04/19/2019
  • 11:35 am Updated news about Bladen County Election Investigations
  • 11:16 pm Boys Tennis: South Columbus 5, West Bladen 4
  • 9:26 pm No Waffle House for Elizabethtown
  • 9:08 pm This Day in History for April 19
  • 8:48 pm South Columbus Wins Three Rivers Golf Tournament
  • 8:38 pm Middle School Baseball: Whiteville Central 10, Clarkton School of Discovery 5
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BOLIVIA – East Bladen grad Kyle Tatum knocked in 4 runs with 4 hits Saturday to lead his Brunswick Community College Dolphins to a Region X baseball double-header sweep of Guilford Technical Community College by scores of 13-8 and 11-5. In Saturday’s 13-8 opening game win, Tatum walloped a double and a single, scored twice […]

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This Day In History

1817 – 1st American school for the deaf opens (Hartford, Connecticut)   1861 – Federal army (75,000 volunteers) mobilized by US President Abraham Lincoln (US Civil War)   1865 – Abraham Lincoln dies 9 hours after he is shot attending the play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theatre in Washington.   1878 – Harley Procter […]

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Bob Lewis, former East Bladen, Clinton, & Harrells Christian Academy football coach, was formally inducted into the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Hall of Fame Saturday.  Bob won his first state championship with East Bladen High School in 1973.  He had his greatest success as the Clinton Dark Horses coach winning state championships in […]

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Kiwanis Clubs of Carolinas District across the region met at the Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina at Lake Waccamaw on Saturday for the annual Kiwanis One Day. Mary Winfree, the District Trustee for the Elizabethtown Kiwanis Club and other surrounding clubs welcomed the large group.  There were an estimated 20 clubs represented with […]

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ATLANTA – National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Robert Vogel announced the selection of Matthew Woods as superintendent of North Carolina’s Moores Creek National Battlefield, effective April 14. “Matthew has a deep understanding of Moores Creek National Battlefield and will help to ensure the park’s history and resources are well preserved,” Vogel said. “He is […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced that higher levels of coverage will be offered through the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP), a popular safety et program, beginning April 8, 2019. The 2018 Farm Bill also increased service fees and made other changes to the program, including service fee […]

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Former East Bladen football coach Bob Lewis was inducted into the North Carolina High School Hall of Fame Saturday in Cary at the Embassy Suites. During his professional career, Lewis coached the high school teams of Clinton, East Bladen, Harrells Christian, Pender, and Whiteville. Lewis not only had an impressive coaching record with 322-146-6, but […]

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This Day In History

1818 – US Medical Corps forms. 1828 – First American Dictionary: its author Noah Webster registers its copyright for publication. 1863 – William Bullock patents continuous-roll printing press. 1865 – US President Abraham Lincoln is shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford’s Theater in Washington. 1902 – J.C. Penny opens his first store, The Golden […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Both East Bladen and West Bladen’s baseball teams will play in the 2019 Bulldog Baseball Easter Tournament at Terry Sanford High in Fayetteville. Coach John Ammons’ Knights (6-9) will open the tournament against host Terry Sanford (11-2) at 10 a.m. on Easter Saturday. Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles (11-3) will battle Pinecrest (14-3) in […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

A clogging class was being taught by Phyllis Miller of Clarkton. The United Sisters of Bladen County presented a check in the amount of $2,036.73 to the Elizabethtown Rescue Squad. There was a Bike-A-Thon scheduled for Elizabethtown. Polly Gooden was crowned Bladen County Junior Miss. Share:

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Agenda for the Bladen County Board of County Commissioners meeting scheduled for Monday, April 15, 2019.  The meeting is scheduled to begin at 6:30pm and will be held in the Commissioners’ Room on the lower level of the Bladen County Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown. On the agenda is a Resolution Opposing the Change […]

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By Michael Kochasic – NOAA Federal  National Weather Service Wilmington Weather Update Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

