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2019 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest Takes Flight

RALEIGH – The power of art comes from its ability to move people. The same is true about aviation. To bring the two together, and engage young people in aviation and aeronautics in the state, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation is sponsoring the 2019 North Carolina Aviation Art Contest. This year’s theme is ‘My Dream to Fly.’ All students who live in and/or attend school in North Carolina and were born between Jan. 1, 2001 and Dec. 31, 2012 are encouraged to participate by submitting their own artwork. Prizes for the top three will be awarded to both the artist and their school across three age groups: junior (ages …..

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Governor Cooper Announces Cybersecurity Training Initiative for Veterans in North Carolina

RALEIGH: Cisco Systems will partner with leading industry partners and the state to train North Carolina veterans for jobs in the cybersecurity workforce. The announcement was made by state officials and representatives from Cisco at this morning’s meeting of the NCWorks Commission meeting, Governor Cooper’s statewide workforce development board. “North Carolina is the most military friendly state in the nation and we’re proud that so many of our veterans choose to stay here when they return to civilian life. Veterans play a crucial role in powering our economy and we must make sure they have the skills they need to thrive in the workforce. The cybersecurity field is vital to …..

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Bladenboro to get new look in downtown area

By Erin Smith The town of Bladenboro will be getting a new look in the downtown area, courtesy of the Town and Country Garden Club. Pam Hamilton addressed the Bladenboro Town Board on Tuesday night and made a request for the garden club to be allowed to purchase metal benches which will be bolted into the concrete and placed throughout the downtown area. She described the benches as black metal and plaques will be placed on the benches acknowledging those who donated them. “These benches will be located against the wall. They will not be freestanding out in the sidewalk area,” said Hamilton. She told the board that as of …..

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Makes Narcotics, Patrol Arrests

Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker said his Narcotics Unit has closed out several investigations into the sale of illegal drugs in the county recently. “My Investigators continue to work every day to locate and put drug dealers out of business,” he said. McVicker noted the Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the distribution of controlled substances in the Top Hog Road area of Elizabethtown. This investigation originated from citizen complaints which prompted narcotics agents to investigate the area.  Agents conducted undercover purchases from the defendant in this investigation where prescription medication was purchased. At the conclusion of this investigation, on November 9, 2018, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office served arrest warrants …..

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Crusaders Celebrate Service and Sacrifice

Contributed On the morning of November 8th, Harrells Christian Academy welcomed two highly decorated Veterans into their midst in a celebration of service and sacrifice.  Retired Army General Dan Allyn and Retired Navy Captain Chuck Deleot shared their inspiring testimonies during HCA’s school-wide Veterans Day chapel service, an event that students and faculty always look to with reverence and utmost sincerity. Both speakers appeared on behalf of the Patriot Foundation where Captain Deleot serves as President and General Allyn serves on the Advisory Board.  The Patriot Foundation provides scholarship funding for children of killed, wounded, injured, or seriously ill soldiers from Fort Bragg, NC, Fort Campbell, KY, and Fort Carson, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Woke up early thinking about so many activities going on and some good folks. and long, long ago…… Edgar Evans, former Bladenboro Mayor died after many years of suffering medical issues.  He was the ‘E’ at J & E service station in Bladenboro for years, but he was more….came from a good family, he and his bride produced a good family.  He was a good public servant (longtime Mayor of the ‘Boro).  You expected and he did not fail to deliver a firm handshake and greeting when you met him.  He is survived by a good family…. I was fortunate to call him my friend. Remember NASCAR’s Silver Fox?  David Pearson, …..

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This Day in History for November 14

1666 – Samuel Pepys reports on 1st blood transfusion (between dogs) 1732 – First professional librarian in North America, Louis Timothee, hired in Philadelphia. 1832 – First streetcar (horse-drawn) (John Mason) debuts in NYC; fare 12 cents, rode on 4th Avenue between Prince and 14th Street. 1834 – William Thomson enters Glasgow University at 10 years, 4 months. 1851 – “Moby-Dick” by Herman Melville first published by Harper and Brothers in the US. 1883 – “Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson is first published as a book by Cassell & Co. 1908 – Albert Einstein presents his quantum theory of light. 1910 – 1st airplane flight from deck of a …..

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White Lake Honors First Responders and Hurricane Florence Volunteers

By Joy Warren During the Tuesday evening meeting of the Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners regular session, the Mayor and Board recognized and honored the service to the Town and surrounding communities by all first responders and White Lake Volunteer Fire Department members. A resolution was approved and presented to Chief Dale Brennan on their behalf. Mayor Goldston Womble said, “Our volunteers provided countless hours to assist the Town and surrounding areas during all types of situations, especially during emergency situations such as Hurricane Florence.” Brennan shared pictures of some of the rescues the volunteers performed. He said they responded to 109 calls during the emergency. Another volunteer …..

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Middle School Volleyball: Clarkton School of Discovery Sweeps Pair

TAR HEEL – Clarkton School of Discovery swept both of their matches Tuesday night in Waccamaw Middle School Conference volleyball action. Elizabethtown defeated Tar Heel 2-0 in Tuesday’s opening match by set scores of 25-20 and 25-6. Clarkton School of Discovery won the second match 2-0 by set scores of 25-14 and 25-6. The Lady Blue Devils defeated Bladenboro 2-0 in the third match of the night by scores of 25-15 and 25-18. In the final match of the night. Bladenboro defeated Tar Heel 2-0 by set scores of 25-20 and 25-15. Share:

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Middle School Boys Soccer: Elizabethtown 4, Whiteville Central 1

WHITEVILLE – Malcolm Bolden fired in two second-half goals to lead Elizabethtown to a 4-1 victory over Whiteville Central in Waccamaw Middle School Conference action Tuesday night. “Our first goal was scored after we pressured and forced a Central own goal,” said Elizabethtown Coach Jay Raynor. That own goal gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead at halftime. Chace Butler knocked in an Elizabethtown goal in the second-half. Jamie Delgado contributed two assists to the Cougar attack, and Zac Metz picked up the other assist for the winners. Fernando Rebollar was credited with 4 saves in goal for Elizabethtown. The Cougars improved to 2-0 on the season. Share:

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Savannah Lee Named Three Rivers Player of the Year

West Bladen senior Savannah Lee has been named the Three Rivers Conference women’s tennis Player of the Year. Lee led the Lady Knights to the Three Rivers championship, was the TRC singles runner-up and reached the State Class 2A Singles round of 16 where she lost to three-time singles state champion Zoe Huffman. West Bladen Coach Billy Bryant was also named the Three Rivers Coach of the Year in his first year as head coach after serving as an assistant with previous Coaches Mary Catherine White and Jeff Atkinson. Bryant’s Lady Knights were 16-0 in regular season play. Also named to the TRC All-Conference team were West Bladen juniors Alyssa …..

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Public Meeting

Bladen County Educational Foundation to Meet

The Bladen County Educational Foundation, Inc., a non-profit corporation organized and existing to provide financial help for the public schools and educators of Bladen County, will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 20, 2018, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway #701, South, in Elizabethtown. All members and other interested parties are asked to attend this meeting, and the same should not last more than thirty (30) minutes. All individuals who have an interest in and care about the public schools of Bladen County are urged and invited to attend this meeting. The Foundation will be discussing …..

