06/18/2019
  • 4:39 pm Water and budget concerns addressed at Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting
  • 2:58 pm Blood Donor Center In Critical Need For Type O Blood
  • 1:21 pm Still at large, suspects wanted for theft of a dog
  • 10:22 am This Week at NCDOT: Flood Repairs and Pollinator Week
  • 7:19 am Thoughts While Shaving for June 18
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By Erin Smith If you live in North Carolina and ride a bicycle on the state’s roadways, you may soon have to register your bicycle. NC House Bill 157, called the DMV/Registration of Bicycles, calls for persons 16 years old or older, who ride a bicycle on publicly-owned streets or highways, to register their bicycle […]

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Contributed CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy’s board of directors today announced the appointment of Marya Rose – chief administrative officer at Cummins Inc. – as a new board member, effective March 1, 2019. Cummins Inc. is a global technology leader based in Indiana that designs, manufactures, distributes and services a broad portfolio of reliable clean […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Alcohol Law Enforcement agents and members of the Bladenboro Police Department executed search warrants at four video gaming establishments in Bladen County on Thursday afternoon. Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said one establishment, Aladdin in Dublin, voluntarily closed. The establishments where officers executed search warrants were 701 […]

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NC53 (Near White Oak) NC53 W is closed toward White Oak for a bridge replacement at Ellis Creek. A signed detour is in place. This will remain closed for several weeks. US701: Lane shift for shoulder closure and to move southbound traffic to northbound bridge for the purpose of debris removal from under the southbound […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the U.S. – North Korea Summit in Vietnam: “The United States cannot afford to lift sanctions on North Korea without concrete assurances of denuclearization. President Trump made the right move walking away in Hanoi, just as President Reagan walked away from the […]

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Contributed A golf tournament is scheduled to assist Bladen County’s Kayla Thompson in her quest to succeed as a professional golfer. Kayla, from Clarkton, played four years on the UNCW ladies’ golf team before she graduated last year. She has been in the top 20 amateur lady golfers in North Carolina. The tournament, a 4-man […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver General Lee was a hero. Before you get to attacking my Southern heritage, of which I am not ashamed and for which I shall not apologize, let me clarify: in this case, I am referring to William Lee, not Robert E. Lee. While Robert E. Lee will always be a personal hero […]

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WHITE LAKE – West Bladen finished second in Wednesday’s season-opening Three Rivers Conference golf match at Vineyard Golf behind South Columbus. The Knights carded a total of 396 strokes for four players to finish behind the Stallions’ 369. West Columbus placed third with a 421 total and East Bladen was fourth with a 452. St. […]

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By Erin Smith Following the indictment and arrest of McCrae Dowless for his role in an absentee ballot operation in the 2016 election and in the 2018 primary, others could be facing charges as well. According to reports, four other individuals who assisted Dowless in his campaign efforts in 2016 are also potentially facing charges. […]

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By Charlotte Smith A debate has taken place over the East Arcadia property which was recently a Bladen Community College satellite campus. The college ended its programs at  the Town of East Arcadia property in February, but not without complaints from some and ideas of hope from others.  One town official threatens further legal action […]

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Community Care of The Lower Cape Fear is holding a Community Resiliency Model training on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019, for anyone who is interested in learning about the biology of stress reactions and building resiliency skills. The training will take place at the Columbus County Center in Whiteville from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. This […]

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By Erin Smith Damages to the Elizabethtown City Cemetery that occurred during hurricane Florence were discussed at the Elizabethtown Planning Retreat along with the economic impact the airport has on the local economy. The meeting was held on Tuesday at the newly completed Elizabethtown Airport Terminal Building. FEMA projects from Hurricane Florence were a topic […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, held their first subcommittee hearing of the116th Congress to examine the 2019 Annual Intellectual Property Report to Congress. The committee heard from the Honorable Vishal Amin, the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator in the Executive Office […]

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Bladen County Smart Start is now registering students for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. When you sign your child up, they will receive one free book each month until their fifth birthday. To learn more, contact Bladen Smart Start at 910-862-3335.   Share:

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  Bladenboro Primary Schools has announced the Terrific Kids winners and the Terrific Kids certificate winner for the month of February. Pictured with Bladenboro Primary School principal Deborah Guyton, Paisley Dowless, kindergartner who was the winner of a twenty-five dollar gift certificate to Pizza Palace of Bladenboro. First Citizens Bank of Bladenboro donates twenty-five dollars […]

