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Troxler encourages horse owners to vaccinate against  mosquito-borne diseases and rabies

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 and WNV has a fatality rate of 30 percent. Both diseases are preventable by vaccination.” There were six recorded cases of EEE in horses in North Carolina in 2017, but the mild winter could cause that number to go up this year, State Veterinarian Doug Meckes said. Meckes recommends that equine owners talk to their …..

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Cape Fear Valley To Hold Nurse Candlelight Walk

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 rain. The public is invited to join the walk to honor or memorialize a nurse special to them. The walking course is roughly half a mile, circling the front grounds of Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. Free parking will be provided in the adjacent Cape Fear Cancer Center parking lot. National Nurses Week begins each year on May …..

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Elizabethtown Middle students plant butterfly garden

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 Janet Huggins and Pam Tatum, who were chaperones for the group, the students consisted of 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade students who were selected to take part in the event.  Jackson said the students learned about the company as well as about the importance of pollinators.  “We put on a program for the local …..

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Opinion: PITTENGER INTRODUCES BILL TO DEFUND SANCTUARY CITIES AND FUND WALL

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. Sanctuary cities blatantly subvert the rule of law, incentivize further illegal immigration and endanger law-abiding citizens. All the while, criminals and drugs flow across our porous southern border, bringing violence and crime into our towns and communities. This poses a critical threat to public safety and America’s national security as we know that Hezbollah and …..

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Bladen County Schools to offer Summer Feeding program

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 Middle School, and West Bladen High School. Stanley said the West Bladen High School summer feeding program will most likely remain open until classes resume in August. Hours for the summer feeding program are 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. The meals are free of charge.  Stanley said if you are operating a summer camp, Vacation Bible …..

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Weekend Drug Arrest

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 arrests and drug seizures,” McVicker announced. “When we get complaints we try to actively work them. If people of a community reach out to us we will do our best to respond and work with the good citizens to rid their area of drug dealers, and other criminal activity.” A shooting occurred Friday night at …..

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One Stop Voting is brisk in Bladen County

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 locations in the county. They are The Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown, the Dublin Lions Club building in Dublin, the East Arcadia Town Hall and the Bladenboro Historical Society building in Bladenboro.   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 …..

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Greater McKoy’s Chapel Church Announces a Pair of Celebrations

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 McKoy’s Chapel Church, Inc. of Dublin, NC will be celebrating Family and Friends at the hour of 11 am.  The Rev. Carl Smith, pastor of Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church, will be the guest preacher.  You don’t want to miss  a day of celebrating the goodness of the Lord with Family and Friends.  We are looking …..

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Sarcoidosis Awareness Walk Announced

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 12th, 2018 at Second New Light Missionary Baptist Church, 3225, Purdie Hall Rd, Saint Pauls, NC.  The walk will begin at 8am and end at 12:30p.  There is a $5 registration fee for walkers and prizes will be awarded for most miles walked.  There will be refreshments and a Sarcoidosis information table.  All who attend are asked to wear …..

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Local students participate in state environmental science competition

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 environmental education program in the nation. Middle and high school students immerse themselves in a year-long learning process that combines in-class curriculum with hands-on field experiences facilitated by resource professionals such as soil scientists, foresters and wildlife specialists. This intense training culminates in a competition where teams are tested in five subject areas: Soils/Land use, …..

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Bladen Community College offers no-cost business seminars in May

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. in building 2, room 202, on the Dublin campus. -How to Start a Drone Business is planned for Saturday, May 12, from 9 A.M. until 12 Noon in building 2, room 202, on the Dublin campus. -Owning a Rental Property as a Business will be presented as part one of a two-part set of seminars …..

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State Library and NC DIT Receive Grant to Address K-12 Homework Gap Through Broadband Adoption

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 (DIT). Students who are assigned homework requiring access to the internet, but who do not have home internet access, fall into what is called the “homework gap,” which can limit students’ educational opportunities outside the classroom. The grant will fund a project to address the homework gap by equipping up to four North Carolina library …..

