02/16/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 9:16 pm Hurricane Florence: Poverty lies in storm path in North Carolina
  • 9:04 pm NC gerrymandering: Some GOP supported redistricting reform
  • 9:01 pm This Day in History for February 17
  • 8:58 pm Public Hearing for General Swine Permit is Tuesday
  • 5:11 pm Bladen County Historical Places Desserette
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WHITEVILLE – Elizabethtown advanced to the championship game of the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Minors Supplemental Tournament with a 14-4 victory over Columbus County Saturday. Elizabethtown will play Columbus County again in the championship game Monday night at 7 p.m. Columbus scored a run in the first and two more in the second inning, […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN –Zack Sholar and Mason Smith combined to pitch a shutout Sunday that lifted Elizabethtown to an 10-0 victory over West Robeson National in an elimination game in the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Minors Tournament. Sholar pitched the first three innings, and Smith relieved and worked the final two innings on the mound. Elizabethtown […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Hunter Elks and Carson Gooden combined to drive in seven runs and lead Elizabethtown to a 10-4 victory over Fairmont in the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Majors Tournament. Elizabethtown took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Elks and Jake Futrell drew walks, and Gooden lined a single into the rightfield corner […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Trouble sleeping, think a redbug may be the culprit.  So I Google bug bites.  After much in depth study at 1 AM, I give up.  Remember what my mom would tell me…It will be OK in a few days…. I then decided while I was attempting to ‘wear out’  an insect bite, would look at […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN–A 5-run fifth inning rally propelled West Robeson American to a 10-8 victory over Elizabethtown Saturday in the opening round of the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Minors Tournament. Tyler Lewis walked, stole second base and dashed home on Mason Smith’s first-inning single to give Elizabethtown an early lead. West Robeson pulled even with a […]

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WHITEVILLE – Riegelwood exploded for ten runs in the top of the sixth inning to snap a 5-5 tie and defeat Bladen County 15-5 in the opening round of the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Minors Tournament. Five Riegelwood hits, 3 walks and 3 Bladen errors produced the ten runs. Riegelwood built an early 2-0 […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Carson Gooden and Britt Sasser combined to pitch a no-hitter Saturday as Elizabethtown defeated West Robeson National 13-0 in the opening round of the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Majors Tournament. Gooden worked the first two innings on the mound, and Sasser relieved and pitched the final two innings for the winners. Elizabethtown […]

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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. […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist You made the choice and now you are happily retired. You filed online for your Social Security benefits. They arrive each month in the correct amount exactly as expected. Did you ever wonder if your Social Security check could increase? Once you begin receiving benefits, benefit checks […]

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NC Wildlife Resources Commission

On July 4, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission invites anglers and would-be anglers of all ages to go fishing — for free. From 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina — resident and non-residents alike — can fish in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without purchasing a fishing license or […]

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This Day In History

1664 – The colony of New Jersey is founded. 1853 – US President Franklin Pierce signs the Gadsden Purchase, buying 29,670 square-miles from Mexico for $10 million (now southern Arizona and New Mexico). 1880 – First performance of “O Canada,” the song that would become the national anthem of Canada. 1894 – Decision to hold […]

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NC Wildlife Resources Commission

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and its partners will continue the “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign and participate in the “Operation Dry Water” campaign over the upcoming holiday weekends. From June 29 through July 1, wildlife officers will focus on boating law compliance on the waterways and spread public […]

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By Erin Smith Bladen County now has a treatment facility for women who suffer from addiction. Cape Fear Teen Challenge conducted an Open House Saturday to give Bladen County residents the opportunity to view the facility and to learn more about the program. Pastor Holly Loyer, with Teen Challenge, said the business owners and residents […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Sherman Gilliard III commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Army Reserve. The Elizabethtown Town Council adopted a fire service contract with Bladen County. Bladen County could be eligible for a $702,000.00 federal grant for school construction. Clark-Shaw Ford celebrated their 80th Anniversary in business. Share:

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Contributed Boost the ‘Boro, Inc. announced today that Madison Cierra Byrd and Elizabeth Rae Allbright, both of Bladenboro, and graduates of West Bladen High School are the recipients of the first annual Boost the ‘Boro Scholarship. According to President Don White, “The scholarship award has been a goal of the organization since it was formed […]

