12/17/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 9:24 am Deal for new restaurant moving along
  • 9:20 am Bladen County students donate to Bladen County Foster Care Angel Tree
  • 8:21 am Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving
  • 8:18 am This Day in History – December 17
  • 8:13 am Pittenger law takes on Chinese predatory investments
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By Erin Smith The deal to bring a new restaurant to Elizabethtown is moving along, according to officials with Clark Brothers, Inc. The representatives with Bojangles are working to complete the “due diligence phase of their lease”. Due diligence is a real estate term meaning the company can use the time period to review documents, […]

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Contributed The East Bladen Keyettes and the Clarkton School of Discovery made donations to the Bladen County Foster Care Angel Tree. All items are to assure that every foster child in Bladen County custody has a cheerful Christmas. The Bladen County Department of Social Services Foster Care Unit thanks the Keyettes and the students of […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

NFL action last night – Eagles 30, Rams 23. Tonight – Saints at Panthers NFL regular season coming to a close, playoff action begins in about 3 weeks. 2019 Super Bowl will be played February 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, home of the Falcons.  The game will be telecast on CBS. Weather for today […]

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This Day In History

1777 – George Washington’s army returns to Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. 1791 – NYC traffic regulation creates 1st 1-way street. 1821 – Kentucky abolishes debtors’ prisons. 1895 – George Brownell patents a machine to make paper twine (Mass) 1900 – New Ellis Island Immigration station completed costing $1.5 million. 1903 – The Wright Brothers make the […]

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During an interview recently on Fox Business Network’s Mornings with Maria, House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling praised Congressman Pittenger’s leadership on the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, protecting the U.S. from Chinese predatory investments. Share:

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LINCOLNTON  – The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice reports that a juvenile placed in its custody at the Chatham Youth Development Center failed to return to the facility today following a home visit. The juvenile is identified as John C. and was last seen Sunday. The juvenile’s home county is Lincoln County. The division has notified local law enforcement […]

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For many individuals, celebrating the holidays includes traveling or hosting friends and family in your home. If you are traveling to see family or hosting guests at your home over the holidays, make sure that everyone knows what to do in the event of an emergency. Use these tips to have a safe holiday season […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The recent Congressional election fiasco, moved the GenX issue off the front page, for a while…. Received nearly 2 inches of rainfall over the past couple of days.  This year may have been one of the wettest ever.  We normally average about an inch a week, year round (48 to 52 inches).  The Wilmington area recently broke […]

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CLARKTON – A pre-season game for the Jesus Christ Shadow Pro-players Christian League was played in the School of Discovery gym Saturday, but the message and opportunities that the event’s organizers brought to the court were more important than the final score. “This league helps our young men change their lives,” said Mrs. Mildred Jackson, […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Each year we announce the annual cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Usually, there is an increase in the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefit amount people receive each month, starting the following January. Law requires that federal benefit rates increase when the cost of […]

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This Day In History

1773 – Boston Tea Party incident – Sons of Liberty protesters throw tea shipments into Boston harbor in protest against British imposed Tea Act. 1811 – Earthquake hits New Madrid, Missouri, causing widespread damage. 1835 – Fire consumes over 600 buildings in NYC. 1897 – 1st submarine with an internal combustion engine demonstrated. 1900 – […]

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The holidays are known for taking a toll on our bodies. Between the chilly temperatures, onset of flu season and the overabundance of sweet treats at every turn, it’s easy for physical health to fall to the wayside. And, with the excitement of the holidays many forget to take into account the emotional and mental […]

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NC DOT

One of the biggest safety challenges that NCDOT and the railroads encounter are people on the tracks. Railroads are private property, meaning not only can you be arrested or fined for trespassing on the tracks, but you are also putting your life at risk. Many people don’t know that it takes a train traveling 55 […]

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IN THE MATTER OF: Investigation of election irregularities affecting counties within the 9th Congressional District NOTICE DATE OF PUBLIC HEARING IN THE MATTER OF: Investigation of election irregularities affecting counties within the 9th Congressional District NOTICE DATE OF PUBLIC HEARING THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS & ETHICS ENFORCEMENT, however constituted as the body then-authorized to […]

