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OPINION: Owner of Anderson’s Drug Store releases letter to editor

August 30, 2018 Letter to the Editor: This morning, the DEA closed Anderson’s Drug Store for a few hours to conduct an audit. It was inconvenient, but let me assure you that the DEA was just doing its job. The opioid crisis is real. We see its effects every day. And Anderson’s Drug Store wants to do everything we can to support the DEA and others who seek to prevent drug abuse. The audit of our store today was part of a larger investigation into illegal prescribing of opioids right here in our community. We have all seen the ravages of addiction. We all know someone who has suffered because …..

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NC Highway Patrol helping stranded motorist; tips for motorist

By Charlotte Smith A lot of folks were ready for five o’clock this Friday due to the long holiday weekend ahead. In Tar Heel, just past Smithfield, on Highway 87 North we saw a NC Highway Patrol Officer on his hands and knees helping a stranded motorist change her flat tire. By the time we turned around to capture the scene in a photo an employee with a Thompson’s Small Engine Repair truck had arrived and started helping with the tire change. Traffic is expected to be heavier on the highways this weekend due to the Labor Day holiday. The North Carolina Department of Public Safety offers the following tips …..

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Bladenboro Historical Building

Bladenboro Visual Arts Council postpones caricature exhibit

The Bladenboro Visual Arts Council is sorry to announce that the art exhibit planned for Sept. through Nov., by Ben Gordan, the caricature artist, will be postponed indefinitely, due to unforeseen circumstances.  We hope to have Ben with us in the future, and we will be announcing that at the time.  Thus, there will not be a reception or caricature art on Sept. 8.  If you will call 910-633-7982, we will let you know what new and intriguing temporary exhibits we will be having.  For the time being we will display our permanent collection and we welcome your visit at The Bladenboro Historical Society Building at 818 South Main St., Bladenboro, …..

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Annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale kicks off

By Erin Smith Warm, sunny skies greeted shoppers as the annual Labor Day Sidewalk Sale kicked off Friday morning in downtown Elizabethtown. Sale items could be found both inside and outside as merchants greeted eager shoppers. Libby Davis of Lumberton spent her morning in Elizabethtown browsing the many sale items available during the Sidewalk Sale. She said she makes the trip to the annual sale each year. Linda Evers of Dublin said, “We come every year.” Both ladies said they love the annual event and enjoy the friendly merchants. Outside on the sidewalk, Leinwand’s offered a variety of men’s suits and jackets, ladies jackets, mens and ladies t-shirts and shorts …..

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Fire damages home in White Oak

By Erin Smith A kitchen fire at 148 Sunshine Road in White Oak left a home heavily damaged on Friday morning. The home’s owner, Mary Cole, said she was preparing breakfast in the kitchen and after putting sausage on to cook, decided to fry chicken for supper. Cole said she placed some oil in a pot on the stove to heat to fry the chicken before stepping to the bedroom to talk with her husband. Cole said, while she was speaking with her husband, she heard the smoke alarm go off. She said she walked back towards the kitchen and saw the fire. “I yelled help me! Jimmy, help me!” said …..

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Bladen Community College Convocation 2018

DUBLIN – As the fall semester commenced at Bladen Community College, the August 30th convocation was an opportunity for pensive reflection and great expectations for students and staff on campus. “There is no limit to what you can achieve,” remarked Board of Trustees Chair Dennis Troy. In this assembly of campus-wide staff, faculty, and students, speakers brought words of encouragement and advice. Student Government Association President Adriana Quiroz remarked “As SGA president, I welcome you to campus and wish you the best of success.” The gathering included four guest speakers who reflected on how the community college experience has changed their lives. President William Findt shared his educational background, which …..

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National Prison Expert Hired to Help with Safety Reforms in NC Prisons

 Gary Mohr of Ohio correction department to join DPS next month RALEIGH — Secretary Erik A. Hooks announced today that Gary Mohr, a nationally recognized leader in corrections, has agreed to serve as a Senior Executive Advisor to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. Mohr will focus exclusively on prison issues with the Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice. In this role, Mohr will work with DPS leadership to build upon ongoing efforts to reform prisons and make them safer. He will begin his work in North Carolina on Sept. 10. “I am excited North Carolina’s prison system will reap the benefits of Mr. Mohr’s decades of knowledge and experience in …..

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Annual McKee Reunion planned

It is almost time for the annual McKee Reunion.  Family and friends will meet at the Clarkton Presbyterian Church located at 10433 N. College Street, Clarkton, in the fellowship hall on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. to socialize and eat around 12:30 p.m. Please bring your favorite foods and any McKee family memorabilia you may have. If you will not be attending the reunion and would like to contribute money to continue the upkeep of the McKee cemetery, you may drop a check in the mail to:                                                     …..

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Bladen Early College students make presentation to BCC President

  Students in the Early College program on the campus of Bladen Community College have presented college president William Findt with an Early College polo shirt. Pictured from left to right are student Alexandria Blanks, student Adamaris Gonzalez, student Erika Parnell, principal Rodney Smith, president William Findt, student Rueben Alvarado, student Cynthia Ortiz, student Ashani Rozier and Early College liaison and curriculum specialist Nicole Dove. Share:

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Clarkton Entrance

Clarkton issues notice of missed water test

By Erin Smith The town of Clarkton has issued a public notice stating the town has not met monitoring requirements for the town’s water system. Clarkton Public Works Director Chris Hall said there are no issues with the town’s water system. Hall said, due to human error, the water samples for the month of June were not pulled and submitted to the North Carolina Department of Water Quality. The town is required by the state of North Carolina to pull two samples from two of the town’s sites each month to be tested. The town has a total of nine water sample locations and Hall said the town randomly selects …..

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Rosindale Road to close Tuesday

By Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced the upcoming closure of Rosindale Road. UPCOMING CLOSINGS: Rosindale Road Rosindale Road will close Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 8:00 a.m.  The road will be closed for cross line repair (M.P. 1.25;  0.28 Mi. S. of SR 1709). ELWELL FERRY: The Elwell Ferry is open. Share:

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You Decide: How is North Carolina’s Economy at Mid-Year?

By Dr. Mike Walden The actor Tom Selleck was in a TV crime show series 30 years ago that my wife and I enjoyed.  It was called Magnum PI, and the lead character – played by Selleck – would often say, “I know what you’re thinking,” as a humorous way of interacting with the audience. I want to borrow his phrase and say, “I know what you’re thinking – the fall of 2018 is almost here, so mid-year was months ago. Why are you writing about mid-year?” Good question. We now live in a time of almost instantaneous information, so we’re used to being right up-to-date. Unfortunately, this isn’t the …..

