08/18/2019
  • 10:28 pm Clarkton School of Discovery Football Practice Begins August 26
  • 10:14 pm This Day in History for August 18
  • 10:08 pm Changing your direct deposit information with Social Security
  • 9:55 pm Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago
  • 9:34 pm Back to School Blast helps students prepare for new year
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ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophmore Kayleigh Raynor pitched a 2-hit shutout and struck out eight batters to lead East Bladen to a 10-0 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over South Robeson Tuesday night. The Lady Eagles took charge with a 5-run first inning. Raynor raked a single to leftfield and stole her way around the bases including […]

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BLADENBORO – Freshman Peyton Duncan pitched a 5-hitter and struck out 12 batters to lead South Columbus to an 11-4 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over West Bladen Tuesday night. Libby Blosser’s double and Anna Suggs’ single helped the Lady Stallions to a 2-0 first inning lead. West Bladen answered in the home first as […]

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Clarkton’s Kayla Thompson failed to qualify Tuesday for the U.S. Women’s Open. Thompson, playing in a double qualifying round in Springfield, Virginia, shot 38-38=76 in the morning round and 41-36=77 in the afternoon round. Only two golfers qualified for the 2019 U.S. Women’s Open at the Virginia site. Thompson was a four-year letter winner at […]

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1822 – John Phillips becomes 1st mayor of Boston. 1841 – First emigrant wagon train leaves Independence, Missouri, for California. 1873 – 1st US postal card issued. 1886 – US general strike for 8-hour working day begins. 1912 – Beverly Hills Hotel opens. 1931 – Empire State Building opens in New York City. 1937 – […]

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Income tax relief for families, franchise tax relief for businesses   Budget modernizes sales tax in response to Wayfair ruling on online sales   Extends historic tax credits and implements market based sourcing   Raleigh, N.C. – Another increase in North Carolina’s zero-tax bracket for working families is proposed in the state House of Representatives’ budget […]

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By: Dora Brogdon This week a cute one to two year old male dog mix named Sam has been chosen to be Pet of the Week! This sweetie has been at the shelter since March 9th, almost going on to two months now according the the Bladen County Animal Shelter staff. The staff reports Sam […]

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Staff report The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) is an organization created by the United States Congress for disabled military veterans of the United States Armed Forces which was created to help veterans and their families work through various benefits and programs. Commander David Brown announced the DAV Robert Curtis Hester Chapter, 99, along with the […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office, Vice/Narcotics Unit, K-9 Unit, and the North Carolina Probation and Parole Searches yielded multiple arrests and charges in April according to a recent press release. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office released the following reports in reference to the arrests and charges. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit conducted a […]

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Contributed The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is pleased to bring a great slate of webinars and seminars for the month of May. At the new Small Business Incubator on 207 E Broad St. in Elizabethtown, a livestream of “National Small Business Week with Google” will play on Wednesday May 8 th […]

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The 2019 Thundering Herd series of nine hole tournaments starts Thursday, May 2 at Vineyard Golf. The Thundering Herd is a 9 hole Captain’s Choice tourney played every Thursday at 6:00 P.M. The cost to play is $18 for members and $20 for guests. To sign up to play call the pro shop at 910-247-6132 […]

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Henry Pate, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chip Pate, formerly of Elizabethtown, participated in the Tar Heel Youth Golf Association Sapona Junior Open April 27-28 in Lexington, N.C. Pate, playing in the 13-15 age bracket, shot 92-84=176 to place 24th. Pate is the grandson of Sally Gooden and the late Alex Gooden. Share:

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Contributed As business leaders in the State of North Carolina, we know firsthand that a strong workforce is essential to North Carolina’s economy. We also know that employee health is a big contributor to the strength of our workforce. Unfortunately, 13 percent of North Carolinians under 65 are uninsured. These are our neighbors – they […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Gov. Roy Cooper today received from the U.S. Small Business Administration a disaster declaration for business owners in Durham County that suffered damages following the April 10, 2019 gas leak that led to a deadly explosion in the downtown area. The SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan declaration enables business owners to seek low-interest government […]