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By Erin Smith With an investigation being conducted by the NC State Board of Elections and Ethics into irregularities with mail-in absentee ballots in Bladen County, the North Carolina General Assembly adopted a bill on Wednesday that would require a new primary if a new election is ordered. The bill specifies, in the event the […]

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Contributed The Cape Fear River is expected to reach minor flood stage this week, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. A flash flood watch that was issued for Bladen County on Friday has been allowed to expire. A flood warning remains in effect for the Cape Fear River at the William O. […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Elizabethtown Jaycee of the Month was Ricky Leinwand. Robert Register was sworn in as the newest Clarkton Town Board member. Davis Pool Company was destroyed by fire. Louis Vaughn resigned as Chairman of the Bladen County Election Board. Share:

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By Erin Smith A man who was wrongfully convicted for a double murder in Bladen County in 1976 can move forward with his case against the State Bureau of Investigation and the NC Administrative Office of the Courts. The North Carolina Industrial Commission has ruled Joseph Sledge can move forward with his lawsuit against the […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Baby, it’s wet outside….forecast is for less rain later today and tomorrow… More jobs available in Bladen…Formal ceremony at Smithfield Foods yesterday opening new expansion, new hires should total 250 or so between now and early 2019, and WARP Company in Clarkton is seeking to add another 75 to 100 employees in the next few months… Don’t want to hear…there […]

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This Day In History

1664 – English colonize Connecticut. 1791 – US Bill of Rights ratified when Virginia gives its approval, becomes amendments 1-10 of the US constitution. 1854 – 1st street-cleaning machine in US 1st used in Philadelphia. 1917 – World War I: An armistice is reached between the new Russian Bolshevik government and the Central Powers. 1925 […]

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Basketball

Both of tonight’s high school basketball games involving Bladen County teams have been rained out due to leaky roofs. The South Robeson at West Bladen and East Bladen at West Columbus games were postponed due to roof leaks at West Bladen and West Columbus. The East Bladen at West Columbus game has been rescheduled for […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to meet on Monday night and take up several items on the agenda. The board will be asked to approve the consent agenda. The consent agenda consists of the proposed agenda, minutes of December 3, 2018 Special Meeting, minutes of December 3, 2018 regular meeting, budget […]

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SMITHFIELD, Va. — Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce the grand opening of its new distribution center in Tar Heel, North Carolina, which will create approximately 250 new jobs in the state. Smithfield invested more than $100 million into the over 500,000-square foot facility, about the size of eight football fields, and its blast cell […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper vetoed Senate Bill 824, An Act to Implement the Constitutional Amendment Requiring Photographic Identification to Vote. Governor Cooper shared the following veto message: “Requiring photo IDs for in-person voting is a solution in search of a problem. Instead, the real election problem is votes harvested illegally through absentee ballots, which this […]

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Contributed The town of Clarkton is getting a new business. New Generation Yarn Corporation (a North Carolina based company) formally announced its activities to expand their North Carolina based warping operations. This new facility, located in Clarkton, NC, will operate under the trade name “Warp Clarkton”. This large new manufacturing facility will include both conventional […]

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By Charlotte Smith The U.S. Highway 701 southbound bridge over the Cape Fear River in Elizabethtown has been closed since Hurricane Florence. A log jam under the bridge in has been a costly issue for the North Carolina Department of Transportation and is the reason for the continued closure of the bridge. The log jam […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded Senate passage of bipartisan legislation he co-introduced to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent genocide and other human rights atrocities around the world. This bill, named in honor of the courageous, inspiring Holocaust survivor and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, strengthens the U.S. government’s capability to prevent, mitigate, and respond to genocide and other mass atrocities wherever […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. announced that today in Federal Court, United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced Tony Chevallier, 40, from Clinton, North Carolina, to 360 months in prison, to be followed by 10 years of Federal Supervised Release. Chevallier was part of a regional drug trafficking organization […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement following the U.S. Solar Market Insight Report from Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) that section 201 solar tariffs played a role in the decline of utility-scale solar installations in the third quarter: “The growth of solar energy in North Carolina has […]

