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This Day in History for October 22

1746 – Princeton University (NJ) received its charter. 1836 – Sam Houston inaugurated as 1st elected President of the Republic of Texas. 1861 – 1st telegraph line linking West & East coasts completed. 1879 – Thomas Edison perfects carbonized cotton filament light bulb. 1906 – Henry Ford becomes President of Ford Motor Company. 1907 – Ringling Brothers Greatest Show on Earth buys Barnum & Bailey circus. 1924 – Toastmasters International is founded. 1928 – Herbert Hoover speaks of “American system of rugged individualism” 1934 – In East Liverpool, Ohio, notorious bank robber Pretty Boy Floyd is shot and killed by Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. 1938 – Chester Carlson demonstrates …..

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Thoughts While Shaving for Sunday, Oct. 21

ACC football results Syracuse 40 – UNC 37 (overtime) Clemson 41 – NC State 7 Virginia 28 – Duke 14 Florida State 38 – Wake Forest 17 Other scores Alabama 58 – Tennessee 21 USF 37 – ECU 10 Purdue 49 – Ohio State 20 LSU 19 – MS State 3 Appalachian State 27 – Louisiana-Layette 17 MLB World Series begins Tuesday @ 8:09 PM Dodgers vs Red Sox Apparently no winner in Power Ball drawing last night (Saturday) Over $2 Billion between Power Ball and Mega Millions in next drawings. A lot of grocery money will be spent on lottery tickets. Bladenboro Beast Fest next weekend (Friday and Saturday) …..

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NCHSAA Class 2A MidEast Women’s Tennis Regionals Rained Out Saturday

REIDSVILLE – The NCHSAA Class 2A MidEast Women’s Tennis Regionals were postponed by rain Saturday and will be resumed Monday at Jaycee Park. In semi-final play scheduled for Monday at 2 p.m., West Bladen senior Savannah Lee who owns a 19-2 match record this season will play Durham School of the Arts Aiden Rooney who sports a 19-0 record. Both players have already qualified for next week’s Class 2A State Tournament at Cary Tennis Park. The winner of Monday’s semi-final advances to the regional championship. The loser will play a third-place match for state seeding purposes. To reach the semi-finals, Lee handed the Regionals No. 2 seed Nithya Sampath her …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – October 21

1774 – First display of the word “Liberty” on a flag, raised by colonists in Taunton, Massachusetts and which was in defiance of British rule in Colonial America. 1797 – The USS Constitution (Old Ironside) is launched in Boston. 1869 – 1st shipment of fresh oysters comes overland from Baltimore. 1902 – In the United States, a five month strike by United Mine Workers ends. 1911 – RS Huchens & M Hudsons “Garden of Allah” premieres in NYC. 1915 – William Jennings Bryan’s successor as US Secretary of State, Robert Lansing sends a note to Britain protesting interference with US shipping. 1925 – Sidney Howards “Lucky Sam McGarver” premieres in …..

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Reminder to voters: Photographing a voted ballot is against the law

RALEIGH, N.C. – The State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement is reminding voters that North Carolina law prohibits taking photographs of voted ballots. N.C.G.S. § 163A-1133(c).   Voters are allowed to have phones or electronic devices with them while voting as long as those devices are not used to photograph a ballot or communicate with anyone via voice, text, email or any other method.   Voters, especially younger or first-time voters, may not know that it is illegal to photograph their ballot or that they are not permitted to communicate using an electronic device while in the act of voting.   “We understand the desire to photograph yourself voting, especially in the …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

  • 10/20/2018
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Four candidates filed for three seats on the Elizabethtown Town Board. They were: Bob Beasley, Henry Bostic,  Russell Grimes and Pervis McLaughlin. The Bladen County Board of Education announced that their budget for the coming fiscal year was $13 million. The town of White Lake announced plans for a new annexation. The town board of Elizabethtown voted to purchase “Welcome To Elizabethtown”  signs. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Not sure about a Mega Million (Billion) winner last night.  As of early Saturday (10/20/18) no one had stepped forward. Still early. According to statistics related to US lotteries $72.97 billion is spent annually on lottery tickets or about $223 for every American citizen.  Not sure if the math adds up, just repeating someone else info. Tonight, a drawing for Power Ball will be held and it apparently will be worth over $400 million. High School football results from Friday night action: East Bladen 40, East Columbus 0 St. Pauls 62, West Bladen 20 Read about both games on our Sports Page.  John Clark has it covered. Remember the Kevin Conner …..

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West Bladen’s Savannah Lee advances in tennis regionals

REIDSVILLE – West Bladen’s Savannah Lee knocked off the No. 2 seed in the Class 2A MidEast Regional, Sry Nithya of the N. C. School of Science and Math, 6-3, 6-3 Friday afternoon to reach Saturday’s third round of the Regionals at Jaycee Park. Lee had earlier claimed a first round victory to set up the meeting with Nithya. West Bladen’s doubles team of Alyssa Bell and Autumn Brisson, the Three Rivers Conference doubles champions, were eliminated in their first round match Friday. East Bladen’s Ting Lin and Ashley Hardin lost their first round doubles match in the regionals 6-3, 6-1.     Share:

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Football: St. Pauls 62, West Bladen 20

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong BLADENBORO – St. Pauls scored the final 34 points of their Three Rivers Conference football game with West Bladen Friday night to post a 62-20 football victory over the Knights. The Knights drove 84 yards in 9 plays on their third possession of the game. Junior quarterback Tyre Boykin scooted 20 yards to start the drive. Boykin then connected with senior Nelson Drake on a 25-yard pass play. A penalty tacked onto the end of the play moved the ball to the Bulldog 26 yardline. On third down and 13, junior Tra’shawn Ballard turned a pass from Boykin into a 17-yard gain. Boykin hit Drake with …..

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Football: East Bladen 49, East Columbus 0

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmore quarterback Zach Meares threw for 3 touchdowns Friday night to lead East Bladen to a 49-0 Three Rivers Conference victory over East Columbus. The Eagles struck quickly with a touchdown only a minute and seven seconds into the game. Meares connected with Xavier McKoy on the 8-yard scoring pass, and junior Gabe Barber nailed the first of 7 extra points. Senior Eric Chancy capped the second Eagle scoring drive with a one-yard touchdown run. Barber booted the conversion for a 14-0 lead at the 4:53 mark of the first period. Junior Lawson Hester bulled into the end zone from 2 yards out midway …..

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This Day in History for October 20

1803 – US Senate ratifies the Louisiana Purchase. 1817 – 1st Mississippi “Showboat” leaves Nashville on maiden voyage. 1820 – Spain sells part of Florida to US for $5 million. 1864 – US President Abraham Lincoln formally establishes Thanksgiving as a national holiday. 1898 – NC Mutual & Provident Insurance Company forms. 1906 – Dr. Lee DeForest demonstrated his electrical vacuum tube (radio tube) 1917 – US suffragette Alice Paul begins a 7 month jail sentence for protesting women’s rights in Washington. 1939 – “All the Things You Are” recorded by Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. 1944 – US forces under General Douglas MacArthur return to the Philippines with the landing of …..

