05/24/2019
  • 5:54 pm Construction and improvements to Lock and Dam No. 2
  • 5:49 pm The land of wolves
  • 5:08 pm Governor Cooper Statement on Stalled Federal Disaster Relief Funding
  • 3:42 pm BladenOnline.com office closed for Memorial Day
  • 1:49 pm National Poppy Day
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District closed the recreational area at Lock and Dam No. 2 on the Cape Fear River located in Elizabethtown. The primary reason for the closure was for construction of repairs downstream of the dam. Turbulence resulting from water flowing over the dam scoured out a deep hole in […]

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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 […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper shared the following statement on stalled federal disaster relief funding legislation: “North Carolinians working to recover from disasters like Florence and Michael have been waiting too long for Washington to act,” Gov. Cooper said. “I’m disappointed North Carolinians continue to wait for much-needed relief, and I urge the House to swiftly pass […]

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We hope you all have a happy and safe holiday weekend as we remember those who sacrificed for our freedom. In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, BladenOnline.com office will be closed on Monday, May 27, 2019. Our office will reopen on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 8 a.m. Our office is located at 8849 […]

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May 24 marks National Poppy Day. This flower is a symbol of sacrifice worn since WWI to honor those who served and died for our country. Since 1922, the Buddy Poppy has been an integral part of the VFW community. As VFW’s official memorial flower, the Poppy represents the bloodshed by American service members. It […]

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Memorial Day Travel As of this morning, the department has suspended most road construction activities on major routes to make travel easier for drivers. This hold on construction projects will continue along interstate, N.C. and U.S. routes until Tuesday evening on May 28. To safely navigate the highways during Memorial Day weekend, remember these tips: […]

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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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Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lee Register and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Crotts are honored to announce the upcoming marriage of their children Caroline Kate Register To Brinson Robert Crotts On Saturday, the first of June Two thousand and nineteen At Three o’clock in the afternoon Trinity United Methodist Church 901 West Broad Street Elizabethtown, North […]

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Elizabethtown - White Lake Chamber of Commerce

The Town of White Lake proposed budget for Fiscal Year 19-20 has been presented to the White Lake Town Board of Commissioners and is available for public inspection at the Town Hall at 1879 White Lake Dr., White Lake from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. weekdays. The White Lake Board of Commissioners will conduct a […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden A couple of weeks ago I had plenty of time – specifically 30 hours – to consider our travel system up close. My wife likes to call it a trip to honor her late sister, who unexpectedly passed.   The sister left three cats, and it was our job to transport them […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Memorial Day is fast approaching, and for many, just a day off work, or time for a party, maybe a cookout. “Memorial Day is an American holiday, observed on the last Monday of May, honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in […]

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Golf

The winning team in the May 23 Thundering Herd at Vineyard Golf at White Lake was Campbell White, Matthew Hardee, Jonathan Gooden and Collins Bullard with a seven under par. The Thundering Herd is played every Thursday at 6 p.m. If you would like to play, please call the pro shop at 910-247-6132 before 5:30 […]

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The Braves won the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Regular Season Championship. Team members are pictured: Kneeling (Left to Right): Zach Sholar, Cole Butler, Hunter Simmons, Nate Edwards, Colin King. Garrett Dunham Standing (L-R): Coley Sasser, Gabe Cashwell, Colton Daly, Jackson Taylor Share:

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West Bladen High School Logo

A trio of West Bladen athletes made their college commitments official Wednesday at a signing ceremony at the school with their friends and family present. Hannah Arnett signed to play soccer at Guilford College. Nyzella Guions signed to attend Methodist University and become a cheerleader for the Monarchs. Kerron Washington signed to attend North Carolina […]

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RALEIGH – Gov. Roy Cooper issued Executive Order No. 95 on Thursday, extending paid parental leave to state employees in cabinet agencies. “This new paid parental leave policy will give state employees more time to recover from childbirth and give their newborns the care and attention they need,” Cooper said. “It will help reduce gender […]

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HCA Yearbook Co-Editors Jeana Grace Bowker and Stefani Boussias with their advisor Natalie Pope. HARRELLS – Harrells Christian Academy’s yearbook program has been named a 2019 Jostens’ National Yearbook Program of Excellence, it was announced Tuesday. The National Yearbook Program of Excellence recognizes engaging yearbooks that reflect a broad representation of the student body while […]