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WILMINGTON, N.C.– The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Wilmington District, announced today that the road across the John H. Kerr Dam will restrict vehicular traffic beginning on March 11, thru March 22. All vehicles should follow the posted detour signs. The restricted access is a necessary precaution to ensure public safety until the staff […]

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FAIRMONT – West Bladen tagged out the potential tying run at the plate to end the game and preserve a 6-5 softball victory over Fairmont Wednesday night in the Three Rivers Conference softball opener for both teams. Mya Hunt singled to start the Lady Tornado seventh and raced to third base on a one-out error. […]

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FAIRMONT – Taylor West pitched a 3-hitter and struck out six batters to lead West Bladen to a 16-1 victory over Fairmont in Three Rivers Conference jayvee softball action. West and Kylee Ward cracked singles to highlight a 5-run second inning for the Lady Knights. West also scored a run. Hailey Guyton and Madison Walters […]

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Kayla Thompson, Clarkton resident and former UNCW golfer, is continuing her quest in the world of professional golf. Kayla is registered to play March 4-6 at Grenelefe South Golf Course in Haines City, Florida. This year she has participated in two pro tournaments. In the first tournament, Kayla shot 76-72-79=227 and tied for 22nd and […]

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Blastball Registration ends Friday, March 1. Blastball is for ages 3-5. Fee is $25. Softball Registration ends Friday, March 1 for ages 5-10. Fee is $30. Softball Registration for ages 11-16 ends April 5. Fee is $30. To Register Online visit the Recreation Department at www.bladeninfo.orgwww.bladeninfo.org. Select Departments, then choose Parks & Recreation. This page […]

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FAIRMONT – A 4-run second inning carried Fairmont to a 6-3 victory over West Bladen Wednesday in the Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball opener for both teams. Devon Strange drew a walk to begin the Knight first inning. Alex Strange belted a single to rightfield, and an error on Brycen Blackmon’s grounder plated Devon Strange […]

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FAIRMONT – A 6-run third inning propelled Fairmont to a 7-1 victory over West Bladen Wednesday night in the Three Rivers Conference baseball opener for both teams. Junior Logan West slammed a double and a single to lead the Knight hitters. Seniors Dalton Pait and Shawn Oxendine and junior Nolan Bryant connected for one hit […]

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BLADENBORO – Purnell Swett defeated West Bladen 9-0 Wednesday night in the non-conference girls soccer opener for both teams. Sisters Anna and Abi Lowry sparked the Lady Rams to an early 7-0 lead scoring two goals each. Teammates Jadyn Locklear and Layla Locklear also tallied 2 goals each. The two teams are scheduled to play […]

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Photos by Kenneth ArmstrongKenneth Armstrong East Bladen’s Lady Eagles will host the High Point Andrews Lady Red Raiders Thursday at 6 p.m. in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Play-offs. Coach Patty Evers’ East Bladen squad has now won 19 consecutive games since their only loss of the season to Class […]

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By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown woman was charged for damaging a cemetery in the Kelly community on Monday. The Garden of Memories cemetery located on NC 53 in the Kelly community suffered an estimated $3,000 in damages in the incident. Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said damages occurred to five tombstones when […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today announced new election dates to fill the seat in North Carolina’s Third Congressional District, which has been vacant since Congressman Walter Jones, Jr. passed away earlier this month. “People in eastern North Carolina need a voice in Congress,” Gov. Cooper said. “We’re moving ahead so they can choose their new representative […]

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Contributed April Clark, who is the Rotary District Governor for the Elizabethtown Rotary Club, spoke to the local club on Wednesday. Clark, who resides in Swansboro, is a member of the Jacksonville Rotary Club. “It’s a servant role,” Clark said of her role, “I work for you.” She spoke about the grant opportunities available through […]

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Contributed A traffic stop by the Elizabethtown Police Department on Tuesday resulted in an arrest on an outstanding warrant. Sgt. Butler was conducting a downtown patrol after businesses were closed. when he came in to contact with a vehicle parked in the area, according to Lt. Mark McMichael with the Elizabethtown Police Department.  As the […]