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The Diamond Divas won Bladen Recreation’s 5-7 Coach-Pitch Softball League with a 7-0 record. Pictured are front row (left -right) – Anna Walters, Harper Ward, Landry Singletary, Abbey Nance. Back Row (L-R): Maycee Kinlaw, Hadley Dove, Allison Hickman, Bristol Allen, Chloe Thompson, Ellie Wilkins, Addison Carroll. Not pictured are Chloe Walters. Coaches: Heather Dove, Mike […]

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By Rachel Williams Gardening is harder than it looks … just when we think we know what we’re doing, our beds are attacked by outside forces. How to prevent ultimate defeat? Rather, how to be at war with nature, when you’re trying to be in harmony? Be your garden’s ally – provide adequate reinforcements by […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Local governments have adopted budgets for FY 2018-19 or will this week. When I covered local government meetings, one of the budget items I most often checked was sales tax projections and the actual income.  Tourism adds greatly to that line item in most local budgets, especially the Bladen County budget and that is good for […]

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The Elizabethtown Minors Supplemental All-Stars won their opening game in the District 2 Minors Supplemental Tournament at Whiteville. Pictured are Front Row (Left-Right): Hunter Wood, Collin Cole, Claxton Tatum, Braylon Cromartie, Inman Carson, Joshua Dawson. Second Row (L-R): Jaxon Hair, Finesse Shipman, Aiden Hargrove, Jake Gooden, Kewone Maynor, Ryan Dove, Ahmarie White. Back Row (L-R): […]

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WHITEVILLE – Claxton Tatum and Braylon Cromartie combined to pitch a 5-hitter as Elizabethtown defeated South Columbus 14-3 Friday night in the opening round of the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Minors Supplemental Tournament. Elizabethtown grabbed a 2-1 lead with a pair of first inning runs. Finesse Shipman led off with a single, and Aiden […]

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Public Meeting

The Emereau: Bladen Board of Director’s Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2018 has been rescheduled to Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss budget issues and personnel matters for the 2018-2019 school year. These items will be presented for action, as per NC General Statute 143.318.11(a). […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Bryley Williams was hit by pitch to force home Davion Graham with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Navy edged the Royal 11-10 Friday night in Dixie Boys Baseball action at County Park. Graham walked to begin the Navy seventh inning, and Antonio Candelaria and Brycen Blackmon […]

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By Andy Curliss, CEO NC Pork Council Expert testimony from a vitally important witness is missing from the nuisance trial in Raleigh underway against a Duplin County hog farm. The witness’ name is Dr. Pamela Dalton. Dr. Dalton is an expert on odor. Actually, not just any expert. Dr. Dalton is a world-renowned expert on […]

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LUMBERTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today announced the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will provide over $11 million to buy out, elevate, or replace 119 flood-ravaged homes in Robeson County. *A $4,507,487 grant will be used to purchase and demolish 47 residential structures in Lumberton which flooded during Hurricane Matthew.  The deeds will be […]

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This Day In History

1683 – William Penn signs friendship treaty with Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania; only treaty “not sworn to, nor broken” 1810 – John Jacob Astor organizes the Pacific Fur Company in Astoria, Oregon. 1819 – First edition of “The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon, Gent.” by Washington Irving released, featuring story “Rip Van Winkle” 1917 […]

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A goal of the Elizabethtown Police Department is to promote transparency and accountability within our community. In an effort to achieve this goal, Elizabethtown has become the first law enforcement agency in Bladen County to implement body worn cameras. With the assistance of the North Carolina Crime Commission, we received a 50/50 grant that allowed […]

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The Rockets defeated the Bandits 11-8 Thursday night to tie for the championship of Bladen Recreation’s 8-10 Fast-Pitch Softball League. Both teams finished with 7-1 records. Rocket team members are: Brenna Hester, Mollie Tolar, Mary Frances Sutton, Kaelyn Eason, Julia Flowers, Leah McGill, Matilda Kinlaw, Niyah Wooten, Kali Allen, Gracey Clark, Sarah Grace Cain, Miriam DeVane, Taylor […]

