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Bladen County 4-H to host Father-Daughter Dance

Save the date for the upcoming 2018 Father-Daughter Sweetheart Dance to benefit Bladen County 4-H. This special night will be Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. You can download and print a registration form here to submit with appropriate total. New this year – you can register online and mail payment or pay at the door! Use this form to submit your registration https://goo.gl/forms/Q7MjonS5qkKVFaJZ2. On this special night, Bladen County Dads (or Grandfathers) can bring their sweetheart date(s) to enjoy a night of music, dancing, dinner, refreshments, face painting, a keepsake photo, crafts and much more! The cost of a ticket will be $15 per couple …..

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PA-C or FNP Wanted

PA-C or FNP 3 day weekend (Friday through Sunday) Above average pay and only 4 day work week. New facility with experienced support staff. Hours are flexible Great work environment Very manageable patient load. Looking for mid-level provider for private practice to make it their own. Must be comfortable being sole provider in the office. Position would be available immediately. Please call Forrest for more information at (910) 494-4893 Job Type: Full-time Share:

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The PBLA to hold Baccalaureate, Commencement ceremonies

Contributed   The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will conduct a Baccalaureate Service (Corps Only) on Friday evening, June 1, beginning at 6:45 p.m. followed by a Stone Ceremony at 7:22 p.m. A candlelight parade will begin immediately following the Stone Ceremony. On Saturday morning, June 2nd, the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy will conduct their Commencement Exercise at 10 a.m. at Bladen Community College in Dublin. The public and underclassmen and their families are invited to attend the Stone Ceremony, the Candlelight Parade and Commencement. For the Commencement Ceremony, appropriate attire is requested. No oversized trousers and T-shirts, athletic attire, or workout attire will be permitted inside the auditorium. …..

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Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater announces 2018-19 Season Schedule

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater has announced their 2018-19 Schedule. Tickets for the new season will go on sale beginning at 12 noon on Tuesday, July 24th. Ticketing Information  Tickets for the Mainstage Series can be purchased online by going to the theater’s web site at www.carolinaciviccenter.com.  Tickets also can be purchased in-person or with credit card or cash from noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through the administrative offices in the theater’s second floor (enter on Fourth Street side), or by calling the Civic Center at (910) 738-4339. Tickets can also be purchased at the door (if available). Theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour …..

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DWR to monitor White Lake this summer

By Erin Smith The North Carolina Division of Water Resources is planning to monitor the waters of White Lake this summer. The town was contacted by DWR officials regarding plans the agency has to place a monitoring platform in the center of the lake which will be utilized to monitor the lake water. “We have been given approval through a special use permit from the State Parks System to anchor the platform in the middle of the Lake,” wrote Brian Wrenn, Ecosystems Chief with the NC Division of Water Resources, in an email to the town. According to information provided to the town by Wrenn, the platform will be painted …..

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NCDOT Workers Recognized as Heroes

  • 05/31/2018
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RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Transportation took time out this week to honor employees for their heroics while on the job. On March 15, NCDOT maintenance worker Bradley Hussey was working in Moore County near U.S. 1 when he saw smoke billow from a passenger car that had smashed into a pine tree. He grabbed a fire extinguisher from his N.C. Department of Transportation utility truck and ran toward the smoldering car. Two of his co-workers, Chasity Reed and Katelyn Marley, raced toward the scene, too. The two women, who have emergency medical training, climbed into the wreckage and assisted the male driver, who was pinned inside. Minutes later, first-responders arrived. The women talked to the …..

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Federal Jury Convicts Three Sampson County Members of a Violent Drug Trafficking Organization

  • 05/31/2018
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Contributed RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, Antonio Kevin McKoy, 31, of Garland, NC, Tony Chevallier, 31, of Turkey, NC, and Jabarr Ryeheine Rudolph, 38, of Clinton, NC were convicted in Federal Court following a seven day jury trial before Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III.  The jury found all three men guilty of conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute significant quantities of multiple controlled substances, including methamphetamine, heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine, and “Molly”. Additional convictions were sustained for the distribution of various controlled substances and multiple firearm related charges. …..

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Former Columbus County Animal Control Director arrested

  • 05/31/2018
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Contributed Whiteville, NC –Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Unit arrested Joseph David Prince, 51, of Wright Road in Tabor City. Mr. Prince turned himself in to investigators on Wednesday, May 30th. The arrest is the result of an investigation initiated after Mr. Prince left the position of Columbus County Animal Control Director on August 28, 2017. Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was notified that a laptop containing financial information, along with other documents were missing from the Columbus County Animal Control office located at 288 Legion Drive in Whiteville. Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Unit initiated an investigation into the missing items. During the investigation, investigators discovered that Mr. Prince created numerous …..

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BCC Small Business Centers offers no-cost workshops

DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost webinars and seminars in June. Parliamentary Procedures Made Easy is scheduled for Mon., June 11, from 6 until 8 P.M., at the East Arcadia Center in Riegelwood.   Implementing a Social Media Strategy is planned for Tues., June 19, from 2 until 3 P.M. in bldg. 2, room 202 on the main BCC campus in Dublin. Strategies for Better Engaging Your Employees is scheduled for Thurs., June 28, from 2 until 3 P.M. in bldg. 2, room 202 on the main campus. As part of a resource partner webinar series, participants can register online at https://www.ncsbc.net/center.aspx?center=75040&subloc=13 …..

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Laborer Wanted

Laborer wanted for carpentry, painting, etc.  Must have driver’s license and clean background check. Experience is required. Pay will be based on experience. For an appointment call 910-876-3099 and ask for Rose. Share:

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen Residents

By Dora Brogdon This Saturday, June 2, the Thompson’s will hold a family reunion at the Sandy Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Family and friends are encouraged to come and bring any photos they have to share with the family. For more information call Patricia Thompson Edge at (920)-876-7144. The Clarkton PFWB Church is inviting friends and family to. It will begin at 10 a.m. with the Silence Family of Jacksonville. Rev. It  will be making a special visit to the church. For more information about this even call Rev. Charle Tatum either (910)-648-2963 or (910)-991-6540. Share:

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Former car dealership demolished

By Erin Smith The building which formerly housed Jessup Motors and others in Elizabethtown is now a memory. The building is being torn down by the town to make way for a new fire department and rescue building. The age of the building is uncertain, but Town Manager Eddie Madden said the town has photographs that show the building as far back as the 1940s. The building had been remodeled a few times through the years. As one looks around the site, a modular unit that once housed the sales department is still on the lot as is the fence to the former salvage yard and an Ok Used Cars …..

