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Wakeboarder Shaun Murray attempts world record today

By: Erin Smith White Lake was a buzz of activity on Saturday morning with a triathlon, the Correct Craft Reunion, a craft show at Camp Clearwater and professional Wakeboarder Shaun Murray attempting a world record for riding behind the most Nautiques in a single day. Murray’s world record attempt began at 9 a.m. at White Lake Marine as boaters lined up to take part in the event. Others gathered on piers and in nearby boats to watch Murray attempt his feat. Townsend Link announced the event and said there were 56 boats that had signed up to assist Murray. He attempted a trick called an invert behind each boat during …..

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Bladen County Schools

Update 2: Public Schools competing with non-traditional schools for students

North Carolina’s public school system is feeling strong competition for students from Charter Schools and private schools. Bladen County Schools are no different with the opening of Emereau:Bladen Charter School in August. There are distinct differences between Charter Schools and traditional public schools with regards to teachers and curriculum. To learn more, click here. Bladenonline.com reached out to Roger Bacon Academy which operates several Charter Schools in our area including Columbus Charter School with a request for information regarding employment requirements, curriculum and funding for the new Charter School. Below is their response. 1. Does Roger Bacon Academy require all teachers hired at all of it locations to be certified? If …..

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West Bladen’s T. J. Guyton Named to All-Slugfest Team

FAIRMONT- West Bladen senior T. J. Guyton was named Tuesday night to the Robeson County Slugfest Baseball All-Tournament Team. Guyton slammed a double and finished 2-4 at the plate in West Bladen’s 5-3 loss to Fairmont Saturday night. Monday morning Guyton cleaned the bases with a double to left-centerfield and also knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly to total 4 runs batted in as a Knight rally fell short in an 11-8 loss to South Robeson. Share:

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Abbey Walters Named to All-Peach Belt Conference & All-Academic Softball Teams

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA – West Bladen grad Abbey Walters was named to the All-Peach Belt Conference Softball Team Thursday night. Tuesday Walters was chosen to the Peach Belt Conference Softball All-Academic Team. It was the second consecutive year that the UNC-Pembroke senior has been selected to the All-PBC squad, and it was her first appearance on the All-Academic Team. To qualify for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must have 1) participated in at least half of their team’s events and be either a starter or significant contributor; 2) achieved a 3.3 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) and 3) completed at least one full academic year at their current …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Ever get the feeling you are observing the state, US and world from the eye of a storm? Think it has never been like this before? In 1944, Sen. Harry Truman of Missouri replaced Henry A. Wallace as the running mate of President Franklin D. Roosevelt who was seeking an unprecedented fourth term as president. Roosevelt (D) won the election, but died 82 days into his term. Truman took over, having met with FDR just two times in his new role as VP. Truman led the effort to end WWII. In the 1948 election, Truman was challenged by Gov. Thomas E. Dewey (R) of New York. Headlines in some ‘big …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History for April 22

1793 – President Washington attends opening of Rickett’s, 1st circus in US. 1838 – English steamship “Sirius” docks in NYC after crossing the Atlantic, first transatlantic steam passenger service. 1864 – US mints 2 cent coin (1st appearance of “In God We Trust”). 1898 – Congress passes Volunteer Army Act calling for a Volunteer Cavalry. 1915 – NY Yankees don pinstripes & hat-in-the-ring logo for 1st time. 1940 – Rear Admiral Joseph Taussig testifies before US Senate Naval Affairs Committee that war with Japan is inevitable. 1951 – Ticker-tape parade for General MacArthur in NYC. 1954 – NBA adopts 24-second shot clock & 6 team-foul rule. 1959 – Yankee Whitey …..

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North Carolina’s March Employment Figures Released

RALEIGH — The state’s seasonally adjusted March unemployment rate was 4.9 percent, decreasing 0.2 of a percentage point from February’s revised rate.  The national rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point to 4.5 percent. North Carolina’s March 2017 unemployment rate decreased 0.2 of a percentage point from a year ago.  The number of people employed increased 15,331 over the month to 4,706,795 and increased 111,111 over the year. The number of people unemployed decreased 8,149 over the month to 244,060 and decreased 4,697 over the year. Seasonally adjusted Total Nonfarm industry employment, as gathered through the monthly establishment survey, increased 500 to 4,387,600 in March.  The major industries with the …..

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Vineyard Golf

April 21 Tossup At Vineyard Golf At White Lake

Two teams won the April 21 Tossup at Vineyard Golf At White Lake. Winning the front side with a score of 2-under par was Lenon Fisher, Gary Smoak, Mac Porter and Ann Tessenear. Winning the back side with a score of 3-under par was Norgie Hester, Stacy Owen, David Cross and Marvin Tatum. Share:

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Friends of the Library to hold interest meeting

There will be having a general interest meeting on Thursday, May 4, at 6 p.m. in the meeting room at the main library in Elizabethtown for those interested in joining our Friends of the Library group. The Friends of the Library help raise money for the library system for needs beyond the budget provided by local and state government entities. Much of the Friend’s money is used for children’s programming and other special programs. For more information call 910-862-6990. Share:

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USDA

USDA Farm Service Agency Offers Text Alerts to Bladen County Producers

Bladen County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Chris Tatum announced that farmers and ranchers in North Carolina now can receive notifications from their county office through text messages on their cell phone. Whether producers are in the field, on a tractor or even on horseback, this service enables FSA customers and stakeholders to receive notifications while on the go. Producers will receive text messages regarding important program deadlines, reporting requirements, outreach events and updates. Producers can text NCBladen to FSANOW (372-669) to subscribe to text message alerts from Bladen County. Standard text messaging rates apply. Contact your wireless carrier for details associated with your particular data plan. Participants may unsubscribe at any …..

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Glenn Miller Orchestra May 19 at the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater

The Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater welcomes back a favorite touring big band that  perfectly complements the setting of a historic theater that first opened in 1928 – just 10 years before the original version of this famous big band was formed. The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, with its unique jazz sound, is considered to be one of the greatest bands of all time. The present version of the Orchestra was formed in 1956 and has been touring consistently since, playing an average of 300 live dates a year all around the world. Nick Hilscher is the Orchestra’s present music director. Tickets can be purchased at any time on-line …..

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NC DOT provides updated list of road closings

  • 04/21/2017
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The North Carolina Department of Transportation has released an update on road closings/openings in Bladen County. They are as follows: OPENINGS: NC 21o East is now open. CLOSINGS: Owen Hill Road Owen Hill Road remains closed due to construction of a double line of cast in place reinforced concrete box culvert.  Construction is well underway, but it will be a few weeks before work is complete. Britt Road Although passable for emergency purposes, Britt Road officially remains closed until work is 100 percent complete on Monday. UPCOMING CLOSINGS: NC 211 East Beginning Monday morning (April 24, 2017), NC DOT will begin replacement of a crossline 0.1 miles east of White …..

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Crime: Elizabethtown couple arrested on drugs charges after search of home

On Friday, April 21, 2017, at approximately 7 a.m. Bladen County Probation and Parole Officers requested the assistance of the Elizabethtown Police Department and Bladen County Sheriff’s Department to conduct a search of a residence at 412 South Lower Street after receiving complaints of possible drug activity at the residence. Arlene Rhoda and Tracy Custis both who are currently on active probation, were arrested after investigators discovered and seized 125.8 grams of Marijuana under a bed in the residence and another 5.6 grams in a vehicle located on the property along with $448 in currency.  Rhoda and Custis were charged with Possession with the Intent to Sell/Deliver Marijuana, Maintaining a …..

