08/18/2019
  • 10:28 pm Clarkton School of Discovery Football Practice Begins August 26
  • 10:14 pm This Day in History for August 18
  • 10:08 pm Changing your direct deposit information with Social Security
  • 9:55 pm Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago
  • 9:34 pm Back to School Blast helps students prepare for new year
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The drafting and signing of Clarkton native Sincere Smith with the New York Yankees accounted for four of bladenonline’s most viewed sports stories of 2018. Smith’s signing https://bladenonline.com/sincere-smith-signs-contract-with-yankees/ was the most-viewed sports story of the year. The story of his drafting https://bladenonline.com/east-bladens-sincere-smith-drafted-by-yankees/ received the second most views. The story of Clarkton Dixie Youth’s celebration of […]

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This Day In History

1673 – Regular mail service begins between NY & Boston. 1721 – General  Washington raises Continental Union Flag 1797 – Albany replaces New York City as capital of New York. 1818 – Official reopening of the White House. 1842 – 1st illustrated weekly magazine in US publishes 1st issue, NYC. 1862  1st US income tax […]

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By Erin Smith The Dan McCready campaign on Sunday submitted a written request to the NC State Board of Elections asking they issue 48 subpoenas to witnesses for the January evidentiary hearing. The evidentiary hearing into absentee ballot irregularities involving the 9th District Congressional race is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, January 11, 2019,  in […]

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By Erin Smith A former Elizabethtown doctor and his assistant were indicted in federal court in December for a pill mill they were operating in Tabor City. Dr. Jong Whan Kim and Tammy Lynn Thompson are scheduled to appear on Monday, January 7, 2019, at the federal courthouse in Wilmington at 10 a.m. The couple […]

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By Erin Smith A little over one year after a shooting in Kelly, a Wilmington man is scheduled to return to Bladen County Superior Court in February 2019. David Wayne Gore, 54, who is the owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, is charged with felony second degree murder for the shooting death of Allen Blanchard, […]

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By Erin Smith Industrial hemp may gain in popularity as a crop in North Carolina thanks to passage of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018. The act was recently signed into law by President Trump. This farm bill decriminalizes the hemp plant paving the way for farmers to add industrial hemp to their crop rotations, […]

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Don’t put it off any longer! Make it your new year’s resolution to enroll at Bladen Community College in a program designed to help adult learners obtain a high school diploma or equivalent. It may also be an alternative choice for minors who drop out of school. Travis Locklear, BCC Director of College Readiness stated […]

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Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) students at Bladen Community College have received educational scholarships through the James B. Collins BLET Endowed Scholarship. The James B. Collins BLET Endowed Scholarship was established as a living memorial to former Deputy Collins who served with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department before his death.  For more information about the […]

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by Erin Smith A company in Alabama is recalling 11,664 pounds of poultry and sausage products due to the possibility the products could be contaminated with metal. The company, R. L. Zeiglar Co., Inc., issued the recall for products that were produced on November 29, 2018, according to the USDA. The products include: *24 oz. […]

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The championship season of East Bladen’s girls basketball team topped the Bladen sports stories in the first three months of the year. Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles won both the Three Rivers Conference regular season and tournament championships. East Bladen reached the third round of the state play-offs before losing in overtime at Richlands. The […]

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Raleigh — Doris Schweriner Silvers, 93, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died peacefully on Saturday, December 29. She was born December 8, 1925 in Philadelphia. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Alan, and her parents Edwin and Yvette Schweriner. Doris was generous, kind-hearted and never met a stranger. She loved plants, needlepoint, bird figurines, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Time to bid farewell to 2018.  Hope it was a good year for all, always some ups and downs, hopefully more ups than downs.  Whatever, 2019 is just hours away… One more reminder of New Years Resolutions.  Not sure that it is as big a deal as it was years ago. Rainfall over the past 24 to 48 […]

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This Day In History

1776 – Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors. 1781 – Bank of North America, first US bank opens. 1841 – Alabama becomes first state to license dental surgeons. 1862 – Union ironclad ship “Monitor” sank off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC Social Security is here to help secure today and tomorrow by providing benefits and financial protection for millions of people. This assistance allows people with severe disabilities and health conditions to take care of the necessities of living, such as food, shelter, and medications. […]

