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This Day in History for February 22

1630 – Native American Indians introduce pilgrims to popcorn, at Thanksgiving. 1775 – 1st US joint stock company (to make cloth) offers shares at 10 cents. 1821 – Spain sells (east) Florida to United States for $5 million. 1856 – 1st national meeting of Republican Party (Pittsburgh) 1900 – Hawaii becomes a US territory. 1923 – Transcontinental airmail service begins. 1934 – “It Happened One Night” directed by Frank Capra and starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert opens at NY’s Radio City Music Hall. (Academy Awards Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress and Screenplay 1935) 1942 – World War II: President Franklin Roosevelt orders General Douglas MacArthur out of the Philippines …..

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Knicks Are 10-12 Boys League Runners-up

The Knicks captured second-place in the Bladen Recreation Department’s 10-12 Boys Basketball League regular season. The Knicks finished the regular-season with a 5-1 record. Team members 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 County Board of Elections hears 2016 Election Investigation update

  • 02/21/2018
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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday afternoon and was briefly updated by Board of Elections staff on the status of the 2016 Election investigation. Bladen County Board of Elections Assistant Deputy Director Valeria McKoy told the board there is nothing new to report on the election fraud investigation from 2016.  She did indicate the investigation is ongoing. “The DA (district attorney) in Bladen and Wake (counties) are looking into it,” said McKoy. She gave no further details and no further discussion was conducted regarding the matter.   The investigation stems from the November 2016 General Election when protests were filed alleging voter fraud in …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon This week a 2-year-old female bulldog mix by the name of Lucy has been selected for Pet of the Week. She is full of energy and very friendly. She does okay with other dogs but she is also very affectionate and has a good temperament. Lucy has not been at the shelter for too long and needs that perfect owner or family to come and take her to a new forever home. The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and …..

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Bladenboro Middle School celebrates homecoming

Bladenboro Middle School celebrated their Homecoming Game last night (Tuesday). They crowned a new king and queen during halftime. The new BMS 2018 Homecoming King is Jarrett Kinlaw and 2018 BMS Homecoming Queen is Hannah Hester. Other Nominees were for King were Daniel Kinlaw and Jaylen Newkirk. Other Nominees for Queen were Anniya Phillips and Karlee Roberts. Share:

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USDA Announces Cotton Board Appointments

WASHINGTON, DC — Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 13 members, 13 alternate members and one advisor to serve on the Cotton Board. The following appointees will serve three-year terms ending Dec. 31, 2020. “The Cotton Board carries out research and promotional activities that strengthen the competitive position of cotton by expanding demand in domestic and foreign markets, improving fiber quality, and lowering costs of production,” said Perdue. “These appointees represent a cross section of the industry and I know that the cotton industry will be well served by their work.” The newly appointed member is Pace Hindsley, Marvell, Ark. Re-appointed members are: Michael K. Kobori, Berkeley, …..

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NCDA&CS schedules a public meeting Feb. 28 in Pilot Mountain on proposed gypsy moth treatments

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is seeking input from residents and other interested parties in Surry County concerning planned treatment activities for the non-native, highly destructive gypsy moth. The meeting will be held Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Armfield Civic Center, 873 West 52 Bypass, Pilot Mountain. Information on proposed treatment options for the 21,755-acre site will be discussed. Field monitoring activities conducted by the department have determined that reproducing populations of the gypsy moth exist just north of the town of Pilot Mountain, including the Ararat community. U.S. Highway 52 bisects the block north to south. Portions of Ararat Road and Old Westfield Road …..

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Five vehicle crash on NC 53 near White Oak  sends several to hospital

Photos by Tonya Shaw By Erin Smith A five vehicle crash involving a “bobtail” truck, an SUV and three vehicles slowed the morning commute on Wednesday on NC 53 near White Oak. Several individuals were transported to Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare with minor injuries, according to Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark. Clark said the “bobtail” truck was traveling towards Elizabethtown on NC 53. A school bus was stopped and a car had stopped behind the bus. Clark said the truck tried but failed to stop in time and rear-ended the vehicle and then the truck struck three more vehicles before coming to rest. One vehicle overturned after being struck, …..

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Haw River man found not guilty on drug charges in Bladen County Court

By Erin Smith A Haw River man who was arrested following an undercover operation by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division and North Carolina Probation and Parole officers was found not guilty on a felony possession charge and other charges were dismissed. Anthony Holt, 50, of 719 East Main Street, Haw River, NC, was found not guilty on Tuesday in Bladen County Superior Court of Possession with Intent to Sell and Deliver Crack Cocaine, and the State dismissed the charge of Sell and Deliver Cocaine. He was represented by Attorney Allen Johnson. Holt was arrested in May 2017 during an undercover operation and charged with Possession with Intent to …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Congratulations to the East Bladen girls basketball team.  They defeated the Hertford County Lady Bears 69-28 last night extending their record to 26-1.  The Eagles will be looking for their 23rd consecutive win Thursday night when they host Midway (23-2).  The Lady Raiders advanced by defeating North Johnston 59-37 last night.  Gametime Thursday is 6 PM.  Read all about the Eagle’s win on our Sports Page. Prior to the most recent re-shuffling of high school districts, Midway and East Bladen were in the same conference. How about this beautiful weather.  High today is expected to be 80, and that is our all-time high for February 21st. Filing for a local political office has slowed to a snail’s …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Elizabethtown 42, Clarkton School of Discovery 30

  • 02/21/2018
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ELIZABETHTOWN – Malcolm Bolden and Raymond Autry combined for 27 points Tuesday night to lead Elizabethtown to a 42-30 boys basketball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery. The victory clinched the Bladen Five Middle School Conference regular-season title for the Cougars who raised their record to 7-0. The Blue Devils dropped to 4-3. Autry muscled inside for two baskets, and Ahmad Powell tossed in a basket as the Cougars edged ahead 6-5 in the opening period. Anthony McGill and Lamont Pridgen sank two free throws each, and Samaj Dove hit one to keep the Blue Devils close. Jacob Nixon threw in a basket and a free throw for the Cougars …..

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Middle School Girls Basketball: Elizabethtown 28, Clarkton School of Discovery 26

ELIZABETHTOWN – Elizabethtown shutout Clarkton School of Discovery in the final period Tuesday to pull out a 28-26 Bladen Five Middle School Conference girls basketball victory. The victory clinched the Bladen Five regular season title for the Lady Cougars who improved to 5-0. Clarkton is now 3-2 in league play. The Lady Blue Devils took a 26-21 lead into the final quarter, but Ronkira Lennon threw in a pair of baskets, Zoe Smith tossed in a basket and Alexus Mitchell hit a free throw to account for the 7-0 Elizabethtown rally. Mitchell topped the Elizabethtown scoring with 11 points, and Zoe Smith fired in 9 points. Lennon followed with 6 …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Bladenboro 62, East Arcadia 21

BLADENBORO – Twelve of fifteen Bladenboro players scored Tuesday as the Bulldogs celebrated Homecoming with a 62-21 Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over East Arcadia. Emanuel Lewis drained a 3-point shot and another basket then hit two free throws as the Panthers built a 7-3 lead. Center Jude Stanley answered with a basket and a free throw, and Jaylen Newkirk and Jarrett Kinlaw threw in baskets as the Bulldogs tied the game. Brycen Blackmon banked in a 3-point shot at the buzzer to give Bladenboro a 10-7 lead at the quarter break. Center Deonte Lacy powered his way inside for four baskets to lead a 17-3 second-quarter …..