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Collaborative hears about Youth Risk Behavior Study

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. (Robert) Taylor volunteered us to participate in a pilot project in 2016 and we started last year,” said Bladen County Schools Lead Nurse Willie Kay McDuffie. “The really cool thing that we have been able to do is the risk survey in middle school and high school and have our own district data set which …..

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National Weather Service

Weekly Weather Briefing

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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New statewide map and database available to locate out-of-school time programs for youth

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 elected officials to locate programs across North Carolina that children can access before school, after school, summers, weekends and during school breaks. Programs can take place in schools, school-age child care centers, community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, universities, libraries, museums, camps, and other locations. Using the database, users can search for information on program locations, activities, …..

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Dwight Cannon will provide BCC commencement address

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 a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religious & Biblical Studies. He was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Divinity Degree from Livingstone College for exemplary service and outstanding work for the A.M.E. Zion Church in Africa. In 2012, he graduated magna cum laude from Hood Theological Seminary in Salisbury with a Master of Divinity Degree. He …..

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Dr. Patricia Faulk is guest speaker for college readiness graduation at BCC

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 education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Several years later, she received her doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University. In 1977, Dr. Faulk joined Bladen County Schools as a teacher and eventually served as an assistant principal, principal, and personnel administrator. She has worked at Bladen Community College as a part-time instructor in …..

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Road Updates

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 close on Monday,  April 30, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.  It will be closed to thru traffic. 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. ELWELL FERRY: Is closed due to high …..

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Special Session Announced for Bladen Board of Education

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 needed, as per the NCGS 143.318.11 (a) (3). This is an official meeting and action items may be on the agenda. The meeting will be held at the Board of Education Administration Building located at 1489 US Hwy 701 South, Elizabethtown, NC. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 30

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 a train wreck at Vaughn, Mississippi, while driving Cannonball Express (immortalized in “Ballad of Casey Jones”) 1904 – Ice cream cone makes its debut. 1925 – Automaker Dodge Brothers, Inc. is sold to Dillon, Read & Company for $146 million plus $50 for charity. 1939 – New York World’s Fair opens. 1942 – 1st submarine …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 few days of May, just about every year. Later in life, it was the fall season, enjoyed broadcasting high school football. If the weather folks are correct, and they have a pretty good record, it is going to feel like summer beginning tomorrow (Tuesday), with temps in or near the 80s for several days. Looking forward to …..

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Track & Field: East Bladen Girls Third; Boys Fourth

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 points). Host Whiteville won the boys meet with 122 points followed by East Columbus (94 points), South Columbus (61 points), East Bladen (59 points) and West Columbus (15). Sophmore Aniyah Jackson was the only event winner for the Lady Eagles taking the 400 meter dash in 1:13.34. Senior ShaHyra Hogan piled up points for East …..

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Track & Field: West Bladen Boys Win Meet

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 won the 100 meter dash in 11.3 seconds. Drake edged out teammate Masai Carroway who also finished in 11.3 seconds. Drake also placed fourth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 23.7 seconds. West Bladen’s Thomas Galin won the 1600 meter run in 5 minutes, 6 seconds. Galin also placed fourth in the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for Sunday, April 29

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. It’s a most wonderful time of the year. Remember springtime as a youngster. Sundays were fun, go to church, come home and enjoy a country lunch (fried chicken dinner), and spend most of the afternoon playing baseball in the cow pasture. The large dark spots were not the bases, remember, we were sharing space with …..

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Middle School Baseball: Clarkton School of Discovery 8, Tar Heel 7

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 Dove hammered a one-out triple, and Nyquan Richardson smashed a double that scored Dove. Davion Graham walloped a triple that drove in Richardson. Richardson scored as Jake Futrell reached base on an error. Pitcher Lee Barnes belted a single, and Monroe drove in Futrell with a single that put the Blue Devils ahead 8-7. The …..