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131 organizations across six states to receive grants supporting early childhood literacy and STEM programming CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy announced today it is awarding $3.2 million in grants to support 131 innovative K-12 education programs across the communities served by the company. “Bright futures begin in the classroom, and every child deserves a fair […]

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By Charlotte Smith There is a new store in town. Some say it’s going to be out of this world. Kessel Run Comics a new comic book store located on West Broad Street in Elizabethtown is owned by young entrepreneur, Mac Barnes. Mac is the son of local Blueberry Farmer, Lem Barnes. Not everyone needs […]

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By Charlotte Smith Last week, Valeria Peacock McKoy, Interim Director of Bladen County Board of Elections said early voting was off to a busy start. Ms. McKoy,  Gina P. Ward, Deputy Director along with  Christopher L. Williams, Elections Technician have been seen at the elections office working hard to insure the election runs smoothly for […]

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The Bladen County Education Foundation is gearing up for some good natured fun with their annual Jail-A-Thon. Bladen County Educational Foundation’s Jail-A-Thon is an event the community enjoys each year to help raise funds for the local county school system according to event organizers. The event is set for Thursday, May 2, from 1 p.m. until […]

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NC House of Representatives rolled out their first proposal of the budget for the coming fiscal year last night (Monday).  Long way from a final document.  Governor Roy Cooper introduced his proposed budget a couple of months ago.  After the House works out final numbers, it will go to the NC Senate for more input, then the […]

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TAR HEEL – A 6-run sixth-inning propelled Clarkton School of Discovery to a 12-6 victory over Tar Heel Monday in the opening round of the Bladen County Middle School Baseball Tournament. The Blue Devils took a 6-4 lead into the sixth inning. Lee Barnes reached base on an error, and Parker Greene lined a single […]

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TAR HEEL – Maddie Taylor pitched a 4-hitter and struck out six to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 23-2 victory over Tar Heel in the opening round of the Bladen County Middle School Tournament. Taylor walked four and hit one batter as the Lady Blue Devils pulled away with 22 runs in the […]

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1789 – George Washington is inaugurated as the first President of the United States of America. 1803 – Chancellor Robert Livingston and James Monroe sign Louisiana Purchase Treaty in Paris at a cost of $15 million, doubles the size of the USA. 1861 – US President Abraham Lincoln ordered Federal Troops to evacuate Indian Territory […]

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has extended the deadline for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) to May 17. The deadline was extended from May 1 because heavy rainfall and snowfall have delayed harvests in may parts of the country, preventing producers from certifying acres, the […]

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Contributed CHECKING STATION Whiteville, NC – On April 27, 2019,  Columbus County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with neighboring law enforcement agencies to conduct a checking station on Highway 130 near Ervin T. Richardson Road in the Old Dock community.  The goal of this combined enforcement effort was to ensure compliance of the motor vehicle codes […]

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Contributed Rescheduled meeting information as announced at 2:00 p.m. Monday, April 29 The Bladen County Board of Education will meet in a specially called session on Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to approve the 2019-2020 school year budget proposal to be sent to the county commissioners. The […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County has weathered a lot of storms and disasters. The county’s local emergency services team, lead by Bradley Kinlaw, has always been first on the scene. Kinlaw has lead teams for recovery efforts both locally and abroad during catastrophic events such as, natural disasters, fires, train derailments, vehicle wrecks, and search […]

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Contributed With graduation season nearly upon us, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on 2019’s Best & Worst Entry-Level Jobs as well as accompanying videos. To take stock of the first-timer employment landscape, WalletHub compared more than 100 different types of entry-level positions based on 13 key metrics. The data set ranges from […]

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This Day In History

1813 – 1st US Rubber patent granted to Jacob F Hummel. 1845 – Macon B Allen & Robert Morris Jr. are 1st African Americans to open a law practice in the US. 1852 – 1st edition of Peter Roget’s Thesaurus published. 1894 – The 500-strong Commonwealth of Christ (Coxey’s Army) arrives in Washington, D.C., to […]

