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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon This week a 1 to 2 year old male mix by the name of Boggie has been chosen! This handsome little guy is very friendly and real playful  towards people but he doesn’t like little dogs to much. Boggie does have heartworms but he is taking medication for it o he can find his forever home! This will also be his second time at the shelter since because he was brought back for not getting along with a small dog. Now all this little guy needs is a loving and caring family to take him home, where there are no small dogs, and love him like family. …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Southeastern Residents

By: Dora Brogdon April 28: The White Oak Volunteer Fire Department will be starting the day off at 7 a.m. with a Pancake Breakfast that will last until 10 a.m. Everyone is invited to join and plates will be dine-in or carry out and will cost a donation. April 28: Beginning at 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. the Bladen County Master gardener Volunteers will be at the Cape Fear Farmers Market to have their Annual Plant Sale. There will be a large variety of shrubs, perennials, trees, annuals and tomatoes. April 28: The Kelly Spring Festival will begin at 10 a.m. with a parade a Kelly Ballpark in Kelly. The parade will be traveling down NC 53 towards …..

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N.C. Summer Nutrition Program Sponsors Win National Honors

Thirteen North Carolina Summer Nutrition Program sponsors are among 111 nationwide this year to receive Turnip the Beet awards, given by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to recognize outstanding providers who work hard to offer high quality meals that are appetizing, appealing and nutritious. This more than triples the number of awardees from the state compared to 2016, when the award was first given.   Three Turnip the Beet award levels are available: bronze, silver, and gold. Three North Carolina Summer Nutrition Programs won gold awards, four won silver, and six won bronze. Buncombe County Schools – Gold Kirk of Kildaire – Gold YMCA of Western North Carolina – Gold Caldwell County …..

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Tillis Statement On Judiciary Committee Passage Of The Special Counsel Independence & Integrity Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act:   “I’m grateful for Chairman Grassley’s leadership in brokering a compromise that resulted in the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act advancing through the Senate Judiciary Committee with strong bipartisan support.   “While I do not believe President Trump intends to remove Special Counsel Mueller, I believe this legislation has enduring value for future special counsel investigations. It will help ensure that special counsels have the independence they need to conduct fair and impartial investigations with appropriate reporting to Congress, which in turn will …..

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PITTENGER ON MACRON’S ADDRESS TO CONGRESS

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released the following statement on French President Emmanuel Macron’s address to a Joint Meeting of Congress.   “For over 200 years, the United States and France have been bound together by our shared commitment to the principles of freedom, liberty and democracy. Today, the French play an integral role in the global war on terrorism.  Our country appreciates President Macron’s strong commitment to eradicating radical Islamic extremism, supporting our efforts in Syria and working with us to prevent Iran’s nuclear ambitions. Following his address, President Macron and I discussed plans for a future multi-national Terrorism and Intelligence Security forum in France. Here’s to many more years …..

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Senator Tillis Speaks on Pastor Brunson on Senate Floor

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) took to the Senate floor to speak on North Carolina native Andrew Brunson, who has been wrongfully imprisoned by the Turkish Government since October 7, 2016. Last month, Pastor Brunson was indicted on bogus charges related to terrorism and espionage, and faces up to 35 years in prison. Senator Tillis has visited Pastor Brunson in Turkey twice, including attending his trial on April 16th. Tillis recently led a bipartisan letter signed by 66 Senators to President Erdogan calling for his release. Tillis on Pastor Brunson: “Pastor Andrew Brunson has been in a Turkish prison for 565 days. He was arrested in October of 2016 but didn’t …..

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Tar Heel landowner recognized by N.C. Forest Service

By Erin Smith A Tar Heel landowner received a surprise from the NC Forest Service on Thursday morning as he was recognized for his work in sustainable forestry. Forester Michael Hinson presented Zeb Regan Jr. and his wife, Mavis, with a plaque and a metal Sustainable Forestry sign in recognition of his conservation efforts at their Reedy Meadow Road tract of land. “Thank you for your continued commitment to sustainable forestry,” said Forester Michael Rhodes. Regan was surprised by the honor. He said when Hinson said he wanted to meet with him on the tract of land off Reedy Meadow Road with a surprise, Regan wondered what kind of surprise Hinson had. …..

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Watch for Me NC Announces 2018 Partners

  • 04/26/2018
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RALEIGH – Seven communities will soon benefit from participation in Watch for Me NC, a comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle safety program aimed at reducing bicycle and pedestrian crashes and fatalities in North Carolina. “We are excited to welcome these new community partners and their ideas as we work together to improve safety for all road users,” said Hanna Cockburn, director of the N.C. Department of Transportation Bicycle and Pedestrian Division. “The Watch for Me NC program continues to mature and now serves as a model for other cities and states across the nation.” The program leverages the strengths of law enforcement and public education to encourage safe and secure places to walk …..

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Tillis & Cortez Masto Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Broaden Pool of Main Street Investors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) introduced bipartisan legislation that would expand the number of Americans who are allowed to invest in our nation’s small businesses by allowing individuals who have relevant education, professional expertise, and other credentials to invest in private offerings.   Under current law, an individual must be deemed an “accredited investor” to invest in a private offering of securities, but under the Securities Act of 1933, an “accredited investor” is defined by an individual who earns more than $200,000 per year or has a net worth of $1 million. As a result, the stringent requirements do not allow individuals …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Early voting is underway and will continue for another week or so.  659 voters had cast a ballot as of close of day on Tuesday, April 24. Off year elections (no presidential) tend to attract a smaller number of voters.  But a sheriff’s race usually ‘spurs’ a little extra interest. Google Bladen County Board of Elections for early voting locations and hours of operations, and the hours vary at all sites. Over 200 golfers will ‘tee it up’ today at The Vineyard golf course, near White Lake, in support of Bladen We Care fundraiser.  Full slate, always a fun event and lots of money raised to help local residents dealing with unplanned …..

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Boys Tennis: Two Bladen Singles Players Advance to Third Round

DUBLIN – West Bladen’s Jose Osorio and East Bladen’s Jay McGill advanced to the third round of the Three Rivers Conference boys tennis tournament Wednesday. Osorio defeated Fairmont’s Caleb Argueta 6-2, 6-0 in the second round, while McGill won a hard-fought match over St. Pauls’ Carlos Luna 3-6, 7-5, 7-5. McGill defeated South Columbus’ B. Cox 6-3, 6-2 in his first round match. East Bladen’s Jacob Barber defeated Whiteville’s Andrew Cahn 4-6, 7-5, 6-1 in his opening round match but lost to St. Pauls’ Israel Gonzalez 2-6, 7-5, 6-3 in the second round. West Bladen’s Desmond Lesesne defeated Fairmont’s Elijah Watkins 6-2, 6-1 in the first round, but lost to …..

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 2, Whiteville 1

WHITEVILLE – Freshman Kenia Medina fired in a penalty kick with 5 minutes left to play that lifted East Bladen to a key 2-1 Three Rivers Conference girls soccer victory over Whiteville. “Kenia tucked it away perfectly in the right corner,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “I knew she could do it and she deserved that opportunity. There was no doubt in my mind that she was going to bury it.” The penalty kick was set up when sophmore Patience Ward took a pass from sophmore Gracyn Martin and beat 2 Whiteville defenders before being pulled down in the box. “We had made an adjustment at halftime to move …..