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Bladenboro PD Accepting Donation for annual Christmas for Kids Drive

By Erin Smith Making Christmas brighter for children in Bladenboro is one of the most heart warming and rewarding things the Bladenboro Police Department does throughout the year, according to Lt. Kevin Rouse. The Bladenboro Police Department is now collecting donations for the annual Christmas for Kids program. You can take your donations to the Bladenboro Police Department or to Bladenboro Town Hall. Lt. Rouse said, “One of the most important things that occurs during the year is to be able to take the kids shopping, being able to make sure they have Christmas.” The teachers at Bladenboro Primary School will select up to 25 students to participate in the …..

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Fork Lift Driver Wanted

Fork Lift Driver Wanted Must have previous Fork Lift driving experience. If interested, contact Tony Hood Turn Bull Lumber Company (910) 862-4447 Share:

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Bladen County Solid Waste Announces Thanksgiving Schedule

Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Thursday, November 22 thru Friday, November 23: All convenience sites will be closed Thursday, November 22 in observance of the holiday. All convenience sites shall resume normal operations on Friday, November 23. The Transfer Station will be closed both days in observance of the holiday. The Transfer Station shall resume normal operations on Monday, November 26. Share:

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Duke Energy helps protect and restore North Carolina’s wildlife and natural resources with $1.1 million contribution

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy is providing more than $1.1 million to support 11 North Carolina environmental nonprofit organizations to preserve, protect and enhance natural heritage across the state. “North Carolina is home to some of the nation’s most beautiful and treasured natural resources,” said Stephen De May, Duke Energy’s North Carolina president. “We are proud to support initiatives that protect wildlife and natural resources and encourage people to enjoy and care for their surrounding environment.” Each organization received a $100,000 grant to support environmental projects, wildlife conservation efforts and educational programs that will improve the environment in their communities. The Conservation Trust of North Carolina, for example, will use its grant to provide service opportunities for diverse youth and …..

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In Harnett County School Visit, Gov. Cooper Signs Proclamation For American Education Week

ERWIN: Today, Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed November 12-16 as American Education Week in a visit to Gentry Primary School in Harnett County. Created and sponsored by the National Education Association and the American Legion, American Education Week celebrates public schools and the role they play in providing opportunities for students and strengthening our communities. “No matter the circumstances, our schools are the beating hearts of our communities. They’re centers of learning, they’re meeting places for parents and teachers, and they’re some of the most trusted places in our lives,” Gov. Cooper said. “During American Education Week, we recognize the many ways our schools strengthen communities, inspire curiosity, and provide a …..

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Annual “A Robeson County Christmas” Show Set for December

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater’s annual holiday performance of “A Robeson County Christmas” Show will be held December 6-9 at the theater in downtown Lumberton, NC.  The show is a musical  revue for the entire family and features the best regional performers singing and dancing in the holidays. This year’s show features Lumberton’s own former Miss North Carolina Rebekah Revels Lowry, X-Factor Top 40 selection Brent Tyler, Jef the Mime and featured singers as well as the beautifully staged dancing of “The Civettes” and adorable performances by the show’s youth cast.  The theater will be beautifully decorated for Christmas and there will be appearances by Frosty the Snowman and …..

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New Police Chief Takes Oath in Bladenboro

By Erin Smith A new police chief has taken over the helm of the Bladenboro Police Department on Tuesday morning. William Howell took his oath of office on Tuesday in Bladenboro as Interim Police Chief Randy Sykes and Lt. Kevin Rouse looked on.  His oath of office was administered by Town Clerk/Interim Town Administrator Melanie Hester. Sykes officially relinquished his duties as Interim Chief but said he will remain on the force for a brief time as lieutenant at the request of Chief Howell. Both Sykes and Rouse said they are looking forward to working with Chief Howell. Bladenboro Mayor Rufus Duckworth, who did not attend the swearing in ceremony, …..

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USDA

USDA Reminds Producers of Disaster Program Deadlines

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds Michigan producers who experienced losses from natural disasters during the 2017 and 2018 calendar years that they may be eligible for assistance through the Tree Assistance Program (TAP), Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) and Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP). Tree Assistance Program (TAP): TAP provides financial assistance to qualifying orchardists and nursery tree growers to replant or rehabilitate eligible trees, bushes and vines lost due to natural disasters. Payment eligibility is triggered when a mortality loss in excess of 15 percent on a stand (adjusted for normal mortality) occurs due to natural disaster. For 2017 and …..

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USDA

USDA Acreage Reporting Deadline for Perennial Forage Changes to July 15

USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has established a new acreage reporting deadline for perennial forage for 2019 and subsequent years. Previously set in the fall, the new deadline is July 15 for all states, except for Hawaii and Puerto Rico. Timely and accurate acreage reports for all crops and land uses, including prevented planting or failed acreage, are the foundation for many FSA program benefits, including disaster programs for livestock owners. Producers must report their acreage to maintain program eligibility. Producers who have coverage for perennial forage under the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) must report their crop acreage by the earlier of any of the following: *the established …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

NFL results  Giants 27 – 49ers 23 Weather today — Warmer, windy and a chance of rain….high temps in the 60s. Stock Market in a nose dive, like down…..down…down. Volunteers still doing good deeds, assisting those devastated by hurricanes….. Bet if we all went through our closets and removed all the clothing we haven’t worn in the past 5 years, we could provide warm clothing to all in the area, in need.  I am hesitant to say I will do it….I’ve made the same promise over the past ??? years. Bladen County Shriners will be cooking fish again Wednesday (tomorrow) at two locations…Food Lion parking lot in Elizabethtown, and at Fresh Foods parking lot …..

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Raegan Davis Named Three Rivers Player of the Year

West Bladen’s Raegan Davis has been named the Three Rivers Conference volleyball Player of the Year. Davis led the Lady Knights to a tie for third place in the TRC Class 2A standings with a 10-8 league record and an 11-9 overall mark. Raegan matched the accomplishment of her sister Mallory who was named Four County Player of the Year in her senior season. Also named to the All-Conference team were West Bladen senior Caroline Davis (no relation) and East Bladen senior Sarah Johnson. “Raegan was pivotal in all of our games,” said Lady Knight Coach Gaye Davis. “Her defense (blocks) and offense (kills and sets) were a big part …..

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This Day in History for November 13

1789 – Ben Franklin writes “Nothing…..certain but death & taxes” 1843 – Mt Rainier in Washington State erupts. 1865 – US issues 1st gold certificates. 1895 – First shipment of canned pineapple from Hawaii. 1909 – 259 miners die in a fire at St Paul Mine at Cherry, Illinois. 1909 – Collier’s magazine accuses U.S. Secretary of the Interior Richard Ballinger of questionable dealings in Alaskan coal fields. 1920 – Hudson River frozen at Albany. 1927 – New York – New Jersey Holland Tunnel, 1st twin-tube underwater auto tunnel, opens. 1942 – Minimum draft age lowered from 21 to 18 in the US. 1952 – False fingernails 1st sold. 1967 …..

