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Kiwanis Recognitions Night

The Kiwanis of Elizabethtown was pleased to recognize two 60-year members at their meeting, January 16th at San Jose in Elizabethtown. Each of these members have received a plaque from the club recognizing their years of service along with recognition letters and pins from Kiwanis International. Mr. Billy (William) Hair joined Kiwanis in September of 1957. He is a former educator and administrator in the Bladen County Schools. Mr. Hair is a great historian of the club events and reliably attends every meeting. His support of Kiwanis over the years has allowed this club to prosper and continue to serve the children of Bladen County. The Kiwanis was thrilled to …..

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NC DOT

NCDOT: Winter Storm Cleanup

Once again, the New Year kicked off with a wintry welcome, bringing record-breaking cold and not one, but two winter storms. The first storm brought ice and a few inches of snow to eastern counties and coastal areas, which is an unusual sight in North Carolina. The ice, coupled with constant below freezing daytime temperatures and single digit nighttime temperatures, made it especially challenging for crews to clear roadways. N.C. Department of Transportation crews from across the state were sent to assist in the clearing efforts, which took nearly a week in some areas. Nearly every county received snow, with the highest amounts in the Piedmont where up to a …..

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Cape Fear Valley Bladen County Hospital

Cape Fear Valley Bladen Medical Associstes and Bladen Kid’s Care Announce Saturday Hours

Bladen Medical Associates and Bladen Kid’s Care will be open from 9:00 am- 3:00 pm Saturday, January 20th * BY APPOINTMENT ONLY*. Please call one of the following numbers if you would like to be scheduled. As always, Bladen Express Care will also be open 8:00 am – 7:00 pm. Bladen Medical Associates: Dr. Vergara-872-0701or 872-8702 Robin Goosetree, FNP Kids Care Amanda Register, PNP Phone: 910-862-8677 Share:

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Tillis Statement On Government Funding

TILLIS: “Democrats are justifying their support of a shutdown by creating arbitrary deadlines and demanding an immediate vote on the ‘Gang of Six’ immigration bill. It’s a disingenuous partisan political stunt considering they know full well that a vote would fail in both chambers, a result that would make a successful deal even harder to achieve moving forward. It’s even more disingenuous since they haven’t even introduced the bill or legislative text yet. It’s impossible to vote on a bill that doesn’t exist…. All members should look in a mirror and ask themselves if they’re in Congress to make a point or to make a difference. If they truly want …..

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Congressman Pittenger On Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act: ‘What Have We Become?’

WASHINGTON – Today, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) joined House Republicans to pass the Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 4712), which requires appropriate medical care be given to babies who survive abortion procedures. “What have we become as a nation that we must pass a law to stop abortionists from stuffing living, breathing babies into biohazard bags and tossing them in the trash?” asked Congressman Pittenger. “My body, my choice? What about the body of the baby? What about the baby’s choice? Those who defend killing a baby born alive have lost the capacity to love.” The Born Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act: · Requires any health care practitioner …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Bladen County Schools will open with a 2-hour delay today, for staff and students. Today is the deadline for a fundraiser for Senior Games that will be held later this spring. Lumber River Council of Government is selling raffle tickets for a Sceptre 50″ LED TV for $5 each. All proceeds benefit the Senior Games. If you are interested in supporting this event, contact Carol Mitchell at the Division of Aging TODAY (Friday, January 19). Her number is 910-872-6331 Black’s Tire Service and Recapping Co. will enter a truck in the upcoming Daytona race. David Gilliland will be the driver and Michael Hester of Bladenboro will be the crew chief. …..

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This Day in History for January 19

1865 – Union occupies Fort Anderson, North Carolina. 1883 – The first electric lighting system employing overhead wires, built by Thomas Edison, begins service at Roselle, New Jersey. 1903 – 1st regular transatlantic radio broadcast between US & England. 1915 – Neon Tube sign patented by George Claude. 1922 – Geological survey says US oil supply would be depleted in 20 years. 1935 – Coopers Inc. sells the world’s first men’s briefs in Chicago, calls it the “Jockey” 1938 – General Motors begins mass production of diesel engines. 1955 – “Millionaire” TV program premieres on CBS. 1961 – 1st episode of “Dick Van Dyke Show” is filmed. 1966 – Neil …..

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Supreme Court Grants North Carolina’s Application to Delay Redrawing of Electoral Maps, Putting Fair Elections in North Carolina in Jeopardy For 2018 Election

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Supreme Court said North Carolina does not have to redraw its congressional voting maps by January 29, as a federal district court ordered on January 9 when it struck down the 2016 map as an unconstitutional partisan gerrymander. Campaign Legal Center (CLC) and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) represent the League of Women Voters of North Carolina, in this legal challenge to state’s 2016 maps. North Carolina’s maps have been in dispute since 2012, and the Supreme Court invalidated the state’s 2012 and 2014 maps as a racial gerrymander. In 2016, North Carolina voters went to the polls with the current map, which the district court has …..

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Balsam Range at Carolina Civic Center

Returning 7pm Saturday February 10 from their sold-out 2015 performance, Balsam Range brings a warm, contemporary bluegrass sound to the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater in downtown Lumberton.  Hailing from Henderson County in western North Carolina, Balsam Range’s ascent to the top of the Bluegrass world has left a well-marked trail of success since the band’s inception in 2007. One of the genre’s most award-winning artists in recent years, they have garnered ten International Bluegrass Music Association Awards on the heels of six critically acclaimed albums. Balsam Range has left audiences spellbound while headlining major festivals from coast to coast, selling out venues across the nation, and appearing multiple times at the Grand …..

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Bladen County Farm Service Agency Announces County Committee Election Results

Bladen County U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director CED Chris Tatum announced that County Committee elections are over and the ballots have been counted. Joshua Vendrick of Bladenboro was elected to represent local administrative area (LAA) 2 and Delois Wright of Bladenboro will serve as the first alternate. “County Committee members are a critical component of the day-to- day operations of FSA,” said Tatum.  “They help deliver programs at the county level and work to serve the needs of local producers.” All recently elected County Committee members will take office in January 2018, and will be joining the existing committee.” Every FSA office is required …..

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Upcoming Events

Events for Bladen County

By: Dora Brogdon This Saturday, Jan 20, will have a total of 3 events. The first event to start the day off will be a Introduction to Carolina Bays at Jones Lake State Park. Participants will learn about the geological mysteries of the Carolina Bays that some call home! Those that due attend should meet at the Park’s Visitor Center. The NC Muscadine Growers Association will be meeting at Lu Mil Vineyard. Registration will begin at 8:30a.m. and those who do plan on attending should contact Dianna at 910-267-4531. There will be a no-cost business seminar on Church Event Planning: Beyond the Fundraiser. The seminar will begin at 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. On Sunday, Jan …..

