06/19/2019
  • 8:49 am Sunset Jams concert series kicks off this week
  • 8:12 am Fayetteville Man Sentenced to More Than 13 Years for Drug Distribution and Firearm Offenses
  • 8:09 am Bladenboro and Elizabethtown Communities to receive generators for powering critical public infrastructure
  • 7:36 am Thoughts While Shaving for June 19
  • 6:03 am Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy
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1665 – England installs a municipal government in New York City.   1787 – US law passes providing a senator must be at least 30 years old.   1849 – Gas mask patented by Lewis Haslett (Louisville, Kentucky)   1859 – Comstock Silver Lode in Nevada discovered, first major silver discovery in the US.   […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Water District sent out a notice today, June 11, stating the Live Oak Well has been repaired and is ready to be put back in service. On Monday, June 3, 2019 the Live Oak well was shut down due to unexpected equipment related issues according to the water district. […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today in federal court, Chief United States District Judge Terrence W. Boyle sentenced MARCUS ANTONIO BLANKS, 32, of Saint Pauls, North Carolina, to 168 months in prison, followed by 5 years of supervised release. On February 6, 2019, BLANKS pleaded […]

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Contributed The Battle of Elizabethtown Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution has awarded a 2018-19 senior at East and West Bladen High Schools the DAR Good Citizen Award. West Bladen chose Edgardo Lara and East Bladen named Olivia Hollingsworth for the honors. The honorees were selected on the basis of dependability, […]

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All convenience sites will be operating on their normal schedule, 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM. However, the Transfer Station will be closed in observance of the holiday on Thursday, July 4th. Normal operations shall resume on Friday, July 5th. Share:

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Crime Report

Zakaryia Abdin, 20, of Ladson, South Carolina, was sentenced yesterday to 20 years to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization.  Abdin previously entered a guilty plea in August of 2018 and has remained […]

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By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met Monday for their monthly session where they recognized Marjorie Graham of East Arcadia School and Debra Manegre of Elizabethtown Middle for being Spire teachers of the year. The Spire curriculum is used to help non-readers and struggling readers improve their reading skills. Attendance Awards were presented, and […]

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Honor Roll

Bladenboro Middle School released their Honor Roll lists on Tuesday, June 11. Honor Roll 4th Quarter June 2019 5th Grade Superintendent’s List:  (96 +)  O’Marion Brown, Jonah Bryan, Franklin Pait, Jackson Pait, Natalee Sykes, Makenna Thurman, Leea Wilkins, Faith Wren A Honor Roll (90+)  Kali Allen, Natalie Britt, Miles Bullard, Juandiego Burga-Cupen, Ashondre Green Bryant, […]

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Thankful for the rainfall. Most areas, could use more. Forecast includes a 40% chance today, and 80% chance for Wednesday and Wednesday night. Crops looking better, especially corn. Father’s Day Sunday, lest you forget. Congratulations, one more time, to graduates at every level. For those going into the work place, should be more opportunities than […]

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East Bladen High School

East Bladen’s Eagles will once again this season play in the Battle of the Carolinas Football Classic on Friday, August 12th at Lumberton’s High School’s Alton Brooks Stadium. This will be the fifth annual Battle of the Carolinas scrimmage and Coach Robby Priest’s Eagles have played in all of them. East Bladen will battle Purnell […]

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1742 – Benjamin Franklin invents his Franklin stove. 1776 – Continental Congress creates committee (Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Roger Sherman, and Robert R. Livingston) to draft a Declaration of Independence. 1837 – The Broad Street Riot occurs in Boston, fueled by ethnic tensions between English-Americans and Irish-Americans. 1878 – DC is given a […]

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By Charlotte Smith There was a shooting in Elizabethtown leaving two victims wounded early Friday morning on Della Street in Elizabethtown. On Monday afternoon the Elizabethtown Police Department released a statement about one arrest in the case.  On the day of the shooting, Sergeant Detective T. Davis with Elizabethtown Police Department said one victim was […]

