12/16/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 6:30 am Celebrate the holidays with family safely
  • 6:13 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 2:13 am Basketball League Provides Second Chance for Young Men
  • 8:34 pm Social Security benefits to increase in 2019
  • 8:21 pm This Day in History for December 16
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Dixie Youth Baseball

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 […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

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 […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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Elizabethtown’s Coach-Pitch All-Stars open play Saturday in the North Carolina State Coach-Pitch Tournament at Harper Park in Stanley. The park is located at 301 Blacksnake Road, Stanley, NC 28164. Elizabethtown will open play against South Park.Gametime is 3 p.m. Share:

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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, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Upcoming Events

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 […]

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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 […]

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  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 […]

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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. […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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  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 […]

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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 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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Jefferson Weaver

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 […]

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Bladen County Sports

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 […]

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Bladen County Sports

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 […]

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  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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Upcoming Events

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 […]

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Public Meeting

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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 […]

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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 […]

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Public 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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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The Dublin Peanut Festival will be hosting a community yard sale Saturday, June 30, 2018 at Dublin Primary School. The yard sale will begin at 7 am and run until. All proceeds raised will go to the Dublin Peanut Festival. We will also accept any monetary donations anyone would like to give. Share:

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Sixty-four players participated in the June 26 SFSGA tournament at Fairmont Golf Course. The winning team, shooting 52, was J.C. Wiggins, Freddie Atkinson, Lewis Sauls and Odell Pait. Next week’s tourney will be held at Land O’ Lakes Golf Course. Share:

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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. […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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NC DOT

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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USDA

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 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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USDA

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day. Share:

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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 […]

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Public 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 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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. […]

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