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Bladen County Schools to conduct Open House 

Bladen County Schools will have Open House on Thursday, August 23, from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Check the schedule below for Open House times for your child’s school. The Open House times are as follows: Bladen Lakes Primary will have Open House from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. Bladenboro Middle School will have Open House from 3:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. Bladenboro Primary School will have Open House from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Clarkton School of Discovery will have Open House from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. Dublin Primary School will have Open House from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. East Arcadia School will have Open House from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. East Bladen High School …..

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Road Closing

Road Updates

OPENINGS: SR1300 (Chicken Foot Road) SR1300 (Chicken Foot Road) remains closed will open Thursday, August 16 by 5:00 pm. It was closed .019Mi. S. of SR1005     CLOSINGS: SR1100 (Center Road) SR1100 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 by 09/30/2018.     UPCOMING CLOSINGS: SR1300 (Chicken Foot Road) SR1300 (Chicken Foot Road) will close Monday, August 20 at 8:00 am – Friday, August 24 at 5:00 pm. This is closed for crossline repair. It is closed ¾ Mi. S. of  NC20     ELWELL FERRY: The Ferry is Closed due to high water.   Share:

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Bladen County Opioid Task Force Learns About Anchor Initiative

By Erin Smith  The Bladen County Opioid Task Force spent Tuesday learning about the Anchor Initiative of Brunswick County. Deputy Patti Hewett, with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, shared with the Task Force how the initiative works in getting help for those who are addicted and want to regain their sobriety. Deputy Hewett said the Anchor Initiative was launched in November, and has had 70 individuals utilize the program. “If they truly want help, they will get it,” said Deputy Hewett. She explained the program is not a jail diversion program, and is not designed to help anyone to get out of jail or to help them with their sentence. …..

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White Lake FFA Camp Construction Is Topic of Chamber Luncheon

By Erin Smith Construction of the new women’s dormitory and a men’s bath house at the White Lake Future Farmers of America (FFA) camp, were the topic of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting on Tuesday. Alycia Thornton, Director of Development with the North Carolina FFA Foundation, spoke to the group about the changes planned for the camp. A groundbreaking for the new facility was conducted on August 1st at the camp. Thornton said the project is expected to cost $1.5 million. She said $700,000 of the funds needed for the project have been raised through donations. The State Employees Credit Union made a $400,000 grant and …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Election Day 2018, 12 weeks away on Tuesday, November 6.  Over the years, campaign rhetoric reaches a new level after Labor Day.  Expect the same, soon. Incidentally, Labor Day is little over 2 weeks away on September 3rd, followed by Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and a new year begins, all over again. Years ago, (40s, 50s & 60’s) ’bout this time of the year would begin to talk about Farmer’s Day, remember?  Moved around a little between Clarkton & Elizabethtown, not sure about Bladenboro.  For the most part, Clarkton was the ideal place, had tobacco warehouses where it could be held, mostly inside, no worry about ‘bad’ weather.  Farmer’s Day was an annual event, marked …..

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This Day in History for August 16

1691 – Yorktown, Virginia founded. 1780 – British decisively defeat Americans in Battle of Camden, South Carolina. 1858 – Britain’s Queen Victoria telegraphs US President James Buchanan. 1891 – President Benjamin Harrison attends the dedication of the Bennington Battle Monument in Bennington, Vermont. 1904 – NYC begins building Grand Central Station. 1927 – 1st HR hit out of Comiskey Park, Chicago (NY Yankee Babe Ruth) 1934 – US ends occupation of Haiti (been there since 1915) 1947 – Ralph Kiner becomes 1st Pittsburgh Pirate to hit 3 consecutive HRs. 1954 – “Sports Illustrated” magazine begins publishing. 1960 – Joseph Kittinger parachutes from balloon at 84,700 feet. 1962 – Ringo Starr …..

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John Ammons Named Baseball Coach at West Bladen

BLADENBORO – John Ammons has been named the head baseball coach at West Bladen High School replacing Kim Cain who resigned to take a position in South Carolina. Ammons has served as an assistant coach under Cain for six years and has also served as an assistant football coach at West Bladen. “I am excited,” said Ammons. “There is a great group of young’uns here. The junior class is very good, and they love the game. I am extremely fortunate to have the opportunity and also to have the staff that we have. Wade Pait (assistant coach) does a tremendous job.” Ammons also noted that “we play in the hardest …..

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JV Volleyball: Westover 2, West Bladen 1

FAYETTEVILLE – Westover edged West Bladen 15-12 in the third and final set Wednesday to capture a 2-1 victory in non-conference jayvee volleyball action. Westover edged West Bladen 25-23 in the first set, and the Lady Knights battled back to take the second set 25-23. Ashlyn Cox led the Lady Knights with 6 service points, 2 kills and 2 aces. Sophmore Alyssa Suggs knocked in 3 kills, 3 aces and a service point. Teammate Caroline Brisson fired in 4 service points and 2 kills. Freshman Lauren Pait racked up 4 service points and 2 aces for West Bladen. Haleigh Fields slammed in 5 kills. Freshman Hannah Pait pounded in 3 …..

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Men’s Soccer: North Brunswick 9, West Bladen 0

BLADENBORO – North Brunswick defeated West Bladen 9-0 Wednesday night in non-conference men’s soccer action. “We couldn’t get in a rhythm,” said Knight Coach Phillip Turnage. “We will build off it though and use it as motivation for next week and the rest of the year.” West Bladen, now 0-1-1, will travel to Midway Tuesday night. Share:

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Volleyball: West Bladen 3, Westover 0

FAYETTEVILLE – West Bladen’s Lady Knights opened their 2018 volleyball season Wednesday night with a 3-0 non-conference victory over Westover by set scores of 25-12, 25-14 and 25-20. Senior Raegan Davis pounded in 11 kills, 6 service points, and 2 aces and collected 6 assists and a block to lead the Lady Knights. Sophmore Sidnee Walters fired in 11 service points, 2 kills and an ace. Junior Mikayla Meadows knocked in 7 service points, 4 kills, 3 aces and 2 blocks for the winners. Junior Jordan Benson contributed 9 assists, 3 service points and an ace. Junior Tatiana Hunt racked up 5 service points and 3 aces. Sophmore Shelby Pharr …..

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Defense Secretary Mattis thanks Congressman Pittenger for Serving as Architect of National Security Reform Legislation

WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger has received a letter from Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis expressing “sincere appreciation” for serving as the architect of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, which President Trump recently signed into law. “I want to express my sincere appreciation for your commitment to safeguarding our Nation’s competitive advantage as the architect in the House of Representatives of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), included in this year’s National Defense Authorization Act,” writes Secretary Mattis.  “Strengthening and protecting critical national security infrastructure, technologies, and functions are vital to safeguarding our freedoms for the next generation.  The updates FIRRMA provides to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United …..

