03/25/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 12:50 am Pork Skins Recall
  • 12:27 am Sayaun Dent & Sandhills Fifth In NJCAA Nationals
  • 12:24 am Track & Field Knights Third in St. Pauls Meet
  • 12:16 am Patty Evers Coaches North Carolina to All-Star Win
  • 12:11 am DeVane and Harrelson initiated into oldest Honor Society
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TWO BROTHERS PORK SKINS RECALLS PORK SKIN PRODUCTS DUE TO MISBRANDING AND FAILURE TO PRODUCE UNDER A HACCP PLAN  WASHINGTON, March 22, 2019 – Two Brothers Pork Skins, a Kannapolis, N.C. establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of pork skin products because the products were produced without meeting the federal requirements to develop and implement […]

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ROCHESTER, MN- West Bladen grad Sayaun Dent and his Sandhills Community College Flyers finished fifth in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III National Tournament last week. The Flyers, the District 7 champions, were plagued by a cold-shooting first half in their tournament opener against second-seeded Herkimer County Community College, NY. The Generals built […]

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ST PAULS – West Bladen’s boys and girls teams both finished third by narrow margins in a 3-way Three Rivers Conference track & field meet Thursday. The host Bulldogs won the boys meet with 70 points followed by Whiteville with 57 points and West Bladen with 47 points. St. Pauls finished first in the girls […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong WILMINGTON – North Carolina, coached by East Bladen’s Patty Evers, defeated South Carolina 80-59 Saturday night in the Carolinas Classic All-Star girls basketball game. South Carolina led early 10-9 before a 21-4 North Carolina spurt produced a 30-14 Tar Heel lead. South Carolina never got closer than 6 points the rest […]

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By Charlotte Smith Two Bladen County natives are now in one of the nation’s oldest honor societies. Both college students attend Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina. Susanna DeVane of Elizabethtown and Stephen Harrelson of Bladenboro were initiated into the prestigious organization this month. Campbell University announced the Phi Kappa Phi Initiation Ceremony on […]

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Lumberton, NC – Chauncy Askew was housed at Robeson County Detention Center in Lumberton for the October 2018 homicide of Trooper Kevin Conner according to the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. The Sheriff’s office gave the following report, “On March 20, 2019, Askew and another male inmate were in a common area of the Robeson County […]

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By Charlotte Smith Tragedy has struck Bladen County repeatedly this week. Multiple fires have firefighters using their teamwork skills. However, one family lost everything according to Bladen County Fire Marshall, Kenneth Clark. The loss was from a structure fire on Maysville Lane in Tar Heel according to Clark. The call was dispatched on Wednesday evening […]

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Each week we present an historical place in Bladen County. This week we present the Purdie House and Purdie Methodist Church. Purdie House and Purdie Methodist Church is a historic home and Methodist church located near Tar Heel, Bladen County, North Carolina. The house was built about 1803-1806, and is a two-story, four bay by […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Elizabethtown’s Rick Hester was entering his second year of pro baseball in the Texas Ranger farm system. Four high school bands in the county were presenting a joint spring concert. Sportee Manufacturing in Clarkton was damaged by a fire in their building. Carl Stewart announced the appointment of Edgar Evans of Bladenboro and Goldston Womble […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

For college basketball fans, this is the best time of the year. Partial list of NCAA results: Duke 85, North Dakota State 62 UNC 88, Iona 73 UVA 71, Gardner Webb 56 Virginia Tech 66, St. Louis 52 Sunday’s schedule (partial listing) 2:40 p.m.  UNC vs Washington 6:15 p.m.  Duke vs UCF 7:10 p.m.  Liberty vs […]

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TABOR CITY – South Columbus defeated West Bladen 15-5 Friday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball action. Blake Strickland batted 3-3 with a double and 2 runs scored to lead the Stallion hitters. Pitcher Austin Mayo tripled and doubled, had 3 runs batted in and 3 runs scored. Luke Stocks and Mason Nealey both batted […]

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TABOR CITY – Senior Anna Suggs pitched a 2-hitter and struck out five batters to lead South Columbus to a 15-0 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over West Bladen Friday night. Senior Caila Turbeville slugged a home run and a double and batted 3-3 with 3 runs batted in and 2 runs scored to lead […]