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Bladen Community offers no-cost CPR classes

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is partnering with the Bladen County Opioid task force to provide cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) classes for the community with no registration fee to participants. The classes will include a discussion about Naloxone, (sold as Narcan), a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially when an opioid overdose has occurred. Volunteer instructors will teach classes across the county at various locations. A CPR class is two hours long. Adults and children may be trained. Summer classes for children under the age of 16 will be scheduled in June and July. Participants who successfully pass the written and skills test can receive a CPR certification …..

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Road Closing

Bladen County Road Updates

By: Faye Boyne , NCDOT OPENINGS: CLOSINGS: SR1100 (Center Road) SR1100 Center Road is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018.   SR1136 (White-McEwen Road) SR1136 White-McEwen Road is closed for Maintenance near Clarkton. It is expected to be closed for two weeks.   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.   SR1750 (Boggy Branch) SR1750 Boggy Branch Road is closed for crossline pipe replacement end …..

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SRMC NICU offers rare neonatal therapy

  • 05/31/2018
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By Roxana Ross The field of neonatal therapy is relatively new, and Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center is very proud to have two therapists who can work in the highly specialized environment of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Since 2016, Occupational Therapist and Inpatient Rehab Services Coordinator Jyutika Zope and Physical Therapist William Hunt have been working with full-term and premature babies at SRMC. Their work is aided by upgrades made in 2017 to the unit, which can care for babies born up to 10 weeks early. “Not a lot of therapists go into the NICU,” Hunt said. “It requires additional training and mentorship, and because it’s so …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Hard to believe, today is the last day of May 2018.  It’s been a wet month, and a 70% chance of more rain today.  National Weather Service forecast indicates a half to three quarters of an inch possible, plus another shower likely tonight. More often than not, what sounds like something to good to be true, usually needs more research.  Another reason to surround yourself with ‘smart folks’.  Some times just have to confess, I ‘messed up’.  And, as I grow older, seems to occur more often. Some of my friends in the ‘berry business tell me blueberry pickin’ is underway, more hand pickin’ at this time than with machines. Rode by a couple of …..

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Lawsuits against Smithfield Foods are a dangerous threat to all North Carolina farmers

Letter from Dean Hilton, HD3 Farms of the Carolinas Many people believe that a series of nuisance trials under way in the federal court in Raleigh affect only the named defendant, a division of Smithfield Foods. They’re wrong. All of agriculture is on trial – and the outcome of these lawsuits affects all of us across the state, especially in rural North Carolina. These lawsuits affect every farm family who raises pigs, chicken, cattle or crops. They affect every employee who makes their living on a farm. They affect every local business that sells farm equipment, supplies, and fuel to the farmers in their community. And, they affect our banks, …..

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Bladen Trio Named All-Conference Tennis

Two West Bladen players –junior Jose Osorio and sophmore Logan Lewis – and one from East Bladen – sophmore Jay McGill – have been named to the All-Three Rivers Conference tennis team. Osorio was the Knights No. 1 singles player and reached the finals of the Three Rivers Conference tournament to qualify for the MidEast Regional. Lewis played No. 4 singles and No.3 doubles for the Knights. Three West Bladen players received honorable mention – senior Desmond Lesesne and juniors Victor Arellano and Jacob Hester. McGill who was East Bladen’s No. 1 singles player reached the semi-finals of the conference tournament and also qualified for the MidEast Regional. Senior Jacob …..

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Senate Dems Vote Against State Budget

Raleigh, NC — Today the North Carolina State Senate voted to approve budget adjustments. All Democrats but one voted against the budget. NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes responded below: “Today North Carolina Senate Democrats voted against teachers, state employees, and keeping school children safe. It was a vote against their constituents and North Carolina. The people deserve better, and they will remember in November.” – NCGOP Chairman Robin Hayes Share:

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LaGrange Farmer Sentenced for Crop Insurance Fraud, Fraudulent Federal Crop Disaster Claims, Aggravated Identity Theft and Conspiracy to Commit Money Laundering

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that in federal court today, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced JAMES TRUMAN WIGGINS, JR.¸68, of LaGrange, North Carolina to 25 months of imprisonment to be followed by 5 years of supervised release.  In addition the court ordered WIGGINS to pay restitution in the amount of $5,669,891.00 and he is excluded from participating in any federal crop insurance programs for 5 years.  The court also ordered forfeiture in the amount of $5,600,433.00. WIGGINS previously pleaded guilty to a Criminal Information charging him with conspiracy to commit various offenses against the United States, false statements to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation, material …..

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FEDERAL JURY CONVICTS THREE SAMPSON COUNTY MEMBERS OF A VIOLENT DRUG TRAFFICKING ORGANIZATION

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, ANTONIO KEVIN MCKOY, 31, of Garland, NC, TONY CHEVALLIER, 31, of Turkey, NC, and JABARR RYEHEINE RUDOLPH, 38, of Clinton, NC were convicted in Federal Court following a seven day jury trial before Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III. The jury found all three men guilty of Conspiracy to distribute and possess with the intent to distribute significant quantities of multiple controlled substances, including methamphetamine, heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine, and “Molly”. Additional convictions were sustained for the distribution of various controlled substances and multiple firearm related charges. …..

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Carolina Karate Students Win Belts 

Students at Bladenboro’s Carolina Karate have advanced in rank.  Pictured (Left to Right): Emma Gilmore (Yellow Belt), Kaylee Gilmore (Yellow Belt), Hartleigh Britt (Yellow Belt), Topher Callihan (Blue Belt).  Share:

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Kinlaw, Bladen County Director discusses lava damage in HI and flooding in NC

  • 05/30/2018
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Update: Hilo, Hawaii, Wednesday, May 30, 2018 From lava damage in Hawaii to flooding in the western part of North Carolina emergency management personnel members are preparing and planning. Bradley Kinlaw, Director of Bladen County Emergency Management Services discusses the lava from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea volcano covering a geothermal power station, evacuations and the flooding in North Carolina with BladenOnline.com during a phone interview. Kinlaw reported even though the volcano’s lava in Hawaii had covered some of the wells and infrastructure at the geothermal power station there have been no reports of chemical leaks. Kinlaw did estimate about 2,500 people had been evacuated due to the volcano erupting. The Kilauea volcano is said …..

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NC DOT

Staged Train Crash Emphasizes Rail Crossing Safety

  STAR – The N.C. Department of Transportation has a safety message for motorists: Never try to outrun a train at a railroad crossing. To illustrate its point, the agency today staged and videotaped a simulation showing a remote-controlled car trying to beat a train at a railroad crossing in Montgomery County. The car, fitted with crash dummies, did not get over the crossing before the train smashed into it. “All the injuries and deaths we see at railroad crossings are preventable if motorists would respect the railroad crossing,” said Roger Smock, who coordinates NCDOT’s BeRailSafe program and helped organize Wednesday’s simulation. “It’s our hope, that by showing the impact that occurs when …..

