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Board of Elections Names New Chariman, Vice-Chairman

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Elections met on Tuesday at 12 noon, and elected a new Chairman and Vice-Chairman. Outgoing Chairman Jens Lutz joined the meeting by telephone. Board of Elections Director Cynthia Shaw told the board that a directive from the State Board of Elections indicated the Chairman must be a Republican and the Vice-Chairman must be a Democrat. NC House Bill 90 changed the make-up of the local and state board of elections. The board named Bobby Ludlum as Chairman and Jens Lutz to serve as Vice-Chairman. They will serve in their roles until July 2019, according to Shaw. Al Daniels was named to serve as Secretary, and …..

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Bladenboro Town Hall

Carroll Poultry Must Pay Fine in Full

By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday night to hear an appeal of a fine the town issued to Carroll Poultry at their June meeting. The fine was the third such fine the company has received for violating the “flow” they were allowed in their permit. They also have failed to accurately complete their required reports. On Tuesday, Town Administrator John O’Daniel said company officials were unable to attend the meeting. “The board made a decision the company will have to pay the fine in full,” said O’Daniel. Carroll Poultry officials have until August 20th to pay the fine of $22,050. O’Daniel said the company paid the first fine in full …..

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NC Junior Dixie Boys State Tournament: Hope Mills 5, Bladen County 1

WINNABOW – Hope Mills defeated Bladen County 5-1 Monday night in the North Carolina Junior Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament. Bladen County completed the round-robin phase of the tournament with a 1-2 record. Hope Mills turned four hits into three runs in the top of the first inning. Bladen County answered with a run in the home first. Devon Strange smacked a single to centerfield and raced home when Destin Montgomery hammered a double to right-centerfield. Hope Mills tacked on two more runs in the fourth inning. Garrison Tatum batted 2-3 and slammed a double to lead the Bladen hitters. Evan Pait also finished with a 2-3 game at the …..

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Man Arrested for Prescription Drug Abuse

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest Monday of a Bladenboro area man following an investigation by the Narcotics Unite into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Storms Road area of Bladen County. “My investigators learned an individual was selling suboxone, a prescription drug used to treat opioid addiction,” said McVicker. “Suboxone is similar to methadone in its intended use. It is meant to treat addiction but sadly it can be abused and become addictive itself or serve as a substitute when addicts cannot obtain the drug of their choice.” Arrested following the investigation and a search warrant executed at his residence was Jonathon Wade Hester, 25, of 1208 …..

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Elections Agency working to secure voting process

RALEIGH, N.C. – Following today’s indictment of Russian military intelligence officers, the office of the N.C. Bipartisan State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement Office wishes to assure voters of ongoing efforts to enhance elections security. For nearly two years, North Carolina elections officials have partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on a series of engagements in our joint effort to secure voter data, voting systems, and election processes. “Our State benefits from a deep and productive partnership with the intelligence community,” said executive director Kim Westbrook Strach. “We will make any and all efforts to ensure the security of the vote.” Congress this spring appropriated more than $10M that will be …..

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Bladen County Man Killed in Leland Crash

By Erin Smith A Bladen County man has succumbed to injuries he sustained in a hit-and-run crash in Leland on July 10th. According to the Leland Police Department, Sidney Joe Lanier of Council was involved in a moped crash on US 74 near the exit ramp for Village Road in Leland. He died on Friday, July 13th, from injuries he sustained in the crash. Leland Police are searching for a silver 2004-2008 Toyota Solara with a black convertible top. Anyone with any information about the crash is asked to contact Detective McCade with the Leland Police Department at 910-332-5005. Share:

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 Position Opening at Bladen Smart Start – A Partnership for Children, Inc.

Bladen Smart Start is looking for a mission-focused, seasoned, strategic leader with at least 10 years of management in Smart Start to support all internal operations of the organization. The Director of Operations will report to the Executive Director and in partnership with the Executive Director will create strategic plans, implement and train staff on all policies and procedures, assist in the development of human and financial resources necessary for Bladen Smart Start to achieve its mission of improving the early childhood and early education system for Bladen County. The Director of Operations in conjunction with the Executive Director will ensure compliance with all applicable regulations and policies. This position …..

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Tillis Statement On U.S.-Russia Relations

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on U.S.-Russia relations after the meeting between President Trump and Vladimir Putin:   “There cannot be any equivocation: Vladimir Putin is to blame for Russia’s poor relations with the United States and the rest of the free world. It is Putin’s regime that illegally invaded Crimea, props up Assad’s murderous regime in Syria, assassinates dissidents on foreign soil, and meddles in the elections of the United States and its European allies.   “I’ve long maintained that America needs to take a strong position when it comes to Russia. While we should work with Russia on the specific instances where …..

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Pleasant Grove Independent Church Gospel Sing

  • 07/17/2018
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Pleasant Grove Independent Church will host Heart Song gospel singing group from Shannon and Red Springs, N. C.,  6 pm Sunday evening July 22nd. Please plan to attend and worship in spirit and song!   The church is located at; 2039 Pleasant Grove Church Road Bladenboro, N.C. 28320! For additional information call 910-874-3531. Share:

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A Community Comes Together to Support Family

Contributed A fire can be devastating, as one Chadbourn family learned during the wee hours of Saturday morning. Around 2 AM, a family of five lost everything due to a house fire. Chadbourn Police Officer Tavon Pierce and his wife Allison Pierce have three small children; Javie who is 3 years old, Taye who is 18 months old and Nova who is 7 months old. Kayla Brown was with the family on Sunday when they received a tremendous amount of support from the community. Ms. Brown said she wanted to show everyone just how amazing the Chadbourn Police department and the Klondyke-Chadbourn Fire and Rescue are along with many other …..

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NC DYB Small League State Tournament: Clinton 10, Bladen County 3

KENANSVILLE– Clinton defeated Bladen County 10-3 Monday night in the winners’ bracket finale of the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Small League State Tournament. Bladen County will play North Duplin Tuesday at 6 p.m. in an elimination game. A victory would advance the Bladen team to a championship game Wednesday. Bladen County scored a pair of first inning runs to take an early 2-1 lead. D. A. Smith and Andre Moore drew walks, and Shy’Asia Ratliff knocked in both Smith and Moore with a single. Clinton scored 3 runs in both the second and third innings and added two more in the fourth to build a 9-2 lead. The final …..

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NC DYB Majors State Tournament: Columbus County 4, Elizabethtown 1

KENANSVILLE – Columbus County defeated Elizabethtown 4-1 Monday night in an elimination game in the North Carolina State Dixie Youth Baseball Tournament. Elizabethtown grabbed a 1-0 first-inning lead. Hunter Elks cracked a one-out single to centerfield, and Carson Gooden ripped a single to left-centerfield that sent Elks to third base. Elks raced home on Lee Barnes’ sacrifice. Columbus County capitalized on a trio of errors to score 3 unearned runs in the third inning then tacked on a run in the fifth inning. Hunter Smith started on the mound for Elizabethtown and pitched 4.1 innings allowing 4 runs – one earned – on no hits, 2 walks and 3 hit …..

