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East Bladen Soccer Fills Key Roles at Powerade State Games

East Bladen’s soccer program played a key role in the Powerade State Games at UNC-Greensboro this summer. East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor served as site coordinator and basically ran the event on the site. Eagle assistant coach Joe Melvin was the public address announcer for the weekend. East Bladen soccer players Jackson Bostic, Milton Estrada, Jacob Priest, Brian Monroe and Marcus Baines all worked as staff members for the event and made sure the event ran smoothly. Elizabethtown native and East Bladen soccer alum, David Shaw also assisted as a site coordinator and administrator. On the field a trio of Eagles – Spencer Scott, Greyson Heustess and Jake Suggs – …..

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This Day in History for August 1

1789 – US Customs begins enforcing Tariff Act. 1855 – Castle Clinton in NYC opens as 1st US receiving station for immigrants. 1876 – Colorado becomes 38th state of the Union. 1901 – Burials within San Francisco City limits prohibited. 1911 – Omar N. Bradley (18) begins education in West Point. 1918 – Pittsburgh and Boston Braves play a MLB record 20 scoreless innings before Pirates win 2-0, in 21. 1941 – The first Jeep is produced. 1944 – Adam Clayton Powell elected 1st African-American congressman from New York. 1952 – California introduces sales tax (for education) 1957 – 1st commercial building heated by Sun (Albuquerque, New Mexico) 1958 – …..

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Bladen County Training Rescheduled

Bladen County NCWorks 101 Training for Businesses and Industries scheduled for August 1, 2018 at Bladen Community College has been cancelled.  It will be rescheduled for a future date.   Those interested in notification for future dates, please contact 910-862-3255 ext 203 Share:

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NC Students Shine at National Leadership and Skills Conference

More than 460 North Carolina students from 41 high schools and 17 community colleges traveled to Louisville, Ky., earlier this summer as the third-largest delegation to attend the 54th annual SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, which drew more than 17,000 participants in all from every state and U.S. territory.   North Carolina high school and postsecondary students who competed in SkillsUSA Championships in areas ranging from construction trades to engineering and advanced manufacturing brought home 45 gold medals – the most in the nation – and a total of 71 medallions for the second highest medal count. Nearly 20 percent of North Carolina competitors placed first in the nation with more …..

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Columbus Charter School in Columbus County provides buses to surrounding counties

Whiteville – Two brand new, gleaming white school buses are currently making a daily circuit between Columbus, Bladen and Robeson Counties, transporting students from three different counties to Columbus Charter School in Whiteville. Charter schools in North Carolina are not required to provide buses and meals to their students, but Columbus Charter School now provides both. Share:

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Bladen Sheriff Partners State Alcohol Law Enforcement

  Contributed   Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker said a joint operation with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Special Agents from District III Fayetteville and District I Jacksonville has lead to the arrest of a Columbus County man.   McVicker said that on Friday, July 27, 2018, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit partnered with North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Special Agents to conduct an illegal alcohol distillery investigation in the Elizabethtown community.  Agents received a complaint via a social media post and arranged a purchase of Non Tax Paid Liquor (NTPL) and conducted an undercover purchase of 1 gallon of NTPL in the Wal-Mart parking lot in …..

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Double rainbow

Contributed by Bridget Ezzell A double rainbow was spotted by Bridget Ezzell of Elizabethtown. The bow crossed the sky on Monday afternoon. Share:

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Road Closing

Section of Hallsboro Road to Close in Columbus County

  • 07/31/2018
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WHITEVILLE – Starting Monday, Aug. 6, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close Hallsboro Road at U.S. 74 and 76 to begin constructing an interchange east of Whiteville where trees have been cleared for the project. The closure means traffic on Hallsboro Road will be unable to access U.S. 74 and 76, and vice versa at that location. A detour will direct drivers onto N.C. 214, Red Hill Road (U.S. 74 Business) and Whitehall Road. When completed by May 2020, the interchange will have a bridge that carries Hallsboro Road traffic over the highway, as well as ramps allowing traffic to enter the highway without stopping.  Replacing what is referred to as …..

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Opioid Symposium: Breakdown the Stigma of Addiction

  • 07/31/2018
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By Erin Smith U.S. Congressman David Rouzer hosted an Opioid Symposium for the 7th Congressional District on Monday night in Wilmington. The Symposium featured panel discussions regarding stigmas, treatment and rehabilitation and resources.   One message that was carried through the entire symposium is the need to remove the stigma that is associated with addiction. The causes of addiction are complicated and vary from person to person.   WECT’s Frances Weller served as moderator for the event. The first panel which discussed stigma featured Kenny House with the Coastal Horizons Center in Wilmington, and Mark Allen of the Port City Community Church in Wilmington.   House said of stigmas, “When …..

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Tillis Attends Swearing-In Ceremony for VA Secretary Robert Wilkie

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, attended the swearing-in ceremony for VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, a native of Fayetteville andformer Senior Advisor to Senator Tillis.   “I was honored to attend the swearing-in ceremony for VA Secretary Robert Wilkie and I want to congratulate him and his wonderful family on this well-deserved accomplishment. Robert is one of the most honorable and decent human beings I’ve ever worked with, and anyone who knows him has seen his drive to serve his country and his passion for honoring our nation’s veterans and servicemembers, qualities that will be tremendous assets at the VA,” said Senator Tillis. “Secretary …..

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With fall sports practice barely underway, thoughts turn to Back-to-School.  As a youngster in Bladenboro, meant a trip to a clothing store moved to top of ‘must-do’ list. Back-To-School Sales were popular, as they are today.  Would receive $’s for working in tobacco and head to town for school clothing and supplies.  And, as time permitted, my mom would make shirts from feed sacks for me and my siblings. It was a big deal. There was the Cash Store (Fisher’s), Bullocks, Fowler Simmons, Collin’s and Bridger Corporation that I recall in Bladenboro, at one time or another.  In Elizabethtown, Fowler Simmons, Mann’s, Leinwands  Parker-Farris and Belk’s, yes, Belk’s on Broad Street next to Leinwands, and there …..

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This Day in History for July 31

1777 – Marquis de Lafayette, 19, made major-general of Continental Army. 1849 – Benjamin Chambers patents breech loading cannon. 1893 – Henry Perky patents shredded wheat. 1912 – US government prohibits movies and photos of prize fights (censorship) 1922 – 18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world’s 1st water skis (Minnesota) 1932 – George Washington quarter goes into circulation. 1944 – US troops occupy Sansapor, New Guinea. 1948 – US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy Airport, NY) 1964 – Al Parker glides 644 miles without a motor. 1964 – US Ranger 7 takes 4,316 pictures before crashing on Moon. 1969 – Mariner 6 makes its closest approach to planet …..