High School prom time.  Remember yours?   WOW, so long ago, Bladenboro, NC, class of ’56, at National Guard Armory…I think. Seldom see many of my classmates, but think of them often. Tax time…every year around April 15, for as long as I can remember. Showers off and on overnight and more forecast for today.  Highs today should […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, April 12, 2019 – Higher limits are now available for borrowers interested in USDA’s farm loans, which help agricultural producers purchase farms or cover operating expenses. The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaranteed loans available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and made changes to other loans, […]

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This Day In History

1796 – First elephant arrives in US from India. 1865 – Raleigh, North Carolina, captured by Union forces. 1869 – Steam power brake patented (George Westinghouse) 1883 – US prospector Alfred Packer convicted of manslaughter though accused of cannibalism. 1904 – US Congress authorizes Lewis & Clark Expo $1 gold coin. 1911 – The US […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr expressed disappointment today over Congress’ failure to deliver critical disaster aid to assist North Carolina’s Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. After Senators Tillis and Burr secured an initial down payment last October to help North Carolina’s long-term recovery efforts, the senators have worked to negotiate in good faith […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong FAIRMONT – Whiteville edged East Bladen 90-87 Thursday in a Three Rivers Conference 4-team meet. West Columbus was third with 15 points followed by Fairmont with 11 points. The Lady Wolfpack dominated the hurdles by 26 points and held a 5-point advantage in the sprints, while the Lady Eagles won all […]

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BRISTOL, TN – West Bladen grad Trevor Lesane knocked in two runs with a single Friday as his Erskine Flying Feet rolled to a 9-0 Conference Carolinas victory over King University. Lesane batted 2-3 in last Saturday’s 4-2 victory over Barton. With the score tied 2-2 in the sixth inning, the junior outfielder ripped a […]

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Bladen County Sports

All of the Fairmont at East Bladen and Whiteville at West Bladen baseball and softball games that were scheduled for Friday night were postponed due to rain and wet fields. No make-up date for any of the games has been set at this time. Share:

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced new appointments to fourteen North Carolina boards and commissions. “By serving on state boards and commissions, these appointees are helping give back to their communities and move our state forward,” said Gov. Cooper. “I appreciate their service and look forward to their work for the people of North Carolina.” Gov. […]

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The Emereau Bladen Board of Director’s will meet in special session on Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss personnel matters as per NCGS 143.318.11 and to consult with an attorney if needed. 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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A group of ladies gathered at the Baltimore Center in Council on Friday morning for a program called Women Making a Difference. The guest speaker was Bladen Community College President, Dr. Amanda Lee. Before Dr. Lee spoke, the group sang the hymn Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. BCC Trustee Dennis Troy introduced Dr. Lee. “Women do make […]

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Jasper Carl Jessup Jr., 83, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family.  He was the son of Bessie Lashley Jessup and Jasper Carl Jessup. He grew up in Elizabethtown N.C.  After graduating high school, he served in the United States Navy.  He later graduated from East Carolina University with a B.S. degree in […]

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USDA

WASHINGTON, DC – Higher limits are now available for borrowers interested in USDA’s farm loans, which help agricultural producers purchase farms or cover operating expenses. The 2018 Farm Bill increased the amount that producers can borrow through direct and guaranteed loans available through USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) and made changes to other loans, such […]

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Six donors have contributed to the Bladen Disaster Recovery Team CrowdRise Community Thrives fundraiser. The goal of the fundraiser is to raise $10,000 to assist Bladen County residents that are still displaced and/or struggling from the damages of Hurricane Florence. Rev. Darrell Copeland, the Secretary of the non-profit, Bladen Disaster Recovery Team said, “I believe […]

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By Jefferson Weaver Got a message the other night from a long-lost friend, and I was reminded of matters of mice and men–Mercury outboards. I think Robert Burns’ poem, “Ode to a Mouse”, should be carved into the deck of every boat. Maybe not the entire poem, but specifically the lines – “The best laid […]