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North Carolina’s September Employment Figures Released 

 The state’s seasonally adjusted September unemployment rate was 3.8 percent, decreasing 0.1 of a percentage point from August’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.7 percent. North Carolina’s September 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.6 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed decreased 418 over the month to 4,805,218 and increased 60,636 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 9,530 over the month to 187,386 and decreased 32,493 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, decreased 21,900 to 4,504,700 in September. The major industries with the largest over-the-month …..

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Price gouging found in Bladen County

By Charlotte Smith There have been many contractors in Bladen County since Hurricane Florence assisting homeowners with property repairs. Local and out of town professionals have been seen from one end of the county to the other. However, one reputable insurance agent has reported suspected price gouging. An elderly lady who owns a double wide mobile home in Camp Clearwater at White Lake reported being charged $1,392 to have her roof partially covered by a tarp. The tarp installation cost may have been price gouging according to professionals in the field. Brian Sasser a local roofer from Bladen County explained a 40 foot by 20 foot tarp costs $102. An …..

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Income Taxes, Sales Taxes and Hunting Rights on the Ballot

By Erin Smith Voters have begun heading to the polls to cast their ballots with One Stop Voting having started on Wednesday. As of 2 p.m. Friday, 1,275 ballots had been cast, according to the Bladen County Board of Elections. Bladen County has 23,124 registered voters, according to the NC State Board of Elections. The One Stop Voting location is the Bladen County Public Library located at 111 N. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown. The hours of operation are: *Wednesday, October 17, thru Saturday October 20, 2018, from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. *Monday, October 22, thru Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. *Monday, October 29, thru Friday, November …..

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County employees questioned pay after storm

By Erin Smith During an emergency event or major storm, county employees are extremely busy. The county employs many individuals to provide numerous services for its residents and the workload sometimes doubles when there is a storm. Behind the scenes of the Bladen County Emergency Management team some county employees ensure residents have water and sewer services. There are county staff members protecting property, lives and collecting debris from the roadways while storms threaten the area. Yet others are working at the shelters ensuring the safety and well being of displaced residents and animals. Hurricane Florence was no exception adding to the workload for county employees. BladenOnline.com received some questions regarding …..

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East Bladen High School

JV Football: East Bladen 22, James Kenan 6

WARSAW – East Bladen defeated James Kenan 22-6 Thursday night in non-conference jayvee football action. Tyler Hill ran for the first East Bladen touchdown. Kory Smith caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Dylan Fine in the closing minute of the first half. Timothy McLean raced 65 yards for the other Eagle touchdown, and Darius Autry ran for a pair of 2-point conversions. Share:

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JV Football: St. Pauls 22, West Bladen 14, Overtime

ST PAULS – St. Pauls scored a touchdown and a 2-point conversion in overtime Thursday night to defeat West Bladen 22-14 in Three Rivers Conference junior varsity football action. Quarterback Devon Strange powered into the end zone from a yard out on the quarterback sneak to give the Knights an early 6-0 lead. St. Pauls rallied and took a 14-6 lead, before West Bladen answered with 4:30 left in the game. The Knights recovered their own fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. Strange then tossed a 2-point conversion pass to Ke’shawn Ballard to tie the game 14-14. Freshman fullback Lance Soumanoro led the Knight offense by rushing for …..

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No responsibility taken in flooded homes due to dike damage

Staff report The Kelly community is seeking answers for how to repair and maintain the White Oak Dike system that protects the community from flooding. The Kelly Dike system was one of the topics of discussion on Monday during the Bladen County Commissioners’ Hurricane Florence briefing.  The White Oak Dike located in Kelly was breached in two locations during Hurricane Florence leading to devastating flooding throughout the community. The dike system was built following the Cape Fear River flooding in 1945. Dean Morris, with the Bladen County Soil and Water Division, said the dike was originally constructed by the US Army Corps of Engineers but they have not taken ownership of the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

NFL action last night – Denver Broncos 45, Cardinals 10. High school action tonight:, 7:30 PM East Columbus at East Bladen St. Pauls at West Bladen NCHSAA Mideast Regional Tennis action 1 PM, West Bladen’s Savannah Lee is competing in Singles; West Bladen’s Alyssa Bell & Autumn Brisson and East Bladen’s Ashley Hardin and Ting Lin are competing in doubles. Early voting continues at the Bladen County Library. Off election year simply means no presidential contest this year, but so many important ‘races’ to be determined. Thinking back to the first election I remember, was 1952 when President Dwight D. Eisenhower(R) defeated former Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson(D) in a landslide.  …..

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Middle School Football: Elizabethtown 20, Clarkton School of Discovery 6

ELIZABETHTOWN – Hunter Elks ran for over 100 yards and two touchdowns Thursday night to lead Elizabethtown to a 20-6 Waccamaw Middle School Conference football victory over Clarkton School of Discovery. Clarkton took the opening kick-off and consumed most of the first quarter clock with a drive deep into Cougar territory that was eventually stopped on downs. Elks raced 30 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter that put Elizabethtown ahead 6-0 at halftime. In the third quarter, Darius Williamson stripped the ball from an attempted Blue Devil hand-off and galloped 35 yards for an Elizabethtown defensive touchdown that boosted the lead to 12-0. Clarkton rallied as Nyquan Richardson …..

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Men’s Soccer: Whiteville 4, West Bladen 0

WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated West Bladen 4-0 Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer action. “Not a lot went our way,” said West Bladen Coach Phillip Turnage. “It was a bit of a setback, but things will be different Monday when we play them again at home.” The Knights are now 5-5 in conference play. Share:

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JV Volleyball: Red Springs 2, West Bladen 1

RED SPRINGS – Red Springs rallied in the final two sets to edge West Bladen 2-1 Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-23, 13-25 and 15-8. Freshman Hannah Pait slammed in 7 kills, an ace and 4 service points. Ashlyn Cox hammered in 5 aces, 3 service points and dished out 4 assists. Freshman Kylee Ward drilled in 7 service points, 2 aces and a kill. Freshman Lauren Pait keyed the Lady Knight defense with 9 digs and belted in an ace and a kill. Taylor West fired in 4 aces, 2 kills and had 2 digs. “The Jayvees had a great season,” said …..

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Volleyball: West Bladen 3, Red Springs 0

RED SPRINGS – West Bladen completed their regular season with a winning record Thursday night as the Lady Knights defeated Red Springs 3-0 in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-14, 25-23 and 25-17. Senior Raegan Davis hammered in 10 kills, 7 aces, 3 service points, 2 solo blocks and had 7 assists and 3 digs to lead the Lady Knights. Junior Mikayla Meadows slammed in 8 kills, 2 aces, 2 service points and had one dig. Sophmore Shelby Pharr knocked in 6 kills, 2 aces, 4 service points and had 2 digs. Senior Caroline Davis led the Lady Knight defense with 15 digs. Junior Jordan Benson …..

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This Day in History for October 19

1765 – Stamp Act Congress meets in New York City, writes the Declaration of Rights and Grievances. 1781 – British forces under General Charles Cornwallis sign terms of surrender to George Washington and comte de Rochambeau at Yorktown at 2 pm; US Revolutionary War ends. 1870 – 1st African Americans (4) elected to US House of Representatives. 1914 – US Post Office 1st used an automobile to collect and deliver mail. 1915 – US bankers arrange a $500 million loan to the British and French. 1926 – John C Garand patents semi-automatic rifle. 1932 – Henry Ford gives his 1st radio speech. 1932 – Jimmie Foxx wins AL MVP and …..

