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Bay Tree Lakes VFD thanks golf tournament supporters

The 14th annual Bay Tre Lakes Volunteer Fire Department golf tournament was held in June at Vineyard Golf Course in WHite Lake. The event serves as one of the major fundraisers for the organization. “The department would like to express its appreciation to the many participants and to the people and organizations that donated, in various forms,” wrote Hank Howell, who is the department’s treasurer. “The tournament was a big success.” The tournament winners were: First Flight 58 – Lee Todd, Joey Todd, Bill Edwards and Emery White 60 – Lamarr Johnson, Don Pigffgrie, John Lovette and Tommy Culbreth 63 – Darryl Davis, Roger Davis, Kent Porter and Mark Mendell …..

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5 Fun Things To Do In Bladen County

By: Dora Brogdon Summer is the best time of year for a vacation. Kids are out of school and need to do something with their free time. But it gets almost way to expensive to travel somewhere for a vacation. Instead of being all stressed out over a planning, why not have a vacation in your own home? The first place to visit in our cozy little Bladen County is The Elwell Ferry. This hidden gem is still in operation since 1905, making the ferry 112 years old. River ferries like this one use to connect villages and local farms to each other until they were replaced by bridges or …..

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This Day in History for July 21

1669 – John Lock’s Constitution of English colony Carolina is approved. 1865 – In the market square of Springfield, Missouri, Wild Bill Hickok shoots and kills Davis Tutt in what is regarded as the first true western showdown. 1880 – Compressed air accident kills 20 workers on Hudson River tunnel, NY. 1930 – US Veterans Administration forms. 1931 – Reno race track, becomes 1st in US to use daily double wagering. 1942 – 8 die as coal waste heap slides in river valley near Oakwood, Va. 1943 – “Stormy Weather”, directed by Andrew L. Stone, starring Bill Robinson, Lena Horne and Fats Waller singing “Ain’t Misbehavin” premieres in the US. …..

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SBI Environmental Investigation Helps Add 200 Acres to Lake Waccamaw State Park

LAKE WACCAMAW – Special agents from the State Bureau of Investigation’s Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit will be on hand for the dedication of 200 new acres at Lake Waccamaw State Park in Columbus County, Friday, July 21, at 10 a.m. Agents with the SBI worked jointly with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigative Division on a hog waste discharge case that resulted in the conviction of the perpetrator who was fined $1.5 million.  A portion of that fine was given to the N.C. Coastal Land Trust and N.C. State Parks to purchase additional acreage for Lake Waccamaw State Park. “Agents from SBI’s Environmental Crime Unit work complex environmental investigations like this one …..

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Nicholson Liquidation store opens its doors in Elizabethtown

New businesses are making their mark on the landscape of downtown Elizabethtown. A new store opened on Saturday at 106 West Broad Street called Nicholson Liquidation: A Little Bit of Everything. The business is owned by Tyler and Heather Nicholson. The couple started their business two years ago on Facebook and it has continually grown. The store offers a variety of items from tents and canopies to wall hangings and bedding. The company has developed a loyal following on social media. “We still sell a lot on Facebook,” said Nicholson. The store’s hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 2 …..

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Tillis, Colleagues Move to Stop CFPB Arbitration Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs Committee, joined Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and his Republican colleagues to file a Congressional Review Act (CRA) Joint Resolution of Disapproval in the Senate against the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) arbitration rule. “Setting aside the looming questions surrounding the constitutionality, this CFPB rule is a boon to trial attorneys at the expense of American consumers,” said Senator Tillis. “The American people decided this past election that they were fed-up with decisions being made by unelected Washington bureaucrats, and I hope that my colleagues will stand up to this abuse of power by supporting …..

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Tillis Joins Colleagues Calling for Greater Retirement Security

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) joined Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Steve Daines (R-MT), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Tom Cotton (R-AK), Susan Collins (R-ME), Todd Young (R-IN), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and David Perdue (R-GA) to urge Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta clear the path for implementation of 401(k) auto portability that would make it easier for Americans to save for their future. Over the past four decades, Americans have cumulatively lost about $2 trillion in retirement savings due to not transferring their 401(k) retirement accounts when transitioning from one job to another. On average, approximately 14 million Americans change jobs each year, …..

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Fire at Laundry Mat in Elizabethtown 

A clothes dryer caught fire inside the Washtubs Laundry mat located on Martin Luther King Drive in Elizabethtown on Thursday afternoon. Lt. D. Cheshire, with the Elizabethtown Police Department, said he saw the smoke from across the street and found a fire extinguisher and extinguished the fire out, according to Elizabethtown Fire Chief Nick West. Customers waited outside until the building was cleared. The clothes dryer machine was the only thing found to be damaged at this time. No injuries were reported. Share:

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Deadline Nears for 2017 Farm Safety Net Enrollment

Producers on farms with base acres under the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) or Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs are encouraged to visit their local FSA office to sign contracts and enroll for the 2017 crop year by the deadline on Aug. 1, 2017. Since shares and ownership of a farm can change year-to-year, producers on the farm must enroll by signing a contract each program year. If a farm is not enrolled during the 2017 enrollment period, the producers on that farm will not be eligible for financial assistance from the ARC or PLC programs for the 2017 crop should crop prices or farm revenues fall below the historical price …..

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Congressman Pittenger Introduces Resolution To Block CFPB’S Effort To Benefit Trial Lawyers

WASHINGTON – This morning, Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) and all 33 Republican colleagues on the House Financial Services Committee introduced a resolution of disapproval to nullify a controversial new rule benefitting trial lawyers at the expense of consumers. H.R. Res. 111, which Congressman Pittenger introduced in partnership with Congressman Keith Rothfus (PA-12), uses the Congressional Review Act to repeal the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new “anti-arbitration” rule. “According to CFPB’s own study, consumers recover 167 times more through arbitration than class action.  On average, consumers receive $32 in class action, while the attorney receives nearly $1 million,” said Congressman Pittenger.  “Perhaps we should rename CFPB the ‘Trial Lawyers Protection Bureau,’ because this rule …..

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Wesley’s Chapel Vacation Bible School donates stuffed animals to Sheriff’s Office

Stuffed toys can bring a sense of comfort to a child during an emergency. The students taking part The Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School decided to donate stuffed animals to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. The stuffed animals can be given to children by deputies to help comfort them and calm them down during stressful situations or emergencies. Share:

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Partnerships are key to Economic Development

Partnerships are important to economic development. That was the message from Chris Lloyd Sr., the Vice-President of Infrastructure and Economic Development, McGuire Woods Consulting, to the Bladen County Committee of 100 on Wednesday night. Lloyd said despite what is being written by such entities as the New York Times about the death of rural America, economic development in rural America is doing well. “You all have a lot to be proud of,” said Lloyd as he addressed the membership. He noted that many communities throughout the United States think they are the best location for a company to develop their business interests. Lloyd said one trend he has seen in …..

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Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery Recognized in National Hall of Fame Competition

Elizabethtown, NC – Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery of Elizabethtown, NC has been recognized by Varco Pruden Buildings, one of the world’s largest building-solutions companies. Varco Pruden is a division of BlueScope Buildings North America, Inc., and has a network of more than 1,000 builders across the United States and Canada. Cape Fear Vineyard and Winery has been named to Varco Pruden’s 2017 Hall of Fame for Agricultural Renovation of a building. The highly competitive Hall of Fame Awards are presented annually to the independent authorized VP builders whose work reflects innovation and excellence though the integration of  VP building systems, products, architectural appearance, end use and design. The projects …..