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Lowering GenX Emissions topic of Rotary Discussion

Contributed Brian Long, Plant Manager with Chemours Fayetteville Works plant, addressed the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday regarding GenX and the company’s efforts to reduce emissions at the plant. Long stated that in June 2017 is when the community and the news media became concerned about the wastewater discharges at the Chemours Fayetteville Works plant. Long explained that a small component of the company’s wastewater discharge contained GenX and Daimler Acid. N.C. State University scientists were able to develop methods to detect GenX in the water of the Cape Fear River. Long said at the time, Chemours’ analytics were not able to detect it. Long explained that GenX is used …..

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Governor Cooper Proclaims Employ a Veteran Week 

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RALEIGH: As part of Military Family Appreciation Month, Military Veterans Small Business Week and the observance of Veterans Day, Governor Roy Cooper declared November 12 – 16, 2018 Employ a Veteran Week in North Carolina. “Our veterans are a tremendous resource to North Carolina’s business community because their valuable skills transfer to civilian life,” Gov. Cooper said. “Their unique experience, leadership and teamwork skills make them invaluable to our state’s workforce. I am committed to making sure that our veterans continue wanting to call North Carolina home and receive the benefits and opportunities they deserve.” Veterans can receive career services at the more than 80 NCWorks Career Center locations around the state. In addition, veterans can access …..

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Cape Fear Mini Storage Auction

Cape Fear Mini Storage Auction (9 Units) 910-862-4107 2 Locations: 1st auction – Tuesday, December 04, 2018 10:00 a.m. @ 2202 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC 28337 2nd auction – Immediately following 1st auction – Tuesday, December 04, 2018 @ 5501 Hwy 87, Dublin, NC Buyers must: (1) be prepared to pay upon completion of unit sale (cash, credit/debit card); (2) be responsible for security of items located in unit after purchase; and (3) remove all items from purchased unit on day of sale by close of business (5:00 p.m.). Share:

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Extended Clinic Hours for Bladen County Health Department

Bladen County Health Department will begin offering extended clinic hours starting on Tuesday, November 13th, 2018. The extended hours will be offered on Tuesday evenings throughout January 2019, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Extended clinic services available: *Immunizations (to include Flu Vaccines) *Birth Control pick-ups *Depo Shots *Pregnancy Testing *TB Skin Tests Please call Bladen County Health Department at 910.862.6900 to make an appointment for our normal business hours, or our Tuesday evening extended clinic hours from 5-7. Share:

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WECT: Clearing the air: the hog farm lawsuits

WECT: Clearing the air: the hog farm lawsuits http://www.wect.com/2018/11/ 12/clearing-air-hog-farm- lawsuits/   Related articles and information: New trial to start Another trial where lawyers are suing NC hog farms is about to begin. On November 13, jury selection will begin, with opening arguments potentially beginning on November 14 in Raleigh. Many have expressed an interest in showing their support by attending these trials. A sign-up has been created to coordinate this effort. Please visit the following link for further information and to sign-up.  https://www. signupgenius.com/go/ 10c044fa4ac23aa8-support2 Opinion: Miscarriage of Justice in hog trial Share:

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FBI Releases Additional Photos of Missing Teen, Surveillance Videos

By Erin Smith Today, (Monday, November 12) marks one week since a Lumberton teenager was abducted from her yard. The FBI has released additional photos of the missing Lumberton teenager and surveillance videos of a man they would like to speak with regarding the abduction. The FBI is offering a $15,000 reward for information leading to the return of Hania Noelia Aguilar, 13, of Lumberton, and the arrest of the person responsible for the abduction. NC Governor Roy Cooper added an additional $5,000 to the reward bringing the total reward to $20,000. Aguilar had gone outside into the yard to wait for someone to drive her to school at the …..

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Bladen County Shrine Club to Host Annual Fish Fry

The Bladen County Shrine Club is preparing for their Annual Fall Fish Fry. The fish fry will be held Wednesday, November 14th, 2018, from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. The Shrine Club will have two locations — one at the Food Lion in Elizabethtown and a second one at Fresh Foods IGA (formerly Bo’s) in Bladenboro. Tickets can be purchased from any Bladen County Shrine Club member. All proceeds are for the benefit of the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Share:

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Week In Review

Nov. 5-11 Week in Review: Incumbents win re-election

After several weeks of looking at road signs, receiving lots of mailings and being bombarded by advertising, Bladen County voters went to the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 6 for the midterm elections. Almost 13,000 votes were cast, which is 55 percent of eligible voters. When the results were posted Tuesday night, only one incumbent fell short in a bid to be re-elected and voters, once again, soundly defeated a local sales and use tax, based on unofficial returns. “I just wanted to thank each and every person that has supported me during this election,” said Sheriff Jim McVicker, who was elected for a second term by defeated former deputy Hakeem …..

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SHP Increases Patrols During Thanksgiving Holiday

RALEIGH – As family and friends prepare for the Thanksgiving Holiday period, the State Highway Patrol is also making preparations of its own in hopes of ensuring safe travel.   According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays for travel across the country.  In anticipation for the increased number of vehicles that will travel across North Carolina, troopers will be out in full force to monitor driver behavior.   “Thanksgiving is a time for loved ones to once again unite together”, said Col. Glenn McNeill Jr., commander of the State Highway Patrol.  “Our mission is simple; reduce needless collisions in hopes of reporting zero fatalities …..

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Baldwin Branch Salutes Veterans

Elizabethtown – On Sunday, November 11th, Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church paused to salute and recognize the veterans of our military services with gifts and words of gratitude.  Veterans have been through a lot and several challenges.  Once they are discharged they continue to give sacrifices.  Battles and encounters they faced while in the military often last throughout life by way of negative impacts on their health.  These issues just do not stop when they are discharged they continue on for a lifetime. Veterans have put their lives on the line to protect the freedom that we enjoy today.  They are dedicated to the country and deserve to be recognized for their commitment.   “Da Branch Family” salutes all …..

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Baldwin Branch Offers Twirling Program

Elizabethtown –  The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church presents a baton twirling program entitled Twirlers For Christ.  It is designed to teach youth and teen girls twirling while promoting a Christian attitude, high self esteem, and positive social skills All youth are invited to join the program.  They do not have to be a member of the church. * No fee required,  however must purchase a baton * Meetings are second and fourth Saturdays 1:30 p.m. at Baldwin Branch *Available to participate in parades and mission projects * Grades 3-8 Contact Katrina Boykin at (910) 990-7310 for more information.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown NC. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Many offices will be closed today observing Veterans Day.  A partial list includes banks, postal service, local and state governmental offices and Bladen County public schools.  Most retail outlets will be open for business as usual.  When in doubt, call ahead. Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on November 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War 1.  Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and November 11th became a national holiday in 1938. The weather forecast for Sunday morning was expected to be in the low 30s, but National Weather Service reported low at Curtis Brown Airport in Elizabethtown was a balmy 36 …..