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Softball: West Columbus 7, West Bladen 6

CERRO GORDO – Lexi Bullard’s sacrifice fly scored Kristen Meares with the winning run Wednesday night as West Columbus rallied for a 7-6 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over West Bladen. The Lady Knights took a 6-4 lead into the home seventh, but Lady Viking pitcher Leah Floyd hammered a lead-off triple to right-centerfield. Brittany Barnhill’s infield hit plated Floyd, and Faison yanked a single to left. Kristen Meares walked and an error scored Barnhill with the tying run. Faison was forced out at the plate before Bullard launched the winning fly ball. West Columbus took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on an error, a Meares run-scoring double …..

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Baseball: West Columbus 3, West Bladen 0

CERRO GORDO – West Columbus capitalized on four West Bladen errors to scored 3 unearned runs and defeat the Knights 3-0 Wednesday night in Three Rivers Conference baseball action. The Vikings scored a pair of first inning runs on two errors and Jerry Locklear’s 2-run single. Cole Benton doubled in the West Columbus sixth and scored on an error. Sophmore Logan West pitched 5.2 innings for the Knights and allowed only the three unearned runs on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out six. Sophmore Colby White relieved in the sixth inning and retired the only batter that he faced. Cody Benton pitched 6-plus scoreless innings for the Vikings …..

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Middle School Baseball: Tar Heel 10, Bladenboro 9, 8 innings

BLADENBORO – Jordan Bryan crushed a 3-run triple to deep left-centerfield in the top of the eighth inning that lifted Tar Heel to a 10-9 Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball victory over Bladenboro Wednesday. With the score tied 7-7, pitcher Alex Brisson lined a single to leftfield to begin the Panther eighth inning, and Destin Montgomery raked a single to left. Catcher Antonio Candelaria was walked intentionally before Brisson walloped his bases-clearing blast to put Tar Heel up 10-7. The Bulldogs rallied in the bottom of the inning as Alex Strange reached base on an error and Aaron Wren walked. Strange raced home on an error, and Bryley Williams …..

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This Day in History for April 26

1865 – Confederate General J E Johnson surrenders Army of Tennessee, at Durham, North Carolina. 1887 – Huntsville Electric Co forms to sell electricity. 1900 – American League baseball opener in Cleveland draws 6,500. 1920 – Harlow Shapely and Heber D. Curtis hold ‘great debate’ on the nature of nebulae, galaxies and size of the universe at US National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. 1931 – Lou Gehrig hits a HR but is called out for passing a runner, mistake costs him American League home run crown; he & Babe Ruth tie for season. 1941 – A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs) 1954 – Nationwide …..

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Bladen County Educator tapped for SkillsUSA honor

By Erin Smith A Bladen County educator was recognized as the Glenn Barefoot Educator of the Year at the Skills USA competition last week.  “It was incredibly humbling to be recognized by your peers in a humbling way,” said Graham Yarborough.  He added that he was unaware he had been selected to receive the honor until he was called to come onto the stage during the awards ceremony at SkillsUSA.  He first became involved with SkillsUSA in 1979 as an adviser and remained involved with it. Yarborough said he retired from teaching in 2010 but he and his wife both remain involved with SkillsUSA on both the state and national …..

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Rebuttal to our article: Tips to protect against sex trafficking after woman was approached in Fayetteville

Below is the rebuttal letter from Victor Lozada with the World Mission Society Church of God To whom it may concern: Recently came across the Bladeonline article entitled, Tips to protect against sex trafficking after woman was approached in Fayetteville. I was shocked and appalled to the see the core of my faith—the existence of God the Mother—associated with an act as horrific as human trafficking. As a member and missionary of the World Mission Society Church of God, I’d like to clarify the misinformation that was written in that article and, hopefully, reverse some of the potential damage the article may have caused. Before I delve into the issue at hand, I’d like for …..

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Turn out brisk for One Stop Voting in Bladen County

By Erin Smith One Stop voting is under way in Bladen County for the May 8 primary. As of 3 p.m. on Wednesday, more than 659 ballots had been cast in Bladen County. One Stop voting is taking place in four locations in the county. They are The Bladen County Public Library, the Dublin Lions Club building, the East Arcadia Town Hall and the Bladenboro Historical Society building.   In Elizabethtown, the One Stop voting schedule at the Bladen County Public Library located at 111 S. Cypress Street is Thursday, April 19, and Friday, April 20, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Monday, April 23, through Friday, April 27, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Monday, April 30, through Friday, May 4, from 8:30 a.m. …..

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Bladen County Veteran still serves

We salute our men and women in our armed forces. Bladen County has a lot of honorable service people. BladenOnline.com has started a new series called Bladen County Veteran’s Stories. The first video of the series is Bladen County Veterans’ Stories: Featuring Retired Lt. Commander Larry Hammond. In the video, Hammond gives our viewers a glimpse into a local Veteran’s service in the United States Coast Guard.  Hammond shares some of his service memories with BladenOnline.com in our newest video on YouTube. With a start from New Jersey, Hammond toured the globe assisting in many different efforts while serving his country. Some of his services included search and rescue missions, recruiting, and polar …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER APPOINTED TO COMMITTEE THAT WILL PLACE BILLY GRAHAM STATUE IN U.S. CAPITOL

WASHINGTON – North Carolina Senate President pro-tem Phil Berger (R-Rockingham County) today named Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) to the committee that will work to place a statue of Dr. Billy Graham in the U.S. Capitol. “Dr. Billy Graham was tremendously humble, so he would likely suggest that we honor someone else,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “However, I can think of no American who did more to positively impact lives and communities around the world.  We will not honor Dr. Graham because he was famous.  We will honor Dr. Graham because of his worldwide impact and faithfulness to the mission God gave to him.” Congressman Pittenger will serve on the Statuary Hall Selection Committee with Dr. …..

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Lights, Camera, Action!

By Bob Byers Cut! If you can’t mentally picture a garden that inspires you, a script if you will, it’s important to search magazines, seek out gardens to visit when you travel, and look at photos of other gardens to find that perfect inspiration. Then you can get started. Include practical concerns like shade, soil, and moisture that will determine good plant choices. Once you have a good handle on those, what’s next? Begin with the basics: form, color, line and texture. Cut! What again? Yes, there’s something really important to consider. These characteristics apply to every single item in your garden and interact continuously with each other. Just like in …..

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Jefferson Weaver

The death of a newspaper

By Jefferson Weaver For 21 years, the Old Man wrote a column every year, saying goodbye to The Dunn Dispatch. Sometimes it made print, sometimes it didn’t. In 2001, he lay in his hospital bed, too weak to sit up. He asked me to carry on his tradition. I promised I would. Sometimes mine have made it to print, sometimes they haven’t, but I kept my promise to my father. I also made a promise to myself that day, about another column. Lord willing, you’ll read that one in a few days. Sometimes, silence is a comfort. Changes in my trade have forced a lot of evolution in the way we …..

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Cape Fear Valley Earns Top Patient Safety Grades

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has been awarded an “A” for hospital safety by The Leapfrog Group. The grade was announced in a biannual survey of more than 2,300 hospitals nationwide by the Washington D.C.-based patient safety organization. The group’s rating system is considered the gold standard for patient safety. It is the first and only hospital rating system to be peer-reviewed by the Journal of Patient Safety. The Leapfrog survey analyzes 28 measures of publicly available safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score for each facility. The grade represents a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. The ratings are important …..

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Saturday is National Drug Take Back Day

  • 04/25/2018
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By Erin Smith If you have unused medications in your medicine cabinet, there are ways you can properly dispose of them. The best way is to turn them in during a Prescription Drug Take Back event or you can turn them in at one of the prescription medicine drop boxes in Bladen County.  A prescription drug take back event was held during the Bladenboro Spring Fling but officials report no medicine was turned in during that event. While there is not a drug take back event planned for this Saturday, there are some options for you if you need to dispose of unused medications. Prescription Drug Drop boxes are located at …..