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Slow moving processes to repair extraordinary issues with bridge and cemetery

  By Charlotte Smith Hurricane Florence devastated many areas of Bladen County. Elizabethtown, the county seat, did not have as many residents reporting damages, but issues involving a main bridge and cemetery in the town has many citizens eagerly awaiting answers. An extreme amount of debris under the U.S. Highway 701 bridge over the Cape Fear River in Elizabethtown has caused concerns about possible damage to the bridge. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has been sorting through solutions with the Town of Elizabethtown officials, InterCoastal Contracting, Inc and the Army Corps of Engineers about the bridge project, according to Andrew Barksdale, Public Relations Officer with the  North Carolina Department …..

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Are You Prepared for Flu Season?

Flu Season is just around the corner! Did you get your flu vaccine? The flu can affect people of all ages, even those in good health. Protect against the flu by getting a flu shot, and use these tips to stay healthy during flu season: The CDC recommends getting a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting the flu vaccine can help you avoid missing work or school because of the virus. It takes about two weeks after you get the vaccine to be fully protected. Get a flu vaccine before the virus spreads in your community. For more information about staying healthy this flu season, visit https://www.cdc.gov/flu/consumer/prevention.htm. Share:

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By Dora Brogdon This week a 1 to 2 year old female bulldog mix named Autumn has been picked to be Pet of the Week. She is very friendly and doesn’t seem aggressive towards other dogs. Autumn is waiting at Bladen County Animal Shelter for her forever family to come by and adopt her. The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at 12 noon until 5 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown, …..

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Booker T. Washington Alumni Association Annual Fish and Chicken Fry

The Booker T. Washington Alumni Association will conduct their first annual fish and chicken fry on Saturday, November 3, 2018, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. The fundraiser will benefit the scholarship fund. Cost of a Fish or Chicken Dinner is $8.00 It will be held at the Lewis Building located at 1711 Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown, NC. There will also be raffle tickets available at cost of $1.00 for one and $5.00 for six tickets. Share:

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If You Want to Make Your Pre-Winter Roof Checkup Easier, Your Attic Can Help

Contributed If you put any stock in the Farmer’s Almanac, it’s going to be a harsh winter. Which is one of the many reasons to check the health of your roof now . By using your attic, you may save yourself a trip to the hospital. Think of it this way: No homeowner wants to be climbing a ladder 25 feet or so into the sky when Old Man Winter hits. Instead, your attic – which is a lot more comfortable – can substitute, as a fallback, for the eyeball roof check experts recommend be done every pre-winter and spring to identify problems before they become even more serious headaches. …..

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Cactus Collecting

By Timothy J. Malinich Cacti (singular cactus) catch the eye of many hobbyists. They are easy and rewarding to grow, fun to display, and readily available. People are often hesitant to grow them because they fear the reputation of these desert denizens. Here are a few tips that will hopefully de-mystify the collecting of cacti. Names Names given to cacti tend to create confusion for the collector. Common names used by hobbyists often include entire groups of related plants. For instance, the genus Gymnocalyciumhas about 71 species, but they are all referred to as “chin cactus” for the dimple between each cluster of spines on the rib. Each cactus does have …..

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NC DOT

NCDOT at the State Fair

Fall is here, which means the North Carolina State Fair has arrived. In addition to enjoying the rides and deep fried everything, fairgoers should plan to visit the department’s booths for fun, as well as safety tips and helpful information on a number of topics. Visited by more than 100,000 people every year, the Safety City attraction, located near Gate 1, informs and engages visitors on things like the dangers of impaired driving and speeding, as well as railroad safety tips, plus seat belt and child passenger protection. Fairgoers can also receive driver license services from the north Carolina DMV at its booth between Dorton arena and the Jim Graham …..

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Officers Learning Valuable Driving Skills

Contributed Although Wednesday started with heartbreaking news of a fallen law enforcement officer, officers from the Whiteville Police Department, Elizabethtown Police Department, and the Bladen County Sheriffs Office trained together on Tuesday and Wednesday in Precision Law Enforcement Driving and Defensive Maneuvers. The training took place on the taxi-way of the Elizabethtown Airport. “With logistical support from Bladen Community College, I brought in highly specialized instructors from North Wilkesboro, Hickory, and Lincolnton, to assist in the presentation and delivery of this important training session,” said Sgt. Gary Turlington of the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Training Unit. He added, none of the adjunct instructors that assisted in the instruction and training …..

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Damages still coming in from Hurricane Florence

By Erin Smith The damage assessment is still under way in Bladen County from Hurricane Florence. Reports of property damage are still being received from various county departments and organizations. Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw lead a discussion of the recovery efforts on Monday afternoon. “We are still in the process of collecting and analyzing this data,” said Kinlaw. He said the county has just recently received the numbers for the American Red Cross. Kinlaw also  said they have compiled information from fire departments, building inspections, and FEMA representatives. Kinlaw shared some statics with the Bladen County Commissioners and others gathered at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center in Elizabethtown. …..

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Governor Cooper Announces 72 New Manufacturing Jobs and $11M Investment in Rural Communities

Two Companies Will Create Jobs in Madison and Stanly Counties RALEIGH: North Carolina will get 72 new jobs and $11 million in private investment from two economic development projects with manufacturing companies in Madison and Stanly counties, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. “Manufacturers choose North Carolina because of our experienced workforce, robust training opportunities and healthy business climate,” Gov. Cooper said. “These projects bring new jobs to communities eager for them and reinforce North Carolina’s reputation as a leading state for manufacturers, from food and beverage to automotive.” Asheville Kombucha Mamas, LLC, a locally owned natural beverage company more commonly known as BUCHI, is expanding in Madison County, creating 28 …..

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USDA

USDA Issues Safety-Net and Conservation Payments to State Farmers

USDA State Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that approximately $1,524,159.00 will be paid to State farms that enrolled in Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) for 2017 market downturns. Additionally, State FSA will distribute $158,563.00 in Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) rental payments to landowners for their commitment to conservation stewardship. PLC payments have triggered for 2017 barley, canola, corn, grain sorghum, wheat and other crops. In the next few months payments will be triggered for rice, chickpeas, sunflower seeds, flaxseed, mustard seed, rapeseed, safflower, crambe, and sesame seed. Producers with bases enrolled in ARC for 2017 crops can visit www.fsa.usda.gov/arc-plc for updated crop yields, prices, revenue and payment rates. In state, 14 counties have …..

