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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

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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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United Way Crazy Fun Color Run registration open

By Erin Smith The United Way of Bladen County is planning their annual Crazy Fun Color Run and registration is now open for participants. The event is planned for 9 a.m. June 9th at the Elizabethtown Industrial Park behind Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. According to Stacie Kinlaw, a United Way of Bladen County board member, the Crazy Fun Color Run is an event to raise money for United Way of Bladen County. All funds raised will support programs and activities that benefit Bladen County’s children and families. Some of the funded programs include Bladen County 4-H, Families First, Inc. and the Department of Social Services foster children programs. The …..

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Bladen 8-10 Fast-Pitch Softball: Bandits 7, Heat 2

Kallie Bass slugged a home run and batted 2-2 to lead the Bandits to a 7-2 victory over the Heat Tuesday night in Bladen Recreation 8-10 League softball action. Bass drilled a line drive to right-centerfield in the second inning and circled the bases as it rolled to the fence. Josey Pait walked and scored a second Bandit run in the third inning. Emma Dunn belted a fourth inning single and scored when Bass connected for her second hit of the game. Sydney Thompson was hit by a pitch and scored the first Heat run on Tatum Allen’s fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fourth. Pateyn Pope and Gabriella Bray were …..

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WBHS FFA Chapter Banquet Sees Record Attendance

Contributed On Thursday May 17th, 2018, West Bladen High School FFA held a very successful FFA Banquet. There were approximately 140 FFA members, parents, and supporters present. The evening events began with the FFA Opening Ceremony, presented by the 2017-2018 Chapter FFA Officers. A welcome was offered by West Bladen High School Principal, Peggy Hester. Next, Taylor Roberts, the 2017-2018 South Central Regional FFA President, gave inspiring words about her FFA journey. The meal was catered by Dowless’ Catering. FFA themed decorations were provided by Valerie and Allison Morris. Following the meal, FFA Members who participated in Career Development Events were recognized for their dedication and achievement this year. The …..

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Tillis Chairs Hearing on Laws Affecting Unaccompanied Children

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) chaired a Judiciary Subcommitt ee on Border Security and Immigration hearing on the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act (TVPRA) and exploited loopholes affecting unaccompanied children. Click HERE to watch Senator Tillis’ opening statement.   Click HERE to watch the full hearing.   “Integral to the success of this country is a robust, fair, and accountable immigration system – one that learns from mistakes of the past, adapts to the problems of the present, and guides aspirations for the future,” said Senator Tillis. “I hope after today’s testimony, we will continue to have a bipartisan policy discussion that strikes a balance between protecting unaccompanied minors who face legitimate humanitarian challenges, and preventing violent actors such as …..

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Tillis Supports Bipartisan Legislation to Expand Veterans’ Access to Care

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, voted to pass the John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks (MISSION) Act. The bipartisan legislation will strengthen healthcare services at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) while streamlining the department’s community care programs to ensure veterans receive efficient, timely and quality care, whether inside the VA system or from providers in their communities.   The legislation includes two provisions from Senator Tillis that will:   Allow the VA to use a third-party entity to electronically process health care claims from medical …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

See where a Bladenboro man won $1 million in the lottery.  Trying to determine if there is any kin.  Don’t think so.  Can’t imagine all the issues related to winning, but think I could adjust. One issue don’t understand, win a $1 million and collect less than $500,000 if the numbers are correct.  Sometimes 2+2 equals 3, must be government math. All I know is what I read. Congratulations to Caroline Godwin, Pender County Principal of the Year.  She is a smart young lady on the move, former Bladen County teacher/administrator who was looking for an opportunity and apparently found it and is making the most of it.. Bladen County citizens have concerns …..

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This Day in History for May 24

1738 – John Wesley is converted, launching the Methodist movement; celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day. 1830 – “Mary Had A Little Lamb” by Sarah Josepha Hale is first published by Boston firm Marsh, Capen & Lyon. 1899 – 1st auto repair shop opens (Boston) 1915 – Thomas Edison invents telescribe to record telephone conversations. 1916 – US pilot William Thaw shoots down a German Fokker. 1931 – 1st air-conditioned train installed-B&O Railroad. 1943 – Admiral Donitz stops U-boat in Atlantic Ocean. 1954 – IBM announces vacuum tube “electronic” brain that could perform 10 million operations an hour. 1958 – UP & International News Service merge into United Press …..

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Congratulations Kaleb Wilkes

Kaleb Wilkes is graduating from Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville, N.C. He is the son of David and Angela Wilkes of Fayetteville, N.C. and the grandson of Cecil and Susie Wilkes of Elizabethtown, N.C. Kaleb achievements include: Natural Science Academy graduate, honor student, The President’s Academic Award, Eagle Scout, highest grade in Geology, regional winner in Science Olympiad, in the Top 10 of his class, Animal Science Award, and graduated from the National Youth Leadership Training Academy. Kaleb has been accepted to North Carolina State University where he will be majoring in the Physics Program of the College of Sciences. Share:

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These changes to VA loan refinancing rules are heading to Trump’s desk

Deep in a massive banking reform bill that’s on its way to the president sits a few paragraphs on the VA home loan refinancing program that could change how, and when, veterans can re-do their mortgages. And it could mean fewer “refinance now” mailers. The Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act passed the House on Tuesday, about two months after it cleared the Senate. The VA loan-related passages had legislative life before that, coming from a joint bill proposed by Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., in January. What those passages mean for VA loan-holders, should President Trump sign the bill:  With limited exceptions, borrowers will not be able to secure a …..

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Public Meeting

ABC Budget Meeting

The Elizabethtown ABC Board FY 2018-2019 proposed budget has been submitted to the Board and is available for public inspection in the of the manager office. This budget may be inspected during regular business hours. A Public Hearing for the FY 2018-2019 proposed budget is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. In the manager office of the ABC store located at 2817 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown. The public is invited to attend. Share:

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Bladen Community College celebrates history graduates

DUBLIN – In today’s high-technology world, students are frequently encouraged to seek degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. But many students are inclined to enjoy the humanities, possessing great interests and talents in writing, art, music, religion, philosophy, and history. Bladen Community College transfer graduates Ingrid Bullard, Melissa Combs, and Levy Pait recently graduated from four-year universities with bachelor degrees in history, and are strategizing their futures with a commitment to the humanities. Ingrid Bullard graduated from Bladen Community College in 2015 with a college transfer degree. It was during her first semester with BCC history professor Cliff Tyndall that Ingrid decided she wanted to become a history major. …..