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RALEIGH: North Carolina will receive a $12.2 million grant to expand crisis counseling services to Hurricane Florence survivors in 28 counties, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. “Along with physical damage to homes and businesses, storms like Florence take an emotional toll,” Governor Cooper said. “This grant will help meet the need for mental health services as […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) applauded the Senate’s unanimous passage of their bipartisan Senate resolution that designates April 2019 as “Countering International Parental Child Abduction” month and instructs the federal government to educate state and local law enforcement about the issue and how to combat it. According to the Department of State, from 2008 to […]

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The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees will meet on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at 6 P.M. in the boardroom of the Essic Williams Administration Building (Building 10). For more information contact Melissa Hester at 910-879-5502. Share:

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By Erin Smith Bladen Community College has much to offer the county and its students. That was the message at the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon meeting on Tuesday as BCC President Dr. Amanda Lee spoke to the members. Dr. Lee began her talk by speaking about her own educational experiences and how […]

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The Bladenboro Middle School has released their honor rolls for the third quarter grading period. 5th Grade Superintendent’s List:  (96 +)   Omarion Brown, Jonah Bryan, Miles Bullard, Franklin Pait, Jackson Pait, Makenna Thurman, Faith Wren A Honor Roll (90+)   Kali Allen, Gwendolyn Cordle, Juandiego Burga-Cupen, Brenna Hester, Dalton Hester, Hunter Hester, Noah Lee, […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden I need to remind you I’m an economist. I say this so I don’t shock you with my next statement.  One of the publications I eagerly look forward to each year is titled Facts and Figures: How Does Your State Compare?  It’s published by a Washington think tank called the Tax Foundation. […]

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A former Elizabethtown attorney, Woody White, has made a list of super lawyers in North Carolina. The Super Lawyer’s List is published by Thompson Reuters who canvass lawyers around the state to arrive at their list. White now practices in the Wilmington area. WOODY WHITE CATEGORY: Super Lawyers-Criminal Defense FIRM: Woody White Law Firm PLLC […]

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By Erin Smith, Photos Courtesy Tammy Keshler After learning of the plight of Bladen County residents impacted by Hurricane Florence, a city in Kentucky reached out to help the  residents of the town of Elizabethtown.  Six months later, the town of Elizabethtown, Kentucky is still assisting Bladen County’s residents who are impacted by the damages […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The Masters Golf Tournament is one of the elite sporting events, began yesterday and what a day.  Low round of the day was 66 shared by a couple of young guns…Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson had a 67 and Ian Poulter and Dustin Johnson posted rounds of 68, in all nearly 30 golfers, […]

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This Day In History

1776 – Halifax resolution for independence adopted by North Carolina. 1861 – Fort Sumter in South Carolina is attacked by the Confederacy, beginning the American Civil War. 1869 – North Carolina legislature passes anti-Ku Klux Klan Law. 1900 – The US Congress passes the Foraker Act, establishing Puerto Rico as an unincorporated territory (effective 1 […]

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TAR HEEL –Hallsboro swept both ends of a Waccamaw Middle School softball double-header with Tar Heel Thursday by scores of 14-1 and 17-7. The Lady Tigers scored 8 runs in the opening inning of the opener and tacked on five more runs in the third. Brooke Priest batted 2-2 to lead the Tar Heel hitters. […]

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BLADENBORO –Williams Township pushed across two runs in the third inning to defeat Bladenboro 3-1 Thursday in Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball action. Bladenboro had grabbed a 1-0 first inning lead when Andre Moore walked, stole second and third base and scored on Aaron Wren’s fielder’s choice. The Aggies rallied in the third. Caden Mills […]

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BLADENBORO – Williams Township scored 3 runs in the eighth inning Thursday for a 7-4 Waccamaw Middle School Conference softball victory over Bladenboro. The Lady Aggies bunched 3 hits and an error to score three unearned runs in the top of the eighth to snap a 4-4 tie and claim the victory. Williams Township jumped […]

