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Baseball: Whiteville 7, East Bladen 1

WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 7-1 Wednesday night in the Three Rivers Conference baseball opener for both teams. The Eagles jumped ahead with a first-inning run. Senior Sincere Smith reached on a passed third strike. After junior  Greyson Heustess lined a single to centerfield, senior Xavier Wooten belted a run-scoring single that scored Smith. The Wolfpack answered with two runs in the home half of the inning as Dylan Hinson walked and Jake Harwood and Lincoln Ransom cracked singles. Whiteville broke the game open with a 4-run sixth-inning rally. Harwood and Ransom both batted 2-3 to lead the Wolfpack offense. Pitcher Brooks Baldwin hammered a triple during the sixth-inning rally. …..

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Girls Soccer: Wallace-Rose Hill 9, West Bladen 1

DUBLIN – Wallace-Rose Hill built a 3-0 halftime lead and defeated West Bladen 9-1 Thursday night in non-conference girls soccer action. Junior Reina Cruz fired in the West Bladen goal with 15 minutes left in the game. An assist from senior Melennie Hernandez set up the Cruz goal that trimmed the Wallace lead to 5-1. Freshman Josefina Taboda led the Lady Knights with four shots on goal, and teammates Winter Graham and Cynthea Landreth had one shot on goal each. Sophmore goalie Alyssa Smith had 10 saves for West Bladen. The Lady Knights will host Purnell Swett Thursday night at 6:00. Share:

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Softball: Whiteville 15, East Bladen 0

WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 15-0 Wednesday night in the Three Rivers Conference softball opener for both teams. “They only had about 5 solid hits, and we made 9 errors,” said Lady Eagle Coach Chase Lancaster. “We really only have had one full day of practice because of the rain Monday, but I saw a lot of positives today.” Freshman Kaleigh Raynor and senior Kaley Smith split the pitching duties for East Bladen. Raynor beat out an infield hit for the only Lady Eagle hit. The Lady Eagles will host South Columbus Friday at 6 p.m. Share:

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This Day in History for March 1

1790 – 1st US census authorized. 1845 – US President John Tyler signs a resolution annexing the Republic of Texas. 1864 – Rebecca Lee in the US becomes 1st African American woman to receive a medical degree. 1909 – 1st US university school of nursing established, University of Minnesota. 1917 – 1st federal land bank chartered in USA. 1932 – The “Lindbergh kidnapping”, 20 month old son of Charles and Anne Lindbergh kidnapped from home in East Amwell, New Jersey, found dead May 12th. 1937 – 1st permanent automobile license plates issued (Ct). 1937 – US Steel raises workers’ wages to $5 a day. 1941 – 1st US commercial FM …..

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Filing period for elections closes, May primary races set

By Erin Smith The election filing period has ended and the several Bladen County residents have chosen to place their names on the ballot. Contested races of interest include the Bladen County Sheriff’s seat which will feature incumbent Sheriff Jim McVicker facing off against Billy Ward in the May Republican primary and Hakeem Brown will face off against Gary Edwards for the May Democratic Primary. In the Bladen County Commissioner District 3 race, incumbent Russell Priest will face off against fellow Democrat William Whitely of Tar Heel in the May Democratic primary. In the Bladen County board of Education District 1 race, Sabrina Murchison, a Democrat will face off against …..

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Elizabethtown conducts board planning retreat

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Town Council held their annual budget and planning retreat at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery on Tuesday and discussed a variety of topics. Elizabethtown Police Chief Tony Parrish introduced a new notification system which will be used by the town called CodeRED. The county already uses the system to send out emergency notifications and other information to residents. Chief Parrish said CodeRED offers an app for mobile users and you can also receive email notifications and calls to your landline. He explained that users of the mobile CodeRED can receive notifications when they travel. Chief Parrish said, for example, if you travel to Nashville and …..

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Tillis & Burr Honor Reverend Billy Graham on the Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr praised the life and legacy of Reverend Billy Graham on the Senate Floor following the ceremony held in the U.S. Capitol. CLICK HERE to watch both speeches. “I have two very distinct memories with my father. One was watching Walter Cronkite, and the other was watching Billy Graham on the living room floor as he spoke the Word of God. The legacy Reverend Graham left behind will live on for generations, and I am proud to be the Senator from North Carolina where he was born and resided,” said Senator Tillis. “I look forward to celebrating his life and the work he did to …..

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Anita Earls to Receive Cecile Richards Progressive Leader Award For Leadership In Fight For NC Voting Rights

RALEIGH, NC – Today, Anita Earls, founder of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and candidate for the North Carolina Supreme Court will receive the prestigious Cecile Richards Progressive Leader Award at the 2018 America Votes State Summit.  Earls will receive the award for her leadership in the fight for voting rights in North Carolina.  She will be receiving the award alongside the Honorable Terry McAuliffe, 72nd Governor of Virginia. “It is truly an honor to be recognized by America Votes for my work to ensure that every citizen has an equal right to vote,” Earls said.  “Cecile Richards is a remarkable role model and leader for women nationally and to receive this award …..

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Dublin Primary conducts Terrific Kids ceremony

Dublin Primary School conducted their second Terrific Kids award ceremony of the 2017 – 2018 school year,  Tuesday, February 20, at 1 p.m. in the school cafeteria.   Three students from the second grade classes were recognized as Terrific Kids. The recipients were Jayson Labra, Ahmera Moore, and Kevin Gonzalez Monroy.  Presenting the awards were Jeff Futrell and Dr. Lisa Bryan from the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club..   The students also had family and friends in attendance.   Mr. Johnny Anderson took photos of the event. For more information on the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club and how you can volunteer to help with Terrific Kids – email kiwanisbladen@gmail.com or visit https://www.facebook.com /kiwanisetown/ Share:

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Lawson and George win Southeastern Health top honors

Accounting Manager Jeanine Lawson was named the 2017 winner of the John D. Drake Distinguished Service Award, Southeastern Health’s (SeHealth) highest employee honor, and Director of Clinical Care Cynthia George was named the 2017 winner the W. Reid Caldwell Jr. Distinguished Leadership Award during surprise presentations at SeHealth’s annual service awards banquet held Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s cafeteria. “Jeanine has been described by her co-workers as knowledgeable in every aspect of her job and the true definition of a leader,” said SeHealth President/CEO Joann Anderson, who made the surprise presentations. “She is recognized as a reliable asset by organizational leadership and is sought after for her professional …..

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Clarkton veteran shares story about service to country and community

  • 02/28/2018
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By  Erin Smith Many veterans prefer to forget their time in service especially if they saw combat. Harold Ford of Clarkton, however, has not forgotten his time spent in the US Army and service in the Korean War. Ford was a college student when he was drafted into the US Army. Ford said at first he was able to get a deferment due to the fact he was in college but two years later, the Army informed him he had to go and perform his service. He said he completed boot camp and served from 1951 to 1953. Ford said during his military service he was sent to Korea where …..

