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North Carolina State DYB Coach-Pitch Tournament Elizabethtown 13, South Park 11

STANLEY – Elizabethtown scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to snap an 11-11 tie and defeat South Park 13-11 Saturday in the opening round of the North Carolina State Dixie Youth Baseball Tournament. Brady Marlowe started the winning rally with a single, and Cade Rogers slapped a single to leftfield. Cooper Long’s fielder’s choice scored Marlowe with the go-ahead run, and Seth Faircloth’s fielder’s choice plated Rogers with an insurance run. South Park put  the lead-off batter on base in the sixth, but a force out, fly-out and a line-out to third base ended the game. Elizabethtown built a 5-0 first-inning lead. Omar Powell led off with a …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

District 2 DYB Majors Tournament Bladen County 2, South Columbus 0

ELIZABETHTOWN –Shy Ratliff and Joe Johnson combined to pitch a no-hitter Saturday as Bladen County defeated South Columbus in the opening round of the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Majors Tournament. Ratliff struck out seven and walked two in 5.1 innings, and Johnson relieved her in the sixth inning to record the final two outs. Ratliff, Andre Moore and Mason Brooks connected for one hit each to lead the Bladen County attack. With the victory Bladen County received a bye Sunday and will play again at 8 p.m. Monday.     Share:

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Bladen County Major League All-Stars

The Bladen County All-Stars won their opening game in the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Major League Tournament at Cerro Gordo. Team members are pictured: Front Row (Left-Right): Hezzy Blanks, Trent Meares, D. Davis, D. A. Smith, Keyon McKoy, Aaron Wren. Second Row (L-R): Andre Moore, Will Durden, Shy Ratliff, Joe Johnson, Mason Brooks, Matt Kemp. Back Row (L-R): Coaches Ray Johnson, Julio Moore, Keith Wren.   Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – July 1

1776 – 1st vote on Declaration of Independence for Britain’s North American colonies. 1836 – US President Andrew Jackson announces to Congress bequest by James Smithson of 100,000 gold sovereigns to found institution in Washington. 1847 – 1st US postage stamps go on sale, 5 cent Franklin and 10 cent Washington, NYC. 1862 – US Internal Revenue Law imposes 1st federal taxes on inheritance, tobacco and on incomes over $600 (progressive rate) 1899 – Gideon Society established to place bibles in hotels. 1905 – Albert Einstein introduces his theory of special relativity. 1916 – Coca-Cola brings current coke formula to the market. 1931 – Ice vending machines introduced in LA …..

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Social Security, a source of Independence

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC On July 4, people in communities everywhere celebrate our nation’s independence with neighbors, family, and friends. A strong community promotes independence by helping each other lead full and productive lives. Social Security has been helping people maintain a higher quality of life and a level of independence for over 80 years. Over those decades, we have made it even easier for you to access the programs and benefits you might need. Now, applying online is the fastest way to get those crucial benefits. Here are some the types of benefits you can apply for Retirement or Spouse Benefits – …..

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High and Dry

by Cindy Shapton A kitchen garden’s survival during a drought, or periods drier than normal requires planning, preparing and making smart, water-saving decisions along the way. Start with the Soil Add organic matter and compost to your garden soil before sowing seeds or planting veggies. This will help the soil retain more water and to absorb more rainfall when it does come. Choose the Right Plants Choose plants that have low to moderate water needs or those that can better handle drought and water restrictions. Mulch Pile it on! Mulch with newspapers, cardboard, leaf mold, grass clippings, straw, etc. My neighbor Jack puts down a heavy layer of leaf mold …..

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See a Flash, Dash Inside

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According to the National Weather Service (NWS), summer brings an increase in lightning strikes. While the warm weather invites many outside activities, if you hear thunder, lightning is close enough to strike you. Take a moment during National Lightning Safety Awareness Week (June 24-30) to learn how to stay safe in a thunderstorm with tips from NWS. Outdoors: When thunder roars, go indoors – move inside a sturdy building or hard top vehicle with the windows up as soon as you hear thunder. Do not take shelter in small sheds, gazebos, dugouts, bleachers, under isolated trees, or convertible automobiles. Avoid open fields, the top of a hill, or a ridge top. Stay away from water, wet …..

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8 Steps to Prevent Vehicular Heatstroke

On hot days, the temperature inside your car can reach deadly levels in just 10 minutes. In 2017, 42 children died of vehicular heatstroke. Heatstroke begins when the core body temperature reaches about 104 degrees. A core body temperature of about 107 degrees is lethal. When left in a hot car, a child’s temperature can rise quickly. A child’s body temperature rises three to five times faster than an adult’s. Help prevent vehicular heatstroke with these eight steps from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: Never leave a child or pet in a car unattended—even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running, and the air conditioning is …..

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Crafters and Farmers at the market

This Saturday morning the Cape Fear Farmers Market is bright and busy as craft and farm vendors are out to market their products. There were beautiful handmade cloths, tasty treats, fresh vegetables and more. Tom’s Subs and Burney’s Bakery is also open. Craft vendors can be found at the Cape Fear Farmers Market the first Saturday of each month. For more information about the Cape Fear Farmers Market and how you can rent a space, call 910-862-2066. Share:

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Chuck Smith was Valedictorian at Tar Heel High School. The employee of the month at  Bladen County Hospital was Debra Tatum. Howard C. Blue of Clarkton received his Doctor of Medicine degree from UNC-Chapel Hill. Evelyn King was voted Volunteer of the Year at Bladen County Hospital. Share:

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District 9 DYB Majors Tournament Elizabethtown 9, West Robeson American 4

ELIZABETHTOWN –Lee Barnes pitched 5.1 innings of 3-hit relief, and Elizabethtown rallied for 5 runs in the sixth inning to defeat West Robeson American Fridaynight in the championship game of the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Majors Tournament. Elizabethtown took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Jake Futrell smacked a single, Carson Gooden was hit by a pitch, and Barnes walked to load the bases. Parker Greene drilled a sacrifice fly to centerfield that scored Futrell. West Robeson answered with 3 runs in the bottom of the first on 2 hits and 2 walks. Barnes relieved Elizabethtown starting pitcher Carson Gooden and retired the final batter …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving- June 30

I wonder if the ‘framers’ of the constitution were as concerned about their political parties, as appears to be today, or were they anxious to do what was in the best interest of  ‘the new country’? 242 years later, appears political parties are the primary concern. Elizabethtown’s Annual Sidewalk Sale continues.  Think I would volunteer for inside duty. 90 degree weather remains in the forecast for the next week or so. Can’t imagine ‘croppin’ tobacco in this type weather, but if you grew up on a farm in the 40s, 50s and 60s, you did, that’s the was it was.  It was the cash crop of the day and ‘all in the family’ were involved in making …..