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TAR HEEL – Hallsboro swept both ends of a Waccamaw Middle School Conference baseball double-header from Tar Heel Thursday by scores of 5-3 and 7-6. Hallsboro used a pair of extra-base hits to score a pair of first-inning runs then added 2 more runs in the second inning and one in the third to build […]

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Contributed SALISBURY, N.C. — Food Lion will offer its “Food Lion To-Go” grocery pick up service beginning Monday, April 15, at its location at 1202 West Broad St., Elizabethtown, N.C. 28337. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at each location at 8:45 a.m. on April 15, and to help introduce customers to this new […]

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Contributed 4 th Grade A Honor Roll Nadya Colon, Samarah Daughtridge, Jaida Harrison, Ellie Kinlaw, Matilda Kinlaw, Mallory McDuffie, Angie Paredes Palacio, Jamiya Peterson, Jordan Robinson, Brooklyn Skinner A/B Honor Roll Janice Alvarez-Nunez, William Borza, Emily Campos-Estrada, Mario Covington, Yurisa Hernandez Lopez, Anette Hernandez-Cruz, JaQuan McRae, Aaliyah Monroe, John Monroe, AlLaysia Owens, Akira Pinckney, Alayah […]

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Contributed North Carolina will receive a $12 million grant to continue its fight against the opioid epidemic, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The funds will be used for prevention, access to treatment and improved linkages to care. “The opioid crisis harms families, communities and our economy and we’re tackling it head-on to save lives,” said […]

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By Ryan Hill April 5, 2019 – Governor Roy Cooper signed an executive order to increase opportunities for fair wages, employment and careers for people with disabilities. The order, called “Employment First for North Carolinians with Disabilities,” was signed at the Piedmont Regional Council in Kernersville on March 28. It also directs state government to […]

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Contributed MURPHY: Today, the CEO of Erlanger Western Carolina Hospital presented Governor Roy Cooper with a resolution “urging the North Carolina General Assembly to expand Medicaid in North Carolina as soon as possible.” “The single best thing we can do for our rural communities is to close the health insurance coverage gap, which will pump […]

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NC DOT

Contributed what: ***MEDIA AVAILABILITY *** Speed A Little. Lose A Lot. when: 11 a.m. Friday, April 12 where: Fort Bragg North Post Exchange Butner Road Building #8-5050 details: In 2017 there were 17,495 crashes statewide; 734 of which were serious injuries. The following year, those numbers increased to 21,339 crashes and 831 serious injuries. (Editors note: […]

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Contributed Senate Republicans believe in patient-centered health care that delivers the choices Americans want, the affordability and protections they need, and the quality they deserve. That is why Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and his colleagues yesterday introduced the Protect Act, legislation that protects Americans with pre-existing conditions, ensuring that Americans have the peace of mind knowing that they and their loved ones will […]

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By Erin Smith A Silver Alert for a missing Kelly woman has been cancelled. She has been located and is safe. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Man Tracking Team and bloodhounds assisted the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office in locating Brown in a wooded area on Thursday.  Brown has been returned to her home. The Bladen […]

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DUBLIN – Important information about Bladen Community College graduation plans was released to students this week.  Due to the large number of graduates this year, Bladen Community College will hold an additional graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 16th. All ceremonies will be held in the college’s auditorium.  Students will be assigned to a specific ceremony. […]

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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, April 16, 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 Cape Fear Masonic Lodge #300, Prince Hall affiliated is having a fish plate sale Saturday, April 13, starting at 12 noon until everything is sold.  Plates are $8 which includes baked beans, coleslaw and roll. All proceeds go to the Bladen County Relay For Life. Contact persons for more information are Brother […]