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Three triathlons have been announced for the Spring at White Lake. Saturday, April 27th, will find White Lake welcoming hundreds of athletes that will be participating in three triathlons in one day. The headquarters for the athletes will be the FFA Camp on highway 53 at White Lake. The first triathlon will be the White […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The holiday season continues for some and for others, it’s back to a regular routine…with a break for New Year’s Day on Tuesday… Looking back, how was your Christmas season? Very good for this set of Hesters’…..Spent time with all the immediate family and my siblings and have time planned for in-laws over next couple […]

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East Bladen High School

Contributed WILMINGTON – Junior Patience Ward scored 8 of her team-high 15 points during a 16-9 fourth quarter surge that rallied East Bladen to a 45-42 victory over Wilmington New Hanover in the fifth-place game of the Leon Brogden Holiday Tournament. Ward sank all 6 of her foul shots in the final period and added […]

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Contributed BLADENBORO – Sophmore Shyron Adams drained a 3-point shot with 11 seconds remaining that lifted West Bladen to a 77-73 victory over East Bladen Saturday in the consolation bracket of the Adidas Christmas Tournament. After Adams’ big shot put the Knights up 75-73, teammate Tyre Boykin pulled down a big defensive rebound and cashed […]

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This Day In History

1835 – Georgia gold rush forces the Cherokees to move across the Mississippi River. 1854 – Pennsylvania Rock Oil Co., 1st in US, incorporated in NYC. 1861 – US banks stops payments in gold. 1903 – Electric arc lamp sets fire to Iroquois Theater in Chicago leaving 602 dead in one of the deadliest blazes […]

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Contributed Vaisala, the global leader in environmental and industrial measurement, including comprehensive lightning data, has developed the capability to distinguish cloud-to-ground lightning strokes that contain continuing current, the most damaging of lighting strokes. This first-of-its-kind technology offers precision in identifying these strokes, which can last up to 1,000 times as long as a typical lighting […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – This year, the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality continued its work to protect the environment and health of all North Carolinians. From providing technical assistance to businesses, to assisting with emergency response efforts to extreme storms and flooding, DEQ has continued to serve the people of our state to find better ways […]

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Contributed BLADENBORO – Burly J’vian McCray pumped in 24 points to lead West Brunswick to a 70-53 victory over West Bladen Friday in the Adidas Christmas Tournament. After senior Keshawn Lewis sank 2 free throws to start the first quarter, junior Tyre Boykin knocked down a pair of pull-up jumpers and dropped in a trio […]

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East Bladen High School

Contributed BLADENBORO – The First Flight Nighthawks poured in seventeen 3-point baskets Friday in an 88-49 victory over East Bladen Friday in the Adidas Christmas Tournament. Junior Dylan Blake, senior Grayson Bell and junior Reese Jones buried 3-point shots as the Nighthawks jumped in front 9-3 early in the first quarter. Senior Geryson Heustess who […]

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East Bladen High School

Contributed WILMINGTON – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles built a 22-10 halftime lead then survived a fourth quarter Wilmington Ashley rally to claim a 44-40 victory over the Screaming Eagles Friday night in the Leon Brogden Holliday Tournament. Senior Erica McKoy tossed in a pair of first quarter baskets, and senior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson drained a 3-point […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Frustrating to read and hear our state and federal leaders quibble and quarrel about current issues…State issues mostly related to Bladen County and the election of a congressman in the district that stretches from Mecklenburg (Charlotte) to Bladen (Elizabethtown), created by the current leaders in Raleigh.  If one side says right, the other goes left.  DC […]

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This Day In History

Elizabethtown welcomed a new business…Bladen Feed and Seed. Bladen County saw three candidates file for District Court Judge…Jerry Jolly, Bill Gore and Wayne Long. Cape Fear Manor Rest Home was destroyed by fire. Ronald Hester of Bladenboro named Vice President of Manufacturing at West Point Pepperell. Share:

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Contributed “Serving on state boards and commissions requires dedication and I appreciate these appointees stepping up to help us move North Carolina forward,” Gov. Cooper said. Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences Advisory Commission: Anne Russel Caywood of Apex as a member at-large. Caywood is a services […]

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Contributed In the U.S. alone, there are 10 million car accidents every year, and the tense moments following a car accident, even a minor one, can be scary and stressful for everyone involved. Drivers and passengers can feel confused and unsure of what to do. Even the most experienced and seasoned drivers can make basic […]

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BladenOnline.com readers have requested us to hold a Bladen’s Best of the Best contest so they can vote on their favorite people, places, and services in the mother county. The contest will begin on Friday, January 11th when the voting begins. The last votes will be cast on Wednesday, January 30th. The winners will be announced […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Cooper sent a letter to the two major political party chairs requesting nominations for the State Board of Elections by close of business today. These members will serve until a new board is convened on January 31, 2019 per HB 1029. NC Republican Party Chair Robin Hayes stated publicly this afternoon that he […]

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By Erin Smith The NC State Board of Elections and Ethics announced on Friday they will not certify the election results of the 9th District US House race after an emergency petition was filed at 10:15 a.m. by the Mark Harris campaign. The Harris campaign’s petition argues there were no election protests filed and no recount of […]

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By Erin Smith A pedestrian who was struck by a vehicle on South Poplar Street in Elizabethtown on December 9th passed away recently and the Elizabethtown Police Department says no charges will be filed in the crash. Lt. Mark McMichael, with the Elizabethtown Police Department, said when asked if any charges will be filed, “None of […]

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By Faye M. Boyne The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road closures in Bladen County. They are as follows: NC 210 East at Rowan Creek NC 210 East has been closed since November 26th at a location 0.2 miles North of SR1548 (Brown Road) in order to replace the […]

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By Erin Smith A fire in White Oak claimed a building that was once used many years ago as a dairy barn, according to one witness on the scene. The building is located on Devin Drive across the highway from Butler Farms. The fire was reported at 12:04 p.m., according to Tim Tatum with the White […]

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By Erin Smith Several new developments have taken place on Friday morning in the investigation into voter fraud in the 9th Congressional District race. A court order issued Thursday calls for the dissolution of the current nine member State Board of Elections and Ethics panel and Mark Harris, the Republican candidate for US House District 9, has […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “The North Carolina Republican Party has encouraged the Mark Harris campaign to take immediate legal action in federal court to force the State of North Carolina to do what it is required to legally, constitutionally, and morally do: certify Dr. Mark Harris the […]

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The Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown will host a poetry workshop on Saturday, January 5, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. until 12 noon. Bladen County native Cara Lee Faircloth of White Oak will be present to lead the workshop. There will be opportunities to discuss poetry, write poetry and discuss the things that drive us […]

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By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown man who is facing a charge of arson is scheduled to be in court on Monday, January 7, 2019, according to court records. Brandon Malek Malone of Elizabethtown is charged with felony first-degree arson and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. The charges stem from a fire at apartment 5B […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Vice-Chairman Michele Nix has released the following statement: “The North Carolina Republican Party would like to thank our four State Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement members for their service to the citizens of a North Carolina over the last two years. Stacy ‘Four’ Eggers IV, Jay Hemphill, Ken Raymond, and John […]

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Elizabethtown –  The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church presents their annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza December 31, 2018, coordinated by Dr. Katrina Boykin. The musical festivities begin at 9:30 p.m. Helen Miller known for her distinguish musical, “Lean On Me” will be in attendance. Additionally, there will be special performances by the 3G Mime, Praise Dancers, a “look alike” […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Holiday traffic is bumper-to-bumper, and not just on the interstate….and most restaurants are very busy.  Just enough ‘wet stuff’ to cause serious traffic issues.  Patience, Lord, now….please. Duke outscored Temple 35-0 in the second half of the Independence Bowl yesterday and won 56-27.  Both teams complete the 2018 season play with 8-5 records.  See yesterday’s Thoughts for […]