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Had the pleasure of spending a little time cruising portions of Bladen County that I seldom visit recently.  Most fields are prepared for planting.  Farmers are busy… Expect many would say more rain is needed. Occasionally, receive funny one liners, enjoy reading and using a few, but tend to shy away from political humor, I enjoy […]

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CENTRAL, S.C. – East Bladen High graduate Eian Hines won the Conference Carolinas long jump championship and broke the Mount Olive school record Friday. Hines, a sophomore, won with a leap of 24-feet, 3 3/4-inches on his final of six attempts. He had fouled on his previous three jumps. Hines’ winning leap was an NCAA […]

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HICKORY – West Bladen grad Trevor Lesane slugged a 2-run homer in Erskine’s final regular-season game but his Flying Feet dropped a 15-14 ten-inning decision to Lenoir Rhyne Tuesday night. The Flying Feet were eliminated from the Conference Carolinas Tournament by top-seeded North Greenville Friday. Lesane hammered a double and scored a run in a […]

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  As I grow older, I am spending much more time at doctor offices and at funerals. 4 way stops and round-a-bouts are replacing stop lights.  Not that it matters, but round-a-bouts are my preference. Think about $’s spent on roads over the past few years, much due to storms.  Just look at repairs and updates in […]

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LAURINNBURG – East Bladen grad Lexi Dawson closed out her St. Andrews softball career with a .327 batting average, 32 hits, 7 doubles and a home run in her senior season. Dawson started 34 games, drove in 12 runs and scored 12 runs while posting a team leading .429 slugging percentage. She also led the […]

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By Charlotte Smith Many folks in the county work hard throughout the year to raise money for the fight against cancer. Businesses, churches, civic groups and other volunteers unite as teams to raise funds for cancer research through Bladen County Relay for Life.  This Saturday, the annual fundraising event was held at the Elizabethtown Middle […]

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This Day In History

1635 – Virginia Governor John Harvey accused of treason and removed from office. 1818 – US President James Monroe proclaims naval disarmament on Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. 1855 – 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston. 1881 – Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico. 1919 – […]

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By Charlotte Smith It’s time to stop child abuse. April is Child Abuse Awareness month and many in Bladen County have participated in some way to bring awareness about the issue.  Bladen County Department of Social Services work all year long with the issue and this Saturday was no different. The Child Abuse Awareness Day […]

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Contributed Come out Class of 1983 and let’s enjoy some food, music and fellowship. We would love for all classmates to participate in celebrating because tomorrow is not promised. The love we had for one another in school, let’s continue now and share our memories as well as our futures. This event will be at […]

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Contributed Women’s Day will be observed at Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, May 19th at 11:00 am.  Reverend Dr. Pearly Hoskins and Tabernacle Believers Holiness Church will be the guest. Contact Jewell Smith for more information at 910-862-2989 Share:

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The White Lake community was preparing for the Water Festival which was scheduled for May 12-13. Bladen County officials announced that there were 37 construction permits valued at $1,268,549 approved in Bladen County for January, 1984. The citizens of Clarkton and Bladenboro were waiting for Bladen County Cablevision to come on line. Federal Paper Company […]

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By Charlotte Smith Celebrating communities is not a past time. Kelly Spring Fest organized by Kelly Fire Department, Station 56, held on the last Saturday of April every year provides the opportunity for celebrating community.  Jeff Huff, Kelly Firefighter helped commentate the parade this year with BladenOnline.com. After the devastation of hurricane Florence hit the […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Check yesterday’s Thoughts for a list of activities in Bladen, today, and add a few.  The N.C. Interscholastic Cycling League Mountain Bike Race, a 2 day event, is underway at Brown’s Creek Nature Park & Bike Trail.  The Trail is located at 1992 East Broad Street, across from the entrance to Lock & Dam #2.  […]

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1805 – US Marines attack shores of Tripoli. 1838 – Fire destroys half of Charleston. 1865 – Steamboat “USS Sultana” explodes in the Mississippi River, killing up to 1,800 of the 2,427 passengers in the greatest maritime disaster in United States history. Most were paroled Union POWs on their way home. 1877 – Rutherford B. […]

