07/18/2019
  • 11:33 am Opinion: Listen on World Listening Day
  • 11:29 am THE CAROLINA CIVIC CENTER HISTORIC THEATER ANNOUNCES ITS 2019-20 SEASON SCHEDULE OF TOURING AND ORIGINAL MAINSTAGE PERFORMANCES
  • 11:27 am Eligibility Requirements Announced for National School Lunch Program
  • 11:15 am Yard Sale Fundraiser this weekend!
  • 11:09 am Fitness Tech Meekins medals in National Senior Games
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The Town of White Lake Board of Commissioners met Tuesday evening and made quick work of a short agenda.  The Board adopted the Personnel Policy, Classification and Pay Study as well as the Benefits Survey as presented by Staff with the exclusion of any changes in salaries at this time.  In addition, an amendment to the […]

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GREEN SEA, S.C. – West Bladen opened its high school football season with a pair of scrimmages Tuesday night at Green Sea-Floyds High School. In the first scrimmage, the Knights scored twice while holding Dixon out of the end zone in pair of 10-play possessions. West Bladen’s first touchdown came on a 1 yard run […]

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1676—1st war between American colonists & Indians ends in New England. 1856—Anthony Fass patents accordion. 1862—Gen. John Hunt Morgan & his raiders capture Gallatin, TX. 1869—Self-proclaimed Emperor, Emperor Norton of the USA issues edict abolishing the Democratic and Republican parties. 1898—Hawaii formally annexed to US. 1908—Henry Ford’s company builds the first Model T car. 1915—“Of […]

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The 2016 Republican race for president is in full gear…..We watch the daily numbers of who is doing well, and who is not….Donald Trump holds on to top spot in the latest USA Today poll in Iowa… Donald Trump     17% Scott Walker        12% Marco Rubio        10% Ben Carson           9% Ted Cruz               7% Carly Fiorina         7% Jeb Bush              […]

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The Board of Education met Monday night for their monthly session where they recognized Sergeant Warren Holder for his recent retirement from the Bladen County Sherriff’s Department and, as a School Resource Officer. Holder served the school system as their Lead School Resource Officer for the last 12 years and went into law enforcement for […]

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Glenn J. Chamandy, president and chief executive of Gildan Activewear Inc., has authorized a Canadian financial institution to sell up to 4 million of his common shares of Gildan over a maximum 12-month period beginning September 1, the company announced earlier this week, according to an article in the Winston Salem Journal. He reportedly entered […]

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North Carolina’s electric cooperatives, including Four County EMC, are accepting applications for Bright Ideas education grants to fund creative, classroom-based learning projects.  The final deadline to apply is September 18, 2015, but teachers who submit their application by the ‘early bird’ deadline of August 14 will be entered for a chance to win one of […]

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Aviation as we know it began in our state back in 1903 with the Wright brothers. The industry is responsible for over 100,000 jobs in North Carolina and the impact of the aviation industry in our state  exceeds $25 billion annually according to the NC Airports Association. Our own airport in Elizabethtown at the Curtis L. […]

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Cape Fear Resource Conservation & Development, Inc., invites Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland and Sampson county residents and realtors to the Rural Housing Workshop. People who attend will learn how USDA’s Rural Home Loans may be able to help provide a path to home ownership for you, according to Cape Fear RC & D. This workshop is […]

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Last week the West Bladen Volleyball team coached by Gaye Davis received lessons in skills development and team bonding from coaches and a player from University of North Carolina. West Bladen’s Volleyball Coach, Gaye Davis said, “The training went really well. We have freshman coming who benefited a lot this week and the whole team […]

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As we approach the middle of August, temps are lower, high school fall sports practice will soon turn to real competition and time for another school year.. Today, West Bladen’s football team will participate in a multi-team scrimmage at Green Sea/Floyds SC beginning at 6 p.m. and tomorrow, the Knights will travel to Red Springs for a […]