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WILMINGTON – Wilmington Hoggard rode a 19-7 fourth quarter surge to a 41-29 victory over the East Bladen girls in the opening round of the Leon Brogden Holiday Tournament Thursday night. The two teams were tied 22-22 entering the final period, but senior guard Blair Barefoot tossed in a basket and 3 free throws, junior […]

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BLADENBORO – Junior C.J. Settles poured in 23 of his 26 points in the second half as Scotland pulled away for an 81-59 victory over West Bladen Thursday night in the opening round of the Adidas Christmas Tournament. Senior Jaheim Lesane drained a pair of 3-point shots early in the third quarter to pull the […]

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1732 – 1st known ad for “Poor Richards Almanack” (Pennsylvania Gazette) 1832 – John C. Calhoun becomes 1st VP to resign (differences with President Jackson) 1849 – M Jolly-Bellin discovers dry-cleaning, he accidentally upset lamp containing turpentine & oil on his clothing & sees cleaning effect. 1869 – William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, […]

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BLADENBORO – Senior Jace McKenney scored 6 of his game-high 26 points during an 8-0 fourth-quarter run that carried South Brunswick to a 38-34 victory over East Bladen in the opening round of the Adidas Christmas Tournament Thursday at West Bladen High. The Cougars took a 26-18 lead into the final period, but Eagle sophmore […]

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By Dora Brogdon A familiar business in Elizabethtown is getting a new owner and new name.  The business will be called Bladen Express Lube and Tire and it will be located on 104 Peanut Plant Road in Elizabethtown near Walmart. The business is in the location of the former Shell Lube and it will be […]

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By Erin Smith Now that the Christmas holiday has passed, many residents are beginning to remove the colorful decorations and preparing to dispose of their live trees. In Bladen County, no one has announced plans to grind or recycle the live Christmas trees. Kip McClarey with Bladen County Solid Waste, said, “We have not done […]

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By Erin Smith Two Bladen County residents will be back in the courtroom in January. The next session of Bladen County Superior Court Case Management will meet on Monday, January 7th. According to the court docket, Delane Jackson, former town manager of Bladenboro, and Jonathan Parker are scheduled to appear. Jackson is alleged to have […]

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By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department is actively seeking the whereabouts of a suspect wanted in an early December shooting. According to Lt. D. Cheshire, officers are still seeking the location of Curtis Sanders Cromartie. “We have got him entered as wanted nationwide,” said Lt. Cheshire. He added Cromartie’s information has been entered into […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office needs your help in locating a man wanted for the distribution of drugs. Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said Sheriff’s Deputies are still seeking the location of Marvin Lamar McKiver. Chief Deputy Guyton said McKiver is wanted on charges of sell/deliver cocaine and possession with intent […]

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By Charlotte Smith Many children in the United States had new cell phone at the top of their Christmas wish list this year. Now Christmas has come and gone and some minors received exactly what they asked for, a new phone. The mobile phone gifts bring to mind a news report from several years ago. […]

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Contributed RALEIGH, N.C. – The deadline for registering with FEMA has passed, but that does not mean FEMA is leaving. FEMA continues working with North Carolina Emergency Management to help survivors and communities recover. If you have registered for assistance, FEMA encourages you to keep in touch to track your case or to notify the […]

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By Erin Smith As we prepare to ring in the New Year, we pause to take a look back at the year 2018. The year proved to have many challenges as well as many inspirational moments. Below we present our Top 15 News Stories of 2018. Below are the top 15 news stories our readers […]

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By Charlotte Smith The winter holiday season is not a happy time of year for many. The celebrations such as Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year may be a fun time of the year filled with parties and social gatherings with family and friends. However many folks find this time of year filled with anxiety, loneliness, […]

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By Erin Smith Area offices and agencies have announced their New Year’s holiday schedules. All banks are closed on Tuesday, January 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday and will reopen for business on Wednesday, January 2. There will be no mail delivery on Tuesday, January 1. The Postal Service will resume its normal operating schedule on Wednesday, January 2. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Love this time of the year, between Christmas and New Years.  Less pressure on schedule, at least at the Hester household. Enjoy friends and family time together, the tasty leftovers, clean up the mess, catch up on college football, just a more relaxed pace. Looking back, good year…one interesting change in my latest Drivers License Renewal.  Took […]