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Bladen County was battered by hurricanes the past two years. There was Michael in 2017 and Florence in 2018. What can be expected in 2019? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center announced Thursday that it’s predicting a near-normal Atlantic hurricane season is most likely for 2019. NOAA’s outlook forecasts a 40% chance […]

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NEW BERN — A Lumberton man could serve more than seven years in prison after he was sentenced Thursday in federal court on possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, according to a news release. Frederick Beverly, 41 pled guilty to the charge in January, says Robert J. Hidgon Jr., who is the U.S. […]

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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. Gore, 57, who is the owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, had been charged with murder. A sentencing hearing is expected to be held Friday in Bladen County […]

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Temperatures Friday are expected to be in the high 90s across most of the area, with possible heat index of 100 degrees in some spots Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service announced Thursday. Similar conditions are expected for Sunday and Monday. Take precautions to stay safe during this early heat wave. Visit https://www.weather.gov/safety/heat for the […]

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This Day In History

1738 – John Wesley is converted, launching the Methodist movement; celebrated annually by Methodists as Aldersgate Day. 1830 – “Mary Had A Little Lamb” by Sarah Josepha Hale is first published by Boston firm Marsh, Capen & Lyon. 1844 – Samuel Morse taps out “What hath God wrought” in the world’s first telegraph message. 1899 […]

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By Charlotte Smith The 41st White Lake Water Festival was one of the best ever according to Dawn Maynard, Executive Director of the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. The Car Show held at the new White Lake Christian Camp & Retreat Center made a big difference, Maynard explained. Photos by Dora Brogdon and Pam […]

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RALEIGH – With an estimated 37.6 million motorists taking to the roadways this Memorial Day weekend, the State Highway Patrol is encouraging drivers to plan ahead before traveling. Regardless of the intended destination, an increase in motor vehicle travel is expected which may lead to congestion on major interstate, US and NC highways.  With this in mind, troopers […]

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White Lake, NC: Utility Maintenance Technician: Grade 12 Position requires assisting with daily operation and maintenance of Town’s water distribution and wastewater collection systems. Experience in water and sewer operations and/or equivalent experience and ability to obtain water distribution/wastewater collection certification. Graduated from accredited high school or GED is required. Valid NCDL required. Considerable experience […]

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West Bladen juniors Kyla Reed and Alara Cashwell and East Bladen sophomore Kayleigh Raynor have been named to the All-Three Rivers Conference softball team. Reed, a shortstop, batted a sizzling .520 with 7 doubles, 6 triples, 2 home runs and scored 35 runs. Cashwell, who split time between second base and catcher, walloped 4 home […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

I rise early every morning, just a morning person and love it. Began on the farm, later ‘signed on’ at WBLA for years, traveled the state for 20 plus years, and enjoyed traveling to next destination early in the morning. Now a senior, senior citizens, still rise early. Old habits are hard to break. Some […]

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All games played at Bladen County Park May 20 Red at Navy, 6 p.m. May 22 Royal at Navy, 6 p.m. May 24 Royal at Red, 6 p.m. May 31 Nay at Royal, 6 p.m. June 3 Navy at Red, 6 p.m. June 7 Red at Royal, 6 p.m. June 10 Red at Navy, 6 […]

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Members of the Cubs are: Tyler Lewis, Gavin Elks, Jordan Hester, Jake Gooden, Aiden Hargrove, Tredon Scott, Cooper Padrick, Conner Padrick, Isaiah Loftis and Joshua Strickland. Head Coach is Ashley Harrelson. Assistant Coaches are Justin Lewis and Nick Gooden (not pictured). ELIZABETHTOWN – Jordan Hester blasted a 3-run home run to tie the game then […]

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Kenneth Armstrong photos   The Mets defeated the Royals Tuesday night in the opening round of the Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch Tournament. The Mets advanced to a semi-final game Thursday at 6 p.m. Share:

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This Day In History

1785 – Benjamin Franklin announces his invention of bifocals. 1863 – Organization of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan. 1882 – 6 inches of snow falls in eastern Iowa. 1900 – Associated Press News Service forms in NY. 1903 – 1st direct primary election law in US adopted by Wisconsin. 1911 – NY […]