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State of the County Health Report released

By Erin Smith The NC Department of Health and Human Services has released the Bladen County State of the County Health Report for 2017. The report identifies two priorities in the county in terms of health. The first priorities are substance abuse/misuse of tobacco/vapor products, alcohol and prescription drug abuse/misuse. The second set of priorities are identified as obesity/weight problems. The report also identifies teen pregnancy as a new and emerging issue. According to the report, heart disease was identified as the number one cause of death in Bladen County for 2017. Other cases death identified were Diabetes, cerebrovascular deaths such as high blood pressure and stroke, chronic lower respiratory …..

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NCGOP will hold Davis accountable for vote against teachers, state workers, and school children

Raleigh, NC — Democratic State Senator Don Davis is moving to the top of the NCGOP’s target list in this years legislative election if he votes against the state budget adjustments currently on the legislative floor– meaning he would be voting against protecting school children, pay raises for state workers, and “living wage” pay increases for state employees. “Our target list is growing, and with good reason,” said NCGOP Vice Chairman Michele Nix. “As Vice-Chairman, and also as a constituent of Senator Davis, I hope he does the right thing and votes for the upcoming budget. This budget includes higher teacher pay, funding to improve school safety, and pay increases for state workers. Voting …..

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Minuteman Thanks Customers who Donated to MDA Fundraiser

We would like to say “Thank You” to all of our customers at Minuteman Food Mart for their generous contribution during our MDA fundraiser. Because of you, we were able to raise $65,000.00 this year!! It takes a lot of money to send a child to camp each year and because of your faithfulness to give, we are able to send 32 kids to MDA camp this year. The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading non-profit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. It does so by funding worldwide research; by providing comprehensive health care services and …..

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No Ammon Blueberry Festival this year

By Erin Smith After 22 years, an event that many Bladen County residents have looked forward to will not take place this year. The Ammon Blueberry Festival has ended its run after it was decided to not move forward with festival plans for this year, according to Marguerite Coble, one of the event’s many organizers. The reason given for no festival this year is the fact that so many of those who volunteer to help are not able to assist the committee this year. “With limited staff, we just decided this year it was best not to have it,” said Coble. When asked about the future for the festival, Coble …..

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Lifestyles: Elizabethtown Fire Department recruitment letter

The Elizabethtown Fire Department takes our responsibility very seriously. Our community is protected by dedicated and committed emergency service responders who do their jobs when called upon, even at three o’clock in the morning. Saving lives and protecting property is not an easy task responding to over 1,000 calls a year. We do it willingly and often without recognition. Volunteer firefighters and emergency medical service providers are a special kind of people. We are looking for members to help answer the call of duty. The Elizabethtown Fire Department has started a new campaign to recruit volunteer members to respond to emergency calls for help and assist with fundraising and administrative duties. As …..

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NC’s April County and Area Employment Figures Released , Bladen at 5.1%

RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased all 100 of North Carolina’s counties in April. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.9 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 2.8 percent. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 5.8 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.0 percent. The April not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 3.7 percent. Bladen County for April had an unemployment rate of 5.1%. Other southeastern North Carolina counties were: Brunswick 4.7, Columbus 4.6, Duplin 4.1, Pender 3.8, Robeson 5.6 and Sampson 3.8. When compared to the same …..

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Man drowns near Orrum

By Erin Smith The Memorial Day weekend was marred for one family after a Columbus County man was found floating in a pound near Orrum on Monday, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office. The man was identified as Roy Dale Ammons, 54, of Arthur Collier Road. According to officials, Ammons’ vehicle was spotted parked near the pond and a passerby went to investigate and found Ammons floating in the pond. According to reports, a boat and fishing gear were found with the truck. An autopsy is planned however, officials suspect Ammons to have drowned.   Share:

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Elizabethtown man found not guilty of drugs charges

By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown man was found not guilty of drugs charges and other charges against him have been dismissed. Treiman Davon Thomas, of 1003 Richardson Street in Elizabethtown, was found not guilty of possession with intent to manufacture sell and deliver, not guilty of possession of schedule II substance, and not guilty of delivering a schedule II substance and a charge of manufacture was dismissed at the discretion of the court. The jury trial took place on May 21st. Court records also show Thomas had charges of maintaining a vehicle/dwelling to sell controlled substances a charge for sell and delivering controlled substances dismissed at the discretion of the prosecution. Thomas …..

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Healthy Bladen collaborative learns about partnerships

By Erin Smith The Healthy Bladen Collaborative met on Tuesday morning at the Bladen County Health Department and heard about a partnership formed between the Healthy Bladen Summer Recreation and Bladen County 4-H. The Healthy Bladen Summer Kids Recreation program consists of The locations for this year’s program will be East Arcadia School, Bladenboro Middle School, Elizabethtown Middle School, Clarkton School of Discovery, and Tar Heel Middle School. The hours for this year’s program will be 9 a.m. until 12 noon. The camps will be offered over a four week period beginning June 25th and ending the week of July 4th. This year the Healthy Bladen Kids Recreation Camps will receive SNAP education from the Bladen …..

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Former Smithfield employee charged with larceny

By Erin Smith A former Smithfield Foods employee was arrested and charged with felony larceny by employee. Michael James Baxley Jr. of 310 Ronald Britt Road, Bladenboro, was charged with three counts of felony larceny by employee and three counts of possession of stolen goods, according to Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Larry Guyton. He is scheduled to appear in Bladen County District Court on Thursday, May 31. “He was caught removing stainless steel from Smithfield. It was a stainless steel drum known as a belly washer,” said Guyton. The belly washer was valued at $7,000. Guyton said the investigation was conducted over several weeks and led officers to Omni Source …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

US Senator Thom Tillis was the speaker at the 50th Annual Meeting of Southeastern Economic Development Commission, yesterday (Tuesday). He spoke about ongoing events facing Congress for a short time and then took questions from attendees. Impressive individual. Spent his early years moving around, earning his college degree at the age of 36. SEDC assist 12 counties, from Richmond to Brunswick County securing infrastructure loans and grants for projects such as water and sewer to support local economic development efforts. Pam Bostic has been Executive Director since 2009.  The event was well attended. Ammon Blueberry festival will be held Saturday, June 2 from 8 AM to 5 PM. Always a fun event, and all are welcome.  Ammon supporters roll-out the …..