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1814 – Destruction of schooner Carolina, the last commodore Daniel Patterson’s make-shift fleet that fought a series of delaying actions that contributed to Andrew Jackson’s victory at the Battle of New Orleans. 1845 – Ether 1st used in childbirth in US in Jefferson, Georgia. 1850 – Hawaiian Fire Department established. 1862 – Battle of Elizabethtown, […]

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Three of Bladen County’s varsity basketball teams resume their seasons Thursday as holiday basketball tournaments kick-off at West Bladen and Hoggard High School in Wilmington. Coach Kenzil McCall’s East Bladen Eagles will open the Adidas Christmas Tournament at West Bladen at 2 p.m. against a South Brunswick team that features UNC-Pembroke signee Jace McKinney. Coach […]

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Contributed During a government shutdown, agencies that have funds appropriated in prior years that are carried forward can continue to serve customers until that money is used up. As a result, FSA county offices will be remain open through Friday, December 28. If you need to visit your FSA county office, please call your local […]

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By Erin Smith For many, with the joy of Christmas morning also comes the need for returning gifts. The National Retail Federation (NRF) says about 68 percent of holiday shoppers plan to continue to shop and browse during Christmas week. Michael Leinwand, of Leinwand’s Department Store in Elizabethtown, said while they do not offer money […]

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Contributed FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation has received a $1,385 grant to help pay for art therapy classes and supplies for cancer patients and their families. The money comes through the Cumberland Community Foundation’s Karen Parker Allen Memorial Endowment. The grant will help pay for Artful Reflections art classes for entire families who […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement on Election Fraud Secrecy: “Disturbing allegations of election fraud in the 9th Congressional District race are mounting. Yet it’s astonishing that the legislature has passed a bill, HB 1029 (which I vetoed), that mandates secrecy for campaign finance investigations by the Elections Board. Not only that, […]

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Governor Roy Cooper announced that the State of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of United States Army Specialist Jose Juan Melendez, Jr., age 31. On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Specialist Melendez was meeting […]

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By Erin Smith While for many folks Christmas has come and gone, and today marks the day when people return those unwanted or mis-sized gifts. In some countries such as the United Kingdom and other countries in Europe, the holiday continues with the tradition of Boxing Day. Boxing Day is celebrated as a formal holiday […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Hope your Christmas Day was good.  Very good for our family….Time together, sharing gifts and tales and delicious food….One couple missing, out of state visiting, and hopefully, we will be with them later this week…meanwhile, the Hester siblings will hopefully be together over the next couple of days….Enjoy making memories.. So how about your Christmas? With […]

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1773 – Expulsion of tea ships from Philadelphia. 1799 – George Washington is eulogized by Colonel Henry Lee as “1st in war, 1st in peace & 1st in hearts of his countrymen.” 1848 – 1st gold seekers arrive in Panama en route to San Francisco. 1854 – Wood-pulp paper 1st exhibited, Buffalo. 1870 – James […]

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East Bladen grad Chris Cromartie played in ten games on the defensive line for the Campbell University Camels during the 2018 season. Cromartie was credited with 10 tackles – 5 solo – as the Camels posted a 6-5 record. The 6-3, 350-pounder, made 3 tackles against Coastal Carolina and recorded 3 solo tackles with one […]

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West Bladen grad Brandon Council started the first three games of the 2018 season for the Akron University Zips before being sidelined for the remainder of the season with a hand injury. The 6-4, 325-pound guard was named the Most Improved Offensive Player for the Zips following spring drills but then had his season cut […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL….. Up early, checking on Santa…..had not arrived….but I have high hopes. Thinking back to Christmases…long, long ago.  Tree fresh out of the woods, homemade decorations, no lights on the tree, a few gifts under the tree….fruit, nuts, a small amount of candy and a new shirt, or a new pair of […]

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This Day In History

352 – 1st definite date Christmas was celebrated on December 25th. 1492 – Christopher Columbus’ flagship the Santa Maria runs aground and sinks on the north coast of Hispaniola.  The crew are left to found a colony as Columbus returns to Spain. 1621 – Governor William Bradford of Plymouth Colony (now in Massachusetts) forbids game […]