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Bladen County Sports

ROWLAND – South Robeson defeated East Bladen 15-5 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference softball action. The game was played at South Robeson due to wet fields at East Bladen. Kerosone Riveria’s bunt single led to a Lady Mustang run in the first inning. Junior Abbie Cross and senior Anna Kate White drew walks in […]

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TABOR CITY – An 8-run first inning explosion propelled South Columbus to a 16-9 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over West Bladen Friday night. The Knights grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first. Senior Dalton Pait reached base on an error then advanced on another error and a wild pitch. Senior […]

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Bladen County Sports

ROWLAND – Sophmore Freddy Wooten pitched a one-hitter and East Bladen pounded out 21 hits Friday night in a 23-0 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over South Robeson. Wooten struck out five batters, walked none and only threw 52 pitches -33 strikes – to pick up the win. The game was stopped by the mercy […]

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Boost the Boro, Inc. announced today that the organization will again be making two scholarship awards in 2019. Selections will be made in May and awards presented at our June 11 th Boost the Boro monthly meeting. According to newly elected President of Boost the Boro, Terry Nance, “we are pleased to announce that we […]

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Joseph Bathanti, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina (2012-14) and recipient of the 2016 North Carolina Award for Literature, will be speaking on Tuesday, March 25 th at Bladen Community College. The presentation starts at 12:30 pm and will be held in the Student Resource Center. The public is invited to attend. The McFarlane Family […]

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This Day In History

1775 – Patrick Henry proclaims “Give me liberty or give me death” in speech in favor of Virginian troops joining US Revolutionary War. 1839 – 1st recorded use of “OK” {oll correct} (Boston’s Morning Post) 1857 – Elisha Otis installs his 1st elevator at 488 Broadway in New York City. 1865 – General Sherman and […]

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A large crowd gathered celebrating Ms. Shelby Patrick and Ms. Berline Graham for their work with the with Bladen County Senior Citizens with the Department on Aging at the Baltimore Community Center in Council. The Retirement Luncheon was organized by the Carvers Creek Citizens Association with Director, Ms. Quessie Peterson. Mrs. Berline P. Graham served […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Special Election is fast approaching. Some voters have voiced concerns with the costs of the election and others have questions over exactly what the Special Election is for and how it will work out. Bladen County Elections Interim Director, Valeria McKoy gave the commissioners the estimated costs of the special election […]

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By Charlotte Smith A beloved Carvers Creek Fire Chief passed away on Thursday, March 21 due to injuries sustained in an auto accident. The accident occurred at the intersection of Highway 87 and Elwell Ferry Road. Former Fire Chief Marion Bracey’s vehicle turned on highway 87 and was struck by a log truck at the […]

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TEACHEY – Sophmore Zach Meares pitched a complete-game 5-hitter and struck out 8 batters to lead East Bladen to an 8-5 non-conference baseball victory over Wallace-Rose Hill Thursday in the first game of a double-header. Meares walked four batters and none of the five Wallace runs were earned. An error, a walk and a fielder’s […]

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Contributed by Star Telephone and Kristy D. Carter, Sampson Independent The Roseboro EMS will now have Wifi capabilities throughout the building as part of a Smart Rural CommunitySM Collaboration Challenge grant awarded to Star Communications. Star Communications is one of four companies across the United States awarded the grant as part of the Rural Broadband […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bridge replacement, debris removal and high water all are contributing factors for roads being closed in Bladen County. Roads in Elizabethtown, Kelly, Council and White Oak are affected from closings. Following is the list of closings according to Faye M. Boyne, Administrative Specialist I, Division of Highways with the North Carolina Department […]

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RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate was 3.9 percent, increasing 0.1 of a percentage point from January’s revised rate. The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 3.8 percent. North Carolina’s February 2019 unemployment rate decreased 0.3 of a percentage point from a year ago. The number of people employed […]

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Bladen County Sports

Tonight’s East Bladen/South Robeson baseball & softball games have been moved to South Robeson due to wet fields at East Bladen. Game time is 6 pm Share:

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By Charlotte Smith Early Friday morning some Bladen County residents reported a body laying on the side of Highway 701 North near Clara’s Corner. The victim was not from Bladen County, but was spending time at White Lake according to Bladen County Coroner, Kenneth Clark. Clark confirmed the body was of a 19 year old man […]