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Update: House fire claims Bay Tree Lakes home

A home in the Bay Tree Lakes community was destroyed by fire on Wednesday evening. No one was injured in the incident. The home, a log cabin, was located at 596 Horsepen Drive. The home’s owner, Todd Karpinski, said, “I was home sitting in the living room watching tv when I heard a popping noise. I just thought it was my girlfriend coming home. A minute later the smoke alarms were going off.” He said he quickly got out of the house and called 911. Karpinski said he and his girlfriend Trisha Switzer moved to Bladen County one year ago from New Jersey.  Karpinski said they lost all of their …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

Changed my shaving habits, only shave on ‘special occasions’ and the number of ‘special occasions’ are shrinking as I mature. What is your favorite time of the year?  I enjoy spring and fall, April & October. Favorite time of day for this retiree?  Between 1 and 2 PM, enjoy a bowl of Breyer butter pecan ice cream.  When ice cream gets low, time for a visit to the grocery store. Very good turn-out for the annual meeting of Bladen County Committee of 100.  Excellent speaker, Chris Lloyd with McGuire Woods Consulting, Sr. VP of Infrastructure and Economic Development.  He assist companies in locating sites to expand their business, a match-maker.  What does Committee …..

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NC DYB Majors State Tournament: Elizabethtown 18, Dunn 3

Photos by Kenneth Armstrong LELAND- Elizabethtown pounded out 19 hits and rolled to an 18-3 victory over Dunn Wednesday in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball State Tournament. With the victory Elizabethtown advances to the ‘Final Four’ and will play unbeaten South Park Thursday at 2 p.m. An Elizabethtown victory Thursday would leave 3 teams in the tournament and all 3 would have one loss. Garrison Tatum drew a lead-off walk, and Evan Pait lashed a single to right-centerfield in the top of the first. Ty Mathis then blasted a 3-run home run that scored Garrison Tatum and Pait. Dunn answered with two home runs sandwiched around a walk to …..

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This Day in History for July 20

1858 – Fee 1st charged to see a baseball game (50 cents) (NY beats Brooklyn 22-18). 1868 – 1st use of tax stamps on cigarettes. 1894 – 2000 federal troops recalled from Chicago, having ended Pullman strike. 1921 – Congresswoman Alice Mary Robertson becomes the first woman to preside over the US House of Representatives. 1926 – A convention of the Methodist Church votes to allow women to become priests. 1935 – 1st broadcast of “Gang Busters” on NBC-radio. 1940 – Billboard publishes its 1st singles record chart (#1 is “I’ll Never Smile Again” by Tommy Dorsey). 1944 – US Joint Chiefs of Staff question Admiral Chester Nimitz over the …..

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Opinion: Back To School … 2017-18 School Year

By Amy Schumacher I remember when summer vacations seemed to stretch on forever. The days were hot and long and offered multiple opportunities for fun, playing with friends, enjoying every minute of sleeping in late and staying up much later than we were ever allowed during the school year. Nearing the end of the summer my parents would begin adjusting my schedule a little at a time to prepare me for the days when I would need to wake up early, the nights when I would need to get in bed early so I could get a good night’s sleep. July is coming to a close and half the summer …..

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House at Bay Tree burns

  A Bladen County home caught fire Wednesday evening according to a neighbor. The home is located in the Bay Tree Lakes’ community. No injuries have been reported at this time. Emergency responders are on the scene to assist the fire fighters due to the heat outside and the task of fighting the fire. More information will be provided as soon as it becomes available. Share:

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Recordatorio a Productores Agricolas del Estado de North Carolina, Se Aproxima Fecha Limite para Presentar Nominaciones para las Elecciones del Comite’ de Condado de la Farm Service Agency

Lorraine Dillard, Director Ejecutivo Interino de la Agencia de Servicio Agrícola (Farm Service Agency o FSA, por sus siglas en inglés) en North Carolina, recordó hoy que agricultores y ganaderos tienen hasta el 1 de agosto de 2017 para nominar un candidato elegible para las elecciones a los comités de condado de la FSA. Los comités de condado están formados por agricultores y ganaderos elegidos por otros productores en sus comunidades para guiar la entrega de programas agrícolas a nivel local. Los miembros del comité juegan un papel importante en las operaciones diarias de la FSA. Los comités consisten de tres a once miembros y se reúnen una vez al …..

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Tillis Co-Introduces Bill to Restore Regulatory Accountability

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) co-introduced the Separation of Powers Restoration Act (SOPRA), legislation that would restore accountability to the regulatory process and ensure proper judicial review, empowering the courts—not agencies—to interpret all questions of law, including both statutes and regulations. The Senate bill was also introduced by Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Mike Lee (R-UT), James Lankford (R-OK), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Mike Crapo (R-ID), Kennedy (R-LA), Ted Cruz (R-TX), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Ben Sasse (R-NE). “One of the biggest challenges facing our nation is a large and cumbersome regulatory environment that negatively affects hardworking American families and business, and impedes our nation’s economic growth and potential,” Senator Tillis …..

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Division on Aging’s Housing and Home Improvement Program helps Seniors stay in their homes

As our senior adults age, maintaining their independence becomes a high priority. Bladen County Division on Aging’s Housing and Home Improvement Program offers seniors a way to have minor repairs or home modifications made. The program is funded through the Home and Community Care Block Grant for Older Adults. The Bladen County Board of Commissioners approved the grant as part of the consent agenda during their Monday night meeting. The grant is administered by the Lumber River Council of Government. Division on Aging Director Kelly Robeson said the grant helps to fund such things as the Housing and Home Improvement Program, Senior Center operations, general transportation, medical transportation, the agency’s …..

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Tillis Senior Advisor Robert Wilkie Nominated as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Tonight, the White House announced that Robert Wilkie, senior advisor to Senator Thom Tillis, has been nominated to serve as Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness. Wilkie has served as Senator Tillis’ senior advisor since he took office in 2015, advising him on national security and military issues. Tillis currently serves as the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel, which handles all quality of life issues for servicemembers and military families. Wilkie previously served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs under Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld. He also served as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush for National Security Affairs and …..

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Tillis Statement On Senator John McCain

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement on his friend and colleague, Senator John McCain: “John McCain is an American hero and a fighter through and through. Courage and fearlessness have always defined his distinguished career of public service. Susan and I join all North Carolinians in praying for Senator McCain’s recovery and return to the United States Senate.” Share:

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Local Students Thrilled by Latin and Math

Leland, NC – School is officially back in session for roughly 2,400 students at the top scoring Charter Day School, Columbus Charter School and South Brunswick Charter School. Parents and students braved heavy rains to pack into each campus early on Tuesday morning. The schools are part of the Roger Bacon Academy network of charter schools that focus on direct instruction and a classical curriculum. Each charter school routinely tops the ranks for academic performance in their respective counties. Caitlin Byrd, a fourth grader at Charter Day School, commented “I was a little nervous at first but everyone said my teacher was really nice and when I met her I …..