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West Bladen Football Still Taking Players

West Bladen’s Knights opened their 2018 official football practice schedule Monday morning with 34 players on hand, but Coach Kris Williams said that additional players will be welcome. “We had 3 or 4 players missing that spoke with me previously,” said Coach Kris Williams. “We are still taking kids, so if they want to come out to practice, we would like to have them.” Williams went on to say that everything went well overall. Practice for Tuesday is scheduled from 8-11 a.m. Share:

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East Bladen Football Has Good Numbers for Opening Day

East Bladen football had good numbers for both varsity and jayvee Monday evening for the first day of official football practice. “Practice went good,” said Coach Robby Priest. “We were able to get outside despite the rain.” Assistant Coach Terry Smith noted that the Eagles had 31 varsity players and 23 jayvees that were able to practice and a few more who didn’t have their physicals yet. “It was nice and cool,” said Coach Smith. The Eagles claimed a share of the Three Rivers Conference championship last year and posted a 12-2 record while reaching the third round of the Class 2A play-offs. Share:

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Sheriff’s Office investigating death of Bladenboro man

A missing Bladenboro was found dead near his home on Saturday. According to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Mr. Tullen Adams, 69, of Bladenboro was reported missing by friends and family on Friday, July 27, at approximately 10:30 pm. According to the Sheriff’s Office, one of the reporting persons said they had last talked to him about 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon and when they went to his house about 2 p.m. he was not home. The reporting party said his scooter was out near a shed and his vehicle was missing. Family members searched the area and did not locate him before contacting law enforcement that night. Deputies searched the …..

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Marine Corps training tonight at Bladen Lakes State Forest

By Erin Smith The area around Bladen Lakes State Forest will be the scene for a training exercise for the United States Marine Corps overnight Monday. According to Hans Rohr with Bladen Lakes State Forest the Marines are anticipated to arrive at the State Forest via helicopter and Osprey landing craft. Rohr said the Marines will enter the Bladen Lakes State Forest at a designated location off and from that location they must work their way to the Bladen County Training Center while remaining hidden from view. Rohr said the exercise calls for the Marines to not utilize traditional means such as paved roadways or open paths but rather to …..

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Fundraiser set for Saturday

A fundraiser is planned for David Johnson on Saturday, August 4th, at Merritt Brothers located at 8906 NC Highway 41 East near White Lake.  The event will begin at 9 a.m. and last all day. There will be a plate sale, a 50-50 Raffle, an auction, a yard sale, bounce houses and more. The event will also feature a show for bikes, big rigs, cars, trucks and a Jeep Cruise-In is also planned. Cost is $10 per entry and trophies will be awarded. Al proceeds go to David “Punk” Johnson for medical expenses. He has had a stroke which has left him paralyzed on the left side. Share:

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USDA

USDA Opens Election Period for Seed Cotton Program

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that seed cotton producers, who want to participate in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2018 crop year, may now submit applications. The signup period begins today and ends on Dec. 7, 2018. In accordance with changes to ARC and PLC made by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018, farm owners with generic base acres and recent planting history of covered commodities have a one-time opportunity to allocate all of the generic base acres on their farm. “ARC and PLC are a vital part of the safety net that ensures American agriculture remains …..

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Bladen County Schools

Tax payers question referendum following schools’ pest contract

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Education has asked the Bladen County Board of Commissioners to place a referendum on the November ballot seeking a quarter-cent sales tax to be used for maintenance. During a special called meeting regarding the matter on Monday, July 23, the Commissioners requested the Board of Education to specify exactly which projects would utilize the funds. A draft of the resolution reads, “following successful advisory referendum results, the Board of County Commissioners shall utilize the additional revenue to assist in funding specific projects across the County for the benefit of Bladen County Public Schools.” Many Bladen County residents are questioning exactly what types of …..

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Moores Creek National Battlefield to Host Informational Meeting on How to Become a Reenactor and Get Involved in Living History

Currie, NC –  Have you ever visited as historic site or event and wondered “How do I become a Re-enactor”? Join us on Saturday, August 25, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon for an informational meeting and orientation as to how to get involved with Living History- i.e. Reenacting and Storytelling in a historical setting. Staff and volunteers at Moores Creek National Battlefield will be providing a brief overview of volunteer opportunities offered in the park and how you can participate. Demonstrations will be provided and Question and Answer sessions will take place to assist you in getting the answers you need. Volunteer Living History opportunities include: Share the Stories of the American …..

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Bladen Community College has no-cost business seminars

DUBLIN – The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering no-cost online business seminars and webinars in August and September. “How to Present at a Craft Show” will be offered Saturday, August 18, from 9:00 until 10:15 A.M. on the Dublin campus in building 2, room 207. “Making Sales on ETSY” will follow immediately at 10:30 A.M. for crafters and artists who wish to transition into online sales. “Ten Tips on Facebook for Small Business” will be held on Thursday August 9, from 6:30 until 7:30 P.M. in building 2, room 202. “Ten Tips on Twitter for Small Business” will follow immediately from 7:45 until 8:45 P.M. …..

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Bladen Community College graduates practical nursing students

DUBLIN –Bladen Community College graduated its largest class ever of Practical Nursing students in a pinning ceremony on July 24. Board Chair Dennis Troy and College President William Findt provided greetings to 26 graduates and the attendees. In the commencement address, director of allied health programs Sharron Thomas encouraged graduates to “have an influence on others” as they step into their careers. Student Tracy Green Steeno received the Professional Nursing Award for exemplifying the best role model of the professional nurse. The Florence Nightingale Award was presented to Danielle Nicole Chamberlain. During the pinning ceremony, students receive a nursing lapel pin and a lamp which symbolizes the gas lamp carried …..

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Foundations Operations Associate Southeastern Community College

Southeastern Community College is seeking to hire the following position. Foundation Operations Associate A full position description and required application for these position can be found on the SCC website at www.sccnc.edu or call 910-642-7141, ext. 310. Applicants should send all documents and inquiries to the Human Resources Office, Southeastern Community College, P.O. Box 151, Whiteville, NC  28472. An Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Share:

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Computers at NCDMV Driver License Offices Working Again After Temporary Shutdown

  • 07/30/2018
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RALEIGH – Computers at the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicle’s driver license offices are working again after a problem earlier this morning temporarily disabled services at offices statewide. A problem with NCDMV’s customer address verification system was discovered early this morning following a weekend upgrade to NCDMV’s software applications.  The N.C. Department of Information Technology diagnosed and corrected the problem at about 11 a.m. Monday. The issue also temporarily affected NCDMV’s driver license renewal online services, but the online services are also working again. Share:

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Fishburne Military School recognized by Virginia Living Magazine as one of VA’s best

Waynesboro, VA – For the fifth time in six years, Fishburne Military School has been named to the annual Top High Schools and Colleges list by Virginia Living magazine. “The last time Fishburne Military School was named to this list we did a little research,” notes Fishburne Military School’s Superintendent, retired Navy Captain Mark E. Black, “and found that of the 966 high schools and 77 colleges in the state of Virginia, only 150 programs were selected for this list. We are all incredibly proud and blessed to be part of a school as special as Fishburne Military School.” Fishburne Military School’s Founder James Abbott Fishburne is often quoted as saying: …..

