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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 1

1778 – New Orleans businessman Oliver Pollock creates the “$” symbol. 1789 – US House of Representatives 1st full meeting, NYC, F Muhlenberg 1st speaker. 1826 – Samuel Morey is issued the first U.S. patent for an internal-combustion engine, which he calls a “Gas or Vapour Engine” 1850 – San Francisco County government established. 1876 – 1st official NL baseball game (Boston 6, Philadelphia 5) 1899 – NC Mutual opens doors for business. 1927 – 1st automatic record changer introduced by His Master’s Voice. 1934 – Bonnie & Clyde kill 2 police officers. 1941 – US Navy takes over Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay. 1945 – US forces invade …..

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West Bladen King and Queen forfeit their crowns 

It is prom season and time for students to be crowned King and Queen of their student bodies. Two Bladen County students have shown great generosity during their reign. West Bladen High School’s new Queen Sage McDonald and King Grayson White were crowned on Friday, which was Prom night for the school. However, they were not the first choice. The student Knights originally voted Scott Bowen to be King and Alise Pait to be Queen, but the new royal pair had different plans. According to those in attendance, Bowen and Pait had big plans as their school’s reigning royalty. Many say Bowen and Pait set a fine example for all …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

The Bladen County School Board presented a $3.2 million budget to the Bladen County Board of Commissioners. The ABWA Gray Moss Woman of the year in Bladen County was Lillian Blackburn. A spring blizzard brought 10 inches of snow to Bladen County. The East Bladen Golf Team completed a perfect season as they won all eight matches in the Three Rivers Conference. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The 2018 Easter season is here.  The holiest of seasons for Christians around the world.  Worship and adore him. Another annual event that is high on the list of many is the NCAA Basketball Finals.  March Madness finals will be held this weekend.  #11 Loyola-Chicago, led by 98 year old Sister Jean Delores Schmidt (Chaplain), will play #3 seeded Michigan in the first game beginning at 6:09 PM today, followed by the #1 seeded Kansas vs Villanova, another #1 seed, at 8:49 PM, both games on TBS.  The winners meet for the NCAA Championship Monday at 9:20 PM.  The tournament is being played in San Antonio, TX. Dates have been announced for the 2018 Bladen County …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – March 31

1736 – Bellevue Hospital founded in a New York City almshouse – 1st public hospital in the US. 1850 – US population hits 23,191,876 (Black population: 3,638,808 (15.7%) 1880 – 1st town to claim to be completely illuminated by electric lighting (Wabash, Indiana) 1909 – Baseball rules players who jump contracts are suspended for 5 years. 1918 – 1st daylight savings time in US goes into effect. 1930 – The Motion Pictures Production Code is instituted, imposing strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in film for the next thirty eight years. 1932 – Ford publicly unveils its V-8 engine. 1933 – Congress authorizes Civilian Conservation …..

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Middle School Softball Scrimmages

The Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball season opened Thursday with scrimmages at Clarkton and Bladenboro. Shortstop Addie Bowen blasted 3 home runs and batted 4-4 to lead the Clarkton School of Discovery hitters. Teammate Mariah Smith batted 3-3, and firstbaseman Shy’Asia Ratliff walloped a home run and a single. Emma Turbeville slugged a home run and a single for the Lady Blue Devils. Lena Trinidad, Karli Priest, Maegan Burney, AnnaGrey Heustess, Cydney Campbell, Sophia Masaid, Molly Evans and Ashlyn Williams all collected hits for Clarkton. Karli Priest pitched 3 hitless innings for CSD. Gracie Faircloth pitched 3 innings for Tar Heel, and Kaitlyn Brisson beat out an infield hit …..

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Middle School Baseball Scrimmages

The Bladen Five Conference baseball season opened Thursday with scrimmages at Clarkton and Bladenboro. Chase Starkloff batted 3-3 for Elizabethtown at Bladenboro. Pitcher Jackson Wright slammed a double and finished 2-3 at the plate for the Cougars. Teammate Garrison Tatum hammered a triple, and Evan Pait and Chase Knight smashed doubles. Zamar Lewis, Coleman Tatum and Ahmad Powell belted one hit each for Elizabethtown. On the mound Wright struck out five and gave up two hits in three innings. Pait pitched two hitless innings of relief and struck out three. Devon Strange and Bryley Williams belted singles for Bladenboro. At Clarkton pitcher Samaj Dove struck out ten batters for the …..

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ONGRESSMAN PITTENGER JOINS CHARLOTTE RABBI IN CELEBRATION OF PASSOVER  

CHARLOTTE – Every year just prior to the Passover celebration, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sells the Israeli Government’s “chometz” (products derived from certain grains) to comply with Torah law during Passover. Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger had the honor of purchasing chometz from Rabbi Chanoch Oppenheim and the congregation of the Charlotte Torah Center.   Congressman Pittenger with Rabbi Oppenheim of Charlotte   “America shares a special and lasting relationship with the nation of Israel, and I was humbled to join Rabbi Oppenheim for today’s purchase of the chometz,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Suzanne and I send our warmest greetings to our Jewish friends in Charlotte, Israel, and around the world.  Chag Sameach!”   …..

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Columbus County Sheriff announces arrests

Chadbourn, NC – On March 27, 2018, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to WR Cribb Drive in Chadbourn in reference to a suspicious vehicle parked in someone’s yard. When deputies arrived, they located a male inside of the reported vehicle. The male provided deputies with a fictitious name. Columbus Central ran the male’s name. Deputies were advised that the male suspect had outstanding warrants. When the male discovered that he was being arrested for the outstanding warrants, he attempted to flee from the arresting deputy. He also struck a deputy during the incident. On-scene deputies located narcotics in the suspect vehicle. Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit was …..

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Outstanding success for Bladen GOP meeting

Contributed Bladen County Republicans (BladenGOP) hosted their annual GOP convention on Monday, March 26 th at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Hall, and, judging from the reactions and comments from convention attendees, it was clearly an outstanding success! Keynote speaker for the crowded convention was Mr. Chuck Smith of Virginia, whose background experience includes the practice of law for over 37 years, and which includes a combined military career in both the U.S. Marine Corps and the U.S. Navy, retiring as a Navy Commander and a member of the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. Mr. Smith also enjoys several board or foundation positions within Virginia, and Virginia Beach, as well. (see his website …..

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NATO Observer Group: Keeping Watch on Moscow from the US Senate

Recently, in our joint capacity as co-chairs, we were proud to announce the reestablishment of the bipartisan Senate NATO Observer Group, to champion NATO’s current missions and strategic developments – as NATO keeps a sharp watch for rising threats from Moscow.   The Senate NATO Observer Group was first established in 1997, by then-Senate leaders Republican Trent Lott of Mississippi, and South Dakota Democrat Tom Daschle. This Observer Group proved instrumental in helping guide Senate approval of NATO aspirant countries from Eastern and Southern Europe no longer under the thumb of the Soviet Union.   Today, there is an added urgency for the Senate, as well as legislatures across the …..

