06/26/2019
  • 6:02 pm New proposed location for town cemetery
  • 3:43 pm Spurring high-tech entrepreneurship in rural N.C.
  • 3:38 pm Todd Lyden with Bladen Community College Small Business offers counseling to entrepreneurs
  • 6:44 am Thoughts While Shaving for June 26
  • 6:33 am DYB District 2 AAA Minors Supplemental Tourament: Whiteville 11, Elizabethtown 2
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The Bladen County Law Enforcement and Detention Center will soon open as work crews complete their final checklists. Plans for an Open House are under way but no date has been announced, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. “We’re very excited about it,” said Sheriff McVicker of the new facility. The new law enforcement […]

The new Bladen County Law Enforcement Center has taken shape on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. The move-in date for the center is inching closer. While there is no set date at the moment for the facility occupancy, that is not stopping show and tell tours. According to Captain Jeff Singletary with the Bladen County Sheriff’s […]

By: Charlotte Smith The new jail in Bladen County has been the topic of many discussions with local residents. Monday afternoon, local officials held a Ground Breaking Ceremony at the new jail site on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. According to Ben Brisson, Field Superintendent with Bordeaux Construction, pouring of the footer will begin on the […]

County Board of Commissioners and Staff

Bladen County Commissioners voted 6-3 to approve the Bordeaux/WMJordan group to manage the construction of a new jail and approved adding a Law Enforcement Center and Call Center to the project.  Arthur Bullock, Dr. Delilah Blanks and G. Michael Cogdill opposed the motion. Cogdill attempted to have the vote postponed saying he had not had […]

RALEIGH – As drones, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), become more common, North Carolina’s laws are changing to stay up-to-date with this fast-growing industry.  Two laws that were passed in July will take effect on Friday, Dec. 1. House Bill 128 prohibits drone use near prisons, jails and any other correction or containment facility. Near is defined as a […]

Sheriff James A. McVicker announced the arrest today of William Bryan Clark, 35, of 305 Glenwood Drive, Elizabethtown, on charges of Disseminating Obscenity to a Minor, Soliciting a Child By Computer and Indecent Liberties with a Child. Clark was placed under a $1 million secured bond pending a first appearance hearing Wednesday. “My deputies began […]

The organizers of the Bladen County Education Foundation  annual Jail-A-Thon fundraiser, which was held back in April of this year, have tallied up the funds they received from their efforts. In a letter to supporters and Bladen County Education Foundation members, Attorney David Wall placed the total funds raised during this year’s event at $7,200. […]

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners heard about staffing needs from the Sheriff at the meeting on Tuesday, April 18th. “I’m here tonight to propose three new detention officers for the new detention center and two new Deputy Sheriffs to work in the new law enforcement center,” Bladen County Sheriff McVicker stated. Sheriff McVicker gave […]

Contributed photos A fight that broke out in the Bladen County Jail on Tuesday, February 13, 2017, resulted in one person being transported to the hospital for treatment. Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said that at about 12:30 a.m. Jamie Harold Nance, 33, of Bladenboro, was arrested for communicating threats, harassing phone […]

GASTONIA, NC – Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined Gaston County law enforcement and public health officials to announce the creation of a new drug diversion and treatment program in Gaston County. The new community initiative, which is piloted by Partners Behavioral Health Management, provides high-risk individuals addicted to opioids and facing criminal charges the […]

The organizers of the Bladen County Education Foundation 6th Annual Jail-a-thon fundraiser, which was held back in April of this year, have tallied up the funds they received from their efforts. According to Attorney David Wall, also known as the “Judge” during the fundraising event, the total funds raised were $5,100. Wall said, “That’s the […]

Go to jail, go directly to jail. Bladen County Education Foundation 6th Annual Jail-a-thon fundraiser was bringing in a stream of donations from some of Bladen County’s finest. Attorney David Wall, a local lawyer in Elizabethtown, acted as the “Judge” handing out orders for arrest today for “law-breakers” to post “bond”. Valerie Newton with the […]