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Bladen County hosts Dementia-Friendly Kick Off event

By Tori Chestnutt The Bladen County Dementia Awareness series kicked off with a Dementia Friendly event at Bladen Community College. The  opening meeting raised awareness and the importance of education about Dementia in our community. The event’s speakers Peggy Best, Scott Herrick and Thomas Ireland gave informative discussions on the disease itself, personal experiences, and education to engage the community. It is significant that people of the community are proactive in their efforts to create a dementia friendly environment. Speaker Herrick discussed the importance of education to enhance the care and support of victims of these diseases around the community. He went on to discuss and presented videos that conveyed …..

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BCC faculty member Mary Anne Murphy receives national recognition

Contributed DUBLIN – Bladen Community College Cosmetology Instructor Mary Anne Murphy has been selected to receive the Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty recognition by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty award recognizes a community college faculty member who demonstrates passion for the students and the classroom, has a willingness to support students inside and outside of the classroom, is inclined to participate in college committees, and goes above and beyond what is required to ensure that students are successful in their academic endeavors. “I am committed to their success,” stated Murphy regarding her students, “not just in my class, but in their entire …..

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Former Bladen County resident publishes first novel

By Erin Smith A former Bladen County has published his first novel. Lynn Welborn, who now resides in Wilmington, has released Crazy Beach: Disc One and a launch party for the book is scheduled for Monday, March 12, from 6 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at Hell’s Kitchen in Wilmington. Welborn also has plans to be available to sign copies of his book during the 40th annual White Lake Water Festival as well. The book takes the reader on a journey of teenage adventure, lust and mischief all while exploring young life on an island. According to book synopsis, “An instantly entertaining trek embedding into your heart forever the soundtrack of …..

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Today is last day to file for elected office

By Erin Smith Today (Wednesday) is the final day to file for those who are interested in seeking an elected office. The filing period will officially close at 12 noon. Several candidates in Bladen County have added their names to the upcoming ballots for the May Primary. The most recent candidate to file for elected office is former Bladen County Commissioner Wayne Edge of Elizabethtown.  Edge, who is a Republican, has filed seeking election to the Bladen County Commissioner District 3 seat currently held by incumbent County Commissioner Russell Priest, who is a Democrat.  Priest is also being challenged by fellow Democrat William D. Whitley of Tar Heel. Click here …..

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Secretary Perdue Statement on Confirmation of Bill Northey for Key USDA Post

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today applauded the Senate’s long-awaited confirmation of Bill Northey to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Northey will serve as Under Secretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Service (FFAS)*. Perdue issued the following statement: “I applaud Bill Northey’s patience over these many months, which demonstrates what a strong leader he will be at USDA.  We thank everyone who worked on his confirmation.  Bill will come aboard at a crucial time, as his knowledge and expertise will be immediately put to use as the new Farm Bill is formulated to address the needs of American farmers.  In addition, his leadership will be key …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

This is February 28th, last day of the month.  Filing for the upcoming 2018 elections ends at 12 noon today. A notable filing for local office yesterday.  Wayne Edge (R) filed for Bladen County Commissioner in District 3.  He is the third candidate from the district, others are incumbent Russell Priest (D) and newcomer William D. Whitley (D).  Edge was defeated two years ago after serving one term as a Democratic member of the board. Questions related to the upcoming elections should be directed to the Bladen County Board of Elections.  Their office is located at 301 Cypress Street behind the Elizabethtown Post Office or  call 910-862-6951. March Madness is fast app roaching.  Selection Sunday will take …..

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Knicks Win Recreation’s 10-12 Boys League Tournament

The Knicks defeated the Warriors 25-19 Tuesday night to win Bladen Recreation’s 10-12 Boys League Tournament championship. The Knicks who finished second during the regular season rolled through the tournament with four straight wins. The Warriors were the regular-season champs. Members of the tournament champion Knicks are: Hezekiah Blanks-Adams, Joshua Martin, Andre Moore, Trenton Christian, Elijah McCollum, Emmanuel Drew, Tay-von Smith, JaVarria Adams and Malachi Barnett. The Knicks are coached by Jamar Moore. Share:

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Bladen Five Middle School Boys Tournament: Elizabethtown 34, Tar Heel 14

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN- Guard Malcolm Bolden threw in16 points Tuesday night to lead Elizabethtown to a 34-14 boys basketball victory over Tar Heel in the Bladen Five Middle School Tournament. Bolden hit a free throw then nailed a 3-point shot and another basket to spark an 11-2 Cougar spurt to start the game. Raymond Autry sank a free throw and another basket, and Ty Mathis dropped in a basket for the Cougars. Center Lancine Soumanoro worked inside for the only Panther basket of the period. Soumanoro and Gustavo Bravo pumped in baskets for Tar Heel in the second quarter. Jacob Nixon and Bolden delivered baskets that kept the …..

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Bladen Five Middle School Boys Tournament: Bladenboro 35, Clarkton School of Discovery 27

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN- Guard Anthony Mitchell fired in 16 points Tuesday to lead Bladenboro to a 35-27 boys basketball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery in the semi-finals of the Bladen Five Middle School Tournament. Mitchell drained a 3-point shot to start the game, but Lamont Pridgen cashed in a free throw, and Nazire Smith flipped in a runner to pull the Blue Devils even 3-3. Brycen Blackmon got behind the Clarkton press for a pair of lay-ups – one off of an assist from Deonte Lacy who hit a free throw to put Bladenboro up 8-3. Smith’s runner cut the Bulldog lead to 8-5, but Mitchell stole …..

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This Day in History for February 28

1749 – 1st edition of Henry Fieldings’ novel “Tom Jones” published. 1784 – John Wesley charters Methodist Church. 1827 – 1st commercial railroad in US, Baltimore & Ohio (B&O) chartered. 1849 – 1st load of gold rush prospectors arrives in San Francisco from east coast. 1903 – Barney Dreyfuss & James Potter buys Philadelphia Phillies for $170,000. 1925 – “Tea For Two” by Marion Harris hits #1. 1940 – 1st televised basketball game (U of Pittsburgh beats Fordham U, 50-37) 1940 – US population at 131,669,275 (12,865,518 African American (9.8%)) 1943 – “Porgy & Bess” opens on Broadway with Anne Brown & Todd Duncan. 1956 – American engineer Wright Forrester …..

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House Passes Pittenger’s Bipartisan Legislation To Greatly Increase Access To Affordable Credit

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Pittenger’s (NC-09) major bipartisan legislation, the Credit Access and Inclusion Act (H.R. 435), which increases access to affordable credit for the tens of millions of Americans with little or no credit score.  “At a time when access to affordable credit is a practical necessity for establishing personal financial stability and achieving upward socio-economic mobility, tens of millions of Americans are held hostage by their nonexistent or very low credit scores,” said Congressman Pittenger. “This bipartisan legislation will enable hardworking Americans to build their credit scores on their own merits, without federal funds or burdensome government mandates.” The bipartisan Credit Access and Inclusion Act (H.R. 435) was introduced …..

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Town of Elizabethtown Contracts with CodeRED to Provide Emergency Notification Services

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC, February, 27, 2018 – Following a thorough evaluation and review of alerting systems, the Town of Elizabethtown has implemented CodeRED, a high-speed emergency mass notification service provided by Ormond Beach, FL-based OnSolve, LLC. The CodeRED system will serve as the backbone of the Town of Elizabethtown’s emergency planning and communications outreach to both citizens and staff. The system sends telephone calls, text messages, emails and posts to social media channels to inform residents to better protect life and property. CodeRED was selected for its reliability and accuracy, as well as the system’s wide spread adoption rates across the U.S. “CodeRED’s robust notification system will provide the Town of …..