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By Charlotte Smith Awards are often given to honor persons who give to others without fanfare or expectations of reward other than personal satisfaction. One local humanitarian, Mr. Thomas Ireland, of Elizabethtown, went without acknowledgment and recognition for his good deeds. The seniors at the local center in Elizabethtown were saddened to hear about the […]

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Contributed Each year, an estimated 5 million older adults are abused, neglected, or exploited.  Elder Abuse occurs in every demographic and can happen to anyone—a family member, a neighbor, even you. It is estimated that only one in five of these crimes are discovered. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15, […]

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Honor Roll

Bladenboro Primary School announces 4th Nine Weeks Honor Roll for the 2018-19 School Year. 3rd Grade Superintendent’s List Andrew Wren 3rd Grade “A” Honor Roll Talon Bailey, Joshua Blackmon, Lucas Bryant, Venus Cortez Garcia,  Natalie Galloway, Nicholas Hilburn, ShaMoni McNair, Tylar Moretz,  Norman Ramos George, Talon Storms 3rd Grade “A/B” Honor Roll   Jacob Britt, […]

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The Bladen County Board of Elections will be conducting a regular meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. at 301 S. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown, NC. Agenda for Regular Meeting on will be as follows according to Louella P. Thompson, Chairman of the board. 1. Call to Order 2. Invocation 3. Agenda Approval 4. […]

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The Bladen County Fire Marshal announced the lifting of the County burning ban effective today, Monday, June 10, 2019 at 5pm.  Persons choosing to burn must still use caution. Fire officials recommend that anyone burning have resources immediately available to control their fire. Those resources include water hoses, buckets of water, and hand tools. Should […]

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Performs customer consultations, installations, and maintenance for all phases of Star Business & Residential Security & Surveillance Systems. Two years of experience in home security and surveillance preferred or five years of electrical experience is required. Successful candidate will be required to obtain special low voltage license. Experience with Honeywell products is a plus. Ability […]

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Clinton, N.C. – Faster Internet is coming to parts of Bladen County.  Governor Roy Cooper along with the NC Department of Information Technology and its Broadband Infrastructure Office awarded Star Telephone Membership Corp., dba (Star Communications) a portion of the GREAT (Growing Rural Economies with Access to Technology) Grant to expand High-Speed Internet into rural […]

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RALEIGH – Record-high temperatures in North Carolina have proven to be a challenge for local blueberry farmers this May. Despite this, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says consumers can expect a good crop this year. “Farmers are always at the mercy of weather, and this May was one of the hottest on […]

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Harrells Christian Academy – Headmaster’s List (All A’s) – 2018-2019 3rd grade Oakley Brice, Caleb Coats, Emma DuBose, Riley Maddox Falatovich, Brantley Frederick, Addison Haney, Eve Bradlee Hardison, Bella Jernigan, Miller Ludlum, Lainey Malpass, Sammy Martin, Dodge Pope, Davis Rogers, Luke Weeks, Kenton Willard 4th grade Walker Clifton, Jack DuBose,  Windsor Farrior, Hutchens Glenn, Clara […]

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Oh, the rain has been great, much needed and we could use more. Rainfall has been spotty, at best. Total rainfall at the Curtis Brown Airport weather station has recorded less than 3/4 of an inch, about 3 or 4 miles west, maybe southwest, where I live, we have recorded over an inch. … OK, […]

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1639 – 1st American log cabin at Fort Christina (Wilmington, Delaware) 1760 – New York passes 1st effective law regulating practice of medicine. 1809 – 1st US steamboat to make an ocean voyage, leaves NY for Philadelphia. 1845 – Andrew Jackson’s African Grey parrot “Poll” is removed from his funeral for swearing at the Hermitage, […]

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Rodriquez D. McNeil of Elizabethtown has been charged with murder in the shooting death of a Fayetteville convenience store cashier, according to the Fayetteville Police Department McNeil, 23, of the 800 block of Thompson Avenue, had warrants drawn Friday for first degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a […]