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Road Closing

Road Closings and Opening

By Faye Boyne OPENINGS: 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.  SR1524 (Susie Sand Hill) SR1524 (Susie Sand Hill) will close on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.  It will be closed to thru traffic. It will open on Thursday, April 26 at 3:30 and will close again next week to thru …..

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April Terrific Kid Gift Certificate Winner

Contributed Pictured with Bladenboro Primary School  principal Deborah Guyton is Jayden Ruffin, kindergartner who was the winner of a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to Pizza Palace of Bladenboro. First Citizens Bank of Bladenboro donates twenty-five dollars for the purchase of the Pizza Palace gift certificate to the winner of the monthly drawing at each of the Terrific Kid ceremonies for the school year. April Bladenboro Primary School Terrific Kids Ceremony Pictured are the recent recipients of the Terrific Kid award at Bladenboro Primary School. Every other month the students who are chosen Terrific Kids are recognized at a ceremony where they receive a Terrific Kids certificate, bumper sticker, and pencil.  …..

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Child Abuse Awareness Walk Saturday

By Erin Smith Each year children in North Carolina are the victims of child abuse or neglect. April is Child Abuse Awareness month and Bladen County will mark the occasion with a Child Abuse Awareness Walk on Saturday beginning at noon in the San Jose parking lot in Elizabethtown.  The walk will leave the San Jose parking lot and travel down West Broad Street ending on the front lawn of the Bladen County Courthouse. Everyone is encouraged to wear blue as a symbol of Child Abuse Awareness Month. Jill Sampson, with the Bladen County Department of Social Services, said at the Courthouse there will be a butterfly release and the names of the children …..

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Farm Service Agency Makes Administrative Change to the Livestock Indemnity Program

April 24, 2018 – Starting today, agricultural producers who have lost livestock to disease, resulting from a weather disaster, have an additional way to become eligible for a key U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance program. USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced an administrative clarification nationwide to the Livestock Indemnity Program. In the event of disease, this change by USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) authorizes local FSA county committees to accept veterinarian certifications that livestock deaths were directly related to adverse weather and unpreventable through good animal husbandry and management. The committees may then use this certification to allow eligibility for producers on a …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The rain came down, much needed rain and amounts appeared to vary greatly, between just over 1.5 inches at  Curtis Brown Airport, to nearly 2.5 inches at the unofficial site in the Hester’s backyard southwest of Elizabethtown.  There is a 30 percent chance of rain today and again tomorrow Hopefully, very little or no rain tomorrow.  Bladen We Care’s Annual Golf fundraiser will be played, weather permitting, at The Vineyard at White Lake.  Full field, about 50 teams with shotgun starts in the AM and PM. Recently planted corn just ‘peeping’ thru the soil, looking good. Stock market swings from great to a disaster, yesterday, mostly a disaster. I enjoy reading BladenOnline’s 35 years …..

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This Day in History for April 25

1719 – Daniel Defoe publishes “Robinson Crusoe” 1861 – The Union Army arrives to reinforce Washington, D.C. (US Civil War) 1875 – Latest date for measurable snow in NYC (3″) 1898 – Spanish-American War: The United States declares state of war on Spain effective from 21st April. 1901 – New York becomes 1st state requiring automobile license plates ($1 fee) 1928 – Buddy, a German Shepherd, becomes 1st guide dog for a US citizen Morris Frank. 1933 – US & Canada drop Gold Standard. 1945 – 45 countries convene UN Conference on Intl Organization in San Francisco. 1953 – Francis Crick and James Watson’s discovery of the double helix structure …..

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Rain Washes Out Tuesday Sports Schedule

The morning’s heavy rains washed out Bladen County’s Tuesday sports schedule. The St. Pauls at East Bladen baseball and softball games have been tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday if the fields at East Bladen are playable. East Bladen’s girls soccer game at West Columbus was rescheduled for 4 p.m. Friday at West Columbus. The Tar Heel at Bladenboro and Elizabethtown at Clarkton School of Discovery baseball and softball games are also tentatively rescheduled for Wednesday if the fields at Bladenboro and Clarkton are playable. No make-up date has been set as yet for the West Bladen at West Columbus baseball and softball games or the St. Pauls at West Bladen girls …..

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Tar Heel Middle School releases honor rolls

Tar Heel Middle School has released their honor roll for the third nine weeks grading period.   5th Grade Superintendent’s List  –  Grades of 96 and above in all classes Garrett Dunham “A” Honor Roll = Grades of 90 and above in all classes Devyn Clanton, Ryder Faircloth, Madison Holder, Aiden Jones, Kasey Nichols, Jessica Vergugo-Gomez “A/B” Honor Rolls = Grades of 80 and above in all classes Joseline Abreu-Lezama, Alina Chavez, Jaziyah Daniels, Lauren Douglas, George Felix Marroquin,  Jazmy Funez Aranda, Yareth Garcia Perez, Jeime Garcia-Lopez, Malik Hill, Ah’leah Johnson, Sawyer Landreth, Emily Lewis, Lidia Lopez-Cardona, Antuan Martinez-Sanchez, Teasia McDowell, Zion McMillan,  Lejend Murchison, Angel Ramon Reyes, Ashley Sanchez-Resendiz, Yuridia Santana-Dominguez, Nolan Sessoms, Khamani Shipman, …..

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Brunswick Opioid Task Force hears about NC’s response to Opioid Epidemic

By Erin Smith The Brunswick County Opioid Task Force met on Tuesday afternoon at the St. James Community Center in St. James and learned more about North Carolina’s response to the Opioid Epidemic. Allen Dellapenna with the Injury and Violence Prevention Branch of the NC Division of Public Health addressed the group and told them that through the year 2016, Brunswick County had the third highest opioid death rate in the state. Brunswick County Sheriff Ingram asked Dellapenna if there was any data for the county death rates in 2017, to which Dellapenna replied all 2017 data is still being reviewed and calculated. Dellapenna said, “Folks working on this issue …..

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Truck rolls over near Tar Heel

By Erin Smith A tanker truck turning into a driveway near Smithfield Foods in Tar Heel misjudged his turn causing the truck to slowly roll over on Tuesday morning. Bladen County Fire Marshall Kenneth Clark said there were no leaks from the truck and no chemicals nor fuel entered the ditch. The NC Emergency Operations Center was notified and the Fayetteville Area HazMat Team was called as a precaution, said Clark. The truck was attempting to make a delivery to the Smithfield plant at the time of the incident. No injuries were reported. Share:

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State Highway Patrol Concludes Operation Drive to Live

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol concluded Operation Drive to Live on Friday, Apr. 20, after a week-long effort to reduce teen related collisions statewide.  Troopers conducted more than 153 traffic safety presentations and patrolled nearly 560 school zones, monitoring driving behaviors of teens as they traveled to and from school.   The operation, which began Monday, Apr. 16, is conducted each year around prom season, focusing on education and enforcement.  Across the nation, motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death of teens each year.   In 2017, SHP investigated over 58,529 motor vehicle collisions involving drivers and passengers who were between the ages of 15 – 19. Of those collisions, 10,905 injuries …..