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Baseball: East Bladen Sweeps East Columbus 15-5 & 7-4

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 2 hits in the fifth inning to pull to within 8-5. Junior Dan Tatum blasted a home run over the leftfield fence to ignite a 3-run Eagle fifth. Senior Xavier Wooten and Pierce Melvin were both hit by pitches, and Gabe Barber reached base on an error as Wooten scored. Senior Ty Watkins belted a …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 29

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 of Chinese laborers from territories to the mainland, a rule clearly aimed at Chinese in the Philippines. 1926 – France and US reach accord on repayment of WW I. 1934 – Pittsburgh is last major league city to play a home game on a Sunday. 1945 – US Army liberates 31,601 in Nazi concentration camp in …..

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Columbus County Breaking and Entering arrest 

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 homeowners could see an unknown black male inside of their home via their security cameras.  The suspect fled the home on foot, traveling towards Brown Maultsby Road. Fortunately, no property was stolen during the incident. The victims posted photos from the video footage on social media, seeking assistance from the public to identify the male …..

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Smithfield Foods to Appeal Nuisance Lawsuit Verdict

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 if the court had allowed the jury to (1) visit the plaintiffs’ properties and the Kinlaw farm and (2) hear additional vital evidence, especially the results of our expert’s odor-monitoring tests. These lawsuits are an outrageous attack on animal agriculture, rural North Carolina and thousands of independent family farmers who own and operate contract farms. …..

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Kelly Spring Festival draws crowd

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 hit songs as Brown-eyed Girl and Mustang Sally.  A 50-50 raffle was held and there were also other prizes including a Yeti cooler, a Kelly Spring Festival T-shirt and two Thirty-one brand bags. Vendors for the day included jewelry, herbal teas, handmade dream catchers, and food.  Everyone enjoyed the warm afternoon listening to the band and …..

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Report highlights where youth face greatest obstacles to success in NC

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 in Greenville. First published by the Public School Forum of North Carolina and NC CAP in 2010, the Roadmap of Need uses data on health, youth behavior and safety, education, and economic development to take a whole child needs assessment of what young people living in each of North Carolina’s 100 counties must have in …..

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Peony Power

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 with little care and produce huge flowers — even enough blooms for cut-flower bouquets. Peonies became popular in Europe in the 1780s after they were introduced from China and Japan, where they had been grown for thousands of years. In the 1800s peonies graced the gardens of Empress Josephine Bonaparte and Thomas Jefferson, who included …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

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 Bladenboro. Charlotte Mayor Eddie Knox, candidate for Governor of North Carolina, visited Bladenboro. Share:

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NC DOT

Data on the Fly at the Division of Aviation

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. The event is part of the department’s ongoing efforts to support educational initiatives that provide students with valuable hands-on experience and further transportation in North Carolina. Share:

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Clarkton School of Discovery

Middle School Softball Clarkton School of Discovery 16, Tar Heel 1

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 walked, and Shy’Asia Ratliff’s fielder’s choice scored Robinson. Maegan Burney and Ashlyn Williams drew walks, and AnnaGrey Heustess raked a single to leftfield that scored Smith and Burney. Taylor and Priest drew walks, and Williams raced home on a wild pitch. Lena Trinidad, the courtesy runner for Heustess. sprinted home on a wild pitch, and …..

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East Bladen High School

Girls Soccer East Bladen 2, West Columbus 0

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 the Lady Eagle defense with 15 steals. Freshmen Katie Evans and Lily Lin totaled 14 steals each. Devane recorded 13 steals in the game. Ward finished with 11 steals, and sophmores Cybil Campbell and Gracyn Martin followed with 10 steals each. Junior Ting Lin recorded 3 saves in goal for the Lady Eagles. East Bladen …..

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Elizabethtown Christian Academy students competing

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

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 the Bladen County Courthouse lawn, 12 to 2 PM today. Monday, 4:30 PM, Bladen County Commissioners meet to continue work on FY 2018-19 budget. Friday, May 4, 11AM – 11 PM,  Annual Relay for Life Event at E-town Middle School athletic field. Early voting continues for another week, prior to May 8th primary election. Recent headlines, some good, some not …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 28

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)   1922 – WOI (Ames, Iowa) country’s 1st licensed educational radio station.   1934 – FDR signs Home Owners Loan Act.   1937 – 1st commercial flight across Pacific operated by Pan Am.   1940 – Glenn Miller records “Pennsylvania 6-5000”   1945 – US 5th army reaches Swiss border.   1957 – WSOC-TV channel 9 …..