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Lumber River Council of Governments Present Regional Awards On December 13, 2018, the Lumber River Council of Governments (LRCOG) celebrated 46 years of excellence and recognized individuals who have generously given their time and energy towards the work of the LRCOG. LRCOG Board of Directors Chairman, Mary Jo Adams, presided over the event. Jean Lloyd, […]

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By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce met for their December luncheon on Tuesday afternoon at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. Bladen County Division on Aging Director Kelly Robeson discussed the Dementia Friendly Initiative and how businesses in Bladen County can join. “Dementia Friends USA is an initiative that started in the […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded passage of bipartisan legislation to reform the process to pursue claims of sexual harassment or other workplace discrimination experienced on Capitol Hill is headed to the president’s desk. The legislation would reform the dispute resolution process, protect workers, increase transparency and hold Members of Congress […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The deadline for North Carolinians to register for disaster assistance has been extended one week to 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. FEMA granted the extension at the request of Gov. Roy Cooper. “We want to make sure that our hurricane survivors get the help they need to get their lives back […]

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Contributed The members of Girl Scout Troop 713 in Elizabethtown have been busy assisting Santa with his duties. The group recently learned of children in need of a wonderful Christmas Elf through the Elf Angel Organization started by Debbie Heustess of Clarkton! They picked a child and shopping they went. “They each gave from the […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Bladen’s election story continues to grow.  I am told some high percentage of those with additional info are either totally untruthful, or partially untrue.  Think it’s about time to begin using the ‘lie detector’.  It’s bad enough without the ‘pile-on’ group.  Broaden the investigation to anyone who ‘assisted’ someone with their ballot, other than a […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper signed the following bill into law: Senate Bill 827: Extend Agricultural Disaster Program Deadline “Hurricane Florence was a crippling blow to North Carolina’s farmers, costing them billions in crops, livestock and income,” Gov. Cooper said. “This legislation will give hardworking farmers more time to apply for relief that can help […]

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By Charlotte Smith Since Hurricane Florence ripped through the mother county creating damages for many businesses and residents the needs have grown according to Jill Sampson a Social Work Program Manager with Bladen County Department of Social Services. There has been over 100 families directly impacted by the hurricane currently needing assistance during this holiday […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladenboro Police Department and Southeastern Cruisers Car Club brought holiday cheer again this year. The annual Christmas for Kids project ended with a visit from Santa, big smiles and gift giving on Thursday, December 13, 2018.  Officers took children shopping with the donations they collected throughout the year. Children were able to […]

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This Day In History

1774 – Portsmouth, New Hampshire militiamen successfully attack arsenal of Ft. William & Mary. 1893 – 1st state road authorized, Frankfort, Ky. to Cincinnati. 1862 – Battle of Kinston, fought in Lenoir County, North Carolina begins (Goldsboro Expedition), Union victory (US Civil War) 1903 – The Wright brothers attempt to fly the Wright Flyer for […]

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NAKINA – Nyquan Richardson lit up the scoreboard with 19 second-half points Thursday night as Clarkton School of Discovery rallied for a 42-39 Waccamaw Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over Nakina. Nakina took a 33-23 lead into the final quarter, but Richardson made 4 straight free throws, drained a 3-point shot and canned two […]

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WHITEVILLE –Lainey Autry and MaKayla Wright sparked a 28-4 blitz in the middle quarters that propelled Bladenboro to a 43-19 Waccamaw Middle School Conference victory over Williams Township Thursday. Autry and Wright threw in baskets to keep the Lady Bulldogs within 9-5 at the first quarter break after B. Lupo’s three baskets created an early […]

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NAKINA – AnnaGrey Heustess poured in 18 points Thursday to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 40-7 Waccamaw Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Nakina. Maegan Burney fired in four baskets in the opening quarter, and Heustess sank a basket and 2 free throws as the Lady Blue Devils raced to a 14-3 […]