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Cape Fear Valley Receives Grant Money For Water System Upgrades

  • 04/24/2018
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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has been awarded a $375,350 grant to help upgrade its emergency water pump system.   The funding was awarded through the Golden LEAF Foundation Disaster Recovery Grant Program. It will be used to build two additional on-campus water wells, bringing the total to four. The wells would pump groundwater into large storage tanks that could be used during natural disasters.   Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has experienced three major breaks in the past decade. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew forced the hospital to manually pump water from its two existing wells and to flush toilets and power massive heating and air conditioning units …..

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Hagen Scholar Named at WBHS

WBHS Senior, Anna Moser, who will be attending UNC-Charlotte in the fall of 2018 has been named as a Hagan Scholar. The Hagan Scholarship is a nationwide need-based merit scholarship for high achieving, self-motivated students. These students graduate from  public high schools located in counties having fewer than 50,000 residents. During the fall semester of the first year of college, each scholarship will help pay the unmet financial need of the recipient, up to $5,000 each semester. During the fall semester of the second year of college a $10,000 Schwab Scholar Account will be established for each scholarship recipient. During the fall semester of the third year of college each …..

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A perfect place for a business 

By Erin Smith After seeing the former CresCom Bank building removed and the demolition of the former Hardee’s restaurant on South Poplar Street in Elizabethtown, many Bladen County residents are wondering what will replace them. David Clark, with Clark Brothers, who owns the property,  said on Monday that his company is in negotiations with a popular restaurant chain. However, no lease agreement has been reached yet. Due to a confidentiality agreement, they cannot yet reveal the name of the restaurant. Clark added the location is “a great place to do business.” Clark did say a new facility will eventually be built on the property. The former Hardee’s restaurant building was old and …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Rain continues to fall as of early Tuesday, in fact the National Weather Service forecast predicts showers, possible thunderstorms, and high winds today, continuing into the evening hours.  Total rainfall from Sunday through tonight (Tuesday) could be in the 2 to 3 inch range, and all is much needed.  Planting time for farmers. Ever go to the bathroom and forget why?  If you live long enough you may experience. From the good reading department.  Steve Ballmer is a billionaire and a philanthropist, former Microsoft CEO and owner of the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team.  He and his bride are involved in a lot of good.  One thing he has worked on for several years is where our tax …..

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This Day in History for April 24

1704 – “Boston News-Letter” 1st successful newspaper in US, forms. 1800 – US Library of Congress establishes with $5,000 allocation. 1833 – Jacob Evert & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain. 1888 – Eastman Kodak founded by George Eastman. 1897 – 1st reporter, William Price (Washington Star), assigned to White House. 1898 – US fleet under commodore George Dewey sails from Hong Kong to Philippines. 1907 – Hersheypark, founded by Milton S. Hershey for the exclusive use of his employees, is opened. 1913 – Skyscraper, the Woolworth Building in New York City is opened – world’s tallest building at the time. 1917 – US Congress passes the Liberty Loan Act, …..

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Addie Bowen MVP in Top Gun Super Regional

Addie Bowen was named game’s Most Valuable Player after driving in 5 runs by batting 3-3 against the Hot Shots in this weekend’s Top Gun Super Regional at Arnette Park in Fayetteville. The award was voted on by the umpires. Playing for SEC Bolton’s 12U team, Bolton cracked 13 hits in 19 at-bats in the tournament with one double and 4 walks. Share:

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Two Double-Bearded Turkeys in Bladenboro Area

A pair of Bladenboro area hunters killed one double-bearded turkey each in the same day Saturday. Killing two of the extremely rare birds together is highly unusual. Clay Allen and John Waldrop, who were baseball and soccer teammates at West Bladen High, killed the birds. One had a 10.5 inch beard and the other had a 9 inch beard. Both birds had half inch spurs. Share:

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Clarkton man dies at Columbus County Detention Center

By Erin Smith A Clarkton man who was arrested last week in connection with a joint investigation by the Bladen County Sheriff”s Office and Columbus County Sheriff’s Office of a marijuana growing operation was found dead in his cell on Thursday. A press release from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office on Monday stated Andrew James Ellis, 37, of Mercer Mill Road, Clarkton, was found unresponsive at the Columbus County Detention Center in Whiteville at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 19. According to officials, jail staff attempted CPR until Whiteville Rescue arrived and Ellis was transported to Columbus Regional Healthcare System in Whiteville were he was pronounced dead. Ellis was facing charges of: *Possession with the Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver …..

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Cape Fear Valley Health Chooses Epic For Comprehensive Health Record System 

Contributed FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has selected Epic, the most widely-used comprehensive health record software in the U.S., to unite all of its hospitals and clinics under a single information-sharing platform. Moving to Epic ultimately benefits patients by providing a complete digital record spanning their entire continuum of care. It also improves patient access and engagement through Epic’s MyChart patient portal. Cape Fear Valley currently uses two Cerner software systems for record keeping. The switch to Epic will streamline services, such as scheduling, clinical applications, billing and population health initiatives. Many of the nation’s leading health systems already use Epic to exchange data, share best practices and promote innovation. “The benefits of …..

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Bladen County Afghans offered at Cooperative Extension

By Erin Smith If you are in need of a gift for Mom for Mother’s Day look no further than Bladen County Cooperative Extension. They are offering afghans which depict various historical events and places from around Bladen County.  The afghans were started as a fundraiser for the Cooperative Extension office to meet some of its funding needs. LaToya Lucy, with Bladen County Cooperative Extension, said of the afghans, “It was a way to furnish extra money for programming support for Extension.”  Both she and Director Becky Spearman said the afghans have been a staple of Bladen County Cooperative Extension for a while.  The afghans cost $55 each and they can …..

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Bladen farmers getting ready for growing season

By Erin Smith Many Bladen County farmers are busy getting their fields ready for the summer growing season. Tractors can be encountered on our highways throughout  Bladen County as farmers move equipment from one field to another, ripping the soil, and preparing the land to plant.  Ripping the soil is a method farmers use to break up hard-packed soil layers so water can seep through the layers underneath, according to the NC Department of Agriculture.  For many Bladen County farmers, corn, soy beans, tobacco and cotton are all crops that will soon begin to dot the landscape. Some other crops that are reported to be performing well include strawberries and blueberries.  …..

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Moores Creek National Battlefield Celebrates Renovation Completion, Offers Free Event on April 28

Currie, NC- Moores Creek National Battlefield is proud to announce that the park’s two main visitor use facilities, the primary Visitor Center and the recreational use Patriots Hall Community Center are now opened to the public.The center received a new metal roof and updated flooring that will help to extend the life of this 60 year old structure. The Visitor Center will resume normal operational hours: the facility is opened Wednesday – Sunday, 9 am – 5 pm; it is closed along with the rest of the park on all Federal Holidays. Patriots Hall, another 1950’s structure, also known as a Mission 66 building, was in serious need of renovations and updates when Hurricane …..

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Tips to protect against sex trafficking after woman was approached in Fayetteville

By Charlotte Smith A video about an encounter at the Cross Creek Mall in Fayetteville is going viral as you read this article. The video is of a Facebook user, Adrienne Nichole Holland, detailing an experience she had this past Sunday, April 22nd, which left her and others puzzled and concerned. The video describes a unnerving situation in the Cumberland County shopping complex. Two women approached Holland as she and her four year old son went to the pretzel shop in the mall. “Have you heard about the prophecy, God the Mother?” the ladies asked Holland. One of the women appeared to be Asian in her late 20’s or early …..