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Contributed Elizabethtown police officers responded to the area of Smith Circle, Benjamin Manor apartments, on Monday night where it was reported man was shooting at a vehicle. As Sgt. Vause arrived several residents of the area were shouting “he has a gun” to Sgt. Vause and pointing at a man who was fleeing the area, […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles will open an office in Fayetteville on Saturday so people can get their REAL IDs quicker. The first REAL ID Day will be from 8 a.m.until 4 p.m. Saturday at the South Fayetteville driver license office, 2739 Gillespie Street. Starting in October 2020, people will be required to have a […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Tina Smith (D-MN) reintroduced their bipartisan legislation to secure health care benefits for “Atomic Veterans” who were exposed to harmful radiation when they cleaned up nuclear testing sites during the late 1970s. U.S. Representative Grace Meng (D-NY) reintroduced the House companion bill. The Mark Takai Atomic Veterans Healthcare Parity Act would allow veterans […]

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KANNAPOLIS: Six local partnerships across North Carolina have won grants totaling almost $1.5 million to support efforts to connect people with the skills they need to get good-paying jobs, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. He made the announcement at the North Carolina Research Campus location of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, lead partner for one of the innovative […]

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Raleigh, N.C. – The State Library of North Carolina and the Broadband Infrastructure Office of the North Carolina Department of Information Technology (NC DIT) are pleased to announce the official launch of a new partner program with the Robeson County Public Library and the Public Schools of Robeson County. The pilot program is funded by a $250,000 […]

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By Erin Smith One Bladen County family is waiting to learn if FEMA will assist them in repairing roof damage they say occurred as a result of Hurricane Florence. Annette Powell, of the Porterville community, said the hurricane damaged a portion of her roof. She said it blew shingles off a portion of her roof […]

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By Erin Smith A former union official with the United Food and Commercial Workers Local Union 1208 entered a plea of guilty on Tuesday in the Eastern District of North Carolina federal court. Terry Slaughter, 48, who served as the secretary-treasurer, entered a guilty plea to one count of embezzlement of labor union assets. As […]

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By Erin Smith McCrae Dowless has been indicted by a grand jury in Raleigh and arrested on several charges resulting from his handling of absentee ballots in the 2016 general election and 2018 primary election.  According to the NC State Bureau of Investigation (NC SBI), Dowless was arrested without incident at his Bladenboro residence on Wednesday […]

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Yard Sale on Saturday from 7 am until. Girls clothing, bicycles, housewares. Location- 1305 Joyce Street, Elizabethtown Share:

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Contributed The Elizabethtown Police Department recently received a donation of valuable life-saving trauma kits that will help them in their efforts to keep the public safe. The Elizabethtown Police Department would like to thank the United States Deputy Sheriff’s Association for donating 14 belt trauma kits. These belt packs have rubber gloves, Swat-T tourniquet, and […]

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Eastpointe MCO will conduct an Opioid and Naloxone Training session in Bladen County. The training will be conducted on March 19th, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. till 11:30 p.m. at the N.C. Cooperative Extension Office in Elizabethtown, N.C. Mr. James Hood, with Lenoir EMS, will be the Trainer. Everyone is welcome to attend. Preregistration is required […]

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RALEIGH – The State Highway Patrol honored 55 sworn and 11 civilian members today during a promotional ceremony held at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary. First Sgt. C. M. Hardee, who is currently assigned to Troop B Cumberland County, was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and his new duty station will be Troop B Headquarters.  […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Guess what?   More rain expected over the next few days.  High today 67, 50% chance of rain. Thursday showers likely, high near 68….Friday, a slight chance of rain (20%) and high near 62. East Bladen girls basketball team defeated Oxford Webb, 72 – 34.  The Eagles will host High Point Andrews Thursday night. West Bladen […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN –Senior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson racked up a double-double of 24 points and 11 rebounds to lead East Bladen to a 72-34 victory over Oxford Webb in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A girls basketball play-offs. Moore-Peterson was also credited with 5 steals and 3 assists. Junior Patience Ward just […]

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WINDSOR – Senior Akyia King sparked a 16-4 opening spurt that propelled Bertie to a 66-27 victory over West Bladen Tuesday night in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Play-offs. King poured in 14 of her game-high 25 points in the opening quarter for the Lady Falcons. Juniors Jessica Labra and […]