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Volunteers prepare backpacks for Saturday

Contributed The Elizabethtown Town Hall’s Council Chambers was filled with activity on Wednesday afternoon as a group of volunteers gathered to prepare backpacks for Saturday’s Back to School Bash. The backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away on Saturday at the Cape Fear Farmers Market from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. There will also be an opportunity for your child to receive a haircut and for those needing school uniforms, a school uniform exchange will be set up. There will also be free health screenings and free hot dogs. Everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy the day. Share:

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Bladen Community College celebrates groundbreaking

Contributed DUBLIN – Bladen Community College has broken ground on the construction of a new 19,967 square feet building to house continuing education programs. The structure will feature a 125-seat teaching auditorium, a conference room, 2 EMS labs, 2 science labs, and 5 classrooms, as well as faculty and staff offices for the continuing education department. “We are excited to begin construction on a $6.5 million, 20,000 square feet Continuing Education and Workforce Development Building,” stated BCC president, William Findt. “This will enable the college to continue to serve students in the allied health, emergency medical, and general education fields for years to come.  We are pleased for the support …..

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Bladen Community College breaks ground on new classroom building

By Erin Smith Bladen Community College was filled with excitement on Wednesday morning as a groundbreaking ceremony was conducted for the construction of a new classroom facility. The building, when completed, will measure 19,967 square feet and will feature a 125-seat teaching auditorium, a conference room, two EMS labs, two science labs, and five classrooms as well as faculty offices and offices which will house the continuing education department staff. Sondra Guyton, Vice-President for Continuing Education, said the building will be “a great resource for the county and will also be a great resource for the students” who will take classes in the building. In her remarks Guyton siad the …..

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Sandy Grove Baptist Church will conduct Revival Services

  • 08/15/2018
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Sandy Grove Baptist Church will conduct Revival Services from Sunday September 9, through Wednesday, September 12. Mark Smith from the NC Baptist State Convention will be the speaker for the Revival. Services will be on Sunday at 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., then Monday through Wednesday at 7 p.m. Share:

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Event: An evening with author Sam Quinones

Judge Lewis and The Brunswick County Treatment Courts are proud to announce an evening with Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic”.  This event will take place on Thursday, August 23rd, 2018 at 7 p.m. at the Odell Williamson Auditorium, located on the campus of Brunswick Community College.  Admission is FREE and the first 250 attendees will receive a free copy of the book (1 per family).  We would love for all to come! Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for August 14

The final concert of the Sunset Jams “Alive After Five” concerts for 2018 will be held Thursday at Goldston’s  Beach, White Lake.  The Fantastic Shakers will be entertaining beginning at 6 PM.  It’s free, sponsored by numerous local businesses and the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce. I rise early each morning to share my ‘Thoughts’ and the last thing I want to see is “Please do not power off or unplug your machine….Installing updates”, but it does happen. Interesting announcement related to repair work, in the future, to US 701 bridge over the Cape Fear River, has to do with the surface of the roadway.. A couple of events are planned for youngsters heading back …..

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This Day in History for August 15

1635 – 1st recorded north American hurricane hit the Plymouth Colony. 1848 – M Waldo Hanchett patents dental chair. 1893 – US no longer allowed exclusive rights in Bering Sea. 1906 – 1st freight deliver tunnel system begins, underneath Chicago. 1911 – Procter & Gamble unveils its Crisco shortening. 1914 – Panama Canal opens (under cost) 1923 – Mexico & US reach accord over oil concession of 1917. 1944 – US 7th Armour division reaches Chartres. 1945 – US wartime rationing of gasoline & fuel oil ends. 1945 – Victory over Japan Day, the Japanese surrender and the end of WWII is announced in Japan (due to time zones 14th …..

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White Lake Recognizes Woodmen of the World Donation

By Joy Warren During their regular monthly Board of Commissioner’s meeting Tuesday evening, the White Lake Town Board recognized The Woodmen of the World organization for providing new flags for the Police Department, Town Hall and also for their latest donation of flags and poles at the entrance to White Lake on 701 across from the Wam Squam. Mayor Womble presented a copy of the adopted proclamation and thanked the organization for their continued support and contributions to the Town. Alycia Thornton, Director of Development for the NC FFA Center, gave a brief presentation on the expansion of the NC FFA Camp. The NC FFA Camp plans to start construction …..

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Carolina Reapers Play 12U Softball Tournament

The Carolina Reapers 12-and-Under fast-pitch softball team made their travel ball debut Saturday at Northwest Park in Leland. The Reapers played three games Saturday and plan to continue on the travel ball circuit. Pictured- Top Row (Left-Right): Kennedy Carroll, Katelynn Brisson, Holland Davis, Marlie Walters, Laci Storms. Bottom Row (L-R): Gracie Faircloth, Emmee Ward, Hannah Richardson, Violet Allen, Karly Ross. Not pictured: Coaches Mackie Singletary, Jamie Singletary, Pam Stephens. Share:

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JV Men’s Soccer: Scotland 7, East Bladen 3

ELIZABETHTOWN – Scotland pulled away in the final 15 minutes and defeated East Bladen 7-3 Tuesday in non-conference jayvee mens soccer action. “We cut it to 4-3 with 15 minutes left, but just ran out of gas,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. The two teams will play again next Tuesday at Scotland. Share:

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JV Volleyball: East Bladen 2, Hobbton 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Cybil Campbell and sophmore Cheyanne Merritt combined for 31 service points Tuesday to lead East Bladen to a 2-0 non-conference jayvee volleyball victory over Hobbton by set scores of 25-16 and 25-3. Campbell fired in seven consecutive service points to vault the Lady Eagles to a 9-4 lead in the first set. A pair of service points from freshman Alexis Mitchell kept East Bladen ahead at 14-10. Junior Lila McDuffie reeled off five straight service points as the East lead grew to 21-12. Hobbton pulled to within 22-16 before Campbell served out the set with a pair of service points. With the score knotted at 2-2, Campbell …..

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

ROWLAND – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles rolled to their second straight victory 9-0 Tuesday over South Robeson in Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis action. Singles Ting Lin (EB) defeated South Robeson #1 8-0 Anna Kate White (EB) defeated South Robeson #2 8-0 Lily Lin (EB) defeated South Robeson #3 8-0 Ashley Hardin (EB) defeated South Robeson #4 8-3 Sammi Jiang (EB) defeated South Robeson #5 8-1 Sarah Meares (EB) defeated South Robeson #6 8-1 Doubles L. Lin/White (EB) defeated South Robeson #1 8-0 T. Lin/Hardin (EB) defeated South Robeson #2 8-0 Carleigh Devane/Carlie West (EB) defeated South Robeson #3 8-1 Coach Megan Kirby’s Lady Eagles, now 2-0 on the season, …..

