01/21/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 4:40 pm We Are All One Humanity 
  • 4:33 pm Elizabethtown Truck Driver missing since Lenoir County crash found
  • 3:06 pm Fayetteville Police seek missing woman
  • 2:54 pm Fayetteville Police announce arrest of man wanted on 17 warrants
  • 2:45 pm Collaborative Transmission Plan identifies 19 major reliability projects
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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, […]

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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 […]

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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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Upcoming Events

The Bladen County Board of Elections will be conducting a regular meeting on Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at 301 S. Cypress St., Elizabethtown, NC. Share:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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  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 […]

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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

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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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USDA

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 […]

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Bladen County Schools

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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 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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

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? […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Hickory Grove’s women softball team finished second in the Lumber RIver Church Softball League’s post-season tournament Saturday night. Share:

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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 – […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Public Meeting

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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Public Meeting

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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.  […]

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 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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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This Day In History

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 […]

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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 […]

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Bladenboro Town Hall

A special called meeting of the Bladenboro Board of Commissioners has been called to meet in the Town Hall on Monday July 30, 2018, at 7 PM. The purpose of the meeting is as follows: 1.       Conduct Closed Session For – Personnel     Share:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Colly Chapel Church will conduct a Yard Sale on Saturday, July 28 beginning at 7 a.m. All proceeds will go to David “Punk” Johnson for medical expenses and travel to to the doctor. The church is located at 3857 Mote Road, Harrells, NC. Share:

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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 […]

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USDA

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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 – […]

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