02/19/2019
  • 11:57 am Bladen’s Best of the Best for 2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 10:53 am Governor Cooper Inducts North Carolina’s Ninth Poet Laureate, Jaki Shelton Green
  • 10:45 am National Weather Service Radar to undergo maintenance
  • 7:49 am Thoughts While Shaving
  • 7:44 am Middle School Boys Basketball Whiteville Central 52, Clarkton School of Discovery 20
  • 7:43 am Middle School Boys Basketball Elizabethtown 44, Bladenboro 42
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By Erin Smith Will there be a new election? That is the question on everyone’s mind as the State Board of Elections prepares to conduct an evidentiary hearing beginning Monday regarding allegations of election fraud and absentee ballot tampering in Bladen County. Attorneys for candidates Mark Harris, a Republican, and Dan McCready, a Democrat, have filed briefs […]

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The Powell Family will perform at Clarkton First Baptist Church on Sunday, February 17, 2019, at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. The church is located at 10233 North College Street, Clarkton. Share:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr sent a bipartisan letter led by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) urging congressional leaders to promptly pass disaster supplemental funding legislation to help communities recover in the aftermath of recent natural disasters, including Hurricane Florence. In the wake of Hurricane Florence making landfall in North Carolina, Tillis and Burr immediately began working with the North Carolina Congressional […]

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The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church clothes closet will be open Saturday, February 23, 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 […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Congratulations to the Best of the Best winners of BladenOnline’s recent survey…. Did you know, at one time there was a railroad in Elizabethtown?  The rails had been removed prior to my arrival in the early 60s…Apparently came from the west and either ended or crossed Peanut Plant Road near what is now Bladen Builders…. […]

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RICHMOND, VA – UNC-Wilmington guard Lacey Suggs has been named the Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week after leading the Lady Seahawks to victories over Elon and William & Mary. Suggs averaged 23.5 points and 6 rebounds per game while connecting on 61.5 per cent of her shots from the field. She […]

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HALLSBORO – Hallsboro built a 13-5 halftime lead en route to a 36-29 Waccamaw Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over Clarkton School of Discovery Tuesday night. Shannon Hankins scored the only Clarkton basket in the first period as the Tigers edged ahead 3-2. Samaj Dove pumped in a basket and a free throw in […]

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HALLSBORO – Makayla Dixon and Maegan Burney sparked an 18-5 fourth quarter blitz that rallied Clarkton School of Discovery to a 30-25 Waccamaw Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Hallsboro. Dixon and Burney threw in 3 baskets each in the fourth quarter, and Dixon sank 2 free throws. AnnaGrey Heustess dropped in a basket […]

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NAKINA – Gary Parker fired in 19 points Tuesday night to lead Bladenboro to a 42-31 Waccamaw Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over Nakina. Parker tossed in 2 baskets and a free throw in the opening quarter, and teammate Anthony Mitchell bombed in a 3-point shot, but Chase Clewis and Isaac Ward netted 2 […]

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The West Bladen Lady Knights’ mini softball camp is scheduled Saturday, March 2 at the West Bladen High School softball field. The camp is open to girls in kindergarten through sixth grade. Cost is $25. Registration will be from 11 a.m. until noon on March 2 and the clinic will be from noon until 5 […]

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GREENVILLE – Justin Lee Myers was sentenced to 14 years in prison Wednesday on drug trafficking and money laundering charges, according to the office of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert J. Higdon Jr. Myers, 34, of Tabor City, was among eight people charged as part of a 22-count indictment filed […]

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1794 – 1st US textile machinery patent granted to James Davenport, Philadelphia. 1803 – Chief Justice John Marshall declares that any act of U.S. Congress that conflicts with the Constitution is void. 1849 – In New York City, James Knox Polk becomes first serving US President to have his photograph taken (by Mathew Brady) 1876 […]

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RALEIGH – Gary Lynn Gatlin of Orrum was charged Tuesday for possession of a firearm by a felon after allegedly firing multiple shots toward law enforcement officers last Friday, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina Robert J. Higdon Jr. announced Wednesday in federal court. The case was brought using the Take Back […]

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By Erin Smith A White Lake man lost his life on Wednesday afternoon after a mobile home he was attempting to move fell on him. Bladen County Coroner Kenneth Clark said Randy Barnes, 55, of Barnes Loop Road, was preparing to move the single-wide mobile home from White Lake to his blueberry farm. Barnes was […]

