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District 2 DYB Coach-Pitch Supplemental Tournament Elizabethtown 12, South Columbus 1

TABOR CITY – Elizabethtown rode a 7-run, third-inning explosion to an 8-0 lead and eventual 12-1 victory over South Columbus Saturday in the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch Supplemental Tournament. Aiden Trinidad smashed a first-inning double and raced home on Jaylen Smith’s single to centerfield that put Elizabethtown ahead 1-0. Gauge King hammered a lead-off triple in the Elizabethtown third inning. Trinidad knocked in Gauge King with a double. Prince McKoy drove in Trinidad with a single, and Noah German followed with a single. Smith laced a single to right-centerfield that scored McKoy, and Lathan Cashwell delivered a single that plated German. Taylor King smacked a single that scored Smith, and …..

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District 9 DYB Coach-Pitch Tournament Elizabethtown 20, Red Springs 4

LUMBERTON – Elizabethtown rolled to a 20-4 victory over Red Springs Saturday in the opening round of the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch Tournament. Omar Powell lashed a double to left to begin the Elizabethtown first inning and dashed home when Devance Tatum followed with a single. Seth Faircloth reached base on an error to start the Elizabethtown second and raced home when Fox Sutton slammed a double. Jag Gooden whacked a single, and Javonte Smith drove in Sutton with a single. Gunner Lewis swatted a single that scored Gooden. Fielder’s choices by Powell and Tatum retired Smith and Lewis, before Strickland’s single loaded the bases. Tyler Eason blasted a grand-slam …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

HAPPY FATHERS DAY to all fathers! How long have we been celebrating Father’s Day? Father’s Day is a celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society in Catholic Europe.  This celebration was brought by the Spanish and Portuguese to Latin America, where March 19 is often still used for it, though many countries in Europe and the Americas have adopted the U.S. date, which is the third Sundayof June.  It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Mother’s Day, Siblings Day and Grandparents Day. As long as I can remember, Father’s Day was special, most often celebrated by all family members coming together to celebrate …..

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Bladen County Coach-Pitch Supplemental All-Stars

  The Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball Supplemental All-Stars that represented the Bladen County League in the District 2 Tournament are pictured:   Bottom Row (Left-Right): Wyse Paterson, Ty’Quan (Noodle) Jones, Greg Banks, Cooper Mills, Zee Pone, Xavier Clark. Second Row: Joseph Burney, Sha’moni McNair, Amare Campbell, Dylan McLaurin, Devan Haire, Jayden Bethea.  Back Row: Coaches Hakeem Swindell, Graham Burney, Hunter Walters, Erin Wakefield.  Share:

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Bladen County Sports

District 2 DYB Coach-Pitch Tournament

Whiteville 14, Bladen County 2 TABOR CITY – Whiteville defeated Bladen County 14-2 Saturday night in the opening round of the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 Coach-Pitch Tournament. The Bladen All-Stars scored both of their runs in the first inning. Chase Bryan, Cole Brisson and Dillon Brisson belted consecutive singles that scored Bryan. Caleb Parnell poled a fly ball to rightfield that scored Cole Brisson. Cole Brisson batted 2-2 with a run scored to lead the Bladen hitters. Bryan, Dillon Brisson, Parnell, Samuel Cummings, Ashton Davis, Brady Rhodes, Luke Bryant and Gavin Brisson connected for one hit each for the Bladen team. Bladen County will play the Riegelwood/Columbus County loser Sunday at 4 p.m. in an elimination …..

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Fundraiser for Joey Taylor, husband, father, friend

Friends of Joey Taylor want to help him and his family with his medical expenses. Joey is a resident of White Lake, NC from Deep Run, NC, he is a husband, father, grandfather, business owner, volunteer, golf and bike enthusiast and so much more. He has been battling cancer for over two years. Please help us with your prayers and support. Joey has been a blessing to many and we want to assist him and his family. Please help us show the Taylor family great kindness in their time of great challenges. We thank you in advance for your prayers and support. How you can help… Prayers Your prayers are …..

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Bladen County Sports

District 2 DYB Coach-Pitch Supplemental Tournament

Whiteville defeated Bladen County TABOR CITY – Whiteville defeated Bladen County Saturday in the opening round of  the Dixie Youth Baseball District 2 Coach-Pitch Supplemental Tournament. Amare Campbell smacked a one-out single in the first inning and circled the bases with the only Bladen run as Cooper Mills and Greg Banks reached base. Campbell batted 2-2 to lead the Bladen County hitters. Teammates Sha’moni McNair, Mills, Banks and Jayden Bethea connected for one hit each. Bladen County will play the South Columbus loser Sunday at 3:30 in an elimination game. Share:

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

The Rowe Theatre in Elizabethtown becomes a twin cinema. Toby Scandier becomes an Eagle Scout. The Elizabethtown High School class of 1927 holds a reunion in Pinehurst. Cliff Hester in the new attorney for the town of White Lake. Share:

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You have to stand for something

Contributed Courtlyn Smith, a Bladen County resident, wanted to show support for her Papa and Grandma this weekend. A ‘Stand for Hog Farmers’ sign had the toddler very excited. “Courtlyn is concerned for our local farmers and her grub,” said Courtney Smith, mom to the concerned youngsters. Related articles: https://bladenonline.com/lawsuits-against-smithfield-foods-are-a-dangerous-threat-to-all-north-carolina-farmers/ https://bladenonline.com/smithfield-foods-to-appeal-nuisance-lawsuit-verdict/ https://bladenonline.com/jury-awards-plaintiffs-more-than-50-million-in-historic-hog-nuisance-lawsuit/ Share:

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This Week at NCDOT: Additional Train Trip and Western N.C. Cleanup

RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured inNCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast. Additional NC By Train Trip NC By Train, the state’s passenger rail line that runs between Raleigh and Charlotte, operates daily and has seven additional stops in between. Now it is even more convenient to take the train with a new daily trip between the two cities. This week, in addition to fully revised train schedules, a fourth daily trip began. The addition of Piedmont trains 77 and 78 gives passengers round trips every four hours. Christening ceremonies were held in both Raleigh and Charlotte, which …..

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Avoiding Bad Neighbors

by Diane Beyer Everyone has had an experience with a bad neighbor. There are various reasons for considering a neighbor “bad,” but most of them have an element of “chemistry” in them somewhere. Some people just don’t get along. It’s no different in the plant world. Since plants are restricted in place and not able to move away from bad or undesirable neighbors, they must employ other methods. Plant communities use chemistry to repel or subdue those that may pose a threat to a thriving population. There are several other things to consider when deciding what to plant with what: What growing conditions do the plants require? Plants that have …..