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BCC Donation

  Campbell Oil Company President Mac Campbell (center), presented a donation to Bladen Community College president William Findt (left) and BCC foundation director Linda Burney (right) to provide financial assistance for allied health students pursuing educational advancement through the Bladen We Care Allied Health Endowed Scholarship. Bladen Community College offers multiple ways to change your life through enriched educational programs. For more information about this and other scholarships at BCC, visit the website at bladencc.edu. Share:

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North Carolina Producers Have Until Aug. 1, to Submit FSA County Committee Nominations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Acting Executive Director for North Carolina, Lorraine Dillard today reminded farmers and ranchers that they have until Aug. 1, 2017, to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees. County committees are made up of farmers and ranchers elected by other producers in their communities to guide the delivery of farm programs at the local level. Committee members play a critical role in the day-to-day operations of FSA. Committees consist of three to 11 members and meet once a month or as needed to make important decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan …..

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Youth Summer Camps at Bladen Community College

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DUBLIN – Bladen Community College is hosting summer activities for youth ages 9 to 17. Beginning July 24 and continuing through July 27, students may register for Performing Arts, Cake Decorating, and Sewing classes on the Dublin campus. Breakfast is provided for campers arriving at or before 8:15 A.M. Breakfast and lunch are provided for all-day campers and half-day campers arriving at 12:15 P.M. Before and after class care is also available as needed. Classes are small, so early pre-registration is required. Registration costs begin at $56. You may register in-person through the Continuing Education Department on the BCC Dublin campus, building 2, room 215, until July 28. The office …..

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BCC Welcomes Lacie Jacobs to Campus

DUBLIN – Accountant Lacie Jacobs has joined the staff at Bladen Community College as the college financial controller. Jacobs, a native of Whiteville, will experience unique opportunities in the community college environment. “In the past five years, I have worked as an external auditor for publicly and privately traded companies, as well as governmental entities,” Jacobs remarked. “Working as a financial controller for a community college will be an interesting new challenge.” Jacobs holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting and a Masters of Accountancy, both earned from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She has over five years of accounting experience, working as …..

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First hog farm nuisance lawsuit may be moving forward in NC

One pending federal nuisance lawsuit against Murphy-Brown, a subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, potentially could go to trial later this year in North Carolina. The lawsuit is just one of 26 nuisance lawsuits that have been filed against Murphy-Brown. Attorneys representing the plaintiffs in the case argue the lawsuits are not filed against individual farmers but rather against Murphy-Brown, with whom the farmers are contracted to raise hogs. As many as 8 farms located in Bladen County could potentially be impacted by these nuisance lawsuits. They are  located in the White Oak and Lisbon communities. According to an interactive map published by the Raleigh News and Observer, the Bladen County farms …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

The deadline for filing for municipal offices is fast approaching and candidates are needed in at least 3 towns. The latest filings were for Clarkton Town Commissioner.  Yesterday, Stephen W. Hester and Jerome Myers paid their $5 filing fee seeking a seat on the Board.  Incumbent Tim Tart filed earlier, incumbent Lawrence McDougald has not filed.  The deadline for adding names to the ballot is 12 noon Friday. Bladenboro, Clarkton, Elizabethtown and White Lake have a full slate of candidates for positions available.  Different story for the other 3 local municipalities. Incumbent Lillian L. Graham has filed for re-election, but 2 seats are available in East Arcadia. No one has filed …..

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NC Dixie Debs State Softball Tournament: South Columbus 6, Lumberton 5

CARTHAGE – South Columbus slugged 2 home runs and captured the North Carolina Dixie Debs State Softball Tournament Tuesday night with a 6-5 victory over Lumberton. A 3-run first-inning homer staked the winners to an early 3-0 lead. South Columbus built their lead to 6-3 in the fifth then survived a 2-run last-inning rally by Lumberton. Firstbaseman Carley Dawson batted 2-2 and scored 2 runs for Lumberton. She walked in her second trip to the plate and scored then belted a single and scored in her final at-bat. Shortstop Conner Brisson walked in her second trip to the plate, stole second and third bases then scored on Katie Kinlaw’s single. …..

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Elizabethtown Girls Place Third In Fishing Tournament

Campbell McLaurin (8-years-old) and Daisy Grissop (4-years-old) placed 3rd in the “Catfish for Kids Tournament” sponsored by the Bottom Feeders Fishing Club on Shearon Harris Lake. The girls are members of the Team Reaper Fishing team. Campbell is the daughter of Daniel and Trista McLaurin and Daisy is the daughter of Jonathan Grissop, all of Elizabethtown. Share:

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Bladen Recreation Soccer Registration Underway

Bladen Recreation Soccer Registration is underway and will continue until September 1st. Tot Soccer (ages 3-4) – Registration fee is $25. Soccer (ages 5-7 coed, 8-10 girls and boys, 11-14 boys and girls) – Registration fee is $30. *Age is determined as of August 1st, 2017 Register Online at bladeninfo.org (Parks & Recreation Department) or visit the Bladen County Parks and Recreation office to register. For more information, please call 862-6770. Share:

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Hester, Myers file for seats on Clarkton board

Incumbent Jerome Myers was one of two men who filed for seats on the Clarkton Board of Commissioners on Tuesday, joining incumbent Tim Tart in the race for the two seats available. Stephen Wayne Hester also filed for the Clarkton commissioners race Tuesday, according to Gina Ward, who is the deputy director for Bladen County Board of Elections. The filings bring the total to 17 candidates for municipal elections set Nov. 7. However, several races still lack candidates, don’t have enough candidates to fill available seats or have only the minimum amount of candidates to fill available seats. Deadline to file is noon Friday at the Bladen County Board of …..

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Bladen County Pet of the Week

By: Dora Brogdon A 3 year old Pit-mix, male dog by the name of Bubba was chosen as Pet of the Week. He’s very affectionate and gets along with other dogs, cats, and kids. Bubba also does a good job walking on a leash but he’ll let you know when he’s excited. The cost to adopt a dog is $50 and $40 to adopt a cat, which includes the animal’s first required shots. The adoption hours are Monday to Friday at noon until 5 p.m. Donations of dog food, treats, toys, and cat litter are accepted by the shelter. Bladen County Animal Shelter is located at 506 Smith Circle, Elizabethtown, …..

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This Day in History for July 19

1848 – 1st US women’s rights convention held in Seneca Falls, NY, organized by Elizabeth Cady Stanton & Lucretia Mott. 1860 – 1st railroad reaches Kansas. 1875 – Emma Abbott, a floating hospital for sick children, makes trial trip, NYC. 1910 – Cleveland Indian baseball player Cy Young registers 500th career victory against Washington 5-4 in 11 innings. 1913 – Billboard publishes earliest known “Las Week’s 10 Best Sellers among Popular Songs” Malinda’s Wedding Day is #1. 1930 – Richard E. Byrd, Laurence McKinley Gould, and their polar expedition team return to the United States following the first exploration of the interior of Antarctica. 1939 – Dr. Roy P. Scholz …..

