05/27/2019
  • 10:51 pm Dixie Boys Baseball: Red 4, Royal 3, Red 13, Navy 7
  • 10:23 pm Temperatures in upper 90s expected this week
  • 8:13 am Thoughts While Shaving for May 26
  • 11:37 pm Bladen County Dixie Youth Baseball: Elite 7, Reds 3
  • 11:32 pm Bladen Recreation 13-16 Fast-Pitch Softball: Slammers 9, Comets 6
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Contributed North Carolina will receive a $12 million grant to continue its fight against the opioid epidemic, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The funds will be used for prevention, access to treatment and improved linkages to care. “The opioid crisis harms families, communities and our economy and we’re tackling it head-on to save lives,” said […]

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By Ryan Hill April 5, 2019 – Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order to increase opportunities for fair wages, employment and careers for people with disabilities. The order, called “Employment First for North Carolinians with Disabilities,” was signed at the Piedmont Regional Council in Kernersville on March 28. It also directs state government to […]

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Contributed MURPHY: Today, the CEO of Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital presented Governor Roy Cooper with a resolution “urging the North Carolina General Assembly to expand Medicaid in North Carolina as soon as possible.” “The single best thing we can do for our rural communities is to close the health insurance coverage gap, which will pump […]

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NC DOT

Contributed what: ***MEDIA AVAILABILITY *** Speed A Little. Lose A Lot. when: 11 a.m. Friday, April 12 where: Fort Bragg North Post Exchange Butner Road Building #8-5050 details: In 2017 there were 17,495 crashes statewide; 734 of which were serious injuries. The following year, those numbers increased to 21,339 crashes and 831 serious injuries. (Editors note: […]

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Contributed Senate Republicans believe in patient-centered health care that delivers the choices Americans want, the affordability and protections they need, and the quality they deserve. That is why Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and his colleagues yesterday introduced the Protect Act, legislation that protects Americans with pre-existing conditions, ensuring that Americans have the peace of mind knowing that they and their loved ones will […]

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By Erin Smith A Silver Alert for a missing Kelly woman has been cancelled. She has been located and is safe. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Man Tracking Team and bloodhounds assisted the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office in locating Brown in a wooded area on Thursday.  Brown has been returned to her home. The Bladen […]

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DUBLIN – Important information about Bladen Community College graduation plans was released to students this week.  Due to the large number of graduates this year, Bladen Community College will hold an additional graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 16th. All ceremonies will be held in the college’s auditorium.  Students will be assigned to a specific ceremony. […]

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Public Meeting

The Bladen County Educational Foundation, a non-profit corporation organized and existing to provide financial help for the public schools and educators of Bladen County, will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway 701 South, […]

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Elizabethtown – The Cape Fear Masonic Lodge #300, Prince Hall affiliated is having a fish plate sale Saturday, April 13, starting at 12 noon until everything is sold.  Plates are $8 which includes baked beans, coleslaw and roll. All proceeds go to the Bladen County Relay For Life. Contact persons for more information are Brother […]

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West Bladen Coach Gaye Davis has announced a mini-volleyball camp to be held at the school on July 15-16 for ages 8-16. Early registration fee is $50 in advance and includes a T-shirt or $60 on the first day of camp. Camp sessions for grades 3 to 5 will be held on July 15 from […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Shrine Club conducted their annual fraternal fish fry on Wednesday. They reported the day was a success. Shriner Garrett Smith said, “”It was a pretty outstanding day. The weather has been outstanding for us.” With warm sunny skies, many who attended the fry, enjoyed plates of hot fresh whiting, […]

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Updated announcement at 5:08 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2019 Elderly Woman Found Near Her Home Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker announced that an 81 year old resident of the Kelly area was located Thursday morning after spending two nights in the woods. “My office received a report of an elderly person, Ms. Ada […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, the company issued the following statement in response to an April 1, 2019, order by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) requiring excavation of coal ash basins at the company’s Allen, Belews Creek, Cliffside/Rogers, Marshall, Mayo and Roxboro facilities. The state decision came after the company submitted to NCDEQ detailed […]