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NC Dixie Boys State Tournament: Kings Mountain 13, Bladen County 0

WINNABOW– Kings Mountain defeated Bladen County 13-0 Monday night in the winners’ bracket finale of the North Carolina Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament. Tyler Hill connected for the only Bladen hit in the game. “They (Kings Mountain) are nasty,” said Bladen County Coach Les Hill. “They haven’t allowed a run in the tournament.” Bladen County will play Columbus County Tuesday at 4:30 in an elimination game. A victory would advance the Bladen team to a championship game Wednesday – probably against Kings Mountain. Share:

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This Day in History for July 17

1603 – Sir Walter Raleigh arrested by forces of King James. 1775 – 1st military hospital approved. 1856 – The Great Train Wreck of 1856 between Camp Hill and Fort Washington, Pennsylvania kills over 60 people. 1867 – 1st US dental school, Harvard School of Dental Medicine, established. 1902 – Orioles forfeit to St Louis having only 5 players available to play, they then forfeit their franchise back to the AL. 1925 – Tris Speaker, is 5th to get 3,000 hits. 1942 – Estimated 34.5 inches of rainfall, Smethport, Pennsylvania (state record) 1944 – 2 ammunition ships explode at Port Chicago, California, killing 322. 1954 – Construction of Disneyland commences. …..

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Area Stars Travel Baseball Tryouts Saturday

Area Stars Travel Baseball will be hosting tryouts July 21st at Athletes Choice Batting Center located at 212 Rankin Street Fayetteville NC 28301. “We are a set of dedicated coaches looking for hard working, competitive players with great attitudes and committed families to play on our travel baseball teams for the upcoming 2018/2019 year,” said Jonathan Dawson of Area Stars. 9U tryouts will be held at 9 a.m. Contact Jack Smith 910-322-1836 or Greg Jackson 910-850-9047 for more information. 10U tryouts will be held at 10 a.m. Contact Chris Roberts 910-824-6095 for more information. 8U tryouts will be held at 11 a.m. Contact Jesse Cox 910-308-5524 for more information. Share:

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USDA

Nearly $2 Billion Now Available for Eligible Producers Affected by 2017 Hurricanes and Wildfires

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2018 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today announced that agricultural producers affected by hurricanes and wildfires in 2017 now may apply for assistance to help recover and rebuild their farming operations. Signup begins July 16, 2018, and continues through November 16, 2018. “Hurricanes and wildfires caused billions of dollars in losses to America’s farmers last year. Our objective is to get relief funds into the hands of eligible producers as quickly as possible,” said Secretary Perdue. “We are making immediate, initial payments of up to 50 percent of the calculated assistance so producers can pay their bills.” Additional payments will be issued, if funds remain available, later …..

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Bladen Recreation Soccer Registration Begins July 16

Bladen County Parks and Recreation Soccer Registration begins July 16th and will continue until August 31st. Registration is for the following: Tot Soccer (ages 3-4) – $25 Soccer (ages 5-7 coed, 8-10 girls and boys, 11-14 boys and girls) – $30 *Age as of August 1st, 2018* Register Online at bladeninfo.org (Parks & Recreation Department) or visit the Bladen County Parks and Recreation office to register. For more information, please call 862-6770. Share:

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Matt Kemp Receives Home Run Ball

Bladen County’s Matt Kemp walloped a home run during Bladen County’s 12-2 victory over North Duplin Sunday in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Small League State Tournament.  Matt is pictured receiving the home run ball from DYB District 9 Director Carl Newkirk. Share:

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Trinity United Methodist Church to conduct Vacation Bible School

  • 07/16/2018
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Trinity United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown will host Vacation Bible School from Monday, July 23rd, through Wednesday, July 25th, for ages Pre-K through 6th grade. Classes will meet from 6 p.m.  to 8:30 p.m. each evening, with dinner being served from 6 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.  The church is located at 901 West Broad Street in Elizabethtown. All are welcome!   Share:

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Second Show in Sunset Jams Concert Series Set for Thursday

By Erin Smith The second show in the Sunset James “Alive after Five” concert series will take place Thursday night at Goldston’s Beach in White Lake from 6 until 9 PM featuring the Big Time Party Band. The event is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Health. The Big Time Party Band, which is celebrating their 15th anniversary, plays a variety of beach music and classic rock songs. The band is from Pittsboro and are known for songs such as “Drink Up,” “Oh What A Feeling,” and “Do Ya Like.” The Sunset Jams concert series began when the Chamber sponsored a concert at Goldston’s Beach, …..

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Event Aims to Connect Veterans with Resources

By Erin Smith The National Guard Armory in Elizabethtown will be the site for a Stand Down event for Veterans and their families on Thursday, July 19th, from 10 AM until 2 PM. The featured guest speaker will be U.S. Marine Corp Sgt. Maj. Paul A. Berry (retd). Renee Deramus with NC Works said there will be medical and dental screenings, homeless prevention assistance, employment and job counseling, and mental health providers on site; as well as Legal Aid of NC. There will also be information available regarding veteran educational opportunities and chaplain services. Deramus said Michael Dorman with the Military Missions in Action will also speak during the event. …..

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Bladen County Schools to conduct Auction

Bladen County Schools will be conducting an Auction on the Spot at Elizabethtown Primary School on Tuesday, July 17th, beginning at 10:00 a.m. The item to be auctioned to the highest bidder is an early 1970s single wide mobile trailer unit – 12 feet wide X 50 feet long. No Title. The mobile trailer unit is located at Elizabethtown Primary School and can be viewed in advance of the sale by contacting the BCS Maintenance Department at 910-862-2899. Terms announced the day of the sale. Payment is restricted to cash, money order, or cashier’s check. Purchasers are required to remove their purchases within the time prescribed for each sale but merchandise …..

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General Surgeon joins SeHealth

General Surgeon DuBose Medlock, Jr., M.D., has joined Southeastern Surgical Center, an affiliate of Southeastern Health. Dr. Medlock earned his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1986. He completed a surgical residency at Tulane University Affiliated Hospitals in New Orleans, La., in 1991. He is board certified in general surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Medlock is experienced in a broad range of surgical procedures including: diagnostic and therapeutic laparoscopy; open laparotomy; repair of abdominal hernias; comprehensive diagnosis and surgical treatment of breast, thyroid, and GI malignancies; thyroid and parathyroid surgery; and upper GI endoscopy and colonoscopy. He …..

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Baldwin Branch Celebrates Sixth Pastoral Anniversary

  • 07/16/2018
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Elizabethtown – Six years Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin and wife, Dr. Katrina Boykin have faithfully fulfilled the pastoral ministry at Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church (AKA “da Branch”). The Boykins have been an enormous blessing to “da Branch”. The pastoral anniversary is an annual experience where the pastor is celebrated for all of the spiritual guidance and teachings he provided the congregation.  Additionally, this is a time period to demonstrate care for his ministry and call to lead. The New Testament honors vocational ministry as one of God’s highest callings. First Thessalonians 5:13-14 asks church members “to respect those who work hard among you, who are over you in the Lord and …..