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New Baseball and Softball Training Center

There is a new center coming to town for local athletes. Some Bladen and Columbus County baseball and softball players are excited to hear about the opening of a new training facility.  This Saturday, May 26th a Grand Opening of the new Baseball and Softball Training Center will be held by the business owner, Derick Graham and the Columbus County Chamber of Commerce. The training center is located at located at 1001 S. Lee Street in Whiteville.  Graham said he looks forward to explaining to players and their parents how the Dixie Youth leagues and the Travel Ball leagues can complement each other. He said his focus is to show others how the two …..

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Sheriff’s Office Seeks Help in Locating Wanted Individuals

Sheriff James A. McVicker is seeking the help of the public to locate several individuals being sought for the sale of drugs in Bladen. “Following an undercover operation involving the controlled purchase of narcotics, we are looking for these individuals to arrest,” said McVicker. “We need the public’s help to locate these individuals. If you know where they can be found please contact the Sheriff’s Officer at 910-862-6960. All information will be kept confidential.” The people being sought are: Nathaniel Spivey, 37, of Bladenboro is wanted for possession of schedule III controlled substances, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of schedule VI controlled substances, maintaining a dwelling for the purpose of …..

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Bladen County Sheriff's Department

Tar Heel Area Narcotics Roundup Leads To Multiple Arrests

Sheriff James A. McVicker said Narcotics Investigators completed a three month undercover operation in and around Tar Heel with the arrest of several drug dealers. At least a half dozen of those arrested were employees of Smithfield Foods, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. “Pursuant to a three-month investigation and numerous controlled purchases of illegal narcotics in the Tar Heel area of Bladen County, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, Lumberton Police Department, Fayetteville Police Department, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Homeland Security, and North Carolina Probation and Parole conducted a multi-agency round-up on Tuesday, May 22, 2018”, said McVicker. Nine individuals were arrested for …..

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Kiwanis Club has successful Relay

Contributed The Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club met at San Jose Restaurant last week and reported a successful Relay for Life event. Kiwanian Dr. Lisa Bryan reported the team had done well and there is still an opportunity for the group to raise even more money for cancer research. Dr. Bryan reported that Relay teams have until August to complete their fundraising efforts. The group discussed various ideas for the group to raise more money for Relay for Life. Dr. Bryan also discussed briefly the Terrific Kids program and she reported a Terrific Kids graduation ceremony is set for Dublin School on Tuesday, June 6. It was also reported there will also be …..

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BCC announces scholastic honor roll

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is pleased to announce the 2018 spring term scholastic honor roll. Students who have maintained a 4.0 G.P.A. for the term have been named to the President’s List as follows: Elizabeth Allbright, Rolando Almazan, Hannah Arnett, Royce Bernhardt, Madison Byrd, Christian Cain, Mary Campbell, Madison Cartrette, Diana Catalan, Edwin Catalan, Frances Chavis, Lataiya Daniels, Ruby Davis, Nicholas Dove, Ashley Earl, Kolby Edwards, Tyler Ezzell, Jennifer Gaytan Morales, Ashley Hardin, Shelby Horne, David Howell, James Hunsinger, Hannah Hunt, Zachary Johnson, Destini Jones, Ting Lin, George Lockamy, Dakota Locklear, Quentin Locklear, Kayle Lowry, Taylor Mayers, Vincent Morris, Laura Moser, Jennifer Munoz, Molli Nance, Tucker Norton, Alise Pait, …..

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Memorial Day closings announced

By Erin Smith The Memorial Day Holiday is a time for honoring our men and women who gave their lives serving our country. In honor of the holiday, area offices have announced their schedule. All federal offices will be closed on Monday, May 28, in observance of the holiday. They will resume their regular schedule on Tuesday, May 29th. All state, county and municipal government offices will also be closed on Monday, May 28, for the holiday. They will resume their regular schedule on Tuesday, May 29th. Bladen County Schools will be closed on Monday, May 28, and classes will resume on Tuesday, May 29th. All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed Saturday, …..

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SHP Expecting Increased Travel During Memorial Weekend

RALEIGH – In anticipation of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, increased traffic congestion is expected across the state, as motorists travel to their intended destinations.  North Carolina provides several vacation opportunities from the mountains to the coast which also invites an increased number of visitors from surrounding states.                                                   With this in mind, the State Highway Patrol is urging motorists to use caution while traveling.  Throughout the weekend, troopers will be out in full force to monitor driver behavior in an attempt to reduce collisions that occur from high speed, impaired and distracted driving and aggressive driving.  Using the Vision Zero approach, the focus is to report zero fatal collisions …..

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PITTENGER’S LANDMARK NATIONAL SECURITY BILL UNANIMOUSLY PASSED BY HOUSE FINANCIAL SERVICES COMMITTEE

WASHINGTON – The House Financial Services Committee today unanimously voted to approve Congressman Robert Pittenger’s (NC-09) landmark legislation to modernize the national security review process of potential foreign investments in the United States. Chinese investment in the United States increased more than 900 percent between 2010 and 2016.  Much of this investment was part of a strategic, coordinated, Chinese government effort to target critical American infrastructure and defense applicable technologies. The Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA, H.R. 5841), strengthens how the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) reviews the national security risks of potential foreign investments. “For months, we have fought for the strongest CFIUS reform …..

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SeHealth and RHCC partner to provide health care services at storm damaged medical clinic

Officials with Southeastern Health (SeHealth) and Robeson Health Care Corporation (RHCC) met on Tuesday, May 22 on the grounds of the Dr. A.J. Robinson Medical Clinic to announce a partnership to provide health care services at the facility, which was closed following Hurricane Matthew in October 2016 because of extensive flooding and storm damage. The announcement included a new name for the facility, the Dr. A.J. Robinson Community Health and Wellness Center. SeHealth announced in November 2017 that funding had been secured to restore the facility, which is located at 800 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in south Lumberton. Through this new partnership announced today, once all restoration has been completed, RHCC …..