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1860—US’s 1st successful silver mill (Virginia City, Nev) 1866—World’s 1st roller rink opens (Newport, RI) 1874—Harry S. Parmelee patents sprinkler head. 1909—SOS 1st used by an American ship, Arapahoe, off Cape Hatteras, NC. 1914—John Wray patents animation. 1919—Green Bay Packers football club founded by George Calhoun and Curly Lambeau–named after sponsor Indian Packing Company. 1934—1st […]

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Work on repaving Main Street in Bladenboro was recently completed by the N.C. Department of Transportation, and folks are singing the praises of the smooth ride through downtown.Now, Bladenboro’s four passive rail crossings can be upgraded at no cost to the town, according to Jason Field, who is a project engineer with Moffatt & Nichol […]

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By: Valerie Newton Elizabethtown, NC – At the August Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor recognized one of the school districts School Resource Officers upon his recent retirement from the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department. Sergeant Warren Holder served the Bladen County school system as the Lead SRO for the past 12 years. Sgt. […]

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College acknowledged the beginning of the fall academic calendar with an All-Campus Assembly of faculty and staff members on August 3, 2015. Motivational speaker and humorist Patrick Henry entertained the audience with anecdotes, songs, and life lessons. During the assembly, president William Findt recognized employees with five or more years of […]

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Champion of Hope Award is an award established to recognize an individual who is professionally employed in the care of or support role of treatment for cancer patient in a southeastern North Carolina An article in the Wilmington Star News reported the award includes Bladen, Columbus, Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Onlsow, Sampson and Duplin counties. […]

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Wilmington – It’s a uniquely American partnership – that of a national BBQ festival teaming up with a full-size replica of the very Spanish Galleon that brought over the 800 colonists who settled America’s oldest city, St. Augustine, Florida. On August 14 -16 downtown Wilmington’s historic riverfront will provide the backdrop for the third annual […]

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Practical nursing candidates take the Florence Nightingale Pledge during the graduation ceremony at Bladen Community College. The 2015 summer graduates are Tammy Lynn Cain, Joy Lynn Canady (not pictured), Chasity Carter, Sierra Janee’ Cummings, Janie Leigh Dupree, Suzanna D. Emanuel, Candace Nicole English, Kimberly F. Johnson, Peggy A. Jones, Brittany L. Locklear, Tiffani M. Locklear, […]

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Attention all parents, students,and community members, we will be having a meeting to talk about plans for opening day and the 2015-2016 school year. We want to invite all people interested in making East Bladen the very best it can be on Tuesday, August 11th at 6:00 pm in the schools library. Please spread the […]

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I wish I enjoyed golfing….So many of my friends enjoy, but they have played for years and are good golfers.. The Bladen County Classic Car Club members put on a good show Saturday under the pecan trees on West Broad Street, Elizabethtown…despite the threat of rain….The club members support worthy causes in the county with their proceeds… We […]

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1776—American Revolutionary War: word of the United States Declaration of Independence reaches London. 1821—Missouri admitted as 24th US state. 1833—Chicago incorporates as a village of about 200. 1846—US Act of Congress passes establishing the Smithsonian Institution, now world’s largest museum and research complex. 1856—Hurricane washes away 2-300 revelers at Last Island, Louisiana. 1869—O.B. Brown patents […]

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BladenOnline Weekly Report: August 2-8, 2015 Pages Viewed        83,535 Sessions or Visits  15,891 Our most read articles last week: 3,749: Murderer Kelvin Donta McKeithan goes to prison. 1,146: Let’s eat out, but where 1,010: Bladen Commissioners meet in regular session    932: Bladen Sheriff honors, welcomes and promotes staff    790: Young entrepreneurs give back […]

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Russel Erwin may not have had the qualifying run he wanted, but the Virginia-based driver was fastest when it counted Saturday night at Dublin Motor Speedway. Erwin started ninth in the 16-car Super Late Model field, but worked his way through the pack to win the 40-lap race and $4,000 top prize. Erwin beat Tim […]