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Billy Hair remembered with tree at Bladen Community College

By Erin Smith An overcast morning greeted those who gathered outside the administration building at Bladen Community College in Dublin on Monday morning as William Jennings “Billy” Hair was remembered. Hair was a founding Trustee for the college when it was established in 1967 and a Bull Bay tree was planted and dedicated in his memory.  Hair, who passed away on March 21, 2018, served as Superintendent of Bladen County Schools as well as serving as a teacher and principal. He also served as one of the founding members of the Board of Trustees for Bladen Community College. In fact, prior to his death, Mr. Hair was the last founding member of …..

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Rebates May Help Some, But Are No Silver Bullet for High Drug Costs

By Mark Tosczak If you get your health insurance from Aetna or UnitedHealthcare, you might — with an emphasis on “might” — find some of your prescriptions are cheaper at the drug store next year. Both companies have announced in the last few weeks that in 2019 they will pass on any rebates they receive from drug manufacturers directly to consumers. But the new policy won’t benefit all patients. For starters, if you’re covered by a Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina plan, you’re out of luck. Blue Cross, which last year received $227.4 million in rebates from drug companies, said it already uses those funds to reduce …..

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Weekly Weather Forecast

  • 04/23/2018
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By Richard Neuherz, Meteorologist, NOAA • An area of low pressure and the attendant frontal system will bring showers and possibly a few thunderstorms to the area Monday and Tuesday with lingering showers possible Wednesday morning. • Light showers are possible late in the week as a cold front affects the area, otherwise mainly fair weather is expected into the weekend. • Wind advisory through 5 AM Tuesday for wind gusts up to 45 MPH for the coastal counties. • One to three inches of rain forecast with as much as four possible through Wednesday morning. • High Rip Current Risk at area beaches today and a Gale Warning over …..

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Bladen Community College

BCC Announces Staff Promotions

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College has announced the following staffing promotions. Carlton Bryan, former Registrar, is now Disabilities, Testing, and Veterans Services Director. Former Assistant Registrar Andrea Carter-Fisher is now Registrar. Bridgette Singletary, former Cashier, is now Accounting Specialist. Former Accounting Coordinator Roy Thompson, is now Accounting Specialist and Construction Project Coordinator. Share:

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DIT Leaders Honored

Raleigh, N.C. – Three leaders in the North Carolina Department of Information Technology have been honored by a national publication for being among the best in their fields. Deputy State Chief Information Officer Tracy Doaks, Chief Customer Officer Jon Minshew and Chief Risk Officer Maria Thompson were among 50 state IT professionals recognized for excellence during the StateScoop 50 Awards in Baltimore on Sunday evening during the National Association of State Chief Information Officers’ (NASCIO) midyear conference. “The North Carolina Department of Information Technology has quality people serving at every level and in every field,” said DIT Secretary and State Chief Information Officer Eric Boyette. “These are three of our finest leaders and …..

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Clarkton School of Discovery Honor Rolls

Superintendent’s List (Having a 96 or above​ in all ​classes 6th Grade:  Lena Damasco-Trinidad, Caroline Kirby, Reagan Moore, Dyiamon Robinson, Keiara Stacker 7th Grade:  Luke Barber, Cathleen DeVane, Andrew Dowd, Jacie Kinlaw, Karli Priest, Morgan Tatum 8th Grade:  Devin Avant, Hannah Davis, Hailey Guyton, Heather Hardin, Merritt Martin, Jenna Stephenson, Skylar Suggs “A” Honor Roll​ ­(Having all A’s in every class) 6th Grade:  Addie Bowen, Jake Futrell, Levi German, Jalil Hayes, Reese Hester, Rodney Lacewell, Emma McDuffie, Riley McIntyre, Jair McElveen, Keyon McKoy, Octavio Morales, Autumn Nye, Nicholas Phillips, Kevin Rivera, McKenzi Storms,  Michaella Troy, Geniyah Wells 7th Grade:  Jamae Atkinson, Ahonesty Blake, Gianna Enloe, AnnaGrey Heustess,  April Huggins, Valencia …..

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Duplin Winery Announces the Release of Sweet Rosé This May

ROSE HILL- Duplin Winery is jumping on the “Rosé All Day” train with its newest product addition, Sweet Rosé. Duplin Winery specializes in Muscadine wines, so naturally this sparkling wine is made with a secret blend of delicious Muscadine grapes. Duplin Winery’s last product debut was the release of Pelican Red in 2017. Since then, many dedicated minds have been working together to create the perfect blend of red and white muscadines for the Sweet Rosé and its finally here. Sweet Rosé will be available to all Duplin Winery fans starting Wednesday, May 2. The launch of Sweet Rosé will be celebrated with a ‘Pick-Up Party’ held from May 7-9 …..

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Adopt-A-Cop for National Peace Officers Week

By Erin Smith In honor of National Police Week in May, the Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop is offering our local communities the opportunity to show their support for our Bladen County law enforcement officers by “adopting” an officer for National Police Week. Melanie Davis, one of the many organizers for Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop, said this will be the third year for the event. Gifts are due by Friday, May 11th.  Bladen County Adopt-A-Cop offers citizens an opportunity twice per year to show their support for law enforcement by adopting an officer and providing them with items such as chewing gum, candy, gift cards, and items they can keep in their patrol cars …..

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Cape Fear Mini Storage Auction (19 Units)

Cape Fear Mini Storage Auction (19 Units) 910/862-9911 2 Locations: 1 st auction – Thursday, May 03, 2018 9:00 a.m. @ 2202 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC 28337 2 nd auction – Immediately following 1 st -Thursday, May 03, 2018 @ 5501 Hwy 87, Dublin, NC Buyers must: (1) be prepared to pay upon completion of unit sale (cash, credit/debit card); (2) be responsible for security of items located in unit after purchase; and (3) remove all items from purchased unit on day of sale by close of business (5:00 p.m.). Share:

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Updated listing of Bladen County Road Closings

By Faye Boyne, NC DOT OPENINGS:  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. SR1710 (Elkton Road) SR1710 (Elkton Road) will be closed for approximately two weeks starting April 9 – April 20 to replace a large diameter pipe.  UPCOMING CLOSINGS: SR1524 (Susie Sand Hill) SR1524 (Susie Sand Hill) will close on Tuesday, …..

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White Lake Triathlon Results

Three triathlons were held over the weekend at White Lake. The results were: White Lake Spring Half: Men’s Winner: Scott Shumate, Virginia Beach, Va., 4:17:36. Women’s Winner: Jacqueline Miller, Holly Springs, N.C., 5:20:39. White Lake Spring International: Men’s Winner: Van Fletcher, Raleigh, N.C., 2:14:39. Women’s Winner: Laura Greene, Cary, N.C., 2:23:41. White Lake Spring Sprint: Men’s Winner: Dyllon Gonsolus, Kenesha, Wisconsin., 1:09:37. Women’s Winner: Jet Francis, Matthews, N.C., 1:15:24. Share:

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West Bladen Boys Third in Red Springs Meet

RED SPRINGS –West Bladen’s Boys finished third in the five-team Three Rivers Conference track meet held at Red Springs High Thursday. St. Pauls won the boys meet with 111 points. Host Red Springs was second with 99 points, followed by West Bladen with 65 points. Whiteville tallied 52 points, and South Columbus was fifth with 24 points. Whiteville won the girls meet with 107 points. St. Pauls was second with 87 points followed by South Columbus with 52 points, Red Springs (50 points) and West Bladen (49 points). West Bladen’s 4×800 meter relay team won their event with a time of 9:34. The Knights 4×400 meter relay team posted a second-place finish …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Ready for a new week?  It’s here and there is so much activity in the area. First, early elections continue at sites in Bladenboro, Dublin, East Arcadia & Elizabethtown.  Google Bladen County Board of Elections for exact locations and hours of operation.  The time varies for each location. Bladen We Care Golf Tournament will be held Thursday at The Vineyard, White Lake, NC.  Special Olympics is upcoming soon, White Lake Water Festival is less than a month away and more sponsors are needed.  Contact Dawn Maynard at the E-town-White Lake Chamber of Commerce.  I’m sure there are others.  Check our Events page for more. Rain is in the forecast, much needed rain …..