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Southern Environmental Law Center Sues Department of Environmental Quality over GenX

By Erin Smith The Southern Environmental Policy Law Center and Cape Fear River Watch, an environmental group from Wilmington, have filed a lawsuit against Chemours and the NC Department of Environmental Quality. The lawsuit was filed in New Hanover County Superior Court on Friday. The lawsuit demands the NC Department of Environmental Quality (NC DEQ), stop Chemours from releasing the Chemical GenX and other similar compounds into the Cape Fear River and the air. According to the filing, on June 15, 2018, the Department of Environmental Quality refused to take any action following a request from Cape Fear River Watch for the department to use its regulatory authority to prevent …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for July 16

We are moving thru the month of July at a fast pace, or so it seems. BladenOnline stats are great for the first 14 days of the month.  BladenOnline had 289,852 page views.  That’s 94,185 more than the first 14 days of July 2017 (195,667 page views). July 8-14 Page views: 150,312 Visits: 31,996 Year Ago Page views: 113,243 Visits: 22,172 MOST READ STORIES 14,424: Bladen County Magistrate arrested by Robeson County Sheriff’s Office 5,400: Opinion: Hot trial misleading, living high on the hog isn’t for everyone 5,033: Jury to decide country smell or collateral damage in hog industry suit 3,552: Bladen County man pleads to indecent liberties with a child, sentenced to prison …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for July 16

1755 – John Adams graduates Harvard. 1790 – Congress declares the city of Washington in the District Columbia, the permanent capital of the United States. 1867 – D R Averill patents ready-mixed paint. 1912 – Naval torpedo launched from an airplane by B A Fiske. 1920 – Babe Ruth seats season home run record with 30 en rout to 54. 1926 – National Geographic takes 1st natural-color undersea photos. 1936 – 1st x-ray photo of arterial circulation, Rochester, NY. 1941 – Joe DiMaggio goes 3 for 4, hitting in his 56th straight game. 1951 – Novel “Catcher in Rye” by J.D. Salinger published by Little Brown and Company. 1956 – …..

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NC Junior Dixie Boys State Tournament: Bladen County 9, Columbus County 7

WINNABOW –Bladen County defeated Columbus County 9-7 Sunday night in the North Carolina Junior Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament. Bladen County will play Hope Mills Monday at 7 p.m. Both teams scored in the first inning. Devon Strange ripped a lead-off double to right field and dashed home when Michael Young belted a 2-out single to left-centerfield to pull Bladen County even at 1-1. After Columbus went up 2-1, Bladen answered with 2 runs in the home second. Garrison Tatum and Alex Strange drew walks, and Devon Strange laced a 2-out, opposite field double to left that scored Tatum and Alex Strange for a 3-2 Bladen lead. Columbus took a …..

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Bladen County 12U Softball All-Stars

NEW BERN – Bladen County’s 12U Softball All-Stars played two games Friday in the State-Wide Activities Committee Sectional Tournament. In their opening game, Bladen County lost 17-12 to Onslow County. Lena Damasco-Trinidad batted 3-4 with a double, 2 runs batted in and 2 runs scored. Catcher Holland Davis finished 3-4 at the plate with 2 rbi’s and a run scored. Kaitlynn Brisson also batted 3-4. Molly Pait turned in a perfect 2-2 game with a double, 3 rbi’s and 2 runs scored. Laci Storms slammed 2 doubles, scored twice and drove in 2 runs. Emmee Ward belted a double, scored twice and drove in a run. Violet Allen smashed a …..

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NC Dixie Youth Small League Tournament: Bladen County 12, North Duplin 2

KENANSVILLE –Bladen County scored in every inning Sunday en route to a 12-2 victory over North Duplin in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Small League Tournament. North Duplin scored a run in the top of the first but Bladen County pulled even at 1-1 in their first at-bat. D. A. Smith walked and scored on Shy’Asia Ratliff’s sacrifice fly. Bladen County took the lead with 2 runs in the second inning. Mason Brooks walked, and Hezzy Blanks cracked a single. Will Durden’s fielder’s choice scored Brooks, and Aaron Wren knocked in Blanks with a single. North Duplin trimmed the margin to 3-2 in the top of the third, but …..

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NC Dixie Youth Majors Tournament: Elizabethtown 7, Stanley 0

KENANSVILLE – Lee Barnes and Carson Gooden combined to pitch a 3-hit shutout Sunday as Elizabethtown defeated Stanley 7-0 in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Majors State Tournament. Gooden pitched the first 2 innings and allowed one hit, 2 walks and a hit batter while striking out two. Barnes relieved and worked the final 4 innings on the mound, striking out 7 and allowing 2 hits and a walk. Torreon Graham led off the Elizabethtown first inning with a single, Hunter Elks walked, and Graham raced home on Gooden’s sacrifice. Barnes then walloped a 2-run homer that scored Elks and put Elizabethtown ahead 3-0. Elijah Cain walked to begin …..

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NC Dixie Boys State Tournament: Bladen County 17, Columbus County 7

TOWN CREEK –A seven-run sixth inning explosion closed out a 17-7 run-rule victory for Bladen County over Columbus County Sunday night in the North Carolina Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament. Bladen County pushed across a first-inning run. Chase Starkloff walked, advanced on Raymond Autry’s hit and darted home on Makhi Cromartie’s sacrifice fly. The Bladen team took charge with 4 runs in the third inning to take a 5-1 lead. Tyler Hill led off with a single, and Autry cracked a single. Ayden Piland walked, and Cromartie knocked in Hill and Autry with a hit. Alex Brisson drove in Piland and Cromartie with a hit. Bladen tacked on 3 more …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for July 15

Was out of my comfort zone for several hours yesterday (Saturday) headed south on I-95.  Knew it was going to be an experience, early.  Traveled NC 242 to Boardman and discovered traffic was bumper to bumper on 74 as far as the eye could see.  Soon discovered it was travel with the flow, or be ‘run over’.   I choose ‘going with the flow’. I guess I forget how hectic it is away from the friendly confines of home, back roads of Bladen County, NC. Number 2 son shares his experiences as a truck driver daily, on 95 and other major roads in eastern NC.  Too often, I tend to down-play his thoughts and wish him safe travels…but each time …..

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NC DYB Small League State Tournament: Bladen County 17, Leland 8

KENANSVILLE –Shy’Asia Ratliff walloped a grand-slam home run Saturday to lead Bladen County to an 18-8 victory over Leland in the opening round of the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Small League State Tournament. Andre Moore belted a first inning single and raced home when Ratliff’s grounder was misplayed by the shortstop. The Bladen lead grew to 3-0 in the second inning. Mason Brooks and Trent Meares cracked 2-out singles with Meares driving in Brooks. Aaron Wren knocked in Meares with a single. The 11-run third inning explosion opened up a 14-0 Bladen lead. Dee Davis, Hezzy Blanks and Moore smacked singles to begin the rally with Davis darting home …..