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West Bladen Coach Gaye Davis has announced a mini-volleyball camp to be held at the school on July 15-16 for ages 8-16. Early registration fee is $50 in advance and includes a T-shirt or $60 on the first day of camp. Camp sessions for grades 3 to 5 will be held on July 15 from […]

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By Erin Smith The Bladen County Shrine Club conducted their annual fraternal fish fry on Wednesday. They reported the day was a success. Shriner Garrett Smith said, “”It was a pretty outstanding day. The weather has been outstanding for us.” With warm sunny skies, many who attended the fry, enjoyed plates of hot fresh whiting, […]

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Updated announcement at 5:08 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11, 2019 Elderly Woman Found Near Her Home Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker announced that an 81 year old resident of the Kelly area was located Thursday morning after spending two nights in the woods. “My office received a report of an elderly person, Ms. Ada […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Today, the company issued the following statement in response to an April 1, 2019, order by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (NCDEQ) requiring excavation of coal ash basins at the company’s Allen, Belews Creek, Cliffside/Rogers, Marshall, Mayo and Roxboro facilities. The state decision came after the company submitted to NCDEQ detailed […]

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Contributed Miss Olivia Sholar and Mr. Weslier Velaquez, of West Bladen High School, were among twenty area high school juniors who attended the twelfth annual Four County EMC’s Youth Leadership Weekend on March 15 -17 at Camp Kirkwood in Watha. On Friday afternoon, the students were taught the cooperative business model as well as what […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-introduced the bipartisan Gold Star Spouses and Spouses of Injured Service members Leasing Relief Expansion Act. Military families may relocate frequently or suddenly as the result of a service member’s military orders, and these moves often involve entering into leases for a house, apartment, or other […]

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By Dr. Lisa Lee Bryan Cancer kills the young, the old, the rich, and the poor.  Cancer does not care who you are or your plans for the future.   At age 27, I received a phone message – “Lisa, please call us your results came back as cancer”.   My daughter Elizabeth was not […]

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East Bladen High School

ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophomore Kayleigh Raynor pitched a 4-hitter to lead East Bladen to an 8-2 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over West Columbus Wednesday night. “We played well tonight,” said Lady Eagle Coach Chase Lancaster. “I am pleased. We owed them one.” West Columbus had rallied in their last at-bat to edge East Bladen in […]

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East Bladen High School

LAKE WACCAMAW – Freshman Maya McDonald scored two goals and dished out an assist to lead East Bladen to a 4-0 Three Rivers Conference girls soccer victory over East Columbus Wednesday night. In the eleventh minute of play, Lady Eagle senior Ashley Hardin sent a pass into junior Sydney Wober who touched it to McDonald […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

A reminder of the celebration at Baldwin Branch Missionary Baptist Church Sunday, beginning at 3 PM.  Their male chorus has been in the singing business 48 years. Other groups will be singing as well, open to all. About half of Bladen County will join counties along the NC-SC border, all the way to Mecklenburg County attempting […]

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston Hello everyone, please forgive the delay in bringing you the restaurant report for March, you’ll also notice some January reports at the bottom of the list. Better late than never, I always say. What a month was March? It didn’t come in like a lion, but it managed to see some spring […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen rallied for eight runs in the fifth inning to defeat West Columbus 14-8 Wednesday in Three Rivers Conference jayvee baseball action. The Vikings jumped in front with 6 runs in the first inning on 3 hits, 3 hit batsmen and a walk. East Bladen answered with 5 runs in the home […]

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By Erin Smith A tractor-trailer overturned on Wednesday morning spilling a load peanuts and forcing the closure of NC 41 in the vicinity of NC 41 Grocery and Grill.  The incident occurred at 11:24 a.m. and the road remained closed at 4:30 p.m. NC Highway Patrol Trooper G. White anticipates the roadway will re-open later Wednesday evening. Trooper White said the Maceo […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – With his family and teammates in attendance, East Bladen’s Jordan Payton signed Wednesday to play football next season at Allan Hancock Community College in Santa Maria, California. “I am excited,” said Payton. “It’s a long way to go, but I am ready. I am going there to do my best. I have dreamed […]