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Hardees restaurant in Elizabethtown set to open Monday; Tar Heel location now accepting applications online

  • 04/21/2017
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By: Erin Smith The newly constructed Hardees restaurant in Elizabethtown is scheduled to open at 5 a.m. Monday. The restaurant is located at 213 S. Poplar Street in front of Badcock Furniture. The Hardees location in Tar Heel will stand at the intersection of NC 87 and Tar Heel Ferry Road. The new restaurant will have a seating capacity of 82 people. This location is now accepting applications for employment online at http://www.pleaseapplyonline.com/southstar/.  Hardees Restaurants offers customers a menu that includes such favorites as Chicken tenders, Spicy Chicken Tenders, Double Cheeseburgers, Thickburgers and more. The Hardees restaurant chain was begun by Wilbur Hardee in Greenville, NC in 1960. According to an article …..

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Alan Greenspan: “If you get rid of Dodd-Frank, it’s going to have a very significant positive impact”

WASHINGTON – On Thursday, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan told CNBC, “If you get rid of Dodd-Frank, it’s going to have a very significant positive impact on the economy.” As a Member of the House Financial Services Committee, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) is working to pass the Financial CHOICE Act, which would eliminate taxpayer bailouts of financial firms, increase penalties for Wall Street fraud, and repeal unnecessary regulations which currently make it difficult for small businesses and community banks to grow the economy and create jobs. “Dodd-Frank has been Obamacare for the financial system, with the same regulatory burdens and disastrous results.  The Financial CHOICE Act will repeal and …..

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A Warm Friday afternoon at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market

Warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine have begun to draw folks out to the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. On Friday, Elizabeth Norris along with Alyssa, Andrew and Brooklyn were at the farmers market enjoying a Sunset Slush. The family is from Bladenboro and were enjoying the warm weather and a tasty treat. In addition to being a great spot to have lunch or grab a tasty treat, the Cape Fear Farmers Market is also set to begin offering Farm Fresh Fridays.  Next Friday, April 28, will kick off the “Farm Fresh Fridays” at the market with the Bladen County Master Gardeners Annual Plant Sale. The Master Gardeners and others …..

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Kiwanis Club holds business meeting

The Kiwanis Club met on Tuesday evening at San Jose Restaurant and heard an update from Dr. Lisa Bryan regarding the recent district meeting. Bryan, who attended the district meeting, said signature projects were a topic of discussion for the district. She also reminded fellow Kiwanians that Oct 28 is Kiwanis One Day at the Lake Waccamaw Boys and Girls Home. The day is set aside as a day of service to the community.     Share:

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Crime: SBI Reviews Cold Cases with New Technology

RALEIGH – The SBI is inspecting unsolved murder case files using new technology and old warhorses to garner evidence for potential convictions. A grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission is allowing the SBI to contract with 10 retired SBI agents and several law school students to examine cold homicide cases. “Retesting evidence using the latest DNA or forensic technology may yield new information that could result in arrests,” said SBI’s attorney, Angel Gray, who is overseeing the cold case project. “The lack of evidence to convict a suspect is one of the most common reasons that cases remain unsolved.” The SBI retirees, all former homicide investigators, would like to hear …..

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Repairs to the Winnabow NOAA tower nearing completion

  • 04/21/2017
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Steven Pfaff with the National Weather Service Office in Wilmington has issued the following update on the outage and damage repair for the Winnabow NOAA tower. The Winnabow, NC NOAA Weather Radio tower serves Columbus, Bladen, Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender Counties. Pfaff said, “The new antenna and cable installation are continuing today at the Winnabow, NC NOAA Weather Radio transmitter. Yesterday the 8 bay antenna was hoisted and installed.” He said the installation is expected to be completed by late Friday or on Saturday. All other work on the tower has been completed. *Once completed, there will be improved cable rigging that will lead to reduced signal loss and a …..

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Sandra Cain

For Better Living; Encourage your Children to Eat More Vegetables

By: Sandra R. Cain Believe it or not, it is possible to raise kids who like eating a wide variety of vegetables. The secret is to never bribe or threaten them about eating green or orange things. Just follow as many of these simple steps as you can. Enjoy a variety of vegetables yourself The most important thing that adults can do for children’s eating is to model healthy habits. If you enjoy eating a wide variety of foods, including vegetables, children will see that as the normal thing to do. There’s no need to make a big deal about your enjoyment, just make vegetables a tasty part of every …..

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Purdie UMC to hold 5th Sunday Community Service

Purdie UMC will be having their 5th Sunday Evening Community Service on April 30. The guest speaker is North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper Trooper Kevin Britt.  Special singing will be Lauren Miller Floyd. The service will begin with a meal at 6 p.m. and then Praise and Worship at 7 p.m.  There is no charge to attend. To God be the Glory. For more information contact the Rev. Al Marshburn  at 910-876-0091 or revamarshburn@gmail.com. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

This, that and the other. The people that sell paper weights may be some of the nations best sales folks. 5 Most Intelligent Animals on Earth, in reverse order: (no idea who made the list) #5 Whales #4 Parrots #3 Bottlenose Dolphins #2 Pigs #1 Chimpanzees Average high & low temp in Bladen County, NC, USA: April 74 56 May 81 66 June 87 69 degrees (National Weather Service) Do you think term limits for political offices would be better than current system? The US is the 4th largest country in the world by land area and 3rd in population. On February 25, 2013, the estimated population of the US …..

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Softball

JV Softball Whiteville 14, West Bladen 0

DUBLIN – Freshman righthander Jenna Bullard pitched a 5-inning no-hitter and struck out 8 batters Thursday to lead Whiteville to a 14-0 non-conference jayvee softball victory over West Bladen. Sophmore Erica McKoy drew a walk leading off the fourth inning to account for the only West Bladen base-runner in the game. Freshman Elizabeth Wyatt hammered a triple and finished 2-4 at the plate to lead the Whiteville hitters. Sophmore Carrie Ann Wilkins batted 2-4 for the Lady Wolfpack. West Bladen pitcher Brittany Landreth allowed ten hits and five walks. Seven errors hampered the Lady Knight cause. West Bladen is now 5-5 on the season and will host Pender Tuesday at …..

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Softball Whiteville 13, West Bladen 2

DUBLIN – Senior Sage McLelland slammed a home run and 2 doubles to lead Whiteville to a 13-2 non-conference softball victory over West Bladen Thursday.   McLelland finished 3-5 at the plate with 3 runs scored and 2 runs batted in. Starting pitcher Ivy Hayes batted 3-5 with 4 rbi’s and a run scored. Junior Raeganne Sholar was 3-4 with a double and a run scored.   Freshman Gabriella Hayes batted 2-4 with a 2-run double and a run scored as the Lady Wolfpack pounded out 16 hits. Junior Kourtney Grainger was 2-3 and scored twice.   West Bladen sophmore Conner Brisson broke up the no-hit bid for the Lady …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 21

1649 – Maryland Toleration Act passed, allowing all freedom of worship. 1789 – John Adams sworn in as 1st VP (9 days before Washington). 1878 – First Lady Lucy Hayes begins egg rolling contest on White House lawn. 1878 – NY installs 1st firehouse pole. 1904 – Ty Cobb makes his pro debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League). 1940 – 1st $64 Question, “Take It or Leave It,” on CBS radio. 1945 – US 7th Army reaches Nuremberg. 1956 – Elvis Presley’s 1st hit record, “Heartbreak Hotel”, becomes #1. 1963 – Beatles meet Rolling Stones for 1st time. 1965 – New York World’s Fair reopens for 2nd & final season. …..