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Contributed Miss Olivia Sholar and Mr. Weslier Velaquez, of West Bladen High School, were among twenty area high school juniors who attended the twelfth annual Four County EMC’s Youth Leadership Weekend on March 15 -17 at Camp Kirkwood in Watha. On Friday afternoon, the students were taught the cooperative business model as well as what […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-introduced the bipartisan Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Service members Leasing Relief Expansion Act. Military families may relocate frequently or suddenly as the result of a service member’s military orders, and these moves often involve entering into leases for a house, apartment, or other […]

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By Dr. Lisa Lee Bryan Cancer kills the young, the old, the rich, and the poor.  Cancer does not care who you are or your plans for the future.   At age 27, I received a phone message – “Lisa, please call us your results came back as cancer”.   My daughter Elizabeth was not […]

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East Bladen High School

ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophomore Kayleigh Raynor pitched a 4-hitter to lead East Bladen to an 8-2 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over West Columbus Wednesday night. “We played well tonight,” said Lady Eagle Coach Chase Lancaster. “I am pleased. We owed them one.” West Columbus had rallied in their last at-bat to edge East Bladen in […]

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East Bladen High School

LAKE WACCAMAW – Freshman Maya McDonald scored two goals and dished out an assist to lead East Bladen to a 4-0 Three Rivers Conference girls soccer victory over East Columbus Wednesday night. In the eleventh minute of play, Lady Eagle senior Ashley Hardin sent a pass into junior Sydney Wober who touched it to McDonald […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

A reminder of the celebration at Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Sunday, beginning at 3 PM.  Their male chorus has been in the singing business 48 years. Other groups will be singing as well, open to all. About half of Bladen County will join counties along the NC-SC border, all the way to Mecklenburg County attempting […]

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston Hello everyone, please forgive the delay in bringing you the restaurant report for March, you’ll also notice some January reports at the bottom of the list. Better late than never, I always say. What a month was March? It didn’t come in like a lion, but it managed to see some spring […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen rallied for eight runs in the fifth inning to defeat West Columbus 14-8 Wednesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball action. The Vikings jumped in front with 6 runs in the first inning on 3 hits, 3 hit batsmen and a walk. East Bladen answered with 5 runs in the home […]

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By Erin Smith A tractor-trailer overturned on Wednesday morning spilling a load peanuts and forcing the closure of NC 41 in the vicinity of NC 41 Grocery and Grill.  The incident occurred at 11:24 a.m. and the road remained closed at 4:30 p.m. NC Highway Patrol Trooper G. White anticipates the roadway will re-open later Wednesday evening. Trooper White said the Maceo […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – With his family and teammates in attendance, East Bladen’s Jordan Payton signed Wednesday to play football next season at Allan Hancock Community College in Santa Maria, California. “I am excited,” said Payton. “It’s a long way to go, but I am ready. I am going there to do my best. I have dreamed […]

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This Day In History

1783 – Hostilities formally cease in the American Revolutionary War. 1865 – Abraham Lincoln urges a spirit of generous conciliation during reconstruction. 1890 – Ellis Island, New York, designated as an immigration station. 1898 – President McKinley asks for Spanish-American War declaration. 1900 – The first modern submarine designed and built by John Philip Holland […]

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BLADENBORO – Sophmore Kendall Johnson doubled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the fifth inning as West Bladen rallied for a 7-6 non-conference jayvee baseball victory over Clinton Wednesday. The Dark Horses rode a 5-run third inning to a 6-3 lead, before the Knight comeback began in the fourth inning. Freshman Todd Richardson lined […]

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Soccer

BLADENBORO – Junior Alyssa Smith made four saves and recorded a shutout in goal Wednesday night as her West Bladen Lady Knights defeated Red Springs 6-0 in Three Rivers Conference girls soccer action. Six different players scored for the Lady Knights. Freshman Haley George fired in a goal and dished out an assist. Freshman Hannah […]

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Bladen County Sports

HALLSBORO –A 5-run sixth-inning rally snapped a 10-10 tie and propelled Hallsboro to a 15-12 Waccamaw Middle School Conference softball victory over Bladenboro Wednesday. Rylee Chadwick was hit by a pitch, and Lainey Autry walked in the Lady Bulldog first inning and both of them stole bases and scored runs. A. Jacobs tripled home a […]

