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This Day in History – September 30

1659 – Robinson Crusoe is shipwrecked (according to Daniel Defoe) 1841 – Samuel Slocum patented the stapler. 1867 – Midway Islands formally declared a US possession. 1898 – City of NY established. 1919 – Avery Hopwood’s “Gold Diggers” premieres in NYC. 1934 – St Louis Cards clinch pennant as Dizzy Dean wins his 30th game of the year. 1935 – Gershwin’s “Porgy & Bess” premieres in Boston. 1942 – Admiral Chester Nimitz’s B-17 finds Guadalcanal using National Geographic map. 1949 – American chemist Percy L. Julian at the Glidden Company announces an improved method for producing cortisone. 1954 – 1st nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, commissioned by the US Navy. 1960 – …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Volleyball East Bladen 2, West Columbus 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen swept West Columbus 2-0 Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by set scores of 25-20 and 25-10. Freshman Merritt Martin sparked the Lady Eagles to an early 9-1 lead with 8 straight service points. A pair of service points from junior Shanell McMillian kept East on top 20-16, and two service points from freshman Alexis Mitchell helped close out the first set. East Bladen junior Adrienne Howell opened the second set with a service run of 13 consecutive points. A pair of service points from McMillian stretched the lead to 18-3, and two service points from sophomore Cheylee Mathis widened the gap to …..

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Bladen County needs assistance with recovery

The second Saturday afternoon after Hurricane Florence was a work day for many in Bladen County. A lot of people were seen taking advantage of the sunny day to start recovering from the devastation left behind from the storm. Judge Douglas Sasser helped organize a work crew in Kelly. Local volunteers with Boost the Boro, Inc, met at the Farmer’s Market in Bladenboro. The Baptist Men met at Elizabethtown Baptist Church. The Red Cross and the Salvation Army were helping feed people. The Bladen County Distribution Center was handing out supplies. All hands are needed on deck to help with the recovery effort in Bladen County. Judge Sasser said, “We …..

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Salvation Army Providing Much-Needed Supplies to Aid Florence Recovery

Through a partnership with New Hanover County, The Salvation Army is distributing relief supplies to Wilmington and Cape Fear area residents impacted by Hurricane Florence. During the first day of distribution at the Community Recovery Resource Center in Wilmington, The Salvation Army provided: –          Clean-up Kits: 961 –          Food Boxes: 971 –          Tarps: 349 –          Cases of Water: 749 –          Infant Items: 304 –          Clothing Vouchers: 232 Clean-up kits included mops, brooms, bleach, gloves, and other much-needed items to help those whose homes were damaged when the storm came through or during the flooding that followed. “We couldn’t help so many people without the community coming together to serve,” says …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

Bladen County received a $10,000 management grant. A new VFW Post was planned for Bladenboro. David Bullard received the Cub Scout God and Family Award. Annie Lee Smith filed for Mayor of White Lake and Willie Dixon filed for Mayor of East Arcadia. Share:

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National Cyber Security Awareness Month

  • 09/29/2018
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The theme for the first week of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month(NCSAM), October 1-5, is Make Your Home a Haven for Online Safety.   Learn basic cybersecurity essentials to protect your home against cyber threats. Use the following resources to educate your family today: Basic Cybersecurity Safety Tips and Advice from STOP. THINK. CONNECT. – the cybersecurity awareness campaign from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Secure key accounts and devices – Use strong passwords, passcodes, or other features such as touch identification to lock your devices. Review these tips for passwords and securing your accounts. Lock Down Your Login – Protect accounts with strong authentication. When in doubt, throw it out – Links in email, tweets, posts, and …..

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East Bladen High School

Volleyball East Bladen 3, West Columbus 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen swept West Columbus 3-0 Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-13, 25-21, and 25-23. Junior Cybil Campbell sparked the Lady Eagles to an early 5-1 lead with 4 straight service points. Junior Gracyn Martin reeled off 5 consecutive service points to grow the lead to 21-10. Senior Sarah Johnson closed out the set with an ace. A trio of Martin service points edged East Bladen ahead 7-6 in the second set. Red Springs rode a 14-7 run to a 20-14 lead, but sophomore Kayleigh Raynor rallied the Lady Eagles with 7 straight service points for a 22-20 lead. Johnson served …..

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East Bladen High School

Men’s Soccer: West Columbus Defeats East Bladen on Penalty Kicks

ELIZABETHTOWN – West Columbus defeated East Bladen on penalty kicks Friday in Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer action. The two teams were tied 1-1 at halftime, 3-3 at the end of regulation play and 3-3 after two overtime periods. Senior Dan Tatum led the East Bladen offense with 2 goals, and junior Jay McGill scored the other Eagle goal. Seniors Greyson Heustess, Pierce Melvin and Ezequiel Arteaga and junior Jake Evans contributed one assist each to the Eagle attack. Senior Dan Tatum led the East Bladen offense with 2 goals, and junior Jay McGill scored the other Eagle goal. Seniors Greyson Heustess, Pierce Melvin and Ezequiel Arteaga and junior Jake …..

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Bay Tree Lakes Community Garage Sale

Bay Tree Lakes is hosting a community garage sale on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 8 am to 1 pm rain or shine! The garage sale is open to everyone. The Bay Tree lakes community gate will not open until 8 am. See you there! Share:

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Trump Administration Appoints Brent Hampy to Serve as State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency in Missouri

 September 28, 2018- The Trump Administration recently appointed Brent Hampy as the new State Executive Director for the USDA Missouri Farm Service Agency (FSA). Hampy will join the Missouri FSA team on Monday, Oct. 1. Hampy has extensive experience in production agriculture and public service. He has been a landowner since 1987 and has a row crop and cow-calf operation in Smithton, Missouri. Hampy has served as the Pettis County Commissioner since 2012 and was the chair of the Pioneer Trails Regional Planning Commission. He has served as a Missouri Farm Bureau State Board member since 2013 and previously held county leadership positions with the Missouri Pork Producers Association. Hampy …..

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Tillis & Shaheen Statement on Macedonian Referendum on Sunday

Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), co-chairs of the NATO Observer Group, issued the following statement ahead of Sunday’s referendum where the Macedonian people will vote on a change to their constitution that will clear a path toward NATO accession. The Senators’ remarks echo statements made by Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary General of NATO Jens Stoltenberg and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany:   “As the Macedonian people prepare to vote in this weekend’s referendum, we wish to send them a message that the U.S. Senate NATO Observer Group stands ready to welcome you should you choose to join the most successful military alliance in history,” said …..

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Superintendent of Moores Creek National Battlefield to Retire After 46 Years of Federal Service

Currie, NC –  On Saturday, September 29, 2018, Superintendent Ricardo Perez will hang up his Park Ranger Stetson and call it a career after 46 years of Federal service. Superintendent Perez has served as a Ranger in some of the most amazing places, from California to Oregon, from Washington D.C. to Puerto Rico. He has given programs on Alcatraz Island, assisted with hurricane cleanup in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and coordinated efforts during President Barack Obama’s inauguration. With a career that has spanned many decades, it is worth mentioning all of the great National Parks Mr. Perez has worked at and some of his roles and responsibilities while at these sites.  Mr. …..