By: Robert G. Hester   Bladen County Commissioners opened their meeting Monday night by unveiling the newly installed Bladen County Seal that includes “In God We Trust”   Commissioners and the public gathered around as Rev. Larry Hayes lead the group in prayer.  Numerous Bladen County ministers attended the meeting.   Included in the Consent […]

Bladen County

A jail committee was named Monday night to oversee early stages of the construction of a new Bladen County jail. Chairman Charles Ray Peterson appointed one commissioner from each district and one at large commissioner to the initial committee. Arthur Bullock was named from District 1, Peterson is the District 2 representative, Russell Priest from […]

A jail committee was named Monday night to oversee early stages of the construction of a new Bladen County jail. Chairman Charles Ray Peterson appointed one commissioner from each district and one at large commissioner to the initial committee. Arthur Bullock was named from District 1, Peterson is the District 2 representative, Russell Priest from […]

Bladen County Commissioners meet Monday, 6:30 p.m. in the courthouse.  Following the approval of minutes from recent meetings commissioner Mark Gillespie will officially leave the board and Arthur Bullock will join two incumbents who were recently re-elected for 4 more years.  They are Charles Ray Peterson and Russell Priest.  Peterson is a District 2 commissioner and […]

A new jail is in town and new jobs have been created. In September 2017 the Sheriff’s office held an open house at the new Bladen County Law Enforcement and Detention Center on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. Almost a year later there are a little less than 20 new positions filled with more personnel hires needed […]

By Erin Smith The damage assessment is still under way in Bladen County from Hurricane Florence. Reports of property damage are still being received from various county departments and organizations. Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw lead a discussion of the recovery efforts on Monday afternoon. “We are still in the process of collecting […]

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office conducted a promotions ceremony on Wednesday morning. “To me, getting promoted in any organization is a big deal,” said Sheriff McVicker. Several deputies received promotions. Those receiving promotions were: Richard Allen who was promoted to the rank of First Sgt.; James Reece Daniels was promoted to the rank of […]

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners held a preliminary budget meeting on Tuesday evening. This was the first glimpse of the budget requests made several of the county’s agencies. Commissioner Russell Priest was unable to attend the meeting. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin told the board county staff have not yet received the preliminary […]

By Erin Smith The bright morning sun made for a celebratory mood on Friday morning as members of the community, elected officials, members of law enforcement and the fire service all gathered in front of the new Bladen County Law Enforcement and Detention Center located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. The gathering marked the Open […]

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Remember Frank Thompson? He was Bladenboro High School football coach in the early to mid 60s. He was a graduate of Chadbourn High School, if my memory is correct, later captain of Wake Forest U football team and was the Demon Deacons Most Valuable player in 1958. He was an offensive lineman. WFU sports records […]

By: Charlotte Smith It is always nice to see a project come together. The staff members from the Bladen County Clerk of Courts and Work Force Development offices toured the new Bladen County Detention and Law Enforcement Center last week. Captain Jeff Singletary gave the tour. The tour started in the front of the new […]

By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met with the County Commissioners Monday night to discuss possible school consolidations and facility needs. Dr. Robert Taylor, Superintendent of Bladen County Schools, spoke on behalf of the School Board explaining what they felt should be done to address the issues. Due to community resistance at possibly losing […]

The Bladenboro Town Board met on Monday night and heard from Dan Hester who resides on Ash Street regarding heavy traffic and speeders on the street. He expressed his concerns regarding the fact children walk and ride bicycles on the street alongside of speeding automobiles. Hester said that Ashe Street has become a high speed […]

Bladenboro Town Hall

The Bladenboro Town Commissioners will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at the Bladenboro Town Hall and is expected to recognize the Bladenboro Middle School Beta Club for their accomplishments at the Jr. Beta Club Convention held last week in Greensboro. The town hall is located at 411 Ivey Street in Bladenboro. Items to be considered include: […]

The Bladen County Detention and Law Enforcement Center is on target for completion by June 22 and the final inspection to be completed by July 21.  The new jail will have 105 cells and contain about 220 beds.  The new facility is located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown across from the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center. The […]