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If you’ve had the good fortune of meeting Bladen Online founder Robert G. Hester, you know you’ve made a friend for life and met a man who can get things done. Whether it was giving aspiring young broadcasters a chance to spin records at WBLA radio more than three decades ago, leading the county as […]

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The Dublin Peanut Festival Pageant Committee is now accepting applications for the 2015 Dublin Peanut Festival $1,000.00 Scholarship Pageant.  The pageant will be held September 19th, at 7:00 PM in the Dublin Elementary School Multipurpose Building.  For an application, message us at Facebook.com/DPFScholarshipPageant Dublin Peanut Festival organizers are now accepting applications for Craft and Food Vendors. […]

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Among the items on the agenda: 1) Crossing related pavement markings and warning signage – (Jason Field, PE) 2) Consideration of access to Dawson Singletary’s landlocked property 4) Updating meaningful communication with persons with limited English proficiency for CDBG 5) Budget amendment for fire station 6) Consideration of steel frame for scoreboard at McLean Park. […]

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If you missed the ‘Made in the Shade’ Classic Car and Truck show in Elizabethtown, you missed a treat…one of the largest display of cars and people I have seen in this area in a long, long time…..even with the seemingly constant threat of rain…The setting was just right, under the pecan trees, a wide […]

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1803—1st horses arrive in Hawaii. 1854—Henry David Thoreau publishes “Walden” 1859—Elevator patented. 1907—The first Boy Scout camp concludes at Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Southern England. 1910—Alva Fisher patents electric washing machine. 1936—Jesse Owens wins 4th gold medal at Berlin Olympics. 1944—Smokey Bear debuts as spokesman for fire prevention. 1946—1st time all major-league baseball games […]

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OPENINGS: NC 131/242/410 – Bladenboro Main Street in Bladenboro is OPEN. SR 1316 – Tar Heel Ferry Road Tar Heel Ferry Road opened Wednesday; however, work there is not complete. There is still a final layer of pavement to be placed AFTER the demolition of the old bridge is complete. Thus, the ‘bumps’ out there […]

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Cooperstown, New York is usually known for being the home of the Baseball Hall of Fame but during the week of July 24th through July 30th, twelve young men started on a journey at Cooperstown’s own “Dreams Park” of making their own dreams come true. Bladen County product Fredy Wooten and his Rock Solid Red […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Rotary Club heard from Ronald Montgomery, headmaster of Elizabethtown Christian Academy, during its meeting Wednesday. Montgomery told the group the seed for a Christian school in Bladen County was planted in the 1960s when Jerry Wallace shared his vision for a school with the members of Elizabethtown Baptist Church. Montgomery said […]

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I have learned a few things in my lifetime….ex. nothing travels faster than gossip…. A person of one political persuasion believes just about every thing that agrees with their preconceived notions, ideas and beliefs….truth or not….and they continue to go back to those same sources for more “fodder’…. When I receive a far–out accusation on […]

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1844—Brigham Young chosen Mormon Church head following the death of Joseph Smith. 1854—Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges. 1876—Thomas Edison patents mimeograph. 1911—The millionth patent is filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire. 1937—Bonneville Dam on Columbia River begins producing power. 1942—6 convicted Nazi saboteurs who […]

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Happy Friday Snake Fanz! Are you ready for the “Brawl in Bladen”?? With a full slate of racing action tomorrow, we wanted to take a minute to bring everyone up to speed on a few important topics to make tomorrow a successful night for all. Drivers: Practice will start promptly at 6:30. We will have […]

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By: Cheryl Thurston ELIZABETHTOWN — Bladen County Sheriff, James A. McVicker held an awards and recognition ceremony on Friday, August 7, at 3:00 PM, to honor a retiree, welcome new hires, and promote 6 seasoned officers. Barry Pait gave the invocation with a sincere prayer for a blessing on the entire department, the county, and […]