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Greene Becomes 28th County Eligible for Florence Disaster Assistance

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper’s request for major federal disaster assistance for Greene County has been approved by FEMA to help individuals and communities recover from Hurricane Florence. With the addition of Greene County, 28 counties have now been approved for federal assistance in recovering from Hurricane Florence: Beaufort, Bladen, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne and Wilson. Additional counties are currently undergoing damage assessments and may be added. FEMA has approved all 28 counties for Individual Assistance, which makes possible rental assistance and Transitional Sheltering Assistance in hotels. It also provides Public Assistance, …..

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County Schools Opening

Bladen County Schools is excited to welcome back students and staff on Monday, October 1. They will be operating on a two-hour delay to allow extra time for the sun to rise and give our bus drivers clear visibility of the roads. The two-hour delay is for students and staff. Bladen County Schools would like thank you all for your patience over these past couple of weeks as we recovered from Hurricane Florence. They have missed their students and staff and look forward to seeing everyone on Monday.   Share:

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Avoid Disaster Fraud

Many people and organizations come together to support the needs of those affected by a disaster. Unfortunately, some people prey on those disaster survivors by offering fraudulent services.   Learn how to protect yourself and your finances from additional loss. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers reminders to help you avoid disaster fraud, including: Do not pay a fee to apply for FEMA disaster assistance or to receive it. FEMA does not charge a fee for these services. Get three written estimates for repair work. Check the credentials of the repair company. Contact your local Better Business Bureau or Chamber of Commerce to learn about any complaints against the …..

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Friday’s High School Football Results:Three Rivers Conference

East Bladen 48, West Columbus 14 South Columbus 49, St. Pauls 17 Red Springs 39, East Columbus 0 Whiteville 46, Fairmont 6 South Robeson at West Bladen (Monday, 7 p.m.) Other Area Scores Harrells Christian 33, North Raleigh Christian 0 Jack Britt 15, Lumberton 14 (4 Overtimes) Scotland 34, Purnell Swett 11 Seventy First 35, Hoke County 0 Richmond Senior 31, Pinecrest 0 Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Woke up humming, I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill, the old Fats Domino tune. Kelly area folks are returning home and for the most part, returning to a ‘mess’.  Lots of folks assisting.  One group is led by Judge Douglas Sasser, they will meet at Centerville Baptist Church at 9 this morning to determine where they will go.  Other groups are providing food, others all types of cleaning supplies, volunteers are needed, all types of volunteers.  The task will last longer than one day, the needs are great.  If not today, pick a day. Bladen County schools will welcome students and staff Monday, October 1, according to info on the Bladen County …..

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Football: East Bladen 48, West Columbus 14

CERRO GORDO – Sophmore quarterback Zach Meares threw for 140 yards and three touchdowns Friday night as East Bladen’s Eagles returned to the football field with a 48-14 Three Rivers Conference victory over West Columbus. It was the first action on the gridiron for the Eagles since their victory over Whiteville on September 7th. East Bladen had four days of work-outs prior to Friday’s game. “It was good to be back on the field,” said Eagle Coach Robby Priest. “But we were out of shape.” Meares completed 9 of 10 passes and connected with senior Shy Pone on touchdown passes of 69 and 14 yards. Junior Tayshaun Berkeley caught Meares’ …..

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This Day in History for September 29

1789 – US War Department established a regular army. 1849 – 1s passenger train service to Peekskill, New York (New Haven Railroad) 1879 – NL owners meeting in Buffalo adopt reserve clause, giving each team exclusive rights to their players. 1907 – Construction begins on Washington National Cathedral. 1915 – 1st transcontinental radio telephone message is sent. 1916 – American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller becomes the world’s first billionaire. 1920 – Joseph Horne Company in Pittsburgh sells radios for $10. 1927 – Telephone service begins between US & Mexico. 1940 – “Double or Nothing”, a radio quiz show, 1st heard on Mutual Radio Net. 1947 – Dizzy Gillespie presented …..

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

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen won four of six singles matches Friday en route to a 6-3 Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis victory over West Columbus. Singles Ting Lin (EB) defeated Baylee Haynes (WC) 8-0 Jessica Griffin (WC) defeated Anna Kate White (EB) 8-5 Lily Lin (EB) defeated Leah Redwine (WC) 8-3 Lauren Pierce (WC) defeated Ashley Hardin (EB) 8-3 Sammi Jiang (EB) defeated Anna Kay Nance (WC) 8-3 Sarah Meares (EB) defeated Kaydee Davis (WC) 8-3 Doubles White/L. LIn (EB) defeated Haynes/Griffin (WC) 8-6 T. Lin/Hardin (EB) defeated Redwine/Pierce (WC) 8-1 Nance/Davis (WC) defeated Carlie West/Carleigh Devane (EB) 8-1 Coach Megan Kirby’s Lady Eagles improved to 6-3 on the season …..

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NC Department of Insurance in Bladen County to assist

By Charlotte Smith A representative with the North Carolina Department of Insurance would like all BladenOnline.com readers to know representatives are in town to assist victims of Hurricane Florence. Jared Lowery with the NC Department of Insurance said Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey and other representatives with the department are stationed at the Elizabethtown Middle School located on Highway 701 in Elizabethtown today to help people with insurance claims and more. Lowery added, FEMA representatives are on site at the school grounds as well. Any citizens needing assistance with filing insurance claims for property damage due to Hurricane Florence are invited to stop by the school’s location to speak with officials …..

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Women’s Tennis West Bladen 8, South Robeson 0

ROWLAND- West Bladen’s women’s tennis team resumed their unbeaten run through the Three Rivers Conference Thursdaywith an 8-0 victory over South Robeson. Singles Savannah Lee (WB) defeated Miami Hunt (SR) 8-0 Autumn Brisson (WB) defeated Makoa Rivera (SR) 8-0 Alyssa Bell (WB) defeated Cambyl Scott (SR) 8-1 Mireya Sandoval (WB) defeated Effie Oxendine (SR) 8-0 Alyssa Smith (WB) defeated Lauren Barnes (SR) 8-3 Haleigh Dunn (WB) defeated Lyric Locklear (SR) 8-1   Doubles Bell/Brisson (WB) defeated Hunt/Scott (SR) 8-1 Lee/Dunn (WB) defeated Rivera/Barnes (SR) 8-2 Coach Billy Bryant’s Lady Knights, now 11-0, travel to Red Springs Saturday for a 4 p.m. conference match.  Share:

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Gov. Cooper Announces $18.5 Million to Provide Temporary Recovery Jobs to North Carolinians Affected by Hurricane Florence

  • 09/28/2018
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RALEIGH: North Carolina has won $18.5 million to hire North Carolinians from areas hit hard by Hurricane Florence to work on recovery efforts, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The funds come from a grant requested by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Division of Workforce Solutions and awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor. “Hurricane Florence has devastated communities and hurt livelihoods,” Gov. Cooper said. “Putting people to work on recovery efforts can help North Carolinians get back on their feet while we work together to recover.” Through the Disaster Dislocated Worker Grant, residents of counties declared national disaster areas will be employed in jobs that support either clean-up and …..