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Bladenboro Town Hall

By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Council met on Monday night and discussed the mold remediation efforts at the police department building. When asked about the condition of the mold in the building, Town Administrator Blake Proctor said there was actually very little mold found. “It’s not that bad. There was a lot less upstairs than we […]

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NAKINA – Bladenboro raced to leads of 10-0 and 27-6 Tuesday night en route to a 35-10 Waccamaw Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Nakina. Whitney McLean tossed in 2 baskets, and Lainey Autry, Mallory Bryan and MaKayla Wright threw in a basket each as the Lady Bulldogs took the 10-0 first quarter lead. […]

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Dublin Primary

Dublin Primary School has announced the honor roll for the second nine weeks grading period. Third Grade: Superintendent’s List:  Cole Brisson and Nazir Campbell. A Honor Roll:  Sarahi Cuc Reyes, Gracey Edwards, Cooper Mills, Everlee Nance, Halle Nobles,Eliseo Pablo Bautista, Ja’Leah Purdie, and Haley Taylor. A/B Honor Roll:  Dylan Brisson, Gavin Brisson, Serenity Council, Jason […]

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By Erin Smith A Clarkton author will hold a book signing on Sunday, February 24th at the Clarkton Public Library from 2 until 4 p.m. Clarkton First Baptist Church Pastor Mark Miller will be signing copies of his novel, “The Pure in Heart.” Copies can be purchased the day of the signing for $15 each plus tax. […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina residents whose lives were upended by Hurricane Florence may be eligible to get a case manager to help them with their recovery. FEMA approved the State of North Carolina’s request for the Disaster Case Management program for use in the counties affected by the flooding that followed Hurricane Florence. The […]

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WHITEVILLE – A 20-point third quarter propelled Williams Township to a 47-32 Waccamaw Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Tar Heel. Bethany Lupo scored 8 of her game-high 17 points for Williams in the quarter as the Lady Aggies stretched a 22-17 halftime lead to 42-25. Kiera Lewis and Harmony Jacobs threw in 2 […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the unanimous passage of bipartisan legislation he co-sponsored that will strengthen partnerships between federal agencies and the country’s more than 100 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The HBCU Propelling Agency Relationships Towards a New Era of Results for Students (HBCU PARTNERS) Act was introduced by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Chris […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Gary Peters (D-MI), David Perdue (R-GA), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) introduced the Fostering Innovation Act of 2019, bipartisan legislation that would provide commonsense regulatory relief for many innovative companies that are in scientific and medical research fields. Currently, emerging growth companies (EGCs) are exempt from certain regulatory requirements for five years after their […]

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TAR HEEL –Hallsboro defeated Tar Heel 31-11 Monday in Waccamaw Middle School girls basketball action. Karli Godwin led the Lady Tigers with 14 points, and Harmony Somerville fired in 13 points. Tiannah Willis threw in a basket in each half to lead the Lady Panthers with 4 points. Teammate Kiera Lewis drained a 3-point shot, and […]

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BLADENBORO – Javonta Matthews poured in 17 points Tuesday night to lead West Bladen to a 46-34 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over South Columbus. Matthews popped in a basket and a free throw in the first half then lit up the scoreboard with a pair of 3-point bombs and four other baskets in […]

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BladenOnline.com readers and fans ask and we listen. We have added a Part II of Bladen’s Best of the Best 2019 to include some people and places our readers would like to celebrate by voting them Bladen’s Best of the Best in their category. We will also publish the first, second and third place winners in […]

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National Weather Service

Beginning next Tuesday, February 19, the WSR-88D radar operated by the NOAA National Weather Service in Wilmington, NC will be down for approximately five days for the refurbishment of the transmitter. Although the form, fit, and function of the transmitter will remain the same, old breakers and cables original to the radar will be replaced […]

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Black History Month

RALEIGH: In celebration of Black History Month, Governor Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristin Cooper will honor African American musicians and artists from North Carolina at a reception at the Executive Mansion beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14. “Black History Month is a time to reflect on the deep contributions made by African Americans to […]

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Paul Brown Leadership Academy

