12/11/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 3:57 am The Gift That Tops Parents’ Holiday Wish Lists May Surprise You
  • 3:55 am Duke Energy restores power to 618,000 Carolinas customers following winter storm
  • 3:50 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 3:47 am This Day in History – December 11
  • 1:04 pm Bladen County Solid Waste holiday schedule
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Southeastern Community College will host a free family movie night on Saturday, November 3rd, at 6:30 p.m. Concessions will be available for purchase beginning at 5:30 p.m. (cash only). Bring  lawn chair  and your blankets and find the perfect spot on the front lawn of Southeastern Community College.   Share:

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Contributed A death linked to the West Nile Virus was announced earlier this week in New Hanover County. Since the hurricane there has been a multitude of pests reported in Bladen County. Dana McDuffie, with McDuffie Pest Control, met with the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday to announce a new invention. According to McDuffie, Mosquitos […]

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By Erin Smith The next group of hog farm nuisance law suits is slated to begin in November. The lawsuits have been filed against Murphy-Brown, LLC and target hog farms owned by the company. The lawsuit is the fourth case of 26 nuisance lawsuits and is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, November 13th, in the […]

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NC DOT

Contributed LLILLINGTON – A new bridge is coming to Harnett County. The N.C. Department of Transportation this month awarded a $713,393 contract to Smith-Rowe LLC of Mount Airy to replace the Guy Road bridge over the Black River. It was built in 1960. Although safe, the bridge has become structurally deficient, which means it requires […]

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By Erin Smith  Hurricane Florence has left an indelible mark on Bladen County. The flooding which occurred in the aftermath of the storm has left many residents with damaged or destroyed homes. Those residents who have chosen to return to flooded homes and attempt to make repairs are faced with many unique challenges and issues. One […]

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By Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road closings OPENINGS: Rosindale Road Rosindale Road will be open on Wednesday, October 31.   UPCOMING CLOSINGS: Rosindale Road Rosindale Road is will close on Monday, November 5th, for maintenance on cross lines. It will be closed […]

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Updated Damage and Needs Assessment Can Be Read HERE RALEIGH: The North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management has released an updated damage estimate from Hurricane Florence showing that the storm caused nearly $17 billion in damage, up from a previous estimate of $13 billion. The updated figure is based on new data from the North […]

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NC DOT

Open house is Nov. 13 BENSON – The N.C. Department of Transportation is proposing to build a mini roundabout in downtown Benson to reduce crashes and improve pedestrian safety. The department will hold a public meeting in November on the proposed improvement at the intersection of Wall Street (U.S. 301) and Main Street (N.C. 50). Pedestrian […]

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Contributed Bladenboro Primary School has announced their Terrific Kids winners and Terrific Kids drawing winner for the month of October. Bladenboro Primary School Principal Deborah Guyton is shown with Merris Bedsole, a kindergartner, who was the winner of a $25 gift certificate to Pizza Palace of Bladenboro. First Citizens Bank of Bladenboro donates $25 for […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Trick or Treat time.  Remember as a youngster, we lived in rural Bladen County, neighbors were few and far between, memory is getting dim.  Not sure how or where but we participated and were treated.  Remember ‘Mary Jane’ and ‘Kits’ penny candy? Still big in some areas, but in many areas churches sponsor ‘Trunk or […]

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1868 – Standard uniform approved for US postal carriers. 1892 – Arthur Conan Doyle publishes The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. 1906 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Caesar & Cleopatra” premieres in NYC. 1913 – 1st US paved coast-to-coast highway, the Lincoln Highway is dedicated. 1918 – Spanish flu-virus kills 21,000 in US in 1 week. 1922 […]

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TABOR CITY – Tabor City defeated Clarkton School of Discovery 46-8 Tuesday night in Waccamaw Middle School Conference football action. Samaj Dove scored a fourth quarter touchdown for the Blue Devils, and quarterback Lee Barnes ran in the 2-point conversion. Share:

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WHITEVILLE – Whiteville Central defeated Elizabethtown 22-6 Tuesday night in Waccamaw Middle School Conference football action. The Hornets scored two touchdowns and a pair of 2-point conversions to take a 16-0 halftime lead. Elizabethtown’s Malcolm Bolden broke free in the fourth quarter for a 40-yard run that put the Cougars on the Hornet 20 yardline. […]