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Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers

FEMA Releases Guide to Engaging Faith-Based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers FEMA released the guide on Engaging Faith-based and Community Organizations: Planning Considerations for Emergency Managers. Faith-based and community organizations offer a wide variety of human and material resources that can prove invaluable during and after an incident. This guide provides a methodology for emergency managers to engage with faith-based and community organizations in enhancing the resiliency of our nation. By identifying, engaging, and building partnerships with these groups, particularly those in racially, ethnically, economically, and religiously diverse communities, emergency managers can provide training and technical assistance to strengthen their skills, connect them with existing partners, and …..

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Heat Safety for Vehicles

Learn how the temperature outside may affect the temperature inside your vehicle. With the summer months upon us, now is the time to learn about the dangers of heatstroke and being trapped in a hot car. Heatstroke is dangerous and can be deadly. Never leave children, pets, or older adults unattended in a parked car. Use the following life saving tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to remind yourself and others to check the back seat before walking away from a vehicle. Children mistakenly being left in hot vehicles make up many of the tragedies reported each year. Look Before You Lock. Get into the routine of always checking the back …..

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USDA

USDA Extends Application Deadline

WASHINGTON, June 12, 2018 – U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced the re-enrollment deadline for the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy will be extended until June 22, 2018. The new and improved program protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant. USDA has already issued more than $89 million for margins triggered in February, March, and April, and USDA offices are continuing to process remaining payments daily. “Last week we re-opened enrollment to offer producers preoccupied with field work an additional opportunity to come into their local office …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – June 17

1788 – After a lengthy stay in Europe, future US President John Adams and his wife Abigail Adams return to Boston. 1837 – Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent. 1856 – Republican Party opens its 1st national convention in Philadelphia. 1885 – Statute of Liberty arrives in NYC aboard French ship ‘Isere” 1901 – The College Board introduces its first standardized test, the frontrunner to the SAT. 1915 – The League to Enforce Peace is organized at Independence Hall in Philadelphia with William Howard Taft as president; its program anticipates the League of Nations. 1928 – Amelia Earhart leaves Newfoundland to become 1st woman (passenger) to fly Atlantic (as …..

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This Day in History for June 16

1858 – Abraham Lincoln says “A house divided against itself cannot stand” accepting Illinois Republican Party’s nomination for the Senate. 1897 – A treaty annexing the Republic of Hawaii to the United States is signed; the Republic would not be dissolved until a year later. 1903 – Ford Motors under Henry Ford incorporates. 1903 – Pepsi Cola company forms. 1909 – 1st US airplane sold commercially, by Glenn Curtiss for $5,000. 1909 – Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, his will cause him to forfeit his Olympic medals. 1922 – Henry Berliner demonstrates his helicopter to US Bureau of Aeronautics. 1933 …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for Saturday, June 16

Had positive reaction to my most recent Thoughts, related to ‘hog killin’ and “making lye soap”. Never totally understand unless you lived it… Did receive a nice article from a reader related to the topic: “Forklife: The Last Tradition of Lye Soap and Hog Killin’ Day”. Hope Thompson was the author. Google it, good reading. A reminder of Father’s Day on Sunday and the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce annual meeting next week. Had a couple of meetings recently on topics never dreamed of when we were ‘killing hogs and making lye soap”. Typical topic in today’s environment, “Cybersecurity” and “Anti-Sexual Harrassment”. It is a wise father that knows his …..

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Bladen fire departments to offer smoke detectors

By Erin Smith Bladen County’s fire departments are teaming up with the NC Fire Marshal’s Office to install smoke detectors in homes throughout the county on Saturday, June 23. Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark said each fire department in the county is planning to go out in their communities to install the smoke detectors on that date. From Jan. 1, 2018, to May 1, 2018, there have been 1,339 fire-related deaths in the United States, according to the US Fire Administration’s website. Of that number, 69 deaths occurred in North Carolina. In Bladen County, there have been two fire-related deaths so far this year, said Clark. “Smoke detectors save …..

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Division on Aging marks World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

  By Erin Smith Elder abuse and neglect are issues that face many families. The Bladen County Division on Aging held an Elder Abuse Awareness Day to help their clients to be able to recognize the signs of abuse or neglect. Christina Brewington with the Bladen County Department of Social Services addressed those in attendance and went over some signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect. She stated that in the 2014-15 fiscal year 24,500 cases of elder abuse and neglect were reported to Social Services Departments. Brewington noted that is a 60 percent increase since 2008. Brewington asked those in attendance to give her some reasons for the increase …..

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DYB Coach-Pitch District Tournaments Begin Saturday

District 9 and District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch Tournaments begin Saturday in Lumberton and Tabor City respectively. The Elizabethtown All-Stars will play Red Springs at 11:30 Saturday morning at Lumberton’s Northwest Park in District 9 action. The Bladen County All-Stars will battle Whiteville at 6 p.m. in District 2 play at the Tabor City Recreation Complex. Both the Bladen County and Elizabethtown Supplemental All-Stars will play in the District 2 Supplemental Tournament in Tabor City. Elizabethtown will open the tournament at 4 p.m. against host South Columbus, while Bladen County will play Whiteville at 5:30. Play in both double-elimination tournaments will continue through next week. Share:

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Three Bladen Baseball Players Named All-Conference

East Bladen senior Sincere Smith and junior Greyson Heustess and West Bladen senior Scott Bowen have been named to the All-Three Rivers Conference baseball team. Smith, who was drafted in the 32nd round for the Major League Baseball draft by the New York Yankees, led the Eagles with 27 hits, scored 22 runs and hammered 6 doubles and 2 triples. Season highlights for the Eagle shortstop included a 3-3 game with a triple, 2 runs batted in and 3 runs scored in a 12-10 win at Fairmont. Smith batted 3-3 with 3 runs scored in a 7-4 victory at East Columbus. He also knocked in 3 runs with a 2-2 …..

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

RALEIGH – Today, as the Department of Justice recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, reaffirms the Eastern District of North Carolina’s commitment to combating elder abuse and financial exploitation.  Mr. Higdon commented: “Our seniors deserve our best efforts to prosecute those who attempt to capitalize on their vulnerabilities.  As the Department of Justice continues to collaborate with other Departments to fight elder abuse on the national scale, the Eastern District of North Carolina continues to pursue justice for elderly victims in its district.” Examples of our commitment to prosecuting crimes targeting our elderly citizens include the …..

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Southern Coalition for Social Justice Condemns Reduction in Weekend Early Voting Opportunities, Calls for Veto of Changes

Changes target voting options preferred by African-American voters RALEIGH, N.C. — With the passage of SB 325, the North Carolina General Assembly has approved changes to the state’s early voting procedures whose limitations would likely disproportionately affect African American voters and put greater strain on election resources in rural communities.  The bill mandates that early voting periods end on the Friday before an election, eliminating early voting opportunities on the Saturday before an election — a day on which hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians have cast their ballots in previous elections. It also requires voting sites in a county to have uniform hours — so all sites must be open if any are open, …..

