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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FRANKLINTON – Junior Tyre Boykin and sophomore Tinyauh Rhoda were the leading scorers Friday for the West Bladen Knights in the NCHSAA Class 2A MidEast Track & Field Regional at Franklinton High School. Boykin scored 12 individual points with a third-place finish in the 100 meter dash (11.31) and sixth-place finishes in both the 200 […]

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This Day In History

1777 – 1st ice cream advertisement (Philip Lenzi in the NY Gazette) 1792 – Toilet that flushes itself at regular intervals is patented. 1865 – Last land action of Civil War at Palmito Ranch, Texas. 1888 – Crouching start 1st used in track and field by Charles Sherrill of Yale. 1902 – 140,000 miners of […]

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By Charlotte Smith Local business owners have reported sales down for 2019 and the county’s sales tax revenue is down as well.  Commissioner Arthur Bullock stated recently, “We need more small businesses.” Bullock and other county commissioners have been discussing the decline in sales tax and the decrease in people shopping local.  Bladen County Manager, […]

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By Roxana Ross Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) Shift Supervisor and Registered Nurse Don “Jake” Jacobs was honored as Southeastern Health’s 2019 Baker Nurse of Excellence Tuesday night, May 7. Jacobs was named as this year’s honoree during a ceremony hosted by the organization’s Professional Growth Council as part of National Nurses Week. “I have […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) spoke at a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration hearing on the humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. Senator Tillis on the human toll of people coming here: “When the Flores court decision was reached in 2015 and people in other countries […]

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC), Joe Manchin (D-WV), John Cornyn (R-TX), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Kamala Harris (D-CA) introduced the Bipartisan Disaster Recovery Funding Act. The bill directs the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to release $16 billion in long-awaited disaster relief funding within 60 days to nine states […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Commander Glenn Batten of Clarkton was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal. Carolyn Kelly was elected President of the Elizabethtown Jaycettes. Marilyn Butler of Bladenboro was elected May Queen at Peace College. Judge Giles Clark was elected Boss Of The Year by the Elizabethtown ABWA. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Mother’s Day is tomorrow and nothing is more important to a mom than a visit by children and hopefully grand-children.  We are fortunate, the children are coming, one today and the other on Sunday.  Makes mom very happy. I miss my mom, even more so on special occasions.  She was never a wealthy person, meager means, her later years […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Senior Emma Baynard knocked in a penalty kick with seven minutes left that gave Wheatmore a 2-1 victory over East Bladen on Friday night in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A girls soccer playoffs. “We were called for a handball 25 yards out from the goal, “ said Lady Eagle Coach […]

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DUNN – Seniors Greyson Heustess and Dan Tatum knocked in the deciding runs in the eighth inning as East Bladen upset top-seeded Midway 4-2 Friday night in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A baseball playoffs. With the score knotted 2-2, sophomore Lefrederick Wooten reached base on an error to begin the Eagle eighth […]

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Golf

Springtime has come to Bladen County and activity abounds at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. A very successful Bladen We Care Byron Gooden Tournament was held with 212 players participating. The Bay Tree VFD Tournament on May 11 and the Rotary Tournament on May 17 are just a few of the activities going on at […]

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One-stop voting for the 9th District Republican Primary and two Bladen County races ended Friday afternoon. Election day is scheduled Tuesday when voting will take place at Bladen County’s 17 precincts. Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Voters in line at 7:30 p.m. will be able to cast a ballot, according […]

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This Day In History

1751 – Pennsylvania Hospital founded by Dr. Thomas Bond and Benjamin Franklin. 1752 – First US fire insurance policy issued in Philadelphia. 1850 – Work starts on first brick building in San Francisco. 1904 – Andrew Carnegie donates $1.5M to build a peace palace. 1907 – Bank of San Francisco incorporated. 1924 – Pulitzer Prize […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County Schools Career Day took place on May 7 at West Bladen High School and on May 10 at East Bladen High School. The information sessions, education and trade show is an annual, collaborative effort by the businesses, public services, and educational institutions of the surrounding community, according to officials at […]