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Southern Alliance for Clean Energy annual report on solar in the Southeast

It should come as no surprise that some utilities in the southeast have more ambitious solar programs than others.  And with solar tariffs the federal government recently announced, it’s rather timely for us to assert that the sun is still shining on solar in the Southeast. SACE’s inaugural “Solar in the Southeast” 2017 Annual Report demonstrates sustainable solar momentum.  The report identifies both leaders and laggards and examines the drivers behind those ambitions. Duke Energy Progress is a clear leader with more than double the watts per customer solar ratio used to compare and contrast performance.  Progressive legislation in North Carolina enabled this leadership along with their sibling, Duke Energy Carolinas. Georgia Power’s solar programs …..

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Brisson addresses class sizes, river quality and more

Representative William Brisson submitted a newsletter addressing several areas of concern for Bladen and surrounding areas. Contributed Last week, The North Carolina House of Representatives approved House Bill 90 NC Truth in Education with a bipartisan vote of 104-12. This bill reallocates nearly $58 million to local school districts in Eastern North Carolina located along the path of the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The controversial $58 million fund was negotiated by Governor Roy Cooper with energy companies building the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. House Bill 90 takes this questionable “slush fund” and reallocates it to education, following precedent set by previous State Supreme Court cases concerning similar “slush funds.” This legislation …..

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Youth workforce innovation and opportunity act to host summit

The Lumber River Youth Services Committee is hosting its Youth Empowerment Summit. Youth ages 14-24 will enjoy a fun-filled day packed with ideas and strategies that will empower youth to be proactive and make positive decisions. Available to WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) participants in Bladen, Hoke, Richmond, Robeson and Scotland counties. March Lumber River Youth Empowerment Summit will be held on March 10th at 9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Hoke County High School, 505 South Bethel Road, Raeford, NC 28376. Share:

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North Carolina State Highway Patrol Holds Promotional Ceremony

Raleigh – Colonel Glenn M. McNeill Jr., commander of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, provided remarks to the 76 newly promoted members of the state highway patrol, their families and friends in a ceremony today in Cary.  Of the 76 members, 10 civilian members were recognized for their recent promotions by Deputy Commander Vic Ward.  The newly promoted members were given their oath of office by the Honorable Chief Justice Mark D. Martin of the Supreme Court of North Carolina. “In assuming these positions of leadership you will sew on new stripes and place new brass upon your collars, but true leadership requires so much more,” said Colonel Glenn M. McNeill …..

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BREAKING: Democrats Intimidate Republican Candidates, Ignore Their Own Corruption

Raleigh, NC — As news reports indicate, a group of Democratic allies organized by a top campaign lawyer appear to be blatantly violating the law, but unlike the bogus complaint designed to stop Republican candidate recruitment, Democrat Attorney General Josh Stein has not announced an investigation to look into corruption in his own ranks (LINK HERE). “Democrats have attempted to stop routine phone calls to potential candidates for office, and have told the Democrat Attorney General to seize our phone records. Meanwhile they ignore blatant, serious violations of Democratic groups funded by dark money. This speaks to a level of Democrat corruption and hypocrisy that is beyond the pale even for Democrats.” – NCGOP Chairman …..

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ROUZER NOW ACCEPTING HIGH SCHOOL ART SUBMISSIONS FOR CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer is now accepting submissions for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition.  All high school students who are residents of the 7th Congressional District are encouraged to participate.  The winning entry will be displayed in the United States Capitol building in Washington, D.C.    “This year’s art competition is an opportunity for students to creatively express what they love most about our beloved Tarheel State.  The winning artist from the 7thDistrict will have their artwork on display for eleven months in the Capitol tunnel, which is seen by thousands of visitors from across the country, Congressional staffers and members of Congress.  Every time I go to the House floor …..

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McCree Clark Alford

  • 02/27/2018
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Lisbon, NC – McCree Clark Alford, 91, of Lisbon, died peacefully on February 26, 2018. McCree was born to Talbot and Ora Clark on July 1, 1926. She was united in marriage to Harry H. Alford on March 3, 1947. He preceded her in death on December 2, 2015 after many blissful years together. Ms. Alford was also preceded in death by a brother, Durwood Clark; and sisters, Erma Alford and Edna Davis. She leaves behind her daughter Ann Kinlaw (Gordon); son, Dan Alford (Beth); 3 grandchildren, Bradley Kinlaw, Erin Kinlaw, and Ciera Alford; 3 step grandchildren, Amber Hardee, Joshua Huggins, and Jennifer Potter; 3 great grandchildren, and 7 step …..

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Storm Frith called to the mission fields

This past week Storm Frith a Bladen County resident announced she has been called to the mission field. Frith who was once an art teacher wants to help reach the Roma Gypsy people of Hungary. A GoFundMe page has been started to assist Frith with her mission. Below is the information Frith shared on the page along with the link. “ Dear Family and friends, I am writing you to share some of the desires of my heart and the call I feel the Lord has placed on my life, and asking you to prayerfully sow into these desires and callings through financial seeds of blessings. A lot of you …..

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Update: Elizabethtown store robbed Tuesday

Update: Dollar Tree robbed overnight By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department is investigating a robbery that took place at the Dollar Tree in Elizabethtown. “A breaking and entering, not an armed robbery, happened last night,” said Lt. McMichael. He said someone entered the store between the time it closed on Monday night and the time employees began arriving for work on Tuesday. Lt. McMichael said the suspect removed money from the store’s safe. Lt. McMichael said the Pembroke Police Department also reported a similar Incident occurred there. Lt. McMichael said investigators are reviewing video from neighboring stores and working on leads. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with any information …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Stock market has rebounded to within less than 1000 points of all-time high.  Previous high was 26,617 on January 25, 2018.  Monday, February 26 it was 25,709, down 908 points.  Good for retirees with 401K or 457 or some other retirement plan. Higher than normal temps have caused many plants and trees to ‘spring forth’, blossom and lawns to turned green.  Cooler weather, even very cold weather expected before planting time.  Latest average frost is 1st to 10th of April, could be a problem for fruit growers.  All in Mother Nature’s hand. Average high and low temp for March is 66 and 41. Two more candidates filed yesterday for the May Primary.  Jason Britt filed as …..

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This Day in History for February 27

1801 – Washington, D.C. placed under Congressional jurisdiction. 1813 – 1st federal vaccination legislation enacted. 1860 – Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York that is largely responsible for his election to the Presidency. 1883 – Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine. 1919 – American Association for Hard of Hearing forms (NYC) 1922 – US Supreme Court unanimously upholds 19th amendment to the US Constitution – women’s right to vote. 1935 – 7th Academy Awards: “It Happened One Night”, Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert win. 1945 – Battle of US 94 Infantry. 1960 – US Olympic Ice Hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en …..