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The Bandits tied for Bladen Recreation’s 8-10 Fast-Pitch Softball League Championship with a 7-1 record. Team members are: Ellie Graysen Kinlaw, Layla Jean Page, Aubrey Schwable, Marlene Crabtree, Emma Dunn, Laci Buffkin, Josey Pait, Gabriella Bray, Pateyn Pope, Danenn Knight, Kallie Bass, Hayley Wright, Anna Robinson. Coaches are Jennifer Fruchey, Stacie Kinlaw, Jamie Kinlaw, Tommy […]

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ELIZABETH CITY – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced Lewis Alexander Hines, 26, of Wilmington to 120 months of imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release. Hines was named in a five-count Superseding Indictment filed on […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – The Comets rode a 7-run third-inning rally to a 9-4 victory over the Stars Thursday night in the final game of Bladen Recreation’s 13-16 Fast-Pitch Softball League season. Briley Stanley was hit by a pitch to start the game, stole second base and circled the bases on wild pitches. Alyssa Suggs was hit by a […]

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By Roxana Ross There will be a free giveaway of over-the-counter medicines and other medicine cabinet items on Friday, June 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Chestnut Street United Methodist Church, which is located at 200 E. Eighth St., Lumberton. During the event, participants should arrive at the church sanctuary, where they will […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, joined Chairman Johnny Isakson (R-GA), and Ranking Member Jon Tester (D-MT) to introduce the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation to increase veterans’ disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). “We made a promise to […]

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Contributed RALEIGH, N.C. — Poyner Spruill partner and former North Carolina Congressman Mike McIntyre has been honored for a lifetime of public service by the North Carolina Bar Association. McIntyre received The Chief Justice I. Beverly Lake Jr. Public Service Award at the Bar Association’s Awards Banquet at its convention on Thursday, June 21st, in […]

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following the passage of H.R. 2 – the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, commonly referred to as the 2018 Farm Bill: “A strong farm bill is critical to our farm families and rural communities — not to mention its role in providing every American with […]

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RALEIGH – Good news for peach lovers. Growers are reporting fair to good crops for the 2018 peach season, which runs through Labor Day. “Growers are reporting an average crop with availability varying depending on where the orchard is located. We’ve seen some loss in early varieties, but later clingstone varieties and freestone varieties should […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Angus King (I-ME) was signed into law. The VA Senior Executive Accountability (SEA) Act of 2018 will strengthen accountability of senior executives at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). There are numerous instances within the VA where Senior Executive Service (SES) employees used their leadership […]

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By Erin Smith The North Carolina House of Representatives is mulling an amendment to the North Carolina State Constitution to make showing photo identification to vote a requirement. The bill is expected to be presented on the floor of the NC House on Monday. Many groups have concerns that such a change will disenfranchise some […]

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Students from Franklin, Harnett and Union County Schools received top honors Wednesday in the North Carolina Summer Nutrition Programs promotional materials contest, in which students design promotional materials to help increase the awareness of N.C. Summer Nutrition Programs. Student promotional materials contest winners were recognized at the opening session of the School Nutrition Association of North Carolina […]

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By Erin Smith Keeping your personal data and company safe from cyber threats is an important task. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offered a webinar on how to keep your data safe from a cyber attack. Cyber threats come in all manner of methods and from all manner of sources. According to FEMA there […]

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County of Bladen State of North Carolina PO Box 385 Elizabethtown, North Carolina 28337 Starting, July 1, 2018 a Certification Form will need to be completed before the Deed is registered with the Bladen County Register of Deeds. Certification Forms will be available within the Tax Administration office, Register of Deeds office, or online at […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden Income inequality is one of those terms that receives different reactions from people. Some view it as a natural result of our economic system. Others view it as the rich robbing the poor. Still, others ignore it by focusing on their own lives and whether they are making progress. But first, […]

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Vineyard Golf

The winning team of the June 21 Thundering Herd at Vineyard Golf was Roger Smith, Cade Hancock, Jim Hancock and Colby Phaneuf. They shot an eight under par for the nine holes. Some par or better scores have been shot lately. Cade Hancock shot even par 72, Courtney Brisson shot 69 and Stacy Owen shot […]

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Contributed The Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club moved to their new meeting place at Cindy’s restaurant on US Highway 701 for their June meeting. The group was excited to have the new eatery offering delicious food to meet at each month and display their club sign according to Dr. Lisa Bryan the club’s Secretary. Everyone still has […]