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Census of Agriculture Countdown Begins for America’s Farmers and Ranchers

WASHINGTON, March 16, 2017 – America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), the census, to be mailed at the end of this year, is a complete count of all U.S. farms, ranches, and those who operate them. “The Census of Agriculture remains the only source of uniform, comprehensive, and impartial agriculture data for every county in the nation,” said NASS Administrator Hubert Hamer. “As such, census results are relied upon heavily by those who …..

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Crime: Department of Public Safety Appoints New Directors of Prisons, Community Corrections

RALEIGH – Secretary Erik A. Hooks of the Department of Public Safety today named two senior administrators to new leadership roles as Director of Prisons and Director of Community Corrections. Kenneth Lassiter will serve as Director of Prisons, while Tracy Lee will become the Director of Community Corrections. Both appointments are effective May 1. Lassiter will replace George Solomon, who is retiring after 33 years of service. Lassiter will oversee 55 state prisons that house more than 36,500 inmates. The state prison system has a budget of approximately $1.2 billion and more than 17,000 employees. Lassiter is a 28-year corrections veteran who has served for the past three years as …..

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Charlotte Smith

Opinion: Calling All Voters: Don’t wait until elections

By: Charlotte Smith Your candidate may not have won the election, but that does not mean you do not have a voice. All voters near and far in Bladen County, in North Carolina, should be contacting their elected officials and asking for some accountability for our tax dollars. Some of the biggest issues our county and state are facing right now are not Red versus Blue. Education, Healthcare and Economic Development are key issues all tax paying citizens should be aware. I addressed the Bladen County Board of Commissioners this week about significant concerns uncovered after investigating our Mental Health and Behavioral Health Services during our Opioid Crisis Series on BladenOnline.com. …..

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Elliott Madden discusses RYLA weekend with Elizabethtown Rotary Club

Elliott Madden, son of Eddie and Dawn Madden, spoke to the Elizabethtown Rotary Club about his recent trip to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) where learned about successful leadership. The event was conducted at the Trinity Center in Pine Knoll Shores in January. Speakers for the event were very informative and  Madden said each speaker gave good tips and methods for becoming successful leaders. He said in addition to effective leadership, he learned “You lead 70 percent and follow 30 percent.” Madden said in addition to learning many things about leadership he also created many friendships as result of RYLA. “I’m very grateful for this experience and all it had …..

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Bladen County GOP Club hosts monthly meeting

An exciting range of topics and discussions of interest to conservatives highlighted the monthly Bladen County Republican Club meeting, held Monday evening at the San Jose Restaurant in Elizabethtown. Club Chairman Walter McDuffie welcomed several new members to the club, and the meeting quickly began to focus on how to broaden the outreach of the Republican Party within Bladen County. It was noted that, by working to develop methods to broaden the party’s membership within the county, it would have to sharpen its message of responsible conservatism, and develop more effective ways to reach the many different demographic groups that are represented within the county. Members agreed that, in light …..

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Bladenboro creates Economic Development Strategic Planning Committee

By: Erin Smith The town of Bladenboro created the Bladenboro Economic Development Strategic Planning Committee and retroactively appointed 9 members at the April Town Board meeting. The committee includes three members of the Bladenboro Town Board, three members from Boost the ‘Boro and three at-large members. Making up the committee are Town Commissioner Sarah Benson, Town Commissioner Cris Harrelson, Mayor Rufus Duckworth,  Parst “Pete” Freeman, Claudette Guy, Jon Hasbrouck, Charles Peterson, Joseph Russ and Don White. According to Town Administrator John O’Daniel, the committee conducted one meeting last month for an orientation session. O’Daniel said the committee was created after a town board meeting in which Bladenboro Town Commissioner Cris …..

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County Commissioners meeting with Legislative Delegation has been postponed

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners meeting that was originally scheduled for Thursday, April 20, at 6 p.m. has been postponed. The Board of Commissioners was scheduled to meet with the Legislative Delegation which represents Bladen County in the North Carolina General Assembly. Due to scheduling in the General Assembly, the meeting had to be postponed. Share:

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Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon

Administrative professionals throughout the region are invited to mingle at a luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, April 26, at noon in the Bladen Community College Auditorium. Elizabethtown Mayor Sylvia Campbell is the guest speaker. The cost is $15 per person. Interested attendees may register by phone at 910.879.5568, or by email at mgranger@bladencc.edu. Access the registration form by clicking here: Adm Professionals Flyer 2017 Share:

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Crime: Elizabethtown man arrested on indecent liberties charges

On April 20, 2017, at approximately 6 a.m. Agent Shawn Ellerby of the State Bureau of Investigations and Detective Sergeant Jeffrey Guyton of the Elizabethtown Police Department initiated an arrest of William Bryan Clark at 305 Glenwood Drive, Elizabethtown, NC. William Clark was charged with two counts of indecent liberties with a child. This arrest came as a result of an ongoing investigation by agent Shawn Ellerby and the State Bureau of Investigation’s Computer Crime Unit with assistance from Elizabethtown Police Department’s criminal investigators Jeffrey Guyton and Willie Thompson. William Bryan Clark is currently being held in Bladen County Jail under a $100,000.00 secured bond. Share:

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Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District Announces Education Contest Winners

Bladen Soil and Water Conservation District proudly announces 1st and 2nd place winners at the State Level in the 2017 Education contests for Bladen County Academy, Primary, Elementary, and Middle school students.  This year’s theme is “Soil and Water…Yours for Life.”   These students won the District and Area 7 level competitions before advancing to State-level competition. The District is happy to have had so many students participate in our contests this year, and thanks all of the local teachers who made time in their busy schedules to fit in these competitions. The Soil and Water Conservation District believes that teaching children the importance of conserving our natural resources at …..

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NOAA Selects Vaisala to Help Support Severe and Extreme Weather Forecasts and Research

With an increase in lightning fatalities last year, NOAA to rely on Vaisala’s highly-accurate, cloud-to-ground lightning data to help its meteorologists protect life and property, and serve as a reliable dataset for severe weather research. Vaisala, expert in weather observations and lightning detection, announced that it has been awarded a 5 year, multi-million dollar contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) to supply its cloud-to-ground lightning detection data for its forecast operations and weather research. Vaisala will provide the NWS with precision lightning data from its National Lightning Detection Network (NLDN), and global lightning detection data from its Global Lightning Dataset, GLD360. In 2016, …..

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Larrell Murchison Named Louisburg Male Athlete of the Year

East Bladen grad Larrell Murchison has been named Louisburg College’s Male Athlete of the Year in a recent awards ceremony. Murchison, a sophmore defensive lineman, was a team captain and led the Hurricanes to a perfect 9-0 undefeated season this past fall. The Elizabethtown native was named a National Junior College Athletic Association All-American Honorable Mention for his performance this year. Murchison made 29 solo tackles and was credited with 41 total tackles and six sacks. Eighteen of his tackles resulted in a loss of yards for the total team. As the season ended Murchison was a 3-star recruit and heavily recruited by Mississippi, Texas, Kentucky and others before signing …..

