12/11/2018
  • 7:37 pm New look for your local news outlet
  • 4:23 pm Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored
  • 3:47 am This Day in History – December 11
  • 1:04 pm Bladen County Solid Waste holiday schedule
  • 12:58 pm Gov. Cooper Encourages Public to Remain Vigilant Due to Remaining Snow and Ice in Some Areas of North Carolina
  • 12:41 pm Man charged with Hania Aguilar’s murder denied bond
  • 12:35 pm Period to apply for FEMA assistance ends Thursday
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It is almost time for a new year, so the team at BladenOnline.com wanted to start with a new look as well.  We are working to bring you, our readers, a new refreshed look in a format that is easier to read and navigate. BladenOnline.com’s General Manager Erin Smith said, “One of our many goals […]

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Charter member of Tar Heel Rescue Squad honored By Erin Smith Gladwin “Bo” Priest, Chief of the Tar Heel Rescue Squad, was presented the Order of the Long Leaf Pine during the rescue squad’s meeting Thursday night.  “I wasn’t expecting it,” said Priest.  He explained the rescue squad was conducting a meeting when a member […]

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This Day In History

1620 – 103 Mayflower Pilgrims land at Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts. 1620 – Myles Standish and a group of 18 settlers are attacked by 30 Native Americans, which became known as the “First Encounter” 1844 – 1st dental use of nitrous oxide, Hartford, Connecticut. 1872 – Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback takes office as the first African […]

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Bladen County Solid Waste has announced their holiday schedule for the Christmas and New Years Day holidays. Bladen County Solid Waste Hours of Operation for Monday, December 24th thru Wednesday, December 26th – are as follows: All convenience sites will be in operation until 3:00 PM on Monday, December 24th. They will be closed Tuesday, […]

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RALEIGH: With some portions of North Carolina receiving up to 20 inches of snow and ice, Governor Roy Cooper is encouraging the public to remain cautious as cold temperatures will result in refreezing. “North Carolina has gotten through the worst of the storm, but we need to stay vigilant,” Governor Cooper stated. “Unfortunately, the snow has […]

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By Erin Smith The man arrested and charged with Hania Aguilar’s murder made his first appearance in Robeson County Court Monday where his bond was revoked, according to court records. The FBI announced late Saturday that an arrest had been made in the murder of 13-year-old Hania Aguilar.  According to the release from the FBI, […]

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The period to apply for disaster assistance for damages from Hurricane Florence will remain open until Thursday, December 13th, 2018. The Disaster Recovery Center in Bladen has closed; however, applications can be taken and any questions can be answered by calling 1-800-621-FEMA. This line is open from 6am – 10pm EST daily. If you received […]

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As the investigation into alleged election fraud in Bladen County continues, some useful links can be found below. From the News and Observer:  ‘The guru of Bladen County’ is at the center of NC’s election troubles Understanding the elections fraud allegations in North Carolina’s 9th District Robeson County sounded alarms last summer–now State is investigating election […]

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By Erin Smith The US Army Corps of Engineers Wilmington District will conduct a public meeting on Wednesday, December 12, regarding the future of the William O Huske Lock and Dam No. 1, Lock and Dam No. 2, and Lock and Dam No. 3. The meeting will be held at the Cape Fear Farmers Market in […]

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RALEIGH- The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has partnered with the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service to offer a federal program that is available to assist local governments with emergency watershed recovery projects. The last day to request assistance is Dec. 31. The department’s Soil and Water Conservation Division received $10 million in […]

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR

  Plans are underway for the 31st annual parade honoring the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. which will be held in Elizabethtown, North Carolina on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. National Martin Luther King Day celebrates the life and accomplishment of Rev. Dr.  Martin Luther King, Jr.  MLK promoted Civil […]

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The North Carolina Department of Commerce annually ranks the state’s 100 counties based on economic well-being and assigns each a Tier designation. This Tier system is incorporated into various state programs to encourage economic activity in the less prosperous areas of the state. The North Carolina Department of Commerce annually ranks the state’s 100 counties […]

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 Late night NFL score – Chicago Bears 15 – Rams 6. Tonight, Vikings at Seattle. Weather for today, wet, windy & cold….Rainfall over the past 3 days at the Curtis Brown Airport weather station indicates between 1.5 to 2 inches of rain….seems like much more. The 29th Charles Tilghman’s Junior Championship at Myrtle Beach was […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