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Historical Markers in Bladen County: Brown Marsh Presbyterian Church

Brown Marsh Presbyterian Church, also known as Clarkton Presbyterian Church, is an historic Presbyterian church in Clarkton, Bladen County, North Carolina. It was built between 1805 and 1828, and is a small frame pre-Greek Revival style building. It is the oldest church in Bladen County. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. Share:

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No DACA No CR Bill Conference Call Update

Charlotte, NC- Please join our #DACA conference call update tonight @ 1900 (7pm EDT). We will also live stream on Facebook Christian’s update during the call. Now here is what you will need for the call: Dial-In Number: 641-715-3570 Participation Code: 388026 The call will begin promptly at: 1900 EDT and will last around 30 minutes. ***** OUR DEMOCRATIC MORAL FIBER COUNTDOWN HAS BEGUN! #NoCRWithOutDACA “We stand firm with Congressperson Keith Ellison, our Black Congressional Caucus, and our Hispanic Congressional Caucus who believe our #DACA neighbors deserve a clean #DreamAct now. “As we approach a possible government shutdown in three (2) days, I urge all of our declared #NCDP 2018 Democratic primary election …..

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SBI Has Job Openings for Special Agent I Positions

RALEIGH — The State Bureau of Investigation is accepting job applications until Friday, Jan. 26, at 5 p.m. for approximately 12 special agent I positions to work in various locations statewide. “We are looking for men and women who are physically fit, of strong moral and ethical character and who would enjoy working in an investigative law enforcement role,” said Bob Schurmeier, director of the SBI. “I encourage those who qualify to consider being a part of this agency that protects and serves the citizens of North Carolina in many ways.”  The job requirements include graduation from a four-year college and 12 months of law enforcement experience. The candidate must be at least …..

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Are Abortion Clinics Infrastructure?

  WASHINGTON – As hundreds of thousands of pro-life Americans prepare to March for Life in Washington, D.C., Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and Senator James Lankford (R-OK) are requesting a Government Accountability Office investigation into the use of tax-exempt bonds to finance abortion clinics. “These tax-exempt bonds are designed to build up a community by supporting infrastructure, not tear down a community by subsidizing the willful termination of innocent life. Who in their right mind would consider an abortion clinic to be infrastructure? We intend to stop this egregious misuse of tax-exempt bonds,” said Congressman Pittenger. “The nation is divided on the issue of abortion, but the government should not …..

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The partisan politics of personal destruction

Senate Democrats have been indignantly sounding the alarm that President Trump represents a threat to the independence of the judicial branch. They are apparently unaware that the real threat to our judiciary – the flagrant politicization of our courts and the confirmation process itself – has been facing them in the mirror this entire time.   Case in point: the treatment of Tom Farr, who President Trump nominated last year to serve on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.   Since the moment Mr. Farr was nominated, he has been the subject of a coordinated and viciously dishonest smear campaign from the far-left designed to tank …..

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Snow cream for snow days

Bladen County has received more snow this year than most years. Schools have been canceled and some may be wondering what to do on this snow day. Snow cream is always a good, fast, tasty treat. We thought we would share the recipe for the refreshing cream. You will need the following ingredients: 8 c. clean snow 1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 1 tsp. vanilla extract Then in a large mixing bowl, stir together sweetened condensed milk and vanilla. Add snow, 1 cup at a time, stirring until all ingredients have been added; continue adding snow until an ice cream-like texture has been reached. You may need as …..

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N.C. Pesticide Board announces case settlements

RALEIGH – The N.C. Pesticide Board recently approved the following settlement agreements for individuals in Johnston, Jones, New Hanover and Rowan counties, and Trenton, Ga. Settlements included instances of pesticide drift and selling restricted-use pesticides to individuals without a valid pesticide license. Settlements are listed by county below: (Columbus) Anthony R. Allred, general manager of Land O’Lakes Golf Course in Whiteville, agreed to pay $900 for using pesticides in a manner inconsistent with its labeling. Pesticides labeled for use on a farm were used to treat areas of the golf course. The agricultural pesticides used were not labeled for golf course use. (Johnston) Joshua Daughtry of Kenly agreed to pay …..

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Tillis & Lankford Joint Statement on Gang of Six Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and James Lankford (R-OK) issued the following joint statement on the “Gang of Six” legislation:   “Any successful immigration deal must be a balanced compromise that both provides a long-term solution for DACA youth and effectively secures our borders. Simply put, it needs to permanently fix both problems. As we have said from the beginning, any successful deal also needs buy-in from the White House. Unfortunately, the ‘Gang of Six’ proposal falls short since it fails to include even basic border security reforms.   “Threatening a government shutdown or demanding a vote on a bill that is doomed to fail is counterproductive. It …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Snow could hang around for a few hours.  Sunny today with highs near 40, West wind 7 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 15 mph.  Clear, with low around 24 tonight, west wind around 5 mph. Icy spots on roadways could be hazardous.  Temps increase to the 50s and 60s later this week. Don’t want to ‘jinks’ our utility companies, but year ’round preparation by Four County and Duke Energy has cut ‘down time’ to a minimum.  Zero outage at many households and businesses. Love to read John Clark’s articles related to high school sports.  Congratulations to Ja Tyra Moore-Peterson on her 1,000th point in her East Bladen high school basketball career.  The …..

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This Day in History for January 18

1733 – 1st polar bears exhibited in America in Boston. 1778 – Captain James Cook stumbles over Sandwich Islands (Hawaiian Islands) 1869 – Elegant California Theater opens in San Francisco. 1896 – 1st demonstration of an X-ray machine in US (NYC). 1919 – Bentley Motors Limited is founded. 1943 – US rations bread & metal – banning pre-sliced bread reduce bakery demand for metal parts. 1944 – The Metropolitan Opera House in New York City hosts a jazz concert for the first time. The performers were Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Lionel Hampton, Artie Shaw, Roy Eldridge and Jack Teagarden. 1947 – “Red Mill” closes at Ziegfeld Theater NYC after 831 …..

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JV Boys Basketball: East Bladen 60, West Bladen 36

DUBLIN – East Bladen rode a 22-7 second quarter surge to a 60-36 jayvee boys basketball victory over West Bladen Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference action. Corey McKoy nailed a pair of 3-point shots in the first quarter as the Eagles grabbed an 11-7 lead. Teammate Makhi Cromartie tossed in a basket, and Tayshaun Berkeley canned 2 free throws. Nolan Bryant dropped in a pair of first-period baskets for the Knights, and teammate Ronald Thompson pumped in a basket and a free throw. Corey McKoy who led all scorers with 14 points knocked down a pair of 3-point shots to key the Eagles second period explosion. Freshman Lefrederick Wooten …..

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Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson Scores 1,000th Point

Junior guard Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson scored the 1,000th point of her East Bladen basketball career Tuesday night in the Lady Eagles 68-62 win at West Bladen. Moore-Peterson went into Tuesday’s game with a total of 996 career points. After tossing in a first-period basket, Moore-Peterson reached the 1,000 point mark with her first basket of the second quarter. On hand to see Moore-Peterson reach the milestone was Lacey Suggs, the most recent Lady Eagle to reach the 1,000 point mark. Suggs ranks third on the Lady Eagle career scoring list with 2,139 points. Other Lady Eagles to join the 1,000 point club during Coach Patty Evers tenure as head coach include …..

