05/25/2019
  • 9:34 am Bladen County Board of Commissioners hold special meetings
  • 9:22 am Military pay raise and troop increase endorsed by Senate panel
  • 9:20 am USDA Reminds Producers of Approaching Marketing Assistance Loan Deadlines
  • 9:17 am Naked places and open spaces
  • 9:11 am Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago
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Coastal Carolina Off-Road (CCOR),  will be hosting a race event this Sunday, May 31st at the Brown’s Creek Trail in Elizabethtown. There will be a  kids race starting at noon, followed by all the other classes that will start at 1 pm.  This is the 7th race this year for CCORS. The event is sponsored by Rockstar Energy Drink. Rockstar supports […]

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Bladen County personnel are helping with a search Wednesday morning in Garland for a missing 72-year-old man. Authorities are looking for William Earl Powell of Garland, who was reported missing Tuesday afternoon from his home on Birdy Lane in Garland, says Sampson County Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Pope. Powell is 6-feet-1, weighs 180 pounds and has […]

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An Elizabethtown man has been charged for breaking in to three homes, Police Chief Bobby Kinlaw said. In two of the cases, residents were asleep in the homes at the time of the break-ins.Steven Robert Boyne, 26, of Hill Street, was arrested Friday, May 22 and charged with three counts of larceny after breaking and […]

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Raleigh, N.C. – Southeastern Health (SeHealth) joined hospital leaders and staff from across the state at the North Carolina General Assembly building on Tuesday, May 19 for Hospital Advocacy Day. The annual event, sponsored by the North Carolina Hospital Association, provides an opportunity for hospital leaders and staff to visit with lawmakers to discuss key […]

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Kiplinger news source has listed the top 10 worse states for retirees, maybe better described as the bottom 10 and North Carolina was ranked the 44th worst state in the United States for retirement in 2015. The article summed up their North Carolina findings from a retiree tax picture as “mixed.” “The mild winters and […]

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Baseball

Junior Alex Coates pitched a complete game 4-hitter as East Bladen opened the Dixie Pre-Majors Baseball season with an 8-1 victory at West Bladen Tuesday night. Freshman shortstop Sincere Smith belted 3 hits to lead the Eagles’ 12 hit attack. “We hit the ball really good,” said East Bladen Coach Russell Priest who along with […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

When I check the headlines, I am amazed…with the good that is ongoing.  But sometimes, in fact many times, the bad news is overwhelming. Examples of bad…Wallace, NC pastor facing indecent liberties, statutory rape charges.  IRS confirms thieves have stolen tax info from 100,000 or more, Clinton officer charged with passing a stopped school bus.  […]

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This Day In History

1692—Court of Oyer and Terminer (“to hear and determine”) established by Governor of Massachusetts to hear accusations of witchcraft. 1796—James S. McLean patents his piano. 1896—Tornado hit St. Louis, killing 255 & leaving thousands homeless. 1916—President Wilson addressed the League to Enforce Peace, founded in 1915, and gives public support to the idea of a […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

  Two juveniles were arrested by Elizabethtown Police for breaking into the Golden Skillet Restaurant.   A tornado blew the roof off of a marijuana growing operation on highway 211 near Bladenboro.   84 students graduated from Bladen Technical Institute.   Valarie Harvey was crowned MISS BLACK BLADEN COUNTY.   A play entitled “Miss Twiddle […]

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Bladen County Human Resources Director   Once again this year we will be comparing Bladen County public official’s salaries with those of our neighboring counties. A reminder that when you look at these figures remember that counties have different tax bases thus some officials have more duties to perform that others. We will be listing […]

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Dixie Youth Baseball

Bladen County Dixie Youth will host a Movie Night Fundraiser this Friday, May 29th at Wateree Park in Bladenboro starting at 8 pm. Admission will be $2.00 per person. Concessions will be available.  There will also be a drawing for a shotgun. Tickets have been sold prior to the event, and will be available for […]