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Bladen County Athletes Playing in College

Updated: April 23, 2018 Spring sports Trevor Lesane Baseball Sophomore Wake Tech West Bladen Kayla Thompson Golf Senior UNC Wilmington West Bladen Recent: Went 4-for-5 with a double, home run, stolen base, two runs scored and two RBIs on April 21 in a 15-10 loss to Guilford Tech in the first game of doubleheader. For the three game series, Lesane was 6-for-12 and scored 4 runs. He also singled, scored twice and drove in a run in an 18-6 win against the Methodist JV on April 18. Lesane has a 5-game hitting streak. For the season, Lesane is batting .345 with 4 homers and 27 RBIs. Wake Tech is 23-14-1. …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 23

1635 – Oldest US public institution, Boston Latin School founded.   1789 – President-elect George Washington moves into Franklin House, New York.   1861 – Robert E Lee named commander of Virginia Confederate forces (US Civil War)   1900 – 1st known occurrence of word “hillbillie” (NY Journal)   1939 – Boston Red Sox Ted Williams hits his 1st HR.   1945 – US troops in Italy cross river Po.   1950 – 1st major league day game completed under lights (Phils 6, Braves 5)   1952 – New York Giant Hoyt Wilhelm wins his 1st relief game & hits his only HR.   1959 – “Destry Rides Again” opens …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for Sunday, April 22

Volunteers had a very successful day raising money to assist Alvin Butler in hopefully returning to a more normal life, well, as much as possible. His home and belongings were recently destroyed by a fire and his wife of many years died in the blaze. Yesterday, friends and neighbors raised funds to assist, last report about $16,500 was raised. That could change. Builders in the area have indicated, if supplies are provided, they will rebuild his home, no cost for labor. If you could not attend yesterday’s event and would like to make a donation to the cause, bet you can mail or deliver contributions to Bladen Baptist in Elizabethtown. …..

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JV Baseball: Whiteville 9, West Bladen 0

WHITEVILLE – Whiteville capitalized on five West Bladen errors to score eight unearned runs and post a 9-0 Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball victory Friday. Freshman Sam West pitched 5.1 innings of 5-hit baseball, struck out 2, walked 3, hit 4 batters and allowed 9 runs – only one earned. Whiteville scored 2 runs in the first inning, 3 in the second and one in the fourth. Edgar Garcia raked a single to left in the second inning for the first West Bladen hit. Sophmore Braylon Williamson laced a single to centerfield in the sixth inning. The Knights travel to West Columbus Tuesday night. Share:

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JV Softball: Fairmont 14, East Bladen 13

FAIRMONT – Fairmont scored ten runs in their final two at-bats to overcome a 12-4 East Bladen lead and claim a 14-13 Three Rivers Conference jayvee softball victory Friday. East Bladen was leading 12-4 when pitcher Jordan Kinlaw suffered a leg injury. Kinlaw had held the Lady Tornadoes to only 4 runs through four innings. The Lady Eagles took a 1-0 first-inning lead. Kinlaw was hit by a pitch and scored on Majesti Corbett’s single. East Bladen added 3 runs in the second. Lila McDuffie walked, and Adrienne Howell smashed a double that scored McDuffie. Grey Guy walked, and Nesiah Davis-McKoy’s fielder’s choice scored Howell. Kinlaw smacked a single that …..

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JV Baseball: East Bladen 13, Fairmont 3

FAIRMONT – Makhi Cromartie pitched a one-hitter and drove in 2 runs to lead East Bladen to a 13-3 Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball victory over Fairmont Friday. Cromartie walked 3, hit one, struck out 2 and allowed 3 runs – one earned to pick up the victory. The only hit was by the Tornado lead-off batter in the first inning. The Eagles exploded for 7 runs in the first inning. Jay McKoy reached base on an error to start the game, and Jake Evans and Tyler Hill drew walks to load the bases. Xavier McKoy’s fielder’s choice plated Jay McKoy. Jacob Priest reached base on an error that scored …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 22

1526 – 1st slave revolt in the American colonies occurs in South Carolina. 1692 – Edward Bishop is jailed for proposing flogging as a cure for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. 1793 – President Washington attends opening of Rickett’s, 1st circus in US. 1823 – R J Tyers patents roller skates. 1864 – US mints 2 cent coin (1st appearance of “In God We Trust”) 1898 – Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry. 1915 – 1st military use of gas (chlorine, by Germany) in WW I. 1940 – Rear Admiral Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan was inevitable. 1951 – …..

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Boys Tennis: West Bladen 5, East Bladen 4

ELIZABETHTOWN – West Bladen defeated rival East Bladen 5-4 Friday in a Three Rivers Conference match. Singles Jose Osorio (WB) defeated Jay McGill (EB) 6-1, 6-1 Jacob Barber (EB) defeated Edgardo Lara (WB) 6-1, 7-5 Jackson Bostic (EB) defeated Desmond Lesesne (WB) 6-1, 6-1 Tucker Norton (EB) defeated Logan Lewis (WB) 6-4, 6-4 Victor Avellano (WB) defeated Will Hester (EB) 6-3, 6-2 Jacob Hester (WB) defeated Hoyt Register (EB) 5-7, 6-1, 10-4 Doubles Osorio/Lesesne (WB) defeated Barber/McGill (EB) 8-6 Bostic/Norton (EB) defeated Lara/Hester 8-1 Arellano/Lewis (WB) defeated East Bladen #3 8-3 West Bladen will host the Three Rivers Conference Tournament Wednesday and Thursday.   Share:

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Blackbeard’s Flag on NC Ferries

Those taking a ferry this summer at the Outer Banks will do so under the black flag of North Carolina’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard. In partnership with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the flag will fly on ferries serving the Hatteras-Ocracoke, Cedar Island-Ocracoke, and Swan Quarter-Ocracoke ferry routes. The Pamlico River route between Bayview and Aurora will also hoist the flag, as both areas have historic ties to the 18th century pirates. The flags are part of a series of events taking place in observance of the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s death in 1718. Ferry tickets can be booked online today. For more information about NCDOT Now, contact the NCDOT …..

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Endorsements by National Right to Life, NC Right to Life and Family Research Council

As a Christian, father and grandfather, I believe that all life, regardless of age, is a sacred gift from God and must be protected. These aren’t just empty words – I have a 100% pro-life voting record from National Right to Life. In recognition of my exemplary pro-life record National Right to Life, North Carolina Right to Life and the Family Research Council Action Pac have all endorsed my campaign. For your convenience, I attached the official endorsement letters from all three organizations below. The recent funding bill that I voted for was a major pro life victory. The bill maintains every single existing pro-life policy, including the Hyde amendment, the Dickey-Wicker amendment, and …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

The golf team of David Cross, “Skeeter” Covington, Charles DeVane and Pat Jessup shot 60-59=119 to win the Carolina Sands Golf Tourney.  The town of White Lake voted 106 against and 29 for the sale of beer within the limits of the town. The Bladen Lake’s Players were presenting the play “California Suite”. Elwell Ferry was closed for one month for maintenance. Share:

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North Carolina’s March Employment Figures Released

 RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 4.5 percent, remaining unchanged from February’s revised rate. The national rate remained unchanged at 4.1 percent. North Carolina’s March 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 3,495 over the month to 4,755,447 and increased 69,723 over the year. The number of people unemployed increased 131 over the month to 222,519 and decreased 7,754 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 4,100 to 4,472,000 in March. The major industries with the largest over-the-month increases were Education & Health Services …..