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Wet weather to continue through the week

 Expect the wet weather to continue through most of the week according to National Weather Service Meteorologist Richard Neuherz. There is also a moderate risk of rip currents at the beaches in North and South Carolina.  Read the entire forecast here. Share:

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Second suspect surrenders to Sheriff’s Office

Contributed A second individual has surrendered himself to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office after learning there were active warrants for his arrest for selling heroin in Bladen County. Marcellus Ronquell McLauchlin of Dublin surrendered to authorities on Sunday. He is under a $20,000 bond. McLauchlin is charged as follows: 1 count of Sell/Deliver Heroin 1 count of Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Heroin 1 count of Conspiring to Sell/Deliver Heroin 1 count of Felony Possession of Heroin He will have a first appearance hearing in Bladen County District Court on Monday, July 30. Share:

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Police Chief Town of Bladenboro

The Town of Bladenboro is seeking an innovative, motivated leader to professionally direct, lead, and coordinate all operations of our 5-member police department. We are pursuing a law enforcement leader who has a strong background working in collaboration with the community and other town departments, excellent communication skills, and a proven record of working effectively with a diverse community. This position requires honesty and integrity, effective decision-making, fiscal and budgetary skills, strategic planning, sound technical and technological skills in law enforcement, criminal justice and public safety. Work involves responsibility for the protection of life and property through a varied program of enforcement, detection and prevention of crime and accidents, and …..

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North Carolina schools rank 32nd nationally based on study

By Erin Smith North Carolina’s pubic schools rank 32nd in the nation in Wallet Hub’s “2018’s States with the Best and Worst School Systems.” According to the report, states and local governments provide an almost equal share of funding for education while the federal government provides the least amount of funding. According to the study, all 50 states and the District of Columbia were compared using such metrics as school performance, funding, safety, class sizes, and instructor credentials. Overall, Massachusetts was ranked No. 1 with a total score of 74.16 and rank of first in the categories fo quality and safety. North Carolina ranked 32nd overall with a total score …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for July 30

Practice is underway for high school fall sports.  John Clark has the complete schedule on our Sports Page, football, volleyball, women’s tennis, men’s soccer and his info includes a free golf clinic for ages 5-17 at Vineyard Golf, White Lake. Can you believe, August 2018 begins Wednesday.  So what’s left on your ‘bucket list’ for Summer ’18? As I age, I do all in my power to deal with less conflict, controversy. For the second consecutive week, BladenOnline is just shy of cracking Top 10 for most page views in a week.  After Saturday, July 28, BladenOnline had 621,149 page views and 128,057 visits.  Both will be among the Top 5 in history …..

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U.S. HOUSE APPROVES CONGRESSMAN ROBERT PITTENGER’S NATIONAL SECURITY LEGISLATION

CHARLOTTE – A bipartisan majority in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday gave final approval to Congressman Robert Pittenger’s Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), which protects America’s critical national security technology and infrastructure from malicious foreign investment. The Senate is expected to give final approval next week, with President Trump signing the measure into law shortly afterwards. “For years, China and other adversarial nation-states have vacuumed up critical American security-related technology and infrastructure through targeted business investments, especially in the areas of emerging technology,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “China has also forced American companies to share military-applicable technology through strategically-designed joint ventures.  America’s Cold War-era safeguards weren’t able to combat this national security threat. “For …..

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This Day in History for July 30

1619 – House of Burgesses, Virginia forms, 1st elective American governing body. 1739 – Casper Wistar begins glass manufacturing in Allowaystown, New Jersey. 1869 – The Charles, considered the world’s first “oil tanker”, departs from the United States headed for Europe with a bulk capacity of 7,000 barrels of oil. 1889 – Start of Sherlock Holmes adventure “Naval Treaty” (BG) 1909 – Wright Brothers deliver 1st military plane to the army. 1928 – George Eastman shows first amateur color motion pictures to guests at his New York house including Thomas Edison. 1935 – 1st Penquin book is published, starting the paperback revolution. 1942 – FDR signs bill creating women’s Navy …..

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Galeed Women Are Lumber River Church Softball Champs

Galeed’s Women won the Lumber River Church Softball League’s regular-season and tournament championship finishing the season with a 19-1 overall record. Galeed outscored their opponents by a 323-90 margin losing only to Antioch in regular-season play. The Galeed women rolled through the tournament undefeated with victories over Hyde Park, Broadridge, Dubin and Hickory Grove – winning the tournament finale 13-0. It was the second straight championship for the Galeed women. Share:

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Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

Eight people were treated at Bladen County Hospital due to heat exhaustion. Bladen County received $428,728 for secondary road construction. Assistant County Administrator Bill Davis resigned. A blood drive in Elizabethtown gathered 170 pints of blood. Share:

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This Day in History for July 29

1773 – 1st schoolhouse west of Allegheny Mountains completed, Schoenbrunn, Ohio. 1847 – Cumberland School of Law founded in Lebanon, Tennessee, USA. At the end of 1847, only 15 law schools exist in the United States. 1864 – American Civil War: Confederate spy Belle Boyd is arrested by Union troops and detained at the Old Capitol Prison in Washington, D.C. 1907 – Sir Robert Baden-Powell forms Boy Scouts in England. 1914 – 1st transcontinental phone link made between New York City and San Francisco. 1927 – 1st iron lung installed (Bellevue hospital, NY) 1928 – Test footage first created for Walt Disney’s “Steamboat Willie” with Mickey Mouse. 1936 – RCA …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for Sunday, July 29

It’s Sunday, and after church, a day for relaxation. A few reminders: A ground breaking ceremony is planned for Wednesday, August 1st at the FFA Camp, a new addition. Fundraiser for Joey Taylor at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church Wednesday from 5 to 7 PM. Baked Ziti plates, $10 each. Stand for Farmers, No Farm-No Food signs are popping up all around. They will likely be competing for space when more political signs are added to the landscape. Cade Hancock continues his tournament play. Recently in California, more recently in South Carolina. Playing well, making a name for himself on the golf trail. Sincere Smith is seeing limited action playing for the …..

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East Bladen Fall Sports Tryouts Begin Monday

Tryouts and practice for East Bladen football, volleyball and women’s tennis will begin Monday. Men’s soccer will begin Tuesday. All participants must have a current physical on file with the school. The times for the individual sports follow: Monday Football; 6-8 p.m. Coach Robby Priest Volleyball: 9 a.m. Coach Sara Ward Women’s Tennis: 8:30-9:30 a.m. Coach Megan Kirby, if raining will meet in media center Tuesday Men’s Soccer: Two sessions 8-11 a.m. and 6-8:30 p.m. Coach Jay Raynor Share:

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Ty Mathis Two Key Hits as Canes Win NYBC Championship

YAPHANK, NY – Ty Mathis of Elizabethtown cracked two key hits and drove in three runs Saturday as his Canes-Gallaher team won the 13-and-Under Championship of the National Youth Baseball Classic at the Baseball Heaven Complex on Long Island. Mathis knocked in a run with a single to rightfield in the Canes 6-run first inning that paved the way to a 12-4 semi-final victory over the Mid Atlantic Pirates from Virginia. That win sent the Canes who were the third-seeded team in the tournament into the championship game against top-seeded Tri-State Arsenal from New Jersey. Mathis ripped a single over the third base bag to drive in the first two …..