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By: Charlotte Smith In his 5th month as the newly elected Congressman representing North Carolina’s 7th District, Congressman David Rouzer meet with local Bladen County leaders for breakfast this Tuesday morning. Rouzer announced the significant work that is being done by congress since he has taken office. Budgets are very hot topics this time of […]

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The award winners from Thursday night’s East Bladen Athletic Award banquet follow: Golf Most Valuable Player Scout Sinclair Coaches Kenneth Kinlaw Women’s Tennis Co-Most Valuable Players Justyna Gargala and Kathryn Cole Men’s Basketball The Screamin’ Eagle Award Trevor Lloyd Foul Shooting Award Farrell Murchison Cross Country Most Valuable Player Tatyiana Graham Coaches Award Michael McDuffie […]

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Life expectancy in North Carolina varies dramatically according to new studies related to children. The life expectancy in Bladen County is 75 to 77 years. In Columbus and Robeson counties, life expectancy is 73 to 75 according to the report, while in counties east of Bladen…Pender, New Hanover, and Brunswick, life expectancy is 78 to […]

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By: Valerie Newton Elizabethtown, NC – On Saturday, May 2nd, Bladenboro Middle School hosted a Science Olympiad for twenty-four 5th and 6th grade students. This was a first-time event for the school. Students and teachers spent a month preparing for nine different competitions. They built bottle rockets, pasta towers, gliders, and gathered information to help […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

A Bladen County legend was laid to rest yesterday.  Dr. Robert L. Summerlin, Jr.  was a hero to many.  He practiced medicine for many, many years in Dublin…at the office and at his home.  His utensils were apparently with him most of the time.  He is the last of the Doc’s that never said no….regardless […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

 It’s been quite an impressive collegiate year for West Bladen graduate Macon Hammond.  Macon is a rising senior at North Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky Mount where he has collected several awards and honors this year.  To begin, he has been selected twice as one of eight graduation ceremony Marshals due to his academic achievement.  […]

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Bladen County Sports

East Bladen travels to West Bladen tonight (Tuesday) to kick-off the Dixie Youth Pre-Majors Baseball season. Game time is 7 p.m. The two Bladen teams will compete in a ten-team summer league that will feature eight other teams. Coach Kim Cain’s Knights plan to play a 21-game schedule, while Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles have a […]

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Bladen County Sports

Cade Hancock shot a 75 on Sunday in the 5th annual “Golf Pride Tour Championship” played at the Talamore Golf Resort in Pinehurst.  Hancock bounced back from an opening round 88 on Saturday to finish 24th.  His score for the two day tournament was 163.  He played in the HS Fresh/Sophomore age group.   The […]

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This Day In History

1647—Massachusetts disallows priest access to colony.   1647—Alse Young becomes the first person executed as a witch in the American colonies, when she is hanged in Hartford, Connecticut.   1781—Bank of North America incorporates in Philadelphia.   1805—Lewis & Clark 1st see Rocky Mountains.   1861—US Postmaster General Blair announces end of postal connection with […]

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By: Jefferson Weaver The boy had to stretch a little to make it atop the vinyl-covered stool, and he had to stretch to reach the scarred Formica counter top. Like most diners of the era, cigarette smoke and the smell of the lunch special dominated the air. The boy had about a dollar, and he […]

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Healthworks Fitness and Wellness Summer is finally here and Healthworks Fitness and Wellness wants to you help you beat the heat while exercising.  The hotter temperatures can feel overwhelming. Any exercise may feel harder in the heat. Here are five tips to help you get through the heat. Don’t be ridged about your work out […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Happy Memorial Day 2015.   Be safe in your travels and thank a vet.    For many, this is a day off the normal routine, maybe one of millions traveling our highways or using other forms of transportation…but for others, just another workday…..   Looking ahead this week….some of the activities planned:   Tuesday, May […]

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Memorial Day, a United States Federal holiday, is celebrated, each year,  on the last Monday in May.   This day is in honor and remembrance of all men and woman who have died while serving in the United States Armed Forces.   Originating after the American Civil War and formally known as Decoration Day, it […]