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N.C. Forest Service seedling sales begin July 2

RALEIGH — The North Carolina Forest Service Nursery Program will be accepting orders for seedlings on July 2. The NCFS produces about 16 million quality seedlings for nearly 50 species of conifers and hardwoods annually, including an expanded selection of control mass-pollinated loblolly pine seedlings. These seedlings offer superior growth, form and disease resistance due to solid nursery research and production experience. “Trees are one of North Carolina’s greatest renewable resources and an important economic driver in North Carolina, contributing around $32.7 billion annually to the state’s economy and provide more than 150,000 jobs for North Carolinians through the forest products industry,” said N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. The NCFS nursery …..

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Keep your kids safe this 4th of July with sparklers and fireworks!

Posted by Bladen County Health Department More than 3,000 children under the age of 15 are sent to the emergency room each year in the United States because of fireworks. Sparklers, which are typically viewed by parents as relatively harmless fireworks for children, account for one-third of the injuries to children under five. Little arms are too short to hold sparklers, which can heat up to 1,200 degrees. Top Tips The best way to protect your family is to not use any fireworks at home. Instead, attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals. If you plan to use fireworks, make sure they are legal in your …..

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Upcoming Events

Duplin County Event to Honor American Revolution Patriot and Statesman

Lovers of American history seeking to extend their July 4th patriotic celebration may look to Kenansville for the July 6 dedication of a historic highway marker for the late U.S. Congressman, James Gillespie. Those who appreciate an immigrant success story, with a willingness of the subject to sacrifice life and possessions to help build a nation that promoted extending rights of the common man can enhance their understanding of local, state and national history. The Irish-born emigrant became a trusted political leader in his adopted Village of Grove, located in present-day Kenansville. Gillespie, (ca. 1746-1805) and wife, Dorcas Mumford, a native of Onslow County became the parents of several children …..

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Doctor and his girlfriend arrested for pill mill

Tabor City, NC – The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit arrested two individuals after an approximately seven month long investigation into a “pill mill” operating at 211 East 5th Street in Tabor City.  Dr. Jong Whan Kim along with his office manager and girlfriend, Tammy Lynn Thompson, were arrested today, June 29th.  This investigation originated from numerous citizen complaints and anonymous tips. During the investigation, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Detectives utilized an undercover agent to purchase ounces of marijuana from Tammy Lynn Thompson, on numerous occasions.  The undercover agent also purchased 115 hydrocodone tablets from Thompson. On June 29th, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at …..

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Two Month Undercover Operation Leads to Arrest for Marijuana Dealer

  Contributed Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the arrest of Kadeem Yorel Archie Bowden, 26, of 60 Robin Drive, Elizabethtown for possession and sale of marijuana following a two month long undercover operation.   “Narcotics Investigators arrested Bowden this morning when they executed a search warrant at this home on Robin Drive off of Owen Hill Drive,” said McVicker. “Many times we keep an operation going for an extended period when we are working these types of cases.”   McVicker said the search warrant that was served in conjunction with the arrest warrant resulted in several ounces of marijuana being seized an several thousand dollars in cash.   Bowden …..

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Fourth of July Sidewalk Sale kicks off holiday 

By Erin Smith Shoppers were busy in downtown Elizabethtown as they searched for the perfect purchase on Friday. Merchants were offering all manner of merchandise from shoes to shirts to suits. Discounts can be found both inside the stores and on the sidewalk. Morris Bullock of Lumberton was enjoying the day with his family in Elizabethtown. “We came to eat and shop,” said Bullock. He added his family enjoys eating at Melvin’s restaurant. The sidewalk sale continues through Saturday, July 7th. Share:

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This Day In History

This Day in History – June 30

1870 – Ada Kepley becomes 1st American female law college graduate (Old University of Chicago, later Northwestern) 1896 – W.S. Hadaway patents electric stove. 1898 – Winton Motor Carriage company publishes the first known automobile ad in Scientific American using the headline “dispense with a horse” 1906 – US Congress passes the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act; these laws owe much to the expose journalism of the period (Upton Sinclair’s ‘The Jungle’ in particular) 1918 – Prominent US Socialist and Pacifist Eugene Debs is arrested on charges of denouncing the government, a violation of the Espionage Act of 1917. 1925 – Charles Jenkins is granted …..

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Updated Charges in the Death of Trooper Samuel Bullard

Yadkin County- As part of a continued investigation involving the May 21st, 2018 death of North Carolina Trooper Samuel N. Bullard during a vehicle pursuit in Yadkin County, additional charges have been filed.  After consultation with the Yadkin County District Attorney’s Office and presenting their office with further findings related to Trooper Bullard’s death and the actions thereafter, the following additional charges have been made. Mona Lisa Mullins –           2 counts of Felony Obstruction –           1 count of Possession of Methamphetamine   Michaela Harrison –           2 counts of Felony Obstruction –           1 count of Possession of Methamphetamine –           1 count of Accessory After The Fact of Second Degree Murder –           1 …..

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TC Doctor, Bladenboro resident arrested for “running pill mill”

A former Elizabethtown doctor with a history of reprimands has been arrested on charges he was operating an opioid distribution operation out of his Tabor city practice. Jong Whan Kim, 72, and Tammy Thompson, 53, were arrested Friday on multiple felony charges. Thompson was the office manager and Kim’s reported girlfriend. The two were managing a large narcotics sales and distribution network in Columbus and Bladen counties, according to District Attorney Jon David. In addition to the “pill mill”  out of Kim’s office, the pair used several homes in Columbus and Bladen to distribute narcotics and marijuana. Sheriff Lewis Hatcher said the duo were identified by multiple complaints from citizens starting in …..

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Hot off the press, Bladen County Beautiful magazine

By Charlotte Smith Bladen County will be hopping this coming holiday week. The annual July 4th Sidewalk Sale in downtown Elizabethtown has started and the annual Chamber of Commerce Fireworks show will be a real crowd pleaser this year on July 4th around dark at Goldston’s Beach at White Lake. Not to miss out on all the bustle BladenOnline.com has published our third print edition of Bladen County Beautiful magazine. We have been busy since Wednesday, June 27th distributing the new publication. The magazine showcases the beauty of Bladen County in the past, present and in the future. Issues may be located at our local advertisers, the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce, and will …..

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Bladenboro gets new business

By Erin Smith Whether you want a tattoo, to learn how to paint, take a yoga class or just chat, Art Junkies Tattoo and Art Studio in Bladenboro is the place to go. Elton Locklear, owner of Art Junkies, said he became interested in tattoos as an extension of his interest in art. He explained that a tattoo is nothing more than a traveling canvass. When asked what his most unique tattoo request has been, Locklear smiled and said a portrait tattoo. He said those are his favorite to do because of the challenge of taking a portrait and recreating it as a tattoo. Art Junkies offers an array of services …..

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Update: Former Elizabethtown doctor arrested as part of opioid crackdown

Update from Columbus County Sheriff’s Office as of 9:30 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018 READ MORE Update as of 4:07 p.m. on Friday June 29, 2018: A former Elizabethtown doctor with a history of reprimands has been arrested on charges he was operating an opioid distribution operation out of his Tabor city practice. Jong Whan Kim, 72, and Tammy Thompson, 53, were arrested Friday on multiple felony charges. Thompson was the office manager and Kim’s reported girlfriend. The two were managing a large narcotics sales and distribution network in Columbus and Bladen counties, according to District Attorney Jon David. In addition to the “pill mill”  out of Kim’s office, the pair …..