  1672 – New York Governor Lovelace announces monthly mail service between New York & Boston. 1690 – Massachusetts Bay becomes first American colonial government to issue paper money. 1836 – Emory College (now Emory University) is chartered in Oxford, Georgia. 1884 – “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain is first published in the […]

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BLADENBORO – Red Springs defeated West Bladen 50-22 Friday night in Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball action. Joshua Lewis threw in 3-point shots in the first and third periods and led the Knight scoring with 8 points. Teammate Javonta Matthews sank a trio of free throws in the second quarter and added a basket […]

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COLUMBIA, SC- Former West Bladen baseball coach and athletic director Kim Cain won his fourth state championship Friday night as his Green Sea Floyds, S.C., Trojans defeated Lamar 26-20 in the South Carolina Class A state championship game. Cain, a Bladen County native, served as offensive line coach on Coach Donnie Kiefer’s staff. The Trojans […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Congratulations to Cade Hancock, Elizabethtown golfer had a good day yesterday in the 29th Charles Tilghman Jr. Championship Tournament in Myrtle Beach, SC.  After one round of play he is one stroke off the lead.  He was one of 3 that shot a 73 at the Surf Club & Beach Club, Grande Dunes Member Club.  […]

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This Day In History

1793 – Noah Webster establishes New York’s 1st daily newspaper, the “American Minerva” 1861 – American Civil War: The Joint Commission on the Conduct of the War is established by the U.S. Congress. 1878 – Joseph Pulitzer buys St Louis Dispatch for $2,500. 1884 – Levant Richardson patents ball-bearing skate. 1889 – US President Benjamin Harrison […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: Today, as parts of North Carolina begin to feel the effects of a major winter storm, Governor Cooper is urging residents to quickly finish their storm preparations, be ready for power outages and plan to stay off the roads once conditions worsen.  “This is a snow storm, not a snow fall. It’s serious,” […]

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Contributed by Bob Westerfield With the Christmas season upon us, many folks have already spent $50 to $100 dollars for a dead, cut Christmas tree, or perhaps dragged their plastic version out of storage. While there is something to be said about having a traditional cut tree such as a blue spruce or Douglas fir, […]

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Contributed by Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Why do online shoppers have to take special precautions? The internet offers convenience not available from other shopping outlets. From the comfort of your home, you can search for items from multiple vendors, compare prices with a few mouse clicks, and make purchases without waiting in line. However, […]

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

James Reaves was named The Bladen Journal football player of the year in Bladen County. Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Barnhill of Ivanhoe celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Vance Clark of Elizabethtown was elected Chairman of the Bladen County Board of Commissioners. The Elizabethtown High School Band and the Clarkton High School Band scheduled a […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Congratulations to Gladwin ‘Bo’ Priest, long time face of the Tar Heel Rescue Squad, He was recently recognized for his contributions by being named a recipient of The Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award, by Governor Roy Cooper.  Rep. William Brisson made the presentation.  Bo has been a faithful servant to the squad for 42 years… […]

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BLADENBORO- Tinyauh Rhoda tossed in 8 points to lead West Bladen to a 17-16 Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball victory over Red Springs Friday. West Bladen’s Alexandria Perez nailed a 3-point shot in the first quarter, and Anniya Phillips tossed in another basket to edge the Lady Knights ahead 5-4 at the quarter break. […]

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TABOR CITY- Guard Mariah Smith threw in 6 points to lead a 12-4 second-half surge that propelled East Bladen to a 17-10 Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball victory over South Columbus Friday. Teammates Shanell McMillian and Merritt Martin tossed in 4 points each for the winners. Coach Megan Kirby’s Lady Eagles evened their conference […]

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TABOR CITY- East Bladen rode a 14-5 second half spurt to a 25-22 Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball victory over South Columbus. The Stallions held an 11-10 halftime lead before the Eagle rally produced a 24-16 East Bladen lead. A late South rally trimmed the final margin to 3 points. Coach Aking Elting’s Eagles […]

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TABOR CITY – South Columbus rode a 40-25 second-half surge to a 68-52 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen Friday night. Sophmore center Javant McDowell worked the paint for a trio of baskets in the first quarter as the Eagles built a 15-8 lead. Seniors Greyson Heustess and Pierce Melvin and junior […]