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Family History and Genealogy Group will meet in September

There is a working meeting on Family History/Genealogy on the First and Third Friday of the month at the Bladen County Senior Center, 608 McLeod St., in Elizabethtown. The September meetings will be Friday, September 7, and Friday, September 21, at 1 PM. Anyone who is interested in looking into their family history and recording their family stories is welcome to come and learn how easy it is! No one’s history should be a mystery! Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Recently read an interesting quote by US Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr., “In 2017, an average of 3 North Carolina residents died each day from overdose of heroin and fentanyl.”  That’s scary!  I’m high on living without drugs. Panthers lost another pre-season game last night, Steelers 39, Panthers 24.  2018 regular season play begins Sunday, September 9, for the Panthers when they host the Cowboys in Charlotte. Wonder what David Tepper thinks of his $2.2 billion dollar investment? High School football this evening, both Bladen County teams on the road: West Bladen at Midway and East Bladen at North Brunswick. Annual Sidewalk Sale underway in downtown Elizabethtown.  A hot sale, but …..

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Men’s Soccer: North Brunswick 2, West Bladen 0

LELAND – North Brunswick defeated West Bladen 2-0 Thursday night in non-conference men’s soccer action. “We played them tough and they really had to work for those two goals,” said Knight Coach Phillip Turnage. “The defense is playing well. We have just got to find some offensive weapons.” Turnage continued, “We are starting to play better and I believe we will be a tough contender in the conference.” Share:

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Volleyball: Fairmont 3, East Bladen 0

FAIRMONT- Fairmont defeated East Bladen 3-0 Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-20, 25-16 and 25-19. A pair of service points from junior Lorna Mendell kept East Bladen within 7-6 early in Set One, and another Mendell service point edged East ahead at 16-14 before an 11-4 Fairmont run claimed the set. Two more Mendell service points gave the Lady Eagles a 6-4 lead in the second set. However a ten-point Fairmont service run produced a 15-8 lead and eventual 25-16 win in the set. Junior Gracyn Martin reeled off four straight service points and vaulted East Bladen into an 11-8 lead in the …..

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Women’s Tennis: West Bladen 8, Whiteville 1

WHITEVILLE- West Bladen’s Lady Knights solidified their hold on first place in the Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis standings Thursday with an 8-1 victory over Whiteville. Singles Savannah Lee (WB) defeated Whiteville #1 6-3, 6-3 Whiteville #2 defeated Autumn Brisson (WB) 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 Alyssa Bell (WB) defeated Whiteville #3 6-0, 6-0 Mireya Sandoval (WB) defeated Whiteville #4 6-1, 6-1 Alyssa Smith (WB) defeated Whiteville #5 6-0, 6-2 Haleigh Dunn (WB) defeated Whiteville #6 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 10-4 Doubles Bell/Brisson (WB) defeated Whiteville #1 8-1 Lee/Dunn (WB) defeated Whiteville #2 8-2 Smith/Sandoval (WB) defeated Whiteville #3 8-0 Coach Billy Bryant’s Lady Knights, now 8-0, travel to West Columbus Tuesday for …..

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USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation

(Washington, D.C., August 27, 2018) – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations. President Donald J. Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally. As announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with our World Trade Organization obligations. “Early on, the President instructed me, as Secretary of Agriculture, to …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – August 31

1842 – Micah Rugg patents a nuts & bolts machine. 1886 – 1st major earthquake recorded in eastern US, at Charleston, South Carolina, 110 die. 1895 – 1st pro football game (QB John Brallier paid $10 & won 12-0) 1910 – Theodore Roosevelt makes a speech in Kansas advocating a ‘square deal’: property shall be ‘the servant and not the master of the commonwealth’ 1911 – The “Sullivan Act” requiring New Yorkers to possess licenses for firearms small enough to be concealed comes into effect. 1919 – John Reed forms American Communist Labor Party in Chicago. 1935 – FDR signs an act prohibiting export of US arms to belligerents. 1937 …..

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NC DOT

NCDOT Releases Key Regional Projects to be Funded for $2.7 Billion

Highway Division 6 includes four new projects FAYETTEVILLE – The N.C. Department of Transportation today identified 138 regional highway, aviation, ferry, rail and transit projects it anticipates funding and scheduling for construction over the next decade. The evaluation of 915 regional impact projects across the state identified the top-scoring projects to be programmed for construction in the forthcoming 2020-2029 State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP). They include 115 highway projects programmed for $2.4 billion in funding, seven rail projects for $96 million, three ferry projects for $26 million, and three transit projects for $191 million. Five regional projects will be programmed for construction in Highway Division 6 (Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett and Robeson counties), including: •  …..

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Upcoming Events

Dedication Planned for Gymnasium

A dedication ceremony is planned for the former Bladen County Training School/Bladen Central High School Gymnasium located at 1360 Martin Luther King Jr.  Drive Elizabethtown, NC on Wednesday, September 5, at 10 AM. All graduates, attendees of the school and individuals in the community and surrounding areas are invited to attend. For additional information, please contact Minnie Price at 910-872-1712 or 910-872-5333.   Share:

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State Science Advisory Board  seeks public input on draft GenX report

RALEIGH − Officials with the N.C. Secretaries’ Science Advisory Board are asking the public for input on a report that will provide recommendations on a reference dose to be used to establish water quality standards, as well as recommendations on the derivation and calculation of the health goal for GenX. The draft report is the culmination of extensive research and deliberations by the board, which provides guidance to the state departments of Environmental Quality and Health and Human Services as the agencies work to address emerging compounds statewide. The public comment period for submitting comments on the draft GenX report will run Aug. 30 through Sept. 28, 2018. The draft report, …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By Dora Brogdon This week a 2 to 3 year old male lab mix with the name Snyder has been chosen as Pet of the Week. He’s very friendly and likes everyone, but, he is selective around other dogs. He may like them or he may not like them. It would be best to have a slow introduction between Snyder and any other dog in the house. The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal …..

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Car Seat Check to be Held in September

Elizabethtown, N.C – In September, Bladen County Health Services will host a car seat check for parents that travel with children. The event will be held at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market, on Friday, September 28, from 10 am until 1 pm. The car seat check is for all parents that would like to ensure their child’s car seat has been installed correctly. The seats will be inspected by certified car seat technicians for defects and for proper installation. This event is free and open to the public. Anyone in need of a car seat check is welcome and encouraged to attend! Share:

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Free Seminar on “How Money Works”

The time has come to educate, equip and elevate the community one family at a time. Please join FergusonStrong & Associates at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown on Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Please come learn how money works. You will also be able to enjoy vendors including jewelry, hats/bags, Mary Kay, & more. Bring a friend to this FREE seminar & learn how you can secure your financial future. If you desire to be a vendor & want to get a FREE Table, call 910-247-4422. If you need supplemental or extra income, call us today for this great opportunity.  Tell everyone from anywhere to be at this …..

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NC DOT

State Transportation Board Funds Improvements at 24 N.C. Airports

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Board of Transportation has approved state and federal funds for much-needed improvements to 27 North Carolina airports. The $24.7 million in funding, approved by the board during its July meeting, will be used to provide improvements such as better runway lighting, new fuel tanks and safer taxiways. For example, some of the funding is going to Anson County Airport- Jeff Cloud Field to help build a fence that will eventually enclose the entire airfield.  Located just miles from Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge, the airport is always at risk from runway incursions by animals. “Just like when you’re driving on the highway, deer and other wildlife present a …..