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Bladen County Board of Education meets in Special Session Thursday

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Education met in a Special Session on Thursday and addressed several agenda items and personnel matters. The Board of Education heard a recommendation from Lou Nelon, Maintenance Director for Bladen County Schools, regarding the pest control contract for the school district. Nelon said the school system is not rebidding the existing contract. He told the board four bids were received but one was much more comprehensive than the others. Nelon explained that three of the bids were “treat as needed” type of bids and the one recommended was “preventative and treat at the source.” Nelon said the schools have both pest and …..

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Register of Deeds scanning documents into digital images

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Register of Deeds office has been a hub of activity this week as a team from Logan Systems has been scanning records to turn them into digital images. The digital image can be uploaded onto a computer and ultimately the Internet. Bladen County Register of Deeds Beverly Parks said the funds for the project were approved last year, but when the office received their microfilmed images, they were not able to utilize them. Parks explained due to the microfilmed images being damaged Logan Systems had to send a team to the Register of Deeds office to set up their equipment and scan the items. …..

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Columbus County traffic stop leads to arrest

  Tabor City, NC – On June 28, 2018, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Detectives were patrolling a known drug area in Chadbourn. Vice-Narcotics Detectives noticed a vehicle leaving the area, driving erratically. The driver, James Eldred Buffkin, passed a Vice-Narcotics Detective’s vehicle in a curve, in a no passing area. The detectives initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle stopped near Emerson Road and Old Stake Road in Tabor City. When the Vice-Narcotics Detectives approached the driver of the vehicle, he was attempting to put on his clothing. He was wearing no pants. Vice-Narcotics Detectives searched Mr. Buffkin’s vehicle and located approximately 30 dosage units of Oxycodone. …..

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North Carolina seeking to dismiss Sledge lawsuit

By Erin Smith The North Carolina Industrial Commission will hear a motion filed by the State of North Carolina to dismiss a lawsuit filed by former inmate Joseph Sledge Jr. at their August 8 meeting in Raleigh. Sledge spent 40 years in prison for two murders he says he did not commit. You can read the motion to dismiss filed by the State here. In 2017, Bladen County settled a lawsuit filed against the County by Sledge for $4 million. The Bladen County Board of Commissioners voted to approve the settlement in August 2017. Read our story here.  Sledge filed the lawsuits against the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, the State …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for June 29

Another shooting, this time in Annapolis, Maryland.  Never seems to end. Elizabethtown area merchants Annual Sidewalk Sale is underway, sunshine or rain, inside and on the street. A reminder of the July 4th fireworks at White Lake, Wednesday evening. With all the changes going on, maybe we change July 4th holiday to a Friday or a Monday regardless of the day of the month.  A better idea…..leave as is. Slept through most of the thunderstorm.  A check with the National Weather Service at the local airport indicates a little over an inch of rain, about half that at the Hester household.  It began about midnight in the Elizabethtown area and ended after 3 AM. Totals will likely vary greatly. Checking the forecast for July 4th. …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – June 29

1776 – Virginia state constitution adopted and Patrick Henry made governor. 1863 – George Armstrong Custer, aged 23, appointed Union Brigadier General. 1891 – US National Forest Service organized. 1906 – US Congress pass the Hepburn Act, permitting the regulation of rates charged by railroads, pipelines, and terminals engaged in interstate commerce. 1929 – 1st high-speed jet wind tunnel completed, Langley Field, California. 1936 – George M. Cohan is the first artist to be presented with a US Congressional Gold Medal, by Franklin D. Roosevelt (for raising war morale) 1940 – US passes Alien Registration Act requiring Aliens to register. 1944 – US 7th army corps conquers Cherbourg. 1949 – …..

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Jefferson Weaver

The society of hatred

I wish there was an easy solution to the problems at the Mexican border. I also wish the politicians on both sides of the issue would shut up and let normal folks figure out a solution. There is no doubt that people who cross the borders of the United States without a passport or visa are breaking the law — Title 8 U.S. Code § 1325, titled “Improper entry by alien,” clearly defines that law. A few other federal laws dress 1325 up a little, and fill in some blanks.  I suggest you read it yourself, at the library or online. There’s no doubt that separating parents from children is …..

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Bladen County Sports

West Bladen’s Kim Cain Resigns to Take Green Sea Job

Kim Cain resigned Thursday as athletic director and head baseball coach to accept a position at Green Sea, SC High School. Cain who will be an assistant football and assistant baseball coach at Green Sea was approved by the Horry County School Board Monday night. “It is an excellent opportunity at Green Sea,” said Coach Cain. “I want to sincerely thank the Bladen County Schools administration and the West Bladen administration for all their help and support.” Cain, a Bladen County native and East Bladen graduate, continued, “All the West Bladen staff and coaches have been great to work with, and I want to especially thank the students and athletes for their effort. I …..

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Bladen County Sports

District 9 DYB Minors Tournament West Robeson 9, Elizabethtown 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – West Robeson American defeated Elizabethtown 9-1 Thursday night in the semi-finals of the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Minors Tournament. A 5-run West Robeson fourth-inning stretched a 2-0 lead to 7-0. Elizabethtown scored their run in the sixth inning. Tyler Lewis led off with a single but was retired on a double play. Davion Lewis walked and scored on Coley Sasser’s hit. Sasser batted 3-3 with an rbi. Tyler Lewis finished 2-3 at the plate. Zack Sholar, Torrean Cogdell, Colton Daly and Easton Bostic connected for one hit each. Davion Lewis scored the only run. Tyler Lewis, Sholar and Davion Lewis shared the pitching duties for Elizabethtown. West Robeson American …..

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Elizabethtown Minor League All-Stars

  The Elizabethtown Minor League All-Stars reached the semi-finals of the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Minors Tournament. Team members are pictured: Front Row (Left-Right): Torrean Cogdell, Easton Bostic. Second Row (L-R): Zach Sholar, Tyler Lewis, Coley Sasser, Jayce Hatcher, C. J. McCracken. Third Row (L-R): Colton Daly, Jackson Smith, Gavin Elks, Davion Lewis, Mason Smith.  Back Row (L-R); Coaches Justin Lewis, Jackie Smith, Wesley Sasser. Share:

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Tillis Supports Bipartisan Farm Bill, Secures Amendment Supporting Rural Economic Development

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) supported passage of the bipartisan Farm Bill, which included an amendment co-sponsored by Senator Tillis supporting rural economic development. The bipartisan legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 86-11. “Agriculture is North Carolina’s largest industry, with more than 50,000 farmers contributing $84 billion to our state’s economy. However, farmers all across the country, including North Carolina, are facing low commodity prices and increasing volatility, and we must give them the certainty they need to keep the agricultural industry strong,” said Senator Tillis. “The bipartisan Farm Bill makes the investment in our farmers that they need, and I want to thank Chairman Roberts for his leadership. I look …..