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This Day In History

1783 – Hostilities formally cease in the American Revolutionary War. 1865 – Abraham Lincoln urges a spirit of generous conciliation during reconstruction. 1890 – Ellis Island, New York, designated as an immigration station. 1898 – President McKinley asks for Spanish-American War declaration. 1900 – The first modern submarine designed and built by John Philip Holland […]

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BLADENBORO – Sophmore Kendall Johnson doubled home the tying and go-ahead runs in the fifth inning as West Bladen rallied for a 7-6 non-conference jayvee baseball victory over Clinton Wednesday. The Dark Horses rode a 5-run third inning to a 6-3 lead, before the Knight comeback began in the fourth inning. Freshman Todd Richardson lined […]

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Soccer

BLADENBORO – Junior Alyssa Smith made four saves and recorded a shutout in goal Wednesday night as her West Bladen Lady Knights defeated Red Springs 6-0 in Three Rivers Conference girls soccer action. Six different players scored for the Lady Knights. Freshman Haley George fired in a goal and dished out an assist. Freshman Hannah […]

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Bladen County Sports

HALLSBORO –A 5-run sixth-inning rally snapped a 10-10 tie and propelled Hallsboro to a 15-12 Waccamaw Middle School Conference softball victory over Bladenboro Wednesday. Rylee Chadwick was hit by a pitch, and Lainey Autry walked in the Lady Bulldog first inning and both of them stole bases and scored runs. A. Jacobs tripled home a […]

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BLADENBORO – East Bladen defeated West Bladen 8-1 Wednesday in Three Rivers Conference boys tennis action. It was the eighth win in their last nine matches for Coach Terry Smith’s Eagles.  Singles: Jay McGill (EB) defeated Jose Hernandez Osorio (WB) 6-3, 2-6, 10-3 Jackson Bostic (EB) defeated Logan Lewis (WB) 6-1, 6-0 Victor Arellano (WB) defeated Jake […]

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BLADENBORO – Gabe Moore’s 2-run single keyed a 3-run seventh inning that sealed a 5-1 non-conference baseball victory for Clinton over West Bladen Wednesday night. Moore batted 3-3 with the 2 runs batted in to lead the Clinton attack. Teammate Reid Walters finished 2-4 at the plate with a double and an rbi, and Payson […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – East Bladen rallied for four runs in the fifth inning to edge West Columbus 5-4 Wednesday night in a battle for second-place in the Three Rivers Conference baseball standings. Viking ace Cole Benton carried a 4-1 lead into the home half of the fifth, but senior Greyson Heustess led off with a single, […]

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Contributed by Donna Taylor The Curtis L. Brown, Jr. Field in Elizabethtown had a visit from a G5 Gulfstream (GV-SP) today. The G5 Gulfstream is a business jet aircraft. The GV-SP is the largest plane to land at the airport since the new Mac Campbell, Sr. Terminal Building ribbon cutting ceremony, according to witness, Donna […]

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Tar Heel Middle School has released the honor rolls for the third nine weeks grading period. Superintendent’s List – Grades of 96 and above in all Classes 7th Grade: Violet Allen, Samuel Hernandez Velasquez 8th Grade: Salma Sandoval-Cruz “A” Honor Roll – Grades of 90 and above in all classes 5th Grade:  Jamaiya Ballard, Josiah […]

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The Clarkton Lions Club is seeking local homeowners who still have recovery work required from Hurricane Florence. The Clarkton Lions Club may be able to supply construction material to assist with your project. To learn more about this program, you can meet with the members of the Clarkton Lions Club on April 23, 2019, or […]

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By Erin Smith The Dementia Friends leadership group met on Tuesday and discussed how best to raise awareness of dementia in Bladen County. Dementia Friends Coordinator Kelly Robeson said a lot of people have expressed interest in having a Dementia Friends information session at their place of business or church. One idea discussed is to […]