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This Day in History for November 12

1799 – Andrew Ellicott makes the first known record of a meteor shower observation in the U.S. from a ship off the coast of Florida Keys. 1873 – Bay District Race Track in San Francisco opens. 1915 – Theodore W Richards is 1st American to win Nobel Prize in chemistry. 1922 – The Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority is founded on the campus of Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. 1925 – US & Italy sign peace accord about war debts. 1926 – The first recorded aerial bombing on US soil took place in Williamson County, Illinois, during a feud between rival liquor gangs, the Sheltons and the Birgers. 1927 – Notre …..

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East Bladen Girls Basketball Jamboree Tuesday

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen will host their annual girls basketball jamboree Tuesday night with the scrimmages beginning at 4 p.m. Wilmington Ashley, Clinton, Lumberton and South Brunswick will join the Lady Eagles in the scrimmage. The scrimmages will consist of two 18-minute running clock halves. Admission will be $5, and concessions will be available. The schedule follows: 4 p.m.: East Bladen vs. Wilmington Ashley (Main Gym) 4:50 p.m.: Lumberton vs Clinton (Main Gym), South Brunswick vs Whiteville (Aux Gym) 5:35 p.m.: Lumberton vs East Bladen (Main Gym), Ashley vs Clinton (Aux Gym) 6:20 p.m.: South Brunswick vs East Bladen (Main Gym), Ashley vs Whiteville (Aux Gym) 7 p.m.: Lumberton vs …..

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12U Boys SWAC State Tournament: Holly Springs 2, Bladen County 1

GASTONIA – Bladen County’s 12U Coed All-Stars were edged 2-1 Sunday morning in the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) 12U Boys state soccer tournament at George Poston Park. Bladen County finished in third place after pool play with a record of 1-2-1. Only the top two teams in their 5-team pool advanced to the state semi-finals. Share:

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10U Boys SWAC State Tournament: Bladen County Finishes 2-2

GASTONIA – Bladen County’s 10U Boys All-Stars split their two Sunday games in the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) state soccer tournament at George Poston Park and finished the tournament with a 2-2 record. Fuquay-Varina defeated Bladen County 7-0 in Sunday’s first game, but Bladen County bounced back to post a 5-3 win over Belmont. Members of the Bladen 10U Boys All-Stars include Jonah Bryan, Jonathan Ortiz-Hernandez, Zachary Scholar, Dylan Hernandez, Collin Cole, Easton Bostic, Samuel Cruz, Wilson Clifton, Ishaq Algozy, Alejandro Lopez, Seth Faircloth, and Tyler Eason. Coaches are Kyle Bostic, Jeffrey Bryan, and Simon Hernandez. Share:

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Bladen County Offices, Agencies Announce Veterans Day Schedules

Area offices and agencies have announced their schedules for Veterans Day. All banks are closed on Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day and will re-open for business on Tuesday, Nov. 13. There will be no mail delivery on Monday, Nov. 12. The Postal Service will resume its normal operating schedule on Tuesday, Nov. 13. North Carolina state offices, courts and county and municipal government offices will be closed for Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 12. They will re-open for business on Tuesday, Nov. 13. All Bladen County Public Library branches will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day. All library branches will reopen on Tuesday, Nov. …..

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FSA Encourages Farmers and Ranchers to Vote in County Committee Elections

The 2018 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections began on Nov. 5, when ballots were mailed to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices is Dec. 3, 2018. County committee members are an important component of the operations of FSA and provide a link between the agricultural community and USDA. Farmers and ranchers elected to county committees help deliver FSA programs at the local level, applying their knowledge and judgment to make decisions on commodity price support programs; conservation programs; incentive indemnity and disaster programs for some commodities; emergency programs and eligibility. FSA committees operate within official regulations designed to carry out federal laws. To …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Woke up early this morning with a song on my mind!  Remember, ‘Over the river and thru the woods to grandmothers house we go….The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh’……..It was a favorite, ’bout this time of the year when I was a youngster….. Salute a veteran today….Most have interesting stories of their days in the various wars and in times of peace. Some prefer to not talk about those days. Too many made the ultimate sacrifice.  We owe them so much. A few area football scores from yesterday: Duke 42 – UNC 35 Clemson 27 – Boston College 7 Tulane 24 – ECU 18 Appalachian State 38 – Texas State 7 Alabama …..

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12U Boys SWAC State Tournament: Bladen County 1-1-1 After 3 Games

GASTONIA – Bladen County’s 12U Coed All-Stars posted a 1-1-1 record in their first 3 games in the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) 12U Boys state soccer tournament Saturday at George Poston Park. Bladen County battled Fuquay-Varina to a 1-1 tie in their tournament opener. In their second game, the Bladen team rolled past Mount Holly 7-1 then lost to Nash County 7-1. Bladen County will complete round-robin play Sunday morning with a 10 a.m. match against Holly Springs. The top two teams in each bracket will begin semi-final play at 2 p.m. with the championship game slated for 5 p.m. Share:

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10U Girls SWAC State Tournament: Bladen County Splits Pair

GASTONIA – Bladen County’s 10U Girls All-Stars split their first two games in the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) state soccer tournament Saturday at George Poston Park. Bladen County outscored Belmont 6-3 in their tourney opener. In their second game, Bladen County was edged 1-0 by Wilson. Bladen County advances to a semi-final game at 9 a.m. Sunday. A victory would send the Bladen team into the 10U Girls Championship game at 2 p.m. Share:

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10U Boys SWAC State Tournament: Bladen County Splits Pair

GASTONIA – Bladen County’s 10U Boys All-Stars split their first two games in the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) state soccer tournament Saturday at George Poston Park. Nash County defeated Bladen County 7-2 in their tourney opener. Jonah Bryan fired in the first Bladen goal off of an assist from Easton Bostic. Wilson Clifton knocked in the second Bladen goal off of an assist from Ishaq Algozy. Bladen County was awarded a forfeit in their second game when the Henderson-Vance team did not show up. Bladen County will continue round-robin play Sunday morning at 9 a.m. against Fuquay-Varina and at 12 noon against Belmont. If Bladen finishes in the top two …..

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Social Security and Medicare, Working Side by Side

By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Social Security and Medicare have worked side by side for decades. Both programs have improved the quality of life for millions of Americans. Social Security reaches almost every family and, at some point, touches the lives of nearly all Americans. We are with you through life’s journey — from birth to your golden years. Social Security helps older Americans, workers who become disabled, and families in which a spouse or parent dies. In 2017, about 174 million people worked and paid Social Security taxes and about 62 million people received monthly Social Security benefits. We want you to understand …..

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Veteran Recalls Time Spent in Vietnam

By Erin Smith For many Veterans in Bladen County and across the United States, Veterans Day is time to pause and remember those with whom they served and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. For John B. Guions, who is the Commander of the American Legion Post 404 in Elizabethtown, Veterans Day is a time to pause and remember those who served along side of him. He served 21 years in the United States Marine Corps. Guions said during his military career he served 13 months in Vietnam as a Supply Clerk with the United States Marine Corps. “It was very dangerous,” said Guions. He said while his job had …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – November 11

1647 – Massachusetts passes first compulsory school attendance law in the American colonies. 1750 – The F.H.C. Society, also known as the Flat Hat Club, was formed at Raleigh Tavern, Williamsburg, Virginia. It was the first college fraternity. 1807 – Washington Irving’s Salmagundi periodical published – first to associate the name “Gotham” with New York City. 1851 – Alvan Clark patents telescope. 1889 – Washington admitted as 42nd state of USA. 1909 – Construction of US navy base begins at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. 1921 – US President Warren G. Harding dedicates Tomb of Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery. 1926 – U.S. Route 66 is established. 1930 – Patent number US1781541 …..