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HALLSBORO – Hallsboro outlasted Tar Heel 28-22 Tuesday night in Waccamaw Middle School Conference football action. After a scoreless first quarter, the Tigers scored on a touchdown pass and then completed a pass for the 2-point conversion. Tar Heel answered by pounding out a drive that featured the running of Messyah Whitted. Whitted popped free […]

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BLADENBORO –Bladenboro rolled to a 30-0 halftime lead en route to a 30-6 victory over Williams Tuesday night in Waccamaw Middle School Conference football action. Gary Parker and Anthony Mitchell ran for two touchdowns each to lead the Bulldog attack. Parker also scored a pair of 2-point conversions, and Mitchell scored one 2-point conversion. A […]

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RED SPRINGS – Red Springs built a 3-1 first half lead and defeated West Bladen 4-2 Tuesday night in the Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer regular season finale for both teams. Seniors Edgar Pollo Garcia and Marcos Rojas scored the West Bladen goals. The Knights finished the regular season in a fourth-place tie with Whiteville […]

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WHITEVILLE –Senior Greyson Heustess poured in three goals Tuesday night to record another ‘Hat Trick’ and lead his East Bladen Eagles to a 5-0 Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer victory over Whiteville. The three goals raised Heustess’ team-leading total of goals scored to 32 for the season. Senior Bryan Monroe and junior Jake Evans added […]

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The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has rescheduled a meeting to obtain public input on the state’s draft swine waste management system general permit (AWG100000) for Nov. 27 in Greenville. Nearly all North Carolina swine farms are subject to the requirements of the general permit. Information shared at the event will include a summary […]

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The SFSGA played their October 30 tournament at Stryker Golf Course on Fort Bragg. 60 players participated with the winning team shooting a 57. The winning team was Gordon Graham, J.C. Wiggins, Johnny Wallace and Ray Crabtree. The next to last tournament of the season will be held Tuesday at Timberlake Golf Course with the […]

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Due to a one hour internet outage at the Early Voting Site (Bladen County Public Library) on October 26, 2018 the poll will open one hour early Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 7:00 and close at 1:00 p.m. to accommodate the voters.   Bobby Ray Ludlum, Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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By Erin Smith A judge with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, ruled on Monday that a gag order issued by Judge Earl Britt in the hog farm nuisance law suits against Murphy-Brown LLC,  “went too far.” The ruling of the court called the gag order “unconstitutionally vague” and said it deprived […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Elizabethtown City Cemetery behind the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown has shown significant geological damage since Hurricane Florence. Town of Elizabethtown Mayor, Sylvia Campbell, and other Town officials assure residents finding solutions for the damage at the grave site are of top priority, but finding the solutions will be a […]

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Sach’s Peanuts will  conduct a job fair at the NC Works Center in Elizabethtown on Thursday, November 1, 2018, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Share:

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RALEIGH — A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. will be visiting the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement Branch of the State Bureau of Investigation on Tues., Nov. 13, to inspect aspects of the agency’s policies and procedures, management, operations, and support services. The purpose of the assessment is to […]

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By Charlotte Smith Hurricane Florence wrecked parts of Bladen County. Issues involving a main bridge in Elizabethtown 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. According to Andrew Barksdale, Public Relations […]

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Photos Courtesy Sharron Bernhardt By Erin Smith While the weather was dark and gloomy, many folks chose to come out to the Fall Festival at Jones Lake State Park on Saturday. There was plenty to see and do during the festival. Park Superintendent Shane Freeman said the attendance numbers were down slightly for Fall Festival […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced today that Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Robin Pendergraft, Chief of the Criminal Division will lead the efforts of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming November 6, 2018, general elections. AUSA Pendergraft has been […]

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Families First, Inc. is hoping they can Christmas brighter for many children in Bladen County.  The Salvation Army will be accepting applications for assistance from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. today (Tuesday, October 30) at Families First, Inc. office located at 105 West Broad Street (between Corner Cafe and Main Street Antiques). Share:

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The Bladen County Board of Elections will hold an Absentee Meeting on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the Bladen County Board of Election Office located at 301 S. Cypress St. Elizabethtown, NC  28337. Bobby R. Ludlum, Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

NFL score: Patriots 25 – Bills 6 As I observe the political ads today and think back over the years, the campaigns get more personal and so much of it, we have no idea who made the purchase, on TV, regional newspapers and slicks that flood our mailboxes.  No doubt, party plays a huge role […]

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Written by Matt Poore, Animal Science Departmental Extension Leader, NCSU Updated by Becky Spearman, Bladen County Livestock Extension Agent Hurricane Florence flooding had many impacts on agriculture and the loss of pasture and hay will impact us through this winter.  Given that winter feed was lost, there will be the need to buy hay.  It […]

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1768 – First Methodist church in North American colonies initiated (Wesley Chapel, NYC) 1864 – Helena, Montana’s capital, founded. 1873 – P T Barnum’s circus, “Greatest Show on Earth”, debuts (New York City) 1894 – Daniel Cooper patents time clock. 1905 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Mrs Warren’s Profession” premieres in NYC. 1942 – US aircraft […]

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First Baptist Church of Clarkton has two events scheduled this week. The chuch has planned a Halloween Trunk and Treat on Wednesday from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Several people will be handing out candy from the trunks of their vehicles to children. Hot dogs also will be served. On Saturday the church’s annual yard […]

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Three Bladen County men were charged Monday with selling prescription pills, Sheriff Jim McVicker announced. The arrests came after investigations into the distribution of controlled substances in Bladen County. Arrested were: Franklin Quentil Pharr, 34, of Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown, on charges of sell or deliver Schedule II controlled substances, possession with intent […]

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East Bladen senior Ashley Hardin has been chosen as a recipient of the 2018 Carolina Panthers Community Captain Award that is presented by the Panthers and Guy Roofing. This program honors outstanding student-athletes who excel in the classroom and in the community. A $500 donation in Hardin’s name will be made to the East Bladen […]

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By Erin Smith One volunteer is hoping she and the Toys for Tots program can make Christmas a little a brighter for children in Bladen County this year. Following the devastation of Hurricane Florence, Beverly Rodgers said she almost didn’t volunteer with the program this year due to the damages she received at her home. […]

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The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering many great no-cost seminars and webinars this November. Postponed due to Hurricane Florence, the main campus hosts the useful seminar: “Quickbooks Hands-on for Small Business and Non-Profits” on Saturday, November 17, from 9 AM- 12 noon. “This hands on Quickbooks experience is built for […]

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Executive Order No. 80 Reaffirms North Carolina’s Commitment To Reducing Statewide Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Supporting the Expansion of Clean Energy Businesses  RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today issued Executive Order No. 80 highlighting North Carolina’s commitment to fight climate change and lead North Carolina’s transition to a clean energy economy. The executive order calls for the State of North […]

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By Erin Smith Several Bladen County residents are reporting receiving calls from someone posing as an employee of the Social Security Administration. Acting Inspector General of Social Security, Gale Stallworth Stone, announced the scammers will “spoof” the legitimate national customer service number of the Social Security Administration to get the victim to answer the telephone. […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement after a student was shot in Matthews: “I am heartbroken to hear about today’s school violence that has taken the life of a high school student in Matthews, and my family is praying for this community. I have been in touch with local officials to offer condolences and […]

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By Erin Smith Many have taken steps to honor fallen NC Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner. This past weekend Trooper Conner was recognized at the BeastFest in Bladenboro and the Harvest Party at Camp Clearwater. An effort to honor Trooper Conner by naming a bridge after him, has gotten traction in Raleigh as well. Brenden […]

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By Erin Smith For those who are preparing for a night of howling good fun, the following towns have announced trick or treating hours for Wednesday, October 31st.  *In Bladenboro, trick or treating hours are from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Only children 12 years old and under are allowed to trick or treat and […]

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Duke Energy affiliate will construct, own, operate and maintain on-site solar facilities for customers Projects in the Carolinas could be as large as 1 megawatt in capacity CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy wants non-residential customers to have another option to install solar power on their premises. The company recently filed to be a certified solar lessor with […]