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NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Play-offs: East Bladen 69, Hertford County 38

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophomore Patience Ward poured in 15 of her game-high 24 points during a 25-6 second period blitz that propelled East Bladen to a 69-38 victory Tuesday night over Hertford County in the first round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Play-offs. East Bladen will host Midway Thursday at 6 p.m. Midway claimed a 59-37 win over North Johnston in their opening round game. Junior Erica McKoy turned a basket into a 3-point play then added another basket for the Lady Eagles in the first quarter. Senior Shardajah Brown pumped in two baskets, and junior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson added a basket as East Bladen edged in …..

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This Day in History for February 21

1792 – US Congress passes Presidential Succession Act. 1842 – 1st known sewing machine patented in US, John Greenough, Washington, D. C. 1858 – Edwin T. Holmes installs 1st electric burglar alarm (Boston, Massachusetts) 1886 – Lucy B. Hobbs (Taylor) becomes 1st US woman to earn a DDS degree. 1902 – Dr. Harvey Cushing, 1st US brain surgeon, performs his 1st brain operation. 1918 – The last Carolina parakeet dies in captivity at the Cincinnati Zoo. 1925 – 1st issue of “New Yorker” magazine published. 1931 – Alka Seltzer introduced. 1944 – “War As It Happens” news show premieres on NBC-TV (NYC only) 1948 – NASCAR is incorporated. 1968 – …..

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Town Of Bladenboro Police Officer Vacancy

The Town of Bladenboro is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. Candidates should be familiar with modern law practices, procedures, and investigation techniques. BLET certification is required. Pre-employment physical, psych. exam, and drug screening required. Salary DOQ. Mail F3 Forms to: Police Chief, Town of Bladenboro PO Box 455, Bladenboro NC, 28320. EOE. Open Until Filled. Share:

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$125 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL HURRICANE MATTHEW RELIEF INCLUDED IN BIPARTISAN BUDGET ACT

  WASHINGTON – North Carolina will receive approximately $125 million in additional Hurricane Matthew disaster assistance as part of theBipartisan Budget Act.   Last November, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) asked House Leadership to include additional Hurricane Matthew funding in legislation related to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.   “National attention has moved on from Hurricane Matthew, but families in Lumberton, Fayetteville, Elizabethtown, and other southeastern North Carolina communities still haven’t been able to move back home,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “As Congress takes action on more recent disasters, I continue to remind House Leadership about remaining unmet needs in North Carolina.”   While final details depend on disaster recovery plans submitted by the state, …..

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Bladen Soil and Water District Contest Winners

Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District awards $500 scholarships to High School Seniors planning to attend college to study agriculture or natural resources.  The Board of Supervisors awarded this year’s scholarships to Sean Nunnery of West Bladen High School and Jacob Barber of East Bladen High School. The North Carolina Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts sponsors poster, essay, public speaking, computer generated slide show, and computer generated poster contests at District, Area and State levels.  These contests provide students in third through ninth grades opportunities to become aware of and share their concerns for soil and water conservation.  Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District is pleased to announce …..

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Cultured Seafood Festival set for New Bern March 9

  • 02/20/2018
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  Public event part of annual N.C. Aquaculture Development Conference NEW BERN – The 30th annual N.C. Aquaculture Development Conference returns to New Bern March 7-10. The conference features workshops, seminars and farm tours for aquaculture farmers across the Southeast. This year’s event also will include the first-ever Cultured Seafood Festival offering a variety of all-you-can-eat aquaculture dishes for the public. The Cultured Seafood Festival will be held on March 9 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center. Chef James “Smoke” Boyd, owner of The Flame Catering and Banquet Centre will offer variations of aquaculture dishes including North Carolina oysters, crab cakes, clams, tilapia, mountain …..

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Man Indicted for Selling Stolen Military Property and Drug Possession

  • 02/20/2018
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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Raleigh has returned an indictment charging SCOTT DOUGLAS BROWNING, age 40, of Fayetteville, NC, with 2-counts of willfully and knowingly receiving, concealing and retaining stolen property belonging to the United States military, 1-count of shipping the stolen items overseas in violation of the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), 1-count of knowingly and intentionally possessing oxycodone, a Schedule II controlled substance, and 1-count of knowingly and intentionally possessing testosterone. BROWNING conspired with numerous individuals to steal government property and military equipment. He utilized eBay accounts to sell and export the …..

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Fundraiser planned for Robby Priest

A fundraiser is planned for East Bladen High School Coach Robby Priest on Saturday, April 7, at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church PAC building from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will be barbecue plates and a silent auction. Plates cost $8 each and will consist of barbecue, baked beans, slaw, rolls and dessert. You can eat-in or take out. Also, T-shirts with the slogan #RobbyStrong can also be purchased through the Facebook group Fighting with Robby—#RobbyStrong. Priest is battling cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy treatments. He has had to miss work while undergoing his treatments, according to a GoFundMe page that has been set up by Shannon Meares. All proceeds …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Bladen County Dixie Youth Sign-ups

The Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball League has saved a spot on their team for your child.   Sign-ups for this year’s baseball season for children between the ages of 4 and 12 are drawing to a close, there’s still time to get your child involved in this terrific program. The Bladen County League is made up of the communities of Bladenboro, Clarkton, Dublin, and Tar Heel.  Children who live in these areas should play Dixie Youth Baseball in their home community.  The four communities work together to form one league. Dixie Youth Baseball’s age divisions include: T-Ball (ages 4 – 5), Coach Pitch (ages 6 – 8), Minor League (ages …..

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Rotary Club learns about peanuts

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club learned about peanuts from Bladen County farmer Dan Ward of Clarkton. Ward updated the Rotarians about progress being made in the peanut industry. Normally, Bladen’s farmers produce 4,500 acres of peanuts each year, said Ward. According to the National Peanut Board, peanuts help to fight hunger in communities of need, whether in the US or abroad. According to a release, the American peanut industry works hard to feed the hungry domestically and around the globe. Peanut-based products (like RUTF) support food security and economic growth in the developing world. Ward told the Rotarians that RUTF is used in many countries to assist malnourished children. The RUTF …..

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Carolina Blue Team are Bladen Recreation Ballers Division Champions

The Carolina Blue Team won Bladen Recreation Basketball’s Ballers Division of the 7-9 Coed League with a 9-1 record. Team members are: Christopher Campbell, Dashon Campbell, Cayden Morton, JaQuan McRae, Zy’Eria Ripley, Keyshawn Fennell, Adam Mitchell, Jr., Isaiah Robinson, Khyrin Hairston, Justin Spaulding and Monteria Richardson. The Carolina Blue team was coached by Dean Clark. Share:

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Family asks for help with landfill fees

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard a request from the members of Lula Shaw’s family to waive the landfill fees for the disposal of the ruins of her home. Shaw lost her home to a fire and her family and community members are assisting her with the clean up and removal of the debris. Annette Shaw of Council spoke on her mother’s behalf. She explained to the board that her mother lost her home and all of her belongings to a fire on February 3rd. “The loss has really taken a toll on her,” said Shaw. Shaw’s nephew, Tremaine Harvey, also …..