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Rep. Pittenger’s Weekly Column

  • 04/21/2018
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On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence joined me in Charlotte for an event highlighting Tax Reform’s stremendous impact. The main takeaway from the event can be summarized in two sentences: Americans are seeing their paychecks grow, businesses are reinvesting in our communities, and folks in North Carolina and across the country are once again confident about the future. Thanks to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, America’s economy is roaring back to life and hardworking Americans are winning again. The event began with a panel discussion where Senator Tillis, local business leader Dan DiMicco and I highlighted the ways in which North Carolinians are benefiting from Tax Reform. We noted …..

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Stolen Property Recovered in Columbus County

  • 04/21/2018
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Contributed Whiteville, NC – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office recovered a large quantity of stolen items from the residence of two individuals on April 14, 2018. These individuals are responsible for at least two Columbus County residential break-ins, prior to their arrest. On April 11th, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the residence located at 130 Ken Ray Drive in Tabor City was broken into. Numerous items were stolen including a firearm, an Apple iPad, foreign coins, lawn and garden power tools, and a purse. On April 13th, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the residence located at 6488 Lebanon Church Road in Tabor City was broken into. Two firearms, two laptops, a …..

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CDC

CDC expands nationwide lettuce recall

By Erin Smith The Centers for Disease in Atlanta, Georgia has expanded a nationwide recall of romaine lettuce to include all forms of Romaine lettuce. The recall was issued following an E. Coli outbreak that has been connected to Romaine lettuce. The CDC’s warning states the recall applies to all types of Romaine lettuce from Yuma, Arizona. The expanded warning follows reports of new outbreaks of the E. Coli infection which have occurred in Alaska. The CDC warns if you have purchased Romaine lettuce in any form to throw it out and to avoid eating Romaine lettuce in restaurants. Symptoms of E. Coli infection include diarrhea, severe stomach cramps and …..

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A festive time at Bladen We Care Gala

By Erin Smith It was a festive time at the 29th annual Bladen We Care Gala which was held on Friday evening at The Venue at White Lake. A large crowd turned out to to enjoy dancing, fellowship, delicious food and to show their support Bladen We Care. One of the many Bladen We Care Board members, Mac Campbell, addressed the crowd. He told those gathered Bladen We Care awarded 82 grants in 2017 to help those in need in Bladen County. The group also awarded scholarships at Bladen Community College and UNC-Pembroke. The funds go to benefit residents of Bladen County residents in health care assistance. The Blackwater Rhythm & Blues …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Whew, Saturday has finally arrived. Sunny with highs in the mid 60s today. Did you see the headline: Amazon Prime has 100 million members. Wells Fargo bank slapped with a 1 $billion fine. National debt over $21 trillion!  Actually, with all the future obligations the debt is nearly $70 trillion. Millions, billions, trillions, what the heck, it’s just money.  Attitude seems to be, who cares?  The political party in power ignores, the minority power complains, then they switch roles.  Been that way for as long as I can remember. Enthusiastic crowd was ready for a party at the first of Bladen We Care’s annual fundraisers last night at The Venue, White Lake.  The Byron Gooden Memorial …..

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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 3, Scotland 1

LAURINBURG – East Bladen rallied with 3 goals in the second half to defeat Scotland 3-1 Friday night in non-conference girls soccer action. Scotland led 1-0 at halftime and had outshot the Eagles 6-3. “They seemed to beat us to every ball and had much more energy than we did.,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “Our backline of Izzy (Smith), Sarah Johnson, and Ashton (Magby) plus goalie Ting Lin did a tremendous job of keeping them out of the net. It seemed like they had wave after wave of attacks on goal.” Scotland’s goal came off a handball from 25 yards out on the left side. “The girl hit …..

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Baseball: East Bladen 12, Fairmont 10

FAIRMONT –Freshman Freddie Wooten pitched 5 innings of one-run relief as East Bladen rallied for a 12-10 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over Fairmont. Freddie Wooten allowed 6 hits and 2 walks while striking out five to pick up the victory. Junior Pierce Melvin worked the first 2 innings on the mound for the Eagles but was plagued by 7 walks and 4 hits. Two infield hits and Randy Floyd’s single loaded the bases in the Tornado sixth inning. Wooten struck out the next batter, but a wild pitch scored a run and sliced the Eagle lead to 12-10. After a walk reloaded the bases, freshman secondbaseman Zach Meares started …..

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Softball: Whiteville 7, West Bladen 0

WHITEVILLE – Ivy Hayes and Jenna Bullard combined to pitch a 2-hit shutout and lead Whiteville to a 7-0 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over West Bladen Friday night. Hayes pitched the first 4 innings and allowed only a walk to Shelby Pharr while striking out six. Bullard worked the final 3 innings in the circle striking out four and allowing two hits. Sophmore Alara Cashwell ripped a single to centerfield in the seventh inning for the Lady Knights, but courtesy runner Tinyauh Rhoda was called out for leaving base early. The next batter, junior Carley Dawson, lined a double to rightfield. The Lady Wolfpack used a Kiara Wilson single, …..

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Baseball: Whiteville 11, West Bladen 1

WHITEVILLE – Junior Dylan Lawson pitched a one-hitter and struck out ten batters to lead Whiteville to an 11-1 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over West Bladen Friday night. Lawson walked two batters, hit a batter and gave up a sixth inning single to sophmore Jake Butler. The Knights took a 1-0 first-inning lead when sophmore Dawson Bryan drew a lead-off walk, advanced on Logan West’s fielder’s choice and a passed ball then raced home on senior Scott Bowen’s sacrifice fly. Back-to-back doubles by Dylan Hamilton and Brooks Baldwin produced the tying run for Whiteville in the home first. A single and an error led to a go-ahead run in …..

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Softball: East Bladen 11, Fairmont 2

FAIRMONT – Freshman Kayleigh Raynor pitched a 2-hitter and struck out 12 batters to lead East Bladen to an 11-2 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over Fairmont Friday night. Raynor walked only one batter in the game. Both Fairmont runs were unearned. East Bladen took a 2-0 lead in the third inning. Sophmore Abbie Cross walked and sprinted home when junior Erica McKoy walloped a triple over the leftfielder’s head. Olivia Hollingsworth raked a single to left that scored McKoy. Fairmont tied the game 2-2 in the fourth inning on an infield hit and two errors. East Bladen broke the game open with an eight-run fifth-inning rally. Sophmore Lorna Mendell …..

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This Day in History for April 21

1649 – Maryland Toleration Act passed in American colony, allowing all freedom of worship. 1789 – John Adams sworn in as 1st US Vice President (9 days before Washington) 1794 – NYC formally declares coast of Ellis Island publicly owned, so they can build forts to protect NYC from British. 1865 – Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train leaves Washington. 1878 – NY installs 1st firehouse pole. 1914 – US marines occupy Vera Cruz, a major Mexican port; they will stay 6 months. 1940 – 1st $64 Question, “Take It or Leave It,” on CBS Radio. 1944 – NFL Chicago Cardinals & Pittsburgh Steelers merge (dissolves on Dec 3) 1952 – Secretaries’ …..