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RALEIGH – In a round table discussion with Gov. Roy Cooper and Health and Human Services Secretary Mandy Cohen, early childhood professionals from across North Carolina shared stories of how the health care coverage gap is negatively affecting their colleagues. Attendees expressed concern that too many early childhood educators without access to health care are […]

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Steven Blanton operates a crane during the competition earlier this month in Robeson County. (NCDOT photo) Tractor mower Wade Kinlaw and motor grader Tracy Dowless, both based in Bladen County, won their competitions during the NC Department of Transportation’s Division 6 ‘Roadeo’ held May 7-9 in Lumberton. About 150 division employees squared off in seven […]

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By Charlotte Smith The trial for a Wilmington man who is charged in the 2017 Christmas weekend shooting death of Allen W. Blanchard, 34, also of Wilmington started Monday in the Bladen County Superior Court . David Wayne Gore, 54, owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, was charged with felony second degree murder for the […]

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RALEIGH – On Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at approximately 3:26 a.m., the State Highway Patrol stopped to check on a Chevrolet SUV that was parked stationary on the shoulder of I-40 near mile marker 340 in Sampson County. During the course of the investigation, the driver of the Chevrolet pointed a gun at the trooper.  As […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office announced today there were multiple suspects arrested and some are still wanted by Sheriff Jim McVicker and his team members with the Vice/Narcotics Unit, the Criminal Investigative Division, and the K-9 Unit. Some of the charges listed included heroin, cocaine, and selling controlled substances 1,000 feet from school grounds. The […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County Health Department Director, Terri Duncan gave a review to the commissioners of the 2018 Vital Statistics Report during the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting held on Monday evening. The annual report listed Bladen County with 162 births and 228 deaths in 2018. The report only gives data on the […]

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October 21, 1947 – May 19, 2019 Philip Bruce “Phil” Baysden, 71, of Mechanicsville, Va., passed away suddenly, yet peacefully on Sunday, May 19, 2019. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Hazel Baysden. Phil grew up in Elizabethtown, NC and graduated from Citadel Military College of South Carolina. He retired from […]

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Crime Report

Morgan County man convicted on federal hate crime charges   INDIANAPOLIS – United States Attorney Josh J. Minkler announced that Nolan Brewer, 21, of Eminence, Indiana, was sentenced in federal court yesterday evening to three years in prison for conspiring to violate the civil rights of Congregation Shaarey Tefilla, a Jewish synagogue in Carmel, Indiana. Brewer […]

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RALEIGH – With summer right around the corner, residents and visitors in North Carolina will be taking to the skies in record numbers with their personal drones. Around 30,000 North Carolinians now own and operate drones for personal and recreational use. As this number grows, the N.C. Department of Transportation is reminding drone pilots to follow […]

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May 21, 2019–(56 Players) Next Tournament–Diamond Back Golf Course May 28 1st Place–(52)–Gareth Williamson Lewis Sauls J.C. Wiggins Bob Latham 1st Place–(52)–Sammy Stanley Sandy Holland John Blake Rob Conway 3rd Place–(53)–Mike Waddell Joey Gore Ray Crabtree Dennie Pait 4th Place–(54)–Edwin Skipper Terry Strickland Charles Hungerford Doug Palmer 4th Place–(54)–Rudy Pait C.P. Lewis Livingston Lewis Emery […]

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RALEIGH — Soils in our humid southern climate are naturally acidic and some old-timers often referred to soil needing to be “sweet” for good plant growth. This expression most often relates to the use of lime to correct our acidic soils. Lime is commonly used by farmers and home gardeners to help soils obtain a […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

High School graduation and various award programs being held this time of year. After children and grandchildren have moved on in life, easy to forget the excitement of end-of-school-year functions. Social media is a great way for senior citizens to stay in touch. For those of us over the hill, Dick Tracy comic strip was […]

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Golf

The Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association played at Bayonet at Puppy Creek Golf Course near Raeford on May 21 with 56 players. Two teams tied for first with a score of 52. They were Gareth Williamson, Lewis Sauls, J.C. Wiggins, Bob Latham; and Sammy Stanley, Sandy Holland, John Blake and Rob Conway. Next week’s tournament […]