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Cape Fear Valley Medical

Cape Fear Valley announces hours for Thursday, Jan 18

Due to inclement weather in the region, the following Cape Fear Valley clinics and services will open Thursday, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. to patients and visitors: All Cape Fear Valley Health and Harnett Health clinics in Cumberland, Hoke, Harnett, Bladen, Robeson, Scotland and Sampson counties Health Pavilion North – all clinics and services Health Pavilion Hoke – all clinics and services HealthPlex Highsmith-Rainey ExpressCare Community Mental Health Center at 711 Executive Place The Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Cape Fear Valley Cape Fear Valley Diagnostic Center Cape Fear Valley Cancer Center – all locations Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center Services at Cape Fear Valley Medical Center/Rehabilitation Center, Hoke …..

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County Schools on 2-hour delay

Bladen County Schools will open with a 2-hour delay on Thursday for students and non-essential staff. Essential staff will be contacted by their immediate supervisor if they need to report to work earlier than the 2-hour delay. Share:

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Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial and County Commissioners meet

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Commissioners and the members of the Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial Board met in a joint session on Tuesday morning. Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Heustess said this was the first time both full boards have met together. He said 13 of the 18 Bladen’s Bloomin’ members present at the meeting either have been or currently are serving as Bladen County Commissioners. Two current County Commissioners serving on the Bladen’s Bloomin’ board are Ashley S. Trivette and Commissioner Chairman Ray Britt replaced Commissioner  Charles Ray Peterson. Heustess gave those present a history of Bladen’s Bloomin’. It is a private, non-profit real estate and lending entity …..

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National Weather Service office issues updated snow forecast

The National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued an updated snow forecast for Bladen County. The forecast calls for the county to receive between 1 to 2 inches of snowfall by Thursday morning. The winter weather advisory for Bladen County remains in effect until 10 p.m. tonight (Wednesday). Reid Hawkins, with the National Weather Service office in Wilmington, said, “The snow has been a little late entering from the west. There have been a few reports of sleet and a few flakes so far but nothing of significance. Expect the colder temperatures to enter into the region west of I-95 with the next few hours. Rain should be changing …..

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White Oak crash sends one to hospital

Photos contributed by Vince Morris By Erin Smith A two vehicle crash on Gum Springs Road near White Oak sent one person to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. According to North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Freeman, Michael Shaw was driving a pick-up truck owned by McDuffie Pest Control northbound on Gum Springs Road when he crossed the centerline and was struck by a livestock truck. The truck was loaded with hogs at the time of the incident, according to Trooper Freeman. The livestock truck, owned by Chuck Ay’s Trucking, was being driven southbound on Gum Springs Road by Calvin Harris of Warsaw, said …..

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Wyche Gallery features Native American exhibit

The exhibition “Women of the Red Earth” gives a view through the Indigenous lens and features the poems of Tonya Holy Elk Locklear, who is Lumbee/Oglala Lakota, and the visual art work of Margie Beth Labadie, who is Ashkenazi-Levi. Visually striking Native American objects entice viewers to come closer to read newly written, untold histories of Native Americans who continue to struggle in an overwhelmingly non-indigenous United States. This Native American – non-Native American collaboration crosses cultural boundaries and open up lines of communication between all communities. Everyone is cordially invited to participate in the afternoon discussion and attend the opening reception to learn more about the poetry and art from Earth Women Arts. …..

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Protecting Houses of Worship Training Held in Cary

RALEIGH – Tuesday, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina joined law enforcement and local area houses of worship in presenting training to security personnel from diverse faith communities on protecting religious institutions and houses of worship from violence.  This one-day Protecting Houses of Worship Seminar was held at Colonial Baptist Church in Cary, North Carolina and was attended by nearly 450 people representing local churches, synagogues, temples, and mosques. United States Attorney Robert J. Higdon, Jr. opened the training remarking, “Faith leaders typically have limited contact with local law enforcement agencies.  Yet establishing a partnership before an emergency arises is a key component of a …..

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Judge Issues Consent Judgment in Bolton Nuisance Case

WHITEVILLE – Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser has entered a consent judgment against a nuisance property located at 316 Lizzie’s Drive, Bolton.  The defendant and property owner in this lawsuit is John H. Freeman. This judgment is the final step in a civil nuisance abatement action brought by Columbus County District Attorney Jon David, on behalf of the State of North Carolina. Chapter 19 of the N.C. General Statutes defines a public nuisance, and allows for a civil remedy to abate such nuisance activities. The investigation and information gathered for this lawsuit was a joint effort between members of the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office and N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement’s Nuisance Abatement Team. “The …..

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Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala announced, sponsorships still available

By Erin Smith An elegant evening is planned for this year’s Bladen County Hospital Foundation Gala. The event, “A Night at the Oscars,” will take place on Saturday, February 24th, at 6 p.m. at Lu Mil Vineyard in Dublin and is a black-tie optional event. For those who would like to sponsor the event, Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare’s Ashley Dowless said there is still time to get your sponsorship request in. Sponsorship levels are: Red Carpet Presenting Sponsor at $1,500; Platinum Star sponsor at $1,000; Gold Star Sponsor at $500; Silver Star Sponsor at $250.  For more information regarding how you or your business can become a sponsor, contact Dowless at 910-862-1206. …..

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Commissioners hear concerns about White Lake, roadside hunting

By Erin Smith The Bladen County Commissioners heard concerns about the water quality of White Lake and roadside hunting on Tuesday night. Commissioner Russell Priest stood and addressed the board stating that several Bladen County Commissioners attended an open forum at White Lake last week. He said that state officials were present as well as members of the White Lake Town Council and concerned members of the community. “Over the past year, it has gotten very bad,” said Commissioner Priest of the situation. He said representatives from various state agencies spoke and updated everyone present regarding the situation but the officials did not state specifically what they will do. “Mainly, …..

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Ericsson Announces Support For Congressman Pittenger’s National Security Legislation

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) received a letter from Ericsson, a major international networking and telecommunications company, expressing support for his Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA): “We commend you, and Senator John Cornyn, for spearheading the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA). This legislation provides critical and overdue updates to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) review process. Our world has changed a great deal since CFIUS was created more than four decade ago – there are new competitors, new challenges, and new concerns. And we must ensure there are adequate safeguards in place to properly vet and scrutinize the …..

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Elizabethtown man wanted on arson charge arrested

By Erin Smith An Elizabethtown man who is wanted on an arson charge has been arrested in Robeson County. Brandon Malone is facing charges in connection to a fire that ocurred in apartment 5B at the Mercer Road Apartment complex. According to Lt. D. Cheshire, with the Elizabethtown Police Department, Malone was arrested in Robeson County on outstanding warrants there. He is expected to be served with the warrants from the Elizabethtown Police Department once the charges in Robeson County have been processed. Malone is facing charges of arson and two counts of attempted murder in connection with a fire which took place Sunday night at 700 Mercer Mill Road. …..