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BLADENBORO – Senior Keagan Brayboy sparked a 22-11 opening surge that propelled Red Springs to a 38-36 Three Rivers Conference boys basketball victory over West Bladen Friday night. Brayboy threw in 4 baskets in the first period, and teammates Kameron McLean and Shyheim Richardson contributed 2 baskets each to the opening Red Devil surge. Sophmore […]

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TABOR CITY – East Bladen rolled to a 19-2 lead en route to a 73-20 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over South Columbus Friday night. The Lady Eagles extended their lead to 35-16 at halftime and exploded for an 18-2 third quarter run that widened the gap to 53-18. A 20-2 fourth quarter East […]

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BLADENBORO – Junior Lexie Corrothers fired in 7 of her 13 points in the final quarter as West Bladen held on to a 38-36 Three Rivers Conference girls basketball victory over Red Springs Friday night. The Lady Knights took a 29-26 lead into the final frame, and Corrothers started the period with a basket then […]

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1776 – George Washington’s retreating army crosses Delaware River from NJ. 1792 – 1st cremation in US: Henry Laurens. 1863 – Abraham Lincoln issues his Amnesty Proclamation and plan for Reconstruction of the South. 1874 – Jesse James gang takes train at Muncie, Kansas. 1886 – American Federation of Labor (AFL) formed by 26 craft […]

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GREENVILLE — James Spencer Bell of Lumberton was sentenced Friday after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute a quantity of cocaine base and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a drug-trafficking crime, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Crolina Robert J. Higdon Jr. announced in a news release. Bell, 29, plead […]

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The Bladenboro Town Board will meet Monday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall. The board is scheduled to conduct a public hearing for a proposed rezoning request for the property located at 15498 NC Highway 131. The board will consider consent agenda items, which include approval of agenda items, approval of minutes, approval of […]

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Snow is most likely a no go this weekend in Bladen County. Rain, however, is expected. The National Weather Service is forecasting up to three inches of rain in areas of Bladen County this weekend as a low pressure develops along the Gulf Coast on Saturday morning as high pressure builds down from the north. […]

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 RALEIGH, N.C. – The ongoing investigation into absentee voting irregularities and other alleged activities in the 9th Congressional District is the top priority at the State Board of Elections & Ethics Enforcement. The agency confirms that Leslie McCrae Dowless Jr. is a person of interest in connection with an alleged absentee ballot operation in the congressional district. Four […]

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By Erin Smith Allegations of election fraud and irregularities in Bladen County took a new twist this week as US Representative Gerald E. Connolly, a Virginia Democrat, is reported to have requested an emergency hearing by the US House regarding the matter. Connolly is a Vice Ranking Member of the House Oversight and Government Reform […]

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By Charlotte Smith During this holiday season many wonder about the condition of one local cemetery in Bladen County. The Elizabethtown City Cemetery behind the Bladen County Public Library in Elizabethtown has shown significant geological damage since Hurricane Florence. Even with the holidays in full swing, the Town of Elizabethtown and contracted specialists have been […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-sponsored the First Step Act, bipartisan legislation to reform America’s criminal justice system. The First Step Act combines prison reform proposals that overwhelmingly passed in the House of Representatives earlier this year with sentencing reform provisions from the broadly bipartisan Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act, which was approved by the Senate Judiciary […]

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By Faye M. Boyne, NC DOT      The NC Department of Transportation has issued an updated listing of road closings in Bladen County. They are as follows: Closings NC210 East at Rowan Creek NC210 East has been closed since November 26th at a location 0.2 miles North of Brown Road in order to replace […]

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Contributed Sheriff James A. McVicker said his Narcotics Unit have conducted a search warrant and made other arrests this week. The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit completed an investigation into the distribution of Controlled Substances in the Graham Road area of Clarkton. This investigation originated from citizen complaints which prompted Narcotics Agents to the […]

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When many people hear the word dementia, they often think of someone who has severe memory loss and/or other cognitive impairments. People with dementia often feel alone, isolated and left out of events and social gatherings due to their inability to easily recall places and names. Kelly Robeson, Director of the Bladen County Division on […]

