Bladen County's leading website for news, sports, advertising and more!

About Us

Thank you for visiting Facebook LogoThank you for visiting, the parent company of Online News & Advertising, LLC. BladenOnline, was started as the result of lots of conversation and work by Michael Simmons and Robert Hester. Then, BladenOnline was purchased by Charlotte Smith in September of 2014.The project of began in the summer of the year 2007. Mike was recuperating from numerous physical ailments during the entire year of 2006 but was feeling better. He wanted and needed an outlet for his creative talents having retired in mid-2006.

Simmons and Hester decided to move forward and spent some time meeting with others in the eastern part of the state that were involved in similar efforts. Mike thought mid-October would be the time to launch the news site. Mike was stricken by a fatal heart attack. The community was devastated and so was Robert Hester. He had lost a long-time friend and a former neighbor and now his soon-to-be business partner.

Hester made a hasty decision to forget the entire project and move on. However, as time passed he had a yearning to continue. It was a good project that needed to be completed. Mike was the perfect person to do it but he was no longer available. So Hester made a decision to “charge forward.”
Hester, with the assistance of other team members grew to become Bladen County’s number one news and advertising source. In 2014, Hester decided he wanted to slow down so he made the decision to sell the business to Charlotte Smith of Clarkton.

Smith had this to say, “Our plans are to concentrate on activities in Bladen County. In addition to local news, local sports, advertising, local weather, we want to continue to bring updated information from meetings that affect the lives of locals such as the Bladen County Board of Commissioners, the Bladen County Board of Education, the Bladen County Hospital Board, Bladen Community College and some or all of the City Governments in the county.”

Contact us:

Office Number: (910)879-1029

Fax Number: (910)647-0223

News email –

Advertising email –

Our Team Members:

Erin Smith, General Manager
(910)879-1029 Office
(910)876-5830 Mobile

Tonya Bockover, Office Manager
(910)879-1029 Office

John Clark, Sports Writer/Reporter

(910)876-7082 Mobile

Norgie Hester, Writer

(910)879-1029 Office

Cheryl Thurston, Writer
(910)879-1029 Office

Joy Warren, Writer
(910)879-1029 Office

Bethany Stephens, Writer
(910)879-1029 Office

Robert Hester, Founder/Writer
(910)879-1029 Office
(910)876-2322 Mobile

Charlotte Smith, Publisher

(910)879-1029 Office

(910)876-5393 Mobile

We have many other dedicated writers, photographers, and contributors not named here, but we are very grateful to everyone that helps in serving our communities.


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We would like to make our readers aware that Bladen Online News and Advertising has a sister business in Bladen County, Creative Advertising Business, also known as CAB Marketing specializes in aiding the growth of other businesses. CAB Marketing can create the website you need to gain and maintain an online presence; handle all of your Social Media Management; Email Marketing, and more. Please contact Charlotte Smith for information about CAB Marketing services by phone at (910) 876-5393 or by email at or



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