01/19/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 9:12 am Weather wreaking havoc at Harmony Hall Plantation
  • 8:14 am West explains new ways to rescue
  • 7:57 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 2:25 am JV Girls Basketball: East Bladen 29, South Columbus 20
  • 2:21 am JV Boys Basketball: East Bladen 33, South Columbus 26, overtime
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By Charlotte Smith Hurricane Florence poured rain down causing mold damage at the historic Harmony Hall Plantation in White Oak. The continued rain has made recovery efforts hard. Harmony Hall Plantation is the 1760’s era home of Col. James Richardson on the Cape Fear River. The plantation today is home to several buildings that span […]

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Nick West

In June 2004, Elizabethtown Fire Department and Lisbon Fire Department were dispatched to a call of a man trapped in a grain silo. Seven different fire departments responded to the scene and the rescue took all day, according to reports. Elizabethtown Fire Chief, Nick West explained to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club on Wednesday a new […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The weather will be changing over the weekend.  The forecast is for the coldest weather this winter beginning Sunday afternoon, evening and night. Today….(Saturday) 20% Chance of showers before 4 p.m., mostly cloudy, high in mid 60s. Tonight…Chance of showers likely, 100% chance after 1 a.m., south wind 9 to 15 mph, gust up to 23 […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Aaniyah Jackson and Mariah Smith combined for 17 points to lead East Bladen to a 29-20 Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball victory over South Columbus Friday. Aaniyah Jackson led the Lady Eagles with 9 points, and Smith followed with 8 points. Azariah Rhodie chipped in with 4 points for East. The Lady […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmores Rasean McKoy and Zach Meares combined for 9 points in overtime as East Bladen defeated South Columbus 33-26 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball action. McKoy worked the paint for 2 baskets and a free throw in the extra period, and Meares bombed in a 3-point shot and hit […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN- South Columbus capitalized on East Bladen foul trouble to open the second half with a 9-0 run en route to a 47-33 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory Friday night. With the scored tied 17-17, East Bladen’s Darrell Banks and Javant McDowell both picked up fouls in the opening minute of the second half […]

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1825 – Ezra Daggett and nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans. 1865 – Union occupies Fort Anderson, North Carolina. 1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey. 1903 – 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England. 1915 – […]

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RED SPRINGS – Guard Traveze Billinger fired in 10 of his 17 points during a late rally that lifted Red Springs to a 65-62 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over West Bladen Friday night. The Knights led at every quarter break and carried a 51-46 lead into the final period, before Billinger blistered the […]

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RED SPRINGS – West Bladen was held to only one point in the final quarter as Red Springs pulled out a 27-19 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory Friday night. Senior Jalexis Bratcher drained a 3-point shot and 2 free throws as the Lady Red Devils stretched a 19-18 lead to 24-18, before junior Lexie […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Senior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson fired in 9 of her game-high 26 points as East Bladen raced to a 24-7 first quarter lead en route to a 64-25 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over South Columbus Friday night. Moore-Peterson drilled in a 3-point shot, another basket and 4 free throws in the opening period. […]

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By Charlotte Smith As of Friday, January 18, the North Carolina and Bladen County registered voters’ lists have decreased by the thousands since December 2018. On December 29th, there were 23,338 registered voters in Bladen County and 7,139,604 registered voters in North Carolina. Now there are 21,221 registered voters in Bladen County and 6,564,003 registered […]

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By Erin Smith Record rainfall has been falling in Bladen County as well as across North Carolina. For 2018, Bladen County received 64 inches of rainfall. The average amount of rainfall for Bladen County is 50 inches, according to US Climate Data. The rainfall has had an impact for growers such as Ron Taylor of […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is accepting grant applications for the 2019 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Applicants have until 5 p.m. March 1 to apply. “Specialty crops make up a significant portion of the state’s $87 billion agriculture industry and we would like to see this area of production […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Air Quality (DAQ) will host a public meeting and public hearing on Monday, February 18, on a draft permit for the Chemours Company to install and operate a thermal oxidizer/scrubber system for emission control at their Fayetteville Works Facility. The system will significantly reduce the emissions of PFAS, […]