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Softball: East Bladen, East Columbus Split Doubleheader

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 3-0 lead in the third inning. Sophmore Abbie Cross and Raynor beat out bunt singles to start the rally. Freshman Alyssa Futrell reached base on an error that scored Cross, and sophmore Johanna Parker hammered a double to left-centerfield that scored Raynor and Futrell. A walk and an error produced an East Columbus run in …..

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Baseball: St. Pauls 7, West Bladen 4

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 Marcus Johnson’s single plated a pair of Bulldog runs in the third inning for a 5-0 lead. In the Knight half of the third, junior David Valenta and sophmore Dawson Bryan were hit by pitches, and sophmore Braylon Williamson walked to load the bases. A double play retired Valenta at the plate, but senior Scott …..

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Softball: West Bladen 8, St. Pauls 7, 8 innings

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. Senior Brittney Landreth dropped down a sacrifice bunt, and the St. Pauls firstbaseman dug out a wild throw to retire Landreth, but her low throw to third base skipped away and allowed Collins to score the winning run. The Lady Bulldogs took a 7-2 lead into the home half of the sixth inning. Sophmore Kyla …..

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Elizabethtown Christian Academy students competing

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 26 teams in Backyard Biologist. Rex Register and Tyler Griffin participated in Trajeggtory.  Elizabethtown Christian Academy students participated in the Bladen County Soil and Conservation Contest. First place winners in the county moved on to the Area 7 district competition. Thomas Nance, Thad Brisson, Chandler Bordeaux, Caleb McGough, and Hutchens Glenn also won the district …..

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East Bladen Student Arrested For Drugs On Campus

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 Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Marijuana, Possession of Marijuana, Maintaining a Vehicle For The Purpose of Keeping and Selling Controlled Substances, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia,” said McVicker. Munn was booked into the Bladen County Detention Center under a $5,500.00 secured bond. He made bond and will have a first appearance hearing in Bladen County District Court on Monday, …..

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State Awards Mitigation Grants to Get Matthew Survivors Into More Resilient Homes

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 for this money and are eager to move into more flood-resilient homes,” said state Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. This first award of HMGP funds will help 15 homeowners across the city of Fayetteville and Camden, Moore and Nash counties move into more resilient homes. Eight of the properties will be acquired so the homeowner …..

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Tillis Speaks on Pastor Brunson on Senate Floor

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 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. Click HERE to watch Senator Tillis’ speech.  ‘We Will Take Other Steps if That’s What’s Necessary’: Fired Up Senator Demands Pastor Brunson’s Release, Christian Broadcast Network, …..

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Bladen County Animal Shelter Waives Fee for May Adoptathon

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 hope that waiving the adoption fee will encourage more people to come out and adopt a shelter pet. The shelter will be open on Monday-Friday from 1-5:00 pm for adoptions. The shelter will be closed on Monday May 28th for the Holiday. These animals deserve a new loving home. So come on out and find …..

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Bladen County Opioid Task Force has busy week

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 elected officials, law enforcement officers, County employees, some faith based members and other community service minded people gathered on Tuesday of this week to discuss how to gain more support, momentum, and treatment to help in the fight against drug abuse. Chairman of the group, and County Commissioner, Charles Ray Peterson lead the discussion. Sergeant Richard …..

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National Addiction Treatment Week recognized in North Carolina

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 nationwide epidemic. There has been a tremendous response to social media events, including a lively twitter chat with the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) about alcohol use disorder, and two informative webinars on “Improving Language and Coverage of Addiction” and “Pathways to the Addiction Medicine Subspecialty.” The second half of the week …..