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Man Arrested for Death of Trooper S. N. Bullard

Elkin- The suspect sought in the murder investigation of Trooper S. N. Bullard is in custody after an extensive search by state and local authorities.  On Wednesday, May 23 at approximately 3:30 a.m., investigators arrested Dakota Kape Whitt, 22, of Elkin without incident. At approximately 10:53 p.m., troopers attempted to stop a black BMW passenger vehicle that traveled through a checkpoint.  During the pursuit of the BMW, Trooper S. N. Bullard was involved in a collision, causing Bullard to succumb to his injuries at the scene. After an extensive search, authorities located the BMW along with the registered owner, identified as Cheyenne Harrison.  The driver of the BMW was identified as Dakota Kape Whitt, 22, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

The recent rain has done wonders for local crops, lawns and maybe snakes as well. More pics of snakes on various social platforms than I recall. I am no snake fan….I know, they are not likely to harm me, not if I can run faster than the snake can crawl. If there is a battle over space, my goal is to be the winner. Mackenzie Gore, Whiteville native and a first round pick in last years Major League Baseball draft may be headed back to the disable list (DL). He continues to deal with blisters on his pitching hand. San Diego has a huge investment in the former Wolfpacker and he …..

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PITTENGER: RELIEF AND ECONOMIC GROWTH ARE ON THE WAY

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) released the following statement after voting in favor of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act (S. 2155). “For far too long, small businesses and community financial institutions have suffocated at the hands of Washington’s unnecessary and burdensome regulations. In fact, since the passage of Dodd-Frank, North Carolina has lost over 50% of our banks,”said Congressman Pittenger. “Today we voted to flip the script and cast aside the detrimental status quo. This bill delivers to main street America the most significant regulatory relief in a generation and finally enables local banks and credit unions to effectively fulfill their role as the lifeblood for small businesses …..

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Economic Growth Legislation That Includes Tillis-Warren Bill Protecting Vets from Predatory Lending Heads to the President’s Desk

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Banking Committee, applauded the House’s passage of the Economic Growth, Regulatory Relief, and Consumer Protection Act, bipartisan legislation to improve our nation’s financial regulatory framework and promote economic growth. Included in the legislation is the Protecting Veterans from Predatory Lending Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation Tillis introduced with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), which would protect veterans from targeted predatory home loan practices by requiring lenders to demonstrate a material benefit to consumers when refinancing their mortgage. “Passage of this bill is proof that Congress can come together in a bipartisan and bicameral basis, and pass meaningful legislation on behalf of the American people. The inclusion …..

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Tillis Chairs Hearing on SASC Subcommittee on Personnel FY19 NDAA Markup

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, chaired an open hearing on the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. The subcommittee unanimously approved the markup and will now be considered by the full Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday. “The Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel is responsible for 50% of the defense budget and is responsible for personnel policies, military personnel compensation and benefits, and military health care. The FY2019 NDAA includes improvements to those areas, including the largest pay raise for servicemembers in 9 years, child abuse and domestic violence prevention measures, and opioid abuse prevention programs,” said Senator Tillis. “I want to thank Ranking Member …..

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Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball: Force 7, Glory 3

The Force tacked on a trio of runs in the final inning to seal a 7-3 victory over the Glory in Bladen Recreation 11-12 softball action Tuesday night. Violet Allen led off the game with a double to centerfield and raced home on an error. Kaitlynn Brisson beat out an infield hit, and Emmee Ward lined a double to left that plated Brisson for a 2-0 Glory lead. Megan Spellman was hit by a pitch, and Laci Storms beat out an infield hit to begin the Force first inning. Georgia Hester drove in Spellman with a hit, and Storms raced home on an error to tie the game 2-2. Gracie …..

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This Day in History for May 23

1785 – Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals. 1863 – Organization of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan. 1900 – Associated Press News Service forms in NY. 1903 – 1st direct primary election law in US adopted, by Wisconsin. 1911 – NY Public Library building at 5th Avenue dedicated by President Taft. 1922 – Walt Disney incorporates his 1st film company Laugh-O-Gram Films. 1934 – American outlaws Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow – Bonnie and Clyde – are killed by police in an ambush near Sailes, Louisiana. 1960 – “Got a Girl” by The Four Preps hits #24. 1962 – Scott Carpenter orbits Earth 3 times in …..

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FSA County Committee Nominations Launch June 15

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) encourages America’s farmers and ranchers to nominate candidates to lead, serve and represent their community on their local county committee. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will accept nominations for county committee members beginning Friday, June 15, 2018. Producers across the country are already serving on committees where they play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA, making important decisions on programs dealing with disaster and conservation, emergencies, commodity price loan support, county office employment and other agricultural issues. “Our county committees make decisions about how federal farm programs are administered locally to best serve the needs of agriculture in their community,” said …..

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Hoke Hospital Earns Stroke-Ready Certification

RAEFORD – Cape Fear Valley Hoke Hospital has earned Disease-Specific Care Certification as an Acute Stroke Ready Hospital from The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.   The certification is for two years. It recognizes hospitals equipped to treat stroke patients with timely, evidence-based care prior to transferring them to a primary or comprehensive stroke center.   Hoke Hospital underwent a rigorous onsite review to assess The Joint Commission’s Disease-Specific Care certification requirements. They include a dedicated stroke-focused program, staffing by qualified medical professionals trained in stroke care, and the ability to rapidly diagnose, test and treat stroke patients.   The certification benefits patients because early medical …..

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Martilla Hester (Halyburton) Freeman

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Martilla Hester (Halyburton) Freeman, 95, of Charlottesville, died on May 20, 2018, at Heritage Inn Assisted Living. Born on April 13, 1923, in Bladen County, N.C., she was the daughter of Matthew M. Hester and Jessie Susan Hilburn. Ms. Freeman was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Robert R Halyburton Sr.; her son, Thomas Franklin Halyburton; her second husband, Truett H Freeman; her brothers, Thedford Hester, Leo Hester, Opie Hester, Eldon Hester; and her sisters, Versie Hickman, Rometta Warren and Hattie Miller. Ms. Freeman was also preceded in death by her step grandson, Kenneth H. Bryant. Ms. Freeman graduated from Bladenboro High School and …..