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Grant funding available for N.C. agritourism farms

RALEIGH – North Carolina farms that welcome visitors can take advantage of the 2018 Agritourism Marketing Cost-Share Grant available through the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “There are more than 1,000 agritourism farms across North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “This grant is a great opportunity for agritourism farms to attract more farm visitors, increase demand for on-farm experiences and add to their overall farm value.” The $100,000 grant, which is funded by the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission, is available for individual farms or a group of agritourism farms to assist with offsetting the cost of marketing efforts. Funding is available for marketing materials and tools …..

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Bladenboro conducts public hearing for PARTF grant

  By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board held a public hearing on Monday night to receive comments regarding the town’s Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) grant application. The board did not take any action. Mayor Rufus Duckworth said the public hearing is one of the requirements for the grant application. The improvements, if funded, are slated for McLean Park. A PARTF grant is a 50-50 matching funds grant. If the town’s application is funded, they will have three years during which to complete the proposed work to the park. Jerry White was the first to speak and asked if someone would explain the proposed project. Mayor Duckworth said …..

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Monday’s Bladen Recreation Tournament Results

ELIZABETHTOWN – In the 7-9 Coed League’s fourth-place play-off game, the Red team from the Ballers Division defeated the Green team 16-0. Another team from the Ballers Division, the Yellow team, edged the Navy team 10-8 in the third-place play-off game. In the 10-12 Boys League Tournament, the regular-season champion Warriors defeated the Celtics 18-14 in a semi-final game. The Warriors advanced to Tuesday’s 5:45 championship game against the Knicks, who are unbeaten in the double-elimination tournament. The Knicks can claim the title with a win. A Warriors win would force a final championship game between the two teams at 7:45. Tuesday at 6:30 in the 7-9 Coed League the …..

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Bladen Five Middle School Girls Tournament: Elizabethtown 28, Tar Heel 15

Photos contributed by: KenArmPhoto.com ELIZABETHTOWN – Guard Alexus Mitchell fired in 12 points Monday night to lead top-seeded Elizabethtown to a 28-15 girls basketball victory over Tar Heel in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Tournament. Mitchell tossed in a basket and two free throws in the opening quarter. Teammate Ronkira Lennon powered in a basket, and Azariah Rhodie sank 2 free throws as the Lady Cougars built an 8-2 lead. Le’nya Harrell pumped in the only Tar Heel basket in the quarter. Kylie Duffel made a free throw for the only Lady Panther point in the second period. Rhodie threw in a pair of baskets and …..

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Bladen Five Middle School Girls Tournament: Clarkton School of Discovery 31, Bladenboro 18

Photos contributed by: KenArmPhoto.com ELIZABETHTOWN –Center AnnaGrey Heustess fired in 28 points Monday to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 31-18 girls basketball victory over Bladenboro in the Bladen Five Middle School Conference Tournament. Heustess worked the paint for three baskets and a free throw in the opening period as the Lady Blue Devils built a 9-4 lead. Teammate Maegan Burney added a basket. Center Hannah Pait and Grace West dropped in a basket each for the Lady Bulldogs in the first quarter. Rylee Chadwick drained a 3-point shot, and Lainey Autry and Hannah Hester threw in baskets as the Lady Bulldogs rallied to within 14-11. Heustess powered in …..

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Bladen Five Middle School Boys Tournament: Tar Heel 36, East Arcadia 18

Photos contributed by: KenArmPhoto.com ELIZABETHTOWN – Center Lancine Soumanoro poured in 26 points Monday night to lead Tar Heel to a 36-18 boys basketball victory over East Arcadia in the opening round of the Bladen Five Middle School Conference tournament. East Arcadia grabbed the early lead at 5-2 as Emanuel Lewis tossed in a basket, and Kenneth Armstrong fired in a 3-point shot. Soumanoro worked the paint for three Tar Heel baskets, and teammate Antonio Candelaria drove for a lay-up and a free throw in the first period. Emanuel Lewis and Malaquie Lewis pumped in baskets for East Arcadia, and Armstrong nailed a 2-point shot in the closing seconds to …..

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2018 East Bladen High spring sports schedules

Softball | Soccer | Tennis | Track | Golf | JV Baseball | JV Softball East Bladen varsity baseball DATE OPPONENT TIME Feb. 28 at Whiteville 7 p.m. March 2 South Columbus 7 p.m. March 6 at Red Springs 7 p.m. March 7 at Lumberton 6:30 p.m. March 9 West Columbus 7 p.m. March 13 Fairmont 7 p.m. March 16 at St. Pauls 7 p.m. March 20 East Columbus 6 p.m. March 21 Lumberton 6:30 p.m. March 23 at South Robeson 6 p.m. March 26 at West Bladen 7 p.m. March 28 Whiteville 7 p.m. April 10 at South Columbus 7 p.m. April 12 Red Springs 7 p.m. April 17 …..

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2018 West Bladen High spring sports schedules

Softball | Soccer | Tennis | Track | Golf | JV Baseball | JV Softball West Bladen varsity baseball DATE OPPONENT TIME Feb. 28 Fairmont 7 p.m. March 2 at Red Springs 7 p.m. March 6 East Columbus 7 p.m. March 7 at Wallace-Rose Hill 7 p.m. March 9 at South Robeson 7 p.m. March 13 Whiteville 7 p.m. March 16 West Columbus 7 p.m. March 20 at St. Pauls 7 p.m. March 22 Wallace-Rose Hill 7 p.m. March 23 South Columbus 7 p.m. March 26 East Bladen 7 p.m. March 28 at Fairmont 7 p.m. March 31 Robeson Slugfest TBA April 2 Robeson Slugfest TBA April 3 Robeson Slugfest …..

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Two more candidates for May primary

By Erin Smith Two more Bladen County residents have filed seeking elected office. The deadline for filing for the May primary is Wednesday, February 28th, at 12 noon. Adding their names to the list are incumbent Bladen County Board of Education District 1 member Gary Rhoda and filing for the Bladen County Register of Deeds is Republican Jason Britt. See the entire Candidate Listing as of Monday, February 26th. Related articles Updated Candidate filing as of Friday, February 23, 2018 Bladen County Election Update as of Wednesday, February 21 Bladen County Elections update as of Friday, February 16 Election filing period opens Monday Opportunity for Political Candidates and Parties Share:

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East Bladen High Booster Club meeting

  • 02/26/2018
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The East Bladen High School Booster Club will meet Thursday, March 1st, at 6:30 p.m. in the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church Activity Center located at 800 W Broad St Elizabethtown. The club will be discussing the upcoming Reverse Raffle and steak dinner that is scheduled for Saturday, March 17th. For tickets, call 910-876-3667 or 910-876-4406. Share:

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Beginning Genealogy group to meet at Bladen County Senior Center

A Beginning Genealogy group will meet on the first and third Friday of each month at 1 p.m. in the conference room of the Bladen County Senior Center. The Senior Center is located at 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown. This month’s meeting dates will be on March 2nd and March 16th. Bring a notebook and a pencil and we’ll embark on a trip through time! For more information call Carol Mitchell at the Center, 910-872-6331. Share:

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Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter adds new Elizabethtown meeting location

Contributed The Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter, serving the parents of both Columbus and Bladen counties, is pleased to announce that starting in March 2018 it will hold a meeting on the First Friday of the month at the Bladen County Senior Center on West McKay Street in Elizabethtown. The March meeting will be Friday, March 2, and begin at 3 p.m. Any adult who has experienced a loss of their child, grandchild or sibling is welcome to attend. There are many special days that highlight our losses, remembering those who have left us with sad hearts. There is a better way to cope, we meet to share and understand …..