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen Accepting Canned Food Items at Friday Night Football

Friday night East Bladen will be accepting canned food items at both gates during the varsity football game to help with the canned food drive for Bladen Crisis. Also, Do Right Carpet will be giving away a $250.00 store credit that will go along with the 50/50.  Tickets will be sold at the front gate and in the stands.  The drawing will take place at the end of the 3rd quarter. “A big thanks to Jeff Pope for his generous donation and for supporting East Bladen Athletics,” said Athletic Director Patty Evers. Share:

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West Bladen High to Host Veterans Recognition Ceremony

West Bladen High School will host it’s annual Veteran’s Recognition Assembly on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 9:30 a.m., in the West Bladen High School gymnasium at 1600 NC Hwy. 410, Bladenboro, NC 28320. There will be a small reception for Veteran’s at 8:30 a.m. in the media center. If you plan on attending the assembly please RSVP with 1SG(R) John Gillespie at jegillespie@bladen.k12.nc.us or 910-862-2130 prior to October 31st. If you are a West Bladen High School alumni and would like to be added to the slide presentation email 1SG Gillespie a photo, full name, rank, branch of service, dates of service and year graduated from WBHS. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Condolences seem so inadequate for a man who lost his life protecting ours.  RIP Trooper Kevin Keith Conner.  Visitation and funeral are planned for Sunday afternoon at South Columbus High School.  Google Inman Ward Funeral Home in Tabor City, NC for details. Early voting is underway for the 2018 General Election.  The election will be held Tuesday, November 6.  Just one early voting site in Bladen County, the Bladen County Library on North Cypress Street. When rainfall totals are added up at the end of the year, may be one of Bladen’s wettest ever.  Average rainfall is in the range of 48 to 52 inches, or about an inch a week. Check BladenOnline News and Events pages …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for October 18

1648 – First labor organization forms in North American colonies. (Boston Shoemakers) 1767 – Mason Dixon line, the boundary between Maryland & Pennsylvania agreed upon. 1867 – US takes possession of Alaska from Russia having paid $7.2 million. 1878 – Edison makes electricity available for household use. 1898 – American flag raised in Puerto Rico. 1924 – Notre Dame beats Army 13-7, NY Herald Tribune dubs them (4 Horsemen) 1931 – American gangster Al Capone convicted of tax evasion. 1940 – Kaufman & Harts “George Washington Slept Here” premieres in NYC. 1952 – Date of he first Mad Magazine issue. 1954 – Hurricane Hazel becomes most severe to ever hit …..

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JV Volleyball: Fairmont 2, West Bladen 0

BLADENBORO – Fairmont defeated West Bladen 2-0 Wednesday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by set scores of 25-23 and 25-16. Freshman Lauren Pait led the Lady Knights with 9 digs, 3 aces and 2 service points. Freshman Hannah Pait hammered in 5 kills and a service point. Taylor West drilled in an ace and 5 service points. Ashlyn Cox knocked in 3 service points and 2 aces for West. Olivia Allen was credited with 3 digs. Caroline Brisson and Kylee Ward fired in one service point each, and Savannah Turbeville and Alyssa Suggs hammered in one kill each. The Lady Knights will travel to Red Springs for …..

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JV Volleyball: East Bladen 2, West Bladen 0

BLADENBORO – East Bladen defeated West Bladen 2-0 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by set scores of 25-9 and 25-23. Junior Adrienne Howell opened the first set with a trio of service points, and junior Shanell McMillian pushed the Lady Eagles in front 7-4 with a trio of service points. Freshman Merritt Martin fired in 7 straight service points to stretch the lead to 18-9, and sophmore Cheylee Mathis served out the set with 6 consecutive service points. A trio of Mathis service points staked East Bladen to an early 4-1 lead in Set 2. Ashlyn Cox answered with a pair of service points, and freshman …..

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Volleyball: Fairmont 3, West Bladen 1

BLADENBORO – Fairmont rallied after dropping the first set to defeat West Bladen 3-1 Wednesday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 19-25, 26-24, 25-16 and 25-15. Senior Raegan Davis pounded in a team-high 18 kills, 2 aces, a solo block, a service point and had 5 digs and 5 assists. Junior Lexie Corrothers slammed in 5 kills, a block and 7 service points. Senior Caroline Davis sparked the Lady Knight defense with 20 digs. Junior Jordan Benson filled up the stat sheet with 10 assists, 7 digs, 8 service points, 3 aces and 2 kills. Junior Tatiana Hunt was credited with 11 digs. Junior Mikayla …..

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Men’s Soccer: West Bladen 3, East Columbus 0

BLADENBORO – Senior Pablo Ortega blasted in 2 goals Wednesday night to lead West Bladen to a 3-0 Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer victory over East Columbus. Ortega also scored 2 goals in Saturday’s 4-1 Knight win at East Columbus and has now scored 5 goals in his last 3 games. Sophmore Keni Verdugo Gomez fired in the other goal for the Knights who led 2-0 at halftime. “Our defense had a great game,” said West Bladen Coach Phillip Turnage. “It was our Senior Night, so I was glad that we prevailed. We have another tough game tomorrow against Whiteville.” The Knights improve to 5-4 in league play and will …..

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Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 3, Whiteville 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Senior Greyson Heustess scored all 3 East Bladen goals Wednesday night to record a ‘Hat Trick’ as the Eagles claimed a key 3-0 Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer victory over Whiteville. The victory gave Coach Jay Raynor’s Eagles a 2-game lead over Whiteville and St. Pauls in the race for the TRC championship. East Bladen improved to 10-1 in league play and 14-1-2 overall. The three goals lifted Heustess’ total for the season to 25 goals in 17 games. Heustess scored one goal in the first half and tacked on two more in the second half. Seniors Pierce Melvin and Keshaun Davis and junior Jake Evans were credited …..

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NCHSAA Class 2A Dual Team Tennis Play-offs: Greene Central 5, West Bladen 1

BLADENBORO – Greene Central defeated West Bladen 5-1 Wednesday in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A dual team women’s tennis play-offs. It was the first loss of the season for Coach Billy Bryant’s Lady Knights, the Three Rivers Conference champions. West Bladen finishes 16-1 for the season. Junior Alyssa Bell accounted for the West Bladen point, winning her singles match 6-2, 6-1. Bell and doubles partner Autumn Brisson will be playing in the MidEast Regional doubles competition Friday in Reidsville. Teammate Savannah Lee will be playing in the Regional singles. Singles Madison Holloman (GC) def. Savannah Lee 7-5, 6-2 McKinesy Harper (GC) def. Autumn Brisson 6-0, 6-0 Alyssa …..

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Suspect in Shooting of Highway Patrol Trooper Makes First Appearance

By Erin Smith The suspect in the early morning shooting of a NC Highway Patrol Trooper made his first appearance before Judge Scott Ussery in a Columbus County Courtroom on Wednesday afternoon.  Raheem Davis, 20, of Chadbourn, is charged with first degree murder and is being held without bond. If convicted, Davis could face either the death penalty or life in prison.  “I will convene a panel of Senior District Attorneys in the coming weeks to make a determination as to whether or not to seek the death penalty,” said District Attorney Jon David in court. Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher said Davis is being held at an undisclosed facility …..

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Fallen Trooper recognized by hometown, colleagues

By Erin Smith There was an air sadness as residents, family members and friends gathered along the sidewalks of Main Street in Bladenboro to say goodbye to a favorite son. Fallen NC Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner grew up in the town and its residents gathered to pay tribute to him. Trooper Conner was shot and killed in the line of duty early on Wednesday morning as he attempted to conduct a traffic stop on US 701 near Sellers Town Road. The procession of NC Highway Patrol vehicles, Bladenboro Police Cars, Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and unmarked police vehicles passed through downtown Bladenboro and made its way to Whiteville, eventually …..