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Interesting stat on one of the local TV weathercast recently, you may have seen as well. Over 50 inches of rain has been recorded in Wilmington so far this year. Lumberton has recorded just over 20 inches, my guess is Bladen in the low to mid 20s with the eastern portion of the county recording a slightly higher total.  The average annual rainfall in Bladen is near 50 inches. Ever feel your day is consumed by social media, Facebook, Twitter, Messenger, Instagram and more?  They are wonderful sources for info, but  can be addictive. Unemployment rate is low, and more jobs are available.  Still waiting on an announcement of a new industry in …..

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This Day in History for July 28

1849 – Memmon is first clipper to reach San Francisco, 120 days out of NY. 1866 – Metric system becomes a legal measurement system in US. 1896 – City of Miami incorporated. 1900 – Hamburger created by Louis Lassing in Connecticut. 1915 – Because of virtual anarchy, US Marines go ashore in Haiti on orders from President Woodrow Wilson; this will lead to an occupation that will last until 1934. 1933 – 1st singing telegram delivered (to Rudy Vallee), NYC. 1943 – US President FDR announces end of coffee rationing in US. 1945 – US Army B-25 crashes into 79th floor of Empire State Bldg, 14 die. 1951 – Walt …..

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Mountains to the Sea Trail Signs, Trail Markers Erected

By Erin Smith Signs and trail markers are being posted along the Coastal Crescent Trail section of the Mountains To the Sea trail in Bladen County. Carl deAndrade and his family have been hard at work posting the brown signs to assist trail walkers and hikers in following the trail.  He said his grandson, Josh deAndrade, assisted with posting the signs as well. Josh is working towards a Life Service project with the Boy Scouts. The Coastal Crescent section of the trail enters Bladen County at Suggs Mill Pond travels to Harmony Hall in White Oak, and onto Jones Lake State Park. The trail then winds along NC 242 to …..

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West Bladen Fall Sports Tryouts Begin Monday

Tryouts for all West Bladen fall sports will begin Monday. All participants must have a current physical on file with the school. The times for the individual sports follow: Football: 8-11 a.m. Coach Kris Williams Volleyball: 8:30-11 a.m. Coach Gaye Davis Women’s Tennis: 6-7:30 p.m. Coach Billy Bryant Men’s Soccer: 7-9 p.m. Coach Phillip Turnage Share:

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Ty Mathis Pitches Canes-Gallaher to National Semi-Finals

YAPHANK, NY – Ty Mathis of Elizabethtown pitched Canes-Gallaher to a 6-1 victory over the Mid Atlantic Pirates Friday in a 13-and-Under quarterfinal game of the National Youth Baseball Classic at the Baseball Heaven Complex on Long Island. Mathis pitched 6.2 innings of the 7-inning game before reaching his pitch count limit. The hard-throwing righthander struck out 6, walked 4 and allowed only one run and 3 hits. Over the first 5 innings, Mathis needed to face only 16 batters to record 15 outs. Canes-Gallaher will play the unbeaten Grit Black team from New York at 9 a.m. in the semi-finals. If Canes-Gallaher wins they advance to Saturday’s 1 p.m. …..

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Online DMV Services Shut Down for Upgrades this Weekend

RALEIGH – State officials will shut down online services of the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles this weekend to upgrade its system. The upgrades will occur from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday for vehicle registration services and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday for driver license services. DMV’s online services will resume as usual once the upgrades are complete. During the upgrades, the DMV will also conduct routine maintenance. The routine maintenance will involve implementing a registration stop for the new Passing Stopped School Bus law. Vehicle registration services will be blocked for any driver that fails to pay the penalty for passing a stopped school bus. City …..

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NC Emergency Management Details Progress on Hurricane Matthew Recovery

In a letter sent yesterday, NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry shared detailed information on North Carolina’s progress recovering from Hurricane Matthew. Read the full text of the letter below. July 26, 2018 Representative Brenden Jones 16 W. Jones Street, Room 2217 Raleigh, NC 27601-1096 Dear Representative Jones: Sir, I am taking this opportunity to respond to your letter of July 23, 2018 to the Governor and to provide you with an update on Hurricane Matthew Recovery for the state, as well as for Bladen, Columbus, and Robeson counties. Thank you for asking how you and other legislators could assist in the state response to Hurricane Matthew recovery. As we implement HUD’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program, …..

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FDA warns: Do not purchase Honey Smacks Cereal

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia as well as the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (NCDA & CS) are warning consumers not to purchase any packages of Kelloggs Honey Smacks Cereal. Retailers have been asked to stop selling the products after more than 30 people sickened by the product. A recall was issued in June after the product was found to be contaminated with Salmonella but the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Inspectors found as recently as this week that retailers in North Carolina are continuing to sell Honey Smacks Cereal. “We are concerned we …..

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Hog farm lawsuit key plaintiff misleading; defendants want to talk

By Charlotte Smith The third week in the third lawsuit trial involving hog farms and their neighbors is quickly coming to an end. This week during the trial, Bladen County farm producer, Dean Hilton took the stand along with a key plaintiff from Pender County, Jimmy Jacobs. Bladen County native, Hilton was not given much time for extended answers once questioned by Michael Kaeske, the Texas lawyer for the plaintiff’s, while on the stand this week. He was questioned about his involvement with Greenwood I and II. Yes and no answers were about all Kaeske would allow Hilton to say when asking about reports in evidence. Some witnesses said the …..

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Public Meeting

Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter to meet

The Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter, serving the parents of both Bladen and Columbus counties, will hold a meeting on the First Friday of the month at the Bladen County Senior Center in Elizabethtown. The August meeting will be Friday, August 3, at 3 PM. Any adult who has experienced a loss of their child, grandchild or sibling is welcome to attend. Time has proven that with caring and sharing comes healing. We always focus on helping each other. Chapter members affirm that “When we get together, we help one another” and we find strength and solace. Together we discover that ‘We Do Not Walk Alone’. For more information, contact …..

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Congressman Rouzer to host Opioid Symposium Monday

US Congressman David Rounder will be hosting an Opioid Symposium for the 7th Congressional District on Monday night in Wilmington at the Coastline Convention Center from 6 until 8 p.m. The symposium will be live streamed on Congressman Rouzer’s Facebook page and You Tube page. The symposium will be comprised of four different panels for discussion of best practices as it relates to stigma, treatment and resources, prevention and law enforcement. Those wishing to attend the Wilmington symposium can RSVP by clicking here. Share:

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Gov. Cooper Appoints New District Court Judge for Robeson County

Governor Roy Cooper has appointed Brooke Locklear Clark to preside in Robeson County District Court. “Clark’s experience in the law and deep knowledge of her community make her an ideal choice to serve on the District Court bench in Robeson County,” said. Gov. Cooper. Clark will serve as a District Court Judge for Judicial District 16B in Robeson County. Clark has practiced law in Robeson County for more than 13 years including serving as the attorney for the county Department of Social Services. She is a Family Drug Treatment Court team member and a former parent attorney for this innovative program that helps families dealing with substance abuse. A native …..