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By Charlotte Smith Some Bladen County residents are still displaced from the damages caused by Hurricane Florence. There are some locals living in homes with black mold growing. Yesterday, Bladen County Emergency Services Director and other emergency officials explained how the effects of Hurricane Florence is hurting Bladen County’s budget. The 2019-2020 budget has a […]

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Contributed Despite the grinding roar of tractor-pulling contests going on behind them, and the thunderous concussion from a Confederate reenactors cannon exploding from across a road next to them, Bladen County’s amateur radio enthusiasts proved that they can operate and maintain worldwide communications, including emergency radio networks, even under the toughest of circumstances, and in […]

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Bladenboro Middle School Battle of the Books team won the Bladen County Middle School Battle of the Books Competition, which was held at Bladen Community College on Thursday, March 14. All 4 middle schools in the county competed in 12 rounds of competition, answering questions related to 27 books. Members of the team include Alan […]

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A Night Prayer By Rev. Chris Denny on Mar 20, 2019 03:35 pm Lord, it is night. The night is for stillness. Let us be still in the presence of God. It is night after a long day. What has been done has been done; what has not been done has not been done; let […]

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RED SPRINGS– Red Springs edged West Bladen 5-4 Thursday in Three Rivers Conference boys tennis action. Singles: Jose Alejandro (RS) defeated Logan Lewis (WB) 6-4, 6-2 Victor Arellano (WB) defeated Candido Capote (RS) 2-6, 6-3, 10-7 Gael Rodriguez (RS)  defeated Eduardo Carranza (WB) 6-2, 6-1 Anthony Camara (RS) defeated Mark Flores (WB) 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 Jonathan […]

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CLARKTON – Williams Township rallied for two runs in the seventh inning to edge Clarkton School of Discovery 5-4 in Waccamaw Middle School Conference softball action Thursday. The Lady Aggies turned 2 hits, a walk and an error into the two decisive runs in the top of the seventh. Williams had sandwiched 3 hits around […]

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Bladen County Sports

BLADENBORO-Rylee Chadwick pitched a no-hitter and struck out 13 batters to lead Bladenboro to a 10-0 Waccamaw Middle School Conference softball victory over Tar Heel Thursday. Chadwick walked six batters. Tar Heel’s Lauren Faircloth struck out 6 batters and walked two while allowing 7 hits. The Lady Bulldogs scored 5 runs in the first inning. […]

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TEACHEY – Wallace-Rose Hill won both games of a non-conference softball double-header from East Bladen Thursday night by scores of 18-3 and 7-2. East Bladen, now 2-6 will host South Robeson Friday at 6 p.m. Share:

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TEACHEY – Seniors Spencer Scott and Shy Pone teamed up to pitch a 3-hitter and strike-out six batters and lead East Bladen to a 9-1 non-conference baseball victory over Wallace-Rose Hill Thursday night. The victory completed a double-header sweep for Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles who improved to 7-1 on the season. East Bladen won the […]

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BLADENBORO – Junior Tatiana Hunt hit for the cycle and batted a perfect 5-5 to lead West Bladen’s 20-hit attack in a 26-6 Three Rivers Conference victory over South Robeson Thursday night. The game was suspended by rain on March 8th with the Lady Knights on top 8-3. Hunt slugged 2 doubles, a triple, a home […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

As I grow older I have little or no appetite for controversy.  With that as my starting place. I will be happy when people are judged on their own merits, not by Republican or Democrat, but as Americans. I will be happy when the Mueller report is complete, let the chips fall wherever. I will be happy when […]

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This Day In History

1630 – 1st colonial legislation prohibiting gambling enacted (Boston) 1841 – A method for alkali starch extraction is patented in the US by Orlando Jones, which is later applied to corn (cornstarch) 1871 – William Holden of North Carolina becomes 1st governor removed by impeachment. 1903 – Niagara Falls runs out of water because of […]

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ROWLAND – Junior Nolan Bryant pitched a complete-game 4-hitter with no walks and struck out 9 batters to lead West Bladen to a 5-2 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over South Robeson. The make-up game from March 8th was played at South Robeson because the Knights field was still too wet. West Bladen was the home […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen knocked off second-place South Columbus 6-3 Thursday in Three Rivers Conference boys tennis action. “It was a big win for the team,” said Eagle Coach Terry Smith. “I am very proud of them.” Singles: Jay McGill (EB) defeated Brandon Cox (SC) 6-2, 6-1 Jackson Bostic (EB) defeated Drake Bracey (SC) 6-1, 6-4 Jake […]