Contributed The Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) at the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win $1,000. The drawing for the winner will take place on Friday, March 22, 2019. Wade Kinlaw, a member of the PTO said, “They want to do more repairs and upgrades to the buildings. Such […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Board of Education is studying a modified year-round calendar for the 2019-20 academic year. The proposed calendar shows a proposed start date of August 12, 2019, and a proposed last day of school as May 22nd, 2019. Bladen County Schools Public Relations Director Valerie Newton said, “It is not a […]

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By Erin Smith Town of Elizabethtown officials say they are waiting for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to notify the town regarding repairs to the town’s cemetery suffered during Hurricane Florence. When asked if more movement has occurred at the site, Town Manager Eddie Madden said the engineers have set benchmarks at various points […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Duke 71 – Louisville 69….Blue Devils down 38-29 at the end of first half, and down by 23 with nine minutes remaining roared back to win 71-69.  The Blue Devils are 6-0 on the road, 22-2 overall and 10-1 in conference play.  Next game vs NC State Saturday, 6 PM. Virginia is tied with UNC for […]

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BLADENBORO – South Columbus defeated West Bladen 24-10 Tuesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball action. Anniya Phillips threw in 2 baskets and a free throw and led the Lady Knights with 5 points. Jamiyah Hall and Olivia McCarty tossed in a basket each, and Tinyauh Rhoda sank a free throw. West Bladen will […]

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ROWLAND – Sophmores Zach Meares and Jacob Priest combined for 22 points Tuesday night to lead East Bladen to a 36-26 Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball victory over South Robeson. Meares nailed four 3-point shots and led the Eagles with 12 points. Priest tossed in a trio of baskets in the first quarter and […]

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ROWLAND – Guards Darrell Banks and Freddy Wooten combined for 47 points Tuesday night but their East Bladen Eagles were overcome by a 21-point free throw deficit and dropped a 69-68 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball decision to South Robeson. Six-four Cameron Werrell dropped in the go-ahead lay-up for a 67-66 Mustang lead with 8 […]

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BLADENBORO – Seniors Shiquan Conyers and Traquan Bellamy combined for 14 points in the final quarter as South Columbus held on to a 61-57 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over West Bladen Tuesday night. The Stallions took a 41-40 lead into the final period, and Conyers cashed in 5 free throws and a basket, […]

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ROWLAND – East Bladen’s Lady Eagles raced to leads of 24-6 and 55-7 en route to a 75-28 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over South Robeson Tuesday night. Senior Erica McKoy blistered the nets with 5 first period baskets and a free throw, and junior Patience Ward popped in a basket and 2 free […]

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BLADENBORO – Juniors Lexie Corrothers and Kasee Singletary combined for 30 points Tuesday night to lead West Bladen to a 48-38 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over South Columbus. Singletary fired in a trio of 2-point baskets and a 3-point bomb in the opening quarter. Corrothers and freshman Hannah Pait dropped in a basket […]

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1693 – College of William and Mary opens in Williamsburg, Virginia. 1795 – 1st state university in US opens, University of North Carolina. 1837 – Riot in New York due to a combination of poverty and increase in the cost of flour. 1871 – Abraham Lincoln declared US President in Washington, D.C. 1895 – Moving […]

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By Joy Warren A packed room heard an update on the Lake Water Restoration project during Tuesday night’s White Lake Board of Commissioners regular meeting. Mayor Goldston Womble introduced the team of scientists who have been working on short-term and long-term solutions to the lake water clarity — Dr. Diane Lauritsen with LIMNOSCIENCE, Dr. John […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Today, the Senate passed The Natural Resources Management Act, which includes a provision authored by Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) to direct the Secretary of Interior to annually designate at least one city in the United States as an “American World War II Heritage City,” with Wilmington, North Carolina likely to be among the first […]

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A small group of visitors spent the morning at the BladenOnline.com office on Tuesday morning. Alyssa Hill of Elizabethtown Middle School, Angie Perez of Tar Heel Middle School, Eva Ayala – Martinez and Jose Reyes, both of Tar Heel Middle School spent the morning learning about journalism during their job shadowing. Together they researched medical […]

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By Erin Smith A trial date has been set for a Wilmington man who is charged in the 2017 shooting death of Allen Blanchard, also of Wilmington. David Wayne Gore, 54, who is the owner of Gore Marine in Wilmington, is charged with felony second degree murder for the shooting death of Blanchard which occurred […]