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By: Robert G. Hester 1721—John Copson becomes America’s 1st insurance agent. 1738—A treaty between Pennsylvania and Maryland ends the Conojocular War with settlement of a boundary dispute and exchange of prisoners. 1793—Father Stephen Theodore Badin is 1st US Roman Catholic priest ordained. 1844—1st telegraphed news dispatch is published in Baltimore Patriot. 1898—1st US troops transport […]

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We ‘moan and groan’ and enjoy living in the greatest nation in the world…. We are so blessed….and for the first few hours of this Memorial Day weekend, the weather has been perfect, however you choose to judge good weather… A reminder to be alert while driving…no ‘texting’ or ‘drinking and driving’, In plain English…’It […]

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VFW Post 8062 members Willard Storms, Oliver Gause and Toji King distributed poppies at Walmart on Saturday.  Robert Hester, Wallace McQueen and James Lane manned a table at the Tractor Supply Store. Share:

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By John Clark In my article on the ending of the Bladen County high school sports season Tuesday night, I short-changed the county on the number of Four County Conference Players of the Year from Bladen Schools. I failed to remember that East Bladen senior Abbey Norris was the Four County Conference Player of the […]

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living* By: Sandra R. Cain The link between diet and health is important. Food alone cannot make you healthy. But good eating habits, based on variety and moderation, can help keep you healthy and even improve your health. Good eating habits include knowing how to prepare and select foods that fit into the […]

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Dr. Robert L. Summerlin passed away yesterday, May 22nd, according to Bladen Gaskins Funeral Home, arrangements are incomplete at this time. Born in September of 1928, Dr. Summerlin, was a blessing to Bladen County.   Recently, Dr. Summerlin was honored at the Cape Fear Valley Ground Breaking Ceremony, where he was in attendance. Dr. Summerlin […]

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<meta http-equiv=”refresh” content=”0; URL=/media/set/?set=a.938061269547784.1073741847.471796716174244&amp;type=3&amp;uploaded=9&amp;_fb_noscript=1″ /> There will be a free Audition Skills Workshop for Performing Artists Desiring To Safely Enter the Entertainment Industry, today, May 23, at 2:00 pm at the Bladen County Library in Elizabethtown. The RPA of Bladen County & Talent Inc wants to educate aspiring performing artist’s of the skills needed for a favorable […]

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By: Charlotte Smith The bleachers were almost full at the Elizabethtown Middle School Football Field last night for the “Pushing Back the Dark” event organized by the Bladen Baptist Association. Different Bladen County churches had tents set up offering food and goodies, the Four Points North band from Lumberton, and the Divine band, from Pembroke, […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

‘This n that’ North Carolina residents continue to be ‘hoodwinked’ by our honorable lawmakers in Raleigh…Our gasoline tax money that is suppose to be used for better roads and our lottery money that was designated (a large portion of it) for education at the local level, continue to be diverted to the general fund so […]

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This Day In History

1609—Official ratification of the Second Charter of Virginia takes place. 1788—South Carolina becomes 8th state to ratify US constitution. 1861—Virginia citizens vote 3 to 1 in favor of secession from the Union. 1876—1st National League no-hitter (Joe Borden, Boston) 1903—1st automobile trip across US from San Francisco to NY, ended April 1. 1911—NY Public Library […]

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By: Johnny Anderson Boost the ‘Boro members welcome their new slate of officers for 2015, duly elected at their recent monthly meeting.  A large turn out of members elected Don White as President, along with Shane Todd as Vice President. Joyce Walters was elected to the position of Secretary and Pat Hasbrouck was elected as […]

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On May 14, 2015, the soccer field at Bladen County Parks and Recreation on HWY 701 in Elizabethtown was converted to a show field for the evening. A show for chickens! We had forty-five youth ages 5 to 18 involved in 4-H and FFA from counties across the region come out to show their hens […]

