03/24/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 12:50 am Pork Skins Recall
  • 12:27 am Sayaun Dent & Sandhills Fifth In NJCAA Nationals
  • 12:24 am Track & Field Knights Third in St. Pauls Meet
  • 12:16 am Patty Evers Coaches North Carolina to All-Star Win
  • 12:11 am DeVane and Harrelson initiated into oldest Honor Society
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1788 – 1st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs & Longstreet. 1790 – US Supreme Court convenes for 1st time (NYC) 1840 – Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, 1st in US, incorporated. 1843 – Oldest continuous writer of insurance in America – The Mutual Life Insurance Company of New York (MONY) opens. 1862 […]

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HighSchoolOT.com released their Class 2A girls basketball state play-off projections this week and one intriguing opening round match-up would pit No. 27 Eastern seed West Bladen at No. 6 seed East Bladen. These projections are based on the formula and format set by the NCHSAA. The NCHSAA Board of Directors approved a new play-off format […]

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Valentine’s Day is not just for couples. Some local businesses wanted to make sure single adults have some fun on Cupid’s day too. Come join us for an evening of fun and entertainment. There will be free admission for the first Single Mingle presented by Bladen County Beautiful (a BladenOnlinline.com publication) sponsored by the Town of […]

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  By Erin Smith The Leland Police Department has a warning for residents in southeastern North Carolina. Residents are reporting that a caller is contacting them and claiming a relative has been arrested for DWI. The Leland Police Department said the way the scam works is the caller poses as a member of the prosecutor’s […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Marco Rubio (R-FL), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act of 2019 (S. 265), bipartisan legislation that would create a task force of experts to provide recommendations for a national strategy to keep communities safe from targeted violence through threat assessment and […]

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RALEIGH:  Governor Roy Cooper is working to encourage resolution of a football scheduling dispute between East Carolina University and Virginia Tech that arose following cancellation of a game due to Hurricane Florence. Governor Cooper has called Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and asked him to encourage Virginia Tech officials to work towards a resolution that keeps this […]

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By Erin Smith NC Governor Roy Cooper named five members to a new State Board of Elections panel on Thursday.  The former nine member panel was dissolved by a three judge panel on December 28, 2018. Officials are hopeful with a new five member panel in place, the investigation into election fraud in the 9th […]

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  By Erin Smith Fire officials are still working on Thursday to learn the case of a fire that occurred early on Wednesday morning at Camp Clearwater.  The fire was reported at 5 a.m. Wednesday at Gardenview Place, which is a street inside Camp Clearwater, where the fire engulfed two trailers. “At this time there […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper appointed new members to the State Board of Elections. “North Carolinians deserve fair and honest elections, and I am confident this board will work to protect our electoral process,” said Gov. Cooper. Gov. Cooper appointed the following individuals: *Stella Anderson, of Boone. Anderson was the Board Chair of the Watauga County […]

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Contributed Southeastern Health will host “Your Window to Wellness,” a MyChart patient portal sign-up event and health fair, on Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Southeastern Lifestyle Fitness Center in Lumberton. This event is free and open to the public, and attendees can also enjoy a free guest admission to the […]

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The Bladen County Republican Party will meet Thursday, January 31, 2019, at 6 p.m. at San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown. Items to discuss include setting up the upcoming Convention in March, updates on Mark Harris’ status and updates on the NC Board of Elections status. Share:

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RALEIGH —Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 99 of North Carolina’s counties in December and remained unchanged in one. Hyde County had the highest unemployment rate at 8.6 percent, while Buncombe County had the lowest at 3.0 percent. All 15 of the state’s metro areas experienced rate increases. Among the metro areas, Rocky Mount […]

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RALEIGH: North Carolinians must act now to participate in a special program to provide rapid repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence, Governor Roy Cooper urged today. Eligible homeowners have until Friday, February 1, 2019 to complete a Right of Entry Form (ROE) to participate in North Carolina’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power (STEP) program. The […]

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  By Erin Smith The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has expanded its recall of children’s ibuprofen concentrated oral suspension 50 mg. The lots that have been recalled are reported to have higher levels of ibuprofen than labeled. The FDA warns that infants may be more susceptible to the higher level of the ibuprofen and […]