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL REPAIR METAL ROOFING WHITE LAKE PUBLIC WORKS BUILDING 1815 White Lake Dr. White Lake, NC The Town of White Lake is currently seeking proposals to repair approximately 7111 feet of metal roofing, repair walls and ceiling in the Town of White Lake Public Works Building located at 1815 White Lake Dr., White […]

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL REMOVE AND REPLACE METAL ROOFING WHITE LAKE FIRE DEPARTMENT 1859 White Lake Dr. White Lake, NC The Town of White Lake is currently seeking proposals to remove and replace approximately 3431.29 SF of metal roofing, remove and replace two exterior doors at the Town of White Lake Fire Department, 1859 White Lake […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper named Associate Justice Cheri Beasley as Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. “Chief Justice Mark Martin has admirably served our state for years, and I wish him well in his new role,” said Gov. Cooper. “Justice Beasley is a well-respected jurist, and I know her to be fair and […]

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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 regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, at 5:30 P.M., in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway 701 South, […]

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Elizabethtown – The Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church’s Senior Missionary Ministry is presenting a “Black History Celebration” and a good ole time feast. The feast will consist of “Soul food,” the cuisine that has been historically associated with Black culture, consists of foods that are symbolically and basically “made with love” and are timelessly identified within […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation Bill Northey announced that USDA is hosting a listening session for initial input on the 2018 Farm Bill. USDA is seeking public input on the changes to existing programs implemented by the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, DC – Agricultural producers have until Feb. 14, 2019, to sign up for USDA’s Market Facilitation Program (MFP), launched last year to help producers suffering from damages due to unjustified trade retaliation. Producers can apply without proof of yield but must certify 2018 production by May 1, 2019. Since its launch in September 2018, more than […]

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By Erin Smith Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue visited North Carolina on Monday and met with farmers, business leaders, elected officials and college students at the University of Mount Olive. Perdue listened to concerns as well as answering questions regarding agricultural trade tariffs, disaster relief and the issues with farm workers. One question asked is […]

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Bladen Community College’s Small Business Center announced their new location and upcoming classes. The office for small business owners to seek assistance is now located inside the newly renovated business incubator in downtown Elizabethtown. Chuck Heustess, Bladen County Economic Development Director explained the incubator’s ammendaties. The entryway showcases tenants’ literature and information. There is a shared […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Municipal elections will be held this year.  Filing dates are July 5 – July 19. New NC State Board of Elections must be receiving a ‘crash course on elections’, as they attempt to deal with 2018 elections issues and prepare for more.  12 months from now, a new election cycle that includes the presidential primary, as well […]

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BLADENBORO – Guard Gary Parker and center Deonte Lacy combined for 19 points in the fourth quarter as Bladenboro held on for a 56-48 Waccamaw Middle School Conference boys basketball victory over Williams Township. The Bulldogs took a 36-32 lead into the final quarter, and Parker attacked the rim for 5 baskets and a free […]

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1850 – Original Washington’s Farewell Address manuscript sells for $2,300. 1877 – US Congress passes the Coinage Act of 1873, abolishing bimetallism and placing the country on the gold standard. 1879 – 1st artificial ice rink in North America (Madison Square Garden, NYC) 1909 – National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) forms. […]

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Coach Pam Stephens’ West Bladen Lady Knights will host a four-team pre-season softball scrimmage Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. If it rains Saturday, the scrimmage will be played on Saturday, February 23rd. Admission will be $5. The schedule for Saturday with last season’s record in parenthesis follows: 10 a.m. West Bladen (11-13) vs. Hoke County […]

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CLARKTON – Daquan Cox beat the final buzzer with the game-winning basket as Nakina edged Clarkton School of Discovery 36-34 Monday night in Waccamaw Middle School Conference boys basketball action. Clarkton took a 30-22 lead into the final quarter, but a 12-4 Mustang run tied the game 34-34 before Cox’s decisive shot. Isaac Ward keyed […]

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CLARKTON – Clarkton School of Discovery’s defense shutout Nakina in the second half and claimed a 27-6 Waccamaw Middle School Conference girls basketball victory Monday. AnnaGrey Heustess dropped in a pair of first quarter baskets for the Lady Blue Devils, and teammates Maegan Burney and Makayla Dixon tossed in a basket and a free throw […]