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Happy Sunday … some rain in Bladen County, amounts depend on location. As of 8 a.m. Sunday, the weather station at the Curtis Brown Airport in Elizabethtown had recorded nearly a half inch. … More is needed. Prospects for additional appear to be pretty good, if the current forecast is correct. 80% today, 70% Monday, […]

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1772 – 1st Protestant church west of Pennsylvania (in Ohio) hold communion. 1856 – 500 Mormons leave Iowa City, Iowa, and head west for Salt Lake City, Utah, carrying all their possessions in two-wheeled handcarts. 1869 – Charles E. Hires sells his 1st root beer, in Philadelphia. 1909 – Alice Huyler Ramsey, 22-year-old housewife from […]

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The Suncats played in Bladen Recreation’s 5-7 Coach-Pitch Softball League at County Park. Members of the team are: Khloe Campbell, Kaylee Fisher, Zoe Hall, Aubree Smith, Kylee Davenport, DeLana Page, Chanel High, Racquel Whittington, Avianna Whittington, Jeniyah Whittington, Isabella Strickland. Head Coach was Dom Whittington. Assistant coaches were Jay Hall, Madison McKnight and Jerry Campbell. […]

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Raleigh- On Friday, June 7, 2019 at approximately 3:30 p.m. the State Highway Patrol was notified of a plane that had gone missing and possibly crashed in Nash County, N.C. The last reported radar indication of the plane was in the area of NC 43 and Harrison Road.   The State Highway Patrol responded to the area, […]

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Crime Report

Ex-school administrator, bus driver charged with sex crimes – The Fayetteville Observer – https://www.fayobserver.com/news/20190607/ex-school-administrator-bus-driver-charged-with-sex-crimes   Share:

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Bladen County golfer Kayla Thompson is participating, starting June 10, in the Ohio Women’s Open Golf Championship being held at Eagle Rock Golf Club in Defiance, Ohio. Kayla will be going off the first tee at 9 a.m. on Monday. She will be playing with Jessica Welch and Brianna Jones. Kayla is a West Bladen […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Bladenboro High School class of 1944 was holding a class reunion. Wilbur Register and John Q. Shaw were taking their place on the Bladen County Board of Commissioners after their election to that board. The Elizabethtown Jaycees were in the middle of a fund raiser where they were going door to door selling light […]

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By Charlotte Smith Yoga is a group of physical, mental, and spiritual practices or disciplines which originated in ancient India, according to Wikipedia. Mr. Eric Procknal of White Oak has been practicing Yoga to help with pain for years since he was injured in a car accident. He has been a physical fitness instructor for […]

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By Charlotte Smith Photos by Kylee Kellam The new ladies clothing store, Amy’s Boutique, owned by Amy Johnson of Elizabethtown has had Bladen County waiting with anticipation for a while now. The wait is over. Amy’s slogan is “Making the world a better place, one outfit at a time.” The Grand Opening started yesterday, Friday, […]

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A late night tweet from President Trump indicated the U.S. has reached an agreement with Mexico that heads off the start of tariffs on Monday. One tweet down, no doubt, more to come. We’ve come a long way … remember when we sent messages on a penny post card. Still no rain, well, no measureable […]

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The Sweet Heat played in Bladen Recreation’s 5-7 Coach-Pitch Softball League at County Park. Members of the team are: Laikyn Rogerson, Keri Faye Burgess, Jada Troy, Mollie Sasser, Bryanna Brady, Legacy McNeil, Olivia Burton, Aleigha Alley, Chloe Mazur, Lilly Wells, Peyton Link, and Ava Duncan. Head Coach was Julie Sasser. Assistant Coaches were Stanley Sasser […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – The Royal snapped a 5-5 tie with a 3-run fifth-inning rally en route to an 8-5 victory over the Red Friday night in Dixie Boys Baseball action. Bailey Williams, Tyreon Graham and Jacob Caulder drew one-out walks in the Royal fifth inning. Evan Pait singled to drive in Williams with the go-ahead run, […]