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BLADENBORO – East Bladen defeated West Bladen 8-1 Wednesday in Three Rivers Conference boys tennis action. It was the eighth win in their last nine matches for Coach Terry Smith’s Eagles.  Singles: Jay McGill (EB) defeated Jose Hernandez Osorio (WB) 6-3, 2-6, 10-3 Jackson Bostic (EB) defeated Logan Lewis (WB) 6-1, 6-0 Victor Arellano (WB) defeated Jake […]

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BLADENBORO – Gabe Moore’s 2-run single keyed a 3-run seventh inning that sealed a 5-1 non-conference baseball victory for Clinton over West Bladen Wednesday night. Moore batted 3-3 with the 2 runs batted in to lead the Clinton attack. Teammate Reid Walters finished 2-4 at the plate with a double and an rbi, and Payson […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen rallied for four runs in the fifth inning to edge West Columbus 5-4 Wednesday night in a battle for second-place in the Three Rivers Conference baseball standings. Viking ace Cole Benton carried a 4-1 lead into the home half of the fifth, but senior Greyson Heustess led off with a single, […]

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Contributed by Donna Taylor The Curtis L. Brown, Jr. Field in Elizabethtown had a visit from a G5 Gulfstream (GV-SP) today. The G5 Gulfstream is a business jet aircraft. The GV-SP is the largest plane to land at the airport since the new Mac Campbell, Sr. Terminal Building ribbon cutting ceremony, according to witness, Donna […]

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Tar Heel Middle School has released the honor rolls for the third nine weeks grading period. Superintendent’s List – Grades of 96 and above in all Classes 7th Grade: Violet Allen, Samuel Hernandez Velasquez 8th Grade: Salma Sandoval-Cruz “A” Honor Roll – Grades of 90 and above in all classes 5th Grade:  Jamaiya Ballard, Josiah […]

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The Clarkton Lions Club is seeking local homeowners who still have recovery work required from Hurricane Florence. The Clarkton Lions Club may be able to supply construction material to assist with your project. To learn more about this program, you can meet with the members of the Clarkton Lions Club on April 23, 2019, or […]

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By Erin Smith The Dementia Friends leadership group met on Tuesday and discussed how best to raise awareness of dementia in Bladen County. Dementia Friends Coordinator Kelly Robeson said a lot of people have expressed interest in having a Dementia Friends information session at their place of business or church. One idea discussed is to […]

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By Erin Smith Students, faculty and staff of Bladen Community College enjoyed a warm spring day while learning about the dangers of driving drunk, visiting foreign countries, and learning how to perform CPR. Exhibits included using stationary bicycles called Blender Bike to make smoothies and salsa, a virtual reality tour of Europe, Japan and the […]

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RALEIGH -This year, farmers can add CropCheck, a pilot program offered by Field Watch, that allows growers to map small grain/commodity crops by herbicide-resident traits. Crops include cotton, corn and soybeans. It’s been three years since the online mapping programs Driftwatch and BeeCheck were launched in North Carolina. Since then, it has become a valuable […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced Darrick Lamorris McKenzie, 39, of Lumberton, to 379 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $9,500.00 in restitution. McKenzie was […]

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Contributed The intersection of NC Highway 131 and Highway 41 was closed near the  41 Grocery and Grill due to a crash on Wednesday morning. A tractor-trailer overturned in the intersection. BladenOnline.com will have details on this story as they become available. Share:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Republicans believe in patient-centered health care that delivers the choices they want, the affordability and protections they need, and the quality they deserve. That is why Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and his colleagues today introduced the Protect Act, legislation that protects Americans with pre-existing conditions, ensuring that Americans have the peace of mind knowing that they and their loved ones will […]

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Contributed Congratulations to the Bladenboro Middle School Battle of the Books Team for receiving third place in the Sandhills Regional Battle of the Books competition! Bladenboro Middle School becomes the first Bladen County School to ever place at Regional competition. Share:

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Contributed Congressman David Rouser hosted the 7th Congressional District Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurial Conference on Monday, April 8th, at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC. Juniors Alyssa Bell and Logan West of West Bladen represented the Knights at the conference. The Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurial Conference is an all day event and is comprised […]