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BLADENBORO – Bladenboro’s Lady Bulldogs raced to a 15-3 halftime lead en route to a 27-11 Waccamaw Middle School Conference girls basketball victory over Williams Township Monday. Makayla Wright threw in a pair of first period baskets, Mallory Bryan nailed a 3-point shot, and Lainey Autry tossed in a basket as the Lady Bulldogs raced […]

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FAIRMONT – Fairmont rode a 34-point fourth quarter to an 87-78 victory over West Bladen Monday night in a Three Rivers Conference boys basketball game that was suspended in December by condensation water from the air conditioning unit leaking on the floor. West Bladen held a 26-20 lead in the second period when play was […]

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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will offer grant assistance to convenience stores interested in offering healthier food options to those living in one of the state’s 349 food deserts. The funding is a part of the Healthy Food Small Retailer Program. “The goal of the Healthy Food Small Retailer program […]

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Erin Smith Residents in the community of Kelly are asking some hard questions about the aftermath Hurricane Florence. The biggest question seems to be, “Can someone help us?” Numerous homes were flooded after the White Oak Dike was breached in several locations, allowing flood waters to stream into the town following Hurricane Florence. Both homes […]

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AUCTION: In order to satisfy a lien for non-payment of rent and other charges, Dublin Self Storage, PO Box 207, Dublin NC 28332 will hold a public sale to dispose of all contents of the following units, including personal property and household furnishings: Unit # 21 Daniel Christian Unit # 1338 Crystal Evers Sale will […]

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AUCTION :  In order to satisfy a lien for non-payment of rent and other charges, Dublin Self Storage, PO Box 207, Dublin NC 28332 will hold a public sale to dispose of all contents, including furniture, appliances, household furnishings, and personal property stored in the following units:   Unit # 21              Daniel Christian Unit # […]

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Basketball

Big 4 League (1st-3rd grade Coed)   UNC 10, NC State 4 NCSU (4) – Kaleb Noble 2, Keithan Russ 2. UNC (10) – Ryne Priest 2, Hadley Dove 2, Devin Haire 2, Brooks Carroll 4   Duke 11, Wake Forest 2 Duke (11) – Tyler Thurman 5, Colt Lewis 2, Gunner Lewis 4. WF (2) – Corbin […]

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Bladenboro Town Hall

By Erin Smith The Bladenboro Town Board is scheduled to meet on Monday, February 11, 2019, at the Bladenboro Town Hall. The board will approve a consent agenda that consists of the approval of the agenda, approval of the minutes from the January meeting, approval of departmental reports, and the approval of the 2018 Tax […]

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By Erin Smith As spring is approaching, many thoughts turn to boating and water sports. The White Lake Marina and Water Sports is now open under new management and gearing up to offer residents a variety of services. Jeff and Nancy Howell have taken over the management at White Lake Marina and Water Sports. When […]

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Each week we present information on an historical place in Bladen County. This week we present Clarkton Depot. Clarkton Depot is an historic train station located at Clarkton, Bladen County, North Carolina. It was built as a passenger and freight station by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad in 1915. It is a one-story, rectangular frame […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The National Weather Service indicates a 70% chance of showers today with high temps in the mid to upper 50s.  Actually showers are likely over the next 48 hours.  Sunny skies are forecast for Wednesday and highs in the low to mid 60s. Congressman Walter Jones passed away yesterday in Greenville.  The 76 year-old incumbent was re-elected […]

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1766 – Stamp Act declared unconstitutional in Virginia. 1794 – 1st session of US Senate open to the public. 1809 – Robert Fulton patents steamboat. 1812 – Massachusetts Governor Elbridge Gerry signs a redistricting bill – first “gerrymander” 1895 – Georgetown became part of Washington, D.C. 1903 – US Congress adopts the Expedition Act, which […]

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BELMONT – Bladenboro native John Bowen tossed in 11 points Wednesday night, but it wasn’t enough as his Belmont Abbey Crusaders dropped a 111-98 Conference Carolinas decision to Barton College. Bowen also grabbed 4 rebounds and blocked 3 shots against Barton. The sophmore forward is currently averaging 8 points, 5 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots […]