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Joey Wood Taylor, 64, of White Lake passed away Friday, January 18, 2019.  He was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and brother.  Joey is preceded in death by his father Ernest Kent “Tom” Taylor, paternal grandparents Calvin Taylor and Flora “Taffie” Taylor and his maternal grandparents John L. Clements and Etta Mae Grady […]

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Decorated military veteran MG Autry says service to others is central to his life. Even when he is facing his own health challenges, he would have it no other way. By Bill Schaller Director of Communications and Marketing UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center January 10, 2019 MG Autry of Smithfield, North Carolina, has lived a […]

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By Erin Smith Johnsonville, LLC is recalling their pork patty products over concerns they may be contaminated with rubber particles. The recall is for 48,371 pounds of raw frozen pork patties produced and packaged on Sept. 27, 2018, Oct. 17, 2018, and Oct. 18, 2018. The products are as follows: *24-oz. (1.5 lbs.) plastic bag […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 6:30 p.m. due to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Meeting Room in the basement of the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown. The board is scheduled to recognize several county employees for their […]

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NEW BERN: Governor Roy Cooper and leaders from his administration will be in New Bern Tuesday to discuss issues facing Eastern North Carolina and will take part in events across the region. On Tuesday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m., Gov. Cooper, representatives from cabinet agencies, and senior staff will meet at the North Carolina History Center […]

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The East Bladen High School Class of 1994 is having their 25th Class Reunion at Cape Fear Vineyard on August 3, 2019, from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m. The cost to attend is $65 for singles and $100 for couples. If you are planning to attend or have question, please contact someone on the committee […]

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By Erin Smith Detention hearings were held for a former Elizabethtown doctor and his girlfriend this week at the federal courthouse in Wilmington. Dr. Jong Whan Kim  appeared before US Magistrate Judge Robert Jones Jr. on Thursday who allowed Dr. Kim to be released from the custody of US Marshals. Dr. Kim was ordered to […]

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Contributed There will be a new platform for what has been known as Boy Scouts starting in February. Family Scouting offering iconic Boy Scouts of America programs to boys and girls was the topic of discussion presented by Boy Scout’s District Commissioner, Alex Hursey at Tuesday’s Kiwanis meeting. He opened his topic by stating, “I’m […]

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The state’s seasonally adjusted December unemployment rate was 3.6 percent, remaining unchanged from November’s revised rate. The national rate increased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.9 percent. North Carolina’s December 2018 unemployment rate decreased 0.9 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 4,299 over the month to […]

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By Charlotte Smith Traveling through Bladen County this week we found this happy porker. His smile is contagious. We found him at the home of a Clarkton resident. The pink, haystack monument is a testimony. Pork is one of our top industries here in the County of Bladen. A lot of our citizens are very […]

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The Bridger Memorial Library will be hosting a series of Game Nights   The Game Nights will be held on Monday, January 28, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., Monday February 25, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., and Monday, March 25, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. The event is for ages 10 and […]

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The Clarkton Public Library will be hosting a series of Game Nights. They will take place on Tuesday, January 29th, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m., Tuesday, February 26th from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. and Tuesday, March 26, from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.  The event is for ages 10 and older. Free food […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden My wife retired a dozen years ago after working three decades as an elementary school teacher.  Her daily routine now involves a trip to the nearest wellness facility for exercise as well as conversation – hopefully not at the same time! One thing she chronically complains about is the increased traffic […]

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By Erin Smith Perdue Foods LLC of Perry, Georgia, is recalling more than 68,244 pounds of chicken nuggets due to possible contamination. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service announced the nuggets may be contaminated with wooden pellets. The chicken nuggets, advertised as ready-to-eat, were produced on October 25, 2018. The product […]

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Raleigh, NC — North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes released the following  statement in response to the story that former Bladen County Board of Elections Vice Chairman Democrat Jens Lutz engaged in absentee ballot irregularities: “In our press conference this week, we stated Congressman-Elect Mark Harris should be certified. Now, the evidence shows exactly why Democrats were quick […]