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Upcoming Events for Bladen County

*From July 22nd all the way to August 31st, the Bladen Smart Start and School Readiness Center will be starting a new event called B. E. A. R. S. which will take place from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The event will only take place Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Mondays will feature Math Monday, Tuesdays will be Tech Tuesdays, and Thursdays will be called Tall Tale Thursdays. All of these activities will be taking place at the Bladen Smart Start office. To register your child, space is limited, call 910-862-3335, ext. 206. *The White Lake Baptist Church invites all to a Vacation Bible Study this Saturday from 9 a.m. until …..

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“In God We Trust” is a must in Bladen County

By: Charlotte Smith Last week I met with the Bladen County Sheriff, Jim McVicker, and was vexed by a letter he shared with me. Addressed to Sheriff McVicker was a letter from Madeline Ziegler, a staff attorney, writing on behalf of the Freedom from Religion Foundation out of Madison, WI, urging Sheriff McVicker, Bladen County’s highest ranking, duly elected law enforcement official, to remove “In God We Trust” from Bladen County Sheriff’s vehicles. What caught me by surprise was Ziegler’s claim to be representing Bladen County residents and taxpayers. The letter stated, “On behalf of Bladen County residents and taxpayers, we ask that you refrain from promoting religion in your …..

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Congressman Pittenger announces $1.9 million Fayetteville airport grant

WASHINGTON – Fayetteville Congressman Robert Pittenger (NC-09) today announced a $1,925,763 grant for the Fayetteville Regional Airport terminal expansion project.  The grant will be used toward the demolition of the existing Concourse A and construction of the new Concourse A. “Fayetteville’s airport is vital to economic expansion throughout the region, as well as providing local families and the families of our soldiers at Fort Bragg with convenient travel options,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09).  “As Fayetteville’s Congressman, I am committed to advocating for local priorities in Washington, and listening closely to the concerns of residents and local leaders.” The U.S. Department of Transportation previously provided a $10 million grant to launch the airport upgrade …..

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Wilma Lesane presented with Bladen’s first LITE Award

Cape Fear Valley Health System’s Nursing Congress set out to establish an award to recognize exemplary bedside nursing support staff.  The LITE award stands for Leadership, Integrity, Tireless, and Excellence.  Bladen Hospital is proud to announce that Wilma Lesane, NA II has been chosen as Bladen’s first LITE recipient. Ms. Lesane  exemplifies the LITE qualities with every interaction and is a valuable health care team member. She is a long time valued employee in the Birth Center at Bladen Healthcare. Her tireless service is greatly appreciated. Ms. Lesane is great with all patients, but has a special place in her heart for the babies.  She takes her time with bathing …..

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Bladen Hardware is victim of break-in

The Bladen Hardware Store located at 138 S. Poplar Street in Elizabethtown was broken into on Sunday night and items were taken, according to the Elizabethtown Police Department. Lt. D. Cheshire said someone gained entry to the store through the rear doors and removed some firearms from the premises. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is assisting in the investigation. He said law enforcement does have some leads they are following. Anyone with any information is asked to call the Elizabethtown Police Department at 910-862-3152. Share:

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Commissioners discuss proposed Elizabethtown solar farm

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday night and took up the issue of a proposed solar farm to be constructed in the town of Elizabethtown’s ETJ. The town of Elizabethtown has already denied a request the propriety in question, which is located on M & M Drive be removed form the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction. At Monday’s meeting a group of citizens was asking the Bladen County County Board of Commissioners to remove the property from Elizabethtown’s ETJ. The property is owned by Sun Source Land Company and the Bladen County Planning Board sent a letter to the Board recommending the Commissioners request the town to relinquish the …..

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Bladen County Commissioners recognize employees for years of service

The Bladen County Board of Commissioners met on Monday evening and recognized several employees for their years of service to the county. Those recognized were Bladen County Human Resources Director Shonteia Keaton for 5 years of service; Bladen County Planning Director Greg Elkins for 20 years of Service; Dawn Edwards of Bladen County Department of Social Services for 5 years of service; Crystal Slater with Bladen County Department of Social Services for 10 years of service; Sandra Rich with Bladen County Department of Social Services for 25 years of service; Gina Ward with Bladen County Board of Elections with 5 years of service; and Cynthia Dowless of the Bladen County …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

      No filings in the past couple of days of candidates for the November municipal elections.  A brief recap as of closing time Monday. Bladenboro: Mayor Kenneth Charles Kelly Rufus R. Duckworth, III (I) Larry Waitus Simmons Town Commissioners (3 seats) Kenneth Rodney Hester Billy Ray Benson (I) Jeffrey Duane Atkinson (I) Clarkton: Town Commissioner (2 seats) Tim Tart (I) Dublin Mayor Town Commissioner (1 seat) East Arcadia Town Commissioner (2 seats) Lillian Graham (I) Elizabethtown Town Commissioner (3 seats) Robert Leonard Kinlaw Paula Hobbs Greene (I) Rufus Dewitt Lloyd (I) Herman Leonard Lewis (I) Tar Heel Mayor Town Commissioner (3 seats) White Lake Town Commissioner (3 seats) Paul …..

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Sayaun Dent Scores 7 Points as East Wins All-Star Game

GREENSBORO – Sayaun Dent connected on all 3 of his shots from the field and scored 7 points as his East team rallied in the second half to defeat the West 117-108 in the 69th Annual East-West High School All-Star Game. Dent drained a 3-point shot and added another basket in the first half to help keep the East within 60-53 at intermission. The East outscored the West 64-48 in the second half to claim the victory. Whiteville’s Tyrell Kirk was named the Most Valuable Player after scoring 18 points on 7 of 12 shooting and grabbing 8 rebounds for the East. Clinton’s Jeremiah Pope tallied 9 points for the …..

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NC DYB Majors State Tournament: Elizabethtown 8, Burgaw 4

LELAND –Elizabethtown slugged 3 home runs and defeated Burgaw 8-4 Monday night in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Majors State Tournament. With the victory Elizabethtown advanced to a 5:30 p.m. elimination game Tuesday against Dunn. Garrison Tatum walked to begin the Elizabethtown first inning, and Evan Pait hammered a 2-run homer that scored Tatum ahead of him for a 2-0 lead. Hunter Elks was hit by a pitch in the Elizabethtown second inning, stole second base and eventually stole home. Weston Hatcher walked, stole second base and also stole home to stretch the Elizabethtown lead to 4-1. Burgaw sliced the lead to 4-3 in the fourth inning before a …..

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NC Dixie Debs State Softball Tournament: Lumberton 9, West Stanly 8

CARTHAGE – Lumberton pushed across the winning run in the eighth inning to defeat West Stanly 9-8 Monday in the North Carolina Dixie Debs State Tournament. With the victory Lumberton advances to Tuesday’s 4 p.m. championship game against South Columbus. Lumberton needs a win to force a second and final championship game that would be played Wednesday at 4 p.m. Lumberton jumped in front with a 4-run first inning. Carley Dawson walked and scored a run. Conner Brisson reached base on an overthrow and scored when Abby Dawson smacked a single to leftfield. West Stanley rallied with 3 runs in the second and 3 more in the third to go …..

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NC DYB Majors State Tournament: South Park 13, Elizabethtown 8

LELAND – An 8-run third-inning staked South Park to a 13-1 lead en route to a 13-8 victory over Elizabethtown Monday in the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Majors State Tournament. South Park scored 3 runs in the top of the first inning on Sunday night, before Garrison Tatum blasted a home run to lead off the Elizabethtown first inning. Rain halted the game at that point, and it was resumed on Monday. South Park opened Monday’s action with 2 runs in the second and 8 runs in the third to build the 13-1 lead. Elizabethtown rallied with 5 runs in the third inning. Destin Montgomery smashed a single and …..