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By Dora Brogdon These weekend the New Hope Missionary Church and The Spiritual Educational Outreach Ministries in Wilmington will be celebrating Women’s Day. The celebration will begin at 11 a.m. and the guest speaker for the event will be Rev. Gabrilla Ann Garrett who is the pastor at Spiritual Educational Outreach Ministries. Also on May […]

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The new Mac Campbell Sr. Terminal Building at the Elizabethtown Airport (Curtis Brown Field) has been in use since the ribbon cutting in early March 2019. Today the facility hosted the North Carolina Airport Association Regional Meeting, according to Town of Elizabethtown Manger, Eddie Madden.  “I want to recognize and thank Eddie Madden. Thank you […]

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Veterans Services office in Elizabethtown moved. Veteran Services Director, Larry Hammond says the new location will better serve the local veterans.  Yesterday, the veterans services moved from their office once shared with the Bladen County Elections office located at 301 S. Cypress Street in Elizabethtown. Veterans may now receive […]

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Jefferson Weaver

By Jefferson Weaver Let me preface this by saying I have nothing but respect for doctors. It takes incredible fortitude to study for years, then go into a line of work where lawyers and the intricate vagaries of the human wait hungrily around every turn. I’ve always been blessed with good doctors – the late […]

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Contributed Matthew Bristow-Smith, a past regional teacher of the year who has led Edgecombe Early College High School to high student performance for the last five years, was named Wells Fargo North Carolina Principal of the Year at an awards luncheon today in Cary. The small, application-based high school earned an “A” school performance grade […]

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Appointees from Alamance, Bertie, Brunswick, Buncombe, Cabarrus, Carteret, Catawba, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Forsyth, Franklin, Gaston, Guilford, Harnett, Hayward, Hertford, Macon, Mecklenburg, Moore, New Hanover, Northampton, Onslow, Orange, Person, Randolph, Robeson, Southampton, Surry, Swain, Union, Wake, Warren, Wayne, Wilson Counties RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper announced new appointees to twenty-eight boards and commissions. “I appreciate […]

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FRANKLINTON – A total of 54 Bladen County athletes from East Bladen and West Bladen will be competing Friday in the NCHSAA Class 2A Track & Field MidEast Regionals at Franklinton High. Headlining the East Bladen group is the Three Rivers Conference champion girls 4×400 meter relay team of Rachel Hurrell, Teronda Autry, Aaniya Jackson, […]

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East Bladen’s 4×400 meter girls relay team won the Three Rivers Conference championship in their event and they are ready to compete in the Class 2A MidEast Regionals Friday in Franklinton. “I feel like I have a great responsibility to give us a lead being out first,” said sophomore Teronda Autry. “We really work as […]

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Ever just begin to hum a song, not sure what or why? … One of my most recent … ‘Count Your Many Blessings Name Them One By One’ … brings back memories over the years, youngster on the back row at Zion Hill Baptist Church north of Bladenboro. Either Rev. Pete Lingle or Rev. J. […]

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1652 – John Johnson, a free African American, is granted 550 acres in Northampton, Virginia. 1752 – Benjamin Franklin tests the lightning conductor with his kite-flying experiment. 1837 – Panic of 1837: New York City banks fail, and unemployment reaches record levels. 1872 – Victoria Woodhull becomes 1st woman nominated for US presidency by Equal […]

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The Red Sox and the Mets played Thursday, May 9 in an Elizabethtown Dixie Youth Baseball Coach-Pitch League game at Leinwand Park. From the looks of it, it was a lot of fun! Photos by Kenneth Armstrong   Share:

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The Harrells Christian Academy golf team finished first out of three teams in the Coastal Rivers Conference. Senior Cade Hancock of Elizabethtown was named Player of the Year, an award presented to the player with the lowest scoring average over the course of the season. Hancock and sophomore Colby Stoppelbein, who had the second lowest […]