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1801 – Washington, D.C. placed under Congressional jurisdiction. 1813 – 1st federal vaccination legislation enacted. 1827 – 1st Mardi Gras celebration in New Orleans. 1860 – Abraham Lincoln makes a speech at Cooper Union in the city of New York that is largely responsible for his election to the Presidency. 1883 – Oscar Hammerstein patents […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and a group of his colleagues introduced a bipartisan disaster relief package with the backing of President Trump, which would provide additional federal relief for North Carolina as it recovers from Hurricane Florence, as well as other states reeling from recent natural disasters. President Trump, working with this […]

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By Charlotte Smith One spec building in Elizabethtown could triple in size if the need is there according to Chuck Heustess with Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial, Inc. The drywall is going up this week on the newest spec building located on Ben Greene Industrial Road in Elizabethtown. The project is being funded by the local non-profit […]

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By Charlotte Smith The 2018 Candidate for the 9th District Congress, Mark Harris announced Tuesday afternoon he would not seek the elected seat in the new election coming soon. During the North Carolina State Board of Elections hearing over election fraud this month, Harris testified to his numerous health issues, which included multiple strokes. On […]

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Contributed Leaders from across the state in early childhood health, education and child welfare will launch the NC Early Childhood Action Plan at a summit on Feb. 27 in Raleigh. With 10 data-informed goals that prioritize changing outcomes for children from birth through age 8 across the state, the plan provides a bold vision and […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Tonight, Governor Cooper gave his second State of the State address, which praised North Carolinians’ determination to strengthen their schools, communities, economy, and health—particularly following disasters like Hurricane Florence—and urged legislators to match that determination by expanding Medicaid and passing a robust school construction bond. “Hurricane Florence showed us that we North Carolinians […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) introduced bipartisan legislation that would strengthen financial markets by reducing the risk of companies contemplating going public. The Encouraging Public Offerings Act of 2019 would encourage capital formation by making initial public offerings (IPOs) more attractive. Senators Tillis and Van Hollen […]

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Contributed Raleigh, NC — After the breaking news regarding Dr. Harris’ decision not to run in the special election for the Ninth District, Chairman Robin Hayes has released the following statement: “The North Carolina Republican Party fully supports Dr. Harris’ decision. The most important thing for him to address is his health. This has been […]

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Yesterday the National Review published an article stating the United States Senate failed to pass an Act to protect babies born alive after a failed abortion.  Yesterday also brought a press release from NC Senator Thom Tillis announcing his sponsorship and support of legislation to protect human life. The National Review stated the US Senate […]

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Washington Post By: Senator Thom Tillis February 25, 2019 President Trump has few bigger allies than me when it comes to supporting his vision of 21st-century border security, encompassing a major investment in technology, personnel and infrastructure, including new physical barriers where they will be effective. It is a vision that will take many years […]

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Students can Explore Cybersecurity, Computer Science Careers While Competing Online for Scholarships, Prizes RALEIGH: North Carolina students can explore cybersecurity and computer science careers by competing in online games as part of a national contest, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. For the second year in a row, North Carolina is participating in the Girls Go CyberStart […]

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This Day In History

  1863 – Abraham Lincoln signs National Currency Act, establishes single national US currency. 1869 – 15thAmendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states to ratify. 1891 – 1st buffalo purchased for Golden State Park. 1893 – 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Michigan. 1907 – US Congress raised […]

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Members of the Tournament Champions are: Sitting (Left-Right): Braylon Cromartie, Landon Herring. Middle Row (L-R): J’marius ‘D. A.’ Smith, Tevin McLean, Logan McKoy-Barlo. Standing (L-R): Axel Rojo Martinez, DeJohn Lesane, Aiden Hargrove, Jaylen Suggs.  Not pictured: Ryan Dove, Jabari Williams, Coach Justin Morilla, Assistant Coach Donald McCallister. Bulls Win 10-12 Boys Tournament Championship   The […]

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen’s Lady Eagles will host the Oxford Webb Lady Warriors Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Play-offs. Coach Patty Evers’ East Bladen squad won the Three Rivers Conference regular-season and tournament championships. Their only loss of the season was to Class 4A Wilmington Hoggard in […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Play-offs No. 31 West Bladen (15-10) at No. 2 Bertie (23-2) West Bladen’s Lady Knights travel to Windsor Tuesday for a 6 p.m. game against the Bertie Lady Falcons in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball Play-offs. Coach Brian McCleney’s Lady Knights finished fourth in the […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