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Boyette, Legislators Discuss Local, State IT Issues at NC Digital Government Summit

  • 08/30/2018
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RALEIGH, N.C. – Legislators must push for more technology solutions to help the state operate more efficiently, a bipartisan panel of state leaders agreed Thursday during a presentation at the North Carolina Digital Government Summit. The North Carolina Digital Government Summit is a two-day meeting of public and private sector leaders to address current issues in government IT. The North Carolina Department of Information Technology is a partner in the annual event. State Sen. Jay Chaudhuri, Rep. Jason Saine, Sen. Jeff Tarte and DIT Secretary Eric Boyette participated in the “Technology and Public Policy” panel moderated by Dr. Shannon Tufts, an associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Government and …..

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NC State Board of Elections Statement on 2018 General Election

RALEIGH, N.C. – The N.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday paused the preparation of ballots for the November 6 general election as a result of legal challenges to proposed constitutional amendments. State law requires that absentee-by-mail ballots be available 60 days before an election – in this case, September 7. However, court action has effectively delayed the start of absentee voting this year, and ballots will not be ready by September 7. Under federal law, ballots must be available 45 days before an election, or Sept. 22. It takes about three weeks to prepare, print, test and deliver ballots to counties across the state. To meet the federal deadline, that process should start around Sept. 1, although the State …..

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Bladen Community College offers Lunch and Learn

Bladen Community College will offer a Lunch and Learn event on Thursday, September 6, from 12 noon until 12:30 P.M., in the Student Resource Center (building 7) on the Dublin campus. HR Director Tiina Mundy will be speaking about Strategies for Improving Efficiency and  Productivity through the use of a Planner. Door prizes will be given away. Bring a lunch. For more information, call 910.879.5641. Share:

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Get Answers!

Contributed Does God exist? How can anyone believe in religion when science has neither a need nor a place for God? Is evolution happening today? If God is a God of love, why do we suffer and die? Creation Ministries International is coming to your area soon with answers to these important questions. Come and hear Scott Gillis expose the bankruptcy of the evolutionary myth. You’ll be amazed to see how weak the scientific evidence for evolution is. This is an issue that affects everyone. Evolution teaches us there is no need for God, there is no spiritual realm, and there is no afterlife. According to the theory, spirituality is …..

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First Missionary Baptist Church to celebrate Homecoming

  • 08/30/2018
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First Missionary Baptist Church of Elizabethtown will be having Homecoming on Sunday, September 9, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. Dr. Dennis Williams of Charlotte, NC will be the guest speaker.  Dinner will be served immediately after the morning service. There will be no afternoon service.  Come on home for Homecoming!. Share:

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Update 2: DEA, Sheriffs Office presence at Anderson’s Drug Store

By Erin Smith Update: The DEA has completed their “audit” of Anderson’s Drug Store and they have reopened for business as of Thursday afternoon. No arrests were made. The business was cordoned off with yellow police tape and customers were turned away as DEA officers worked throughout the morning. A source close to the business said, “This was an audit by the DEA and no one was arrested.” The source added that the employees of Anderson’s Drug Store welcome the DEA’s responsiveness to the Opioid Crisis. She added the employees of the store will do their part to assist in curbing the Opioid Crisis. Gene Anderson declined to comment. A …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

In previous years, the political advertising season would begin shortly after Labor Day, and my guess is the pattern will not change greatly this year, however, some are getting an early start.  Apparently $s are not a problem for the candidates, party, or interested supporters.  It’s our system, the best in the world. We are being ‘slammed’ early, warning bout the ‘rascals’, if we can believe the ads…. When in doubt about national news presented as FACT, GOOGLE….FactCheck.org. or  Snopes.  At least a little background info that may be helpful.. Lots happening in coming weeks including an election on November 6. Locally, add another to the list…..Seafood and Sunset, October 11, 6 PM at White Lake.  …..

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Sunrise on farm industry

The sun rises again on the farm industry. Captured in this photo is the industrial park in Bladenboro. The park houses different farming industries and their operations.  Share:

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Apple mapping Bladen County

Staff report Many residents in Bladen County have reported an usual looking vehicle traveling the roads and highways this week. On Wednesday the vehicle was caught in Bladenboro.  The vehicle has been spotted in other areas of the mother county like Clarkton, Elizabethtown, White Lake and White Oak according to BladenOnline fans on Facebook.  Apple announced Apple Maps on their website saying, “Offering a host of innovative features, Maps makes finding and getting to your destination faster and easier than ever. With turn-by-turn spoken directions, interactive 3D views, and proactive suggestions, as well as new indoor maps and lane guidance, Maps provides an incredible sense of direction.*” Share:

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This Day in History for August 30

1682 – William Penn leaves England to sail to the New World. 1836 – The city of Houston is founded by Augustus Chapman Allen and John Kirby Allen. 1862 – Second Battle of Bull Run in Manassas, Virginia ends with a Confederate victory over Union forces. 1890 – President Benjamin Harrison signed the first U.S. law requiring inspection of meat products. 1901 – Hubert Cecil Booth patents vacuum cleaner. 1930 – Warren Buffett, American business magnate (world’s wealthiest person in 2008), born in Omaha, Nebraska. 1945 – General Douglas MacArthur lands in Japan. 1951 – US & Philippines sign mutual defense pact. 1954 – Hurricane Carol kills 68 on the …..

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Merchants Are Ready to Welcome Shoppers for Labor Day Sidewalk Sale

By Erin Smith Shoppers are getting their lists ready, and merchants are preparing their stores for the upcoming Labor Day Sidewalk Sale in downtown Elizabethtown. The annual event will take place Friday through Monday. Stores will be offering plenty of bargains from which folks can choose. Summer merchandise, as well as new fall arrivals, will be available. Mike Suggs, the owner of Fisher’s Men’s and Ladies Shop, said shoppers will find plenty of shorts and T-shirts on sale. He said Johnny O and Fish Hippie brand items will be on sale for half-price. All items on the sidewalk will be reduced 50 to 90 percent. Suggs said shoes, flip-flops, shorts, …..

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Recreation Football Registration Continues Until Sept. 7th

Registration for Bladen Recreation’s Cheerleading, Flag Football and Tackle Football programs will continue until September 7th. Cheerleading is for ages 7-12 years-old. Flag Football is for ages 5-7, and Tackle Football is for ages 7-12. Registration fees for both cheerleading and football are $35. Registration can be completed in the Bladen Recreation office on King Street in Elizabethtown or online at bladeninfo.org. Contact the Recreation Department at 910-862-6770 for more information. Share:

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JV Volleyball: West Bladen 2, Cape Fear Academy 0

BLADENBORO – West Bladen swept Cape Fear Academy 2-0 Wednesday in non-conference jayvee volleyball action by set scores of 25-14 and 25-20. Ashlyn Cox fired in 8 service points, 3 kills and an ace for the Lady Knights. Sophmore Alyssa Suggs slammed in 3 kills, 3 aces and 6 service points. Freshman Savannah Turbeville knocked in 5 service points. Caroline Brisson hammered in 3 kills, an ace and a service point and had 3 digs for the winners. Olivia Allen led the Lady Knight defense with 6 digs. Freshman Hannah Pait belted in 2 service points and a kill. Taylor West contributed an ace, a kill and a service point. …..