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1786 – Commercially made ice cream 1st advertised (Mr. Hall, NYC) 1824 – Washing machine patented by Noah Cushing of Quebec. 1872 – US Congress endorses penny post card. 1887 – Herman Hollerith receives a patent for his punch card calculator. 1905 – US President Theodore Roosevelt sends identical notes to Japan and Russia urging […]

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The recently completed “Click It Or Ticket” campaign found Bladen County with 548 total traffic and criminal violations. There were 8 check points in Bladen County. The county had 2 21 and over DWI’s, 165 Occupant Restraint violations, 210 speeding violations, 61 Driving With License Revoked, 21 Reckless Driving Violations, 381 Total Traffic Violations and […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden Most of the time when economics makes the headlines it’s about big things, like recessions, trade wars, tax changes and jobs. But economics also deals with smaller, technical matters – things that are boring to most people but fascinate those of us who have spent our careers in the “dismal science.” […]

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They were boxers, baseball players and barbers. Farmhands and fathers. Policemen and petty criminals. Career soldiers and draftees who just wanted to go home. They were Americans. It was 75 years ago that Americans and their allies dropped from the sky and fought through the surf to begin the end of the Third Reich. Somewhere […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Commissioners met on Monday, June 3 for a regularly scheduled meeting. Hurricane relief, recognitions, advisory boards and more were all on the agenda for the meeting. In the consent items all the commissioners unanimously voted to designate Commissioner Ashley Trivette as Bladen County Voting Delegate, and Commissioner Arthur Bullock […]

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The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Bladenboro area of Bladen County. Agents conducted undercover purchases from the defendants in these investigations where prescription medication (Xanax and Oxycodone) were purchased, according to the Sheriff’s report.  At the conclusion of this investigation, the defendants were arrested and […]

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Contributed Joshua David Wyatt is graduating from East Bladen High School, Elizabethtown, NC. Joshua Wyatt graduated from Bladen Community College on May 16, 2019 with an Associate in Arts. He is the son of Michael and Tamara Wyatt of Elizabethtown, NC and the grandson of Cecil and Susie Wilkes of Elizabethtown, N.C. and Horace and […]

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Road Closing

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Bladen County road closings according to Faye M. Boyne, Administrative Specialist I, Division of Highways with NCDOT on Friday morning. Closings are on Mercer Mill Brown Marsh Road, Sweet Home Church Road. NCDOT also released the detour information. CLOSINGS: SR 1700 Mercer Mill Brown Marsh Road  SR 1700 […]

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By Charlotte Smith There was a shooting in Elizabethtown leaving two victims wounded early Friday morning on Della Street. Sergeant Detective T. Davis with Elizabethtown Police Department said one victim has been transported to Cape Fear Valley hospital and is in critical condition. Another victim of the shooting received a flesh wound. Several rounds struck […]

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Bladen County Committee of 100 held their annual meeting Thursday night. Well attended. Representatives of Four County EMC were recognized for their support of economic development in the county. The company has been very supportive over the years. Speaker was Raleigh attorney Ernie Pearson. Actually spent considerable time with him throughout the day touring Bladen […]

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The Comets withstood a late rally to edge the Slammers 7-6 on Thursday night in Bladen Recreation 13-16 Softball League action at County Park. Trailing 4-3, the Comets rallied with a four-run fourth inning. McKenzie Singletary belted a single to center field, and Maddie Taylor and Olivia Allen drew walks. Singletary and Taylor raced home […]

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One person died and two others were critically injured Thursday afternoon when the vehicle they were traveling in ran a stop sign and crashed into a tractor-trailer near Chadbourn in Columbus County, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol and published reports. The wreck happened about 1:30 p.m. on N.C. 410, according to reports. The identities […]