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Tillis Introduces SNAP Work Requirements Amendment to Farm Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced an amendment to the Farm Bill that would add work requirement for certain recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Dean Heller (R-NV) are original co-sponsors of the amendment. The amendment would: *Require non-disabled SNAP recipients ages 18-59 without dependents under age 6 to work or participate in employment training programs 20 hours per week. *Expand qualifying work programs to include apprenticeships, time-limited unpaid or volunteer work, and state approved work training programs. *Establish a revised ineligibility process allowing one month for initial compliance and requiring a 12-month ineligibility period for the first work requirement violation and …..

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Beginning Genealogy group to meet

A Beginning Genealogy group meets on the first and third Friday at 1 p.m. at the Bladen County Senior Center, 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown. This month’s meetings will be on July 6 and July 20. Bring a notebook and a pencil and we’ll embark on an enjoyable trip through time! No ones Family History should be a Mystery! For more information call Romall Watson at the Center, 910-872-6339, or email at Joanssister@hotmail.com. Share:

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Summer Read and Hike Day at Jones Lake State Park

Contributed Bladen County will be receiving its first “Little Free Library in late July. There are plans for a special ribbon-cutting ceremony and “Summer Read and Hike Day” for youth at Jones Lake State Park on Saturday, July 28th, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon, according to Carrie Harmon. According to Harmon, the Little Free Library is a non-profit book exchange program with the mantra of “Take a Book. Share a Book”. The program has engaged communities around the world to promote reading and literacy. Historically, Bladen County has never had a Little Free Library until now! As part of a final project for a local educator’s North Carolina Environmental Education …..

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Rouzer Statement on Passage of Defense Department Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman David Rouzer released the following statement after the passage of Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill which designates $674.4 billion in total funding to rebuild our Armed Forces, restore military readiness, and support our troops.  The FY2019 Defense Appropriations Bill boosts funding for our military by $17.1 billion, provides $245.9 billion in increased funding for military readiness programs, and authorizes a 2.6% pay raise for our troops – the largest pay raise in nine years. “The FY2019 Defense Appropriations Bill is critical to replenishing the necessary funding our military so badly needs to rebuild and combat the many threats to our national interests as well as the …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County

By Dora Brogdon The annual Fourth of July Sidewalk Sale in Elizabethtown kicks off on Friday and will continue on Saturday and all of next week. Stores will have merchandise displayed on the sidewalks and there will be plenty to chose from inside as well. Also, on Saturday the alumni of Tar Heel High School classes from 1980 through 1989 will be holding a Class Reunion. If anyone is interested in attending this event please email Karen Singletary Sands at F00man@bellsouth.net. Share:

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Public Meeting

Bladen County Commissioners to meet in Special Session

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018 regarding tax matters. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room located on the lower level of the Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown. Ray Britt, Chairman Bladen County Board of Commissioners Share:

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Entrepreneurship and Small Business topic of Committee of 100 meeting

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Committee of 100 conducted their annual meeting on Wednesday evening at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery.  The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Barry O’Brien, Dean of and Associate Professor of the UNC-Pembroke School of Business. O’Brien said when he first arrived in July 1, 2016, at UNC-Pembroke the incubator was empty. Now, it is full and 2,500 people per year come to the Center for Entrepreneurship. “We have a program funded by the Kaufman Foundation and I will make this commitment to your downtown incubator when it opens. We’ll provide the coffee and the donuts—what we do with these cups of coffee …..

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New Truck “Platooning” Technology Showcased in North Carolina 

RALEIGH – Volvo Trucks North America and FedEx teamed up Wednesday with the North Carolina Turnpike Authority to demonstrate advanced technology developed to help big trucks travel safely close together in fuel-efficient “platoons.” “This collaboration demonstrates the Turnpike Authority’s commitment to invest in the safety of customers with state-of-the-art technology that could become an invaluable tool for transportation,” said Turnpike Authority Executive Director Beau Memory.  “With one of the most advanced roadways in the nation, the Turnpike Authority wants all drivers to have every tool and technological advancement necessary to reach their destination safely and efficiently.” The Triangle Expressway was the site of a demonstration with three Volvo tractors, each fitted …..

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11 More Homeowners to Get Housing Help to Recover from Matthew

State Awards Mitigation Grants to Get Matthew Survivors into More Resilient Homes Raleigh – NC Emergency Management today announced that 11 homeowners across central and eastern North Carolina will soon receive $1.8 million in federal and state funds to acquire or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. In the past two months, NCEM has announced awards of $48.9 million in hazard mitigation grants to help 355 homeowners in impacted counties. “This funding assistance is welcome news for families who need help rebuilding their homes and getting their lives back to normal,” said state Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. “We are very pleased to see this funding become available and we’re …..

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NC DOT issues list of updated road openings and closings in Bladen County

By Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated list of road openings and closings in Bladen County.   OPENINGS: Mercer Mill Road Mercer Mill Road has been re-opened,  North of the Rosindale Road intersection.  It is currently posed at 5 tons. CLOSINGS: Center Road Center Road is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. It is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. ELWELL FERRY: Elwell Ferry is operating as normal. Share:

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Tillis Introduces Former Senior Advisor Robert Wilkie at VA Nomination Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced Robert Wilkie, a native of Fayetteville, NC and Senior Advisor toSenator Tillis from 2015 until late 2017, at his nomination hearing to be Secretary of the VA. Senator Tillis’ Statement: Chairman Isakson, ranking member Tester and distinguished members of the committee, I am proud to introduce my friend and colleague Robert Wilkie as the nominee for Secretary of the VA.   I’ve had the honor of working with Robert for three years.  Sometimes he worked for me and other times I worked for him.  His combination of knowledge, humor, humility, and heart has endeared him …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for June 28

The Annual Meeting of Bladen County Committee of 100 was held last evening.  Dr. Barry O’Brien, Dean and Associate Professor, UNC Pembroke School of Business was the guest speaker.  Topic of his address was “Entrepreneurship and Small Business”.  Thought provoking…..there was room for more attendees.(see Erin Smith’s article on this page) Spoofing of telephone numbers is ‘frustrating’.  Have received several calls recently, asking if I called their number and I have not….local, in state and out of state. Been thinking about the Sarah Huckabee Sanders ‘fiasco’ over the past few days.  She was apparently ask to leave a small restaurant last weekend, because of her position in the Trump White …..

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July is Bereaved Parents Awareness Month

Contributed Often we don’t know what to say or do for grieving parents, so we do nothing. However, the month of July is designated as Bereaved Parents Awareness Month, a time for supporting our friends and loved ones who’ve experienced the loss of a child. Each year in the United States, the parents of over 50,000 children face the tragedy of losing a child. Rather than looking ahead and planning their children’s futures, bereaved parents are often trapped for years in the memories of their children’s lives. Bereaved mothers and fathers experience more physical and emotional issues than do non-bereaved parents, including severe depression; mortality due to illness and suicide; and failed …..