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Cooperative Leadership Camp: Making a Difference

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 cooperatives operate.  Youth who attend are sure to have an exciting, memorable learning experience while making lasting friendships with youth from across the state.  Cooperative Leadership Camp is designed to provide an enjoyable learning experience for students, concentrating on: • The cooperative way of doing business in a free enterprise society • Developing leadership skills …..

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Rouzer votes to reauthorize Federal Aviation Administration, bolster 7th District airports

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, and ensure our aviation system is the safest in the world. “The aviation industry supports 11.3 million jobs and generates $1.5 trillion in economic activity.  House passage of this bill is the latest in our ongoing efforts to strengthen and modernize our country’s infrastructure, a key component to growing our economy and creating jobs.  More …..

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Advice on managing fertility in centipede grass

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 now greening up, it is a good time to look at centipede from a fertility management perspective.  In general, centipede is a grass that performs best long-term with minimal fertilization. In many soils, phosphorus index levels (P-I) may already be high from prior fertilization. This may have occurred over time by over-application of phosphorus-rich fertilizers …..

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Middle School Baseball Elizabethtown 9, Bladenboro 1

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 base on an error to begin the bottom of the first, stole second and eventually scored the tying run. Weston Hatcher belted a single in the Cougar second inning but was forced at second base by Ahmad Powell. Powell stole a base and eventually scored on a passed ball to put the visitors back on …..

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Response to Lawsuit Verdict from Agriculture Commissioner Troxler

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 continue to do that. Family farms built this state, and our family farms are vital to our state’s economy.” Share:

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LCFH offers no cost grief group for those who have lost a loved one

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 in our lives and we understand that coping with grief is a challenging process. If you and/or your friends and family are having difficulty dealing with the loss of a loved one, we are here to help. Throughout the year, we offer compassionate care, educational and enrichment opportunities that support many types of loss in …..

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CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER ASKS COMMUNITY TO HELP CHOOSE FINALISTS FOR 2018 CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION

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). To help select finalists, please visit Congressman Pittenger’s Facebook page and “like” your favorite artwork.  The three entries receiving the most “likes” by noon on Wednesday, May 2nd will be named finalists.Three additional finalists will be chosen by professional artists from North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District.The final round of judging will include Congressman Pittenger, his staff, and local art …..

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Middle School Softball Bladenboro 16, Elizabethtown 1

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 answered with 5 runs in the bottom of the inning. Chadwick cracked a single, stole second and raced home when Lainey Autry belted a single. After Savannah Turbeville walked, Autry darted home on a double play. Hannah Pait laced a single, and Kaden Thurman was hit by a pitch. Both runners scored as Lauren Pait …..

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29th Annual Bladen We Care Byron Gooden Golf Tourney Held At Vineyard Golf

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), 2nd Place, Davis (59), 3rd Place, Camp Clearwater (59). Second Flight: 1st Place, ESL Tech/Musket (64), 2nd Place, John Clark (64), 3rd Place, Coastal Beverage (65). Third Flight: 1st Place, CAM2 (67), 2nd Place, S&D Coffee (67), 3rd Place, Altria (68). Woman’s Long Drive Contest was won by Pam Taylor. Men’s Long Drive Contest was …..

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National Weather Service

Weekend Weather Briefing

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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29th Annual Bladen We Care Golf Tournament Tees Off

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 at Bladen Community College and UNC-Pembroke. Share:

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Jury awards plaintiffs more than 50 million in historic hog nuisance lawsuit

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 unreasonably interfered with the plaintiff’s use and enjoyment of their property.” The jury awarded each of the plaintiffs $75,000 on those grounds. But the jury also had the latitude to award punitive damages. They did so: $5 million for each plaintiff. In sum, the plaintiffs, ranging in age from their teens to 85, were awarded …..

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Bladen County Training School-Bladen Central High School Alumni Association Minority Business Banquet

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 serve as senior enlisted manager of an organization with 381 personnel at Hunter Army Airfield in Georgia, where he instructed classes on professional development, career management, situational leadership and workplace diversity.While serving at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, he taught classes on leadership, stress management and career development to noncommissioned officers. He has facilitated …..