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A special children’s story time is planned this week at branch of the Bladen County Public Library system. April Oxendine , Director with the Innovative Approaches Initiative, will read the book “Amazing Me: It’s Busy Being 3!” There will be a coloring sheet for children to do after the story and each child in attendance […]

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RALEIGH: North Carolina’s Federal Disaster declaration has been amended to include FEMA Individual Assistance (IA) for three additional counties: Chatham, Durham and Guilford. Individuals and businesses are able to apply for disaster assistance for uninsured and underinsured damage and losses resulting from Hurricane Florence. With the addition of these three counties, 34 counties have now […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Late night’s NFL score, Saints 30 – Vikings 20. Tonight, Patriots vs Bills Boston wins the World Series, 4 games to 1. Red Sox won last game of 2018 series 5-1 over Dodgers. Hobgobblins are coming.  Trick or Treat this week.  Buy good candy, and if the youngsters go Trunk or Treating, you can enjoy. This is the […]

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It was a memorable tennis season for West Bladen senior Savannah Lee. The Knights’ No. 1 player reached the NCHSAA 2-A state tournament on Friday, Oct. 26. She lost in the first round to Zoe Huffman of Maiden 6-0, 6-0. Huffman went on to win the singles championship for the second consecutive year. The East […]

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Area Stars 13u (Team Hughes) traveled to Goldsboro October 19-21 for the 13U D2 Top Gun-USA Winter World Series. On Sunday, they defeated the Washington River Rats 11-10, to claim the Top Gun-USA Winter World Series 13U D2 title. In all, the Area Stars out scored their opponents 56-23 with a tournament record of 5-0. […]

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CARY – East Bladen’s boys cross country team finished in 14th place in the Class 2A MidEast Regionals Saturday at Wake Med Soccer Park. Eagle sophmore A. J. Smith finished in 42nd place in the individual competition with a time of 19:54.69. Senior Aaron Todd placed 61st with a time of 21:34.53. Other East Bladen […]

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1618 – English adventurer, writer, and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh is beheaded for allegedly conspiring against King James I of England. 1811 – 1st Ohio River steamboat leaves Pittsburgh for New Orleans. 1833 – 1st US college fraternity to have a fraternity house founded. 1872 – J.S. Risdon patents metal windmill. 1904 – First intercity […]

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There’s been some difficult and tragic times of late in Bladen County. Hurricane Florence brought massive flooding and Tropical Storm Michael brought even more rain. Earlier this month, Highway Patrol trooper Kevin Conner, a Bladenboro native, was killed in the line of duty. The 12th annual Beast Fest gave folks from Bladen County and throughout […]

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by Susan Randstrom Bruck Here’s a kid-friendly project that won’t send shivers down your spine. When autumn winds turn bone-chilling cold and children dream of becoming vampires, parents might want to have some crafty ideas in their bags of tricks. If you don’t feel like getting pumpkin slime all over the kitchen this year, try […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

If you missed the Bladenboro Beast Fest, you missed a good time.  A huge crowed attended despite it being a little cool and windy.  The day began with a tribute to Trooper Kevin Conner, the native son who was killed while on duty in Columbus County recently.  Great local talent, introduction of politicians, beauty queens, good food, […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen’s Eagles raced to a 42-8 halftime lead and celebrated Senior Night with a 49-14 running clock Three Rivers Conference football victory over South Robeson. “It was a good way to send these seniors out,” said Eagle Coach Robby Priest. “A lot of them have spent 3 years on the varsity, and […]

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BLADENBORO – Senior Pablo Ortega scored two goals Saturday to lead West Bladen to a 3-2 Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer victory over West Columbus. The Knights and Vikings battled to a 1-1 tie in the first half, before West Bladen scored twice in the second half to pull out the victory. Sophmore Keni Verdugo […]

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While skies were overcast on Saturday morning, it didn’t dampen the spirits of the large crowd that attended the 12th annual Beast Fest in downtown Bladenboro. The event began on Friday night with the opening of the rides and games. The festival continued on Saturday morning with a moving tribute to NC Highway Patrol Trooper […]