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Christine Seme, left, member of the Scholarship Committee, presenting the Bladen County MASTER GARDNER Volunteers’ 2019 Scholarship to Callie Lewis. Anna Smith was not available. Submitted by Mike Melvin, President, Bladen County MASTER GARDNER Volunteers The Bladen County MASTER GARDNER Volunteers met Thursday for their regular monthly meeting and recognized two scholarship recipients for 2019 […]

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The Snowbirds played in Bladen Recreation’s 5-7 Coach-Pitch Softball League at County Park. Members of the team are: Riley Dowless, Jaidyn Taylor, Isabel Gardner, Kimberlin Barnes, Heaven Spillers, Kenadie Pusey, Maelee Grace Norris, Kayden Jackson, Leighton Nance, Caity McLauren and Sierra Thompson Head Coach is Eric Nance. Assistant Coachres are Melissa Barnes, John Nance and […]

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Golf

The June 6 Thundering Herd at Vineyard Golf was decided by a playoff. Two teams tied with scores of seven-under par. Winning the playoff with a birdie on hole number 3 was the team of Jeff Brisson, Jimmy Davis, Stephen Clark and Colby Lewis. They defeated the team of Jake Womble, Michael Pastori, Blake Davis, […]

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1769 – Daniel Boone begins exploring Bluegrass, State of Kentucky. 1860 – Workmen start laying track for Market Street Railroad, San Francisco. 1864 – Abraham Lincoln re-nominated for US President by the Republican Party. 1912 – US Army tests 1st machine gun mounted on a plane. 1917 – Melvin Jones and a number of other […]

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NC DOT

RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation reminded drivers to be safe at railroad crossings as part of Thursday’s International Level Crossing Awareness Day 2019. NCDOT’s BeRailSafe program hosted a crossing blitz Thursday in Gibsonville to educate drivers about the dangers of not stopping for trains. The crossing blitz is like a license check, as […]

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By Charlotte Smith June 6, 1944 is known as D-Day. With the codename Operation Neptune, D-Day is the day on which Allied forces from Britain, America, Canada, and France attacked German forces on the coast of Normandy, France. The beach invasion known as the Invasion of Normandy during World War II was the largest seaborne […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Division on Aging strives to assist Senior Adults in remaining as independent as possible. The Bladen Senior Center provides resources, activities, senior outings, and educational programs to Bladen County seniors aged 60 years and older. The Senior Center now has a new director Barbara McLaurin. Ms. McLaurin was the Bladen County […]

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Burn ban still in effect according to Mike Hinson, Bladen County Ranger with the NC Forest Service until the county receives significant rain. Previous article:  Bladen County in burn ban issued for 18 eastern NC counties   Share:

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Kinda all over the board today … Love one-liners. … When in doubt – abstain. We hear about drug dealers, maybe not the names until an arrest, but we know folks all around us accused of using or dealing in drugs … But, there is much good going on as well. … Churches and individuals […]

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Golf

The Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association played its weekly tournament at Fairmont Golf Course on June 4. with 64 golfers participating. The next tournament will be played June 11 at Lion’s Paw. Here are the top teams from the Fairmont event. 1st Place: (50) Mike Waddell, Rudy Pait, Wayne Lein and Billy Fisher 2nd Place: […]

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The Bladen County Recreation Department is offering the Healthy Bladen Kids Summer Recreation Program for ages 6 through 14. The four-week program will be held at five sites in Bladen County on Mondays through Thursdays beginning Monday, June 24. The program is free and snacks are offered each day. Here are the sites and times […]

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Here are standings in the Bladen County Recreation Department’s youth fast-pitch softball leagues. Games are played at Bladen County Park. 13-16 Fast-Pitch Standings Slammers: 2-1 Comets: 1-2 Results Slammers 9, Comets 6 11-12 Fast-Pitch Standings Thunder: 4-0 Force: 3-2 Glory: 0-5 Results Force 18, Glory 9 8-10 Fast-Pitch Standings Heat: 7-0 Rockets: 5-2 Riptide: 4-2 […]