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National weather service briefing

  • 03/30/2018
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By Terrence Lebo – NOAA Federal A weak cold front will be moving into the region this afternoon and will move offshore tonight. High pressure will build in behind the front Saturday morning then shift off the coast in the afternoon. The high moves farther off the coast Sunday with temperatures rising above normal. A weak front moving into the area early Monday will end up stalling in the region.  READ MORE  Share:

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USDA Announces No Actions under Feedstock Flexibility Program

WASHINGTON, March 30, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) announced today that it does not expect to purchase sugar under the Feedstock Flexibility Program in the second quarter of 2018. The CCC is required by law to announce quarterly estimates of sugar to be purchased for the Feedstock Flexibility Program based on crop and consumption forecasts. Federal law allows sugar processors to obtain loans from USDA with maturities of up to nine months when the sugarcane or sugar beet harvest begins. Upon loan maturity, the sugar processor may repay the loan in full or forfeit the collateral (sugar) to USDA to satisfy the loan. …..

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You Decide: Can We Reduce Invisible Unemployment?

By Dr. Mike Walden We’ve seen great improvement in reducing unemployment in both the nation and North Carolina in recent years. Many economists think the most frequently cited jobless rate could fall under four percent this year. Indeed, there is already talk of the labor market being at “full employment”, and an increasing number of companies are now citing problems of finding qualified workers as their biggest problem. But there’s a type of unemployment that’s missed in the commonly used jobless rates we see released each month. I call it “invisible unemployment”. Invisible unemployment is composed of individuals of working age (25-54) who aren’t working and – this is the …..

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Second win for Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy

Contributed The Black/Jack unit from the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy won its second National Society of Pershing Rifles Drill Championship.   The Cadets competed against 24 Pershing Rifles, Pershing Angels and BlackJacks units from all over the United States. 23 College drill teams were represented and one other high school made up this years competitive field.   The meet was held in Concord NC on the Infield of the Charlotte Motor Speedway.   The Cadets competed in six events.  They won third place in Regulation Platoon commanded by Passion Graham, Three first place trophies in Regulation Squad Armed commanded by Josclynn Coleman, Collor Guard commanded by Brittany McMillan and Platoon Exhibition Armed …..

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Annual Car Show

  • 03/30/2018
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Greater McKoy’s Chapel, Inc. (282 Center Rd. Elizabethtown, NC) Annual Car Show will be Saturday, May 5.  Registration will be 8am to 12pm.  Judging will be 1pm to 2pm and Awards 2pm to 3pm.  If you would like to enter your vehicle in the show there is a $25 entry fee or to be a vendor there is a $15 registration fee (no food vendors allowed). Food and drinks will be sold by Greater McKoy’s Chapel, Inc.  Please contact Danny LeSane at (910) 876-3582 if you have any questions or would like to participate. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Today is Good Friday, 2018.  Most governmental offices are closed, call ahead. A new major league baseball season is officially underway as of yesterday.  Remember when the season began with a single game.  First time I recall all teams scheduled to play the first day. From the “I did not realize department”!  17% of all North Carolina workers are engaged in ag relate jobs.  Farming is an $84 billion business, the #1 industry in the state. Numerous Easter related celebrations are planned for Sunday, including a cantata, ‘We Shall Behold Him’,  at 11 AM and 7:30 PM at E-town Presbyterian Church. The latest census indicates Bladen County’s populations dropped from 35,194 in July 2010 …..

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 2, Scotland 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – Senior Hannah Devane scored her second goal of the game with 4 minutes left on the clock Thursday night to lift East Bladen to a 2-1 non-conference girls soccer victory over Scotland. Devane’s first goal came in the 8th minute of play on a through ball that junior Ashley Hardin sent to sophmore Patience Ward who pushed the ball to Devane for the goal. Ward also assisted on the game-winning goal. East Bladen outshot the Scots 12-2, and junior goalie Ting Lin was credited with a save. “We controlled the game but couldn’t link our passes and made things a lot tougher on ourselves then they should’ve been,” …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week: Rango

By: Dora Brogdon This week a 2 to 3 year old male hound by the name of Rango has been chosen. This handsome guy is very friendly and has a ton of energy! He’s very playful and would be the perfect family dog for that perfect family! 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 noon until 5 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. For more information or …..

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This Day in History for March 30

1867 – US buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 (2 cents an acre – Seward’s Folly) 1870 – 15th Amendment to the US constitution is adopted, guarantees right to vote regardless of race. 1889 – John T Reid opens 1st US golf course (Yonkers, NY) 1922 – WWL-AM in New Orleans begins radio transmissions. 1943 – 5th NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: U of Wyoming beat Georgetown 46-34. 1946 – “St Louis Woman” opens at Martin Beck Theater NYC for 113 performances. 1953 – Albert Einstein announces revised unified field theory. 1955 – 27th Academy Awards: “On the Waterfront”, Marlon Brando & Grace Kelly win. 1964 – Astronaut John Glenn withdraws …..

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Three Bladen Teams in Easter Tournaments

East Bladen’s baseball team and West Bladen’s baseball and softball teams will be participating in Easter tournaments beginning Saturday. Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles bring a 3-6 record into their opening round game Saturday in the Terry Sanford Easter Tournament against Freedom Christian Academy (4-5). Game time is 4 p.m. Coach Kim Cain’s West Bladen baseball team take a 1-10 record into their opening round game in the Robeson County Slugfest Saturday at 4 p.m. against Hoke County. The Bucks own an 8-6 record and are the Slugfest’s top seed. Coach Pam Stephens’ West Bladen softball team brings a 6-4 record into the Robeson County Slugfest. The Lady Knights are seeded …..

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Boys Tennis: West Bladen Sweeps Double-Header from Fairmont

DUBLIN – West Bladen swept a Three Rivers Conference boys tennis double-header from Fairmont Thursday. The Knights won the first match 5-4 then took the second match by a 6-3 score. Match One Singles Jose Osorio (WB) defeated Fairmont #1 by default Fairmont #2 defeated Edgardo Lara (WB) 7-5, 6-1 Fairmont #3 defeated Victor Arellano (WB) 6-1, 6-2 Jacob Hester (WB) defeated Fairmont #4 6-4, 6-3 Fairmont #5 defeated Desmond Lesesne (WB) 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 Logan Lewis (WB) defeated Fairmont #6 6-1, 6-4 Match One Doubles West Bladen won by default Fairmont #2 defeated Lara/Avellano (WB) 8-5 Lewis/Hester (WB) defeated Fairmont #3 8-3 Match Two Singles Jose Osorio (WB) defeated …..

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This Week at NCDOT: Advanced Driver-Assistance Technology and Public Transportation Summit

  • 03/29/2018
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RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured inNCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast. Advanced Driver-Assistance Technology The N.C. Turnpike Authority recently tested a vehicle with advanced driver-assistance technology on the Triangle Expressway. This is part of NCTA’s commitment to safety and staying on the forefront of this emerging technology. The Turnpike Authority spent 30 hours of drive time in a Cadillac CT6 with Super Cruise. NCTA partnered with General Motors, who provided the opportunity to test the vehicle with advanced driver-assistance features. “Autonomous vehicle technology is an emerging technology, however many vehicles produced and sold today have …..