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Homeowners should review termite treatment agreements if flooding caused substantial damage

RALEIGH – Hurricane Florence not only flooded many areas, knocked out power and destroyed the possessions of thousands of homeowners and businesses in North Carolina, it may have washed away household termite protection as well, Commissioner Steve Troxler said today. “If soil eroded from around the foundation of a house, or if more soil was deposited on top of original soil, a home’s termite protection has been jeopardized,” Troxler said. “Where termite bait systems are in place, the bait or monitors in saturated stations may need to be replaced at the next scheduled monitoring.” In a conventional termite treatment using a liquid termiticide, the chemical applied to the soil next …..

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Tips for assessing woodlands after Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH — The N.C. Forest Service encourages landowners and others to exercise caution when assessing possible damage to their woodlands from Hurricane Florence. Landowners concerned about the health of their woodlands should seek advice from their county ranger or other registered foresters prior to making any final decisions. “Woodlands that appear to have been severely damaged in a storm can often recover.  We are encouraging landowners to be fully-informed prior to making any significant decisions about their land,” said David Lane, state forester. “A professional can help you with determining if your woodlands need a plan for managing damaged timber.” Storm damage can include the uprooting, wounding, bending and breaking …..

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Opinion: A new normal

By Charlotte Smith We are to expect storms in life. Some storms seem to catch us by surprise, while others are forecasted. Either way, we never know what damage the storm will cause until we have survived it. Finding a new normal is something many Bladen County citizens are working towards after the devastation to property left behind from Hurricane Florence. However, the hurricane is not the only cause for rumpus in our area. Many faith based organizations are experiencing controversial issues. There are some church locations with no pastor, others are losing members and a lot are struggling with where to stand on hot button political issues. Before Hurricane …..

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FAYETTEVILLE MAN SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COURT

RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in federal court, Senior United States District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced JASON STEWART HOLLINGSWORTH, 41, of Fayetteville, NC to 65 months imprisonment, followed by 3 years of supervised release. HOLLINGSWORTH was named in an Indictment filed on December 12, 2017 charging him with possession with the intent to distribute oxycodone and amphetamine, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. On July 9, 2018, HOLLINGSWORTH pled guilty to those charges. According to the investigation, on June 23, 2017, Fayetteville Police Department received a call from a concerned citizen, who reported a vehicle driving in circles in …..

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Bookkeeper needed

Payroll, Accounts Payable, Quickbooks experience required. Pay depending on experience. Submit resume by email to pbyrd@spdouglas.com  Share:

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Career Fair October 13

  • 09/28/2018
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Production workers salary up to $14.85 within 90 days with great benefits. Read all about it: Career Fair Flyer Oct 13 -2018 Share:

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United for 50 years; Vietnam Veterans reunion

Contributed by Ellen Gause Fifty years after they were first united on the battlefields in Vietnam, 18 veterans and 11 wives met again for their 8th annual reunion.  The venue for the gathering was the picturesque Oak Haven Resort in Sevierville, Tennessee.  These veterans served with the Americal Division, Alpha Company 5th/46th 198th Light Infantry Brigade.  Most were members of the first platoon, but one served with the second platoon while four others were assigned to the fourth platoon. John Dyer and his wife Belva from Ohio were attending their first reunion.  Most of the others have attended all eight reunions.  For Richard Bergman and his wife Dale of Illinois, …..

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Tillis Statement on Kavanaugh Hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement on today’s hearing:   “Allegations of sexual misconduct must be taken seriously, which means both parties must be heard and receive due process, regardless of whether the allegation is made in the context of a criminal complaint or a Senate confirmation. I went in today’s hearing with an open mind – without prejudging either side – and listened to both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh testify under oath.   “I found Judge Kavanaugh’s testimony and denial of all allegations against him to be emphatic and unequivocal. As a federal judge, he is …..

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This Week at NCDOT: Hurricane Florence Response

RALEIGH – The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The stories below are also featured in NCDOT Now, the department’s weekly newscast. Hurricane Florence devastated parts of North Carolina with unprecedented flooding and road closures, but this week brought some positive news. Sections of Interstates 95 and 40, which were closed for about a week, reopened, as did other key routes in many southeastern counties. Personnel across the department played a key role in preparedness and response. The state’s ferries aided in evacuations from Ocracoke Island before the storm. Afterwards, they transported personnel, fuel and equipment to areas that were inaccessible by land due to flooding. …..

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Soccer

Men’s Soccer, East Bladen 7, West Bladen 2

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen defeated rival West Bladen Thursday night 7-2 in the first Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer game for both teams since their seasons were halted by Hurricane Florence. The Knights jumped out to an early 1-0 lead as sophomore Keni Verdugo Gomez fired in his second goal of the season. The Eagles rallied with a trio of goals that produced a 3-1 halftime lead. Junior goalie Angel Martinez drilled in a penalty kick for the other Knight goal. Knight Coach Phillip Turnage praised the play of junior defender Eric Sandoval, “Eric had a great game with 7 steals and one save.” Seniors Greyson Heustess and Ezequiel Arteaga fired in …..

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Praying in the Flood and Recovery

  • 09/28/2018
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By Rev. Chris Denny on Sep 27, 2018  Loving God, the Source of strength and restoration and healing, we pray together for all who suffer in our communities today. In the wake of wind and waves, destruction and flooding, make your presence known through our generosity to our neighbors, near and far. Give us the vision and patience to live and labor faithfully through this season of response and recovery. As we clean up and rebuild, give us your joy and peace. Give us, above all, the love for one another that is your best gift always. In the name of the Triune God, we pray. Amen. Share:

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Residents Slowly Returning to Kelly; Beginning Process of Rebuilding

By Erin Smith With the lifting of the evacuation order and curfew for the Kelly community, many residents have slowly begun to return to their homes. On Thursday, some residents on Natmore Road were taking advantage of the warm, sunny weather to drag their belongings outside to dry. Some homes along NC 53 still had trees laying in the yards while others seemed to escape Hurricane Florence’s wrath relatively untouched. Kenny and Katherine Thornton, who reside on NC 53 in Kelly, said their home fared well. Flood waters came close but did not enter their residence. Frances and Alfred Ray Squires, who reside on Natmore Road, were cleaning out their flooded …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

NFL action last night – – Rams 38-Vikings 31. High School action today and tonight: Football: East Bladen at West Columbus Men’s Soccer: West Columbus at East Bladen 3:30 PM Women’s Tennis: West Columbus at East Bladen 4 PM West Columbus vs South Robeson activities appear to be scheduled for Monday afternoon and evening. Rainfall at Curtis Brown Airport: Yesterday .50 inches Last night  .20 inches Cotton, peanut and soybean farmers must be a little concerned about their crop.  My guess, most of the corn in the area was harvested prior to the recent flood. Thanks to all utility companies for extraordinaire action restoring service. Did you watch the Congressional hearings yesterday?  So who do …..