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Southeastern Health to host Bladen focus group

Southeastern Health (SeHealth) will host a focus group in Bladen County in an effort to better understand the health care needs of the residents they serve there. The focus group will meet at the Town Hall in White Lake on Tuesday, April 25, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. “Focus groups are vital because they help us plan for the future health care needs of the communities we serve,” said Lekisha Hammonds, director of SeHealth’s Community Health Services. The focus group session, which should last no more than one hour and include 10 questions, will be comprised of approximately 12 participants. Light refreshments will be served and gift bags will be …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Sometime retirees have to much time to dream, wonder what if, etc. When I am having one of those days, I begin to search for something new, different. Such was the case recently. I stumbled across USA Facts, a Steve Balmer project. Who is Steve Balmer? Former CEO of Microsoft, now retired, filthy rich, owner of the NBA LA Clippers basketball team. One of his latest projects is USAFACTS. According to Mr. Balmer, he uses Smart Design to makes sense of government spending…not political, non-partisan, in fact nothing to do with politics, except where does government $’s come from and where do they go. Volumes of info. According to his …..

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Trevor Lesane Cracks 4 Hits in Wake Tech Sweep

 DUBLIN, VA – West Bladen grad Trevor Lesane batted 4-7 and drove in 4 runs Friday as his Wake Technical Community College Eagles swept a double-header from New River Community College by scores of 18-0 and 18-3.   Lesane batted 2-4, scored twice and knocked in 2 runs in Friday’s opener. In the nightcap, the Tar Heel native slammed a double and a single to drive in 2 runs and also scored two more runs.   Lesane raised his batting average to .312 and his slugging percentage to .442. The freshman outfielder has slugged 2 home runs, drove in 14 runs and scored 16.   Wake Tech improved to 9-8 …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 20

1777 – New York adopts new constitution as an independent state. 1836 – Territory of Wisconsin created. 1896 – 1st public film showing in US John Philip Sousa’s “El Capitan” premieres in NYC. 1912 – Fenway Park officially opens, Red Sox beat NY Highlanders 7-6 in 11 innings. 1914 – US President Woodrow Wilson, having dispatched more naval ships to Mexico, asks a joint session of Congress to approve armed force if necessary: Congress approves. 1916 – Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) in Chicago opens, Cubs beat Cincinnati Reds 7-6. 1935 – “Your Hit Parade” begins broadcasting (becomes #1 quickly). 1940 – 1st electron microscope demonstrated (RCA), Philadelphia, Pa. 1946 – …..

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Bladen County community members helping improve communities

By: Charlotte Smith Here are some photos captured back in 2010 of Bladen County community members helping improve communities. The photoed events are continuing today. This year the Spay and Neuter Clinics in Bladen County celebrated their seventh year anniversary by holding another Spay and Neuter Clinic. Dr. Gensel at Elizabethtown Veterinary Hospital, his staff, some volunteers, and rescue group, A Shelter Friend, have been working together on this project with commitment. Bladen County Rabies Clinics have been offered in Bladen County for so many years, no one we spoke with could pinpoint the exact year the clinics were started. One thing is for sure, the communities’ beloved World War II Marine …..

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From Fox News Opinion: Rep. Robert Pittenger on China and the crucial choice America needs to make

By Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) Fox News Opinion Tuesday, April 18, 2017 Over the past several decades, American foreign policy towards China has been primarily economic in nature.  In 1979, we granted Most Favored Nation trading status with China, and in 2001, China became a member of the World Trade Organization.  For years, the theory has been that China will reform government dominance and communist tendencies with increased access to global markets.  Our leaders have believed that open market access would permeate the Chinese culture with greater personal freedoms and liberties. Unfortunately, the outcome of continuous and unrestricted market access has not yielded the intended results.  China remains a significant …..

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SECU Announces Scholarship Awards

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College students Barbara Johnson (Nurse Aide I) and Josalyn Powell (Nurse Aid I) have received State Employees Credit Union scholarships. Other recipients not pictured are Kevin Adams (Welding), Shawn Beatty (Welding), Dianna Brisson (Nurse Aide I), Chelsea Lambert (Phlebotomy) and Blanca Mata-Duarte (Nurse Aide I). Share:

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White Lake Clean-Up Day

As our 2017 tourist season approaches and we kick off our annual White Lake Water Festival weekend May 19-20, 2017, the Town of White Lake would like to invite all residents and property owners to participate in a volunteer clean-up effort on Saturday, May 6, 2017 to clear any debris from your shorelines (fallen trees, overgrown vegetation, etc.) and the lake (pier construction materials caused by Hurricane Matthew, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, etc.) that may cause bodily injury or damage watercraft while using the lake. Debris may be deposited in the Waste Management Construction dumpster located adjacent to the Public Works building located at 1815 White Lake Dr. Please make …..

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Update: Public Schools competing with non-traditional schools for students

  • 04/19/2017
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By Erin Smith North Carolina’s public school system is feeling strong competition for students from Charter Schools and private schools. Bladen County Schools are no different with the opening of Emereau:Bladen Charter School in August. There are distinct differences between Charter Schools and traditional public schools with regards to teachers and curriculum. To learn more, click here. Bladenonline.com reached out to Emereau:Bladen with a request for information regarding employment requirements, curriculum and funding for the new Charter School. Kate Alice Dunaway, with Emereau:Bladen, said the Charter School will meet or exceed the requirements as provided in State law with regards to employment and curriculum. 115C-218.90.  Employment requirements. (a)        Employees. – …..

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Plate sale planned for fire victim on April 22 at Center Road Baptist Church

A barbecue plate fundraiser will take place on Saturday, April 22, at 11 a.m. at Center Road Baptist Church Community Building for Charles Adams who recently lost his home on NC 242 to a fire. He had no homeowners insurance due to an accidental policy lapse, according to a church member. He is the father of Windy Butler of Dublin and the brother of Linda Carroll. The barbecue will be prepared by Michael Pait and Timbo Carroll. Donations will be accepted. Please make all checks payable to Center Roads Baptist Church.   Share:

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Commissioners to hold Special Meeting on Monday, April 24

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will hold a Special Meeting on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 5:30 pm regarding the FY 2018 Budget and staffing requests for the Detention Center and Animal Control. The meeting will be held in the Commissioners Room located on the lower level of the Courthouse, 106 East Broad Street, Elizabethtown. Share:

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Bladen Community College Welcomes Eighth-Graders to Campus

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College recently welcomed 91 eighth grade public school children to campus for interactive math and science classes and workshops. “This is always an exciting event for our faculty,” remarked Department Chair for Math and Science Lisa DeVane. “We provide hands-on science and math activities that teach various scientific principles in highly interactive ways. Students respond well to this method of learning. The classroom is very engaging.” In its third year, the Math and Science Day gives students an opportunity to sit in a college classroom, communicate with a college faculty member, and experience a high level of educational expression. Dean of Arts and Sciences and Developmental …..

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Phi Theta Kappa Students are inducted at BCC

DUBLIN – Bladen Community College has inducted 25 students into the prestigious Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a nationally recognized organization that acknowledges academic achievement of college students and provides opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. To be eligible for membership in Phi Theta Kappa, students must be enrolled in an associate degree program, have completed at least 12 hours of coursework, have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, receive an invitation to membership from the local chapter, and adhere to the moral standards of the society. BCC students who have been inducted into the Honor Society are Gabriel Barnes, Tina Jones-Butler, Taffany Bryant, Allana …..