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State Board of Education Meets Next Week

The State Board of Education will meet next week, April 4-5, in the 7th floor Board Room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh. The agendas for this meeting and executive summaries are available online. Please note that Board members will discuss all agenda items (unless otherwise noted) in their committee meetings on Wednesday, April 4. Board members will summarize their committee discussions and take action on agenda items as appropriate during their full Board meeting on Thursday, April 5. The State Board’s committee meetings and full Board meeting will be audio streamed for those unable to attend. To provide comments or feedback regarding specific agenda items, please email State Board members individually or email general comments/feedback.   Share:

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Today is National Vietnam Veterans Day

Today is a day that has been set aside to recognize veterans who fought in the Vietnam War. The Vietnam War Veterans Recognition Act of 2017 officially declared March 29th as a day set aside for programs and other recognition for those veterans who served in Vietnam. We at BladenOnline.com, thank all of our veterans and their families for their service to our country and for their sacrifices. Share:

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Bladen County Master Gardeners to conduct plant sales

The Bladen County Master Gardener Volunteers will be having their Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, April 28, and again on Saturday, May 5, at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown, from 8 a.m. until  1 p.m. each day. A huge variety of North Carolina grown trees, shrubs, perennials, annuals and tomatoes will be available at reasonable prices. This is the only fund raiser the Master Gardeners have to sponsor two $500 scholarships for college bound students with a focus in agriculture and to promote the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program. Share:

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Girls Soccer East Columbus 3, West Bladen 1

DUBLIN – East Columbus scored a trio of first-half goals and defeated West Bladen 3-1 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference girls soccer action. Freshman Josefina Taboda fired in a second-half goal for the Lady Knights. Junior Mireya Sandoval made 3 saves in goal. Wednesday night the Lady Knights lost 9-0 to Whiteville.   Share:

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Bladen County Population Loss Projected

According to estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau, Bladen County, between July 2010 and July 2017, lost a total of 1,716 citizens, or 4.88% of it’s population. On July 1, 2010 Bladen had a population of 35,194. On July 1, 2017 Bladen had 33,478 citizens. Other southeastern North Carolina counties fared much better. Cumberland county gained 1.63%, Robeson lost 1.41%, Sampson lost 0.16%, Hoke gained 13.94%. The state of North Carolina, overall, gained 699,172, a percentage gain of 7.30%. Share:

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Sheriff’s Office conducts promotions ceremony

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office conducted a promotions ceremony on Wednesday morning. “To me, getting promoted in any organization is a big deal,” said Sheriff McVicker. Several deputies received promotions. Those receiving promotions were: Richard Allen who was promoted to the rank of First Sgt.; James Reece Daniels was promoted to the rank of Corporal; Sean Gibson was promoted to the rank of Corporal; Andrew Powell was promoted to the rank of Captain. Sheriff McVicker took the time to thank all of the deputies for their hard work and their service to the Sheriff’s Office. He also spoke about the new Jail Diversion program. “These younger deputies now, their …..

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JV Softball West Bladen 9, Fairmont 8

FAIRMONT – West Bladen rallied with 5 runs in the sixth inning to edge Fairmont 9-8 Wednesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee softball action. Fairmont built a 6-0 lead before the Lady Knights rallied with 4 runs in the fourth inning. Katelynn Tatum smacked a lead-off single to right-centerfield. Madison Walters and Taylor West cracked singles that scored Tatum and Walters. Katie Guyton reached on a single, and Tinyauh Rhoda laced a single to right that scored West and Guyton to slice the lead to 6-4. Walters started West Bladen’s 5-run sixth inning with a single to left. Consecutive walks to Guyton, Ivanay Louis and Amelia Brisson forced home Walters. Summer Addington …..

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Pittenger – weekly column

Jesus told the people of Nazareth that “He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come” (Luke 4:18-19, NLT). This Easter weekend, as we celebrate the Resurrection, I am reflecting on those in our community who still need to be set free. People like Maria, who was trapped in human trafficking when she answered an ad for an “aspiring actress.”  Rosa was snatched from a gas station while waiting on a ride.  Antonia dreamed of owning a bakery before falling victim to human trafficking. These are …..

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JV Baseball Fairmont 11, West Bladen 4

FAIRMONT – Fairmont exploded for ten first-inning runs en route to an 11-4 jayvee baseball victory over West BladenWednesday in Three Rivers Conference action. The Tornadoes bunched 5 hits, 4 walks and an error to score the 10 runs in the first inning. West Bladen scored a run in the top of the first. Freshman Sam West was hit by a pitch, stole second and sprinted home on a passed ball. Freshman Jadecus Register cracked a 2-out single in the Knight third inning, stole second and raced home when junior Jeremy Pait belted a single. The Knights tacked on 2 more runs in the fourth. Freshman Kendall Johnson blasted a lead-off …..

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Good Friday Closing

The office of BladenOnline.com will be closed on Good Friday to allow our employees to observe the Easter weekend with their families. We will resume normal operations on Monday, April 2nd.  Share:

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East Bladen High School

JV Baseball East Bladen 10, Whiteville 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Freshman Zach Meares pitched a one-hitter and struck out five to lead East Bladen to a 10-0 jayvee baseball victory over Whiteville Wednesday in Three Rivers Conference action. Meares walked only one batter and two batters reached base on errors. The Eagles took a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Tyler Hill walked and raced home as freshman Jacob Priest reached base on an error. Drew Sholar drove in Priest with a single. Jay McKoy led off the East Bladen third inning with a single, and Jake Evans walked. Freshman Brady Hollingsworth reached base on an error as McKoy and Evans scored. Hollingsworth scored as Priest reached base on an …..

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NC DOT

Bladen County Road Updates

By Faye M. Boyne, NCDOT Elwell Ferry is closed due to high water.   OPENINGS: SR 1308 (Old NC 20) SR 1308 (Old NC 20) is open.   CLOSINGS: SR1100 (Center Road) SR1100 Center Road is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. SR1700 (Mercer Mill) SR1700 (Mercer Mill) will close Monday February 26 to replace Bridge 32 for 120 days. It is located just North of the Rosindale Road intersection. It is currently posed at 5 tons.   UPCOMING CLOSINGS: SR1313 (Fields Road) SR1313 Fields Road will be closed on Monday, April 2 to replace cross lines. …..

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Former Tillis Senior Advisor Wilkie Named Acting VA Secretary

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, issued the following statement after President Trump nominated Admiral Ronny L. Jackson as VA Secretary and announced that Robert Wilkie, a former senior advisor to Senator Tillis, will serve as Acting VA Secretary:   “Robert Wilkie—my friend, former senior advisor, and proud North Carolina native—is an outstanding choice by the President to lead the transition at the VA. I can’t think of anyone who is as capable, sincere, and passionate about serving and caring for the brave men and women who have worn the uniform.   “I had a positive working relationship with Dr. Shulkin, …..