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Public Meeting

Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter announce July meeting

The Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter, serving the parents of both Bladen and Columbus counties, now meets in Bladen County at the Bladen County Senior Center, 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown. This month we meet on Friday, July 6th, at 3 p.m. Any adult who has experienced a loss of their child, grandchild or sibling is welcome to attend. We meet to share and understand our grief to and help each other. We invite and welcome any parent, grandparent or adult sibling who is interested in attending. Share:

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District 2 DYB Minors Supplemental Tournament: Elizabethtown 8, Columbus County 0

WHITEVILLE –Claxton Tatum and Braylon Cromartie combined to pitch a 6-hit shutout Wednesday night as Elizabethtown won the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Minors Supplemental Tournament championship with an 8-0 victory over Columbus County. Tatum pitched the first four innings, struck out six batters and allowed 4 hits. Cromartie worked the final 2 innings on the mound, striking out two and giving up 2 hits. Finesse Shipman drew a lead-off walk in the Elizabethtown first inning, and Aiden Hargrove belted a single. Ryan Dove knocked in Shipman with a double. Jake Gooden slammed a double that scored Dove, and Joshua Dawson smacked a single that scored Gooden for a 3-0 lead. Cromartie …..

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This Day in History for June 28

1776 – Final draft of Declaration of Independence submitted to Continental Congress. 1820 – Tomato is proven to be non-poisonous by Colonel Robert Gibbon eating a tomato on steps of courthouse in Salem, New Jersey. 1870 – U.S. Congress creates federal holidays (New Years Day, Independence Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day), initially applicable only to federal employees. 1894 – Labor Day established as a holiday for US federal employees. 1902 – US buys concession to build Panama canal from French for $40 million. 1935 – FDR orders a federal gold vault to be built at Fort Knox, Kentucky. 1940 – “Quiz Kids” premieres on radio. 1951 – “Amos ‘n’ …..

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Fourth of July Sidewalk Sale set to begin Friday

By Erin Smith Ready, set, shop! The merchants in downtown Elizabethtown have an array of bargains waiting to greet shoppers this weekend for the annual Fourth of July Sidewalk Sale. The Sidewalk Sale will take place from Friday, June 29th, through Saturday, July 7th. The sidewalk sale is an event that is enjoyed by merchants, visitors and residents alike. Stores will be offering a variety of bargains from which folks can choose. Summer merchandise as well as new arrivals will be available to choose, which is sure to please everyone on your shopping list. Mike Suggs, owner of Fisher’s Men’s and Ladies Shop, said shoppers will find plenty of items …..

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District 9 DYB Majors Tournament: Elizabethtown 4, West Robeson American 3

ELIZABETHTOWN –Carson Gooden blasted a 3-run home run that lifted Elizabethtown to a 4-3 victory over West Robeson American Wednesday night in the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Majors Tournament. West Robeson took a 2-1 lead into the fourth inning, but Hunter Elks and Jake Futrell drew walks, before Gooden launched a home run over the left-centerfield fence that put Elizabethtown ahead 4-2. West Robeson scored a run Tuesday night on 3 walks and a hit batter in the first inning before rain stopped play. The visitors added a run in the second inning on two hits and a walk. Elizabethtown sliced the margin to 2-1 in the third inning. …..

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Tillis Statement on Retirement of Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement following Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy’s announcement that he will retire from the Supreme Court of the United States: “For the last thirty years, Justice Kennedy has served honorably on the Supreme Court of the United States and has left a lasting impact on American jurisprudence. I want to thank him and his family for his service to the American people and wish him well in his retirement. “As a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I look forward to carefully examining the nominee put forth by the President to fill the …..

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General Assembly overrides Governor’s veto of NC Farm Bill

By Erin Smith The NC General Assembly completed an override of Governor Roy Cooper’s veto of the NC Farm Bill 2018 on Wednesday morning. The measure will now become law and it will restrict when and how neighbors of farms can file a lawsuit. The NC Senate override vote was 37 for and 9 against on Tuesday and the NC House override vote was 74 for and 45 against on Wednesday morning. The law attempts to modify the State’s right to farm law after a federal court ruling scuttled the law and removed protections for farms. One provision of the NC Farm Bill states that a plaintiff may not receive …..

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Stolen items recovered in Columbus County

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) recovered approximately $115,000.00 worth of stolen property, last week.  The property was recovered in three unrelated incidents. On June 20, 2018, Jeffery Lee Allen of Chadbourn discovered that his white 32 feet long, enclosed trailer had been stolen from his property while he was asleep.  Mr. Allen secured his 1968 Chevrolet Camaro race car, along with a generator, racing fuel, and other miscellaneous items inside of the enclosed trailer.  After contacting law enforcement, Mr. Allen posted pictures of his stolen property on social media.  Mr. Allen received a tip in reference to the location of his stolen property.  Mr. Allen immediately contacted the Columbus …..

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Emereau:Bladen announces new Executive Director

Contributed Emereau: Bladen is pleased to announce that Mrs. Carla Fisher has been hired as the new Executive Director effective June 25, 2018. Mrs. Fisher earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from North Carolina University at Wilmington, Masters in Teaching and Learning from Nova Southeastern University, and a Masters in Executive Leadership from Gardner-Webb University. Carla has a total of 18 years of experience in education. Her most current position was Principal at Douglass Academy located in Wilmington, NC. Mrs. Fisher is quoted as saying, “The choice to lead comes with a great responsibility to provide others with purpose, direction, and desire to carry out the vision of an organization.  …..

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North Carolina’s May County and Area Employment Figures Released, Bladen At 4.9 

RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 60 of North Carolina’s counties in May, increased in eight, and remained unchanged in 32.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.5 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 2.8 percent.  Seven of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases, one increased, and seven remained unchanged.  Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 5.8 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 2.9 percent.  The May not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 3.7 percent. Bladen County had a rate of 4.9. Other area counties: Brunswick 4.6. Columbus 4.6. Cumberland 4.7. Pender 3.6.  Robeson 5.7. Sampson …..

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ACT Prep class to be offered

Contributed Are you wanting to get some reinforcement for your child to prepare them for the ACT test?  There will be a 4-hour tutorial in the four core areas: English, Reading, Math, and Science offered by three highly qualified teachers from East Bladen High School. Ms. Denise Cashwell will be teaching the Math section; Mrs. Anita Willington will be teaching the English and Reading sections; and Mrs. Cheryl West will be teaching the Science section. The class will be conducted in the Small Fellowship Hall at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church on Thursday, July 12th, at two different times. The first period will be taught from 8 a.m. until 12 noon and …..

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Amateur Radio Enthusiasts host international competition in Bladen County

Contributed Amateur radio enthusiasts from Bladen County came together this past weekend to demonstrate their technical expertise, and the emergency response capabilities of amateur, or ‘Ham’, radio.  Members of the Bladen County Amateur Radio Society, known as W4BLA, set up a make-shift operations site in the field adjacent to the Farmer’s Market in downtown Elizabethtown, and, for a 24-hour period known as ‘Field Day’, they operated an around-the-clock effort to contact as many radio amateurs around the world as possible.  Their efforts were astonishingly successful! At an almost frenetic pace, club members logged hundreds of contacts thru-out the day, and across the night, ranging from northern Canada, all the way …..

