01/23/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:58 pm Bladen County business helping federal employees
  • 4:46 pm Elizabethtown murder case remains unsolved
  • 4:35 pm Health and Human Services Agency meeting needs 
  • 3:03 pm Tillis & King Lead Bipartisan, Bicameral Effort to Secure Seasonal Worker Relief in Funding Agreement
  • 2:50 pm Secret about Bladen County Early College
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New Hope Missionary Baptist Church will have its Annual Vacation Bible School Monday, June 18th, thru Friday, June 22nd, at 6:30 p.m. nightly until 8:30 p.m. We are expecting your entire family to join us; also, come meet our new Pastor, Rev. A. Pabon, Lady G. Pabon and family.  “Follow the Leader” is our theme this […]

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By Erin Smith A family-owned Elizabethtown business is celebrating 70 years of service to the residents of Bladen County. One employee has remained with the company for 50 of those years. As of May 2018, Campbell Oil Company began to celebrate their 70th anniversary and Mac Campbell also celebrated 50 years of working at the […]

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Bladenboro Town Hall

The Town of Bladenboro Planning Board has received a request to issue a conditional use permit for PIN# 0269-00-52-2871 for the purpose of installing a produce stand. The produce stand would be located on the West part of the property along NC 131. The public hearing will be on July 2, 2018 at 7 p.m. […]

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Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated list of road openings and closings in Bladen County. The list is as follows: 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 […]

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The SFSGA played their June 5 tourney at Land O’ Lakes Golf Course with 88 players participating. Two teams tied for first place with scores of 48. Those teams were: Wilbur Simmons, Dennie Pait, Stephen Lennon and Bradley Butler and the team consisting of C.P. Lewis, Freddie Atkinson, Oliver Carter and Jeff Wrenn. Stephen Lennon […]

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is hosting online, no-cost, summer writing workshops for writers of all ages. Create Your Résumé is scheduled for June 19 at 10 A.M. Writing for Fun is June 20 at 1 P.M. ACT Prep is planned for June 26 at 10 A.M. Online workshops are open to the public and […]

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Fayetteville, NC— On Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at approximately 2:00 am, officers with the Fayetteville Police Department responded to the Econo Lodge located at 1952 Cedar Creek Road in reference to a reported robbery of a person. The preliminary investigation revealed the victim was speaking to a female he recently became acquainted with in a […]

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Burgaw, N.C.— Four County Electric Membership Corporation has donated fans to facilities that serve elderly citizens. In turn, the agencies give fans to the elderly who do not have access to fans or air conditioned living. Summer months – June through August – inflict considerably high temperatures and humidity in our area. Seniors living in […]

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Worship Without Walls is back at Mt. Zion AME Zion Church in Elizabethtown. On Friday, June 8, please come pray for the community with us at 6 p.m. as we walk! On Saturday June 9, from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. we will have our Sole-2-Soul Extravaganza which will feature booths by Legal Aid, Employment […]

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White Oak, NC–A summer kids’ event called Shipwrecked VBS will be hosted at Bethlehem UMC from July 15th  to July 19th.  Supper will be served at 5:30 p.m. and classes will begin at 6:15 p.m. At Shipwrecked, kids discover that Jesus rescues them! Kids participate in memorable Bible-learning activities, sing catchy songs, play teamwork-building games, make and devour yummy treats, experience one-of-a-kind Bible adventures, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Our President has been on Amazon’s case about discounted prices by the US Post Office.  Volume must be important to that agency.  Seems I get hundreds of ‘advertising slicks’ in a months time from so many different companies.  Just wonder how much each pays to load up my mailbox, so I can load up my […]

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With her parents, coaches and teammates in attendance, West Bladen pitcher Madison Collins signed Tuesday to play softball next season at Southeastern Community College. “Madison’s a hard worker,” said West Bladen Coach Pam Stephens. “She did a really good job for us. We wouldn’t have had the season that we had or made the play-offs […]