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ADVISORY: Prominent Civil Rights Attorney Anita Earls To Officially File For NC Supreme Court Run

On Monday, June 18th, civil rights attorney Anita Earls will officially file to run for the North Carolina Supreme Court.  Congressman GK Butterfield and former Governor Jim Hunt will speak at the event in support of Anita Earls’ candidacy.  Judicial candidates for the NC Court of Appeals, Judge John S. Arrowood, Allegra Collins and Toby Hampson, will also be filing officially and speaking at the event.   As the founder and director of the Southern Coalition for Social Justice, Anita is best known for leading North Carolina’s landmark case against unconstitutional racial gerrymandering in legislative districts. Anita is now running for the North Carolina Supreme Court because she believes North Carolinians deserve an independent court …..

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Christian Cano Puts Country Over Party with NC09 Endorsement of Jeff Scott (L)

Charlotte, NC, 15Jun2018- 2016 North Carolina 9th Congressional District Democratic Nominee and former 2018 NC09 Democratic Candidate Christian Cano announced his endorsement of Mr. Jeff Scott (L) for our November 06, 2018 Congressional midterm election yesterday. Christian and Jeff will attend this Saturday’s NORML Charlotte monthly meeting to shake hands and confirm this endorsement that puts our Country Over Party.   “I know that Jeff Scott will fight for my family and all our families equally in Congress.  More importantly, he is not beholden to the corporate deep pockets in Nancy Pelosi’s political machine, President 45’s hatred and bigotry, or the privileged interests focused on preserving the status quo and the ways they benefit.  And …..

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Madonna Thunder Hawk to Attend Inaugural Lumbee Film Festival with North Carolina Premiere of ​Warrior Women

Filmmaker Christina D. King will also be in attendance  Wilmington, NC — Madonna Thunder Hawk (Oohenumpa Lakota) is confirmed to attend the first ever Lumbee Film Festival with the film Warrior Women, Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the UNC Pembroke Entrepreneurship Incubator. This inaugural festival showcases bold, original new films made by American Indians, especially members of the Lumbee Tribe living in North Carolina and across the United States. Tickets are free, and guests are encouraged to RSVP at cucalorus.org/lumbee-film-festival/​. Since the 1970s Madonna Thunder Hawk has been an instrumental voice in the battles for Native sovereignty, and remains vocal in her advocacy for implementing self-determination in tribal youth and …..

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Enchanted Evenings

by Katie Jackson A moonlit garden is enchanting, but sometimes the moon needs a little help shedding light on a garden’s nighttime beauty. That’s when it’s time to turn to technology. One of the most helpful developments in the outdoor lighting realm is the increased availability of LED (light-emitting diode) bulb, a technology that has been used for decades in appliances and electronic devices but only recently has become more affordable for the average consumer. While LED lights still cost more than traditional bulbs, they are safer, sturdier, more energy efficient, and longer lasting than halogen and incandescent bulbs, so they easily pay for themselves over time. LED lights also …..

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North Carolina’s May Employment Figures Released 

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted May unemployment rate was 4.3 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from April’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point to 3.8 percent. North Carolina’s May 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 12,280 over the month to 4,774,254 and increased 64,944 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 5,969 over the month to 213,611 and decreased 6,727 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Non-farm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 21,600 to 4,502,100 in May.  The major industries with the …..

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Wesley Pines Retirement Community Receives Award

Wesley Pines was recently recognized as the Top Performer in the 2016-17 Life Care Services (LCS) Life Plan Resident Satisfaction Survey in the areas of Overall Satisfaction, Accounting, Assisted Living, Communications, Executive Director, Extraordinary Impressions, Food and Beverage, Health Center, Marketing and Sales, Plant Operations, Security and Transportation. Rick Exline, Executive Vice President of Life Care Services shared, “We serve the customer first and foremost,” which is the very first Life Care Services Principle.  Life Care Services prides itself on delivering outstanding experiences to their residents.  “Congratulations to Wesley Pines for exemplifying this focus,” states Exline.  He also imparted that Wesley Pines set the bar for the other 130 communities …..

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Elizabethtown PD warns residents to lock your car doors

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department is warning the town’s residents to lock their car doors at all times. Sgt. Detective T. Davis said the department has received six reports so far of someone entering unlocked vehicles on the east side of town and removing money. “We urge everyone to please leave their vehicles locked at all times,” said Sgt. Davis. He said the individual or individuals responsible have been checking car doors and have only entered the vehicles they found to be unlocked. None of the vehicles have been damaged and no other valuables have been reported missing, according to Sgt. Davis. He said the latest incident happened …..

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64 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 64 homeowners across central and eastern North Carolina soon will receive $8.5 million in federal and state funds to acquire, elevate or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. “This is more good news for families who have been waiting for help so they can rebuild their homes and lives,” said state Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry. “We know communities have been eagerly awaiting this funding, and we’re working to get it to them as quickly as possible.” This is the fourth award of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) funds and will help …..

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Rotary hears from scholarship winners

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club awarded scholarships to three high school seniors and one Bladen Community College student this year. Three of those students attended a luncheon at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery on Wednesday and spoke about their future plans. The first student to speak was Janaja McKoy who graduated recently from the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy. She plans to attend UNC-Pembroke in the fall and major in Psychology. “Psychology has always been one of my passions,” said McKoy. “I aspire to help people to be and feel better.” She hopes to be able to help others be able to achieve their goals. The East Bladen High School scholarship …..

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Community Dementia Workshop planned for Monday

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There will be a Community Dementia Workshop, Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Wesley Pines, 1000 Wesley Pines Road, Lumberton. Melanie Bunn who is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and a Dementia Training Specialist, from Dementia Alliance of North Carolina, will be presenting on “What Happens Next?”.  Understanding the progression of dementia can help us learn what to expect and how to better interact with those we care about.  Follow  the story of one family as they move through the stages of dementia.  Learn along with them what works, what doesn’t work, and how to keep the peace along the way. For more information and to register for the workshop please …..

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Letter to the Editor: Ask Commissioners to Invest in Bladen’s Students

Dear Editor: I am writing to ask readers to request that County Commissioners invest in the future of our children.  I am asking readers to request that County Commissioners make a decision that will have a lasting impact on countless students. I am asking readers to ensure the futures of our students and preserve Bladen County’s ability to deliver first rate education. As you may know, seven teachers were let go at Monday night’s Board of Education meeting due to a shortage of funds. This will be a great loss to our county schools. These teachers have brought fresh energy and inspiration to our children over the past year. After announcing …..