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The Diamond Divas played in Bladen Recreation’s 5-7 Coach-Pitch Softball League at County Park. Members of the team are: Abbey Nance, Elizabeth Miller, Maycee Kinlaw, Callie Lindsay, Anna Claire Walters, Landry Singletary, Carley Rhodes, Harper Ward, Harper Allen, Adyson Carroll, Presliegh Edwards and Saniyah Mallory. Head Coach was Terry Nance. Assistant Coaches were Allison Carroll, […]

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Hannah Richardson and Violet Allen walloped home runs Tuesday to lead the Force to an 18-9 victory over the Glory in 11-12 Fast-Pitch Softball League action at County Park. Natalee Sykes slammed a double, and Richardson blasted her home run to key the Force’s seven-run first inning. Allen, Marley Crabtree, Emmee Ward and Molly Tolar […]

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By Ray Jones Jesus Jam fun, good eats, learning about Bladen’s past and a canoe adventure are just some of the events happening this weekend in Bladen County. • On Saturday, June 8, the fifth annual Jesus Jam Community Event is scheduled from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at First Missionary Baptist Church at 501 […]

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D.M. (Mac) Campbell Jr. (right) presents check from Bladen We Care to Rev. Kinsey Barrow, director of Southeastern Carolina Crossroads, to support the rehab center that is located on Susie Sand Road in Elizabethtown. Bladen We Care is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization. Campbell has said the group has raised $2.5 million over 30 years. The […]

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DURHAM – The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved nearly $3.8 million to reimburse the South River Electric Membership Corporation in Dunn for damage to its electrical system following Hurricane Florence. The cooperative provides electrical service to Bladen, Cumberland, Harnett, Johnston and Sampson counties, which were included in the presidential disaster declaration following Hurricane Florence. […]

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1639 – Massachusetts grants 500 acres of land to erect a gunpowder mill. 1882 – Electric iron patented by Henry W. Seely, NYC. 1896 – Frank Samuelson and George Harbo leave NY harbor to row across Atlantic; their 55 day record for rowing was not broken for 114 years. 1900 – US Congress pass an […]

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By Ray Jones Bladen Online’s Pet of the Week is Girl, a 3 year-old female bulldog mix. Girl is a very friendly pup and loves to play. She is very affectionate and whenever she meets people, she gets so excited her whole body wiggles, says Shelter Manager Karen Suggs. The only thing the shelter cautions […]

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By Charlotte Smith A suspect described as a slender, white, well spoken, short-haired male is still wanted for a home invasion robbery according to Investigator Greg Bullard with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. However, Investigator Bullard had a few updates in the case and is asking for the public’s assistance. The male suspect involved in […]

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By Charlotte Smith On Sunday, May 26 a blue, female, pit bull dog was stolen from the area of Chicken Foot Road and Calvin Tyson Road in St. Pauls near Tar Heel, according to the owner. Investigator Greg Bullard with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance. There have been two […]

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Bladen County was the host site for Marine Corp training on Tuesday evening and night. The Bladen County Emergency Services Training facility at White Lake and the airport in Elizabethtown were used during the training exercises. Sergeant Gary Turlington with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office announced the training. He said, “The second Marine division is […]

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By Charlotte Smith Loss and death bring changes to any environment. This year Bladen County teenagers lost a talented, beloved friend, Aldo Hernandez, who was a junior at West Bladen High School. After Hernandez passed away due to injuries sustained in a vehicle crash, the youth had a lot of questions, according to local leaders. […]

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By Charlotte Smith Ladies gathered for some chainsaw training this past Saturday morning. Laura Hendrick, Assistant Regional Forester with the North Carolina Forest Service and the NC Cooperative Extension assisted with the Women Owning Woodlands: Chainsaw Safety 101 Workshop held at Jones Lake State Park.  Ms. Hendrick along with Mr. Joe Mattox with Safe Steps […]