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1639 – Massachusetts grants 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill. 1844- Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) formed by George Williams in London. 1882 – Electric iron patented by Henry W Seely, NYC. 1904 – National Tuberculosis Association organized, Atlantic City, New Jersey. 1923 – Gangster Albert Anastasia is convicted of illegal possession […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – The Tigers defeated the Cardinals Monday night in the opening round of the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Minor League Tournament. The Tigers advance to a Wednesday night semi-final game against the top-seeded Twins at 6 p.m. on Field 1. On Field 3 at 6 p.m. Wednesday, the Orioles will […]

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By Dora Brogdon This week a 10 month old male pit/mastiff mix by the name of Jax has been picked as Pet of the Week. This affectionate guy just has a good personality! He’s very playful and just a big sweetheart waiting for that perfect forever family to come by and take him home! The […]

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Request for quote (RFQ) for Pest Control services for Bladen County Schools to include the School Nutrition Program, subject to the conditions made a part hereof, will be received at Bladen County Schools Board of Education, School Nutrition Department, 1489 US Hwy. 701 South, Elizabethtown, NC, 28337. Quotes must be received no later than June […]

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By Erin Smith Big Blue Stores is gearing up to celebrate 40 years in business this weekend. The Big Blue Stores are planning a special sale event for Friday through Sunday. “Our 40th anniversary means the world to us. Being in business for several decades is a major accomplishment and gives us an opportunity to […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met in a special session on Monday afternoon to continue work on the proposed budget. The board approved budget requests from the Division on Aging and moved funds from contingency line item to the County’s general fund budget. Department heads were offered the opportunity to address […]

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North Carolina’s long-established Troops to Teachers program has secured a grant of more than $800,000 to continue its outreach efforts to assist service members in becoming teachers in the public schools.   The five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) will provide continued support to a program […]

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By Erin Smith   The attorney representing the man who is charged with the shooting death of Lonnie Level Smith was in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday. According to attorney Brooke Mangum, her client, Harold Eugene Swindell, has received a plea offer from the Bladen County District Attorney’s Office. Mangum informed Bladen County Resident […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and learned about some changes that are coming to the Department of Social Services (DSS)  beginning in July. The changes are the result of the passing of North Carolina House Bill 630 in the North Carolina General Assembly. Bladen County DSS Director […]

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HELP WANTED: Large landscaping business in Wilmington needs full-time, hardworking, honest, dependable workers (four day work week). Call Scott at 910-200-1489 anytime between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Share:

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County commissioners met on Monday night and voted to schedule a public hearing for a proposed shell building. The public hearing will take place on Monday, June 18, at 6:30 p.m. “This is something that we have been planning for three or four years,” said Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess. […]

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The Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church is offering Summer Sports Camps for children from Kindergarten through 6th grade. Activities include swimming, arts and crafts, bowling, hiking, music, skating and more. Cost is $35. for more information or to sign your child up for camp, call 910-862-3736.     Share:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded Raleigh being selected as one of five finalists to host the U.S. Army’s new Futures Command, an organizational effort to consolidate the personnel that looks at the future threats the Army faces and what technology is needed to counter those threats.   “This decision comes as no […]

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North Carolina’s pork industry has been in the news a lot lately, but not in a way that tells the true story of its contributions to our economy. While the industry has drawn attention as the subject of nuisance lawsuits, what has been consistently overlooked is the significant economic contributions the pork industry makes in […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

I woke up bright and early his AM with a song on my mind, felt like humming along. Remember? Cruising down the river on a Sunday afternoon With one you love, the sun above waiting for the moon The old accordion playing a sentimental tune Cruising down the river on a Sunday afternoon The birds above all sing of […]

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1846 – Telegraph line opens between Philadelphia and Baltimore. 1876 – Bananas become popular in US, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. 1884 – William Sherman refuses Republican presidential nomination saying “I will not accept if nominated & will not serve if elected”. 1902 – 42nd British Golf Open: Sandy Herd shoots a 307 at […]

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By Joy Warren During the Monday evening meeting of the Elizabethtown Town Council, the Cadets of the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy were recognized. Mayor Sylvia Campbell presented a resolution inrecognition of the Pershing Rifle team winning the National Pershing Rifle Competion Title for the second year in a row. The cadets are the first […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Columbia exploded for 6 runs in the first inning and rolled to a 19-4 victory over the Royal team in Dixie Boys Baseball action Monday night. Tyler Hill, Ayden Piland, Alex Brisson and Tyler Johnson belted hits and scored runs to spark the Columbia first inning rally. The Columbia lead grew to 8-1 […]