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Bladenboro Tyler Blake Bennett Kenneth Austin Brown Harley Olivia Cox Jenna Brooke Hathcock Hillary Morgan Johnson Brittany Priest Lindsay Clarkton Kayla Marie Thompson Elizabethtown Susanna Catherine Devane Walton Drew Fisher Sharon Samarha Gonzales Andrew Jonathon Lomax White Lake Molly Lynn Peterson Eastover Amanda Michele Maldonado Share on social media using short code link: https://bladenonline.com/?p=14208 Share:

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OPENINGS: SR 1179 (Bryant Swamp Road) is open. NC 131/242/410 (Main Street – Bladenboro) is open. CLOSURES: There are no road closures in Bladen County and none are planned until next Tuesday when we will close SR 1136 (White-McEwen) at the CSX railroad. Also, I have confirmed that all resurfacing / road oil operations will […]

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Each year on the Friday before Memorial Day, it is National Don’t Fry Day. The goal of National Don’t Fry Day is to raise awareness of all the risks of overexposure to the sun. It is important for everyone to remember to use good sun protection and sun safety practices. Unfortunately, skin cancer is increasing […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

We celebrate Memorial Day this weekend….Lots of folks on the highways…for many more, just another day… “Memorial Day is a federal holiday in the United States for remembering people who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.  The holiday, which is observed every year on the last Monday in May, was formerly known as […]

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With their parents, coaches, and teammates in attendance, a trio of West Bladen Knights signed their college baseball letters of intent Thursday afternoon. Center-fielder Trevor Lesane, catcher Colby McLean and second-baseman Michael Pastore will continue their baseball careers this fall in three different locations. Lesane signed to play next season at Wake Tech Community College […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

1761—1st life insurance policy in North America issued in Philadelphia. 1803—1st public library opens (Connecticut) 1807—Former VP Aaron Burr is tried for treason in Richmond, Va (acquitted) 1807—Townsend Speakman 1st sells fruit-flavored carbonated drinks (Philadelphia) 1842—Farmers Lester Howe and Henry Wetsel discover Howe Caverns in New York state when they stumble upon a large gaping […]

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Bladen County

Bladen County Volunteer Fire Departments have received grants totaling $178,170 from the North Carolina Fire Marshall’s office. State Fire Marshall Wayne Goodwin is responsible for distributing the funds paid by NC licensed insurance company’s on property insurance from the Gross premiums The purpose of the funds is to assist fire departments in purchasing equipment and […]

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Department of Insurance Sends Award Check for New Equipment RALEIGH – Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced that the Clarkton Fire Department was awarded a $30,000.00 grant through the 2015 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North Carolina. The check will be mailed to Fire Chief William Marsh to be […]

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STRUCTURE FIRE  –  May, 14 2015  –  Time 6:57 AM  The Elizabethtown Fire Department responded to a reported residential structure fire at 234 Sand Pit Rd. Upon arrival firefighters found heavy fire showing from the rear of single family dwelling. After an initial scene size up by the fire department incident commander, it was determined […]

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I don’t know about you, but I can eat bacon for breakfast every day for months before desiring a change of taste. Think of ham steaks, ham sandwiches, ham salad, or mmmm, pork chops. Who doesn’t enjoy some bacon bits crumbled over a fresh salad? How about a succulent and delicious pork tenderloin cooked on […]

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Ingredients 4 (6-8 oz) russet potatoes, scrubbed and pricked all over with a fork vegetable oil, to coat potatoes 4 slices bacon 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed 1 1/2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning 1 teaspoon salt, plus a pinch 4 green onions, thinly sliced, white and light green parts; dark green parts […]

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RALEIGH – Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin announced that the White Lake Fire Department was awarded a $30,000.00 grant through the 2015 Volunteer Fire Department Fund from the State of North Carolina. The check will be mailed to Fire Chief Dale Brennan to be used by the Department to purchase needed equipment. […]

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Dr. Mike Walden North Carolina Cooperative Extension There’s rarely a meeting at which I’m speaking where someone doesn’t ask me about investing. Often it’s about the stock market, but sometimes there’s a question about gold, foreign currencies or even options.  Economics is a discipline that changes as new theories and research alter the way we look […]