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Back on July 24th reports broke about liquor and pill trafficking in Bladen County and since then we have had many questions regarding the man by the name, Stevie Tatum, that was wanted for trafficking. The man wanted is not the up standing citizen, Steven (“Stevie”) Tatum, of Elizabethtown, we all know and love. We […]

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By: Sandra R. Cain Homemade ice cream is a special summertime treat. However, for hundreds of consumers each year it can also become a threat as they suffer the effects of salmonellosis. In homemade ice cream, Salmonella Enteritidis, which can be transmitted from the hen to the egg yolk before the shell forms, is the […]

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1782—George Washington first creates Purple Heart medal (original name Badge of Military Merit) as commander of the Continental Army. 1789—US Congress creates Department o War & Lighthouse Service. 1820—1st potatoes planted in Hawaii. 1882—Hatfields of south West Virginia & McCoys of east Kentucky feud, 100 wounded or die. 1909–US issues 1st Lincoln penny. 1912—Progressive (Bull […]

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And the rain came down….We are thankful for every drop….. I had an occasion to be on the road during the storm. The ditches were full and in some instances, overflowing…. This morning, in our community, there was no standing water in the ditches, and a few sprinkles of rain… More rain is expected to day…. […]

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The Bladen County Committee of 100 held their annual meeting Thursday evening at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Service Center in Elizabethtown. David Clark and Mac Campbell, Jr. lead a discussion on building a business in Bladen County and made some suggestions related to regulations and personnel as they looked into the future.  Clark and his family […]

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By: Valerie Newton Elizabethtown, NC – Bladen County Schools held its’ first Playground Task Force meeting on Thursday to organize around understanding requirements and recommendations for playgrounds set by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as well as to discuss additional funding streams for playground equipment that would be accessible to all students. Dr. Reida […]

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Bladen County Animal Control / Shelter will be changing the business hours as of August 3rd, 2015. The hours of operation are designed to ensure that all animals in the shelter are properly and humanely cared for and that the public has adequate and ample opportunity to conduct adoptions and surrender stray / owned animals […]

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Lemonade sales are up for Caroline and Hartleigh Britt and they are giving back to help a local family. There was a line for their tasty lemonade and cookies yesterday, Wednesday, August 5th in front of Bladenboro Florist. The eight year old and six year old have been setting up their Lemonade Stand for about […]

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Registration for Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) at Bladen Community College is September 24, 2015. The 26-week program is approved for financial aid and VA benefits. Eligible candidates for the BLET Academy must meet certain conditions. 1) Candidates must be citizens of the United States, and provide a copy of their birth certificate or naturalization […]

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Lumberton’s run toward the Dixie Belles Girls Softball World Series Championship fell three runs short Wednesday night as Pine Prairie, LA claimed the title with an 8-5 victory in the championship game in West Monroe, LA. Carley Dawson blasted a 2-run homer over the fence In Wednesday’s first game as Lumberton outslugged Paxton, FL 8-5 […]

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One final reminder of the Bladen County Committee of 100 annual meeting and dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. today.  The meeting will be held at the Powell-Melvin Ag Center located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown.  Bladen County businessmen David Clark and Mac Campbell will discuss the past, present and future of economic development […]

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1787—Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia began debate. 1861—US Congress passes First Confiscation Act. 1890—Denton True “Cy” Young pitches and wins 1st major league baseball game. 1914—Denis Patrick Dowd, Jr. enlists in the French Foreign Legion, becoming the first American to fight in World War 1. 1919—1st air flight over a major body of water in Australia […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver As the next millionaire in North Carolina argued with the cashier about the price of lottery tickets, beer and discount cigarettes, I realized once again that I hate august. Not my friend who bears that cross as his first name; he’s a good man, and one I’d be proud to have at […]

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1846—Oregon territory divided between US & Britain at 49th parallel. 1861—Enlistments increase from 3 months to 2 years. 1861—US Army abolishes flogging. 1861—US levies its 1st Income Tax (3% of incomes over $800) 1882—Standard Oil of New Jersey is established. 1891—1st travelers checks issued (American Express) 1914—1st traffic light installed in USA (Euclid Ave & […]