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 Escaped Inmate Dies in Single-Vehicle Accident   

GASTONIA – A Gaston Correctional Center minimum custody inmate who left his outside work assignment was killed today in a single vehicle accident. The inmate, who was reported missing at 12:50 p.m., was driving a city of Lowell Ford pickup truck when it crashed at Exit 14 off Interstate 85 at approximately 2:15 p.m. The Gastonia Police Department is investigating the accident. The Division of Prisons will investigate the circumstances surrounding his escape. His identity will be released after next of kin have been notified. Share:

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Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter to meet March 12

The March 2018 meeting of the Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter, serving the parents of both Columbus and Bladen counties, will be held in the fellowship hall of Grace Episcopal Church, 105 S Madison St in Whiteville, Monday, March 12. The meeting will begin at 7 PM. Any adult who has experienced a loss of their child, grandchild or sibling is welcome to attend. There are many special days that highlight our losses. There is a better way to cope with sadness. We meet to share and understand our grief to and help each other. We invite and welcome anyone who is interested in attending. A second opportunity for us …..

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Escaped Gaston Correctional Center Inmate Dies in Single-Vehicle Accident

RALEIGH – A Gaston Correctional Center minimum custody inmate who left his outside work assignment was killed today in a single vehicle accident. David A. Woods (#0491245), who left his outside work assignment today and was reported missing at 12:50 p.m., was driving a city of Lowell Ford pickup truck when it crashed at Exit 14 off Interstate 85 at approximately 2:15 p.m. Woods, 46, was originally from New Hanover County. He was serving a life sentence for second-degree murder and convicted on May 25, 1995. The Gastonia Police Department is investigating the accident. The Division of Prisons will investigate the circumstances surrounding his escape. Share:

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Fundraiser planned for White Oak man

Contributed A fundraiser is planned for Saturday, March 3, from 4 until 7 p.m. at the White Oak Community Building (formerly the Ruritan building). The event is sponsored by the White Oak Community Civic Club and all proceeds will go to Mike Wilson to assist with medical expenses. The event is a Spaghetti dinner and cost is $7 per plate. Plates will consist of Spaghetti, tossed salad, Italian bread, dessert and a drink. Plates are dine-in or take out. The White Oak Community Building is located at 9579 NC Hwy. 53 West, White Oak.   Share:

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Bladen County Dementia Awareness Series dates set

The Bladen County Dementia Awareness series has announced the dates for three classes designed to provide a better understanding of dementia and how to respond. There are also upcoming training sessions scheduled which include: *Effective Communication Strategies on April 10, 2018, from 9 a.m.until 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown. *Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behaviors on May 8, 2018, from 9 a.m.until 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown. You can pre-register for these training session by calling 910-775-9779 or 1-800-272-2900. Share:

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Elizabethtown computer and phone issues

On Monday, February 26th, 2018 around 12:45 p.m. the Town of Elizabethtown announced they are currently experiencing computer and phone issues. BladenOnline.com will report on the progress as soon as it is made available.   Share:

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Congressman Pittenger Announces Special Opportunity for Constituents as Billy Graham Is Honored at US Capitol Rotunda

CHARLOTTE – Dr. Billy Graham will lie in honor in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol on Wednesday, February 28th. Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is able to offer a limited number of constituents access to a special viewing line that bypasses the main crowd. *First come, first served *Limited to residents of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District *Extremely limited Residents of North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District who wish to view Dr. Graham in the Rotunda should call Congressman Pittenger’s Washington office at 202-225-1976 as soon as possible to RSVP. Public viewing is scheduled from approximately 1 p.m. through 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28th. “Dr. Graham was born just a mile from my Charlotte office.  Because of North …..

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Bladen County Dementia Friendly kick off set for Tuesday

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Dementia Friendly Kick-off is planned for Tuesday, February 27, from 1 until 4 p.m. at the Bladen Community College auditorium. The meeting is open to the public. For those who suffer from dementia, trying to perform simple tasks can become frustrating due to the fact they may forget pertinent information they need or they may become confused about details and events. The purpose of the Dementia Friendly event is to start a dialogue in Bladen County regarding dementia and to begin to equip local business leaders and elected officials with the tools necessary to be able to better assist their customers who may suffer …..

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County gets grant for electronics recycling

By Erin Smith Bladen County has been awarded a grant from the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Waste Management to support the county’s electronics waste management program. The county was awarded a total of $2,767.18. Bladen County Manger Greg Martin said the grant assists the county with the recycling of electronics that are deposited at the Bladen County Solid Waste on Mercer Mil Road. “The state helps counties with the recycling of those materials instead of burying them in the landfill,” said Martin. You can carry your old electronics such as television sets, radios, and old computers to the Bladen County Solid Waste office located on Mercer …..

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Elizabethtown Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center hiring CNAs

Elizabethtown Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center is now hiring: Certified Nursing Assistants First Shift – 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. You must present an updated list of charges from the county in which you reside to apply. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! Apply in person at: 208 Mercer Mill Road Elizabethtown, NC 28337 Share:

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Town Of Elizabethtown

TOWN OF ELIZABETHTOWN PUBLIC NOTICE

The Elizabethtown Town Council will conduct its annual Budget Retreat on February 27, 2018, at the Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery located at 195 Vineyard Drive, Elizabethtown, NC.  The purpose of the Budget Retreat will be to present and discuss a variety of municipal topics. Sylvia Campbell, Mayor Share:

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East Bladen Dream team design makes Top 8 in Click It or Ticket Contest; voting now open to determine winner

The East Bladen High School Dream Team has designed a T-shirt for the Governor’s Highway Safety Program Click it or Ticket T-shirt design contest in association with the North Carolina High School Athletic Association. Their design has been selected as one of the top 8 designs. Members of the public can vote to determine the winner from now through through Tuesday, February 27th.  To vote, click the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/ r/GHSPTshirtDesignContest Share:

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Cash reward offered

The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office is seeking your help in locating Javier Gomez (aka) Humberto Gomez Chavez. Mr. Gomez is a 47 year old (Date of Birth 03/24/1970) Hispanic male who was last seen leaving Plantation Drive in Warsaw, North Carolina on Saturday, April 22, 2017.  A $5,000 CASH REWARD IS BEING OFFERED FOR ANY INFORMATION ON THIS CASE WHICH LEADS TO THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF ANY SUSPECT(S) IN REGARDS TO THE DISAPPEARANCE OF JAVIER GOMEZ. If you have any information on his whereabouts, please contact the Duplin County Sheriff’s Office at 910-296-2150. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

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Today is February 26, can you believe?  Wednesday, February 28, at 12 noon is the final day to file for a political office in Bladen County. Filing fees for some of the local offices: County Commissioner:       $88.00 Board of Education:             58.00 Coroner:                               53.00 Sheriff:                                796.00 Clerk of Court                    632.00 District Attorney              1,282.00 Register of Deeds              632.00 N.C. State Senate              207.00 N.C. State Representative 207.00 Check with the Bladen County Board of Elections for other fee schedules. A BladenOnline SALUTE to the East Bladen Girls Basketball Team.  Their season ended Saturday with an overtime loss to Richlands 93-82.  Eagles record for the year, 27-2, just 2 wins short of a state …..