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Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT The North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road closings and openings due to repairs. CLOSINGS: NC 53 (Near White Oak) NC 53 West is closed toward White Oak for a bridge replacement at Ellis Creek. A signed detour is in place. This will remain closed […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

A reminder of the MLK, Jr., parade through downtown Elizabethtown Monday, 11 AM.  Following the parade, Rev. Jerrold Lowry will  speak, followed by a light lunch at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church.  Special music will be provided by a Cooperative Choir made up of the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church Choir and the Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Choir.  All are invited to […]

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1644 – Perplexed Pilgrims in Boston reported America’s 1st UFO sighting. 1733 – 1st polar bear exhibited in America in Boston. 1869 – Elegant California Theater opens in San Francisco. 1903 – The first transatlantic radio transmission to originate in the United States is sent by a transmitter in Massachusetts. 1911 – 1st shipboard landing […]

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In the last month, smoke has been seen and smelled because of prescribed burns at Bladen Lakes State Forest and other areas across the state. In Bladen County, more than 1,100 acres of forestland has been treated with prescribed burning on state and private lands since the beginning of January, with over 650 acres on […]

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Here are results from Saturday’s first week of play in the Lil Knight basketball league at West Bladen High School. Big 4 League (1st-3rd grade Coed) N. C. State 4, Duke 2 UNC 6, Wake Forest 5 ACC League (4th-6th Coed) Clemson 22, Georgia Tech 10 Syracuse 28, Virginia 14 Pro Division (Boys) Thunder 35, […]

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TAR HEEL – MaKayla Dixon fired in all 12 of her points during a 22-9 second-half surge that carried Clarkton School of Discovery to a 33-14 victory over Bladenboro in the Bladen County Middle School Girls Tournament Championship game. Dixon tossed in 3 baskets and 2 free throws as the Lady Blue Devils stretched an […]

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TAR HEEL – Elizabethtown built a 32-16 lead Thursday night en route to a 38-29 victory over Tar Heel in the Bladen County Middle School Tournament championship game. Cougar guard Malcolm Bolden drove for a pair of first quarter baskets, and Jacob Nixon nailed a 3-point shot. Phillip McKiver and Zamar Lewis sank 2 free […]

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Contributed The public is invited to join faculty, staff and students to honor the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at a celebration held in Bladen Community College’s  auditorium on Thursday, Jan. 24th, at 11 a.m.  Community advocate and respected minister, Shawn Maynor, will be the keynote speaker. Rev. Maynor is the pastor of the […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution that designates April 2019 as “Countering International Parental Child Abduction” month and instructs the federal government to educate state and local law enforcement about the issue and how to combat it. According to the Department of State, from 2008 to 2015 more than 9,000 […]

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By Erin Smith The sound of Ospreys could be heard overhead in Elizabethtown this week. Some residents were asking questions about what is taking place and reported feeling vibrations as the aircraft passed overhead as they headed to the airport. When asked about all of the air traffic, Elizabethtown Town Manager Eddie Madden said, “The […]

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Rescue work is not for the faint of heart. One non-profit is celebrating 5 years of success. “October 2013 marked the date we went from being a backyard bird barn to a full- scale sanctuary,” Ces Erdman founder of Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary said. READ MORE “October 2013 marked the date we went from being a […]

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Arthur Bullock, Bladen County Commissioner and organizer of the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr Parade made an exciting announcement. This year the professional boxer, James “Bonecrusher” Smith is the Grand Marshall for the 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade. According to Smith’s website, James Smith, nicknamed “Bonecrusher”, is a native of Magnolia, North Carolina […]

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By Erin Smith A ribbon cutting was held on Thursday morning at Bladen Express Lube and Tire in Elizabethtown. The well attended event included a barbecue lunch. Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Dawn Maynard welcomed the business to the town and also welcomed them as a new Chamber member. Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell also […]