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Here are the results from the Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association Tournament held Tuesday, April 9, at the Land O’ Lakes Golf Course in Whiteville. April 9, 2019–(60 Players) Next Tournament–Vineyard Golf Course First Flight– 1st Place–(52)–Kenny Stanley and Rob Conway 2nd Place–(46)–Emery White and J. D. Elliott 3rd Place–(45)–Ronnie Tart and Fred Atkinson Second […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

A reminder of the Shriners Fish Fry today at the Food Lion parking lot, West Broad Street in Elizabethtown….11 AM until.  See you there. Employment in North Carolina was 4.2% state wide, slightly lower in 99 counties.  Buncombe (Asheville) was the lowest at 3.2%….Hyde (Swan Quarter) was highest at 12.5%. Others in the area: Bladen    5.3% […]

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ROWLAND – West Bladen exploded for ten runs in the third inning Tuesday night en route to a 13-2 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over South Robeson. Senior Dalton Pait lined a lead-off double to left field in the first inning and advanced on junior Dawson Bryan’s fielder’s choice. After junior Nolan Bryant walked, senior […]

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Elner Guy Bunn, 92, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019. He was born in Edgecombe County March 15, 1927 to the late Bennett L. Bunn and Clara Proctor Bunn. His life revolved around family, church, and work. He served his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his wife, […]

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By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met this past Monday for their monthly session where, after approving the minutes from both their March 11th and March 19th meetings, they recognized Tara Rogers, Madison Bullard, Kacy Gunter, Alyssa Bell, and Autumn Brisson for having participated in the State FCCLA Conference and for having brought home […]

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By Joy Warren During the Tuesday evening meeting of the White Lake Board of Commissioner’s, a lengthy report was presented by Dr. Chris Shank and Dr. Peter Zamora with the Bald Head Island Conservancy.  Drs. Shank and Zamora have been collecting data over the last year regarding the influence of groundwater flows and nutrient inputs […]

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This Day In History

1790 – US Patent system forms. 1816 – 2nd Bank of US chartered. 1841 – New York Tribune begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley. 1849 – Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (NYC) sold rights for $400. 1869 – Congress increases number of Supreme Court judges from 7 to 9. 1917 – Munition factory explosion […]

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BLADENBORO – Jon Sherman has been named as the new head football coach at West Bladen High School and was introduced to current football players as well as the local news media Tuesday. Sherman was approved by the Bladen County School Board Monday night to replace Kris Williams who resigned after two seasons in which […]

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East Bladen High School

RED SPRINGS – East Bladen’s Eagles defeated Red Springs 8-1 Tuesday for their eighth Three Rivers Conference boys tennis victory in their last nine matches.    Singles: Jay McGill (EB) defeated Jose Alejandro (RS) 7-5, 6-1 Jackson Bostic (EB) defeated Candido Capote (RS) 6-2, 6-1 Jake Evans (EB) defeated Gael Rodriguez (RS) 6-0, 6-3 Will Hester (EB) […]

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ROWLAND – Junior Kyla Reed batted 4-4 and drove in six runs with a home run, 2 triples and a double to lead West Bladen to a 13-7 Three Rivers Conference victory over South Robeson Tuesday night. Reed scored 5 runs and racked up 12 total bases. She was hit by a pitch and stole […]

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Contributed Currie, NC-  Moores Creek National Battlefield is implementing a prescribed burn of the savannah and northeast burn unit of the park. This area contains floristic species that thrive in fire conditions which can only be replicated through controlled burns. The planned burn is to provide these species with specific habitat needs as well as to decrease fuel loads and rid the area of invasive species. […]

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By Erin Smith The construction of the multi-use path in White Lake is nearing completion, according to Project Manager Eddie Madden. Mayor Goldston Womble said town officials are excited about the  prospect of the completion of this section of the multi-use path.  “The section from Waterford to Wam Squam is essentially complete to include the footbridge […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – West Bladen’s Knights won their first Three Rivers Conference golf match of the season Monday posting a team score of 357 that beat six-match winner South Columbus’ total of 363 in the final regular season match at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. West Bladen’s Wyatt Bordeaux fired an 85 to finish second in […]

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By Erin Smith Pinwheels are starting to make their appearance around Bladen County in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month. Jill Sampson, with the Bladen County Department of Social Services, encourages all county residents and business owners to plant a Pinwheel Garden as a reminder to everyone to help prevent Child Abuse. Also, there will […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: To raise awareness of the risks underage drinking poses to young people in North Carolina and across the country, Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed April 2019 as Alcohol Awareness Month. “Underage drinking jeopardizes young people’s health and safety and puts lives at risk,” Gov. Cooper said. “It’s important that people know the dangers of […]