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Commissioners receive preliminary look at budget requests

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners held a preliminary budget meeting on Tuesday evening. This was the first glimpse of the budget requests made several of the county’s agencies. Commissioner Russell Priest was unable to attend the meeting. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin told the board county staff have not yet received the preliminary budget requests from the Bladen County Board of Education and Bladen Community College. “As you all well know the school system is not legally required to submit a budget request until May 15th,” said Martin. He began the evening by reviewing the 2017 audited fund balance with the board. Martin said the unassigned (available) funds are …..

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MARVIN RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE RECEIVES PRESTIGIOUS NAVAL ACADEMY APPOINTMENT

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce Marvin Ridge High School graduate Nathan Utesch has received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy.   Mr. Utesch received the 2016 North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s “Heart of a Champion” award, volunteered to serve the disabled at the Joy Prom, and was a four-year varsity letterman for the Marvin Ridge swim and dive team.   “I am an American,” said Mr. Utesch.  “I believe in the freedom for which our country stands.  As much as I believe that freedom is a necessary human right, I know that it must be fought for and defended in this world.  The United States military …..

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Easter weekend closings announced

By Erin Smith The Easter weekend is an important time for many individuals. In honor of the Easter weekend, area offices have announced their schedules. All federal offices will be open on Friday, March 30th, and Monday, April 2nd. Most banks will be operating on a regular schedule for Good Friday and Easter Monday with the exception of State Employees Credit Union. State Employees Credit Union will be closed on Friday, March 30th, and will resume their normal operations on Monday, April 2nd. All state, county and municipal government offices, however, will be closed on Friday, March 30th, for the holiday. They will resume their regular schedule on Monday, April 2nd. Bladen County Schools will be closed from Monday, April 2, …..

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Duke Energy using North Carolina-based renewable natural gas in first-of-its-kind project

  • 03/29/2018
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A Duke Energy power plant is using renewable natural gas from North Carolina-based hog farms to produce electricity – the first application of the technology from in-state farms. “This is a major breakthrough for renewable energy in North Carolina,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “This project allows for the capture of emissions from hog operations and converts the renewable natural gas to electricity for customers.  We look forward to continuing our work on future projects.” Sometimes called directed biogas, the Optima KV project in Duplin Countycaptures methane gas from the hog waste of five local farms. Using more than 42,000 feet of in-ground piping, the methane is moved to a central location …..

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State Highway Patrol Holds Public Information Session 

  • 03/29/2018
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RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol is proud to announce the arrival of a team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA) on Monday, Apr. 2 to examine aspects of the organization’s policy and procedures, management, operations, and support services.   The purpose of the assessment is to ensure SHP complies with 170 standards from CALEA in order to gain accredited status.  By undergoing this voluntary submittal of intense scrutiny and peer review from the Commission; SHP can prove to the citizens of North Carolina that their state law enforcement agency is among the finest in the nation.   As part of the on-site assessment, agency employees …..

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State Broadband Office Releases Community Playbook

  • 03/29/2018
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Raleigh, N.C. – Eric Boyette, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology (DIT) and State Chief Information Officer, on Wednesday announced the launch of the Community Broadband Playbook. The Community Broadband Playbook, developed in NC DIT’s Broadband Infrastructure Office (BIO), provides communities with functional tools including templates, examples, ideas and many more resources that communities can use to build a broadband strategy that addresses their needs. “The environment of demand for broadband is a moving target. Developing a playbook that grows and adapts alongside the need for higher speeds and bandwidth is essential for supporting local leaders,” said Jeff Sural, Director of the Broadband Infrastructure Office. The Playbook was created using …..

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Burgaw Driver License Office Moving to Different Location

  • 03/29/2018
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BURGAW, N.C. – The Burgaw Driver License office, located at 805 South Walker Street, will close Thursday, March 29, at 12 p.m. and move to a new location.  The office will re-open on Tuesday, April 3, at 781 U.S. 117 South in the old Pender Plumbing Co. building.  The location will also serve as a district office for the N.C. Highway Patrol. The Burgaw office hours will change to 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Customers may call the office at (910) 259-2799 to confirm appointments and operating hours. DMV offers driver license renewals and many other services online. Customers are encouraged to check the official DMV website at www.MyNCDMV.gov to see if their driver license needs can be met online. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Today, one of Bladen’s finest steps down as a Captain with the Sheriff’s department and begins a new career.  Friends, family and co-workers honored Capt. Jeff Bridgers on his retirement at a ‘party in his honor’ yesterday.  His retirement is effective at the end of the day, today.  Among the tributes was the awarding of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the highest awards by the Governor of North Carolina.  Rep. William Brisson actually made the presentation.  Bridgers has spend 30 years, rising through the ranks to serve as Captain for the past many years.  He will be missed.  Understand he will begin a new career, as a Bladen County grape grower.  …..

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 3, Red Springs 1

RED SPRINGS – East Bladen scored a pair of first-half goals en route to a 3-1 Three Rivers girls soccer victory over Red Springs Wednesday night. Freshmen Katie Evans and Kenia Medina and sophmore Patience Ward scored one goal each for the Lady Eagles. Senior Hannah Devane was credited with a pair of assists for the winners, and junior Ashley Hardin recorded one assist. Hardin keyed the East Bladen defense with a whopping 15 steals. Evans contributed 13 steals, and sophmore Cybil Campbell came up with 11 steals. Freshman Sara Gargala and sophmore Izzy Smith totaled 10 steals each. Ward and sophmore Gracyn Martin posted 9 steals each. The Lady …..

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Boys Tennis: East Bladen & West Columbus Split Double-Header

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen and West Columbus split a Three Rivers Conference boys tennis double-header Wednesday. The Eagles won the first match 5-4, while the Vikings took the second match 5-4. Match One Singles Aaron Elkins (WC) defeated Jacob Barber (EB) 8-0 Jay McGill (EB) defeated Andrew Soles (WC) 8-1 Jackson Bostic (EB) defeated Tim Britt (WC) 10-8 tie-break Ryan Meadows (WC) defeated Tucker Norton (EB) 8-6 Will Hester (EB) defeated Jaylan Powell (WC) 8-3 Hoyt Register (EB) defeated Austin Ritchart (WC) 8-3 Match One Doubles Elkins/Britt (WC) defeated Barber/McGill (EB) 8-3 Bostic/Norton (EB) defeated Soles/Meadows 8-3 Powell/Ritchart (WC) defeated Colin Hill/Juan Esteva (EB) 8-0 Match Two Singles Aaron Elkins …..

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Softball: Fairmont 10, West Bladen 9

FAIRMONT – A 4-run West Bladen rally in the seventh inning came up a run short as Fairmont escaped with a 10-9 Three Rivers Conference softball victory Wednesday night. The Lady Knights took a 1-0 first inning lead as sophmore Kyla Reed was hit by a pitch, and sophmore Alara Cashwell ripped a single to left. Senior Abby Dawson laced a single to left-centerfield that scored Reed. Fairmont answered with 3 runs in the home first on 4 hits highlighted by Kiara Page’s 2-run single. Freshman Shelby Pharr smacked an infield hit off the pitcher in the Lady Knight second and sprinted home when junior Carley Dawson scorched a single …..