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State-Wide Activities Committee 10U Sectional Softball Tournament: Onslow County 8, Bladen County 7

NEW BERN – Onslow County pushed across the winning run in the fifth inning to edge Bladen County 8-7 Saturday night in the State-Wide Activities Committee Sectional Softball Tournament. Time had expired after four innings of play with the teams tied 7-7. Bladen County had scored two runs in the fourth inning to tie the game. Kallie Bass and Marlene Crabtree scored the Bladen runs that tied the game. Jenna Brice and Gabriella Bray also reached base during the tying rally. Bray, Natalee Sykes and Brenna Hester scored runs for Bladen County in the second inning. Kali Allen, Mary Frances Sutton and Tatum Allen also reached base for Bladen County …..

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NC Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament: Bladen County 11, Hope Mills 3

WINNABOW –Tyler Hill blasted a bases-loaded triple that highlighted a 6-run seventh inning and propelled Bladen County to an 11-3 victory over Hope Mills Saturday in the opening round of the North Carolina Dixie Boys Baseball State Tournament. Down 1-0 early Bladen rallied with 2 runs in the third inning. Tyler Hill and Chase Starkloff drew walks, and hits by Raymond Autry and Ayden Piland drove them in. Bladen County grew the lead to 5-1 with 3 runs in the fourth. Elijah Crabtree and Bryley Williams belted singles to start the inning, but Crabtree was retired on NyQuan Richardson fielder’s choice. Hill and Starkloff delivered singles that scored Williams and …..

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State-Wide Activities Committe 10U Sectional Softball Tournament: Bladen County 14, Fuquay-Varina 11

NEW BERN – Bladen County scored nine runs in the second inning and went on to post a 14-11 victory over Fuquay-Varina Saturday in the State-Wide Activities Committee Sectional Softball Tournament. Mary Frances Sutton scored the only Bladen run in the first inning. Emma Dunn, Gabriella Bray, Leea Wilkins, Mollie Tolar, Kali Allen, Sutton, Tatum Allen, Natalee Sykes and Kallie Bass all scored runs for Bladen County in the second inning. Bladen tacked on four more runs in the third as Kali Allen, Tatum Allen, Sykes and Bass all scored runs. Dunn reached base three times and scored a run for the Bladen team. Sutton, Tatum Allen, Sykes, Bass and …..

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Cool Down When the Weather Heats Up

Stay safe as summer heats up. Prepare yourself for the high temperatures. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), sickness from the heat occurs when your body cannot compensate and properly cool you off. However, heat-related illness and death are preventable. Before the next heat wave, or outdoor activity, follow these protective actions from the CDC and stay cool this summer: *Stay in an air-conditioned location as much as possible. *Drink plenty of fluids, even if you do not feel thirsty. *Take several breaks from the heat, especially midday when the sun is hottest. *Wear loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing, and sunscreen. Remember that you should reapply sunscreen …..

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10 Powerful Ways To Use Social Security Online

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Chances are good that you use the internet or a cell phone app every day. Social Security has you covered. We have created online tools to make the lives of millions of people easier. We have put together a top ten list of easy-to-use resources for you. Do you want access to our latest news, retirement planning tips, and helpful information? Social Security Matters is our blog at blog.socialsecurity.gov. There, you can also connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube, where you can watch our popular videos. Our online calculators, such as the Retirement Estimator, the Life …..

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This Day in History for July 15

1863 – President Davis orders service duty for confederate army. 1870 – Georgia becomes last confederate to be admitted to US. 1904 – 1st Buddhist temple in US forms, Los Angeles. 1916 – 22.22 inches of rain falls in Altapass, NC (state record) 1916 – Boeing Company (Pacific Aero) formed by William Boeing in Seattle, Washington. 1929 – 1st airport hotel opens at Oakland, California. 1932 – US President Herbert Hoover cuts own salary 15%. 1934 – Continental Airlines commences operations. 1941 – Howard Florey and Norman Heatley present freeze dried mold cultures (Penicillin) 1949 – WBT TV channel 3 in Charlotte, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting. 1954 – 1st commercial jet …..

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Letter to the Editor: Board of Elections now has Facebook page

The Bladen County Board of Elections now has a Facebook page and the public is encouraged to join and like the page, we will publish important public information. With the popularity of Facebook, we feel that this will greatly enhance our ability to inform voter’s of changes in law and upcoming public information seminars. I would also like to commend our board on it’s successful bipartisan efforts in securing voter access and confidence in the security of their votes.  Furthermore, I realize that change does not come easy to many individuals but this board realizes the many security concerns in elections and would rather take a pro active implementation approach …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines 35 Years Ago

A $50 reward was offered for arrest and conviction of persons breaking unto the VFW Hut in Elizabethtown. The Elizabethtown Rescue Squad answered 66 calls in June, 1983. Bladen County unemployment rate was 13.6%. A tornado hit the downtown Elizabethtown business district. Share:

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Governor Cooper announces Finish Line Grants to aid Community College students

Governor Cooper announced on Thursday the Finish Line Grants program to help community college students who face unforeseen financial emergencies complete their training. The program will leverage up to $7 million in federal funds to help students pay for course materials, housing, medical needs, dependent care, or other financial emergencies that students may face through no fault of their own. “We know far too many students cite challenges other than academic reasons for not finishing school, and this program will help ensure more people can finish their training and get a good-paying job to support themselves and their families,” said Gov. Cooper. Grants will be available for the 2018-2019 school …..

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Columbus County Sheriff’s Office seeking public’s help

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is still seeking information in the case of a stolen enclosed trailer. On January 20th, a white, Carson 7 foot x 12 foot enclosed trailer was stolen from Peacock Road in Chadbourn. The suspect vehicle is believed to be a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD with a utility bed. If you recognize the vehicle in these photos or have information about the incident, please contact Columbus County Sheriff’s Office at 910-640-6629.   Share:

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Mid-summer Leaf Fall

Everything is going along fine, then your favorite tree’s leaves begin to drop. What caused this and will the tree die? Here is a list of factors that could lead to mid-summer leaf drop. 1. In droughts, a tree may shed up to 10 percent of its leaves. This helps, because then it loses less water into the air. Loss of this much food-making capacity does little harm. 2. Vigorous trees may produce too many leaves. In wet springs, foliar growth may be over lush. Once normal summer dryness arrives, the excess leaves drop in adjustment. Such physiological leaf drop doesn’t hurt trees. 3. Inner leaves and twigs are “shaded …..

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Is Your Home Prepared for Wildfire?

Where there is smoke, there could be fire! Wildfires can occur anywhere, any time of the year, and destroy homes, businesses, and natural resources. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly 45 million homes and 72,000 U.S. communties face the risk of wildfires. However, you can prepare yourself, your business, and where you live in the event you may experience a wildfire emergency. Get started by: *Watching the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s wildfire animation – When the Fire Starts. *Reviewing your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy to ensure you have the adequate coverage for your property and personal belongings. *Removing flammable items, such as firewood piles and portable propane …..