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President Trump signs Congressman Pittenger’s radar legislation into law

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday evening, President Donald J. Trump signed Congressman Robert Pittenger’s radar legislation into law, setting into motion a 180-day study by the Commerce Department into Charlotte’s lack of adequate radar coverage.  Following completion of the study, the Commerce Department will have 90 days to submit a plan to fix the radar gap. “Charlotte is the largest metropolitan area in the United States without local National Weather Service radar coverage.  Because meteorologists lack consistent and reliable local radar data, NWS has actually missed tornadoes in Mecklenburg and Union counties,” explained Congressman Pittenger (NC-09).  “Thank you to President Trump, Senator Burr, and Chairman Lamar Smith with the Science, Space, …..

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Methodist University to hold Spring 2017 Senior Art Exhibition “Untitled No. 5” beginning April 21

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — Methodist University will host the spring 2017 senior art exhibition, “UNTITLED No. 5,” from April 21 to 28 in the David McCune International Art Gallery. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on April 21. This event is free and open to the public. The art show will feature the work of students Walter Barnett, Stephen Carroll, Deniel Cestero, Emily Brooke Highsmith, and Javahn Tyson. About the artists Walter Barnett was born in Indianapolis, Ind., son of Waltrina and Clifford Barnett. Walter spent all of his childhood in Portsmouth, Va., living there for 13 years. As a child, Walter found his passion for …..

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Bladen County Schools

Public Schools competing with non-traditional schools for students

By: Erin Smith North Carolina’s public school system is feeling strong competition for students from Charter Schools and private schools. Bladen County Schools are no different with the opening of Emereau:Bladen Charter School in August. According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Charter Schools are defined as tuition free, independent public schools which are exempt from many of the rules and regulations that apply to traditional public schools. The Charter School is held accountable for their students’ academic growth and achievement through the State assessment system. Bladen County also has a military charter school in the form of the Paul R. Brown Leadership Academy. When asked about the …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

April and May are busy times for many in Bladen. Tuesday, April 25 – A Job and Career Opportunities Fair will be hosted at Bladen Community College from 10 AM ’til 1 PM in the college auditorium. Wednesday, April 26 – Bladen County Educational Foundation Fund Raiser. Thursday, April 27 – 28th Annual Bladen We Care Golf Tournament at The Vineyard Golf Course. A limited number of slots available. Friday, April 28 – Bladen County Master Gardeners Volunteers Annual Plant Sale at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market in Elizabethtown. Saturday, April 29 – Kelly Spring Fest at the Kelly, NC Ball Park hosted by the Kelly Volunteer Fire Department. Parade …..

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Lexi Dawson Belts 2 Hits in Key St Andrews Win

LAURINBURG – East Bladen grad Lexi Dawson batted 2-4 Saturday as St Andrews clinched a spot in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Softball Tournament with a 5-4 victory over Reinhardt, GA. Dawson knocked in a run in the Lady Knights 2-run fifth-inning as the winners rallied from a 4-0 deficit. St. Andrews then scored 3 runs in the sixth inning to pull out the victory. The Garland native raised her batting average to .313 and her slugging percentage to .400 with the two hits. She now has 25 hits, 7 doubles and 10 runs batted in. The Lady Knights improved to 7-12 in league play and 16-27 overall. St. Andrews travels …..

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East Bladen Wins Sportmanship Award In Warren/Edwards Tourney

FAYETTEVILLE – East Bladen’s Eagles received the Sportsmanship Award Tuesday for the J. Hoyt Warren/Wayne Edwards Easter Baseball Tournament at Douglas Byrd High School. Coach Russell Priest’s Eagles lost 4-2 to eventual champion Cape Fear in Monday’s semi-finals but rebounded to defeat Freedom Christian 8-1 in Tuesday’s third-place game. Tournament Director Melissa Barbour, the widow of long-time Douglas Byrd coach Brad Barbour, presented Coach Priest and the Eagles with the award after their win over Freedom. Share:

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J. Hoyt Warren/Wayne Edwards Easter Tournament: East Bladen 8, Freedom Christian 1

FAYETTEVILLE – Sophmore Pierce Melvin won his first varsity start, and junior Sincere Smith and senior Kyle Tatum connected for 3 hits each to lead East Bladen to an 8-1 victory over Freedom Christian in the J. Hoyt Warren/Wayne Edwards Easter Baseball Tournament. Melvin pitched 6 innings and allowed one unearned run on 4 hits and a walk while striking out five. Smith worked a scoreless seventh giving up 2 walks and a hit before striking out the final batter. At the plate Smith batted 3-4 with 2 doubles, a run batted in and 2 runs scored. Kyle Tatum finished a perfect 3-3 at the plate with a double, an …..

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Mental Health concerns in Bladen County

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners “Addressed Mental Health” earlier this month with Eastpointe and Cardinal Innovations. The two CEO’s of the two regional Local Management Entity/Managed Care Organizations, or LME/MCOs responsible for managing the mental health services in North Carolina spoke about a possible consolidation. The local board of commissioners heard from Charlotte Smith about concerns with the proposed consolidation and the lack of Mental Health (MH) and Behavioral Health (BH) services offered in Bladen County. Smith presented a presentation explaining, the Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Health and Human Services explained in 2016 local LME-MCOs manage: All funding streams: • Federal Medicaid • Federal Block Grant funding • State …..

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New staff needed to for new detention center in Bladen County

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners heard about staffing needs from the Sheriff at the meeting on Tuesday, April 18th. “I’m here tonight to propose three new detention officers for the new detention center and two new Deputy Sheriffs to work in the new law enforcement center,” Bladen County Sheriff McVicker stated. Sheriff McVicker gave commissioners examples of staffing need to operate other law enforcement centers and detention centers across the state similar to the new facility in Bladen County. Cogdell asked if five new staff members would be enough. McVicker explained he was trying to ask for the bare minimal for now. Our jail inspector, Mr. Charles Brown, will …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – April 19

1775 – American Revolution begins – Lexington Common, shot “heard round the world.” 1837 – Cheyney University forms as the Institute for Colored Youth. 1861 – Lincoln orders blockade of Confederate ports (Civil War). 1892 – Charles Duryea takes 1st American-made auto out for a spin (Mass). 1897 – 1st Boston Marathon won by John J. McDermott in 2:55:10. Becomes the world’s oldest annual marathon. 1919 – Leslie Irvin of US makes 1st parachute jump & free fall. 1924 – “National Barn Dance” premieres on WLS Chicago. 1932 – President Herbert Hoover suggests 5 day work week. 1934 – Shirley Temple appears in her 1st movie, “Stand Up & Cheer.” …..

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Bladen County employees recognized

Bladen County Board of Commissioners recognized employees for their years of service to the County and its citizens. The following employees were scheduled to be recognized. Jason Bryant, Animal Control, 10 years Amelia Batten, EMS, 5 years Desmond Gillespie, Housekeeping, 10 years Sherry Lanier, Solid Waste, 10 years Anthony “Clay” Carroll, Sheriff’s Office, 5 years Robert Duggan, Sheriff’s Office, 5 years Dominique Davis, Sheriff’s Office, 5 years Tony Sessoms, Sheriff’s Office, 25 years After distributing the recognitions at the Tuesday commissioners’ meeting there was a reception to celebrate the employees. Charles Ray Peterson, Chairman of the commissioner board said, “We thank you for everything you do for the Bladen County …..