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Clarkton Dixie Youth Celebrate Sincere Smith

There’s an old saying, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  That is definitely true for Sincere Smith. Drafted by the New York Yankees last week, Sincere will graduate from East Bladen High School this Saturday and will leave for the Yankees’ rookie camp in Tampa, Florida on Sunday.  He is only 18 years old. Thursday night, the adults from the Clarkton Dixie Youth Baseball league who volunteered when Sincere was a little boy met for supper at San Jose to reminisce and to celebrate Sincere’s accomplishments. None of these adults is coaching any longer, but they all remember when Sincere was a tiny little four-year-old who showed up …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for Friday, June 15

This ‘n that! Remember when ladies had quilting parties. Had wooden frames as big as the quilt, spread out, usually in the largest room in the house. Sewing, treats and some gossip. End product was a ‘one of a kind’ quilt using remnants of all types of fabric. There were also ‘barn raisings’ from time to time. Usually in the late fall or winter. Someone needed a new barn and they were too busy farming during spring and summer season. Invite all the neighbors, friends and family to participate during their ‘down time’. Another tradition seldom observed today were ‘hog killings’. Again, several families comin’ together to kill hogs, usually …..

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This Day in History for June 15

1775 – George Washington appointed commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, the day after Congress establishes the force. 1804 – Twelfth Amendment to the US Constitution, establishing the procedure for electing the President and Vice-President, ratified in Congress. 1844 – Charles Goodyear patents the vulcanization of rubber. 1898 – US House of Representatives passes resolution to annex Hawaii. 1911 – Tabulating Computing Recording Corporation (IBM) is incorporated. 1916 – Boys Scouts of America forms. 1924 – Ford Motor Company manufactures its 10 millionth automobile. 1934 – Great Smokey Mountains National Park dedicated. 1948 – 1st night game at Briggs Stadium: Detroit Tigers beat Philadelphia A’s (Tigers 4, Athletics 1) 1955 – …..

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8-10 Fast-Pitch Softball: Rockets 12, Riptide 0

The Rockets remained undefeated in 8-10 Fast-Pitch Softball League play Wednesday night with a 12-0 victory over the Riptide. Jaki Leal and Niyah Wooten both batted 2-2 and scored two runs each to lead the Rocket hitters. Kali Allen also finished 2-2 at the plate and scored a run. Leah McGill, Mary Frances Sutton, Mollie Tolar, Kaelyn Eason, Taylor Dowless, Brenna Hester and Matilda Kinlaw belted one hit each and scored one run each for the Rockets. Share:

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8-10 Fast-Pitch Softball: Pirates 14, Heat 3

ELIZABETHTOWN – The Pirates defeated the Heat 14-3 Wednesday night in 8-10 Fast-Pitch Softball League action at County Park. Aiden-Noel Dove walloped a home run, batted 3-3 and scored 3 runs to lead the Pirate hitters. Teammate LeAnn Stanley hammered a double, batted 2-2 and scored a run. Leea Wilkins scored 2 runs for the Pirates and finished with a 2-3 game at the plate. Teammate Faith Wren slammed a double and scored a run. Natalee Sykes, Morgan Moore, Jaylyn Clark, and Addie Wilcox smacked one hit each for the winners. Moore and Sykes scored 2 runs each for the Pirates. Clark and Lexie Ventura scored one run each. Tatum …..

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Lil Knights Basketball Camp scheduled

The Lil Knights Basketball Camp is scheduled for July 10, 11 and 12 from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. daily.  Activities will include skills and fundamentals with age appropriate goals, working with high school coaches and college players, and games will be played each day. Cost of the camp is $60 per child and includes basketball and T-shirt. Print and complete your application and return it along with your payment to the West Bladen Athletic Association or call Travis Pait at 910-234-4318 for more information. Share:

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Judicial Candidate Filing Begins Monday

RALEIGH, N.C. – The candidate filing period for judicial seats in the 2018 general election begins at noon Monday (June 18) and ends at noon June 29. Statewide judicial seats on ballots November 6 will include one N.C. Supreme Court seat and three N.C. Court of Appeals judgeships. Voters across the state also will elect about three dozen superior court judges and about 120 district court judges. All candidates will file their Notice of Candidacy with the Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement. Candidates must pay a filing fee (see chart below) and file paperwork during the filing period. Candidates are reminded that they must receive certification from their county board of elections before filing with the State Board. …..

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Update: Board of Elections discusses security, possible move of Veteran’s Affairs office

By Erin Smith Update:  Larry Hammonds, Director of Bladen County Veteran Affairs said, “I have not been contacted at all about moving the Veteran Affairs office, which is a county office.” “I would be very apprehensive about moving the office because of the stress it may cause my Veterans,” Hammonds added. Previous Story The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday and discussed several items including building security at the Board of Elections office. Bladen County Board of Elections President Jens Lutz said the board took some steps to implement some changes to the facility such as not allowing unauthorized personnel beyond certain points in the building. The board discussed adding …..

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NC DOT Announces Bladen County Road Closings and Openings

By Faye M. Bowen, NC Department of Transportation The North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced the following road openings and closings. OPENINGS: White-McEwen Road White-McEwen Road is open near Clarkton heading West end time is expected to be June 13, 2018. CLOSINGS: Center Road Center Road is closed with a posted detour in both directions.  Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. Is expected to be closed until July 3, 2018. Mercer Mill Mercer Mill Road was closed Monday, February 26th, to replace Bridge 32 and is anticipated to remain for 120 days. It is located just North of the Rosindale Road intersection. It is currently posed …..

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Two NC Students Compete in National Braille Challenge

Two elementary school students from North Carolina will compete Friday and Saturday in Los Angeles in the final round of the Braille Challenge, a series of events culminating in a national competition for students who are blind or visually impaired.   The Braille Institute developed the Braille Challenge to motivate students to practice and hone their Braille literacy skills, which advocates of the reading and writing system consider essential to academic and employment success. All contestants in first through 12th grades who can read and write Braille are divided into five categories and tested on fundamental Braille skills such as reading comprehension, spelling, speed and accuracy, proofreading, and charts and graphs.   Winning North …..

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Bladen County Teachers, Staff Retiring

Congratulations to Bladen County Schools retirees. Over 370 years of combined service to the children of North Carolina.   They were treated to a retirement luncheon and recognition on Tuesday at the Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office Auditorium.   “We had the retirees and their principals attend a luncheon and they received a plaque from the Board of Education for their years of service,” said Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton. Dr. Patricia Faulk, who retired from the Bladen County Schools, spoke to the retirees about the Bladen County Retired School Personnel and how they can join. Bladen County Board of Education Chairman Vincent Rozier thanked the group for their …..

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Whiteville man arrested for Insurance Fraud

Whiteville, NC – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Unit and Columbus County Fire Marshal’s Office have completed a joint investigation of a structure fire that occurred at 166 Johnny George Roadin Whiteville. As a result of the investigation, one individual has been charged for intentionally setting the fire. On April 12, 2018, at approximately 6:30 am, the Columbus County Deputy Fire Marshall was dispatched to the residence on Johnny George Road in reference to a structure fire. Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was notified to assist with the investigation. The residence belonged to Thomas Baldwin of Whiteville. Mr. Baldwin allowed his nephew, Gebriel Jermaine Shipman, to reside in the residence. Mr. Shipman …..