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Bladenboro man wins million dollar prize

Contributed Christopher McLean of Bladenboro is celebrating his good fortune after he played the Extreme Millions scratch-off game and won $1 million. McLean bought the $30 ticket at the Winners Food Mart on North Madison Boulevard in Roxboro. He claimed his prize Tuesday at lottery headquarters in Raleigh. He had the choice of taking an annuity that has 20 payments of $50,000 a year or a lump sum of $600,000. He chose the lump sum. After required state and federal tax withholdings, he took home $423,015. Extreme Millions launched in December 2016 with four top prizes of $10 million and 22 $1 million prizes. Two $10 million prizes and six …..

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Bladen County Emergency Manager lending a helping hand

By Erin Smith Bladen County residents are forever at the ready to help someone in their time of need. When Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano began to erupt,  it was only natural that Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw agreed to help. “I’m very excited,” said Kinlaw of the opportunity. When asked how managing the volcanic eruption compared to managing a crisis involving a major storm or gas leak at an industrial site, Kinlaw said the process is basically the same.Kinlaw is part of a ten member Incident Management team from North Carolina who left on Saturday for Hawaii. Team members come from emergency management agencies in Bladen, Gates, Lee, McDowell, …..

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Elizabethtown Minor League: Twins 10, Blue Jays 7

A 5-run fifth inning propelled the Twins to a 10-7 victory over the Blue Jays Monday night in Elizabethtown Minor League baseball action. Collin Cole hammered a run-scoring triple to ignite the winning Twin rally, and Torrean Cogdell knocked in Cole with a single. Cole finished with a perfect 2-2 game at the plate with the rbi triple and 2 runs scored. Cogdell batted 2-3 with a triple, a run batted in and 2 runs scored. Teammate Isaiah Lee slammed a 2-run first-inning double and finished 2-3 at the plate with 3 runs scored. Pitcher Jackson Smith belted an rbi single and scored a run. Teammates Coley Sasser and John Monroe scored …..

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Memorial Day recognitions

Memorial Day is a time we stop to pay homage to those men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. The staff at BladenOnline.com recognizes a lot of sacrifices have been made by our men and women in uniform for freedom. Both freedom and the protection of freedom come with a high price. This week we would like to honor those men and women who sacrificed so much for our great country with memorials in their honor. We will publish them on our Lifestyles page. Submit your photos and memorials by email to BladenOnline.com@gmail.com. Share:

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Commissioners hear update on Healthy Bladen Kids program

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Commissioners learned about the plans for the Summer 2018 Healthy Bladen Kids Recreation program on Monday night. Bladen County Health Department Health Educator Marianne Valentiner and Bladen County Parks and Recreation Director Grant Pait made a presentation to the Commissioners regarding the kids recreation program. The program included information presented to the kids about healthy eating choices and staying active. The kids also took part in physical activities as well. They noted that last year, the camp site in Tar Heel had some days where there were no campers. Valentiner added the participation overall last year was strong and plans have been made to …..

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Commissioners receive proposed budget

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Commissioners received the proposed 2018-19 budget on Monday night from Bladen County Manager Greg Martin. He said the budget was developed to provide funding for core services addressing the needs of Bladen County citizens. “You know 80 percent of those services are related to public safety, education and human services,” said Martin. He said a number of issues are impacting the County’s budget. They include staffing and operating expenses that are related to the new detention and law enforcement center, funding for county facilities and Bladen County Schools. “It does seem like we have more external threats in the community than we have had in …..

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Bladen County Road Openings and Closings Update

Faye M. Boyne, NC Department of Transportation The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated list of road openings and closings in Bladen County. Currently there are no road openings. CLOSINGS: Center Road Center Road is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  The road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. Mercer Mill Mercer Mill Road was closed on Monday, February 26th, to replace Bridge 32. The closure was expected to last for 120 days. It is located just North of the Rosindale Road intersection. It is currently posed at 5 tons. Boggy Branch Road Boggy …..

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State Highway Patrol Mourns the Loss of Trooper Samuel Bullard

  • 05/22/2018
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RALEIGH – The North Carolina State Highway Patrol is mourning the loss of a member today from an on-duty patrol vehicle collision. On Monday night, Trooper Samuel Newton Bullard, 24, a three-year veteran assigned to Troop E, District 5 (Surry County), died following a chase and crash on Interstate 77 in Yadkin County. “Our SHP family is devastated by the loss of Trooper Bullard. We are struggling to find words that describe the hurting we feel right now,” said Col. Glenn M. McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol. “Trooper Bullard died as he was fulfilling his promise to the people of North Carolina, protecting and serving his community.” Secretary Erik Hooks …..

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Traffic in Fayetteville to Start Using New Bridge

  • 05/22/2018
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Traffic shift slated for May 29 FAYETTEVILLE – The new Rowan Street bridge in downtown Fayetteville is scheduled to open to traffic for the first time on Tuesday, May 29 – six months ahead of schedule. The permanent traffic shift is needed so workers can begin demolishing the current Rowan Street bridge that the new one alongside it will replace. Initially, only four travel lanes (two in each direction) will be open on the new bridge. Once the current bridge is demolished, workers can finish construction on the final two travel lanes – for a total of three in each direction. Favorable weather last year helped get the new bridge open half a year …..

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Siren malfunctions at Brunswick Nuclear Plant

By Erin Smith An emergency siren for the Brunswick Nuclear Plant malfunctioned on Monday. According to Brunswick County officials, Duke Energy reported that an emergency siren sounded Monday morning due to a malfunction of the siren. The siren was located in the emergency planning zone which surrounds Brunswick Nuclear Plant. Brunswick County officials state the plant is operating safely and that no emergency ocurred. residents residing in the area are reminded if they hear a siren and are not sure if it is a test or a real emergency, to tune in to their local radio or television for advisories or instructions. Share:

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Bladen Recreation 13-16 Softball: Slammers 9, Comets 6

The Slammers scored 3 runs in the fifth inning to snap a 6-6 tie and defeat the Comets 9-6 Monday night in Bladen Recreation 13-16 softball action. Johanna Parker walked, stole second and circled the bases on a throwing error with the go-ahead run in the Slammer fifth. Pitcher Jordan Kinlaw punched a single to centerfield and scored, and Carlie West walked and scored the third run of the inning. Catcher Nesiah Davis-McKoy lined a run-scoring double to left in the first inning, and drilled a run-scoring triple off the centerfield fence in the third inning. Davis-McKoy also scored a run. Kinlaw finished 2-2 at the plate with a double and 3 …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The 2017-18 school year is coming to a close.  Graduation day is fast approaching for seniors….excited youngsters can’t wait to begin the summer season. Baseball and softball, vacation, some time with grand moms and dads.  Vacation Bible School, various camps, much to look forward to, perfectly normal. I recall those days, a long time ago as a members of the Bladenboro Bulldogs class of ’56.  Can’t remember the exact number that graduated, somewhere between 56 and 62, I think.. Some attended college for 4 years, some more.  Some attended various types of business schools, and for others, it was time to get a job and go to work.  There were no community colleges in the …..