A couple of reminders related to Bladen We Care.  Dates for the annual fundraisers have been announced.  This years Gala, the 30th annual, will be held Friday, April 5th, at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery in Elizabethtown from 7 to 11 p.m. featuring The Legacy Motown Revenue, presented by Smithfield.  Tickets are $100 per couple.  […]

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Mr. Robert Hester mentioned Bladen County Commissioners from 50 years ago recently in his Thoughts While Shaving. Someone sent us a photo of those local Commissioners from yesteryear. (L-R) Dan McLaurin   County Manager J. S. Singletary, Chairman Carl Suggs F. L. Tatum Ballard Carroll Edd Nye Hester said in his article, “Can you name the […]

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Softball | Soccer | Tennis | Track | Golf | JV Softball [divider] East Bladen varsity baseball DATE OPPONENT TIME Feb. 27 Whiteville 7 p.m. March 1 at South Columbus 7 p.m. March 5 Red Springs 7 p.m. March 7 at West Columbus 7 p.m. March 8 Wallace-Rose Hill 5:30 p.m. March 12 at Fairmont […]

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Softball | Soccer | Tennis | Track | Golf | JV Baseball | JV Softball West Bladen varsity baseball DATE OPPONENT TIME Feb. 27 at Fairmont 7 p.m. March 1 Red Springs 7 p.m. March 4 at North Brunswick 7 p.m. March 5 at East Columbus 7 p.m. March 8 South Robeson 7 p.m. March […]

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The Sparks completed a perfect undefeated season to win Bladen Recreation’s 10-12 Girls League championship with a 6-0 regular-season record and 7-0 overall mark. Team members are: Sitting (Left-Right): Laila Smith, Iveonna Ward. Second Row (L-R): Cabria Baldwin, Cara Priest, Jaiden Steffen, Leslie Basilio. Standing (L-R): Savanna Howell, Leidi Labra, Demeria Phillips, Georgia Hester. Not […]

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By Erin Smith A revised consent order against Chemours was filed in Bladen County Superior Court on Monday.  The revised consent order will address future PFAS contamination in the Cape Fear River including GenX. The order was signed by Resident Superior Judge Douglas Sasser. The consent order will mandate that Chemours reduce PFAS at the facility […]

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The Stars finished second in Bladen Recreation’s 10-12 Girls League with a 3-3 regular-season record and 4-4 overall mark. Team members are: Sitting: Madilyn Hall. Second Row (Left-Right): Dezaraye Freeman, Abigail Rojas Aguila. Standing (L-R): Coach Dean Clark, Aubrei Nixon, Kaniyah Hairston, Joelene Merritt. Not pictured: Ella Campbell, Mialanni McDowell, Assistant Coach Erin Wakefield. Share:

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The Lakers finished third in Bladen Recreation’s 10-12 Boys League with a 4-2 regular season record and 9-5 overall mark. Team members are: Sitting (Left-Right): Claxton Tatum, Kewone Maynor, Collin Cole. Second Row (L-R): Torrean Cogdell, Chace Butler, Connor Smith, Courtney McCracken. Standing (L-R): Coach Dom Whittington, Gavin Elks, Darius Williamson, Keishod Montgomery, Assistant Coach […]

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The Grey team completed a perfect undefeated season in Bladen Recreation’s 7-9 Coed Basketball League winning the league championship with a 10-0 regular season record and 11-0 overall mark. Team members are: SyRiyah Edwards, Javonte’ Smith, Damian Maynor, Cyncere Bailey, Omar Powell, Urijah Rhoda, Abojah Rhoda, Kamariah Rhodie, Prince Powell and John Monroe. Coach is […]

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The Green team finished second in Bladen Recreation’s 7-9 Coed Basketball League with a 5-4-1 regular season record and 5-5-1 overall mark. Team members are: Ayven Lennon, Elijah McLaurin, Levi Garcia, Lyrik Lawson, Jonny Basilio, Jayden McKoy, Jordan Robinson, Elijah Bullard, Leyah Lennon, and Xavier King. Coach is Wilson Bolden. Share:

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By Erin Smith Several drug-related cases were on the docket for Monday’s session of Bladen County Criminal District Court. During the session, several heroin charges were dismissed, one felony charge for larceny of a motor vehicle was reduced to a misdemeanor and 11 cases were continued to the next session.  Christen Diamond Russ,  23, accepted a […]