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East Bladen’s Eagles, the No. 17 seed in the East, will travel to top-seeded Midway on Friday at 7 p.m. in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A baseball playoffs. Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles, the runners-up in the Three Rivers Conference, pounded out 18 hits in a 12-2 mercy rule victory over First Flight […]

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East Bladen, the No. 5 seed in the East, will host Trinity Wheatmore, the No. 12 Eastern seed, Friday at 6 p.m. in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2A girls’ soccer playoffs. Coach Jay Raynor’s Lady Eagles, co-champions of the Three Rivers Conference, edged East Davidson 2-1 in Tuesday’s playoff opener behind goals […]

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Contributed Dr. Renee Steele, 7 th grade teacher at Elizabethtown Middle School, is one of thirty teachers nationwide to be selected to attend the 2019 C-SPAN Middle School conference in Washington DC this summer. The conference is designed to lay a foundation to better utilize C-SPAN Classroom’s free resources. Dr. Steele stated that she is […]

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Contributed RALEIGH – With more than 100 tractors, North Carolina food and beverages, music, a carnival and kids’ activities, the Got to Be NC Festival promises to be a not-to-be-missed event at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh, May 17-19. “The antique tractor and farm equipment display, featuring a daily tractor parade, and the Food […]

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By Charlotte Smith Jeanette Jordan-Huffman, Chief of Quality Management with Eastpointe and Vickie Smith, Director of Bladen County Department of Social Services along with other community leaders helped celebrate National Mental Health Month at the local social services department. Jordan-Huffman announced on Tuesday the unveiling of something new, something innovative, something incredibly exciting. Mr. William […]

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Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT with the North Carolina Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road closings in Bladen County. They are as follows: US701 Lane shift for shoulder closure and to move southbound traffic to northbound bridge for the purpose of debris removal from under the southbound Cape Fear River bridge. […]

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Better internet access is coming to 19 rural, economically disadvantaged counties in North Carolina thanks to nearly $10 million in grants, Governor Roy Cooper announced today along with the NC Department of Information Technology and its Broadband Infrastructure Office. “Access to reliable, high-speed internet service is critical for businesses to grow, students […]

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Contributed The Bob Hester Reunion will be held on Saturday May 18, 2019. at the Bladenboro Community Building. The time will be 11a.m. until 3 pm. Food will be catered. Contact Herman Hester- 704-864-4871 or my e-mail hermanhester38@gmail.com.    We appreciate you doing this for us as you have in the past. Share:

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Starting on Thursday, May 16, breastfeeding classes will be offered free of charge at Southeastern Regional Medical Center every third Thursday of the month. The class, which is led by Robeson County Health Department Lactation Educator Janna Blue, runs from 5:30-7 p.m. in the SRMC Community Education Classroom II, which is near the Gift Shop […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Memorial service for fallen heroes, held Wednesday at the Bladen County Sheriff’s office, very impressive, and well attended…Among those remembered were: Roy Franklin Fores….former Bladenboro Chief Marvin James (Jimmy) Bell….former Elizabethtown Chief Joe Ramey…..former Bladenboro Police Officer Brian Collins….former Bladen County Deputy Sheriff Dewayne Charles Hester….former Bladen County Deputy Sheriff The most recent to be […]

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1862 – US Naval Academy relocated from Annapolis, Maryland to Newport, Rhode Island. 1865 – President Andrew Johnson issues a proclamation declaring armed resistance in the South is virtually at an end; this is the commonly accepted end date of the American Civil War. 1899 – John Burr patents an improved rotary lawn mower in […]

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  4th ABSENTEE MEETING at 5:00 pm MONDAY, May 13, 2019 301 S. Cypress St. Elizabethtown, NC Louella P. Thompson-Chairman Bladen County Board of Elections Share:

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By Charlotte Smith The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office hosted the 2019 Peace Officers Memorial Service on Wednesday morning, May 8th. The event was held to honor law enforcement officers and those in the service who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, according to Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker. Bladen County fallen law […]

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Bladen Community College has many opportunities for your camper to learn, express, create, and build on their already growing personalities.  Why not use the summer to let your camper brush up on their math skills, explore career areas of interest or discover their creative talents in a performing arts or art camps. They are all […]

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Justin Morilla owner of Splish Splash Car Wash And Detailing announced his grand opening this week. The new business offers car wash and detailing  by appointment and vehicle pick up services are also available. Morilla is excited about the opportunity to grow his business. Splish Splash Car Wash and Detailing is located at 10315 N […]

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The University of North Carolina System Interim President Bill Roper has announced that three recent UNC System graduates will serve as Presidential Scholars for the 2019-20 academic year. Presidential Scholars serve a one-year appointment and provide a wide range of professional functions for the UNC System Office. The scholars will interact with the president, his senior leadership and members […]

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RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper underwent an elective procedure to repair a herniated disc that was causing lower back pain on Monday, May 6. The governor is alert and resting, reading bills and directing staff. The procedure took place at UNC Rex Hospital in Raleigh. “I guess this is what happens after too many sit-ups. I’ll be […]

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The Annual Meeting and Pot-Luck  Covered Dish Luncheon will take place on Saturday, June 1, 2019 in Patriots Hall at Moores Creek National Battlefield on Hwy. 210 in Currie, NC. The program begins at 12:00 p.m. with live period music by the talented musicians comprising the Wilmington based group Masonboro Parlor followed by lunch and […]

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With Pride and Joy Mr. & Mrs. Ritchie Thompson Announce the Graduation of their Daughter Dr. Kaylyn Renee Thompson Receiving her Doctorate of Pharmacy from Campbell University College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Friday, May 10th at 3:00 in the afternoon John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center Kaylyn previously obtained her Bachelors in Clinical Research […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

All are invited to a special Peace Officers Memorial Service at the Bladen County Sheriff’s Department, at 10 AM, today (Wednesday).  Fallen officers will be honored, unfortunately, the list continues to grow.  Families of the fallen, as well as friends will hopefully attend. That’s TODAY, 10 AM at the Sheriff’s Department. Speaking of the Sheriff’s Department, if […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s decision to select the Research Triangle as one of three finalists to become the new home of the USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) and National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The USDA received expressions of interest from 136 parties in 35 states across the […]

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Governor Cooper lauds move to bring 124 new jobs to Reidsville REIDSVILLE: Pella Corporation, a leading manufacturer of window and door products for residential and commercial use, will create 124 jobs at its new manufacturing facility in Rockingham County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest nearly $20 million in the new operation and hiring […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Spencer Scott and Lefrederick Wooten combined to pitch a five-hitter, and East Bladen’s offense pounded out 18 hits in a 12-2 victory over First Flight on Tuesday night in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A baseball playoffs. Scott, a senior, pitched into the sixth inning and allowed two runs – one […]

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CHARLOTTE – More than 8,900 pounds of unwanted or expired medications were turned in for safe and proper disposal in North Carolina during the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration’s 17th National Prescription Take-Back Day held Saturday, April 27. The state’s total was the highest collected in the state since the program began 10 years ago, DEA […]

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1792 – US establishes the military draft. 1847 – Scot Robert Thompson patents rubber tyre. 1861 – Richmond, Virginia, is named the capital of the Confederacy. 1879 – George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile. 1886 – Jacob’s Pharmacy in Atlanta sells the first Coca-Cola (contained cocaine) 1919 – 1st transatlantic flight […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Freshman Maya McDonald recorded a goal and an assist Tuesday night as East Bladen defeated East Davidson 2-1 in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A girls’ soccer playoffs. East Bladen grabbed the lead in the third minute of play as McDonald sent a pass to junior Sydney Wober who knocked in […]