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WHITEVILLE – Two Whiteville men were arrested Friday morning following a three-month investigation, according to a release from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Unit. The investigation because of a several citizen complaints. Andrew Johnson, 30, of Greenfield Estates Road, has been charged with two counts each of possession of a firearm by a felon […]

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West Bladen’s Chad Garner and Wyatt Bordeaux have been named to the All-Three Rivers Conference Golf Team. Garner had the third best overall scoring average (88.4) in the conference this season, while Bordeaux placed fifth overall with an 89.1. South Columbus’ Caleb Click was the Player of the Year with an 80.9 average. South Columbus, […]

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State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today the launch of a publicly accessible website, www.schoolfinance.nc.gov, to provide better financial transparency for North Carolina’s public schools.   Developed in partnership with the Government Data Analytics Center of the N.C. Department of Information Technology and Cary-based SAS, the North Carolina School Finances website provides an easy-to-navigate yet powerful tool […]

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TOWN OF ELIZABETHTOWN NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held on Monday, May 6, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Town of Elizabethtown Municipal Building, 805 W. Broad Street, for the purpose of extending the moratorium for another 120 days on Electronic Gaming operations including, but not […]

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Contributed by Alex Granados This morning, the North Carolina House discussed its education budget plan, which covers a lot of prominent issues discussed so far this session, including school-performance grades, school support positions, a virtual early learning pilot, and more. There have been multiple bills filed this session to address school-performance grades, which some see as […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden As a nation, we’re now engaged in a new version of a debate I’ve heard many times in my 68 years of life, and which actually goes back several hundred years. It’s the debate over how we should organize the economy. And – to get to the point – specifically it’s […]

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By Charlotte Smith A log jam from underneath the US Highway 701 bridge across the Cape Fear River in Elizabethtown has more work to be done according to Andrew Barksdale, a Public Relations Officer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation. InterCoastal Contracting, Inc., an unlimited general contracting company from Castle Hayne, who was awarded […]

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Wilmington, N.C. – North Carolina Ports made history Monday by welcoming its first-ever 12,000 TEU vessel to the Port of Wilmington. The ship, Kota Pekarang, is the largest capacity-wise to call the port. The Kota Pekarang is operated by ZIM in partnership with the 2M Alliance which links Asia to Wilmington. “This is a monumental milestone […]

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Upcoming Events

By Dora Brogdon This Saturday will have three events for Bladen residents; The Annual Kelly Spring Fest,The Bladen County Relay for Life, and Child Abuse Awareness. Each one starts in the morning and will be full of fun activities for all participants. The Annual Kelly Spring Fest will begin with a parade on White Oak […]

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Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit Makes Multiple Arrests   The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Vice/Narcotics Unit has completed multiple investigations into the sale and delivery of controlled substances throughout Bladen County.  These investigations were initiated after numerous community complaints.   After the completion of these investigations, the following individuals were arrested by the Bladen […]

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Contributed CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy today appealed a recent order by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) requiring extremely expensive and disruptive excavation of nine coal ash basins at the company’s Allen, Belews Creek, Cliffside/Rogers, Marshall, Mayo and Roxboro facilities. Scientists and engineers have determined that capping the basins in place is […]

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Contributed Students at Columbus Charter School competed in a high intensity, NASCAR-inspired academic skills competition on Thursday, April 18, 2019. The competition – named “FASTAR” – sees students “race” to complete a reading passage and 50 math problems at speeds close to two minutes. “FASTAR” stands for Fluent Academic Skills Tournament in Arithmetic and Reading […]

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A local support group is set to meet in May. The Compassionate Friends is a self-help group for parents whose children have died- at any age, from any cause. Our group welcomes you. We’re here to listen and share. Any adult who has experienced a loss of their child, grandchild or sibling may wish to […]

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Contributed CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2019 Toby Webb Coach of the Year Awards. The Toby Webb Award recognizes two coaches annually, one male and one female. Jennifer Kruk from Enka High School and Ron Bare from Northwest Guilford High School have been […]

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Contributed Following the release of the N.C. House of Representatives education budget proposal, State Superintendent Mark Johnson released the following statement: “While we are only at the beginning of the process, I am pleased to see so many of our #NC2030 top priorities in the House education budget bill. I thank the members of the NC House […]