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Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Social Security plays an especially important role in providing economic security for women. In the 21st century, more women work, pay Social Security taxes, and earn credit toward monthly retirement income than at any other time in our nation’s history. But, women face greater economic […]

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This Day In History

1776 – Battle of White Plains: George Washington retreats to New Jersey. 1790 – New York gives up claims to Vermont for $30,000. 1793 – Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin. 1858 – R. H. Macy & Co opens 1st store, (6th Ave-NYC). Gross receipts $11.06. 1886 – Statute of Liberty dedicated […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement after the shooting in Pittsburgh: “Freedom to live and worship without fear is an essential right in America, and the horrific shooting in Pittsburgh strikes at the very heart of our country’s greatness. Our hearts break for the victims and families who were gathered on Shabbat and […]

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Contributed EDF welcomes new measures to improve resilience, reduce methane emissions (NEW YORK, NY) With North Carolina still recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Florence, Smithfield Foods, the world’s largest pork producer, today committed to invest in infrastructure and provide farmer incentives to install manure lagoon covers and digesters on 90 percent of the total […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Forty-nine percent of the registered voters in Elizabethtown cast votes. Bob Marshburn, Henry Bostic and Russell Grimes were elected Elizabethtown Town Commissioners. The Bladenboro Town Board increased water-sewer rates by 50 percent. The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced that eleven bridges in Bladen County would be rebuilt. Share:

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RALEIGH- The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has partnered with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to continue its program to purchase permanent conservation easements on swine operations within the 100-year floodplain. This will be the fifth time the state has offered this program which began in 2000 following devastating flooding from Hurricane […]

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By Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has announced NC 210 will be closed starting Monday. The purpose for the closing is to replace a large crossline pipe. The location of the closure is 0.6 miles north of George Long Road. The detour route will be George Long Road -which […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The 12th Annual Bladenboro Beast Fest is officially underway and will continue throughout the day and into the evening hours.  It’s free and all are invited.  Google BladenOnline for a lineup of today’s activities including one of the biggest events of this year…7 PM, The Band of Oz will be on stage.  Hope to see […]

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1682 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is founded by Englishman William Penn. 1775 – US Navy forms as the Continental Navy. 1871 – Boss Tweed (William Macy Tweed), Democratic leader of Tammany Hall, arrested after NY Times exposed his corruption. 1893 – Hurricane hits coast between Savannah, Georgia & Charleston, South Carolina. 1913 – President Woodrow Wilson […]

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Staff report Some totals are in for early voting in Bladen County. However, some residents are still trying to decide exactly how to vote on the proposed Constitutional Amendments featured on the ballots this election. There are six proposed Constitutional Amendments on the ballot. While the “act requiring photo identification to vote” is pretty clear cut […]

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East Bladen High School

Friday’s South Robeson at East Bladen football game has been postponed and rescheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m. It is the Eagles final home game of the regular season and will be Senior Night.  Share:

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CARY – West Bladen’s Savannah Lee was defeated in the first round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Individual State Tennis Championships Friday morning by the defending state champion, Zoe Huffman of Maiden by set scores of 6-0, 6-0.   Lee, a senior and West Bladen’s No. 1 singles player, was the Three Rivers Conference runner-up […]

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By Erin Smith A crash on West Broad Street near the Elizabethtown Town Hall on Thursday afternoon snarled traffic for the evening commute home. Traffic was rerouted temporarily from West Broad Street onto Morehead Street while the crash site was cleaned up, according to the Elizabethtown Police Department. According to the Elizabethtown Police Department report, […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy today declared a quarterly cash dividend on its common stock of $0.9275 per share, payable on Dec. 17, 2018, to shareholders of record at the close of business Nov. 16, 2018. Duke Energy has paid a cash dividend for 92 consecutive years. Duke Energy Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) is one of the largest […]