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Baseball: Fairmont 12, West Bladen 5

FAIRMONT – Four unearned Fairmont runs in the fifth inning preserved a 12-5 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory for the Tornadoes over West Bladen Wednesday night. The Tornadoes turned a walk, an infield hit and a pair of throwing errors into a pair of unearned first inning runs. The Knights answered with 2 runs in the third inning. Junior David Valenta walked, sophmore Braylon Williamson was hit by a pitch and both advanced on sophmore Dawson Bryan’s sacrifice bunt. After sophmore Logan West walked, senior Scott Bowen lined a single to left that scored Valenta, and sophmore Jake Butler was hit by a pitch to force home Williamson with the …..

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Softball: Whiteville 7, East Bladen 2

ELIZABETHTOWN – Whiteville scored 6 runs in the final 3 innings to defeat East Bladen 7-2 Wednesday night Three Rivers Conference softball action. The Lady Eagles took a 1-0 first-inning lead. Junior Erica McKoy cracked a one-out single. Senior Kaley Smith walked, and juniors Olivia Hollingsworth and Anna Kate White were both hit by pitches to force home McKoy. Kourtney Grainger doubled and scored the tying run for Whiteville in the fourth, but the Lady Eagles went back on top 2-1 in the home fourth. White yanked a triple to leftfield and scored on senior Faith Johnson’s bunt single. Raeganne Sholar slugged a 2-run home run in the top of …..

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This Day in History for March 29

1852 – Ohio makes it illegal for children under 18 and women to work more than 10 hours a day. 1867 – Congress first approves building of Lincoln Memorial. 1912 – Captain Robert Scott, storm-bound in a tent near South Pole, makes last entry in his diary “the end cannot be far” 1932 – Jack Benny debuts on radio, on Ed Sullivan’s New York interview program. 1943 – Meat (784 gram/week, 2 kilograms for GI’s), butter & cheese rationed in US during WW II. 1947 – “Beggar’s Holiday” closes at Broadway Theater NYC after 111 performances. 1951 – “King & I” opens at St James Theater NYC for 1246 performances. …..

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Baseball: Whiteville 8, East Bladen 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – A 6-run seventh inning broke open an 8-1 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory for Whiteville over East Bladen Wednesday night. East Bladen senior Xavier Wooten and Whiteville’s Brooks Baldwin were locked in a 2-0 pitching duel through 6 innings. A walk, a stolen base and an error produced a Wolfpack run in the first, and a passed third strike extended the Whiteville third inning. Dylan Lawson knocked in the unearned run with a double. In the top of the seventh, two errors, 3 walks, a hit batter and two Whiteville hits produced six runs and an 8-0 Wolfpack lead. East Bladen scored their run in the bottom of …..

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Boost the Boro, Inc. To Award Two Scholarships in 2018

Boost the Boro, Inc. announced today that the organization will be making two scholarship awards to begin in 2018 in the month of May. Applicants for the Boost the Boro Scholarship must reside in the 28320 area and must provide evidence of such. According to Don White, President of the organization, based on the applications we receive by the cutoff date, we will be awarding either two $500 scholarships to graduating high school seniors with a 2.5 or higher GPA or one $500 scholarship to a graduating high school senior with a 2.5 GPA or higher, and one $500 scholarship to an adult, non-traditional college student. The submission deadline is …..

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Town of Bladenboro is accepting bids for the paving

The Town of Bladenboro is accepting bids for the paving of Grief Street and Lennon Drive. The Town is asking that all bids be sealed and both projects be bid separately. Bids must be received by 5 p.m. April 9th, 2018. Bids will be opened at 7 p.m. during the Board of Commissioner’s April meeting. Work must be completed by June 31st, 2018. Grief Street is approximately 550 ft. long and 20 ft. wide. Road width expands at connection to M.L.K. Jr Drive. Bidder is responsible for getting their own measurements. Midway Drive is approximately 1350 ft. long and 20ft wide. Road is wider at small cul-de-sac and connection to …..

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Sheriff’s Captain retires, awarded Order of Long Leaf Pine

By Erin Smith On Wednesday, a longtime member of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office was awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine during his retirement ceremony. Captain Jeff Bridgers, who has worked with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office for 30 years, was joined by his family, friends and co-workers on Tuesday for a retirement luncheon. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker opened the luncheon by acknowledging Captain Bridgers’ family for their commitment and sacrifices throughout Captain Bridgers’ law enforcement career. “He is well thought of by us and everybody else,” said Sheriff McVicker. NC Representative William Brisson presented Captain Bridgers with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. “It is …..

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Charlotte Catholic Graduate Receives Prestigious West Point Appointment

CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is honored to announce Charlotte Catholic High School graduate Charlton Epperson has received a prestigious appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Epperson is currently a member of the Honors College at the University of Alabama and was Captain of the Charlotte Catholic cross country team. “It is the valor and prestige Service Academy graduates have bestowed upon these Institutions, not the brick and mortar, but the flesh and blood that the graduates of Service Academies have paid that always inspired me and given a sense of awe and a desire to serve,” said Mr. Epperson, who is the son of James …..

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Be careful when burning debris in spring

Wildfire risk typically higher through May; burning debris is the No. 1 cause of wildfires RALEIGH – The N.C. Forest Service is urging residents across the state to think safety and exercise caution during the spring fire season, which typically lasts from March to May. “Burning debris is the No. 1 cause of wildfires,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “If you’re thinking about burning debris, contact your county forest ranger first. The ranger can offer technical advice and explain the best options to help maximize safety for people, property and the forest.” During the spring fire season, people do a lot of yard work that often includes burning leaves and yard …..

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State Board Recognizes N.C. Green Party, Appoints County Board of Elections Members

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement on Tuesday appointed four members to each of the 100 county boards of elections and unanimously recognized the North Carolina Green Party as an official political party in the state. Recognition of the Green Party means voters now have another choice of party affiliation when registering to vote. Voters may register with the Democratic, Green, Libertarian or Republican parties, or they can register as unaffiliated. It also means that Green Party candidates, chosen by convention in 2018, will appear on ballots in this year’s Nov. 6 general election. The State Board is updating and will distribute new voter registration forms that include …..