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Governor Cooper Maps Recovery Path for Hurricane Victims

Focus Remains on Linking Storm Survivors with Post Disaster Aid, Services RALEIGH: Nearly two weeks after Hurricane Florence made landfall on the North Carolina coast, Governor Roy Cooper and emergency response teams are focused on helping those impacted by the storm across the state get back on their feet. The hurricane has claimed the lives of 37 people in the state, and countless others are coping with flooded and damaged homes and businesses. “We’ll be by your side every step of the way, and we’ll work diligently to keep people from being left behind,” Gov. Cooper said at a morning press briefing. As emergency response operations now shift to full-time recovery, …..

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JV Volleyball: Red Springs 2, East Bladen 1

RED SPRINGS – Red Springs defeated East Bladen 2-1 Wednesday in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-10, 21-25 and 15-11. Junior Adrienne Howell smacked in a trio of service points for East Bladen in the first set, but the Lady Red Devils reeled off an 11-point service run en route to take the set. Two service points each from freshmen Merritt Martin and Alexis Mitchell kept East Bladen even at 9-9 in the second set. Two more Martin service points edged the Lady Eagles ahead 15-13, but Red Springs rallied back in front at 21-19. Sophmore Cheylee Mathis rallied the Lady Eagles by serving out the …..

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Volleyball: South Robeson 3, West Bladen 1

ROWLAND – South Robeson defeated West Bladen 3-1 Thursday in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 19-25, 25-20, 25-22 and 25-17. Senior Raegan Davis hammered in 10 kills, 9 service points, 2 solo blocks, an ace and had 3 digs for the Lady Knights. Junior Mikayla Meadows poured in 14 service points, 6 kills, 4 aces and a solo block and added 3 digs. Junior Lexie Corrothers pounded in 9 kills and 2 solo blocks for West. Senior Callie Lewis slammed in 5 kills and had one dig. Sophmore Shelby Pharr knocked in 6 service points and 3 kills. Sophmore Amelia Brisson racked up 5 service points, …..

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Volunteers met Saturday to help victims in Kelly

Photos by Erin Smith The needs in Bladen County are reaching far and wide. Kelly property owners are returning home and some need assistance. Bladen County Judge, Douglas Sasser is currently organizing some assistance for the Kelly area. A work crew to help people salvage items from their homes in the Kelly area will meet on Saturday, September 29th according to Sasser. If anyone wants to participate please send Sasser a message on Facebook and let him know so he will have a head count for supplies and lunches. He also wants everyone to please remember to wear long pants and close toe shoes for safety reasons. Assistance Saturday in Kelly …..

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Volunteers needed for Bladen County Distribution Site

By Erin Smith There is a desperate need for volunteers to help man the Bladen County Disaster Distribution Site located in the former Paul. H. Sessoms building located at 108 S. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown. Kelly Robeson, Bladen County Disaster Relief Coordinator, said, “We are in desperate, desperate need of volunteers to come to the distribution site.” Robeson said there is a great need in the county right now for disaster relief supplies. She said the distribution center needs supplies such as paper products, personal hygiene kits, new towels, new wash cloths, new bed linens, new blankets, cleaning supplies, cleaning buckets, mops, rubber gloves and baby products, baby formula, and …..

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Volleyball: Red Springs 3, East Bladen 1

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong RED SPRINGS – Red Springs defeated East Bladen 3-1 Wednesday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 29-27, 19-25, 25-15 and 25-14. Red Springs jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the first set, but junior Lorna Mendell banged in 4 service points, and junior Lila McDuffie added 3 service points to edge the Lady Eagles ahead 16-15. The Lady Red Devils pulled out a 29-27 win in the set. A trio of service points from junior Gracyn Martin kept the Lady Eagles even at 7-7 in Set 2. A pair of service points from McDuffie followed by six straight service points …..

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This Day in History for September 28

1542 – Explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo discovers California, at San Diego Bay, naming it San Miguel and claims it for Spain. 1701 – Divorce legalized in Maryland. 1779 – American Revolution: Samuel Huntington is elected President of the Continental Congress, succeeding John Jay. 1787 – Congress sends Constitution to state legislatures for their approval. 1850 – US Navy abolishes flogging as punishment. 1867 – The United States takes control of Midway Island. 1904 – Woman arrested for smoking a cigarette in a car on 5th Avenue, NYC. 1928 – 1st recording session in Nashville (Warmack’s Gully Jumpers) 1937 – FDR dedicates Bonneville Dam on Columbia River (Oregon) 1951 – Allie …..

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Cemetery and bridge compromised in Elizabethtown

By Charlotte Smith The Elizabethtown Cemetery and bridge are causing great concerns for residents and officials. Since the hurricane waters receded the Elizabethtown City Cemetery and the U.S. 701 Bridge over the Cape Fear River have been compromised according to Town of Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia, Campbell. A substantial amount of debris has accumulated under the bridge causing the bridge to be compromised and the geological shift in the soil at the cemetery in close proximity to the bridge has caused another set of concerns. BladenOnline.com first reported on the debris and cemetery damage last week. Mayor Campbell confirmed a Geotechnical Engineer inspected the cemetery site at the Town of Elizabethtown’s …..

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East Bladen’s Aaron Smith Wins Cross-Country Meet

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong RED SPRINGS – East Bladen sophomore Aaron Smith won the Three Rivers Conference cross-country meet Wednesday covering the 5,000 meter course in a time of 19 minutes and 9 seconds. Smith finished 24 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Caleb Henderson of St. Pauls. Smith’s East Bladen teammate, Efren Vargas posted a time of 23:42 to take eleventh place. Other East Bladen finishers included: 12th place Aaron Todd 24:26; 17th place Damondta Smith 26:21; 31st place Antonio Ferguson 33:16. Red Springs’ Keira Bryant won the girls meet with a time of 27:08. Whiteville’s Fatima Reyes was second with a time of 27:44. Junior Vena Metz led the …..

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Gov. Cooper Encourages Donations and Volunteers to Aid Florence Recovery

Donate to the NC Disaster Relief Fund HERE Sign up to Volunteer at VolunteerNC.org RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper encouraged people in North Carolina and across the country to donate time and money to Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. “As North Carolinians affected by Florence begin picking up the pieces, I want them to know that we’ll work diligently to keep people from being left behind,” Gov. Cooper said. “Donating to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund or volunteering can help people who have been devastated by Florence.” About the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund The North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund will support non-profit organization and local governments working to address immediate and short-term …..

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Three Schools Earn Recognition as Leaders in STEM Education

The North Carolina State Board of Education recognized three public schools earlier this month for exemplary leadership and instruction in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. These schools are the latest schools to be recognized under the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s STEM Recognition Program. Earning recognition as NC STEM Schools of Distinction were Greene County Middle School, Meadowview Magnet Middle School in Surry County and Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy in Davidson County. State Superintendent Mark Johnson commended the schools for attaining STEM Schools of Distinction recognition. “Students in all schools will graduate into a world where STEM skills already are highly valued,” Johnson said. “These schools are helping to lead …..