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By: Contributed Article Jason Wright, a New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today bestselling author, will be the featured speaker at this year’s Festival of Trees’ Holiday Luncheon. It will be 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at Northwood Church, 2672 James B. White Highway in Whiteville. Wright will share his inspirational and […]

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By: BladenOnline.com Staff Yesterday was another busy day in Bladen County Superior Court and a murderer was sent to prison. Kelvin Donta McKeithan, 34 years of age, pled guilty to charges of First-Degree Kidnapping and Second-Degree Murder, which occurred on May 3rd, 2014 in Clarkton, NC, at the Defendant’s home. On that date, McKeithan beat […]

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By: Charlotte Smith Yesterday First South Bank held one of the most attended Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies in Bladen County in a while according to some. The bank’s motto, “You First”, came through loud and clear at the event. First South Bank founded back in 1902, serves eastern and central North Carolina.  Since the transition between Bank of America and First […]

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DOT engineers Rusty Marsh and Ken Clark passed along info related to the opening of two new bridges in Tar Heel, one over the Cape Fear River, should open later today… both on Tar Heel River Road. Another such project is underway in the far eastern part of the county on NC 11.  That project was […]

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It’s been about a week since the West Bladen High School baseball team returned from Guntersville, Alabama, after playing four games in the Dixie Pre-Majors World Series. The Knights won their first two games before losing twice in the 12-team double elimination tournament. “We want to thank everyone who helped sponsor us and gave us […]

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RALEIGH – United States Attorney Thomas G. Walker announced that today in federal court, following jury selection in his criminal trial, MILTON RUSS BARNHILL, of Tabor City, North Carolina, entered guilty pleas to all pending counts against him. Count one of the indictment charged the defendant with conspiring with others to defraud the Federal Crop […]

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An update of road opening / closing By:  Ken Clark NCDOT NC 210 – Opening The first of four crosslines on NC 210 was completed Tuesday.  The location is patched with stone (not pavement), so while we are leaving the detour in place for through traffic, it is passable for local traffic / emergency services. NC […]

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By: Cheryl Thurston Save the Date for Saturday, August 22nd, and save your appetite too. Center Road Baptist Church in Bladenboro, is hosting a Bar-B-Que plate sale for the medical expenses of Eva Pait, from 11:00 AM until… Timbo Carroll will be cooking the Bar-B-Que, and as some of you may already know, he is […]

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By: Cheryl Thurston Here we are again at the beginning of a new month, Bladen County, and it’s time once again to publish the monthly Health Grades for the food establishments that were inspected during the month of July. BladenOnline is happy to offer our readers a monthly update on the health scores given to […]

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By: Cheryl Thurston   Dr. Kyle Horton and Jen Johnson have embarked on a project to heal some of the wounds our Veterans have suffered for far too long. So often, the greatest wounds are invisible and internal. They are not just physical, but emotional, spiritual, and moral, touching every aspect of the individual man […]

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Bladen County Health Department must be accredited annually and one of the requirements is an update of the State of the County Health Report. Monday evening county commissioners received the latest report. The report is also provided to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The purpose of the report is to relate […]

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By: Joy Warren The Town of Elizabethtown Town Council honored Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw Monday evening with a reception, presentation of his service weapon, badge and a plaque of recognition.  Chief Kinlaw has served Elizabethtown for 34 years, the last 15 years as Chief.  Mayor Campbell commended him for his excellent service throughout the years.  Chief Kinlaw  stated that […]

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1753—George Washington becomes a master mason. 1821—1st edition of Saturday Evening Post (publishes until 1969) 1830—Plans for city of Chicago laid out. 1862—US government collects its 1st income tax. 1897—Henry A. Rucker appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for Georgia. 1914—US declares neutrality on the outbreak of WWI. 1925—US marines leave Nicaragua after 13-year occupation. 1941—Winston Churchill departs […]