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USDA

USDA Announces National Peanut Board Appointments

WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2018–Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today appointed five members and six alternates to serve on the National Peanut Board. The appointees will serve three-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and ending Dec. 31, 2020. One appointee will serve the remaining one-year portion of a vacancy. Newly appointed members are: Tom Corcoran, Eufaula, Ala. William T. Carte, Live Oak, Fla. Paul Rogers, Wakefield, Va. Newly appointed alternates are: Thomas Adams, Newville, Ala. Jeremy Rolling, Westville, Fla. Westley B. Drake, Newsoms, Va. Jeff Roper, Lubbock, Texas (1-year term) Reappointed members are: Joe H. Morgan, Hattiesburg, Miss. Dan Ward, Clarkton, N.C. Reappointed alternates are: Lonnie Fortner, Port Gibson, Miss. Raymond P. …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

No school today due to the weather. Snow and rain in today’s forecast, partly sunny, with a 40% chance of rain today after 2 PM. Around midnight, a 60% chance of precipitation, snow and rain with little or no accumulation expected. (Check with the NWS for updates throughout the day). With weather on the minds of many, the National Weather Service has posted the following about last year’s weather. “2017 was one of the warmest years in history across the eastern Carolinas with temperatures averaging two (2) degrees above normal. There was no extreme summer heat, instead far-above normal temperatures in January, February and April, supplemented by near normal temperatures …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 68, West Bladen 62

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – Juniors Erica McKoy and Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson combined for 41 points Tuesday night to lead East Bladen to a 68-62 girls basketball victory over West Bladen in Three Rivers Conference action. McKoy poured in a career-high 23 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and dished out 6 assists in her first game against her former team. Moore-Peterson fired in 18 points and dished out 4 assists. “Erica did a great job for us and Ja’Tyra scored the 1,000th point of her career,” said East Bladen Coach Patty Evers. Moore-Peterson now has scored 1,014 points for the Lady Eagles. Seniors Patience Parker and Chasitty Lacey drained 3-point shots …..

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Boys Basketball: East Bladen 59, West Bladen 56

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong DUBLIN – East Bladen Eagles overcame a 24-point first-half deficit to defeat West Bladen 59-56 Tuesday night in Three Rivers Conference boys basketball action. It was a tale of two halves with West Bladen controlling the first half, and East Bladen roaring back in the second half. Knight senior Jimmy Williams bombed in a pair of 3-point shots to start the game and later hit two more 3-pointers. Freshman Shyron Adams nailed a corner 3-ball, and Tyre Boykin put back a follow for an 18-2 West lead. Eagle senior Sincere Smith muscled in a basket to pull East to within 18-4 at the quarter break. Junior …..

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Pet of the Week: Pickles

By: Dora Brogdon This week Pickles, now a 1 year old male, has been chosen to be Pet of the Week. He’s very friendly and affectionate towards people but he doesn’t quite get along with other dogs. The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat, which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday through Friday from noon until 5 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. For more information or questions call (910)862-6918. Share:

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This Day in History for January 17

1871 – 1st cable car patented, by Andrew Smith Hallidie in the US (begins service in 1873) 1874 – Armed Democrats seize Texas government ending Radical Reconstruction. 1899 – US takes possession of Wake Island in the Pacific. 1911 – Percy Mackaye’s “Scarecrow” premieres in NYC. 1916 – 1st PGA Championship: Jim Barnes at Siwanoy CC Bronxville, New York. 1928 – 1st fully automatic photographic film developing machine patented. 1934 – Electric Home & Farm Authority incorporated. 1943 – Tin Can Drive Day in the US, salvage collected for the war effort. 1950 – The Great Brinks Robbery – 11 men rob $1.2M cash & $1.5M securities from armored car …..

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Historical Martin Luther King Junior Parade

Photos By: Kenneth Armstrong This year may be one for the record books for the annual Martin Luther King Junior Parade. Bladen County Commissioner and community leader, Arthur Bullock, coordinates the big event each year with great success, but this year seems to have been the largest one yet. Dedicated Soulz MC, a local Christian motorcycle club focused on empowering lives of individuals and enriching communities had hundreds of motorcycle riders in the parade. The parade also showcased numerous cars belonging to multiple car clubs. The parade entries varied in a large variety. There were floats, characters, elected officials and citizens running for public office in addition to the dressed up cars …..

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Bladen County Schools

Bladen County Schools closed for inclement weather

Valerie Newton with Bladen County Schools sent out a call and social media posts to notify students and parents about the schools’ schedule for Wednesday, January 17, 2018.  In the post Newton said, “…due to predicted inclement weather affecting our area beginning mid-morning on Wednesday, all Bladen County Schools will be closed for students on Wednesday, January 17 and it will be an optional teacher workday. Essential transportation and maintenance personnel will be notified by your immediate supervisor with specifics for reporting to work.” More information will be published as it is provided. Share:

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Utility Technician I Full-time Position DEPARTMENT: PUBLIC WORKS

Work involves maintenance and repairs of wells, water meters, and chlorine dosing equipment, and maintaining sewer lift station pumps, lines, and motors.  The worker is subject to inside and outside environmental conditions, extreme cold, extreme heat, noise, traffic hazards and atmospheric conditions. Duties include, but are not limited to:  performing daily checks on various pumps, metering stations, wells, and lift stations; checking pump readings, chlorine readings, pH readings, chlorine cylinders, and cleaning lift station baskets; and monitoring generators and rain gauges and recording findings, as well as taking water samples.  Those with no maintenance or mechanical experience need not apply. Graduation from high school or GED is required, as well …..

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Bladen County loses two long-time firefighters

By Erin Smith Bladen County has lost two of its long-time fire service members. Jack “Jackie” Singletary of Tar Heel and Myron Storms of Garland, both former fire chiefs in Bladen County, passed away recently. Mr. Singletary served as fire chief with the Tar Heel Fire Department for 13 years and spent a total of 20 years as a volunteer firefighter. He was also very active in his community. He served on the Board of Education for several years and was chairman of the Bladen County ASCS. Jackie is survived by mother: Mavis Hursey Singletary of Tar Heel; three sons: Jack Singletary and wife Sandra of Tar Heel, Jeromy Singletary …..

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Cape Fear Valley-Bladen Healthcare announces inclement weather plan

Contributed Our service area is expected to get 2 to 3 inches of snow beginning around 5 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, January 17). In some areas, it could be up to 5 inches according to the National Weather Service. Employees who are scheduled to work may need to plan to stay the night to avoid unsafe road conditions in the morning. The rehabilitation center auditorium will be set up with sleeping rooms for men and women, complete with cots and linens. Please be quiet when entering or exiting the rooms. Meal tickets will be available for those spending the night. A limited number of additional daycare slots will be available at First Adventures tomorrow. Please …..

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Winter Weather Advisory issued for Bladen County

By Erin Smith A winter weather advisory has been issued for Bladen County beginning at 4 a.m. Wednesday and continuing until 7 p.m. The National Weather Service office in Wilmington forecasts Bladen County to receive up to one inch of snow accumulation. Roads may become slippery as snow packs onto roadways, according to the National Weather Service. A rain snow mix is expected to begin by afternoon and change over to all snow by late afternoon to early evening. Read the latest forecast here. Share:

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Jefferson Weaver: Eyes half-filled with hope

By: Jefferson Weaver I have no idea how long he was lost, but it was long enough that he was grateful for a decent meal. I’d finally managed to find a few hours to head for the woods, and despite any number of ridiculous delays, I still had a good two hours of daylight to get some work done. I’d even come up with an alternative plan since it turned out I’d grabbed the wrong keys as I fled the house, and was locked out of the hunting grounds far better than anyone with criminal intent. Then I saw Will. At first, I thought he was an early-moving coyote hunting …..