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This Day in History for February 26

1732 – 1st mass celebrated in 1st American Catholic church, St. Joseph’s, Philadelphia. 1863 – Abraham Lincoln signs National Currency Act, establishes single national US currency. 1891 – 1st buffalo purchased for Golden Gate Park. 1895 – Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio, patents a glass-blowing machine. 1907 – US Congress raised their own salaries to $7,500. 1917 – 1st jazz records recorded – “Dixie Jazz Band One Step” and “Livery Stable Blues” by Original Dixieland Jazz Band for the Victor Talking Machine Company. 1930 – 1st red & green traffic lights installed (Manhattan NYC) 1935 – RADAR (Radio Detection and Ranging) first demonstrated by Robert Watson-Watt. 1947 – 4th Golden …..

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Middle School Basketball Tournament Begins Monday at Elizabethtown

The Bladen Five Middle School Basketball Tournament begins Monday night at Elizabethtown Middle School and will continue on Tuesday night with the championship games set for Thursday night. The tournament opens at 4 p.m. Monday with a girls game between second-seeded Clarkton School of Discovery (4-2) and No. 3 seed Bladenboro (2-4). The complete schedule follows: Monday 4 p.m.: No. 2 Clarkton School of Discovery girls (4-2) vs. No. 3 Bladenboro (2-4) 5:15: No. 4 Tar Heel boys (2-6) vs. No. 5 East Arcadia (0-8) 6:30: No. 1 Elizabethtown girls (6-0) vs. No. 4 Tar Heel (0-6) Tuesday 4 p.m.: No. 2 Clarkton School of Discovery boys (5-3) vs. No. …..

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NCHSAA Class 2A Girls State Basketball Play-offs: Richlands 93, East Bladen 82, Overtime

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong RICHLANDS – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles overcame a 16-point deficit to force overtime, but foul trouble and missed free throws proved costly as Richlands advanced with a 93-82 victory in the third round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Play-offs. Freshman Arianna Hamilton’s lay-up gave the Lady Wildcats a 55-39 lead with 1:22 left in the third quarter. Senior Shardajah Brown fired in a 3-point shot, junior Erica McKoy turned an Ashley Hardin in-bounds pass into a lay-up, and junior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson popped in a 15-footer to trim the Richlands lead to 57-46 at the quarter break. Moore-Peterson sank two free throws, and sophmore Patience …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for February 25

1751 – 1st performing monkey exhibited in America, NYC (admission 1 cent) 1791 – 1st Bank of US chartered. 1793 – 1st US cabinet meeting, held at George Washington’s home. 1836 – Samuel Colt patents first revolving barrel multi-shot firearm. 1862 – Paper currency (greenbacks) introduced in US by President Abraham Lincoln. 1870 – Hiram R. Revels is sworn in as 1st African American member of Congress (Sen-R-MS) 1901 – US Steel Corporation organized under J.P. Morgan, Sr. 1913 – The 16th Amendment to the US Constitution becomes law, providing the legal basis for the institution of a graduated income tax. 1933 – 1st genuine US aircraft carrier named, USS …..

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An Elegant Evening at the Hospital Foundation Gala

  By Erin Smith Saturday night was a night fit for an awards show as the Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala was held at LuMil Vineyard. The well attended event featured music provided by the band 10 Spot of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The band played a variety of music including Motown favorites such as “I’ll Be Around” and “My Girl” and contemporary hits such as “Cupid Shuffle” and “Blank Space.” During the event a raffle was held and prizes included, but were not limited to, a necklace provided by Bob’s Jewel Shop of Lumberton, a green egg grill, an Echo Show and a round Yeti Cooler. Cape Fear Valley Health …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

A few thoughts related to life ‘yesteryear’. Did you ever ‘set up’ with a dead relative or neighbor? Ever seen a liquor still?  Very common, so I am told, many years ago. Remember when older relatives used plants in one form or another as medicine? Remember bomb shelters?  Lots of conversation during the Cuban crisis. Ever depend on well water for drinking and baths?  Took a bath in a tin tub? Ever try Pokeweed?  How ’bout walking the railroad tracks?  Ever visited a fortune teller? One final thought, What would you like on your tombstone? Ever see a Burma Shave sign?  In the 30s and 40s, before interstates, Burma Shave …..

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Historical Markers In Bladen County: Mt Horeb Presbyterial Church

Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church and Cemetery is a historic Presbyterian church and cemetery  located near Elizabethtown, Bladen County, North Carolina. It was built in 1845, and is a frame Greek Revival-style church with a pedimented front portico added in 1932. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1987.   Share:

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

East Bladen High School girl’s basketball team had a record of 17-0 and was #1 girl’s 3A team in North Carolina. Hilton Britt was elected President of the Bladen County Hospital Auxiliary. McDonald’s Restaurant opened in Elizabethtown. Unemployment was 15.8% in Bladen County. Share:

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Public Meeting

A public hearing on offshore drilling will be held at the Hilton North Raleigh this coming Monday, 2/26. RSVP to make your voice heard. 

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Public meetings will take place across the country using an open-house format, so participants can arrive any time during the scheduled meeting time. At the meetings, participants can ask questions, share information, talk with our team members one-on-one, and learn more about the National OCS Program. We also encourage participants to submit written comments to inform BOEM of specific issues, impacting factors, environmental resources, alternatives to the proposed action, and mitigation measures to consider in its analyses. For those unable to attend one of the scheduled meetings, BOEM is offering a Virtual Meeting Room where participants can visit the same stations available at the open house meetings. There they are able …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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East Bladen girls basketball team will be on the road playing Richland girls today.  Gametime is 6 PM game as the NCHSAA playoffs continue.  Tonight’s winner will play the winner of the Kinston-South Granville game for the Eastern Championship.  The Eastern Champ advances to the state championship game.  The 4 finalist in the West are, in no order, Mountain Heritage of Burnsville,  Madison, Wilkes Central and East Burke. John Clark’s article on our Sports Page provides all you need to know about tonight’s game. Just three days remaining for anyone interested in adding their name to the list of candidates in the upcoming May Primary election.  One more name added Friday,  William D. Whitley of Tar Heel filed for the District 3 County Commissioner.  Whitley …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – February 24

1803 – US Supreme Court 1st rules a law unconstitutional (Marbury v Madison) 1857 – 1st perforated US postage stamps delivered to government. 1868 – US House of Representatives vote 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson. 1908 – In ‘Muller v Oregon’, the US Supreme Court favors an Oregon law limiting maximum hours a woman may work and denies that it curtails ‘liberty of contract’. 1909 – The Hudson Motor Car Company is founded. 1917 – Red Sox sell Smokey Joe Wood, his arm dead at 26, to Cleveland for $15,000. 1932 – Malcolm Campbell drives record speed (243.96 mph) at Daytona. 1937 – 1st US group hospital-medical …..