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Last call for Bladen County taxpayers.  Pay up or pay more.  2016 property taxes are due today, tomorrow they will be past due with a penalty. Prepare for cold, cold weather and maybe sleet and/or snow.  Check the weather often.  Highs over the next few days are expected to be near or below freezing with […]

A ground breaking for the new Bladen County Law Enforcement Detention Center is planned for Monday, April 18, at 4:30 p.m. at 272 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. There has been some work started clearing the land for the proposed jail and law enforcement center. Also, the Bladen County Board of Commissioners recently chose ECS Carolinas LLP […]

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Santa (Christmas) is tough competition…expect our BladenOnline numbers to be down for the past week….but still the best around. Looking back and ahead. Would have thought there would have been some resolution (?) to the Lennon Lacy situation. FBI called in over a year ago. Must be many interviews, etc. Maybe in 2016. Lacy was […]

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners honored Commissioner Charles Ray Peterson with a plaque and gavel for his service as 2015 Bladen County Board of Commissioners Chairman for 2015. Newly appointed Board of Commissioners Chairman Russell Priest and Vice-Chairman Arthur Bullock presented Peterson with the customized, engraved reward. Priest noted Peterson’s dedication and hard work […]

  Weekend is here, hopefully a good day to be outside. Been thinking about Bladen County Commissioners. Should be 9 respected, respectful representatives of the 35,000 residents of the county who meet bi-monthly and take care of the affairs of county government. They are elected by the voters for a 4 year term, work with […]

Ever get the feeling, everyone is upset about something???? The pressures of life can put a frown on our face and take the bounce out of our step…. School consolidation is the topic of discussion right now, and when that issue is dealt with or left for the next generation, there will be another…. School […]

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners were asked to approve another $200,000 worth of funding for Bladen County Schools by Superintendent, Dr. Robert Taylor, but many in the room were not receptive to the proposal from Taylor. According to Taylor the State budget has yet to come in. He explained the $200,000 funding from the […]

Bladen County Commissioners have a busy schedule today….a special meeting at 12 noon to discuss personnel and a regular session at 6:30 p.m. with a full agenda including a discussion related to a nearly $20 million loan to finance a new Detention Center and Sheriff’s office… Just one of several important issues on the evening […]

What a performance by the West Bladen Pre-Major baseball team playing in the World Series in Guntersville, Alabama.  Yesterday, they defeated the Virginia state champions 11-1 and move on.  Today, they play North Charleston, SC at 2 p.m. and will play again tonight at 8 p.m.  BladenOnline is the originator of Scorecard that allows play […]

Plans for new Bladen County Detention continue to move forward. A pre-bid conference was held Wednesday and the bid opening is scheduled for the first week of August. The new jail and sheriffs office will be located off Smith Circle Drive, across the street from the Cooperative Extension Office (Powell-Melvin Ag Center). Commissioners approved a […]

By: Robert G. Hester Bladen County Commissioners met in special session Monday evening and approved the budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 and set a tax rate of 82 cents to cover the total cost.  The current rate is 74 cents and has remained the same for several years. At the Monday meeting,  the board approved a contract with […]

WOW, Yesterday’s high temperature of 98 broke a record for the date (96) that was set in 2010.  Today, we are expecting another record breaker…Our record high for June 16 is 98 degrees in 1981.  Today’s temp is expected to reach or exceed 100 degrees….You may be tough, but you may lose the battle….This will not be […]

Am I hearing the NC Legislature is seriously considering allowing weapons on the floor of the House and Senate?  We are searched when we enter many public facilities and if weapons are found they are confiscated.  Must be a tough place to do business. Ever want to just disappear for a time?   Maybe need some time to “clear” […]

By: Robert G. Hester Bladen County Commissioners met for another budget work session Monday evening attempting to “cut where they can” to reduce what appears to be as much as an 8 cent tax increase. Chairman Charles Ray Peterson ask Greg Martin, County Manager, to review recent discussion on the budget. Martin said following revaluation, […]