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WASHINGTON – West Bladen scored first Tuesday night, but top-seeded Washington bounced back to claim a 15-1 victory in the opening round of the NCHSAA Class 2A softball playoffs. Junior Kyla Reed beat out an infield hit in the Lady Knight first inning, raced to third base when junior Alara Cashwell belted a single and […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Piedmont Natural Gas announced today it has selected Matrix Service Inc., a subsidiary of Matrix Service Company, to build its liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Robeson County, North Carolina. The facility will help Piedmont Natural Gas continue providing customers with a reliable supply of natural gas during peak usage days, when […]

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By Dora Brogdon Every year on the second Sunday of May children give gifts to their mothers in appreciation. The holiday began on May 10, 1908 by Anna Jarvis when she held a memorial service to both her mother and all the mothers at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church. The second Sunday was designated for Mother’s […]

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By Charlotte Smith Bladen County is one of only three counties in North Carolina with an elected coroner’s position left according to Ms. Trish Fore, BS, D-ABMDI, Staff Development and Training Coordinator with the North Carolina Medical Examiner’s Office. A coroner is an elected official who is responsible for the investigation of deaths occurring within […]

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RALEIGH: In the wake of devastating natural disasters across the United States, Governor Roy Cooper and bipartisan governors from nine additional states urged President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders to finalize federal disaster relief. “We appreciate that preliminary disaster packages have advanced in both chambers,” the governors wrote. “These are indeed encouraging signs, but after months […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Bladenboro Rotary Club was having the J.W. and Martha Black Memorial Pancake Breakfast. Mr. Black was Principal at Bladenboro High School. A Spring Camporee for the Boy Scout of America was being held at Camp Bowers in Live Oak. DuPont announced that they were starting a large expansion at the plant on the Bladen-Cumberland […]

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Contributed Honoring the nearly 900,000 small businesses operating in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper has proclaimed May 5 – 11, 2019 as Small Business Week in the state. “Small businesses are the heart and soul of North Carolina’s communities, economy and future prosperity,” Gov. Cooper said. “From cutting-edge tech startups to long-established hometown businesses, small […]

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USDA

Contributed WASHINGTON, May 6, 2019 – USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that organic producers and handlers can apply for federal funds to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining organic certification through the Organic Certification Cost Share Program (OCCSP). Applications for fiscal 2019 funding are due Oct. 31, 2019. “Producers can visit their […]

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By Charlotte Smith The theme for the first part of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting seemed to be dedication and service to community. Mrs. Sherry Dowless, Mr. Bradley Kinlaw, and Bladen County Nurses were all given recognition at the Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting on Monday evening, May 6.  Director of Nursing, […]

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The Farm Credit Association of North Carolina announced that two Bladen County youths have been presented awards by their organization. Oliva Barnes of Elizabethtown and Callie Lewis of Bladenboro were presented the second Ag Youth Leadership Program Awards. Both girls excelled as leaders in their FFA Chapters and 4-H Clubs. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Checked my rain gauge and compared with the official numbers at the nearby Curtis Brown Airport…total rainfall over the past 3 or 4 days, about an inch.  Bet farmers would like to see more.  Next best chance is the weekend, ranges from 30% to 60%, Friday thru Sunday. Thinking about items no longer needed on todays’ farm….horse […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) applauded the recent committee passage of bipartisan legislation that would reauthorize the Debbie Smith Act and give much-needed resources to state and local law enforcement agencies to complete forensic analyses of crime scenes and untested rape kits. “In North Carolina alone, there are more than 15,000 untested rape kits,” said Senator Tillis. “Victims […]

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RALEIGH – Residents whose driver licenses or permits are suspended or revoked will now receive a state-issued identification card from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles. DMV has an office at 196 North Pine Street in Elizabethtown. The office is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. The phone number is (910) […]