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Snow may be a possibility for some areas on Wednesday

  By Erin Smith Some parts of our area could see potential snowfall on Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service office in Wilmington. The projection is for Bladen county to see less than one inch of snow accumulation by nightfall on Wednesday. The forecast calls for rain beginning in the early morning and changing over to snow by mid-morning. Travel impacts are expected mainly on bridges and overpasses and elevated surfaces. To read the entire forecast, click here. https://bladenonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/Jan_17_Winter-Weather-Event_1.pdf Share:

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Elizabethtown man sought on arson charge

By Erin Smith The Elizabethtown Police Department is searching for a man who is wanted for the arson of an apartment building located at 700 Mercer Mill Road on Sunday night. Sgt. W. Thompson said the fire started in Apartment 5B after Brandon Malone got into an argument with his girlfriend. At some point following the argument, Malone set a fire inside the apartment. There were two minor children inside the home at the time of the fire, according to Sgt. Thompson. “He fled the scene,” said Sgt. Thompson. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Malone on charges of arson and two counts of attempted murder. Sgt. Thompson …..

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Bladenboro home damaged in chimney fire

By Erin Smith A home on NC 131 near Bladenboro was damaged following a chimney fire on Tuesday. Jackie Coleman, with the Bladenboro Fire Department said there was a chimney fire which led to the collapse of the chimney. Damage was contained to the chimney, the wall, fire place and a portion of the attic. No one was reported injured due to the fire. The Bladenboro, Dublin, Elizabethtown, and Clarkton fire departments along with Bladen County EMS and Bladen County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the fire. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

When I think about someone who has died, regardless of how well I may know them, a 2 hour or more wait to speak to the family speaks volumes about the deceased individual and family. I am not a huge Twitter fan, but gaining some respect for the site.  Prefer comments of locals addressing local concerns.  Do not read them all, but do glance at a few and wish a happy birthday to friends on Facebook. In fact, many different sites offer a peak at local issues by local folks, without taking a lot of time.  Examples….LinkedIn, Messenger, Facebook, Instagram.  We can read or delete them.  I realize there are others.  . Bladen County Commissioners and …..

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This Day in History for January 16

1865 – Drunken sailor attacks munitions at Ft. Fisher NC, 40 die 1868 – Refrigerator car patented by William Davis, a fish dealer in Detroit. 1993 – Pendleton Act creates basis of US Civil Service system. 1900 – US gains control over Tutuila in Samoa and several smaller Pacific islands. 1936 – 1st photo finish camera installed at Hialeah Race track in Hialeah, Florida. 1943 – 1st US air raid on Ambon. 1951 – World’s largest gas pipeline opens (Brownsville, Texas, to 134th St. New York City) 1952 – US Standard Board clears Stan Musial to get an $85,000 salary. 1954 – “South Pacific” closes at Majestic Theater NYC after …..

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Saturday’s Bladen RA/GA Basketball Results

Here are Saturday’s results from Bladen RA/GA basketball games: Boys grades 7-9 Hickory Grove 34, Galeed 18 Hickory Grove (34) – Bryley Williams 12, Elijah Crabtree 7, Brycen Blackmon 6, Rylan Pittman 6, Jarrett Kinlaw 3. Galeed (18) – Cam Bostic 9, Jacob Bryan 6, Anthony Milano 3.   Boys grades 4-6 Hickory Grove 43, Dublin 15 Hickory Grove (43) – Landon Stanley 16, Weston Hilburn 10, Cade Allen 9, Trent Meares 4, Will Durden 4. Dublin (15) – Joshua Lennon 4, Richard Severine 3, Cooper Padrick 3, Max Tart 3, Aiden Russ 2. Hickory Grove 37, Galeed 15 Hickory Grove (37) – Landon Stanley 16, Cade Allen 11, Will …..

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Bladen County Athletes Playing in College

Updated: Jan. 16, 2018 Winter sports Lacey Suggs Basketball Sophomore UNC Wilmington East Bladen John Bowen Basketball Freshman Belmont Abbey West Bladen Recent: Scored 3 points and had 4 rebounds in 23 minutes Jan. 14 in the Seahawks’ 68-42 loss at Drexel. UNCW fell behind 20-10 at the end of the 1st quarter. The Seahawks are 0-6 in CAA play and 7-10 overall. Recent: Did not score and had 1 rebound in 6 minutes as the Crusaders lost at Limestone 79-64 on Jan. 15. Belmont Abbey is 8-9 overall and 3-4 in Conference Carolinas. Bowen is averaging 4.1 points and 3 rebounds per game in 16 games. Next: vs. Delaware, …..

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A Gofundme page has been started for fire victim

By Erin Smith The victim of an apartment fire is asking for donations of clothing on Monday following the loss of her apartment. The fire which took place at Mercer Road Apartments in Elizabethtown, left the family in need of everything.  Grace Lupo, 19, and her 2-year-old daughter, were able to escape the blaze unharmed but were not to save any of their belongings. The gofundme page states the family needs clothing shoes and other basic necessities.  To donate to the page, go to https://www.gofundme.com/apartment-burned-lost-everything.  View related article: Elizabethtown man wanted on arson charge arrested Share:

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Bladen County marks Martin Luther King Jr. Day with celebrations

By Erin Smith Residents of Bladen County came together on Monday morning to celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Festivities for the day kicked off at 11 a.m. with the annual parade through the downtown of Elizabethtown.  The parade included entries from several car and motorcycle clubs in the region, beauty queens, churches, businesses, elected officials and schools. It was estimated there were 190 motorcycles took part in the parade. Following the parade, several programs and events took place to mark Dr. King’s birthday. A program was conducted at the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church with Pastor Willie J. McCaskill II as the guest speaker. The service is sponsored by the …..

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Tillis Statement in Honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: “I join my fellow North Carolinians in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Marin Luther King, Jr., a patriot whose enormous contributions and sacrifices made America a more free, just and equitable nation.” Share:

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Historical Markers In Bladen County: Oakland Plantation

We will be running a series on Historical Markers in Bladen County. Oakland Plantation, situated on a bluff overlooking the Cape Fear River in Carvers, Bladen County, North Carolina, was built over 200 years ago by General Thomas Brown, an American Revolutionary War patriot. It is one of a few houses of its period in North Carolina still being used today. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Oakland depicts the architecture and skill of the artisans of that period. Bricks laid in Flemish bond were brought from England on sailing ships as ballast, transported up river, and unloaded by hand. It was added to the National Register of …..