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This Day in History for May 30

1498 – Christopher Columbus departs with 6 ships for 3rd trip to America. 1539 – Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto discovers Florida. 1806 – Future US President Andrew Jackson kills Charles Dickinson in a duel after Dickinson accused Jackson’s wife of bigamy. 1848 – William G Young patents ice cream freezer. 1879 – An F4 tornado strikes Irving, Kansas, killing 18 and injuring 60. 1908 – 1st federal workmen’s compensation law approved. 1922 – Completed Lincoln Memorial dedicated by US Chief Justice William H. Taft in front of 50,000. 1933 – Patent on invisible glass installation. 1942 – Satchel Paige pitches 5 innings to defeat Dizzy Dean All-Stars 8-1. 1942 …..

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Bladen County Minor League: Tar Heel 11, Bladenboro Yankees 7

BLADENBORO – Righthander Kaleb Gaddy struck out the side in the final inning to preserve an 11-7 victory for Tar Heel over the Bladenboro Yankees Tuesday night in Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball minor league action. Hannah Rice pitched the first three innings and struck out six batters to pick up the victory for Tar Heel. Justin Spaulding, Tiffany Page, Colin Sykes and Jonah Bryan shared the pitching duties for the Yankees. Clayton Moore cracked a single, and Ryan Hendern walked and both of them scored runs in the top of the first inning for Tar Heel. The Yankees rallied for 3 runs in the home first. Sykes, Jonah Bryan …..

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Join the men of Greater McKoy’s Chapel Church

Join the men of Greater McKoy’s Chapel Church, Inc.  located in Dublin, NC where Dr. Delora LeSane is the pastor, on Sunday, June 4 at 4pm for their Annual Men’s Day service.  Elder David Marible, Jr. , pastor of St. Paul Church of Christ DOC of Clinton, NC will be the guest preacher.  Come join us for a mighty move of God. Share:

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Southeastern Economic Development Commission marks 50 years

By Erin Smith The Southeastern Economic Development Commission marked 50 years of service in economic development on Tuesday at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery.  US Senator Thom Tillis was the keynote speaker for the luncheon meeting. Senator Tillis told the group that Congress has been working to reduce the regulatory burdens placed on businesses and tax reform is also being discussed. “Trade is an important piece (of the puzzle) to get settled,” said Tillis. North Carolina was one state that benefitted from the North American Free trade Agreement (NAFATA), according to Tillis. He recounted how, when NAFTA was to be voted on in Congress for the first time, then-Senator Robin Hayes voted in …..

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Jefferson Weaver

Angry snakes, exploding firewood and duct tape

by Jefferson Weaver A few years back, I accidentally became friends with a producer of so-called reality shows. He and his buddies were fascinated that the man wearing a three-piece suit was also a trapper. For several months, we discussed the possibility of a television show. That all came to a screeching halt when one of the sub-producers said they needed to find a way to make it more “dramatic.” We were talking about a trespassing hunting dog I’d caught, and the dog hunter’s reaction when a Wildlife Officer met him to give him his dog back. The dog wasn’t hurt, since I use modern wide-faced traps; truth be told, …..

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HealthWorks 24-Hour Area Now Open

HealthWorks is so excited that the 24-Hour Fitness area is now up and running. We will be offering specials and discounts the entire month of June to celebrate!!! Come and join us for a fun filled month. Starting in June we will have an updated group exercise schedule, which will include a children’s class as well. We offer additional services such as tanning, tanning lotions, a pro-shop, a smoothie bar, personal training, group training, student athlete training and strength camp; conditioning classes. We will be offering the following specials: No enrollment fee on new memberships 1 month unlimited tanning $35 Come try out the fitness center for FREE during our …..

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Golden Leaf Scholarship Winner

Contributed West Bladen High School Senior Sean Nunnery has been awarded a Golden Leaf Scholarship for $10,000.00. Sean will also be involved in various other leadership activities through the scholarship. Nunnery will be attend NC State University. Nunnerys’ parents are Kristy Bullard and Mike Nunnery. Share:

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USDA

Dairy Farmers Have Until June 1 to Apply for Improved Safety Net under Margin Protection Program

Many Participants Will Receive Payments Beginning in Early June The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds dairy farmers of the June 1 deadline to enroll in the improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy).  Many producers will see payments in early June, depending on the coverage they elect. The program protects dairy producers by paying them based on the difference between the national all-milk price and the national average feed cost.  The 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act made several changes to the safety net program to provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices. Updates include: Calculation of the margin period is monthly rather than bi-monthly. Covered production is increased to …..

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NCUC approves Piedmont Natural Gas request to decrease rates for the fourth time in 2018

  • 05/29/2018
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Today, the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) approved two rate change requests from Piedmont Natural Gas, which together decrease the average residential customer’s monthly bill by $1. In May 2018, Piedmont Natural Gas filed requests with the NCUC to change two separate components of its billing rate – the Integrity Management Rider (IMR) and the benchmark commodity cost of natural gas. The IMR rate change results in a decrease of $.44 per dekatherm for residential customers and a decrease of $.26 per dekatherm for small and medium general-service customers. The benchmark commodity cost of natural gas is increasing from $2.50 per dekatherm to $2.75 per dekatherm. These rate component changes together result in a residential customer billing rate decrease …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By Dora Brogdon This week a 1 year old mal Border Collie mix named Grrumpy has been picked as Pet of the Week! This energetic guy has been at the shelter since April 25 and he’s waiting on his forever family to come pick him up! He’s very friendly and just loves to play! The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Cir, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. For more information …..

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Teen Challenge announces Open House date

By Erin Smith Bladen County will soon have a Teen Challenge program for women. The group will officially close on the property this week and an Open House is planned for Saturday, June 23rd, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The house is located on Lula Long Road in the Ammon community. Pastor Holly Loyer said, “Teen Challenge is a Christ-centered 12 to 16 month program for women with life issues.” The proposal for Teen Challenge in Bladen County is to house 12 women between the ages of 18 and 40 and there will be a staff member on the premises at all times. Members of the community can sponsor a …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

May has been a wet month, not sure how much rainfall, but wet.  Fortunately, the rain was needed.  Monday, we recorded over 2 inches of rain at the Hester household, about the same at the Curtis Brown Airport in Elizabethtown.  More is expected over the next few days.  The National Weather Service forecast indicates an 80% chance today, 60% on Wednesday and 50% on Thursday. Row crops are looking good in our area. Brunswick CC lost to Sinclair 7-2, yesterday in the NJCAA baseball tournament in Enid, Oklahoma.  East Bladen alum Kyle Tatum was 0 for 1 in the game.  With a 1-2 record in the tournament, the Dolphin’s season is over. Can’t imagine being a senior in high school.  By this …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 29

1630 – John Winthrop begins “History of New England” 1721 – South Carolina formally incorporated as a royal colony. 1765 – Patrick Henry’s historic speech against the Stamp Act, answering a cry of “Treason!” with, “If this be treason, make the most of it!” 1849 – Lincoln says “You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can no fool all of the people all of the time.” 1861 – Dorothea Dix offers to help setting up hospitals for Union Army. 1886 – American chemist John Pemberton begins to advertise Coca-Cola. 1912 – 15 young women are …..