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School uniforms planned for Southside Ashpole Elementary

The NC Innovative School District (ISD), in partnership with Achievement for All Children (AAC), will establish a K-5 school uniform dress code at South Ashpole Elementary school in Rowland, NC. The uniforms will consist of blue polo-style tops with the school logo and khaki bottoms. Each student will receive three sets of uniforms to start the school year and to help defray initial costs to families. “At a recent community meeting, parents and others in the community expressed a desire to have the students wear uniforms. We want to accommodate that request without burdening families with extra costs, so we are actively exploring options to acquire the necessary funding to …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for July 14

Bits ‘n pieces…. Huge headline in a single publication, but little attention paid apparently.  US Budget deficit a record $74.9 billion in June, a month that according to this source, usually runs a surplus.  Deficit for year to date, $607.1 billion, 16.1 percent higher than same period a year ago.  The Congressional Budget Office is forecasting the deficit for the entire budget year will total $793 billion.  Hopefully the numbers improve as adjustments are made following the recent congressional tax overhaul, initiated by our national leaders. Update on Cade Hancock who has been participating in the IMG Academy Junior World Championship at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego.  He posted …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for July 14

1798 – US Sedition Act prohibits “false, scandalous & malicious” writing against government. 1832 – Opium exempted from federal tariff duty. 1850 – 1st public demonstration of ice made by refrigeration by Florida physician John Gorrie. 1861 – Naval Engagement at Wilmington, North Carolina – USS Daylight establishes blockade. 1870 – The United States Congress grants Mary Todd Lincoln a life pension in the amount of $3,000 a year. 1914 – Robert Goddard is granted the first patent for liquid-fueled rocket design. 1927 – 1st commercial airplane flight in Hawaii. 1940 – Due to beanball wars, Spalding advertises batting helmets with earflaps. 1946 – Dr. Benjamin Spock’s “Common Sense Book …..

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OPINION: Hog trial misleading; living high on the hog isn’t for everyone

By Charlotte Smith Some would agree country living is worth millions, maybe even priceless. Jurors in two landmark trials have awarded multi-millions of dollars to country neighbors in the recent months. Bladen County farmers are in the midst of the third lawsuit in a series of more than 20 cases over the nuisances from smells and pests. The plaintiffs claim nuisances are produced on the farms stretched across Bladen, Duplin, Harnett, Johnston, Onslow, Pender, Robeson, Sampson, and Wake counties. Rural, farm counties may see changes they don’t like in the coming months and years. My husband and I lived over 12 years as country neighbors. We had dozens of mice …..

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Lil Knights Basketball Camp

The Lil Knights Basketball Camp that was held this week at West Bladen High was well attended. Players were divided into pro, college and junior college divisions. Awards were given in each division. Share:

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Rusty’s 9th Annual Tennis Camp

The Ninth Annual Rusty Hill Tennis Camp was completed this week. Participants and instructors are pictured: Front Row (Left-Right): Ashton Howell, Lukas White, Eliza Lewis, Davion Lewis, Conner Hill. Back Row (L-R): Instructor Kelly White, Colin Hill, Cassie Hill, Chandler Bordeaux, Latham Waters and Instructor Rusty Hill. Share:

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Christmas in July event sees plenty of shoppers, raises money for scholarships

By Erin Smith Bladen County residents turned out to start their Christmas shopping early on Friday at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Extension Office in Elizabethtown. The well attended event offered all manner of crafts including homemade preserves, handcrafted jewelry, handmade cutting boards and handmade ornaments to please everyone on your shopping list. Dorothy Barnes said she enjoyed shopping and the lunch was delicious. She also was able to get an early start on her Christmas shopping list. Shirley Hough of Elizabethtown also stopped in to shop and talk with friends. Ms. Hough said, “I enjoy getting out and seeing people I don’t normally get to see.” The event is hosted by …..

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Survive the Drive Initiative Concludes But Efforts Continue

RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol, in partnership with the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, has concluded a multi-agency initiative entitled Survive the Drive.  Launched in January, the six-month campaign focused on reducing collisions along rural roads throughout the state. Officials from local, county and state law enforcement organizations intensified their efforts to alter driver behavior using a two-prong approach; education and enforcement.  Safe driving practices were offered throughout the campaign using traffic safety programs, PSA’s and social media. Along with education, officers also increased the enforcement of motor vehicle laws to include distracted driving, speeding, seatbelt and driving while impaired violations. While agency participation was statewide, Cleveland, Harnett, Johnston, Randolph and Sampson …..

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After Overpass Is Struck in Cumberland County, I-95 North Must Detour

I-95 North to reopen by tonight; N.C. 82 will remain closed FAYETTEVILLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation has closed the N.C. 82 (Exit 65) bridge off Interstate 95 and started detouring I-95 northbound traffic around it after a truck hauling logging equipment struck the bridge and damaged it. Bridge inspectors are still assessing the damage to the concrete girders. NCDOT is detouring traffic so no vehicles pass under the damaged bridge while temporary repairs are being made. Instead, northbound traffic has been reduced to one lane as NCDOT directs motorists to get off at Exit 65, and then re-enter the interstate on the other side of the overpass. NCDOT officials hope to be …..

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Three Family Yard Sale

A three family yard sale is planned for Saturday, July 14, from 7 a.m. until 12 noon at 9002 U.S. Highway 701 South, Clarkton. There will be baby items, furniture, electronics and household items.   Share:

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A committee on things that smell

By Jefferson Weaver What in tarnation has happened to our state? I realize that the above is a very general question, but I am specifically referring to the growing trend of lawsuits against farmers. The third one is soon to hit the courts, and if the previous two trials are any indication, another family-owned farming corporation will be bankrupted. The lawsuits charge that livestock production facilities stink, poison water and make life unpleasant for their non-farming neighbors. A legal firm out of Texas (of all places) began recruiting plaintiffs for these cases a few years back. The federal courts made exceptions to state law to allow the law firm to …..

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Caregiver resources available for grandparents

Caregiver resources are available for grandparents who have their grandchildren residing with them. Bladen County Division on Aging Director Kelly Robeson said the Lumber River Council of Government offers resources and caregiver training classes. Robeson said it is a requirement for the children to reside solely with their grandparents. If you are interested in obtaining Caregiver Resources or participating in Caregiver Classes, contact the Bladen County Division on Aging at 910-872-6330 or stop by their offices located at 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown. Share:

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Piedmont Natural Gas to build new liquefied natural gas facility in North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Piedmont Natural Gas today announced plans to build and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Robeson County, N.C. The facility will help Piedmont Natural Gas continue providing customers with a reliable supply of natural gas during peak usage days, when extremely low temperatures create a higher-than-normal demand for natural gas. “We continually make investments in our natural gas infrastructure as part of our commitment to providing safe, reliable and affordable natural gas for our customers,” said Frank Yoho, president of natural gas operations. “This facility is the most cost-effective solution to meet peak-day demand.” Economic Benefits The project will deliver immediate and significant economic benefits to local communities and help …..