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West Bladen High Winners at Science and Engineering Fair

Contributed by Sharon H. Anderson Congratulations to Brenda Dimas and Gerardo Cristabol — Winners at the Region 4 Science and Engineering Fair at UNCP! On Saturday February 17th West Bladen High School students,Brenda Dimas and Gerardo Cristabol, participated in the Region 4 Science and Engineering Fair at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. The team won 1st place in the Senior Biology Division. Their project was entitled, “The Connecting Measures of Colony Individual Honey Bee Health to the Survival of an Apiary”. In addition to winning first place, they also won a 500 dollar scholarship from the McDonald’s Corporation! Brenda and Gerardo will next compete at the State Science Fair in …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving- 2/20/18

East Bladen girls basketball team begins their quest for state championship this evening.  The 1st round of the NCHSAA 2A playoffs begin for the Lady Eagles at 6PM when they host the Hertford County girls.  Admission is $6. Watch less TV now than I have in a long time, but more Internet than I should.  Saw some interesting quotes on Facebook recently, chances are you did as well. On gun control, one reader wrote, “We live in a society where people are eating laundry soap.  I don’t think guns are their problem.” Another, “We must reject the idea every time a laws broken, society is guilty rather than the law breaker.  It is …..

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Monday’s Bladen Recreation Basketball Results

Here are Monday’s results and final standings in the Bladen County Recreation Department’s 7-9 Coed Basketball League. Games were played at King Street Gym in Elizabethtown. Monday: Purple 19, Yellow 12 … Carolina Blue 21, Red 9 … Navy 10, Green 8 … Royal 15, Grey 7 BLADEN RECREATION 7-9 CO-ED BASKETBALL FINAL BALLERS DIVISION W L Carolina Blue 9 1 Purple 6 4 Yellow 4 6 Red 3 7 HOPPERS DIVISION W L Royal 10 0 Grey 6 4 Navy 2 8 Green 0 10 Share:

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Chase Lancaster Is New East Bladen Softball Coach

Long-time East Bladen trainer Chase Lancaster will step into the dugout as a coach this season and will lead the Lady Eagle softball team. Lancaster, a Bladen Community College graduate and a 15-year veteran with Bladen County Emergency Services, will take over for Coach Patty Evers who has directed the Lady Eagles for the past five seasons in her second stint at the helm of the East Bladen softball team. “I have been around travel ball and recreation softball and just fell in love with the game,” said Lancaster. “I just felt like it was time to step up and take the job. “We have some good freshmen coming in …..

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East Bladen Trio to Play Football at Louisburg

  ELIZABETHTOWN- Lahkeyd Lesane, Xavia McDowell and Davonta McIver who were a huge part of East Bladen’s football success over the past few seasons committed together Monday to continue their football career at Louisburg College. “It is an advantage for them to go together like that,” said Eagle Coach Robby Priest. “Louisburg is a good fit, and I hope they will push each other on and off the field.” This past season Lesane, McDowell and McIver led the Eagles to a 12-2 record, a share of the Three Rivers Conference championship and into the third round of the state Class 2A play-offs. Lesane, a 6-1, 300-pounder, is being recruited for …..

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This Day in History for February 20

1792 – US postal service created, postage 6-12 cents depending on distance. 1809 – US Supreme Court rules federal government power greater than any state. 1839 – Congress prohibits dueling in District of Columbia. 1872 – Luther Crowell patents a machine that manufactures paper bags. 1927 – Golfers in South Carolina arrested for violating Sabbath. 1937 – 1st automobile/airplane combination tested, Santa Monica, California. 1940 – Larry Clinton & his orchestra record “Limehouse Blues” 1944 – Batman & Robin comic strip premieres in newspapers. 1952 – “African Queen” film directed by John Huston, starring Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn is released in the US. 1960 – Jimi Hendrix, rock and …..

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Standing room only crowd gathers for discussion on roadside deer hunting

  By Erin Smith A standing room only crowd filled the Bladen County Superior Court Room as the Bladen County Board of Commissioners conducted a public hearing regarding a possible law making it illegal to hunt or discharge a firearm on, from, or across a state-maintained right-of-way or to retrieve dogs from a public road while in possession of a loaded firearm. More than 30 individuals signed up to speak on the matter. Commissioners Chairman Ray Britt said, “I want to emphasize tonight, there is no action to be taken. This is strictly a hearing. When we have something presented to the board we take it seriously.” He added that …..

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Bladen County Athletes Playing in College

Updated: Feb. 21, 2018 Winter sports Lacey Suggs Basketball Sophomore UNC Wilmington East Bladen John Bowen Basketball Freshman Belmont Abbey West Bladen Recent: Scored 7 points on 3 of 6 shooting, including a 3-pointer, and had 2 rebounds and an assist in 25 minutes in the Seahawks’ 65-48 loss at James Madison on Feb. 18. UNCW is 9-17 overall and 2-13 in the Colonial Athletic Association. Recent: Scored 4 points on 2 of 5 from the field and had 2 rebounds and 1 steal in 16 minutes in the Crusaders’ 103-94 loss at Lees-McRae on Feb. 20. Belmont Abbey is 10-18 overall and 5-13 in Conference Carolinas. Next: at College …..

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Harrells Christian Academy Places 3rd Overall in Regional Science Olympiad Competition

Contributed Harrells, NC – The HCA Science Olympiad team competed this past weekend at the Kinston Regional tournament with great success, bringing home medals in 13 events and placing third overall.  This win qualifies HCA to the State Science Olympiad at NCSU this April. Head Coach Dee Canady, HCA’s Chemistry teacher, says, “This year we faced some unusual challenges, and it is amazing that we performed as well as we did.   While most of our competition had 18-member teams, ours this year was a 13-member team, so our students had to prepare for as many as four events.  Additionally, the Kinston Regional was a month earlier than normal, so each …..

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Old Fashioned Planters Day announced

By Erin Smith The 26th annual Old Fashioned Planter’s Day is scheduled for Friday, March 23, and Saturday, March 24, at the Graham farm in Ammon. Gates will open at 9 a.m. each day.  On Friday night, there will be a Chicken and Rice Dinner and cost is a donation. A museum is now open. There will be a saw mill, hit and miss engines, old tractors, live music, food and drinks and much more. There will be Country and Gospel singing both Friday and Saturday nights. There will also be crafts vendors, children’s games and rides, antique farm equipment and primitive tool displays and horse drawn equipment on display.  …..

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Kelly Spring Festival is planned

The Kelly Spring Festival is planned for Saturday, April 28, 2018,  at the Kelly Ballpark in Kelly. The event will kick off with a parade at 10 a.m.  Parade entrants are asked to line up on Cassius Smith Road beginning at 9:30 a.m. The parade will travel down NC 53 towards the Kelly ball field. The North Tower Band will offer a variety of music beginning at 11 a.m. The band plays a variety of Top 40, beach music, funk and oldies.  In addition to the band, there will be  various food and craft vendors available. Come out and join us for beach music, bounce houses, crafts, raffles and food along …..