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FEMA May Reimburse Short-Term Lodging Expenses

Contributed FEMA provides financial assistance to make sure those displaced by Hurricane Florence are in safe and secure housing. This is especially true as colder temperatures move into North Carolina this weekend. If a person has received FEMA funds, they can use that money to pay for a hotel or motel room. Many people are staying in a home without heat or outside in a tent or other temporary shelter. If you know someone doing so, encourage them to use their FEMA funds for a hotel room. If residents do get a hotel room during this cold snap, they should keep their receipts. This will serve as proof that the …..

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Governor Cooper Signs Proclamation Observing Veterans Day

Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Cooper hosted military veterans and their families at the Executive Residence for a reception to commemorate the sacrifices military veterans have made for North Carolina and the country. During the reception, the governor signed a proclamation declaring November 11, 2018 Veterans Day in North Carolina. “We owe a solemn debt to our veterans and military families. Their service and sacrifice make our nation safer and our communities stronger. I’m proud that so many veterans continue to call our state home when they leave active service and we must continue to offer our support while we work to ensure North Carolina remains the most military friendly state …..

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East Bladen to host Wilson Beddingfield in football playoffs

The East Bladen Eagles will host the Wilson Beddingfield Bruins on Friday in the first round of the state 2-A football playoffs. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. at Lenon Fisher Field. Pairings were announced Saturday afternoon by the N.C. High School Athletic Association. East Bladen is the No. 8 seed and Beddingfield is No. 9. The winner of the game will play the winner between top-seeded Elizabeth City Northeastern and No. 16 Fairmont on Nov. 23. The Eagles (9-2) finished second in the nine-team Three Rivers 1-A/2-A Conference. East Bladen losst 28-13 at South Columbus on Friday in the game that decided the league championship. It was East Bladen’s …..

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One of our Own, Halle Stanley, Making a Difference in Africa by way of Halle’s Haven

  • 11/10/2018
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By Jennifer Smith If you’re a native of Bladen County or Columbus County, that in itself, is a gift because of the wonderful people within the hearts of both counties. For 17 year old, Halle Stanley, the values instilled within her as a young child from her early years spent in the small towns of Clarkton and Whiteville, hold true today as she is striving to make a significant impact within the continent of Africa. Halle is the daughter of the late Mr. Joseph Stanley of All Tied Up Clothing in downtown Whiteville and Dr. Jennifer Smith, an International Superintendent and Consultant from Clarkton. Halle began her infant and pre-school …..

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Three Bladen Teams in SWAC State Tournament Saturday

GASTONIA – Three Bladen County all-star soccer teams open play Saturday in the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) State Tournament at George Poston Park. Members of the Bladen 10U Boys All-Stars include Jonah Bryan, Jonathan Ortiz-Hernandez, Zachary Scholar, Dylan Hernandez, Collin Cole, Easton Bostic, Samuel Cruz, Wilson Clifton, Ishaq Algozy, Alejandro Lopez, Seth Faircloth, and Tyler Eason. Coaches are Kyle Bostic, Jeffrey Bryan, and Simon Hernandez. Members of the Bladen 10U Girls All-Stars are: Jakelina Medina, Ella Campbell, Macey Potter, Gabriela Ventura, Kali Allen, Lexie Ventura, Niyah Wooten, Liberty Osborne, Iris Kinzer, Jaimee Perkins, Julia Flowers, and Vera Valentiner. Coaches are Earl Godfrey and Ursula Wooten. Members of the Bladen 12U …..

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Governor Roy Cooper Proclaims November as American Indian Heritage Month

Contributed RALEIGH: In honor of American Indian Heritage Month, Governor Roy Cooper today proclaimed November as American Indian Heritage Month in North Carolina. Leaders from North Carolina’s eight tribes joined Governor Cooper as he signed the proclamation Friday. North Carolina’s eight recognized tribes include the Coharie, Eastern Band of Cherokee, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Sappony, and Waccamaw-Siouan. “North Carolina is proud to be the home of the eighth largest American Indian population in the United States and the largest American Indian population east of the Mississippi River,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “We encourage all North Carolinians to join us as we celebrate American Indian culture, …..

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Temperatures To Drop To Freezing

Contributed If you have plants outdoors, tonight will be a good time to bring them inside. Temperatures on Saturday night are forecast to drop to near freezing. A strong cold front will move through the area Friday night and temperatures will be much cooler on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service. Highs are forecast to reach into the 50s on Saturday and drop into the 30s Saturday night. Share:

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By Robert Hester Bundle up tonight…if the weatherman is right, temps are expected to drop below freezing, like 31 degrees…. High School football scores South Columbus 28 – East Bladen 13 (conference championship, both teams advance in state play-offs) Red Springs 35 – West Bladen 12 Star Telephone’s Annual meeting of members at 10 AM today, at Bladen Community College…. Monday is Veteran’s Day… Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber meeting Tuesday, 12 noon at Cape Fear Farmers Market. Guest speaker will be Carla Fisher, Emereau Charter School. Shriner’s fish fry on Wednesday in Food Lion parking lot in Elizabethtown and Fresh Foods parking lot in Bladenboro from 11 AM until 7 PM… …..

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Bridge in Randolph County to Be Named For Slain Sheriff’s Deputy

Contributed RALEIGH – While attempting to serve an arrest warrant 15 years ago in Randolph County, deputy sheriff Toney C. Summey was shot and killed. On Thursday, the N.C. Board of Transportation approved a request to dedicate the prominent U.S. 64 bridge over the Uwharrie River after Deputy Summey in honor of his sacrifice in the line of duty. On April 27, 2003, Summey, along with Deputy Nathan Hollingsworth from the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, were serving the warrant on a person wanted for domestic violence. The person shot both deputies. Hollingsworth survived his injuries, but Summey, who had been shot three times, did not. The suspect later surrendered to …..

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Football: Red Springs 35, West Bladen 12

West Bladen Homecoming photos by Kenneth Armstrong BLADENBORO – Red Springs defeated West Bladen 35-12 Friday night in the Three Rivers Conference football season finale for both teams. The teams were tied 6-6 after the first quarter, and Red Springs led 14-6 at halftime. Junior quarterback Tyre Boykin raced 64 yards for one Knight touchdown and tossed a 23-yard pass to sophmore Shyron Adams for the other touchdown. Boykin carried 14 times for 97 yards and completed 7 of 16 passes for 64 yards to lead the West Bladen offense. Adams caught 4 passes for 29 yards. Senior Kerron Washington hauled in two passes for 30 yards, and junior Tra’ …..