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Subdivision Expansion in the Works

By Erin Smith An expansion is in the works for the Oyster Shell Ridge subdivision off of Owen Hill Road near Elizabethtown. Christian Campbell said the project is being undertaken by the Hilton-DeVane Company. Campbell, who is the project manager, said the expansion will be the third phase of the subdivision. She said plans call for the construction of homes, which will range in size from 1,600 to 2,000 square feet on lots that range in size from 0.60 acres to 1 acre in size. The homes are expected to range in price from $200,000 to $300,000 when completed. Campbell said the Oyster Shell Ridge subdivision features paved roads, a …..

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Light up your community; go local for the holidays

When you shop, eat or stay local you help create more local jobs. According to a report 28 more jobs are reported when you shop with independent retailers. BladenOnline.com will have a template with the Shop Local, Eat Local, Stay Local campaign featured in the middle with advertisements of local businesses around the perimeter of the template. We will also be giving away 200 t-shirts at the local Christmas Parades and other festivals and holiday events. You can advertise your businesses on both! Deadline to reserve sponsorship with ad copy is November 2, 2018. Ad template will run from November 9th until December 26th. View agreement and more here: PDF …..

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Bladen County Commissioners Recognize Employees

Erin Smith Several Bladen County employees were recognized for their years of service to the county on Monday night, by the Bladen County Board of Commissioners. Bladen County Commissioner Chairman, Ray Britt, thanked them for their dedication to the job and for their service to the County. Recognized employees: *Jacquelyn Hilburn of the Bladen County Department of Social Services for 15 years of service *Sandra Rodgers of the Bladen County Department of Social Services for 15 years of service *Maria Edwards, Clerk of the Board, for 5 years of service *Jillina Owens of the Register of Deeds Office for 10 years of service *Richard Allen with the Bladen County Sheriff’s …..

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Bladen County Tax Office Implements New Procedures

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Tax Office will review and implementing new procedures to help improve the County’s tax collection rate. On Monday night, Bladen County Tax Administrator, Renee Davis, told the Bladen County Board of Commissioners the ad valorem tax collection rate for the county is at 95.6 percent. “Our office has put more effort into collections,” said Davis. She said the North Carolina Department of Revenue had recently performed a site visit to the Bladen County Tax office and had made four suggestions to assist the staff with collections. Davis said the first suggestion is account maintenance. She said the team with the Department of Revenue suggested …..

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Small Business Center reaches out to community; incubator back on track

Contributed Since Hurricane Florence struck Bladen County businesses with a mighty blow in September, many have been searching for answers. Todd Lyden, Director with the Small Business Center at Bladen Community College met with the Elizabethtown Rotary Club to explain options for storm victims. “A lot of business owners were prepared for this storm because of their experience from Hurricane Matthew, but some were not,” Lyden explained to the club members. A lot of people have been reaching out to the the Small Business Center for assistance and loans, Lyden reported. Investing in basic insurance liability and coverage will help a lot of business owners facing natural disasters such as …..

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In-person early voting begins Wednesday; Bladen County one-stop voting

RALEIGH, N.C. – In-person early voting for the 2018 general election begins Wednesday (October 17) in North Carolina. Statewide, more than 300 early voting sites will offer approximately 50,000 combined hours of voting through Saturday, November 3. Election Day is November 6. The 18-day early voting period  allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot in person at any early voting site in their county. County-by-county early voting sites and hours are available here. Early voting also offers “same-day registration,” allowing individuals eligible to vote who aren’t yet registered in their county to register and vote at the same time. The regular voter registration deadline has passed. Same-day registrants must complete a voter …..

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Junior Livestock Sale of Champions draws record $190,000

Money goes to scholarships and winners RALEIGH – Junior winners in the N.C. State Fair livestock shows drew a record $190,000 for the top steers, barrows, lambs, goats and turkeys in the Junior Livestock Sale of Champions at the N.C. State Fair on Oct. 13. “The support of our junior livestock program is tremendous, and we are proud that so many businesses and organizations turned out to support the hard work of all these junior exhibitors,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The money raised will go a long way towards college educations, scholarships and educational outreach.” The grand champion junior market steer was shown by Ross Hinnant of Wilson, with …..

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October 16 SFSGA Tourney At Pinecrest

Sixty-eight players participated in the Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association tournament played October 16 at Pinecrest Country Club in Lumberton. The winning team, with a score of 53, was C.L. Gore, Ronnie Tart, Larry Mitchell and Sherrill Skipper. Next week’s tourney will be held at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. Share:

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Update: NC Highway Patrol Trooper Killed in Columbus County

By Erin Smith Update: The North Carolina Highway Patrol has identified the Trooper killed in the line of duty as Kevin Conner. According to Michael Baker, a spokesperson with the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Trooper Conner is an 11-year veteran of the North Carolina Highway Patrol Troop B District 5 in Columbus County. According to a release from the Highway Patrol, “At approximately 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17, a state trooper stopped a white GMC pickup truck for a speeding violation on US 701 near Sellers Town Rd in Columbus County.  The driver of the pickup pulled over onto the shoulder and the trooper made his initial approach.  The driver …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Early voting for the November 6, 2018 General Elections is underway as of today.  Just one early voting site his year, at the Bladen County Library on N. Cypress Street.  Will be interesting to see how much activity in Bladen County this year.  Two years ago, in the presidential election, 15,743 voted in the county….54.1 percent for Trump, 44.6 percent for Clinton and 1.3 percent for others. In 2014, (non-presidential election year) 11,712 voted in he General Election.  In the race for Sheriff (normally one of the highest profile contests), 11,579 voted. Jim McVicker (R) received 5,964 votes (51.51 percent) and 5,615 (48.49 percent) voted for incumbent Prentis Benston (D).  Every …..

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This Day in History for October 17

1691 – New royal charter for Massachusetts, now including Maine, Plymouth. 1904 – Bank of Italy (Bank of America) opens its doors. 1919 – Radio Corporation of America (RCA) created as subsidiary of General Electric. 1933 – Albert Einstein arrives in US as a refugee from Nazi Germany. 1941 – USS Kearney becomes the 1st US destroyer torpedoed in World Wide II, while the country is still neutral. 1954 – Philadelphia Eagle Adrian Burk passes from 7 touchdowns vs Washington (49-21) 1955 – Lee Meriwether joins Today Show. 1960 – US & Britain sign accord for nuclear submarine bases. 1962 – Yanks beat Giants for 20th world championship. 1967 – …..