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Today is National Lineman Day

Have you taken time recently to thank a lineman? If not, Tuesday, April 18, is National Lineman Appreciation Day. A lineman constructs and maintains electric power transmission lines and distribution facilities.  Linemen make sure the power grids function properly, answer calls in all types of weather, and they troubleshoot for problems when the power goes off. Linemen are highly skilled and certified technicians who keep your electricity flowing to you home or business. If you see a lineman today, say, “Thank you.” Share:

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SBE: Statement on Democracy North Carolina Report

RALEIGH, N.C. – Information from Democracy North Carolina will be added to our ongoing investigation into the protest matters following the general election. The file remains active and our work continues.  Consistent with agency practice, any findings of wrongdoing are referred to appropriate prosecutorial agencies when warranted by the evidence. The legal team at the State Board of Elections has proposed changes to the official election protest forms, which have been re-designed to better shield eligible voters from unsubstantiated accusations. If adopted by the State Board, the new form would require a protestor to swear, under the penalty of perjury, that the information in the protest is true and accurate. …..

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Keep Food Safe in a Power Outage

How long will food stored in the refrigerator be safe to eat during a power outage? Emergencies happen, especially with extreme weather conditions. When they do, the best strategy begins with an emergency plan. This includes knowing the proper food safety precautions to take before, during, and after a power outage. Minimize the potential loss of food and reduce the risk of foodborne illness by knowing how to determine food safety. You can learn the right decisions for keeping your family safe during an emergency with these food safety facts from the Food and Drug Administration. Be Prepared *Have a refrigerator thermometer. *Know where to buy dry ice. *Keep three …..

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Southeastern Fellowship Senior’s Golf Association Holds April 18 Tourney At Cypress Lakes

The April 18 SFSGA Tournament was held this week at Cypress Lakes Golf Course near Fayetteville. 52 players participated with four teams shooting 56. Those teams were: Linwood Hedgepeth, Steve Lennon and Jim Tori. Emery White, Mickey Brisson, Ken Britt and Mark Dixon. Richard Davis, Ricky Hair, Clifton Neill and B.C. Smith. Rob Conway, Al Phillips, Bradley Butler and Leo Hester. The April 25 tourney will be held at the Country Club of South Carolina in Florence. Share:

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Jail-A-Thon set for April 26

The Bladen County Education Foundation is gearing up for some fun with their 9th annual Jail-A-Thon set for Wednesday, April 26, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the public meeting room of the Bladen County Board of Education. “People seem to have a good amount of fun with it,” said Bladen County Education Foundation’s David Wall. He said the foundation has already received some donations from individuals who will not be able to take part in this year’s event. “All of the money goes back to the public schools,” said Wall. The way the Jail-A-Thon works is you sign up a friend, business partner, loved one, or boss to …..

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CWJC to hold fundraiser

By: Erin Smith The Christian Women’s Job Corp is set to hold fundraiser on Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Tar Heel Community Building located on Hwy. 87 near the Tar Heel Middle School. Jennifer Carter of Christian Women’s Job Corp said the CWJC is a ministry of the Bladen Baptist Association that assists women in overcoming poverty and hardships. Carter said the program involves women mentoring women with the goal being to help them change their mindset and to empower them to succeed. She said many women experience poverty and hardships for various reasons. Carter added it isn’t always about financial hardships. Sometimes the …..

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N.C. strawberry growers expect second wave of crop

Events planned in May in Raleigh, Colfax, Charlotte RALEIGH – It has been about a month since most areas of North Carolina saw their last freeze, and for local strawberry growers and eaters that means the second wave of strawberries is almost here. “This has been an unusual strawberry season in North Carolina,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Thanks to a warm February, many growers were picking at least two weeks ahead of schedule. Then the state had freezing temperatures in March, which put production on hold. It takes 30 days or more for a blossom to turn into a berry. Now that we are past the last freeze, more …..

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Bladen Community College Receives North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation Grant

The North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation has awarded Bladen Community College $125,000 to support the development of a writing center on the Dublin campus. Dean of Arts and Sciences and Developmental Studies, Dr. Joyce Bahhouth, is the motivation behind the writing center. “Regardless of the course of study a student may choose, writing skills are essential to their academic success.” “This grant award provides the financial means for the writing center to have tutors, designated computers, and expanded resources,” explained Bahhouth. “We are thrilled to partner with the North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation to create a state-of-the art center for Bladen County.” The writing center provides an environment that nurtures the writing …..

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Amos Johnson, MD and Mr. Henry Lee “Buddy” Treadwell A Prototypical MD/PA Practice

By Reginald D. Carter, PhD, PA and Thomas Clark, MSLS Although generally recognized as the originator of the physician assistant concept, Dr. Eugene A. Stead, Jr. is the first to note that the idea was not his exclusively. Prior to the development of the physician assistant program at Duke University in 1965, many physicians were training their own assistants on the job. Stead was aware particularly of one such proprietary trained assistant, Mr. Henry Lee “Buddy” Treadwell, who was trained by and worked with Dr. Amos Johnson in general practice in Garland, North Carolina. This relationship crystallized Stead’s vision of how a physician’s assistant could be used to help over-worked …..

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FEMA: Weekly Fact Sheet

Key Messages *Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is still here. Applicants with questions, updates or issues should call the FEMA help line at 800-621-3362, for voice 711 and Video Relay Service. If you are deaf, hard of hearing or have a speech disability and use a TTY call 800-462-7585. *Temporary Sheltering Assistance (TSA) lodging has been extended for eligible survivors currently occupied in TSA until April 14, 2017, with a checkout date of April 15, 2017. * Survivors in North Carolina looking for rental housing may use asd.fema.gov/inter/hportal/home.htm or nchousingsearch.org/ to help find rental resources. Designated counties *Forty-five (45) counties are eligible for Individual Assistance (IA). *Fifty (50) counties are …..

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Elizabethtown Rotary Club learns about estate planning

The Elizabethtown Rotary Club learned about the importance of estate planning from Peter Brambs of First Bank Wealth Management. Brambs discussed the need for everyone to have a will, an estate plan, a medical power of attorney and a durable power of attorney. These items aren’t just for the wealthy, they are for anyone who has assets and who has loved ones. Each of the above have different purposes, but the main point is to put your preferences and wants on paper. He encouraged everyone to seek guidance in preparing these from their CPA, certified financial planner and their attorney. Share:

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From The Hill: Securing our border must be first step in immigration reform

Senator Thom Tillis The Hill For the last 40 years, elected officials in Washington have repeatedly tried to secure our nation’s southern border and fix our broken immigration system, but every attempt at comprehensive reform legislation has failed. While some falsely assume that this prolonged failure only affects border communities, the reality is that it has also created disastrous repercussions for the rest of the nation. This point was made abundantly clear when I recently joined fellow members of Congress for an extensive tour of the Texas-Mexico border, spending days meeting with border patrol agents who work tirelessly to stop illegal trafficking and contraband and keep our nation safe. The …..

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Atkinson earns Certified Education Technology Leader

Jason Atkinson, Chief Technology Officer, Bladen County Schools has earned the Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL) designation by passing a rigorous certification exam.  The CETL certification, awarded by the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), signifies that Atkinson has mastered the knowledge and skills needed to bring and implement 21st century technology to our K‐12 school systems.  Atkinson is one of only 5 professionals in North Carolina and only 300 professionals nationwide to receive the CETL certification to date. “Earning the Certified Education Technology Leader certification demonstrates a commitment to bringing 21st century learning to our nation’s schools. Because of the CETL recertification requirements, certified leaders pledge to stay current in this …..