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The chance of rain over the next week is in the 30% to 70% range daily, with the best chance Friday. Several days the forecast is from a quarter to a half inch. The shower last week was good, but much more is needed. The Bladen County Committee of 100 will hold their annual meeting […]

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1794 – US Congress passes the Neutrality Act, banning Americans from serving in foreign armed forces. 1805 – 1st recorded tornado in “Tornado Alley” (Southern Illinois) 1876 – Bananas become popular in US, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia. 1884 – William Sherman refuses Republican presidential nomination saying “I will not accept if nominated & […]

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Good News Baptist Church of Bladenboro, NC will sponsor a Chicken Bog plate sale and Cake Auction June 15, 2019 at the Bladenboro Community Building 109 East Elm Street.  The plate sale will begin at 4:30 P.M. until 7:30 P.M. and cake auction will begin at 6:00 P.M.  The plate will include chicken bog, green […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County Emergency Services Training Center at White Lake has hosted many local, state and federal agencies’ training exercises. Starting this evening the Marine Corps will have troops training at the center in between Elizabethtown and White Lake, NC. Sergeant Gary Turlington with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office announced the training. He […]

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By Cheryl Thurston Ah, May has come and gone, and with it the school year is nearly over. As months go, May was beautiful, and though it had a few extremely warm days, its always been one of my favorite months of the year. Its great to see that even in May the local school […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Lee Barnes’ three-run triple keyed a six-run first-inning that propelled the Red to an 11-1 victory over the Navy in Monday night’s Dixie Boys Baseball action. Hunter Elks led off the Red first with a single, and Tyler Johnson slammed a double. Zamar Lewis belted a single that scored Johnson. Carson Gooden ripped […]

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When driving, especially nighttime, I am constantly looking for a deer to jump into the roadway. …Ever have that thought? Not sure why, just thinking out loud. Apparently construction is underway on the new round-a-bout at the intersection of NC 41 and NC 410, near Bladen Community College. A recent trip to Lumberton from Elizabethtown […]

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West Bladen High School will host a mini soccer camp for primary and middle school girls from June 24 through June 26 at the school’s field. The early registration fee is $50 until June 14 and includes a T-shirt. Day-of-camp registration is $60 and does not guarantee at T-shirt. Checks should be made payable to […]

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1825 – Unseasonable hurricane hits NYC. 1876 – An express train called the Transcontinental Express arrives in San Francisco, California, via the First Transcontinental Railroad only 83 hours and 39 minutes after having left New York City. 1896 – Henry Ford takes his 1st Ford through streets of Detroit. 1912 – Massachusetts passes 1st US […]

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A $19.1 billion disaster aid bill sailed through the U.S. House on Monday and headed to President Donald Trump for his expected signature, overcoming months of infighting, misjudgment and a feud between Trump and congressional Democrats. Bladen County was hammered by Hurricane Matthew in 2016 and Hurricane Florence last year. Both storms caused severe damage […]

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By Charlotte Smith Recognitions were made at the first meeting in June by the Bladen County Board of County Commissioners. An oath of office, recognition of 42 years of service and an elder abuse proclamation were a few of the items on the agenda. Surrounded by family, Russell Priest, Bladen County Commissioner for District 3 […]

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WASHINGTON – USDA’s Farm Service Agency will begin accepting nominations for county committee members on Friday, June 14. Agricultural producers who participate or cooperate in an FSA program may be nominated for candidacy for the county committee. Individuals may nominate themselves or others as a candidate. The Bladen County Farm Service Agency is located at […]

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RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler’s annual plea for farmers to prepare for hurricane season is especially poignant this year, in light of Hurricane Florence’s destruction in 2018. “So many of us are still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Florence. This storm has been a disastrous reminder of just how important it is to […]