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Case involving November standoff continued

By Erin Smith A Dublin man who was arrested following a 6-hour standoff with police in November, had his case continued recently. MacKenzie Brisson was arrested following the standoff on November 21, 2017. He is charged with three counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon on a government official and his next court appearance is scheduled for March 5th. He is represented by Whiteville attorney Harold Pope. The case stems from a day when Brisson barricaded himself in a home on Paul Brisson Road and shooting rounds of ammunition inside and around the home. No one was injured in the incident and law enforcement did not return fire. After …..

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Tar Heel Middle School releases Second Nine Weeks Honor Roll

Tar Heel Middle School has released their honor roll for the second nine weeks grading period. Fifth grade “A” Honor Roll= grades of 90+ in all Classes Garrett Dunham, Madison Holder, Emily Lewis, Lidia Lopez, Zion McMillan, and Nolan Sessoms. “A/B” Honor Roll= grades of 80 and above in all Classes Destyni Blackwell, Alina Chaves, Jaziyah Daniels, Lauren Douglas, Ryder Faircloth, Frankie Felix, George Felix, Jeime Garcia, Luis Garcia, Yareth Garcia, Micah Hearns, Malik Hill, Larissa Jackson, Ah’Leah Johnson, Aiden Jones, Sawyer Landreth, Damon’tre Love, Antuan Martinez-Sanchez, Legend Murchison, Kasey Nichols, Angel Ramon, Xha-tyiria Rowdy, Ashley Sanchez, Yuridia Santana, Pablo Angel Vasques, Jessica Verdugo, Valerie Vicencio, Faith Wil-Dey,  and Angie Zuniga. …..

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Board of Elections Special Meeting Notice

PUBLIC NOTICE SPECIAL MEETING Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 2 p.m. One-Stop Plan The Bladen County Board of Elections will conduct a Special Meeting for the purpose of developing the new One-Stop Implementation Plan, for the May 8, 2018, Primary Election. Bobby Ludlum-Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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CresCom Bank Welcomes Chris Robbins as Senior Vice President and East Region Credit Risk Manager

CHARLESTON, S.C. – CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, is pleased to introduce Chris Robbins as senior vice president and east region credit risk manager for the CresCom branches in Eastern, N.C. In his new position, Robbins will work closely with the regional market executive and commercial relationship managers to provide an exceptional banking experience for CresCom Bank customers. His primary focus will be to assist in the proper underwriting and structuring of customer loan requests to achieve mutually beneficial, safe, sound and profitable results. Robbins is a tenured banking professional bringing top market knowledge and extensive banking experience including his most recent position as executive vice president, …..

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CresCom Bank Introduces New Team Members and Announces Promotions Throughout the Carolinas

CHARLESTON, S.C. – CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, promotes and welcomes new team members throughout its North Carolina and South Carolina branches. New team members and promotions include: Charleston, S.C. *Meshelle Sealy has joined the bank as a full time customer service representative and floating teller. Prior to joining CresCom Bank, Sealy worked as a manager at DeBorah’s Bridal.   Holden Beach, N.C. *David Batten has been promoted to assistant vice president and commercial lender. Prior to joining the CresCom Bank team in 2014, Batten served as a financial services officer at State Employees’ Credit Union in North Carolina.   Myrtle Beach, S.C. *David Del Gaizo joined …..

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Small Business Administration loans available for disaster relief

By Erin Smith As residents and business owners in Bladen County continue to recover from the ravages of Hurricane Matthew, an announcement has been made that more funding has been made available through the Small Business Administration. Business owners who had their place of business damaged during Hurricane Matthew have until March 14 to apply for a grant through the Small Business Recovery Assistance (SBRAP) program and/or to apply for a low-interest loan from the Small Business Administration. Self-Help is a new low interest, forgivable loan program made available through the North Carolina Department of Commerce to assist small businesses who are still recovering form the ravages of Hurricane Matthew.  …..

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UNC Chapel Hill releases Deans List

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released their Deans List for the Fall 2017 semester. Several Bladen County residents were named to the list. Those named to the list are: Gabriel Barnes and Lesly Portillo Ramirez, both of Elizabethtown, and Hayley Hall, Amber Long, and Lauren Norris, all of Bladenboro. Share:

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County Commissioners to hold public hearing on hunting beside the roadway

by Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet tonight (Monday, February 19) at 6:30 p.m. and conduct a public hearing regarding a possible law making it illegal to hunt or discharge a firearm on, from, or across a state-maintained right-of-way or to retrieve dogs from a public road while in possession of a loaded firearm. The issue was brought to the board’s attention in January by Joe Britt, a resident of the Ammon community.  Britt told the board during the January meeting that hunting alongside the highway creates a dangerous situation for motorists. Concerns have also been expressed about safety for county residents who have homes located in …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

We live in interesting, but troubling times.  With Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Messenger, LinkedIn, Twitter, and so many more social news sources, and more coming, apparently anyone can write anything about anyone, anytime with or without facts.  We need to be aware of Fake News that originates at home and abroad. Ever check these sources, Snopes or FactCheck or some other fact-finding source, before sending questionable news forward and spreading more fake news? None are perfect, but maybe the Golden Rule should be our guide.  ‘Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do To You’.  Applicable in business, government, places of worship, anywhere. Can we all do a better job?  I include myself.  We can’t stop what is happening …..

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Historical Markers In Bladen County: Harmony Hall

Harmony Hall was built by Col. James Richardson prior to 1768. The 12,000 to 15,000-acre plot originally occupied on the banks of the Cape Fear River was partially a grant from King George III for Col. Richardson’s gallant service with General James Wolfe in the French and Indian War. The Colonel became interested in the land after he and his brother were shipwrecked off of Cape Hatteras and had to spend several months making repairs in Bladen County, NC before they could return to their home in Stonington, Connecticut. Col. Richardson fell in the love with the land and, after receiving a large tract of land for his service, he …..

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CAASC State Basketball Play-offs: Thales Academy 62, Paul Brown Leadership Academy 54

APEX — Thales Academy defeated Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy 62-54 in the first round of the CAASC state playoffs. The Bulldogs jumped in front 4-2 early, but Thales rallied with a 16-0 spurt to go up 18-4, before the Dawgs closed the gap to 18-8 at the quarter break. Marquese Robinson fired in a trio of 3-point shots for Paul R. Brown in the second quarter, but the Titans still managed to maintain a 37-26 halftime lead. The Bulldogs rallied in the third quarter outscoring the Titans 13-8 to trim the margin to 45-39. Paul R. Brown pulled to within 5 points in the final period, but an advantage …..

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This Day in History for February 19

1807 – US Vice President Aaron Burr arrested in Alabama for treason; later acquitted. 1846 – Texas state government formally installed in Austin. 1881 – Kansas becomes 1st state to prohibit all alcoholic beverages. 1884 – Enigma outbreak of tornadoes in Mississippi, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky and Indiana kill 800 people. 1906 – Will Keith Kellogg and Charles D. Bolin found the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, now the multinational food manufacturer Kellogg’s. 1913 – 1st prize inserted into a Cracker Jack box. 1914 – Four-year-old Charlotte May Pierstorff mailed by train from Grangeville, Idaho to her grandparents’ house 73 miles away in most famous ‘child …..