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Women’s Tennis: West Bladen 5, South Columbus 4

BLADENBORO – Senior Mireya Sandoval and junior Alyssa Smith won the final doubles match Tuesday to lift West Bladen to a 5-4 victory over South Columbus in a showdown between last season’s top two Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis team. Sandoval and Smith won their respective singles matches, and juniors Autumn Brisson and Alyssa Bell also picked up singles victories for the Lady Knights. Singles South Columbus #1 defeated Savannah Lee (WB) 3-6, 6-2, 10-5 Autumn Brisson (WB) defeated South Columbus #2 6-2, 6-2 Alyssa Bell (WB) defeated South Columbus #3 6-2, 2-6, 10-4 Mireya Sandoval (WB) defeated South Columbus #4 6-2, 7-5 Alyssa Smith (WB) defeated South Columbus #5 …..

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Volleyball: East Bladen 3, Hobbton 2

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Hobbton 3-2 Tuesday night in non-conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-15, 23-25, 17-25, 25-18 and 15-9. Junior Cybil Campbell reeled off a trio of service points to stake the Lady Eagles to a 5-3 lead early in the final set. A pair of service points from sophmore Cheylee Mathis padded the East lead to 10-6. After Hobbton closed the gap to 10-9, junior Ruth Ward served out the set with four consecutive service points. Junior Lorna Mendell knocked in 16 service points to lead the East Bladen servers. Ward and Mathis finished with 13 service …..

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Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 5, Scotland 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Senior Greyson Heustess fired in a pair of first-half goals to lead East Bladen to a 5-0 non-conference men’s soccer victory over Scotland Tuesday night. In the 12th minute of play, Ethan Sanchez banged in a header for the first East Bladen goal. Eleven minutes later junior Milton Estrada sent a pass to freshman Chase Starkloff who delivered the ball to Heustess. Heustess finished from 9 yards out for a 2-0 Eagle lead. Moments later senior Dan Tatum ignited another Eagle scoring burst with a delivery to Heustess who sent the ball on to junior Jay McGill. McGill found the back of the net from 13 yards out …..

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Volunteers paint Senior Center

Contributed The Elizabethtown Senior Center has received a make over recently in the form of fresh paint. Volunteers have been busy recently painting the unfinished offices, break room, senior kitchen, exercise area, senior lounge and restrooms, the Medication Assistance office, and the conference room. Bladen County Division on Aging Director Kelly Robeson said, “These youth were a pleasure to have in our office and even played “chair volleyball” with the seniors!” This group of volunteers was from Lebanon United Methodist Church of Jarratt, Virginia. They stayed at the White Lake Christian Camp and Retreat Center, White Lake, NC. The Camp has hosted several groups this summer that have been involved …..

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Registered Nurse ICU ~ Bladen Healthcare-CFVHS

Registered Nurse, with active NC License (NCBN) or compact State licensure.  Previous ICU, Emergency Dept experience and/or 1 yr Acute Care experience preferred. Willing to float to other Units. For more information or to apply send email to gjackson@capefearvalley.com Share:

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Resource Nurse ~Bladen Healthcare-CFVHS

Registered Nurse, with active NC License ( NCBN) or Compact State licensure. Background in leadership role or demonstrates strong leadership skills. BSN or completion within 3 years.   Three to Five (3/5) years of related clinical experience preferred. Positive interpersonal skills. Effective organizational, teaching, and leadership skills.  For more information or to apply send email to gjackson@capefearvalley.com Share:

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Discharge Planner/Case Mgmt ~ Bladen Healthcare -CFVHS 

Registered Nurse, with active NC license (NCBN) or compact state licensure. BSN required, MSN preferred.  Professional Case Mgmt Certification recommended (CCM or ACM) Minimum 3-5 yrs experience in Acute Care setting, (Med Surg or ICU preferred). Case Mgmt experience preferred.  For more information or to apply send email to gjackson@capefearvalley.com Share:

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   Social Worker/Swing Bed Activities Coordinator – Bladen Healthcare-CFVHS 

Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work (BSW) required. MSW preferred. Certified as an Activities Coordinator for Long-term patients required upon hire. Minimum 1-year experience in Social Services, Long-term care setting preferred. Acute Care Case Mgmt experience preferred. Must have knowledge of Federal regulations and community resources. Written and Verbal communication skills essential. For more information or to apply send email to gjackson@capefearvalley.com Share:

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NC DOT

Improvements Underway to Reduce DMV Wait Times

  • 08/14/2018
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RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is making a series of improvements at local license offices to improve service and reduce wait times for customers. Changes include: •    Deploying additional staff at busiest offices. •    DMV call center helping customers find nearby offices that have appointment availability. •    Staff talking with customers in line to ensure they have the correct paperwork and see if they can accomplish their business online rather than waiting in line. •    Establishing dedicated road test teams, so DMV examiners are not leaving their desks to do road tests. •    Creating express lines for customers who have quick transactions in offices that have available space. …..

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Kayla Thompson To Attempt To Qualify For LPGA

Kayla Thompson, former West Bladen and UNCW golfer will leave Saturday, August 18 for California to attempt to qualify for the Ladies Professional Golfing Association. The qualifying tourney will be held August 20-26 at Mission Hills C.C. (Dinah and Palmer courses) in Rancho Mirage and the Shadow Ridge Golf Club in Palm Desert. The top 60 golfers will move on to play Stage 2 on October 13-18 at Plantation Golf and CC in Venice, Fla. Kayla, with her father Travis caddying for her, will play three practice rounds before the actual competition begins. Share:

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Bladen County Schools

Board of Education hears update on sales tax referendum 

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Education met on Monday night and heard an update regarding the quarter-cent sales tax referendum. Bladen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor updated the board regarding issues that will need to be addressed by the Board of Education. Dr. Taylor said a quarter-cent sales tax, if approved by the voters, would generate $500,000 per year. He said, as the ballot issue moves forward, there are a number of things the Commissioners want the Board of Education to review and address. He said some Commissioners felt that by specifying issues such as which schools would have projects and a listing of exactly how the funds …..

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Fantastic Shakers to Close out Sunset Jams Concert Series

By Erin Smith The final concert of the Sunset Jams “Alive after Five” Concert Series featuring The Fantastic Shakers will take place Thursday, at White Lake on Goldston’s Beach, starting at 6 PM. The concert series is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Southeastern Regional Health. The Fantastic Shakers are well known for their soulful sounds. The band was formed in 1978, and is known for such songs as “I Still Do,” “Myrtle Beach Days,” and “Shakin’ the Shack.” The band has received numerous awards from various beach music organizations. Those awards have included Group of the Year, Album of the Year three times, and more. …..

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Judge Issues Order to Comply with Defense Request in Crash Suit

By Erin Smith The civil session of Bladen County Superior Court was conducted on Monday, and Judge Tanya Wallace presided over the proceedings, which included a case involving a Bladen County Sheriff’s Deputy who was involved in a crash in 2015. According to court records, the deputy was involved in the crash while he was responding to a call. The lawsuit was brought on by Lorenzo White, alleging negligence. He is represented by the Anglin Law Firm in Raleigh. The County of Bladen, Sheriff Jim McVicker, and Deputy Duggan, are represented by Kendra Stark with the law firm of Teague, Campbell, Dennis and Graham of Raleigh. A motion, which was …..