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Football: South Columbus 28, East Bladen 13

TABOR CITY – South Columbus captured the Three Rivers Conference football championship Friday night with a 28-13 victory over East Bladen. Coach Russell Dove’s Stallions remained unbeaten at 11-0, while Coach Robby Priest’s Eagles saw their nine-game winning streak snapped. East Bladen, now 9-2 will receive the No. 2 seed from the TRC in tomorrow’s play-off pairings. Junior Rajon Graham returned the opening kick-off 47 yards, and 4 plays later, fullback Tate Lee plowed 3 yards for the touchdown. Junior Adolfo Cardenas booted the extra point for a 7-0 lead at the 10:24 mark. After a short Eagle punt, Lee gained 14 yards, and senior Trequan Bellamy raced 31 yards …..

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This Day in History for November 10

1766 – The last Colonial governor of New Jersey, William Franklin, signs the charter of Queen’s College (later renamed Rutgers University) 1775 – The Second continental Congress forms Continental Marines, precursor to the United States Marine Corps. 1891 – Granville T Woods patents electric railway. 1898 – Race riot in Wilmington, NC (8 killed) 1908 – 1st Gideon Bible put in a hotel room. 1911 – Andrew Carnegie forms Carnegie Corporation for scholarly and charitable works. 1920 – George Bernard Shaw’s “Heartbreak House” premieres in NYC. 1942 – US-British troops occupies Oran, Algeria. 1951 – 1st long distance telephone call without operator assistance. 1954 – “Marine Corps War Memorial” unveiled …..

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Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

A Christmas Club Sweepstakes promotion was started by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Chamber of Commerce. Rogers Clark of Elizabethtown was named President of the North Carolina Oil Jobber’s Association. Bladen County Hospital received a Certificate of Need to allow the hospital to instigate a $6 million expansion. Suzette Edge was Bladen County’s nominee for the Morehead Scholarship. Share:

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Governor Offers Reward in Robeson County

RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information that leads investigators to the location of Hania Noelia Aguilar, 13 years old. The Lumberton Police Department and the FBI are investigating the kidnapping of Hania Noelia Aguilar. Hania was outside her home at the Rosewood Mobile Home Park located at 3525 Elizabethtown Road, Lumberton, North Carolina, on November 5, 2018. A witness saw a male subject dressed in all black and wearing a yellow bandana force Hania Noelia Aguilar into a green, 2003 Ford Expedition with South Carolina license plate NWS-984. On November 8, the stolen SUV …..

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Bladen Community College announces four finalists in Presidential Search

Contributed Bladen Community College has selected four finalists in the search for the college’s next president. The search began earlier this year, when Dr. William Findt, president of Bladen Community College announced he would retire at the end of December 2018. Findt has served Bladen Community College with distinction for 10 years. Following Dr. Findt’s announcement, the Bladen Community Colleges Board of Trustees engaged the services of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to assist with the nationwide presidential search for candidates. The four finalists and their current positions are: Jewel B. Cherry, Ed.D., is Vice President for Student Services at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston Salem, NC. …..

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Governor Cooper Appoints New Members to State Boards and Commissions

Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper appointed new members to 55 boards and commissions. “These appointees go the extra mile in serving North Carolina,” said Governor Cooper. “I’m thankful for the experience and dedication they will bring to these boards and commissions.” Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina Code Officials Qualification Board: Daniel Couch of Buxton as an elected official from a county under 40,000 people. Couch is a Dare County commissioner. He is the owner of Hatteras Tours on the Outer Banks and a real estate broker with Hatteras Realty. Couch serves as chair of the Friends of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum. …..

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Bladen County Road Updates

  • 11/09/2018
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CLOSINGS: OPENINGS: SR1708 (Rosindale Road) SR1708 (Rosindale Road) opened on Thursday, November 8. It is open now from SR1709 (Coley Road) to SR1719 (Vause Road). UPCOMING CLOSINGS: SR1708 (Rosindale Road) SR1708 (Rosindale Road) is will close on Tuesday, November 13 at 8:00 am for Maintenance on cross lines. It will be closed from SR1719 (Vause Road) to SR1712 (Lisbon Road). It will be closed until November 16. ELWELL FERRY: The Ferry remains closed due to high water and mechanical issues. Share:

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Duke Energy utility issues historic $1 billion green bond offering

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Duke Energy Carolinas, a subsidiary of Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), has completed its inaugural issuance of $1 billion in green bonds that will finance eligible green energy projects – including zero-carbon solar and energy storage – in North and South Carolina. This represents one of the largest green bond transactions issued by a utility. “Today marks a milestone for our company and demonstrates our continued commitment to generating cleaner energy for our customers and communities,” said Duke Energy executive vice president and chief financial officer Steve Young. “We are proud to provide this option for investors to advance our goal of reducing carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030.” Duke Energy Carolinas …..

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FEMA Steps for Continuing Rental Assistance

  • 11/09/2018
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Are you a renter who was forced out of your home by Hurricane Florence and initially was eligible for rental assistance from FEMA? Do you still need FEMA’s help? If you are still eligible, you need take only two steps to get the help you need: Complete a Declaration of Continuing Need for Rental Assistance. This is a legal document mailed to all rental grant recipients 15 days after the rental assistance grant is received. Survivors with additional housing needs must complete the Declaration. Return the form and all required documentation to FEMA by one of the following: Mail the completed form to FEMA, P.O. Box 10055, Hyattsville, MD 20782-8055; …..

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You Decide: Can Small Towns Make a Comeback?

By Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina was once known as a state of small towns. The reason was the state economy. Led by the “Big Three” of tobacco, textiles and furniture, the economy was organized around small towns. Farmers took their crops and livestock to the closest town for processing and sale. Textile mills often located near rivers and streams for power and built small villages for their workers. Small towns in the foothills close to the state’s large forests were home to the furniture makers. Small towns in North Carolina were so popular that almost half the major league baseball teams in the 1940s had minor league teams in …..

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To Be A Patriot on Veterans Day

By Erin Smith Some gave all and all gave some. That was the theme for the message of the Veterans Day Program held at Bladen Community College on Thursday morning. Dr. William Findt, President of Bladen Community College (BCC), welcomed those in attendance. Tina Mundy, Director of Human Resources at Bladen Community College (BCC) introduced the keynote speaker, US Army Retired Sgt. First Class, Leroy Atkins. He currently serves as a JROTC Instructor at East Bladen High School. Atkins spoke passionately about what it means to be a patriot and a veteran. “As a patriot, all gave some and some gave all,” said Atkins. He noted there is no place …..

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Narcotics Arrests Made In County

Sheriff James A. McVicker said members of the Narcotics Unit conducted undercover operations in the Lisbon, White Oak, and Elizabethtown areas of the county that resulted in the arrest of three individuals. “We are getting more and more information from the community about people selling illegal drugs,” said McVicker. “I believe it is because they know, if they call, we will act on the information.” Sheriff McVicker said he is proud of the work of the Unit but take even more pride in the fact that citizens are coming forward with information knowing something will be done. Arrested this week were the following individuals: Arrested from her home, just outside …..