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Update: Missing person from Bladenboro

Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker’s office released a missing person’s report on Chantal Kristen Carrico from Bladenboro on Thursday, September 27th in the early afternoon.  Major Larry Guyton with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department reported there have been no new leads in Carrico’s disappearance. If anyone has any information, please contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s office at 910-6960. Share:

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Bladen County Republican Chair makes announcement

We will have a very important meeting on Monday October 1, 2018 at 6pm.  We will have slate cards ready and will need to assign volunteers for early voting at the Elizabethtown Library beginning October 17th.  This election is a very important one for us.  Please encourage people to get out and vote. Thanks Walter McDuffie Share:

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House Fire Leaves One Dead

Sheriff Jim McVicker said a fire late Wednesday evening has resulted in the death of the homeowner. Joyce Beard Dowless, age 82, was found dead in her home located at 8511 NC Hwy 41, Bladenboro following a late night fire. A passing motorist saw flames coming from the house and stopped to get a neighbor to call 911 at approximately 11:45 Wednesday night. Flames could be seen coming out a window that was later identified as the bedroom of the deceased. Fire officials were able to extinguish the fire and locate the victim. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Bladen County Fire Marshall and the Bladen …..

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Protection for property owners against fraud

North Carolina Department of Insurance Commissioner, Mike Causey released the following information about protecting property owners from fraud. In his statement he said, “After a severe weather event or natural disaster, those affected are focused on getting their lives back to normal by rebuilding their homes or restoring damaged property.” Here are some helpful tips to avoid fraudulent schemes: Contact your insurance company first; never let a contractor or anyone discourage you from doing this. Try to get written bids or estimates from at least three different contractors. Certain contractors chase storms to prey on homeowners. Before working with any contractor, check with the Better Business Bureau and check their references. …..

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Governor Cooper Orders Mosquito Control for Disaster Counties

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RALEIGH: Due to the increased populations of mosquitoes caused by flooding from Hurricane Florence, Governor Roy Cooper today ordered $4 million to fund mosquito control efforts in counties currently under a major disaster declaration. Those counties include: Bladen, Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne, and Wilson. “To help local communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, I’ve directed state funds for mosquito control efforts to protect people who live in hard-hit areas.” Gov. Cooper said. Funding will allow control efforts to begin as soon as Thursday. Each county’s allocation will be based upon …..

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HOUSE PASSES BILL WITH $1.6 BILLION IN DISASTER FUNDING FOR CAROLINAS IN WAKE OF FLORENCE

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 302, Federal Aviation Authorization Act of 2018, which included a $1.68 billion down payment for Hurricane Florence disaster relief.  The relief includes $1.14 billion in Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) Program funding for North Carolina to support recovery activities such as housing redevelopment and rebuilding, business assistance, economic revitalization, and infrastructure repair. “I thank the House leadership, the appropriators and my other colleagues for working with me and the rest of the North Carolina Delegation during the past two weeks since Hurricane Florence hit to put together this initial disaster recovery package.  The swift action Congress is taking today is …..

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New Partnership Helps Keep Salvation Army Service Delivery On Track

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Wilmington, NC  – A new partnership between The Salvation Army and US Fleet Tracking is enhancing service delivery for those impacted by Hurricane Florence, including those in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina, through live GPS tracking and vehicle monitoring. “It was especially helpful at the beginning of our response in Wilmington and its surrounding counties because so many roads were closed from flooding and downed trees,” says Alvin Migues with The Salvation Army. “Because of the tracking devices, we could see exactly where our teams were and re-route them safely to reach people who needed our help.” The tracking devices are placed on Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services vehicles …..

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You Decide: What is the Path of Hurricane Recovery?

By Dr. Mike Walden Hurricane Florence will likely go down as one of the most damaging storms to ever hit North Carolina. One estimate pegs the total cost at near $50 billion, which would place Florence as the sixth most expensive hurricane in the 21st century. The recovery efforts will take a long time. As the rebuilding takes place, and homes and businesses are put back together several important economic questions arise. Are there different kinds of costs and damages from a hurricane? Can we expect a surge in unemployment, and if so, how long will it take to bring jobs back? Could Florence’s devastation plunge the state into an …..

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Governor Cooper Visits Bladen County

By Erin Smith NC Governor Roy Cooper visited with Bladen County residents at the American Red Cross Shelter at Booker T. Washington School in Clarkton, and at the distribution center for relief supplies at the Spaulding Monroe Cultural Center in Bladenboro, before flying over the flood-damaged communities of Rowan and Kelly. Gov. Cooper said, “I’ve been in Duplin and Bladen counties today and its pure devastation. So many homes and businesses under water, along with churches and farms. Clearly, there is a lot of people who are hurting right now.” He continued, “The heartening thing is the unshakable nature the people of North Carolina have.” Gov. Cooper stated that there …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Hurricane Florence has come and gone but the hurt continues for just about everyone.  So many strugglin’ with so many difficult situations.  And, numerous stories of ‘good Samaritans’ stepping up to assist.  One such effort is working out of the old Paul Sessoms Wholesale Building in Elizabethtown.  Items are being accepted and then shared (delivered), mostly in the Kelly area.  Volunteers are welcomed. Just one of many. Roads are still a problem, and despite efforts by the state as well as others constantly updating, conditions change on a minute-by-minute, hour-by-hour basis.  Our No. 2 son drives a Food Lion truck, was having a difficult time attempting to determine if NC 130 from Whiteville to …..

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This Day in History for September 27

1779 – John Adams negotiates Revolutionary War peace terms with Great Britain. 1852 – George L Aiken’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” premieres in Troy, NY. 1864 – Jesse James’ gang surprise attack train: 150 killed. 1892 – Book matches are patented by Diamond Match Company. 1903 – Wreck of the Old 97, a train crash made famous by the song of the same name. 1906 – Henry Ford’s first Ford Model T automobile leaves the Piquette Plant in Detroit, Michigan. 1909 – US President Taft sets aside some 3 million acres of oil-rich public land (including Teapot Dome, Wyoming) for conservation purposes. 1930 – Cubs’ Hack Wilson’s 2 HRs give him …..

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Total agricultural losses estimated at over $1.1 billion

RALEIGH – Initial estimates for crop damage and livestock losses to North Carolina’s agriculture industry are expected to be over $1.1 billion, based on assessments following Hurricane Florence. That number easily tops the $400 million seen following Hurricane Matthew in 2016. “We knew the losses would be significant because it was harvest time for so many of our major crops and the storm hit our top six agricultural counties especially hard,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “These early estimates show just what a devastating and staggering blow this hurricane leveled at our agriculture industry.” Following are estimates by crops: Row crop losses are estimated at $986.6 million Forestry losses are estimated at …..

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Road closed update in Bladen County

The following is an updated listing of road closures for Bladen County as it appears in the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Travel Information System on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. They are as follows: *NC-210  Near Kelly is closed. *NC-53  East of Kelly in both directions is flooded in various locations.  *NC 53  West near White Oak is closed due to the bridge being out *Owen Hill Road is closed due to a wash out. *Dr. Cogdell Road north of Tar Heel is closed *Johnsontown Road is closed due to a bridge approach failure. Detour route is NC 242 to Sweet Home Church Road to Bladen Lakes School Road. *Helltown Road is closed  *White …..