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Contributed Overview: A cold front will move through today and bring a round of strong thunderstorms this afternoon/evening. High pressure will follow bringing plenty of sunshine and lower humidity over the weekend. Impacts: The stronger storms today could bring damaging wind. Isolated instances of 1” hail also possible. Share:

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View Circular Mother’s Day May 6 – 19, 2019 Share:

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The Town of Elizabethtown cemetery on North Queen Street was damaged due to the amount of rainfall the town received during Hurricane Florence. Repairing the devastation at the site is costly and time consuming. Local officials are working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regarding repairs to the damages. The soil erosion at the […]

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NC DOT

DUBLIN – Work will start this summer on constructing a roundabout where N.C. 41 and N.C. 410 cross outside Dublin, thanks to a newly signed a nearly $1.76 million contract. Construction will start in June according to NCDOT. The N.C. Department of Transportation made the intersection into an all-way stop in the spring of 2017, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thanks to all who participated in any way with the 2 recent annual fundraisers for Bladen We Care, Gala and golf tournament.  Both very successful. Yesterday’s golf tournament consisted of over 50 teams, great weather and all appeared to have a good time.  Well run, excellent golf course, wonderful food and participants were provided with a great […]

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By Charlotte Smith Lu Mil Vineyard showcased the Lewis & Clark Circus on Thursday evening on their grounds in Dublin. The tickets sold fast. Standing room only was left ten minutes before the shows began.   Logan the Ring Master welcomed everyone to the show. The show had entertainment with fire, trapeze stunts, magic, and […]

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East Bladen’s Abbie Cross was named to the Touchstone Energy Diamond Beach Softball Invitational’s All-Tournament team. The Lady Eagle junior cracked five hits that included two doubles and also scored a run. Share:

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East Bladen’s Shy Pone was named to the Bulldog Baseball Easter Tournament’s All-Tournament team. Pone cracked 3 hits in 10 at-bats in the Eagles three games in the tourney at Terry Sanford High. The Eagle senior slammed a double, drove in a run and scored three runs. The Eagle lefthander pitched two innings in the […]

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West Bladen’s Nolan Bryant was named to the Bulldog Baseball Easter Tournament’s All-Tournament. Bryant belted 4 hits in 9 at-bats in the Knights’ 3 games in the tournament at Terry Sanford High. The Knight junior walloped a home run and a double, knocked in 2 runs and scored a run. The lanky righthander pitched 6.2 […]

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1607 – Jamestown expedition makes first landing in America at a place named Cape Henry, in what would become Virginia, but they quickly depart for a better site. 1859 – Dan Sickles is acquitted of murder on grounds of temporary insanity – 1st time this defense used successfully in the US. 1865 – Confederate General […]

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dog

By Dora Brogdon Everyone at some point has owned a dog or a cat, whether they knew a friend or family member that owned one. Taking care of an animal like a dog, not so much a cat, is almost the same as raising a human child. Some owners even consider their pet to be […]

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Fifty-three teams comprised of 212 players participated in the 30th Annual Bladen We Care Byron Gooden Golf Tournament held Thursday at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. The event, which had morning and afternoon tournaments, raises funds to support needy healthcare situations in Bladen County. In 30 years, more than $2 million has been raised. There […]

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Kenneth Armstrong photos ELIZABETHTOWN – The Astros walked off with a 5-4 victory over the Athletics Wednesday night. The Athletics rallied to tie the game 4-4 in the top of the last inning. The Astros lead-off batter in the bottom of the inning dropped a hit into rightfield then circled the bases on a throwing […]

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Kenneth Armstrong photos ELIZABETHTOWN – Garrett Dunham pitched a no-hitter Wednesday night to lead the Braves to a 5-0 victory over the Cubs in Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Major League action. Share:

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County special election is off to a busy start for early voting according to Bladen County Elections Interim Director, Valeria McKoy. The elections consists of the 9th Congressional District Primary, the Bladen County General Election is held for the Commissioner District 3 and Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisor. […]