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Here are standings and results from Bladen County Recreation Department softball leagues. 13-16 Fast-Pitch Standings Comets: 1-1 Slammers: 1-1 Results Comets 6, Slammers 1 Slammers 7, Comets 4 11-12 Fast-Pitch Standings Thunder: 2-0 Force: 2-1 Glory: 0-3 Results Force 18, Glory 8 Thunder 17, Glory 6 Thunder 13, Force 3 Force 12, Glory 10 8-10 […]

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On April 26, Harrells Christian Academy held its annual golf tournament in Wallace at the River Course in River Landing Country Club. The “superball” competition is sponsored by the HCA Booster Club and includes a raffle and lunch. This year’s tournament raised over $30,000 to support the 20 teams and nine sports that the athletic […]

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Cade Hancock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hancock of Elizabethtown, will play May 25-26 in the 7th Creed Junior Boys’ Invitational golf tournament in Camden, S.C. The tournament is administered by the Carolina Golf Association. Cade will tee off on the 10th hole at 1:15 p.m. Cade played in the 2018 tournamenty and shot […]

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Golf

West Bladen’s John Brust and East Bladen’s Nick Norris were named All-Three Rivers Conference Golf honorable mention Tuesday. After the TRC championship tournament on April 16, West Bladen’s Wyatt Bordeaux and Chad Garner were named to the All-Conference golf team. The rest of the league’s awards were announced Tuesday. Burst averaged 102 strokes per match […]

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This Day In History

1761 – 1st life insurance policy in North America issued in Philadelphia. 1803 – 1st US public library opens in Connecticut. 1807 – Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks in Philadelphia. 1849 – Abraham Lincoln receives a patent (only US President to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and […]

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The Harvesters will perform Sunday, June 2 at Sandy Grove Baptist Church located at 8299 NC 242 South in Bladenboro. The concert is free. An offering will be taken for the group. The Harvesters Quartet is a southern gospel group from North Carolina. Group members are Tommy Young (tenor), Danny Parker (lead), Allen Hunter (baritone) […]

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Singletary Lake’s Big Canoe Adventure is scheduled for Sunday, June 9 at Singletary Lake State Park located off NC 53 East in Kelly. The program is free. Two 29-foot canoes will take 12 people each on an hour-long guided tour and paddling program around the lake. Participants will be able to learn basic canoe strokes […]

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The Board of Education recently met for their May meeting where they recognized several winners of grants from the Bladen County Educational Foundation. The $150 grants are to be used to help purchase additional instructional materials. The following teachers and their respective schools were recognized for receiving the grant: Charlotte Mitchell of Elizabethtown Middle School, […]

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Bladen County

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners have scheduled several public hearings for Monday, June 3 in the meeting room on the lower level of the Courthouse in Elizabethtown. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m., according to Chariman Charles Ray Peterson. The public is invited to the hearings. Among the hearings on the agenda concerns […]

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Report update at 1:54 p.m. by Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Suspect Named In Car Jacking Incident Elizabethtown Middle School Sheriff James A. McVicker said a suspect has now been named and warrants obtained after a school bus driver was robbed at gunpoint before day Monday, May 20th. McVicker said the incident occurred at approximately 4:15 […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners watched a video presented by Chairman Charles Ray Peterson on behalf of the Lumber River Council of Governments during their meeting Monday evening. Photos and videos shared from Bladen, Hoke, Robeson, Richmond, and Scotland counties were featured to document the destruction left behind after Hurricane Florence. […]

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By Charlotte Smith Garrtis “Pistol” McLean was honored on Monday evening at the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting for his dedication to his community. Chairman of the board, Mr. Charles Ray Peterson read the proclamation aloud while Mr. McLean along with Mr. McLean’s family and other commissioners gathered around in support. Mr. McLean is […]

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Faye M. Boyne, Administrative Specialist I, with Division of Highways of the North Carolina Department of Transportation released a notice stating North Carolina 210 in both directions North of White Lake is expected to have low back up traffic flow with a detour. The maintenance to NC-210 (Mile Marker 0-0) Both Directions North of White […]