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Vaisala’s New Platforms to Provide Companies with Historical Lightning Data

Lightning IntegratorTM and Lightning ExporterTM will offer recent lightning event data impacting employee safety and productivity. Vaisala, a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, including comprehensive lightning data, today announced the launch of Lightning Integrator and Lightning Exporter, new platforms used to access historical lightning data to support companies with regulatory compliance and legal reporting requirements. The subscription-based products utilize historical lightning data from Vaisala’s National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN) and – for the first time – historical data from Vaisala’s Global Lightning Dataset, GLD360. The Lightning Integrator is an application program interface (API) that allows companies and governments to ingest lightning data straight into their systems, so users can quickly gain access …..

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Tillis & Klobuchar Bipartisan Legislation to Help Veterans Exposed to Toxic Burn Pits Passes Senate

Legislation would create a center of excellence within the VA to better understand the health effects associated with burn pits and treat veterans who become sick after exposure WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) applauded Senate passage of their bipartisan legislation that would create a center of excellence within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to better understand the health effects associated with burn pits and treat veterans who become sick after exposure. “We have an obligation to care for the brave men and women in uniform who were exposed to harmful substances from toxic burn pits …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for June 27

A note from Dawn Maynard, Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce, reminding members it’s time to pay dues.  And, the annual fireworks show is set for ‘dark thirty’ July 4th (a week from today) at White Lake.  Sponsors are still welcome and needed. Vacation Bible School is set for numerous churches, countywide.  Fun for parents and students.  Check with your church office, newsletter or bulletin for details. Elizabethtown Presbyterian Pastor, Rev. David Holloway, is sponsoring Summer Sports Camp, two separate camps, the first is the week of July 9-13 and the second is August 6-10, both at the church.  It is for children grades K through 6th grade. Includes Arts & Crafts, Bowling, Basketball, Hiking, Music, Skating, Soccer, …..

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District 9 DYB Minors Tournament: Elizabethtown 20, Lumberton 5

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Elizabethtown pounded Lumberton 20-5 Tuesday night in an elimination game in the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Majors Tournament. Elizabethtown jumped in front with 4 runs in the first inning. Torrean Cogdell drilled a double to leftfield, and Tyler Lewis knocked him in with a triple to rightfield. Jackson Smith drove in Tyler Lewis with a single. Coley Sasser cracked a single to centerfield, and Davion Lewis hammered a triple that scored Sasser and Davion Lewis. Elizabethtown stretched the lead to 9-1 with a five-run second-inning. Colton Daly led off with a single, and Jayce Hatcher slammed a double that scored Daly. Easton Bostic …..

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Rainouts Continue on Tuesday in District DYB Action

Heavy rains continued to plague this week’s Dixie Youth Baseball District 9 Minors and Majors Tournament games at Elizabethtown’s Leinwand Park. The 6 p.m. games on Tuesday were completed with Elizabethtown posting a 20-5 victory over Lumberton in Minor League play, while Fairmont earned an 8-2 victory over Red Springs in Major League action. However the 8 p.m. games on both fields were stopped by rain. In the Major League Tournament West Robeson American leads Elizabethtown 1-0 in the top of the first inning. That game will resume at 8 p.m. Wednesday. In the Minor League Tournament, Fairmont will play West Robeson American at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The District 2 …..

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This Day in History for June 27

1778 – Liberty Bell returns home to Philadelphia after the British departure. 1847 – New York & Boston linked by telegraph wires. 1867 – Bank of California opens doors. 1893 – Great stock crash on NY stock exchange. 1914 – US signs treaty of commerce with Ethiopia. 1934 – Federal Savings & Loan Association created. 1950 – US sends 35 military advisors to South Vietnam. 1950 – North Korean troops reach Seoul, UN asks members to aid South Korea, Harry Truman orders US Air Force & Navy into Korean conflict. 1955 – 1st automobile seat belt legislation enacted (Illinois) 1957 – Hurricane Audrey kills 526 in Louisiana & Texas. 1962 …..

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Ivanhoe man arrested for murder

An Ivanhoe man who was already under arrest for outstanding warrants from Duplin County, is now facing a murder charge for the shooting death of Jamaris Pridgen. According to reports, Pridgen’s body was found on Saturday, June 2nd,  in shallow grave just off of Wilbur Pridgen Road near the Harrells community. Lajona Demarrias Carr, 41, of Ivanhoe, was charged with Pridgen’s murder on June 22nd. According to reports, Pridgen’s father received a telephone call on June 2nd stating his stepson had been killed and his body could be found in Sampson County. His stepfather searched for Pridgen and eventually located his vehicle, a Honda Civic, on CC Road near Garland …..

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Updated Center Hours of Operation for Hurricane Matthew Application Centers

Three new Hurricane Matthew Housing Recovery Application Centers will open June 28 to help hurricane survivors whose homes were damaged by the devastating storm. The newest ReBuild NC Application Centers are located in Windsor, Fair Bluff and Kinston and will join four existing centers in Fayetteville, Tarboro, Lumberton and Goldsboro to help people apply for financial help to repair or rebuild their homes. ReBuild NC Application Centers County Physical Address  Hours of Operation Cumberland  707 Executive Place Fayetteville, NC 28305  9 a.m.  – 4 p.m., Mondays – Fridays Edgecombe  3003 N. Main Street Tarboro, NC 27886 9 a.m.  – 5 p.m,  Mon. Wed. Th. Fri. 0  a.m. – 7  p.m., Tuesdays Robeson  405 …..

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CNA/PCA/Med-Tech for all shifts

West Bladen Assisted Living is hiring CNA/PCA/Med-Tech for all shifts. Apply in person at 714 East Bladen Street, Bladenboro. Must be apply to work all shifts, must have dependable transportation, must be able to work well with the elderly, and be a team player. MUST BE DEPENDABLE is a must!!! Apply In person Share:

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County receives land from State for driver training facility

By Erin Smith Bladen County learned on Tuesday they have received 109 acres of land from the State of North Carolina to construct a driver training facility at the Bladen County Training Facility. Governor Roy Cooper singed the measure late Monday, according to NC Rep. William Brisson. “A lot of southeastern counties will benefit from it,” said Rep. Brisson. The County will pay $1 to North Carolina for the land which is located between the Training Facility and the firing range. The land has been logged and cleared by State officials. This will make preparing the property for the driving facility easier. Sgt. Gary Turlington, with the Bladen County Sheriff’s …..

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House Passes Pittenger’s Landmark National Security Bill

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed 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 over two years, we have fought for CFIUS reform and the implementation …..

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NC DOT

State Transportation Board Funds Improvements at Nine N.C. Airports

RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved state and federal funds for much-needed improvements to nine of North Carolina’s publicly-owned airports. The $3.7 million in funding, approved by the board during its June meeting, will be used to provide improvements such as better runway lighting, new fuel tanks and safer taxiways. North Carolina airports serve as a vital economic engine connecting people and business enterprises with the world. They are among the primary economic drivers in their local communities. For example, $1.59 million will be used to prepare land for new t-hangars and taxilanes at Shelby-Cleveland County Regional Airport. The hangars and taxilanes will enable the facility to accommodate …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By Dora Brogdon This week a 2-year-old male lab/bull dog mix by the name of Stone has been picked for Pet of the Week! He’s very playful and friendly and gets along with kids and some dogs. He would do best in a home where there were no other dogs or his new owners can slowly introduce them. This sweet dog needs his future forever family to come by and adopt him soon! 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 noon until 5 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter …..