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Contributed WILMINGTON, N.C. – To encourage the proper disposal of unwanted medications, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is partnering with regional healthcare, law enforcement, education and safety organizations to hold a medication disposal event in six counties. Nineteen locations in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Onslow, Bladen and Duplin counties are scheduled to accept all medications […]

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Christian Caroline Smith, attended the North Carolina Azalea Festival this year as a granddaughter of Cape Fear Garden member, Candus Clarke. Her proud grandfather, Billy R. Everette, resides in Elizabethtown.  Her parents are Missy and Pat Smith and her grandparents  are Susie and Aubrey Smith of  Pawleys Island, S.C. Caroline will be graduating from Emsley […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN –Laura Davisson pitched a one-hitter and struck out 13 batters to lead Elizabethtown to a 19-0 non-conference middle school victory Monday over Emereau Charter. Davisson slammed a lead-off double in the first inning and Iveonna Ward walked. Both of them scored to put the Lady Cougars ahead 2-0. Lauren Council walked to start the […]

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Each year, Tiffany Pait, Clinical Educator for Bladen County Hospital makes sure Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare and its clinics provide education to everyone who enters any of the facilities about Child Abuse Prevention month. The information offered includes a wide range of items to include information about the Child Advocacy Centers and what they do, […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board met and unanimously approved plans that were submitted by Carroll Poultry for an equalization basin. The information was submitted to the board prior to the March meeting by Koontz, Noble and Associates. The plan outlines a holding tank system to be utilized by Carroll Poultry in the Bladenboro […]

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RALEIGH: North Carolina will receive a $12 million grant to continue its fight against the opioid epidemic, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The funds will be used for prevention, access to treatment and improved linkages to care. “The opioid crisis harms families, communities and our economy and we’re tackling it head-on to save lives,” said Governor […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery

CLARKTON-Karli Priest and Maddie Taylor teamed up to pitch a one-hitter and strike-out 5 batters as Clarkton School of Discovery defeated Tar Heel 17-0 Monday in Waccamaw Middle School softball action. Priest pitched 2 innings and allowed a hit and a walk while striking out four. Taylor struck out one in a perfect 1-2-3 third […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Freshman Maya McDonald fired in a pair of goals to lead unbeaten East Bladen to a 3-0 Three Rivers Conference girls soccer victory over South Columbus Monday night. The teams battled to a scoreless tie in the first half, before junior Sydney Wober drilled in a penalty kick in the 44th minute to […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Senior Anondre Ganus pitched 6 strong innings of relief, and his South Columbus Stallions overcame an early 7-1 deficit to claim an 11-8 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over East Bladen Monday night. Ganus relieved starter Grayson Stocks in the second inning and allowed one run on 5 hits and 3 walks while […]

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East Bladen High School

ELIZABETHTOWN- Sophomore Jacob Priest pitched a one-hitter and struck out six batters Monday to lead East Bladen to a 5-0 Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball victory over South Columbus. Priest walked one and hit two batters. The only Stallion hit was a 2-out single by Aaron Cartrette in the third inning. The Eagles grabbed a […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Virginia Cavaliers 85 – Texas Tech Red Raiders 77 (overtime) Many are calling the game one of the best ever as March Madness, 2019 comes to an end. Kyle Guy named MVP. Keep an eye on the weather today…the forecast is for showers and thundershowers.  Some storms could be severe, with hail and damaging winds.  Cloudy, […]

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Work Zone Awareness Week Underway GARNER – New tools are at the disposal of North Carolina Department of Transportation contractors around the state, and they’re not being used to construct roadways, but save the lives of countless workers. “At interstate and freeway project sites our contractors have been given clearance to use new technologies to increase driver […]

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Soccer

BLADENBORO – West Columbus edged West Bladen 2-1 Monday night in Three Rivers Conference girls soccer action. Sophmore Josefina Taboada scored the West Bladen goal. The Lady Knights will host Red Springs Wednesday night. Share:

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper declared April 7 – 13, 2019 National Volunteer Week in North Carolina to celebrate the work of volunteers. Gov. Cooper is encouraging state employees and North Carolina residents to mark the week by volunteering in their communities. “Whether they’re aiding survivors of disasters like Hurricane Florence or providing meals for the hungry, volunteers […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, April 8, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced that higher levels of coverage will be offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), a popular safety net program, beginning April 8, 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased service fees and made other changes to the program, including service fee […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the bipartisan Helping Angels Lead Our Startups (HALOS) Act, legislation that would support small businesses by removing burdensome restrictions from individuals who want to invest in startups and help create jobs. The bipartisan legislation was introduced by Senators Chris Murphy (D-CT) and Pat Toomey (R-PA) and also co-sponsored by […]

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This Day In History

1833 – 1st US tax-supported public-library in Peterborough, New Hampshire.   1865 – Confederate General Robert E. Lee and 26,765 troops surrender at Appomattox Court House to US Lieutenant General Ulysses S. Grant (US Civil War)   1866 – Civil Rights Bill passes over President Andrew Johnson’s veto.   1872 – Samuel R. Percy patents […]

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All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed Friday, April 19 and Saturday, April 20 for the Easter Holiday. The libraries will resume normal operating hours on Monday, April 22. Share:

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Bladen County Sports

CLARKTON – Lee Barnes and Matthew Kemp teamed up to pitch a 3-hit shutout and strike out 8 batters to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 10-0 Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball victory over Tar Heel. Barnes started and struck out 7 batters while allowing 3 hits and a walk in his 4 innings […]

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By Erin Smith Two Bladen County men entered guilty pleas on Monday in Bladen County Superior Court Criminal Session. One pled guilty to trafficking in heroin while another pled guilty to a shooting.   Monte Williams, of Bladenboro, was sentenced to 90 to 120 months in prison after he pled guilty to one count of […]

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By Erin Smith A former Bladen County resident has published his second book in as many years. The book, called Crazy Beach Disc II, is a continuation of the story the author began in Crazy Beach Disc I. “We’re super excited,” said Lynn Welborn of the accomplishment. Welborn said the reception by the public of […]

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Contributed Bladen Community College’s Continuing Education Department will host an Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon on Wednesday, April 24, at 12 noon in the college auditorium.  This event gives employers throughout the county a great opportunity to show their appreciation to their administrative professionals—assistants, receptionists, secretaries and other office professionals—by inviting them to this special event […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, DC – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced that higher levels of coverage will be offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), a popular safety net program, beginning April 8, 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased service fees and made other changes to the program, including service fee waivers for […]

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Justin Moore of Tar Heel caught this gorgeous fish at Lu Mil Vineyard on Sunday afternoon. Moore said on a social media post about the catch, that he did release this fish back into the pond. The cost to fish at Lu Mil Vineyard is $2 per person and $3 per boat. Share:

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On April 9, 2019, more than one hundred and twenty (120) leaders from across North Carolina are anticipated at the Lumber River Council of Governments in Pembroke for the North Carolina Disaster Recovery Roundtable. The event is an opportunity for community leaders to learn about the recovery process and rebuilding after a disaster. It will […]

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Contributed Join Bladen Community College as it observes National Library Week next week, April 7- 13, 2019, by celebrating the contributions of our own “state of the art” library on its campus.  First designated in 1958, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and observed in libraries across the country each […]

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By Erin Smith Many in the Kelly community have been steadily working to repair their homes from damages suffered by Hurricane Florence. One icon of the Kelly community has not operated very much since the storm and some residents have asked why the Elwell Ferry isn’t operating. Andrew Barksdale, Public Relations Officer with the N.C. […]

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RALEIGH – In anticipation of spring break and prom season, the State Highway Patrol is once again conducting Operation Drive to Live, an annual campaign to reduce collisions involving teen drivers.  Beginning Monday, April 8, through Friday, April 12, troopers will step up their enforcement in and around school zones between 6 a.m. to 5 […]

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Contributed The West Bladen FCCLA chapter attended the North Carolina FCCLA conference in Greensboro April 1st through April 3rd. Students who received medals were: Tara Rogers received a silver medal in the Career Investigation event. Tara presented on an E-commerce position. Madison Bullard and Kacy Gunter received a gold medal in the Focus on Children […]