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Dublin Peanut Festival applications for pageant, car show and vendors now being accepted

Contributed Plans are under way for the 26th annual Dublin Peanut Festival which is scheduled for Saturday, September 15th. Applications are being accepted for craft and food vendors, the Classic Car Show and the Dublin Peanut Festival Pageant. The Dublin Peanut Festival is now accepting applications for Craft and Food Vendors. Those who are interested in becoming a vendor can email dublinpeanutfestival@gmail.com for information. The Classic Cruisers Car Club is now accepting registrations for the car show. All antiques, classic cars and trucks are welcome. For registration information, email dublinpeanutfestival@gmail.com. Applications are now being accepted for the Dublin Peanut Festival Scholarship Pageant which will be held on Saturday, September 8th, …..

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NC DOT

U.S. 701 North Bridge in Bladen County to Undergo Restoration

ELIZABETHTOWN – Crews will soon begin restoring the concrete surface of the northbound U.S. 701 bridge over the Cape Fear River in Elizabethtown. The bridge was built in 1986, and some of the concrete on the driving surface has begun to flake off as the result of age and weather. ACC West Coast of Benicia, California, will remove a portion of the driving surface and replace the pavement with a more durable epoxy-type concrete that produces a smoother ride. The N.C. Department of Transportation awarded the $1.35 million contract in May. “The deck will have a new topping, after we blast off the top inch,” said Terry Church, an assistant resident …..

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East Bladen High School

Men’s Soccer East Bladen 2, Purnell Swett 1

PEMBROKE – East Bladen rallied for a pair of second-half goals to defeat Purnell Swett 2-1 Monday night in the non-conference men’s soccer opener for both teams. Sophmore Jafet Robles scored an early goal to give the Rams a 1-0 lead. “We misplayed a punt, and they got behind us and tucked it into the left side of the net,” said Eagle Coach Jay Raynor. “We kept drumming up scoring chances, but couldn’t put them away in the first half,” stated Raynor. “We came out on fire and pressed the ball in the second half. We were able to win the ball high up the field which resulted in better looks on …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

A reminder of the monthly meeting of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce meeting, 12 noon today, at Goldston’s Beach.  Guest speaker will be Alycia M. Thornton, Director of Development, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Advancement, NC State University.  She will provide an update on the NC FFA Center Initiative and future additions at the FFA center at White Lake. The Hester research team reported slightly over 2 inches of rainfall since ’bout noontime Friday, unofficial of course. Stumbled across the latest report on the US budget deficit.  A 21% increase has it on track for the biggest gap in six years.  $76.9 billion deficit in July, the Trump Administration has sharply revised upward estimations …..

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Women’s Tennis: West Bladen 9, St. Pauls 0

ST. PAULS – West Bladen’s Lady Knights rolled past St. Pauls 9-0 Monday in their Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis opener. Singles Savannah Lee (WB) defeated Dulce Rocha (SP) 6-0, 6-0 Autumn Brisson (WB) defeated Natalie Luna Lopez (SP) 6-1, 6-1 Alyssa Bell (WB) defeated Sierra Britt (SP) 6-1, 6-0 Mireya Sandoval (WB) defeated Jessica Zavala Cruz (SP) 6-0, 6-0 Alyssa Smith (WB) defeated Jennifer Cabrera Angeles (SP) 6-0, 6-0 Haleigh Dunn (WB) defeated Wendy Villasenor (SP) 6-0, 6-0 Doubles Bell/Brisson (WB) defeated Rocha/Lopez (SP) 8-0 Lee/Dunn (WB) defeated Britt/Cruz (SP) 8-0 Smith/Sandoval (WB) defeated Angeles/Villasenor (SP) 8-1 Coach Billy Bryant’s Lady Knights will host South Columbus Tuesday at 4 …..

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Women’s Tennis: East Bladen 6, East Columbus 3

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles opened their women’s tennis season with a 6-3 Three Rivers Conference victory Monday over East Columbus. Singles Sealey Sessions (EC) defeated Ting Lin (EB) 8-2 Olivia Rogers (EC) defeated Anna Kate White (EB) 8-8 (10-7) Lily Lin (EB) defeated Hannah Hayes (EC) 8-4 Ashley Hardin (EB) defeated Ashleigh Lennon (EC) 8-8 (10-6) Sammi Jiang (EB) defeated Jordin Stevens (EC) 8-1 Sarah Meares (EB) defeated Natalie Jacobs (EC) 8-5 Doubles Sessions/Rogers (EC) defeated L. Lin/White (EB) 8-4 T. Lin/Hardin (EB) defeated Hayes/Brianna Martin (EC) 8-0 Carleigh Devane/Carlie West (EB) defeated Stevens/Jacobs (EC) 8-3 Coach Megan Kirby’s Lady Eagles will travel to …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – August 14

1820 – 1st US eye hospital, the NY Eye Infirmary, opens in NYC. 1846 – Henry David Thoreau jailed for refusing to pay taxes. 1862 – Abraham Lincoln receives the first group of African Americans to confer with a US president. 1873 – “Field & Stream” begins publishing. 1912 – 2,500 US marines invade Nicaragua; US remains until 1925. 1932 – Philips makes 1 millionth radio. 1935 – Social Security Act becomes law. 1941 – US President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill issue the joint declaration that later becomes known as the Atlantic Charter. 1947 – Babe Didrikson Zaharias gives up her amateur golf status for $300,000. 1962 …..

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No more hogs for some farmers

By Charlotte Smith Smithfield Hog Production, doing business as Murphy-Brown has lost three lawsuits in the last few months with jurors awarding multi-millions of dollars to the plaintiffs in the cases. Farmers and Legislators have been saying these hog industry lawsuits threaten agriculture; now there is proof. Some hog famers say they had to take out loans when they decided to go into the farming business. The farmers caught in the middle of the trials have contracts with Smithfield Hog Production/Murphy-Brown. The contracts are a peace of mind for farmers who took out loans, have payroll to meet and have other operating expenses from their hog farms. The jurors from …..

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240 Million dollars for military construction in NC

Senate Passes NDAA with Multiple Tillis Provisions, Heads to Presidents Desk Includes $240 Million for Military Construction in NC, Provisions to End Domestic Violence and Child Abuse   WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, applauded the Senate passage of the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2019. The bipartisan legislation includes more than a dozen provisions authored by Senator Tillis, including a bipartisan provision he authored with Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) that directs the Secretary of Defense to submit an assessment of the potential purchase by the Republic of Turkey of the S-400 air and missile defense system from the Russian Federation, as well as an assessment regarding Turkey’s …..

