12/16/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 6:30 am Celebrate the holidays with family safely
  • 6:13 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 2:13 am Basketball League Provides Second Chance for Young Men
  • 8:34 pm Social Security benefits to increase in 2019
  • 8:21 pm This Day in History for December 16
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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Southeastern Medial Center

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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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USDA

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 […]

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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).  […]

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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, […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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’, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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  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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Softball | Soccer | Tennis | Track | Golf | JV Baseball | JV Softball [divider] 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 […]

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Softball | Soccer | Tennis | Track | Golf | JV Baseball | JV Softball [divider] 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. […]

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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 […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

West Bladen High School will have a ribbon cutting ceremony from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, 2018, for a new Cafe program operated by students. The new program will be giving the students real world skills. Find out more at West Bladen High School on March 8th. Share:

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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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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 […]

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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, […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will attend a Town of Elizabethtown Retreat Dinner on Tuesday, February 27, 2018. The meeting will be held at 6:00 pm at the Cape Fear Vineyard, 195 Vineyard Drive, Elizabethtown, NC. Ray Britt, Chairman Bladen County Board of Commissioners Share:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Bladen County Board of Elections will be having a board meeting on February 27th, 2018 starting at 2:00 p.m. at 301 S Cypress St Elizabethtown NC 28337. Bobby Ludlum-Chairman Share:

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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

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 High School

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 […]

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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 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

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             […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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  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 […]

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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. […]

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The flowers and trees are beginning to bloom in Bladen County signifying the early arrival of Spring. With the warm temperatures everyone is beginning to venture outdoors to enjoy the beautiful flowers. Share:

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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

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

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 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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  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 […]

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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 […]

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The Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary will hold a Needs Drive on Sunday, February 25th, from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the Juggling Gypsy in Wilmington. Musical guests will be Dirty White Rags who play at 3 p.m. and dance performances by the Barefoot Gypsies. Share:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Click the photo below to view our newest version of Bladen County Beautiful magazine.   View Past Issue by clicking on the photo below. Share:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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