Technology is testing ever fiber in my body… I should not be allowed to own a computer…smile…just joking but changes are difficult… This is Tuesday, June 2, 2015… believe it or not. Developing a budget for a public body for some is like making sausage… It is not a pretty process…but hope it is good […]

County Board of Commissioners and Staff

By: Robert G. Hester Bladen County Commissioners continue to work on the FY 2015-2016 budget Monday afternoon in a Special Meeting. Only three departments were on the scheduled agenda. Dr. William Findt, President of Bladen Community College and Dennis Troy, Chairman of the Board of Directors spoke very briefly, thanking commissioners for their support and […]

Bladen County Commissioners will meet Monday, 6:30 p.m. for a regular meeting. Among the first items of business is a Public Hearing on the proposed budget for Bladen County for fiscal year 2015-2016. In the published agenda, there is no reference to the proposed new tax rate. The county is building a new jail, following […]

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Thank goodness, the mistreated horse we recently reported on, has been located, safely and is in recovery at Leilani Mae horse rescue in Linden, NC.  (see our article and pics) If you would like more info on POC, the agency that deals with such animals, email clover0323@gmail.com or call 585-260-8454.  That gets you to the […]

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Today is April 30…my how time passes by….. Yesterday’s (Wednesday) meeting between the Board of Education and Bladen County Board of Education was interesting to say the least….Two boards who have a responsibility that they take seriously…One depending the other to provide a major source of funding…Commissioners looking at their situation…reval, a new jail and generally […]

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Nice to be home from DC… A look back… The group I was with in the nation’s capitol earlier this week…visited with Congressman Rouzer and staffers from Congressman Elmers and Jones office…. Good to see former E-town Planner Bryan Martin.  He is working with Congressman Jones in DC.  He led our group through underground tunnels from […]

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Budget time is stressful for most governmental officials….Saw some of that Monday as the Bladen Board of Education attempted to work through the process… I am not sure why anyone wants to serve on the Board of Ed.  No taxing powers in North Carolina…gotta depend on the local Board of Commissioners and the NC Legislature […]

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I love holidays, however, scheduled events must be re-arrange and as I grow older, change becomes more difficult… Bladen County Commissioners meeting was moved back 24 hours, Elizabethtown City Council met Tuesday rather than Monday and there was a special meeting at White Lake related to the “Friends of the Mountains-To-Sea Trail” that runs through Bladen County, all […]

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Bladen County Commissioners have a “full plate”….preparing for hearing appeals from the recent revaluation as a Board of Equalization and Review, ongoing meetings related to the building of a new jail, work on a budget for fiscal 2015-16….plus the routine business that is “never ending.” Yesterday was a wonderful break from the cold, wet, windy weather of […]

Bladen County

Bladen County Commissioners meet Monday in regular session. The first item of business is expected to be the recognition of the newly installed Bladen County Seal that includes “In God We Trust.”   The proposed Consent Agenda includes a list of items, mostly vehicles, that are being declared surplus county property and will be offered […]

Bladen County

By: Robert Hester   Bladen County’s total value dropped $9 million in the just completed re-evaluation, according to Chris Ellis, Tax Administrator. The total value of real property dropped from 2 billion, 18 million to 2 billion, 9 million, down about $9 million.  That number could change as the process continues.   Ellis promised to return with […]

Bladen County

Bladen County Commissioners meet Monday at 6:30 p.m. in their meeting room in the Courthouse. Lisa Coleman will make a presentation related to the fiscal year 2013-2014 audit report and update the board on the current financial position of the county. Commissioners will be ask to review a couple of policies related to personnel, one […]

By: Charlotte Smith Short, sweet and to the point, Bladen County Sheriff McVicker address the Elizabethtown – White Lake Chamber of Commerce at their monthly meeting today.  Working together with his team and other agencies seem to be the secret to his success.  McVicker thanked his staff, and many other agencies that have been working […]

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‘Bout this time of the year, fundraisers and registration for Dixie Youth in the area begins….worthy projects….Friday, an annual fundraiser is planned for Elizabethtown Dixie Youth at the primary school.  Included is a steak dinner, a reverse raffle and a few items will be auctioned off….Tickets are $50 (2 steak plates and chance to win […]