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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Health will transition to a new software system to integrate all of its hospitals and clinics to a single electronic health record. The switch to Epic electronic health records (EHR) will occur Friday, May 3. Bladen County Hospital in Elizabethtown is part of Cape Fear Valley Health. “Having one integrated […]

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East Bladen’s baseball and girls soccer teams and West Bladen’s softball team received berths Monday in the NCHSAA Class 2A playoffs. All three Bladen teams will play Tuesday at 6 p.m. Coach Jay Raynor’s Lady Eagles, 16-1 and co-champions of the Three Rivers Conference, were seeded fifth in the East in the girls’ soccer bracket. […]

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Tuesday, May 7 Minors: Dublin at Clarkton, 7 p.m. Majors: Bladenboro 2 at Tar Heel, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 9 Coach Pitch: Clarkton at Tar Heel, 6 p.m. Majors: Clarkton at Bladenboro 1, 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 10 Coach Pitch: Dublin at Tar Heel, 6 p.m. Coach Pitch: Bladenboro 1 at Bladenboro 2, 6 p.m. […]

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5-7-Year-Old League All games on Field 2 at Bladen County Park Tuesday, May 7 Suncats vs. Diamond Divas, 6 p.m. Sweet Heat vs. Snowbirds, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9 Diamond Divas vs. Snowbirds, 6 p.m. Suncats vs. Sweet Heat, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 Snowbirds vs. Suncats, 6 p.m. Sweet Heat vs. Diamond Divas, 7:30 […]

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1789 – First US Presidential inaugural ball (for George Washington, in NYC) 1840 – Tornado strikes Natchez, Mississippi, kills 137. 1877 – Cincinnati Enquirer first uses term “Bullpen” to indicate foul territory. 1912 – Columbia University approves plans for awarding the Pulitzer Prize in several categories, after established by Joseph Pulitzer. 1914 – US Congress […]

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RALEIGH – As North Carolina works to rebuild from past storms, Gov. Roy Cooper on Monday urged North Carolinians to take steps now to get ready for the next hurricane season. Hurricane season runs from June 1 through Nov. 30 Cooper proclaimed May 5-11 as Hurricane Preparedness Week. “North Carolina has been hit by two […]

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WHITE LAKE – West Bladen juniors Chad Garner and Wyatt Bordeaux both shot their best rounds of the season Monday in the NCHSAA Class 2A MidEast Regional at Vineyard Golf, but both just missed qualifying for the state tournament. Bordeaux fired an 81, and Garner was a shot behind with an 82. An 80 would […]

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An Elizabethtown man pleaded guilty to second degree murder Monday in the stabbing death of his stepfather in 2015, according to the Bladen County District Attorney’s office. Jonathan Parker, 47, was sentenced to between 192 months and 243 months in Bladen County Superior Court for killing 78-year-old John Robert Cole at Cole’s home in Elizabethtown […]

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By Charlotte Smith A suspect described as a slender, white, well spoken, short-haired male is wanted for a home invasion robbery according to Investigator Greg Bullard with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The crime took place on Owen Hill Road in Elizabethtown, Friday, May 3. Announced Tuesday afternoon, a reward is now being offered for […]

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The Carolina Reapers won the Annual USSSA Fast-Pitch Spring Fling Saturday at Hall Park in Fayetteville. The Reapers won the championship with a perfect 4-0 record winning two games in pool play and two games in bracket play. Members of the team are: Bottom Row (Left-Right): Lena Trinadad, Paige Sherman, Emmee Ward,Marlie Walters,Hannah Richardson,Violet Allen. […]

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By Joy Warren During a public hearing at the Elizabethtown Town Council Monday evening meeting, Council heard from Town Attorney Goldston Womble regarding the need for a 120-day extension of the moratorium for Electronic Gaming Operations.  Womble stated he is researching current information and other county ordinances and will need additional time to draft the […]