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Contributed Some Bladen County students honored a funeral procession recently. The students stopped what they were doing and said a prayer for the family. According to their teacher, Pamela Bryant, “Some of my 7th grade students were playing football yesterday (Friday) during their ‘Free Friday’ time when a funeral procession began passing by. I was […]

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Company exceeds goal by sourcing 80 percent of grain from farmers who utilize practices that reduce fertilizer loss and improve soils SMITHFIELD, Va., Feb. 25, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Smithfield Foods, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has successfully engaged 80 percent of its grain supply chain, which is used to feed the company’s hogs, in […]

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Article contributed by Cathy Kinlaw with Bladen Community College in 2015; republished in honor of Black History Month. Earnestine Keaton and Claretta Johnson have a story to tell. It is a history lesson. It is personal. It is global. And it begins with a bicycle and a cameraman. Born in 1888, Mack Munn was, according […]

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By Charlotte Smith Many in North Carolina have been talking about the unpredictable weather this year. One day it is sunshine with rays of hope for spring in the air and other days the rain pours and the clouds cover the atmosphere. Rain or shine spring is closer than it has been all year. Before […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tomorrow, February 26, 2019, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, will hold a hearing to examine the 2019 Annual Intellectual Property Report to Congress. WHAT: Subcommittee on Intellectual Property Hearing on “Examining the 2019 Annual Intellectual Property Report to […]

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By Erin Smith Women may soon have to register for the Selective Service following a federal judge’s ruling in Friday.  Senior United States District Judge Gray Miller ruled in the Southern District of Texas court on Friday that requiring only males to register for the Selective Service is a violation of the 5th amendment due process […]

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Contributed The East Bladen High School’s Key Club has made it their mission to help hurricane victims in Bladen County by providing service work. The local youth club, which is a branch of the Kiwanis Club of Elizabethtown, worked from early morning until late afternoon at one area home. The students tore out damaged insulation […]

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Wayne (Bull) Hester of Bladenboro sank his third career hole-in-one Sunday on the fifth hole at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. Hester aced the 184-yard par 3 with a Hybrid 3-wood. The shot was witnessed by playing partner Rodney Baxley.  Share:

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This Day In History

1863 – Abraham Lincoln signs National Currency Act, establishes single national US currency. 1869 – 15thAmendment guaranteeing right to vote sent to states to ratify. 1891 – 1st buffalo purchased for Golden State Park. 1893 – 2 Clydesdale horses set record by pulling 48 tons on a sledge, Michigan. 1907 – US Congress raised their […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Should have a couple of days of partly cloudy skies and temps in the lower 60s.. Later in the week, more rain in the forecast. A good article in yesterday’s Fayetteville paper related to the investigation into the death of Hania Aguilar, the Robeson County teenager killed recently and how the law enforcement community put the pieces together […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala was well attended on Saturday evening. The elegant event was held at Lu Mil Vineyard and a program of jazz music was performed by Jane Clark and Tom Noonan during the meal. Bladen County Hospital Public Relations Director Ashley Dowless recognized four employees, Terri Duncan, Sylvia […]

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Bladen Recreation’s Future Stars Basketball League completed their season last week. Photos from the last night of league play are below. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Appears candidates are lining up for the next election for North Carolina’s 9th Congressional contest…No date is set for primary or general election date….and over 750,000 residents have no Congressman in D.C., actually closer to 1.5 million with the vacancy in the 3rd district (due to death of Rep. Walter Jones). Interesting times. How ’bout […]

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 23, 2019 – Bellisio Foods, a Jackson, Ohio establishment, is recalling approximately 173,376 pounds of frozen pork entrée products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically pieces of glass or hard plastic, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The frozen, not ready-to-eat (NRTE) boneless pork rib […]

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Each week we present an historical place in Bladen County. This week we present the Gilmore-Patterson Farm. Gilmore–Patterson Farm is a historic home and farm located near St. Pauls, Bladen County, North Carolina. The Patterson farmhouse was built about 1872 in the late Greek Revival style, and modified about 1890 in the Queen Anne style. […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

90 members of the East Bladen Band traveled to Lanett, Alabama and performed before an audience of over 600. A search continued for a Fort Bragg soldier whose canoe overturned in the Cape Fear river. Homer “Red” Woodell of Dublin retired as supervisor of North Carolina State Lakes. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Kinlaw of B […]