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NCHSAA announces collective Hurricane Florence Relief effort to aid schools in hurricane-devastated areas

CHAPEL HILL – In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence and devastating flooding across the state, Commissioner Que Tucker and the NCHSAA Board of Directors has requested NCHSAA member schools designate a contest or contests during the period from October 1-19, 2018 as a Hurricane Florence Relief Assistance Contest (s). Member schools are asked to participate by collecting money at any home contest during that window and then forward those monies to the Association, which will act as a clearinghouse. All money will be divided and sent to Local Education Agencies in the counties that have been designated as disaster areas and were federally approved for individual assistance. The NCHSAA Board of Directors …..

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Bladen County spraying for mosquitos

Many areas of Bladen County have reported multitudes of mosquitos in their communities since Hurricane Florence left town. Bladen County Environmental Health said they would like to thank everyone for their concern and calls, but would like to notify everyone that the whole county will be sprayed for Mosquitos. No more calls are needed to specify areas, and mosquito spraying is currently underway.” Marianne Valentiner,  Health Educator II at the Bladen County Health Department said, “Currently we are out of Mosquito dunks and a new shipment has been ordered. We will notify the public of when the dunks are available.” When Mosquito Dunks are available: 1 pack per address will be available …..

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Quick Repairs, Swift Coordination Reopen I-95, I-40

80 employees scramble Sunday night to reopen I-95 FAYETTEVILLE – At 6:40 p.m. on Sunday, Debroah Leonard’s phone lit up with an urgent text message: “Division 6 is mobilizing to open I-95.” Leonard is the safety engineer for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division 4 based in Wilson. She quickly assembled about 30 division employees from  Nash and Johnston counties to help the Fayetteville-based Division 6 office reopen more than 100 miles of Interstate 95 that had been closed for almost a week due to flooding in the wake of Hurricane Florence. NCDOT workers and a contracting crew had completed repairs on I-95 by 7 p.m. Sunday – about three days faster than expected. After the floodwaters receded, …..

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Many residents of 27 NC counties can soon apply for help buying food after Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH: As early as Friday, residents in 27 counties impacted by Hurricane Florence can apply for help buying food through the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or “D-SNAP”, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services received federal authority to implement the program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This help will be available in 27 counties: Bladen, Beaufort, Brunswick, Carteret, Columbus, Craven, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, Hyde, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Wayne, and Wilson. “For North Carolinians working to get back on their feet after Hurricane Florence, help feeding their families will make a …..

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Hurricane’s impact on Bladen County lakes to be determined

By Erin Smith Both Jones Lake State Park and White Lake report that things went well during Hurricane Florence. Shane Freeman, Superintendent of Jones Lake State Park, reported there were a few trees downed during the storm, but not as many as there were in Hurricane Matthew. He added, overall, the park faired well. There was some flooding in a portion of the picnic area, camp ground and walking trails. “The Park has re-opened. The trails and fishing pier are not open,” said Freeman. Freeman said there was still water on some of the trails, and park staff have not been able to access the trails to finish the clean …..

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Bladenboro businesses hit hard by Hurricane Florence

By Erin Smith Many Bladenboro businesses have been hit hard by Hurricane Florence. Some business owners have said they are going to try to rebuild. Teresa Horton and Santana Sessoms, both have said they will try to rebuild. “I just opened up in July,” said Teresa Horton, owner of Lolli’s on Main. She said she was aware the area has been known for flooding in the past when she chose to open her business downtown. “Bladenboro is my hometown and I didn’t want to give it up,” said Horton. She said her cousin owned Grace and Company which was in the same location, and decided to buy it. “I hated …..

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Elizabethtown recovering from hurricane

By Charlotte Smith Elizabethtown received 20.17 inches of rain from Thursday until Sunday during Hurricane Florence, according to a preliminary report by the National Weather Service. However, the Town of Elizabethtown was still able to provided clean drinking water and there were no issues with sewer services during and after the storm according to Pat DeVane, Assistant Town Manager of Elizabethtown. DeVane said, “I am proud of our staff who helped keep things online.” He added some employees of the town were even working before the storm ended on Saturday and Sunday last week. “There are two to three crews collecting leaves and limbs to take to the FEMA approved …..

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Daniel “Jack” F. McKeithan, Jr.

Daniel “Jack” F. McKeithan, Jr. died unexpectedly on September 21, 2018 at his favorite place, his lake cabin in the north woods of Wisconsin, with his sweet, loving and devoted wife, Patti, by his side. Jack was born on Nov. 8, 1935, in Abbottsburg, N.C. He attended Duke University (Go Blue Devils!) and transferred to the University of Oklahoma where he received a B.S. degree in Geology in 1959. He joined Tamarack Petroleum Company, Inc., Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1959 and in 1973, became president. He left Tamarack in 1976 to become chairman of the board of the Jos. Schlitz Brewing Co. and held that position until 1982. He rejoined Tamarack …..

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An Evening with Brooke Simpson (with Lakota John and Layla Locklear opening) Still On Go

An evening with Brooke Simpson (with Lakota John and Layla Locklear opening) will be held at the Carolina Civic Center Historic theater at 7 pm Saturday, October 13. From recording her first song at the age of two years old, to being a part of NBC’s The Voice, Brooke Simpson’s life story is one with her music. She is a powerhouse vocalist who is passionate about songwriting and people. This past winter she received a four chair turn on NBC’s “The Voice” talent competition, with Miley Cyrus as her coach, charting on the iTunes top 10 week after week, and ultimately getting third place on the show’s 13th season. Originally from …..

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NC Baptist Men Open Site; Opportunities for Volunteers

On Wednesday, at 1 p.m. the North Carolina Baptist Men will open the doors to work order requests for Hurricane Florence. The site will be located at Elizabethtown Baptist Church in the Christian Activity Center (behind the church). This site will be open from 8 am until 5:00 pm daily. There will be no over the phone requests, you must come in and fill out the request onsite. With this site opening there are going to many areas for people to also volunteer. They are: *Work Teams: these teams will go out and remove debris, do tear out in homes *Assessors: If you have any disaster relief or building experience and would be willing …..

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The Salvation Army Serving In Cape Fear Area and Communities Across Carolinas

Wilmington, NC  – The Salvation Army is on the ground serving people in communities impacted by Hurricane Florence. Nearly 50 mobile feeding units with crews of food service workers and emotional and spiritual care specialists are working to feed, hydrate, and give hope to people across North and South Carolina. In some areas, food is being prepared by partners such as Operation BBQ Relief, South Carolina Baptist Disaster Relief and North Carolina Baptist Men’s Disaster Relief. The Salvation Army has also supplied a shower trailer from Florida to support a shelter in New Bern, North Carolina. Personal comfort kits and clean-up kits are being distributed to households who are returning to …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Gov. Roy Cooper is scheduled to be in Bladen County today, according to usually reliable sources.  His tentative schedule includes visits to Clarkton, Bladenboro, Kelly and Rowan area.  He is expected to arrive in Elizabethtown by helicopter, if all goes as planned. High School sports activities are expected to resume today.  All have been on hold since prior to the arrival of Hurricane Florence. NCHSAA has announced the regular high school football season has been extended by one week, due to the storm.  Area schools have had 2 games postponed, for many, regular season play will still be one game short.  Check daily schedules in our Sports Section.  John Clark …..