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – Senior leaders from the North Carolina National Guard will join dignitaries and community members to dedicate the N.C. National Guard’s Fayetteville Readiness Center as the Maj. Jason George Center on Saturday, June 23, 2018. The dedication honors Maj. Jason George, who was a member of the N.C. National Guard’s 252nd Combined Arms Battalion. On […]

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First Missionary Baptist Church will be having a Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at 9 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall.  Evangelist Ollie Maultsby will be the guest speaker.  If you want your soul to be uplifted, come out and share in this experience with us you will be glad you did. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

When there is nothing else to talk about, there’s always the weather.  It has been a hot week and summer has just arrived.  The forecast calls for more of the same through Monday with chance of rain increasing from around 20% to 60% on Monday. I made another boo boo yesterday when I listed sponsors of the Sunset […]

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  The Thunder won Bladen Recreation’s 11-12 Fast-Pitch Softball League with a 5-1 record.  Pictured are Front Row (Left-Right): Megan Pait, Lena Trinidad, Haley Bryan, Marlie Walters. Back Row (L-R): Holland Davis, Josephine Culbreth, Kaden Thurman, Tara Hester, Brookee Singletary, Nyla Hunter, Coach Heather Pait. Not pictured are Summer Singletary and Coach Joe Walters.  Share:

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ELIZABETHTOWN – The Thunder closed out their championship season in Bladen Recreation’s 11-12 Fast-Pitch Softball League with a 15-4 victory over the Glory Thursday night. The Thunder finished the season with a 5-1 record. The Thunder jumped in front with 6 runs in the top of the first inning. Lena Trinidad, Kaden Thurman, Holland Davis, Nyla Hunter, […]

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Elizabethtown’s Coach-Pitch All-Stars won the District 9 Coach-Pitch Championship Thursday night. Elizabethtown won their four games by a combined score of 63-7. Front Row : Gunner Lewis, Omar Powell, Cooper Long, Javonte Smith, Devance Tatum, Ryker Strickland 2nd Row : Fox Sutton, Brady Marlowe, Cade Rogers, Tyler Eason, Seth Faircloth, Jag Gooden Coaches : Jason Sutton, Justin […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

LUMBERTON – Elizabethtown completed their four game sweep through the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch Tournament with a 14-0 victory over West Robeson American Thursday night in the championship game. In four games the Elizabethtown team outscored their opponents by a 63-7 margin. Omar Powell led off the Elizabethtown first inning with a single, but was […]

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This Day In History

1847 – First ring doughnut supposedly created by Hanson Gregory. 1870 – US Congress creates Department of Justice. 1932 – Congress approves “Lindbergh Act” making kidnapping a federal offense (amended 1934) 1934 – John Dillinger is informally named America’s first Public Enemy Number One. 1942 – Japanese submarine in mouth of Columbia River, Oregon. 1944 […]

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By Charlotte Smith Thursday, June 21 is the first actual day of summer in 2018. The crowd came out to Goldston’s Beach at White Lake to kick off the season with the first concert of the Summer Jams Concert Series.  The Imitations had the crowd dancing and entertained from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. with […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – The Navy scored 3 runs in the eighth inning to defeat Columbia 10-7 Wednesday night Dixie Boys Baseball action at County Park. The two teams were deadlocked 7-7 after 7 innings and an international tie-breaker rule that places a runner at second base to start the inning was used in the eighth inning. In the […]

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Several of Bladen County’s administrative offices are moving from the Bladen County Courthouse to 201 King Street, Elizabethtown. This is the location of the former Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Share:

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By Erin Smith Some Bladen County businesses and government offices have spent the past few weeks moving to new addresses. The Bladen County Administration Department, Tax Department, Human Resources Department, and Finance Department have all moved from the Bladen County Courthouse to 201 E. King Street, Elizabethtown. This location formerly served as the Bladen County […]

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By Erin Smith Teen Challenge will host an Open House for their Bladen County location on Saturday, June 23rd, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The house is located at 1456 Lula Long Road in the Ammon community and everyone is encouraged to come and learn more about the Teen Challenge program. Teen Challenge will begin […]

