01/21/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:40 pm We Are All One Humanity 
  • 4:33 pm Elizabethtown Truck Driver missing since Lenoir County crash found
  • 3:06 pm Fayetteville Police seek missing woman
  • 2:54 pm Fayetteville Police announce arrest of man wanted on 17 warrants
  • 2:45 pm Collaborative Transmission Plan identifies 19 major reliability projects
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RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler is encouraging horse owners to have their animals vaccinated against Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis and West Nile Virus. “April until November is prime mosquito-breeding season in North Carolina and when horses are at risk if not properly vaccinated,” Troxler said. “EEE is fatal 90 percent of the time in horses […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health will once again hold its Nurses Candlelight Walk in observance of National Nurses Week. The annual walk will be held Thursday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. on the front lawn of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, off Owen Drive. The event will be held inside the hospital front lobby in case of […]

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By Erin Smith A group of students from the Elizabethtown Middle School spent Monday morning planting a butterfly garden at the Kuraray American Incorporated Logistics Center located in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park. Mike Jackson, with Kuraray American, said this is the second year the company has partnered with the school to create a pollinator garden.  According to […]

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) has introduced the “Make Sanctuary Cities Pay for the Wall Act” (H.R. 5663). This legislation defunds “sanctuary jurisdictions” and uses the withheld money to pay for construction of the border wall. “With well over 300 sanctuary cities across the country, it is past time for Congress to take decisive action. […]

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By Erin Smith Bladen County Schools is set to offer a summer feeding program this year. The program will consist of breakfast and lunch, according to Bladen County Schools Nutrition Director Amy Stanley. Stanley told the Healthy Bladen Collaborative the program is set to begin on June 18th and will continue through July 31st at Elizabethtown Middle School, Bladeboro […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker said members of the Narcotics and Patrol Divisions conducted saturation patrols in several communities this weekend based on citizen complaints. “My deputies, acting on information and complaints from various communities worked aggressive enforcement in East Arcadia, White Oak, Abbottsburg, Bolton (Jacobs Loop Road) and Clarkton this past weekend, resulting in several […]

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By Erin Smith This is the final week for One Stop voting in Bladen County and candidates are working hard for your votes. As of 1 p.m. on Wednesday, a total of 1,476 ballots had been cast in Bladen County. The Primary Election will take place on Tuesday, May 8th. One Stop voting is taking place in four […]

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Greater McKoy’s Chapel Church, Inc. of Dublin, NC will be having a Pre Birthday Celebration program on Sunday, May 20, at the hour of 5pm.  The awesome and anointed Pastor Luevenia Dewitt, DD  of Deliverance Prayer Temple in Loris, SC will be ministering the word.  You don’t want to miss it. Everyone is invited. Sunday, May 27 Greater […]

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The Foundation for Sarcoidosis Research, along with Hollow Township Entertainment will be hosting a benefit walk and fundraiser to raise money and awareness in an effort to find a cure for Sarcoidosis. Sarcoidosis is a rare disease that is becoming more common in people throughout Southeastern North Carolina. The benefit walk will be held Saturday, May […]

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The Eagle 1 FFA team from East Bladen High School placed 8 the in FFA teams at the State Envirothon event held at Cedarock Park in Alamance county April 27th and 28th. Fifty middle school teams and fifty-two high school teams competed in five-member teams at the event. Envirothon is the most widely recognized hands-on […]

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DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost business seminars in May: -Building a Local Presence: Livestream is a Google workshop designed to show consumer trends in local searches and best practices for using Google My-Business features. Seminars begin on Wednesday, May 2, from 12:00 noon until 1:30 P.M. […]

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Raleigh, N.C. – Some North Carolina K-12 students without home internet access to complete assigned homework will soon receive assistance through a $250,000, two-year grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grant was recently awarded to the State Library of North Carolina and the Broadband Infrastructure Office of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology […]

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By Erin Smith The Healthy Bladen Collaborative met last week and learned about a Youth Risk Behavior Study conducted by Bladen County Schools which proved to be very revealing. The study was part of a pilot project Bladen County schools is taking part in called the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model. “Dr. […]

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National Weather Service

By Tim Armstrong, Meteorologist, NOAA High pressure will build across the Carolinas Today and Tuesday, moving offshore Wednesday through Friday. Temperatures today and tonight will remain below normal, but highs should soar into the 80s away from the beaches for the remainder of the week, giving us an early taste of summer. Weekly_Briefing_4_30_2018   Share:

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With the generous support of the National Conference of State Legislatures and the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the NC Center for Afterschool Programs [NC CAP] has developed a statewide, searchable database for out-of-school time programs. This new tool, made available for the first time at the 14th annual SYNERGY conference in Greenville, allows families, schools, communities and […]

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will welcome commencement speaker Reverend Dr. Dwight Bernard Cannon, Executive Director of the Department of Global Missions of the A.M.E. Zion Church, to the 2018 curriculum graduation on May 15, at 7:30 P.M., in the college auditorium. Dr. Cannon graduated with honors from the University of South Africa Pretoria with […]

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Retired Bladen County School’s administrator Dr. Patricia Faulk will provide the commencement address for the high school diploma and college readiness graduation service on Tuesday, May 15, at 5:30 P.M. in the college auditorium. Dr. Faulk completed an associate’s degree in general education at Bladen Community College before receiving both bachelor and master degrees in […]

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By Faye Boyne, NCDOT SR1710 (Elkton Road) SR1710 (Elkton Road) 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. SR1524 (Susie Sand Hill) SR1524 (Susie Sand Hill) will […]

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The Bladen County Board of Education will meet in special session on Monday, April 30, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss fiscal year-end budget related issues and personnel matters, and to approve the 2018 budget request as per NCGS 143.318.11 (a) (1) and to consult with an attorney if […]

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This Day In History

1598 – 1st theater performance in America (Spanish comedy – Rio Grande) 1789 – George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America. 1857 – San Jose State University forms. 1864 – New York becomes first state to charge a hunting license fee. 1900 – Casey Jones dies heroically in […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

April 2018 is coming to a close.  May Day tomorrow!  What’s your favorite month of the year?  How ’bout the longest month of the year?  Changes with time, but for many years for me, it was May…favorite and longest. Favorite because another school year was complete, but seemed to last forever, and graduation was in the final […]

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WHITEVILLE – East Bladen’s girls finished third Thursday in a 5-team Three Rivers Conference track meet at Whiteville. The Eagle boys placed fourth in their meet. South Columbus (89 points) edged Whiteville (87 points) to win the girls meet. East Bladen’s girls totaled 67 points followed by East Columbus (37 points) and West Columbus (12 […]

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FAIRMONT – West Bladen’s Boys won Thursday’s five-team Three Rivers Conference track meet at Fairmont. The Knights racked up 94 points in the meet to finish six points ahead of St. Pauls (88 points). Red Springs placed third with 61 points followed by Fairmont (23 points) and South Robeson (19 points). Senior B. J. Drake […]

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Weather forecast for today is sunny, northerly wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph, clear tonight with temps in low 40s. Monday, sunny, high in the low 70s and then the temp begins to move up. From Tuesday thru Saturday, mostly sunny with highs in the low to mid 80s. […]

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CLARKTON – Lafon Monroe knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning to cap a 4-run Clarkton School of Discovery rally that lifted the Blue Devils to an 8-7 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory Thursday over Tar Heel. The Panthers carried a 7-4 lead into the home fifth, but Samaj […]

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First Game LAKE WACCAMAW – East Bladen defeated East Columbus 15-5 Saturday in the completion of a Three Rivers Conference baseball game that was suspended by rain on March 20th with the Eagles leading 8-2 in the top of the fifth inning. When play was resumed Saturday, the Gators tacked on 3 more runs on […]

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This Day In History

1813 – 1st US Rubber patent granted to Jacob F Hummel. 1845 – Macon B Allen & Robert Morris, Jr. are 1st African Americans to open a law practice in the US. 1862 – 100,000 federal troops prepare to march into Corinth, Mississippi. 1902 – Congress extends the Chinese Exclusion Act (of 1882) prohibiting immigration […]

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Whiteville, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division has completed an investigation into a residential break in that occurred on April 19, 2018, on Smyrna Road. At a few minutes after 10:00 am, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Smyrna Road in reference to an alarm call. The […]

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A statement was released by Smithfield Foods regarding the recent verdict of the nuisance lawsuits. It is as follows: Smithfield Foods Statement Regarding North Carolina Verdict We are extremely disappointed by the verdict. We will appeal to the Fourth Circuit, and we are confident we will prevail. We believe the outcome would have been different […]

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  Two hole in ones were performed Saturday, April 28 at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. Both aces were made on hole #2. The two skillful golfers were Danny Crews and Willis Harris. Share:

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By Erin Smith A bright, sunny sky greeted visitors to the Kelly Spring Festival on Saturday morning. The morning began with a parade which included political candidates, beauty queens, motorcycles, fire trucks and beautifully decorated floats. The highlight of the day was a performance by the North Tower Band of Raleigh. The North Tower Band sang such […]

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Contributed A new report released today by the Public School Forum of North Carolina and its NC Center for Afterschool Programs (NC CAP) highlights large areas of North Carolina where young people are at risk of not succeeding. The report, Roadmap of Need 2018, was released today at the Center for Afterschool Programs 14thannual SYNERGY Conference […]

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By Tony Minstretta Peonies are one of the best perennial choices for a garden. The reason is simple: Peonies are hardy and extremely reliable. Once established these beauties are durable and low maintenance. Another admirable aspect of peonies is that, unlike some other perennials, the do not ramble. They come back reliably year after year […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The East Bladen High School Golf team led the Three Rivers Conference with a record of 11-0. The most recent match won by East Bladen was paced by Jimmy Hill who shot a 78. Trinity United Methodist Church of Elizabethtown honored Mary E. Dunham who retired as church organist. Famous Subs and Pizza opened in […]

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NC DOT

Recently, as part of the North Carolina Science Festival, NCDOT partnered with SAS, an analytics software company, to host the data on the fly event at the Division of Aviation’s hangar. This hands-on opportunity provided 20 high school students experience in building airplane monitoring systems using modern technology, including single-board computers, iPads and special antennas. […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery

CLARKTON – Maddie Taylor pitched a one-hitter and struck out 3 batters to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 16-1 Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball victory over Tar Heel Thursday. Karli Priest led off the Clarkton first inning with a single, and Dyiamon Robinson beat out an infield hit as Priest scored. Mariah Smith […]

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East Bladen High School

CERRO GORDO – Senior Hannah Devane and freshman Kenia Medina fired in goals Friday to lead East Bladen to a 2-0 victory over West Columbus in Three Rivers Conference girls soccer action. Devane and sophomore Patience Ward dished out assists in the game. East Bladen scored one goal in each half to record the victory. Medina paced […]

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Elizabethtown Christian Academy participated in the North Carolina Science Olympiad held at Jack Britt High School on April 14. Hutchens Glenn and Witt Gooden placed 1st of 26 teams in Bottle Rocket competition. Sarah Cain and Eliza Waters place 6th of 26 teams in Science Sleuths.  READ MORE Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

A reminder of the Annual Kelly Spring Festival being held today at the ballpark in Kelly, NC.  The Parade begins at 10 AM.  Crafts, delicious food and music featuring North Tower Band beginning at 11 AM.  For more info Google kellyvolunteerfiredepartment@gmail.com. Other events on the calendar: Cape Fear Shad Festival @ Lock & Dam #1, East Arcadia Child Abuse Awareness Event on […]

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This Day In History

1635 – Virginia Governor John Harvey accused of treason and removed from office.   1855 – 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston.   1881 – Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.   1919 – 1st jump with US Army Air Corps (rip-cord) parachute (Les Irvin)   […]

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LAKE WACCAMAW – Freshman Kayleigh Raynor pitched a 2-hitter and batted 3-4 to lead East Bladen to an 8-4 victory over East Columbus in the opening game of a Three Rivers Conference doubleheader Friday night. The Lady Gators rolled to a 20-4 victory in the second game. In the opener the Lady Eagles grabbed a […]

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DUBLIN – St. Pauls defeated West Bladen 7-4 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference baseball action. The Bulldogs scored a run in the first inning on an infield hit, and Caleb Henderson’s double. A walk, a single and Aaron Revels’ 2-run double stretched the Bulldog lead to 3-0 in the second inning. Two errors and […]

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DUBLIN – Senior Madison Collins raced home with the winning run on a throwing error in the bottom of the eighth inning and lifted West Bladen to an 8-7 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over St. Pauls on Senior Night Friday. Collins slammed a hit off the thirdbaseman with one out in the eighth inning. […]

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Elizabethtown Christian Academy participated in the North Carolina Science Olympiad held at Jack Britt High School on April 14. Hutchens Glenn and Witt Gooden placed 1st of 26 teams in Bottle Rocket competition. Sarah Cain and Eliza Waters place 6th of 26 teams in Science Sleuths. Caleb McGough and Jayden Dew place 10th out of […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest today of Jasper McKenzie Munn, 18, of 261 Blue Moon Drive, Elizabethtown for the possession and sale of narcotics on the campus at East Bladen High School. “Narcotics agents conducted an operation at East Bladen High School today and arrested and charged Munn with Possession With Intent to […]