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NC DOT

The weeklong closures start after midnight Sunday  BENSON – Beginning next week, drivers who use the Interstate 95/Interstate 40 interchange in Johnston County will encounter loop closures and detours that will allow workers to safely do repaving operations. Interstate 40 East traffic will not have access to the Interstate 95 North loop, and I-95 South traffic […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden Who knew trade negotiations could play out like a best-selling thriller? The negotiations for a new trade treaty between the U.S., Mexico and Canada had a deadline of September 30th, which was a Sunday. I followed the news that day, and it was all gloomy about successful resolutions to several problems […]

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After 49 years of towing cars and trucks, both large and small, upon my doctor’s recommendation, I have retired from the towing business. I would like to thank all of my friends and customers for allowing me to take care of your towing needs for all of these years. I am pleased to announce that […]

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Elizabethtown – The Baldwin Branch hurricane distribution will be open Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for individuals impacted by the recent hurricane.  Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South; Elizabethtown, North Carolina. Share:

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NEW BERN – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, in federal court, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced Tamika Renee Wilson, 30, of Fayetteville, to 28 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release for her participation in a conspiracy […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that in federal court today, United States District Judge Louise W. Flanagan sentenced Christopher Parrish, 33, of Fayetteville, to 74 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release. At the time of the instant offense, Parrish […]

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Motorists and pedestrians need to stay aware RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation, through its Watch for Me NC pedestrian and bicycle safety program, urges parents, motorists and trick-or-treaters to be safe this Halloween. More than 2,200 pedestrians are injured or killed in collisions with motor vehicles in North Carolina each year, and more than […]

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This Day In History

1492 – Lead (graphite) pencils first used. 1682 – William Penn accepts area around Delaware River from Duke of York. 1776 – Benjamin Franklin departs for France on a mission to seek French support for the American Revolution. 1810 – US annexes western Florida. 1858 – Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine. 1881 – Wyatt […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen jumped out to a 2-0 first half lead en route to a 3-2 non-conference jayvee boys soccer victory over Lumberton Thursday. Freshman Stephen Allen fired in the first Eagle goal, and sophmore Sulamon Algozy knocked in the second East Bladen goal for a 2-0 lead that held up until halftime. Freshman […]

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TABOR CITY – South Columbus defeated West Bladen 69-14 Thursday night in Three Rivers Conference football action. Junior quarterback Tyre Boykin broke loose and scooted 52 yards for a Knight touchdown in the first quarter. The conversion attempt failed. In the fourth quarter, junior running back Tra’Shawn Ballard powered into the end zone from 2 […]

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By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to Elizabethtown Primary School on Thursday afternoon after a fire alarm experienced a problem. Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton said, “The fire alarm experienced a power surge and started beeping.” She said the alarm company dispatched the fire department as a precaution. There was […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper has asked President Trump for an official waiver that will allow more North Carolinians impacted by recent hurricanes to receive more funding through the Community Development Block Grant Disaster-Relief (CDBG-DR) program. “We’re working to help more North Carolinians access the funding they deserve to rebuild their homes and their lives,” […]

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By: Charlotte Smith Over 17% of Bladen County citizens under 65 years of age are disabled, according to the 2017 United States Census Bureau QuickFacts. The facts do not describe what limitations the citizens with disabilities in the local communities face. However, handicap residents have reported issues with parking; especially in downtown Elizabethtown. Bladen County […]

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NC DOT

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing in Raleigh on Nov. 8 to solicit comments regarding 25 proposed administrative code rule changes. The hearing will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. at the Greenfield Parkway Building, 750 N. Greenfield Parkway, Garner. The building houses NCDOT’s Transportation Mobility and Safety Unit. All statements […]

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By Erin Smith UPDATE: Excellent weather and plenty of excitement are expected to be the order of the day for the 12th annual Bladenboro BeastFest on Saturday, October 27. There will be pre-festival celebrations as well on Friday, October 26.  Boost the ‘Boro President, Don White, said, “We are expecting a big festival this year.” He […]

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Contributed Linda Burney, Executive Director of Bladen Community College, received the prestigious NC CORD Distinguished Service Award last week at the NC CORD annual conference recently held at Central Carolina Community College. The award recognizes those who have served the organization and the cause of resource development in NC Community Colleges for many years. It […]

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By Erin Smith The second suspect in the shooting death of NC Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner made his first appearance in Columbus County District Court on Wednesday afternoon.  According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, at approximately 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17th, State Trooper Kevin Conner stopped a white GMC pick-up truck for […]