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CLARKTON – Lee Barnes pitched a complete-game 7-hitter and struck out 8 batters to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 2-1 Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball victory over Williams Township Thursday. Barnes did not walk a batter in the game and needed only 77 pitches -54 strikes – to record the win. The Aggies […]

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BLADENBORO – Michael Young pitched a complete-game 3-hitter and struck out 12 batters to lead Bladenboro to a 6-1 Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball victory over Tar Heel Thursday. Jordan Underwood led off the game with a walk, advanced on Destin Montgomery’s fielder’s choice and scored when Jordan Bryan smacked a single to centerfield for […]

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Barbara Horrell Applewhite, age 82, of Ivanhoe passed gently from her earthly life on Thursday, March 21, 2019 from Lower Cape Fear Hospice Center. She was born October 22, 1936 in Bladen County, the daughter of the late Conrad Hewett and Emily Ruth Barnhill Horrell. She is also predeceased by her husband, Carl Jackson “Jack” […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County officials met at the Mac Campbell, Sr. Terminal Building in Elizabethtown on Thursday, March 21 from 10 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Election costs, highway widening, Parks, county planning, economic development, beaver management, board policies and procedures, diversity, inclusion and the county budget were some items on the Bladen County Board […]

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Contributed Carter Farms is a blueberry farm located at White Lake. We are looking for seasonal employees that can work May-August. The hours will vary. Pay based on experience. Forklift/ Farm Equipment Operators The Forklift Operator is responsible for operating a forklift to move, locate, relocate, stack, and count merchandise. The Operator is accountable for […]

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Contributed WILMINGTON, NC- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District has closed the recreational area at Lock and Dam No. 2 on the Cape Fear River located near Elizabethtown. The primary reason for this closure is to provide sufficient time to complete construction of repairs downstream of the dam. Turbulence resulting from water flowing […]

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Contributed The North Carolina State Board of Education, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and colleges/universities associated with the North Carolina Governor’s School are pleased to announce an exciting new venture for this hallmark program annually serving hundreds of the state’s brightest and most talented high school students. Meredith College (Raleigh) will continue its excellent […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Eleven towns, cities and counties working to recover from Hurricane Florence have been awarded more than $16.5 million in grants and no-interest loans, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. This brings to $24.5 million the total provided through state-funded grant and loan programs launched to assist local governments that are struggling financially due to […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. –  U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) reintroduced the Newborn Care Improvement Act, bipartisan legislation that would double the number of days veterans receive care for their newborns from 7 to 14. Currently, a veteran must find outside healthcare for their child within seven days of birth or the baby will […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Calendar indicated Spring began late yesterday (Wednesday).  Maybe the weatherman failed to check his calendar.  Today and for the balance of the week promises to be more spring like.  Windy and warmer today, high low to mid 60s.  Friday, mid 60s with sunshine.  More Spring like. Rainfall was slightly over half an inch at the […]

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This Day In History

1844 – The original date predicted by William Miller of Massachusetts for the return of Christ and the end of the world. 1865 – Battle of Bentonville (NC) ends, last Confederate effort to stop Sherman. 1907 – US sends troops to Honduras to halt the Nicaraguan army takeover. 1917 – Loretta Walsh becomes US Navy’s […]

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By Charlotte Smith North Carolina lawmakers introduced a bill, House Bill 283, also known as Conner’s Law, in early March 2019. The bill was presented by District 46, House Representative, Brenden Jones in honor of the late North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner. NC State Trooper Conner was a Columbus County residents and a […]

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WHITEVILLE – Unbeaten Whiteville defeated East Bladen 8-1 Wednesday in Three Rivers Conference boys tennis action. Singles: Bridger Warlick (W) defeated Jay McGill (EB) 6-0, 6-4 Jackson Bostic (EB) defeated Tyler Floyd (W) 6-1, 6-3 Tanner Hester (W) defeated Jake Evans (EB) 6-3, 6-4 Andrew Cahn (W) defeated Will Hester (EB)  6-1, 6-4 Bryce Kronnenwetter (W) defeated […]