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Bladen County Commissioners held a regular meeting Monday and took action on several items, heard reports and held a closed session to discuss personnel. The Consent Agenda included scheduling a Public Hearing on property located on US 701 N. past Merritt’s Pottery to receive comments related to rezoning from Residential Agricultural (RA) to Commercial (C).  Owners of […]

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I received an email from a long time friend now living in the Wilmington area…Dan McLaurin….I know Dan as an athlete at White Oak High School, an educator….teacher, coach, principal and now a retiree. Dan shared plans for a ‘big’ event Saturday in White Oak….and I share with you.  It is an annual White Oak Reunion, […]

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By: Robert G. Hester The BladenOnline weekly report for July 26-August 1 slipped slightly, but still strong. Pages Viewed totaled 89,100 and visits totaled 18,453 with 8,461 users.  All were down slightly from the previous week.  The previous week BladenOnline had 96,585 views, 19,363 visits and 9,203 users.  However, the numbers were in-line with the previous […]

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Be careful what you ask for….just may receive….Weather folks are warning of heavy rainfall today and tonight accompanied by thunder storms….well, a 40% chance.  We need rain. Our high temp yesterday was in the mid nineties…. great time for quiet time… TV sports were plentiful… Auto racing, golf, baseball… lazy time in a cool place… or turn […]

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1863—Saratoga Racetrack (NY) opens. 1882—Congress passes first law restricting immigration. 1900—Firestone Tire & Rubber Company founded. 1914—1st seaworthy ship passes through the Panama Canal. 1921—1st aerial crop dusting (Troy, Ohio to kill caterpillars) 1923—VP Calvin Coolidge becomes 30th US President upon the death of President Warren G. Harding. 1940—Seaplane Clare makes 1st British passenger flight […]

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By: Robert G. Hester I love numbers, and more so when they are good…and BladenOnline has wonderful numbers for July 2015, especially numbers in the summer time that show upward movement… We have been short on a complete monthly report since March due to various issues. July’s numbers are good. Our numbers are courtesy of […]

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I am glad I live in Bladen County….many of our folks struggle when the unexpected occurs….but in Bladen, more than likely friends and family are ready to step in and do a good deed…. Two examples yesterday….The first in Tar Heel where a fundraiser was held for 16 year old Ja’Na’ Sims who has been […]

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West Bladen grad and Southeastern Community College star Abbey Walters has signed a letter-of-intent to play softball next season at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. “I really liked the coaching staff there,” said Walters who also received a scholarship offer from Francis Marion University in Florence, SC. “It is also close to home.” […]

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Both Bladen schools officially started football practice Saturday, and turnouts were what was expected numbers wise. “The first day went well, “ said East Bladen Coach Robby Priest. “We had 35 varsity players come-out and about another 30 jayvee players. It was about what we expected.” The Eagles who shared the Four County Conference championship […]

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Elizabethtown Fire Department responds to a structure fire at 307 Robbins Ave. The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a reported residential structure fire at 307 Robbins Ave this past Wednesday, July 31st. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy smoke showing from a single story brick veneer home. After an initial scene size up by the fire […]

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The sun was shining and the breeze was nice yesterday for the Bladenboro Fun Day held at the Historical Building. All proceeds were to help a young Bladen County resident and his family with his medical expenses. There were hundreds of great people that came out to show their support, have fun and give money […]

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1776—Formal signing of the US Declaration of Independence by 56 people. 1790—1st US census (population of 3,939,214: 697,624ae slaves) is conducted. 1791—Samuel Briggs & his son, patent nail-making machine. 1819—1st parachute jump in US. 1858—1st mailboxes installed in Boston & NYC streets. 1865—Lewis Carroll publishes “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” 1873—San Francisco Public Library opens with […]

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RALEIGH – With summer temperatures rising into the upper 90 degree mark this week, the North Carolina State Highway is reminding motorists of the dangers when a child is left unattended in a vehicle. Every year, 35 to 40 children across the country die from heat exposure in vehicles and July is historically the deadliest […]