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By Erin Smith Students, faculty and staff of Bladen Community College enjoyed a warm spring day while learning about the dangers of driving drunk, visiting foreign countries, and learning how to perform CPR. Exhibits included using stationary bicycles called Blender Bike to make smoothies and salsa, a virtual reality tour of Europe, Japan and the […]

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RALEIGH -This year, farmers can add CropCheck, a pilot program offered by Field Watch, that allows growers to map small grain/commodity crops by herbicide-resident traits. Crops include cotton, corn and soybeans. It’s been three years since the online mapping programs Driftwatch and BeeCheck were launched in North Carolina. Since then, it has become a valuable […]

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RALEIGH – The United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Robert J. Higdon, Jr., announced that today, United States District Judge James C. Dever, III sentenced Darrick Lamorris McKenzie, 39, of Lumberton, to 379 months imprisonment followed by 5 years of supervised release and ordered to pay $9,500.00 in restitution. McKenzie was […]

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Contributed The intersection of NC Highway 131 and Highway 41 was closed near the  41 Grocery and Grill due to a crash on Wednesday morning. A tractor-trailer overturned in the intersection. BladenOnline.com will have details on this story as they become available. Share:

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Republicans believe in patient-centered health care that delivers the choices they want, the affordability and protections they need, and the quality they deserve. That is why Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) and his colleagues today introduced the Protect Act, legislation that protects Americans with pre-existing conditions, ensuring that Americans have the peace of mind knowing that they and their loved ones will […]

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Contributed Congratulations to the Bladenboro Middle School Battle of the Books Team for receiving third place in the Sandhills Regional Battle of the Books competition! Bladenboro Middle School becomes the first Bladen County School to ever place at Regional competition. Share:

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Contributed Congressman David Rouser hosted the 7th Congressional District Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurial Conference on Monday, April 8th, at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, NC. Juniors Alyssa Bell and Logan West of West Bladen represented the Knights at the conference. The Youth Leadership and Entrepreneurial Conference is an all day event and is comprised […]

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Here are the results from the Southeastern Fellowship Senior Golf Association Tournament held Tuesday, April 9, at the Land O’ Lakes Golf Course in Whiteville. April 9, 2019–(60 Players) Next Tournament–Vineyard Golf Course First Flight– 1st Place–(52)–Kenny Stanley and Rob Conway 2nd Place–(46)–Emery White and J. D. Elliott 3rd Place–(45)–Ronnie Tart and Fred Atkinson Second […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

A reminder of the Shriners Fish Fry today at the Food Lion parking lot, West Broad Street in Elizabethtown….11 AM until.  See you there. Employment in North Carolina was 4.2% state wide, slightly lower in 99 counties.  Buncombe (Asheville) was the lowest at 3.2%….Hyde (Swan Quarter) was highest at 12.5%. Others in the area: Bladen    5.3% […]

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ROWLAND – West Bladen exploded for ten runs in the third inning Tuesday night en route to a 13-2 Three Rivers Conference baseball victory over South Robeson. Senior Dalton Pait lined a lead-off double to left field in the first inning and advanced on junior Dawson Bryan’s fielder’s choice. After junior Nolan Bryant walked, senior […]

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Elner Guy Bunn, 92, passed away Thursday, April 4, 2019. He was born in Edgecombe County March 15, 1927 to the late Bennett L. Bunn and Clara Proctor Bunn. His life revolved around family, church, and work. He served his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his wife, […]

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By Bethany Stephens The Board of Education met this past Monday for their monthly session where, after approving the minutes from both their March 11th and March 19th meetings, they recognized Tara Rogers, Madison Bullard, Kacy Gunter, Alyssa Bell, and Autumn Brisson for having participated in the State FCCLA Conference and for having brought home […]