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Baseball Elizabethtown 17, Clarkton School of Discovery 5

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 5-run Cougar third-inning with a double, and Chase Starkloff knocked him in with a triple. Coleman Tatum slammed a double that scored Starkloff, and Wright smacked a single that plated Coleman Tatum. Elijah Bullard pounded a triple that scored Wright, and Evan Pait’s fielder’s choice scored Bullard for a 5-1 Cougar lead. The Blue Devils rallied for …..

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JV Baseball West Columbus 15, West Bladen 2

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 with a single to left-centerfield. Pait, Sam West, Bailey and Mason Woodell connected for one hit each for the Knights. Thomas West and Bailey scored runs, and Pait drove in a run. West Bladen will host St. Pauls Friday. Share:

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Pittenger’s Weekly Column

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 welcome on campus. At Collinswood Language Academy in Charlotte, the principal recently approached students participating in a gun control walkout and began discussing her love for shooting clay pigeons.  She discussed how as a high school student, her friends would go hunting in the morning, leave their guns in the school parking lot during the …..

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Tillis, Lankford & Shaheen Introduce Bill To Stop Transfer of Fighter Aircraft To Turkey

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 purchase more than 100 aircraft. “America is not going to forget about Andrew Brunson and the other Americans who are being wrongfully imprisoned by the Turkish government,” said Tillis. “Turkey has long been a vital NATO ally and America understands the unique national security threats it faces; however, denying the rights of law-abiding Americans undermines the relationship …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

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.  Proceeds will benefit the entire Bladen County community.  Brenda Gooden, long time volunteer and supporter, was remembered for her many efforts over the years.  She passed away recently. The weather was great, and the cooperation of so many was evident.  Too soon to know the actual amount raised, that will be announced at a later …..

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Middle School Softball: Clarkton School of Discovery 14, Elizabethtown 2

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 scored Smith ahead of her. Emma Turbeville drilled a double to centerfield and scored when Lena Trinidad reached base on an error. Molly Evans reached on an error, and AnnaGrey Heustess ripped a double to left-centerfield that scored Trinidad and Evans. Lainey Hughes yanked a single to leftfield in the Elizabethtown second inning. Hughes scored …..

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This Day in History for April 27

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 Marciano, retires undefeated from boxing. 1959 – “Today” show goes abroad 1st time (Paris, France) 1960 – 1st automatic powered electric-drive submarine launched (Tullibee) 1961 – NFL officially recognizes Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. 1965 – RC Duncan patents “Pampers” disposal diaper. 1969 – Carol Mann wins LPGA Raleigh Ladies Golf Invitational. 1978 – …..

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Harrells 5th Graders Study Past and Present in Overnight Trip

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 grade Language Arts teacher, says, “This trip not only afforded our students a glimpse into the world of college athletics, a world many of them dream of one day becoming a part of, it also brought to life the customs and lifestyles of one of North Carolina’s earliest settlement communities, the Moravians.” On Tuesday, the …..

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Middle School Softball: Bladenboro 13, Tar Heel 0

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 the fifth inning. Chadwick walked, and Lainey Autry belted a single, before Savannah Turbeville knocked them both in with a double in the Bladenboro first inning. Singletary cracked a single that scored Turbeville, and Singletary scored on Kaden Thurman’s fielder’s choice for a 4-0 lead. Taylor Lewis reached base on an error to begin the …..

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Jose Osorio and Jay McGill Qualify for Tennis Regionals

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 finishing in the top four in the conference tournament, Osorio and McGill qualified for the regional that will be hosted by Jordan-Matthews High School in Siler City on May 4th. West Bladen’s Desmond Lesesne defeated East Bladen’s Jacob Barber in an elimination match for the league’s fifth regional berth. However, Lesesne was defeated by St. …..

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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 so 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. The two are being recognized for their work to get their land recognized as a Stewardship Forest according to Brian R. Haines, Public Information Officer with the N.C. Forest Service. The Forest Stewardship Program is a voluntary program that recognizes …..

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Watch for Me NC Announces 2018 Partners

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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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