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WHITEVILLE – Gary Parker and Deonte Lacy combined for 26 points to lead Bladenboro to a 47-31 Waccamaw Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over Williams Township Thursday night. Bladenboro took a 29-24 lead into the final quarter, before Parker tossed in a pair of baskets and 4 free throws to key an 18-7 closing […]

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By Charlotte Smith After Thursday’s federal court proceedings no punitive damages were awarded to neighbors of a hog farm in Sampson County. The outcome for the fourth hog industry lawsuit trial did not end with multi millions in award payouts for the plaintiffs.  In the first three lawsuit trials presided over by Federal District Court […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the unanimous passage of the Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, bipartisan legislation that would, for the first time, create a public health infrastructure across the country to combat Alzheimer’s disease and preserve brain health. The BOLD Act now heads to the House of […]

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Contributed The Elizabethtown Rotary Club practices its motto, “Service Above Self” by giving to others. Recently the club members have been spotted all over Bladen County giving to others. The club just wrapped up its annual dictionary giveaway by distributing a dictionary to third graders in Bladen County Schools. Michael Leinwand, the service chair for […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – The N.C. General Assembly has approved extending the deadline for the agricultural disaster relief program to Dec. 20. The bill now awaits Governor Roy Cooper’s signature. Eleven additional North Carolina counties have received secretarial disaster declarations based on agricultural losses from Hurricane Florence or Tropical Storm Michael. These counties are Anson, Avery, […]

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Contributed The Cape Fear River is expected to reach moderate flood stage this weekend, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington.  “With many area rivers high or above flood stage when the rain falls late this week, flooding along area creeks may be worse than is typical for a 2 to 4 inch […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Sonic Automotive (NYSE: SAH) will open a marketing resource and customer contact center in Gaston County, creating 500 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company, a Fortune 500 company and one of the largest automotive retailers in the United States, will make an $11.2 million investment in Lowell to establish the center. “Fortune […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the Senate’s unanimous passage of bipartisan legislation he co-introduced that secures new protections for minors and improves accountability measures in the federal juvenile justice grant program. “I applaud the Senate on passing this important bipartisan legislation to support juvenile justice and delinquency prevention because I’ve seen the […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Cooper, Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore issued a statement regarding state economic recruitment following Apple’s announced expansion: “North Carolina is a great place for business and we have amazing success bringing quality jobs to our state, from corporate headquarters for Charlotte and Raleigh to advanced manufacturing […]

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By Erin Smith Two men had their murder cases dismissed in Bladen County Superior Court on Wednesday. Raliek Tyree Lapaix and Malik Sharmaine Riggans were charged with first-degree murder. Those charges have been dismissed, according to Bladen County court records. Bladen County Assistant District Attorney Quentin McGee said the case against defendant Gabriel McDowell is […]

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Public Meeting

The Emereau Bladen Board of Director’s Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, December 18, 2018 has been changed to 6:30 p.m. instead of 5:00 p.m. as previously announced.  A public body may close a session for the following purpose:  to establish, or to instruct the public body’s staff or negotiating agents concerning the position to be taken […]

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By Erin Smith On Thursday morning, the office of Families First Inc. in Elizabethtown was bustling with excitement and activity as the Salvation Army rolled into town with bicycles, toys, and food for Bladen County families. With the devastation from Hurricane Florence the needs have been great this year.  Major Mark Craddock, with the Salvation […]

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By Erin Smith Many people enjoy boating and fishing on the Cape Fear River especially in the vicinity of the locks and dams. The locks and dams were built on the river at a time when commercial boat traffic plied the river transporting goods to towns upriver from Wilmington.  “They (the lock and dam system) […]

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BURGAW: The deadline for North Carolinians who suffered damage during Hurricane Florence to apply for federal help has now been extended to December 19, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Gov. Cooper requested the extension to give North Carolinians more time to take the critical step of applying for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced funding for 16 projects from the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program in 2018 “North Carolina received over $1.2 million in funding to enhance the quality of specialty crops grown in our state,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “The selected projects range from pest […]