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A new report from the Rhodium Group, a group that keeps one of the most complete databases of Chinese foreign direct investment into the United States, indicates North Carolina is a huge recipient of investment dollars from that country. Over $5 billion Chinese dollars have been invested in  North Carolina, third only to California and Texas.  Investments […]

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Bladen County Sports

West Bladen’s loss at Croatan Tuesday night officially concluded the 2014-2015 High School Sports season for Bladen County teams, and local fans witnessed the heroics of some outstanding athletes. Three Bladen athletes were named Four County Conference Players of the Year for their respective sports, including Farrell Murchison –Football; Lacey Suggs – Girls Basketball; and […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Rain at the Hester household would be welcomed… A reminder of the new date for the Bladen County Relay for Life at Elizabethtown Middle School… Mark your calendar… Saturday, May 30th.  Preliminary info indicates  lots of participation, despite the fact the event had to be “pushed back” because of the weather.  The event begins at […]

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This Day In History

1832—1st Democratic National Convention (Baltimore) 1861—Richmond, Va, is designated Conference Capital. 1881—American Red Cross founded by Clara Barton. 1906—Louis H. Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars. 1908—1st horror movie (Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde) premieres in Chicago. 1914—Greyhound Bus Co. begins in Minnesota. 1917—Leo Pinckney, 1st American drafted during WW 1. 1922—Col. […]

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By Jefferson Weaver The state moved a step closer to expanding captive deer farms Monday, as a proposal to move regulation of deer on hunting preserves from the Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture passed the senate. Approved on a 44-2 vote, the changes are included in the N.C. Farm Bill for this […]

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According to local election officials, filing for Municipal offices will begin at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, 2015 and ends at 12 noon on Friday, July 17, 2015. Election day will be November 3, 2015. No town in the county holds a primary election, so its winner take all on Tuesday, November 3. Other important dates […]

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Bladen Community College will be offering shag lessons beginning Thursday evening, 5/21 at 6:00 PM at the Cape Fear Farmers Market. The registration fee is $20 per student. Interested participants should contact Stephanie Gonzalez at 879.5539. Brad White is a professional shag dancer and instructor from Wilmington, North Carolina where he has been teaching group […]

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CURRENT CLOSINGS: SR 1179 (Bryant Swamp Road) will remain closed overnight. Our plans are to pave back tomorrow such that the road will be open by tomorrow evening. TOMORROW’S CLOSINGS: Beginning tomorrow morning (5/21/15) we plan to close the northbound lane of NC 131/242/410 in downtown Bladenboro in order to perform a full depth pavement […]

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All Junior Varsity and Varsity athletes from Harrells Christian Academy were honored during the school’s forty-first annual athletic banquet on Sunday evening, May 17. The athletes who received special recognition from the HCA athletic department are pictured L-R as follows: First row: Stephanie Prestage, Harley Crumpler, Sidney Norris, Emily Benton, Ashley Usher, Marissa Parks, Hope […]

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The 2014-2015 Fiscal Year ends June 30, 2015. The Bladen County financial picture indicates Revenues and Expenditures are near budgeted numbers. Revenues are up slightly after 10 months of this fiscal year. Ad Valorem Property Taxes for the current year indicated $19,695,494 have been collected compared with $19,609,837 a year ago. The budgeted amount for […]

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Up and down the hallway, the guardian angels sat patiently waiting. What with the end of the school year, it was a busy time in the Injury Division. A few looked up as Zacharias opened the door and limped in to the waiting area. He signed in and looked around. An older angel motioned him […]

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DUBLIN – During the month of June, the Small Business Center of Bladen Community College is offering seminars Grant Writing 101 and 102 will be offered on Saturday, June 6, from 8:00 AM until 1:15 PM in Building 2, Room 202, on the main campus. Improve Your Credit Score for a Business Loan is scheduled […]