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SFSGA Plays September 25 Tourney At Cypress Lakes

Forty players teed it up on Tuesday, September 25 at Cypress Lakes Golf Course near Fayetteville in the Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association tournament. The winning team, with a score of 52, was Linwood Hedgepeth, Stan Matthews, Willard Storms and Danny Wiggins. The SFSGA will play next week’s tourney at Cheraw State Park Golf Course in South Carolina. Share:

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This Day in History for September 26

1772 – New Jersey passes bill requiring a license to practice medicine. 1789 – Thomas Jefferson appointed 1st US Secretary of State; John Jay becomes 1st US Chief Justice, and Edmund J Randolph becomes 1st US Attorney General. 1872 – The first Shriners Temple (called Mecca) was established in New York City. 1895 – US stops minting $1 & $3 gold coin & 3 cent piece. 1914 – Federal Trade Commission formed to regulate interstate commerce. 1933 – Sidney Kingsley’s “Men in White” premieres in NYC. 1950 – UN troops in Korean War recapture South Korean capital of Seoul. 1953 – Billy Hunter is last St. Louis Browns player to …..

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NCHSAA Extends High School Football Season to Nov. 9th

CHAPEL HILL – In a Monday morning meeting the North Carolina High School Athletic Association extended the high school football regular season by one week untilNovember 9th. Volleyball and men’s soccer play-off schedules were also altered. Seeding for the football play-offs will take place on November 10th with first round games being played on Nov. 16th.  Play-offs will continue with games every week with the state championship games being played on Dec. 14-15. Volleyball teams affected by the hurricane will be allowed to play up to five matches per week up until Oct. 20th. However daily limitations on amount of play remain unchanged. The seeding for the volleyball play-offs was pushed back from Oct. 18th to Oct. 22th. First round …..

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It’s National Voter Registration Day

Election Day is fast approaching and today is National Voter Registration Day. You must be registered to vote in order to cast your ballot in the upcoming General Election held on Tuesday, November 6th according to the North Carolina State Board of Elections website.  There are many candidates running for public offices. To see the full list Bladen County General Election Candidates, click here, we found this list at: ncsbe.gov. To register and vote in North Carolina, a person must meet specific qualifications.  If you choose to register to vote you must: Be a citizen of the United States. Be a resident of the county in which you are registering, …..

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West Bladen Athletic Events Resume Thursday

West Bladen Athletic Director Travis Pait has announced that West Bladen will resume participating in athletic events on Thursday, September 27th. The West Bladen women’s tennis and volleyball teams will resume Three Rivers Conference play Thursday at South Robeson. There will not be a jayvee volleyball match.  The West Bladen men’s soccer team will travel to rival East Bladen Thursday night for a 6:00 match.  The Knight football team will host South Robeson Monday night for a 7 p.m. game.    There will be a Three Rivers Conference athletic directors meeting Thursday to fix the conference schedules for the remainder of the year.  Share:

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Environmental Health tips for mosquitoes and well water

Bladen County Environmental Health would like to remind everyone to “Tip and Toss” all items in your yard that can hold water in order to help control mosquitoes that come out during the day. *Beekeepers will need to call Environmental Health with the location of their beehives at 910-862-6852. Mosquito dunks are available to be picked up, 1 pack per address will be available at the front desk at: Bladen County Health Department, located at 300 Mercer Mill Road, Elizabethtown, NC. Call: 872-6209 for questions or more information. *Please note that a plan for Mosquito spraying for Bladen County is being coordinated at this time. The Bladen County Environmental Health …..

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Sludge Treatment Wetland field day postponed

Jordan Phasey, Founder of Phinite, Inc. created the first full scale Sludge Treatment Wetland in Tar Heel, NC and it could be the answer hog farmers are looking for when dealing with disposal issues of their hog waste. Owner of R & M Farms, Michael Inman in Tar Heel, NC partnered with Phasey to build the first treatment wetland on his farm. The two first introduced the wetland system back in August to BladenOnline.com. Inman and Phasey were readily awaiting a Field Day organized by Bladen County Live Stock Association scheduled to take place on Inman’s farm on September 27th to showcase the wetland to other farmers and residents in the …..

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Efforts made to Improve Big Swamp Watershed

By Dean Morris, Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Director After Hurricane Matthew, the Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District and Bladen County Planning Department were searching for ways to help with drainage issues in Bladen County. In April of 2017, they learned that Golden Leaf may have grant funds available that could help with these issues. Dean Morris, Bladen SWCD Director, and Greg Elkins, Planning Director, wrote a grant proposal requesting funds to remove stream debris in the Big Swamp and other rivers in the county. The Big Swamp which drains western Bladen, Columbus, and Eastern Robeson County is full of downed trees, beaver dams, and debris. It has …..

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Mobile Home for sale at White Lake

Mobile Home for sale inside Camp Clearwater White Lake, NC $79,000 White Lake Mobile Home for Sale inside Camp Clearwater in White Lake, NC FOR SALE Beautifully UPDATED 2008 Mobile Home with Sunroom 20 Womack Way inside Camp Clearwater White Lake 1040 square foot Two Large Bedrooms, two full baths, open concept living area with attached large Sunroom UPDATES INCLUDE: NEW 2018: Central Air/heat unit Dishwasher NEW 2017: 12,000 BTU Air Conditioner in Sunroom Side By side Refrigerator with Freezer on bottom New flooring throughout Both bathrooms remodeled OTHER FEATURES INCLUDE: Screened in porch and 2 open decks Paved drive with parking for four cars Two enclosed storage buildings Fenced …..

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Bladen County Senior Center to Conduct Fall Festival

The Bladen County Senior Center in Elizabethtown will conduct a Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 11, 2018, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There will be spaghetti plates available for a cost of $5. There will be vendors available offering crafts, jewelry, crochet, canned food, snacks, woven  baskets, ornaments, and much more!! Bladen County Senior Center is located at 608 McLeod Street in  Elizabethtown.   Share:

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Assisted Living facility victim of break-in

The West Bladen Assisted Living facility was the victim of a break-in on Saturday, Sept. 15th, 2018, according to the Bladenboro Police Department. Chief Chris Hunt said nothing was reported missing from the facility. He said officers did confront a suspect who was holding a shotgun but was not aggressive towards the officers. Chief Hunt the suspect was apprehended without incident. He refused to release the name of the individual who was arrested. The suspect was charged with breaking and entering and taken to the Bladen County Jail, according to Chief Hunt. Share:

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Eleven New State Capitol Police Officers Sworn In

  RALEIGH – Eleven new officers with the State Capitol Police were sworn in on Monday in a formal ceremony at the Justice Building in Raleigh. Officers Kamille Brown-Thomas, Jean Caquias, Mark Coyne, David George, James “Bryant” Gibson, Justin Guthrie, Stephen Hall, Jason Kane, Randy Nelson, Richard Taylor, and Deputy Chief Roger “Chip” Hawley were all welcomed to the agency by Chief Glen Allen, who provided opening remarks. “These officers have a wealth of training and experience, which makes them valuable additions to our agency,” said Chief Allen. “I’m proud to welcome them to State Capitol Police and to have them join our team.” The oath of office was administered by North Carolina Supreme …..