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One more reminder of the events today in Bladenboro related to a fund-raiser for Ayven Lennon, the youngster suffering from cancer. Activities begin at 10 a.m. and continue throughout the day….A live and silent auction are planned and delicious food will be served from 4 to 7 p.m….Take your pic…BBQ or Chicken plates….The Benefits Committee […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN — The Elizabethtown Rotary Club held its quarterly business meeting on Wednesday and welcomed new member Harvey Schultz to the club. Schultz is a chiropractor with Schultz and Ellis Chiropractic Center. President Renee Horton got the business underway by briefly discussing N.C. Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program. The program allows civic groups, businesses and […]

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1789—US Customs begins enforcing Tariff Act. 1794—Whiskey Rebellion begins in western Pennsylvania. 1812—Rare tornado hits Westchester County, NY. 1852—San Francisco Methodists establish 1st black church, Zion Methodist. 1869—1st voyage down Colorado River. 1901—Burials within San Francisco City limits prohibited. 1907—Signal Corps of US Army starts aircraft division. 1941—The first Jeep is produced. 1950—1st major league […]

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Bladen County Commissioners will meet in regular session Monday. One of the first items of business on the agenda is a rezoning request to change the zoning on property located on US Highway 701 N. just past Merritt’s Pottery.  The request is to rezone property from Residential Agriculture (RA) to Commercial (C).  The Planning Board […]

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Elizabethtown Commissioners meet Monday for their regular monthly meeting. The board meets at noontime for a workshop and to review the agenda for the evening meeting. A couple of resolutions related to the retirement of long-time Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw will be considered.  One resolution is to declare his service weapon and badge as surplus […]

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By: Ken Clark ROAD OPENINGS: SR 1316 – Tar Heel Ferry Road It looks like the new bridge over the Cape Fear River at Tar Heel will open mid-week next. NC 242/410 In Bladenboro, we will temporarily be opening NC 242/410 FROM THE SOUTH END OF TOWN UP TO NC 131 ONLY over the weekend.  […]

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The Bladenboro community has really pulled together to show support for a family dealing with a life changing health condition by hosting a Kids Fun Day. For those who may not have heard a Bladenboro family received some news every family hopes they never hear. Ayven Lennon the 5 year old son of Misty and […]

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By: Charlotte Smith Sitting in court all day can be very boring, but when you are in Bladen County Superior Court watching the trial of a man charged with First Degree Sex Offense with a Child, and three counts of First Degree Rape of a Child, emotions get involved, and you find yourself wanting to […]

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By: Sandra R. Cain Sometimes pizza gets a bad rap for being junk food. When you carefully select the toppings or make it yourself, pizza can be a very healthy option for a snack or a meal. Pizza can contain all of the food groups in a single slice. It can contain whole grains, vegetables, […]

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LUMBERTON – A prisoner who escaped from the Robeson CRV Center on Thursday night was captured Friday morning at the WalMart store in Pembroke, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He was discovered missing from the center about 10 p.m. Thursday. Jamie Parrish, 40, was serving his final day of a 90-day sentence […]

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LUMBERTON – A prisoner who was scheduled to be transferred to face charges in Wayne County escaped Thursday night from the Robeson CRV Center, according to the N.C. Department of Public Safety. He was discovered missing about 10 p.m. Thursday. Jamie Parrish, 40, was serving his final day of a 90-day sentence for a violation […]

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45 year old Kris Andrey Bryant, 45, of Bowen Blanks Road, Riegelwood was arrested recently in Bladen County, charged with trafficking opium, the sale and delivery of a schedule II controlled substance and maintaining a vehicle or place for a controlled substance. His arrest by Columbus County Sheriff’s officers followed a three month investigation into […]

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A friendly reminder of the fund-raiser tomorrow for Ayven Lennon in Bladenboro.  Fun activities begin at 10 a.m. and Chicken and BBQ plates, and an auction from 4 to 7 p.m. and of course cakes, all types of cakes and all proceeds go the family of the young man who is suffering from cancer.  Donations […]