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By Charlotte Smith There will be a Town Hall held on Tuesday, December 18th about the Bladen County Primary Election’s missing ballots. The hosts of the event are the Democracy North Carolina, Progress North Carolina Action and Southern Coalition for Social Justice organizations. Also listed as hosting the event are the NC NAACP, NC Black […]

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State Board continues investigation into 9th Congressional District irregularities State Board continues investigation into 9th Congressional District irregularitiesRALEIGH, N.C. – The ongoing investigation into absentee voting irregularities and other alleged activities in the 9th Congressional District is the top priority at the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement. The agency confirms that Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. is a […]

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December Terrific Kid Gift Certificate Winner Pictured with Bladenboro Primary School  assistant principal Jason Folsom is Riley Hester, kindergartner who was the winner of a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to Pizza Palace of Bladenboro. First Citizens Bank of Bladenboro donates twenty-five dollars for the purchase of the Pizza Palace gift certificate to the winner of […]

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RALEIGH: Moog Inc., a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision control components and systems, will expand its plant in Murphy and create 20 jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company plans to invest $1.8 million in Cherokee County. “Large manufacturers like Moog have many choices when selecting a business location,” said Governor Cooper. “I’m pleased […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley praised Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) for his work to improve the First Step Act, bipartisan legislation to reform America’s criminal justice system. Senator Tillis worked with Chairman Grassley his Senate colleagues on changes that would build additional support for the bipartisan legislation.  The revised legislation further clarifies eligibility for earned […]

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At Christmas time, many cats and dogs are looking for their forever home. The Bladen County Animal Shelter will be waiving the adoption fee for  dogs and cats for the week of December 17th– 21st. You will still be required to pay the vaccination fees. The vaccination fees are $25-$30 for dogs and $15 for […]

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RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr., the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, announces that a federal grand jury in Greenville has returned an indictment charging Aaron Wayne Pickrell, a former registered nurse at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville, North Carolina, with five counts of obtaining possession […]

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, the House of Representatives passed the conference report to Accompany H.R. 2 – Agriculture Improvement Act sending the five-year farm bill to the President’s desk for his signature.  The 2018 Farm Bill conference report is the result of an agreement reached between both chambers of Congress that will strengthen the farm […]

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In Ward’s first term as board member, he served on the executive committee as secretary in 2016, then as treasurer the following year. With his reappointment for a second term, Ward is now vice chairman of the Board. Ward previously served two terms as the North Carolina alternate. Ward grows Virginia-type peanuts along with corn […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Lest we forget, Christmas is a perfect time to do something nice for someone…..just do it.  Lots of sickness, deaths and other concerns…do it now. Christmas parties and cantatas are being held.  Cantatas are special, choirs and directors are working hard to prepare. Soon it will be added to the memory bank. Speaking of cantatas, […]

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RALEIGH: As North Carolina recovers from the season’s first big winter storm, Governor Cooper is thanking responders and reminding residents to be prepared for more winter weather. “Winter is just beginning, and this will not be the last round of winter weather we see this season,” said Governor Cooper. “Families should make sure they are ready […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the unanimous Senate passage of bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored to reauthorize the Victims of Child Abuse Act (VOCAA), which provides funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers that serve child victims and help law enforcement hold perpetrators accountable. “Children’s Advocacy Centers play an important role supporting children who are victims of […]

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1774 – First incident of American Revolution – 400 attack Fort William and Mary, New Hampshire. 1816 – Patent for a dry dock issued to John Adamson, Boston. 1879 – First federal fishing hatching steamer launched (Wilmington, Delaware) 1918 – US army of occupation crosses Rhine, enters Germany. 1922 – Charles Ebbets proposes putting numbers […]

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By Erin Smith As many in Bladen County continue to recover from the wrath of Hurricane Florence, faith-based buildings and communities have also suffered. Churches in Bladen County saw damage such as shingles blown off roofs, leaks and flooding. “The NC General Assembly has appropriated funds to us for this purpose,” Kasey Ginsberg of the […]