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  Elizabethtown’s Cade Hancock, a senior at Harrells Christian Academy, has signed a letter of intent to play golf next season at the University of Mt. Olive.  Hancock has enjoyed a strong run on the fall junior golf circuit with a pair of second-place finishes, a third-place and a sixth-place finish in his last four […]

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There will be many travelers on the highways and byways this Christmas. There are roads closed in Bladen County. Following is an update from Ms. Faye Boyne with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. NC210E closed to approximately January 4, 2019 NC53 near White Oak is still closed Johnsontown  Road SR1508 is also closed US701 […]

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National Weather Service

Seasonable weather with plenty of sunshine through Wednesday, including a beautiful Christmas Day! Another storm system expected to affect the area Thursday night through Friday night. Overview: Seasonable weather to start the first half of the week with a warm-up and increase of showers late Thursday into Friday. Astronomical high tides will continue over the […]

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By Charlotte Smith On the search for a great gift, I went to Pinterest. I found some great recipes. A recipe I found included one of my family’s favorite candy bars. Below is the adjusted recipe I made this holiday season that everyone is still raving about in our home. I am sure you can […]

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By James Allan Francis Here is a man who was born in an obscure village, the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another obscure village, where He worked in a carpenter shop until He was thirty, and then for three years He was an itinerant preacher. He never wrote a book. He […]

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By Chris Denny Lord  Jesus, this year I have been reflecting on the impact one life can make. Yes, I’m mindful of your life and how the world has changed because of your coming. The poem, One Solitary Life by James Allan Francis,says it so well. But this year I have been thinking about another life — my […]

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On Wednesday, Governor Cooper convened the first-ever North Carolina Climate Change Interagency Council meeting. The governor discussed North Carolina’s commitment to fighting climate change and strengthening our clean energy economy. “It’s now time to step up—bring all of state government together, our business community, our environmental community—and make sure North Carolina is a leader in […]

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State environmental officials have extended the public comment period for a proposed consent order between the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality, Cape Fear River Watch and Chemours Company FC, LLC. The new deadline for submitting comments on the draft order is Jan. 7, 2019. DEQ will fully address the comments it has received at the close of […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Here comes Santa Clause, here comes Santa Clause right down Santa Clause Lane……The stout man in the red suit is on his way, with a sleigh loaded with goodies for all good little boys and girls and big girls and boys…. Hope this is the best ever for you and yours. Just a reminder, there are some […]

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1814 – Treaty of Ghent signed, ending the War of 1812 between the United States, the United Kingdom and their allies. 1849 – First great fire of early San Francisco starts east side of the Plaza, first of great seven fires in 2 years. 1851 – Fire devastates US Library of Congress in Washington, destroys […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Over $2,000 was raised in The Bladen Journal Empty Stocking Fund. These funds help needy families enjoy a fruitful Christmas. Bladen County announced that building permits in the county totaled $791,800 for the month. The Bladen Community Chorus presented a Christmas Concert on WWAY-TV. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

NFL scores from yesterday: Titans 25 – Redskins 16 Ravens 22 – Chargers 10 Full slate of games today Interesting article related to Chargers QB, NC State grad Philip Rivers. Married, 8 children, team moved from San Diego to the Los Angles area in the past few years. The Rivers family decided it would be […]

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1776 – Continental Congress negotiates a war loan of $181,500 from France. 1783 – US General George Washington resigns his military commission as Commander-in-Chief of the Army to Congress. 1788 – Maryland votes to cede a 10 square mile area for District of Columbia. 1862 – Union General Ben “Beast” Butler is proclaimed a “felon, […]

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RALEIGH – Elizabethtown’s Larrell Murchison received two awards at the 2018 North Carolina State football awards banquet. The East Bladen graduate won the Carey Brewbaker Award given to the Wolfpack Defensive Lineman of the Year. Murchison also received the Alpha Rising Award that is presented to State’s Most Improved Player. Murchison started all 12 games […]