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Bladen County Commissioners to meet in regular session tonight

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners will meet in regular session tonight (Tuesday, April 18) at 6:30 p.m. due to the Easter holiday. After approving several items in the consent agenda, the board is expected to recognize several employees for their years of service to the county. The consent agenda, which is a listing of items to be approved as a group by the board, include: the proposed agenda; Minutes of March 30, 2017 Special Meeting; Minutes of April 3, 2017 Regular Meeting; Minutes of April 5, 2017 Special Meeting; Budget Amendments; County Attorney Invoices in the amount of $8,350; Tax Releases and Refunds No. 3-17;  Compensation Agreement with Bladen’s Bloomin’/Agri-Industrial, …..

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County Commissioners set to approve second agreement with Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners is set to approve a second compensation agreement with Bladen’s Bloomin’ Agri-Industrial during the consideration of the consent agenda on Tuesday, April 18. In an agreement similar to the one adopted last month for Bladen County Economic Development Director Chuck Huestess, this second agreement with BBAI concerns the relationship between BBAI, the Bladen County Commissioners and Linda Clark who serves as Assistant to Huestess. Read the full agreement here. The agreement states Clark is a Bladen County employee and she will “devote her full time best efforts to the job and perform to the best of her ability all duties that may be required …..

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Troxler announces three new directors

RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler today announced three new appointments at the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to replace division directors who are retiring. “I am pleased to have well-qualified and dedicated staff members who will be stepping into new leadership roles at the department,” Troxler said. “I am confident they will do an outstanding job based on their years of experience in their respective fields.” John Howard, Emergency Programs director John Howard of Efland has worked 18 years with the N.C. Forest Service, most recently as a district forester with supervisory responsibilities for 27 employees. He is an incident commander on the N.C. Forest Service Incident …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

One of the really ‘kewl’ events that is held annually is Kids Appreciation Day in Elizabethtown, sponsored by the Police Department. The date is Saturday, May 6, on the lot behind Town Hall. Food, games, horseback riding, a home run derby, basketball free throw shots and bicycles will be given away. Meet police, play games, enjoy tasty food, an all around fun event. Have attended over the years and it is interesting to see youngsters checking out police vehicles and fire trucks. If you are not checking all the different pages of BladenOnline, you could be missing important announcements or news events. Today’s sports page includes results from high school …..

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J. Hoyt Warren/Wayne Edwards Easter Tournament: Cape Fear 4, East Bladen 2

FAYETTEVILLE – Kyshawn McLean and senior Devin Bagley combined to pitch a 5-hitter as Cape Fear held off East Bladen 4-2 Monday night in the semi-finals of the J. Hoyt Warren/Wayne Edwards Easter Baseball Tournament at Douglas Byrd High. McLean allowed only 2 hits and one run in 5.2 innings to pick up the win. The junior righthander struck out 7 but walked six. Bagley worked the final 1.1 innings and gave up a run on 3 hits. The Eagles almost took a first inning lead when sophmore Shy Pone walked but was forced at second by junior Sincere Smith. Senior Kyle Tatum raked a single to leftfield. Smith stole …..

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This Day in History for April 18

1775 – Paul Revere and William Dawes ride from Charleston to Lexington warning the “regulars are coming!” 1861 – Battle of Harpers Ferry, Virginia, part of the Maryland Campaign (US Civil War). 1865 – Confederate Gen. Johnson surrendered to General William T. Sherman in North Carolina. 1881 – Billy the Kid escapes from the Lincoln County jail in Mesilla, New Mexico. 1907 – Fairmont Hotel opens in San Francisco. 1912 – The Cunard liner RMS Carpathia brings 705 survivors from the RMS Titanic to New York City. 1924 – 1st crossword puzzle book published (Simon & Shuster). 1925 – World’s Fair opens in Chicago. 1942 – James Doolittle bombs Tokyo …..

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Robeson County Baseball Slugfest: South Robeson 11, West Bladen 8

FAIRMONT –  South Robeson capitalized on four West Bladen misplays to score 8 runs – 6 unearned – in the fifth inning en route to an 11-8 victory over the Knights Monday in the Robeson County Baseball Slugfest. Due to illnesses that sidelined a couple of starters Coach Kim Cain was forced to shuffle his line-up and had four players who were not at their regular positions in Monday’s game. With the score tied 3-3, a walk and a botched bunt play put two Mustang runners on base in the fifth. Cody Scott slapped a single through the drawn-in infield to drive in the go-ahead run, and Zack Carter squeezed …..

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Bladen County Schools

Legislation Requiring Criminal Background Checks For All School Employees Making Its Way Through General Assembly

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By: Erin Smith A bill working its way through the General Assembly would soon require all schools to perform criminal background checks on all personnel. The bill titled “Protects Students in Schools” requires Charter School board of directors to adopt a policy that requires applicants to undergo a criminal background check. It also contains language that requires the local board of education for public schools to also adopt a policy requiring background checks on personnel. Bladen County Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor said, “We do background checks on all employees. The district will cover the costs of that.” He added the district already performs criminal background checks on all employees …..

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Quick thinking officer spots fire on Ash Street

By: Erin Smith Bladenboro Police Officer Tonya Bullard was on routine patrol on Monday afternoon when she spotted a storage building on fire behind a residence on Ashe Street. According to Bladenboro Police Chief Chris Hunt, Officer Bullard reported the to the Bladen County Communications and in communications notified the fire department. Lt. Rouse heard the call and also responded to the scene to assist Officer Bullard. “They knocked on the door to alert the homeowner and learned he was asleep,” said Chief Hunt. The officers and the homeowner tried to contain the fire until the fire department arrived. The fire was contained to the storage building which is a …..

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A Sheep and Meat Goat Field Day planned for April 29

North Carolina Cooperative Extension Centers in Cumberland, Hoke, Robeson and Bladen Counties are having a Sheep and Meat Goat Field Day on Saturday, April 29, from 9 a.m. until noon at Grays Creek High School (5301 Celebration Dr. in Hope Mills, NC  28348). Registration is at 9 a.m. and the field day begins at 9:30 a.m. The field day will be an opportunity to learn more on sheep and goats. The field day will cover basic nutrition, feeding minerals, and an overview of the FAMACHA deworming system. There will also be 3 tracks to choose from during part of the field day. Track 1: FAMACHA certification – producers will learn …..

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Rep. Brenden Jones Legislative Update April 17, 2017

By: Rep. Brenden Jones Last week was a short but busy week in the General Assembly. Below is a summary of key bills I introduced or sponsored, key actions taken by committees on which I serve, and key House votes. News Clips Key Bills Sponsored / Introduced HB636: Sale of Salvage Vehicle/No Inspection HB666: Revise Volunteer Fire Department Req’ts HB708: Require Criminal BGC/Pharmacist Licensure Key Committee Actions HB68: BRIGHT Futures Act (discussion only) HB443: Auto Dealers/Continuing Education (reported favorably) HB298: 00 Alcohol Restriction—All DWI (reported favorably) Key House Votes HB206: NC Cancer Treatment Fairness (Passed; I voted in favor) HB243: Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act. (Passed; I voted in favor) SB68: …..

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First Baptist to celebrate Family and Friends Day April 23

First Baptist will be celebrating Family and Friends Day on April 23. The Rev. Joel McCauley of Durham, NC will be the speaker for the morning service. Rev. Jerry McDowell and congregation of New Mount Zion in Riegelwood, NC will be the speaker for the afternoon. Services will begin at 3 p.m. Please come out and join us in our worship experience. Share:

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USDA

USDA Announces 2017 Cotton Loan Rate Differentials

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) today announced the 2017-crop loan rate differentials for upland and extra-long staple cotton. The differentials, also referred to as loan rate premiums and discounts, have been calculated based on market valuations of various cotton quality factors for the prior three years. This calculation procedure is identical to that used in past years. The Commodity Credit Corporation adjusts cotton loan rates by these differentials so that cotton loan values reflect the differences in market prices for color, staple length, leaf, extraneous matter, micronaire, length uniformity, and strength. The 2017-crop differential schedules are applied to the 2017-crop loan rate of 49.49 …..