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Thoughts While Shaving For Sunday, Feb. 18

Daytona 500 begins at 2:30 PM today. Alex Bowman and Denny Hamlin will begin the race on row 1. David Gilliland will be driving #92 Ford, owned by Ricky Benton Racing team from nearby Cerro Gordo, NC. Gilliland begins the race in 39th position. Bladen County Commissioners meet in regular session Monday, 6:30 PM. One item that could draw interest is a Public Hearing to receive comments related to a ‘possible law making it illegal to hunt or discharge a firearm on, from, or across a state-maintained right-of-way or to retrieve dogs from a public road while in possession of a loaded firearm.” The meeting is open to the public. …..

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Saturday’s Lil Knights Basketball Results

The Lakers and Duke won Lil Knights basketball league championships Saturday morning at West Bladen High School. The Lakers defeated the Rockets 28-24 in the NBA League finals. Duke defeated North Carolina 1-4 in the College League championship game. NBA League Consolation Game Thunder 28, Cavaliers 25 Cavaliers (25) – Aaron Lewis 2, Hezekiah Blanks 17, Hunter Hester, Britt Sasser 4, Kaden Richardson, Bryant Ortiz Aguilar 2. Thunder (28) – Ty Allen, Jackson Pait 9, Chase Williams 12, Megan Pait, Tylik McCall 7, Jack Combs, Makenna Thurman, Trey George. Rebounds – Cavaliers: Lewis 5, Blanks 2, Hester 1, Sasser 5, Richardson 1. Thunder: Allen 3, Williams 7, J. Pait 4, …..

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East Bladen Lady Eagles Host Play-off Game Tuesday

East Bladen’s Lady Eagles (25-1) received the No. 5 seed in the NCHSAA Class 2A Basketball Play-offs Saturday and will host No. 28 Hertford County (11-13). That first round game will be played Tuesday at East Bladen. Game time is 6 p.m. The Lady Eagles have won 21 games in a row and captured both the Three Rivers Conference regular-season and tournament championships. The Lady Bears from Ahoskie finished fourth in the Northeastern Coastal Conference. Other games involving area teams include: Class 2A Girls No. 21 North Johnston at No. 12 Midway No. 20 Farmville Central at No. 13 Red Springs No. 27 Whiteville at No. 6 Bartlett Yancey Class …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – February 18

1735 – 1st opera performed in America, “Flora”, in Charleston, South Carolina. 1804 – 1st US land-grant college, Ohio University, Athens Ohio, chartered. 1850 – California Legislature creates nine Bay Area counties. 1885 – Mark Twain publishes the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in the US. 1901 – H. Cecil Booth patented a dust removing suction cleaner. 1913 – French modernist painting “Nude Descending a Staircase” by Marcel Duchamp causes an uproar when shown in New York. 1924 – US Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby resigns due to Teapot Dome scandal. 1930 – Richard Rogers & Lorenz Hart’s “Simple Simon” published in NYC. 1944 – Youngest baseball player, Cincinnati Reds …..

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Historical Markers In Bladen County: Gilmore-Patterson Farm

Gilmore–Patterson Farm is a historic home and farm located near St. Pauls, Bladen County, North Carolina. The Patterson farmhouse was built about 1872 in the late Greek Revival style, and modified about 1890 in the Queen Anne style. It is a frame one-story dwelling with a central hall plan. Also on the property are the contributing a smokehouse, an outhouse, a (former) post office, a mule barn, three tobacco barns, a garage, a granary, and two tenant houses. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. Share:

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Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association Announced

The Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association will begin their 2018 schedule on March 7 with a tournament at Land O’ Lakes Golf Course near Whiteville. There will be a total of 37 tournaments this year featuring the following formats: 4 Man Superball, 2 Man Stableford and 4 Man Texas Scramble. Any senior golfer interested in joining this organization should call Linwood Hedgepeth at 910-734-7161. Share:

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Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County was considering new wildlife regulations for the county. The Elizabethtown Rescue Squad drove 1,433 miles and made 44 calls during January 1983. Sidney Warner of Council was appointed Coastal Area Executive for NCNB National Bank. Sheila Ford of Clarkton, a basketball player at UNC-Asheville, was leading the nation in rebounds (20.7 per game) for both boys and girls. Share:

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Vehicle Property Tax Receipts Available on Official NCDMV website 

RALEIGH – Taxpayers can retrieve their paid 2017 vehicle property tax receipts online from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles to use when they file this year’s income tax returns. Vehicle owners can view and print their vehicle property tax receipts through the MyDMV web portal. To access your tax receipts at MyDMV: Visit the official NCDMV website at MyNCDMV.gov and click on the green “Use MyDMV Now” tab. Enter your driver license number, the last four digits of your Social Security number and your birth date, and then click “Log In” to see your personal DMV information. Under Correspondence, click “2017 VEH PROP TAX FEE.” You’ll get a list of the county vehicle …..

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You Decide: Will a Direct Flight to China Boost the State Economy?

By Dr. Mike Walden My first long distance trip outside my hometown of Cincinnati was to West Virginia by train.   Although my memory is fuzzy – this was in the 1950s – it wasn’t a luxury train. In fact, I don’t even remember a meal car. I don’t think I cared. I was mesmerized by watching the scenery go by – especially the hills and valleys of the “mountain state.” Air travel has now replaced train travel as the most common mode of transportation for long distance trips. In 2017 there were a stunning 2.2 billion domestic air flights in the country.   Although many of us – including yours truly …..

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Old restaurant in Elizabethtown leveled to ground

By: Charlotte Smith This week an old restaurant in Elizabethtown was torn completely down. Demolition work began in late January on the old Cape Fear BBQ building. There are plenty of speculations surrounding what may stand in its place one day, but no official announcement has been made by the property owners.  Related article: Iconic restaurant building being demolished Share:

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Bladen County students participate in Job Shadow 4-H program

In February in Bladen County, the groundhog is not the only one looking for a shadow. Each year Bladen County Schools Career and Technical Education Department and Bladen County 4-H partner to bring the annual 8th Grade Job Shadow Day to life.  This year’s event was held on February 8, 2018 and around 95 youth qualified to participate in this annual event. Guidance counselors, teachers, and bus drivers from the middle schools serve as chaperones for some of the job sites. To be considered, eighth graders wrote essays about their future career and why they would like to work in that field. Each middle school in Bladen County can recommend …..

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Lowering of United States and North Carolina Flags in Honor of the Victims of the Attack in Parkland, Florida

Bladen County has all flags lowered. Governor Roy Cooper has joined President Donald Trump in ordering all United States and North Carolina flags at state facilities to be lowered to half-staff from Feb. 15 until sunset on Feb. 19 in honor of the victims of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. In a speech to the North Carolina Healthcare Association, Governor Roy Cooper shared his thoughts on the tragedy in Parkland, Florida. An excerpt of Gov. Roy Cooper’s remarks is below: “Our hearts are broken for people in Florida—for those kids, for those adults who were killed…When will this country have had enough of this? 25 fatal school shootings since Columbine—and we all remember what happened at …..