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Cooperative Council of North Carolina offers podcast

The Cooperative Council of North Carolina is offering a podcasts of the group’s activities including their annual summer camp held each year at the FFA Center in White Lake. The podcasts for this week features an interview with Emily Nail of the North Carolina Cooperative Council. She shared information regarding the history of the NC Cooperative Council and the activities campers took part in during summer camp. You can listen to the podcast here.   Share:

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Rouzer announces Opioid Symposium

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Rouzer announced details for the 7th District Opioid Symposium which builds upon his work to raise awareness, decrease the stigma, and inform members of the community on best practices throughout the district in an effort to curb the opioid epidemic. “The 7th District of North Carolina is comprised of nine counties with a wide range of communities from urban to very rural.  Throughout the district there are unique challenges presented by the opioid epidemic with a variety of initiatives that have been taken to address them.  The objective of the 7th District Opioid Symposium is to gather the best and brightest from across Southeastern North Carolina, those who have …..

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Pork industry facing anti-trust lawsuit

By Erin Smith With lawsuits being filed against local hog farmers, the pork industry is facing yet another challenge with a federal anti-trust lawsuit which was filed in June in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. The class-action lawsuit names Argi-Stats Inc., Clemens Food Group LLC, Hormel Foods Corporation, Indiana Packers Corporation, JBS USA, Seaboard Foods LLC, Smithfield Foods Inc., Triumph Foods LLC, Tyson Foods Inc. as defendants. These companies manufacture such familiar brands as Tyson Foods, Hormel, Smithfield, SPAM, Steak-eze, Jimmy Dean, Nathan’s Famous, Sara Lee, Ball Park Franks, Hillshire Farm, Bosco’s, Jennie-O, and others. The lawsuit was filed by the Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro law …..

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New school director named for Southside Ashpole Elementary in Rowland, NC

The NC Innovative School District (ISD) and their partner Achievement for All Children (AAC), selected Bruce E. Major to lead the intervention efforts at Southside Ashpole Elementary in Rowland, NC. “We were looking for a proven leader who fit the needs of the community and that was motivated by the challenge of increasing student success at a low-performing school. We found an outstanding educator who delivers on all accounts. Throughout his career, Mr. Major has demonstrated his commitment to maintaining high educational standards for all students, regardless of their circumstances,” said Tony Helton, CEO for AAC, the organization hired by the ISD to manage operations at Southside Ashpole. As the …..

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Division on Aging still has fans left

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Division on Aging still has fans left for those who need them. There are 15 fans remaining which were donated by Duke Progress Energy, according to Division on Aging Director Kelly Robeson. Robeson said a shipment of fans donated by Four County Electric Membership Corporation have already been distributed. In order to receive a fan, you will need to bring a copy of your most recent electric bill, photo identification, be a minimum of 60 years old and reside in Bladen County. The Bladen County Division on Aging is located at 608 McLeod Street in Elizabethtown or for more information call 910-872-6330. Share:

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Christmas in July to be held at Bladen County Cooperative Extension

If you want to get an early start on your Christmas shopping the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center will host the annual “Christmas in July” Bazaar and Salad Lunch from 10 a.m. until 2 pm. Lunch includes chicken, pasta, vegetable and fruit salads, bread sticks and a beverage for $5.  Tickets can be purchased at the Extension Office located at 450 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. There will also be raffle tickets available for themed baskets filled an array of goodies. Vendors will also be available with a variety of items. The funds by the Extension and Community Association ladies go to support scholarships. For more information call 910-862-4591. Share:

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NCDA&CS Agronomic Services can help ID growth concerns

RALEIGH — With the growing season for summer agronomic crops underway and many landscapes actively growing, it is an excellent time to utilize diagnostic testing to identify existing abnormal growth problems. The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Agronomic Services Division offers a range of services to help optimize crops and yards. Soil testing, nematode assay, and plant tissue analyses are usually used for predictive, routine testing, but they can also help identify a current growth concern or problem. With soil testing, clients receive reports with crop-specific lime and fertilizer recommendations. A nematode assay will provide crop-specific control measures based on nematode species and populations. Plant tissue analysis provides …..

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Attend the Main Stage Series at Carolina Civic Center

TICKETS GO ON SALE NOON JULY 24! Tickets for the Mainstage Series can be purchased on-line by going to our web site at www.carolinaciviccenter.com.  Tickets also can be purchased in-person or with credit card or cash noon to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through our administrative offices in the theater’s second floor (enter on Fourth Street side), or by calling the Civic Center at (910) 738-4339. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Theater lobby box office opens for ticket sales one hour prior to performance. Masters of Soul 7 p.m. Friday, September 14 A regular sell-out show, Masters of Soul is a celebration of artists discovered in the Motor City in the 1960s. The show features …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for July 13

A wise person once told me I should listen, then speak.  Sometimes I forget, or ignore. Anyone have a good home remedy for a cramp?  A teaspoon filled with mustard is not very tasty, however, that, plus gatorade occasionally appears to do the job.  Cramps in fingers and toes are painful, in fact a cramp anywhere in the body gets your undivided attention. A storm ‘blew through’ late yesterday.  Rainfall amounts vary greatly.  At the Curtis Brown Airport, the National Weather Service indicates little over half an inch, was recorded.  Weeds probably grown several inches overnight. Superstitious?  Today is Friday 13th. Cade Hancock, the young Elizabethtown golfer is in San Diego, participating in …..

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This Day in History for July 13

1787 – US Ordinance of 1787 passed, establishes first organized US territory. 1835 – Swedish-American inventor John Ericsson files for a patent for his screw propeller design. 1865 – Horace Greeley, founder and editor of he “New-York Tribune” reputedly advises his readers to “Go west young man” 1919 – Chicago White Sox pitcher Carl Mays walks off mound blaming teammates for lack of support afield. 1923 – American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews discovers the first recognized dinosaur eggs, in the Gobi Desert, Mongolia. 1930 – David Sarnoff reports in NY Times “TV would be a theater in every home” 1939 – Frank Sinatra makes his recording debut. 1950 – Doctors …..

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Crowd braves the rain for Summer Sounds Concert

By Erin Smith Rain could not dampen the spirits of those who turned out for the Summer Sounds Concert at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown on Thursday. The event was sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare. The North Tower Band played many crowd favorites while folks danced the evening away. Some of the songs included “I’ll be Dog Gone” and “Can’t Stop the Feeling.” Heavy downpours finally forced audience members to seek shelter and wait it out. The rain-shortened event was enjoyed by everyone who attended. The next Summer Sounds Concert is scheduled for Thursday, July 26th, at 6 p.m. at …..