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Bladen County’s Cade Hancock named medalist

Varsity Golf Final ratings were announced by Harrells Christian Academy on Tuesday. HCA came in first place with a 322. West Bladen High School came in second with a 411. East Bladen High School rounded out in third place with 449. Bladen County resident and HCA’s golfer, Cade Hancock was the medalist with a 74. Share:

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Relay for Life schedule change announced

Bladen County Relay for Life has announced a change in the date for their upcoming event. The Bladen County Relay for Life will now be held on Friday, May 4, 2018, from  11 a.m. until 11 p.m. at the Elizabethtown Middle School track. There will be plenty for everyone to see and do.  The Survivor and Caregivers Gala will be April 8, 2018 at Love Grove Baptist Church in Tar Heel from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Share:

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Senator Tillis Visits Pastor Andrew Brunson at Turkish Prison

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced that he met with imprisoned American pastor Andrew Brunson Monday at Buca Prison in Ismir, Turkey. Pastor Brunson is originally from Black Mountain, North Carolina, and has been imprisoned on false charges since October 7, 2016. Senator Tillis issued the following statement on his visit with Pastor Brunson: “Pastor Brunson is strengthened by his love for his family and his faith in God, but his health has deteriorated. He has lost 50 pounds and spends 24 hours a day in a cell with limited human contact.  He is attempting to visit a doctor this week, which involves him being handcuffed and transported with several …..

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JV Softball: East Bladen 13, West Bladen 7

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – Freshman Jordan Kinlaw pitched a 5-hitter and struck out 9 batters to lead East Bladen to a 13-7 jayvee softball victory over West Bladen Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference action. Sophomore Lorna Mendell and freshman Carlie West drew walks in the East Bladen first inning before Kinlaw knocked in Mendell with a single. The Lady Knights pulled even with a run in the bottom of the inning. Katelynn Tatum led off with a single, advanced on an error and scored the tying run on Katie Guyton’s fielder’s choice. In the East Bladen second, Lila McDuffie and Grey Guy drew walks, and Alyann Gregg was hit by …..

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JV Baseball: East Bladen 15, West Bladen 2

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – East Bladen exploded for 8 runs in the fourth inning en route to a 15-2 victory over West Bladen Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball action. The Eagles grabbed a 2-0 first inning lead as Jay McKoy led off with a single and darted home when freshman Zach Meares belted a single. Freshman Brady Hollingsworth knocked in Meares with a single. East Bladen padded the lead to 3-0 in the second. Jay McKoy belted a single, stole second and eventually scored. The Knights trimmed the lead to 3-1 in the third inning. Sophmore Lucas Williams cracked a lead-off single, and Shawn Oxendine was hit by …..

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A promise of hope

By Jefferson Weaver The pictures tell part of the story, but never the whole thing. My Sister the Troll in an Easter dress and hat holding a fat toddler – me – on the porch of our home in Keener. An older version of me (not quite as fat) singing in church. My father, brother Mike and myself in aprons cleaning up after a big family dinner. A friend sitting in the center of a group of little kids telling the story of Resurrection Day. My nieces racing across my in-laws’ yard, hunting eggs we assiduously hid a half-hour before. The pictures tell some of the story of Easter, but …..

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Tillis & Coons Statement on Special Counsel Robert Mueller

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), the bipartisan co-authors of the Special Counsel Integrity Act, released the following statement: “We have heard from constituents – Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike – who agree that Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be able to conduct his investigation without interference.  This should not be a partisan issue.  We introduced the Special Counsel Integrity Act because we believe that the American people should have confidence in the Department of Justice’s ability to conduct independent investigations and its commitment to the rule of law. We urge President Trump to allow the Special Counsel to complete his work without impediment, which …..

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Congratulations on “50 Years” of Service

  • 03/28/2018
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BURGAW, N.C. — Congratulations to R. W. Blanchard, Jr. on reaching a milestone of 50 years of service on Four County EMC’s Board of Directors! Over the years, he has witnessed much progress and development as well as many changes in the electric industry, from how setting a pole has advanced to the ever changing technology that we know today. Mr. Blanchard began serving on Four County EMC’s Board of Directors on March 15, 1968 and continues to serve as representative for the East Sampson County Directorate District. During his tenure, Mr. Blanchard served as the Cooperative’s Board President for 21 years, from 1983-2004 and continues his service on the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Deadline for filing income is about three weeks away, for those who have not taken care of the task, could be the fastest three weeks of the year. Looking forward to warmer weather, know berry growers are as well. Think back to previous Easter seasons, always in church, mom and dad made sure of that and we attempted to provide same opportunity for our family. Mom was very busy when we were really young, if we had a new shirt for Easter, she made it from feed bags. Could wear it, wash it for a while before the colorful pattern begin to fade. It was a different world we lived in. Not …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for March 28

1796 – Bethel African Methodist Church of Philadelphia is 1st US-African church. 1797 – Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents a washing machine. 1834 – Senate censure President Jackson for taking fed deposits from Bank of US. 1845 – Mexico drops diplomatic relations with US. 1866 – 1st ambulance goes into service. 1881 – “Greatest Show on Earth” was formed by PT Barnum & James A Bailey. 1920 – Palm Sunday tornado outbreak of 1920 affects the Great Lakes region and Deep South states. 1924 – WGN-AM in Chicago, IL begins radio transmissions. 1935 – Robert Goddard uses gyroscopes to control a rocket. 1946 – Cold War: The United States …..

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Softball: West Bladen 7, East Bladen 5

  • 03/28/2018
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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN- West Bladen’s Lady Knights held off a pair of East Bladen rallies and defeated the Lady Eagles 7-5 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference softball action. West Bladen grabbed a 2-0 first inning lead when sophomore Kyla Reed was hit by a pitch and sprinted home when sophomore Alara Cashwell drilled a triple into the right field corner. Sophomore Jordan Benson, the courtesy runner for Cashwell, dashed home on senior Abby Dawson’s fielder’s choice. The Lady Knights padded the lead to 4-0 in the second inning. Freshman Shelby Pharr walked, and senior Elizabeth Allbright lined a single to rightfield. Junior Carley Dawson raked a single …..

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Baseball: East Bladen 11, West Bladen 1

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – Junior righthander Pierce Melvin pitched a 3-hitter and struck out 17 batters to lead East Bladen to an 11-1 victory over West Bladen Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference baseball action. Melvin walked one batter and hit one in his complete game performance. The Eagles broke open a tight game with 5 runs in the sixth and 3 more in the seventh. In the Eagle first inning, junior Greyson Heustess beat out an infield hit, senior Xavier Wooten walked, and junior Shy Pone yanked a single to rightfield. Melvin legged out an infield hit that scored Heustess for a 1-0 East lead. Sophmore catcher …..

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Bladen Students join club to serve community

Kiwanis’s Club of Elizabethtown welcomed new Key Club members from East Bladen at a ceremony on Tuesday, March 20 at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. Key Club is the oldest and largest service program for high school students. It is a student-led organization that teaches leadership through service to others. Members of the Kiwanis International family and Key Club members build themselves as they build their schools and communities. Kiwanis Club President, Jeff Futrell welcomed everyone and spoke about both the Kiwanis’s Club and the Key Club serve the communities. Secretary of the Kiwanis Club, Dr. Lisa Bryan led the new members in the club’s pledge. Each new member in …..