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Bladen County Division on Aging and Senior Center to present Scam Awareness program

The Bladen County Division on Aging and Senior Center will present a “Scam Awareness” program at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown on Tuesday, August 7, from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. The guest speaker will be Natalie S. Murdock, Community Partnerships and Outreach Manager, Public Protection Section of the NC Department of Justice. Light refreshments will be served. Please call 910-872-6330 to reserve your seat.   Share:

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Back to School Blast planned

As the lazy days of summer are winding to a close, many parents are beginning to think about sending their children back  to school. To help parents with the many tasks involved of preparing for back to school such as purchasing school uniforms, school supplies and haircuts, a Back to School Blast has been planned for Saturday, August 18, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The Back to School Blast will offer free haircuts, free uniform exchanges, health screenings, and more. For more information call Billie Hall at 910-862-2066 or Pastor Brock Meyer at 919-606-6350.   Share:

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Rotarians Learn the Importance of An Annual Insurance Review

Contributed Many of us have annual reviews for various things such as our physical health, our financial situation, our businesses and so forth, but often, we neglect to have an annual review of our insurance coverage. Rotarian Anne Beyer addressed the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday regarding the importance of having an annual insurance review. The annual insurance review looks at all of your coverage areas and is intended to ensure that you have adequate coverage for your property and other items in the event there is a loss due to an accident or fire, according to Beyer. She also spoke about things to consider regarding your insurance coverage such …..

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West Bladen Women’s Tennis Try-Outs Begin Monday

New head coach Billy Bryant has announced that West Bladen women’s tennis tryouts will begin Monday at 6 p.m. and will be held each evening from 6-7:30 p.m. through Friday, August 3rd. Try-out participants must have a current physical on file with the school. Practices will begin the following week and continue in preparation before the season-opening match at St. Pauls on August 13th. Bryant is transitioning into the head coach job after serving as an assistant coach at the school under previous coaches Jeff Atkinson and Mary Catherine White. Last year the Lady Knights finished with a 16-3 record. Coach Bryant has high expectations for this season but noted, “We suffered a big blow when …..

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Baker Motor Company’s BMW of Wilmington Debuts The Ultimate BMW Facility in the Carolinas

Wilmington, NC – Tommy Baker, Owner and President of Baker Motor Company, with award-winning dealerships in Wilmington, N.C. and Charleston, S.C., has announced the official debut of the all-new BMW of Wilmington. Fully reconstructed and redesigned to provide the ultimate first-class customer experience, the new 34,000 sq. ft. dealership includes a sleek and modern showroom, top-of-the-line service center, customer waiting lounge and café, on-site car wash, and much more. Photos of the new dealership, service center and features can be viewed here. The building footprint, which has more than tripled in size, allows the dealership to drastically increase its inventory in both new and used vehicles. Consequently, the company has also added new sales …..

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NC DOT announces road openings and closings in Bladen County

Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road openings and closings in Bladen County. There were no openings listed. CLOSINGS: Center Road Center Road is closed with a posted detour in both directions. Road is closed for bridge construction and miscellaneous roadway work. It is expected to open July 31, 2018. UPCOMING CLOSINGS: Peanut Plant Road Peanut Plant Road will close on Monday July 30, at 8:00 and will open August 3 at 5pm. This will be closed for crossline repair. It will be opened on the weekends for local traffic. Chicken Foot Road Chicken Foot Road will close on Monday, July 30 at 8:00 …..

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NA and AA Meeting in Bladen County

By Erin Smith One Bladen County woman’s journey with addiction has led her to begin offering Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. The meetings take place Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5 until 7 PM at 1729 US Hwy. 701 North, Elizabethtown. Garrison is registered online with Narcotics Anonymous and said the Tuesday meeting is an open meeting, and anyone can attend and join the group. She said the number of individuals in attendance at the meetings varies from meeting to meeting. Garrison moved to Bladen County a couple of years ago and she said she began noticing there was a need in Bladen County for this type of group. She …..

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Local band rocks radio station 

By Charlotte Smith Brent Underwood from Tar Heel, with his band Nephilym, was featured on Rock 103. The local band’s song “Red Sky Constellation” played on the radio station Thursday around 5 p.m. for a contest Rock 103 is currently having for bands. Underwood and his fans are asking for people to show their support. If you would like to show your support for these local artists you can by visiting http://www.rock103rocks.com, clicking on the Next2Rock banner and voting for Nephilym. You may here the song on our YouTube Channel here: https://youtu.be/RfBmaigPfjk. Share:

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Demand strong for Duke Energy’s North Carolina solar rebates

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy’s North Carolina solar rebate program has attracted significant interest from customers, with more than 1,500 applying for the incentive to install private solar systems in the first few weeks of the program’s launch. “Customers are overwhelmingly embracing our rebate program and are supporting Duke Energy’s efforts to promote renewable energy in North Carolina,” said David Fountain, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “Under the Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina legislation, Duke Energy will bring a steady influx of new solar capacity to the state over the next five years.” The rebate offering, which opened July 9 to all Duke Energy customers in the state, is part of a five-year, $62 million program designed to support customers who want …..

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One person surrenders to Sheriff’s Office

Contributed Thanks to the public’s help, one individual who was wanted on outstanding warrants for selling heroin has surrendered to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office after learning through the media there were active warrants for their arrest. Deanne Kaye Bryan of Bladenboro surrendered to law enforcement on Thursday and was placed in the Bladen County Jail under a $25,000 bond. She is charged as follows: 1 count of Sell/Deliver Heroin 1 count of Possession with Intent to Manufacture/Sell/Deliver Heroin 1 count of Conspiring to Sell/Deliver Heroin 1 count of Felony Possession of Heroin The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking the whereabouts of three other individuals. Share:

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Tillis Honors the Life and Legacy of Former UNC System President Dick Spangler

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) spoke on the Senate floor to honor the life and legacy of philanthropist and UNC System President Emeritus C. D. Spangler, Jr. “I had the privilege of meeting Dick Spangler 11 years ago, and since that first meeting I never left an encounter with him without learning something new. He loved North Carolina and the UNC system that he helped build into what it is today,” said Senator Tillis. “Dick truly was a mentor to me, and I want to offer my condolences to his wife Meredith and daughters Anna and Abigail. Even though he is no longer here, his advocacy will live on for decades to come …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for July 27

1586 – Sir Walter Raleigh brings first tobacco to England from Virginia. 1789 – US Congress establishes Department of Foreign Affairs now referred to as the State Department. 1844 – Fire destroys US mint at Charlotte, North Carolina. 1888 – Philip Pratt unveils 1st American electric tricycle. 1909 – Orville Wright tests 1st US Army airplane, flying 1h-12m-40s. 1918 – Socony 200, 1st concrete barge in US, launched to carry oil, NY. 1931 – Grasshoppers in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota destroyed thousands of acres of crops. 1940 – Bugs Bunny, Warner Bros. cartoon character created by Tex Avery, Bob Given (Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series), first debuts in …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Never dreamed there was so much ‘drug activity’ as appears to be now in Bladen County, every area of the county.  Sheriff’s deputies are making a concerted effort to ’round them up, lock them up’ and get them off the streets and in a courtroom.  Problem is all to often they are back on the streets in a short period of time. If you think you have that type activity in your community, contact the Sheriff’s department. Lt. Governor Dan Forrest made a ‘quick’ stop in Bladen County recently and met with a group of supporters in a quickly arranged meeting.  He spoke briefly, then held a Q & A session.  …..