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CHARLOTTE, NC ──The National League of Junior Cotillions (NLJC), a program of etiquette, character education and social dance training for middle school students, has announced plans to reestablish its national program in Bladen County, NC. Says Charles Winters, President of the National League of Junior Cotillions, “We will be selecting a director for a local […]

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By Dr. Mike Walden Many consider the National Football League (NFL) to be the most successful professional sports organization in the world. To many, having an NFL team is a signal a city and region have arrived and are in elite company. This is one reason why NFL franchises sell for in the multi-billions of […]

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An early December storm will bring a mixed bag of hazardous wintry precipitation to the Carolinas this weekend, likely to cause prolonged power outages in some areas as snow and ice bring down trees, limbs and power lines. Duke Energy meteorologists continue to monitor weather conditions and the company is making plans accordingly. Line […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Was it LBJ who compared a pile of sun-baked cow manure to some politically related activity years ago? Maybe it was another politician but it was an issue that would not go away…. The comment was, “the more you stir it, the more it stinks”.  Kinda relates to the current stinky political situation in Bladen County […]

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1696 – Connecticut Route 108, one of the oldest highways in the U.S. is completed to Trumbull. 1787 – Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify the US constitution. 1842 – New York Philharmonic’s 1st concert. 1868 – Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin, Missouri, kills 1. 1877 – Thomas Edison demonstrates his phonograph (gramophone) […]

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By Erin Smith The opening of an electronic gaming facility in Clarkton has prompted the town board to review their electronic gaming policy. On Tuesday night, the owners of Freddy’s on Elm attended the board meeting for the discussion. Daniel Storie and Danny Storie listened as the board discussed the policy. Mayor Arthur Whedbee told […]

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On Thursday, December 20th the Clarkton Public Library is inviting kids to their Christmas Party! The party will begin at 6 p.m. and will end at 7:30 p.m. Call 910-647-3661 to register, space is very limited for the event.   Share:

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Kids are invited to a Christmas Party at the Bridger Memorial Library on Monday December 17th. The party will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will end at 7 p.m. Space is very limited so call 910-863-4586 to register.   Share:

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The Bladen County Public Library will be having a Christmas Party next Thursday on December 13th. The party will begin at 6 p.m. and to pre-register call 910-862-6990.   Share:

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Contributed WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Richard Burr (R-NC) announced they have secured three BUILD Transportation grants totaling more than $60 million for North Carolina: GoTriangle will receive $20 million. The project will construct a new bus facility and structured parking to create a multimodal transit center in downtown Raleigh. The […]

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Contributed Wilmington, N.C. (December 6, 2018) – The University of North Carolina Wilmington has received a $10 million gift commitment from alumnus David Congdon ’78, and his wife, Helen, the university announced today. This represents the largest outright gift commitment in university history; with it, UNCW will establish the “David S. Congdon School of Supply […]

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Raleigh, N.C. – Service to 911 centers in North Carolina and throughout the Southeast was restored Thursday afternoon, according to telecommunications companies that serve the centers. Reports of interrupted service throughout the region began Wednesday and had been returned to normal by 1 p.m. Thursday. Assistance at the centers was still available by calling the local […]

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The first Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Citizen’s Police Academy is scheduled to begin on Monday, January 7, 2019 and will conclude with a graduation presentation on April 22, 2019. The Citizen’s Police Academy sessions will consist of eight classroom sessions on selected Monday nights and two practical exercises conducted on Saturdays during the four month […]

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The Bladen Community College Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Dr. Amanda K. Lee has been selected as the new college president. Dr. Lee was unanimously chosen by the Board of Trustees from a pool of four finalists who were interviewed earlier this fall. “Dr. Lee brings a vast amount of experience, not […]

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By Erin Smith The southeastern United States is experiencing outages with the 911 system involving multiple carriers on Thursday, according to Bladen County Emergency Management Director Bradley Kinlaw. “In the southeastern part of the country, multiple carriers are having problems with connections with wireless and landline connections,” said Kinlaw. He added, “When we tested ours […]

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The farmers markets in Bladen County are offering residents the opportunity to prepare for the Christmas holidays. You can find all manner of locally grown produce and hand-crafted items to complete your shopping list. The Bladenboro Farmers Market will be open on Friday and Saturday offering locally grown produce, pecans and honey. The Bladenboro Farmers […]