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Pirates Are Elizabethtown Coach-Pitch Champions

The Pirates won both the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Coach Pitch Regular Season and Tournament Championships. The Pirates won the regular season with a 12-3 record and went undefeated in the post-season tournament. Bottom row: Wyatt Price, Eli Johnson, Prince Powell, Lyrik Lawson, Liam Heath, Prince Powell.  Second row: John High Jr., Cooper Long, Cade Rogers, Fox Sutton, Ryker Strickland, Maddox Thornton. Coaches: Jason Sutton, Rodney Long, Eric Heath, Justin Rogers Share:

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National Weather Service

Weekly Weather Briefing Includes Flood Watch

By Rachel Gross-Zouzias Flash Flood Watch in effect until Tuesday morning.Tropical moisture streaming north into the forecast area producing periods of heavy rain through at least Tuesday. Isolated gusts to 45 mph in heavier showers or isolated thunderstorms. For marine interests, Small Craft Advisory in effect through Tuesday. Coastal Flooding possible during times of high tide. Rivers will rise through mid week, with minor flooding possible. Showers will become less widespread on Wednesday, but locally heavy rainfall is still possible. Should see increasing sunshine Friday with lower chance of showers. Briefing_28May2018 Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

It’s Memorial Day. We pause and pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. A ribbon cutting is planned for Elizabethtown Inn Thursday, May 31st @ 4:30 PM. All are welcome. A Crazy Fun Color Run is planned for Saturday, June 9 at the Elizabethtown Industrial Park.  It’s a fund-raiser for United Way. Begins at 9 AM. Contact Stacie Kinlaw for details.  Call 862-4591 or email Stacie.kinlaw@ncsu.edu. East Bladen alum Kyle Tatum is in Oklahoma for the NJCAA Division II World Series as a member of the Brunswick CC baseball team. The #8 seeded Dolphins got off to a great start Saturday, winning 10-2 over #9 seeded Monroe CC. Sunday, the Dolphins of Brunswick CC lost to …..

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Tillis Honors America’s Fallen Soldiers for Memorial Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued a video statement in honor of America’s fallen heroes ahead of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28, 2018.   Click HERE to watch the video.   “Memorial Day is a very important day that we all reflect on the men and women in uniform who paid the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedoms around the world. Please join me in taking a moment to think about those men and women, and also take an opportunity to thank a veteran or someone who is currently for their service to our nation.”   Share:

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Heavy rain expected in Bladen on Memorial Day

Better move that Memorial Day cookout indoors. The day set aside to remember military members who gave their life in defense of the United States figures to be a soaker. A flash flood watch has been issued through 6 p.m. Monday for Bladen County by the National Weather Service as more than two inches of rain is forecast. Some areas may receive more rain Monday. It’s due to Tropical Storm Alberto as it works its way toward the Gulf Coast on Monday. The increasing tropical plume of moisture is expected to stream into coastal North and South Carolina, the National Weather Service says. The storm is expected to produce periods …..

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Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

Tammy Heustess of Clarkton is to receive a Farm Bureau Scholarship. Bladen County Hospital celebrated National Hospital week. Kay Hester of Bladenboro graduated Summa Cum Laude at Pembroke State with a 4.0 grade point average. Former Bladen County Wildlife Officer James Kenneth Bass pled guilty to drug charges. Share:

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This Day in History for May 28

1664 – 1st Baptist Church organizes (Boston) 1892 – Sierra Club formed by John Muir and others in San Francisco, for conservation of nature. 1923 – US Attorney General says it is legal for women to wear trousers anywhere. 1928 – Dodge Brothers Inc and Chrysler Corporation merge. 1929 – 1st all color talking picture “On With the Snow” exhibited (NYC) 1936 – Alan Turing submits “On computable Numbers” for publication, in which he set out the theoretical basis for modern computers. 1937 – Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco opens to vehicular traffic. 1940 – Irving Berlin’s musical “Louisiana Purchase” premieres in NYC. 1951 – The Jerry Colonna Show …..

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Lefrederick Wooten’s Dirt Bags Team Edged in Quarterfinals

LAKE POINT, GA – Elizabethtown’s Lefrederick Wooten and his Dirt Bags Camo baseball team were defeated 5-4 Sunday by the 643 DP Cougars from Atlanta, GA in the quarterfinals of the Perfect Game Wood Bat 14U Memorial Day Baseball Tournament. Wooten batted 1-3 in the semi-final loss and finished 5-12 at the plate in the tournament. The Dirt Bags Camo finished 7th out of 56 teams in the tournament. Share:

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This Day in History for May 27

1796 – James S McLean patents his piano. 1916 – Groundbreaking begins on Hugh Grant Circle in Bronx. 1916 – President Woodrow Wilson addresses the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public support to the idea of a league of nations. 1930 – Richard Drew invents masking tape. 1930 – The 1,046-foot Chrysler Building in New York City, the tallest man-made structure at the time, opens to the public. 1931 – 1st full scale wind tunnel for testing airplane at Langley Field, Virginia. 1933 – Walt Disney’s “3 Little Pigs” released. 1943 – US forbids racial discrimination in war industry. 1951 – Maritime Museum at Aquatic Park, …..

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Lefrederick Wooten’s Dirt Bags Team Wins Pair

LAKE POINT, GA – Elizabethtown’s Lefrederick Wooten and his Dirt Bags Camo baseball team won two more games Saturday in the Perfect Game Wood Bat 14U Memorial Day Baseball Tournament. Wooten batted a perfect 3-3 in a 15-0 victory over the Georgia Bombers Saturday morning. Saturday afternoon the Dirt Bags defeated Diamond USA from Knoxville, TN 10-0. The Dirt Bags Camo team won their pool with a perfect 3-0 record outscoring their opponents by a 38-0 margin. Wooten batted 4-9 in the 3 games with 4 singles and a walk. The Dirt Bags advance to championship bracket play Sunday. Share:

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State Highway Patrol Graduates 20 New Troopers

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol proudly welcomed 20 new troopers at a graduation ceremony for the 144th Basic Highway Patrol School.  The ceremony ended 15 weeks of rigorous training preparing them for a fulfilling career of service to the state of North Carolina.   The ceremony was held at the Colonial Baptist Church in Cary at 10 a.m.  The oath of office was administered by Justice Paul M. Newby, Supreme Court of North Carolina.  Colonel G. M. McNeill Jr., the 27th Commander of the State Highway Patrol provided remarks to those in attendance.   “As Troopers, we must continue to view our profession as an opportunity to demonstrate leadership through dedicated service in …..

