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Thank you for visiting BladenOnline.com

BladenOnline.com was started as the result of lots of conversation and work by Michael Simmons and Robert Hester in Bladen County. Then, in September 2014 BladenOnline.com was purchased by Online News & Advertising, LLC, a local family owned business.

The project of BladenOnline.com began in the summer of the year 2007. Mike Simmons 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 and being in the news business. 

Simmons and Robert Hester decided to move forward with the news outlet idea 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. 

However, 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.

Robert 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 launch the new media outlet, but he was no longer available. So Robert, being a former business owner and Bladen County Commissioner made the decision to “charge forward.”

Robert, with the assistance of other team members grew BladenOnline.com to become Bladen County’s number one news and advertising source. 

In 2014, Robert decided he wanted to slow down so he made the decision to sell the business to Charlotte Smith. Charlotte and her mother, Cheryl Thurston, a graphic designer and author, created a new design for the news website all while loyal team members like John Clark, Joy Warren, Bethany Stephens, Norgie Hester, and Robert Hester continued reporting the news, sports, history, and more. 

Erin Smith joined the BladenOnline.com team back in 2015 as the editor to help grow the media outlet. However, is now the General Manager helping with writing, editing, advertising and more.

In 2017, during BladenOnline.com‘s 10th year in existence the team expanded its services. Not only does the local online indie news outlet use its website to keep readers informed, but now it uses social medias, YouTube and published Bladen County Beautiful magazine. 

The team often reflects on something Hester says often, “The best is yet to come.” Now, in 2018 the plans grow continue with new editions of the Bladen County Beautiful magazine and growing their sister online indie news outlet, SoutheasternTimes.com.

Contact us:

Office Number: (910)879-1029

Fax Number: (910)647-0223

News email – bladenonline.com@gmail.com

Advertising email – bladenonlinesales@gmail.com

Our Team Members:

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


Pam Ramsey, Billing
(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 BladenOnline.com in serving our communities.


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Creative Advertising Business

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 bladenonlinesales@gmail.com or csmith@gocabmarketing.com