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Soccer

ELIZABETHTOWN – Senior Ashley Hardin and junior Sydney Wober fired in 4 goals each Wednesday night to lead unbeaten East Bladen to a 10-0 Three Rivers Conference girls soccer victory over West Columbus. Hardin and Wober both recorded ‘Hat Tricks’ plus one, and both of them dished out 2 assists. Freshman Maya McDonald and sophmore […]

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East Bladen senior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson and West Bladen junior Tyre Boykin have been named to the North Carolina Basketball Coaches Association’s All-District 4 teams. Moore-Peterson, the Three Rivers Conference Player of the Year, was named to the All-District 4 Girls First Team. The UNC-Pembroke signee led the Lady Eagles to a perfect 18-0 conference record […]

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West Bladen’s home girls soccer match against St. Pauls and home tennis match against Fairmont were postponed Wednesday due to the weather.  Share:

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LAKE WACCAMAW – East Columbus defeated East Bladen 15-0 Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee softball action. Adrienne Howell connected for an East Bladen hit. Share:

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By Erin Smith An accident at a sawmill on NC 210 near Ivanhoe sent one man to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon.  Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw said the incident occurred at 2:37 p.m. at a saw mill located at 23704 NC 210 East, Ivanhoe.  “They were attempting to load a truck and a log […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Commissioners have been working in Washington DC and in Bladen County with federal legislators for assistance to help the local rural communities. US Congressman David Rouzer spoke with the commissioners on Wednesday afternoon and the commissioners gave a report on the National Association of Counties annual Legislative Goals Conference […]

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RALEIGH: On Monday, March 25, 2019, North Carolina middle school teachers will learn how to connect classroom teaching to STEM careers at the second-annual emPowering STEM Classroom to Career Conference, held at the GSK headquarters in Research Triangle Park. The emPowering STEM Conference will help teachers learn how to help students get the skills they need […]

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RALEIGH: Early childhood experts and leaders from across the state this week wrote to members of the North Carolina General Assembly to urge them to support Medicaid expansion to help young children and families. Expanding Medicaid would provide half a million uninsured North Carolinians with access to affordable health insurance, bring $4 billion into North Carolina’s economy, and […]

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Maryellen Robeson with Shooter Ready, LLC spoke to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club about gun safety this week at Cape Fear Vineyard & Winery. Robeson is a NRA Certified Firearms Instructor, NC Certified Concealed Carry Instructor, Staff Instructor for NRA Whittington Center, New Mexico, Women’s Wilderness Escape, NRA Certified Range Safety Officer, and is a Retired […]

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Charter Day School Kindergarten students proudly show off their “I Can Read” certificates. Kindergarten students received the certificates and their own book as part of an “I Can Read” ceremony celebrating their landmark achievement of learning to read. The ceremony also included students reading their new books before a packed audience of family members. Headmaster […]

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By Erin Smith Residents of the Kelly community gathered at Centerville Baptist Church on Tuesday night for a public hearing regarding the White Oak Dike. The dike was breached during Hurricane Florence and led to the flooding of the community.  Bladen County Commissioner Chairman Charles Ray Peterson opened the meeting and told the audience that the information […]

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Staff report A West Bladen High School student died from injuries he sustained in a wreck on Butler Mill Road occurring on Sunday, March 10 at 1:50 p.m., according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP). Charges have been filed against the underage driver according to the NCHP report. Media reports on Monday, March 11 […]

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The Southeastern Fellowship Golf Association played on March 19th at Cypress Lakes Golf Course with 49 members participating. The winners with a score of 54 were Gordon Graham, Sandy Holland and John Blake. Second place winners with a score of 55 were Gareth Williamson, L.R. Odham, Bob Latham, and Elvin Meares. Next weeks event will […]

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BLADENBORO – Hailey Guyton’s sacrifice bunt scored Taylor West with the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning as West Bladen edged St. Pauls 8-7 in Three Rivers Conference jayvee softball action. St. Pauls took a 7-6 lead into the home half of the sixth, but Madison Walters reached base on an error […]

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BLADENBORO – St. Pauls defeated West Bladen 10-0 Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball action. Sophmore Kendall Johnson-Pone and freshmen Brycen Blackmon and Todd Richardson connected for one hit each for West Bladen. Freshman Josh Russ started on the mound for the Knights and allowed 10 runs – 2 earned – on 7 hits […]