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Fire claims house in East Arcadia

By Erin Smith A fire on Kennedy Store Road in the East Arcadia community destroyed a two-story home on Sunday night. Bladen County Fire Marshal Kenneth Clark said, “There was nobody at home (at the time of the fire).” The two-story brick house was fully engulfed when the East Arcadia, Kelly and Lisbon fire departments arrived on the scene, according to the fire marshal’s office. No injuries were reported and fire remains under investigation. Share:

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Mechanics needed

Southern Belle Organics, LLC has an immediate need for two mechanics in Whiteville, NC. Preventative and general maintenance of heavy equipment to include Dump Trucks, Tractor Trailers, dozers and excavators. Must have experience with construction equipment repair; must have experience working with heavy equipment and be mechanically inclined. Must have a valid Driver’s License and tools. Great Pay and Performance Bonuses offered. Starting pay is $20-$25/hour based on experience. Pre-employment checks include references and background checks, drug testing and DMV records. Southern Belle Organics, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Job Type: Full-time Required experience: Heavy Equipment Mechanic: 4 years Required license or certification: Driver’s License Reply via email to info@southernbelleorganics.com …..

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Duke Energy asking customers to conserve energy usage through Monday morning

  • 01/15/2018
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Help us reduce energy use. Duke Energy is asking customers to reduce electricity use during the cold snap. Right now, demand on the electrical grid is unusually high due to lingering frigid temperatures. While we’re doing all that we can to generate and deliver electricity, we need your help to lessen overall energy demand and reduce the potential for isolated power outages. We are asking customers in your area to reduce electricity use through 10 a.m. Monday. Here’s how you can help: *Turn off unnecessary lighting *Reduce your thermostat to the lowest comfortable setting *Postpone activities that require electricity *Unplug unused cellphone/tablet chargers *Operate ceiling fans in a clockwise direction, pushing warm air into the room *Leave …..

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Fire damages Elizabethtown apartment building

By Erin Smith A fire damaged an apartment building located at 700 Mercer Mill Road overnight Sunday. The occupants of building No. 5 at Mercer Road Apartments were not injured and firefighters were able to bring the blaze under control. According to Chad Sholar with the Elizabethtown Fire Department, when fire crews arrived on the scene heavy smoke and fire was showing from the building. “The fire was knocked down quickly,” said Sholar. “Everyone got out without injuries.” The fire remains under investigation. Related article: Elizabethtown man wanted on arson charge arrested Share:

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Government offices will be closed today as well as some others as a nation celebrates Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  Locally, a parade is set for this morning through downtown Elizabethtown to mark the occasion. Did you see the end of the Vikings/Saints NFL football game?  No time on the clock when Minnesota scored.  The Vikings advance in the playoffs, the Saints pack up the equipment and head home. Political rhetoric will pick up this week as we hear about a federal budget, DACA, funding for a wall along the Mexican border and Democrats, Republicans and a President squabble, all blaming one another for the mess.  My opinion:  All are …..

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30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade planned

Everyone is encouraged to attend the 30th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade planned Monday, Jan. 15 in downtown Elizabethtown. Everyone is encouraged to attend the parade and bring your family and friends. There will be plenty of floats, classic vehicles, high school queens and kings, bands, dancers, social organizations, motor cycle clubs, VFW Posts, Boy Scouts, American Legion Posts, and much more for everyone to enjoy. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a celebration of the life and accomplishments of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. King promoted Civil Rights through nonviolent civil disobedience. He is perhaps best known for his “I have a dream…” speech in 1963. He …..

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This Day in History for January 15

1777 – People of New Connecticut (Vermont) declare independence from England. 1831 – 1st US-built locomotive to pull a passenger train makes 1st run. 1844 – University of Notre Dame receives its charter in Indiana. 1861 – Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis. 1865 – Ft. Fisher, NC, falls to Union troops. 1907 – Gold dental inlays first described by William Taggart, who invented them. 1919 – Great Molasses Flood; 2 million gallons of molasses flood Boston, Massachusetts, drowning 21, injuring 150. 1927 – The Tennessee Supreme Court overturns (on a technicality) John T. Scopes’ guilty verdict for teaching evolution – but the law itself remains in force. 1934 – …..

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Two killed in Sweet Home Church Road Crash

By Erin Smith Two Elizabethtown men were killed Sunday afternoon in a collision on Sweet Home  Church Road. According to Assistant Bladen County Coroner Kenneth Clark, the wreck occurred about 4:30 pm near the Turnbull Logging Company.  The two men, James Brigman and Carlton Tatum, both of Elizabethtown, were traveling in a BMW on Sweethome Church Road when it collided with a second BMW. Three individuals from Pender County were traveling in the second BMW when the two vehicles collided. Clark said one female was airlifted and another individual was transported by ground to the hospital. Their names were not available at press time. Brigman and Tatum were both pronounced …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

NFL playoff action yesterday:  Eagles defeated Falcons 15-10  and Patriots over Titans 35-14. Today:  Jaguars vs Steelers and Saints vs Vikings. Winter time again in Bladen!  High today 40, low tonight in low 20s.  Tomorrow, about the same.  Looking ahead, Tuesday’s high in the low 50s with lows near 30.  Wednesday, current forecast includes snow, ice and rain with highs upper 30s and lows in the upper teens. Just enjoy, if you can.  It is January. Ever think of an individual or individuals who gave you a break somewhere along the way?  Not a handout, just a hand. My list includes JZ & Sally Hinson (Hinson’s Supermarket), Mr. Chatham Clark (WBLA) and Ron Aycock (NC Association of County …..

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Bladen County Headlines … 35 Years Ago

Unemployment in Bladen County was 14.7%. Charles G. Corbett was named Elizabethtown Jaycee of the Month. Tina Hester was Bladen County FFA Sweetheart. The Clarkton Town Board rejected the proposed 34 unit housing project planned for the town. Share:

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This Day in History for January 14

1699 – Massachusetts holds day of fasting for wrongly persecuting “witches”. 1794 – Dr. Jesse Bennet of Edom, Virginia, performs 1st successful Cesarean section operation in the US on his wife. 1799 – Eli Whitney receives government contract for 10,000 muskets. 1868 – North Carolina constitutional convention meets in Raleigh. 1905 – Hubbell, Shubert & Smith’s musical “Fontana” premieres in NYC. 1919 – John McGraw, Charles A. Stoneham, & Judge McQuade buy NY Giants. 1932 – Horse racing legend Eddie Arcaro won his 1st race. 1943 – World War II: Franklin D. Roosevelt travels from Miami to Morocco to meet with Winston Churchill, becoming the first American president to travel …..

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JV Girls Basketball: East Bladen 19, South Columbus 11

TABOR CITY- East Bladen raced to an 11-4 lead and went on to defeat South Columbus 19-11 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball action. Shanell McMillian nailed a 3-point shot, Lavada Jackson threw in a basket and Lily Lin sank 2 free throws as the Lady Eagles jumped in front 7-2 in the first quarter. Johanna Parker tossed in a second period basket, and McMillian and Lin canned free throws to produce the 11-4 halftime lead. McMillian dropped in a basket and a free throw in the third quarter, and Lin pumped in another basket as the East Bladen lead stretched to 16-8 at the quarter break. …..