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Middle School Football: Whiteville Central 28, Bladenboro 6

WHITEVILLE – Whiteville Central built a 22-6 halftime lead en route to a 28-6 Waccamaw Middle School Conference football victory over Bladenboro in a game that was delayed over 30 minutes by lightning in the second half. Gary Parker broke free down the left side and raced 70 yards for a Bulldog touchdown and an early 6-0 lead. The Wolfpack rallied with a pair of long touchdown runs to take a 14-6 lead then added another touchdown in the final minute of the half. The Bulldogs will play Tabor City Tuesday. Share:

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Middle School Football: Acme-Delco 22, Clarkton School of Discovery 14

CLARKTON –Acme-Delco defeated Clarkton School of Discovery 22-14 Tuesday night in Waccamaw Middle School Conference football action. Nyquan Richardson scored the first Blue Devil touchdown, and Lafon Monroe ran for the second Clarkton touchdown. Monroe then carried into the end zone for the 2-point conversion. The Blue Devils will travel to Elizabethtown Thursday night. Share:

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Middle School Football: Elizabethtown 30, Tar Heel 14

ELIZABETHTOWN– Quarterback Jacob Nixon threw a pair of touchdown passes Tuesday night to lead Elizabethtown to a 30-14 Waccamaw Middle School Conference football victory over Tar Heel. Nixon hurled a 35-yard pass to Malcolm Bolden for the first Cougar touchdown. Hunter Elks ran the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 lead. Bolden popped loose for a 10-yard touchdown run as Elizabethtown took a 14-8 halftime lead. Elks bolted 6 yards for a Cougar touchdown in the third period, and Bolden carried for the 2-point conversion. Nixon connected with Cameron White on a 60-yard bomb for the final Elizabethtown touchdown. Elks ran the 2-point conversion. Messyah Whitted scored the first Tar Heel …..

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Cade Hancock Second in Furman Tournament

GREENVILLE, SC- Elizabethtown’s Cade Hancock finished second Sunday in the Hurricane Junior Golf event played this weekend at Furman University. Hancock fired rounds of 71 and 73 to finish at even-par 144 in the Tiger Woods 16-18 year-old boys division, and two shots behind Sam Barton of Center Tuftonboro, NH. “They had 48 kids playing in Cade’s division, and a bunch of kids from the Greg Norman Academy and the Hilton Head Junior Golf Academy,” said Jim Hancock, Cade’s father. “It was really exciting Sunday with the lead going back and forth.” Barton started Sunday’s round with a 3-shot lead after firing a 4-under-par 68 on Saturday, but a double-bogey …..

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Football: East Columbus 42, West Bladen 14

LAKE WACCAMAW- Sophmore Monzelle Campbell ran for 2 touchdowns Tuesday night to lead East Columbus to a 42-14 Three Rivers Conference victory over West Bladen. The Knights marched 54 yards in 7 plays on their opening drive after the Gators had taken a 7-0 lead. Junior quarterback Tyre Boykin broke loose for a 25-yard run to the East 26 yardline then picked up 7 yards on the next play. Junior Tra’shawn Ballard banged inside for 5 yards and a first down. Boykin darted 6 yards, before Ballard powered into the end zone from 8 yards out for the touchdown to pull West to within 7-6. Campbell dashed 25 yards for …..

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Volleyball: West Bladen 3, East Bladen 1

BLADENBORO – Senior Raegan Davis delivered a monster game Tuesday night to lead West Bladen to a 3-1 Three Rivers Conference volleyball victory over East Bladen by set scores of 25-27, 25-12, 25-21 and 25-15. Davis poured in 20 kills, 12 solo blocks, 11 service points, 5 aces, a block assist and was credited with 12 assists and 8 digs. Junior teammate Lexie Corrothers hammered in 10 kills, a service point and had one dig. Senior Caroline Davis keyed the Lady Knight defense with 24 digs. Sophmore Sidnee Walters knocked in 10 service points, 2 aces, 3 kills and had 2 digs. Junior Jordan Benson racked up 8 assists, 5 …..

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North Carolina Bluegrass band Sweet Potato Pie to perform

North Carolina Bluegrass band Sweet Potato Pie will perform November 1 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in Lumberton. In partnership with the Robeson County Arts Council as part of its annual Bluegrass on the Blackwater series: Sweet Potato Pie has been entertaining audiences for over a decade with their classy blend of Americana, Bluegrass, Country and Gospel music mixed together in a style they call “sweetgrass.” Radio and TV are well acquainted with their “angelic” vocals from appearances on PBS, the Food Network and worldwide radio broadcasts. Hailed as the “Lennon Sisters of Bluegrass,” their show revolves around their beautiful three-part harmonies, hard driving instrumentals and down home …..

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North Carolina Wins $27 Million in Federal Funding to Fight Opioid Misuse

RALEIGH: North Carolina will receive $27 million over the next year to fight the state’s opioid epidemic by getting people off opioids and preventing others from misusing them, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Grants include $23 million from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and $4 million from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services will administer both grants. In July, Governor Cooper issued an executive order directing DHHS to seek federal prevention and treatment funds to combat the crisis. “Preventing opioid misuse and treating addiction save lives and we must fight harder against substance use disorder,” Governor Cooper said. …..

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Farmland preservation grants available through NCDA&CS

Application deadline is Dec. 14   RALEIGH – County governments and nonprofit groups pursuing farmland preservation projects have until Dec. 14 to apply for funding assistance from the N.C. Agricultural Development and Farmland Preservation Trust Fund. This year’s request for proposals includes statewide funding for conservation easements, agricultural development projects and agricultural plans. “The ADFP Trust Fund continues to support working family farms in North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is committed to conserving working lands throughout our state and enhancing the agribusinesses that keep farms productive.” The trust fund’s purpose is to support projects that encourage the preservation of qualifying …..

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Joint Operation Leads To Two Arrests

Contributed The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit, Elizabethtown Police Department and North Carolina Probation and Parole have completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Jones Street area of Elizabethtown. During the investigation, it was determined by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit that the below listed individuals were responsible for distributing Controlled Substances in and around the Elizabethtown area of Bladen County. This investigation originated from citizen complaints which prompted Narcotics Agents to respond to the area of 103 Jones Street, Elizabethtown, NC.  Agents conducted undercover purchases from the residence in this investigation where controlled substances were sold. At the conclusion of this investigation, on …..

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Department of Public Instruction announces $60 million to hurricane-damaged schools 

State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that the N.C. Department of Public Instruction is disbursing $60 million in emergency capital funding for the public schools damaged by Hurricane Florence: $25 million from the N.C. Education Lottery fund and $35 million appropriated by the General Assembly Monday from the state’s rainy-day fund. The funds will go toward emergency capital needs for damaged schools in the 28 counties designated in President Donald Trump’s disaster declaration following the storm and flooding in September. “I am pleased that the legislature and the governor agreed on the funds so quickly,” Johnson said. “We know the need is great, and we are wasting no time getting …..

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Places of Worship with Hurricane Damage

Any places of worship that received damage from Hurricane Florence are encouraged to attend a Public Assistance meeting to receive details on how to apply for the FEMA Public Assistance program which may provide financial assistance to help in your recovery process.   Bladen County Public Safety Training Center 5853 US 701 N, Elizabethtown, NC 28337 October 25, 2018 6:00 pm Building D, Classroom 1 Stay tuned to your local and social media channels for updates. Share:

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Bladen County Commissioners Heated in Personnel Discussion

By Erin Smith A large crowd gathered at the Bladen County Courthouse on Monday night, forcing the Commissioners’ meeting to be moved to the Superior Court Room. They were present for a discussion regarding a personnel matter at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, which became heated. The matter dealt with the hiring of Kate McVicker, who is the daughter-in-law of Bladen County Sheriff, Jim McVicker. She was hired in July 2017 to serve as a background investigator, verifying employee certifications and maintaining personal records. Bladen County Manager, Greg Martin, said the Sheriff’s Office personnel are separate from other county personnel. They are hired through the Sheriff’s Office, much like employees …..