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Over the years Bladen County high school athletes have set records for football, basketball and baseball. Since the 2018-19 school season is winding down we thought that we would review some of these records. One of the most remarkable records is the one owned by the 1961 Elizabethtown High School football team when they went […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Memorial Day is Monday, lest you forget. Weather forecast is for a hot day, like 98 degrees. Weather for today is sunny and a high of 89 degrees, Wednesday, a high of 86, Thursday’s high near 91 … then temps rise. Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Memorial Day …. highs in the 96 to 98 degree […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Cade Allen hammered a triple, and Will Durden launched a double to key a two-run fifth inning that snapped a 2-2 tie and carried the Elite to the 4-2 victory Monday. Durden pitched the first five innings to get the win, and Allen worked a 1-2-3 sixth for the save. Andre Moore lined a triple […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong, KenArmPhoto.com East Bladen High School held its athletic banquet Tuesday. Ashley Hardin was named the Female Athlete of the Year and Greyson Heustess was named the Male Athlete of the Year. Here are the athletes who received awards: Joe Bostic Award: Jackson Bostic Janice Martin Award: Garria Smith Lacy West Award: […]

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This Day In History

1832 – 1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore) 1861 – Richmond, Virginia, is designated Confederate Capital. 1881 – American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton. 1906 – Louis H. Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars. 1906 – The US and Mexico sign an agreement over distribution of the waters of the Rio Grande, […]

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MANNS HARBOR – North Carolina’s newest transportation option, a passenger ferry called the Ocracoke Express, made its maiden voyage on the Outer Banks on Monday morning. At 9 a.m., 57 women, men and children, and a dog named “Cotton” boarded the Ocracoke Express in Hatteras Village and arrived about 70 minutes later in Ocracoke Village. […]

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RALEIGH – A statewide ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of being an unbelted occupant in a vehicle, got underway at the North Carolina State Highway Patrol training track in Raleigh on Monday. The staged crash involved two Dodge Chargers on a pully system, headed towards each other at about […]

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RALEIGH – Summer is peak rabies season and State Veterinarian Doug Meckes is encouraging livestock owners to consider having their animals vaccinated against the disease. “This year we have seen a rise in the number of reported rabies in livestock at seven cases,” Meckes said. “Last year the state had three cases reported for the […]

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There’s still work to be done on the Cape Fear River bridge on U.S. 701 in Elizabethtown before all lanes will be open, says Faye Boyne, the administrative specialist for the N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Highways Elizabethtown office. The southbound bridge was closed for several weeks as debris floating down the river following […]

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DUBLIN – Two hundred and thirty candidates for graduation moved their tassels from right to left as Bladen Community College awarded degrees, diplomas, and certificates to curriculum students on Thursday, May 16 in two well-attended ceremonies. Likewise, 50 high school completion candidates received their high school credentials in an afternoon commencement ceremony at which BCC […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections will meet Friday to canvass results from the elections held May 14 and to recount votes in the race for the District 3 seat on the county Board of Commissioners, Elections Board chairwoman Louella P. Thompson announced Tuesday. The canvass meeting is slated to begin at 11 a.m. and […]

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The Town of Elizabethtown’s FY 2019-20 proposed budget has been submitted to the Elizabethtown Town Council and is available for public inspection in the office of the Town Clerk. This budget may be inspected during regular business hours. A Public Hearing for the FY 2019-20 proposed budget is scheduled for Monday, June 3, 2019 at […]

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All branches of the Bladen County Public Library will be closed Saturday, May 25th-Monday, May 27th in observance of the Memorial Day holiday. All branches will reopen on Tuesday, May 28. Share:

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Contributed The North Carolina Environmental Stewardship Initiative (ESI) Conference was held May 14 and 15 at the NC Rural Center in Raleigh, NC. One Bladen County businesses received an award at the convention. ESI’s mission is to assist organizations in reducing their environmental impacts beyond regulatory requirements and recognize those that achieve and maintain this […]

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The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, May 25, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.  The food pantry, From His Table to Yours, will be open the same day from 10 a.m. to 12 noon. Personal transportation and identifications are required.  No fee is involved in either ministry.  Baldwin Branch is located at 4047 […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – In its May meeting, the N.C. Board of Transportation approved state and federal grants for projects to bolster the economy and improve safety at nine North Carolina airports. Nearly $13.6 million in state and federal funding has been granted for projects that will help these airports grow, such as new hangar sites and updated safety […]