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By Erin Smith When one drives through Bladen County you notice farm fields, wooded areas and the occasional blighted property. When it comes to cleaning up dilapidated mobile homes and burned out houses, Bladen County Manager Greg Elkins said there is little the county can do. For example, on NC 41 East, near White Lake, […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Since last fall’s hurricane, I have fallen into the habit of taking a walk or two a day. Sometimes it’s for recreation and exercise, sometimes to check the fence line. Occasionally it’s to make sure the ne’er-do-wells haven’t returned. Often I am checking the ditches and canals for beavers and absentee that […]

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Contributed State Superintendent Mark Johnson will visit Roger Bell New Tech Academy in Havelock, on Friday, Jan. 18.  Craven County was among the areas of eastern North Carolina impacted by Hurricane Florence last year. Johnson will be delivering books donated by students at Shiloh Elementary School in Union County. He will also deliver letters written […]

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Contributed A training session has been scheduled for all non-certified staff which began employment as of July 1, 2005, and has not taken the training class. This Class Is Also Open To The Public: DATE:     January 29, 30, 31, Feb.1 2019 LOCATION:    Red Training Room Board of Education Anyone that needs a School Bus Pocket Card to drive an activity […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Bipartisan legislation co-sponsored by U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to bolster U.S. government efforts to prevent genocide and other human rights atrocities around the world was signed into law. The legislation, 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 […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement on the Disaster Appropriations bill passed by the U.S. House: “Yesterday, the U.S. House took action to pass a much-needed $14.17 billion disaster relief package that’s critical to North Carolina’s recovery from Hurricane Florence. I urge the U.S. Senate to pass this bill and for […]

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By Erin Smith A sweepstakes establishment has opened it doors on US 701 South in the former location of Woodies Grill. The establishment is also within 500 feet of a childcare facility which is a violation of county ordinances.  Bladen County Planner Greg Elkins said he has issued a notice of violation to the business […]

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By Erin Smith Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church will mark the annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 21, with a presentation followed by a light lunch in the PAC Building immediately following the parade. The speaker for the event will be the Coastal Presbytery’s General Presbyter and Stated Clerk Rev. Jerrod Lowry. Before […]

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By Erin Smith Some Bladen County residents have recently reported being contacted by someone calling from a Jamaican telephone number posing as a Publisher’s Clearing House representative. At least one resident reported that the caller stated they were with the Publisher’s Clearing House Prize Patrol and needed their address to verify their winnings. Others have […]

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By Roxana Ross Dr. Archie “Zan” Tyson has brought a new procedure to Southeastern Health that is expanding the treatment options for local cardiac patients. Cardiac ablation is a safe and tested procedure that has been practiced regularly in the United States for many years but has never before been offered at Southeastern Regional Medical […]

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U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that many Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices will reopen temporarily in the coming days to perform certain limited services for farmers and ranchers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has recalled about 2,500 FSA employees to open offices on Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18, in addition […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Some things I have learned over the years…. Regardless of thoughts related to politics, anything you say, left or right (R or D) will offend someone.  So, after  80 years, I have learned it is best to keep my thoughts to myself…why cause a problem over something neither can change. And too often, both have strong feelings, […]

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1821 – Mexico permits Moses Austin and 300 US families to settle in Texas, after his death leaves to son Stephen. 1963 – Civil War skirmish near Newtown, Virginia. 1871 – 1st cable car patented, by Andrew Smith Hallidie in the US (begins service in 1873) 1899 – US take possession of Wake Island in […]

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WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Congressman Rouzer released the statement below following his vote against H.R. 268 — Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2019: “The supplemental appropriations bill brought to the floor today is nothing but a political ‘gotcha’ vote designed to go after Republicans by coupling disaster relief, which includes language that I have co-authored, with […]