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Crisis Intervention Program Has $43.9 Million to Assist with Heating and Cooling Emergencies

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has $43.9 million available from the Administration for Children and Families to support the Crisis Intervention Program in state fiscal year 2018-19. The program provides funds distributed through county departments of social services to help qualifying low-income households who are experiencing a heating or cooling related crisis. During SFY 2017-18, county departments of social services helped 104,853 North Carolina households with assistance with utility bills or securing fuel or cooling resources. “This program is designed to help alleviate heating emergencies during the winter months and cooling emergencies during the summer months,” said NC Division of Social Services Director Wayne Black. “Assistance can prevent …..

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A great day for Bladen County Democrats

Contributed by Sabrina Murchison The Bladen County Democratic Party celebrated the grand opening of their headquarters on Thursday, August 9th with a ribbon cutting by Mr. David Clark. A standing room only crowd welcomed our honored guests, long time Democrats Dr. Delilah Blanks, Mrs. Berline Graham, and Mr. Edd Nye.  Our guest speaker was 7th District Congressional Candidate Dr. Kyle Horton. The office is located at 300A Poplar Street in Elizabethtown. Share:

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NC Emergency Management to test new low-cost flood gauges

RALEIGH – North Carolina Emergency Management has been selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to help deploy and test three prototype, low-cost flood sensors designed to help bring early flood detection and warning to more communities at a reasonable cost.   Beginning in mid-August, NCEM will deploy a total of 75 early warning flood sensors. These prototype sensors have been designed and constructed by three different companies. Each sensor, depending on configuration, is expected to cost less than $1,000 – which is significantly less expensive than most of the 578 flood gauges that are currently part of North Carolina’s Flood Inundation Mapping and Alert Network …..

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North Carolina Man Sentenced to Prison for Obstructing the IRS

  • 08/13/2018
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A Monroe, North Carolina resident was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for attempting to interfere with the due administration of the Internal Revenue laws, announced Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Richard E. Zuckerman of the Justice Department’s Tax Division. According to court documents, between October 2007 and September 2011, Billy Darryl Floyd committed acts in order to obstruct and impede the Internal Revenue Service.  These acts include filing false income tax returns, which falsely reported that his income was zero.  Additionally, Floyd submitted fictitious “Surety Bonds” to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) attempting to satisfy his outstanding tax liability.  Floyd also disrupted the IRS sale of property seized from him to …..

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Smithfield, Bladen Released Time and Foundation Bible Back 2 School Bash

Contributed Foundation Bible Church, the coordinator of the Back 2 School Bash, would like to thank Smithfield Foods, Inc.  for their generous donation to Bladen County Released Time for the purchase 1,000 backpacks and school supplies.  This event is designed to support the students of Bladen County as they start the new school year. Pictured is Ryan Godwin, MD at Foundation Bible Church, Rhonda Campbell, Sustainability Coordinator  of Smithfield Foods and Dean Hilton, Board Member of Bladen Released Time. Share:

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Silver 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for sale

Silver 2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo for sale. Any race car drivers out there? You’d love this car. It has 190,000+ miles on it and the motor is as strong as an ox. No leaks anywhere, AC works great. Has Pioneer Satellite Radio/CD Player installed (with remote). Power windows, good tires, fresh oil & filter change one week before deciding to sell. Must see. Call Cheryl for more information. (336) 328-4618 This car is worth $4,000. Price is negotiable. Share:

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Benefit planned for Ayven’s Sunny Place

Contributed A benefit is planned to support Ayven’s Sunny Place which is a non-profit group offering support to families with critical ill children. The event will take place on Saturday, September 8th, at the Lumber River Camp Ground located at 570 Tar Landing Road, Evergreen. According to the Facebook page for the non-profit, the funds raised will be used to construct the first house in Brunswick County for critically ill children and their families to enjoy a trip to the beach between their treatments. The event will include plenty to see and do. On Friday, September 7th, there will be a spaghetti plate sale and corn hole tournament. Cost fo plates is …..

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Elizabethtown - White Lake Chamber of Commerce

Chamber meeting held at White Lake

The Elizabethtown-White Lake monthly lunch meeting will be held at Goldston’s Beach in White Lake tomorrow at 12 Noon according to an announcement made by Dawn Maynard, Executive Director of the chamber. The guest speaker will be Alycia M. Thornton, Director of Development College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Advancement NC State University. According to Maynard, Thornton will update us on the NC FFA Center Initiative and future additions to our FFA Center located in White Lake and how it impacts Bladen County! Everyone is invited to join the meeting and take advantage of this networking opportunity.   Share:

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Sunday storms leave damage in their wake

By Erin Smith Update:  Strong thunderstorms rolled through Bladen County Sunday afternoon and resulted in damage at least three locations in the county. Bladen County Fire Marshal Ken Clark said a fire at 6 LC Street in White Lake resulted in two campers being damaged in Camp Clearwater. The damage was contained to electrical components and there was no electrical fire.  Clark said a second fire was reported at 654 Mitchell Ford Road near Clarkton. Clark said lightning struck a storage building at that location and it burned.  Clark said electrical damage and a small fire was reported following a lightning strike at 240 Gilbert R. Edge Road in the Live Oak community.  No injuries were reported in any …..

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Bladenboro Town Hall

Bladenboro Board to meet Monday

  • 08/13/2018
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The Bladenboro Town Board will meet on Monday and deal with several items on the agenda. The board is expected to approve consent agenda which includes, the board agenda, minutes from the July meeting, departmental reports, and budget amendments. The board will also a consider a fire pit request from Delores Holcomb, discuss additional poultry processing business, discuss Carroll Poultry fine from May 2018, and a discussion of Attorney billing. The board is also expected to approve a Community Development Block Grant-I request for quote for engineering. The board is also expected to consider bids for an AR-15 purchase. The board will discuss and consider administrative software and hardware. Town Administrator John …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Rain, rain, go away, for a while…. Enjoyed the 2018 PGA Championship.  Brooks Koepka won his third career major, the latest in St. Louis yesterday and likely ‘sewed up’ the Player of the Year.  Tiger Woods finished 2nd, best showing in many years. And, following the sports thought, high school football begins on August 24th.  East Bladen travels to Clinton and South Brunswick will be at West Bladen for 7 PM games. Willie Gore, longtime South Columbus coach/administrator is the latest to defect to South Carolina.  Understand salaries and subsidies make it attractive.  West Bladen’s AD/baseball coach, Kim Cain headed south a few weeks ago after a long, successful career in North Carolina. Think …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – August 13

1608 – John Smith’s story of Jamestown’s first days submitted for publication. 1889 – William Gray patents coin-operated telephone. 1898 – US forces under Admiral George Dewey captures Manila during Spanish-American War. 1907 – 1st taxicabs operate in New York City, imported by Harry N. Allen. 1914 – Carl Wickman begins Greyhound, the 1st US bus line, in Minnesota. 1923 – US Steel Corp initiates 8-hour work day. 1939 – Sabotage suspected in crash of ‘City of San Francisco’ 1950 – US President Harry Truman gives military aid to Vietnamese regime of Bao-Dai. 1959 – US Military satellite Discoverer 5 launched (into polar orbit) 1963 – Warren Spahn sets let-hander …..