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Tillis Applauds Certification of 252 Opportunity Zones in NC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis applauded the United States Treasury for certifying 252 “Opportunity Zones” in all 100 North Carolina counties. Included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act signed into law last year, “Opportunity Zones” provide a chance for U.S. investors to use a temporary capital gains referral in exchange for investing the capital in these communities. This will create new channels for investment that will grow jobs, inspire entrepreneurship, and improve the local economy for future generations.   “In the period after the Great Recession, we saw that millions of Americans were left behind in the recovery due to job growth and economic opportunities being concentrated in select areas of the country,” said Senator Tillis. “There …..

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Bladen Recreation 11-12 Softball: Thunder 10, Force 0

Megan Pait pitched a one-hit shutout as the Thunder defeated the Force 10-0 Monday night in Bladen Recreation 11-12 softball action. Pait recorded three strike-outs in the game and also batted a perfect 2-2 with 2 runs scored. Kaden Thurman batted 2-2 for the winners and scored twice. Teammate Brooke Singletary also turned in a perfect 2-2 performance at the plate. Shortstop Lena Trinidad batted 2-3, scored a run and knocked in the game-ending run with a fourth inning double. Catcher Holland Davis, Summer Singletary, Marlie Walters and Haley Bryan added one hit each to the winners attack. Davis, Summer Singletary, Walters, Bryan and Tara Hester scored one run each …..

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Elizabethtown Minor League: Blue Jays 10, Twins 7

A 5-run fifth inning propelled the Blue Jays to a 10-7 victory over the Twins Monday night in Elizabethtown Minor League baseball action. Collin Cole hammered a run-scoring triple to ignite the winning Blue Jay rally, and Torrean Cogdell knocked in Cole with a single. Cole finished with a perfect 2-2 game at the plate with the rbi triple and 2 runs scored. Cogdell batted 2-3 with a triple, a run batted in and 2 runs scored. Teammate Isaiah Lee slammed a 2-run first-inning double and finished 2-3 at the plate with 3 runs scored. Pitcher Jackson Smith belted an rbi single and scored a run. Teammates Coley Sasser and …..

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This Day in History for May 22

1761 – 1st life insurance policy in North America issued in Philadelphia. 1803 – 1st US public library opens in Connecticut. 1807 – Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks in Philadelphia. 1868 – Train robbery at Marshfield, Indiana by Reno Brothers Gang, who make off with $98,000. 1892 – Dr Washington Sheffield invents the toothpaste tube. 1902 – US President Theodore Roosevelt signs a treaty with Mexico under which both countries agree to submit a long-standing dispute over interest payments to the Court of Arbitration at The Hague. 1926 – “Five Foot Two, Eyes of Blue” by Gene Austin hits #1. 1931 – Canned rattlesnake meat 1st goes on …..

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Celebrate your Graduate with Graduation Lines

Congratulations to all of our 2018 graduates! As the academic year comes to an end, Seniors are anxiously awaiting the moment when they will be announced as graduates. BladenOnline.com is proud of all of our 2018 graduating seniors and would like to celebrate their accomplishments. As your graduate prepares to receive their diploma, send them a congratulatory note to let them know how much their hard work and dedication are appreciated. You can purchase 3 lines of text for only $5 for each announcement! A picture with text is $20 for each announcement! Your message will be published on BladenOnline.com. You can submit photos of your graduating Senior to bladenonline.com@gmail.com, or meet Tori Chestnutt, our …..

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Cindy’s moves in to new building

By Erin Smith Cindy’s Drive Thru and Catering restaurant located on US 701 South across from Elizabethtown Middle School is moving into a larger space. On Tuesday, the restaurant is expected to open in the newly constructed building located behind the current facility. “She’s going to be serving there tomorrow (Tuesday),” said Ron Taylor, who owns Taylor Manufacturing. Cindy’s offers a lunch menu and also caters events in the area. To have Cindy’s cater your event, call 910-391-8052. Taylor said the certificate of occupancy was issued by Bladen County officials on Thursday. He said the restaurant’s staff have started relocating everything to the new building. Once the move is complete, Taylor said the building …..

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Two make first appearance, one still sought in Dollar Tree robbery

By Erin Smith Two South Carolina men made their first appearance today in Bladen County Superior Court on charges related to the February robbery of the Dollar Tree in Elizabethtown. Robert Lee Fogle, age 60, and Darryl Antonio Burden, age 35, both of South Carolina, appeared before Judge James Bell Jr. on Monday morning for their first appearance. Both men are charged with safecracking, felony breaking and entering and felony larceny after breaking and entering. Both men are scheduled to be back in Bladen County Superior Court on June 4th. Judge Bell appointed Attorney Andrew Wall to represent Fogle. Fogle remained in the Bladen County Jail under a $100,000 bond. Burden waived his …..

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Case against Clarkton man dismissed

By Erin Smith A case against a Clarkton man was dismissed on Monday morning in Bladen County Superior Court. District Attorney Quentin McGee told Judge James G. Bell, Jr. the case against Marcus Cyril McKoy was dismissed. Marcus Cyril McKoy, of Pear Tree Road, Clarkton, was arrested in October 2016 and charged with one count of Robbery With A Dangerous Weapon and two counts of Second Degree Kidnapping that occurred on October 7th, 2016, in the Clarkton area. McGee said the charges stemmed from a 2016 home invasion/robbery in the Clarkton area. One of the victims has passed away since the incident ocurred and the second victim has changed their account of what …..