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The Pizazz Band Entertains Crowd

By Erin Smith Warm sunny skies greeted a crowd of concert goers as The Pizazz Band took to the stage Thursday night during the Summer Sounds Concert Series at the Cape Fear Farmers Market. The well attended event is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare. Many in attendance took the opportunity to join in line dancing and shagging. The band played such crowd favorites as “Lady Soul,” “Magic Carpet Ride,” “Body Like A Back Road” and “Mustang Sally.” The next Summer Sounds Concert will take place on Thursday, August 9, at 6 pm featuring the Legendary Motown Revue. Share:

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East Bladen Men’s Soccer Try-outs Tuesday

Coach Jay Raynor has announced that East Bladen men’s soccer try-outs will be held Tuesday from 8-11 a.m. and then later that day continued from 6-8:30 p.m. A parent/player meeting will be held Monday at 6 p.m. in the East Bladen media center. “This will be an informative meeting regarding the upcoming season,” said Raynor. Players must have a current up-to-date physical on file as well as a concussion form before they are allowed to participate. They should bring cleats, sneakers and a water bottle to the try-outs. For more information contact Coach Raynor at 910-876-0003. Share:

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Free Kids Golf Clinic at Vineyard Golf

Pam Davis Taylor will be holding a free Kids Golf Clinic at Vineyard Golf at White Lake beginning Saturday at 1 p.m. and continuing for 4 days. Any kids ages 5-17 are eligible for the clinic. “You don’t have to be a member, just eager to learn the game of golf!” said Taylor. “Please share this information so that we have a crowd of kids participating.” Start times for the other clinic sessions will be 3 p.m. Sunday and 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. Each session will last one to one and a half hours. Sessions will focus on swinging and hitting the ball, chipping and putting followed by the …..

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Dwayne Thompson Receives Dick Knox Award for Volleyball Officiating

Bladen County’s Dwayne Thompson received the 2018 Dick Knox Distinguished Service Award for Volleyball by the Southeastern Athletic Officials Association (SAOA) Wednesday night at the association’s initial pre-season meeting. The award is inscribed ‘presented in recognition of devoted service to and involvement with young student athletes of our state. Your years of service and dedication are recognized and deeply appreciated. The lives you have touched during your career are a tribute to the positive influence of high school athletics.’ Thompson was presented the award by SAOA Volleyball Regional Supervisor of Officials Bill Henderson who shared how much Thompson had worked to improve in his 18 years of high school officiating …..

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Ty Mathis In National Youth Baseball Classic

YAPHANK, NY – Elizabethtown’s Ty Mathis is playing this week in the National Youth Baseball Classic 13-and-Under tournament at the Baseball Heaven Complex on Long Island. Thursday Mathis and his Canes-Gallaher team qualified for the championship bracket with a 5-4 victory over the Petaluma, CA Athletic Edge that was televised by CBS Sports Network. Mathis pitched an inning in Tuesday’s 9-0 victory over the Canes-Maxwell team from Maryland. Mathis worked a longer stint on the mound Wednesday morning as Canes-Gallaher defeated the Yeti Baseball Club from Texas 13-4. Tri-State Arsenal from New Jersey handed Canes-Gallaher their only loss of the tournament 3-0 Wednesday afternoon. Canes-Gallaher will play the Mid Atlantic …..

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Whiteville Receives Downtown Associate Community Status

  • 07/26/2018
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The North Carolina Main Street and Rural Planning Center selected Whiteville for its Downtown Associate Community Program, Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland announced today. Beginning in September, Whiteville will receive three years of downtown technical assistance services from the Center.  Upon successful completion of the program and fulfillment of the North Carolina Main Street requirements, Whiteville may have the opportunity to advance to official Main Street status. “This Downtown Associate Community designation will provide Whiteville with the resources and tools needed to restore downtown vitality,” said Secretary Copeland. “Our Main Street and Rural Planning Center is eager to support local leaders’ efforts and to see Downtown Whiteville grow and attract new …..

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BCC Fall Registration is Open

Contributed Registration for fall classes is now open. Bladen Community College offers 80 curriculum courses, associate degrees, high school credentialing, skilled workforce programs, and opportunities for high school students to complete two years of college while enrolled in high school. Counselors are visiting the community with information now. Final registration is August 8 and 9, 2018. Talk with a counselor or see your advisor now about your course of study at BCC. For enrollment information, call 910.879.5500.   Share:

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Pests create a mess for Bladen County Schools

By Erin Smith A pest control contract worth over $50,000 and almost three times the previous year’s pest control amount was awarded to a Columbus County company by the Bladen County Board of Education in June. The pest control contract is being called into question by citizens due to differences in bid amounts, alleged misrepresentation of bids and personal relationships. The contract was awarded to Waldron & Company Pest Control of Columbus County at a cost of $54,420 for a term of one year. On the Pest Control Contract Bid Comparison sheet presented to the Board of Education by Lou Nelon, Maintenance Director, and Amy Stanley, Director of School Nutrition, …..

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Cooper, NCGA Dem Leaders Silent

NCDP Hispanic American Caucus Denounced Immediately; Cooper, D. Jackson, G. Meyer, D. Blue Remain Silent Raleigh, NC — This morning, following news that House District 64 Democrat candidate Cathy von Hassel-Davies is planning to exit the race, Republican National Hispanic Assembly Committeewoman Marlynn Burns released the following statement: “We understand parties are sometimes handed candidates that do not match their values,” stated Burns.  “This seems to be the proper result.  The bitter and backward thoughts expressed by Ms. Hassel-Davies have no place in North Carolina politics and should be soundly and unequivocally denounced by the leaders of the North Carolina Democrat Party.  However, Governor Cooper, House Minority Leader Rep. Darren Jackson, Rep. Graig Meyer, and Senate Minority Leader …..

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US House Passes Congressman Pittenger’s Landmark Foreign Investment Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives today gave final approval to Congressman Robert Pittenger’s historic legislation to protect America’s critical national security technology and infrastructure from malicious foreign investment. Congressman Pittenger’s Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA, H.R. 5841) was included in the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was approved by an overwhelming bipartisan vote of 359-54.  President Trump is expected to sign NDAA, including Congressman Pittenger’s provisions, into law. “For years, China and other adversarial nation-states have vacuumed up critical American security-related technology and infrastructure through targeted business investments, especially in the areas of emerging technology,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09).  “China has also forced American companies to share military-applicable technology through strategically-designed joint …..