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Volleyball Season Opens This Week

West Bladen Coach Gaye Davis’ Lady Knights entertain Antioch Christian Monday at 4:30 in their season opener. West Bladen finished in fifth place in the Three Rivers Conference last season with an 8-10 record. Key graduation losses include: Patience Parker (87 kills, 25 aces), Mikayla Winebarger (78 kills, 29 aces), Elizabeth Allbright (72 kills, 29 aces) and Alise Pait (55 kills). Leading the list of returnees is senior Raegan Davis (166 kills, 66 aces, 32 blocks). Senior Caroline Davis led the Lady Knight defense last year with 267 digs. Also back is junior Lexi Corrothers (55 kills). East Bladen Coach Sara Ward begins her first season at the helm of …..

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Men’s Soccer Begins This Week

East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor’s East Bladen men’s soccer team opens their season at 6 p.m. Monday at Purnell Swett. The Eagles won the 2017 Three Rivers Conference championship with a perfect 14-0 record and finished the season with a 21-2 overall record. Gone via graduation are leading scorer Brooks McGill (32 goals, 39 assists) and Caleb Hatchell (23 goals, 19 assists) but leading the returnees are seniors Greyson Heustess (19 goals, 25 assists), Pierce Melvin (14 goals, 14 assists) and Spencer Scott (64 saves, 15 shutouts in goal). Other key returnees are juniors Gabe Barber (14 goals, 19 assists) and Jake Evans (17 goals and 17 assists). West Bladen …..

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Women’s Tennis Season Starts Monday

Coach Billy Bryant’s West Bladen women’s tennis team will open their season Monday at St. Pauls in a 4 p.m. league match. Bryant was an assistant coach last season as the Lady Knights posted a 16-3 record and were runners-up in the Three Rivers Conference. Departed via graduation is Helen Lopez (9-2 in doubles), and out with a knee injury is No. 1 player Conner Brisson (11-4 in singles and 9-4 in doubles). Returning players include: senior Savannah Lee (13-3 in singles, 7-4 in doubles), senior Mireya Sandoval (13-2 in singles, 12-0 in doubles), junior Autumn Brisson (12-2 in singles, 9-2 in doubles and junior Alyssa Smith (10-1 in singles, …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – August 12

1492 – Christopher Columbus arrives in the Canary Islands on his first voyage to the New World. 1851 – American inventor Issac Singer patents the sewing machine. 1867 – US President Andrew Johnson defies Congress suspending Secretary of War Edwin Stanton. 1877 – Thomas Edison completes 1st model for the phonograph, a device that recorded sound onto tinfoil cylinders. 1898 – Hawaii is formally annexed to US. 1908 – Henry Ford’s company builds he first Model T car. 1922 – Dedication of Frederick Douglas’ home in Washington, D.C. as national shrine. 1930 – Clarence Birdseye is granted a patent for method for quick freezing food (patent US 1773079A) 1944 – …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving- August 12

The past week was an eventful week, some good news, some bad, some very bad…. When was the last time you shed a tear, whatever the reason?  Were you driving, maybe in the bathroom?  Most likely alone in your secret place. Am I wrong to think that the folks with least experience give the most advice?  I am reminded of a friend long, long ago who shared, ‘give advice sparingly and only when requested’.  Nothing has changed. Don’t know about you, but in moments where little is going on I think of something or someone from days gone by….Like the Hester Carter store, near Bladenboro High School when I was a …..

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Dennis Pait Fundraiser

A barbecue plate sale and cake auction fundraiser is planned for Dennis Pait for Saturday, September 8, at 11 am at the Center Road Baptist Church Community Building. Cost is a donation.     Share:

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Bladen County 4-H program makes advancements

This summer our Bladen County 4-H program has been Growing 4-H: Full STEAM Ahead, offering Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math activities and programs across our county.  One of our 4-H clubs, the Down East club, that meets in the Carver’s Creek area has been growing and offering a Summer STEAM opportunity to the youth in their area for much longer. In July, the Tabernacle Believers Holiness Church, sponsor of this 4-H club, hosted their third annual 4-H Robotics day camp program for youth ages 5 to 18. More than 20 youth participated in the two day workshops to learn to build and program robots, and almost as many volunteers …..

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Odd Tools for Odd Jobs

Many of these tools are designed to accomplish specific jobs that would otherwise be very time consuming and much more frustrating. The right tools can definitely make the job easier and more enjoyable. Here is a quick look at some of the equipment out there and how to decide what you really need. The first rule of thumb is not to set out to stock up on all of these more obscure implements before you have the basics. Once that’s done, you can begin collecting specialty gardening tools. While there are about as many tools out there as there are gardening chores, some are practical choices that you will use …..

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Make it Last

By Richelle Stafne There is a fine line in a productive summer garden where the harvest goes from plentiful to growing “out your ears.” Of course, you can give extra produce away or donate it to a local soup kitchen, but another option is to freeze the abundant harvest. I grew up on a rural farm where food preservation was a way of life. From snapping green beans for canning to washing blackberries for freezing, we learned to help from a young age. Here are tips to help you get started with freezing produce at home.   Selecting Produce Be sure fruits, vegetables and herbs are harvested at the right …..

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Graham Tabernacle FBH Church will be hosting a 4-night Revival

  • 08/11/2018
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Graham Tabernacle FBH Church will be having a 4-night Revival on August 13-16 at 7:30 pm. 13th – Evang. Vermethia Lance, 14th – Dr. Joyce Gause, 15th – Evang. Blanche McFarland, 16th – Pastor Merkethia Clarida. Graham Tabernacle FBH Church is located at 281 Grand Road, Clarkton. Rev. Samuel Bellamy Sr., Pastor. Hope to see you there! Share:

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Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Announcements

  • 08/11/2018
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Elizabethtown NC – The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, August 25, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The food pantry, From His Table to Yours, will be open the same day from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 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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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County Hospital was seeking approval for a $5.5 million expansion program. Thomas Ellis from White Oak was named to a Land Conservancy Position. June unemployment in Bladen County was 14.2%. The Red Cross Bloodmobile was scheduled to be at Center Road Baptist Church. Share:

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Money

BREAKING: Illegally Overcharging Military Servicemembers to be Easier As CFPB to Stop Supervision of Lenders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This evening, the New York Times reports that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will no longer supervise financial institutions to ensure they are complying with the Military Lending Act (MLA), a law that protects active duty servicemembers from predatory financial practices. The MLA prevents servicemembers from being charged more than 36% interest on most loans and provides other rights, including protection from forced arbitration. Instead of the CFPB conducting oversight of lenders, they will move to a complaint-based system, where CFPB enforcement depends on reporting of illicit activity. Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) Federal Advocacy Director, Scott Astrada, issued the following statement:   “Ripping-off military servicemembers is appalling …..