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This Day in History for July 18

1743 – 1st half-page newspaper ad is published (NY Weekly Journal). 1864 – President Lincoln asks for 500,000 volunteers for military service. 1907 – Florenz Ziegfeld’s “Follies of 1907” premieres in NYC. 1914 – US army air service 1st coming into being, in Signal Corps. 1931 – 1st air-conditioned ship (Mariposa) launched. 1942 – 1st legal New Jersey horse race in 50 years: Garden State Park track opens. 1947 – US President Harry Truman signs Presidential Succession Act. 1951 – Jersey Joe Walcott at 37 becomes oldest to win heavyweight championship. 1955 – 1st electric power generated from atomic energy sold commercially. 1968 – The Intel Corporation is founded in …..

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Bladen County Sheriffs Officers search for suspect

Bladen County Sheriffs Officials are searching for a suspect involved in a breaking and entering on Old Boardman Road. The Bladen County Sheriffs Office is using a helicopter to search for the suspect who is alleged to have attempted to break into a home and then fled. NC 242 was closed briefly between NC 410 and Old Boardman Road. The road is now open to traffic. Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker said on Monday afternoon a man came home and caught someone coming out of the house. Sheriff McVicker said the suspect hit the victim’s truck with his vehicle and a short time later the suspect drove into a ditch. …..

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Gov. Roy Cooper encourages EPA to set limits for GenX

The recent findings of GenX and other contaminates in the Cape Fear River between Fayetteville and Wilmington, have led to a request from state officials to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to tighten limits. Federal officials must set limits for GenX and other emerging contaminants so that North Carolina can permanently control its discharge and ensure the safety of its drinking water, Governor Roy Cooper today told the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. In a letter to EPA Administrator E. Scott Pruitt, Gov. Cooper asked the EPA to move more quickly to finalize its health assessment and set a maximum contaminant level for the unregulated chemical GenX. “When we turn on …..

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Tillis Statement on DHS’ H-2B Visa Interim Final Rule

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced its intention to provide up to 15,000 additional H-2B visas under an interim final rule that it will submit to the Federal Register. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) has been leading bipartisan efforts in Congress to ensure American small businesses have access to temporary, seasonal workers they need to sustain their businesses and support American jobs. Tillis has been directly advocating the Department of Homeland Security to provide additional visas for FY2017. In May, Senators Tillis and Angus King (I-ME) led a bipartisan and bicameral letter to the Secretaries of Homeland Security and Labor urging them to take “swift and decisive …..

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New Medication Drop Box Available

A medication drop box has been donated by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, giving Bladen County residents a new way to dispose of medications. Health Educator and Safe Kids Coordinator, Berkleigh Pridgen, applied for the box as a means to address one of three top priorities identified by the 2015 Community Health Assessment. Of the individuals who were surveyed, a majority of respondents felt that drug and alcohol abuse was the biggest health issue in our community. Bladen County Health Department has partnered with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office to provide community members with a simple way to safely dispose of their unused or expired prescription and over …..

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Judge dismisses Eastpointe Lawsuit Against Nash County

A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Eastpointe against Nash County attempting to prevent the county from switching mental health providers. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Doug Parsons dissolved the temporary restraining order on July 3. With the termination of the restraining order, Trillium Health Resources will now be providing mental health services to patients in Nash County. Eastpointe filed the lawsuit on June 8 and attorneys representing Nash County filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit claiming there is no federal jurisdiction in the matter. According to reports, Nash County appropriates local funds to provide health care services not provided through state or federal agencies. According to reports, …..

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Desmond Bryant gives back to Bladen County

This weekend the annual Desmond Bryant Free Football camp was held at East Bladen High School. Bryant, a 2004 East Bladen High School graduate gives back every year to Bladen County by hosting a free football camp. Bryant graduated from Harvard and currently plays for the Cleveland Browns. The nationally known football player has not forgotten the importance of giving back. Even though Bryant did not spend his whole high school career at East Bladen, he did play two seasons for the local high school Eagles and gives back to them every year. This summer marks the 6th year for Bryant’s football camp. According to Dr. Wray, East Bladen’s Principal, …..

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Public Input Sought on NC Public Transportation Plan

RALEIGH — The public’s input is being sought as the state’s public transportation blueprint, known as the Public Transportation Strategic Plan, is being developed. The N.C. Department of Transportation is urging residents to take part in a survey to let the department know their top priorities for public transportation services in the state. The survey can be completed online at https://nctransitplan.metroquest.com. Partnerships between the department and local governments, regional authorities and other state agencies have been the source of North Carolina’s transit success. Currently under development, the Public Transportation Statewide Strategic Plan will build upon that success by creating the foundation for reinvigorated state and local transit partnerships. It is being developed …..

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Rotary Club hears about updating of zoning ordinances

Rotarian Michael Leinwand addressed the Elizabethtown Rotary Club at their weekly luncheon meeting and discussed the updating of the town of Elizabethtown’s zoning ordinances. He said he is currently serving on the committee which is tasked with reviewing and updating the ordinances. He said the committee has been reviewing the different zoning districts in the town and ensuring they are consistent with today’s uses and making the zoning ordinances more business friendly. Leinwand said the committee plans to present the rough draft of the new ordnances to the planning board soon and the planning board will then make its recommendation to the town council. He estimated the updated ordinances will …..

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One files seeking elected office in East Arcadia

The filing period for municipal elections is under way for towns in Bladen County. As of Friday, July 14th, incumbent Lilian Graham had filed seeking re-election to her seat on the East Arcadia town board. According to the Candidate Listing provided by the Bladen County Board of Elections, there are 15 candidates who have filed seeking elected office. To view the complete candidate listing, click here. The filing period for elected office closes on Friday, July 21, at 12 noon. No one has filed seeking elected office in Tar Heel and Dublin. The cost to file for an elected office is $5 and can be paid to the Bladen County …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Opinion: Thoughts While Shaving

Been thinking about heaven!  Just wonder how it will accommodate the political right wingers, the left wingers and Independents, the many different religious affiliations/organizations?  Not being an expert on anything, I wonder if one group will have an advantage over another?  What I really think is, if you don’t love your neighbor as your self, treat others as you would like to be treated, respect others, honor and accept God, walk in his likeness, space may be limited.  I know it’s not that simple, but if we can’t do unto others as we would have them do to us, on earth, as we are commanded, may not be room for many earthly, …..

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NC Dixie Debs State Tournament: Lumberton 11, Brunswick North 9

CARTHAGE – Madison Collins walloped a 2-run homer and pitched 3 innings of relief as Lumberton defeated Brunswick North 11-9 Sunday in an elimination game in the North Carolina Dixie Debs State Tournament. Collins also walked twice to finish 1-1 at the plate. Shortstop Conner Brisson was hit by a pitch and scored a run in the second inning then knocked in a run with a single and later scored in the fourth. Brisson walloped a triple to drive in a run in her final trip to the plate and finished 2-2 with 2 runs batted in and 2 runs scored. Firstbaseman Carley Dawson hammered a triple to drive in …..