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CHARLESTON, S.C., May 20, 2019 – CresCom Bank, the second largest community bank in North and South Carolina, welcomes new Team Members throughout its North and South Carolina branches. New Team Members include:   Kinston, N.C. Jennifer Creech has joined the bank as a Branch Manager at the Kinston branch. Prior to joining CresCom Bank, Creech served […]

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By Dora Brogdon Masae Coleman is a student at East Bladen High School and a member of both Beta Club and National Honor Society. She was one of the marshals for the graduating class of 2018 last year. She will be graduating on June 14th, 2019. Coleman competed in a Future Business Leaders of America […]

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Golf

Two teams tied for first place in the Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association tournament held May at Land O’ Lakes Golf Course in Columbus County. The team of Don Salsbery, Danny Wiggins, Johnny Wallace and Mitch Nance and the team of Larry Suggs, David Medlin, George Cochran and Bob Cox each shot 50. The next […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Mid May and already several days with temps in the 90-plus range and no rain. Forecast for today, mostly sunny, high near 90 with southerly winds in the 9 mph range with gusts as high as 17 mph. Tonight thunderstorms possible near midnight. Low around 70 degrees and a 30% chance of rain. Temps in […]

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Dr. Katrina Boykin, First Lady of Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church, will deliver her inaugural sermon at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 26 at Baldwin Branch. The church is located at 4047 NC 242 Highway South, Elizabethtown. The Rev. Dr. Louie Boykin is the pastor. Share:

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This Day In History

1775 – Citizens of Mecklenburg County, North Carolina declare independence from Britain. 1830 – D. Hyde patents fountain pen. 1861 – North Carolina becomes 11th and last state to secede from the Union. 1873 – Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent the first blue jeans with copper rivets. 1892 – George Sampson patents clothes dryer. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The 41st edition of the White Lake Water Festival appeared to be a huge success. Despite temps in the low 90s under a blistering sun, the crowds were large and eager for a good time. WECT folks did a great job of show-casing the area over the past few days. Now, back to a normal […]

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This Day In History

1506 – Christopher Columbus selects his son Diego Columbus as sole heir. 1828 – U.S. President John Quincy Adams signs the Tariff of 1828 Tariff of Abominations into law to protect industry in the North. 1857 – Americans William Francis Channing and Moses G. Farmer patent the electric fire alarm. 1884 – Ringling Brothers circus […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Kendrick Hester retires as chief of the Bladen County ASCS Office. Mr. and Mrs. Carl Johnson of Elizabethtown celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. WTVD was running a promotion film featuring White Lake. The Bladen County blueberry crop was termed “excellent.” Blueberry farmers estimated that the crop would garner around $6.12 million of income. Share:

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RALEIGH – Mr. Clarence Angus Ferguson, 69, of Raleigh, NC, died on Thursday, May 16, 2019, surrounded by his loving family. Clarence was born in Robeson County to the late John Rogers and Katherine Lee Ferguson, and he grew up in Clarkton, NC. He graduated from Clarkton High School in 1968 where he earned state-wide […]

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Golf

With the great weather that we are having the question arises “Where should I play golf this week.” Here’s a list of golf courses that are within an hour’s drive of Bladen County with published rates for weekday play for 18 holes riding a cart. All courses have other rates, such as senior, junior, twilight, […]

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East Bladen’s Jay McGill and Jackson Bostic and West Bladen’s Jose Osorio have been named to the All-Three Rivers Conference Men’s Tennis Team. McGill, a junior, posted a 12-4 record in Three Rivers singles matches while playing No. 1 singles for the Eagles. McGill also teamed with junior Jake Evans to win 13 of 16 […]

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GREENSBORO – West Bladen junior Andrew AJ Brown finished 13th in the long jump at the NCHSAA Class 2A Track & Field Meet on Friday at North Carolina A&T State University. Brown leaped 19 feet, 8.5 inches in the meet final. Two more Knight juniors competed at the state meet, but didn’t reach their event […]

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Hundreds of people enjoyed the activities Saturday at the 41st annual White Lake Water Festival. And there, truly, was something for everyone. The highlight was the parade that made its way down White Lake Drive. It, of course, included floats, pageant winners and politicians. Crafts and vendors were set up at Goldston’s Beach. There were […]

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WASHINGTON – Five East Bladen errors led to four unearned runs, and a pair of pickoffs stymied the Eagle running game as Washington escaped with a 5-4 victory Friday night in the fourth round of the NCHSAA Class 2A baseball playoffs. Pam Pack lefthander Logan Everette pitched 6.2 innings and allowed four runs – one […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