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JV Boys Basketball: East Bladen 30, South Columbus 18

TABOR CITY – Allen Owens fired in a game-high 13 points to lead East Bladen to a 30-18 jayvee boys basketball victory over South Columbus Friday night. Corey McKoy tossed in a basket and a free throw, and Charles Brown sank a free throw to keep the Eagles within 5-4 at the first quarter break. Owens pumped in a 3-point shot and another basket to pull East Bladen into a 9-9 tie at halftime. Tayshaun Berkeley sank a basket and 2 free throws to lead an 11-7 Eagle surge in the third period. Corey McKoy drained a 3-point shot, and Owens and Rashard Willis dropped in baskets as East Bladen …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – January 13

1733 – James Oglethorpe & 130 English colonists arrive at Charleston, South Carolina. 1794 – Congress changes US flag to 15 stars & 15 stripes. 1854 – Anthony Foss patents the accordion. 1888 – National Geographic Society founded in Washington, D.C. 1913 – Delta Sigma Theta, the world’s largest Black Women’s Sorority is founded at Howard University, Washington, D.C. 1920 – NY Times editorial (falsely) reports rockets can never fly. 1928 – RCA and GE install three test television sets in homes in Schenectady, New York allowing American inventor E.F.W. Alexanderson to demonstrate the first home television receiver which delivered a poor and unsteady 1.5 square inch picture. 1930 – …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

January is always an interesting month of the year.  Cold, very cold, windy, mild, wet, dry and more cold.  Actually, I kinda like it. Not bad when compared with other parts of the US, like California.  Fires and mudslides are constantly in the news.  Tornadoes in the Midwest, near zero temps in the upper tier of states, I love calling Bladen County, North Carolina, USA, home. Speaking of rainfall, prior to whatever fell over night, at the Hester household we recorded a little less than 3/4s of an inch of rain in this new year. Ever notice how we (Americans) defend any politician we like, regardless of the charge and attack those we …..

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Girls Basketball: West Bladen 60, Red Springs 38

DUBLIN – West Bladen’s pressure defense forced a number of Red Springs turnovers Friday night as the Lady Knights rolled to a 36-14 first half lead and eventual 60-38 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory. Coach Brian McCleney’s Lady Knights had played a close game at Red Springs early in the season dropping a 48-42 decision. Friday West Bladen jumped out to an early 16-8 lead. Sophmore guard Kasee Singletary netted a basket and three free throws in the first quarter. Senior Elizabeth Allbright pumped in a basket and 2 free throws, and senior Chasitty Lacey bombed in a 3-point shot. Sophmore Seniah Johnson flipped in a basket, and junior …..

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Boys Basketball: Red Springs 88, West Bladen 68

DUBLIN- Red Springs defeated West Bladen 88-68 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference boys basketball action. Seven different Red Devils scored as the visitors raced to a 21-10 first period lead. Senior Jimmy Williams drilled a 3-point shot, and freshman Shyron Adams dropped in a basket and a free throw to lead the Knights. Guard Caleel Mitchell poured in 10 points to spark a 28-9 Red Devil surge that pushed the margin to 49-19 at halftime. Junior Keshawn Lewis drained a 3-point shot and 2 free throws for the Knights in the quarter, and senior Jonathan Robinson and Williams netted 2 free throws each. Sophmore Tyre Boykin burnt the nets …..

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Boys Basketball: South Columbus 57, East Bladen 49

TABOR CITY – South Columbus survived a rough night at the foul line and held off East Bladen 57-49 in Three Rivers Conference boys basketball action Friday night. The Stallions only connected on 7 of 19 free throws in the final quarter but still outscored the Eagles 15-11 in the final frame. Shiquane Conyers made 5 of his 12 foul shots in the quarter. Teammate Aaron Bellamy drained a 3-point shot and another basket. Eagle senior Sincere Smith sank 5 of his 6 free throw attempts in the fourth quarter and also knocked down a 3-point shot as East Bladen made 6 of their 8 foul shots in the quarter …..

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Girls Basketball: East Bladen 67, South Columbus 36

TABOR CITY – East Bladen took a solid hold on first place in the Three Rivers Conference Friday night with a 67-36 girls basketball victory over South Columbus Friday night. The Lady Eagles improved to 8-1 in league play and 13-1 overall, while second-place Red Springs dropped to 6-2 with their loss at West Bladen. East Bladen took charge early by doubling the score on the Lady Stallions 23-11 in the first quarter then stretching the lead to 39-18 at halftime. The Lady Eagles widened the gap to 56-30 at the third quarter break. Junior Erica McKoy led the Lady Eagle offense with 18 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists and …..

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Columbus County Sheriff’s Office makes arrests in multiple property crimes

Contributed Columbus County, NC –The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Unit arrested five individuals for charges related to multiple residential breaking and entering cases that occurred in November and December of 2017.  The arrests were the result of a complex investigation. On November 24, 2017, suspects kicked in the rear entrance of a residence located on Hallsboro Road South in Whiteville.  Firearms, a gaming console, and some collectible coins were stolen during the incident. On November 27, 2017, the rear door of a residence on Bill Hooks Road in Whiteville was found to have been pried open.  Multiple items were stolen during this incident.  After the break in, the …..

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Bladen County has improved organ donation registration

By Erin Smith Bladen County has the highest improvement rate for the number of organ donor registrations in the state in 2017. Bladen County’s organ donor rate now stands at 37.6 percent. West Bladen High School Health and Physical Education Teacher Gaye Davis promotes organ donation as it saves many lives each year. By becoming an organ donor, you allow your organs to be made available to others at the time of your death. Organs which can be donated include but are not limited to the heart, the lungs, tissue, corneas, and other organs. You can also become a “living organ donor” whereby only certain organs, such as a kidney, …..

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Actions speak louder than words

By U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger Actions speak much louder than words. This is common-sense. Yet it seems to have been lost on some of the Americans responsible for foreign diplomacy over the past few decades. At the onset of the War on Terror, Pakistan stood poised to become a crucial U.S. ally. Pakistan shares a border with Afghanistan, has a relatively stable government, and a well-funded military. They feared the instability that could have been caused by the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. Initially, Pakistan signaled their intent to fully support our efforts. Given its crucial strategic importance in the War on Terror, the United States declared Pakistan as a non-NATO ally, …..

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NCDOT Named to AUVSI Trusted Operator Program

  • 01/12/2018
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RALEIGH – The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Division of Aviation will be playing a leading role in a new group set up to improve and standardize the nationwide drone industry. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) has appointed NCDOT to the steering committee that will help develop a new Trusted Operator Program (TOP) for drone pilots and training organizations. “This gives us a unique opportunity to be a lead in creating training standards for the nation,” said Darshan Divakaran, UAS Program Engineer with NCDOT. “Exciting times ahead.” The TOP was established in November 2017 to unite the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) community and develop consistent best practices, codes of …..

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BCC begins spring semester classes

Contributed DUBLIN – Class registration for the 2018 spring term at Bladen Community College hovers at 1,100 students, with registration still underway for twelve-weeks classes. While icy weather conditions in early January thwarted initial registration plans, class registration has rebounded with opportunities still available in both curriculum and continuing education programs. “It’s not too late to register for twelve-weeks classes,” stated Barry Priest, Vice President for Student Services. “These classes begin on Monday, February 5.” Classes are also available for the second eight-weeks spring term, which begins March 12. The entire spring class schedule is available for viewing online at www.bladencc.edu/academics/semester-schedules/ BCC maintains a positive and proactive outreach into the …..