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ROUZER ANNOUNCES NC-07 ART COMPETITION WINNER,  STUDENT AT HOGGARD HIGH

  Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Rouzer announced Anna Lawrence, a senior of John T. Hoggard High School, the winner of the NC-07 Art Competition.  Lawrence’s entry, entitled “Venus Flytrap Garden,” is a depiction of a cluster of venue flytraps growing from mossy soil using the medium of colored pencil.  Lawrence’s artwork demonstrated and reflected this year’s Art Competition theme, “What I Love Most About North Carolina.”   “It is an honor to announce Hoggard High School’s Anna Lawrence as the winner of the 2018 Art Competition,” said Rep. David Rouzer. “Anna’s artistic talent is inspiring and she is well-deserving of this once in a lifetime opportunity.  Her winning artwork will be …..

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BCC honors successful high school credential students

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College honored 39 high school equivalency and adult high school graduates at commencement ceremonies on May 15. Vice president for continuing education Sondra Guyton, executive vice president and chief academic officer Jeff Kornegay, president William Findt, director for college readiness Travis Locklear, and chairman of the board Dennis Troy greeted the students and their families. High school equivalency student Brad Norton shared his testimony, stating that on three different occasions, he enrolled in various high school completion programs, but was unable to complete the diploma. “After my daughter was born, I recommitted to completing my diploma,” he told the audience. “BCC was different.” Retired Personnel Administrator …..

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National Weather Service

Muggy Week Ahead, with Highs in the Low 80’s

By Richard Neuherz, Meteorologist, NOAA After today, deep tropical moisture will remain in place for much of the week. Isolated showers and thunderstorms are on tap today, then scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected through Sunday. The wettest period of the week will be Wednesday into Thursday when a cold front drops in from the north and interacts with the warm, humid air mass in place. Maximum temperatures in the low to mid 80s are expected all week with low temperatures in the upper 60s to lower 70s. Moderate risk of rip currents today at all beaches except those in Georgetown County. Weekly_Briefing_5_21_2018 Share:

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Virtual Public School enrollment in NC now 2nd-largest in country

By Elisabeth Almekinder  After a regular school morning at Middle Creek High School in Cary, senior Connor Yungbluth, 16, takes his online Mandarin Chinese course at home through the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS). When Yungbluth moved from New York, he wanted to continue the language studies he had begun there, but the local school in Wake County didn’t have a Chinese teacher. His curriculum is part of the blended, individualized instruction that virtual school in North Carolina can provide. In the afternoon, Connor takes two online courses through Wake Technical College to prepare for his future in engineering or medicine. Other students who have benefited from NCVPS include special …..

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The latest from Raleigh and District 46

Session began this last Wednesday, and I was pleased to be joined in Raleigh by a number of educators from the district who felt passionately about their classrooms and students. Sen. Danny Britt and I were both glad to have the chance to speak to them. Education has been at the center of my mind the last several months. Following news about the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and a discretionary fund that Gov. Cooper established, the legislature quickly moved to make sure those funds were appropriated under our constitutional authority. You may recall that Robeson County was one of the counties that had funds directed to it, and will receive $7.5 …..

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BCC celebrates Emergency Medical Services Strong

BCC EMS students from left to right are Charity Taylor, Summer Locklear, Lylus Bonnette, Kasidi Larrimore, and Jennifer Inman. DUBLIN – Bladen Community College will celebrate Emergency Medical Services Strong during the week of May 20-26, in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). No one wants to need Emergency Medical Services (EMS); however, when the need is there, Bladen County emergency response personnel, many of whom are volunteers, bring to the scene the highest possible level of care. To supply this need for highly skilled EMS workers for the area, Bladen Community College trains students who successfully complete approximately 800 EMS certifications, diplomas, and degrees every …..

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Bladen Community College celebrates graduates with commencement

  • 05/21/2018
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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College honored 218 graduating students at its commencement event on May 18. College vice president Jeff Kornegay welcomed graduates to the ceremony and Board of Trustees chairman Dennis Troy greeted the assembly. Guest speaker Reverend Dr. Dwight B. Cannon, shared words of encouragement with the graduates, charging students to be aware of what they sow in life. Vice president for student services Barry Priest awarded Kyle Gause with the North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award. With the conferring of degrees, diplomas, and certificates, college president Dr. William Findt declared the candidates as graduates of the college. Bladen Community College is committed to providing opportunities …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

It’s Monday, a new week begins following a busy, wet weekend. Bladen County Commissioners meet for regular business session, same time 6:30 PM and same location, Bladen County Courthouse.  Public is welcome. Bladen County Emergency Management Director, Bradley Kinlaw is one of about 10 from North Carolina who are in Hawaii to assist with issues related to the ongoing volcano that has been spewing hot ash on one of the islands.  Am told, that was the way the island was formed, many years ago. Brunswick Community College baseball team is in Oklahoma, or will be soon, participating in the D!! World Series beginning Saturday, May 26 and continuing until June 2.  Kyle Tatum, East Bladen grad, is …..

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This Day In History for May 21

1832 – 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore) 1846 – 1st steamship arrives in Hawaii. 1861 – Richmond, Va, is designated Confederate Capital. 1881 – American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton. 1906 – The US and Mexico sign an agreement over distribution of waters of the Rio Grande, increasingly diverted to the US for irrigation. 1914 – Greyhound Bus Co begins in Minnesota. 1918 – US House of Representatives passes amendment allowing women to vote. 1927 – Aviator Charles Lindbergh, in the Spirit of St Louis, lands in Paris after the first solo air crossing of Atlantic. 1934 – Oskaloosa, Iowa, becomes first US city to fingerprint its citizens. 1941 …..