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NCDOT, UNC-Pembroke Break Ground on Road Makeover

PEMBROKE – State and local officials celebrated on Friday, April 20, the start of a much-anticipated project that will improve the safety and traffic flow of a University of North Carolina Pembroke gateway in Robeson County. James Trogdon, secretary of the N.C. Department of Transportation, joined UNC Pembroke Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings and Pembroke Mayor Charles Gregory Cummings in a groundbreaking ceremony to reconstruct a mile of North Odom Street/Prospect Road along the campus. The university contacted the department about the safety of its students crossing the road, and state engineers investigated and recommended several roadway enhancements. “We collaborated with the university and the town to fine-tune what became an innovative …..

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Girls Soccer West Bladen Ties One; Loses One

RED SPRINGS – Red Springs pulled out a 2-2 tie in the completion of a suspended game then defeated West Bladen 5-2 in overtime in Three Rivers Conference girls soccer action. West Bladen had held a 1-0 lead at West Bladen on March 20th when the game was stopped by lightning early in the second half. Senior Melennie Hernandez had scored the goal on an assist from sophomore Claudia Reyes. When play resumed Thursday night, Red Springs senior Wendy Molina tied the game with a goal with 11:19 left in the game. Freshman Josefina Taboda answered with a goal that put the Lady Knights on top 2-1 with just 4:48 remaining. However Molina responded with her second goal a …..

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Bladen We Care Gala set for tonight

By Erin Smith The 29th annual Bladen We Care Gala will take place Friday, April 20th, 2018, at 7 p.m. at The Venue at White Lake. The theme for this year’s event is island casual. At the gala there will be a live auction and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be available. The Blackwater Rhythm and Blues Band, which is always a crowd favorite, will also perform. The Gala is sponsored by Smithfield.  All of the funds raised through its two main fund raisers, the Byron H. Gooden Golf Tournament and the Gala, remain in Bladen County to help Bladen County residents. Proceeds from the event are used to provide support for local residents …..

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Middle School Softball Elizabethtown 16, Tar Heel 7

TAR HEEL – Elizabethtown rode an 11-run fourth inning rally to a 16-7 Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball victory over Tar Heel. The Lady Panthers and pitcher Gracie Register had shutout the Lady Cougars in the first two innings. Tar Heel jumped in front with three runs in their first inning. Briley Stanley, Caroline Brisson and Hannah Richardson drew walks and all three came around to score on wild pitches. Elizabethtown rallied with a 5-run third inning. Zoe Smith singled and Max Strickland drove her in with a single. Lainey Hughes blasted a 2-run homer to left-centerfield to tie the game. Alexus Mitchell and Sara Corriveau drew walks. Mitchell …..

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Alamance-Burlington High School Teacher Wins NC’s Top Honors

Freebird McKinney, a social studies teacher at Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington, was named the 2018 Burroughs Wellcome Fund North Carolina Teacher of the Year during an awards luncheon today in Cary. McKinney was selected from a field of nine finalists representing the state’s eight education districts and charter schools. McKinney has been teaching for 13 years, the last three at Williams High School, in the Alamance-Burlington School System, where he teaches World and European history and also is co-coordinator of the school’s International Baccalaureate Pathway Program.  A self-described “village teacher,” McKinney also sees his role as an educator reaching beyond the classroom, leading international service-learning adventures, working also …..

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NC 911 Board Honors Crisis Support Member, Awards Grant at Monthly Meeting

Raleigh, N.C. – The North Carolina 911 Board today honored a Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department telecommunicator who helped counsel a colleague in training after a 911 call during which a psychiatric patient threatened to harm himself and his mother. The incident resulted in the patient being shot and killed by police. Wendy Bignall of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department peer support team talked through the 911 call and helped a MEDIC Telecommunicator process the incident. “Being a 911 dispatcher is an intense job. You’re the first of the first responders,” said Secretary Eric Boyette of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology, who is chair of the N.C. 911 Board. “I can’t imagine going through a …..

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Crisis Response Exercise at PBLA deemed a success

  • 04/20/2018
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By Erin Smith A Crisis Response Training Exercise conducted at the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy in Elizabethtown was rated a success by coordinators on Friday afternoon. The school was a hub activity as the training scenario was conducted.  Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Gary Turlington, who oversees training for the Sheriff’s Office, said Friday’s exercise is unique in that it is the first such exercise in this region to utilize an integrated response where firefighters, EMS and law enforcement are all taking part in the training session together. The scenario was designed to create a situation all of the agencies could potentially face should such an event take place in real life. The exercise scenario …..

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Rifle Raffle Tickets

Please make your final push this weekend to sale your gun raffle tickets. The drawing will be at the Monday night, April 23 meeting at 6p.m. If you have sold any  please get them to the meeting that night. As a reminder the Gun is a Henry .45 Colt Long Rifle and tickets are 1 for $20. Please plan on being at the meeting Monday night at San Jose Restaurant. Share:

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A Special 2018 Earth Day Message from: Len McBride, State Executive Director, North Carolina Farm Service Agency

America’s farmers and ranchers are the original stewards of the Earth. You understand the fragility of the land and work tirelessly to sustain and protect it to ensure its availability for generations to come. The 2012 United States Census of Agriculture counted 3.2 million American farmers, ranchers and foresters. That’s over 3 million responsible landowners and caretakers continuously looking for new and sustainable operating practices to help preserve our natural resources, while supporting an ever-growing population.  Your use of precision agriculture technologies, along with other conservation practices, help protect drinking water and reduce soil erosion. Your efforts also help preserve and restore wildlife habitats, forests and wetlands.  The world relies …..

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Middle School Baseball Elizabethtown 21, Tar Heel 4

  • 04/20/2018
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TAR HEEL –Elizabethtown pounded out 17 hits and scored in all 5 innings to defeat Tar Heel 21-4 Thursday in Bladen Five Middle School Conference action. Pitcher Jackson Wright batted a perfect 5-5, walloped a home run and a double, scored 5 runs and drove in 5 runs to lead the Cougars. Coleman Tatum turned in a 2-2 game at the plate and scored 5 runs. Weston Hatcher also batted 2-2 with a double and 2 runs batted in. Evan Pait batted 2-2 with 2 rbi’s, and 2 runs scored. Ty Mathis slugged a home and a double and batted 2-3 with 3 rbi’s for the Cougars. Chase Starkloff finished 2-3 at …..

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Commissioners to conduct budget meeting Monday

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018, regarding the Fiscal Year 2018-19 Draft Budget. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room located on the lower level of the Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown. Share:

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Pack-The-Pew Weekend by Baldwin Branch YAM’s

Elizabethtown – The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Young Adult Missionaries (YAMs) are sponsoring a Pack-the-Pew festival April 28th starting 9:00 a.m. with a PTP basketball tournament in the Bladen County Recreation Gym located at 803 West King Street; Elizabethtown NC.   Special halftime entertainment during the championship game will be by Ricky DD’s Entertainers.  Across the street the spring festival begins at 1:30 p.m. behind the Municipal Building; 805 West Broad Street; Elizabethtown NC.  There will be games, prizes, bounce houses, horse rides, kid fashion (sports costumes), great festival food and entertainment for the entire family.  Sunday, April 29th at Baldwin Branch the Pack-the-Pew morning worship services begin at 9:45 a.m.  Invitees are: Pastor Jacqueline Coleman Shiver from Lewis Chapel Missionary Baptist Church; Fayetteville NC, Pastor Latoya Brewington; …..

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