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By Charlotte Smith West Bladen High School showcased their school spirit on Monday, May 6 for fellow classmate, Alyssa Bell. The band played, the cheerleaders danced while students were ushered in for the Semper Fidelis All-American Program award presentation. As students were seated, Principal Peggy Hester said, “There is no better reason to be out […]

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Register for Fun Run at www.fmrun.com   Columbus County Community Farmers Market will officially open for the 2019 season on Saturday, May 11, at 8 a.m. and the ninth annual Farmers Market Fun Run & Walk will be held on that morning.   “We’re excited to see another beautiful spring in Columbus County,” said market manager Susie Rockel.  “That means we should be a […]

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As warmer weather arrives in Bladen County, the Division of Aging and Adult Services is partnering with the N.C. Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers to distribute fans to eligible recipients through Operation Fan Heat Relief from May 1 until Oct. 31. “Our supply is limited,” Kelly Robeson, Director of Division of Aging […]

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Many citizens in the county are still recovering from hurricanes Matthew and Florence. Bladen County Board of Commissioners’ Chairman, Charles Ray Peterson has seen the devastation of both storms first hand. The North Carolina Emergency Management sent out a press release with seven tips for citizens to be prepared for hurricane season. Peterson would like […]

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Contributed Bladen County Youth Focus Project, Inc. and Bladen County Training School – Bladen Central High School Alumni Association will sponsor a “FISH PLATE” fundraiser and ceremony for the unveiling of the Bladen County Training School Historical site. Plate sale will be on May 24th and will start at 11:00 am and the unveiling ceremony […]

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Looking forward to a new week.  Before looking ahead, a quick peek at last week. Folks had another successful fund-raiser for one of their own.  Noah Deaver is dealing with health issues….friends raised nearly $28,000 for him Saturday.  Say what you will, the Bladenboro volunteers spring into action when needed.  4-7 p.m. $28,000.  The whole community […]

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1835 – James Gordon Bennett, Sr. publishes the first issue of the New York Herald (price 1 cent) 1837 – John Deere creates the first steel plow. 1851 – Dr. John Gorrie patents a “refrigeration machine” 1896 – Samuel Pierpont Langley flies his unpiloted Number 5 aircraft using a catapult launch from a boat on […]

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The Elizabethtown Battle finished as runners-up Saturday in their first USSSA 10U softball tournament. Members of the team are: Bottom Row (Left-right): Riley Ussery, Bailee Thompson, Kali Allen, Tatum Allen, Allison Hickman, Jenna Brice. Middle Row (L-R): Julianne Devane, Grier Pope, Leah Wilkins, Reagan Hester, Brenna Hester, Taylor Dowless. Coaches (L-R): Nathan Dowless, David Allen, […]

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WHITEVILLE – West Bladen grad Laikyn Pait walloped a home run and a double Saturday to lead her Southeastern Community College Lady Rams to a doubleheader sweep of Patrick Henry Community College. In Saturday’s opener, Pait batted a perfect 3-doe-3 with a double, a home run and three runs scored in an 8-4 SCC win. […]

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The descendant of Shade & Civil Thompson, & Jesse & Perci Boyett of Bladen County, will hold their family reunion on June 1, 2019, at shady Grove Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. The Church is located at 10981 Twisted Hickory Road, Bladenboro. A covered dish meal will be served at 1:00pm. All descendants,family & friends are […]

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Contributed Each year some Bladen County citizens gather to observe the National Day of Prayer in Bladen County. This year, several area pastors encouraged others to get out and pray in different communities on May 2 to observe the national prayer day. Dr. Mack Roberts with Galeed Baptist Church along with other area ministers held […]

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Mr. Harold Leon Ford a well respected native of Bladen County was celebrated on his birthday, Saturday May 4, because of all he has done throughout the years. Mr. Ford of Clarkton, is a US Army Veteran and served in the Korean War. After Mr. Ford’s service in the armed forces, he returned to Bladen […]