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Contributed Brunswick County, N.C. – In keeping with best practices and in an effort to ensure the safety of judges, staff, and the public, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office along with Brunswick County Court Officials will be holding an active shooter training exercise inside the Brunswick County Courthouse the afternoon of Thursday, June 21st. An […]

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By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown woman was charged with identify theft after a Whiteville Police Officer attempted to serve warrants for driving while license revoked and identity theft from Robeson County on June 16th. According to Division Commander Major A. May, with the Whiteville Police Department, officers were contacted by members of the Robeson County […]

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Upcoming Events

By Dora Brogdon There will be plenty for Bladen County residents to do this weekend. This Saturday the Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church will be having a food pantry, from His Table to Yours, opening from 10 a.m. until noon and a clothes closet from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. No fee is required while personal transportation […]

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By Erin Smith The Sunset Jams Alive After Five concert series will kick off tonight at 6 p.m. featuring the Imitations at Goldston’s Beach in White Lake. The event is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health. Admission to the concert is free and adult beverages will be available for purchase. […]

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The Elizabethtown All-Stars defeated Whiteville 12-10 Wednesday night to win the District 2 Coach-Pitch Supplemental Tournament. Elizabethtown finished the tournament undefeated. Front Row: Gauge King, Aiden Trinidad, Taylor King, Colt Lewis, Gaston Russ, Prince McKoy Second Row: Hutch Glenn, Noah German, Jaylen Smith, Rex Register, Lathan Cashwell, Chandler Wall Coaches: Brandon King, Rich Glenn, B.J. Pait, Head […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

TABOR CITY – A 6-run fourth inning propelled Elizabethtown to a 12-10 victory over Whiteville Wednesday night in the championship game of the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch Supplemental Tournament. Whiteville took an early 2-0 lead, but Elizabethtown answered with 3 runs in the home first. Prince McKoy led off with a single and scored on […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Summertime arrived at 6:07 a.m. today according to the Old Farmers Almanac.  “The timing of the June solstice is not based on a specific calendar date or time; it all depends on when the Sun reaches its northernmost point from the equator. Because the sun is highest in the sky on this day, you’ll notice that […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

LUMBERTON – Elizabethtown advanced to Thursday’s championship game with a 15-3 victory over West Robeson National Wednesday night in the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch Tournament. Elizabethtown, the only unbeaten team remaining in the tournament, will play West Robeson American at 6 p.m. Thursday. A West Robeson American win would force a second championship game between the two teams at 7:30 Thursday. […]

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This Day In History

1607 – 1st Protestant Episcopal parish in America established, Jamestown. 1768 – 1st medical diploma in America is granted to Dr. John Archer from the College of Philadelphia. 1788 – US Constitution comes into effect when New Hampshire is the 9th state to ratify it. 1821 – African Methodist Episcopal Zion (AMEZ) Church organizes (NYC) […]

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Investigators with Bladen, Columbus and New Hanover Counties located a stolen boat using the Bladen Air 1 Helicopter according to Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s office received a citizen tip about the missing boat. The Sheriff reported responding to a wooded area off of Woodyard Rd in Columbus County. The boat was reported stolen […]

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by Patsy Bell Hobson Long-time gardeners have usually tried several tomato trellising systems in search of a heavy-duty solution. Determinate tomato varieties require less support than indeterminate varieties that can continue growing right up  until frost. Simple staking or tomato pens are usually adequate for determinate tomatoes. Paste tomatoes are determinate or semi-determinate. Their tomatoes […]

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As summer approaches, now is a great time to prepare your home for warmer weather and beat the heat with a cool house. Extreme heat may affect your health or the health of those around you. Learn ways to reduce the heat in your home. The Ready Campaign recommends the following measures to keep your home cool […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Duke Energy Progress today made its annual filings with the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC) for costs associated with fuel, compliance with the state’s renewable energy portfolio standard (REPS), cost recovery under the Joint Agency Asset Rider (JAAR), and implementation of energy efficiency (EE) and demand-side management (DSM) programs. In its filing, […]

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By Dora Brogdon I’m sure everyone looked forward to summer as a kid. When summer came around that meant school was out and it was time to hang out with friends or to get a job during that nice long break. While that break was full of either sunny or rainy days, the heat was […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, a group of senators led by Thom Tillis (R-NC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Tom Cotton (R-AR), John Cornyn (R-TX), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Dean Heller (R-NV) introduced the Keep Families Together and Enforce the Law Act, which keeps families together while ensuring the integrity of our nation’s […]