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Local High School Student to Attend Workshop

Contributed Khalil McKoy, a rising junior from East Bladen High school, has been chosen as this year’s Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District representative to the annual Resource Conservation Workshop.  Students are selected by the District’s Board of Supervisors based in part on their interest in conservation and the environment.  Pictured with Khalil is Earl Miller, an agriculture teacher from East Bladen, who will serve as a counselor. The Resource Conservation Workshop is a week-long workshop and involves study and hands on participation in a wide range of conservation topics. Students are housed at NC State University campus dormitories under the guidance of live-in counselors.  The primary objective of the …..

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Second man charged in Clarkton murder has case continued

By Erin Smith A second man charged in the murder of a man on Ida’s Lane in Clarkton appeared in Bladen County Superior Court and had his case continued. Raliek Tyree Lapaix is facing a charge of first degree murder in the death of Charles Leon Leach of Clarkton. He is scheduled to appear in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday, July 9th. Lapaix is charged along with Gabriel James McDowell and Malik Sharmaine Riggans with robbing and killing Leach, 60, who lived on Ida’s Lane near Clarkton. Share:

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World Elder Awareness Abuse Day to be observed at Division on Aging

By Erin Smith Elder abuse and neglect are issues that affect families through the United States. The Bladen County Division on Aging will take part in marking World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Friday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Bladen County Division on Aging Director Kelly Robeson said there will be Corn Hole and Bingo games and a lunch will be provided. The games will begin at 10 a.m. with a lunch from Subway beginning at 11:15 a.m.and the program will start at 11:45 p.m. Elder abuse and neglect can take on many different forms from physical and psychological abuse to neglect of their welfare by the ones who are supposed to care for them. Robeson …..

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West Bladen High offering Girls Soccer Camp

The West Bladen High School is offering a mini soccer camp for girls ages 7 to 14. The camp will be held July 23-25 from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Early registration is $30 and includes T-shirt. Registration is open the day of the camp and cost is $40 but does not guarantee a T-shirt. Make checks payable to WBHS Girls Soccer. Forms can be mailed to Kristen Parker at Bladenboro Middle School, 910 S. Main Street, Bladenboro, NC 28320, by June 29th to ensure a T-shirt. Click here to print an application. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

My long time favorite computer is having the same problem I suffer from….slowing down, can’t remember and occasionally just goes blank. Financial news, the fed announced a rate increase, the national debt is growing at a rate of $45.486 dollars per second and Social Security is running out of money.  Crank up the press. Fayetteville Observer had a thought provoking article yesterday.  25% of the Bladen County children in foster care are result of the Opioid crisis.  The only good thing about the article was Bladen’s rate was the lowest among area counties.  Sampson’s rate was 65%, Robeson 59% and Columbus was at 43%.  Pitiful. East Bladen graduate, Sincere ‘Skippy’ Smith departs for Tampa, …..

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Bladenboro Middle School 4th Quarter Honor Roll

5th Grade Superintendent’s List:  (96 +) Holland Davis, Erin Hewett, Deikan Moretz, Richard Severine A Honor Roll (90+) Cade Allen, Cole Dowless, Kara Gause, Chason Harris, Flor Jacome Duarte, Addison King, QuinAsia Lee, Joshua Lennon, Valeria Lopez-Martinez, Luke Pait, Alayna Parnell, Dorian Rivera, Hillary Roblero Sandoval, Eileen Rojas Sandoval, Aiden Russ, Leigha Sellers, Nevaeh Singletary, Marissa Taylor, Madison Wilkins A/B Honor Roll (80+) Jerrah Babson, Kallie Bass, Jade Black, Travis Campbell, Danny Chavez-Ortiz, Jack Combs, Alanna Dowless, Emma Dunn, Nicholas Forehand, Laura Garcia Martinez, Jonathan Guijosa-Santiago, Hailey Hunt, Lashantiana Jackson, Dallin Johnson, Noah Johnson, Josiah Lewis, Kylie Long, Faith Marlowe, O’Mara McDonald, Lamaiya Morgan, Issac Munoz,  Jackson Pait, Nicholas Rich, …..

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Dixie Boys Baseball: Navy 14, Columbia 5

ELIZABETHTOWN – The Navy pounded out 15 hits en route to a 14-5 victory over Columbia in Dixie Boys Baseball action Wednesday night at County Park. Mahki Cromartie slammed a first inning double and raced home on Tyler Hill’s single to edge Columbia in front 1-0 in the top of the first inning. Antonio Candelaria led off the Navy first with a single and scored on a passed ball. After walks to Bryley Williams and Michel Young, Elijah Crabtree slammed a 2-run double to right-centerfield and darted home on an error for a 4-1 Navy lead. Josh Russ and Davion Graham drew walks in the Navy second inning, and both …..

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This Day in History for June 14

1642 – 1st compulsory education law in America passed in Massachusetts. 1777 – US Continental Congress adopts the Stars & Strips flag, designed by Francis Hopkinson, replacing the Grand Union flag. 1834 – Sandpaper patented by Isaac Fischer Jr., Springfield, Vermont. 1881 – Player piano patented by John McTammany, Jr. (Cambridge, Massachusetts) 1901 – 1st golf championship is played. 1916 – Representatives of eight Allied nations hold an economic conference in Paris at which they discuss ways to cripple their enemies economic power during and after the war. 1922 – US President Warren G. Harding is 1st US President to use radio, dedicates the Francis Scott Key memorial in Baltimore. …..

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Smith set to report to Yankees Rookie Camp

Sincere Smith will report to the New York Yankees rookie camp in Tampa, Florida, this weekend. Wednesday, friends and family hosted a celebration in his honor at the home of Coach Russell and Doll Priest in Elizabethtown. Smith was recently selected by the Yankees in the 32nd round of the MLB draft. Smith played shortstop and batted lead-off for an Eagle team that finished with a 10-8 Three Rivers Conference record and 11-10 overall mark this season. Smith was a 3-sport star at East Bladen playing football and basketball as well as baseball. Smith is the second Eagle baseball player to be drafted in recent years by a Major League …..

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Three Aliens Indicted on Illegal Re-entry Charges

GREENVILLE – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Greenville has returned indictments charging Aquileo Perez-Pineda, age 48, of Mexico, Abel Ramirez-Uribe, age 33, of Mexico, and Pedro Vicente Sanchez-Jovel, age 34, of Guatemala, with Illegal Reentry of a Deported Alien. If convicted of Illegal Reentry of a Deported Alien,Perez-Pineda, found in Harnett County, would face maximum penalties of two years’ imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and a term of supervised release following any term of imprisonment. If convicted of Illegal Reentry Subsequent to a Felony Conviction (possession of a controlled substance),Ramirez-Uribe, found in Robeson County, and …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By Dora Brogdon This week a 5 to 6 month old male Shepard and pit mix by the name of Jiggy has been selected as Pet of the Week. He’s a sweet and affectionate puppy that just loves to play! This little guy is waiting for his forever family to come and take him to his forever home! The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. For more …..