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Remembering those killed in action in Vietnam this Memorial Day

Memorial Day Tribute By Ellen Gause I personally do not know any veterans who lost their lives in service to our country.  However, I would like to pay tribute to 47 veterans who served in my husband’s unit in Vietnam who were killed in action.  These men served in the Americal Division, Alpha Company, 5th/46th Infantry Battalion, 198th Light Infantry Brigade. Veteran                                                 Hometown                                   Date of Death FIRST PLATOON Thomas Blanks                       …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Memorial Day weekend 2018 is here.  White Lake water appears to be improving, apparently OK to swim and play in and boat on. A chance of showers is in the forecast, and a tropical storm threatens the southern most parts of the US, as hurricane season begins. Lest we forget, “Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.  The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May”, according to Wikipedia.  “Memorial Day in not to be confused with Veterans Day—Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, whereas …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

A chance of showers is in the forecast, and a tropical storm threatens the southern most parts of the US, as hurricane season begins. Lest we forget, “Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering the people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.  The holiday, which is currently observed every year on the last Monday of May”, according to Wikipedia.  “Memorial Day in not to be confused with Veterans Day—Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, whereas Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans” Guess we take the holiday for granted.  Rather than a day …..

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This Day in History for May 26

1861 – US Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with South. 1868 – US President Andrew Johnson avoids impeachment by 1 vote. 1896 – Dow Jones begins an index of 12 industrial stocks (closing is 40.94) 1924 – US President Calvin Coolidge signs law restricting immigration. 1925 – Tigers’ Ty Cobb is 1st to collect 1,000 extra-base hits (ends 1,139) 1930 – Supreme Court rules buying liquor does not violate the Constitution. 1938 – US House of Representatives Committee on un-American Activities forms. 1941 – American Flag House (Betsy Ross’ Home) given to city of Philadelphia. 1946 – Patent filed in US for H-Bomb. 1958 – A fire …..

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Bladen County DYB Minors Baseball: Bladenboro Reds 11, Tar Heel 0

BLADENBORO – Weston Hilburn and Hunter Hester combined to pitch a no-hitter and strike out 8 batters to lead the Bladenboro Reds to an 11-0 victory over Tar Heel in Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball Minor League action Friday night. Hilburn pitched the first 2-plus innings and struck out 3 batters while walking one. Hester worked the final 2 innings on the mound and struck out 5 batters, walked one and hit one. Jackson Pait and Hester drew walks and scored runs in the Reds first inning. Jackie Combs ripped a grounder past the shortstop and scored the other Bladenboro run in the first inning. The Reds tacked on four …..

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Elizabethtown Middle School Athletic Awards

Elizabethtown Middle School held its athletic awards banquet recently. Alexus Mitchell was named Female Athlete of the Year. Raymond Autry and Chase Starkloff were named co-Male Athlete of the Year. Other award winners were: Football MVP – Raymond Autry Rookie of the Year (8th) – Ahmad Powell Rookie of the Year (7th) – Malcolm Bolden Coach Bacote Award – Chase Starkloff Coach’s Award (7th) – Hunter Elks Coach’s Award (8th) – Derrick Highsmith Defensive Player of the Year – Kory Smith Offensive Player of the Year – Timothy McLean Cheerleading (Football) MVP – Azariah Rhodie Coach’s Award – Shakyrra Murchison Most Improved – Zaniya McKiver Most Spirited – Tianna McRae …..

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NC Congressional Delegation Asks Gov. Cooper For More Information On The State’s Slow Pace Of Hurricane Matthew Spending

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, members of North Carolina’s Congressional Delegation sent a letter to Governor Roy Cooper requesting information on the distribution of Hurricane Matthew recovery funds provided to the state of North Carolina through the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) Program In the letter to Governor Cooper, members of the Congressional Delegation ask for clarification on why the State of North Carolina has been slow to allocate Hurricane Matthew recovery funds, with HUD recently designating North Carolina as a “slow spender” not within the monthly spending pace required to fully use the funds by the closeout date of August …..

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NC Republicans Increase School Safety and Wages for State Workers

Raleigh, NC — North Carolina lawmakers recently announced additions to the state budget including school safety initiatives as part of a comprehensive plan to increase the protection of students in the classroom, as well as significant pay raises termed “living wage minimum” for state employees. “We are focused not only on immediate needs to protect our children from attackers, but preventing crises from arising with a proactive approach,” said Rep. David Lewis (R-Harnett), a co-chair of the state House Select Committee on School Safety. According to the legislative press release, there will be more mental health opportunities, better preparation for threats, and more resource officers in school across the state. Thanks to Republican-led economic initiatives, North Carolina will …..

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USDA

Dairy Farmers Have Until June 1 to Apply for Improved Safety Net under Margin Protection Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reminds dairy farmers of the June 1 deadline to enroll in the improved Margin Protection Program for Dairy (MPP-Dairy).  Many producers will see payments in early June, depending on the coverage they elect.   The program protects dairy producers by paying them based on the difference between the national all-milk price and the national average feed cost. The 2018 Bipartisan Budget Act made several changes to the safety net program to provide better protections for dairy producers from shifting milk and feed prices.  Updates include: Calculation of the margin period is monthly rather than bi-monthly.   Covered production is increased to 5 million pounds on the Tier 1 premium …..

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Take Back NC Initiative, Bladen County Opioid Forum strive to raise awareness

  By Erin Smith On Monday, the Take Back NC Initiative unveiled a get tough plan for drug dealers. The plan calls for stiffer penalties for those caught dealing drugs and for those dealers whose products cause the death of a user to be charged with second degree murder. That theme was continued as the Bladen County Opioid Task Force met on Thursday evening to discuss the opioid epidemic on the local level. On Thursday, a panel of 20 individuals offered all manner of information from statistics to personal stories to upcoming events. Bladen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor said when he first began his duties with Bladen County Schools, he …..