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Duke Energy receives highest honor from the U.S. Department of Defense for its support of National Guard and Reserve employees

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) today announced that it has received the 2018 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, the highest honor the U.S. Department of Defense gives to companies for their outstanding support for employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. The award is presented annually by the Secretary of Defense, and Duke Energy was one of only 15 companies nationwide to be selected out of more than 2,300 nominations. “We’re extremely proud to support the men and women who serve our country, protect our freedom and who make our company great,” said Duke Energy Chairman, President and CEO Lynn Good. “Our colleagues who serve in …..

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Governor vetoes NC Farm Bill

By Erin Smith NC Governor Roy Cooper vetoed the NC Farm Act of 2018, which addresses several issues that are facing North Carolina’s farmers and their families. The NC General Assembly will attempt to override the veto this week. NC Rep. William Brisson, a Republican who represents NC District 22 which includes Bladen County said, “I’m sure we’ll have the votes to override the veto.” He added that NC Farm Bill does have some bipartisan support in the General Assembly. It is on calendar to be discussed Wednesday, June 27th, according to Rep. Brisson. NC Senator Brent Jackson, a Republican of Sampson County, said the bill attempts to modify the …..

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House advances opioid package to Senate

WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, with the support of Congressman Rouzer, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 6, the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for Patients and Communities Act which makes reforms to Medicaid, Medicare, and public health programs and policies. “Opioid addiction is a horrific problem for North Carolina and the rest of the country.  Unfortunately, no community is immune to this epidemic.  This legislation, which was approved by the House, seeks to combat the opioid crisis by advancing treatment and recovery initiatives, improving prevention, protecting our communities, and bolstering our efforts to fight deadly illicit synthetic drugs, like Fentanyl, which is responsible for countless overdoses …..

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Rotarians learn about NC Family Policy Council

Pastor Thomas Graham, the Pastor Outreach Director with the NC Family Policy Council, visited the Elizabethtown Rotary Club. The NC Family Policy Council offers rescues to families who want to stand up for family values in their communities. Graham said the mission of the NC Family Policy Council is to equip families to become voices of persuasion in their neighborhoods and communities. Issues addressed by the NC Family Policy Council include marriage and parenting, sanctity of life, religious freedom, health and sexuality, education, government, gambling, and drugs and crime. The NC Family Policy Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 1992 and is dedicated to preserving traditional family values. …..

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Three New Application Centers Open to Help North Carolinians Recover from Hurricane Matthew

People with homes damaged by Matthew can call 2-1-1 to begin applying for help RALEIGH – Three new Hurricane Matthew Housing Recovery Application Centers will open June 28 to help hurricane survivors whose homes were damaged by the devastating storm. The newest ReBuild NC Application Centers are located in Windsor, Fair Bluff and Kinston and will join four existing centers in Fayetteville, Tarboro, Lumberton and Goldsboro to help people apply for financial help to repair or rebuild their homes. The help with housing repairs, homeowner reimbursement and other housing-related issues is made possible by North Carolina’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program which is funded by the federal government …..

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USDA

USDA Announces Loan Rates for 2018-Crop Peanuts

WASHINGTON – U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) today announced 2018-crop loan rates for four types of peanuts. Eligible producers can obtain peanut loans through their local FSA county offices or alternative delivery partners (DMA’s – Designated Marketing Associations, and CMA’s – Cooperative Marketing Associations). These loans provide producers with interim financing on their production, and facilitate the orderly distribution of loan-eligible peanuts throughout the year. The 2014 Farm Bill established the national loan rate for peanuts at $355 per ton, which is unchanged from the previous farm bill. CCC calculated the price support levels for each peanut type using the same method as last year. CCC …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for June 26

Signs keep popping up in the area, ‘I buy old cars’, another says ‘I buy ugly houses’.  Wonder if these folks travel together.  Crazy thought, buy old cars to park at ugly houses? As a senior citizen, kinda be glad when trade wars, tariffs, etc. are all settled.  Days like yesterday play havoc with 401Ks, and other such instruments.  Anything that reduces the principle on saving accounts is cause for concern and it’s been mostly downhill for the past couple of weeks.  Just trying to make it to the finish line with no assistance from any source except the one we have saved for, or earned over the years.  Many in the …..

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This Day in History for June 26

1797 – Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow, though farmers fear effects of iron on soil. 1848 – 1st pure food law enacted in US. 1894 – Karl Benz of Germany receives US patent for gasoline-driven auto. 1900 – Dr. Walter Reed begins research that beats Yellow Fever. 1916 – Cleveland Indians experiment with numbers on their jerseys (one game) 1924 – Ziegfeld Follies opens on Broadway. 1934 – FDR signs Federal Credit Union Act, establishing Credit Unions. 1945 – United Nations Charter signed by 50 nations in San Francisco. 1946 – Fred Allen’s last radio show, his guest is Jack Benny. 1968 – Iwo Jima & Bonin Islands returned …..

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White Lake’s Tommy Baker Named Women’s Golf Coach at James Madison

HARRISONBURG, VA – White Lake native Tommy Baker has been named the new head coach for James Madison University’s women’s golf team in an announcement from JMU Athletic Director Jeff Bourne. In a press release from James Madison, Bourne said, “Tommy is a great fit for the culture we promote within JMU athletics. He was an honor roll collegiate athlete and has maintained that balance of competitive success and growing the person as he has moved into coaching.” Bourne continued, “In each step of his journey, he has accepted new challenges and left a program better than he found it. We are eager to witness him make a similar impact …..

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10 Fishburne Military School Cadets Graduate JCLC Eagle

FMS Cadet Xiaoyu Chen is named 3rd highest scoring at Camp Fort Pickett, VA — For five days last week the air at Fort Pickett echoed with the motivated cheers of high school cadets from throughout Virginia and North Carolina. The Junior ROTC Cadet Leadership Camp (known as JCLC Eagle) drew over 250 young people from 25 different schools and units to the training grounds located in Blackstone, Virginia. The annual training event is designed to give JROTC cadets an opportunity to hone the skills they have acquired during the school year while meeting and interacting with like-minded young people from around the region. Sponsored by US Army Cadet Command …..

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West Bladen FFA Members attend North Carolina State FFA Convention

Contributed West Bladen FFA members attended the 90th North Carolina State FFA Convention from June 19th-21st, 2018.  The State FFA Convention was held at the Raleigh Convention Center located in downtown Raleigh.  During the Convention, West Bladen FFA members competed in the Agriculture Mechanics, Agricultural Tools and Materials Identification, Food Science and Technology, and Prepared Public Speaking Career Development Events. During the 2017-2018 school year, the West Bladen FFA Chapter grew by at least 30 members.  Due to this growth, West Bladen FFA received a membership growth award and on-stage recognition during the 2nd general session of FFA Convention.  West Bladen FFA member, Rainey Thompson, was recognized on stage during …..