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Elizabethtown’s Cade Hancock, a senior at Harrells Christian Academy, has enjoyed a strong run through his fall schedule of junior golf tournaments. After finishing second in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tournament at Furman University, Hancock tied for third place in the Hurricane Junior Golf Tournament at the Pinehurst #5 course on November 10-11. Cade shot […]

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By Charlotte Smith Following days of deliberation; the hog industry loses the fourth battle held in a federal court room in Raleigh. The jury made up of 10 women and 2 men ruled in favor of eight neighbors suing Murphy Brown, LLC for nuisances claims. The Sampson County hog farm, Sholar Farm, was at the […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Town of Bladenboro town council held an administrative hearing on Tuesday, December 11, for water usage issues with the local Carroll Poultry, LLC. Members in the audience left upset after requests to be heard were denied by Bladenboro Mayor Rufus Duckworth.  Carroll Poultry operates a Muslim Orthodox Halal poultry processing plant. […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to expand access to much-needed resources and investment for rural entrepreneurs to start and expand local businesses was included in the Farm Bill that passed the Senate earlier this week. The legislation now heads to the House of Representatives […]

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When Peter Hans became the president of the state’s community college system this past May, he pledged to visit all 58 community colleges in North Carolina.  Recently, he visited Bladen Community College where he met with Dr. William Findt, BCC President and his leadership team. During the visit, Hans observed and commented “Our community colleges are […]

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By Erin Smith Residents and other interested individuals gathered at Bladen Community College on Tuesday night to hear from State officials regarding the consent order with Chemours. Also, to receive updates on the ongoing investigation into the presence of GenX and other compounds in the Cape Fear River. Several speakers urged representatives from the Department of Environmental […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT), and Representative Bill Flores (R-TX) introduced the Hatch-Waxman Integrity Act of 2018 in the Senate and House of Representatives. The legislation would help ensure that alternative procedures for challenging drug patents do not tilt the playing field contrary to Hatch-Waxman’s design and make sure that drug manufacturers have the proper incentives to continue developing life-saving medications. […]

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RALEIGH: Time is almost up for survivors of Hurricane Florence to register for federal disaster assistance. The current deadline to apply for help from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) or for low-interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. More than $1 billion in state and federal […]

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By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met this past Monday where they welcomed their newly elected member, Cory Singletary.  Following a reception immediately held before the official meeting, Singletary was sworn in by Nikki Dennis. Roger Carroll was elected by the board to serve as their chair and Glenn McKoy was elected to serve […]

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 10, 2018 – CTI Foods LLC, an Owingsville, Ky. establishment, is recalling approximately 29,028 pounds of frozen, ready-to-eat (RTE) pork and poultry sausage links products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of metal, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The frozen, ready-to-eat sausage links […]

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 Golden LEAF Scholarship information and applications for the 2019-20 school year are now available at CFNC.org/goldenleaf. A total of 215 awards will be offered to first-time recipients from qualifying counties for the 2019-20 academic year. Applications are due March 1, 2019. The awards are valued at up to $12,000 ($3,000 per year for up to […]

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With 557 North Carolina teachers earning their national certification this month, North Carolina continues to lead the nation with the most teachers holding the credential from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Nearly 22,000 teachers in North Carolina have attained the respected national certification, which is based on a rigorous performance-based assessment that typically […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Cooper today requested federal disaster assistance for 21 North Carolina counties affected by Hurricane Michael in a letter to President Donald Trump. “Tropical Storm Michael inflicted major damage to North Carolina at a time when it was already devastated by Hurricane Florence,” said Governor Cooper. “Many people are suffering from the effects of Hurricane Michael […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Seems there is a new revelation, or chapter in the ongoing 2018 election saga, daily.  Unraveling the facts from fiction must be one heck of a mess for those in charge.  How did we get here and how many more revelations?  Dig deep, there must be more.  Can’t believe there aren’t other counties with similar […]

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By Charlotte Smith The fourth hog farm trial out of more than twenty started the second week of November. The holidays have assisted in stretching out the time frame of the fourth court case involving the hog farming industry.  Last week closing arguments were heard from both sides and the jury went into deliberation. As […]