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Bladen FC U12 Gold Eliminated In Seaside Classic

WILMINGTON – The Bladen FC Under-12 Gold soccer team was eliminated Sunday from the Seaside Soccer Classic by a 3-0 loss to Coast FA. A couple of defensive slips due to the wet conditions led to a couple of first-half goals for the Coast FA team, and they capitalized on a free kick for their final goal. Bladen FC U12 Gold finished the weekend with 2 ties and one loss. Share:

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Bladen FC U15 Wins Sandhills Soccer League Titles

The Bladen FC Under-15 Blue team won both the regular-season and tournament championships of the Sandhills Soccer League. The Sandhills Soccer League is made up of teams from Pembroke, Lumberton, St. Pauls, Fayetteville, Hoke County and Bladen County. In their tournament semi-final game, Bladen FC U15 Blue defeated St. Pauls 3-1. Malcolm Bolden, Garrett Melvin and Jackson Bostic fired in one goal each for the Bladen team. In the championship game, Bladen FC U15 Blue shutout Hoke County 3-0. Melvin, Will Hester and Ethan Martinez scored one goal each for the winners. The game was stopped by lightning ten minutes into the second half. Share:

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Bladen FC U18 Gold Wins Final Game In Seaside Classic

WILMINGTON – The Bladen FC Under-18 Gold soccer team defeated NCFC 2-0 Sunday in their final game in the Seaside Soccer Classic. Jake Evans and Gabe Barber fired in one goal each for the Bladen team. Even though Bladen FC Gold won one game and tied two, the team didn’t advance to the U18 final. Bladen FC U18 Gold will play Memorial Day weekend in the Wrangler McDonald Tournament in Greensboro. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

White Lake Water Festival 2018 events continue today. Most activities were held yesterday despite unfavorable weather conditions. The Show Must Go On. Could be more of the same type weather today with a 50% chance or rain. Actually, forecast remains the same for the next 5 or 6 days. Temps today expected to be in the low 80s, compared to a high of 73 yesterday. With a school shooting, volcano eruptions, a wedding in England and all the political news last week, very few reports about the plane crash in Cuba that killed 100 or more. We are a nation starved to hear news that ‘backs up our thoughts and beliefs’, whatever they may …..

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Boys U12 Soccer: Bladen FC Gold 2, USC Twisters 2

WILMINGTON – Bladen FC Gold battled the USC Twisters to a 2-2 tie Saturday in U12 Boys soccer action at the Wilmington Seaside Classic at the Hugh McRae Athletic Complex. It was the first organized tournament for the Bladen FC U12 Gold team that has been training and playing organized Friendlies since December. Cooper Padrick turned a pass from Kevin Labra into the game’s first goal. The Twisters tied the game 1-1 just before halftime. Ten minutes into the second half Bladen FC would regain the lead at 2-1. Chace Butler ran onto a punt from goal keeper Fernando Rebollar and fired a shot that deflected off the goal keeper. …..

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Boys U18 Soccer: Bladen FC Gold 2, OBX Storm 2

WILMINGTON – Bladen FC U18 Gold battled the OBX Storm to a 2-2 tie Saturday in the Wilmington Seaside Soccer Classic at the Hugh McRae Athletic Complex. Bladen FC U18 Gold is made up of players from Whiteville, West Columbus, South Columbus, West Bladen, and East Bladen. The OBX Storm is compiled of varsity players from First Flight. Bladen FC scored in the tenth minute as Garret Melvin chipped the ball past the goal keeper with a right-footed shot for a 1-0 lead. OBX Storm tied the game 1-1 midway through the second half. The Bladen team answered quickly as Jake Evans converted a feed from Greyson Heustess into the …..

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Results For Bladen Athletes in State Track & Field Meet

GREENSBORO – West Bladen’s Tyre Boykin and Jonathan Robinson and East Bladen’s 4×200 meter relay team all competed Saturday in the NCHSAA Class 2A State Track & Field meet at N.C. A&T. Robinson, a senior, finished eleventh in the shot put with a heave of 43 feet, 11 inches. Ryan Eldridge of North Surry won the shot with throw of 59 feet, 2 inches. Red Springs’ Jerome Bass was fifth with a toss of 48 feet, 9 inches. Boykin, a sophmore, was 12th in the triple jump with a leap of 41 feet, 4.25 inches. Scott McClendon of Forest Hills won with a jump of 45 feet, 4.25 inches. Dakota …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – May 20

1310 – Shoes were made for both right & left feet. 1639 – Dorchester, Massachusetts forms 1st school funded by local taxes. 1775 – Citizens of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina declare independence from Britain. 1830 – D Hyde patents fountain pen. 1861 – North Carolina becomes 11th and last state to secede from the Union. 1892 – George Sampson patents clothes dryer. 1916 – Saturday Evening Post cover features Norman Rockwell painting. 1926 – Congress passes Air Commerce Act, licensing of pilots & planes. 1939 – “3 Little Fishies” by Kay Kyser swam to #1. 1959 – Ford wins battle with Chrysler to call its new car “Falcon” 1969 – US troops …..

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40th White Lake Water Festival continues

The rain has not stopped the 40th Annual White Lake Water Festival from continuing on Saturday, May 19th. The fun started with the annual parade. Over 20 vendors set up shop at Goldston’s Beach. The bands are keeping things rocking. The boat show was a success and there is still more fun to come. Sunday the Festival will come to an close with the annual Volleyball Tournament. Previous article: White Lake Water Festival still on go https://bladenonline.com/white-lake-water-festival-still-on-go/ Share:

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

WestPoint Pepperell of Elizabethtown was honored by the North Carolina Department of Labor for their safety record. Gary Grady resigned as the town attorney for White Lake. The White Lake Water Festival Committee announced that a 10K race would be included in this year’s festivities. A new water tower was installed for the city of White Lake. Share:

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First Baptist Church 4th Annual Jesus Jam

First Baptist Church 4th Annual Jesus Jam Community Event on June 09, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Bounce houses, game truck, water slides and much, much more. We will have all sorts of games, food, booths and vendors. You can also register for Vacation Bible School at this time. We are located at 501 Martin Street, Elizabethtown, NC. Please come out and join us, there is plenty of fun to be had by all. You don’t have to be a member to participate in the event. Just come! Share:

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Asheville company recalls kratom powder after tests by NCDA&CS show presence of Salmonella

Raleigh – Pious Lion of Asheville is voluntarily recalling kratom powder distributed in North Carolina. The company launched the recall after samples collected from a retail location by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Rapid Response Team tested positive for Salmonella, which may cause life-threatening illness. “This is a very serious issue and consumers should take immediate action if they have these products in their homes. Consumers are advised to discard these products and are warned not to consume them,” said Joe Reardon, assistant commissioner of regulatory programs. The following products are included in this advisory: Pious Lion Pure Premium Potent Limited Release Pink Bali, 1 oz Pious …..