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Bladen Disaster Relief Distribution Site New Hours of Distribution for Hurricane Relief Supplies

Contributed Bladen Disaster Relief Distribution site was launched as a concerted effort with Foundation Bible Church, Bladen Crisis Assistance, Bladen County United Way, and the County of Bladen. The organization has been staffed entirely by volunteers from many local churches and residents from in-and-around Bladen County. We are pleased to announce that we have served over 9700 residents of Bladen and surrounding counties at least once, thus far. The new hours of distribution, effective immediately, are: Tuesday and Thursday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm Saturday 9:00 – 11:00 am We take this opportunity the sincerely thank all of our volunteers who have assisted in this effort, and welcome any new …..

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Governor Cooper Signs Bill into Law

RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bill into law: Senate Bill 3: An Act to Enact the 2018 Hurricane Florence Disaster Recovery Act Gov. Cooper shared the following statement on the bill: “I appreciate legislators responding quickly and taking this initial step to help North Carolinians recover from this devastating storm, particularly in the areas of education and the federal match. However, we must continue to work together to provide more for affordable housing and farmers as well as to make real investments to ensure clean water and to lessen the impacts of future storms on our homes, roads, businesses and water infrastructure.” Share:

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Haley George 3rd; A. J. Smith 4th In TRC Meet

WHITEVILLE – West Bladen’s Haley George and East Bladen’s A. J. Smith posted top four finishes Monday in the Three Rivers Conference cross country championship meet. George, a freshman, posted a time of 27 minutes, 39.77 seconds to take third place in the girls meet behind Red Springs senior Keira Bryant (26:06.80) and Whiteville sophomore Fatima Reyes (26:43.01). Smith, a sophomore, was clocked in 21 minutes, 40.66 seconds to claim fourth place in the boys meet behind St. Pauls Tristan Lupo (19:27.32), and Whiteville’s Jalen McMillian (20:16.22) and Brandon Nguyen (20:29.79). Other Bladen County finishers in the girls meet included East Bladen’s Erica McKoy (13th place, 36:46.21) and Vena Metz (18th place, …..

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BB&T to Build 500-Person Facility & Donate Grants

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – BB&T Corporation today announced it will build an approximately 100,000-square-foot office facility at 301 S. James K. Powell Blvd. in downtown Whiteville, North Carolina. The new approximately $20 million building will consolidate the 500 BB&T associates who currently work in nine locations in the Whiteville area including one of its primary Client Care Centers on James B. White Highway. BB&T expects to begin site work on the project during the first quarter of 2019 with an opening date yet to be determined. In addition, the BB&T Charitable fund announced grants totaling $1 million to Southeastern Community College, Whiteville; Robeson Community College, Lumberton; Bladen Community College, Dublin; and …..

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State/FEMA Disaster Recovery Center Open in Bladen County

RALEIGH, N.C. – A disaster recovery center is now open in the town of Elizabethtown in Bladen County. North Carolina Emergency Management and FEMA will open additional centers in affected counties in the coming days. The centers offer in-person support to individuals and businesses in counties included in the North Carolina federal disaster declaration for Hurricane Florence. Representatives from the State of North Carolina, FEMA, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and other organizations are at the centers to explain available assistance programs and help connect survivors with resources that best match their recovery needs. The center is located at: Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center 450 Smith Circle Elizabethtown, N.C. 28337 Hours: …..

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Governor Cooper Comments on Florence Recovery Package

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper shared the following comment on the Hurricane Florence recovery package that passed the legislature tonight: “I appreciate legislators responding quickly and taking this initial step to help North Carolinians recover from this devastating storm, particularly in the areas of education and the federal match. However, we must continue to work together to provide more for affordable housing and farmers as well as to make real investments to ensure clean water and to lessen the impacts of future storms on our homes, roads, businesses and water infrastructure.” Governor Cooper intends to sign the bill into law soon. Share:

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UNITED STATES ATTORNEY ROBERT J.HIGDON, JR. ANNOUNCES PROGRESS IN MAKING OUR COMMUNITIES SAFER THROUGH PROJECT SAFE NEIGHBORHOODS, “TAKE BACK NORTH CAROLINA” INITIATIVE

RALEIGH – One year ago, the Department of Justice announced the revitalization and enhancement of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), which Attorney General Sessions has made the centerpiece of the Department’s violent crime reduction strategy. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at reducing violent crime. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions to address them. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses enforcement efforts on the most violent offenders and partners with locally based prevention and reentry programs for lasting reductions in crime. Throughout the past year, we have partnered with …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Just about every conversation begins with the weather, sooooo, how about the weather?  High today near 80 with a 40 percent chance of rain, low tonight around 65 with a 50 percent chance of rain.  High Wednesday near 74 with 50 percent chance or ‘wet stuff’.  Cooler temps Wednesday night with lows around 49, high in the mid 60s on Thursday and low Thursday night around 44 degrees.  Cool streak could last a few days. As election day draws near, just about everything related to politics causes more confusion.  Our ‘political fuse’ is short.  It’s just another election season.  It comes around every two years for county, state and national elections.  Early …..

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Middle School Girls Soccer: Clarkton School of Discovery 7, Elizabethtown 1

ELIZABETHTOWN –Sophia Masaid blistered the nets with a ‘Hat Trick’ plus one of 4 goals to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 7-1 Waccamaw Middle School girls soccer victory over Elizabethtown at County Park. Jinely Mandujano staked the Lady Blue Devils to an early lead with a goal in the second minute off of an assist from Cydney Campbell. Twelve minutes later Molly Evans banged in a goal off of a corner kick by Mauri Flores. In the 21st minute Masaid knocked in her first goal of the game off of an assist from Mandujano to pad the Clarkton lead to 3-0 at halftime. Masaid opened the second half …..

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Middle School Girls Soccer: Bladenboro 4, Tar Heel 1

ELIZABETHTOWN – Four different players scored goals Monday as Bladenboro’s Lady Bulldogs closed out their Waccamaw Middle School girls soccer season with a 4-1 victory over Tar Heel. Rylee Chadwick knocked in a goal to open the scoring for Bladenboro, and teammate Kaden Thurman boomed in a goal off of a corner kick to give the Lady Bulldogs a 2-0 halftime lead. Whitney McLean pounced on a loose ball and drilled in a second-half goal, and Lainey Autry raced down the left side on a breakaway and fired in the final Lady Bulldog goal. Azillyah McDonald scored the Tar Heel goal. Coach Kristen Parker’s Lady Bulldogs finished the season with …..