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Moores Creek National Battlefield to Conduct Prescribed Controlled Burn Thursday, March 29

  • 03/27/2018
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Currie, NC- Moores Creek National Battlefield is implementing a controlled burn of the savannah burn unit of the park. This area contains floristic species that thrive in fire conditions which can only be replicated through controlled burns. The planned burn is to provide these species with specific habitat needs as well as to decrease fuel loads and rid the area of invasive species. The burn is being conducted by the NPS Wildland Fire Management Team and is expected to take just a couple of hours provided cooperating weather conditions. There is no expectation of road closures, but plan on potential delays when traveling on Highway 210 around the area of …..

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Easter marks new beginnings 

Spring is a time for new beginnings and it is that time of year. White Lake is a popular vacation spot for many during the warmer months. Easter weekend is the first official weekend for some businesses at White Lake. Camp Clearwater has egg hunts planned for their residents. Ski Burger is geared up for a busy weekend. Last but not least, the new Christian camp that was once Lasley’s Motel is officially opened for business. The opening of the retreat center is the culmination of several months of work. Pastor Cameron McGill declared the White Lake Christian Camp and Retreat Center to be “open and ready for business.” In …..

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Hickory Grove Baptist Church Announces Easter Events

  • 03/27/2018
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Hickory Grove Baptist Church invites the community to join in our Easter celebrations. On Saturday, March 31st, at 11:00 a.m., children of all ages are invited to our Easter Celebration and Egg Hunt, where we will hear the Easter story, enjoy games, and have lunch. On Sunday, April 1st, an Easter Sunrise Worship Service will be held at 7:00 a.m., followed by breakfast. Sunday School for all ages begins at 10:00 a.m., with a Worship Service in celebration of Christ’s resurrection following at 11:00 a.m. Our church and family life center are located at 6414 Center Road, Bladenboro. Please plan to join us in worship on this special day. For …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER HONORS NATIONAL CHAMPION WRESTLER FROM INDIAN TRAIL

MONROE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) recently addressed the U.S. House of Representatives in honor of Indian Trail’s Michael Macchiavello, who on March 17th won the NCAA Division 1 national wrestling championship. CLICK HERE for full video of Congressman Pittenger’s March 22nd speech in honor of Michael Macchiavello, Indian Trail’s national champion wrestler. “Mr. Speaker, I rise today in honor of North Carolina State University senior Michael Macchiavello, who on March 17th won the NCAA Division 1 national wrestling championship at 197 pounds.   “Mr. Macchiavello is a graduate of Sun Valley High School in Indian Trail, North Carolina, where he was a 4-A state champion wrestler in 2013, when …..

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Bladen County 4-H Needs Your Assistance

Bladen County 4-H Friends and Partners need your assistance with completing their survey. Every few years, the state requires that Bladen County 4-H solicit response from the community to help plan and prepare their programs and direction for the future. Your assistance with this matter is most appreciated.  Some of the questions may be related to Agriculture or Youth. If you feel that you do not have an opinion about one of the questions, simply key in N/A so that you can move to the next question. NC Cooperative Extension partners with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolina. Your input …..

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Town of White Lake

Town of White Lake: Commercial Mail Receiving Agency Clerk

Duties are considered at the journey level, require tact and discretion in handling sensitive or confidential matters in the program areas and provide postal service including public contact for the Town. Work requires some independence and self-initiative in activities, requires the ability to effectively prioritize workload and manage deadlines. Guides may include a variety of written manuals and instructions, as well as oral instructions. Sound judgment is required in performing the tasks. Work is performed under the supervision of the Administrative Services Director and is evaluated through observation, conferences, and the quality and effectiveness of work completed. This position is a part-time position scheduled to work 541 hours per year …..

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Baldwin Branch Demonstrates Love

  • 03/27/2018
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Elizabethtown –  The Wreath Construction Ministry of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church recently demonstrated love toward Dr. Katrina Boykin, Baldwin Branch’s First Lady by presenting her a wreath constructed by the members of the ministry.  Additionally the following poem written by Debra McKoy, ministry president was recited during the recognition. Read the poem below: Lady Boykin A Lady of beauty. A Lady of style. A Lady of Compassion. A Lady of Great Faith. A Lady that lights up any room that she walks into with her smile. A Lady that has stride in her walk. A Lady that works diligently on whatever her hands find to do. A Lady of …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL: ‘DANGEROUS TO ALLOW’ CHINA TO ACQUIRE SENSITIVE TECH

CHARLOTTE – The Wall Street Journal on Monday published Congressman Robert Pittenger’s response to corporate opponents of his bipartisan national security legislation: “Contrary to the inference by IBM’s Christopher Padilla and GE’s Karan Bhatia (Letters, WSJ.com, March 16th), in the very first paragraph of “How China Pushes the Limits on Military Technology Transfer” (WSJ.com, March 14th) I clearly state that IBM and GE’s business dealings with China are legally permissible under current law.  And that’s the problem.  Their legal joint ventures with Chinese state-owned enterprises openly transferred dual-use technologies to China and created unnecessary risks related to the transfer of additional military-applicable technologies.   “This, along with the substantial pushback …..

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Pender County Schools Receives Transportation and Educational Grant to Ensure all PCS 4th Graders Visit Moores Creek National Battlefield This School Year

Currie, NC- Pender County Schools, Moores Creek National Battlefield, and the Moores Creek Battleground Association partnered together and received a transportation and educational grant that will ensure all PCS 4th graders will have an opportunity to visit Southeastern North Carolina’s only National Park- Moores Creek National Battlefield, site of one of the first Patriot victories of the American Revolution. The grant covers all transportation costs and provides funding to create 10 educational “Traveling Trunks” which will be donated to all PCS elementary schools to be used by teachers and students for years to come; additional traveling trunks will be donated to Smart Start of Pender County and the Pender County …..

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Holy Week Services and Activities Announced

By Erin Smith Easter Week or Holy Week, as it is known around the world, is a time of great reverence for many individuals. Many churches will mark the occasion with activities and special services. Many churches and other groups in Bladen County have announced special schedules. Tuesday, March 27,  Passion Week Services continue at 7 p.m. at St. James Fire Baptized Holiness Church in Elizabethtown. The guest speaker will be Overseer Lonnice Graham. Wednesday, March 28,  Passion Week Services continue at 7 p.m. at the Dublin Highway Holiness Church in Dublin. The guest speaker will be Pastor Billie Thompson On Thursday, March 29, Passion Week Services continue at 7 …..

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Cybersecurity Pilot Program for Veterans a Success in First Run

  • 03/27/2018
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Raleigh, N.C. – Disabled veterans are getting access to skills and experience in the growing field of cybersecurity thanks to a unique partnership between state government, the tech sector and community colleges.   The Disabled Veterans Cybersecurity Apprenticeship program is a collaboration between the Department of Information Technology (DIT) and other state agencies; ISG, a Raleigh-based IT firm specializing in cybersecurity; and educational organizations in the state, including Wake Technical Community College and other community colleges. Only disabled veterans who are honorably discharged from service qualify to participate.   More than 200,000 members of the US military return to civilian life each year with 20,000 of them in North Carolina …..