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Annual Ag’Em Up Days held at schools

Contributed Ag’em Up Days, a two day annual Agricultural Field Day Adventure for Bladen County 3rd graders, was postponed this year until October 29, 30, and November 1, 2018.  Normally, we set up at the Bladen County Recreation Park, but due to damages from the storm, we needed to keep our students in class. Our team of partners and volunteers took the show on the road, visiting seven schools across our county. Bladen County Cooperative Extension, Bladen County Farm Bureau, Cape Fear Farm Credit, Bladen County Livestock Association, Four County Electric, Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District, Farm Service Agency, Prestage Farms, Representative William and Brenda Brisson,, Southeast Farm Equipment, …..

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A loss is a loss is a loss, but not sure which causes the most pain, an old fashion butt-kicking like the Steelers delivered to the Panthers (52-21) in NFL play last night or a loss on the last play of the game like Wake Forest delivered to the NC State Wolfpack (27-23).  Both are painful! High School football action tonight for the Three Rivers Conference championship when the East Bladen Eagles travel to South Columbus. West Bladen entertains Red Springs.  Game time for both is 7:30 PM. Lu Mil Vineyard’s Annual Festival of Lights and country buffet  begins in a couple of weeks. Star Telephone’s annual meeting will be held …..

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Middle School Boys Soccer: Whiteville Central 2, Clarkton School of Discovery 1

WHITEVILLE – Whiteville Central rallied from an early 1-0 deficit to edge Clarkton School of Discovery 2-1 Thursday in Waccamaw Conference Middle School Conference season-opening action. Nyquan Richardson knocked in the Blue Devil goal off of an assist from Lafon Monroe in the seventh minute of play. The Hornets tied the score eleven minutes later. Central scored the game-winning goal with ten minutes left in the game. Share:

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Middle School Boys Soccer: Bladenboro 3, Nakina 0

ELIZABETHTOWN –Hezekiah Blanks racked up two goals and an assist to lead Bladenboro to a 3-0 victory over Nakina in Waccamaw Conference Middle School Conference season-opening action Thursday at County Park. Cade Allen turned an assist from Blanks into the first Bulldog goal. Allen returned the favor with a pass that set up Blanks’ first goal that padded the Bladenboro lead to 2-0 in the first half. Blanks tallied a second-half goal off of a feed from Josh Deleon. Gary Parker recorded the shutout in goal for Coach Steve Thurman’s Bulldogs. Share:

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Middle School Boys Soccer: Tar Heel 6, Williams 0

ELIZABETHTOWN – Alex Garza and Jordan Underwood scored 2 goals each to lead Tar Heel to a 6-0 Waccamaw Conference Middle School Conference season-opening victory Thursday over Williams at County Park. William Verdugo-Gomez fired in another Panther goal, and Kevin Labra knocked in the other Tar Heel goal. Ty’rek Ballard recorded the shutout in goal for Coach Ray Schmucker’s Panthers. Share:

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Middle School Boys Soccer: Elizabethtown 4, Hallsboro 1

HALLSBORO – Malcolm Bolden fired in a ‘Hat Trick’ of 3 goals to lead Elizabethtown to a 4-1 Waccamaw Conference Middle School Conference season-opening boys soccer victory Thursday over Hallsboro. Bolden opened the Cougar scoring with an unassisted goal as the two teams battled to a 1-1 tie at halftime. Bolden then put Elizabethtown ahead to stay as he turned an assist from Jamie Delgado into the go-ahead goal. Kenneth Rhodie blasted in the third Cougar goal, and Bolden netted his third goal of the game to push the margin to 4-1. Fernando Rebollar was credited with five saves in goal for Coach Jay Raynor’s Cougars. Share:

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2018-19 East Bladen High School basketball schedules

East Bladen varsity basketball Junior varsity girls’ game starts at 4 p.m. followed by junior varsity boys’ game, varsity girls’ game and varsity boys’ game DATE OPPONENT TIME Nov. 20 West Brunswick (Girls only) 6 p.m. Nov. 30 at North Brunswick 6 p.m. Dec. 4 Whiteville 6 p.m. Dec. 7 at South Columbus 6 p.m. Dec. 11 Red Springs 6 p.m. Dec. 14 at West Columbus 6 p.m. Dec. 17 at Fairmont 6 p.m. Dec. 27-29 at Adidas Christmas Tournament, West Bladen (Boys) TBA Dec. 27-29 at Leon Brogden Tournament, Wilmington (Girls) TBA Jan. 2 St. Pauls 6 p.m. Jan. 4 at East Columbus 6 p.m. Jan. 8 South Robeson …..

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2018-19 West Bladen High School basketball schedules

West Bladen basketball Junior varsity girls’ game starts at 4 p.m. followed by junior varsity boys’ game, varsity girls’ game and varsity boys’ game DATE OPPONENT TIME Nov. 19 at Westover (JV, varsity girls only) 4:30 p.m. Nov. 20 Westover (JV, girls only) 4:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at Wilmington Hoggard 4 p.m. Nov. 30 Union 4 p.m. Dec. 4 at Fairmont 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at Union 4 p.m. Dec. 7 Red Springs 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at East Columbus 4 p.m. Dec. 14 South Robeson 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at Whiteville 4 p.m. Dec. 27-29 Adidas Christmas Tournament, West Bladen TBA Jan. 2 at West Columbus 4 p.m. Jan. …..

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This Day in History for November 9

1620 – After a month of delays off the English coast and about two months at sea, the Mayflower spots land (Cape Cod) 1821 – 1st US pharmacy college holds 1st, Philadelphia. 1857 – Atlantic Monthly magazine 1st published. 1904 – 1st airplane flight to last more than 5 minutes. 1924 – Miriam (Ma) Ferguson becomes 1st US elected woman governor (of Texas) 1925 – Robert A. Millikan confirms the existence of cosmic rays from outer space in a speech to the National Academy of Sciences at Madison, Wisconsin. 1930 – 1st nonstop airplane flight from NY to Panama. 1936 – American fashion designer Ruth Harkness captures a panda cub …..

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Middle School Volleyball: Clarkton School of Discovery Sweeps Whiteville Central & Nakina

CLARKTON – Clarkton School of Discovery swept a pair of Waccamaw Middle School Conference volleyball matches from Nakina and Whiteville Central Thursday night. In the opening match of the day, the Lady Blue Devils defeated Nakina 2-0 by set scores of 25-23 and 25-18. Nakina bounced back to defeat Tar Heel 2-0, and Whiteville Central won the third match of the night 2-0 over Tar Heel. The Lady Blue Devils then completed their perfect night with a 2-0 victory over Central by set scores of 25-18 and 28-26. “I am mighty proud of my girls,” said Clarkton Coach Chris Calliahan. Share:

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Middle School Volleyball: Elizabethtown Defeats Bladenboro

ELIZABETHTOWN – Elizabethtown swept Bladenboro 2-0 Thursday in Waccamaw Middle School Conference volleyball action by set scores of 25-13 and 25-18. The Lady Bulldogs battled back against Hallsboro in the second match of the night, winning the second set 25-13, but falling to the Lady Tigers 15-11 in the decisive third set. After Williams swept Hallsboro 2-0 by set scores of 25-23 and 25-18 in the third match of the night, the Lady Aggies defeated Elizabethtown 2-1 in the final match of the evening. The Lady Cougars won the first set 25-21 over Williams, but dropped the next two sets by scores of 25-16 and 15-8. Share:

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JV Football: South Columbus 30, East Bladen 22

ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen suffered a pair of late drive-stopping fumbles Thursday night as the Eagles dropped a 30-22 Three Rivers Conference jayvee football decision to South Columbus in their final game of the season. Freshman Timothy McLean raced 60 yards for the first Eagle touchdown then ran the 2-point conversion. With nine seconds left in the first half, freshman Raymond Autry hauled in a 30-yard touchdown pass from sophmore quarterback Dillon Fine. McLean carried into the end zone for another 2-point conversion and a 16-8 lead. McLean broke loose again and dashed 50 yards for his second touchdown of the game. The Eagles mounted a pair of scoring threats …..