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The last week in the month is not normally a ‘big time’ news time…but there are some special events this week…. Tuesday, Bladen County Commissioners will meet at 2:45 p.m. to discuss the new jail… Friday, Bladenboro Town Commissioners invite area residents to attend the ribbon cutting festivities at the new Community Building.  This facility […]

It would have been a perfect week for a Polar Plunge. Unfortunately, it wasn’t Jan. 1. Just a few days after 30 people ran into a White Lake on a 44-degree New Year’s Day, it was the thermometer that took a plunge. Temperatures dropped to the mid-teens overnight Wednesday and Thursday, and wind chills during […]

Zane Hamilton Singletary of Bladenboro elected President of the Freshman Class at Campbell University. Ray Allen, President of Bladen County Farm Bureau Federation, presented members of Boost the ‘Boro Farmers Market two outdoor benches made by West Bladen High School on behalf of Farm Bureau. Clarkton Dixie Youth supporters seek individuals interested in joining their […]

Giving a heartfelt presentation, Sheriff Jim McVicker, explains how “your” Sheriff’s Department is making a difference.  The Elizabethtown Rotary Club’s speaker took the time to discuss the new philosophy behind the Sheriff’s Department. The newly elected Sheriff started with, “I’m your Sheriff and I have the honor of working with your Sheriff’s Department.  I’m just […]

The Monday meetings of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners and Elizabethtown City Council were news worthy for sure…..BladenOnline was there to cover it all…. The purchase of a new fire truck, approval of a Special Use Permit for a new Bladen County courthouse, a Special Use Permit for Taylor MFG and a visit from the […]

Nude beaches, retreats, and resorts are destinations for some travelers during the summer. However, a public nudity scene is not on my Bucket List for a relaxing get-away trip. Wrinkly old gals and hairy geezers is not my idea of a vacation paradise. Old folks, put some clothes on and cover up those naughty bits. […]

Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver The boy had to stretch a little to make it atop the vinyl-covered stool, and he had to stretch to reach the scarred Formica counter top. Like most diners of the era, cigarette smoke and the smell of the lunch special dominated the air. The boy had about a dollar, and he […]

David Wayne Gore of Wilmington was found guilty Thursday of involuntary manslaughter in the shooting death of a man in a lumber yard in Kelly in 2017. Friday morning Gore was sentenced in Bladen County Superior Court. Gore, 57, who is the owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, had been charged with murder. Gore was […]

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Looking forward to a new week.  Before looking ahead, a quick peek at last week. Folks had another successful fund-raiser for one of their own.  Noah Deaver is dealing with health issues….friends raised nearly $28,000 for him Saturday.  Say what you will, the Bladenboro volunteers spring into action when needed.  4-7 p.m. $28,000.  The whole community […]

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 – […]

This Day In History

1692 – Edward Bishop is jailed for proposing flogging as a cure for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. 1823 – R J Tyers patents roller skates. 1864 – US mints 2 cents coin (1st appearance of “In God We Trust”) 1898 – Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry. 1898 – US President […]

By Charlotte Smith In the past year Bladen County has suffered a lot, but difficult situations are not  stopping the Mother County. The message of hope and overcoming was presented to the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce by Bladen County Manager, Greg Martin. The issues with the White Lake water, the hog industry trials, […]

1825 – House of Representatives elects John Quincy Adams 6th US president. 1870 – US Army establishes US National Weather Service. 1889 – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is established as a Cabinet-level agency. 1891 – 1st shipment of asparagus arrives in San Francisco from Sacramento. 1909 – 1st federal legislation prohibiting narcotics […]

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

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

Public Meeting

The Bladen County Educational Foundation will conduct their next monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 5:30 P.M., at the Bladen County Board of Education Public Meeting Room. This will be an important meeting and I look for a good crowd to attend. Again, we are already five months into the new school year, […]