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By Joy Warren During the Tuesday evening meeting of the White Lake Board of Commissioner’s, a lengthy report was presented by Dr. Chris Shank and Dr. Peter Zamora with the Bald Head Island Conservancy.  Drs. Shank and Zamora have been collecting data over the last year regarding the influence of groundwater flows and nutrient inputs […]

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This Day In History

1790 – US Patent system forms. 1816 – 2nd Bank of US chartered. 1841 – New York Tribune begins publishing under editor Horace Greeley. 1849 – Safety pin patented by Walter Hunt (NYC) sold rights for $400. 1869 – Congress increases number of Supreme Court judges from 7 to 9. 1917 – Munition factory explosion […]

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BLADENBORO – Jon Sherman has been named as the new head football coach at West Bladen High School and was introduced to current football players as well as the local news media Tuesday. Sherman was approved by the Bladen County School Board Monday night to replace Kris Williams who resigned after two seasons in which […]

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East Bladen High School

RED SPRINGS – East Bladen’s Eagles defeated Red Springs 8-1 Tuesday for their eighth Three Rivers Conference boys tennis victory in their last nine matches.    Singles: Jay McGill (EB) defeated Jose Alejandro (RS) 7-5, 6-1 Jackson Bostic (EB) defeated Candido Capote (RS) 6-2, 6-1 Jake Evans (EB) defeated Gael Rodriguez (RS) 6-0, 6-3 Will Hester (EB) […]

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ROWLAND – Junior Kyla Reed batted 4-4 and drove in six runs with a home run, 2 triples and a double to lead West Bladen to a 13-7 Three Rivers Conference victory over South Robeson Tuesday night. Reed scored 5 runs and racked up 12 total bases. She was hit by a pitch and stole […]

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Contributed Currie, NC-  Moores Creek National Battlefield is implementing a prescribed burn of the savannah and northeast burn unit of the park. This area contains floristic species that thrive in fire conditions which can only be replicated through controlled burns. The planned burn is to provide these species with specific habitat needs as well as to decrease fuel loads and rid the area of invasive species. […]

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By Erin Smith The construction of the multi-use path in White Lake is nearing completion, according to Project Manager Eddie Madden. Mayor Goldston Womble said town officials are excited about the  prospect of the completion of this section of the multi-use path.  “The section from Waterford to Wam Squam is essentially complete to include the footbridge […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – West Bladen’s Knights won their first Three Rivers Conference golf match of the season Monday posting a team score of 357 that beat six-match winner South Columbus’ total of 363 in the final regular season match at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. West Bladen’s Wyatt Bordeaux fired an 85 to finish second in […]

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By Erin Smith Pinwheels are starting to make their appearance around Bladen County in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month. Jill Sampson, with the Bladen County Department of Social Services, encourages all county residents and business owners to plant a Pinwheel Garden as a reminder to everyone to help prevent Child Abuse. Also, there will […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: To raise awareness of the risks underage drinking poses to young people in North Carolina and across the country, Governor Roy Cooper proclaimed April 2019 as Alcohol Awareness Month. “Underage drinking jeopardizes young people’s health and safety and puts lives at risk,” Gov. Cooper said. “It’s important that people know the dangers of […]

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Contributed WILMINGTON, N.C. – To encourage the proper disposal of unwanted medications, New Hanover Regional Medical Center is partnering with regional healthcare, law enforcement, education and safety organizations to hold a medication disposal event in six counties. Nineteen locations in New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Onslow, Bladen and Duplin counties are scheduled to accept all medications […]

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Christian Caroline Smith, attended the North Carolina Azalea Festival this year as a granddaughter of Cape Fear Garden member, Candus Clarke. Her proud grandfather, Billy R. Everette, resides in Elizabethtown.  Her parents are Missy and Pat Smith and her grandparents  are Susie and Aubrey Smith of  Pawleys Island, S.C. Caroline will be graduating from Emsley […]

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