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Volleyball: Cape Fear Academy 3, West Bladen 1

BLADENBORO – Cape Fear Academy defeated West Bladen 3-1 Wednesday night in non-conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-20, 25-20, 21-25 and 25-18. “This was one of the best teams we played this year,” said Lady Knight Coach Gaye Davis. “My girls came ready to play.” West Bladen senior Raegan Davis pounded in 20 kills, 5 solo blocks, 4 service points and an ace, while collecting 5 assists, 2 digs and a block assist. Junior Lexie Corrothers slammed in 8 kills, 3 aces and 5 service points. Junior Mikayla Meadows racked up 4 kills, 3 solo blocks, 3 service points, 2 aces and a dig. Senior Caroline Davis was …..

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Men’s Soccer: Midway 3, West Bladen 0

BLADENBORO – Midway defeated West Bladen 3-0 Wednesday night in non-conference men’s soccer action. “We played them tight and the result was a little better than the first time we played them,” said Knight Coach Phillip Turnage. “Midway really had to work hard for the win.” “Our conference leading goalkeeper Angel Martinez had a good game with 11 more saves.” added Turnage. “We are really looking forward to conference play next week.” The Knights travel to North Brunswick Thursday night for their final non-conference game. Gametime is 5 p.m. Share:

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Plaintiffs withdraw opposition to appeal in hog farm lawsuits

By Erin Smith The first of the appeals of the verdicts in the first three hog farm lawsuits against Murphy Brown, LLC may soon be moving forward after the plaintiffs filed a motion Wednesday afternoon withdrawing their opposition to the appeal. The Plaintiffs’ attorney, Michael Kaeske, filed three motions on Wednesday afternoon in the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia. The first motion notes there is no reason to delay the entry of final judgement in the first three cases which were tried. This will clear the way for the appeals process to begin. The second motion filed by Kaeske requests the appeal process be allowed …..

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East Bladen High School

Women’s Tennis East Bladen 5, West Columbus 4

CERRO GORDO – East Bladen won the final two doubles matches Tuesday to edge West Columbus 5-4 in Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis action. Senior Ting Lin and Ashley Hardin won their No. 2 doubles match 8-1, and sophmore Carlie West and senior Carleigh Devane won the deciding No. 3 doubles match 8-3. Singles Ting Lin (EB) defeated Baylee Haynes (WC) 7-5, 6-1 Jessica Griffin (WC) defeated Anna Kate White (EB) 6-4, 6-2 Lily Lin (EB) defeated Leah Redwine (WC) 6-2, 6-3 Ashley Hardin (EB) defeated Lauren Pierce (WC) 6-6 (7-5), 6-3 Madeleine Shaw (WC) defeated Sammi Jiang (EB) 6-3, 6-3 Anna Kay Nance (WC) defeated Sarah Meares (EB) 6-6 (7-2), 6-3 …..

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NCDOT Launches “First Flight” in Drone Pilot Program in Partnership with Matternet and WakeMed

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Drone-based medical deliveries are here. Today, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation has teamed up with WakeMed Health & Hospitals and Matternet to conduct the first round of test flights for drones to carry simulated medical packages packages from Raleigh Medical Park, located across from WakeMed Raleigh Campus on Sunnybrook Road, to a main tower at the hospital. Today’s drone test flights are part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS, or ‘drone’) Integration Pilot Program. The three-year program aims to test practical applications of drones by partnering local governments with private sector companies to learn more about how this emerging technology can be safely and …..

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East Bladen High School

Volleyball: East Bladen 3, West Columbus 1

CERRO GORDO – East Bladen rallied to win the final three sets and claim their first Three Rivers Conference victory of the season 3-1 over West Columbus Tuesday night by set scores of 22-25, 25-10, 25-19 and 25-19. A trio of service points from senior Sarah Johnson staked East Bladen to a 10-5 lead in the opening set. A 9-2 spurt edged the Lady Vikings ahead at 14-12, but sophmore Kayleigh Raynor knocked in 3 service points to vault the Lady Eagles back in front 17-15. West Columbus closed out the set with a 10-5 flurry. An 8-point service run by junior Gracyn Martin propelled the Lady Eagles to a 17-7 lead …..

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North Carolina’s July County and Area Employment Figures Released, Bladen at 5.4 percent 

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) decreased in 84 of North Carolina’s counties in July, increased in four, and remained unchanged in 12.  Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 7.8 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.1 percent.  Thirteen of the state’s metro areas experienced rate decreases, one increased, and one remained unchanged.  Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount at 6.1 percent had the highest rate and Asheville had the lowest rate at 3.3 percent.  The July not seasonally adjusted statewide rate was 4.1 percent. Counties With Rates Counties With Rates Counties With Rates 5% or Below Between 5% and 10% 10% or Above July 78 22 …..

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Governor Cooper Calls for Improved Broadband, Cybersecurity

Modern education, health and economic systems require digital technology, Gov. Cooper saidWednesday at the North Carolina Digital Government Summit. However, hundreds of thousands of people in rural North Carolina are being left behind because they lack access to reliable high-speed broadband service. The North Carolina Digital Government Summit is a two-day meeting of public and private sector leaders to address current issues in government IT. The North Carolina Department of Information Technology is a partner in the annual event. Gov. Cooper told the audience of more than 400 people that students without internet access at home risk falling behind their peers and that small businesses, farms and manufacturers without service are unable to …..

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NCDOT Will Improve U.S. 74/76 Intersection in Columbus County

  • 08/29/2018
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A section of U.S. 74/76 in eastern Columbus County will be improved with the construction of medians and a traffic signal. The N.C. Department of Transportation this month awarded a $9 million contract to Highland Paving Co. of Fayetteville to improve a 2.7-mile section of U.S. 74/76 between Water Tank Road in the Delco community of Columbus County and a point just east of the Brunswick County line. The department will be reconstructing the road into a superstreet design, which redirects motorists on the side roads into turning right onto the highway. U-turn areas will be created to allow drivers who turned right to safely turn around and go in the opposite direction. The …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

The big yellow school buses are rolling…..be aware, they carry precious cargo–students. Stock market has been moving up, great.  A huge boost for many, especially retirees depending on 401K’s and other such saving plans. US Debt Clock is running faster than ever….. Over 1,200 cyclists will be in Elizabethtown on Friday, October 5th.  It’s a part of Cycle NC, bike riders from around the state and nation traveling from the mountains to the sea, and organizers have chosen our area for one night.  For more information, contact Dawn Maynard at the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce. Mark your calendar for September 15th, 2018.  The 26th annual Dublin Festival will be held, begins with …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for August 29

1861 – American Civil War: US Navy squadron captures forts at Hatteras Inlet, North Carolina. 1862 – US Bureau of Engraving & Printing begins operation. 1896 – Chop Suey invented in NYC by chef of visiting Chinese Ambassador. 1898 – The Goodyear tire company is founded. 1916 – Congress creates US Naval Reserve. 1929 – Aviator Anne Morrow Lindbergh makes her first solo flight. 1932 – United Cigar Stores shuts 800 shops. 1945 – Gen MacArthur named Supreme Commander of Allied Powers in Japan. 1957 – Strom Thurmond (Sen-D-SC) ends 24 hour filibuster against civil rights. 1958 – US Air Force Academy’s permanent site opens in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 1962 …..