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RALEIGH – N.C. Department of Public Safety Secretary Erik A. Hooks today announced the appointment of Roger “Chip” Hawley as the new Chief of Police at State Capitol Police. Hawley, a veteran law enforcement professional with more than 36 years of experience, had been serving as deputy chief of the agency since March. “Chip Hawley has been […]

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Financial services firm to add 436 new jobs in Charlotte RALEIGH: LendingTree, Inc., which operates the leading online loan marketplace, will expand its headquarters in Mecklenburg County, creating 436 new jobs by the end of 2023, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. “The Charlotte area serves as a home to many corporate headquarters, and LendingTree’s expansion raises […]

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Governor Cooper encourages personal preparations as state and counties get ready RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper is urging North Carolinians to watch the forecast closely and prepare their homes and families for winter weather arriving this weekend, as the state gets ready for the first major winter storm of the season. “The forecast is still evolving, but […]

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By Charlotte Smith Investigations can be tiring for many under the microscope. After working for several years at the Bladen County Board of Elections, one employee has turned in their retirement letter. Bladen County Board of Elections Director, Cynthia Shaw, is retiring, according to Greg Martin, Bladen County Manager. Shaw submitted her retirement letter back […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Malcolm Bolden recorded a ‘Hat Trick’ of 3 goals Wednesday as Elizabethtown clinched the Waccamaw Middle School Conference’s AAA Division boys soccer championship with a 5-0 victory over Whiteville Central at County Park. In the tenth minute of play, Bolden sent a pass to Jamie Delgado who knocked in the first Elizabethtown goal. […]

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The Jesus Christ Pro-players league will host a basketball game on Saturday, December 15, at the Clarkton School of Discovery at 3 p.m. Cost to attend is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  Tickets cane be purchased at Faith Partners Bookstore in Elizabethtown, Headquarters Barbershop in Elizabethtown, and Karen’s Creations in Elizabethtown. Share:

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By Erin Smith The issue of cleaning the towns canals and ditches and who is responsible for their maintenance was discussed in Clarkton on Tuesday night. Jim Perry, Special Projects Planned for the Lumber River Council of governments, wrote a letter to the Clarkton Town Board attempting to clear up the questions surrounding the ownership of […]

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ROSE HILL – Union beat the buzzer with the winning basket Wednesday as the Spartans claimed a 42-40 non-conference junior varsity boys basketball victory over West Bladen. Joshua Lewis threw in a 3-point shot and 3 other baskets in the first half for the Knights. Teammate Donovan Stone sank 2 free throws and 2 other […]

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By Erin Smith A Bladenboro man pled guilty to second-degree murder in connection to a shooting that left one dead and one injured in September 2016. Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser presided over the proceedings on Wednesday. Henry Spivey, 40, pled guilty to second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and assault with a […]

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Health Grades

By Cheryl Thurston Well here we are in the middle of the holiday season, the time of year when we gather with family and friends, to enjoy food and fellowship, and to express our gratitude for the things we have. The hurricane season is over for the year, and even though September and October were […]

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Thoughts While Shaving

Like many US citizens, I kinda kept up with activities related to the passing of our former President George H.W. Bush yesterday and enjoyed the action and commentary, despite announcing in yesterday’s ‘Thoughts’ that he would be buried in Texas…..yesterday. I never met President Bush, but had a sister who served for some time as […]

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SHALLOTTE- Senior giuard Ja’Tyra Moore-Peterson made 2 free throws with eight seconds remaining to lift East Bladen to a 42-41 non-conference girls basketball victory over West Brunswick Wednesday night. The Lady Eagles who defeated West Brunswick 61-28 earlier in the season battled back from behind after the Lady Trojans built a 15-10 first quarter lead. […]

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SHALLOTTE – Sophmore Makoa Surigoa rang up 15 points Wednesday night to lead West Brunswick to a 75-35 non-conference boys basketball victory over East Bladen. Senior Hayden Grimes, a 6-5 center, threw in 12 points for the Trojans and 6-7 junior Jadyn Parker added 9 points. Eleven players scored in the game for West Brunswick. […]