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Shy’Asia Ratliff is a first baseman and clean-up hitter on Clarkton School of Discovery’s softball team, but softball is not her favorite sport. Shy started playing baseball at age 5 and according to Ray Johnson who has worked with her since she was 8-years-old, she is even better at playing baseball with the boys. Thursday […]

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Leland, NC – All families who have experienced the death of someone special are invited to Lower Cape Fear Hospice’s no-cost Spring Family Day on Saturday, May 11, in Shallotte. Led by LCFH counselors and trained volunteers, this day combines fun activities with grief education and emotional support. Spring Family Day allows families to meet friends […]

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Tonight, NCAA crowns the men’s basketball champion and it will be….either Texas Tech or Virginia.  The game will be televised on CBS, tip-off at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis at 9:20 PM. Ladies championship goes to Baylor 82-81 winner over Notre Dame. Most of the match-ups have been great. It’s Monday and spring time in Bladen.  […]

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This Day In History

1838 – Steamship “Great Western” makes her maiden voyage from Bristol, England to New York. 1862 – John D. Lynde patents aerosol dispenser. 1869 – American Museum of Natural History opens in New York City. 1879 – Milk sold in glass bottles for 1st time. 1910 – 1st race at the Playa Del Ray Motordrome […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

NCAA action…..Virginia 63 – Auburn 62 Texas Tech 61 – 51 The Richmond, Viginia newspaper described the first game very well.  Kyle Guy made “three terrific, amazing, spectacular free throws” to win.  And I would add, he made the free throws with less than a second left in the game to pull a victory from the […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladenboro Spring Fling drew a crowd Saturday in downtown Bladenboro. Live entertainment, food and craft vendors, with plenty of other happenings going on kept the crowd busy. The event started at 10 with clouds in the morning sky. There were close to forty vendors lining the downtown area, according to Paige […]

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This Day In History

1798 – Mississippi Territory organized. 1863 – Battle of Charleston, South Carolina failed Federal fleet attack on Fort Sumter. 1891 – Nebraska introduces 8 hour work day. 1902 – Texas Oil Company (Texaco) forms. 1919 – 1st parcel of land is purchased for Cleveland Metroparks. 1922 – Warren G. Harding’s Interior Secretary, Albert B. Fall, […]

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This Day In History

1808 – John Jacob Astor incorporates the American Fur Company. 1860 – Joseph Smith III, creates the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by reorganizing the previous church organized by his father, Joseph Smith, Jr. 1893 – Andy Bowen & Jack Burke box 7 hours, 19 minutes to no decision (111 rounds) […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Volunteers are continuing to help North Carolinians recover from Hurricane Florence, more than six months after the storm struck the state, damaging homes, schools, businesses, farms and entire communities. To date, more than 75,555 volunteers have performed over 1.7 million hours of community service in North Carolina to help with recovery efforts. To […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Volunteers are continuing to help North Carolinians recover from Hurricane Florence, more than six months after the storm struck the state, damaging homes, schools, businesses, farms and entire communities. To date, more than 75,555 volunteers have performed over 1.7 million hours of community service in North Carolina to help with recovery efforts. To […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – State Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon, today, announced that he has formed a commission to develop recommendations for modernizing North Carolina’s transportation investment strategy. The commission will research the impact that emerging technologies, shifting behavior patterns and changing demographics will have on North Carolina’s transportation investment system and then develop new ways to […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – Commercial strawberry production requires intensive and precise fertilization. The best way to decide how much fertilizer to apply is to collect leaf and petiole samples and have them tested for nutrient levels. The Agronomic Division of the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services recommends collecting the first tissue samples when plants […]

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Contributed Vinette Gordon, Director of Student Health Services at Fayetteville State University (FSU), has been named the recipient of the John L. Sanders Student Advocate Award. The Sanders Award is bestowed annually on one or more public figures for service to the students of the University of North Carolina, to recognize those who advocate for the best […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladenboro Spring Fling is drawing a crowd today in downtown Bladenboro. There is live entertainment, food and craft vendors. Winners of the baking contests have been announced. Wendy Dockery won the Pound Cake Baking contest and Cynthia Singletary won the Biscuit Baking Contest. They both won plaques for their victories and […]

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