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Cape Fear Valley Wins Supply Chain Award

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health has been awarded a Supply Chain Excellence Award from Premier, Inc., an alliance of approximately 3,900 U.S. hospitals and more than 150,000 other provider organizations. The Supply Chain Excellence Award recognizes high-value purchasing practices of hospitals and facilities, which help maintain a healthy bottom line while meeting patient needs. Cape Fear Valley Health was one of just 14 hospitals nationwide to win the award for 2018, and the only winner in North Carolina. The award will be formally announced June 21 during Premier’s annual awards conference, held this year in Nashville, Tenn. Winners were chosen based on their supply expenses compared to total operating expenses, …..

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Gospel artist Euclid Gray to perform

The famous gospel artist Euclid Gray will be featured in the Blue & Silver Banquet on Saturday, July 14, at the Faith Temple Evangelist Center in Clarkton. Dinner will be served at the banquet but seating is limited for the event. Tickets will cost $20 and to purchase the tickets and for more info call LoWanda at (910) 988-4475. Formal attire required.   Share:

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Gospel Explosion set for Faith Temple Evangelist Center

The Gospel Explosion will be taking place on July 7th at the Faith Temple Evangelist Center in Clarkton. It will begin at 6 p.m. with various groups and singers there for entertainment. If anyone would like to be added to the service contact LoWanda at (910) 988-4475. Share:

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Lumberton Man Sentenced for Possession of an Unregistered Firearm

GREENVILLE – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, Senior United States District Judge Malcolm J. Howard sentenced Roderick McNeill, 23, of Lumberton, North Carolina to 40 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. McNeill was named in an Indictment on June 22, 2017.  On March 12, 2018, McNeill pled guilty to one-count of Possession of an Unregistered Firearm. On April 4, 2016, Lumberton Police Department officers responded to a complaint of shots fired in the vicinity of a business which had both a restaurant and convenience store in the same building.  Upon their arrival, investigators …..

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Bladen County GOP endorses candidates

Contributed Like many Americans across the country, Bladen County residents have witnessed a growing divide between constitutionally conservative principles of government, and the erosive corruption of a liberal progressive government. To many, this has become the defining difference between the two major political parties. Although Bladen County has long been pro-Democrat, it appears that many residents are beginning to understand that the principles of that party are no longer supportable, and that the Democrat Party now supports an agenda which is largely incompatible with individual liberty and good governance. Thus, more and more voters in Bladen County are shifting their support to the Republican Party. They are recognizing that, in …..

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Family and Friends Day at Mt. Hebron Church

The McKoy and Elliott families will be celebrating their annual Family and Friends Day on Sunday, June 24, at Mt. Hebron AME Zion Church located at Highway 211 East, Bladenboro. The Rev. Carl Ballard, Rev. Fannie Dooley, Pastors. Sunday School will begin at 10 a.m. followed by the Worship Service at 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Florence S. Brown, Presiding Elder of the Clarkton District. Dinner will be served immediately after the service. Everyone is invited to come fellowship with our family. Share:

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Summer Learning program to take place at Bladen County Public Library system

The Bladen County Public Library will conduct a Summer Learning program, Libraries Rock, beginning July 9 and continuing through August 1. The Summer Learning program is open to children ages 2 to 12 years old. The Bridger Memorial Library in Bladenboro will conduct their Libraries Rock program on Mondays at 3 p.m. The Clarkton Library in Clarkton will conduct their Libraries Rock program on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. The main library in Elizabethtown will conduct their Libraries Rock program on Wednesdays at 3 p.m. You can contact the individual library to register your child. The registration period begins June 8. Share:

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Summer Learning program to kick off Saturday

The Bladen County Public Library will conduct a Summer Learning program. The program will kick off on Saturday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at the Elizabethtown library with an appearance by Scooter Hayes known as Melvil Dewey, the hip-hop librarian. No registration is required. For more information call 910-862-6990.   Share:

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Quilt exhibit in Bladenboro Historical Society Art Gallery

Contributed A display of fancy handmade quilts made by Mary Pittman is now on exhibit in the Bladenboro Visual Arts Gallery in the Bladenboro Historical Society Building, 818 South Main Street, Bladenboro, NC. Bladenboro Visual Arts Gallery hours are 2 until 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. This exhibit will continue until July 29th. Mary Pittman was born in Bladen County in 1923, the daughter of William McCoy “Coy” Smith and Lilly E. Singletary.  Her quilts were made from 1945 through 1980.  The display of the quilts was prepared by Mrs. Pittman’s daughter, Mary Lou Davis Share:

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USDA Extends Application Deadline for Dairy Margin Protection Program to June 22

The re-enrollment deadline for the Margin Protection Program (MPP) for Dairy has been extended until June 22, 2018.   The new and improved program protects participating dairy producers when the margin – the difference between the price of milk and feed costs – falls below levels of protection selected by the applicant.   The re-enrollment deadline was previously extended through June 8, 2018. The deadline is being extended a second time to ensure that dairy producers are given every opportunity to make a calculated decision and enroll in the program if they choose.   This will be the last opportunity for producers to take advantage of key adjustments Congress made to …..

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NC DOT

Build NC Headed to Governor Cooper for Signature

RALEIGH – Build NC, a new financing tool for highway projects, was voted out of the General Assembly today and is headed to Governor Roy Cooper for his signature. “Build NC is a critical tool North Carolina needs to ensure we can continue strong project delivery,” said Department of Transportation Secretary, Jim Trogdon. “Our transportation system is the backbone of our economic competitiveness and our quality of life.” In the last year, NCDOT has made process improvements that have led to the acceleration of 350 projects, and made room for an additional 144 projects in the 10-year plan. This level of project delivery is critical to making sure North Carolina citizens …..

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ACU Foundation Releases Ratings of North Carolina General Assembly

Alexandria, VA—The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF) has just released its ratings of the 2017 meeting of the North Carolina General Assembly. These ratings, a portion of the comprehensive and nationwide ratings released by ACUF, are designed to reflect how elected officials view the role of government and illustrate how both chambers of the legislature and individual members prioritize a wide variety of issue areas that directly affect North Carolinians. ACUF reviewed each piece of legislation voted on in both the Senate and House to produce average scores for each chamber as well as individual scores for each sitting member. North Carolina legislators took pen to paper on various issues during the …..