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Vineyard Golf

Seventy-two players participated in the SFSGA Tournament Tuesday, October 23 at Vineyard Golf. The first flight winning team, with a score of 133, was Kenny Stanley, Mac Porter, Bob Latham and Greg Ruark. Two teams tied for first place in the second flight with scores of 144. Those teams were: Myles Cartrette, Rick Daniel, James […]

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The Small Business Center at Bladen Community College has postponed the Drone Seminar which was scheduled for Saturday, October 27th. The seminar will be rescheduled at a later date. For more information call, 910-879-5572. Share:

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By Matt Poore Animal Science Departmental Extension Leader NCSU What a difference a month makes. This time last month things were going along very well, but we were cautiously watching a hurricane developing off the coast of Africa named Florence. As the days went by it became apparent to meteorologists that there was nothing in […]

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By Jefferson Weaver All I do is tell the stories, best as I can. My friends in blue, gray, brown, red and green live the stories. So do their families. A couple years back, while I was on the way home one afternoon, Trooper Kevin Conner called me. Like many phone calls I have with […]

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The Bladen County Board of Education will offer a Bus Driver Classroom training session November 27 through November 30, 2018 in the Red Training Room at the Board of Education Building. The training is open to the public. The training session is for all non-certified staff who began their employment after July 1, 2005 and […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Spent most of yesterday in South Carolina looking for Mega Millions winner, no luck.  Not really, did travel through much of the state, headed to Asheville for a meeting. Can really appreciate Bladen after a few days away. Check our Events section for lineup of ‘what’s happening’ in the area.  And, John Clark has a […]

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Congratulations to these Bladen Early College High School students who earned a spot on the A and A/B Honor rolls for the first nine-weeks. A Honor Roll Daliyah Monique Carroway, Cynthia Maldonado Ortiz, Marilyn Rose Musselwhite, Shelby Renee’ Tatum and Kayla Marie Todd. A/B Honor Roll Kassie Nicole Bagwell, Kaylee Breanna Bagwell, Yasmine Renee Benson, […]

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1780 – John Hancock becomes the first Governor of Massachusetts. 1870 – Pimlico Race Course opens in Baltimore. 1870 – Postcards first used in USA. 1906 – US inventor Lee de Forest patents “Audion”, a 3-diode amplification valve which proved a pioneering development in radio & broadcasting. 1923 – Senate committee publishes 1st report on […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong BLADENBORO – Junior Gabe Barber fired in a pair of first-half goals to lead East Bladen to a 3-0 Three Rivers Conference men’s soccer victory over rival West Bladen Wednesday night. Coach Jay Raynor’s Eagles have clinched the TRC championship with a 12-1 league record and 16-1-2 overall mark. East Bladen […]

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Contributed by Liz McLean The current SCC Wyche Gallery exhibit, “Stories and Storytellers,” features the work of commercial fine art photographer Harry Taylor. The exhibit runs through November 2 and the artists’ reception is Tuesday, October 30 from 5-7 p.m. “Working with large format cameras, long exposures and chemical processes, I seek to the conjure […]

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Contributed by Winston Orzechowski Leland — Stevie and Scout Chambers, 3rd and 1st grade students at Charter Day School respectively, used their entrepreneurial skills to raise hurricane relief money via an enterprising lemonade stand. The lemonade stand was located in the Brunswick Forest community of Leland and raised a whopping $386.23 in donations for the […]

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Contributed We still need volunteers to help a the poles, anyone can come and help at any time but these are slots that we don’t have anyone listed to help. All you have to do is hand out cards for people coming in to vote.  Please help us out, this is an important election. Today […]

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Contributed by Sheila Nance Clarkton School of Discovery held its Annual Induction Ceremony to the National Junior Beta Club on October 17, 2018.Students are inducted into this prestigious group based on high academic performance. The Principal of CSD, Mrs. Stephanie Norris, along with Beta Sponsors, Mrs. Nancy Clark, Ms. Jennifer Marlowe, Mrs. Sheila Nance, Mrs. […]

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