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SWAC 12U State Softball Tournament: Onslow County 7, Bladen County 6

WILLIAMSTON – Onslow County rallied for 4 runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to eliminate Bladen County 7-6 Sunday in the State-Wide Activities 12U State Softball Tournament. Bladen County carried a 6-3 lead into the home sixth but 4 hits produced 4 runs and sent Onslow to the championship game against Williamston. Onslow scored a first inning run before Bladen answered with 2 runs in the second. Alexus Mitchell led off with a single, stole second and dashed home when Emma Turbeville reached base on an error. AnnaGrey Heustess’ sacrifice bunt brought home Emma Turbeville with the go-ahead run. Rylee Chadwick cracked a one-out single in the Bladen …..

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This Day in History for July 17

1775 – 1st military hospital approved. 1794 – Richard Allen organizes Philadelphia’s Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church. 1861 – US Congress authorizes paper money. 1922 – Ty Cobb gets 5 hits in a game for record 4th time in a year. 1935 – Variety’s famous headline “Sticks Nix Hick Pix” 1941 – NY Yankee Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting steak ends in Cleveland. 1945 – Potsdam Conference (Harry Truman, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin) hold first meeting. 1954 – Construction begins on Disneyland. 1955 – Disneyland televises its grand opening in Anaheim, California. 1961 – John Chancellor becomes news anchor of Today Show. 1962 – Senate rejects medicare for aged. 1966 …..

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

It’s Sunday, see you in church this AM, Sunday School and Worship.  In one of the old folks class at Wesley’s Chapel UMC, the lesson is about Jeremiah. Hard to believe BladenOnline.com has been providing coverage of Bladen County news for all, FREE, for nearly 9 1/2 years.  First edition was February 1, 2008.  Every day, it’s just a little better, thanks to all who work hard to make it happen. I check it several times daily, News, Sports, Regionals, Events, Obits & all the other sections, and if you missed an article, check the Archive section. Our pledge to you, The Best Is Yet To Come. A reminder of the Annual Meeting of …..

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SWAC 12U Softball State Tournament: Bladen County 23, Holly Springs 5

WILLIAMSTON – The Bladen County All-Stars rolled to a 23-5 victory over Holly Springs Saturday in the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) 12U Softball State Tournament. Bladen County took charge early with an 8-run first inning. Rylee Chadwick ripped a single, and Savannah Turbeville walked. Karli Priest drove in Chadwick with a single, and Alexus Mitchell and AnnaGrey Heustess beat out bunt singles that scored Savannah Turbeville and Priest. Mackenzie Singletary reached base on an error as Mitchell scored. Lainey Autry laid down a bunt single that plated Heustess. Chadwick delivered a 2-run single that plated Singletary and Autry. Chadwick dashed home on a passed ball. A ten-run Bladen second inning …..

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SWAC 12U Softball State Tournament: Williamston 12, Bladen County 8

WILLIAMSTON – Williamston capitalized on 8 errors and defeated Bladen County 12-8 Saturday in the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) 12U Softball State Tournament. Rylee Chadwick led off the game with a single and scored the first Bladen run as Savannah Turbeville reached base on an error. Williamston turned 2 walks and 2 errors into a pair of first inning runs to edge in front 2-1. Lainey Hughes belted a single to begin the Bladen second inning, advanced on Mackenzie Singletary’s fielder’s choice and darted home on a passed ball to tie the game 2-2. Williamston scored 6 runs in the home second on 4 hits, 2 walks and 2 errors …..

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Sayaun Dent Will Play in East/West All-Star Basketball Game

West Bladen star Sayaun Dent has been added to the East roster for Monday night’s East/West All-Star Game in the Greensboro Coliseum. “Being selected to play in the East-West game is an unbelievable honor for a very deserving young man,” said West Bladen Coach Travis Pait. “This is the cherry on top of a wonderful high school career for Sayaun.” Dent led the Knights to an 18-10 record this past season scoring a team-high 17.5 points per game. The 6-3 forward scored in double-figures in 27 of 28 games and racked up 20 or more points in ten games. His season highs were 25 against West Columbus in December and …..

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NC DYB Majors State Tournament: Elizabethtown 11, East Duplin 9

LELAND – Ryan Johnson slugged a pair of 3-run homers to lead Elizabethtown to an 11-9 victory over East Duplin Saturday in the opening round of the North Carolina Dixie Youth Baseball Majors State Tournament. After East Duplin scored in the top of the first inning, Elizabethtown answered with 3 runs in the bottom half. Garrison Tatum was hit by a pitch, and Evan Pait yanked a single to leftfield. Ty Mathis knocked in Garrison Tatum with a single to left. Walker Ward’s infield hit plated Pait, and Mathis scored for a 3-1 lead. East Duplin scored a run in the second and leaped in front 4-3 with 2 runs …..

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NC Dixie Debs State Softball Tournament – South Columbus 6, Lumberton 1

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CARTHAGE – South Columbus defeated Lumberton 6-1 Saturday in the opening round of the Dixie Debs State Softball Tournament. Four West Bladen softball players are members of the Lumberton team – first baseman Carley Dawson, shortstop Conner Brisson, second baseman Abby Dawson and right fielder Madison Collins. South Columbus scored 2 runs in the first inning, one in the second and pulled away with 3 runs in the sixth. Brisson led off the second inning with a single to centerfield and came around to score the lone Lumberton run. Brisson batted 2-3 and also stole a base. Abby Dawson cracked a single and finished 1-2 at the plate. Morgan Britt …..

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How You Can Grow Your Social Security Benefits Beyond Retirement Age

  • 07/15/2017
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By Brenda Brown – Social Security Public Affairs Specialist For more and more Americans, reaching retirement age no longer means the end of an active working life. Many people are choosing to work past the age of 65, according to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics. If you are willing and able, maintaining gainful employment later in life could go a long way toward ensuring a secure future for you and your family. Besides providing you with additional income to pay your bills, extending your employment or working for yourself could boost your lifetime Social Security benefits. Here is how: Waiting to claim your Social Security retirement benefits …..

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Road Closing

Update on Road Closings/Openings

  • 07/15/2017
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OPENINGS: SR 1318 (River Road) SR 1318 (River Road) opened late Thursday. CLOSINGS: SR 1303 (Tobermory Road) SR 1303 (Tobermory Road) is closed at NC 87 due to a failed crossline pipe / void under the road.  Work is scheduled to begin 7/24 and should be complete by the end of the first week in August. SR 1178 (Richardson Road) SR 1178 (Richardson Road) is closed between NC 211-Business (Seaboard St) and the CSX Railroad in order to replace several crosslines and install one new crossline.  This section of Richardson Road will be closed through 7/21/17. UPCOMING CLOSINGS: US 701 North Beginning Tuesday, July 18, we plan to close US …..

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This Day In History

This Day in History – July 16

  • 07/15/2017
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1439 – Kissing is banned in England (to stop germs from spreading). 1790 – Congress declares the city of Washington in the District of Columbia, the permanent capital of the United States. 1798 – US Pubic Health forms & US Marine Hospital authorized. 1867 – D R Averill patents ready-mixed paint. 1867 – Joseph Monier patents reinforced concrete. 1902 – John McGraw named manager of the NY Giants. 1920 – Gen. Amos Fries appointed 1st US army chemical warfare chief. 1935 – First automatic parking meter in the United States is installed in Oklahoma, City, Oklahoma. 1936 – 1st x-ray photo of arterial circulation, Rochester, NY. 1951 – Novel “Catcher in …..