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By Erin Smith The North Carolina Attorney General’s Office is warning residents to beware of fake letters from deployed service member. These letters are a new scam that target your bank account. The way the scam works, is the victim receives a letter that seems to be signed by a high-ranking military official at Fort […]

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Following through on a promise he made last December, State Superintendent Mark Johnson will be one of the thousands who participate in the 15th Annual Krispy Kreme Challenge in Raleigh this weekend.  The event begins at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday February 2 at the NC State Memorial Bell Tower.  Superintendent Johnson announced he would participate after […]

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Contributed ALMA PARKER, (married) FARRIS, was born on January 31st, 1917, in Rocky Mount, NC. Today we celebrate her 102nd birthday. Anne and I are certain that our mother will enjoy that wonderful cake that Kathryn is creating for the occasion! Dorothy Farris Findlen Share:

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By Erin Smith Bladen Lakes State Forest and Jones Lake State Forest will jointly perform a controlled burn of 550 acres today (Thursday, January 31, 2019).  Residents in the county and in Elizabethtown could experience periods of smoke and see large smoke plumes. Hans Rohr, the Forest Supervisor for Bladen Lakes State Forest, said, “It […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reaching a major milestone in the implementation of the VA MISSION Act, landmark legislation passed last year that strengthens health care services at the VA. “The publication of the new access standards required by the VA MISSION Act, which greatly improve upon the […]

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RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler announced today that the first round of checks from the state’s $240 million Agricultural Disaster Relief Program of 2018 have been sent to farmers. “More than $15.2 million in payments were mailed today, and a second batch will go out Friday, Feb. 1,” Troxler said. “By week’s end, we […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

So, how are you doing with your New Year’s Resolutions?  I ceased making them years ago…. I am so impressed with much of what is going on all around us…I know, lots to be done.  So few making such a huge contribution. Visited Carolina Crossroads, briefly, recently.  Great work being done, quietly, by mostly volunteers on a […]

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1851 – American Gail Borden announces the invention of condensed milk. 1865 – General Robert E. Lee named Commander-in-Chief of Confederate Armies during US Civil War. 1900 – The final report of the USA’s Philippine Commission is released, favoring territorial government for the island with home rule in local affairs, but with US assumptions of […]

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Contributed The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is offering several great new no-cost seminars and webinar this month. The main campus in Building 2, Room 202 hosts useful seminars throughout the month starting on Saturday February 16 from 9 AM to 12PM, “Grant Writing 101” will provide the basic information for starting […]

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Youth Empowered Solutions will be offering a Youth Leader Training session on Saturday, February 23, 2019, from 10 .m. until 3 p.m. Lunch will be provided. The event will take place at the Kiwanis Recreation Center located at 352 Devers Street, Fayetteville. The training will include skills in youth advocacy, action planning identifying issues and […]

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By Erin Smith A crash on Mercer Mill Road near Dewitt Gooden Road on Wednesday afternoon resulted in minor injuries for the driver. According to North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Anders, Ashanta Hill of Elizabethtown was traveling north on Mercer Mill Road when she entered a curve and overcorrected the vehicle. The vehicle ran off […]

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By Erin Smith The start of day three in the murder trial for Christopher Baldwin was delayed on Wednesday morning by more than one hour and 45 minutes due to a juror who was late to court. Baldwin is on trial for the November 2015 shooting death of Darrell Council. The juror was admonished by Judge Imelda […]

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Once again this year a former resident of Elizabethtown and his team were the top 2018 brokers of property by sold volume on Wrightsville Beach. Jim Hardee, son of Mrs. Francis Hardee and the late Mr. Hardee of Elizabethtown, and his organization, Hardee, Hunt and Williams, topped the list of brokers operating on the beach. […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – In communities affected by Hurricane Florence, local building officials or floodplain managers may find that a structure has been “substantially damaged” and must be updated to meet the requirements of floodplain ordinances. “Substantial damage” applies to a severely damaged home or other structure in a Special Flood Hazard Area in National Flood […]

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Public Meeting

The Bladen County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) meeting of February 7, 2019 will be held at the Bladen County Library located at 111 N Cypress St Elizabethtown North Carolina 28337 at 12 noon. Share:

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Elizabethtown – The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church is sponsoring an ordination certification service 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 24, 2019 for some of their associate ministers.  Featuring Pastor Cornelius Moore, choir and members of First Missionary Baptist Church; 247 North Church St, Kenansville, NC.   Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South; Elizabethtown […]

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This Day In History

1799 – Rep Mathew Lyon (Vt) spits in face of Rep Roger Griswold (Ct) in US House of Representatives, after an argument. 1800 – US population: 5,308,483: African American population 1,002,037 (18.9%) 1835 – Richard Lawrence misfires at President Andrew Jackson in Washington, D.C. in 1st attempted assassination of a U.S. President. 1862 – USS […]

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By Charlotte Smith Early Wednesday morning there was a destructive fire at White Lake inside the Camp Clearwater campground. Firefighters fought the fire raging in the campers starting around 5 o’clock this morning. Photos by Gordon Kinlaw, Kinlaw Studios Gardenview Place is the street inside Camp Clearwater where the fires engulfed two trailers. Dale Brennan, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Congratulations to 2 of Bladen finest public servants, Dr. Pearly Hoskins and Hubert Kinlaw.  Dr. Hoskins, a Bladen County native made a decision 30 years ago to return to Bladen (with a little encouragement) and provide medical service to an area that needed all the help we could get, first in a private practice and most […]

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U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)  announced on Tuesday, January 29, Tyson Foods, Inc., is recalling approximately 36,420 pounds of chicken nugget products. The agency contributed the cause of the recall to the risk the nuggets may be contaminated with “extraneous materials, specifically rubber”. The panko chicken nugget items were produced […]

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Here are results from the Lil Knight basketball league games played Saturday, Jan. 27 at West Bladen High School. Big 4 League (1st-3rd grade Coed) Duke 8, UNC 3 Duke (8) – Anna Claire Walters 2, Tyler Thurman 2, Gunner Lewis 2, Hayes Clifton 2. UNC (3) – Maycee Kinlaw 1, Owen Byrd 2 Wake […]

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TAR HEEL – Len’ya Harrell nailed a 17-foot jumper that beat the buzzer and gave Tar Heel a 24-23 Waccamaw Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Nakina Tuesday. The Lady Panthers took a 21-19 lead into the final period, but a Kaylee Etheridge basket and free throws from Carmen Buck and Riley Brice edged […]

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TAR HEEL – Nakina defeated Tar Heel 52-18 Tuesday night in Waccamaw Middle School Conference boys basketball action. The Mustangs built a 14-9 first period lead and widened the gap to 26-13 at halftime. Kearean Ballard led the Panther scoring with 9 points. Ikeir Murchison followed with 5 points, and Jordan Underwood finished with 4 […]

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HALLSBORO – Hallsboro rode a 7-2 third-quarter spurt to an 18-16 Waccamaw Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Elizabethtown. Zoe Smith tossed in a pair of first period baskets as the Lady Cougars grabbed an early 4-2 lead. Iveonna Ward dropped in a second-quarter basket to keep Elizabethtown on top 6-5 at halftime. Center […]

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HALLSBORO – Malcolm Bolden fired in 17 points to lead Elizabethtown to a 38-31 Waccamaw Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over Hallsboro Tuesday night. C. J. Waddell keyed a 14-5 Tiger rally with a trio of baskets as Hallsboro built an 18-14 halftime lead. Dominic Collins drilled in a 3-point shot, and Bolden tossed […]

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Contributed Bladen County United Way is planning a fundraiser for St Patrick’s Day. The St. Patrick’s Day Fun Day is set for Saturday, March 16th, at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. This year, there will be a 5K St. Patrick’s Day Fun Run beginning at 9 a.m. You can […]

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Contributed The Bladen Disaster Recovery Team will accept disaster assistance applications from Bladen County hurricane victims, beginning Monday, February 4, 2019. Applications will be accepted by appointment only. Appointments may be made by calling (910) 862-7811. Office hours will be Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm and Saturday from 9:00 am […]

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By Erin Smith A Tar Heel store was the victim of an armed robbery on Saturday night. Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said two men entered the Dollar General in Tar Heel around 10 p.m. wearing ski masks and armed with handguns. Guyton said, “They made the manager and clerk go to the back room and made […]