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GREENWOOD, SC – White Oak native Rahu Purdie played a key role in a pair of Lander wins this week as the Bearcats evened their Peach Belt Conference record at 8-8. Wednesday night Purdie dished out 5 assists and scored 6 points in an 88-80 victory over No. 18 UNC-Pembroke. The senior guard sank 2 […]

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WILMINGTON – East Bladen grad Lacey Suggs recorded her fourth straight double-figure game Sunday as her 18 points led UNC-Wilmington to a 66-58 Colonial Athletic Association victory over William & Mary. Suggs filled up the stat sheet with 18 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. The 5-10 junior connected on 5 of 10 […]

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PINEHURST – Elizabethtown native Sayaun Dent posted a pair of double-figure performances as his Sandhills Community College Flyers claimed a pair of wins. Monday night Dent filled up the stat sheet with 12 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals as Sandhills rolled to a 92-59 victory over the Guilford College junior varsity. Thursday […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer released the statement below following the passing of Congressman Walter B. Jones: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Congressman Walter B. Jones.  He humbly served the great people of Eastern North Carolina in the state legislature and in Congress for more […]

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Raleigh, NC — Following the news that Representative Walter Jones has passed away at the age of 76, North Carolina Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes released the following statement: “Walter Jones was a man of decency, honor, and upstanding moral character. He and I used to travel together back and forth from North Carolina when I had […]

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RALEIGH: Gov. Cooper released the following statement today on the passing of Rep. Walter Jones: “I am grateful for the life and service of my longtime friend Congressman Walter Jones Jr. He was a public servant who was true to his convictions and who will be missed.” Share:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the passing of Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr.: “Congressman Walter B. Jones, Jr. was the true embodiment of a public servant. He will be long remembered for his tireless advocacy for Eastern North Carolina, which he loved dearly, and for always following his […]

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We are living in interesting times … seems everyone is accusing someone of something … Been ongoing in DC for about as long as I can remember … but more so now … both sides of the aisle … Most recent are the claims in Virginia, Governor, Lt. Governor and even some leaders in the […]

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1846 – Beginning of Mormon march to western US. 1855 – US citizenship laws amended; all children of US parents born abroad granted US citizenship. 1863 – 1st US fire extinguisher patent granted to Alanson Crane, Virginia. 1897 – NY Times begins using slogan “All the News That’s Fit to Print” 1915 – US President […]

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WILMINGTON – White Lake native Lacey Suggs poured in a career-high 29 points Friday night to lead her UNC-Wilmington Lady Seahawks to a 76-51 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Elon Friday night. Suggs connected on 11 of 16 shots from the field and on all 5 of her foul shots. The 5-10 junior buried 2 […]

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The Sparks won Bladen Recreation’s 10-12 Girls League regular season championship with a perfect 6-0 record. Team members are: Front Row (Left – Right) Cara Priest, Leslie Basilio, Jaiden Steffen. Second Row (L-R) Cabria Baldwin, Leidi Labra Standing (L-R) Coach Whitney Lee, Iveonna Ward, Laila Smith, Demeria Phillips, Assistant Coach Jessica Lee, Assistant Coach Doreen […]

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Photos contributed by Nancy Brass Saturday the weather turned cooler, but the royal court and elected officials still made a special appearance to help celebrate one local store. The weather in 2018 caused the Dollar General to close. Hurricane Florence hit the town of Bladenboro with flooding.  The storm caused several businesses to close down. […]

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Updated: In 2018 1,600 North Carolina State Troopers wrote 346,000 citations for speeding, 19,910 citations for DWI, and investigated 1,037 fatalities in North Carolina. The troopers patrolled over 78,000 miles of North Carolina highways. In 1921, 150,558 motor vehicles were registered in North Carolina. By 1929, the number of registered vehicles increased to 503,590. As […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Elizabethtown Board of Commissioners hired Willie Griffin as Housing and Community Development Coordinator. The White Lake Town Board voted 4-2 against annexing the Watergate community. Andy Donaldson of Clarkton made the Deans List at St. Andrews Presbyterian College. Construction permits in Bladen County for the month of November amounted to $2,464,000. Share:

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Contributed The Dixie Youth baseball season is just around the corner. Online signups have started and run through February 16th. Go to E-Town DYB Facebook page or etowndixieyouth.siplay.com to register online. Parents are encouraged to register online. We will have registration at Leinwand park the following nights ONLY, Wednesday, Feb. 13 and Thursday, Feb. 14 from 5:30pm-7:00pm. […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Bladen County Committee of 100 and Bladen Agri-Industrial are hosting ‘Casino Night” at Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery this evening (Saturday). Doors open at 7, game time is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 each. It’s a repeat event. Proceeds go to support economic development in Bladen County. A good time to learn more about the […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen defeated East Columbus 26-20 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball action. Coach Aking Elting’s Eagles will travel to South Robeson Tuesday. Share:

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ST PAULS – St. Pauls defeated West Bladen 60-26 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball action. Joshua Lewis buried a 3-point shot and 2 free throws in the first period, then threw in 3 baskets and 2 free throws in the second half to lead the Knights with 13 points. Jadacus Register […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen rode an 8-3 closing spurt to a 25-24 Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball victory over East Columbus Friday. The Lady Eagles had grabbed a 10-5 first quarter lead, but the Lady Gators rallied to tie the game 12-12 at halftime. East Columbus built a 21-17 lead […]

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ST PAULS – St. Pauls raced to a 32-9 first quarter lead en route to an 88-69 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over West Bladen Friday night. Senior Isaiah Davis keyed the first quarter surge with a 3-point shot, another basket and six free throws. Teammate Anthony Campbell, Jr. threw in 5 points in […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – East Columbus edged East Bladen 39-38 Friday night to clinch a spot in the Three Rivers Conference boys basketball post-season tournament. The Gators connected on 6 of 8 free throws in the final quarter to preserve the victory. Senior Alterek Simpson threw in a basket and a free throw, senior Donavan Worley made […]

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ST PAULS – Sophmore T. J. Eichelberger fired in 23 points to lead St. Pauls to a 39-21 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over West Bladen Friday night. Eichelberger tossed in 2 baskets and 2 free throws in the opening quarter as St. Pauls edged in front 8-7. Freshman Haley George, junior Kasee Singletary […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Senior Erica McKoy fired in 20 points as East Bladen’s Lady Eagles celebrated Senior Night with a 68-22 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over East Columbus. Senior Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson sank a basket and 3 free throws as the Lady Eagles took a 9-6 first period lead. McKoy and […]

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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 […]

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By Erin Smith If you are looking for something to do this weekend, why not try the Casino Night at the Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery on Saturday, Feb. 9. The event is presented by the Bladen County Committee of 100. “If you are looking for something fun to do, come on out,” said Chuck […]

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North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction Mark Johnson announced several leadership additions for the Department of Public Instruction today. “We continue to build a great team, and whether talent comes from promoting existing DPI staff, from school districts or from elsewhere, I am excited to be working with top talent to bring needed innovations to […]

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Bladenboro Primary

Contributed Bladenboro Primary School has announced the honor roll for the  second nine weeks grading period for the 2018-19 school year. 3rd Grade “A” Honor Roll Talon Bailey, Joshua Blackmon, Makenna Bryan,Venus Cortez Garcia, Alayiah Cromartie, Nicholas Hilburn, ShaMoni McNair, Tylar Moretz,  Norman Ramos George, Ashley Shaw, Talon Storms, and Andrew Wren. 3rd Grade “A/B” […]

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By Erin Smith Methamphetamines are starting to make their way into Bladen County, according to local law enforcement agencies. Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said the overall drug misuse trend in Bladen County is moving to methamphetamine use. He said many arrests still find opioids and heroin and some fentanyl. “Now, a […]

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By Erin Smith A Bladen County hit and run death still remains unsolved after more than ten years. Amber Paige Babson was struck by car in September 2008 as she sought help from a residence on Pleasant Grove Church Road near Bladenboro. Bladen County Chief Deputy Larry Guyton said the case is also being investigated […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – A section of Johnsontown Road, which had been closed since Hurricane Florence, reopened this afternoon in Bladen County. The September storm’s floodwaters undermined the pavement leading to both sides of the bridge, and it damaged the substructure of the bridge, which was built in 1970 and crossed Turnbull Creek near N.C. 242. To expedite […]

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