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By Erin Smith Kuraray America, Inc. announced late Wednesday afternoon they are planning to invest $20 million at the Fayetteville Works site in Bladen County. The investment will feature the modernization of the Polyvinyl Butyral (PVB) Film line and the phasing out of PVB resin production at the Fayetteville Works plant. In a release, Kuraray […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored legislation to ensure federal workers that are deemed “essential” and continue to work are paid despite the partial government shutdown. The Shutdown Fairness Act authorizes federal agencies affected by the current government shutdown to pay the dedicated personnel that are still working every day to serve thepeople of the United States. “Federal workers who are expected to continue […]

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By Erin Smith On Wednesday, four Bladen County families who suffered damages from Hurricane Florence received assistance in the form of new furniture to fill their homes. Men and Women United for Youth and Families teamed up with Designing Station to assist the families who had lost their furniture as a result of the storm. […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to impose term limits on members of Congress. The amendment would limit U.S. senators to two six-year terms and members of the U.S. House of Representatives to three two-year terms. “It is past time for members of Congress to amend the Constitution and […]

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RALEIGH: The deadline for North Carolinians who are eligible for a special program to provide rapid repairs to homes damaged by Hurricane Florence has been extended to February 1, 2019, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. That’s the date by which homeowners need to complete the forms to participate in North Carolina’s Sheltering and Temporary Essential Power […]

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Contributed Hurricane Florence forced thousands of families from their homes. Through FEMA assistance, many of these families are staying in temporary housing situations such as in local hotels. In an effort to get families back into their homes more quickly, the STEP Program was implemented by the State of North Carolina. “We were really excited […]

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The Knicks defeated the Lakers 26-8 Tuesday night in the championship game of Bladen Recreation’s 10-12 Boys League Pre-Season Basketball Tournament.  The runner-up is the Lakers. Share:

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TAR HEEL – Kearean Ballard fired in 22 points to lead Tar Heel to a 37-24 boys basketball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery Tuesday night in the Bladen County Middle School Tournament. Samaj Dove tossed in a basket and a free throw, and teammates Rodney Lacewell and Martin Rojas-Jacinto netted baskets as the Blue […]

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TAR HEEL – Malcolm Bolden fired in 26 points Tuesday to lead Elizabethtown to a 49-34 victory over Bladenboro in the Bladen County Middle School Boys Tournament. Bolden nailed a 3-point shot and threw in 3 other baskets in the opening quarter. Michael Young and Deonte Lacy answered with 2 baskets each for the Bulldogs, […]

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Contributed It was a true battle as the Harrells Christian Academy middle school basketball team faced off against Myrtle Grove Christian Academy last Thursday evening.  The Crusaders were able to come out on top with a final score of 24-23 after a very intense and surprising game. Everyone in the gymnasium could feel the tension […]

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By Erin Smith Five individuals wanted in the Operation Take Back Bladenboro round up remain at large. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office needs the public’s help in locating them. When asked about progress with arrests on Tuesday, Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said, “The five are still at large.” If you have seen these […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) was selected to be on the deputy whip team for Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Thune (R-SD) for the 116th Congress. “This is a dynamic team, and I will rely on each of these men and women over the next two years. I’m thrilled to have the experience of Sen. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Growing older has some advantages, some disadvantages….Think about how cold it is outside, early in the AM and give thanks for a warm home and no reason to be outside…..also give thanks for the fact I could, if it was necessary. Memory does not improve with age….forgot two meetings yesterday….promise to do better today. Weather […]

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BLADENBORO – A 17-2 third-quarter spurt propelled Fairmont to a 35-13 Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball victory over West Bladen Tuesday. Alexandria Perez threw in a basket and a free throw in the opening period, and freshman Hannah Pait tossed in a basket to keep the Lady Knights within 7-5 at the quarter break. […]

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BLADENBORO – Fairmont defeated West Bladen 57-26 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball action. Donovan Stone nailed a 3-point shot and added another basket in the second quarter then scored 2 more baskets in the second half to lead the Knights with 9 points. Teammate Josh Lewis threw in a trio of […]

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WHITEVILLE – Aaniyah Jackson and Ronkira Lennon tossed in 9 points each to lead East Bladen to a 34-12 Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball victory over Whiteville Tuesday. The Lady Eagles raced to a 10-2 first quarter lead and padded that margin to 18-7 at halftime. A 9-0 third quarter blitz stretched the East […]