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May 22… Pushing Back the Dark will be held Friday, May 22nd at Elizabethtown Middle School Football field beginning at 8 p.m. and continues until 6 a.m. Saturday, May 23.  Ken Freeman will be the speaker and music will be provided by Four Points North and Divine. May 22 & 23… Friday and Saturday, May […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Over the past few days, our schools athletic teams have been competing in state playoffs and  in some sports it is about individual competition. All together it’s the time of the year to close out another school year.  A look back indicates a good year overall. In baseball, Croatan ended the season for East and West Bladen teams.  We had […]

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This Day In History

1310—Shoes were made for both right & left feet. 1734—1st Jockey Club forms in South Carolina. 1830—1st railroad timetable published in newspaper (Baltimore American) 1861—North Carolina becomes 11th & last state to secede from Union. 1868—Republican National Convention, meets in Chicago, nominates Grant. 1873—Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent first blue jeans with copper rivets. […]

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Bladen County Sports

NEWPORT – The long and winding road through the state baseball playoffs came to an end Tuesday night for the West Bladen Knights. Gunnar Tolston and Fred Stewart combined to strike out 14 as No. 3 seed Croatan eliminated No. 22 seed West Bladen 9-4 in the third round of the Class 2-A playoffs. The […]

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Carolina Crossroads, our Drug and Alcohol Recovery Ministry, is operating and has 11 men currently in its care. The needs for Drug and Alcohol Recovery Help are huge. We knew all along that the facility would be to capacity soon after opening. But, we were not expecting to being in operation until July 1st. Please […]

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Bladen County Finance Director Once again this year we will be comparing Bladen County public official’s salaries with those of our neighboring counties. A reminder that when you look at these figures remember that counties have different tax bases thus some officials have more duties to perform that others. We will be listing the position, […]

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By: McDuffie Pest Control Elizabethtown, NC – Although the atypical winter weather caused a slight delay to the start of pest season, several regions across the country are now reporting an increase in mosquito and tick activity. Dallas Hammond, McDuffie Pest Control’s first full time employee over 42 years ago, is still a dedicated team […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

We reached our first 90 degree temp of 2015 yesterday and could be a as high as 91 today… Last night’s County Commissioners meeting provided a little extra suspense…guess that would be one way to describe.  Dr. Robert Taylor, Bladen County School Superintendent requested a transfer of funds from their capital improvement line item to […]

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This Day In History

1643—Massachusetts Bay, Plymouth, Connecticut & New Harbor form United Colonies of New England. 1749—George II grants charter to Ohio Company to settle Ohio Valley. 1796—Game protection law restricts encroachment on Indian hunting grounds. 1848—1st department store opens. 1848—Mexico gives Texas to US, ending the war. 1857—William Francis Channing & Moses G. Farmer patents electric fire […]

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Bladen County Sports

West Bladen’s version of the “Road Warriors” take their third consecutive play-off road trip tonight as they travel 130 miles up the coast to Newport to battle the Croatan Cougars in a NCHSAA Class 2-A third round play-off game. Coach Kim Cain’s Knights opened the play-offs at Ayden-Grifton last Wednesday and rode a 6-hit shutout […]

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By: Robert G. Hester Bladen County Commissioners denied a request from the local Board of Education to transfer capital outlay funds to current operating expense Monday evening. According to Dr. Robert Taylor, Bladen County School Superintendent, the transfer of funds will be necessary for the school system to close out the current school year.  Taylor […]

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***WARNING VERY GRAPHIC IMAGE! *** Elizabethtown NC – According to A Shelter Friend, a local rescue group, Rufus, a stray Bladen County dog, in desperate need of assistance and deserves a second chance. He is a homeless dog and wandered into the wrong yard. The resident’s dog attacked him. Rufus retreated into the woods and was […]

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Plans are underway for Bladen Mission 2015, an interdenominational mission project for all Junior and Senior High students in Bladen County. The dates are June 14th through the 18th and adult volunteers are needed to assist. This year’s Mission Project will be headquartered at Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church on Peanut Road, about 2 miles […]