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SHALLOTTE – West Brunswick rallied in the second half to defeat East Bladen 29-24 Wednesday in non-conference junior varsity girls basketball action. Ronkira Lennon nailed a 3-point shot, and Shanell McMillian and Mariah Smith tossed in baskets to keep the Lady Eagles within 8-7 at the first quarter break. Aaniyah Jackson threw in 2 baskets […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ROSE HILL – Junior Tyre Boykin fired in 19 points Wednesday night as West Bladen pulled away in the second half for a 70-57 non-conference basketball victory over Union Wednesday night. Long-range bombing carried the Knights to a 19-11 first quarter lead. Senior Jaheim Lesane nailed a pair of 3-pointers, and […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ROSE HILL – Junior guard Kasee Singletary tossed in 12 points to lead West Bladen to a 36-18 non-conference girls basketball victory over Union Wednesday night. Senior Carley Dawson pumped in a basket and 2 free throws in the first quarter as the Lady Knights built an 8-4 lead. Junior Mikayla […]

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1732 – 1st play in American colonies acted by professional players in New York. 1790 – The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 1865 – 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery. 1877 – Thomas Edison records himself reciting “Mary had a little lamb” 1877 – Washington […]

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By Erin Smith A competency hearing was held on Wednesday afternoon for an Elizabethtown man who is accused of murder. Bladen County Resident Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser ruled on Wednesday afternoon Jonathan Parker is competent to stand trial. Parker is facing a charge of first-degree murder for the stabbing death of 78-year-old John Robert […]

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Photo Courtesy Gordon Kinlaw Power is out on West Broad Street on Wednesday afternoon following a motor vehicle crash near Elizabethtown Baptist Church. A Jeep SUV a power line pole on West Broad Street plunging many residents and businesses into darkness. Power was also reported to be out as far away as Dublin following the […]

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By Dora Brogdon This week a 2 to 3 year old female Chow mix by the name of Lola has been picked for Pet of the Week. She is super sweet to everyone and very playful. She is also affectionate and gets along okay with other dogs. Lola is waiting at the Bladen County Animal […]

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Contributed RALEIGH: North Carolinians impacted by Hurricane Florence have one week from Thursday left to register for assistance programs with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The deadline to apply for assistance from FEMA and for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018.  “Hurricane Florence was a gut […]

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RALEIGH: Today, Governor Roy Cooper joined leaders from the North Carolina Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) in the State Capitol’s Old House Chamber to sign a Statement of Support for the National Guard and Reserve.  “I’m proud to join employers who appreciate the unmatched leadership and unique skills Guard members, Reservists and veterans […]

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Contributed Shane Todd and Rodney Hester were joined this morning by a small contingency of members from Boost the Boro to present a framed picture of North Carolina Highway Patrol, Master Trooper Kevin K. Conner, to the Bladenboro Fire Department. “Kevin, who was killed in the line of duty on October 17, 2018, will be […]

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By Erin Smith The NC State Board of Elections and Ethics still has not set a date for an evidentiary hearing regarding alleged irregularities in the US House 9th District race in Bladen County. In a surprise move last week, after a lengthy closed session, the NC State Board of Elections and Ethics voted 7-2 […]

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By Erin Smith Two court cases of interest to Bladen County were on the docket this week in Bladen County Superior Court. The case of former Bladenboro Town Manager Delane Jackson was continued in Bladen County Superior Court. He is charged with one felony count of obtaining property by false pretenses. His last court appearance […]

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Wilmington, NC – The dust has settled from five days of spirited celebration in downtown Wilmington after the 24th annual Cucalorus Festival closed on Sunday, November 11. Hundreds of creative leaders, innovators, and artists took the stage to share stories and explore new collaborations during the standout November event which featured more than 200 screenings, […]

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Hickory Grove Baptist Church has announced their upcoming Christmas events. Their schedule is as follows: The month of December:  Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Courtesy of the International Mission Board:  “Every Church. Every Nation,” is more than a catch phrase. It’s at the core of what we do. We believe every church—and every church member—has a […]

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The Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors meeting originally planned for December 11 has been canceled. The board will meet on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. in the small auditorium in the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. All supervisors are urged to be in attendance. Share:

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Administration collaborates with North Carolina Business Committee for Education and Fidelity Investments and on free, first-of-its-kind tool to match educators with local businesses RALEIGH: Governor Roy Cooper today announced a free, first-of-its-kind online tool to lead the way in connecting education to career. The new work-based learning tool, called “The Navigator,” brings together members of the […]