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Elizabethtown - White Lake Chamber of Commerce

Chamber banquet planned for Tuesday

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will conduct their annual banquet on Tuesday, June 19th, at Lu Mil Vineyard. There will be a social at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner and a program at 7 p.m. The keynote speaker for this year’s event will be Kenny Flowers, Assistant Secretary of Rural Economic Development for the NC Chamber of Commerce. Chamber Executive Director Dawn Maynard said Flowers presentation should be one of great interest especially with Bladen County being a rural county. The Chamber will recognize the following individuals: The Honorary Lifetime Chamber Member of the Year Award will be given to Dr. William Findt, President of Bladen Community College. Dr. Findt …..

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Former Elizabethtown Rescue Squad building demolished

By Erin Smith The building which once housed the Elizabethtown Rescue Squad on Mercer Mill Road is no more. The building was damaged by flood waters during Hurricane Matthew. Currently, the rescue squad is sharing space with the Elizabethtown Fire Department at their building located on Swanzy Street. Plans are under way to construct a new building on East Broad Street where Jessup Motors once stood. The proposed building would have accommodations for both the rescue squad and the fire department. The construction of the new fire and rescue station is being funded by a Disaster Recovery Grant from the Golden Leaf Foundation. The cost of the new building is …..

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NCDOT Seeking Input on Projects to Pursue in Fayetteville Area

Open house is June 18 in Fayetteville FAYETTEVILLE – People are invited to a meeting Monday to share their opinions on which proposed projects the N.C. Department of Transportation should build in its five-county Highway Division 6. Staff in the department’s Division 6 (Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett and Robeson counties) will hold the informal public meeting from 5-7 p.m. in the division conference room at 558 Gillespie St., Fayetteville. The department wants public feedback on which regional and division-level projects should become top priorities in the next cycle of the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP), a 10-year vision for funding and completing projects. The department is drafting the 2020-2029 STIP using a combination of data and local input. The department …..

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Campbell University releases Dean’s List for Spring 2018

Campbell University has released their Dean’s List for the Spring 2018 semester and several Bladen residents were named to the list. They are as follows: Madison Singletary of Bladenboro; Hannah Allison and Summer Cain, both of Elizabethtown; and Kathryn Alphin of Kelly. The requirements for the Dean’s List are as follows: *A minimum class load of 12 semester hours. *An average of 3.50 or better on work completed during a semester. *No grade below a “C”. *No more than one “C” grade. *No incomplete grades. *Satisfactory social standing. Share:

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UNC Chapel Hill issues Dean’s List for Spring 2018

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has released their Dean’s List for Spring Semester 2018. Several Bladen residents were named to the list. They are as follows: Gabriel Barnes and Lesly Portillo Ramirez, both of Elizabethtown and Haley Hall and Lauren Norris, both of Bladenboro. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving for June 13

Was up early this AM, lots of thoughts, was reviewing, scribbled them down and lost them due to a glitch, they just went away.  Guess it was not meant to be, but OK.  After all, I’m retired, can do it again. My high school classmates are beginning to be old folks, our conversations are dominated by health issues, doctor appointments, grandchildren, etc. I no longer discuss politics, the whole world is polarized, it seems and I do not care to add to the situation.  Spent many years in the political arena as an elected official and later representing a non-partisan organization.  Loved it. Different today, many Republicans, Democrats and Independents think …..

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This Day in History for June 13

1789 – Mrs Alexander Hamilton serves ice cream for dessert in Washington. 1854 – Anthony Faas patents the 1st US accordion, having made improvements to both the keyboard, and to enhance the sound. 1865 – President Andrew Johnson proclaims reconstruction of confederate states. 1888 – US Congress creates Department of Labor. 1912 – NY Giant Christy Mathewson wins his 300th game. 1922 – Longest recorded attack of hiccups begins: Charlie Osborne gets the hiccups and continues for 68 years, dies 11 months after it stops. 1933 – Federal Home Owners Loan Corporation authorized. 1942 – The United States opens its Office of War Information, with Elmer Davis as head. 1948 …..

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White Lake Approves FY 2018-19 Budget With 4-Cent Tax Increase

By Joy Warren The Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday evening. A public hearing was held to allow the public to comment on the proposed FY 2018-19 Budget. No citizens signed up to speak and the Board approved the Budget as presented. Mayor Goldston Womble stated that the Town’s staff and elected officials worked diligently in analyzing and compiling the budget requests for the new fiscal year. He went on to say “The Town currently has a strong fund balance and is in good financial condition. The challenge we face with restoring the lake water will, at some point, have an impact on those …..

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Diabetes Community Center helps patients take control

By Roxana Ross When Proctorville resident Constance Kirkland was first diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes, she was very upset. She was also determined. Thanks to help and education from Southeastern Health’s Diabetes Community Center, Kirkland learned how to manage her condition and stay off insulin. Now 69 years old, Kirkland said she feels great and wishes more people took the time to learn how to control their diabetes without medication by visiting the center and heeding the expert advice offered by the professionals. “They let me know from the start, ‘You don’t have to worry, we are going to be right there with you,’ and it’s been over two years …..

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BCC Small Business Center offering June Seminars

The Bladen Community College Small Business Center is offering seminars during the month of June. Tuesday June 19, 2018 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Implementing a Social Media Strategy Implementing a Social Media Strategy is a straight-forward seminar for small business owners and entrepreneurs designed to answer all the questions that come with creating an online, social presence for your company. In just one hour, we’ll take the mystery out of launching and monitoring your social media plan. Click here to register. Thursday June 28, 2018 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Strategies for Better Engaging Your Employees Join us for an amazing one-hour as Dr. Bob Nelson, best-selling author of 1,001 Ways to Engage …..

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BCC Small Business Center offering June webinars

The Bladen Community College Small Business Center is offering webinars for the month of June. Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from 10:30 AM to 11:30 AM Fueling Your Business Webinar is designed to help small business owners and prospective entrepreneurs understand how to access credit and capital for their businesses. It will review the six basic principles many leaders use to make credit decisions and provide an overview of the resources available to North Carolina for small businesses. Finally, the webinar will cover the Rural Center’s Microenterprise Loan Program and provide details about its lending criteria and application process. Click here to register Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM Choosing …..

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Bladen County Hospital Designated Lung Cancer Screening Center

ELIZABETHTOWN – Bladen County Hospital has been designated a Lung Cancer Screening Center by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR Lung Cancer Screening Center designation is a voluntary program that recognizes hospitals and facilities that have committed to practice safe, effective diagnostic care for patients who are at the highest rick for lung cancer. Bladen County Hospital uses low-dose CT scans to help detect lung cancer at earlier stages, when patient treatment options are optimal. Lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography scans, and appropriate follow-up care, significantly reduces lung cancer deaths. Experts recommend annually screening people age 55 to 77 who have smoked one pack a day …..

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Cape Fear Valley Receives STEMI Award

FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Medical Center has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline STEMI Receiving Center Gold Plus Award for implementing specific quality measures to help treat heart attack patients. More than 250,000 people a year suffer an ST-elevated myocardial infarction, the deadliest type of heart attack. The attacks are caused by blood blockages to the heart. Restoring blood flow as quickly as possible is vital, either by mechanically opening blocked vessels or providing clot-busting medication. Mission Lifeline’s goal is to reduce system barriers to prompt treatment, from 911 calls to hospital treatment. Cape Fear Valley Medical Center was recognized for having an 85 percent adherence rate and …..