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SFSGA Plays August 28 At Fairmont Golf Course

The Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association played Tuesday, August 28, at Fairmont Golf Course with 76 players. The First Flight winners, shooting 57, were Jimmy Davis, Jeff Campbell, Keith Long and Charlie Kiess. The Second Flight winners, shooting 64, were Gordon Graham, Jeff Smith, Larry Mitchell and Livingston Lewis. Next week’s tourney will be played at Land O’ Lakes near Whiteville. Share:

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Vineyard Golf News: Marvin, Hancock Club Championship Winners

Ricky Marvin won the Championship Blue Tee Division of this weekend’s Vineyard Golf at White Lake club championships. Jim Hancock won the White Tee Championship. Luke Gooden finished second in the Blue Tee Division, while Colby Lewis and Jim Gantz tied for second place in the White Tee Division. Thursday’s Thundering Herd resulted in a tie at 4-under-par. Winning the scorecard play-off was the team of Campbell White, Jimmie Davis, Kent Fisher and Johnathan Gooden. The second-place team was Will Fisher, Jake Suggs and Connor Bullard. The last Thundering Herd of the season will be held Thursday, August 30th at 6 p.m. Call the Golf Shop at 910-247-6132 to enter. …..

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Women’s Tennis: West Bladen 9, South Robeson 0

BLADENBORO – West Bladen’s Lady Knights ran their winning streak to seven matches in a row Tuesday with a 9-0 victory over South Robeson in Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis action. Singles Savannah Lee (WB) defeated Miami Hunt (SR) 6-0, 6-0 Autumn Brisson (WB) defeated Makoa Rivera (SR) 6-0, 6-0 Alyssa Bell (WB) defeated Cambyl Scott (SR) 6-1, 6-0 Mireya Sandoval (WB) defeated Kierra Locklear (SR) 6-0, 6-0 Alyssa Smith (WB) defeated Lauren Barnes (SR) 6-0, 6-1 Haleigh Dunn (WB) defeated Karen Strickland (SR) 6-0, 6-0 Doubles Bell/Brisson (WB) defeated Hunt/Scott (SR) 8-0 Lee/Dunn (WB) defeated Rivera/Locklear (SR) 8-0 Smith/Sandoval (WB) defeated Effie Oxendine/Destiny Garret (SR) 8-1 Coach Billy Bryant’s …..

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Volleyball: West Bladen 3, South Robeson 0

BLADENBORO – West Bladen rallied in the final set to complete a 3-0 sweep of South Robeson Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-21, 25-22 and 26-24. South Robeson had built a 24-17 lead in the final set, but the Lady Knights won a side-out, and sophmore Shelby Pharr then served out the match winning 8 consecutive service points. Pharr drilled in an ace on match point. Pharr finished with 8 service points, 4 aces and 3 kills in the match. Senior Raegan Davis hammered in 10 kills, 4 aces and 4 service points and totaled 7 assists, 4 solo blocks and 2 digs. …..

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Public Meeting

Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter Meets September 7

The Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter, serving the parents of both Bladen and Columbus counties, holds meetings on the first Friday of the month at the Bladen County Senior Center, 608 McLeod Street, in Elizabethtown. The September meeting will be Friday,  September 7, and will start at at 3 PM. Any adult who has experienced a loss of their child, grandchild or sibling is welcome to attend. We meet to share and understand our grief to and help each other. Time has proven that with caring and sharing comes healing. Chapter members affirm that “When we get together, we help one another.” Together we find strength and solace. Together we discover …..

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Governor Cooper Announces 208 New Jobs in Cumberland County

Booz Allen Hamilton (boozallen.com), a management and technology consulting firm, will expand its current operations in Cumberland County, creating 208 new jobs over five years, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company expects to invest more than $5 million in the project by the end of 2020. “Booz Allen Hamilton is expanding here thanks to Cumberland County’s workforce, which is strengthened by the military spouses and veterans who live and work around Fort Bragg and surrounding bases,” said Governor Cooper. “The majority of these new jobs will be IT focused, and Booz Allen knows we have the IT talent and training resources to deliver so they can continue tackling the …..

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Lock and Dam No. 2 Project Facing Delays

By Erin Smith The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ project to fill a scour hole that formed beneath the dam at William O. Huske Lock and Dam No. 2 during Hurricane Matthew is facing delays, due to rain and high water in the Cape Fear River this summer. Elizabethtown Parks and Recreation Director, Rod Fritz, said “The Corps is going to take longer than their October deadline.” He said the Corps of Engineers is scheduled to meet with the general contractor on the project this week. Fritz said, once that meeting is completed, a new deadline for completion should be set. “When the river is high, you can’t put rock …..

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237th Battle of Elizabethtown Commemoration at Tory Hole Park

Photos by BladenOnline.com, Rod Fritz and Andrew Finkler Contributed by Terry Smith Edited by Sheila Calloway Bagpipes and cannon fire burst through the serenity of a sunlit Sabbath as a few 18th Century-clad history enthusiasts hosted a gathering at Tory Hole Park August 26th to commemorate the 237th stage. Following an opening blast from an 18th Century style cannon by Moore’s Creek Battlefield volunteers, bagpiper Walker Wilkins, son of Andrew and Shari Finkler of Hope Mills, drew visitors’ attention to the amphitheater stage. There Sunday Allen, a Bladen County history teacher, captured the attention of an audience of young and old, setting the stage with primary source-based spotlights on real …..

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USDA

USDA Announces Assistance to Pecan Growers Affected by 2017 Weather Events

Washington, D.C.– The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced that additional assistance has been made available for pecan growers to replant and replace trees through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP) as they recover from the impacts of 2017 weather events, which was made available by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018. “Pecan orchards were hard hit in by storms in 2017. I saw first-hand the damage inflicted on communities, resources and the land.” said USDA Farm Production and Conservation Under Secretary Bill Northey. “These funds will help the industry recover and replace lost and damaged trees.” Funding will be provided through the TAP, a program administered by the Farm Service Agency …..

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NC Wildlife Resources Commission

Boating Safety Campaign Makes Final Push on Labor Day Weekend

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and its partners will make a final push for this year’s “On the Road, On the Water, Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign over Labor Day weekend. The annual multi-agency initiative works to ensure than North Carolinians can travel safely on the road and on the water during summer holidays. Law enforcement officers aim to help discourage impaired operation of vehicles and vessels throughout the holiday weekend. In North Carolina, a driver or boat operator with a blood-alcohol concentration that meets or exceeds .08 is subject to arrest. “If you do decide to drink alcohol, be sure to designate a driver whether you’re behind the wheel …..