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The Elizabethtown Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in reference to locating Curtis Sanders Cromartie.  Cromartie is wanted in connection with a shooting that occurred on December 3, 2018 in Elizabethtown that seriously injured a female who was inside of a residence. Felony warrants have been obtained for Cromartie’s arrest for Assault With A […]

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ELIZABETHTOWN – Elizabethtown outscored Tar Heel 4-1 in the penalty kick shootout to claim a Waccamaw Middle School Conference victory Tuesday after the two teams battled to a 2-2 tie in regulation play. Malcolm Bolden slammed in his penalty kick to start the shootout, and Tar Heel missed. Jamie Delgado knocked in his penalty kick, […]

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Clarkton School of Discovery

ELIZABETHTOWN – Samaj Dove fired in a pair of goals to lead Clarkton School of Discovery to a 3-0 Waccamaw Middle School Conference victory over Nakina Tuesday. Dove knocked in his first goal in the 18th minute, then booted in his second goal in the second half. The Blue Devil lead grew to 3-0 late […]

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FAIRMONT – Fairmont defeated West Bladen 39-24 Tuesday night in the Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball opener for both teams. Donovan Stone buried a pair of 3-point shots and led the Knight scoring with 10 points – all of them in the second half. Teammate Javonta Matthews tossed in 4 of his 6 points […]

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East Bladen High School

ELIZABETHTOWN – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 29-19 Tuesday in the Three Rivers Conference jayvee girls basketball opener for both teams. The Lady Wolfpack pulled away from an 11-11 halftime tie with a 12-5 third period run that produced a 23-16 lead. Shanell McMillian and Ronkira Lennon led the East Bladen scoring with 5 points each. […]

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East Bladen High School

ELIZABETHTOWN – Whiteville defeated East Bladen 15-10 Tuesday night in the Three Rivers Conference jayvee boys basketball opener for both teams. The Wolfpack jumped out to a 10-4 lead then stretched that margin to 12-5, before the Eagles rallied to within 13-9 before Whiteville closed out the victory Share:

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Public Meeting

The Bladen County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) meeting for Thursday, December 6th,  will be held in the auditorium of the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Center on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown at 12 noon. Share:

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FAIRMONT – Freshman Haley George scored a key basket in the closing minute as West Bladen withstood a furious Fairmont rally and claimed a 42-41 victory in their Three Rivers Conference girls basketball opener. After the Lady Knight defense held Fairmont to only 6 points in the second and third quarters while building a 28-17 […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Sophomore center Javant McDowell pumped in 16 points, and junior Tyshawn Berkeley nailed a pair of key 3-point shots as East Bladen defeated Whiteville 54-44 in the Three Rivers Conference boys basketball opener for both teams. Eagle Coach Kenzil McCall pointed to the experience that his team gained last […]

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About three weeks ’til Christmas. A bad day on the Stock Market yesterday… Today, former President George H.W. Bush will be laid to rest in Texas. Bladen County continues to receive bad press related to the just completed General Election, not the Board of Elections or staff, but ‘vote for pay’ activities by bad actors.  […]

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Photos by Kenneth Armstrong ELIZABETHTOWN – Junior Patience Ward poured in 20 of her game-high 30 points as East Bladen rode a 51-point second half to a 76-53 victory over Whiteville in the Three Rivers Conference girls basketball opener for both teams. The Lady Eagle surge actually began in the final 2:04 of the first […]

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FAIRMONT – For years Fairmont has been known as the hottest gym in the area. Tuesday night the air-conditioning was turned on – and condensate from the air-conditioning unit leaked through the ceiling onto the gym floor causing the varsity boys basketball game to be suspended. West Bladen led the defending Three Rivers Conference champion […]

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By Erin Smith A massive black plume of smoke could be seen from as far away as the NC 87 Bypass and from downtown Elizabethtown after a former dye plant caught on fire on Monday afternoon in Elizabethtown. The fire was reported at about 3 p.m. and West Broad Street was shut down in the vicinity of Cromartie Road […]

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WASHINGTON – Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) will host over 300 Members of Parliament, Senators, Ambassadors, and other officials from 80 nations for the 12th Parliamentary Intelligence-Security Forum on Thursday, December 6th.   First conceived in 2014 to help restore U.S.-European relations in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations, the forum has grown into a premier global […]

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