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USDA

USDA to Help Producers Prepare for Addition of Seed Cotton to Two Key Safety Net Programs

Information to Help Farmers and Ranchers Select the Coverage Options that Fit Their Needs WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is sending acreage history and yield reports to agricultural producers with generic base acres covered by the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. This information will help producers decide the best options for how to allocate generic base acres, given the addition of seed cotton as a covered commodity in the programs. “We’re sending this information to make sure farmers and ranchers have the data they need to make critical decisions about these USDA programs,” said Richard Fordyce, administrator of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). …..

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187 More Homeowners to Get Housing Help to Recover from Matthew

State Awards $24.5 million to Help Survivors into More Resilient Homes Raleigh – Across central and eastern North Carolina, 187 homeowners will soon get $24.5 million in federal and state funds to acquire, elevate or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew, NC Emergency Management announced today. “This is welcome help for some of the hardest hit communities, including Fair Bluff and Lumberton,” said state Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. “We know they’ve been eagerly awaiting this good news and are ready to get started with these projects to get families into more resilient homes.” The sixth award of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds will be used to reconstruct 56 …..

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Bladen County under severe thunderstorm watch

The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a severe thunderstorm watch for all of southeast North Carolina and northeast South Carolina from 1 p.m. until 10 p.m.  This watch also includes all coastal waters. Clusters/lines of storms producing damaging winds are the most likely threat, said Joshua Weiss, with the National Weather Service. A severe thunderstorm watch means conditions are favorable for the development of severe thunderstorms. Share:

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No injuries in fire at White Lake apartment

By Erin Smith A kitchen in an apartment on Teal Road near White Lake resulted in damage only to the kitchen on Monday. The fire ocurred in Apartment 42 on Teal Road. According to the occupant of the apartment, he had just gotten off work  and was attempting to prepare fried chicken for lunch when the incident ocurred. Fire officials on the scene said the smoke detectors activated and alerted a neighbor who banged on the door of the apartment to make sure everyone was out. The occupants of the apartments got out safely and there were no reports of any injuries. The Ammon, Elizabethtown, White Lake and Bay Tree …..

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Bladen County Solid Waste announces July 4th operating schedule

Contributed Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Wednesday, July 4th – Independence Day: The Mercer Mill Road Convenience Site will be operating on its normal schedule, 7:00 AM until 7:00 PM. All other convenience sites will be closed. The Transfer Station will be closed in observance of the holiday. Normal operations shall resume on Thursday, July 5th. Share:

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Southeastern Health celebrates first residency graduation

By Roxana Ross Southeastern Health celebrated its first medical residency graduates Friday, June 22. The ceremony, which was held at the Southeastern Agricultural Center, recognized the 26 graduating residents who completed their residencies at SeHealth in either emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, or a traditional rotating internship. “We are extremely excited and proud, yet humbled to present the first resident graduating class to the region,” said Vice President of Medical Education Dr. Patricia Matto. “Their sincere desire to improve themselves to better serve and care for their patients in this community cannot be overstated. Not only did they provide quality and compassionate healthcare, but they provided humanistic care to …..

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Strong thunderstorms roll through Bladen, one house damaged

By Erin Smith Strong thunderstorms passed through Bladen County overnight Sunday leaving many residents without power and yards littered with debris. One Elizabethtown family had a tree fall on their home. Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark said there were multiple reports of trees down throughout the county and one tree was reported to have crashed through a mobile home located on Powell Street in Elizabethtown. Clark also said several farm sheds were also reported to have received damage. Elizabethtown Fire Chief Nick West said the owner of the mobile home on Powell Street is receiving assistance from the American Red Cross. Chief West added he does not know where …..

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Public Meeting

Reservations being accepted for Committee of 100 annual meeting

Contributed Reservations are still being accepted for the Bladen County Committee of 100 Annual Meeting and dinner on Wednesday, June 27th.  The meeting will begin with a social time at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Gallery Ballroom of the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown.  Dr. Barry O’Brien, Dean and Associate Professor, UNC-Pembroke School of Business, will be speaking on “Entrepreneurship and Small Business.” There will be no cost for the dinner for members, but other interested persons can attend at a cost of $15 each.  Contact Linda at 910-645-2292 by 3 p.m. on Monday, June 25th, to register for the Annual Meeting or RSVP to lclark@bladenco.org. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for June 25

One more week left in June 2018…July 4th is just around the corner. An interesting day yesterday, weather wise.  Windy, sunny, cloudy, stormy, hot, rainfall totaled over an inch at the Curtis Brown airport in Elizabethown.  Wind gust topped 40 mpg near 6 p.m. and in the low 30 mpg range shortly after 10 p.m. last evening. There were some power outages reported, hopefully all have been restored. Dixie Youth playoff action continued over the weekend.  Busy time for players, coaches, parents and friends. Former Whiteville Wolfpacker Mackenzie Gore is back in the rotation for the Fort Wayne Tincaps baseball team.  Still working on getting back to his normal game after missing most of …..

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This Day in History for June 25

1638 – Lunar eclipse is 1st astronomical event recorded in the American Colonies. 1798 – US passes Alien Act allowing president to deport dangerous aliens. 1868 – Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina readmitted to US. 1876 – Battle of the Little Bighorn: US 7th Cavalry under Brevet Major General George Armstrong Custer wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne warriors led by Chiefs Crazy Horse and Sitting Bull in what has become famously known as “Custer’s Last Stand” 1910 – US Mann Act passed (no woman across state lines for immoral purposes) 1926 – 61st British Golf Open: Bobby Jones shoots a 291 at Royal Lytham. 1938 …..

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John Bowen Playing in Charlotte Summer Basketball League

CHARLOTTE – West Bladen grad John Bowen is playing for Belmont Abbey in the Pro-Am of Charlotte Summer Basketball League. Saturday Bowen poured in 45 points and recorded a double-double in a victory over BFAM. Sunday Bowen racked up 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in a 3-point loss to FC Heat. Bowen and Belmont Abbey will play JCSU at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Complete schedule is available on Pro-Am of Charlotte’s Facebook page. Games will be shown on Facebook live on game day. Share:

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District 2 DYB Minors Tournament: Whiteville 18, Bladen County 7

WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated Bladen County 18-7 Sunday night in an elimination game in the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Minors Tournament. Whiteville scored 3 runs in the first inning and tacked on 7 more runs in the top of the second inning for a 10-0 lead. Walks to Jackie Combs, Dashon Campbell and J. B. Robinson loaded the bases in the Bladen half of the second. Clayton Moore ripped a double to left-centerfield that scored Combs, Campbell and Robinson. Kaleb Gaddy and Cayden Moore drew walks, and Jackson Pait’s bunt single scored Gaddy. Jonah Bryan’s fielder’s choice plated Cayden Moore, and Weston Hilburn reached base on an error that …..

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