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This Day In History

1839 – Steam shovel patented by William Otis, Philadelphia. 1855 – US Court of Claims forms for cases against government. 1868 – 1st US parade with floats (Mardi Gras-Mobile, Alabama) 1868 – US House of Representatives vote 126-47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson. 1908 – In ‘Mueller v Oregon’, the US Supreme Court favors an […]

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Basketball

East Bladen and West Bladen both received berths in the NCHSAA Class 2A Girls Basketball State Play-offs Saturday when the brackets were released.   Coach Patty Evers’ Lady Eagles (26-1), the Three Rivers Conference regular-season and tournament champions, received the No. 6 seed in the East and will host No. 27 Oxford Webb (15-8) in […]

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Basketball

1A MEN’S BASKETBALL FIRST ROUND PAIRINGS East #1 Washington County (22-1) vs. #32 Manteo (7-13) #16 Weldon (15-7) vs. #17 Northside-Pinetown (17-8) #8 Pamlico County (14-7) vs. #25 Franklin Academy (14-14) #9 Ocracoke (15-8) vs. #24 Chatham Central (13-9) #5 Granville Central (17-8) vs. #28 East Columbus (10-15) #12 Riverside-Martin (16-9) vs. #21 South Robeson […]

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East Bladen High School

Kenzil McCall has resigned as head boys basketball coach at East Bladen High School. According to East Bladen Principal Dr. Jason Wray, the boys basketball position is now being advertised on the Bladen County Schools website. McCall served as the Eagles coach for 3 seasons beginning with the 2016-2017 season. The Eagles won only four […]

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Bladen County Sports

10-12 Boys League Tournament Knicks 20, Lakers 19 Knicks 36, Bulls 27 Championship Game 6 p.m. Monday Knicks vs. Bulls 7-9 Coed Youth League Play-offs Grey 10, Green 9 10-12 Girls League Tournament Championship Sparks 31, Stars 7 Share:

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By Charlotte Smith More North Carolina amendments voted on by the people was tossed to the wayside on Friday due to a judge’s ruling. On Friday afternoon the news broke, Wake County Superior Court Judge G. Bryan Collins threw out the state’s constitutional amendment requiring a voter ID and the amendment implementing a cap on […]

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Hurricane Florence may have delayed the progress being made at the new airport terminal building in Elizabethtown, but it will not dampen the celebration planned at the upcoming ribbon cutting. Town of Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell announced the the official ribbon cutting ceremony of the new airport terminal building in Elizabethtown will be held on […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper has established a North Carolina Entrepreneurial Council to support policies that encourage entrepreneurship, foster economic development, and support sustainable, high-quality jobs. “Entrepreneurs play a key role in stimulating our economy, creating new businesses and jobs and helping to revitalize communities across our state,” said Gov. Governor Cooper. “This diverse council will […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Lest we forget, Uncle Sam wants to hear from you and me prior to April 15.  Hopefully the new tax law passed by Congress will be kind to all.  Time will tell. Looking forward to clear skies and temps in the 70s, but not today. Weather forecast for today….Cloudy, high near 53, breezy and a […]

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1813 – 1st US raw cotton-to-cloth mill founded in Waltham, Massachusetts. 1822 – Boston, Massachusetts is incorporated as a city. 1836 – Alamo besieged for 13 days until March 6 by Mexican army under General Santa Anna; entire garrison eventually killed. 1886 – Aluminum manufacturing process developed. 1896 – Tootsie Roll introduced by Leo Hirshfield. […]

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The Celtics competed in Bladen Recreation’s 10-12 Boys Basketball League. Team members are: Sitting (Left-Right): Jaamir Stephens, Rimel Jackson, Raheem Lewis. Middle Row (L-R): Sherman Long, Tyron Keaton. Standing (L-R): Coach Kenneth Long, Saemon DesChamps, Jahuan Manning, Kamajah Wilson. Share:

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FAIRMONT – Senior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson posted a double-double of 17 points and 14 rebounds and led East Bladen to a 64-37 victory over Whiteville Friday night in the Three Rivers Conference Tournament championship game. Senior Erica McKoy filled up the stat sheet with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Junior Patience Ward finished with […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), members of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced the LEGION Act, bipartisan legislation that would extend American Legion membership to honorably discharged veterans who served since World War II. Currently, only veterans who served during periods of declared hostilities are able to join the American Legion. The […]

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