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Baldwin Branch Presents Clothes Closet and Food Pantry

  • 05/19/2018
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​The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, May 26, 2018 from 8​:00 a.m. to 11:00​ a.m.  The food pantry, From His Table to Yours,​ ​will be open the same day from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Personal transportation and identifications are required.  No fee is involved in either ministry.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown NC.  Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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Fact Check NC Teachers to Receive 5th Pay Raise

“While covering the teachers union-led protest that occurred at the North Carolina General Assembly this week, it was reported in this column that North Carolina teachers will soon be getting their fifth consecutive pay raise from the Republican-run state legislature under the new spending plan unveiled last week by Senate President Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and Speaker Tim Moore (R-Kings Mountain). … “It’s important to get the facts straight and to issue a correction if an error is ever made. As such, upon further review and analysis, it is incumbent upon this author to inform readers that the claim made about teacher pay raises earlier this week was not entirely correct. At least, it …..

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RNC Site Selection Committee Spent the Week in Charlotte, Here’s What They Saw

“A delegation of roughly 20 members from the Republican National Committee were in Charlotte this week as part of the city’s ongoing bid to host the 2020 Republican National Convention, WBTV has learned. … “The visit was part of the RNC Site Selection Committee’s work to select a location to host the party’s quadrennial confab ahead of the next presidential election. … “Charlotte is among three finalists to host the event; the other two are Las Vegas, NV and an unidentified city in Texas that sources with knowledge of the process speculate are either San Antonio or Dallas. … “A source with knowledge of this week’s visit to Charlotte tells WBTV the group …..

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Turkey Is Accusing American Churches of Conspiracy in Case Against Andrew Brunson, Sen. Tillis Says

North Carolina Sen. Thom Tillis on Wednesday shared more details about Turkey’s case against imprisoned American Pastor Andrew Brunson and slammed prosecutors for claiming that churches in the United States are conspiring to undermine the Turkish government. Speaking at a Capitol Hill briefing addressing the human rights situation in the NATO ally country, Tillis decried the charges against Brunson and pointed out flaws in the prosecution’s case. Tillis, a Republican, has been actively involved in advocating on behalf of Brunson, a resident of North Carolina who’s spent the last two decades ministering in Turkey before he was arrested in October 2016 and slapped with trumped-up terrorism charges about 17 months later. The Turkish …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The 2018 White Lake Water Festival is underway and weather permitting, it will continue all day long and into the night.  Organizers have had to deal with more issues than normal.  First, concerns about the water in the lake, mid-week, the all clear signal was declared, and today, it’s the weather, and rain is needed.  Would be nice if it would be delayed a few hours.  Whatever will be, will be. A royal wedding is on the agenda for today, far, far away at Windsor Castle, United Kingdom.  Prince Harry, a member of the British royal family will marry Meghan Markle, an American actress. A robotic lawn mower would be …..

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This Day in History for May 19

1643 – Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut and New Harbor form the United Colonies of New England. 1828 – U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828/Tariff of Abominations into law to protect industry in the North. 1884 – Ringling Brothers circus premieres. 1898 – US Congress passes the Private Mailing Card Act, allowing private publishers and printers to produce postcards, had to be labeled “Private Mailing Cards” until 1901, known as “souvenir cards” 1912 – American League President Ban Johnson tells Tigers if they continue protest of Ty Cobb’s suspension, they will be banned from baseball. 1921 – Congress sharply curbs immigration, setting a national quota system. 1935 …..

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John L. Foye Rifles finish season

The John L. Foye Rifles of the The Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy finished its season at the National High School Drill Team Championships in Daytona Beach Florida. The team competed in the Masters Division of the Mixed Armed Division. Poor showings in regulation drill and inspection competition hurt the teams chances for a top finish. The team did win a fifth place trophy in Color Guard Competition which was commanded by Brittany McMillan and a third place trophy in Squad Exhibition Drill which was commanded by Passion Graham. With only two seniors on this year the team is set to compete for an overall title next year. Share:

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Shanice Jones Graduates from Winston-Salem State

Bladenboro’s Shanice Jones graduated cum laude Friday from Winston-Salem State University with a degree in physical education. Jones was featured on the WSSU Department of Health, Physical Education and Sport Studies’ Wall of Excellence and finished off her senior year with straight A’s in her final semester. Her Personal Statement on the Wall of Excellence reads, “If at first you don’t succeed dust yourself off and try again! There is no curriculum for success – be happy with all things that you accomplish in life!” The West Bladen grad was the 2017-2018 Miss Physical Education Major and secretary of the PEM Club at WSSU. She was also a Peer Educator …..

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SRMC overhauls trauma code

A new process for responding to trauma patients in the emergency room, called Code Trauma, will start May 21 at Southeastern Health’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center. This new approach for organizing how different departments activate and serve patients arriving with severe injuries is designed to create a more effective response system and improve patient outcomes. “We want the community to know we are making great efforts to ensure that trauma patients are cared for as quickly and effectively as possible,” said SRMC Emergency Services Coordinator Keenya Locklear, who is one of the leaders of the new initiative. “Each department involved has goals regarding the speed of delivery for their services.” The new …..

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Bladen County Commissioners to meet Monday

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet on Monday night at 6:30 p.m. in the Commissioners meeting room in the basement fo the Bladen County Courthouse. The Commissioners will deal with a busy agenda.  The Board will be asked to approve a consent agenda which includes the proposed agenda, the minutes of the May 7, 2018 regular meeting, budget amendments, County Attorney invoices in the amount of $3,850, Tax Releases No. 4-18 and an EMS Week Proclamation. The board will present the EMS Week Proclamation and they are expected to receive the financial dashboard report from Finance Director Lisa Coleman.  Bladen County Health Department Health Educator Marianne Valentiner will present the …..

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Narcotics Arrest

  • 05/18/2018
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Whiteville, NC – During the early morning hours of May 18, 2018, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Deputies were dispatched to a residence on Gore Trailer Road in Whiteville. The call was in reference to a domestic dispute between the adults residing at the residence, the defendant, his girlfriend, and her mother.  Two young children also reside at the residence and were present at the time of the incident. While deputies were on scene, they discovered precursors used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine.  The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit was contacted to assist with the investigation.  The Vice-Narcotics Detectives obtained a search warrant for the property.  While executing the search warrant, …..

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