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BLADENBORO – Junior Jenna Bullard pitched a no-hitter and struck out 10 batters to lead Whiteville to a 10-0 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over West Bladen on Saturday. Bullard walked two batters and hit two batters. An error, a fielder’s choice and two-out singles by Brooklyn Slater and Gabby Hayes snapped a scoreless tie […]

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BLADENBORO – Sophomore Shelby Pharr pitched a seven-hit shutout and struck out five batters to lead West Bladen to a 3-0 Three Rivers Conference softball victory over East Bladen Saturday. “Shelby did a good job for us,” said West Bladen Coach Pam Stephens. “She had to throw a lot of pitches today.” Pharr had pitched […]

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BLADENBORO – East Bladen’s Eagles pounded out 11 hits Saturday to defeat West Bladen 15-3 in Three Rivers Conference baseball action. Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles were assured of the TRC’s No. 2 Class 2A playoff berth Friday night when St. Pauls defeated Red Springs. East Bladen finished the regular season with a 13-4 league record […]

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1816 – American Bible Society organized in New York. 1847 – American Medical Association organized (Philadelphia) 1865 – 1st US train robbery (North Bend, Ohio) 1893 – Panic of 1893 causes a large crash on the NY Stock Exchange. 1908 – Great White Fleet arrives in San Francisco. 1920 – US President Woodrow Wilson makes […]

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Several months ago, my favorite grand-daughter, my only grand-daughter, shared some thoughts on social media and today I share, again. “My grandpa, Robert G. Hester, writes a “Thoughts While Shaving” entry daily for an online newspaper. This is my rendition, but I’ll call it “Thoughts while painting nails and sipping Relaxation tea”. Dental school, thus […]

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By Charlotte Smith Saturday may have held the largest Elizabethtown Police Department Kid’s Appreciation Day in years according to event organizer, Lt. Dewayne Cheshire. The thirteenth annual Kid’s Appreciation Day gave law enforcement the opportunity to join forces with other local agencies, businesses and other leaders to give back to the community. “I think the […]

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By Charlotte Smith A hidden treasured community comes out in full bloom every year for the annual May Day celebrations. The citizens of Carver’s Creek, tucked in the eastern country roads of Bladen County, are a shining example of southern hospitality offering food and fellowship to all. The crowd was filled with distinguished guests, friendly […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

The Bladenboro Rotary Club was having their J.W. and Martha Black Memorial Pancake Breakfast. Mr. Black was the principal of Bladenboro High School. The Boy Scouts of America were having their Spring Jamboree at Camp Bowers located in Live Oak. The DuPont Company, located on the Bladen-Cumberland line, announced a large expansion. The Clarkton High […]

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The 2A Mid East High School Golf Regional Tournament will be held at Vineyard Golf at White Lake on Monday, May 6. The tourney will have 23 teams (68 players) playing for a chance to advance to the North Carolina High School Finals to be played at Longleaf Golf Course in Pinehurst on Monday and […]

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By Charlotte Smith The construction of the new White Lake multi-use path was completed on Thursday this week. Local residents were seen Friday using the path for their exercises and leisurely walks.  Project Manager Eddie Madden was very pleased with the completion. He said, “All we have left to do now is to plant grass […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

You’ve heard this before.  This is a busy weekend in Bladen….Many across the county, doing good deeds. Today: 7 – 10 AM…White Oak Volunteer Fire Department sponsoring a Pancake Breakfast.  The location is 10838, NC 53, White Oak. 10 AM…Carvers Creek May Day Festival. 4 – 7 PM…Bladenboro Fund Raisers will be serving BBQ plates at […]

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This week the Bladen County Board of Commissioners’ met to discuss the budget concerns. The commissioners are set to met again on Monday. The meeting scheduled for 6:30 pm on Monday, May 6, 2019 will be held in the Commissioners’ Room on the lower level of the Bladen County Courthouse. The address is 106 East […]

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