East Bladen Eagles baseball team lose in 2A playoffs … Washington, NC, High School 5, East Bladen 4. Tough loss, great season. Kyle Tatum, Eagle alum, recently completed two years of study and baseball at Brunswick Community College, great year, great experience with Coach Robbie Allen’s team. White Lake Water Festival continues. Day 1 complete […]

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Elizabethtown Rotary Club tournament winners were Blake Baysden, Jonathan Gooden, Luke Gooden and Carlton Floyd (Photo by Ray Jones) Sixteen teams participated in the Third Annual Elizabethtown Rotary Club golf tournament Friday afternoon at Vineyard Golf at Whiteville. The format was four-person Captain’s Choice. The proceeds from the tournament go toward scholarships for Bladen County […]

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This Day In History

1785 – The Treaty of Hopewell is signed between the Confederation Congress of the United States of America and the Cherokee people. 1871 – Ku Klux Klan trials began in Federal District Court in South Carolina. 1908 – 154 men die in coal mine explosion at Marianna, Pennsylvania. 1914 – World War I: Following a […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners are expected to hear from Health and Human Services director Terri Duncan and Planning director Greg Elkins on Monday in their regularly scheduled meeting. The meeting is set for 6:30 p.m. in the lower level assembly room of the Courthouse in Elizabethtown. Duncan will give a vital statistics report […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Several Bladen units, including Lisbon, White Lake, Tar Heel, Clarkton, and Bladen EM responded with the Forest Service and Columbus County crews to a major wildfire off Old Northeast Road at the county line Friday. Several aircraft were also deployed. Share:

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The Driver Education Advisory Committee will hold its quarterly meeting Tuesday, May 21, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the 7th floor State Board of Education meeting room, Education Building, 301 N. Wilmington St., Raleigh. Agenda highlights: DPI Update Safety and Traffic Education Program (STEP) “An innovative pathway to licensure for professionals and paraprofessionals.” Alternate access […]

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Upcoming Events

The Whiteville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. hosts a “Conversation with Authors” on Saturday, June 1, 2019 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm at the Columbus County Arts Council, 104 Pecan Street, Whiteville, NC. The three featured authors are:  Celeste Lennon (Bladen County native), Leon D. Dockery and Patricia Woodard. The three […]

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By Charlotte Smith Recently Town of Elizabethtown Manager, Eddie Madden spoke with Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce members about the decline in the sustainability of small towns in the nation. However, the message Madden brought was one of optimism.  The damages from Hurricane Florence and the publicity brought by the elections’ investigation hit the […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate was 4.0 percent, remaining unchanged from March’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.6 percent. North Carolina’s April 2019 unemployment rate remained unchanged from a year ago. The number of people employed increased 11,371 over the month to 4,837,740 and […]

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Contributed The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Specialized Training Unit undertook a training event unlike any that Chief Pete Batton of Dublin Fire Department had seen in more than 26 years of fire service he said. The Rescue Task Force concept was launched on Thursday at the Bladen County Emergency Services Training Center. Fire, rescue, ems, […]

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Contributed Emereau: Bladen brought the production of Disney’s Mulan Jr. center stage at Robeson Community College on Thursday evening. Executive Director of Emereau: Bladen, Mrs. Carla Fisher welcomed the large audience to the heavily anticipated event. Mr. Quentin Lovette, Director, Set and Costume Designer prepared the crowd to be entertained as he presented the popular […]

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By Charlotte Smith Tar Heel Fish House located at 14291 Highway 87 in Tar Heel held their Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on Thursday, May 16. Owner of the new business, Ms. Yeseree Robinson, a 1998 graduate of Tar Heel High School welcomed all who attended. Dawn Maynard, Executive Director with the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area […]

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Dozens of health care and business leaders across North Carolina support Medicaid expansion. Supporters include: Ashe Memorial Hospital, Chatham Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Erlanger Western North Carolina, Henderson County Hospital Corporation, J. Arthur Dosher Memorial Hospital, Johnston Health Services Corporation, Nash UNC Health Care, North Carolina Healthcare Association, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, Novant Health Charlotte Orthopedic Hospital, Novant […]

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