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Road Closing

Road Updates

By: Faye Boyne, NCDOT OPENINGS:   SR1300 (Chicken Foot Road) SR1300 (Chicken Foot Road) will open Tuesday, August 28 at 4:00 p.m. This was be closed for cross-line repair  (M.P. 8.5) 0.23 Mi. N. of SR1313.   CLOSINGS:     UPCOMING CLOSINGS:     ELWELL FERRY:   The Ferry is open.         Share:

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First Day of Classes for the Innovative School District’s Inaugural School

Like many other public schools across the state, Southside Asphpole Elementary School in Rowland, NC, started classes on Monday. What makes Southside different from the other schools is that it is part of a new statewide district, the Innovative School District (ISD), created through legislation in 2016 to create innovative conditions that accelerate student growth and achievement in low-performing schools, and it is operated by a non-profit entity, Achievement for All Children (AAC). Other differences include an 8:00 am to 4:00 pm school day, school uniforms and an emphasis on community engagement.   When the bell rang to start the new academic year, the school was fully staffed with a …..

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Columbus County Sheriff’s Office makes arrest for counterfeit merchandise

Contributed Tabor City, NC – After receiving several citizen complaints about someone selling counterfeit items in Whiteville, the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) Criminal Investigative Unit initiated an investigation. The investigation led to the arrest of one individual. On Monday, August 20th, after receiving an anonymous tip, CCSO Criminal Investigators traveled to the public vehicular area of Big Lots in Whiteville. They observed the defendant, Carroll Ann Barnes, meeting numerous individuals to exchange items. Criminal Investigators approached the defendant at her vehicle and observed several totes and boxes of items inside of the vehicle. The quantity of items in her possession exceeded what the average person would sell on a …..

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Remembering Aretha Franklin, A Celebration of Life

Elizabethtown – The Baldwin Branch Women of Faith Ministry presents “Remembering Aretha Franklin, A Celebration of Life” at 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 31, 2018.  Pastor Priscilla L. Jackson of Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church; Council NC is the guest speaker.  Refreshments served.  Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South; Elizabethtown NC.  Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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Pembroke Medical Doctor Sentenced to 20 Years for Unlawfully Distributing Oxycodone

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced today that, DONOVAN DAVE DIXON, 51 of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was sentenced to 240 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release by Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III.  DIXON, who was a licensed medical doctor at the time of the offense, was convicted after a four-day trial of Conspiracy to Unlawfully Distribute Oxycodone and twenty (20) counts of Unlawful Distribution of Oxycodone outside the scope of professional practice and not for a legitimate medical purpose. The evidence at trial showed that DIXON was a licensed medical doctor …..

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Cape Fear Mini Storage Auction

Cape Fear Mini Storage Auction (15 Units) 910/862-9911 2 Locations: 1st auction – Tuesday, September 18, 2018 9:00 a.m. @ 2202 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC 28337 2nd auction – Immediately following 1st auction – Tuesday, September 18, 2018 @ 5501 Hwy 87, Dublin, NC Buyers must: (1) be prepared to pay upon completion of unit sale (cash, credit/debit card); (2) be responsible for security of items located in unit after purchase; and (3) remove all items from purchased unit on day of sale by close of business (5:00 p.m.). Share:

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Fundraiser planned for Friday

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A fundraiser is planned for liver transplant survivor Josh Baker for Friday, August 31, at Singletary United Methodist Church in Dublin beginning at 10 a.m. The fundraiser will consist of chicken and rice plates and plates will cost $6 each. All funds raised will go to Josh Baker to assist him with medical expenses. Baker was diagnosed with a genetic disorder that affected his liver. Following a successful liver transplant, Baker is currently having to stay near Duke Hospital during his recovery period. To purchase a green mailbox bow or business storefront bow to welcome Baker home, contact Pastor Shannon Ross at sross@nccumc.org or call 910-876-4160. The fundraiser is a joint effort of the congregations of …..

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NC Theological Seminary – Bladen County Campus Open House

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Elizabethtown – Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church presents the North Carolina Theological Seminary of Bladen County open house, Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  The Bladen County Campus located at “da Branch”, 4047 NC 242 Highway South; Elizabethtown NC is 1 of 26 worldwide campuses. Share:

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Towns Receive NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grants

By Erin Smith Two Bladen County towns have been awarded NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund grants. NC Governor Roy Cooper announced the NC Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Authority have approved more than 6.7 million for projects throughout North Carolina. Locally, the town of Bladenboro was approved to receive $200,595 in grant funds for improvements at McLean Park. And the town of Elizabethtown will receive a $500,000 grant for the Green’s Lake and Conservation Park which is located in the Elizabethtown Industrial Park. Bladenboro Town Administrator John O’Daniel said the town plans to install a new, larger ball field, add lighting to the existing ball field, and add other …..

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Bladen Masonic Lodge conducts raffle to support philanthropies

Contributed The Bladen County Masonic Lodge No. 646 A. F. and A. M. in Elizabethtown gave a donation to support the Masonic Home for Children, the Masonic and Eastern Star, and the NC Masonic Foundation on Monday night. The Lodge conducted a raffle for a Mossberg 12-gauge semi-automatic rifle which was sponsored by Bladen Hardware and the funds were given to the named philanthropies. Past Master Mike Wyatt said the fundraiser generated $2,489.08 to be divided among the three charities. The rifle was won by Larry Simmons of Bladenboro. This was the third year the Lodge has conducted the raffle. The Lodge also recognized the two members who sold the …..

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USDA

USDA Announces Details of Assistance for Farmers Impacted by Unjustified Retaliation

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced details of actions the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will take to assist farmers in response to trade damage from unjustified retaliation by foreign nations. President Donald J. Trump directed Secretary Perdue to craft a short-term relief strategy to protect agricultural producers while the Administration works on free, fair, and reciprocal trade deals to open more markets in the long run to help American farmers compete globally. As announced last month, USDA will authorize up to $12 billion in programs, consistent with our World Trade Organization obligations. “Early on, the President instructed me, as Secretary of Agriculture, to make sure …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Crazy dream, dreamed I conducted a funeral, not sure who, why, where or when, last night I guess.  Figured it was time to get up, regardless of the time. At my age, not much reason to be out and about as hot as it was yesterday, but brought back memories of cropping tobacco…hot weather, & long rows.  I worked hard/fast to get to the end of the row where I was rewarded with a cool drink of water and a few minutes on a low limb of a tree so I could feel a little breeze. Hear folks complain about this TV station or that news person reporting something they …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for August 28

1609 -English explorer Henry Hudson, discovers and explores Delaware Bay. 1830 – 1st American built locomotive, “Tom Thumb” races a horse-drawn car from Stockton and Stokes stagecoach company from Baltimore to Ellicott Mills.  Let history record that due to mechanical problems the horse won! 1837 – Pharmacists John Lea & William Perrins manufacture Worcestershire Sauce. 1861 – Battle of Fort Hatteras, North Carolina. 1898 – Caleb Bradham renames his carbonated soft drink “Pepsi Cola” 1907 – United Parcel Service is founded by James E. Casey in Seattle, Washington. 1922 – WEAF in NYC airs first radio commercial (Queensboro Realty-$100 for 10 minutes) 1937 –  Toyota Motors becomes an independent company. …..