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Bladen church donates lifesaving kits to Southeastern Health

New Light Church of Bladenboro, NC, donated funds to the Southeastern Health Foundation to purchase two Kangaroo Boards which are used as Neonatal Intensive Care emergency response kits. The bags will be placed in the emergency department and operating room at Southeastern Regional Medical Center. Pictured at the check presentation on March 22, from left, were New Light Church Children’s Pastor Donna Hester, Creative Pastor Cory Hester, SRMC NICU Manager Andrea Pratt, SeHealth Chief Nursing Officer Renae Taylor, and SeHealth Foundation Executive Director Sissy Grantham.   Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

A little of this and a little of that:  Lots of sports news. Clint Boyer broke a 190 race losing streak to capture the snow-delayed race in Martinsville NASCAR race yesterday and John Hunter Nemechek eaked out a win over Kyle Benjamin in the truck series.  Timothy Peters finished 7th in the Ricky Benton Racing team’s #92 Ford truck from Cerro Gordo, NC. Windy Christy of Lumberton earned the right to apply to enter one of the most prestigious marathons ever, the Boston Marathon.  Christy, a PA at the Gibson Cancer Center in Lumberton, recently ran a 26.2 mile course in 3:45:00 to finish seventh in the 35-39 age group, the 30th …..

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This Day in History for March 27

1794 – The United States Government establishes a permanent navy and authorizes the building of six frigates. 1841 – 1st US steam fire engine tested, NYC. 1866 – US President Andrew Johnson vetoes civil right bill; it later becomes 14th amendment. 1912 – 1st Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Washington, DC. 1930 – 1st US radio broadcast from a ship at sea. 1931 – John McGraw says night baseball will not catch on. 1933 – Farm Credit Administration (US) authorized. 1943 – Blue Ribbon Town (with Groucho Marx) 1st heard on CBS Radio. 1945 – Ella Fitzgerald & Delta Rhythm Boys record “It’s Only a Paper Moon” 1952 – …..

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 4, Whiteville 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmore Patience Ward racked up a ‘Hat Trick’ of 3 goals to lead East Bladen to a 4-0 girls soccer victory over Whiteville Monday night and into first-place in the Three Rivers Conference. Junior Ashley Hardin curled a left footed shot into the right corner of the net off of a clearing pass from freshman Katie Evans’ corner kick for the game’s first goal and a 1-0 East Bladen lead in the 30th minute of play. “We had several chances early on but couldn’t seem to find the net,” said Lady Eagle Coach Jay Raynor. “Patience and Hannah (Devane) both had rebounding opportunities that were hit right at …..

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Boys Tennis: East Columbus 8, West Bladen 1

LAKE WACCAMAW – East Columbus defeated West Bladen 8-1 Monday in a Three Rivers Conference boys tennis match. Singles East Columbus #1 defeated Jose Osorio (WB) 6-4, 6-1 East Columbus #2 defeated Edgardo Lara (WB) 6-1, 6-0 East Columbus #3 defeated Desmond Lesesne (WB) 6-1, 6-0 East Columbus #4 defeated Victor Arellano (WB) 6-3, 6-1 Logan Lewis (WB) defeated East Columbus #5 6-1, 3-6, 10-7 East Columbus #6 defeated Jacob Hester (WB) 6-3, 6-3 Doubles East Columbus #1 defeated Osorio/Lesesne (WB) 8-0 East Columbus #2 defeated Lara/Arellano (WB) 8-1 East Columbus #3 defeated Hester/Lewis (WB) 8-1 West Bladen will host Fairmont Thursday in a double-header match that includes the make-up …..

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Frost Advisory issued for Bladen County

By Erin Smith The National Weather Service office in Wilmington has issued a frost advisory for Bladen County for Tuesday, March 27, from 4 a.m. until 10 a.m. Temperatures are forecast to drop into the mid to low 30s overnight. Frost can be harmful to new vegetation, according to the National Weather Service. Share:

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Rotary Club hears about Bladen We Care

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club learned about Bladen We Care on Wednesday at their luncheon meeting. Mac Campbell addressed the group regarding the activities of Bladen We Care which is celebrating its 29th year. Campbell told the group about the upcoming Bladen We Care Gala and the Bladen We Care Byron H. Gooden Golf Tournament.  The Bladen We Care Gala is planned for Friday, April 20, 2018, from 7  until 11 p.m. at The Venue at White Lake. Attire is casual with an “island” theme. The Bladen We Care Byron H. Gooden Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, April 26, 2018. The morning event will kick off at 8:30 a.m. and …..

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Benefit Concert planned for Matthew 25 Center of Tabor City

A concert to benefit the Matthew 25 Center of Tabor City will be held Sunday, May 6, 2018 at 4 p.m. at the Clarkton Presbyterian Church in Clarkton.  The concert, will feature musicians from Bladen and Columbus counties. Featured Bladen musicians are Anna Ogden Clark, Tim Olsen, and Randy Page. All contributions will benefit the Matthew 25 Center of Tabor City. The Matthew 25 Center is a nonprofit organization created to provide housing to families of incarcerated men and women when they come to visit their loved ones.  The name, Matthew 25, is based on the scriptural reference in Matthew 25:40, “……verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as you have …..

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Bladen County Schools educator addresses East Columbus JROTC Military Ball

Contributed Dr. Renee Steele, Bladen County Schools educator, was an inspirational speaker at the East Columbus High School JROTC Military Ball last month. Dr. Steele’s message incorporated their ball theme, “Fairy Tale.” She shared an analogy of the Three Little Pigs and how it relates to life. Dr. Steele told the cadets not to take short cuts in life like the first two pigs. Steele informed the cadets they needed to build a strong foundation in life by practicing delayed gratification and making the hard choices like the third little pig in the story. She concluded her message by stating that the big bad wolf will always show up to …..

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Senate Resolution Would Weaken Protections in Auto Lending Discrimination 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) has introduced a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution, S.J. Res 57, which would undo the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) 2013 indirect auto lending guidance. This important guidance is a key step to limit discriminatory impact of dealer interest rate markups in the auto lending industry. The resolution has 15 Republican cosponsors. The announcement to eliminate this important consumer protection comes off the heels of a recent investigative report released by the National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) detailing the ongoing racially discriminatory practices that exist in the auto lending market. In their findings, NFHA uncovered that more than half the time white borrowers with weaker …..

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Trinity United Methodist Church Men’s Fish Fry scheduled

  • 03/26/2018
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The Trinity United Methodist Men’s Annual Fish Fry Fundraiser will be Thursday, April 5th, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Cost is $8.00 per plate.  Tickets can be purchased at Bladen Builders, Dickerson’s Pharmacy, or the Trinity United Methodist Church office in Elizabethtown.   Share:

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Gospel Singing to be held at Friendship Baptist Church

  • 03/26/2018
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The Bobby Deal Family will be in concert at Friendship Baptist Church on Sunday, April 15, at 11 am.  The church is located at 1989 Bull Street near Garland. For more information, please contact Rev. Gary McMillan at 910-876-1148.  Feel free to come and join our worship service.   Share:

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