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Raleigh – NC Emergency Management this week notified four communities that they soon would receive $2.2 million in federal and state funds to acquire, elevate or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. The initial award funds the first five projects using Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) grants. “We know homeowners and communities have been waiting patiently […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, 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 […]

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Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the Adoption fees on all animals for the month of May. You will still be required to pay the $25-$30 dog and $15 cat vaccination fees. We also offer Micro-chipping for any animal adopted before it leaves the shelter for $15. May is Pet Adoptathon month and we […]

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By Charlotte Smith Governor Roy Cooper, along with other Governors and Mayors across the nation, have claimed this week as National Addiction Treatment Week. The Bladen County Opioid Task Force is rising to the call. The group continues to work together helping educate others about the issues opioids and similar drugs cause our communities. Local […]

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12 Governors and 4 Mayors Declare April 23-29  National Addiction Treatment Week in their States and Cities The week, an initiative of American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) and its partners, generates awareness that addiction is a disease, evidence-based treatments are available, and more clinicians need to enter the field of addiction medicine in order to treat the […]

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Each summer, the Council holds a week-long, overnight camp for youth, held at the NC FFA Center at White Lake, NC.   Open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors, this camp features energetic and interactive workshops and presentations, outdoor recreation, leadership development, team building activities and small group sessions with an emphasis on how […]

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, with the support of Congressman David Rouzer, the House of Representatives passed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2018 (H.R. 4) – a five year, bipartisan reauthorization bill to provide long-term stability for the nation’s aviation community, bolster investment in airports across the country, improve America’s competitiveness, strengthen passenger protections, […]

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RALEIGH — Centipede is a popular, low-maintenance turf for lawns that is particularly adaptive to sandy soils in eastern North Carolina, as well as more clayey soils in the Piedmont region of the state. It requires infrequent mowing and little management compared to other warm-season grasses such as Bermuda or St. Augustine. With warm-season grasses […]

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BLADENBORO – Ty Mathis pitched a no-hitter and struck out 16 batters to lead Elizabethtown to a 9-1 Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball victory over Bladenboro Thursday. Chase Starkloff hammered a triple to start the game and scored on Jackson Wright’s fielder’s choice to give the Cougars an early 1-0 lead. Bladenboro’s Bryley Williams reached […]

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Statement from Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler about the verdict in the Murphy-Brown LLC/Smithfield Foods nuisance lawsuit “I am very disappointed in the verdict and believe it will harm our hard working farm families who produce food for the state, nation and the world. I fear this will have a detrimental effect on their ability to […]

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WHITEVILLE, NC – Lower Cape Fear Hospice will offer a no cost grief program for those coping with the loss of a child. The group will meet Mondays, June 4-25 from 2-4 pm at Angel House Hospice Care Center, 206 Warrior Trail Road in Whiteville. Pre-registration is required; to register, call 910-515-6689. Most of us have loved and lost special people […]

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CHARLOTTE – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) invites the community to celebrate and encourage local high school artists by helping select finalists for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition. Students from Matthews, Lumberton, Charlotte, St. Pauls, Fayetteville, Parkton, and Weddington submitted entries, which can be viewed in the “2018 Congressional Art Competition” album on Congressman Pittenger’s Facebook page (Facebook.com/CongressmanPittenger). […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections has issued a Notice of Primary for May 8, 2018.   Share:

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BLADENBORO – Rylee Chadwick pitched a one-hitter and struck out 11 batters to lead Bladenboro to a 16-1 Bladen Five Middle School Conference softball victory over Elizabethtown Thursday. The Lady Cougars jumped in front with a first inning run. Laura Davisson and Max Strickland drew walks, and Lainey Hughes smacked a single that scored Davisson. Bladenboro […]

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55 teams of golfers teed it up Thursday on a beautiful day to participate in the 29th Annual BWC Byron Gooden Golf Tournament. An A.M. tournament was held and a P.M. tournament was held. 27 teams played in the morning and 28 in the afternoon. The winners in the A.M. were: First Flight: 1st Place, Augustine (57), […]

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National Weather Service

By Steven Pfaff, Meteorologist, NOAA Low pressure will move farther away from the area today, as another cold front approaches from the west. The cold front is expected to move through with little to no chance of rain Saturday night and will bring cooler weather to the area during Sunday. WeekendBriefing_4_27_2018   Share:

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Mac Campbell, Jr., addressing golfers prior to teeing off at the 29th Annual Bladen We Care Golf Tournament fund-raiser at Vineyard Golf Course. Campbell is President of Bladen We Care, a local organization that provides support for residents who encounter unforeseen medical issues. It has expanded its philanthropic reach to include nursing scholarships for students […]

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By Lisa Sorg, NC Policy Watch Dog A jury deliberated for less than two days before awarding 10 plaintiffs $50 million in a hog nuisance lawsuit against Murphy-Brown/Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer. According to the verdict sheet, the jury unanimously agreed that Murphy-Brown, which owns the hogs at Kinlaw Farms in  Bladen County, “substantially and […]

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Dr. Leroy Purdie, a Bladen County native, will be the Keynote speaker at the Bladen County Training School-Bladen Central High School Alumni Association’s Minority Business Banquet on Saturday, April 28, 2018.  Purdie, a U.S. Army veteran, spent more than 20 years as a coach, teacher and mentor for soldiers. He was selected over his peers to […]

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CLARKTON – Jackson Wright pitched a 6-hitter and struck out 12 batters to lead Elizabethtown to a 17-5 Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery Wednesday. The Blue Devils jumped in front with a first-inning run. Nyquan Richardson walloped a lead-off triple and scored on Nazire Smith’s fielder’s choice. Korey Smith ignited a […]

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CERRO GORDO – West Columbus defeated West Bladen 15-2 Wednesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball action. Pitcher Thomas West walked and scored the first Knight run in the second inning. Sophomore Chris Bailey led off the West Bladen third inning with a single, and freshman Sam West followed with a single. Jeremy Pait knocked in Bailey […]

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Should a school principal be disciplined for discussing the positive aspects of firearms with students? As part of a quality education, students should be encouraged to voice their concerns and participate in America’s unique, open political system.  However, recent incidents here in North Carolina indicate that when the topic is gun control, only one viewpoint is […]

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WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), James Lankford (R-OK) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a bill to prevent the transfer of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft to Turkey. The bill would also block Turkey’s role as a maintenance depot for the aircraft. Under the US-led, multinational Joint Strike Fighter program, Turkey was expected to […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Yesterday (Thursday) was a great day for organizers, supporters, and for many with medical needs in Bladen County.  No doubt, the 29th Annual Bladen We Care – Byron H. Gooden Memorial Golf Tournament was among, if not the most successful fundraiser ever for the group, About 200 golfers participated, and to many volunteers to count.  […]

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CLARKTON – Clarkton School of Discovery exploded for 6 first-inning runs en route to a 14-2 Bladen Five Middle School Conference baseball victory over Elizabethtown Wednesday. Addie Bowen reached on a passed third strike and raced home when Mariah Smith swatted a single to right field. Shy’Asia Ratliff blasted a home run to right-centerfield that […]

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1805 – US Marines attack shores of Tripoli. 1838 – Fire destroys half of Charleston. 1865 – Cornell University (Ithaca, NY) is chartered. 1937 – 1st US social security payment made. 1942 – Tornado destroys Pryor, Oklahoma, killing 100, injuring 300. 1946 – 1st radar installed aboard a commercial ship. 1956 – Heavyweight champ, Rocky […]

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By Judith Kunst Director of Communications Harrells Christian Academy Winston-Salem – To cap off their time as Lower Schoolers at Harrells Christian Academy, the 5th grade travelled as a class to Winston-Salem for a two-day exploration of Wake Forest University and Old Salem Museums & Gardens on April 10-11. Mrs. Jessica Sawvel, 4th and 5th […]

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BLADENBORO – Bladenboro’s Rylee Chadwick and McKenzie Singletary combined on a no-hitter Wednesday to lead the Lady Bulldogs to a 13-0 Bladen Five Middle School Conference victory over Tar Heel. Chadwick struck out 11 and walked one in her four innings of work in the circle. Singletary retired all 3 batters that she faced in […]

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DUBLIN – West Bladen’s Jose Osorio and East Bladen’s Jay McGill earned berths in the NCHSAA Class 2A MidEast Regionals with their play in the Three Rivers Conference Tournament Thursday. Osorio defeated McGill in Thursday’s semi-final match to advance to the TRC Class 2A championship match where he lost to South Columbus’ Griffin Hanna. By […]

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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 so he can […]

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Upcoming Events

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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NC DOT

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Jefferson Weaver

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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