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New flood gauges increase public safety, expand flood prediction capability

RALEIGH – When river levels began rising last year after a late-April storm dumped five to eight inches of rain across North Carolina’s Piedmont, North Carolina Emergency Management (NCEM) warned community leaders along the Neuse River what day and time the river would crest and just how high water levels would rise in their community.  A series of flood gauges provided critical data to make those predictions. Soon 13 more gauges will join that state network and help alert other communities to dangerous flooding. “Time and again over the last several years, we’ve used data from these flood gauges to warn residents and communities about dangerous flood conditions,” said State …..

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Final Weekend of “Into the Woods” at Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater’s production of the musical “Into the Woods” will have its final performances at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 15 and 16.  Tickets are $25 for adults, $22 for 65+ seniors and military, and $10 for students. Group rate is $17 per ticket with advance purchase of ten or more at same time, and are available by contacting the box office.  Tickets can be purchased in-person or by  telephone with credit card or cash noon-6pm pm Monday through Friday through the theater’s administrative offices in the theater’s second floor (enter on Fourth Street side), or by calling the Civic Center at 910-738-4339. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Theater lobby …..

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Plain View Primary honor roll

Plain View Primary has released their Honor Roll for the fourth nine weeks. 3rd Grade A Honor Roll Yoni Dennis, Ethan Wil-Dey, and Oliver Freese. A/B Honor Roll Patrick Elliott, Nery Garrido-Perez and Brandon Hunt. B Honor Roll Alajeh McMillan, Anthony Corbett, David Sanchez, Austin Hunt, Justin Van Valkenburg, Katherine Mejia, Alajah Parker, Miracle Thompson and Jacob Velazquez. 4th grade A Honor Roll Brayden Newell and Ike Nwadiora. A/B Honor Roll Josiah Belle-Robinson, Danasha Bordeaux, Uri Bravo Verdugo, Hayden Dominguez, J’dyn Govan, Abigail Grimsley, Ayana Murchison, Geovani Reyes Gonzalez, Kenai Romero Pena Johani Velazquez Diaz, and Gershon Verdugo-Roblero. Share:

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Galeed Baptist Church to offer Life Line Screening

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Galeed Baptist Church of Bladenboro will offer Life Line Screening on Thursday, July 5, 2018. Galeed Baptist Church is located at 571 Galeed Church Road, Bladenboro. To schedule your screening time Call:1-888-653-6441 or visit  http://lifelinescreening.com/ communitycircle or text the word circle to 797979 Share:

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Galeed Baptist to hold Vacation Bible School

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Galeed Baptist Church will hold Vacation Bible School from  July 27-29. Classes will held on Friday, July 27th, from  6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Saturday, July 28th, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. and Sunday, July 29th, from 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Register at www.vbspro.events/p/galeed2018 Share:

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Baldwin Branch MBC holds recognitions

The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Elizabethtown recently held recognitions for Mothers of the Year, Cadet Kieara Porter and the 2018 graduates. Mothers-of-the-Year who were recognized were  Ardenlian “Dean” Jessup and Hilda F. Cromartie.  Ardenlian Jessup was selected due to her enthusiasm and effectiveness in all that she does as a member.  She is dedicated to the ushers ministry and the United Voices Choir.  Hilda Cromartie is a very committed mother.  She is extremely friendly, outgoing and a friend to all that attend the worship services during her ushering experience.  She is known for her magnificent and famous “chicken salad”.  Theses are a just a few of their wonderful and brilliant qualities. Cadet Kieara …..

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Bladenboro Town Hall

Town of Bladenboro: Request for Proposals

The Town of Bladenboro is accepting sealed bids for the removal of all building material, trash, and junk from the property located at 605 5th Street, Bladenboro, NC 28320. Sealed Bids can be submitted at Town Hall at 411 Ivey Street, Bladenboro, NC 28320. Sealed bids will be accepted at Town Hall until 5:00 p.m. on July 2, 2018 and will be opened at 8:00 a.m on July 3, 2018. The town reserves the right to reject any and all bids. Share:

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Looking At National Stocks With A Footprint In Bladen County

Many national firms have a footprint in Bladen County. Here is a look at how these stocks did during the period Jan. 4, 2018-June 11, 2018. Present prices taken June 12, 2018. Stock                High                        Low                    Present BB&T              $56.31                     $43.00                $54.20 Danaher          $104.82                    $78.97         …..

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Teen NC Firefighter Dies On Way to Water Rescue

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A teenage firefighter from a small central North Carolina city was killed in a vehicle wreck this past weekend while en route to a water rescue. The East Side Volunteer Fire Department in Albemarle has announced on Facebook that firefighter Dakota Snavely, who was only 17 years told, had been dispatched Sunday night to a water rescue at Morrow Mountain State Park when the crash occurred. Snavely, who volunteered with the East Side department for three years, had been at a friend’s house in Oakboro when the call came in. Investigators say a truck hauling chickens lost control on Highway 205 just outside Oakboro, and the young firefighter was killed when …..

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Public Meeting

Bladen County Committee of 100 Annual Meeting

The Bladen County Committee of 100, Inc. will hold their Annual Meeting and dinner at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27th, in the Gallery Ballroom of the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown.  Our speaker this year will be Dr. Barry O’Brien, Dean and Associate Professor, UNC-Pembroke School of Business. Dr. O’Brien will be speaking on “Entrepreneurship and Small Business.”   The Committee of 100 is a non-profit development corporation which partners with the Bladen County Economic Development Commission to help ensure that sustained economic growth occurs within the county.  Every citizen who is concerned about the economic well-being of this area is encouraged to join.  The annual membership fee is $100 for an individual and …..

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Missing Brunswick County teen located

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By Erin Smith The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has located a missing Winnabow teen and she is safe. Jessica Marie Millis, 17, was reported missing Sunday evening. Millis was last seen leaving her residence on Potterfield Road in Winnabow on foot at approximately 1:30 p.m. Sunday wearing a multicolored striped T-shirt and cut-off jean shorts. Share:

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Bladenboro Board nixes placing beer and wine referendum on the ballot

By Erin Smith Several local church leaders turned out for the Bladenboro Town Board meeting on Monday night as the board addressed whether or not to place a resolution for “off premises” beer and wine on the November ballot. Several local pastors and citizens addressed the board during the open forum. Seven spoke against the measure with one speaking in favor of the addition. Town Commissioner Sarah Jane Benson addressed the crowd and reminded them that even if the board votes against placing the referendum on the ballot, a citizen can take up a petition and have the referendum added anyway. Rev. Larry Hayes said, “I don’t think we need to put …..

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