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The State Board of Education will meet Tuesday and Wednesday, April 30 – May 1, for its bi-annual planning and work session. The board will convene Tuesday at noon and meet both days in Room 150 of the Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh. The board will meet in its regular monthly session Thursday, May 2, at 9 a.m. in the 7th floor […]

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Contributed Washington, D.C. — The Washington, D.C. and North Carolina offices of the Ninth Congressional District of North Carolina are open to serve the people of the District under the supervision of the Clerk of the House of Representatives. Staff members will be on the House payroll under the supervision of the Clerk of the House […]

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Contributed RALEIGH — As the weather turns warmer and many North Carolinians make travel plans for the Summer months, the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Standards Division is offering a few tips on how to stay safe at the pump after a recent uptick in credit card skimmers have been found. In […]

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Contributed RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper used a round-table discussion with rural hospital executives Wednesday to raise pressure on Republican lawmakers to expand Medicaid coverage to more uninsured adults. Executives from seven hospitals met with the Democratic governor and expressed support for offering Medicaid to more uninsured adults who can’t otherwise […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver A newspaper office is a living, breathing thing during the week. People are coming and going; phones ring; the scanner blares a tone announcing a tragedy in someone’s life. People talk, and sometimes they just yell across the room. Carts and handtrucks rumble through the back, carrying newspapers and inserts. Sometimes even […]

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Over 200 golfers teed off today at The Vineyard golf course at White Lake.  31 teams played in the morning and 20 more in the afternoon. Bladen We Care is a not for profit, volunteer organization celebrating its 30th anniversary. Funds raised are used to assist Bladen County residents, who through no fault of their own, […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County Emergency Services, Elizabethtown Fire Department and Elizabethtown Police Department were dispatched to Walmart in Elizabethtown Thursday afternoon in reference to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle call. According to a bystander’s report a female was struck by a vehicle while walking in the Walmart parking lot. Elizabethtown Fire Chief, Nick […]

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PUBLIC NOTICE THE ADJOURNED MEETING OF THE WHITE LAKE TOWN BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019 AT 6:00 P.M. HAS BEEN CANCELLED. This 24 th day of April, 2019. H. GOLDSTON WOMBLE, JR. MAYOR Share:

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New Judges Will Serve Duplin, Jones, Onslow, Sampson, Randolph, Hoke and Moore Counties RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper has appointed three new judges to serve Duplin, Jones, Onslow, Sampson, Randolph, Hoke and Moore counties. “District court judges play a critical role in our justice system and I believe these appointees will serve our state and its people […]

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Today is a big day for the Annual Bladen We Care Golf Tournament, the biggest source of revenue for the not-for-profit organization. Only two events a year, the recent Gala and the golf tournament. Over the past 29 years, more than $1.5 million (my numbers) has been raised and provided to Bladen residents who, thru […]

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SHALLOTTE – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 10-0 Wednesday in the fifth-place game of the Touchstone Energy Diamond Beach Softball Invitational tournament. Marissa Ivey slammed a first-inning double to drive in two runs for Whiteville. Junior Abbie Cross batted 2-3 with a double for the Lady Eagles, and pitcher Kayleigh Raynor belted a first-inning single. East […]

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SHALLOTTE – Northwest Guilford pounded out 12 hits en route to a 14-3 victory over East Bladen Wednesday in the Touchstone Energy Diamond Beach Softball Invitational Tournament. The Lady Vikings turned a bunt single, two walks and an error into a 3-run first inning rally. Senior Anna Kate White blasted a triple to rightfield to […]

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1684 – A patent was granted for the thimble. 1846 – The Mexican-American War ignited as a result of disputes over claims to Texas boundaries. The outcome of the war fixed Texans’ southern boundary at the Rio Grande River. 1860 – The first Japanese diplomats to visit a foreign power reached Washington, D.C. They remained […]

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Trees clean air and water, slow climate change, ease poverty and hunger, prevent species loss and feed the human soul. An Arbor Day celebration is planned Friday at Bladen Community College to recognize the importance of trees to the environment. The event is sponsored by the Green Technology Committee and is scheduled for 10 a.m. […]