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Plans are underway for Bladen Mission 2015, an interdenominational mission project for Junior and Senior High students in Bladen County. The dates are June 14th through the 18th and adults volunteers are needed to assist. This year’s Mission Project will be headquartered at Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church on Peanut Road, about 2 miles southwest […]

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The White Lake Water Festival was packed on a perfect spring day this Saturday. After Friday night’s Cruise-In and Street Dance, Saturday promised to be packed full of fun. The parade and festival drew in thousands of folks from near and far. Dawn Maynard, Chair of the WLWF committee and Executive Director of the Chamber of […]

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Ray Jones won the longest field goal competition Sunday at the Ray Guy ProKicker.com camp held at Wingate University. Jones was the only kicker to successfully make his 40 yard field goal attempt during the competition. It was a kick that would have been good from 50 yards. He then attempted a 50 yard field […]

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The Bladen County Board of Commissioners meet in regular session Monday, at 6:30 p.m. in their meeting room in the courthouse. Their Consent Agenda includes advertising a timber bid proposal package regarding the Detention Center track and scheduling a Public Hearing related to the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 proposed budget. The board is expected to make […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The latest edition of the White Lake Water Festival is over and from an ‘outsiders’ point of view….another very successful effort…Congratulations to those who worked hard to make it happen…. I am proud of our weekend edition of BladenOnline….Lots of locally produced, articles and pics of many different events involving Bladen related activities… Some we […]

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This Day In History

1631—John Winthrop is elected 1st Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. 1652—Rhode Island enacts 1st law declaring slavery illegal. 1852—Massachusetts rules all school-age children must attend school. 1897—American baseball NY Giant William (Bill) Joyce sets record of 4 triples in 1 game. 1912—Perry Como’s birthday. 1916—US pilot Kiffin Rockwell shoots down German aircraft. 1917—US passes […]

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David Rouser

The Elizabethtown – White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce will be hosting “Breakfast with the Congressman” on Tuesday, May 26 at 7:30 am at Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church. Congressman Rouzer will be answering questions from the public.  Robin Summerlin, Chamber of Commerce Board Member reported, “Everyone is invited. It is not a fundraiser.  It’s a chance […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

The BladenOnline team was all over the county Saturday…Check our news and sports page… Congratulations to the West Bladen baseball team defeating Edenton Holmes 2-1 last night…John Clark has all the details, including pics on our sports page… East Bladen’s track team came up a little short in the NCHSAA 2-A State Track Meet in […]

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This Day In History

1804—Lewis & Clark begin exploration of Louisiana Purchase. 1845—Rubber band patents. 1875—1st Kentucky Derby:Oliver Lewis aboard Aristides wins in 2:37.75. 1881—Revised version of New Testament. 1884—Alaska becomes a US territory. 1897—The first successful submarine that can run submerged for any considerable distance and combines electric and gasoline engines is launched in the USA by its […]

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Winning pitcher Trent West slugged the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning as West Bladen’s Knights rallied for a 2-1 victory Saturday night at Edenton Holmes in the NCHSAA Class 2-A Baseball Play-offs. The Knights, now 12-8, advance to the third round at No. 3 Eastern seed Croatan Tuesday night. Edenton Holmes, the Northeastern […]

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Three East Bladen Eagles competed in the NCHSAA Class 2-A State Track Meet Saturday at North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. Senior Dwight Campbell did not qualify for the finals in the Boys 110 Meter High Hurdles after posting a time of 17.97 seconds in his preliminary semi-final heat. Campbell’s time placed fourteenth among […]

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By: Charlotte Smith In a time when it seems there is so much destruction and dismay going on in America, The Lennon Lacy Foundation, a foundation that began a short time ago following the tragic death of Lennon Lacy is making a positive statement and substantial difference in our community. His family and community are a […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

This will be one very busy day for White Lake Festival organizers and one huge day for all who attend…The 37th Annual White Lake Water Festival. We have listed the entire line-up of activities on BladenOnline…The weather promises to be perfect, today and tomorrow and there will be activities for all ages…A Parade, Music, Games, […]