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East Bladen High School

Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 9, South Brunswick 0

SOUTHPORT – Sophomore Jay McKoy and freshman Chase Starkloff fired in 2 goals each to lead East Bladen to a 9-0 non-conference men’s soccer victory Monday night over South Brunswick. The Eagles led 8-0 at halftime and ended the game on the mercy rule 40 seconds into the second half. Junior Ebrahim Algozy connected with sophomore Garrett Melvin on a throw-in, and Melvin drilled in the game-ending shot from 20 yards out. In the game’s third minute, McKoy knocked in the Eagles’ first goal from 2 yards out off of a feed from senior Greyson Heustess. Thirteen minutes later, senior Pierce Melvin blasted a free kick 50 yards to McKoy who …..

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Tillis & Burr Welcome Nomination of Allison Rushing As Judge for the Fourth Circuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, at the recommendation of North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Allison Rushing, a native of North Carolina, to serve as a Circuit Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. “North Carolina native Allison Rushing has an incredible wealth of judicial experience and is regarded as one of the best legal minds in the country,” said Senator Tillis. “She will be an outstanding addition to the Fourth Circuit, and I look forward to advancing her nomination through the Senate Judiciary Committee.” “I’m pleased to see a respected and qualified North Carolinian, Allison Rushing, nominated to serve on the …..

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CB Wolfpack Second in Top Gun Weekend Tournament

FAYETTEVILLE – The Coaches Box Wolfpack 9-and Under baseball team finished second Sunday in the Top Gun Bownet Fungo Weekend Tournament. Five of the Wolfpack players this weekend – Aidan Trinidad, Cade Rogers, Omar Powell, Ryker Strickland and Tyler Eason- are from Bladen County. Another Bladen member of the Wolfpack team – Brady Marlowe – did not play this weekend. The CB Wolfpack lost their first game in pool play Saturday 10-6 to NSA Select then edged the eventual champion Carolina Titans 6-5. The Wolfpack opened Sunday play with a 6-5 victory over the Carolina Raiders. In the semi-finals the Wolfpack knocked off top-seeded Area Stars- Smith 11-9. The Carolina …..

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Women’s Tennis: West Bladen 7, East Bladen 2

Kenneth Armstrong photos ELIZABETHTOWN – West Bladen’s Lady Knights improved to 6-0 on the season Monday with a 7-2 victory over East Bladen in Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis action. Singles Savannah Lee (WB) defeated Ting Lin (EB) 7-5, 6-0 Autumn Brisson (WB) defeated Anna Kate White (EB) 6-2, 6-1 Alyssa Bell (WB) defeated Lily Lin (EB) 6-0, 6-0 Mireya Sandoval (WB) defeated Ashley Hardin (EB) 6-2, 6-2 Alyssa Smith (WB) defeated Sammi Jiang (EB) 6-0, 6-0 Sarah Meares (EB) defeated Haleigh Dunn (WB) 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 Doubles Bell/Brisson (WB) defeated White/L. LIn (EB) 8-1 T. Lin/Hardin (EB) defeated Lee/Dunn (WB) 8-1 Smith/Sandoval (WB) defeated Carlie West/Carleigh Devane (EB) 8-0 …..

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Mexican National Charged for Voting by an Alien

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a Criminal Information has been filed charging Alma Ilzet Mar Escalante, age 36, of Mexico, with voting by an alien. According to the charging document, Escalante registered to vote in North Carolina in 2012 and attested under the penalty of perjury that she was a citizen of the United States. As detailed in an affidavit supporting the Criminal Information, Escalante voted in the General Elections of 2012, 2014, and 2016, in Bladen County, North Carolina. Escalante was granted deferred action status in 2016 and her application to register as a lawful permanent resident in the United States …..

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BCC Adjunct Professor performs with Opera Wilmington

DUBLIN – Classically trained singer, musician, and Bladen Community College adjunct professor Mary Tyndall has recently performed with the Opera Wilmington production of Die Fledermaus at the UNCW Mainstage Theatre, in Wilmington. “This was my fourth production with Opera Wilmington,” stated Tyndall, “and I think it was my favorite because it was a comedy.” Composed by Johann Strauss II, Die Fledermaus (The Bat), is an operetta set in Vienna in the late 19th century. Tyndall sang with the ensemble. “My love for singing began when I was in the fifth grade,” she explained. “I sang with others as a Girl Scout, and later in middle and high school choruses.” As …..

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911 Dispatchers Donate School Supplies

Dispatchers with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office 911 Center recently gathered school supplies and donated them to the Elizabethtown Primary School for children who need them for their return to school this week. The supplies were provided by all of the dispatchers and given to the school last week so they would be available to hand out the first week of school. Collecting the donations are left to right, Danielle Duncan and Penny Perkins Britt. Share:

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Notice of Sale

AUCTION:  In order to satisfy a lien for non-payment of rent, Dublin Self Storage, PO Box 207, Dublin NC 28332 will hold a public sale to dispose of all contents of the following units, including personal property and household furnishings: Unit # 03 Delila Smith Unit # 47 Alicia Cooper Unit # 49 Jennifer Langley Sale will be conducted Saturday, September 1, 2018 at 12:00 Noon at Dublin Self  Storage, 111 2nd Street, Dublin NC. Share:

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Environmental reviews approved for Cumberland, Edgecombe and Wayne counties

Approval allows recovery programs to proceed with HUD funded block grants RALEIGH – Environmental reviews were approved today by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for Cumberland, Edgecombe and Wayne counties, which will allow homeowner awards to move forward on Hurricane Matthew repair projects funded by Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) in those counties. “Many residents in these three counties have been waiting for this approval, so repairs and reimbursements can move forward for them,” said NC Emergency Management Director Mike Sprayberry.  “Now that these environmental reviews are approved, the pace of HUD funded repairs in those counties will accelerate quickly.” Once homeowners formally accept …..

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North Carolina Licenses are Back in Print Production with New Safeguards in Place

DMV required vendor to add new processes to prevent errors RALEIGH – Printing of North Carolina driver licenses and identification cards resumed today after DMV required the vendor to add new quality controls to its printing process to prevent future errors. DMV Commissioner Torre Jessup ordered IDEMIA, the vendor that prints and mails the state’s driver licenses, to stop production last Friday after DMV became aware of printing issues with some licenses. People who received flawed driver licenses because of the error will receive new, correct licenses by mail at no cost to them. Commissioner Jessup and DMV officials communicated with IDEMIA through the weekend to review IDEMIA’s investigation of the …..