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Wilmington gang member sentenced to more than 8 years for heroin distribution and weapon violations

  • 08/11/2018
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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that, Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III sentenced Diquelle Sweet, 22, of Wilmington to 105 months of imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. On May 1, 2018, Sweet entered a plea of guilty to Conspiracy to Distribute and Possess with Intent to Distribute a Quantity of Heroin, five counts of Distribution of a Quantity of Heroin, and to Possession of a Firearm by a Felon. Between April 2015 and October 2017, Diquelle Sweet, Deandre Sweet, Kyeric Sweet and others were responsible for the distribution of significant amounts …..

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Rotary Club Hears About Cycle NC Mountains to Coast Ride

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club learned about Cycle NC, and other sports events in North Carolina, on Wednesday during their luncheon meeting at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery. Chip Hofler, with NC Amateur Sports, presented the program to the group.   Hofler told the group there are three cycling events which take place in North Carolina, and a fourth event being the Powerade State Games. The three cycling events include the Mountain Ride, which took place early Spring in Tryon, NC, the Mountains to Coast Ride, which will take place September 29 through October 6, and the final ride is the Coastal Ride, which is planned for April 26-28, 2019 in …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

We have a pretty good chance of rain over the next 3 or 4 days, 60% today according to the National Weather Service, 40% tonight, 60% Sunday, 70% Monday and just a 30% chance on Tuesday. Received 3/10 of an inch or rainfall ’round 6 PM Friday at the Hester household a couple of miles southwest of E-town, as the crow flies, same amount recorded at the nearby Curtis Brown Airport. Pretty good excuse to ‘not’ mow grass. Looking forward to late October or early November, first frost of the year about that time, and mowing season ceases. Couple of annual events upcoming you may need to add to your calendar.  Dublin Peanut Festival WILL be held Saturday, September 15and …..

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This Day in History for August 11

1866 – World’s 1st roller rink opens (Newport, Rhode Island) 1896 – Harvey Hubbell patents electric light socket with a pull chain. 1909 – SOS 1st used by an American ship, Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC. 1914 – John Wray patents animation. 1924 – 1st newsreel pictures of US presidential candidates were taken. 1934 – 1st federal prisoners arrive at Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay. 1944 – US air raid on Palembang. 1950 – Ethel Rosenberg testifies before grand jury on allegations of spying for the Soviet Union. 1951 – 100,000 acres flooded from Mississippi River in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and Illinois. 1956 – 1st flight 4-motor Cessna 620. 1971 …..

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Vineyard Golf News: Brisson shoots 69

Low scores for the week included: Cortney Brisson (69), Evan Johnson (70), Mark Mendell (71), Phillip Smoak (75), and Will Fisher (75). The team of Seth Faircloth, Tony Davis, Will Fisher, Michael Pastore and Pam Davis Taylor shot 6-under-par to win Thursday’s Thundering Herd. The Thundering Herd is held every Thursday evening. Call the golf shop at 910-247-6132 by 5:30 p.m. to sign up for the 6 p.m. shotgun start. Members should sign up for the Club Championship that will be played on Saturday and Sunday, August 25th and 26th. Call the golf shop to enter. Share:

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Whiteville, South Columbus Named TRC Co-Favorites

FAIRMONT – Whiteville and South Columbus were tabbed as co-favorites to win the 2018 Three Rivers Conference football championship in a vote by the league’s coaches at Media Day on Thursday. Whiteville, South Columbus and East Bladen finished in a 3-way tie for first place a year ago with identical 8-1 records. The Wolfpack dropped a 52-44 shoot-out in the second round of the 2A play-offs at Mountain Heritage, while both the Stallions and Eagles were eliminated in the third round. The Stallions and the Wolfpack split the pre-season first-place votes receiving five each. Coach Robby Priest’s Eagles were picked third in the pre-season poll. Slots 4-10 in the poll …..

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Farmers, industry leaders and others participate in On Farm Readiness Review Demonstration

WHO/WHAT: The North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, National Association of State Departments of Agriculture, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and North Carolina Farm Bureau will kick off a two-day On Farm Readiness Review demonstration. The program is geared to assess farmers’ readiness to comply with the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. Part of this act, the Produce Safety Rule, went into effect this year for larger farms. This represents the most sweeping regulatory changes in more than 70 years and the first time inspectors will be proactively inspecting produce at the farm level. Speakers include Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, N.C. Farm Bureau President Larry Wooten, Dr. Rich …..

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Amazon center bringing growth to Garner, NC

By Charlotte Smith State officials announced Friday, August 9th the online giant, Amazon will open a 200 million dollar distribution center in Garner, North Carolina. The site was formerly ConAgra plant and will be repurposed to house the popular online retail store. The distribution center is scheduled to be opened in 2019 according to Amazon representatives. The center will have 2.6 million square feet and may hire up to 1,500 people.   Share:

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Bladen County Commissioner enters plea in Brunswick DWI case

By Erin Smith Update: Bladen County Commissioner Ashley S. Trivette entered an Alford plea in Brunswick County Superior Court on Friday afternoon. According to US Legal,  in an Alford Plea, the criminal defendant does not admit the act, but admits that the prosecution could likely prove the charge. The court will pronounce the defendant guilty. An Alford plea allows defendant to plead guilty even while unable or unwilling to admit guilt. Superior Court Judge John Nobles sentenced Trivette based on the plea bargain. According the defendant’s attorney, Bill Powers, Trivette plead guilty to the DWI charge and the misdemeanor Child Abuse charge was dismissed. She received 120 suspended and 12 months of …..

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DOT openings and closings for Bladen County roads

By  Faye M. Boyne, Administrative Specialist I, Division of Highways, North Carolina Department of Transportation Following are the latest in roads opening and closing announcements made by the North Carolina Department of Transportation. OPENINGS:   SR1150 (Peanut Plant Road) SR1150 (Peanut Plant Road is open. It was closed for crossline repair.       CLOSINGS:   SR1100 (Center Road) SR1100 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 by09/30/2018.   SR1300 (Chicken Foot Road) SR1300 (Chicken Foot Road) remains closed will open Monday, August 17 at 5:00 pm. This is closed for crossline repair. …..