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State Employees Credit Union Foundation (SECU) High School Scholarship Opportunity – Reminder

Since the SECU Foundation was established in August 2004, it has awarded annual $10,000 “People Helping People” four-year scholarships – increasing from two to three in 2014 – to graduating seniors attending North Carolina Charter Schools. These scholarships will be awarded to students attending one of the 16 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina. These funds are made possible through the contributions to the Foundation by members of State Employees’ Credit Union. Below are the steps for applying for this scholarship opportunity:  – Review the ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA and share scholarship information with eligible students and their parents. New for 2018: The SECU People Helping People Scholarship is only available to graduating …..

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Weekly message from Congressman Pittenger

On Wednesday, we watched in horror as pure evil unfolded at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Once again, we were reminded that violence, hopelessness, and a lack of respect are far too prevalent in our culture.  We should not be silent. As many of us paused to pray for the victims, their families, and the students who lived through the terrifying ordeal, there was almost immediately a counter-chorus from mainstream media pundits and political activists disparaging prayer and demanding immediate government solutions.  This was just days after ABC television host Joy Behar compared Christianity to mental illness. Laws are necessary for an orderly society.  Yet we now …..

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Columbus County

NCDOT Awards Additional Funds for Columbus County Airport Improvements

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation has granted $290,556 in state funds for rehabilitation of the runway at Columbus County Municipal Airport. NCDOT’s Division of Aviation has already awarded the airport $2.6 million in federal funds for the project, and is granting the additional state money to cover the required local match. The local match was picked up as part of a Division of Aviation safety enhancement program for rural airports that do not have the same access to funding and revenue as airports in larger cities, but are still vital parts of their communities.  Columbus County Municipal Airport, located just south of Whiteville, contributes $122 million to the local …..

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Tillis Chairs Hearing on Personnel Programs in the DOD and Military Family Readiness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Personnel, held a hearing to receive testimony on military and civilian personnel programs and on military family readiness. The panel included the Honorable Robert L. Wilkie, Jr., Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and former Senior Advisor to Senator Tillis. CLICK HERE to watch Senator Tillis’ Opening Statement.   CLICK HERE to watch the full hearing.  “As the United States faces an increasingly complex global security environment, our military’s personnel programs and policies must build an agile and adaptable force capable of responding to the uncertain threats we face,” said Senator Tillis. “A high-quality military and civilian …..

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The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday

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The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, February 24, 2018 from 8​:00​a.m. to 1 ​1:00​ a.m.  The food pantry, From His Table to Yours will be open the same day 10:00​ a.m. to ​1​2:00 p.m.  Personal transportation and identifications are required.  No fee is involved in either ministry.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South; Elizabethtown NC.  Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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Correction Enterprises Employee Arrested for Allegedly Attempting to Bring Contraband into Sampson Prison Laundry

CLINTON – A Correction Enterprises employee is facing charges tonight after he was caught this afternoon allegedly attempting to bring contraband into the Sampson Correctional Institution Laundry facility. Correctional staff discovered nearly 59 grams of marijuana, two cell phones and tobacco in a duffle bag as Christopher Bishop was trying to enter the facility just before 3 p.m. today. The Clinton Police Department was called in to investigate. They have charged Bishop with two felonies — Providing a Phone to an Inmate and Providing Contraband to an Inmate, along with misdemeanor Providing Products to an Inmate. His bail was set at $5,000.  Bishop, 42, a 2nd shift supervisor at the Sampson Laundry, has been …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Still very few newcomers seeking a Bladen County political office. Filing deadline is February 28 for the May primary.  The General Election is in early November.  Most winners take office in  December. 35 to 40 senior citizens, maybe more, were treated by young adults at Wesley’s Chapel UMC last night.  Qualifications?  Had to be 70 years old or older.  A few care-takers were included.  Very nice. Flu still ongoing in Bladen County. Warm weather yesterday, but high winds, gusts up to mid 20s at times.  Cloudy and cooler today with highs in the mid 50s. Check our News page, our Events page, our Sports page and other sources for numerous activities in the county today and …..

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This Day in History for February 17

1621 – Myles Standish is elected as the first commander of the Plymouth Colony. 1801 – US House of Representatives breaks electoral college tie, chooses Thomas Jefferson President over Aaron Burr. 1876 – Sardines first canned by Julius Wolff in Eastport, Maine. 1913 – 1st minimum wage law in US takes effect (Oregon) 1915 – Edward Stone, 1st US combatant to die in WW I, is mortally wounded. 1932 – Irving Berlin’s musical “Face the Music” premieres in NYC. 1933 – First issue of American news magazine “Newsweek” is published. 1943 – Dow Chemical and Corning Glass Works form a joint venture to explore and produce silicon materials, based off …..

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Friday Tossup Results From Vineyard Golf At White Lake

The team of Jimmy Davis, Wiliam and Nelson Brisson and Charles DeVane won the front side in the Friday Tossup at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. Taking the backside was Mac Porter, Pam Davis Taylor, Lenon Fisher and Henry Warwick. Tossups are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, weather permitting, at Vineyard Golf At White Lake located between Elizabethtown and White Lake. Share:

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Three Rivers Conference Girls Tournament Championship: East Bladen 58, West Columbus 38

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmore Patience Ward posted a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds to lead East Bladen to a 58-38 girls basketball victory over West Columbus in the Three Rivers Conference Tournament Championship Game. Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles ran their winning streak to 21 games and will enter next week’s NCHSAA Class 2A Play-offs with a 25-1 record. The Lady Eagles captured both the Three Rivers regular-season and tournament championships. Ward banged in a follow-shot, turned a feed from junior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson into a lay-up and hit a free throw to edge East Bladen ahead 5-4 with 4:15 left in the first period. A …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S STATEMENT ON DOJ RUSSIAN INDICTMENTS

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released the following statement after the Department of Justice announced indictments against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities for interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential election:   “Today’s indictments reiterate what President Trump and I have been saying all along.  While we have known for some time that Russia meddled with our election, their efforts had no impact on the results and there was no coordination nor collusion with the Trump campaign,” said Congressman Pittenger. “Now that the Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy, regurgitated ad nauseam by the mainstream media, has been proven false, I hope the media and the Democrats will finally focus their efforts on following the …..

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Tillis & Coons Introduce Resolution Recognizing Critical Work of Human Rights Defenders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, introduced a resolution recognizing the critical work of human rights defenders in promoting human rights, the rule of law, democracy, and good governance. The resolution also condemns threats to human rights defenders, encourages all countries to recognize their duties to protect fundamental freedoms, and calls on the President and Secretary of State to maintain U.S. leadership in promoting human rights.   “Every day, millions of people around the world face human rights abuses and threats to their freedoms, and human rights defenders play a courageous role in standing up in opposition,” said Senator …..