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The Athletics won the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball League’s regular-season championship. Pictures are from a game against the Braves played Monday, June 4. Share:

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By Erin Smith The attorney for one of three co-defendants in the murder of Charles Leon Leach which took place at Ida’s Lane in Clarkton in December appeared in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday. Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser heard arguments regarding setting bond for Malik Riggins. Riggins’ Attorney, William Dowdy, […]

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Sheriff James A. McVicker announced today the arrest of an Elizabethtown woman wanted by Bladen County for selling narcotics. “The Whiteville Police Department arrested Antonia Nicole Smith, 30, of Elizabethtown Sunday on several outstanding warrants,” McVicker disclosed. Smith was charged with Sell/Deliver Cocaine, Maintain a Dwelling for the Purpose of Keeping or Selling Controlled Substances, […]

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By Erin Smith Two civic minded young ladies will have a lemonade stand at Goldston’s Beach at White Lake on Friday, June 8th, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise money for cancer. Lauren Womble Thomas said her daughter and a friend have decided to raise money for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood […]

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Family Fun Time

The First Missionary Baptist Church will host the Hammond Creek Fun Day on Saturday, June 9th. The rain date will be Saturday, June 23rd. Share:

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Larger team replaces them for another two-week assignment RALEIGH – Members of a North Carolina incident management team that has been serving in Hawaii since May 19 returned home this weekend, and a larger team of 14 North Carolina emergency managers has replaced them. The new team will divide into two shifts and will continue […]

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The annual Shaw-Elkins Family Reunion will be held Sunday, June 10, 2018, in the Fellowship Hall of Lisbon Baptist Church located at 4588 Lisbon Road, Clarkton, N.C.  Please bring your favorite covered dish and join us for the meal beginning at 12:45 P.M. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Happy Monday, the first Monday in June 2018. Bladen County Commissioners have a couple of meetings today.  A Special Meeting related to the FY 2018-19 budget is scheduled for 4 PM, followed by regular meeting at 6:30 PM, both to be held in Commissioner’s meeting room, lower level, BC courthouse. Towns in Bladen County are busy as well, completing work […]

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Mother County Genealogical Society will meet June 9th  from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at the Bladenboro Historical Society Building located at 818 South Main Street Bladenboro, NC.  The speaker will be Bonnie (Bridger) Mittelmaier. Her topic will be “Back To England, Digging Bridger Roots”. There will be time for mingling with others attending and […]

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1794 – Congress passes Neutrality Act, bans Americans from serving in armed forces of foreign powers. 1825 – Unseasonable hurricane hits NYC. 1896 – Henry Ford takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit. 1917 – American men begin registering for the draft. 1942 – Capitol Record Co opens for business. 1942 – “Mrs Miniver” […]

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Congratulations to Bladen County graduates. For seniors, the goal line is getting closer. Graduation ceremonies for West Bladen scheduled for Friday, June 15, 6 PM. East Bladen graduate will receive diplomas Saturday, June 16 at 10:30 AM. Ever feel you worked hard all week long, look back and little accomplished? White Lake water appears to […]

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Health Grades

It’s hard to believe, (since it took so long for spring to arrive), that May is already gone, but June is here and so is your monthly report on the health and sanitation scores achieved by the restaurants, cafeterias, daycare kitchens, and eateries we all frequent in Bladen County. As you know, the professionals over […]

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West Bladen’s Evan Richardson was named to the All-Three Rivers Conference golf team. Another Knight, Chad Garner, received All-TRC honorable mention, while East Bladen’s Nick Norris also received All-Conference golf honorable mention. Share:

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Four West Bladen girls –seniors Patience Parker and Tarea Lucy and sophmores Jamil Bostic and Victory Crawford- and East Bladen sophmore Teronda Autry have been named to the All-Three Rivers Conference Boys Track Team. Parker, Lucy, Bostic and Crawford were members of the Lady Knights’ 4×200 meter relay team that won the TRC championship. Autry […]