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Accident on I95s NC/SC Border

  A community member, Rick Rhoda, was traveling I95s today and is currently stopped in traffic and has been for over thirty minutes due to a terrible accident. No details have been given at this time but from the photos sent in the accident very likely involves some tragedy.   Share:

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Empty Nester… When your babies start their journey from the nest

By Amy Schumacher Every parent see’s the great potential of their children from the moment they look upon their faces for the first time. We raise them to be strong and independent, to have compassion and show empathy, all knowing that someday they will fly from the family nest and start their journey… they begin living on their own, making their own decisions, and hopefully making their mark on the world. Where does that leave the moms and dads? What do we do once our nest, our comfortable, happy and safe nest is empty? Most students leave for college in August so the parents have that last summer to get …..

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Dr. Joe Roberts named South Eastern Health VP

Southeastern Health (SeHealth) President and CEO Joann Anderson recently announced an administrative appointment. Joseph Roberts Jr., M.D., has been named vice president of clinical effectiveness and medical affairs for SeHealth.  He first joined SeHealth as an employee in November 2016 as medical director of Southeastern Regional Medical Center’s (SRMC) hospitalist program after more than 20 years in private practice. Dr. Roberts, a graduate of Davidson College, earned his medical degree from UNC Chapel Hill and completed his residency at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro in 1990. After his residency, Dr. Roberts spent three years in Oklahoma practicing medicine among the members of the Choctaw tribe.  He was affiliated with …..

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Freeman named as director of Office of Staff Development and Training

RALEIGH – The Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice has named Stephanie Freeman as the director of its Office of Staff Development and Training (OSDT). Freeman is returning to OSDT after serving as its curriculum manager from 2007 to 2014. Most recently, she worked for the North Carolina Judicial Branch as its organizational development manager. She has prior experience as a training specialist at the NC Department of Justice with both the Sheriffs’ Education & Training Standards Commission and the Criminal Justice Education & Training Standards Commission. Freeman has also instructed at NC Wesleyan College and Sandhills Community College. Currently, she serves as president of the North Carolina Law …..

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Court Rules Against Status Quo

Mark Johnson, the NC Superintendent of Public Instruction, issued the following statement regarding today’s Superior Court ruling on NC State Board of Education v. State. “For too long, the lack of clarity about DPI leadership has fostered a system of non-accountability,” said Johnson. “While this system is great for shifting blame and avoiding responsibility, non-accountability at DPI hurts North Carolina students. Last December, the General Assembly addressed this problem by clarifying the parameters set forth in the NC Constitution. Their efforts offered greater transparency to educators and parents across the state seeking to engage with DPI and greater accountability at DPI.” “Today, the Superior Court has affirmed the constitutionality of …..

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Bladen County Headlines... 35 Years Ago

Bladen County Headlines…35 Years Ago

  • 07/15/2017
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James “Hooker” Hall was named Principal of Dublin School. Ricky Hester of Elizabethtown was playing baseball for the Staunton, Virginia Atlanta Braves Summer League. The Clarkton Town Board agreed to endorse the building of 50 public housing units in Clarkton. A bid of $135,616 was received by the Elizabethtown Town Board for construction of the Tory Hole Park. Share:

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Thoughts While Shaving

Thoughts While Shaving

In the world of politics, there is much bally-hoo about the first 100 days.  Promises are made in ‘my first 100 days’, some are kept, some are not.  Been that way for about as long as I can remember.  Well, we will soon approach the 200 day mark of the Trump administration.  By my calendar, today marks day #176.  Historians have the advantage of looking back.  Success for President Trump and Congressional leaders will depend to a great degree on repeal and replacement of Obamacare and Tax Reform, especially with Republicans in control of the House and Senate and a Republican in the White House.  Much is riding on those two issues …..

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This Day in History for July 15

1869 – Margarine is patented by Hippolye Mega-Mouries for use by French Navy. 1904 – 1st Buddhist temple in US forms, Los Angeles. 1912 – British National Health Insurance Act goes into effect. 1916 – 22.22 inches of rain falls in Altapass, NC (state record) 1916 – Boeing Company (Pacific Aero) formed by William Boeing in Seattle, Washington. 1922 – 26th US Golf Open: Gene Sarazan shoots a 288 at Skokie CC in Illinois. 1932 – US President Herbert Hoover cuts own salary 15%. 1934 – Continental Airlines commences operations. 1948 – Alcoholic Anonymous founded in Britain. 1949 – WBTV TV channel 3 in Charlotte, NC (CBS) begins broadcasting. 1954 …..

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Is Your Family Financially Prepared for Natural Disaster?

Being ready for a disaster is more than storing water and supplies. You also need to be financially ready. Starting early and having adequate insurance, a plan to pay your bills and access to your important records and accounts will help you get back on your feet faster and avoid problems with your credit when you need it most. The Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK), a joint publication from Operation Hope and the FEMA Citizen Corps, can help you prepare now. Use the EFFAK to identify your important documents, medical records, and household contracts. When completing the kit, be sure to include pictures or a video of your home …..

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Remembering the 16

Bladen County, North Carolina continues honoring the 16 service members lost this week in a plane crash. Flags are at half-staff outside the National Guard Armory in Elizabethtown. Share:

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State officials release Cape Fear River water test results

State officials have released the results from the testing of water samples from the Cape Fear River and have revised the preliminary health assessment for safe concentrations of the unregulated chemical GenX in drinking water. On Friday, the NC Department of Health and Human Services announced the revised standard as 140 parts per trillion. In a joint release issued on Friday afternoon by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality and NC Department of Health and Human Services, the data samples show levels of GenX in the Cape Fear River are trending downward. The samples were collected during the period June 19 through July 6. The samples were tested at …..

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July Golf Activity At Vineyard Golf At White Lake

  • 07/14/2017
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July has proven to be a very busy month at Vineyard Golf. A lot of tossups being played and the Thursday Thundering Herd has proven again to be a popular Thursday afternoon event. The Thursday, July 13 Herd saw the team of Jim Hancock, Will Fisher, Campbell White and Jay Davis win with a score of 8-under par. Coming in second place was Jake Womble, Kent Fisher, Colby Lewis and Billy Augustine with -5. Third place was taken by Cade Hancock, Blake Davis and John Litton Clark with -3. In fourth place was Ty Wilson, Ebbie Clark and Jonathan Gooden with -1. The Friday Tossup front side was won by …..

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Bladen County 12U All-Stars Open SWAC State Softball Tournament Play

The Bladen County 12U All-Stars begin play in the State-Wide Activities Committee (SWAC) State Softball Tournament Saturday at 10:45 a.m.against Holly Springs in Williamston. Bladen County won the SWAC Eastern Sectional last weekend with an 8-1 victory over Onslow County. Bladen County is the No. 1 seed from the East, while Holly Springs is the No. 2 seed from the West Sectional. Other teams competing in the State Tournament are No. 1 West seed Goldston and Williamston, the host team. Bladen County will play at least two games Saturday – either at 4 p.m. if they win the first game or at 2:15 if they lose. The double-elimination event is …..