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East Bladen High School

LAKE WACCAMAW – A 7-run fourth inning snapped a 1-1 tie and propelled East Columbus to an 11-1 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over East Bladen. The Lady Eagles grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Freshman Mariah Smith and sophmore Nesiah McKoy drew walks, and senior Olivia Hollingsworth was hit by a pitch. […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong LAKE WACCAMAW – East Bladen’s Eagles ran their winning streak to five consecutive games Tuesday night with a 9-4 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over East Columbus. Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles, now 5-1 overall, moved into a four-way tie for first place in the Three Rivers with Whiteville, Red Springs and […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong BLADENBORO – Junior Alara Cashwell walloped a grand-slam home run to cap a 7-run sixth inning that secured a 16-8 Three Rivers Conference softball victory for West Bladen over St. Pauls Tuesday night. The Lady Knights carried a 9-7 lead into the home sixth, but sophmore Alyssa Suggs slammed a double […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong BLADENBORO – St. Pauls rode a pair of 6-run innings to a 15-1 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over West Bladen Tuesday night. The Knights took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Junior Nolan Bryant raked a single to left field, and senior Shawn Oxendine was hit by a pitch. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Congratulations to Sam Boger, retired East Bladen basketball coach and teacher.  The Bladen County Board of Education recently voted to name the gym at Elizabethtown Middle School (formerly East Bladen) in his honor.  Coach Boger coached teams enjoyed much success over the years at the site.  His teams won 18 conference championships, he was named Coach of […]

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by Joy Warren The Bladen County Board of Education met Tuesday evening for a special called meeting to discuss the school calendar for 2019-20.  Prior to discussion of the calendar action item, citizens were allowed to address the board.  The only participant was White Lake Mayor Goldston Womble.  Womble spoke in opposition to the Year […]

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Contributed Kiwanis of Elizabethtown had a busy agenda Tuesday evening. Relay For Life, Boys Scouts, Beta Club, the Boys & Girls Homes, and Lower Cape Hospice were all on the list for the club to assist in at least one way. First up, Brooke Hinson, Community Liaison with the Lower Cape Fear Hospice (LCFH) gave […]

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This Day In History

1816 – US Supreme Court affirms its right to review state court decisions. 1852 – Harriet Beecher Stowe’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” published in Boston. 1886 – 1st AC power plant in US begins commercial operation in Massachusetts. 1900 – US Secretary of State John Hay announces that all nations to whom he sent notes calling […]

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WHITEVILLE – West Bladen finished third and East Bladen placed fourth Monday in the Three Rivers Conference golf match at Land O Lakes Golf Club. It was the fourth consecutive match victory for the Stallions who were led by Jonathan Williams who earned medalist honors with an 84, and teammate Caleb Click who carded an […]

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Contribute 2nd Annual Best Biscuit Baker Contest & 1st Annual Pound Cake Contest “Searching for the Best Pound Cake & Best Biscuit Baker” Judging will be at the stage Downtown during the Spring Fling-April 6, 2019 $10 Entry Fee Best Bakers will receive a Grand Prize of $100 & Trophy with “Best Biscuit Baker” & “Best […]

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RALEIGH – The Department of Public Safety confirms that Correctional Officer Mary Crosby was assaulted by an offender at approximately 10:05 a.m. today at Harnett Correctional Institution. Crosby, a 17-year-veteran, suffered non-life-threatening injuries when attacked in a housing dorm by a male offender armed with a homemade weapon. According to staff who have spoken with Officer […]

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WHITEVILLE – Hunter Smith and Chase Knight combined to pitch a 2-hitter and strike-out 11 batters as Elizabethtown defeated Williams Township 13-0 Monday in Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball action. Smith struck out 8 batters and allowed two hits and no walks in his 4 innings on the mound. Knight struck out the side in […]

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Contributed Fire hydrant flow testing will conducted on Saturday March 23 rd between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Hydrants will be tested in the vicinity of W Broad St, Greenwood St, Harwood St, 1 st , 2 nd , and 3 rd St. Residents may experience cloudy water for several hours during and after testing. […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners heard from two Bladen County citizens regarding issues with beavers in the county. E. W. Bowen of East Arcadia addressed the board stating he believes the beaver issue needs to be placed back on the agenda for further discussion instead of waiting until July when a […]