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Industrial Hemp Commission to hold public meeting via telephone conference call

The Industrial Hemp Commission will host a public meeting on Monday, April 17, at 2:30 p.m. via telephone conference call to review and approve applications received to grow industrial hemp under a pilot program. No public comments will be taken during the meeting. Access to the conference call can be made at http://go.ncsu.edu/industrialhemp or by calling 1-646-558-8656 (U.S. toll) or 1-408-638-0968 (U.S. toll). The meeting ID is 552-175-681. Participants will be prompted to enter their name and email address to enter the meeting via the website, or prompted for a unique participant ID for the call. They should press # to access the call. The N.C. General Assembly passed Senate …..

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Elizabethtown Primary releases third 9 weeks honor rolls

Elizabethtown Primary School has released the honor rolls for the third 9 weeks grading period. 3rd Grade “A” Honor Roll Cabria Baldwin, Danyelle Cotten, Colton Daly, Dajour Davis, Destiny Gore, Melody Kulp, Isaiah Lee, Chelsea Lesane, Chance Miller, Aubrey Nixon, Gaby Rebollar, Hunter Simmons, Teagan Smith, Ayden Williams. “A/B” Honor Roll Kamille Burden, Ariel Cromartie, Erica Cupp, DeAdra Dimery, Ta’Mya Elliott, Madison Franzeo, Jacob Gooden, Madilyn Hall, Levi Harrelson, Adriana Howell, Emily Martinez, Joseph Martinez, Andrea McDowell, Caleb McGough, A’Nida McKibben, NyQurea McRae,  Olivia Meggs, Carly Nguyen, Jayden Osborne, Jena Packer, Alina Rabanales , Alden Ross, Zachary Sholar, Gavin Smith, Grady Starling, Max Tart, A’Marra Washington, Niyah Wooten. 4th  Grade Superintendent’s …..

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Town of Elizabethtown ranked No. 210 in “Best Cities for Outdoor Lovers”

By: Erin Smith The town of Elizabethtown recently learned it has been ranked No. 210 out of 500 in Millennial Personal Finance’s “Best Cities for Outdoor Lovers” report.  The report uses data such as the number of available campsites, the number of parks, and outdoor reservations along with the population to determine the rankings, said Millennial Personal Finance’s David Chen. “The rankings for this report were compiled by using licensed data and MPF’s unique scoring system. Over 5,000 U.S. cities and towns were evaluated on their outdoor friendliness. For each town and city, the exact number of campsites, outdoor reservations, and parks was summed together. That sum was divided by …..

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White Lake to be location for attempted wake board record

World Champion Wakeboarder Shaun Murray is preparing to attempt a record on Saturday at White Lake. The record attempt will take place in conjunction with the Correct Craft Owners Reunion. Correct Craft owners will be arriving from as far north as Maine, as far south as Florida and as far west as Ohio. Townsend Link said Murray became interested in setting the record when he visited White Lake several years ago to teach a class on wakeboarding. Murray noticed all of the Nautique boats on the lake during his time teaching lessons. “White Lake per capita is the most populated with Nautiques,” said Link. Murray contacted Link recently and suggested …..

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Byron Gooden Golf Tournament Filling Up

Mac Campbell announced today that, at the present time, there are 52 teams signed up to participate in the Byron Gooden 28th Annual Bladen We Care Memorial Golf Tournament scheduled for April 27 at Vineyard Golf at White Lake. The morning tournament, starting at 8:30 a.m., is filled up and the afternoon tournament, starting at 1 p.m. has 8 openings. 60 teams played in the 2016 tournament. Anyone interested in playing should call Mac Campbell at 910-867-0779, Wesley Campbell at 910-874-2008, or Renee Horton at 910-874-4004. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

For many, this day is another work day. For others, Easter Monday is a holiday, a day off. Weatherwise, today should be perfect for any outdoor activities. Mostly sunny with highs in the mid 80s. Keep watching nearby fields looking for plants to ‘spring forth’. Next dates worthy of note, Mother’s Day (May 14) followed by Memorial Day (May 29). A reminder, tomorrow, Tuesday, April 18, is deadline for filing tax returns for 2016. Interesting story circulating today related to Prince Harry of Great Britain and his struggle with emotional problems after the death of his mother, nearly 20 years ago. Guess we forget that despite their status in life, …..

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Bladen County Master Gardeners Volunteers Annual Plant Sale

The Master Gardener Volunteers have been working hard to propagate and plant all sorts of drought hardy, beautiful perennial plants that you will want in your yard. All sorts of butterfly attracting plants, vegetables, shrubs, trees and annuals that will make any garden look spectacular. We will also have a great variety of tomato plants.  The prices are right and the plants will be in abundance. These sales will be held: Friday, April 28th, from 9:00am until…at the Cape Fear Farmer’s Market located at 106 MLK Drive, Elizabethtown, NC Saturday, April 29th, from 9:00 am until…at the Bladenboro Farmer’s Market located at 204 N Main St., Bladenboro, NC Share:

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This Day in History for April 17

1629 – 1st successful US newspaper; published in Boston by John Campbell. 1864 – Battle of Plymouth, NC. 1905 – US Supreme court judges maximum work day unconstitutional. 1924 – Metro Pictures, Goldwyn Pictures & Louis B. Mayer Co merged to form Metro Goldwyn Mayer (MGM). 1937 – Debut of cartoon characters Daffy Duck, Elmer J. Fudd & Petunia Pig. 1941 – US Office of Price Administration forms (handled rationing). 1947 – Jackie Robinson bunts for his 1st major league hit. 1951 – NY Yankee Mickey Mantle’s 1st game, he goes 1 for 4. 1961 – 1,400 Cuban exiles land in Bay of Pigs in a doomed attempt to overthrow …..

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Clint Allen Bats 3-8 In Coker Weekend Sweep

HARTSVILLE, SC – West Bladen grad Clint Allen batted 3-8 with a double in Coker’s weekend sweep of South Atlantic Conference foe Brevard. In Friday night’s series opener, Allen batted 3-3 with a double and 2 runs scored as the Cobras blanked Brevard 5-0. The Bladenboro native smashed a double to left-centerfield leading off the third inning and later scored to pad the Coker lead to 2-0. Allen laced a single to centerfield in the fourth inning and eventually scored on the back-end of a double steal as the lead grew to 4-0. The senior leftfielder rapped a single to centerfield in the sixth inning. Coker took the opener of …..

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East Bladen’s Boys & West Bladen’s Girls Second in Four County Meet

DUNN – East Bladen’s Boys and West Bladen’s Girls both finished second Tuesday in a six-team Four County Conference track meet. East Bladen’s boys racked up 101 points to place second behind Wallace-Rose Hill’s 139 points. Midway finished third with 79 points edging West Bladen’s 76 points. West Bladen’s girls totaled 92 points to finish second behind Midway’s 145 points in the girls meet. Wallace-Rose Hill was third with 74 points. Clinton was fourth with 57 points, and East Bladen took fifth place with 49 points. Atlas Goss won both the Boys Discus and Shot Put for East Bladen. Senior Eian Hines took first place in the Long Jump, and …..

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