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Weekend weather briefing for Bladen County

Prepared by: Josh Weiss, Meteorologist A back door type cold front will drop across the area late tonight into early Saturday. This will bring much cooler temperatures Saturday along with small chances for showers and significant cloud cover. This front will waver in the vicinity before pushing offshore Saturday night. Seasonable and dry conditions are expected Sunday. View the full report: WeekendBriefing_Feb17_18 Share:

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Bladen County Elections update as of Friday, February 16

The Bladen County Board of Elections has been busy this week.  Several new candidates and some incumbents have filed to seek election. The race is now on. View the full candidate list below. Candidates filed as of feb 16 2018 Related articles: Election filing period opens Monday https://bladenonline.com/opportunity-for-political-candidates-and-parties/ Share:

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Escaped Caledonia CI Inmate Captured in Rocky Mount

RALEIGH — A Caledonia Correctional Institution minimum custody inmate who left his outside work assignment on Thursday was captured early Friday morning. Clayton Campbell (#1454355) was captured in Rocky Mount by the DPS Prisons Emergency Response Team and local law enforcement at 12:08 a.m. without incident. Campbell, 24, now faces escape charges. He will be demoted from the minimum custody facility at Caledonia to one of the state’s higher security facilities. Campbell was convicted of identity fraud and theft in May 2015 and was scheduled for release this October. Share:

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Bladen County Relay for Life Survivors and Caregiver’s Party

  • 02/16/2018
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Bladen County Relay for Life Survivors and Caregiver’s Party February 22, 2018 at 6:30pm until 8:30pm Clarkton Entertainment Center 10233 N College St Clarkton, NC 28433 All Survivors and Caregiver’s are welcome to come and fellowship with each other. Black Water Rhythm and Blues Band will provide entertainment and refreshments will be served. Share:

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Rep. McHenry’s Predatory Lending Bill Passes House

 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last night, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 3299, the so called “Madden fix” bill which would preempt state interest rate caps and open the flood gates to online predatory lending of 300% APR and higher loans. The bill passed despite opposition from consumer advocates. Several Members of Congress took to the floor to voice their firm opposition of this legislation and urged its sponsors to address predatory loopholes that exist in the bill. H.R. 3299 is sponsored by U.S. Reps. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) and Greg Meeks (D-N.Y.). The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration. A Senate companion bill, S. 1642, was introduced …..

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Improved Litter Website Makes it Easier to Sponsor or Adopt-A-Highway

Shows available routes and simplifies litter collection reporting RALEIGH – Those interested in adopting or sponsoring a highway now have a user-friendly tool that shows routes available for cleanup in all 100 North Carolina counties thanks to a new litter management website and interactive map. The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Roadside Environmental Unit has launched a website that helps current volunteers see where their assigned roadways are, markets the Sponsor-A-Highway program, and makes it easier for volunteers to report the amount of litter collected. “This is the first step in efforts to ensure North Carolina looks its best for all those who work, live and visit here,” says Don Lee, state roadside environmental …..

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Bladen County Road openings and closings update

By: Boyne, Faye M OPENINGS:   SR 1509 (Johnsontown) SR 1509 (Johnsontown) will open Friday, February 16  at 1.53 miles NW of US701   CLOSINGS:   SR 1709 (Coley Road) SR 1709 (Coley Road) remains closed in order to replace the bridge over Hammonds Creek.  A signed detour is in effect to use SR 1704 (Airport Road) / SR 1713 (White Plains Church Road) / SR 1719 (Vause Road) / SR 1708 (Rosindale Road)   UPCOMING CLOSINGS: SR1509 (Johnsontown Road) SR1509 Johnsontown Road will close Monday, February 19 BEGINNING AT 8:00 AM at 0.66 miles NW of US 701 to replace crosslines.     ELWELL FERRY: Is operating Share:

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Opportunity for Political Candidates and Parties

The election season has started with gusto. Bladen County political candidates have already started campaigning. Our team would like the public to know as much about each and every candidate as possible. We are offering a free video interview to all candidates running for election. Anyone interested in a video may schedule an appointment with our General Manager, Erin Smith at gm@bladenonline.com or call our office at 910-879-1029. We are also offer advertising opportunities on BladenOnline.com, SoutheasternTimes.com and on our social media outlets. Below is a printable form with our advertising options. If anyone is interested in advertising contact Tonya Shaw at 910-879-1029 or email bladenonlinesales@gmail.com. We believe in our …..

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Class Size Legislation and Charter Schools

Charter schools are not bound to the class size mandates in current legislation. The charter school’s approved charter application operationalized in the nonprofit board of directors’ policy dictates the class size at the charter school. Since charters are not required to follow the class size mandates they also do not have to run PowerSchool class size reports. Charter schools with specific class size numbers in the approved application may request an amendment through OCS if there changes to the class sizes at the charter school. Please contact OCS via email at ocs@dpi.nc.gov with questions or concerns about class sizes in charter schools. Share:

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen Residents

  • 02/16/2018
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By: Dora Brogdon   This Saturday, Feb 13th, the National Guard Armory in Elizabethtown will be hosting the annual Valentine Gala Cancer Benefit. The Gala will begin at 6 p.m. and will end at 11 p.m.The Comedian Chris Clark will be the entertainment for the benefit and along with the opening act the Baldwin Branch Praise Dancers and DJ Dana Daniels of Sanford will be making an appearance. The cost to attend the event is a donation of $40 in advance or $45 or at the door. If you or someone one you know would like to purchase tickets be sure to call; Mrs Willis at 910-316-8408, Minister Lennon at 910-549-6870, Mrs. Jones at 910-918-3207, …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – February 16

1741 – Benjamin Franklin’s General Magazine begins publishing. 1838 – Kentucky passes law permitting women to attend school under conditions. 1852 – Studebaker Brothers wagon company, precursor of the automobile manufacturer, is established. 1883 – “Ladies Home Journal” begins publishing. 1909 – 1st subway car with side doors goes into service (NYC) 1914 – 1st airplane flight from LA to SF. 1932 – 1st patent for a tree to James Markham for a peach tree. 1937 – DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace H. Carothers. 1938 – US Federal Crop Insurance program authorized. 1946 – 1st commercially designed helicopter tested, Bridgeport, Connecticut. 1950 – Longest-running prime-time game show, “What’s …..

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Tillis Introduces Bill to Combat Drug-Facilitated Human Trafficking

 Bipartisan, Bicameral Legislation would Establish Penalties for Criminals Creating, Fueling Substance Abuse to Control Victims WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation to crack down on drug-facilitated human trafficking. The Protecting Rights of Those Exploited by Coercive Trafficking (PROTECT) Act would specifically address the use of drugs to facilitate human trafficking and protect vulnerable victims of trafficking.   Human traffickers often introduce or exploit drug addiction to control or force victims into prostitution or forced labor. This compounds the trauma experienced by human trafficking victims and undermines recovery efforts for individuals suffering from addiction.    “We should do everything in our power to bring human traffickers to …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Extreme weather temperatures for February in Bladen County… High   85 degrees, February 4, 1989 Low  7 degrees, February 12, 1973. Yesterday’s high temp, upper 70s. Stock market still rising after a brief scare last week.  Dow Jones Industrial Average yesterday was 25,200, still down from high of 26,617 on Friday, January 26.  Important for many, including retirees. (401K’s, 457’s and other such programs) Check our Sports Page for Three Rivers Conference Basketball Tournament pairings.  John Clark has it covered, and be sure to check the latest info related to former local students now playing college ball.  No one does it better than BladenOnline and John Clark. Bad luck last night for …..