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Betty Guyton of 549 Apt 11B Hwy. 410 Bladenboro, passed away Saturday evening at her residence surrounded by family and friends. Visitation will be held on Tuesday January 29, 2019 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Majestic Funeral Home in Elizabethtown. A Service of Remembrance will begin at 4 p.m. in the Life Celebration […]

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By Erin Smith With federal government shutdown having come to an end, the federal courts have reopened for business. The fifth case in the hog farm nuisance lawsuits, which was originally scheduled to begin jury selection on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, will now begin on Thursday, January 31, 2019. The nuisance lawsuits that have been filed against […]

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By Erin Smith Perdue has issued a recall for more than 16,011 pounds of Fun Shapes Chicken Nuggets. The recall is due to misbranding and undeclared allergens. The nuggets contain milk, which is an allergen, and it is not declared on the label, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. stated today: “I was pleased to return the United States Attorney’s Office to full operations this morning following the resolution of the lapse in appropriations by our leadership in Washington. And as we resume normal operations, I want to thank and commend the lawyers and staff […]

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RALEIGH:   A total of 12 coastal communities will get more than $1.1 million in grants to improve public access to coastal beaches and waters, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The grants go to towns along the coast from Manteo to Holden Beach and many points in between. “North Carolina’s coast is one of our greatest treasures […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) introduced the Corolla Wild Horses Protection Act, legislation that would provide responsible management of the wild horse population around Corolla, North Carolina and the Outer Banks. Representative Walter Jones (R-NC) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives in previous Congresses and has been a long time champion of protecting the Corolla wild horse […]

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By Erin Smith Jury selection continued on Tuesday morning for the fourth person accused in the shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council. Christopher Baldwin sat quietly in the courtroom observing the potential jurors as they sat in the jury box and were questioned by District Attorney Jon David. Jury selection began on Monday afternoon and has continued into Tuesday. Judge […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to combat the epidemic of murdered and missing Native women and girls by improving the federal government’s response to addressing the crisis. Savanna’s Act would increase coordination among all levels of law enforcement, increases data collection and information sharing, and empowers tribal governments with the resources they need in cases […]

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Hurricane Florence hit the town of Bladenboro residents and downtown businesses hard. Flooding in the area caused several businesses to close down. Five months after the storm one store will be celebrating their re-opening with a big event. Debbie Edwards with Boost the Boro, Inc., a non-profit dedicated to helping small businesses in Bladenboro grow […]

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Contributecd Are you a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker and Leader) who wants to learn more about STEM and Girl Scouts? Come join us on February 2, 2019 from 1-3 p.m. at the Girl Scout building in Elizabethtown for some fun STEM activities and expand your knowledge in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math -Girl Scout style- […]

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a New York based company by the name of Jac. Vandenberg is recalling fruit they distributed. Some of the fruit was shipped to North Carolina. The items in the recall list are 1,727 cartons of peaches, 1,207 cartons of nectarines and 365 cartons of plums because of possible […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

No end in sight to determine the winner of the District 9 US House seat.  Mark Harris, the Charlotte minister and presumed winner on election night is hospitalized with an infection.  As of this date, folks from Bladen to Mecklenburg counties have no voice in the US House of Representatives as the election fraud investigation continues. […]

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Bladenboro Dixie Youth Baseball sign-ups will begin Saturday, Feb. 2nd and will continue through Feb. 16th. Sign-ups will be held on Feb. 2nd at Galeed Baptist Church from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. during the church basketball games. Two more sign-up days will be at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market on Feb. 9th and Feb. 16th […]

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BLADENBORO – Anthony Mitchell and Gary Parker combined for 25 points Monday night to lead Bladenboro’s Bulldogs to a 48-28 Waccamaw Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over Hallsboro. Parker, Mitchell and Jabari Adams tossed in first period baskets, and center Deonte Lacy made 2 free throws as the Bulldogs raced to an 8-2 lead. […]

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NAKINA – Malcolm Bolden pumped in 20 points to lead Elizabethtown to a 38-26 Waccamaw Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over Nakina Monday night. The Cougars started slowly with Bolden scoring their only first period basket as the Mustangs took a 6-2 lead. Bolden caught fire in the second quarter connecting on a trio […]