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BLADENBORO – Fairmont exploded for 22 first quarter points en route to a 78-51 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over West Bladen Tuesday night. Transfer Waltay Jackson fired in all 8 of his points in the opening quarter, and guard Tyrese Bradley drained a pair of 3-point shots as the Tornadoes raced to a […]

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BLADENBORO – Junior Lexie Corrothers posted a double-double of 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead West Bladen to a 47-20 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over Fairmont Tuesday night. Junior Kasee Singletary stole the ball and pitched ahead to Corrothers for a lay-up in the first six seconds of play. Singletary drove for […]

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WHITEVILLE – Whiteville’s front-line duo of senior Cameron Richardson and junior Antonio McFadden scored 17 points each to lead the Wolfpack to a 66-43 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen Tuesday night. McFadden threw in 2 baskets and 2 free throws in the opening quarter, and junior William Godwin bombed in a […]

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WHITEVILLE – Senior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson poured in 29 points Tuesday night to lead East Bladen to a 66-45 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over Whiteville. The Lady Eagles edged ahead of the stubborn Lady Wolfpack 11-10 in the first quarter and stretched their lead to 25-21 at halftime. An 18-9 East Bladen blitz in […]

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1493 – Christopher Columbus leaves the New World and sets sail for Spain. 1777 – Vermont declares independence from New York. 1865 – Drunken sailor attacks munitions at Fort Fisher NC, 40 die. 1868 – Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit. 1883 – Pendleton Act creates basis of US Civil […]

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Making good on the promise he made when he entered office, State Superintendent Mark Johnson today announced initiatives to reduce the testing currently required for students in North Carolina’s public schools. The steps come after getting feedback from parents and teachers. Recent surveys showed a high percentage feel that students are taking too many tests. […]

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By Erin Smith As many brides begin to prepare for their special day, they may have questions about the many choices available to them for everything from food to photographers. Lu Mil Vineyard can help as they prepare to host their 12th annual Bridal Show on Sunday, January 20th, from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. […]

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Starting today, the N.C. Department of Public Instruction is seeking formal proposals from charter schools across the state to join a $26.6 million federally funded state initiative to help meet the needs of educationally disadvantaged students. Under the five-year program, Advancing Charter Collaboration and Excellence for Student Success, or NC ACCESS, the Department of Public […]

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East Bladen graduate Ashley R. Brown-Poteat is promoting her new book ‘Out of Bounds.’ She attended the basketball at East Bladen High School on Friday night to share her book and what she has learned with others. A former East Bladen athlete, Brown-Poteat wants to ensure that individuals, no matter what their circumstances may be, […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board got good news with regard to the annual audit report. Bryon Scott of Thompson, Price, Scott, Adams and Company in Elizabethtown, presented the audit to the board during Monday night’s meeting. Scott told the board the town has a total amount in the general fund of $447,000 which is […]

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Contributed “The Entire Legitimacy Of The Investigation Is Compromised” Raleigh, NC — This morning, the North Carolina Republican Party held a press conference laying out the problems with the Ninth Congressional District investigation in specific detail. “‘The fact remains that a critical election hangs in the balance, and the voters of the Ninth Congressional District […]

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By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown business was the victim of a breaking and entering early Tuesday morning. Lt. D. Cheshire with the Elizabethtown Police Department said the Dragonfly Coffee House located at 119 West Broad Street reported a breaking and entering on Tuesday morning. “The suspect or suspects took an undisclosed amount of money,” said Lt. Cheshire. Anyone who may […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chairs of the Senate NATO Observer Group, issued the following joint statement to reiterate the strong support for NATO in the United States Senate: “NATO’s broad bipartisan support in the Senate has been repeatedly expressed through the re-establishment of the Senate NATO Observer […]

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Mac Campbell, Jr., President of BladenWeCare, has announced the dates for the annual Gala and Golf Tournament. The Gala will be held on April 5 at Cape Fear Vineyard and the Annual Byron Gooden BladenWeCare Golf Tournament will be held April 25 at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. The golf tournament will be a 4-man […]

