the margin to 41-36, before Parker […]

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CERRO GORDO – Six-six senior Jake Brownlee poured in 44 points Thursday night to lead West Columbus to an 84-67 boys basketball victory over East Bladen in Three Rivers Conference action. Brownlee blistered the nets with a trio of 3-point shots and three 2-point baskets to rack up 18 points in the first quarter as […]

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Mt. Zion AME Zion Church in Elizabethtown is offering free groceries and a free hot meal each month. The church is located at 807 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. Members and Rev. Edwin M. Ferguson will offer a free hot meal every fourth Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the church, beginning Friday, Jan. […]

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By Erin Smith A second suspect has been arrested in connection with the robbery of the PNC Bank in Lumberton. Rashad Young, 27, of Whiteville was arrested Thursday and is being held in the Robeson County Jail. According to jail records he is charged with: * Robbery with a dangerous weapon * Five counts of […]

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1784 – Benjamin Franklin expresses unhappiness over eagle as America’s symbol. 1802 – Congress passes an act calling for a US Capitol library. 1871 – US income tax repealed. 1907 – 1st US federal corrupt election practices law passed. 1915 – Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, is established. 1918 – Herbert Hoover, US Food Administrator, […]

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CERRO GORDO – The East Bladen trio of juniors Erica McKoy and Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson and sophmore Patience Ward fired in 19 points each to lead East Bladen to a 66-51 girls basketball victory over West Columbus Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference action. Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles improved to 11-1 in league play and […]

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is offering personal interest classes beginning in February. Conversational Spanish is scheduled for Tuesdays, beginning February 6 and continuing through March 27, from 6 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. The location is to be announced. Understanding Your Laptop is scheduled for Wednesdays, beginning February 7 and continuing through February 28, from […]

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DUBLIN – Marcia deAndrade has joined the faculty at Bladen Community College as a Nursing Instructor in the Allied Health Programs curriculum. deAndrade, a native of Elizabethtown, most recently served Harrell’s Christian Academy for eight years as the school nurse. She has worked as a Nursing Clinical Instructor for Sampson Community College, and as a […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today toured Charlotte Pipe & Foundry, meeting with both employees and management to learn how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is already benefiting hardworking Americans and American companies. “The recent Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is already having a major impact throughout the country.  Today, I met with hardworking patriots who […]

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Singletary Lake State Park Position:  General Utility Worker (Full-time Temporary) Pay:  $8 per hour Hours:  40 hours per week Position starts February 23, 2018 and ends September 10, 2018. Description: General Utility Worker will assist park staff in a variety of duties including park maintenance, daily operations and facility clean-up. Workers are required to work 40 hours per […]

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By Erin Smith One of the suspects in Tuesday’s PNC bank robbery in Lumberton has been arrested, according to Michelle Tatum, a spokesperson with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. Jeramie Ross Vaughn, 29, of Bitmore Road, Whiteville, was arrested on Wednesday night on Peacock Road after a citizen spotted him in his yard, according to […]

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  COUNTY OF BLADEN POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT POSITION: Heavy Equipment Operator DEPARTMENT: Solid Waste SALARY: GRADE 20 A ($26,658.00) STATUS: REGULAR, FULL TIME DESCRIPTION:  Primarily operate a tandem axle roll off container truck, and may operate a front loader refuse truck, requiring a Class B CDL license. May occasionally operate the following: tracked excavator, front-end loader, […]

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Mifflintown, PA – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. “Since my first day as the Secretary of Agriculture, I’ve traveled to 30 states, listening to the people of American agriculture about what […]

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By Erin Smith   The North Carolina Industrial Hemp Commission met on Thursday morning via a conference call and approved 24 applications. They also had a discussion regarding the Federal Food and Drug Administrations views on CBD oil which is a Hemp extract. The Commission members noted that those who are applying to grow industrial […]

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For the eighth straight year the firm of Hardee, Hunt and Williams is the top selling real estate team on Wrightsville Beach. Jim Hardee, formerly of Elizabethtown, is the senior partner in the HH&W organization. For the year of 2017 HH&W had 56 transactions with a total amount sold of $55,235,138. Hardee is married to […]

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WASHINGTON, D. C.– Rich Products Corporation, a Vineland, N.J. establishment, is recalling approximately 3,420 pounds of beef meatball products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The ready-to-eat (RTE) frozen beef meatball items were produced on Dec. 17, 2017. The following products are subject to […]

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It is more blessed to give than receive.  How ’bout you, is it more difficult to receive than give? Unemployment rate for North Carolina is 4.5%, up 0.2 in December.  Nationwide the rate is 4.1%. County information will be released February 1.  Can’t understand why anyone interested in work, is not employed, and, if all goes as planned, another […]

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