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TAR HEEL – Nyquan Richardson and Corey Robbins combined for 29 points Monday night to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 45-39 Waccamaw Middle School boys basketball victory over Tar Heel. Richardson poured in 17 points to lead the Blue Devil offense, and Robbins followed with 12 points. Samaj Dove finished with 6 points, […]

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TAR HEEL – AnnaGrey Heustess and Maegan Burney combined for 29 points Monday to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 41-14 Waccamaw Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Tar Heel. Heustess worked the paint for 4 baskets and a free throw in the opening period, and Burney added a basket as the Lady […]

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NAKINA – Iveonna Ward fired in 19 points Monday to lead Elizabethtown to a 40-14 Waccamaw Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Nakina. Ward filled up the rim with a trio of first quarter baskets, and Lainey Hughes made a free throw as the Lady Cougars built a 7-2 lead. Laila Smith, Hughes, and […]

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BLADENBORO – MaKayla Wright sank the winning free throw with four seconds left Monday as Bladenboro edged Hallsboro 37-36 in Waccamaw Middle School Conference girls basketball action. The Lady Tigers led 36-32 with 44 seconds remaining, but Lainey Autry drove to the rim for a basket and tacked on the free throw for a 3-point […]

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1595 – William Shakespeare’s play “Romeo and Juliet” is thought to have been first performed. Officially published early 1597. 1785 – In a surprising announcement, John Hancock resigns as Governor of Massachusetts, allegedly due to his failing health. 1834 – President Jackson orders first use of US troops to suppress a labor dispute. 1845 – […]

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By Erin Smith It is not often one hears of someone staying with a company very long and it is very rare to hear of someone staying on the job for 60 years. On January 19, Hubert Kinlaw marked 60 years as an employee with Sampson-Bladen Oil. “I want people to remember me as a […]

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Bladen’s Best of the Best now has over 1,200 votes cast. Voting will end Wednesday, January 30. Make sure to cast your vote. There will be only one vote per electronic device allowed. The top three winners in each category will be announced in our Bladen’s Best of the Best digital special section on BladenOnline.com in digital […]

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RALEIGH: North Carolinians who are eligible for a special program to provide rapid repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence must take action by Friday, February 1, 2019, Governor Roy Cooper urged today. That’s the date and time by which homeowners need to complete a Right of Entry Form (ROE) to participate in North Carolina’s Sheltering […]

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By Erin Smith A vehicle in a parking lot near a club in Elizabethtown was shot multiple times on Sunday morning, according to the Elizabethtown Police Department. The report of gunshots in the area of Thee Factory on Martin Luther King Drive was made at 2:15 a.m. Lt. D. Cheshire said, “Our officers in the […]

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By Erin Smith The proposed date for the widening of the NC 87 Bypass from Elizabethtown to Riegelwood has been pushed back yet again from the year 2027 to 2029. “We’re not happy with the decision,” said Bladen County Commissioner Chairman Charles Ray Peterson. At their meeting on January 22nd, the Commissioners asked Bladen County […]

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Raleigh –These days the traditional, almost ceremonial way of doing a real estate closing with a home buyer gripping a pen to sign countless sheets of paper in a blur with the lawyer and notary public hovering to stamp and seal the growing stack is coming to its own “closing.” Many buyers, particularly younger ones, […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Planning Retreat at 10:00 am on Wednesday, February 13, 2019. The meeting will be held at Jones Lake State Park, 4117 Hwy. 242 North, Elizabethtown, NC Charles R. Peterson, Chairman Bladen County Board of Commissioners Share:

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RALEIGH: Governor Cooper urges residents to follow their local weather forecast and be prepared for another round of sub-freezing temperatures and winter weather over the next few days – and to exercise caution on the roads in areas were wintry precipitation falls. “North Carolina is bracing for more cold and snowy weather, and I urge people […]

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USDA

USDA’s Farm Service Agency extended deadlines on many of its programs because of the government shutdown and the emergency nature of many of the programs. Below are updated deadlines: *** For details on all program deadlines and extensions, view FSA National Notice CM-807 Farm Programs: Market Facilitation Program Deadline to apply extended to Feb. 14, 2019 […]