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RALEIGH – This morning at approximately 8 a.m., two correctional officers were assaulted in a dining area incident at Central Prison. Early indications determined several inmates refused orders from staff. Two of the correctional officers who responded were both assaulted by one inmate who hit them with his fists. The situation was brought under control by other […]

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The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office is offering a workshop “All About Squash” on Tuesday, July 24, at 6 p.m. Learn what to do with your excess summer squash. The workshop will explore a variety of ways to use squash in your meals. There is no cost to attend. The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office is […]

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Learn how to repair, sand and sharpen your garden tools the right way. The Bladen County Cooperative Extension Office will be conducting a Garden Tool Repair Workshop on Thursday, August 16, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Bring your spade, hoe, and hand clippers. A very nice tool kit will be provided for participants. The […]

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The filing period for judicial candidates has begun in North Carolina. The filing period for the judicial races ends at 12 noon on Friday, June 29th. There are two judicial races of local interest. They are the race for the NC Superior Court District 13 seat currently held by incumbent Judge Ola Lewis and the NC […]

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State Awards Mitigation Grants to Get Matthew Survivors into More Resilient Homes Raleigh – NC Emergency Management today announced that 18 homeowners across central and eastern North Carolina soon will receive $2.7 million in federal and state funds to acquire, elevate or reconstruct homes damaged by Hurricane Matthew. “This latest round of funding assistance is […]

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Fifty-seven players showed up June 19 at Scotch Meadows C.C. to participate in the SFSGA tourney. The winning team, with a score of 53, was Stacy Owen, Mickey Brisson, John D. Elliott and Doug Palmer. The June 26 tournament will be held at Fairmont Golf Course.   Share:

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NC DOT

Open house will be June 26 in Parkton FAYETTEVILLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation is inviting people to review updated design plans for constructing the section of the Fayetteville Outer Loop between Interstate 95 in Robeson County and just south of Camden Road in Cumberland County. An informal open house will be from 4-7 p.m. on Tuesday at Camp Rockfish, 226 Camp Rockfish […]

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A barbecue chicken plate fundraiser is planned for Saturday, June 23rd, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the White Oak Community Building.  Proceeds go to benefit Sandy Hunsinger during her recovery. Cost is $9 per plate and all fixings are included. For more information call Caroline Rising at 910-874-1285. Share:

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By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce conducted their 66th annual banquet on Tuesday evening at Lu Mil Vineyard. During the banquet, David Clark was honored with the award of the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. The award was presented to Clark by long-time friend and Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell. She […]

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Contributed The West Bladen High School’s Betas have been working hard preparing for the National Senior Beta Club Convention. Cierra Byrd and Autumn Brisson are attending and competing at the National Beta Convention in Savannah, Georgia, this week, and their efforts have been rewarded. Congratulations to Cierra Byrd for her National Senior Beta Club Convention […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

LUMBERTON –Elizabethtown defeated West Robeson American 14-0 Tuesday night in the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch Tournament. Elizabethtown, the only unbeaten team remaining in the tournament, will play West Robeson National Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. Omar Powell led off the Elizabethtown first inning with a single, and Devonte Tatum reached base on an error. Ryker Strickland’s ground ball […]

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TABOR CITY –Whiteville defeated Bladen County 11-3 Tuesday night to advance to Wednesday’s championship game of the District 2 Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch Tournament. Bladen County finished third in the tournament and both of their losses were to unbeaten Whiteville. Due to a quirk with the byes in the DYB bracket Bladen County had to play Whiteville again instead […]

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  Elizabethtown Coach-Pitch Supplemental All Stars are as follows: Front Row: Gauge King, Aiden Trinidad, Taylor King, Colt Lewis, Gaston Russ, Prince McKoy Second Row: Hutch Glenn, Noah German, Jaylen Smith, Rex Register, Lathan Cashwell, Chandler Wall Coaches: Brandon King, Rich Glenn, B.J. Pait, Head Coach Charles Lewis Photo courtesy of Vanessa G Share:

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The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for Bladen County from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. today (Wednesday, June 20th). Heat index values are expected to reach 108 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Temperatures are forecast to reach 96 degrees with a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms. If […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber’s Annual Meeting drew a large crowd last night (Tuesday) at Lu Mil Vineyard.  Longtime businessman David Clark, of Elizabethtown, received the most prestigious award, The Order of the Long Leaf Pine.  Check BladenOnline’s news page for more information about local residents and businesses recognized for their service to others. The Chamber is so important to […]

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This Day In History

1782 – Congress approves Great Seal of the United States of America and the bald eagle as its symbol. 1840 – Samuel Morse patents his telegraph. 1864 – Battle of Kinston, North Carolina and Battle of Abingdon, Virginia. 1895 – 1st female PhD from an American University, earned by Caroline Willard Baldwin (in science) at […]

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) issued this statement after reviewing a USA Today report uncovering very low ratings for a nursing home facility run by the Salisbury VA Medical Center: “Throughout my time in Congress, I have regularly and consistently received complaints about care and service at Salisbury VA medical facilities.  This new report by USA Today, […]

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TAMPA, FL – East Bladen baseball star Sincere Smith signed a rookie contract with the New York Yankees Monday at the Yankees facility in Tampa. It has been a whirlwind last ten days for Smith who was drafted in the 32nd round of the Major League Baseball draft by the Yankees then graduated from East Bladen High Saturday before […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – The Force edged the Thunder 5-4 Monday in Bladen Recreation 11-12 Fast-Pitch Softball action. The Thunder grabbed the early lead with a pair of first inning runs. Lena Trinidad singled and scored on Kaden Thurman’s fielder’s choice. Catcher Holland Davis cracked a single and raced home on Marlie Walters’ double. The Force rallied with 3 […]

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Coach Mary Catherine White has announced that West Bladen tennis workouts begin June 25th and will run Monday thru Wednesday from 6 until 7:30 p.m. each day. All participants must have a current physical on file. Share:

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Application Centers remain open in four counties, with more opening soon Raleigh – North Carolinians whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Matthew should apply for help through application centers, state emergency management officials urged today. With more than $650 million already spent on Hurricane Matthew recovery – and more help on the way – North […]

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WASHINGTON – On Monday, the United States Senate gave strong bipartisan approval to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which includes key provisions drafted by Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-TX) to block China from acquiring sensitive national security technology. Pittenger and Cornyn’s Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, which was included in the Senate […]

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RALEIGH –Central Prison Unit Manager Brent Soucier remains in stable condition this morning after he was assaulted by two inmates on June 19. Inmate Jaquan Lane (#1449047) was returned to Central Prison last night after receiving outside medical treatment.  Andrew Ellis (# 0782014) remains in a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. At approximately 12:30 p.m. on […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners adopted the fiscal year 2018-19 budget on Monday night. The budget carries a cost of living adjustment for county employees. There will be no property tax increase. The budget does increase funding to the Bladen County Board of Education over this year’s budget. Bladen County Commissioner […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy has selected four properties in North Carolina and South Carolina for participation in the first half of its 2018 Site Readiness Program to enhance the readiness of the sites for business and industrial development. The Site Readiness Program has helped prepare properties that have won 29 major projects in the Carolinas since the program […]

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By Sen. Thom Tillis Andrew Brunson is a loving father, husband, and Presbyterian pastor who has been sharing the word of the Gospel to the people of Turkey for the last 20 years. In October 2016, Brunson was arrested by the Turkish government, accused of being an American spy and terrorist who helped the plotters […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and heard a request from Cynthia Chisholm, a teacher at Bladen Lakes School, for more funding for teachers’ positions. Chisholm reminded the Commissioners that the Board of Education has closed Booker T. Washington School and seven teachers have been riffed as a […]

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By Erin Smith The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued a heat advisory for Bladen County from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. Heat index values are expected to reach between 105 to 108 degrees, according to Meteorologist Joshua Weiss. Temperatures are forecast to reach 98 degrees with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. […]

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Othella Santee Heflin and Becky Heflin presented scholarships to three West Bladen High School seniors on Tuesday, June 12th, in the media center. Glorimar Cuz Pagan received a $500 scholarship in honor of Rebecca (Becky) Heflin. Glorimar is pursuing a career in nursing. Nakayla Pridgen received a $500 scholarship in honor of Gladysteen Pait. Mrs. […]

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