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Four West Bladen boys – Jacob Bryan, Bryan Padilla, Trenton Lyons and Thomas Galin – and East Bladen sprinter Trevarius Carter have been named to the All-Three Rivers Conference Boys Track Team. Carter, a senior, won the 200-meter dash at the Three Rivers Conference meet and was a member of the Eagles 4×200 meter relay […]

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CARY – Bladenboro’s Mary Caitlin Campbell won the Raw Women’s 3-Lift Open event for the 72kg (154 pound) Class Saturday in the USA Powerlifting North Carolina State Championships at the Athletic Lab Gym. Campbell who finished second in the same event at last year’s state meet also set a North Carolina State record for the […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced James Daniel Mckoy, 54 from Garland, North Carolina, to 210 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. James Mckoy was part of a violent drug trafficking organization […]

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This Day In History

1784 – US army officially established by Congress of the Confederation. 1851 – 1st baseball uniforms worn, NY Knickerbockers wear straw hats, white shirt & blue long trousers. 1888 – “Casey at the Bat” published (SF Examiner) 1911 – “Come Josephine in My Flying Machine” hits #1. 1929 – 1st trade show at Atlantic City […]

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  By Erin Smith The Addison Bryan Foundation is conducting their annual Toy Drive now through June 22nd at First Bank in Elizabethtown. Addison Bryan, daughter of Ben and Hillary Bryan, passed away from cancer on February 14, 2015. Addison was only the 24th case of a PNET brain tumor occurring in an infant worldwide. The toy […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The town of Bladenboro received a $99,000 government grant to upgrade their sewer system. The East Bladen ladies softball team won the Three Rivers Conference with a 13-1 overall record. Melissa Rae Johnson won the N.C. Bicycle Committee Poster Contest. Glenn Daly was elected Elizabethtown Jaycee President while Connie Melvin was elected Elizabethtown Jaycette President. […]

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  Ivanhoe, NC – Tommie Jane Brewer age 91 of 13377 NC Hwy 210 E., Ivanhoe, NC died on May 29, 2018 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice.  She was born in Robeson County on April 30, 1927 the daughter of the late Hector and Fannie Mae Blanks. She is preceded in death by her […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

At White Lake today, celebrating a birthday, without the pleasure of her company.  Actually, my mom’s birthday was June 4th, but she departed the scene several years ago, so we celebrate her life by getting together and sharing memories. Miss Myrtle had 6 children.  Today, her off-springs range in age from mid 60s to near 80.  […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN –A trio of Columbia pitchers combined to pitch a 3-hitter and strike out 12 batters in a 7-2 Dixie Boys Baseball victory over the Navy Friday night. Makhi Cromartie started on the mound and pitched 2-plus innings for the winners, striking out six and allowing 2 runs on 2 walks and 2 hits. Alex […]

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Kenneth Armstrong photos West Bladen High School held its annual athletic banquet recently. Jimmy Williams was named Senior Male Athlete of the Year and Patience Parker was named Senior Female Athlete of the Year. Here are the other award winners: Knight in Shining Amour Award – Rodney Smith Cody Hammond Award – Nolan Bryant Wendy’s […]

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This Day In History

1835 – P T Barnum & his circus begin 1st tour of US. 1857 – James Gibbs of Virginia, patents the chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine. 1875 – Alexander Graham Bell makes first sound transmission. 1901 – Benjamin Adams arrested for playing golf on Sunday (NY). 1913 – 1st strike settlement mediated by US Department of Labor – […]

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USDA

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Texas A&M’s AgriLife Extension Service to help military veterans obtain loans and pursue careers as farmers and ranchers. Secretary Perdue joined local dignitaries, members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and community leaders at the Dallas Farmers Market to […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced that the Department of Interior informed Congress that Swain County will receive the remaining $35.2 million owed to them from the North Shore Road settlement this year. Last year, Senator Tillis helped secure $4 million that was appropriated to Swain County in 2012 but was never transferred to the county.The $35.2 million was included […]

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The Present Use Value program allows qualifying land to be assessed, not at market value, but based on its current use as actively engaged land in production. Share:

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On Tuesday, May 29th, US Senator Thom Tillis visited the Elizabethtown Senior Center.  Senator Tillis spent time talking with the seniors about issues concerning the rapidly growing senior population and needs of those who “fall between the cracks”.  Topics ranged from nutritional needs, needs for in-home healthcare, transportation needs, and the high cost of prescription […]

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National Weather Service

Temperatures for the weekend are forecast to soar into the 90s with a few isolated thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.  The heat indexes are expected to reach 100 degrees or more. Read the complete weekend forecast here.     Share:

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The first confirmed case of Laurel Wilt in Sassafras has been found in the Greenevers area of Duplin County.  This occurrence was found while examining areas affected by laurel wilt with personnel from both the US Forest Service and NC State University.  An area of approximately 20 trees showed signs of dieback, evidence of ambrosia […]

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USDA

Signup Begins June 4 for Livestock Indemnity Program and Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honey Bees, and Farm-raised Fish The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will begin accepting disaster assistance program applications on June 4 from agricultural producers who suffered livestock, honeybees, farm-raised fish and other losses due to natural disasters. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) is reopening the application period for […]

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By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Inn celebrated its Grand Opening and held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday evening. The Inn, located at 105 Cromartie Road, is known to many local residents as the Col. John A McDowell House and offers visitors to Bladen County a unique experience. The Inn’s owners, Christine and Nico Marais, […]

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By Chelsea Dunlap President Of Youth Ambassadors For A Better Community The Youth Ambassadors for A Better Community hosted their first ever Rural Food Justice Summit in Fort Caswell North Carolina from April 20th through April 22nd, 2018. There were approximately 70 people in attendance and other youth groups such as A Better Chance A […]

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By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Town Council will meet on Monday night and is set to deal with a busy agenda. The town has two public hearings scheduled. The first public hearing to be conducted will to receive public comments on the proposed 2018-19 budget. The second public hearing to be conducted will be to […]

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Vineyard Golf

The Thundering Herd got underway on Thursday, May 31 with a good crowd…and some good scores. Three teams tied for first place with 6-under par. The playoff winning team was Jake Womble, Brian Smith, Blake Davis and Pam Davis Taylor. Some good scores were recorded recently. Ed Horne shot 74, Phillip Smoak and Cade Hancock […]

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The Bladenboro Reds won the Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball’s Minor League championship. The champion Reds are pictured: First Row (Left-Right): Jayden Strickland, Deiken Moretz, Jackie Combs, Jackson Pait, Paiton Bordeaux. Second Row (L-R): Ryan Dove, Kendell Lesane, Weston Hilburn, Hunter Hester, Braylon Merritt. Back Row (L-R): Coaches Tim Benton, Travis Pait. Not pictured is […]

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BLADENBORO – Hunter Hester pitched a 3-inning no-hitter and struck out eight batters to lead the Bladenboro Reds to a 21-0 victory over Clarkton Thursday night in Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball Minor League action. Hester walked 3 batters and hit one. At the plate Hester slammed a first-inning single and scored twice. Shortstop Jackson Pait knocked […]

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  The Bladenboro Braves clinched the Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball League’s Coach-Pitch championship Thursday with a 16-3 victory over the Bladenboro Blue Jays. Members of the champion Braves are pictured: First Row (Left-Right): Craven Kinlaw, Tyler Thurman, Shi’ye Jackson, Ashton Bryant, Hazel Cummings, Dalton Ammons, Will Allen. Second Row (L-R): Andrew Wren, Cayden Simmons, Brody Rhodes, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Read the recent newsletter from the honorable NC Senator that represents the district I live in and saw accomplishments related to the proposed budget for the great state of North Carolina.  But, failed to see why the budget was ‘rammed’ through the Chamber and failed to allow the opposition party to participate in the process […]

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This Day In History

1657 – 1st Quakers arrive in New Amsterdam (NY). 1789 – 1st US congressional act becomes law (on administering oaths) 1843 – It snows in Buffalo and Rochester, NY, & Cleveland, Ohio. 1860 – Thomas Edison granted his first patient for the Electric Vote Recorder (U.S. Patent 90,646) 1880 – US census is 50,155,783. 1911 […]

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