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Search Warrants in Bladenboro and Dublin Uncover Drugs, Money and Weapons

 Contributed Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker released information this morning concerning the execution of several search warrants. “The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Bladenboro and Dublin communities of Bladen County,” said McVicker. During the investigation, it was determined by the Narcotics Unit that the below listed individuals were responsible for distributing Controlled Substances in and around Bladenboro. This investigation originated from citizen complaints which prompted Narcotics Agents to the area of 419 Elizabethtown Road, Apartment 5B, Bladenboro, NC (Harmony Homes). Agents conducted multiple undercover purchases from the defendants in this investigation where Heroin was purchased. At …..

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Bladen County Dementia Workshop

Melanie Bunn who is a Gerontological Nurse Practitioner and a Dementia Training Specialist, from Dementia Alliance of North Carolina, will be presenting on “What Happenings Next?” at the Bladen County Community Dementia Workshop on Wednesday, August 29th. The event will take place from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown. Understanding the progression of dementia can help us learn what to expect and how to better interact with those we care about.  Follow  the story of one family as they move through the stages of dementia.  Learn along with them what works, what doesn’t work, and how to keep the peace along the way. The church is located …..

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Narcotics Arrests Increasing

Contributed Sheriff James McVicker said recently that his Office has experienced a sharp increase in the reported sale of Heroin in the county as it becomes increasingly difficult for addicts to purchase prescription Opioids. “We have seen a spike in the number of people we are arresting for heroin, meth and cocaine sales,” said McVicker. “People are turning to an alternative source to get their high now that prescription drugs are not so readily available in the area. We also expect to see an increase in the distribution of Crystal Methamphetamine and cocaine for the same reason.” McVicker said some addicts are going to meth due to the increased use …..

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Smith awarded NC State Firefighter’s Association Scholarship

Contributed Kaley L. Smith of White Lake was the recipient of the NC State Firefighters Association George Horace Moore Scholarship. She is a graduate of East Bladen High School and plans to pursue a degree in Nursing. She has been accepted as an RIBN (Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses) which is partnership between Bladen Community College and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.  “It was a honor for me to receive this scholarship. It shows me the importance of working hard in high school and volunteering in my community,” said Smith. She was recognized by the White Lake Fire Department for the accomplishment. Share:

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Outer Loop Work Requires Cliffdale Road Closure

  • 07/26/2018
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FAYETTEVILLE – This weekend, traffic at night will be detoured off Cliffdale Road in western Cumberland County where the Fayetteville Outer Loop is being built. The temporary detour is needed to allow contract workers to set concrete girders over the roadway where a new interchange is being constructed, just west of South Reilly Road. Cliffdale Road will be closed in both directions during the overnight hours, Friday through Sunday. The road will close at 9 each night. The road will reopen by 6:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, but at 5 a.m. Monday to accommodate Fort Bragg commuter traffic. Motorists will detour onto either South Reilly Road or Rim Road, depending on which direction they are traveling and use Raeford Road …..

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Dixie Youth World Series Opens in Lumberton Friday

LUMBERTON – The Dixie Youth Baseball World Series comes to our area Friday as the Lumberton Youth Baseball Association will host not one, not two, but Five different DYB World Series. The opening ceremonies for two of those World Series will be held Friday night. World Series games begin Saturday morning at 9:00 for the Coach-Pitch (Class AA) and Machine Pitch World Series at Northeast Park in the Raymond B. Pennington Athletic Complex that is located at 900 Meadow Road. Activities for the World Series begin Friday at 3:30 with a Skills Competition at Northeast Park. Opening Ceremonies will be held Friday night at 7:30 at the Lumberton High School Football Field. Saturday’s pool play games begin at 9 a.m. and continue through the day with the last games …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

One more reminder of the Summer Sounds Concert from 6 to 9 PM today at Cape Fear Farmers Market.  Music provided by The Pizzaz Band and it is free.  Bring a chair, if you think you need one, sit and enjoy with friends or dance ’til you hearts content.. It’s easy to say nice things about good folks. Mark you calendar for the fundraiser for Joey Taylor, a good man who continues to battle serious health issues.  It’s  Wednesday, August 1 from 5 to 7 PM at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church.  His friends are offering a Baked Ziti dinner for $10 a plate. A silent auction will also be held. For further details contact Jennifer Leggett at 910-862-8423 ext. …..

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Bladenboro Boutique offers a variety in town

By Charlotte Smith One business moved out, but another moved in. Teresa Horton is excited about her new business venture after working over a decade and a half with Cynthia Singletary’s law office. Horton is the proud owner of Lolli’s on Main, a children’s and ladies boutique, tanning and gifts shop located at 109 Main Street in Bladenboro. The store was formally the location of Grace & Company. “I just didn’t want to see another business leave Bladenboro,” Horton said. When she found out Grace & Company was closing, she decided to open the store back up under her company name and offer even more products. The boutique currently offers …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – July 26

1775 – US Continental Congress creates United States Post Office (U.S.P.O.), in Philadelphia under Benjamin Franklin. 1790 – US passes Assumption bill making US responsible for state debts. 1878 – In California, poet and American West outlaw calling himself “Black Bart” makes his clean getaway when he steals a safe box from a Wells Fargo stagecoach.  The empty box found later with a taunting poem inside. 1903 – 1st automobile trip across the United States (San Francisco to New York) completed by Horatio Nelson Jackson and Sewall K. Crocker. 1908 – United States Attorney General Charles Joseph Bonaparte issues an order to immediately staff the Office of the Chief Examiner …..

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NC Works training for Businesses and Industries

  • 07/25/2018
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If you are a business or industry interested in North Carolina Works there is now a training for you. Ann Garrett, Center Manager with NCWorks Career Center of Bladen County announced there will be a NCWorks 101 Training for Businesses and Industries. The event will be on August 1, at Bladen Community College in Building # 3, Room 104 on 7418 NC Hwy 41 W in Dublin, NC. The training will be held from 9:30 am until 12:00 Noon. Anyone interested is asked to RSVP by contacting Ann Garrett by email at gabrilla.garrett@nccommerce.com. Seats are limited. Bladen NC Works 101 for Businesses Share:

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Recall: Taco Bell Con Queso Cheese Dip Recalled After Botulism Concerns

By Erin Smith The Kraft Heinz Company issued a voluntary recall for its Taco Bell brand Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip, over concerns regarding Botulism contamination. The recall affects approximately 7,000 cases of the dip, according to the company website. The release issued by the company reads, “As a precaution, approximately 7,000 cases of Taco Bell Salsa Con Queso Mild Cheese Dip are being voluntarily recalled because the affected product is showing signs of product separation which can lead to a potential health hazard. This could create conditions that could allow for the growth of Clostridium botulinum (C. botulinum), a bacterium which can cause life-threatening illness or death. Consumers are …..