By Erin Smith A Gofundme page has been started to raise funds to assist the Raleigh Police Officer who was shot wounded on Wednesday night. The page was started by David Blackwelder who is the Wake County Chapter President of the North Carolina Sheriff Police Alliance. The group hopes to raise $50,000 to assist officer […]

Three inmates were recognized on Thursday afternoon for their quick thinking that saved the life of a deputy. The three inmates were part of a work crew that were working to pick up trash when their supervisor, James Smith, suffered a stroke. “We have a roadside cleanup program and we use vetted inmates who work […]

This Day In History

1776 – Rhode Island establishes wage & price controls to curb inflation: Limit is 70 cents a day for carpenters, 42 cents for tailors. 1781 – Bank of North America, first US bank opens. 1841 – Alabama becomes first state to license dental surgeons. 1862 – Union ironclad ship “Monitor” sank off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. […]

1606 – Virginia Company settles leave London to establish Jamestown, Virginia. 1790 – 1st successful US cotton mill to spin yarn in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. 1820 – Missouri imposes a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men aged between 21 & 50. 1864 – Battle of Ft. Fisher, NC. 1879 – Thomas Edison privately demonstrated incandescent […]

By Erin Smith Several Bladen County elected officials took their oaths of office on Monday afternoon. Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser administered the oaths of office along with Bladen County Clerk of Superior Court Niki Dennis. While the Swearing in ceremony was conducted in the Bladen County Superior Court Room for the […]

1586 – Sir Thomas Herriot introduces potatoes to England from Columbia. 1775 – First official US flag raised (Grand Union Flag) aboard naval vessel USS Alfred. 1833 – Oberlin College in Ohio, the first truly coeducational college, opens. 1847 – Frederick Douglass publishes first issue of his newspaper “North Star” 1901 – At the MLB […]

1676 – 1st colonial prison organized in Nantucket, Massachusetts. 1776 – 1st gun salute for an American warship in a foreign port – US Andrew Doria at Fort St Eustatius (Dutch Caribbean island) 1801 – First edition of New York Evening Post. 1824 – New York City’s Fifth Avenue opens for business. 1871 – National […]

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 Annual Meeting on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway 701, South, in […]

This Day In History

1639 – First printing press in America. 1804 – Twelfth Amendment to the US Constitution, establishing the procedure for electing the President and Vice President, becomes effective. 1867 – Congress creates 1st all-black university, Howard U in Washington, D.C. 1878 – British physician Dr. Charles Drysdale warns against the use of tobacco in a letter […]

1777 – Flag of the United States flown in battle for the 1st time at Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware, a skirmish during American Revolutionary War. 1833 – New York Sun begins publishing (1st daily newspaper) 1865 – American commander in SC orders Freedmen’s Bureau to stop seizing land. 1891 – Cotton pickers organize union & stage […]

By Erin Smith  The Bladen County Opioid Task Force spent Tuesday learning about the Anchor Initiative of Brunswick County. Deputy Patti Hewett, with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, shared with the Task Force how the initiative works in getting help for those who are addicted and want to regain their sobriety. Deputy Hewett said the […]

This Day In History

1820 – 1st US eye hospital, the NY Eye Infirmary, opens in NYC. 1846 – Henry David Thoreau jailed for refusing to pay taxes. 1862 – Abraham Lincoln receives the first group of African Americans to confer with a US president. 1873 – “Field & Stream” begins publishing. 1912 – 2,500 US marines invade Nicaragua; […]

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I think back to yesteryear….had a friend who over-indulged in stump hole moonshine, mostly on weekends.  Said he didn’t work on any day that touched Sunday. Over the years, bet most can recall a time when our conduct was less than stellar, at times embarrassing.  Remember, as a older teenager, playing poker all night, lost […]

This Day In History

1753 – George Washington becomes a master mason. 1821 – 1st edition of American magazine “The Saturday Evening Post” 1862 – US government collects its 1st income tax. 1909 – MLB umpire Tim Hurst instigates a riot by spitting in the face of A’s 2nd baseman Eddie Collins who had questioned a call; 2 weeks […]

Contributed NOTE: This is the second article in a three part series. What if you could make a positive difference in a child’s life?  Per the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) study involved collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Kaiser Permanente’s Health Clinic. The study examined […]