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JV Volleyball: Whiteville 2, East Bladen 0

WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 2-0 Monday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by set scores of 25-23 and 25-13. The Lady Eagles led for most of the first set. Service points from juniors Adrienne Howell and Shanell McMillian, sophmores Alyssa Futrell and Cheylee Mathis and freshman Merritt Martin pushed East in front 12-8. A trio of service points from Howell widened the gap to 16-11. Another Futrell service point and 2 more from sophmore Cheyanne Merritt kept the East lead at 22-17, but an 8-1 Whiteville closing run claimed the set. Whiteville raced to a 12-3 lead in the second set and closed out the match. Futrell …..

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Volleyball: Whiteville 3, East Bladen 0

WHITEVILLE – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 3-0 Monday night in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-20, 25-15 and 25-18. Service points from junior Lorna Mendell and sophmore Kayleigh Raynor edged East ahead 6-5 early in the first set. Mendell knocked in a pair of service points, and Raynor and senior Sarah Johnson tallied one service point each to keep the Lady Eagles up 18-15, but a 10-2 Whiteville run claimed the set. The Lady Wolfpack started the second set with a 17-4 run. A trio of service points from Raynor and two more by Johnson interrupted the run, but Whiteville took the set. Service points from …..

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Men’s Soccer: East Bladen 10, West Columbus 1

CERRO GORDO– Junior Jake Evans fired in a ‘Hat Trick’ plus one of 4 goals Monday night to lead East Bladen to a 10-1 Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer victory over West Columbus. The victory avenged the Eagles only loss of the season – a shoot-out loss to the Vikings on September 28th. Monday night the Eagles raced to a 7-1 first half lead and ended the game on the mercy rule in the 70th minute of play. Senior Greyson Heustess racked up 4 assists and banged in 2 goals for the winners. Junior Jay McGill blasted in 2 goals and dished out an assist. Senior Pierce Melvin distributed 2 …..

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Men’s Soccer: St. Pauls 2, West Bladen 0

ST. PAULS – Senior Alexis Mendez and sophmore Allan Diaz scored first-half goals Monday night to lead St. Pauls to a 2-0 Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer victory over West Bladen. “We will regroup for our Wednesday game and get back on track,” said West Bladen Coach Phillip Turnage. The Knights, now 4-4 in league play, will host East Columbus Wednesday night at 6 p.m. Share:

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This Day in History for October 16

1780 – Royalton, Vermont and Turnbridge, Vermont last major raid of the American Revolutionary War. 1829 – Tremont Hotel, 1st US modern hotel opens (Boston) 1848 – 1st US homeopathic medical college opens in Pennsylvania. 1869 – Hotel in Boston becomes 1st to have indoor plumbing. 1875 – Brigham Young University is founded in Provo, Utah. 1907 – Belasco Theater opens at 111 W 44th St NYC. 1916 – Margaret Sanger opens 1st birth control clinic in the US at 46 Amboy St, Brooklyn. 1940 – Benjamin Oliver Davis Sr. is promoted to brigadier general, the first African-American person to become a general in the US military. 1943 – Chicago …..

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JV Volleyball: West Bladen 2, East Columbus 0

BLADENBORO – West Bladen swept East Columbus 2-0 Monday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee volleyball action by set scores of 25-23 and 25-7. Ashlyn Cox drilled in 6 aces, 5 service points, a kill and had one dig for the Lady Knights. Freshman Hannah Pait hammered in 5 kills and 5 service points. Freshman Lauren Pait racked up 5 service points, 2 aces and a dig. Caroline Brisson filled up the stat sheet with 6 service points, 2 aces, 2 assists and a dig for the winners. Freshman Kylee Ward knocked in 3 kills, a service point and had one dig. Freshman Savannah Turbeville pounded in 2 kills. Sophmore Alyssa …..

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Volleyball: West Bladen 3, East Columbus 0

BLADENBORO – West Bladen swept East Columbus 3-0 Monday in Three Rivers Conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-20, 25-17 and 26-24. The victory avenged a 3-1 loss to the Lady Gators back in August and raised the Lady Knights record to 8-7 in league play and 9-8 overall. Senior Raegan Davis racked up a team-high 12 assists, 9 service points, 8 kills, 2 aces, 2 solo blocks and had one dig for the winners. Senior Caroline Davis sparked the defense with a team-high 20 digs. Junior Lexie Corrothers pounded in a team-high 14 kills, 2 aces, a service point and had one assist for West. Junior Mikayla Meadows …..

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Lifestyles: Detours, Friends a Gospel Singing

Contributed by Bobbie Todd For the past month if you have traveled anywhere you have seen your share of detour and road closed signs. Hurricane Florence was not invited into our lives by no means. She changed what we know as normal to utter chaos. One road at a time, they began to be repaired, opened and once again our travel directions were back to normal. Bladen County, once again, has one of their own whose life has taken a drastic detour and no longer is normal, Darby Carroll Bordeaux. She is the daughter of the late Charles and Connie Carroll of Dublin, NC. Darby’s journey began in 2008 when …..

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USDA Offers Secure, Convenient Online Business Options

Farmers, Ranchers and Foresters Encouraged to Sign-In/Sign-Up RALEIGH, NC – Oct., 15, 2018 – Farmers, ranchers and agricultural producers in North Carolina now have new online options to access U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs. Through USDA’s new streamlined process producers can now register, track and manage their applications for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) and 2017 Wildfires Hurricanes Indemnity Program (2017 WHIP) on the secure and convenient https://www.farmers.gov/sign-in. “You can conduct business with USDA from the comfort of your home, office, or mobile device,” said Len McBride, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director for North Carolina. “These online services save time, reduce paperwork …..

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Groundbreaking held for new STEM facility

By Erin Smith Excitement could felt all around the Bladen Community College campus on Monday morning. The prospect of a groundbreaking for a new STEM facility on the campus brightened an otherwise grey morning. BCC President Dr. William Findt welcomed everyone to the groundbreaking and introduced the dignitaries in attendance. “We could not have done this without the partnerships you see here,” said Dr. Findt. The new facility, which will cost about $2 million, will house the college’s science and technology programs. STEM is an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The building will house a manufacturing technology lab, industrial/chemistry lab, a computer lab, office space and …..

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Help Available for North Carolina Businesses Affected By Hurricane Florence

RALEIGH: As North Carolina’s strong and coordinated response to Hurricane Florence recovery continues, Governor Roy Cooper today encouraged small business owners harmed by the storm to access loans and other programs that can help. The N.C. Department of Commerce and the Small Business Technology Development Center have partnered with state and federal organizations to compile resources for businesses affected by the storm. Assistance includes help with developing recovery strategies as well as access to capital needed to support immediate cleanup costs and longer-term recovery from physical damage and economic losses. “Small businesses are the economic engine for our local communities. Business owners face more than physical damage to their place …..

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Public Notice: First Mail Absentee Meeting

The Bladen County Board of Elections First Absentee Meeting will be conducted on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at 301 S. Cypress St., Elizabethtown, NC. Bobby R. Ludlum, Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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Clarkton Public Library to host Haunted Library Party

Halloween is a time that is enjoyed by many children as they prepare to dress as their favorite characters and prepare for trick or treating. The Bladen County Public Library’s Clarkton branch will host a “Haunted Library Party” on Tuesday, October 30, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The party is for children ages 2-12 and adult supervision is required. Children are encouraged to wear their costumes. Pre-registration is required. To register your child,  call 910-647-3661. Share:

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