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SUV Involved in Abduction of Lumberton Teen Found

By Erin Smith A stolen SUV that was used in the abduction of Lumberton teen was found on Thursday morning, according to the FBI. The FBI reported that the SUV was located just off Quincey Drive in Lumberton at 8 a.m. Hania Aguilar, 13, remains missing. There is a $15,000 reward being offered by the FBI for information leading to the location of Aguilar. In a statement from the FBI, the vehicle is being processed for evidence on Thursday afternoon. According to the FBI, Aguilar was outside in the yard of her home when she was abducted from the Rosewood Mobile Home Park at 3525 Elizabethtown Road in Lumberton Monday …..

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Bladen County Public Library to Hold Junk Swap

Contributed On Tuesday, November 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. will be a junk swap. It will take place in the meeting room at the Main Branch of the Bladen County Public Library located in Elizabethtown. People can bring between one to ten items to swap. For every item that is brought in, you are allowed to take an item with you. Any items that are left over will be donated. Rules: Items must be gently used, not broken, and must be smoke-free. Items/materials must be clean and not dusty, moldy, etc. No sharp objects or weapons are allowed. No items/materials that are heavier than you can carry are …..

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Bladen Soil and Water Conservation Meeting

The Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors will meet Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. in the Small Auditorium, Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center, Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. For additional information call 910-247-3457. Share:

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Clarkton May Get Electronic Gaming Business

By Erin Smith Clarkton may be getting an electronic gaming establishment in the near future, according to Town Clerk Kentrina Woods. She told the Clarkton Town Board on Tuesday night a new tenant in town may be considering opening up a video gaming business. Woods said, “Tim (Tart) came in and he said he had rented this building over here next to us (town hall). He’s rented it to somebody, basically, and they are going to open up a internet sweepstakes, so they may be getting in contact with you.” Woods added, no one has been to town hall as of Tuesday to inquire about opening a new business. “I …..

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Global Logistics Company Selects Rockingham County for New Facility

Sanritsu Logistics to create 24 jobs and invest $9 million in Reidsville  RALEIGH: Sanritsu Logistics will open a new warehouse and manufacturing plant in Rockingham County, creating 24 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The international and domestic logistics services company plans to invest $9 million in Reidsville and will service clients throughout the southeastern United States. “International companies like Sanritsu Logistics recognize North Carolina’s advantages for reaching customers in North America,” said Governor Cooper.  “Our dedicated workforce, strong business climate and robust transportation networks offer a winning combination for growing companies.” Sanritsu Logistics, whose parent company is headquartered in Nagoya, Japan, is a third-party logistics company (3PL) that supports multiple …..

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Town Begins Process to Revoke Wastewater Permit

By Erin Smith The Carroll Poultry plant has been sitting idle in the Bladenboro Industrial Park for several months due to issues with capacity and wastewater discharges. Last week, the Town of Bladenboro officially notified the company they are seeking to revoke its wastewater permit. The decision to revoke the company’s wastewater permit was made at the town’s October meeting. The certified letter from the Town of Bladenboro to Carroll’s Poultry notifying them of the termination of their wastewater permit was mailed on November 2. According to Interim Town Administrator Melanie Hester, the company has 30 days from the date they receive the letter to respond. As of today (Thursday, …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thanks to all who offered their services for political office.  Without candidates our system of government would not operate very well….We all have preferences, but I repeat….we need candidates, so thanks to the winners and those who did not win.  And, it you have never ‘cast your hat into the ring’, you have no idea…it is an experience like no other. Huge high school football game Friday (tomorrow) night.  East Bladen at South Columbus for conference championship.  Regardless of the outcome, both teams will participate in the playoffs…..Go Eagles… West Bladen concludes their season Friday night when they host Red Springs. Basketball season is here.. The folks that monitor action on …..

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This Day in History for November 8

1701 – William Penn presents Charter of Priviliges. 1731 – In Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin opens 1st library in the north American colonies. 1789 – Bourbon Whiskey 1st distilled from corn by Elijah Craig in Bourbon, Kentucky. 1861 – USS San Jacinto commanded by Charles Wilkes captures two Confederate diplomats from the British mail steamer Trent, almost causing a war between the US and the UK. 1904 – American President Theodore Roosevelt (R) defeats Alton B. Parker (D). 1910 – 1st Washington State election in which women could vote. 1910 – William H. Frost receives the first U.S. patent for an electrical insect destroyer. 1933 – FDR creates Civil Works Administration. …..

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East Bladen Plays For Three Rivers Title Friday

East Bladen’s Eagles travel to Vinegar Hill Friday night to battle undefeated South Columbus for the Three Rivers Conference football championship. Both Coach Robby Priest’s Eagles and Coach Russell Dove’s Stallions sport perfect 8-0 league records, and both teams will receive automatic Class 2A play-off bids when the football play-off brackets are seeded Saturday. The two teams were scheduled to meet on September 14th, but Hurricane Florence caused a 2-week postponement of the season, and the games of Sept. 14 were rescheduled for this Friday. “No one wants a hurricane with all the problems and hard times it caused, but the break came at a good time football-wise for us,” …..

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West Bladen High School Open House

West Bladen High invites all parents and students to attend our Open House on Tuesday, November 13th at 6:00 p.m. Student led conferences, question/answer sessions, tables of interest and teacher/parent/student collaboration time will take place. Don’t miss this opportunity to partner with your school for success! Share:

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One Man Involved In Shooting of Trooper to Face Death Penalty

By Erin Smith One of the two men arrested and charged in the shooting death of North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner will be facing the death penalty. District Attorney Jon David’s office announced on Wednesday afternoon the Columbus County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Chancy Askew for his role in the shooting of Trooper Conner. David’s office said the State does plan to seek the death penalty in this case. Askew, 18, of Chadbourn is scheduled to appear in Columbus County Superior Court on December 13th. Askew, was arrested in Loris, South Carolina on Tuesday, October 23rd, by law enforcement officials from both North Carolina and South …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By Dora Brogdon Autumn, a 1 to 2 year old mixed breed female, has been picked to be Pet of the Week again. She is still at the shelter and needs a good family to adopt her. She is very friendly and loves to play! Autumn does get along with other dogs and would make a great family pet. 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 …..

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