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Bladenboro Town Board Discusses Hurricane Florence Clean Up

by Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board conducted a special called meeting Monday night, and voted to approve the hiring of Sykes Paving Company to assist the town staff with storm debris removal inside the town at a cost of $10,000. The board also asked residents and business owners to separate leaf and limb, metal, and construction debris before it is picked up. One truck was turned around from the Bladen County Solid Waste site. The town’s truck had to bring the load back and the debris had to be resorted due to one piece of metal. Interim Town Administrator, Melanie Hester, told the board the requirements for FEMA reimbursement to the …..

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Hurricane Aftermath and Where to Look for Assistance

Dr. Mark Hoffman, Horticulture Science- NC State University Nancy Olsen, Horticulture Agent for NC Cooperative Extension Bladen County Although the hurricane is over, there seems to be stress in the air. Everywhere I go people are stressed. There is so much to do if you, friends or family have had damage. There are many fantastic resources out there if you do need help. I have compiled some information for those of you who have experienced damages to homes and yards due to Hurricane Florence. The most important step is to assess damage for insurance purposes. Please put the safety of yourself and your loved ones first! For more information on …..

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No Easy Fixes for Cemetery Damage

By Charlotte Smith Last week, after the waters receded from Hurricane Florence, major geological damage was assessed at the Elizabethtown City Cemetery. Pat DeVane, Assistant Town Manager with the Town of Elizabethtown, gave an update on the issue. DeVane said, “It can’t be fixed easily and without a plan.” DeVane explained the town did receive a response from the North Carolina Cemetery Commission in response to the town’s request for assistance with the cemetery last week. Nathan Morris, Administrative Assistant with the NC Cemetery Commission, replied to the request for assistance in an email stating, “Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do. Even if it were a public, perpetual care cemetery we …..

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Disaster Distribution Center to open in Elizabethtown

For those needing disaster items, they can be piked up at the former Paul H. Sessoms building located at 108 Cypress Street, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. Donations of Disaster Supplies are also being accepted at the same location. The center is open for donations only on Tuesday. Items needed include: Drinks Water, Juice, Ensure/Gatorade Baby Items Baby Food, Formula, Baby Wipes, Diapers, Pull ups (training pants), Baby Wash, Baby Mouth Care, Baby bottles, Pacifiers Hygiene  Tooth brush, Denture Cleaner, Tooth paste, Deodorant, Soap, Lotion, combs, brushes, Sanitary Pads, Tampons, shaving cream, Razors, Dental Floss, Mouth wash Medical Band Aids, Neosporin, Off Spray, Q Tips, Antifungal, Cream/Spray, First Aid Kit, multi Vitamins, Allergy medications Non Perishable Tuna, Spam, Can Meats, Crackers, Cereal, Powdered Milk, Fruit cups, Snack Bars, Jello Pudding, Snack items, Rice, Beans, Pasta, Sauce, Peanut Butter, Canned Goods, Pop Tarts, Grits/ Oatmeal, Instant Potatoes Cleaning items Buckets 5 gallon, Lysol concentrate & Spray, Cleaning Cloths, Masks, Gloves, Pine Sol, Toilet brushes/ Cleaning Brushes, Industrial …..

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I-40 Reopens; State Focuses on Recovery

​RALEIGH – The state’s work on Hurricane Florence is shifting from emergency response to recovery, Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday, but North Carolinians need to remain careful in areas hit hard by the storm. “Florence is gone but the storm’s devastation is still with us,” Gov. Cooper said. “As we’re shifting from emergency response to full-time recovery from the storm, please remain careful in hard-hit areas and please, please stay away from flooded roads.” Thirty-five people have died as a result of the hurricane. An 82-year-old male died from suicide in Beaufort County on Saturday after his house was condemned due to flooding.  A 51-year-old female was discovered in a submerged …..

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Replacement Food Stamps Applications Being Accepted; D-SNAP to Start on Friday

Erin Smith UPDATE: Residents in Bladen County can go to the Department of Social Services and complete an application to receive replacement food stamps. Those in need of D-SNAP benefits can begin applying on Friday morning. Replacement food stamps are only available to those individuals who are already receiving food stamps, said Bladen County Department of Social Services Director Vickie Smith. “Right now, they are replacing August benefits. They (current food stamp recipients) have to come to the DSS office for that,” said Smith. Lisa Nance, Income Maintenance Program Administrator with Bladen County DSS, said due to the storm, there will be a “mass replacement” for those already receiving food stamps which …..

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Swish, Slap, Splat: How to deal with mosquitoes

By Nancy Olsen, Bladen County Cooperative Extension Do you get eaten up in the evenings by thousands of blood-sucking mosquitoes? Do you fear going deaf from all the buzzing mosquitoes, which eagerly await your arrival into the yard? Mosquitoes have been around more than 50 million years and live in every possible environment, from the Arctic to the tropics. North Carolina has over 50 species of mosquitoes. Many of these are not a problem because they do not attack humans. Each type of mosquito may prefer blood from different kinds of animals – birds, frogs, deer, or humans. The mosquito has four life phases: eggs, larva, pupa and adult. Through …..

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Cape Fear River beginning to fall

The Cape Fear River is beginning to fall in Bladen County. The river is expected to drop below flood stage at the William O. Huske Lock and Dam No. 3 in Tar Heel and at the William O. Huske Lock and Dam No. 2 in Elizabethtown on Tuesday.  The river is forecast to drop below flood stage overnight Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. You can learn more about the forecast for the Cape Fear River at https://www.weather.gov/media/ilm/LatestRiverBriefing.pdf Share:

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Descendants of Cornelius and Lucy Cain Family Reunion

Descendants of Cornelius and Lucy Cain will conduct a family reunion on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018, at 12:30 p.m. The reunion will be held at Windsor United Methodist Church, 12863 NC Hwy. 242 N, Fellowship Hall, Ammon, NC 28337. Please bring food or drinks to share with others. Also, please bring any photographs or documents to show. Please write Ann Wells at gswells@bellsouth.net or call or text her cell phone at 336-516-5781 if you are going so we can make an estimate on the number of people attending or if you have questions. Cain genealogy info – http://regan.org/genealogy/cain.htm Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

First things first.  Tiger Woods did not win $10 million Sunday.  He did win the Tour Championship and $1.62 million.  Justin Rose was the FedEx Cup winner and picked up $10m, Tiger finished second in that category and won an additional $3m. Think I made a bad career choice about 65 years ago.  But, there were no golf courses in the area at that time, and it does take talent. Recovery efforts continue in the area.  No doubt it will take some time for all to return to near normal. Florence was anything but a lady. Checking the Bladen County Board of Education website.  Posted yesterday (Monday, September 24) – “Upon further assessment …..

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