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America’s Run for the Fallen Passes Through Bladen County

By Erin Smith Many shoppers and business owners paused on Wednesday and stepped outside; to pay tribute to the runners participating in America’s Run for the Fallen as they made their way through Bladen County on the way to Fort Bragg along NC 87 Business. Vehicles also pulled off the roadway throughout the county as drivers waved or saluted the flag in their own tribute to the runners. At certain points along the run, the runners paused and called out the names of fallen soldiers as a tribute to Gold Star families. As the run passed through Bladen County, the runners carried an American Flag, the Honor and Remember Flag …..

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State Board to host public demonstration of voting equipment

RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement on Friday(July 27) will host a public demonstration of all voting equipment under consideration for certification in North Carolina.  The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the State Board office in the Dobbs Building, 430 N. Salisbury St., Raleigh.  The purpose of this demonstration is for members of the State Board and the public to witness voting systems demonstrations and have their questions and concerns addressed by the vendors. This demonstration fulfills the requirements of Section 3.5.10 of the Elections Systems Certification Program adopted by the State Board in 2017. “This is a major step in the process of reviewing new equipment …..

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Dramatic testimony offered by neighbor in third hog farm trial

By Andy Curliss, CEO, ncpork.org The third case brought by the Texas lawyer against a North Carolina hog farm has been building, slowly and carefully, to what surely would be the dramatic testimony of a key plaintiff. The plaintiff’s name is Jimmy Jacobs. He took the stand Tuesday. And, yes, there was drama. Jimmy is the closest of six neighbors who are suing two adjacent farms in Pender County on claims that the farms unreasonably interfere with their property. Jimmy had been featured in the Texas lawyer’s opening statement, shown in video and photos outside his home near the farm. Then, and since, there has been a lot of talk in the …..

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Clarkton Public Library will host a Harry Potter Birthday Celebration on Tuesday, July 31

Clarkton, NC — Attention wizards, witches, and muggles ages 10 & up! You are invited to join the Bladen County Public Library system for a free, magical fun-filled evening celebrating Harry Potter’s Birthday on Tuesday, July 31, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Clarkton Public Library located at 10413 N. College St., Clarkton, NC 28433. Partygoers will enjoy Harry Potter themed entertainment, activities, games, refreshments, and crafts. Here are just some of the festivities guests can enjoy at the party: +Make a magical craft +Take a picture in our photo booth +Test your Harry Potter knowledge in our trivia contest* +Come dressed up and enter our costume contest* …..

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Tillis, Shaheen & Lankford Issue Joint Statement on Andrew Brunson Being Moved to House Arrest

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), and James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following joint statement after a Turkish court in Izmir ordered American citizen Andrew Brunson to be moved from prison to house arrest: “Today’s decision by the Turkish Court system to move Pastor Andrew Brunson from prison to house arrest is a step in the right direction and will help alleviate some of the unacceptable hardship and anguish Pastor Brunson and his family have endured over the last 20 months. The Government of Turkey should now release Pastor Brunson and immediately return him to the United States, an action that would begin to restore the longstanding friendship between our …..

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Five Years Later, North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program More Popular Than Ever

Raleigh, NC – Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina (PEFNC) released the following statement marking the fifth anniversary of North Carolina’s Opportunity Scholarship Program becoming law in the state on July 26, 2013. “Five years ago, North Carolina lawmakers empowered families with educational choice when creating the Opportunity Scholarship Program. Since that historic moment, families have responded by submitting more than 45,000 applications and today more than 500 applicants remain on a wait list. Like no other time in our state’s history, the playing field is being leveled for low-income and working-class families who—if not for this program—may not have access to the school of their choice,” said Brian …..

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Governor Cooper Announces 365 New Financial Services Jobs in Wake County

Arch Capital Group Ltd. (ACGL), a globally diversified financial services group providing insurance, reinsurance and mortgage insurance, will open an operational hub in Raleigh and create 365 new jobs over four years, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $12.9 million in North Carolina by the end of 2019. “Global finance and technology leaders like Arch choose North Carolina because they know our world-class universities and community colleges prepare talented students to succeed in those industries,” Governor Cooper said. “I look forward to the new opportunities Arch will bring to Wake County.” Arch currently employs approximately 575 people in North Carolina, and this project will bring several operational …..

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NCDA&CS offers organic certification cost-share assistance

RALEIGH – Organic growers in North Carolina can apply for partial reimbursement of the cost of becoming certified or for recertification through a program offered by the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Growers who are certified or recertified between Oct. 1, 2017, and Sept. 30, 2018, can apply for assistance through the program. “Applicants can be reimbursed up to 75 percent of the cost of organic certification per category,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and I would encourage growers and handlers to submit their applications early.” Under the grant, operations can be certified and reimbursed in four separate categories: crops, livestock, …..

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Bladen County Producers Have Until Aug. 1 to Submit FSA County Committee Nominations

Elizabethtown, NC — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director for BladenCounty, Chris Tatum, today reminded farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1, 2018, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees. County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA. “The Aug. 1 deadline is quickly approaching,” said Tatum. “If you know of a great candidate or want to nominate yourself to serve on your local county committee, visit …..

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Edward Luke Thurston

August 2, 1954 – July 22, 2018 Edward Luke Thurston, 63, of Oak Island, has transitioned from the Earthly plane. He was an islander from birth, an Eagle Scout, a teen-aged heart-throb, a roadie, a beach bum, an electrician, a ship’s Captain, a pirate, a tile mason, a brother, a father, a son, a cousin, an uncle, a grandpa, and a friend. Ed lived each day to its fullest.  He gave of himself, whenever he saw someone with a need. He shared what he had and was quick with a joke to lighten a heavy mood. He was a blessing to all around him. He was born at Myrtle Beach, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Interesting to observe crops, in some areas, great crops, and just a few miles down the road, not so good.  Has to do with how much rain and when, I am told. Hats off to the leaders of the Town of Elizabethtown…Improvements to the Tory Hole Park make it a great place to spend some time. Summer Sound Concert series continues Thursday (tomorrow) at Cape Fear Farmers Market.  Music will be provided by The Pizzaz Band performing from 6-9 p.m., and it’s free.  Great time to spend time with family and friends, kinda unwind after a hectic day. Visit our Sports section for constant updates.  A couple of recent articles, two holes-in-one Sunday at Vineyard Golf of White Lake, both …..

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This Day in History for July 25

1729 – North Carolina becomes a royal colony. 1854 – Walter Hunt is awarded the first U.S. patent for a paper shirt collar. 1866 – David Faragut appointed as 1st admiral in US Navy. 1866 – Ulysses S. Grant names 1st General of Army. 1871 – Carousel patented by Wilhelm Schneider, Davenport, Iowa. 1918 – Annette Adams sworn in as 1st woman district attorney of US, California. 1926 – 115 acre Orchard Beach opens in the Bronx. 1941 – FDR bans selling benzene/gasoline to Japan. 1944 – Operation Cobra: US forces begin major offensive in Normandy with air bombardment. 1946 – At Club 500 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, Dean …..

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