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By Charlotte Smith Our local firefighters distribute information all year long informing our communities about different dangers. The holiday season is no exception. We found tips on Bladenboro, Elizabethtown, Tar Heel, White Lake Fire Departments’ social media accounts to share with our readers. Below are the tips and recall notices published by your local emergency […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Winter has officially arrived, as of yesterday.  Sunrise this AM was 7:17 and sunset at 5:07 PM, or 9 hours and 50 minutes of daylight. First day of partial shutdown by federal government, not sure if I should be happy or sad, sad I think that all the smart folks we elected can’t get it […]

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January and February are the best months to buy. Forget the “experts” who warn you shouldn’t try to time the market. A recent study from NerdWallet shows houses typically cost 8.45 percent less during those two months than in June and August. True, the pickings might be slimmer, given that most sellers list a house […]

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Contributed Friends of Carletta Stephens are asking for help this holiday season.  Carletta Stephens who is hospitalized and fighting a Chronic Heart disease. Stephens needs a heart transplant. There has been a GoFundMe page started for the Bladen County resident. The page states, “These proceeds will help raise the money she needs to continue her with a […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – The NC NAACP State Conference and six branches of the NC NAACP representing voters from across the state today filed suit in the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of North Carolina under the Voting Rights Act and the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution challenging the North Carolina General […]

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1775 – Continental navy organized with 7 ships. 1807 – US Congress passes Embargo Act and President Thomas Jefferson signs into law. Prohibits American ships from trading in foreign ports, as result of involvement in hostilities between France and Britain. 1877 – Thomas Edison’s phonograph is announced by Scientific American. 1882 – 1st string of […]

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WILMINGTON – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles will open play Thursday in the 25th Annual Leon Brogden Holiday Tournament at Hoggard High School. Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles are undefeated with an 8-0 record and will face tournament host Wilmington Hoggard (6-3) at 6 p.m. in Boles Gym. The Lady Vikings are led by senior Blair […]

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Crime Report

RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper announced today that the State of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of United States Army Specialist Jose Juan Melendez, Jr., age 31. On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, Specialist Melendez was […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced 40 new appointments to various North Carolina boards and commissions. “Serving on state boards and commissions requires dedication and I appreciate these appointees stepping up to help us move North Carolina forward,” Gov. Cooper said. Gov. Cooper has appointed the following individuals to the North Carolina State Museum of Natural […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Senate unanimously passed bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to aid in the fight against human trafficking. The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2017 would renew existing programs that make federal resources available to human trafficking survivors and establish new prevention, prosecution and collaboration initiatives to help bring the perpetrators to justice. […]

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USDA launched the second and final round of trade mitigation payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. Producers of certain commodities will now be eligible to receive Market Facilitation Program (MFP) payments for the second half of their 2018 production. USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has been […]

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A small church in Bladen County was damaged in November by gunfire. The marks left by the shot gun shells on the building of Sweet Home Holiness Church left many concerned. The church’s sign out front displayed the hall marks of the encounter. There was also damage reported to have occurred to some of the […]

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BLADEN COUNTY PROPERTY TAX 2019       LISTING NOTICE         2019 For 2019, ALL persons who own or control personal property, business property, or made improvements to real property, must list all such property beginning: JANUARY 2, 2019 thru JANUARY 31, 2019 TO AVOID THE 10% LATE LIST PENALTY If you […]

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The 2018 property taxes on real estate and personal property will be delinquent if not paid on or before Monday, January 7, 2019.  Payment must be received in the tax office or postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on January 7, 2019.   Interest and enforced collection on all delinquent taxes will begin on January […]

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Charlotte Smith

Political stories end differently when the truth comes out. In this season of peace, hope and joy Bladen County and North Carolina are in heated political battles. The battles against red verses blue are nothing new. However, making national news due to the tactics the parties use in local politics recently gained the mother county […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Cooper vetoed House Bill 1029, Bipartisan State Board Changes. Gov. Cooper shared the following veto message: “North Carolinians demand that elections should be conducted in an honest, fair, and accurate manner. The responsibility of investigators and prosecutors to find and eliminate wrongdoing in our elections is essential to maintaining integrity in our most […]

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