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Visual improvements to lake water

  • 05/25/2018
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With the alum treatments having been completed one week ago, many Bladen County residents who have not yet had the opportunity to visit White Lake are wondering what the lake water looks like now. Many residents of the lake are reporting the water is showing signs of clearing. To see before and after pictures and find other information regarding the alum treatment process which was performed, go to https://whitelakealum.wordpress.com/. Share:

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Bladen County Smart Start offers Family Fun Time in June

Bladen County Smart Start’s Lending Library presents Family Fun Time every Monday and Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. These fun and engaging family workshops will take place at the Bladen Smart Start Office located at 228 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown.  The Family Fun  Time is open to children ages birth to five and their care givers. There will be a new topic each day and plenty of fun for everyone. Each child that visits has an opportunity to win an educational prize pack. For more information or to register your child for Family Fun Time, call 910-862-3335.   Share:

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BCH Thanks Local EMS with a Surprise

In honor of EMS Week Bladen County Hospital surprised the local EMS team with their own office space at the hospital. Tommy Lindsay, Engineering Director, explained that the EMS team needed their own space to be able to work between calls. “This has been a plan of ours for quite some time and this week seemed like the perfect opportunity to make it happen.” David Howell, EMS Director, explained that when his team brings patients to the hospital this will give them a space to complete the necessary paperwork and re-equip their units which will provide quicker turn around times. David thanked Cape Fear Valley-Bladen County Hospital for the kind …..

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Fayetteville Man Sentenced After Conviction for Operation Illegal Gambling Business

NEW BERN – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, Kiet Vo, 50, of Fayetteville, was sentenced by United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan to 18 months imprisonment for one count of Conspiracy to Conduct an Illegal Gambling Business. In January 2015, with the assistance of confidential informants (CIs), surveillance, and undercover operations, law enforcement established that a number of illegal gambling businesses were in operation in Cumberland County, North Carolina. Each gambling business had multiple video gaming machines (VGMs) which were owned and supplied by Kiet Vo and his wife, Phuong Truong.  CIs identified multiple co-conspirators who operated the …..

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National Weather Service

Humid Weekend, Storms on Tap for Monday

By Rachel Gross-Zouzias Warm and humid weather will continue through the weekend with isolated to scattered showers or thunderstorms through Sunday. Showers and thunderstorms will become more widespread late Sunday into Memorial Day. The risk for flooding will increase late in the holiday weekend. Rip current risk is moderate along the Cape Fear coast today but will most likely extend down along portions of the South Carolina coast later this weekend. Increasing southerly winds will push seas up late in the holiday weekend. Weekend_Briefing_5_25_2018 Share:

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East Bladen Athletic Awards Banquet

  East Bladen High School held its athletic banquet Thursday night. Pierce Melvin was named the Male Athlete of the Year and Ashley Hardin was named the Female Athlete of the Year. Other athletes honored included: Joe Bostic Camp Award – Patience Ward Lacy West Award – Zachary Meares Wade Taylor Award – Jacob Barber Volleyball Most Valuable Player – Ashley Hardin Coaches Award – Hannah DeVane, Kaley Smith Women’s Tennis Singles Most Valuable Player – Anna Kate White Doubles Most Valuable Players – Ting Lin, Jayme LeeAnn Frady Football Most Valuable Players – Caleb Strait, Xavier Wooten Offensive Player of the Years: Sincere Smith, Lahkeyd Smith Defensive Player of …..

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Rotary Club hears about Code Red

Municipal and County governments are always looking for various ways to help keep citizens informed about important events and emergencies taking place in their communities. The town of Elizabethtown has joined Code Red and Police Chief Tony Parrish addressed the Elizabethtown Rotary Club regarding the new system.  According to Chief Parrish, the Code Red alert system allows town officials to notify residents on a specific street regarding a water leak or town staff can send such items as the town’s newsletter to all the residents.  “It is an early notification system so if there is something going in town say there is a boil water advisory, an active shooter, a …..

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You Decide: Is It Time for a Mileage Tax?

By Dr. Mike Walden Two decades ago I wrote an op-ed piece discussing the idea of a mileage tax as a replacement for the gas tax. This was in the days before everyone used email, and texting hadn’t even been invented. Many people still communicated by writing letters. I received several letters expressing both pro and con reactions to a mileage tax, but one letter was particularly interesting. The writer said that anyone attempting to track his mileage in order to levy a tax would first have to get past his shotgun! My conclusion was the writer didn’t like the idea of a mileage tax. What is a mileage tax …..

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Tillis & Shaheen Secure Bipartisan NDAA Provision Delaying Transfer of F-35s to Turkey

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) announced they have secured a provision in the FY 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that directs the Secretary of Defense to submit a plan to Congress to remove the Government of Turkey from participation in the F-35 program.   The plan to Congress must include timelines associated with the removal of the Turkish government from participation in the F-35 program, so as to cause the least impact on the remaining international program partners. The plan must also outline the steps required to prohibit the transfer of any F-35 aircraft to the Turkish government from the United States.   …..

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Tillis Secures Upgrades To NC Military Installations, Important Policy Improvements for Servicemembers and Military Families in NDAA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, voted in favor of the committee’s markup of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. The committee voted overwhelmingly, 25-2, to pass the bill, which supports $716 billion in funding national defense for fiscal year 2019. The legislation includes several key provisions championed by Senator Tillis to improve the lives of our servicemembers and military families, makes critical improvements to North Carolina’s military installations, and provides the largest pay raise for servicemembers in nine years. As Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, Senator Tillis chaired an open hearing on the markup of the National Defense …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Social media provides so much info, good and bad.  It’s a place where opinions are expressed, where we learn so much.  I really enjoy scrolling thru.  I seldom post anything but ‘Happy Birthday’. Checking today, numerous pictures and comments about youngsters being honored for various reasons as the school year comes to a close.  They are our future leaders and from my seat, some pretty good prospects to takeover in a few years. Older folks at various stages of life, friends and acquaintances suffering from any number of illnesses, many need a helping hand and there are to few caregivers.. Think I mentioned an Osprey in the area recently, military doing …..

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This Day in History for May 25

1721 – John Copson becomes America’s 1st insurance agent. 1787 – Constitutional convention opens at Philadelphia, George Washington presiding. 1895 – Oscar Wilde sentenced to 2 years imprisonment for gross indecency. 1919 – Casey Stengel releases a sparrow from under his baseball cap. 1927 – Henry Ford announces that he is ending production of the Model T Ford. 1932 – Goofy, aka Dippy Dawg, 1st appears in ‘Mickey’s Revue’ by Walt Disney. 1935 – Track and field athlete Jesse Owens equals or breaks 4 world records in 45 minutes at a Big Ten meet at Ferry Field in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Remembered as “the greatest 45 minutes ever in sports”. …..