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By Erin Smith If you enjoy playing games such as Black Jack, Roulette or Craps, then come out to the third annual Casino Night and take your seat at the table. The Casino Night is planned for Saturday, February 9, 2019, at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery and tickets cost $50 each. Chuck Heustess said Bladen’s […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board adopted a memorandum of understanding with Carroll Poultry, LLC on Monday night that will allow the company to continue to operate. The board voted unanimously to approve the memorandum. The board held an administrative hearing in December where they heard from Attorney Matthew Dixon, who is representing the owners of […]

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Contributed WILMINGTON, N.C. – Jan. 15, 2019: Club Golf Indoor is set to tee off at RiverLights™ with a Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, January 19, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. Test your golfing abilities in the closest to the pin challenge, practice your swing with a wide open driving range, and improve your accuracy with choices […]

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Contributed The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at 6 P.M. in the boardroom of the Essic Williams Administration Building (Building 10). For more information contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502. Share:

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Contributed RALEIGH: North Carolina has been awarded a $4.5-million preschool development grant, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The grant will help North Carolina improve the health, safety, and developmental and academic readiness of young children across the state. “Every young child in our state deserves a strong start in a safe and nurturing family and […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement on University of North Carolina’s Chancellor Carol Folt’s decision to remove the remainder of Silent Sam: “I appreciate the Chancellor’s actions to keep students and the public safe. North Carolina is welcoming to all, and our public university should reflect that.” Share:

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By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met this Monday for their monthly session where the board was recognized and presented gifts from the county’s schools and various departments in honor of School Board Appreciation Month. Both West Bladen High School and Bladen Lakes Primary had made videos with students thanking the board for their […]

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Contributed With Martin Luther King Jr. Day around the corner and 58 percent of Americans saying increased diversity makes the U.S. a better place while only 9 percent say it makes the U.S. worse – the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s States with the Most Racial Progress as well as accompanying videos. To measure […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Try to be positive, but more bad news than good on any given day… Three in custody after third-generation trooper shot in Wilson County, NC late Monday….Good news, if you can call it good, is the trooper’s injuries are not life threatening No resolution to federal situation, thousands required to work, receiving no compensation while our leaders accomplish […]

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Bladen County Sports

TAR HEEL – AnnaGrey Heustess and Maegan Burney combined for 28 points Monday night to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 36-11 victory over Tar Heel in the opening round of the Bladen County Middle School Girls Tournament. Heustess led the Lady Blue Devils with 16 points, while Burney followed with 12 points. Shy’Asia […]

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Blastball Registration started January 7th and ends March 1st. Blastball is for ages 3-5. Fee is $25. Softball Registration started January 7th and ends March 1st for ages 5-10. Fee is $30. Softball Registration for ages 11-16 ends April 5th. Fee is $30. To Register Online visit the Recreation Department at www.bladeninfo.org. – Select Departments then choose Parks & Recreation. […]

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Bladen County Sports

TAR HEEL – MaKayla Wright fired in 14 points to lead Bladenboro to a 43-29 victory over Elizabethtown Monday in the opening round of the Bladen County Middle School Girls Tournament. Wright dropped in 2 baskets and a free throw, and Rylee Chadwick popped in a pair of baskets as the Lady Bulldogs built a […]

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This Day In History

1831 – 1st US-built locomotive to pull a passenger train makes 1st run. 1844 – University of Notre Dame receives its charter in Indiana. 1861 – Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis. 1865 – Ft. Fisher, NC, falls to Union troops. 1870 – Donkey first used as symbol of Democratic Party, in Harper’s Weekly. 1907 […]

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Raleigh, NC — As chair of the Health and Human Services committee, Sen. Pate has been instrumental combating the opioid epidemic and working with his colleagues to address this issue. Sen. Pate leaves with the respect and trust of his colleagues from across the aisle. He most recently served as Deputy President Pro Tempore. “Sen. Louis Pate […]

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