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Vehicle stop, K-9 search, results in narcotics arrest

K-9 Jaxx knows how to use his nose. That skill by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office dog turned a routine traffic stop into the arrest of a St. Pauls man on drug charges. Deion Dominick Gilchrist, 23, of Edgegrove Circle in St. Pauls, was charged Feb. 10 with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, felonious possession of marijuana, maintaining a vehicle for the sale of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia, says Sheriff James A. McVicker. Sgt. Daniel Clark saw a vehicle fail to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Chickenfoot Road and Shaw Mill Road, McVicker said. Upon approaching the vehicle, Clark smelled …..

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Bladenboro felon charged with weapon possession

A Bladenboro man who had a prior criminal record was charged Thursday with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after allegedly beginning to raise a rifle toward a deputy before fleeing, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Marcus Theodore Hill, 29, of Holly Britt Court in Bladenboro, is in Bladen County Jail under a $100,000 bond. The incident began when a Bladen County Sheriff’s Office deputy and N.C. Probation and Parole officers went to Holly Britt Court on Thursday to conduct an unannounced search of the residence of Keith Powell, who is on probation, says Sheriff James A. McVicker. During the search, officers found …..

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Elizabethtown man treated at hospital for gunshot wound to leg

By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown arrived at Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare seeking treatment of a gunshot wound to his leg on Thursday night. According to the Elizabethtown Police Department, the hospital notified the department shortly before 9 p.m. a patient was being treated for a gunshot wound. Lt. D. Cheshire said the man was uncooperative and incoherent when officers arrived at the hospital. During the investigation, Mark Bancroft of Elizabethtown, who was treated for the gunshot wound, was also found to be in possession of a stolen firearm. “It was reported stolen from Norfolk, Virginia,” said Lt. Cheshire. Once Bancroft was discharged from the hospital, he was arrested and charged …..

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Updated Candidate filing as of Friday, February 23, 2018

By Erin Smith One more candidate has opted to file for a seat on the Bladen County Board of Commissioners on Friday. The Bladen County board of Elections staff issued an updated listing of all of the candidates who have filed for election. William D. Whitley , a Democrat, of Tar Heel has filed seeking election to the Bladen County Commissioner District 3 seat which is currently held by incumbent Democrat Russell Priest of Elizabethtown. View the Candidate Listing as of February 23, 2018 Related articles: Bladen County Election Update as of Wednesday, February 21 Bladen County Elections update as of Friday, February 16 Election filing period opens Monday Opportunity …..

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Congressman Pittenger announces public viewing as Billy Graham is honored at US Capitol Rotunda

  CHARLOTTE – Dr. Billy Graham will lie in honor in the Rotunda of the United States Capitol on Wednesday, February 28th. Following a private ceremony for the Graham family, Members of Congress, and other government leaders, the public will be invited to view Dr. Graham’s casket from approximately 1 p.m. through 8 p.m.  Viewing will take place on a first-come, first-served basis.  Hardworking Americans who wish to honor Dr. Graham should enter via the Capitol Visitor Center. “This is a big honor for a farm boy who grew up milking cows on a dairy farm just a mile from my Charlotte office,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Billy Graham was America’s pastor, but …..

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Revised Road/Opening Closures for Bladen County

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued a revised listing of the roads which are open and closed in Bladen County. OPENINGS: Coley Road Coley Road will open on Saturday, February 24 approximately 4:00 p.m.   UPCOMING CLOSINGS: George Long Road George Long Road will close Monday, February 26 at 8:00 a.m. to replace a crossline.   Mercer Mill/Brown Marsh Road Mercer Mill/Brown Marsh Road will close on Monday February 26 to replace Bridge 32 for 120 days. It is located just North of the Rosindale Road intersection. It is currently posed at 5 tons.   ELWELL FERRY: Is operating Share:

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NCGOP Honors Billy Graham

Raleigh, NC — Christian evangelical Billy Graham, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, passed away earlier this week. He was one of the most influential preachers of the twentieth century, known especially for providing spiritual counsel to every president from Harry Truman to Barack Obama. NCGOP released the statement honoring Dr. Graham: “With the passing of Billy Graham, North Carolina lost not only her favorite son, we also lost the ultimate example of servant leadership, humility, and Christ-like life. As tributes and memories have filled the news stories with examples of an incredible ministry, we should ask ourselves how each of us can help fill the vacuum created by his loss. …..

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Kiwanis members recognized for service

The Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown recognized three of its members for their length of service to the club. Two members were honored for 10 years each and a third was honored for five years of service. Kiwanians Michael Aycock and Bruce Barbour each were presented certificates honoring them for 10 years of service to the club. Kiwanian Arch de Castrique was honored for five years of service to the club. Kiwanian Dr. Lisa Bryan updated the club on the Terrific Kids program at Dublin Primary School and also updated the group on her recent participation in the Kiwanis District meeting conducted in Charlotte. Bryan also informed the group that she …..

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Wednesday was a great day for Billy Graham

By Congressman Robert Pittenger Wednesday was a great day for Dr. Billy Graham. On Tuesday evening, he went to bed a frail, old man.  On Wednesday morning, he woke up in the arms of Jesus, truly home at last. Billy Graham was a remarkably humble man, instantly recognizable around the world but fully aware that his success was not his own.  When family or associates would share with him stories about the impact of his ministry . . . literally, of lives that had been changed . . . he would raise his hand and say “all glory to the Lord.”  Even in his final months, confined by the bonds of old age, …..

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Bladen County Gymnasts Spotlight

Bladen County is full of great athletes. Some however, get overlooked sometimes. As we watch our nation compete in the Olympics we want to spotlight some of our local Gymnasts and the amazing team work and outstanding achievements they are making in the gymnastic world. Gymnasts in Bladen County are helping each other, improving themselves, and achieving high marks all at the same time. Our local gymnasts train at Lumberton Gymnastic Academy located at 1601 Godwin Avenue in Lumberton with owner and coach Kenan Lundy leading the charge. Not only are Bladen and surrounding area athletes receiving training in gymnastics at the academy, but they are learning valuable skills such as …..

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Fundraiser for Teen Challenge set for Saturday

By Erin Smith A spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Teen Challenge is set for Saturday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Windsor United Methodist Church in Ammon. Teen Challenge recently announced they were locating a facility for women in the Ammon community in Bladen County. Volunteers are trying to raise the $35,000 needed in order to be able to occupy the property. The property is located on Lula Long Road in Ammon. The items for the silent auction currently include but are not limited to different types of cakes, party lite candles and candle holders. It is anticipated there will also be quilts and wall hangings and wooden art items. …..

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Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala topic of Rotary talk

The Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala will be held on Saturday, February 24th, at 6 p.m. at LuMil Vineyard. Ashley Dowless with Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare, and Sabrina Brooks, Director of Cape Fear Valley Foundation, addressed the Elizabethtown Rotary Club regarding the Gala and why its important for hospitals to be involved in fundraising.  The Gala will feature the band 10 Spot who are from Virginia Beach, Virginia, and play a variety of music from Motown to rock’n’roll and contemporary music. There will also be an elegant meal. For more information on the Gala, Dowless can be reached by calling 910-862-2106.    “This (the Gala) is our biggest fundraiser,” said Dowless. …..