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Bladen Junior Dixie Boys All-Stars Open State Tournament Play Saturday

Bladen County’s Junior Dixie Boys All-Stars will play Brunswick County Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the opening round of the North Carolina Dixie Junior Boys State Tournament at Town Creek Park in Winnabow. Bladen County will play on Field 4 at Town Creek Park which is located at 6420 Ocean Highway East in Winnabow. Members of the team are: Back Row: Coach Jerry Strange, Walker Ward, Riley Stanley, Devon Strange, Coach Joseph Hatcher, Joshua Russ, Michael Young, Ryan Johnson, Coach Grant Pait Seated: Tyler Johnson, Destin Montgomery, Alex Strange, Weston Hatcher, Garrison Tatum, Evan Pait Not Pictured: Nathan Howell Share:

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Bladen Dixie Boys All-Stars Open State Tournament Play Saturday

Bladen County’s Dixie Boys All-Stars will play Hope Mills Saturday at 2 p.m. in the opening round of the North Carolina Dixie Boys State Tournament at Town Creek Park at Winnabow. Bladen County will play on Field 4 at Town Creek Park which is located at 6420 Ocean Highway East, Winnabow 28479. Members of the Bladen County All-Stars are: Tyler Hill, Makhi Cromartie, Ayden Piland, Kaiden Stanley, Raymond Autry, NyQuan Richardson, Brycen Blackmon, Elijah Crabtree, Alex Brisson, Ahmad Powell, Chase Starkloff and Bryley Williams. Coaches of the Bladen All-Stars are: Les Hill, Kevin Crabtree and Tony Franzio. Share:

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Letter to the Editor: Concerned and frustrated parents

To whom it may concern: Bladen County is in crisis, not only from the lawyers trying to hurt our hog farms, the opioid crisis that is making drug more readily available in our small community, the lack of jobs in the area. We are also under crisis from the lack of information and willingness to help a community that mostly goes unseen from the general public. It is a community that most only see if they scroll through Facebook and see a post about a girl who is the first Zumba instructor with Downs Syndrome, the young man who is most non verbal and chose the moment of graduation to …..

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Bladenboro Town Board discusses J C Pallet

By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday and dealt with several agenda items. The board discussed the parking situation along Grief Street near the J. C. Pallet Company. Mayor Rufus Duckworth said, “J. C. Pallet has corrected the problem.” Mayor Duckworth emphasized that the company was not doing anything wrong with their handling of the parking situation prior to making changes. In other business: *The board voted to approve a pay and classification plan update. *The board approved the bid award for a code enforcement action at 605 5th Street in Bladenboro. The bid was awarded to K and S Trackhoe Service in the amount of $2,105 …..

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NC Department of Transportation issues updated list of Bladen County road closings

Faye M. Boyne, NC Department of Transportation The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated list of road closings in Bladen County. They are as follows: CLOSINGS: River Road  UPDATED River Road will be closed July 9th at 8:00 am – July 18 at 1:00 pm.  The road is closed for cross line repair. There will be a signed detour the closing is between NC53 and Burney Road.   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 24, 2018.   UPCOMING CLOSINGS: NC11 NC11 will close on Monday July …..

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Bladen County Man Pleads to Indecent Liberties with a Child, Sentenced to Prison

ELIZABETHTOWN, NC – William Bryan Clark, 36, of Elizabethtown, entered guilty pleas to two felony counts of Indecent Liberties with a Child on Tuesday in Bladen County Superior Court. As a result of the guilty pleas, Clark was sentenced to 23-37 months in the North Carolina Department of Adult Correction. The charges stem from two separate incidents in 2017 involving Clark when a 9- year-old victim alerted a parent that Clark had repeatedly sent graphic sexual messages to the child over social media. The parent notified law enforcement who initiated an investigation, interviewed Clark, and arrested him. Investigators with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department filed the second Indecent Liberties with …..

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Wesley’s Chapel to hold VBS

  • 07/12/2018
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Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Elizabethtown will host Game-On Vacation Bible School from Sunday, July 15th, through July 18th. Classes are from 6 to 9 p.m. The church is located at 2409 Peanut Plant Road, Elizabethtown. Register by calling 910-645-4011.       Share:

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Hancock tied for 39th in Junior Golf World Championship Tournament

Cade Hancock, Jr.  of Elizabethtown, NC was tied for 30th place after 2 rounds of play in the IMG Junior World Championship in California.  The tournament continues through Friday at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. Hancock is participating in the 15-18 year old category.  He posted rounds of 72 and 75 for a 2 round total of 147, 3 over par. The leader after the first 2 days of play was Nathan Petronzio of Bee Cave, Texas, at 5 under par. The tournament has 1200 participants representing 54 countries and 42 states. Share:

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State Board to host public demonstration of voting equipment

RALEIGH, N.C. – Later this month, the State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement 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, July 27, 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 …..

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Duke Energy Carolinas customers lead South Carolina in private solar adoption

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Duke Energy Carolinas has achieved a major milestone in its support of solar energy as more than 5,000 of the company’s South Carolina customers have installed solar panels on their homes and businesses, reaching a legislative goal for customer-owned solar capacity. Customers can still install solar – and sell the electricity they produce to Duke Energy at the same price the utility pays for electricity generated by large solar power plants – even though the company has reached the capacity limit. The net metering incentive enabled Duke Energy Carolinas – the utility that primarily serves the Upstate of South Carolina – to achieve its goal of 40 megawatts of private “rooftop” solar …..

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Alternative for the N.C. 55 Widening in Wake, Harnett Selected

Selection would avoid impacting downtown businesses ANGIER – The N.C. Department of Transportation has selected an alternative for improving nearly 11.5 miles of N.C. 55 in Harnett and Wake counties. The department proposes widening the two-lane highway into four lanes with a raised median along portions of the existing corridor and along a new route that would go around the west side of Angier in Harnett County. The project is aimed at improving safety and reducing congestion along the highway. Engineers and planners in the department made the selection after reviewing more than 200 comments about the project from last year’s open house, as well as analyzing the projected traffic volumes and …..

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Tillis Participates in NATO Summit Panel in Brussels

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), co-chairs of the Senate NATO Observer Group, attended the 2018 NATO Summit in Brussels and participated in a panel discussion focusing on the importance of the United States’ role in NATO. “The United States of America is only as strong as her allies, and we must reaffirm our commitment to the alliances we have built to defend freedom against adversaries,” said Senator Tillis.“There is no applause line among the American people for ‘let’s get out of NATO,’ and I am very confident NATO will be stronger and more unified ten years from now with more members and funding. Unlike authoritarian countries, the United States has …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County residents

By Dora Brogdon There will be plenty to see and do in Bladen County this weekend. Tonight, the Summer Sounds concert will take place at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market. The band North Tower will be taking the stage at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown from  6 until 9 p.m.  The event is free and is sponsored by by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare. On Saturday, July 14th, there will be a Breast Cancer Fundraiser for Deborah Powers Sealey which will begin at 11 a.m. at 269 Tar Heel Rd, Tar Heel, NC 28392 and will end at 3 p.m. All proceeds earned at the fund …..

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Lava flows and emergency plans were topic of Rotary

Contributed Lava flows and emergency plans were the topic of discussion on Wednesday afternoon at the Elizabethtown Rotary Club. Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw spoke about his time spent in Hawaii with the NC Incident Management Team assisting Hawaiian officials. Kinlaw said the team consisted of ten members and deployed in late May to assist Hawaii’s state emergency management personnel as they dealt with lava flow issues from the eruption of the Kilauea volcano. The team was there for two weeks. Kinlaw said some of the things that his team assisted with included organizing the response, helping with the development of evacuation plans, and assisting the local emergency …..