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Lumberton Man Sentenced for Possession of a Stolen Firearm and Felon in Possession Charges

RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced Marvin Earl Blanks, Jr., 33, of Lumberton, North Carolina, to 84 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. Blanks was named in a two-count Indictment on June 15, 2017 charging him with one count of Possession of Stolen Firearms and one count of Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.  On December 21, 2017, Blanks pled guilty to those charges. On August 12, 2016, officers of the Elizabethtown Police Department took a report as to the theft of a .38 caliber Taurus …..

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Roseboro Man Charged With Carjacking on Interstate 95

WILMINGTON– The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announces that a Federal grand jury in Wilmington has returned an indictment against Raymond Lee Bryant, Jr., of Roseboro, North Carolina.  Bryant is charged with carjacking, carrying and brandishing a firearm during and in relation to the carjacking,  possession with intent to distribute marijuana and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime. If convicted of these charges, Bryant would face a statutory minimum of fifty-five years imprisonment and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. According to law enforcement, Bryant, is alleged to have committed multiple carjackings on Interstate 95 in …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County residents

By Dora Brogdon This weekend there will be plenty for Bladen County residents to see and do as they prepare to celebrate the Memorial Day weekend. On Saturday, there will be a Grilled Chicken Plate fundraiser at the Camp Clearwater Arcade in White Lake. Each plate of food will cost $7 and will begin at 11 a.m. The fundraiser is for Ron Black, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year and diagnosed again with colon cancer in February. He cannot afford to pay some of his medical bills because he doesn’t have insurance. On Sunday, at 6 p.m. the Elizabethtown Church of God will be showing Rev. David West’s chalk artworks. Share:

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Tillis Applauds Bipartisan Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief and Consumer Protection Act Being Signed Into Law

  Includes Tillis-Warren Proposal Protecting Veterans From Predatory Lending   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, applauded the President signing the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act into law. The bipartisan legislation is the result of work from Congressional members on both sides of the aisle to a reach consensus on how to provide relief for smaller financial institutions from Dodd-Frank regulations that were meant for the biggest, most complex institutions, while also ensuring a safe financial system.   Following the passage of Dodd-Frank, many financial institutions all across the county were unable to handle the one-size-fits-all model of regulations …..

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Opioid Forum to meet tonight

The Bladen County Opioid Task Force will host a Community Forum tonight (Thursday, May 24th) at 6:30 p.m. at Bladen Community College Auditorium. The forum is open to the public. Learn specific data for Bladen County and ask questions to a panel of experts. Thanks for your support in helping with this issue. Share:

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Hurricane season predicted to near to above normal

By Erin Smith The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is forecasting a “near to above normal” 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. The hurricane season officially begins June 1 and ends on November 30th. Forecasters are predicting there will be 10 to 16 named storms this year of which 5 to 9 could become major hurricanes. The names for the 2018 storms are Alberto, Beryl, Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, and William. According to officials with NOAA, the potential of near-average sea temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea coupled with a potentially weak El Nino, are …..

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Funeral Procession Route for Fallen Trooper Samuel Bullard Announced

Raleigh- Updated Information regarding the funeral of fallen Trooper Samuel Bullard is as follows: Visitation will be at the Walker Center at Wilkes Community College (1328 S Collegiate Dr., Wilkesboro, NC 28697) from 10:00 am – 12:30 pm Friday May 25, 2018. The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. immediately following visitation at the Walker Center, availability on a first come basis with the exception of reserved seating for family, first responders and special invited guest. A private graveside memorial service will be held at Macedonia Baptist Church 1120 Austin Little Mountain Rd, Ronda, NC 28670 following the service.  This service will be for law enforcement, emergency responders, dignitaries and special invited guest. A funeral …..

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Rouzer Statement on Passage of FY 2019 NDAA

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer released the following statement following the passage of the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), a bill passed by Congress every year to authorize funding levels for the military and our men and women in uniform:   “During the course of the past decade, our military has just been getting by – facing yearly cuts in funding harming our ability to train and provide the equipment necessary for our troops to complete their missions in a safe and efficient manner while also making it that much more difficult to keep up and counter the emerging threats to our homeland.  As a result, we …..

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Graham Tabernacle to conduct plate sale

  • 05/24/2018
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There will be a barbecue pork and chicken plate sale on Saturday, May 26, from 11 am to 3 pm at Graham Tabernacle FBH Church. The church is located at 281 Grand Road, Clarkton, NC. Cost of plates will be $5.00 each. Please Call Carolyn at (910) 549-9895 for more information. Share:

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Smithfield Foods to gain truck entrances

By Erin Smith Smithfield Foods is investing in Bladen County with a $115 million expansion. Part of that expansion will see the NC Department of Transportation (NC DOT) assist the company with improving truck access to the facility. Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess said, “The expansion is a phenomenal project for Bladen County.” He said the expansion, when complete, will mean 300 new jobs for Bladen County. Heustess said the new expansion will generate an increase in truck traffic entering and exiting the facility. He said estimates are that truck traffic at the plant will increase by more than 300 trucks per day. The projected increase in truck …..

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Key Pittenger Provision Included in Reform legislation Signed by President Trump

Pittenger’s legislation to clarify commercial lending rules included in Financial Regulatory Reform bill   WASHINGTON – Today, President Donald Trump signed major regulatory reform legislation into law, including a key provision written by Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09).   As part of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155), Congressman Pittenger’s provision clarifies and improves Obama-era regulations which have created confusion in commercial real estate lending, leading to fewer jobs and slower economic growth.   “This is a major win for communities and cities around the country. By providing much needed clarification and reducing bureaucratic red tape, this legislation will create the stability necessary to attract investment, create jobs, …..

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Four wheelers target of Bladen County thieves

By Erin Smith Bladen County residents are being urged to secure their four wheelers when they are not in use after a rash of four wheeler thefts. “There have been several four wheelers stolen in the southern part of Bladen County,” said Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton. The most recent theft was reported on Wednesday, May 23rd, when a homeowner’s wife reported their Polaris Four Wheeler was missing. The incident ocurred at 154 McKee Road, Clarkton, said Guyton. The missing four wheeler is described as a red 2018 Polaris 570 Sportsman with two brackets in the front holding a speaker. The four wheeler was valued at $7,200 and has …..

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Shallotte Police asking public’s help identifying suspect

By Erin Smith The Shallotte Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man in the photos. He is wanted for questioning by police for making fraudulent purchases at the Lowes Home Improvement Store in Shallotte and at other locations in North and South Carolina. If you have any information as to the identity of the individual in the photos, you are asked to contact the Shallotte Police Department at 910-754-6008 and ask for Detective Sgt. J. Holman. Share:

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