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NC DOT

FAYETTEVILLE – Seven bridges across Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett and Robeson counties will be replaced over the next two years, thanks to newly awarded contracts. The N.C. Department of Transportation this month signed off on two contracts totaling $4.7 million to a group of companies that will design and build the new bridges, and demolish the […]

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By Erin Smith There will be rally at the Elizabethtown Middle School in support of “fair elections” on Saturday, February 2, from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. Speakers scheduled to attend include NC Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Goodwin, Democratic National Committee Member Ray Shawn McKinnon, Indivisible North Carolina District 9 founder Carolyn Eberly, NC Senator […]

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This Day In History

1851 – Northwestern University (Chicago) chartered. 1855 – The first locomotive runs from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean on the Panama Railway. 1864 – Battle of New Bern, North Carolina. 1878 – George W. Coy hired as first full-time telephone operator. 1887 – In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world’s largest […]

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GREENWOOD, SC – White Oak native Rahu Purdie fired in 22 points Monday to lead Lander to a 95-76 Peach Belt Conference men’s basketball victory over Clayton State. Purdie connected on 16 of 18 free throws and dished out 5 assists in the game. On Jan. 19th, the senior guard tossed in 8 points, grabbed […]

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The late Marvin Burney of Clarkton was posthumously awarded the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball “State Director’s Award” last weekend at the state meeting in Pinehurst. Marvin coached in the Clarkton Dixie Youth program (and the Bladen County League) for 27 years.  Despite suffering from kidney disease and becoming a dialysis patient in 1995, Marvin […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

I am hoping for a better today, this day than yesterday…to be determined.. Was doing my manly grocery shopping recently and friends stopped and wanted to talk about radio and WBLA years ago.  Near and dear to my heart. Wes Unold’ name came up.  Wes was in the area in the 60s and 70s, WAGR, WBLA, then […]

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A surety bond, as the name suggests, means a sure thing – at least when it comes to the financial security of construction projects. Simply put, surety bonds are similar to loans from a bank, and construction contractors who qualify for them show owners their ability to do the job right. Bonds bring successful outcomes. […]

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By Brenda Brown Social Security Public Affairs Specialist in Fayetteville, NC The idea of applying for Social Security retirement benefits might seem daunting, but it is not. There is no need to visit an office. You do not have to use the phone. We have an online retirement application that you can complete in as […]

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BLADENBORO – MaKayla Wright fired in 10 points Thursday to lead Bladenboro to a 34-7 Waccamaw Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Nakina. Wright pumped in a trio of first quarter baskets, and Lainey Autry threw in a pair of baskets as the Lady Bulldogs raced to a 12-0 lead. Marlie Walters tossed in […]

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BLADENBORO – East Columbus defeated West Bladen 30-27 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball action. Jadacus Register tossed in 3 baskets in the second half and led the Knight scoring with 9 points. Teammate Lancine Soumahoro pumped in a pair of baskets in the second half and finished with 5 points. Javonta […]

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RED SPRINGS – East Bladen defeated Red Springs 13-11 Friday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball action. Aaniyah Jackson staked the Lady Eagles to an early 3-0 lead with a basket, and Mariah Smith made a free throw. The Lady Red Devils closed the gap to 3-2 at halftime. Shanell McMillian fired in 2 […]

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BLADENBORO – West Bladen rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat East Columbus 20-18 Friday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball action. The Lady Gators took a 14-11 lead into the final period, but Anniya Phillips pumped in a basket and 2 free throws for West, and freshman Hannah Pait worked the paint for […]

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RED SPRINGS – Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson fired in 25 points Friday night to lead East Bladen to a 54-20 Three Rivers Conference victory over Red Springs that was the 500th career coaching victory for Coach Patty Evers. Moore-Peterson drained a 3-point shot and a free throw, and center Lorna Mendell dropped in 2 baskets as the […]

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RED SPRINGS – Sophmores Zach Meares and Rasean McKoy keyed a 13-2 third quarter spurt that rallied East Bladen to a 34-31 Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball victory over Red Springs Friday night. The Red Devils led 22-11 at halftime, but Meares bombed in a pair of 3-point shots, and McKoy drained a 3-point […]