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West Bladen High School Logo

West Bladen’s Knights travel 218 miles up to the North-East corner of the the state Saturday night to battle the Edenton Holmes Aces at historic Hicks Field in NCHSAA Class 2-A Baseball second round play-off action. Junior Jeremy Hunt fired a 6-hit shut-out and struck out 8 Wednesday night to lead the Knights to a […]

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Sandra Cain

By: Sandra R. Cain Believe it or not, it is possible to raise kids who like eating a wide variety of vegetables. The secret is to never bribe or threaten them about eating green or orange things. Just follow as many of these simple steps as you can. *Enjoy a variety of vegetables yourself* The […]

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This Day In History

1771—The Battle of Alamance, a pre-American Revolutionary War battle between local militia and a group of rebels called “The Regulators”, occurs in present-day Alamance County, North Carolina. 1817—Mississippi River steamboat service begins. 1860—Chicago: Republican convention selects Abraham Lincoln as candidate. 1861—Kentucky proclaims its neutrality. 1866—Charles Elmer Hires invents root beer. 1868—By one vote, US Senate […]

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Bladen County Sheriff James A. McVicker has implemented an intense training program for his deputies since taking office in December. “One of my goals when I took office was to make sure my deputies, jailers, and telecommunicators all received not only the basic mandatory yearly training required by the state, but to go above and […]

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The Clarkton Lions Club held its Annual Brighter Visions Fundraiser today in Clarkton. According to club member, Mr. Lawrence McDougald, the club sold 700-800 plates reaching outside of Clarkton by delivering plates to businesses in Whiteville, Fayetteville, as well as other towns in Bladen County. The dedicated members hold two plate sale fundraisers each year. […]

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Since I serve on the Board for our Drug/Alcohol Rehab ministry I have an inside track into what is currently taking place there. We have now had our 8th client check into Carolina Crossroads. Although we were not expecting to begin rehab efforts for another month, the need is so great and word is getting […]

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Lower Cape Fear Hospice recently received three national marketing awards for its You Matter to Our Physicians commercial and videos. The commercial received a Merit Award at the 32nd Annual Healthcare Advertising Awards presented by Healthcare Marketing Report, the national newspaper of healthcare marketing. The competition had more than 3,700 entries this year. Entries were […]

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A Classic Car Cruise-In will kick off the White Lake Water Festival tonight starting at 6:30 pm and will be followed by a Street Dance at Goldston’s Beach. Saturday the fun will start with a parade at 10 am followed by Queen Elsa in attendance for photos, arts, crafts, face painting, amusement rides, clowns, a […]

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Each year on the third Friday in May, National Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species, their habitats and the actions necessary to do so. Every year you can participate along with thousands of others at events to celebrate National Endangered Species Day at wildlife […]

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Contractors have been working hard at the Curtis L. Brown, Jr. Field, also known as the Elizabethtown Airport adding a sealant to the asphalt on the runway and apron. The Asphalt Rejuvenation Project is State DOT funded to assist in maintaining the asphalt and safety for another eight to ten years. Paul Rogers, with TriMat, […]

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WWAY-TV3 is reporting that West Bladen guard Rahu Purdie has verbally committed to play his college basketball next season at Lander University in Greenwood, SC. Purdie is one of the early recruits for new Lander Coach Steve Roberts who was just named the Bearcats coach last month. Lander was nationally ranked in NCAA Division II […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Memories fade as the aging process advances…Sometimes a current event rekindles the memory process…. Such is the case of the most recent events related to Danaher…. It was in the early 60’s, Dan Moore was running for Governor of North Carolina…an industrial prospect came to Bladen County…The normal process is for such a prospect to arrive […]

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This Day In History

1672—1st copyright law enacted to Massachusetts. 1817—Opening of the first private mental hospital in the United States, the Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason (now Friends Hospital) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1829—Joseph Smith ordained by John the Baptist according to John Smith. 1862—US Department of Agriculture created. 1876—2nd Kentucky Derby: […]

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