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Families First, Inc. in need of school supplies

Families First, Inc. is in need of school supplies for clients’ children of all ages. Needed are book bags, lunch boxes, crayons, highlighters, tab dividers, scissors, pencil pouches/boxes, 1 – 3 inch ring binders, index cards, marbled composition books, 3 subject spiral composition books, glue sticks, colored pencils, graph paper, pencil top erasers, wide ruled notebook paper, and red and blue pens. Families First is also trying to help with school uniforms and will accept gently used uniforms. Families First will accept supplies and uniforms  at 103 East Broad St. Elizabethtown NC. The agency is open from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Share:

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National Weather Service

Thunderstorms in the forecast for weekend

Thunderstorms are in the weekend forecast through Monday. The forecast calls for highs to reach into the lower 90s Saturday and Sunday with a chance of thunderstorms both days. The National Weather Service office is also monitoring a disturbance in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. Share:

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Scholarship winner announced

One student has been named as the winner of the Joe Boltic-Lacy West ECU Scholarship. Brinkley Collier was selected for the $1,000 scholarship. Collier is a 2018 graduate of West Bladen High School.  She plans to attend East Carolina University in the Fall. Every year the Bladen County ECU Alumni Association awards a $1000 scholarship to a Bladen County Graduate who is planning to attend East Carolina University. The scholarship is in memory of Joe Bostic and Lacy West who both had untimely deaths but were great contributors to Bladen County and East Carolina University. Share:

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Ribbon Cutting Held for White Lake Medical Clinic

By Erin Smith A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday morning for the new Cape Fear Valley Bladen Medical Associates clinic at White Lake. The clinic is located at 273 White Lake Drive. DeVane Builders constructed the facility on the lot, which was formerly home to Potter’s Seafood. The new facility will be staffed by Dr. Jose Vergara, and Family Nurse Practitioner, Jennifer Smith; other staff will include Nurse Shelly Hill and Front Desk Coordinator, Ann Kinlaw. Cape Fear Valley Health System’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mike Nagowski spoke, as well as Cape Fear Valley’s Breeden Blackwell. Cape Fear Valley Bladen Healthcare’s, President Dr. Roxie Wells, shared some important statistics …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving for August 10

Spoofing Telco numbers must be a new profession.  Receive a couple or more calls per week telling me they are returning my call, numbers I have not called.  Then receive a call from what appears to be a local number and further research indicates it is from someone in-state or out-of-state, someone taking a poll or selling something.  Guess it’s all related.  Frustrating! Enjoy reading papers statewide.  Recently observed articles indicating a shortage of Highway Patrol members.  Interested in becoming a Trooper?  Actually, think there has been a shortage for sometime. Was honored when my favorite granddaughter (only granddaughter) mentioned Thoughts While Shaving in a recent Facebook post.  She (Morgan …..

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This Day in History for August 10

1622 – John Mason and Ferdinando Gorges receive a land patent of the Province of Maine. 1776 – American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London. 1821 – Missouri admitted as 24th US state. 1833 – Chicago incorporates as a village of about 200. 1846 – US Act of Congress passes establishing the Smithsonian Institution, now world’s largest museum and research complex. 1869 – O.B. Brown patents moving picture projecter. 1889 – Dan Ryland patents screw cap. 1921 – FDR stricken with polio at summer home on Canadian Island of Campobello. 1949 – US National Military Establishment renamed Department of Defense. 1960 – Discoverer 13 …..

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Legacy Motown Revue livens up the evening

By Erin Smith The Legacy Motown Revue drew a large crowd to the Cape Fear Farmers Market on Thursday evening. The free concert is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare. The band from Kernersville kept the crowd entertained with such hits as “Carolina Girls,” “ABC,” and “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours.” Members of the band joined members of the audience for a sing-a-long and dancing. In addition to enjoying the soulful sounds of the band, the crowd engaged in line dancing and shagging to the beat of the music. The next Summer Sounds Concert will feature an encore performance by the North …..

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Battle of the Carolinas: Purnell Swett 22, East Bladen 0

LUMBERTON – Quarterback Chandler Brayboy passed for one touchdown and ran for another Thursday night to lead Purnell Swett to a 22-0 victory over East Bladen in the Battle of the Carolinas football scrimmage at Alton Brooks Stadium. Brayboy completed 6 of 7 passes for 109 yards, including a 26-yard swing pass for a touchdown that converted a fourth down play on the Rams second possession of the first half. The burly quarterback banged through a tackle at the goalline on an 8-yard touchdown run for the final Swett touchdown. Tailback Micah Carter ran 13 yards for the first Ram touchdown. “We had a little hangover from last night (a …..

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Cumberland Jamboree: Gray’s Creek 24, West Bladen 0

FAYETTEVILLE – West Bladen got its first look at its 2018 team Thursday in the Cumberland County Football Jamboree. While the Knights were scored upon four times by Gray’s Creek and didn’t score against the Bears in the one-hour scrimmage at Jack Britt High School, second-year coach Kris Williams’ team had the chance to check its progress ahead of its Aug. 24 opener against South Brunswick at the Castle. “We have a lot of work to do,” Williams said. “Nothing bad happened that we can’t fix. We’re going to look at the video and see what we’ve got to fix and get to work.” Officially, no score is kept in …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County residents

By Dora Brogdon Tonight (Thursday), the Legendary Motown Revue takes the stage at 6 p.m. at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in Elizabethtown. The concert is sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce and Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare. Admission is free and concerts are rain or shine. This Saturday, beginning at noon, the Mother County Genealogical Society will be meeting at Bladenboro Historical Building at 818 South Main Street in Bladenboro. Albert Shaw will be there to discuss the Shaw family history and the early industries in Bladen County. Everyone is welcomed to come and attend the meeting. Share:

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Whiteville man sentenced for drug offense

NEW BERN – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, Leroy Moore, Jr., 31, of Whiteville, North Carolina, was sentenced by United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan to 60 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release. Moore was named in a two-count Superseding Indictment on November 29, 2017. On January 24, 2018, Moore pled guilty to Possession with Intent to Distribute 28 Grams or More of Cocaine Base (Crack). On July 1, 2014, deputies with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office conducted a license check point at an intersection in Whiteville. A Deputy made contact with a …..

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Tillis and Burr Support Disaster Declaration Request for Western NC

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr sent a letter to FEMA Administrator Brock Long to support Governor Roy Cooper’s request to declare a major disaster declaration for the state of North Carolina as a result of the impacts from rain and flooding that occurred in western North Carolina from May 15, 2018 to May 31, 2018. The rain event beginning on May 15 caused flash flooding and damage across several counties in western North Carolina through May 20. Additionally, the region was hit with Subtropical Storm Alberto from May 24 to May 31, causing further damage and the loss of five lives due to the combined accumulation of substantial …..

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Paratroopers train at White Lake

By Erin Smith Residents at White Lake woke up to the sounds of an airplane and the site of Paratroopers landing in the water on Thursday morning. The Paratroopers from Fort Bragg were practicing their parachuting skills this week at White Lake. The group was practicing jumping from a plane into the crystal clear waters on Thursday morning. The practice helps them to be prepared to respond to any situation any where in the world. The paratroopers could be seen gathered at the former White Lake airport location across from the Scotchman Store as they prepared for their training session. Share:

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