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Mystics Are Bladen Recreation Girls Basketball Champions

The Mystics won the Bladen Recreation Department’s Girls Basketball 10-12 League championship. The Mystics defeated the Stars 12-10 Thursday to complete an undefeated season. Team members are: Leidi Labra, Leslie Basilio, Cabria Baldwin, Jaiden Steffen, Emma Heath, Kailey Heath, Tailena Spencer, Laila Smith, Iveonna Ward, Cara Priest, Destyni Blackwell-Lewis and Georgia Hester. The Mystics are coached by Whitney Lee.   Share:

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NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Play-offs East Bladen (27-1) at Richlands (25-3)

 East Bladen’s Lady Eagles will travel to Richlands Saturday to battle the Richlands Lady Wildcats in the third round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball State Play-offs. Coach Michael Kelly’s Richlands team won the Coastal 8 1A/2A Conference championship with a 13-1 league record and 25-3 overall mark. The Lady Wildcats have won 17 games in a row and secured their third round berth with a 66-65 victory Thursday night over Farmville Central. Richlands’ only three losses were to 2A East top seed Kinston 68-58, to Croatan 40-35 and at East No. 2 seed East Duplin 57-43. Senior Corryn Barnes, a 5-9 forward, leads the Richlands offense averaging a double-double of 16.1 points …..

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Bladenboro to conduct public meeting on PARTF grant

There will be a public meeting next Monday night, February 26th, at 7:00 p.m. at the Bladenboro Town Hall. The Bladenboro Board of Commissioners is requesting public input on their PARTF (Parks & Recreation Trust Fund) grant application from the community pertaining to the completion of McLean Park, etc.     Share:

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Youth Ambassadors meet with local legislators

By Erin Smith The Men and Women United for Youth and Families’ Youth Ambassadors met with their local legislators on Thursday afternoon and learned what they do while in Raleigh. NC Senator Danny Britt Jr. and Brenden Jones with the NC House of Representatives explained to the Ambassadors the role of the committees on which they serve as it pertains to the NC Senate and NC House of Representatives. Britt addressed the Youth Ambassadors first and told them he had served as a District Attorney prior to seeking elected office. Britt also spoke to them about recently adopted legislation which gives youths charged with crimes a chance to receive the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Our pear and plum trees are in full bloom, a little early, due to the unusual warm weather. Blueberry farmers hopeful that we will not have another ‘freezin’ cold snap’, as we did a year ago. The closing of Paul H. Sessoms Company in E-town is like a family member passing.  Paul Sessoms, Henry Bostic, Bob Marshburn are names from the past that passed through, providing a good service to many.  And, who could forget Jack’s Cookies and Wise Potato Chips? Congrats to the East Bladen (27-1) ladies basketball team.  They defeated Midway Thursday night 65-56 and John Clark has a detail account on our sports page.  East Bladen, seeded #5 in the …..

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This Day in History for February 23

1792 – Humane Society of Massachusetts incorporated (erected life-saving stations for distressed mariners) 1822 – Boston, Massachusetts, is incorporated as a city. 1883 – Alabama becomes 1st US state to enact an antitrust law. 1893 – Rudolf Diesel obtains a patent for his internal combustion engine, later known as the diesel engine. 1896 – Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield. 1904 – United States acquires control of the Panama Canal Zone for $10 million. 1927 – US President Calvin Coolidge creates Federal Radio Commission (FRC). 1939 – 11th Academy Awards: “You Can’t Take It With You”, Spencer Tracy & Bette Davis wins. 1940 – Walt Disney’s animated movie “Pinocchio” released. …..

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Events for Bladen Residents

By: Dora Brogdon Feb 24: “A Night at the Oscars” will take place at Lu Mil Vineyard, with the option of black-tie attire, on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 and will begin at 6 p.m.. This event was planned for the Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala for the year. Any proceeds that are raised by the event will go to the patients of Bladen County Hospital. Tickets are $50 each and can be purchased by calling 910-862-1206. READ MORE Feb 24: A fundraiser will take place at the Windsor United Methodist Church for Teen Challenge. The event will begin at 4 p.m. and will end at 7 p.m. There will be …..

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MIddle School Boys Basketball: Elizabethtown 46, Tar Heel 37

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong TAR HEEL – An 18-5 third quarter surge propelled Elizabethtown to a 46-37 boys basketball victory over Tar Heel Thursday night in Bladen Five Middle School Conference action. Malcolm Bolden and Raymond Autry tossed in two baskets each in the first period for the Cougars. Teammate Jacob Nixon drilled in a 3-point shot, and Timothy McLean dropped in a basket as the Cougars built a 13-9 lead. Center Lancine Soumanoro powered through the paint for four baskets and a free throw to account for the first nine Panther points. Soumanoro dropped in three more baskets in the second period, and teammate Larry Council fired in a …..

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Middle School Girls Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 25, Bladenboro 21

CLARKTON – Clarkton School of Discovery raced to an early 6-0 lead en route to a 25-21 girls basketball victory over Bladenboro in Bladen Five Middle School Conference action. Mariah Smith and Maegan Burney threw in baskets, and AnnaGrey Heustess sank 2 free throws as the Lady Blue Devils grabbed the early 6-0 lead. Smith sank two baskets and two free throws in the second quarter as the Lady Blue Devils grew their lead to 12-4 at halftime. Lainey Autry answered with a basket, and Rylee Chadwick made two free throws for the Lady Bulldogs. Chadwick, Autry, Hannah Hester and Hannah Pait pumped in a basket each for Bladenboro in …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 44, Bladenboro 41, 2 Overtimes

CLARKTON – Nazire Smith scored 5 of his game-high 18 points in the second overtime as Clarkton School of Discovery pulled out a 44-41 boys basketball victory over Bladenboro Thursday night in Bladen Five Middle School Conference action. Smith sank a basket and made 3 of 6 free throws in the second overtime. Teammate Sam Inscoe tossed in a basket, and Travail Baldwin and Lee Barnes hit foul shots as the Blue Devils outscored Bladenboro 9-6 in the period. Anthony Mitchell nailed a 3-point shot and connected on 3 of 4 free throws as he scored all of the Bulldog points in the final overtime. Smith drained a 3-point shot, …..

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Middle School Girls Basketball: Elizabethtown 25, Tar Heel 10

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong TAR HEEL – Elizabethtown raced to a 16-0 first quarter lead en route to a 25-10 girls basketball victory over Tar Heel Thursday in Bladen Five Middle School Conference action. Elizabethtown’s Alexus Mitchell sank all four of her foul shots in the first quarter and added a basket. Teammates Lainey Hughes and Ronkira Lennon fired in two baskets each in the period, and Azariah Rhodie dropped in a basket. Zoe Smith and Tyneque Murchison threw in baskets in the second period for the Lady Cougars. Fabiola Sandoval and Makayla Jones answered with a basket each for Tar Heel as the half ended with the visitors ahead …..

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