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This Day In History

1785 – First US state university in Athens, Georgia. 1870 – After accepting 15th amendment, Virginia is readmitted to the Union. 1880 – Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp. 1915 – US Marines occupy Haiti. 1918 – “Tarzan of the Apes”, 1st Tarzan film, premieres at Broadway Theater. 1926 – US Senate agrees to join […]

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By Erin Smith A group of veterans volunteered their time this weekend at the Bladen County Training Center at White Lake. The group, called Team Rubicon, plans to be in Bladen County each weekend through the end of February and anyone is welcome to come out and join them. Doug Skillman, the contact for the […]

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Public Meeting

The February 2019 meeting of the Compassionate Friends Border Belt Chapter, serving the parents of Bladen County, will be held on the first Friday of the month at the Bladen County Senior Center, 608 McLeod St, Elizabethtown. The meeting is on Friday, February 1. The meeting time is 3 PM. The Compassionate Friends is a self-help group for parents […]

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Each week we feature an historical place in Bladen County. This week our featured place is Carver’s Creek Methodist Church. Carver’s Creek Methodist Church, also known as Carver’s Creek United Methodist Church, is a historic Methodist church located near Council, Bladen County, North Carolina. It was built in 1859, and is a frame Greek Revival-style […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Jimmy Green of Clarkton filed for the office of Governor of North Carolina. A large group of Bladen citizens converged upon Raleigh to support his efforts. His filing fee was paid from a “Green Box” with money donated by Bladen citizens. Jim Giles was named Bladen Board of Elections Supervisor. Edd Nye filed to regain […]

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By Erin Smith A short independent film that showcases the town of Elizabethtown and Bridgers’ Barber Shop is now available for viewing. The film, Long Drive to Yadkin, is a dark comedy about a man who walks into a barbershop seeking a hair cut only the hair cut turns out to be his last one. The film follows what happens when […]

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Good News Church will host the Grandpa’s Bluegrass Gospel Group on Sunday, January 27, 2019,  from 11 a.m. until 12 noon. The church is located at 11419 Center Road, Bladenboro. Everyone is invited to come out and worship. Share:

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Public Meeting

The Emereau: Bladen Board of Director’s Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. 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 by or on behalf of the public body […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper released the following statement on the agreement to reopen the federal government : “Today’s agreement finally ends President Trump’s unnecessary shutdown and alleviates anxiety for thousands of working families in North Carolina, and for all who rely on the federal government to inspect our food, ensure safe travel, test water […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit has completed an investigation into the mailing of controlled substances to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center. On December 24, 2018, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Detention Center intercepted personal mail addressed to an inmate containing suspected controlled substances and the Narcotics Unit was requested to assist. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The federal government is open for business, again. Volunteers are needed today and tomorrow to assist in renovating two dormitories at the Bladen County Emergency Training Center. (It’s a part of the former prison buildings near White Lake).  Just show up with whatever equipment you have…. Congratulations to Dr. Pearly Graham Hoskins on her retirement […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong RED SPRINGS – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles presented Coach Patty Evers with the 500th girls basketball coaching victory of her career Friday night with a 54-20 Three Rivers Conference win over Red Springs Friday night. “I am happy we got the win first!” said Coach Evers. “I am proud of my […]

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BLADENBORO – East Columbus senior DaMarcus Brown pounded the boards for 30 points and 14 rebounds as the Gators rallied for an 82-73 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over West Bladen Friday night. Brown banged in ten rebound baskets in the game. Senior Tyree Burney totaled 19 points for the Gators before fouling out, […]

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RED SPRINGS – Red Springs built a 34-19 halftime lead en route to a 58-49 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen Friday night. Senior Jaylen Mack drilled in a pair of 3-point baskets, and senior Keagan Brayboy and junior Shyheim Richardson hurled in 2 baskets each as the Red Devils grabbed a […]

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BLADENBORO- Sophmore Alanna Deal fired in all of her game-high 15 points in the second half as East Columbus rallied for a 41-32 Three Rivers Conference victory Friday over a short-handed West Bladen squad. The Lady Knights were without two regulars including leading scorer Lexie Corrothers who missed the game due to an administrative internal […]

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