This Day In History

1635 – Virginia Governor John Harvey accused of treason and removed from office.   1855 – 1st veterinary college in US incorporated in Boston.   1881 – Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico.   1919 – 1st jump with US Army Air Corps (rip-cord) parachute (Les Irvin)   […]

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) took to the Senate floor to speak on North Carolina native Andrew Brunson, who has been wrongfully imprisoned by the Turkish Government since October 7, 2016. Last month, Pastor Brunson was indicted on bogus charges related to terrorism and espionage, and faces up to 35 years […]

By Charlotte Smith Governor Roy Cooper, along with other Governors and Mayors across the nation, have claimed this week as National Addiction Treatment Week. The Bladen County Opioid Task Force is rising to the call. The group continues to work together helping educate others about the issues opioids and similar drugs cause our communities. Local […]

This Day In History

1526 – 1st slave revolt in the American colonies occurs in South Carolina. 1692 – Edward Bishop is jailed for proposing flogging as a cure for witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts. 1793 – President Washington attends opening of Rickett’s, 1st circus in US. 1823 – R J Tyers patents roller skates. 1864 – US mints 2 […]

Contributed Whiteville, NC – Columbus County Sheriff’s Office recovered a large quantity of stolen items from the residence of two individuals on April 14, 2018. These individuals are responsible for at least two Columbus County residential break-ins, prior to their arrest. On April 11th, Columbus County Sheriff’s Office was notified that the residence located at 130 […]

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners held a second budget meeting on Wednesday evening. The Commissioners reviewed Capital projects and personnel requests. Bladen County Manager Greg Martin told the board county staff still have not received the preliminary budget requests from the Bladen County Board of Education and Bladen Community College. He said they […]

Charlotte Smith

By Charlotte Smith Opioid abuse, mental health issues and sex trafficking are some of the issues we are facing in today’s communities. This past Tuesday, the fight against some of these evils were discussed and some action was taken to stop our cultural decline into decay. Bladen County’s local task force meeting took on a […]

This Day In History

1665 – NY approves new code guaranteeing Protestants religious rights. 1779 – US Army Corps of Engineers established (1st time). 1865 – General William R. Sherman’s Union forces occupies Fayetteville, North Carolina. 1888 – Great blizzard of ’88 strikes northeastern USA. 1918 – First confirmed cases of the Spanish Flu in the US are reported […]

By Jefferson Weaver Like most of you, I am still processing the shock and horror of the murders of 17 people, most of them students, in Parkland, Florida. Like many of you, I am disgusted with the way so many politicians and talking heads have jumped up to use this killing as a means to […]

On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, at approximately 10:02 p.m. officers with the Elizabethtown Police Department responded to a call from dispatch about a suspicious vehicle at the end of Silent Alley.  Upon the officers arrival, officer Hunter Todd and K-9 officer Chris Price located a tan in color 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo backed in the dead end […]

A Bladenboro man who had a prior criminal record was charged Thursday with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon after allegedly beginning to raise a rifle toward a deputy before fleeing, the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. Marcus Theodore Hill, 29, of Holly Britt Court in Bladenboro, is in […]

By Erin Smith The 12th annual N.C. Gang Conference was conducted at the NC Justice Academy in Salemburg on Friday and the topic was the Opioid Epidemic. Former Major League Baseball player Darryl Strawberry, who was the keynote speaker for the day, shared his story about his own battle to overcome addiction. he is one […]

Contributed Columbus County, NC –The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Unit arrested five individuals for charges related to multiple residential breaking and entering cases that occurred in November and December of 2017.  The arrests were the result of a complex investigation. On November 24, 2017, suspects kicked in the rear entrance of a residence […]

By Erin Smith A substance abuse treatment program is poised to come to Bladen County in the near future and will offer long-term treatment for women. Pastor Holly Loyer, with Albemarle Teen Challenge in Elizabeth City, announced the program is planning to locate a facility on Lula Long Road in Ammon. The proposal is to […]