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Teen Challenge program coming to Bladen County

By Erin Smith A substance abuse treatment program is poised to come to Bladen County in the near future and will offer long-term treatment for women. Pastor Holly Loyer, with Albemarle Teen Challenge in Elizabeth City, announced the program is planning to locate a facility on Lula Long Road in Ammon. The proposal is to house 12 women between the ages of 18 and 40 and there will be a staff member on the premises at all times. The program is a long-term, faith-based residential program for women.  A typical stay with Teen Challenge is 12 to 15 months, said Pastor Loyer. There are also opportunities available for members of …..

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Historical group meets in February 

  • 01/12/2018
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Bladen County Historical Society will have a meeting on February 1st, 2018 at the Bladen County Library at 7 pm. People interested in being a member of the group are invited to attend. New officers will be nominated. Share:

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Woman found injured on Twisted Hickory Road

  • 01/12/2018
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By Erin Smith A woman was found in a ditch on Saturday morning on Twisted Hickory Road near Center Road after a night out. The call was received on Saturday morning at 7 a.m. said the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.  Investigator Morgan Johnson said she had possibly been a victim of sexual assault as she was found with her pants down. BladenOnline.com does not name the victim of a sexual assault.  The woman also suffered a broken pelvis and a broken ankle. He said her injuries are consistent with being struck by a vehicle.  Investigator Johnson said the victim was riding in the car with a cousin and remembers nothing after that. A …..

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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events in Bladen County

By: Dora Brogdon This Saturday, January 13th, a Joy Night service is scheduled to take place at Greater McKoy’s Chapel, Inc. The service will begin at 7 p.m. with Missionary Bernadette Cromartie of Dublin Highway of Holiness, Dublin, N.C. as the speaker of this event. The overseer will be Lonnice Graham, Pastor. Also, Jones Lake State Park will be having a discussion on the Cardinal points of using a compass. The event will begin at 10 a.m. but space is limited so to reserve your spot, or for questions, call the park office at 910-588-4550. Share:

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Boys Basketball: Antioch Christian 56, Paul Brown Leadership Academy 54

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong EAST ARCADIA – Undefeated Antioch Christian Academy edged the Paul Brown Leadership Academy Bulldogs 56-54 Thursday night in boys basketball action. The Bulldogs rode a 20-point second quarter performance to a 30-24 halftime lead, and T. J. Smith poured in 10 points in the third quarter to keep the game close. Antioch was up 56-54 with 7 seconds left and missed 2 free throws, but the Bulldogs couldn’t come up with the tying basket. Paul Brown only made 6 of their 20 free throw attempts. “When you miss 14 out of 20 free throws and you lose by two points, you don’t have to look too far for …..

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Refrigerated Tractor Trailer Driver (Bladenboro, NC)

Looking to employ a regional reefer driver to run primarily east coast lanes. Mostly no farther north than Pennsylvania and south to Florida. No New York City driving. We are a farming operation with our own trucks. We haul blueberries in the spring and fall, with a lot of broker freight the rest of the year. Need to have at least 2 years experience driving a reefer. Pay is 0.45 CPM for a well experienced driver. Can do a 1099 if you prefer. Direct deposit is also available.  Job is a full-time position. Driver can be home on weekends or can stay out 10-12 days if preferred. Nice, well maintained …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

North Carolina made a huge offer (reportedly $1.5 billion) to the Toyota-Mazda project for new plant.  It was rejected for a site in Huntsville, Alabama.  One advantage for the site chosen, reportedly, a Toyota engine plant is less than 15 miles away. South Carolina, Alabama, and other nearby states have been very successful in attracting huge industries. Maybe next time for a Tar Heel site.  So competitive, despite incentives.  I know, incentives are not high on the list of many.  But, it’s the world we live in.  Nothing times nothing equals nothing.  Most incentives are tax breaks for a set number of years, usually on a decreasing scale, based on investment. Expect …..

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Bladen Recreation Future Stars League

The Bladen Recreation Department kicked off their new Future Stars League Tuesday night. The Future Stars League is an instructional league for introducing 6-year-olds to the game of basketball and teaching them fundamentals. Fourteen kids are participating in the Future Stars League. They meet one night a week and practice for 30 minutes before dividing up into teams for a game that consists of four 5-minute quarters with a running clock. Dom Whittington, the Recreation Department Basketball Coordinator, and other coaches from the older leagues help instruct the kids in the Future Stars League. Share:

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Bladen County Pet of the Week: Onyx

By: Dora Brogdon This week a 1 to 2 year old male named Onyx. This handsome cat is very affectionate and sweet. He’s very playful and the perfect family cat! The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat, which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday from noon until 5 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. For more information or questions call (910) 862-6918. Share:

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This Day in History for January 12

1773 – First public museum established in north America colonies (Charleston, SC) 1803 – US Senate approves Thomas Jefferson’s nomination of James Monroe and Robert Livingstone to negotiate purchase of New Orleans from France. 1865 – 13th Union fleet bombs Fort Fisher, NC. 1896 – 1st X-ray photo in US (Dr. Henry Smith, Davidson, NC) 1906 – 1st time Dow Jones closes above 100 (100.26) 1915 – US House of Representatives rejects proposal to give women right to vote. 1920 – Annual drafting of baseball players from minor leagues to be done in inverse order of the final standings, agreed to. 1937 – Plough for laying submarine cable patented. 1943 …..

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Tillis and Warren Introduce Bipartisan Legislation To Protect Veterans from Predatory Home Lending

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) introduced the Protecting Veterans from Predatory Lending Act of 2018, bipartisan legislation that would protect veterans from targeted predatory home loan practices by requiring lenders to demonstrate a material benefit to consumers when refinancing their mortgage. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV), Jon Tester (D-MT), Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Richard Burr (R-NC), Brian Schatz (D-HI), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Joe Donnelly (D-IN) are all original co-sponsors of the legislation.   The Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) home loan program was designed to provide veterans and servicemembers with the opportunity to purchase their own …..

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Physician of the Year and Advance Practitioner of the Year

At CFV Bladen Healthcare we have an annual nomination for Physician of the Year and Advance Practitioner of the Year. 2017 Physician of the Year Winner of  the  Golden Stethoscope Award – ED Physician,  Charles W. Stafford, MD of Bladen Healthcare: *Dr. Stafford shows compassion for all his patients, he makes sure to listen and goes that extra mile for the best care. *Dr. Stafford is a remarkable doctor. *He shows respect to the staff. *Dr. Stafford is attentive to the patient’s needs as well as any concerns the nurses may have about their patients. *I would trust him with my life, exceptional ED skills. *I love working with Dr. Stafford, he …..

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Public Meeting

Bladen County Educational Foundation to meet

The Bladen County Educational Foundation, a non-profit corporation organized and existing to provide financial help for the public schools and educators of Bladen County, will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 16, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. The meeting will take place in the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education on US Highway 701 South, in Elizabethtown. All individuals who have an interest in and care about the public schools of Bladen County are urged and invited to attend this meeting. Share:

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