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By Joy Warren In response to the growing problem of junk car throughout the town, Billie Hall with the Planning Department presented a brief overview to the Elizabethtown Town Council at its June meeting Monday evening. Hall (pictured) said that the presence of abandoned, nuisance, and junked motor vehicles can threaten the character and safety […]

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By Joy Warren After a brief public hearing with no citizen input, the Elizabethtown Town Council voted Monday night to approve the fiscal year 2019-20 budget with one exception. Council denied any new fire service fees that were included in the proposed budget. Dicky Glenn was the lone vote against the budget. He stated concerns […]

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The Bladen County Water District sent out a notice Monday afternoon. Due to unexpected equipment related issues, the Live Oak Well (serving the White Oak Community and the Highway 53 Corridor) has been turned off for an emergency repair. Water is being rerouted from another location causing a temporary discoloration in the water. Bladen County […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Youth Food Justice Summit 2.0 organized by Youth Ambassadors Program, a project of Men and Women United for Youth and Families was held the last weekend in May. The youth attended the summit held at Rockfish Camp and Retreat Center in Parkton, NC. Youth from across the North Carolina continued to […]

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Road Closing

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced Bladen County road closings according to Faye M. Boyne, Administrative Specialist I, Division of Highways with NCDOT. The closings have started today and will last for a couple of weeks. CLOSINGS: NC210 NC210 is closed due to cross line repair .06 miles N. of Green Sea Road. This […]

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Good News Baptist Church of Bladenboro, NC, will sponsor a Chicken Bog and Cake Auction, June 15, 2019.  The event will be held at the Bladenboro Community Building.  The chicken bog will be from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. and the Cake auction will take place at 6:00 p.m.  The plate will consist of chicken […]

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By Charlotte Smith Overcoming odds is something Alyssa Bell, a West Bladen High School student and athlete displays well in every aspect of her life. One challenge she has dealt with in her 16 years of living is battling Scoliosis. Scoliosis occurs most often during a growth spurt just before puberty. The condition may cause […]

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The Elizabethtown ABC Board FY 2019-2020 proposed budget has been submitted to the Board and is available for public inspection in the of the manager office. This budget may be inspected during regular business hours. A Public Hearing for the FY 2018-2019 proposed budget is scheduled for Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. In […]

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The Emereau Bladen Board of Director’s will meet on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Emereau: Bladen Charter School, 995 Airport Road, Elizabethtown, NC 28337. If you have questions, please call (910) 247-6595. Share:

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The June 2019 Bladen Community College Small Business Center Seminars offered by Bladen Community College in Dublin, NC have been announced. The Small Business Center (SBC) of Bladen Community College is excited to announce a youth summer entrepreneurial camp this month! As part of the BCC Community Service Program’s Youth Summer Camps. The Small Business […]

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The Town of Elizabethtown Town Council is scheduled to meet this evening at 7:00 p.m. A review from the noon work session, budget items, the junk car program, updates on monthly projects, surplus property and a presentation by Alice Jackson Williams with the Lumber River Council of Governments, along with more town matters are all […]

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By Charlotte Smith A structure fire call came in Saturday morning at 1:59 a.m., according to Mr. Kenneth Clark, Bladen County Fire Marshal. The call was for a house located at 65 West Green Street in Clarkton. Many Bladen County citizens know the home to be that of the late,  Lieutenant Governor Jimmy Green. Photos […]

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Ever imagine being an office holder of one of the top branches of government, President, leader of the US Senate, House of Representatives, or maybe Governor? Since none of us are, if you were advising at either level … what would be the topic of your advice or question be? How about another a North […]

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This Day In History

1781 – Jack Jouett rides to warn Thomas Jefferson of British attack. 1784 – US Army officially established by Congress of the Confederation. 1856 – Cullen Whipple patents a machine for making screws. 1864 – General Robert E. Lee wins his last victory of Civil War at Battle of Cold Harbor. 1888 – “Casey at […]

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