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1790—1st patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process. 1792—Cornerstone laid for 1st US government building: US Mint in Philadelphia. 1893—Henry Perky patents shredded wheat. 1922—18-year-old Ralph Samuelson rides world’s 1st water skis (Minn) 1932—George Washington quarter goes into circulation. 1944—US troops occupy Sansapor, New-Guinea. 1948—US President Harry Truman dedicates Idlewild Field (now Kennedy […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension The kinds of jobs needed in the economy have dramatically changed in the last century. One hundred years ago most North Carolinians worked on the farm. Knowledge about farming was passed from generation to generation with little need for “book-learning.” The stamina and strength to endure back-breaking work […]

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Jim and Sadie Perry of Clarkton announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Lauren Perry, of Greenville, N.C. to Tyler Lumley, also of Greenville. The prospective groom is the son of Mike Lumley of Greensboro, N.C. and the late Holly Lumley. The bride-elect is a 2012 graduate of East Carolina University and is employed by […]

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Badr Rashada Colvin pled guilty earlier this week in Bladen County Superior Court to charges resulting from a carjacking in October, 2014, according to a news release from the office of District Attorney Jon David. The incident took place Oct. 14, 2014 when Colvin approached a vehicle that was parked near 10120 N.C. 53 West, […]

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Arrested Wednesday, July 29th was Bernard Murchison, 52 of 1472 Baldwin Branch Church Road, Elizabethtown. Murchison had outstanding warrants from an undercover operation conducted by the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office and Elizabethtown Police Department, back in January of this year. He was also wanted on felony probation warrants. Murchison was apprehended after a short foot […]

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By: Healthworks Fitness and Wellness Children are learning how to live healthy lives at Healthworks Fitness and Wellness through the HealthFit for Kids program. The program that started in June of this year is really making an impact on children’s lives. According to Jeff Stephenson, Facility Manager, and HealthFit Program Director at the fitness center, […]

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BladenOnline latest report from Google Analytics indicates the upward movement continues. July 19-25 Pages Viewed 96,585 Visits 19,363 Users 9,203 Breakdown by Desktop, Mobile and Tablet Pages Viewed Desktop 55,498 Mobile 29,043 Tablet 12,031 23% of our pages viewed came from Facebook. 1% came from Twitter Pages Viewed by Day Sunday 7,952 Monday 13,471 Tuesday […]

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WASHINGTON – As part of the Justice Department’s celebration marking the 25th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act this year, the department announced today the signing of a settlement agreement with Robeson County, North Carolina, to improve access to all aspects of civic life for persons with disabilities.  The agreement is part of Project […]

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From time to time I get up enough nerve to go into the attic and pull down a cardboard box filled with who knows what and add the contents to a cluttered office already filled with baseball cards, all types of caps, old Beckett magazines, a pool table and the former headquarters of BladenOnline…. My last […]

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1729—City of Baltimore founded. 1739—Caspar Wistar begins glass manufacturing in Allowaystown, NJ 1844—1st US yacht club organized, NY Yacht Club. 1898—Will Kellogg invents Corn Flakes. 1909—John A Heyder becomes president of baseball’s National League. 1928—George Eastman shows 1st color motion pictures (US) 1930—1st broadcast of “Death Valley Days” on NBC-radio. 1932—10th modern Olympic games open […]

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East Bladen grad Carson Ryan Frady received All-Mid-Atlantic District honors this past season for his exploits in club baseball at North Carolina State University. As a senior this past season, Frady posted a perfect 5-0 record with 55 strike-outs in 44 innings. His strike-out total was the fifth best in the country for club baseball. […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver Everybody needs a bright spot on a dreary day. I call mine Gingersnap. She has bright red curls that rebel with all the feistiness a natural redhead can muster, and the mischievous grin of a playful ball of fire. She likes puppies, flowers and puddles. She’s at her happiest when a neighborhood […]

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