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By Erin Smith Three suspicious fires remain under investigation near Dublin, according to the Bladen County Fire Marshal’s Office. “We’ve got some persons of interest,” said Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark. The first suspicious fire occurred when an unoccupied home on NC 410 burned near West Bladen High School on Tuesday, February 5th, and […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Commissioners approved a lease agreement for the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office to utilize a building located on West Broad Street in Elizabethtown to store evidence. The Memorandum of Understanding states that the lease between Bobby and Janice Guyton and the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is in effect […]

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Contributed Congratulations to Elizabethtown Primary School for their first place win in the Elementary Battle of the Books competition. Team members are  Janice Alvarez-Nunez, Emily Campos-Estrada, Jaida Harrison, Ellie Kinlaw, Mallory McDuffie, Jamiya Peterson, Brooklyn Skinner, and Allysa Stringfield. Battle fo the Books team coaches are Shantell Faircloth and Lashanta Junious and Elizabethtown Primary School […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, sent a letter to the Acting Register of Copyrights raising concerns that a recent Supreme Court decision could prejudice American copyright owners and hinder the enforcement of constitutionally protected intellectual property rights. In Fourth Estate Public Benefit […]

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Cape Fear Mini Storage Auction (11 Units) 910/862-4107 2 Locations: 1st auction – Tuesday, April 02, 2019 10:00 a.m. at 2202 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC 28337 2nd auction – Immediately following 1st auction – Tuesday, April 02, 2019 at 5501 Hwy 87, Dublin, NC Buyers must: (1) be prepared to pay upon completion of […]

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RALEIGH: Communities across North Carolina from Sylva to Elizabeth City will get $127 million in loans and grants to help pay for 96 critical drinking water and wastewater projects statewide, Governor Roy Cooper announced today “Clean water is critical for our health and our economy,” Gov. Cooper said. “These funds will help communities improve their water […]

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  On Monday, March 25, 2019 the Bladen County Republican Party annual convention will be held at the Powell Melvin Agriculture Building, 450 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown. Registration is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the convention will begin at 7 p.m. Precinct meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. The speaker will be Dallas […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles is giving people more opportunities this spring to get their N.C. REAL IDs quicker. REAL ID Express Days have drawn more than 700 customers to offices in Fayetteville, Jacksonville and Charlotte. Now, the NCDMV will open driver license offices for REAL ID Express Days in a host of other locations. […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) urged the Trump Administration to withdraw a proposed rule that could lead to changes to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Mercury Rule. The letter led by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Tom Carper (D-DE) said that the proposed rule could lead to the undoing of the Mercury Rule, […]

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NC Wildlife Resources Commission

RALEIGH, N.C.  — The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission is seeking public comment on upcoming migratory game bird hunting seasons, as well as advising hunters of several important changes for the 2019-20 seasons. Comments can be submitted online through April 1, 2019. The Commission will select the season dates at its April 25 business meeting in […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Enjoy this last day of winter, 2018.  Weather forecast for today, should be much like yesterday, maybe a few degrees cooler with lots of sunshine and high temp around 60 degrees. Bladen County Commissioners meet in Kelly at 6 p.m. this evening at Centerville Baptist Church.  Purpose of the meeting is to receive comments, suggestions regarding the White […]

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This Day In History

1831 – 1st US bank robbery, the City Bank in New York robbed of $245,000.   1865 – Battle of Bentonville, Confederates retreat from Greenville, North Carolina.   1883 – Jan Matzeliger invents first machine to manufacture entire shoes.   1895 – Los Angeles Railway established to provide streetcar service.   1918 – US Congress […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen Disaster Recovery Team has heard the cries of local hurricane victims for months now. The newly organized group is striving to make a difference and meet the needs of those in Bladen County devastated by Hurricane Florence. A new fundraising effort was started on Monday, March 19 at noon through […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Freshman Maya McDonald posted a ‘Hat Trick’ of three goals Monday night to lead East Bladen to a 9-0 Three Rivers Conference girls soccer victory over East Columbus. McDonald turned a pass from senior Ashley Hardin into a goal in the second minute of  play. Two minutes later McDonald […]

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Soccer

NAKINA – Nakina overcame a 5-3 deficit to defeat Tar Heel 9-6 Monday in Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball action. The Mustangs turned a pair of walks into two first inning runs and an error helped grow the lead to 3-0 in the second inning. Pitcher Mason Jones drew a walk, and Coleman Page cracked […]

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