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State Officials to Dedicate Lake Waccamaw Boardwalk

RALEIGH, N.C. – State and local officials will gather Tuesday to celebrate the completion of a new boardwalk at the Lake Waccamaw Dam in Columbus County that will allow users of a popular greenway to hike a continuous path around the lake. The park will host a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, Aug. 28, at 11 a.m. at the new boardwalk. Town officials, Friends of Lake Waccamaw, and N.C. Department of Transportation officials will be in attendance. Prior to the boardwalk’s completion, walkers, hikers, and cyclists visiting the lake reached a dead end near the dam between parcels of state park land, and had to back-track. The boardwalk was funded …..

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Three Triathlons Scheduled For White Lake In September

September could be known as “Triathlon Month” for White Lake. Three triathlons have been scheduled for one weekend in September. The events are: *White Lake Fall Half 2018 at 7 a.m. Saturday, September 8, which consists of a 1 1/2 mile swim, 56 mile bike, and 13.1 mile run; *White Lake Fall International 2018 at 8:30 a.m. on September 8, which consists of a 1500 meter swim, 45k bike, and 10k run; *White Lake Fall Sprint 2018 at 8 a.m. on Sunday, September 9, which consists of a 750 meter swim, 14 mile bike, and an 8k run. The headquarters for all the triathlons will be the FFA camp. Share:

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Former Bladen County doctor and girlfriend indicted by grand jury

By Erin Smith A former Bladen County doctor and his girlfriend who are alleged to have operated a pill mill out of their Tabor City clinic were indicted by the Columbus County Grand Jury in August. The next court date for Dr. Jong Whan Kim and Tammy Lynn Thompson is scheduled for September 13 in Columbus County Superior Court. Dr. Jong Whan Kim along with his office manager and girlfriend, Tammy Lynn Thompson, were arrested on June 29th after law enforcement executed a search at the clinic located at 211 East 5th Street in Tabor City and his residence located at 303 Stake Road in Tabor City. An investigation was …..

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ALE’s Weekend Statewide Operation Addresses Crime at Alcohol Establishments

North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement special agents arrested 226 people on alcohol, drug and other charges during an operation August 24th as part of a statewide crackdown. During the operation, ALE special agents in Fayetteville intervened during a shooting following a disturbance outside a Food Lion on Rosehill Road and provided medical aid to the shooting victim until EMS arrived. In Alamance County, special agents and members of the Burlington Police Department arrested multiple employees and patrons involved in the sale of controlled substances at a gas station on North Church Street. In Iredell County, special agents detected employees of Apps and Taps in Mooresville, using controlled substances, selling alcoholic beverages to intoxicated patrons, …..

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Bladen County Solid Waste announces Labor Day weekend schedule

Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Monday, September 3rd – Labor Day: All convenience sites will be operating on their normal schedule, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. However, the Transfer Station will be closed in observance of the holiday. Normal operations shall resume on Tuesday, September 4th. Share:

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Bladen County offices and agencies announce Labor Day Holiday schedules

By Erin Smith Area offices and agencies have announced their Labor Day holiday schedules. All banks are closed on Monday, September 3, in observance of the Labor Day holiday and will re-open for business on Tuesday, September 4. There will be no mail delivery on Monday, September 3. The Postal Service will resume its normal operating schedule on Tuesday, September 4. North Carolina state offices, courts and county and municipal government offices will be closed for the Labor Day holiday Monday, September 3.  They will re-open for business on Tuesday, September 4. All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed on Monday, September 3, in observance of …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Weekend is over, don’t know about you and yours, but at our household, mostly enjoyed, tired and ready to move on to Labor Day weekend…. Drove to Hickory, through Charlotte, and only one lane open on highway 74 (Independence Boulevard.) on Saturday. I had other options, but, about once a year I enjoy a trip through the Queen City.  No reason to return anytime soon. There is no lack of construction, primarily new bridges, by-passes and repaving by NCDOT and their contractors all across this great state. My former employer invites my bride and I to their annual meeting and I enjoy….All 100 counties in the state are members of the …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for August 27

1665 – “Ye Bare & Ye Cubb” is the first play performed in North America in Acomac, Virginia. 1859 – First successful oil well drilled, near Titusville, Pennsylvania, by Edwin Drake. 1881 – Hurricane hits Florida & Carolinas; about 700 die. 1894 – Congress passes Wilson-Gorman Tariff Ac, which includes a graduated income tax later struck down by he Supreme Court. 1912 – Edgar Rice Burroughs publishes “Tarzan of the Apers” 1917 – Indians set club record by stealing eight bases in a game. 1927 – Parks College, America’s oldest aviation school, opens. 1938 – Two NYC subway trains collide at 116th Street killing 2 injuring 51. 1945 – US …..

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NCGOP Officials’ Statements On The Passing Of Sen. John McCain

Raleigh, NC — The following were statements released by Republican elected officials from North Carolina: “I am deeply saddened by the passing of my friend and colleague, John McCain. John was a true patriot, who placed his duty to his family and his country above all else. He faced this battle, which would be his last, with the courage that defined his career and the grace that comes from a life well-lived. He will be remembered as he hoped to be remembered: as a man who served his country with honor. Brooke and I are grateful for his service, and send our prayers to Cindy and the entire McCain family.” – Sen. Richard …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

2018 summer season is fast, coming to a close.  Labor Day next weekend… Congratulations to Kyra L. Gensel of Clarkton, a student at Harrell’s Christian Academy, she was recently awarded a $1,000 Cathey Scholarship.  She was one of 15 statewide winners.  The  Masonic award is named in honor of past Grand Master Charles Cathey, who initiated a drive to help deserving students to pay their college expenses. In a recent early morning walk, geese, flying in formation passed by, about 30 strong, then split, rejoined and appeared to be settling down, they regrouped, changed course, made a circle and eventually headed back in the direction they originally came from.  Kinda like some of …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History For August 26

1748 – The first Lutheran denomination in North America, the Pennsylvania Ministerium, is founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1791 – John Fitch granted US patent for his working steamboat. 1843 – Charles Thurber patents a typewriter. 1846 – W A Bartlett appointed 1st US mayor of Yerba Buena (San Francisco) 1858 – First news dispatch by telegraph. 1895 – Electric generator at Niagara Falls produces first power. 1907 – Harry Houdini escapes from chains underwater at Aquatic Park in 57 seconds. 1918 – W Smith & F Bacon’s “Lightnin’” premieres in NYC. 1930 – Hack Wilson hit his 44th HR, breaks Chuck Klein’s NL record. 1945 – Japanese diplomats board USS …..

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Kayla Thompson Shoots 79 In 3rd Round Of LPGA Qualifying

Kayla Thompson, who is attempting to qualify for the LPGA tour in California, had a tough day Saturday in the 3rd round of the tourney. She shot a 7-over 79 to give her 230 (+14) for three rounds. The final round is scheduled for today, Sunday, August 26. Kayla is from Clarkton and is a graduate of West Bladen High and UNCW. Share:

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