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Tillis & Burr Welcome Nomination Of Bobby Higdon As U.S. Attorney

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, at the recommendation of North Carolina Senators Thom Tillis and Richard Burr, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Bobby Higdon to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina. Mr. Higdon has a long and decorated career as a federal prosecutor, handling many high profile cases. He also has significant management experience as former criminal chief in the Eastern District of North Carolina. Mr. Higdon earned his law degree from the Wake Forest School of Law. He is currently a partner at Williams Mullen and resides in Cary, North Carolina. “Bobby Higdon is an incredibly qualified choice for U.S. Attorney, holding decades of …..

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ROUZER STATEMENT ON PASSAGE OF FY2018 NDAA

Washington, D.C. – Congressman David Rouzer released the following statement following the passage of Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, an authorization bill considered by Congress every year to set funding levels for the military to continue its operations and remain a global leader: “It is the duty of Congress to ensure our military and troops have the necessary funding and resources to defeat terrorism, combat the growing security threats we face in the world and keep our homeland safe.  During the past several years, our military has just been getting by – enduring major annual cuts to their budgets as our world becomes a much more dangerous place.  Our …..

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Senators Tillis & Coons Statement on the Passing of Liu Xiaobo

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – Today, U.S. Senators Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Chris Coons (D-DE), Co-Chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, released the following joint statement in response to the death of Chinese dissident and recipient of the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Liu Xiaobo: “As chairs of the Senate Human Rights Caucus, we mourn the passing of Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, who dedicated his life to advancing democracy in China through non-violence.  We also call on the Chinese government to end the house arrest of Liu Xiaobo’s wife, Liu Xia, and to ensure her freedom of movement. We are reminded that in his final statement before being sentenced to 11 years …..

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Bladen County Celebrates Christmas in July

By Amy Schumacher Christmas in July was hosted today at the Powell-Melvin Agricultural Service Center. The event was deemed a success for the many local vendors that were present and all offered unique gifts for that special someone on your list. The items available ranged from hand crocheted dish cloths to original watercolors. All of the items offered were handcrafted by a local artist and the variety of items led you to the next booth just to see what might be waiting to make it to your Christmas list. If you missed today’s event you haven’t lost the opportunity to meet the local artists and pick up some Christmas gifts. …..

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Making America Safe Again

By U.S. Congressman Robert Pittenger Did you know only 50 percent of U.S. Air Force planes are combat ready? That’s not all.  Only 50 percent of Marine Corps and Navy training equipment is functional, and only 3 of 58 Army brigades are ready for combat.  Today, our military’s readiness is at the lowest level since before World War Two. This is a security crisis. Defending America is my number one Constitutional duty.  Military budget cuts by former President Obama put our country at risk against increasing foreign threats including ISIS, North Korea, Iran, and cyberattacks.  We must appropriately increase defense spending to restore our military. That’s why this week, I …..

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Bladen Smart Start to host new event

The Bladen Smart Start and School Readiness Center will have a new event called B. E. A. R. S. (Building Early Adventurous Readiness Skills). The program will feature the following activities each week from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Mondays will be Math Monday; Tuesdays will be Tech Tuesday; and Thursdays will be Tall Tale Thursdays. All activities will take place at the Bladen Smart Start office located behind First Bank at 228B West Broad Street, Elizabethtown. Space is limited, to register your child, call 910-862-3335, ext. 206. Share:

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Bobby Gooden returns to profession he loves

If there is one thing Bobby Gooden knows, its automobiles. He has been a familiar face to many folks over the years who have purchased cars or trucks from him and has recently been spotted at Lumberton Chevrolet. Gooden has never met a stranger. “I love to meet people and to talk with people,” he said. That was the very reason that prompted him to give up his retirement and return to the profession he loves. “I’m back,” he said.  He is now at Lumberton Chevrolet and is available three days per week. Gooden, who hails from Bladen County, says he is ready to assist anyone who is in need …..

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Tillis Discusses FBI Director Nominee Wray, Election Meddling on Fox News

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) appeared on Fox News Channel to discuss the hearing for Christopher Wray to be the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the importance of the FBI maintaining its independence, and the need to counter election meddling. Download video of Senator Tillis’ interview HERE. Tillis on the Judiciary Hearing for Christopher Wray on Wednesday: “I think he did an extraordinary job in the committee and will be confirmed. We have already heard Democrats have come out and said that they are going to support him and I think we will move fairly quickly. He’s held over until next week and then he will be moved …..

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U.S. HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES CONGRESSMAN PITTENGER’S AMENDMENT TO PUNISH SUPPORTERS OF NORTH KOREAN CYBERATTACKS

WASHINGTON – This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously approved Congressman Robert Pittenger’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (H.R. 2810) to crack down on international businesses that support North Korean cyberattacks. “My amendment is simple – it prohibits telecommunications companies that provide material support for North Korean cyberattacks from contracting with our Defense Department,” said Congressman Pittenger (NC-09) during floor debate.  “While my amendment is simple in nature, it strikes at the heart of what I believe to be the cornerstone of North Korea policy. “For far too long, China has enabled the North Korean government to pursue nuclear development, global provocation, and egregious human rights violations.  The Chinese government is simply …..

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Tillis on Fox Business: American Businesses and Workers Will Be Harmed If H-2B Program Isn’t Fixed

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Yesterday, Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) appeared on Fox Business Network to discuss the need to fix the temporary visa program to assist American businesses and workers. Download video of Senator Tillis’ interview HERE. Tillis on the consequences of not fixing the H-2B program: “The fact of the matter is, there are positions that aren’t going to be filled, businesses that are going to be harmed, and American workers that will be harmed if we don’t start getting these work visas right. Incidentally, when we go back to the administration, we should keep in mind now President Trump, then candidate Trump, pointed to this as being a problem. Temporary workers, …..

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Pleasant Grove Church To Conduct Galatic Starveyors VBS

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Come join us at Pleasant Grove Church in Bladenboro for an out of this world experience. We’re going to search the skies and God’s word to discover that the God who created everything there is – the knowable and unknowable, the visible and invisible- wants a relationship with you.  Vacation Bible School classes will held July 23rd through July 28th from 6 until 8:30 p.m. We’re going to have bible study and craft classes for all ages, even adults. Also, a light meal will be provided each night. The church is located at 2039 Pleasant Grove Church Road, Bladenboro. We’re going to have bible study and craft classes for all ages, even …..

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Money raised for Bladen County Animal Shelter

The Bladen County Animal Control Advisory Board met this week to discuss improvements to the shelter and other agenda items. The biggest topic of discussion was the success of this year’s Bladen County Pet Palooza and plans for next year’s fundraising event. Mike Jackson, chairman of the local county board said he was pleased with this year’s Pet Palooza fundraiser. The group mentioned a big thank you needs to go out to Dr. Cross, Barking Lot, Bladen Animal Hospital, Cape Fear Heating & Cooling, BladenOnline.com, Kuraray America, Inc., A Shelter Friend, the Kim Family, Gordon Kinlaw, and the Town of Elizabethtown for their sponsorships. Also, Bladen County Commissioner Charles Ray …..

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