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Middle School Girls Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 36, Tar Heel 9

CLARKTON – AnnaGrey Heustess fired in 19 points to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 36-9 girls basketball victory over Tar Heel in Bladen Five Middle School Conference action. Heustess blistered the nets with four baskets and two free throws in the opening period as the Lady Blue Devils raced to a 12-2 lead. Mariah Smith tallied the other Clarkton basket in the quarter. Azillyah McDonald threw in the only Tar Heel basket in the first quarter, and Le’nya Harrell connected for a Lady Panther basket in the second period. Heustess, Gabby Nealy and Autumn Nye tossed in a basket each for CSD in the second quarter to stretch …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Clarkton School of Discovery 47, Tar Heel 23

CLARKTON – Nazire Smith and Lamont Pridgen combined for 30 points Thursday night to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 47-23 boys basketball victory over Tar Heel in Bladen Five Middle School Conference action. Smith nailed a 3-point shot in the opening quarter, and teammates Nyquan Richardson and Anthony McGill dropped in baskets as the Blue Devils jumped in front 7-4. Center Lancine Soumanoro powered in a basket, and Antonio Candelaria sank 2 free throws for Tar Heel in the quarter. Smith sparked an 18-5 Clarkton second quarter run with two baskets and four free throws. Pridgen muscled in a pair of baskets, and teammates Nyquan Richardson, Samaj Dove …..

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Middle School Boys Basketball: Elizabethtown 37, East Arcadia 23

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong EAST ARCADIA – Elizabethtown defeated East Arcadia 37-23 Thursday in Bladen Five Middle School Conference boys basketball action. Emanuel Lewis tossed in a basket and 2 free throws to lead the Panthers to an 8-6 first quarter lead. Teammates Kenneth Armstrong and Quantico Fennell added a basket each in the period. Guard Malcolm Bolden threw in a couple of baskets, and Jacob Nixon added a basket to keep the Cougars close at the quarter break. Bolden and Ty Mathis sparked a 15-3 Cougar spurt with 2 baskets each in the second period. Ahmad Powell flipped in a basket and a free throw, and Chase Starkloff and …..

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Caledonia CI Inmate Escapes From Work Assignment

TILLERY – State correctional and local law enforcement officers are seeking Caledonia Correctional Institution minimum custody inmate Clayton Campbell (#1454355), who left his outside work assignment. Campbell was last seen in the town of Whitakers at 2:35 p.m. on Thursday. Campbell, 24, is a white male with a medium build who stands 5-foot-7 and weighs 162 pounds with blonde hair and blue eyes originally from Mecklenburg County. He was convicted of identity fraud and theft in May 2015 and was scheduled for release this October. If you see Campbell, please call local law enforcement or Caledonia Correctional Institution at 252-826-5621. Share:

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WB student Kyle Gause wins BCC award

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College Career and College Promise Program (CCPP) student Kyle Gause has won the BCC 2018 Academic Excellence Award. Gause, a West Bladen high school senior, will graduate from BCC with an associate’s degree in arts and science in May. He will attend North Carolina State University in the fall as a junior. “My goal is to advance into the NC State College of Engineering and study computer science,” stated Gause. “Eventually, I would like to work on a doctorate degree and teach computer science.” Students who receive the BCC Academic Excellence Award must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.25 and demonstrate leadership, focus, and …..

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Public Meeting

Public Notice: Bladenboro to Conduct Parks and Recreation Meeting

PUBLIC NOTICE The Town of Bladenboro is having a Parks and Recreation meeting to discuss the proposed plans to apply for a PARTF grant for McLean Park. The Town is inviting all interested residents to attend and provide ideas and feedback on the grant application. The meeting will be held at Town Hall on February 26, 2018 at 7 p.m. For additional information call (910) 863-3655. Share:

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Whites Creek Precinct Meeting set

Whites Creek Democratic Precinct Meeting will be held Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the Lisbon Community Center next to the Lisbon Fire Department. Thank You to Everyone from the first meeting for coming out and showing support for our community. We have to make our community unified to become greater. Share:

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Offensive 2015 social media post recirculating

By Erin Smith A social media post from 2015 is recirculating and causing a fire storm of controversy on the campus of UNC-Pembroke. A Snapchat post from 2015 depicting a UNC Pembroke student in “black face” has resurfaced and is now being shared on various social media platforms. There are commenters who are urging users to make the post “go viral,” but some are taking it too far by posting threats against the student. UNC Pembroke Chancellor Robin Cummings sent an email to students on Wednesday stating the post is “inconsistent with the school’s values” and due to privacy issues, the school is not allowed to comment on any disciplinary …..

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Record-Setting Wins For Harrells Christian Academy Students At State Junior Beta Competition

Harrells, NC – Now in its second year under the direction of sponsors, Ms. Barbara Hollowell, Mrs. Lori Boone, Mrs. Jessica Sawvel, Mrs. Margo Bowker, and Mrs. Beth Griffin, the HCA Junior Beta Club has come home from the North Carolina Beta Convention with 24 wins, including 1st place in Division 2 Group Talent and 11 other events. In all, 87 Harrells 4th-8th graders have earned the right to compete at the National Convention this June in Savannah, Georgia. 5th grade teacher Mrs. Melody Powell reflected on the event: “The huge variety of Beta events allows our kids to discover new areas of giftedness like robotics, for example, and really …..

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House Passes Rent-A-Bank Scheme Legislation Despite Opposition Over Bill’s Predatory Lending Problem

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass H.R. 3299, the so called “Madden fix” bill which would preempt state interest rate caps and open the flood gates to online predatory lending of 300% APR and higher loans. The bill passed despite not having support from consumer advocates. Several Members of Congress took to the floor to voice their firm opposition of this legislation and urged its sponsors to address predatory loopholes that exist in the bill. H.R. 3299 is sponsored by U.S. Reps. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.) and Greg Meeks (D-N.Y.). The bill will now go to the Senate for consideration. A Senate companion bill, S. 1642, was …..

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CresCom Bank Announces Promotions Throughout the Carolinas

  • 02/15/2018
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, promotes team members throughout its North Carolina and South Carolina branches. New team members and promotions include: Charleston, S.C. *Bailey Cooper has been promoted to assistant vice president. In July 2013, Cooper joined the CresCom Bank team as a customer service representative and in June 2015, she was promoted to branch manager of the James Island office. In addition to her position at the James Island branch, she recently took on the duties of managing the Meeting Street office, earning her the assistant vice president promotion. *Holly Hall has been promoted to vice president and manager of the West …..

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CresCom Bank Promotes Carmel Dodds to Vice President and Operations Manager

  • 02/15/2018
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CHARLESTON, S.C. – CresCom Bank, a leading community bank in North and South Carolina, is pleased to promote Carmel Dodds to vice president and operations manager of CresCom Bank. As operations manager, Dodds oversees deposit operations, branch operations, electronic banking operations and card services. Dodds joined the bank in 2014 as a branch operations manager and was promoted to assistant vice president in 2015. Prior to joining CresCom Bank, Dodds worked as a vice president and regional retail operations director for TD Bank. She has also served in operational leadership roles with The South Financial Group (Anchor Bank) and the Bank of Charleston. “Please join CresCom Bank in congratulating Carmel on her …..

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