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Have outdated or unused medications? Need to safely dispose of syringes and other sharp objects used in administering medication? Three drug stores in Bladen County are participating in a medication disposal event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are Anderson Drug Store in Elizabethtown, Clarkton Drug and Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Bladenboro. The […]

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Public Notice The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting Regarding a Preliminary FY 2019-20 Budget at 9am on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. The meeting will be held in the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), located on the lower level of the Bladen County Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC. Charles R. […]

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The forecast for this weekend in Bladen County calls for perfect weather for outside events according to a lot of outdoor enthusiast. Brown’s Creek Bike Trail featured in Elizabethtown will be the site for anther North Carolina Interscholastic Cycling League Mountain Bike Race this coming weekend. The race will be from Friday, April 26, 2019 […]

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Phase II construction of the downtown revitalization project started in Elizabethtown at the end of March 2019. Many have noticed the work ahead signs lined up on West Broad Street in the downtown area. The plans of the project have been in the works since June 2015. However, the pace of the construction work on […]

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This weekend, the human voice is the featured instrument as the UNCW Department of Music presents a two-night celebration featuring selections from popular operas and operettas, as well as UNCW choral favorites. The concerts and the new choral scholarship that will benefit from the proceeds are named for music professor Joe Hickman, who is retiring […]

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The SFSGA April 23 Tournament was played at Deercroft Golf Course with 60 players participating. The winning team, with a score of 55 was Sandy Holland, Mickey Brisson, Joe Canady and Charles Hungerford. During the tournament Micky Brisson had a hole-in-one on #16 and Kenny Stanley aced #12. The next tournament will be next Tuesday […]

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State Superintendent Mark Johnson announced today that the state is the recipient of a $2 million federal grant to aid continued recovery efforts from hurricanes Florence and Michael, both of which caused damage to schools across the state. The funds will restore learning environments in 271 schools in 12 school districts and one charter school, […]

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Contributed Raleigh, NC – Last week, Cooper vetoed the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, choosing to stand with the campaign cash of anti-life extremist groups Planned Parenthood and NARAL. In doing so, Cooper snubbed the Democrats who voted for the bill, all of whom are African Americans and represent rural districts. From The Laurinberg Exchange: “Rep. Garland […]

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Don’t be left out. The Lewis and Clark Circus is coming to Lu Mil Vineyard. Denise Bridgers, with Lu Mil Vineyard, said the event is family friendly. The circus does not have any animals traveling with them, according to Bridgers. “We were looking for something for the spring,” said Bridgers of the new event. She […]

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This event has been canceled according to Earnestine Keaton. We did reach out for the reason behind the cancelation, but answer returned. The Cape Fear River Shad Festival will be celebrated again this year. The event is sponsored by the Lower Bladen Columbus Historical Society. Earnestine Keaton, one of the event organizers announced the plans […]

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A computer repairman I am not. Having issues! Voting begins today in the Special Primary for the 9th U.S. Congressional District.  Early voting in Bladen County is at the Board of Elections office behind the Elizabethtown Post Office. Lots of happenings over the next few days in Bladen County, listed many in yesterday’s thoughts.. Not sure if […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear rallied for 4 runs in the sixth inning to defeat West Bladen 6-5 Tuesday in the Bulldog Baseball Easter Tournament at Terry Sanford High School. The Knights carried a 4-2 lead into the home half of the sixth, but an error, two hit batters and run-scoring singles by junior Justin Lambert […]

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SHALLOTTE – Richmond County slugged four home runs and senior Greyson Way pitched a one-hitter as the Lady Raiders defeated East Bladen 18-0 Tuesday in the second round of the Touchstone Energy Diamond Beach Softball Invitational Tournament. Way struck out 8 and walked one in her 5-inning complete game. Way and senior Taylor Parrish walloped […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Senior Chandler Williford slugged a 2-run, walk-off home run to lift Midway to a 5-4 victory over East Bladen Tuesday in the fifth-place game of the Bulldog Baseball Tournament at Terry Sanford High. The teams were tied 3-3 until senior Greyson Heustess drew a lead-off walk in the top of the seventh. Sophmore […]

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