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1787 – Pennsylvania becomes 2nd state to ratify US constitution. 1791 – Bank of North America opens at Carpenter’s Hall, Philadelphia. 1800 – Washington, D.C., established as the capital of the United States of America. 1874 – Hawaii King David Kalakaua is 1st king to visit the US as guest of Ulysses S. Grant at […]

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By Joy Warren Dr. Diane Lauritsen with LIMNOSCIENCES presented an update to the White Lake Town Board of Commissioners at the Tuesday evening meeting. She discussed with the Lake partners what actions might need to be taken to provide more data with respect to the potential for nutrients already in the lake bottom. Internal Loading […]

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LAKE WACCAMAW – East Columbus rode a 10-1 third-period spurt to a 23-11 Three Rivers Conference junior varsity girls basketball victory over West Bladen Tuesday. East Columbus held a narrow 9-8 lead at halftime, before their decisive run opened up a 19-9 lead. Sanauwa Campbell tossed in 10 points to lead the Lady Gator scoring. […]

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LAKE WACCAMAW – East Columbus defeated West Bladen 45-29 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference junior varsity boys basketball action. Donovan Stone bombed in a pair of 3-point shots and threw in a trio of 2-point baskets in the final quarter to lead the Knight scoring with 14 points. Freshman Lancine Soumahoro scored 4 points […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – A 5-1 third-quarter spurt propelled Red Springs to a 21-18 Three Rivers Conference junior varsity girls basketball victory over East Bladen Tuesday. The Lady Eagles edged in front 8-7 at halftime, before Red Springs fought back to take a 12-9 lead. Freshman Mariah Smith fired in 7 points to lead the East Bladen […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Red Springs rode a 33-14 surge to a 46-32 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen Tuesday night. Senior Greyson Heustess and junior Tyshawn Berkeley drained 3-point shots in the opening quarter for East Bladen. Heustess added another basket, and sophmore center Javant McDowell dropped in 2 baskets as the Eagles […]

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LAKE WACCAMAW – Seniors Tyree Burney and Donovan Worley combined for 31 points to lead East Columbus to a 58-50 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over West Bladen Tuesday night. Burney topped the Gator scoring with 16 points, and Worley followed with 15 points. Teammate Alterek Simpson finished with 10 points. Simpson and Burney […]

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LAKE WACCAMAW – Junior Lexie Corrothers scored 7 of her 15 points in the final period to spark West Bladen to a 39-24 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over East Columbus Tuesday night. The Lady Knights carried a 24-17 lead into the final quarter. Corrothers threw in 2 baskets and 3 free throws, and […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – A 30-2 second-quarter blitz vaulted East Bladen into a 48-15 halftime lead and eventual 78-27 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over Red Springs. East Bladen led 18-13 after one period before the second-quarter explosion broke the game open. The Lady Eagles outscored the vistiors 30-12 in the second half. Junior Patience Ward […]

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With 557 North Carolina teachers earning their national certification this month, North Carolina continues to lead the nation with the most teachers holding the credential from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. Nearly 22,000 teachers in North Carolina have attained the respected national certification, which is based on a rigorous performance-based assessment that typically […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) supported the passage of the bipartisan Farm Bill Conference Report, which includes several provisions secured by Senator Tillis. The bipartisan report passed the Senate and will now head to the House for final passage. “This year has truly been one of the most challenging in recent memory for North […]

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RALEIGH: AirBoss of America Corp. has selected Halifax County for an expansion of its current facility, adding 42 new jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company plans to invest $5.2 million in Scotland Neck with the project. “Including today’s AirBoss announcement, Halifax County has attracted three manufacturing expansions in under a month,” Governor Cooper […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reimburses veterans for missed or underpaid GI Bill housing benefits. The legislation was introduced to address the VA’s failure to fully comply with updated Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) rates set by the Forever GI Bill. The improper […]

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The Bladenboro Police Department has a new member on patrol.  Officer Jason Larrimore was sworn in on Monday, December 10th, as a police officer for the town. He resides in the Bladenboro area.   Bladenboro Police Chief William Howell said, “He comes to us from the Whiteville Police Department. We are glad to have him […]

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