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Lesane does internship at Duke Medical Center

Contributed Bethany Lesane was selected for a summer internship at Duke Medical Center in Durham. She was chosen as one of eight candidates who applied through the 2018 Clinical Health Summer program at North Carolina Central University in Durham.  Currently classified as a sophomore at NCCU, Bethany was the youngest participant in the program. The internship was for six weeks beginning  May 14 through June 22, 2018. Lesane worked in the Duke Dermatology unit under the direction of Dr. Russel P. Hall, III and Dr. John C. Murray, Director of Duke Dermatology. There she shadowed doctors and medical students assisting in medical procedures of patients with skin disorders in need …..

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Brenden Jones: The Victims of Hurricane Matthew Deserve Better

It has been over 640 days since Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc on Eastern North Carolina. Yet, flood victims are still waiting for the help they were promised by Governor Roy Cooper because he has failed to distribute millions of dollars in federal disaster relief. Just last weekend, Governor Cooper visited Robeson County and had the audacity to promise folks that he would continue doing all that he can to help in the Hurricane Matthew recovery. However, just two days later, it was reported that the Cooper Administration missed yet another self-imposed deadline to distribute these federal funds to flood victims. Over $400 million that was awarded to North Carolina for …..

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NC DOT

Proposed Odell Road Project Would Improve Fort Bragg Access

Public meeting will be July 26 SPRING LAKE – The N.C. Department of Transportation is seeking public feedback on its proposal to widen and extend a Cumberland County road to relieve traffic congestion at Fort Bragg. NCDOT will host an informal open house from 4 to 7 p.m. July 26 at Spring Lake Town Hall, 300 Ruth Street. The open house will give people an opportunity to see preliminary design maps, ask questions and fill out comment cards about the project. Fort Bragg plans to build an additional gate, called an access control point, to reduce congestion from vehicles entering the military reservation. The new gate will be on Reilly Road near Odell Road, which …..

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Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church to offer Clothes Closet, Food Pantry

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​​​Elizabethtown NC – The  Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, ​July 28, 2018 from 8​ a.m. to 11​ a.m.  The food pantry, From His Table to Yours,​ ​will be open the same day from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Personal transportation and identifications are required.  No fee is involved in either ministry. Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown NC.  Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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Registered Nurse / Licensed Practical Nurse – Long Term Care LTC 

Elizabethtown Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center, Elizabethtown, NC Part-Time- Various Shifts Elizabethtown Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, is currently seeking a Registered Nurse / Licensed Practical Nurse to work part-time. Flexibility is necessary. Applicant would be utilized for filling in during staff vacation, absenteeism from illness, and possible call-outs when coverage isn’t available. Applicant must be willing to work all shifts, day and/or night. EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Must possess, is a minimum, a Nursing Degree from an accredited college or university, or be a graduate of an approved RN program. TO APPLY: Please apply in person at 208 Mercer Mill Road, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. You will need to provide a current list of charges / county-wide …..

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Opinion: A Jury of peers?

Contributed Andy Curliss, CEO Pork Council As a jury was being selected in Raleigh for the third nuisance trial, supporters gathered on a hog farm in Duplin County, generating this N&O headline. On Tuesday, a world away from the federal courtroom in Raleigh, a great crowd gathered on the farm of Joey Carter in Duplin County. It was young and old, it was farmers and city folks, and even some media came and looked in for a bit before heading away to file their stories. The purpose of the gathering was to show appreciation and support for Carter, his family and, broadly, for hog farmers and all of those who labor daily to …..

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen Girls Soccer Receives National Ethics and Sportmanship Award

KANSAS CITY, MO – East Bladen’s girls soccer team was named Wednesday as a recipient of the United Soccer Coaches Silver Team Ethics and Sportsmanship Award for completing the 2018 season with a low number of yellow and red cards. The award recognizes teams that exhibit fair play, sporting behavior and adherence to the laws of the game as reflected by the number of yellow caution cards or red ejection cards they are shown by referees through out the season. Awards are based on the number of cards accumulated divided by the number of games played (i.e., five cards divided by 20 games played is .25 or 25%, which qualifies for the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

In a reminiscing mood this day. Woke up thinking about yesteryear.  Remember when Bladenboro and Elizabethtown had baseball teams in the old Border Belt League.  Teams consisted of mostly locals and a few college players, some from the ACC, East Carolina, Pembroke College and Wilmington College.  In addition to the 2 local teams, Whiteville always had a good team, there was a team from Rockingham and one or two from South Carolina, if my memory is correct. Good baseball, good entertainment. Later, the E-town Jaycees, sponsored an adult male and female softball league.  Teams played on a field near where Merritt Logging is currently located.  Would draw a crowd of participants and onlookers. Elizabethtown Jaycees were …..

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Jury to decide country smell or collateral damage in hog industry law suit

By Charlotte Smith The United States District Court in Raleigh was packed full Wednesday for the opening arguments during the third lawsuit involving hog farms and their neighbors. Two prior lawsuits against the hog industry has resulted in millions of dollars in fines effecting Bladen County farmers since April of this year. A jury of 10 women and two men will decide the fate of the next lawsuit in line with at least 20 more cases to follow. Michael Kaeske, a Texas attorney representing the Plaintiffs in the cases gave his teams opening arguments stating, “Murphy Farms, Inc is industrialized”. He continued to point out how since 1972 the companies …..

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This Day in History for July 12

1774 – Citizens of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, pass a symbolic declaration of independence. 1843 – Mormon leader Joseph Smith says God allows polygamy. 1861 – Will Bill Hickok reputed to have shot and killed David McCanles, possibly his first kill. Hickok later acquitted after found he acted in self defense. 1901 – Cy Young wins his 300th game. 1930 – 34th US Golf Open: Robert T “Bobby” Jones wins. 1933 – Congress passes 1st minimum wage law (33 cents per hour) 1945 – Cubs stop Braves Tommy Holmes modern-day NL hitting streak at 37 games. 1954 – Major League Baseball Players Association founded. 1954 – President Eisenhower put forward a plan …..

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Elizabethtown Major League All-Stars Open State Tournament Saturday

  • 07/11/2018
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The Elizabethtown All-Stars will play Dunn in the opening game in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball State Majors Tournament Saturday at 11 a.m. in Kenansville. Elizabethtown won four straight games to win the District 9 Dixie Youth Baseball Majors Tournament defeating West Robeson American 4-3 and 9-4 in the final two games. The Kenansville Baseball Complex is located at 600 S. Main Street, Kenansville. Elizabethtown’s first game is on Brinson Field at the Complex. Members of the Elizabethtown All-Stars are: Hunter Elks, Jake Futrell, Carson Gooden, Lee Barnes, Parker Greene, Hunter Smith, Jacob Nixon, Britt Sasser, Torreon Graham, Kalec Autry, Elijah Cain, Darius Williamson. Coaches are Steve Smith, David …..

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